Dec. 03, 2014 | 12:15 p.m.

‘Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies’ clip highlights Bilbo’s bravery

Martin Freeman as Bilbo in "'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies." (Mark Pokorny / Warner Bros.)
A new clip from “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” features an exchange between Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) and the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen), revealing a glimpse of how far the hobbit has come in terms of courage. The scene takes place in the city of Dale beneath the Lonely Mountain, where armies of men, dwarves and elves are staving off legions of invading orcs. When a new threat is discovered, Gandalf tries to enlist Elvenking Thranduil (Lee Pace) to warn Dwarf king Thorin (Richard Armitage) and his warriors. “I have spent enough Elvish blood in defense of this accursed land,” Thranduil says before taking his leave. “No more.” Then, the story’s diminutive hero steps in. “I’ll go,” Bilbo says. “Don’t be ridiculous. You’ll never make it,” Gandalf retorts. “It’s out of the question. I won’t allow it.” […]
Dec. 03, 2014 | 10:34 a.m.

‘Terminator Genisys’ teaser spotlights Schwarzenegger, sci-fi imagery [video]

'Terminator Genisys' (Paramount)
Liquid metal gets an upgrade in a short new teaser for “Terminator Genisys,” the 2015 Paramount film that will see Arnold Schwarzenegger return to the iconic sci-fi franchise. The first full trailer for the film, directed by Alan Taylor (“Game of Thrones,” “Thor: The Dark World”), is set to arrive Thursday — to help stoke excitement, Paramount yesterday released a motion poster featuring a grinning cybernetic skull and today offered a short bit of first-look video. Watch it above. Based on the original 1984 film by James Cameron, “Terminator Genisys” sees Emilia Clarke, known to many from her work on “Game of Thrones,” star as Sarah Connor, with Jai Courtney playing Kyle Reese. (DC announced yesterday that Courtney will star in David Ayer’s “Suicide Squad” as Boomerang, alongside Will Smith’s Deadshot, Tom Hardy’s Rick Flagg and Jared Leto’s Joker, among […]
Dec. 02, 2014 | 2:54 p.m.

‘Suicide Squad’ cast: Will Smith, Tom Hardy, Jared Leto signed for DC film

Actors Will Smith, Jared Leto and Tom Hardy. (Wally Skalij, Allen J. Schaben, Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
Will Smith, Tom Hardy, Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney and Jared Leto are set to star in “Suicide Squad” for writer-director David Ayer. Warner Bros. confirmed the casting of the upcoming film, one of a number of upcoming projects adapted from the pages of DC Comics, on Tuesday afternoon. “Suicide Squad” features an all-star roster of villains who act as mercenaries, and the movie will see Smith play Deadshot; Robbie, Harley Quinn; Leto, the Joker; Courtney, Boomerang; while Cara Delevingne will play Enchantress. Tom Hardy, who previously brought to the screen the Batman villain Bane in “The Dark Knight Rises,” will star as Rick Flagg. Oscar winner Leto will be the first actor to play the Joker on the big screen since Heath Ledger delivered his touchstone performance in an earlier Batman film, “The Dark Knight,” for which he was awarded […]
Dec. 02, 2014 | 11:30 a.m.

‘Terminator Genisys’ motion poster, countdown site tease trailer launch

Image from the teaser site for "Terminator Genisys."
Two days and a little under three hours are left until “Terminator” fans get a first glimpse of humans fighting for survival against Skynet and those pesky robotic killing machines in the next installation of the franchise, “Terminator Genisys.” A motion poster was released this morning, showing the head of a partially deteriorating Terminator robot with the iconic Brad Fiedel-orchestrated theme music playing over it. Once done, the poster segues into the site’s countdown clock, teasing the movie trailer’s Thursday online premiere. Based on the original 1984 film by James Cameron, “Genisys,” which stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, Jason Clarke, Matt Smith, Byung-Hun Lee and J.K. Simmons, is directed by Alan Taylor. The film has recently received some scrutiny over its plot, with die-hard fans upset over a retooled origin for the series’ heroine, Sarah Connor, played by “Game […]
Dec. 02, 2014 | 10:00 a.m.

‘Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies': See it early, in IMAX, with cast

Attention East Coast Hero Complex readers! We’re thrilled to announce that we’ll be heading to Manhattan to bring you a special free preview screening of “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” director Peter Jackson’s anticipated final installment in his latest trilogy of films based on the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien. Stars Richard Armitage, Lee Pace, Luke Evans and Orlando Bloom will be on hand for a Q&A following the IMAX screening. The event will begin at 7 p.m. on Dec. 11 at New York’s AMC 34th Street 14 & IMAX. “Five Armies,” which arrives in theaters Dec. 17, picks up where last year’s “The Desolation of Smaug” ends, with dwarf king Thorin (Armitage) and company, accompanied by Martin Freeman’s good-natured hobbit Bilbo Baggins, having reclaimed the treasure of their lost homeland Erebor from the evil dragon Smaug (Benedict […]
Nov. 29, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.

