April 23, 2014

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Carrie Fisher’s ‘Wishful Drinking’ hits HBO tonight

By Greg Hernandez
HollywoodNews.com: Carrie Fisher has had one helluva life.
She’s got a movie star for a mom (Debbie Reynolds) and a famous singer for a dad (Eddie Fisher) and Elizabeth Taylor and Connie Stevens among her stepmothers.
Among her ex-husbands is singer Paul Simon and her half-sister is actress Joely Fisher.
That’s just the family stuff.
Carrie herself became a huge movie star playing Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy and went on to become an acclaimed novelist and screenwriter (‘Postcards From the Edge’).
Through it all, she has battled drug addiction and mental illness and developed a brilliant sense of humor and openness about it all.
That’s why you have got to watch her new HBO special ‘Wishful Drinking’ which premieres tonight. She is a 54-year-old poster child for the thrills and pitfalls of growing up in Hollywood.
When Carrie appeared last summer at the TV Critics Assn. Summer Press Tour, she talked about why she has been so candid about her life in this special based on her memoir of the same name:
“What I realized that when I got sober, overdosed, went to a mental hospital – all these things – it went in the paper. And my thing is: “Wait a second, if it’s going to be out there, please let my version be in it. ” Also, there is the saying, ‘You’re only as sick as your secrets. If you can claim it, it has very little power over you. I want to live on one side of the magnifying glass or the other – on the side that makes big things small or small things big. And I live on the side that makes big things small. You meet a better class of people there.”
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John Travolta’s sexuality questioned by Carrie Fisher

By Greg Hernandez
HollywoodNews.com: Does Princess Leia out Vinnie Barbarino in a new interview with ‘The Advocate’?
You be the judge!
Carrie Fisher, whose HBO special ‘Wishful Drinking’ premieres on Sunday, chats with Brandon Voss about a host of things but here is the part of the Q&A that is getting everybody’s attention today:
ADV: In the September 2009 issue of ‘Out,’ you participated in their monthly “Can I Be Blunt?” column by sharing 10 things that gay men should know about straight women. One of those things was, “We don’t really care that John Travolta is gay.” I know you and Travolta go way back, so let’s get really blunt here: Does his legal team have any business demanding Gawker remove a recent post suggesting that he’s given blow jobs?
CF: Wow! I mean, my feeling about John has always been that we know and we don’t care. Look, I’m sorry that he’s uncomfortable with it, and that’s all I can say. It only draws more attention to it when you make that kind of legal fuss. Just leave it be.
More tidbits:
ADV: When explaining that your ex-husband (CAA superagent Bryan Lourd) once blamed your codeine abuse on pushing him toward other men, you joke in ‘Wishful Drinking’ that you have the power to turn men gay. These are funny quips, but they’ve also turned into headlines that some readers make take seriously. So just to clarify for those who believe that being gay is a choice, do you and Bryan know that he was always gay and that you had nothing to do with it?
CF: Well, we don’t talk about it much, but yes, I should think that he was always gay and probably always knew it. I can only really talk about my part of it, up to a point, but he’s been a very good father — and mother — to Billie.
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Carrie Fisher used cocaine during Hoth prod’n in ‘Empire Strikes Back’

HollywoodNews.com: Even though Carrie Fisher played Princess Leia in the “Star Wars” series, she wasn’t that regal on the set of 1980’s “The Empire Strikes Back.”
Fisher recently confessed to AAP that she used cocaine during the production.
“We did cocaine on the set of Empire, in the ice planet,” she stated. “I didn’t even like coke that much, it was just a case of getting on whatever train I needed to take to get high.”
Fisher’s substance abuse problems are no secret. In fact, her reckless use of drugs was chronicled in the 1984 Bob Woodward book “Wired,” which was a biography on comedian John Belushi.
Fisher attributes Belushi’s 1982 death from drug overdose as an eye-opener. It was then that she realized she had a problem. The actress was romantically involved with her “Blues Brothers” co-star and Belushi comedy partner Dan Aykroyd.
“Slowly I realized I was doing a bit more drugs than other people and losing my choice in the matter,” she said. “If I’d been addicted to booze I’d be dead now, because you just go out and get it.
“It’s always been my responsibility… If it was Hollywood [to blame], then we’d all be dope addicts.”
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Carrie Fisher talks about her upcoming special ‘Wishful Drinking’

