March 19, 2014 | 5:56 p.m.
“Divergent” is expected to be a blockbuster when it opens in theaters Friday, but for fans of the bestselling young adult book trilogy on which the film is based, it’s a chance to see author Veronica Roth’s dystopian future come to life on the big screen. The film, directed by Neil Burger, is set in a future society where teenagers are tested and strictly divided into factions based on their personalities. Young heroine Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) discovers she is divergent, meaning she shows an aptitude for multiple factions, and she decides to join Dauntless, the faction based on bravery. But she’s not the only one to leave Abnegation, the faction that values selflessness, behind. Her brother Caleb, portrayed in the film by Ansel Elgort, chooses to join Erudite, the faction that values knowledge, and the decision pits him against […]
Jan. 14, 2014 | 2:59 p.m.
“Carrie,” last year’s big-screen retelling of Stephen King’s first published novel, arrives on DVD and Blu-ray Tuesday with an alternate ending and some featurettes exploring the making of the film, which stars Chloe Grace Moretz as the traumatized telekinetic who becomes the brunt of a cruel prom night prank. The experience of making the film, a remake of Brian De Palma’s 1976 classic starring Sissy Spacek in an Oscar-nominated turn, was profoundly emotional for the young actress, who shot to fame with memorable turns in such films as Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo” and the “Kick-Ass” movies, not to mention a winning guest stint on the television comedy “30 Rock.” In an interview with Hero Complex prior to the release of the movie, Moretz mentioned that she relied on the support of her family members to help carry her through the production. […]
Oct. 18, 2013 | 4:25 p.m.
“Carrie” filmmaker Kimberly Peirce didn’t exactly spark immediately to the idea of remaking “Carrie,” Brian De Palma’s 1976 Stephen King adaptation that offered up the indelible image of a wide-eyed Sissy Spacek wearing a blanket of pig’s blood over her homemade prom dress. The writer-director was famous for her searing dramas “Boys Don’t Cry,” about the rape and murder of transgendered Nebraska man Brandon Teena, and “Stop-Loss,” about the traumatic realities of soldiers being called back for multiple tours of duty in the Iraq war — not exactly mainstream genre fare. “I love horror, but I didn’t have the idea that, well, I want to go make a cheap horror remake and make a lot of money,” Peirce said. “And when they said, oh, well, they like you because of ‘Boys Don’t Cry,’ I just thought, well that doesn’t make […]
Oct. 17, 2013 | 7:00 a.m.
It’s conceivable that at some point in the near future, Chloe Grace Moretz could conquer the world. Perched on a sofa at a West Hollywood hotspot in slim black pants and a gray cardigan, the 16-year-old displays the same sort of unbridled moxie that she channeled as the pint-sized, foul-mouthed superhero Hit-Girl in the “Kick-Ass” movies. Her girlishness still comes through — Moretz laughs easily and has a fondness for the word “dude,” but when talking about her career path, she’s all business, articulating her professional goals with the conviction of a savvy strategist plotting a corporate takeover. When she speaks, she looks you straight in the eye. Even her Twitter bio offers a message of empowerment, advising her more than 725,000 followers to “live life to the fullest and never back down.” That innate confidence, however, nearly proved a […]
Oct. 11, 2013 | 4:32 p.m.
“The Hunger Games” heroine Katniss Everdeen takes the spotlight on the cover of the latest issue of the Hero Complex print magazine, available now. The lead story in the issue takes a look at the new wave of empowered young women in genre films — not just “Hunger Games” star Jennifer Lawrence, who returns to the arena in November’s anticipated sequel “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” but also “Divergent’s” Shailene Woodley and “Ender’s Game” actress Hailee Steinfeld. The issue also features new interviews with “Carrie” star Chloe Grace Moretz, discussing her take on the Stephen King-inspired horror classic, helmed by indie film icon Kimberly Peirce (“Boys Don’t Cry”) and Evangeline Lilly describing her role in Peter Jackson’s second installment in his planned J.R.R. Tolkien trilogy, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” due in December. We also caught up with fan […]
June 10, 2013 | 9:25 a.m.
Respected Italian comic book artist Francesco Francavilla will team with writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa on the new zombies-invade-Riverdale series “Afterlife With Archie” — Francavilla’s cover for the first issue, due out in October, can be seen here in its exclusive debut. The Eisner Award-winning artist (“Batman,” “Black Beetle”) will provide interiors for the title as well. Aguirre-Sacasa, currently a writer-producer on the TV series “Glee” and the writer who crafted the recent four-part “Archie Meets Glee” crossover, was inspired to pen the story after seeing Francavilla’s striking cover image. In the new comic, Sabrina the Teenage Witch inadvertently brings about the zombie apocalypse with a spell-gone-wrong, and the gang has to deal with the fallout while she attempts to restore order to Riverdale. With credits involving teens, horror and comics, Aguirre-Sacasa brings a unique set of credentials to the project. In addition […]
April 05, 2013 | 11:10 a.m.
“Evil Dead” isn’t the only high-profile horror remake in the spotlight this weekend. A new trailer for “Carrie,” Kimberly Peirce’s remake of Brian De Palma’s 1976 Stephen King adaptation, has debuted, and the clip seems designed to detail the saga of the telekinetic teen who suffers physical and emotional abuse at the hands of her deranged mother for viewers who might only have a passing familiarity with the original tale. We see Carrie White, here played by Chloe Grace Moretz, in high school, an outsider the subject of a great deal of torment, and we see her at home, where her overbearing mother (Oscar-nominated actress Julianne Moore) sometimes locks her in a closet to pray for forgiveness for her sins. And of course, there’s the reveal of the narrative’s central story line — the plot by a group of popular kids […]
Oct. 16, 2012 | 11:01 a.m.
It was one of the early roles that launched Sissy Spacek’s Hollywood career — now Chloe Grace Moretz appears ready to deliver an incendiary performance of her own in the upcoming remake of “Carrie.” After premiering at New York Comic Con, a very brief teaser trailer for the 2013 film is making the rounds online. The clip is long on fiery atmosphere and short on specifics: a camera swoops over burning buildings as various voices are heard talking about some kind of possibly supernatural incident, the final line pointing out that Carrie “wasn’t some monster — she was just a girl” — one, of course, who happened to live with a disturbed fanatic of a mother and who took lethal revenge on bullying classmates. “Carrie” is the first feature from director Kimberly Peirce since 2008’s “Stop-Loss,” though Peirce might perhaps […]