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Star Wars: Episode VII: Did J.J. Abrams Just Reveal The Empire’s Presence?

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star warsJ.J. Abrams may keep things locked tight in his “Mystery Box,” but that doesn’t mean he’s not going to open it up from time to time and offer fans the most obscure, miniscule glimpses inside of Star Wars: Episode VII. And he’s done it again.

There may be SPOILERS for Episode VII in this, but probably not. Still, if you’re sensitive to such things, you may want to sit this one out.

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Zack Snyder And J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Are Having A DC/Star Wars Tweet-Off

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They’re two of the biggest pop culture events on the horizon. Zack Snyder is attempting not only to serve up a sequel to the high-grossing but controversial Man of Steel, he’s kicking off an ambitious planned series of interlinked DC films designed to rival Marvel’s massively successful Cinematic Universe. And then there’s J.J. Abrams, also a larger-than-life Hollywood personality some love to hate, who’s bringing Star Wars back to the big screen in a major way with Episode VII, which will itself kick off a reinvigorated — and more tightly policed, canon-wise, Star Wars universe. I imagine Snyder and Abrams would have plenty to talk about should they get the chance to share a beer at some point, but in the meantime they’ve been busy tweet-flirting. It all started with the image below, tweeted by Snyder just as San Diego Comic-Con was kicking into gear.

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J.J. Abrams’ Westworld Series Shoots For Anthony Hopkins And Evan Rachel Wood

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anthony hopkins, evan rachel woodWe recently went back to the 1970s to pinpoint six movies that could probably do with a remake. Some people wondered why Michael Crichton’s western thriller Westworld wasn’t on that list, and it’s because HBO and J.J. Abrams’ are already working together on a series update. You can think of it as a reinterpretation of the material if that sort of thing makes you feel better about such projects. The Television Critics Association press tour has already delivered key info on how the story will be told, and now it appears Academy Award-winner Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, and James Marsden have all been offered roles in the pilot.

The news comes from Film Divider’s sources, and nothing’s been confirmed yet, but we’re optimistic, since none of the reports have been denied either. Plus, Wood recently tweeted “Good news brewing…” That could mean anything from a Westworld role to a punny way of revealing she’s in a movie about coffee. Still, we’re moving forward as if this news is beyond grain-of-salt legit for now.

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Star Wars Unveils Its Plans For Comic-Con, For Better Or Worse

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star-wars-rebels-trailerSan Diego Comic-Con 2014 is arguably the year’s most geektastic event, and J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII is arguably the most geektastic movie currently in production. (Sorry, Batman v. Superman: Justice is Dawning, or whatever, you know it’s true.) But in the same way that like poles of a magnet push each other away, Comic-Con and Episode VII will sadly be completely exclusive sectors of the entertainment realm, as Disney is keeping their future blockbuster out of San Diego entirely, disappointing many thousands of hopeful fans in the process. They will, however, be Force-choking their way into the Disney XD panel with the highly anticipated animated series Star Wars Rebels. Silver lining or olive branch?

Currently in production in London’s Pinewood Studios, and a year-and-a-half away from theaters, Episode VII likely wouldn’t have all that much to debut at Comic-Con anyway, beyond a simple teaser that probably isn’t worth making a big fuss over. And are we really all that surprised anyway? Abrams is not one to debut pre-release “footage” so much as cryptic hints and random behind-the-scenes images. So we move on from CGI-filled live-action to CGI-filled animation.

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Star Wars: Episode VII Being FIlmed Using IMAX Cameras

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Everyone with access to the Internet and a brain knows that J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII is going to be one of the biggest films of 2015, if not the entirety of cinema. There was no question that the sequel would be making its way into IMAX theaters, but we weren’t sure until today whether or not it would be produced in native IMAX format. And now we know that at least some of Episode VII will indeed be filmed using the most advanced camera equipment on this planet. (Rumor has it that Alderaan had even more astounding technology than IMAX cameras, but we all know how that turned out.)

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J.J. Abrams And Disney Are Allegedly Fighting Over Episode VII’s Release Date

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AbramsStar Wars: Episode VII is going to be a massive movie on multiple levels. It will no doubt take a huge bite out of the box office, but it’ll also be the test case that will hopefully prove the naysayers wrong and ushers Star Wars into a mighty new resurgence. But with Episode VII slated for a December 18, 2015 release, the next Star Wars films has some serious rough patches thanks to things like writer changes and Harrison Ford’s busted leg. Now a new rumor suggests director J.J. Abrams may be butting heads with his Disney bosses over just when we should get to see Episode VII.

Latino Review has a pretty solid record with rumors, and this latest one seems to track with a lot of the other things that have been happening with the production. LR says that both J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy are pushing hard for a release date shift back to May 4, 2016, which would give them more time to deal with the fallout of Harrison Ford’s injury and put Episode VII back in the traditional Star Wars May release window. However Disney head Bob Iger is dead-set on the December 2015 release, in spite of the various factors that might make a delay beneficial. That’s disappointing if true, as this is definitely a situation where “later but better” would be much preferred to “on time and a mess.” Okay, that’s a general truism for any project, but there’s a lot riding on Episode VII, and if it hobbles across the finish line still plagued with problems, that’s bound to affect confidence in Disney’s larger schemes for the Star Wars franchise.