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Filming on the new Star Wars sequel has resumed in the U.K. after director J.J. Abrams stalled the project to allow Harrison Ford to fully recover from a broken leg injury sustained on the set in June (14).
Abrams and his cast and crew regrouped at Pinewood Studios earlier this week (beg25Aug14), according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Ford broke his leg when the Millennium Falcon spacecraft his character Han Solo pilots rolled onto him. The actor underwent surgery and production stalled earlier this month (Aug14) as cast and crew waited for Ford's return.
Executives at Disney and Lucasfilm insist Ford's injury and the shooting hiatus will not delay the film's release. It is scheduled to hit cinemas all over the world in December, 2015.
Producers behind hit period drama Downton Abbey have reportedly banned modern luxuries from the set after a plastic water bottle ruined a promotional picture. Last week (beg11Aug14), TV bosses released a photograph featuring Hugh Bonneville and Laura Carmichael in character to plug the new season, but the snap hit headlines for all the wrong reasons when fans spotted a mineral water container perched on a fireplace.
Producers have now issued strict orders to the cast and crew to keep modern items away from the set, banning accessories such watches and jewellery.
A unnamed castmember tells Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper, "Modern watches and jewellery are out and so even is modern underwear as the danger is apparently too great it could be seen if we bend over. They have relented in the case of prescription glasses and asthma guns, but that's about it."
The Downton Abbey cast hit back in the aftermath of the publicity crisis by posing for a humorous snap holding plastic bottles to promote the charity WaterAid."
Billy Joel reunited with his ex-wife Christie Brinkley at his concert on Thursday night (07Aug14) by singing his hit song Uptown Girl to the woman who starred in his video more than 30 years ago. The supermodel had front row seats to Joel's concert at New York City's Madison Square Garden and during his encore, he sang his 1983 hit single, which was inspired by Brinkley.
In a video posted on YouTube.com, Joel is seen calling on the camera crew to get a shot of Brinkley dancing and singing along to her ex-husband while he performed the track, and at the song's end, Brinkley is shown on the jumbo screens behind Joel with a huge grin on her face.
The blonde beauty later took to Instagram.com to post a photo of herself with daughter Sailor enjoying the gig from their prime seats, and added the caption, "He's still got it."
Brinkley and Joel divorced in 1994 after a nine-year marriage and have one daughter together, singer Alexa Ray Joel.
Actor Vin Diesel struggled to control his emotions on camera when her returned to work on the new Fast & Furious film following Paul Walker's car crash death in November (13). Production on the seventh instalment of the film franchise was put on hold to allow the cast and crew time to mourn the actor's death, and writers a chance to rework the movie's plot.
And Diesel explains that when he returned to shooting, the tragedy was still affecting his acting.
He says, "It's a heavy thing... I grew up in the (nightclub) bouncing world and we lost people bouncing, but the brotherhood in Paul Walker was something completely different.
"We grew up in the business together and we became famous together and we represented the biggest franchise together and he was my partner and it's a strange thing... I've been acting all my life and they don't teach you in acting how to mourn someone and simultaneously pretend they're in a scene with you. It's one of the darker moments in my journey...
The actor also explained that Walker's death made him rethink shooting dangerous action scenes in films.
He continues, "A lot of people don't realise when you do these action movies you put your life on the line more than you should... When you're doing these action films and you're... for lack of a better description, a method-like thespian, and when you go into these action sequences you put yourself in harm's way in kind of an unfair fashion..."
Fast & Furious 7 will hit theatres next April (15).
Gary Oldman is fearing the next 'big one' after living through the Northridge earthquake in Los Angeles in 1994. The actor was shooting Murder in the First when the shaker hit at 4.31am on 17 January - and he and his castmates had to dash for their lives from the set.
Recalling the scary moment the earthquake started during an appearance on U.S. chat show Conan on Tuesday (22Jul14), Oldman recalls, "We were filming, night shooting, on the epicenter on the night that it happened... It sounded like a locomotive being dragged up the side of a mountain. I can't describe the noise that it made and the building sort of went 20 feet that way and then 20 feet that way.
"I was thrown against the set. We had just cut and we were behind the scenery, I was having a drink of coffee, and then this thing hit... I know you're supposed to stand under a doorway... so I'm standing under a doorway, and realised, actually, it was a fake doorway.
"I thought, 'This is not good...' so I made a dash for the exit and one of the crew, he flipped the generator switch so at least we had light, and we were all dressed in '30s clothing, so it was very a bizarre image of (us) all running to an exit in our period clothing.
"In the initial hit, I had been thrown and I had lost my glasses... and as I was running to save my life, I saw them on the ground and I sort of scooped them up. I thought, 'I must save those...' They're not even real glasses, but it went through my mind, 'They're period, they're the only pair'.
"We got outside and then you realise those huge camera trucks had been bouncing round the car park, my trailer had collapsed, and as the sun came up you saw that sort of orange dust cloud. I think the mountains moved a foot closer. It was something. I wouldn't want to repeat it."
