Mark Hamill's Tribute To Carrie Fisher Was Perfectly Funny And Heartbreaking

At the Star Wars 40th Anniversary Celebration in Orlando on Friday, Mark Hamill hosted a special panel in honor of the late Carrie Fisher, his Star Wars co-star and beloved friend.

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Hamill shared personal stories from his friendship with Fisher — some were funny, some were heartbreaking. Here are the highlights:

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1. “Well, here’s a panel I was hoping wouldn’t come for another 30 years.”

2. “I have to tell you, I’ve been trying to deal with this — you know, there are the five stages of grief — and just when I think I’ve gotten to acceptance, I bounce back to anger. Because I’m mad. She should be here.”

3. “Let me tell you about the first time I ever met her…I was unprepared. I was bowled over by her humor and her wit, and how sardonic she was; how dark she was.”

4. “I’m still not thinking of her in past tense. Certain people have a vitality and an energy that’s so strong, it reverberates far beyond their lack of physical presence.”

5. “I have to tell you, Carrie would want us to be happy. She wouldn’t want us to become consumed by grief; she was all about having fun every day, which is why it was such a joy to be around her — well, most of the time.”

6. “When we found out in the storyline that we were brother and sister, we were more like brother and sister than we realized. Because we loved each other, but we fought and we criticized and we were judgmental and we’d get fed up with one another. “

7. “She made Solo and Skywalker look like chumps. No one had probably ever challenged Han Solo.”

8. “She reveled in being not only pretty much the only girl in that galaxy far, far away at the time, but her exalted status. She was true Hollywood royalty.”

9. “The thing she had about her that no one else could match was she made you feel, when you were in her presence, like you were her best friend. She was so laser-focused on you, so engaging, that it was exhilarating to be around her.”

10. “The moments I remember are when I had her to myself, you see. As attracted as I was to her, I thought, I couldn’t handle her as a girlfriend. She’s too much.”

11. “Part of me did fall in love with her. I think every guy that she met — I’ve heard Dan Akroyd tell stories, I’ve heard Paul Simon tell stories — she had you under her spell.”

12. “Sometimes we wanted to go that direction; on the pretext of kissing techniques. ‘I’m a pretty good kisser, you know.’ ‘Oh, I think I’m the better kisser.’ Cut to us making out on the couch like a couple of horny teenagers. What really cooled it was the fact that as some point, we both started laughing.”

13. “Carrie looked at me and said, ‘I promise you, if you go first, I’ll heckle your funeral.’ That’s quintessential Carrie: It’s so irreverent, it’s so funny. She said, ‘Promise you’ll heckle mine!’ I said, ‘Oh, you got it, babe!’ That’s one promise I won’t keep.”

14. “That’s what I thought was so incredible about her: for all the bravado, it was almost a defense mechanism. She wore this toughness like armor, but deep down, [she had] that vulnerability of a little girl. It’s enormously appealing; and she’s so smart.”

15. “Carrie will always be with us, probably stronger than ever before, because you never miss something like you do when you don’t have it anymore.”

16. “We had a long stretch where I didn’t see her for many years; perfectly friendly, we just weren’t hanging out anymore. So the great gift of coming back to these movies was the fact that I could reestablish my relationship with her, and sort of make amends.”

17. “When I go to sleep at night, there’s never a day so far when I don’t think of her. And when I think of her — and I hope you can appreciate this mental image — she’s leaning down from the celestial stratosphere, with those big brown eyes, that sly smile on her face, as she lovingly extends me the middle finger. That was Carrie.”

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There's A Touching Tribute To Paul Walker In “The Fate Of The Furious”

1. When Paul Walker died in November 2013, halfway through filming on Furious 7, the filmmakers decided his character, Brian O’Conner, would live on.

The last time audiences saw Brian, he was literally driving off into the sunset at the end of the 2015 film. “We took a lot of care in crafting that last end sequence,” director James Wan told BuzzFeed News.

2. So, since Brian is still very much alive in this action-heavy cinematic universe, many were wondering how The Fate of the Furious would handle the character’s absence.

