J. J. Abrams
American film director
J. J. Abrams
Jeffrey Jacob "J. J. " Abrams is an American film and television producer, screenwriter, director, actor, and composer. He is well known for his work in the genres of action, drama, and science fiction. He wrote and produced feature films before co-creating the television series Felicity (1998–2002).
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Josh Gad, Chris Pratt And J.J. Abrams Really Want Daisy Ridley To Spoil 'The Last Jedi'
The Huffington Post - 6 days
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J.J. Abrams and Hulu will explore Stephen King's 'Castle Rock'
LATimes - 7 days
After exploring 1960s alternate America, Stephen King and J.J. Abrams are teaming up again at Hulu to poke around a place familiar to King fans. The parties behind the limited series “11.22.63,” which revisits the Kennedy assassination, are joining forces for “Castle Rock,” an anthology series...
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Steam boss tips rival, names 'Plants vs. Zombies' his top game of 2016
Yahoo News - about 1 month
An Ask Me Anything session conducted on January 17 saw Valve CEO Gabe Newell shed some light on a number of topics including the nature of the company's work-in-progress projects, two films being developed with J.J. Abrams, and three of Newell's favorite games. Since then, Newell's Valve Corp, which uses Steam to distribute its own and other company's games, went through a major falling out with "Plants vs. Zombies" owner Electronic Arts. Announced in 2013 with J.J Abrams, two movie adaptations of the "Half-Life" and "Portal" games are still in development, Newell confirmed, while the company is working on an entirely new game set within the "Half-Life" and "Portal" fictional universe.
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The Little-Known History Behind Planned Parenthood
Huffington Post - about 1 month
A new animated short video tells the story of Planned Parenthood’s first 100 years of existence.  The video, which was produced by Lena Dunham in partnership with director J.J. Abrams, tells the story of the groundbreaking women who sacrificed to give American women safe and accessible reproductive health care. The short is narrated by big-name stars such as Gina Rodriguez, Mindy Kaling, Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence and Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards. Margaret Sanger, a nurse and sex educate who later created the birth control pill, opened the first birth control clinic in the U.S. in 1916. By 1942, Sanger’s clinic became the official Planned Parenthood. Although Sanger is a problematic icon -- she aligned herself with the eugenics movement of her time ― she nonetheless paved the way for reproductive freedom for women in the U.S.  The video goes on to tell the story of other iconic women who were integral to the creation of Planned Parenthood, in ...
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Adam Driver On Canine Co-Stars, Silent Retreats And Kylo Ren's Convictions
Huffington Post - about 1 month
Judging by the breadth of roles he’s taken, Adam Driver’s life gets a little better every year. 2016 alone found him basking in the triumph of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and the acclaimed fifth season of “Girls,” hosting “Saturday Night Live,” and playing an NSA operative in “Midnight Special,” a poetic bus driver in “Paterson” and a 17th-century Jesuit monk in “Silence,” which expands to wide release this weekend.  Yes, that’s right: Adam Driver, an Emmy nominee who went from the Marines to Juilliard, ended his blessed 2016 with a supporting role in a Martin Scorsese drama. For a magazine-cover hunk whose star has steadily risen since “Girls” bowed in 2012, Driver manages to retain an enigmatic lure that evades most movie stars. His serious-actor bona fides are cemented, as evidenced by the numerous critics’ groups that have, for good reason, selected his “Paterson” performance as one of the year’s best.  When we sat down to discuss “Silence,” a Scorsese passion project in ...
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HBO is teaming up with J.J. Abrams again for a new space drama
Yahoo News - 3 months
Following the outsized success of Westworld , HBO is planning to work with J.J. Abrams and his studio Bad Robot Productions once again for a space drama called Glare . According to The Hollywood Reporter , Glare is billed as "an hourlong drama exploring the colonization of another planet." Javier Gullón ( Enemy ) will write the script and serve as executive producer alongside Abrams and Bad Robot's TV head Ben Stephenson. No other details regarding the project have been released at this time. Although it will likely be months before we see or hear anything substantial about the project, it's certainly not a surprise that HBO would want to work with Abrams again after Westworld managed to become the Game of Thrones of the 2016 fall season . Abrams served as executive producer on that hour-long drama as well, and Bad Robot was one of production companies that brought it to life. Abrams is no stranger to space. Over the past decade, he has rebooted the Star Trek franchise for Paramount Pic ...
