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Pregnancy comes with a lot of little problems: the clothes that don’t fit, the odd food that you crave odder hours and frequent bathroom breaks are just the tip of the belly bump. As any mom will tell you, bringing new life into the world is amazing and terrible all at the same time.
Especially when it comes to holidays. With Halloween coming up, pregnancy can get in the way of finding the perfect costume. But for these ladies, it was an opportunity to get creative. Some got a bit more, um, creative than others. Take a look!
1.) Troll Doll
2.) Basketball Family
3.) Mama Bird in Nest
4.) Beer Belly
5.) Mermaid and Pearl
6.) Pin Cushion
8.) Zombie Baby
9.) Squirrel and Acorn
10.) Pumpkin Farmer
11.) Unicorn and Baby Unicorn
12.) Bun in the Oven
13.) Pilgrim and Turkey
14.) Bowling Pin
16.) Luck of the Irish
17.) Housewife and Milkman
19.) Beach Babe and Volley Ball
20.) THE SCARIEST WITCH EVER
Hopefully some of these costume choices aren’t hereditary. Yikes.
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It’s hard to know if the Internet’s easily accessible information is helping to quell conspiracy theories from forming or fanning the flames. Theoretically, we should be able to learn more about the world than ever. But, the Internet also allows us to easily find like-minded people from niches of society that like to question everything we know and love.
Here are some of the weirder conspiracy theories that have been hiding in the shady back rooms of the Internet:
1.) Saddam Hussein had a Stargate: There was a film in 1994 called Stargate about a technological wormhole that allows its owners to travel to another ‘stargate’ across the universe. This conspiracy theory believes that former dictator, Saddam Hussein actually owns one of these portals and that’s the real reason for America’s involvement in Iraq. Ehm, that latrine ditch we found him wasn’t exactly a ‘stargate’. Just saying.
2.) The Egyptians invented electricity: Some believe the pyramids aren’t just tombs but giant pieces of proto-technological conductors of electricity. So, like, did King Tut’s tomb have Wi-fi?
3.) HAARP, the government’s weather machine: The High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program in Alaska was made to study the atmosphere, but some conspiracy theorist believe that within these walls is a machine that can control the weather like a cooky cartoon super villain would.
4.) North Dakota doesn’t exist: The conspiracy here is that North Dakota was created for the sole purpose of having 50 states on the flag, appeasing the United States’ OCD tendencies. Also apparently Area 51 is here instead of in Nevada. The only real evidence conspiracy theories pose seems to be “have you even met anyone from North Dakota?”. Hmm.. the only person I’ve met from there is… my grandmother and her entire side of the family? So yeah they’re probably right.
5.) Moon Nazis: This leaked photo from the Cassiopeia probe made conspiracy theorists drool over their spools of red yarn. The agreed upon theory is that the Nazis secretly established a space program and this structure holds the frozen head of Hitler. The moon Nazis shall one day return with their revitalized leader and attack.
6.) Lizard people leadership: This one is a classic. Basically it holds that every world leader ever, even every president that you democratically elected, is a scaly lizard humaoid from a far off planet who regard us as their slaves. Fun fact about this one: as crazy as it sounds, 12 million Americans hold this to be true!
7.) Fluoride: Some imaginative dental patients believe fluoride is actually a chemical compound made by the government to dumb down the population. I mean, any excuse to not go to the dentist is fine with me.
8.) We are actually in The Matrix: Some people believe that the world depicted in the film, The Matrix, to be real and that the only reason the machines made that movie was to make you THINK that it was just a fantasy. I mean, maybe I’m mocking this, but maybe I’m just programmed by the machines to mock it so you continue believing its not true like the stupid human battery you are.
No matter how outlandish or strange these conspiracies sound, the fact is there are people everywhere who believe them. That’s what makes this all even stranger. … whoa.
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Next door to Shia LaBeouf’s #IAMSORRY exhibit, Jerry O’Connell is participating in a similar art stunt for Funny Or Die — so similar, in fact, that one might even call it plagiarism.
Which is obviously the point. LaBeouf has already drawn flak for his exhibit’s plagiarism of Marina Abramovic’s installation “The Artist is Present” at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, so if #IAMSORRYTOO is plagiarism, it’s a copy of a copy.
The experience is much the same for visitors, who can choose from a table of implements — including a Blu-ray copy of Stand By Me, which O’Connell starred in as a kid. Unlike LaBeouf, however, O’Connell speaks, tearfully apologizing for all the world’s ills and holding out his hand.
