J.J. Abrams dishes about Stephen King and Rebel Wilson talks fashion line to Cindy Pearlman.

Your film makes $2 million globally. What are you going to do?

J.J. Abrams, who directed a little number called “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” isn’t kicking back on some well-deserved, sandy vacation. It’s late at night at the Sundance Film Festival and he’s on the movie. He landed five hours ago and will fly out in the next 30 minutes. From a car navigating the snowy roads, he’s in the backseat and still manages to fit in a call with a reporter. And he’s asking the questions.

“Have you ever spoken with Stephen King?” he asked me.

So, I told the story of my college days in the basement newspaper office in Arizona. The phone rang. Some sports guy yelled out, “Cindy, some Steve guy is on the phone for you.” Yes, it was that Stephen guy who wanted to talk about his latest book. “I’d rather talk to someone young,” King said to me.

“I love that. And I have a great Stephen King story,” said Abrams who produced King’s upcoming, much-awaited Hulu mini-series “11.22.63.”

“As we were leaving the set for the day, one of the background cars being used in the series really got Stephen’s attention. It was the actual car from his film ‘Christine.’ Stephen even signed the dashboard,’” said Abrams with a laugh.

“King is the definition of generosity and sweetness, which is perhaps hard to believe when you read some of his terrifying work.”

“11.22.63” is some of King’s best work. The mini-series centers on a soon-to-be-divorced English teacher named Jake (the amazing James Franco) circa now who finds a portal and travels back in time to stop the assassination of JFK.

“I’ve been a fan of Stephen King since I was in junior high,” said Abrams. “You could say his books were an obsession for me…from ‘The Shining’ to ‘The Stand’ and all the books that came before and since those ones.

“I think at that young age I took some crazy solace in the idea that somehow as a teenager I wasn’t quite having the social life that some of my classmates enjoyed. I did have my Stephen King books.”

The mini-series filmed the assassination scenes at Dealey Plaza and inside the Texas School Book Depository.

“It was eerily special filming there,” said Abrams. “You feel almost as if time stopped on that day in 1963. We also filmed inside Lee’s real apartment, which felt ghostly.”

Oh, and one last thing about that other project that beings with Star and ends with Wars. What is it like to direct a film that big. Abrams summed it up in one word. “Thrilling,” he said.


Rebel Wilson in her character poster for How To Be Single. Wilson plans to launch a plus-size clothing line this spring.

REBEL YELL – There is hot and then there is the star power of Rebel Wilson who stars in this week’s “How to Be Single.” The 36-year-old Aussie isn’t content to stop there. She has a plus-size line of clothing coming out this spring and is working on remaking Goldie Hawn’s classic “Private Benjamin.”

In “How to Be Single,” she joins Dakota Johnson, Alison Brie and Leslie Mann in the tales of what it’s like to go it alone in the Big Apple. Rebel’s the one who wants to party now and not worry about picking out towels with a special someone. Wilson said that she tried to create a natural character with some serious undertones.

“I like to improvise, so I’d just start throwing this stuff in like my character was an alcoholic and her cousin drowned because I was too drunk to save her. They cut it all out as they did the day I said my parents were in a domestic violence situation, which is why I never get involved with men.” She stopped and laughed. “I guess it was just too much!”

Her busy life as an actress doesn’t mean she doesn’t have time for other projects like her fashion line for Target which debuts later this month. “The average size for women in America is size 16.” Her dresses and other pieces range in size from 12 to 28.”

“It’s all about loving yourself,” she says.

The cast of How to be Single: Alison Brie, Rebel Wilson, Dakota Johnson and Leslie Mann.

The cast of How to be Single: Alison Brie, Rebel Wilson, Dakota Johnson and Leslie Mann.