Today in History May 25

Highlights of this day in history: “Star Wars” — the classic sci-fi movie written and directed by George Lucas — premieres; Former Enron execs Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling are convicted of conspiracy and fraud; Comedian Jay Leno begins his run as host of N-B-C’s “The Tonight Show . (May 25)

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You Can Fence With Lightsabers in France

About a year ago, the French Fencing Federation (FFF) was facing an existential challenge: the number of young people interested in traditional fencing was declining, and French kids were more interested in staring at their screens than showing up to like parry a la 16th century dukes.

That’s why the FFF made a very controversial decision: to elevate lightsaber fencing — up to that point a cosplay-esque pursuit of Star Wars enthusiasts — to the same status as Olympic-level fencing.

“We already do artistic fencing,” FFF President Isabelle Lamour told VICE News. “It’s historic. So if we can have ancient fencing, why not have futuristic fencing?”

The rule change seemed innocent enough, but considering the three weapons used in traditional fencing haven’t changed in about 200 years, it’s no surprise that adding lightsabers to the mix really ruffled a lot of feathers.

“Disney is not really welcome, I’m sorry,” traditional fencer Alban Garrouste told VICE News, referring to Lucasfilms’ parent company. “Fencing is a huge part of the French identity, so I think we should stick to [its] values and historical origins.”

For now, France is going it alone, with no other countries inquiring if they can import the rules to their own national fencing organizations, according to Lamour. But she noted that youth participation in the sport has definitely gone up.

“We’ve got everything to gain,” she said. “It doesn’t take anything away from participants in traditional fencing. It puts our discipline in the spotlight.”

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‘Darth Vader’ orders Philippine villagers to stay home | AFP

Youth leaders in a Philippine village are reminding residents to stay home and observe physical distancing in home-made costumes of the Star Wars icons Darth Vader and Stormtroopers, sending positive vibes to quarantine-weary residents amid the coronavirus lockdown.

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Soundtrack City: Nashville awash in video game scores

Electronic Arts’ Steve Schnur explains why Nashville has become a hotbed for soundtrack recording, especially for video games. Nashville’s studio musicians are making the music for major video game franchises including “Madden,” “FIFA” and “Star Wars.” (Feb. 26)

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First Celebrity Crush: Oscar Isaac

His “Star Wars” character may have fallen for one of the Spice Runners of Kijimi, but Oscar Isaac’s childhood crush was more down-to-earth. (Feb. 10)

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ShowBiz Minute: Royals, Critics Choice, US Box Office

Queen to host crisis summit on Harry and Meghan’s future; Netflix big winner at the Critics Choice Awards; Riding Globes, “1917” ends “Star Wars” box-office reign in the U.S. (Jan. 13)

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ShowBiz Minute: Tekashi 6ix9ine, Cabello, ‘Star Wars’

Tekashi 6ix9ine gets 2-year prison term in racketeering case; Singer Camila Cabello apologizes for past racist language; The cast of “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” have been reacting to mixed reviews of the movie. (Dec. 19)

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ShowBiz Minute: Giudice, ‘Star Wars,’ Post Malone

Teresa and Joe Giudice have separated after nearly twenty years of marriage; “Rise of Skywalker” reviews split 50-50 for and against; Post Malone to headline Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. (Dec. 18)

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Die-hard fan of Carrie Fisher petitions to get late actress Hollywood star | AFP

While Star Wars fans prepare for “The Rise of Skywalker,” a die-hard fan of Carrie Fisher is petitioning, on Hollywood Boulevard, to get the late actress a star on the Walk of Fame. “Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill, the two male stars of Star Wars have stars, yet the female star of Star Wars does not have a star. So that turns into a feminist issue for me and for 5,931 people,” argues Kristin Grady.

