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 »
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Posted on Friday, July 26th, 2013 by Angie Han
These days, teen romances are as likely as not to involve vampires, werewolves, zombies, aliens, and/or hellish dystopian landscapes. At their heart, though, so many of them are about forbidden love of one kind or another. In other words, they’re essentially Romeo & Juliet with supernatural bells and whistles.
Now along comes the original Romeo & Juliet to (hopefully) show us all how it’s done. Carlo Carlei‘s apparently faithful adaptation stars Hailee Steinfeld and Douglas Booth as the iconic star-crossed lovers. Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, Ed Westwick, Stellan Skarsgard, and Kodi Smit-McPhee also star. Watch the new trailer 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 »
The world has been on pins and needles waiting for the answer to one question: When will we see the next McG theatrical feature? The answer is February 14, 2014. Three Days to Kill, directed by McG, co-written by Luc Besson and starring Kevin Costner, Hailee Steinfeld, Amber Heard and Connie Nielsen, has just been picked up by Relativity and slotted on the calendar. Read about the plot and more below. Read More »
A day Ender’s Game fans never thought would happen has arrived. The first teaser trailer for the film adaptation of Orson Scott Card‘s landmark sci-fi novel is finally here.
For years, Hollywood told fans the age of the characters and the complicated action sequences made the story unfilmable. Enter director Gavin Hood who, along with producers Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and others, willed the film to the big screen. They cast Asa Butterfield (Hugo) as the title character, a young man who is recruited to go into space and train as a military leader whose destiny is to save the world. Harrison Ford plays his gruff mentor and the rest of the cast is filled out with Oscar-calibur talent like Hailee Steinfeld, Sir Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis and Abigail Breslin.
Ender’s Game opens November 1 and, below you can see just how Hood’s vision came together. Read More »
Posted on Friday, April 12th, 2013 by Angie Han
Since her Oscar-nominated breakthrough performance in 2010’s True Grit, Hailee Steinfeld has mostly kept out of the limelight. In fact, she hasn’t appeared in a single movie since then. But with half a dozen releases planned for the next couple of years (including Ender’s Game, Can a Song Save Your Life, and Three Days to Kill) she now looks ready to make up for lost time.
Among the many projects on her slate is the Carlo Carlei-directed, Julian Fellowes-scripted Romeo and Juliet. Steinfeld and rising star Douglas Booth play the iconic star-crossed lovers, surrounded by a talented if somewhat random cast that also includes Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, Natasha McElhone, Ed Westwick, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Stellan Skarsgård, and Lesley Manville. Check out the new trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, February 20th, 2013 by Angie Han
There are more YA adaptations in development right now than we can count, but Fox 2000’s The Fault in Our Stars stands out for a couple of reasons. First, it features no paranormal creatures or dystopian societies whatsoever. Second, the novel by John Green is a critically acclaimed crossover hit — it was even named the best fiction book of 2012 by Time Magazine.
The film version of The Fault in Our Stars already has a Black List script from (500) Days of Summer scribes Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, and now it’s found a director in Writers helmer Josh Boone. Additionally, it’s looking to cast either Shailene Woodley or Hailee Steinfeld in the lead role. Hit the jump for more details.
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Posted on Friday, February 3rd, 2012 by Angie Han
The Bridesmaids ladies aren’t the only female ensemble cast enjoying a well-deserved career boost this awards season. Hours after we reported that Octavia Spencer had signed on for Bong Joon-ho’s post-apocalyptic thriller Snow Piercer, Spencer’s The Help co-star Viola Davis has booked supporting roles in Gavin Hood‘s sci-fi flick Ender’s Game and Richard LaGravenese‘s fantasy adaptation Beautiful Creatures. Read more after the jump.
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