J.J. Abrams

Force Awakens Set Photos photo
... and he sure looks stunning in black
May the fourth be... NO! I will not do it, I will not say those words. Luckily, Vanity Fair will, and with them, they posted a handful of new set photos from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, revealing a few juicy details.  ...

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Star Trek Into Greatness

The Star Trek films have a lot of lens flares


Yet not enough
Jan 23
// Nick Valdez
According to these videos from editor Dylan Browne, there are quite a few lens flares in the first two Star Trek films. Around 1500 of them apparently. In other Star Trek news, Simon Pegg is co-writing the third film with Doug Jung (Dark Blue) with Justin Lin still signed on to direct. Only good can come of this, right?  Or at the very least, more lens flares!  [via /Film]
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Star Wars: Episode VII

Star Wars: The Force Awakens finally names its characters


Dec 12
// Nick Valdez
Although the first teaser trailer for The Force Awakens was the very definition of tease, people have been scrounging and speculating left and right over the ten shots featured. Well, now we're one step closer to figuring out...

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In a galaxy not so far away anymore
It's been a long time coming. When Disney bought out Lucasfilm two years ago and announced their plans for another Star Wars trilogy, we all went into some sort of nerd shock. Whether or not you're a fan of the films, you un...

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Episode VII Trailer

UPDATE: Star Wars: The Force Awakens to debut trailer in select theaters Friday


Nov 24
// Nick Valdez
UPDATE: There are 30 theaters showing the trailer according to StarWars.com (which we've listed below). Good luck! Original story follows. Surely the most anticipated trailer for the rest of the year is for Star Wars: Episode...
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Superman bein' Superman

J.J. Abrams' Superman: Flyby would've been fantastic


...ly awful
Sep 01
// Nick Valdez
Before J.J Abrams got a chance to direct your beloved childhood properties like Star Trek and Star Wars, he was just a guy Warner Bros drafted to work on a the canceled Superman project, Superman: Flyby back in 2002.  B...
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J.J. Abrams teases Edgar Wright coming to Star Wars


And that's when every nerd on earth became aroused
Aug 19
// Matthew Razak
Well here's a hell of a tease (not to mention what would be an awesome wedding). J.J. Abrams just tweeted this image of him and Edgar Wright holding hands hinting strongly that he's getting married to the man... or that Wrigh...
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Star Wars: Episode VII

Star Wars: Episode VII has an X-Wing in it


Jul 22
// Nick Valdez
There's not much to say about this. As part of the promotion for the UNICEF "Force for Change" campaign, J.J Abrams recorded a video in front of an X-Wing (technically a Headhunter, but every other site says "X-Wing" and I want to be popular). Sooooo enjoy. You can donate with Omaze to enter the contest for an advanced screening, too.  [via Omaze]
Star Wars: Episode VII photo
Includes John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis and more!
Pre-empting possible leaks, with shooting taking place in just a few weeks (and possibly in celebration of May the 4th), the Star Wars: Episode VII crew has announced the cast of the film. And given this huge cast of notable ...

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Star Wars: Episode VII

Star Wars VII script complete, Jesse Plemons in talks


Everything else is just a bunch of noise, apparently
Jan 20
// Nick Valdez
There are a LOT of Star Wars: Episode VII rumors floating around. From script problems, to crazy actor castings, to story points and so on. We here at Flixist don't want to clog you guys with all of that mumbo jumbo, and will...
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J.J. Abrams regrets keeping Khan in the Mystery Box


Duuuuuuuuuuuuh
Dec 03
// Mike Cosimano
In a recent interview with MTV News, J.J. Abrams talked about why he felt keeping the identity of Star Trek Into Darkness' villain a secret was a bad idea; something I realized as soon as Kirk punched Khan in the face and he ...
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R2-D2 is back for Episode VII


What an incredible surprise
Nov 15
// Mike Cosimano
Now that Episode VII has a date and is moving ahead with production, the nerds of the world finally have a semi-reasonable excuse to pick apart every rumor and tease. Back when the movie was still in the planning stages, it w...
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Rumor: Chiwetel Ejiofor for Star Wars Ep. VII?