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This 'Rogue One' Actor Made Sure He Wasn't Another Jar Jar Binks
Huffington Post - 3 months
The first “Star Wars” prequels were not the movies you were looking for. Of course, one blemish stands out from the others — mostly because it just didn’t shut up.  Jar Jar Binks has been panned throughout the galaxy since his first appearance in “Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace.” J.J. Abrams even joked about possibly having Jar Jar’s bones show up in the new movies as an Easter egg. At least that would bring our intergalactic nightmare to an end, right? Well, sorry, everyone. It will never end! “I don’t think that there will ever be closure,” “Rogue One” actor Alan Tudyk said to The Huffington Post. “[Jar Jar] was such an outlier ― not an outlier, an anomaly in the world ― that was backed away from as quickly as they could.” Tudyk emphasized he even made sure his character, the new droid K-2SO, wasn’t coming across as another Binks. “I did have it in mind because K-2SO can be very funny in moments, and I talked to [director] Gareth Edwards, saying, I hope I’m ...
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Exclusive: J.J. Abrams hires 'Outlander' director Anna Foerster for thriller 'Lou'
Yahoo News - 3 months
J.J. Abrams has hired Anna Foerster to direct the dramatic thriller Lou for Paramount Pictures and his production company Bad Robot, Mashable has exclusively learned — a gig that could help catapult the Outlander and Underworld: Blood Wars helmer into contention for bigger action projects down the road. Lou follows a young mother who teams up with a mysterious older woman to help recover her abducted child. Abrams will produce the project with Braden Aftergood ( Hell or High Water ), though there's no start date in place just yet. SEE ALSO: Diego Luna lookin' sharp as an Imperial officer in this 'Rogue One' featurette Foerster is a seasoned director of photography ( White House Down ) and frequent Roland Emmerich collaborator who recently made her directorial debut with Underworld: Blood Wars , which hits theaters Jan. 6. She has also directed several episodes of Starz's Outlander and CBS' Criminal Minds . With Hollywood on the lookout for experienced female directors, Foerster has to ...
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Did Kylo Ren Plan to Kill Han Solo in 'The Force Awakens'?
ABC News - 4 months
Director J.J. Abrams tells all.
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Bradley Cooper, David O. Russell, J.J. Abrams join Brian Grazer to raise money for nonprofit Ghetto Film School
LATimes - 5 months
As an honorary co-chairman of the Ghetto Film School’s fall benefit, director David O. Russell settled into a cozy conversation area beside a fireplace at the far end of Veronica and Brian Grazer’s backyard in Santa Monica. He recalled an early Ghetto Film School fundraiser at a New York restaurant,...
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'Star Trek' Universe Sets Phasers To Stun 'Amateur' Donald Trump
Huffington Post - 5 months
The “Star Trek” universe has united in a bid to defeat Donald Trump. More than 100 past and present cast and crew members from the hit TV shows and movies have come together under the “Trek Against Trump” banner to try to stop the GOP nominee from taking office. George Takei, Zoe Saldana, J.J. Abrams and Wil Wheaton are among those who called Trump “an amateur with a contemptuous ignorance of national laws and international realities” in a blistering Facebook post on Thursday. Read the full statement here: They also urged voters to elect Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Nov. 8. “We cannot turn our backs on what is happening in the upcoming election,” they wrote. “Never has there been a presidential candidate who stands in such complete opposition to the ideals of the ‘Star Trek’ universe as Donald Trump.” The group warned that electing Trump could take the country disastrously backward, and said it was imperative to have a president “wh ...
