Star Wars Snuggies, Cheez-Its and Campbell Soup: E! News Celebrates the …

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EXCLUSIVE George Lucas has finally seen ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens,’ screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan confirms to News.

THE moment Carrie Fisher first donned that gold bikini and gleaming headset hairdo, she instantly became one of the most hailed Hollywood beauties of all time.Screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan, who has known Lucas since the days when the empire was busy striking back, told the Daily News that the “Star Wars” creator finally saw the first installment of the franchise done completely without his involvement.Jar Jar Binks, a goofy amphibious character who irritated many fans in the 1999 film , will not appear in the new movie The Force Awakens, producer Kathleen Kennedy has revealed.

Beyond the usual action figures and apparel, the seventh installment in the space franchise (and the first from merchandise-driven Disney) boasts a broader array of branded products than ever before: from Chewbacca Coffee-Mate creamer (Wookiees drink coffee?) and “Star Wars” mascara to $400 designer Death Star shoes and a $4,000 Millennium Falcon bed. “It’s wider and broader and deeper and covers more age ranges and is less gender specific than anything I have ever seen for ‘Star Wars,'” said Steve Sansweet, Lucasfilm’s former director of fan relations and Guinness world record holder for the largest collection of “Star Wars” memorabilia. As Carrie returns to the role almost 40 years on – now the mature General Leia – she admits she feels far from a fantasy figure and that in fact, she never did. “My physical self and I are not friends,” she says. “We’re not speaking and I’m ignoring especially my arms lately! The filmmakers have declined to share much about what audiences will see when Force Awakens opens in cinemas this month, but Kennedy did answer a question at a news conference about what is not in the film. I’ve never liked my appearance.” Perhaps not surprising when the star admits she has yo-yo dieted since her teens and she quips that she’s a “failed bulimic”.

Audiences of the new film also won’t see any Ewoks, the furry creatures from 1983’s Return of the Jedi, Kennedy said. “That’s because Harrison insisted on it,” she joked, referring to Harrison Ford, who returns to play Han Solo in Force Awakens. Lucas’ contributions to pop culture are well documented, having earned him a prestigious Kennedy Center Lifetime Artistic Achievement over the weekend. “There’s no doubt that we all wanted to make him proud of the work we were doing,” added Abrams. “But our primary focus was trying to tell a story, not to make any one person happy. International offerings have grown in scope and distinction, too, with local licensees and artisans interpreting the iconic characters for their cultures.

Walt Disney Co, which took over Star Wars with its 2012 purchase of Lucasfilm, scrapped the typical Hollywood practice of screening the movie for reporters before they speak with the cast. In addition to the collector-worthy bottle transformations, Coffee-mate introduces two new limited edition flavors including Chewbacca Spiced Latte and Darth Vader Espresso Chocolate. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” opens in U.S. theaters on Dec. 18, 2015.

Darth Vader, C-3PO, R2-D2 and Boba Fett also got the creamer treatment, and each is a different flavor. (Chewie is spiced latte.) New York’s Ample Hills Creamery introduced two new flavors in “Star Wars” packaging: The Light Side is marshmallow ice cream with crispy clusters, and The Dark Side is dark chocolate with espresso fudge brownies. Divorced Hollywood parents, addiction to drugs, two failed marriages (her second husband left her for a man), mental health issues, hospitalisation, electric shock therapy – her life story reads like a book and has formed the basis of a number of her own plus a one-woman play. According to Boyega, audiences will be glad they did not know more in advance. “I don’t want to spoil it for anyone,” he said. “You’ll thank me later.”

Perhaps she was when she was 17 but she swears like a sailor now, which is, I think, what healed her.” “I’ve learnt you need to find other people that have had more struggles. Don’t wander around feeling different than everyone else, or do, but make it interesting.” The one thing she regrets is her daughter Billie – now 23 and an actress in E4’s Scream Queens with Jamie Lee Curtis – watching her go through it. “I’m not one for regrets,” she says, “but I do regret anything I did that made life hard for my daughter.” Carrie was first married to Paul Simon in 1983 for 12 years. Asked about being back on set with Harrison and Mark, she’s full of the same wit that saw Leia utter the immortal words, “You’re a little short for a stormtrooper” in A New Hope.

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