Fact: Star Wars superfans can live out their dream of grabbing a drink at the Mos Eisley Cantina when a pop-up recreating the iconic venue goes up in Hollywood. The creators behind The Scrum & Villainy Cantina describe the replica as a "two-hour, immersive experience". It is unclear when the cantina will open.
Quote: "I do have his number in my cell phone, I do... It'll probably go to voicemail 'cause he'd be like, 'Argh, this kid...!' I do send him selfies, once in a while." Star Wars newcomer John Boyega is thrilled to have original franchise lead Harrison Ford's phone number after working together on new sequel The Force Awakens.
Quote: "I got in character and I've never gotten out again...! There are people who say this, 'Princess Leia!', like I'm supposed to go, 'Yes...?' I try not to respond as an adult." Original Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher has never been able to escape her breakout role in the sci-fi franchise.
Quote: "It's been great having someone who's had so much experience to try and like, talk me through this whole thing that's going on right now... It's so weird, it's so strange." Hollywood newcomer John Boyega is grateful to have the support of Robert Downey, Jr. to turn to for advice as he prepares to shoot to superstardom with his new role as leading man Finn in Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens.
Fact: A terminally-ill Star Wars fan has been treated to an advance preview of the upcoming instalment The Force Awakens following a social media campaign backed by actors Mark Hamill and John Boyega. Daniel Fleetwood, who has been given months to live in his battle with cancer, watched the film on Thursday (05Nov15) following a surprise call from director J.J. Abrams. The sci-fi movie is released next month (Dec15).
Fact: Star Wars fans in the U.K. will be able to see the latest installment STAR WARS: EPISODE VII - THE FORCE AWAKENS a day earlier than those in the U.S. as the cinema release has been pushed forward to 17 December (15). The U.S. release remains set for 18 December (15).
Fact: The astronauts aboard the International Space Station celebrated Star Wars Day on Monday (04May15) by screening the 1977 Star Wars blockbuster.
Quote: "I know you have incredible bounce back, please take a bounce break for awhile. Can I drive next time?" Harrison Ford's Star Wars co-star Carrie Fisher send her support via People.com after her pal crashed his vintage plane in California on Thursday (05Mar15). Ford remains hospitalised after undergoing surgery for a broken pelvis and ankle, but he is expected to make a full recovery.
Quote: "The only thing I really regret about Star Wars is the fact I never got to see it. I never got to be blown out of my seat when the ship came over the screen. The next one, I'll be able to enjoy it like anybody else." Star Wars director George Lucas looks forward to watching Star Wars: Episode Vii - The Force Awakens with fresh eyes, as it is the first installment in the sci-fi series which he has not helmed.
Fact: Rapper 50 Cent is helping to get Star Wars fans ready for the highly-anticipated release of The Force Awakens by unveiling his latest line of officially licensed headphones. Executives at the hip-hop superstar's SMS Audio firm will make the second edition of the Star Wars: Street By 50 line available for fans in May (15). The audio equipment retails at $199 (£124). Star Wars: The Force Awakens is due to hit movie theatres in December (15).
Fact: The new Star Wars movie will be called Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Fact: The winner of the Star Wars global charity raffle has been announced. DC Barns from Denver, Colorado has landed a cameo role in Star Wars: Episode Vii thanks to a competition launched by the film's director J.J. Abrams. Fans donated $10 (£5.80) to Abrams' Force for Change campaign, which raises money for United Nations Children's Fund's (Unicef), to be in the running for the coveted role. Barns will be flown to London to shoot his part.
Fact: Director J.J. Abrams is bolstering the big prize for an ongoing Unicef Star Wars competition by offering the lucky winner a private advance screening of his highly-anticipated Star Wars: Episode Vii for 20 people, in addition to the chance to land a cameo in the sci-fi sequel. The Omaze.com contest ends this week (begs21Jul14) and benefits Unicef's Innovation Labs, which works to help the world's most vulnerable children.
