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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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Portlandia On People Who Can’t Park

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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If flagrant bad parking takes nerve, then retaliatory note writing takes neuroses. Watch Fred and Carrie take passive aggression to next level in Car Notes, the new Portlandia web series presented by Subaru. The first episode is yours right here and now, and you can see every installment of Car Notes anytime online, on the IFC app and on demand.

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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Nick Kroll and John Mulaney To Host Spirit Awards

The Spirit Awards Air February 25 LIVE on IFC.

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The 2017 Spirit Awards have finally found their frontmen: Nick Kroll and John Mulaney. And it’s no wonder. Just marvel in their splendid chemistry back when they appeared on Comedy Bang! Bang!:

The pair are prolific within the performing arts community: television (Kroll in The League and The Kroll Show, Mulaney as a writer of IFC’s own Documentary Now!), theater (including Broadway’s current Oh Hello Show), and stand-up comedy. In fact, it’s entirely possible that emceeing an awards show is one of the few remaining line items on their professional bucket lists.

It’s important to caveat this announcement, however. Unlike the bigger and more ubiquitously known awards shows, the Spirit Awards are not, well…boring. (We’re talking to you, Oscar.)

They’re funny. They’re honest. They have quality to match the red-carpet fanfare. And that’s alarmingly special. Last year’s show included some legitimately historic moments, like when transgender actress Mya Taylor won best supporting female, or Kate McKinnon’s hilarious and timely parody of Carol. See more highlights here to get the flavor of the Spirit Awards and read all about Film Independent to dig deeper.

The 2017 Spirit Awards air live February 25 at 5P ET exclusively on IFC.

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Xmas Miracles You’ll See At Joe’s Pub

Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special Premieres December 21 at 10P on IFC.

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It’s just so tempting to bah-humbug the holiday season. And while there’s much we can’t wait to put behind us, one thing left to look forward to with pure and wide-eyed joy is Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special, starring Tony Hale. It’s a celebration in the true spirit of those splendid TV specials from the ’70s and ’80s, complete with special guests, musical numbers, awkward segues and an (intentionally) wafer-thin narrative through line.

As if you need more convincing, here are a few juicy nuggets to get excited for…

Tony Hale plying the captive audience with hot chocolate (and it working).

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Bridget Everett dressed like an ornament…

and in a state of nearly constant wardrobe malfunction.
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Matteo Lane hitting a crazy high note in a Snuggie.

Not a Slanket. There’s a meaningful difference.

Lisa Loeb creeping on Kurt Vile.

#hairlikeapony #whynotme
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Judah Friedlander getting replaced by a robot…

and it pretty much going as expected.
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Bottom line: the miracles abound. Grinches, Scrooges, and Tiny Tims alike will find their Holiday joy. And it’ll be awkward–in the most wonderful kind of way.

Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special premieres Wednesday December 21 at 10p on IFC

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