July 28, 2014 | 2:14 p.m.
The first official teaser trailer has arrived for “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” the film that will bring to a close Bilbo Baggins’ journey and mark the conclusion of Peter Jackson’s years-long cinematic exploration of J.R.R. Tolkien’s world of Middle-earth. Set to open Dec. 17, the film enjoyed a high-profile presence at San Diego’s Comic-Con International this past weekend, where Comedy Central host and massive Tolkien nerd Stephen Colbert was on hand to moderate the Hall H presentation devoted to the series, dressed head to toe in the Lake-town garb he wore in his brief cameo in the last “Hobbit” film. Joining Colbert and Jackson on the stage were a full assortment of familiar faces from both the “Hobbit” and the “Lord of the Rings” films, including Cate Blanchett, Andy Serkis, Benedict Cumberbatch, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Elijah Wood, Graham McTavish, […]
July 28, 2014 | 8:00 a.m.
Who is the most important person in Marvel Comics history? Several audience members responded to Mark Waid’s question by shouting back “Stan Lee!” No, the Eisner Award-winning “Daredevil” writer told the crowd gathered for a panel about Marvel’s 75th and the Man Without Fear’s 50th anniversaries. But they were close: It’s Lee’s wife Joanie, Waid said. In 1961, Lee “was starting to feel burned out” after 20 years and about 10,000 issues of various genre stories under the direction of publisher Martin Goodman, said Waid, an expert on comics history, and was looking to do something else with his life. “It was his wife Joanie,” Waid continued, “who said … ‘If you’re done with comics and go away and do something else, at least take one last shot and do something that you really want to do… And if it […]
July 28, 2014 | 7:00 a.m.
Chuck Palahniuk paused while describing the story of the upcoming “Fight Club 2” to read the Comic-Con reminder that some audience members may be under 18. He then mentioned, in moderate language, that the unnamed narrator from his 1996 novel and fellow support group faker Marla, now married in the 10-issue Dark Horse comic book continuation, “haven’t had great sex in 10 years,” since Tyler Durden was around. “And Marla is desperate to get laid the way she got laid by Tyler, even if it means titrating her husband’s medication so that late at night she can coax Tyler out of suppression,” Palahniuk said, “even if it means doing this to the extent that Tyler is more and more in the world and eventually destroys their home and their family and drags them into chaos” in search of the couple’s […]
July 28, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.
If Hollywood seemed a tad quieter than normal this past weekend, there was a good reason: Like moths to a porch light — or Batman to the Bat Signal — film and television creators, executives and stars were drawn en masse to downtown San Diego in an effort to drum up excitement for their upcoming wares at the annual Comic-Con International pop-culture expo. The unveiling of the first footage from the highly anticipated superhero mash-up “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and an extended early glimpse at “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” may have sent the biggest reverberations through the four-day film, television, video-game and comic-book fest. But there was plenty of other news to stir the excitement of the 130,000 or so convention-goers who descended upon the San Diego Convention Center, many decked out in costume, to watch exclusive […]
July 27, 2014 | 7:52 p.m.
Many amateur artists became part of a world record this weekend — another feather in the cap of “The Simpsons,” or more specifically, a feather on Homer’s Dome at San Diego’s Comic-Con International. Homer’s Dome is the name of a mural that sat next to the San Diego Convention Center, blank and awaiting thousands of willing painters. The canvas had 5,000 squares in a paint-by-numbers type of format that the organizers were trying to fill out over the course of Comic-Con. The FX/FXX team behind the event hoped to break the Guinness World Record for the most people contributing to a single work of art. The previous record was 2,000 people, so even if participants filled in two squares each, they’d break the record. PHOTOS FROM COMIC-CON: The scene | Cosplay “The Simpsons” is no stranger to holding records with […]
July 27, 2014 | 5:22 p.m.
