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Ex-Python Eric Idle and Brian Cox to take on The Entire Universe for the BBC

23 August 2016 6:58 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Christmas special will feature an ‘explosion of comedy, music and dance’ choreographed by former Strictly judge Arlene Phillips

Former Monty Python star Eric Idle will star alongside Professor Brian Cox, Warwick Davis and Noel Fielding in a BBC Christmas special “depicting the birth of the entire universe”.

Written by Idle, the one-hour show will feature the return of Rutland Weekend Television, the haphazard station depicted in Idle’s sketch show of the same name during the 1970s.

Related: Strictly Come Dancing 2016: full lineup revealed

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George Lucas, Mark Hamill pay tribute to 'Star Wars' actor Kenny Baker

15 August 2016 4:12 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Star Wars and Flash Gordon actor passed away on Saturday aged 81.

Leading figures from the Star Wars franchise including Mark Hamill, Ewan McGregor and George Lucas have paid tribute to actor Kenny Baker, who died on Saturday at the age of 81.

The British actor was best known for playing droid R2-D2 in the Star Wars series, including the original trilogy and the more recent prequels.

His career also included roles in The Elephant Man, Time Bandits and Flash Gordon.

Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars films and also appeared in last year’s The Force Awakens, led tributes, saying that Baker was “a lifelong loyal friend.”

Goodbye Kenny Baker A lifelong loyal friend I loved his optimism determination He Was the droid I was looking for

Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) August 13, 2016

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Hollywood Remembers ‘Star Wars’ Actor Kenny Baker Who Was the ‘Heart and Soul’ of R2-D2

13 August 2016 2:27 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

After news broke that Kenny Baker — the actor who brought the iconic “Star Wars” character R2-D2 to life — had died, the internet broke out with adoring tributes.

Baker, who stood at 3 feet 8 inches tall, played the beloved protocol droid in the first six “Star Wars” films starting with “Episode IV” in 1977.

Mark Hamill, known for playing Luke Skywalker, called Baker “a lifelong friend.”

“I loved his optimism and determination,” he wrote and concluded his tweet with a twist on a famous line. “He Was the droid I was looking for!”

Writer and actor Edgar Wright wrote “Rip R2D2. Farewell Fidget, Time Bandit. Goodbye Mister Kenny Baker,” alluding to his “Star Wars” character and the role he played in the 1981 British fantasy film “Time Bandits.”

Kenny Baker was 81 when he died.

Goodbye #KennyBaker A lifelong loyal friend-i loved his optimism & determination He Was the droid I was looking for! pic. »

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Kenny Baker Death: ‘Star Wars’ Co-Star Mark Hamill, Friends Mourn

13 August 2016 2:00 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It’s a sad day for “Star Wars” fans and those who have worked on the franchise. Today, news broke that Kenny Baker, the actor who portrayed the beloved character R2-D2 in six films, had passed away after a long illness. The British actor rose to fame after taking on the role of the droid in 1977, and has since been a key factor in the “Star Wars” universe.

Upon heading the news of his passing, Mark Hamill tweeted a special message in remembrance of his dear co-star. “A lifelong loyal friend. I loved his optimism and determination. He Was the droid I was looking for!” he wrote, quoting “Star Wars.”

Goodbye #KennyBaker A lifelong loyal friend-i loved his optimism & determination He Was the droid I was looking for!

Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) August 13, 2016

Read More: Kenny Baker, ‘Star Wars’ R2-D2 Actor, Dies at 81

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R2-D2 Actor Remembered as Star Wars Stars Pay Tribute to Kenny Baker

13 August 2016 1:58 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Earlier today it was reported that one of the original Star Wars actors has passed away. Kenny Baker, who was best known as the man inside R2-D2, succumbed to a lengthy illness at the age of 83. Since news of his death was announced by his niece Abigail Shield, many stars and filmmakers from the Star Wars universe have come forward to remember the man under the dome.

