June 18, 2014 | 1:56 p.m.

Wizarding World of Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley opens July 8

Muggles: Have you booked your tickets for Florida yet? In its second phase, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, the theme park experience based on J.K. Rowling’s saga, will open its Diagon Alley experience on July 8. The Diagon Alley attraction, modeled after the famous shopping thoroughfare visited by Hogwarts students and their magical families in the books and films, also will be home to a new ride, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, designed to take patrons through the vaults of the famous Goblin bank. The new area will double the size of the Wizarding World already found at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, expanding the themed environment across that and the Universal Studios Florida park. Guests can journey between both lands aboard the Hogwarts Express. FULL COVERAGE: Harry Potter through the years At Diagon Alley, visitors will be […]
June 18, 2014 | 12:40 p.m.

‘Batman ’66’ swings into battle in Shag’s Comic-Con exclusive artwork

Shag's "Batman Battle Royale," inspired by the 1960s "Batman" TV show, features Catwoman, left, King Tut, Joker, Penguin, Batman, Riddler, Egghead, Robin and Mr. Freeze. (Shag / Huckleberry)
In Batman’s 75th anniversary year, the 1966-68 TV camp classic “Batman” is having a BOFF!-o 48th. The beloved (and sometimes bemoaned) show has an ongoing “Batman ’66″ comic book series, will enjoy its first home video release later this year, and is the subject of the above limited-edition, Comic-Con-exclusive, 21-color, hand-pulled silk-screen serigraph by Shag. The Southern California-based artist, a.k.a. Josh Agle, born in 1962, is of the first generation that saw Adam West’s Batman and Burt Ward’s Robin SMASH! and POW! the likes of Cesar Romero’s Joker and Frank Gorshin’s Riddler. His artwork, “Batman Battle Royale,” also includes the less-well-known villains King Tut, played in the series by Victor Buono, and Egghead, who was brought to life by Vincent Price. Shag has had work exhibited in museums including the Laguna Art Museum in Laguna Beach, the Andy Warhol Museum […]
June 18, 2014 | 8:00 a.m.

‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’: See it early, free, with Andy Serkis, Gary Oldman and Matt Reeves

Excited to see “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”? How about watching it with stars Andy Serkis, Gary Oldman and director Matt Reeves? Hero Complex will host a free screening of the new Fox film, presented in Dolby Atmos, at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 30, at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood. Following the screening, Serkis, Oldman and Reeves will take the stage for an extended Q&A about the making of the movie, which is due to arrive in theaters July 11. Set 10 years after 2011’s breakout hit “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” posits a world where apes have developed their own civilization and human sightings are rare. When a group of survivors — including Jason Clarke’s Malcolm, a single father and former architect; Keri Russell’s Ellie, a […]
June 17, 2014 | 5:14 p.m.

‘Avengers’: Mark Ruffalo calls stand-alone ‘Hulk’ film a possibility

A little over a year ago, Mark Ruffalo took to Twitter to dispel rumors of a stand-alone Hulk film. “A lot of folks have been asking about the Next Hulk. The next time you see my Hulk it will be in the Avengers2. No plans for stand alone.”  Ruffalo then added, “I am not giving up on another stand alone HULK. But it’s not in the works right now. One never knows what the future will bring.” Today, it seems as if the future of a new “Hulk” movie may be one step closer, as Ruffalo told Digital Spy that Marvel Studios has made the project a consideration. “I think they are, for the first time, entertaining the idea of it,” he said. PHOTOS: The Hulk at 50: We love him when he’s angry “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the follow-up to […]
June 17, 2014 | 4:36 p.m.

‘Doctor Who’: Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi makes comics debut

'Doctor Who' Peter Capaldi (featured image)
While Peter Capaldi has already made his “Doctor Who” television debut as the Twelfth Doctor, he’ll be making his inaugural comic appearance this fall: Titan Comics has shared the upcoming covers that feature the latest Time Lord. As reported earlier this year, Titan Comics has taken over publishing rights to the series from IDW Comics, which had published “Doctor Who” tales in North America since 2008. In July, Titan will publish Tenth and Eleventh Doctor editions, with the Doctor as portrayed by David Tennant and Matt Smith, respectively, in the long-running science-fiction television series. “Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor” No. 1 will hit stores Oct. 1, with Capaldi on the regular cover, and will be penned by writer Robbie Morrison (“Drowntown,” “The Authority,” “
2000AD,” “Nikolai Dante”) and artist Dave Taylor (“Batman: Death by Design,” “2000AD”). As with the Tenth and […]
June 17, 2014 | 1:31 p.m.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ trailer: Gamora speaks, Quill rallies gang

