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The Hollywood icon passed away on December 27, last year
Hollywood icon Carrie Fisher had traces of cocaine, ecstasy and heroin in her system when she passed away in December last year. An autopsy has revealed the drugs discovered in the Star Wars actress at the time of her death.
Carrie Fisher died with drugs in her system last year
It was announced three days after Fisher had died that she had succumbed to sleep apnoea and a "combination of other factors".
Continue reading: Carrie Fisher Had Drugs In Her System At The Time Of Her Death
Kathleen Kennedy of LucasFilm intimated that the plan had been for Princess Leia to have been the centre of 'Star Wars Episode IX'.
Kathleen Kennedy, the head of LucasFilm, said in a preview piece for Vanity Fair ahead of The Last Jedi’s release this December, said the original plan had been for Fisher's Princess Leia to have had a much more prominent role in the ninth and final episode of the saga.
“She was having a blast,” said Kennedy. “The minute she finished, she grabbed me and said, ‘I’d better be at the forefront of IX!’ Because Harrison was front and centre on VII, and Mark is front and centre on VIII. She thought IX would be her movie. And it would have been.”
He went to see an early cut of the first trailer with the late Carrie Fisher.
Mark Hamill has for four decades now been a staple of the 'Star Wars' franchise, bringing his role as Luke Skywalker to fans for the first time in 'Episode IV: A New Hope' and still remaining with the series to-date.
Mark Hamill returns as Luke Skywalker in 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'
This past weekend, 40 years of the property was celebrated at the official Star Wars Celebration in Florida, where Hamill himself got involved with proceedings and helped bring further hype and excitement to the event.
Continue reading: Mark Hamill Recalls How First 'Star Wars' Trailer Was Heckled
After the release of The Force Awakens at the end of 2015, Disney and Lucas films didn't mess around delivering the general public its first announcement/teaser for The Last Jedi back at the start of 2016. Now, well over a year later, we finally get to see some proper footage from the upcoming movie.
Many of the key cast from Star Wars: The Force Awakens will feature in The Last Jedi including Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron and Adam Driver as Kylo Ren who famously slaughtered his much-loved father in a face to face battle that made for one of the most pivotal scenes in the history of Star Wars.
As ever with new Star Wars releases, the scrip and the story outline is one of Hollywood's most closely guarded secrets and few official details have been released to the public. We do know that the story will pick up where The Force Awakens ended with Rey going off into a mountainous setting to hunt down Luke Skywalker in a bid to train with him and learn his knowledge.
Continue: Star Wars: The Last Jedi Trailer
There will be no General Leia in Episode 9.
The world was stung with another pair of jarring losses from the world of entertainment back in late December of 2016, when both Carrie Fisher passed away on December 27, with her mother Debbie Reynolds then dying the day after on December 28.
The late Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher
Fisher is of course best known for her role as Princess-turned-General Leia in the 'Star Wars' franchise, having taken up the role back in 1977 and playing it throughout the series of films that have been released to-date.
Continue reading: Carrie Fisher Won't Be In 'Star Wars: Episode IX'
Todd Fisher told reporters that the family had given permission to Disney and Lucasfilm to use footage of Carrie in the ninth film, due for 2019.
Todd Fisher said that he and Billie Lourd, Carrie’s daughter, have given Disney and Lucasfilm permission to use recent footage of Fisher in the movie, he told the New York Daily News at the opening night of the TCM film festival in Los Angeles on Sunday night (April 9th).
Carrie Fisher pictured in 2016
Continue reading: Carrie Fisher Will Appear In 'Star Wars: Episode IX' Without CGI
She lends her voice to Sean's demo tribute to his late friend.
Sean Lennon has unveiled the demo for an enchanting new song entitled 'Bird Song', that he claims was co-written by his good friend Carrie Fisher before she died. While they never got to record the song together, he has now teamed up with Willow Smith to unveil it in Carrie's memory.
Carrie Fisher wrote a song with Sean Lennon
The son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono was hit hard by the death of the 'Star Wars' actress in December, but his fond memories of her have led him to share a sensational new tune that they worked on together a few years ago. It's a beautiful piano led duet that is as mournful as it is uplifting, and was recorded in a matter of hours.
Blunt lived with Fisher in LA when recording his debut album.
The two, somewhat unlikely, friends met before Blunt began work on his debut album Back to Bedlam, and the actress suggested he come live with her in LA during the recording.
The singer said Fisher was an inspiration to him at the time, and when he welcomed his first child, a son, last year, he made the actress godmother.
Continue reading: James Blunt Says Friend Carrie Fisher "Went Out With A Bang"
Comedy legend Aykroyd was engaged to Fisher for just under a year in 1980, before she reconciled with former boyfriend Paul Simon.
Nearly a month after the terrible news of her death that caused the world to mourn her loss, Carrie Fisher’s one-time fiancé Dan Aykroyd has penned a moving essay about his friend and former lover for the latest issue of Empire magazine.
64 year old Aykroyd, star of comedy classics such as Ghostbusters and The Blues Brothers, proposed to Fisher on the set of the latter film back in 1980. However, the engagement ended when she reconciled with her former boyfriend Paul Simon.
He and Fisher remained friends after that, however, and in the essay he reflected on their time together, their plans for marriage and even their occasional recreational drug use.
