Jan. 29, 2015 | 1:45 p.m.
“A.K.A. Jessica Jones” is adding another actor to its growing ensemble. Actress Rachael Taylor (“Grey’s Anatomy”) will play Patricia “Trish” Walker, a close friend and ally to the title character of Marvel’s upcoming 13-episode series for Netflix, which is slated to premiere later this year. A syndicated radio talk show host, former model and child TV star, Walker first appeared in comics (where she’s called Patsy, not Trish) in 1944; she went on to receive her own heroic identity, Hellcat, 32 years later. “The character is a star and a powerhouse, and required an actress who is both,” said executive producer and show runner Melissa Rosenberg in a statement. Rosenberg (“Dexter,” “Twilight”) will oversee the series, which will star Krysten Ritter as Jones. After a short-lived run as a superhero, Jone sets up shop as a private investigator in New […]
Jan. 29, 2015 | 10:32 a.m.
“Terminator: Genisys” star Arnold Schwarzenegger delivers his trademark line in a radically new environment in the newly released clip for Paramount’s summer action film. In the new TV spot, scheduled to debut this weekend during the Super Bowl, Schwarzenegger assures Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) of his swift return while jumping from a moving aircraft into the night sky. The brief but fast-paced clip is the latest to showcase footage from the movie, which will return the iconic sci-fi franchise to the screen. Directed by Alan Taylor (“Game of Thrones,” “Thor: The Dark World”), “Terminator Genisys” radically recasts Schwarzenegger’s cyborg as a father figure to Sarah Connor — he’s now known as the Guardian. But the fundamental setup of the film mirrors James Cameron’s groundbreaking favorite from 1984, with John Connor (Jason Clarke) sending his close ally Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) […]
Jan. 29, 2015 | 8:11 a.m.
“Supergirl” has found its Jimmy Olsen, casting “True Blood” alumnus Mehcad Brooks in the staple role. Word came late Tuesday that Brooks, whose previous credits include “Necessary Roughness” and “Desperate Housewives,” will star opposite Melissa Benoist’s Kara Zor-El. Supergirl, comics fans know, is Superman’s cousin Kara Zor-El. Like Kal-El, Kara escaped Krypton before it was destroyed and arrived on Earth after her cousin, with whom she shares an array of superhuman abilities. The show will focus on a 24-year-old Kara who is ready to stop hiding her powers and become a hero. In the comics, James “Jimmy” Olsen is a young photographer who works with Clark Kent and Lois Lane in the Daily Planet Newsroom, but in the upcoming CBS series, Jimmy and Kara are colleagues at a media company called CatCo. (Astute comic fans might remember the “Superman” character […]
Jan. 29, 2015 | 8:00 a.m.
Studio Ghibli fans can add three new films to their collections. Walt Disney Studios is releasing “Tales from Earthsea,” “Porco Rosso” and “Pom Poko” on Blu-ray on Feb. 3. “Tales from Earthsea,” based on the fantasy book series by Ursula K. Le Guin and directed by Goro Miyazaki (“From Up on Poppy Hill”), is set in a mythical world thrown out of balance. Crops are dwindling, humanity is descending into chaos, and dragons have reappeared. The story follows master wizard Sparrowhawk (voiced by Timothy Dalton) and troubled Prince Arren (Matt Levin) as they search for the mysterious force that threatens their world. The dub also includes the voice talents of Mariska Hargitay, Willem Dafoe and Cheech Marin. The Blu-ray release features bonus material, including the original Japanese storyboards, trailers and TV spots, and behind-the-scenes featurettes. Tuesday’s release marks the first […]
Jan. 29, 2015 | 6:00 a.m.
The Goon has never had too much trouble with things he can punch — zombies, robots, hobos. But the coven terrorizing his town is striking at his soul. In writer-artist Eric Powell’s four-part “The Goon: Once Upon a Hard Time,” which picks up right after the heartbreaking, hell-raising end of the recent miniseries “The Goon: Occasion of Revenge,” the big guy is on a collision course with the supernatural enemies who want to add his spirit to the power of the unnamed town’s curse. Among the many Eisner Awards that Powell has won with his tough-to-not-like crime-boss creation is one for humor publication — but that was 10 years ago, and as the Goon enters his 50th issue at his longtime Dark Horse Comics home, it’s a dark time. It might even be the end. Hero Complex readers can get […]
Jan. 27, 2015 | 7:57 a.m.
