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2016 saw the unexpected and untimely deaths of a slew of beloved icons and screen legends, which means viewers can expect one monumental In Memoriam segment at the 88th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday.
It was announced on Thursday that Sara Bareilles will be performing during the emotional tribute. "Sara’s unique artistry will honor those we’ve lost in our community including familiar faces and those behind the scenes who have enriched the art of moviemaking," producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd said in a statement.
The tribute will no doubt have everyone in tears, especially when you consider just how many icons have passed away since last year's awards show.
Photos: Stars We've Lost In Recent Years
Looking back over the past year, here are just a few of the late stars who will likely be honored at this year's Oscars ceremony.
Comedian and actor Garry Shandling, who died on »
By now, you likely know that Ryan Gosling really played the piano as part of his role as Sebastian in award season juggernaut La La Land. It's one of the many fun facts about the film that's been floating around for months now. Even John Legend talked about it during our interview with him in January. While we wouldn't say we necessarily doubt Gosling's abilities, the nature of "movie magic" makes it hard to tell exactly how good he is. Thankfully, Variety has released new behind-the-scenes footage of the actor tickling those ivories, and he's just as good as everyone says he is. Related:Singin' in the Rain Impacted La La Land More Than You ThinkTo Those Who Loved La La Land but Hated the Ending, Read ThisHow Well Do You Know La La Land? »
- Ryan Roschke
Twenty-five days is not much. Are you ready? For today's special number, I thought we'd look back at the 25th annual Oscars, the first televised Academy Awards ever, but then I realized we'd already written a huge post about it with actresses falling on stairs and everything! So let's keep this simple. What's your choice for Best of 1952 (beyond Singin' in the Rain)?
The nominees were:
...and if there'd been three to five more nominees they would surely have included The Bad and the Beautiful which won 5 Oscars, the most ever won by a non Best Picture nominee), and Viva Zapata! which had 5 nominations, 3 of them major categories. If it had extended beyond 7 perhaps a combo of less loved or more divisive pictures like My Cousin Rachel (the remake is coming out this very year starring Rachel Weisz »
- NATHANIEL R
John Legend is one of the most acclaimed musicians of the modern age, which is why he fits right into the dazzling songs and sounds of this year's movie musical and award season darling, La La Land. With its sweeping romance, stunning visuals, and hopeful message to all the dreamers out there, it's not a mystery why the film is sweeping award season. Recently, we hopped on the phone with Legend to talk about his partnership with Lifewtr for the Super Bowl, and we couldn't help but sneak in a few questions about La La Land as well. We especially wanted to know if Ryan Gosling, who achieved expert-level piano prowess for his role, asked for a few pointers from the Legend himself. Popsugar: I wanted to talk about La La Land. Are you excited about it, going into the Oscars? John Legend: I'm very excited; I'm just proud »
- Ryan Roschke
On the month anniversary of the deaths of both Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds, who died within days of each other, a public memorial has been announced. Fans of both actresses, each icons in their own right, are being invited to celebrate the legacy of the mother-daughter duo. The memorial will be a joint affair that looks back at both of their careers.
"We will be celebrating their lives with friends, family members, and the people who loved them, you. The service will begin at 1:00 Pm and immediately afterwards, those who want to walk to their final resting place are welcome to do so.There are a limited number of seats available, and it will be on a first come first come, »
Actress, writer, and advocate Carrie Fisher passed away after a heart attack at the age of 60, and just one day later, on Dec. 28, her mother, legendary Hollywood actress Debbie Reynolds, also passed away after suffering a stroke. Debbie was rushed to La's Cedar-Sinai Hospital after complaints of trouble breathing. After her passing, her son and Carrie's brother, Todd Fisher, confirmed that she was "now with Carrie" and "we're all heartbroken." He added that his sister's death "was too much" for the 84-year-old Singin' in the Rain star. In the wake of Carrie's death on Dec. 27, Debbie released a heartfelt statement: "Thank you to everyone who has embraced the gifts and talents of my beloved and amazing daughter. I am grateful for your thoughts and prayers that are now guiding her to her next stop. Love, Carries Mother." Related:Celebrities Post Heartbreaking Tributes to the Late Debbie ReynoldsCelebrities React to Carrie Fisher »
- Brittney Stephens
While soaking in the sweet romance of a lovely film like La La Land, it's nearly impossible not to think of the musical movie classic, Singin' in the Rain. That sunset scene alone is positively dripping with memories of of Old Hollywood. Ryan Gosling has all the charm, whimsy, and ease of Gene Kelly. Hell, he even swings around on a streetlamp! Of course, the fact that the award season darling draws inspiration from so many classic movies, especially Singin' in the Rain, is far from a secret. The thing is, you may not quite realize how big the impact truly was. On a surface level, it's not hard to see what other scenes (besides the twilight duet) in the film pull from Singin' in the Rain. In one sequence, Sebastian (Gosling) and Mia (Emma Stone) stroll past an active movie set. The same thing happens during a scene in Singin' in the Rain. »
- Ryan Roschke
Love movies so much and need another hour of listening to people talk about them? Well I'm proud, happy, and excited to present Cinelinx's new film podcast hosted by yours truly and my pal Judson!
