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Star Trek to Star Wars for J.J. Abrams? When Bigelow met Andy Warhol

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

Some tidbits that got squeezed out of print or arrived too late:
 
FROM STAR TREK TO STAR WARS?  TheWrap.com and Variety report J.J. Abrams likely will direct the seventh “Star Wars” movie in the rejuvenated series for Disney and Lucasfilm.
 
TheWrap.com says Ben Affleck also was in contention for the movie being written by Michael Arndt, who wrote “Little Miss Sunshine,” and scheduled to be released in 2015. 
 
This news comes almost three months after Disney reached a deal with “Star Wars” creator George Lucas to buy his production company, Lucasfilm Ltd., for $4.05 billion. 
 
timemagcoverblog124WHEN WARHOL MET BIGELOW:  Kathryn Bigelow is on the cover of Time and a Q&A on its website includes this exchange:
 
Q:  You made your first feature, "The Loveless," at the start of the 1980s. How did you make the transition from art to film?
 
A:  “Part of the big pivot from art to film was embracing the narrative, because what I had been doing thus far was either analytical or non-narrative. I think I had a conversation with Andy Warhol somewhere in all this, and Andy was saying that there’s something way more populist about film than art—that art’s very elitist, so you’re excluding a large audience.”
 
Q: Because art requires a framework, a set of references?
 
A: “Yes, and film doesn’t. I remember going to the [Museum of Modern Art] and looking at the Maleviches and the Mondrians, and thinking, ‘The audience for this is very specific.’ It requires that you come to it with a certain amount of information, a context. And you don’t necessarily need that with film. A movie is accessible, available. That was exciting to me from a political standpoint.”
 
Bigelow, an Oscar winner for directing “The Hurt Locker, has found herself at the center of controversy for torture scenes in “Zero Dark Thirty,” a subject Time obviously addresses. 
 
NOT FADING AWAY:  It wasn’t included in his biography for “Not Fade Away” but John Magaro is a Point Park University graduate. He has the lead in David Chase’s feature-film directing debut as a would-be musician from New Jersey in the 1960s. James Gandolfini plays his father. 
 
JOBS ON THE WAY:  The oddly spelled “jOBS,” chronicling how Steve Jobs rose from college dropout to creative genius, will be released nationwide April 19, 2013 (it also will close Sundance). It stars Ashton Kutcher, Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad, Lukas Haas, J.K. Simmons and Matthew Modine
 
HONORING JANE FONDA:  The 2013 TCM Classic Film Festival, April 25-28 in Hollywood, will honor two-time Academy Award-winning actress Jane Fonda with a celebration of her film career. 
 
She will have her hand and footprints enshrined in concrete in front of TCL Chinese Theatre and also help to introduce a showing of “On Golden Pond.” 
 
Chinese TV maker TCL paid more than $5 million for the naming rights to Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in case you don’t recognize that moniker. 

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