I asked for a photo, which he approved. And then disapproved. And then approved again. I snapped a few while he was approving.
O’Connell is also wearing a paper bag over his head, though his says “SUPER FAMOUS” in contrast to LaBeouf’s “I AM NOT FAMOUS.” I asked him to take off his mask, which he finally agreed to. Apparently it’s very hot under there — and he can also smell his own breath.
Like LaBeouf, O’Connell is a former child actor, though his artistic pursuits are a more recent phenomenon. As in, they apparently just started this afternoon. #IAMSORRYTOO runs until “5 p.m.-ish” on Feb. 22. There is already a line forming.
UPDATE: During a short break from filming his Funny Or Die video, Jerry O’Connell sat down with BuzzFeed to discuss out how it all came together — all of which was news to his publicist, Nicki Fioravante.
“When I heard my publicist was here, I was like, ‘Fuck! Fuck! Fuck!” O’Connell said, laughing. “Because it’s award season, which is a busy time — well, for her, not me.”
After his fears were assuaged, O’Connell explained how this installation spoof came together. “A very good friend of mine, Jensen Karp, owns a gallery called Melrose 1988,” O’Connell told BuzzFeed. “He emailed me at 7:30 a.m. this morning. My wife is working, I’m on daddy duty, and it seemed like a fun thing to do today. So I dropped the kids off and drove right over here. ”
And much like the thousands of people who’ve lined up to meet Shia, O’Connell is a fan of what LaBeouf is doing. “Everyone’s talking about it, whether you want to call it art or a real apology, it’s hilarious. He’s getting people talking. I’m all for this artsy gallery thing. It’s fun to parody because all I have to do here is sit with a bag on my head, crying, and saying, ‘I sowwy.’ But I have to tell you; it’s freeing to continually apologize like he does. I get it. ”
O’Connell said he is curious to know if LaBeouf would find what he’s doing equally funny. “The only thing we’re fearing is that Shia, who I don’t know personally, is known to fly off the handle. I just need fair warning if he comes storming in here for a bagged man on bagged man fight because I can’t see out of this paper bag. I’m sweating like Shia in an apology booth in here. I just need warning to take cover. ”
A confrontation is doubtful though, as O’Connell said he has no plans to wait in LaBeouf’s queue. “There’s no fucking way I’m going over there,” he said. “I wouldn’t wait in that line to see a Shia movie!”
Transforming something old into something new is a wonderful idea more people should consider. “Upcycling” not only saves on waste, but you can end up creating some really amazing things. David Irvine started The Gnarled Branch back in 2004. He brought home na discarded wooden table and gave it new life. He refurbished it and added a new artistic twist. Though he frequently uses furniture as his canvas, Irvine has also tried his hand at updating old paintings he found at thrift shops. By adding original creatures (some goofy, some menacing) and beloved characters from pop culture to unwanted paintings, Irvine revitalizes the pieces and makes you wish you had them hanging on your walls. I know I’d buy any of these revamped works of art.
1. Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters
2. Blue Monster Resting
3. Blue Monster Hiding Behind a Farm House
4. Pink Monsters Returning From a Fishing Trip
5. Skeletor from Masters of the Universe and Jesus from The Holy Bible.
6. Octopus Playing with Puppets
8. Slimer from Ghostbusters
9. A Storm Trooper from Star Wars
10. Witches Playing Cards
11. Snacks from Lets All Go To The Lobby.
12. Steve Zissou from The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
13. Green Monster Driving A Hot Rod
14. Pink Monster Feeling Lost
15. Batman from Batman
(via TwistedSifter) So good! We gotta get this guy to The Louvre. (That Mona Lisa could really use some livening up.) Share this post (and his awesome artwork) by using the button below.
Keeping your child on a healthy sleep schedule can be a bit of a challenge. If you’re a parent (or even a sibling or baby sitter), you know the epic struggles of putting your little ones down at night. Norwegian mother Henriette Jonassen uploaded this hilarious video to YouTube, showing the pains she went through one evening while trying to put her twin boys Leon and Nathaniel to bed.
She had been having a hard time getting her twins to bed recently due to the heat and long summer days in Norway, where the sun doesn’t set until very late in the evening. She asked a friend for advice and they suggested having them sleep in separate rooms. She was willing to give it a try, but seeing how her twins are used to sleeping in the same room she was doubtful it would work, so she decided to film it.
