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Oh no! Harrison Ford injured on the set of ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’

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Bad news already from the Star Wars: Episode VII set: Harrison Ford was injured yesterday when he was hit by a falling hydraulic door. He was taken to hospital for further treatment and should be okay, though he will miss an unknown amount of filming due to a fractured ankle.

From The Telegraph:

The actor was at Pinewood studios in Buckinghamshire when a hydraulic door fell down and hit him as he began work on Star Wars: Episode VII.

Mr Ford, 71, who also played Indiana Jones, was immediately assessed by medics on the M Stage at the studios close to spaceship, the Millennium Falcon, and he was taken by stretcher onto a helicopter for further treatment.

A spokeswoman for South Central Ambulance Service said: “We were called at 4.24pm to Pinewood to reports of a 71-year-old male who had sustained an injury to his ankle from a door that had fallen.”

Mr Ford was taken by air ambulance to the John Radcliffe hospital in Oxford with a suspected fracture in his ankle. It is understood he has no major chest injuries but is awaiting results of further tests.

A spokesman for franchise owner Disney, said: “Harrison Ford sustained an ankle injury during filming today on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII. He was taken to a local hospital and is receiving care.

“Shooting will continue as planned while he recuperates.”

Glad to hear that his injuries weren’t too serious, but nevertheless, film sets are dangerous, especially when you’re working with so much high-tech equipment that can go wrong so easily.

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Carrie Fisher To Lose 35 Pounds For Star Wars Sequel

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Carrie Fisher is all set for the new Star Wars film – well, sort of. She feels she has to lose 35 pounds first. Here’s what she told The Los Angeles Times:

They didn’t hire me, they hired me minus 35 pounds.

Mom Debbie Reynolds added,

She’s worked her body out for one year to not have a body.

I hate this. Why does she have to lose 35 pounds to play Princess Leia? She’s obviously aged since she originally put on that gold bikini and why should we expect her to look the same? I don’t hear stories about anyone telling Harrison Ford he has to lose weight to play Han Solo.

I think it’s such bullshit.

What do you think?

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Cast List For New Star Wars Is Out!

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Star Wars mania is surely upon us; a cast list for the new Star Wars film, episode VII, was dropped. It contains legends and unknowns and some surprising pics (above photo).

It’s good to see originals Harrison FordCarrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill in there. Surprising to me is seeing Adam Driver, best known for playing “Adam” on Girls. Daisy Ridley is basically a total unknown, with but a few credits to her name.

We don’t know who is going to play what, but it’s exciting to see stuff with the film actually happening, and I mean stuff beyond the Darth Vader selfie.

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A Darth Vader Selfie Exists Now

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We’re giving you gossip from all over the damn galaxy. Star Wars has its own Instagram account now, and on it, Darth Vader posted a “selfie” (above). It’s pretty cute. Sarah Jessica Parker also just got on Instagram, so I’d say it’s your move, Bradshaw. Your move.

I wonder if they found their new Han Solo yet. Or whatever this ad is for.

Do you think this kind of marketing is funny and cute or ridiculous and insulting to the series?

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YOU Could Be In The New Star Wars! (Provided You’re 17-23)

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It’s a Cinderella story: the new Star Wars film, now with a release date, is doing open casting. Provided you’re 17-23 years-old, and in the UK, you could land a role! Here’s the casting notice, via Variety:

The notice calls for a “beautiful, smart and athletic” young woman to play Rachel, a 17-18 year old, and a “handsome, smart and athletic” man to play Thomas, 19-23 years old.

Video submissions can be entered through the casting website. In addition to the U.K. open auditions, auditions are being held in cities including Chicago, Austin, Nashville and Troy, Mich.

So what are we thinking? Are these notices for Luke and Leia? Luke and Han? Are they trying to find new-comers?

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Star Wars Is Coming!…In 2 More Years

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Star Wars episode XIXIVV%$#7 (okay, actually it’s VII but it feels like so much more) has a release date! Christmas!…of 2015. Still, it’s coming! From USA Today:

Lucasfilm announced Thursday that the next Star Wars film, Star Wars: Episode VII, will open in theaters Dec. 18, 2015. The movie, the first to be released following Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm, will feature J.J. Abrams in the director’s chair.

Episode VII “will not only anchor the popular holiday film-going season but also ensure our extraordinary filmmaking team has the time needed to deliver a sensational picture,” said Disney chairman Alan Horn in a statement.

Okay, chill out there, Alan “Try-Hard” Horn. It’s Star Wars, it sells itself. We STILL don’t know for SURE if Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, or Carrie Fisher is coming back. We know that Mark Hamill is down, as is Ms. Fisher, probably. It’s all about Harrison “Big Money” Ford here.

ARE YOU EXCITED? ARE YOU GOING TO SEE IT?

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Obama Mixes Up Star Wars with Star Trek; Twitter Geeks Explode

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President Obama offended thousands of Star Trek AND Star Wars nerds by mixing up the franchise’s popular references.

The Hollywood Reporter explains his gaffe,

Addressing reporters about the so-called budget sequestration that would gut government spending at midnight, Obama said that he could not force congress to pass a bill to prevent the cuts’ implementation. He is a president, he said, not a dictator, and can’t use a “Jedi mind meld” to force Republicans’ hands.

His flub was combining a “Jedi mind trick” (from Star Wars) with a “Vulcan mind meld” (from Star Trek.) It’s almost a “malapropism” in which, one replaces “an incorrect word in place of a word with a similar sound.” (Thanks, wikipedia.) Mind trick, mind meld, preeeeettty close. Twitter freaked out, but I’m pretty sure 90% of it was in good fun. Man I hope it was in good fun.

Obama is a Star Trek fan, apparently. He invited old school Star Trek cast member Nichelle Nichols to the White House in 2012, and they posed in a photo doing the Vulcan salute.

Live long and may the force be with you, Obama.