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Posts Tagged ‘Carrie Fisher’

RIP: Oz’s Last Remaining Female ‘Munchkin’

MunchkinsOzCoverRuth Robinson Duccini was 95. Her death from natural causes Thursday in Las Vegas leaves 93-year-old Los Angeles resident Jerry Maren as the last surviving member of the cast of 124 “Munchkins” from 1939 movie classic The Wizard of Oz.

Duccini’s death was confirmed to the AP by Stephen Cox, author of 1996 book The Munchkins of Oz. He told the wire service he learned of the passing from the performer’s son:

Duccini worked as a “Rosie the Riveter” in Santa Monica, CA during World War II, using her short [four-foot-tall] stature to squeeze into hard-to-reach parts of planes. She also appeared in the [1981 movie] spoof Under the Rainbow starring Chevy Chase and Carrie Fisher.

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An Epic Swimmer Gets an Epic Profile

At age 55, Burt Lancaster starred in The Swimmer, a feature film based on the John Cheever short story. “The Swimmer” is also the deceptively straightforward title for a rip-roaring profile in the August issue of Out magazine of 63-year-old Cuba-to-Florida athlete Diana Nyad.

The feature interview was put together by Shana Naomi Krochmal who, along with being a contributing editor for Out magazine, is also a full-time supervising producer of digital with Current TV in Los Angeles. Krochmal has already gotten some nice traction with this interview at outsports.com, Jezebel and elsewhere. It’s easy to see why. From the get-go, the article dives right in:

“I was swimming every stroke with anger at that man and that sexual abuse,” she says. “That man” was her high-school coach back in Florida, an Olympian and Hall of Fame vet, and “that sexual abuse” was the four years of rape she endured under his tutelage. “I was so naïve. I hated him and loved him and felt humiliated and denigrated and so afraid, so terrified to be the last one left or the first one there in case I might be taken or attacked. At the same time, I felt like the chosen one.”

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Star Wars Fans Continue to Rally in Support of LA’s ‘Princess Leah’

Laura T. Coffey, a Pacific Northwest based writer-producer for the Today Show website, has an inspiring look today at the way more than $20,000 has been raised by Star Wars fans in support of a west LA couple struggling to figure out what is afflicting their four-month-old daughter Leah (pictured). The newborn has been the victim of mysterious, frightening seizures.

Along with celebrity donors such as Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) and voice actor Stephen Stanton (Star Wars: The Clone Wars), the grassroots social media campaign aimed at Zev and Francesca Esquenazi has attracted the attention of a Muscular Dystrophy Association researcher, who has offered to include Leah in a gene-splicing study. It’s almost too much for Zev to handle:

“To have the support of my fellow nerds right now–it’s just amazing,” he said. “I remember as a kid I used to get beat up because I used to bring my Star Wars action figures to school, and now these are the same people who have come to my aid and are trying to help a little girl they’ve never met before.”

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Carrie Fisher Outs John Travolta, Again

Reporter Brandon Voss of The Advocate scored a saucy slice of celeb-on-celeb action this weekend. In a December 11th declaration that is already being heavily re-discussed by gossip and media pundits, actress Carrie Fisher had this to say about John Travolta:

My feeling about John has always been that we know [he's gay] and we don’t care. Look, I’m sorry that he’s uncomfortable with it, and that’s all I can say. It only draws more attention to it when you make that kind of legal fuss. Just leave it be.

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Eddie Fisher Dead at 82

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Eddie Fisher, best known to nerds as Carrie Fisher‘s father, passed away earlier this week.

Here is his daughter’s Twitter and here is the LAT obit.

What Was I Thinking? Book Party

61E+qSYvrGL._SS500_.jpgWhat Was I Thinking?: 58 Bad Boyfriend Stories includes a story written by former FBLA editor Kate Coe and one of your current editors, Tina Dupuy. And Carrie Fisher…which will earn us major points at this year’s ComicCon.

Anyway, the release party was on Saturday at Tom’s Shoes on Abbot Kinney in Venice.

Yeah, we had to go to the West Side where the people have all the charm of someone in the middle of a Master Cleanse. Which yoga pose strengthens sense of humor and wit? Om.

