Billie Lourd endured a full roller coaster of emotions on the set of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker after agreeing to stand in for her late mother Carrie Fisher.The actress, famed for her role as Princess Leia, died unexpectedly at the age of 60 in D…
Billie Lourd endured a full roller coaster of emotions on the set of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker after agreeing to stand in for her late mother Carrie Fisher.
The actress, famed for her role as Princess Leia, died unexpectedly at the age of 60 in December 2016, but director J.J. Abrams was able to cut together unused footage of Fisher from 2015’s The Force Awakens to resurrect her character for key scenes in the recently released The Rise of Skywalker.
Lourd, who portrays Resistance member Lieutenant Connix in the sci-fi blockbusters, helped Abrams and his team complete the sequences by taking part in the Leia shoots, and she has now admitted it was truly bittersweet to fill in for her mum.
“It’s literally like a gift from her, or her forcing us to make her the star of the movie – probably both!” she laughed in the new behind-the-scenes documentary, The Skywalker Legacy. “Being back has been incredible, painful, surreal – all of the adjectives that you can come up with, probably, I felt.”
Abrams later used Fisher’s earlier film clips to digitally replace the 27-year-old’s face with that of her mother.
Production on The Rise of Skywalker’s Princess Leia scenes was also an emotional experience for leading lady Daisy Ridley, who needed to collect herself after filming.
“The reality of having to do a scene with someone who isn’t actually there was very difficult,” the British actress shared. “I sort of had to walk off and have a moment.”
And Abrams insisted he will forever be grateful to Lourd for giving him her blessing to bring Fisher back from the dead onscreen.
“To know that we were doing this with her at our side, that’s something that I will always be grateful to her for,” the director said.
The Skywalker Legacy, which details how filmmakers incorporated unused Fisher footage into the latest movie, will be released to coincide with the digital launch of The Rise of Skywalker on 17 March.
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Sophie Turner, Emma Roberts, and Billie Lourd are among the famous faces featured in Louis Vuitton’s latest campaign.Creative director Nicolas Ghesquiere has re-imagined his muses, including Jennifer Connelly, Robyn, Jaden Smith, Lea Seydoux, and Alici…
Sophie Turner, Emma Roberts, and Billie Lourd are among the famous faces featured in Louis Vuitton’s latest campaign.
Creative director Nicolas Ghesquiere has re-imagined his muses, including Jennifer Connelly, Robyn, Jaden Smith, Lea Seydoux, and Alicia Vikander, as chic protagonists of ’80s sci-fi and horror novels to debut his pre-fall 2020 collection.
The 24-page lookbook is a compilation of retro book covers with Game of Thrones star Sophie fronting The Devil’s Mansion, wearing a camel-coloured wool coat, a slick cream suit, and moon boots.
American Horror Story actress Emma is the leading lady in The Dragon Slayer, rocking a fuchsia mid-length dress with black patent boots, while Billie is the fictional protagonist in zombie thriller Alive, sporting an embellished black dress, with tights, and chunky black boots.
In a press release accompanying the lookbook, a spokesperson explained that the collection follows the motto: “Fashion is a novel.”
“These characters from our wardrobe set the scene for our days, our moods, our lives,” they continued. “This meeting of periods, stylistic movements and anachronistic combinations brings to life a rich cast of costumes.”
Longtime Louis Vuitton muse Jennifer appears in an ethereal scalloped lace pleated dress as the star of Dreamkeeper, singer Robyn wears a delicate sequinned vest paired with red, black, and white leather in The Night Chaser, and Chloe Grace Moretz dons a black and white dress with a statement headpiece for her chilling Secret Sister cover.
Rapper Jaden and Oscar-winning actress Alicia are among the other famous faces headlining their own fictional novel, alongside No Time to Die star Lea in a silver sequinned slip dress, paired with a black T-shirt and fur hat, for the fictional spider horror Arachno Mania.
