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J.J. Abrams Responds to the Lack of Rey Toys for 'Star Wars'

J.J. Abrams is opening up about the outcry over the lack of Rey toys in stores for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

After fans noticed there was a lack of toys for Daisy Ridley‘s character, it was just discovered the other day that the character is not part of the new Monopoly game themed around the film.

“I wish I had more details about merchandising and the schedule,” J.J. said (via EW). “I’m learning things as you are. I will say that it seems preposterous and wrong that the main character of the movie is not well represented in what is clearly a huge piece of the Star Wars world in terms of merchandizing. […] I read that she wasn’t in the Monopoly game and was quickly making phone calls about this because if it were true — and it is true, and now Hasbro, of course, has said they’re going to put Rey in — it doesn’t quite make sense why she wouldn’t be there. She’s somewhat important in the story.”

Pictured inside: J.J. at the 2016 Winter TCA Tour to promote his new series 11/22/63 on Saturday (January 9) at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena, Calif.

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The Big Short's Ryan Gosling & Christian Bale Support Their Movie at AFI Awards 2016

Ryan Gosling and Steve Carell meet up for a photo at the 2016 AFI Awards held at the Four Seasons Hotel on Friday afternoon (January 8) in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The guys were joined at the event by their The Big Short co-star Christian Bale (with wife Sibi) and director Adam McKay. Their film was chosen as one of AFI’s 10 Movies of the Year.

Christian was seen mingling with the stars of Straight Outta Compton, O’Shea Jackson Jr. and Jason Mitchell. Their director F. Gary Gray was also in attendance.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens director JJ Abrams and Bridge of Spies director Steven Spielberg were there to support their films as well.

FYI: Christian and Sibi are both wearing Dolce&Gabbana. Jason is wearing an AllSaints sweater and shoes.

35+ pictures inside of Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale, and more at the AFI Awards… More Here! »

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J.J. Abrams Regrets Not Directing 'Star Wars: Episode VIII'

Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams may be having second thoughts about his decision to not direct further Star Wars sequels.

The 49-year-old director is passing off duties to Rian Johnson and Colin Trevorrow for Episodes VIII and IX respectively, but Star Wars actor Greg Grunberg says J.J. is having regrets.

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Greg, who plays X-Wing pilot Snap Wexley and is a lifelong friend of J.J., says the director told him his thoughts about the new script.

“He read it and said something he never, ever says. He said, ‘It’s so good, I wish I were making it.’ He may have said something one time on Lost with Damon [Lindelof], but I never hear him express regret like that,” he told The Washington Post.

Daisy Ridley & John Boyega Continue 'Star Wars' Press in China!

Daisy Ridley and John Boyega wave to the crowd while attending the Star Wars: The Force Awakens press conference on Monday (December 28) in Shanghai, China.

The 23-year-old actress and John, also 23, were joined at the event by the film’s director J.J. Abrams.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Daisy Ridley

The film is set to be released in China on January 9, but is currently playing worldwide in most other countries. Be sure to check out the film!

Check out the cast at the premiere of the film the night before!

FYI: Daisy is wearing an Ulyana Sergeenko dress, Jimmy Choo shoes, and Melinda Maria and Vita Fede jewelry. John is wearing a Samuelsohn suit with an Etro shirt.

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John Boyega & Daisy Ridley Premiere 'Star Wars' in Shanghai

John Boyega looks handsome in a maroon suit while stepping out for the premiere of his record-breaking film Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Sunday (December 27) in Shanghai, China.

The 23-year-old actor was joined on the carpet by his co-star Daisy Ridley and director J.J. Abrams.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of John Boyega

In case you missed the news, not only did Star Wars just hit the $1 billion mark globally, but it officially had the biggest Christmas opening weekend ever.

FYI: Daisy is wearing a Jason Wu dress, Meira T jewelry
Jimmy Choo shoes, and a Tyler Alexandra clutch.

25+ pictures inside of John Boyega and Daisy Ridley premiering Star Wars in China… More Here! »

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'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Director Talks Film's Deleted Scenes

Star Wars super fans have noticed that some scenes that appeared in various trailers and TV spots did not appear in The Force Awakens.

Director J.J. Abrams did an interview with EW, where he pointed to two specific scenes that did not make the cut.

“There’s a shot where Kylo Ren turns on his lightsaber, which was also not in the movie,” J.J. said. “There were a bunch of things we ended up not using.”

Another scene that did not make the cut is Maz Kanata (played by Lupita Nyong’o) giving the Skywalker lightsaber to Carrie Fisher’s General Leia.

“That was a scene actually filmed, but we took out. At one point, Maz used to continue along with the characters back to the Resistance base, but we realized that she really had nothing to do there of value, except to be sitting around,” J.J. continued. J.J. also acknowledged a moment in the trailer where the Millennium Falcon crashes into some trees with Rey in the driver’s seat. J.J. added that this was actually two different scenes that they combined to create the trailer.

Harrison Ford & Carrie Fisher Bring 'Star Wars' to London

Harrison Ford suits up for the big premiere of his blockbuster movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens held at Leicester Square on Wednesday evening (December 16) in London, England.

The 73-year-old actor was joined by his co-stars Carrie Fisher, Simon Pegg, Peter Mayhew, and Mark Hamill, in addition to writer George Lucas and director J.J. Abrams.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Harrison Ford

Don’t forget – Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which is getting rave reviews, officially hits theaters on December 18!

25+ pics inside of Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and more at the London premiere… More Here! »

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