J.J. Abrams to direct the next ‘Star Wars’ film

By Courtney Rowan

JJ Abrams to direct next 'Star Wars' film

Reuters (Fabrizio Bensch) / Lucasfilm

The interwebs were set on fire yesterday when news broke that none other than sci-fi directing genius, J.J. Abrams (Lost, Fringe, Star Trek) was announced as being the next appointed director for ‘Star Wars: Episode VII‘.

Handle this news, my feeble mind cannot.

When I first read this yesterday, naturally I was in a state of disbelief. I mean, the same man helming the two biggest sci-fi franchises in the history of sci-fi? I’m still a little flabbergasted and suspicious as no one has officially confirmed this information.  Now that the age old question of Star Wars vs. Star Trek is in the hands of one of the greatest directors ever, YOUR ARGUMENT IS INVALID.

The Wrap broke this news yesterday stating that,

an individual with knowledge of the production told TheWrap.

Deadline is also reporting that according to a source for them,

“It’s done deal with J.J.”

I’m honestly not sure whether to be excited or scared. Admittedly, I am a huge J.J. Abrams fan and I believe if anyone has the chops, its him. But, handling these two franchises causes concern.  Although, lens flares on light sabers HAVE to look cool.

Hopefully, we’ll get some absolute confirmation on this soon so fanboys and fangirls across the world can take a deep breath and relax. Despite all the flames, The Wrap did state,

Reached by TheWrap, Lynne Hale, spokeswoman for Lucasfilm, declined to comment immediately. Neither CAA, which represents Abrams, nor Bad Robot immediately responded to requests for comment.

So, no solid confirmation yet. In the meantime, ponder this –

Source: The Wrap, Deadline

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Fringe Gets Renewed For Fifth And Final Season!

By Courtney Rowan

Okay, well, after your awe that this is not a Doctor Who post, you can move on to the most exciting genre news released this week (IMO). Fox actually listened to their fans and RENEWED FRINGE FOR A FIFTH AND FINAL SEASON! The gasps and squeals of delight shock from fans around the world were tangible when the news broke Thursday evening. We even got a trailer to boot! Check out the awesomeness below:

Granted, they only are giving us 13 episodes, I don’t care. I’ll take it. I will soak up every last minute of these episodes, absorbing every last ounce of Bishopness, Walternate and Fauxlivia I can get.

J.J. Abrams released this statement with the news:

“We are thrilled and beyond grateful that Fox – and our fans – have made the impossible possible: Fringe will continue into a fifth season that will allow the series to conclude in a wild and thrilling way. All of us at Bad Robot are forever indebted to our viewers and the amazingly supportive Fox network for allowing the adventures of Fringe Division to not only continue, but to resolve in a way that perfectly fits the show.”

The fans – US – need to be congratulated for this one. Believe me, I’d like to think I am part of many fandoms and I love them all, but the Fringe fandom is absolutely brilliant. I mean, have you seen the #WhereIsPeterBishop campaign?! It is an absolute testament to the creativity, loyalty and downright awesomeness of this group. This video literally gives me chills every time I watch it. (It could be my slight fangirl obsession with Joshua Jackson too… but I digress. ;P)

This is not without recognition from the show big wigs either,

“This pickup means the world (both of them) to us, because we love sharing these stories with our enthusiastic fans,” showrunners and executive producers Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wyman said. “On behalf of the cast and crew, we applaud our fans and Fox for allowing us to imagine the impossibilities together for so long. Season Five is going to be a conclusive thrill ride for all of us.”

I cannot express my happiness, I want to scream so many ecstatic things right now, but in the words of one of my favorite on screen geeks, “I can’t express myself monosyllabically enough for you to understand ’em all!”


Fringe airs Fridays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Fox. Season 4 concludes on May 11.

Source : Comic Book Resources