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Final Star Wars: Carrie Fisher seen in the trailer!

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CHICAGO: Lucasfilm delighted “Star Wars” fans Friday with a glimpse of Carrie Fisher in sneak-peek footage of the hotly-anticipated final episode of the space opera — more than two years after her death.
Director J.J. Abrams told the US “Star Wars Celebration” event the writers had agonized over giving Fisher’s beloved General Leia Organa a fitting send-off in the ninth installment, revealed as “Star Wars IX: The Rise of Skywalker.”
“Every day it hits me that she is not here but it’s so surreal because we’re working with her still… she’s in scenes,” Abrams told the rapt crowd at the five-day event in Chicago.
A world-first trailer released at the convention — and dropped on the internet – reintroduced the “next generation” characters from the final three films alongside old favorites from as far back as the 1977 original, “Star Wars IV: A New Hope.”
They included Lando Calrissian, portrayed by the original actor Billy Dee Williams, and the voice only of Mark Hamill — Luke Skywalker himself — who appeared to die in the last film but was widely expected to have some role in the latest movie.
“No one’s ever really gone,” Skywalker says in voiceover, as Leia hugs apprentice Jedi Rey, played by English actress Daisy Ridley, who has top billing in the latest of the three trilogies that makes up the long-running saga.
Abrams said it would not continue the story exactly where the last one – 2017’s “Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi” — left off.
Leia was still alive at the end of 2017’s “The Last Jedi” but the actress herself died a year earlier, in December 2016.
Disney said last year Fisher’s role would be gleaned from previously unreleased footage from “The Force Awakens,” with the blessing of her daughter, Billie Lourd.
Abrams described the “weird miracle” of being able to continue Leia’s story by looking at old footage.
Speaking at a panel discussion moderated by comedian and late night television host Stephen Colbert, the director said the film was in post-production.
It is not the first time Fisher’s likeness has featured in a “Star Wars” movie despite being absent from its filming.
“Rogue One,” a 2016 spin-off from the main series, directed by Gareth Edwards, had been in theaters for a couple of weeks when Fisher’s death from a heart attack was announced.
A much younger version of Fisher as Leia appears in that movie, thanks to the controversial application of computer wizardry to animate her image.
Cast members returning with Ridley for the final episode include Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran and Joonas Suotamo.
Naomi Ackie as a character called Jannah and Richard E. Grant are among the new faces, while old “Star Wars” hand Anthony Daniels returns as C-3PO and Ian McDiarmid reappears as the dastardly Emperor Palpatine.

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Classical singer Ustad Bare Ghulam Ali remembered

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ISLAMABAD: The legendary classical singer, Ustad Bare Ghulam Ali Khan was remembered on his 51st death anniversary today (Tuesday).

Bade Ghulam Ali Khan was born in Kasur, a small town near Lahore, Pakistan then Punjab province in British India.

Though he started his career by singing a few compositions of his late father Ali Baksh Khan and uncle Kale Khan, Bade Ghulam amalgamated the best of three traditions into his own Patiala-Kasur style: the Behram Khani elements of Dhrupad, the gyrations of Jaipur, and the behlavas (embellishments) of Gwalior.

He died at Basheerbagh Palace in Hyderabad on 23 April 1968 after a prolonged illness which left him partially paralyzed in the last few years of his life.

 

 

 

 

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Legendary comedian Moin Akhtar’s 8th death anniversary observed today

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Legendary comedian Moin Akhtar’s 8th death anniversary observed today

KARACHI: The fans of comedy king and legendary TV Film artiste, Moin Akhtar observed his 8th death anniversary on Monday remembering his lifetime services.

Born on December 24, 1950, Moin Akhtar left his fans on April 22, 2011. He was considered as a comedian of extremely high standard in Pakistan with experience of entertaining his audience for a long time. From theater to silver screen, Moin Akhtar’s work introduced nonstop laughter for everyone and became popular among the entertainment loving audience.

He was liked for providing humor for people of all ages, and with a style that remains unmatched. His attempts to avoid vulgarity in his humor rendered him a favorite amongst family audiences. He was fluent in several languages, including English, Bengali, Sindhi, Punjabi, Memon, Pashto, Gujarati and Urdu. He performed not only in Pakistan but played in several stage shows like Bakra Qiston Pe and Buddha Ghar Pe Hai with Umer Sharif in India too.

He was awarded Pride of Performance in 1996 by the Government of Pakistan and Sitara-i-Imtiaz awarded in 2011.

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Legendary comedian Moin Akhtar’s 8th death anniversary tomorrow

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ISLAMABAD: The fans of comedy king and legendary TV Film artiste, Moin Akhtar, will remember his lifetime services on his 8th death anniversary on April 22.

Born on December 24, 1950, Moin Akhtar left his fans on April 22, 2011. He was considered as a comedian of extremely high standard in Pakistan with experience of entertaining his audience for a long time.

From theater to silver screen, Moin Akhtar’s work introduced nonstop laughter for everyone and became popular among the entertainment loving audience.

He was liked for providing humor for people of all ages, and with a style that remains unmatched.

His attempts to avoid vulgarity in his humor rendered him a favorite amongst family audiences.

He was fluent in several languages, including English, Bengali, Sindhi, Punjabi, Memon, Pashto, Gujarati and Urdu. He performed not only in Pakistan but played in several stage shows like Bakra Qiston Pe and Buddha Ghar Pe Hai with Umer Sharif in India too.

 

 

 

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