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Oct. 31, 2013 | 3:26 p.m.

‘Ender’s Game’ director Gavin Hood on why he changed Ender’s age

“Ender’s Game” hits theaters Friday, bringing Orson Scott Card’s sci-fi tale to the big screen for the first time. The movie is based on Card’s 1985 novel about a young, extremely intelligent boy who is recruited to attend Battle School and groomed to become a commander in a war against aliens. The book was critically praised, winning the Nebula and Hugo awards for best novel, and became extremely popular, especially among children who read it in school. Given its time limitation, the film adheres rather closely to the events and themes in the 324-page novel. But some of the book’s fans have expressed concern online about several differences and key details, including compressing the book’s timeline, leaving out the political activities of Ender’s siblings back home and altering Ender’s age — he was 6 years old at the beginning of the […]
Sept. 26, 2013 | 3:39 p.m.

‘Ender’s Game’ TV spot features alien battle scenes in space

A new TV spot for “Ender’s Game” is light on dialogue but heavy on space battle action scenes. The one-minute trailer, released Thursday, begins with a series of explosions, on Earth and in the sky, as Harrison Ford’s Col. Hyrum Graff voice sets up the story. “When the aliens first invaded, they nearly destroyed us,” he says. The film, based on the award-winning 1985 science-fiction novel of the same name, follows Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a genius Battle School recruit, groomed by the International Fleet, a global government and military organization, to fend off an alien threat. “We need minds like yours, Ender,” Graff tells him in the trailer. “You will be the one to save mankind.” Directed by Gavin Hood (“X-Men Origins: Wolverine”), “Ender’s Game” also stars Hailee Steinfeld (“True Grit”), Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis and Abigail Breslin. The actors […]
Aug. 30, 2013 | 9:55 a.m.

‘Ender’s Game’ director Gavin Hood on sci-fi battle sequences, integrity

NEW ORLEANS — The Michoud Assembly Facility just south of Lake Pontchartrain is the place where Saturn V rockets and the space shuttle’s external fuel tanks were put together. But on a muggy spring day last year, NASA’s largely abandoned manufacturing plant was the site of an intergalactic mission of a very different kind: bringing “Ender’s Game” to life. Inside the massive complex, filmmaker Gavin Hood (“X-Men Origins: Wolverine”) was barking out directions over a public address system to the movie’s young cast, which includes “Hugo’s” Asa Butterfield and “True Grit’s” Hailee Steinfeld. “Boom, boom! It’s really unbelievable,” Hood yelled to his cast. Except it wasn’t, yet. FULL COVERAGE: Movie Sneaks 2013 The young stars, arrayed at computer terminals inside a deep-space military academy, were looking around frantically at an empty stage, Hood trying to help them visualize what that […]
Aug. 06, 2013 | 10:36 a.m.

‘Ender’s Game’ trailer delivers explosive imagery, Harrison Ford

The final trailer for “Ender’s Game” has debuted, arriving with plenty of dramatic visuals, explosive space spectacle and a great deal of Harrison Ford. Set for release Nov. 1, the sci-fi film, directed by Gavin Hood (“X-Men Origins: Wolverine”), adapts Orson Scott Card’s 1985 novel and takes place in a future in which an alien race known as the Formics has attacked Earth. Asa Butterfield plays Andrew “Ender” Wiggin, a bright boy recruited to help humanity face future threats — his abilities are honed through special tactical training he receives at Battle School. The new clip opens with Ford, who plays the film’s Colonel Hyrum Graff, explaining over scenes of striking landscapes, “When the aliens first invaded, they nearly destroyed us. They will be back.” Ford’s voice serves as the through-line for the trailer, and the actor also can be seen […]
July 19, 2013 | 4:45 p.m.

Comic-Con 2013: ‘Ender’s Game,’ ‘Divergent’ unveil new photos

On the heels of Thursday’s Comic-Con panel touting the upcoming sci-fi films “Ender’s Game” and “Divergent,” Summit Entertainment has released new promotional media for both films, offering a sneak peek at two grim visions of the future. The cache includes a series of banners for “Ender’s Game” showing the cast members crisply dressed in the uniforms of the International Fleet, the military force that protects the Earth from the hostile alien race known as the Formics. The cast includes Asa Butterfield as Andrew “Ender” Wiggin, a young prodigy who could be the planet’s best hope for survival; Harrison Ford as Col. Hyrum Graff, who trains the young soldiers; and Ben Kingsley as the legendary Cmdr. Mazer Rackham. (Check out the gallery above for more.) FULL COVERAGE: San Diego Comic-Con 2013 Accompanying the banners is a new teaser video paying tribute […]
May 03, 2013 | 7:06 p.m.

‘Ender’s Game’: Battle room, Mazer Rackham in first footage

The Hollywood hype machine is kicking into gear for “Ender’s Game,” the upcoming film adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s bestselling sci-fi novel. The first “Ender’s Game” trailer premieres Tuesday at 1 p.m. PDT, but a teaser offers a brief glimpse to whet fans’ appetites. Asa Butterfield, who plays protagonist Andrew “Ender” Wiggin, and Harrison Ford, who plays Col. Hyrum Graff, introduce the footage in the YouTube teaser released Friday. What follows is about 10 seconds of footage, including what appears to be a scene from the battle room, where young Battle School pupils train for war against an alien threat. “You’ll be the finest commander we’ve ever trained,” Graff tells Ender in the footage. Also featured is “Iron Man 3” star Ben Kingsley as war hero Mazer Rackham, whose face is covered in tattoos — a departure from the book. […]
Feb. 20, 2013 | 3:17 p.m.

‘Ender’s Game’: A new look at Ender and Battle School army logos

“Ender’s Game” won’t hit theaters until Nov. 1, but Summit Entertainment has just released new imagery from the movie. On Wednesday, Summit sent out a new round of images:  A new still from the film features Asa Butterfield, who plays the film’s shy but brilliant hero Ender Wiggin, dressed in the gray uniform of the Battle School. He appears to be chatting cheerfully with his peers in the mess hall while a high-tech glowing scoreboard hovers over the scene. The company also sent the four army logos from the Battle School — Dragon, Salamander, Rat and Asp. (Click through the gallery to see those.) This is not the first still from “Ender’s Game” that Summit has released. An  image of Harrison Ford, who plays Col. Hyrum Graff , addressing Butterfield in a futuristic barracks has already been floating around the Internet. […]
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