Star Wars creator George Lucas called the late Carrie Fisher “the boss” in an emotional tribute speech.
Speaking at Florida’s Star Wars Celebration exhibition, he said the Princess Leia star was “very strong, smart, funny, bold, tough”.
“She was brilliant, and obviously we will all miss her, but she will always be the princess who took command and never backed down,” he added.
The actress died last year aged 60, days after suffering a cardiac arrest.
Lucas added: “She was the boss. It was her war, and when I cast it, I said I want somebody young to play the part.
“When Carrie came in, she was that character. There are not very many people like her. They are one in a billion. For this particular part, it was absolutely perfect.”
The celebration also saw other stars from the film series take to the stage, including Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd, who will appear in the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which is released in December.
“My mom, like Leia, was never afraid to speak her mind,” she said.
Star Wars Celebration is a fan experience which features interview panels, exhibitions, merchandise stalls and autograph signing. Here are some of the other stars from the sci-fi extravaganza who took part:
Hollywood decided to stay with the show while Perkins, Berry and Giedroyc chose to remain with the BBC instead.
A number of fans are just not keen on the changes made to Bake Off after the BBC lost the contract to broadcast it after Love Productions, who make the show, signed a three-year deal with Channel 4.
Another fan wrote: “No! Just no! Much of the nation took this programme to its heart. Winning formula. Hugely popular. It worked. And then…this! 😰#GBBO.”
“Looks like someone has superimposed Noel’s face on Sue’s body & Pru’s face on Mary. Super awkward, just like the show probably will be #GBBO,” wrote another Twitter user..
But some are prepared to give the new team a chance, with one tweeting: “Why’s everyone hating on the new #gbbo line up. I am so excited for Paul Hollywood and Noel Fielding to start a bromance 😍😍 #ilovecake.”
Another added: “It doesn’t bother me at all – I like Sandi and Noel and I think it will be every bit as good as it was on the BBC. You’ll see! #GBBO.”
The show made its debut on BBC Two in 2010, moving to BBC One in 2014.
In 2015, John Cleese said there was “no way” he’d ever work at the BBC again. Now he has changed his mind after announcing he will make a new BBC sitcom that will reunite him with his Clockwise co-star Alison Steadman.
Cleese isn’t the first celebrity to go back on his very public word. From Charlie Simpson’s Busted to Bond star Sean Connery, it’s wise to never say never again.
Charlie Simpson – Busted
There are some bands that will never get back together. Abba. The Jam. The Smiths. Then there are those that “will never get back together”. Like The Stone Roses. And Busted.
The group that had eight top 10 hits in the 2000s, and sent many a teenage girl all aflutter, split in 2005 when frontman Charlie Simpson left.
Simpson told BBC Newsbeat “not in a million years” would they reform. But some 999,990 years before that date, Simpson announced they were getting back together after all.
Speaking at the time of their reunion in November 2015, Simpson said: “I reckon I said it 20 more times than that, privately and publicly, and I meant it every single time.
“But as I say, I have changed my mind, and that has been down to the circumstances changing. I never thought we would get to a point where we were in a studio writing music we all got behind creatively and that was a huge shock to me.”
The band played UK arenas in 2016 with the aptly named Pigs Can Fly Tour.
Ricky Gervais – Golden Globes
When Ricky Gervais hosted the Golden Globe awards in 2010, offending half of Hollywood in the process, he told the relieved A-list audience: “It’s OK folks, I won’t be doing this again.”
But he returned the following year, and again in 2012, before announcing very publicly he would not be back.
On his blog after the 2012 ceremony, the acerbic comic wrote: “I’ve told my agent to never let me be persuaded to do it again though. It’s like a parachute jump. You can only really enjoy it in retrospect when you realise you didn’t die and it was quite an amazing thing to do.”
Four years later, he headed back. Employing a good old British turn of phrase, Gervais tweeted: “It’s a good job I’m drunk. Otherwise the thought of hosting The Golden Globes again would seem like a real pain in the arse.”
What do Whoopi Goldberg, Miley Cyrus, Amy Schumer, Chloe Sevigny and Ne-Yo have in common?
