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'Media Backlash' Over Jar Jar Binks Led Actor to Consider Suicide

Ahmed Best reveals on Twitter that he 'almost ended life'

(Newser) - Jar Jar Binks is one of the most hated , and almost certainly the most widely ridiculed, character in the Star Wars universe. But there was an actor behind the character, Ahmed Best, who was just 25 at the time—and he recently revealed on Twitter that the negative reaction to... More »

Solo Slows Down Over Second Weekend

Roguish pilot feels gravitational pull at the box office

(Newser) - Solo: A Star Wars Story is losing momentum quickly at the box office, the AP reports. After an underwhelming launch , the space saga fell 65% in weekend two with $29.3 million from North American theaters, according to studio estimates on Sunday. Solo has now earned $148.9 million domestically.... More »

It's Just Not Solo Without Harrison Ford

Some (though not all) critics don't like Alden Ehrenreich's performance in 'Star Wars' flick

(Newser) - Will you miss Harrison Ford? Undoubtedly. Will you still enjoy seeing how Han Solo got his start, and survived his first encounter with Chewbacca? Maybe. So say critics who've given Ron Howard's Solo: A Star Wars Story a 69% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes . It's a decent... More »

Game of Thrones Creators Take on New Intergalactic Project

Benioff, Weiss will produce new 'Star Wars' trilogy

(Newser) - Winter is coming in a galaxy far, far away. Disney and Lucasfilm say the writing and producing duo behind Game of Thrones will begin work on a series of Star Wars movies after the HBO series ends in 2019, the BBC reports. No release dates or other details on the... More »

Jumanji Topples Star Wars

The Last Jedi finally slips after three weeks at the top

(Newser) - Move over Star Wars, there's some new box office champs this weekend. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle has topped the charts after three weekends in theaters, and newcomer Insidious: The Final Key opened in second. Columbia Pictures said Sunday that the Dwayne Johnson-led Jumanji is estimated to have earned... More »

Star Wars Price Tag: $4.06B. Star Wars Ticket Sales: $4.06B

Disney recoups staggering purchase price of Luscasfilm

(Newser) - Now witness the firepower of this fully armed and operational film franchise. Disney bought Lucasfilm for a staggering $4.06 billion in 2012. Now the Hollywood Reporter notes that after just three films, Disney has already recouped that massive sum. Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Rogue One: A Star Wars ... More »

The Last Jedi Still Killing It

'Star Wars' installment still on top in week No. 2 as it hits $745M mark worldwide

(Newser) - Star Wars: The Last Jedi is continuing its dominance over the movie galaxy, reports the AP , outpacing three new releases. The eighth installment in the Disney-owned space saga is expected to add another $68.5 million to its coffers over the weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. It has now... More »

The Last Jedi's Rotten Tomatoes Score Might Be Bogus

'Star Wars' fan claims he made bot accounts on Facebook to churn out bad rankings

(Newser) - Star Wars: The Last Jedi has racked up plenty of favorable reviews en route to a 93% rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes . But the film's audience rating, currently 55% after more than 124,000 user reviews, isn't nearly as impressive. It may not be that moviegoers don'... More »

The Last Jedi Has Second-Best Weekend Ever

The latest Star Wars movie made $220M in its opening weekend

(Newser) - Star Wars: The Last Jedi rocketed to a debut of $220 million at the box office, landing the second-best opening weekend ever in North America and slotting in behind only its predecessor, The Force Awakens. The Disney blockbuster is only the fourth film to open above $200 million in North... More »

Gary the Dog Had Heartwarming Response to The Last Jedi

Reporter tweets Gary 'perked up' whenever the late Carrie Fisher was onscreen

(Newser) - Even in a galaxy far, far away, Gary knows his owner, HuffPost reports. An ABC 7 reporter tweets that the French bulldog who was inseparable from Carrie Fisher prior to her death attended a screening of her final film, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, on Thursday. "He sat on... More »

