Nov. 19, 2014 | 11:11 a.m.
The first trailer for Disney’s live-action take on Cinderella is out, and from the looks of it, the film adheres closely to the animated classic, right down to the cartoon-y mice. “Cinderella,” directed by Kenneth Branagh from a screenplay penned by Aline Brosh McKenna and Chris Weitz, sees “Downton Abbey” actress Lily James wearing the Disney princess’ iconic glass slippers. “Game of Thrones” alumnus Richard Madden portrays her prince, Helena Bonham Carter plays her fairy godmother, and Cinderella’s trio of tormentors include Cate Blanchett as the stepmother and Holliday Grainger and Sophie McShera as the wicked stepsisters. The trailer, released Wednesday, is narrated by Hayley Atwell (“Agent Carter”), who plays Cinderella’s mother — a character who does not appear in Disney’s animated rendition of the fairy tale. “I want to tell you a secret that will see you through all […]
Nov. 17, 2014 | 12:24 p.m.
Organizers of Star Wars Celebration, the traveling confab that celebrates all things connected to George Lucas’ galaxy far, far away, are expecting April’s gathering in Anaheim to be the biggest yet — thanks in no small part to the anticipation surrounding the release of J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” The 2015 Celebration rolls into the Anaheim Convention Center April 16-19, with interactive programming including diorama building, Jedi training and “Star Wars” tattooing. A new session of “Star Wars University,” a classroom-style presentation that in the past has featured a lesson in storyboarding with “Star Wars Rebels” executive producer Dave Filoni, also is set to take place during the semi-annual event . Last week, Hero Complex exclusively debuted the poster for the 2015 event; today readers can check out a new promotional video for the Celebration above. The Celebrations […]
Nov. 17, 2014 | 11:30 a.m.
Speculation is ramping up about the role Daniel Brühl will play in “Captain America: Civil War” after Marvel announced his casting Friday. Brühl — who is known for his performances in Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds” and Ron Howard’s “Rush” (incidentally opposite “Thor” actor Chris Hemsworth) — will star alongside Chris Evans (Cap), Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), and Chadwick Boseman (newcomer Black Panther) in the third “Captain America” installment. “With Daniel’s ability to deliver intense, nuanced performances, we knew we had found yet another great actor to share the screen with some of our biggest heroes,” producer Kevin Feige said in Marvel’s blog post announcing the casting. The film sees directors Joe and Anthony Russo returning after this year’s hit “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” which has raked in more than $715 million at the international box office. Brühl’s role has yet to […]
Nov. 17, 2014 | 7:47 a.m.
The Hollywood hype machine is kicking into high gear for “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1,” which opens in theaters Friday. The latest additions to the blockbuster mega-franchise’s media blitz include two new TV spots, a new poster and a surprise appearance on “Saturday Night Live.” “Hunger Games” stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth crashed costar Woody Harrelson’s “SNL” opening monologue — a parody to Taylor Swift’s hit single “Blank Space” from her recent album “1989.” Lawrence’s co-stars used the opportunity to tease her about her tone-deaf singing voice, comparing it to the Internet-famous screeching goats. The weekend also brought a new street art-inspired poster for “Mockingjay – Part 1,” as well as two new TV spots (check them out below). In “The Hunger Games” films, Lawrence stars as Katniss Everdeen, victor of the Hunger Games — […]
Nov. 13, 2014 | 5:01 p.m.
For many fans, J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” looms on the 2015 release date calendar like a most eagerly anticipated holiday gift that can’t be unwrapped quickly enough. Organizers of Star Wars Celebration, the traveling confab that celebrates all things connected to George Lucas’ galaxy far, far away, are hoping to capitalize on that enthusiasm, looking to build attendance for the 2015 gathering, which rolls into the Anaheim Convention Center April 16-19. (Hero Complex readers can get an exclusive first look at the poster for the 2015 event above.) “It’s going to be really interesting, because we are way ahead with ticket sales from where we usually are this far out,” said Mary Franklin, senior events and fan relations lead for Lucasfilm. “I feel safe saying this is going to be the biggest one yet.” The Celebrations date […]
Nov. 13, 2014 | 7:59 a.m.
Of all the characters in Marvel’s groovy space romp “Guardians of the Galaxy,” an unexpected fan favorite might be Groot, a tree-like creature who somehow manages to be both adorable and deadly. With a five-word vocabulary and lethal fighting skills, Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) protects his partner Rocket (Bradley Cooper’s snarky gun-toting raccoon) and the rest of the Milano’s oddball crew while his own motivations remain mysterious. Hero Complex readers get a closer look at Groot’s character design in an exclusive clip from the bonus features on the “Guardians of the Galaxy” home video release, out Dec. 9. “Once we got the function right, then we started to refine the look of Groot and give him that ability to be both very innocent and very fearsome,” director James Gunn says in the clip. “And Vin came in … and his […]
Nov. 12, 2014 | 1:25 p.m.
The first teaser for “The Divergent Series: Insurgent” is out, offering a glimpse of a reality-defying action scene featuring Shailene Woodley’s heroine Tris. “Insurgent,” the second film in the movie franchise based on the bestselling YA novels by Veronica Roth, follows Beatrice “Tris” Prior, 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. In the first film “Divergent,” which drew more than $288 million at the international box office earlier this year, Tris tried to hide her abilities and joined Dauntless, the faction based on bravery, where she met love interest Four (Theo James). But now, war looms between the factions, and Tris and her allies are fugitives from the power-hungry Jeanine […]
Nov. 12, 2014 | 11:38 a.m.
An extended version of the “Avengers: Age of Ultron” trailer is out, offering a few more seconds of the villainous Ultron’s ominous monologue. “Age of Ultron,” which is due in theaters May 1, will reunite the Marvel superheroes, including Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) in a battle against Ultron (James Spader). The majority of the extended trailer features footage we’ve already seen in previous teasers, but adds a few additional moments. The trailer begins with Spader’s technological villain confronting the Avengers. “I know you mean well,” Ultron intones. “You want to protect the world, but you don’t want it to change. There’s only one path to peace. Your extinction.” Then the video launches into the previously released trailer for the film, […]
Nov. 11, 2014 | 10:36 a.m.
“Strange Magic,” a musical animated feature film inspired by William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” is coming to theaters in January, Disney announced Tuesday. The news comes after much speculation that the film would be a sequel to Disney’s record-breaking blockbuster “Frozen.” The rumor mill appears to have gotten it wrong, with nary a snowman in sight. Instead, the project — from Lucasfilm and Touchstone Pictures — is inspired by Shakespeare’s magical comedy and based on a story by “Star Wars” mastermind George Lucas, and will feature modern-day pop songs (Electric Light Orchestra, anyone?). Here’s the official description from Disney: “Strange Magic” is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked […]
Nov. 07, 2014 | 4:06 p.m.
“Big Hero 6,” Disney Animation’s latest theatrical feature, is a classic superteam origin story. But what’s interesting is that the characters’ original creators function as a kind of superteam themselves. The writing collective known as Man of Action is credited on screen with the characters of “Big Hero 6,” but in reality the group consists of four individual writers: Steven T. Seagle, Duncan Rouleau, Joe Casey and Joe Kelly. They have distinct points of view, but together they share everything: both the glory and the workload. “We have a very socialist business model,” says Seagle, who co-created the “Big Hero 6″ characters with Rouleau for Marvel back in 1998. “It shocks and appalls a lot of people. At first we were all skeevy about it, whether that would work in Capitalist America, but it’s really panned out pretty well.” The […]