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JJ Abrams Talks About Showing 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' to Terminally Ill Fans, Brings Cancer Advocate Megan Pormer to Tears (VIDEO)

Star Wars: The Force Awakens director JJ Abrams shared an emotional moment with Megan Pormer, a spokesmodel and a cancer research advocate, while reminiscing about how he granted the dying wishes of terminally ill fans before the release date.

Megan Pormer, a breast and ovarian cancer advocate, asked the director why he granted the dying wish of his fans with terminal cancer and how much it meant to him.

“[Daniel Fleetwood] was one of a number of people who were tragically not going to live to see the release of the movie though it was very important to us that those who were reaching out to us, as much as we could, we couldn’t get everyone of course, got a chance to see the movie even though it was unfinished.,” JJ said on the red carpet at the 2017 Oscar Wilde Awards on Thursday (February 23). Visibly choked up, he added, “It was incredibly meaningful to all of us working on the movie that it meant so much, at a point when they were on their last weeks, and even days, that that’s what they cared about. ” The production company sent staffers from the editorial department to visit terminally ill fans in their homes and screened a rough cut of the film for them. He continued, “Some were children and some were adults and they got to watch the film and I spoke with almost all of them before and after they watched the movie. It was a good reminder and very humbling. Of course, I hated that these people passed away. It was meaningful to all of us that we could do something to help them. ”

When JJ walked away after the touching interview, Megan was seen wiping away her tears.

Megan works to bridge the gap between the entertainment industry and the medical world. She later said that she was moved by JJ‘s compassion and generosity. She added, “I was touched by the fact that he had helped those people with terminal illnesses. It warmed my heart that there are people in the world like him and that he is using his successful platform in Hollywood to help people that are in need.”


JJ Abrams Talks About Showing ‘Force Awakens’ to Terminally Ill Fans, Brings Cancer Advocate Megan Pormer to Tears

J.J. Abrams Teases Upcoming Stephen King Anthology 'Castle Rock' (VIDEO)

J.J. Abrams is teaming up with Stephen King for Hulu’s upcoming anthology, Castle Rock.

The series has been kept under wraps but the title is derived from the name of the fictional Maine town featured in many of Stephen‘s books, including The Dead Zone, The Body, Uncle Otto’s Truck, Mrs. Todd’s Shortcut and The Dark Half.

The series is set to weave together themes and characters from the books that use the Castle Rock location.

Every season of the show will reportedly follow a new set of characters while playing on themes from previous seasons.

JJ Abrams and I want to invite you to take a trip to Castle Rock. Soon. Be afraid,” Stephen wrote on his Twitter.

Watch the entire teaser below…

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Chris Pine, John Cho & More Support Late Co-Star Anton Yelchin's Photography Exhibit

Chris Pine and John Cho pose for a photograph at the Anton Yelchin Photography Exhibit grand opening held at the Other Gallery on Saturday (November 5) in Los Angeles.

The Star Trek co-stars were joined by director J.J. Abrams, Dakota and Elle Fanning, Susan Sarandon, Nicholas Hoult, Alia Shawkat, Gia Coppola, and Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman.

The exhibit features photography from the late Anton Yelchin, and is described as “experimental, provocative and surrealist.” It will contain 40 images and proceeds from print sales will benefit the Anton Yelchin Foundation, according to Access Hollywood.

Anton passed away this past June after a freak accident caused his Jeep to roll down his driveway and crush him against a gate.

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Oprah Winfrey Supports Director Pal Ava DuVernay at New York Film Festival Opening

Oprah Winfrey meets up with her pal, director Ava DuVernay, at the premiere of Netflix’s documentary 13th during the opening night of the 2016 New York Film Festival on Friday night (September 30) in New York City.

Ava directed the film, which explores the racial inequality in the justice system. It is the first non-fiction film to ever open the festival!

Showing their support at the event were Orange Is the New Black‘s Uzo Aduba, Common, Chloe Sevigny with boyfriend Ricky Saiz, Gabourey Sidibe, and JJ Abrams.

The movie premieres on Netflix on October 7. Watch the trailer below.


13TH | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix
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Evan Rachel Wood & James Marsden Premiere HBO's 'Westworld' in Hollywood

Evan Rachel Wood strikes a pose while arriving at the premiere of HBO’s Westworld held at TCL Chinese Theatre on Wednesday (September 28) in Hollywood, Calif.

The 29-year-old actress was joined by her co-stars Luke Hemsworth, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Angela Sarafyan, and executive producer J.J. Abrams.

Also in attendance were Michael Emerson and Carrie Preston, Dane Cook, and Francesca Eastwood.

Westworld is inspired by the 1973 film of the same title written by Michael Crichton about a futuristic theme park populated by artificial beings.

FYI: Evan is wearing a Cinq à Sept gown, Christian Louboutin shoes, and jewelry from Broken English and Rona Pfeiffer.

30+ pictures inside of Luke Hemsworth, Evan Rachel Wood, and more at the premiere…More Here! »

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Chris Pine & Zachary Quinto Bring 'Star Trek Beyond' to San Diego With Idris Elba

Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto both suit up in blue for the premiere of their new film Star Trek Beyond held at Embarcadero Marina Park South on Wednesday (July 20) in San Diego, Calif.

The guys were joined on the carpet by their co-stars Idris Elba, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Karl Urban, and Sofia Boutella.

Also in attendance that evening was director Justin Lin and producer JJ Abrams.

“let gypsy spock stop the show for one minute to remember there are only 3 DAYS left until @startrekmovie hits theaters! so excited for everyone to check it out!” Zachary recently wrote on Instagram.

FYI: John is wearing Vince Camuto boots. Sofia is wearing an Elie Saab dress, Jimmy Choo shoes, and Irene Neuwirth jewelry. Zachary is wearing a Freemans Sporting Club suit.

15+ pictures inside of Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, and more at the San Diego premiere…More Here! »

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Anton Yelchin's Role Will Not Be Re-Cast in 'Star Trek' Series

Anton Yelchin will be making one of his final appearances on screen in the upcoming film Star Trek Beyond and his role of Chekov will not be re-cast for the series.

JJ Abrams, who directed the first two films in the rebooted franchise and produced the third movie, spoke out in an interview with the Toronto Sun.

“I would say there’s no replacing him,” JJ said. “There’s no re-casting. I can’t possibly imagine that, and I think Anton deserves better.”

Anton died on June 19 in a freak accident after his Jeep rolled down his driveway and crushed him against a gate.