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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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Inauguration Alternative

Bill Murray On Repeat

It's a movie "Murray-thon" all-day Friday on IFC.

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Democrats, Republicans and Millennials agree: 2017 is shaping up to be a spectacle — a spectacle that really kicks into high gear this Friday with the presidential inauguration. Not only will the new POTUS swear in, but all the Country’s highest offices will be filled. It’s a daunting prospect, and to feel a little anxious about it is only normal. But if your anxiety is snowballing into panic, we have a solution:
Bill Murray.

He’s the human embodiment of a mental “Happy Place”, and there’s really no problem he can’t solve. So, with that in mind, how about we all set aside reality for a moment and let Bill take the pain away by imagining a top-shelf White House cabinet filled exclusively by his signature characters. Here are a few hypothetical appointments for your consideration…

Secretary of Defense:
Bill Murray from Stripes

His incompetence is balanced by charm, and dumb luck is inexplicably on his side. America could do worse.

Secretary of State:
Bill Murray from Lost In Translation

A seasoned globetrotter steeped in regional traditions who has the respect of the whole wide world. And he kills Costello in karaoke, which is very important.

Press Secretary:
Bill Murray from Ghostbusters

“Cats and dogs, living together. Mass hysteria.” Dude knows how to brief a room.

Secretary of Health and Human Services:
Bill Murray from What About Bob.

A doctor-approved people person who knows that progress is measured in baby steps.

Secretary of Energy:
Bill Murray from Groundhog Day

Let’s be honest, this world is going to need a lot of do-overs.

Feeling better? Hold on to that bliss. And enjoy a healthy alternative to the inauguration brouhaha with multiple Murrays all Friday long in an IFC movie marathon including Kingpin, Zombieland, Ghostbusters, and Ghostbusters II.

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Hank Azaria Gets Thrown A Curve Ball

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P

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Unless you’ve somehow missed every episode of the Simpsons since 1989, then surely you know that Hank Azaria is one of the most important character actors of our time. He’s so prolific and his voice is so dynamic that he’s responsible for more iconic personalities than most folks realize. Basically, he’s the great and powerful Oz — except that when you pull back the curtain the truth is actually more impressive. And now Hank is coming to IFC to bring yet another character to the TV pop culture hive mind in the new series Brockmire. Check out the trailer below.

Based on the following Funny or Die short and co-starring Amanda Peet, Brockmire follows the story of imploded major league sportscaster Jim Brockmire as he tries to resurrect his career by calling plays for a floundering minor league team in a podunk town.

The series is written by Joel Church-Cooper (Undateable) and produced by Funny or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell, meaning that there’s funny in front of the camera, funny behind the camera–funny all around. Sounds like a ball to us.

Brockmire premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Car Notes

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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