Posted on Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 by Angie Han
If three’s a trend, fact-based dramas about British geniuses are the next big thing. This month we have The Theory of Everything and The Imitation Game, and next spring brings X+Y, based on the 2007 documentary Beautiful Young Minds.
Asa Butterfield stars as a young prodigy who’s terrible with people but great with numbers. His life changes when he’s chosen to represent Great Britain at the International Mathematical Olympiad in China. Sally Hawkins plays his mom, Rafe Spall and Eddie Marsan his mentors, and Jo Yang and Jake Davies his friends. Watch the X Plus Y trailer after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, September 25th, 2014 by Angie Han
It was probably just a matter of time before Asa Butterfield caught Tim Burton‘s eye. The kid just looks like a Tim Burton character, with his pale skin, dark hair, skinny limbs, and big eyes. And now he may get to be one for real, as Burton is looking to cast him in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.
Should Butterfield close his deal, he’ll join Eva Green, who previously starred in Burton’s Dark Shadows. Hit the jump for more on Burton’s desire to get Asa Butterfield for Miss Peregrine.
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Posted on Friday, November 15th, 2013 by Angie Han
Over the course of his career, Clive Owen has faced off against an amnesiac spy, a Saxon army, all manner of gangsters, and the end of mankind itself. But in one of his next movies, he’ll be brought down by nothing more threatening than a devious teenage boy. To be fair to Owen, though, this particular teenage boy has proved a formidable figure in his own right.
Ender’s Game star Asa Butterfield has just joined Owen in King of the Kastle, a comedy from the guys behind the Jonah Hill comedy The Sitter and Paramount’s upcoming Baywatch reboot. Hit the jump for plot details and more.
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Posted on Friday, November 1st, 2013 by David Chen
It is difficult to believe that a big-budget version of Ender’s Game is finally going to be playing at your local multiplex this weekend. It’s taken 28 years for a film to finally be made based upon the beloved book. After many, many aborted attempts, false starts, and different scripts, I questioned whether the version of the film we ended up with would be any good. Does it live up to the promise of the book? Is it as generic as its trailers might imply? Is it at all coherent in its attempt to tell the story of a book that is hundreds of pages long?
After the jump, I share my thoughts on the film in under 2 minutes.
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Posted on Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013 by Angie Han
George Lucas basically wipes his butt with money these days (or could if he wanted to), but as a newly surfaced payroll memo from 1968 shows, even this gazillionaire had relatively humble beginnings. Also after the jump:
- The long lost Black Angel will get a digital release in 2014
- Harrison Ford is still ducking questions about Episode VII
- Asa Butterfield would love to play Han Solo’s son, ICYWW
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When meeting Harrison Ford isn’t the highlight of your day, that’s a day for the ages. On the New Orleans set of Ender’s Game, the man who played Han Solo, Indiana Jones and Rick Deckard was there and I shook his hand. Incredibly, though, that moment was topped when I realized director Gavin Hood had figured out a way to make kids fly in zero gravity.
In Orson Scott Card’s sci-fi masterpiece Ender’s Game, a young boy named Ender leaves Earth and enters Battle School to train for an inevitable attack from an alien race called the Formics. They train in a zero gravity space called the Battle Room where dozens of pre-teen boys and girls zip and float around in formation, blasting each other with guns. It’s here that Ender learns to be a great leader and where the action of Ender’s Game hinges.
What I found out on May 17, 2012 – the 59th day of a 70 day shoot – was that Hood not only pulled off these sequences, he’s pulled them off with the actual actors and practical effects. A whole new way of basically puppeteering actors to look like they’re in zero gravity had to be invented to do this, but with the polish of digital effects Hood and his team have realized the dreams of every single Ender’s Game out there.
After the jump, read our set visit which includes a video blog and 30 things I learned on the set of Ender’s Game about the production origins, the Battle Room and more. Read More »
Make no mistake, there’s a lot of action in Ender’s Game. In the book, young kids fly around in zero gravity blasting each other with guns to simulate war strategy. Later, they man what’s basically the universe’s largest video game simulation to do the same thing. Plus, the whole reason the International Fleet is recruiting young kids like Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield) is because an alien race referred to as the Buggers once decimated the Planet Earth. All of that chaos is surely in Gavin Hood‘s film and you’ll see a lot of it in this brand new trailer.
However, while this trailer shows an action-packed thrill ride, at its heart, Ender’s Game is not that. It’s the story of one boy’s struggle with the immense pressure of being expected to literally save the world. Check out the new trailer, marvel at its energy and effects but know that, most likely, the movie within is something a bit smaller and more visceral. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, August 2nd, 2013 by Angie Han
A cinematic adaptation of Ender’s Game has been in development for so long, plenty of fans figured they’d never actually get to see the sci-fi classic come to life. But not only has it come together for real this time, the premiere date is now just around the corner. Close enough that we have today what’s being called the final poster for the movie.
Asa Butterfield stars as brilliant young Ender, who’s recruited by the military to help protect the planet against an alien race called the Formics. Much of his training takes place in the form of games, which is where the title comes from. But the tagline for the movie warns that “This is not a game.” Uh, so which is it? See the new artwork for yourself after the jump.
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