Nov. 07, 2013 | 1:25 p.m.
It’s official — “Star Wars: Episode VII” has a release date: J.J. Abrams’ new film will open December, 18, 2015. The news appeared in an announcement Thursday on StarWars.com. “We’re very excited to share the official 2015 release date for ‘Star Wars: Episode VII,’ where it will not only anchor the popular holiday filmgoing season but also ensure our extraordinary filmmaking team has the time needed to deliver a sensational picture,” said Alan Horn, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios, in the announcement. PHOTOS: ‘Star Wars’ at the box office Late last month, word came that director Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan were taking over screenwriting duties on the newest “Star Wars” film from Oscar winner Michael Arndt. Arndt (“Little Miss Sunshine,” “Toy Story 3″) had been announced as the original screenwriter for “Episode VII” last November, shortly after word surfaced that […]
Nov. 07, 2013 | 11:22 a.m.
The blind superhero Daredevil is leading a new charge of Marvel comic book characters heading to television. Marvel TV announced Thursday plans to team with Netflix on new, original live-action series centered on Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage. Netflix has committed to a minimum of four, 13-episode series and a culminating Marvel’s “The Defenders” mini-series event that reimagines a dream team of self-sacrificing, heroic characters, Marvel TV said in a statement. “This deal is unparalleled in its scope and size, and reinforces our commitment to deliver Marvel’s brand, content and characters across all platforms of storytelling,” said Alan Fine, president of Marvel Entertainment, in the statement. “Netflix offers an incredible platform for the kind of rich storytelling that is Marvel’s specialty. This serialized epic expands the narrative possibilities of on-demand television and gives fans the flexibility to […]
Nov. 06, 2013 | 8:56 a.m.
Marvel returns to Asgard with Friday’s “Thor: The Dark World,” the sequel that sees Chris Hemsworth’s god of thunder form an uneasy alliance with his mischievous brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) to thwart a scheme by the Dark Elf Malekith (Christopher Eccleston), who intends to plunge the Nine Realms into darkness. The film already has become an outsized hit overseas, but late last year, when the movie was still in production, Hero Complex visited the set and caught up with Marvel movie chief Kevin Feige. The architect of the company’s big-screen strategy was seated close to the action at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, watching as director Alan Taylor guided Hemsworth through scenes that would eventually become part of the movie’s epic final battle. As a chilly wind blew across the Thames, Feige chatted about a range of subjects […]
Nov. 05, 2013 | 2:32 p.m.
“Thor: The Dark World” had its Hollywood premiere at the El Capitan Theatre on Monday night, and stars including Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins and Kat Dennings walked the red carpet to talk up the Marvel sequel, arriving in theaters Friday. Directed by Alan Taylor (“Game of Thrones”), “Thor: The Dark World” sees the Dark Elf Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) attempt to use a weapon called the Aether to plunge the Nine Realms of the universe into darkness. Only by uniting with his devious brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) can Hemsworth’s brawny Thor hope to stop Malekith and rescue his lady love Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), who stumbles onto the Aether and is inadvertently drawn into the villain’s schemes. In an interview with Hero Complex on the London set of the film last year, Eccleston, the accomplished British thespian known to […]
Nov. 05, 2013 | 8:48 a.m.
Hugh Jackman is ready for another solo outing as Wolverine. Word came Tuesday that “The Wolverine” director James Mangold is in negotiations to write a treatment for Fox for a sequel to this summer’s “The Wolverine,” which saw Jackman’s lethal mutant travel to Japan. The story line for the sequel is being kept under wraps for the time being, but “X-Men” veteran Lauren Shuler Donner will produce the film. In an interview with Hero Complex this year, Jackman said he first read the landmark 1980 comic book by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller that inspired “The Wolverine” when he was shooting Bryan Singer’s original “X-Men,” and was immediately struck by the moody, introspective qualities of the saga and the nuanced portrait it offered of its angry, violent anti-hero and his exploits in Japan. “The guy who is the outsider, emblematic […]
Nov. 01, 2013 | 11:15 a.m.
