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A new “Star Wars” film will come out every summer starting in 2015

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Disney has some big plans for its upcoming “Star Wars” movies. The studio announced at CinemaCon that its current plan is to release a new “Star Wars” film every summer starting in 2015 with “Star Wars: Episode VII.”

In 2016, a standalone spinoff “Star Wars” movie will be released, and then the studio will alternate between releasing a direct sequel and a spinoff as the years go on. It seems as though the plan is to just have five “Star Wars” movies come out, though Disney could continue on after two spinoffs and the three sequel films. The spinoff stories could end up becoming their own series depending on how successful they are.

J.J. Abrams is directing at least “Star Wars: Episode VII,” though it’s unclear if he’ll return for future “Star Wars” installments. There have been rumors of spinoffs about young Han Solo, Boba Fett and a “Seven Samurai”- style movie that Zack Snyder was rumored to be working on (his rep denied it, but you never know). Disney clearly has some confident plans lined up, though the company has yet to reveal casting for “Star Wars: Episode VII” or what any of the future spinoffs will be about.

“I feel like I can identify a hunger for what I would want to see again and that is an incredibly exciting place to begin a project,” Abrams recently said of the current status of “Episode VII.” “The movies, the worlds could not be more different but that feeling that there’s something amazing here is the thing that they share.”

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Underworld

Under Your Spell

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.

Hey Disney, take note of Patton Oswalt’s idea for a “Star Wars”/Marvel crossover

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Patton Oswalt is a huge nerd. Anyone who loves the comedian as much as we here at IFC do should know this. Everyone else, go listen to this.

Okay, so we got that Oswalt is a nerd out of the way. Knowing that, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to learn that he went on an eight-minute-long rambling, fully improvised rant about a “Star Wars”/”The Avengers”/”Clash of the Titans” crossover during a recent episode of “Parks and Recreation.” Will it make it into the episode? Likely not, but fortunately the folks over at NBC have put the hilarious video up online for our viewing pleasure.

Clearly Oswalt has put some thought into this crossover, because there’s no way he could have come up with this all on the spot. Seriously, someone at Disney should take note because there are some great ideas in there. Lando Calrissian and Princess Leia having an affair? Thanos making a surprise appearance? These are absolute gold.

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Joss Whedon has long known what “The Avengers 2″ is going to be about

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Joss Whedon is moving full steam ahead on “The Avengers 2.” He’s been opening up about the movie a lot recently, and now has confirmed that the film will have a February 2014 filming start date.

“I’m actually really excited because I’ve gotten to sort of look at everything and see behind the curtain on all the stuff, and Kevin Feige has a really clear vision and runs through all these movies. They’re all very different but they really are what the next story should be. I’m very excited about it,” he told E! News. “I’m actually consulting for Marvel in general and some of that is projecting myself. ‘Oh wait a minute, I need that.’ But most of it is hoping that everything’s as good as it can be because we’re all sort of pulling for each other.”

Interestingly, Whedon claimed that he knew the idea for “The Avengers 2″ before he ever finalized what “The Avengers” would be about. Though he didn’t know for sure if he’d direct the movie’s sequel, he has been moving towards that point ever since.

“I didn’t think I was going to do the second one, but I had an idea for it before I figured out the first one,” he said. “You go into a movie not assuming there’s going to be a [sequel]. I’ve seen a lot of movies that are the first part of a trilogy that never happened and it’s terrible. You don’t save anything for the trip back. Having said that, I did sort of know if they were to come back, I know what’s going to happen.”

Whedon also spoke about the pilot for “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” which he just recently wrapped shooting. “It was fun. It went well,” he said. “We were just sort of finishing last week, and it’s a different view of the Marvel Universe but it’s very much Marvel. That’s the stuff I love because I grew up on it. You’ve got your cast and you’ve got your trouble everywhere but it’s not a dead body every week. Some are the bodies are alive and they talk and have feelings, it’s nice.”

“The Avengers 2″ is due in theaters on May 1, 2015.

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