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J.J. Abrams Confirms Half-Life and Portal Movies in Development


J.J. Abrams has officially confirmed that there are two movies in the works based on two of the most popular video games ever: Half-Life and Portal. According to Abrams, stories are being written right now for the film adaptations of the video games.

Abrams has been expressing interest in working with Valve’s Gabe Newell on game and movie projects since 2013. Yet his desire to be involved may go back even further. In 2011, Dan Trachtenberg released fan movie Portal: No Escape which garnered a lot of attention at the time. Then, this year, in 2016, Trachtenberg worked as director on 10 Cloverfield Lane, which Abrams produced.

The news was confirmed last week when Abrams spike with IGN about the projects saying,

“they’re in development and we’ve got writers and we’re working on both those stories.”

However, outside that confirmation, Abrams gave no further details. So at the moment we don’t know when the films will enter production.

God Particle Casts David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw


J.J. Abrams latest project, God Particle, has officially begun casting the main roles and they are supremely done! According to reports, the Selma and Captive star David Oyelowo and the Free State of Jones actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw are currently in talks to star in the sci-fi thriller directed by Julius Onah.

God Particle has been in development for what feels like FOREVER. It stalled for a while before finally moving forward this year via Paramount. It centers on a group of astronauts in the near future who end up fighting for their lives after they uncover a terrifying secret about the fabric of reality.

There are no details on which roles that Oyelowo and Mbatha-Raw are in talks for but reports have stated that production is beginning on the film soon.

Abrams is producing the picture through Bad Robot. God Particle is scheduled to be released in theaters on Feb. 24, 2017.




The Teaser Trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens Released


After waiting for weeks, Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm have finally released the teaser trailer for the highly anticipated new installment in the “Star Wars” saga. You can watch the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens below!

The seventh installment in the franchise sees the return of original trilogy cast members as well as some new stars. The full cast includes Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, Crystal Clarke, Pip Anderson, Christina Chong and Miltos Yerolemou.

While not much is known about the plot, what we do know is that Episode VII will be set 30 years after the events of “Return of the Jedi.”

Star Wars: The Force Awakens was directed by J.J. Abrams and will release in theaters on December 18, 2015. 

Star Wars: Episode VII Gains Game of Thrones Swordsman


Syrio Forel is heading to a galaxy far far away. The “Game of Thrones” actor Miltos Yerolemou who played Syrio has officially joined the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. 

It is currently unknown what the role of Yerolemou will be but we do know that he is not playing a major role. Hopefully the sword master will get to yield a lightsaber however.

Yerolemou is not the only GoT alum to take a trip to another galaxy. Gwendoline Christie, who plays Brienne of Tarth in the series, is also in the cast of “Episode VII.”

Star Wars: Episode VII stars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Lupita Nyong’o, Christina Chong, Crystal Clarke and Pip Anderson.

Star Wars: Episode VII will release in theaters on December 18, 2015. It was directed by J.J. Abrams.

John Goodman to Heading New J.J. Abrams Thriller

john goodmanJ.J. Abrams and Bad Robot productions are working on another science fiction thriller and they just announced that John Goodman is set to star in the leading role. The film, titled Valencia, will be directed by Dan Trachtenberg with Paramount Pictures Insurge studio.

Valencia takes place in an underground cellar following a disastrous nuclear attack. Goodman will portray a caretaker residing in the cellar with a teenage girl who has recently awoken after a car accident.

The script was penned by Dan Casey based on an original draft from Josh Campbell and Matthew Stuecken. Apparently Insurge loves to create “visionary” films at low costs so Valencia’s budget will be around a mere $5 million. But with Abrams involved it will likely at least be worthy of your time.

Little else is known about the plot or who else is expected to star in the project. An anticipated release date has not been announced.

Could Harrison Ford’s Injury Delay Star Wars Episode VII?


Damn you Harrison Ford and your inevitable age. Since his injury during the filming of Star Wars Episode VII earlier this month, it appears his recovery time may be a lot longer than originally expected. This means we could see a delay in filming of the highly anticipated film.

According to recent reports, Ford’s recovery could take as long as six months. Which could definitely effect the filming timetable for Star Wars Episode VII which is said to focus on Han Solo’s character. J.J Abrams and Disney have not commented yet on whether they will postpone shooting but it seems likely.

However, according to a report from Ain’t It Cool News, said that there was an emergency meeting at the studios last week regarding the film. Apparently, Disney REALLY wants to get the film out by the announced released date of December 18, 2015. But with Ford’s injury that would be nearly impossibly.

Disney and Abrams are expected to respond soon regarding Ford’s injury and the film’s plans in the near future.

Gary Oldman in Talks for Star Wars: Episode VII


Could Commissioner Gordon be the next hero to join Star Wars: Episode VII? During a recent interview with Sky Movies, Gary Oldman possible involvement in the project.

