TIME celebrities

Harrison Ford Literally Broke a Leg Filming Star Wars Sequel

The 71-year-actor's on-set injury was worse than previously reported, but he'll be back playing Han Solo soon

Han Solo will be laying low for a while: Harrison Ford suffered a broken left leg while filming the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII, his publicist confirmed on Thursday. Previous reports suggested that the 71-year-old actor had suffered a bad ankle injury.

“Harrison Ford’s left leg was broken in an accident. His surgery was successful and he will begin rehab shortly. He’s doing well and looks forward to returning to work,” said a statement from publicist Ina Treciokas.

Treciokas did not confirm or deny rumors that the injury occurred on the movie set’s Millennium Falcon—Solo’s beloved smuggling spacecraft, in the movies—stating that “there isn’t any additional information at this time.”

The J.J. Abrams-directed movie is slated to hit theaters on Dec. 18, 2015.

TIME Music

The Lady Gaga-R. Kelly Music Video Is As Terrible As You Thought it Would Be

R. Kelly, Lady Gaga
R. Kelly and Lady Gaga perform at the American Music Awards in 2013. John Sheare—Invision/AP

There are bad ideas, and then there's this

Imagine that you are a pop star who wrote a song called “Do What U Want” that prominently features the line “do what you want with my body.”

Now imagine that you invite a singer who has been the subject of several lawsuits alleging sexual assaults on minors to be the featured artist on the song.

Then imagine the song’s music video is directed by a photographer who has been accused of exploiting models and coercing them into sexual activity.

Then imagine that the concept of the video involves said featured artist playing the role of a doctor who does whatever he wants with your body while you are out cold on the operating table.

That’s the story behind the Terry Richardson-directed Lady Gaga video “Do What U Want,” which features R. Kelly. Though Gaga previously blamed video delays on people who “gravely mismanaged [her] time and health,” it’s easy to see why her team never let this video see the light of day — until TMZ posted a leaked clip Thursday — following last year’s Village Voice story about all the accusations Kelly has faced (and months before New York magazine published a cover story about Richardson).

You can see the not-really-safe-for-work clip above.

TIME Books

J.K. Rowling’s New Book Is Available Now—Unless You’re Shopping on Amazon

The Silkworm
Mulholland Books

The shipping delay comes as booksellers also express worries about Amazon's phone announcement

UPDATED JUNE 20, 2014

The Silkworm, the new novel by J.K. Rowling alter-ego Robert Galbraith, comes out June 19. Which, in common parlance, means it’s available today.

But fans of protagonist Cormoran Strike are finding that such is not always the case. At Amazon’s shopping page for the hardcover of The Silkworm, observant shoppers will notice that while they can save $2.80 off the list price, the title “usually ships within 1 to 2 months.” The Silkworm is published by Mulholland Books, an imprint of Little, Brown and Company, which is a division of Hachette, the publishing company that is still feuding with Amazon over the terms of a contract for e-book sales. For weeks, the dispute has involved the retailer putting Hachette titles on backorder. The idea is that Hachette will suffer for losing sales through Amazon, but the move may also be a win for other booksellers: When it comes to highly desirable titles like Silkworm, fans are motivated enough to seek out the book elsewhere. As the New York Times has noted, Walmart has promoted the title heavily and independent bookstores are advertising special deals on it.

But, while bookstores are hoping to benefit from Thursday’s big release, they’re not exactly gloating about Amazon’s recent moves.

Wednesday’s announcement that the forthcoming Amazon Fire Phone will be available in July came with the news that the device would come with a “Firefly” button, a feature that allows users to scan real-world items and then purchase them immediately via Amazon. It’s a device that has booksellers on edge, worried that the tech will encourage the practice known as showrooming: using a brick-and-mortar shop to do your browsing and a cheaper online retailer for actual purchases. Book business newsletter Shelf Awareness highlighted just such a reaction from Los Angeles’ Skylight Books:

Except, of course, if that “anything” is The Silkworm and its compatriots.

UPDATED JUNE 20, 2014: On the second day of The Silkworm‘s availability, Amazon’s new shipping alert on the title had been changed to “In stock but may require an extra 1-2 days to process.

TIME Television

Now You Can Plan Your Very Own Game of Thrones Vacation

Arya Stark and The Hound
Helen Sloan—HBO

You might not be able to go to Westeros or Essos, but you can still visit all the places that play them on TV

Game of Thrones is done for roughly the next 10 months, sadly. On the bright side, you can use the off-season to travel to all the places that the show is filmed—assuming you, die-hard fan that you are, haven’t already done so. Hopper, a Boston and Montreal-based travel planning site, has done most of the hard work for you, putting together a detailed map of the major GoT filming locations.

The site also breaks down the destinations by both season and house (Lannister, Stark, Targaryen, etc.), so it won’t be too difficult to pledge allegiance to a particular one. Or you can just pull a Littlefinger and pick and choose whatever suits your desires at that particular moment.

