March 31, 2015 | 2:21 p.m.

Turn famous movie locations into ‘Pac-Man’ maps

A new function on Google Maps allows you to turn city streets -- like those of Chicago, above -- into "Pac-Man" maps. (Google Maps)
THE PLAYER Here’s one negative about Google’s adorable “Pac-Man” overlay of its maps function: It’s not always easy to find locations for famous James Bond races. Sure, it’s cute to navigate the parking lot of Dodger Stadium with Pac-Man and his not-so-friendly pals, but we at Hero Complex wanted to relive the scenic chase of “The Spy Who Loved Me,” the one off the coasts of  Sardinia, Italy. It took a couple of tries for it to work, but we finally got the roads surrounding the Hotel Cala Di Volpe to be remade as a “Pac-Man” game (the first few times we were told there weren’t enough roads for a game). Whew. An important job, but someone has to do it. Earlier Tuesday, in what many believe is an April Fool’s joke 24 hours early (although there’s no joking around when it comes to a […]
March 31, 2015 | 1:40 p.m.

‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ trailer: Tom Hardy on the run

Tom Hardy in "Mad Max: Fury Road." (Warner Bros.)
The new trailer for George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road” is out, and it finds Tom Hardy in a bind. “In this wasteland, I’m the one who runs from both the living and the dead” opens the voiceover as Hardy’s Mad Max Rockatansky is doing just that. “A man reduced to a single instinct: survive.” “Fury Road,” set for a May 15 release, marks the relaunch of the post-apocalyptic “Mad Max” franchise that kicked off with Mel Gibson as the titular hero in 1979. Unlike most recent reboots, “Fury Road” marks director Miller returning to the franchise for the fourth time to revisit the world he started over 35 years ago. The trailer, viewable above, reveals more of the post-apocalyptic desert wasteland the film is set in, as well as a better glimpse of Hugh Keays-Byrne as the villainous warlord […]
March 31, 2015 | 1:29 p.m.

Dennis Hopeless introduces ‘House of M’ to Secret Wars’ Battleworld

'House of M' #1 (Marvel)
In Marvel’s original “House of M,” Wanda Maximoff helped usher in a seismic change in the universe with her “No more mutants” proclamation — a charge that essentially wiped out the powers of millions of mutants. But what if that never happened? What if the Magneto-led utopia that the Scarlet Witch had previously created had just continued? That is the premise of Marvel’s new “House of M.” This new worldview will shape the Monarchy of M territory and will be part of the ongoing Secret Wars’ Battleworld series. Dennis Hopeless, who’s current run on “Spider-Woman” is getting a lot of positive buzz after a brief cover controversy, is shaping this universe, with art from Kris Anka. Hero Complex is revealing the cover for issue No. 1, and we caught up with Hopeless to ask a bit about this new section of Battleworld and the family dynamics in […]
March 31, 2015 | 6:57 a.m.

Are Adam West and Burt Ward returning to the Batcave?

'Batman & Robin'
It’s been a long bat-time and it’s a different bat-channel, but Adam West and Burt Ward appear to be heading back to Wayne Manor. The two dropped the news at a convention over the weekend in Charlotte, N.C., telling the assembled crowd at the Mad Monster Party that there will be at least one 90-minute animated film to celebrate the 50th anniversary of 1966 film “Batman: The Movie.” Insert full-color “POW!” and “ZAP!!” animations here. PHOTOS: Batman actors through the years Well, hopefully. A spokesperson for Warner Bros. Home Entertainment declined to comment, saying the company will only speak on “official announcements.” Ward, however, was far from quiet about the proposed project. “You can look forward to a new animated ‘Batman’ full-length 90-minute feature, coming out on the 50th anniversary,” said Ward, who portrayed Robin for the campy film and series. The […]
March 30, 2015 | 4:45 p.m.

Google’s ‘Ingress’ and ‘Endgame': What’s next?

The view of downtown Pasadena, as seen via "Ingress." (Niantic Labs)
Lord Ogre — that’s not his real name — wanted to lose weight, so he started playing “Ingress.” Silussa — not her real name — wanted to better know Chicago after relocating from Portland, so she started playing “Ingress.” They were just two of the approximately 2,000 attendees who descended upon downtown Pasadena on Saturday for an “Ingress” meet-up. “Ingress” is a game-meets-social-experiment from Google, one in which players battle for the virtual control of real-world spaces such as a church, a mural or a Metro stop. A mobile phone becomes a sort of interactive game board, pinpointing a players’ real-world location and overlaying it with a game of alien warfare. “It’s like Risk,” said Andrew Krug, who flew in for the gathering from the Washington, D.C., area. “Except in real life.” For Google, “Ingress,” born in the technology giant’s Niantic Labs, […]
March 30, 2015 | 1:14 p.m.

