Dean DeBlois

June 11, 2014 | 5:00 a.m.

‘How to Train Your Dragon 2′: America Ferrera wants Astrid as chief

“How to Train Your Dragon 2″ doesn’t hit theaters until Friday, but the stars of the film are already preparing for a third chapter. Jay Baruchel, who voices Hiccup, the outcast Viking who befriends a dragon named Toothless in the first installment of the franchise, said he is looking forward to continue his character’s journey into manhood. “I hope Hiccup continues on his trajectory to virility,” Baruchel joked. Taking place at the TCL Chinese 6 Theaters, the  screening of “How to Train Your Dragon 2″ kicked off Day 2 of the Hero Complex Film Festival on May 31. Programming also included a screening of “Gremlins” and a conversation with director Joe Dante, as well as an appearance from James Cameron, who spoke about his storied career and writing process between screenings of “Terminator” and “Terminator 2.” At the “How to […]
June 10, 2014 | 12:14 p.m.

‘How to Train Your Dragon 2′: Jay Baruchel finds joy in voicing Hiccup

For the stars of “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” which opens in theaters Friday, the potential challenges of voice acting aren’t necessarily a problem. In fact, Jay Baruchel, who voices Hiccup, the outcast Viking who befriends a dragon named Toothless, said he found comfort in working solo. “For whatever reason, it agrees with me,” the actor said recently, speaking at the fifth annual Hero Complex Film Festival. “There’s something really nice about only having your voice and making it really pure and concentrated and kind of distilling whatever the beat that you’re meant to be doing just through your voice. I adore it.” Taking place at the TCL Chinese 6 Theaters, the screening of “How to Train Your Dragon 2″ kicked off Day 2 of the Hero Complex Film Festival on May 31. Programming also included a screening of […]
June 09, 2014 | 10:00 a.m.

‘How to Train Your Dragon 2′ director talks recruiting Cate Blanchett

In “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” the young Viking Hiccup is reunited with an important figure from his past — Valka, a character voiced by Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett. “I had her in mind when I wrote the character,” said writer-director Dean DeBlois. “I needed to channel a woman who would be both rich in that she’s really commanding and has a really authoritative presence but also has a lot of stinging regret, so there’s a vulnerability to her as well.” Speaking as a special guest at the fifth annual Hero Complex Film Festival on May 31, DeBlois was joined on stage for a Q&A about the new animated sequel by stars Jay Baruchel and America Ferrera, who voice Hiccup and his feisty confidante Astrid, respectively, following an early screening of the film at the TCL Chinese 6 Theaters. The […]
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