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HBO releases Carrie Fisher & Debbie Reynolds doc Bright Lights early

12.30.2016

I don't like subscribing to the "F*ck 2016" bandwagon. Not that this hasn't been a rough year, just that this isn't 1939 in Poland or something. Then again, Trump winning the presidential election and the simultaneous deaths of Carrie Fisher and mother Debbie Reynolds within a day of each other definitely makes it feel that way, possibly even worse.

Coincidentally (or else HBO just has really shrewd psychics), there was a documentary about the lives of Fisher and Reynolds called BRIGHT LIGHTS that was being developed, which was described as "an intimate portrait of Hollywood royalty in all its eccentricity". Here's the official synopsis:

Carrie Fisher and her mother, Debbie Reynolds, live in the same Beverly Hills compound. The 83-year-old grand dame still has a Las Vegas act, but performing is taking its toll. Carrie’s response is both hilarious and heart-rending. Featuring vintage family films that bring iconic old-world Hollywood to life, as well as extensive vérité footage.

Reportedly the film is getting some solid critical acclaim, with a successful showing at Cannes earlier this year. It was always scheduled to air sometime on HBO, but the channel has decided to push the release up after news of each of their untimely deaths to January 7th, 2017 at 8pm ET/PT.

Meanwhile, HBO is also doing an encore presentation of Carrie Fisher's fun and irreverent feature-length one-woman stage performance WISHFUL DRINKING on New Years Day at 9pm ET/PT. 

Extra Tidbit: Apparently BRIGHT LIGHTS was directed by Alexis Bloom and Fisher Stevens. Yes, SHORT CIRCUIT, HACKERS, SUPER MARIO BROS. Fisher Stevens.
Source: Deadline

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3:47PM on 01/02/2017

Dear Mr. Damion Snowflake...

Damion, you must be a millennial snowflake. I know what your fragile little mind was thinking when composing this article. "Thousands of people are going to read my article because it's about Star Wars; so I can really make a difference by putting in my two- cents about how terrible it was that Trump became President." GET OVER IT! This is how democracy works in a republic you idiot. My advice to you: remove all the participation trophies from your desk, break out your essential oils and hot
Damion, you must be a millennial snowflake. I know what your fragile little mind was thinking when composing this article. "Thousands of people are going to read my article because it's about Star Wars; so I can really make a difference by putting in my two- cents about how terrible it was that Trump became President." GET OVER IT! This is how democracy works in a republic you idiot. My advice to you: remove all the participation trophies from your desk, break out your essential oils and hot cocoa, and start coping with life. I can't even imagine how your personal relationships are. This article is so distasteful, that you are literally shitting on a legacy. Try and open up your tiny little liberal mind for a minute. What if your mother and sister died, and some conservative moron wrote an article about how there was going to be an HBO documentary, but couldn't resist putting in his political views because he was a freaking cry baby? Wouldn't you think that writer was pathetic and had some serious mental issues? It's disheartening that Carrie and Debbie died in 2016, but what's even more disheartening is you Damion, and how you can't separate you personal life from your work. So sad.
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8:48AM on 01/01/2017

2016 was fantastic...

It's always unfortunate when great people pass away... but I'm so sick of hearing everyone crying about how horrible the whole year was because Hilary didn't get elected. Get over it. And keep your politics to yourself... because we don't give a shit what you think of Trump.

Now... back to the real topic at hand: Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher were national treasures. They will be sorely missed and I can't wait to see this doc! Way to go HBO!
It's always unfortunate when great people pass away... but I'm so sick of hearing everyone crying about how horrible the whole year was because Hilary didn't get elected. Get over it. And keep your politics to yourself... because we don't give a shit what you think of Trump.

Now... back to the real topic at hand: Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher were national treasures. They will be sorely missed and I can't wait to see this doc! Way to go HBO!
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11:56PM on 12/30/2016

Glad it's coming out early

I'm looking forward to this! Cute video above.
I'm looking forward to this! Cute video above.
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4:15PM on 12/30/2016

What an idiot....

You know Damion, I don't give a crap what your politics are, but when you write for a publication and insult someone that FIFTY-TWO MILLION PEOPLE voted for (and currently is holding a better than 50% approval rate), it's not an overly bright idea. At least qualify it with how YOU don't like the guy.

I don't happen to like him either, but I'm not dumb enough to insult half my audience over it.
You know Damion, I don't give a crap what your politics are, but when you write for a publication and insult someone that FIFTY-TWO MILLION PEOPLE voted for (and currently is holding a better than 50% approval rate), it's not an overly bright idea. At least qualify it with how YOU don't like the guy.