Continue reading: Dan Aykroyd Writes Moving Essay About Former Fiancee Carrie Fisher
The film is due for release December 15, 2017.
The title of the next chapter in the Star Wars saga has finally been revealed.
The news was announced to fans in a tweet from the official Star Wars account, which read: “It’s official. STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI is the next chapter of the Skywalker saga. This December.#TheLastJedi”
Continue reading: 'Star Wars Episode VIII' Will Be Titled The Last Jedi
LucasFilm took the unusual step of making a significant detail public, following Fisher's death from a heart attack in December.
LucasFilm has moved to dismiss widespread rumours concerning the future of Princess Leia’s character in the Star Wars universe following Carrie Fisher’s death, saying that CGI special effects will NOT be used to restore her in future movies.
The studio took an unusual but perhaps necessary step of confirming on Saturday (January 14th) that they will not use technology to restore her character.
Publishing a blog post via the StarWars.com site, the Disney-owned company acknowledged that “we don’t normally respond to fan or press speculation,” but were making an announcement to assure fans that there are “no plans to digitally recreate Carrie Fisher’s performance as Princess or General Leia Organa.”
The future of Princess Leia in the ‘Star Wars’ franchise is uncertain.
Earlier this week a report on BBC’s ‘Newsnight’ claimed that Disney was negotiating with Fisher’s estate for the rights to use her likeness in future films, much like how the late Peter Cushing appeared in Rogue One.
Lucasfilm say they will not be digitally recreating Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia
The ‘Star Wars’ actress died on December 27th, four days after suffering a cardiac arrest onboard a transatlantic flight.
Fisher had been cremated shortly after her death and on Friday some of her ashes were buried with her mother in their family plot. At the ceremony Fisher’s brother Todd was seen carrying an urn shaped liked a giant prozac pill.
Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds have been laid to rest
Continue reading: Carrie Fisher's Ashes Were Placed In Giant Prozac-Shaped Urn
The petition calls for Leia to be added to the canon of official Disney princesses - as bosses call a meeting to decide about the future of her character in the Star Wars universe.
Cody Christensen, an American father of five daughters, launched a petition via Change.org following Fisher’s death on December 27th.
“After the tragic loss of Carrie Fisher, we feel that it is only fitting for Disney to do away with the rule that an official Disney princess must be animated and make Leia a full-fledged princess,” the petition reads.
Continue reading: Petition Calls For Princess Leia To Be Made An Official Disney Princess
The upcoming documentary shows the mother and daughter living next door to each other in California and explores their unique relationship.
The film was initially scheduled to be shown in March, but the network moved the air date to January 7, following the tragic deaths of Fisher and Reynolds, a day apart from one another.
Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds
Everyone from Billie Lourd to Ryan Gosling open up about the star's shock death.
Hollywood is still reeling from the passing of the Oscar nominated star Debbie Reynolds on Wednesday (December 28th 2016) just hours after the death of her daughter Carrie Fisher. Tributes continue to pour in from everywhere, with Ryan Gosling just the latest to add his comments to the tragedy.
Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher died over the Christmas holidays
The 'La La Land' star was accepting the Vanguard Award for his new film directed by Damien Chazelle at the Palm Springs Film Festival yesterday (January 2nd 2017), where he commented on how he drew inspiration from Reynolds' most famous film - 1952's 'Singin' In The Rain' co-starring Gene Kelly and Donald O'Connor - for his performance in his latest movie with Emma Stone.
Continue reading: Tributes Roll In For The Late Debbie Reynolds
Todd Fisher says that the family, if possible, is planning a joint memorial service for his mother and sister.
As tributes continue to pour in, the family of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds hope to organise a joint memorial service for both daughter and mother, it has been reported, after they died within 24 hours of each other this week.
Fisher’s brother Todd told the New York Daily News that arrangements were being made, but that a joint service for his mother and sister was “likely”. “It’s what we want to do, but we’re still working on the mechanics. We like the idea, if it’s at all possible. I think it’s appropriate.”
Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds at the 2015 SAG Awards
Continue reading: Joint Memorial Service Planned For Carrie Fisher And Debbie Reynolds
Reynolds was taken ill with a suspected stroke while discussing plans for her daughter's funeral, according to reports.
Reynolds’ son, Todd Fisher, told the Associated Press that the death of her daughter had been too much for her to bear, and that, in her last words, she said that she wanted to be with Carrie.
According to initial reports by TMZ, Reynolds had been at her son’s house in Beverly Hills discussing funeral arrangements for Carrie on Wednesday (December 28th) when she was taken ill with a suspected stroke.
Continue reading: Debbie Reynolds Dies At 84, The Day After Her Daughter Carrie Fisher
Ford described his co-star as ‘one-of-a-kind.’
The 60-year-old actress was loved the world over for her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise and just last year she had reprised the role in The Force Awakens.
Fisher as Princess Leia in The Force Awakens
Continue reading: Harrison Ford Leads 'Star Wars' Cast In Paying Tribute To Carrie Fisher
Fisher, who played Princess Leia in the 'Star Wars' movies, passed away in hospital in Los Angeles just days after suffering a heart attack on a plane.
The iconic Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher has passed away in hospital at the age of 60, just a few days after suffering a serious heart attack aboard a United Airlines flight last week.
