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Best of 2013 (Behind the Scenes): How Harrison Ford revealed his true 'character' in '42'

Harrison Ford is Harrison Ford because he made the Kessel Run in under 12 parsecs, raced Nazis for lost treasure, and got the best of vengeful terrorists no matter the odds. Ford has been a movie star of the brightest magnitude for nearly 40 years, and not unlike Gary Cooper and Clint Eastwood, he is most popular when he plays a version of his most heroic action-adventure characters. But this year, Ford went in another direction. In 42, the story of Jackie Robinson, he put on a fat-suit, wore a dowdy bow-tie, hid behind some facial prosthetics, and traded his iconic voice for a scholarly growl to play Branch Rickey, the Brooklyn Dodgers’ executive who expedited the integration of Major League Baseball.

You might think someone of Ford’s pedigree can land any role he wants, but even at the height of his stardom, character roles like Rickey were not frequently available to him. “When I would occasionally suggest blurring the edges of the movie-star personality, it was often rejected,” says Ford. “If I wanted to wear a mustache or a beard, they’d say, ‘No, no, no, we paid for the face. We want to see you.’ But I was always anxious to play characters. That’s why when I was offered the first Jack Ryan movie, I said I think the script is great, but I’d rather play the Russian guy [ultimately played by Sean Connery] than Jack Ryan. They said, ‘Oh, no, no, no.’”

Not much had changed when 42‘s writer and director Brian Helgeland was casting Rickey, the supporting character in his modestly-budgeted sports film. READ FULL STORY

Critical Mass: Is 'Ender's Game' the next big YA franchise? Or is it 'The Golden Compass'?

Nearly 30 years after Orson Scott Card published the best-selling Ender’s Game, the Hugo-Award winning science-fiction novel receives the full Hollywood treatment from the studio behind The Hurt Locker and Twilight. Those two films are perhaps relevant, because Ender’s Game tells the story of young teens, led by Hugo‘s Asa Butterfield, who are tasked with the very-adult responsibility of going to war to defend mankind.

In the future, Earth barely survived an alien invasion, and 50 years later, the planet’s military commanders, led by Harrison Ford, are expecting another attack any day. To prepare, they’ve recruited child-soldiers whose minds are especially agile and suited for a new brand of warfare.

Written and directed by Gavin Hood (Wolverine), and starring a coterie of Oscar-nominated actors — Viola Davis, Ben Kingsley, Abigail Breslin, Hailee Steinfeld — Ender’s Game has been stifled by threats of boycott from those offended by Card’s anti-gay politics. The film, however, stands on its own, and now that it’s in theaters, perhaps it can finally be allowed to speak for itself. EW’s critic Chris Nashawaty predicts that Ender’s Game is one of those “beloved novels … that wound up getting sapped of their original spark and power on the way to the big screen,” hinting that its fate will ultimately be more The Golden Compass than Harry Potter or The Hunger Games.

But the film has its defenders, too. Click below to see what the nation’s critics think before heading to the theater. READ FULL STORY

Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill in exclusive behind-the-scenes 'Star Wars: Return of the Jedi' video

No geek library is truly complete without J.W. Rinzler’s trilogy of Star Wars books: The Making of Star Wars, The Making of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, and The Making of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. Featuring an exhaustive collection of never-before-seen pictures and anecdotes, the books give fans an insider’s look at the original films that took place a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.

Starting today, all three books are also now available in eBook form complete with bonus multimedia content, including around 30 minutes of rare behind the scenes video, rare audio interviews, and additional art work and photos. To whet your appetite, we now present an exclusive taste of said rare behind-the-scenes video right here. READ FULL STORY

'Ender's Game' clip: Enter the Dragon Army -- VIDEO

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Good news, adolescent space warrior Ender Wiggin: We’d like to give you your own army. The bad news? The force is called Dragon Army and it never won a battle in its entire existence.

But… they do have cool uniforms.

In Ender’s Game, which opens in theaters on Nov. 1, Ender (Asa Butterfield) is a battle-school prodigy who might be the key to defeating an alien invasion. Harrison Ford plays Col. Graff, the military leader who hands Ender the army to do his dirty work.

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Box office disaster: Harrison Ford's 'Paranoia' has the worst debut of 2013 (and his career)

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Together, Liam Hemsworth, Gary Oldman, and Harrison Ford have starred in some of the biggest blockbusters of all time. Hemsworth has The Hunger Games, Oldman had the Harry Potter films, and Ford starred in two little franchises called Star Wars and Indiana Jones.

