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ORLANDO, FL – APRIL 13 Mark Hamill ;Harrison Ford attends the Star Wars Celebration day 01 on April 13, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)

 

EW – Thousands of voices cried out and were suddenly silenced Thursday — awestruck as 40 years of galactic history united on stage before them.

 

At the opening event of Star Wars Celebration in Orlando, Florida, on Thursday, original Star Wars director George Lucas and original stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Peter Mayhew, and Anthony Daniels celebrated 40 years of the saga and paid tribute to Carrie Fisher in the process (more on the Fisher tribute here).

 

The event was hosted by Warwick Davis, who was just a boy when he played Wicket the Ewok in Return of the Jedi and most recently appeared as a tiny Rebel warrior in Rogue One. Also in attendance were Billy Dee Williams, Hayden Christiansen, Ian McDiarmid, and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy.

 

Ahead, highlights from the event as it happened in real-time.

 

— Kicks off with a video showing footage of fans lined up a long time ago: May 1977, outside the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood when the original movie premiered to sell-0ut crowds. It cuts to shots of present-day kids, dressed in costumes at recent Celebration conventions, accompanied by their parents (many of them dressed as their favorites heroes, villains, and creatures, too.)

 

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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.”

 

For more on Alcon Entertainment’s Blade Runner 2049, including exclusive photographs and interviews with the filmmakers and cast, pick up Entertainment Weekly‘s First Look Issue, on stands Friday, and subscribe for more exclusive interviews and photos, only in EW.




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.

 

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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.)




SCV NEWS – Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. and First Lady Anne Gust Brown, along with the California Museum, announced the 10th class of inductees to the California Hall of Fame on Monday. The newest class of inspirational individuals will join 96 Californians previously inducted for exemplifying California’s spirit of innovation.

 

The 10th class of California Hall of Fame inductees comprises: acclaimed author Isabel Allende; film icon Harrison Ford; baseball legend Tony Gwynn; distinguished artist and social justice advocate Corita Kent; former U.S. Secretary of Defense and nuclear deterrence expert William J. Perry; groundbreaking journalist and former First Lady of California Maria Shriver; music business pioneer Russ Solomon and celebrated actor and activist George Takei.

 

“These individuals exemplify the unique and boundless creativity of California,” said Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. “Their work has enriched the lives of others and remains an inspiration to all Californians.”

 

Inductees, who will attend in person, and family members of posthumous inductees will receive the Spirit of California medal from the governor and First Lady in the official state ceremony on Wed., Nov. 30 at 7 p.m.at the California Museum, located at 1020 O Street in Sacramento. In addition to the ceremony, inductees will be commemorated with an exhibition of artifacts highlighting their lives and achievements, which opens to the public at 10:00 a.m. on Thurs., Dec. 1 at the California Museum.

 

“I’m deeply humbled and grateful to Governor Brown and Anne for inducting me into the Hall of Fame Class of 2016,” said inductee and former First Lady Maria Shriver. “When we created the Hall of Fame 10 years ago, I never dreamt I would be honored alongside so many people I’ve been awed by and admire. Like millions of others, I came to California to create my own life and fulfill my dreams. I hope that my course in life might inspire others, just as I’ve been inspired by California and those who have gone before me.”

 

“I am a proud second generation Californian, humbled to be honored by a state singular in its beauty, diversity and dynamism,” said inductee George Takei. “To be inducted to join the inspiring trail blazers in the arts, industry, academia, sports and political affairs is an honor beyond words. This is truly the Golden State.”

 

Inductees into the California Hall of Fame have made remarkable achievements in science, philanthropy, sports, business, entertainment, literature, technology, activism and politics.

 

“California is the land of dreamers and innovators, where anything is possible,” said Caroline Beteta, president and CEO of Visit California, the California Hall of Fame’s title sponsor. “This year’s inductees are diverse pioneers who embody the Golden State’s iconic lifestyle and culture of possibility, which inspires people from all over the world to visit.”

 

“The California Museum is honored to celebrate this 10th class of truly remarkable Californians,” said Richard Costigan III, Chair of the California Museum’s Board of Trustees. “We are also thankful to Visit California for their continued support of the California Hall of Fame, a celebration of the Golden State and those who achieve the California dream.”

 

Members of the public are invited to view the arrivals of inductees and ceremony attendees on Wed., Nov. 30from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in a public viewing area located in front of the Museum on the corner of 10th and O Streets. Immediately following the arrivals, a live webcast of the induction ceremony will be streamed on the Museum’s website at http://www.CaliforniaMuseum.org beginning at 7:00 p.m.

