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Harrison Ford: High-Flying Hero

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Harrison Ford made headlines a few weeks ago after he was spotted walking on crutches in a London grocery store. Don’t worry Star Wars fans, the newest installment to the series is still on track to be released December 18th, 2015. Though his injuries resulted in a two-week production pause, the movie has now resumed principal photography.

During big productions, movie stars are often peppered with silly questions from reporters trying to scrape the rumor mill. This is unfortunate, because it often hides far more interesting stories. For instance, in this case your average reader may be completely unaware that Ford piloted his own jet to arrive in London for filming. In fact, Harrison Ford is not only a fully licensed pilot, he is an aviation fanatic.

Harrison Ford: Notable Aviator

Ford touched down in London back in May. The Daily Mail photographed the 71-year-old actor disembarking his private jet, after piloting it from the states. The article reads, “The actor was a casual flyer and he wore a grey button-down shirt, brown trousers, and a pair of sunglasses on his face.” Specifically, the sunglasses are standard issue, and worn by serious aviators. Similar pairs can be purchased from an online pilot shop.

It turns out that Ford owns eight planes, including a restored US military model De Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver, a Gulfstream G4, and a Cessna – 525, and an Aviat – A – 1B.

Although Ford’s love of aviation didn’t begin on a movie set, it wasn’t until he was a movie star that he could afford his pilot’s license. “I wanted to pursue my pilot’s license back when I was in college, just three lessons I think,” Ford explains. “I think it cost $11 an hour for a plane and an instructor; I just couldn’t afford it.”

By 1999, Ford could more than afford what it cost to become a plane aviator, so he acquired his license. (By then, the cost of learning to fly had increased exponentially.) But, before then, he became a helicopter pilot. On the set of Six Days, Seven Nights, Ford fell in love with the idea of piloting rotor-wing aircraft, specifically helicopters. During filming, he banked 24 hours piloting the helicopter, much to the chagrin of the film’s insurance company. The insurance company did not want to approve Ford to fly, but once he’d met the requirements, they couldn’t say no.

A Flying Do-Gooder

Harrison Ford plays an action hero in most of his films, and in this case art truly imitates life. Twice, while helicoptering, Ford rescued stranded hikers. First, he rescued Megan Freeman when she became exhausted during a five-hour 11,106-foot climb up Table Mountain. The hiker is reported to have said, “I can’t believe I barfed in Harrison Ford’s helicopter!”

Ford became a hero a second time when he rescued 13-year-old Boy Scout, Cody Clawson. “Boy, you sure must have earned a merit badge for this one,” Ford said, according to The Associated Press. “I already earned this badge last summer,” Clawson replied.

Helping kids is nothing new to the actor, as he’s used his aviator skills to fly kids all over the world in association for a future flier’s chapter of the EAA (Experimental Aviation Association). He even provided his aviator services after an earthquake devastated Haiti, helping a team of twenty volunteers get critical medical supplies and services to the area.

So while Ford started as an action movie star, he seems to be transcending into mythic lore on par with some of the great pilots of the Marvel and DC universe. We wonder how Ford’s flying skills compare to those of Tony Stark’s. No, Ford isn’t decked out in Iron Man’s computerized exoskeleton (yet), but he’s certainly at least close to becoming a Blackhawk. And regardless of what DARPA says, we think Ford could definitely take the wheel of Batman’s TDKR, which appears so spectacularly in The Dark Knight Rises.

Of course, sometimes, he just takes off to grab a burger. Ford is quoted as saying, “Learning to fly was a work of art. I’m so passionate about flying, I often fly up the coast for a cheeseburger. Flying is like good music; it elevates the spirit and it’s an exhilarating freedom.”

Does Harrison Ford have any flying advice for would-be aviators out there? He does. When asked what advice he had, Harrison replied that fliers ought to know “how to land,” before they get in the cockpit.

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Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee Starring Jerry Seinfeld & Sarah Jessica Parker

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Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee is back. Jerry Seinfeld‘s talky web series has begun its fourth season, with Sex and the City star Sarah Jessica Parker riding along in the debut episode.

In keeping with the show’s formula, Seinfeld picks up Parker in an old car and takes her out for a cup of java. This time, he’s chosen a 1976 Ford Country Squire and a chrome diner out on Long Island. Along the way, he and Parker chat about nostalgia, parenthood, and much more. We even get a Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee theme song, sung by Seinfeld himself.

Watch the episode HERE.

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Kevin Bacon Reprises His Epic Dance Scene From Footloose After Jimmy Fallon Bans Dancing On The Tonight Show

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Last night, host Jimmy Fallon declared, to much audience consternation, that dancing had been banned on The Tonight Show. In protest, actor Kevin Bacon impressively reprised his epic final dance scene from Footloose, the 1984 film that shot him to stardom.

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ConventionExclusive.com To Release Stan Lee Funko POP Figures On March 14, 2014

On Friday March 14, 2014 conventionexclusive.com will release 2 versions of a Stan “The Man” Lee Funko POP figure!

The sale will begin at 12 noon (EST) and the two (2) versions available will be Excelsior and True Believer for $25 each.

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Kevin Bacon Explains The 1980s To Millennials In Hilarious ’80s Awareness Video

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You think life is hard now? Back in the ’80s, you couldn’t even skateboard to a blockbuster without getting nuked by Russia–at least according to Kevin Bacon. In this video, the ’80s icon explains what the world was really like 30 years ago to hapless millennials who have a dangerously low awareness about life back then.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09q04Dlh7r8&feature=youtu.be

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Jerry Seinfeld & Howard Stern Drive A 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge To Bel Aire Diner In Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee

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Jerry Seinfeld and his special guest, Howard Stern, drive a 1969 Pontiac GTO “The Judge” to the Bel Aire Diner in Astoria, Queens for some coffee in the season finale of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.

 

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Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee With Jerry Seinfeld & George Costanza

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Jerry Seinfeld and George Constanza reunite in this episode of Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee. Hello Newman…

Watch it HERE.

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Jerry Seinfeld & Tina Fey On Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

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Jerry Seinfeld and his special guest, Tina Fey, drive a 1967 Volvo 1800S to Floridita Restaurant for some coffee on this episode of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.

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Eat, Drink And Bill Murray T-Shirt

Lost in Illustration” is a t-shirt design by artist Andrew Gregory featuring a clever play on words and the iconic Bill Murray. T-shirts are available to purchase online from Shirt.Woot for $15.

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Michael Douglas Cast As Ant-Man

Fresh from last night’s Golden Globe win for his performance in Steven Soderbergh’s Behind the Candelabra, Michael Douglas has joined the cast of Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man in the role of Hank Pym! Douglas will star opposite Paul Rudd (now confirmed to be playing Scott Lang) in the Edgar Wright film, set for release on May 1, 2015.

“With Hank Pym’s rich history in the Marvel Universe, we knew we needed an actor capable of bringing the weight and stature to the role that the character deserves,” said Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige. “We felt incredibly relieved when Michael Douglas agreed to step into the part with the charm and fortitude he brings to every character he inhabits, and couldn’t be more excited to see what he will do to bring Hank Pym to life.”

Set to begin production shortly in Georgia, Ant-Man will be directed by Wright, who co-wrote the script with Joe Cornish (Attack the Block).

In the movie we will see Pym as Ant-Man in action in the 60’s and then flash-forward to Scott Lang’s story, and how he comes to acquire the suit, how he crosses paths with Henry Pym, and then teams up with him.

The film, which is supposed to launch “Phase Three” of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, will follow Avengers: Age of Ultron’s May 1, 2015 release.

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