I’ve added over 5,000 photos from events from 1977-2015 (finally completing the public appearance section!) and many movie production stills. I’m not going to list them all but please check out the Public Appearances section of the gallery. Below are the photoshoots I’ve added:
“I don’t want all this to take all f***ing day.” The words Harrison Ford, 73, not so much spoke as snarled at me yesterday afternoon while discussing our lunch plans are still, 24 hours later, smarting like refined sugar hitting an exposed tooth cavity.
Walking up the steep drive that leads to the actor’s Los Angeles seven-bedroom, nine-bathroom, $12.6 million new build, found sunk among the coyote-patrolled LA foothills just north of Santa Monica, in a bid to clear the fug caused by a combination of jet lag and last night’s ill-advised three-Negroni supper, I go over the main points of what I know of the legendary actor one last time.
Accrued ticket sales of $3.9 billion (£2.5bn). A career that spans six decades. One of Hollywood’s most successful leading men. A staunch environmentalist. Flies his own Cessna Citation private jet. Also owns one vintage yellow-and-chrome Ryan PT-22 Recruit two-seater training plane – a little scratched on the nose. He’s something of a curmudgeon who has an alleged penchant for Seth Rogen-sized doobies. A man who enjoys woodwork, he once built a sun deck for Sally Kellerman from M*A*S*H and a $100,000 recording studio for Brazilian musician Sérgio Mendes. He actually likes snakes. A spider has been named after him: Calponia harrisonfordi.
Oh, one more thing: this month he will appear as Han Solo in Disney’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which, you may have heard, could easily be described as the most highly anticipated post-prequel sequel of all time. (Luckily for JJ Abrams, Frozen 2 isn’t slated until 2017.)
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY – ‘Force Awakens’ director J.J. Abrams hints Harrison Ford deserves Oscar love
J.J. Abrams is hopeful some of the people who made Star Wars: The Force Awakens will receive Oscar nominations next week.
And while he wouldn’t name anybody in particular, the director seemed to suggest that a certain scruffy looking nerf herder, who’s now the biggest U.S. box office star in history, deserved some Academy love.
“There are certain people who I know deserve it desperately,” Abrams said when asked about awards while promoting his new Hulu time-travel miniseries 11.22.63 (first trailer here) at the Television Critics Association’s press tour in Pasadena on Saturday. “And it would be wonderful if they got it. I feel like the gift of working on that film is such that I don’t need any further validation than the movie being out there and people liking the movie. There are people who I will be disappointed if they don’t get nominated, because I think the work they did was really exemplary.”
Pressed to name somebody specific, Abrams declined. “No, because if I mention eight people, the ninth person would be like, ‘Thanks!’” he said jokingly.
Abrams then added: “Honestly, it feels very obvious to me who deserves that kind of recognition. They might not even care.”
Hmm, which Force Awakens star would be the type of person who wouldn’t care about some big fancy awards show?
“I feel like I saw how hard some of these artists worked and I feel like they’re deserving,” Abrams said. “[Even if] they probably don’t.”
It’s true. All of it.
AV Club – When most people hit their 70s, they’re just thrilled if they can show up to the septuagenarian party a halfway graceful fashion. Harrison Ford prefers to crash land his way in, though, something that shouldn’t come as a surprise given his well-established penchant for not giving a fuck. Speaking of the absence of fucks given, here’s some news Ford won’t give a shit about: Digital Spy reports that the actor has just become the highest-grossing actor of all time at the U.S. box office. With Star Wars: The Force Awakens still vacuuming Americans’ wallets on the highest setting, Ford’s total has reached $4.7 billion, moving him past Samuel L. Jackson’s $4.6 billion gross.
Rounding out the top five are Tom Hanks ($4.3 billion), Morgan Freeman ($4.3 billion), and Eddie Murphy ($3.8 billion). It’s worth noting that a female doesn’t show up until Cameron Diaz at number 15 ($3 billion), so let that feed your perception of Hollywood’s gender imbalance as you will. That figure is probably more interesting to Ford than his position at the top, so if you happen to come across him in the friendly skies, lead with that angle. Mention his No. 1 spot and he’ll probably treat you the same way he treated Gary Oldman on Air Force One.
Sorry, I got behind over the holidays. I’ll update the news in the next few days but here’s a gallery update!
EW – The Broadcast Film Critics Association has spoken. Star Wars: The Force Awakens was belatedly added to the list of 10 films that were nominated for a Critics’ Choice Award for Best Picture this year.
Star Wars had not been screened for the BFCA in time for the initial ballots. But after voters saw the film, many decided it was worth including in the Critics’ Choice Awards.
The decision was made official on Tuesday after the voters were polled in a special referendum yesterday. This last-minute amendment, which was also given to the Tom Hanks film Cast Away, does not include Star Wars in any other category besides Best Picture.
While the debate continues whether J.J. Abrams’ blockbuster warrants the same nomination at the Oscars, the Academy included Star Wars on the shortlist for Best Visual Effects. Oscars nominations will be announced on Jan. 14, while the 21st annual Critics’ Choice Awards winners will be announced during a televised ceremony on Jan. 17 at 8 p.m. EST on A&E.