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J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: Episode VII” may just now be filming, but some big news has come out about “Episode VIII”. Rian Johnson (“Looper”) will direct the installment!

Johnson joins Gareth Edwards (“Godzilla”) and Josh Trank (“Chronicle”) as the other directors joining the universe.

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This is just a rumor and Lucasfilm has denied this, but rumors are swirling that J.J. Abrams (“Star Trek”) will drop out of “Star Wars Episode VII” to film “Star Trek 3”. Zachary Quinto recently said he could see Abrams directing the next Trek film and Abrams has always said being a huge Star Wars fan meant he was worried about the directing gig.

If this is true, is this a good or bad development for Star Wars?

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There will be no “Star Wars” news or panel of any kind from Comic-Con. Disney did confirm, however, that “Star Wars Episode VII” will have a “presence” at D23, which happens Aug. 9-11. People are expecting casting announcements, including the much rumored return of Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher as Han Solo, Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia. No concrete details have been released but the J.J. Abrams directed film will begin production in early 2014 so news has to come soon.

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Neill Blomkamp is preparing to see his latest movie “Elysium” to hit theaters this summer starring Matt Damon. But Blomkamp isn’t forgetting his “District 9” fans.

“I really want to make a District 9 sequel. I genuinely do. The problem is I have a bunch of ideas and stuff that I want to make. I’m relatively new to this – I’m about to make my third film, and now the pattern that I’m starting to realise is very true is that you lock yourself into a film beyond the film you’re currently working on. But it just doesn’t work for me.

“I don’t know if it works for other directors, but the amount of ideas and the amount of different places I want to go through the duration of making one film, means that I have no idea what else I want to do during that process. I only know at the end. So if I say I want to make District 10, and then I have 50 ideas while I’m making [next film] Chappie, and when I get to the end I don’t want to make it, it’s not a good place to be at. But I know I want to make District 10 at some point.”

Blomkamp’s name has been possibly attached to joining Star Wars, since J.J. Abrams is only contracted for Episode VII.

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Disney and Disney XD will be releasing a new TV series, hoping to continue the tradition from “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” with “Star Wars Rebels”. Here’s part of the press release:

Production has begun on Star Wars Rebels, an exciting, all-new animated television series based on one of the greatest entertainment franchises of all time. Scheduled to premiere in fall 2014 as a one-hour special telecast on Disney Channel, it will be followed by a series on Disney XD channels around the world.

Leading the development of the series is a creative team of exceptional talent. Screenwriter/producer Simon Kinberg (X-Men: First Class, Sherlock Holmes, Mr. & Mrs. Smith) is an executive producer on Star Wars Rebels and will write the premiere episode. He is joined by Dave Filoni as executive producer, who served as supervising director of the Emmy nominated Star Wars: The Clone Wars since 2008. Executive producer Greg Weisman brings with him a wealth of animation experience with credits such as Young Justice, The Spectacular Spider-Man and Gargoyles.

Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer, Disney Channels Worldwide, said, “The entire team at Lucasfilm has provided extraordinary creativity and innovation for over three decades, and we’re thrilled to be bringing the expansive and imaginative world of Star Wars to Disney XD’s viewers.”

“I couldn’t be more excited to explore new corners of the Star Wars universe,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president, Lucasfilm. “I think Star Wars Rebels will capture the look, feel and fun that both kids and their parents love about Star Wars.”

The action-filled series is set between the events of Episode III and IV — an era spanning almost two decades never-before explored on-screen. Star Wars Rebels takes place in a time where the Empire is securing its grip on the galaxy and hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights as a fledgling rebellion against the Empire is taking shape. Details about the show are a closely guarded secret at this point.

Disney is of course releasing “Star Wars: Episode VII” with director J.J. Abrams at the helm.

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J.J. Abrams might just have released “Star Trek Into Darkness”, but that means the focus is going to be solely on “Star Wars: Episode VII”. The Latino Review is reporting that Jonathan Rhys Meyers is up for a starring role. No word on who he’d play and Abrams isn’t going to confirm anything until he has to. So this may just be a rumor as well, given Meyers is going to star in NBC’s “Dracula”. But Meyers has starred in films like “Match Point” and “From Paris With Love” and also is the star on HBO’s “The Tudors” so he’s had a pretty varied career and this would be an interesting choice.

