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Paramount Is Anything But Happy That J.J. Abrams Jumped Ship To Direct ‘Star Wars’
eelyajekiM   |  

Paramount Not Happy J.J. Abrams Is Directing Another Star Wars

Finding a director for a Star Wars movie isn’t as easy you might think. But recent moves show that Disney has a few sources they can rely upon. Take J.J. Abramsrecent hiring to direct Star Wars: Episode IX. The Force Awakens director signed back on to direct the final installment of the trilogy after Colin Trevorrow exited the project due to creative differences. While the move may be a cause for celebration for some, it is disconcerting for a studio like Paramount, who has given the filmmaker a home for Bad Robot projects – Cloverfield, Super 8, the Star Trek films, etc.

Now there is word that Paramount isn’t happy with Abrams directing Star Wars: Episode IX, and there’s conflicting reports on how much it cost the studio to let Abrams take the job. More on the story below.

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‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ To Hit Theaters In December 2019
eelyajekiM   |  

Star Wars: Episode IX Release Date

It wasn’t too long ago that Lucasfilm was looking for a Star Wars: Episode IX director to replace the departed Colin Trevorrow.

Now that we know J.J. Abrams will return to finish the trilogy he started with The Force Awakens, we are getting a few more details about the highly anticipated film. The film, which was originally slated for a May 2019 release, has now been pushed back all the way to December 2019. More on the story below.

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J.J. Abrams To Direct ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’
eelyajekiM   |  

Star Wars The Force Awakens star Daisy Ridley and director J.J. Abrams

Just last week, Colin Trevorrow exited as director on Star Wars: Episode IX over creative differences. The film left a small void that didn’t need to be filled in a hurry considering that Star Wars: The Last Jedi hasn’t been released yet. Now, that void has been filled. By none other than Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams.

Lucasfilm hasn’t had a stable directing force ever since it was acquired by Disney. But they’ve been able to see three films all the way through with three directors. Abrams with The Force Awakens; Gareth Edwards – to a certain point – with Rouge One: A Star Wars Story, and Rian Johnson with the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi. In the past Josh Trank was forced out of another of the spinoffs due to his behind the scenes antics; Phil Lord and Chris Miller were let go due to creative differences on the still untitled Han Solo spinoff; and the same with Trevorrow on Episode IX. So let’s take a look at who will be joining the Star Wars director, below.

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‘Westworld’ Season 2 SDCC Trailer Breakdown – Violent Delights
Mr. BabyMan   |  

Westworld Season 2

Violent Delights is a weekly podcast where hosts Andrew Sorcini, Dwayne DeFreitas, and Tosin Onafowokan discuss HBO’s Westworld, and the larger questions this ambitious show hopes to tackle.

In this special edition of the Violent Delights podcast, Andy, Dwayne, and Tosin breakdown the San Diego Comic-Con trailer for HBO’s Westworld Season 2, shot-by-shot, and what it reveals for the upcoming season.

Watch the trailer just below, and then listen to the podcast episode at the bottom of this post.

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‘Westworld’ Season 2 SDCC Trailer: The Hosts Go On A Horseback Killing Spree
eelyajekiM   |  

Westworld season 2 header

It’s still hard to imagine that we won’t be getting Season 2 of HBO’s Westworld this year. As disappointing as that sounds, Season 2 will premiere sometime in 2018. And though the show is currently in production, the cast and crew of Westworld were at SDCC this weekend to “talk” about what they’ve been up to. They even had some new footage to show in a new trailer. Check it out here below.

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‘Overlord’: Release Date Set For Supernatural World War II Movie
The Movie God   |  

Release Date Set For Overlord

A release date has been set for Overlord, which is described as a supernatural World War II thriller.

An October 26, 2018 release date has been locked in for the movie, which comes from Paramount Pictures and Bad Robot. Starring is Jovan Adepo (Fences, The Leftovers) and Wyatt Russell (22 Jump Street, Everybody Wants Some!!). Directing is Julius Avery (Son of a Gun), from a scrip penned by Billy Ray (The Hunger Games, Captain Phillips) and Mark L. Smith (The Revenant, Vacancy).

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‘Lovecraft Country’: Jordan Peele, J.J. Abrams Team For HBO Horror Anthology Series
The Movie God   |  

Lovecraft Country

It’s been announced that Key & Peele star and Get Out director Jordan Peele and his Monkeypaw Productions, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Trek director J.J. Abrams and his Bad Robot Productions, and Warner Bros. Television are joining forces for an HBO horror anthology series titled Lovecraft Country.

The one-hour supernatural drama series is based on the novel of the same name by author Matt Ruff, and HBO has already given the project a straight-to-series order.

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Video: Josh Gad Recruits An All-Star Cast To Pry ‘Star Wars’ Spoilers From Daisy Ridley
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi

It appears that Josh Gad persistently trying to pry Star Wars: The Last Jedi spoilers from Daisy Ridley will be an ongoing thing. For the first and second videos, it’s just been him trying to get answers to his questions. When that was going nowhere, he enlisted the help of his Murder on the Orient Express co-star Dame Judi Dench. The video seemed to have the answers to his questions, but it cut off at the right moment.

Obviously we aren’t getting anywhere with Gad leading the questioning, so he’s recruited some extra help. Let’s just say there is a bit of a crossover going on with stars and filmmakers from Murder on the Orient Express, Jurassic World, The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Hamilton, and even Star Wars: The Force Awakens questioning her. And no, I’m not talking about Daisy Ridley, herself. Check out who else wants to know more about Star Wars: The Last Jedi in the video below.

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Hulu Orders 10 Episodes Of Stephen King Series ‘Castle Rock’ From J.J. Abrams
The Movie God   |  

Castle Rock

Hulu already has one series based on the work of Stephen King and produced by J.J. Abrams, 11.22.63. Now another one is on the way.

The streaming service has ordered 10 episodes of a new series titled Castle Rock from King and Abrams, through Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions and Warner Bros. Television. The title is the same name as the fictional town in Maine many of King’s stories are set in, part of his shared overall multiverse. The series will be set in that same multiverse. The new project from King and Abrams was first announced a few days back, followed by today’s confirmation of the number of episodes ordered.

You can read more about the show and check out a recently released teaser for it below.

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J.J. Abrams Brings In Anna Foerster To Direct ‘Lou’
eelyajekiM   |  

Bad Robot

There has been growing frustration over the lack of quality female directors not being given the chance to direct tentpole films. There may be a few exceptions, but when Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy says things like “We want to make sure that when we bring a female director in to do Star Wars, they’re set up for success. They’re gigantic films, and you can’t come into them with essentially no experience,” it is easy to see why the call for female directors to helm blockbuster films is getting louder.

So rather than just be vocal during the campaign or wait around to do something, J.J. Abrams, and his Bad Robot production company are bringing in Outlander director Anna Foerster to helm a drama called Lou. Find out more about this film below.

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