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Around the time of the film's release, Abrams took criticism for Star Trek Into Darkness being so close to elements of Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan, and chatting to Stephen Colbert in the Us, he said "we got into trouble on the second Star Trek film with some of the fans. There were too many nods to The Wrath Of Khan. I'll cop to that".
J.J. Abrams absolutely adores the use of lens flare. The director.s prevalent cinematic trait has been apparent in Mission: Impossible III, Super 8, and, in particular, Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness. But now that Abrams has transferred his Star allegiance over from Trek to Wars, the question of how much lens flare will the filmmaker use in The Force Awakens has arisen? And those of you who were worried that Abrams. predilection would manifest again can rest easy, because the director promised that he.s kicked his habit. Well, almost. On Saturday evening, nerds everywhere rejoiced as Stephen Colbert, the new host of The Late Show and all-round stupendous man, interviewed J.J. Abrams at a fundraiser for the Montclair Film Festival at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Obviously, Star Wars: The Force Awakens came up. According to MTV, Colbert made sure to ask Abrams about »
While excitement is riding high for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," it's worth considering that J.J. Abrams is coming off a significant one-two punch: Steven Spielberg homage "Super 8," which I loved but which others found wanting, and 2013's fumble "Star Trek Into Darkness." The latter in particular drew the ire of 'Star Trek' fans, and critics too weren't kind to the picture in which Abrams' penchant for playing coy didn't pay off the dividends it promised. Speaking at the Montclair Film Festival (via Rolling Stone), Abrams admits the failings of the sequel. In a conversation with Stephen Colbert, Abrams says "we got in trouble on the second 'Star Trek' film with some of the fans," adding that "there were too many nods to '[Star Trek II]: The Wrath of Khan.' I'll cop to that." Frankly, that's the least of the problems with 'Darkness,' »
- Kevin Jagernauth
They came via hyperdrive and warp speed, and even by New Jersey Transit, these devotees of Stars both Trek and Wars to mix with the high-rolling, arts-underwriting swells at a benefit performance for the Montclair Film Festival. But mostly, these disciples of sci-fi's top-shelf franchises made a pilgrimage to the Garden State to watch Stephen Colbert host a two-hour "celebrity nerd-off" with director J.J. Abrams, just three-and-a-half weeks before the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. If you listened closely on Saturday night, you could hear a million-ish »
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is almost done. On Saturday night, director J.J. Abrams told an enthusiastic audience gathered for a conversation between him and Stephen Colbert that he completed the mix of the film at 2:30 a.m. Pacific Time that morning and then flew to New Jersey to take part in a benefit for the Montclair Film Festival that organizers dubbed a "Celebrity Nerd-Off." During the fifth annual fundraiser, Colbert, who's been a longtime supporter of the festival, talked to Abrams about the latter's long career behind the camera, starting with making Super 8 movies
- Hilary Lewis
After executing the dramatic – and critically-acclaimed – one-two punch with Take Shelter and Mud, director Jeff Nichols will return in a major way in 2016, releasing two feature films should all go according to plan. One of which is Loving, a brand new drama that stars Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga; the other, arriving from the other end of the spectrum, is a sci-fi thriller known as Midnight Special.
Returning at the helm, the writer-director is evidently casting his eye to the genre films of yesteryear with his next project, with today’s trailer containing the some of the wide-eyed wonder found in such classics as E.T. and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. In terms of the plot driving the extra-terrestrial happenings on screen, Midnight Special will follow a loving father Roy (Shannon) who is left no choice but to go on the run with his son Alton after discovering that he inexplicably possess supernatural abilities. »
- Michael Briers
Anghus Houvouras with this week’s disappointments from the entertainment world…
“Shia Labeouf is watching all of his movies in a row”
They say you have to suffer for your art. That would explain why Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is in the line up. Speaking of fundamental story problems…
Either J.J. Abrams has been freebasing sodium pentothal, or directing Star Wars: The Force Awakens has made him feel invincible. Either way, it’s nice to hear the man readily admit the failings of some of his earlier works. I’m wondering if ‘fundamental story problems’ is code for ‘Damon Lindelof’? Speaking of…
- Anghus Houvouras
50 fabulous documentary films, covering hard politics through to music, money and films that never were...