The concept is simple: we look at two films--one more recent and one more of a classic that share cinematic DNA and dicuss the two films. We look forward to presenting many comboinations in the future and will take recommendations down in the comments.
Join us now and in the future. You can listen here or on iTunes (more formats are forthcoming). Be sure to check out and follow the official Twitter for upcoming episodes. @AnotherFilmPod
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Turner Classic Movies, in association with Warner Home Entertainment, will present the classic musical "Singin' in the Rain" in select U.S. theaters nationwide on January 15 and 18. The film, directed by Stanley Donen and starring Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor, will be shown with a special filmed introduction by TCM host Ben Mankiewicz. Click here for more info. »
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Carrie Fisher's death certificate was released on Friday, giving only a partial explanation for why the Hollywood icon died last month.
In the official document obtained by Et, the cause of death is listed as "cardiac arrest/deferred," which could indicate that while it has been determined that Fisher suffered a massive heart attack, more tests may be needed to determine the cause of the attack.
The Star Wars actress died on Dec. 27 after going into cardiac arrest on a flight from London to Los Angeles on Dec. 22. One day after Fisher passed, her mother, Debbie Reynolds, died of a stroke. Et also obtained Reynolds' death certificate, which confirmed that the Singin' in the Rain star died of an intracerebral hemorrhage and hypertension after suffering from high blood pressure for years.
Both stars were honored in the first-ever Golden Globes In Memoriam tribute on Sunday »
Nearly two weeks after Debbie Reynolds passed away at the age of 84, the cause of her death has been revealed. The famed actress died from an intracerebral hemorrhage caused by high blood pressure, E! News confirms. An intracerebral hemorrhage is an emergency condition in which a ruptured blood vessel causes bleeding inside the brain, also known as a stroke. The Singin' in the Rain star was rushed to the hospital on December 28, 2016 after suffering a stroke in her Beverly Hills home. She died shortly after, only one day after her daughter Carrie Fisher succumbed to a heart attack at 60-years-old. In confirming Reynolds' death, son Todd Fisher told E! News, "She went to be with »
The 2017 Golden Globe Awards took a moment to honor two recent celebrities that have passed away this year, Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. Typically, the ceremony doesn’t include an “In Memoriam,” but losing such dear and iconic talent, the Golden Globes paid tribute to the beloved stars by showing a video of the two stars.
“We have not done an ‘In Memoriam’ on the Golden Globes. Those things are handled really well by the Oscars and the Screen Actors Guild,” producer Barry Adelman told People. “But we do realize there were some special circumstances of very recent nature that happened and I think we’ll be acknowledging that.”
Fisher passed away on December 27 after suffering a heart attack. Her mother, Reynolds, died the following day, »
- Liz Calvario
The film, directed by Fisher Stevens and Alexis Bloom, centers on the mother-daughter relationship between Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds. Star Wars star Fisher died after suffering a heart attack last month at 60. Reynolds, her mother and icon from films such as Singin' in the Rain, died one day later at 84.
