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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.

Chris Pratt

Har­ri­son Ford

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