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Drunk Literature: Ender’s Game

Ender’s Game is such an intense fandom, so it’s great to see moments of silly levity in there too!

The team at Drunk Literature has mastered the art of getting friends to ramble on about books they love while under the influence. One such friend talked all about Ender’s Game and the result is pretty hilarious!

ENDER’S GAME Tickets Available Now on Fandango, Plus ‘Final Mission’ Sweepstakes

Fandango has a new ENDER’S GAME Final Mission sweepstakes!

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Entering is easy: Tickets for ENDER’S GAME are now available via Fandango! Showings start at 8pm on Thursday, October 31 in certain theaters. Buy your tickets via Fandango and you’ll automatically be entered for a chance to win their Final Mission sweepstakes!

The Final Mission theme is “Movies Everywhere”! You can win an awesome package including a home theater system, a tablet, a Smart TV, and more. See all the details below the cut!
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Ender’s Bowling Game

Sometimes, it’s fun to pretend to be awesome fictional characters in amusing and ironic situations. It’s always wonderful when someone gives the name Hermione at Starbucks or the hostess at a restaurant calls out “Peeta, party of 2!”

Well, I had some irresistible fun with the name Ender Wiggin last night:

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As you can see, Ender’s not a bad bowler, but he’s a whole lot better at battle school. If Earth depended on me (as Ender Wiggin) to bowl, we’d be in big trouble. Still, relish and enjoy Ender’s game! (at bowling)

Ender’s Game controversy turning into battle school

We touched on the growing Ender’s Game “boycott” earlier this week, and we stated our official stance: You CAN separate the book from the author.

As the furor escalates, we figured we would share a couple of well-articulated pieces that encapsulate the different positions, along with one that — quite frankly — we find troubling.

Here’s what the transcendent Nerdy, Wordy, and Over Thirty had to say:

So. To see, or not to see?

Honestly, I don’t know. I strongly disagree with Card’s views on homosexuality, but I support his right to have his beliefs and to be vocal about them. Goodness knows I’m vocal about mine. However, just because I support his right to speak his mind, doesn’t mean I have to monetarily fuel his fire. Then again, Ender’s Game has nothing to do with homophobia, is a brilliant work of fiction, and the actors and crew that worked on the film are incredibly talented. Should I not acknowledge that with a ticket purchase? Continue reading here!

Or take a look at what windandlaughter opined, which pretty much follows our way of thinking:

I’d never thought of that before. But it’s true -– all the hype and judgement only really started once the movie was talked about. I had to make a conscious effort to not fly off the handle every time Card was vilified. I understand why this is happening, and I’m pro-equality, so I was hurt by his comments as well. It’s just disappointing really, because the book played a big role in shaping me. And to me the guy was a hero. And to find out this is like an idol failing you. Not his fault really. It’s just ironic and sad that a teacher of tolerance is intolerant. See full piece here!

But here’s a strongly worded, downright snarky opinion from A.V. Club, which — though impassioned by a strong moral argument — misses the mark in its singular short-sightedness:

Sadly for Card, we may not yet have reached that more enlightened era, when homophobes are allowed to live freely without fear of their movies suffering a slight dip in profits. Nevertheless, Card is here, he hates queers, and he suggests you get used to it in time for the movie’s premiere. Read full article here!

This is exactly the kind of rabble-rousing rhetoric that has the internet huffing and puffing. And it’s just not right to the actors, producers, directors, technicians, and most of all, long-time fans of this benevolently constructed book. For us, this isn’t about embracing what Card stands for or even stomaching him as a person. It’s the chance to see this extraordinary work brought to the glory of the big screen, with spectacular effects, character cultivation, and deep personal meaning.

Let’s not destroy a landmark film because the author happens to be a misinformed bigot. Remember, no matter how you feel about any of this, what matters is that the enemy gate is down!

You can love Ender’s Game and not agree with Orson Scott Card

If you haven’t noticed, Ender’s Game has been coming under a lot of fire lately, and it all has to do with the anti-gay marriage views of author Orson Scott Card. Some of you may be going through a moral quandary about this, knowing how much you love the book, yet disagree with the man.

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You should NOT feel guilty, and you should feel very comfortable separating the book from Card’s views. None of that homophobia is present in Ender’s Game, nor is it represented by anyone in the movie.

Just yesterday, the wonderful Ender’s Game site — Enderwiggin.net — put together a PHENOMENAL piece on the situation, which we highly recommend any troubled fan (or really, anyone who loves Ender’s Game) to read. Here’s a sample:

What truly bothers me is that the cast and crew of the film are being forced to bear the burden of Card’s words and actions, which is definitely something that I hold against the author. The bulk of the cast is made up of child actors ranging in age from 12 to 19. They’re in essence being found guilty by association and suffering the consequences of a constant stream of negativity of what is no doubt the pride and joy of many of their careers.

To those curious, I personally am a supporter of gay marriage, which is probably why I think about this issue so much. I constantly feel torn in two different directions. And yes, I have read his anti-gay marriage and anti-government op-ed pieces. I’ve read the Salon.com article. I know he’s on the board of NOM.

I understand why Card is such an easy target. He’s painted a big fat bullseye on his forehead on more than one occasion. However, I don’t think that the right way to deal with his opinions and actions is with further hate… CONTINUE READING HERE!

First Photo from the Ender’s Game Movie

Entertainment Weekly has released the first still from the Ender’s Game movie!

Ender's Game Movie still. Asa Butterfield Harrison Ford Colonel Graff Ender

In the photo above, we get a first glimpse of Hugo’s Asa Butterfield (right) as Ender, standing in line with other new recruits (a.k.a. “Launchies”) early on at his time in the Battle School. He’s facing off with the imposing Colonel Graff (Harrison Ford) over whether his emails to home are being blocked. It’s telling that the two characters are clashing over communication, since they’ve got major communication issues with each other. In the novel, Ender could never be sure whether Graff was manipulating him, or whether he simply saw great potential in him and wanted to foster it.

The article also goes on to describe the relationship between Ford and Butterfield during filming, as well as Asa rising up to the challenges of the role:

The actors tried to mirror their characters’ emotions. “The relationship between [Harrison] and Asa was very close,” explains Hood, “but he didn’t overly befriend him off the set. He helped Asa by allowing that slight sense of intimidation to be there.” Getting intimidated by Indiana Jones himself? Sounds like a cinch! What was harder for the cast of children (Check out the full cast gallery) was filming the movie while going to school. “The kids have to attend school for at least three hours of class every day, plus do homework, so you can only shoot with someone like Asa for five hours of your day,” says Hood. “There was no time for fooling about or not knowing your lines or being unprepared.”

To everyone’s delight, Butterfield (along with every child actor) proved himself a true professional. “Asa being prepared meant that we could focus on the scenes, and these are complicated scenes for a young actor,” says Hood.

Check out the full article here!

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How does the first still look to you? Are you even more excited about the movie? Are there any concerns about the look of the actors or the set? Let us know in the comments!