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Walk of Fame Honoree Brett Ratner Builds Hollywood Production Powerhouse

19 January 2017 10:10 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

When Brett Ratner and James Packer joined forces to create RatPac Entertainment in late 2012, Hollywood took notice.

Warner Bros. soon got onboard with the company, entering into a co-financing partnership, with RatPac that replaced Legendary as Warner’s key investor. RatPac operates as a production company and financing entity, and has a $450 million deal that covers 75 pictures with Warner Bros. over four years.

“Warner Brothers is the greatest partner anyone could ever have,” Ratner says. “It’s truly a family business there, and I know that sounds weird, because they’re a massive corporation, but you get that vibe with them, starting with Kevin Tsujihara. Warner’s has always been like that, and they still operate like that. It’s a very friendly, encouraging place to make movies. I’m hoping to direct my next picture there.”

And the feeling is mutual. “We’ve known and worked with Brett for years, »

- Nick Clement

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new and ongoing dvd & vod releases, UK/Ire, from Jan 16

17 January 2017 8:56 AM, PST | | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

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recent releases Bad Moms Captain Fantastic Chi-Raq Donnie Darko (4K restoration) Don’t Breathe Hell or High Water Kubo and the Two Strings Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates Pete’s Dragon The Purge: Election Year Rosewater Sausage Party »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Movie Poster of the Week: “Singin’ in the Rain” and 2016 In Memoriam

14 January 2017 12:03 PM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

December 28, 2016. R.I.P. Debbie Reynolds, actress and singer. Age 84.There is a nice moment in the documentary Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds where Carrie’s brother Todd is showing the filmmakers a wall in his living room that tells the story of his mother’s life through movie posters. When Debbie Reynolds passed away on December 28—the day after her daughter Carrie in what was certifiably the last straw of 2016— I tried to find a great poster to commemorate her, but I couldn’t find anything really worthy of her (she was rarely the star of her own posters for one thing). I had forgotten, however, about this lovely Italian poster for Singing’ in the Rain which captures her as the burst of sunshine she always was.More often than I would have liked last year I found myself using my Movie Poster of the Day Tumblr as a memorial, »

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HBO Sets Return Date For ‘Real Time With Bill Maher’

14 January 2017 11:08 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

HBO announced today at the top of its TCA presentation that Real Time with Bill Maher will return on Inauguration Day January 20. “He is celebrating that day not because of the inauguration” of Donald Trump, HBO said, but because it’s also Maher’s birthday. And Kellyanne Conway’s, by the way. The premium cable network also noted that the debut of Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds – which the channel moved from a May date to January 7 following the… »

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Magic Together: A Q&A With The Director Of Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher And Debbie Reynolds

11 January 2017 2:03 PM, PST | MTV Newsroom | See recent MTV Newsroom news »

When they began following Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds with a camera back in April 2014, documentarians and real-life partners Fisher Stevens and Alexis Bloom had no way of knowing that they’d be capturing the last years of both women’s lives. At the time, the project had a single mission, pioneered by Fisher herself: To... Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher And Debbie Reynolds">Read more » »

- Rachel Handler

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Big Sky Documentary Film Festival 2017 Announces Full Lineup

10 January 2017 2:16 PM, PST | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

The 14th annual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival has announced the official selections of the 2017 festival, which takes place February 17-26 in Missoula, Montana. The festival will screen over 200 films from 50 nations as well as retrospectives of Academy Award-winning filmmaker Daniel Junge and Montreal-based film collective EyeSteelFilm. In addition to retrospective programs, planned special events include Healing Blue, a multimedia dance/film performance. Longtime partner HBO Documentary Films will present Alexis Bloom and Fisher Stevens’ new feature Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds on opening night. Closing night will be presented by Big Sky premiere sponsor Showtime Documentary Films. Other films to be screened during the festival include Leah […] »

- Paula Bernstein

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Doc Corner: Debbie and Carrie's Bright Lights

10 January 2017 8:30 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

“Take your broken heart, make it into art.” That was Meryl Streep at last weekend’s Golden Globe Awards ending her lifetime achievement speech with a quote by her friend Carrie Fisher. Despite working as a suitable mantra for much of Fisher’s autobiographical work, a broken heart lingers over Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, not just because the pair passed away in quick succession leaving behind generations of fans whose lives were forever changed by this most unique mother and daughter team.

No, there is also the very real breaking heart of Fisher who saw her mother’s health deteriorating and decided she needed to document her mother while she still had the chance. How was she or any of us to know the tragic circumstances that would befall the two of them and surround Alexis Bloom and Fisher Stevens’ documentary. »

- Glenn Dunks

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Exclusive: Joely Fisher On Golden Globes Tribute to Carrie Fisher & Debbie Reynolds: 'I'm Proud and Sad'

8 January 2017 11:26 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

The Golden Globes paid a special tribute to Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds on Sunday in a touching memorial segment showcasing clips from their most beloved movies, intercut with home movies and public appearances the mother-daughter duo made throughout their lives.

