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Terminally Ill 'Star Wars' Fan Dies Just Days After Private Screening Of 'The Force Awakens'

11/10/2015 10:40pm EST
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Daniel Fleetwood, the terminally-ill "Star Wars" superfan who was given an advance screening of an early cut of "The Force Awakens," has died.

Fleetwood, 32, passed away just days after seeing the film, a wish that was granted by filmmakers after his wife Ashley began a social media campaign to get him an early screening as she felt he wouldn't live long enough to see the film when it opens in theaters on December 17.

"Daniel put up an amazing fight to the very end. He is now one with God and with the force," his widow posted on Facebook Monday evening. "He passed in his sleep and in peac...

Battery Commercial Might Contain 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Spoilers

11/3/2015 11:23am EST
Star Wars The Force Awakens Duracell commercial
Spoiler Alert! A new commercial for Duracell batteries may give away a little bit more about the plot details of next month's Star Wars sequel "The Force Awakens."

The one minute TV spot features a boy whose sister is taken captive by the evil faction of the new movie, The First Order, and he takes on the task of rescuing her in the company's "Battle for Christmas Morning" ad.

Droids C-3PO and R2-D2 appear in the kid's bedroom, with Threepio urging him not to go out and face the imminent danger that awaits him in his hallway. Artoo agrees with him and he ignites his blue lightsaber and ju...

Final Trailer For 'The Force Awakens' Debuts, And It's Full Of Epic Awesomeness!

10/20/2015 7:49am EDT
Epic Third And Final Trailer For 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'
The third and final trailer for what is easily the most anticipated film of the year, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," has finally arrived arrived, debuting during halftime of ESPN's game between the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles on "Monday Night Football."

Clocking in at just over two minutes, the trailer reveals more about the new main characters in the film, beginning with Rey (Daisy Ridley), a scavenger searching the remains of fallen spacecraft on the desert world of Jakku.

In a voice-over a woman asks Rey, "Who are you?"

"I'm no one," she replies...

Next, rogue stormtroop...

The Force Is Strong With All This Awesome New 'Star Wars' Stuff

9/8/2015 3:01pm EDT
Sphero's remote control BB8
At 12:01 a.m. on Friday, September 4, enough new Star Wars merchandise to fill a space cruiser went on sale to promote the next film in the saga, the J.J. Abrams-directed seventh episode, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."

Dubbed "Force Friday," Disney & Lucasfilm's ginormous merchandising campaign runs the gamut from action figures and apparel to new innovations and video games. New books tie in with the new movie, which hits theaters on December 18, giving hints and clues to the new story and what has happened in the past 30 years in that galaxy far, far away. The new Star Wars: Battlefront...

New Star Wars Teaser Is 15 Seconds Of AWESOME

8/28/2015 5:15pm EDT
'The Force Awakens' -- Latest Trailer Promises Epic Lightsaber D
A new teaser featuring just 15-seconds of footage from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" was shared on the official Star Wars Instagram page on Thursday, revealing the answer to one of the biggest questions about new bad guy Kylo Ren (Adam Driver).

The short clip begins Andy Serkis' voice-over from the first teaser trailer as the forces of the evil First Order gather on an as-yet-unnamed ice planet.

A shot of Rey (Daisy Ridley) follows; she stands with everyone's favorite new droid BB-8 on what appears to be a different planet than the only one we've seen her on so far, the desert planet Jak...

First Poster For 'The Force Awakens' Reveals More About On One New Character

8/17/2015 7:01pm EDT
Star Wars The Force Awakens
The first poster for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" arrived over the weekend at Disney's annual fan expo, D23, but it's not the official poster for the highly anticipated movie.

The poster was created by Drew Struzan -- the same artist who produced the posters for the Star Wars prequel trilogy and for the 1997 original trilogy special editions -- and it features one big reveal about the film that hasn't come up in the two trailers.

Daisy Ridley, who plays the scavenger Rey, stands front and center and is flanked by the AWOL stortrooper Finn (John Boyega) and new bad guy Kylo Ren (Adam Dri...

'The Force Awakens' Spoilers: Five Things We've Learned About Kylo Ren

8/16/2015 12:14pm EDT
Five Things We Now Know About Adam Driver's 'Star Wars: The Forc
Entertainment Weekly's annual fall movie preview issue hit newsstands last week, and for "Star Wars" fans awaiting this year's highly anticipated sequel, "The Force Awakens," the issue is chock full of new photos from the film and new information about the characters and the story.

The cover of the latest issue features the mysterious character that's got everyone talking -- Kylo Ren.

Played by "Girls" star Adam Driver, all we know about him is that he's the new bad guy in the film and someone who appears to wield The Force and feature several characteristics of the Sith Lords from the pa...

