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Star Wars actor Mark Hamill has branded Harrison Ford's on-set accident "really terrible" but insists the Hollywood legend is now "doing really well".
The Indiana Jones star, 71, broke his leg on the set of the new installment of the sci-fi franchise, Star Wars: Episode VII, last month (Jun14) in an accident involving a prop spaceship.
Ford returned to the U.S. after he was released from hospital and could be out of action for several months as he recovers from his injury, but his original Star Wars co-star Hamill, who also appears in the new movie, is adamant his pal will be back on his feet soon.
Hamill tells the BBC, "I was not on set. It sounded really terrible but I hear he's doing really well. It will take more than that to stop Harrison Ford."
The actor, who plays Luke Skywalker, adds of the Star Wars project, "It was certainly unexpected (to return). I (my character) already had a beginning, middle and end. I never thought we'd come back. I still can't believe it's happening... To go on to those sets that evoked so many memories. It is just astonishing."
Scottish stars Rod Stewart and Susan Boyle welcomed The Queen and the 2014 Commonwealth Games to Glasgow on Wednesday (23Jul14). Boyle sang Wings hit Mull of Kintyre as the monarch entered Celtic Park during the opening ceremony, while Stewart wore a silver suit as he performed his hit Rhythm Of My Heart.
The big event was opened by actors John Barrowman and Karen Dunbar, who hit the stage with a song written specially for the Games.
Singer/songwriter Amy MacDonald was also among the opening ceremony stars and Stewart returned to the stage to close the big gig with Can't Stop Me Now, just before The Queen declared the Games open.
Reports suggest Kylie Minogue will perform at the closing ceremony on 3 August (14).
Former Destiny'S Child star Farrah Franklin has urged critics not to speculate about her disorderly conduct arrest on Sunday (20Jul14). The singer, 33, was taken into custody by police in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina after enjoying a night out with American football players Da'Quan Bowers and Ricky Sapp.
They returned to Sapp's home in the early hours of Sunday, but the sportsmen called cops after Franklin started shouting and slamming doors, according to TMZ.com. She ran off and was allegedly found lying intoxicated on a neighbour's front yard.
Franklin, who was subsequently released on bail, has yet to open up about the events which led to her arrest, but she took to her Twitter.com blog on Monday (21Jul14) to thank fans for their messages of support and blast those who were mocking her legal troubles.
In a series of posts, she wrote, "Unbothered and staying prayed up (sic) and, away from any negativity... Don't judge what you don't know.
"The sad thing is people LIVE for drama but run from the truth, Smh (shaking my head). There's always 3 sides to a story your side, my side and the TRUTH! But the truth is normally not as interesting as a lie, lol (laugh out loud).
"Thank you to EVERYONE who has reached out to send me love and Blessings during this messy time in my life it's greatly appreciated."
She added, "I pray for God to give me strength in every weak and weary place in My life and, for Him to turn My obstacles into Victories. Amen... God gives all of his hardest battles to his strongest soldiers."
Franklin was briefly a member of Beyonce's girl group before she was dismissed in 2000.
Singing sensation Susan Boyle flew the flag for her native Scotland by taking part in a relay race in the run-up to the Commonwealth Games and sharing her time in the sporting spotlight with sick kids. The Britain's Got Talent star joined the Queen's Baton Relay outside the Yorkhill Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow.
She then carried the baton around the wards, giving both the children and staff a chance to share in the excitement of the sporting event, which kicks off in Glasgow on Wednesday (23Jul14).
Boyle tells British newspaper the Daily Record, "It was a lot of fun. I had a ball, an absolute ball. It was good to bring the Commonwealth Games to the children. They don't get a chance to see it, so we're bringing it to them."
The baton has covered 118,000 miles (189,903 kilometres) and 70 nations during the epic 288-day relay, and has returned to Glasgow in time for Wednesday night's opening ceremony, during which Boyle will perform alongside Rod Stewart and Amy Macdonald.
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British actor Idris Elba is in talks to reteam with director Guy Ritchie on a reimagining of the classic King Arthur tale.
The Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom star has been tapped to portray Bedivere, the Knight of the Round Table who legend has it returned the sword Excalibur to the Lady of the Lake and served as Arthur's 'marshal' and battle mentor, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Casting for the title role is expected to begin next month (Aug14). If Elba signs on for Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur, it will reunite him with his RocknRolla director, Ritchie.
Actor Jason Biggs is hoping to move on from the backlash he received for making an ill-advised joke about last week's (ends18Jul14) Malaysia Airlines flight disaster after apologising once again during a U.S. TV appearance on Monday (21Jul14).
