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Update: Zack Snyder working on “Star Wars” spinoff?


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UPDATE: Well, that was fast. Zack Snyder’s reps have already shot down this story to The Hollywood Reporter, saying, “While he is super flattered because he is a huge fan, Zack is not involved in any way with the new Star Wars. He is currently in post on his two films, Man of Steel and 300: Battle of Artemisia.”

The rest of the story continues below:

Zack Snyder might not be working on “Star Wars: Episode VII,” but a new report says he is working on a “Star Wars” film.

Remember those spinoff films Laurence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg are said to be writing? Well, it seems like Snyder a director who has been tapped to helm one of those. Vulture reports that Snyder is “developing a ‘Star Wars’ project for Lucasfilm that is set within the series’ galaxy, though parallel to the next trilogy.”

Interestingly enough, the film is being positioned as an “as-yet-untitled Jedi epic” loosely based on Akira Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai.” That’s a story that has been told over and over in Hollywood, but Vulture writes that here Jedi and lightsabers will replace Kurosawa’s ronin and katanas.

If this report is true, then Snyder’s project will exist outside of the planned “Star Wars: Episode VII,” “VII” and “IX.” It will be a sequel to “Return of the Jedi,” but it’s unclear if this movie will feature any familiar “Star Wars” characters or tell a separate parallel story. Regardless, this is an interesting development on the “Star Wars” front.

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

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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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