Harrison Ford's injuries are not life threatening and he is expect to make a "full recovery" after his plane crash on Thursday (05Mar15), according to the actor's publicist.
The Indiana Jones star, who is a keen pilot, was forced to make an emergency landing on a golf course in California after his vintage aircraft suffered engine problems shortly after taking off from Santa Monica Airport. Ford was treated at the scene by two doctors before paramedics arrived and took him to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, where he is in a stable condition.
The actor's publicist, Ina Treciokas, has now given an update, saying in a statement, "Harrison was flying a WW2 vintage plane today which stalled upon take-off. He had no other choice but to make an emergency landing, which he did safely. He was banged up and is in the hospital receiving medical care. The injuries sustained are not life-threatening, and he is expected to make a full recovery."
Ford, 72, has since been praised by aviation experts for his quick-thinking in the face of an emergency.
Christian Fry, of the Santa Monica Airport Association, says. "I would say that this is an absolutely beautifully executed - what we would call - a forced or emergency landing, by an unbelievably well-trained pilot."
Celebrity pilot Harrison Ford was forced to make an emergency landing on a California golf course on Thursday (05Mar15) after experiencing a mechanical issue while flying a two-seater vintage fighter plane.
Reports suggest the actor was taken to hospital after he crashed the World War Two aircraft on Penmar Golf Course, minutes after taking off from nearby Santa Monica Airport.
Sources tell TMZ.com the Star Wars actor suffered multiple gashes to his head and was treated at the golf course by two doctors before paramedics arrived and carried him to an ambulance on a stretcher.
Howard Tabe, an employee at the Penmar Golf Course, tells NBC News, "There was blood all over his face... Two very fine doctors were treating him, taking good care of him. I helped put a blanket under his hip."
Ford, who is in a stable condition in Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, was the only person onboard the plane. National Transportation Safety Board officials are investigating the incident.
Ford's son, Ben Ford, has taken to Twitter.com to update fans on his dad's condition, assuring them the Hollywood star is doing fine. He wrote, "At the hospital. Dad is ok. Battered, but ok! He is every bit the man you would think he is. He is an incredibly strong man. Thank you all for your thoughts and good vibes for my dad."
This is not the first time Ford has been involved in a plane crash - a six-passenger plane he was piloting took a hard landing in Lincoln, Nebraska, in the summer of 2000 and the actor also crash-landed a helicopter in October, 1999.
Celebrities have taken to social media to offer Ford their support - Melissa Joan Hart, Dane Cook, Josh Gad and filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan were among the friends and fans sending prayers and thoughts on Twitter.com, while Star Trek icon William Shatner, who is still recovering from the death of his friend Leonard Nimoy last week (27Feb15), writes, "Thoughts going out to Harrison Ford for a speedy recovery."
Oscar-nominated costume designer Patricia Norris has died, aged 83. Norris, who frequently worked with directors David Lynch and Mel Brooks, passed away on 20 February (15).
She earned six Academy Award nominations for Best Costume Design throughout her storied career, including nods for films Sunset, 2010, Victor, Victoria, Lynch's The Elephant Man, Days of Heaven, and last year's (14) 12 Years a Slave.
Under Lynch, Norris served as both a production and costume designer, on films including Wild At Heart and Lost Highway. She also earned an Outstanding Costume Design Emmy award for the pilot of Lynch's cult TV drama, Twin Peaks.
Norris collaborated with veteran entertainer Brooks on three of his films, including Silent Movie, High Anxiety and History of the World: Part I.
Her other credits include Scarface, The Candidate, Killing Them Softly, The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford and The Singing Detective.
Norris was feted with a lifetime achievement award from the Costume Designers Guild in 2007 and the Art Directors Guild in 2011, making her the only person to receive the top honour from both organisations.
Some of the greatest and most memorable movie quotes of all time were completely unplanned. Don't believe us? Take a look at 20 of our favorites below and see for yourself:
1. Annie Hall
Woody Allen's famous sneeze as his character, Alvy Singer, picks up a box of cocaine at a party, and after finding out that it's $2,000 an ounce, he asks what the appeal is...before sneezing all of the powder away into its owner's face. The sneeze was not scripted, believe it or not. The moment tested well with audiences and the other actors in the scene reacted so perfectly to it that Allen decided to keep it.