Thanks to streaming services such as Netflix, we’ve never had better access to documentaries. A whole new audience can discover that these real life stories are just as thrilling, entertaining, and incredible as the latest big-budget blockbuster. What’s more, they’re all true too. But with a new found glut of them comes the ever more impossible choice, what’s worth your time? Below is my pick of the 50 best modern feature length documentaries.
I’ve defined modern as being from 2000 onwards, which means some of the greatest documentaries ever made will not feature here. I’m looking at you Hoop Dreams.
50. McConkey (2013)
Shane McConkey was an extreme skier and Base jumper who lived life on the edge, and very much to the full. »
Such clamor and excitement around what is essentially J.J. Abrams‘ follow-up to the much-derided Star Trek: Into Darkness might be strange if perceived in a vacuum, but the director himself recognized the flaws of some of his previous work in a new interview. “I didn’t want to enter into making a movie where we didn’t really own our story. I feel like I’ve done that a couple of times in my career,” he tells Wired. “That’s not to say I’m not proud of my work, but the fact is I remember starting to shoot Super 8 and Star Trek Into Darkness and feeling like I hadn’t really solved some fundamental story problems.”
He goes on to talk about Rian Johnson‘s follow-up, saying, “The script for VIII is written. I’m sure rewrites are going to be endless, like they always are. But »
- Leonard Pearce
You’d be forgiven for thinking that director Jj Abrams already has plenty to contend with, what with Star Wars: The Force Awakens coming out in just over a month’s time. But in the run-up to the release of Episode VII, it’s just been announced that Abrams has taken the plunge into the realm of videogames.
A joint venture between Abrams’ company Bad Robot Interactive and Infinity Blade developer Chair Entertainment, Spyjinx is an action-strategy game featuring “dynamic world-building and RPG character development - all set in a thrilling, treacherous world of espionage.”
Right now, there isn’t too much to report about the game itself, except that it’s running on Unreal Engine 4 and that its beta is due to launch in »
Yesterday we brought you some comments from J.J. Abrams about Star Wars: The Force Awakens [see here], and now speaking to Wired the director has compared his experience developing the story for the upcoming blockbuster with his previous work on Super 8 and Star Trek Into Darkness, stating that he felt those movies both had “fundamental story problems”.
“We all take our experiences with us from one project to the next, but in this case, I never looked to draw from my past work. More than anything, I drew on personal experiences as cautionary tales, things that I didn’t want to do again. For example, I didn’t want to enter into making a movie where we didn’t really own our story. I feel like I’ve done that a couple of times in my career. That’s not to say I’m not proud of my work, but »
- Gary Collinson
Star Trek Into Darkness was not terribly well received by fans of the franchise, as shortly after it was released, it was voted the worst Star Trek movie at a fan convention (below even Galaxy Quest, which isn.t even an actual Star Trek movie). There are definitely supporters, but there are a number of problems, and even director J.J. Abrams had one big issue making the movie. Building up to the massively anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Abrams sat down with Wired for an extensive interview, where he revealed: I didn.t want to enter into making a movie where we didn.t really own our story. I feel like I.ve done that a couple of times in my career. That.s not to say I.m not proud of my work, but the fact is I remember starting to shoot Super 8 and Star Trek »
Amazon acquires Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon, plus New Elle Fanning image Amazon Studios has acquired Nicolas Winding Refn’s anticipated The Neon Demon and will release it theatrically stateside next summer. The film has also released a gory new image of star Elle Fanning (Super 8, Maleficent), which you can check out in the gallery below!…
- Max Evry
Much like the original 1977 film, the aim is to do a self-contained film that lays the groundwork for further movies to come but wraps up its own threads in the process and stands on its own despite all the promotional throwbacks to the original trilogy. In a new feature piece for Wired, Abrams says:
"We wanted to tell a story that had its own self-contained beginning, middle and end but at the same time, like A New Hope, implied a history that preceded it and also hinted at a future to follow.
