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Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg to write “Star Wars: Episodes VIII” and “IX”


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Though the jury’s still out on who will direct “Star Wars: Episode VII,” at least we now know who will be writing the final two films in this new trilogy. Michael Arndt has been tapped to pen “Episode VII,” and now it’s being reported that Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg are being brought on to write “Episode VIII” and “Episode IX.”

This news comes courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter. Disney hasn’t officially confirmed it yet, but it sounds like Kasdan and Kinberg have a done deal. It hasn’t been announced which writer will pen which film — or if they’ll team up to do them together — but they’ll both act as producers on the projects as well.

It’s definitely more exciting that Kasdan is involved than Kinberg. Kasdan co-wrote “The Empire Strikes Back” and wrote both “Return of the Jedi” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” so he’s no stranger to how the world of Lucasfilm works. He has since moved on to projects like “The Bodyguard” and “Darling Companion,” but somehow we doubt that “Star Wars” is far from his heart.

For his part, Kinberg is something of an up-and-coming talent. He first wrote “xXx: State of the Union,” but went on to tackle a mixed bag of films like “Mr. & Mrs. Smith,” “Jumper” and “X-Men: The Last Stand.” He recently wrote “Sherlock Holmes” and “This Means War,” and is next working on the script for “X-Men: Days of Future Past” so, like we said, a mixed bag.

“Star Wars: Episode VII” is due out in 2015 with each subsequent film coming out a year or two after that. There have been no directors chosen for any of the movies, and no confirmed actors — new or returning — despite a plethora of rumors.

Do you think these two screenwriters are the best choice for these films? 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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