Mark Hamill was the first from the Star Wars camp to respond. The actor appeared in three movies with Kenny Baker, including the original 1977 Star Wars: A New Hope, 1980's Empire Strikes Back and 1983's Return of the Jedi. Hamill and Baker spent a lot of time together on set, especially during the Empire production. It was Luke Skywalker and R2-D2 who traveled alone to the planet of Dagobah to meet Master Jedi Yoda. And throughout the original trilogy, R2 was often seen as Luke's loyal companion. »

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Jonathan Creek returns for 'spookiest ever' one-off episode

3 August 2016 12:56 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Alan Davies returns as the deadpan detective in a one-off special, alongside Sarah Alexander and Warwick Davies

Alan Davies will once again try to unpick a fiendish crime as lateral-thinking sleuth Jonathan Creek, which is returning to the BBC for the first time since 2014.

He stars alongside Sarah Alexander and Warwick Davies in the one-off episode Daemon’s Roost, about a horror director who dies in a haunted house that may once have been used for satanic rituals.

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Jonathan Creek to return for new 90-minute special

2 August 2016 1:58 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Rob Leane Aug 2, 2016

Alan Davies will return as super sleuth Jonathan Creek in a 90-minute special, featuring Warwick Davis...

Jonathan Creek is set to return to our screens. The BBC broke the news in interesting fashion, by emailing us this case file stuffed with exciting details...

There's a lot to deduce there: we'll be getting a 90-minute special entitled Daemon's Roost, which has already started shooting. Alan Davies will return as the eponymous investigator, and Sarah Alexander will also be back, as his wife, Polly.

Warwick Davis is the most notable new guest star, and the plot will feature a horror film director living in an old house once owned by a 19th century sorcerer. Alan Davies has called this "the spookiest episode ever", and the BBC's Shane Allen has described it as "Another sublime and intricately conveived treat from [creator] David Renwick".

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Star Wars Rogue One Footage Arrives and It's Insane

18 July 2016 11:35 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

During last year's Comic-Con, many fans were expecting a new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens to debut during Disney's Hall H panel. Instead, fans were treated to an extended behind-the-scenes sizzle reel, which offered a glimpse at these iconic sets and confirmed that Simon Pegg did in fact have a role in the movie, which had long been rumored. Over the weekend, the Star Wars universe converged on London for Star Wars Celebration Europe, where, we saw that LucasFilm opted for a similar behind-the-scenes reel for their upcoming spinoff Rogue One.

The Star Wars Celebration video, courtesy of YouTube takes us behind-the-scenes with the cast and director Gareth Edwards, who reveals how important this franchise is to him. He compares working on Rogue One to a "fantasy you always have as a kid," with every shot filled with "amazing characters." It's also clear from this footage, and the »

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Did Carrie Fisher Accidentally Blurt Out a ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ Spoiler?

18 July 2016 7:20 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

(Spoiler Alert: Do not keep reading if you have not seen “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens”) “Star Wars: Episode VIII” is still shrouded in mystery, but franchise star Carrie Fisher may have just inadvertently given away an important plot detail. During Star Wars Celebration Europe, Fisher was on a panel being moderated by fellow franchise mainstay Warwick Davis. Davis asked her what she knew about the timeline between “Return of the Jedi” and “The Force Awakens.” Fisher, who started playing Princess Leia in “A New Hope,” seemed to interpret the question as being about the timeline between “The Force. »

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Star Wars: Carrie Fisher on Being Princess Leia, ‘Episode VIII’

17 July 2016 4:49 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Carrie Fisher took to the stage at Star Wars Celebration Europe at the ExCel Centre in London with advice for her newly minted “Star Wars” cast members.

“I told Daisy not to go through the crew like wildfire,” she said. “I told the boys too. I also gave the cast advice on doing press: ‘You don’t have to be funny, you just have to say what it is like to be merchandise.’ That’s not a euphemism.”

“The Force Awakens” saw Princess Leia become General Leia as she led the Resistance against the evil First Order. By the end of the movie, she sends Rey (Daisy Ridley) to bring back the prodigal Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), teeing up ‘Episode VIII.”