This was the hilarious outcome.
(Source: Henriette Jonassen)
Now that’s one mother who clearly has the patience of a saint!
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1. Short Term 12
Writer-director Destin Cretton’s drama, which swept the awards at South by Southwest, features Brie Larson — the “Geekiest It Girl Ever” — as Grace, a counselor at a group home for wayward kids. The stress of her job is only compounded by her secret pregnancy, and the troubled past that still haunts her. The film features solid supporting work from John Gallagher Jr., Kaitlyn Dever, and Keith Stanfield, but this is truly Larson’s showcase; in fact, she just won a Gotham Award for Best Actress for the gutsy performance.
2. 20 Feet from Stardom
You rarely notice the backup singers in songs or pay attention to them onstage, but not only are they absolutely vital, they also have experiences and life stories that are far more interesting than those of the stars they support. This documentary, which goes behind the scenes with several backup singers, includes interviews with legends like Bruce Springsteen and Mick Jagger.
3. The Sapphires
This Australian comedy, which is very loosely based on a true story, centers on four Aboriginal singers who form a vocal group and are nudged toward soul music by a messy talent scout (Chris O’Dowd) who spots them at a singing competition. They go on tour in Vietnam, sing for troops as the war escalates, and things get very real, but the film never looses its spirit or comedic edge.
A delightfully twisted tale, executive produced by Edgar Wright, about a pair of British tourists who spend their holiday driving across the English countryside. The twist? They brutally murder a whole slew of people people who annoy them.
5. Afternoon Delight
Finally, a breakout role for comedy stalwart Kathryn Hahn! This dramedy features Hahn stuck in a very boring life, trudging through a sexless marriage (to Josh Radnor) and forced to deal with the petty women of her community. When a stripper (played by another breakout star, Juno Temple) becomes her baby’s nanny, things really start to change. For more, check out this conversation with Hahn and writer-director Jill Soloway, and this interview with Temple.
This Chilean movie, which earned a 2013 Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Film, is based on a true story and features Gael García Bernal as an ad exec who finds himself at the center of a new kind of campaign: one to unseat dictator Augusto Pinochet.
7. The We and the I
This fictional film is one of two movies from French director Michel Gondry this year (read an interview with him about his other one here). The We and the I stars real Bronx school kids, with whom Gondry worked for three years.
This Norwegian Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Film in 2013 tells the true story — with beautiful cinematography — of Thor Heyerdahl, an explorer from Norway who sailed on a raft from South America to Polynesia in order to prove that natives from the former continent could have been the first people to settle the latter.
9. John Dies at the End
A stoner’s dream of a movie, based on the web series turned novel that was a cult hit last decade, this batshit horror-comedy is full of college burnouts, a drug called Soy Sauce, Paul Giamatti, and plenty of monsters.
This drama, co-produced by German and Australian financiers, traces the odyssey of the abandoned children of Nazi parents across Deutschland as they seek out their grandmother’s shelter — and meet a young Jewish man who will change their perceptions and challenge their pasts.
11. Upstream Color
This challenging (OK, occasionally confusing) and beautiful film by auteur Shane Carruth is tangentially about cults, memory loss, and love. But it’s mostly an experience, with gorgeous cinematography and acting by Carruth and Amy Seimetz.
12. Sun Don’t Shine
Seimetz is the director on this drama about a criminal couple (Kate Lyn Sheil and Kentucker Audley) on the lam. They’re doomed, which is what makes the film so beautiful. Read more from Seimetz here.
13. Gimme the Loot
Gimme the Loot is a fun, scrappy film about two friends from the Bronx who spend one summer day trying to put together the cash for supplies needed to graffiti the Mets’ ballpark. It’s a great modern look at class in the city.
14. The Iceman
Set over several decades, the film stars Michael Shannon as Richard Klukinski, a real-life contract killer for the mob who claims to have bagged upward of 100 targets. Supporting work from an unrecognizable Chris Evans makes this fun in its own wry way too — kind of like its star.
15. Supporting Characters
This small NYC indie film by director Dan Schecter — which catapulted him to the Toronto Film Festival-closing, Jennifer Aniston-starring Life of Crime — stars Girls actor Alex Karpovsky and College Humor alum Tarik Lowe as film editors whose love lives are in shambles. Melonie Diaz, who also stars in Fruitvale Station, stands out in this comedy too. Plus, Lena Dunham has a short cameo.
