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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.)




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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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?”








 

MOVIE WEB – Last week, we reported that Disney and LucasFilm will debut the full-length Star Wars: The Force Awakens documentary Secrets of the Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey at the SXSW Film Festival today. This documentary will be part of the bonus features on the upcoming Digital HD and Blu-ray Combo Pack release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and in case you weren’t able to see the documentary in Austin, we have a sneak peek from Good Morning America, along with a new trailer. The sneak peek includes plenty of behind-the-scenes footage, along with excerpts from John Boyega’s actual audition tape.We also see footage from the now-iconic final shot, where Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) meets Rey (Daisy Ridley) on his island sanctuary, with Mark Hamill revealing that “this feeling” came over him for the first time since he was on the Tunisia set for the original classic, Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. We also hear from Gwendoline Christie (Captain Phasma), and Adam Driver exclaims that it was such a hassle to put on his Kylo Ren costume, it helped him get into character.This preview also explores the famous scene where Kylo Ren kills his father, Han Solo (Harrison Ford). Adam Driver revealed that this particular scene “terrified” him, while Harrison Ford stated that the scene “resolved” his destiny in a “powerful and effective way.” In addition to this sneak peek, we also have a full trailer for Secrets of the Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey, along with photos from the SXSW premiere, featuring J.J. Abrams and R2-D2, along with several of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens visual effects artists.

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FANDANGO – WARNING: If you’re one of the few who hasn’t seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens, this post contains spoilers.

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As Star Wars: The Force Awakens winds down its historic run in theaters and prepares for another potential historic run on DVD/Blu-ray and various digital services, many fans are still curious about some of the bold choices director J.J. Abrams and his team made in the film — most notably the death of Han Solo (Harrison Ford).

 

It’s well known that Ford had wanted Solo to die back during the original trilogy, but George Lucas disagreed and kept the character alive. So what did Harrison Ford think of the decision to finally retire his character all these years later in The Force Awakens? Would he be happy? Sad? Angry?

 

Abrams hasn’t spoken much publicly about one of the biggest and most controversial choices he and cowriters Lawrence Kasdan and Michael Arndt made during the Star Wars sequel. So when we sat down with him recently to talk about the upcoming 10 Cloverfield Lane, which he produced, we decided to ask him about this pivotal moment in Star Wars history.

 

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EW – Disney brought out the big guns to tease plans for the upcoming Star Wars theme park expansion: Harrison Ford and BB-8.

 

The Han Solo actor and roly-poly droid were part of ABC’s Disneyland 60 tribute to Walt Disney’s first park on Sunday night, and their appearance heralded the latest galactic addition to both the Disneyland park in Anaheim, California, and Walt Disney World in Orlando — the Star Wars Experience.

 

“Star Wars is, for lack of a better word … awesome,” the actor said in his introduction. “I’m so blessed that I had the opportunity to be a part of it. To walk in these iconic locations. And soon, you’ll be able to do that as well. Not in a galaxy far, far away, but in a place close to home.”

 

*Cue John Williams fanfare.*

 

No, really. After the telecast showed off new concept art of the attractions — including a virtual reality ride that allows guests to control the Millennium Falcon in an aerial battle with the First Order — an orchestra launched into a performance of the scores from the Star Wars saga.

 

The footage, which hasn’t been officially released online, included some shots from the cockpit of the Falcon as it flies into battle, and also said the Star Wars Experience would include encounters with aliens and droids, as well as food vendors selling otherworldly delicacies. Blue milk, anyone?