The Last Jedi Is the Best Star Wars Flick Since Empire

One critic calls it 'simply stupendous'

(Newser) - What is arguably the most anticipated film of the year has arrived in force. Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the first in the series from writer-director Rian Johnson, is sure to kill at the box office regardless of reviews. But Disney will be happy, anyway. Critics say The Last Jedi,... More »

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Is Heading to Space

NASA says International Space Station getting copy of 'The Last Jedi'

(Newser) - Star Wars is so popular now you can't even escape it by leaving the planet. The Verge reports astronauts aboard the International Space Station will soon be able to watch Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which opens here on Earth this Friday. “[I] can confirm the crew will... More »

10 Most, Least Popular Star Wars Characters

Darth Vader is No. 1; only the biggest fans will know any of the least favorites

(Newser) - Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens in wide release on Friday, meaning social media feeds are already jammed with movie reviews, theories, and reminiscences about previous films in the franchise. What is bound to pop up: heated arguments about who's the most beloved (or hated) Star Wars character ever,... More »

Coco Is No. 1 Again, but Star Wars Arrives Next Week

The Pixar movie added $18.3M to its three-week total

(Newser) - Disney and Pixar's Coco has topped the box office for a third time on a quiet, pre-Star Wars: The Last Jedi weekend in theaters. Disney estimates Sunday that Coco added $18.3 million, bringing its domestic total to $135.5 million. Justice League took second place with $9.6... More »

Rian Johnson to Create New Star Wars Trilogy

Director's new trilogy will be disconnected from the 9 films of the Skywalker saga

(Newser) - Disney announced Thursday that Rian Johnson will craft a new trilogy for the Star Wars universe, greatly expanding the director's command over the ever-expanding space saga created by George Lucas, the AP reports. The announcement, made by Disney chief Bob Iger on a call with investment analysts, constituted the... More »

2-Story Star Wars Replica Is Big Halloween Hit

'I was amazed; it's actually the size of their house'

(Newser) - A two-story, Star Wars-inspired Halloween yard display in Ohio is enticing kids to get toy lightsabers and attracting hundreds of visitors from across the state, the AP reports. Elevator mechanic Nick Meyer, 39, spent about $1,500 and 10 hours a weekend for half a year to build a replica... More »

Harrison Ford Gives a Harrison Ford Answer on Fisher Affair

He finally addresses their alleged extramarital fling—kind of

(Newser) - Han was allegedly not so Solo while making Star Wars in the mid-'70s with Carrie Fisher: The late actress, who played Princess Leia, revealed in her 2016 memoir, The Princess Diarist, that she had a three-month affair with Harrison Ford, who played Solo, during the making of the movie.... More »

Next Star Wars Movie Gets a Familiar Guiding Hand

JJ Abrams is returning to direct another

(Newser) - JJ Abrams is returning to Star Wars and will replace Colin Trevorrow as writer and director of Episode IX. Disney announced the move Tuesday, per the AP . After several high-profile exits by previous Star Wars directors, Lucasfilm is turning to the filmmaker who helped resurrect the franchise in the first... More »

Princess Leia Appears in Indiana Corn Field

Carrie Fisher's face and iconic hair buns are captured in corn

(Newser) - A southern Indiana farmer who created a corn maze with trails outlining the face of Star Wars character Princess Leia says he planted it to honor the late actress Carrie Fisher, AP reports. Jeremy Goebel designed the maze in February, more than a month after Fisher's late December death,... More »

Someone Bought R2-D2 for Nearly $3M

Droid made from parts used during filming of original 'Star Wars' trilogy

(Newser) - An R2-D2 droid that was used in several Star Wars films has sold at auction for nearly $3 million, the AP reports. The auction house Profiles in History said the 43-inch tall unit that was compiled from parts used throughout filming of the original trilogy sold for $2.76 million... More »

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