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Carrie Fisher Will Return as Princess Leia in New 'Star Wars' Film

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Carrie Fisher offers some exciting news to Palm Beach Illustrated:

Disney is going to continue the Star Wars saga, producing movies set to hit theaters starting in 2015. Can you confirm whether you’ll reprise the role of Princess Leia?

Yes.

What do you think Princess Leia is like today?

Elderly. She’s in an intergalactic old folks’ home [laughs]. I just think she would be just like she was before, only slower and less inclined to be up for the big battle.

And still wearing the bagel buns?

The bagel buns and the bikini, because probably she has sundowners syndrome. At sundown, she thinks that she’s 20-something. And she puts it on and gets institutionalized.


Genius Mash-Up of Schoolhouse Rock and Star Wars Will Have You Shouting 'Yayyy!': VIDEO

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Bringing two of our favorite childhood things together, this genius mash-up of Star Wars and Schoolhouse Rock's "Interjections" makes us shout "Hooray!"

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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News: 'We Do,' Zayn Malik, Italy, Outkast

1NewsIcon Anti-gay activist Brian Brown is in France trying to stir up more homophobia in the nation's debate about marriage equality.

GLF1NewsIcon Former Smithsonian researcher Tim Gold and his husband Mitchell Gold, of Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Furniture, hope to open an LGBT history museum.

1NewsIcon The Campaign for Southern Equality will take its "I Do" campaign to Virginia next week, where same-sex couples will try to get marriage licenses to protest nuptial discrimination.

1NewsIcon Italy's High Court ruled yesterday that same-sex couples can adopt.

1NewsIcon The Vatican, predictably, is pissed. "Monogamous families constitute the ideal place to learn the significance of human relations and represent the social and anthropological environment in which the best type of growth is possible," bioethicist Adriano Pessina wrote in the Vatican's newspaper, clearly basing his argument on the homophobic assumption that same-sex couples are incapable of monogamy.

1NewsIcon The world's 100 oldest living Oscar nomineees.

1NewsIcon Dallas city officials recorded a 13-minute "It Gets Better" video.

1NewsIcon "Why Is NBC Sports Sponsoring America’s Largest Gun Show?"

1NewsIcon James Yeager, the man who promised to start killing people if President Obama tries restrict access to deadly firearms, has had his gun permit suspended.

Deathstar1NewsIcon Sorry, Star Wars fans, but the Obama administration says we can't afford the $850 quadrillion it would take to make a Death Star. Also, do we really need a device capable of blowing up planets?

1NewsIcon Hot: Outkast (Andre 3000 and Big Boi) got back together to help Frank Ocean on his track "Pink Matter."

1NewsIcon Paying it woofward: Dog teaches puppy how to walk down the stairs.

1NewsIcon Sorry, but Johnny Cash did not write a song called "I'll Have The Wine," though I'm sure he wanted to...

1NewsIcon Jeremy Renner shines fabulously at Hansel and Gretel premiere in Mexico.

1NewsIcon Happy 20th birthday to One Direction singer Zayn Malik.

1NewsIcon And congratulations to all the winners at the International Web TV Awards.

1NewsIcon Canadian Blood Services wants gay men to be able to donate if they haven't had sex with a man in the past five years. The AIDS Calgary Awareness Association says that's not enough: the entire ban must be lifted.

1NewsIcon A wonderful profile of openly gay boxer Orlando Cruz.

Stormycongress1NewsIcon Only one-in-seven Americans approve of Congress. Shocking, I know.

1NewsIcon Legacy: "George Prescott Bush is gearing up to run for a little-known but powerful office in a state where his family already is a political dynasty and where his Hispanic roots could help extend a stranglehold on power Republicans have enjoyed for two decades." That office? The Texas Land Commission.


George Lucas Talks About the Disney Acquisition of the 'Star Wars' Franchise: VIDEO

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As you may have heard, the Star Wars franchise was acquired by Disney:

Disney has just confirmed that it has agreed to acquire George Lucas‘ Lucasfilm Ltd, and that includes rights to the Star Wars franchise that will now continue on. The companies have targeted a 2015 release for Star Wars: Episode 7, with Episode 8 and Episode 9 to follow as the the long-term plan is to release a new feature every two or three years. “The last Star Wars movie release was 2005’s Revenge Of The Sith – and we believe there’s substantial pent-up demand”, Disney said. The deal also includes rights to the Indiana Jones franchise.

The stock and cash transaction is worth an estimated $4.05 billion...

Watch Lucas discuss the deal, AFTER THE JUMP...

Meanwhile, internet Meme-watchers envision a new Epcot Center:

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'Call Me, Maybe' from a Galaxy Far, Far Away: VIDEO

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We've arrived at a moment in pop culture where someone has spent hours editing the six Star Wars movies into an epic "Call Me, Maybe" lip dub. Love it or hate it, Carly Rae Jepsen's force is still with us.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Electronic Arts Will Not Give In to Anti-Gay Protests

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Video game maker Electronic Arts caused a bigger stir than they anticipated by including same-sex characters in their most recent Star Wars game and Mass Effect 3. Anti-gay activist Tony Perkins from the Family Research Council claimed "the biggest threat to the empire may be homosexual activists," and EA says they've received thousands of hate letters decrying their decision.

Company Vice President of communications Jeff Brown, however, says they refuse to back down -- and weren't, contrary to right wing opinion, pressured by gay activists.

"Every one of EA's games includes ESRB content descriptors so it's hard to believe anyone is surprised by the content. This isn't about protecting children, it's about political harassment," he told GamesIndustry International. "EA has not been pressured by any groups to include LGBT characters in our games. However, we have met with LBGT groups and sponsored industry forums to discuss content and harassment of players in online forums. In short, we do put options for same-sex relationships in our games; we don't tolerate hate speech on our forums." He also says most of the letters are coming from the Florida Family Association.

Matt Kane from GLAAD compared EA's refusal to negotiate with the right to Starbucks' work against activists who protest their gay inclusion and the Million Moms movement who support JC Penney's hiring Ellen DeGeneres.

"Anti-LGBT campaigns are falling into a pretty consistent pattern these days, in which messages of hate directed at our allies are met with an overwhelming outpouring of support for our allies in response," Kane noted. "Following Starbucks' announcing public support for marriage equality, 25,000 people signed a "Dump Starbucks" campaign, which in turn inspired more than 600,000 people to sign on to a "Thank Starbucks" campaign.


He continued, "The group 'One Million Moms' tried to have Ellen Degeneres fired from her role as a spokesperson for JC Penny, but the public expressions of support JC Penny received following the Stand Up for Ellen campaign were so numerous that 'One Million Moms' announced they would be 'moving on to other things.' Trying to rally Americans around messages rooted in hate is a losing proposition."

When will the right learn that lesson? Probably not before finding themselves getting swept into history's figurative dustbin.


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