Unmissable events across the USA  

Music, food, art and extravaganza are some of the things you can expect at these events that take place in difference states of the US throughout the year.

Taste of Chicago
Displaying the diversity of Chicago's dining community, this is the nation's premier outdoor food festival. But the event is not only for foodies as it also offers music and fun filled activities for the entire family.
San Diego Comic-Con
You have spotted muggles dressed up as fictional characters all over world ready to attend a Cosplay. In fact, you might be one of them. But all of those Comic-Cons were inspired in San Diego Comic-Con. This event is not only the original Cosplay, but it is also the largest, featuring your favorite characters from all your favorite movies, comic books and shows. There you might meet an important writer or actor, as all the biggest names from each year's hit shows are sure to attend. The event was not always as big. From its humble origins, this Comic-Con has grown into the largest gathering of comic, movie, and science fiction fans in the nation.
Newport Folk Festival
Attention, folk music lovers! This festival in Rhode Island is a must for everyone who appreciates folk music. Featuring electric performances from both old times and young indie acts, the festival was made popular by musicians such as Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Muddy Waters, and Howlin' Wolf, and has recently headlined big names like the Decemberists, Fleet Foxes, the Avett Brothers, and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. The festival also promotes protecting the environment by suggesting getting there by bike, water shuttle or ride sharing.
Burning Man
This event gathers people every year in Black Rock City, a temporary metropolis in the state of Nevada. The event is dedicated to community, art, self-expression and self-reliance. When the event Burning Man is over, there's no trace of the temporary city. Burning Man gathers a wide range of creative/unique individuals in the name of self-expressionism. Although Burning Man is not for everybody, if you do attend it, you are sure to have an experience to remember.
Rock ‘n' Roll Marathon
This event was created with the intention of making running fun by adding a beat to it. Las Vegas may be the marquee run in this event, but the marathon travels the country and makes stops in cities like D.C., Phoenix, Dallas, Nashville, Seattle, Chicago, and more. If you love running and music, look no further. In this event, you can choose to run a 5k, 10k, half marathon or full marathon.
Texas Renaissance Festival
From humble beginnings in the 1970s, the Texas Renaissance festival has grown to become not only the largest but also the most acclaimed Renaissance Festival in the nation, gathering more 500,000 guests every year. As you step into the festival, you travel back in time to the 16th century, as you explore the 55 acre, authentically recreated park. At the festival you can expect to see musicians, magicians, acrobats, jugglers, and dancers, with over 200 daily performances on over 20 stages throughout the village.


Carrie Fisher’s 5 best screen roles  

Carrie Fisher may have become a pop icon after she played Princess Leia in the “Star Wars” films, but that's not the only role she ever played. Now after her death, we remember her for other roles as well.