They all should be living in Canada or Europe after vowing to leave the US if Donald Trump was elected President. But they’re not.
Some hastily tweeted U-turns when Trump was elected, others went quiet and hoped nobody would remember.
Goldberg said “I’m not leaving the country I was born and raised in,” while Schumer used social media to declare her pledge to move to Spain was merely a “joke”.
Cyrus released an emotional video the morning after Trump’s win saying she “accepted” the new president.
Samuel L Jackson, who had been succinct in his intentions, also backed out. “If that mother… becomes president, I’m moving my black ass to South Africa,” he said.
In the early 1950s, Charlie Chaplin reportedly said he had “no further use for America” and “wouldn’t go back there if Jesus Christ was President”.
After a series of political controversies, personal scandals and falling audiences, he decided to hold the world premiere of Limelight in London, where the film was set, rather than the US, where he had settled.
Boarding the RMS Queen Elizabeth in New York in 1952, he received word that his re-entry permit had been revoked and he would have to be interviewed about his political views and moral behaviour if he wanted to return.
He said: “I have been the object of lies and propaganda by powerful reactionary groups who, by their influence and by the aid of America’s yellow press, have created an unhealthy atmosphere in which liberal-minded individuals can be singled out and persecuted.”
By 1972, feelings had softened on both sides and the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences offered Chaplin an honorary Oscar.
Chaplin was given a 12-minute standing ovation, the longest in the Academy’s history, as he accepted his award for “the incalculable effect he has had in making motion pictures the art form of this century”.
Daniel Craig famously said he would “rather slash my wrists” than reprise his role as 007 fifth time.
In 1983, Sean Connery returned to the role for the seventh and last time in Never Say Never Again, with the title being more than a subtle nod to Connery’s reported remarks that he would “never again” play Bond.
Nicole Kidman fans may want to head to the French Riviera next month – the star is in four productions that will be shown at the Cannes Film Festival.
Two of the Australian actress’s films will be in competition for the Palme d’Or, both also starring Colin Farrell.
They are Sofia Coppola’s One is The Beguiled and The Killing of a Sacred Deer, directed by Yorgos Lanthimos.
Her sci-fi rom com How to Talk to Girls at Parties and an episode of TV drama Top of the Lake will also be screened.
Elsewhere, multiple Oscar-winning director Alejandro Inarritu will show a short virtual reality film titled Carne Y Arena (Flesh And Sand).
Filmed by renowned cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, the experimental film will explore the experience of a group of immigrants and refugees crossing the border between Mexico and the US, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
It is a theme explored by a number of film-makers. Happy End by Austria’s Michael Haneke is another refugee story, this time set in Calais.
Actress Vanessa Redgrave also examines the refugee experience in her directorial debut, Sea Sorrow.
Among the big-name directors competing for the Palme d’Or are Michel Hazanavicius, the man behind the Oscar-winning silent movie The Artist, whose film Le Redoutable is about the romance between director Jean-Luc Godard and actress Anne Wiazemsky.
Carol director Todd Haynes will premiere his period drama Wonderstruck, starring Julianne Moore.
Lynne Ramsay is the only British director with a film in competition. Her latest feature, a thriller titled You Were Never Really Here, stars Joaquin Phoenix.
Films in competition
Arnaud Desplechin – Les Fantomes D’Ismael
Fatih Akin – Aus dem Nichts (In the Fade)
Noah Baumbach – The Meyerowitz Stories
Bong Joon-Ho – Okja
Robin Campillo – 120 Battements Par Minute
Sofia Coppola – The Beguiled
Jacques Doillon – Rodin
Michael Haneke – Happy End
Todd Haynes – Wonderstruck
Michel Hazanavicius – Le Redoutable
Hong Sangsoo – Geu-Hu (The Day After)
Naomi Kawase – Hikari (Radiance)
Yorgos Lanthimos – The Killing of a Sacred Deer
Sergei Loznitsa – A Gentle Creature
Kornel Mundruczo – Jupiter’s Moon
Francois Ozon – L’Amant Double
Lynne Ramsay – You Were Never Really Here
Benny Safdie and Josh Safdie – Good Time
Andrey Zvyagintsev – Nelyubov (Loveless)
As usual, there will be a number of special screenings out of competition. This year, Barack Obama and Donald Trump will be seen in a An Inconvenient Sequel, Al Gore’s follow-up to his 2006 climate change documentary An Inconvenient Truth.