When Star Wars first came out, it was a film that both allowed the audience to understand a new story but also to infer all sorts of exciting things that might be. »
- Garth Franklin
It's taken a few years, but we're already less than two months away from the next entry in the "Star Wars" franchise. Like many fans, I'm crossing my fingers that nothing ridiculous or tragic will happen to me in the next month and a half. I just need to make it December 18th. It being so close to the film's release, Disney is starting to unleash its media Blitzkrieg onto the world with all things "Star Wars," and included in that barrage of content is an interview with Wired.
In that interview, director J.J. Abrams reveals a lot of details regarding the filmmaking process of "The Force Awakens" that will be sweet nectar to the ears of fans all around the world.
First off, Abrams discussed the balance in making a film that was both wholly satisfying, and a setup for things to come.
"We wanted to tell a story »
- Joseph Medina
London — Content Media and Defy Media, a leading producer and programmer of digital content, have inked a deal to finance “Higher Power,” a sci-fi movie from producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, who is best known for the “Transformer” and “G.I. Joe” franchises.
The movie tells the story of an ordinary guy who risks his life to save his daughter, and ends up with powers beyond his wildest imagination.
International distributors will get their first glimpse of “Higher Power” at next week’s American Film Market in Santa Monica, where Content’s film president, Jamie Carmichael, and its head of sales, Harry White, will debut the first footage. CAA co-represents U.S. distribution rights with Content.
The film is directed by Matthew Santoro, the visual effects artist for “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” “X-Men: The Last Stand,” “The Incredible Hulk” and “300,” from a script by Julia Fair (“Alien Raiders”). It stars Ron Eldard (“Sleepers, »
- Leo Barraclough
There’s a line in the new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens where the villain Kylo Ren tells us “I’ll finish what you started.” while the shot lingers on the burnt helmet of Darth Vader. It feels like this line could just as easily apply to Director J.J. Abrams, finishing what George Lucas started back in 1977.
Like everyone else on the internet I was watching the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer with anticipation and a little bit of trepidation. Anticipation because it’s a new Star Wars movie. Trepidation because I’ve been here before. I remember 1999. The hordes packing the theaters to see the first glimpse of The Phantom Menace. Every geek was bursting with anticipation. Darth Maul figures were flying off the shelf. This »
- Anghus Houvouras
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Jj Abrams hotly-anticipated continuation of the classic space saga, is fast approaching. We're this close to heading back to a galaxy far, far away, so get yourself up to speed with all the information floating in the ether about this sequel. Here's everything you need to know...
The final trailer drops huge story hints
The third and final Force Awakens trailer paints the film as an all-out war movie with John Boyega, Oscar Isaac and Daisy Ridley joining the Resistance (led by Leia and Han Solo, presumably) to take down the First Order (who are emerging from the ashes of the old Empire). Points of note...
Kylo Ren is a Darth Vader fanatic, promising to "finish what you started"
Poe Dameron is being tortured by Kylo Ren - is he getting turned to the Dark Side?
Where's Luke? He's been conspicuously absent from all »
Based off the book series of the same name, Goosebumps took around $23.5 million over the weekend from 3,500 theatres. Despite a big Thursday opening, Sony hedged their bets by saying the movie will make around $12 million, so this is a big result for them. And with an impressive ‘A’ CinemaScore, this should easily recuperate its $58 million budget before the film is release overseas next year.
See Also: Read our review of Goosebumps here
- Luke Owen
By the time the "Goosebumps" publishing phenomenon began, I was well past the age of the target audience. I worked at a bookstore for a little while in the '90s, and watching the way kids went berserk about the series, I was always curious about what made them so addictive. Now I've got a voracious reader in my house, and he's burning his way through the series, which made us the perfect pair to watch Sony's new big-budget "Goosebumps" movie. Sony has several films on their slate that follow the "Jumanji" model, including an actual "Jumanji" reboot, and the script credited to Darren Lemke, from a story by Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski, is certainly efficient at setting up and unleashing the bad guys here. What once would have seemed avant-garde, blending the author of the series with his own creations, is now a big fat commercial hook. After all, »
- Drew McWeeny
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