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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

Ever since Star Wars: The Force Awakens was announced way back in 2012, rumors and spoilers about the film's characters and story have flooded the internet. There have been so many, it's hard to keep them all straight, or remember what they are. While most have been written off as flights of fancy from over-eager fans, J.J. Abrams confirms in a new interview that some of the spoilers and rumors that we've heard over the past couple of years are, in fact, very true!

It's speculated that a lot of the early rumors were completely false, yet based in some truth. But now, as the film continues on in the editing process, newer story and plot twists that are leaking out most likely have some basis in what is actually happening in the sequel itself. We even have another new rumor coming up for you in a short bit. Until that time, we'll have to sort back through all the old spoilers and see which ones make the most sense...

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

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

No specific story details were given, and it isn't known if Bad Robot has hired a screenwriter quite yet. Thomas Edison was known as The Wizard of Menlo Park, who introduced electricity to America and was also one of the first pioneers in the motion picture industry, creating the first motion-picture camera, along with the long-lasting light bulb and the phonograph. The inventor holds over 1,000 patents for his breakthrough inventions.

The project will be competing with The Weinstein Company's Thomas Edison biopic entitled The Current War, which has Ben Stiller attached to direct. The story follows Edison's rivalry with George Westinghouse, as they both worked to create a sustainable electricity system for the American public. That project hasn't seen much movement over the past year, though, and it's possible that this biopic could move forward first.

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J.J. Abrams Has Big Plans for ‘Star Wars Celebration’

J.J. Abrams Has Big Plans for ‘Star Wars Celebration’

‘The Force Awakens’ director J.J. Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy will attend ‘Star Wars’ Celebration this April.
J.J. Abrams on ‘Star Wars 7’ Lightsaber, ‘Star Trek 3’ Story

J.J. Abrams on ‘Star Wars 7’ Lightsaber, ‘Star Trek 3’ Story

J.J. Abrams offers new details behind how Kylo Ren's controversial lightsaber was created in ‘The Force Awakens’.
J.J. Abrams: Making ‘Star Wars 7’ Is Intense and Terrifying

J.J. Abrams: Making ‘Star Wars 7’ Is Intense and Terrifying

Director J.J. Abrams talks about the ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ trailer reaction, and praises his cast.