By Greg Hernandez
HollywoodNews.com: Carrie Fisher delighted us on the final day of the TV Critics Association Summer Press Tour on Saturday where she came to talk up the upcoming HBO special “Wishful Drinking.”
It’s a documentary of her successful stage show that has wowed audiences from coast-to-coast, most recently on Broadway. Wishful includes elements from a June 25 performance of the show at the South Orange Performing Arts Center in South Orange, N.J. The HBO show also will feature archival footage and interviews with friends and family.
And what a family: Mother: Debbie Reynolds. Father: Eddie Fisher. Former stepmothers: Elizabeth Taylor and Connie Stevens. Half-sister: Joely Fisher. Ex-husband #1: Paul Simon.
Carrie’s singer father famously left her movie star mother, the star of Singing in the Rain, Tammy the Bachelor and many other films, for Miss Taylor in the late 50s. It was a situation that Carrie likens to Brad Pitt leaving Jennifer Aniston for Angelina Jolie.
Her mother long ago learned to have a sense of humor about it: It is 52 years ago. She has a joke about it which is, ‘The last time I saw him, he went out to cigarettes and hasn’t come back since. I said, ‘Where did you go? down the Nile?” It’s not like she’s oblivious to the humor in the situation.”
Debbie, known to younger audiences as Grace Adler’s mother on “Will & Grace” and Albert Brooks’ mom in Mother, has remained America’s Sweetheart and starred in such classics as “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” and “How the West Was Won” and “Divorce American Style.”
But Eddie did not fair so well: “He didn’t have as big a career as Brad [Pitt's] to destroy but it was considerable. It is very similar and I did point that out to Brad once at a party and he pretended at least to know what I was talking about. It destroyed my father but it wasn’t simply that divorce that destroyed him. It was just kind of every choice after that. … My dad, he’s not the sort of bastion of good judgment.”
Throughout the years, Carrie has made peace with her early family life and come to understand her parents relationship and their 1950s image as America’s Sweethearts: “They were crippled by that. They were never really in love. They loved being loved in a way as a couple. My mother says the went onto Yankees Stadium once and [...]

Massive “Star Wars” celebration taking Disney by storm(troopers)

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: We vacationed in Orlando this summer, spending a few days at Walt Disney World. We’re a Disney family, and we try to spend a few days in “the happiest place on earth” every year. Yes, it’s insanely crowded and more expensive than we’d like. But we have our favorite attractions, restaurants and exhibits that keep us coming back year after year.
One of them, “Star Tours” in Disney’s Hollywood Studios (formerly MGM Studios), has not aged well. The ride “transports” you to the Endor moon. But because your pilot is a rookie, you end up rocketing through the tight corridors of the Death Star so you can fire the fatal blast that concludes George Lucas’s original “Star Wars.”
It’s an adequate diversion, and it’s air-conditioned. But it’s also inexcusably outdated. My six-year-old son doesn’t care, of course. He sees C3PO, R2D2 and a few lightsabers, so his day is made. But a close friend who’d also recently vacationed at Disney couldn’t stop ripping on “Star Tours,” and Lucas, for ignoring the ride for so many years. There are no references to Lucas’s three prequel films, all of which came out after “Star Tours” opened. The videos shown to patrons as they wait haven’t changed in decades. In general, the ride isn’t a fair representation of the “Star Wars” world.
At least, it wasn’t. Until now.
“Star Tours” in Orlando is shutting down for renovations, but not before “Star Wars” fans send it off with a stellar party. “Last Tour to Endor” will be held on Saturday, Aug. 14, at Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World.
According to a release, the exclusive party will allow fans one last time to experience the attraction before it “powers down” in preparation for a new, 3-D Star Wars adventure that will open in 2011 at Disneyland park in California and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida.
“Last Tour to Endor” will be an after-hours, private event that will feature live entertainment, Disney characters in their favorite Star Wars attire, a special Star Wars-themed fireworks spectacular, the “Death Star Disco,” Jedi Training Academy, Star Wars trivia challenges and more.
“Last Tour to Endor” tickets are $75 in advance, and will be $89 at the gate (if available). Advance tickets may be purchased online at starwarscelebration.com.
Here are some other fast facts about the “Last Tour to Endor” party:
– This is the largest private party ever held during a Star Wars Celebration.
– [...]

Ewan McGregor always had something for Princess Leia

Hollywoodnews.com: Attention Carrie Fisher: get Ewan McGregor’s number.
He loves you, even though he’s married.
McGregor confessed that he had a “deep” love for Princess Leia, even though he played a younger Obi Wan Kenobi in completely different set of “Star Wars” films.
Fisher is now 53, and McGregor 39.
Speaking to The Sun, the “Moulin Rouge” thespian says “I’ve spent many years deeply, deeply in love with Leia – as a character and actress.”
He also added that his daughters could care less about “Star Wars.”
“It’s quite disappointing,” he said.