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 […]
March 26, 2015 | 12:48 p.m.

Remembering Leonard Nimoy on his birthday: Spock’s legacy lives long, and we prosper

Leonard Nimoy, who died last month from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, would have celebrated his 84th birthday Thursday. The beloved actor is best known for playing the iconic “Star Trek” character Mr. Spock. Author Steve Hockensmith examines Nimoy’s legacy in a guest essay for Hero Complex. He was Spock — even if, as obituary after obituary recently reminded us, he once tried to deny it. Fortunately, Leonard Nimoy seemed to have made his peace with the character that largely defined his career. When he passed away in late February at the age of 83, Nimoy was a sort of benevolent father figure to the flourishing nerd culture he helped create. Though he’d officially passed the Spock mantle to another actor, he remained a supportive presence in the new “Star Trek” films, continued to (lovingly) spoof his connection to the franchise […]
March 25, 2015 | 4:10 p.m.

Steven Spielberg will direct pop culture thriller ‘Ready Player One’

Steven Spielberg will direct the film adaptation of Ernest Cline's novel, "Ready Player One." (Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images)
For a lot of people, Steven Spielberg, the director of “E.T.” and the Indiana Jones trilogy, is an integral part of the pop culture of the 1980s. The Hollywood mogul’s mark is everywhere on the decade. So it’s either a no-brainer or a head-scratcher that the Bearded One is directing the film version of “Ready Player One.” Based on the novel by Ernest Cline, “Ready Player One” is set in a dystopian future where the majority of humanity spends its time jacked into a massive online simulation known as the Oasis that is heavily influenced by the ’80s pop culture obsessions of its creator: Dungeons & Dragons, “Star Wars” and old Atari games, among them. Spielberg will produce and direct the film for Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow. Donald De Line, Dan Farah and Kristie Macosko Krieger are also producers on the film, which […]
March 25, 2015 | 2:12 p.m.

‘X-Men: Apocalypse': Newcomer Lana Condor joins cast as Jubilee

Lana Condor, left, and Jubilee. (Bryan Singer / Instagram; Dustin Weaver / Marvel Comics)
“X-Men: Apocalypse” has found its latest mutant. Newcomer Lana Condor has been cast as Jubilation Lee, A.K.A. Jubilee, director Bryan Singer announced on his Instagram account Wednesday. Created by Chris Claremont and Marc Silvestri, Jubilation Lee made her comics debut in 1989’s “Uncanny X-Men” No. 244. A mutant who later discovers she can generate energy fireworks from her hands, Jubilation is introduced as a Chinese American gymnast who lives in Beverly Hills with her wealthy parents until they are murdered by hitmen. She runs away from an orphanage and lives in a Hollywood mall, stealing to survive and running from mall cops before she is rescued by X-Men members. In the comics, she is currently a vampire after a run-in with Dracula. Condor isn’t the first actress to bring Jubilee to the big screen, though she has never before been […]
March 25, 2015 | 9:29 a.m.

Arnold Schwarzenegger gets serious in zombie thriller ‘Maggie’

Arnold Schwarzenegger is a father trying to protect his zombie-to-be daughter in "Maggie." (Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions)
The zombie genre gets a solemn look in the first trailer for “Maggie,” Arnold Schwarzenegger’s upcoming thriller in which he portrays a working class father trying to protect his infected daughter. Due this year from Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions, the film also stars Abigail Breslin as a teenage girl slowly descending into zombie madness. It’s the “most human” zombie film ever made, boasts its male lead, who also has a production credit on the film. Schwarzenegger posted the trailer to Facebook this morning. It certainly appears grim, and though there are hints of  action in the teaser, “Maggie” is centered on what appears to be a rather emotional father-daughter story. Zombie genre staples, such as quarantine zones, make an appearance, and we get a brief shot of Breslin’s gruesome, undead makeover (“she’s probably going to show more signs of aggression, and hunger,” a doctor warns Schwarzenegger), […]
March 24, 2015 | 12:30 p.m.

Spider-Man and ‘Marvel Universe Live’ swing into SoCal this weekend

The heroes of Marvel Universe Live. (Marvel Universe Live)
Spider-Man may not be teaming with the Avengers on the big screen for some time, but Southern California fans can watch the webslinger side-by-side with Iron Man, Captain America, the Hulk, Black Widow and even Wolverine and his fellow X-Men this week. The arena stunt show, “Marvel Universe Live,” which has been performed in various U.S. cities over the last year, opens in Anaheim on Thursday, before eventually making its way to Ontario and Inglewood. Bringing together more than 25 Marvel icons, the Feld Entertainment-produced show pits Spidey and other superheroes against some of the Marvel Universe’s most nefarious villains. The powerful cosmic cube — once shattered by Thor — has been reconstructed by Loki, who teams with baddies like Red Skull, Madame Hydra, Electro, Green Goblin and Doctor Octopus, to use the cube to destroy the planet. To celebrate the show’s Anaheim kickoff, the first 250 attendees dressed in a […]
March 24, 2015 | 11:25 a.m.

‘X-Files’ revival: Duchovny, Anderson returning in 6-episode Fox event

Fox Mulder and Dana Scully are headed back to the small screen. “The X-Files” is returning to Fox with a six-episode event series, and David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson are set to reprise their original roles as the FBI agents who investigate paranormal mysteries. The sci-fi horror series, helmed by creator Chris Carter, premiered 22 years ago and became a pop-culture phenomenon, earning 16 Primetime and Creative Emmy Awards and five Golden Globes and inspiring a worldwide fan base. The show, which ran for nine seasons, became U.S. network TV’s longest-running sci-fi series. “The X-Files” has been off the air since 2002, but production for the six new episodes will begin this summer. “I think of it as a 13-year commercial break,” Carter said in Tuesday’s news release announcing the revival. “The good news is the world has only gotten […]
March 23, 2015 | 5:00 p.m.

Russo brothers to direct ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ movies for Marvel

Anthony Russo and Joe Russo on the set of "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." (Marvel)
Joe and Anthony Russo are ready to redeploy. The sibling directing duo are set to helm the two-part superhero showdown “The Avengers: Infinity War,” Hero Complex has confirmed. Plot details have yet to be revealed for the two films, set for release in 2018 and 2019, but they are expected to bring together an all-star roster of big-screen heroes (and villains) and mark the culmination of Marvel’s third wave of blockbusters. The Russos are thus shaping up as the next architects of Marvel’s cinematic universe, having directed 2014’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and already signed on for “Captain America: Civil War,” due next year. Badass Digest first reported news of the brothers boarding “Infinity War.” They’ll take over stewardship of the franchise from Joss Whedon, who directed the original “Avengers” film and its sequel, “Age of Ultron,” opening May 1. If the Russos were originally […]
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