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‘Star Wars’: J.J. Abrams Says Carrie Fisher Is ‘the Heart of’ ‘Rise of Skywalker’

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‘Star Wars’: J.J. Abrams Says Carrie Fisher Is ‘the Heart of’ ‘Rise of Skywalker’
Director J.J. Abrams spoke at length about Carrie Fisher during D23’s Walt Disney Studios panel on Saturday, saying that the late Princess Leia actress is “the heart of” the final installment in the Skywalker saga.

“The character of Leia is really, in a way, the heart of this story,” Abrams said. “We realized we could not possibly tell the end of these nine films without Leia. We realized that we had footage from Episode VII,’and we could use it in a new way.”

Fisher died on Dec. 27, 2016, at the age of 60, and had already completed filming on her role in “The Last Jedi.” It was announced last summer that Fisher’s family had approved previous footage of her being used for Episode IX, titled “The Rise of Skywalker.”

“As we, her family, as well as her extended family of fans around the world so believe, Carrie’s Princess
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Hilary Duff Says Returning For ‘Lizzie McGuire’ Revival Is ‘Surreal’

Hilary Duff Says Returning For ‘Lizzie McGuire’ Revival Is ‘Surreal’
Hilary Duff can’t wait to slip back into Lizzie McGuire’s shoes. Hours after Duff revealed that a “Lizzie McGuire” revival series was officially coming to Disney+, the 31-year-old actress — who will reprise her role as the beloved Disney heroine — spoke with Et about the “surreal” feeling returning to the role that made her a star. “It feels very
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Carrie Fisher Is "the Heart of" Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, J.J. Abrams Says

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The late Carrie Fisher not only appears as Leia for the last time in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, but her character makes up the "heart" of the entire story, says J.J. Abrams. The director made his comments at Disney's D23 Expo convention in Anaheim, California on Saturday, four months before the film is set to be released. It was previously announced that Fisher will appear in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker via unseen footage in the upcoming sequel, the final installment of the franchise's third trilogy. The actress died at age 60 in December 2016, months after filming wrapped on the second film, Star Wars: The Last Jedi. "The character of Leia is...
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Taylor Swift Says Her Relationship With Joe Alwyn Is Not ''Up for Discussion''

Taylor Swift Says Her Relationship With Joe Alwyn Is Not ''Up for Discussion''
Taylor Swift's "lover" is off limits! The 29-year-old star, who recently released her seventh album, Lover, may have referenced her British boyfriend Joe Alwyn in a few songs, but that doesn't mean she's ready to open up about her relationship. In an interview with The Guardian's Weekend magazine, the "Me!" singer made it clear that she wasn't going to talk about her romance with the 28-year-old actor, who she's been dating for three years. "I've learned that if I do, people think it's up for discussion, and our relationship isn't up for discussion," she explained. "If you and I were having a glass of wine right now, we'd be...
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Kourtney Kardashian and Ex Younes Bendjima Run into Each Other at Party 1 Year After Split

Kourtney Kardashian and Ex Younes Bendjima Run into Each Other at Party 1 Year After Split
Kourtney Kardashian was in familiar company while out in Los Angeles on Friday night; She ran into her ex, Younes Bendjima. The 40-year-old Keeping Up With the Kardashians star and sisters Kylie Jenner and Kendall Jenner and their friends joined DJ Daniel Chetrit, who teamed up with Kendall last year for a podcast, for his birthday celebration at the Nice Guy restaurant. Younes, 26, attended the bash with friends, a source told E! News. "Kourtney said hello to Younes and exchanged pleasantries, but it wasn't much more than that," the source said. "She wasn't surprised Younes was there and is fine with saying hi to him. They are on good...
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Kit Harington Joins Marvel's The Eternals and Will Have a Game of Thrones Reunion

It's the Wolf Pack reunion we always wanted... Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige announced during Disney's D23 Expo convention in Anaheim, California on Saturday that Kit Harington, best known for his role of Jon Snow in Game of Thrones, will play Dane Whitman, aka the Black Knight, in the upcoming superhero film The EternalsRichard Madden, who played Snow's brother (*wink*) Robb Stark on the HBO series, had previously been announced to play Ikaris in the movie. Naturally, Game of Thrones fans were elated at the news, and the reunion. "Richard Madden And Kit Harington Are Both In #TheEternals!! Its A Stark Brothers Reunion!!"...
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Scott Disick Surprises Sofia Richie With a James Bond Luxury Car for Her 21st Birthday

