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'Star Wars' Actor Is Gender Fluid

Billy Dee Williams uses masculine and feminine pronouns

(Newser) - Billy Dee Williams, whose many film roles include Lando Calrissian in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, has revealed that he's gender fluid. The actor no longer uses only male pronouns, Out reports. "I say 'himself' and 'herself,' because I also see myself as feminine... More »

This 'Big-Eared Creature' Is Crushing 2 New Dems

Baby Yoda of 'Star Wars' series debuted as Bloomberg, Patrick entered race, with more buzz

(Newser) - A "diminutive, doe-eyed, big-eared creature" is giving two new 2020 candidates for president a run for their money. That's how the New York Post describes Baby Yoda, a character in the Star Wars series The Mandalorian who's said to have "conquered the world" since the show'... More »

Star Wars Actor Fesses Up on Script: 'It Was Me'

John Boyega admits he left 'Rise of Skywalker' script under his bed; it ended up on eBay

(Newser) - There's no question anymore: John Boyega really did leave his script for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker under his bed for a cleaner to find and put on eBay. "It was me," the actor who plays Finn confirmed Wednesday on Good Morning America following co-star Daisy... More »

He May Be the Culprit in Star Wars Script Snafu on eBay

Actress Daisy Ridley strongly implies John Boyega is the one who lost it

(Newser) - Director JJ Abrams and top actors in the upcoming Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker are making the rounds plugging the movie, and a more-interesting-than-usual anecdote has surfaced. On Monday, Abrams revealed on Good Morning America that one of the film's closely guarded scripts ended up on eBay, reports... More »

Disney Launches Netflix Competitor

Disney Plus includes Marvel, Star Wars , Simpsons

(Newser) - Disney will sprinkle its pixie dust on the streaming arena Tuesday, as its Disney Plus service debuts with an arsenal of marquee franchises including Marvel and Star Wars, original series with a built-in fan base and a cheap price to boot. The $7-a-month commercial-free service is poised to set the... More »

Never Mind: Game of Thrones Showrunners Quit Star Wars

David Benioff, DB Weiss say they need to focus on their Netflix projects

(Newser) - Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and DB Weiss were accused by many fans of rushing through the end of their HBO show to get to their next project, a 2022 Star Wars film that was to be the first in a series. But in what the Hollywood Reporter refers... More »

Ivanka Tweeted About Star Wars. Luke Skywalker Responded

Mark Hamill doesn't appear to be a Trump fan

(Newser) - Ivanka Trump tweeted a photo Saturday night of herself and husband Jared Kushner dressed to the nines, along with their three kids gathered around them—with the youngest decked out in a Star Wars Stormtrooper costume. "The Force is strong in my family," Trump captioned her photo. A... More »

See Disney's New Star Wars Land

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge media preview was held Wednesday

(Newser) - From animatronic aliens to droidprints in the ground, Disneyland's latest addition immerses visitors in a brand new locale in the Star Wars universe, the AP reports. Every detail of the Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge land is meant to look and feel like it was plucked from a Star ... More »

Benioff and Weiss Are Behind 2022 Star Wars Film

Bob Iger confirmed it Tuesday

(Newser) - A piece of the Star Wars puzzle has just fallen into place. Walt Disney Co. CEO Bob Iger said Tuesday that Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and DB Weiss are working on the new Star Wars film expected in theaters in December 2022, the AP reports. The company had... More »

Star Wars' 'Gentlest of Giants,' Peter Mayhew, Dies at 74

Actor played Chewbacca in original trilogy

(Newser) - Peter Mayhew, the actor who played Chewbacca in the original Star Wars trilogy, has died at 74, Variety reports. His family announced Mayhew's death at his home in north Texas on Twitter . "He was the gentlest of giants," co-star Mark Hamill tweeted , saying Mayhew "never failed... More »

Star Wars Fans Will Love France's New Sport

May the force be with vous during your lightsaber battle

(Newser) - Master Yoda, dust off his French, he must. It's now easier than ever in France to act out Star Wars fantasies, because its fencing federation has borrowed from a galaxy far, far away and officially recognized lightsaber dueling as a competitive sport, per the AP . Of course, the LED-lit,... More »

'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 »

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