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 […]
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 […]
Feb. 02, 2011 | 10:22 a.m.
NEW ON DVD AND BLU-RAY: “LET ME IN” Vampires can’t see their own reflection in mirrors and, apparently, vampire actors have a hard time watching themselves on the screen. “The funny thing about ‘Let Me In,’ ” starlet Chloë Moretz says of the blood-sucker movie that has just landed on DVD and Blu-ray, “is that I scare myself when I watch the movie. I know where scary parts are, I know when she’s going to jump up, but I scream anyway. There’s this creepy little vampire girl, and I know she’s going to jump up but I still scream.” The Matt Reeves-directed “Let Me In” earned strong reviews but was a bit of a fizzle at the box office, but Moretz is hopeful that — like her other signature film, “Kick-Ass” — it will find a following on home video that gives the movie a longer shelf-life in […]
Jan. 27, 2011 | 3:07 p.m.
I just got off the phone with Chloe Moretz, who is working on the set of “30 Rock” in snowy Manhattan. After talking about next Tuesday’s release of “Let Me In” on home video (check back for that story early next week), I had to ask her about “The Hunger Games.” There are legions of fans who would love to see the “Kick-Ass” actress starring in the role of fiery Katniss Everdeen as Hollywood moves forward with the screen adaptation of the Suzanne Collins novels about a grim future where teenagers are forced to fight to the death in a televised contest that plays out like some nightmarish mash-up of the CBS series “Survivor” and “The Running Man.” The real allure of the books, however, is seeing the world through the eyes of Katniss, one of the young contestants who happens to have a noble heart, remarkable resolve and […]
Oct. 01, 2010 | 3:17 p.m.
Michael Phillips reviews “Let Me In” for the Los Angeles Times: I’m a big, big fan of “Let the Right One In,” the chilling 2008 adaptation of John Ajvide Lindqvist’s bestseller about the pale female vampire who is “12 … more or less,” and whose budding friendship with a severely bullied boy living in the same apartment complex, with minimal parental supervision, leads to a gory confrontation with his tormentors. Now we have “Let Me In,” a shrewd American remake of the Swedish original. The action has been relocated to 1983 Los Alamos, N.M. Writer-director Matt Reeves, working in a very different key than his previous, bombastically scaled but juicy “Cloverfield,” has done a couple of interesting things with the story structure, creating a flashback that catches up to itself around the one-third point. In one instance he has improved […]