Drowning in Moonlight: A Memorial Gala in Honor Of Carrie Fisher

Via Our friends at Jedinews.co.uk:

Drowning in Moonlight is a memorial benefit in honor of Carrie Fisher (1956-2016) and in the service of The Midnight Mission (www.midnightmission.org) – a cause that was close to Ms. Fisher’s heart. The gala will be held in concert with Star Wars Celebration Orlando.

Drowning in Moonlight will be a “Dress-up or Dress Up” gala: Black tie optional, cosplay encouraged.

Planned features of the gala include:

-Music and dancing

-Door Prizes

-A guestbook for fans to express their condolences which will be forwarded to Carrie’s family after the gala

-Event-specific merchandise (patches, stadium cups, etc.) available for purchase with proceeds benefitting our charity

-Souvenir photos on an event-exclusive backdrop

-A Carrie-themed drink menu including both alcoholic and non-alcoholic offerings

-A silent auction featuring nerdy and literary goodies from Star Wars and beyond

-Access to the venue’s food and beverage vendors

The Marquee event of the night will be a live-on-stage, multi-network, unified podcast in Carrie’s honor. Podcasters from all of the networks involved will be invited onto the stage to take part in this unprecedented collaborative recording party. The production, which will feature voices from around the Star Wars podcasting pantheon, will include questions from the audience and likely some measure of hijinks.

The event is being coordinated by the team from Tosche Station (www.tosche-station.net) and the Star Wars Podcast Alliance (www.starwarspodcastalliance.com) with support from an ever-growing list of prominent Celebration personalities, sponsors, and fan sites including Full of Sith, Jedi News, Star Wars Report, and more.

Drowning in Moonlight aims to celebrate Carrie in a way that honors her memory, does good in her name, and pays homage to her unrivaled sass. For any questions about the event, e-mail drowninginmoonlight@tosche-station.net

Disney Considering a CGI Carrie Fisher for Future ‘Star Wars’ Movies

Via Moviefone.com:
When an actor unexpectedly passes away in the midst of production on a movie, it can throw the entire film into chaos, as the creative team scrambles to either recast the person in question, or rewrite the flick to explain away their absence. But what about when it happens in the midst of shooting an epic, blockbuster trilogy based on the most famous sci-fi franchise of all time — but after part two has already wrapped?

That’s the problem facing Disney and the producers of the “Star Wars” series after actress Carrie Fisher suddenly passed away late last month. Fisher had already completed work on “Episode VIII” before she died, but it was later revealed that she was to have a significantly more important role in the next film in the franchise, “Episode IX.” Filmmakers are still struggling to figure out what to do — director Colin Trevorrow has apparently been powwowing with the folks at Disney to come up with a solution — and according to a new report, there’s apparently one scenario they’re weighing more heavily than others.

BBC Newsnight recently ran a piece about CGI characters in film, and discussed the technique’s use in “Rogue One,” which featured the digital resurrection of deceased-since-1994 Peter Cushing, and the creation of an age-reversed Fisher as Princess Leia. The piece is only available to viewers in the UK, but fan site Star Wars News was able to watch it, and reports that the story confirmed Disney is in talks with Fisher’s estate to continue using her likeness in future installments of “Star Wars.”

Here’s the pertinent quote from the piece, per Star Wars News:

“And [in] what might be regarded as unseemly haste, Disney is negotiating with the actor’s estate over her continued appearance in the franchise. If Disney gets the go-ahead, Carrie Fisher will join Peter Cushing…”

Star Wars News cuts things off there, so that’s not a lot of info to go on. Could this piece be indicating that there are no plans to change the current plot of “Episode IX,” and Fisher-as-Leia will continue to be a main character? Or will she simply be a peripheral presence? (Star Wars News suggests some hologram cameos.)

Whatever the plan is, it’s not likely Disney and Lucasfilm will divulge it anytime soon. We just hope that whatever route they take, it’s respectful, and does both Fisher and Leia justice.

“Star Wars: Episode IX” is due in theaters on May 23, 2019.

Carrie Fisher Memorial

Via EW.com:
Friends and family of Carrie Fisher, who died at age 60 on Dec. 27 after a heart attack, gathered Thursday for an intimate memorial at her Beverly Hills home. On Friday, a funeral service for Fisher’s mother, Debbie Reynolds, who died at age 84 following a possible stroke just one day after her daughter, will take place at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles. She will be buried with some of her daughter’s ashes.

For Fisher’s memorial on Thursday, her daughter, Billie Lourd, 24, chose to have it at her mother’s home, where Fisher famously and frequently entertained (Reynolds also lived on the property). The afternoon gathering was a bittersweet throwback to the star-studded but casual parties that Fisher often threw in the eclectic, art-filled house — a piece of Hollywood history that was previously inhabited by Bette Davis and costume designer Edith Head.

