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'Ender's Game' trailer: Harrison Ford recruits Asa Butterfield as 'a new kind of soldier'

The film adaptation of Ender’s Game invades theaters on November 1, and with less than six months until takeoff, Summit has begun its marketing campaign in earnest.

You’ve already seen Asa Butterfield and Harrison Ford as Ender Wiggin and Colonel Hyrum Graff. You’ve glimpsed Hailee Steinfeld as Petra Arkanian. You’ve gotten your first look a tatted-up Ben Kingsley as Mazer Rackham. And you’ve peeked at the inside of the Battle Room. But get ready, Launchies: the first official Ender’s Game trailer is here.

The clip, which just hit “the nets,” amps up the action and portrays Ender as the fearsome commander that fans of Orson Scott Card’s novel know him to be. We don’t see much of Ender as a timid launchie, but that’s likely because his journey was compressed into a single year for the film. Director Gavin Hood explained the practical change to EW back in December.

The trailer also touts the high-profile cast (see a full cast gallery), which not only includes Butterfield, Ford, Kingsley, and Steinfeld, but also Viola Davis, who’s playing a re-conceived version of Anderson, and Abigail Breslin as Ender’s sister, Valentine. Davis provided my favorite moment in the trailer with her cautionary line to Ford: “You really don’t see them as children, do you?” Those few words suggest that the novel’s theme of childhood manipulation has made it safely onto the screen in Ender’s Game — or at least I hope so.

For first looks at Valentine, the Battle Room, the fellow Launchies, and the inside of the the International Fleet’s space station, watch the clip below, but do so at your own peril. It’s VERY spoilery:

'Ender's Game': Harrison Ford introduces a teaser for the teaser -- VIDEO

Teasers for teasers of trailers: They’re so hot right now!

The latest YA adaptation to perpetuate this trend is Ender’s Game, the highly anticipated sci-fi adventure based on Orson Scott Card’s beloved novel. Stars Asa Butterfield (Ender Wiggin) and Harrison Ford (Hyrum Graff) are on hand to introduce this 10-second sneak peek at footage that appears in the real teaser trailer, which will on May 7. Even though it’s slight, fans will be thrilled to get a glimpse at Ford’s growling colonel, Ender and his fellow cadets, and Ben Kingsley’s Mazer Rackham in action. Battle school is in session, people. Well, almost:


Harrison Ford talks 'Blade Runner' at AFI event: Memories from production, the 'Is Deckard a Replicant?' debate, and more

Blade Runner was a box office disappointment when it hit theaters in 1982, but since then it has been showered with accolades and developed a significant following that has placed it in the pantheon of great sci-fi movies.

One organization that has been very kind to the gritty neo-noir movie is the American Film Institute. Blade Runner is on AFI’s list of the greatest 100 movies of all time and is No. 6 on the prestigious film school’s list of the best sci-fi movies. The movie’s star, Harrison Ford, was the 28th recipient of the AFI LIfetime Achievement Award.

AFI celebrated the legacy of Blade Runner, along with 11 other classic films, at Arclight Hollywood on Wednesday night for the institute’s third AFI Night at the Movies. Ford was on hand to introduce the screening of Blade Runner: The Final Cut, an edition of the film closer to director Ridley Scott’s original vision for the project that features some notable differences from the theatrical release version, such as the lack of narration.

Here are a few highlights from Ford’s introduction to the film, both some of his dry humor and his memories from making Blade Runner: READ FULL STORY

'42': Its success tells us something surprising about what audiences want


I’m always interested when a movie dramatically surpasses box office expectations — not for what it says about the film, but for what it says about the audience. In the case of 42, the Jackie Robinson biopic that smashed the opening-weekend record for a baseball movie and is now looking, this weekend, to continue that hot streak, the reasons for the film’s success might seem to be obvious. It is — at least in my book — a rock-solid sports movie, and it’s also a drama of race in America that allows us to experience the well-worn past with a new vividness and insight. It’s worth noting that a number of people don’t agree with that: They look at 42 and see a complacent liberal message movie with a flawless and therefore overly sanded off and uncomplicated hero. What were they expecting, Jackie Robinson Unchained? READ FULL STORY

Harrison Ford: 'I don't even want to discuss' the 'Star Wars' sequels

Harrison Ford isn’t ready – “yet” – to talk about his reported part in Disney’s planned Star Wars sequel, but he praises its director, J.J. Abrams.

“I think he’s fantastic,” Ford said in a recent interview. “I did his first movie, Regarding Henry, with Mike Nichols. A wonderful talent. Extraordinary guy.”

The 70-year-old actor – who came to fame playing Han Solo in the Star Wars trilogy – is shrugging off questions about that character while promoting his role as Brooklyn Dodgers president Branch Rickey in the upcoming Jackie Robinson film 42.

