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Dec. 09, 2014 | 8:08 a.m.

‘Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies': Luke Evans on Bard, battle

Adapting J.R.R. Tolkien’s 300-page story “The Hobbit” into a movie trilogy gave the filmmakers plenty of room to develop supporting characters into major players, not least of whom was Bard the Bowman, portrayed on the big screen by Luke Evans. Evans, whose previous titles include “Dracula Untold,” “Fast & Furious 6″ and “Immortals,” debuted as the devoted father in Middle-earth’s impoverished Esgaroth in last year’s “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.” The film saw Bard, who possesses the last black arrow capable of killing the dragon Smaug (played through performance-capture technology by Benedict Cumberbatch), smuggling Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) and his company of dwarves into Lake-town — one step closer to reclaiming their homeland. But Bard’s decision to help Thorin and his company inadvertently leads to the destruction of his home after the dwarves unleash the dragon’s wrath. “The Hobbit: […]
Dec. 05, 2014 | 8:58 a.m.

Holiday gift guide: ‘Hobbit,’ Batman, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ more

Hero Complex Holiday Gift Guide 2014
Ho, Ho, Ho(dor)! It’s the time of year for geek-friendly holiday shopping. Whether you’re shopping for fans of “Game of Thrones,” “Star Wars,” Batman or Captain Marvel, the annual Hero Complex holiday gift guide has you covered. This year’s selections include some family-friendly video games for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Wii U; gorgeous hardcover books celebrating the anniversaries of Marvel Comics, Batman, the Teen Titans, “Alien” and Hello Kitty; a Godzilla toy that’s probably bigger than your dog; and a quadcopter camera drone, among other selections. Click through the gallery above for a peek at our selections. Items are listed below, sorted by cost. Under $25 “Living Language Dothraki,” $3.99 app, $19.99 audiobook, $30 online course: Athchomar chomakaan! The Khal or Khaleesi in your life must command the Dothraki language before commanding the troops, and thanks to Living Language’s new course (offered as an app, CD and guide […]
Dec. 05, 2014 | 5:30 a.m.

‘Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies’ exclusive clip: Smaug attacks

A screenshot of a clip from "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies." (Warner Bros.)
A new clip from “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” offers a glimpse of the dragon Smaug as he rains down fire on Lake-town. Hero Complex readers get an exclusive first look at the clip, which also features Luke Evans’ Bard, the bowman who smuggled the dwarf company into Lake-town on his barge in “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” the second installment in Peter Jackson’s trilogy based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit.” At the end of “Smaug,” Bilbo Baggins and Thorin Oakenshield looked on in horror as the villainous dragon flew from the Lonely Mountain, proclaiming, “I will show you revenge!” “Five Armies,” which ends the saga, picks up with Smaug’s fiery assault on Lake-town, where Bard is trapped in a cell. After Bard escapes, he finds his way to the rooftops of a burning Esgaroth, and […]
Dec. 04, 2014 | 3:24 p.m.

‘Deadpool': Ryan Reynolds to play Marvel antihero in Fox film

It’s official — Ryan Reynolds will star in Fox’s upcoming “Deadpool.” The “Green Lantern” actor had long been tipped to play Marvel’s Merc with a Mouth, but Fox confirmed Reynolds’ casting Thursday afternoon. Tim Miller will direct the film, which Simon Kinberg and Lauren Shuler Donner will produce. Reynolds first played the wise-cracking antihero in “X-Men: Origins — Wolverine.” In a 2010 interview with Hero Complex, Reynolds described his affection for the Marvel Comics character, who is both unstable and nearly impossible to kill. “With Deadpool, it’s a lot like going to prison for the first day,” Reynolds said. “You got to walk up and hit the biggest guy you see to establish a bit of cred. With Deadpool, early on you have to establish that moral flexibility. There’s a gamble to it — you’re going to lose a few people […]
Dec. 04, 2014 | 3:10 p.m.

Benedict Cumberbatch officially set to star in Marvel’s ‘Doctor Strange’

Benedict Cumberbatch will star in “Doctor Strange.” The actor behind genre greats Khan, Smaug and Sherlock has been confirmed for the role, according to a statement issued by Marvel Thursday. Due in theaters Nov. 4, 2016, the upcoming Marvel project is part of the studio’s phase three roster of comic-book blockbusters and will be directed by Scott Derrickson (“Deliver Us From Evil,” “Sinister”) from a script by Jon Spaihts. The film will bring to the screen Stephen Vincent Strange, the former neurosurgeon turned Sorcerer Supreme who is the Marvel Universe’s greatest protector against magical peril – and one of his fellow superheroes’ most sought-after advisors. “Stephen Strange’s story requires an actor capable of great depth and sincerity,” producer Kevin Feige said in a statement. “In 2016, Benedict will show audiences what makes Doctor Strange such a unique and compelling character.” […]
Dec. 04, 2014 | 12:45 p.m.

