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Harrison Ford's Sci-Fi Roots Are Showing: Star to Play 'Ender's Game'

Harrison Ford © Festival del film Locarno / Vanetti
Harrison Ford © Festival del film Locarno / Vanetti

This week the terrifying Alan Rickman (seriously, name one actor more intimidating!) was sweet enough to give a lengthy interview with NPR, discussing subjects ranging from Shakespearian (he used to be in Britain's royal company) to Rowlingian (Severus Snape, anyone?). What a pussycat! Still scared though.

Anyone know what Nicolas Cage and Holly Hunter are doing on the cover of this Serbian biology textbook? I mean, aside from starring together in "Raising Arizona." Apparently they have graced the cover of this eighth grade text for years, and we're just hearing about it. Who's on their math books? I nominate Alan Rickman (I'm also afraid of math).

The AVClub has whipped up a fun list of fictitious games with convoluted rules, featuring examples such as "Brockian Ultra-Cricket" from The Hitch-hiker's Guide to the Galaxy and "Cyvasse" from George R. R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" series. Of course, nothing beats the Robert Altman's "Quintet" for movies so slow that you wish you'd just played a real life board-game instead.

Regardless of how you feel about the adaptation of Ender's Game that is currently in the works (Gavin Hood, who directed the fiercely experimental "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," is attached), there's only a very slim chance that you'll be bothered by the news that Harrison Ford is joining the cast as Colonel Graff. This is great news for sci-fi fans -- the only thing better would be a guaranteed R rating, so we can show these PG-13 "Hunger Games" wimps what fully militarized children are really capable of.