Oct. 14, 2014 | 2:15 p.m.
Angelina Jolie says that when thinking about playing a live-action incarnation of Maleficent, the wicked sorceress from Disney’s animated classic, “Sleeping Beauty,” it was chiefly important to preserve at least one facet of the grand villain. “I wanted to make sure we didn’t lose her sense of wicked fun,” the actress says in a new behind-the-scenes featurette included in the Blu-ray and DVD editions of “Maleficent,” due for release Nov. 4. Hero Complex readers can check out an exclusive clip from the special features in the video below. Disney’s lavish retelling of the “Sleeping Beauty” story from the point of view of the dark sorceress became one of the breakout hits of the summer — earning upwards of $69 million in its opening weekend and going on to bring in more than $240 domestically. (Its worldwide total stands at $757 […]
Oct. 13, 2014 | 7:01 p.m.
Robert Downey Jr. is in talks to reprise his role as Tony Stark for Marvel’s 2016 release, “Captain America 3.” Marvel officially declined to comment, but sources confirmed that Downey would return to the role that catapulted him to superhero celebrity provided that discussions between the actor and the comic book movie powerhouse continued to progress. The news was first reported by Variety Monday night. Downey has made numerous headlines recently while promoting his new drama “The Judge,” dropping various hints about his ongoing relationship with Marvel, mentioning a possible “Iron Man 4,” among other projects. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” directors (and brothers) Joe and Anthony Russo will return to direct the third standalone film to star Chris Evans as patriotic hero Steve Rogers from a script penned by “Winter Soldier” scribes Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. Downey and […]
Oct. 13, 2014 | 11:48 a.m.
Norman Reedus of “The Walking Dead” will be honored with an achievement in acting award at the New York City Horror Film Festival next month. Reedus, who plays the crossbow-toting Daryl Dixon in the hit AMC zombie series, will be honored for his “strong dedication to the craft” and creating “new heights and depths” as Daryl, according to a press statement from the festival. Aside from “The Walking Dead,” Reedus has acted in Guillermo del Toro’s “Mimic,” “Blade 2″ and the next “Silent Hill” franchise video game, which features a character modeled on Reedus. The actor is also slated to appear in “Triple Nine” and “Air.” PHOTOS: 55 images from ‘The Walking Dead’ Season 5 Reedus will be honored alongside lifetime achievement award recipient Angus Scrimm, the sinister “Tall Man” in Don Coscarelli’s 1979 cult classic “Phantasm.” “The film resonated […]
Oct. 13, 2014 | 7:23 a.m.
Fans of “Planet of the Apes” can get a behind-the-scenes look at the series’ production in “Planet of the Apes: The Evolution of the Legend,” out Tuesday from Titan Books. The 256-page tome, from authors Joe Fordham of Cinefex and Jeff Bond (“Danse Macabre: 25 years of Danny Elfman and Tim Burton,” “The Music of Star Trek”), features production art, costume designs, makeup tests, posters, interviews with key crew members, and rare photos from the Charlton Heston-starring 1968 adaptation of Pierre Boulle’s 1963 novel “La Planète des Singes” all the way through this year’s “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” which starred Andy Serkis as ape leader Caesar. The book also features a foreword by “An American Werewolf in London” director John Landis, who portrayed a friend of Jake (Michael Stearns) in 1973’s “Battle for the Planet of the […]
Oct. 09, 2014 | 3:08 p.m.
“You wanna go?” George Clooney asks in a new teaser for “Tomorrowland,” Brad Bird’s upcoming live-action feature based on a Disney theme-park attraction. After the teaser played at a New York Comic Con panel on Thursday, Clooney then did some going himself — right on to the stage as a surprise guest. “It’s not lost on me that I’m spending my honeymoon at Comic Con,” Clooney said to laughter as he joined Bird, writer Damon Lindelof and cast members including Hugh Laurie and Britt Robertson, who were already seated on the panel. Clooney then quipped to the crowd,”If you want to know about the plot, just ask me.” Story details have indeed been a closely guarded secret for the futurist adventure, which Disney is scheduled to release May 22. Based on comments made and footage shown during the panel, the […]
Oct. 09, 2014 | 1:02 p.m.
