Aug. 10, 2013 | 2:10 p.m.
Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof might not have had star power to promote their upcoming film “Tomorrowland” at D23 — the film’s George Clooney did not appear at the Anaheim expo Saturday morning — but they did bring the “dusty old box” that inspired the mystery adventure set for release next year. The duo took to the D23 stage near the end of the studio’s live-action presentation Saturday, opening the box, which was supposedly found in the studio’s archives and is labeled “1952.” Together, they reviewed certain of the contents it initially contained, before introducing a bit of evocative animation that had been found inside, but it’s still not exactly clear what the new movie, which Bird is producing and directing, in addition to co-writing with Lindelof, is actually about. Bird noted that “the very word ‘Tomorrowland’ is evocative,” and […]
April 16, 2013 | 11:57 a.m.
“Star Trek Into Darkness” is one of the most highly anticipated movies of the coming summer season, and theater owners got a special preview of the May 17 release as CinemaCon kicked off in Las Vegas on Monday. The convention is heavy on big summer tent poles. “Man of Steel” and “Pacific Rim” were set to be previewed, along with “The Lone Ranger.” The 18 minutes of “Star Trek Into Darkness” footage included some of the 9-minute preview that screened before IMAX showings of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” late last year, as well as a scene in which the Enterprise beams out Mr. Spock from a volcano, inspiring the worship of the local Nibiru villagers, and another in which Chris Pine’s James T. Kirk strikes an uneasy alliance with villain John Harrison, played by Benedict Cumberbatch. “I think in […]
March 27, 2013 | 6:00 a.m.
Want to hear what Marvel Studios guru Kevin Feige has to say about “Iron Man 3″? Or Damon Lindelof’s take on why he’s like a covert agent in Hollywood, guarding some of the most exciting “Star Trek Into Darkness” secrets? Or how about director Joseph Kosinski talking about the aesthetics of spaceship design for his upcoming Tom Cruise-starrer “Oblivion”? Then check out the spring issue of the Hero Complex magazine, available for free at Meltdown Comics in L.A. or any of the three Midtown Comics locations in New York. In addition to stories about highly anticipated films, you’ll also find details on “The Walking Dead”; a preview of the game that hopes to bring new dimension to the survival horror genre, “The Last of Us”; and a thoughtful examination of the legacy of “X-Men” writing talent Chris Claremont. The cover […]
March 12, 2013 | 8:00 a.m.
Late last year, at a promotional event at the Santa Monica headquarters of J.J. Abrams’ production company Bad Robot, the trio of screenwriters who penned “Star Trek Into Darkness” gathered around a cocktail table to talk about the veil of secrecy that has surrounded the project nearly since its inception. Later that week, the opening nine minutes of the film were set to unspool ahead of Imax 3-D screenings of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” but Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Damon Lindelof still weren’t willing to reveal the film’s biggest secret: the identity of the villain played in the Abrams-directed sequel by English actor Benedict Cumberbatch. “Benedict doesn’t even know who he’s playing,” Lindelof joked. Even as the latest trailer for the film makes it debut, Lindelof continued to remain mum about the details of “Star Trek Into Darkness,” […]
Jan. 28, 2013 | 2:43 p.m.
Last week, filmmaker Brad Bird sent genre fans into a frenzy of speculation with a simple tweet showing the contents of a box that was supposedly discovered in the Walt Disney Co. archives along with the cryptic message, “The Box… opened.” The box, of course, was just a little something whipped up by screenwriter Damon Lindelof for his upcoming super top secret Disney project “1952,” which is set to be directed by Bird and star George Clooney. Today, that super secret project gets a title: “Tomorrowland.” The film is set to open Dec. 19, 2014. Bird is producing and directing the project, which was written by Bird and Lindelof from a concept by Lindelof and Entertainment Weekly writer Jeff Jensen. What’s the movie about? Well, that’s anyone’s guess. The photo Bird tweeted offered some possible clues for fans to ruminate […]
Jan. 25, 2013 | 4:39 p.m.
