May 20, 2015 | 11:21 a.m.
Longtime fans of HBO’s grisly “Game of Thrones” will tell you that the dark fantasy show is notoriously packed with murder, torture, dismemberment, incest and Coldplay. Wait, what was that last one? In a break from all that violence and dragonfire, the cast of the HBO hit is teaming with Chris Martin and company for a special musical performance this Thursday as part of the inaugural U.S. version of the U.K.’s live fundraising telethon Red Nose Day. “Game of Thrones: The Musical” will no doubt be among the highlights of the event, with several prominent members of House Lannister and House Stark joining Coldplay for tuneful tales of life and death in Westeros. In a teaser for the show (above), Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister on “Thrones”) hams it up in as he croons a short ditty pointing out that, while major characters such as Ned Stark, […]
May 19, 2015 | 11:44 a.m.
Everything is going to change. Again. After barely surviving the Maze Trials in last year’s “The Maze Runner,” Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and his fellow Gladers now come face-to-face with a grim, post-apocalyptic reality in the first trailer for the sequel, “The Scorch Trials.” The second chapter of the YA trilogy based on the book series by James Dashner, “Scorch” finds Thomas, Teresa (Kaya Scodelario), Newt (Thomas Brodie-Sangster), Minho (Ki Hong Lee) and the other survivors being introduced to a larger world of political intrigue and rebellion, where the truth may not be what it seems. And who is there to guide them in this harsh new world? Why, it’s Littlefinger himself — Aiden Gillen, familiar to fans as the duplicitous Lord Petyr Baelish on HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” He tells them, “The Maze was one thing, but you kids wouldn’t last one day out in the Scorch.” Oh, […]
May 12, 2015 | 12:04 p.m.
“Lucy” and “The Fifth Element” director Luc Besson is returning to live-action sci-fi, and he’s bringing two rising stars with him. Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne will suit up as the leads in “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” based on Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mezieres’ comic “Valerian and Laureline,” first published in France in 1967. The titular heroes are special agents able to manipulate space-time. The characters had many adventures together in the comic, with the final installment published in 2010, so it’s not out of the realm of possibility that Besson is aiming to launch a new film franchise. The French filmmaker announced the news on Twitter, starting with his first tweet since joining the social network: My first tweet ever! Let’s share a real news! My next film is a big sci-fi: #Valerian and the City of […]
May 12, 2015 | 11:07 a.m.
The American Revolution will be serialized in Brian Wood and Andrea Mutti’s new Dark Horse limited series “Rebels.” Hero Complex readers get an exclusive look at issue No. 2 at the top of the post, along with a few words from Wood about the origins of “Rebels,” its fresh take on a familiar historical era, and what readers can expect in upcoming issues. Over the last decade and a half, the prolific Wood has endowed his stories, settings and characters with an uncanny — and heavily researched — authenticity, whether he’s focusing on restless contemporary youths in “Local,” battle-hardened Vikings in Vertigo’s “Northlanders,” embedded journalists chronicling America’s Second Civil War in the speculative post-9/11 thriller “DMZ,” or environmentalists scraping by after the world has ended in the recent “Massive.” Now, he’s bringing that sense of verisimilitude to a historical tale that mixes […]
May 05, 2015 | 2:46 p.m.
Fans who just can’t wait to take in all the post-apocalyptic mayhem, muscles and muscle cars of the long-awaited “Mad Max: Fury Road” can get an early fix in Vertigo’s new hardcover book, “Mad Max: Fury Road — Inspired Artists.” The book collects 65 noted comic book artists and presents their unique visions of the film — the first entry in the George Miller-directed franchise in 30 years. As you’d expect, the diverse array of artists — including Michael Allred, Jim Lee, Bill Sienkiewicz, Tara McPherson, Paul Pope, Eric Powell, Cliff Chiang, David Mack, Gilbert Hernandez and many more — offer a wide variety of styles, although the subject largely remains the same: Crash. Boom. Bang. Repeat. As a sneak peek at what readers can expect, the exclusive image at the top of this article is by Eisner nominee Darick Robertson, who co-created “Transmetropolitan” […]
May 05, 2015 | 7:00 a.m.
