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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 »

Two Star Wars Fans Figured Out How to Meet John Williams

It was basically John Cusack's plan from Say Anything

(Newser) - Two musicians earned a greeting from legendary Hollywood film composer John Williams by playing his theme from Star Wars outside of his Los Angeles home, the AP reports. A video of the performance was posted on YouTube by Michael Miller, himself a longtime TV composer. The clip shows him playing... 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 »

Voice of Admiral Ackbar Dies

Erik Bauersfeld had one of the most beloved lines in 'Star Wars'

(Newser) - Erik Bauersfeld, who turned three words from a minor acting role—"It's a trap!"—into one of the most beloved lines of the Star Wars series, has died, the AP reports. His manager says the performer died Sunday at his home in Berkeley, Calif., at the... 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 »

Next Star Wars Starts Filming, Adds 2 Big Names

Benicio del Toro and Laura Dern added to cast

(Newser) - Star Wars: Episode VIII has begun filming and has added Benicio del Toro and Laura Dern to its cast. The Walt Disney Co. announced that Episode VIII started principal photography on Monday. The third name to join returning cast members is newcomer Kelly Marie Tran, who EW notes has some... 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 »

Force Still Wide Awake, Blocks Revenant

Star Wars now No. 3 grossing flick of all time, may never sleep

(Newser) - Star Wars: The Force Awakens stayed on top of the North American box office for the fourth week, beating out Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant, and becoming the third-largest grossing movie in the world ever. According to studio estimates Sunday, the adventures of Rey, Finn, and stalwarts from the previous... More »

Force Awakens Opens in World's 2nd-Biggest Movie Market

But Star Wars may struggle to overtake Avatar in China

(Newser) - Star Wars: The Force Awakens opened Saturday in China, where it is far from certain to draw in enough movie-goers to knock off Avatar as the world's all-time biggest grossing movie. The seventh Star Wars movie is the highest ever grossing film in the North American market, where it... More »

Hasbro Gives In on #WheresRey Controversy

8-year-old's letter may have gotten company's attention

(Newser) - The "Star Wars" version of Monopoly will add a game piece based on the female character Rey after an 8-year-old girl wrote to game maker Hasbro complaining about the omission. Carrie Goldman, of Evanston, Illinois, posted a letter on Twitter this week written by her daughter, Annie Rose, asking... More »

Force Awakens Smashes Domestic Box-Office Record

But after adjusting for inflation, a '30s movie is still king

(Newser) - Star Wars: The Force Awakens is continuing to cut through box-office records like a light saber through butter and is now North America's highest-grossing movie ever. Disney says that on Wednesday afternoon, just 20 days after its release, the movie passed the $760.5 million record set by Avatar,... More »

Why Rey Was Left Out of Star Wars' Monopoly Game

Hasbro just didn't want to be responsible for any spoilers

(Newser) - A certain female protagonist of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is missing from some of the toys related to the movie, leading fans to wonder #WhereIsRey on Twitter, Entertainment Weekly reports. Daisy Ridley's character—arguably the main hero or at least one of the main heroes of the new... More »

Star Wars Series Far From Over

Disney isn't keeping it a secret

(Newser) - Hate Star Wars spoilers? Click away now ... because five more Star Wars films are coming in what Entertainment Weekly calls "Disney’s not-quite-top-secret plan." Without further ado:
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. With a cast including Felicity Jones and Diego Luna, it chronicles a group of Rebel
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Force Awakens Is Now No. 2 Domestic Film of All Time

JJ Abrams' flick pulls in $88M more in 3rd weekend of release

(Newser) - Another week of release, another round of records for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which has now plowed past Titanic and Jurassic World to become the No. 2 grossing film of all time domestically, with a total take of $740.3 million. "The Force Awakens is picking off records... More »

George Lucas Walks Back Epic Slam on Disney

Apologizes for 'white slavers' comment

(Newser) - George Lucas has made clear that he's not happy with all of Disney's decisions regarding the new generation of Star Wars films, but he's now apologizing for his eyebrow-raising choice of words, reports the LA Times . Turns out, he doesn't think Disney is made up of... More »

Leo: Why I Turned Down a Major Role in Star Wars

DiCaprio could have played Anakin

(Newser) - Leonardo DiCaprio almost played Anakin Skywalker in the Star Wars prequels, he revealed in a recent Shortlist interview. "I did have a meeting with George Lucas about that," he says, but he didn't want the role: "Just didn’t feel ready to take that dive. At... More »

Carrie Fisher Has a Message for Ageist Haters

'Youth and beauty are not accomplishments,' she writes

(Newser) - Some moviegoers have been quick to point out that Carrie Fisher's Princess Leia in The Force Awakens isn't quite as dashing as she once was. "Carrie Fisher is this angry, loud mouth, fat woman now," one viewer wrote on Twitter . "Princess Leia got fat,"... More »

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