Ender’s Game Inspired…Martinis?

Fans of the Ender’s Game series have been waiting for the movie adaption for years! We patiently awaited the launch of this space shuttle and we finally are in orbit. With the movie out now and a TV spin off in talks, I guess we can patiently wait again for any news of the new trilogy Aaron Johnston announced or a green light for the TV spin off.

As we wait patiently, check out some fan made drinks from EXP bar online. They created cocktails to memorialize Ender’s Game.

So Like many of you i read Ender’s game in middle school. Obviously being that age I fell in love with that book. As time went on I read the book over and over and couldn’t wait to watch it on the big screen. So this weekend the movie comes out and we all here at EXP bar decided to memorialize the Wiggins children in martini form. because above all they need to be classy and fierce.

Locke – We made the Peter strong, with a nice burn, but a hint of sweetness with a slow bitter finish. A powerful blend with a hint of love for the first Wiggin child

EXP bar online Locke drink

Demosthenes – We made the Valentine sweet, warming, and a nice little kick to show her strong side. A loving sweet blend for the second Wiggin child.

EXP bar online Demosthenes drink

Ender – We made the Andrew a perfect blend of sweet and strong. Not too fierce yet not too weak. A perfect blend for the third Wiggin child

EXP bar online Ender drink

You can visit EXP bar online and get the recipes for the drinks to try them out (Again, that is if you are of age!).

Source: EXP bar online Tumblr

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Ender’s Game Questions Answered

Today, some questions about the film were answered on the official Ender’s Game production blog. Here are the answers:

Valentine asks:

As fans of the book, what is your favorite scene from the book? Do you have a different favorite scene from the movie?

I always loved the scenes within the Mind Game that Ender believes he plays for recreation in the orbiting battle school.  Part video game, part psychological test, and if you know the book, part something extraordinary that shouldn’t be given away for those who have not read the book.  As for my favorite scene from the movie, we are still filming it so I haven’t seen it yet!

Reuben asks:

Question to Mr. Orci — How has this production differed from past (and other current) projects? I’m especially interested to know how you feel about the cast’s interactions and your feelings about the script, now that you see it ‘in action’.

Let’s see.  Well first, though I have had some experience with bringing beloved stories to the screen that had intelligent and rabid fan bases like MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 3, TRANSFORMERS, and STAR TREK, this is the first movie with a pre-existing fan base I have worked on that I didn’t write.  This means I that got the chance to evaluate the material merely as a fan.  Gavin’s script made me jealous, but it was also a relief that he had satisfied what I would want as a fan from a difficult adaptation.  Also, I have never worked with so many talented young actors who became friends so fast under such amazing circumstances.  Seeing Asa, who plays Ender, and Hailee, who plays Petra, floating high above the set and getting the giggles was amazing and frightening all at once.  They laughed for like twenty minutes, which as a producer on a clock eager to finish your shooting day can give you a heart attack.  But soon we all had the giggles, and the joy of it overcame the panic.

Chris Neumann asks:

What are the visual influences for the movie? Syd Mead or Star Trek? 2001 or Armageddon? Jon Berkey or Michael Bay?

Visual influences?  One thing I can tell you is that Gavin Hood is a gigantic Stanley Kubrick fan, and it shows.  And yet, in some of the Zero G battles, things are going on that Kubrick never had a chance to tackle.  The technology and advancements in film making available to us allowed us to realize a vision that is totally unique and modern while also being, as Harrison Ford calls it, one of the most emotional science fiction movies he has ever seen.

William Harley asks:

How much time is going to be spent on developing Graff’s relationship with Ender? To me, those insights into the command level of the school really brought out the meaning of leadership and how to tackle the challenges that come up.

The relationship between Colonel Graff (Harrison Ford) and Ender (Asa Butterfield) is key to the movie’s success.  Graff would love nothing more than to be Ender’s friend, yet Graff can’t always show it because he has to make it clear to Ender that in the event of another alien invasion, there will be no one available to help him.  Their relationship is simultenously heartbreaking and fun.

Paul2012 asks:

Is it a movie for adults, about kids, or a kids movie? I hope for the former.

Like the book, the movie Ender’s Game is about young protagonists dealing with one of the most adult situations known to man: WAR.  We don’t soft peddle it, yet we don’t shy away from the fun of being in space and learning amazing new skills that we would all want to learn at any age.