 

For more information, visit http://www.CaliforniaMuseum.org/California-Hall-Fame.

 

The title sponsor of the 10th annual California Hall of Fame is Visit California.




NERDREACTOR – It’s official. Blade Runner 2 is now Blade Runner 2049.

 

Although it’s not much, Warner Bros and Alcon Entertainment have released a behind-the-scenes picture of director Denis Villeneuve, producer Ridley Scott, and stars Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling chatting it up.

 

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Story details are being kept under wraps but what we do know is that Blade Runner 2049 is set 30 years after the events of the original.

 

The film has an impressive cast that includes Harrison Ford (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Ryan Gosling (La La Land), Jared Leto (Suicide Squad), Robin Wright (Wonder Woman), Lennie James (AMC’s “The Walking Dead”), and Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy 2).

 

Blade Runner 2049 hits theaters on October 6, 2017.




 

TRAVEL AOL UK – Harrison Ford invited a lucky teenage girl to fly with him in his DeHavilland Beaver on Thursday.

 

The Star Wars actor was at the AirVenture Oshkosh 2016 air show in Wisconsin when 16-year-old Jodie Gawthrop won a national content through the Young Eagles programme, which introduces children to flying.

 

Ford was the scheme’s chairman from 2004 to 2009.

 

Following the 15-minute flight, Ford told the Associated Press that he and Gawthrop talked shop in the air.

 

“It was really, really fun. We spent some time talking about the airplane and what I was doing and going through the checklists,” Ford said.

 

“Jodie actually asked me if celebrities use checklists. I said, ‘absolutely. They need them.'”

 

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COLLIDER – When Indiana Jones 5 hits theaters on July 19, 2019, franchise star Harrison Ford will be 76 years old—but that doesn’t mean Indy 5 spells doom for the titular adventurer. After rumors of reboots and casting replacements swirled, Steven Spielberg confirmed in March that he will indeed be returning to direct Indiana Jones 5 with Ford in the starring role once again, and while the filmmaker has two other movies to make before then, he’s already teasing a bit of the story.

 

As part of an in-depth and enlightening profile of the director over at THR, the filmmaker seems to suggest that fans will respond to Indiana Jones 5 better than they did Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull while also promising that there will be no Indy death scene a la Star Wars: The Force Awakens:

 

Spielberg says he’s “super excited” about [Indiana Jones 5], dated for July 2019: “I think this one is straight down the pike for the fans.” He won’t reveal plot details, except this: “The one thing I will tell you is I’m not killing off Harrison [Ford] at the end of it.”

 

indiana-jones-harrison-ford-steven-spielberg-george-lucasFrequent collaborator David Koepp, who penned Jurassic Park as well as War of the Worlds, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, and yes, Crystal Skull is on scripting duties, but curiously left out of the Indy 5 crew when it was announced was George Lucas. It remains to be seen if he will return to produce the sequel—tradition follows that Lucas comes up with the Indiana Jones stories and Spielberg directs—or if he’s really left showbusiness for good. Whatever the case, he and Spielberg remain best buds so I’d be shocked if he wasn’t at least consulting on the project in an unofficial capacity.

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According to multiple reports, a funeral scene most likely filmed in Dubrovnik in Croatia will have major repercussions on the political landscape of the galaxy…

 

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DORK SIDE OF THE FORCE – According to multiple reports, a funeral scene most likely filmed in Dubrovnik in Croatia will have major repercussions on the political landscape of the galaxy…

 

When Kylo Ren — formerly known as Ben Solo — drove his plasma bladed lightsaber through the heart of his father, Han Solo, it was one of the most shocking moments in Star Wars cinematic history. It set a darker tone to what had been a more or less lighthearted Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

 

Now according to some digging by Vine Report, it would appear as if Han Solo’s death will have far reaching repercussions throughout the galaxy.

 

“Han’s life may be over but “The Force Awakens” will definitely not be the last time that the fan-favorite smuggler will be referred to in the future installments of “Star Wars.” In fact, rumor has it that the upcoming installment in the space soap opera will have an emotional funeral for General Solo and will be a venue for the start of political talks in the galaxy.”

 

This all vibes with what we reported two-months earlier, when photos of citizens of an as yet unnamed planet were dressed in black robes and a galactic-type police force was seen filming scenes.

 

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