HBO Documentary About Carrie Fisher And Debbie Reynolds Premieres This Weekend

You may have finally stopped crying over the sudden and devastating news about Carrie Fisher and mother Debbie Reynolds’ deaths, but I am here to change all that.

HBO just announced that it is pushing up the release of its Fisher and Reynolds documentary “Bright Lights.” The documentary will premiere Saturday, January 7 at 8 p.m. HBO released the trailer (above) yesterday.

The movie features footage that was shot in 2014 and 2015 of Fisher and Reynolds, who were next-door neighbors, in action. Even if you know little else about Fisher and Reynolds, the movie is certain to make you cry, especially in light of their tragic passings.

The two shared an unbelievably tight bond. Fisher said that they had “rampant empathy” for one another.

However, the pair were not always so close. In fact, they didn’t speak for nearly a full decade. It was devastating for them both. In 2011, Reynolds spoke to Oprah Winfrey about the falling out, saying: ““It’s very hard when your child doesn’t want to talk to you but then you want to talk to them and you want to touch them, you want to hold them. It was a total estrangement.”

There was much speculation in Hollywood about the reason for the coolness between mother and daughter (with many wondering if Fisher’s drug addiction and subsequent diagnosis with manic-depression was to blame) but Fisher said it was much simpler than that. Her mother was a star in her own right (she was in “Singing in the Rain” and was a film icon), and Fisher struggled to live in her shadow.

Thankfully, the two were able to repair their relationship. They both shared a love of Christmas trees, so they kept lighted Christmas tress on their compound year-round. In fact, Fisher had this to say about her beloved parent: “My mother’s like Christmas.”

As for Reynolds, her reported last words were about her dear daughter: “I want to be with Carrie.”

No doubt “Bright Lights” will be an enduring testament to their special bond… just make sure you have some tissues handy.

Ellen DeGeneres Tears Up As Obama Gives Her Medal Of Freedom [Video]

Beloved comedian and philanthropist Ellen DeGeneres was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Tuesday. DeGeneres was visibly emotional when receiving the honor, tears shining in her eyes as President Obama placed the medal around her neck.

President Obama was equally touched by the experience, telling the audience that he choked back a few tears himself.

The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a civilian. Important leaders such as Nelson Mandela, Henry Kissinger and Neil Armstrong have received the medal. Ellen DeGeneres was selected to win the award—along with 20 other actors, musicians, athletes and innovators—thanks to her courage, grace and commitment to making the world a kinder and more loving place.

President Obama praised the comedian for her bravery in standing up for equality during a time when many people were not accepting of homosexuality. In fact, her popular television series “Ellen” was even canceled shortly after her eponymous character shared a kiss with another woman.

But DeGeneres did not let that end her Hollywood story. She went on to star in the widely treasured Pixar film “Finding Nemo,” and its sequel “Finding Dory,” as the forgetful fish, Dory. The White House referenced this iconic role in its speech about the actress, activist and TV host. “Keep swimming” are certainly words we all need to hear every now and then, and DeGeneres’ career and personal life have shown the powerful truth behind these words.

Her talk show “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” is one of the most popular television programs in the country, and that success is largely due not only to DeGeneres’ humor, but also to the positive energy she brings to the show. Her sign-off at the end of every episode is “Be kind to one another,” and her inspirational message has brought comfort, courage and, most importantly, laughter, to many people during dark times. In fact, she has based her career as a comedian on the fact that you can make people laugh without having to hurt anyone’s feelings or spread negativity. As she says:

“Most comedy is based on getting a laugh at somebody else’s expense. And I find that that’s just a form of bullying in a major way. So I want to be an example that you can be funny and be kind, and make people laugh without hurting somebody else’s feelings.”

Thank you, Ellen, for all the laughs, and congrats on your award!

A Look Inside The New Harry Potter Theme Park In California

The Harry Potter empire continues to grow.  Universal just released a video that gives us a sneak peek of what we can expect at the new Wizarding World at Universal Studios Hollywood.

If you’ve been to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando, it will seem pretty similar. It’s designed to look like the wizarding village of Hogsmeade, including staples like Honeydukes, Dervish and Banges, and Zonko’s Joke Shop. Personally, the best part will be the endless supply of butterbeer which will be available throughout the park.

The Wizarding World plans to open in the spring of 2016.