4. The first time comes about halfway through the film, when Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) insists the crew leave him out of their latest high-stakes drama. It’s a quick, cough-and-you’ll-miss-it moment.

5. But there’s no mistaking the second time Brian’s name comes up.

No matter how loudly you were sobbing.

6. The plot of Fate of the Furious is that Dom (Vin Diesel) has betrayed the team and paired up with cyberterrorist Cipher (Charlize Theron), who is always one step ahead of them. And it’s revealed that’s because she kidnapped his infant son — a child Dom never knew existed!

Apparently at some point while he thought Letty was dead, Dom and Elena Neves (Elsa Pataky) had sex and before she could tell him she was pregnant with his baby, Elena was kidnapped. In Fate of the Furious, Dom is reunited with Elena and is introduced to their son aboard Cipher’s enormous plane, where she’s been holding Elena and the baby captive in a seriously high-tech cell. And because Elena believes a father should bestow a first name on his son, the baby doesn’t have a name yet.

7. As he always does, Dom triumphs over the bad guys and rescues his son from Cipher…

…although not before Cipher kills Elena.

8. And, as these films always do, The Fate of the Furious ends with the team celebrating their victory at a family dinner.

9. It’s while surrounded by his loved ones that Dom announces he’s named his son Brian!

10. It’s a beautiful moment that pays tribute to how Brian changed Dom’s life. And it also imitates Diesel’s real-life homage to Walker.

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11. The actor named his daughter Pauline in March 2015 as a tribute to Walker.

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Female Composers Want Their Male Peers To Step Up

HOLLYWOOD, California — Prominent female movie and television composers are tentatively optimistic for the future in the face of almost unbelievably bad statistics. Of the top 250 films of 2016, for example, 97% did not have a female composer, according to the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film.

Nonetheless, four female composers — Pinar Toprak, Lesley Barber, Carly Paradis, and Stephanie Economou — said they think the industry is shifting on a panel Friday at the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers Expo. They pointed approvingly to the heightened visibility of some individual female composers as well as both formal and informal networks of women emerging to lift each other up.

They also called on men to start speaking up about the issue alongside them, because gender parity won’t happen until men commit to it as well. “It would have been great to have a man on the panel,” Barber said. “And broaden the conversation.”

Barber, who recently scored the critically beloved Manchester By the Sea, said that organizations like the Alliance for Women Film Composers are critical for raising consciousness. Her own personal high profile, too, is helpful. “Producers and music supervisors and executives are seeing the image of what we look like,” Barber said. “They’re seeing the image of us at work; they’re hearing about our teams and our collaborations; they know that they can trust us with bigger-budget projects. They can see that there’s precedent.”

Paradis, a London-based composer, said seeing women in the role “empowers women to believe that they can do this kind of job.” She then cited the personal support she gets from her own friends in the industry; previously, Paradis didn’t know any fellow women composers. Now, “I feel like I’m a part of something that is growing,” she said.

Economou, who works for the composer Harry Gregson-Williams and recently collaborated with him on The Zookeeper’s Wife, said, “The line that I hear the most is, ‘How come there aren’t any female film composers?’ A big response to that is … there’s hundreds of women film composers.”

She believes progressive men in the field are becoming better allies and are starting to question their assumptions. Several years ago, at an event for composers, Economou met a male peer who turned to her boyfriend and asked who he worked for. She explained that she, not her boyfriend, was the composer. “He just got very silent for a little bit, and he didn’t look at me, and he goes, ‘I’m so sorry that I assumed that you weren’t the composer. I’m not quite sure why I did that,’” she recalled. “I was like, ‘What you just realized was the most important thing that you could ever realize.’ … It was so refreshing and wonderful to see someone be like, ‘Why is that my gut reaction?’”

Toward the end of the discussion, the moderator, Variety reporter Jon Burlingame, asked a question that was submitted on Twitter by this reporter: “What can male composers do to support female composers?”

Hire them as writers,” Economou jumped in. “Hire them as music editors. Hire them to work for you, to work on films, to get exposure.”