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Billie Lourd stood in for her late mother Carrie Fisher to shoot an emotional scene as iconic character Princess Leia in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.The 27-year-old tragically lost both Carrie and her grandmother Debbie Reynolds over the Christmas…
Billie Lourd stood in for her late mother Carrie Fisher to shoot an emotional scene as iconic character Princess Leia in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
The 27-year-old tragically lost both Carrie and her grandmother Debbie Reynolds over the Christmas period in 2016, but was able to honour the memory of her beloved mum while appearing in the movie, in which she portrays Resistance member Lieutenant Connix.
According to visual effects supervisor Patrick Tubach, director J.J. Abrams asked Billie for her help in completing scenes featuring Carrie, which were cut together using footage from previous films, including 2015’s The Force Awakens.
“Billie was playing her mother,” Tubach revealed to Yahoo! “It was a poignant thing, and something that nobody took lightly – that she was willing to stand in for her mom.”
Earlier film footage of Carrie was used to digitally replace her daughter’s face in the additional scenes.
“It was an emotional thing for everybody to see her in that position,” he added. “It felt great for us, too. If you’re going to have someone play (Carrie’s) part, it’s great that it’s (Billie) because there are a lot of similarities between them that we were able to draw from. The real challenge was just making the Leia footage we had to work with fit in that scene.”
Carrie suffered a cardiac arrest on a flight from London to Los Angeles and passed away in hospital days later on 27 December 2016, at the age of 60. Her mother, Debbie, sadly died the following day, aged 84.
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Cindy Crawford has shared an epic celebrity throwback photo on social media, with the snap featuring the likes of Jennifer Aniston and Gabrielle Union.The supermodel posted the star-studded image on Instagram in honour of the popular hashtag #WCW, whic…
Cindy Crawford has shared an epic celebrity throwback photo on social media, with the snap featuring the likes of Jennifer Aniston and Gabrielle Union.
The supermodel posted the star-studded image on Instagram in honour of the popular hashtag #WCW, which stands for Woman Crush Wednesday.
Actresses Aniston, Union, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Deidre Hall, Allison Janney, Fran Drescher, models Amber Valletta, Rachel Hunter, and TV host Nancy O’Dell all feature in the picture taken in 2003.
And eagle-eyed fans even spotted the late Carrie Fisher and her daughter Billie Lourd in the 16-person photo, which fans of Cindy said was the best celebrity group photo since Ellen DeGeneres’s record-breaking Oscars selfie in 2014.
“That’s a lot of girl power in one photo. #WCW,” the 53-year-old model wrote in the caption.
While followers speculated about the exact event the women were at – with one even suggesting it was Hunter’s wedding to Rod Stewart in 1990 as the model is wearing a white strapless dress – it was, in fact, a charity fashion show which raised money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, according to editors at People.com.
The women walked the catwalk as attendees placed bids on luxury items including five-star trips to Paris, Greece, and New York.
“OMGGGGGG!! That felt like 5 min ago!!!” Union commented on the snap, while So You Think You Can Dance host Cat Deeley wrote: “Good lord! Now that’s a gang!”
Since the photo was taken, beloved Star Wars icon Fisher has passed away. She died following a stroke in December 2016.
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Billie Lourd will appear in scenes with her late mother Carrie Fisher in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.Director J.J. Abrams has utilised unreleased footage from The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi to incorporate the much much-loved actress’ characte…
Billie Lourd will appear in scenes with her late mother Carrie Fisher in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
Director J.J. Abrams has utilised unreleased footage from The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi to incorporate the much much-loved actress’ character General Leia Organa into the third movie in the franchise’s sequel saga, following her unexpected death in December 2016.
But while the filmmaker deliberately wrote the screenplay so Lourd, who plays Resistance member Lieutenant Connix in the trilogy, wouldn’t have to star alongside an edited version of her mother, the 26-year-old had other ideas.
“I purposely had written her character in scenes without Carrie, because I just didn’t want it to be uncomfortable for her,” he told Vanity Fair. “(She said), ‘I want to be in scenes with her. I want it for my children when I have kids. I want them to see.'”
And Lourd was understandably emotional while shooting scenes that would later feature her mother.
“She would get emotional and sort of have to excuse herself for a minute. I know it was hard for her for a while,” the director added.