16. Somebody Up There Likes Me
This quirk-fest, directed by indie staple Bob Byington, stars New Yorker Keith Poulson as a very nonplussed waiter turned millionaire whose life’s fortune rises and falls on the shrugs of his shoulders. Nick Offerman co-stars as his best buddy, while Jess Weixler also has a prominent role as the wife of Poulson’s character.
17. The Girl
Abbie Cornish stars in this small drama that spans the Texas–Mexican border, playing a single mother who loses control of her son while becoming the accidental guardian of a small Mexican girl after a Rio Grande crossing goes tragically awry.
18. Ginger and Rosa
This drama from Sally Potter features Elle Fanning as a girl growing up in 1960s London, as the world changes. The film is proof that she is a star in the making.
19. An Oversimplication of Her Beauty
Jay Z and The Daily Show’s Wyatt Cenac executive produced this experimental blend of narrative, animation, non-linear, and documentary bits, all working to tell the story of young love.
20. Mistaken for Strangers
This is a music doc unlike most others; really, it’s more about the filmmaker. Tom Berninger is the slacker brother of The National frontman Matt Berninger, who gave him a job as a roadie for a tour several years back. Instead of doing his menial work, Tom mostly tooled around with a mini camera. He ended up leaving the tour early, but the footage he got, and the experience he went through, make for a very compelling journey.
21. Something in the Air
French filmmaker Olivier Assayas’ semi-autobiographical film is set in Paris during the turbulence of the late 1960s, when students became artistically and politically radicalized, and often clashed with the government. Told from the point of view of one high school student, the stories of several youth movements become one long, winding, occasionally romantic narrative.
22. Black Rock
Katie Aselton directed this realistic horror film (and co-wrote it with husband Mark Duplass) about three women whose camping trip on a local island is spoiled by three murderous, dishonorably discharged war veterans. Lake Bell and Kate Bosworth star alongside Aselton, who had this to say to BuzzFeed about being a female filmmaker: “I think if you have a movie to make, make it. If you happen to have a vagina, that’s OK. Still make it.”
23. Kings of Summer
Another Nick Offerman appearance on this list! Director Jordan Vogt-Robert’s feature debut was a hit at Sundance, but got lost in the summer blockbuster buzz. It’s a shame because this film about three teenage buddies who run away from home and build a house in the woods was a real treat. Here’s lots more from Vogt-Roberts.
24. The East
Inspired by Brit Marling’s summer as a freegan drifter, this political thriller — co-written by Marling and director Zal Batmanglij — is a little bit complicated, but a great look at rigid ideology in this 21st century overrun by corporate treachery. Trailer here.
25. What Richard Did
One day, this little Irish drama might be best known for introducing the world to the talents of Jack Treynor, who is a star of the next Transformers film; but this is an impressive accomplishment in its own right. Director Lenny Abrahamson’s quiet drama about a teenager’s bright future gone awry is filled with angst and difficult decisions. Trailer here.
26. The Angels’ Share
A film by working class ambassador Ken Loach, this Scottish flick is about a reckless young dude who gets hit with fatherhood and, at the same time, 300 hours of community service for his most recent crime. He’s gotta turn his life around, and ironically, it’s whiskey that just may help him do it. Trailer here.
27. Electrick Children
Electrick Children provides indie up-and-comer Julia Garner with a head-turning role as a teenager from a fundamentalist Mormon family who gets pregnant, but her parents tell her it was the fault of heathen music. Unconvinced and faced with an arranged marriage, she hits the road, looking for the truth. Trailer here.
28. Dirty Wars
Investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill goes deep into the mountains of Afghanistan and other remote Middle Eastern locations as he investigates the growing covert missions being carried out by the U.S. military.
29. A Hijacking
Before Captain Phillips hit theaters this fall, this Danish hit depicted the high-stakes drama that goes down when Somali pirates hijack cargo ships. Tense, occasionally violent, and filled with quiet moments of contemplation, it’s a worthwhile watch, even if you did see (or plan on seeing) the Tom Hanks hit. Trailer here.
Interview with the Vampire director Neil Jordan returns to the bloodsucker genre with a very unconventional mother-daughter story. Gemma Arterton, a perpetual up-and-comer, and Saoirse Ronan, who has been a promising talent for years, star in this very un-Twilight tale. Trailer here.