Latest 'Star Wars' Teaser Shows Legions Of Stormtroopers, New AT-ATs In 'The Force Awakens'

8/12/2015 5:06pm EDT
Star Wars The Force Awakens
An international TV spot with Korean subtitles for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" surfaced earlier this week, and the 30-second clip offers just one additional new look at the film, but it's a good one.

The beginning of the clip gives a clear look at The First Order -- the faction that rose in place of the Galactic Empire -- showing legions of stormtroopers, officers and equipment, including new white Tie Fighters and a few other vehicles that have been updated in the 30 years since "Return of the Jedi."

A still shot straight out of the new teaser was shared on the official "Star Wars" Tw...

Check Out New Photos From 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'!

8/12/2015 12:46pm EDT
New Photos From 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Give A Closer Loo
Nerdgasm! A new set of still images from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is featured in this week's issue of Entertainment Weekly, revealing new looks at characters including Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson) and Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie).

The issue, the annual Fall Movie Preview, reveals a lot more than just a dozen new photos from the film. Director J.J. Abrams gives more insight into the first "Star Wars" film in just over a decade, shedding light on some of the new characters and sharing how he got involved with the saga after initially turning down the o...

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' -- Watch The Epic New Teaser Trailer!

4/16/2015 4:43pm EDT
Star Wars TFA
The second teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens has officially been unveiled, and it. is. epic!

The new preview was shown on Thursday during day one of Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, Calif., where director J.J. Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy shared it following a Q&A session with cast members.

The new trailer begins with a speeder cruising across the landscape of a desert planet (not Tattooine -- more on that in a minute), where a crashed X-Wing fighter lies in the foreground and a crashed Star Destroyer sits in the background. We can only assume that the speeder belon...

Oscar Nominations To Be Revealed On Thursday

1/10/2015 2:08pm EST
Chris Pine
"Star Wars" director J.J. Abrams, his "Star Trek" leading man Chris Pine and filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron will reveal the nominations for the 87th Academy Awards on Thursday, Jan. 15.

Abrams and Cuaron will announce the first group of nominees in the categories of animated feature film, documentary feature, documentary short subject, film editing, original song, production design, animated short film, sound editing, sound mixing and visual effects at 5:30 a.m. local time in Los Angeles at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

The rest of the categories will be announced by Pine and Academy p...

J.J. Abrams & Zach Snyder Bring Gotham City To A Galaxy Far, Far Away

9/18/2014 5:01pm EDT
Star Wars Episode VII
J.J. Abrams' production company, Bad Robot, released a 36-second teaser for the upcoming "Star Wars: Episode VII" on Thursday, but it's not what you think.

The video is a single shot of Han Solo's spaceship the Millennium Falcon, and as the camera moves in along the cockpit-side of the ship, it stops on something that looks really familiar.

That something happens to be the Batmobile, aka "the Tumbler" from Christopher Nolan's "Dark Knight" trilogy.

Abrams, of course, created the video as a response to director Zack Snyder, who is helming the next Batman film, "Batman v Superman: Dawn of ...

Tom Cruise Will Not Be Starring In 'Star Wars'

6/26/2014 2:00pm EDT
Tom Cruise Will Not Be Starring In 'Star Wars'
If you were hoping to see Tom Cruise in the upcoming "Star Wars" movies, then we are sad to say that you are out of luck. While Cruise is a fan of action flicks, the rumor of his appearance in "Star Wars: Episode VII" is simply not true.

The rumors of Cruise's involvement in the "Star Wars" franchise began with an article featured in "The Sun". The reports stated that Cruise spoke with producer J.J. Abrams to discuss a possible role in the movie franchise. It was unclear what role Cruise was allegedly auditioning for, likely because the rumors were false.

A source told the publication ...

Tom Cruise In Talks To Appear In 'Star Wars: Episode VII'?

6/23/2014 9:44am EDT
Tom Cruise In Talks To Appear In 'Star Wars: Episode VII'?
Rumors are circulating that Tom Cruise will make a cameo in the upcoming "Star Wars" film. The actor met with director J.J. Abrams over the weekend, prompting speculation that he's in talks to appear in the movie.

According to The Sun: "Tom has been in London for over a week and met up with JJ and some other people from Star Wars over the weekend. On Saturday evening five of them met up for dinner and drinks at the Belgravia Hotel. JJ produced [Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol and Mission: Impossible 5] and loves working with Tom whenever he gets the chance. Losing Harrison [Ford] is go...

Director J.J. Abrams Pokes Fun At 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Set Photo Leak

6/5/2014 12:31am EDT
Director J.J. Abrams Pokes Fun At 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Set P

— Bad Robot (@bad_robot) June 4, 2014

Following a leak of several photos from the top-secret set of Star Wars: Episode VII on Sunday, director J.J. Abrams has sent a message asking that whoever is leaking photos from the set stop.

