The world lost an icon on Tuesday when news broke that actress Carrie Fisher died at the age of 60. She had been hospitalized last week after suffering a heart attack. Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd, confirmed her mother’s death, saying in part, “She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly.”
That statement couldn’t be more true. Fisher was known for her role as Princess Leia Organa in the “Star Wars” franchise, and will always be remembered for her charisma, humor … read more

Hollywood is in mourning after it was revealed that Carrie Fisher, 60, has passed away on Tuesday (Dec. 27, 2016) just four days after suffering a heart attack.
The actress’ Star Wars family is particularly feeling the loss as co-stars and crew members expressed their sadness and grief.
“Carrie was one-of-a-kind…brilliant, original. Funny and emotionally fearless,” Harrison Ford, who Fisher claimed she had a secret affair with in her memoir The Princess Diarist, said in a statement. “She … read more

Carrie Fisher was a force to be reckoned with. She was a symbol of strength and resiliency for millions, a brutally honest and unapologetically funny woman who overcame addiction and mental illness with one of the sharpest minds this side of the galaxy. Though best known for her pioneering work as Princess Leia in George Lucas’s beloved Star Wars franchise, the Emmy-nominated actress, author, and playwright was an outspoken icon in her own right, often turning pain into humor. To say she will be … read more

May the force be with her. Members of Carrie Fisher’s Star Wars family are mourning the loss of the legendary actress. As previously reported, Fisher died at the age of 60 on Tuesday, December 27, four days after suffering a massive heart attack. Shortly after the news broke, her Star Wars costar Mark Hamill tweeted that he had “no words” and that he was “devastated.” Hamill, 65, and the When Harry Met Sally star played brother and sister Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia in the original George Lucas–created … read more

Another heart broken. Sean Ono Lennon, the son of Yoko Ono and the late John Lennon, mourned close friend Carrie Fisher in a heartbreaking Instagram post shared on the day of her death, Tuesday, December 27.
“I can honestly say that Carrie was one of the best and closest friends I’ve ever had in my life,” Lennon, 41, wrote. “She was the smartest, funniest, kindest, and most generous person I have ever known. My heart is completely and permanently broken. This is the kind of loss that you never recover … read more

Carrie Fisher’s Star Wars co-stars, including Harrison Ford, are sending messages of support and love to the actress as she fights for her life.
The 60-year-old actress, who plays Leia in the hit film franchise, was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital Friday after suffering a heart attack aboard a plane flying from London. Her brother Todd Fisher told E! News hours later Carrie was being treated in the ICU.
“I’m shocked and saddened to hear the news about my dear friend,” Ford said in a statement to … read more

Months ago, Alden Ehrenreich was cast as the young Han Solo in the spinoff prequel/whatever Star Wars film they’re making. Disney’s idea is to have a spinoff movie about what Han was up to before he ever met up with Luke and Leia. Not much is known about Han’s pre-Skywalker days, and by the time The Empire Strikes Back rolled around, it was clear that Han had already tangled with many people, like Lando Calrissian, played by Billy Dee Williams. When more details of the Han Solo film came out, … read more

A galactic welcome is in order for Star Wars’ newest resident. Donald Glover has been cast as young Lando Calrissian in the upcoming Star Wars standalone movie opposite Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, the franchise announced on Friday, October 21.
“Hello, what have we here?” reads a message from the official Star Wars Twitter account. “Donald Glover is Lando Calrissian in the untitled 2018 Han Solo Star Wars Story.”
Glover, 33, has long been a favorite among fans to play the part; in the … read more

As this workweek winds down, several new and interesting roles were picked up by some the industry’s most in-demand actors, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence and Donald Glover. The projects involve everything from the birth of rock ‘n’ roll to a galaxy far, far away.
Though Lawrence already has a busy schedule, including an upcoming Steven Spielberg project and a film with supposed new boyfriend Darren Aronofsky, her next few years just got busier! The Oscar-winner has signed … read more

Donald Glover is moving from “Atlanta” to a galaxy far far away. On Friday, the official “Star Wars” website released a statement announcing that the actor has been cast as smuggler Lando Calrissian in the currently untitled Han Solo spinoff. Glover will join Alden Ehrenreich, who beat out bigger-name actors like Miles Teller, Logan Lerman, Dave Franco and Ansel Elgort for the role of Han, in the project set to hit theaters in 2018. “We’re so lucky to have an artist as talented as Donald … read more

Tim Burton’s latest film, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, comes out today. It is a rare Tim Burton film featuring an actor of color in a somewhat lead role – while Eva Green plays Miss Peregrine, the would-be heroine of the piece, Samuel L. Jackson is the villain and his role is pretty major. Burton’s films are not known for being very diverse – Bustle points out that Burton has cast Billy Dee Williams and Michael Clarke Duncan in supporting roles in previous films, but for … read more

Tim Burton is finding it difficult to answer a question about his movies — and not just “WTF was up with that Planet Of The Apes remake?”
The director known for his gloomy aesthetics is doing press for his new film, Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, and a reporter for Bustle asked him something it seems no one ever has.
Why is everyone in his movies white?
For reference, here is the cast of titular Children from the film opening today: A dozen parts, most of them played by unknowns, … read more

Tim Burton is speaking out about his decision to cast predominantly white actors in his new film, Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children. “Nowadays, people are talking about it more,” he told Bustle in regards to onscreen diversity. “Things either call for things, or they don’t. I remember back when I was a child watching The Brady Bunch and they started to get all politically correct, like, Okay, let’s have an Asian child and a black – I used to get more offended by that than just – I … read more

Back in May, we learned that hottie Alden Ehrenreich was cast as “the young Han Solo” in one of the many, many Star Wars spinoffs/reboots/whatever movies coming out. This film will follow Han Solo’s adventures before he even met up with Luke and Leia. Out of the short-list of actors up for the role, I thought Alden was a decent choice. He’s cute in a smirky way, which sort of fits for Han Solo. Now there’s a new casting situation, and it’s making me soooo happy! They’re looking for … read more

The nerd Super Bowl (aka San Diego Comic-Con) begins today. Although I’ll be missing it for the first time in nearly a decade due to my comedy tour in South Africa, it’s a community that holds a dear place in my heart.
In the midst of the seemingly endless barrage of BS we’re dealing with in society at large, fandom has always served as a much needed respit for me. Like everything else, it’s a microcosm of the larger world so I’m not naive to its problems. That said, I’ve met artists and fan fiction … read more