Perhaps one of the film's most memorable lines, Leonardo DiCaprio's feeling of invincibility would never have been captured had he not ad-libbed the line, "I'm king of the world!" Titanic has other improvised moments as well, like the scene where Jack teaches Rose to spit and when Rose spits in Cal's face.
3. Being John Malkovich
Though this moment is contested somewhat, we still love the story. A few extras allegedly snuck some beer onto the set to make the most of long hours of filming. One such extra, who was (may or may not have been) supposed to throw something at actor John Malkovich's head from a passing vehicle, shouted "think fast," making the scene even funnier. Rumor has it that because of the line's inclusion, the extra had to receive a generous pay raise, all because of a drunken addition to the movie.
4. Blade Runner
As Blade Runner, a film about a bounty hunter seeking androids to "retire," reaches its conclusion, its main character, Rick Deckard, is saved by the android he is supposed to kill. Right before preparing to die, the android, Roy Batty, gives a monologue reflecting on his past experiences. Though the monologue was indeed scripted, actor Rutger Hauer added the beautiful phrase, "like tears in rain."
5. Taxi Driver
The script said "Travis talks to himself in the mirror." Robert De Niro took care of the rest. Because of this, we're left with one of the best lines in movie history, one of the greatest performances of all time, and the best idea for a theme party ever.
6. Dumb and Dumber
The original script featured the titular idiots to argue over jelly beans in order to test the nerves of the hitman they unknowingly picked up as a hitchhiker. Since this is a movie with Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels, it evolved into something altogether different. The most annoying sound in the world was, for better or for worse, entirely improvised.
7. Good Will Hunting
Robin Williams received his first and only Oscar for his dramatic role in Good Will Hunting. You may be able to take Robin Williams out of the comedy, but you can't keep the comedy out of him, and thus, in the midst of a pivotal scene in the movie, Williams broke into an unplanned story about his wife's flatulence. Matt Damon's uncontrollable laughter is genuine, as are the moments the camera shakes because of the cameraman's laughter. That's a magical movie moment.
The most memorable moment of Martin Scorsese's 1990 mobster movie is easily Joe Pesci's refusal to be called funny. This line was allegedly ad-libbed and inspired by a real incident where Pesci called a not-very-pleasant gangster funny.
9. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
Hardcore Star Wars fans may know this bit already: the famous Han Solo moment where he tells Princess Leia "I know" wasn't scripted. The line was originally written as "I love you too," but didn't seem to fit into character. Harrison Ford suggested they change it to something a little more in line with Han Solo's personality, and thus, the greatest response to "I love you" was born.
10. Pretty Woman
In a gloriously unscripted moment, Richard Gere's character was supposed to present Julia Roberts with a stunning diamond necklace, but instead playfully snapped the bling box closed. The unplanned move, and Roberts' perfect reaction to it, was so honest and fit the film so well, director Garry Marshall kept it in the finished version.
11. Raiders of the Lost Ark
The epic sword fight that was scheduled for this scene (or perhaps it was a whip vs. sword situation) was ignored entirely in favor of this easier-to-film scene. The moment, when Indiana Jones just nonchalantly pulls out his pistol and does away with the swordsman, wasn't scripted. Spielberg agreed to do it to make filming easier for Harrison Ford, who was feeling a bit under the weather at the time. Thus, movie history was born.
After David Duchovny's character explains to Ben Stiller's Derek Zoolander why male models have been behind every political assassination of the last 200 years, Stiller forgot the line he was supposed to stay in true Zoolander fashion, so he just repeated his previous line, "Why male models?" This prompted Duchovny's equally funny ad-lib, "Are you serious? I just told you that a moment ago..."
13. The Godfather
The Godfather has a scene where Peter Clemenza is heading out to whack Paulie, but before he does, his wife asks him to pick up some cannolis. While the scene following Paulie's death was originally scripted as just "Leave the gun," Clemenza added a bit of humor and continuity to the film by adding the second part.
