July 25, 2014 | 8:04 p.m.

Comic-Con 2014: Daniel Radcliffe makes his Hall H debut with ‘Horns’

Director Alexandre Aja, actor Daniel Radcliffe and writer Joe Hill attend Comic-Con International 2014 at San Diego Convention Center on July 25, 2014 in San Diego, Calif. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Grab almost any Comic-Con International attendee and ask for his or her top pop-culture obsessions and the “Harry Potter” franchise is likely to rank near the top. Yet, surprisingly, the star of the “Potter” films, Daniel Radcliffe, never actually attended the convention until this year. Radcliffe’s inaugural Comic-Con appearance — which served to promote his upcoming horror dramedy “Horns,” which opens Oct. 31— kicked off with a mass Hall H rendition of “Happy Birthday” for the actor, who turned 25 on Wednesday. (How old does that make you feel?) “Horns,” which is adapted by director Alexandre Aja from a novel by Joe Hill (both of whom were also on hand), recounts the dark tale of a man named Ig (Radcliffe) who is falsely accused of killing his girlfriend and starts to grow a set of horns that seem to have a mysterious disinhibiting effect on those around him. Comic-Con 2014: Full […]
July 25, 2014 | 7:59 p.m.

Comic-Con: Grant Morrison educates fans about DC’s ‘Multiversity’

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When Grant Morrison thinks of the DC multiverse, he hears a song. “Basically, the DC universe is a piece of music,” the acclaimed Scottish writer told the “Multiversity Enroll” panel Friday afternoon at Comic-Con International in San Diego. “All the worlds vibrate at different wavelengths and pitches, and if you get them all together, it’s a song …” Then he added, to laughter, “probably something by Lady Gaga.” “It’s a comic book, and it sings,” he said. Musical structure is the basis for the storytelling of the long-in-the-works “Multiversity” event from the comics savant behind such original mind-benders as “The Invisibles” and “Flex Mentallo: Man of Muscle Mystery” and visionary looks at DC characters, including “Doom Patrol,” “All-Star Superman” and a seven-year run on Batman titles that concluded last year. “Multiversity” is set to launch next month. FULL COVERAGE: Comic-Con […]
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 […]
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