Join Stephen Colbert, host of CBS’ The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, for an evening of conversation and fun with director J.J. Abrams (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Trek, Super 8). This event will feature the pair in a wide-ranging on-stage discussion of their influences, ideas, and creative work. Come and see which geek shall inherit the earth!
WHO: Stephen Colbert & J.J. Abrams
WHAT: Celebrity Nerd-Off!
WHERE: New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC)
WHEN: Saturday, November 21st, 2015, 8:00pm
HOW: MFF Member tickets on sale NOW.
Tickets for the General Public go on sale September 11th.
PLUS! The Montclair Film Festival will team up with Omaze to raffle off a special fan experience, with details to be revealed soon.
Proceeds from this event and raffle to benefit The Montclair Film Festival, New Jersey’s leading film non-profit.
We hope you will join us and pass this info on to your fellow fans!
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Seeing as this is Star Wars and camping out is a favorite past-time for fans of the franchise, it should come as no surprise that there is a line of people waiting to get in to Star Wars Celebration, which begins tomorrow in Anaheim, CA. Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams thought those waiting in line might be hungry, and ordered pizza for everyone.
J.J. Abrams has directed what is, since The Hobbit, the most anticipated movie coming to the big screen. It is possibly the most anticipated film of at least three generations of fans, as it’s a sequel where anything can happen, and we don’t really know what’s going to happen.
Here, Abrams addresses response to that lightsaber seen in the Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser. He’s having fun seeing the positive and negative reactions, and said that people have been having the same conversations they had early on about this lightsaber that started as a design, but the conversations were in reverse. How were they in reverse? Good question.
Abrams also mentions that he’s executive producing Episode VIII and Episode IX, and that Rian Johnson is director on at least the next one. This is something that a lot of people seem to miss. Rian Johnson may not direct Episode IX. Those duties may return to Abrams or go to another director.
There will only be one exciting sequence in IMAX but Abrams won’t say what is involved there. He said it’s a fun one.
They’re also still cutting the movie and haven’t seen the movie together yet.
He also mentioned that while they did build sets and do practical things as much as possible, using the Sun for lighting when outside, and things like that, there’s an incredible amount of CG in the film. He mentioned that a lot of the CG used is to remove things from shots.
After that, they moved on to the next Star Trek film. He said that he’s not really sure that it’ll be Star Trek 3, but more of a Star Trek: Adventures in Space. It is possible that it won’t be a direct sequel to Star Trek Into Darkness, and instead more of a singular adventure.
J.J. Abrams spoke with MTV about Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Here are a couple of quotes.
“All I know is that it is, without question, an intense and terrifying prospect…The opportunity, I think, is greater than the fear, than the risk. I’m more excited about the work everyone has done on the movie and this incredible cast.”
“It was an amazing experience making this movie, I mean for everyone. There was a sort of weird buzz in the air when we were making this movie, but we were all aware how hard we had to work to make it something worthy of people’s time.”
It started with Zack Snyder posting a photo of Superman dressed as a Jedi (but the red lightsaber makes him more like a Sith Lord).
Lately there have been multiple movie directors talking about the advantages of film over digital when it comes to film making. Abrams has used film on projects from Star Trek to Super 8, as well as Star Trek Into Darkness. Recently it seemed as if film was headed the way of the Dodo.
Star Wars: Episode VII director and co-writer J.J. Abrams and co-writer Lawrence Kasdan took some time to wish all of us a Happy Star Wars Day!
May the Fourth be with you!
While talking to the Daily Telegraph, J.J. Abrams spoke about the secrecy surrounding Star Wars: Episode VII. I love the idea of going into the next new Star Wars movies completely blind, but I also can’t wait to learn more about the sorts of characters and settings that the stories will revolve around. Knowing a little bit about who the characters are, and what they’re going to be like isn’t the same as knowing what’s going to happen, afterall.
“I’m working on the Star Wars script today and the people in my office have covered up all my windows with black paper. I guess they wanted to make sure no one could see what I was doing. It seems rather extreme.”
And this point about all of the spoilers that are out there, thanks in large part to the internet: “We’re living in a moment of instant information and a sense of entitlement to that information. But I think it’s nice to remember that there’s nothing wrong with a sense of anticipation.”
Before the release of last year’s Star Trek Into Darkness, Abrams tried to keep secret the identity of the villain played by Benedict Cumberbatch – something he now regrets. “We were trying to preserve the unexpected for the audience, but it came across as if we were trying to be too clever,” he says.
“Star Wars is in every way a different animal. It’s always been a more open, fan-engaged universe than I’ve been used to, so I’m sure there’ll be some sort of compromise. But it feels to me like there’s a purity in not knowing every little thing.”
Shooting on Star Wars: Episode VII begins in May. The script, written by J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan, is now ready, and pre-production is in full-swing. “We’re working really hard and we’ve got our script and we’re in deep prep. Full steam ahead, y’know.”
They are taking to many actors to flesh out the cast of the film. While no official announcements have been made, Carrie Fisher has all but confirmed that she’ll be prepping to film in March or April, alongside Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford.
“I’d like to wear my old [cinnamon buns] hairstyle again — but with white hair,” she says. “I think that would be funny.”
As the movie gets closer to production, the idea of a new Star Wars is actually beginning to sink in. Though I don’t think it’ll feel real to me until the first teaser is released for it.
The rumors are true, R2-D2 will return in Star Wars: Episode VII. It’s hard to imagine a Star Wars feature film without this little astromech droid, and it’s great to see a familiar friend returning to the big screen in 2015.
From StarWars.com: The first behind-the-scenes photo from Star Wars: Episode VII hit Twitter last Thursday, featuring director J.J. Abrams, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, and a certain blue and white astromech droid — who StarWars.com can now confirm will indeed be in the film.
The other two guys pictured are Lee Towersey and Oliver Steeples, Star Wars fans and members of the worldwide R2-D2 Builders Club.
Glad to see the return of a classic character to the big screen for the next installment of Star Wars.