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“Michael Arndt” gives hilarious “Star Wars: Episode VII” status update


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Michael Arndt seems to be having a bit of trouble writing “Star Wars: Episode VII” — or at least a satirical portrayal of him is. The Oscar-winning “Toy Story 3” screenwriter has been hard at work on the new project since November, so it’s no surprise that comedian Andrew Bowler made a Funny or Die sketch mocking his progress — or lack thereof — writing the anticipated new film.


According to the above video, Arndt didn’t get much farther than writing, “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…” on his first day. This version of him did try to take news spins on classic lines like “scruffy-looking nerf herder” and even considered bringing Yoda back from the dead, but fortunately he clicked the “undo” button for all of those concepts.

Thus far, nothing has been released about Arndt’s plans for the new movie. Beyond the fact that it will be set after the events of “Return of the Jedi” and will potentially feature Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill, Disney and those involved been mum on the subject. Hopefully Arndt does have some better ideas kicking around than the ones joked about in this video.

“Star Wars: Episode VII” is being directed by J.J. Abrams, with screenplay duties being handled by Michael Arndt. It is expected to hit theaters in 2015, with “Episodes VIII” and “IX” coming out in 2017 and 2019. Disney has confirmed that other “Star Wars” spinoff movies are in the works that will be written by Simon Kinberg and Lawrence Kasdan and hit theaters in 2016 and 2018.

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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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