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Jordan, a blockbuster location for Hollywood | AFP

The lunar landscape of Jordan’s Wadi Rum valley gets a starring role this week when the next and final episode of the Star Wars saga opens to global audiences. The spectacular desert, with its shimmering red sands, majestic dunes and stunning rock formations was also where Peter O’Toole was filmed riding his horse in the 1962 epic “Lawrence of Arabia”.

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ShowBiz Minute: ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Cats,’ Carey

Cheers, fan tributes greet “The Rise of Skywalker” cast and crew at world premiere; Taylor Swift and Idris Elba attend “Cats” New York premiere; 25 years later, Mariah Carey’s Christmas original is No.1. (Dec. 17)

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John Boyega: ‘Star Wars’ set is like home

At the world premiere of “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” John Boyega teases the plot of the film and life after the blockbuster. (Dec. 17)

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‘Star Wars’ grips Hollywood with ‘Rise of Skywalker’ premiere | AFP

The final film in the epic “Star Wars” trilogy of trilogies brought Hollywood to a standstill, as a galaxy of VIPs from the space saga that began four decades ago descended on a glittering world premiere.

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Star Wars fans camp outside LA cinema a week before film opens | AFP

Star Wars superfans have begun camping outside Hollywood’s famous TCL Chinese Theatre, more than a week before the blockbuster opens.

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‘The Mandalorian’ lands in Hollywood

“I just have to not screw it up:” Pedro Pascal and the cast of “Star Wars” spin-off series “The Mandalorian’ cast talk about fulfilling fan expectations. (Nov. 14)

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Boseman: Why didn’t Scorsese question ‘Star Wars’?

Even though Martin Scorsese questioned Marvel Studios’ output, “Black Panther” star Chadwick Boseman – currently starring in cop drama “21 Bridges” – still believes Scorsese is a “genius,” but wonders why the legendary director didn’t also criticize “Star Wars” upon its release. (Nov. 6)

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ShowBiz Minute: Dangerous Celebs, Williams, Star Wars

The most dangerous celebrity online is revealed; Wendy Williams receives star on Hollywood Walk of Fame; Final “Rise of Skywalker” trailer debuts. (Oct. 22)

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AP Top Stories September 16 P

Here’s the latest for Monday September 16th: US blames Iran for Saudi strike, big hit for oil prices; UAW official says General Motors offer came too late; Johnson, Juncker hold Brexit talks, no visible breakthrough; Hungary marks 40 years of Star Wars movie. (Sept. 16)

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Will Rey move to the dark side?

“Star Wars” stars Daisy Ridley and John Boyega weigh in on new preview teasing “Dark Rey.” (Aug. 25)

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‘The Mandalorian’ team tease ‘gritty’ ‘Star Wars’ spin off

At D23, “The Mandalorian” creator Jon Favreau, actor Pedro Pascal and episode director Taika Waititi talk about what fans can expect from the TV series. (Aug. 24)

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Keri Russell enjoying rich work of Broadway

Keri Russell has kept busy since wrapping her critically acclaimed TV series “The Americans.” She filmed a role in “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” out this December, and now stars opposite fellow “Star Wars” actor Adam Driver in the play “Burn This.” (June 26)

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ShowBiz Minute: R. Kelly, Star Wars, Lauren

Judge says R. Kelly’s lawyers have week to answer lawsuit; Mark Hamill says he hopes he’s done with the Jedi; Ralph Lauren receives honorary knighthood in London. (June 20)

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Keri Russell’s ‘Star Wars’ tears

Keri Russell, who joins the “Star Wars” franchise for its latest installment, says she cried when she read JJ Abrams’ script. (June 20)

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Hamill’s ‘Force Ghost’ curtain call

Actor Mark Hamill ponders whether his character Luke Skywalker will make another appearance in the “Star Wars” universe. (June 20)

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Today in History May 25

Highlights of this day in history: “Star Wars” — the classic sci-fi movie written and directed by George Lucas — premieres; Former Enron execs Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling are convicted of conspiracy and fraud; Comedian Jay Leno begins his run as host of N-B-C’s “The Tonight Show . (May 25)

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