Because we just don't have enough Star Wars casting rumors
Nov 04
// Matthew Razak
Star Wars casting rumors are about as rampant as a bad case of the tribbles (SCI-IF UNIVERSE CROSS REFERENCE), but this one is both too good and too random to pass up. A The Times reporter walked into a interview w...
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Star Trek Into Greatness

Rumor: Joe Cornish could direct Star Trek 3


This could be the best thing.
Nov 04
// Nick Valdez
If this rumor turns out to be true in some fashion, allow me to title the next Star Trek film, Star Trek Into Greatness (or maybe Star Trek Into Something Less Full of Bologna?). According to the good folks at Deadline, since...
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JJ sez Star Wars VII will be "emotional" and buzzword


Star Trekker to take on Wars with emotion
Sep 20
// Nathan Hardisty
Our lord and savior JJ Abrams came out of the star-spangled closet to finally say some buzzwords about the Second Coming of Christ a.k.a Episode VII. The Into Darkness director said that he hopes that he will deliver an ...
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Star Wars Episode VII shooting on 35mm, Dan Mindel is DP


Film stock? Scale models? Damn, kickin' it old school!
Aug 23
// Hubert Vigilla
Yesterday at an industry event in Los Angeles, it was announced that J.J. Abrams will shoot Star Wars Episode VII on 35mm (Kodak film stock 5219) rather than going digital. Dan Mindel will be the film's cinematographer. Minde...
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Strange(r) teaser from J.J. Abrams


It's definitely a... thing
Aug 19
// Matthew Razak
So just watch the teaser (I think that's what it is) above for... well, we're not sure what for. J.J. Abrams, who loves to be secretive and do ARG stuff with his films, put this out supposedly teasing his production company'...
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Star Trek 3 grabbing new writers


To boldly go where many other writers have gone before
Jul 23
// Matthew Razak
Rumors are popping up that two new writers have been brought on for the next Star Trek film as Kurtzman, Orci and Lindelof leave to go mess around with some other beloved franchise. Bad Robot, JJ Abrams production compan...
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Jonathan Rhys Meyers in talks for Star Wars: Episode VII?


May 21
// Hubert Vigilla
So far the actors who'll likely be in Star Wars: Episode VII are Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford, all of whom would reprise their roles from the original trilogy. They're still in negotiations, as far as anyone ...

