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“Star Wars: Episode 7” will be an “original story”


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Yesterday’s news that Disney bought Lucasfilm and is now working on a “Star Wars: Episode 7” came as a bit of a shock to everyone, and it didn’t take long for fans to start speculating what the next movie in the series will be about. That part of the “Star Wars” mythology has been written about in countless George Lucas-approved novels, so it would make sense for Disney to draw from those going forward.

Apparently that won’t be the case. A Lucasfilm source tells E! News that “Episode 7” is “an original story” and won’t draw from Timothy Zahn’s “Thrawn Trilogy” as many had hoped. Sorry to those of you out there who hoped to meet Mara Jade, the woman who eventually becomes Luke Skywalker’s wife.

In fact, Disney might have bigger plans for “Star Wars” than just its sequel trilogy. The Hollywood Reporter has learned that studio executives are considering following their winning Marvel Studios formula by creating “offshoot movies focusing on individual characters.” We can only guess who or what those characters will be, but we’re just hoping they won’t include Jar-Jar Binks.

Whatever the future may hold, it’s going to feature stories created by Lucas. He said in a YouTube video that he’s already developing the next three “Star Wars” films.

“I have story treatments of 7, 8 and 9 and a bunch of other movies, and obviously, we have hundreds of books and comics and everything you could possibly imagine. So I sort of moved that treasure trove of stories and various things to [Lucasfilm president] Kathy [Kennedy], and I have complete confidence that she’s gonna take them and make great movies.”

What novels would you want the future “Star Wars” movies to be based on? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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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.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

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

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