Don’t Worry, Boycotters: Orson Scott Card Won’t Make Any Money off the ENDER’S GAME Movie

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Ender’s Game opens this weekend, and it’s pretty great (I’ll have my full review up later today).  But there has been some hesitance amongst some potential viewers because they don’t want to have any money go to the book’s homophobic author, Orson Scott Card.  Those people need not worry.  Card made his money off selling the rights years ago, and that’s all the cash he’s going to see.  He certainly did see a lot of money we he sold the rights to the best-selling novel.  He not only profited from selling the rights, but pocketed $1.5 million to write the screenplay.  However, he was never satisfied with his own adaptation, and eventually the project moved on without him.

Hit the jump for more.  Ender’s Game opens tomorrow.

Viola Davis Talks ENDER’S GAME and Working With Michael Mann on CYBER

by     Posted 1 year, 27 days ago

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It’s rare when a big budget studio film tackles weighty and controversial issues. The bigger the budget, the more the film must appeal to a mass audience (or so the thinking goes). It’s the typical four-quadrant-attempting-to-please-everyone-but-actually-pleasing-no-one bullshit. Ender’s Game is the rare exception: a film with an immense multi-million dollar price tag that’s also willing to tackle difficult socio-political issues. Viola Davis (The Help) co-stars as Major Gwen Anderson, the moral conscience of the picture, diametrically opposed to Harrison Ford’s gruff “by any means necessary” counterpart Colonel Graff. The two spend the majority of Ender’s Game getting into heated debates over the implication of using children during war, the applicability of morality during wartime and the often blood-soaked cost of creating a ‘utopia’. Weighty issues for a film ostensibly about children blowing up alien spaceships.

In the following interview with Viola Davis, the actress discusses the weighty implications of Ender’s Game, where she draws from to create characters and the differences in starring in big budget versus low budget sci-fi. Davis also touched upon her time working on the upcoming Michael Mann film Cyber, which she described as “the biggest ride of her life.” For the full interview, hit the jump.  Ender’s Game opens this Friday in theaters.

ENDER’S GAME Set Visit, Part Two: The Surreality of Meeting Harrison Ford

by     Posted 1 year, 28 days ago

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Midway through February of last year, the good folks at Lionsgate invited about half-a-dozen members of the online press (myself included) out to New Orleans, where director Gavin Hood was midway through production on his $110m adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s  seminal sci-fi novel, Ender’s Game.  Initially, it sounded like it’d be the usual studio-sponsored field trip:  we’d take a tour of some sort, watch a scene or two being filmed, cast members would be made available for interviews, and at some point the film’s director would find the time to talk to us about how things were coming along.  Pretty standard, far as set visits go.

As it turns out, our day on the Ender’s Game set was anything but “standard”.  Meet me after the jump to find out why we needed NASA clearance to get on Hood’s set, what kind of sets you can build inside a 1.87 million square foot building, and what happened during our two separate run-ins with Colonel Graff himself, Harrison Ford.

Harrison Ford Talks ENDER’S GAME, Why It’s a Good Family Movie, the Evolution of Space Visual Effects Since STAR WARS, and More

by     Posted 1 year, 30 days ago

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Academy Award nominee Harrison Ford embarks on an exciting new adventure in space bringing credibility and charm to a complicated role in the sci-fi action thriller Ender’s Game opening November 1st.  After the people of Earth survive a devastating alien attack, Battle School commander Hyrum Graff (Ford) trains a new generation of child geniuses to be warriors to meet the threat of another imminent invasion.  Among them is a brilliant and remarkably gifted 12-year-old, Ender Wiggins (Asa Butterfield), who shows great promise to become Earth’s next ultimate military leader.  Written for the screen and directed by Gavin Hood based on the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning novel by Orson Scott Card, the film also stars Hailee Steinfeld, Viola Davis, Abigail Breslin and Sir Ben Kingsley.

In an engaging interview at the film’s recent press day, Ford talked about what intrigued him when he first read the script, why he feels the questions it raises make it a good family movie, what it was like sharing the screen with young star Butterfield and veteran actors Davis and Kingsley, how the visual effects technology used to shoot space sequences has evolved since Star Wars, why he enjoys the collaborative process of filmmaking and wants to continue to perfect his talents, what he learned as a young actor working on American Graffiti, why he doesn’t consider himself an icon, his thoughts on the Oscar campaign for 42, and his advice for someone just starting out on the journey of being an actor.  Hit the jump to read the interview:

New Clips from THOR: THE DARK WORLD and ENDER’S GAME

by     Posted 1 year, 34 days ago

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A couple clips from two of November’s biggest releases:

  • Thor: The Dark World - Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Loki (Tom Hiddleston) go flying to evade pursuit.  Thor turns out to be a destructive pilot, while Loki settles for destructive criticism as a backseat driver.
  • Ender’s Game – Petra (Hailee Steinfeld) takes Ender (Asa Butterfield) into the zero gravity Battle Room for some late night practice.