Review: Star Trek Into Darkness

May 15 // Nathan Hardisty
Star Trek Into DarknessDirector: J.J Abrams Release Date: May 9, 2013 (UK); May 15, 2013 (US IMAX), May 16, 2013 (US non-IMAX)Rating: 12A (UK), PG-13 (US) [embed]215165:39838:0[/embed] Into Darkness follows the next chapter of Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) and Spock (Zachary Quinto) of the Starship Enterprise. From the very beginning, Kirk's leadership is questioned and ripped open by some dramatic events. What happens, alongside all this, is an act of terrorism in London which plunges the entire Federation into alert and into full scale manhunt mode. Kirk is sent, off the record, to track down the man behind the attacks, John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch), and is soon thrown into inter-galactic political tensions, alien threats and sciency-wiency laser battles. Kirk must destroy the near unstoppable Harrison and uncover the darker truth underneath Starfleet Command. The plot honestly borrows quite heavily from the likes of The Avengers and The Dark Knight, with most of it revolving around the capture of a dangerous figure and the truth behind the destruction he brings to the world. The film decides to go into full-scale Empire Strikes Back-mode and has character conflicts, reversed relationships, action pieces full of genuinely terrifying sequences and some final beats that reveal the true emotional depth in Abrams' sci-fi tinged fingertips. The plot and general thrust of the film is simplistic, often predictable at times, and yet the evolution of the characters and enthralling pace just keeps you still second-guessing every single moment of this sugary roller-coaster ride. That's not to say the film is completely obsessed with superficial, fizzy detail. The lens flares, clean white atmosphere of the Enterprise and set design all create this gorgeous and often breathtaking scenery that holds a delicious place for Into Darkness to play out. Abrams' meshing of physical sets with digital artistry fuels more confidence that he has complete handle over what makes modern science-fiction truly buzz with excitement, injecting great hope into the claim that he'll make Star Wars work again. What really works, more than anything in the film, is its attention to detail with the characters. These are all treasured icons, and yet Abrams is somehow able to craft new emotional depth and collide new elements together to bring to light what makes Star Trek such a great avenue for exploring characters and relationships. I've never understood the 'bland' and 'unoriginal' critique of Abrams' work. The emotional pulp realism of Cloverfield, the ode to nostalgia in Super 8 and now the crucible of characters with Star Trek show an absolute commitment to humanity, feeling and history. Into Darkness delivers moments in which both Trekkies and everyone else will absolutely delight in equally; it is a simultaneous faithful and fresh vision, one that could be used in a quantum physics textbook as an analogy. That marriage of past and present is possibly the greatest  achievement of Abrams' career thus far. The film doesn't play fast and loose with its roots in any way, besides some small odd referencing that just seems to exist for referencing sake. The fresh up-scaling of the Enterprise is still incredibly faithful, the make-up and costumes carry that same intricate attention that the original series embodied, and it's, as a whole, a trip into what makes Star Trek wonderful. The action set-pieces are all engaging, though a few of these pieces may be a little bit flabby. The film's pace still keeps on that Warp throttle to create a deliciously dizzy sense of involving inertia that never lets your attention fade. Characters rip flaws in each other and shout out revelations over loud explosions and crackling phaser stun-ning shootouts. This is really a film that manages to get its exposition in both subtle and literally explosive means. Into Darkness has a fluid structure to that, just as it seems jarring or jumpy, manages to tie itself all together in succinct ways and develop itself further. Some entire sub-plots are resolved in five to seven words and Abrams manages to still make it all incredibly satisfying to the point of absolute glee. The centerpiece of this film, however, has to be its performances. Chris Pine shines as a Kirk under some impossible pressure, layering on some great showcase of his emotional flexibility and ability to fluidly move from snarky witticisms to full-on feelings. Zachary Quinto's Spock deals with existentialist drama and his entire character arc serves as the film's main thematic backdrop, allowing Quinto to show off his own brand of Spock that makes every single blink from him just make you believe he was born for the role. The way that Abrams manages to neatly insert a special piece of Star Trek history inside of Spock's character arc, to show off Quinto's juicy acting chops, is a testament to the true intelligence that rides inside the film. Benedict Cumberbatch's John Harrison is an incredible shock to the Star Trek system, creating a presence of absolute terror and awe in every scene he is in. If you're a fan of Sherlock you'll be surprised to see just how physical of an actor he can be, and just how scared you'll be to see his cheekbones appear. Zoe Saldana as Uhura is given some time to show off her absolute badassery, while newcomer Alice Eve stutters ever so slightly to find her place on board. Praise also has to be showered on Simon Pegg's Scotty who manages to keep the film in its most outlandish moments still grounded in heartfelt and bubbly territory. My only criticism is that Yelchin's Chekov and Cho's Sulu are relegated to 'sitting around' duty while the entire film takes place. It really feels focused on a handful of the crew members rather than feeling like an entire team's journey into the unknown. Into Darkness is a practically perfect Summer blockbuster. It's not exactly clever in its plot activity and some of its Trekkie references just sit around as mere tidbit mentions rather than actually meaning anything. Still, however, this is an absolutely Cumbersbash of a film. It's a rocket-propelled, stunning symphony of cracking action pieces, character crashes and moments of absolute jaw-dropping delight that just crackles with what a Summer blockbuster should be. Abrams delivers an entirely fresh leap out of the new Star Trek broth, managing to keep it exciting and buzzing with thrills galore. This is, so far, the best film of Summer and, aside from a few niggles from MIA characters, plot holes and pacing that is sometimes unforgiving, it's an otherwise incredible journey into the heart of Star Trek. Abrams, with these films, shows how he is the absolute auteur of blending the old-fashioned with the new-fashioned and shows off exactly what a treat we have in store for us when we get his offering of Star Wars fantasy.
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Set phasers to Cumberbatch
I thoroughly enjoyed the first Abrams Star Trek with all of its timeline meshing, cute references and lens flares. Into Darkness has been on my radar for a good while, and with Abrams now in the chair for Star ...

