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Jan. 15, 2015 | 12:35 p.m.

Tom Hardy no longer on David Ayer’s ‘Suicide Squad’ team

Tom Hardy is no longer a member of “Suicide Squad.” The actor has dropped out of Warner Bros.’ upcoming adaptation of the DC Comics title about an all-star roster of villains who act as mercenaries. Hardy, who brought to the screen the Batman villain Bane in “The Dark Knight Rises,” had been set to star as Rick Flagg, but scheduling commitments forced him to leave the film, which is set for release Aug. 5, 2016, sources said Thursday. The story was first reported by the Hollywood Reporter. David Ayer, who most recently helmed the Brad Pitt World War II tank drama “Fury,” will write and direct “Suicide Squad.” The ensemble cast includes Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jared Leto as the Joker, Jai Courtney as Boomerang and Cara Delevingne as Enchantress. Oscar winner Leto will be […]
Jan. 12, 2015 | 6:47 p.m.

‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ trailer: Marvel’s mightiest face conflict within

A new trailer for “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is out, teasing a grim battle in which Marvel’s mightiest superheroes have to protect a world that, apparently, might not want them. “We have no place in the world,” Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) says in the trailer, which debuted during the broadcast of the College Football Playoff championship game Monday night. “Age of Ultron” reunites the Marvel superheroes, including Widow, Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) in a battle against Ultron (James Spader). “Everyone creates the thing they dread,” intones the villainous automaton, one of Tony Stark’s inventions gone awry. But if the new trailer is any indication, the Avengers’ biggest faceoffs might be against each other. The new trailer reveals more than a little conflict between Marvel’s […]
Jan. 10, 2015 | 5:00 a.m.

‘Ghost in the Shell’: Scarlett Johansson casting called ‘whitewashing’

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On Monday it was confirmed that Scarlett Johansson has signed on to star in DreamWorks’ live-action adaptation of “Ghost in the Shell,” but not all fans are embracing the news that the studio is opting for a non-Asian actress to play the lead role. While some fans of the franchise were excited to hear the project is moving further along in development, others lamented or even satirized the decision. “Ghost in the Shell,” based on Masamune Shirow’s manga series of the same name, is set in a fictional Japanese city and follows protagonist Major Motoko Kusanagi and members of a covert task force within the Japanese National Public Safety Commission. The task force, known as Public Security Section 9, takes on various cybercriminals in a future where the line between technology and biology is blurred. The manga series spurred Mamoru […]
Jan. 09, 2015 | 6:30 a.m.

‘Jupiter Ascending’ visual effects wizard talks film’s aesthetic

The design for Titus’ spaceship was chiefly conceptualized by artist George Hull, Glass said. “The ship itself was designed to have these beautiful sails, somewhere between an insect and some sort of beautiful bird — the solar panel look to the wings. The Art Deco-inspired lattice overlay to the ship was a beautiful addition and part of juxtaposing different aesthetic styles in a way that felt harmonic but gave the impression of a vast complexity.” (Warner Bros.)
In “Jupiter Ascending,” Andy and Lana Wachowski (“The Matrix” trilogy, “Cloud Atlas”) present another wildly original sci-fi tale, this time about Chicago house cleaner Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis), who learns from an alien protector, Caine (Channing Tatum in guyliner), that she’s actually the queen of the universe with the rights to rule over Earth. Dan Glass, the movie’s visual effects supervisor who oversaw some 2,050 shots, recently described the aesthetic approach to the outre adventure, which arrives in theaters Feb. 6. FULL COVERAGE: Winter Sneaks 2015 Click through the gallery above for an up-close look at “Jupiter Ascending.” — Gina McIntyre | @LATHeroComplex RECENT AND RELATED: FULL COVERAGE: Winter movie sneaks 2015 15 must-see movies of 2015 ‘Jupiter Ascending': Mila Kunis stands to inherit Earth ‘Jupiter Ascending': Wachowski sci-fi film postponed Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum raise sci-fi heat ‘Ant-Man’ trailer sees […]
Jan. 09, 2015 | 5:00 a.m.

Sharlto Copley stars — but won’t be seen — in futuristic ‘Chappie’

Sharlto Copley as the robot in "Chappie." (Columbia Pictures)
South African actor Sharlto Copley has starred in each of Neill Blomkamp’s features, first as a xenophobic bureaucrat in the director’s debut, the sci-fi parable “District 9,” nominated for an Academy Award for best picture, then as a vicious mercenary in another dystopian tale, 2013’s “Elysium.” For Blomkamp’s latest, the futuristic fable “Chappie,” due March 6, he again takes a lead role, but this time the actor’s face won’t appear in the final film. Copley’s movements, however, give physical life to the title character, a childlike robot bestowed with an unusual kind of artificial intelligence who must find his way in a hostile world. FULL COVERAGE: Winter Sneaks 2015 “The [primary] reason it feels real is Sharlto was there,” Blomkamp said last month. “The actor was physically interacting with other actors. There’s no tennis ball situation where they’re acting off […]
Jan. 08, 2015 | 10:21 a.m.

