5 Hollywood Rumors: J.J. Abrams Talks About ‘Star Trek’ Mistakes
Each week, we bring you a roundup of the rumors that have been reported in the entertainment world as various sources get wind of casting rumors and top-secret talks about new projects in film, TV, and music. Here’s a look at the rumors that have been buzzing in Hollywood over the past week.
1. Warner Bros. cancels screenings for Point Break remake
It’s never a good sign when a studio opts not to screen a movie for critics, under the auspices of “no press is better than bad press.” It’s an even worse sign when a studio actually schedules screenings, and then hastily cancels them in the 11th hour. Cinelinx’s Jordan Maison noted on Twitter that the studio cited “unforeseen circumstances” as the reason. More realistically, they realized that a bad movie competing with Star Wars at the box office is a recipe for disaster, but of course you’ll never hear a Warner Bros. rep admit that.
2. J.J. Abrams admits fault for issues with Star Trek Into Darkness
In a recent interview with Buzzfeed, director J.J. Abrams dished on his experience with Star Wars initially, but then later dove into a surprisingly candid conversation about the myriad issues he encountered with the last Star Trek film he directed, Into Darkness. In it, he admits that “it was a mistake” hiding the identity of Khan from viewers in the months leading into the release, going on to outline the many problems the project stumbled on from the get-go.
3. Parks and Recreation cast member admits to voicing BB-8 in Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Of all the surprises surrounding The Force Awakens, no one would have guessed the reveal of the voice behind BB-8 would be one of them. Hitfix did some digging after noticing Bill Hader (Trainwreck) and Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation) credited as “Voice Consultants” for BB-8, and after a conversation with Hader, they made a startling discovery. Hader and Schwartz both did extensive work conceiving and creating the voice behind the newest Star Wars droid, making for a shocking addition to the cast.
4. Quentin Tarantino goes toe-to-toe with Disney, accuses studio of “extortion”
We have plenty of reasons to be excited for the latest movie from director Quentin Tarantino, with The Hateful Eight releasing just a week after Star Wars. Disney’s new tentpole franchise dominating every screen comes with a fair amount of controversy though, with the studio taking over the hallowed Cinerama Dome. According to Tarantino, that takeover was less than above board, with Disney having pushed The Hateful Eight out in the process. You can read the full report over on Deadline, for a story that casts a bit of a pall over the Star Wars mania of this week.
5. Agents of SHIELD to continue exploration of HYDRA’s origins in second half of season
In an interview with IGN on the Star Wars red carpet, Agents of SHIELD‘s Clark Gregg shed some light on the second half of his show’s season. (Spoilers ahead for anyone not caught up) When we last left SHIELD, a parasitic alien had inhabited the body of Grant Ward, in an episode that gave us a peek into the early days of HYDRA. As the monolithic evil organization that acts as the primary foil for Marvel’s comic heroes, it’s interesting to continue learning about their origins. Gregg promises more to come in the latter half of this season, promising, “that’s gonna blow some minds.”
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