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Did Carrie Fisher haunt this Star Wars presser?
December 5th, 2019 under JJ Abrams, Star Wars. [ Comments: none ]

It has almost been three years since Carrie Fisher passed away. She died before they started filming the last Star Wars movie Rise of the Skywalker. However, J.J. Abrams was able to include her in the film.

While she is in the feature, she is not able to do press for it. Or is she? Yesterday, when the director was talking about her part in it, something very spooky happened. As Abrams said, “the lighting,” some of the stage lights went out. Freaking him out, so he said hi to her to let the late actress know he felt her presence. Especially, because he told the audience, “That is so Carrie, BTW, to do that.”

Do you think her force is with them? I say yes because she was such a huge spirit, why shouldn’t she be a spirit…


Princess Leia will be Star Wars: Episode IX
July 27th, 2018 under JJ Abrams, Star Wars. [ Comments: none ]

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Before Carrie Fisher died, she finished filming for Star Wars: The Last Jedi aka Episode XIII, but they were nowhere close to even thinking about filming the last movie in the franchise. Which made us wonder would she would or would she not be in the final film.

Today, we got the answer. Star Wars revealed that Princess Leia Organa will be in the film and it will not be a CGI version of her as there was one in Rogue One. Instead, they will be using previously unreleased footage of her that was shot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Good thing they brought back J.J. Abrams to direct because he also directed A Force Awakens and knows how to make it work. In fact, he said, “Finding a truly satisfying conclusion to the Skywalker saga without her eluded us. We were never going to recast, or use a CG character. With the support and blessing from her daughter, Billie, we have found a way to honor Carrie’s legacy and role as Leia in Episode IX by using unseen footage we shot together in Episode VII.”

This is doing her legacy proud. She is not the only original (from the first 3 films) in the movie, so are Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, and Billy Dee Williams. Not only that, John Williams will once again score the music for the feature.

Even though I have not seen a Star Wars movie since Episode I, I am actually looking forward to seeing this one next September.


Castle Rock haunts Hulu tonight
July 24th, 2018 under Hulu, JJ Abrams, Stephen King. [ Comments: none ]

When I heard that J.J. Abrams was doing a series about Stephen King’s fictional town Castle Rock for Hulu, I was excited about it. Then I watched the first four episodes, that begin streaming tonight, and I am not really sure what is going on.

The show starts off with Dale (Terry O’Quinn), the warden of Shawshank State Penitentiary, and it is his last day on the job. He kisses his wife goodbye, drives to the woods, ties a rope around his neck and drives his soon to be headless body into Castle Rock. He is dead, but he lives on as the narrator.

There is a new warden in town and she just found out that her predecessor left a wing of the overcrowded prison empty. When she sends in some guards to check it out, they discover a nameless young man who has been living there. No one knows who The Kid (Bill Skarsgård) is, and he is not telling them.

All they know about him is his first words were, “Henry Deaver” (André Holland). Deaver is a Texas lawyer, who record is pretty deadly. Deadly as in his clients die. When he gets the call from Shawshank, it means going home, a place he rarely goes. When he was 10 years old he went missing in December and after several days he is found unharmed with no memory of what happened. It is one of the town’s mysteries. That and what happened to his father. Some think he killed him, but he does not remember.

Something his mother (Sissy Spacek) is suffering from. She has dementia and he finds out that Alan (Scott Glenn), who found him as a kid, is living with her. Henry does not like him because there is a lot of conflict between the two. Alan also knows more about the town and answers a lot of our questions.

But there are a lot of questions that still need to be answered. While the show starts off really slowly, it does pick up at the end of the 4th episode. I will stick with it, so I suggest you do it.


The force is strong with J.J. Abrams again
September 12th, 2017 under JJ Abrams, Star Wars. [ Comments: none ]

Last week, Star Wars announced that it was parting ways with Colin Trevorrow as the director of Star Wars: Episode IX and today they announced his replacement. They said, “J.J. Abrams, who launched a new era of Star Wars with The Force Awakens in 2015, is returning to complete the sequel trilogy as writer and director of Star Wars: Episode IX. Abrams will co-write the film with Chris Terrio.”

I do not know why he did not direct Star Wars: The Last Jedi and this movie in the first place? He did a great job with the Episode VII, so I do not know why they decided to try other people. Especially since Disney seems to be having a problem with directors directing their movies? Abrams is one of the rare ones, with a penis, that seems to be getting it right for them.

How do you feel about Abrams coming back to direct the final Star Wars movie?

UPDATE: Due to the change of directors, Disney announced that Star Wars: Episode 9 will be delayed 7 months. Instead of coming out in May 2019, it will be released on December 20, 2019. Which makes more sense to me because it should be a Christmas release.


Billie Lourd owes her acting career to J.J. Abrams
September 12th, 2017 under Ellen DeGeneres, JJ Abrams. [ Comments: none ]

Back when J.J. Abrams was casting Star Wars: The Force Awakens, he could not find an actress to play Rey. The director decided to give Carrie Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd a call to see if she was interested in acting. Something she tells Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show that her mom and father, talent agent Bryan Lourd, did not want her to do.

She did not get that part that eventually went to Daisy Ridley, but she did land a smaller role in the film. When she came back from shooting her scenes, she told her mom how comfortable she was acting. That was when Princess Leia told her kid, if you are comfortable in one of the most uncomfortable environments, then you should act. Shortly afterwards, she had dinner with Ryan Murphy that she was acting, and a week later she was filming Scream Queens. The rest is Hollywood history.

She might have gotten her acting genes from her grandmother Debbie Reynolds and her mom, but she got the call from Abrams that changed her life.


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