IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Film firm fined over Harrison Ford ‘Star Wars’ set accident
LONDON >> A film production company was fined $1.95 million Wednesday over an accident on the set of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” that broke the leg of star Harrison Ford.
The actor was struck by a hydraulic door on the set of the Millennium Falcon — his character Han Solo’s spaceship — at Pinewood Studios near London in June 2014.
Production on the film was suspended for two weeks after the accident.
Prosecutors said Ford, who was 71 at the time, could have been killed by the door, which struck him with a force comparable to the weight of a small car.
Foodles Production (UK) Ltd. had acknowledged breaching health and safety law.
A judge at Aylesbury Crown Court north of London said Wednesday that Foodles — which is owned by the Walt Disney Co. — should have informed Ford of the risks.
“If only they had included Mr. Ford in all the discussions, he might have at least been alert to the dangers that he had to avoid,” Judge Francis Sheridan said.
Chris Pratt opens up about son’s premature birth in 2012
SEATTLE >> Chris Pratt has opened up about his son’s premature birth while sharing his experience visiting a children’s hospital.
The actor posted photos on Instagram from his visit Monday to Seattle Children’s Hospital. He showed off a picture of him with a set of premature twins. He writes that ever since his son Jack’s birth, he has “a special affinity for the NICU (neo-natal intensive care unit).”
Pratt’s wife, actress Anna Faris, gave birth to Jack in August 2012.
Pratt also shared pictures of him with a cancer patient and another child at the hospital. He thanked the facility for “the opportunity to come by and brighten some days,” adding, “My heart is full.”
Pratt has appeared in the TV series “Parks and Recreation” and the film “Guardians of the Galaxy.”
Singer Tanya Tucker in hospital for respiratory infection
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE >> Country singer Tanya Tucker is in a Nashville hospital recovering from a respiratory infection that has forced her to postpone six upcoming concerts.
The 58-year-old entertainer became ill before a concert date in South Dakota and was treated by local doctors before heading back to Nashville. Upcoming concerts scheduled for South Dakota, Idaho, Oregon, Washington state and Saskatchewan in Canada were scrubbed.
In a written statement, Tucker apologized to fans who bought tickets. She added, “I just feel terrible, but I’ll get even worse if I don’t take care of myself. I love you all.”
Tucker is known for such hits as “Delta Dawn,” “Soon” and “Strong Enough to Bend.”
Tanya Tucker poses for a photo at the 10th Annual ACM Honors at Ryman Auditorium, in Nashville, Tenn., in August.