Amazon Super Bowl Ad Has Harrison Ford, Forest Whitaker And ‘Broad City’ Duo Ilana Glazer And Abbi Jacobson Testing Alexa

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Amazon has gone back to the long-form, star-studded well for the Super Bowl, incorporating Harrison Ford, Forest Whitaker and Broad City duo Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson into a 90-second spot promoting Alexa.
The spot, which was released today online…

‘Dr Seuss’ The Grinch’ Surpasses $500 Million at Worldwide Box Office

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Illumination and Universal Pictures’ “Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch” has surpassed the $500 million mark at the worldwide box office, making it the sixth Illumination movie to reach the half-billion mark.

The film’s opening weekend grossed $67.7 million (Illumination’s seventh no. 1 opening) and has since grossed $270 million domestically. That makes it the sixth-highest grossing film of 2018 and the second-highest grossing animated film of the year.

The film also opened no. 1 in 30 territories that included Norway, Mongolia, Thailand, Iceland, Romania, France, Spain, Belgium, Greece and New Zealand. Internationally, the film has earned $231 million.

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Worldwide, “Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch” was the highest-grossing opening for a Christmas-themed movie and has since become the highest-grossing Christmas-themed movie ever — as well as the biggest Dr. Seuss film ever.

“Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch” featured the voice of Benedict Cumberbatch as the infamous Grinch, who lives alone in a cave on Mt. Crumpet, with just his dog Max keeping him company. Rashida Jones, Kenan Thompson and Angela Lansbury voiced characters as well. Scott Mosier and Yarrow Cheney directed.

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The last “Grinch” film was 2000’s “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” which was directed by Ron Howard and featured the voice of Jim Carrey as the titular character. That film grossed $345 million globally.

Next up for Illumination is “The Secret Life of Pets 2” starring the voices of Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish and Harrison Ford. The film will hit theaters on June 7.

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You Can Own Luke Skywalker’s Lightsaber From Original ‘Star Wars’

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Luke Skywalker might have inherited his lightsaber from dear old (Darth) dad, but you don’t have to wait until the destruction of Alderaan to get one of your own — as long as you have a few hundred thousand dollars laying around.

Hollywood auction house Profiles in History is offering the original lightsaber prop used by Mark Hamill in 1977’s “Star Wars: A New Hope” at the estimated value of $150,000 – $200,000.

The prop that taught millions of kids to make “zjoom zjoom” noises is being sold as part of a “Blockbuster Hollywood Treasures” auction that includes not only items from the “Star Wars” franchise, but other classic films as well.

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For instance, “Star Wars” fans can get a pair of C-3PO’s hands from “Return of the Jedi,” at an estimated value of $40,000 – $60,000. Or they could try instead for an Imperial Scout Trooper helmet from “Jedi,” estimated at between $100,000 – $150,000.

Plus, there’s an original “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Stormtrooper helmet signed by Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Hamill, Daisy Ridley and other cast, available for an estimated $80,000 – $120,000.

There’s also goodies for Trekkies, including the awesome green tunic worn by William Shatner’s Captain Kirk in the show’s third season, estimated to sell for $60,000 – $80,000.

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Meanwhile, fashion-forward alien killers can buy the leather Jacket, pants and custom Reebok high-top sneakers, plus the Pulse Rifle and Flamethrower props worn by Sigourney Weaver in James Cameron’s “Aliens,” at an estimated sale price of $300,000 – $500,000.

There’s lots more, including props from “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Terminator 3,” and the “James Bond” film “You Only Live Twice,” among many others. See complete details here.

The auction takes place Dec. 11-13 in Los Angeles, with the items on to go on display at The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills.

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California Fire Relief Efforts: Harrison Ford PSA To Affected Fellow Actors; Thanksgiving For Malibu’s Displaced; Donations & Crowdfunding Efforts

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As the fire-relief effort continues in California, Harrison Ford has reached out to SAG-AFTRA members affected by the wildfires to let them know that help is available. “If you need help, ask. If you can help, give,” he said in a pre-Thanksgiving publi…

Lady Gaga At SAG-AFTRA Foundation Honors: “Let’s Make Kindness Overwhelming”

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Lady Gaga didn’t sing tonight, but her voice soared at the third annual SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Patron of the Artists Awards. Outside the gala event at the Wallis Annenberg Center in Beverly Hills, flags flew at half-mast to honor the victims of the lat…

Lady Gaga, Harrison Ford to Receive SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Artists Inspiration Award

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The SAG-AFTRA Foundation will honor Lady Gaga and Harrison Ford with this year’s Artists Inspiration Awards.

