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Cloverfield Pulls Surprise; Baron Cohen Bombs

But 'Zootopia' wins the weekend again

(Newser) - The JJ Abrams-produced 10 Cloverfield Lane capitalized on a mysterious marketing campaign to debut with a better-than-expected $25.2 million over the weekend, though the Disney animated hit Zootopia stayed on top with $50 million, reports the AP . The second-straight No. 1 weekend came easily for Zootopia, which slid a... More »

Cloverfield Sequel Makes You 'Gasp for Air'

John Goodman is 'perfect' in film that keeps you guessing

(Newser) - A woman wakes in a bunker and is told the world outside is uninhabitable after some kind of apocalyptic disaster. So starts the JJ Abrams-produced 10 Cloverfield Lane, which Abrams calls a "blood relative" to 2008's Cloverfield. Whatever its relation, viewers are in for a treat as the... More »

Surprise: There's a Cloverfield Sequel

Trailer is a must-watch

(Newser) - JJ Abrams not only managed to make a sequel to Cloverfield while also working on, you know, just a few other projects including a certain big-name sequel , he managed to do so entirely in secret. The teaser trailer for 10 Cloverfield Lane quietly started showing in theaters this week and... More »

Force Awakens Blows Critics Away

JJ Abrams got it just right, reviewers say

(Newser) - The review embargo on Star Wars: The Force Awakens ended early Wednesday, leaving critics free to tell the world just how much they loved it. The majority had nothing but praise for director JJ Abrams' reboot of the beloved franchise, and even those who thought it was hit-and-miss say it'... More »

Star Wars Superfan Dies After Getting Final Wish

Daniel Fleetwood died of a rare cancer after private viewing of 'The Force Awakens'

(Newser) - Daniel Fleetwood, the Star Wars superfan with a terminal illness whose wish to see an advance screening of The Force Awakens came true last week, has died at the age of 32, Mashable reports. His wife, Ashley Fleetwood, announced the Texas man's death with a Facebook post early Tuesday,... More »

Star Wars Trailer Airs, Awakens Chaos on Ticket Sites

Everyone's vying for tickets for December opening of JJ Abrams' film

(Newser) - The new Star Wars trailer debuted at halftime during ESPN's Monday Night Football, and immediately became a force to be reckoned with both on social media and ticket sites that crashed during presales for its Dec. 18 opening. Fandango and Movie Tickets both had issues after offering tickets even... More »

It's a Big Night for Star Wars Fans

Trailer for new film airs, and tickets go on sale

(Newser) - Diehard Star Wars fans might want to tune in to Monday night's NFL game on ESPN—or at least the halftime show. Lucasfilm says the final trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens will air at halftime, and advance tickets will go on sale afterward online, reports USA Today... More »

Star Wars Trailer Is a 'Glorious' 88-Second Tease

The Internet is naturally going nuts over 'The Force Awakens' clip

(Newser) - "There's been an awakening. Have you felt it?" That's the ominous-sounding question posed by the newly released trailer for the much-anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens , the JJ Abrams-directed film set for release in December 2015, Wired reports. The clip—which blasts the familiar Star Wars theme... More »

Star Trek Goes Boldly, Triumphs

JJ Abrams' latest wins over critics, if not Trekkies

(Newser) - Four years after he first thrilled audiences and annoyed hard core Trekkies with Star Trek, JJ Abrams is back with Star Trek Into Darkness, and critics are gushing over it, saying it's even more thrilling—and perhaps even more likely to annoy fans. More »

JJ Abrams to Direct Next Star Wars Movie

'The Wrap' says the big-name director is on board

(Newser) - Disney Studios promised a new Star Wars film when it bought Lucasfilm last year, and it's apparently serious about making a blockbuster: The Wrap reports that Disney has lined up none other than JJ Abrams to direct. (The ArtsBeat blog of the New York Times thinks the scoop is... More »

Star Trek Director Gives Dying Fan Sneak Screening

JJ Abrams sends rough cut of sequel to cancer patient

(Newser) - A Star Trek fan with just days to live got to watch a rough cut of upcoming sequel Star Trek: Into Darkness after a plea on social media reached director JJ Abrams. The film won't be released until May, but Abrams and producer Damon Lindelof arranged for a copy... More »

Molester Helped Cast Hollywood Child Actors

Sex offender Jason Murphy worked under a different name

(Newser) - A conviction for kidnapping and molesting an 8-year-old boy in 1996 didn't prevent Jason James Murphy from forging a successful career in Hollywood casting—recruiting child actors for movies including Super 8 and Bad News Bears. Murphy, 35, moved to California after completing a 5-year prison sentence in Washington... More »

Super 8 Almost Super

JJ Abrams directs Kyle Chandler, Elle Fanning in sci-fi flick

(Newser) - Super 8 is a fun summer blockbuster about kids, monsters, and filmmaking—but don’t expect a classic.
  • Director JJ Abrams is “clever and sincere,” notes AO Scott in the New York Times , “but still, at least on the big screen, more student than master. Like his
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10 Fall Shows You Must Watch

Matthew Perry and Hawaii Five-O are both back

(Newser) - It’s never too early to start scheduling your DVR for fall’s new TV. Entertainment Weekly critic Ken Tucker lists the 10 shows he’s most eagerly anticipating:
  1. Mr. Sunshine: Matthew Perry is the owner of a sports arena and has Allison Janney for a boss. Tucker calls the
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NBC's Next Challenge: Fixing Prime Time

Network to produce 20 pilots next season

(Newser) - Now that NBC is nearly past the Jay Leno-Conan O'Brien fiasco, the network is refocusing on the job at hand: correcting a 5-year slide in ratings. The Leno gambit, which CEO Jeff Zucker described as an experiment in the "economics" of network television, represented the network's hope that Leno... More »

10 Who Died Too Young

From Aaliyah to Tillman to Russert, they had more to offer

(Newser) - In looking back at the '00s, the sad tales of luminaries who died too young stand out. Newsweek asked friends and admirers for their reflections:
  • Randy Pausch, d. 2008: "Despite it all," JJ Abrams writes, the "Last Lecture" professor "was radiant, kind, and good-humored."
  • Tim
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Eastwood Is Top 'Badass'

Kobe Bryant, Chris Pine, Barack Obama make 2009's elite list

(Newser) - GQ has broken this year's Man of the Year honors into several categories. That's why Clint Eastwood is Badass of the Year, Barack Obama is Leader of the Year, and Tom Brady the Comeback of the Year. Click the source link for the full list, and see the photo... More »

Shatner: Conan 'Holds Me Close'

Actor dishes on relationship with O'Brien, still hasn't seen Star Trek

(Newser) - William Shatner’s beat-poetry homages to Sarah Palin on Conan O’Brien’s Tonight Show have become viral-video hits. Time magazine caught up with the actor and Priceline pitchman to find out about his off-camera relationship with O’Brien, Star Trek, and more:
  • “It's great,” Shatner reports. Conan
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Trek Lives Well, Should Prosper

Abrams' bold reinvention of franchise will please both longtime fans and newbies

(Newser) - JJ Abrams has boldly pulled off the almost impossible with his stellar reinvention of Star Trek and made a movie that will wow both newcomers and hardcore Trekkies, critics say.
  • Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer: The prequel "is more exciting than the last four ST pictures put together, more
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Summer's Film Fare: Prequels

Hollywood faces challenges of reviving classics

(Newser) - Hollywood’s set for a summer of prequels, with the backstories of Star Trek, X-Men, and Terminator ripe for the telling. But how do you make a film exciting when everyone knows how it turns out? “We didn’t want to fall into the trap of the first three... More »

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