Carrie Fisher’s hilarious roast of George Lucas deserves your attention

One of the many traits that made the late Carrie Fisher such an icon was her incredible sense of humour and biting wit, which you would’ve spotted in her tweets or her heartwarmingly funny obituary request.

It’s also something that’s evident in a video of Fisher roasting George Lucas during a speech commemorating his receipt of the American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award in 2005.

Fisher jokingly blamed Lucas for ruining her life, thanked him for creating enough “fan mail and even a small merry band of stalkers,” and keeping herself, Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford entertained for the rest of their “unnatural lives.”

Essentially, it’s over four minutes of restrained rage mixed with love for Lucas, and a pertinent reminder of how Fisher was like no other.

[h/t Vulture]

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Lady Gaga honours Black Lives Matter at Clinton’s midnight rally

Lady Gaga steps up to address supporters at a midnight rally for Hillary Clinton in North Carolina.
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Lady Gaga really knows how to rev up a crowd.

Dressed dramatically in an all-black Michael Jackson-esque number, Lady Gaga performed at a midnight rally on Monday in Raleigh, North Carolina to rouse support for the Hillary Clinton campaign and pledge solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter movement.

“We want you to stand up. Be a part of history. What I’m asking you is to be in this moment right now, with us, and fight for your future and the future of our children,” Gaga told the crowd.

Gaga then referenced the Black Lives Matter movement and sang “Angel Down” from her recent album Joanne a song written in tribute to Trayvon Martin.

She told Beats 1 the song is a response to “the epidemic of young African Americans being murdered in this country.”

Lyrics include the lines “Shots were fired on the street / By the church where we used to meet / Angel down, angel down / But the people just stood around.”

Even Bon Jovi got in on the action, joining Gaga on stage as they both sang an acoustic version of “Living On A Prayer.”

Fun fact: Gaga’s outfit appears to be the exact black military jacket Jackson wore to the White House in a meeting with former U.S. president George Bush Sr. all the way back in 1990.

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‘Apocalypse Now’ will be reimagined as a survival horror game

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Apocalypse Now is one of the greatest films ever made, and now it’s going to be a video game. Maybe.

The game’s creators including filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola are seeking $900,000 on Kickstarter to get development of the game moving. The plan is for a 2020 release.

“Forty years ago, I set out to make a personal art picture that could hopefully influence generations of viewers for years to come,” Coppola who appears to be serving in a creative advisory role said in a statement. “Today, Im joined by new daredevils, a team who wants to make an interactive version of Apocalypse Now, where you are Captain Benjamin Willard amidst the harsh backdrop of the Vietnam War. Ive been watching videogames grow into a meaningful way to tell stories, and Im excited to explore the possibilities for Apocalypse Now for a new platform and a new generation.”

The game, which is described as an RPG, puts players in the combat boots of Captain Benjamin Willard, same as in the film. Willard is dispatched to the war-torn jungles of Vietnam with one mission: assassinate the rogue officer, Colonel Kurtz.

There isn’t any actual game to show off yet, but the Kickstarter page points to a team of veteran developers whose combined credits include The Witcher, Gears of War: Judgment, Pillars of Eternity, Wasteland 2, and Torment: Tides of Numenara (among others). The latter three titles account for some of the most successful video game Kickstarter campaigns to date.

The Kickstarter page for Apocalypse Now offers some vague ideas of what you can expect. The game leans more toward survival horror than action, so expect more resource management and less open warfare. There will be some manner of combat in the game, but it’s meant to be more of a last resort.

Choice will also play a role in how the story takes shape, though the emphasis is on “actions and postures” as opposed to dialogue. How that will actually work remains to be seen.

The Kickstarter is live now, so give it a look and decide for yourself if this is a game you’d like to see.

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Leon Russell, member of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, dies at 74

(CNN)Leon Russell, who emerged as a rock ‘n’ roll star in the 1970s after working behind the scenes as a session pianist for other musicians, died Sunday in Nashville, his wife Janet Bridges told CNN. He was 74.

