Posted on Tuesday, July 9th, 2013 by Angie Han
Orson Scott Card is best known for his sci-fi writing, but over the years he’s also attracted a lot of attention for his staunchly conservative political views. Among other things, he’s been vocal about his opposition to same-sex marriage — and as public opinion evolves on that issue, Card’s position is increasingly becoming a problem.
Earlier this year, DC Comics shelved a planned Superman book after Card’s involvement sparked a public backlash. Now, the LGBT group Geeks Out is calling for a boycott of Ender’s Game, Gavin Hood‘s film based on Card’s classic novel. In an effort to address the controversy, Card himself has spoken out declaring the gay marriage issue “moot” and asking for “tolerance” of his beliefs. Read his comments after the jump.
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Fans who travel to San Diego Comic-Con in July will be able to take a flight to Battle School. Summit Entertainment has revealed they’ll be bringing their sci-fi adaptation Ender’s Game to the convention in full force. It starts Thursday July 18 with a Hall H panel featuring stars Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld and Abigail Breslin. (Yes, Harrison Ford will be back at Comic-Con.) The experience continues on the Hilton Gaslamp lawn with an exhibit showcasing eight rooms representing the most recognizable environments of Ender’s world, and finally a show-floor booth with plenty of goodies. Read more below. Read More »
Though Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger have teamed up in the past, it’s never been like this. The first trailer for their October action film Escape Plan has just come online and it features the icons as foes turned friends who team up to escape the world’s most inescapable prison.
Formerly called The Tomb, Escape Plan is directed by Mikael Håfström and also features Jim Caviezel, Curtis Jackson, Vinnie Jones, Vincent D’Onofrio and Amy Ryan. Check out the trailer below. Read More »
The Ender’s Game viral site I.F. Sentinel has been updated to include three brand new posters. They’re propaganda posters for the International Fleet, and the images take us through the three stages of their approach. Those just so happen to be three major stages of the film. First is fear, and a poster promising “The Next Invasion Is Imminent” covers that. Second is hope, asking us to “Join the Next Generation of Heroes.” Third is duty, as an image of Battle School (above) lets us all know we need to “Protect Earth.”
“Protect Earth” from what exactly? Well in the November 1 film, directed by Gavin Hood, Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield) is recruited to train in Battle School to help the human race defeat the evil Buggers, which are exactly what the name sounds like: bugs. Check out the three new posters below. Read More »
Dean Parisot has done a few big-screen directing gigs in the past two decades (Galaxy Quest being the fan favorite) but mostly worked in TV during that period. Now he’s headed back to the big screen with the reins of Red 2 in hand. Summit may be happy with that sequel because the studio is reportedly giving Parisot something a lot more interesting than the geriatric assassins movie: a film about Harry Houdini.
Or at least, it will be a film inspired by Houdini. This is the one scripted by Noah Oppenheim based on William Kalush and Larry Sloman‘s book The Secret Life of Houdini, The Making of America’s First Superhero. As that title makes clear, this one goes a bit beyond the bounds of portraying Houdini as an escape artist.
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Posted on Monday, June 17th, 2013 by Angie Han
To say Summit’s Highlander reboot has been as long-lived as its characters would be a massive exaggeration, obviously, but it has been kicking around for quite a while now. And it’ll be sticking around for some time yet, as it’s now headed back to square one. Ryan Reynolds has just dropped out of the project, months after director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo exited. Hit the jump to get the details.
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Posted on Wednesday, June 5th, 2013 by Angie Han
The still above from 21 Jump Street is an accurate representation of my reaction to the reveal that the sequel will be called 22 Jump Street. Also after the jump:
- Check out pics from Transformers 4‘s Texas set
- How much of Transformers 4 is set in China?
- Freida Pinto and James Franco won’t return (duh) for more Apes
- Marc Forster is “open” to a World War Z sequel
- Sofia Vergara gets another Machete Kills poster
- See a trailer for Despicable Me 2‘s “Minion Rush” game
- Watch tons of B-roll and interviews from Monsters University
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Briefly: Lionsgate/Summit has given new dates to two Sylvester Stallone films. The first is Sly’s latest team-up with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Once called The Tomb, the picture is now titled Escape Plan, and the studio has bounced it from September 13 of this year to October 18. On the new date, it will go up against are Carrie, Don Jon and Seventh Son.
Escape Plan is directed by Mikael Håfström, and follows a security expert (Stallone) who must escape a high-tech prison built to his own specifications. Schwarzenegger plays an inmate in the high-tech, secret facility, and the cast also features Jim Caviezel, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Vinnie Jones, Vincent D’Onofrio and Amy Ryan.
Meanwhile, we don’t know for certain whether or not Schwarzenegger will end up alongside Stallone, Jason Statham, Jackie Chan, Wesley Snipes, Nicolas Cage and Milla Jovovich in The Expendables 3, but we do know the release date: August 15, 2014. Patrick Hughes (Red Hill) will direct when the sequel goes into production late this summer.
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