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Orson Scott Card Wants People to Shut Up Already About His Bigotry

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OrsonEnderI vividly remember finding out that Orson Scott Card was a bigot. It was a dark, dark day. It happened while reading an article in Salon, in which the author, Donna Minkowitz, who “worshiped” Card, got to interview him. Her article begins, “It was the most unpleasant interview I’ve ever done.” Why? Because she happens to be a lesbian. And while she knew about Card’s zealous Mormonism, she “somehow failed to ascertain that Card was a disgustingly outspoken homophobe.” Simply reading an interview in which a sci-fi fan meets her literary hero, and then he tells her, “Gay rights is a collective delusion that’s being attempted,” makes me physically cringe. Minkowitz tries gamely to press on, saying she’s willing to live with the contradiction, but you can feel her deflate as you read.

In that interview, Card said, “I’d really hate it if your piece wound up focusing on the old charge that I’m a homophobe… It’s been circulating on the Internet for a long time. It’s really just one of those annoying things that happens. It’s really ugly!” Well, dude, if you weren’t a rampant homophobe, maybe people would stop talking about it. It’s pretty simple, really.

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Suit Up With These Five New Ender’s Game Character Posters

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EnderUPDATE: Alas, the only force in the universe more daunting than the Bugger army is Summit’s lawyers, so we’ve had to remove the posters at their request. Hopefully they’ll get officially approved soon and we can put them back up.

Is there anyone out there excited for Gavin Hood’s adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s beloved sci-fi novel Ender’s Game? I suspected there might be a few of you lurking out there. It’s gearing up to be one of the biggest sci-fi events of the latter part of the year. Summit Entertainment has just released five new character posters from the film, and boy do they look futuristic.

Most of the key players are present and accounted for. There’s Asa Butterfield as Ender Wiggin—that should be a given, his name is in the title—Harrison Ford’s Colonel Hyrum Graff, Viola Davis as Major Anderson, Hailee Steinfeld’s Petra Arkanian, and Sir Ben Kingsley as the tattooed warrior, Mazer Rackham.

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Ender’s Game Has Big Comic-Con Plans, Minus Orson Scott Card

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ender's gameThe San Diego Comic-Con is so massive at this point, it only seems natural for films to eventually branch away from the pop culture-soaked event to become entirely separate entities. A festival solely promoting adaptations of young adult novels could easily match the audience and hype of the SDCC without much effort. And from there, the highly anticipated adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s celebrated novel Ender’s Game could host its own mini-festival.

But for now, the film is content just to take over its own portion of the convention, setting up huge interactive displays to accompany the standard booth. But all of this will be done without Card present, as the novelist — also a producer on the film — has been completely absent from the film’s advertising thus far, undoubtedly due to the public backlash against the author following another display of his staunchly anti-homosexual beliefs. Though really, it isn’t clear if Summit Entertainment is avoiding Card, or the other way around. They’ll have to bring him out at some point before the film’s release to appease the masses who wouldn’t be watching this movie if they didn’t love the book so much.

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Ender’s Game Posters Warn That The Next Invasion Is Imminent

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It sounds like a politician’s attempt at fear-mongering, doesn’t it? The newest promotional posters for Ender’s Game make stark the parallels between Orson Scott Card’s book and the real world.

The latest publicity campaign for the movie opts for a grittier finish than some of the previously released photos, such as one of Ender in the Battle Room (the enemy’s gate is down!). The first poster above is dominated more by text than by image, and the text demonstrates an interesting degree of verisimilitude. Maybe that’s because the carefully constructed scenario by which Ender is recruited, trained, and ultimately deployed as the militaristic savior of the earth doesn’t really seem so outlandish.

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Ender Hangs Out With Colonel Graff In Zero Gravity Ender’s Game Photo

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Ender's GameDirector Gavin Hood’s adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s science fiction novel Ender’s Game is gradually picking up steam, despite the fact that it doesn’t hurtle into theaters until November 1 of this year (October 25 in the UK). One of the elements fans of the book are most excited to see are the acrobatic scenes that take place in the Battle Room, the zero gravity training environment used by the military cadets. In IMAX 3D these should be quite the spectacle. Well know there’s a new picture that gives us a glimpse of what the finished product will look like. Star Asa Butterfield (Hugo) also sat down with Empire and talked about working without gravity, and much more.

The image show Ender (Butterfield), floating in a horizontal manner, talking to Harrison Ford’s Colonel Graff, the commanding officer of the Battle School, the underage military academy orbiting in space. You get a good, full body look at the flash suits that the cadets wear, as well as at the interior of the room.

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Ender And Colonel Graff Strike A Pose In Latest Ender’s Game Image

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Ender's GameGavin Hood’s (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s science fiction classic, Ender’s Game, is still a long way off. We won’t lay eyes on the film until November 1, just in time to usher in end-of-the-year blockbuster season. But just because we’re months out, and have most of a summer’s worth of big movies to wade through, doesn’t mean it’s too soon to start the hype machine. In that spirit, take a look at this latest picture from Ender’s Game.

This photograph, which comes from the film’s Facebook page, has a definite Sears Portrait Studio vibe. Composition wise, stars Harrison Ford and Asa Butterfield are posed much like a family portrait. They also look miserable, like most people having their pictures taken. Butterfield—who plays the titular Andrew “Ender” Wiggan, a young but strategically gifted military mind—has a vacant look on his face, staring off into the distance.