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[Editor’s Note: Manny Lozano is one of Nerd Bastard’s embedded, roving, San Diego Comic Con journalists who will be pounding the convention center floor all weekend to bring you the very best Comic Con has to offer. From panels to the showroom to the off-site entertainment, we’re covering it all. First stop, Liongate’s Ender’s Game Experience!]

The Ender’s Game Experience at this year’s Comic Con brings you into the fantastic sci-fi world of the action film based on the best selling novel by Orson Scott Card, which lands in theaters this November 1st.

The exhibit showcases a variety of props from the film, including weapons and gadgets, as well as pieces of the actual sets from the Battle School in which much of the film is set. Several of the costumes worn by the film’s lead actors were also on display. Stars Asa Butterfield and Hailee Steinfeld were both on hand to kick off the festivities.

After walking through the exhibit, Con goers can enter to win a 3D printer like the one featured in the film and can receive a dog tag to get their picture taken in the Battle Room. I had to indulge.

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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?

Source: CBM

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There’s three new propaganda style posters for Gavin Hood‘s Ender’s Game. The style is reminiscent of Allied propaganda posters from WWII. The movie’s website I.F. Sentinal has some interesting and entertaining looks into the world mindset of Ender’s Game. There are several articles written about the characters and their history well worth the time for a quick read.

What do you think? Are you going to buy a movie ticket for Ender’s Game?

Ender’s Game stars Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld and Ben Kingsley, and hits theater screens November 1st.

Via: THR

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A big screen version of Orson Scott Card‘s epic sci-fi novel Ender’s Game has sort of been a bit of a white whale for Hollywood. Decades in on again off again development has had fans wondering if it will ever really happen. Short answer, yes and it looks really expensive. Below is the first teaser trailer for the flick and it just seems to be an endless stream of CGI money shots and Harrison Ford, two things that don’t come cheap. Check it 0ut. (more…)

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Harrison Ford and Asa Butterfield took to the Internet today to announce the premiere date for the first Ender’s Game trailer. The good news for us is that it also includes a small teaser trailer with unseen footage. So, this is a thing now in Hollywood, it’s not enough to have a teaser trailer, there’s got to be an introduction by the stars and some huge Internet event.

The world premiere of the Ender’s Game trailer will happen during a Google+ Hangout on Tuesday, May 7 at 1:00 PM PT / 4:00 PM ET. The event also includes a live conversation with director Gavin Hood (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), producer Bob Orci (Star Trek Into Darkness) and star Asa Butterfield (Hugo).

Tune in Tuesday to the live Google+ Hangout using the links below:

YouTube.com/EndersGameMovie

Google.com/+EndersGame

Fans have been asked to submit their questions and get a chance to have those questions answered during the Hangout. Join in the conversation online using the #EndersGame hashtag. Click here to register for the event.

Check out the teaser trailer below, don’t be surprised that creator Orson Scott Card is not listed or mentioned in this teaser. His views and public statements concerning anti LGBT rights has been a hot Internet topic and sore marketing issue for this production.

In the near future, a hostile alien race called the Formics have attacked Earth. If not for the legendary heroics of International Fleet Commander Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley), all would have been lost. In preparation for the next attack, the highly esteemed Colonel Hyrum Graff (Harrison Ford) and the International Military are training only the best young minds to find the future Mazer. Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a shy but strategically brilliant boy, is recruited to join the elite. Arriving at Battle School, Ender quickly and easily masters increasingly difficult challenges and simulations, distinguishing himself and winning respect amongst his peers. Ender is soon ordained by Graff as the military�s next great hope, resulting in his promotion to Command School. Once there, he�s trained by Mazer Rackham himself to lead his fellow soldiers into an epic battle that will determine the future of Earth and save the human race.

Via: Comingsoon

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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!

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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.

Source: /Film

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There’s some interesting new stuff out for director Gavin Hood‘s (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) adaptation of Orson Scott Card‘s Nebula and Hugo award-winning military sci-fi novel Ender’s Game. We’ve got a new production still, some battle group logos and a look at some possible, make that probable controversy over the authors personal anti-gay rights views.

Let’s start with the easy fun stuff. Here’s the latest production still from the set of Ender’s Game, the mess hall.

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We get a good look at Asa Butterfield on the right as Ender Wiggin, a first look at Hailee Steinfeld on the left as Petra Arkanian, Khylin Rhambo as Dink Meeker on the right side of the table next to Ender, and Moises Arias as Bonzo Madrid at the end of the table on the left.

Next up are the Battle Group Logos. These are the symbols used by the armies of the Battle School war games.

It’s an interesting look at some of the design work that goes into a production like this. CosPlayers will be taking careful notes for their Ender’s CosPlay costumes that we’re sure to see in the months to come at conventions everywhere.

The hiring of Orson Scott Card to write the first issue of Adventures of Superman, (Which only debuts in digital form, but is planned to appear in a collected edition in May) has become a lightning rod of controversy over at DC Comics because of Card’s well-known, highly vocal, anti-gay rights position. It sparked a petition to protest his hiring along with several comic book stores announcing they won’t carry the issues. DC Comics published this response:

“As content creators we steadfastly support freedom of expression, however the personal views of individuals associated with DC Comics are just that — personal views — and not those of the company itself.”

