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‘Star Wars’ or ‘Star Trek’: Where Do J.J. Abrams' Loyalties Lie?

‘Star Wars’ or ‘Star Trek’: Where Do J.J. Abrams' Loyalties Lie?

J.J. Abrams is at the forefront of the two biggest sci-fi franchises of all time. But which one does he love best? The director, producer and writer behind some of the biggest movies of all time was recently interviewed for THR's Awards Chatter Podcast. And he was asked where his loyalties lie when it comes to either Star Wars or Star Trek. And it's probably not tough to guess his answer.

Is this why Star Trek Into Darkness didn't sit very well with some fans? There seems to be a disconnect between J.J. Abrams and the material. And if the new Star Trek Beyond trailer is any indication, that hasn't really changed between films. A lot of longtime fans have complained that the trailer completely misses the point of what Star Trek is and what it's supposed to be. While Justin Lin is directing the movie, J.J. Abrams still has a heavy hand in what the finished product will be.

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J.J. Abrams Responds to ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Rip-Off Criticism

J.J. Abrams Responds to ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Rip-Off Criticism

While the ending of the movie is very similar to what has become before it, J.J. Abrams explains how this sets up a new direction for the rest of the franchise to follow."Yes, they destroy a weapon at the end of this movie, but then something else happens which is, I think, far more critical and far more important - and I think even in that moment, when that is happening, the thing I think the audience is focused on and cares more about is not, 'Is that big planet gonna blow up?' - 'cause we all know it's gonna blow up. What you really care about is what's gonna happen in the forest between these two characters who are now alone. Yes, the bones of the thing we always knew would be a genre comfort zone, but what the thing looks like - we all have a skeleton that looks somewhat similar, but none of us look the same. To me, the important thing was not, 'What are the bones of this thing?' To me, it was meeting new characters who discover themselves that they are in a universe that is spiritual and that is optimistic, in a world where you meet people that will become your family.

J.J. Abrams' interview is part of the Awards Chatter Podcast, which you can listen to in its entirety Here. The director goes onto discuss his reluctance to take the job. The influence Harry Potter movies had over his casting. And the difference between his Star Wars and Star Trek franchises, and where his true loyalties lie as a fan.

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J.J. Abrams Reveals Inspiration for Maz Kanata in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

J.J. Abrams Reveals Inspiration for Maz Kanata in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

Star Wars: The Force Awakens introduces a lot of new characters, ships and alien species. But the inspiration and names for this exercise in world building did not come easy. And as we've revealed in the past, a lot of the new faces on display in this long-anticipated sequel have a unique backstory. Now it's being revealed that the same is true for one of the key players, Lupita Nyong'o's Maz Kanata. As it turns out, director J.J. Abrams based this new Force sensitive, yet very diminutive being on someone very important in his life.

Sadly, Rose Gilbert passed away at the age of 95 on December 16, 2013, while the film was in production. Both J.J. Abrams and Rick Carter took time off from the sequel to attend her funeral services. Now, she will be forever immortalized as one of the key players in the Star Wars universe. There is still much we don't know about Maz, and it remains a mystery how she came to be in possession of Luke's lightsaber. It also wasn't disclosed if Gilbert was as much of a fan of wookies as Maz seems to be.

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‘Phantasm’ 4K Restoration Overseen by J.J. Abrams & Bad Robot

‘Phantasm’ 4K Restoration Overseen by J.J. Abrams & Bad Robot

Back in August, director J.J. Abrams confirmed that the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens character Captain Phasma was actually named after director Don Coscarelli's Phantasm. J.J. Abrams revealed that he was a longtime fan of the 1979 cult classic, which lead to this character name, but, as it turns out, he's actually helping to preserve this beloved film for a new generation. Ain't It Cool News revealed that the director and his Bad Robot company are working with Don Coscarelli on a 4K restoration of Phantasm, and shared the first photos from the new print, which you can check out below.

Don Coscarelli added that he had to put some of his work on the final Phantasm movie, Phantasm: Ravager, on hold to complete this restoration. However, work on that movie is "pretty much done," adding that he's eyeing a first or second quarter 2016 release for the project. Take a look at the new photos from the Phantasm restoration below, and stay tuned for more details.

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J.J. Abrams Didn't Mean to Call ‘Star Wars’ a Boy's Thing

J.J. Abrams Didn't Mean to Call ‘Star Wars’ a Boy's Thing

Navigating the press world and all promotional tours has become increasingly tricky these past few years, as pretty much everyone takes offense to everything. And filmmakers have to seriously watch their words in not upsetting potential ticket buyers. There have been some quite colorful guffaws on the promotional circuit throughout 2015. And J.J. Abrams' recent slip was a mild one, to say the least. Yet his statement about the Star Wars franchise had the potential to alienate half the consumers who may possibly partake in his highly anticipated sequel Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Overall, it sounds like he was attempting to champion himself a filmmaker with a feminist bent. But it sorta backfired. The first half of his statement did a giant belly flop, and he definitely felt the sting. There was some fierce criticism aimed at his head this past week. But last night, he attempted to make up for it. He took part in a Star Wars: The Force Awakens Twitter Q&A with members of the cast. And he took it upon himself to bash his own statements. Here's what he said."Because I was stupid and exhausted. I meant to say that so many have perceived SW as a boys' club & it ain't. Never has been -- and I hope girls and women see themselves in Rey (and not Phasma)!

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J.J. Abrams Addresses ‘Star Wars 7’ Black Stormtrooper Controversy

J.J. Abrams Addresses ‘Star Wars 7’ Black Stormtrooper Controversy

J.J. Abrams discusses John Boyega's black Stormtrooper character, and Luke Skywalker in the upcoming ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’.
First ‘Star Wars 7’ Screening Was Horrifying Says J.J. Abrams

First ‘Star Wars 7’ Screening Was Horrifying Says J.J. Abrams

Director J.J. Abrams describes what it was like to screen the first cut of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ for Disney bosses.
New ‘Force Awakens’ Photos, Abrams Talks ‘Star Wars 8’ Connection

New ‘Force Awakens’ Photos, Abrams Talks ‘Star Wars 8’ Connection

J.J. Abrams teases that ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ director Rian Johnson is telling his own story, but it will connect to ‘The Force Awakens’.