See both clips after the jump.

Learn How Ender’s World Was Created in New ENDER’S GAME Featurette

by     Posted 1 year, 39 days ago

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Summit Entertainment has released a new behind-the-scenes featurette for director Gavin Hood’s adaptation of Ender’s Game, focusing on the film’s extensive visual effects.  For those unfamiliar, the pic tells the story of Andrew “Ender” Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a young boy sent away to Battle School to hone his military skills in order to save the world from an impending alien invasion.  In addition to providing looks at how the Battle School and Command School sequences were crafted, the featurette also offers up some new footage that should entice fans of the book.

Hit the jump to watch the new featurette, and if you missed them, click here to watch eight clips from the film and click here to read our recap of the Ender’s Game fan Q&A in London earlier this week.  The film also stars Harrison FordHailee SteinfeldBen KingsleyViola Davis, and Abigail Breslin.  Ender’s Game opens November 1st.

New ENDER’S GAME Mondo Poster from Martin Ansin

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While Gavin Hood’s Ender’s Game adaptation is about two weeks away, a new related piece of artwork from Martin Ansin can be yours in just one short week!  A new Mondo screen print ($50) and variant ($75) inspired by Ender’s Game will be available on Thursday, October 24th.

Starring Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin, Viola Davis, Moises Arias and Nonso AnozieEnder’s Game opens November 1st.  Hit the jump to check out the posters.

Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield, Ben Kingsley, Director Gavin Hood, Producer Roberto Orci, and More Talk ENDER’S GAME at London Fan Q&A

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The Odeon Leicester Square in London was surrounded by eager science fiction fans when I approached the cinema for the Ender’s Game Q&A fan event, being held for the MCM London Comic-Con. The book (by controversial author Orson Scott Card) has its fans and the crowd was there to see the film’s cast and crew. Stars Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld and Sir Ben Kingsley were in attendance, joined by the film’s director, Gavin Hood and producers Gigi Pritzker and Roberto Orci. However, the crowd really turned-out for the one and only Harrison Ford. The iconic Star Wars actor was his usual dry self as he took to the stage to discuss the film with his colleagues. There was a buzz in the air and clear excitement as he took to the stage to discuss the film in the lead-up to its release.

Hit the jump for my recap of the Ender’s Game Q&A.

Watch 8 Clips from ENDER’S GAME Starring Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, and Hailee Steinfeld

by     Posted 1 year, 41 days ago

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Summit Entertainment has released eight clips from director Gavin Hood’s highly anticipated sci-fi adaptation Ender’s Game.  The film tells the story of Andrew “Ender” Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a young boy sent away to Battle School to hone his military skills in order to save the world from an impending alien invasion.  The pic comes with high expectations as Orson Scott Card’s novel is beloved by many, and these clips tease a sci-fi story on a large scale.  If you missed any of our set visit coverage, including 25 things to know about the film, click here.

Hit the jump to watch the clips.  The film also stars Hailee SteinfeldBen KingsleyViola Davis, and Abigail Breslin.  Ender’s Game opens November 1st.

First Clip from ENDER’S GAME Starring Asa Butterfield and Harrison Ford

by     Posted 1 year, 50 days ago

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Summit Entertainment has released the first clip from Gavin Hood’s adaptation of Ender’s Game.   The film tells the story of Andrew “Ender” Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a young boy sent away to Battle School to hone his military skills in order to save the world from an impending alien invasion.  In the clip, we get a sense of the chemistry between Ender and his commanding officer, Colonel Hyrum Graff (Harrison Ford).  There’s a nice interplay between the two actors, and I like that there’s a little touch of humor thrown in as well.  As we’ve seen from the trailer, the big space battles should be impressive, and this clip is encouraging for the smaller, character-driven scenes.

Hit the jump to check out the clip.  The film also stars Hailee Steinfeld, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, and Abigail BreslinEnder’s Game opens November 1st.

New Images and IMAX Poster for ENDER’S GAME Featuring Asa Butterfield and Harrison Ford

by     Posted 1 year, 54 days ago

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Summit Entertainment has released a few new high-resolution images and an IMAX poster for director Gavin Hood’s highly anticipated adaptation Ender’s Game.  It feels like word on the film has gone a bit quiet as of late given author Orson Scott Card’s anti-gay comments, but Hood and producer Roberto Orci have made it clear that they do not share Card’s views.  Summit is doing its best to keep the marketing campaign on track, and these new images and IMAX poster tease the sci-fi goodness that awaits fans and general audiences alike.

Hit the jump to check out the images and poster, and click here to read our set visit report.  The film stars Asa Butterfield, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, Abigail Breslin, and Harrison Ford.  Ender’s Game opens in traditional theaters and IMAX on November 1st.