‘Terminator Genisys’ trailer: Watch Schwarzenegger, Sarah Connor in action

A screenshot from the trailer for "Terminator Genisys."
He’s back. Arnold Schwarzenegger is once again in action in the first full trailer for “Terminator Genisys,” the 2015 release that will return the iconic sci-fi franchise to the screen. Watch the explosive new clip above. Directed by Alan Taylor (“Game of Thrones,” “Thor: The Dark World”) and based on the original 1984 film by James Cameron, “Terminator Genisys” sees Emilia Clarke, known to many from her work on “Game of Thrones,” star as Sarah Connor, with Jai Courtney playing Kyle Reese. Jason Clarke, Matt Smith, Byung-Hun Lee and J.K. Simmons round out the “Terminator Genisys” cast. To help stoke excitement for the trailer, Paramount and Skydance Productions have been releasing promotional materials throughout the week. On Tuesday, a motion poster featuring a grinning cybernetic skull arrived, followed by a short bit of first-look video on Wednesday. The film recently […]
Dec. 03, 2014 | 12:15 p.m.

‘Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies’ clip highlights Bilbo’s bravery

Martin Freeman as Bilbo in "'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies." (Mark Pokorny / Warner Bros.)
A new clip from “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” features an exchange between Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) and the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen), revealing a glimpse of how far the hobbit has come in terms of courage. The scene takes place in the city of Dale beneath the Lonely Mountain, where armies of men, dwarves and elves are staving off legions of invading orcs. When a new threat is discovered, Gandalf tries to enlist Elvenking Thranduil (Lee Pace) to warn Dwarf king Thorin (Richard Armitage) and his warriors. “I have spent enough Elvish blood in defense of this accursed land,” Thranduil says before taking his leave. “No more.” Then, the story’s diminutive hero steps in. “I’ll go,” Bilbo says. “Don’t be ridiculous. You’ll never make it,” Gandalf retorts. “It’s out of the question. I won’t allow it.” […]
Dec. 03, 2014 | 10:34 a.m.

‘Terminator Genisys’ teaser spotlights Schwarzenegger, sci-fi imagery [video]

'Terminator Genisys' (Paramount)
Liquid metal gets an upgrade in a short new teaser for “Terminator Genisys,” the 2015 Paramount film that will see Arnold Schwarzenegger return to the iconic sci-fi franchise. The first full trailer for the film, directed by Alan Taylor (“Game of Thrones,” “Thor: The Dark World”), is set to arrive Thursday — to help stoke excitement, Paramount yesterday released a motion poster featuring a grinning cybernetic skull and today offered a short bit of first-look video. Watch it above. Based on the original 1984 film by James Cameron, “Terminator Genisys” sees Emilia Clarke, known to many from her work on “Game of Thrones,” star as Sarah Connor, with Jai Courtney playing Kyle Reese. (DC announced yesterday that Courtney will star in David Ayer’s “Suicide Squad” as Boomerang, alongside Will Smith’s Deadshot, Tom Hardy’s Rick Flagg and Jared Leto’s Joker, among […]
Dec. 02, 2014 | 2:54 p.m.

‘Suicide Squad’ cast: Will Smith, Tom Hardy, Jared Leto signed for DC film

Actors Will Smith, Jared Leto and Tom Hardy. (Wally Skalij, Allen J. Schaben, Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
Will Smith, Tom Hardy, Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney and Jared Leto are set to star in “Suicide Squad” for writer-director David Ayer. Warner Bros. confirmed the casting of the upcoming film, one of a number of upcoming projects adapted from the pages of DC Comics, on Tuesday afternoon. “Suicide Squad” features an all-star roster of villains who act as mercenaries, and the movie will see Smith play Deadshot; Robbie, Harley Quinn; Leto, the Joker; Courtney, Boomerang; while Cara Delevingne will play Enchantress. Tom Hardy, who previously brought to the screen the Batman villain Bane in “The Dark Knight Rises,” will star as Rick Flagg. Oscar winner Leto will be the first actor to play the Joker on the big screen since Heath Ledger delivered his touchstone performance in an earlier Batman film, “The Dark Knight,” for which he was awarded […]
Dec. 02, 2014 | 11:30 a.m.

‘Terminator Genisys’ motion poster, countdown site tease trailer launch

Image from the teaser site for "Terminator Genisys."
Two days and a little under three hours are left until “Terminator” fans get a first glimpse of humans fighting for survival against Skynet and those pesky robotic killing machines in the next installation of the franchise, “Terminator Genisys.” A motion poster was released this morning, showing the head of a partially deteriorating Terminator robot with the iconic Brad Fiedel-orchestrated theme music playing over it. Once done, the poster segues into the site’s countdown clock, teasing the movie trailer’s Thursday online premiere. Based on the original 1984 film by James Cameron, “Genisys,” which stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, Jason Clarke, Matt Smith, Byung-Hun Lee and J.K. Simmons, is directed by Alan Taylor. The film has recently received some scrutiny over its plot, with die-hard fans upset over a retooled origin for the series’ heroine, Sarah Connor, played by “Game […]
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