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Sept. 04, 2014 | 1:04 p.m.

‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ set for limited IMAX 3-D release

The “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” are coming to IMAX for one week only. Paramount announced Thursday that the skateboarding heroes on a half-shell will get the IMAX 3-D treatment beginning Friday, Sept. 12, with some advance screenings taking place the evening of Sept. 11. The first 300 ticket holders at each of the advance screenings will receive one of three special collectors’ artist posters. The movie, directed by Jonathan Liebesman and produced by Michael Bay, became a breakout hit after its release Aug. 8, earning more than $270 million worldwide so far in its theatrical run. The film stars Megan Fox starring as reporter April O’Neil, a key ally for the masked crime-fighters who bear the names of famous Renaissance painters and must protect New York City from a villain known as Shredder. Since Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird created […]
Sept. 04, 2014 | 12:14 p.m.

‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay': Katniss Everdeen returns in new poster

Katniss Everdeen
Katniss Everdeen is back in the latest character poster for “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1,” the next installment in the blockbuster film franchise, which is set to arrive in theaters  Nov. 21. The young heroine, played by actress Jennifer Lawrence, is actually pictured with her back to the camera, trademark braid trailing down her back, shoulders squared for a coming fight. The image is the latest in a series of new character posters spotlighting the “rebel warriors” featured in the film, the first of the two-part finale in the series. The previously released posters feature Liam Hemsworth’s Gale, in addition to a host of new faces joining the series with the third movie, including Mahershala Ali as Boggs, Evan Ross as Messalla, Wes Chatham as Castor, Elden Henson as Pollux and “Game of Thrones” favorite Natalie Dormer as […]
Sept. 03, 2014 | 11:30 a.m.

Dwayne Johnson set for supervillain turn in ‘Shazam’ movie

Dwayne Johnson is preparing for a villainous turn. The popular actor, who most recently appeared on screen in July’s “Hercules” for director Brett Ratner, will play Black Adam in the upcoming “Shazam” movie based on the famous DC Comics character. Johnson also will produce the film, with Darren Lemke (“Jack the Giant Slayer”) set to write the script for the New Line project, which Warner Bros. will distribute. Johnson confirmed his casting Wednesday on Twitter, putting to rest weeks of speculation over precisely which DC character he would portray on screen. “Kneel at his feet or get crushed by his boot.” My honor to become.. #BlackAdam #TheAntiHero #DCComics pic.twitter.com/Qk55eNf3R7 — Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) September 3, 2014 Early last month, Warner Bros. revealed that it plans to release two DC Comics-based films annually starting in 2016: They will be released on […]
Aug. 29, 2014 | 12:00 p.m.

‘Divergent': Shailene Woodley, Theo James promise emotional ‘Insurgent’

Shailene Woodley kicked off 2014 with the Sundance Film Festival premiere of “White Bird in a Blizzard,” the Gregg Araki film in which she plays a teenager whose mother unexpectedly disappears. Two months later, she was forging her own path in a future Chicago in “Divergent,” the first big-screen adaptation of the bestselling young adult novels written by Veronica Roth. By midsummer, she was grappling with first love and a terminal cancer diagnosis in the breakout hit “The Fault in Our Stars.” But neither her demanding work schedule nor the attendant onslaught of exposure Woodley’s received appears to have created much stress or tension for the young actress, who has developed a reputation in Hollywood for her candor and earthiness. Both qualities were on display when the 22-year-old sat down with Hero Complex last month to discuss the August arrival […]
Aug. 28, 2014 | 6:49 p.m.

‘As Above, So Below’ makers find horror, Hell lurking beneath Paris

Perdita Weeks in a scene from the film "As Above, So Below." (Universal Pictures)
Set in the catacombs beneath Paris, Legendary’s new horror film “As Above, So Below” sees a group of adventures, led by enterprising scholar Scarlett Marlowe (Perdita Weeks), set out to reclaim the mythic philosopher’s stone, a powerful alchemical artifact said to possess the ability to turn base metals into gold. But the expedition takes a surprising, and sinister, turn when Marlowe and her companions seemingly encounter horrors from their pasts, and possibly enter the gates of Hell. The film is the latest project from the producing-directing team of Drew and John Dowdle, who most recently fashioned  2010’s “Devil,” a supernatural thriller about five strangers trapped in an elevator and the evil lurking among them. But the pair has a history with horror — John, a New York University film school graduate, and Drew, a former mergers and acquisitions specialist on […]
Aug. 28, 2014 | 11:16 a.m.

‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1′ posters spotlight rebel warriors

Natalie Dormer as Cressida in "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1." (Lionsgate)
A series of new character posters spotlight the “rebel warriors” featured in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1,” the next installment in the blockbuster film franchise, which is set to arrive in theaters  Nov. 21. The posters feature Liam Hemsworth’s Gale, in addition to a host of new faces joining the series with the third movie, including Mahershala Ali as Boggs, Evan Ross as Messalla, Wes Chatham as Castor, Elden Henson as Pollux and “Game of Thrones” favorite Natalie Dormer as Cressida. Click through the gallery above to see each of the images. Last month, a new teaser was released for the film showing how Katniss Everdeen reluctantly finds herself the symbol of rebellion in the world of Panem, and the target of ruthless President Snow. The clip opens with a conversation between former games maker Plutarch Heavensbee (the […]
Aug. 25, 2014 | 4:01 p.m.

‘Mission: Impossible': New Tom Cruise actioner heads into production

Tom Cruise is embarking on a new mission. Production kicked off Monday on the fifth film in the “Mission: Impossible” franchise; the upcoming release will see Cruise reprise one of his most successful roles, super-spy Ethan Hunt, for director Christopher McQuarrie. The actor is also producing the film, which McQuarrie wrote with Drew Pearce and Will Staples. The production is scheduled to shoot in Vienna, Morocco and London and will see franchise veterans Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner and Ving Rhames join Cruise on screen. Alec Baldwin and Rebecca Ferguson are also set to appear in the film. The previous film in the series, 2011’s “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol,” directed by Brad Bird, earned nearly $700 million at the global box office to rank as Cruise’s highest-grossing film. Since then, though, the actor has appeared in several projects that had […]
Aug. 19, 2014 | 11:04 a.m.

‘Ant-Man': First look at Paul Rudd as Scott Lang in Marvel film

Paul Rudd stars as Scott Lang in Marvel's "Ant-Man," scheduled for release in the U.S. on July 17, 2015. (Zade Rosenthal/Marvel)
Paul Rudd is looking pensive in the first photo from “Ant-Man,” Marvel’s upcoming superhero adventure due for release next year. Production on “Ant-Man” kicked off this week in San Francisco, with Rudd starring as reformed thief Scott Lang, the second superhero to take the name Ant-Man. In the film, Lang must help his mentor Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) protect the secret behind his Ant-Man suit, which enables its wearer to shrink in size while enjoying increased strength. The movie, which will also shoot in Georgia, features Evangeline Lilly as Pym’s daughter Hope Van Dyne, while actor Corey Stoll will play Darren Cross, a former ally of Pym’s who becomes the villain known as the Yellowjacket. A shadow of uncertainty fell over the film earlier this year when original “Ant-Man” director Edgar Wright abruptly departed the project he’d steered toward the […]
Aug. 19, 2014 | 4:00 a.m.

‘Sin City': Rodriguez, Miller talk noir yarns, not social commentary

“Robert and Frank couldn’t be more different, but I feel like they bring out the best in each other,” returning "Sin City" actress Jessica Alba said of the directing duo. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
When director Robert Rodriguez and legendary comic-book author Frank Miller released their movie “Sin City” in 2005, they had few expectations they’d ever make the sequel opening this Friday. In fact, they weren’t sure audiences would turn up for the first film at all. A panel-for-panel re-creation of stories from Miller’s popular graphic-novel series, “Sin City” was unlike any comic-book movie anyone had seen. This wasn’t another rousing story of a superhero saving the planet. It was something darker and stranger: a hyper-stylized, ultra-violent noir thriller set in a corrupt urban nether world of hard-edged men and underclothed women, with no cape, cowl or stitch of spandex to be seen. “I thought people just might not get it,” said Rodriguez, who co-directed the film with Miller, perhaps best known for his 1986 Batman comic-book miniseries “The Dark Knight Returns.” “I […]
Aug. 15, 2014 | 1:36 p.m.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy': Watch adorable, groovy Groot clip [video]

“Guardians of the Galaxy” opened in theaters Aug. 1 to become Marvel’s latest success — the quirky cosmic adventure is closing in on more than $200 million in domestic box office, and a sequel is already on the calendars for July 28, 2017. While audiences responded to the film’s wild menagerie of creatures and interstellar locales, many shared a favorite moment. The scene in question takes place at the end of the movie and involves Groot, the sentient tree voiced by Vin Diesel, one of the five members of the “Guardians” team that also includes Chris Pratt’s Peter Quill, a.k.a. Star-Lord; Zoe Saldana’s green assassin, Gamora; Dave Bautista’s vengeful Drax the Destroyer; and Groot’s pal Rocket, a machine-gun-wielding raccoon voiced by Bradley Cooper. Check it out below — unless, of course, you haven’t yet seen “Guardians,” in which case you […]
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