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Jan. 27, 2015 | 7:57 a.m.

First ‘Fantastic Four’ teaser reveals new origin for super quartet

A screenshot from the trailer for "Fantastic Four." (20th Century Fox)
The first trailer for “Fantastic Four” is out, offering a glimpse of the super-powered quartet’s retooled origin story. The trailer, released Tuesday, opens with four sweeping landscape views — New York City, mountaintops, a house in a neighborhood and cornfields — presumably of the homes of each member of the foursome. “How did we get this far? Human beings have an immeasurable desire to discover, to invent, to build,” the voiceover narrates. “Our future depends on us furthering these ideals — a responsibility that rests on the shoulders of generations to come. But with every new discovery there is risk, there is sacrifice, and there are consequences.” The inventor, of course, is Reed Richards, who is shown as a bespectacled child experimenting in a garage and then as a grown-up scientist (played by “Whiplash” actor Miles Teller) walking through an […]
Jan. 23, 2015 | 11:35 a.m.

‘Insurgent’: See interactive character posters for ‘Divergent’ sequel

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Five new character posters for “Insurgent” offer an interactive look at key figures in the upcoming sequel to “Divergent.” The posters feature heroine Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley), her ally and love interest Four (Theo James), the villainous Jeanine Matthews (Kate Winslet) and new characters Johanna Reyes (Octavia Spencer) and Evelyn Johnson (Naomi Watts). Check out the interactive posters below or still versions in the gallery above. “Insurgent,” which follows last year’s “Divergent,” is based on the second novel in Veronica Roth’s bestselling YA trilogy. The tale follows young heroine Beatrice “Tris” Prior (Woodley),  a girl who discovers she doesn’t fit neatly into one of five rigidly divided societal factions in a dystopian future version of Chicago, but rather has aptitude for multiple factions — a dangerous trait known as divergence. She joins Dauntless, the faction based on bravery, to hide her […]
Jan. 22, 2015 | 7:30 p.m.

‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ adds Sophie Turner, Alexandra Shipp, Tye Sheridan

Sophie Turner, Alexandra Shipp and Tye Sheridan are joining Bryan Singer’s upcoming "X-Men: Apocalypse." Turner will play Jean Grey, Shipp has been cast as Storm, and Sheridan will portray Cyclops. (HBO / Lifetime / WireImage)
“Game of Thrones” star Sophie Turner is leading a trio of new actors joining Bryan Singer’s upcoming “X-Men: Apocalypse.” Turner will play Jean Grey, a role originated on screen by Famke Janssen in Singer’s 2000 “X-Men”; Alexandra Shipp has been cast as Storm, originally played by Halle Berry, while Tye Sheridan will play Cyclops, a role that first went to James Marsden. Shipp’s credits include “Drumline: A New Beat,” and she starred for television in “Aailyah: The Princess of R&B”; she also has a role in the upcoming NWA movie, “Straight Outta Compton.” Sheridan has appeared in such features as “Mud” and “The Tree of Life.” Oscar Isaac will star as the powerful villain in “X-Men: Apocalypse,” the next installment in the long-running Fox franchise based on the Marvel Comics series. Singer is set to direct the film, which is […]
Jan. 22, 2015 | 1:10 p.m.

‘Star Trek 3’: Simon Pegg to pull double duty as co-writer, costar

Simon Pegg plays Scotty in "Star Trek." (Paramount Pictures)
Call it an enterprising move: Simon Pegg, the actor who plays Scotty in Paramount Pictures’ revamped “Star Trek” film franchise, will also co-write “Star Trek 3” with Doug Jung, a source has confirmed to Hero Complex. Deadline Hollywood first reported that Pegg would be working on both sides of the camera, with Jung joining him in scripting the sequel to 2013’s “Star Trek Into Darkness.” The news comes a week after “The Fast and the Furious” veteran Justin Lin beamed aboard to direct “Star Trek 3,” filling a void left by onetime helmer Roberto Orci. (A co-writer on the previous two “Star Trek” movies, Orci had been working on a script for the third installment with J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay and was originally to make his directing debut on the film.) As genre fans well know, Pegg is not […]
Jan. 21, 2015 | 4:00 p.m.

