June 07, 2014 | 10:54 a.m.
“Ant-Man” has found a new director. Peyton Reed will replace departed filmmaker Edgar Wright in Marvel’s upcoming superhero release. A shadow of uncertainty fell over the planned 2015 standalone film last month when Wright abruptly departed the project he’d steered toward the screen for years. In a statement, Marvel and Wright insisted the split was amicable and related to differences in the creative vision for the film. “Anchorman” director Adam McKay had been talked about as a potential replacement for Wright, but it is Reed who will now direct, with McKay making contributions to the script. Set for release July 17, 2015, “Ant-Man” will star Michael Douglas as original Avengers member Hank Pym, a scientist who in the comics invents a shrinking serum that allows him to sneak around in miniature form and surprise foes. The film also will star […]
June 06, 2014 | 1:09 p.m.
“Battlestar Galactica” executive producer Ronald D. Moore said that the political realities of a post-9/11 world were very much at the forefront for him when shaping the series. “It was extremely important to me that the show was relevant to our time, that it was commenting on our time, that it was asking hard questions about it, and that it was asking the audience to sort of challenge your ideas about peace and freedom and security and liberty,” said Moore, speaking at the fifth annual Hero Complex Film Festival. “The show was going to be something dealing with the pulse of what we were going through as a nation,” he said. Taking place at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres, the Hero Complex Film Festival kicked off a weekend of programming with a free fan event on May 30 celebrating “Battlestar […]
June 04, 2014 | 11:04 a.m.
Jupiter’s ascension has been delayed. Andy and Lana Wachowski’s latest sci-fi venture, “Jupiter Ascending,” starring Mila Kunis and an eyeliner-sporting Channing Tatum, is being pushed back from its original release date of July 18 and will now open Feb. 6, 2015, Warner Bros. announced Tuesday. The move was designed to give the filmmakers more time to complete the project’s extensive visual effects. “Jupiter Ascending” stars Kunis as Jupiter Jones, a young woman born on Earth whose “genetic signature” marks her as a target for elimination by the Queen of the Universe. Tatum plays Caine, who becomes Jupiter’s protector, while Sean Bean and Eddie Redmayne also have featured roles. The film is the first from the Wachowskis after their audacious literary adaptation with Tom Tykwer, “Cloud Atlas,” which was based on the 2004 novel by David Mitchell and starred Tom Hanks, […]
June 03, 2014 | 2:34 p.m.
“Battlestar Galactica” creator Ronald D. Moore said he knew almost instantly that his reboot of the late-1970s sci-fi franchise was blossoming into something unique and memorable. Speaking at the fifth annual Hero Complex Film Festival over the weekend, Moore described watching the first footage from shooting, and knowing then that he and the cast of the show were on the cusp of crafting something important. “I put in the tapes, and it took my breath away,” Moore said last week. “It was so much better than the script… I remember at that moment literally feeling like … ‘Look how beautiful this is.’” Taking place at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres, the Hero Complex Film Festival kicked off a weekend of programming with a free fan event celebrating “Battlestar Galactica,” which also featured a free screening of the 2003 “Battlestar Galactica” miniseries. […]
June 02, 2014 | 12:30 p.m.
“Star Wars: Episode VII” has added two powerful actresses to its ensemble. Lupita Nyong’o, who earned a best supporting actress Academy Award earlier this year for her heart-wrenching turn in “12 Years a Slave,” is joining the film’s cast, as is Gwendoline Christie, best known as the towering fighter known as Brienne of Tarth on HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” The highly anticipated effort from director J.J. Abrams, which started production last month, already boasts a number of buzz-worthy actors including Adam Driver, best known for his role in HBO’s “Girls,” and Oscar Isaac, who won considerable acclaim for his turn in the Coen brothers’ “Inside Llewyn Davis,” as well as John Boyega, known for his work in the film “Attack the Block,” and newcomer Daisy Ridley. #dayone pic.twitter.com/18jtSH7xYM — Bad Robot (@bad_robot) May 16, 2014 Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson, performance capture expert Andy Serkis and venerable […]
May 30, 2014 | 6:48 a.m.
