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Win A Role In Star Wars: Episode VII And Dinner With J.J. Abrams… For Charity!

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How would you like to be a part of Giant Freakin’ Robot’s next Star Wars: Episode VII casting rumors? How would you like a chance to possibly share the big screen with stars like Adam Brody, Lupita Nyong’o, and Harrison Ford’s assed-out ankle? Look no further for one of the most amazing contests that a sci-fi fan could ever hope of entering.

The charity foundation Omaze is asking for your help, and they’re teaming with Unicef and Star Wars: A Force for Change to support Unicef Innovation Labs and Programs, which works with projects all over the world in developing services and products for children. (Solar-powered devices, educative tech, etc.) Not only do they have quality rewards, but each $10 donation gets you one chance entered into a truly geektastic drawing.

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Star Trek Into Darkness Getting New Extras-Packed Blu-Ray… But There’s A Catch

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STIDFeatThere were plenty of people who hated J.J. Abrams’ Trek sequel Star Trek Into Darkness, but even for those who enjoyed it, there were things to get pissed off about. I’m not even talking about the movie itself, but rather the handling of the home-video release, which exemplified the very worst of current home-entertainment trends by requiring fans to buy multiple versions of the movie from multiple sources if you actually wanted to get all of the bonus features. Well, the good news is that an upcoming new release of Into Darkness will be packed full of bonus goodies, including some new stuff. The bad news is that, yet again, you’re going to be stuck buying more than just the movie if you actually want to get your hands on it.

The new two-disc Star Trek Into Darkness release will be part of the upcoming Star Trek: The Compendium, which will include both Abrams’ original Star Trek and the IMAX version of Star Trek Into Darkness, plus all manner of extras, for $39.99. Of course, if you’re a fan of Abrams’ brand of Trek, there’s a good chance you’ve probably already bought both of these movies. This is hardly the first time a studio has put out a superior version of a release months after the original, but it’s bound to be damned irritating if you were one of the people who did buy multiple versions of Into Darkness so you could get things like the director’s commentary, which is included with the Compendium but which was originally exclusive to iTunes. Sigh.

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J.J. Abrams Downplays Millennium Falcon Rumors (While Inside Millennium Falcon)

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Director J.J. Abrams’ penchant for secrecy is well established at this point. And honestly, I admire him for trying to keep some of his secrets secret until they hit the screen. Sometimes it gets a little silly, however, as seen during the months-long, ridiculous campaign of denial about the whole Benedict Cumberbatch/Khan thing — it was a secret that didn’t really add anything for new Trek fans who weren’t as familiar with the character’s history, and for those who were, it was obvious what was coming long before Star Trek Into Darkness hit theaters. Well, perhaps Abrams learned a few things from that experience, because he just gave the perfect response to the glut of set pictures leaking from Star Wars: Episode VII. Check out the tweet from Abrams’ Bad Robot up top.

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J.J. Abrams Says Episode VII Script Is Done, Addresses Casting Rumors And IMAX

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AbramsNow that new Star Wars movies have been officially announced, and the fact that between Episode VII and the stand-alone films we’ll always have at least one new movie in the works for years to come, it’s hard to imagine a time when we won’t be waist deep in rumors about the galaxy far, far away. They’ve certainly been swirling fast and furious lately, with talk of a Boba Fett movie, and reports that Breaking Bad’s Jesse Plemons is up for the part that could be Luke Skywalker’s son. Episode VII director J.J. Abrams is known for playing things close to the vest with his movies, but he recently opened up, slightly, about some of the news surrounding his latest venture.

Abrams says that the Episode VII script is finished, which is good news. After Toy Story 3 writer Michael Arndt spent months working on the screenplay for the next Star Wars film, this past October it was announced that Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan would be taking over writing duties. Kasdan co-wrote The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, so his involvement is definitely promising. Recent rumors suggest that Arndt’s take on Episode VII was focused mainly on the offspring of Han and Leia, whereas Abrams and Kasdan shifted the focus back to Luke and his son, which would mean a larger role for Mark Hamill. Time will tell.

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Star Trek Gets A Blooper Trailer And A Power Rangers Makeover

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Exploring the final frontier is stressful, man. If you’re not battling bald, pissed-off Romulans then you’re fighting a whitewashed version of your greatest foe or battling lizard people in a horrible video game. It’s no wonder James Kirk beds everything in sight; that guy needs to unwind. After all, too much stress might — to borrow a phrase from Babylon 5 — make you go “space happy.” Well, I’m no medical doctor, and Bones isn’t returning any of my calls, but if I had to guess what “space happy” looks like, I think the video above might be a pretty accurate representation.

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Star Trek Into Darkness Featurettes Explore The Flick’s VFX

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Love it or hate it, there’s no denying the J.J. Abrams sequel Star Trek Into Darkness contained a shitload of CGI effects, and most of those effects looked pretty spectacular, regardless of what was actually happening within the story. As such, Into Darkness is one of those movies that probably works better when watched on mute. (Except for when Simon Pegg is on, because come on, it’s Simon Pegg.) Industrial Light & Magic recently began unveiling a few featurettes for the film, detailing just how much work went into creating some of these massive sequences. If you’d like to get a video picking apart what went into writing the script, just look at yourself shrugging in a mirror and you’ll have a good idea.