Bunches of biographies to discuss on this week’s episode of GeekScholars Movie News!
To begin, the crew discusses the news that Emile Hirsch (Speed Racer, Into the Wild) will play legendary comedic actor, John Belushi (Animal House, The Blues Brothers). Plus, updates on the biopic of musician James Brown called Get On Up, and an interesting project starring Justin Timberlake (Friends With Benefits), about the founder of an influential record company in a movie called Spinning Gold.
Ender’s Game looks great, has some very good performances and absolutely spectacular CG visuals. As a blockbuster, it has heart, emotion and action. What it doesn’t have is any anything more than a cursory examination of the themes that made the novel so powerful.
Ender’s Game is a film about ethics on a grand scale, in a spectacular environment. Summit Entertainment has a released a behind-the-scenes video that gives us a glimpse into the building of the universe in which the story is set. It’s pretty mind-boggling.
Check it out after the jump. Ender’s Game is in theaters on November 1st.
In advance of its Ender’s Game panel at comic-Con 2013, Summit Entertainment has released a Battle School recruitment video that features Harrison Ford’s Col. Hyrum Graff, as well as scenes of young soldiers in training and in action. It reminded me a bit of the propaganda videos from the original Starship Troopers – only minus the satirical irony.