I remember my first reaction to hearing that Arnold Schwarzenegger was starring in a new Zombie movie was best summed up as, “Meah?” I was expecting the standard zombie action flick with lots of guns, guts, and standard Arnold action film one liners. What I didn’t know at the time was that Maggie was on the 2011 Blacklist for screen-plays submitted, but un-produced that year. That changes everything, and you can absolutely see it in this new trailer. (more…)
And by that, I mean happy.
With Ender’s Game, writer/Director Gavid Hood (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) delivers a strong and pleasing — yet occasionally dull and dispassionate — sci-fi epic, proving that Orson Scott Card’s allegedly unfilmable literary classic just needed the right guiding hand. Yes, the right guiding hand previously guided Wolverine into a ditch, deal with it. (more…)
Joining Catching Fire and I, Frankenstein with a panel in the coveted Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con is Summit Entertainment‘s Ender’s Game. Though surprisingly, the Ender’s Game panel, which features producer Bob Orci, director Gavin Hood, plus Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld and Abigail Breslin, won’t be on Saturday. Or even Friday. Their panel is schedule for Thursday, July 18th. Huh? Really?
Ender’s Game, the upcoming film adaptation of a science fiction classic is on Thursday, a day I pointed out yesterday was usually reserved for franchises Comic-Con on begrudgingly included, like Twilight, and Catching Fire gets a prime panel spot on Saturday? Don’t miss understand me, I’m super excited for Catching Fire and its Saturday panel, I’m just a little shocked to see Ender’s Game knocked to Thursday. Maybe that’s Summit’s preferred spot? They were the studio behind Twilight after all.
Considering their panel will be over before most of the con has even started, I’m happy to see Ender’s Game plans to have a strong presence on the con floor at their booth, as well as hosting an “exclusive fan experience” outside the Hilton Gaslamp. This will feature, “eight unique rooms representing the most iconic environments of Ender’s world, complete with original film props and set pieces used in the movie.” While going through the experience fans will see exclusive movie footage and be able to interact with some of the content. There’s also an opportunity to win a home makeover, if you felt your pad was lacking in that sterile, futuristic atmosphere.
Below the cut you’ll find the full press release outlining everything Summit Entertainment is bringing to Comic-Con. The fan experience sounds kind of cool, even it’s nothing more than an interactive movie trailer. Excited to see what Ender’s Game is bringing to Comic-Con? What do you think of them having their panel on Thursday?
Ender’s Game is easily one of the most anticipated sci-fi films in years thanks to a stellar cast and ground-breaking source material. Now we have not yet seen a trailer, although it should be coming soon, and we’ll have to wait till November before we can see the movie in all its glory, but in the meantime Yahoo has some tidbits to tide us over: a teaser poster and a couple of notes from director Gavin Hood about a key set.
But first, behold the poster!
Now let’s hear what Hood has to say about the Battle Room, a massive zero-gravity mock battlefield where Ender and other Earth children recruited to be military leaders practice the maneuvers and strategies they learn in class. “This is the high school football field, only it’s in three dimensions,” Hood explained. “It’s the size of a football field in all directions: up, down, left, right. And the idea is teams jump out from opposite ends of this amazing space and play this amazing game of 3D paintball, almost.”
Hood added why he decided on a critical geometric difference between the Battle Room in the book, which is a cube, and the Battle Room in the movie, which is a sphere. “What if we could see through? What if we could see out of the space, and we’re moving around the Earth and turning at the same time?” He said, adding that he felt making the room a sphere would create “a really strange, disorienting experience.”
I guess we’ll find out for ourselves when Ender’s Game – starring Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Hailee Steinfeld, Ben Kingsley, Abigail Breslin and Viola Davis will be released on November 1st in regular and IMAX cinemas.
Disney, the studio that’s been making movies about princesses for years, may finally be exploring the “dark side” of their universe with Maleficent. Starring Angelina Jolie, the film is a re-telling of the fairytale classic Sleeping Beauty from the viewpoint of the evil fairy Maleficent, hence the name. Duh.
The film will be a first for visual effects artist Robert Stromberg, who is taking over for former director Tim Burton after he left to persue Dark Shadows. Because it is the first time that Stromberg will be wielding the power of the director’s chair, it might take a while to shoot. With a story that’s told from the vantage point of the villain and what led her to curse Princess Aurora, this live-action adaptation is projected for a March 14th, 2014 release.
Although waiting just shy of two years feels like an eternity, it’s nothing compared to the wait we’ve already had for Orsen Scott Card‘s Ender’s Game. And it’s going to be just a tad longer – find out why after the jump.
Production is finally underway on the upcoming American science fiction film Ender’s Game, thanks to the guidance of Wolverine director Gavin Hood and studio Odd Lot Entertainment.
