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Harrison Ford “open” to a role in “Star Wars: Episode 7″

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“Star Wars: Episode 7″ is happening, and it could bring back some familiar faces. It’s been an assumed fact that the new “Star Wars” film would take place after the events of “Return of the Jedi,” which means it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that high ups are talking to the three stars of the original “Star Wars” trilogy to reprise their roles.

Apparently they’re game for the roles. A new report from Entertainment Weekly‘s Geoff Boucher (formerly of Los Angeles Times Hero Complex fame) claims that Harrison Ford in particular is “open” to the idea of playing Han Solo again.

“Harrison is open to the idea of doing the movie and he’s upbeat about it, all three of them are,” a high-placed source reportedly said, referring to Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill.

Ford reportedly won’t sign any contracts “until there’s a script and a director in place,” and “either could be a deal breaker.”

EW also has an update on the planned plot of the movie. The site writes that Disney “plans to circle back with a new trilogy that picks up the story decades later and presumably uses the original trio to hand off the franchise to a new generation.” We already know that this will be based on an original story, not the previously hoped for “Thrawn” trilogy.

It’s interesting that Ford would consider returning to the “Star Wars” franchise considering he’s made no secret of his disinterest in the character of Han Solo in the past three decades. It could be that he’s looking to bring Solo’s story arc to a close after George Lucas opted not to kill him off in “Return of the Jedi.”

Would you want to see the original three “Star Wars” stars have roles in “Episode 7″? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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10 Otherworldly Romances That’ll Melt Your Heart

Spend Valentine's Day weekend with IFC's Underworld movie marathon.

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Romance takes many forms, and that is especially true when you have a thirst for blood or laser beams coming out of your eyes.  It doesn’t matter if you’re a werewolf, a superhero, a clone, a time-traveler, or a vampire, love is the one thing that infects us all.  Read on to find out why Romeo and Juliet have nothing on these supernatural star-crossed lovers, and be sure to catch IFC’s Underworld movie marathon this Valentine’s Day weekend.

1. Cyclops/Jean Grey/Wolverine, X-Men series

The X-Men franchise is rife with romance, but the steamiest “ménage à mutant” may just be the one between Jean Grey (Famke Janssen), Cyclops (James Marsden), and Wolverine (Hugh Jackman). Their triangle is a complicated one as Jean finds herself torn between the two very different men while also trying to control her darker side, the Phoenix. This leads to Jean killing Cyclops and eventually getting stabbed through her heart by Wolverine in X-Men: The Last Stand. Yikes!  Maybe they should change the name to Ex-Men instead?


2. Willow/Tara, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Joss Whedon gave audiences some great romances on Buffy the Vampire Slayer — including the central triangle of Buffy, Angel, and Spike — but it was the love between witches Willow (Alyson Hannigan) and Tara (Amber Benson) that broke new ground for its sensitive and nuanced portrayal of a LGBT relationship.

Willow is smart and confident and isn’t even sure of her sexuality when she first meets Tara at college in a Wiccan campus group. As the two begin experimenting with spells, they realize they’re also falling for one another and become the show’s most enduring, happy couple. At least until Tara’s death in season six, a moment that still brings on the feels.


3. Selene/Michael, Underworld series

The Twilight gang pales in comparison (both literally and metaphorically) to the Lycans and Vampires of the stylish Underworld franchise. If you’re looking for an epic vampire/werewolf romance set amidst an epic vampire/werewolf war, Underworld handily delivers in the form of leather catsuited Selene (Kate Beckinsale) and shaggy blonde hunk Michael (a post-Felicity Scott Speedman). As they work together to stop the Vampire/Lycan war, they give into their passions while also kicking butt in skintight leather. Love at first bite indeed.


4. Spider-man/Mary Jane Watson, Spider-man

After rushing to the aid of beautiful girl-next-door Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst), the Amazing Spider-man is rewarded with an upside-down kiss that is still one of the most romantic moments in comic book movie history. For Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire), the shy, lovable dork beneath the mask, his rain-soaked makeout session is the culmination of years of unrequited love and one very powerful spider bite. As the films progress, Peter tries pushing MJ away in an attempt to protect her from his enemies, but their web of love is just too powerful. And you know, with great power, comes great responsibility.


