Feb. 28, 2014 | 11:53 a.m.
Actor Patrick Wilson is set to join the cast of “Ant-Man,” the upcoming Marvel superhero film from fan-favorite director Edgar Wright. It’s unclear what role Wilson might take in the planned 2015 release, which will see Michael Douglas play the original Avengers member Hank Pym, a scientist who, in the comics, invents a shrinking serum that allows him to sneak around in miniature form and surprise foes. The film also will star Paul Rudd as reformed thief Scott Lang, the second superhero to take the name Ant-Man, with Evangeline Lilly, most recently seen on screen as the warrior elf Tauriel in “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” widely tipped to sign on to the cast as well. It’s unclear whether either incarnation of the diminutive hero will appear in writer-director Joss Whedon’s upcoming “Avengers” sequel, “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” which […]
Feb. 27, 2014 | 1:15 p.m.
Tickets for “Divergent” — the dystopian adventure movie based on the bestselling book trilogy by Veronica Roth — will go on sale March 4, Summit Entertainment announced Thursday. The film, which stars Shailene Woodley, Kate Winslet and Theo James among others, is due in theaters March 21. Moviegoers who purchase tickets on Fandango or MovieTickets.com on March 4 will receive a free downloadable copy of Roth’s book, and those who purchase before March 21 can be entered into a sweepstakes for a walk-on role in the film’s sequel, “Insurgent,” which is in the works for March 2015. In “Divergent,” Woodley (“The Descendants,” “The Spectacular Now”) plays heroine Beatrice “Tris” Prior. The story is set in a dystopian future version of Chicago, in which people are tested and divided into five factions based on their personalities and virtues. Tris’ personality test […]
Feb. 25, 2014 | 10:00 p.m.
Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” and Alfonso Cuarón’s Oscar-nominated “Gravity” are the top contenders at the upcoming 40th annual Saturn Awards, with eight nominations each. “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” 2012′s highest-grossing film, earned seven nominations, while “Iron Man 3,” “Pacific Rim,” “Star Trek Into Darkness” and “Thor: The Dark World” were recognized with five nominations each. On the television side, HBO’s lavish fantasy “Game of Thrones” received five nominations, as did AMC’s drama “Breaking Bad” and TNT’s “Falling Skies.” Founded in 1972 to recognize films often overlooked by mainstream awards series, the Saturn Awards fetes projects in a broad swath of genres, including science fiction, horror, fantasy, thriller and action/adventure — there are also awards for best independent film with nominees including critical favorites “12 Years a Slave” and “Inside Llewyn Davis”; best international film (a […]
Feb. 25, 2014 | 6:35 p.m.
Filmmaker Marc Webb appears set to direct “The Amazing Spider-Man 3.” Word came Tuesday that the director responsible for both 2012′s “The Amazing Spider-Man” and this May’s coming follow-up, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” is in final negotiations with Sony to complete the movie trilogy starring Andrew Garfield as the heroic Peter Parker. Webb came to the franchise as a somewhat unlikely choice — the respected indie director was previously best known for the Los Angeles-set “(500) Days of Summer,” starring Joseph-Gordon Levitt and Zooey Deschanel. But his original Marvel adaptation, which rebooted the franchise that Sam Raimi had so successfully helmed roughly a decade earlier, turned out to be a blockbuster hit that took in upward of $262 million at the domestic box office, and also earned critical praise, thanks in part to the winning chemistry between English actor Garfield […]
Feb. 25, 2014 | 11:26 a.m.
A new trailer for “Godzilla” is out, teasing horror, destruction and, finally, a first glimpse at the King of All Monsters himself. Previously released teasers showed the kaiju’s silhouette through billows of smoke and smog, but the new footage reveals his full, enormous form. “Godzilla” is directed by Gareth Edwards, whose ambitious independent film “Monsters” garnered critical praise for its mash-up of big visual effects and small art-house atmosphere in 2010. In “Monsters,” Edwards turned heads with his use of sound and character emotion to build an atmosphere of suspense despite a limited budget, and if the new trailer is any indication, he seems to use similar tactics in “Godzilla.” The trailer begins with narration by “Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston, who plays Joe Brody, over a montage of destruction and chaos. “You’re not fooling anybody when you say that […]
Feb. 25, 2014 | 8:38 a.m.
