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Aug. 29, 2014 | 12:00 p.m.

‘Divergent': Shailene Woodley, Theo James promise emotional ‘Insurgent’

Shailene Woodley kicked off 2014 with the Sundance Film Festival premiere of “White Bird in a Blizzard,” the Gregg Araki film in which she plays a teenager whose mother unexpectedly disappears. Two months later, she was forging her own path in a future Chicago in “Divergent,” the first big-screen adaptation of the bestselling young adult novels written by Veronica Roth. By midsummer, she was grappling with first love and a terminal cancer diagnosis in the breakout hit “The Fault in Our Stars.” But neither her demanding work schedule nor the attendant onslaught of exposure Woodley’s received appears to have created much stress or tension for the young actress, who has developed a reputation in Hollywood for her candor and earthiness. Both qualities were on display when the 22-year-old sat down with Hero Complex last month to discuss the August arrival […]
Aug. 28, 2014 | 6:49 p.m.

‘As Above, So Below’ makers find horror, Hell lurking beneath Paris

Perdita Weeks in a scene from the film "As Above, So Below." (Universal Pictures)
Set in the catacombs beneath Paris, Legendary’s new horror film “As Above, So Below” sees a group of adventures, led by enterprising scholar Scarlett Marlowe (Perdita Weeks), set out to reclaim the mythic philosopher’s stone, a powerful alchemical artifact said to possess the ability to turn base metals into gold. But the expedition takes a surprising, and sinister, turn when Marlowe and her companions seemingly encounter horrors from their pasts, and possibly enter the gates of Hell. The film is the latest project from the producing-directing team of Drew and John Dowdle, who most recently fashioned  2010’s “Devil,” a supernatural thriller about five strangers trapped in an elevator and the evil lurking among them. But the pair has a history with horror — John, a New York University film school graduate, and Drew, a former mergers and acquisitions specialist on […]
Aug. 28, 2014 | 11:16 a.m.

‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1′ posters spotlight rebel warriors

Natalie Dormer as Cressida in "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1." (Lionsgate)
A series of new character posters spotlight the “rebel warriors” featured in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1,” the next installment in the blockbuster film franchise, which is set to arrive in theaters  Nov. 21. The posters feature Liam Hemsworth’s Gale, in addition to a host of new faces joining the series with the third movie, including Mahershala Ali as Boggs, Evan Ross as Messalla, Wes Chatham as Castor, Elden Henson as Pollux and “Game of Thrones” favorite Natalie Dormer as Cressida. Click through the gallery above to see each of the images. Last month, a new teaser was released for the film showing how Katniss Everdeen reluctantly finds herself the symbol of rebellion in the world of Panem, and the target of ruthless President Snow. The clip opens with a conversation between former games maker Plutarch Heavensbee (the […]
Aug. 25, 2014 | 4:01 p.m.

‘Mission: Impossible': New Tom Cruise actioner heads into production

Tom Cruise is embarking on a new mission. Production kicked off Monday on the fifth film in the “Mission: Impossible” franchise; the upcoming release will see Cruise reprise one of his most successful roles, super-spy Ethan Hunt, for director Christopher McQuarrie. The actor is also producing the film, which McQuarrie wrote with Drew Pearce and Will Staples. The production is scheduled to shoot in Vienna, Morocco and London and will see franchise veterans Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner and Ving Rhames join Cruise on screen. Alec Baldwin and Rebecca Ferguson are also set to appear in the film. The previous film in the series, 2011’s “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol,” directed by Brad Bird, earned nearly $700 million at the global box office to rank as Cruise’s highest-grossing film. Since then, though, the actor has appeared in several projects that had […]
Aug. 19, 2014 | 11:04 a.m.

‘Ant-Man': First look at Paul Rudd as Scott Lang in Marvel film

Paul Rudd stars as Scott Lang in Marvel's "Ant-Man," scheduled for release in the U.S. on July 17, 2015. (Zade Rosenthal/Marvel)
Paul Rudd is looking pensive in the first photo from “Ant-Man,” Marvel’s upcoming superhero adventure due for release next year. Production on “Ant-Man” kicked off this week in San Francisco, with Rudd starring as reformed thief Scott Lang, the second superhero to take the name Ant-Man. In the film, Lang must help his mentor Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) protect the secret behind his Ant-Man suit, which enables its wearer to shrink in size while enjoying increased strength. The movie, which will also shoot in Georgia, features Evangeline Lilly as Pym’s daughter Hope Van Dyne, while actor Corey Stoll will play Darren Cross, a former ally of Pym’s who becomes the villain known as the Yellowjacket. A shadow of uncertainty fell over the film earlier this year when original “Ant-Man” director Edgar Wright abruptly departed the project he’d steered toward the […]
Aug. 19, 2014 | 4:00 a.m.

