J.J. Abrams

Which New ‘Star Wars 7’ Character Is J.J. Abrams' Favorite?

Which New ‘Star Wars 7’ Character Is J.J. Abrams' Favorite?

Star Wars: The Force Awakens comes to theaters December 18th, 2015.

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J.J. Abrams Will Not Direct ‘Star Wars 9’

J.J. Abrams Will Not Direct ‘Star Wars 9’

Star Wars: Episode IX isn't expected to hit theaters until 2019, but there will be plenty of Star Wars stories for fans to enjoy between now and then. After Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters in December, Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One will arrive nearly one year later, in December 2016. Star Wars: Episode VIII will debut in May 2017, followed by the Star Wars Anthology: Han Solo Movie in May 2018 and Star Wars: Episode IX in 2019. If that wasn't enough, there are also a slew of new books coming from Del Rey, Marvel, and several other companies, with the first wave arriving September 4, not to mention the return of Star Wars Rebels this fall. Do you hope J.J. Abrams changes his mind and comes back to direct Star Wars: Episode IX?

Star Wars: Episode IX comes to theaters in 2019.

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No New ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Footage at D23

No New ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Footage at D23

Just before SDCC, the director revealed that they weren't showing a trailer during the event, but they showed fans a behind-the-scenes video that went inside the production. The filmmakers confirmed during the panel that the next trailer will debut in the fall, although they failed to give a specific release date. That video not only gave us our first look at Carrie Fisher in full costume, but confirmed that J.J. Abrams' longtime friend Simon Pegg does indeed have some sort of a role in Star Wars 7. Since there will be no footage on display, it's possible, though, that the filmmakers could use the D23 convention to reveal the first official poster.

Are you disappointed that there won't be any new Star Wars: The Force Awakens footage shown at D23? Or do you think J.J. Abrams isn't being completely honest with the fans? Let us know what you think, and stay tuned for more Star Wars: The Force Awakens updates throughout D23.

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JJ Abrams Wants to Kill Off Jar Jar Binks in ‘Star Wars 7’

JJ Abrams Wants to Kill Off Jar Jar Binks in ‘Star Wars 7’

Star Wars: The Force Awakens has original fans excited for Star Wars once again, after the prequel trilogy did a lot to curb their enthusiasm. While younger audiences certainly enjoyed the last three films, older fans had quite a bit to complain about. And one of the biggest targets for many years has been Jar Jar Binks, who was first introduced in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace. He was so criticized upon his debut that director George Lucas cut Jar Jar's story down to almost nothing, with his cameos in the next two films quite fleeting. Though he still played an important part in the overall plot line.

A lot of fans have wanted to see Jar Jar Binks taken out. But LucasFilm probably won't allow that to happen on the big screen. The character, after all these years, has grown a strong cult following and has returned in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. There is no indication that he will pop up in Star Wars Rebels, but it certainly hasn't been ruled out, either. Heck, he might even show up in one of the Star Wars Anthology spinoffs. As of now, Jar Jar Bink's fate still hangs in the balance. Do you want to see Jar Jar Binks officially killed off? Or should he get a pardon? You can read more of J.J. Abrams's interview when the Star Wars: The Force Awakens themed Vanity Fair issue hits digitally on May 7 and is on newsstands everywhere May 12.

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‘Star Wars’: Watch Chewbacca and Abrams Do Twizzler Challenge

‘Star Wars’: Watch Chewbacca and Abrams Do Twizzler Challenge

Last summer, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was sweeping the nation, with celebrities and non-celebrities alike dousing themselves with buckets of ice water to support ALS. The cast and crew of this year's highly-anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens even got in in the fun, with a slew of videos posted from the set by Harrison Ford, Peter Mayhew, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, Mark Hamill and director J.J. Abrams. This year, a new charitable sensation has arrived entitled "The Twizzler Challenge," which supports autism awareness throughout the month of April, which J.J. Abrams has participated in, thanks to Jimmy Kimmel.

On the April 1 episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the host performed the Twizzler Challenge with his guest Rihanna. Those who are challenged must submit a video showing them eating a Twizzler in the same fashion as the iconic spaghetti scene in the Disney animated classic Lady and the Tramp. Like the Ice Bucket Challenge, each duo must challenge two more people, and Jimmy Kimmel challenged both J.J. Abrams and the wookie Chewbacca, and you can see what happens in the video below, which aired on last night's episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!. After completing his challenge, J.J. Abrams challenged both Jennifer Aniston and Jimmy Kimmel Live!'s Guillermo Rodriguez.

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Will ‘Star Wars 9’ Bring Back Director J.J. Abrams?

Will ‘Star Wars 9’ Bring Back Director J.J. Abrams?

Long before Disney and LucasFilm officially announced Rian Johnson as the director of Star Wars: Episode VIII, which is hitting theaters in May 26, 2017, it was rumored that he would be directing both that film and Star Wars: Episode IX. That may not actually be the case, though, if a new rumor from Latino Review pans out. They claim that J.J. Abrams, who directed and co-wrote Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is now the frontrunner for the project.

When Disney and LucasFilm released the official PR for Star Wars: Episode VIII's production team last week, J.J. Abrams's name was suspecially absent, and only added later as a producer. This had many speculating that he'd be relatively hands free on the next two installments, but that is probably not true. And despite rumors that there were many disagreements between Disney and the director during production, they seem to want him back.

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J.J. Abrams Confirms Some ‘Star Wars 7’ Rumors Are True

J.J. Abrams Confirms Some ‘Star Wars 7’ Rumors Are True

J.J. Abrams offers an update on the post-production challenges as ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ nears completion.
J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot Plans Thomas Edison Movie

J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot Plans Thomas Edison Movie

Bad Robot is working on a biopic of Thomas Edison, as his company signs a new deal with Paramount through 2018.