Hailee Steinfeld Talks ENDER’S GAME and Working With Tommy Lee Jones on THE HOMESMAN

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Hailee Steinfeld has been poised to be the “next big thing” ever since she stole the show from veterans Matt Damon and Jeff Bridges in the Coen Brothers’ True Grit.  The young actress has a virtually unending list of upcoming projects: the Tommy Lee Jones directed The Homesman, the Luc Besson/McG collaboration Three Days To Kill, the Civil War drama The Keeping Room… This weekend, the rise of Steinfeld begins with the big budgeted children-versus-aliens Ender’s Game.  Steinfeld co-stars as Petra, an ally and confidant to lead protagonist Ender (Asa Butterfield).  Asa and she have an easy-going chemistry, never quite blossoming into romance but teetering on the brink.  It’s a difficult relationship to get just right – and it’s a credit to Steinfeld and Butterfield that they’re able to suggest such depths with relatively little material.

In the following interview with Steinfeld, she discusses the challenges of acting in such a heavy effects driven film as Ender’s Game, the tricks to pretending like you’re in zero gravity and working with Tommy Lee Jones on The Homesman. For the full interview, hit the jump.

Vince Vaughn and Hailee Steinfeld Crime Thriller TERM LIFE Gets Revived

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About two weeks ago, we reported that Universal had canceled Term Life, starring Vince Vaughn and Hailee Steinfeld; now it looks like the picture has been rejuvenated.  Word has it that QED International and Worldview Entertainment will finance and produce the Peter Billingsley-directed picture.  Universal will remain involved with domestic distribution of the film.  The picture has Vaughn playing a man, “hunted by a ruthless mob, who takes out a life insurance policy on himself to benefit his estranged daughter (Steinfeld), and must survive the next three weeks until it kicks in.”  Based on Andy Lieberman and Nick Thornborrow’s graphic novel, principal photography on Term Life will start next year. (Via Deadline)

Universal Scraps Vince Vaughn Action-Thriller TERM LIFE

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Universal Pictures has decided not to move forward with the actioner Term Life.  The film was set to star Vince Vaughn as a professional thief who finds himself the target of mob bosses, contract killers, and dirty cops, with Couples Retreat helmer Peter Billingsley onboard to direct.  Just last month Hailee Steinfeld signed on to play Vaughn’s daughter, whom he takes on the run while he waits for his life insurance policy to kick in so that she can become the beneficiary, but Deadline now reports that Universal has opted not to greenlight the pic.

The move comes as the studio has undergone some changes at the executive level, so perhaps the project didn’t gel with the new regime.  Vaughn was set to produce Term Life through his Wild West Picture Productions banner, but it’s unclear if he will try to set the project up elsewhere.  The actor is currently filming the comedy Business Trip with Dave Franco and will next be seen in Delivery Man, which opens next month.

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

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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.

Hailee Steinfeld Talks ROMEO & JULIET, the Challenges of Shakespearean Dialogue, Her Chemistry with Douglas Booth, and More

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Romeo & Juliet is the timeless story of star-crossed lovers from warring families.  The families of Montague and the Capulet will use any excuse to publicly fight in the streets of Verona, so when Romeo (Douglas Booth) falls for Juliet (Hailee Steinfeld), it quickly receives the wrath of both of their families, when all they want to do is be together forever.  Written by Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey) and directed by Carlo Carlei, the film also stars Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, Natascha McElhone, Ed Westwick, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Lesley Manville

During a press conference at the film’s press day, actress Hailee Steinfeld talked about the challenges of Shakespearian dialogue versus the type of dialogue she had in True Grit, how those two characters compare, how she read Romeo & Juliet in school around the same time she was filming the movie, the ways in which she related to Juliet, finding the chemistry with co-star Douglas Booth, what it was like to wear the intricate and elaborate costumes, and her excitement about introducing this story to a new generation.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

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

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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.

