November 22, 2013 |
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.
July 22, 2010 |
There may not be two bigger heroes for many of the Comic-Con faithful than Joss Whedon and J.J. Abrams. The mood was set for most of the crowd as songs from "Buffy the Vampire Slayer's" musical episode and "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog"played over the Hall H loudspeakers. The announcer rattled off a list of the duo's separate accomplishments, each cheered to varying degrees, but the loudest roar came when Whedon and Abrams walked out to a packed house as part of Entertainment Weekly's Visionaries series, answering a variety of questions from the audience and from moderator Jeff "Doc" Jensen.
March 7, 2013 |
Paramount Pictures is moving up the British release date for director J.J. Abrams' "Star Trek: Into Darkness" from May 17 to May 9, but the studio has not yet said whether the sequel's domestic debut also will be changed. While it is rare, it is not unprecedented for big studio films to premiere overseas before they reach domestic theaters. Late last year, the hugely popular James Bond installment "Skyfall" debuted in U.K. complexes two weeks before it arrived in American multiplexes.
January 18, 2013 |
Well that didn't take long. Paramount Pictures and J.J. Abrams are making a movie about disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong. The studio and Abrams' production company, Bad Robot, have secured the rights to author Juliet Macur's book proposal "Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong," to be published by HarperCollins. A release date for the book has not yet been set. The news was first reported on Deadline.com. Macur, a sports reporter for the New York Times, has covered Armstrong for more than a decade as the cyclist has made news with his cancer battle, his continuous denial of doping and his admission Thursday night to Oprah Winfrey that he used illegal performing enhancement substances throughout his illustrious career.
September 13, 2012 |
CBS This Morning Economist William Silber; Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today Jake Gyllenhaal; J.J. Abrams. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC KTLA Morning News (N) 7 a.m. KTLA Good Morning America Lady Gaga; Green Day performs. (N) 7 a.m. KABC Good Day L.A. (N) 7 a.m. KTTV Rachael Ray Carter Oosterhouse. (N) 8 a.m. KCAL Live With Kelly and Michael Tyra Banks. (N) 9 a.m. KABC The View Guest co-host Chris Cuomo; Richard Gere; Barbara Corcoran; Lauren Miller and Ari Graynor.
May 23, 2013 |
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.
January 25, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before figuring out if my life is Ground Hog day. The Skinny: It's supposed to rain all weekend. I'll enjoy it at night and hate it during the day. Friday's headlines include a preview of the weekend box office, a new director for "Star Wars" and a big hire at CNN. Daily Dose: Time Warner Cable and the Dodgers were hoping to have their big TV deal wrapped up by now and it could still be done by Friday....
November 18, 2013 |
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.
June 2, 2011 |
There are plenty of stories with Hollywood endings -- this is one with a Hollywood beginning. A new J.J. Abrams film called "Super 8" reaches theaters on June 10 with a coming-of-age story about young, amateur filmmakers who film a spidery space alien on the loose in Ohio during summer 1979. For people who know the 44-year-old Abrams, that plot seems only slightly more fantastic than the real-life, three-decade story that led to the film. "The craziest thing is that it's true, it actually did happen," says Damon Lindelof, who collaborated with Abrams on the landmark ABC series "Lost" and the hit 2009 film "Star Trek.
January 8, 2012 |
In many ways, the scene on a cold and rainy day in Tsawwassen, Canada, looked like your run-of-the-mill murder. There was a trio of detectives who had arrived in a vintage forest-green Mustang. There was a dead body, of course. And the cops were after the usual suspects. Except these suspects were from a half-century ago — and all were inmates in one of America's most notorious prisons. The scenario seems puzzling until you realize that it's a story line in J.J. Abrams' new midseason show "Alcatraz," which is set to premiere Jan. 16 on Fox. The series' premise is that a group of Alcatraz prisoners who were supposedly dead have somehow returned to modern day and are wreaking havoc on the streets of San Francisco.