On Tuesday morning (December 27th), her family’s spokesman, Simon Halls, released a statement on behalf of Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd which confirmed the sad news.
Carrie Fisher pictured at LAX in October 2016
Continue reading: 'Star Wars' Actress Carrie Fisher Dies Aged 60 Following Heart Attack
The ‘Star Wars’ actress is said to have suffered a heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles.
The brother of Carrie Fisher has confirmed the actress is currently in the Intensive Care Unit of UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, after suffering a reported heart attack.
Tom Fisher said there was “no good news or bad news,” about his sister’s condition, but told the Hollywood Reporter she had been moved from the emergency room to the ICU.
Carrie Fisher is reportedly now in an Intensive Care Unit in Los Angeles
Continue reading: Carrie Fisher Moved To ICU After Medical Emergency On Flight
Yes Princess Leia and Han Solo had an off-screen romance.
Speaking to People magazine, the actress opened up on the whirlwind three-month romance, which took place when she was 19 and Ford was a 33-year-old married father of two.
Carrie Fisher has opened up on her affair with Harrison Ford
Some online trolls have been targeting the actress after she returned to the ‘Star Wars’ franchise as Princess Leia in 'The Force Awakens'.
While Star Wars: The Force Awakens may have smashed box office records around the globe, star Carrie Fisher has had to deal with some online trolls, who have criticised the actress’ appearance in the new movie. But taking to twitter on Tuesday, the actress hit back, telling the trolls they could ‘blow us’.
Carrie Fisher has hit back at internet trolls who criticised her appearance.
‘Please stop debating about whether OR not I aged well. Unfortunately it hurts all 3 of my feelings. My BODY hasn’t aged as well as I have. Blow us,’ Fisher tweeted. The actress then went on to retweet some positive and negative comments she had received about her appearance in the film.
In its second week at the box office, ‘The Force Awakens’ is showing no signs of waning.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens was still pulling in big audiences at theatres over the Christmas weekend and has now passed the $1 billion mark at the global box office. The film is now the fastest ever to reach $1 billion worldwide, doing so in just 12 days.
Daisy Ridley as Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Previous record holder Jurassic World took 13 days to reach $1 billion globally when it smashed records earlier this year. In the US, The Force Awakens racked up $153.5 million at the festive box office, bringing its US total so far to over $544.5 million.
Continue reading: 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Becomes Fastest Movie To Hit $1 Billion
It was a predictably out of this world opening weekend for ‘The Force Awakens’, but the film has just missed out on breaking the world record.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens has just missed out on setting the world record for a box-office opening by $7.9 million, according to early estimates. Although the film smashed records around the globe it’s $517m worldwide box office gross puts it second to Jurassic World’s $524.9m record, achieved earlier this year.
Harrison Ford returns as Han Solo in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
The Force Awakens suffered a disadvantage as studio Disney had failed to score a timely release for the film in China. Back in June, Jurassic World arrived on US and Chinese screens over the same weekend, bringing up it’s opening weekend gross.
Appealing both to a new generation of viewers and fans of the series since the beginning, this 30-years-later sequel to 1983's Return of the Jedi is a thrilling adventure. Filmmaker J.J. Abrams has managed to capture the tone of the original trilogy while telling a story about young, vibrant new characters whose connection to the overall saga deepens intriguingly as events unfurl.
Over the past three decades, the Empire has regrouped, forming the First Order to crush the Old Republic for good. And the plucky Rebellion hasn't offered much resistance since leader Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) disappeared. The Empire's top henchman Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) is searching for him just as diligently as the rebel leader General Leia (Carrie Fisher). But the real action is happening out of their grasp, as disaffected storm trooper Finn (John Boyega) teams up with rebel pilot Poe (Oscar Isaac) and then feisty scavenger Rey (Daisy Ridley) and expressive droid BB-8. Along the way, Han Solo and Chewbacca (Harrison Ford and Peter Mayhew) find themselves back in the fray. And everyone is startled when there's a strong stirring in the force.
Abrams beautifully recreates the scruffy, clanky mechanical atmosphere of the original trilogy, infusing scenes with witty banter and John William's soaring score to throw us right back into that familiar galaxy. This includes the saga's main themes: the temptation of power, how true heroism is often accidental, and the tension between parents and children. Combine this with a plot that propels itself with a series of unexpected adventures and battles, all centred on the characters, and the film taps strongly into the teen in all of us.
Continue reading: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens Review
Carrie Fisher talks about some of the joys of returning to a film franchise such as Star Wars. Having her daughter on set playing a small role was one of many little things that made it special. In the years between last being seen in Star Wars and her new role as a General, Carrie explains that Leia was a constant in her life - she feels like she's her custodian so she always "tries to keep her fit and ready for action!"
Continue reading: Carrie Fisher - Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens Interview
It’s been nearly 40 years since Fisher first played Leia in the 'Star Wars' franchise.
With the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens just weeks away, Carrie Fisher, aka Princess Leia, is getting reflective on her character’s history and how much things have changed since she first appeared on screen in 1977. But while Fisher might not agree with Leia ‘slave’ action figures being banned, she does admit that at times her character was too much of a damsel in distress in the original trilogy.
