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'Star Wars: Episode VII': J.J. Abrams previews X-Wing Starfighter

'Star Wars: Episode VII': J.J. Abrams previews X-Wing Starfighter

LONDON, July 21 (UPI) --J.J. Abrams shows off the X-Wing Starfighter used in "Star Wars: Episode VII" in a new video to promote the Force for Change fundraiser for UNICEF.
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Carrie Fisher's daughter to star as a young Princess Leia in 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

Carrie Fisher's daughter to star as a young Princess Leia in 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

LONDON, July 1 (UPI) --Carrie Fisher's daughter Billie Lourd will reportedly star as a young Princess Leia in "Star Wars: Episode VII" flashbacks due to her "likeness" to her mother.
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UPI Almanac for Friday, June 27, 2014

UPI Almanac for Friday, June 27, 2014

UPI Almanac for Friday, June 27, 2014
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Tom Cruise's rep shoots down 'Star Wars' rumors

Tom Cruise's rep shoots down 'Star Wars' rumors

LOS ANGELES, June 24 (UPI) --The Sun reported that Tom Cruise met with J.J. Abrams to discuss a possible cameo in "Star Wars: Episode VII."
Kate Stanton
'Star Wars': Rian Johnson to direct 'Episode VIII,' write 'Episode IX'

'Star Wars': Rian Johnson to direct 'Episode VIII,' write 'Episode IX'

LOS ANGELES, June 20 (UPI) --"Looper" director Rian Johnson will replace J.J. Abrams on "Star Wars: Episode VIII" and "IX."
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'Star Wars' spinoff gets a director and screenwriter

'Star Wars' spinoff gets a director and screenwriter

LOS ANGELES, May 23 (UPI) --Director Gareth Edwards and screenwriter Gary Whitta have signed on to create a standalone "Star Wars" movie, Lucasfilm and Disney announced.
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J.J. Abrams invites fans to join 'Force for Change' for a chance to appear in 'Episode VII'

J.J. Abrams invites fans to join 'Force for Change' for a chance to appear in 'Episode VII'

ABU DAHBI , United Arab Emirates, May 21 (UPI) --J.J. Abrams wants fans to donate money to UNICEF for a chance to appear in his upcoming film, "Star Wars: Episode VII."
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'Star Wars: Episode VII' starts production at Pinewood Studios

'Star Wars: Episode VII' starts production at Pinewood Studios

LONDON, May 16 (UPI) --A photo posted on the official "Star Wars" Twitter account shows a Pinewood Studios building with a giant "VII" on it.
Karen Butler
Original 'Star Wars' trio spotted in London as 'Episode VII' filming is about to start

Original 'Star Wars' trio spotted in London as 'Episode VII' filming is about to start

LONDON, April 28 (UPI) -- Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill were in London over the weekend, just ahead of the May start date for filming on "Star Wars: Episode VII."
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Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew to return for 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew to return for 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

LOS ANGELES, April 7 (UPI) -- Mayhew played the Wookiee in all three original "Star Wars" films.
Kate Stanton
'Star Wars: Episode VII' begins filming

'Star Wars: Episode VII' begins filming

LOS ANGELES, April 7 (UPI) -- Production on "Star Wars: Episode VII" began last week, and the cast is almost completely assembled.
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'Star Wars: Episode VII' to take place 30 years after 'Return of the Jedi'

'Star Wars: Episode VII' to take place 30 years after 'Return of the Jedi'

March 18 (UPI) -- Disney and Lucasfilm have released the first official plot details of J.J. Abrams' upcoming "Star Wars" film.
Kate Stanton
Lupita Nyong'o reportedly in talks for 'Star Wars' lead

Lupita Nyong'o reportedly in talks for 'Star Wars' lead

March 16 (UPI) -- Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o has supposedly met with "Episode VII" director J.J. Abrams.
Kate Stanton
Adam Driver to play villian in next 'Star Wars' sequel, report says

Adam Driver to play villian in next 'Star Wars' sequel, report says

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- "Girls" cast member Adam Driver is in final negotiations to play a villain in director J.J. Abrams' "Star Wars: Episode VII," the Hollywood Reporter said.
'Girls' star Adam Driver rumored to be next 'Star Wars' villain

'Girls' star Adam Driver rumored to be next 'Star Wars' villain

HOLLYWOOD, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- "Girls" star Adam Driver seems poised to take on new 'Star Wars' role.
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J.J. Abrams attends the Los Angeles premiere of the motion picture sci-fi thriller "Iron Man", at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on April 30, 2008. (UPI Photo/Jim Ruymen)
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Jeffrey Jacob "J.J." Abrams (born June 27, 1966), is an American film and television producer, screenwriter, director, actor, and composer. He wrote and produced feature films before co-creating the television series Felicity (1998–2002). He also created Alias (2001–2006) and co-created Lost (2004–2010), Fringe (2008–present), and Undercovers (2010). Abrams directed the films Mission: Impossible III (2006), Star Trek (2009), and Super 8 (2011) and produced the films Cloverfield (2008) and Morning Glory (2010).

Abrams was born in New York and raised in Los Angeles. He is the son of television producer Gerald W. Abrams and executive producer Carol. He is Jewish. He attended Sarah Lawrence College.

Abrams's first job in the movie business started when he was 16 when he wrote music for Don Dohler's film Nightbeast. 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 Jim Belushi. He followed that up with Regarding Henry, starring Harrison Ford, and Forever Young, starring Mel Gibson.

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