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 Posted:   May 3, 2013 - 9:02 AM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)



STAR WARS: EPISODE VII--JJ Abrams commented on his approach to the Star Wars franchise... [It should be] what you deeply want to see, never what you assume the fans might like."


Translation: "I'm going to direct this the exact same way as I did with Star Trek, and there is nothing you can do about it."


I'm totally with Abrams on this. One should strive to follow one's personal style and interpretation as much as possible, regardless of what audiences and fans want. Of course, it should also fit into the existing fictional universe, but I'm confident Abrams will find that balance.


I agree with you, Thor. I have total confidence in Abrams -- he has never let me down. I totally get his passion, joy, and love of movies (and TV) and can't think of a better person to helm the upcoming Star Wars adventures.

That's the problem with the "translation" made above -- it's not a translation, it's what that one particular person chooses to hear. It's a preexisting opinion and cynicism that uses a small quote to try to bolster their stubborn position. Online computer chair critics find it so easy to take a quick sentence, a sound bite, and think they can fully determine the intent of the speaker and let their preconceived notions and opinions run rampant with disregard to how, in this case, Abrams, is approaching the material.

People seem to think Abrams has such malice, such arrogance, such disregard for the people and fans who watch his entertainment. If they knew anything about Abrams as a man, as a producer, as a writer, as a filmmaker, they would probably still hold their dear opinion close to their chest lest they be wrong (!) ... my personal opinion, culled from following Abrams' career since Felicity and every step of the way, is that the man is a visionary and one of the most important filmmakers of our time, one who respects the art of film and television as well as his audiences.

 
 Posted:   May 3, 2013 - 9:11 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)


People seem to think Abrams has such malice, such arrogance, such disregard for the people and fans who watch his entertainment. If they knew anything about Abrams as a man, as a producer, as a writer, as a filmmaker, they would probably still hold their dear opinion close to their chest lest they be wrong (!) ... my personal opinion, culled from following Abrams' career since Felicity and every step of the way, is that the man is a visionary and one of the most important filmmakers of our time, one who respects the art of film and television as well as his audiences.


Your perfectly entitled to your opinion but my response would be... eek confused roll eyes

 
 Posted:   May 3, 2013 - 9:14 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

VALKYRIES---movie underway about Norse hero Sigurd who must slay the dragon Fafnir to end a generations-long curse.

Most likely an attempt to cash in on The Hobbit Part 2.

 
 Posted:   May 3, 2013 - 9:15 AM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)


People seem to think Abrams has such malice, such arrogance, such disregard for the people and fans who watch his entertainment. If they knew anything about Abrams as a man, as a producer, as a writer, as a filmmaker, they would probably still hold their dear opinion close to their chest lest they be wrong (!) ... my personal opinion, culled from following Abrams' career since Felicity and every step of the way, is that the man is a visionary and one of the most important filmmakers of our time, one who respects the art of film and television as well as his audiences.


Your perfectly entitled to your opinion but my response would be... eek confused roll eyes


big grin

 
 Posted:   May 3, 2013 - 11:19 AM   
 By:   Storyteller   (Member)



STAR WARS: EPISODE VII--JJ Abrams commented on his approach to the Star Wars franchise... [It should be] what you deeply want to see, never what you assume the fans might like."


Translation: "I'm going to direct this the exact same way as I did with Star Trek, and there is nothing you can do about it."


I'm totally with Abrams on this. One should strive to follow one's personal style and interpretation as much as possible, regardless of what audiences and fans want. Of course, it should also fit into the existing fictional universe, but I'm confident Abrams will find that balance.


I agree with you, Thor. I have total confidence in Abrams -- he has never let me down. I totally get his passion, joy, and love of movies (and TV) and can't think of a better person to helm the upcoming Star Wars adventures.

That's the problem with the "translation" made above -- it's not a translation, it's what that one particular person chooses to hear. It's a preexisting opinion and cynicism that uses a small quote to try to bolster their stubborn position. Online computer chair critics find it so easy to take a quick sentence, a sound bite, and think they can fully determine the intent of the speaker and let their preconceived notions and opinions run rampant with disregard to how, in this case, Abrams, is approaching the material.

People seem to think Abrams has such malice, such arrogance, such disregard for the people and fans who watch his entertainment. If they knew anything about Abrams as a man, as a producer, as a writer, as a filmmaker, they would probably still hold their dear opinion close to their chest lest they be wrong (!) ... my personal opinion, culled from following Abrams' career since Felicity and every step of the way, is that the man is a visionary and one of the most important filmmakers of our time, one who respects the art of film and television as well as his audiences.





