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Mark Hamill is doing his part to help a terminally ill fan see Rogue One: A Star Wars Story before it's released in theaters. A hospice worker named Amy Duncan launched a social media campaign last week asking for the upcoming Star Wars spinoff to be screened for illustrator Neil Hanvey from Oldham, England, who was recently told he has only six to eight months to live. With Rogue One set for release on Dec. 16, those close to Hanvey fear the 36-year-old may not have a chance to see the film before his condition deteriorates. After the hashtag #RogueOneWish started trending, »
- Jodi Guglielmi, @JodiGug3
#RogueOneWish is a Twitter hashtag that’s gaining steam, designed to help terminal cancer patient Neil Hanvey see the upcoming Lucasfilm movie before his time runs out. A “Star Wars” superfan and illustrator, 36-year-old Hanvey was told in April that he had eight months to live, roughly the same amount of time until “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is set for its worldwide release in mid-December. Now fans — and also “Star Wars” veteran Mark Hamill – are helping Hanvey’s cause to see the movie before it’s too late. Also Read: Mark Hamill Remembers R2-D2 Actor Kenny Baker: 'He Was the Droid. »
- Meriah Doty
[[tmz:video id="0_nauqzflv"]] Carrie Fisher didn't hesitate for a nanosecond ... she's got the perfect "Star Wars" casting for Donald Trump. We got Carrie Friday at Lax, and she had nice words for R2D2 actor Kenny Baker, who died a week ago. She's pretty awesome. Read more »
- TMZ Staff
The actor behind Star Wars’s beloved droid died last weekend. James Innes-Smith remembers a cab ride with the star 10 years ago, in which he spoke of his music-hall roots, being typecast and his fractious relationship with C-3P0
‘Has anyone seen R2-D2?” It’s 2005 and I’m pushing my way through a sea of people wielding lightsabers. Leicester Square is festooned with Star Wars paraphernalia for the premiere of Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. Amid the screams, I’m struggling to find one of the franchise’s most popular stars: Kenny Baker, the man who brought the legendary robot to life.
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- James Innes-Smith
Hot Toys has unveiled a batch of promotional images for its 1/6th scale Finn (First Order Stormtrooper version) collectible figure from Star Wars: The Force Awakens; take a look here…
Originally trained since birth to serve the First Order as a Stormtrooper, Fn-2187 was deeply affected by the death of his squad mate and the innocent villagers during the attack of Tuanul on the desert planet Jakku. The skirmish has awakened his conscience and drove him down a different path, one that proved both heroic and dangerous and picking up a new name – Finn.
The highly-accurate collectible figure is specially crafted based on the image of John Boyega in the film featuring a newly painted head sculpt, a sleek First Order Stormtrooper armor with weather effects and helmet with the iconic blood mark, blaster rifle and blaster pistol, and a hexagonal figure stand with the First Order’s emblem.
- Amie Cranswick
Hope you’re sitting down (on a bar stool), nerds — a “Star Wars” pop-up cantina is headed to Hollywood. “The Scum and Villainy Cantina is nestled less than 12 parsecs away, in the wretched hive of Hollywood, CA,” the official announcement read. “This temporary pop-up experience transports you into a fully immersive environment where you drink, eat, and hang out as if you were in a galaxy far away.” “If you’ve got the credits, we’ll serve your kind here … just make sure to leave your droids at home,” it continued. “Costumes encouraged.” Also Read: Kenny Baker, R2-D2 in 'Star Wars, »
- Tony Maglio
Baker, who was 3ft 8in, played the droid R2-D2 in the first six Star Wars films and was close friends with Mayhew. Writing on his website, Mayhew said: “I know I’m a bit late with this, but my sadness is profound and no words seemed adequate to convey what we collectively and I personally have lost with the passing of my dear friend Kenny Baker.”
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- Press Association
"My sadness is profound," Mayhew wrote, "and no words seemed adequate to convey what we collectively and I personally have lost."