Marvel Studios previewed the first 10 minutes of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” at a fan screening of the new one-shot “All Hail the King” in Hollywood on Monday night, providing an early glimpse of the sequel’s mix of action-packed superheroics and 1970s-style political intrigue. The preview was introduced by Marvel Studios’ president Kevin Feige during a post-show Q&A with “All Hail the King” writer-director Drew Pearce and star Ben Kingsley. (If you’d rather be surprised by the opening when “Winter Soldier” opens April 4, you might want to stop reading now — spoilers are below.) The “Winter Soldier” clip began with a humorous, possibly fateful meeting between Steve Rogers, a.k.a. super-soldier Captain America (Chris Evans) and fellow military man Sam Wilson, a.k.a. the Falcon (a bulked-up Anthony Mackie), with the former repeatedly lapping the latter on a jog around […]
Feb. 24, 2014 | 11:54 a.m.
Jamie Foxx’s Electro takes center stage in a new international trailer for director Marc Webb’s superhero sequel, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” Electro greeted comic book readers in 1964 as an electrician named Max Dillon who gains the ability to generate and control electricity after he’s struck by lightning while repairing a power line. But in the upcoming film, Foxx’s Dillon is a meek Oscorp employee who becomes obsessed with Spider-Man after the hero saves his life — and he uses his high-voltage powers to wreak havoc on the streets of New York. “The Amazing Spider-Man” star Andrew Garfield reprises his role as teenage hero Peter Parker, and the film’s cast also includes Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, Paul Giamatti as the Rhino, Dane DeHaan (“Chronicle”) as rich boy Harry Osborn, son of Chris Cooper’s Norman Osborn, who, fans will remember, […]
Feb. 20, 2014 | 2:11 p.m.
Marvel is spotlighting each of the oddball heroes from “Guardians of the Galaxy” in a newly released series of short videos promoting the upcoming space adventure movie. The film, due in theaters Aug. 1, is directed by James Gunn (“Super”) and based on the Marvel comic of the same name. Chris Pratt stars as the roguish antihero Peter Quill, a.k.a. Star-Lord, who steals a mysterious orb and consequently finds himself on the run from powerful villain Ronan (Lee Pace), whose evil plans threaten the universe. Quill is forced to team up with a ragtag squad of alien misfits to battle the cosmic threat. It’s a quirky concept (one of the characters is a furry creature named Rocket Raccoon, voiced by Bradley Cooper), and the film’s first trailer, released Tuesday, suggests the movie boasts its fair share of snark and humor in […]
Feb. 20, 2014 | 1:32 p.m.
“Divergent,” the new film starring Shailene Woodley as a young warrior in a futuristic society, doesn’t arrive in theaters until March 21, but a new clip from the dystopian action flick will debut Thursday during the Winter Olympics telecast on NBC. Hero Complex readers can check it out below. “Divergent,” the adaptation of the first book in Veronica Roth’s bestselling young-adult trilogy, stars Woodley, known for her roles in “The Descendants” and “The Spectacular Now,” as heroine Beatrice “Tris” Prior. In a future version of Chicago in which people are tested when they are young, then divided into five factions based on their personalities and virtues, Tris is born into Abnegation (which values selflessness), but her test reveals she is “divergent,” having an aptitude for multiple factions — something that is not allowed in the rigidly divided society. She hides […]
Feb. 20, 2014 | 1:16 p.m.
“The Wind Rises” opens in select U.S. theaters Friday before an expanded release next week, and a new clip has been released, spotlighting a scene from what legendary animation director Hayao Miyazaki has said will be his last film. The Studio Ghibli film, which is up for an Academy Award next month, tells the story of real-life Japanese engineer Jiro Horikoshi (voiced by Joseph Gordon-Levitt), who designed the Zero fighter plane. Inspired by the work of Italian aeronautical designer Caproni (Stanley Tucci), Jiro grows up dreaming of flying and designing beautiful planes. After his nearsightedness keeps him from realizing his goal, he instead becomes one of the world’s most innovative airplane designers. The tale follows Jiro through key historical events including Japan’s devastating 1923 earthquake, a tuberculosis epidemic and economic troubles that preceded the nation’s plunge into World War II. […]