It's not a real "translation"? Oh no, I have been discovered. How ever did you figure out my english to english wording was not an actual translation? Curse you!

Good grief doof, this was an obvious gag given all the criticism the man has been getting lately. He's basically playing the "idiot's gambit" with his statement. If he is not intending to meet "fan's expectations" than he is obviously saying he will do what he feels is right for the project. Which means he'll be doing what he wants because he is in control... well duh! Glad he cleared that up for everyone.

The only statement I would disagree with, and even openly mock is "the man is a visionary and one of the most important filmmakers of our time". LOL. The man has done nothing "important" or even any single thing that has furthered the art of film. I'm no great fan of James Cameron, but he is a genius who has made genuine contributions to the field of filmmaking by creating new cameras, and special effects techniques that other filmmakers can now use. He has created whole worlds. That is important, that is being a visionary. All JJ has done is discovered where the Lens Flare plug-in is located at on his iMac. Whoa! Important.

 
 Posted:   May 3, 2013 - 12:09 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

All JJ has done is discovered where the Lens Flare plug-in is located at on his iMac. Whoa! Important.

LMAO! smile

 
 
 Posted:   May 3, 2013 - 2:22 PM   
 By:   c3p007   (Member)



STAR WARS: EPISODE VII--JJ Abrams commented on his approach to the Star Wars franchise... [It should be] what you deeply want to see, never what you assume the fans might like."






Translation: "I'm going to direct this the exact same way as I did with Star Trek, and there is nothing you can do about it."


JJ Abrams is not a fan of Star Trek. I don't think he "gets" it.

He IS a fan of Star Wars... that we all know. And I believe he will "get" it very well indeed.

 
 
 Posted:   May 6, 2013 - 8:33 AM   
 By:   fisch   (Member)

MONDAY, MAY 6

MAN OF STEEL---new photos of Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner and Diane Lane from the Superman movie which also stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams and Laurence Fishburne. Premiere is June 14.






THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2---new photos of Emma Stone and Jamie Foxx from the sequel. Stone is wearing the same outfit Gwen wore in her death in THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #121 comic book which led to speculation Gwen will die in the sequel.






STAR TREK---writer Damon Lindelof commented on the third movie in the series and the possibility of Klingons, Benedict Cumberbatch and characters from THE NEXT GENERATION in the new sequel, "You can never see enough Klingons, and I think in this film we've given the audience a little taste, but there's also a promise that there's a larger conflict on the horizon, and that would be fun to see." He said about Cumberbatch, "To answer that question would be to determine whether or not he actually survives this movie. But if he survives this movie, I think that we would be incredibly stupid to not use him again." Lindelof said about THE NEXT GENERATION characters in the third movie, "You can't talk about Trek and not talk about the Borg, and certainly about Q. Very iconic adversaries from The Next Generation which is, outside of the original cast films, was my entry way into Star Trek, so I wouldn't mind getting - towards the end of our run on Star Trek, maybe baby Picard could be born. There has to be some sort of crossover we're not thinking of."
Also, THE NEW YORK TIMES reported JJ Abrams may not return for the third Trek movie, "He [Abrams] said it was unlikely that Paramount would wait another four years for such a film, in which case his 'Star Wars' schedule would likely conflict with it."




INTERSTELLAR---Michael Caine reunites with Christopher Nolan in this outer space movie starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain.

SURVIVOR---Katherine Heigl and Clive Owen star in this movie in which the lone State Department survivor of a bombing of the US embassy in London flees after she is suspected of being involved in the bombing conspiracy.

THE CROW---Luke Evans has signed to star in the remake of the 1994 Brandon Lee movie.

MEN IN BLACK 4---Sony Pictures hired Oren Uziel (MORTAL KOMBAT: REBIRTH) to write the sequel script. He also will write the sequel for 21 JUMP STREET.

EX MACHINA---Alicia Vikander (ANNA KARENINA) is in negotiations to star as an advanced female robot in this sci fi movie written and directed by Alex Garland (28 DAYS LATER).

JOE DIRT---a digital sequel to the 2001 David Spade movie is underway.

MICHAEL JACKSON---former British actor Mark Lester (OLIVER) said he donated the sperm for his friend Michael Jackson's children.

