If you’re a fan of Bad Robot and live in Los Angeles area, it’s time to head over to the new Gallery1988 location at 7308 Melrose. That’s because the gallery has teamed up with some great artists to create a new gallery show focused on the TV shows and movies produced by Bad Robot, like Fringe, Lost, Super 8, Person of Interest, Alias, Cloverfield, and Star Trek. The show opens tonight and runs until May 18th, so you’ve got plenty of time to check it out. However, since many of the items are very limited or original pieces of art, you probably want to head over soon if you want to buy anything.
Last night the gallery held a private reception for Bad Robot and I was able to stop by and take about 100 pictures of everything on display. Hit the jump to see the pictures.
As the release of director J.J. Abrams’ sequel Star Trek Into Darkness, the filmmaker is understandably going to be inundated with questions about Star Wars: Episode VII. While we will likely see all kinds of evasions and non-answers from Abrams while on the publicity circuit (and again, understandably so), the director recently sat down with the folks at Playboy for an extended interview, and it’s probably more revealing than anything you’re going to see in the coming months. Abrams discusses his approach to Episode VII and how much input he has into the story, the possibility of him directing Star Trek 3, and even Cloverfield 2 and the prospect of an Alias movie. Hit the jump to read on.
As I’ve said again and again, Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon‘s The Cabin in the Woods is one of the best “horror” movies I’ve ever seen, and it’s easily one of my favorite films this year. While many of you might love the horror genre, I find it repetitive and stale. It seems like the genre is stuck in neutral, and no one is making any progress forward. But that all changed after I saw Cabin in the Woods. Without spoiling anything, let’s just say the film turns “horror” on its head, and I loved every second of it. For more on the film, here’s Matt’s glowing review and interviews with Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford as well as Anna Hutchison, Jesse Williams & Kristen Connolly.
Right before this year’s SXSW, I sat down with co-writer and director Drew Goddard for an extended video interview. Since we both didn’t want to spoil any of the twists and turns of the movie, our conversation is spoiler free. During the wide ranging conversation we talked about making The Cabin in the Woods, the status of the Cloverfield sequel, Alias, Buffy, Angel, Lost, (he was a writer on all four series) Steven Spielberg‘s Robopocalypse (which he’s writing), his reaction to seeing The Avengers, and a lot more. Hit the jump to watch.
NBC is launching the spy drama Undercovers from J.J. Abrams this fall, but we’re not too far removed from the era that the combination of “Abrams” and “spy drama” pertained rather to the producer/director’s action series Alias. The series aired from 2001-2005 on ABC and helped launch the careers of such notables as Jennifer Garner and Bradley Cooper. Plus, it established Abrams as a presence in the action/sci-fi genre when prior to the series he had best been known as the creator of teen drama Felicity.
E! Online reports that ABC has recently been batting around the idea of rebooting the series, Current discussions are very preliminary, and the project is not yet in development, though a reboot of the series would reportedly dial down the mythological elements of the original (that means no Rambaldi prophecy, for fans of the series). More after the jump:
I imagine at this point J.J. Abrams could cause a bidding war over a doodle he scribbled in the back of his 8th grade science textbook. However, Variety reports that as of right now, Abrams has ABC, NBC, and CBS jockeying not for work from his junior high period but a new TV spec which is an action/adventure spy show. A kind of “Alias 2.0″, perhaps? It doesn’t really matter since as a show launcher, Abrams has pushed “Lost” and now “Fringe” into massive genre success even though he isn’t involved on the day-to-day business of either show. Variety doesn’t mention the depth of Abrams involvement in this new show beyond his spec but I think it’s safe to say that Abrams will keep his attention focused on movies and let another writer/executive producer take on the daily operations. Of course, the biggest question of all is how many wigs this new spy series will employ.
If you’re a fan of FOX’s great show “Fringe”, I’ve got an interview you’re going to love. That’s because a few days ago I went to the post production headquarters of “Fringe” and spoke with Showrunner/Executive Producer Jeff Pinkner about what’s coming up this season and a lot more. While I sometimes say “a lot more” when posting an interview, those words don’t begin to cover this interview as we talked about so much, there is no way to sum it all up in this intro.
But before getting to the interview, if you’re not watching “Fringe”, you’re missing out on a great show. Last season (which was its first), the show got better and better each week and it all came to a head with a hell of a finale. Also, by the end of the season, the show had figured out how to create self contained episodes that also furthered the mythology of “Fringe”. And even when you thought there wasn’t any mythology in an episode, the show always found a way to reward its fans. Trust me, tune in this season and give it a chance. You won’t regret it. Watch the interview after the jump: