J.J. Abrams to Assume Director Duties for Mission Impossible IV

via FilmDrunk

J.J. Abrams wrote and directed Mission Impossible III, which was supposed to be a big deal at the time, but it only grossed a disappointing $134 mil domestically on a $150 mil budget (though it eventually made almost $400 mil worldwide).  I always assumed that was because by the third film (after a second one directed by John Woo featuring a motorcycle joust fight – God that movie sucked), no one cared about the Mission Impossible franchise anymore.  Nonetheless, word on the street is that Abrams is back as producer for a fourth movie. From TV Guide (via SpoilerTV):

“I am incredibly honored that Tom (Cruise) has invited me back as a producer on Mission Impossible 4. says Abrams.  “Tom and I have come up with a really cool idea we are pursuing.”

That idea?  Tom Cruise must travel back in time to find the source of all the lens flares.

Star Trek Boldly Goes to the #1 Spot; Earns $76.5 Mil


via HuffPost

LOS ANGELES — “Star Trek” beamed itself up to the top of the box office, earning $76.5 million in its opening weekend.

Paramount Pictures had estimated that the movie would make about $50 million for the weekend, but figured that strong reviews helped carry it to the bigger opening.

Director J.J. Abrams’ reboot of the beloved sci-fi franchise made $72.5 million from Friday through Sunday, plus $4 million just in pre-midnight screenings Thursday, the studio said Saturday. That cumulative figure includes a record $8.2 million in IMAX showings.

“Star Trek,” which reveals the back stories of Capt. Kirk, Mr. Spock and the rest of the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise, is an unusual blockbuster that pleased critics, too, receiving 96 percent positive reviews on the Rotten Tomatoes Web site.

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