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July 22, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.

‘Divergent’ producers tap Veronica Roth’s Dauntless power for sequel

Theo James, left, and Shailene Woodley in "Divergent." (Summit Entertainment)
While the spring blockbuster “Divergent” doesn’t arrive on Blu-ray and DVD until Aug. 5, the first film based on Veronica Roth’s bestselling young adult book trilogy is available for digital download Tuesday, giving fans a chance to catch up with the dystopian adventure set in a future version of Chicago.   “Divergent,” which has earned nearly $275 million at the worldwide box office since opening in March, follows Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley), a young heroine where people are tested and sorted into five factions based on personality. Tris finds out she is divergent, meaning she has an aptitude for multiple factions and doesn’t fall neatly into one category — a dangerous trait in the rigidly divided society. She hides her divergence and decides to join Dauntless, the faction based on bravery, where she finds herself among a group of tattooed warriors. […]
July 21, 2014 | 1:17 p.m.

‘Star Wars: Episode VII’: J.J. Abrams reveals X-wing fighter in new video

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Want to take a spin in a battle-scarred X-wing starfighter? In his new video promoting Star Wars: A Force for Change, the charitable project benefiting UNICEF and offering a lucky fan a chance to appear in the upcoming “Star Wars: Episode VII,” director J.J. Abrams doesn’t offer the winner a ride in the X-wing, per se, but hey, it can’t hurt to dream big, right? The video, shot from the Pinewood Studios set in London, shows Abrams standing next to the single-passenger spacecraft, coated in planetary dust. Early speculation from fans online initially labeled the needle-nosed fighter as a Z-95 Headhunter, the clone starfighter first mentioned  in the “Star Wars” book “Han Solo at Star’s End” from 1979, but Lucasfilm verified via Twitter that it is indeed an X-wing. @CDCanimation It is in fact an Episode VII X-wing, not a Z-95.— Star Wars (@starwars) July 21, 2014 Though […]
July 18, 2014 | 5:57 p.m.

Marvel reveals release dates for five films, but no titles for now

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is continuing to expand. The blockbuster comic book movie studio announced on its website late Friday release dates for five upcoming films, though the specific titles were not identified. According to Marvel.com, new movies will open on July 28 and November 3, 2017; July 6 and November 2, 2018; and May 3, 2019. Up next for Marvel, of course, will be “Guardians of the Galaxy,” James Gunn’s wild cosmic adventure. Due to arrive in theaters Aug. 1, “Guardians” follows Pratt’s roguish antihero, 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 […]
July 16, 2014 | 9:00 a.m.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’: Rhomann Dey, Nova Prime posters revealed

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“Guardians of the Galaxy” has released two new character posters, featuring John C. Reilly as Nova Corpsman Rhomann Dey and Glenn Close as intergalactic police chief Nova Prime. Hero Complex readers can check out the new images at right and below. Marvel previously unveiled similar posters of the five Guardians — Star-Lord/Peter Quill (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). View the earlier character posters by clicking the links below. Star-Lord | Gamora | Rocket and Groot | Drax Due to arrive in theaters Aug. 1, “Guardians” follows Pratt’s roguish antihero, 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’ […]
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 | 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 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 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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