Anyway some attending whose chakras didn’t make them jerks were the editors of the book Liz Dubelman and Barbara Davilman were there. Also spotted were contributors Betty Goldstein, Wendy Hammers, Madeleine Beckman and Mary Margaret-Martinez. And mingling about was LA Times food columnist Charles Perry.

Oh and Fisher was a no-show. Total let down.

Carrie Fisher is Freaking Funny

carriefisher.jpgThe Daily Mail is running an excerpt of Carrie Fisher‘s latest book “Wishful Drinking”.

The excerpt is titled, “Dad ran off with Liz Taylor, Cary Grant lectured me about drugs, George Lucas ruined my life: The extraordinary autobiography of CARRIE FISHER”

Remember the white dress I wore all through that film? George came up to me the first day of filming, took one look at the dress and said: ‘You can’t wear a bra under that dress.’

‘OK, I’ll bite,’ I said. ‘Why?’ And he said: ‘Because … there’s no underwear in space.’

He said it with such conviction. Like he had been to space and looked around and he didn’t see any bras or panties anywhere.

He explained. ‘You go into space and you become weightless. Then your body expands but your bra doesn’t, so you get strangled by your own underwear.’

The whole book published by Simon & Schuster comes out on December 1st.

Help Me Obi Wan Kenobi, You’re My Only Hope

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This poor woman played Princess Leia Slave Girl for a couple of days. We went up to her and asked when she was able to get out of there. She sighed and then clinched her jaw. “I’m ready to get up soon.”

We’re sure Carrie Fisher never had to deal with Flava Flav impersonators while we was chained to Jabba the Hutt.

WGA Strike Snippets of News

The WGA members seem to be worried about their public image. Maybe if they start the picket lines before 9 (like when the Teamsters go to work), the strikers might be taken more seriously. And lose the lattes and the Blackberries.

United Hollywood suggests there’ll be chaos. They wish.

We stand corrected: a picketer got hit by some crazed fool who must really hate reruns.

TV Guide has a handy guide for viewers, whoever they are.

At The Artful Writer, Craig Mazin’s blog, commentors seem to think journalists are all against them, because Big Media Corporate Owners want movie ad revenue. Which explains why so few journalists want to write for the movies.

The NYT piece shows the need for a re-write on the chant:

No money? No downloads. No downloads? No peace.

Wired’s guy in LA tries to prove that he knows what he’s writing about.

Gawker is chortling because there won’t be an Amy Winehouse SNL.

Twitter has a WritersStrike post.

The LA Times has news of an apologetic reality show worker crossing a picket line–like the WGA would do the same for her.

Tom Bomb has some viewing suggestions if the thought of re-runs is disheartening. On the other hand, if you’ve ignored most of the crap on TV, it’ll all be fresh if you watch now.

Media Events 5.24.07

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THURSDAY 05.24.07
WHAT: Star Wars Celebration
WHO: An enormous squadron of nerds
WHEN: All weekend
WHERE: L.A. Convention Center
WHY: Because 30 years later the Force is still with us, Darth Vader is still a bad-ass and Carrie Fisher is still a good-lookin’ broad.

FRIDAY 05.25.07
WHAT: Hollywood Walk of Fame event
WHO: Veteran sportscaster Stu Nahan
WHEN: 11:30 a.m.
WHERE: Right here
WHY: Because Tom Sherak, Pat Sajak and Luc Robitaille are going to be there, too.

SATURDAY 05.26.07
WHAT: Topanga Days Country Fair and Music Festival
WHO: Chevy Metal, Veruca Salt, Young Dubliners, etc.
WHEN: The three-day event kicks off at 11 a.m.
WHERE: Just follow the VW bus
WHY: It’s on your way to the beach, so you might as well stop by.

SUNDAY 05.27.07
WHAT: Tongue & Groove reading and music
WHO: Janet Fitch and Jimmy Camp
WHEN: 6:00-7:30 pm
WHERE: The Hotel Cafe
WHY: Preserve that rock-star pallor by staying indoors and then go out.