Update on the HBO documentary – now scheduled for Jan. 7th premiere on HBO!
RIP Carrie Fisher & Debbie Reynolds…
Movie fans around the world are mourning the loss of Carrie Fisher and her Mother, the iconic Debbie Reynolds.
There are so many places to get the official bio material, so I won’t reiterate credits for these two legendary women…
“Bright Lights” On HBO…
For those who aren’t aware, there is a new documentary that captures their life together…”Bright Lights” follows the two as they live next to each other in Beverly Hills…
Here is the reporting from Variety:
“The deaths of Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher over the past 48 hours have left the team behind the upcoming HBO documentary on the mother and daughter reeling from shock.
“Bright Lights: Starring Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher” is a chronicle of the extraordinary bond that mother and daughter forged over six decades in the unrelenting glare of showbiz’s spotlight. Documentary vets Fisher Stevens and Alexis Bloom directed and produced the film, which screened in October at the New York Film Festival and before that in Cannes.
“It’s a love story,” said HBO Documentary Films president Sheila Nevins told Variety Wednesday night after the news broke of Reynolds’ death at the age of 84.
“Carrie wanted to make ‘Bright Lights’ for Debbie and Debbie wanted to make it for Carrie,” Nevins said. The sudden loss of two women only magnify the importance of Fisher and Bloom capturing the material for the movie when they did.
Fisher died unexpectedly Tuesday at the age of 60 following complications from a heart attack suffered during a flight from London to Los Angeles. The twin blows have been overwhelming to all of those involved in “Bright Lights,” Nevins said. “If this was a Hollywood script, no one would believe it,” she said, fighting back tears. “They just loved each other so much. The bond was just unbreakable.”
A formal premiere date has not yet been set. HBO will carefully consider the appropriate timing given the tragic developments, Nevins said.
Much of the footage for “Bright Lights” was shot about a year ago. The movie depicts the intensely close relationship that mother and daughter maintained through all their personal and professional ups and downs. Fisher in the movie is candid about her recent battles with mental illness.
“It’s life with Carrie and Debbie. It’s about both of them trying to stand upright, both having their frailties — age on the one hand and mental illness on the other. It’s a love story about a mother and daughter — they happen to be Carrie and Debbie.”
Fisher’s goal with “Bright Lights” was to document for a younger generation Reynolds’ legacy as an entertainer — from her wholesome image as the star of the “Tammy” films to musicals such as “Singin’ in the Rain” to her cabaret and comedic chops. “She wanted to preserve all of that for her mother,” Nevins said.
Thanks to Variety for that great reporting.
You can read the entire article here:
Princess Leia’s Final Memoir…
Carrie Fisher had just released an explosive new book about life on the set during the filming of “Star Wars”, and it included some revelations about her and Han Solo.
Here’s how Google described the book:
“When Carrie Fisher recently discovered the journals she kept during the filming of the first Star Wars movie, she was astonished to see what they had preserved-plaintive love poems, unbridled musings with youthful naivet , and a vulnerability that she barely recognized. Today, her fame as an author, actress, and pop-culture icon is indisputable, but in 1977, Carrie Fisher was just a (sort-of) regular teenager.”
Carrie Fisher was already the best-selling Author of books like “Postcards From The Edge”, which was a fictionalized version of life growing up in the shadow of her famous mother.
That bestselling novel was made into a terrific film starring Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine…Carrie Fisher was an acerbic and candid Writer about life in Hollywood, including this memoir…
I cannot wait to see “Bright Lights”, and losing these two is a horrible way for 2016 to end…
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