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All star cast for new sci-fi series "Westworld"
Reuters.com - 5 months
J.J. Abrams and the cast of HBO's "Westworld" attend the premiere of the TV adaptation of the famous sci-fi thriller. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
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Gwyneth Paltrow On The Sexism Women Face When They Don’t 'Stay In Their Lane'
Huffington Post - 5 months
Being a woman in business isn’t always easy ― just ask Gwyneth Paltrow.  The actress and co-founder of lifestyle brand Goop recently sat down with Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner to discuss what it was like creating her own business. Unsurprisingly, Paltrow says she’s experienced a fair share of sexism. Dunham pointed out that men are often encouraged to expand beyond their careers and create new initiatives and projects.  “Ashton Kutcher was on ‘That ’70s Show’ and now he gets to start 57,000 restaurants and be an investor in Twitter and no one says anything,” Dunham said. “And you’re this Oscar-winning person who’s been told, ‘Who told you that you could do this?’ I wonder if you’ve experienced this sort of misogyny as an entrepreneur.” “The ‘stay in your own lane’ vibe,” Paltrow responded. Konner added that she and Dunham had a similar experience when they created Lenny Letter, adding that: “People say, ‘Well, how are you going to do a TV show and a movie and Lenny and ...
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Gwyneth Paltrow On The Sexism Women Face When They Don’t 'Stay In Their Lane'
Huffington Post - 5 months
Being a woman in business isn’t always easy ― just ask Gwyneth Paltrow.  The actress and co-founder of lifestyle brand Goop recently sat down with Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner to discuss what it was like creating her own business. Unsurprisingly, Paltrow says she’s experienced a fair share of sexism. Dunham pointed out that men are often encouraged to expand beyond their careers and create new initiatives and projects.  “Ashton Kutcher was on ‘That ’70s Show’ and now he gets to start 57,000 restaurants and be an investor in Twitter and no one says anything,” Dunham said. “And you’re this Oscar-winning person who’s been told, ‘Who told you that you could do this?’ I wonder if you’ve experienced this sort of misogyny as an entrepreneur.” “The ‘stay in your own lane’ vibe,” Paltrow responded. Konner added that she and Dunham had a similar experience when they created Lenny Letter, adding that: “People say, ‘Well, how are you going to do a TV show and a movie and Lenny and ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of J. J. Abrams
    FORTIES
  • 2013
    Age 46
    On September 9, 2013, it was announced that Abrams would release a novel, S., written by Doug Dorst.
    More Details Hide Details The book was released on October 29, 2013. Abrams is married to public relations executive Katie McGrath and has three children. He resides in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, California. He is Jewish and his wife is Roman Catholic, and he sometimes takes his children to religious services on Jewish holidays.
    Abrams announced at the 2013 D.I.C.E. Summit that Bad Robot had made a deal with Valve Corporation to produce a film based on either the video game title Portal or Half-Life.
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    On January 25, 2013, The Walt Disney Studios and Lucasfilm officially announced Abrams as director and producer of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the seventh entry in the Star Wars film saga.
    More Details Hide Details Disney/Lucasfilm also announced that Bryan Burk and Bad Robot Productions would produce the feature. Following the news that he would direct The Force Awakens, speculation arose as to Abrams's future with Paramount Pictures, with whom he had released all of his previously directed feature work, and which had a first-look deal with his Bad Robot Productions. Paramount vice-chairman Rob Moore stated that Abrams will continue to have a hand in the highly successful Star Trek and Mission: Impossible franchises going forward. Abrams directed, produced, and co-wrote the screenplay for, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, working alongside Lawrence Kasdan, following the departure of co-writer Michael Arndt. Star Wars: The Force Awakens opened in theaters on December 18, 2015. It grossed over $2 billion at the box office, making him the second director to make a $2 billion movie since James Cameron's Avatar.
    Abrams directed the sequel to Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness, released in May 2013.
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  • 2011
    Age 44
    He wrote and directed the Paramount science fiction thriller Super 8, while co-producing with Steven Spielberg and Bryan Burk; it was released on June 10, 2011.
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  • 2010
    Age 43
    NBC picked up Abrams's Undercovers as its first new drama series for the 2010–11 season.
