Oct. 24, 2014 | 12:33 p.m.
A new compendium about the cyborg film franchise “RoboCop” is out this week, and Hero Complex readers get an exclusive sneak peek at some images from the book. “RoboCop: The Definitive History,” from Titan Books, includes stills and behind-the-scenes images, concept art, storyboards, script extracts and new interviews. The 224-page hardcover is penned by British writer and documentary filmmaker Calum Waddell (“Slice and Dice: The Slasher Film Forever”). The illustrated history chronicles the making of Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 sci-fi classic as well as its sequels, TV spinoffs and this year’s reboot from Brazilian filmmaker José Padilha. The film franchise follows Alex Murphy — played by Peter Weller in the 1987 film and Joel Kinnaman in the 2014 remake — a cop who dies in the line of duty only to wake up as a part-man, part-robot police officer tasked with cleaning up a […]
Oct. 24, 2014 | 12:00 p.m.
Before the directors of the new Walt Disney Animation movie “Big Hero 6″ settled on their story, they created the world in which it’s set: a jammed, vibrant place called San Fransokyo. A mash-up of San Francisco and Tokyo set in the not-too-distant future, San Fransokyo is a dense, hilly city with cable cars and cherry blossoms, Victorian row houses and glittering neon billboards. The filmmakers’ idea — never stated in the film — is that in a parallel universe after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, the city split off and an influx of Japanese immigrants helped rebuild it. San Fransokyo is a quintessential example of the craft of world building, the process of constructing a wholly imaginary universe for films, television, video games and other media, that involves creating the look of everything from buildings, vegetation and vehicles to […]
Oct. 23, 2014 | 7:25 a.m.
A new safety video from Air New Zealand once again features a host of stars from “The Hobbit” films, including Frodo Baggins actor Elijah Wood and director Peter Jackson, in a tribute to Middle-earth. Titled “The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made,” the video instructs passengers including dwarves, orcs and elves in the proper use of seat belts, oxygen masks and life jackets. The video was released online Wednesday and is being rolled out across Air New Zealand’s fleet. The safety video — the airline’s second “Hobbit”-themed video after 2012’s “An Unexpected Briefing” — comes ahead of the final film in Jackson’s “Hobbit” trilogy, “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” which opens Dec. 17. VIDEO: Watch Benedict Cumberbatch writhe and snarl as Smaug The video begins with two “Hobbit” fans rushing through the Wellington Airport, pausing to take a picture […]
Oct. 23, 2014 | 3:30 a.m.
The first trailer for “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is out, revealing Tony Stark’s Hulkbuster armor, mysterious newcomers Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch and, of course, the villainous Ultron. Marvel released the trailer, which was slated to debut during next week’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” episode, after it leaked online Wednesday. “Age of Ultron” is director Joss Whedon’s hotly anticipated follow-up to 2012’s “The Avengers,” which united Marvel’s disparate 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 Tom Hiddleston’s Loki and his swarm of alien invaders. The summer blockbuster set box-office records, earning more than $1.5 billion worldwide, and was hailed as witty and worthy of its hype. “Age of Ultron,” which is due in theaters May 1, will reunite the superheroes as well as […]
Oct. 22, 2014 | 8:22 a.m.
The first trailer for “Avengers: Age of Ultron” will make its broadcast debut during next week’s episode of Marvel’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” The upcoming trailer was announced as the credits rolled after Tuesday evening’s “S.H.I.E.L.D.” episode on ABC, and Marvel subsequently tweeted the news from its @AgentsofSHIELD and @Avengers accounts: We'll have the exclusive world broadcast debut of the new trailer for Marvel’s "Avengers: Age of Ultron" during next week's episode! — Agents of SHIELD (@AgentsofSHIELD) October 22, 2014 Tune in to #Marvel’s #AgentsofSHIELD, Tuesday, October 28, 9|8c on @ABCNetwork to see the #AgeofUltron trailer on TV! pic.twitter.com/tfcyg1L6sf — The Avengers (@Avengers) October 22, 2014 The film is director Joss Whedon’s hotly anticipated follow-up to 2012’s “The Avengers,” which united Marvel’s disparate superheroes, including Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), […]
Oct. 21, 2014 | 11:28 a.m.
