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Debbie Reynolds Wins the SAG Lifetime Achievement Award

And her daughter Carrie Fisher presented it to her

Hollywood veteran Debbie Reynolds was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday.

In her career, which began in the 1950s, the 82-year-old Reynolds has been nominated for one Oscar, five Golden Globes and one Emmy. Her big break came when she starred alongside Gene Kelly in the 1952 classic Singin’ in the Rain, says People.

“God gave us talent, so we’re very fortunate,” she said. “My favorite movie was The Unsinkable Molly Brown … In that film, I got to sing a wonderful song called ‘I Ain’t Down Yet.’ Well, I ain’t. Thank you all so much for this wonderful award.”

Reynold’s award was presented by her daughter, Carrie Fisher, famous for her iconic portrayal of Princess Leia in Star Wars.

The SAG gives the award every year to an actor or actress who represents the “finest ideals of the acting profession.” Last year’s SAG Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Rita Moreno, who also played a part in Singin’ in the Rain.


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This Artist Is Creating a New Star Wars Comic For Each Day in 2015

In anticipation of the new film

With almost a year until the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, fans are doing what they can to cope.

To help satiate people’s Star Wars thirst, artist Gerard Folz has decided to tweet out one themed comic a day throughout 2015.

It’s a pretty big task. May the force be with him.

(h/t: MTV)


Here is the Most Anticipated Film of 2015

A scene from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," expected in theaters on Dec. 18, 2015.
A scene from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," expected in theaters on Dec. 18, 2015. AP—AP

'Star Wars' tops 'Avengers,' 'Fifty Shades of Grey,' and 'Jurassic World'

Stormtroopers and the Millennium Falcon have eclipsed the hype for Ultron and killer dinosaurs—so claims Fandango’s annual survey of the most-anticipated films for the coming year.

The ticket service says Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the most eagerly awaited movie of 2015 even though it doesn’t open until next December. In second place was the return of Marvel’s all-star team in The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Ranking third is the conclusion of The Hunger Games franchise with Mockingjay — Part 2. In fourth place was the only non-sequel to make the list: Fifty Shades of Grey, which of course is still a widely known format as it’s based on the bestselling erotic novels. The reboot of the Jurassic Park franchise, Jurassic World, was No. 5.

Fandango chief correspondent (and former EW senior writer) Dave Karger said, “It’s been a decade since the last installment of the most beloved sci-fi fantasy franchise of all time, and kids of all ages are eagerly anticipating the revitalization of the series next December.”

Notably failing to crack the top of the chart: Tom Cruise’s Mission Impossible 5, James Bond’s newest Spectre, Furious 7 and the Mad Max reboot Fury Road (which has a particularly bananas trailer). The survey was based on 1,000 polled fans from from Dec. 22 through Dec. 29.

But of course, December surveys cannot predict future turnout. Last year, Mockingjay — Part 1 was the survey’s No. 1 pick for 2014, yet it was Guardians of the Galaxy—which didn’t even crack Fandango’s Top 5—that ended up leading the box office chart. Likewise, the most-anticipated list included Divergent and The Amazing Spider-Man 2, neither of which ended up cracking the Top 8 among domestic ticket sales.

Here are the trailers for four of the top 5 films (Mockingjay — Part 2 is not out yet), followed by more results from Fandango’s survey:

Fan Favorite Actress in 2015 Movies:
1. Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2)
2. Scarlett Johansson (Avengers: Age of Ultron)
3. Angelina Jolie (By the Sea)
4. Melissa McCarthy (Spy)
5. Halle Berry (Kidnap)

Fan Favorite Actor in 2015 Movies:
1. Robert Downey Jr. (Avengers: Age of Ultron)
2. Chris Hemsworth (Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Blackhat,” and “In the Heart of the Sea)
3. Daniel Craig (Spectre)
4. Chris Pratt (Jurassic World)
5. Tom Cruise (Mission Impossible 5)

Biggest Male Breakout Movie Star, 2015:
1. Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Grey)
2. John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
3. Levi Miller (Pan)
4. Neel Sethi (The Jungle Book)
5. Tony Jaa (Furious 7)

Biggest Female Breakout Movie Star, 2015:
1. Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
2. Lily James (Cinderella,” Pride and Prejudice and Zombies)
3. Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey, A Bigger Splash)
4. Kate Mara (The Fantastic Four, The Martian)
5. Sofia Boutella (Kingsman: The Secret Service)

Most Anticipated Family Film of 2015:
1. Minions
2. Cinderella
3. Pixar’s Inside Out
4. Peanuts
5. Pan

This article originally appeared on EW.com

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See a Sneak Peek of Star Wars’s Millennium Falcon on Fortune’s Cover

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Fortune's January 2015 cover Fortune

She may not look like much, but she's got it where it counts, kid

Fortune’s January issue features an exclusive sneak peek at one of the Star Wars saga’s most iconic ships: Han Solo’s Millennium Falcon.

We already knew that the Falcon, a freighter ship converted into a smuggling vessel, would play a role in the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens — It was spotted at the end of the film’s first teaser trailer pulling some serious Gs while evading Imperial TIE Fighters.

But Fortune’s new cover gives us a closer look at the revamped Falcon. There’s also another image showing the ship parked in a hangar bay behind Walt Disney Co. CEO Bob Iger.

Here’s how Fortune (which like TIME is owned by Time Inc.) and Lucasfilm put the images together:

Lucasfilm’s special effects division, Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), worked with Fortune to create both the cover and opening photograph in the story, an inside look at the innovative technologies used across Disney’s diverse businesses and brands. The collaboration started with our photo shoot with CEO Iger earlier this month in New York. The photos were then turned over to ILM to, well, work their magic. Not surprisingly, the secretive division was mum about the exact process for creating the realistic shot of Iger standing right on set, casually leaning against a chunk of metal (the image seen in the opening pages of the story).

