Movie News in 60 Seconds: Harrison Ford Officially Playing ‘Ender’s Game,’ China vs. Christian Bale, Woody Allen’s Next Comedy

Movie News in 60 Seconds: Harrison Ford Officially Playing ‘Ender’s Game,’ China vs. Christian Bale, Woody Allen’s Next Comedy

Dec 22, 2011

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It’s Official: Confirming previously-reported talks, Harrison Ford will co-star in Ender’s Game, the upcoming big-screen adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s classic science-fiction novel. Ford will join Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin (also newly-added), and Ben Kingsley; Gavin Hood will direct. (The Hollywood Reporter)

China vs. Batman: Recently, Christian Bale got roughed up when he tried to visit a blind activist in China, who has been confined to his home by authorities. A spokesperson for the Chinese government states: "He was not invited to fabricate news or shoot films in a certain village.” Somehow, we don’t think that’s the end of the story; Bale was in China to promote his starring role in The Flowers of War, which is under consideration as a nominee for Best Foreign Language Film. (The Guardian)

Phew! Master Filmmaker Lands Distribution: The next movie from Woody Allen, financed independently, has secured U.S. distribution. Sony Pictures Classics has acquired Nero Fiddled and plans to release the comedy next summer; Allen stars with Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penélope Cruz, Judy Davis, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig, and Ellen Page. (Thompson on Hollywood)

Everyone’s a Critic: A juror described Andrew Niccol’s 2005 drama Lord of War as “that terrible Nicolas Cage movie” in a newspaper interview, a remark that landed her back in court yesterday. Heather Hobson was the jury forewoman in a recent trial of a real-life Russian arms dealer depicted fictionally in the film; the arms dealer was convicted but the case has been appealed. (New York Times)

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