The late Carrie Fisher will always be associated with Star Wars' princess Leia Organa. “She's me and I'm her and it's kind of a Möbius strip,” said the actress. “I carry her around and I know her better than anybody else and we wear the same clothes a lot of times. She's mine.” But Leia is not the only character Fisher has interpreted. Here are some of her best film and TV roles:
The Blues Brothers (1980) One of Fisher's most memorable roles is as the maniac ex-girlfriend of John Belushi's “Joliet” Jake. As she played this hilarious role, she had to hunt down the Blues Brothers while giving an amazing speech about being left at the altar before being seduced by Jake.
Do you remember this quote?
Jake: It's good to see you, sweetheart.
Mystery Woman: You contemptible pig! I remained celibate for you. I stood at the back of a cathedral, waiting, in celibacy, for you, with three hundred friends and relatives in attendance. My uncle hired the best Romanian caterers in the state. To obtain the seven limousines for the wedding party, my father used up his last favor with Mad Pete Trullo. So for me, for my mother, my grandmother, my father, my uncle, and for the common good, I must now kill you, and your brother.
(Jake falls to his knees)
Jake: Oh please, don't kill us! Please, please don't kill us! You know I love you baby. I wouldn't leave ya. It wasn't my fault!
Mystery Woman: You miserable slug! You think you can talk your way out of this? You betrayed me.
Jake: No, I didn't. Honest... I ran out of gas. I... I had a flat tire. I didn't have enough money for cab fare. My tux didn't come back from the cleaners. An old friend came in front out of town. Someone stole my car. There was an earthquake. A terrible flood. Locusts! IT WASN'T MY FAULT, I SWEAR TO GOD!
(Elwood covers his head in anticipation of more gunfire, Jake removes his sunglasses to make a wordless appeal, and the Mystery Woman visibly softens)
Mystery Woman: Oh, Jake... Jake, honey...
(Jake embraces the Mystery Woman and they kiss)
Jake: (to Elwood) Let's go.
(He drops the Mystery Woman and walks off)
Another memorable role is as Marie in When Harry Met Sally (1989). She played the role of the spunky best friend of Meg Ryan's Sally. Fisher had a Rolodex filled with men's names. She is famous for responding to the news of Sally's breakup with, “You mean Joe's available?”
On Catastrophe (2015), Fisher was Rob's mother, Mia, in the Amazon comedy. She was a bit unstable and foul-mouthed character, who would call her son, who lived in London, from America, sometimes at 4 a.m. her time. Most of the time it was to give him unsolicited advice.
Her co-star Sharon Horgan wrote on Instagram that Fisher “was the most generous, fun, gifted, smart, kind, funny, funny, funny person I've ever met.”
One of her most memorable cameos was in 30 Rock (2007). Fisher guest-starred on the second season of the NBC sitcom as a feminist comedy writer invited by Tina Fey's Liz Lemon invites to write for TGS. Her ideas were too controversial for Liz Lemon, which led to the famous quote “Never go with a hippie to a second location.”
Tina Fey's wrote this statement after Fisher's demise: “Carrie Fisher meant a lot to me. Like many women my age, Princess Leia occupies about sixty percent of my brain at any given time. But Carrie's honest writing and her razor-sharp wit were an even greater gift. I feel so lucky that I got to meet her. I'm very sad she is gone.”


Was Jack’s death in Titanic needless  

Two decades may have passed, but many fans still wonder if Rose and Jack could have survived together on the makeshift “raft” after the sinking of the Titanic. That makes Jack Dawson one of the fictional characters with one of the most active afterlives.

The motion film Titanic may be one of the films with most nominations to the Oscars (14, tying with All About Eve), and one of the movies awarded most Oscars (11 awards, tying with The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King), but that hasn't stopped the debate that keeps surfacing: Did our hero Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) really have to die?
When James Cameron was asked for an official response to the long-debated claim that Jack and Rose could have both survived the Titanic tragedy if Rose had just moved over a bit, James Cameron said: “It's not a question of room; it's a question of buoyancy.”
As a response, the hosts of the TV show “MythBusters” - Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman - have explored this possibility by doing what they do best: testing the theory. The MythBusters professionals tackled the “Room For Two” meme at Cameron's decision.
The MythBusters tried the theory out on the raft and they found that Cameron was right about the raft sinking with both of them on it, but there is a way around it. They concluded that using Rose's life jacket, they could have easily added enough buoyancy to the plank to make it suitable for two survivors.
Cameron rebutted the science put forward by MythBusters to keep both Jack and Rose out of the frigid waters.
“OK, so let's really play that out,” Cameron said. “You're Jack, you're in water that's 28 degrees, your brain is starting to get hypothermia. ‘MythBusters' asks you to now go take off your life vest, take hers off, swim underneath this thing, attach it in some way that it won't just wash out two minutes later - which means you're underwater tying this thing on in 28-degree water, and that's going to take you 5-to-10 minutes, so by the time you come back up you're already dead. So that wouldn't work. His best choice was to keep his upper body out of the water and hope to get pulled out by a boat or something before he died.”
And that's what he did, but unfortunately, rescue came too late. Rose, who was on the raft, woke deeply chilled to find Jack frozen on the edge of the raft, and had to pry him off.
Cameron added one more thing about the MythBusters' story: “They're fun guys and I loved doing that show with them, but they're full of s...”
At the end of the show, James Cameron also explained that Jack's fate was sealed from the start and nothing could have changed it.
“I think you guys are missing the point here,” Cameron told MythBusters back in 2012 when they performed the experiment. “The script says Jack dies, he has to die. Maybe we screwed up, The board should have been a tiny bit smaller. But the dude's going down.”


Ellen DeGeneres Best Lines   

Everyone knows Ellen DeGeneres is a funny one. She is a talented host and some of her lines are sure to make you laugh.