Carrie Fisher in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
“I would have liked that lightsaber moment, very much yes. But there was no precedent (at the time),” Fisher told the New York Daily News when asked about Leia’s lack of heroic moment in the original films.
Fisher plays Princess Leia once again in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens', but she told Good Housekeeping that her role was dependent on her losing weight.
Carrie Fisher, who came to international fame when she played Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy, says that she was pressured into losing over 35 lbs in order to reprise her role in The Force Awakens.
The 59 year old star criticised the producers behind the new movie, which comes out in just over a fortnight, but said that very little has changed since she first started out in the industry 38 years ago.
“They don't want to hire all of me – only about three-quarters!” she told UK magazine Good Housekeeping. “Nothing changes, it's an appearance-driven thing. I'm in a business where the only thing that matters is weight and appearance. That is so messed up. They might as well say get younger, because that's how easy it is.”
The director has discussed the criticism the film has received for casting Boyega as a Stormtrooper.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens director Jj Abrams stopped by ‘The Howard Stern Show’ on Monday to talk about the much anticipated sequel. Speaking to the shock-jock, Abrams discussed criticisms over the casting of black actor John Boyega as a Stormtrooper, while also revealing why fans haven't seen Luke Skywalker in any of the film’s trailers yet.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens director JJ Abrams.
Discussing those who have criticised the film for casting Boyega as a black stormtrooper, Abrams said: 'All I know is John Boyega is extraordinary in the new movie. I think the people who are complaining about that probably have bigger problems than there's a black stormtrooper.’
After the victory of the Rebel Alliance over the Galactic Empire and subsequent demolition of The Death Star, you'd imaging life in a certain galaxy would be a little more subdued, but as we soon learn, life for Princess Leia, Luke and Hans wasn't exactly easy following their small yet essential victory.
30 years on and to most citizens - humanoid and alien - the stories of evil Lord Darth Vader and the Jedi Masters are just a legend, a story they tell their children that starts with the well-known overture: 'A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away'. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the seventh film in the Star Wars series and is an additional story to the original Star Wars outline.
The film follows a set of new characters as they join the battle and fight the evil forces once again threatening to destroy their galaxy. The Force Awakens was directed by Jj Abrams and sees a number of cast favourites return to the story including Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher.
Josh Trank will no longer be directing the 'Star Wars' spin-off film.
Director Josh Trank has announced his departure from a standalone Star Wars project. The Chronicle director was supposed to direct a spin-off film, similar to Star Wars: Rogue One which is currently being developed by Gareth Edwards. Trank, who has also directed the upcoming Fantastic Four remake, announced he was leaving the Star Wars project on Friday (1st May) via the film franchise's website.
The upcoming Star Wars film, The Force Awakens, is due to be released in December.
Continue reading: Director Josh Trank Leaves 'Star Wars' Spin-off, Citing Personal Reasons
It doesn't tell us much, but here's your first taster of 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'.
It's finally here! The teaser trailer you've all been waiting for: 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens', and while it's not really giving anything away, it looks pretty intense. Vehicles have updated, the stormtroopers are looking shinier and R2D2 appears to have evolved.
Star Wars returns in December 2015
Since George Lucas announced his retirement from the franchise, there's been all sorts of speculation about what differences could be expected from an updated sequel: though it's difficult to tell from the less than one and a half minute trailer. Everyone seems to be in a rush (especially, in a comical fashion, R2D2) and there's some brand new faces, who all look a little nervous as a voiceover booms out: 'There has been an awakening. Have you felt it? The dark side and the light.'
The actress is remembered for her remarkable presence, charm and humanitarian work.
Finally, after decades of success in the industry, Debbie Reynolds will get recognized by the Screen Actors Guild for her contributions to the business. Reynolds (82) will receive a Lifetime Achievement honour at next year’s ceremony in January. The award is meant to recognize Reynolds’ success as an actor, singer and dancer, as well as her numerous humanitarian efforts. The latter include The Thalians, an organization she helped found in 1955 to fight the stigma of mental illness in children and adults.
Reynolds has more than six decades of work in the industry under her belt.
Her acting work includes starring roles opposite many of Hollywood’s best known leading men – Reynolds held her own. She held her own while sharing the screen with a lineup of 50s and 60s stars, including Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Tony Curtis and Fred Astaire.
Will Star Wars fare better or worse under Rian Johnson? Let's check his credentials.
Now that director Rian Johnson has officially been named as Disney’s Star Wars: Episode VIII writer and director of choice, let’s take a look at his sci-fi and fantasy credentials. Johnson, 40, first came to prominence with 2005’s Brick, on which he also took writing and directorial duties, as well as 2008’s The Brothers Bloom. His big break came with the well-received 2012 sci-fi action flick Looper, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis. Looper told the story of a hired gun in the future, who travels through time to kill potential threats in the past.
The transition to Disney management has been rough for the Star Wars franchise.
The Star Wars contract is by far the biggest project of Johnson’s career so far, but the choice doesn’t really come as a surprise, given the amount of young talent involved in the new trilogy so far.
Decades later, the old guard are looking melted
It might be age, it might be the strong Abu Dhabi sun, but Carrie Fisher thinks her old Star Wars cohorts are looking melted. Still, she was quick to point out how happy she was that they were all back together again as filming continues for J.J. Abrams’ hugely anticipated reboot.