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Rihanna Rapped On Kendrick Lamar's New Album And Now People Want Rihanna To Rap More

1. The universe really came through today: Kendrick Lamar dropped his highly anticipated album Damn — and much to our delight, it features Rihanna rapping on one of the tracks.

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2. “Loyalty,” the sixth track on the set, is the pair’s first collaboration. On it, Lamar and Rihanna ponder the importance of loyalty and trust in relationships.

Around the 1:09 mark, Rihanna raps about being a “bad bitch way before any cash came.”

3. Naturally, people collectively lost their shit, with some declaring her the new “Queen of Rap,” which…

6. …erm…we won’t go there.

Need to hear another song with Rihanna rapping, she might be a better rapper than Nicki Minaj

— Rob (@NawRob)

7. Although many fans were excited to hear Rihanna drop bars on the fresh track…

THE QUEEN RIHANNA IS RAPPING!!! Y’ALL HEARD ME SCREAMING?! OMG 🔥🔥🔥 #LOYALTY

— Laia Fenty (@laiafenty)

rihanna is rapping on this kendrick track and i feel like God really heard my prayers on this one

— Lauren Chanel Allen (@MichelleHux)

10. …”Loyalty” isn’t the first time the Anti singer has rapped before.

11. Just last year, she collaborated with Mike WiLL Made-It on “Nothing Is Promised,” and she really went in.

The lyrics may be about shopping in Paris, but she reminds listeners that she put in the work to get to where she is today.

12. Then there was her remix of Wale’s “Bad.”

The original “Bad” featured Tiara Thomas’s vocals.

13. She basically already proved she could spit with “Phresh Out the Runway,” a track from her very own 2012 album Unapologetic.

14. “How could you be so hood, but you so fucking pop? / How could you be so fun, and sound like you selling rocks?”

‘Tis straight fire.

15. Fans are already calling on RiRi to release an entire rap album.

I been wanting a Rihanna rap album since she said, “I bet you niggas gon’ be like, ‘Bitch, this my fucking song.'”

— Michael Arceneaux (@youngsinick)

rihanna needs to make a rap/trap album. i don’t care what y’all say that would be FIRE.

— kir (@classifiedhoe)

17. Ahem.

Damn. is legendary. I can’t believe Rihanna let this kid rap all over her album and she’s only on one song. She never stops giving😍

— SCAMN. (@ILLCapitano94)

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All The Things Helen Mirren Says In “The Fate Of The Furious”

Dame Helen Mirren appears in not one, but two scenes in The Fate of the Furious and she easily steals them with her icy glare alone. The Oscar-winning actor plays the matriarch of the villainous Shaw family, mum to Deckard (Jason Statham) and Owen (Luke Evans).

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Here are her lines, sans context, which should be read in a thick Cockney accent. (WARNING: Light spoilers ahead.)

1. “Do you know who I am?”

2. “Do you know what I’m capable of?”

3. “I’ll give you until I’ve finish me cuppa…and I’m fucking thirsty.”

4. “Oh no. No, you’ve already taken everything I’ve ever valued, Mr. Toretto. What more could you possibly want?”

5. “Now why do I think you’re about to suggest something really dodgy, Mr. Toretto?”

6. “Oh, shut up. Don’t be such a baby.”

7. “He gave us this little thing here.”

8. “No, no, no, no. Don’t touch. You can track Cypher with this, but you can’t do this on your own. It’s gotta be two of you.”

9. “No, you’re gonna take your brother. Yes.”

10. “Torretto knows where he is. He’s got this thing, you can see everything. It’s like, it’s called the Devil’s Bumhole or something.”

11. “Yeah, whatever.”

12. “He’s your brother, Decks. He’s my son. He’s our family, and our family don’t die. Bloody cagey, I can’t believe you’ve gone and talked like that about Owen. I can’t believe you. You’ve gone and upset me. You’ve really upset your mother. You call yourself a brother?”






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Behold The Perfection Of These Behind The Scenes Photos From The 100th Episode Of “Scandal”

1. The 100th episode of Scandal aired on Thursday…

2. And understandably, the whole cast was pretty hype about it.

3. In the episode, titled “The Decision,” Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) daydreams about what all of her OPA colleagues’ lives would have been like if she didn’t agree to fix the presidential election that helped Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) get into the Oval Office.

