Did you like ENDER’S GAME? I loved it. And you can celebrate 2014 with an ENDER’S GAME calendar.
Ender’s Game Wall Calendar: Featuring stills from Ender’s Game, the much-anticipated film directed and written by Gavin Hood, this official calendar follows the story of Andrew “Ender” Wiggin, an unusually gifted child who is sent—70 years after a horrific alien war—to an advanced military school in space to prepare for a future invasion
Barely Lethal, the Hailee Steinfeld-starring film about a teen assassin, has rounded out the cast with three more actors. Rob Huebel, Finesse Mitchell and Rachael Harris have all been added to the film, which will also star Samuel L. Jackson and Jessica Alba.
Steinfeld stars as a teen assassin who runs away in hopes of living an ordinary high school life. She soon discovers that it’s not so easy to fit in at high school. Musician/actor Toby Sebastian and actress Dove Cameron also have roles in the pic.
I Would Probably Let Harrison Ford Pierce Me Too »
We sat in the room with Harrison Ford, listening to him dodge questions and answer the ones he chose to ever so humbly. It’s a privilege – and one of the most surreal moments of our lives. Ender’s Game is in theaters today.
Great job in this film. Could you just talk a little bit about how it appealed to you and had you read the book in the past?
HF: I actually read the script before I read the book and I thought it was an interesting subject that I hadn’t seen in film. I saw an interesting character that was responsible for supporting some questions about responsibility and the military and relationships between young people and old people, a lot of things that intrigued me. When I met with the filmmakers I had a sense that they were very ambitious, and focused on making a film that I thought would be useful for a young audience, so it was all together attractive to me.
The movie is very intellectual, are there any themes specifically for young boys and girls who might watch this that might come up, that you feel should be discussed because of this movie?
HF: Well I think a lot of questions will be raised which is why I think it’s a really good family movie. I think young people are likely to drag their parents to this movie, require answers from them about what’s going on here, and the other way around. I think parents may wish to bring their young people to this movie as well. The themes are responsibilities, individual responsibilities, the leadership capacities, what the military does to create leadership capacities, but this is a strange situation here. We’re talking about a world government meeting the threat of an alien invasion, so it’s not the usual issues of militarism and military adventure. This isn’t one country with a national interest trying to control another country. This is not a kind of national patriotism, this military is in aid of protecting life on earth so these themes, while they seem familiar, they are a little bit differentiated by the context that they come up in.
You’ve had a great year playing Branch Ricky in the 42 movie, and now I understand there is an Oscar campaign being honored for you for that film, Warner Bros. is screening it for you for Oscar consideration. How important would that be for you, is that something you feel you’ve missed in your career? Continue Reading…
Little Asa Butterfield – well he’s not little anymore. The actor was recently in Los Angeles for his movie Ender’s Game which debuts in theaters today. Is Ender’s Game a movie that you are looking forward to seeing?
We heard you grew at least 2 inches while filming
ASA: At least. It was a nightmare for the costume.
Congratulations. You did a great job.
ASA: Thank you.
Can you talk a little bit about the first day that you met Harrison Ford. What was it like to work with him?
I think I can for a lot of people in that they would be pretty nervous about meeting HF and I was def one of those people. For me, and I think for all of us, once we got to know him, you do get on really well and he’s such an amazing person and an amazing actor cause there were so many young people on the set he really brought the best out of us.
I know you’re a gamer.
So what was it like to be in this ultimate gamer’s movie? And of course the stakes are very high, but was it fun? A lot of things weren’t actually there on set, I realize, but just really kind of being in the game. And secondly, what is your favorite game right now?
ASA: That’s a good point, I think one of the really important discussions in today’s society is how children of my generation have grown up around this technology. It’s shaped their lives. I mean, my little sister who’s four can work my mom’s iPhone better than she can. It’s crazy how much that has changed in the last sort of 5-10 years. Imagine 50 years from now that’s going to become an even bigger part of our lives. So to take that idea and make it such an important part of the story was very exciting because I do enjoy computer games. To take some of that knowledge of mine and give into my performance is something new.
We love Hailee Steinfeld. At the recent Ender’s Game Junket here in Los Angeles, we spoke with Hailee (along with our friends from That’s Normal). She’s such a doll, and we are very thankful for all the time that she spent with us. Ender’s Game is in theater’s today.
Q: What made you decide to get bangs?
Hailee: I had them when I was younger. I took in a couple pictures and I was like I want bangs and I want them to look exactly like that. I think I was 12 or 13. I brought in these pictures and I was like I want it to look just like that, not realizing that I didn’t have the same hair that the girl in the magazine did. I was really disappointed when I got home, then the next day when I had to do them myself. So I let them grow out. I have kind of just been having this thing where I have wanted them for awhile. I am doing a film with Kyle Newman called Barely Lethal and we decided give the character a little bit of (points up at bangs).
