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.
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…
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.
I’m trying to get all of Harrison’s projects up-to-date but some of his older projects are hard to find. Unfortunately I found a few that were only MQ but at least they were available.
THE WRAP – Warner Bros. and Alcon will release director Denis Villeneuve‘s sequel on Oct. 6, 2017
Warner Bros. and Alcon Entertainment are moving up the release of the “Blade Runner” sequel three months to Oct. 6, 2017. The film was originally slated for release on Jan. 12, 2018.
Denis Villeneuve is directing the sequel, which will star Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Robin Wright and Dave Bautista.
The sequel, set several decades after the original, is written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green, and succeeds the initial story by Fancher and David Peoples based on Philip K. Dick‘s novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep.” Story details are not being revealed.
Cynthia Sikes Yorkin will produce along with Alcon’s Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove, while Bud Yorkin, the late producer of Ridley Scott‘s original 1982 classic, will also receive a producer credit.
Scott will executive produce along with Thunderbird Films CEOs Frank Giustra and Tim Gamble, as well as Bill Carraro. Gifted cinematographer Roger Deakin will reunite with Villeneuve on the project, following “Sicario” and “Prisoners.”
Sony Pictures Releasing International will distribute in all overseas territories in all media, and principal photography is scheduled to begin July 2016.
“Blade Runner 2” is slated to open against a Marvel-related event film from 20th Century Fox, which previously had “Gambit” opening on that date.
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.