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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...

Behind-The-Scenes Photos And Video Reveal A Lot More About 'The Force Awakens'

5/4/2015 5:31pm EDT
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A shoot by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz for the June issue of Vanity Fair magazine has confirmed some of the casting rumors about Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The legendary photographer got to go behind-the-scenes on the set of the new film, snapping several never-before-seen photos (see them here) and revealing some interesting details about the first film in the Star Wars sequel trilogy, directed by J.J. Abrams.

Mild Spoilers Ahead...

The cover features old heroes Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) with new characters Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega), an...

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

4/16/2015 4:43pm EDT
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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...

Peter Mayhew Suffering From Pneumonia

1/20/2015 4:05pm EST
Peter Mayhew
Actor Peter Mayhew, who plays the Wookiee Chewbacca in the "Star Wars" movie saga, has been hospitalized with pneumonia.

The actor, 70, was admitted to the hospital over the weekend and was forced to cancel an appearance at a Texas comic book store.

His wife, Angie, took to to confirm the news, thanking fans for their well-wishes and explaining that he's doing fine.

"Hello all! Thank you for all the well wishes, prayers, good vibes, and happy thoughts," she posted on the social website. "Peter is indeed in the hospital with pneumonia. He will make a full recovery, and hope to ...

'Star Wars: Episode VII' Has A Title, Wraps Filming

11/6/2014 10:09pm EST
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Just over a year until its release, Star Wars: Episode VII has gotten an official title.

The film's official facebook page shared an image of the franchise's logo, showing the new subtitle "The Force Awakens."

The caption for the image was big news also: "'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' has completed principal photography."

The cast and crew of the film, directed by J.J. Abrams, celebrated the wrap of filming last weekend, and everyone received a baseball cap and a note from producers Abrams, Kathleen Kennedy and Brian Burk.

"It is a true honor and absolute joy to come to set every day a...

Star Wars Trivia - 20 Fun Star Wars Details You May Not Know. May The Facts Be With You!

5/17/2014 4:00pm EDT
Star Wars Trivia - 20 Fun Star Wars Details You May Not Know. Ma
Think you know everything there is to know about every "Star Wars" movie? Consider yourself a "Star Wars" aficionado? How could you not know at least some facts about one of the most important film franchises of all time? It's part of our culture, something most kids and adults watched and loved for at least some period of their lives. You may think you know everything about this rich universe, but there's always more to learn.

Have you heard it all? Maybe not! May the facts be with you!

1. Life's Tough When You're A Hutt

One of the most difficult scenes to shoot was the Jabba Palace...

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...

Official Cast Announced For 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

4/29/2014 7:01pm EDT
Star Wars Episode VII Cast
A day after reports that Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill all happened to be in London, England, where Star Wars: Episode VII just happens to be filming, the official casting announcement for the film was released on And, indeed, the three stars will be returning for at least the first film in the new trilogy.

Ford, Fisher and Hamill will also be joined by Peter Mayhew, who returns to the saga as the Wookiee Chewbacca and Anthony Daniels, who will once again don the gold outfit of droid C-3PO.

Ford prompted speculation earlier this month when he was photographed ...

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...

Cinema Giants: The 15 Tallest Actors In Hollywood

4/23/2014 4:03pm EDT
Cinema Giants: The 15 Tallest Actors In Hollywood
Actors come in all shapes and sizes, and some of the tallest people in the world have made their living in front of the camera. Here is a selection of some of the tallest actors in Hollywood.

Matthew McGrory, 7'6". The late Big Fish actor wasn't comfortable with his stature, something he shared with Andre the Giant (who he played in Andre: Heart of the Giant). "He felt the same way, that he would do anything just to be a person of regular size one day a week, where people don't have to stare at him, where he could go see a regular movie and walk down the street," Andre director Drew Sky sa...

Peter Mayhew Reportedly Cast In 'Star Wars Episode VII'

4/8/2014 12:51am EDT
British actor Peter Mayhew is set to reprise his role as Chewbacca in Star Wars: Episode VII, according to several reports.

The 69-year-old actor recently canceled an appearance at a "Star Wars" fan event in Texas, leading many to believe that freeing up his schedule means he'll be in the new film.

Mayhew was scheduled to appear at the Texas International Comic Convention, aka "Comicpalooza," in Houston, Texas on Memorial Day weekend, but pulled out "due to filming."

Alan Horn, chairman at Disney, confirmed on Tuesday that filming on "Episode VII" is officially underway, but casting stil...

