GARY Kurtz who made possible Star Wars and other Hollywood hits such as American Graffiti has died of cancer aged 78, according to the actor who played Chewbacca. Kurtz, who passed away yesterday, joined the US Marine Corps where he served his country in Vietnam and it was his epic experience of war that later directly influence his film making skills and story telling ethos. The news was broken by the Star Wars actor famed for playing Chewbacca, Peter Mayhew. He tweeted: "RIP Gary Kurtz. A great filmmaker and man has just passed. Without him there would have been no 'force'. "You will be remembered in the incredible films you made that touched the lives of millions." Because the filmaker had studied religion extensively in his early years, during the making of Star Wars he suggested to director George Lucas that he might give the film a sufficiently universal religion to help to give it more depth. That led to Kurtz working on the "Star Wars” screenplay and developing … [Read more...] about Gary Kurtz dead at 78 – Star Wars and American Graffiti producer passes away
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MARK HAMILL has said it is “bittersweet” facing his final Star Wars film without Carrie Fisher. The actor, 66, is set to reprise the role of Luke Skywalker in Episode IX and unreleased footage of Fisher, who died in 2016 at 60, will also be used. Hamill shared two images on social media of himself and Fisher with the caption: “In Loving Memory of our princess Carrie Fisher.” He wrote: “It's bittersweet facing my final chapter without her, she is simply irreplaceable. “I’m finding solace in the fact that she won’t BE replaced.” Filmmaker JJ Abrams said last week that Fisher would be in the next Star Wars film to give the latest trilogy a "satisfying conclusion". Footage of the Princess Leia actress shot for 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be used in the ninth film in the space opera's core trilogies. THAT'S WHAT SHE SEES IN HIM! Katie Price can't take her eyes off boyfriend's package KATIE'S IN A RIGHT ESTATE Katie … [Read more...] about Mark Hamill says filming final Star Wars film without Carrie Fisher was ‘bittersweet’
She was one of the most well-loved characters of the Star Wars films, and arguably its best-loved actress. So when Carrie Fisher died suddenly in 2016, the film world was beset by grief – and a question mark hung over the future of the Star Wars franchise. Now director JJ Abrams has confirmed that previously unseen footage of Fisher will be used to bring Leia Organa, the commanding leader of the Rebel Alliance, back to round off the Skywalker saga in the forthcoming ninth Star Wars film. “We desperately loved Carrie Fisher,” Abrams said in a statement on the Star Wars website. “Finding a truly satisfying conclusion to the Skywalker saga without her eluded us. We were never going to recast, or use a CG character. “With the support and blessing from her daughter, Billie, we have found a way to honour Carrie’s legacy and role as Leia in Episode IX by using unseen footage we shot together in Episode VII.” The news came as part of an … [Read more...] about Unseen Carrie Fisher footage will bring Princess Leia back in ninth Star Wars film
Lifestyle / Entertainment / Film by Press Association 04/05/2018, 12:02 am FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Star Wars actor Peter Cushing will be honoured with a blue plaque at his childhood home, English Heritage has announced. The actor, who died in 1994, is best known for playing Grand Moff Tarkin in the ground-breaking 1977 film but also starred in numerous fantasy and horror films, including 23 Hammer Film Productions. His Star Wars character was brought back to life in 2016’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, when Tarkin was digitally revived using visual effects. The plaque, announced on Star Wars Day, will be unveiled in July at his former home in Croydon. Howard Spencer, senior historian for English Heritage blue plaques, said: “Described as never having given a bad performance, Peter Cushing was an incredibly accomplished actor with a varied career ranging from Shakespearean theatre to … [Read more...] about Blue plaque honour for Star Wars actor Peter Cushing
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest 'Solo: A Star Wars Story': The new young Han Solo trailer is here! Here's what we learned about Han Solo and Lando Calrissian in the latest (and probably last) new trailer for 'Solo: A Star Wars Story'. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Kim Willis and Brian Truitt, USA TODAY Published 10:54 a.m. ChT April 9, 2018 | Updated 11:43 a.m. ChT April 9, 2018 CLOSE Young Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) joins a team of rogues who scheme to rip off a cosmic gangster in a trailer for "Solo: A Star Wars Story." Lucasfilm CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN COMMENT EMAIL MORE Oh, sure, American Idol, way to guarantee that … [Read more...] about ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’: The new young Han Solo trailer is here!