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The hype reawakens: ‘Star Wars’ stages ‘Last Jedi’ premiere

LOS ANGELES: Stormtroopers, droids and celebrities from galaxies near and far hit the red carpet in the shadow of a giant AT-AT assault vehicle Saturday at the glittering world premiere of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" -- although one star almost didn't make it. John Boyega, who plays the heroic stormtrooper-turned-rebel Finn, had tweeted that he feared missing the big event because a snowstorm had gridlocked air travel out of Atlanta. "Trying to get back for the LA premiere! I actually NEED a pilot !!!" he lamented,…

Leia leads resistance in Carrie Fisher’s final ‘Star Wars’ film

LOS ANGELES: Carrie Fisher’s final performance as the beloved Leia in “Star Wars” puts the character on the front lines in a dark new chapter that reaches theaters this month, leaving a galactic hole to fill after the sudden death of the actress a year ago. Fisher had filmed all of her scenes for "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," the eighth installment of the blockbuster space saga, before she died of a heart attack in December 2016. "She’s irreplaceable," Mark Hamill, who plays Luke Skywalker, told Reuters. “Star Wars is…

Actress Carrie Fisher had cocaine, heroin in system, autopsy shows

LONDON: She had a long history of cocaine addiction in the 1980s and she also suffered from bipolar disorder. Although Fisher had spoken openly about her battle with addiction, it was not known that she had ongoing issues with drugs. Fisher had likely taken the cocaine some 72 hours before she was admitted to the hospital in Los Angeles, according to Monday's autopsy and toxicology report. "The significance of the cocaine (regarding the cause of death) cannot be established at this time," the report said. "We cannot…

‘Star Wars’ makers vow not to digitally recreate Carrie Fisher

LOS ANGELES: The studio behind the "Star Wars" movie franchise said on Friday is has no plans to digitally recreate film performances of the late actress Carrie Fisher, best known for her role as Princess Leia, in upcoming installments of the blockbuster series. Speculation had mounted since Fisher died unexpectedly last month, at age 60, that filmmakers might use new advances in computer graphics technology to resurrect digital images of the actress in forthcoming chapters of the "Star Wars" film epic. Such technology…

Debbie Reynolds, daughter Carrie Fisher to be buried side by side

LOS ANGELES: A joint memorial service and side-by-side burial are being planned for mother-and-daughter Hollywood stars Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher, who died a day apart earlier this week in Los Angeles, the family said on Friday. Todd Fisher, son of Reynolds and younger brother to Carrie, said a glimpse he caught of hummingbirds at a cemetery site at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills convinced him it was the ideal spot for their final resting place. "That's the way it was meant to be," Todd…

Actress Debbie Reynolds dies at 84, day after daughter Carrie Fisher’s death

LOS ANGELES: Hollywood legend Debbie Reynolds, who sang and danced her way into the hearts of millions of moviegoers around the world in musicals like "Singin' in the Rain," died on Wednesday at age 84, her son said. Reynolds, one of the most enduring and endearing Hollywood actresses, died hours after being rushed to the hospital in Los Angeles after suffering a stroke, her son, Todd Fisher said. Her death came just one day after her daughter, the actress Carrie Fisher, died of a heart attack. Reynolds, who rose…

‘Star Wars’ actor Carrie Fisher dies at 60

LONDON: Carrie Fisher, who rose to fame as Princess Leia in the "Star Wars" films and later endured drug addiction and stormy romances with show business heavyweights, died on Tuesday, People magazine reported, citing the family's publicist. “It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning,” the statement from family spokesman Simon Halls read. Fisher was 60 years old. Fisher, who had been in England shooting the third season of the…