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Matthew Vaughn accidentally confirmed as “Star Wars: Episode VII” director?

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Actor Jason Flemyng might have accidentally let slip one of the biggest Hollywood secrets around. During a recent interview, which you can watch below, he seemingly revealed that Matthew Vaughn will be directing “Star Wars: Episode VII.”

Flemyng was speaking with HeyUGuys when the outlet asked him if he thinks he’ll get asked by Vaughn to star in the new “Star Wars” movie. Vaughn has only been rumored for the part, but Flemyng answered, “Me and Matt have done nine films together, so I’m sure I’ll get the call for ‘Star Wars.’”

It was only after he answered and the reporter asked a follow-up question about Vaughn’s involvement that Flemyng seemed to realize his mistake. He stammered a response and seemed to shrug it off, but let’s just say we won’t be too surprised if Vaughn ends up being announced as director of this film.

Meanwhile, Mark Hamill has elaborated on his own involvement with the forthcoming movie. He’s already said he’s known for over a year that “Star Wars: Episode VII” was on its way, but it hasn’t been announced (only rumored) that he’ll reprise his role as Luke Skywalker.

“We have questions about it,” Hamill told E! Online about the movie, speaking for both himself and Fisher. “And really, they’re not even at the stage where they’re able to answer those questions because, as far as I know, is there a story yet? I loved all those people, I really did. Until I know more about what they have in mind, I think it’s better to let LucasFilm make the announcements.”

Hamill was then asked what he’d think of another actor taking over the role of Luke Skywalker. Surprisingly enough, he didn’t seem too put out by the idea.

“If they were going to do a story where Luke was too young or too old for me to play, they would get an age appropriate actor,” Hamill said. “There’s so many good people.”

Would you like to see Vaughn direct “Star Wars: Episode VII”? Would you like to see Hamill be involved? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Glenn Danzig drops by Portlandia tonight at 10P on IFC.

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Glenn Danzig rocks harder than granite. In his 60 years, he’s mastered punk with The Misfits, slayed metal with the eponymous Danzig, and generally melted faces with the force of his voice. And thanks to Fred and Carrie, he’s now stopping by tonight’s brand new Portlandia so we can finally get to see what “Evil Elvis” is like when he hits the beach. To celebrate his appearance, we put together our favorite metal moments from pop culture, from the sublime to the absurd.

10. Cannibal Corpse meets Ace Ventura

Back in the ’90s,  Cannibal Corpse was just a small time band from Upstate New York, plying their death metal wares wherever they could find a crowd, when a call from Jim Carry transformed their lives. Turns out the actor was a fan, and wanted them for a cameo in his new movie, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. The band had a European tour coming up, and were wary of being made fun of, so they turned it down. Thankfully, the rubber-faced In Living Color vet wouldn’t take no for an answer, proving that you don’t need to have a lot of fans, just the right ones.


9. AC/DC in Private Parts

Howard Stern’s autobiographical film, based on his book of the same name, followed his rise in the world of radio and pop culture. For a man surrounded by naked ladies and adoring fans, it’s hard to track the exact moment he made it. But rocking out with AC/DC in the middle of Central Park, as throngs of fans clamor to get a piece of you, seems like it comes pretty close. You can actually see Stern go from hit host to radio god in this clip, as “You Shook Me All Night Long” blasts in the background.


8. Judas Priest meets The Simpsons

When you want to blast a bunch of peace-loving hippies out on their asses, you’re going to need some death metal. At least, that’s what the folks at The Simpsons thought when they set up this cameo from the metal gods. Unfortunately, thanks to a hearty online backlash, the writers of the classic series were soon informed that Judas Priest, while many things, are not in fact “death metal.” This led to the most Simpson-esque apology ever. Rock on, Bartman. Rock on.


7. Anthrax on Married…With Children

What do you get when Married…with Children spoofs My Dinner With Andre, substituting the erudite playwrights for a band so metal they piss rust? Well, for starters, a lot of headbanging, property destruction and blown eardrums. And much like everything else in life, Al seems to have missed the fun.


6. Motorhead rocks out on The Young Ones

The Young Ones didn’t just premiere on BBC2 in 1982 — it kicked the doors down to a new way of doing comedy. A full-on assault on the staid state of sitcoms, the show brought a punk rock vibe to the tired format, and in the process helped jumpstart a comedy revolution. For instance, where an old sitcom would just cut from one scene to the next, The Young Ones choose to have Lemmy and his crew deliver a raw version of “Ace of Spades.” The general attitude seemed to be, you don’t like this? Well, then F— you!


5. Red and Kitty Meet Kiss on That ’70s Show

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Long before they were banished to playing arena football games, Kiss was the hottest ticket in rock. The gang from That ’70s Show got to live out every ’70s teen’s dream when they were set loose backstage at a Kiss concert, taking full advantage of groupies, ganja and hard rock.