Q: I am excited about Barely Lethal.
Hailee: Thanks, me too. I am fight training right now, and I can’t move. We’ve got an incredible cast coming together.
Hailee: So ya, I kinda just wanted my character in this film to look a little different.
Q: Do you relate to your character in Ender’s Game in any way?
Hailee: I do. I think one of the main similarities is that my character in this film is placed in this world where she has to act to like an adult. And in someways, where I never acted like an adult, you know I am in this world where there are a lot of adults and a lot of time it’s called for to be more mature then I am. There is a lot of that. So I think that is definitely a similarity. Just sort of finding your way. Petra is constantly having to mask any sort of feeling that she has of wanting to youthful or innocent or sad or anything. Any of those emotions she constantly has to sort of mask. I don’t have to do that thankfully. The closest similarity in terms of that is just sort of finding yourself.
Q: If you could play any other character in the movie, who would it be?
Hailee: l love Bonzo. I think the interesting thing about that character is he does somethings that you know he doesn’t want to do, but he does it anyways. He does it out of confusion and does it out of instinct and Moises Arias does it so well. There’s Ender – I mean I don’t know that I would want to play any other role because they have been done so well. Ya, I don’t know. Maybe Coronel Graff. That would be kind of cool.
Q: Do you think that the story would have played out differently if Ender was a girl?
Hailee: In what way? Just in General?
Q: Just in general.
Hailee: I think it could play out differently. I don’t know that it would play too differently, because the circumstances are still the same. They are so strict and so exact that there is no room for it to change regardless of gender. I think that is what is so interesting. My character has this nice balance of softness and feminism within that group of guys. That’s a really interesting question. I think it would play out as differently as it could.
Q: What are you currently obsessed with?
Q: What do you like to bake?
Hailee: Everything. I will go on the internet and try to find the most complicated thing ever and spend hours in the kitchen baking really yummy stuff, and I eat all of it.
Q: What kind of music do you listen to?
Hailee: I listen to everything. My brother who is 19, we’ve listened to a lot of classic rock. A lot of pop and R&B, and a little bit of rap. A little bit of everything. I am into it all.
Q: Are there any scenes that you guys filmed that didn’t make the final cut that you wish would have?
Hailee: I don’t think so. But there were so many outtakes that I want to see more then the film. Not even kidding. We had so many moments, from dogpiling on wires in the air at the end of a rig or being on the practical sets and forgetting lines and just cracking up laughing. There is so much that went on like that and I would love to see it all.
Q: I was lucky enough to visit the set, it was so beautiful.
Hailee: It really was. It is amazing to think how practical these sets are, but they are so futuristic. The way that they were done, the way that they are, they are so beautiful.
Q: I have to say you have blossomed since set. When I first met you I thought, oh she’s so young, and now I am like she’s more mature then I am.
Hailee: No. (laughs) It’s been over a year. Almost two years. It’s been a long time. And it’s funny to see, you know everyone around you grow up – in those three to four months, let alone from then to now. I think our reunion that is just about to happen at the premiere will be pretty exciting, just to see everybody, and be together again.
Q: Did you keep intouch with a lot of people?
Hailee: Oh ya. I see Moises all the time. Khylin and Aramis I talk to. Asa and I have been traveling everywhere together. I talk to Abby. And that is what is so cool too. Having worked with friends my age, I walked away with some of my best friends. I think that’s pretty cool.
Q: What’s the best piece of advice you have received from someone in this business?
Hailee: I have received so much advice from so many talented people, that I find different pieces of advice will come up at different times. One that I have gotten from more then one person has been as simple as have fun. I don’t take anything too seriously. I constantly remind myself of that because it’s so easy to get to wrapped up in all this stuff, and take yourself too seriously, and you forget to have fun. I like to go by that.
Q: What’s one life lesson that you took away from Ender’s Game?
Hailee: The Importance of Team Work. I have been home schooled since sixth grade and I remember being in the classroom and being paired with people for a project or something like that. But with Ender’s Game – having met the guys a couple of weeks before we started filming and over the course of the three month shoot, we just became this team. It was incredible and it comes through on screen. The fact that we were in this together – we’re all away from home and we’re all experiencing the same thing at the same time. I think that’s just a really important thing to have. A good source of communication and a sense of team.
ENDER’S GAME: Poised to Win the North American Box Office »
Ender’s Game is a movie that we have been privileged to work on. The film is amazing and has done a great justice to the fandom. And it turns out that the fans are excited to see the movie, as the movie is poised to quite well at the Box Office.
Sci-fi epic Ender’s Game is poised to win the North American box-office race this weekend with a solid $25 million or more opening, hoping to reverse a disturbing downturn in movie adaptations of young-adult books. Overseas, the film has already opened in the U.K., where it is doing softer-than-expected business.