Roland Emmerich is ready to revisit one of his chief successes. The popcorn filmmaker is partnering with longtime collaborator Dean Devlin to launch a new trilogy of films that will reimagine 1994′s “Stargate,” the Kurt Russell/James Spader vehicle that spawned three spinoff TV series, as well as comics, video games and even a cartoon. Emmerich, who directed and co-wrote the original film with Devlin, is confirmed to direct, while Devlin is set to produce the new movies for MGM and Warner Bros., the studios announced Thursday. The project is one that Emmerich had expressed interest in pursuing last year. At an appearance at the 2013 Hero Complex Film Festival, the filmmaker said, “It doesn’t go to me unnoticed that most movies are sequels, the successful ones are all sequels or superhero movies. ['Stargate' is] such a beloved film and you […]
May 27, 2014 | 8:14 p.m.
Charlie Cox will star as the Man Without Fear in Marvel’s new “Daredevil” series for Netflix. Best known for his work on HBO’s period gangster drama “Boardwalk Empire” and the Neil Gaiman adaptation “Stardust,” Cox will play blind attorney/costumed vigilante Matt Murdock, the superhero leading the latest charge of Marvel comic book characters heading to television. The comic book powerhouse also is developing new, original live-action series centered on Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage for Netflix. Each series will have a minimum of 13 episodes, and will culminate with a special “The Defenders” miniseries event that reimagines a dream team of self-sacrificing, heroic characters. Murdock debuted in comics with the April 1964 cover-dated “Daredevil” No. 1, by Stan Lee and Bill Everett. As a youngster, Matt is blinded in an accident by a radioactive substance that heightens his […]
May 27, 2014 | 11:01 a.m.
To be clear, Hugh Jackman says it was his idea for Wolverine to be naked in “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” Early on in the new film, which brought in $111 million in its debut over the Memorial Day weekend, Jackman’s Wolverine is transported from a bleak future into a far groovier past, where he wakes to find himself without clothes — and in a waterbed no less. “The scene was written that Wolverine gets out of bed wearing boxer shorts and I’m like, I’m sorry, boxer shorts and Wolverine doesn’t go together,” Jackman said in an interview with Hero Complex. “They said, Don’t worry, we’ll make it briefs. I was like, Yeah, that’s worse. I said, ‘If he’s in bed with a girl, I don’t think he’s getting out wearing underwear.’ I just felt like I was really letting […]
May 27, 2014 | 8:00 a.m.
Ellen Page was 18 when she first assumed a superhero pose as Kitty Pryde in “X-Men: The Last Stand.” The 2006 mutant sequel enjoyed a prosperous debut, taking in upward of $100 million at the box office, even if some fans were ultimately disappointed by the way the film adapted the classic Dark Phoenix saga for the screen. Now, Page is back as Kitty Pryde in “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” which rocketed to the top of the box office over Memorial Day weekend with roughly $111 million in receipts since opening May 23 and seems to be connecting with fans who are hailing the movie as a return to form for director Bryan Singer. “I was just stoked to be back and thrilled to play Kitty again,” Page said in a telephone interview with Hero Complex. “She’s grown herself […]
May 23, 2014 | 11:00 a.m.
TORONTO — The forecast insisted that the latest in a series of punishing winter storms was due to descend on Toronto in a matter of hours, but the sky hovering over the cast and crew of FX’s new vampire series, “The Strain,” was nothing but a blanket of pristine blue. The sunlight might have cheered the locals who had endured more than one Polar Vortex event — yet it was dampening the spirits of the behind-the-scenes team attempting to film a vampire attack that was supposed to be taking place during an eclipse. On a clear and cold Friday, technicians attempted to create enough shade for the sequence by maneuvering a giant black tarpaulin at the entrance to a narrow alleyway, with mixed results. Miguel Gomez, the actor who plays the show’s streetwise Gus Elizalde, was gamely wrestling with an […]