“The character was more worried,” she says. “You worry about people coming back from battle. It’s way too much responsibility. I would like to be worried and funny. »

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New Star Wars Aliens Revealed in Rogue One Photos

15 July 2016 4:11 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Disney and Lucasfilm are currently capitalizing on all of the positive hype that Star Wars: The Force Awakens was able to generate for the franchise. This weekend, they are holding their annual fan event, Star Wars Celebration in London, and they have given fans a brand new, sneak peek at the upcoming spin off movie Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Producer Kathleen Kennedy and director Gareth Edwards took part in a panel today all about Rogue One, and during the course of it revealed some never-before-seen characters who are set to appear in the movie.

Disney decided not to release a trailer during the panel, but they did release a behind the scenes sizzle reel, which has been uploaded to the Star Wars YouTube channel. The video showcases a ton of behind the scenes footage from Rogue One, but also introduced a handful of brand new faces that we »

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Star Wars: Rogue One Video Offers Amazing Behind-the-Scenes Look

15 July 2016 9:32 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Today in London, Gareth Edwards (Director) and Kathleen Kennedy (Producer) kicked off Star Wars Celebration with an exclusive new look at Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. They welcomed surprise special guests from the film Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker, Executive Producer John Knoll and Head of Story Kiri Hart. The talented team of filmmakers and actors shared a behind-the-scenes sneak peek along with a brand-new teaser poster.

This Rogue One preview, courtesy of LucasFilm, offers a number of exciting revelations, including the confirmation of Warwick Davis' involvement in this spinoff. The actor started his career by playing the iconic Ewok Wicket in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, and he also played a number of characters in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace and he returned for last year's Star Wars: The Force Awakens »

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The Week in Star Wars – No opening crawl for Rogue One, Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens reviewed, Han Solo has “best Star Wars script” ever, James Cameron criticises The Force Awakens and more

3 July 2016 2:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

It’s year two of The Week in Star Wars and we’ve got some big news for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, a review for Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens, news from Han Solo’s solo movie and more…

Kicking things off this week with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and it was revealed by Kathleen Kennedy that some big changes are coming to the franchise – including the removal of the iconic opening crawl. Blasphemy, surely? “The crawl and some of those elements live so specifically within the ‘saga’ films that we are having a lot of discussion about what  will define the [stand-alone] Star Wars Stories separate and apart from the saga films,” Kennedy told EW. “So we’re right in the middle of talking about that.” Not having the crawl would help separate the spin-offs from the main timeline, but – personally – it would feel like it’s missing something. »

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Kylo Ren Gets Exclusive Star Wars Celebration 2016 Action Figure

1 July 2016 12:34 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Later this month, Star Wars fans from around the globe will converge on London for the highly-anticipated fan event Star Wars Celebration, with screenings of your favorite Star Wars movies, Q&A panel sessions and much more. This fan event kicks off July 15-17 at the ExCeL London Exhibition Centre. There, merchandisers will unveil their new products for fans to purchase, and today we have our first look at one of these items. Hasbro has unveiled two of its new Star Wars action figures, one of which will be available only at Star Wars Celebration, and the other at Comic-Con 2016 later this month.

Entertainment Weekly has our first look at these toys, which are part of the 6-Inch Black Series collection. The Kylo Ren action figure will come with a melted version of Darth Vader's helmet, like the one seen in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, along with Kylo's own helmet, »

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Star Wars: Episode VIII and Han Solo directors set for panel at Star Wars Celebration

30 June 2016 2:55 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

We already know that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story helmer Gareth Edwards is set to appear at Star Wars Celebration Europe this July, and now we can also add Star Wars: Episode VIII’s Rian Johnson and the young Han Solo movie’s Phil Lord and Chris Miller to that list.