‘Never Alone’ game smartly explores Alaska native tribal lore

Players will explore Native American heritage in "Never Alone," which stars a young girl and a fox. (Upper One Games/E-Line Media)
THE PLAYER Alan Gershenfeld was already skeptical that this January 2012 trip to Alaska would yield a video game. The blizzard wasn’t helping. But his business partner, Michael Angst, was insistent. “[He] said, ‘We have to go! I’ve been to 49 states but not Alaska.’” For the Alaskans awaiting Gershenfeld’s arrival, this two-day business adventure carried much more weight than whether a video game executive completed a travel bucket list. The Cook Inlet Tribal Council, an Anchorage-based nonprofit supporting eight tribes in the region, wanted to launch a for-profit arm. The goal? Make money and be less dependent upon government assistance. The big plan? At one point it was funeral homes. This month it was a video game. “They were looking at a lot of businesses — real estate, resource extraction — but they wanted something that could empower their […]
Nov. 28, 2014 | 8:24 a.m.

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ trailer includes X-wings, Falcon, more

A scene from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." (Lucasfilm / Disney)
The debut trailer for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is out, offering fans a glimpse of the first new live-action footage of the “Star Wars” universe in nearly a decade. The trailer, which was released on iTunes on Friday in addition to screening in select theaters, is 88 seconds long and features new characters (including “Attack the Block” actor John Boyega in Stormtrooper gear) and familiar settings, like Luke Skywalker’s desert planet home Tatooine, where actress Daisy Ridley rides some sort of speeder bike. “There’s been an awakening,” a deep voice narrates as the trailer begins. “Have you felt it? The dark side, and the light.” The trailer, below, reveals an updated Millennium Falcon, several X-wing fighters piloted by men in battered uniforms reminiscent of Rebel Alliance gear, a new kind of droid that travels using a ball and, most […]
Nov. 26, 2014 | 8:00 a.m.

‘Game of Thrones': First teaser features Arya Stark

The first teaser video for the fifth season of “Game of Thrones” is out, but don’t get too excited. The trailer, posted to the hit HBO series’ Twitter account, is only 10 seconds long, offering just a brief glimpse of Arya Stark (Maisie Williams). Arya is shown stabbing someone, holding a coin, running through trees and wrapping her hand around a sword hilt, while the voice of red priestess Melisandra (Carice van Houten) intones, “I see a darkness in you.” Follow the Three Eyed Raven. Gain the power of #TheSight: http://t.co/9fNrrJIGHG https://t.co/4RhAiTR9tw — Game Of Thrones (@GameOfThrones) November 25, 2014 The tweet also linked to ThreeEyedRaven.com, a promotional website where fans can sign up to receive “Game of Thrones” updates via Twitter or SMS. The Three Eyed Raven, as fans know, is a reference to another child in the Stark brood […]
Nov. 26, 2014 | 7:00 a.m.

‘The Babadook': Director Jennifer Kent confronts a boogeyman

Essie Davis and Noah Wiseman in a scene from "The Babadook." (Matt Nettheim / IFC Films)
Jennifer Kent was a successful actress in her native Australia when she wrote a letter to art house provocateur Lars von Trier, whom she had long admired but never met. She was seeking career advice — Kent hoped to transition behind the camera — so she reached out to one of the world’s most singular directors. Not long after, she found herself shoveling snow and handling other odd jobs on the set of Von Trier’s divisive 2003 drama “Dogville.” But she also had the rare opportunity to shadow the Danish filmmaker and study his take-no-prisoners approach. “I didn’t need to learn about the technical process of filmmaking,” Kent said earlier this month, during a visit to L.A. “I needed to develop courage in my own voice.” Her unconventional course of study appears to have paid off. With her new horror […]
Nov. 26, 2014 | 5:00 a.m.

Exclusive: ‘Ultron Forever’ assembles time-traveling Avengers team

'Avengers: Ultron Forever' No. 1 (featured image)
Marvel is assembling a team of time-traveling Avengers from the past, present and future to fight mega-villain Ultron in three oversized comics, slated for release just in time for the much anticipated Marvel Studios blockbuster “Avengers: Age of Ultron” next spring. The 90-page “Ultron Forever” story, which will unfold in “Avengers: Ultron Forever” No. 1, “New Avengers: Ultron Forever” No. 1 and “Uncanny Avengers: Ultron Forever” No. 1, aims to introduce casual readers to the robot baddie in addition to appealing to devoted fans’ nostalgia. And since comic book newcomers are more familiar with the big-screen incarnations of Marvel’s mightiest than the African American Captain America and female Thor currently in the pages of comics, time travel seemed a clever way to bring more familiar versions of the superheroes to the story, said Tom Brevoort, Marvel senior vice president of […]
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