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Giant Freakin’ Fall Preview: Sci-Fi Movies And TV Through The End Of 2013

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RiddickThe summer moviegoing season is finally winding to a close, with some unexpected victors (http://www.giantfreakinrobot.com/topic/world-war-z), some awesome surprises (Europa Report), and some big fat duds (R.I.P.D: Budget estimated at $130 million, worldwide gross of $59 million). Now it’s time to look forward to fall. For the movies, that mainly means Oscar bait and interesting smaller films; on the TV front it means new shows. Some will succeed, some will fail…and we hope at least one of them will actually be good. Here’s what to look forward to in the final months of 2013!

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Riddick (September 6)
After Chronicles of Riddick bombed at the box office in 2004 — it took in $92 million worldwide, against a $105 million budget — it looked like the adventures of the anti-heroic Richard B. Riddick were done on the big screen. Instead, director David Twohy and star Vin Diesel have resurrected the franchise pretty much through sheer force of will (and the leveraging of Diesel’s house). Riddick looks to be a return to the formula that worked so well the first time: Riddick being a badass and killing things in the dark. Twohy and Diesel obviously still have big plans for the character, so here’s hoping if we get a fourth one, it finds a way to mix the best elements of Chronicles and Pitch Black.

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WTF? Ender’s Game Uses Footage From 2009’s Knowing In Its Latest Trailer

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Let’s not fool ourselves here. The latest trailer for Gavin Hood’s Ender’s Game was pretty amazing, even though it spent far too much time focused on ships zipping around in space and not enough time dealing with the real human drama that the novel concerns itself with. What you may not have noticed is that the trailer isn’t just showing you footage from Ender’s Game, but also from director Alex Proyas’ polarizing 2009 sci-fi disaster flick Knowing. Wait, what? That has to be a joke, right. Nope. Thanks to a clever Reddit user with a good eye and a great memory, we now know that these two movies must have taken place within the same universe. Or maybe not. I personally like to think that Nicolas Cage is everpresent even in the movies he doesn’t star in.

Granted, the “stolen” bits only showed up for the briefest of moments near the beginning, and they’re visually distorted, but it’s still pretty damned strange. When we’re shown the Earthly damage done by the Buggers, the shots used include one of a vehicle fleeing an impending wall of dusty doom, as well as the Met Life building getting demolished. Both of these moments occur during the massive destruction sequence seen in Knowing. I’m not sure if the third shot of a fiery landscape was also cobbled from the Proyas film. It isn’t clear whether these shots are actually in Ender’s Game or not, but I’m guessing they aren’t, since everything else in this film seems to be ridiculously crisp CGI. Except for Harrison Ford’s face, of course.

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Final Ender’s Game Trailer Wants You To Know That The Movie Is Full Of Action

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November 1 feels like it’s a long way off, but in reality, Gavin Hood’s adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s science fiction novel Ender’s Game, is just around the corner. We’re so close, in fact, that Summit Entertainment and Lionsgate have released the second, and supposedly final, trailer for the highly anticipated adventure. And this time around, the emphasis is definitely placed on that part of the story.

Intense sci-fi action is the order of the day, as almost this entire video is taken up by space oriented combat. Even with the fumbling voiceover, the finished product looks incredibly promising, and I can’t wait to see these visuals flashing across an eight-story high IMAX screen. It begins with destruction on a massive scale, and that trend continues throughout. The look and feel is spot on, from the alien invasion, the IF ships, and even that futuristic car pulling up to a rickety dock. Fans of the book will recognize the scenes set in the zero gravity battle room, another thing we’re looking forward to seeing projected real big.

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Final Ender’s Game Poster Reminds You That This Is No Game

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Enders Game Final PosterIt’s nice get fresh news about Gavin Hood’s upcoming adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s novel Ender’s Game that doesn’t revolve around the controversy about the author’s vehemently anti-gay politics. As the November 1 release date approaches, we’re getting more and more, and we now have what is reportedly the final poster for the science fiction adventure. We’ll see how accurate that is, but for now, lets take it at face value.

This image looks a lot like the posters that we’ve already seen, only with one major difference. Previously, Ender, played by Hugo’s Asa Butterfield, has always been facing away, but now we get to see him posed in his full-frontal battle suit. You can’t see his face, due to his reflective visor, but his stance and posture are all business, which fits with the character. Ender may be young, he may be small, but he doesn’t have time for childish things, he doesn’t play around, and he’s been called a “convincing little Napoleon in short pants.” That’s an apt description for a kid who borders on sociopathic at times, and this poster reminds you that “This is not a game.”

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Ender’s Game Director Gavin Hood Sounds Off On The Sad Irony Of Orson Scott Card’s Anti-Gay Stance

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EnderI’ll give them this, the people behind Lionsgate’s upcoming adaptation of Ender’s Game aren’t shying away from the controversy inherent in basing their movie on the work of an author with a well-known anti-gay stance. Then again, they don’t really have much of a choice. No one is going to let this one drop, and now director Gavin Hood (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) addresses these issues in a new interview.

Talking to lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgendered centric magazine The Advocate, Hood calls Card’s oft-stated, rather hateful stand on gay rights, especially gay marriage, “dreadfully ironic.” This is in regards to the themes and subject matter of Orson Scott Card’s novel. He says, “Orson wrote a book about compassion, and empathy, and yet he himself is struggling to see that his position in real life is really at odds with his art.”

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Ender’s Game Comic-Con Panel Highlights Changes From The Novel

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EnderEnder’s Game promises to be one of the most scrutinized films of the upcoming fall season. Not only is it a big-budget sci-fi tentpole, there’s the added element of “what the hell is Orson Scott Card going to say next” to take into account. Summit is attempting to put all of the superfluous stuff behind them and focus on the actual movie by taking to the biggest stage of the summer, San Diego Comic-Con. Our big sister site Cinema Blend was on hand for Summit’s Ender’s Game panel (don’t older siblings always get to do the coolest stuff?), and there certainly is a great deal to talk about.

The whole shebang started off with the introductions by panel host Chris Hardwick of Nerdist. Roberto Orci, director Gavin Hood, Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield, and Hailee Steinfeld, were all in attendance. Right out of the gate they premiered and exclusive video full of aliens, spaceships, explosions, and characters debating whether Ender is truly great, and the future hope of humanity as some believe, or if he’s just a frightened kid who isn’t ready for the pressure. The description sounds pretty damn impressive, especially the ships and action.