The film debuted last year at the Cannes Film Festival and had originally been slated for a »
- THR Staff
Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds have been laid to rest—together. The 60-year-old Star Wars star and her 84-year-old mother, a veteran actress known for movies like Singin' in the Rain, were honored at a joint funeral at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills Friday morning. The two died within one day of each other in December. Carrie was recently cremated. At Friday's funeral, Debbie was buried with some of her daughter's ashes, People reported. Carrie's 58-year-old brother and Debbie's only surviving child, Todd Fisher, arrived carrying what appeared to be a bright green and white urn that resembled a Prozac capsule. Carrie was open about her »
After a seemingly non-stop barrage of celebrity deaths in 2016, the world suffered through two more just before the dawn of the new year: the death of actress Carrie Fisher, best known as Princess Leia in the original “Star Wars” films, and then a day later, the death of her mother actress and singer Debbie Reynolds.
Read More: Cannes Review: ‘Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds’ Is a Touching Mother-Daughter Documentary
In 2014 and 2015, directors Fisher Stevens and Alexis Bloom filmed a documentary about the relationship between Fisher and Reynolds entitled “Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds.” It premiered at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival to positive reviews and was initially set to premiere on HBO in March, but due to the untimely nature of both Fisher and Reynolds’ deaths, HBO decided to move up the premiere date to this Saturday. Watch a trailer for the film below. »
- Vikram Murthi
I stayed virtually silent last week, as we lost both Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds in the span of 36 hours. While everyone else was posting touching tributes, and covering the story from various angles, I just kind of had to sit and process what had just happened. I still kind of am. But today I'm tasked with sharing this trailer for Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds with you, and so I'm going to take this opportunity to put a few of my thoughts down.
Fisher and Reynolds speak directly to both parts of my life: My geekdom and my lifelong passion for performing. Fisher was Princess Leia, a monumental role in one of my most beloved series, and that character (like Luke, Han, and Vader) has been a part of my fanboy DNA for as long as I can remember. Reynolds was a star during the golden era of Hollywood musicals, »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
HBO officially released the trailer for Debbie and Carrie's documentary, Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, which perfectly displays the touching relationship between the two Hollywood legends. Carrie constantly worries about her mother's health in the video, and describes their incredible bond.
"My mother, she'll forget she's not 35," Carrie says about Debbie's busy schedule. "Age is horrible for all of us, but she falls from a greater height."
"I'm my mom's best friend," she later comments. "Far more than I would ever want to, I know what my mother feels and wants."
The Singin' in the Rain star shows her sense of humor throughout the documentary, joking, "I share everything with my daughter ... especially the check."
Though she later »
The family of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds is planning a public memorial which will become a grand Hollywood event, and we're told they've reached out to Meryl Streep for the keynote eulogy. Family sources tell us there will be a private service and burial Thursday for both Carrie and Debbie. The service will take place at Forest Lawn in Burbank, where mother/daughter will be buried side by side. We're told there will be »
- TMZ Staff
After making just five movies between 1973 and 2011, Terrence Malick has released three more in the last few years. Despite being comparatively prolific in this most recent phase of his career, the media-shy filmmaker still manages to make each new work feel like an event unto itself.
IndieWire can exclusively confirm the new title and release date of his latest film: “Song to Song,” which Broad Green Pictures will release on March 17, 2017. (The film has previously been referred to as “Weightless.”) Check out a first-look photo above.
Read More: Terrence Malick’s ‘Voyage of Time’ Will Be Released in ‘Ultra Widescreen’ Version
Here’s the premise: “In this modern love story set against the Austin, Texas music scene, two entangled couples — struggling songwriters Faye (Rooney Mara) and Bv (Ryan Gosling), and music mogul Cook (Michael Fassbender) and the waitress whom he ensnares (Natalie Portman) — chase success through a rock ‘n’ roll landscape of seduction and betrayal. »
- Michael Nordine
Ryan Gosling took the stage tonight at the Palm Springs International Film Festival's annual gala to accept the Vanguard Award for La La Land, and he couldn't let the moment pass by without honoring the late Debbie Reynolds. Reynolds, a darling of the golden age of cinema who passed away just a day after her daughter Carrie Fisher's death last month, was a star of now-classic films and musicals. One of her most memorable roles? As Kathy Selden in the iconic Singin' in the Rain, exactly the kind of movie to which La La Land pays homage. "I wish I could've said this in person, but I'd like to thank Debbie Reynolds for her wonderful career of work," Gosling said as he joined La La Land's director, Damien Chazelle, on stage. "She was an inspiration to us every day. We watched Singin' in the Rain every day for inspiration, »
- Lindsay Miller
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