Carrie Fisher’s Powerful Force

If you were a kid in the late seventies, there’s a good chance that you played with an action figure of Carrie Fisher. “Star Wars” was a revelation when it came out, in 1977-it redefined our pop-cultural world, thrillingly, making us feel the way the swashbuckling John Williams title theme sounded. Girls of my generation, and the ones that followed, admired Princess Leia, and identified with her-not just because we loved her but because, like Wonder Woman among the Superfriends, she was the only girl in the gang. (Playing with the action figures, my best friend, a boy, was some combination of Luke, Han Solo, Darth, Chewy, R2-D2, and the Stormtroopers; I was Princess Leia.) Onscreen, Princess Leia was wonderful-a smart, spiky, funny heroine, vulnerable and tough at once, unfazed by her absurd braid buns, not putting up with any mishegas from Luke Skywalker or Han Solo. (“Aren’t you a little short for a Stormtrooper?” she asks Luke, when he comes to rescue her.) As a mythical space heroine, Carrie Fisher read as a real person. As a kid enchanted by all of it, you, even a non-sci-fi-loving girl, could connect to this fanciful outer-space world.

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Who Is Fadi Fawaz? Meet the Late George Michael’s Boyfriend

Who Is Fadi Fawaz? Meet the Late George Michael's Boyfriend

Before his passing, George Michael largely kept out of the headlines but it’s known that he was in a relationship with a man named Fadi Fawaz.

The 43-year-old hairdresser even recently revealed that he was sadly the one to discover George‘s body after his passing.

George and Fadi began dating after his split from his partner Kenny Goss.

The couple were spotted leaving George‘s home on many occasions although they never made their relationship red carpet official.

Fadi is currently a celebrity hairdresser who has reportedly worked with clients including Naomi Campbell, Emily Blunt and the Pussy Cat Dolls.

He also enjoys photography and often shares his work on his Flickr account.

Our thoughts are with Fadi during this difficult time.

Kevin Bacon & Michelle Monaghan’s ‘Patriots Day’ Character Posters (Exclusive Debut)

Kevin Bacon & Michelle Monaghan's 'Patriots Day' Character Posters (Exclusive Debut)

We have the exclusive character poster debut for Michelle Monaghan and Kevin Bacon in Patriots Day.

The movie also stars Mark Wahlberg, J.K. Simmons, John Goodman, and more, and centers around the terrible Boston Marathon bombings that occurred in April of 2013.

Here’s a synopsis: In the aftermath of an unspeakable attack, Police Sergeant Tommy Saunders (Wahlberg) joins courageous survivors, first responders and investigators in a race against the clock to hunt down the bombers before they strike again. Weaving together the stories of Special Agent Richard Deslauriers (Bacon), Police Commissioner Ed Davis (Goodman), Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese (Simmons) and nurse Carol Saunders (Monaghan) this visceral and unflinching chronicle captures the suspense of one of the most sophisticated manhunts in law enforcement history and celebrates the strength of the people of Boston.

The movie is open in New York, Boston, and Los Angeles today, and hits theaters nationwide on January 13.

Be sure to watch the trailer for Patriots Day if you missed it.

Lee Joon, Jung So-min up to star in new family drama Father is Weird

Lee Joon, Jung So-min

With most of the current weekend family dramas having passed the midway point, broadcasters are already planning the next ones to air. KBS’s upcoming Father is Weird has gone on a casting blitz, offering roles to key mainstay actors on the family drama scene including Kim Young-chul (All’s Well With a Happy Home) and Kim Hae-sook (Yes, That’s How It Is).

Father is Weird is about a family that lives on the outskirts of Seoul, held together by its hardworking patriarch and his wife, presumably to be played by Kim Young-chul and Kim Hae-sook. However, this father has been hiding his real identity for thirty-five years, and now all of his children are grown and about to be married. His wife is a dedicated, responsible mother to his three daughters and one son, but with him, she’s full of aegyo. Suddenly one day, a young man shows up at the household, and declares that he is the son of the family. Despite knowing that he is not the birth father to this young man, the patriarch takes him in and insists that he is his true son.

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