31. This Is Martin Bonner
This quiet indie film from Chad Hartigan, which won raves at Sundance, tells the story of a man who uproots his life from Reno to the East Coast, where he begins working as a volunteer with newly released prisoners. Trailer here.
32. Mr. Nobody
This trippy blend of sci-fi and domestic drama originally debuted at the 2009 Venice Film Festival, where critics gave it positive reviews. Despite the acclaim and relatively well-known cast that’s led by Jared Leto, it took two years for the film to premiere in the U.S., and then two more until it was actually released to American audiences.
33. The Hunt
The second Danish drama to make this list features Hannibal’s Mads Mikkelsen as a man wrongly accused of sexually assaulting a child, resulting in an angry local witch hunt. It won Mikkelsen the award for Best Actor at Cannes in 2012, and was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at this year’s Oscars. Trailer here.
34. Crystal Fairy
Proof that Michael Cera isn’t always adorable: This Chilean film, which Cera shot with director Sebastian Silva as they waited for the money to shoot another flick (Magic, Magic), is a weirdo trip in more ways than one. Co-starring Gaby Hoffman as a wandering hippie, it’s a little gem worth finding. Check out some interesting facts about the movie here.
35. Computer Chess
An off-kilter, fly-on-the-wall study of participants in a fictional computerized chess tournament that takes place in the early ’80s, mumblecore vet Andrew Bujalski shot this very indie flick on the old school Sony AVC 3260, aka black and white VHS tape. Trailer here.
36. Prince Avalanche
First of all, Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch, who star as lost souls working on a Texas highway paving crew during one late-’80s summer, are dressed like Mario and Luigi. On purpose. So that should be incentive enough to watch this movie. But if you need more, know that this David Gordon Green-directed dramedy is a smart, talkative study of two unlikely friends forced to confront demons in the vast emptiness of nature.
37. Cutie and the Boxer
This documentary looks at two small-time New York artists, deep into their fifth decade of marriage, as they continue to plug away at their passion projects and their lives together.
38. Blue Caprice
Blue Caprice offers a stirring (and unsettling) look at the life and crimes of John Allen Muhammad, the man who rained terror down on the D.C. area in a three-week shooting spree in the fall of 2002. The film stars Isaiah Washington, the controversial former star of Grey’s Anatomy, who was fired from the nighttime medical soap after a controversy over homophobic comments he allegedly made (and then definitely did make). For more on that and the film, check out this in-depth conversation with Washington.
Adam Scott is the beleaguered son of insane divorced parents (Catherine O’Hara and Richard Jenkins!), and it’s his job to get them to peacefully coexist for the sake of his brother’s (Clark Duke) upcoming wedding. Oh, he also has to deal with his own relationship issues, and the fact that his dad’s second wife (played by a deliciously awful Amy Poehler) hates him. And, for what it’s worth, Adam Scott drew great cartoon dicks on the A.C.O.D. poster at BuzzFeed. Enjoy!
40. Future Weather
A breakout performance by actress Perla Haney-Jardine anchors this small, well-acted drama about a young girl — and passionate little environmentalist — who is forced to move in her grandmother.
41. It’s a Disaster
David Cross and Julia Stiles lead a cast of bitter friends getting together for a nice meal as the world around them crumbles. Lots of human pettiness makes for some funny, uncomfortable viewing.
42. Bad Milo
Ken Marino has a killer
There is a beach in Fort Bragg, California, that is a battleground between Mother Nature and the people that lived in the area. For years, the citizens of Fort Bragg lacked a trash collection service. Since they lived right by the ocean, they thought that the obvious solution to their refuse problem would be to dump all of their garbage in the water. With reckless abandon, the townsfolk tossed all kinds of trash into the ocean. The beach soon earned the nickname, “The Dumps.” It wasn’t until the 1960s that town officials became concerned for the environment and tried to stop the flow of trash into the ocean. They worked to remove the garbage build-up, and found something incredible beneath all of the trash.
For years, the water beat against the different kinds of trash being dumped.
Glass, household appliances and even motor parts were discarded on the beach.
The waves and weather conditions wore down the overwhelming amount of garbage in the water, creating millions of beautiful smooth rocks.
It was a disgusting dump due to our carelessness, but nature corrected what humans ruined.
The beach’s moniker was soon changed from The Dump to The Glass Beach, a more attractive name for the now-beautiful beach.
The Glass Beach and the surrounded twenty acres were purchased by the California State Park system and were incorporated into MacKerricher State Park.
