Nov. 05, 2013 | 2:32 p.m.
“Thor: The Dark World” had its Hollywood premiere at the El Capitan Theatre on Monday night, and stars including Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins and Kat Dennings walked the red carpet to talk up the Marvel sequel, arriving in theaters Friday. Directed by Alan Taylor (“Game of Thrones”), “Thor: The Dark World” sees the Dark Elf Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) attempt to use a weapon called the Aether to plunge the Nine Realms of the universe into darkness. Only by uniting with his devious brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) can Hemsworth’s brawny Thor hope to stop Malekith and rescue his lady love Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), who stumbles onto the Aether and is inadvertently drawn into the villain’s schemes. In an interview with Hero Complex on the London set of the film last year, Eccleston, the accomplished British thespian known to […]
Nov. 05, 2013 | 8:48 a.m.
Hugh Jackman is ready for another solo outing as Wolverine. Word came Tuesday that “The Wolverine” director James Mangold is in negotiations to write a treatment for Fox for a sequel to this summer’s “The Wolverine,” which saw Jackman’s lethal mutant travel to Japan. The story line for the sequel is being kept under wraps for the time being, but “X-Men” veteran Lauren Shuler Donner will produce the film. In an interview with Hero Complex this year, Jackman said he first read the landmark 1980 comic book by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller that inspired “The Wolverine” when he was shooting Bryan Singer’s original “X-Men,” and was immediately struck by the moody, introspective qualities of the saga and the nuanced portrait it offered of its angry, violent anti-hero and his exploits in Japan. “The guy who is the outsider, emblematic […]
Nov. 04, 2013 | 9:01 p.m.
Director Peter Jackson showed off nearly 20 minutes of “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” — the second installment in his planned trilogy based on the J. R. R. Tolkien novel — during a worldwide fan event Monday afternoon. After the film’s notable absence from San Diego’s Comic-Con International earlier this year, Warner Bros. is beginning to drum up hype for the sequel, which is due out Dec. 13. The event, held in satellite-linked theaters in New York, Los Angeles, London and Wellington, featured the new footage, a look at Jackson’s most recent production blog video, a preview of the upcoming film’s closing song, a peek at a new scene from this week’s “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” extended edition release and a live Q&A session with Jackson and cast members. Richard Armitage, who plays dwarf Thorin Oakenshield, and Orlando […]
Nov. 04, 2013 | 12:18 p.m.
A new “Doctor Who” Blu-ray set including all seven seasons of the rebooted series hits shelves Tuesday, featuring seasons 1 through 4 in high definition for the first time. Those seasons, featuring ninth Doctor Christopher Eccleston (“Thor: The Dark World”) and 10th Doctor David Tennant (“Broadchurch”), have been remastered at 1080p; later seasons, featuring 11th Doctor Matt Smith, were created in high definition. Hero Complex readers get an exclusive first look at a clip from the collection’s 120 minutes of new bonus features. GRAPHIC: Meet the 11 Doctors In the video (watch it below), Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Steven Moffat and other “Doctor Who” notables offer a behind-the-scenes look at the “Doctor Who at the Proms.” The Blu-ray set includes the full 90-minute concert, hosted by Gillan (Amy Pond) and Arthur Darvill (Rory Williams) and performed by the London Philharmonic […]
Nov. 04, 2013 | 9:22 a.m.
J.R.R. Tolkien fans who can’t attend today’s global celebration for “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” can watch the satellite transmission right here on Hero Complex, using the live stream video below. The event is set for 2 p.m. PST, with director Peter Jackson and several cast members gathering at satellite-linked theaters in Los Angeles, New York, London and Wellington, New Zealand, to screen scenes from the Dec. 13 release and answer questions in front of a live audience. Audiences in Brussels, Madrid, Mexico City, Miami, Paris, Rome, Toronto, Hamburg, Germany; and Sydney, Australia will be able to buy tickets to watch the scenes and interviews live in theaters, and the event also will be streamed live online, in the video below, though with an edited version of the scenes from the film. CNN anchor Anderson Cooper will host the […]
Nov. 04, 2013 | 6:00 a.m.