“We all look a little melted. It’s good to see other melted people,’ she said. “And it is good to have us all in a room because it’s unique. I mean, I don’t suppose they have reunions for the Gone With The Wind gang.”
The Star Wars Episode VII reunion pleases Princes Leia
Carrie Fisher is one of the old guard returning to Star Wars for J.J. Abram’s Episode VII, and she’s spoken of her delight at the gang getting back together, claiming that every old movie should be subject to a reunion or two.
Carrie Fisher is happy to be with the old gang again
Fisher told Wenn that she plans to get Leia "right this time" when she reprises the character that made her famous. "I looked a little pretentious faking the accent," she decided, according to The Guardian.
Carrie Fisher had to lose 35 pounds (2.5 stone) for her reprisal role in 'Star Wars Episode VII'. The 57-year-old actress appeared at an event to honour her mother, Debbie Reynolds, on Wednesday (14th May) and revealed the 'Star Wars' producers hired her “minus 35 pounds”.
Carrie Fisher was asked to lose 35 pounds, approximately 2.5 stone, for her upcoming role in Star Wars VII. The actress best known for her iconic role as Princess Leia revealed whilst attending an event in honour of her mother, Singing in the Rain actress Debbie Reynolds.
Carrie Fisher with her mother Debbie Reynolds at the 'Debbie Reynolds - Auction Finale' on Wednesday.
Is 'Star Wars Episode 7' called 'The Ancient Fear'?
Harry Knowles, the reliable and respected movie man at Ain't It Cool News, is quoting a source as saying Jj Abrams' new Star Wars movie is titled The Ancient Fear. Harry says his insider told him back in January that the movie would shoot in Dubai - which was accurate - and that when he took the title speculation to JJ himself, he didn't respond. Suspicious.
The Star Wars Episode 7 Script Read-Through
Knowles says that after following up the speculation with other sources, a guy close to the production claimed that the "working title" for the movie was The Ancient Fear. He also stated, "it refers to Max Von Sydow's villain who makes Pazuzu look like a pussy!"
The force was strong with the world of showbiz this week as 'Mean Girls' turned ten and 'The Other Woman' bodyslammed 'Captain America 2' at the box office.
'Star Wars VII': "Raahhgh uughguughhaahnr wrrhwrwwh!" - that's Wookiee for "That new Star Wars cast is dope, yo!" Star Wars fans of all ages were given a shot of sweaty-palmed anticipation this week when the cast of JJ Abrams upcoming Star Wars sequel, Episode VII, was announced. Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and other original cast members will be joining a host of new faces, including Domhnall Gleeson, Max Von Sydow and Andy Serkis. See the photo of the new cast and find out more here.
Clooney Bagged: The air was filled with yells of envy this week as it was announced that actor George Clooney has become engaged to Amal Alamuddin after just a few months of dating. You'd be forgiven for being sceptical towards perpetual bachelor Cloonz's happy news but this time it's different. Find out how Clooney's family reacted. Amal isn't just another attention-craving bimbo: she's an accomplished human rights lawyer with unnaturally lustrous hair. For more info, check out our profile on Amal, AKA the one Clooney wouldn't let get away.
It's official: the original cast will be back for Episode VII, along with high-profile newcomers. Sundance London and Tribeca premiere movies for Ryan Reynolds, Keira Knightley, Michael B Jordan, Emma Watson and more. Neighbors premieres in Los Angeles. And new trailers promise emotion, comedy and embarrassment...
Of course the biggest movie news this week was the official announcement that Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher will be back for Star Wars Episode VII, along with the performers behind C-3PO, R2-D2 and Chewbacca. Newcomers to the saga include Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, John Boyega, Andy Serkis, Max Von Sydow and Daisy Ridley. JJ Abrams starts filming this month in London. For all the cast info and to see the, now infamous, first cast reading photo for Star Wars Episode VII click here.
This past week in London, the Sundance London Film and Music Festival took place with a flurry of filmmakers and stars attending, including Ryan Reynolds and Gemma Arterton, who were on hand to present their offbeat serial killer black comedy The Voices. Browse our arrivals gallery for 'The Voices' screening at Sundance London.
Filming is due to get underway with the first of the new trilogy, and so far we don't really have much of a clue as to what's going on.
Star Wars: Episode 7, is a phrase that either strike fear into the hearts of Star Wars fans the world over, or instil a sense of reluctant optimism in others. No matter how you feel about the rebooting of George Lucas' genre-defining sci-fi series, it is happening and there is nothing we can do about it. What we can do though is mull over every little rumor and tidbit that Disney have managed to let sneak on to the internet, and try to understand exactly where the movie's makers are in the filmmaking process.
Lucas is handing the baton over to Abrams
We do have some concrete facts about the movie so far; that Jj Abrams is directing it, or at least we're pretty sure that he still is anyway. During the summer there were rumors that the Lost creator was on the verge of stepping down from the project amidst creative differences with Disney. Having initially declined the invitation to direct the next instalment of the Star Wars franchise, his commitment to the project had always seemed somewhat in doubt, but as the months have gone by it does look as though he is committed to the job. Abrams is a pretty competent director and his involvement in the project is a promising one, providing that he doesn't go overboard with the lens flare like he did on Star Trek.