Photos showing the construction of a very familiar ship from the Star Wars saga and numerous extras filming in the desert were posted on on Sunday, and on Monday the site shared photos of a set being constructed with the early work on a ship that appears to be the Millennium Falcon.

"I wish people would stop leaking photos ...

J.J. Abrams Gives Fans A Chance To Be In 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

5/21/2014 5:01pm EDT
J.J. Abrams
Star Wars: Episode VII director J.J. Abrams is giving one lucky fan the chance to make a cameo in the upcoming sequel after partnering with UNICEF's Innovatoin Labs and Programs and website

The driector gave a quick sneak peek behind the scenes of the new film, standing next to an alien (that looks more like something out of "The Dark Crystal" than the "Star Wars" universe) with a large box strapped to its back and announcing the creation of "Star Wars: Force for Change," a new initiative from Disney, Lucasfilm and his production company Bad Robot that will help raise money for ...

Mark Hamill Thrilled About 'Extraordinarily Talented' Star Wars Cast

5/1/2014 8:24am EDT
Mark Hamill Thrilled About 'Extraordinarily Talented' Star Wars
At least one of the cast members of "Star Wars: Episode VII" is thrilled with yesterday's cast reveal. Mark Hamill, who plays Luke Skywalker in the iconic franchise, tweeted early Thursday morning: "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."

Director J.J. Abrams announced the cast on Tuesday, saying in a statement: "We are so excited to finally share the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. It is both thrilling and surreal to watch the beloved original cast and these brilliant new performers come t...

New & Old 'Star Wars' Cast Members Dine With Director JJ Abrams In London

4/29/2014 3:00pm EDT
New & Old 'Star Wars' Cast Members Dine With Director JJ Abrams
Several members from the original "Star Wars" films joined cast members from the upcoming film for dinner in London, England, over the weekend. Director J.J. Abrams organized the event at 34 restaurant in Mayfair.

A source told Britain's The Sun, "The cast are being flown out to various locations to film. Bosses want to capitalize on them all being in London by booking in a get-together. It was a top secret mission, nobody was allowed to let on they'd be meeting up."

It's been confirmed that Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill will reprise their roles from the original series. Al...

Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford & Mark Hamill Will Appear In 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

1/23/2014 2:00pm EST
Carrie Fisher
Carrie Fisher and two of her "Star Wars" co-star are definitely appearing in the highly anticipated "Episode VII."
It's been rumored for months that Fisher (Princess Leia), Harrison Ford (Han Solo) and Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) will return for J.J. Abrams' blockbuster, and the actress has officially confirmed all three will be back.
She told TV Guide magazine that the trio is expected to begin filming this spring. She explained, "I'd like to wear my old hairstyle again - but with white hair. I think that would be funny."
Meanwhile, Abrams confirmed earlier this week that he met wit...

Bradley Cooper Nearly Quit Acting After 'Alias' Had Him Wanting To Kill Himself

12/18/2013 11:48pm EST
Bradley Cooper GQ Magazine
Bradley Cooper says his time on J.J. Abrams's hit spy show Alias nearly ended his career as fast as it had begun.

Cooper starred alongside Jennifer Garner on the ABC series, and despite playing a main character in the beginning, his role dwindled to just a bit part, leaving him frustrated.

"I would only work three days a week. And then for the second season, I got even more sidelined. I was like, 'Ugh.' And then next thing you know, I was like, 'I want to f**king kill myself,'" he tells GQ magazine.

Cooper asked Abrams to kill off his character so he could move on and find other work (he...

New Pics: Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Garner & More At The 23rd Annual Los Angeles Beat The Odds Awards

12/6/2013 2:47pm EST
Reese Witherspoon

23rd Annual Los Angeles Beat the Odds Awards held at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles, California. December 5, 2013.

R2-D2 Poised For A 'Star Wars' Return?

11/15/2013 10:30am EST
Everyone's favorite Astromech droid, R2-D2 may return in Star Wars: Episode VII.

J.J. Abrams has appeared to hint the robotic character, which has been in all six of the previous space films, will be part of the new movie.

The director posted a photo of himself, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and some crew members posing alongside R2-D2 on his production company Bad Robot's Twitter account yesterday. The caption reads: "Hi from the workshop! #StarWarsVII"

Kenny Baker played the diminutive robot in the Star Wars series, while Ben Burtt voiced the character. It's not yet known if R2-...

'Star Wars: Episode VII' Release Date Now December 2015

11/7/2013 10:30pm EST
Star Wars
Star Wars: Episode VII has a new release date.

Following months of speculation, Disney bosses announced on Thursday that the release date, which they hoped would occure in Spring 2015, has been pushed back to December 18, 2015, to allow filmmakers more time to complete the project.

