March 07, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.
Noam Murro had one question when he was asked to direct the follow-up to 2007′s bloody swords-and-sandals action film “300″: How do you make a sequel to a movie in which everyone died? The answer, in short: You don’t. Zack Snyder’s “300″ concluded with [spoiler alert!] Sparta’s King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) and his few, proud soldiers being gloriously slain while making a heroic stand against the overwhelming forces of Persian god-king Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro). The new “300: Rise of an Empire” uses that Leonidas-vs.-Xerxes narrative as a crucial plot point. In essence, the new film wraps its story around the earlier movie’s action to function as something more like a companion piece than a reboot. “What do you call it? A prequel? A sequel?” says Murro, 52. “It’s an equal, hopefully. It’s a different perspective of the same time. Thematically, […]
March 06, 2014 | 2:58 p.m.
Robert Rodriguez’s new trailer for “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” is out, and it features exactly the same stylized black-and-white opera of violence that made its predecessor a starkly addictive viewing experience. Working with c0-director Frank Miller to bring his landmark graphic novel to the screen, Rodriguez’s 2005 “Sin City” might stand as one of the most faithful comic book adaptations ever made. Panel by panel, down to the last diagonal sheet of rain and stinking garbage heap, three volumes of the popular series were painstakingly “translated” to film for a movie that featured multiple story lines of grim noir action. Miller and Rodriguez reunited once again for the upcoming film, which features such returning cast members as Jessica Alba and Mickey Rourke alongside new additions including Ray Liotta, Josh Brolin and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The visual palette remains […]
March 06, 2014 | 1:14 p.m.
Chris Evans’ patriotic Steve Rogers is taking down bad guys on the high seas in a new four-minute clip from “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” the latest Marvel sequel due in theaters April 4. The film teams up Cap with Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow on key missions, including the one highlighted in the footage from the new movie, directed by Joe and Anthony Russo. Set after the events depicted in 2012′s “The Avengers,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” sees Evans’ hero having remained in the employ of S.H.I.E.L.D. Yet even as he bonds with a military man named Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie), Cap finds himself with few people he can trust as his past quite literally comes back to haunt him in the form of a close friend turned enemy. Although earlier trailers have played up the movie’s showstopping action […]
March 06, 2014 | 11:45 a.m.
First it was one of the most acclaimed video games released last year. Now the zombie-themed “The Last of Us” is set to make the leap to the big screen. Screen Gems announced Thursday its plan to distribute a new film based on the PlayStation 3 title developed by Naughty Dog. “The Last of Us” creative director Neil Druckmann will write the script for the movie, which he’ll also produce along with game director Bruce Straley, Screen Gems executives Evan Wells and Christophe Balestra and filmmaker Sam Raimi under his Ghost House Pictures banner. Set in a post-apocalyptic environment, “The Last of Us” visits decimated cities where a fungus has transformed the population into zombies. Twenty years after the outbreak, smuggler Joel is hired to protect 14-year-old Ellie and escort her across the dangerous wasteland. On the journey, the two […]
March 05, 2014 | 1:54 p.m.
“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” is out on Blu-ray and DVD this Friday, and Hero Complex readers get a first look at one of the blockbuster film’s deleted scenes. “Catching Fire,” which raked in more than $860 million at the worldwide box office, is based on the second installment in Suzanne Collins’ bestselling young adult book trilogy. The story is set in a post-apocalyptic country called Panem, in which children are forced to compete in a televised battle to the death. Jennifer Lawrence stars as Katniss Everdeen, a young woman who manages to survive the battle in the first film, and in the second film reenters the arena after Panem’s autocratic ruler sees her as a threat. She inadvertently becomes the face of a rebellion. The exclusive clip from the home video release features a deleted scene from “Catching Fire,” […]
March 04, 2014 | 4:54 p.m.
