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Robert Pattinson shrugs off rumors of playing Indiana Jones or Han Solo

Robert Pattinson has no plans to brandish a bullwhip or blaster anytime soon.

The Twilight star addressed rumors that he would take on Harrison Ford’s iconic roles of Indiana Jones and/or Han Solo while walking the red carpet for the U.S. premiere of his latest film, The Rover, on Thursday.

“I don’t know why. Why is that coming out?” he said of speculation he might star in an Indiana Jones update, according to People. “I honestly don’t understand what it’s all about. Man, I wish!”

Equally head-scratching for the 28-year-old actor are reports that he would appear as the pilot of the Millennium Falcon in an upcoming Star Wars film. (In other Han news, Ford is currently sidelined from J.J. Abrams’ new project about that galaxy far, far away.)

“I didn’t even know there was a Han Solo spinoff coming out,” Pattinson told reporters. “Sounds like a cool spinoff. I’ll watch it.”

The 20 Best Summer Blockbusters of All Time: 'Raiders of the Lost Ark'

In 2014, it’s difficult to appreciate the awe felt by uninitiated audiences who saw Raiders of the Lost Ark in theaters in 1981. Think about the film’s opening scenes, which introduce Indiana Jones and his now-iconic fedora in the jungles of South America. He narrowly avoids getting shot in the back by his mutinous guides, proves his Zorro-esque expertise with a whip, cleverly maneuvers through the deadly booby-traps of an ancient Peruvian temple, flicks away tarantulas like they’re gnats, nabs the prized golden idol but sets off a chain-reaction of destruction that includes a giant boulder chasing him back out into the sunlight, finds himself surrounded by angry natives and a smug Eurotrash rival, outruns them and their poisonous darts to an idling sea-plane that barely gets him in the air in time — only to find himself sharing the front seat with a giant snake, which we soon learn, is his kryptonite.

In just 12 minutes and 47 seconds, audiences experienced more pulsating action than most action movies stuff into two full hours. It was exhilarating. And it only picked up steam from there. Indy fought Nazis in Nepal and re-teamed with lost love Marion (Karen Allen), infamously dueled with an Arab swordsman in Cairo, discovered the Well of Souls where the mysterious Ark was hidden (guarded by hundreds of slithering asps), and then stole the Ark back from the Germans in the death-defying stunt that had Indy being dragged underneath and behind a speeding truck — a clever homage to the classic scene in John Ford’s iconic western Stagecoach. READ FULL STORY

'Star Wars': Harrison Ford doesn't care who shot first

Ask Harrison Ford anything — except his feelings on the long-debated question: Who shot first, Han Solo or Greedo?

The question comes from an ongoing mystery among Star Wars fans: In the original 1977 Star Wars IV: New Hope, Solo shoots Greedo, who’s trying to capture Solo for boss Jabba the Hutt, to escape a sticky situation. But in the 1997 remastered version, Greedo shoots Solo first, misses, and then Solo shoots back — so essentially, Solo goes from being a straight-up killer in the 1977 version to simply acting out of self defense in the updated version. Which Lucas did intentionally… maybe.

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Watch as Benedict Cumberbatch does a Chewbacca impression in front of Harrison Ford -- VIDEO

Why so scared, Harrison Ford? Is it a rolling boulder, a hijacked presidential plane, an umpteenth question about a Star Wars reprise that could cause your face to contort with such fear?

Nope, it’s just Benedict Cumberbatch doing his best guerilla Chewbacca impression on The Graham Norton Show — in which he and Ford were guests back on Oct. 19.

Host Graham Norton brought up the subject of Cumberbatch’s penchant for celebrity impersonations, to which the Sherlock star replied, “It’s just sort of having an ear, it’s part of what we do, I guess,” before belting out the Wookiee’s cry. Ford’s response? Jaw-dropping confusion and shell-shock.

Watch Cumberbatch’s impression make Harrison Ford nearly lose his marbles below: READ FULL STORY

Harrison Ford gives Chewbacca a piece of his mind on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'

Harrison Ford dropped by Jimmy Kimmel Live last night to talk about his latest hit movie, 42, but Kimmel couldn’t resist asking the legendary actor about his involvement in another buzzed-about project, the hotly anticipated new Star Wars movie. When Ford declined to answer, Kimmel asked if he could turn the questions over to the audience, which the bristly star agreed to on one condition – no Star Wars questions.

Things were immediately awkward, with audience members dressed as Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia forced to think fast and pose non-Star Wars questions, but the Q&A took a brutal turn when Ford’s furry former co-star Chewbacca stepped up to the mic.

“You son of a b**ch, what do you want?” Ford roared from the stage. “You’d like that, wouldn’t you? Always trying to blame me. You’re the one who couldn’t keep it in your furry pants!”

