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Steven Spielberg & Harrison Ford Reunite As Indiana Jones Returns To Theaters July 19, 2019

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Indiana Jones will return to the big screen on July 19, 2019, for a fifth epic adventure in the blockbuster series. Steven Spielberg, who directed all four previous films, will helm the as-yet-untitled project with star Harrison Ford reprising his iconic role. Franchise veterans Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall will produce.

“Indiana Jones is one of the greatest heroes in cinematic history, and we can’t wait to bring him back to the screen in 2019,” said Alan Horn, Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios. “It’s rare to have such a perfect combination of director, producers, actor and role, and we couldn’t be more excited to embark on this adventure with Harrison and Steven.”

Famed archaeologist and explorer Indiana Jones was introduced in 1981’s Raiders of the Lost Ark – one of AFI’s 100 Greatest American Films of All Time – and later thrilled audiences in 1984’s Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, 1989’s Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. The four films have brought in nearly $2 billion at the global box office.

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Harrison Ford To Unveil Disney’s Star Wars Theme Park Plans In TV Special On February 21, 2016

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Harrison Ford will be unveiling some of the plans for upcoming Star Wars attractions at Disneyland and Walt Disney World in a TV special set to air February 21, 2016

The Wonderful World of Disney special, which will be broadcast on Disney-owned ABC, will celebrate the 60-year legacy of the Disneyland theme park with participants including Elton John, Josh Gad, and Witney Carson.

Fans who attended Disney’s D23 fan expo last August got a sneak preview of the 14-acre Star Wars additions planned for the parks in Anaheim, California and Orlando, Florida.

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The unnamed Star Wars world will be inhabited by humanoids, aliens, and droids, and “is one of the last ports before wild space,” according to Disney chairman and CEO Robert Iger.

“Every store and restaurant will be operated by local inhabitants, making each experience deeply immersive. Nothing in the land will be out of character or stray from mythology. By the way, we’re currently casting for roles, so if you live on the Outer Rim there maybe a job for you,” he joked.

Among the attractions will be a cantina, like the one seen in 1977’s original Star Wars, with familiar creatures from various parts of the series. It will also include a ride that allows guests to take the controls of Han Solo’s starship freighter the Millennium Falcon as it swoops into the center of an aerial battle between the First Order and the Resistance – the new film’s version of the Empire and the Rebellion.

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Denis Villeneuve To Direct Blade Runner Sequel, Harrison Ford Confirmed

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Harrison Ford is officially set to reprise his celebrated role of Rick Deckard in the sequel to Alcon Entertainment’s Blade Runner and Academy Award nominee Denis Villeneuve to (Prisoners, Incendies) is in negotiations to direct, it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-CEO’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson! The film is scheduled to start principle photography in summer of 2016. Hampton Fancher (co-writer of the original) and Michael Green have written the original screenplay, based on an idea by Fancher and Ridely Scott.

The story takes place several decades after the conclusion of the 1982 original.

“We are honored that Harrison is joining us on this journey with Denis Villeneuve who is a singular talent, as we experienced personally on Prisoners,” said Johnson and Kosove, “Hampton and Michael, with Ridley Scott, have crafted a uniquely potent and faithful sequel to one of the most universally celebrated films of all time, and we couldn’t be more thrilled with this amazing, creative team.”

Ford will next be seen in The Age of Adaline for Lionsgate before he reprises another iconic sci-fi role, returning as Han Solo in J.J. Abrams’ much anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Villeneuve’s next, meanwhile, is the crime thriller Sicario, starring Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, and Benecio Del Toro, for Black Label Media and Lionsgate.

Alcon Entertainment acquired the film, television and ancillary franchise rights to Blade Runner in 2011 from producer Bud Yorkin to produce prequels and sequels to the iconic science-fiction thriller. Yorkin will serve as a producer on the sequel along with Kosove and Johnson. Cynthia Sikes Yorkin will co-produce.

Frank Giustra and Tim Gamble, CEO’s of Thunderbird Films, will serve as executive producers.

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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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David Blaine: Real or Magic To Air On ABC On November 19, 2013

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David Blaine returns to primetime television in a groundbreaking new special David Blaine: Real or Magic, this November on the ABC Network.

David Blaine’s signature brand of street magic mystifies the most recognizable celebrities in the world, including Jamie Foxx, Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Ricky Gervais, Katy Perry, Woody Allen, and Robert DeNiro, to name a few.

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He goes into the homes of Kanye West and Harrison Ford, Will Smith and Olivia Wilde. He visits Stephen Hawking at his office in Cambridge University. Blaine also travels the world, astonishing people from all walks of life with never-before seen, inconceivable magic.

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Blaine has been captivating the world with death-defying feats for nearly two decades. He’s been buried alive in New York City for a week, encased inside a six-ton block of ice for three days and nights, he stood atop a 100-foot-tall pillar in Bryant Park for 36 hours without a safety net, survived on nothing but water inside a transparent box in London for 44 days, and spent one week submerged in a sphere-shaped aquarium at Lincoln Center, at the end of which he attempted to break the world record for breath holding. A year later, he succeeded in breaking that record live on The Oprah Winfrey Show, holding his breath for 17 minutes and 4 seconds. In 2008, Blaine hung upside down for over 60 hours in New York’s Central Park. Most recently, in October of 2012, he stood in the middle of a million volts of electricity for 73 consecutive hours.

With Real or Magic, Blaine redefines magic once again, eliciting reactions that both shock and defy all expectations.

 

The 90 minute special will air on November 19, 2013 from 9:30 PM-11PM EST on ABC.

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George Lucas Confirms Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill & Carrie Fisher’s Return to Star Wars

In an interview with Devin Leonard of Bloomberg Businessweek, George Lucas confirmed that negotiations are in place for Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill to come back for the upcoming Star Wars films.

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