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 […]
March 23, 2015 | 3:56 p.m.

‘Game of Thrones’: Watch San Francisco premiere; prep for Season 5

The new season of “Game of Thrones” already had its British premiere at the Tower of London and will have its North American premiere starting at 6 p.m. Pacific time on Monday at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco. You can watch coverage from the red carpet below. For the rest of us, the show doesn’t return on HBO until April 12. To those jonesing for some more dragon action, that can seem like a lifetime away — especially in terms of brutally short Westerosi lives. But just because you can’t see the new season early, doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do to prepare. If past seasons have taught us anything, it’s that the narrative of this HBO series is so densely packed and richly layered that any amount of additional information will allow the story to pass […]
March 23, 2015 | 5:30 a.m.

SXSW 2015: The gaming world tries to get inside our heads

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THE PLAYER AUSTIN, Texas — Discovery at South by Southwest isn’t what it used to be. More than 2,000 bands make it hard to cut through the din here, and it doesn’t help when cellphone providers and beer companies are making some of the loudest noise. Having attended SXSW now for 12 years, I can safely say that excitement happens on the fringes, far from whatever brand is hoping for a slight edge in attracting the attention of more than 30,000 attendees. The gaming portion of SXSW is entirely on the fringes. Though the industry is a powerhouse that’s estimated to bring in more worldwide revenue than the film business, a brief Miley Cyrus appearance at SXSW showcase sponsored by Converse shoes appeared to generate more attention than anything the gaming portion of the fest offered. FULL COVERAGE: South by […]
March 21, 2015 | 10:00 a.m.

‘Insurgent’ author Veronica Roth wants young women to see a flawed, powerful Tris

"Divergent" trilogy author Veronica Roth in Beverly Hills. (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)
At 26, author Veronica Roth already has penned a bestselling YA book trilogy and co-produced two films based on the tale, including “The Divergent Series: Insurgent,” which opened in theaters Friday. The film stars Shailene Woodley, Miles Teller and Kate Winslet, and is based on the second novel in the series. Chicago-based Roth wrote “Divergent” when she was a 21-year-old college senior; her wild ascent has been a surreal ride. She recently discussed the big-screen adaptation, what she hopes the story means to young women and what’s next in her writing career. Hero Complex: You saw “Insurgent” several weeks ago, but now everyone else gets to see it. Veronica Roth: I’m looking forward to seeing it again with my mom and my stepdad and my husband there. HC: Do you feel different about showing your work to your family as […]
March 20, 2015 | 3:19 p.m.

‘Game of Thrones’ premiere event will be live-streamed

“Game of Thrones” fans won’t be able to attend the show’s fifth season premiere event in San Francisco — they can’t even go to Westeros — but they can do the next best thing and watch the event on their computers. Or in an open flame, if they’re a priest or priestess of R’hllor. Pretty sure prophetic flames also get Facebook. The event will be held March 23 at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco and will be live-streamed on Facebook at facebook.com/GameofThrones at 6 p.m. Pacific. Fans will also be able to ask questions of the stars, including Alfie Allen, Ian Beattie, Dean-Charles Chapman, Gwendoline Christie, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Liam Cunningham, Peter Dinklage, Nathalie Emmanuel, Jerome Flynn, Aidan Gillen, Conleth Hill, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Michiel Huisman, Michael McElhatton, Hannah Murray, Iwan Rheon, Sophie Turner, Carice van Houten […]
March 20, 2015 | 12:17 p.m.

‘Insurgent': Shailene Woodley talks Tris’ battles, inside and out

Actress Shailene Woodley (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
The wait is over for “Divergent” fans. “Insurgent,” which opens today, sees Shailene Woodley return to the big screen as action heroine Tris Prior. The sequel, based on the second installment in Veronica Roth’s bestselling YA book trilogy, follows Tris Prior, a young woman who discovers she has an aptitude for multiple factions in her dystopian world’s rigid societal system. Tris tries to hide this unusual and dangerous trait, known as divergence, until she is forced to reveal her secret when one faction stages a coup by decimating another. “Insurgent” finds Tris and her allies on the run after interfering with this uprising in an effort to save their communities. Since “Divergent,” Woodley has appeared as Hazel Lancaster in “The Fault in Our Stars,” another adaptation of a YA bestseller, opposite her “Divergent” series costar Ansel Elgort. Woodley spoke to […]
March 19, 2015 | 1:00 p.m.

‘Insurgent’: Jai Courtney talks Eric’s journey, ‘Terminator’

Actor Jai Courtney.  (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
The release of “The Divergent Series: Insurgent,” which opens Friday, will reunite fans not only with the film’s heroes Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James), but also with their foes, including Four’s rival and vicious Dauntless leader Eric, played by Jai Courtney. “Insurgent” is based on the second book in the series of Veronica Roth’s popular dystopian YA novels. It follows Tris Prior, a girl whose aptitude for multiple factions, called divergence, means she is considered a threat to the rigid society of a future Chicago that values the balance created by dividing its citizens into five factions based on dominant personality traits. Tris and her allies are on the run after the events in “Divergent,” in which she intervenes in an uprising organized by the leaders of two of the factions. Tasked with finding these refugees are leaders […]
March 19, 2015 | 11:52 a.m.

‘Game of Thrones': See new trailers, photos ahead of Season 5

Rosabell Laurenti Sellers as Tyrene. (Macall B. Polay / HBO)
The fifth season of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” premiered at the Tower of London on Wednesday for a select audience. Now, the rest of us have new trailers and photos for the 10-episode season to ponder until the show hits the small screen April 12. The new material spotlights characters such as Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) and Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and their upcoming all-out war not only for the coveted Iron Throne, but for the land of Westeros. The images feature a couple of characters that have not played a large part in the series so far: Princess Myrcella Baratheon (Nell Tiger Free), the younger sister of hated King Joffrey sent away seasons ago, and Tyene (Rosabell Laurenti Sellers), the third oldest of the Sand Snakes, daughters of Oberyn Martell. Also included are images of Jon Snow and Mance […]
March 19, 2015 | 5:00 a.m.

Actor Theo James relishes this ‘Divergent’ experience

"Insurgent" actor Theo James is photographed in Beverly Hills on March 6, 2015. (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)
It’s 2 p.m. on a Thursday, and Theo James is ready for his weekend to begin. “Can I get just a single shot of tequila?” the English actor asks a server at a trendy downtown L.A. eatery. Seconds later, James, 30, breaks out a movie star grin and an apologetic “Just kidding,” and takes another sip of espresso. If there were a faction for class clowns in the dystopian future, James, clearly would be sorted into it, given his talent for deadpan one-liners and his gift for winking, witty sarcasm. There’s little of that sort of levity, however, in the actor’s new movie, “The Divergent Series: Insurgent.” Opening Friday, the film is the second in a planned four-part adaptation of Veronica Roth’s best-selling YA trilogy about one special girl who sets out to bring down a corrupt system. A younger […]
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