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Harrison Ford On Han Solo, His Ender’s Game’s Role, And The Orson Scott Card Controversy

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harrison ford enders gameHarrison Ford and Comic-Con are not the old friends that some might suspect. In fact, when he appeared yesterday in San Diego, ostensibly to answer questions about Ender’s Game — which predictably turned into a bunch of Star Wars and Indiana Jones questions — it was only his second appearance. (First was Cowboys and Aliens. ’nuff said.) During the talk, Ford said that Han Solo wouldn’t have been a good fit for Colonel Graff’s army, and shared what brought him to the role in the first place.

One Brazilian man shared his dreams of becoming Indiana Jones since he was a kid, then asked Ford what he thought about Solo joining Graff. “You know, you and I have a lot in common,” Ford
joked. “I used to dream about being Indiana Jones when I was younger. Not so much anymore. I don’t think Han Solo would be good as a soldier in anybody’s army. I think he’s what we call now an independent contractor.” I think the world of Star Wars and Léon: The Professional should come together, where Solo somehow saves Natalie Portman’s Padmé Amidala from her dysfunctional family. Might have a few time travel issues, but otherwise, it’s gold!

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Ender’s Game Lets You To Witness Mazer Rackham’s Heroics Firsthand Plus 6 New Character Posters

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It’s nice to have news about Ender’s Game that has nothing to do with Orson Scott Card’s stance on homosexuality. You may have forgotten there was an actual movie to talk about, a movie that just so happens to be all over San Diego Comic-Con at the moment, so there’s a lot to talk about. Summit has set up big fan experience for those attending the geek-centric gathering, but the news on the Ender front is far from over. For example, we now have this sparkly new clip from the film, as well as six more character posters.

In the future of Ender’s Game, the world has survived an attack by an alien race known as Formics. It wasn’t an easy battle, and one the powers that be are none too keen see repeated. As a result, young kids who show specific military aptitude are recruited to attend Battle School in hopes of finding a future leader with an as yet unknown perspective and strategy. They’re looking for the next Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley), the hero of the first conflict. His ability to approach the enemy from a different angle, one they didn’t expect, was the only thing that saved the day for the human race.

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Ender’s Game Recruitment Video And Fan Experience Photos

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The fate of the Earth is at stake, people! The buggers will destroy us all if we don’t get our army built up and maxed out! Harrison Ford (as Ender’s Game‘s Colonel Graff) wants you to test your mettle and see if you’ve got what it takes to prepare for futuristic warfare. Or maybe this is just a promotional video to get people interested in the film. But you can’t cage the spacebear once he’s been unleashed!

There is some dazzling new footage in the video above, showing off the film’s slick visuals, though Ford’s appearance looks dated enough to have been filmed when Orson Scott Card’s novel came out. The clip directs you to a Strategic Aptitude Test, which works the same as most of these viral campaigns do. (Remember Pacific Rim, anyone?) They ask you a series of questions, in which a couple of your Facebook friends will make an odd appearance, and then you either get recruited or you don’t. It’s all about the greater good! Check out my Rat Army recruitment screen below.

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Comic-Con Photos For Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Gravity, Ender’s Game, And Newly Retitled All You Need Is Kill

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edge of tomorrow posterComic-Con is right around the corner, and all the featured releases are pouring out promotional material a little at a time, building up to whatever brand-new footage or mini-event the studios are unleashing in San Diego. Luckily, Entertainment Weekly has rounded up the most exciting panels of the Con and provided a new image for most of them. Nothing on Godzilla but a group of classic images, but sci-fi still stands strong with The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Ender’s Game, Gravity, and All You Need Is… a name change?

More intriguing than EW’s still of Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt crouching down in their mecha-weapon-gear-suits from Doug Liman’s adaptation All You Need Is Kill is that the title is completely different now. Warner Bros. has generically retitled the film Edge of Tomorrow and released the poster seen above. In (ugh) Edge of Tomorrow, Cruise will play a soldier in a futuristic battle who becomes caught in a time loop, experiencing a cycle of death and resurrection, all while gaining experience as a soldier. It’s unknown who will show up for the panel as of now, but check out the filthy-faced EW image below.

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Lionsgate Will Hold An Ender’s Game Premiere To Benefit LGBT Support Groups

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EnderWell, the saga of Gavin Hood’s upcoming adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s novel Ender’s Game just keeps spinning further and further out of control. While the novel itself is a wonderful piece of science fiction, Card himself is a rather vehemently anti-gay bigot. The author has often publicly stated his views in what most consider a rather venomous manner, which has prompted gay rights groups to organize boycotts like Skip Ender’s Game.

Basically, this film has turned into a big old publicity nightmare, especially after Card issued a statement regarding gay marriage earlier this week. Lets just say his demands that people be tolerant of his intolerance ruffled some feathers, and caused even more controversy. You can read about that elsewhere, we have other matters to discuss at the moment.

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Ender’s Game And Orphan Black Get EW Comic-Con Covers

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Ender's GameSan Diego Comic-Con is lurking just around the corner, and the entire geek centric world is about to shift its collective focus to the sunny environs of Southern California. Get ready for a tidal wave of news, clips, announcements, video from various panels, and so much more coming soon.

Entertainment Weekly is always deep in the mix at Comic-Con, and as part of their preview coverage, the issue that hits newsstands on July 11 has a variety of wonderfully nerdy bonus covers to peruse. One is Spider-Man 2, one is Carrie, but the ones that really catch our interest are the sci-fi themed ones, of which there are two. Both Gavin Hood’s adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game, and the BBC America’s clone drama Orphan Black grace the cover of EW.