Continue reading: What Do We Know About 'Star Wars: Episode 7' So Far?
Will Kristen be jealous? Robert Pattinson goes through awkward kissing scene with Mia Wasikowska for Cronenberg's 'Maps To The Stars'.
The 'Twilight' star is in the front of the limousine for once as he takes on the role of driver and aspiring actor Jerome in the new drama. As well as starring alongside Mia, who plays feisty pyromaniac Agatha Weiss, Pattinson will also appear alongside John Cusack, Julianne Moore and Carrie Fisher.
Getting the hang of cruising in a limo is one thing, but what Robert finds most difficult to get his head round is the romantic scenes, which he has previously admitted is 'awkward'.
Williams will be part of a returning force from the original movies that includes Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher.
Last Saturday (27 July), John Williams became the latest name to be tied down to the upcoming re-boot of the beloved Star Wars franchise. The composer, who has written the score for all six of the movies so far, was confirmed as a contributor by Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy during a Star Wars fan convention in Essen, Germany, with an interview with Williams emerging online soon after on the oficial Star Wars YouTube page.
John Williams, here with Samanta Wimslow, will compose the next Star Wars film
The film's confirmed director Jj Abrams had already indicated earlier this year that he hoped to have Williams return for the latest reboot of the franchise, which is expected to arrive in cinemas by summer 2015, and now with the weekend's announcement it looks as though Abrams' first wish as director has become reality.
Continue reading: John Williams Confirms His Place On Upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII
The legendary composer will once again be on hand to provide the score for the next Star Wars film. Whilst in Germany, fans of the series were given their first look at the upcoming Star Wars Rebels series
There is still an air of apprehension surrounding the planned re-boot of the Star Wars franchise - which is now owned by Disney - however a recent interview with the great John Williams has given fans something to be a little less cautious about, as he has signed on to score the soundtrack for the seventh instalment of the sci-fi movie series. In a video interview posted on to the official Star Wars YouTube page on Saturday (July 27), the composer pledged his commitment to the franchise for at least one more film, as he also detailed his own love of George Lucas' beloved sci-fi epic.
Williams, pictured with Samanta Winslow, will be back to compose the score for the new Star Wars
The five-time Oscar winner, who won one of his golden statuettes in 1977 for his work on A New Hope, the first movie released from the series, said that he is working on the score for the upcoming film as he plans on maintaining his healthy relationship with the long-running series. Williams is the latest returnee slated to feature as part of JJ Abram's upcoming reboot, with original stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) and Harrison Ford (Han Solo) all rumoured to be returning to the franchise. The Empire Strikes Back writer Lawrence Kasdan has also been announced as a returnee, taking on the role of creative consultant for the film, with Lucas himself said to be involved in the filming to ensure it adheres to his own vision of the galxay far, far away. Williams and his other returnees will be working on a script that is being penned by Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine, Toy Story 3), with the film expected for a summer 2015 release.
Mellody Hobson sits on the board on some of the world's biggest companies.
Mellody Hobson has married her long-time partner - Star Wars director George Lucas - at Skywalker Ranch in Marin County. The ceremony went ahead on Saturday afternoon (June 29, 2013), with former New Jersey Senator Bill Bradley giving away the bride and George's son Jett serving as the best man. The director and producer's daughters Amanda and Katie served as bridesmaids, according to the movie mogul's spokesperson.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison played live at the reception, with the soulful Janelle Monae also playing a set. Steven Spielberg was also in attendance and director Francis Ford Coppola read a poem by Maya Angelou. That's some guest-list.
Lucas became engaged to DreamWorks Animation chair Hobson, 43, in January. She is also head of the Chicago-based investment management firm Ariel Investments and chairman of Ariel Mutual Funds. Oh, and she's a director at Estee Lauder, Groupon and Starbucks as well as a regular contributor at CBS - in other words, she's a big player. A huge player. It will be her first marriage, though the second for Lucas, 68.
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It all went wrong for this award show; lucky it wasn't The Oscars
Live award shows are about meticulous planning, logistics and practice, but you can’t legislate for individual mistakes. Unfortunately, there were too many individual mistakes to count, culminating in a car crash of an award show, which, in turn, made for pretty funny viewing.
We had Carrie Fisher talking openly about drugs – a bit too openly for some of the audience, award givers reading telecast prompts like “Wrap it up!” instead of actually wrapping it up, and Robin Meade performing a song in an evening gown while barefoot because of an advert break that was too short. It was, all in all, YouTube fodder gold, and we loved it for that. “Hi, I’m Carrie, I’m an alcoholic. And a drug addict,” explained Fisher before announcing the winner of best animated series. “Our nominees take us into worlds we have never seen before,” she said. “Unless, like Ozzy and myself, you have taken acid. We have the same dealer, in which case this category doesn’t apply to you. Our nominees have not taken acid, at least not with me, which really is the only way to do it, as most of you know,” she said and then nodded at the still-seated Lucas, “Right, George?” There sure were some awkward looks for that one.
Akin to the night itself, this piece has focussed on the technical gaffes and not the actual winners, so here they are. “Days of Our Lives,” grabbed the big one: Best Drama, while “CBS News Sunday Morning,” won Best Morning Show, beating “Good Morning America” and “Today.” “Dr. Oz” won in the information talk show category and Doug Davidson won for Best Actor on “The Young and the Restless."
