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Briefly: Harrison Ford hasn’t done a straight drama in a couple years, but now he’s going to take a major role in The Age of Adaline. The film is actually perhaps more in the “magical realism” category — think of it like a female-led version of Forrest Gump, or Benjamin Button, as the story features a light fantasy element, and harbors epic ambitions.

Here’s the plot of The Age of Adaline: “[The film] follows the miraculous life of 29-year old Adaline, who stops aging after recovering from a near-fatal accident.  Over the course of the 20th century she embarks on an epic, but isolated worldwide journey, keeping her secret, until she meets a man who forever alters her life.”

The co-stars of the “romantic drama” are Blake Lively and Ellen Burstyn. Presumably Ford is the man who “forever alters” the life of Blake Lively, and if he does it through romantic attention that could be… interesting. I just hope he gets to yell “no, you’re Adaline!”

J. Mills Goodloe and Salvador Paskowitz wrote; Allison Burnett polished the script; Lee Toland Krieger (Celeste & Jesse Forever) directs.

 

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How about some juicy Star Wars rumors for your weekend? These come from The Hollywood Reporter, who say much has changed with Star Wars Episode VII since original screenwriter Michael Arndt left the project last year. Reportedly Arndt wanted the film to focus on the offspring of the original trilogy characters (Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo) while director J.J. Abrams wanted Episode VII to focus on those characters, keeping the offspring in the background until Episode VIII and Episode IX.

Meanwhile, while this shake up was going on, Abrams continued to take meetings with all kinds of actors. Pretty much anyone that’s previously been reported (Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael B. Jordan, etc.) took a meeting as well as new names Michael Fassbender, Adam Driver and Hugo Weaving. Read More »

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The Expendables 3 just shot this summer, but here’s the first teaser trailer ahead of the film’s release at the end of summer 2014. This installment in the action series full of old guys brings Harrison Ford into the fold, and also features a mix of other returning faces and new recruits.

Sylvester Stallone leads the pack, with Jet LiDolph Lundgren, Kelsey GrammarArnold SchwarzeneggerWesley SnipesTerry CrewsRandy CoutureRonda RouseyAntonio BanderasMel Gibson, and Kellan Lutz are picking up guns and/or grimacing. Check out the teaser below. Read More »

Harrison Ford on David Blaine Real or Magic

As a 71-year-old man who’s played both Han Solo and Indiana Jones, Harrison Ford ought to be pretty tough to amaze. Sure, it’s not like he was battling real space aliens or actual Nazis, but he’s been a rich, powerful icon of Hollywood long enough to see some crazy stuff. And yet, apparently not even he is immune to the charms of an expertly executed card trick.

Magician David Blaine has been stopping by celeb homes to perform illusions for his recent TV special David Blaine: Real or Magic. Most have responded with great enthusiasm, but arguably the best reaction is Ford’s. Watch the clip after the jump.

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Adam McKay Anchorman

Back in May, a group of journalists hopped in a van and were driven to Sea World in San Diego, CA to visit the final day of shooting Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. It was a day for the ages, filled with some of the biggest laughs I’ve ever had, and you can read about it here. During the quieter moments, we spoke with co-writer and director Adam McKay as well as star and co-writer Will Ferrell.

Below, you can read the full transcript of the on-set discussion with McKay, which reads like a master class in staying cool under pressure when directing one of the biggest comedies of the year. Read More »

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Two probable principals in Star Wars Episode VII speak about the franchise, plus there’s talk of hockey, gambling, museums and all sorts of odds and ends in this edition of Star Wars Bits. Below, read about the following:

  • Star Wars Episode VII director J.J. Abrams spoke about what made the original film so special.
  • Harrison Ford called Star Wars Episode VII “a work in progress…maybe.”
  • Read a hilarious fan theory that Watto is Anakin Skywalker‘s biological father.
  • Watch the original theatrical re-release trailer for Star Wars.
  • Two small hockey teams wore awesome Star Wars jerseys at a recent game.
  • You won’t see new Star Wars slot machines anytime soon.
  • The Lucas Cultural Arts Museum is now on Twitter.

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Years Living Dangerously

Executive producers James Cameron, Jerry Weintraub, and Arnold Schwarzenegger have recruited an all-star cast for an important documentary event. Years of Living Dangerously will air on Showtime in April 2014; it features major celebrities talking to real people who have been negatively effected by global warming. Jessica Alba, Don Cheadle, Matt Damon, America Ferrara, Harrison Ford, Michael C. Hall, Olivia Munn and Ian Somerhalder are just a few of the celebrities who travel the world learning about this issue and, below, you can see the the first trailer.  Read More »

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It is difficult to believe that a big-budget version of Ender’s Game is finally going to be playing at your local multiplex this weekend. It’s taken 28 years for a film to finally be made based upon the beloved book. After many, many aborted attempts, false starts, and different scripts, I questioned whether the version of the film we ended up with would be any good. Does it live up to the promise of the book? Is it as generic as its trailers might imply? Is it at all coherent in its attempt to tell the story of a book that is hundreds of pages long?

After the jump, I share my thoughts on the film in under 2 minutes.

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