Feb. 27, 2015 | 11:43 a.m.

‘Supergirl': CBS show casts Dean Cain, Helen Slater in mystery roles

Dean Cain and Helen Slater have joined the cast of CBS’ “Supergirl” in unspecified roles. Warner Bros. Television confirmed that the stars will appear on the new show, which will focus on 24-year-old Kara Zor-El, played by “Glee” alumnus Melissa Benoist. Although it is unclear what characters Cain and Slater will bring to the screen, the news sparked widespread speculation that the duo would portray Kara’s Earth parents. Cain, of course, famously starred on the 1990s series “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman”: Slater starred in the critically panned 1984 film “Supergirl,” which also featured Faye Dunaway. Written and executive produced by “No Ordinary Family” team Greg Berlanti (“Arrow,” “The Flash”) and Ali Adler (“Chuck,” “Glee”), with Sarah Schechter (“Pan”) also executive producing, “Supergirl” will see Kara working as an assistant to media mogul Cat Grant alongside Jimmy […]
Feb. 27, 2015 | 11:37 a.m.

Leonard Nimoy, ‘Star Trek’ and beyond: A video retrospective

Actor Leonard Nimoy delivers his famous Vulcan greeting at his home in Bel Air in 2002. (Ken Hively / Los Angeles Times)
Leonard Nimoy, known more familiarly to fans around the world as half-Vulcan logician Mr. Spock, died at home in Bel-Air at age 83 on Friday. While former cast mates and famous fans shared their memories of the actor, director, writer and artist through social media, many just wanted one more minute with Nimoy through his most famous work on screen. Full coverage: Leonard Nimoy Here are a few of Nimoy’s career highlights, both performing and revealing the back story behind those performances. “Bonanza” episode “The Ape” (1960) This western series’ run on NBC was long, but Nimoy’s time was short. He appeared in the show’s second season as a gambler looking to avenge the murder of his call girl ladyfriend Sherry at the hands of a man described as looking like “an ape.” “The Twilight Zone” episode “A Quality of […]
Feb. 27, 2015 | 9:50 a.m.

Leonard Nimoy dies at 83: A look back at his life in pictures

Leonard Nimoy, famous for his "Star Trek" role as Mr. Spock, has died. Click through the gallery for a look back at his life and career. (Ric Francis / Associated Press)
Leonard Nimoy, who played the iconic “Star Trek” character Mr. Spock, died Friday in Bel-Air. The 83-year-old actor had end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a condition he blamed on a smoking habit he had given up 30 years ago. Nimoy will forever be inseparable from Mr. Spock, his ultra-logical half-Vulcan alter ego. But over his long and productive career, Nimoy accomplished much more both in front of and behind the camera. Here’s a look at some highlights, with accompanying photos in the gallery above. Nimoy began his acting career in the 1950s, landing his first title role in 1952’s “Kid Monk Baroni,” about a street thug turned professional boxer. The movie flopped at the box office, and Nimoy spent years in relative obscurity, with parts in films such as “Them!” (1954), “The Brain Eaters” (1958) and “The Balcony” (1963). He also appeared […]
Feb. 27, 2015 | 7:31 a.m.

Harrison Ford to reprise ‘Blade Runner’ role in sequel

"Blade Runner"
More than three decades after Harrison Ford starred as android-hunter Rick Deckard in Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner,” the 72-year-old actor is set to reprise the role in a sequel. Denis Villeneuve (“Prisoners,” “Incendies”) is in negotiations to direct the film, which is scheduled to begin filming in the summer of 2016, Alcon Entertainment announced Thursday. In the 1982 sci-fi thriller, Ford played ex-L.A. cop Rick Deckard, who gets pulled out of retirement to hunt down a handful of escaped replicants (humanoids created by corporations to do unwanted off-world jobs) who hijacked a spaceship to return to Earth and murder their makers at the Tyrrell Corp. The sequel is set several decades after the original film’s conclusion and is based on an idea by Ridley Scott and “Blade Runner” co-writer Hampton Fancher; the screenplay is penned by Fancher and Michael Green (“Green […]
Feb. 26, 2015 | 2:37 p.m.

‘Avatar’ land: Disney unveils behind-the-scenes look at glowing forest

Concept art for Pandora at Disney's Animal Kingdom. (Disney)
Disney has revealed a behind-the-scenes glimpse of its upcoming theme park attraction based on James Cameron’s 2009 sci-fi fantasy film “Avatar.” The addition to Disney’s Animal Kingdom park in Orlando, Fla., is a re-creation of Cameron’s mythical jungle planet Pandora, the lush home of the film’s blue Na’vi protagonists. Imagineers have been working on the project since 2011, and Disney is finally unveiling some of their creations in a video and Disney Parks blog post. The video shows a recent gathering of executives, including Cameron, at Imagineering’s offices in Glendale, Calif. In the video, Cameron inspects models and walks in Disney’s version of Pandora’s bioluminescent forest; the ground lights up with each of his footsteps. “We’re having a lot of fun dreaming up ways to bring to life the land’s iconic elements from the magnificent floating mountains to the interactive […]
Feb. 26, 2015 | 1:55 p.m.