The duo will be receive the tribute at the Foundation’s 3rd Annual Patron of the Artists Awards to be held on Nov. 8, at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.

Gaga is currently co-staring with Bradley Cooper in his directorial debut, “A Star Is Born,” which premiered at the Venice Film Festival Friday to thunderous applause. Ford is currently slated to appear next in “Call of the Wild,” as well as the fifth “Indiana Jones” film in the franchise. Before that, he’ll lend his voice to “The Secret Life of Pets 2,” which is slated for 2019 release.

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“We are honored to recognize two of the most iconic and beloved artists worldwide who have not only made indelible impacts on our culture and the arts, but who have chosen to use their influence to make a difference for others,” said SAG-AFTRA Foundation Board President JoBeth Williams. “Harrison Ford is an acting legend in every known galaxy, but what many do not know are the decades of philanthropic service and leadership he has given to Conservation International to help protect our planet. Lady Gaga, whose monster career as a performer and actor has won her hundreds of millions of fans around the world, has also worked tirelessly on behalf of young people, focusing on mental wellness and building a kinder, braver world through her Born This Way Foundation. Harrison Ford and Lady Gaga are shining examples of how extraordinary success and true legacy are about creating a better world.”

The SAG-AFTRA Foundation annually honors two artists who have used their platform to advance humanitarian and philanthropic causes with Artists Inspiration Awards. Previous SAG-AFTRA Foundation Artists Inspiration Award honorees include Leonardo DiCaprio, Lionel Ritchie and Kate Winslet.

For over 25 years, Ford has championed the environment through his support of Conservation International, where he currently serves as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors. As Founder of Born This Way Foundation, Lady Gaga has worked to create a kinder and braver world by destigmatizing mental health.

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SAG-AFTRA Foundation To Honor Harrison Ford And Lady Gaga With Artists Inspiration Award

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Star Wars Acting legend Harrison Ford and singer-actress-pop cultural phenomenon Lady Gaga will be honored with SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Artists Inspiration Award at the Foundation’s 3rd Annual Patron of the Artists Awards. The ceremony will be hel…

Every Jack Ryan Actor Ranked, From Alec Baldwin to John Krasinski

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The first season of Amazon’s “Jack Ryan” show is finally here, with John Krasinski being the fifth actor to take on the role. So it feels like a good time to look back at every Jack Ryan and figure out who did it best.
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Is ‘The Fugitive’ Based on a True Story? Not So Fast

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It has long been said that the true story behind “The Fugitive,” the Harrison Ford action classic that turns 25 years old today, is very loosely based on the ’50s murder case, conviction and acquittal of Sam Sheppard. Both Sheppard and Ford’s Richard Kimble were doctors, and both were wrongly accused of murdering their wives after an intruder broke into their home.

And the similarities end there.

The assailant Sheppard fought with was not a one-armed man, as in the film. It was said Sheppard’s motive was that he was having an affair, a detail not in the movie. Sheppard never escaped from prison, least of all from a moving, crashing train. And the real killer was never even found!

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And yet this idea stretches all the way back to the popular TV show “The Fugitive” from the ’60s, even though the creators of the series have denied the connection.

“I suppose connecting Kimble to Sheppard makes a more sensational story,” Roy Huggins, creator of the original TV show told the LA Times back in 1993 shortly after the film remake’s release. “I wouldn’t care as much … except that’s not the way [‘The Fugitive’] happened. [The news reports] are in reckless disregard of the truth.”

Sheppard’s story was a widely publicized trial, something the Supreme Court labeled a “carnival atmosphere.” And the media was accused of swaying the public opinion on the case, resulting in Sheppard’s conviction. He  was imprisoned for 10 years before being acquitted at a retrial.

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But the popularity of the show and the film have continued to fuel public opinion on the case. Sam Reese Sheppard, Dr. Sheppard’s son, had his father’s body exhumed in 1997 to gather more evidence and clear his father’s name, and even led the charge in getting Sheppard’s case brought back to trial in 2000.

