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J.J. Abrams

As a poet once said: Toldja. Just this morning, news arrived that “Star Wars: Episode IX” now had a director, with J.J. Abrams being persuaded, by what is presumably an amount of money equivalent to the GDP of a Baltic state, to return to the director’s chair recently vacated by Colin Trevorrow. And towards the end of the piece, we wrote “We’ll see if Abrams can be the first director to make two good ‘Star Wars’ movies when ‘Episode IX’ opens, if it doesn’t get delayed (spoiler: it DEFINITELY will), on May 24th, 2019.” Frankly, we weren’t expecting it to happen so quickly, but lo, Disney have revealed that they’ve put back the release date of the movie by seven months, with it now being set to open on December 20th, 2019. Continue reading Disney Delay ‘Star Wars: Episode 9’ Release Date By Seven Months at The Playlist.

It’s May the 4th, aka annoying “Star Wars” promotional day, which is oddly relevant in 2017, because in the real world, the evil empire known as the GOP is trying to kill millions of people by taking healthcare away from people in order to fund a tax cut for rich people rather than with a space laser. It was inevitable that some kind of “Star Wars” tidbit would be released to mark the occasion, and it’s arrived thanks to Entertainment Weekly. Continue reading Rian Johnson Asked J.J. Abrams To Make Sure R2-D2 Was With Rey At The End Of ‘The Force Awakens’ at The Playlist.

It’s fair to say that J.J. Abrams, more than most, makes massive movies. His “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is the biggest domestic hit of all time, and of the five films he’s made to date, the two smallest in scope and scale were a “Mission: Impossible” sequel and “Super 8,” an autobiographical movie about a giant monster. Love him or hate him, Abrams makes the kind of spectacle that draws audiences into movie theaters these days. Continue reading J.J. Abrams Says ‘There Is A Theater Chain I’m Convinced Hates Movies,’ Says End Of Theatrical Window Is ‘Inevitable’ at The Playlist.

Given that he doesn’t necessarily look or act like a traditional idea of a leading man, the enduring stardom of Jesse Eisenberg is a pleasing thing. It’s now 15 years since we first saw him on screen, in Dylan Kidd’s “Roger Dodger,” and he’s consistently made strong choices that have kept him on the A-list, whether it’s working with acclaimed auteurs like Woody Allen, Noah Baumbach and David Fincher, excelling in smaller indies like Kelly Reichardt’s “Night Moves,” Richard Ayoade’s “The Double” or James Ponsoldt’s “The End Of The Tour,” or selling out while holding out to his credibility in “Now You See Me” or “Zombieland” (though we’ll skip over “Batman V. Continue reading Jesse Eisenberg To Write, Direct & Star In J.J. Abrams-Produced TV Comedy at The Playlist.

Every year, there is the same moaning that “certain films” (i.e. comedies and blockbusters) are ignored by the snooty Academy, who favor arthouse fare. And while there’s some truth to that, let’s be real: popcorn entertainment like “John Wick: Chapter 2” can be great fun, but it’s not necessarily great cinema. Regardless, it’s not just fans who complain about this, but stars too, like Vin Diesel, who once predicted that “Furious 7” would win Best Picture. Continue reading J.J. Abrams Is Already Making Major Oscar Predictions For ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ at The Playlist.