5. Molly/Sam, Ghost

When it comes to supernatural romance, you really can’t beat Molly and Sam from the 1990 hit film Ghost. Demi Moore goes crazy for Swayze like the rest of us, and the pair make pottery sexier than it’s ever been.

When Sam is murdered, he’s forced to communicate through con artist turned real psychic, Oda Mae Brown (Whoopi Goldberg in her Academy Award-winning role) to warn Molly she is still in danger from his co-worker, Carl (a pre-Scandal Tony Goldwyn). Molly doesn’t believe Oda is telling the truth, so Sam proves it by sliding a penny up the wall and then possessing Oda so he and Molly can share one last romantic dance together (but not the dirty kind). We’d pay a penny for a dance with Patrick Swayze ANY day.


6. Cosima/Delphine, Orphan Black

It stands to reason there would be at least one complicated romance on a show about clones, and none more complicated than the one between clone Cosima (Tatiana Maslany) and Dr. Delphine Cormier (Evelyne Brochu) on BBC America’s hit drama Orphan Black.

Cosima is a PhD student focusing on evolutionary developmental biology at the University of Minnesota when she meets Delphine, a research associate from the nefarious Dyad Institute, posing as a fellow immunology student. The two fall in love, but their happiness is brief once Dyad and the other members of Clone Club get involved. Here’s hoping Cosima finds love in season four of Orphan Black. Girlfriend could use a break.


7. Aragorn/Arwen, Lord of the Rings

On a picturesque bridge in Rivendell amidst some stellar mood-lighting and dreamy Elvish language with English subtitles for us non-Middle Earthlings, Arwen (Liv Tyler) and Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) bind their souls to one another, pledging to love each other no matter what befalls them.

Their courtship is a matter of contention with Arwen’s father, Elrond (Hugo Weaving), who doesn’t wish to see his daughter suffer over Aragorn’s future death. The two marry after the conclusion of the War of the Ring, with Aragorn assuming his throne as King of Gondor, and Arwen forgoing her immortality to become his Queen. Is it too much to assume they asked Frodo to be their wedding ring-bearer?


8. Lafayette/Jesus, True Blood

True Blood quickly became the go-to show for supernatural sex scenes featuring future Magic Mike strippers (Joe Manganiello) and pale Nordic men with washboard abs (Hi Alexander Skarsgård!), but honestly, there was a little something for everyone, including fan favorite Bon Temps medium, Lafayette Reynolds (Nelsan Ellis).

In season three, Lafayette met his mother’s nurse, Jesus, and the two began a relationship. As they spend more time together and start doing V (short for Vampire Blood), they learn Jesus is descended from a long line of witches and that Lafayette himself has magical abilities. However, supernatural love is anything but simple, and after the pair join a coven, Lafayette becomes possessed by the dead spirit of its former leader. This relationship certainly puts a whole new spin on possessive love.


9. Nymphadora Tonks/Remus Lupin, Harry Potter series

There are lots of sad characters in the Harry Potter series, but Remus Lupin ranks among the saddest. He was bitten by a werewolf as a child, his best friend was murdered and his other best friend was wrongly imprisoned in Azkaban for it, then THAT best friend was killed by a Death Eater at the Ministry of Magic as Remus looked on. So when Lupin unexpectedly found himself in love with badass Auror and Metamorphmagus Nymphadora Tonks (she prefers to be called by her surname ONLY, thank you very much), pretty much everyone, including Lupin himself, was both elated and cautiously hopeful about their romance and eventual marriage.

Sadly, the pair met a tragic ending when both were killed by Death Eaters during the Battle of Hogwarts, leaving their son, Teddy, orphaned much like his godfather Harry Potter. Accio hankies!


10. The Doctor/Rose Tyler, Doctor Who

Speaking of wolves, Rose “Bad Wolf” Tyler (Billie Piper) captured the Doctor’s hearts from the moment he told her to “Run!” in the very first episode of the re-booted Doctor Who series. Their affection for one another grew steadily deeper during their travels in the TARDIS, whether they were stuck in 1950s London, facing down pure evil in the Satan Pit, or battling Cybermen.

