"If there's something I'm dying to see, it's the brilliance and optimism of Roddenberry's world brought back to the big screen," said Abrams. "Alex and Bob wrote an amazing script that embraces and respects Trek canon, but charts its own course. Our goal is to make a picture for everyone -- life-long fans and the uninitiated. Needless to say, I am honored and excited to be part of this next chapter of Star Trek."
On Thursday night in Napa, Francis Ford Coppola unveiled his first film in a decade, Youth Without Youth, to a crowd of collaborators, friends, and in a unique turn, major directors, including most recent Oscar winners.
Spielberg, Lucas, and Scorsese were all there, as were other directors who received the elaborate invitation and were able to get up there.
This is the first step of "test screening" for Coppola, who has always used test screenings (not NRG comment cards) to reshape his films. Word is that the film is "good, but very difficult."
"I would walk on it (set) and all of a sudden there would be, like, a million babies, crying and stuff and I said, 'They should do the trailer for the movie just panning through all these babies crying and me with a Jack Daniel's." GEORGE CLOONEY on working with new dads MATT DAMON and BRAD PITT on the set of OCEAN'S THIRTEEN.
Starstruck Damon rubs elbows with ex-Sox ace
You might have caught "Good Will Hunting" star Matt Damon on ESPN the other night, presenting the Comeback Player of the Year award to former Red Sox ace pitcher Roger Clemens.
That was quite a thrill for the 27-year-old actor, according to his dad, Kent Damon. Back in 1986, then 16-year-old Matt Damon, a huge Sox fan, turned down his dad's tickets to a game because he was furiously studying, hoping to get into Yale's drama school.
Turns out, Clemens made major league history that night, striking out 20 batters. Ten years later, Clemens did it again.
"Twenty minutes after the game, the phone rang," says Kent Damon. "It was Matty and he was out of breath. He said he couldn't talk long because he was at (director) Francis Ford Coppola's for dinner, but he'd heard about Clemens.
"I said, `Matty, see what's happened in your life in 10 years. You got into a good college (Harvard). Your dreams are coming true."'