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Harrison Ford Sports Bushy Beard at John Williams Tribute

Harrison Ford speaks on stage while honoring composer John Williams at the 2016 AFI Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute on Thursday (June 9) at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

The 73-year-old actor sported a bushy beard at the event!

Also in attendance were three of the biggest directors that worked with John throughout his career – George Lucas (with son Jett), Steven Spielberg (with wife Kate Capshaw), and JJ Abrams.

At the event, Steven confirmed to Entertainment Tonight that John will be scoring the fifth film in the Indiana Jones franchise, which will be released in 2019.

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Lena Dunham Writes Passionate Essay in Support of Hillary Clinton for President

Lena Dunham poses with famous author Gloria Steinem on the red carpet at the 2016 Matrix Awards held at The Waldorf Astoria on Monday (April 25) in New York City.

The duo were also joined at the event by Katie Couric, Savannah Guthrie, filmmaker George Lucas and businesswoman Mellody Hobson.

Lena just wrote a passionate essay in support of Hillary Clinton for President.

“I’m with Hillary because of her commitment to women’s reproductive health and rights. The quest for reproductive care can be lonely, scary and crushingly expensive. As someone with a chronic reproductive illness who frequently receives treatment from kind, expert doctors and nurses, I believe all women and girls—even if they aren’t on premium cable—deserve that same level of care,” Lena wrote in Time magazine. “I respect Senator Sanders and his supporters. I am turned on by how informed and invigorated they have been throughout this campaign. And there’s a lot in Senator Sanders’s voting record to cheer about. But there’s no comparison between his commitment to fighting for women and Hillary’s. None. This has been her life’s work and she comes at it from every direction.”

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'Empire' Cast, Usher, & More Celebrate at BET Honors 2016!

Empire‘s Gabourey Sidibe and Terrence Howard present the show’s executive producer Lee Daniels with an award on stage during the 2016 BET Honors held at the Warner Theatre on Sunday (March 5) in Washington, D.C.

Also in attendance at the huge event were Jussie Smollett, Usher, Janelle Monae, Mellody Hobson with husband George Lucas, Toni Braxton, Fantasia Barrino, Patti LaBelle, L.A. Reid, and many more.

The honorees that evening included Eric Holder, L.A., Mellody, Lee, and Patti. Huge congrats to all!

Be sure to watch the BET Honors on March 14 at 8pm EST!
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George Lucas Clarifies 'White Slavers' Comment

George Lucas is speaking out regarding comments he made about Disney and Star Wars during an interview with Charlie Rose last week that upset some fans.

During the interview, the 71-year-old director called the first six Star Wars films his “kids” and then said his four billion dollar deal with Disney was like selling the franchise to “white slavers.” He is now apologizing for the remark.

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“I want to clarify my interview on the Charlie Rose Show. It was for the Kennedy Center Honors and conducted prior to the premiere of the film. I misspoke and used a very inappropriate analogy and for that I apologize.

I have been working with Disney for 40 years and chose them as the custodians of Star Wars because of my great respect for the company and Bob Iger’s leadership. Disney is doing an incredible job of taking care of and expanding the franchise. I rarely go out with statements to clarify my feelings but I feel it is important to make it clear that I am thrilled that Disney has the franchise and is moving it in such exciting directions in film, television and the parks. Most of all I’m blown away with the record breaking blockbuster success of the new movie and am very proud of JJ and Kathy.”

Watch George make his original comment in the interview below…

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Star Wars' George Lucas: I Sold 'Star Wars' to 'White Slavers' (Video)

Star Wars creator George Lucas recently sat down for an interview on CBS News’ Charlie Rose, and went in-depth about why he left the franchise.

“I looked at the future, I looked at the fact that I was going to have a baby, I looked at the fact that I was married, and I looked at the fact that I wanted to build a museum, and I looked at the fact that I wanted to make experimental films. So, my life was going on a different track,” the 71-year-old businessman told Charlie Rose. “I noticed the last few movies that I’d made were costing the company a lot of money and I didn’t think that was fair to the people that worked there or the company. So, I made a decision to move ahead on the next Star Wars series and we were starting to do that.”

About selling the rights, he said, “And it really does come down to a simple rule of life, which is when you break up with somebody, the first rule is no phone calls,” George continued. “The second rule, you don’t go over to their house and drive by to see what they’re doing. The third thing is you don’t show up at their coffee shop or their thing like you’re going to run it. You just say, ‘No! Gone! History! I’m moving forward.’ Because every time you do…something like that, you’re opening the wound again, and it just makes it harder for you. You have to put it behind you, and it’s a very, very hard thing to do. But you have to just cut it all off and say, ‘OK, end of all game. I’ve got to move on.’”

“Everything in your body says, ‘Don’t. You can’t.’These are my kids. I loved them. I created them. I’m very intimately involved with them. I sold them to the white slavers that take these things, and…” George added.

Watch the whole interview below…

Who Is George Lucas' Wife? Meet Mellody Hobson!

The 2015 Kennedy Center Honors is airing tonight, and George Lucas is being honored this year.

At the event, George‘s wife Mellody Hobson (among others) will be giving a tribute to her hubby. If you didn’t know, Mellody is quite the accomplished businesswoman and activist!

Here are some things you may not know about the 46-year-old wife of the Star Wars creator…

  • Mellody graduated from Princeton years ago and has honorary degrees from Howard University, St. Mary’s College and the University of Southern California.
  • Mellody is currently the president of Ariel Investments (an investment management firm) and the current Chair of the Board of Directors of Dreamworks Animation.
  • She and George have donated over $50 million in the last few years to Chicago institutions. They donated $25 million to the charity After School Matters, and $25 million to a private university for the construction of an arts building. Mellody is the chairman of After School Matters, a wonderful organization with a strong pull in the arts
  • She married George back in the summer of 2013, and they have one child together, a daughter named Everest Hobson Lucas.
  • She gave a Ted Talk about diversity in the workplace, which you can watch below…
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    Kennedy Center Honorees 2015 - Meet the Five Legends!

    With just a few hours left until the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors special airs, let’s take some time to meet the five legendary artists being honored tonight.

    Here are the five stars who will get tributes:

    • Rita Moreno – Actress and singer who is one of the 12 people to have earned an EGOT – an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony. She is best known for her work in the film West Side Story, the Broadway play The Ritz, and her new role on Jane the Virgin.
    • George Lucas – Renowned filmmaker and National Medal of Arts winner who created the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises. He founded Lucasfilm and Industrial Light & Magic, two of the most groundbreaking film companies. His wife Mellody Hobson will make a special tribute to him tonight!
    • Seiji Ozawa – Grammy Award and Emmy Award-winning conductor known for advocating for modern composers.
    • Carole King – Four-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She has written some of music’s biggest hits like “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” and “Natural Woman,” as well as her own hits like “You’ve Got a Friend” and “Beautiful.”
    • Cicely Tyson – Oscar-nominated, Emmy-winning, and Tony-winning actress who is best known for her work in the television movie The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, the miniseries Roots, the movie The Help, and Broadway plays such as The Trip to Bountiful.

    Make sure to check out the full list of presenters and performers for the special and tune in at 9/8c on CBS!

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