July 25, 2014 | 7:34 p.m.

Comic-Con: ‘Game of Thrones’ panel tackles Arya’s future, male nudity

Actors Kit Harington, Rose Leslie and John Bradley attend HBO's "Game of Thrones" panel and Q&A during Comic-Con International 2014 at San Diego Convention Center. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
There’s no question that the biggest news to come out of Friday’s “Game of Thrones” Comic-Con International panel was the announcement of the nine new actors who would be joining the cast of HBO’s acclaimed fantasy series in its fifth season. But one of the most intriguing comments made during the hourlong session that focused mostly on audience Q&A was from the lips of Maisie Williams (who earlier in the day had been touted as a potential lead in the upcoming “The Last of Us” movie adaptation). Near the end of the presentation, she was asked about her character Arya Stark’s journey and how she viewed her alter-ego’s evolution. “She is no one,” Williams said, receiving cheers from the audience members familiar with the George R.R. Martin novels that inspired the series. The statement, though seemingly innocuous, suggests that Arya’s […]
July 25, 2014 | 5:53 p.m.

Comic-Con: Marvel touts ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ cast, ‘Agent Carter’ directors

Marvel head of television Jeph Loeb might not have been able to shed much light on the future plot lines of Marvel’s two ABC series “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and “Agent Carter” — the studio really relies on its narrative surprises — but he did reveal some key cast and directors on Marvel TV’s Comic-Con International panel on Friday. Loeb confirmed that Lucy Lawless will join the cast of “S.H.I.E.L.D.” in the show’s second season as a tough, knife-wielding longtime veteran named Isabelle Hartley. She’ll be joined by a young English actor named Nick Blood (yes, it’s his real name) as the mercenary Lance Hunter, known to comics fans as an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s British counterpart, S.T.R.I.K.E. The third new cast member is Reed Diamond, who will play Hydra villain Daniel Whitehall. Additionally, guest star Patton Oswalt appeared in character as […]
July 25, 2014 | 4:56 p.m.

‘Doctor Strange': Joaquin Phoenix negotiating to star in Marvel film

Joaquin Phoenix at the premiere of the film "Her'' during the 8th Rome International Film Festival on November 10, 2013, in Rome. (AFP/Getty Images)
Marvel might have found its Stephen Strange. Oscar-nominated actor Joaquin Phoenix is in negotiations to star in the upcoming Marvel project, part of the studio’s phase three roster of comic book blockbusters, which will be written and directed by Scott Derrickson (“Deliver Us From Evil,” “Sinister”). Phoenix, whose lengthy resume includes lauded turns in “Gladiator,” “Walk the Line” and “The Master,” was most recently seen on-screen in James Gray’s drama “The Immigrant,” and Spike Jonze’s futuristic love story, “Her.” “Doctor Strange” will bring to the screen Stephen Strange, the former neurosurgeon turned Sorcerer Supreme who is the Marvel Universe’s greatest protector against magical peril – and one of his fellow superheroes’ most sought after advisors. First appearing in a Stan Lee-written and Steve Ditko-drawn story in “Strange Tales” No. 110 in 1963, the brilliant magician has fought such foes as […]
July 25, 2014 | 4:16 p.m.

‘Game of Thrones': Jonathan Pryce, Alexander Siddig among 9 new actors

Jonathan Pryce will star as the devout and pious crusader High Sparrow in Season 5 of "Game of Thrones." (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
The world of “Game of Thrones” will be seeing some new faces in Season 5, including venerable actor Jonathan Pryce, who will join the series as a religious leader with a devout (and possibly dangerous) following. During the Friday afternoon panel presentation at San Diego’s Comic-Con International, the creators and cast of HBO’s wildly popular series revealed that nine new actors will be joining the ensemble, as the television narrative adapted from author George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” novels expands into the world of Dorne, the homeland of the Red Viper, Oberyn Martell. Alexander Siddig will play Doran Martell, the ruler of Dorne and older brother to Prince Oberyn, who met with a grim fate during the show’s most recent season. Toby Sebastian will play Trystane Martell, Doran’s son, the heir to Dorne who’s betrothed to […]
July 25, 2014 | 3:32 p.m.

Comic-Con 2014: ‘The Walking Dead’ will be rougher, tougher in Season 5

Andrew Lincoln was on hand at the "The Walking Dead" panel during Comic-Con International. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
The Season 5 panel of “The Walking Dead” kicked off with a supposed sneak peek at what the characters are up to in the 15th episode of the new season, and it turns out they’re all still stuck in the train car at Terminus, the settlement of hostile cannibals where the characters were imprisoned at the end of Season 4. The fake clip showed Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Glenn (Steven Yeun) in big Moses beards, playing cards and munching on cooked pieces of their castmates. “Tastes like Carl,” Rick says munching on what looks like bacon. Showrunner Scott Gimple described it as “‘Cheers’ at Terminus.” Though he was predictably vague on details about the upcoming season, which premieres Oct. 12, Gimple did say that the back story of Terminus would be shown. FULL COVERAGE: Comic-Con 2014 For the first half […]
July 25, 2014 | 3:19 p.m.

