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'Star Wars' Fan Final Resting Place ... Will Be with Vader

11/12/2015 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1111-daniel-fleetwood-ashley-fleetwood-FACEBOOk-01Daniel Fleetwood, the superfan who got to see 'The Force Awakens' right before he died -- will go into eternity in a custom-made lightsaber urn ... TMZ has learned.

We're told Daniel's brother-in-law, who's an engineer, designed the urn as an exact replica of Darth Vader's weapon. It was one of Daniel's dying wishes to have a 'Star Wars' related final resting place.

It might seem odd that Daniel opted for the Dark Side's poster child -- but his wife, Ashley, tells us Vader was his favorite character, and he thought the lightsaber was a "great idea."

1111-fleetwood-urn-lightsaber-prototype-TMZ-01Ashley says the lightsaber is still under construction, but should be ready for his celebration of life on Nov. 21. Their backup plan is also kinda awesome -- a ceramic Death Star urn.

The Force is definitely with Daniel.


Daniel Fleetwood First Fan to See 'The Force Awakens' Dies

11/10/2015 6:11 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF


Daniel Fleetwood, the terminally ill man who had a last wish -- to see the new 'Star Wars' movie -- has died.

Fleetwood was battling a rare form of cancer and had only a short time to live, when J.J. Abrams granted his wish to see the movie ... it was clear he would not live long enough to see the film when it opened.

Abrams and crew arranged for Daniel and his wife Ashley to watch an unfinished cut last week in his living room. Daniel was ecstatic.

Daniel's wife said, "Daniel put up an amazing fight to the very end. He is now with God and with the force."

Daniel died in his sleep.


Rick Springfield Walt Disney Would NOT ... Shut Down Sexy Princess Leia

11/6/2015 12:48 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Rick Springfield thinks the late Walt Disney is rolling over in his grave because of some rumored changes his company is making with 'Star Wars' merchandise.

Rick is a huge 'Star Wars' fan -- he even owns a VERY rare collectible called Head Man -- so we asked him about Disney allegedly killing all future sales of the Princess Leia 'slave' costume from 'Return of the Jedi.'

Rick's pretty passionate in his belief that someone at Disney's trying to make 'Star Wars' too G-rated, and Walt would NOT be down with that. As for the Mouse's handling of the 'Force Awakens' ... Springfield weighs in on that too.


Star Wars Terminal Fan Gets 'Force Awakens' Screening ... Under Heavy Security

11/5/2015 3:05 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1105-daniel-fleetwood-facebook-02The Force was very strong for a 'Star Wars' fan battling terminal cancer -- J.J. Abrams and Disney set him up with a private screening of 'The Force Awakens' after a viral campaign to make it happen.

32-year-old Daniel Fleetwood got his final wish when studio execs showed up at his Texas home Wednesday and let him see an unedited version. Daniel was diagnosed with inoperable spindle cell sarcoma in July, and doctors told him he won't make it to Christmas ... when the movie premieres. 

Daniel's wife, Ashley, tells us he loved the movie. She can't say much more because she had to sign a confidentiality agreement. She says they watched on their own TV, but it was played from Disney's equipment -- gotta make sure the flick doesn't get jacked.

Abrams put in a phone call to Daniel before they rolled the movie, which Ashley says really made Daniel's day. 

Mark Hamill I CAN'T WATCH 'STAR WARS' ... Force Is Too Strong

11/4/2015 6:17 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Somebody call Yoda, 'cause Luke Skywalker has some serious confidence issues.

Mark Hamill tells TMZ ... unlike millions of nerds across the galaxy, he refuses to watch the old "Star Wars" movies ... and it's all because he's super insecure about seeing himself on-screen. 

Hamill was leaving Greenblatt's Deli on the Sunset Strip when we asked him if there was a proper order to watch all of the "Star Wars" flicks. 

That's when the Jedi master told us he just can't do it ... "I just don't like really watching myself ... because you see all the flaws."

Hamill says he LOVES everyone else in the flicks -- Harrison, Carrie, Billy Dee -- but when it comes to Luke, all he sees is the dark side. 

For the record ... DUDE, YOU WERE AWESOME!!!!! 

'Star Wars' 'White Genocide' In Galaxy Far, Far Away?

10/19/2015 3:12 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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1019_star_wars_poster_disney"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is going way too far on the dark side -- according to the thousands upon thousands of people now accusing the upcoming film of promoting "white genocide."

We know this sounds bizarre, but there's actual Twitter unrest today with #BoycottStarWarsVII trending like crazy. The movement started shortly after a new poster for the flick was released Monday.

The poster features John Boyega -- as well as Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher ... but haters think the image is pushing black over white ... and not just the movie's main characters.

Seems like classic trolling to us, but at least it's made for some entertaining tweets and memes: 


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Star Wars 'Rogue One' Filming Begins ... May the Rebels Be with You

9/15/2015 8:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0915_Rogue_One_A_Star_Wars_Story_spoiler_photos_launchBreak time's over ... the 'Star Wars' crew is back to work on the next movie -- filming a destructive scene in London.

"Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" started shooting last week ... and looks like the first scene centers around a crash -- complete with dead storm troopers around the wreckage. Ummm ... spoiler alert?

The movie is a spin-off from the main trilogy -- focusing on Rebel efforts to steal the Death Star plans, and it's due out in December 2016 ... right about the time fans finally start coming down from 'The Force Awakens.'

Star Wars And Dogs Cute Puppies Play With Droid Toy

9/3/2015 5:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

A short time from now in a living room not that far away ... "Star Wars" droids will be playing with puppies and it will make you lose your mind how cute it is.

The Star Wars BB-8 Droid toy will be $149.99 and can be controlled by your smartphone ... so you too can terrorize your pooch with just the flick of your finger.

Star Wars and puppies ... yes and YES!!!!

Star Wars Sues The Force Is Strong ... With These Thieves

8/7/2015 7:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0807-darth-vader-cuffs-getty-01Darth Vader accessories are a must for Star Wars geeks getting their swag on ... but Disney is going to war with a cuff link company it says jacked its characters. 

According to documents obtained by TMZ ... Lucasfilm and Disney say Cuff Daddy made links featuring various Star Wars characters without getting permission. 

It appears the cuff links in question are no longer for sale on the Cuff Daddy site, but as far as Disney's concerned ... the damage is done. The Mouse House is demanding CD stop all production on the rebel links, and also wants 3 times the profits already made off merch.

Cuff Daddy says it got the gear from suppliers who were licensed to make it.  

Harrison Ford at Comic-Con Trust Me Guys ... I Can Still Fly the Millennium Falcon

7/11/2015 6:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0711-harrison-ford-comicon-panel-surprise-GETTY-01If there are 2 things Harrison Ford knows how to do ... it's landing planes, and making entrances -- he did one of those to enormous applause at Comic-Con.

Harrison got back together with his 'Star Wars' cohorts Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamil Friday evening in San Diego, and it was just like old times ... except they're all much older. 

This was 72-year-old Harrison's first public appearance since the crash landing in March ... and he looks to be in great shape.

By the way -- freakin' nameplates on the table? If you don't know ... don't go.

'Star Wars' Star Jake Lloyd Beat His Mom Weeks Before Crash Suffers from Schizophrenia

6/23/2015 12:27 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0623-jake-lloyd-facebook-01'Star Wars' actor Jake Lloyd -- who played Anakin Skywalker -- suffers from schizophrenia, went off his meds and attacked his mother before his latest police run-in... TMZ has learned.

We've learned that the Indianapolis Metro Police Department was called on March 26 to report the assault. During her interview with cops, Lloyd's mother, Lisa revealed Jake has schizophrenia and was off his meds.

According to the report, Lisa told police Lloyd showed up at her house and began yelling at her ... telling her that she ruined his life. When she wouldn't let him in, Jake knocked her down and stomped on her three or four times, causing abrasions and bruising on her arm. 

When police arrived, Jake was already gone. His mom declined to press charges. 

TMZ spoke with Lisa ... who confirmed Jake began showing signs of schizophrenia when he was 19. She said Jake has gotten help in the past and the family plans to try and get him help again ... once he's released from jail. 

Lisa said despite the March incident, Jake is not a violent person. 


'Anakin Skywalker' Dash Cam of High Speed Chase ... Kicking Up Clouds of Dust!!

6/23/2015 7:56 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

We just got the first video of Jake Lloyd's high speed chase and it's INSANE!

As we've reported ... cops say Lloyd hit 117 mph in his Nissan as he swerved in and out of traffic -- and this dash cam video shows him going off the highway, passing people on the shoulder, and kicking up huge clouds of dust in the median.

How he didn't crash into an innocent driver ... is amazing. 

The dash cam was mounted in the patrol car of a Colleton County Sheriff's patrol car, and you can see at least 3 other units trying to catch up with Lloyd -- who played young Anakin Skywalker in the 'Star Wars' prequels. 

The chase finally ended when Lloyd abruptly turned right ... going off the road and slamming into a tree.

He was arrested and charged with reckless driving, failure to stop, resisting arrest, and driving without a license. He remains in custody. 

'Star Wars' Anakin Skywalker Car Chase Hit 117 MPH ... Before Crash

6/22/2015 8:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0622-jake-lloyd-facebook-01Jake Lloyd, the actor who played the young Anakin Skywalker in "Star Wars: The Phantom Menace" -- hit speeds of 117 MPH as he swerved in and out of traffic before hitting a bunch of trees.

TMZ broke the story ... Lloyd is in custody after the wild chase last week. It started in Charleston, S.C. when cops noticed Lloyd driving a Nissan at around 80 MPH. They began to chase him, and Lloyd's reaction was to speed up, weaving and narrowly missing cars and trucks. He even used the median to pass vehicles.

Lloyd hit several trees and was taken into custody and charged with reckless driving, failure to stop, resisting arrest and driving without a license. 


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