Oldman told them that “They’ve called, yeah. I’m more cynical about it (casting) now, I believe it when I’m on the plane home. You know, the deal isn’t done (until then). But yeah, they’ve inquired.”

Scripted by J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan, Star Wars: Episode VII is rumored to focus on a new generation of heroes and could include appearances by Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford in older incarnations of their beloved characters from the original Star Wars trilogy. The film is expected to begin shortly and will hit theaters on December 18, 2015.

J.J. Abrams Calls Star Wars: Episode VII Release Date “A Huge Improvement”


Recently, Disney and LucasFilm announced that their highly anticipated film, Star Wars: Episode VII, would open in theaters on December 2015. Previously, it was planned for a summer release but was later shifted by director J.J. Abrams. He has spoken with MTV about the change and why it had to happen.

“I will say that it is an infinitely better situation now than when they were saying they wanted it in the summer. Before I even came onto the project, before I was brought on, they were talking about 2015 and they made this announcement very early on. Which I understand, and I understand why they’d want that, but it didn’t necessarily have anything to do with the reality of where anyone was creatively. So I think that it’s a hugely important thing that that comes first, and that a release date is great, but you have to release something great. So to me, the new release date is a huge improvement.”

Star Wars: Episode VII will also be scripted by Abrams alongside Kasdan, who previously wrote the franchise’s “Episode V,” The Empire Strikes Back. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, with Tommy Harper and Jason McGatlin serving as executive producers.

The film will open in 2D and 3D theaters on December 18, 2015.

Star Wars: Episode VII to Hit Theaters on December 18, 2015


Star Wars: Episode VII has received a confirmed release date of December 18, 2015. The film will be also released in 3D. Star Wars: Episode VII will be directed by J.J. Abrams and is being scripted by Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, with Tommy Harper and Jason McGatlin serving as executive producers. John Williams is returning to score Star Wars: Episode VII.

Alan Horn, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios, said,

“We’re very excited to share the official 2015 release date for Star Wars: Episode VII, where it will not only anchor the popular holiday film going season but also ensure our extraordinary filmmaking team has the time needed to deliver a sensational picture.”

Shooting is scheduled to begin spring 2014 at Pinewood Studios.

J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan Announced as Star Wars: Episode VII Screenwriters


Yesterday, Lucasfilm, announced that screenwriter, Michael Arndt, was not longer going to be a credited writer on the upcoming film, Star Wars: Episode VII. The studio has named Lawrence Kasdan and director J.J. Abrams as the new writers for the screenplay.

According to the official press release, Kasdan and Abrams have taken over the screenwriting duties for the project but gives no reason why Arndt is no longer attached.

Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, said,

“I am very excited about the story we have in place and thrilled to have Larry and J.J. working on the script. There are very few people who fundamentally understand the way a “Star Wars” story works like Larry, and it is nothing short of incredible to have him even more deeply involved in its return to the big screen. J.J. of course is an incredible storyteller in his own right. Michael Arndt has done a terrific job bringing us to this point and we have an amazing filmmaking and design team in place already prepping for production.”

Kasdan has already been serving as a consultant on Star Wars: Episode VII and is described as a “veteran of several classic Lucasfilm productions.” He wrote the screenplay for “Raiders of the Lost Ark” as well as served as a co-screenwriter for “The Empire Strikes Bad” and “Return of the Jedi.”

Abrams is a critically acclaimed director and screenwriter who is known for his science fiction works such as “Super 8,” “Fringe” and “Lost.”

Shooting is scheduled to begin Spring 2014 at Pinewood Studios for an expected 2015 release. John Williams is returning to score Star Wars: Episode VII.

Location scouting, production design, casting, and costume design are already underway on “Episode VII.” A team of gifted artists are working to bring the latest installment of the “Star Wars” saga, including director of photography Dan Mindel (“Mission: Impossible III,” “Star Trek”), production designers Rick Carter (“Lincoln,” “Avatar”) and Darren Gilford (“Oblivion,” “TRON: Legacy”), costume designer Michael Kaplan (“Star Trek Into Darkness,” “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”), special effects supervisor Chris Corbould (“Skyfall,” “The Dark Knight Rises”), sound designer Ben Burtt (“Lincoln,” “Star Wars: Episodes I-VI”), re-recording mixer Gary Rydstrom (“Jurassic Park,” “Saving Private Ryan”), supervising sound editor Matthew Wood (“Star Trek Into Darkness,” “The Master”) of Skywalker Sound, and visual effects supervisor Roger Guyett (“Star Trek Into Darkness,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End”) of Industrial Light & Magic. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, with Tommy Harper (“Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,” “Star Trek Into Darkness”) and Jason McGatlin (“Tintin,” “War of the Worlds”) serving as executive producers.