A less distinctive and eccentric performer than Carrie Fisher, who has died after a heart attack aged 60, might well have had an entire career eclipsed after playing one of the leads in the most successful movie franchise of all time.
Online spending on films, music and games in the UK has bounced back, thanks to Star Wars: The Force Awakens and consumers buying the back catalogues of David Bowie and Prince.
So far this year, Disney’s releases have racked up nearly $2bn in domestic grosses, twice those of its closest competitor, 20th Century Fox, according to data from BoxOffice Mojo.
Heavily spoiler-laden script rundown purports to reveal why Rey is so strong with the Force, and the return of Hayden Christensen as ghost of Anakin Skywalker
British actor responds to Instagram user who accused her of setting ‘unrealistic expectations’ for young people by being too thin
The director says it would be ‘incredibly narrow-minded’ not to include homosexuality in a future chapter of the franchise
Plus: JJ Abrams reveals he already knows the true identity of Daisy Ridley’s space scavenger Rey
Harrison Ford has become the highest-grossing actor in the US after record numbers for his latest film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.