According to a family friend, “Billie wanted the people her mother loved to gather in that living room one last time.” Family members in attendance included Fisher’s brother, Todd, her half-sisters Joely Fisher and Tricia Leigh Fisher, and Billie’s father, Bryan Lourd.

The 125 guests included Penny Marshall, Meg Ryan, Richard Dreyfuss, Buck Henry, Candice Bergen and Gwyneth Paltrow. Eulogies were delivered by Billie Lourd, as well as Fisher’s close friends Meryl Streep, Tracey Ullman, author Bruce Wagner, comedian Stephen Fry and security expert Gavin de Becker. “All the tributes circled back to Billie and how much Carrie loved her,” says the friend.

Guests dined on the same menu Fisher served regularly at her legendary parties: fried chicken, collard greens, and cornbread. “The only things missing were Carrie and Debbie,” says the friend, who attended many parties at the house. “Debbie would sit in the corner, and everyone there would come up and pay homage. Even the biggest stars were starstruck by her. Carrie would walk around barefoot with a can of Coca-Cola, making sure everyone was having a good time, saying the funniest things you’ve ever heard.”

At the memorial, Streep also performed Fisher’s favorite song, “Happy Days Are Here Again.” “By the end,” says the family friend, “Everyone was singing.”

Disney Is Planning Meetings To Figure Out How To Move Star Wars Forward Without Carrie Fisher

Via Cinemablend.com:

Carrie Fisher’s death shocked fans of the Star Wars franchise and many are still saddened by the development. However, now that time has passed and people are coming to terms with the reality, it appears it’s time to figure out what the heck to do about the franchise. While most of Carrie Fisher’s work on Star Wars: Episode VIII has been completed, there’s still an entire movie left to make, and now they need to figure what to do with it.

The death of Carrie Fisher was heartbreaking, but the fact is that she was a key actress in a billion dollar movie franchise. As such, her death is also a worst case scenario for Disney and Lucasfilm. However, now that the scenario has come to pass, it appears the studios are now planning meetings in order to review options and make a plan. According to The Hollywood Reporter Colin Trevorrow, the director of Star Wars: Episode IX will be flying to Lucasfilm January 10 to take meetings with Kathleen Kennedy to go over their available options.

The good news is that they have time. The current release date set for Star Wars: Episode IX is May of 2019. We’ve also seen that Disney isn’t afraid to shift release dates when necessary, as they did with Episode VIII and may end up doing with the Han Solo spinoff film. It’s possible that could be needed, as the most obvious of the potential responses to not having Carrie Fisher is to rewrite the script of Episode IX in order to remove General Leia’s scenes entirely.

There is, of course, at least one other option. As Rogue One: A Star Wars Story showed us, it is possible to make a fairly believable version of a character entirely through CGI effects. Last month’s film brought Peter Cushing back from the dead and even gave us 1970s era Carrie Fisher once again. It’s likely that if they make the decision to go that route there might still be some script rewriting. Depending on the planned size of Carrie Fisher’s part in Star Wars: Episode IX, it might need to be reduced so that CGI is only needed to recreate a supporting character, not a major lead. Regardless of how good you thought the Rogue One CGI was, we can probably all agree it’s not ready to be used in leading roles quite yet.

Of course just because they could recreate General Leia via digital effects, doesn’t mean they should. A decision like that will certainly be viewed by some fans as an insult to the memory of Carrie Fisher. It’s possible that just rewriting the script could be the best option, even if it complicates things more.

Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher: Joint Service Planned

Via Bbc.com:
The family of Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher are reportedly planning a joint memorial service.

The Singin’ In The Rain star, 84, died from a suspected stroke on Wednesday, while grieving for her daughter Fisher, who died just a day earlier.

Fisher, 60, best known for her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars series, died after suffering a heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles.

Todd Fisher told the New York Daily News a joint service was “likely”.

Reynolds’ son said: “It’s what we want to do, but we’re still working on the mechanics.
“We like the idea, if it’s at all possible. I think it’s appropriate.”

He has posted a cartoon depiction of his mother and sister together, reprising their most famous roles, alongside the caption: “This is a beautiful love story to witness in my 58 years. I miss them both so much. Love is everlasting.”

Mr Fisher announced his mother’s death on Wednesday, revealing that her last words were: ‘I want to be with Carrie”.

He confirmed to US network ABC News that there is currently no date or location for the mother-daughter funeral, but plans are in process.

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TMZ reports:

Carrie Fisher‘s death certificate has been issued, TMZ has learned, but it does not list a cause of death because it’s not clear what killed her.

The L.A. County Coroner’s Office performed an autopsy Friday it has “deferred” reaching a conclusion on the cause of death.  Coroners officials tell us they need to do more tests to determine what ended the 60-year-old actress’s life.  An official adds, the cause of death is “not obvious.”

The reason a death certificate was issued before the cause of death could be determined … the family can’t bury the body without a death certificate, so it’s routine for the Coroner to issue death certificates before cause of death can be determined.

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