New York Comic Con kicked off Thursday with an Adam West Batman tribute, a spotlight on “Doctor Who” actor Arthur Darvill and Disney’s previews of “Tomorrowland” and “Big Hero 6,” among other panels. The pop-culture expo, held at Manhattan’s Javits Center today through Sunday, is expected to draw some 130,000 fans for a four-day convention that has come to rival the West Coast’s Comic-Con International in San Diego. If your schedule for this weekend’s events is still up in the air, consider these must-see NYCC panels slated for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. FRIDAY TNT’S “The Librarians“ 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Empire Stage 1-E The upcoming series (based on the TV movies) follow a group of librarians on their adventures to protect mysterious, ancient artifacts. This panel features a sneak peek of the first episode, which premieres Dec. 7, and […]
Oct. 09, 2014 | 1:00 p.m.
The first trailer for “Tomorrowland” has arrived, preserving much of the sense of mystery surrounding Disney’s 2015 release. George Clooney leads the cast of the new film, which Brad Bird directed and co-wrote with Damon Lindelof, who, of course, is well known for his fondness for elaborate puzzles, given his history on ABC’s “Lost.” Clooney appears near the end of the new clip, but the teaser opens with a young woman, played by “Under the Dome” actress Britt Robertson, being released from jail. Among the belongings being returned to her by a clerk is a pin, which she claims isn’t hers. Touching the item appears to transport a person to another plane, but little else is specified in terms of the overall story or plot. Some fleeting visuals, however, suggest that the film will have a significant scope and sense […]
Oct. 08, 2014 | 7:00 a.m.
Sorry, Potterheads. Harry isn’t getting another novel, despite enigmatic tweets from author J.K. Rowling that led some to believe book No. 8 was in the works. Rowling enchanted her online fans Wednesday with a series of riddles and hints about her current projects. She posted an anagram, “Cry, foe! Run amok! Fa awry! My wand won’t tolerate this nonsense.” Magic-loving Muggles on Reddit tried to decipher the cryptic clue and came up with, “Harry returns! Won’t say any details now. A week off. No comment.” Sadly for Potter fans, Rowling debunked the theory, calling another book about the Boy Who Lived “wishful thinking.” FULL COVERAGE: Harry Potter through the years Instead, fans eventually figured out, the anagram’s solution was, “Newt Scamander only meant to stay in New York for a few hours…” — the first line of a synopsis for the […]
Oct. 07, 2014 | 7:30 a.m.
Welsh actor Luke Evans has a penchant for larger-than-life characters. He’s twice played Greek gods — Apollo in “Clash of the Titans,” Zeus in “Immortals” — and he’s portrayed literary icons — Aramis in the most recent big-screen adaptation of “The Three Musketeers,” and the brave human Bard the Bowman in the second and upcoming “Hobbit” movies. For his first real leading-man turn in a Hollywood epic, he’s revisiting legends and literature in a new way, tackling his biggest character yet. In “Dracula Untold,” he plays Vlad Tepes, the fearsome Eastern European warrior known for impaling his enemies. The character famously served as a key inspiration for Bram Stoker’s aristocratic vampire, but the big-budget Universal Pictures film that arrives in theaters Friday transports Dracula from Victorian England to the 15th century and sets out to present a more complex portrait […]
Oct. 06, 2014 | 12:07 p.m.
Ridley Scott’s landmark “Alien” arrived in theaters 35 years ago this year, introducing moviegoers to an actress named Sigourney Weaver. As Ellen Ripley, Weaver delivered a mesmerizing performance that catapulted her into the Hollywood spotlight and broke significant ground for women in genre. Three decades later, Weaver notes that any message of empowerment the original film might have communicated was accidental and not an effort on Scott’s part to blaze a new trail. “I always felt that the decision to make Ripley the survivor was not made out of any great feminist sentiment,” the Oscar-nominated actress said. “It was, ‘No one will ever guess that this girl will end up being the survivor.’ It wasn’t a statement of any kind, but he really made it work.” Intentional or not, “Alien” set a new standard for outer space cinema, with Scott’s […]