July 16, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.

Archie’s death: CEO Jon Goldwater discusses iconic redhead’s sacrifice

Cover of "Life with Archie" no. 36, in which Archie Andrews dies. (Archie Comics)
Riverdale’s beloved scion Archie Andrews will be headed for that big Pop Tate’s in the sky, as announced earlier this year, with the character set to meet his demise in “Life With Archie” No. 36, which hits stores Wednesday. Archie Comics shared new details of the story earlier this week, revealing that Archie will die in the future-set title saving the life of friend — and newly elected senator — Kevin Keller. Issue No. 37, which will conclude the “Life With Archie” series, will take place a year after the slaying, revolving around how the remaining members of the core gang — Jughead, Betty, Veronica and Reggie — are coping with the loss of their red-haired prince. Both stories will be collected in a double-sized commemorative magazine and upcoming trade paperback collecting the entire tragedy, written by regular “Life With […]
July 15, 2014 | 2:09 p.m.

‘Big Hero 6’: New trailer spotlights adorable robot action, humor

Hiro Hamada leads BayMax by the hand in a scene from "Big Hero 6." (Disney)
“All right, let me get this straight: a man in a kabuki mask attacked you with an army of miniature flying robots?” So goes the promising opening scene of the new trailer for “Big Hero 6,” which marks the first Disney animated movie to use Marvel comic characters since the company acquired Marvel Entertainment in 2009. The clip sets the tone for the film, slated to hit theaters on Nov. 7, showcasing the relationship between a robotics prodigy named Hiro Hamada and his robot companion BayMax. Judging by the preview, the pair still have a lot of work to do before they go about stopping Mr. Kabuki and saving the world. For starters? Some “upgrades” for BayMax. You can check out the trailer below. Disney this week announced the voice cast for the film, including Ryan Potter as Hamada and Scott […]
July 15, 2014 | 11:12 a.m.

Marvel’s new Thor is a woman — and is ‘Thor,’ not ‘She-Thor’

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Who says a woman can’t be the God of Thunder? In October, a new, female Thor will rise to replace the Odinson that Marvel readers have known since “Journey Into Mystery” No. 83 in 1962, the company announced Tuesday morning on ABC’s “The View” talk show. It’s a major shake-up of a Marvel bedrock character, and the company is hammering home that the change is no gimmick. “This is not She-Thor,” said Jason Aaron, who will write the new series, in a statement. “This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is Thor. This is the Thor of the Marvel Universe. But it’s unlike any Thor we’ve ever seen before.” And the one-word title bears that out: “Thor.” Aaron, writer of the current, acclaimed “Thor, God of Thunder,” will be joined by artist Russell Dauterman (“Cyclops,” “Supurbia”) in […]
July 15, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.

Animation pioneer Jerry Rees to direct Marvel Experience

Concept art for the touring attraction The Marvel Experience. (Hero Ventures / Marvel)
Animation pioneer Jerry Rees will lead the creative team developing the Marvel Experience, a theme-park attraction expected to tour the U.S. and Canada later this year. A film director and producer known for his animation work in “Tron” and his 1987 milestone short film “The Brave Little Toaster,” Rees has directed 16 Disney theme park attractions around the world in California, Hong Kong, Florida and Paris. Rick Licht, the CEO of Hero Ventures, the live entertainment company that partnered with Marvel to create the touring attraction, said in a news release issued Tuesday that “Jerry Rees brought a lifetime of creativity to the table and took the Marvel Experience to places well beyond our imagination.” The touring dome complex, which will span two acres and reach more than six stories high, will offer superhero fans a 4D motion-based ride featuring an […]
July 14, 2014 | 2:59 p.m.

‘Big Hero 6′ voice cast set: Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Maya Rudolph, more

Pictured in concept art, the  San Fransokyo in "Big Hero 6." Credit: Disney
Walt Disney Animation Studios has announced the voices who will be behind the action heroes of “Big Hero 6,” the first Disney animated movie based on a Marvel comic. Ryan Potter will play the robotics prodigy named Hiro Hamada, and his robot friend BayMax will be played by Scott Adsit. The rest of the cast includes Maya Rudolph, James Cromwell, Damon Wayans Jr., T.J. Miller, Alan Tudyk, Jamie Chung, Genesis Rodriguez and Daniel Henney. The team of superheroes will do battle in a high-tech city called San Fransokyo, a fantastical mash-up of Tokyo and San Francisco. Speaking to Hero Complex in June, director Don Hall said that the absence of a detail-obsessed fan base for the lesser-known series was part of its appeal, as it left every character and setting open to interpretation. “I was looking for something on the obscure side, something that would […]
July 14, 2014 | 11:51 a.m.