Taking place in an alternate version of Earth’s future, Ender’s Game follows the adventures of young Andrew “Ender” Wiggin, who was taken at a very young age to the Battle School to begin training for a war against an alien race known as the Formics. After the years of “development hell” for the Orson Scott Card series, which is set to be released in theaters on March 15th, 2013, we’re going to have to keep waiting a while for any footage.
Until then, the official production blog that was released last month has been leaking shots from the set – Hugo‘s Asa Butterfield crew chair and a door from the set. This latest shot from the production actually has the kids in Ender’s prepping for their roles (kind of). Check out the picture and explanation after the jump:
Being such a highly anticipated franchise, there’s no doubt that when The Hunger Games hits theaters March 23rd, it’s going to do well, and it really doesn’t deserve to. The whole book series by Suzanne Collins is not only barely adequate for a high-school reading level, but the premise is such a rip from movies like Battle Royal, The Running Man (my personal favorite) and The Condemned. It’s contrived pablum and literary bullshit. But I digress…
Being such a highly anticipated franchise, The Hunger Games has it secrets. No sacrificing goats on set, or speaking in tongues before filming type stuff, but these secrets are still pretty interesting and weird.
THR has an interesting article that reveals nine untold secrets surrounding the highly anticipated movie. Like how the Lionsgate movie came to be, accidents on set, the cast salaries and the film’s budget. Even the daily threat of live bears during filming. If you don’t want to read the entire article, our pals over at Geek Tyrant have conveniently arranged all nine secrets into an easy to read format, enjoy.
The CGI movie Rango appears to be very interesting.
First off, it is directed by Gore Verbinski (director of The Pirates of the Caribbean) and stars Johnny Depp, Alanna Ubach, Abigail Breslin, Isla Fisher and Alfred Molina.
The plot, for which we finally now a little something about thanks to the trailer embedded below, revolves around a chameleon who is left in the desert and pretends to be a famous gunslinger, ultimately becoming the sheriff of a dusty ol’ town.
If this trailer is any indication, this movie is going to be amazing!
Only one question remains though … what’s with the orange wind-up fish toy?
Zombieland 2 is coming at us folks- literally! The film will be shown in 3D, reports writer Rhett Reese as well as director Reuben Fleischer. Fleischer had this to say to MTV about the film ,
“I think it’s cool to see stuff fly at your face. The idea of zombies splattering into the lens is exciting for me.”
Reese is currently working on the project with writing partner Paul Wernick. The original cast of Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson and Abigail Breslin will be returning, accompanied by some more survivors. According to Reese, Zombieland 2 will continue to creatively display the world of the undead to us. reese also had this to say,
“We’re making ‘Z2’ a bigger movie. Everything will happen on a grander scale”…”The original cast all want to return. That said, none of them have seen the script yet. And if they love it or don’t love it, that might impact their decision.”
Now as far as cameos for Z2 can they really top “Bill fucking Murray”?! However, I expect someone good to show up in Zombieland 2 nonetheless. Now I know EVERYTHING is pretty much being shown in 3D today but I actually think this one will be badass this way! Check out director Reuben Fleischer talking to MTV about Z2 in 3D.
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Advocacy groups for the Deaf and Blind are pissed….and not because they are deaf and blind. The cutesy tween Abigail Breslin has been cast in the “Miracle Worker” to play Helen Keller, and these groups are mad its not a dead,dumb or blind kid…But from what I hear they are busy playing a mean game of pinball. The new York Times says:
Sharon Jensen, executive director of the Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts, an advocacy group for blind and deaf actors, among others, said in an interview late Wednesday that her organization strongly opposed a decision by the producers to not audition actresses for the part who shared Helen’s disabilities.
“We do not think it’s O.K. for reputable producers to cast this lead role without seriously considering an actress from our community,” Ms. Jensen said. “I understand how difficult it is to capitalize a new production on Broadway, but that to me is not the issue. There are other, larger human and artistic issues at stake here.”
First off, I’m not a very mean person, but I am also not very PC…Sorry guys, the blind won’t be reading the script, and the deaf won’t be taking their cues. While Helen Keller suffered from what is known as deafblindness (Real Original) and while she thrived in travel, and education and women’s suffrage and blah blah blah…She never acted. Anyhow, Abigail Breslin is marquee. That’s it. I’m sorry Deaf/Blind community, but you don’t have any high list actors like Breslin..THAT IS WHY SHE IS IN IT, SHE IS A CELEBRITY!
I do know a little sign language, so the following is a personal message for the deaf: “Amnail Brelznin id goo acor. Lito Mith thuntine….Goo.”
And a personal message for the blind: “………………………………………………………………………………….”