Dec. 10, 2013 | 10:57 a.m.
The first full-length trailer for “Godzilla” was out Tuesday morning, revealing plenty of tension, copious destruction and an enormous, havoc-wreaking kaiju. “Godzilla” is directed by Gareth Edwards, whose ambitious independent film “Monsters” garnered critical praise for its mash-up of big visual effects and small art-house atmosphere in 2010. Despite the enormous scale of the remake, the trailer seems to emphasize the ordinary people who get caught in the monster’s wake. The teaser begins with a group of military troops preparing to jump from a plane and face off against Godzilla. “I realize not all of you have had hands-on experience, and frankly, none of us have ever faced a situation quite like this one before,” their commander tells them. “But I would not be asking any one of you to take this leap if I did not have complete faith […]
Dec. 10, 2013 | 8:00 a.m.
Charting a course through Middle-earth can be nearly as taxing as surviving an international press tour for an end-of-year blockbuster. But as Peter Jackson posed on a giant chair flown in from New Zealand from the set of “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” he appeared none the worse for wear. Although the writer-director’s salt-and-pepper curls fell at slightly unruly angles, and his white dress shirt looked more comfortably lived in than freshly pressed, Jackson himself was in good humor. His newest film based on the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien, which opens in theaters Friday, already had won praise from a chain of admirers, many of whom compared its jovial spirit to the high-water mark of Jackson’s career, his epic “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. “Quite a few people are saying that,” Jackson said last week, sipping tea at a […]
Dec. 10, 2013 | 7:30 a.m.
The first trailer has arrived for “Jupiter Ascending,” Andy and Lana Wachowski’s newest sci-fi venture, and the clip offers some of the same mix of futuristic spectacle and existential exploration that catapulted the duo to international acclaim with “The Matrix” nearly 15 years ago. Set for release next year, “Jupiter Ascending” stars Mila Kunis as Jupiter Jones, a young woman born on Earth whose “genetic signature” marks her as a target for the Queen of the Universe. Channing Tatum plays Caine, identified early in the trailer as a “perfect hunting machine,” who becomes Jupiter’s protector. Sean Bean and Eddie Redmayne also have featured roles. The film is the first from the Wachowskis after their audacious literary adaptation with Tom Tykwer, “Cloud Atlas,” which was based on the 2004 novel by David Mitchell and starred Tom Hanks, Halle Berry and Jim […]
Dec. 10, 2013 | 5:00 a.m.
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” barrels into theaters Friday, but for fans who can’t wait to return to Middle-earth, here’s a sneak peek at the movie. “Desolation” is the second installment in Peter Jackson’s planned trilogy based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien. The film picks up where “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” left off, after Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and the company of dwarfs barely escape from a band of bloodthirsty orcs. The orcs are still in pursuit in the second film, but the travelers must also face enormous spiders, the dangerous Mirkwood elves and, of course, the eponymous dragon, Smaug (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch). The images released so far provide peeks at the forest realm of the Mirkwood elves, the gloomy waters of Esgaroth (also known as Lake-town) and the treasures of Erebor, the […]
Dec. 09, 2013 | 3:44 p.m.
“Doctor Who” stars David Tennant and Billie Piper reflect on returning to the series in a bonus clip from the home video release of “The Day of the Doctor,” out Tuesday. The clip, which was screened in theaters after showings of the 50th anniversary special, features a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the actors on the “Day of the Doctor” set. Tennant, who reprises his 10th Doctor role in the special, confesses that he had harbored some hope to return to the series but never knew for sure whether he’d get the opportunity. PHOTOS: Sneak peek at ‘The Time of the Doctor’ Christmas special “It’s been vaguely talked about very casually for probably a couple of years now,” Tennant says in the video (watch it below). “So when people think I’ve been lying in every press interview I’ve done for the last […]
Dec. 09, 2013 | 12:32 p.m.
