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VIRGIN – I wrote recently about the family spirit at Virgin Galactic, and how our purpose of opening up space to change the world for good drives everything we do. There is evidence of this in practice every day as the team works tirelessly in Mojave and Long Beach. The spirit is also palpable from the supporters we hear from every day, whether in person, on social media or elsewhere.


Four people whose support is both an honour and a thrill are Malala, Professor Stephen Hawking, Sarah Brightman and Harrison Ford, all of whom took part in the roll out of VSS Unity. Malala’s inspiring message raised smiles throughout the room, Sarah kindly sang a moving happy birthday to Eva-Deia and when the lights went off Professor Hawking’s distinctive voice echoed through the hangar. I had a lump in my throat. His message about the importance of space exploration will live long in the memory of everyone present. You can watch both of their speeches in this blog.


It was wonderful to see Harrison Ford, a true adventurer and a pilot as well as a legendary actor, at the roll out. He was incredibly impressed with the new spaceship, and spent time in the cockpit with our Chief Pilot Dave Mackay. Dave happily let General Solo take the left hand seat in our new spaceship. From the Millennium Falcon to VSS Unity! We had a great chat afterwards, and he told me all about his crash onto a golf course and how he had survived. I thanked him for taking the time and trouble to come out to Mojave for our milestone, and welcomed him back any time.
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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.


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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VARIETY – “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” leads this year’s Saturn Awards nominations with 15. Its next closest competitors, “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “Crimson Peak,” are far behind with nine noms each.


Box office smash “Jurassic World” followed with seven nominations. The Marvel films “Ant-Man” and “Avengers: Age of Ultron” were up next, bringing in six and four nominations, respectively.


On the TV side, AMC stalwart “The Walking Dead” shambled off with seven nominations, while HBO’s “Game of Thrones” netted five. There was a four-way tie among “Daredevil,” “Hannibal,” “Supergirl” and “Wayward Pines,” each with four nominations.


The Saturn Awards — now in their 42nd year — are presented annually to films and television series by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films.


The award show is known for its eclectic groupings of films in unique categories. In the best action/adventure film category, Oscar favorite “The Revenant” will compete against Tom Cruise’s “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” and the Melissa McCarthy comedy “Spy.” Meanwhile, “Kingsman: The Secret Service” leading man Taron Egerton will square off against Matt Damon and Leonardo DiCaprio for best actor.


This year’s Saturn Awards are adding a new category: best new-media television. The nominees include Netflix’s “Daredevil,” “Jessica Jones” and “Sense8”; Amazon’s “The Man in the High Castle” and “Bosch”; and PlayStation/Crackle’s “Powers.”


The award ceremony will take place in June in Burbank.

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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?



UPROXX – In the wee hours of the morning today, MC Hammer posted the above tweet. The tweet contains a picture of him and Harrison Ford together at 3:24 a.m. (The timestamp might say differently, but remember: time zones.) They both appear happy, and they are both wearing sunglasses indoors, and MC Hammer used the 100 emoji to describe what appears to have been a fun evening the two shared.


We have a few questions about this tweet.


1) What were MC Hammer and Harrison Ford doing at 3:30 a.m.?


This is the obvious question raised by MC Hammer’s tweet. And beyond what they were doing at 3:30 a.m., what were they doing up until 3:30 a.m. Like, had they been running amok all over town all night, doing tequila shots and singing karaoke and hanging out the sunroof of a stretch limousine. Because I’m not going to lie here, that’s what I’m picturing. MC Hammer and Harrison Ford painting the town red like two guys at the end of the first act of an ’80s movie, right before the magic spell kicks on or wears off or whatever. Think montage. A “night on the town” party montage. Like that.


2) Are MC Hammer and Harrison Ford friends?


If the first question was the most obvious, this is the most important. Did MC Hammer and Harrison Ford just run into each other this one night, or is this a regular thing? Do they hang out a lot? Does MC Hammer go to Harrison Ford’s house to watch football on Sundays? Do you think Calista Flockhart — Harrison Ford’s long-time girlfriend (his wife actually)— is always saying, “Ugh, Harrison. I wish you would stop hanging out with MC Hammer so much and pay attention to me?”


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MOVIEPILOT – Sacha Baron Cohen recently graced Moviepilot with his hilarious presence and answered many fan-submitted questions. The questions ranged in topics inclduing his films, staying in character, facial hair, anal bleaching, and so forth.


Cohen’s newest project, The Brothers Grimsby, is set to hit theaters on March 11, and we can’t wait to see what kind of wild antics Cohen gets into this time.


Speaking of wild antics, one fan submitted this particular question about Harrison Ford’s appearance in Bruno, and now we know the true story:



In case you need a little refresher, this particular scene is sure to make you crack up. Not to mention, you might learn a few sexy dance moves from Bruno himself you can be sure to bust out on the dance floor when the mood strikes:



Harrison Ford is such a baller for appearing in Bruno. His acting is so on point (I mean, he’s probably had so much experience with getting bombarded left and right).


Be sure to check out The Brothers Grimsby coming to theaters March 11, 2016 with an incredible cast that includes Mark Strong, Rebel Wilson, Isla Fisher, Penelope Cruz, and Gabourey Sidibe.

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