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....
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.
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.
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.
May 14, 2009 |
This is a good time to be J.J. Abrams. His "Star Trek" prequel has earned big love from critics and cultists alike; "Lost," which he co-created, is moving smoothly toward its self-imposed date with destiny and should make it through with its dignity intact; and his co-creation "Fringe," which finished its first season Tuesday night, has been renewed for a second.
May 12, 2006 |
"MISSION: Impossible III" is more than the latest version of the small-screen espionage drama that has been a pop culture icon since its premiere in the 1960s. It's also a big-screen version of "Alias," with Tom Cruise taking on the Jennifer Garner role. "M:i:III" director J.J. Abrams has acknowledged that "Alias," his ABC series about a graduate student living a double life as a secret agent, was inspired in part by the "Mission: Impossible" TV show.