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“Ender’s Game” image introduces Hailee Steinfeld as Petra

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If you thought the reveal of the “Ender’s Game” Battle School army logos was cool, then wait until you see this. A new still from the movie has been released that finally shows us what Hailee Steinfeld looks like as the character Petra.

The image, courtesy of Ender News, shows Asa Butterfield’s Ender dining with Petra and the rest of the Salamander Army in the mess hall. In the background, the stats of the various teams can be seen, which is a very fun addition. Other Battle School students can be seen staring at the Salamander Army in the background.

This is about as exciting as the reveal of Harrison Ford as Colonel Graff. Now all we need is a shot of Ben Kingsley as Mazer Rackham and we won’t be able to stop geeking out until this comes out on November 1.

“Ender’s Game” stars Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Steinfeld, Viola Davis and Abigail Breslin. The film was written and directed by Hood, the man behind the 2009 superhero flick “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.” The synopsis for the movie reads:

In the near future, a hostile alien race (called the Formics) have attacked Earth,” the synopsis reads. “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 Graff (Harrison Ford) and the International Military are training only the best young children to find the future Mazer. Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a shy, but strategically brilliant boy is pulled out of his school to join the elite.

Arriving at Battle School, Ender quickly and easily masters increasingly difficult war games, 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.

What do you think about this new image? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Bourne Movies

Catch The Bourne Ultimatum this month on IFC.

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You know his name, as the Super Bowl teaser for the upcoming summer blockbuster Jason Bourne reminded us. In this era of franchise films, that seems to be more than enough to get another entry in the now 15-year-old series greenlit. And gosh darn it if we aren’t into it. Before you catch The Bourne Ultimatum on IFC, here are some surprising facts about the Bourne movies that you may not know. And unlike Jason Bourne, try not to forget them.


10. Matt Damon was a long shot to play Jason Bourne.

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Coming off of Good Will Hunting and The Legend of Bagger Vance, early ’00s Matt Damon didn’t exactly scream “ripped killing machine.” In fact, Brad Pitt, Russell Crowe and even Sylvester Stallone were all offered the part before it fell into the hands of the Boston boy made good. It was his enthusiasm for director Doug Liman’s more frenetic vision that ultimately helped land him the part.


9. Love interest Marie was almost played by Sarah Polley.

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Damon wasn’t the only casting surprise. Franka Potente, of Run Lola Run fame, wasn’t the filmmaker’s first choice for the role or Marie in The Bourne Identity. In fact, Liman wanted his Go star Sarah Polley for the part, but she turned it down in favor of making indie movies back in Canada. A quick rewrite changed the character from American Marie Purcell to European Marie Helena Kreutz, and the rest is movie history.


8. Director Doug Liman was obsessed with the Bourne books.

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Liman had long been a fan of the Bourne book series. When Warner Bros.’ rights to the books lapsed in the late ’90s, Liman flew himself to author Robert Ludlum’s Montana home, mere days after earning his pilot’s license. The author was so impressed with his passion for the material, he sold the rights on the spot.


7. Liman’s father actually worked for the NSA.

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Part of Liman’s fasciation with the Bourne series was that his own father played the same spy craft games portrayed in the books while working for the NSA. In fact, many of the Treadstone details were taken from his father’s own exploits, and Chris Cooper’s character, Alex Conklin, was based on Oliver Stone, whom Arthur Liman famously cross examined as chief counsel of the Iran-Contra hearings.


6. Tony Gilroy threw the novel’s story out while writing The Bourne Identity.

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Despite being based on a hit book, screenwriter Tony Gilroy, coming off of The Devil’s Advocate, had no idea how to adapt it into a movie. He said the book was more concerned with people “running to airports” than character, and would need a complete rewrite. Director Doug Liman agreed, and Gilroy claims to have condensed the original novel into the first five minutes. Getting that out of the way, he then wrote his own story, based on a man who wakes up one day not remembering anything but how to kill.


5. Damon walked like a boxer to get into character.

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Damon had never played a character like Bourne before, and was searching for a way to capture his physicality. Doug Liman told him to walk like a boxer to give Jason Bourne an edge. Damon took that to heart, training for six months in boxing, marital arts and firearms.


