March 27, 2015 | 4:26 p.m.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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” 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.
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 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 […]