April 25, 2015 | 12:41 p.m.
Happy anniversary, Mr. J! “Suicide Squad” director David Ayer celebrated the Joker’s 75th anniversary Friday by revealing a controversial new image of Jared Leto as the iconic supervillain. Ayer and Leto have been using various social media platforms to slowly tease grainy bits and pieces of the Oscar-winning actor’s transformation into the character for the DC ensemble film. But when Ayer turned to Twitter once again Friday, the photo he shared was unmistakable. The Suicide Squad wishes you a Happy Anniversary Mr. J! #Joker75 #SuicideSquad @WarnerBrosEnt @DCComics pic.twitter.com/LZXz0x947Q — David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) April 25, 2015 While it is still too early to know if this is the villain’s permanent look for the film, for now it seems the only similarities between the “Suicide Squad” Joker and the previous movie incarnations of the character are the green hair and red lips. […]
April 25, 2015 | 6:00 a.m.
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has much to celebrate these days. The architect of Marvel’s movie landscape has presided over an unprecedented string of hits — to date, the company has released 10 films that have brought in more than $7 billion. Under a deal announced earlier this year, he will have an opportunity to reframe Marvel’s most iconic character, bringing Spider-Man into Marvel’s blockbuster cinematic universe before the hero goes spinning back to anchor his own franchise for Sony Pictures, his movie home since 2002. And that doesn’t take into account a range of future projects that will likely extend Marvel’s box-office dominance well into the next decade. That Feige was able to construct Marvel’s foundations without the presence of its most well-known hero makes the company’s fortunes that much more impressive to industry observers. Once Marvel began making […]
April 24, 2015 | 8:30 a.m.
AUSTIN, Texas — The three films in the “Mad Max” trilogy have always felt like primal epics, as if they were fables handed down for generations by word of mouth. Former police patrolman Max Rockatansky, who lost his family at the hands of a marauding motorcycle gang, drives the wasteland on the run from everyone, perhaps most of all himself. The first two films, “Mad Max” and “The Road Warrior,” helped make an international superstar of Mel Gibson and announced Australian filmmaker George Miller, onetime emergency room doctor turned high-impact visionary, as a force to be reckoned with. Thirty years after the third film, “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome,” Miller is unveiling a new Max and a world he describes as “uniquely familiar” with “Mad Max: Fury Road.” FULL COVERAGE: Summer Movie Sneaks Max is now played by Tom Hardy, best known […]
April 24, 2015 | 8:00 a.m.
Emilia Clarke wasn’t even born when “The Terminator” came out in 1984. Nor, for that matter, was Jai Courtney. Jason Clarke was a 15-year-old high schooler in Australia, a world away from Hollywood but the ideal age to have his mind blown by director James Cameron’s story of a murderous cyborg from the future. As for Arnold Schwarzenegger, well, he was the Terminator — and he warned us from the start that he’d be back. FULL COVERAGE: Summer Movie Sneaks The four lead actors in Paramount Pictures’ summer release “Terminator Genisys” came to the project from vastly different backgrounds. But each signed on knowing they were assuming the mantle of one of the most venerable science-fiction franchises in film history, a series that, like the Terminator himself, has taken a licking and kept on ticking over three decades and four films, […]
April 24, 2015 | 7:00 a.m.
In Universal’s upcoming 3-D adventure “Jurassic World,” the globe’s most unique theme park has added some exciting new attractions, including a shark-munching mosasaur and a pack of trained velociraptors. But one favorite, fearsome dinosaur will make an appearance too. “The T. Rex in this movie is the same T. Rex from ‘Jurassic Park,’” said director Colin Trevorrow, who also co-wrote the much-hyped fourth film inspired by the work of author Michael Crichton. “She’s been on the island for 22 years. She’s still alive. She’s a little older, and she’s angry.” FULL COVERAGE: Summer Movie Sneaks More than two decades after Steven Spielberg’s “Jurassic Park” wowed moviegoers with its groundbreaking depictions of prehistoric animals, Trevorrow’s “Jurassic World,” set to open June 12, is aspiring to instill the same sense of wonder by paying homage to the beloved 1993 adventure but also offering […]
April 24, 2015 | 5:30 a.m.