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Is Carrie Fisher acting the practical joker again?
Carrie Fisher says she is squeezing back into her Princess Leia bikini for the J.J. Abrams helmed Star Wars Episode 7, revealing at a Canadian comic convention that Disney were helping her get back into shape for the role. "I'm glad they are doing a new movie because they are sending a trainer to my house so I can get in really good shape. So I'm really eating a lot of sugar in advance, as you can see. By the time I really get down to it I will have eaten everything," she said.
Fisher is known for her sense of humor and it's likely she was talking tongue in cheek, though it has only served to intensify speculation of her return to the franchise. It is known that Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford are in talks to make an appearance in Episode 7. Speaking at the convention, Carrie revealed how director George Lucas banned her from wearing underwear in the first Star Wars movie, "George did not let me wear a bra in the movie," she said, "They used masking tape - except for one scene when Mark arrives and R2 is blown up and we run under the ship. Please look closely at what's happening as I run toward the arriving mark."
Fisher first spoke of returning to the franchise in March. The new movie, one of several planned by Disney, is set to be released in 2015.
Star Wars Celebration is a weekend fan festival that brings fans and families together, from all points of the globe, to celebrate the pop-culture phenomenon that is Star Wars. From its young fans of Star Wars: The Clone Wars to die-hards fueled by the nostalgia for the original Star Wars trilogy; curious, casual followers; gamers, readers, costumers or collectors - there's something for everyone at festival. This July, Star Wars Celebration will come to Essen Germany and promises to deliver a landmark experience where memories are made, families brought together, old friends reunited and new friendships formed - all in the setting of the ever-evolving Star Wars universe.
The original princess with an attitude, Carrie Fisher, is confirmed to appear at Star Wars Celebration Europe this July 26-28 in Essen, Germany. Princess Leia Organa in the original Star Wars trilogy, Fisher will be greeting fans and signing autographs in the Celebration Autograph Hall. In addition, she is scheduled to appear on the main Celebration stage for an interview and question and answer session with celebrity host, Warwick Davis where fans will enjoy entertaining straight talk on a wide number of topics.
"I'm always excited to do anything that has to do with Star Wars. It's an opportunity to travel with my metal bikini and not take the opportunity to wear my metal bikini. Especially for Germans, the last group of people I'd want to offend, metal-bikini-wise," said Carrie Fisher.
Anthony Daniels, the actor behind C-3PO, the golden protocol droid that was a central character in all six Star Wars movies, is scheduled to attend Star Wars Celebration Europe July 26-28 in Essen, Germany. Daniels will be attending the weekend fan festival to sign autographs and meet fans in the Celebration Autograph Hall as well as appear on the main Celebration Stage for an interview with Warwick Davis.
The planned sequel to the original Star Wars trilogy might see a reunion of the original cast.
You know how everyone freaked out over Disney buying out Lucasfilm last year?
Well, it turns out that might have been a really good turn for the Franchise. And you know what franchise we’re talking about here. It turns out that for the eagerly anticipated seventh Star Wars film, we might see a reunion of the Golden Trio! That’s right – Han, Luke and Leia (also known as Harrison Ford, Mark Hammil and Carrie Fisher, but who even calls them that?) have been linked to the project ever since before the Disney buyout. None of the stars have denied potentially starring in a Star Wars flick for the first time since Return of the Jedi, and in fact, both Ford and Hammil have expressed their willingness to join in, if they were ever invited back. Fisher has also talked about returning as Leia in an interview, but the statement was later presented as a joke by the actress’ representative.
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Star was "only joking" according to rep
Those getting excited about the thought of Carrie Fisher returning to her role as Princes Leia in the new Walt Disney Star Wars trilogy just hold onto your horses; according to her rep she was ‘only joking’ when she told the press that she was definitely coming back to her celebrated role.
It certainly seems odd, given that the actress offered a seemingly certain “yes” to Palm Beach Illustrated when asked if she would be coming back for the new Star Wars, that her rep has now told CNN that it was a lie. Nevertheless, "She was joking," they said about the star's comment. "Nothing has been announced."
This terse statement is somewhat at odds with the apparently breezy mood Fisher was in when talking to Palm Beach. Asked on what Leia would be like these days, the actress replied “She’s in an intergalactic old folks’ home,” going on to joke “I just think she would be just like she was before, only slower and less inclined to be up for the big battle.”
Carrie Fisher says she will appear in Star Wars Episode 7.
Carrie Fisher has confirmed she will reprise her role as Princess Leia in Disney's new Star Wars movie, Episode 7. When asked by Palm Beach Illustrated whether she had signed on for J.J. Abrams' new movie, Fisher responded with a simple and definitive "Yes."
Abrams is understood to want Fisher, Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill to play older versions of their original characters, and when asked what Princess Leia would be like today, Fisher joked, "Elderly. She's in an intergalactic old folks' home. I just think she would be just like she was before, only slower and less inclined to be up for the big battle." Known for her dry sense of humour, it's possible Fisher could be winding everyone up on her involvement in the movie, though it's unlikely she would give such confirmation without having any intention of appearing.
