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Ben Affleck Strongly Insinuates ... I Turned Down 'Star Wars'

6/23/2016 10:33 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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1:05 PM PST -- Ben just addressed the interview on Twitter, saying, "For those of you keeping score at home, I gave exactly 18 f***s about my Pats. Upon reflection, 12 probably would have been sufficient. We Boston fans have always been known for our subtlety. One of my favorite interviews; hope you get to see the entire episode. #GoPats"

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Ben Affleck as much as told Bill Simmons he was offered 'Star Wars' before J.J. Abrams and turned it down.

Ben doesn't come right out and say it but, in so many words, he makes it clear during the HBO show.

And check out the video ... he slurs his words a lot, and the discussion precedes his "Deflategate" rant.

Harrison Ford Hair Today ... Chewy Tomorrow

6/10/2016 7:24 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0610-harrison-ford-chewbacca-GETTY-01Here's Harrison Ford at the AFI Life Achievement Awards Thursday night in Hollywood.

He was there to honor legendary composer John Williams, but clearly had someone else in mind too. 

The Wookie-envy is real.

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'Chewbacca Mom' Still Laughing Hard And Getting PAID!

6/7/2016 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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06060-chewbacca-mom-fans-con-TWITTER-01Candace Payne, best known as "Chewbacca Mom" -- the woman who went record-breakingly viral -- is going into overtime on her 15 minutes, and making good money doing it.

Chewy lovers at Dallas' Fan Expo forked over $20 for a photo and autograph from Candace during her first convention appearance Sunday.

Payne got a prime booth spot too ... right next to Jack Gleeson from "Game of Thrones." We're told her line was "average" compared to other celebs -- with a wait time of about 10 minutes.

Predictably, some Internet haters turned on Candace ... calling her gig "greedy." But it's worth noting, the convention says a portion of the proceeds will be donated to a Texas church.

'Star Wars: Episode VIII' 1st Jedi Temple Uncovered ... Maybe.

5/25/2016 9:57 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0525_stars_wars_launchBEHOLD, THE VERY FIRST JEDI TEMPLE ... the legendary location where Luke Skywalker has been hiding out ... at least, that's what it looks like to us. 

Ancient buildings have sprung up on the Ireland set of "Star Wars: Episode VIII" -- the same location where Rey tracked down Luke at the end of 'The Force Awakens.'

The 'Star Wars' supernerds (relax, we mean it lovingly) have already confirmed the name of the planet is "Ahch-To" ... and it IS where the first Jedi temple is located in 'Star Wars' mythology. 

So, are we finally gazing at Jedi holy ground? It's possible ... then again, we can't really be sure. 

Whatever it is ... it's 'Star Wars' and it's awesome! 

Giancarlo Stanton Musclebound Chewbacca The Force Is Strong With This One

5/4/2016 1:12 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Ever wonder what Chewbacca looked like under all that fur?? 

Here's Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton doing his best Wookie impression during a gym sesh earlier Wednesday -- a tribute to 'Star Wars' day (May the 4th Be With You).

Fun Fact -- the new 'Star Wars' movie reportedly made $2 BILLION at the box office. Giancarlo's current contract is worth roughly 1/6th of that. 

Not bad ... even for a human. 

Fetty Wap The Force is Strong at Son's Birthday Party

5/2/2016 12:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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502-fetty-wap-twitterFetty Wap's son had the best birthday in the galaxy ... shutting down an entire fun center for a 'Star Wars' themed bounce session.

Sources tell us Fetty dropped 5 stacks to rent out BounceU in Paramus, NJ for Aydin's 5th birthday party ... making the entire place VIP only.

We're told around 50 kids showed up for the bash, which included cosmic bounce houses, cotton candy, face painting, balloon twisting, tons of pizza, and a mobile video game trailer.

For dessert ... a two-tiered Stormtrooper cake complete with fondant light sabers.

Lucky his son is.

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'Star Wars' Who Is Rey's Mom? Big Money Hint Uncovered

4/20/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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41916-daisy-ridley-rey-starwars-3The biggest mystery in the 'Star Wars' galaxy -- the identity of Rey's parents -- was partially and accidentally leaked by Lucasfilm lawyers ... at least that's how super fans will see it.

Lucasfilm just filed docs, obtained by TMZ, to own all merchandising rights for a character named Jyn Erso -- specifically for toys, clothing, footwear, books, school supplies, and stationery.

The filing happened one day after the trailer for "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" dropped ... introducing Jyn as the main character in that prequel.

Now, the connection to Rey -- the heroine of 'Force Awakens.'