Exclusive ‘Song of the Sea’ images tease magic, folklore

A scene from "Song of the Sea." (Cartoon Saloon / GKids)
“Song of the Sea,” an animated film inspired by the Irish legend of the Selkies, arrives in Los Angeles theaters on Friday. Hero Complex readers get an exclusive first look at some images from the film, the sophomore release from the creators of 2009’s Oscar-nominated film “The Secret of Kells.” In gorgeous, hand-drawn animation, “Song of the Sea” tells the tale of the last seal-child, Saoirse, and her brother Ben, who must race against time on a journey to awaken Saoirse’s powers and save the magical spirit world. Though not a sequel to “Kells,” which offered a magical origin story for Ireland’s treasured Book of Kells, “Song of the Sea” is a sort of spiritual follow-up, director Tomm Moore has said. The idea for the film was born during production on “Kells” on the west coast of Ireland, where Moore […]
Jan. 07, 2015 | 7:25 a.m.

‘Ant-Man’ trailer sees Paul Rudd shrink, fight, ride an insect

A screenshot from the trailer for "Ant-Man." (Marvel)
The trailer for “Ant-Man” is out, offering fans a first glimpse of Marvel’s next stand-alone superhero movie. The long-anticipated film sees Paul Rudd as the titular character, a reformed thief named Scott Lang and the second superhero to take the name Ant-Man. The trailer, which debuted during the series premiere of Marvel’s “Agent Carter” on ABC Tuesday, depicts an imprisoned Lang being offered a second chance by Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), the original Ant-Man. “Scott, I’ve watching you for a while now. You’re different. Now don’t let anyone tell you that you have nothing to offer. Second chances don’t come around all that often,” Pym tells Lang from across a table in what appears to be a police interrogation room. “I suggest you take a really close look at it.” Pym plays to Lang’s need to redeem himself as a […]
Jan. 06, 2015 | 3:52 p.m.

‘[REC] 4: Apocalypse': Charlie Adlard crafts poster for horror sequel

Charlie Adlard's alternate poster for "[REC] 4: Apocalypse." (Charlie Adlard)
“[REC] 4: Apocalypse,” the latest installment in the Spanish low-fi horror franchise, newly arrives on VOD and in select theaters this month. To commemorate the film’s U.S. premiere, comics artist Charlie Adlard (“The Walking Dead”) created an alternate poster in his signature style. Hero Complex readers can check out the new image at right. Directed by series regular Jaume Balaguero, “[REC] 4: Apocalypse” centers on television reporter Angela Vidal (Manuela Velasco), who in 2007’s “[REC]” originally covered the viral outbreak inside a Barcelona apartment block that was transforming residents into something monstrous. Angela finds herself the only survivor of those events, but when she wakes up inside a high-security quarantine facility on board a ship, she is gripped by fears that she might carry the deadly virus. Watch the trailer for the film below. – Gina McIntyre |  @LATHeroComplex RECENT […]
Jan. 06, 2015 | 2:50 p.m.

Laika to auction puppets from ‘Coraline,’ ‘Boxtrolls,’ ‘ParaNorman’

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Fans of “Coraline,” “The Boxtrolls” and “ParaNorman” have the chance to own a little piece of the acclaimed animated films. In time for its 10th anniversary this year, the Portland, Ore.-based animation studio Laika is auctioning over 250 puppets, models, props and other artwork used to make its stop-motion films. Hero Complex readers get a first look at one of the props up for auction — the mecha-drill used by the villainous Snatcher in “The Boxtrolls,” which opened in theaters in September and has been nominated for a Golden Globe and an Annie Award, among other accolades. At just over 5 feet, the drill is the largest prop ever made for a stop-motion film, according to Heritage Auctions, which is hosting the auction. “The Art of Laika” auction, to be held Feb. 12 in Beverly Hills, marks the first time […]
Jan. 02, 2015 | 12:58 p.m.

‘Ant-Man': Marvel teases summer superhero film with miniature preview

Marvel is offering a tiny glimpse of its upcoming summer release “Ant-Man,” with a new, 17-second miniature teaser that might require a microscope for close study. The long-anticipated film sees Paul Rudd as the title character, a reformed thief named Scott Lang and 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. Watch the very small clip below. The film features Evangeline Lilly as Pym’s daughter Hope Van Dyne and Corey Stoll as antagonist Darren Cross. It also stars Bobby Cannavale, Michael Pena, Abby Ryder Forston, Judy Greer, David Dastmalchian, Wood Harris, John Slattery, Gregg Turkington and T.I. “Ant-Man” is directed by Peyton Reed, whose previous credits include “Bring It […]
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