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May 12, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
While the USS Enterprise has yet to conquer foreign galaxies, it is starting to pick up speed overseas. Playing in seven foreign markets this weekend, J.J. Abrams' "Star Trek Into Darkness" collected $31.7 million, according to an estimate from distributor Paramount Pictures. The studio said the sequel performed about 70% better than the original did when it debuted in those same countries four years ago. The movie did well in locations like Germany and Australia but fared best in the United Kingdom, where it grossed $13.3 million.
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March 10, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"Believe," which premieres Monday on NBC (moving to Sundays thereafter), is a paranormal adventure story - a romance, whose tendencies toward new-age messianic pomposity are kept in check by the B-movie flamboyance of its characters. Just what part of this is intentional, I can't say. But if the show were less pulpy - if it offered its grab bag of old tropes as jewels rather than as cupcakes - it would also be less good. Big names are attached. Alfonso Cuarón, now combing his hair by the light of his "Gravity" Oscar, co-created the series and directed its pilot; J.J. Abrams, who one day will run every science-fiction franchise, is an executive producer.
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ENTERTAINMENT
May 14, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
Trekkies, you may want to sit down before reading this. In an appearance Monday on “The Daily Show,”  J.J. Abrams revealed to Jon Stewart that he was never much of a  “Star Trek” fan -- at least not until recently. The director's latest film “Star Trek: Into the Darkness” hits theaters this week, but he's also attached to a new installment of “Star Wars” due in 2015, turning him into a one-man monopoly on beloved science fiction franchises. VIDEO: Upcoming summer films Stewart asked Abrams for his perspective on the differences between the two properties.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 28, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Bill Hader has always been one of the nerdier "Saturday Night Live" alums, and he cemented that image with his appearance on "Conan" on Monday with his naked plea to be in the new "Star Wars" movies. There's a lot of secrecy surrounding director J.J. Abrams' revival of the "Star Wars" franchise, including the roles the director is looking to fill. But Hader, who left "SNL" after last season, is available. And he has very specific talents he made sure to display in case Abrams happened to be watching.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 9, 2013 | By Chris Lee and John Horn
Every filmmaker in Hollywood worth his final cut has a signature visual flourish that functions something like a filmic fingerprint. For Martin Scorsese, it's the long, uninterrupted tracking shot. For John Woo, the balletic deployment of two-handed gun violence. Wes Anderson never met a painterly tableau he didn't like. And Steven Spielberg favors the slow zoom in just about every one of his movies. J.J. Abrams , meanwhile, tends toward a cinematographic trope that looks, at first glance, like a screw-up -- lens flare -- i.e. intentionally flooding the camera frame with light to deliberately wash out or obscure the imagery on-screen.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 19, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Could J.J. Abrams' mysterious new trailer be linked to the novel he'll be publishing in October? On Monday, Abrams' company Bad Robot placed a trailer on YouTube that, more than anything else, confused viewers. Is it a teaser for his upcoming television project Believe , created with "Children of Men" director Alfonso Cuaron? Another big Abrams project is “ Star Wars: Episode VII ” -- it probably isn't that, but it's possible. Did he release a trailer about nothing at all?
ENTERTAINMENT
May 16, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp
Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel has been all over the revival of the "Star Wars" franchise in the past month. First he cornered Harrison Ford, making the actor who played Han Solo confront his old pal Chewbacca over past grievances and transgressions involving the Wookie and Princess Leia. Wednesday night Kimmel asked director J.J. Abrams, on the show to promote his "Star Trek Into Darkness," about the course he might take with the next "Star Wars" movie, which he's also set to helm.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 19, 2006 | Maria Elena Fernandez; Greg Braxton
A look at some of the highlights as the TV industry unveils its upcoming shows to the entertainment press at the Ritz-Carlton Huntington Hotel & Spa in Pasadena: "Six Degrees" is a new ABC drama about connections, and on Tuesday, ABC President of Entertainment Steve McPherson told the entertainment press that he and one of its executive producers, J.J. Abrams, have "a special connection." J.J.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 10, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"Believe," which premieres Monday on NBC (moving to Sundays thereafter), is a paranormal adventure story - a romance, whose tendencies toward new-age messianic pomposity are kept in check by the B-movie flamboyance of its characters. Just what part of this is intentional, I can't say. But if the show were less pulpy - if it offered its grab bag of old tropes as jewels rather than as cupcakes - it would also be less good. Big names are attached. Alfonso Cuarón, now combing his hair by the light of his "Gravity" Oscar, co-created the series and directed its pilot; J.J. Abrams, who one day will run every science-fiction franchise, is an executive producer.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 28, 2007 | From a Times staff writer
The long-rumored "Star Trek" will begin filming this fall, Paramount confirmed Tuesday, under the direction of J.J. Abrams ("Mission: Impossible III," "Lost," "Alias"). The script, about Capt. Kirk and Mr. Spock's meeting at Starfleet Academy and their first mission together, was written by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, who also did the "Mission" screenplay.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 12, 2013 | By Randee Dawn
Here's how director Peter Berg ("Lone Survivor") and art director Tom Duffield bonded professionally: They got kidnapped. The duo, who would go on to work together on three films (including the upcoming "Lone Survivor"), were scouting locations in the Brazilian rain forest for Berg's 2003 film, "The Rundown," and were held for several hours by three armed men who were trying to figure out how to ransom them. "Going through an experience like that and coming out the other side, a real relationship of trust is formed," says Berg.