'Star Wars' geeks immediately spotted similarities between Jyn and Rey -- facial features, British accents, and generally being kick-ass chicks. So, with the rumor mill already buzzing ... you know how this merchandising move looks.

Jyn's gonna be a big player ... and there's no bigger role than birthing Rey.

Prince Harry to Chewbacca Hug It Out, Bro

4/19/2016 8:48 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0419_prince_harry_william_star_wars_launchWhen Harry met hairy ... it was pretty awesome.

The Prince and his bro, Prince William, got big ole wookiee hugs from Chewbacca and met a bunch of other 'Star Wars' actors Tuesday while touring Pinewood Studios near London.

William made the visit as part of his duties as President of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Harry looked more than happy to tag along.

The royal bros even geeked out over lightsabers, but Will needs a better grip.

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Director Rian Johnson Sued for 'Darth Vader' Conduct Over 'Star Wars'

3/18/2016 5:47 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0318-rian-johnson-GETTY-02Rian Johnson is as cold-blooded as Boba Fett ... so claims his ex-agent who says the director axed him right before he signed on to direct "Star Wars: Episode VIII" ... just to dodge the bill.

Brian Dreyfuss claims in a new lawsuit he took on Johnson as a client before the guy ever directed a single film ... even getting his own dad to invest in Johnson's debut flick, "Brick."

Dreyfuss claims his deal with Johnson called for him to get 10% of any project he helped Johnson land. 

According to the suit, Kathleen Kennedy from Lucasfilm hit up Dreyfuss in January 2014 to gauge Johnson's interest in working together. Dreyfuss says Johnson declined the meeting.

Two months later, Dreyfuss claims Johnson fired him out of the blue. In August of 2014 ... Johnson announced he was writing and directing 'Episode VIII.'

Dreyfuss is suing Johnson for the 10% he believes he's owed for 'Star Wars.'

We reached out to Johnson, so far ... no word back.

George Lucas Use the Fork, Luke

3/16/2016 6:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0316-george-lucas-twitter-01Here's George Lucas -- seller of Lucasfilm for $4 billion -- throwing down some $6 Asian noodles in a food court in Adelaide, Australia ... all by himself.

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'Star Wars' New Stormtrooper Gets Gov't Papers

3/15/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0314_shadow_trooper_wookipediaIt's the kind of 'Star Wars' secret normally kept under lock and key, but the new "Shadow Trooper" just got exposed by Lucasfilm's need to make big money merchandising the character.

Lucasfilm filed docs to lock up the trademark to manufacture and sell all things "Shadow Trooper" -- such as clothing, footwear, toys, gymnastic and sporting articles, electronic games, Christmas stockings, Christmas tree ornaments, snow globes ... pretty much everything under Tatooine's 2 suns.

Shadow has already been introduced to the 'Star Wars' universe via video games, but hasn't been in any of the movies. This move is a strong sign that's about to change. 'Star Wars' geeks have speculated a debut in "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" ... which comes out in December.

Lucasfilm filed similar docs for Kylo Ren, BB-8 and Poe Dameron long before 'The Force Awakens' was released.

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'Star Wars: Episode VIII' Meet The New Characters

3/14/2016 7:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0314_star_wars_behind_the_scenes_spoiler_launch2Filming for 'Star Wars: Episode VIII' is underway in Croatia and there are a lot of new faces on set.

We got pics of two new alien species ... and a land speeder, which looks like an upgrade from any of the pod racers in 'Episode I.' Then again, anything is an upgrade from 'Episode I.'

Production moved from a London studio to Dubrovnik this month and set designers got creative with the Old Town's gothic architecture ... giving it some 'Star Wars' flare! Filming is about 5 weeks in, but the movie won't hit theaters until December 2017.

These pics will have to tie you over, Star Wars nation.

'Star Wars' R2-D2 Creator Dead

3/4/2016 7:05 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0303-Tony-Dyson_Tony-DysoncomTony Dyson, the man behind the birth of 'Star Wars' character R2-D2 has died.

Sources close to Dyson tell TMZ Tony was recently at a convention in Holland and flew back to Malta where he lives. We're told Tony's girlfriend became worried when she couldn't contact him so she called the cops. When police went to Tony's house, they found his body. 

Local reports say police are investigating, but at this time there's nothing suspicious about his death.

Tony was the technician behind the creation of the R2-D2 robot for 'Star Wars: A New Hope' in the '70s. Tony also did robotics work on "Superman II" with Christopher Reeve and "Dragonslayer" in 1981.

He was 68 years old.

R.I.P.

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