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Star Wars Sues

The Force Is Strong ...

With These Thieves

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

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. 

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'Anakin Skywalker'

Dash Cam of High Speed Chase ...

Kicking Up Clouds of Dust!!

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

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
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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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'Star Wars' Anakin Skywalker

Arrested After Crazy Car Chase

6/21/2015 8:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Jake Lloyd, the actor who played the young Anakin Skywalker in "Star Wars: The Phantom Menace," was arrested, TMZ has learned, after an insane car chase that ended when Jake plowed into some trees.

Cops say Lloyd was driving in Charleston, South Carolina, when Sheriff's deputies began pursuing him.  The chase was underway and it went on for miles, into another county.  

Deputies say Jake began passing cars on the double yellow line and began driving recklessly, at high speeds.

Cops say eventually Jake lost control of his car, which ran off the road, through a fence and into a wooded area where it struck several trees.

The 26-year-old who also starred in "Jingle All the Way" was arrested for reckless driving, failure to stop, resisting arrest and driving without a license.

He's currently in custody.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

The Force Is Not With Me

I Ride with Trekkies

4/21/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Nerd demigod and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson doesn't mess around when it comes to science or sci-fi ... which is why there's one clear winner for him in the 'Stars Wars' vs. 'Star Trek' debate.

Tyson was leaving 30 Rock when we asked him if he was excited about the recently released "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" trailer. 

He admits he's never been a big supporter of the Jedi due to scientific inaccuracies -- but says there is ONE thing correct about George Lucas' universe. Just one.  

Let the nerd battle begin!

J.J. Abrams

New Lightsaber Got Approval

From Major Celebrity Nerd

2/20/2015 10:26 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

022015_jj_abrams_launch_v3A short time ago in cyberspace not so far away ... nerds were up in arms over the new lightsaber seen briefly in the "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" trailer -- but the movie's director says he's got saber support from Hollywood's biggest nerd.

J.J. Abrams was on his way out of Bad Robot's studio ... when he told our photog he's not surprised at the cross-saber backlash -- but he also knew lots of fans would think it's cool.

In case you don't know, the hubbub is over the practicality of the design -- it seems like the sword could easily cut anyone using the Jedi tool.

But Abrams says one celeb nerd with major pull already gave him two wookiee thumbs up.

Hint: he's a big "Lord of the Rings" fan.

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George Lucas

Don't Blame Me If the New 'Star Wars' Sucks ...

It Wasn't My Idea!

1/21/2015 10:27 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Disney thinks the Force is no longer strong with George Lucas ... because the legendary filmmaker says all his ideas for the new "Star Wars" film were tossed out the nearest airlock.

In an interview with Cinema Blend, Lucas was asked if he had come up with any ideas for "Episode VII" before he sold LucasFilm to Disney back in 2012. He told the interviewer, "The ones that I sold to Disney, they came up to the decision that they didn't really want to do those. So they made up their own. So it's not the ones that I originally wrote." 

Now while Lucas' writing credits are spectacular -- the first three "Star Wars" movies and the first three "Indiana Jones" movies, to name a few -- the last three "Star Wars" films and the final "Indiana Jones" movie were all ... well, you know. 

They sucked.

Perhaps this is for the best, George.

Chewbacca

Hospitalized For Pnuemonia

1/19/2015 2:53 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0119-peter-mayhew-getty-01Peter Mayhew, a.k.a. Chewbacca, has been hospitalized for pneumonia.

The guy who's played Chewie since the '70s cancelled an appearance over the weekend at a comic shop in Texas ... and "Star Wars" geeks went into panic mode when they heard he fell ill.

Peter's wife had good news for his fans, writing on Reddit, "He will make a full recovery, and hope to be discharged within a few days. Doctors are incredibly happy with his improvements."

The 70-year-old is set to reprise his role in the upcoming trilogy ... including "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."

May the force be with you Peter.

J.J. Abrams

Some Of My Best Friends

Are Black Stormtroopers

12/5/2014 7:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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"Star Wars" director J.J. Abrams did his best to kick up more 'Black Stormtrooper' debates by hanging out with the guy at the center of it ... like they were Obi-Wan and Luke back in the day.  

Abrams and John Boyega -- the alleged stormtrooper -- were side-by-side as they cruised into an L.A. event together Thursday night. Sooo ... does their bro-ing out session mean Boyega plays a much bigger role in the movie than fans thought? Hmmm ... curious, you are.

Watch the video. Or just use the Force.

New 'Star Wars'

It's a Black Thing

Get Over It, Haters

12/2/2014 12:02 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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The first trailer for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is finally here and it’s got action ... it’s got adventure and most importantly ... it’s got a BLACK STORMTROOPER!! Who knew?

#StormtrooperSwag
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Darth Vader

Luke, I Have Dementia

11/29/2014 2:52 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1129-david-prowse-darth-vader-getty-01The guy who wore the Darth Vader suit in the original "Star Wars" movies says he won't be in the new ones ... because he's suffering from dementia.

David Prowse told the Mirror.uk he'd love to join the original cast with a cameo in the upcoming trilogy ... even though Darth Vader is dead -- but says it would be difficult due to his condition.

The 79-year-old is hoping J.J. Abrams gives him a shot anyway.

Prowse, of course, did all the heavy lifting in Vader's helmet ... while James Earl Jones did the voice.

Now ... SOMEONE PLEASE TELL US who's holding the red lightsaber in the "Force Awakens" trailer?!?

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