Comic-Con 2014: mtvU’s first Fandom Awards salutes ‘GOT,’ ‘Mars’

"Game of Thrones" actors Natalie Dormer, left, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau accept the OMG Moment of the Year award for the "Purple Wedding" episode at the first-ever mtvU Fandom Awards at Petco Park during Comic-Con International on Thursday in San Diego. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
SAN DIEGO — There are plenty of Hollywood awards shows where people get gussied up in tuxedos, designer gowns and jewels on loan from Harry Winston. There are not so many, however, where attendees can be found dressed as superheroes, zombies and scary clowns. Just such an event was held Thursday night in San Diego’s Petco Park, where about 4,500 Comic-Con-goers gathered for mtvU’s first Fandom Awards. The ceremony, which will air on the college-demographic-targeted channel on Sunday night, was designed to celebrate exactly the sort of fervent, obsessive pop-culture ardor that draws droves of people to Comic-Con International every year. Other awards shows may be voted on by fans (think the People’s Choice Awards), but in this one the fans themselves were the winners. FULL COVERAGE: Comic-Con 2014 The inspiration for the Fandom Awards came out of internal research […]
July 25, 2014 | 2:41 p.m.

Comic-Con 2014 photos: Cosplay costumes from far and wide

Sara Milne from Escondido is Harley Quinn from Batman. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
With the 2014 edition of Comic-Con International underway in San Diego, cosplayers from around the world are out in full force at the annual homage to all things pop culture. From blockbuster movie franchises to video games and comic books, no reference is too obscure for these fans, whose costumes can vary from faithful re-creations of major and minor characters to personalized interpretations that add a unique flair. FULL COVERAGE: Comic-Con 2014 Hermione Granger from “Harry Potter”? Check. Mojo Jojo? Yes. Kurenai and Asuma from “Naruto”? But of course. One of the Knights Who Say ‘Ni’? Ni! Not to be outdone by the fans, Hollywood has of course brought big names to the con, including first-timer Benedict Cumberbatch charming his fans, George R.R. Martin explaining how he is the first comic book fan, and even surprise appearances by “Interstellar’s” Matthew McConaughey and […]
July 25, 2014 | 2:03 p.m.

Comic-Con: Watch Benedict Cumberbatch talk Sherlock, ‘Penguins’ and more

Benedict Cumberbatch. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
Benedict Cumberbatch made his first trip to Comic-Con on Thursday with DreamWorks Animation’s “Penguins of Madagascar,” and after leaving the shrieks of Hall H, he stopped to chat with Hero Complex. Cumberbatch talked about the trick of playing the smartest guy in the room, from a modern detective in “Sherlock” to an animated wolf who runs an elite undercover interspecies task force in “Penguins of Madagascar” to World War II codebreaker Alan Turing in the upcoming drama “The Imitation Game.” FULL COVERAGE: Comic-Con 2014 “I’ve been very, very fortunate so that it looks like there’s something going on behind my eyes that looks like I’m thinking about or understanding or encompassing the brilliance of their minds,” Cumberbatch said. “Brilliant people have private moments of self-doubt, which we can all relate to, but they also have these extraordinary moments of discovery.” In the midst of extreme fandom […]
July 25, 2014 | 1:27 p.m.

Comic-Con: Sam Raimi, Neil Druckmann surprise with ‘Last of Us’ panel

Sam Raimi attends "The Last of Us" sneak peek panel on Day 2 of Comic-Con International  on Friday, July 25, 2014, in San Diego. (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
With “The Last of Us,” Naughty Dog craftsman Neil Druckmann helped create one of the most emotionally affecting survival games ever released. Now, as he writes the script for Screen Gems’ upcoming big screen adaptation of “The Last of Us,” he’s endeavoring to make the first truly great video game movie. Druckmann and filmmaker Sam Raimi, who will produce the film through his Ghost House Pictures banner, surprised the Hall H crowd at Comic-Con International in San Diego on Friday morning with a presentation devoted to the project, which is still in its nascent stages, hoping to stoke fan excitement for its upcoming adaptation of the apocalyptic survival game. “The Last of Us” was one of the most widely lauded games of 2013. The story tracks Joel, who is hired to smuggle a 14-year-old girl, Ellie, out of a quarantine […]
July 25, 2014 | 12:34 p.m.

‘Batman: The Complete Television Series’ gets official release date

Pow! This Fall, the classic Batman television series gets the DVD treatment. (Warner Bros.)
In conjunction with the appearance of “Batman” original cast members Adam West, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar at Comic-Con on Thursday, Warner Bros. has announced that the much-anticipated DVD/Blu-ray collection of the classic ’60s TV series will be released on Nov. 11. The collection will include all 120 episodes of the show, which ran from 1966 to 1968, and will feature a collectible set with such goodies as an exclusive Hot Wheels replica Batmobile, an Adam West scrapbook, vintage trading cards, photos from the series and a letter from Adam West to fans. You can check out a preview of the collection below. The revival of the campy but celebrated TV program ties into the 75th-anniversary celebration of the Dark Knight. Throughout the year, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. have been feting the Caped Crusader with the “Batman Eternal” weekly comics series, a 25th-anniversary-edition […]
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