Aliens, droids, dark lords and pilots — all captured by the camera of legendary photographer Annie Leibovitz. That’s what the latest issue of Vanity Fair has on display, featuring key interviews and revealing exclusive on-set images of the J.J. Abrams-directed “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Watch the video at the top of the post for a behind-the-scenes peek at Leibovitz’s shoot. Here are some of the juiciest tidbits for fans dying to know more about the mysteries of “The Force Awakens”: — Abrams promises that “Episode VII” will “return to the franchise’s roots with a newfound commitment to practical effects,” including a Millennium Falcon set that inspired tears of joy from the crew and an actual working X-Wing (OK, maybe it doesn’t really fly, but it looks as if it could). — Among the film’s potential practical elements? Jar Jar Binks’ bones. His […]
May 04, 2015 | 5:30 p.m.
Marvel fans have been wondering whether Scarlett Johansson will ever suit up for a Black Widow solo movie, following in the footsteps of Iron Man, Hulk, Thor and Captain America. If the studio ever gets around to it, they now have a hilarious “Saturday Night Live” spoof to remind them of what not to do. When “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” co-star Johansson hosted “SNL” this weekend, it didn’t take long for her perpetually supporting role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe — and the state of onscreen female superheroes — to be skewered on the episode. The spoof arrives at a time when Marvel Studios — and the superhero genre at large — has come under fire for the representation of female heroes on the big screen. A new batch of leaked emails from the Sony hack, posted at Wikileaks.org, indicates that Marvel Studios is still wary of […]
May 04, 2015 | 11:30 a.m.
While Marvel’s “The Avengers” had superhero movie fans lining up at the multiplex this weekend, DC Comics’ antiheroic Task Force X of “Suicide Squad” was assembling on social media. After recently revealing Jared Leto’s new look as the Joker, writer-director David Ayer tweeted the first photo of the rest of the film’s cast in full costume on Sunday, giving fans a peek at Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn and Will Smith as ace assassin Deadshot, among others. The film’s villains — drafted by a shady government organization to pull off missions not suited for traditional superheroes — are seen in Belle Reve Penitentiary, and appear ready for all sorts of weird action. Task Force X assembled and ready. #SuicideSquad pic.twitter.com/fEV7E1aPsm — David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) May 3, 2015 From left, the photo features Slipknot (Adam Beach), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), Katana (Karen Fukuhara), Enchantress (Cara Delevingne), […]
May 04, 2015 | 11:11 a.m.
May the fourth — “Star Wars” Day — has arrived. With that in mind, we thought it was an ideal date to continue our look back at the Los Angeles Times’ original reviews of the first “Star Wars” trilogy. Today brings us 1980’s “Star Wars: Episode V — The Empire Strikes Back,” which had some very big shoes to fill after the original 1977 film ruled the box office, won a slew of major awards and ultimately altered the filmmaking landscape in Hollywood. Times film critic Charles Champlin gave the 1977 original a sterling review, but saved his best compliments for “Empire,” while also looking beyond the first sequel to the series’ “grand design,” which will continue this December with the release of “Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens.” With his only gripe being the film’s slight over-length (a full […]
April 14, 2015 | 12:18 p.m.
It was a Marvel family reunion at Tuesday night’s world premiere of “Avengers: Age of Ultron” in Hollywood. Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and the rest of the “Ultron” cast were joined by past, present and future Marvel Studios stars on the red carpet at the Dolby Theatre. ———— For the Record April 15, 4:05 p.m.: This story states that “Avengers: Age of Ultron” will conclude the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s second phase. “Age of Ultron” is Marvel’s penultimate Phase 2 film. The last film is “Ant-Man.” ———— “Ultron” costars Samuel L. Jackson, Don Cheadle, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, James Spader, Julie Delpy and Claudia Kim made appearances, as well as “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” cast members including Ming-Na Wen, Clark Gregg, Elizabeth Henstridge, Adrianne Palicki and more. Likewise, newcomers to the Marvel Cinematic Universe such as Paul Rudd […]