    More Details Hide Details However, it was subsequently cancelled by the network in November 2010. In 2008, it was reported that Abrams purchased the rights to a New York Times article "Mystery on Fifth Avenue" about the renovation of an 8.5 million dollar co-op, a division of property originally owned by E. F. Hutton & Co. and Marjorie Merriweather Post, for six figures and was developing a film titled Mystery on Fifth Avenue, with Paramount Pictures and Bad Robot Productions, and comedy writers Maya Forbes and Wally Wolodarsky to write the adaptation. According to the article, a wealthy couple Steven B. Klinsky and Maureen Sherry purchased the apartment in 2003 and live there with their four children. Soon after purchasing the apartment, they hired young architectural designer Eric Clough, who devised an elaborately clever "scavenger hunt" built into the apartment that involved dozens of historical figures, a fictional book and a soundtrack, woven throughout the apartment in puzzles, riddles, secret panels, compartments, and hidden codes, without the couple's knowledge. The family didn't discover the embedded mystery until months after moving into the apartment. After Abrams purchased the article, Clough left him an encrypted message in the wall tiles of a Christian Louboutin shoe store he designed in West Hollywood.
  • 2009
    Age 42
    He was featured in the 2009 MTV Movie Awards 1980s-style digital short "Cool Guys Don't Look at Explosions", with Andy Samberg and Will Ferrell, in which he plays a keyboard solo.
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  • 2008
    Age 41
    In 2008, Abrams co-created, executive produced, and co-wrote (along with Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman) the FOX science fiction series Fringe, for which he also composed the theme music.
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    In 2008, Abrams produced the monster movie Cloverfield.
    More Details Hide Details In 2009, he directed the science fiction film Star Trek, which he produced with Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof. While it was speculated that they would be writing and producing an adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower series of novels, they publicly stated in November 2009 that they were no longer looking to take on that project.
  • 2007
    Age 40
    Abrams spoke at the TED conference in 2007.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2006
    Age 39
    That same year, he made his feature directorial debut in 2006 with Mission: Impossible III, starring Tom Cruise.
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    In 2006, he served as executive producer of What About Brian and Six Degrees, also on ABC.
    More Details Hide Details Abrams directed and wrote the two-part pilot for Lost and remained active producer for the first half of the season.
  • 2001
    Age 34
    In 2001, Abrams co-wrote and produced the thriller Joy Ride, and wrote an unproduced screenplay for a fifth Superman film in 2002.
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    Under his production company, Bad Robot, which he founded with Bryan Burk in 2001, Abrams created and executive-produced ABC's Alias and is co-creator (along with Damon Lindelof and Jeffrey Lieber) and executive producer of Lost.
    More Details Hide Details He later co-wrote the teleplay for Losts third season premiere "A Tale of Two Cities." As with Felicity, Abrams also composed the opening theme music for Alias and Lost.
  • 1998
    Age 31
    Abrams worked on the screenplay for the 1998 film Armageddon with producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Michael Bay.
    More Details Hide Details That same year, he made his first foray into television with Felicity, which ran for four seasons on The WB Network, serving as the series' co-creator (with Matt Reeves) and executive producer. He also composed its opening theme music.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1994
    Age 27
    In 1994, he was part of the "Propellerheads" with Rob Letterman, Loren Soman, and Andy Waisler, a group of Sarah Lawrence alums experimenting with computer animation technology who were contracted by Jeffrey Katzenberg to develop animation for the film Shrek.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1982
    Age 15
    Abrams's first job in the movie business started at 15 when he wrote the music for Don Dohler's 1982 film Nightbeast.
    More Details Hide Details During his senior year at college, he teamed with Jill Mazursky to write a feature film treatment. Purchased by Touchstone Pictures, the treatment was the basis for Taking Care of Business, Abrams's first produced film, which starred Charles Grodin and James Belushi. He followed with Regarding Henry, starring Harrison Ford, and Forever Young, starring Mel Gibson. He also co-wrote with Mazursky the script for the comedy Gone Fishin' starring Joe Pesci and Danny Glover.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1966
    Born
    Born on June 27, 1966.
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