March 20, 2014 | 6:35 a.m.
“Star Wars: Episode VII,” “Maleficent” and the next three films from comic book movie giant Marvel all will receive the very-big-screen treatment. Disney announced its plans to release a slate of six movies via IMAX on Thursday — the complete roster includes the upcoming “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” due to arrive April 4, as well as Angelina Jolie’s dark fairy tale, “Maleficent,” set to open May 30. Also on the roster are Marvel’s Aug. 1 release “Guardians of the Galaxy,” and a pair of very highly anticipated sequels in “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and J.J. Abrams’ upcoming “Star Wars” film. Rounding out the list is “Tomorrowland,” director Brad Bird’s mysterious live-action project starring George Clooney. It’s not the first big announcement regarding the “Star Wars” film. Earlier this week, Disney via StarWars.com confirmed that the space adventure, due in […]
March 11, 2014 | 3:10 p.m.
“Divergent” fans have a new reason to be excited for the film’s opening — viewers attending the first IMAX screenings of the upcoming dystopian adventure on March 20 will receive a limited edition print featuring original artwork from artist and illustrator Victo Ngai. Ngai’s work previously has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, the Village Voice and Wired, among other publications, and she was recently named to the 2014 Forbes 30 Under 30: Art & Style. She created the poster, pictured below, as part of the IMAX FANFIX program. Adapted from the bestselling young adult fantasy by author Veronica Roth, “Divergent” stars Shailene Woodley (“The Descendants,” “The Spectacular Now”) as heroine Beatrice “Tris” Prior, who lives in a dystopian future version of Chicago where people are tested and divided into five factions based on their personalities and […]
March 10, 2014 | 6:15 a.m.
The wait to see Tris Prior on the big screen just got a little shorter. Hero Complex will host a free IMAX screening of “Divergent” on Wednesday, March 19, at the AMC Burbank 16 & IMAX in Burbank beginning at 7:30 p.m. Following the screening, “Divergent” actor Jai Courtney, director Neil Burger and producers Lucy Fisher and Doug Wick will be on hand for a Q&A moderated by Hero Complex contributor Rebecca Keegan. To RSVP for the IMAX screening, log on to www.latimes.com/Divergent starting at 10 a.m. Wednesday; RSVPs will close as soon as the screening is full. Adapted from the bestselling young adult fantasy by author Veronica Roth, “Divergent” stars Shailene Woodley (“The Descendants,” “The Spectacular Now”) as heroine Beatrice “Tris” Prior, who lives in a dystopian future version of Chicago where people are tested and divided into five […]
Dec. 12, 2013 | 1:17 p.m.
And now, Sir Ian McKellen would like to make a clarification with regard to one of the most famous lines uttered by his wise wizard Gandalf in Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” films. “You know, ‘You shall not pass’ isn’t in the book at all,” the legendary English actor pointed out, referring to the fantastic literature of J.R.R. Tolkien. “‘You cannot pass’ is what Tolkien wrote. We got it wrong.” The man who Peter Jackson dubbed “the guardian of Tolkien” held forth on a wide range of subjects earlier this week at a special Hero Complex screening of the new fantasy “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” the second installment in Jackson’s latest trilogy of films set in Middle-earth. Arriving in theaters Friday, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” sees Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) continue on his journey to assist […]
Dec. 09, 2013 | 8:38 a.m.
“The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ is set to swing into IMAX theaters. The anticipated sequel from director Marc Webb (“ Days of Summer”) will land in IMAX 3D, as well as conventional movie screens, when it opens next summer. The film, in which Andrew Garfield returns in the role of Peter Parker/Spidey, will begin its international roll out April 16, 2014, and will debut in North America on May 2. It’s a busy time for the webslinger in terms of news. Last week, an action-packed trailer debuted for the movie, the follow-up to 2012′s ‘The Amazing Spider-Man,” also directed by Webb. In the clip, Spider-Man faces off against a number of foes, including Jamie Foxx’s villain Electro and Chris Cooper’s Green Goblin. “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ also sees Emma Stone return as Parker’s gal pal Gwen Stacy, with Cooper and Dane DeHaan […]
June 28, 2013 | 8:00 a.m.
Most moviegoers will have to wait until July 12 to see “Pacific Rim,” but a few hundred Hero Complex readers will get to see the much-anticipated robots-vs.-kaiju epic early on Wednesday, July 10, at our free IMAX screening in Long Beach. The special advanced screening of the futuristic tale will include a Q&A with the film’s Oscar-nominated director and co-writer Guillermo del Toro, moderated by Hero Complex editor Gina McIntyre. “Pacific Rim” chronicles the battle between giant alien monsters who invade our world and the enormous robots — called Jaegers — which humans build and pilot to defeat the alien threat. (Click through the gallery above for some scenes from the movie.) The film marks Del Toro’s first directing gig since 2008’s “Hellboy II: The Golden Army.” “Pacific Rim’s” cast includes Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Idris Elba, Charlie Day, Robert Kazinsky, Max Martini, Burn […]
June 24, 2013 | 8:00 a.m.
Guillermo del Toro’s new film “Pacific Rim” aims to introduce a new generation of moviegoers to the kaiju cinema the filmmaker loves so well — and a new poster for the movie created by Los Angeles-based artist Sergio Grisanti attempts to capture the unique visual energy of the Oscar nominee’s singular take on the genre. The limited-edition poster was created specifically as part of Imax’s Fanfix series and will be available exclusively at the first Imax showings of “Pacific Rim,” which soldiers into theaters July 12. “I am thrilled to introduce Sergio Grisanti to the world,” Del Toro said in a statement. “For years he has been a highly respected commercial artist. When I was first exposed to his art for ‘Pacific Rim,’ I knew instantly that he was a powerhouse of talent. He created the Jaeger posters/card art we […]
Sept. 28, 2011 | 2:00 p.m.
Brad Bird is thinking big with his first live-action feature film: A deal is being finalized by Paramount Pictures that will open “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol” five days early at more than 200 IMAX theaters. The goal, according to the Oscar-winning writer-director of “The Incredibles” and “Ratatouille,” is to bring back a “level of showmanship” to the opening of a big-budget Hollywood film. Bird is so enthused about the plan that last week he brought footage from the film to Rave Motion Pictures 18 to show it as preamble to his interview with Hero Complex lead writer Geoff Boucher. The elaborate, high-adrenaline sequences (part of the 25 minutes of the film that was shot with IMAX cameras) took the action to the top of the tallest building in the world and into the face of a blinding desert sandstorm. GB: There’s been intense interest by studios to release films in the stereoscopic 3-D […]