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Gaskins Signs Autograph Cards for Trading Card Game

Cryptozoic updated their Facebook page yesterday with some more information regarding the upcoming Ender's Game trading cards, a well as a few pictures of Cameron Gaskins (Pol Slattery) signing a few of his soon-to-be-desired autograph cards himself!

The signing took place at University of George where Cameron is currently enrolled as a freshman. A few of the cards he personalized with "Go Dawgs" -- Dawgs referring to the UGA mascot, the bulldog. A huge thank you to Mike for sending in some photos of the event!

Here is a list of confirmed signers for those of you who may have missed the announcement in December:

Asa Butterfield as Ender Wiggin
Harrison Ford as Colonel Graff
Brandon Soo Hoo as Fly Molo
Aramis Knight as Bean
Khylin Rhambo as Dink Meeker
Conor Carroll as Bernard
Suraj Partha as Alai
Nonso Anozie as Sergeant Dap
Jimmy 'Jax' Pinchak as Peter Wiggin
Andrea Powell as Theresa Wiggin
Caleb J. Thaggard as Stilson
Cameron Gaskins as Pol Slattery
Han Soto as Colonel Graff's aide

Cryptozoic also gave us a fun look at the card packets and folder which will be available in Q3 of this year, most likely sometime between July 1 and September 30.

Keeping checking back -- fingers crossed that some more of these pics start streaming in!

Post23 Shares "Making of Ender's Game - The Mind Game"

Post23, the Barcelona-based VFX and post-production house responsible for the mind game sequence in Ender's Game, recently shared this incredible behind-the-scenes video of the creation process.

Check out more concept art and fun production photos at the source!

Thanks, Fernanda!

Ender's Game Nominated for 3 Saturn Awards

Ender's Game received three nominations for the 40th Saturn Awards, a ceremony honoring the best in science fiction, fantasy and horror film 2013, which will be held this June in Burbank, California. These are the most prestigious genre awards in the film industry, and last year's winners include The Avengers, Life Of Pi, Jennifer Lawrence and Matthew McConaughey.

Best Science Fiction Film (Nominations)

Ender's Game
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Pacific Rim
Star Trek Into Darkness

This will be a tough one to win for Ender's Game, as the award will most likely go to Gravity anyway. But it's good to see Gavin Hood and his work getting recognized with this nomination.

Best Supporting Actor (Nominations)

Daniel Brühl – Rush
George Clooney – Gravity
Benedict Cumberbatch – Star Trek Into Darkness
Harrison FordEnder's Game
Tom Hiddleston – Thor: The Dark World
Ben Kingsley – Iron Man 3
Bill Nighy – About Time

The chances for Ender to win this one are also quite slim here. If you have seen Daniel Brühl's performance in Rush, you know what I mean. But again, with so many genre films on the 2013 roster, it's nice to see Ender's Game getting a second nomination in this category.

Best Performance by a Younger Actor (Nominations)

Asa ButterfieldEnder's Game
Chloë Grace Moretz – Carrie
Sophie Nélisse – The Book Thief
Saoirse Ronan – How I Live Now
Ty Simpkins – Iron Man 3
Dylan Sprayberry – Man of Steel

This is where Ender's Game has the best chance to actually win the Saturn Award, and - having seen five of the six nominated films (missing How I Live Now) - I firmly believe that Asa Butterfield should deservedly win this one. Asa's performance was outstanding, and portraying such an iconic character, where most of the audience carried their own very personal image of Ender for years or even decades, was certainly not an easy task.

So fingers crossed for a positive outcome in June, and Asa, if you do not win this at the award ceremony, you know that you are our winner now already!

Variety: Ender's Game Franchise Will More Than Likely Live On

Ender's Game debuted at No. 2 of the official Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart this week, a ranking which tracks overall disc sales, DVD and Blu-ray combined. And there wasn't really a fair chance for Ender to take the top spot, as that was set to be taken by Disney's classic The Jungle Book, which has never before been available on Blu-ray Disc.

Variety, a well-established authority in the movie industry, took the strong disc sales as a pretty solid reason to conclude that the Ender's Game franchise is still very much alive:
Gavin Hood's adaptation of Orson Scott Card's classic novel, wasn't quite the box office smash some had expected, but its theatrical performance was strong enough – and its disc debut, high enough – that the franchise will more than likely live on in some fashion.
That's pretty good news for now, and we are trying our best here at Ender News to get you some information from the studio about the current status of Ender's Game.

Let me use this opportunity to give you an update about the movie's box office returns and how well it did in the various international markets. In North America (U.S. & Canada), Ender's Game earned $61.7 million and ranked No. 57 for 2013. That is probably not what the studio has hoped for, but it is also not as bad as some critics have suggested. As Variety puts it, "its theatrical performance was strong enough."

The film earned about that same amount of money in international markets, and it was a surprise success in mainland China where the film opened this January and earned more than $21 million so far.

Generally the story of Ender was especially popular in South-East Asia, and for all markets where the movie opened in 2013 it ranked highest in Thailand where it made No. 41 of the full year top list. Keep in mind that foreign markets are not just a carbon copy of the U.S.; there are many domestic movies ranking at the very top, so Ender's Game ending up higher than in its home market is even more positive.

Here is the full list for all international markets where the film opened in November or December, and the position of Ender's Game in the final 2013 box office list.

Thailand(2013 Rank)  41 
USA & Canada57 
New Zealand67 
South Korea68 
South Africa82 
UK & Ireland84 
Czech Republic86 
Hong Kong91 
Serbia & Montenegro    104 

Video: Ender and his best suited up for Space Camp!

To kick-off yesterday's release of the Ender's Game DVD, Just Jared Jr. treated us to a fun look behind-the-scenes at Space Camp -- where Asa Butterfield and some of his co-stars suited up for a unforgettable, team-building boot camp. Check it out:

Read more about their pre-filming trip to Space Camp here.

Bonus Features Video: Finding a Perfectly Fierce Ender

Yesterday, Entertainment Tonight debuted an exclusive clip from the DVD / Blu-ray bonus features in which the cast and crew talk about the huge challenge of finding the perfect Ender Wiggin -- and how they found the qualities they were looking for in the talented Asa Butterfield.

Ender's Game is available on DVD and Blu-ray TODAY.