A new teaser for “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1″ hints at the growing animosity between the men in Katniss Everdeen’s life. The 30-second video clip, released Tuesday, depicts Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth), her childhood friend turned potential romantic interest, in District 13 surrounded by weapons as the rebels prepare to make war against Panem’s oppressive regime, helmed by President Snow (Donald Sutherland). But Snow seems to have his own weapon — the captured Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson). Peeta, of course, is Katniss’ other potential lover and her partner in the Hunger Games arena, where the pair twice fought in televised battles to the death (in the box office blockbusters “The Hunger Games” and “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”) aimed at keeping Panem’s people in line. “Everyone needs to lay down their weapons immediately,” Peeta […]
Oct. 21, 2014 | 10:00 a.m.
The extended edition of “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” is available for digital download today and out on Blu-ray Nov. 4, but Hero Complex readers get an exclusive first look at a clip from the bonus features. The clip showcases actor Benedict Cumberbatch’s performance as the deadly dragon Smaug, a miserly lizard who guards his hoarded, stolen gold in a mountain lair that was once home to the dwarf king of Erebor. Like Gollum actor Andy Serkis, Cumberbatch employed performance-capture technology to play the enormous dragon in Peter Jackson’s film trilogy based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel “The Hobbit.” “You kind of have to … imagine yourself into a vast creature in a huge space when you’re really crawling about on a gray bit of carpet,” Cumberbatch says in the video. Serkis — who has pioneered performance-capture acting with his […]
Oct. 20, 2014 | 10:57 a.m.
Walt Disney Animation Studios has revealed a first look at “Moana,” an animated feature slated to hit theaters in late 2016. Billed as an “epic comedy-adventure,” the CG-animated movie will transport Disney fans to the ancient South Pacific world of Oceania, where spirited teenager Moana sets sail in search of a fabled island. “Moana” is directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, the filmmaking duo behind “The Little Mermaid,” “The Princess and the Frog” and “Aladdin.” The tale follows Moana, a born navigator, and her hero, the legendary demigod Maui, as they set off on an impossible mission to fulfill Moana’s ancestors’ quest. Along the way, they encounter enormous sea creatures, breathtaking underworlds and ancient folklore, according to Disney. “Moana is indomitable, passionate and a dreamer with a unique connection to the ocean itself,” Musker said in a press statement. […]
Oct. 16, 2014 | 3:25 p.m.
Another “Star Wars” veteran has signed on for a role in J.J. Abrams’ upcoming “Episode VII.” Actor Warwick Davis, who played Ewok Wicket in “Star Wars: Episode VI — Return of the Jedi,” confirmed Thursday that he had been cast in the new film, currently in production in England. The news came courtesy of a humorous video posted on the official “Star Wars” You Tube channel. Watch it below. “Star Wars: Episode VII” takes place 30 years after the events of “Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi,” with original stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker joining Davis as part of the ensemble cast. READ: Warwick Davis talks ‘Harry Potter’ Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega and newcomer Daisy Ridley, in addition to Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson, performance capture expert Andy Serkis and […]
Oct. 16, 2014 | 11:08 a.m.
A new trailer for “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1″ reveals the ruins of a decimated District 12, the former home of heroine Katniss Everdeen. The one-minute teaser, released Thursday, features narration by Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and President Alma Coin (Julianne Moore) as they plot to recruit Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) to their resistance movement. “No one else can do this but her,” Hoffman intones. “She won’t be able to handle it,” Moore’s character responds. “The games destroyed her.” The games would be the Hunger Games — an annual televised battle to the death in the future country of Panem. Katniss twice survived the horrors of the arena (in the box office blockbusters “The Hunger Games” and “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”) and suffers from post traumatic stress disorder as a result of her experiences. The end of […]