Here are some of her best punch lines:
“Just go up to somebody on street and say ‘You're it!' and just run away.”
“Procrastination isn't the problem, it's the solution. So procrastinate now, don't put it off.”
“Do things that make you happy within the confines of the legal system.”
“My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was sixty. She's ninety-seven now, and we don't know where the hell she is.”
“I really don't think I need buns of steel. I'd be happy with buns of cinnamon.”
“Life is short. If you doubt me, ask a butterfly. Their average life span is a mere five to fourteen days.”
“I feel like I have a hangover, without all the happy memories and mystery bruises.”
“You are never too old to play. You are only too old for low-rise jeans.”
“Friends will write me letters. They run out of room on the front of the letter. They write ‘over‘ on the bottom of the letter. Like I'm that much of a moron. Like I need that there. Because if it wasn't there, I'd get to the bottom of the page: ‘And so Kathy and I went shopping and we-‘ That's the craziest thing! I don't know why she would just end it that way.”
“In the beginning there was nothing. God said, ‘Let there be light!‘ And there was light. There was still nothing, but you could see it a whole lot better.”
“People always ask me, ‘Were you funny as a child?‘ Well no, I was an accountant.”
“If someone says you're weird, say Thank You.”
“I think people talk too much anyway. Sometimes people are talking to me and in my mind I'm just like ‘shut up, shut up, shut up... blah blah blah blaaaah.”
“Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for - in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it.”
“The only thing that scares me more than space aliens is the idea that there aren't any space aliens. We can't be the best that creation has to offer. I pray we're not all there is. If so, we're in big trouble.”
“I ask people why they have deer heads on their walls. They always say because it's such a beautiful animal. There you go. I think my mother is attractive, but I have photographs of her.”
“Sometimes you can't see yourself clearly until you see yourself through the eyes of others.”
“Never follow anyone else's path, unless you're in the woods and you're lost and you see a path. Then, by all means, follow that path.”
“I'm a godmother, that's a great thing to be, a godmother. She calls me god for short, that's cute, I taught her that.”
“When I go hiking and I get over the hill, that means I am past the hard part and there is a snack in my future. That's a good thing as far as I am concerned.”
“Stuffed deer heads on walls are bad enough, but it's worse when they are wearing dark glasses and have streams in their antlers because then you know they were enjoying themselves at a party when they were shot.”
The spectacular comedian, animal lover and a talk show host is also on facebook and ellentube.com
Top Festivals of the Year   

The Cheesemonger Invitational

Cheese lovers, rejoice! This event was made for you and you only, because a normal person couldn't handle that much cheese. The event - which takes place in California each year - takes the best cheesemongers in the country an pits them against each other in a brutal cheese battle extravaganza. But the event is not all about dueling. You can try all the delicious flavors as you walk through cheese paradise for the evening and treat yourself to fondue, raclette, and grilled cheese sandwiches along the way.
Sundance Film Festival
This annual film festival takes place in a small town in Utah and showcases the premieres of masterfully done films. You can spot celebrities and go skiing on the trip. In between films, the festival allows you to participate in seminars, attend parties, and see some big name concerts for ten days of the perfect cinema experience.
Super Bowl
Much more than just another football game in California, the Super Bowl is the match that brings an entire nation together for a few hours of entertainment, trash talk and creative commercials.
Mardi Gras
One of the most unique events in the United States, Mardi Gras, takes place in New Orleans, Louisiana. You can celebrate this festival by throwing on some beads, dressing up in costume, and watching the Parade roll on through the famous French Quarter of New Orleans.
Ultra Music Festival
With over 100,000 people attending the event in Miami each year, Ultra Music Festival is one of the most exhilarating electronic dance festivals in the country. The festival has been headlined by artists the likes of Avicii, David Guetta, Nero and Tiesto, among others.
Lantern Fest
This time it is the USA and not Thailand the country that get to illuminate the sky with thousands of glowing lanterns that take off into the air. There's nothing like the feeling when everybody lights their lantern and the first ones start to take off.
Savor is an American craft beer and food experience that takes place at the National Building Museum in downtown Washington. Featuring craft beer and artisan cheese from across the country, this event is a must for foodies in the USA.
EDC Las Vegas
Amassing two decades of trajectory, the Electric Daisy Carnival attracts more than 300,000 people each year. Attendees are expected to show up in EDC attire to look at the giant metal art, 3D superstructures, and glow in the dark moments. As you would expect from an event set in Las Vegas, there are rides, food and the best EDM DJ's from around the world.
Utah Shakespeare Festival
With the backdrop of the beautiful scenery of Southern Utah, this event brings Shakespeare words to life for more than 100,000 people who flock to Cedar City to watch the plays. The festival has received both a Tony Award and an Emmy. There are plenty of opportunities to catch the festival as it runs for a large part of the summer and into the fall. It is worth it not only because of the festival but also because in Cedar City you can also see some of the country's most beautiful National Parks with Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park a quick car ride away.


