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  • Brandon Rhea

    Harrison Ford's one-time personal trainer and long-time friend spoke to celebrity gossip website TMZ about how the actor is progressing with rehabilitation from his broken leg, which he sustained on the set of Star Wars Episode VII. So far, it sounds like he's progressing very well.

    "He's getting in shape now. He's feeling great and he's rehabbing it," personal trainer Jake Steinfeld said, having talked to Ford and monitoring his injury, adding, "He and I have been friends for a long time, over 30 years, and he is in great shape. He is going to get back even better than he was, and I've been monitoring it with him. He's feeling great and is in great spirits."

    When asked how bad the injury was, Steinfeld said, "It's not that bad. He's coming b…

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  • Brandon Rhea

    A few days ago, famed Clerks director Kevin Smith revealed he had visited the set of Star Wars Episode VII and that director J.J. Abrams "nailed it." Smith later elaborated on his feelings, as well as responding to criticism from some fans who said that, because he liked the prequel trilogy, he might not be the best judge of whether Episode VII is good. Here is what Smith had to say (via Flickering Myth):

    "I'm really excited and you know, people keep saying that I liked the last trilogy and I did. I liked 1, 2 and 3. But I liked them as an adult, when I watched them they didn't give me the same feeling I had when I was seven watching them for the first time and that's fine. This movie though... Dude, I cried four times. The seven year old in me…
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  • Brandon Rhea

    When Andy Serkis was cast in Star Wars Episode VII, it led to many questions about whether his role would be live action or motion capture. Motion capture technology is when an actual human performs a role in a studio while using certain special effects gizmos that allows animators to create a computer-generated characters on top of them. It means that the animators don't have to create a CGI character from nothing, and can use the movements, facial expressions, and overall performance of the actor in their animation. Serkis is most famous for his motion capture roles, including Gollum in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit; King Kong in the 2000s film of the same name; and Caesar the ape in Rise of the Planet of the Apes and its upcoming sequ…

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  • Brandon Rhea

    Kevin Smith, the famed director behind Clerks, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, and more, revealed today that he visited J.J. Abrams and the set of Star Wars Episode VII. He signed a Non-disclosure Agreement so he can't tell us anything about the story, but he does want us to know that he thinks the movie is good. Check out his Facebook post:

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  • Brandon Rhea

    The Mail Online, the web version of UK's The Daily Mail, has posted new photos of Harrison Ford in London using a brace to help him walk following his injury on the set of Star Wars Episode VII. The photos show Ford walking without the assistance of anyone else, save for the peg-like brace.

    Click here to see the photos on Mail Online

    Other than a few news items, I have mostly tried to stay away from reporting on Ford's injury. There's too much uncertainty, too many rumors (some of which are clearly made up), and no official information beyond the fact that he broke his leg. That does not lend itself to worthwhile news coverage and, as we've seen over the last week or two, just causes more alarm.

    I'm choosing to report on this rumor because, despi…

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  • Brandon Rhea

    Andy Serkis was on Conan last night and briefly talked to host Conan O'Brien about what it's like to be working on Star Wars Episode VII. The famed motion capture actor was announced as part of the cast in April, though it is not yet known what role he will be playing—or if it's a motion capture role.

    Serkis is most famous for bringing the villainous Gollum to life in The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. He is also known for playing the ape Caesar in Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Serkis was on Conan to promote the film's sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, opening on July 11th.
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  • Brandon Rhea

    If there's one kind of Star Wars toy most fans had as a kid, it was undoubtedly Star Wars LEGOs. That tradition won't be changing anytime soon, now that LEGO is getting ready to begin building sets for Star Wars Episode VII. To kick off the production of the new Episode VII models, LEGO released a photo of the Episode VII cast and crew (taken at the table reading in April) entirely in LEGO form. Check it out:

    No word yet on what the LEGO sets might be, but we'll keep you updated once more news is released.
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  • Brandon Rhea


    Harrison Ford's publicist has spoken to the BBC regarding the actor's leg injury, which he sustained after a door fell on him on the set of Star Wars Episode VII. Despite previous reports that Ford had broken his ankle, the publicist confirmed that he actually broke his left leg.

    "His surgery was successful and he will begin rehab shortly," the publicist said. "He's doing well and looks forward to returning to work."

    As we reported yesterday, Ford may return to work earlier than his doctors have recommended, allowing the production to film him in scenes that don't require seeing his leg. Past reports had indicated that the actor could be sidelined from the production for as many as eight weeks.

    Here's hoping that he gets well soon!

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  • Brandon Rhea

    The Daily Express in the United Kingdom is reporting that Harrison Ford, who has been sidelined from the Star Wars Episode VII production ever since injuring his ankle next week, might be returning to the set earlier than expected—against the advice of his doctors.

    It had been expected that Ford would miss eight weeks of filming due to his injury, which reportedly occurred when a door fell on him at Pinewood Studios. According to the new report, however, Ford might be ignoring his doctors' advice and plans to return to the set sooner. A source tells Daily Express that Ford "won't be able to do any physically demanding scenes and even walking will be a problem. But there are certain scenes that can be worked around Harrison's injury." It's been s…

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  • Brandon Rhea

    There have been a number of questions, and some vague or incorrect statements, regarding whether John Williams has been confirmed to score the entire sequel trilogy or just Star Wars Episode VII. The official Star Wars Twitter account has cleared up the confusion:

    Do you want to see Williams return for Star Wars Episode VIII and Star Wars Episode IX, or pass the torch onto another composer? If so, who? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
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