Where, exactly, is “East of West”? It’s somewhere far from the glass factory where Nick Dragotta used to do technical drawings. The artist and co-creator, with writer Jonathan Hickman, of the apocalyptic supernatural sci-fi western Image series recalls thinking during his early ’90s gig: “‘This is really boring,’ and I would just draw cartoons.” Now he’s drawing the not-at-all-boring story of the skull-clasp-bolo-tie-wearing, gun-slinging, shock-white Death, the human warrior woman who conquered his heart (pulling one of the Four Horsemen away from the other three) and their missing child. The complex tale is set in 2064, the first year of the apocalypse, and involves Seven Nations of America, the end-times religious mysteries of the Message, and three angry, kid-looking eternal Horsemen out to kill Death himself. The amiable Dragotta schlepped a box of limited edition “East of West Volume 1: […]
Nov. 03, 2013 | 10:10 a.m.
Thor, Loki, Captain America and Iron Man cosplayers mill around the escalators in the Los Angeles Convention Center lobby on Saturday morning during Stan Lee’s Comikaze. A group of X-Men gather on the stairs, and a dozen people dressed as “Star Wars” bounty hunter Boba Fett pose together, wielding their blasters for the cameras. Thousands of sci-fi, fantasy, horror and comic book fans gathered in downtown Los Angeles this weekend for Comikaze, the homegrown pop culture expo that wraps up Sunday. The convention, now in its third year, featured panels, screenings, game tournaments, merchants and guest speakers from the genre entertainment world. Comikaze began as a passion project for Regina Carpinelli, chief executive of Comikaze Entertainment, and her siblings after ticketing complications kept them from attending San Diego’s Comic-Con International. “We were terribly bummed,” Carpinelli told Hero Complex. ”We thought, ‘There needs to be a show that […]
Nov. 01, 2013 | 2:08 p.m.
The long-awaited movie adaptation of “Ender’s Game” is out this week, bringing the popular sci-fi tale to the big screen for the first time. The movie, based on Orson Scott Card’s 1985 novel, follows Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a young, extremely intelligent boy who is recruited to attend Battle School and groomed to become a commander in a war against aliens. Card’s book won the Nebula and Hugo awards for best novel, and has become extremely popular, especially among children who read it in school. However, the film has found itself the object of boycotts and criticism due to Card’s outspoken arguments against gay marriage. “Ender’s Game” director Gavin Hood has repeatedly emphasized his focus on the book’s themes of compassion and tolerance. Hero Complex caught up with Hood to discuss the controversy. In Part 2 of the interview, Hood […]
Nov. 01, 2013 | 11:15 a.m.
It wasn’t so long ago that Evangeline Lilly was one of those strident J.R.R. Tolkien fans worried that Peter Jackson’s movie adaptations wouldn’t capture the poetic soul of the fantasy she so loved as a child growing up in Canada. “I was a bit of a Tolkien purist before Peter Jackson made the ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy,” the actress said recently. “I was adamant that I wouldn’t see those films because there was no way that anybody was going to be able to re-create what I had imagined in my mind on the screen. I ended up being dragged to it for a big family Christmas thing and couldn’t believe how accurately he had portrayed everything that I’d ever imagined.” Now Lilly is hoping that fans will be just as pleasantly surprised by her Woodland elf Tauriel, who makes […]
Nov. 01, 2013 | 10:53 a.m.
Amid all the tumult in “Earth 2,” there is one calming, constant presence: Nicola Scott. The fan-favorite Australian artist and DC Comics fixture has been bringing the peculiar planet to life since the launch of the title, which is set on a world different from the one seen in most New 52 books and is nothing if not unpredictable, penciling 13 of the 16 issues so far. No. 17 picks up as things are changing in a big way, and not just in the story. The issue marks the arrival of writer Tom Taylor (“Injustice: Gods Among Us”), a fellow Australian and Scott friend, who follows James Robinson’s 16-issue run. Scott and Taylor will shepherd Earth 2′s embattled heroes (or “wonders”) through some serious trouble set up by No. 16: Superman, seen killed in the series’ debut issue along with […]