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 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.
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – “He gave Sully my phone number, and that’s how it all started,” producer Frank Marshall says.
Harrison Ford had a role in Sully — behind the scenes, that it.
Sully producer Frank Marshall revealed during The Hollywood Reporter’s Producer Roundtable that Ford was responsible for getting the story of the Hero of the Hudson, Captain Chesley Sullenberger, to the big screen.
“[Ford] was at a dinner at the White House, an aviation dinner, and there were all of these aviation heroes, and one of them was Sully,” Marshall said. “This was six or seven years ago.”
The retired airline captain apparently picked Ford’s brain about his recently written memoir, 2009’s Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters, when he asked if it could be a movie. Harrison told him to give his friend Marshall — with whom he worked on the Indiana Jones films -— a call.
“He gave Sully my phone number, and that’s how it all started,” Marshall recalled. “I went to the publisher in Beverly Hills, and there’s Sully, and I’m awed by this man, and he trusted Harrison and he trusted me, and he said, ‘OK, I’m going to give you the rights.'”
When asked if Ford wanted to star in the film, himself, Marshall said, “I don’t think so. I asked him, of course. But no. I think Harrison wanted to just give us the gift of the story.”
JH NEWS AND GUIDE – Harrison Ford, longtime part-time Jackson Hole resident, supporter of causes and friend of Chewbaca, has been named the latest recipient of a prestigious conservation award.
The actor will receive the Murie Spirit of Conservation Award, given periodically by the Murie Center, the center announced last week.
The Murie Center, which became a program of Teton Science Schools last October, said Ford has narrated many environmental documentaries, including the film “Arctic Dance,” which told the life story of Mardy Murie and her husband, Olaus. The pioneering conservationists lived much of their lives in Jackson and at an inholding in Grand Teton National Park that is now the Murie Center headquarters.
“Arctic Dance” was produced by Jackson Hole filmmakers Bonnie Kreps and Charlie Craighead, with Ford narrating.
Ford “has been key to both amplifying the legacy of the Muries as well as bringing mainstream attention to important global conservation issues for more than 25 years,” Science Schools vice president of advancement Patrick Daley said in release.
Ford also serves as vice chairman of Conservation International.
Mardy Murie is often called the “grandmother of American conservation” and her husband did important work studying elk and coyotes. The two campaigned for the creation of the Arctic National Wildlilfe Refuge in the 1950s, and after Olaus’ death in 1963 Mardy continued an effort that led to a doubling of the refuge’s acreage and protection of more than 104 million acres of other Alaskan wild lands.
Mardy Murie received the presidential Medal of Freedom from President Clinton. She died in 2003 at age 101.
The Murie family also included two other important wildlife biologists, Adolph and Louise, who besides being husband and wife were Olaus’s half-brother and Mardy’s half-sister.
Previous recipients of the Murie Award have been Addie Donnan, one of the founders of the Murie Center; Drs. George Schaller and Robert Krear, field biologists and conservationists who traveled with the Muries on the 1956 Sheenjek Expedition that led to creation of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge; Gretchen Long, a founder of the Murie Center and now a board member of the National Park Advisory Board; Luther Propst, founder of the Sonoran Institute, a leader in sustainable water, land use and community development work; and Jackson Hole native John Turner, a former director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and assistant secretary of state of oceans and international environmental and scientific affairs.
Since becoming part of Teton Science Schools the Murie Center has continued “to bring people together to inspire actions that preserve nature,” Daley said.
Teton Science Schools began in 1967 to offer outdoor education. Besides the Murie Center in Moose, the school has a 900-acre Jackson campus for its pre-K through 12th grade Journeys School and maintains a graduate program near Kelly in Grand Teton National Park.
E NEWS – Harrison Ford really does have a soundtrack to his life—it’s the iconic music of the Indiana Jones franchise.
“That damn music follows me everywhere,” Ford cracked last night at the American Film Institute Life Achievement gala honoring composer John Williams. “They play it every time I walk on stage, every time I walk off a stage. It was playing in the operating room when I went in for my colonoscopy.
“I was walking down a crowded street in New York a couple of months ago and there was a big fire truck stuck in traffic that I passed in the opposite direction,” he continued. “Some guy leaned out of the cab and gave me one of those [Ford makes a groaning noise]. By the time I got to the end of the truck that music was blaring out of the loud speakers in the truck!”
Other presenters at the star-studded event at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood included Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, George Lucas, Drew Barrymore, Kobe Bryant and Seth MacFarlane. Famed conductor Gustavo Dudamel led a small orchestra playing music from Schindler’s List.
“To play a character graced by John’s music, of course, is a real gift,” Ford said. “Music is the spice, it’s the salt and pepper in every film recipe that brings the whole thing together.”
