July 18, 2014 | 5:57 p.m.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is continuing to expand. The blockbuster comic book movie studio announced on its website late Friday release dates for five upcoming films, though the specific titles were not identified. According to Marvel.com, new movies will open on July 28 and November 3, 2017; July 6 and November 2, 2018; and May 3, 2019. Up next for Marvel, of course, will be “Guardians of the Galaxy,” James Gunn’s wild cosmic adventure. Due to arrive in theaters Aug. 1, “Guardians” follows Pratt’s roguish antihero, who’s on the run from a villain known as Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) after coming into possession of a mysterious orb. Before long, Quill is allied with a rogues’ gallery that includes Bradley’s gun-toting critter, Saldana’s green alien assassin, Bautista’s vengeful bruiser, and Diesel’s tree-like humanoid. In addition to the five guardians who […]
June 14, 2014 | 9:00 a.m.
While “Gremlins” still has the power to delight audiences 30 years after its release, director Joe Dante said that the experience of making the film was anything but delightful. Particularly grueling? The days of shooting with just puppets and no human actors. “Nothing but puppets. A month and a half of just shooting puppets. I just don’t know how Jim Henson lived.” Dante spoke with Hero Complex’s Gina McIntyre after a screening of the beloved 1984′s film, during the Hero Complex Film Festival, which took place May 30-June 1 at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood. Despite the painful memories, he said he still recognizes the importance of what the arduous process brought to the movie. He noted that an advantage of using puppets was that the people manipulating them introduced a human expression into the equation, an increasing […]
June 13, 2014 | 3:50 p.m.
Before “Gremlins” hit theaters in 1984, studio executives fretted that the creepy critters might be too frightening for moviegoers. “They thought the Gremlins were very unpleasant,” director Joe Dante recalled during a recent appearance at the Hero Complex Film Festival. “So, they sent some notes, one of which was: ‘Too many gremlins.’ “ Luckily Steven Spielberg, the executive producer, had the perfect rejoinder. “Well, we could cut all the Gremlins out and call it ‘People.’ How would you like that?” It was the type of sardonic comeback that perhaps only Spielberg could have gotten away with at the time. After all, as Dante pointed out, he was essentially the reason the film was made. Dante said that Warner Bros., “basically backed it because Steven Spielberg wanted to make it, and they wanted to make him happy.” Dante spoke with Hero […]
June 12, 2014 | 6:04 p.m.
While Sigourney Weaver always will be Ripley to some “Alien” fans, the actress said that the development of the character was really a team effort with director Ridley Scott. During a recent appearance at the fifth annual Hero Complex Film Festival, Weaver said that, as a young actress, she knew she could trust Scott to help her mold Ellen Ripley in the right way and create a hero not traditionally seen in the science-fiction world. “Ridley was so instrumental in making her as powerful as she was,” she said. “Ridley just has such an eye for what’s real and what’s true and what’s right and I really felt like I could always depend on him completely.” Weaver’s appearance capped off the Hero Complex Film Festival, which took place May 30-June 1 at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood. The […]
June 11, 2014 | 11:30 a.m.
For Sigourney Weaver, being nominated for a best actress Academy Award for her groundbreaking turn in 1986′s “Aliens” had immediate and tangible effects. Weaver said she got the news while preparing for her role as Dian Fossey in “Gorillas in the Mist” and had been meeting with producers who wanted her to work with domesticated chimps to research the role. Weaver had been arguing that the endeavor wouldn’t be helpful to her. “After I got the nomination, suddenly, they listened to me very carefully,” she said during a recent appearance at the Hero Complex Film Festival. A tribute to Weaver at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood capped off the fifth annual event on June 1. The actress took the stage for an in-depth Q&A between screenings of Ridley Scott’s landmark 1979 science fiction film “Alien” and James Cameron’s sequel […]
June 11, 2014 | 5:00 a.m.
“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 | 3:17 p.m.
Could Sigourney Weaver be preparing to revisit one of her most iconic characters? The answer appears to be yes. News broke this week that the actress would return to the world of Pandora for James Cameron’s upcoming sequels to “Avatar,” but speaking at the Hero Complex Film Festival earlier this month, Weaver also pointed out her willingness to play Ellen Ripley, the heroine at the heart of the “Alien” franchise, one final time. “I do feel that there’s more story to tell,” Weaver said. Weaver’s appearance capped off the fifth annual Hero Complex Film Festival at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood. The actress took the stage for an in-depth Q&A between screenings of Ridley Scott’s landmark 1979 science fiction film “Alien” and Cameron’s 1986 sequel “Aliens.” (Cameron was a guest of honor at the festival on Saturday, on […]
June 10, 2014 | 1:16 p.m.
When “Battlestar Galactica” creator Ronald D. Moore first considered rebooting the late-1970s franchise, he was intrigued by the idea of upending the dynamic between pilots Apollo and Starbuck — so he opted to cast Katee Sackhoff as rogue fighter pilot Kara “Starbuck” Thrace. Switching up the character’s gender proved to be a controversial move at the outset, but at a recent appearance at the Hero Complex Film Festival, Moore said the decision spoke volumes about the world he wanted to create. “It became something that was a hallmark of the show that this society in this world, they have a different history than we did — [gender inequality] is not part of their history,” Moore said. “It’s not really part of their cultural conversation.” The fifth annual Hero Complex Film Festival, which took place at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres in […]
June 09, 2014 | 4:15 p.m.
When Scottish actress Rose Leslie landed the role of the Wildling warrior Ygritte in “Game of Thrones,” she immediately turned to the George R.R. Martin novels that inspired the hit HBO series, a saga known as “A Song of Ice and Fire,” to learn more about the world she would inhabit on the show. Meaning that she had fair warning that her character, a member of a proud tribe that resides in the uncharted lands beyond the Wall, would eventually meet with a grim fate. Her character finally joined the show’s many departed souls in this Sunday’s episode, “The Watchers on the Walls,” the ninth installment of Season 4. “I was well aware that Ygritte’s death was going to happen,” said Leslie. “I was secretly rather pleased that it was going to be in the penultimate episode because you know […]
June 08, 2014 | 11:00 p.m.
It’s an interesting niche Neil Marshall has carved out for himself in the cutthroat world of HBO’s lavish fantasy, “Game of Thrones.” “I seem to be the go-to guy for battles and extreme carnage and special effects,” said Marshall, who stepped behind the camera for Sunday’s epic installment, “The Watchers on the Wall,” and who previously helmed Season 2′s equally spectacular “Blackwater.” “You’re kept on your toes trying to come up with new ways to kill people.” The director, whose feature film credits include the horror films “Dog Soldiers” and “The Descent” and the wild futuristic adventure “Doomsday,” certainly appears to have found his calling. In “The Watchers on the Wall,” the crushing Wilding attack that Jon Snow (Kit Harington) has been predicting for much of the show’s fourth season finally arrives, and the brothers of the Night’s Watch are […]