Asked how he feels generally that the Star Wars sequel and Disney spinoffs are in the works, Ford responded: “I don’t feel anything at the moment yet.” READ FULL STORY

Han Solo returning to 'Star Wars'? Harrison Ford says 'I think it's happening'

Let’s be real for a second here. At this point, Lucasfilm is neither confirming nor denying that Mark  Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford are returning for Star Wars: Episode VII. But if director J.J. Abrams wants to bring back the original-trilogy trio, Hamill and Fisher are almost certainly onboard. The question mark has always been Ford, who has spent most of his post-Star Wars career expressing mild-to-aggressive embarrassment about the franchise. But Ford’s feelings towards Star Wars have warmed in recent years. Perhaps Ford, who turned 70 last year, views Episode VII as a chance to burnish his reputation by returning to one of his most beloved characters. Also, money is nice. READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Harrison Ford reported to join 'Anchorman' sequel; Plus a new lead for Marvin Gaye biopic, Rebecca Hall, and more

• Harrison Ford is set to play another seasoned, Tom Brokaw-esque newscaster, according to a THR report. Thankfully he’ll bring his curmudgeonly charm to Anchorman: The Legend Continues, and not a Morning Glory sequel. Things had been somewhat quiet for Ford since 2011′s Cowboys and Aliens, but he’s been ramping up his on-screen presence lately with roles in the upcoming Jackie Robinson biopic 42 and the highly anticipated Ender’s Game adaptation. [THR]

EW reported in December that Lenny Kravitz had signed on to star in the Julien Temple-directed Marvin Gaye biopic Sexual Healing, but it seems the tides have changed. Kravitz was reportedly asked to drop out by Gaye’s son, Marvin Gaye III, and Monday it was reported that Law & Order alum Jesse L. Martin would step in to play the music legend. [Deadline]


'42' trailer: The historic story of Jackie Robinson, 'a black man in white baseball' -- VIDEO

It’s a dramatic American true story — about as dramatic as they come, really. But the tale of Jackie Robinson, the first black man to play Major League Baseball, has only made it to the big screen one time, in 1950, with Robinson playing himself. That is, until this April, when 42 arrives in theaters with newcomer Chadwick Boseman as Robinson and Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey, the Brooklyn Dodgers general manager who signed Robinson in 1945.

The new trailer for the film, written and directed by Brian Helgeland (PaybackA Knight’s Tale), makes clear Robinson’s road to the Dodgers’ dugout was fraught with racist players, referees, even fellow teammates — as well as the impossible pressures that accompany becoming a national role model. But thanks in part to Jay-Z’s thumping anthem “Brooklyn Go Hard,” the trailer also makes clear Robinson’s story has the potential to deliver the goosebumps of triumph and inspiration. Check it out below:  READ FULL STORY

'Ender's Game': Harrison Ford stares down Asa Butterfield in first photo -- EXCLUSIVE

Anyone who has read Orson Scott Card’s beloved 1985 sci-fi novel, Ender’s Game, can understand why, for the past 20 years, Hollywood has been unable to adapt the book. After all, it’s challenging enough to shoot a movie about pint-sized military recruits fighting each other in a futuristic, space-set Battle School, but it’s an even taller order to capture the novel’s complex themes about war and morality.

Fortunately for fans of the book, the long wait for a film adaptation is (almost) over. Ender’s Game will hit theaters on Nov. 1, 2013 (Summit Entertainment has just launched the film’s official Facebook page), and EW has your exclusive first look at the movie — as well as the first interview with director Gavin Hood (Tsotsi, X-Men Origins: Wolverine).  READ FULL STORY

'Star Wars' sequel: Harrison Ford open to idea of Han Solo role -- EXCLUSIVE

Harrison Ford is open to the idea of bringing Han Solo back to life on the silver screen in 2015, according to sources close to the just-announced Star Wars sequel, but don’t be surprised if his contract includes a mandatory death scene for the sly old space smuggler.

“Harrison is open to the idea of doing the movie and he’s upbeat about it, all three of them are,” said one highly placed source, referring to Ford, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher, the trio that made a hyper-speed jump to global fame on May 25, 1977, the opening night for George Lucas’s original Star Wars film.

The Hollywood trajectories of Hamill and Fisher led to reinvention — he’s now an in-demand voice actor; she used a gift for acerbic memoir to deliver Postcards from the Edge and Wishful Drinking. But Ford, who reached his 35th birthday in the summer of 1977, launched himself on a truly historic career run that synced up with the blockbuster bonanza of the 1980s. Ford’s star rose with The Fugitive, Air Force One, Clear and Present Danger, Presumed InnocentBlade Runner, and of course, the four fedora films as a certain archaeologist named Henry “Indiana” Jones.

The actor, now 70, is plenty proud of Indy, Jack Ryan, John Book, and Dr. Richard Kimble but in the past he didn’t disguise his disdain for Solo. “As a character he was not so interesting to me,” the frosty Ford explained in an ABC interview in 2010.

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