Carrie's half-sister, Joely Fisher, spoke with Et's Nischelle Turner at the HBO Golden Globes after party, where she opened up about the emotional tribute and praised the late icons' "unparalleled and incomparable careers."

Related: Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds Honored During First-Ever Golden Globes In Memoriam Tribute

"[The Golden Globes] are honoring best of performances of the year, and the best in life," Joely said. "I'm proud, and sad, and feeling the same sort of chasm on the planet that everybody else is."

"I decided to make it out of my house today to [honor] my girls," she added. "I'm gonna go celebrate the ladies."

Watch: Todd, Tricia and Joely Fisher Respond to ‘Magical’ ‘Bright Lights’ HBO Documentary: ‘The Film »

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Todd, Tricia and Joely Fisher Respond to ‘Magical’ ‘Bright Lights’ HBO Documentary: ‘The Film Freezes Time’

8 January 2017 11:06 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Following the unexpected deaths of Carrie Fisher and her mother, Debbie Reynolds, HBO debuted the documentary, Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, about the pair’s emotional relationship that often played out in public and inspired the film, Postcards from the Edge.

The documentary, co-directed by Fisher Stevens (Before the Flood), mixed vintage family movies and clips of their most famous films, alongside a glitzy look at their unique mother-daughter love story.

More: 6 Emotional Moments From Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds' Documentary

The film, which aired Saturday, Jan. 07, followed Friday’s funeral for Reynolds and a private memorial service for Fisher on Thursday -- and certainly provided an emotional endcap for the Fisher family.

“It's very hard for me to believe they're gone,” Todd Fisher, Carrie’s brother, wrote on Twitter Saturday evening. “Watching them now, the film freezes time. Magical.”

Todd’s half-siblings, Tricia and Joely Fisher, both responded »

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Bright Lights: Carrie Fisher's & Debbie Reynolds' Heartbreaking and Hilarious Quotes, From Fat Ghosts to Best Friends

7 January 2017 6:40 PM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds presented a poignant look at the love between mother and daughter. That mother and daughter just so happen to be Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher, two of the biggest stars in the world. Premiering just days after the deaths of Reynolds and Fisher, the HBO documentary was filmed over the course of 2014 and 2015 and ends with Reynolds receiving the 2015 SAG Awards Life Achievement award while in frail health. Bright Lights featured revealingly candid interviews with Fisher (was there anything else?) and Reynolds about their past and then-current relationship. You know Fisher was a quote machine, and so was Reynolds. Below are the most heartbreaking, hilarious and »

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The Biggest Reveals in Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher’s New HBO Documentary

7 January 2017 6:35 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, the highly anticipated documentary about the relationship between the late Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, debuted on HBO Saturday.

Billed as “an intimate portrait of Hollywood royalty in all its eccentricity,” the 95-minute film documented nearly a year of the Hollywood icon’s lives, — leading up to Reynolds 2015 acceptance of her Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award, which Fisher presented.

It was an emotional project to watch, especially after the recent deaths of both women. Fisher, 60, died on Dec. 27 after suffering a heart attack during an 11-hour flight from London to Los Angeles four days prior. »

- Dave Quinn

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Broadway remembers Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher by Anne-Katrin Titze - 2017-01-07 17:53:11

7 January 2017 9:53 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher remembered on Broadway Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Last night, Broadway theatre lights were darkened for one minute at 7:45pm in remembrance of Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher. At Simon McBurney's Complicite production of The Encounter, the house manager of the Golden Theatre told me that Simon left New York due to the death of a dear friend who turned out to be John Berger (January 2, 2017).

Simon McBurney's Complicite production of The Encounter at the Golden Theatre Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Fisher Stevens and Alexis Bloom's documentary Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher And Debbie Reynolds was screened at the 54th New York Film Festival and Carrie Fisher attended without her mother.

Debbie Reynolds died on December 28, 2016, one day after the death of her daughter. They were first on Broadway together in the 1973 revival production of Irene, initially directed by John Gielgud, who was replaced »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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How the Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds Documentary Bright Lights Changed Its Director

7 January 2017 9:05 AM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Apparently directing Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds had the same effect as watching it will. "I was surprised by how much I fell in love with Carrie and her personality, who I kind of knew periphery, I didn't know her that well, " director Fisher Stevens told E! News about filming Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds for the HBO documentary. He teamed with Alexis Bloom, his girlfriend, for the project. "And Lexi and I both just kind of fell in love with these women and made it a love story because that's how we felt when we were filming." Bright Lights follows Fisher as she prepares to return to Star Wars for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and deals with her »

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Read HBO Bright Lights Directors’ Touching Tribute to Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds: We Made ‘a Film about Love’

7 January 2017 9:00 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Fisher Stevens and Alexis Bloom directed what would become Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds final collaboration in the HBO documentary Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds (premiering Saturday, Jan. 7, at The pair spent more than a year intimately following the lives of Fisher and Reynolds ahead of the 2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards. Following the news of their deaths, the two directors wrote a letter chronicling their time working with the Hollywood legends, which was excerpted in this week’s People cover story. Read the touching tribute below.

