Debbie Reynolds and Elizabeth Taylor share a complicated history.
The actresses first met as classmates in the early 1950s. “I went to MGM when I was around 17, and Liz was there too, but she was already a star,” Debbie told People in 2015. “We went to school together on the lot, when she was in between films. I was just a beginner, and she and I were not in any manner alike, but we got along very well because I was in awe of going to school with Elizabeth Taylor. And if anyone said they weren’t, … read more

Carrie Fisher’s relationship with her mother, Debbie Reynolds, was the stuff of Hollywood legend.
Its own chapter in the proverbial annals of show business lore, thanks largely in part to Fisher’s 1987 novel Postcards From the Edge, mother and daughter gave their devoted fans exactly what they wanted when they appeared in public together, bickering like a Borscht Belt duo in “take my mom, please” fashion.
But though their relationship could rightfully be categorized as turbulent, the thornier aspects … read more

Debbie Reynolds is best known as the song-and-dance whiz who dazzled us in “Singin’ on the Rain,” “The Tender Trap” and “The Unsinkable Molly Brown.” The woman never stopped working. New generations were introduced to her through “Will & Grace,” “Halloweentown,” “Behind the Candelabra” and a wealth of other roles.
Reynolds, who died Wednesday at age 84, was also a gossip fixture thanks to her friendship with the high priestess of the tabloids, Elizabeth Taylor. The … read more

In her day, Debbie Reynolds did it all. Subsequently, her day lasted for decades.
The actress, who became a national treasure as the star of one of the most beloved movies of all time and went on to enjoy a nearly 70-year career in film, television and theater, has died. She was 84. Her son, Todd Fisher, confirmed the news to the Associated Press.
No cause was immediately announced. Reynolds had been hospitalized Wednesday afternoon after reportedly suffering a stroke at Todd’s home, barely a day … read more

There are so few true icons.
“Iconic” is a word that gets thrown around haphazardly, having become interchangeable with any word that connotes fame and losing its primary definition as something inspiring unflagging, uncritical devotion.
Yet Carrie Fisher’s Princess Leia fits the bill.
When every other movie and TV show these days is a spin-off, a reboot, a remake, the mass-entertainment moments that resonate as singular are becoming increasingly rare. Even fewer and more far between are truly memorable … read more

Actress Carrie Fisher, best known for playing Princess Leia Organa in the original “Star Wars” trilogy, has died at age 60.
Fisher was taken to UCLA Medical Center after reportedly suffering a heart attack on Friday. She leaves behind a daughter, 24-year-old actress Billie Lourd, who released this statement through the family’s spokesman, Simon Halls:
“It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning,” reads … read more

It seems incorrect that a survivor like Carrie Fisher could die at the mere age of 60. She should have gone out with arteries full of stents at the age of 105, attended by her dog, Gary Fisher, and a cabal of muscled men scantily clad in outfits reminiscent of what Leia wore in her days with Jabba. In a just world, Fisher would have had this heart attack and not even noticed, so years later she could’ve relayed her shock at the next doctor’s visit in another one of her best-selling memoirs. She … read more

Well that settles it. 2016 is the worst. Carrie Fisher, best known for her role as Princess Leia in Star Wars, for her memoirs and for her acerbic wit, has passed away aged 60. Carrie suffered a heart attack while on a flight on Friday from London to LA and was rushed to hospital. She was placed in ICU and eventually her condition was upgraded to “stable,” but sadly Carrie passed away today. As USA Today explains, was just on tour promoting her dishy latest book, The Princess Diarist. The actress … read more

Lena Dunham has apologized for a comment she made on her podcast Women of the Hour, in which she said that she wished she’d had an abortion.
Was the joke distasteful? Yes.
But Dunham’s heartfelt explanation more than makes up for it.
“My latest podcast episode was meant to tell a multifaceted story about reproductive choice in America, to explain the many reasons women do or don’t choose to have children and what bodily autonomy really means. I’m so proud of the medley of voices in the episode. … read more

It’s official: Jimmy Kimmel will host the 2017 Oscars.
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced Monday that Kimmel will follow Chris Rock’s stint in 2015 when the 89th Academy Awards air on ABC on Feb. 26. Kimmel, who hosts his own late-night program on the network, recently hosted the 2016 Emmy Awards. He has also hosted the ESPY Awards in 2007, plus the American Music Awards five different years.
Nominations for the 2017 Oscars will be announced Jan. 24, 2017.
Variety first reported … read more

The air is crisp, the halls are decked, and the Hallmark and Lifetime channels are trotting out their near daily holiday movies. Finally, December is upon us.
Last year, we, the diehard obsesses of those gloriously goofy and all-around uplifting low-budgets films, presented unto you our very first storyline generator game guaranteed to give everyone their very own personalized holiday TV movie plot. But, as any fan of these cable networks’ yearly offerings knows, every year, the same stable of ’90s … read more

Cate Blanchett’s husband of nearly 19 years, Andrew Upton, was just photographed snuggling up to actress Harriet Dyer, and — not gonna lie — it ain’t pretty.
Upton, an Australian film director and writer, was seen leaning heavily on Dyer as the two came out of a Sydney bar this week, and witnesses say the two engaged in conversation all evening while playing pool, according to the Daily Mail. Sources also claim Upton and Dyer were extremely touchy-feely throughout their evening together, but … read more

When it comes to dating, don’t expect Dakota Fanning to participate anytime soon.
In the Oct. 11 issue of Town & Country, Fanning revealed that she isn’t a big fan of going out on dates and believes the process of dating is “horrific.”
“We have to sit there and ask these questions and pretend to eat a meal, and it just feels so stiff,” said Fanning
The actress has her own idea of how dating should be. “The way I prefer to meet someone is through a friend [because that means … read more

The Other Ex. Billy Bob Thornton attended pal Kathy Bates’ Walk of Fame ceremony on Tuesday, September 20, the same day Us Weekly confirmed that his ex-wife Angelina Jolie filed for divorce from Brad Pitt. The Fargo actor, 61, came out to support his good friend Bates, 68, who was honored for her achievements as an actress — including a 1991 Oscar for her portrayal of Annie Wilkes in the Stephen King film Misery — with a star on L.A.’s famed Hollywood Boulevard. In one particularly touching … read more

Broadway has a long tradition of taking movies and adapting them as stage musicals.
The results have been mixed. Hits have included Hairspray, The Lion King, Billy Elliott and the more recent School of Rock and Waitress but then there are clunkers like Urban Cowboy, Leap of Faith and Finding Neverland.
Earlier today, Playbill reported that a musical adaptation of Baz Luhrmann’s 2001 Oscar-nominated film Moulin Rouge starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor is (finally!) being developed as a musical … read more