New Posters for ENDER’S GAME and FROZEN

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New posters have been released for Ender’s Game and Frozen.  The Ender’s Game posters put an emphasis on the International Fleet, a group of children who have been recruited and trained for the sole purpose of eliminating the threat of an alien invasion.  Using propaganda-style posters is interesting because in the book, students are chosen and not encouraged to be cannon fodder like Starship Troopers.  Ender (Asa Butterfield) is a “Third”, which means that he violates Earth’s two-child policy.  If the IF were so keen on recruiting people, I assume families would be encouraged to have more children.  I’m curious to see if this is a change from the book, or just a change in the marketing.  As for Frozen, the poster tells us that the snowman (voiced by Josh Gad) is probably going to be wacky.

Hit the jump to check out the posters.  Ender’s Game opens on November 1st, and also stars Hailee Steinfeld, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, Abigail Breslin, and Harrison FordFrozen opens in 3D on November 27th and also features the voices of Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff, and Idina Menzel.

New Posters for THOR: THE DARK WORLD, SNOWPIERCER, THE BOOK THIEF, 12 YEARS A SLAVE, ENDER’S GAME and HOMEFRONT

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Check out a selection of new posters from the following films:

  • Thor: The Dark WorldAlan Taylor’s Marvel follow-up starring Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings, Idris Elba, Anthony Hopkins, Zachary Levi, Ray Stevenson, Jamie Alexander, Stellan Skarsgård, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, and Christopher Eccleston opens November 8th.
  • SnowpiercerBong Joon-ho’s futuristic thriller starring Chris Evans, Tilda SwintonJohn HurtJamie BellAlison PillEd HarrisEwen Bremner,Octavia SpencerKang-ho Song, and Ko Asung does not yet have a U.S. release date.
  • The Book ThiefBrian Percival’s book adaptation starring Sophie Nélisse, Geoffrey RushEmily Watson, and Ben Schnetzer, opens November 15th.
  • 12 Years a SlaveSteve McQueen’s biographical drama starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael FassbenderBenedict CumberbatchPaul GiamattiQuvenzhane WallisSarah PaulsonPaul DanoScoot McNairyGarrett DillahuntAlfre WoodardDwight Henry, Michael K. Williams, and Brad Pitt opens October 18th.
  • Ender’s GameGavin Hood’s sci-fi novel adaptation starring Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, Abigail Breslin, and Harrison Ford, opens November 1st.
  • Homefront - From writer Sylvester Stallone, adapted from the Chuck Logan novel, director Gary Fleder’s action thriller stars Jason Statham, James Franco, Winona Ryder, Kate Bosworth, Clancy Brown, Frank Grillo and Rachelle Lefevre, and opens November 27th.

Hit the jump to view the posters and synopses.

TOP 5: ENDER’S GAME Set Visit, DALLAS BUYERS CLUB Trailer, Stop Asking for Bryan Cranston to Play Lex Luthor, DIVERGENT Trailer, INTERSTELLAR Plot Info

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After weeks of deliberation, last night I made the decision to resume my Netflix subscription. Today, after having watched the pilot episode of its original series Orange is the New Black, I can say with confidence that was $7.99 well spent. Only one episode in and I can absolutely see myself spending the rest of this Labor Day weekend devouring the remaining 12 episodes with ease. While you’ve likely read some of the show’s rave reviews elsewhere already, I’ll lend my own endorsement by saying that the pilot offers a near-perfect balance of humor and drama. Moreover, the pace is never slowed by consistent cutting between Piper Chapman’s (Taylor Schilling) past transgressions and present consequences. If anything, it serves to heighten the depressing reality of the situation we find Chapman in. All said, I give the pilot high marks all around and myself a disappointed facepalm for not having got in on the series sooner.

My reintroduction to Netflix aside, this week’s Top 5 highlights part one of our Ender’s Game set visit, the first trailer for Dallas Buyers Club, an editorial by Matt imploring all of us to stop asking for Bryan Cranston to play Lex Luthor, the first trailer for Divergent, and a little bit of extra plot info regarding Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar. As you may expect, a brief recap and link to everything I just mentioned can be found after the jump.

Collider Visits the Set of ENDER’S GAME Part One: 25 Things to Know About Gavin Hood’s Epic Sci-Fi Adaptation

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I’m just outside New Orleans, standing inside a massive space that’s been filled with what I can only describe as a military base that’s been constructed inside a series of oddly-shaped boulders.  They’ve built it for real, and it dwarfs the group of journalists who’ve come to visit the set of Gavin Hood’s Ender’s Game.  As we watch on a bank of monitors, we see director Gavin Hood direct Asa Butterfield (clad in military cadet garb and almost unrecognizable as the street urchin who scampered his way through Martin Scorsese’s Hugo), and it’s the same “set-up, take, cut, talking; set-up, take, cut, talking” process you see on every set visit.

Except this time Harrison Ford—Indiana goddamn Jones himself—walks up, stands next to us, and nods a hello when I look up to see who’s wandered over.  It is immediately one of the most surreal moments of my life.  But it’s far from the last amazing thing I’d witness during my Ender’s Game set visit.  Find out what else I saw—and what you need to know before the film’s November 1st release—after the jump.

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