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Will the “Star Wars: Episode VII” director be announced in January?

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It could be that we don’t have much longer to wait until the director for “Star Wars: Episode VII” is announced. There have been few details revealed about the project since it was first announced at the end of October, but now a mini-update could clue us in on when we’ll be finding out a lot more about the highly anticipated film.

“I have no immediate update, but hopefully in January I’ll have something that I can say,” Kathleen Kennedy told ABC News Radio during a recent interview.

We’d hope so, since the new Lucasfilm president went on to say that pre-production on the movie will begin in the spring. At this rate, we’ll likely find out everything about the movie all at once instead of having it trickle in at a slow rate. Disney seems to be working on this project very carefully, since fans seem hesitant to get excited about a new “Star Wars” sequel trilogy. One wrong move, and the company could be looking at working back good public opinion instead of building the hype around the project even higher.

While we are interested in learning who the director is going to be, we’re also dying to know how — and if — the original stars of the series are going to be involved. Following the initial news that Disney had purchased Lucasfilm and was prepping a “Star Wars: Episodes VII,” “VIII” and “IX,” a rumor came out claiming that Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill will all come back for more. That’s neither been confirmed nor denied, but we know at least Samuel L. Jackson wants to be involved again.

Michael Arndt is writing a script for “Star Wars: Episode VII,” while it’s been reported that Laurence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg are working on “Star Wars” spinoff films. The movie is slated to come out in 2015 with each subsequent film coming out a year or two after that. Matthew Vaughn seems to be the most likely choice for the man chosen to direct “Star Wars: Episode VII.”

Who would you like to see direct “Star Wars: Episode VII”? 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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