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“She wanted to be with Carrie:” Debbie Reynolds dies at 84

Debbie Reynolds passed away Wednesday, only a day after her daughter Carrie Fisher. “She wanted to be with Carrie,” son Todd Fisher told Variety.

From last year, Carrie presents Debbie with her Lifetime Achievement Award at the Screen Actors Guild Awards:

Todd later posted this tribute:

“Feisty, wise and full of hope:” Carrie Fisher dies at age 60

Carrie Fisher has passed away after her heart attack last week, People reports based on a statement from her daughter, Billie Lourd.

“It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning,” reads the statement.

“She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly. Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers.”

Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy: “Carrie holds such special place in the hearts of everyone at Lucasfilm it is difficult to think of a world without her. She was Princess Leia to the world but a very special friend to all of us. She had an indomitable spirit, incredible wit, and a loving heart. Carrie also defined the female hero of our age over a generation ago. Her groundbreaking role as Princess Leia served as an inspiration of power and confidence for young girls everywhere. We will miss her dearly.”

George Lucas: “Carrie and I have been friends most of our adult lives. She was extremely smart; a talented actress, writer and comedienne with a very colorful personality that everyone loved. In Star Wars she was our great and powerful princess – feisty, wise and full of hope in a role that was more difficult than most people might think.”

Disney CEO Bob Iger: “Carrie Fisher was one-of-a-kind, a true character who shared her talent and her truth with us all with her trademark wit and irreverence.”

Mark Hamill: “It’s never easy to lose such a vital, irreplaceable member of the family, but this is downright heartbreaking. Carrie was one-of-a-kind who belonged to us all- whether she liked it or not. She was OUR Princess, damn it, & the actress who played her blurred into one gorgeous, fiercely independent & ferociously funny, take-charge woman who took our collective breath away. Determined & tough, but with a vulnerability that made you root for her & want her to succeed & be happy. She played such a crucial role in my professional & personal life, & both would have been far emptier without her. I am grateful for the laughter, the wisdom, the kindness & even the bratty, self-indulgent crap my beloved space-twin gave me through the years. Thanks Carrie. I love you, mh”

Harrison Ford: “Carrie was one-of-a-kind…brilliant, original. Funny and emotionally fearless. She lived her life, bravely… My thoughts are with her daughter Billie, her mother Debbie, her brother Todd, and her many friends. We will all miss her.”

Daisy Ridley: “Devastated at this monumental loss. How lucky we all are to have known her, and how awful that we have to say goodbye.”

Oscar Isaac: “She had no patience for pretense or small talk. She saw through things, at a different angle, with the gritty wisdom that comes from the hardest lessons. And, man, did she make me laugh.”

In addition to her most famous role, Fisher was also an author and script doctor. Her last book, The Princess Diarist, came out last month.

Mom: Carrie Fisher “stable” after heart attack

Carrie Fisher had a “cardiac episode” – which some reports are calling a heart attack – on a plane en route from London to Los Angeles this afternoon. Her brother Todd told Variety that she’s in the ICU, but they don’t know much yet. “There’s nothing new from the doctors. There’s nothing new at all. There’s no good news or bad news.”

UPDATE: Debbie Reynolds, Carrie’s mother, tweeted Sunday that she’s now in stable condition.

Fisher was attended to by nurses and airline staff on the plane and then rushed to UCLA Medical Center by paramedics. There are more details at the Hollywood Reporter.

Fisher was in London promoting her new book, The Princess Diarist.

News of Fisher’s condition drew supportive tweets from co-stars and colleagues:

The hashtag #prayersforcarrie was trending on Twitter Friday evening.

It’s weird Adam Driver photoshoot season

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With Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson and Martin Scorsese’s Silence on the horizon, tis the season for weird Adam Driver photoshoots. There are no goats this time, but that is a seriously gross bathroom, Interview Magazine. (Vulture calls it an “abandoned toilet dungeon,” which makes it sound only more Kylo Ren appropriate.) They only touch on Star Wars a little, but the actual interview, with director Noah Baubach, is a good read.

Out this week: The Princess Diarist, Han Solo, Star Wars and Vader, collected

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Carrie Fisher’s latest memoir, The Princess Diarist, is out Tuesday. It’s already created a few waves with her admission that she and Harrison Ford did indeed have a Star Wars fling.

There’s also two new comics and a trade collection coming for Star Wars comic fans on Wednesday. Han Solo #5 concludes the miniseries, while Star Wars #24 also concludes an arc. The trade is the fourth and final collection of the Darth Vader series, collecting issues #20-25.

Yes, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford had a thing

ANH: Han and Leia

In her new book, The Princess Diarist, Carrie Fisher admits that she and Harrison Ford had an affair while filming the first Star Wars.

And thousands of Star Wars fans cried out: “We know!” (Or, well, suspected, as it’s been insinuated by Fisher and others many times in recent years.)

The Princess Diarist“I didn’t say anything to anybody for years but it’s not like anyone’s deeply affected by it anymore,” Fisher told People magazine. At the time, Ford was 33 and married with two kids; Fisher was 18.

Radar got their hands on an early copy of the book and are spilling more details, but Fisher is urged journalists to “read the book before they write their stories” in a follow-up with People.

Fisher did give Ford a heads-up and a draft of the book, but he has yet to comment. (Don’t hold your breathe.)

The Princess Diarist is out next Tuesday.

Daisy Ridley on meeting with Rogue One’s Felicity Jones

Daisy Ridley is on the red carpet again, this time for the documentary The Eagle Huntress, which she narrates and executive produced. Yahoo asked her about Rogue One’s Felicity Jones, and she revealed a bit of what they’ve discussed. And yeah, she deflects that whole tired ‘could Jyn be Rey’s mom?!?’ thing again.

Kenny Baker, who played R2-D2 for decades, has died

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Kenny Baker, the actor who played Artoo, has died at the age of 81. The 3 foot, 8 inch actor was the man inside the droid for the original and prequel trilogies. He also played Paploo the Ewok in Return of the Jedi, and appeared in Time Bandits and Flash Gordon

Baker has been ill for some time. “It was expected, but it’s sad nonetheless. He had a very long and fulfilled life,” his niece, Abigail Shield, told the Guardian. “He brought lots of happiness to people and we’ll be celebrating the fact that he was well loved throughout the world. We’re all very proud of what he achieved in his lifetime.”

Peter Mayhew posted “a final farewell to my little friend with the giant heart” on Chewbacca.com on Monday.

“Goodbye #KennyBaker,” Mark Hamill tweeted. “A lifelong loyal friend-I loved his optimism & determination. He WAS the droid I was looking for!” Fellow actors Ewan McGregor and Warwick Davis also posted remembrances on Twitter.

George Lucas and Kathleen Kennedy spoke about Baker on StarWars.com. Lucas calls him “a real gentleman” and “an incredible trooper,” while Kennedy says “There is no Star Wars without R2-D2, and Kenny defined who R2-D2 was and is. He will be greatly missed.”

Under the cut, tweets remembering Baker. Continue reading