Disney announced Sunday 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 Sunday that “Episode VII” is still “on track” to wrap in the fall and be released in December 2015.
The accident involved a spacecraft door on the Millennium Falcon falling on Ford’s leg. His recuperation was expected to take up to two months.
CYRUS PRAISES TEACHER
Country singer Billy Ray Cyrus honored a Nevada teacher killed by a 12-year-old student in a schoolyard shooting last year, calling him a “true American hero.”
Cyrus praised Michael Landsberry and presented a memorial plaque to his widow, Sharon, during a concert Saturday night in Incline Village, a Nevada community on north shore of Lake Tahoe.
Police say Landsberry, a 45-year-old ex-Marine, tried to talk the shooter into turning over the handgun before he was shot in the chest Oct. 21 at a middle school in Sparks. The student wounded two classmates before taking his life.
“Michael Landsberry made the ultimate sacrifice to save his students after serving three terms in Afghanistan,” Cyrus told the crowd.
Singer and TV personality Jessica Simpson married retired 49ers tight end Eric Johnson on Saturday at San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, her publicist confirms. Simpson and Johnson began dating in 2010. They have a 2-year-old daughter, Maxwell, and a 1-year-old son, Ace.
The Fourth of July went off like a dud at the box office, as the Michael Bay sequel “Transformers: Age of Extinction” and the Melisa McCarthy comedy “Tammy” led the weakest summer holiday weekend in at least a decade. The North American box office was down a whopping 44 percent over the July Fourth weekend last year. “Transformers” led all films with an estimated $36.4 million, while “Tammy” had a below expectations Friday-to-Sunday haul of $21.2 million.
Olympic figure skater Michelle Kwan is 34.
Actor-comedian Jim Gaffigan is 48.
Actress Shelley Duvall is 65.
Country singer Linda Williams is 67.
Pop singer David Hodo of the Village People is 67.
Actor Joe Spano is 68.
Rock musician Jim Rodford is 69.
Singer-musician Warren Entner of the Grass Roots is 71.
Rock star Ringo Starr is 74.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough is 81.
Musician-conductor Doc Severinsen is 87.