It’s a question that immediately sprang to the minds of fans of two franchises with Thursday’s news that J.J. Abrams will direct “Star Wars: Episode VII.” What happens to “Star Trek”? According to Paramount Vice Chairman Rob Moore, Abrams — who directed both 2009’s “Star Trek” and the upcoming sequel “Star Trek Into Darkness” — will still be involved in some capacity with a possible third “Trek” movie, at the minimum as a producer, if not also directing the film. Moore also pointed out that Abrams will continue to play a role in another of the studio’s most valuable franchises, “Mission: Impossible.” “J.J. will continue to develop projects for us including a new ‘Mission: Impossible,’ and he is committed to produce another ‘Star Trek,'” Moore said Friday afternoon. With 2009’s big-screen reboot of the beloved television and movie series, Abrams […]
Jan. 24, 2013 | 1:29 p.m.
Director Brad Bird sent genre fans into a whirlwind of speculation on Wednesday with a simple tweet showing the contents of a box that was supposedly discovered in the Walt Disney Co. archives along with the cryptic message, “The Box… opened.” The box, of course, is just a little something whipped up by screenwriter Damon Lindelof for his upcoming super top secret Disney project “1952,” which is set to be directed by Bird and star George Clooney. What is “1952” about? No one knows, but in “Lost” fashion, Lindelof is making his influences and inspirations public for fans to study, searching for meaning in every nuance. The archive box, marked simply “1952,” contains what appears to be photographs of Walt Disney himself, circa the 1950s, posing with a woman in one shot and a military man in uniform in another. […]
March 14, 2012 | 10:56 a.m.
SPIDER-MAN AT 50: It’s the 50th anniversary of Marvel’s greatest icon, and all year Hero Complex will talk to notable names about the character’s success and singular appeal. Today: A few thoughts on the hero from Damon Lindelof, the co-creator of “Lost” and screenwriter of “Prometheus,” “Cowboys and Aliens” and the upcoming “Star Trek” sequel. GB: It’s the 50th anniversary of Spider-Man, is he one of your favorite characters? If so, why? DL: Seriously, who doesn’t like Spider-Man? Tell me who that person is so I can punch them. Why is he so special? There are so many reasons. First and foremost, his entire origin story is wrapped around the idea that he made a horrible error in judgment… that his own selfishness resulted in a terrible tragedy that he is personally responsible for. This would be the equivalent of Kal-El callously ignoring Krypton’s impending […]
Jan. 13, 2012 | 5:37 p.m.
The “Star Trek” sequel is still way off in deep space — it won’t reach theaters until May 2013 — but there was a cosmic cast reunion Monday on the stretch of sidewalk in front of the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf over at the Sony lot in Culver City. Throughout the morning, the crew members of the Starship Enterprise were scheduled for fittings with the wardrobe department and the atmosphere was a bit like the first day of school with big grins, backslaps, hugs and handshakes. There was Simon Pegg (Scotty) and John Cho (Mr. Sulu) ducking into the coffee shop just before lunchtime and, on the patio out front, Bruce Greenwood (Capt. Christopher Pike) and cast newcomer Peter Weller discussing their golf swings and the enduring allure of John Le Carre novels. Pegg, with a toothy grin, stopped by Greenwood’s table to pay his respects: […]
Dec. 22, 2011 | 3:48 p.m.
What exactly is Ridley Scott building in outer space? That’s the great riddle of 2012 for the film fans eagerly awaiting “Prometheus,” Scott’s first sci-fi film since 1982’s “Blade Runner.” Back in 2010, Scott sat on stage at our very own Hero Complex Film Festival and announced his intended return to the universe of “Alien” with a prequel (or two) that would further explore mysteries presented in that 1979 masterpiece of deep-space horror. That ambition took Scott in “a completely different direction” than he anticipated, he would say later, but the result — which is called “Prometheus” and hits theaters in June — still possesses “the original DNA” of “Alien.” What does that mean exactly? Good question, but don’t expect any definitive answers from the new trailer that arrived Thursday; it has plenty of fascinating images (some of them familar to “Alien” fans) but no real clarity about the nature […]