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Zack Snyder has no interest in directing “Star Wars: Episode VII”

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We can add a new name to the short list of people who aren’t interested in being involved in “Star Wars: Episode VII.” Though he was once named as a director that Disney was interested in having helm the new project, Zack Snyder has revealed that he doesn’t want to be involved in the “Star Wars” sequel trilogy.

“I don’t think I’d be interested in [directing it],” Snyder told The Los Angeles Times. “I’m a huge ‘Star Wars’ fanatic. I just think doing [episodes] seven, eight and nine is just a slippery slope. It’s a whole other mythological experiment I’m excited to see, but it’s a lot of effort.”

Disney is now focused on three new names to helm “Star Wars: Episode VII”: J.J. Abrams, Brad Bird and Steven Spielberg. That news came out in a report claiming Michael Arndt is the top contender to write the new movies, and that he has already penned a treatment for the upcoming trilogy. It’s unclear whether any of the three directors Disney is eying are actually interested, but we expect that the studio only wants a big name director responsible for this trilogy.

Meanwhile, we finally have some general information about what the new movies will be about. It’s been reported that “Star Wars: Episode VII,” “VIII” and “IX” will revolve around older versions of the original trilogy’s three central characters: Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo. All three actors have expressed interest in returning to the series that made them stars.

“Star Wars: Episode VII” is due to hit theaters in 2015 with each subsequent sequel coming out a year or two after. It’s gearing up to enter production in 2014.

Are you disappointed Snyder won’t be involved? Who do you think would be a good director for the new “Star Wars” movies? 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.

Carrie Fisher would return for “Star Wars: Episode 7″

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Harrison Ford is “open” to joining “Star Wars: Episode 7,” and he’s not the only one of the original cast members ready to hop on board. Carrie Fisher has now come out to say that she’d like to have a role in the upcoming “Star Wars” movie.

“Yes, sure. Wouldn’t you?” she told TMZ when the gossip site cornered her about it.

Of course we would. If you watch the TMZ video, you’ll see that Fisher seems like she is just giving the paparazzi the answers she thinks they want, but we also don’t doubt that Fisher will be a part of the upcoming Disney “Star Wars” movie. Unlike Ford, Fisher has remained an active part in the “Star Wars” fan culture, even taking roles in projects related to the franchise like “Fanboys,” “Family Guy Presents: It’s A Trap” and “Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II.” If the opportunity arose, we have no doubt that Fisher would again play Princess Leia.

In fact, the same report that said Ford is interested in returning for “Star Wars: Episode 7″ also said that Fisher and Mark Hamill were game as well. The latter two have certainly had enough time to think about it, as Hamill revealed to Entertainment Weekly last week that George Lucas told them about the future “Star Wars” movie last year.

“Last August, he asked Carrie and I to have lunch with him and we did. I thought he was going to talk about either his retirement or the ‘Star Wars’ TV series that I’ve heard about — which I don’t think we were going to be involved in anyway, because that takes place between the prequels and the ones we were in and, if Luke were in them, he’d be anywhere from a toddler to a teenager so they’d get an age-appropriate actor — or the 3-D releases,” Hamill recalled. “So when he said, ‘We decided we’re going to do ‘Episodes VII,’ ‘VIII,’ and ‘IX,” I was just gobsmacked. ‘What? Are you nuts?!’ … It’s one of those big decisions that at first seems unusual but then the more you look at it, the more it makes sense.”

“Star Wars: Episode 7″ is planned to come out in 2015 and will be an original story.

Would you want Fisher or any of the other original actors to rejoin “Star Wars” in “Episode 7″? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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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