Aug. 01, 2014 | 11:45 a.m.
Rarely is there an upside for an actor to have his character killed off one of the most popular series on television. But when Michael Rooker received the news that his role as Merle Dixon on AMC’s hit zombie series “The Walking Dead” was coming to an end, he took some comfort in knowing that another opportunity was waiting in the wings. The popular character actor has a pivotal role in “Guardians of the Galaxy,” Marvel’s epic space adventure that arrives in theaters Friday, playing Yondu, a bandit who is something of a mentor to Chris Pratt’s Peter Quill, a.k.a. Star-Lord. “Yondu is a responder, he’s a doer,” Rooker said recently. “He’s the leader of a group of interstellar piracy-type guys and a very paternal figure for Peter Quill. He’s his kid pretty much and he taught him how to […]
July 27, 2014 | 5:22 p.m.
“The Boxtrolls,” the upcoming animated film from Laika, features creatures who, among other things, eat bugs. In the spirit of having fans experience everything the movie characters do, the “Boxtrolls” lunch truck rolled into Comic-Con International touting a menu of insect delights. Those daring enough to partake could munch on grasshopper kabobs, tarantulas and worm quesadillas. Boxtrolls eat them by the handful, but at least on the truck you get cheese and a red pepper or two to make them go down a little easier. And, it’s not an easy task. Worm quesadillas may be palatable in terms of consistency, but the grasshoppers require a lot of chewing — and even then, you’re probably going to swallow a leg or two whole. PHOTOS FROM COMIC-CON: The scene | Cosplay But, as famed bug connoisseur David George Gordon says, we have […]
July 27, 2014 | 9:45 a.m.
Seth Meyers has recruited some of his famous friends to guest star in the 10-episode second season of his Hulu original show “The Awesomes.” Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph and Will Forte are taking on roles in the show about a group of subpar superheroes attempting to replace some more venerable counterparts (loosely based on DC’s Justice League). The trio joins a group of current and former “Saturday Night Live” actors who have enjoyed turns on the series, including Taran Killam, Bill Hader, Kenan Thompson, Cecily Strong, Bobby Moynihan, Rachel Dratch and Colin Quinn, who plays a highly intelligent but racist ape. The casting news came at the “Awesomes” Comic-Con International panel Saturday, at which Meyers was joined on stage by his fellow writer/executive producer Mike Shoemaker; actor and Seth’s brother Josh Meyers; head writer Dan Mintz, who also writes for […]
July 27, 2014 | 2:39 a.m.
“Grimm” might not be the highest-profile supernatural series, but the show’s cast and creators were treated like royalty during a Ballroom 20 panel presentation at Comic-Con International on Saturday. Producers Jim Kouf and David Greenwalt, director Norberto Barba and cast members Reggie Lee, Bitsie Tulloch, Sasha Roiz, Russell Hornsby, Claire Coffee, Bree Turner, Silas Weir Mitchell and David Giuntoli were on hand to discuss the series’ fourth season, which concluded with Turner’s Rosalee and Weir Mitchell’s Monroe, two different kinds of Wesen creatures, tying the knot, and Giuntoli’s Nick Burkhardt losing his powers. At the outset, audience members were treated to a video of the show’s characters offering their congratulations, or just reactions, to Monroe’s and Rosalee’s wedding, hilariously in some cases. But most of the presentation involved a lively discussion of the series’ evolving narrative, moderated by The Times’ […]
July 26, 2014 | 5:53 p.m.
The pizza thrower is back at Comic-Con International, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle lovers — just in time for the newest film’s Aug. 8 release. Pizza Hut, appropriately, sponsored the vehicle, which can go up to 75 mph and can fire manhole cover-sized cardboard pizzas 30 feet at up to 20 feet per second. Participants in the Interactive Zone climb up to the turret seat, and though aiming is slow, can fire away at targets. For the uninitiated, the pizza thrower was a toy released in the early ’90s that — remarkably — fired pizza at the Turtles’ enemies, mainly Shredder and his horde of ninja followers. COMIC-CON 2014: Full Coverage | Scene photos | Cosplay The pizza thrower attraction (actually a tricked out Toyota Tacoma) saw some of the film’s stars, namely Will Arnett and Megan Fox, make an unannounced […]
July 26, 2014 | 2:12 p.m.
