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Disney CEO: ‘Last Jedi’ not changed due to Carrie Fisher’s death

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Disney CEO Bob Iger says the upcoming “Star Wars” sequel has not been changed due to the death of Carrie Fisher. Fisher completed filming her role as Princess Leia in “The Last Jedi” before her death following a heart attack in December. Iger said in an interview at a University of Southern California tech conference Thursday that Fisher “appears throughout” the film and her performance “remains as it was.” Iger says Disney is discussing “what could be another decade and a half…

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In heaven, Debbie and Carrie continue to deliver a class act

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Carrie Fisher and her kid brother Todd had every right to loathe their parents. Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher were self-involved entertainers, and the needs of their children ran a very distant second to Debbie’s relationship with her career and Eddie’s relationship with drugs. From their “shared history of weirdness,” the kids managed to emerge quite a bit more kind, wise, and devoted to their star-crossed parents than Debbie and Eddie had any right to expect. The Fisher children have…

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With the loss of its celebrities, Gen X ponders mortality

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Princess Leia was our first girl movie heroine, and we made our moms braid brunette yarn so we’d have earmuff buns for Halloween. Carol Brady of “The Brady Bunch” was the ideal mother we probably didn’t have, because our moms had to work and left us latchkey kids home alone, with TV and processed food our only companions. Carrie Fisher and Florence Henderson — and other icons of Generation X’s youth — are now gone, stolen by the cruel thief…

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“Star Wars” named AP’s Entertainer of the Year

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“Star Wars” isn’t just strong. It’s unstoppable. The revival of the nearly 40-year-old space saga has already dominated the box office and toy shelves. Now, it’s also been selected as The Associated Press Entertainer of the Year and is amassing support for Academy Awards consideration. “Personally, it’s been three years of feeling privileged to be part of something that’s bigger than all of us,” filmmaker J.J. Abrams told the AP in an interview. “This accolade is very much appreciated and…

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‘Star Wars’ trailers vs. what ended up in the film

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J.J. Abrams never intended to guide “Star Wars” fans in the wrong direction. The writer-director says — spoiler alert! — that while trailers for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” feature footage and dialogue that didn’t ultimately end up in the final cut of the movie, the discrepancies weren’t meant to throw anyone off. “It’s a fairly common occurrence when you’re working on a movie, and it’s a year or six months out,” said Abrams. “We were still editing, refining and…

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Harrison Ford promises older, wiser Solo in ‘Force Awakens’

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When speaking about “Star Wars,” there are few topics that inspire a twinkle in Harrison Ford‘s eyes. The 73-year-old actor is matter-of-fact about almost everything involving the sci-fi series’ latest episode — from his reunion with Carrie Fisher (“It was no big deal.”) to the franchise’s unwavering popularity (“For me, it’s old news.”). However, when Ford brings up his new co-stars, he lights up like the Millennium Falcon charging through hyperspace. “The new, young actors Daisy Ridley and John Boyaga…

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