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Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol Trailer

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In the fourth film of the Mission: Impossible franchise, J.J. Abrams switches sides and produces while Brad Bird makes his live-action directorial debut. Bird is probably best known for directing animated films such as “The Incredibles”, and “Ratatouille”. Tom Cruise returns as Ethan Hunt with some new cast members including Lost’s Josh Holloway, Simon Pegg (“Star Trek”), and Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner (“The Hurt Locker”). Full cast list can be found here.

“Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” is due out in theaters on December 16, 2011. Even though the film has some “Alias” alumni behind it, was this film rushed out of the gate? Post your thoughts in the Comments section below.

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Summer Movie Season: June 2011

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The Summer Movie Season is under way! The films this month are still warming up the box office but there are some that could be box office hits. “X-Men: First Class” takes flight and opens the month which is a prequel to the “X-Men” films starring James McAvoy (“Atonement”) and Michael Fassbender (“Jane Eyre”) as the younger versions of Professor Charles Xavier aka Professor X and Erik Lehnsherr aka Magneto.

Reminiscent of the hype behind “Cloverfield”, Steven Spielberg produces J.J. Abrams’s film “Super 8”, which sounds like a cross between “Lost” and “Jaws”. A partnership that hopes to have movie goers flocking.

The following week Ryan Reynolds is “Green Lantern”, which could be a big hit or a huge miss. Jim Carrey stars in the comedy “Mr. Popper’s Penguins” which looks like a delight for a family film choice.

It wouldn’t be summer without a Pixar film and this time around it’s a sequel, “Cars 2”. I rather enjoyed the original “Cars” film, so I’m looking forward to seeing what they’ve done with the sequel.

Toward the end of the month we have “Bad Teacher”. Cameron Diaz stars as the “Bad Teacher” and other cast members include Justin Timberlake (“The Social Network”) and Jason Segel (“Forgetting Sarah Marshall”). This looks like a film that could have big laughs or may come up short. Also at the end of the month is the third film in the “Transformers” franchise, “Transformers: Dark of the Moon”. Most of the cast members return sans Megan Fox.

My spotlight pick of the month is a film that is out already. If you haven’t seen it yet, go see “X-Men: First Class”. It was fun summer film that was done well and the cast was great and it was certainly the best film in the “X-Men” franchise. Hopefully they can squeeze another prequel film using the “X-Men: First Class” cast.

Well that’s my June overview, click on the link below to check out the rest of the movies coming out this month and check back next month for more Summer Movie Season picks and if you’ve seen any of the films from this month…leave some feedback/suggestions in the Comments section on what to see.

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NBC “Undercovers” Preview

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Watch this preview for J.J. Abrams’s new spy drama the “Undercovers” which is part of NBC’s 2010-2011 Fall line-up.

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“Super 8” – Teaser Trailer

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The teaser trailer for J.J. Abrams’s “Super 8” debuted with the release of “Iron Man 2”. Academy Award winning director, Steven Spielberg, is producing while Abrams directed the film. A power collaboration if you ask me. The movie hits theaters in Summer 2011. Watch the HD version of the teaser trailer for “Super 8” on Apple.com.

I’m intrigued…what is this film about?

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Abrams ‘spies’ a new drama

Source: Hollywood Reporter

According to the Hollywood Reporter, there has been a bidding war amongst the TV networks for J.J. Abrams’s new spy drama.

Here is excerpt from the article:
The show, whose premise is somewhat reminiscent of “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” sparked a bidding war the moment it hit the marketplace last week, with ABC, NBC and CBS jockeying up for the lead position.

The untitled project brings Abrams back into the spy arena that he mined with his ABC series “Alias.”

Read the full article here. It looks like the project has gone to NBC. Could this be Alias 2.0? I guess we shall see.

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“Alias” Alumni Watch

One of my all-time favorite TV shows is “Alias”.  “Alias” was created by J.J. Abrams and it began in 2001 and ran for 5 seasons.  If you like “Lost” and “Fringe”, I think you would appreciate Abrams creative vision in this series.  All five season of “Alias” are on DVD, so if you haven’t watched the show before…definitely check it out.  You’ll totally be hooked! 🙂

Even though the show is over, the former cast of “Alias” have certainly flourished in their careers.  Jennifer Garner has a growing film career and she has her own production company.  Michael Vartan is on the TNT show “Hawthorne”.  Greg Grunberg is on NBC’s “Heroes”, and Bradley Cooper is having a breakout year with his recent summer hit “The Hangover” and many upcoming movies on the way.

Thus I created a new category on my blog called the “Alias Alumni Watch” so whenever a former cast member has something  new or noteworthy – you will be able to view all posts with “Alias” references in this new blog category.  Keep and eye out for updates made in the “Alias Alumni Watch” category in order to stay up-to-date with your former “Alias” cast members’ careers!

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J.J. Abrams and “Alias” execs join forces for MI:4

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“Mission Impossible: IV” already has its producers set with J.J. Abrams and Tom Cruise, now the writers have been chosen as well. Josh Applebaum and Andre Nemec will be writing the script for “M:I 4”. Both Applebaum and Nemec have worked with Abrams before as co-executive producers on the ABC show “Alias”. Read the full article on Variety.

Go “Alias” Alumni!

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J.J. Abrams is on board for Mission: Impossible 4

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J.J. Abrams and Tom Cruise are teaming up again for Mission: Impossible 4. J.J. Abrams co-wrote and directed Mission: Impossible 3 and in my opinion it definitely reignited the franchise. Tom has asked J.J. to produce the next installment so J.J. certainly has a full plate on his hands. With the success of “Star Trek”, a sequel is already underway. Also, this year will be the final season of “Lost”. J.J. has many projects queued up as well. Read about J.J.’s latest projects here.

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Star Trek – 2009

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J.J. Abrams hits the big screen again with his second directorial piece with Star Trek, which opened on May 7, 2009.  In its opening weekend, Star Trek earned 76.5 million dollars making it the biggest opening weekend for the Star Trek franchise ever!  To see how the other Star Trek movies stacked up, check out the box office numbers. I really didn’t set any expectations, but I went in with the fact that it was J.J. and that it had to be good.  Star Trek did not disappoint…it was really fantastic!  Those who have followed J.J.’s previous work will notice little subtleties that appear in this movie.  Subtleties that include J.J.’s signature past cast member cameo (in this movie it was Amanda Foreman from Felicity and Alias), a big red ball (Alias), and mysterious monsters (Lost).  What was also very exciting was that the writers of Star Trek are the same writers that worked with J.J. Abrams before on Alias and currently write on Fringe.

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Summer Movie Season: May 2009

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Summer Movie Season kicks off this weekend, May 1, 2009.  This summer definitely has  some potential box office blockbusters, break out stars, and great entertainment! Be sure to check back from time to time for more summer movie release dates, but for now…check out my highlights of what’s coming out in May.
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