Dec. 02, 2013 | 3:17 p.m.
Martin Freeman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Orlando Bloom and more stars of “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” are expected to walk the red carpet this evening at the film’s Los Angeles premiere. Can’t be at the Dolby Theater tonight? Tune in to the live video stream here on Hero Complex, beginning at 6 p.m. PST. “The Desolation of Smaug,” due in theaters Dec. 13, is the second installment of director Peter Jackson’s planned trilogy based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien. The movie sees Bilbo Baggins (Freeman) continue along on his journey to assist the company of dwarfs led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) reclaim their lands and the treasure now hoarded by the dragon Smaug (Cumberbatch). Along the way they encounter a host of new friends and foes — including the valiant Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly), the first character wholly invented […]
Dec. 02, 2013 | 1:33 p.m.
Attention East Coast Hero Complex readers! We’re thrilled to announce that we’ll be heading to Manhattan to bring you a special free preview screening of “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” director Peter Jackson’s anticipated second installment in his latest trilogy of films based on the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien. What’s more, star Ian McKellen will be on hand for a Q&A to discuss his iconic portrayal of the wizard Gandalf. “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” which opens in theaters Dec. 13, sees Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) continue along on his journey to assist the company of dwarfs led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) reclaim their lands and the treasure now hoarded by the dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch). Along the way they encounter a host of new friends and foes — including the valiant Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly), the first […]
Nov. 28, 2013 | 12:19 p.m.
You don’t have to take your broom to Diagon Alley, cross the Bifrost, traverse the Misty Mountains or steal a vortex manipulator to find the perfect gift for the Trekkie, Whovian or Westerosi-wannabe in your life. We’ve done the looking for you in our annual Hero Complex Holiday Gift Guide. Whether you’re shopping for yourself or another gamer, a comics enthusiast or film buff, we’ve got you covered. Click through the gallery above for a peek at our selections. Items are listed below, sorted by cost. Happy shopping, and happy holidays! Under $25 Millenium Falcon guitar pick, $2.49: Here’s a song for you: The Millenium Falcon, it’s a smugglers’ ship. It can make the Kessel Run in “less than 12 parsecs.” Han Solo and Lando Calrissian use it, but neither has it as pick to strum and make rebel music. […]
Nov. 25, 2013 | 10:59 a.m.
“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” broke box office records this weekend, raking in an estimated $161 million, and falling just short of beating out “Iron Man 3” for the best opening of the year. The second film in the series adapted from Suzanne Collins’ best-selling young adult novels, “Catching Fire” arrives not only as an outsized success for distributor Lionsgate but also for director Francis Lawrence, who stepped in to helm the blockbuster sequel after “The Hunger Games” director Gary Ross left the project. Known for meticulously crafted films such as the Will Smith-led futuristic action adevnture “I Am Legend” and the literary romance “Water for Elephants,” Lawrence retained Ross’ naturalistic visual approach. However, the director opted for a cooler color palette that would show the world of Panem in the winter and reinforce the darkening cast of the story, […]
Nov. 22, 2013 | 12:32 p.m.
When it came time for Francis Lawrence to dream up his vision of Katniss Everdeen’s bleak, brutal world, the director of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” didn’t find inspiration in the famous sci-fi landscapes of cinema past. Instead, he reached back to movies steeped in real-world history to infuse the new sequel with emotional weight. “I looked a lot at movies like ‘Apocalypse Now’ and ‘Platoon,’ movies about Vietnam,” Lawrence said. “One of the things that really appealed is the idea of the consequence of war and the consequence of violence and many of the aspects of that, including things like PTSD.” The new film, which opens in theaters Friday, arrives as the second installment in the blockbuster adaptation of novelist Suzanne Collins’ YA adventures. The young heroine Katniss (played again by Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence) has survived the events […]
Nov. 19, 2013 | 4:52 p.m.