4. And after the episode aired, the cast shared plenty of behind the scenes photos from their time filming the episode.

5. Here’s a look at Olivia and Fitz’s wedding, which would’ve happened in that alternate timeline.

6. Her faithful friends and gladiators, Abby (Darby Stanchfield) and Huck (Guillermo Díaz), were also present.

8. Of course, Olivia looked *gorgeous* in her dress!

9. And here’s Marcus Walker (Cornelius Smith Jr.) with Hairy Huck AND former Scandal regular, James Novak (Dan Bucatinsky), who wouldn’t have died if it wasn’t for Fitz’s win.

10. Since Fitz never became president, Olivia Pope & Associates weren’t exactly regulars at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. So, their visit to the White House in this episode was pretty exciting.

11. Also, turns out, Quinn (Katie Lowes) would’ve been a reality show star.

12. But, as to be expected, Fitz and Jake Ballard (Scott Foley) were still as dreamy as ever.

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Everything We Now Know About “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”

At a Star Wars 40th Anniversary Celebration panel in Orlando on Friday, we were gifted our first trailer and the poster for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

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1. We have a brand new lead in actor Kelly Marie Tran! She plays Rose, a maintenance worker in the Resistance, who gets pulled in on the action with Finn.

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There’s more than one new character in The Last Jedi, but director and screenwriter Rian Johnson described Rose as “the biggest new part.” He also described her as “an unlikely hero” who represents “the notion that anyone out there, any of us, can step up and turn into a hero. She’s not a soldier, she’s not looking to be a hero, and she gets pulled into an adventure with Finn.”

2. The role was kept so top secret, Tran had to lie to her family for months about landing the role.

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“They didn’t know for four months after,” Tran said with a laugh. “I told them I was doing an indie movie in Canada. At one point, I got some maple syrup so I could bring it back to them, so they’d think I was really in Canada.”

3. Carrie Fisher helped Johnson with the script for The Last Jedi.

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“I love her so much,” Johnson said of the late Fisher. “I connected with her first and foremost as a writer; she’s a brilliant writer with an incredible mind. I’d go to her house and we’d sit on her bed for hours and go through the script and we’d have these kind of stream of consciousness, jazz poetry ad-lib sessions. I’d scribble on my script everything she said and at he end of six hours, there’d be a four-word line of dialogue that would be a distillation of all that that was brilliant.”

4. According to Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, The Last Jedi will feature “fierce, amazingly independent” women.

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“And that, as everybody in this room knows, is so important to Star Wars,” she said.

5. Mark Hamill almost called Daisy Ridley his “daughter” during the panel and Rian Johnson slapped himself on the forehead. (Hamill also called John Boyega his “son,” BUT STILL.)

Sure, it might have been a joke, BUT I NEED TO KNOW IF IT WASN’T.

6. But in actuality, Daisy Ridley FINALLY gave us some clues about what Rey and Luke’s dynamic will be — and Luke might kinda suck.

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“In The Last Jedi, we go deep into Rey’s story. And what is very apparent from where we left off in The Force Awakens, and where we begin with The Last Jedi, is that Rey has a certain expectation as to what she might learn from Luke, and what that might entail,” Ridley said. “As it’s said, it’s difficult to meet your heroes, because it might not be what you expect.”

7. According to John Boyega, sweet cinnamon roll Finn is “not playing” this time around. And he’s still deciding where his allegiances lie.

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“He’s in recovery,” Boyega said of Finn’s Kylo-Ren-inflicted injury at the end of The Force Awakens. “But he will be back, and he’s not playing this time.” But Finn still needs to face his past. “It’s a test for all the characters, but specifically for Finn,” Boyega said. “He wants to find his place now. Is he going to be part of the Resistance or is he going to keep running away from the First Order? We’ll see.”

8. We’re going to see even more comedy from BB-8.

Johnson said the best advice he got was from J.J. Abrams’ The Force Awakens editors: “You can’t have enough BB-8. He’s the Buster Keaton of this movie.”

