'Star Wars' films to start in 2015
LAS VEGAS — Disney is turning “Star Wars” films into an annual summer ritual.
Walt Disney Co. chairman Alan Horn announced Wednesday that the studio would release films set in a galaxy far, far away every year starting in 2015.
The parade of films will start with “Star Wars: Episode VII,” directed by J.J. Abrams.
Horn said the studio will then alternate films in the new “Star Wars” trilogies with spin off films drawn from the same universe.
He made the announcement during a presentation at the movie theater convention CinemaCon in Las Vegas.
Disney announced plans to reboot the space franchise after buying Lucasfilm Ltd. last year.
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SCRANTON — Organizers say more than 3,000 tickets have already been purchased by people around the globe who plan to attend the wrap party next month in Scranton to commemorate the final episode of the NBC comedy “The Office.”
The long-running show is set in the northeastern Pennsylvania city. Organizers of the May 4 celebration say John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer, who play lovebirds Jim and Pam Halpert, are among the cast and crew members who’ll attend.
The Times-Tribune of Scranton reported one of the event’s sponsor, Times-Shamrock Communications, said more than 3,000 tickets have been sold since Monday. The company’s regional director of marketing and events, Timothy L. Holmes, said purchases are coming from as far away as Canada and Great Britain.
The series finale is May 16.
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LOS ANGELES — The Friars Club is honoring Don Rickles, 86, with a lifetime achievement award.
The entertainers’ group said Wednesday it will celebrate the comedian at its annual awards ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York.
Bob Costas, Tony Danza, Kathy Griffin, Bob Newhart, Regis Philbin and Joan Rivers are among those set to participate in the honors on June 24.
Rickles started his career in the 1950s and has worked with generations of legends, including Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope and Lucille Ball. He still appears on the late-night shows of Jay Leno, David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel and Craig Ferguson.
Joseph Zappala, chairman of the Friars Foundation, said the Rickles celebration will live forever in club history.