“Guardians of the Galaxy” is ramping up the roll-out for its big-screen debut, which is just a little over a month away. Fresh off this week’s release of four character posters from the Marvel cosmic adventure film, a new international trailer is out. Like the domestic trailer, the clip does a good job of setting the stakes for the motley crew. As Glenn Close — playing intergalactic police chief Nova-Prime — puts it, “the fate of 12 billion people are in the hands of a thief, two thugs, a murderer and a maniac.” The international trailer also features dialogue from Zoe Saldana’s green alien assassin Gamora, who asks Chris Pratt’s roguish antihero Peter Quill, “Why would you risk your life for this?” Check it out below. Due to open in theaters Aug. 1, “Guardians” follows Quill, who’s on the run from […]
June 17, 2014 | 10:18 a.m.

Jason Momoa to play Aquaman in ‘Batman v. Superman,’ reports say

Ladies and gentlemen, meet your Aquaman. Jason Momoa is set to suit up as the Atlantean king in Warner Bros.’ superhero movie “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” according to multiple reports. HitFix was first with the news. No official announcement has been made; so far the studio and Momoa’s reps have been mum. Momoa, a swarthy hunk who played the Dothraki warlord Khal Drogo on HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and the title role in 2011’s “Conan the Barbarian,” has been rumored to be circling “Batman v. Superman” for months but has largely disavowed any involvement. In January, he told MTV News, “I get it all the time. It’s just a rumor. I swear.” He added, “Man to man. You can punch me in the face [if I’m lying].” The 34-year-old actor would bring a different look to Aquaman, who in the comics is a blond […]
June 16, 2014 | 2:40 p.m.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ posters: Marvel cosmic crew shoots, struts

The Guardians of the Galaxy don’t look like anyone you’d want to mess with. Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista) and the duo of Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper) and Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) are seen armed and confident in four character posters released Monday for the upcoming Marvel cosmic adventure film. Due to open in theaters Aug. 1, “Guardians” follows Pratt’s roguish antihero, a.k.a. Peter Quill, who’s on the run from a villain known as Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) after coming into possession of a mysterious orb. Before long, Quill is allied with a rogues’ gallery that includes Bradley’s gun-toting critter, Saldana’s green alien assassin, Bautista’s vengeful bruiser, and Diesel’s tree-like humanoid. In addition to the five guardians who make up the squad of misfits, the “Guardians of the Galaxy” cast also […]
June 16, 2014 | 2:26 p.m.

Twitter morbidly celebrates Father’s Day with ‘Game of Thrones’ finale

featured image Game of Thrones
What’s better than giving Dad a tie for Father’s Day? How about a gift (shot) from the heart? (Spoilers, people. Beware if you haven’t yet seen last night’s season finale, “The Children,” for this post will be littered with them.) HBO’s wildly successful “Game of Thrones” has never balked at killing off major characters, but the Season 4 send-off added in a special patricide twist, much appreciated by the revenge-hungry fans on Twitter. Tyrion (Peter Dinklage), finally recognizing that Tywin (Charles Dance) will never show him a sliver of true respect, wastes his father with a crossbow while the old guy’s still in the privy. This deed is done right after Tyrion strangles his former lover Shae (Sibel Kekilli, who spoke about her demise here) with the very necklace he once lovingly bestowed on her. To understand Tyrion’s turn to violence, read Hero Complex’s interview with […]
June 16, 2014 | 10:29 a.m.

‘Star Wars’: Harrison Ford could miss eight weeks with broken ankle

Harrison Ford might as well be frozen in carbonite. The “Star Wars: Episode VII” star is expected to miss up to eight weeks of filming after breaking his ankle on the set of the space opera, according to a report by the Mirror. Ford, who is reprising his role as the swashbuckling antihero Han Solo in J.J. Abrams’ upcoming film, was taken to a local hospital last week to treat his injury, which was caused by the door of the Millennium Falcon, Solo’s iconic spaceship. Filming is to continue in Ford’s absence, with a cast that includes fellow “Star Wars” veterans Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker. They’re joined by franchise newcomers Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Domhnall Gleeson, Andy Serkis, Max von Sydow, Lupita Nyong’o and Gwendoline Christie. PHOTOS: Injuries on the set According to the Mirror, […]
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