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In Memoriam 2016: Remembering Those We Lost In Entertainment
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In Memoriam 2016

In Memoriam 2016: Film, Television, Music, Sports, Literature, the Arts…

With 2017 upon us, let’s take one final look back at the luminaries and personalities of the entertainment world who left us in 2016, during a year that seemed more turbulent and taxing than any other in recent memory.

Challenges in the past and challenges ahead, it’s a tough time to live in the world right now with so many changes like a whirling dervish to the senses. While there is much sadness in recognizing and accepting the passing of so many great figures in 2016, it’s the endearing, endless, never-ending fanbase and legacy that will keep each and every one of these names mentioned here (and some are of only cult status, but still enjoy a rabid passionate following as equal as any global figure) alive and well in the consciousness and beyond. In no particular order and apologies in advance if some of your favorites were left off. This was a huge list to go through and what was more painful than compiling this list was the fact that these incredibly talented people are all no longer with us.

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‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ and ‘Episode IX’ Directors, Lucasfilm To Discuss Princess Leia’s Future
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Star Wars The Force Awakens Trailer 20

The tragic passing of Carrie Fisher hit everyone pretty hard last week. Not only was she a major figure of the Star Wars universe, she was also a writer and someone who was able to overcome the darkest parts of her life to become an inspiration. It’s insensitive to talk about what will happen to her Princess Leia character (she will always be royalty) now that she is gone, but here we are.

There is a new report that says she was to have a larger role in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VIII and Episode IX. Rian Johnson (director of Episode VIII) and Colin Trevorrow (director of Episode IX) are set to discuss how Leia will fit into the future of the franchise with Lucasfilm in the coming weeks. Check out the full report below.

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New Trailer For HBO’s Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds Doc ‘Bright Lights’
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Carrie Fisher in HBO's Bright Lights

A couple of days back we found out that HBO would be airing a documentary they had made about the lives and relationship of Star Wars star Carrie Fisher and her mother, Singin’ in the Rain star Debbie Reynolds, this weekend.

The film, titled Bright Lights, had already screened at multiple film festivals, including its premiere at Cannes, to high praise, but was not officially released before Fisher and Reynolds passed away within one day of each other last week. A clip from the doc had been previously released and can be seen right here, but HBO has now released more of a trailer which can be seen below.

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HBO Documentary ‘Bright Lights’ Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds Debuts This Weekend
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Carrie Fisher in Bright Lights

Before Carrie Fisher left us last week, followed by Debbie Reynolds the next day, the mother and daughter duo appeared in a documentary titled Bright Lights.

The documentary follows Fisher and Reynolds, who actually lived next door to each other, looking at their lives and relationship. It premiered at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, and has also screened at other film festivals to critical praise. Alexis Bloom and Fisher Stevens directed the film. And yes, it’s that Fisher Stevens, star of the great Short Circuit (among many other things) and Academy Award winner for another documentary you might have heard of: The Cove.

You can find more information on Bright Lights below, along with a brief clip from the documentary.

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‘Star Wars: The Old Republic’ Players Pay Their Respects To Carrie Fisher (Videos)
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Star Wars: The Old Republic Players Gather At Castle Organa

Fans of Carrie Fisher have been mourning the loss of the actress in various ways, such as attending lightsaber vigils.

For some gamers, there was no need to go anywhere in the real world. Many people who play the massively multiplayer online role-playing game Star Wars: The Old Republic jumped into that game world, and visited Castle Organa—the ancestral home of House Organa, including Fisher’s Princess Leia, located on the Apalis Coast of the planet Alderaan—to pay their respects. One player even created a character that looks like Leia to be there for the many visiting fans. And some of the players’ characters were considered enemies to House Organa, forcing them to fight through NPCs just to join in the memorial, which they did. Friends and enemies alike stood together in honor of the fallen princess.

Below you can find multiple videos of players gathering at Castle Organa.

