NEW YORK - It appears the Force is still strong with Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher.
In an interview posted online Thursday, George Lucas said the trio from the original "Star Wars" trilogy will reprise their iconic roles of Hans Solo, Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia in the new "Star Wars" film.
Lucas told Bloomberg Businessweek all three were signed for the new "Episode VII" film in advance of Lucasfilm's $4 billion purchase by Disney.
"We had already signed Mark and Carrie and Harrison - or were pretty much in the final stages of negotiation," Lucas said.
He added: "Maybe I'm not supposed to say that. I think they want to announce that with some big whoop-de-do."
In an interview posted Wednesday with Florida's Palm Beach Illustrated, Fisher said she'll be coming back as Princess Leia.
Disney's Lucasfilm was coy in response. In a statement, a spokesperson for the company said, "George couldn't say whether they were signed or not and neither can we. As Yoda said, 'Always in motion is the future.' Stay tuned."•
Gore sued over Current TV sale
SAN FRANCISCO - A television consultant claims that former Vice President Al Gore and others at Current TV stole his idea to sell the struggling network to Al Jazeera.
Los Angeles resident John Terenzio is demanding more than $5 million in a lawsuit quietly filed in San Francisco Superior Court Tuesday. The lawsuit alleges Terenzio brought the idea of approaching Al Jazeera to Current TV board member Richard Blum in July. The lawsuit says Blum agreed to present Terenzio's plan to other board members and Gore.
Terenzio says he believes Gore turned down the proposal at that time.
Al Jazeera announced on Jan. 3 it planned to buy Current TV for $500 million. Terenzio said that was the first he heard of the sale and alleges he is entitled to compensation.
Moore seeks spousal support
LOS ANGELES - Demi Moore is seeking spousal support from estranged husband Ashton Kutcher.
The actress states in a court filing Thursday she also wants the "Two and a Half Men" star to pay her attorney's fees in the divorce proceedings.
Kutcher filed for divorce in December, more than a year after Moore announced the marriage was over. Kutcher didn't take a position in his filings on whether he should pay Moore any spousal support.
The couple was married in September 2005, and they have no children together.
Olsen to play Juliet off-Broadway
NEW YORK - Elizabeth Olsen will soon be a star-crossed lover - she'll star in an off-Broadway version of Shakespeare's "Romeo & Juliet."
Classic Stage Company said Thursday the younger sister of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen will help will kick off its 2013/2014 season. There's no word yet on who will play Romeo.
The actress, who has gotten good notices for the films "Silent House" and "Martha Marcy May Marlene," is currently filming the Spike Lee-directed film "Old Boy" opposite Samuel L. Jackson and Josh Brolin.
Her other films include "Liberal Arts" opposite Josh Radnor and Zac Efron, and "Red Lights," with Robert De Niro and Sigourney Weaver. She and Dakota Fanning also play best friends in "Very Good Girls," which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January.
Odds and ends
•The WWE says William Moody, better known to pro wrestling fans as Paul Bearer, the pasty-faced, urn-carrying manager for performers The Undertaker and Kane, has died. He was 58. A spokesman for the wrestling circuit said Moody's family contacted the WWE to report the death on Tuesday. No cause was released. The WWE partly molded Moody's character off his real-life job in the mortuary business. After stints in minor-league wrestling promotions, Moody joined the WWE in 1990 and quickly became associated with The Undertaker, a character who claimed he was undead and impervious to pain. In the WWE plotline, Paul Bearer later managed Undertaker's on-screen half brother Kane. He was a fixture on WWE programming for more than a decade. His shrill catchphrase, "Ooohhh yeeesss!" and contorted facial expressions made him one of the sports-entertainment company's more popular personalities.
•Canadian country-folk singer Stompin' Tom Connors, whose toe-tapping musical spirit and fierce patriotism established him as one of Canada's strongest cultural icons, has died, his friend and promoter said Wednesday night. He was 77. Brian Edwards said Connors passed away from natural causes at his home. The musician, rarely seen without his signature black cowboy hat and stomping cowboy boots, was best known for songs like "The Hockey Song," Sudbury Saturday Night" and "Bud the Spud." Connors garnered a devoted following through straight-ahead country-folk tunes that drew inspiration from his extensive travels and focused on the everyman.
•Country singer-songwriter Claude King, an original member of the Louisiana Hayride who was best known for the 1962 hit "Wolverton Mountain," has died. He was 90. King had just celebrated his birthday and 67th wedding anniversary to his wife, Barbara, last month. The couple's eldest son, Duane King, said his father was found unresponsive in his bed early Thursday morning at his home in Shreveport. King was one of the original members of the Louisiana Hayride, the Saturday night show where Elvis Presley and Hank Williams Sr. got their start. The show transformed country and western music from 1948 to 1960 with music genres including hillbilly, western swing, jazz, blues and gospel.