Quote: "I was cast two weeks ago. I'm glad it's out." Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o is relieved she no longer has to keep her role in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode Vii a secret following producers' casting announcement on Monday (02Jun14). She joins Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac and Andy Serkis and original franchise stars Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford in the new sequel, which began shooting in the U.K. on 16 May (14).
Tweet: "Uk table read - I was knocked out by the diverse & extraordinarily talented new cast members. Wow they're good! The saga is in superb hands." Mark Hammill is impressed by the plot and cast of Star Wars: Episode Vii. The original Luke Skywalker will reprise his freedom fighter character in the film, alongside Star Wars originals Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher. The trio will be joined by Adam Driver, John Boyega, newcomer Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis and Domhnall Gleeson, among others.
Fact: Animated Star Wars spin-off The Clone Wars has been given a new lease of life for a sixth and final series. The popular show was axed by Tv chiefs last year (13) after five seasons, but creators at Lucasfilm have landed a new deal with online service Netflix to stream 13 new episodes, titled The Lost Missions, next month (Mar14).
Fact: Star Wars creator George Lucas was joined by Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Thursday (16Jan14) as he opened a new visual effects and animation centre in the Southeast Asian country. The pair took a tour of the new Lucasfilm facility with company president Kathleen Kennedy and chatted to staff members during the event.
Fact: Bosses behind the new Star Wars films sent fans into a spin on Monday (02Dec13) by launching an official Instagram.com page. The first image posted was a 'selfie' taken by the franchise's super-villain, Darth Vader.
Fact: Star Wars fans' favourite R2-D2 has become the first classic character to be confirmed for Jj Abrams' franchise revival. The robot has appeared in all six of the Star Wars films and will return in the seventh installment, due to arrive in 2015.
Fact: Star Wars fans have been given a Christmas gift from the future from Disney film executives - the seventh installment of the sci-fi blockbuster franchise will hit cinemas on 18 December, 2015. Disney took over the film series from George Lucas' LucasFilm last year (12).
Fact: The puppeteer behind Star Wars villain Jabba The Hutt has left the movie business to become a librarian. Toby Philpott, who worked the slug-like alien on Return of the Jedi, now works in Cardiff Central Library in Wales.
Fact: Star Wars droid R2-D2 makes a brief appearance in the new Star Trek film Into Darkness. Director J.J. Abrams has also taken charge of the upcoming Star Wars: Episode Vii movie.
Fact: The next three Star Wars films will be released as summer blockbusters every other year from 2015. Disney bosses unveiled their plans for the new acquired trilogy of sci-fi epics at the CinemaCon convention in Las Vegas on Wednesday (17Apr13) and revealed Star Wars spin-off movies will be released in between episodes Vii, ViiI and Ix.
Fact: Veteran Star Wars actor Billy Dee Williams was involved in a minor car accident in Los Angeles on Tuesday (16Apr13) after backing into another vehicle while exiting a parking lot, reports Tmz.com.
Quote: "They have a hundred encyclopedias and things, but I actually know a lot. I can say, 'This is this and this is that.' I don't really have much to do." George Lucas plays down his role as creative consultant for Disney's new Star Wars blockbuster. The movie mogul sold his production company to the media giant for $4.05 billion.
Fact: Harrison Ford has entered his seventies with a new shorn look - the Star Wars star has gone bald. The ageing movie hunk, who turned 70 on 13 July (12), was spotted at Lax airport in Los Angeles with his wife Calista Flockhart at the weekend (21-22Jul12) sporting a new buzz cut.
Fact: Star Wars creator George Lucas, former U.S. President Bill Clinton, rapper will.i.am and comedian Jon Stewart are among the stars who have filmed a video tribute to late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs to honour the tech guru at the upcoming Webby Awards. The clip will be played during the ceremony in New York on 21 May (12).
Fact: British royal Prince Edward was in New York on Tuesday night (24Apr12) to host a fundraiser with Star Wars mogul George Lucas for Films Without Borders, a non-profit organisation set up to help young wannabe filmmakers break into the industry.