George Lucas works ‘Strange Magic’ with new animated film

Bog King (Alan Cumming) is fiercely opposed to a powerful potion created by the Sugar Plum Fairy (Kristin Chenoweth) in "Strange Magic." (Lucasfilm)
Forget Joseph Campbell and “The Power of Myth.” The inspiration for “Strange Magic,” the new animated feature co-written and produced by “Star Wars” mastermind George Lucas, was Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” “I thought, wouldn’t it be fun to make the movie using existing music and find lyrics from the songs to actually tell the story,” Lucas said recently during a phone conversation from New York City. “I was trying to take my archive of music that continues long after I did ‘American Graffiti’ and go through it.” Opening Friday, “Strange Magic” centers on the unpleasant Bog King (Alan Cumming), a tragic figure ruling over his dark forest with a foul temper and a distaste for anything related to love. That is, until he meets Marianne (Evan Rachel Wood), a fairy princess who has also soured on love, and many […]
Jan. 16, 2015 | 3:33 p.m.

George Lucas details plans to make, but not release, two new films

George Lucas co-wrote and executive produced the new animated tale “Strange Magic,” which arrives in theaters Jan. 23.  The musical romp, directed by Gary Rydstrom, takes very loose inspiration from Shakespeare, telling the story of a monstrous Bog King (Alan Cumming) who finds unexpected love in a magical realm of elves and fairies. But it isn’t the only new movie Lucas has on the horizon. The 70-year-old “Star Wars” creator currently is writing two new features, both experimental movies that hearken back to his student days at the University of Southern California. However, he has no plans to ever release either project publicly. “The way [the films] are, they’re not really movies that can be released,” Lucas said of his upcoming projects during a recent phone call from New York City, where he was promoting “Strange Magic.” “They’re movies more […]
Jan. 16, 2015 | 11:30 a.m.

‘Insurgent’ video features stunts, new factions, mysterious box

A new featurette for “Insurgent” is out, offering fans of the Shailene Woodley-starring dystopian tale a behind-the-scenes look at new characters, locations and stunts in the sequel to last year’s “Divergent.” “Insurgent,” based on the second novel in Veronica Roth’s bestselling YA trilogy, follows young heroine Beatrice “Tris” Prior (Woodley),  a girl who discovers she doesn’t fit neatly into one of five rigidly divided societal factions in a dystopian future version of Chicago, but rather has aptitude for multiple factions — a dangerous trait known as divergence. She joins Dauntless, the faction based on bravery, to hide her secret, and there meets love interest Four (Theo James). In “Insurgent,” Tris and her friends are fugitives on the run from ruthless leader of Erudite (the faction based on knowledge) Jeanine Matthews, who is hellbent on hunting down divergent people like Tris. “In […]
Jan. 15, 2015 | 12:35 p.m.

Tom Hardy no longer on David Ayer’s ‘Suicide Squad’ team

Tom Hardy is no longer a member of “Suicide Squad.” The actor has dropped out of Warner Bros.’ upcoming adaptation of the DC Comics title about an all-star roster of villains who act as mercenaries. Hardy, who brought to the screen the Batman villain Bane in “The Dark Knight Rises,” had been set to star as Rick Flagg, but scheduling commitments forced him to leave the film, which is set for release Aug. 5, 2016, sources said Thursday. The story was first reported by the Hollywood Reporter. David Ayer, who most recently helmed the Brad Pitt World War II tank drama “Fury,” will write and direct “Suicide Squad.” The ensemble cast includes Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jared Leto as the Joker, Jai Courtney as Boomerang and Cara Delevingne as Enchantress. Oscar winner Leto will be […]
Jan. 12, 2015 | 6:47 p.m.

‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ trailer: Marvel’s mightiest face conflict within

A new trailer for “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is out, teasing a grim battle in which Marvel’s mightiest superheroes have to protect a world that, apparently, might not want them. “We have no place in the world,” Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) says in the trailer, which debuted during the broadcast of the College Football Playoff championship game Monday night. “Age of Ultron” reunites the Marvel superheroes, including Widow, Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) in a battle against Ultron (James Spader). “Everyone creates the thing they dread,” intones the villainous automaton, one of Tony Stark’s inventions gone awry. But if the new trailer is any indication, the Avengers’ biggest faceoffs might be against each other. The new trailer reveals more than a little conflict between Marvel’s […]
Jan. 10, 2015 | 5:00 a.m.

‘Ghost in the Shell’: Scarlett Johansson casting called ‘whitewashing’

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On Monday it was confirmed that Scarlett Johansson has signed on to star in DreamWorks’ live-action adaptation of “Ghost in the Shell,” but not all fans are embracing the news that the studio is opting for a non-Asian actress to play the lead role. While some fans of the franchise were excited to hear the project is moving further along in development, others lamented or even satirized the decision. “Ghost in the Shell,” based on Masamune Shirow’s manga series of the same name, is set in a fictional Japanese city and follows protagonist Major Motoko Kusanagi and members of a covert task force within the Japanese National Public Safety Commission. The task force, known as Public Security Section 9, takes on various cybercriminals in a future where the line between technology and biology is blurred. The manga series spurred Mamoru […]
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