'Star Wars' actor Richard LeParmentier dies
April 17th, 2013
10:36 AM ET

'Star Wars' actor Richard LeParmentier dies

Actor Richard LeParmentier, who memorably felt the force of Darth Vader's wrath as Adm. Motti in 1977's "Star Wars," has died, CNN confirms. He was 66.

According to a statement from production company Lucasfilm, LeParmentier was born in Pennsylvania, but had been living in the UK during the peak of his acting career.

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J.J. Abrams charts his 'Star Wars' path
March 25th, 2013
02:35 PM ET

J.J. Abrams charts his 'Star Wars' path

Much like Luke Skywalker, director J.J. Abrams doesn't have much of a targeting computer when it comes to the Death Star-sized questions surrounding "Star Wars Episode VII."

"I don't know because we're just getting started," Abrams told Empire Magazine when asked about how he will take on the much anticipated sequel. "There are infinitely more questions than answers right now."

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Carrie Fisher as an 'elderly' Princess Leia? Not so fast
March 6th, 2013
03:00 PM ET

Carrie Fisher as an 'elderly' Princess Leia? Not so fast

Carrie Fisher is open to the idea of joining the cast of Disney's upcoming "Star Wars" films, but that doesn't mean it's a done deal.

While the actress told Palm Beach Illustrated that she's set to reprise her role of Princess Leia, it seems she was pulling someone's leg.

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It's official: Abrams to direct new 'Star Wars' film
January 26th, 2013
01:38 AM ET

It's official: Abrams to direct new 'Star Wars' film

This is the director they were looking for.

J.J. Abrams will direct the next "Star Wars" movie installment, Walt Disney Studios announced late Friday night.

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It’s a good week to be J.J. Abrams
January 25th, 2013
04:31 PM ET

It’s a good week to be J.J. Abrams

There might be a few different droids in J.J. Abrams' future.

In addition to reportedly signing on to direct “Star Wars Episode VII,” the “Star Trek” director will also have a presence on the small screen with a new sci-fi pilot.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fox has ordered Abrams’ untitled buddy cop show about police officers who are partnered with highly evolved androids.

“Fringe” executive producer J.H. Wyman will write and executive produce the series, which is set in a near future, THR reports.

Despite Abrams telling Entertainment Weekly in November that he turned down the opportunity to direct the next installment of “Star Wars,” the publication has confirmed The Wrap's report that he will, in fact, helm the anticipated film.


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Carrie Fisher, Frank Marshall tease ‘Star Wars’ developments
November 14th, 2012
04:25 PM ET

Carrie Fisher, Frank Marshall tease ‘Star Wars’ developments

The force is strong with ... someone.

As Disney gets further along in its quest to continue the “Star Wars” franchise, more and more details are emerging — slowly.

Here are more behind-the-camera updates: MTV caught producer Frank Marshall, husband of new Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy, on the red carpet, and took the opportunity to ask about a galaxy far, far away.

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