Mark Hamill - Luke Skywalker himself - recently revealed he and the other original actors are in talks to return to Star Wars, while Harrison Ford is reported to have already signed a contract.
Carrie Fisher taken to hospital for treatment following bipolar scare on board a Caribbean cruise during the week.
Carrie Fisher gave a memorable performance on board a Caribbean cruise ship earlier this week for all the wrong reasons, with the actress exhibiting very strange behaviour throughout her act. Now the Star Wars legend is said to be in hospital receiving treatment for her bipolar disorder that is believed to be at the root of the sea-bound fiasco.
According to TMZ, a rep for the actress attributed the whole ordeal to Ms Fisher's ongoing battle with the mental disorder after a video of her appearance surfaced online. In the video Fisher is seen performing some off key songs on board the Holland America Eurodam in the Caribbean, with her dog also making an unscheduled performance too, pooping and peeing all over the floor.
The movie world is on tenterhooks waiting for some kind of official confirmation that Harrison Ford will be returning to the Star Wars franchise as Han Solo. All signs seem to suggest that the rumors are true, but so far, all we have to go on is Fox Latino’s scoop, reported by El Mayimbe (Umberto Gonzalez). He’s insistent that his sources are rock solid but many Star Wars fans will be waiting for an official nod before they truly start to celebrate the news.
“Harrison Ford will reprise his role as Han Solo in the upcoming Star Wars movies. The deal is done. It's huge." That was Umberto’s take on the situation and nobody’s spoken out to deny it, so we’re assuming it’s true… but no one’s counting their chickens just yet. Roger Friedman of 411.com has gone one step further to suggest that not only will Harrison Ford be reprising his iconic role as Han Solo, but Carrie Fisher and Mark Hammill will also show their faces in the new Jj Abrams-directed episode of the Star Wars franchise. Friedman apparently learnt the news some time ago and claimed to know some vague plot details, explaining “It's some time in the future. Han, Princess Leia (presumably with a better hairstyle) and Luke Skywalker will be a lot older. Their children will be the new main characters. R2D2 and C-3PO will be unchanged.”
No official confirmation just yet, but it looks as though Ford may now be feeling grateful that he was unsuccessful in pushing to get Han Solo killed off in Return of the Jedi.
Han Solo was one sexy guy back in the day, hoo boy. The wild man of Star Wars, the outsider, the man who didn’t care, did he set our hearts a-throbbing at Contact towers. He was of course played by Harrison Ford, a man who on occasion looks like he was hewn from the ground itself, and – as time tends to dictate – Harrison’s aged somewhat since playing the bad ass role back in the late 70s and early 80s.
Yet with the news that Star Wars is returning for another three films in the near future, thanks to a deal between George Lucas and Disney, fans are suddenly questioning whether this means that all the original characters are coming back. Like Ford, the ravages of time have caught up with all of them, yet apparently they might still be keen to reprise the likes of Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia. A source who is apparently close to the actor told Entertainment Weekly that “Harrison is open to the idea of doing the movie and he’s upbeat about it, all three of them are.” By which they mean Mark Hammill back as Luke and Carrie Fisher back as Leia.
If they did come back it suggests they’d be playing some sort of parenting role to what would hopefully be the new main characters in the films. In the UK Justin Lee Collins once tried to get all the Stars Wars gang back together; what at the time looked to be a low point in his career can be viewed in hindsight as glory days indeed, in light of his behaviour this year. The silly oaf.
Yes, the "MILF" craze has gotten so popular that even big stars (or at least people that used to be big stars) will show up for a MILF-oriented sex comedy.
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1) The music is great, coming from a legendary line-up of soul and blues artists: James Brown, Aretha Franklin, John Lee Hooker, Cab Calloway, and Ray Charles, whose performance of "Shake a Tail Feather" will get you dancing with the horde of extras onscreen.
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Lisa Picard is a struggling New York actress who has had her 15 minutes and just doesn't realize it yet. She starred in a rather carnal breakfast-in-bed commercial for Wheat Chex that made her notorious and got her fired from her steady job playing "Sally Starfish" in a production that tours elementary schools.
"If the director's cut could be seen, this would be a non-issue," she grouses in "Lisa Picard Is Famous" -- an inept documentary by an under-prepared filmmaker who has decided this starlet is on the verge of being discovered and he's determined to capture the moment when it happens.
In actuality, "Lisa Picard Is Famous" is a mock documentary by actor-director Griffin Dunne ("Practical Magic," "Addicted to Love") -- and a whimsically sardonic concept that just doesn't quite congeal because the movie is more uncomfortable than it is funny.
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Somewhere out there in the cinematic ether there's an elusive line between lewdly moronic raunch comedies like "Tomcats" or "Freddy Got Fingered" and sophomoric, low-brow sex and gross-out romps that can make even intellectual types laugh until $3 concession Coca-Cola comes out of their noses.
I don't know where that line is exactly. All I know is that "Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back" is hilarious.
The latest low-budget, high-dialogue laffer from Kevin Smith -- writer-director of "Clerks," "Mallrats," "Chasing Amy" and "Dogma" -- this film puts his perennial cameo characters front and center for a combination road-trip/ruthless Hollywood satire that is so blanketed with ribald raillery it feels like machine-gun fire hitting your funny bone.
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