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With “Iron Man 3” and “The Great Gatsby’ performing well, some movie had to underperform. It looks like that’s “Star Trek Into Darkness”. The film earned $70.6 million over the weekend and $84.1 over its first four days, which is actually a tad bit lower than the last film made and well below expectations of a $100 million four-day start. It’s not so much that J.J. Abrams’ latest was bad, it got an “A” score from audiences. But with steep competition and anticipation for “The Hangover Part III” and “Fast and Furious 6” next weekend, it’s likely this film just didn’t appeal broadly enough to draw in audiences. It’ll be a fight to get to $200 million now with steep competition the rest of the summer. “Iron Man 3” officially became the highest grossing IM film domestically, raising its total to $337.1

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Brad Bird is a talented director. He helmed “Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol” as well as “The Incredibles” and “Ratatouille”. But despite fans campaigning for him to helm “Star Wars Episode VII”, Bird said he turned down the job in an interview with THR:

“I’ve known Kathy [Kennedy] for a while and I know George. And they did come to me. But the problem was, the schedule they had in mind made it impossible to do…unless I dropped Tomorrowland.…We had reached a critical mass where it would’ve thrown the furniture around from the train stopping. I really want to see this movie. I love the Star Wars films, and I can’t wait to see what J.J. does, but it meant I’d have to shut down one dream to participate in another. I feel like [with Tomorrowland] we’re making something that’s really special and unique.”

Bird is working on “Tomorrowland” and if the job’s available for “Star Wars Episode VIII” perhaps he could helm that one? Oh he’s also considering one big sequel:”The Incredibles”.

“I have been thinking about it. People think that I have not been, but I have. Because I love those characters and love that world. I am stroking my chin and scratching my head. I have many, many elements that I think would work really well in another [Incredibles] film, and if I can get ‘em to click all together, I would probably wanna do that.…I have many different films I wanna make. It’s like a big airplane hangar and I have different projects on the floor; half-assembled in my brain. I’m interested in all of them. You kind of have to move on the ones people are willing to pay for and the ones you’re most excited about.”

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J.J. Abrams is back with the highly anticipated sequel “Star Trek Into Darkness” starring Chris Pine, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zoe Saldana, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban and more. Does this one live up to the hype? Or do we have the first major misfire of the summer?

The Good

For those of you who enjoyed 2009’s “Star Trek”, “Star Trek Into Darkness” is bigger and better. From the opening to moments to the end, the film is filled with some great action scenes, of course, great special effects and some surprisingly effective emotional moments. Kirk and Spock’s relationship takes center stage in this film and it works really well. Of course, the humor is back but the biggest improvement for the sequel is Cumberbatch. Eric Bana just didn’t make a very interesting or menacing villain in the first Trek. That’s not the case here with Cumberbatch playing a cold, calculated and brilliant villain. The story is also very engaging and, at parts, very emotional, which is always a nice surprise for a summer blockbuster. And there’s a few reveals here that will please fans, but is accessible enough for non Trekkies.

The Bad

“Star Trek Into Darkness” may be one of my favorite Trek films, but it’s not without its flaws. The first is the story, while emotional and engaging, doesn’t really break any new ground. There a few surprises here and there, but for the most part fairly predictable. That’s not a huge deal, but part of what makes Star Trek so great to many fans is its willingness to try new things. I didn’t see anything new here. I also didn’t care for Alice Eve’s character. I understand why she was in the film, I just didn’t think she added much to the film emotionally, or was that important to be frank.

The Final Word 

It’s still really early, but “Star Trek Into Darkness” is my favorite film of the summer so far. It’s exciting, emotional and a lot of fun. It may not go where no movie has gone before, but it’s still an enjoyable film.

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It would seem the timing would be perfect. Other shows like”Veronica Mars” have done Kickstarter. Places like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon are putting out original content and Star Trek is as popular as ever thanks to “Star Trek Into Darkness” and J.J. Abrams. So now Trek writer Rob Bolivar and Doug Drexler  are launching a campaign to get a fifth season of “Star Trek: Enterprise” off the ground. More details can be found here.

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