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Disney Bows to Star Wars Fan Backlash, Adds Princess Leia Toys to New Line | Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, Star Wars, Carrie Fisher

UpdatePosted 06/10/2014 04:00PM

Disney Bows to Star Wars Fan Backlash, Adds Princess Leia Toys to New Line

Originally posted 06/10/2014 12:20PM

There's a scene in The Empire Strikes Back where Princess Leia shuts up the eternally cocky Han Solo with the line, "Well, I guess you don't know anything about women yet." Although her criticism was aimed solely at the guy who put the word "smug" in smuggler, she could've been shouting it at Disney, too.

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UpdatePosted 05/04/2014 09:00AM

Star Wars Cast: May the Force Be with Them, Today & Always

Originally posted 05/01/2014 04:50PM

"May the Fourth be with you."

It's been a busy week for Star Wars fans. First, the cast of the new J.J. Abrams-led installment(s) was revealed. Next, fans were either frozen with waves of warm nostalgia (or carbonite) after seeing their favorite elder cast members nearly 40 years on – or they were thrilled by the possibilities that fresh blood could bring to the franchise. Things were fraught, to say the least.

Well, we're here to prey on your heightened emotions. Whether you're a scruffy-looking nerf-herder or the proud owner of a ship that can make the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs (FYI, that's a tricky one: Both of those things refer to the same character!), you'll surely be transported to a time long, long ago by these photos of the Star Wars cast posing with their younger selves.

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Cast of New Star Wars Revealed: Luke, Leia and Han Are Back | Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford

Cast of New Star Wars Revealed: Luke, Leia and Han Are Back

Originally posted 04/29/2014 06:15PM

When it comes to Star Wars movies, separating the facts from the rumors is harder than detangling Chewbacca's back after a bath.

But this time, the rumors were true: the original Star Wars lineup – including Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford – will reprise their roles in the upcoming Episode VII.

Notoriously secretive director J.J. Abrams has finally revealed the new (and, um, old) cast, a list of names that could cause a serious disturbance in the Force … or at least on Twitter.

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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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Carrie Fisher Describes Her Bipolar Crisis

Carrie Fisher Describes Her Bipolar Crisis

Originally posted 03/15/2013 11:15AM

On Feb. 11, two days before Carrie Fisher boarded ship as a headliner for a gay cruise in the Caribbean, she had a nightmare: An armed militia lay in wait on the boat, and in the dream she warned her assistant, "You don't have to go, but I do!"

Despite that premonition, they set sail from Aruba, Fisher's bulldog Gary in tow. "It was whatever pathetic thing I picked up from my mother [Debbie Reynolds]," says Fisher. "You know, the show must go on."

Unfortunately, it did. By the time Fisher took the stage, the 56-year-old bestselling author, screenwriter and Star Wars actress was in the throes of a bipolar episode. Shocked audience members watched as she rambled, slurred words and mumbled lyrics. Her dog relieved himself onstage as some people fled.

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Debbie Reynolds: Carrie Fisher Will Be 'Just Fine' After Hospitalization | Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds

Debbie Reynolds: Carrie Fisher Will Be 'Just Fine' After Hospitalization

Originally posted 02/28/2013 08:40AM

Carrie Fisher was briefly hospitalized last week for her bipolar disorder after a bizarre performance aboard a cruise ship, but her mother Debbie Reynolds says she'll be fine.

"She's had manic depression bipolar since she was 13. It's an illness, and she's doing much better," Reynolds told PEOPLE exclusively Wednesday night. "I'm very proud of her, and she's doing exceptionally well. She'll be just fine, just great, and continue her writing as she always does."

Fisher, 56, who has spoken openly about her mental illness, performed on the Holland American cruise liner Eurodam in the Caribbean. The actress and author gave a rambling performance, leaving many in the audience wondering what was wrong.

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Rufus Wainwright Weds Longtime Partner

Rufus Wainwright Weds Jorn Weisbrodt

Originally posted 08/24/2012 12:30PM

"One day you will come to Montauk ... hope you won't turn around and go," Rufus Wainwright sings on the piano-driven ballad "Montauk" (from his latest album, Out of the Game) about his favorite seaside town.

On Thursday, friends and family flocked to the rustic beach community at the end of Long Island to see the singer marry his longtime partner Jorn Weisbrodt. And no one left early!

Wainwright, 39, and Weisbrodt, the German-born artistic director of the Luminato Festival, wore custom Viktor & Rolf Monsieur and were married by a longtime friend, the artist Justin Vivian Bond.

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Carrie Fisher: How She Lost 50 Lbs. – and Got Her Life Back

Carrie Fisher: How She Lost 50 Lbs. – and Got Her Life Back

Originally posted 11/07/2011 02:10PM

Jenny Craig may have helped its spokesperson Carrie Fisher lose 50 lbs. over the past year, but it was the psychiatric hospital Silver Hill in New Canaan, Connecticut, that helped her get her life back together, she says.

"They really did heal me. It's the alma mater that matters," the Star Wars star, 55, told the assembled guests at Thursday's Silver Hill Hospital gala at Manhattan's Cipriani 42nd Street.

Extolling the virtues of the 80-year-old facility, where she was treated for alcohol addiction and bipolar disorder, Fisher said that during her stay "there was a president at Silver Hill, I'm not kidding. And he had really bad breath, so I used to tell people not to get down wind of the president."

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Carrie Fisher, 50 Lbs. Lighter, Ready for Her Princess Leia Bikini

Originally posted 08/24/2011 10:05AM



For Carrie Fisher, less is more.

She's lost 50 lbs. in the past nine months – and is ready for her bikini, or, in her case, her Princess Leia metal two-piece.

The self-effacing author-actress and Jenny Craig spokesperson, 54, coyly unveiled her latest self on Wednesday's Today show, accepting a hug from host Ann Curry, who proclaimed Fisher "beeeeeeeeauuuuuutiful."

"If I knew I don't want to know, because then I'd have to go get it," Fisher said when asked where was the rest of her.

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