Filmmakers Randall Miller and Jody Savin have broken their silence following the death of a camera assistant on their Allman Brothers biopic Midnight Rider, insisting they have committed no crime. Director Miller and his writer/producer wife were shooting a dream sequence on a train trestle in Wayne County, Georgia in February (14) when an oncoming train disrupted filming. Sarah Jones lost her life when the train hit her.
The filmmakers, who surrendered to local authorities on Sunday (13Jul14), have pleaded not guilty to the criminal charges filed against them, and now they've released a statement through their attorney.
Miller and Savin write, "In the weeks and months that follow when the true facts of the events are revealed, people will know that this was not a crime: we never had criminal intent; we would never knowingly or intentionally put anybody’s safety at risk. This was a horrible tragedy and a horrific accident.
"We have remained silent out of respect for the family of Sarah Jones, their loved ones and all of the crew who were injured on that very sad day.
"Our hearts are broken, our spirits are broken. We have young children and can only imagine with immense sadness the heartbreak of losing a child. We are praying for Sarah’s family."
A third producer, Jay Sedrish, turned himself in to police in Georgia on Thursday (17Jul14).
The trio has been indicted on charges of involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass.
Several civil suits have also been filed against MIller, Savin, Sedrish and other individuals and entities associated with the film.
Singer Sara Bareilles has appealed to her celebrity friends to lend her a tour bus after the coach she was travelling in broke down. The Brave star is currently on the road in the U.S. but hit a major setback on Thursday morning (17Jul14) when her tour bus broke down just hours before her planned show in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Bareilles began tweeting from the side of the road, writing, "Hey artist friends: I'm in need of a tour bus. Sadly, not joking. If you're fancy and own one you want rented by a lady like me, let me know?"
She then added a video to show she is serious, filming the broken down bus and her crew as they unloaded equipment from it, adding, "Hey, no really, we're on the side of the road. There's traffic... so if you know anybody - help a sister out!"
Director Randall Miller and his producer wife Jody Savin have been released on bail after surrendering to police in Georgia. The couple and fellow producer Jay Sedrish were charged with involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass related to the death of a camera assistant on the set of their Allman Brothers biopic Midnight Rider.
Sarah Jones, 27, was hit by a train and killed in February (14) as the production crew shot footage on railroad tracks in Wayne County. Six other crew members were also injured.
Miller and Savin turned themselves in to cops on Sunday (13Jul14) and were each freed on $27,000 (£15,882) bail.
Executive producer Sedrish has yet to surrender to authorities.
The trio faces up to 10 years behind bars if convicted of involuntary manslaughter, while the criminal trespass misdemeanour could land Miller and the producers 12 months in prison.
Production on the movie, based on the memoirs of Gregg Allman, was halted following the train tragedy.
Actor Mark Salling has offered his condolences to his Glee co-star Becca Tobin after her boyfriend was found dead in a hotel room in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania last week (ends11Jul14). Tobin, who plays cheerleader Kitty Wilde in the hit TV series, has yet to break her silence about the passing of nightclub owner Matt Bendik, whose body was discovered by a hotel maid last Thursday (10Jul14), but Salling has now expressed his sympathy for the actress.
He tells People.com, "Losing someone that close - I've honestly never been through anything like that, so the most someone like myself can do is offer my condolences. That's a tough one."
Salling admits the sudden death took him back to this time last year (Jul13), when the Glee cast and crew were plunged into despair following the death of actor Cory Monteith.
He says, "Our prayers are with you (Tobin) and with what we went through a year ago with Cory - it's still fresh wounds, and I can't help but associate that feeling with what we went through. But she's such a strong girl, so she'll be all right."
Police are still investigating the death of 35-year-old Bendik, but reports suggest there was no visible evidence of drug use or suicide.
Singer/actress Ariana Grande has written a 'thank you' letter to the cast and crew of Sam & Cat following the cancellation of her hit U.S. TV series. The teen sitcom, starring Victorious' Grande and iCarly's Jennette McCurdy, was put on hiatus in April (14) and now executives at the show's network Nickelodeon have announced the programme will not be returning for another season.
Sharing her thoughts on the end of the show, Grande took to Twitter.com on Sunday (13Jul14) to give thanks to those who have been involved with the series since its inception.
She wrote, "I want to thank Nickelodeon for making a childhood dream of mine come true, for being a family to me, for being so accommodating and supportive of my multitasking with my music career, and for of course introducing me to many of my fans however many years ago.
"I will always hold (character) Cat near and dear to my heart and appreciate her help in my personal growth from teenager to adult. I know she seems like a simple, daft character (and she is) but she played such a huge part in my life.
"Thank you to the cast and crew who I spent almost every day with for a good 4 or 5 years... The guys behind the scenes couldn't have been more pleasant or hard working and I appreciate them for that so much. I can't imagine that there is a more pleasant or professional crew in Hollywood.
"Thank you from the bottom of my heart to a true friend of mine, (series creator) Dan Schneider. I will never take these memories or lessons learned for granted.
"Lastly, thank you to my fans who have been with me since all of this started... you are the most loyal, dedicated and continuously loving supporters I could ever imagine. We've been through so much and you are still here... and we've got a long way to go. Thank you for believing in me, accepting me and loving me. I love you forever."