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 […]
Oct. 21, 2014 | 5:00 a.m.

‘Gotham’ has deep pop culture resonance, actor Donal Logue says

Ben McKenzie, left, as James Gordon and Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock in the new series "Gotham." (Jessica Miglio/Fox)
The push-pull relationship between upright detective Jim Gordon and his morally flexible partner Harvey Bullock is a driving feature on the Fox series “Gotham,” but behind the scenes, veteran character actor Donal Logue said he and his scene partner, Ben McKenzie, enjoy an easy camaraderie on the New York set of the show, which explores the origins of many of the most well-known characters in the Batman universe. “I can’t say enough about Ben McKenzie — he carries the show, the weight of the show is on his shoulders, the world is kind of seen through his journey,” Logue said recently, speaking by phone from New York. “He’s a really hard-working patient guy. I’ve never seen him even for a moment express a frustration regardless of what’s going on.” These days, Logue’s not one to complain much either. The journeyman […]
Oct. 20, 2014 | 1:02 p.m.

‘The Mortal Instruments’ to be rebooted as TV series in 2015

A scene from "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones." (Screen Gems)
“The Mortal Instruments” is coming to the small screen, Constantin Film confirmed Monday. The new TV series, based on the bestselling young adult urban fantasy novels by Cassandra Clare, will be helmed by Ed Decter, a screenwriter and producer whose credits include “There’s Something About Mary,” “Unforgettable,” “The Client List” and “In Plain Sight.” “We are thrilled to give this epic tale of good versus evil a brand new dimension,” Constantin Film Chairman Martin Moszkowicz said in a press statement, thanking fans of the franchise for their patience. The one-hour drama will reboot the saga after last year’s feature film “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” opened to lackluster reviews and disappointing box-office numbers. The film has earned $31 million domestically. A planned sequel, “The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes,” was shelved last year, and it’s unclear whether “City of […]
Oct. 20, 2014 | 10:57 a.m.

‘Moana': Disney unveils first look at South Pacific animated feature

Concept art for "Moana," an upcoming feature from Walt Disney Animation Studios. (Disney)
Walt Disney Animation Studios has revealed a first look at “Moana,” an animated feature slated to hit theaters in late 2016. Billed as an “epic comedy-adventure,” the CG-animated movie will transport Disney fans to the ancient South Pacific world of Oceania, where spirited teenager Moana sets sail in search of a fabled island. “Moana” is directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, the filmmaking duo behind “The Little Mermaid,” “The Princess and the Frog” and “Aladdin.” The tale follows Moana, a born navigator, and her hero, the legendary demigod Maui, as they set off on an impossible mission to fulfill Moana’s ancestors’ quest. Along the way, they encounter enormous sea creatures, breathtaking underworlds and ancient folklore, according to Disney. “Moana is indomitable, passionate and a dreamer with a unique connection to the ocean itself,” Musker said in a press statement. […]
Oct. 20, 2014 | 10:00 a.m.

‘Oddly Normal': Otis Frampton discusses a young half-witch’s bad wish

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Oddly Normal is as conflicted as her name. The smart, sullen schoolgirl star of writer-artist Otis Frampton’s emotionally stormy all-ages Image Comics series is the daughter of parents from different worlds: Her father is an average-as-average-gets Earth guy; her mother is a most unusual woman – a witch from the fantastical Fignation. And being a half-witch girl – complete with naturally green hair and pointy ears — in a typical American school isn’t easy. A social outcast with a sardonic wit for self-defense, she feels like an outsider even in her own family, who live in the sole creepy Victorian manse on a street of cookie-cutter suburban houses. In an angry moment on her 10th birthday, as seen in last month’s well-reviewed first issue, she isn’t careful what she wishes for. “Oddly Normal” No. 2, out Wednesday, continues Frampton’s reboot […]
Oct. 18, 2014 | 7:00 a.m.

Slam the door on the hate from ‘gamergate’

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THE PLAYER On a recent Tuesday evening, more than 50 current and former students of USC’s game design program gathered to talk video games. Student projects were shown and critiqued, but soon students were debating what it means to be labeled a “social justice warrior,” a suddenly trendy term in the video game world thanks to the ongoing battle in the player population known as “gamergate.” Consider gamergate an ownership tug-o-war. Do games belong to their growing audience, or will a broader reach destroy all that’s pleasurable about them — the sex, violence and profanity? You know, the fun. But framing gamergate as only a debate is too kind. From the moment the term emerged as a hashtag in mid-August, it was ugly, messy and convoluted. Female game designers and critics who spoke out about the medium’s future experienced harassment, […]
Oct. 16, 2014 | 3:25 p.m.

‘Star Wars: Episode VII': Warwick Davis cast in J.J. Abrams film

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Another “Star Wars” veteran has signed on for a role in J.J. Abrams’ upcoming “Episode VII.” Actor Warwick Davis, who played Ewok Wicket in “Star Wars: Episode VI — Return of the Jedi,” confirmed Thursday that he had been cast in the new film, currently in production in England. The news came courtesy of a humorous video posted on the official “Star Wars” You Tube channel. Watch it below. “Star Wars: Episode VII” takes place 30 years after the events of “Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi,” with original stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker joining Davis as part of the ensemble cast. READ: Warwick Davis talks ‘Harry Potter’ Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega and newcomer Daisy Ridley, in addition to Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson, performance capture expert Andy Serkis and […]
Oct. 16, 2014 | 11:08 a.m.

‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1′ trailer features destruction, Lorde

Jennifer Lawrence stars as Katniss Everdeen in "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1." (Murray Close / Lionsgate)
A new trailer for “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1″ reveals the ruins of a decimated District 12, the former home of heroine Katniss Everdeen. The one-minute teaser, released Thursday, features narration by Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and President Alma Coin (Julianne Moore) as they plot to recruit Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) to their resistance movement. “No one else can do this but her,” Hoffman intones. “She won’t be able to handle it,” Moore’s character responds. “The games destroyed her.” The games would be the Hunger Games — an annual televised battle to the death in the future country of Panem. Katniss twice survived the horrors of the arena (in the box office blockbusters “The Hunger Games” and “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”) and suffers from post traumatic stress disorder as a result of her experiences. The end of […]
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