Oct. 23, 2014 | 1:14 p.m.

‘Riverdale': Archie Comics TV series lands at Fox

Life With Archie #36 (Ramon Perez variant)
Archie, Jughead, Betty and Veronica are coming to the small screen. “Riverdale,” a new TV series based on the Archie comic book characters, is coming to Fox, Archie Comics announced Thursday. The one-hour drama will produced by Greg Berlanti’s Berlanti Productions (“Arrow,” “The Flash”) and written by Archie Comics’ recently named chief creative officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who was previously best known for “Glee” and his work in Marvel Comics. Aguirre-Sacasa is the scribe behind “Afterlife with Archie” and “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,” and has been a key figure in the publisher’s resurgence. “This is something we’ve been working on for a while now, figuring out the best way to bring these characters to life for what will be, essentially, the first time,” Aguirre-Sacasa said in a press statement. “It feels like the stars have finally aligned for Archie and the […]
Oct. 23, 2014 | 9:00 a.m.

‘Constantine': Neil Marshall talks Hellblazer, horror, future movie plans

Neil Marshall, left, and Matt Ryan. (Courtesy Neil Marshall; NBC)
Is director Neil Marshall pleased to see John Constantine reborn for the small screen, personal demons and English accent intact? In a word, yes. “I’m very happy that it’s gone back to its roots, having a British guy with the blond hair and a few nasty habits. That’s how it should be,” Marshall said recently over coffee in a downtown Los Angeles eatery. It’s true that the supernatural investigator played by Matt Ryan on NBC’s new series “Constantine” bears a much stronger resemblance to the paranormal detective of the “Hellblazer” comics than did Keanu Reeves in the 2005 big-screen horror adventure of the same name. Perhaps a bit of credit for that transformation goes to Marshall, who directed the pilot for the show, created by executive producers Daniel Cerone (“Dexter”) and David S. Goyer (“The Dark Knight” film trilogy). But […]
Oct. 23, 2014 | 7:25 a.m.

‘The Hobbit’ stars cameo in new Air New Zealand safety video

Air New Zealand's safety video pays tribute to "The Hobbit" film trilogy. (Air New Zealand)
A new safety video from Air New Zealand once again features a host of stars from “The Hobbit” films, including Frodo Baggins actor Elijah Wood and director Peter Jackson, in a tribute to Middle-earth. Titled “The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made,” the video instructs passengers including dwarves, orcs and elves in the proper use of seat belts, oxygen masks and life jackets. The video was released online Wednesday and is being rolled out across Air New Zealand’s fleet. The safety video — the airline’s second “Hobbit”-themed video after 2012’s “An Unexpected Briefing” — comes ahead of the final film in Jackson’s “Hobbit” trilogy, “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” which opens Dec. 17. VIDEO: Watch Benedict Cumberbatch writhe and snarl as Smaug The video begins with two “Hobbit” fans rushing through the Wellington Airport, pausing to take a picture […]
Oct. 23, 2014 | 3:30 a.m.

‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ trailer teases Hulkbuster, Quicksilver

A screenshot from the trailer for "Avengers: Age of Ultron." (Marvel)
The first trailer for “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is out, revealing Tony Stark’s Hulkbuster armor, mysterious newcomers Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch and, of course, the villainous Ultron. Marvel released the trailer, which was slated to debut during next week’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” episode, after it leaked online Wednesday. “Age of Ultron” is director Joss Whedon’s hotly anticipated follow-up to 2012’s “The Avengers,” which united Marvel’s disparate superheroes, including Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), in a battle against Tom Hiddleston’s Loki and his swarm of alien invaders. The summer blockbuster set box-office records, earning more than $1.5 billion worldwide, and was hailed as witty and worthy of its hype. “Age of Ultron,” which is due in theaters May 1, will reunite the superheroes as well as […]
Oct. 22, 2014 | 9:00 a.m.

‘Constantine': 41 images from NBC’s fiery new supernatural thriller

Director Neil Marshall has some encouraging news for fans of the character John Constantine, who will be at the center of his own new NBC series once “Constantine” premieres Friday. ” ‘Constantine’ doesn’t feel necessarily like a comic book adaptation — I know it is — but we’re playing it for scares,” said Marshall, who was behind the camera for the pilot episode. “We’re playing it nice and dark.” Created by executive producers Daniel Cerone (“Dexter”) and David S. Goyer (“The Dark Knight” film trilogy), “Constantine” is based on DC Comics’ antihero, a chain-smoking con man and occult detective from Liverpool, known for his cynicism and foul-mouthed snark. Constantine served as the lead character in the “Hellblazer” series, though he made his comics debut in a 1985 issue of “Swamp Thing.” More recently, he’s the star of his own New […]
Oct. 22, 2014 | 8:22 a.m.

‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ trailer to debut during ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’

The first trailer for “Avengers: Age of Ultron” will make its broadcast debut during next week’s episode of Marvel’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” The upcoming trailer was announced as the credits rolled after Tuesday evening’s “S.H.I.E.L.D.” episode on ABC, and Marvel subsequently tweeted the news from its @AgentsofSHIELD and @Avengers accounts: We'll have the exclusive world broadcast debut of the new trailer for Marvel’s "Avengers: Age of Ultron" during next week's episode! — Agents of SHIELD (@AgentsofSHIELD) October 22, 2014 Tune in to #Marvel’s #AgentsofSHIELD, Tuesday, October 28, 9|8c on @ABCNetwork to see the #AgeofUltron trailer on TV! pic.twitter.com/tfcyg1L6sf — The Avengers (@Avengers) October 22, 2014 The film is director Joss Whedon’s hotly anticipated follow-up to 2012’s “The Avengers,” which united Marvel’s disparate superheroes, including Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), […]
Oct. 22, 2014 | 7:00 a.m.

‘American Horror Story': Twisty the Clown actor John Carroll Lynch is scary good

'American Horror Story' - John Carroll Lynch - feature image (LAT / FX)
When “American Horror Story” creator Ryan Murphy first contacted actor John Carroll Lynch about a possible role on the fourth season of his gleefully deranged hit, he was upfront about his aims for a new character, a silent, grinning killer straight out of a child’s nightmare. “He described it in a way that I understood it to be somebody calling me up and going, ‘We’d like you to play my version of the Phantom of the Opera,’ ” Lynch recalled recently. “He said he wanted to create the most terrifying clown in the history of television.” By all accounts, he succeeded. Lynch’s Twisty the Clown has become the chief talking point of “American Horror Story: Freak Show,” quite an achievement considering Murphy stocked the latest season of his Emmy-winning anthology series with conjoined twins, a bearded Kathy Bates and a […]
Oct. 21, 2014 | 1:27 p.m.

‘The Flash': The CW orders full season of ‘Arrow’ spinoff series

The DC Comics spinoff series “The Flash” is getting a full series. The CW has given a full series order to the spinoff of its hit show “Arrow,” the network’s president, Mark Pedowitz, announced Tuesday. “The Flash,” which stars Grant Gustin as a young Barry Allen, the fastest man alive, opened to positive reviews and delivered the network’s highest-rated series premiere with 6.1 million viewers tuning in live or watching on DVRs within three days of its air date. The series is from Warner Bros. Television and executive producers Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and David Nutter, who shepherded “Arrow” to success. The Barry Allen version of the Flash first appeared in 1956 and was a founding member of the Justice League of America, though it’s unclear whether an iteration of the hero will feature in Warner Bros.’ planned “Justice League” […]
Oct. 21, 2014 | 11:28 a.m.

‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1′ clip teases Gale, Peeta rivalry

Screenshot from a teaser for "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1."
A new teaser for “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1″ hints at the growing animosity between the men in Katniss Everdeen’s life. The 30-second video clip, released Tuesday, depicts Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth), her childhood friend turned potential romantic interest, in District 13 surrounded by weapons as the rebels prepare to make war against Panem’s oppressive regime, helmed by President Snow (Donald Sutherland). But Snow seems to have his own weapon — the captured Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson). Peeta, of course, is Katniss’ other potential lover and her partner in the Hunger Games arena, where the pair twice fought in televised battles to the death (in the box office blockbusters “The Hunger Games” and “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”) aimed at keeping Panem’s people in line. “Everyone needs to lay down their weapons immediately,” Peeta […]
Oct. 21, 2014 | 10:00 a.m.

‘Hobbit': See Benedict Cumberbatch writhe and snarl as Smaug

Benedict Cumberbatch on the set of "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Screenshot from bonus feature footage)
The extended edition of “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” is available for digital download today and out on Blu-ray Nov. 4, but Hero Complex readers get an exclusive first look at a clip from the bonus features. The clip showcases actor Benedict Cumberbatch’s performance as the deadly dragon Smaug, a miserly lizard who guards his hoarded, stolen gold in a mountain lair that was once home to the dwarf king of Erebor. Like Gollum actor Andy Serkis, Cumberbatch employed performance-capture technology to play the enormous dragon in Peter Jackson’s film trilogy based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel “The Hobbit.” “You kind of have to … imagine yourself into a vast creature in a huge space when you’re really crawling about on a gray bit of carpet,” Cumberbatch says in the video. Serkis — who has pioneered performance-capture acting with his […]
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