4 New Clips from ROMEO AND JULIET Starring Douglas Booth and Hailee Steinfeld

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Relativity Media has released four new clips from Carlo Carlei’s adaptation of Romeo and Juliet.  His traditional take on Shakespeare’s play stars Douglas Booth and Hailee Steinfeld as the star-crossed lovers, and co-stars Paul Giamatti, Ed Westwick, Damian Lewis, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Natascha McElhone, Christian Cooke, Lesley Manville, and Stellan Skarsgard.

Hit the jump to check out the clips.  Romeo and Juliet opens October 11th.

Vince Vaughn and Hailee Steinfeld Star in TERM LIFE; Zachary Quinto and Natalie Dormer Join THE GIRL WHO INVENTED KISSING

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Here’s the latest casting news:

Hit the jump for more on each picture.

TIFF 2013: CAN A SONG SAVE YOUR LIFE? Review

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John Carney’s 2007 film Once was a surprising, touching musical about two musicians falling in love through their love of music.  It felt authentic thanks to the naturalistic direction, and real-life musicians Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, who made their acting debuts and fell in love in real life.  That kind of chemistry is lightning in a bottle, but it provided Once with a unique and vibrant feel that expertly wove together a love of music and a love story.  Carney’s new film, Can a Song Save Your Life?, returns to similar territory but with a more polished approach that diminishes the charm in favor of a more Hollywood-friendly feel.  The movie is still funny, good-natured, and most importantly, stresses the joy of sharing music with others.  It’s even a little acerbic in its tone towards the music business, but Carney’s film is guilty of the some of the same critiques regarding watered-down entertainment.

Jonathan Mostow Replaces Phillip Noyce as Director of Sam Worthington Thriller FOR THE DOGS

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A director swap has occurred on the adaptation of Kevin Wignall’s novel For the DogsSalt director Phillip Noyce was previously attached to direct the thriller with Sam Worthington onboard to star, but Variety now reports that Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines director Jonathan Mostow will be taking the helm.  Mostow most recently directed 2009’s Surrogates and was also behind the 2000 submarine thriller U-571.  Scripted by Oren Moverman (Rampart), For the Dogs centers on a solitary assassin who helps a young college girl seek revenge for the murder of her parents and brother.  Worthington is set to play the assassin, while Hailee Steinfeld is onboard as the college girl.  Producers are hoping to start production on the film this fall.

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.

Final Trailer for ENDER’S GAME Starring Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, and Ben Kingsley

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Summit Entertainment has released the final trailer for director 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.  As someone who hasn’t read the book, I was pretty underwhelmed by the previous trailers.  However, this final look at the film does a nice job of selling the massive scope of Ender’s Game, and it finally gets across the stakes that Ender faces.  The visual effects are mighty impressive and the ensemble cast is more than proven, so here’s hoping Hood delivers a worthwhile adaptation.

Hit the jump to watch the final trailer.  The film also stars Hailee Steinfeld, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, Abigail Breslin, and Harrison Ford.  Ender’s Game opens November 1st.

Watch a Trailer for Tomorrow’s New ENDER’S GAME Trailer

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It’s been a while since we’ve seen a trailer for a trailer, but Summit Entertainment is here to fill that void with a preview look at tomorrow’s new Ender’s Game trailer.  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.  With the release date looming closer, a larger portion of the film’s visual effects are ready for public viewing, so this trailer smartly appears to be selling the pic’s impressive visuals, along with more Harrison Ford growling.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer preview, and check back here tomorrow, August 6th at 9am PST to watch the full new trailer.  The film also stars Hailee Steinfeld, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, and Abigail Breslin.  Ender’s Game opens November 1st.

Final Poster for ENDER’S GAME Starring Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, and Harrison Ford

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Summit Entertainment has released the final poster for 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.  This poster has a good chance at winning the year’s silliest tagline with “This Is Not A Game” and then immediately following it with a title that has the word “game” in the title.  Then you follow it up with face-boxes to let people know that this isn’t just a movie about an astronaut and his gigantic 8-sided dice.

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

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