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Two new posters for Star Trek Into Darkness


May 01
// Liz Rugg
Two new posters have emerged for J.J. Abrams' next Star Trek movie, Star Trek Into Darkness. One is a regular poster, and the other will only be available through purchase of an IMAX ticket to Into Darkness. The first poster ...
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John Williams likely to score Episode VII


Apr 30
// Logan Otremba
J.J. Abrams spoke at a press conference recently in Berlin for Star Trek Into Darkness. He was inevitably asked questions regarding his next project, Star Wars: Episode VII. While he guided questions away from the subject, he...
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New Star Trek Into Darkness pics have guns and things


How'd we wind up in Black Hawk Down? This a holodeck thing?
Mar 26
// Hubert Vigilla
Star Trek Into Darkness is just a few weeks away, and some new pics from the film have dropped. They feature everything that made the original Star Trek series great, like savage life-and-death gunfights filmed in war-torn Mo...
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Mark Hamill sets us straight on Star Wars: Episode 7


There have been talks, but no one's signed on for anything yet
Feb 20
// Hubert Vigilla
We've had so much Star Wars: Episode VII speculation going on lately about Harrison Ford returning to play Han Solo and Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher hopping back aboard as well. Now, we're getting the record set straight by ...
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John Williams hoping for a return to Star Wars


Feb 18
// Logan Otremba
Practically everyone who has ever been involved in Star Wars has been wondering if they will be involved in Star Wars: Episode VII. The most recent is now John Williams wondering what he might be doing. For those who don&rsqu...
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Check out motion poster for Star Trek Into Darkness


Feb 18
// Logan Otremba
Paramount has just released a new motion poster for Star Trek Into Darkness which basically combines the narration from the teaser trailer with the imagery in the teaser poster. While it isn't anything that we haven't seen or...
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Flixistentialism 08 - Butt Fries


yo ho ho and a bottle of rum
Feb 15
// Andres Bolivar
Oh boy. So on this episode ...we celebrate being single on Valentine's Day by getting drunk and talking movies. Also, Nick sings a sweet rendition of Sisqo's "The Thong Song. I'm a little drunk as I write this and I'm not quite sure what happened... so I appologize in advance. Rate us, suscribe us, love us.  
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Flixistentialism 07 - Breast Milk


You made my day-aayyyyyyyyy
Feb 08
// Andres Bolivar
On this Lizbeth-less episode of Flixistentialism: Geoffrey discovers the dangers of breast milk, Nicholas is comically oblivious to someone who has a crush on him, and Dre slowly loses his patience/sanity. Plus, they discuss ...
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Abrams: Half-Life or Portal movie in early planning


Feb 06
// Matthew Razak
J.J. Abrams is now easily the most powerful person in all of nerdom. As if conquering science fiction isn't enough he took to the stage at DICE today with Gabe Newell and informed everyone that they're working on a game ...
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UPDATE: Super Bowl TV spot for Star Trek Into Darkness


Tickets for early screenings on sale if you download the Star Trek App
Feb 05
// Hubert Vigilla
[UPDATE: In addition to getting tix to early screenings of Star Trek Into Darkness, downloading the Star Trek App will also give users an exclusive look at an extended cut of this Super Bowl spot. A little more information a...

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