March 30, 2015 | 12:41 p.m.

‘Game of Thrones’ star Maisie Williams joins ‘Doctor Who’ cast

Maisie Williams will guest star in "Doctor Who." (BBC)
“Game of Thrones” star Maisie Williams, who plays fan-favorite character Arya Stark in “Game of Thrones,” is headed to the TARDIS. The 17-year-old actress will guest star in the upcoming season of “Doctor Who,” the BBC announced Monday, though her character remains a mystery. “It’s not possible to say too much about who or what she’s playing, but she is going to challenge the Doctor in very unexpected ways,” the show’s lead writer and executive producer, Steven Moffat, said in a statement. “This time he might just be out of his depth, and we know Maisie is going to give him exactly the right sort of hell.” The sci-fi adventure series, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013, returns this fall for its ninth season since rebooting a decade ago. The show centers around a time-traveling alien known simply as […]
March 30, 2015 | 10:34 a.m.

‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ video introduces Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver

Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch and Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Quicksilver in Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron." (Jay Maidment / Marvel)
A new featurette for Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” offers a closer look at newcomers Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. The video, which Marvel released Monday, showcases the formidable sister-and-brother team Wanda and Pietro Maximoff, portrayed on the big screen by Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and their superpowers and contrasting personalities. “Quicksilver is very fast,” director Joss Whedon says in the video (watch it above). “As fast or almost as fast as a bullet.” He’s also quick-tempered, Taylor-Johnson notes. Meanwhile, Scarlet Witch is “grounded and thoughtful,” Olsen explains. As for her powers, they seem to diverge somewhat from her comic-book ability to alter reality. “She’s got telekinesis, she can move things, and she can get inside your head so that all your worst fears or doubts come to the fore,” Whedon says in the video. And judging from the featurette […]
March 30, 2015 | 8:06 a.m.

‘Halo 5′ gets a release date, two new trailers

Halo 5
Two new trailers, each showing similar events from a different point of view, give a peak into the potentially opposing storylines of “Halo 5: Guardians.” The bad news? They’re live-action and don’t tell us how the game actually looks. The good news? “Halo 5: Guardians” now has a release date. “Halo 5: Guardians” is set to launch Oct. 27, and all indications are that it will showcase a more human quest for its stars. The teasers premiered during AMC’s finale for “The Walking Dead” on Sunday. In one, future solider Spartan Locke is seen walking toward a statue of “Halo” hero Master Chief, but the voice-over indicates that Master Chief is now viewed as a traitor. Toward the clip’s end, we see a wounded Master Chief as Spartan Locke raises his weapon. The other, below, flips the script, as Master Chief slowly […]
March 30, 2015 | 7:45 a.m.

‘Fear the Walking Dead': Watch the first trailer for the spinoff

During the 90-minute fifth season finale of “The Walking Dead,” AMC gave fans their first trailer for the upcoming spinoff series, “Fear the Walking Dead.” As previously speculated, the new series will take place during the first days of the zombie outbreak, when society was still relatively functional. Cliff Curtis and Kim Dickens lead the ensemble cast in the series set in Los Angeles in the same world as “The Walking Dead.” It was co-created by Robert Kirkman and Dave Erickson. Frank Dillane and Alycia Debnam-Carey also star. Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero and David Alpert will executive produce the new series alongside Kirkman and Erickson. It has already been picked up for two seasons by AMC and will begin its six-episode first season sometime later this summer. — Patrick Kevin Day | @patrickkevinday Follow us on Twitter: @LATHeroComplex RECENT […]
March 28, 2015 | 12:08 p.m.

‘Spectre’ trailer reinvents a famous Bond rival

Daniel Craig in 'Skyfall'
The trailer for “Spectre,” the next James Bond film, has been online for a few hours, and it sees the return of some familiar faces and the dark reinvention of some others. It also comes with a particularly sinister line, this one spoken by “Quantum of Solace’s” Mr. White (Jesper Christensen): “You’re a kite, dancing in a hurricane, Mr. Bond.” When it comes to villains, none are as poetic as those who face off against Mr. Bond. “Spectre,” still filming, won’t be released til Nov. 6. The film is the fourth with Daniel Craig in the Bond role, and second to be directed by Sam Mendes. The latter point is key, as the trailer for “Spectre” reveals that the film appears to be a pretty direct sequel to 2012’s “Skyfall.” The film will reintroduce the terrorist organization SPECTRE to the […]
March 27, 2015 | 4:26 p.m.