The first trailer for “Fantastic Four” is out, offering a glimpse of the super-powered quartet’s retooled origin story. The trailer, released Tuesday, opens with four sweeping landscape views — New York City, mountaintops, a house in a neighborhood and cornfields — presumably of the homes of each member of the foursome. “How did we get this far? Human beings have an immeasurable desire to discover, to invent, to build,” the voiceover narrates. “Our future depends on us furthering these ideals — a responsibility that rests on the shoulders of generations to come. But with every new discovery there is risk, there is sacrifice, and there are consequences.” The inventor, of course, is Reed Richards, who is shown as a bespectacled child experimenting in a garage and then as a grown-up scientist (played by “Whiplash” actor Miles Teller) walking through an […]
Jan. 26, 2015 | 11:12 a.m.
“Doctor Who” star David Tennant will play a villain in Marvel’s upcoming Netflix show “A.K.A. Jessica Jones,” a 13-episode series set to premiere later this year. The Scottish actor has been cast as Kilgrave, an enigmatic figure from the heroine’s past whose reappearance shakes her world, Marvel announced Monday. Tennant, who has recently appeared on American screens in the mystery series “Gracepoint,” is best known for his turn as the time-traveling protagonist in “Doctor Who.” His five-year tenure as the 10th incarnation of the Time Lord revitalized TV’s longest-running sci-fi series and paved the way for its popularity this side of the pond. “I’m so honored and excited by the prospect of David inhabiting this multifaceted character,” said writer-producer Melissa Rosenberg in a post on Marvel’s blog. “He can deliver the most heart-wrenching moment to the driest of lines, and […]
Jan. 24, 2015 | 7:30 a.m.
THE PLAYER Before an interview via video conference even starts, game designer Tim Schafer jots down a message, then holds the note up to the computer screen. “I killed a guy,” it reads. Schafer’s games are laced with humor, and so are his interviews. The independent designer hasn’t of course killed anyone, but he has been accused of killing an entire genre. When Schafer released “Grim Fandango,” a Day of the Dead-style noir, in 1998, its disappointing sales were blamed for dooming the adventure game, a plot-driven field that once had believers thinking games were the new cinema. Yet “Grim Fandango” was so ahead of its time that its time may be now. Today it’s celebrated as one of gaming’s greatest moments, and the title is on the verge of being re-released Tuesday in high-definition for home computers and Sony’s […]
Jan. 24, 2015 | 5:30 a.m.
THE PLAYER The hero at the core of the independent game “Gravity Ghost” is in fact an adolescent: 12-year-old Iona. Even more unusual, she’s dead — an apparition who haunts the solar system, looking for lost souls to save. Far from a ghost story, this title created by Erin Robinson takes a fanciful eye to the afterlife, turning the high-flying spirit into something of an outer space superhero. She treats the cosmos as a giant intergalactic plaything, toying with planets as if they were bouncy balls and turning globes into gelatinous, fish-tank-like orbs. Underlying it all is the sadness that comes with knowing a young life was lost. How Iona died and why she’s on an intergalactic quest becomes the title’s central mystery, lending an air of emotional complexity to a game that explores the wonders of a girl in […]
Jan. 23, 2015 | 11:35 a.m.
Five new character posters for “Insurgent” offer an interactive look at key figures in the upcoming sequel to “Divergent.” The posters feature heroine Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley), her ally and love interest Four (Theo James), the villainous Jeanine Matthews (Kate Winslet) and new characters Johanna Reyes (Octavia Spencer) and Evelyn Johnson (Naomi Watts). Check out the interactive posters below or still versions in the gallery above. “Insurgent,” which follows last year’s “Divergent,” is based on the second novel in Veronica Roth’s bestselling YA trilogy. The tale follows young heroine Beatrice “Tris” Prior (Woodley), a girl who discovers she doesn’t fit neatly into one of five rigidly divided societal factions in a dystopian future version of Chicago, but rather has aptitude for multiple factions — a dangerous trait known as divergence. She joins Dauntless, the faction based on bravery, to hide her […]