Scott Disick Surprises Sofia Richie With a James Bond Luxury Car for Her 21st Birthday
She's Richie, Sofia Richie. On Saturday, the model and girlfriend of Scott Disick turned 21 and showed off on her Instagram Story a luxury birthday gift: what appears to be a black Aston Martin DB11, which retails for at least $200,000, adorned with an enormous red ribbon. The brand's cars are notoriously used by James Bond in the hit spy film series. "Wow wow wow," Sofia wrote. "Best bf award." Sofia showed off the shiny black exterior and smooth orange leather interior of the vehicle, which boasts an 8-inch LCD screen with iPhone integration, A2DP Bluetooth audio and phone streaming and a Wi-Fi hub. "Holy s--t!!!! 21!" she also...
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Emma Stone Is a "Punk Rock" Cruella de Vil in Disney's First Photo From Film

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Lock up those puppies, because Emma Stone's Cruella de Vil is on the loose...and very...punk rock? Last year, it was confirmed that the 30-year-old Oscar winner would take on a younger version of the iconic fur coat-loving 101 Dalmatians villain role in the standalone live-action film Cruella. On Saturday, during Disney's D23 Expo convention in Anaheim, California, the first photo from the film was revealed. It shows Stone's Cruella sporting a permed, above-the-shoulder version of the character's trademark black and white colorblocked hairstyle, and what appears to be a black leather checkered jacket. She is holding onto (gulp!) three leashes attached to three Dalmatians. In...
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Shawn Mendes Apologizes for Past "Racially Insensitive Comments"

Shawn Mendes Apologizes for Past
Shawn Mendes took to his Instagram Story on Friday night to issue a written apology over what he called "racially insensitive comments" he had made on social media in the past. The 21-year-old Canadian pop star posted his statement days after a fan flat-out asked him about his past remarks during a Q&a session that was posted online. "I posted some racially insensitive comments on social media when I was younger, and I am so sorry," Mendes wrote. "I apologize wholeheartedly for what was said & understand how offensive those posts were. There is no place for comments like that, and those words do not represent who I am. I stand for complete inclusivity, equality and...
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How 13 Reasons Why Season 3 Killed Off Bryce Walker

With plenty of twists, 13 Reasons Why did that. The series killed off its chief antagonist Bryce Walker (Justin Prentice), turned his death into a season-long mystery and attempted to redeem the character—a serial rapist—along the way. So, who killed Bryce Walker? Spoiler alert! As revealed in the season three finale, Alex (Parenthood veteran Miles Heizer) was the one to ultimately end things for Bryce. After discovering Bryce badly beaten after a confrontation with Zach (Ross Butler), Alex pushed Bryce into the water where he drowned. Jessica (Alisha Boe) looked on. The reason for Zach's attack? Bryce essentially ended Zach's football career during the homecoming game riot at Liberty...
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Billie Eilish's 10 Most Relatable Moments

It's sometimes hard to remember that Billie Eilish is simply a 17-year-old kid. That can happen when an artist has the No. 1 song in the country, a debut album that debuted at No. 1 as well, and is performing all over the world. But it's true. She might be nominated for a remarkable 10 Moonmen at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards, held on Monday, Aug. 26 at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ of all places, but she's still just a kid who is discovering herself, quite literally, on the world's largest stage. And as much as she's become the voice of Gen Z, whenever she uses that voice in interviews, she reminds us of just how relatable she is.  Take, for instance, the way the newly-legal driver...
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Britain’s Prince Andrew Denies Any Knowledge Of Jeffrey Epstein’s Alleged Crimes

Britain’s Prince Andrew has denied any knowledge of criminal behavior by one-time friend Jeffrey Epstein who killed himself in a New York jail while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges. Read More: Psychologist approved removing Jeffrey Epstein from suicide watch The Duke of York said in a statement Saturday that “at no stage during the limited time I spent with
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Prince Andrew Defends Relationship With Jeffrey Epstein

Prince Andrew Defends Relationship With Jeffrey Epstein
Prince Andrew, Duke of York, issued a personal statement on Saturday over his past dealings with the late Jeffrey Epstein, saying that he never saw him act in any way that led to his arrest for sex crimes. Epstein, 66, died in jail in what officials said was a suicide earlier this month, weeks after he was indicted and had pleaded not guilty to charges of sex trafficking of dozens of underage girls. U.S. court documents filed several years ago showed that Epstein had in years past spent time with the Duke of York, Queen Elizabeth II's second son, father of Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice and ex-husband of Sarah, Duchess of York. "It is apparent to me since the suicide of Mr....
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The Trailer For High School Musical: The Musical: The Series Is Here and Yes You Read That Title Correctly