Nintendo delays the release of the Wii U’s ‘Zelda’ game

Legend of Zelda
Early footage of the Wii U’s take on “The Legend of Zelda” franchise has wowed fans, showing the game’s hero, Link, riding off into the wilderness on a horse and then soaring into the air to fire a magical bow. Fans, however, are going to have to wait a while to go adventuring with Link. Nintendo of America late Friday revealed that the game is no longer on target for a 2015 release. After stating in December that the game was to be available this year, Nintendo reversed course and said the title needs more development time. “I must apologize to you all that were expecting the game by year’s end, but we are no longer making a 2015 release our number one priority,” said the project’s leader, Eiji Aonuma, in a video posted to Nintendo’s social networks. “Instead, our priority is to […]
March 27, 2015 | 12:49 p.m.

‘Walking Dead’ spinoff reveals its title

Kim Dickens and Cliff Curtis star in "Fear the Walking Dead" on AMC. (AMC)
Finally, fans of “The Walking Dead” can call the show’s upcoming spinoff series by something other than “That upcoming ‘Walking Dead’ spinoff series.” Creator and executive producer Robert Kirkman has officially revealed the title to be “Fear the Walking Dead.” That would look great on an old-fashioned B-movie poster, wouldn’t it? The series, co-created by Kirkman and Dave Erickson, is set in Los Angeles and stars Cliff Curtis, Kim Dickens, Frank Dillane and Alycia Debnam-Carey. Nothing has been revealed about the story line, but it is set in the same world as the original “Walking Dead.” Though based on how well-dressed Curtis and Dickens are in the first released images, it’s been widely speculated that the series will be a prequel of sorts. AMC President Charlie Collier previously dropped a hint about the focus of the new series in a […]
March 27, 2015 | 11:49 a.m.

‘Deadpool’ star Ryan Reynolds looks cozy in suit reveal

Deadpool
Actor Ryan Reynolds revealed his official “Deadpool” get-up to fans via Twitter on Friday, with a dose of the Marvel character’s trademark wisecracking attitude. Clad head-to-toe in red and black, the star is seen laying supine on a fur and lit by a roaring hearth. “No bears were harmed in the making of this photo. Though many bears likely turned on,” Reynolds tweeted.  With great power, comes great irresponsibility. #deadpool #officialsuit @deadpoolmovie pic.twitter.com/MPM89bYz1B — Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) March 27, 2015 The photo serves as a reminder that 20th Century Fox’s “Deadpool,” set for release on  Feb. 12, 2016, strays far from the path tread by superhero blockbusters to date. The film is based on the Marvel character Wade Winston Wilson, known for a tendency to break the fourth wall and speak directly to comic book readers. The antihero, first portrayed by Reynolds […]
March 27, 2015 | 5:00 a.m.

‘Bloodborne,’ where death becomes a comfort

Death lurks at every step in "Bloodborne." (From Software/SCEA)
THE PLAYER There are some games I simply cannot play. That sentence is one that is unique to the interactive medium. There are certain genres of movies and TV shows I like less than the other – scary things and I don’t always get along – but I can watch them. I was never a fan of the Faulkner books forced upon me in school, but I can read them. But the work of Japanese game design master Hidetaka Miyazaki? I’m pretty sure I can’t play it. I’ve spent better parts of the last four days with “Bloodborne,” a Gothic fantasy epic with lots of human-like ghouls getting slashed to bits by a blade. I thought, at first, I would review it, but reviewing it has turned out to be impossible. I simply cannot advance far enough in “Bloodborne” to […]
March 26, 2015 | 1:16 p.m.

Lex Luthor and more bald baddies: Who did it best?

Jesse Eisenberg has gone hairless to play a villain, but he's far from the first. Click through the gallery to see other memorable bald baddies in film. (Ed McGuinness and Dexter Vines; Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
Actor Jesse Eisenberg looks sinister as Lex Luthor in the first image from the upcoming “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.” He’s less built than the Luthor in the comics, but just as bald. The image — a black-and-white portrait of the actor in character — surfaced on Entertainment Weekly on Wednesday morning. Eisenberg is hardly the first actor to go bald for a villainous role on the big screen. The film world has often depicted characters with a penchant for evil with shiny noggins. Max Schreck’s blood-hungry performance in the 1922 horror film “Nosferatu” is hauntingly hairless. More recently, Karen Gillan got sadistic in hues of blue as Nebula in “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Before Eisenberg, Kevin Spacey took a turn as DC Comics’ wealthy supervillain in “Superman Returns.” Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor: Twitter reacts to Batman/Superman casting Plenty […]
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