LONDON — A helicopter hovered in the July afternoon sky, cameras rolling on board, to capture the cascade of glass raining through the sky. An ear-shattering explosion had just blown out the windows of a multi-story structure, sending civilians running for cover and Captain America straight onto the windshield of a nearby car. Actor Chris Evans winced with pain as he peeled his battered superhero frame off the shattered vehicle. Moments later, he was in top form once more, striding through a field of crumpled vehicles next to Chris Hemsworth’s Thor to do battle with the mighty foe that gets title billing in this summer’s highly anticipated Marvel outing, “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” arriving May 1. “Some days, you’re like, can’t they just talk?” quipped writer-director Joss Whedon as he worked out some last-minute fight choreography with a stunt coordinator […]
April 23, 2015 | 4:11 p.m.
J.J. Abrams, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill and Gareth Edwards joined an estimated 60,000 “Star Wars” fans in Anaheim last weekend for Star Wars Celebration, a four-day convention for all things past, present and future of the iconic franchise. Some fans camped out overnight for a first look at the new movie, some donned Jedi robes and others even got “Star Wars” tattoos while at the Anaheim Convention Center. Hero Complex was at ground zero during the event, where some highlights included the unveiling of the new “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” trailer, news about “Star Wars: Rogue One” and “Star Wars Rebels,” and various panels with “Star Wars” stars. Here is a look back at our coverage of the weekend’s events. ‘STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS’ Fandom’s force awakens at Star Wars Celebration, and Disney knows it Star Wars Celebration: […]
April 23, 2015 | 12:07 p.m.
Make way for more Spider-Man. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller have been tapped to develop an animated “Spider-Man” film, Sony Pictures Chairman Tom Rothman announced at CinemaCon, the official convention of the National Assn. of Theatre Owners, on Wednesday. The animated “Spider-Man” will exist independently of the live-action “Spider-Man” universe, which is in the process of being revamped under a deal between Marvel and Sony that brings the iconic webslinger into Marvel’s Cinematic Universe before swinging back to his own franchise at Sony Pictures. Lord and Miller, who are writing the treatment in addition to producing the animated feature, are the directing team behind “The Lego Movie,” “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs,” “21 Jump Street” and “22 Jump Street.” Spider-Man, of course, has seen many animated incarnations on TV starting with the 1967 TV series which is perhaps best […]
April 23, 2015 | 11:58 a.m.
It takes a special sort of actor to embody a towering robotic villain with the ability to make Tony Stark lose his cool, but if anyone can fit that bill, it’s James Spader. The respected Emmy-winning actor (“The Blacklist,” “Boston Legal”) whose extensive filmography includes projects directed by the likes of Steven Spielberg, David Cronenberg and Steven Soderbergh, among others, joins the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the iconic comic book antagonist Ultron — a character that Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige suggested might have a larger role to play beyond just the new sequel. Hero Complex caught up with Spader on his last day of filming “Age of Ultron” to learn what it’s like to inhabit such an unusual character and what drew him to the role. What interested you in playing Ultron? He’s certainly not your conventional villain. When […]
April 23, 2015 | 8:30 a.m.
There was a brief moment for potential awkwardness at last week’s Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim. On the third night of the fan convention during a Q&A with Mark Hamill, an audience member had a request. She wanted to hear about the most uncomfortable run-in Hamill had with a fan. The actor, known best for his portrayal of Luke Skywalker in the “Star Wars” films, didn’t throw anyone under the bus — at least completely. “You’ll meet someone and he’ll say, ‘I invited you to my 11th birthday, and you never wrote back,'” Hamill said. “I say, ‘I’m sorry. How old are now?’ And he’ll go, ’33.’ Wow, that’s 22 years of hatred building up.” But to hear at least one veteran of science fiction tell it, the oddest moments at fan conventions are not the ones generated by those who […]