Williams has won five Oscars after being nominated a staggering 50 times. His other works include Jaws, Star Wars, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Memoirs of a Geisha, Munich, Jurassic Park, Harry Potter and so many others. He is the first composer to be given AFI’s Life Achievement Award.
Lucas recalled first discussing Indiana Jones with Spielberg. “Steve and I sat on the beach to talk about the story of Indy and instantly we both said at the same time, ‘John has to write the music,'” Lucas said. “Steve said, ‘Great, that’s the most important part. Let’s go have lunch and we can write the story later.'”
SIERRA CLUB – Award-winning actor Harrison Ford and author Douglas Brinkley are the latest to join a long list of well-known scientists, writers, actors and other thought leaders in calling on the Obama administration to reconsider plans to remove grizzly bears in the Yellowstone region from the endangered species list.
“We are writing to thank you for your leadership on climate change and to ask for your help: Yellowstone grizzly bears are in grave danger,” they write in a letter to President Obama.
“Your administration has regrettably taken steps to strip the bear’s federal protections under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), opening up a grizzly bear trophy hunt on the edges of Yellowstone National Park. Yellowstone’s bears are a remnant and isolated population. They must be allowed to wander safely outside of Yellowstone National Park.
AV CLUB – Some of the most enjoyable character beats in Star Wars: The Force Awakens come when Finn (John Boyega) and Rey (Daisy Ridley) team up to flee Jakku and wind up—in true Step Brothers fashion—instantly becoming best friends. But it turns out that almost wasn’t the case. During his panel with Chris Rock at the Tribeca Film Festival, director J.J. Abrams revealed Finn and Rey originally had a less friendly partnership that he could tell wasn’t quite working. So when Harrison Ford broke his leg on the Millennium Falcon set, Abrams took advantage of the production delay to rework the film’s central relationship. According to IGN, Abrams explained:
When I was on the set of the Millennium Falcon and we started to do work with Rey and Finn, the first time we did it, it didn’t work at all. It was much more contentious. I didn’t direct it right. It was set up all wrong, and when Harrison Ford got injured—which was a very scary day—we ended up having a few weeks off, and it was during that time that I really got to look at what we had done and rewrite quite a bit of that relationship. So when we came back to work again, we actually just reshot from the ground up, those scenes. It was an amazingly helpful thing to get these two characters to where they needed to be.”
Abrams previously said something similar to Entertainment Weekly before the film’s release, calling Ford’s accident the “greatest gift to the movie.” (We can only assume Ford has a different take on the matter.)
Abrams revealed all sorts of tidbits in his conversation with Rock, including initially quashing a whole bunch of fan theories by claiming Rey’s parents weren’t in The Force Awakens before later walking back that comment to explain she merely doesn’t know who her parents are yet. Vulture has a partial transcript of the 75-minute chat, in which Abrams reveals that Mark Hamill was initially reluctant to appear in such a small Force Awakens cameo for fear it would seem silly. He also apologizes for those Star Trek lens flares and tries to justify why The Force Awakens feels so similar to A New Hope, telling Rock “[w]e very consciously tried to borrow familiar beats so that the rest of the movie could hang on something we knew felt like Star Wars.” And because no discussion of filmmaking can be had without referencing Zack Snyder, at one point Rock just asks what we’re all thinking: “Did anybody see this Superman/Batman shit? What the fuck was that?”
ARTS.MIC – Han Solo’s leather jacket no longer belongs to Harrison Ford — for the best possible reason.
In March, auction site If Only posted Han’s iconic jacket for public bid, with a starting bid of $15,000. Funds raised from the sale went directly to the nonprofit Finding a Cure for Epilepsy and Seizures, or FACES. FACES, which functions as a part of New York University’s Langone Medical Center, will receive $191,000 from the sale.
Ford has a personal connection to the auction’s cause: His daughter Georgia lives with epilepsy. FACES has been a huge help to her, Ford said at a recent fundraiser.
“I admire a lot of things about her. I admire her perseverance, her talent, her strength. She’s my hero. I love her,” Ford told the New York Daily News in March. “When you have a loved one who suffers from this disease, it can be devastating. … You want to find a way that they can live a comfortable and effective life.”
The jacket received over 50 bids, according to Time. The jacket is part of film history, but its auction affects something much greater. As befitting its cinematic owner, because of that jacket, FACES can and will save lives. Ford knows that all too well; thanks to FACES, he said at that fundraiser, his daughter “has not had a seizure in eight years.”
Meanwhile, the Han Solo prequel in the works will find a new jacket — and thus, the legacy of Ford’s character will begin anew.