March 28, 2014 | 4:18 p.m.

Eliza Dushku: ‘The Gable 5,’ ‘Dollhouse,’ life as a ‘convention junkie’

Eliza Dushku in "Gable V." (Machinima)
Eliza Dushku, best known to fans for her Whedonverse turns as Faith in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and Echo in “Dollhouse,” is tackling another brainy, gutsy character in a topical short film that launched Thursday on Machinima called “The Gable 5.” (Fans can watch the short here, but note there is some strong language.) Directed by Kevin Tancharoen, whose credits include the “Mortal Kombat” online miniseries and the movie “Fame,” “Gable 5″ centers on a corporation that has discovered how to isolate and repress chemicals created by the brain that produce panic, fear, anxiety, temptation and rage. Dushku appears to be a test subject — she arrives onscreen (without a back story) and expertly takes on multiple armed assailants, suggesting some improved reflexes. Hero Complex recently caught up with Dushku to talk about “Gable 5,” its relationship to “Dollhouse,” her […]
March 28, 2014 | 12:00 p.m.

Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson tease ‘Winter Soldier’ chemistry

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When it comes to the superhero spy game, an easy facility with falsehood can get you far. Which helps explain the unlikely friendship that develops between Chris Evans’ unfailingly forthright patriotic hero and Scarlet Johansson’s ethically dubious operative in Marvel’s latest comic book adventure, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” “She made a life based on lies and deceit and malleable morality, and Cap couldn’t lie if he tried to,” said Evans, seated beside his costar in a sparsely furnished chamber at a Beverly Hills hotel. “These aren’t two characters that you would necessarily know had so much in common,” Johansson agreed. “They’re deceivingly similar. They’re having this huge identity crisis…. ‘What do I want? Why do I want it? What do I need from someone else?’ We started to say, ‘Maybe they see the reflection in one another.’” Arriving in […]
March 28, 2014 | 7:30 a.m.

‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ exclusive video spotlights Deathlok

Tuesday’s episode of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” finds Agent Phil Coulson’s team on the hunt for the Clairvoyant, their nefarious enemy of several episodes now, and Hero Complex readers get an exclusive sneak peek at the episode. Titled “End of the Beginning,” the episode reunites Clark Gregg’s Coulson and his team with Agents John Garrett (Bill Paxton) and Antoine Triplett (B.J. Britt) as they attempt to track down and discover the identity of the mysterious Clairvoyant. But Deathlok (J. August Richards) threatens to stand in their way. In the clip (watch it below), Garrett and Triplett are settling into what’s supposed to be a safe house when Deathlok bursts in. The episode, which airs Tuesday, was written by Paul Zbyszewski and directed by Bobby Roth. In addition to series regulars Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker and Elizabeth […]
March 27, 2014 | 4:34 p.m.

Martin’s ‘Winds of Winter’ chapter draws fan praise, impatience

George R. R. Martin, whose “A Song of Ice and Fire” fantasy book series is the basis for the hit HBO show “Game of Thrones,” has released a chapter of his forthcoming book, “The Winds of Winter.” The book, with a release date yet to be determined, will be the sixth installment in the series and is a long time coming after 2011′s “A Dance With Dragons.” Martin has said the series will contain a total of seven books, with the final installment — “A Dream of Spring” — also forthcoming with no definite release date in sight. Martin released the chapter, titled “Mercy,” on his website, replacing a previously released excerpt titled “Arianne.” The new chapter, Martin wrote on his blog, “is actually an old chapter” that was written “a long time ago,” before previously released samples of the […]
March 27, 2014 | 11:44 a.m.

‘Gotham’ posters: Jim Gordon, Catwoman, Alfred, Penguin in costume

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Five iconic Batman characters have received their own posters for Fox’s upcoming TV series “Gotham,” based on the origins of Caped Crusader’s longtime ally and friend, Commissioner James Gordon. The Batman prequel series is helmed by writer and executive producer Bruno Heller, the creative mind behind “The Mentalist” and “Rome,” and stars Ben McKenzie, known for roles in “Southland” and “The O.C.,” as Jim Gordon, the tireless Gotham City Police detective. The new posters, released this week via social media, feature McKenzie and four other key characters, including Selina Kyle, an unpredictable street thief and pickpocket who eventually becomes Catwoman, portrayed by Camren Bicondova; tough ex-marine and Wayne Manor butler Alfred Pennyworth, played by Sean Pertwee; Oswald Cobblepot, an orphaned outcast who eventually becomes the gentleman villain the Penguin, played by Robin Lord Taylor; and Gordon’s partner and mentor Det. […]
March 27, 2014 | 11:14 a.m.

‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ trailer: Turtles get new origin tale

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The first trailer for the upcoming Michael Bay-produced “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” was released Thursday, offering a glimpse of the latest big-screen incarnations of the heroes in a half shell. The trailer opens with a montage of destruction scenes in what appears to be New York City, the turtles’ traditional stomping grounds, as actor William Fichtner’s voice narrates, “Crime, violence and fear have run rampant. Our great city is being destroyed. People want justice restored to this world.” Fichtner’s character, rumored to be Shredder, is talking to Megan Fox’s April O’Neil, the turtles’ eventual ally, and offers up an alternate origin story for the mean, green fighting machines. “People want heroes, Miss O’Neil,” he tells her. “But heroes are not born; they’re created. That’s what your father and I were trying to do — create heroes.” What follows is a […]
March 27, 2014 | 10:25 a.m.

‘Ms. Marvel’: G. Willow Wilson, Sana Amanat on Kamala’s transformation

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The new Ms. Marvel was a media sensation months before her first adventure was published: Kamala Khan, the girl behind the superhero’s mask, would be Marvel’s first Muslim character to star in her own title. But what shape her comic book series would take, and whether sales would match the hype, remained to be seen. “People love to talk about new and different,” said “Ms. Marvel” writer G. Willow Wilson. “They don’t always love to buy and read new and different.” The fear in debuting such a risky character, series editor Sana Amanat said, is always: “If we do something like this, is it a gimmick?” As “Ms. Marvel” No. 1 heads to a third printing and next month’s No. 3 approaches, early indications are that the teenage Kamala’s story has resonated with readers – and drawn new customers into […]
March 27, 2014 | 7:00 a.m.

‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’: 75 images from the Marvel film

A scene from "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." (Marvel)
“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” opens in less than two weeks, bringing Marvel’s star-spangled superhero back to the big screen for the first time since 2012′s “The Avengers.” The film, a sequel to 2011′s “Captain America: The First Avenger,” sees Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) working for S.H.I.E.L.D., where he reports to Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and sometimes teams up with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson). He also finds a friend in fellow military man Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie), also known as Falcon. Although he’s adjusted to many aspects of modern life, he doesn’t know who to trust in a world of increasing moral ambiguity. MORE: From the set of ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ “For Steve, it’s about what is right,” Evans said in an interview with Hero Complex. “He’s relatively acclimated to the modern day — it’s not tech […]
March 27, 2014 | 5:00 a.m.

Batman 75th anniversary: Warner Bros., DC reveal Bat-logo, Bat-plans

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Sunday will mark 75 years since Batman first appeared in “Detective Comics” No. 27, and if you thought DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. were going to let that go unmarked, then you’re crazy enough for Arkham Asylum. Today marks the beginning of brawling billionaire Bruce Wayne’s yearlong diamond jubilee, with the launch of the anniversary celebration’s online hub, www.Batman75.com, and the release of a commemorative logo that will feature on many DC comics and Warner Bros. products. And, Gothamites, July 23 is Batman Day: There will be celebrations at comic shops, bookstores and libraries, complete with a free Caped Crusader comic special to the occasion. The months ahead also bring the “Batman Eternal” weekly comics series, the first-ever home video release of the ’60s “Batman” television series starring Adam West, convention events, a 25th anniversary edition DVD of Tim Burton’s […]
March 26, 2014 | 5:28 p.m.

‘Jupiter Ascending’ trailer: Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum raise sci-fi heat

Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum take center stage in the new trailer for Andy and Lana Wachowski’s latest sci-fi venture, “Jupiter Ascending,” and the clip offers some of the same mix of futuristic spectacle and existential exploration that catapulted the duo to international acclaim with “The Matrix” nearly 15 years ago. “Jupiter Ascending” stars Kunis as Jupiter Jones, a young woman born on Earth whose “genetic signature” marks her as a target for the Queen of the Universe. Tatum, sporting guyliner, plays Caine, identified early in the trailer as a “perfect hunting machine,” who becomes Jupiter’s protector. Sean Bean and Eddie Redmayne also have featured roles. The film is the first from the Wachowskis after their audacious literary adaptation with Tom Tykwer, “Cloud Atlas,” which was based on the 2004 novel by David Mitchell and starred Tom Hanks, Halle Berry […]
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