4. Damon broke an actor’s nose.

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Damon’s training for the films is legendary, but mistakes still happen. While filming a scene for The Bourne Ultimatum, Damon hit actor Tim Griffin so hard, he shattered his nose. Apparently, the space the scene was filmed in was smaller than originally intended, throwing Damon off just enough to exert a real beat down.


3. James Bond visited The Bourne Legacy set.

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Eon Productions

Actor Daniel Craig stopped by the set of The Bourne Legacy to visit his wife, actress Rachel Weisz, who was starring in the movie. While having James Bond on a Bourne set must have been exciting, The Bourne Legacy was the only Bourne movie to not actually feature Jason Bourne, meaning our bets on who would kick whose ass would have to wait for another day.


2. The Bourne Identity was nearly a bomb (in the box office sense).

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As reshoots began to pile up, and an all-out war between the studio and director Doug Liman spilled into the press, expectations were that The Bourne Identity was going to flop. Matt Damon told GQ that, “the word on Bourne was that it was supposed to be a turkey…It’s very rare that a movie comes out a year late, has four rounds of reshoots, and it’s good.”


1. Matt Damon wasn’t the first actor to play Bourne.

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Warner Brothers Television

Aired on ABC in 1988, the TV movie adaptation of The Bourne Identity, while not exactly critically acclaimed, was a more faithful version of Ludlum’s book. Richard Chamberlain, of The Thorn Birds fame, played a much less ass-kicking spy, while “Charlie’s Angel” Jaclyn Smith played love interest Marie. If you like your Bourne movies heavy with poorly lit ’80s melodrama, this might just be the adaptation for you. Otherwise, you should catch The Bourne Ultimatum when it airs this month on IFC.

“Ender’s Game” Battle School army logos revealed

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It’s been a while since we last heard anything major about “Ender’s Game,” but now we’ve got a new tease of the movie. The official Facebook page shows off the logos of the Battle School’s four armies.

Fans of Orson Scott Card’s best-selling science fiction novel will recognize the insignias for the Rat Army, Asp Army, Dragon Army and Salamander Army. There are 21 armies in total, but these are among the most important. For instance, Ender is given command of the Dragon Army at one point in the book.

“Ender’s Game” stars Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Hailee Steinfeld, Viola Davis and Abigail Breslin. The film was written and directed by Hood, the man behind the 2009 superhero flick “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.” The synopsis for the movie reads:

In the near future, a hostile alien race (called the Formics) have attacked Earth,” the synopsis reads. “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 Graff (Harrison Ford) and the International Military are training only the best young children to find the future Mazer. Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a shy, but strategically brilliant boy is pulled out of his school to join the elite.

Arriving at Battle School, Ender quickly and easily masters increasingly difficult war games, 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.

What do you think about this new image? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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The 15 Most Quotable Lines From Billy Madison

Catch Billy Madison this month on IFC.

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Believe it or not, there was a time, not that long ago, when Adam Sandler was more than just a frumpled sweat suit sleepwalking through his career. In the early ’90s, he was a bonafide comedy icon. Teenage boys would spend their nights huddled around his CDs, or stay up late to watch him croon songs about lunch ladies on Saturday Night Live. And then his first movie, Billy Madison, dropped like an atomic bomb of poop and swan jokes. Cult comedy doesn’t do it justice. It was the type of movie that you and your friends would watch again, and again, and again, quoting lines back and forth, over and over again, until they lost all meaning. Before you catch Billy Madison this month on IFC, take a look at the 15 lines we’re still quoting today.


15. “Donkey Kong sucks!” “You know something, you suck!”

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14. “I am the smartest man alive!”

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13. “Stop looking at me, swan!”

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12. “If peeing your pants is cool, then consider me Miles Davis.”

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11. “Chlorophyll? More like borophyll!”

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10. “It’s too damn hot for a penguin to be just walkin’ around here.”


9. “O’Doyle rules!”

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8. “Don’t ever leave me open, son. Cause I’m gonna hit it every time.”

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7. “I thought I was your snack pack.”

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6. “It’s poop again!”

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5. “Stay here for as long as you can!”

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4. “Hahahahahaha, shut up!”

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3. “T-T-T-Today, junior!”

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2. “That Veronica Vaughn is one piece of ace.”


1. “Okay, a simple ‘wrong’ would’ve done just fine.”

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