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Watch J.J. Abrams and Simon Pegg talk about “Star Wars”


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Simon Pegg is a huge “Star Wars” fan. So is J.J. Abrams. Both men have worked together on Abrams’ “Star Trek” franchise. Abrams is directing the upcoming “Star Wars: Episode VII.” That’s why it was a brilliant move on Sky Movies’ part to bring the two fans and friends together to talk about “Star Wars.”

Unfortunately there aren’t any “Episode VII” tidbits to be had in the above video unless you count Pegg’s claim that Abrams is calling the film “The Further Adventures of Jar Jar Binks” (note: he’s not). Still, it’s definitely intriguing to hear these two super fans talk about something they grew up loving, especially since Abrams will soon be giving his own spin on the series.

“It’s so strange to remember before it was something we were born knowing about,” Abrams said. “When I first saw it I was 11 and it was impossible. It was this expansive possibility was there of storytelling. It was a modern day myth. That was my thing. Meanwhile with ‘Star Trek’ I had friends who loved it. I tried. I’d sit and watch episodes and try to find my way in and for some reason I think because it was a more philosophical debate-driven show — I loved the action ‘Star Wars,’ and ‘Trek’ didn’t really have that.”

Abrams further reinforced the fact that he thinks the approaches to “Star Wars” and “Star Trek” are different. “The history of it, the tone of it, the approach of it, the feel, the themes of it, feel incredibly different to me ‘Star Wars’ to ‘Star Trek,'” he said. Interestingly, he added that he found the fact that he wasn’t a huge “Trek” fan something that made working on those projects easir.

“I feel like that was always a little bit of something to fall back on, a safety net, not being a fan because it forced questions about what we were doing. It couldn’t just be acceptable because it existed and I loved it because I was a fan,” he said. “I think part of the challenge moving forward with anything you come to sort of pre-loving … you have to force yourself to start over and not assume anyone’s going to care.”

“Star Wars: Episode VII” is due in theaters in summer 2013, while “Star Trek Into Darkness” comes out May 17.

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Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.


Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…


A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.


Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.