‘Doctor Who': First look at the new season

Peter Capaldi will have his first full adventure as the Doctor on Aug. 23 when the new season of “Doctor Who” premieres. And from the looks of the first full-length trailer for the season, this could be one of the darkest iterations of the Doctor yet. The new trailer, which premiered Sunday during the BBC One’s airing of the final game of the World Cup, shows a lot of shots of the Doctor looking menacing or shot in silhouette. And his costume looks as dour as a funeral director’s. There are no wacky bow ties or fezes for this Doctor. Instead, we’re given such menacing lines as the Doctor asking his companion, Clara (Jenna Coleman), “Tell me, am I a good man?” Clara’s response isn’t so reassuring: “I … don’t know.” Along the way, the new season promises more Daleks […]
July 13, 2014 | 2:07 p.m.

Comic-Con 2014: Guillermo del Toro, ‘Lego Batman 3,’ set for final day

Guillermo del Toro, a preview of “Lego Batman 3,” and Kevin Bacon and costars from “The Following” are highlights from the schedule for Comic-Con’s closing day, Sunday, July 27. Starting at the not-unreasonable time of 11:15 a.m. in Hall H, Bacon is to make his return to the San Diego pop-culture exposition to tout the third season of Fox’s “The Following,” which is scheduled to air in early 2015. He’ll be joined by cast mates Shawn Ashmore (“X-Men: The Last Stand”), Sam Underwood (“Dexter”), and Jessica Stroup (“90210″), with creator/executive producer Kevin Williamson (“Scream”) and executive producer Marcos Siega (“The Vampire Diaries”), for an on-stage Q&A and video presentation. In anticipation of the fall release of  the latest in the massively popular “Lego Batman” video game series, the “Lego Batman 3″ panel will feature an exclusive game-play demonstration and boasts […]
July 12, 2014 | 2:38 p.m.

Comic-Con 2014: ‘The Hobbit,’ Marvel surprises, ‘Gotham’ on Saturday

The July 26 schedule for Comic-Con 2014 was officially released Saturday, with big offerings from Warner Bros. and the always highly anticipated Marvel Studios panel topping the day’s events. Warner Bros. will be kicking off the day from 10 a.m. to noon in Hall H of the San Diego Convention Center, the event’s 6,500-seat premier venue, in a big way. Peter Jackson will be on hand to share details of “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” set to open Dec. 17. Director George Miller will also be appearing to share an early look at “Mad Max: Fury Road,” which reimagines the post-apocalyptic saga and stars Tom Hardy (“Inception,” “The Dark Knight Rises”) in the title role of Max Rockatansky. Finally, “Matrix” creators Lana and Andy Wachowski will be on hand to share their first original science fiction film […]
July 12, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.

The balletic ‘Bounden’ is a pas de deux with Player 2

Players will dance while connected via a mobile phone in "Bounden." (Game Oven)
THE PLAYER I had only known Eline Muijres for a few minutes before our first dance, and it wasn’t long before I became scared our movements were going to lead to more physical contact than is likely appropriate for near-strangers. So I let go of her iPhone. Muijres is a producer on “Bounden,” a mobile game that aims to teach players ballet — or maybe just inspire them to get closer, awkwardly. Either result is a win. Most dance games, such as the popular “Dance Central” or “Just Dance” franchises, have players moving in front of the TV, working off a sweat solo or goofing off at a party. “Bounden” is far more intimate. And potentially more revealing. Developed by Netherlands-based three-person studio Game Oven in conjunction with the Dutch National Ballet, “Bounden’s” challenge — the difficulty of being in […]
July 11, 2014 | 2:27 p.m.

Comic-Con 2014: ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Walking Dead’ top Friday lineup

Appearances from the casts of “Game of Thrones,” “The Walking Dead” and “Orphan Black” look to be among the top draws at Comic-Con International’s July 25 events, a day heavy on programming centered on top-tier genre television. “The Walking Dead” will amble into Hall H early on, with a panel featuring stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Chad Coleman and Michael Cudlitz, along with executive producer and show runner Scott Gimple, executive producers Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd and Dave Alpert, and special-effects makeup supervisor and executive producer Greg Nicotero. “Talking Dead” host Chris Hardwick will lead the cast through a discussion of Season 4 and what’s in store from the next run of episodes from 12:20 to 1:20 p.m., according to the official Comic-Con schedule released Friday. Riding high from an Emmy-topping […]
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