The vast majority of production takes place in Europe (Ireland, Iceland and Croatia are three of the more popular settings), but Morocco in northern Africa has also played host to some of Daenerys Targaryen’s conquered cities. This won’t come as a particular shock to fans of the show, but the destinations cut a fairly wide swath of climates and terrains, so if you can find the time (and money) to tour all of them before Season 5 kicks off next spring, there’s little chance you’ll get bored.

TIME celebrities

Truck Driver in Tracy Morgan Crash Was Speeding, Feds Say

The driver had also clocked 13 hours and 32 minutes of consecutive duty, just under the legal limit of 14

The driver of the Walmart truck-tractor that crashed into comedian Tracy Morgan’s limousine in New Jersey on June 7 was speeding at the time of the collision, federal investigators said in a report released Wednesday, after clocking 13 hours and 32 minutes behind the wheel.

“A preliminary review of the data showed that the Peterbilt combination vehicle was traveling at 65 mph for the 60 seconds preceding the collision with the Mercedes-Benz limo van,” the National Transportation Safety Board said in the report. The speed limit was 45 mph at the location of the crash. The report also noted that 14 hours is the maximum consecutive duty allowed for commercial vehicle drivers.

The collision killed one limo passenger and injured four others, including Morgan, who was placed in critical condition for over a week but was upgraded to fair condition on June 17. Truck driver Kevin Roper has pleaded not guilty to charges of vehicular homicide and assault.

TIME movies

VIDEO: Space Aliens Meet iPhones in an Exclusive Clip from Earth to Echo

Unlike E.T., today's aliens want to use the phone to do something other than call home

The idea that aliens might choose to communicate with Earthlings via our technology is far from a new one. It’s in movies from Close Encounters of the Third Kind to Contact, and — sort of — in real life, as the choice to send vinyl records on the Voyager space explorer shows. But none of the people involved in those stories had something that almost everyone has today: a cell phone.

The upcoming movie Earth to Echo, out July 2, changes that. A bit of family-friendly sci-fi in the E.T. vein, it’s about a group of friends who — after receiving strange cell phone messages — suspect that something fishy is going on in their neighborhood, right before the area is to be bulldozed for a highway construction project. And, as the exclusive sneak peek above shows, the kids at the center of the story are more than proficient when it comes to their phones.

The phones are also how first contact takes place—as seen in a second clip, below—and how some of the movie’s scenes are presented, mixing a found-footage style with the first-person GoPro aesthetic.

The idea that cell phones would ruin the plots of older movies isn’t a new one — for example, the entire plot of Home Alone could have been avoided if Kevin could call his folks at the airport — but not everything is messed up by constant communication. As Earth to Echo shows, sometimes the cell phone is the plot.

TIME celebrities

Watch 50 Cent Pull Out $10,000 on Watch What Happens Live

Rapper said he had "just been to the bank"

Rapper Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson shocked the crowd of Bravo’s late night show Watch What Happens Live by brandishing his takings from a recent trip to the bank.

Whereas most of us might come away with a couple of 20s to pick up some groceries, the Piggy Bank singer showed off his Fully Loaded Clip of $10,000 in fresh bills.

Clearly when 50 Cent rapped I Get Money he wasn’t kidding. Host Andy Cohen couldn’t resist posing with Jackson for a cash-filled selfie after the show.

TIME

D’Angelo’s New Album Is Really Actually Truly Happening, Manager Says

D'Angelo
D'Angelo performing in 2012. Charles Sykes—Invision/AP

The record has been about 12 years in the making

The long-awaited new album from soul singer D’Angelo — his first since 2000’s Voodoo — is sort of like the Loch Ness Monster: there is evidence suggesting it exists, but it hasn’t ever revealed itself, becoming more of a myth with each passing day.

But one year after promising that the record was on the way, D’Angelo’s manager, Kevin Liles, says it’s definitely happening this time. Really. For real. No joke.

“There’ll be an album this year,” he told Billboard. “There’s 14 records so far, we might have a couple of bonus records, but all the recording is basically done and we’re mixing and mastering now. Definitely, he’ll be back.”

The cause of the delay? D’Angelo is a perfectionist — no surprise from someone who’s spent more than a decade working on new material. Liles explains:

Here’s the thing: with D’Angelo it was a process. He didn’t perform for 10 years and he’s been working on an album for the past 12 years. I actually got him to go out and do 30 shows [in 2011-2012], and then we did some ‘Brothers in Arms’ shows. I said, ‘We have to get motivated around what people want to hear from you, and what does it mean to come back to that space?’ He very bluntly put it, ‘Kev, the studio and the stage: that’s my lifeblood. Now that I’ve touched it again, now that I see it again, I wanna be sure that the baby I’m about to have — the album — that I take it to the point where it’s all it can be.’

2014 could use a little brown sugar, but as with Nessie, we’ll believe it when we see it.

