VARIETY – Harrison Ford eulogized his “Star Wars” co-star Carrie Fisher as a “one-of-a-kind” person and an “original” after the actress died Tuesday at the age of 60.
“Carrie was one-of-a-kind…brilliant, original,” Ford said in a statement. “Funny and emotionally fearless. She lived her life, bravely.”
Ford went on to say that his thoughts were with Fisher’s mother Debbie Reynolds, daughter Billie Lourd, and brother Todd Fisher.
“We will all miss her,” he said.
EW – It’s been 34 years since Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner, set in 2019 dystopian Los Angeles and centered around Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a “blade runner” tasked with hunting and “retiring” (i.e. killing) rogue replicants (human-seeming androids), was released and changed the sci-fi genre as we knew it. On Oct. 6, 2017, fans will get to see its sequel, Blade Runner 2049, directed by Denis Villeneuve (Arrival) and starring Ryan Gosling as a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K, who unearths a secret 30 years after the events of the first film that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos — which leads him on a quest to find Deckard, who might have some answers.
There are movie stars and then there’s, well, Harrison Ford. “They say never meet your heroes,” Gosling tells EW. “But the addendum to that is: unless they’re Harrison Ford.” Of course, that doesn’t mean he wasn’t nervous about meeting Ford for the first time. “Harrison didn’t start working until a month into production, so we had a lot of time to just imagine how that might be, and waiting for that moment to come, and hoping that we were making something that would be satisfying to him,” Gosling says.
The day Ford finally arrived, the set happened to be engulfed in an atmospheric mist, and the curious cast and crew spent the day waiting for him to appear, almost literally out of thin air. “And then it was just unmistakably him — even in silhouette, you couldn’t miss it — and it was just such a relief,” he says. “He immediately put everyone at ease and went right to work.”
Later in production, to keep warm between takes, Gosling found himself shooting the breeze with Ford in an unexpected locale. “Talking to Harrison fully clothed in a hot tub is an experience I never thought I’d have,” Gosling says, laughing. “If you had told me a few years ago, I wouldn’t have believed it.”
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EW – It’s time to see what Rick Deckard has been up to for the last 34 years
It’s been a long wait since 1982, but now we have our first real tantalizing look at Blade Runner 2049, the sequel to the classic sci-fi film directed by Ridley Scott — adapted from Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? — about Rick Deckard, a “blade runner,” who must hunt down rogue replicants (human-seeming androids).
For devotees of Scott’s film, this announcement piece for 2049 — directed by Denis Villeneuve (Arrival) with Scott as executive producer — should put any concerns they might have had to rest. Just look at this thing: That mysterious yellow landscape! Those crowded and neon-rimmed streets of Los Angeles! Ryan Gosling’s great-looking coat! Rick Deckard in a gray T-shirt!
Sure, we don’t totally know what is going on, but here’s the synopsis courtesy of Alcon Entertainment: Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.
The film also stars Ana de Armas, Robin Wright, Jared Leto, Barkhad Abdi, Lennie James, Mackenzie Davis, and Sylvia Hoeks, and will arrive in theaters on Oct. 6, 2017.
Watch the new footage above. For more on Blade Runner 2049, check back to EW.com where we’ll be unveiling some exclusive art and interviews with the cast and filmmakers.
Normally I wouldn’t post about Harrison’s personal relationships but this was 40 years ago and its more about his response to her telling him it was in the book.
PEOPLE – One might expect Harrison Ford to have had a few choice words for Carrie Fisher when she gave him a friendly heads-up about a book she was writing that would publicly reveal their 1976 affair.
Instead, the dry-witted actor uttered just one.
“He went, ‘Lawyer!’ ” Fisher tells PEOPLE.
The actress-author, 60, took his reaction as playful, if resigned, and assured her Star Wars costar she’d send him an early copy and said she was open to any notes.
Indeed, Fisher, who was just 19 at the time of their whirlwind romance during the original Star Wars shoot, sent Ford an early manuscript for The Princess Diarist, exclusively excerpted in this week’s issue of PEOPLE.
“I called him and said, ‘Where are you? I’m sending it to you,’ ” she recalls. “I don’t want to embarrass anyone and he’s very private. I said, ‘I know you’re not going to be excited but …’ ”
No notes from Ford were forthcoming. (And he did not respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.)
PAGE SIX – Eight prominent Californians will be added to the state Hall of Fame to honor their contributions to art, science, literature and sports, the governor’s office announced Wednesday.
This year’s list includes Harrison Ford, author Isabel Allende, baseball superstar Tony Gwynn, artist Corita Kent, former U.S. Secretary of Defense William J. Perry, journalist Maria Shriver, music entrepreneur Russ Solomon and actor and activist George Takei.
Gov. Jerry Brown and first lady Anne Gust Brown will induct the honorees at a Nov. 30 ceremony at the California Museum in Sacramento, where an exhibit featuring items loaned by the inductees will open Dec. 1.
The exhibit will include Allende’s Presidential Medal of Freedom for Literature awarded by President Barack Obama in 2014; Ford’s Indiana Jones costume from “Raiders of the Lost Ark;” and Takei’s Hikaru Sulu costume from “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.”
“I am a proud second-generation Californian, humbled to be honored by a state singular in its beauty, diversity and dynamism,” Takei said.
The California Hall of Fame was established in 2006 by the California Museum, former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Shriver, then his wife. There are now 96 inductees.