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ENTERTAINMENT DIGEST

Schumer drops out of Barbie movie

LOS ANGELES — Amy Schumer won’t be playing Barbie after all.

Variety reported the comedian has dropped out of a live-action film based on the Mattel doll because of scheduling conflicts.

Schumer had faced criticism on social media over the roll, but she defended her casting in the film in December, saying she was a “great choice” to play “an important and evolving icon.”

Variety said the movie was scheduled to start shooting on June 23, but Schumer has a lengthy promotional tour for her comedy, “Snatched,” which opens in May. She’s also set to begin shooting “She Came to Me” soon.

The magazine said Sony needs to stick to a June 29, 2018, opening date for the Barbie film, because merchandise is already in the works.

‘Last Jedi’ not changed due to Fisher’s death

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Disney CEO Bob Iger says the upcoming “Star Wars” sequel has not been changed because of the death of Carrie Fisher.

Fisher completed filming her role as Princess Leia in “The Last Jedi” before her death following a heart attack in December.

Iger said in an interview Thursday that Fisher “appears throughout” the film and her performance “remains as it was.”

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