The miraculous beach was finally under the protection of the state.
It’s hard to believe the short-sighted mistakes we were making that could have potentially ruined this beautiful spot.
But thanks to natural processes, the ocean transformed the trash into the sea glass.
Each colored gem on the beach has its own story.
The ruby red glass stones are typically from old car tail-lights.
Then, the sapphire rocks are the remnants of broken apothecary bottles.
The beach at Fort Bragg isn’t the only glass beach in the world, as strange and beautiful as it is.
There are other places in the world where Mother Nature put a stop to our foolishness.
If you want to see the sea glass for yourself, you can drive to Fort Bragg yourself and be in awe of the power of nature. Even if we didn’t mean to pollute the Glass Beach how we did, it’s inspiring to see just how hard the earth can correct our mistakes. Source: Kuriositas Click on the button below to share this article with others.
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On the surface, the life of an actor appears to be a glamorous one. You get to live where the weather’s always beautiful in beautiful houses with beautiful people. Not bad! It’s not all just handed to you, though. There is an uglier side to being an actor, one that only lasts a little while and you get handsomely paid for, but still, especially in relation to the rest of their lives, it’s pretty ugly. This comparatively less-attractive side of the craft, of course, being getting into character. There seems to be no limit to where an actor will go physically or emotionally to become one with their character. See for yourself!
1.) Dustin Hoffman, Marathon Man
2.) Adrien Brody, The Pianist
3.) Daniel Day-Lewis, The Crucible
4.) Robert DeNiro, Taxi Driver
5.) Werner Herzog, Heart of Glass
6.) Billy Bob Thornton, Sling Blade
7.) Nicolas Cage, Ghost Rider
8.) Christian Bale, The Machinist
9.) Charlie Sheen, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
10.) Rooney Mara, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
11.) Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
12.) Meryl Streep, Kramer vs. Kramer
13.) Nicolas Cage, Leaving Las Vegas
14.) Halle Berry, Jungle Fever
15.) Nicolas Cage, Birdy
16.) Val Kilmer, The Doors
17.) Daniel Day-Lewis, My Left Foot
18.) Supporting Cast, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Next
19.) Forest Whitaker, The Last King of Scotland
20.) Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider, The French Connection
21.) Harrison Ford, The Fugitive
22.) Steve McQueen, Le Mans
23.) Jared Leto, Chapter 27
(Source: Cracked) Wow. Some of these are even crazier than shelling out $13 for a movie ticket. You can share this post using the button below.
SAN DIEGO — Ender’s Game producer Robert Orci said Thursday that the film’s creators are “happy to embrace” the controversy around author Orson Scott Card’s anti-gay views.
“The best message of the book is tolerance, compassion, empathy,” said Orci, responding indirectly to a question about Card’s involvement with the film a panel at San Diego Comic-Con. “Rather than shying away from the controversy,” Orci continued, “we’re happy to embrace it and say we support LGBT rights.”
In an occasionally halting voice — and prompted to add the word “empathy” by writer-director Gavin Hood — Orci said the cast and crew back Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment’s statement last week supporting LGBT rights.
Orci’s words drew immediate applause from the 6,000-person crowed packed inside Hall H, which had just minutes earlier greeted the new effects-heavy trailer for the film with roars of approval.
The question, though, suggested the controversy surrounding Card will follow the film into even the most sympathetic precincts. During the first half of their panel moderated by Nerdist’s Chris Hardwick, Hood, Orci, and stars Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield, and Hailee Steinfeld never once uttered Card’s name, let alone addressed the announced boycott of the film due to Card’s statements against gay marriage. Hardwick instead kept his questions to the movie, while the panelists heaped praise on Card’s story about an army of children training to defeat an alien threat, and how it resonates with today’s world. “The issues of the manipulation of young people for their value as soldiers, because of their special skills, because of their conceptual freedom, is something that was really complex and interesting to me,” said Ford.
But when Hardwick turned the mic over to the fan Q&A, the very first questioner directly addressed Card and the controversy, and inquired how much the author had been involved with the film — a question Orci didn’t answer. No one from the cast added any comments, and the panel swiftly moved into what became an extended comedy routine in which Ford begrudgingly fielded several questions about Indiana Jones and Han Solo. One example: What would Jones and Solo say to each other if they met? Ford’s exasperated reply: “Hi, how are you?”
Ender’s Game is due to open on Nov. 1, 2013.