Oct. 12, 2014 | 8:00 a.m.
“The Walking Dead” kicks off its fifth season Sunday with Rick (Andrew Lincoln), Daryl (Norman Reedus) and the other survivors facing off against hungry cannibals. No one said life during the zombie apocalypse would be easy. Although the road the group has traveled has been unspeakably difficult, their hardships have helped catapult the hit AMC drama to the center of popular culture — “The Walking Dead” continues to rank as television’s most watched prime-time scripted drama, averaging more than 13 million viewers last year. (The season 4 finale was seen by 15.7 million people.) It’s little wonder that AMC has ordered a pilot for a “Walking Dead” spinoff, which is set to go into production this year, and already has confirmed that the series, overseen by show runner Scott M. Gimple, will return for a sixth season. Click through the […]
Oct. 09, 2014 | 1:00 p.m.
The first trailer for “Tomorrowland” has arrived, preserving much of the sense of mystery surrounding Disney’s 2015 release. George Clooney leads the cast of the new film, which Brad Bird directed and co-wrote with Damon Lindelof, who, of course, is well known for his fondness for elaborate puzzles, given his history on ABC’s “Lost.” Clooney appears near the end of the new clip, but the teaser opens with a young woman, played by “Under the Dome” actress Britt Robertson, being released from jail. Among the belongings being returned to her by a clerk is a pin, which she claims isn’t hers. Touching the item appears to transport a person to another plane, but little else is specified in terms of the overall story or plot. Some fleeting visuals, however, suggest that the film will have a significant scope and sense […]
Oct. 07, 2014 | 7:30 a.m.
Welsh actor Luke Evans has a penchant for larger-than-life characters. He’s twice played Greek gods — Apollo in “Clash of the Titans,” Zeus in “Immortals” — and he’s portrayed literary icons — Aramis in the most recent big-screen adaptation of “The Three Musketeers,” and the brave human Bard the Bowman in the second and upcoming “Hobbit” movies. For his first real leading-man turn in a Hollywood epic, he’s revisiting legends and literature in a new way, tackling his biggest character yet. In “Dracula Untold,” he plays Vlad Tepes, the fearsome Eastern European warrior known for impaling his enemies. The character famously served as a key inspiration for Bram Stoker’s aristocratic vampire, but the big-budget Universal Pictures film that arrives in theaters Friday transports Dracula from Victorian England to the 15th century and sets out to present a more complex portrait […]
Oct. 06, 2014 | 12:07 p.m.
Ridley Scott’s landmark “Alien” arrived in theaters 35 years ago this year, introducing moviegoers to an actress named Sigourney Weaver. As Ellen Ripley, Weaver delivered a mesmerizing performance that catapulted her into the Hollywood spotlight and broke significant ground for women in genre. Three decades later, Weaver notes that any message of empowerment the original film might have communicated was accidental and not an effort on Scott’s part to blaze a new trail. “I always felt that the decision to make Ripley the survivor was not made out of any great feminist sentiment,” the Oscar-nominated actress said. “It was, ‘No one will ever guess that this girl will end up being the survivor.’ It wasn’t a statement of any kind, but he really made it work.” Intentional or not, “Alien” set a new standard for outer space cinema, with Scott’s […]
Oct. 02, 2014 | 5:36 p.m.
Watch the new film “Annabelle,” which arrives in theaters Friday as the first horror movie of October, and you might experience a slight sense of déjà vu. A prequel to last year’s breakout hit “The Conjuring,” “Annabelle” owes a creative debt to Roman Polanski’s classic “Rosemary’s Baby,” which sees expectant mother Rosemary Woodhouse (Mia Farrow) increasingly come to believe that evil forces are pursuing her unborn child. “Annabelle” director John R. Leonetti said he took a great deal of inspiration both for the look of his movie, which is set entirely in Southern California in the 1960s, from the 1968 thriller, which earned supporting actress Ruth Gordon an Oscar for her performance as the Satanist-next-door Minnie Castevet. But thematically, the movies link up too. While “Annabelle” purports to explain the origins of the evil doll introduced in “The Conjuring,” both […]
Oct. 02, 2014 | 12:34 p.m.
It’s a rather different incarnation of the well-known young witch who will headline “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,” the latest Archie Comics series to enjoy a bit of a spooky reboot under the direction of Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. The company’s chief creative officer, who last year brought zombies to Riverdale with the ongoing “Afterlife With Archie,” took some interesting inspiration when bringing Sabrina back to the forefront of her own comic — he principally looked to Roman Polanski’s landmark horror film “Rosemary’s Baby” for the 1960s-set origin tale, which presents a darker take on the characters and their adventures than previously seen. Hero Complex caught up with Aguirre-Sacasa to learn more about the narrative direction and tone of “Sabrina,” and the contributions of artist Robert Hack. Issue No. 1 is set for release Oct. 8. HC: It’s been five years since Sabrina […]
Sept. 25, 2014 | 2:21 p.m.
There are few things that will bond a cast of actors more closely than two consecutive weeks of filming at night in close confines during a polar vortex event in Toronto, according to actor Kevin Durand, who plays the towering exterminator Vasiliy Fet in “The Strain,” FX’s hit series adapted from the novels by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan. But the experience of shooting the eighth episode, “Creatures of the Night” — which sees the show’s ensemble of heroes fending off hordes of attacking vampires from inside a Brooklyn convenience store — didn’t just help him forge lasting connections among the actors, Durand said. It also allowed him to channel his inner action hero. “I love getting physical with characters,” Duran said in an interview earlier this year on the Toronto set of the show. “With this guy, there’s […]
Sept. 22, 2014 | 12:48 p.m.
Bryan Singer will direct “X-Men: Apocalypse” for Fox. Singer originally announced the project on Twitter last December; the movie will be released May 27, 2016, and will see the mutants face off against the popular titular villain of the 1990s story line “Age of Apocalypse.” “It’s another one of the great ‘X-Men’ story lines, which is cool,” franchise writer-producer Simon Kinberg said in an interview with Hero Complex earlier this year while promoting the release of this summer’s hit “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” which featured an end-credits cameo by Apocalypse, also known as En Sabah Nur. “Not all superhero movies, comic book movies, will follow story lines from the books, and one of the things we’ve been doing with the ‘X-Men’ movies recently is taking books as inspiration and following those stories,” he said. “One of the challenges of […]
Sept. 17, 2014 | 2:15 p.m.
In the new film “The Maze Runner,” a teen named Thomas is suddenly deposited into the Glade, a pastoral enclave surrounded by a massive maze that is home to a community of boys, none of whom has any memory of his past. During daylight hours, the doors to the labyrinth stand open and the boys are free to explore its pathways — but at night, danger threatens anyone who ventures inside. In adapting James Dashner’s wildly popular young adult novel, first-time feature filmmaker Wes Ball had some reason to identify with Thomas’ dilemma. He, too, was thrust into an unheralded new world filled with challenges while shooting the movie, which arrives in theaters Friday — namely, staving off snakes and horseflies while directing an ensemble cast composed almost entirely of young men in the sweltering summer climes of rural Louisiana […]
Sept. 16, 2014 | 1:25 p.m.
“Avengers: Age of Ultron” ranks as one of the most hotly anticipated releases of 2015 — and now, it’s become a little bit clearer what fans will see when the movie opens next May. Check out the official plot synopsis released this week by Marvel: “When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.” Joss Whedon’s follow-up to his $1-billion-plus 2012 hit, “The Avengers,” will reunite the star-studded cast of […]