But the trio of actors couldn’t lift the $40 million thriller Paranoia — which you may not have realized opened in 2,459 theaters on Friday — out of the box office doldrums. In fact, Paranoia bombed. Badly. The film earned just $3.5 million in its first three days, which yielded a pitiful $1,423 per-theater average. Not only is that the worst debut of 2013 for a movie opening in more than 2,000 theaters — stealing the inauspicious title from Tyler Perry Presents Peeples, which opened with $4.6 million in May — it’s the worst wide opening weekend of Ford’s entire career. Han Solo can usually do better than 13th place.

Paranoia was directed by Robert Luketic, the rom-com specialist behind films like Legally Blonde, The Ugly Truth, and Monster-in-Law. Neither audiences nor critics enjoyed his take on the business thriller, though. The film currently has a 2 percent “Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and polled crowds stamped it with an awful “C+” CinemaScore grade. Ads for the film were confusing, and despite their effort to explain the storyline, made the film look like little more than a jumbled mess of corporate conspiracy.
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'Expendables 3' update: Harrison Ford is in, Bruce Willis may be out, and Sylvester Stallone is cranky

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In further proof that the Expendables franchise is essentially a multimillion-dollar version of the box your parents threw all your old action figures into when they decided to turn your childhood bedroom into a study, Sylvester Stallone has tweeted that Harrison Ford is joining Expendables 3. Ford’s representatives confirm that the busy actor has joined the threequel’s ensemble cast, presumably as a character from Indiana who explicitly prefers to work “solo” and is secretly an android riding a unicorn, because nostalgia.
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'Enders Game' trailer: Harrison Ford has a secret

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In Ender’s Game, director Gavin Hood’s adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s sci-fi novel, Asa Butterfield plays humanity’s last great hope against an alien invasion. Millions of innocent lives were lost during the last war, and Col. Hyrum Graff (Harrison Ford) sees in Ender the talent to defeat the aliens once and for all. “You alone can understand the enemy,” he tells the youngster in the new trailer. “You will be the one to save mankind.”

But the new trailer finally hints that all is not exactly as it seems. “THIS IS NO GAME,” reads the trailer, and Col. Graff is portrayed for the first time as someone who has a larger agenda. “We should tell him the truth,” says Ben Kingsley’s face-painter. “When this is all over, what will be left of the boy?” asks Viola Davis. Is Ender a mere pawn in game of life?

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'Ender's Game' clip shows Harrison Ford preparing for war

Comic-Con 2013 has officially begun, and although Summit is still dealing with that whole Orson Scott Card boycott debacle, the studio is also shifting Ender’s Game‘s marketing campaign into high gear. A new viral clip recently hit the web that features Harrison Ford as Colonel Hyrum Graff delivering a message on behalf of the International Fleet. “Let the courage of Mazer Rackham be your inspiration,” he says.

In the universe of Ender’s Game, Rackham (Ben Kingsley) is revered as a legendary military commander (Mild spoilers ahead) who’s thought to be dead but becomes an important mentor in Ender’s training. Check out the clip below: READ FULL STORY

'Ender's Game' unveils Comic-Con plans

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As Ender’s Game prepares for its Nov. 1 take-off, Lionsgate is shifting its marketing efforts into high gear. Earlier this week, the studio unveiled a slick new website to promote the film, and now it has announced a major rollout at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con.

Fans at the convention will be able to hear from the stars of the film at a Hall H panel featuring Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld and Abigail Breslin, as well as director Gavin Hood and producer Robert Orci. They can also check out a huge Ender’s Game exhibit, which will be constructed outside the Hilton Gaslamp and give viewers a chance to insert photos of themselves into the Battle Room.

Check out the full press release below:
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'Paranoia' trailer: Liam Hemsworth stars opposite Gary Oldman, Harrison Ford in corporate thriller

Gale, you’re not in District 12 anymore.

Hunger Games actor Liam Hemsworth is going from playing a poor boy in a post-apocalyptic world to a Brooklyn guy climbing the corporate ladder in upcoming movie Paranoia. The first trailer for the book-based thriller hit the web today.

Adapted from the 2004 novel of the same name by Joseph Finder, Paranoia follows Adam Cassidy, a recent college grad trying to get his career started with an entry-level job at Wyatt Corporation. When the CEO (Gary Oldman) enlists him as a company spy and has him steal trade secrets from his rival (Harrison Ford), things start to get messy as he’s caught between two kings of the corporate world.

The trailer has a bit of a Paycheck vibe (sans memory wipe), as Adam gets involved with revolutionary new technology that he decides he must destroy. Also, check out how Adam gets groomed to play the part of young corporate hotshot — with the preppy polo shirts, crisp expensive suits, and parted hair, it looks like The Social Network‘s Winklevoss twins were actually meant to be the Winklevoss triplets.

Watch the trailer, which debuted on Yahoo.com, below: READ FULL STORY

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