A new trailer for “Sherlock” Season 3 offers a glimpse of Benedict Cumberbatch’s consulting detective — alive and well after faking his death in last year’s season finale. The one-minute trailer, released Sunday, also shows a mustachioed Dr. John Watson (Martin Freeman), sharing a bed with Mary Morstan, the character’s wife in the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stories about the pair of private eyes. Incidentally, Freeman’s real-life partner Amanda Abbington plays Morstan, who makes her debut in the upcoming season. Fan anticipation for the Golden Globe-nominated show’s return is high after the cliffhanger in Season 2′s finale, “The Reichenbach Fall,” in which Sherlock appeared to leap to his death from a tall building but was afterward revealed to be secretly and inexplicably alive. The mystery of his survival will be unraveled quickly in the new season, co-creator Steven Moffat told Comic-Con […]
Dec. 09, 2013 | 10:52 a.m.
Telltale Games will in 2014 release an episodic video game inspired by HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” the hit series based on George R.R. Martin’s ”A Song of Ice and Fire” series. Confirmed for release on PC/Mac and mobile devices, the game is the first unveiled as part of a what was described in a release as a multi-year, multi-title partnership between Telltale and HBO Global Licensing. Plot and characters were not yet revealed, but Telltale principals Dan Connors and Kevin Bruner said the game will take its lead from the television series rather than Martin’s books. “The book is a great resource to understand the decisions that they made on the show and how rich the world is,” said Connors in unveiling the game on Spike TV’s “VGX” program on Saturday. “VGX” is a retooled version of the station’s video game awards […]
Dec. 09, 2013 | 9:00 a.m.
“Batman: Zero Year” is writer Scott Snyder’s and artist Greg Capullo’s ambitious 11-part comics event exploring Bruce Wayne’s beginnings as the Caped Crusader in DC Comics’ New 52. Snyder is joining Hero Complex each month for an exclusive preview of the next issue and conversation about the story so far. Part 6 of the saga arrives Wednesday with “Batman” No. 26. The Riddler has blacked out Gotham, but he’s not the only villain the young Batman has to contend with in “Dark City,” the second arc of “Zero Year” that began in last month’s No. 25. Doctor Death, the horrifically skeletal figure who was once former Wayne Enterprises researcher Dr. Karl Helfern, is injecting other scientists with a formula that causes fatal bone overgrowth. Police Lt. Jim Gordon is on the case, but Bruce Wayne isn’t too willing to help […]
Dec. 09, 2013 | 8:38 a.m.
“The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ is set to swing into IMAX theaters. The anticipated sequel from director Marc Webb (“ Days of Summer”) will land in IMAX 3D, as well as conventional movie screens, when it opens next summer. The film, in which Andrew Garfield returns in the role of Peter Parker/Spidey, will begin its international roll out April 16, 2014, and will debut in North America on May 2. It’s a busy time for the webslinger in terms of news. Last week, an action-packed trailer debuted for the movie, the follow-up to 2012′s ‘The Amazing Spider-Man,” also directed by Webb. In the clip, Spider-Man faces off against a number of foes, including Jamie Foxx’s villain Electro and Chris Cooper’s Green Goblin. “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ also sees Emma Stone return as Parker’s gal pal Gwen Stacy, with Cooper and Dane DeHaan […]
Dec. 08, 2013 | 5:00 a.m.
With his slit-like eyes, spiky nails and Fu Manchu mustache, this Chinese mastermind’s appearance was about as subtle as his name — the Yellow Claw. Evil, exotic and bent on ruling the world, he made his debut in 1956, looming ominously on an Atlas Comics cover as a headline gasped, “Who … or what … is he??!” The Claw belongs to a “rogues’ gallery” of characters featured in an exhibition looking at Asians and Asian Americans in almost half a century of American comic books. The show, drawn from the collection of sci-fi writer William F. Wu, is visiting the Japanese American National Museum through Feb. 9. “Marvels & Monsters: Unmasking Asian Images in U.S. Comics, 1942-1986” examines eight main archetypes: the Alien, the Brain, the Brute, the Guru, the Kamikaze, the Lotus Blossom, the Manipulator and the Temptress. “The […]