The Cannes Film Festival runs from 17 to 28 May 2017.
Tracey Emin has helped the National Portrait Gallery buy one of her more unusual works – her own “death mask”.
The artist created the mask in 2002 as a “specimen” or “museum display” to “transform herself into an object of scrutiny for generations to come”.
Emin and her gallery White Cube priced the mask at £60,000 – but offered the National Portrait Gallery a £30,000 museum discount.
The remaining £30,000 came from a grant from The Art Fund.
Death masks have been created throughout history to preserve the final images of famous people just after they have died.
Emin is very much alive – and her bronze cast is now in its “rightful home”, according to the National Portrait Gallery.
Associate curator Rab MacGibbon said: “Artists have frequently explored their mortality in self-portraits. Tracey Emin’s Death Mask… blurs the distinctions between life and death, art and identity.”
Death Mask will feature in the exhibition Life, Death And Memory, which also includes the death mask of painter John Constable and the last portrait for which film director and artist Derek Jarman sat.
Emin, 53, is best know for her autobiographical works such as My Bed and the tent Everyone I Have Ever Slept With.
The news that Jude Law is to play a young Dumbledore in the sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them has led to speculation over the direction of the movie – and whether his character will be openly gay.
It’s 10 years since JK Rowling revealed that Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore was gay in a Q&A with fans.
It confirmed speculation that had been around on fan sites for years – all that was known before that was that he had a mysterious, troubled past.
Rowling also revealed that when he was young, Dumbledore had been smitten with rival Gellert Grindelwald, who he beat in a duel. Dumbledore was “horribly, terribly let down” she said, and his love for Grindelwald was his “great tragedy”.
We already know Johnny Depp will play Grindelwald in the movie, so many fans are hoping to see Depp and Law in an on-screen romance.
Some LGBT fans were upset that JK Rowling didn’t mention in any of the books that Dumbledore was gay and saw it as an “afterthought”.
In a blog post on the Harry Potter fan site Mugglenet.com, Elayna Mae Darcy says the upcoming Fantastic Beasts film is a chance to put that right.
“One has to have hope that she will use this opportunity to show us the side of Dumbledore we could never have seen when he was a much older man who had long before been tragically let down by the man he loved,” she writes.
“We have the chance to witness, in real time, a Dumbledore who is young and vivacious and who, hopefully, both acknowledges his sexuality and gives us a chance to see a well-rounded gay character in a mainstream blockbuster.”
She says the Harry Potter author has a responsibility to show the relationship.
“Representation can change people’s lives and make them feel seen… Kids growing up right now have a chance to experience one of the most important characters in the entire saga as someone who’s confident with who he is.”
And she is backed by other fans, who do not want to see Dumbledore’s sexuality glossed over.
Speaking last year about the second Fantastic Beasts movie, Rowling said we will see Dumbledore as a younger and “quite troubled man”.
“We’ll see him at that formative period of his life. As far as his sexuality is concerned, watch this space,” she said.
But Debbie Moon, Bafta-winning writer of the fantasy series Wolfblood, isn’t convinced we’ll see any romance on screen.
“Chances on Young Dumbledore appearing even remotely gay in a major studio tentpole? I’ll take 0%…”she tweeted.
And some fans have pointed out that any gay storyline may cause problems for the film’s distribution worldwide.
The live action Beauty and the Beast, which featured the first openly gay character in a Disney film, was recently pulled from Kuwait cinemas and faced issues in Malaysia, where homosexual activity is illegal.
Russia’s Culture Ministry allowed the release of Beauty and the Beast – but children under the age of 16 are not allowed to see it.