Cameron says the Oscars have a bias  

When you watch the Oscars, you don't just expect to see celebrities looking fabulous, but you also expect some narrative to remember the ceremony by. 2009's ceremony offered more than you could expect: James Cameron's visual effects masterpiece Avatar was head-to-head with the low-budget, war drama The Hurt Locker, directed by Kathryn Bigelow. The fact that Cameron happened to be Bigelow's ex-husband added to this dramatic narrative: both films and filmmakers antagonized one another in a battle for an Academy Award. Cameron may have won the divorce but Bigelow won the Oscar. But it didn't end there, Bigelow made history that night as the first and only woman ever to win the Best Director prize.

Although Cameron said he would be ok losing Best Director to Bigelow but that Avatar deserved the Best Picture prize. Despite his opinion, the film lost and Cameron had to settle for Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects, and Best Art Direction Oscars apart from $2.7 billion worldwide.
Ever since, Cameron has been busy writing and developing four more Avatar sequels. Recently, he offered his thoughts on why Academy fails to recognize big blockbuster movies:
“There have been a few times throughout the history of the Oscars where a wildly popular film was well-receive, but your typical year the Academy takes the position of: ‘It is our patrician duty to tell the great unwashed what they should be watching,‘ and they don't reward the films that people really want to see - that they're paying money to go see - and they're telling them, ‘Yeah, you think you like that, but what you should be liking is this.‘ As long as the Academy sees that as their duty, don't expect high ratings. Expect a good show, and do that duty, but don't whine about your ratings. Titanic was a very unusual case, I'm not saying it's a better film than films before or after, or it was necessarily a better year in general, but it was a film that made a boatload of money and got a lot of nominations. The next time we see that, we'll see rating go up. It's that simple.”
Oscar producers and ABC have been trying to drive more viewers to the show. It began when The Dark Knight missed out on a Best Picture nomination thanks to Harvey Weinstein strong-arming The Reader in the last minute. In 2009, when Avatar was nominated, the Academy expanded its Best Picture category to up to 10 nominees, with the goal of mixing arthouse with blockbuster fare. It worked the first year, but since then the category has only included a couple of commercial hits here and there.
Cameron takes it further and accuses the Academy of having a bias against technologically inclined films:
“There's definitely a bias. The Academy still has a majority of its members that are actors. Look, I love actors, but that's how they think - they're generally skeptical of technology. So when they see a film that's too dependent on visual effects, they say, oh, that's not an acting movie. Well Titanic was a visual effects movie in sheep's clothing, you know? Yes, it had visual effects, but it was about the people and about the story. The visual effects were eclipsed by that. But if you do a movie like Avatar, the effects are right out front, and even though I felt the acting was just as good, and the story we were telling was just as good, they're not going to reward it the same way. That's just a fact of life. I had made a decision way before Titanic that I wasn't going to serve two masters: I was going to put my visual cinema first. even though I've spent an awful lot of time on scripts and on performance, I still love doing big, visual cinema. I doubt I'll even get nominated again, but if I did, I'm probably going to lose to a Woody Allen movie. That's the nature of it. So you don't try to serve two masters.”


Hollywood’s favorite movie lines  

“I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse.”

“Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn.”
“Why so serious?”
“May the force be with you.”
“Here's looking at you, kind.”
“Love means never having to say you're sorry.” - Love Story, 1970
“They may take our lives, but they'll never take our freedom!” - Braveheart, 1995
“They call me Mister Tibbs!” - In the Heat of the Night, 1967
“Magic Mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?” - This is the famous quote from Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, 1937.
“Badges? We ain't got no badges! We don't need no badges! I don't have to show you any stinking badges!” - The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, 1948. This is an actual misquote of the line “We don't need no stinking badges!”
“Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.” - The Godfather. Part III, 1990.
“Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the war room!” - Dr. Strangelove or How I learned to stop worrying and Love the bomb, 1964. When Stanley Kubrick sat down to adapt Peter George's novel Red Alert to the screen, the director struggled with treating the material as a straight drama, as he initially intended. “My idea of doing
“I wish I knew how to quit you.” - Brokeback Mountain, 2005. Screenwriter Diana Ossana extracted this line from the New Yorker short story that inspired the film, co-written by Larry McMurtry. “The film has become a part of the popular culture,” says Ossana. “We have a Google Alert for the film, and in the 10 years since it came out there hasn't been a day that there wasn't something, somewhere in the news about Brokeback Mountain.”
“Good morning, Vietnam!” - Good morning, Vietnam, 1987. The real-life Adrian Cronauer confessed he came up with the line because he needed to make time while he was shuffling papers to start the show.
“Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You're my only hope.” - Star Wars, 1977. This line transcended to real life. Soon after the film came out, Sir Alec Guinness told the BBC he had been receiving very strange letters from fans seeking wisdom. “I've been getting some pretty strange letters: ‘My wife and I have got problems, could you come over and live with us.”
“After all, tomorrow is another day!” - Gone with the wind, 1939. Although the screenplay had several revisions, this line is lifted straight form the book. Image By Employee(s) of MGM [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
“I'm not bad. I'm just drawn that way.” - Who Framed Roger Rabbit, 1988
“I'm the king of the world!” - Titanic, 1997. Director James Cameron admitted he was making a fool of himself by repeating the line as he accepted the movie's best picture Oscar.
“Fasten your seat belts. It's going to be a bumpy night.” - All About Eve, 1950. Despite the film holding the record for the most Academy Award nominations for a single film (14, tied with Titanic and La La Land), this is one of the most misquoted lines in film history. Most say: “It's going to be a bumpy ride”


How Fuller House ended up in Netflix  

Even though Full House was a huge hit during its original run, when the series creator Jeff Franklin pitched the idea of a spinoff to traditional outlets, they all shut their doors. All but one. Netflix was the only major network that took up the challenge of bring Fuller House back to the small screen.

“We had actually originally pitched the show to more traditional outlets,” said the series creator Jeff Franklin. “We went to ABC, we went to Nick at Nite, to the home of Full House both originally and now and figured that was probably a great fit for the show because it had such success for both ABC and Nick at Nite. We also went to TBS where it was airing and we went to some other places. We actually hadn't thought about the streaming services. All of those places passed on the show and then one of the executives from Nickelodeon - his name is Brian Wright - moved over to Netflix and they actually called us and said, ‘We'd like to hear the pitch.' It was really Netflix that took the lead, not me.”
After Jeff Franklin's exhausting process of pitching to so many different places, luckily Brian Wright helped him out and then Netflix took over and made him a deal he couldn't refuse:
“Well you know the simpler answer is they bought the show. That's really the simple answer. They stepped up and wanted the show and offered us a really nice deal to start off with,” Jeff Franklin said.
The show produced 13 episodes during its first season. A short time after that first season was available for streaming, Netflix made the decision to renew the series for season 2.
External companies that aim at tracking the show's ratings have listed Fuller House as one of Netflix's largest successes and potentially even its most popular show at the time of its release earlier this year. Several households streamed the series right after season 2 hit the airwaves on December 9, 2016.
The streaming network giant has recently renewed the series for a third season which will be much longer than the past two have been. The third installment will consist of 18 episodes, an initiative that will surely make fans happy.
The news came at a time when everybody was eagerly expecting for it:
“I hope all your readers tune in sooner rather than later, because we are really anxious to get going again,” said the series creator.
What you can expect on season 3 are more catchphrases the likes of uncle Joey's “Cut. It. Out.”, DJ's “Oh my lanta!”, Stephanie's “How rude!”, uncle Jesse's “Have mercy!” and so on.
Fans also hope they will get to see the Olsen Twins on this new season. It's a long shot as the twins skipped the first two seasons, but with the spinoff's success, perhaps Michelle will show up in Season 3.
And will happen with Stephanie? As a singer, is she going to be make it as big as Jesse and the Rippers did?
Netflix is the world's leading internet television network with over 100 million members in over 190 countries enjoying more than 125 million hours of TV shows and movies per day, including original series, documentaries and feature films. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on nearly any Internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching.