Tweet: "Rip Ralph MCQuarrie, an extraordinary artist whose work fueled my dreams, fantasies and imagination. His paintings will live forever." Star Trek actor Simon Pegg pays tribute to the late illustrator who helped George Lucas bring his Star Wars vision to the big screen. MCQuarrie died on Saturday (03Mar12).
Quote: "I keep telling everyone I'm sort of retiring, but I'm really going back to where I started, which is sort of more avant-garde filmmaking. I've made enough money so I can finance it all myself. I don't have to worry or answer to anybody and I can just do whatever I want." Star Wars creator George Lucas plays down reports he's quitting Hollywood for good.
Quote: "Why would I tell all this other humiliating stuff and not say if I had a facelift?" Former Star Wars beauty Carrie Fisher dismisses rumours she's recently gone under the knife to maintain her looks.
Quote: "With Sting, I had to keep calling him 'f**king coconut head' and I felt so bad about it that I apologised after every scene." Star Wars actor Warwick Davis felt awful about insulting Sting in Ricky Gervais' new sitcom Life's Too Short.
Quote: "Star Trek had relationships and conflict among the relationships and stories that involved humanity and philosophical questions. Star Wars was special effects, was Ilm (visual-effects company Industrial Light & Magic) at its best... God knows what those actors looked like in reality with all those special effects... There's no telling what Ilm did for those faces and hairdos. They may have walked around with nothing on." Star Trek actor William Shatner takes aim at rival sci-fi franchise Star Wars.
Fact: Ewan McGregor showed off his Star Wars expertise on U.K. TV on Friday (01Jul11) as he skillfully twirled a toy lightsaber on The Graham Norton Show. The actor admitted he had "spent months" learning to handle the prop while playing Obi-Wan Kenobi in the sci-fi franchise.
Quote: "It's funny. It also has a reassuring, flattering quality. Otherwise if I thought of myself as some incredibly serious artist this would be in my way. What are they going to come up with next? Last night someone informed me that I am a slot machine. So you just kind of roll with it." Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher laughs off the bizarre items made in her likeness as a pop culture icon.
Fact: Snoop Dogg, Noel Gallagher, David Beckham and Ian Brown are all set to appear in a new Star Wars-themed commercial for sportswear label Adidas. The celebrities will recreate a famous scene from Star Wars Episode IV. In the clip, which is to be launched during England's World Cup soccer game against the U.S.A. next Saturday (12Jun10), Snoop Dogg can be seen waving Luke Skywalker's lightsaber.
Quote: "I've spent a great many years being deeply, deeply in love with Princess Leia. There's still a part of my heart that is quite deeply in love with her, both as a character and an actress!" Star Wars actor Ewan McGregor has always been fond of Carrie Fisher's princess.
Quote: "I quite enjoy watching it. People give it a bad rap (reputation) here but it's great." Star Wars actor Ewan McGregor is strangely fascinated by the curling events at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada.
Fact: Snoop Dogg went over to the Dark Side on Thursday (04Feb10) as he launched his new shoe collection inspired by George Lucas' Star Wars films. The rapper showed up with Darth Vader and a team of Stormtroopers to unveil his Adidas Originals X Star Wars Collection at Foot Locker in New York's Times Square.
Quote: "She has all the toys... (but) it wasn't age appropriate for her. She was nine when it came out... I'll put it in the vows and the pre-nup." Harrison Ford, 67, reveals his fiancee, Calista Flockhart, 45, has never seen Star Wars.
Fact: Characters from the Star Wars films were on hand to ring in the opening of the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday (22Dec09). Darth Vader, several Storm Troopers and R2-D2 represented George Lucas' Lucasfilm company at the ceremonial ringing of the bell.
Quote: "My acting was not exactly respected in those films but those are the moments when you want to prove yourself again. When people think I suck, it helps." Natalie Portman was spurred on by harsh criticism of her Star Wars films.