“What connects you two, apart from the red carpet?” an »

- peoplecomproducer

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Carrie Fisher’s Brother Brings Prozac Pill-Shaped Urn to Debbie Reynolds’ Funeral

6 January 2017 5:08 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Todd Fisher brought the cremated remains of his sister Carrie Fisher to the private memorial for their mother Debbie Reynolds on Friday in Los Angeles. The vessel for the ashes? An extra large Prozac pill doubling as an urn, showing that Carrie Fisher’s sense of humor about just about everything, including her mental illness, lives on.

@thecherness oh she totally did.

Cher (@thecherness) January 6, 2017

“Carrie’s favorite possession was a giant Prozac pill that she bought many years ago. A big pill,” Todd explained to Entertainment Tonight. “She loved it, and it was in her house, and Billie and I felt it was where she’d want to be.”

Todd also shared how he and the rest of the family are doing in the wake of the two deaths.

“Everybody’s as settled as we can be, and we’re not going to go any further, »

- Dani Levy

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‘Bright Lights’ Revisited: How Carrie Fisher And Debbie Reynolds’ Deaths Changed The Nature Of Their New Documentary

6 January 2017 8:49 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

On October 10, 2016, Carrie Fisher tap-danced across the stage at the New York Film Festival. In town for a glitzy screening of a candid new documentary about her relationship with her similarly iconic mother — the actress, singer, indomitable show-woman, and amateur Hollywood historian Debbie Reynolds — Fisher was in fine form, expressing the acidic sense of humor that has always separated her from Princess Leia, displaying that unique flair for running head-first into all of life’s hurdles and using them as kindling for her brilliant fire.

During the Q&A after the movie — visible to all in the clip below — Carrie’s brother called Reynolds and held his cell phone up to the mic so that she could sing to the crowd from her sick bed in California. The 84-year-old voice was coarse, but still quivered with a natural beauty. Co-director Fisher Stevens (who shares credit with Alexis Bloom) sat back »

- David Ehrlich

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Audio Released from 911 Calls in Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher’s Deaths

5 January 2017 10:31 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Hollywood legends Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher shared an undeniable bond their whole lives. Subscribe now for an inside look at Hollywood’s legendary mother-daughter duo — only in People.

Audio from the calls to 911 in the respective medical emergencies that led to Carrie Fisher and mother Debbie Reynolds’ tragic deaths has been released.

Fisher, 60, was aboard a flight from London to Los Angeles on Dec. 23 when she went into cardiac arrest. She died at UCLA Medical Center just four days later, on Dec. 27. Reynolds, 84, died the following day.

In the audio from the Dec. 23 call to 911, which was posted on TMZ, »

- Lindsay Kimble

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'Bright Lights' Director Says Carrie Fisher Was Caring for 'Ill' Debbie Reynolds During Filming of Documentary

5 January 2017 6:35 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Oscar winner Fisher Stevens witnessed Carrie Fisher's special bond with her mother, Debbie Reynolds, when he directed the documentary, Bright Lights, about the mother-daughter duo.

Stevens recalled that Reynolds was having health issues at the time of filming, which wrapped at the end of 2015. "A large part of the film is that Debbie actually started to get ill," Stevens told Katie Couric on Thursday's Today show. "A lot of the film became about Carrie caring about and caring for her mother."

Stevens said that Fisher approached him about shooting a documentary about Reynolds' retirement from show business. "Carrie was watching her mother walk down the hill after she just told her that 'I'm going to perform again,'" he noted. "Debbie started filming [the documentary] and she was fine at the beginning, and then it started to happen, her health »

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Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds' Bright Lights Is the Perfect Parting Gift for (and to) the Hollywood Icons

5 January 2017 6:00 AM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds is a perfect parting gift, both for two Hollywood icons and their legions of fans. It honors their lives and legacies in equal parts, blemishes and all. The HBO documentary, shot in 2014 and 2015 (it ends with Debbie Reynolds receiving the 2016 SAG Life Achievement Award), follows Carrie Fisher and mother Reynolds through every day life, which in the case of Reynolds and Fisher means Las Vegas shows, comic book conventions, rehearsing for Star Wars and selling millions of dollars worth of Hollywood memorabilia. Chances are since you're reading this you have an interest in Reynolds and Fisher. You know that Fisher, author, screenwriter and actress known as »

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Carrie Fisher-Debbie Reynolds Documentarians: "When You Put a Camera on Carrie, She's Wired for Truth"

5 January 2017 5:45 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Actor turned documentarian Fisher Stevens and his partner Alexis Bloom use the present tense when they speak about Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, the subjects of their new film, Bright Lights, which debuts Jan. 7 on HBO. "When you put a camera on Carrie, she's wired for truth. It's part of her DNA," Bloom says of capturing their singular mother-daughter relationship onscreen. "Her mother is wired for dignity above all else, from her training at MGM. She reserves her private face for her family and close friends, and that was the challenge."

Introduced to Fisher by a mutual friend, Stevens »

- Gregg Kilday

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