April 16, 2015 | 2:44 p.m.

‘Blade Runner': Ryan Gosling in talks to join Harrison Ford in the sequel

Ryan Gosling:  Bruce Wayne is a dashing loner who can wear a suit better than anyone else in the room, and his alter ego can fiercely bloody almost any opponent. In Gosling’s latest, “Only God Forgives,” he plays a dashing loner 
who can wear a suit better than anyone else in the room, and he can take a serious beating. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Ryan Gosling may become a replicant alongside Harrison Ford’s Rick Deckard in the upcoming sequel to “Blade Runner.” That is, if you think Deckard was a replicant in the first place. The “Drive” star is in negotiations to co-star in the film, directed by Denis Villeneuve (“Prisoners,” “Incendies”) and executive produced by Ridley Scott, Alcon Entertainment announced Thursday. Set to begin shooting in the summer of 2016, the film is co-written by Hampton Fancher (co-writer of the original) and Michael Green and is based on an idea by Fancher and Scott. It was announced earlier this year that Ford, a busy guy, what with “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and spectacular plane landings, would be involved in the project. According to the release, the story takes place several decades after the conclusion of the 1982 original. Of course, any story details, […]
April 16, 2015 | 2:12 p.m.

Star Wars Celebration: Tears, droids and J.J. Abrams open the Anaheim fan convention

"Star Wars" fans wait in line to enter the Star Wars Celebration expo at the Anaheim Convention Center on April 16. (Richard Shotwell / Associated Press)
J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy made bold promises for the “Star Wars” universe on Thursday morning, speaking to thousands of the most dedicated fans of the sci-fi franchise at the Star Wars Celebration expo in Anaheim. Asked how he can possibly please all “Star Wars” fans with his upcoming film, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” Abrams hunched his shoulders and said, simply, “Well, we will.” Judging by the reaction of the 2,700 attendees inside the showcase auditorium at the Anaheim Convention Center, the director is hitting the right notes. A second teaser for the December film was unveiled near the end of an hour-long panel — which started the four-day convention — featuring Abrams, Kennedy and multiple generations of “Star Wars” cast members. The new clip featured some old favorites such as Han Solo (Harrison Ford), a voice-over from Luke […]
April 16, 2015 | 12:30 p.m.

Star Wars Celebration: Watch the live stream from the Anaheim fan convention

This weekend’s Star Wars Celebration is the place to be for fans of all things related to the galaxy far, far away and a long, long time ago, but you don’t have to go to the Anaheim Convention Center to get an inside look at the fan expo. The convention, which kicked off Thursday morning with a presentation from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” director J.J. Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy, is being live-streamed for the enjoyment of “Star Wars” fans across the globe. Click on the video above to stay in the loop. Star Wars Celebration: Trailer unveiled | Watch the live stream | Fans gather | Preview So far, key moments at Star Wars Celebration include the unveiling of the first full-length trailer for “The Force Awakens”; a Q&A with “Star Wars” cast members, including newcomers John Boyega, […]
April 16, 2015 | 11:25 a.m.

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ director J.J. Abrams unveils trailer at Star Wars Celebration

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'
The first full-length trailer for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” was unveiled Thursday morning, offering fans an extended look at what is perhaps this year’s most anticipated film. Director J.J. Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy introduced the two-minute trailer during the Star Wars Celebration fan expo in Anaheim. The trailer begins with narration from Mark Hamill, who plays Luke Skywalker, the protagonist of the original “Star Wars” trilogy. Star Wars Celebration: Trailer unveiled | Watch the live stream | Fans gather | Preview “The Force is strong in my family,” he says. “My father has it. I have it. My sister has it. You have that power too.” It’s unclear whether he is addressing a member of the Skywalker family or another character altogether. The trailer shows scenes from Jakku, a desert planet not unlike Tatooine, where the wreckage of […]
April 16, 2015 | 8:00 a.m.

‘Salty squatty robots’: Read the original ‘Star Wars’ review in L.A. Times

The droids R2-D2 and C-3PO in a scene from "Star Wars." The 1977 film, which kicked off George Lucas' space opera, was later renamed "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope." (Lucasfilm)
What was “the year’s most razzle-dazzling family movie” in 1977? According to Charles Champlin of the Los Angeles Times, that was “Star Wars.” With the four-day fan event Star Wars Celebration kicking off Thursday in Anaheim, we thought it was a good time to revisit what The Times wrote about George Lucas’ creation — a film Champlin called “Buck Rogers with a doctoral degree but not a trace of neuroticism or cynicism, a slam-bang, rip-roaring gallop through a distantly future world full of exotic vocabularies, creatures and customs.” Star Wars Celebration: Trailer unveiled | Watch the live stream | Fans gather | Preview Like most critics at the time, Champlin praised “Star Wars.” Reviews made strong references to the “Flash Gordon” serials, and to journey stories like “The Wizard of Oz,” and while most concluded that the film took ideas […]
April 16, 2015 | 7:32 a.m.

‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ director Zack Snyder teases Monday’s trailer

A screenshot from a teaser for "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice." (Zack Snyder / Warner Bros.)
Batman and Superman fans may finally get a glimpse of the upcoming DC superhero tent pole movie “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” Director Zack Snyder took to Twitter on Wednesday evening to tease an upcoming trailer, which will screen Monday at select IMAX theaters. Confirmed 4.20.15 #BatmanvSuperman @IMAX special teaser screening events. Limited space. RSVP — ZackSnyder (@ZackSnyder) April 16, 2015 Snyder posted a 20-second video featuring the eponymous characters’ costumes and their superimposed symbols, along with a link to a website where fans can reserve seats at “special teaser screening events” — screenings of a teaser trailer with a “special intro” from Synder. Events that are full offer the option of joining a waiting list. “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” is a follow-up to Snyder’s 2013 film “Man of Steel,” and is expected to unite DC Comics’ most […]
April 16, 2015 | 7:00 a.m.

Star Wars Celebration: Thousands camp out, commune on eve of fan expo

The crowd at Star Wars Celebration waits to meet J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy. (Todd Martens / Los Angeles Times)
I know a bit about fandom. Not too long ago, when a date first set foot into my apartment, she took a look around the place and said, “Jeez. Were you on the ‘Mickey Mouse Club’?” No, although that would have been awesome, but I had to settle for buying into Disney’s D23 fan club and decking out my place in Disney paraphernalia. I like Disney. I can list the reasons why — Disney’s reliance on imagination for transcendence, pirate rides, the power of a kiss — but outsiders aren’t going to get it. That’s OK. Star Wars Celebration: Trailer unveiled | Watch the live stream | Fans gather | Preview So I wasn’t totally surprised when I sat down for dinner on the eve of Star Wars Celebration and heard a man, apparently equating my look with geekdom, shouting […]
April 16, 2015 | 4:00 a.m.

Fandom’s force awakens at Star Wars Celebration, and Disney knows it

"Star Wars" creator George Lucas poses with a group of "Star Wars"-inspired Disney characters on Aug. 14, 2010 at Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park in Florida. (Todd Anderson / Getty Images)
“Star Wars,” the space-opera franchise that revolutionized the movie business and spawned a sprawling multi-billion-dollar multimedia empire, is back with a renewed force. “Star Wars Episode VII,” the first new “Star Wars” film in a decade, won’t hit theaters until Dec. 18. But the countdown begins in earnest Thursday, when grown men in Stormtrooper costumes, suburban moms dressed as Princess Leia and kids done up as cuddly Ewoks will descend in droves on the Anaheim Convention Center for the Star Wars Celebration fan convention. It marks a pivotal moment for one of the most lucrative series in film history — and for Walt Disney Co., which paid $4 billion to acquire Lucasfilm and its “Star Wars” franchise from creator George Lucas in 2012. Star Wars Celebration: Trailer unveiled | Watch the live stream | Fans gather | Preview Disney is […]
April 16, 2015 | 3:00 a.m.

Star Wars Celebration: Capturing the radio spirit of the late ’70s

Harrison Ford as Han Solo with his Wookie co-pilot Chewbacca. Kyle Nemwn's radio drams aim to capture the spirit of the first few "Star Wars" films. (Lucasfilm)
For about 90 minutes on Saturday at the Star Wars Celebration convention in Anaheim, fans will be encouraged to close their eyes. This isn’t some ancient Wookiee meditating session, but it is an opportunity to get a little old fashioned, so to speak. Celebration, a fan convention dedicated to all things “Star Wars,” will for the second time in its history present an original radio play from writer/filmmaker Kyle Newman, known best for his work on “Fanboys.” “Smuggler’s Bounty” will be read and taped on Saturday. The play will later appear on the official Star Wars website. For Newman, it’s an opportunity to resurrect a lost art, one that’s tied closely to the history of the franchise. Star Wars Celebration: Trailer unveiled | Watch the live stream | Fans gather | Preview He wants to capture the flavor of the “Star Wars” […]
April 15, 2015 | 7:46 p.m.

‘Wonder Woman': Warner Bros. hires new director Patty Jenkins after Michelle MacLaren’s departure

Wonder Woman
Praise Gaea! “Wonder Woman” has landed a new director. Days after Michelle MacLaren departed as director of the DC Entertainment superhero film, Warner Bros. has hired Patty Jenkins to take the reins, Hero Complex has confirmed. Jenkins, who directed Charlize Theron in her Oscar-winning performance in 2003’s “Monster,” was originally tapped to direct 2013’s “Thor 2: The Dark World” for rival studio Marvel Entertainment. She dropped out, citing creative differences, and “Game of Thrones” alumnus Alan Taylor directed the Chris Hemsworth- and Tom Hiddleston-starring sequel. GALLERY: Wonder Woman through the years More recently, Jenkins earned an Emmy nomination for directing AMC’s crime drama “The Killing.” MacLaren, whose departure from “Wonder Woman” was announced Monday, is also a respected television director whose credits include prestigious series “Breaking Bad” and “Game of Thrones”; the Wonder Woman film would have marked her big-screen […]
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