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Tuesday, 8 May, 2001, 15:56 GMT 16:56 UK
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Your birthday messages
BBC News Online users have paid their own tributes to Alistair Cooke at 90. Read a selection here.
Star Wars blazes a trail
Star Wars fans are in for a treat as the full-length trailer for The Phantom Menace is shown in the UK for the first time.
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Plot
Great special effects - shame about the thin story and poor acting. The BBC's Tom Brook pulls no punches in his review of The Phantom Menace.
The Force is back - for two minutes
Star Wars is back on Britain's cinema screens - in the form of a two-minute trailer for the forthcoming prequel movie.
Star Wars a damp squib?
While thousands are still camping out for tickets, the first reviews of this year's hotly-awaited Star Wars movie have hit the Internet.
Star Wars, the single
Star Wars fans can look forward to a new tune to hum as film producers announce a single and promotional video to go with the new film.
A novice's guide to Star Wars
Love it or loathe it - there's no escaping it. Here is a short guide to help you through any Star Wars conversation.
Star Wars reaches a new level - of marketing
Entertainment Correspondent Tom Brook looks at the enormous marketing push surrounding the new Star Wars film.
May the toys be with you
Star Wars fans have been waiting for months for The Phantom Menace's release - now they can get their hands on the official toys of the movie.
Star Wars' merry wives
Many would pity the women married to the real Star Wars fan, but prequel madness is not pushing these women over the edge.
Queuing for a film far far away
Dozens of fans are queuing five weeks in advance for tickets to the Star Wars prequel. And by all accounts, they're having a ball.
So you think you're a Star Wars fan
You may love Star Wars but the Force is with these real fans.
Star Wars tickets on sale
The first tickets to see the Star Wars prequel The Phantom Menace have gone on sale in the US - and have been snapped up by eager fans.
Studio rages at Star Wars reviews
Hollywood's biggest secret is out of the bag - and 20th Century Fox is furious with newspapers who have published reviews of the new Star Wars movie ten days early.
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