Best Speeches from the SAG Awards  

At the 2017 SAG Awards, several winners gave powerful messages. Here are excerpts from speeches by Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who won an award for “Veep.” Mahershala Ali, who took home an award for “Moonlight,” and David Harbour, the star of Stranger Things, who won the SAG equivalent of best TV drama.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
Whether the Russians did or did not hack the voting of tonight's SAG Awards, I look out on the million, or probably even a million and a half people in this room, and I say, this award is legitimate, and I won! I'm the winner, the winner is me — landslide!
... To a less insane note, I'd like to say that I am a very proud member of this union, and I'm thrilled to be here tonight, and I thank the Screen Actors Guild. I want you all to know that I am the daughter of an immigrant. My father fled religious persecution in Nazi-occupied France, and I'm an American patriot. And I love this country. And because I love this country, I am horrified by its blemishes. This immigrant ban is a blemish, and it is un-American.
... Our sister guild, the [Writers Guild], made a statement today that I would like to read because I am in complete agreeance with it. Our guilds are unions of storytellers who have always welcomed those from the nations and of varying beliefs who wish to share their creativity with America. We are grateful for them. We stand with them, and we will fight for them. Thank you very much.
Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight”
What I've learned from working on “Moonlight” is, we see what happens when you persecute people. They fold into themselves. And what I was so grateful about in having the opportunity to play Juan was, playing a gentleman who saw a young man folding into himself as a result of the persecution of his community, and taking that opportunity to uplift him and tell him that he mattered and that he was O.K. and accept him and, uh — I hope that we do a better job of that.
You know, when we kind of get caught up in the minutiae, the details that make us all different, I think there's two ways of seeing that. There's an opportunity to see the texture of that person, the characteristics that make them unique.
And then there's an opportunity to go to war about it, and to say that that person is different than me, and I don't like you, so let's battle. My mother is an ordained minister. I'm a Muslim. She didn't do back flips when I called her to tell her I converted 17 years ago. But I tell you now, we put things to the side, and I'm able to see her, she's able to see me — we love each other, the love has grown, and that stuff in minutiae. It's not that important.
Actors seek posthumous protections  


The death of Star Wars' princess Carrie Fisher set off waves of speculation over her character's return in the saga's future episodes. Advances in digital technology are allowing filmmakers to resurrect characters after a performer dies. But this is not good news for everybody. This trend has sent Hollywood actors in the here-and-now scrambling to exert control over how their characters and images are portrayed in the hereafter.

“Celebrities are increasingly involved in making plans to protect their intellectual property rights ,” said Mark Roesler, an attorney and chairman of CMG Worldwide, an agency representing celebrity estates. “They understand that their legacy will continue beyond their lifetime.”
Roesler said that at least 25 of his clients are negotiating the use of their or their loved ones‘ computer-generated images in movies, television and commercials. While employment contracts determine how they can be used in a particular film or commercial, a performer's will may address broader issues.
According to Roesler, some actors or their family fret that overexposure will tarnish a celebrity's image. These wills vary.
Heirs already have control over actors‘ posthumous profits by requiring their permission for any use of their likeness, California law states. However, as technology has improved, what actors are focused on nowadays is on steering their legacy with stipulations on how their images are used - or by forbidding their use.
Robin Williams, for instance, who died back in 2014, forbid any use of his image for commercial purposes until 2039, according to court documents. He also blocked anyone from digitally inserting him into a movie or TV scene or using a hologram, as was done with rapper Tupac Shakur at Southern California's Coachella music festival in 2012 - 16 years after his murder.
With digital technology opening up so many possibilities, actors‘ union SAG-AFTRA is lobbying for all states to enact protections on the use of celebrity images after they die.
“The issue for us is straightforward and clear: The use of performers‘ work in this manner has obvious economic value and should be treated accordingly,” a SAG-AFTRA spokesperson said.
Another issue with this technology is that the prospect is more costly than hiring even a first-tier actor. “It's very expensive,” Litwak said.
Another question for filmmakers is whether technology provides a realistic portrayal.
“Most people in the movie industry don't think it‘s quite there yet,” Litwak said. “It's amazing what they can do, but it's not as good as a real actor. It seems a bit artificial.”
After Tarkin's resurrection in “Rogue One” some fans complained the portrayal did not look human enough.
“Does Disney want to have people scrutinizing how real that synthetic character is, rather than talking about the movie itself?” he asked about the prospect of Leia's return. “It would be a distraction.” 
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