Russell died in his sleep, his wife said in a statement posted on his website. Honey Bridges, his daughter, told CNN he was recovering from a quadruple bypass when his health took a turn for the worse.
    Russell was inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2011 because of his decades of work as a pianist, guitarist and songwriter.
    After recording in the 1960s with a group of Los Angeles session musicians nicknamed the Wrecking Crew, Russell captured the public’s attention as the top hat-wearing pianist and bandleader on Joe Cocker’s “Mad Dogs and Englishmen” tour in 1970.
    While Cocker twisted and grimaced through his vocals, Russell calmly controlled the stage with gestures and looks, earning him the nickname, “The Master of Time and Space.”
    He went on to become a headliner throughout the 1970s, captivating audiences with his sweaty, gospel-inflected performances. Russell also collaborated with a who’s who of famous musicians.
    He wrote and performed hits like “Tightrope,” “Delta Lady” and “Song for You,” which was covered by a host of musicians and became a hit for Ray Charles. “Superstar,” co-written with Bonnie Bramlett, rose to No. 2 on the pop charts when covered by The Carpenters, according to Russell’s official website.
    With George Harrison and Bob Dylan, he was a prominent player in the 1971 “Concert for Bangladesh” at Madison Square Garden, one of the first big charity concerts. The resulting recording won a Grammy for album of the year.
    Though still active, Russell became less popular over the following decades. With friend Willie Nelson, he co-hosted the first of Nelson’s annual 4th of July picnics. He also released country records and collaborated with Elton John on the 2010 album “The Union.”
    John praised Russell on Instagram, saying: “He was a mentor, inspiration and so kind to me. Thank God we caught up with each other and made ‘The Union.’ He got his reputation back and felt fulfilled. I loved him and always will.”

    My darling Leon Russell passed away last night. He was a mentor, inspiration and so kind to me. Thank God we caught up with each other and made "The Union". He got his reputation back and felt fulfilled. I loved him and always will. #LeonRussell #RIP #TheHandsOfAngels

    A photo posted by Elton John (@eltonjohn) on Nov 13, 2016 at 6:57am PST

    Russell was born Claude Russell Bridges on April 2, 1942, in Lawton, Oklahoma. His website says Russell was playing clubs in Tulsa at the age of 14 and that his band, the Starlighters, went on the road with Jerry Lee Lewis for two months.
    After moving to Los Angeles, Russell played clubs and became an in-demand session player on dozens of hit records for other musicians, including Bobby Pickett’s novelty hit “Monster Mash” in 1962 and “This Diamond Ring” by Gary Lewis and the Playboys in 1965. He also played on records by the Byrds, Herb Alpert and Phil Spector, Rolling Stone said.
    Russell also played piano in the Shindogs, the house band on the ABC live music show “Shindig!” In the late 1960s he founded Shelter Records with Denny Cordell, where he recorded his first solo albums.
    Rolling Stone said Russell suffered health problems in recent years, including surgery to stop leaking brain fluid in 2010 and a heart attack in July.
    Russell is survived by his wife and a large family. A private service is planned in Nashville, with a public service planned in Tulsa.
    “He was really sweet and he had a dry sense of humor. He was very funny,” his wife told CNN.
    Tributes started pouring in Sunday from other musicians. “Farewell friend. It was an honor to watch you work,” tweeted Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi of the Tedeschi Trucks Band.

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    You won’t be able to unsee’s custom Tesla Model S

    Last weekend,’s customized and heavily modified Tesla Model S was spotted street-parked in Beverly Hills. Luckily( or unluckily, depending on your aesthetic sensibilities) for us, someone captured a walk-around video of the thing.

    From the detailed video shoot in the dark, we can see that the rear doorways have been made into rear-hinged suicide doors. However, they still retain the stock manages that extend as the driver gets near.

    The fellow who shot the video also points out that the customized rear doorways feature air intakes. These likely provide extra air to the rear brakes. Or at least I hope they do. Otherwise, what’s the phase?

    Say what you will about the deep-dish wheels and sharpened body lines all over the car. I think we can all agree, though, that the new big stupid grin on the car’s new grille is the worst feature. In fact, I dare say it’s in the running for all-time worst grille shape.

    It is grinning so wide, it reminds me of “Totoro” from the animated Japanese movie My Neighbor Totoro . But, you know, without any of the charm.

    All of that said, I will give credit for trying to improve upon the deeply boring stock exterior design. Sure, he’s genuinely missed the mark and we’re all worse off for looking at it, but at least he tried, right?

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