April 24, 2014 | 3:10 p.m.

‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ release date moved up for U.K., Ireland

“Avengers: Age of Ultron” will open in theaters in the U.K. and Ireland on April 24, 2015. That date, announced by Marvel on Thursday, is just about a week before the movie hits the U.S. on May 1, 2015. Filming is already underway in Europe on “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the anticipated sequel to Joss Whedon’s 2012 blockbuster “The Avengers.” Written and directed by Whedon, the new movie sees Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch and Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Quicksilver join the original team of heroes including Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark/Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth’s Thor and Chris Evans’ Steve Rogers/Captain America, among others. (Click through the gallery above for an early look at the production.) This time out, the iconic team gathers to do battle with the villainous Ultron (James Spader), though it’s unclear how closely Whedon’s film will tie to […]
April 24, 2014 | 2:00 p.m.

‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′: Watch New York premiere live at 3 p.m.

Actor Andrew Garfield attends the premiere of "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Thursday, April 24, 2014, in New York. (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx and more stars from Sony’s “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ walked the red carpet tonight for the film’s New York premiere. Due in theaters May 2, the new $200-million production — directed like its predecessor, 2012′s “The Amazing Spider-Man,” by Marc Webb — Garfield’s wall-crawling hero is beset by numerous threats, chief among them Foxx’s Electro, an incandescent-blue bad guy who wields the ability to control the power grid. Yet even as he must try to contain the damage Electro inflicts across Manhattan, Peter Parker struggles to learn more about his own past, including his father’s inexplicable demise. He’s also wrestling with his relationship with Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), attempting to balance his feelings for her with his desire to keep her out of harm’s way. Plus there’s the matter of an old friend, Harry […]
April 24, 2014 | 12:56 p.m.

Bryan Singer bows out of ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ publicity efforts

Director Bryan Singer, right, with actor Patrick Stewart on the set of "X-Men: Days of Future Past." (Alan Markfield/Fox)
“X-Men: Days of Future Past” director Bryan Singer has officially bowed out of efforts to promote the May 23 release due to the ongoing legal scandal that erupted in the wake of a teen sex abuse lawsuit filed against him. “The allegations against me are outrageous, vicious and completely false. I do not want these fictitious claims to divert ANY attention from ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past.’ This fantastic film is a labor of love and one of the greatest experiences of my career. So, out of respect to all of the extraordinary contributions from the incredibly talented actors and crew involved, I’ve decided not to participate in the upcoming media events for the film,” Singer said in a statement issued Thursday. Just this past weekend, Singer had been scheduled to take the stage in Anaheim for Fox’s presentation at […]
April 24, 2014 | 12:00 p.m.

Batman 75: Jim Lee, Kevin Conroy, Ralph Garman’s days with Bruce Wayne

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Batman’s 75th anniversary celebration kicked into high gear at WonderCon in Anaheim last weekend with an all-star panel that included superstar artist and DC Comics co-publisher Jim Lee, definitive Dark Knight voice actor Kevin Conroy and voice actor/writer/Adam-West-”Batman” super-fan Ralph Garman. Before heading upstairs to entertain a capacity crowd in a Bat-cavernous room, Lee (“Batman: Hush,” “All-Star Batman and Robin, the Boy Wonder”), Conroy (“Batman: The Animated Series,” “Batman: Arkham” video games) and Garman (co-writer of the upcoming “Batman ’66 Meets the Green Hornet” comics miniseries) sat down with Hero Complex to talk about getting in Batman’s head, memorable adventures in their years with Bruce Wayne, and the powers of the artists drawing Caped Crusader comics now. Hero Complex: The three of you have worked or are working on quite different versions of Batman. For each of you – to […]
April 24, 2014 | 10:21 a.m.

Peter Jackson renames ‘Hobbit’ finale: ‘Battle of the Five Armies’

“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” will be the title of the final film in Peter Jackson’s latest J.R.R. Tolkien trilogy. The last installment, which previously had been titled “The Hobbit: There and Back Again,” is set to open Dec. 17, and will follow on after the events depicted in last year’s second movie, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.” Jackson announced the new title on Facebook on Thursday and offered an explanation for the change. “When we did the premiere trip late last year, I had a quiet conversation with the studio about the idea of revisiting the title. We decided to keep an open mind until a cut of the film was ready to look at. We reached that point last week, and after viewing the movie, we all agreed there is now one title that feels […]
April 22, 2014 | 7:30 p.m.