 
 
 Posted:   May 7, 2013 - 8:53 AM   
 By:   fisch   (Member)

TUESDAY, MAY 7

ICE STATION ZEBRA---remake underway of the 1968 John Sturges movie based on the Alistair McLean novel. Oscar-winner Christopher McQuarrie (THE USUAL SUSPECTS, VALKYRIE, JACK REACHER) is the writer/director. The original movie starred Rock Hudson, Patrick McGoohan, Ernest Borgnine and Jim Brown.




MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 5---Tom Cruise signed for the latest sequel. Christopher McQuarrie is reported to be the writer/director. McQuarrie also wrote the script for the upcoming movie WITHOUT REMORSE based on the Tom Clancy novel.




AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL PICTURES---ten American International Pictures 1950s B movies, including several Roger Corman movies, will be remade. They are: GIRLS IN PRISON, THE SHE CREATURE, TEENAGE CAVEMAN, THE BRAIN EATERS, WAR OF THE COLOSSAL BEAST, VIKING WOMEN AND THE SEA SERPENT, RUNAWAY DAUGHTERS, THE COOL AND THE CRAZY, DAY THE WORLD ENDED and THE UNDEAD.




JANE GOT A GUN---Ewan McGregor has replaced Bradley Cooper who replaced Jude Law who replaced Michael Fassbender in this Western movie starring Natalie Portman.

THE OFFICE---Steve Carell will reportedly appear in the final episode despite repeated denials.

HEAT---Jason Alexander (SEINFELD) has joined the cast of the remake of the 1986 Burt Reynolds movie. Jason Statham, Sofia Vergara and Stanley Tucci star in the remake.

TRANSFORMERS 4---Sophia Myles will play a scientist in the reboot movie.

SKIPTRACE---movie underway starring Jackie Chan and Fan Bingbing in which a Hong Kong detective and a US gambler team up to take down Hong Kong's most notorious criminal.

COPS---the canceled Fox series was picked up by Spike TV and will premiere in September.

INSIDE THE MACHINE---movie underway about an undercover ATF agent who takes on an assassination gang run by a criminal mastermind in prison.

 
 Posted:   May 7, 2013 - 9:05 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)


TRANSFORMERS 4---Sophia Myles will play a scientist in the reboot movie.

She was incredibly awesome in Thunderbirds. smile

 
 
 Posted:   May 7, 2013 - 12:17 PM   
 By:   Nightingale   (Member)

Remake "Ice Station Zebra"? Really? Will it take place in the 60's and will it actually follow the book (unlike the movie)?

 
 
 Posted:   May 8, 2013 - 9:01 AM   
 By:   fisch   (Member)

WEDNESDAY, MAY 8

DOC SAVAGE---Shane Black (IRON MAN 3) will direct and co-write this movie based on the 1930s pulp magazine hero for Sony Pictures. A 1975 George Pal movie DOC SAVAGE: THE MAN OF BRONZE starred Ron Ely.




JURASSIC PARK IV---the sequel may have been shelved. Concept artist Dean Sheriff tweeted and later removed his comment, "JP4 on hold." Digital assets manager Todd Smoyer added, "Hollywood makes and crushes dreams. Goodbye JP4."

THE LAST SHIP---TNT ordered ten episodes of this Michael Bay series based on the novel about the crew of a Navy destroyer who are among the last survivors of mankind after a global epidemic has killed off most of the world's population. Eric Dane (GREY'S ANATOMY), Rhona Mitra (BOSTON LEGAL, THE PRACTICE) and Adam Baldwin (CHUCK, FIREFLY) star.




SILENCE---Andrew Garfield (THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN) and Ken Watanabe (LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA) star in this Martin Scorsese movie based on the novel about 17th century Jesuits trying to introduce Christianity to Japan.

IN THE HEART OF THE SEA---Benjamin Walker (ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER) is in talks to co-star with Chris Hemsworth in this Ron Howard movie based on the true story set in 1820 when the whaling ship ESSEX is sunk by a sperm whale. The survivors are stranded on the ocean for three months and resort to cannibalism to order to stay alive. The incident inspired Herman Melville's MOBY DICK.

THE REACH---Michael Douglas stars in this movie based on the novel DEATHWATCH in which a wealthy businessman and big game hunter hires a guide for a hunting trip in the desert. After he shoots and kills an innocent man, he then hunts the guide who refused to participate in a cover-up.

THE OFFICE---the final episode on May 16 will have an additional 15 minutes, and reportedly Steve Carell will appear in it.

THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN---Veronica Cartwright (ALIEN), Gary Cole (FATAL VISION) and Joshua Leonard (THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT) join the cast of the remake of the 1976 movie that starred Ben Johnson, Dawn Wells and Andrew Prine.

