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Carrie Fisher Princess Leia Will Not Go Digital ... Lucasfilm Promises

1/13/2017 6:14 PM PST
Breaking News

0113_carrie_fisher_princess_leia_getty'Star Wars' fans can rest easy ... Lucasfilm says they have no plans to digitally recreate Carrie Fisher's performance as Princess or Gen. Leia Organa in upcoming films.

The company issued the statement to assure fans they will always strive to honor her legacy, and that does not include using digital effects. They add ... "Carrie Fisher was, is and will always be a part of the Lucasfilm family ... We are still hurting from her loss."

As we previously reported, Carrie's last film was not compromised as the result of her death ... she was completely done shooting her scenes for "Star Wars: Episode VIII."

Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher Laid to Rest Together

1/6/2017 11:22 AM PST

0106-carrie-fisher-debbie-reynolds-funeral-photos-launchDebbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher have been laid to rest ... right next to each other as planned. 

Family and friends met at Hollywood's Forest Lawn Memorial Park Friday morning to bury the mother and daughter duo ... who died one day apart. Carrie was cremated earlier this week, but some of her ashes were buried in a coffin next to Debbie's.

Some of those in attendance ... Carrie's daughter, Billie Lourd, Taylor Lautner, and Todd Fisher -- who was seen carrying Carrie's ashes in an urn ... shaped like a giant Prozac pill.

0106-todd-fisher-carrie-fisher-funeral-pill-SPLASH-01The funeral came after a private memorial held at Debbie and Carrie's family compound in Bev Hills, where Meryl Streep reportedly sang a song for Carrie. She's also been tapped to give the eulogy at the public memorial.

#RIP

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Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds Split Over Cremation

1/4/2017 11:03 AM PST
Breaking News

1230-carrie-fisher-debbie-reynolds-tmzCarrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds had very different ideas for their burial, and the family has already taken steps to carry out Fisher's wishes.

We've confirmed Carrie's body has already been cremated and we're told the action was taken at the behest of the actress when she was still alive. Her will states she wanted to be cremated.

As for Debbie, she wanted her body buried ... she specifically did not want to be cremated.

We're told a portion of Carrie's ashes will be placed in a coffin and buried alongside Debbie's coffin at Forest Lawn in Burbank.

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Carrie Fisher/Debbie Reynolds Public Memorial to Feature Meryl Streep

1/4/2017 1:00 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0103_carrie-fisher-meryl-streep_debbie_reynolds_tmz-2The family of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds is planning a public memorial which will become a grand Hollywood event, and we're told they've reached out to Meryl Streep for the keynote eulogy.

Family sources tell us there will be a private service and burial Thursday for both Carrie and Debbie. The service will take place at Forest Lawn in Burbank, where mother/daughter will be buried side by side.

We're told there will be no celebrities delivering eulogies at the private service. If Billie Lourd feels up to speaking she will, but there are no concrete plans.

As for the public memorial, no date has been set. Billie is spearheading the service, and she wants to get through the funeral before she goes full bore.

We're told as of late Tuesday, Meryl Streep was not a firm lock but they fully expect her to be the principal speaker. As you know, Streep played Carrie in "Postcards from the Edge" and was very close to Debbie. Meryl presented Debbie with a humanitarian award a couple years back.

We're told the family will also reach out to 'Star Wars' actors to speak, including Mark Hamill. They expect George Lucas to attend but not to speak.

The public memorial will be a Hollywood event. We're told Debbie's costumes from "Singin' in the Rain" and other movies will be on display. Carrie's 'Star Wars' outfits likewise will be featured.

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'Rogue One' Star Ben Mendelsohn Wife Files for Divorce

12/29/2016 9:52 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

1229-ben-mendelson-wife-emma-forrest-divorce-TMZ-TWITTER-01"Rogue One" star Ben Mendelsohn barely had time to enjoy his movie's big premiere -- his wife filed for divorce just 7 days after it opened.

Emma Nadine Forrest filed legal docs, obtained by TMZ, which has all the makings of an uphill battle for Ben. Emma's asking for physical custody of their 3-year-old daughter.

According to the docs ... Emma -- who's a British author -- and Ben officially separated December 1 because of irreconcilable differences. They got married back in June 2012.

She's also asking for spousal support.

Ben played the role of Orson Krennic in the blockbuster film.