’24: Underground’ writer Ed Brisson sends Jack Bauer to Ukraine

Mary Lynn Rajskub and Keifer Sutherland  in the new Fox series "24: Live Another Day." (Kelsey McNeal / Fox)
Kiefer Sutherland’s Jack Bauer doesn’t return to the screen until May 5, whcn “24: Live Another Day” premieres with a two-hour kickoff event marking the series’ ninth season on Fox. But this week, writer Ed Brisson takes Bauer to Ukraine in IDW’s five-issue miniseries “24: Underground,” which tracks the character’s experiences between seasons. Brisson, 39, is no stranger to putting his own stamp on well-established fictional universes, having made his name on such titles as Marvel’s “Secret Avengers,” as well as “Sons of Anarchy” and “RoboCop” comics adaptations. For many fans, though, the Vancouver-based letterer-turned-writer is best known for his original titles, including his Image series “Sheltered,” “Comeback” and “The Field,” the latter of which debuted earlier this month. Brisson, who self-published his own work for more than 17 years before his recent breakthroughs, has already had a banner year. […]
April 22, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.

‘Justice League United’: Jeff Lemire readies ‘big, fun space adventures’

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The move to Canada and the debut of a Cree superheroine may not be the biggest changes for Jeff Lemire’s new Justice League team: The writer says he’s tired of “grim and gritty” and will be moving the heroes toward “big, fun space adventures.” “Justice League United” No. 0 arrives Wednesday from the Toronto-based Lemire and his U.S.-based British artist collaborator, Mike McKone, and begins assembling a team of DC characters that hail from the stars to the street: extraterrestrials Martian Manhunter, Supergirl and Hawkman, with earthlings Animal Man, Stargirl, Green Arrow, Adam and Alanna Strange — and the newly created Equinox, a teenage girl from Moose Factory, Canada. Developing the 16-year-old heroine, whose civilian name is Miiyahbin, has been a passion project within his DC work for Lemire, who has explored his native country in creator-owned projects including “Essex […]
April 21, 2014 | 2:42 p.m.

‘Game of Thrones’: Women in a ‘difficult world,’ say show runners

Tommen )Dean-Charles Chapman), Cersei (Lena Headey) stand beside the boy of King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) in Sunday's episode of "Game of Thrones," titled "Breaker of Chains.
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Anyone who watches HBO’s lavish fantasy series “Game of Thrones” understands that it’s not easy for any character to  live in the cutthroat world of Westeros, defined as it is by treachery and death. But navigating the brutal environment can be especially fraught for the women who have a central role in the narrative. (If you missed Sunday night’s episode, “Breaker of Chains,” you might want to stop reading now.) In the latest installment of the hit show, Mother of Dragons Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) arrived at the city of Meereen with her army of Unsullied at her back, determined to continue to free the slaves in the cities of the East. But even as she wins the affections of the underclass, she’s also making powerful enemies. QUIZ: Test your ‘Game of Thrones’ knowledge Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) finally escaped […]
April 21, 2014 | 1:21 p.m.

‘Game of Thrones’: Twitter reacts to Cersei scene, champions Daenerys

The Lannisters pay their respects to the fallen King Joffrey. With Lena Headey,  Dean-Charles Chapman, Jack Gleeson and Charles Dance.
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Sunday’s episode of HBO’s sprawling series “Game of Thrones” dealt with the fallout from the much-discussed Purple Wedding, but the installment also managed to churn up its own controversy on Twitter. (If you haven’t seen the episode, “Breaker of Chains,” you should probably stop reading now.) The hour was packed with grizzly drama but nothing quite like the dismal encounter between Cersei (Lena Headey) and Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), the incestuous brother-sister pair whose relationship has sunk to a new low. To say it plainly: Right next to the dead body of King Joffrey, their doomed love child, Jaime Lannister rapes his sister as some sort of twisted punishment for being a “hateful woman.” Ever since Jaime returned to King’s Landing, with a stump where his sword-fighting hand used to be, Cersei has given him the cold shoulder. For some reason, Jaime […]
April 21, 2014 | 8:00 a.m.

WonderCon: IDW inks Gabriel Rodriguez; Buscema’s Silver Surfer, more

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Acclaimed “Locke & Key” artist Gabriel Rodriguez is now exclusive to IDW, formalizing a long relationship that later this year will bear “Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland” with Eisner Award-winning writer Eric Shanower. The announcement came on IDW’s “Greatest Panel in the Known Universe” on Saturday at WonderCon in Anaheim, where the two discussed the previously announced miniseries alongside a slew of creators with announcements, including Brian Lynch and his wild, hell-on-wheels one-shot “Monster Motors.” And, in a panel later that day on the publisher’s highly regarded Artist’s Editions, editor Scott Dunbier, recently nominated for an Eisner Award for his work on the oversize archival books, announced that a volume of Walt Simonson’s “Manhunter” will arrive in September and one of John Buscema’s work on “Silver Surfer” will be coming in October. Simonson is also the subject of a 22-page Portfolio Edition of his 1970s […]
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