In fact, even Sheppard’s retrial lawyer, F. Lee Bailey, told the LA Times that Sheppard and “The Fugitive” are forever tied.

“There was never any doubt when Dr. Richard Kimble was running around on TV, he was inspired by the Sheppard case,” Bailey said. “In 1965, no one would have dared argued the point.”

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Harrison Ford in Talks to Star in ‘Call of the Wild’ for Fox

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Harrison Ford is in negotiations to star in the latest adaptation of the Canadian adventure story “Call of the Wild.”

The “Indiana Jones” and “Star Wars” actor is in talks to play the films lead John Thornton, a prospector braving the Yukon on the hunt for gold.

The big-budget film from 20th Century Fox is being adapted from the 1903 classic written by Jack London. Thornton has been portrayed on the big screen in previous adaptations by Clark Gable in 1935 and Charlton Heston in 1972.

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“The Croods” director Chris Sanders is directing the film from a script penned by “Logan” writer Michael Green.

Erwin Stoff is producing with Diana Pokorny serving as executive producer and Ryan Stafford working as co-producer. Steve Asbell will oversee the production for Fox.

Production for “Call of the Wild” will start in early September.

Ford is also on board for a fifth “Indiana Jones” film, but its production has been pushed a year to summer 2021 while “Solo: A Star Wars Story” writer Jonathan Kasdan takes a pass on the script.

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22 Times ‘Solo’ Recycled Moments From the Original ‘Star Wars’ Trilogy

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Harrison Ford Crashes Alden Ehrenreich’s Interview: ‘Get Out of My Life!’ (Video)

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Alden Ehrenreich, who plays the young Han Solo in the upcoming “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” was interrupted by none other than Harrison Ford during a recent interview.

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Ehrenreich was explaining what advice Ford gave him on set when the 75-year-old actor snuck up behind him — with “Solo” director Ron Howard in tow.

“You’re s—ting me,” Ehrenreich said. “Oh my God.”

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“Get out of my chair,” Ford said. “Get out of my life!”

The iconic actor then shook Ehrenreich’s hand and gave him a hug. He explained that he was “just in the neighborhood.”

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Ford, of course, played the character of Han Solo in the original “Star Wars” films and “The Force Awakens.” “Solo” also stars Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson and Emilia Clarke and will hit theaters May 25.

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‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Shows Chewie Has Been Bad at Holochess For Years (Video)

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Despite years of flying around on the Millennium Falcon with that holochess game on board, “Solo: A Star Wars Story” shows Chewbacca never managed to improve his strategy.

“Solo: A Star Wars Story” follows young Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) as he gets started on his life of crime, meets and befriends Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo), gets hold of the Millennium Falcon and gambles with Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover). It also stars Woody Harrelson, who plays Tobias Beckett, Han’s mentor in piracy. In a new clip released ahead of the movie’s May 25 launch date, we discover how Chewie learned the game, and why he might need some lessons.

The clip finds Tobias teaching Chewie to play Dejarik, a chess-like game played on a round board, in which players control holographic monsters that fight each other. Fans of “A New Hope,” the original “Star Wars” film, will recognize the game as the one Chewie (Peter Mayhew) and R2-D2 (Kenny Baker) play after leaving Tatooine.

Watch the video above.

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As Tobias shows Chewie the rules of the game, he beats the Wookiee with a move that’s also an Easter Egg — Tobias’ big green lizard-creature picks up and body slams Chewie’s smaller yellow guy. It’s the exact same move R2 uses against Chewie  in “A New Hope.” You’d think Chewbacca might have learned in the intervening years, given that he could have been practicing all that time.

In “A New Hope,” R2’s monster-smashing move causes Han (Harrison Ford) to caution C-3PO (Anthony Daniels) and R2 about their strategy, suggesting they shouldn’t upset Chewie. C-3PO argues that nobody worries about upsetting a droid.

“That’s because a droid don’t pull people’s arms out of their sockets when they lose,” Han explains. “Wookiees are known to do that.”

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Thinking better of the whole thing, 3PO suggests a new strategy to R2: Let the Wookiee win.

It seems that, while Chewie was fine with letting the droids think he might get a little violent over his Dejarik fortunes in “A New Hope,” he really isn’t prone to pulling off the arms of people who beat him. That’s probably because he’s terrible at the game and would wind up with a lot of arms, but no wins.
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