Is Hugh Jackman hanging up his Wolverine claws?

Hugh Jackman as Logan in "X-Men: Days of Future Past." (Twentieth Century Fox)
Hugh Jackman — who has played Wolverine in seven “X-Men”-related films and counting — appears to be nearing the end of his run as the ornery Marvel mutant. The actor is set to reprise his long-running role in a third as-yet-untitled solo Wolverine film in 2017, a project he’s now alluding will be his last hurrah as the character. The star hinted at the news in a recent Instagram post (below) that reads “WOLVERINE …ONE LAST TIME. HJ” Don’t despair — there may still be a few opportunities to see Jackman in the Wolverine role. Although it is unconfirmed, Jackman is rumored to be appearing in “X-Men: Apocalypse,” due in theaters May 27, 2016, and could potentially make a cameo in “Deadpool,” set for February 12, 2016. Jackson’s Instagram post comes just days after Jennifer Lawrence revealed to MTV that “Apocalypse” will mark her last appearance as the shape-shifting Mystique. The […]
March 30, 2015 | 1:09 p.m.

‘Mortal Instruments’ TV series ‘Shadowhunters’ coming to ABC Family

A scene from "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones." (Screen Gems)
“Shadowhunters,” a new TV series in the “Mortal Instruments” franchise, is coming to ABC Family. The show will go into production in May in Toronto, the network announced Monday. Based on the bestselling “The Mortal Instruments” YA urban fantasy book series by Cassandra Clare, “Shadowhunters” follows young heroine Clary Fray as she becomes entangled in the world of Shadowhunters — human-angel hybrids who hunt down demons — after her mother is attacked and taken by a demon. In order to save her mother, she must team up with a band of Shadowhunters, including the captivating Jace Wayland, uncover family secrets and tap into powers she never knew she had. Follow @ABCFamily’s @ShadowhuntersTV, a new TV series based on The Mortal Instruments book series by @cassieclare! https://t.co/l61eKTmKvU — Shadowhunters (@ShadowhuntersTV) March 30, 2015 “Shadowhunters” picks up with Clary “living among faeries, warlocks, […]
March 30, 2015 | 12:41 p.m.

‘Game of Thrones’ star Maisie Williams joins ‘Doctor Who’ cast

Maisie Williams will guest star in "Doctor Who." (BBC)
“Game of Thrones” star Maisie Williams, who plays fan-favorite character Arya Stark in “Game of Thrones,” is headed to the TARDIS. The 17-year-old actress will guest star in the upcoming season of “Doctor Who,” the BBC announced Monday, though her character remains a mystery. “It’s not possible to say too much about who or what she’s playing, but she is going to challenge the Doctor in very unexpected ways,” the show’s lead writer and executive producer, Steven Moffat, said in a statement. “This time he might just be out of his depth, and we know Maisie is going to give him exactly the right sort of hell.” The sci-fi adventure series, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013, returns this fall for its ninth season since rebooting a decade ago. The show centers around a time-traveling alien known simply as […]
March 30, 2015 | 10:34 a.m.

‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ video introduces Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver

Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch and Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Quicksilver in Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron." (Jay Maidment / Marvel)
A new featurette for Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” offers a closer look at newcomers Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. The video, which Marvel released Monday, showcases the formidable sister-and-brother team Wanda and Pietro Maximoff, portrayed on the big screen by Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and their superpowers and contrasting personalities. “Quicksilver is very fast,” director Joss Whedon says in the video (watch it above). “As fast or almost as fast as a bullet.” He’s also quick-tempered, Taylor-Johnson notes. Meanwhile, Scarlet Witch is “grounded and thoughtful,” Olsen explains. As for her powers, they seem to diverge somewhat from her comic-book ability to alter reality. “She’s got telekinesis, she can move things, and she can get inside your head so that all your worst fears or doubts come to the fore,” Whedon says in the video. And judging from the featurette […]
March 30, 2015 | 8:06 a.m.

‘Halo 5′ gets a release date, two new trailers

Halo 5
Two new trailers, each showing similar events from a different point of view, give a peak into the potentially opposing storylines of “Halo 5: Guardians.” The bad news? They’re live-action and don’t tell us how the game actually looks. The good news? “Halo 5: Guardians” now has a release date. “Halo 5: Guardians” is set to launch Oct. 27, and all indications are that it will showcase a more human quest for its stars. The teasers premiered during AMC’s finale for “The Walking Dead” on Sunday. In one, future solider Spartan Locke is seen walking toward a statue of “Halo” hero Master Chief, but the voice-over indicates that Master Chief is now viewed as a traitor. Toward the clip’s end, we see a wounded Master Chief as Spartan Locke raises his weapon. The other, below, flips the script, as Master Chief slowly […]
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