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Open Casting Call for Extras in New Orleans This Weekend
Ender's Game open casting call being held at the Hilton Garden Inn located in the Warehouse District of New Orleans on Saturday, January 14th from 11am to 3pm.
Alexis Allen, along with Batherson Casting, are seeking bright and talented kids and teens ages 10-17 of varying ethnic background for the feature film production of Orson Scott Card's "Ender's Game"; based on one of the most famous science fiction novels of the last 40 years.
The film stars Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld and Abigail Breslin. Oscar-winning Director Gavin Hood will be filming Ender's Game in New Orleans from February until June 2012, providing those selected with up to 8 weeks of work.
To be considered, please come to the open call this weekend, located at the address below between 10am and 2pm
Hilton Garden Inn
1001 South Peters St
New Orleans 70130
Please also bring a recent snapshot of yourself. Homeschooled students are especially encouraged, because of the work during school hours.
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Fun fact: Orson Scott Card (author) had the idea for Speaker for The Dead before writing Ender's Game, and essentially wrote the first novel simply to set up the complex universe that unfolds in the sequel.
The rest of the Shadow books weren't as bad as Children of the Mind, but they did seems to just follow a formula.
Note: Im a pretty ardent 3D hater.
There are plenty of movies and television shows in 2D that feature air and space battles, and never once have I found myself thinking "Gee, I really wish I knew which of those objects was closer to me."
As I remember it, Bean was Ender's trusted right hand. Petra was an anchor for Ender's humanity, but it was Bean that was the real military genius, and actually made everything work.
So I'm concerned about how well the movie will reflect the books.
And BTW, contrary to other here, I didn't enjoy the second book, and I really hated the third. But when the "Shadow" books came out, I found them really interesting. I thought it was a great device to re-run the story, but entirely through the POVs of characters who, in the original novel, we thought were nothing but bit players. It challenged my mind to try to resolve the real story between the conflicting perceptions, and I think OSC was trying to show us something about our own personal views of reality.
As you point out, there really were some conflicting perspectives (and to some degree even conflicting "facts") in the two stories, and at least for me those "retcons" made the newer book less enjoyable. The few bits of Bean's dialog or internal thoughts that were carried over directly from the original book feel really out of place in the retelling.
Hopefully waiting decades for an Ender's Game movie turns out better than waiting decades for Battlefield Earth did.
...or waiting decades for the Star Wars prequels.
Maybe I shouldn't get my hopes up - but LotR turned out well!
I'm expecting the worst for Ender's Game. I really can't picture anything of the real story remaining in battle high-school.
Personally, I find myself sympathetic to Pterry's morals in the case in question and unsympathetic to Card's in the case in question; but in neither case do I particularly see the point of linking the author's values and one's appreciation of their work.
However, if you really do feel that strongly, I'd suggest taking the approach my friend did - donating all of his works that you own to a library on the principle that his own personal disagreements with the author were much less important than enabling people to read books full stop.
Entertainment journalism is not known for its accuracy.
I suppose that if you're just saying that the oppression is not as gratuitous as 1984 or whatever, that's true.
(The secret genetic engineering experiments to make people extra intelligent but then give them OCD to keep them under control is a later book, it's true.)
To be frank, I'd be quite comfortable with a version that ended on the shuttle out except for the fact that the remainder of the book is necessary to set up the preconditions for Speaker.
Oh, how quickly they forget.
Then I saw Hugo. Asa Butterfield might actually be able to pull that one off.
Of course, Summit and Lionsgate are in merger talks, and if that happens all bets are off.
Ender's Game is a story that a lot of people from different walks of life can connect with.
OSC is a homophobic asshole.
1. Character glimpses a new way of life.
2. Character is misunderstood and persecuted by society.
3. Character collects followers and heads off into the middle of the wilderness to found a new society.
This is an effective summary of not only the Ender's Game series but his Homecoming saga, Alvin Maker series, Lovelock, Wyrms, Treason, and probably a few others.
See also: Salt Lake City.
He has a fear of homosexuals so intense that his mind is diseased?
Let's stick to facts, not misdirection.
More importantly, though, making an incredibly inane distinction over how much he hates a group of people misdirects readers from the fact that OSC has some incredibly harmful views on society that should not be tolerated.
If he's a jerk and he's wrong and you think he's overrated or should be boycotted, you know, go ahead and say so, but "should not be tolerated"? That's the language of "they belong in jail or Siberian labor camps".
He's entitled to say his opinion, but he can't prevent me from saying he's a bigot.
Again, this is the guy that basically said he would physically attack the government if they endorsed or allowed gay marriage.
That he is fearful? That he feels the same emotion that one might experience from a giant hairy spider, or cancer, or a bottle of nitroglycerin? Not liking something, or not wanting it to be public policy, does not make someone fearful.
> the fact that OSC has some incredibly harmful views on society that should not be tolerated.
It's a fact that a lot of the homosexual leadership leads lives of debauchery and wanton disregard for consequences. It is not harmful to suggest that perhaps they should not be given free reign to rewrite family and marriage law, nor indoctrinate schoolchildren.
Now this is being discussed in the context of a religious leader (Card) rallying the troops (Mormons). The Mormons are a religion with a fanatical devotion to procreation, children, and families. When a bunch of slick Hollywood queers try to move marriage in the direction of being a frivolous indulgence, the internal Mormon rhetoric is naturally going to run towards the revolutionary. (And it is not idle talk. In a fantasy world where the lunatic wing of the queer movement gets their wishes on marriage laws, Utah probably would secede from the U.S.)
OSC: "I will act to destroy that government [that recognizes gay marriages] and bring it down"
(Which are, incidentally, not much like the first book. The first book was a juvenile sci-fi book, the next three are fairly serious works you wouldn't hand to a 12-year old and expect them to enjoy. Or understand, frankly.)
You, of course, need to work within your own set of ethics. This story is iconic sci fi. Even if you don't like it, it's a classic.