“The Boxtrolls,” the upcoming animated film from Laika, features creatures who, among other things, eat bugs. In the spirit of having fans experience everything the movie characters do, the “Boxtrolls” lunch truck rolled into Comic-Con International touting a menu of insect delights. Those daring enough to partake could munch on grasshopper kabobs, tarantulas and worm quesadillas. Boxtrolls eat them by the handful, but at least on the truck you get cheese and a red pepper or two to make them go down a little easier. And, it’s not an easy task. Worm quesadillas may be palatable in terms of consistency, but the grasshoppers require a lot of chewing — and even then, you’re probably going to swallow a leg or two whole. PHOTOS FROM COMIC-CON: The scene | Cosplay But, as famed bug connoisseur David George Gordon says, we have […]
July 27, 2014 | 10:14 a.m.
In the 35 years since Australian director George Miller made his debut with a gritty, high-octane post-apocalyptic action film called “Mad Max,” his road has taken many a twist and turn. The shoestring-budgeted “Mad Max” launched its star, Mel Gibson, to worldwide fame and spawned two hit sequels — 1981’s “The Road Warrior” and 1985’s “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome” — and Miller went on to make such varied films as “The Witches of Eastwick,” “Lorenzo’s Oil,” “Babe” and “Happy Feet.” Now, much to his surprise, Miller’s road has led him back to the “Mad Max” franchise, which he is rebooting with “Mad Max: Fury Road,” starring Tom Hardy — in the role Gibson originated — along with Charlize Theron. Hero Complex caught up with Miller just hours after footage from the film, which opens May 15, 2015, was greeted with raucous applause at Warner Bros.’ Comic-Con International panel. Hero Complex: This is your […]
July 27, 2014 | 9:45 a.m.
Seth Meyers has recruited some of his famous friends to guest star in the 10-episode second season of his Hulu original show “The Awesomes.” Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph and Will Forte are taking on roles in the show about a group of subpar superheroes attempting to replace some more venerable counterparts (loosely based on DC’s Justice League). The trio joins a group of current and former “Saturday Night Live” actors who have enjoyed turns on the series, including Taran Killam, Bill Hader, Kenan Thompson, Cecily Strong, Bobby Moynihan, Rachel Dratch and Colin Quinn, who plays a highly intelligent but racist ape. The casting news came at the “Awesomes” Comic-Con International panel Saturday, at which Meyers was joined on stage by his fellow writer/executive producer Mike Shoemaker; actor and Seth’s brother Josh Meyers; head writer Dan Mintz, who also writes for […]
July 27, 2014 | 2:39 a.m.
“Grimm” might not be the highest-profile supernatural series, but the show’s cast and creators were treated like royalty during a Ballroom 20 panel presentation at Comic-Con International on Saturday. Producers Jim Kouf and David Greenwalt, director Norberto Barba and cast members Reggie Lee, Bitsie Tulloch, Sasha Roiz, Russell Hornsby, Claire Coffee, Bree Turner, Silas Weir Mitchell and David Giuntoli were on hand to discuss the series’ fourth season, which concluded with Turner’s Rosalee and Weir Mitchell’s Monroe, two different kinds of Wesen creatures, tying the knot, and Giuntoli’s Nick Burkhardt losing his powers. At the outset, audience members were treated to a video of the show’s characters offering their congratulations, or just reactions, to Monroe’s and Rosalee’s wedding, hilariously in some cases. But most of the presentation involved a lively discussion of the series’ evolving narrative, moderated by The Times’ […]
July 26, 2014 | 9:49 p.m.
While “Arrow” and “The Flash” are busy expanding the depiction of the DC Universe over on the CW, “Constantine” is coming to NBC. And according to executive producer David S. Goyer, they “have access to the occult corner of the DC universe.” The series stars Matt Ryan as John Constantine, an exorcist who carries the guilt of what happened to a friend’s daughter when her exorcism went horribly wrong. While a very familiar DC hero mask makes a cameo appearance in the pilot episode, which screened during the show’s panel on Saturday afternoon, Goyer cautioned that the series wouldn’t become a “guest star of the week” type of series. That said, Goyer said that the series wouldn’t shy away from its comic book roots. “There are over 300 issues of ‘Hellblazer,'” Goyer said. “Some of the best writers in the […]