Johnson, Lord and Miller will appear alonsgide Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, Sr. Vice President of Development Kiri Hart, and Star Wars Story Group executive Pablo Hidalgo on Sunday, July 17th’s Future Filmmakers Panel for what is being described as “an informal discussion”.

Other guests set for Celebration include Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), Ray Park (Darth Maul) and host Warwick Davis (Wicket), while Dave Filoni is also set to unveil the third season of Star Wars Rebels.

See Also: Lucasfilm releases Star Wars Celebration Europe poster

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Star Wars Celebration 2016 Announces Epic Main Stage Events

22 June 2016 4:57 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016 is almost here - and has a special sneak peek at some of the panels planned for the Celebration Stage, home of the biggest shows and brightest stars of the weekend. Star Wars fan-favorite actor Warwick Davis will host the Celebration Stage, and every panel is set to kick off with warm-up shows by DJ Elliott and Mark Daniel. Check out the partial schedule below - featuring Star Wars legends, the Cosplay Championship, and more - with more Celebration programming to be revealed soon!

If you're going to London for Celebration, be sure to stay through Sunday for even more Star Wars surprises. Seats at the Celebration Stage will be in high demand. Look for the Star Wars Celebration Navigation Guide, coming next week on, for helpful tips and tricks to help you see your favorite shows!

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Star Wars Celebration Sneak Peek!

22 June 2016 4:08 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Star Wars Celebration is headed to us in less than a month, and we now have a tease of what we can expect from the event at the ExCel London Exhibition Center from July 15-17 Lucasfilm (via Coming Soon) has released a sneak peek of the of the schedule, which you can see below! Star Wars Celebration Schedule: Friday, July 15 11:30-12:30 An Hour With Mark Hamill Start your Celebration weekend off in the best possible way, by spending time with the Jedi Master himself. Mark Hamill will chat with the audience, answer questions, and tell stories from his years in entertainment and from his point of view portraying the pivotal character of Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars universe. 16:00-17:00 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Secret mission? What plans? What are you talking about? Find out, when Gareth Edwards – director of the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story »

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Star Wars Bits: The Real Anakin Skywalker, New ‘Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens Footage,’ and the Strangest ‘Star Wars’ Shoes Ever

3 June 2016 11:30 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

In today’s edition of Star Wars Bits: Warwick Davis talks about being cast in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. A fan finds out what a middle-aged Anakin Skywalker would actually look like. Simon Kinberg on the differences between making X-Men and Star Wars movies. The loudest Star Wars shoes you will ever see. A fascinating look […]

The post Star Wars Bits: The Real Anakin Skywalker, New ‘Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens Footage,’ and the Strangest ‘Star Wars’ Shoes Ever appeared first on /Film. »

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Dave Filoni brings Star Wars Rebels season 3 to Star Wars Celebration Europe

27 May 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Lucasfilm has announced that Star Wars Rebels executive producer and supervising director Dave Filoni is headed to Star Wars Celebration Europe in London this July, where he and special guests will be sharing guarded sneak peeks at what’s to come in season three of Rebels, including a screening of the first two episodes.

See Also: Lucasfilm releases Star Wars Celebration Europe poster

Star Wars Celebration Europe will be hosted by Warwick Davis, while Kathleen Kennedy and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story director Gareth Edwards are confirmed to attend – and presumably show off some footage from December’s Anthology movie. The convention will also celebrate Star Wars video games, including Star Wars Battlefront, Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: Commander, Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes, Star Wars: The Old Republic and Star Wars: Force Collection.


- Gary Collinson

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Ricky Gervais on 'Special Correspondents,' David Brent and Bad Reviews

6 May 2016 9:26 AM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Ricky Gervais has a cold. He just flew home to England after a stint in the U.S., and he's jetlagged. Nevertheless, he worked a full day, putting the final mix on his upcoming movie David Brent: Life on the Road, which is due at the end of the week. "It couldn't be a worse time, because my ears from the flight are bad, and all I had to do today was listen to the minutiae of the movie," he says in the sort of remarkably dry tone that, unique to Gervais, »

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