As we know, many scenes in the movie aren’t in the book. As OSC said when he visited the set:

The scene does not come from the book – very few of the scenes in this movie do – so it was amusing when others asked me how it felt to have my book brought to life. My book was already alive in the mind of every reader. This is writer-director Gavin Hood’s movie, so they were his words, and it was his scene.

So, of course, we’ll have favorite movie scenes and favorite book scenes. This is actually really exciting, I love book to film adaptations that change it up a bit. I’m also really excited to see how Graff and Ender’s relationship is shown. Harrison Ford is one of my favorites, so I’m already stoked as it is. I completely agree with what was written above, though. I can see why Graff and Ender’s relationship is key to the movie’s success. I really hope they capture that feeling of complete forced independence that Ender has in the book. I think that’s part of what makes him such a strong character. And the way Graff has to treat him contributes to this greatly.

What are your thoughts so far?

New photo straight from Battle School!

Ender’s Game Blog:

You think your school was clique-ish?  In Battle School, you are part of an army, each represented by its own iconic symbol.  Lately, Dragon Army has come to be known as a repository of misfits and failures.  As a member of this unit, you’re supposed to live, breathe (fire?) and fight as one cohesive and selfless unit.  Success as one.  Defeat as one.  Unfortunately for Dragon Army, their reputation is the latter.

Ender will be tasked with restoring this tarnished symbol.  Will they follow him?

Excuse me, but I’m going crazy! I’m actually kind of getting chills just thinking about the movie! Ah! I haven’t really given it much thought, but now that I am….I’ve realized something. This film is going to be so INTENSE!

GO DRAGON ARMY!

Two Photos From Ender’s Game Production Blog

Things are starting to move in the Ender’s Game movie world as the production blog has posted two more photos from their Tumblr account.

Here’s just a hint of how Battle School will look like.

If you think regular school is tough, try it in a rotating space station.  And by the way, do you have a hall pass for hall number 0058?  Because if you don’t, you could end up scrubbing the showers.  When you first arrive at Battle School, all you perceive is its utility, its functionality… that is until you enter the BATTLE ROOM, where there is no up, no down, and ZERO G’s.  Movie making can become overly reliant on digital worlds, and nothing can replace a well-built set that you can see and touch and stand in the middle of, fooling you into thinking you are really there. Enjoy this small taste of Ender’s big world. We’ll see a lot more in the weeks to come.
The next photo shows them in a simulator at Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama.

“Houston, we have a problem.  We don’t know how to land the Shuttle.” Good thing it’s just a simulator safely on the ground at SPACE CAMP in Huntsville, Alabama.  Aramis, Moises, Asa & Suraj (pictured above from a monitor in the MISSION CONTROL ROOM ) and the rest of our cast agreed that to do Ender’s Game right, they had to train as though they were really headed into ZERO G.  And this wasn’t just an afternoon spent taking a vanity tour. From the Manned Maneuvering Unit (MMU), which simulates extra-vehicular shuttle ­missions in Earth’s orbit, to the microgravity training chair that prepared astronauts for moonwalks during the Apollo program, the week at Space Camp was genuine prep for the feeling of reality that this movie deserves. And after all, the army that trains together stays together.

I gotta say, I’m extremely envious that these child actors got to go to Space Camp and do simulation missions and training!

Source:  Ender’s Game Blog

Ender’s Game Tumblr Blog

Looks like the marketing behind the Ender’s Game movie is starting up.  The movie release date is slightly less than a year away, and for us fans, that’s quite a while to wait.  But considering the enormity of this book, it will need every second it can get to make this movie successfully entertaining and thought-provoking.  Right now we can only wait and see, and one of those ways is through Tumblr.

The people behind Ender’s Game have created a Tumblr Blog for us to follow up on the production of this movie.  Hopefully it’s only the beginning of a huge following.  They’ve only posted one thing so far.  I’m not sure how often they plan on updating us on here, and I’m thinking it will be slow going at first.

Click image to go to Ender's Tumblr

For now, we’ll just have to drool over the picture of a studio chair with the name “Ender” on it.

I’m cautiously excited about this film, but it’s too soon to tell how things are going.  I know Asa, who will be playing the lead role, is a big fan of the books, so hopefully he can help do the book justice.

For more info about it, go to FirstShowing.net