It wasn’t so long ago that Evangeline Lilly was one of those strident J.R.R. Tolkien fans worried that Peter Jackson’s movie adaptations wouldn’t capture the poetic soul of the fantasy she so loved as a child growing up in Canada. “I was a bit of a Tolkien purist before Peter Jackson made the ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy,” the actress said recently. “I was adamant that I wouldn’t see those films because there was no way that anybody was going to be able to re-create what I had imagined in my mind on the screen. I ended up being dragged to it for a big family Christmas thing and couldn’t believe how accurately he had portrayed everything that I’d ever imagined.” Now Lilly is hoping that fans will be just as pleasantly surprised by her Woodland elf Tauriel, who makes […]
Nov. 01, 2013 | 5:00 a.m.
LONDON — A bone-chilling wind and a fine sheet of mist cascaded off the River Thames, but it wasn’t the bitter blasts of air that sent Chris Hemsworth tumbling to the ground. Late on a November afternoon, the brawny Australian actor threw himself down onto the courtyard of the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich over and over, filming scenes for what would eventually become the epic final battle in Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World.” The film, due out Nov. 8, sees the God of Thunder facing off against a nemesis called Malekith, part of a race known as the Dark Elves, but actor Christopher Eccleston already had called it quits for the day. That left Thor, dressed in full armor, long red cape billowing out majestically behind him, to press on alone, with Hemsworth gamely absorbing imaginary blows for […]
Oct. 29, 2013 | 2:10 p.m.
Prolific composer Danny Elfman is celebrating his years-long cinematic partnership with Tim Burton in a unique way this week: Beginning a three-night run at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Elfman will present a live symphonic program of the 15 movie scores he’s penned for the filmmaker. “Danny Elfman’s Music From the Films of Tim Burton” will even see Elfman take the stage to sing selections from the soundtrack of the stop-motion animated fable “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” Conductor John Mauceri will lead the 87-piece Hollywood Symphony Orchestra through the three performances, which also will feature the 45-member Page L.A. Choir. The duo is soon set to begin work on their 16th collaboration, Burton’s forthcoming “Big Eyes” about the painter Margaret Keane and her husband, Walter, who took credit for her art. But in a recent interview about […]
Oct. 29, 2013 | 11:16 a.m.
“The Walking Dead” has been renewed for a fifth season. AMC announced Tuesday that its hit zombie drama, based on the Robert Kirkman comic book, will lumber back for another run of installments, hardly surprising news considering the massive ratings the show is enjoying. The series has become television’s most-watched prime-time drama, with its recent Season 4 premiere attracting some 16.1 million viewers. Scott M. Gimple also is set to return as show runner, AMC confirmed. “We are very happy to make what has to be one of the most anti-climactic renewal announcements ever: ‘The Walking Dead’ is renewed for a fifth season,” said Charlie Collier, AMC president, in a statement issued by the network Tuesday. “This is a show that has erased traditional distinctions between cable and broadcast. Its expanding base of passionate fans has grown every season…” Check […]
Oct. 27, 2013 | 8:00 a.m.
It’s not an exaggeration to describe “The Walking Dead” as the biggest thing on television right now. AMC’s hit zombie series, adapted from the comic book created by Robert Kirkman, has become the most-watched prime-time drama, its recent Season 4 premiere attracting some 16.1 million viewers. But Kirkman, an executive producer on the show and the writer of Sunday’s episode, “Isolation,” said he and his fellow scripters are doing their best not to dwell on the series’ success for fear it will become an unwelcome distraction from the creative task at hand. “The ratings really have gotten absolutely insane,” Kirkman told Hero Complex. “We really have to ignore it, otherwise it does become unrelenting pressure that we just can’t deal with.” With “Isolation,” Kirkman continues to ratchet up the tension inside the prison as Rick and the other survivors contend […]