14. The Shining
Stanley Kubrick's iconic adaptation of the Stephen King classic features the ad-libbed line "Here's Johnny!" Jack Nicholson improvised this line after chopping his way through the door and sticking his face in. The quote, referencing Johnny Carson's immensely popular late night show's introduction, added a bit of humor to an incredibly terrifying moment. It also, strangely, made the moment way creepier too.
Really, though, there was nothing else to be said. After seeing the shark for the first time, this unscripted moment was the only logical reaction a person could have. And now it's legendary.
16. The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up
The extremely memorable, easy-to-imitate moments from both of these films were ad-libbed entirely by stars Seth Rogen and Paul Rudd. Director Judd Apatow had enough faith in both comedians to allow them to go on for several minutes in an unedited clip. The scenes may get a little annoying, but they are undeniably funny.
17. Midnight Cowboy
Legend has it that this NYC cab ignored the indications that a movie was shooting on this street and drove down anyway. Dustin Hoffman's brilliant reaction was genuine and in character, and the rest is history.
Arguably the most iconic line in the entire film, this one was ad-libbed by Humphrey Bogart during filming. Apparently, it's something he would say to Ingrid Bergman while teaching her poker between takes.
19. The Silence of the Lambs
While the line about eating a census taker's liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti may have been in the script (as well as the book), the terrifying slurping hiss Anthony Hopkins lets out next was certainly not. It was left in the film because, hello, it's totally the creepiest thing a cannibal could do after discussing a meal.
Bill Murray, as surely everyone knows, can do literally anything. He's the greatest. Clearly director Harold Ramis knew that too -- the script for Caddyshack featured a scene where Murray's character Carl emulates a kid announcing his fantasy sports moment. Murray simply asked for four rows of mums, and boom! Movie magic.
Actress Patricia Arquette has criticised movie bosses for frequently casting younger actresses in roles involving love affairs with older men.
Arquette won the best supporting actress honour for her role in Boyhood at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards on Sunday (08Jan15), and after collecting her accolade the star hit out at age-gap romances onscreen.
She said, "I think men over 40 don't want to be cast with women who are their own age. I find it funny... Sometimes you'll have someone like Harrison Ford in a movie and the woman opposite him isn't a few years younger than him, she'll be 20 years younger. And that's the ridiculous thing."
Hollywood director/producer Ryan Murphy has become a father for the second time after welcoming a son via surrogate.
The Glee creator and his husband David Miller became parents on Friday (03Oct14) when they brought home a little boy named Ford, joining elder brother Logan, who was born in December, 2012.
Murphy tells E! Online, "His name is Ford. I brought him home today from the hospital and Logan gave him kind of a side eye... It was an amazing birth. Thirty seven weeks and a day and he was a chunkier, seven pounds, 13 ounces. David and I were there and pulled him out and cut the cord and cried and it was pretty amazing. And now look at me I'm crying again."
The couple married in 2012.
Jane Fonda gave a candid speech about the sexual abuse her mother suffered as a child during The Rape Foundation's Annual Brunch in Beverly Hills, California on Sunday (28Sep14). The veteran actress spoke to the audience about researching her memoir and discovering that her mum, Frances Ford Seymour, was assaulted at the age of eight.
Reflecting on her mother's suicide and their fractious relationship, Fonda told the audience, "The minute that I read that (about the abuse), everything fell into place, I knew why the promiscuity, the endless plastic surgery, the guilt, the inability to love or be intimate, and I was able to forgive her and forgive myself... I will support the Rape Treatment Centre for the rest of my life."
The event was held to mark the 40th anniversary of the Rape Treatment Centre, which provides free help for victims of sexual assault.
Actors David Schwimmer and Eric McCormack also gave speeches during the bash at the home of billionaire Ron Burkle, and guests included Amanda Heard and Viola Davis.
Actor Neil Patrick Harris married his long-term partner David Burtka in Italy over the weekend (06-07Sep14).
The How I Met Your Mother star confirmed the news in a post on Twitter.com on Monday (08Sep14) and shared a picture of the happy couple exchanging vows.