The new trailer for “Transformers: Age of Extinction” has debuted with all the explosive action and imagery fans have come to expect from popcorn entertainment master Michael Bay — and audiences excited for the arrival of the Dinobots on the big screen won’t be disappointed. Written by Ehren Kruger and directed by Bay, the new film sees Mark Wahlberg, playing a mechanic named Cade Yeagar, join the series about warring tribes of alien robots with a propensity for causing massive destruction here on planet Earth. The scope of the imagery in the clip suggests that Bay might be looking to outdo himself with the fourth installment in the franchise. Check it out below. In a 2012 interview with Hero Complex, Bay talked openly about his plans for a fourth “Transformers” movie, saying at the time that it “absolutely” will be […]
March 04, 2014 | 3:53 p.m.
“The price of freedom is high, and it’s a price I’m willing to pay.” So says super patriot Steve Rogers in a new trailer for “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” the latest Marvel sequel starring Chris Evans as the red-white-and-true-blue hero. The clip promoting the April 4 release showcased some of the movie’s showstopping action — car crashes, shootouts, massive demolition — though the actor has pointed out that this time around, Cap will be grappling not just with a lethal threat in the form of the titular villain, but also the moral ambiguities of the modern age. “For Steve, it’s about what is right,” Evans said in an interview with Hero Complex. “He’s relatively acclimated to the modern day — it’s not tech shock anymore, he’s not just like, ‘What’s a cellphone?’ It’s more about, given his situation, given […]
March 03, 2014 | 4:57 p.m.
The untitled “Man of Steel” sequel hasn’t yet gone into production, and it’s already the most controversial movie in fandom. Chalk that up to director Zack Snyder’s somewhat unconventional casting choices. First, comics stalwarts expressed surprise and skepticism in August with the revelation that Ben Affleck would inherit the cape and cowl from actor Christian Bale, taking on the role of Batman opposite Henry Cavill’s Superman in Snyder’s much-anticipated superhero sequel, the follow-up to his 2013 blockbuster that grossed more than $668 million at the worldwide box office. Then came the announcement that Israeli actress Gal Gadot, best known for her work in the “Fast & Furious” films, would play Diana Prince/Wonder Woman in the movie, and the uproar started anew. Just last month, fresh fandemonium was heaped upon the movie with the announcement that boyish “Social Network” star Jesse […]
March 03, 2014 | 2:06 p.m.
Oscar-nominated actor Mark Wahlberg is front and center in a new poster for Michael Bay’s “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” due in theaters June 27. Written by Ehren Kruger and directed by Bay, the film sees Wahlberg join the series about warring tribes of alien robots with a propensity for causing massive destruction here on planet Earth. Fans got a detailed look at the film during last month’s Super Bowl, and the scope of the imagery in the teaser suggests that the master of explosive popcorn entertainment might be looking to outdo himself with the fourth installment in the franchise. Last May, Paramount released images featuring some of the updated character designs from the movie, including shots of an upgraded Optimus Prime and two new Autobots that will battle Decepticons right alongside him. The photos, taken on the Monument Valley, Utah, set […]
March 03, 2014 | 11:25 a.m.
Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres might have taken down Twitter with the star-studded selfie she snapped during Sunday night’s Academy Awards telecast, but earlier in the evening, English actor Benedict Cumberbatch crafted one special impromptu photograph of his own. Cumberbatch has a way of setting Internet hearts aflame even on an average day, but the actor, who had a role in Sunday’s best picture Oscar winner, “12 Years a Slave,” managed yet another “meme-orable” turn on the Academy Awards’ red carpet, leaping into frame as venerable rock band U2 was posing for a group photo. Hands raised, with a silly expression, Cumberbatch might now rank as the most amusing celebrity photobomber of all time. Best picture from the #Oscars? Cumberbatch photobombs U2. More here: http://t.co/JJYce9QqJG (Pic: Reuters/Mike Blake) pic.twitter.com/RwJZYmkguJ — The Telegraph (@Telegraph) March 3, 2014 He did turn up in […]