Academy Award winner Brian Helgeland’s entertaining biopic, “42,” chronicles the heroism of baseball great Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) and trailblazing Brooklyn Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey (Oscar nominee Harrison Ford) who took a brave stand against prejudice and forever changed the world by changing the game of baseball. The film opens this Friday and also stars Nicole Beharie, Christopher Meloni, Andre Holland, Lucas Black and Hamish Linklater.
Living legend Harrison Ford graced San Jose last weekend as he accepted a Maverick Award at the 23rd annual Cinequest Film Festival. Ford received the “Maverick Spirit Award” along with author Salman Rushdie.
Ford has been asked to join Cinequest for years, and acknowledged he was very “honored” to receive the prize, which credits leaders who “stand out from the crowd” and who “dare to create and innovate with a personal yet global vision”. Organizers told the press that Harrison Ford was given this award for playing a wide diversity of characters and portraying them brilliantly.
With Indiana Jones trilogy coming to Blu-ray this week, Paramount Pictures continued its celebration of the iconic character with a screening of “Raiders of the Lost Ark” on the lot Thursday night with Paramount chairman and CEO Brad Grey, Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford introducing the film.
Last week, via the Ender’s Game production blog, Roberto Orci invited fans of Orson Scott Card’s novel to ask questions about the movie. A handful of questions were selected and answered this week, giving us some insight into the production of the film, including Orci’s favorite scene from the book and the relationship between Ender and Colonel Graff, the character of Harrison Ford (temember these answers may contain spoilers if you haven’t read the book yet):
At a recent 30th Anniversary screening of Raiders of the Lost Ark, director Steven Spielberg joked about “burning bridges” with Crystal Skull. But fans still want more Indiana Jones. So will Indy V ever happen? What about the other movies? Check out the highlights from the Q&A session:
Last night, stars and fans of The Empire Strikes Back gathered at Hollywood’s Arclight Theater for a one-night-only screening of the classic film. The Empire Gives Back, a benefit for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, brought Harrison Ford, Billy Dee Williams and Peter Mayhew (without the Chewbacca suit) together with Ewan McGregor, members of Star Wars: The Clone Wars cast and fans of the franchise.
Ford is simply a tough interview. While promoting his latest project, the inspired-by-a-true-story medical drama, “Extraordinary Measures,” Ford was focused on discussing the film and the development of his character, a composite of several doctors who worked with John Crowley (played by Brendan Fraser) to develop a treatment for his two kids battling a neuromuscular disorder. Insightful anecdotes and funny one-liners are not Ford’s forte.
Q: Do you remember when you first got cast for the part of Indiana Jones?
Tom Selleck had been cast but his network had exercised its option so he couldn’t get released from his TV show, which I didn’t know about at the time. I got a call from George asking me to read a script, which I did. He told me to read the script and to then go over and meet Steven Spielberg at his house. I had never met him before. I read the script and was really excited about what I had read and the potential. The meeting went well and that was it.
Nobody in the Grand Lumiere Theatre, the grandest of the venues in the Palais des Festivals, heckled or chortled or whistled (which is French for booing) during Sunday’s very, very, veryveryvery sold-out Cannes Film Festival world premiere screening of the fourth Indiana Jones picture, “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.”
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