He added in a caption, "Guess what? David Burtka and I got married over the weekend. In Italy. Yup, we put the 'n' and 'd' in 'husband'." The actor and his partner tied the knot on Saturday (06Sep14) and wore Tom Ford tuxedos for the ceremony, which was officiated by How I Met Your Mother producer/director Pam Fryman, according to E! News. Reports suggest the couple's longtime friend Sir Elton John performed at the reception.
Harris and Burtka became parents when they welcomed twins Harper and Gideon via surrogate in October, 2010, and they announced their engagement the following year (11).
We got 86 hours of genre-defining television to digest, examine, ruminate on, live in, and yet we’ve still barely managed to pull our minds away from the last three seconds. The Sopranos may be regarded as the greatest dramatic TV series of all time, but four out of five conversations about the show these days surround its divisive ambiguous ending: “So what do you think,” we inevitably say to whomever we’ve found ourselves trading Sal impressions and praise of the “Pine Barrens” episode, “is Tony dead?” On Wednesday, the world found Sopranos creator David Chase’s — so fed up with the resilience of the question that he finally caved in a conversation with Vox writer Martha P. Nochimson — perspective on the matter: (and here’s his answer, for those wishing to stay in the dark)
Of course, Chase maintains that his is not the definitive ruling, that each and every viewer has equal authority on the case of Tony’s survival. Personally, I’ve always held to the belief that the family man/family man never made it out of that Italian restaurant, though I’ve had friends plead the alternative with terrific cases. More important to you than what anyone else thinks (be he a fellow viewer or even the creator of the series in question) is what you think, as your experience and relationship and with the show is yours to understand as you see fit. So what do you think about The Sopranos, and other shows and movies bearing likewise ambiguous conclusions? Let us know!
THE SOPRANOS: Did Tony die?
Yes: As Bobby Bacala said about death, “You probably don’t even hear it when it happens, right?”
No: That would be a thematic copout! Tony lives on with the demons he’s collected.
INCEPTION: Does the movie end in a dream?
Yes: Leo finds himself stuck in the prison (or paradise) of his own subconscious, destined to live forever with the mental projections of his children.
No: Cobb puts the incepting game behind him and returns home to the loving embrace of his children.
BLADE RUNNER: Is Deckard a replicant?
Yes: Just follow the unicorn.
No: But the jury’s out on Harrison Ford himself.
AMERICAN PSYCHO: Was it all in his head?
Yes: The Bret Easton Ellis adaptation is just a metaphorical glimpse into the menace and greed that lines our materialistic society.
No: That much Huey Lewis could turn anyone into a murdering lunatic.
SHUTTER ISLAND: Was it all in his head?
Yes: Man, Leo really needs to start playing folks with a better grip on reality than these dudes seem to have.
No: Trust us, Ashcliffe ain’t no Maui.
TOTAL RECALL: Okay, but was it all in HIS head?!
Yes: The whole thing was a falsified memory… just like we choose to believe about the remake.
No: We don’t want to live in a reality where “Consider this a divorce!” never happened.
BARTON FINK: Speaking of heads, was there a head in Barton's box?
Yes: What else could it be? John Goodman practically told us that outright!
No: The whole episode was a conconction of the writer's own imagination anyhow.
DAWN OF THE DEAD: Do Peter and Francince make it to safety?
Yes: There's gotta be somewhere out there that they can lay low to wait out this nightmare.
No: Humanity is doomed. They're no exception.
LOST: Were they dead the whole time?
Yes: Plane crashed. Passengers died. Island gave them the sort of afterlife they don’t tell you about in Hebrew school.
No: What, you can’t believe in a few smoke monsters, teleporting polar bears, mystical numeric patterns, omnipotent lighthouses, and a pair of immortal twins?
THE SHINING: Do you have any idea what happened at the end of that one?
Yes: Sure, it’s clear as day! He — whoops, gotta go!
No: For that matter, what the hell is going on in this scene?
Victoria Beckham has followed husband David and son Brooklyn's lead and accepted pal Eva Longoria's ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The former Spice Girls star posted footage of her early morning ice shower on Twitter.com on Thursday (21Aug14) and nominated Tom Ford, Katie Holmes and her son Cruz Beckham to take the challenge next.