4. Ronnie James Dio in Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny (NSFW, people!)

What does a young boy do when he was born to rock, and the world won’t let him? What tight compadre does he pray to for guidance and some sweet licks? If you’re a young Jables, half of “the world’s most awesome band,” you bow your head to Ronnie James Dio, aka the guy who freaking taught the world how to do the “Metal Horns.” Never before has a rock god been so literal than in this clip that turns it up to eleven.


3. Ozzy Osbourne in Trick or Treat

It’s hard to tell if Ozzy was trying his hardest here, or just didn’t give a flying f–k. What is clear is that, either way, it doesn’t really matter. Ozzy’s approach to acting seems to lean more heavily on Jack Daniels than sense memory, and yet seeing the slurry English rocker play a sex-obsessed televangelist is so ridiculous, he gets a free pass. Taking part in the cult horror Trick or Treat, Ozzy proves that he makes things better just by showing up. Because that’s exactly what he did here. Showed up. And it rocks.


2. Glenn Danzig on Portlandia

Danzig seems to be coming out of a self imposed exile these days. He just signed with a record company, and his appearance on Portlandia is reminding everyone how kick ass he truly is. Who else but “The Other Man in Black” could help Portland’s resident goths figure out what to wear to the beach? Carrie Brownstein called Danzig “amazing,” and he called Fred “a genius,” so this was a rare love fest for the progenitor of horror punk.


1. Alice Cooper in Wayne’s World

It’s surprising, sure, but for a scene that contains no music whatsoever, it’s probably the most famous metal moment in the history of film. When Alice Cooper informed Wayne and Garth that Milwaukee is actually pronounced “Milly-way-kay” back in 1992, he created one of the most famous scenes in comedy history. What’s more metal than that? Much like Wayne and Garth, we truly are not worthy.

Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg to write “Star Wars: Episodes VIII” and “IX”

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Though the jury’s still out on who will direct “Star Wars: Episode VII,” at least we now know who will be writing the final two films in this new trilogy. Michael Arndt has been tapped to pen “Episode VII,” and now it’s being reported that Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg are being brought on to write “Episode VIII” and “Episode IX.”

This news comes courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter. Disney hasn’t officially confirmed it yet, but it sounds like Kasdan and Kinberg have a done deal. It hasn’t been announced which writer will pen which film — or if they’ll team up to do them together — but they’ll both act as producers on the projects as well.

It’s definitely more exciting that Kasdan is involved than Kinberg. Kasdan co-wrote “The Empire Strikes Back” and wrote both “Return of the Jedi” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” so he’s no stranger to how the world of Lucasfilm works. He has since moved on to projects like “The Bodyguard” and “Darling Companion,” but somehow we doubt that “Star Wars” is far from his heart.

For his part, Kinberg is something of an up-and-coming talent. He first wrote “xXx: State of the Union,” but went on to tackle a mixed bag of films like “Mr. & Mrs. Smith,” “Jumper” and “X-Men: The Last Stand.” He recently wrote “Sherlock Holmes” and “This Means War,” and is next working on the script for “X-Men: Days of Future Past” so, like we said, a mixed bag.

“Star Wars: Episode VII” is due out in 2015 with each subsequent film coming out a year or two after that. There have been no directors chosen for any of the movies, and no confirmed actors — new or returning — despite a plethora of rumors.

Do you think these two screenwriters are the best choice for these films? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

Brad Bird and Colin Trevorrow talk directing “Star Wars: Episode VII”

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The list of directors who have said they won’t direct “Star Wars: Episode VII” continues to grow longer and longer. The latest to say he won’t get behind the camera is Brad Bird, a fan-favorite choice who has long maintained that he’ll next be working on the sci-fi project “1952.”

That hasn’t stopped fans from asking him about his involvement in “Star Wars,” though. The director took to Twitter to kindly respond to people about the claims, saying things like, “Not doing Star Wars,” and reaffirming that his next movie is “a science fiction film. Not Star Wars.”

But there is one director who has been open about wanting to helm “Star Wars: Episode VII”: “Safety Not Guaranteed’s” Colin Trevorrow. It seems like he could have the opportunity to do it, too, as an interview he did with MacGuffin Podcast over the summer (via Collider) seems to imply that he was in talks about potentially helming the new “Star Wars” movies. As we’ve known for a while, George Lucas had been talking to Disney for more than a year before the Mouse House’s acquisition of Lucasfilm was announced last month, so there could be a chance that the company had already approached Trevorrow over the summer.

“As far as professional life, I can’t speak with any specificity as to what the next thing will be,” Trevorrow said over the summer. “There are amazing opportunities that have arisen as a result of this. One of them, I will say, will probably create a great deal of ire against me on the Internet when people find out what it is. So, I just want to say in advance that I promise you, for all of those who love the mythology that I will be tackling, trust that I love it as much as you do. And I will respect it, and hopefully make it not suck.”

“Star Wars: Episode VII” is being written by Michael Arndt and is due in theaters in 2015. No director has been announced for it yet.

Who do you think should helm “Star Wars: Episode VII”? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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