I don't happen to like him either, but I'm not dumb enough to insult half my audience over it.
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6:22PM on 12/30/2016
You know, if you're really not a fan of Trump like you claim, why would you cherry pick polling data that puts him above 50% approval when his average right now is actually at 43.9%[link].

Conservatives don't need any help from lame white knights like you feeling bullshit slights like this for them.
You know, if you're really not a fan of Trump like you claim, why would you cherry pick polling data that puts him above 50% approval when his average right now is actually at 43.9%[link].

Conservatives don't need any help from lame white knights like you feeling bullshit slights like this for them.
7:19PM on 12/30/2016
I don't give a flying fuck about people insulting him. I do it all the time. I get pissed about movie review sites choosing to compare half the voting public choosing a competent businessman to be President to good people dying. It's ignorant, and I don't freaking care about his opinion! I don't want to hear him bash Obama, Trump, Reagan, Clinton, or anyone else! That's not why people come here. We are TRYING TO GET AWAY FROM FUCKING POLITICS!

Besides, as I pointed out it's incredibly
I don't give a flying fuck about people insulting him. I do it all the time. I get pissed about movie review sites choosing to compare half the voting public choosing a competent businessman to be President to good people dying. It's ignorant, and I don't freaking care about his opinion! I don't want to hear him bash Obama, Trump, Reagan, Clinton, or anyone else! That's not why people come here. We are TRYING TO GET AWAY FROM FUCKING POLITICS!

Besides, as I pointed out it's incredibly stupid to insult half your potential audience.
7:21PM on 12/30/2016
BTW, I didn't "cherry pick" anything. Two of the last three major polls taken have him over 50%. YOU are cherry-picking by choosing data that's a month old (which doesn't make a lot of sense since that was before he started getting his cabinet members announced).

If you don't like him, there's plenty of honest data to criticize him for. You don't need to lie or twist the facts.
BTW, I didn't "cherry pick" anything. Two of the last three major polls taken have him over 50%. YOU are cherry-picking by choosing data that's a month old (which doesn't make a lot of sense since that was before he started getting his cabinet members announced).

If you don't like him, there's plenty of honest data to criticize him for. You don't need to lie or twist the facts.
9:31PM on 12/30/2016
I must have missed the poll where everyone on this site agreed to not talk about politics ever again so conservatives and white knights could have their safe space. Go ahead and link me to it when you get a chance. Thanks.

Also, real clear politics has Trump's approval rating at 43.9% with December polling data. Last I checked, it's still December.
I must have missed the poll where everyone on this site agreed to not talk about politics ever again so conservatives and white knights could have their safe space. Go ahead and link me to it when you get a chance. Thanks.

Also, real clear politics has Trump's approval rating at 43.9% with December polling data. Last I checked, it's still December.
12:34AM on 12/31/2016
So you didn't notice how the polls went from 43 - 32 - 47 in the beginning of December to 52 - 51 - 45 in the last week? Yeah, I'm sure that's unimportant to the average.

I'm not sure why you come to a movie site to talk about politics (or where you do it here since it almost never happens), but most people don't.
So you didn't notice how the polls went from 43 - 32 - 47 in the beginning of December to 52 - 51 - 45 in the last week? Yeah, I'm sure that's unimportant to the average.

I'm not sure why you come to a movie site to talk about politics (or where you do it here since it almost never happens), but most people don't.
1:01AM on 12/31/2016
The point still stands that his approval rating is a stupid metric to cite, especially considering that it's 20ish point below the last 3 presidents during the same time frame.

I don't come here explicitly to talk about politics. I'm just not hiding from them.
The point still stands that his approval rating is a stupid metric to cite, especially considering that it's 20ish point below the last 3 presidents during the same time frame.

I don't come here explicitly to talk about politics. I'm just not hiding from them.
8:52AM on 01/01/2017
Des1 is 100% Correct. Damion blew it when he brought politics into this.
Des1 is 100% Correct. Damion blew it when he brought politics into this.
4:03PM on 12/30/2016
I had actually forgotten Debbie Reynolds was her mother. I remembered Eddie Fisher was her father though.

And Fisher Stevens, if you didn't know, is also an Oscar-winner for The Cove.
I had actually forgotten Debbie Reynolds was her mother. I remembered Eddie Fisher was her father though.

And Fisher Stevens, if you didn't know, is also an Oscar-winner for The Cove.
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4:12PM on 12/30/2016
And Isla Fisher is married to Sasha Cohen.
And Isla Fisher is married to Sasha Cohen.
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