We’re fast approaching the one-year anniversary of the death of Carrie Fisher. And just ahead of that, audiences will see her final performance as princess turned general Leia in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
What does this icon of giving no fucks and feminist ferocity offer in this portrayal? Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Gwendoline Christie, Domhnall Gleeson, and director Rian Johnson weigh in, and remember the one, the only Carrie Fisher.
And here’s a bit that’s freshly gutting: Mark Hamill tells us Star Wars IX would have been centered on Leia.
A ton of stars celebrated Mother’s Day with their loved ones on Sunday, but the holiday was bittersweet for Billie Lourd, as it marked her first Mother’s Day without Carrie Fisher. The 24-year-old actress paid tribute to her late mom on Instagram with an adorable throwback photo of the pair, simply captioning it with a heart emoji. Carrie, who famously played Princess Leia in Star Wars, passed away at the age of 60 in December, and Billie honored her at the Star Wars Celebration last month by wearing a white dress reminiscent of Princess Leia’s iconic costume.
Charlie Murphy, Chappelle’s Show star and older brother of actor and comedian Eddie Murphy, has died at age 57 after a long battle with leukemia. His publicist confirmed the sad news to The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday, and Eddie remembered his brother in a statement later that day. «Our hearts are heavy with the loss today of our son, brother, father, uncle and friend Charlie, the Murphy family said. «Charlie filled our family with love and laughter and there won’t be a day that goes by that his presence will not be missed. Thank you for the outpouring of condolences and prayers. We respectfully ask for privacy during this time of great loss for all of us.»
Charlie became a household name during the 2000s thanks to his «Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Story» sketches on Dave Chappelle’s Comedy Central skit show, which detailed his hilarious and ridiculous stories of interactions with other celebrities at the height of his brother Eddie’s fame in the ’80s. Of course, the one that skyrocketed into the pop culture stratosphere was Charlie’s account of hanging out with late singer Rick James; lines like «habitual line stepper» and «I’m Rick James, b*tch,» will never not make us LOL.
In honor of Charlie’s life, look back on one of his most iconic Chappelle’s Show sketches below.
Dan and Carrie met on the set of Saturday Night Live and fell in love while filming Blues Brothers in 1980. Their relationship quickly became serious as they «obtained blood tests for compatibility from an East Indian female doctor» before getting engaged, though they eventually called it quits and Carrie went on to marry Paul Simon. During a recent interview with Empire magazine, Dan referred to Carrie as «one of the most brilliant and hilarious minds of our eon.»
Robin Thicke rang in his 40th birthday on Friday, and the «Blurred Lines» singer celebrated by remembering his late dad, Alan. Robin posted a selfie of his dad in a car, writing, «Missing the OG today. First Bday without him. Love you Pops.» He later followed up with a throwback snap of his dad carrying him as a child, which he captioned, «Thats me! Haha.» Alan passed away at age 69 on Dec. 13. The actor — who was best known for his role as Jason Seaver in Growing Pains and, more recently, as Mike on Fuller House — died from a «ruptured aorta» and a «standard type A aortic dissection.» He is survived by wife Tanya and his three sons, Robin, Brennan, and Carter.
Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom are taking «Respectful, Loving Space» from each other. I didn’t even know they had been taking «Respectful, Loving Space» near each other. — (Dlisted)
«Why don’t your pants understand ankles?» made me do that weird bark laugh. But, seriously, Jared Leto, you’re, like, 45 years old. Surely you’re old enough to own a full-length mirror. I can loan you one! — (GFY)
Diane Kruger (and her fuckin’ KILLER legs) and Norman Reedus are just friends. Just friends who go on road trips together. ::eyeroll:: Sure. Whatevs. — (Celebitchy)
Did you know that Rebecca has a Twitter account where she posts bad outfits from Buffy the Vampire Slayer every day? Because she does, and it is awesome. (Bad Buffy Outfits)
Yesterday was my birthday and I was reminded many many times of how very old I am now, but nothing pierced my leathery heart like the reminder that Daria and her savage wit appeared 20 years ago (!!). So, yeah, thanks for that, Kristy! — (Nerdist)
In less acerbic teenager news, the talented and extremely poised Auli’i Cravalho from Moana will star in the new Jason Katims pilot, Drama High. — (Lainey)
Check out Bekka Supp on a podcast with FOP Travis Tidmore over on the Debate Club discussing the worst X-men powers. (Debate Club)
Only a couple of reviews are up so far, but it looks like opinions on Indra Dev’s The Devourersrun the gamut from hate to love. It should be a lively #CannonBookClub on Wednesday, March 8. Check out faintingviolet’s discussion questions, and join those crazy Cannonballers as they discuss this dark fantasy — everyone’s welcome. Have you heard of this debut novel? (Cannonball Read 9)
And finally, it’s only been one day without Courtney, but she needs to know that she is missed. I do feel her breath in my face. I do. (It feels like she may have had some Doritos (?)), but I don’t mind. I want her breath in my face. I can’t look in her eyes. She’s out of my league.
John Hurt passed away on Friday after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2015. In the wake of his death, Dwayne Johnson — who costarred alongside John in 2014’s Hercules — shared a shot of the two shooting the film on Instagram on Saturday. Along with the photo, Dwayne penned a touching tribute that reads as follows:
«RIP my friend. Legend John Hurt. For months, we spent very long days and nights together in Budapest, while shooting Hercules — very tough shoot. A real honor to act and learn from this man and even better than that, become buds. There’s nothing that invaluable OG insight, and I’ll always be grateful for the wisdom he shared w/ me. One time in London, we had an epic convo over lunch. John broke it down to me, on what my responsibilities are in Hollywood now after becoming, in his words, ‘the boss’. I’m laughing right now as I type this, because I can still hear him and his iconic British accent just droppin’ those OG pearls. Legend. Prayers, love, strength and light to the Hurt family during this time of loss. Thank you, brother. For everything.»
John was an Oscar-nominated British actor, who was best known for his role as wandmaker Garrick Ollivander in the Harry Potter films. He also starred in 1984 and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and was even knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2014.
As Dev Patel presented Nicole Kidman with an award for portraying his mother in Lion at the Palm Springs International Film Festival gala, her own parents and children weren’t far from her mind. «It’s so lovely to be here,» she told us on the red carpet. «I came here 12 years ago with my dad, so it’s emotional.»
Nicole’s father passed away unexpectedly in 2014, and during her speech, she remembered the year they attended the gala together. She had just split from Tom Cruise at the time. «I was newly single and [my father] came with me as my date. He held my hand as we walked up the red carpet,» she said. «And even though he’s not here now a lot of great things have happened in my life in the last 12 years. I met the love of my life and I got married to him and I grew my family with him.»
As Nicole took the stage, she also reflected on how the role in Lion related to her own experience as mother to two adopted children with her ex-husband, Tom Cruise: Isabella, 24, and Conor, 21.
«The role of Sue Riley so aligned with me, and as an adoptive mother, I suddenly had found this woman who was able to express feelings I didn’t have the words for, and she was able to express it — as was the role. And that is a fantastic thing when that happens as an actor; when you find something that deeply aligns with the things that are inside you.»