TIME celebrities

Ben Affleck Enjoying Casinos, Treating His Wife

The star has been hitting the Detroit casinos when he takes off the Batman suit

While filming the sequel to 2013’s Man of Steel in Detroit, actor Ben Affleck has reportedly been spending his free time stepping out at the city’s many casinos.

There’s little information on his winnings, but the move comes as a surprise after an incident in Las Vegas in May, which saw Affleck banned from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino for allegedly counting cards.

While rumors have spread that the incidents put a strain on Affleck’s marriage to Jennifer Garner, he was recently spotted in Barney’s in Beverly Hills, shopping for diamonds with daughter Seraphina, ahead of the couple’s nine-year anniversary.

TIME Video Games

With Its Fire Phone Demo, Amazon Revealed It Still Doesn’t Understand Gaming

Amazon

Like Tom Cruise in Minority Report, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos confused the idea of gesturing with substance when he tried to show of the new Fire Phone's gaming prowess.

You may have noticed no one’s saying much about Amazon’s new gee-whiz Fire Phone as a gaming device. Amazon itself gave gaming short shrift during the phone’s unveiling yesterday, clipping out all of a minute and a half — from a presentation that ran to nearly an hour and a half — to demonstrate something Jeff Bezos called Tofu Fury.

In the game, you maneuver a little headband-toting cube of pugnacious soy through ordinarily laid out 2D levels with a dash of depth. Tilt the Fire Phone this way or that and your perspective on the 2.5D imagery shifts as if the phone were a tiny shadow box.

You can see the demo in the below video at the 53:45 mark:

“I think you can probably imagine what the dynamic perspective technology can enable for gamers,” said Bezos as he coasted sedately through the demo, qualifying it as “one very quick thing” at the outset, as if to assure the audience he’d move speedily through this show of frivolity. In those four words, he may have unwittingly conveyed all we needed to know about his and Amazon’s vision of gaming on the Fire Phone.

Then he held up Tofu Fury and started moving the phone. The perspective shifted. He moved it some more. The perspective shifted some more. The level sat there, looking like any other level in a platform game. No one ooh’d or ahh’d. The audience was either stunned to silence or as bored as I was. This was Amazon’s vision of cutting-edge gaming on its debut phone? Nintendo’s 3DS with one of its dual screens and all the controller buttons lopped off?

“What you can do here is look around on this image,” said Bezos, demonstrating that feature some more. You can’t look “everywhere,” as he claimed, just slightly left or right, up or down, maybe 45 degrees (at best) from head-on. Bezos explained your job was to rescue Fortune Kitty, a pinkish, catlike cookie crisp. The audience finally reacted by chuckling. I was still, at this point, hoping Bezos might illustrate some interesting new game idea, something that actually took advantage of the motion sensors in a way that factored in the gameplay somehow. But no, he just swiped to indicate the direction he wanted tofu-Jet-Li to move, then watched as the soy block hopped nimbly from point to point, collecting most of a line of blue orbs and landing on the next level down.

“We’re gonna call that good enough, but notice how I can look around!” said Bezos, obsessed with the notion that looking around — even when it has no meaningful gameplay purpose — could sell the idea. It didn’t. To paraphrase the late Douglas Adams, Amazon’s idea of gaming on its Fire Phone hung in the air exactly the way bricks don’t.

Maybe if he’d demonstrated a first-person game where you had to tilt the phone to look around corners, or a puzzle game where seeing what’s on the other side of something helped you calculate the solution. Even then, I’m as leery of this approach to gaming on smartphones as I’ve long been about stereoscopic 3D in movies, TVs and on Nintendo’s 3DS, where it’s actually been the inverse of its technological promise: all surface, no depth.

To be fair, I’m making a mountain out of a molehill: Fire Phone v1.0, with Firefly and its hooks into Amazon’s mercantile backend, is arguably a zillion other things before it’s a games platform. It hardly needs games or a clever gaming interface angle to work. If I suggest that Jeff Bezos doesn’t understand or frankly care all that much about making fireworks in gaming-dom, I’m not sure he’d disagree. Bezos, like Steve Jobs before him, must at least understand that smartphones like the iPhone or Fire Phone won’t have booths the size of city blocks dedicated to them at trade fairs like E3 anytime soon. You’ll probably never play a game like Grand Theft Auto V — a game that earned $1 billion in just three days, clinching the world record for fastest-selling entertainment product across any medium — or Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare on a 4.7-inch screen.

None of that’s news. The problem’s not that anyone wants those games on a smartphone, it’s that Amazon seems not to know how to play up its technology’s strengths. It should have demonstrated a game that actually took advantage of the Fire Phone’s “dynamic perspective” technology. It should have showed off meaningfully motion- or perspective-related gameplay. It didn’t. Instead, its CEO simply panned around an ordinary-looking game — one I’d be just as mechanically comfortable playing on an ordinary iPhone.

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