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William Shatner calls J.J. Abrams a “pig” for directing “Star Wars”


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Most people have responded positively to the announcement of J.J. Abrams as director of “Star Wars: Episode VII,” but William Shatner is not one of those people. During a recent interview, he expressed his discontent with Abrams helming both the “Star Wars” and “Star Trek” franchises.

“He’s being a pig,” Shatner told MovieFanatic. I mean, he’s collecting the two franchises and holding them close to his vest and he’s probably the most talented director of that ilk we have, but he’s gone too far this time. I think of him as a buddy of mine, I’ve taken him out for sushi. It’s time for J.J. and I to have another sushi, and let me put him straight about two of the largest franchises, and not employing me in either one of them is just foolhardy.”

While Shatner says these statements with a straight face, it’s hard not to think he’s joking at least a little with that final comment. Still, those are some fighting words from the man who still hasn’t appeared in one of Abrams’ “Star Trek” films (at least, that we know of). It was a bit surprising when Abrams opted to tackle both “Trek” and “Wars,” but his body of work has proven that he is more than capable of handling such big projects.

When it was announced back in January that Abrams was the official director for “Star Wars: Episode VII,” he said in a statement, “To be a part of the next chapter of the Star Wars saga, to collaborate with Kathy Kennedy and this remarkable group of people, is an absolute honor. I may be even more grateful to George Lucas now than I was as a kid.”

Michael Arndt is writing the script for “Star Wars: Episode VII,” while Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg are working on spinoff films. It is rumored that Zack Snyder is also developing a “Seven Samurai”-style spinoff movie.

Do you think that Shatner was serious with his takedown of Abrams? 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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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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