When Kimmel added that “he doesn’t wear pants,” Ford replied, “I rest my case!”

Kimmel tried to get to the root of the pair’s falling-out, but all Ford would say was, “He knows what he did. She was my wife, you Wookie sack of s**t!”

Not long after, Ford declared, “I’m outta here!” and stormed out of the studio. On his way out, he offered a parting thought for Chewie: “And you, I’ll see you in hell!”

Check out the clearly staged-but-nonetheless hilarious exchange below. READ FULL STORY

Dissecting Harrison Ford's bee-zarre interview with 'Entertainment Tonight' -- VIDEO

Harrison Ford is not a funny actor. He doesn’t do funny movies. But he certainly made us laugh in a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight, talking about two upcoming roles — as the man behind Jackie Robinson in 42, and a small part in Anchorman 2. The latter film, as we learn, stars “Applesauce Girl” and “Whatshisname.”

Poor Christina Applegate. At least Ford’s character won’t be like his jowly turn as a newscaster in 2010′s Morning Glory. “I hope it’s a little different. One hates to repeat themselves. They asked me to do it before they knew I had done Morning Glory,” Ford said. Then he made a bunch of faces and mispronounced “bizarre.”

Oh and about Star Wars? His lips were literally sealed. Watch below.

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'Star Wars: Return of the Jedi' back on big screen at EW's CapeTown Festival

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The Jedi are returning.

On May the Fourth, now celebrated far and wide as Star Wars Day, Entertainment Weekly’s CapeTown Film Festival will bring the greatest deep-space saga of them all back to the big screen for a special one-day event: a 30th anniversary revival of Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi that takes the classic back to the site of its May 1983 world premiere, the historic Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.

We’ve scheduled four Jedi screenings (10 a.m., 2 p.m., 6 p.m., 10p.m.) on May the Fourth as well as special appearances by some famous faces and beloved characters from the Jedi universe. The anniversary and location add a special sparkle to the day, but the event is also energized with the intrigue of the future with a new planned Star Wars, which will, for the first time on screen, take the tale chronologically beyond the fiery funeral of Darth Vader, one of the most iconic villains in the history of Hollywood popcorn.

Celluloid history infuses every corner of the Egyptian Theatre, which opened in October 1922 by introducing a new Tinseltown tradition — the very first Hollywood world premiere. The storied movie palace is an amazing site for the inaugural edition of the CapeTown Film Festival, which shares its name with the EW.com section that launched early this year. The brand has already become a powerhouse presence as the hub for EW coverage of pop culture’s most vivid corners: sci-fi, superheroes, fantasy, horror, comics, video games and animation.

NEXT: How to get tickets…

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New Google Doodle celebrates Jackie Robinson

Here’s to you, Jackie Robinson.

Google is celebrating what would have been the famed baseball player’s 94th birthday today with a new Doodle. The new sound-free Google Doodle, above, features Robinson, who broke Major League Baseball’s segregated barrier in 1947, swinging a bat and wearing his iconic ’42′ Brooklyn Dodgers uniform. Robinson passed away in 1972, and posthumously, his number 42 was retired by every team in the MLB in 1997.

Robinson — while always a popular figure –  may have a bit more pop-culture clout this year with the release of the film 42 in April. The biopic, co-starring Harrison Ford, will surprisingly be the first Hollywood film about Robinson since 1950′s The Jackie Robinson Story, which starred Robinson as himself.

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’42′ trailer: The historic story of Jackie Robinson, ‘a black man in white baseball’ — VIDEO
’42′ Movie Preview
’42′ trailer: Baseball legend Jackie Robinson comes to life

How should Han Solo die in the new 'Star Wars'?

Image Credit: Lucasfilm

Sources close to the just announced Star Wars sequel told EW’s Geoff Boucher that Harrison Ford would be open to the idea of possibly returning to the film franchise as Corellian smuggler-turned-Rebel Alliance hero Han Solo. But we also know that Ford had lobbied during production of the original trilogy for his character to be killed. One might theorize, then, that for Ford to agree to come back, he may insist Solo bite the dust. (Insert despondent Wookiee howl here.) READ FULL STORY

What 'Star Wars: Episode VII' could learn from 'Star Trek,' 'Mission: Impossible,' and... 'Blues Brothers 2000'?

If all goes as planned, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill will reunite on the silver screen in 2015 for Star Wars: Episode VII, a movie set in the hours, days, years, decades or eons after Darth Vader’s torchlight funeral near the piney stomping grounds of the Ewoks. But when they reach the set next year, the actors will be 30 years removed from Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. A new generation of heroes and villains will clearly be needed to move the franchise on to Episode VIII and beyond, but how to accomplish that?

We’ve zeroed in on 10 movies that found themselves dealing with a similar generational predicament, and how their respective approaches could inform the future of the Star Wars saga.
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