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HBO To Re-Air Carrie Fisher’s ‘Wishful Drinking’ This Weekend
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Carrie Fisher's Wishful Drinking

Back in 2010 HBO aired a filmed documentary of Wishful Drinking, the late Star Wars star Carrie Fisher‘s autobiographical one-women stage show in which she talks about her life and career. HBO’s special combined the stage show with interviews with family and friends as well as archival footage.

To help celebrate the life of Fisher after her untimely passing earlier this all-around terrible week, HBO has announced that they will be re-airing Wishful Drinking this weekend. The 76-minute special will play this Sunday night, January 1st, at 9PM on the primary HBO channel.

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Lightsaber Vigils Held For Carrie Fisher (Videos)
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Carrie Fisher Lightsaber Vigil

After the devastating news that Star Wars star Carrie Fisher, who played Princess Leia in the movies, had passed away, fans have been paying tribute in a number of ways.

One such tribute is not a candlelight vigil, but more fittingly a lightsaber vigil to honor their fallen princess. Lightsaber vigils have been organized in multiple locations, including Downtown Disney at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, CA; the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, TX; and Chattanooga, TN.

Below you can find videos of these various gatherings.

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Actress Debbie Reynolds, Mother Of Carrie Fisher, Has Died
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Debbie Reynolds as Bobbi Adler on Will and Grace

Actress Debbie Reynolds, mother of the late Carrie Fisher, died today after suffering a stroke, according to TMZ, who learned the news from Reynolds’ son Todd Fisher. She was 84.

TMZ reports that Todd Fisher and his mother were at his Beverly Hills home this afternoon making funeral arrangements for his sister when Reynolds fell ill and was taken to the hospital.

Reynolds’ death comes just one day after the passing of her daughter, Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher, who died yesterday at 60 years old. While on a flight from London to Los Angeles on December 23, 2016, Fisher had gone into cardiac arrest and reportedly stopped breathing, and had been in the hospital ICU in the days before her death.

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Carrie Fisher, Actress, Writer, and Star Wars Princess Leia, Has Died
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Star Wars Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia

Carrie Fisher, best known for her iconic role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise, died today after suffering a heart attack a few days ago on a flight from London to Los Angeles, according to THR. She was 60.

Born in Beverly Hills, CA, in 1956, the actress and writer grew up in the spotlight as the child of stars Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher. While she often performed live alongside her mother, Fisher made her big-screen debut at 19 in 1975’s Shampoo starring opposite Warren Beatty. But it was her next film, 1977’s Star War: A New Hope, George Lucas’s unexpected mega-hit scifi adventure that spawned one of the biggest franchises of all time, that led her to become a household name and a role model to little girls — and women — everywhere.

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Blu-ray Review: Star Wars: The Force Awakens 3D Collector’s Edition
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens 3D Collector’s Edition title

Star Wars: The Force Awakens
3D Collector’s Edition Blu-ray
Writer: Lawrence Kasdan & J.J. Abrams and Michael Arndt
Director: J.J. Abrams
Cast: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Max von Sydow, Gwendoline Christie
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
Release Date: November 15, 2016

Star Wars: The Force Awakens was one of my favorite movies of 2015, and is a film I’ve written a lot about here — bottom line, I love it! Does it have its flaws? Sure, but nothing that I feel hampers the enjoyment of watching it. While there are those who feel it’s a retread of the original trilogy, I believe that it’s a worthy addition to the Star Wars universe.

The film was released in Blu-ray back in April and included a host of bonus features that delved into the making of the sequel. But, sadly, it didn’t include feature-length audio commentary, which is an extra I love on home video releases, especially for an extravaganza like this. Now, Disney has released The Force Awakens as a 3D Blu-ray Collector’s Edition that does include commentary from J.J. Abrams, which to me makes this set worth getting. It also includes the original bonus features, along with several all-new featurettes. So, if you don’t already own this, definitely grab this collector’s edition.

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