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Harrison Ford Eats His Headset in 36-Year-Old Star Wars Bloopers

Harrison Ford Eats His Headset in 36-Year-Old Star Wars Bloopers

Originally posted 10/29/2013 10:45AM

May the flubs be with you!

Star Wars fans should cherish this 2½-minute blooper reel, which gives a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse into the classic film series.

The reel is a composite of takes from the original trilogy, discovered by Lucasfilm editor J.W. Rinzler while he was searching through the film archives in preparation for a new making-of collection, Wired reports. It was then screened at San Diego Comic-Con this summer.

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Chewbacca Actor Has Both Knees Replaced

Chewbacca Actor Peter Mayhew Has Both Knees Replaced

Originally posted 09/12/2013 08:50AM

The universe's most famous Wookiee hopes to be up and roaring again soon.

Peter Mayhew, the actor who played Chewbacca in the Star Wars films, is recovering in a Texas hospital after having double knee-replacement surgery on Monday.

"We have made him bigger, stronger & faster; now if we can just get him out of bed! Taking it slow and steady," his family wrote Tuesday on his Twitter page, one of several updates they have given on his condition.

The British-born Mayhew, 69, who is 7'3" and now lives in Texas, has reportedly used a wheelchair for the past two years. He hopes the surgery will let him walk again.

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Alyson Hannigan & Daughters Cheer on Dad at Star Wars-Themed Relay Race | Alyson Hannigan

Caught in the Act

Alyson Hannigan & Daughters Cheer on Dad at Star Wars-Themed Relay Race

Originally posted 07/11/2013 06:00AM

It was a race to the finish!

Alyson Hannigan and her daughters Satyana, 4, and Keeva, 13 months, were dad Alexis Denisof's biggest cheerleaders as he participated in the Course of the Force relay race at George Lucas's Skywalker Ranch in Marin, Calif., on Tuesday.

Denisof, who was dressed in a self-made C-3P0 costume, "walked rigidly" (just like C-3P0!) in the last leg of the race.

"When Alexis rounded the corner, Alyson grabbed the kids and said 'Let's go watch daddy!'" an onlooker tells PEOPLE. "They cheered him on as he finished the relay with the lightsaber."

Credit: Courtesy of Jennifer Page
Heroes Among Us: Darth Vader Boy Helps Raise Money for Sick Kids

Max Page, 8, Has Raised Tens of Thousands of Dollars for Kids in Need

Originally posted 06/13/2013 09:30AM

The Force is strong with Max Page.

It's been one year since the actor, 8, best known for playing a pint-sized Darth Vader in a Volkswagen Super Bowl commercial that went viral, underwent life-saving open-heart surgery.

"He's doing remarkably well," his mom Jennifer Page tells PEOPLE.

Since then, he's used his powers for good throughout the galaxy. "He's a full-throttle kid who loves doing charity work," says Page, 40, "making appearances in hospitals nationwide, raising funds and cheering up other kids."

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Star Wars Actor Richard LeParmentier Dies

Star Wars Actor Richard LeParmentier Dies

Originally posted 04/17/2013 08:15AM

Actor Richard LeParmentier, whose character Admiral Motti was viciously attacked by Darth Vader in 1977's Star Wars for not believing in The Force, died Tuesday morning while visiting his family in Austin, Texas, they announced.

His publicist, Derek Maki, told the Associated Press that the death was unexpected. No cause was given.

In a statement, his children – Rhiannon, Stephanie and Tyrone LeParmentier – said: "At age 66, Richard Le Parmentier is one with the Force. We're deeply grateful to the many devoted fans who have posted personal remembrances of our dad as a warm, genuine person with an unparalleled joie de vivre and gift for friendship (not to mention a mean petanque player)." Petanque is a European game, like bocce ball.

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The Force Is with the Today Show

Originally posted 10/30/2009 09:00AM

A galaxy far, far away came to New York's Rockefeller Plaza Friday morning, and it was 1977 all over again, as the Today show team dolled up for Halloween in their best Star Wars finery.

Bunned up behind the ears in her unflattering wig, Meredith Vieira was Princess Leia, Matt Lauer was a grounded Luke Skywalker, Al Roker came on as Han Solo while Ann Curry breathed heavily as Darth Vader. Natalie Morales dropped in as Padmé Amidala, and Hoda was Yoda (Hoda Kotb, that is). Kathie Lee Gifford went heavy metal, as C-3PO.

Dressing up in elaborate costumes has become a tradition on the NBC morning show. As for this year's retro theme, in a season when The Twilight Saga is all the rage, chalk it up to the current Stars Wars: In Concert show that is touring the country.
Stephen M. Silverman

NEWS BRIEFS: Grammy Ratings Jump

Originally posted 02/10/2004 4:18PM

BOOSTED: For all the outcry over Janet Jackson's flashed flesh at the Super Bowl, people aren't turning off their televisions. The 46th annual Grammy Awards, which for the first time in history was broadcast using a tape delay, proved to be the most-watched Grammy telecast since 2001 and was up 6 percent from last year's awards, reports Reuters. More than 26 million viewers tuned in for the CBS telecast from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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