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It was the joke that everyone was making once J.J. Abrams signed onto "Star Wars: Episode VII." "There are going to be so many lens flares on the Millennium Falcon." It was all very clever on everyone's part,* but there are two things you should know about J.J. Abrams.

1) The man obviously loves lens flares.
2) He's pretty self-aware.

In a recent interview with Crave Online (via io9), Abrams revealed that he also noticed the over-use of the aesthetic in "Star Trek Into Darkness."

Read what he had to say after the jump!

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In the history of film, the "Star Wars" series has been partially defined by its cutting-edge use of technology. The original trilogy used modeling and creature effects in a way that hadn't been seen before, and the prequel trilogy featured some of the earliest full-CGI characters.

So what can we expect from the new trilogy? So many of the elements that made "Star Wars" seem like an enormous spectacle have become old hat at this point, and J.J. Abrams must be aware that part of his job is to restore the franchises sense of scale, the one that places it above competing series.

Well, a new quote, dug up by Ain't It Cool, may be a key to where "Star Wars" is going next.

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Ever since "World War Z" dedicated it's theatrical run to "all the haters," there's been rumors of a sequel, and now Brad Pitt has spoken out about them. Click past the jump to see what he said.

Also, J.J. Abrams has another teaser for another thing in today's Dailies!

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So it would appear that the mystery around Bad Robot's viral video from yesterday has already been solved.

Bleeding Cool has done a little sleuthing and compared the "Soon he will know" text that appeared in yesterday's video, entitled only "Stranger," and compared it to a promotional postcard that The Huffington Post published around the release of "S.," a book project from Bad Robot that stemmed from a collaboration between J.J. Abrams and author Doug Dorst.

Even though the video is a slight disappoint because it doesn't point to anything "Star Wars" related or "Cloverfield 2," "S." does sound like it could be interesting. The book, which hits shelves on October 29, incorporates notes written in the margin of the novel. That's pretty much all we know so far, but expect more from this viral campaign.

The other possible explanation for the video that was bandied about before the "S." discovery was the Rod Serling script Abrams recently acquired, "The Stops Along the Way." ComingSoon.net dug some interesting info on that script up, which you can read more about after the jump!

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Last night on "Jimmy Kimmel Live, J.J. Abrams admitted that he and Michael Arndt have hit a bit of a wall while writing "Star Wars: Episode VII." The revelation of writer's block led Jimmy to suggest that Abrams listen to some helpful members of the audience that had ideas for what should be included in the next "Star Wars."

The general consensus was that Chewbacca and Princess Leia need to get it on, and if they aren't getting it on, the movie should only consist of Lando making sweet love in the galaxy.

The suggestions, of course, came from fanboys planted in the audience, Billy Dee Williams, and a red-faced William Shatner. Here's to hoping that Abrams actually listens to the fans and gives them what they want.

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International man of mystery boxes J.J. Abrams stopped by "The Daily Show" to have a little chat with Jedi hopeful Jon Stewart last night, and the late night host was able to pry some actual information from the secretive director.

The two geeked out over both "Star Trek" and "Star Wars" during the two parts of an extended interview, and during the most interesting part of the segment, Abrams shared his perspective on how the two series differed. "'Star Trek' was overtly an allegory of today, where 'Star Wars' always felt like more of an epic. It didn't even feel like science fiction to me, which sounds crazy, but 'Star Wars' never felt like a sci-fi thing, where 'Star Trek' did," he said. "We tried to make a 'Star Trek' movie that doesn't suffer from—. The original show was static because they couldn't afford to go anywhere or do anything. We had a slightly larger budget."

From the sounds of it, Abrams views the two properties as inherently different, so this should come as welcome news to those who feared that there would be too much overlap between the diametrically opposed franchises and fan bases.

You can watch the entire interview after the jump!

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In the months that followed the big announcement that there would be more "Star Wars" movies, every subsequent press release seemed to hint there would be lots and lots more "Star Wars" movies. There was the Han Solo, Yoda, and Boba Fett spin-offs, plus talk of a "Seven Samurai" remake with Zack Snyder. Then Disney said that we can expect a movie every summer starting in 2015, all before a frame of the first movie, "Episode VII," has been shot. Things appeared to be moving at the speed of light.

But what if "Episode VII" was a complete and utter failure? It's extremely unlikely, but that would definitely put a squash on the spin-offs and standalone movies. When MTV News' Josh Horowitz spoke with J.J. Abrams in London during the press junket for "Star Trek Into Darkness," the director suggested that plans for follows-up hinged on the success of "Episode VII."

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At the "Star Trek Into Darkness" premiere in London, MTV News' Josh Horowitz caught up with one of the film's writers, Damon Lindelof, to discuss the future of the series and director J.J. Abrams' next gig, helming "Star Wars: Episode VII."

Though he said he was no doubt thrilled that his "LOST" co-creator would get a chance to director a "Star Wars" movie, there was a part of Lindelof that was disappointed. "I was thrilled, obviously, as a 'Star Wars' fanatic, that it was going to be in great hands and a little bit sad that he was going to be leaving 'Star Trek,' but he's still going to produce the next one," Lindelof said. "We will make the very best of it, I'm sure."

Lindelof seemed to imply that Abrams would not direct a third "Star Trek" movie, the seeds of which, according to co-writer, have been sown in "Into Darkness."

"We wanted it to have a beginning, middle and end, and a self-containedness, but at the same time, start setting up where it could possibly go," Lindelof said. "Hopefully, if you see this movie, you get a sense not just in terms of the relationships and characters, but some unsettled business that needs to be resolved in the future."

"Star Trek Into Darkness" opens on May 17.

Be sure to tune into MTV this Wednesday, May 8 at 7:56 p.m. ET for an exclusive first look at a never-before-seen clip from "Star Trek Into Darkness," followed by a 30-minute cast interview on MTV.com.

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Just in time for May the 4th, a new video discussion between J.J. Abrams and Simon Pegg has debuted online, giving us a quick look at the future "Star Wars: Episode VII" director talk passionately about the series.

Also, Christopher Nolan just added a regular to "Interstellar." Guess which one in today's Dailies!

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FROM MTV NEWS

"Star Trek Into Darkness" is without a doubt one of the most hotly anticipated movies of the summer season, and fans have been clamoring for more from J.J. Abrams and the crew of the Starship Enterprise since the 2009 reboot. If you count yourself among them, we've got some good news for you.

This coming Wednesday (May 8), Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana and Benedict Cumberbatch and director J.J. Abrams will bring you a brand new clip from "Star Trek Into Darkness" on MTV at 7:56 p.m. ET. They'll also sit down for an exclusive 30-minute interview with MTV News' Josh Horowitz immediately after on MTV.com.

That's the part where you come in. Abrams and the cast will be taking questions from fans. You can submit your question by tweeting @MTVNews with the hashtag #MTVFirst or #AskStarTrek. Get your questions in now to make sure they're picked!

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