The American Pie star found himself under fire on Thursday (17Jul14), moments after hearing that Flight MH17 had crashed in the Ukraine, after he took to Twitter.com and quipped, "Anyone wanna buy my Malaysia Airlines frequent flier miles?" It has since emerged the jet, which was en route from Amsterdam, Holland to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, had been shot down in a suspected attack by pro-Russia rebels in the Ukraine, killing all 298 people onboard. Biggs was initially defiant over his comments, insisting, "It's a f**king joke", but he later returned to Twitter to try and make amends for his bad behaviour.
On Monday, he appeared as a guest co-host on The View and opened the daytime talk show by revisiting the issue once more to clear up any doubts about his sincerity. A sombre Biggs explained, "I certainly meant no harm, there was no malice behind it, but I was stupid... It was offensive, it was poorly timed."
"I have always tried to find the humour in even the darkest of situations, whether it's personal tragedy or bad news of any kind. It's a knee-jerk reaction for me. It's how I cope but this is not the time (to make jokes about MH17)..."
The actor admitted he had only heard the breaking news of the crash when he tweeted about it and was unaware of the subsequent developments as he battled his critics online, but now he accepts he was clearly in the wrong.
He added, "I also wasn't aware of the extent and the magnitude of what had happened. It was very quick, I didn't think and I wasn't aware of what was happening and what was transpiring and the extent of just how horrible this tragedy was... "I have nothing but sympathy for the victims and their families, but I've learned a lot from here and I'd like to move on from it."
Incarcerated rapper Meek Mill has lost his bid for reduced jail time for violating the terms of his probation. The Ima Boss hitmaker was sentenced to three-to-six months behind bars earlier this month (Jul14) after he failed to abide by the rules of his parole, linked to his 2009 drug and guns conviction.
His lawyers returned to court in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for an emergency hearing on Friday (18Jul14), but their request for a lighter sentence was rejected.
Mill will now remain in jail until at least September (14), although his attorneys are planning to take their appeal to a higher court.
Selena Gomez has waded into the war in the Middle East with an Instagram post in which she urged her fans to "pray for Gaza". The Come & Get It singer sparked a political debate on the social networking site after making her feelings known on Friday (18Jul14).
She wrote, "It's About Humanity. Pray for Gaza... Please pray for those families and babies today. Please always remember what's important in life. It's not any of this. We are here to help, inspire and love. Be that change. #wearethenextgeneration"
Her good intentions were slammed by many followers, who felt the pop star shouldn't be concerning herself with international affairs - and her Twitter.com page was flooded with 'haters' threatening to 'unfollow' her for her comments.
Charged by others who praised her for the message about the controversial Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Gomez returned to Instagram over the weekend and posted an image of a woman meditating in the ocean.
The captioned the shot with, "And of course to be clear, I am not picking any sides. I am praying for peace and humanity for all!"
Gomez's drama comes just days after Rihanna posted and quickly deleted a tweet, which read: "#FreePalestine".
She had second thoughts eight minutes later and replaced the post with, "Let's pray for peace and a swift end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict! Is there any hope?"
M.I.A was booed during her headline set London's Lovebox Festival on Saturday (19Jul14) as the show was blighted with technical problems. The Paper Planes hitmaker complained onstage that she could not hear sound through her earpiece and asked for her microphone to be turned up.
Halfway through the set, she invited members of the audience to dance onstage with her, but shortly afterwards, the sound cut off and the screens went blank.
M.I.A. went offstage during the power cut, which was reportedly caused by an audience member knocking a cable, and returned several minutes later when it was fixed.
She performed three more songs, which were also blighted by poor sound quality, before cutting her set short, prompting boos and complaints from festival-goers on Twitter.com.
Rapper Eminem suffered a similar fate earlier this month (Jul14) when his concert in London was ruined by poor sound quality.
Sir Mick Jagger has opened up about the death of his girlfriend L'Wren Scott in a new TV interview, admitting it has been a "hard year" and he threw himself into work to cope.
The Rolling Stones frontman was asked about the tragedy during an interview on America's Today show, which aired on Friday (18Jul14) to promote the new James Brown biopic Get On Up that the singer produced.
Jagger looked sombre as he revealed he threw himself into work to deal with the pain of Scott's death. He said, "I'm doing okay. It's difficult. (It's been a) very hard year, but I got back into it by working on touring with the Stones in Europe and doing other things, including doing this great movie... (I've had) a lot of support... and I appreciate that."
Jagger was on tour with the band in Australia when his long-term partner took her own life at her apartment in New York City in March (14), prompting the group to postpone shows in Australia and New Zealand.
The veteran singer returned to the stage in Norway in May (14).
In an idyllic French mountain town, a seemingly random collection of people find themselves in a state of confusion as they attempt to return to their homes. What they don't know yet is that they have been dead for several years, and no one is expecting them back. As they struggle to reintegrate with their families and past lovers, buried secrets emerge and new mysteries develop as they grapple with a miraculous and sinister new reality. But it seems they are not the only ones to have returned from the dead. Their arrival coincides with a series of gruesome murders that bear a chilling resemblance to the work of a serial killer from the past.