Alan Horn, chairman of Disney Studios, said in a statement on Thursday, ""We're very excited to share the official 2015 release date for 'Star Wars: Episode VII,' where it will not only anchor the popular holiday filmgoing season but also ensure our extraordinary filmmaking team has the time needed to deliver a...

J.J. Abrams And Lawrence Kasdan To Finish Script For 'Star Wars: Episode VII' After Michael Arndt Pulls Out

10/24/2013 10:25pm EDT
Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back
A new screenwriting team for Star Wars: Episode VII has been announced following the departure of Oscar-winner Michael Arndt.

News that the "Toy Story 3" scribe has left the project was confirmed on the official Star Wars website on Thursday.

Arndt, who won his Oscar for 2006's "Little Miss Sunshine", has left the project, but no official reason for his exit has been given.

Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy announced on Thursday that director J.J. Abrams and the film's consultant Lawrence Kasdan, who is no stranger to the "Star Wars" saga, would be taking over the writing duties.

"I am ve...

J.J. Abrams Not Returning To Direct Next 'Star Trek' Movie

9/13/2013 3:01pm EDT
J.J. Abrams
J.J. Abrams won't be returning to the director's chair for the next Star Trek film.

Abrams announced the news to on Thursday, telling the website that while he won't be calling the shots from directly behind the camera he will still be on hand as the film's producer.

"It's a little bittersweet," he says. "But I will say that I'm going to be producing the movie. Whomever it is that directs the film will be someone we all know is going to keep the cast and crew in good hands. I feel very lucky to have been part of it, and it definitely feels like the right time to let someone c...

The Morning Roundup: J.K. Rowling Heading Back To Hogwarts, J.J. Abrams Won't Direct 'Star Trek 3'

9/13/2013 9:54am EDT
J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter won't be back, but the wizarding world that J.K. Rowling created for the book series will as the author has signed on with Warner Bros. to screenwrite a new film series based on a few Hogwarts textbooks she wrote in 2001 under pseudonyms of characters that live in that world. "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" will be the first film in the new series. (story)

J.J. Abrams has announced that he won't be directing the next "Star Trek" movie, but he will be staying on as the producer of the film. The director is presumably giving up his chair because a lot of his time in th...

J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot Releases Mysterious Teaser Titled "Stranger" - Possibly For Upcoming Novel 'S'

8/20/2013 2:01pm EDT
J.J. Abrams
J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot Productions released a new one-minute teaser video on Monday called "Stranger", stirring up a serious mystery over what the company's latest production is and is all about.

"He arrived knowing nothing of himself. Who is he? Soon he will know," says the video's narrator as a man stumbles out of the shallow surf onto a beach. "Because what begins at the water shall end there, and what ends there shall once more begin."

"This is what happens: Men become lost. Men vanish. Men are erased ... and reborn."

The cryptic teaser ends with a close-up on a man's face with his l...

'Lost' Cast And Creators Considering 10-Year Anniversary Reunion

7/30/2013 12:07am EDT
Next year's San Diego Comic-Con could be home to a Lost reunion.

Amusingly, several Lost cast members were at this year's Comic-Con anyway, promoting their current projects. Michael Emerson, for example, was promoting his hit shot Person of Interest with J.J. Abrams.

Emerson told Zap2it, "I've heard some murmurings of some kind of reunion. Whether it will take place at Comic-Con or not, I'm not sure. No matter what happens, if anything happens, it will be really hard logistically to put it together."

Fellow Lost cast member Henry Ian Cusick was at the convention as well, chatting about u...

'Star Wars: Episode VII' Rumors: Zac Efron & Ryan Gosling Up For Luke Skywalker's Son, J.J. Abrams Out

7/25/2013 4:02pm EDT
Zac Efron and Ryan Gosling
The first casting rumors for 2015's Star Wars: Episode VII have finally arrived and are surely leaving a bad taste in fans' mouths.

High School Musical star Zac Efron and Hollywood heartthrob Ryan Gosling are both rumored to be up for the role of the son of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) in the highly anticipated sequel from director J.J. Abrams.

Interestingly, both stars have ties to Disney, which bought Lucasfilm for over $4 Billion from George Lucas last fall and announced that there will be plenty more Star Wars to come.

While Efron starred in the three "High School Musical" movies, Go...

J.J. Abrams Not Thrilled About Moving To London To Shoot 'Star Wars Episode VII'

6/10/2013 12:50pm EDT
J.J. Abrams
J.J. Abrams is gearing up for a temporary move to London, England, where he'll shoot 2015's highly anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII.

The director hinted that filming will begin in the UK -- where the six previous Star Wars films were shot -- in January 2014, but he's not thrilled about leaving his Los Angeles home to film overseas.

"We are, most likely, if all goes as planned, going to be moving to London at the end of the year for the Star Wars movie," Abrams said Saturday during the Producers Guild of America's "Produced By" conference.

He revealed few details about the new film duri...