Quote: "I almost could have made a career out of giving George Lucas awards!" Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher was the choice awards presenter for the legendary director for many years after starring as PRINCESS LEIA in the original sci-fi trilogy.
Fact: Hayden Christensen has been named the new face of sports retailer LACOSTE's new scent, Challenge. The Star Wars actor will star in the fashion brand's men's fragrance campaign when it launches this August (09).
Fact: Star Wars alumni Carrie Fisher and Ewan McGregor teamed up on Monday night (26Jan09) to host a pre-Oscar party at the actress' Los Angeles area home for Sean Penn's hit film MILK. Guests included Mick Jagger, Helen Hunt and Melanie Griffith, and, from the cast, Penn, Josh Brolin, Diego Luna and Emile Hirsch.
Fact: The light sabre weapon wielded by Luke Skywalker in Star Wars is expected to fetch $180,000 (GBP120,000) at an auction of famous Hollywood props next month (Dec08). It will go under the hammer, along with INDIANA JONES' hat and the original GREMLINS puppet, at the sale in Los Angeles on 11 December (08).
Fact: A model spacecraft from the first Star Wars film fetched $406,000 (GBP203,000) at auction in Hollywood - more than double its expected price. Other items which went under the hammer at the Profiles In History sale included the Hoverboard featured in BACK TO THE FUTURE PART II and the axe wielded by Jack Nicholson in The Shining.
Quote: "It looks like a brand new grandmother's house. Everything's new. It doesn't smell like grandma's but it looks like it. There's no Star Wars stuff anywhere. There's a little hallway with the Willow wand and the guitar from HOWARD THE DUCK." All-American Rejects star NICK WHEELER on recording the band's new album at STAR WARS creator George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch in California.
Quote: "It's kind of easy to be really nasty and hard with somebody that you have a really good relationship with because you can do stuff to 'em on screen and then just laugh about it." SAMUEL L. JACKSON on why he and Hayden Christensen make ideal movie enemies. The two actors have gone head to head in both Star Wars and new film JUMPER.
Fact: The Star Wars franchise's iconic light saber has been voted the greatest movie weapon of all time in a Twentieth Century Fox poll.
Fact: Johnny Depp's leading role as CAPTAIN JACK SPARROW in movie blockbuster Pirates Of The Caribbean has been voted the U.K.'s favourite film character in a new poll by British magazine Total Film. Sparrow beat Star Wars' villain DARTH VADER and spy James Bond to claim the top spot.
Quote: "I had a framed picture of her as LEIA next to my bed from '80 to '84. I retired it when I went to high school and started kissing real girls." Director Kevin Smith on his childhood crush on Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher.
Fact: Sci-fi legend George Lucas' 1977 movie Star Wars has been named the most influential special effects film of all time. The poll, taken by experts at the Visual Effects Society, named 1982's Blade Runner as second, while The Matrix (1999) and 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) tied for third place.
Quote: "Britney Spears, slow down and go back to school. Have your life... She's had a career for a really long time and I don't think she knows what a life is." Star Wars star Carrie Fisher offers Britney Spears words of wisdom.
Quote: "I did not really want to be an actress... I did a film that I knew would be this great cult movie and then it misbehaved. It was a blockbuster." Carrie Fisher has mixed emotions about the Star Wars franchise.
Quote: "He died at the end. I want him to come back as sort of the (Star Wars sage) OBI-WAN (KENOBI)." Winona Ryder hopes Christian Slater'S character comes back from the dead for the upcoming HEATHERS sequel.
Fact: Star Wars director George Lucas will serve as guest director for the Los Angeles Film Festival and create a special program of movies for the event. The festival will be held 22 June - 2 July (06).
Quote: "I don't want to ever be working just for money because then you are no different than a prostitute." Star Wars actress Natalie Portman prides herself on her dedication to the art of film-making.
Fact: Natalie Portman combined her love of peace and Star Wars for her guest hosting stint on US comedy show Saturday Night Live at the weekend (04MAR06) - she wore a T-shirt emblazoned with the logo 'Stop Wars'.