It was given a 16+ age rating after a Russian MP petitioned Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky to ban it because of the inclusion of a gay character.
US comedian Charlie Murphy, the older brother of actor Eddie Murphy, has sadly died of leukaemia at the age of 57.
Here’s a chance to look back at his life and career.
He’s known for his Prince and Rick James sketches
Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Story sketches on Comedy Central’s Chappelle’s Show in the early 2000s made him a star in the US.
In the Rick James skit, Murphy recounted how he got to know the Super Freak singer before James punched him in the face in Studio 54, leaving a ring imprint on his forehead.
In the Prince sketch, the pop legend challenged Charlie and his friends to a basketball match after a party – then made them all pancakes.
Murphy said both incidents really happened.
The brothers had a tricky start in life
Born and raised in New York, Eddie and Charlie’s parents – Lillian and Charles – split up when the boys were little. Charles was murdered by a girlfriend just a few years later.
Lillian became ill and the brothers spent a short period in foster care. She then remarried and her husband Vernon Lynch brought Eddie and Charlie up.
Charlie was a troubled teen
He has talked about experimenting with drugs and having “tons of fights”. He once found himself with a gun held to his head in high school after threatening a classmate.
According to his 2009 book The Making of a Stand-Up Guy, Murphy received three years probation for robbing a driver at gunpoint, and in the final year of his probation was arrested for larceny, loitering and other misdemeanours.
He was then sentenced to serve the rest of his probation – 10 months – in county jail.
He was once part of controversial group The Five Percenters
The group, also known as the Nation of Gods and Earths, was founded in 1963 by Clarence 13X when he broke from the Nation Of Islam.
The group says black people are the original people of the planet earth and that black people are the fathers and mothers of civilisation.
“I would question things. I had an analytical mind back then. And if you tell me something and profess it to be the truth, I don’t just accept it… because you said it.
“And that’s what I felt like when I was part of the organisation, like, you know, I was being told things, but the explanation beyond the explanation I was getting was not good.”
He had a varied career
His mother took him to all the armed services recruitment offices on the day he was released from jail in 1978 and they all turned him down due to his criminal record.
The Navy eventually agreed to take him after his mother pleaded: “You gotta take my son or he’s going to be killed out here.” He served for six years as a boiler technician.
Before he hit the big time, Charlie was also a screenwriter, a hip-hop manager and the head of security for his little brother – but was overprotective of Eddie became hot-headed when dealing with hecklers.
He later went on to appear in films including Jungle Fever, Night at the Museum and Lottery Ticket.
He didn’t start stand-up until he was 42
He said: “When I first started doing comedy, I was 42 years old and I was the brother of one of the most celebrated comics in history who made his name in the game 20 years earlier.
“So, that took a lot of bravery. It’s never been done before. It’s not a part of human reality. It’s like, if Michael Jordan all of a sudden had a big brother who plays basketball and he’s good, too. That does not compute for most people.”
“I’ve never felt like I was living in anyone’s shadow,” Charlie said. “My life was what it was. I was always proud of my brother. He helped me tremendously, but we’re family so we were never in his shadow.”
US comedian Charlie Murphy, the older brother of actor Eddie Murphy, has died of leukaemia aged 57, reports say.
The TMZ website quoted his manager as saying he died on Wednesday morning in hospital in New York.
Murphy starred on comedian Dave Chappelle’s show and also appeared in films including Jungle Fever, Night at the Museum and Lottery Ticket.
He also co-wrote and appeared in some of his brother’s films.
In a statement to Hollywood Reporter, the Murphy family said their “hearts are heavy with the loss today of our son, brother, father, uncle and friend Charlie”.
“Charlie filled our family with love and laughter and there won’t be a day that goes by that his presence will not be missed. Thank you for the outpouring of condolences and prayers,” the statement said.
Charlie Murphy arrived in Hollywood after working as a bodyguard for Eddie at the beginning of his career, the EFE news agency reported.
He has said that he was so fond of Eddie and found him so funny that he would not hesitate to confront people who did not laugh during his appearances.
Other comedians and actors have been paying tribute on social media.