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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 »

In 'Devastating Betrayal,' 100 Star Wars Items Stolen

Suspect is a close friend of the owner

(Newser) - Some $200,000 in Star Wars collectibles have vanished just like the Millennium Falcon jumping to light speed. The owner of the world's largest collection of Star Wars memorabilia and the envy of every fan in the galaxy announced Monday that 100 items, including "rare and important pieces,... More »

Darth Vader Costume Shuts Down School

Concerned parent reported Vader-masked student on 'Star Wars Day'

(Newser) - Students in Ashwaubenon, Wis., were evacuated Thursday when an unlikely figure was spotted entering through the high school’s back door. According to a statement by Ashwaubenon Public Safety , a concerned parent called 911 to report suspicious activity after seeing someone dressed in a mask and holding a bag walk... More »

Disney Considers a Star Wars Hotel

There may be a full-on resort within Star Wars Land

(Newser) - It looks like Disney World in Florida is aiming to be the destination of choice for Star Wars fans. It's toying with the idea of adding a hotel/resort that would fully immerse guests in the Star Wars universe, reports Business Insider . In fact, the idea is that they'd... More »

Internet Goes Nuts for 1st Look at Star Wars: The Last Jedi

But fans will have to wait until December to see the movie

(Newser) - Rolling Stone calls it "thrilling." While io9 goes with "glorious." But Deadspin may have summed it up best: "HELL YEAH SPACE BATTLE HELL YEAH WOO." That's right, a new Star Wars trailer dropped Friday. Audiences at Stars Wars Celebration Orlando got the... More »

10 Highest Grossing Films Ever

'Gone With the Wind' is the king

(Newser) - With Oscars week upon us, 24/7 Wall St. has dug into Hollywood numbers to figure out the highest grossing films of all time. The site used data from Box Office Mojo, and the results reveal that 14 of the 25 films on the list came out prior to 1980. The... More »

The Force Was With 4-Year-Old at Her Adoption Ceremony

Zoe Pedicone's 'Star Wars'-themed event even had a judge dressed as Princess Leia

(Newser) - When 4-year-old Zoe Pedicone, whose bedroom is adorned with Star Wars paraphernalia, was asked for a guest list for her adoption ceremony, she named family, friends, and … Darth Vader. And thanks to her adoptive mom's efforts, the Sith lord was there Friday in a Wilmington, Del., courtroom, as... More »

Carrie Fisher Finished Star Wars Filming Before Death

'She was our great and powerful princess,' Lucas says

(Newser) - Carrie Fisher is gone but she will live on through her books and movies—including Star Wars: Episode VIII, which won't be in theaters for almost a year. Sources tell the Wrap that the 60-year-old Fisher had completely finished filming her role and all necessary reshoots for the movie,... More »

Carrie Fisher Dead at 60

The actress and writer passed away Tuesday following a heart attack

(Newser) - Carrie Fisher died Tuesday at the age of 60 following a heart attack suffered Friday during a flight from London to Los Angeles, People reports. Her death was confirmed by a family spokesperson via a statement from Fisher's daughter. "It is with a very deep sadness that Billie... More »

There's 'a New Hope' for Star Wars Franchise

Action-packed 'Rogue One' is 'a story worth telling'

(Newser) - Ever wonder how the Rebel Alliance got the blueprints that revealed that fatal flaw in the Death Star? No? Well, Rogue One will fill you in, anyway. Here's what critics are saying about the Star Wars spinoff, actually a kind of prequel to 1977's A New Hope:
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The Death Star's Operational Costs Were Out of This World

A 'cost so high that the numbers sound as fake as Jar-Jar's accent'

(Newser) - That's no moon—it's a wildly expensive, economy-sinking boondoggle of a battle station. British company Ovo Energy wanted to figure out how much it would cost per day to operate the Death Star, so it got a math professor at Dartmouth and an editor of Physics Central to... More »

Han Solo and Leia Slept Together. For Real

Carrie Fisher reveals secret 'Star Wars' affair in new book

(Newser) - Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford slept together a long time ago on a movie set far, far away, only this time it didn't result in a son with a thing for masks and patricide . Fisher reveals the affair she kept quiet for nearly 40 years in her new book,... More »

Obama's Top 8 Sci-Fi Movies and TV Shows

The president laid them out while serving as guest editor for Wired

(Newser) - Perhaps lining up a post-White House gig, President Obama stepped in as guest editor for Wired this week, the AV Club reports. In addition to writing about why "now is the greatest time to be alive," he took the opportunity to list his favorite science fiction movies and... More »

The Man Who Brought R2-D2 to Life Is Dead

Kenny Baker played the famous droid in six Star Wars films

(Newser) - The man behind everyone's favorite droid is dead at the age of 81. The Guardian reports British actor Kenny Baker was found dead Saturday morning following a long illness. Baker played R2-D2 across six Star Wars films covering a span of 28 years, starting with A New Hope in... More »

Prosecutor: Harrison Ford Could've Died on Star Wars Set

Production company pleads guilty in accident that broke actor's leg

(Newser) - Harrison Ford got crushed by a hydraulic door and pinned to the ground while filming Star Wars: The Force Awakens in London, and though he recovered in time to finish the movie, a court heard this week that he could have been killed in the incident, the Guardian reports. Ford... More »

'Chewbacca Mom' Just Won a Free Ride to College

Fla.'s Southeastern University offered her and her 2 little Chewies full scholarships

(Newser) - To garner a full college scholarship, you need to have good grades—or a great viral gimmick. Candace Payne may indeed boast a stellar scholastic record, but it's her recent online ubiquity as "Chewbacca Mom" that's earned her, as well as her two grade-school-age children, full scholarships... More »

'Chewbacca Mom' Leaves Internet in Stitches

Candace Payne's post-shopping video goes viral

(Newser) - All Candace Payne wanted was yoga pants, and she ended up amusing the world. The Dallas-area mother was shopping at Kohl's recently when she got discouraged about buying the pants (and sticking to her workout goals) and discovered a Chewbacca mask in the toy department, ABC News reports. "... More »

R2-D2's 'Dad' Dies at 68

Inventor Tony Dyson was found dead at his home in Malta

(Newser) - The man who created Star Wars' most famous droid has died. Tony Dyson, the British inventor who built R2-D2, was found dead at his home in Malta, on the island of Gozo, the Guardian reports. He was 68. "A neighbor realized the front door was open and called the... More »

The Force Awakens Toy Sales: $700M

Franchise's products helped boost toy sales overall by 6.7% in 2015

(Newser) - Is it a trap? Maybe for fanatic consumers, but not for the toy industry, which had a stellar sales year in 2015, partly thanks to the Star Wars franchise. Star Wars toys—including hot sellers such as Kylo Ren lightsabers and BB-8 models—scooped up more than $700 million in... More »

See Ya, Force: Moviegoers Go for a Ride

'Ride Along 2' ends Star Wars' 4-week reign

(Newser) - The Force has weakened: After a four-week reign atop the box office, the latest in the Star Wars franchise toppled to No. 3 this week, courtesy of Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, and Ride Along 2, as well as a Revenant buoyed by 12 Oscar nominations. As USA Today reports, Ride ... More »

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