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Go to a Fringe theatre this year and chances are you'll end up watching something by George Lucas or Quentin Tarantino. Which may be no bad thing, says Robert Hanks

How did Darth Vader ever expect to stay on top of things if he kept killing his own commanders?

There's a rumour that George Lucas is going to make another three Star Wars films, set before the events in the first three Star Wars films. So we'll get to meet Luke Skywalker when he was a boy, we'll see how Yoda looked when he was only 124, and Obi Wan Kenobi when he was played by a different actor.

The Quiet Man: Guinness on screen: Sir Alec Guinness is 80 next month. David Thomson and Irving Wardle look back on a 60-year career that spans stage, film and television

IN HIS delightful and devoutly absent-minded autobiography, Blessings in Disguise (1985), Alec Guinness revealed an attitude to movies akin to settled vicars hearing of bingo as a new way of doing the Lord's work. He had taken Edith Evans out to an expensive lunch. 'Not to worry,' he said, as the bill loomed. 'I'm filming.' He was making The Lavender Hill Mob, and getting pounds 6,000. Dame Edith nearly fell in her Bombe Surprise. 'I must make another film,' she decided. 'Or do you call them movies?'

Clinton set to ban all nuclear tests: Reagan warns 'open your eyes' as Star Wars is finally scrapped

THE Clinton administration, fresh from abolishing the Star Wars missile defence programme, is now expected to announce that it will endorse a complete nuclear test ban from 1996.

When Carrie met Planet Earth: She circled the stars as a child, then went into orbit on drink and drugs. Now Carrie Fisher has her feet on the ground - almost

THE PHOTOGRAPHER from the Daily Mail was anxious that Carrie Fisher should climb on to a hotel bed with Jonathan Ross. Ms Fisher - daughter of Debbie Reynolds, star of Star Wars, Hollywood's most public reformed drug addict, sparkling novelist, accomplished screenwriter - obliged with only a hint of sarcasm.

Pounds 12m supergun brings Star Wars to Scotland

STAR WARS comes to Scotland. The new electromagnetic gun and experimental range at Kirkcudbright, Dumfries and Galloway, was unveiled on time yesterday. Half of the pounds 12.5m cost is being met by Britain's Defence Research Agency, half by the US Army's Research and Engineering Centre at Picatinny Arsenal, Dover, New Jersey, writes Christopher Bellamy.
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