The feeling at the Comic-Con International panel was that “Once Upon a Time” didn’t end on a cliffhanger so much as on a note of extreme anticipation: “Frozen’s” Elsa is coming. But the creators made everyone wait until the end because love was in the air. Before the panel was introduced, the crowd got to see a trailer for the forthcoming fourth season of the show, which was really a compilation of images and scenes from all the past seasons, highlighted by the introduction of Elsa from “Frozen.” We can call it season 4.5 since “Once” has recently been splitting up seasons into two distinct story lines, with last season spotlighting the villains Peter Pan and the Wicked Witch of the West. Creators Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, alongside actors Jennifer Morrison, Josh Dallas, Lana Parrilla, Emily De Ravin, Jared […]
July 26, 2014 | 8:30 a.m.
Re-creating characters for a niche audience is always a slippery slope, and doing it for a cadre of collecting superfans is an even more daunting endeavor. But for 20 years, Sideshow Collectibles has been making detailed, scaled-down versions of monsters, heroes, comic book characters, movie icons, television legends and original creations. Located in Thousand Oaks, Sideshow sells sculptures — some of them are poseable figures but most are not — to discerning collectors through its website, through comic book and collectible stores, and through conventions like San Diego’s Comic-Con International. The pieces are made by committees of conceptual artists, sculptors, painters and more, and are not particularly mass-produced, averaging about 200 per order, so that they are coveted pieces of art. FULL COVERAGE: Comic-Con 2014 “We produce everything from 12-inch figures, retailing at $125, through to life-size figures, which retail for $5,000 […]
July 23, 2014 | 6:08 p.m.
Filmmaker Kyle Roberts is coming to Comic-Con International for the first time, and he’s bringing his passion project, “The Posthuman Project,” with him to be included in the event’s International Film Festival. “It’s always been a life goal to at some point go. So the fact that there is a film screening at SDCC that I directed is pretty surreal,” says Roberts. FULL COVERAGE: Comic-Con 2014 Now in its 15th year, the Comic-Con International Film Festival (CCI-IFF) has gone global, with submissions from Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, New Zealand, Philippines, Russia, South Korea, Spain and more. The genre films submitted are broken down into seven categories: action/adventure, animation, comics-oriented, documentary (pop culture-oriented), horror/suspense, humor/parody and science fiction/fantasy. This year, the films will be judged by last year’s winner Dave Gallegos, actor Doug Jones and cosplay professional and […]
July 15, 2014 | 11:12 a.m.
Who says a woman can’t be the God of Thunder? In October, a new, female Thor will rise to replace the Odinson that Marvel readers have known since “Journey Into Mystery” No. 83 in 1962, the company announced Tuesday morning on ABC’s “The View” talk show. It’s a major shake-up of a Marvel bedrock character, and the company is hammering home that the change is no gimmick. “This is not She-Thor,” said Jason Aaron, who will write the new series, in a statement. “This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is Thor. This is the Thor of the Marvel Universe. But it’s unlike any Thor we’ve ever seen before.” And the one-word title bears that out: “Thor.” Aaron, writer of the current, acclaimed “Thor, God of Thunder,” will be joined by artist Russell Dauterman (“Cyclops,” “Supurbia”) in […]
July 07, 2014 | 2:17 p.m.
“Bayonetta” is well known among gamers and those who attended this past weekend’s Anime Expo, but the Japanese franchise doesn’t enjoy much mainstream popularity in the U.S. The action game-cum-movie could get a boost with the stateside release of the animated adaptation “Bayonetta: Bloody Fate,” due in October on Blu-ray/DVD. A mix of magic and gunplay, the feature-length film is based on the video game’s original story about a witch who awakens after a centuries-long sleep. Outfitted with magical hair and gun-boots, she tries to piece together her history while battling creatures of light and dark. The film originally debuted in Japan theaters in November 2013 and a few months later on Blu-ray/DVD. Fuminori Kizaki, director of “Bayonetta”and other anime favorites like “Afro Samurai: Resurrection” starring Samuel L. Jackson, was happy to lend his vision to the film. “Originally, I was […]