This week’s Entertainment Weekly gives us our first look at Ben Kingsley as Mazer Rackham in the adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s science fiction classic Ender’s Game. Despite the fact that this is being directed by the same gifted genius who cranked out X-Men Origins: Wolverine, I am willing to be the film I want. The cast is certainly amazing and Kingsley is a fantastic choice to play the reclusive general and hero of the last war. I like the Maori tatts. I don’t know why. I can’t recall them being described in the book, but it looks right on him. Ender’s Game opens November 1st, and I’ll have a trailer for you next week. Official synopsis below.
In the near future, a hostile alien race called the Formics have attacked Earth. If not for the legendary heroics of International Fleet Commander Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley), all would have been lost. In preparation for the next attack, the highly esteemed Colonel Hyrum Graff (Harrison Ford) and the International Military are training only the best young minds to find the future Mazer.
Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a shy but strategically brilliant boy, is recruited to join the elite. Arriving at Battle School, Ender quickly and easily masters increasingly difficult challenges and simulations, distinguishing himself and winning respect amongst his peers. Ender is soon ordained by Graff as the military’s next great hope, resulting in his promotion to Command School. Once there, he’s trained by Mazer Rackham himself to lead his fellow soldiers into an epic battle that will determine the future of Earth and save the human race.
No, that’s not the title they’re going with, but if you thought the series was over after A Good Day to Die Hard bombed in February, then you underestimate the studios need to kick dead horses. Die Hard 6 has a title and a writer already in Ben Trebilcook. Die Hardest (no, honestly) is the title they’re working with and the studio wants it to be the “Rocky Balboa” of the series. I’m inferring into that statement that they’d like to send it out not sucking tremendously and making us all pine for Hans Gruber. No plot details beyond that it would start in NYC before moving to Tokyo where the bulk of the film would be set. Because nothing says John McClane like Japan….
As the countdown to the arrival of the newest entry in the Star Trek pantheon ticks down, we have a poster for the IMAX theaters showing the film. It features what, to me, was the jaw-dropping moment from the last trailer. Does John Harrison’s ship not look like a Next Generation class Enterprise? Who IS this guy? Any theories on the ship? I paused that moment in the trailer and just stared and stared. I do believe Kirk and company are going to get themselves Cumberbatched (I’m making this my new verb of choice). Star Trek Into Darkness opens in just TWO WEEKS!
Courtesty of Super Hero Hype, we have a few on-the-set photos from Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Most have to do with a scene where Cap and Widow are apparently roughing up a “perp” or “goon” as is known in law enforcement parlance. And then Nick Fury walking around in a bathrobe and purple pants. Because he’s Nick Fury and he can pull that off. Captain America: The Winter Soldier is scheduled for an April 2014 release. Official synopsis below:
Captain America: The Winter Soldier will pick-up where Marvel’s The Avengers left off, as Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and teams up with Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, to battle a powerful yet shadowy enemy in present-day Washington, D.C.
I have to say that one of my first thoughts upon hearing that Star Wars would continue was, “But how without John Williams?” The music of Star Wars is such an integral part of the mythos and, say what you will about the prequels, the quality of the scores have never dipped. I am an unabashed Williams fanatic. I’ve seen him in concert at the Hollywood Bowl four times and the best part is always when they get to the Star Wars pieces and people all over the arena will whip out lightsabers and conduct the music. I had assumed that Williams wouldn’t be involved for a few reasons, but primarily: the man is in his eighties and JJ Abrams works with Michael Giacchino. Directors and composers usually pair up and, as Williams has with George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, Abrams and Giacchino have done everything together.
JJ Abrams today said that he expects John Williams to return and score Star Wars as he has always done. That, to me, makes it a done deal (assuming Williams is healthy enough). Given his integral history with the property, the only thing that would have stopped him participating would have been if Abrams had insisted on Giacchino. This looks like another good sign on Episode VII along with the news that Carrie Fisher has hired a personal trainer (I’m just saying…Google her…). Maestro Williams gave his thoughts on returning to the Star Wars universe earlier this year to a crowd at the Hollywood Bowl.
We’re about to play Star Wars [audience interrupts with cheers] and each time we play it, I’m reminded of the first time we played it decades ago. Neither I, nor George, nor anyone else involved thought this would go far or in a few years there would be a sequel and I’d have to revisit the themes…and years later another trilogy. Now we’re hearing of a new set of movies coming in 2015, 2016…so I need to make sure I’m still ready to go in a few years for what I hope would be continued work with George…[more cheers].