The Nets Report #4

Ender's Game Cast/Crew News and Gossip

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Viola Davis (Major Anderson)

What she's up to: Viola Davis has been all over the place lately! Last month she made an appearance on The Ellen Degeneres Show where she talked about one of her more recent films, Don't Back Down, a movie about two mothers trying to improve their local inner city school. Admitting that education was extremely important to her, Davis segued into the story of her friend's struggling charter school in Rhode Island (the Segway Institute) and was surprised by Shutterfly's gift of free year books and a $10,000 check in support of the school. We hope those kids are doing well!

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Last Monday, Viola Davis was honored by the Chicago International Film Festival with the Career Achievement Award via Black Perspectives, "a program within the festival that recognizes films and actors from the black diaspora." (Gapers Block)

And then, just this past Thursday, Davis attended the 29th Annual Fashion Group International Night Of Stars in New York City, a night to honor achieving designers in the fashion industry.

In Ender's Game news, Viola Davis recently admitted in an interview with BlackFilm.com that she did not read the novel before beginning work on the film. Her comments:

"[I]n the book, Major Anderson is actually a male, so by the time… I just felt like this is a different character and I didn't feel like I could learn anything from reading the book as much as I could learn something from kind of studying the psychology of people who have come back from war and experience post-traumatic stress disorder and I thought that was much more valuable for me."

What do you guys think? Did you ever consider Major Anderson as someone suffering from PTSD? Does this possibly give us an insight on Anderson's character in the film?


Hailee Steinfeld (Petra Arkanian)

What she's up to: Hailee recently arrived back in New Orleans to begin filming on her new film Hateship, Friendship, though she admitted on Twitter that the city simply wasn't the same without the rest of her Ender's Game cast mates.

The young actress also looked lovely at Teen Vogue's 10th Anniversary Young Hollywood Party last month. Check out more photos on Zimbio!

Our favorite recent tweet: @HaileeSteinefld I'm on my way to Fairfax High School to kick off National Teen Driver Safety Week. Can't wait to start my lessons w MBDALA. #drivesafe  !!

Khylin Rhambo (Dink Meeker)

Still hard at work on his new show The First Family, Khylin recently had the opportunity to receive singing instruction from his fellow co-star and the "Empress of Soul" herself, Gladys Knight. According to TMZ, one scene required her onscreen grandchildren to sing on key and Knight stepped up to gave them a quick on-set lesson. Here they are singing "This Little Light of Mine" behind-the-scenes:

Our recent favorite tweet: @KhyRhambo the day all my Ender's game family reunites will be an epic/legendary day.

Aramis Knight (Bean)

What he's up to: Aramis seems to be attending school, as well as spending a lot of fun time with family and friends lately: including attending a Halloween party last night. His costume? We'll let you check it out yourselves:

You're welcome.

Our recent favorite tweet: @AramisKnight88 Can't wait for next Halloween. They'll have flash suit costumes.


The Nets Report is an Ender News series dedicated to keeping the fandom up-to-date with cast news and gossip until the movie's release in November 2013. Updates every couple of weeks!

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