Chewbacca's Lightsaber Creates TSA Delay

6/10/2013 6:07pm EDT
Peter Mayhew
Peter Mayhew, best known for playing Chewbacca in the Star Wars trilogy, created a stir online when he shared a photo of himself waiting for TSA to let him through - because they had a problem with his lightsaber.

The 7'2" actor is currently using a cane stylized as a lightsaber due to a knee injury. When he tried to board a plane last week, the Transportation Security Administration stopped him and made him wait in a wheelchair as they examined the cane.

The ordeal was over by the time the photo was shared on Mayhew's Twitter account with the caption, "Magic words to TSA are not 'please'...

'Star Wars: The Complete Saga' Comes To Blu-ray Sept. 16 With Tons Of Features

5/4/2011 10:51pm EDT
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It wouldn't be Star Wars day without an official announcement from Lucasfilm about the upcoming release of the entire Star Wars saga on Blu-ray. Perhaps the most anticipated Blu-ray release since the format's inception, Star Wars: The Complete Saga will be released on September 16th, and features a ton of extras in a nine-disc collection.

Here's the official info, and May the 4th be with you!

Bring home the adventure and share Star Wars with your whole family -- when STAR WARS: THE COMPLETE SAGA comes to Blu-ray Disc from Lucasfilm Ltd. and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment! To be...

Star Wars: The Clone Wars Enlists Chewbacca For Its Season Finale

3/31/2011 10:50am EDT
Chewbacca | Photo Credits: Cartoon Network
The most beloved hairball in the George Lucas universe — Chewbacca, of course! — makes a guest appearance in Friday's two-part season closer of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. The plot finds our gentle Wookiee captured by the raptor-like Trandoshans, who are also having a field day killing off young Jedi apprentices ...

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Harrison Ford Surprises Crowd At Comic-Con - In Handcuffs

7/25/2010 1:30pm EDT
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Harrison Ford surprised crowds at the Comic-Con convention on Saturday by appearing in handcuffs - shortly after a man was arrested for allegedly stabbing another fan at the San Diego, California event.

The handcuffed actor was led onstage by two security guards and given a standing ovation from the 6,000-strong audience at the sci-fi and comic book gathering.

The "Star Wars" legend, who was promoting his upcoming movie "Cowboys & Aliens," seemed surprised by the warm welcome, telling fans, "I just wanted to make a living as an actor. I didn't know about this."

Ford's stunt is believed t...

Harrison Ford Talks 'Star Wars' For Charity

5/21/2010 11:13am EDT
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As an entertainment journalist, I’ve interviewed Harrison Ford four times and never heard him talk about Star Wars. For 30 years, he saved that for charity. Now, George Lucas sponsored the Empire Gives Back initiative, where anniversary screenings of the second film in the saga would be screened for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

In Los Angeles, Ford attended the screening on May 19 and participated in a Q&A for the audience. That particular show raised $40,000 for St. Jude’s. “I want to thank you all for being here and I want to thank George for his generous impulse,” Ford said. “...

Han & Chewie Reunited At 'Empire Strikes Back' Screening; Spike TV To Air 'Star Wars' Marathon (Video)

5/20/2010 1:44pm EDT
Empire Strikes Back
Last night Lucasfilm held a special one-night-only charity screening of "The Empire Strikes Back" to celebrate the film's 30th Anniversary. The charity showing benefited the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and a handful of the film's stars, including Harrison Ford, Billy Dee Williams and Peter Mayhew were in attendance. Also at the event was Ewan McGregor, star of the three "Star Wars" prequel films.'s Steve Weintraub reported that the film wasn't the original version, but a digitalized copy of the 1997 Special Edition "without the Luke scream."

"If you're a Star Wars f...

Celebrity Birthdays, May 19

5/19/2007 3:00am EDT
Pete Townshend
Happy Birthday to jazz bassist/actor Kyle Eastwood (1968), original AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd (1954)punk pioneer Joey Ramone (1951; d. 2001), "A View To A Kill" actress Grace Jones (1948), French WWF wrestler Andre the Giant (1946; d. 1993), The Who guitarist Pete Townshend (1945), "Star Wars" saga actor Peter Mayhew (1944), and civil rights activist Malcolm X (1925; d. 1965).

Celebrity Birthdays, May 19

5/19/2006 3:00am EDT
Pete Townshend
Happy Birthday to jazz bassist/actor Kyle Eastwood (1968), original AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd (1954)punk pioneer Joey Ramone (1951; d. 2001), "A View To A Kill" actress Grace Jones (1948), French WWF wrestler Andre the Giant (1946; d. 1993), The Who guitarist Pete Townshend (1945), "Star Wars" saga actor Peter Mayhew (1944), and civil rights activist Malcolm X (1925; d. 1965).