Carrie Fisher Lighting 'Em Up in Her Honor at Downtown Disney

12/29/2016 7:10 AM PST

Carrie Fisher's fans fired up their lightsabers one last time to honor one of the galaxy's greatest heroes.

Fans gathered at Downtown Disney Wednesday night in Anaheim, CA and paid a touching tribute to Princess Leia. 

Carrie died Tuesday after suffering a massive heart attack.

Carrie Fisher Princess Leia's Worth 3X More

12/29/2016 12:50 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

1227-carrie-fisher-getty02Carrie Fisher's name -- and her Princess Leia mug -- will be worth light years more in death than life.

Mike Gutierrez, who helps run Heritage Auctions, tells TMZ Carrie's death has boosted 'Star Wars' merch sales related to the late actress by as much as 3 times what it was just last week.

Gutierrez says 'Star Wars' merch prices will skyrocket even higher in the next 30 days. The same phenomena occurred when the last actors from "The Wizard of Oz" passed away.

The impact is already apparent.  A signed photo of Leia and Luke Skywalker just sold for $1,500 Tuesday ... the day Carrie died. A signed pic of Leia, Han Solo and Luke sold for $156 in '02.

According to eBay ... 1,280 Carrie fisher memorabilia items have been sold since Tuesday ... a huge jump from the couple dozen or so that were selling before her death.

#MayTheSalesBeWithYou

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Carrie Fisher and Garry Shandling Hollywood Icons On 'Carson' Together

12/28/2016 12:16 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Carrie Fisher and Garry Shandling shared a stage together on late-night once upon a time ... and we got a clip of the rerun that's re-airing this week.

Antenna TV will be running an old episode of "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" Wednesday night, with Carrie and Garry as his guests in '83. It's as classic a Hollywood moment as they come.

As we reported ... the 2 stars both passed away unexpectedly this year -- Carrie from cardiac arrest and Garry from a blood clot. Here's to better times.

#RIP

Glynn Turman I Was Almost the Black Han Solo But The Force Wasn't With Me!

12/28/2016 7:05 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Glynn Turman has no hard feelings over being passed over for Han Solo in the original 'Star Wars' film ... but won't exactly talk about why it never happened. 

We got Glynn out Tuesday leaving Catch and asked if George Lucas had in fact approached him first for the iconic role Harrison Ford ended up sharing alongside the late Carrie Fisher.

Watch -- he confirms the story and refers us to George Lucas' book. Lucas says he wanted to cast Glynn but an interracial couple -- Han and Princess Leia -- was just too dicey for the times.

J.J. Abrams Carrie Fisher ... Truly The Force

12/27/2016 1:46 PM PST

1227-carrie-fisher-jj-abrams-TMZ-02J.J. Abrams, director of 'The Force Awakens,' just said it all ...

'Chewbacca' My Favorite Carrie Fisher Memory Is ...

12/27/2016 1:24 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Carrie Fisher was a kid at heart, especially when she got a hold of a squirt gun ... so says Chewbacca, who was there when it happened during the filming of 'Star Wars.'

Peter Mayhew joined "TMZ Live" Tuesday to share his favorite memory with Princess Leia ... going rogue on the cast with a squirt gun and soaking everyone ... including Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill.

As we reported ... Carrie died Tuesday, days after suffering an in-flight heart attack.

Carrie Fisher Wrapped for 'Star Wars: Episode VIII'

12/27/2016 11:02 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

1227-carrie-fisher-force-awakens-REX-02Carrie Fisher's last film will not be compromised as a result of her death ... TMZ has learned.

An official from Lucasfilm tells us Carrie was "absolutely wrapped" for "Star Wars: Episode VIII."

The official added it's too early to tell how Carrie's passing will impact future installments of the franchise.

Fisher plays General Leia Organa in 'VIII.' The movie's official Twitter account said they wrapped back in July.

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Carrie Fisher Never Regained Consciousness

12/27/2016 10:31 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

1227-carrie-fisher-getty01Carrie Fisher never improved from the time she was rushed to UCLA Medical Center ... sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ.

We're told she was unresponsive from the time she suffered the massive heart attack on the United flight to the time she died. When reports surfaced she was in "stable" condition the reality was her condition did not improve.

TMZ broke the story, Carrie went into cardiac arrest Friday ... 15 minutes before her plane landed at LAX. Passengers on the flight told TMZ Fisher seemed "lifeless" on the flight and we're told it took a good 10 minutes to get a pulse back.

Carrie succumbed Tuesday morning at UCLA Medical Center.

RIP 

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