As for the cover shot, Yannick Dusseault, visual effects art director for The Force Awakens, and his team gave Fortune six options showing the Falcon in different ways. The resulting image required the custom rendering of ILM’s computer generated Falcon. According to ILM, the fabled ship was rendered in wireframe form (a skeletal version) as well as a more layered “textured render,” which were combined in Photoshop to create the final image.

The Force Awakens, the seventh Star Wars film, is slated for a Dec. 18, 2015 release.

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Even Mark Hamill Was Surprised by His Return to Luke Skywalker Role

Don't get cocky, kid

Mark Hamill never thought he would return to that galaxy far, far away–not in “a million years.” So even he seems to have been stunned by the fact that he’ll reprise his most famous role as Luke Skywalker next year: In J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

“I don’t know that I’m even completely recovered from my state of shock,” the actor recently told Entertainment Weekly. “Part of the experience of [Star Wars] in my life was coming down from that, putting it behind me. We had a beginning, middle, and an end. And I certainly, in a million years, never expected to return. I thought, even if they do more trilogies, my story is over.”

Read more at Entertainment Weekly

Read next: George Lucas Might Be the Only Person Who Hasn’t Seen the New Star Wars Trailer


Here’s How to 3D-Print Your Own Crossguard Lightsaber

Lasers not included.

The crossguard lightsaber introduced in the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens raised eyebrows among skeptics as much as it elicited drools from those excited by the weapon’s redesign. Attacks on its impracticality were so widespread that Stephen Colbert took time out of one of the final episodes of the Colbert Report to defend the genius of the design. But now you can test it yourself, as a group of designers has shared instructions for 3D-printing the controversial laser sword.

According to designers at le FabShop, which distributes Makerbot 3D printers in France, “As Makers, we couldn’t help but try to find out by ourselves if this ‘crossguard’ design was a good configuration or not.” They’ve made files available for download — the lightsaber requires assembling a handful of configurable plastic parts — on Makerbot’s design community, Thingiverse. Though the finished product is certainly a quality replica, the designers did not, after creating it, weigh in on its practicality.

The 3D-printed version does not involve actual lasers, so there’s no risk of burning off your hand.

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George Lucas Might Be the Only Person Who Hasn’t Seen the New Star Wars Trailer

"I don't know anything about it"

It seems like just about everyone has watched the trailer for J.J. Abrams’ new interpretation of Star Wars, which has been viewed over 45 million times on YouTube since its late November release. Well, everyone except original Star Wars creator George Lucas.

When the New York Post asked Lucas what he thought of the trailer, the famed director responded: “I don’t know anything about it. I haven’t seen it yet.”

And he isn’t planning on watching it, “Because it’s not in the movie theater,” he explained. “I like going to the movies and watching the whole thing there. I plan to see it when its released.”

MORE: 5 takeaways from the new Star Wars trailer

In case spoofs aren’t off limits, Lucas can tide himself over with this hilarious Saturday Night Live reinterpretation that aired over the weekend:

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Here’s What the New Star Wars Would Look Like if Wes Anderson Directed It

The Episode VII trailer gets a very twee makeover

The trailer for the latest Star Wars installment has exploded in popularity and amassed more than 60 million views since it debuted last week, and also racked up tons of parodies.

Now, it has the quirkiest parody yet — a re-edit in the cutesy, iconic style of Wes Anderson. Yes, if Star Wars: The Force Awakens starred Bill Murray and had 1960s British invasion rock on the soundtrack its trailer might look something like this.

But if you’re digging the aesthetic, don’t get your hopes up. Anderson has already said that, although the Star Wars films have greatly influenced him, he doesn’t think he has what it takes to direct one. “I don’t know if I have all the right action chops,” he once told Deadline, “But at least I know the characters from the old films.”

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Watch Stephen Colbert Break Out a Whiteboard to Defend the New Star Wars Lightsaber

“It’s a ménage-a-saber”

Stephen Colbert has been a Star Wars fan for two weeks longer than you have. When he was in the eighth grade, he explained on last night’s show, he won tickets from a local radio station to see the movie before it came out. And his original fandom qualified him to perform a scientific takedown of those who scorn the three-pronged lightsaber that debuted in last week’s teaser trailer for The Force Awakens.

Though some fans claim that the “lightsaber with too many sabers on it” puts he who wields it at risk for some serious hand burns, Colbert pulls out a whiteboard to demonstrate the genius of the new design. “It’s simple,” he scoffs. “You just need three focusing crystal activators to split the plasma into perpendicular blade energy channels.”

And just like that, Stephen Colbert won Star Wars.

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The New Star Wars Trailer Gets a Spaceballs Makeover

"The Schwartz Awakens"

The teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens came out last week, but the movie itself doesn’t hit theaters for a year. So what’s a fan to do in the meantime? Reminisce about the brilliance of Mel Brooks’ 1987 spoof Spaceballs, for one thing.

Film Geekery mashed up the audio from the new trailer with scenes from Spaceballs, imagining what the new movie would look like with Barf, Yogurt, Dark Helmet and that little dancing alien that wears a top hat. It’s a pleasing throwback to peak Brooksian humor and the power of the Schwartz.

A year is a long time for anticipation to build between teaser and premiere. In the event the The Force Awakens doesn’t meet those burgeoning expectations, at least there’s always Mel Brooks to fall back on.

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