Abrams also addressed the not-so-well-received digital version of a younger Princess Leia, who appeared in the Star Wars spin-off Rogue One, and insisted their technological trickery to bring Fisher to life is down to editing and reshoots.
“It’s not quite a magic trick; it’s sort of more of a trick of editing. There is an element of the uncanny, spiritual, you know. Classic Carrie, that it would have happened this way, because somehow it worked. And I never thought it would,” he explained.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is set to be released in December.
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Lea Michele will be wearing the first wedding dress she tried on when she weds Zandy Reich.The former Glee actress began dating AYR clothing brand executive Zandy in July 2017, with the pair getting engaged in April. Lea and Zandy threw a star-studded …
Lea Michele will be wearing the first wedding dress she tried on when she weds Zandy Reich.
The former Glee actress began dating AYR clothing brand executive Zandy in July 2017, with the pair getting engaged in April.
Lea and Zandy threw a star-studded engagement party to celebrate their love last weekend, but it appears that the star is already working on wedding plans as she has confirmed to PeopleStyle that she had no hesitation over what gown to wear on her big day.
“I saw a photo, it was the first one I tried on and it was the one that I picked,” she told the publication of her dress. “I’m a very decisive person so they said I was one of the easiest brides that they have ever dealt with.”
Lea didn’t share any further details about the style or designer of the wedding gown. But she did indicate that it will complement the four-carat diamond engagement ring Zandy gave her.
“He really took care of everything himself,” the 31-year-old said of her gorgeous bling. “I think he knows me well enough but I give him all of the credit, and obviously the designer, but he really surprised me and did an amazing job.”
Lea and Zandy’s engagement party on Saturday was attended by a number of celebrities, including Ashley Tisdale, Emma Roberts, Hilary Duff, Billie Lourd and JoAnna Garcia Swisher.
The actress, who previously dated her late Glee co-star Cory Monteith, shared snaps from the event on her Instagram page and explained that the date was important to her because her parents Edith and Mark had also just celebrated their wedding anniversary.
“My incredible parents celebrated their 38th wedding anniversary Friday,” she captioned a snap of her and her mother and father. “I picked out my wedding dress (yesterday) and today is our engagement party. And I look up to you both so much and we love you both more than you know.”
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Sarah Paulson made a sartorial statement at the 2018 FX All-Star Party on Thursday night (15Mar18).The actress stepped out to celebrate with her various American Horror Story colleagues at the SVA Theater in New York City, where she posed up a storm on…
Sarah Paulson made a sartorial statement at the 2018 FX All-Star Party on Thursday night (15Mar18).
The actress stepped out to celebrate with her various American Horror Story colleagues at the SVA Theater in New York City, where she posed up a storm on the red carpet in an unusual grey outfit.
Sarah sported a dark grey A-line skirt with matching blazer that was worn over a sheer bralette from Christian Dior, and topped off her look with sparkly hoop earrings from Fallon and black satin Manolo Blahnik high heels with silver buckles.
The 43-year-old also made a point of taking photos with her American Horror Story: Cult co-star Billie Lourd, who wore a shimmery green and black dress for the night.
Billie, 25, topped off her ensemble with opaque tights and emerald green satin platform heels and chose to sweep her hair up into a cute knot.
Evan Peters, who, like Sarah, has appeared in all series of the American Horror Story anthology, attended the event in a grey suit with black and white dotted shirt, while Adina Porter donned a tangerine silk halterneck number and Cheyenne Jackson opted for a casual vibe in jeans and a brown leather jacket.
Meanwhile, the castmembers of FX show Trust also assembled for the bash. The series is set in 1973 and centres on the abduction in Italy of John Paul Getty III, then-heir to Getty Oil, and features Donald Sutherland as J. Paul Getty, and Harris Dickinson as his grandson.
Both actors were in attendance at the bash and were joined by co-star Brendan Fraser, who rocked up in a patterned suit, blue shirt, and cowboy hat.
The Americans co-stars Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys joined in on the action too, with the real-life couple certainly getting dressed up for the party.
Keri showed off her legs in a pair of olive green shorts which she paired with a black blazer and white shirt, while Matthew wore jeans and a navy suit jacket.
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