But their relationship took a tragic turn during the season two finale episode, “Doomsday,” when the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) and Rose found themselves separated in parallel universes with no way of being reunited (lest two universes collapse as a result of a paradox). A sobbing Rose told a holographic transmission of the Doctor she loved him, but before he could reply, the transmission cut out, leaving our beloved Time Lord (and most of the audience) with a tear-stained face and two broken hearts all alone in the TARDIS.

J.J. Abrams is “thrillified” for “Star Wars: Episode 7″

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Ever since it was announced that Disney has purchased Lucasfilm, fans have put forth their dream directors to take over on “Star Wars: Episode 7.” Now many of the people who have made the list have come forward and let their thoughts be known about the new partnership.

Entertainment Weekly spoke to some of the biggest directing names in Hollywood, including, perhaps most importantly, J.J. Abrams. Though he didn’t say whether he’d be interested in helming “Star Wars: Episode 7,” he did admit that he’s “thrillified” by a Disney “Star Wars.”

“Part of me? Thrilled. Part of me? Terrified. Most of me? Thrillified,” he said.

Jon Favreau was tentatively optimistic about the project, saying, “The idea of another trilogy that further shrouds the Force in mystery as its secrets are lost to time — that’s extremely compelling. I want so bad for it to be good. Can you imagine?”

Meanwhile Robert Rodriguez was openly optimistic about the news, saying, “What an amazing world and legacy George Lucas has created — and it needs to continue in capable hands. I do think Disney is the best studio for the job and the fact that they brought in Kathleen Kennedy? I can’t imagine a better scenario. And 2015 can’t get here fast enough.”

Seth MacFarlane took to Twitter to share his thoughts about the new movie, and did it in token “Family Guy” style.

“Looking forward to seeing what exciting new Star Wars adventures will be cooked up by the dream factory that brought us Mars Needs Moms!” he tweeted.

“Guardians of the Galaxy” helmer James Gunn also had a comedic take on the news.

“The good news is Star Wars is coming back! The bad news is, because of studio budget cuts, they’re all gonna be found footage films.” he tweeted. “So excited for the new Star Wars films! First up, three Jar Jar movies, taking us through 2019, and then the Dash Rendar trilogy! Whoo hoo!”

But it was Kevin Smith who seemed the most sincerely excited about the new film.

“Can’t wait to see all the new movies they’re gonna make. The 7 year old Kev who saw STAR WARS during its initial release in 1977 is finally gonna get all 9 STAR WARS movies he was promised back then. I’ll be first in line to pay for whatever they do,” he said on his Facebook page.

“Star Wars: Episode 7″ is due in theaters in 2014. No casting, plot or directing announcements have yet been made.

Are you excited, nervous or “thrillified” about this upcoming “Star Wars” movie? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

George Lucas donating $4.05 billion from Disney deal to charity

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George Lucas is making a pretty chunk of change from his deal with Disney, but it turns out he is going to do good with it. The “Star Wars” creator is making $4.05 billion for selling Lucasfilms to Disney and is planning to donate that money to a charity that focuses on educational issues.

The news comes from The Hollywood Reporter, who is claiming that Lucas has “expressed his intention, in the event the deal closes, to donate the majority of the proceeds to his philanthropic endeavors.”

At least some good will come out of the deal, though we probably shouldn’t get too down on the upcoming “Star Wars: Episode 7″ just yet. Lucas founded the George Lucas Educational Foundation, so it could be that he donates the money to his own charity. That is something that the current state of education definitely needs, and we doubt anyone would complain if he stipulates that all children must watch “Star Wars” by the time they graduate in exchange for this donation.

“For 41 years, the majority of my time and money has been put into the company,” Lucas said in a statement. “As I start a new chapter in my life, it is gratifying that I have the opportunity to devote more time and resources to philanthropy.”

The spokesperson for this news added that this is a continuation of the promise Lucas made in 2010 to The Giving Pledge. At the time, he said, “I am dedicating the majority of my wealth to improving education. It is the key to the survival of the human race. We have to plan for our collective future—and the first step begins with social, emotional, and intellectual tools we provide to our children. As humans, our greatest tool for survival is our ability to think and to adapt—as educators, storytellers, and communicators our responsibility is to continue to do so.”

Do you respect the fact Lucas is donating the money he is making from this deal? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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