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More than eight years after his death, he’s still making headlines. This time? Because he apparently auditioned for the role of a Jedi Master

Star Wars: Fans que for hours at first open auditions for Episode VII roles

Hundreds braved the undesirable weather for a chance to be cast in a role in the upcoming film

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US surveillance is illegal, says Nieta

'I can't sing a note': Linda Ronstadt says she has Parkinson's disease

Linda Ronstadt says she suffers from Parkinson's disease, which has robbed her ability to sing.

Composer John Williams will return to score Star Wars: Episode VII

Composer John Williams to score Star Wars: Episode VII

Oscar-winning composer John Williams is to return to score Star Wars: Episode VII, it has been announced.

Star Wars has been rewritten as a Shakespearian drama in a bid to get more children interested in the Bard

Alas, poor Yoda, I knew him, Han Solo: Star Wars rewritten as Shakespearean drama

Star Wars has been rewritten as a Shakespearian drama in a bid to get more children  interested in the Bard. It’s a new hope that’s surprisingly inspired, discovers John Walsh

Disney has announced it is to launch an animated TV series based on Star Wars

Star Wars TV series to hit screens in 2014

Disney has announced it will launch TV series Star Wars Rebels

Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill are shown in a scene from

'May the force be with us': New Star Wars film to be filmed in the UK

Sequel to the original trilogy seized upon by George Osborne as a victory for UK creative industry tax breaks

Star Wars geeks get fit with choreography class for Jedis-in-training

Gallery: Accompanied by Star Wars music attendees slice and parry around the dance studio clutching neon-glowing lightsabers.

Star Wars stormtroopers are likely to be disappointed by the news

Star Wars Episodes II and III 3D shelved to focus on JJ Abrams' VII

The company behind the Star Wars franchise has revealed it is postponing the scheduled releases of Episodes II and III in 3D.

JJ Abrams is rumoured to be directing the next Star Wars movie

From Trekkie to Chewbacca? JJ Abrams ‘to direct Star Wars Episode VII’

Is the director leaving Starfleet to boldly go to a galaxy far, far away?

Review: Wool, By Hugh Howey

A future underground sensation

'This is not the petition response you're looking for' - Death Star plans rejected by White House

Statement says the White House is keen to emphasise its belief in galactic peace, saying that it does not support the blowing up of other planets

Star Wars meets Angry Birds

Take one of the most popular games ever to hit the iPhone, mix it with the biggest movie franchise in the history of film, and what do you get? Angry Birds Star Wars.

Star Wars VII story to be an ‘original’

The next Star Wars film won't be based on any existing books or films, according to E! Online. A source at Lucasfilm has revealed that George Lucas is hatching "an original story" to run through Episodes VII, VIII and IX.

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