The question here is: Will the Card-Superman protest and boycott demonstrations carry over to Ender’s Game. There’s over $110 million invested in the production of Ender’s Game so far and the old Hollywood Celebrity saying, “Any publicity is good publicity” just doesn’t wash anymore in this age of Social Media Networking.

The Hollywood Reporter looked at this rather tricky marketing and publicity issue and said:

Now Summit  faces the tricky task of figuring out how to handle Card’s involvement. The first big challenge will be whether to include him in July’s San Diego Comic-Con program. Promoting Ender’s Game without Card would be like trying to promote the first Harry Potter movie without J.K. Rowling. But having Card appear in the main ballroom in front of 6,500 fans could prove a liability if he’s forced to tackle the issue head-on during the Q&A session.

“I don’t think you take him to any fanboy event,” says one studio executive. “This will definitely take away from their creative and their property.”  Another executive sums up the general consensus: “Keep him out of the limelight as much as possible.”

Ender’s insiders already are distancing themselves from the 61-year-old author. “Orson’s politics are not reflective of the moviemakers,” says one person involved in the film. “We’re adapting a work, not a person. The work will stand on its own.”

Don’t forget that Marvel faced a similar issue when one of Guardians of the Galaxy writer James Gunn‘s past online rants was dragged back from the past and into the scrutinizing light of the Internet. Gunn quickly apologized in a letter to GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation), the situation cooled down, and Gunn remained on the project.

Something as simple as a sincere apology isn’t going to work with Card though, his long-held, and prolific public statements about his beliefs won’t allow that. The problem for Summit is separating Card’s beliefs and public statements from Ender’s Game the movie. That’s a tough sell with Card listed as one of the movie’s producers.

Asa Butterfield,(Hugo), Harrison Ford (You know what movies he’s done), Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit), Sir Ben Kingsley (Who recently starred with Butterfield in Hugo), Brendan Meyer, Abigail Breslin,  Aramis Knight (Rendition), Moises Arias, Jimmy “Jax” Pinchak (Let Me In), Suraj ParthasarathyConor CarrollKhylin Rhambo, Viola Davis, Nonso Anozie (The Grey), Stevie Ray Dallimore (Joyful Noise), Andrea Powell (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2) round out the cast in Ender’s Game which is due in theaters on November 1st.

Movie Synopsis:

In the near future, a hostile alien race (called the Formics) have attacked Earth. If not for the legendary heroics of International Fleet Commander, Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley), all would have been lost. In preparation for the next attack, the highly esteemed Colonel Graff (Harrison Ford) and the International Military are training only the best young children to find the future Mazer. Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a shy, but strategically brilliant boy is pulled out of his school to join the elite.

Arriving at Battle School, Ender quickly and easily masters increasingly difficult war games, distinguishing himself and winning respect amongst his peers. Ender is soon ordained by Graff as the military’s next great hope, resulting in his promotion to Command School. Once there, he’s trained by Mazer Rackham, himself, to lead his fellow soldiers into an epic battle that will determine the future of Earth and save the human race.

Via: GeekTyrant, THR

 

There hasn’t been much marketing or publicity for director Gavin Hood‘s adaptation of Orson Scott Card‘s Ender’s Game. The “Official Production Blog” hasn’t had a new post since June 18th when principle filming completed. There’s no Facebook page, movie website, or even a poster yet. Don’t worry though, there’s still just under a year to go before the November 1st 2013 release date so I’m sure we’ll get plenty more soon. Until then, we’ll have to settle for enjoying the little things, like this still of Harrison Ford as:

Col. Hyrum Graff.

A colonel in the International Fleet and the commandant of the Battle School, Hyrum Graff pushes Ender to his limits. Graff seems cruel and overly demanding, stacking the odds against Ender at every opportunity and even putting the life of humanity’s greatest hope in danger, but he only seeks to prepare Ender for the unique situations he will have to face in the future war with the buggers.

Entertainment Weekly  posted the photo and we’re happy to bring it to you.

Ender’s Game stars Asa Butterfield, Ben Kingsley, Harrison Ford, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin, Viola Davis, Nonso Anozie, Stevie Ray Dillmore, Andrea Powell, Moises Arias, Conor Carroll, Aramis Knight, Brendan Meyer, Jimmy “Jax” Pinchak, Suraj Parthasarathy and Khylin Rhambo.

Ender’s Game synopsis:

In the near future, a hostile alien race (called the Formics) have attacked Earth. If not for the legendary heroics of International Fleet Commander, Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley), all would have been lost. In preparation for the next attack, the highly esteemed Colonel Graff (Harrison Ford) and the International Military are training only the best young children to find the future Mazer. Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a shy, but strategically brilliant boy is pulled out of his school to join the elite.
Arriving at Battle School, Ender quickly and easily masters increasingly difficult war games, distinguishing himself and winning respect amongst his peers. Ender is soon ordained by Graff as the military’s next great hope, resulting in his promotion to Command School. Once there, he’s trained by Mazer Rackham, himself, to lead his fellow soldiers into an epic battle that will determine the future of Earth and save the human race.
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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.
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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:
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