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The Liberation of Harrison Ford, Character Actor: "It's risky every time you go out" (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

"It's risky every time you go out," says Harrison Ford. The iconic actor can still draw crowds in an Indiana Jones sequel, but at age 71, he is starting to enjoy his rights as a character actor in such roles as Branch Rickey in "42" and Colonel Graff in "Ender's Game."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 27, 2013 4:28 PM
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Governor Jerry Brown, Harrison Ford and Anjelica Huston Celebrate Joan Didion at PEN Center USA Awards

PEN Center USA's 23rd annual Literary Awards Festival at the Beverly Hills Hotel was a dazzling mix of literary Los Angeles and Hollywood, as Joan Didion was winning the Lifetime Achievement Award. Many of the 400 or so attendees, from producer Laura Bickford to authors Bret Easton Ellis, A.M. Homes, Cari Beauchamp, Janet Fitch and Michael Tolkin, were disappointed that the diminutive and frail New York writer was not able to attend, after sustaining a fall. Governor Jerry Brown and Harrison Ford had been friends with Didion for some 40 years, and valued her friendship--and sophisticated dinner parties.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 15, 2013 4:07 PM
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'The Expendables 3' Lays Cash on Aging Acting Stars, Starts Production in Bulgaria

Final casting on Lionsgate and Millennium Films' "The Expendables 3," which started filming August 19 on location in Bulgaria and at Nu Boyana Studios in Sofia, reveals the depth of the Aging Action Star Demographic. There was a time when some of these guys commanded $20 million a picture, and co-starring in a sprawling ensemble like this marks one of their last available big upfront cash paydays. You know that Mel Gibson and Harrison Ford aren't fantasizing about doing this kind of grinding work any more than is Bruce Willis. He famously exited the series, demanding even more than the $3 million he was offered for four days work.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 19, 2013 2:25 PM
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Harrison Ford Talks Comic-Con Fandom, Fat Suits and More

As his new movie Paranoia earns early pans, and he joins the cast of "The Expendables 3," Harrison Ford talks fanboys, fat suits, and the industry's urge to revive his many iconic roles with the New York Times Magazine. Highlights below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 9, 2013 4:47 PM
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Tweeter Stallone Exploits Willis vs. Ford Millions To Sell 'Expendables 3'

So Bruce Wills has outraged Sylvester Stallone because he turned down the offer to shoot four days on "The Expendables 3" in Bulgaria for $3 million. "Uh-hh," said Bruce, in a way that has made his reputation on screen, even in "Expendables" pictures. "If it’s four days I want $4 million." The Hollywood Reporter “Insider” was quoted as saying, “I think Willis was pretty surprised he was replaced in 72 hours by Harrison Ford -- a better actor, a much nicer person and a more interesting direction for the film.”
  • By David Thomson
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  • August 8, 2013 2:29 PM
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Comic-Con: Lionsgate/Summit Puts on Major 'Divergent' and 'Ender's Game' Push, Deflects Controversy

No question that the high point of Comic-Con so far is the Lionsgate/Summit panel to see a trailer for sci-fi "Ender’s Game" (November 1) which is directed by South African director Gavin Hood ("Tsotsi," "X-Men Origins: Wolverine") and aimed at boys, and first-ever footage from young adult "Divergent" (March 21, 2014, IMAX) which is directed by Neil Burger ("Limitless") and aimed at the "Twilight" crowd. Casting is strong on both book adaptations for which Summit harbors high hopes of franchise potential. But it's clear that while the media is aware of Summit's marketing push on these films, the hordes didn't pack into Hall H.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 19, 2013 4:33 PM
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Trailer Watch: Harrison Ford and Asa Butterfield in Sci-Fi Epic 'Ender's Game' (VIDEO)

The first official trailer for writer/director Gavin Hood's VFX-heavy, intergalactic adventure "Ender's Game" is here.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 8, 2013 11:29 AM
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Leading Men Age, But Their Love Interests Don't

Vulture's Kyle Buchanan published an amusing yet disturbing feature charting the age difference between A-list leading actors and their female romantic counterparts. Among the actors scrutinized were Harrison Ford, Tom Cruise and George Clooney.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 26, 2013 4:24 PM
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Review: Unashamed Old-School Biopic '42' Brings Jackie Robinson to Life

"42," the story of Jackie Robinson’s rookie season for the Brooklyn Dodgers, looks like a Norman Rockwell illustration come to life, as I say in my first review for WHYY about this unashamedly old-school biopic.
  • By Carrie Rickey
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  • April 12, 2013 2:35 PM
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First Lady Michelle Obama, Harrison Ford and Chadwick Boseman Talk Jackie Robinson Biopic '42' in Student Workshop

First Lady Michelle Obama Tuesday welcomed the cast and crew of upcoming Jackie Robinson biopic "42," starring Chadwick Boseman and Harrison Ford, along with 80 high school and college students from across the country, to take part in an interactive workshop in Washington DC. Rachel Robinson, Jackie's widow, and Ford, Boseman and director Brian Helgeland led a discussion with the students on the themes and issues of race in the film.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 2, 2013 2:57 PM
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