‘Sin City': Rodriguez, Miller talk noir yarns, not social commentary

“Robert and Frank couldn’t be more different, but I feel like they bring out the best in each other,” returning "Sin City" actress Jessica Alba said of the directing duo. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
When director Robert Rodriguez and legendary comic-book author Frank Miller released their movie “Sin City” in 2005, they had few expectations they’d ever make the sequel opening this Friday. In fact, they weren’t sure audiences would turn up for the first film at all. A panel-for-panel re-creation of stories from Miller’s popular graphic-novel series, “Sin City” was unlike any comic-book movie anyone had seen. This wasn’t another rousing story of a superhero saving the planet. It was something darker and stranger: a hyper-stylized, ultra-violent noir thriller set in a corrupt urban nether world of hard-edged men and underclothed women, with no cape, cowl or stitch of spandex to be seen. “I thought people just might not get it,” said Rodriguez, who co-directed the film with Miller, perhaps best known for his 1986 Batman comic-book miniseries “The Dark Knight Returns.” “I […]
Aug. 15, 2014 | 1:36 p.m.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy': Watch adorable, groovy Groot clip [video]

“Guardians of the Galaxy” opened in theaters Aug. 1 to become Marvel’s latest success — the quirky cosmic adventure is closing in on more than $200 million in domestic box office, and a sequel is already on the calendars for July 28, 2017. While audiences responded to the film’s wild menagerie of creatures and interstellar locales, many shared a favorite moment. The scene in question takes place at the end of the movie and involves Groot, the sentient tree voiced by Vin Diesel, one of the five members of the “Guardians” team that also includes Chris Pratt’s Peter Quill, a.k.a. Star-Lord; Zoe Saldana’s green assassin, Gamora; Dave Bautista’s vengeful Drax the Destroyer; and Groot’s pal Rocket, a machine-gun-wielding raccoon voiced by Bradley Cooper. Check it out below — unless, of course, you haven’t yet seen “Guardians,” in which case you […]
Aug. 14, 2014 | 12:06 p.m.

‘Godzilla 2’: Gareth Edwards’ sequel set to open June 8, 2018

The King of All Monsters will return to theaters in 2018. Warner Bros. and Legendary on Thursday announced that “Godzilla 2,” the planned sequel to Gareth Edwards’ early summer hit, is set for release June 8, 2018. Edwards last month confirmed that he will helm the upcoming film during the Legendary Comic-Con International presentation — the director sent a cheeky video message in which he was pretending to oversee the cleanup of some of the destruction of San Francisco showcased in his May reboot. PHOTOS: Godzilla through the years At Comic-Con, the company also suggested that three other iconic creatures from the Toho canon will probably make an appearance in the followup: Rodan, Mothra and Ghidorah. Before he turns his attention to the “Godzilla” sequel, however, Edwards will direct the first of the upcoming series of standalone films set in […]
Aug. 11, 2014 | 3:31 p.m.

‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For': Robert Rodriguez talks Frank Miller

Robert Rodriguez arrives at the "Sin City: A Dame To Kill For" party on Day 1 of Comic-Con International held at the Hard Rock Hotel on Thursday, July 24, 2014, in San Diego. (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
In 2005, Texan filmmaking enfant terrible Robert Rodriguez teamed up with misanthropic comic book master craftsman Frank Miller to co-direct “Sin City,” an adaptation of Miller’s gritty comic book yarns of the same name, rewriting the Hollywood playbook in the process. With an ensemble cast that included Jessica Alba, Clive Owen, Mickey Rourke, Rosario Dawson and Bruce Willis, the neo-noir crime thriller  painted a stark world in which corrupt cops and underworld strongmen, hookers with hearts of gold and one grotesquely disfigured serial killer operate in high-definition black and white (with select jolts of gold and arterial-splatter red). Come Aug. 22, nearly a decade after the first “Sin City” pressed reset on digital filmmaking and use of green-screen technology, Miller and Rodriguez are back with a second installment of the gritty anthology: “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” (view the trailer above). […]
Aug. 07, 2014 | 6:46 a.m.

Marilyn Burns: An appreciation from ‘Texas Chainsaw 2′ star Bill Moseley

Leatherface (Gunnar Hansen) wielding his weapon while Marilyn Burns' Sally Hardesty tries to escape in "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre." (Daniel Pearl)
Actress Marilyn Burns died Tuesday in her Houston-area home at age 65. Texas figured large in her career — Burns was perhaps best known for starring in “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre,” Tobe Hooper’s dark nightmare of murder and cannibalism in the South that has become, in the years since its original release, a landmark in the horror genre and in the world of independent filmmaking. Bill Moseley was one of the many viewers deeply affected by the film — his relationship to it helped shape his acting career. Below, the man who starred in “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2″ as Chop-top offers an appreciation of Burns. My first glimpse of Marilyn Burns was on the screen of the old Paramount Theater in Boston’s Combat Zone in 1975, in Tobe Hooper’s horror classic, “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.” Marilyn was […]
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