For those of us who don’t receive our letters via owls, the United States Postal Service is releasing “Harry Potter”-themed postage stamps. Beginning Tuesday, Muggles can choose from stamps featuring Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe), Hermione Granger (Emma Watson), Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) as well as other heroes and villains from the wizarding world. Hogwarts hopefuls might be rejoicing that the boy wizard has been immortalized on a “forever” stamp (stamps that aren’t assigned a specific cent value and can still be used if postage prices increase), but not everyone is happy about the Harry Potter stamps. Some members of the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee, which for 56 years has researched and recommended subjects for new stamps, are upset after the Postal Service bypassed that panel in its decision to run 100 million Potter stamps, the Washington Post reports. “Harry Potter […]
Nov. 19, 2013 | 12:22 p.m.
A new trailer for “The Wind Rises” is out, offering a glimpse at the film legendary animation director Hayao Miyazaki has said will be his last. The Studio Ghibli release tells the story of real-life Japanese engineer Jiro Horikoshi, who designed the Zero fighter plane. The film, based on a short story by Japanese poet Hori Tatsuo, follows Jiro through pre-World War II Japan, the country’s devastating 1923 earthquake, a tuberculosis epidemic and economic troubles that preceded the war. It’s a departure from Miyazaki’s previous work, which often relied on myth, magical realism and a strong focus on nature. “The Wind Rises,” which marks Miyazaki’s first time directing since “Ponyo” five years ago, was released briefly earlier this month for an Oscar-qualifying run. Originally in Japanese with English subtitles, “The Wind Rises” will be released for North American audiences under […]
Nov. 18, 2013 | 1:00 p.m.
Cookie Monster enters the arena in a new “Sesame Street” parody of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” “The Hungry Games: Catching Fur,” released Monday, is replete with “Hunger Games” references, kicking off with an announcement by a Muppety version of Effie Trinket. “The time has come to choose who will play in the Hungry Games,” the pink puppet says. “And may the cookies be ever in your flavor.” Cookieness Evereat – Cookie Monster with a Katniss Everdeen braid — is lured in by the promise of cookies. “Me volunteer!” Cookieness yells. “Me volunteer to play!” Puppet versions of Finnick Odair (who is a finicky eater), Peeta Mellark (a piece of pita bread) and Wiress (who carries a clock with her) also make appearances. QUIZ: Test your ‘Hunger Games’ knowledge Cookieness and company must solve food-related puzzles to fend off the horrors of the Hungry Games arena, which are, […]
Nov. 14, 2013 | 11:26 a.m.
Katniss Everdeen is back in action in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” The movie sequel, based on the second installment in Suzanne Collins’ dystopian young-adult book trilogy, is due in theaters Nov. 22 and stars Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss and Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark. Though the pair were the victors of the 74th Hunger Games in the first film, their troubles are far from over when an unexpected twist lands them back in the battle arena, once more fighting for their lives. “She’s struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder after the games while living in Victor’s Village, where she never wants for food, and feels useless,” Lawrence said of her character’s evolution during Comic-Con International in San Diego this summer. “She’s adapting to a new life.” Directed by Francis Lawrence (“Water for Elephants,” “I Am Legend”), the film also stars […]
Nov. 13, 2013 | 3:34 p.m.
As Odin, venerable actor Anthony Hopkins plays the father to two obstinate sons and the whole of the Nine Realms in “Thor: The Dark World,” the latest Marvel sequel to score at the box office — the movie raked in $86.1 million domestically in its opening weekend, and that was after an impressive overseas debut. Hero Complex chatted this week with Hopkins to get his take on the Marvel universe, his experiences working with Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Tom Hiddleston as Loki and to ascertain what the future might hold for Odin — though, on that last point, Hopkins conceded that he might not have all the answers. Hero Complex: You were spotted with Stan Lee at the Hollywood premiere for “Thor: The Dark World.” What did you think of the film? Anthony Hopkins: It’s a terrific movie, action-packed, […]