According to Mayhew, the two men were close, brought together by their anomalous statures: Mayhew is listed as more than seven feet tall, while Baker was just under four feet. "Although people liked to contrast the difference in our heights, »
Kenny Baker, beloved portrayer of Star Wars droid R2-D2, passed away over the weekend, sparking a lovely sentiment from Mark Hamill, who plays Luke Skywalker. Mark Hamill Pays Tribute To The Late Great Kenny Baker Hamill, in his tweet, described Baker as a “lifelong loyal friend” and of course noted that he “Was the droid I was looking […]
- Hillary Luehring-Jones
This past weekend, news broke that Kenny Baker, the man who played R2-D2 in both the original and prequel Star Wars trilogies, died at the age of 81. Since then, members of the extended Star Wars family, including George Lucas, have shared memories of Baker. In a post on StarWars.com, Lucas indicated how challenging Baker’s job was. “Kenny Baker was a real gentleman as well as an incredible trooper who always worked hard under difficult circumstances,” Lucas said. “A talented vaudevillian who could always make everybody laugh, Kenny was truly the heart and soul of R2-D2 and will be missed by all his fans and everyone who knew him.” As the New York Times noted, Baker once said in an interview he initially turned down the role, not wanting to be “stuck in a robot.” In addition to playing Artoo, he also took on the role of an »
- Esther Zuckerman
Goodbye Kenny Baker A lifelong loyal friend I loved his optimism determination He Was the droid I was looking for pic.twitter.com/rd94OEYaHi
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) August 13, 2016
Kenny Baker, the actor who portrayed the character of R2-D2 in the original Star Wars trilogy as well as the trilogy of prequels, sadly died at the weekend following a short illness. Baker, who at just 1.12 metres tall, was universally loved in the role of R2-d@ and a firm favourite on the convention circuit around the world. As well as being in the Star Wars movies, Baker also roles in Time Bandits, Amadeus and Flash Gordon.
In an interview with The Guardian newspaper, Baker’s niece, Abigail Shield, paid tribute to her uncle.
“It was expected, but it’s sad nonetheless. He had a very long and fulfilled life. 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”.
She added that “when he was a child, »
- Paul Heath
There are many questions on the minds of “Star Wars” fans in the wake of last year’s “The Force Awakens” — What will “Episode VIII” actually be called? Who are Rey’s parents? — but there is one certainty: John Williams will once again be composing the score. The five-time Oscar winner confirmed his involvement after a performance last night, telling the crowd he’ll “begin work in a few weeks on the much-anticipated ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ after seeing an early cut,” according to MassLive.
Williams has been involved with “Star Wars” since the first film was released in 1977, composing and conducting the original score for every single film in the nearly 40 years since. He won an Academy Award, Golden Globe, BAFTA Award and three Grammys for “Star Wars” and has been nominated for many, many more since; the American »
- Michael Nordine
Actor best known for his role as R2-D2 in Star Wars
When the first Star Wars film opened in 1977, the life of every actor associated with it was transformed, even those who were not visible on screen, such as Kenny Baker, who has died aged 81. Baker played R2-D2, the android that resembled a common domestic dustbin with an elongated arm clamped to each side and flashing lights on his front.
Together with C-3Po (Anthony Daniels), his taller, humanoid robot companion, R2-D2 served the heroes of this intergalactic adventure, which was essentially a B-movie on a bigger budget. Though Baker and Daniels were widely reported to have had a difficult relationship, they were a dependable source of comic relief on screen together in the series’ seven instalments, including the original trilogy, which was completed by The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983).
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- Ryan Gilbey
You were the droid we were looking for.
This edition of The Week in Star Wars brings you the brand new trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story as well as some casting rumours for young Lando in Han Solo: A Star Wars Story and the latest on Star Wars Rebels season three…
Let’s kick things off this week with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and following a teaser earlier in the week the brand new trailer for the movie dropped on Thursday evening. Not only did it give us a little more action and a look at some new characters, but it also gave our first look (at the back of his head at least) of Darth Vader. You can read the reaction from the Flickering Myth writers here…
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- Luke Owen
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. »
- Seth Kelley
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