THE WOLVERINE---reportedly, Patrick Stewart has a cameo as Professor Xavier who meets Logan at the airport. Also, future Marvel Studios movies include MS. MARVEL, BLADE, DOCTOR STRANGE, IRON FIST, BLACK PANTHER and THE RUNAWAYS.

DUNGEONS & DRAGONS---Warner Bros. reboot movie underway with a script by David Leslie Johnson (WRATH OF THE TITANS).

TOM JONES---movie underway based on the novel THE HISTORY OF TOM JONES, A FOUNDLING with Tom Vaughn (WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS) in talks to direct. The novel also inspired the 1963 Oscar-winning movie starring Albert Finney.

THE BORGIAS---a Showtime tv movie is being considered as a replacement for Season 4 to wrap up the series. AMERICAN DREAM MACHINE is a new Showtime series based on the novel with Michael C. Hall (DEXTER) as the executive producer.

THE FORGER---John Travolta stars in this movie as a forger who deals his way out of prison to see his sick son and must help the crime syndicate which arranged his release.

ARROW---executive producer Marc Guggenheim said Green Lantern may have a cameo on the series, "If all goes according to plan, when you see the Ferris Air logo later in the season, it will be the same logo that we established in the movie. I like tips of the hat." He added Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively might appear in their respective roles from the movie, "I would never say never. It's certainly something that we've talked about."

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL---Carrie Underwood has replaced Faith Hill in performing the opening theme song.

JOHN WICK---Keanu Reeves stars in this movie as an ex-hitman who pursues the man who stole his 1969 Mustang and killed his dog which was a present from his late wife. The thief's father is a New York mob leader who places a bounty on the hitman to save his son.

CHICAGOLAND---eight-part unscripted CNN series underway about Chicago politics. Robert Redford is the executive producer.

HOT TUB TIME MACHINE 2---Adam Scott is in talks to replace John Cusack in the sequel.

 
 
 Posted:   May 8, 2013 - 9:22 AM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

Some remakes are a good idea. Ice Station Zebra, when they get to the ice station, oh my god does it look like a set, really fake, & the film just peters out (I never read the book). And Doc Savage, yes please. I am a fan of a lot of George Pal films, but Doc Savage really was the pits!

 
 
 Posted:   May 8, 2013 - 9:30 AM   
 By:   dragon53   (Member)

CINEMASCOPE:

I agree----ICE STATON ZEBRA was a really good movie---until they left the submarine and headed to Ice Station Zebra on foot. After that, the movie went downhill in a hurry. The undersea special effects were Oscar-nominated but the ice land stage was, as you said, really fake-looking.
I hope the remake remedies the original's disappointing ending.

 
 
 Posted:   May 8, 2013 - 1:39 PM   
 By:   Nightingale   (Member)

I know it's unlikely but I hope Doc Savage can avoid bowing to political correctness (putting women on Doc's team) and stay true to it's roots.

"The Last Ship" reminds me of a book series I read in the late 80's/early 90's about a submarine facing the same thing.

 
 
 Posted:   May 9, 2013 - 8:36 AM   
 By:   fisch   (Member)

THURSDAY, MAY 9

DARK INVASION---Bradley Cooper stars in this movie based on the upcoming book set in 1915 about a New York police captain's task force which seeks to stop German spies and saboteurs. The script is by Taylor Sheridan (SONS OF ANARCHY).

FOX---new tv series include:
1. ALMOST HUMAN (working title)---a robot-hating cop becomes the partner of a robot cop with human emotions. Karl Urban, Lili Taylor and Michael Ealy star. JJ Abrams is the executive producer.
2. GANG RELATED---Terry O'Quinn (LOST) leads a Los Angeles Gang Task Force.
3. RAKE---Greg Kinnear stars as a brilliant, self-destructive defense lawyer in this series from Sony Pictures Television.
4. SLEEPY HOLLOW---modern day version of the classic tale with Ichabod Crane teaming up with a female cop to prevent the destruction of mankind. Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (STAR TREK) are the writers.
5. SURVIVING JACK---Christopher Meloni sitcom about a man and his son coming of age.
6. BROOKLYN NINE-NINE---sitcom about a strict Brooklyn cop and his underling who doesn't take things seriously.
7. DADS---Seth McFarlane sitcom starring Seth Green, Giovanni Ribisi, Martin Mull and Peter Riegert in which two roommates' lives are disrupted when their fathers move in.
8. ENLISTED---sitcom about three brothers at a Florida Army base.
9. US & THEM---Jason Ritter and Alexis Bledel star in this US remake of the BBC 3 sitcom GAVIN AND STACEY about a couple and their screwed-up friends.
Also, NBC passed on the Carlton Cuse series based on THE SIXTH GUN comic book.