NEWS
December 6, 2013 | By Ellen Olivier
The event: The 23rd annual “Beat the Odds” awards dinner, benefiting the Children's Defense Fund-California and honoring five outstanding students who overcame near-overwhelming personal obstacles to achieve academic success. The scene: The star-studded A-list affair at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Thursday included numerous long time CDF supporters, plus newcomers to the cause, such as Matt Damon, who said he and his wife, Luciana Barroso, were there for the first time at the invitation of friends and looking forward to the program.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 29, 2013 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
When it comes to gift books, I find myself drawn to some unorthodox choices this year. At the head of my list is Joe Sacco's "The Great War" (W.W. Norton, boxed, $35): a single panoramic drawing - 24 feet long, and accordion-folded in a slipcase - that portrays, in graphic intensity, one of the bloodiest events of the 20th century, the first day of the Battle of the Somme. And yet, in its ingenuity, its beauty and (yes) its tactile engagement, it stirs us in a variety of dimensions: the book as objet d'art . This is the secret story of the digital era, that computer production has opened the possibilities of what books are and how we connect with them, not only on screen but also on the page.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 22, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
J.J. Abrams is primarily known as the guy who's directing the new "Star Wars" movie these days, but before that he was a writer and director who loved to plant clues and engender obsessive fan discussion over coded references to obscure items. For his visit to "The Colbert Report," Abrams was prepared to discuss his new book, "S. " but Stephen Colbert decided to send the filmmaker into a mystery straight out of one of his own works. "It's been a long time," Colbert said upon greeting him, before cryptically adding, "The squirrel is in the basket.
BUSINESS
November 18, 2013 | By Scott Collins
The androids don't need to be paranoid: Fox's "Almost Human" got off to a fine start in the ratings on Sunday night. The latest from super-producer J.J. Abrams - a buddy-cop concept where androids are paired with humans to bust crimes - delivered 9.1 million total viewers in a special roll-out, according to Nielsen. Fox is airing the premiere in two parts, with the second half coming on Monday, where it will usually air. In the key category of adults aged 18 to 49, "Almost Human" was easily the top-rated program of the night, with a 3.1 rating/8 share.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 19, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Could J.J. Abrams' mysterious new trailer be linked to the novel he'll be publishing in October? On Monday, Abrams' company Bad Robot placed a trailer on YouTube that, more than anything else, confused viewers. Is it a teaser for his upcoming television project Believe , created with "Children of Men" director Alfonso Cuaron? Another big Abrams project is “ Star Wars: Episode VII ” -- it probably isn't that, but it's possible. Did he release a trailer about nothing at all?
ENTERTAINMENT
May 21, 2013 | By John Horn
It's one of the strangest scenes in “Star Trek Into Darkness”: With no explanation or motivation, USS Enterprise visitor Carol (Alice Eve) strips down to her blue underwear, whereupon James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) sneaks a peek. Now, Damon Lindelof, who co-wrote the film's screenplay, is apologizing for the gratuitous sequence - sort of. In an email interview with MTV, Lindelof was asked why the “Men in Black III” actress was obligated to show off her ripped body. “Why is Alice Eve in her underwear, gratuitously and unnecessarily, without any real effort made as to why in God's name she would undress in that circumstance?
ENTERTAINMENT
May 9, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
On Thursday NBC announced it was giving series orders to five pilots, including new shows from industry heavyweights J.J. Abrams, Jason Katims and James Burrows.  In “The Family Guide,” J.K. Simmons stars as a blind dad going through a divorce from his eccentric wife, Parker Posey. A la “The Wonder Years,” Jason Bateman provides voice-over as the grown version of their son, and he's also attached as an executive producer. In “Sean Saves the World,” Sean Hayes will play a perfectionist and divorced gay father whose 14-year-old daughter moves in with him full time, throwing his life into upheaval.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 21, 2013 | By Nicole Sperling
Women who spend most of their time in dark rooms will come into the light on Saturday for a Los Angeles Film Festival panel titled "Women in the Cut: A Celebration of Women Editors. " The gathering will follow in the footsteps of last year's panel hatched by festival director Stephanie Allain, which celebrated female animators. This time around, Mary Sweeney, the editor behind such David Lynch films as "Mulholland Drive" and "Twin Peaks" and currently a screenwriting professor at USC, will moderate a panel that includes Richard Linklater's editor, Sandra Adair ("Before Midnight," "Bernie")
ENTERTAINMENT
May 23, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
OK, class. Time for a pop quiz. Say you're top Hollywood filmmaker J.J. Abrams and you're taking heat for including a seemingly gratuitous shot of a scantily clad Alice Eve in your latest blockbuster, “Star Trek: Into the Darkness.” What do you do to silence your critics? The answer: You go on “Conan” and share a deleted scene of Benedict Cumberbatch in the shower, that's what.  On Wednesday the director addressed the minor kerfuffle surrounding a scene in which Capt.
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