Harrison Ford injury halts Star Wars filming

Plus: Shah Rukh and Salman reconcile; Ariana Grande tops British charts; Pancholis want Jiah Khan’s mum to apologise; Jennifer Lopez turns out for Versace in Paris.
Harrison Ford's injury on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII will result in filming being suspended for two weeks in August. Fred Prouser / Reuters
Harrison Ford's injury on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII will result in filming being suspended for two weeks in August. Fred Prouser / Reuters

Harrison Ford’s injury will cause production on Star Wars: Episode VII to be suspended for two weeks. Disney announced that shooting would be halted for two weeks in August to adjust the production schedule following Ford’s injury. The 71-year-old broke his leg in June during filming of the much-anticipated sequel at Pinewood Studios outside of London. Disney had said earlier that Ford’s injury wouldn’t cause any delays. The studio said Episode VII is still “on track” to wrap in the autumn and be released in December 2015. The accident involved a door on the Millennium Falcon falling on Ford’s leg. His recuperation is expected to take up to two months. Meanwhile, two new actors have been added to the cast. Crystal Clarke and Pip Anderson, both largely unknown, have been cast from an open casting call by Disney and Lucasfilm that received 70,000 submissions. Clarke is a Glasgow-based American actress, while Anderson is a parkour expert and stunt performer. – AP

Shah Rukh and Salman reconcile

The two warring superstar Khans of Bollywood – Shah Rukh and Salman – put aside their differences and hugged, for a second year in a row, when they met at an iftar party in Mumbai on Sunday. They were attending an annual event hosted by the Maharashtra legislator Baba Siddiqui. The Khans had a major falling out at the actress Katrina Kaif’s birthday party in 2008 and while there has been no love lost, they have maintained a cordial relationship in public. – IANS

Ariana Grande tops British charts

The American singer and songwriter Ariana Grande has topped Britain’s singles chart with her track Problem, featuring Iggy Azalea. Ghost, a track by the former tele­vision talent-show contestant Ella Henderson, held onto the second spot. In the albums chart, the British singer and songwriter Ed Sheeran held onto the top spot for a second week with his album X. A self-titled album by 5 Seconds of Summer took the second spot, while an album by George Ezra, Wanted on Voyage, placed third. – Reuters

Pancholis want Jiah Khan’s mum to apologise

Aditya Pancholi and his wife Zarina Wahab, who filed a 10 million rupee (Dh613,000) defamation suit against Rabia Khan earlier this week, are willing to withdraw the case if Khan apologises to them. Khan, the mother of the late actress Jiah Khan, who committed suicide in June last year, says her daughter was murdered and has implicated Pancholi’s son, Sooraj, in the alleged crime. Sooraj was in a relationship with Jiah at the time of her death. – The National staff

Jennifer Lopez turns out for Versace in Paris

Jennifer Lopez on Sunday provided star power in Paris as the designer Donatella Versace kicked off six days of haute couture catwalk shows. The Italian designer sent out opulent blue fur coats, voluminous silk ball gowns and gold-buckled corsets in what she called a celebration of “construction and deconstruction”. Lopez, wearing a strapless white gown, posed with Versace on the steps of the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry near the Champs-Élysées where the show was held. About 30 haute couture fashion shows, including those by some of the biggest names in fashion such as Chanel and Christian Dior, will be held in Paris over the next week, until July 11. – AFP

Look out for our round-up of the best of Paris Haute Couture Week in Sunday’s edition of Arts&Life

Published: July 7, 2014 04:00 AM


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