Disney+ is going truly meta with its first series.  High School Musical: The Musical: The Series will make its debut along with the streaming site, which launches on November 12, and we've now got our first look at the extremely meta new comedy.  The show follows a fictional group of teens who attend the high school where High School Musical was filmed auditioning for and staging the stage version of High School Musical, and while it's not quite the cast of Beverly Hills, 90210 playing fictional versions of themselves putting on a reboot of Beverly Hills, 90210, it's pretty close in terms of how broken our brains feel. This show title has two colons in it! That's a lot of...
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Marc Jacobs' Devoted Followers Include These 17 Celebs

Marc Jacobs' Devoted Followers Include These 17 Celebs
Very few designers are as loved and admired as Marc Jacobs is.  Since the start of his career in the early '90s, he has built quite a large clientele that consists of world famous supermodels and A-list actors. So, it's not all that surprising to see people strutting across the red carpet in his pieces. What is surprising, however, is the strong loyalty that these stars have for the artist. When the 56-year-old recently wed his longtime boyfriend Char Defrancesco, stars came out in droves to support him as he began this next chapter in his life. In fact, so many stars attended a barricade had to be set up outside the venue so fans wouldn't crowd the guests, like Kate...
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Happy Birthday, Sofia Richie! Celebrate With a Look Back at Her & Scott Disick's Cutest Pictures

Happy Birthday, Sofia Richie! Celebrate With a Look Back at Her & Scott Disick's Cutest Pictures
Sofia Richie and Scott Disick are one photogenic pair. From stunning vacation shots to sweet date-night snaps to stylish red carpet photos, these two have shared quite the array of exciting life experiences (and seen lots of the world in the process) since they first got together back in 2017. Whether they're lounging on a yacht in Mexico, chilling out in Aspen or cozying up on a private jet headed who knows where, Scott and Sofia are great at making memories. And, lucky for us, perhaps even better at documenting them on social media. So, in honor of Sofia's birthday—she turns 21 today, Aug. 24—revisit some of the couple's cutest and most memorable moments from these last two...
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A History of Every Unforgettable Moment From the MTV Video Music Awards

A History of Every Unforgettable Moment From the MTV Video Music Awards
For as much as things change, they also stay the same. Exhibit A: the MTV Video Music Awards.  Since the inaugural ceremony in 1984, the event has garnered a reputation as Hollywood's most unpredictable award show, one that still holds true three decades later. Beginning with Madonna's unforgettable live rendition of "Like a Virgin" while dressed as a bride to Cardi B teasing the debut of her newborn daughter on stage last year, stars always find a way to keep fans on their toes when it comes to the VMAs.  Arguably one of the most famous moments in the MTV show's history was when Madonna joined forces with top songstresses Britney Spears and Christina...
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Dancing With the Stars Season 28 Cast Revealed: Did 5 Random People Even Know Who The Celebs Were?

Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome to the ballroom...who?  Dancing With the Stars revealed its line-up of celebrity competitors for its upcoming 28th season this week, and per usual, the roster is a mixed bag of stars, including Hannah Brown, Karamo Brown, James Van Der Beek and Lamar Odom. You've got your athletes. Then there's the reality stars. And of course, you can't forget a beloved child actor or two and controversial political figure.  Still, that doesn't mean the cast announcement didn't inspire a chorus of "Who?"s to ring out across the country as fans wondered just who some of these celebrities were.  In our annual (slightly shady) experiment, we...
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This Weekend's Best Sales: Shopbop, Wayfair & More

We love these products, and we hope you do too. E! has affiliate relationships, so we may get a small share of the revenue from your purchases. Items are sold by the retailer, not E!. Who doesn't love a good sale? We've rounded up this weekend's best deals with deep discounts. So get to it—happy shopping! & Other Stories Shop Now: Score discounts at the Early Access Summer Sale Anthropologie Shop Now: Take an extra 30% off sale items. Barneys New York Shop Now: Take an extra 25% off sale items with code SALE25. Express Shop Now: Don't have Bogo Fomo! Jeans are buy one get one free. Forever...
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Taylor Swift's Most Important Life Lessons: A Guide to Her Most Valuable Advice

Taylor Swift's Most Important Life Lessons: A Guide to Her Most Valuable Advice
Taylor Swift has done it again! On Friday, the superstar singer released her seventh hit studio album, Lover, and fans are going wild over the new songs. Most importantly, Swifties are loving the 29-year-old star's lyrics on the new album. As many Swift fans will know, the songstress writes all of her own music, telling personal stories of love, loss and betrayal. Over the years, from her self-titled debut album in 2006 to 2019's Lover, T.Swift has grown, learned tough lessons and has taken a stand for what she believes in. At various stages in her life, Swift has, admittedly, lost herself. However, with this new album, Swift is showing that she really has found not only herself, but also...
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