‘Daredevil’ posters spotlight Charlie Cox as Marvel hero Matt Murdoch

A poster for "Daredevil." (Netflix)
The blind superhero Matt Murdock is front and center in new poster images for Marvel’s upcoming Netflix series, “Daredevil.” Starring Charlie Cox, the series centers on the unlikely hero who is conflicted about his choice to become a vigilante, with his quest for justice taking him to some very dark places. Murdock debuted in comics with the April 1964 cover-dated “Daredevil” No. 1, by Stan Lee and Bill Everett. As a youngster, Matt is blinded in an accident by a radioactive substance that heightens his other senses to superhuman levels. After his father, boxer Battlin’ Jack Murdock, is killed for refusing to throw a fight, the son takes up the fight for justice on two fronts: in the courtroom as an attorney, and on the streets as a vigilante. “What I love about this show is the moral gray area […]
Feb. 26, 2015 | 1:00 p.m.

‘Supergirl’ casts first villain: David Harewood to play Hank Henshaw

David Harewood has been cast as Hank Henshaw in "Supergirl." (Warner Bros. / DC)
“Supergirl” appears to have found its first villain. David Harewood (“Homeland”) is joining the CBS drama as Hank Henshaw. In the comics, Henshaw is a supervillain also known as the Cyborg or Cyborg Superman. In the series, Henshaw is a former CIA agent who now runs the Department of Extra-Normal Operations (DEO), which tracks extraterrestrial threats. Harewood’s casting was announced Thursday, along with news that “Grey’s Anatomy” actress Chyler Leigh will play Supergirl’s foster sister, Alexandra “Alex” Danvers, a doctor whose fascination with her sister’s powers inspired her lifelong obsession with science. The name Danvers is a nod to Linda Danvers — the name of several alternative versions of Supergirl throughout comics history. Supergirl, comics fans know, is Superman’s cousin Kara Zor-El. Like Kal-El, Kara escaped Krypton before it was destroyed and arrived on Earth after her cousin, with whom […]
Feb. 26, 2015 | 10:06 a.m.

Stan Lee to star in his own video game

A digital Stan Lee will star in his "Stan Lee's Hero Command." (POW! Entertainment / F84 Games)
Comics icon Stan Lee is about to add a whole new slew of superheroes to his resume. The man whose credits include co-creating Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four and the X-Men will release on March 19 his very own video game, one that boasts such characters as a Russian muscleman named Captain Steamhammer and a kid genius known as Seer. “Stan Lee’s Hero Command” will be available as a free-to-play game for iOS and Android devices. The game will include in-app purchases, details of which have not yet been unveiled, but Lee said in an interview that additional superheroes and missions will be added post-launch. “I like the fact that there are new characters who come along all the time,” Lee said. “Most video games you’re stuck with the characters you get. Here, we’ll have new ones coming aboard all the time. […]
Feb. 25, 2015 | 12:23 p.m.

Kelly Sue DeConnick, Matt Fraction land TV deal for ‘Sex Criminals,’ more

(Image Comics)
Kelly Sue DeConnick and Matt Fraction are bringing their big ideas to the small screen. The married comic book duo has signed a deal with Universal TV to adapt some of their comic properties for television, as well as create original TV series concepts, an NBCUniversal spokesman confirmed Wednesday. Among the first batch of titles to get the TV treatment is “Sex Criminals,” Chip Zdarsky and Fraction’s Eisner- and Harvey Award-winning comedy-adventure series  about a librarian named Suzie and an actor named Jon who freeze time when they orgasm — a power they use to rob banks. Other titles slated for TV adaptation have yet to be announced. DeConnick is perhaps best known for her work on Marvel Comics’ “Captain Marvel.” (The character is headed to the big screen in 2018.) More recently, she has written the myth-infused western “Pretty Deadly” […]
Feb. 25, 2015 | 11:15 a.m.

‘Insurgent': Final trailer teases fear landscapes, explains Tris’ haircut

Tickets go on sale today for “Insurgent,” and the final trailer for the “Divergent” sequel shows young heroine Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) facing off against enemies both real and in her mind. “Insurgent,” based on the second novel in Veronica Roth’s bestselling YA trilogy, pits Tris and her allies against a ruthless leader (Kate Winslet) who is hellbent on hunting down people who are Divergent, meaning they don’t fit neatly into one of five rigidly divided societal factions in a futuristic Chicago. The film is slated for release March 20. Fans who purchase their tickets today on Fandango, MovieTickets.com, AMCTheatres.com or Cinemark.com can receive a free download of “Divergent.” The new trailer shows Tris and love interest Four (Theo James) arriving at peace-loving Amity faction, a farming community led by Johanna Reyes (Octavia Spencer). The trailer also features Tris’ new ‘do; she cuts her long locks […]
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