Carrie Fisher, best known for her iconic role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise, has died. She was 60 years old.
A family spokesman confirmed the news on behalf of Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd, in a statement on Tuesday (December 27): “It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning. She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly. Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers.”
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The Death Star blew up before I was born. Its pink-and-yellow cloud left a residue on the culture. We’ve inherited Luke Skywalker’s PTSD. Generations have witnessed that moment through rewinds and re-releases, and once mine grew old enough, we recreated it for ourselves with The Force Awakens’ supersize revamp and now Rogue One’s through-the-looking-glass reimagining of how it was done in the first place. Four decades after the damned thing first exploded, to see the killer ship’s blueprint onscreen … read more

Going rogue? A daily occurrence for the cast of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. E News’ Erin Lim chatted with the stars of the highly-anticipated space flick at its world premiere in Los Angeles over the weekend, and as it turns out, they’re a pretty bold bunch! Felicity Jones, who plays outlaw Jyn Erso in the standalone prequel to the original Star Wars, told us she once had a wild side: “When did I go rogue? Probably when I was growing up and I was a teenager. At times I was a bit of a rebellious … read more

The first “Star Wars” prequels were not the movies you were looking for. Of course, one blemish stands out from the others — mostly because it just didn’t shut up. Jar Jar Binks has been panned throughout the galaxy since his first appearance in “Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace.” J.J. Abrams even joked about possibly having Jar Jar’s bones show up in the new movies as an Easter egg. At least that would bring our intergalactic nightmare to an end, right? Well, sorry, everyone. … read more

Diego Luna got the wakeup call of a lifetime in early 2015.
It was then that Luna—known for Y Tu Mamá También, Milk and Elysium—heard he would be playing the Rebel Alliance intelligence officer Cassian Andor in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
“It was 2 a.m. in the morning. I was asleep in Budapest—I was shooting a different project—and my phone started ringing. I was like, ‘Oh, God. Who is this? Probably a drunk cousin that wants to tell me something.’ I fell asleep again and I didn’t answer,” … read more

The true monsters of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story are, of course, the leaders of the Empire. But when the film hits theaters this month, you can also keep an eye out for some artistic monsters hiding in the background.
Rogue One director Gareth Edwards recently stopped by The Star Wars Show to hype up the film (as if it needed any more hype; this is Star Wars after all). He revealed that, during a scene in the cave home of Saw Gerrera (Forest Whitaker), there are a couple Easter Eggs that tie into … read more

Lady Problems is a weekly column that looks at how the entertainment industry — and its corresponding culture and constituents — is treating women in a given week. (Hint: It will almost always be “poorly.”) Every Thursday we’ll review the week’s most significant woman-centric conflicts, then provide a brilliant solution to each problem that nobody in Hollywood will ever listen to or enforce.
The Lady Problem: In a long piece in the Daily Beast this week, Amy Zimmerman explores the “dark … read more

A new trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story gives us a glimpse into heroine Jyn Erso’s (Felicity Jones) past, reveals the origins of the “Rogue One” callsign, and previews the action to come in Gareth Edwards’s Stars Wars anthology film. Oh, and is that a statue of Obi Wan we see in the sand? Set before A New Hope, Rogue One follows Jyn Erso as she leads an unlikely team of heroes on a dangerous mission to steal the plans of the Empire’s new weapon of mass destruction — which was designed by … read more

Enjoy your last look at Rogue One: A Star Wars Story before its Dec. 16 release.
The film’s final trailer debuted on Good Morning America Thursday. The year’s most anticipated movie—in theaters in 3D, RealD 3D and IMAX 3D—was directed by Gareth Edwards, produced by Simon Emanuel, Kathleen Kennedy and Allison Shearmur and executive produced by John Knoll and Jason McGatlin.
The action-adventure movie stars Riz Ahmed, Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Mads Mikkelsen, Genevieve O’Reilly, … read more

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story requiring reshoots is NBD.
Over the summer, multiple reports suggested the blockbuster was in major trouble ahead of its Dec. 18 release date. Reps for Disney and Lucasfilm publicly denied the claims, which had sent fans into a frenzy. Looking back at the controversy, Felicity Jones—who plays Rebel Alliance recruit Jyn Erso in the series’ first standalone film—insists that the constant speculation about the reshoots was misleading. “Obviously when you come to the … read more

Neil Hanvey, the terminally ill Star Wars fan who got to see Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, died of cancer on Monday, August 22.
Hanvey, who had been battling cancer for over three years, passed away at the age of 36 in hospice care, just two days after getting to see the film on Saturday ahead of its December 2016 release. “On behalf of Neil Hanvey, his wife Andrea and all his family, we want to thank everyone who supported the #RogueOneWish campaign,” St Michael’s Hospice wrote in a Facebook post … read more

Neil Hanvey’s dying wish came true.
On Saturday, the terminally ill Star Wars fan got an advance screening of the film franchise’s upcoming release, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Over the weekend, the ailing man was actually able to watch the movie with his his wife and family members, from his bed at England’s St. Michael’s Hospice.
Tragically, Neil passed away on Monday at 36 years old, after losing his battle with cancer.
But, before his death, hospice staff had organized a social media campaign … read more

The newest trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story dropped Thursday night (August 11) during NBC’s Olympics coverage, and as promised, director Gareth Edwards has delivered a darker, more immersive, more realistic look at that galaxy far, far away — set to the harrowing sound of the Imperial March. Check out the thrilling new trailer below. At the start of the film, spiritual planet Jedha is seized by the Galactic Empire, which only further fuels the conflict between the Empire and the Resistance. … read more

Disney and Lucasfilm released an Olympic-sized Star Wars TV spot Thursday.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story arrives in theaters on Dec. 16, and the franchise’s fans are eager for something—anything!—that will tide them over until its release. Riz Ahmed, Jonathan Aris, Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker and Donnie Yen make up the film’s cast, while Gareth Edwards serves as its director. A 15-second teaser hit the Internet Tuesday, which … read more

I always think of Disney productions as indefatigable and overwhelmingly competent, but I need to check my expectations, as should we all. On the heels of the messiness surrounding the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean film, we’re getting lots of stories about the disappointments around Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Back in May, we heard that the first cut of the film was pretty bad, and that Disney ordered four weeks of reshoots to deal with the blandness. The story at the time was that some at … read more