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Han Solo has been compromised.

Disney confirmed today that Harrison Ford was injured during the filming of Star Wars: Episode VII, saying via press release that the veteran actor hurt his ankle and was taken to a hospital in London.

“Harrison Ford sustained an ankle injury during filming today on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII," reads the company statement. "He was taken to a local hospital and is receiving care. Shooting will continue as planned while he recuperates."

Details are scarce, but the star - reprising his beloved role of Han Solo for the wildly anticipated follow-up - was filming a scene near the door of the Millennium Falcon when the incident occurred.

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Today marks the tenth anniversary of the release of a film that surely ranks among the most surprising sleeper hits in Hollywood history.

When Napoleon Dynamite hit theaters in 2004, moviegoers were unlikely to recognize a single actor in the cast; its directors - an unknown married Utah couple - were only in their early 20s; and the film even lacked the rave reviews usually required for an indie film to find mainstream success.

Yet somehow the tale of a ginger-froed teen and his mustachioed sidekick became a love-it-or hate-it cult phenomenon and went on to gross over $46 million domestically.

Jon Heder
Heder played the title character in Napoleon Dynamite. He's continued to work consistently in the decade since, but has never recreated the succcess of his breakthrough film.

With a full decade passed since Jon Heder became the most unlikely movie star since Steve Buscemi, we thought it would be a good time to check in on what the cast has been up to in the years since Napoleon Dynamite briefly made them household names.

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Mark Hamill played the part of Luke Skywalker in the original 1977 Star Wars film, and the movie undeniably defined his career and changed his life.

Having officially joined the cast of Star Wars Episode VII, Hamill will reprise his most famous role for the first time in over 30 years, and it seems he's concerned that modern fans just won't be as enamored with the Jedi from Tatooine.

Mark Hamill Pic

"I have this feeling that no matter what we do, there's going to be this faction that's really disappointed," Hamill told The Orlando Sentinel. "You just can't live up to that."

Though he didn't appear in the films, Hamill is probably acutely aware of the mixed reactions spurred by the most recent Star Wars trilogy and he's apparently concerned that the amount of hype surrounding the new slate of movies (which will include "stand-alone" Star Wars films directed by Josh Trank) will be crushed by the weight of Internet expectations:

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Eva Green's semi-nude photo for a poster promoting Sin City: A Dame to Kill For ignited a mini-scandal when the MPAA refused to allow the poster to be displayed in movie theater lobbies.

Fortunately, rather than throwing up their hands and resigning the posters to some exec's "private collection," the studio slightly altered the shot to gain the powerful association's approval.

Check out the ever-so-subtly-changed before and after posters below and see if you can even distinguish between the two.

  • Eva Green: Sin City Poster
  • Eva Green Photoshopped Sin City Poster

Yes, the gun in Eva's hand isn't the part that concerned the MPAA, rather it was the "curve of under breast and dark nipple/areola circle visible through sheer gown" that had censors concerned the poster would warp impressionable young minds.

So the studio simply sent the poster back to the lab to have Eva's robe made slightly more opaque and voila - acceptable boobage.

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Disney's Maleficent enjoyed remarkable box office numbers on its opening weekend, and gave star Angelina Jolie the biggest opening of her career.

With that lucrative confirmation that kids and adults alike will turn out in droves to see a live action fairy tale, the House of Mouse is now gambling on a remake of the 1991 animated smash Beauty and the Beast.

The studio - which will also release Star Wars Episode VII in 2015 - announced detailed plans for the live-action B & B yesterday, and they've already got a director and screenwriter in place.

Bill Condon - best known for his work on Dreamgirls and both parts one and two of the Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - will helm the film, and it's set to be written by Disney veteran Evan Spiliotopoulos.

Of course, the big question on the lips of every Belle-Prince Adam 'shipper is who will play the title roles?

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Yesterday, photos from the set of Star Wars Episode VII leaked online, and director JJ Abrams is understandably not pleased...but at least he's maintained his sense of humor.

The director responded to the leak via his production company's Twitter page yesterday with a hand-written note that includes an in-joke for Star Wars obsessives:

  • JJ Abrams Photo
  • JJ Abrams Note

"I wish people would stop leaking photos from Episode VII," reads the note. "And making ridiculous claims that the Millenium Falcon is in the movie."

The message sits atop a game board that fans might recognize from the famous R2D2 vs. Chewbacca intergalactic chess match in episode IV. That scene gave us the oft-quoted line, "Let the wookie win!"

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Star Wars Episode VII is still more than a year away, but we're already receiving updates about the "stand-alone" films that will follow, but will not serve as official sequels to the forthcoming movie.

Still with us? To clarify: JJ Abrams will direct Star Wars episodes VII, VIII, and IX, but Disney and Lucasfilms also plan to release a series of films that take place in a galaxy far, far away but are not related to the new trilogy.

Josh Trank

At least one of those films will be directed by a young up-and-comer named Josh Trank, previously best known for the 2012 film Chronicle.

Though he just turned 30, Trank is already highly in demand in Hollywood and he's also slated to adapt the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot.

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Shailene Woodley's Jennifer Lawrence comments may be getting the most headlines these days, but it's a different kind of drama that could soon make Shailene a box office legend.

Movie ticket sales site Fandango says that Woodley's upcoming film The Fault In Our Stars has posted bigger pre-release sales numbers than any romantic drama in the site's 14-year history.

The highly-anticipated movie has officially beat the 2011 release "The Vow" which went on to gross a whopping $41 million dollars in its opening weekend.

Fault's pre-sale numbers are just about unprecedented for a summer release that's not an action movie or a sequel.

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After months of rumors, we finally have confirmation that Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o has been cast in Star Wars: Episode VII.

Lucasfilm made the announcement today along with news that Game of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie will also appear in the film.

  • Lupita Nyong'o Image
  • Gwendoline Christie Photo

While most of the cast of Star Wars Episode VII was revealed in April, rumors that Nyong'o and Zac Efron had been secretly offered roles continued to circulate.

While there is still no studio confirmation or denial of Efron's part in the movie, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy spoke with the press today about the two newest additions to the cast of 2015's most highly-anticipated film.

"I could not be more excited about Lupita and Gwendoline joining the cast of Episode VII," said Kennedy. "It's thrilling to see this extraordinarily talented ensemble take shape."

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Angelina Jolie has starred in a number of popular movies over the years, but none enjoyed a more successful first weekend than her newly released retelling of the Sleeping Beauty tale.

While reviews for Maleficent were mixed at best, the movie pulled in $70 million domestically and over $100 mill overseas to give Angelina her biggest opening to date. 

Analysts credit the film's female-based marketing campaign, and early reports indicate that Maleficent's audience was over 60% women.

The movie marked the big screen debut of Angelina's daughter Vivienne, who played a younger version of Elle Fanning's Aurora. Now that she's proven to be box office gold, will little Viv start popping up in all of Angie's films?

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