9. Yes, Starkiller Base was destroyed, but the First Order is still really, really evil. And really, really active.

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“Starkiller Base, big loss,” Johnson said. “But they did manage to take out the seat of the Republic and that’s thrown the galaxy into chaos. The First Order are jumping on that at the beginning of our movie very aggressively — not sitting on their hands. They’re making some big moves at the start of our film.”

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13 Reasons Why Clay Jensen's Mom Is The Fucking Worst

To be clear, there are MANY, MANY shitty characters in 13 Reasons Why, who do MANY, MANY shitty things. But Mrs. Jensen needs to be called out. Mrs. Jensen, welcome to your post.

1. You acted like you’re so chill in the first episode when everyone knows you’re not.

4. You refused to let Clay wash his sheets, when he may or may not have wet the bed. That’s fucked up.

5. You decided to invite Tony over for dinner, when Clay could not stand him. And you wonder why Clay gets annoyed with you?!

7. …then offered to drop the case if it hurt Clay. I think it was pretty clear he didn’t want you to take the case.

8. Then you were basically like, “Alright, let’s just do this” and offered the Bakers a $200,000 settlement.

9. And then you tell Mrs. Baker in the bathroom how Clay is worth everything to you. Like didn’t you just offer her only $200k for what happened????

10. And when Sheri comes over, you were set on embarrassing Clay, telling him to leave the door open? Can’t you just TEXT him, instead of making it so awkward?

11. You actually suggested that Clay wear his “rain poncho” to the party. Are you going to be OK?

12. You also pretended like you were just going to “prepare” Clay for the deposition. We know that’s not like you.

13. And lastly, you’re always nagging at Clay, yet you have NO CASE on your iPhone. Irresponsible much?

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15 Big Questions We Have About “The Last Jedi” Trailer

Guys, the first trailer for The Last Jedi premiered today at Star Wars Celebration, and booooy does it look damn good. In case you missed it, here it is:

But, we have SEVERAL questions and December is a long way to wait for them to be answered.

1. Why is Kylo Ren’s mask broken?

Did he have another hissy fit and just SMASH it?! Or does a certain someone (*cough* Rey) do this?

2. Are these the Journals of the Whills?!?!

As briefly mentioned in Rogue One, Baze and Chirrut were once Guardians of the Whills – now, the Whills, for those who don’t know, are these kind of ~mystical~ beings who were deeply tied to the Force. And in Star Wars lore The Journal of the Whills was a legendary record of events in the galaxy. So…it could be?! They look old.

3. What’s with this star/logo that appears to be on of The Journal of the Whills?

Is this an old Jedi symbol?

4. Or is it just an Easter egg?

The glare on the original A New Hope poster and The Last Jedi looks a lot like the symbol that’s in the book.

5. After the Rebellion’s base was discovered by the First Order did they just move their operations to a battle ship?

Both General Leia and Poe appear to be on a rather large ship.

7. Do these ships belong to the Resistance?

Because they’re clearly going into battle with the New Order – you can see the AT-ATs in the distance.

8. And why are they (purposefully?) kicking up the cool red dirt from the ground?

9. What is going on in this scene with the Millennium Falcon?

Does this mean that the First Order was able to figure out where Luke was hiding? And how? They didn’t ever get the map.

10. Does this shot mean Rey was having visions of the future in Force Awakens?

Because it looks like we’re seeing a different angle of what she saw.

11. And what exactly are Luke and R2D2 looking at here?

What’s been destroyed?

12. Are they going to explain how Captain Phasma got off Starkiller base?

Because that is definitely her.

13. Does Rey actually get to keep Luke/Anakin’s lightsaber?!

We saw her try to hand it to Luke at the end of Force Awakens, so does he refuse? Maybe he still has his green one from Jedi and/or he feels it doesn’t belong to him anymore.

14. Why does Luke want the Jedi to end?

And is HE going to be the one to end it? What’s the plan here?

15. And finally, will this affect the opening crawl?

Because it looks like The Last Jedi picks up RIGHT where The Force Awakens left off – so what would be left to “recap” in the crawl?

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