JURASSIC PARK 4---Universal Pictures confirmed the sequel has been delayed.

GRAVITY---new poster released for the sci fi movie starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.




THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.---Alicia Vikander (ANNA KARENINA) joins Tom Cruise and Armie Hammer in this movie remake of the 1960s NBC spy series. Vikander will play a British spy.

LEGENDS---new TNT spy series starring Sean Bean and Ali Larter in which an FBI undercover agent can change his identity for each assignment. He questions his true identity after a mysterious stranger shows up.

THE WOLVERINE--Famke Janssen said her Jean Grey character is in the movie, "I couldn’t tell you [how much I’m in it]. It’s a flashback sequence, but that’s all I can say. You’ll just have to wait until July!"

HOW TO MAKE LOVE LIKE AN ENGLISHMAN---romantic comedy movie underway starring Pierce Brosnan, Jessica Alba and Kristin Scott Thomas in which a Cambridge University professor gets his girlfriend's grad student stepsister pregnant.

CINDERELLA---Richard Madden (GAME OF THRONES) will play the Prince in this Disney live-action movie starring Cate Blanchett and Lily James. Kenneth Branagh is the director.

FAST AND FURIOUS 7---it was confirmed that Jason Statham is reuniting with Vin Diesel and Paul Walker for the latest sequel.

THE GIRLFRIEND---romantic comedy movie underway in which a man's wife gets even with her cheating husband by becoming his mistress' roommate.

 
 Posted:   May 9, 2013 - 5:09 PM   
 By:   Olivier   (Member)

THURSDAY, MAY 9
1. ALMOST HUMAN (working title)---a robot-hating cop becomes the partner of a robot cop with human emotions. Karl Urban, Lili Taylor and Michael Ealy star. JJ Abrams is the executive producer.


This sounds like Asimov's The Caves of Steel (though Elijah doesn't exactly hates robots; he's rather uncomfortable and wary) (the true inspiration for the movie I, Robot).


THURSDAY, MAY 9
FAST AND FURIOUS 7---it was confirmed that Jason Statham is reuniting with Vin Diesel and Paul Walker for the latest sequel.


I have never seen any of those movies. Are they that good to warrant, and can the premise support, such a long-running franchise as to rival others (Star Trek, Harry Potter, ...-- maybe James Bond if they keep making sequels at that rate)?

 
 Posted:   May 9, 2013 - 10:25 PM   
 By:   Mr Greg   (Member)

THURSDAY, MAY 9
FAST AND FURIOUS 7---it was confirmed that Jason Statham is reuniting with Vin Diesel and Paul Walker for the latest sequel.

I have never seen any of those movies. Are they that good to warrant, and can the premise support, such a long-running franchise as to rival others (Star Trek, Harry Potter, ...-- maybe James Bond if they keep making sequels at that rate)?


Apart from one mis-step (part 2, IMHO), I've found them not only highly entertaining for the most part, but also getting better and better. Shakespeare they ain't, but they are a good ride.

 
 
 Posted:   May 9, 2013 - 11:11 PM   
 By:   riotengine   (Member)

THURSDAY, MAY 9
FAST AND FURIOUS 7---it was confirmed that Jason Statham is reuniting with Vin Diesel and Paul Walker for the latest sequel.

I have never seen any of those movies. Are they that good to warrant, and can the premise support, such a long-running franchise as to rival others (Star Trek, Harry Potter, ...-- maybe James Bond if they keep making sequels at that rate)?


Apart from one mis-step (part 2, IMHO), I've found them not only highly entertaining for the most part, but also getting better and better. Shakespeare they ain't, but they are a good ride.


I saw Fast & Furious 6 today. It's entertaining, dumb fun. A big plus to the cast was Gina Carano. I think people who like this franchise will love it. Didn't realize Elsa Pataky was the female star of Beyond ReAnimator.

Greg Espinoza

 
 Posted:   May 9, 2013 - 11:16 PM   
 By:   Mr Greg   (Member)

I saw Fast & Furious 6 today. It's entertaining, dumb fun. A big plus to the cast was Gina Carano. I think people who like this franchise will love it.

Greg Espinoza


Thanks for that....I haven't seen it yet - looks like the latest one continues the trend...

 
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