Feb. 24, 2013 | 6:51 a.m.
Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart were the big “winners” — and the big losers — at the 33rd Razzie Awards as the final installment of the “Twilight” saga was deemed the worst movie of the year. “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2″ won seven awards in all at the Razzies, which mock Hollywood’s self-important awards season by recognizing what it deems as the worst movies and performances of the year. The “Twilight” film won the dis-“honors” for worst picture of the year, worst actress for Stewart, worst supporting actor for Taylor Lautner, worst screen couple for Lautner and 12 year-old Mackenzie Foy, worst screen ensemble, worst remake/rip-off or sequel, and worst director for Bill Condon. Oscars 2013: Complete coverage The honors make the “Twilight” film “2012’s most-RAZZed movie.” But it could have been worse. Last year, Adam Sandler’s “Jack & Jill” had […]
April 05, 2012 | 12:47 p.m.
Not without fanfare, Katniss Everdeen has taken her place in a pop culture lineage of new millennial vintage. Like Harry Potter and Bella Swan before her, the protagonist of “The Hunger Games” transfers from the pages of young-adult fiction to the big screen as nothing less than a pre-engineered box-office phenomenon. And as with all such YA juggernauts, the merits of the first adaptation of novelist Suzanne Collins’ trilogy are debatable (and for many fans, beside the point). Less in doubt is Katniss’ place at the forefront of a growing number of movie characters who happen to be tough young women and who don’t need to be rehabilitated for it. From the no-nonsense muscularity of her name to her peerless skills as an archer, Katniss (portrayed by Jennifer Lawrence) is an avatar of strength and purpose — without the once-requisite “for a […]
March 22, 2012 | 1:05 p.m.
Snow White has undergone many makeovers since her Brothers Grimm incarnation in 1812, and none persists in the American imagination of today more than Walt Disney’s warbling beauty. But “Snow White and the Huntsman” gives the raven-haired princess a treatment far bleaker than the current rival versions in “Mirror Mirror” and “Once Upon A Time.” A five-minute trailer, which aired Saturday at WonderCon, teases a dark epic in which Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth, who play the film’s title characters, and a band of dwarfs lead a battle against Charlize Theron’s evil queen. It’s a bold feature film debut for director Rupert Sanders, whose previous work is primarily commercial. Hero Complex writer Noelene Clark caught up with Sanders to talk about the film’s magic, mythology and star power. NC: We see such a bleak world in the new trailer for […]
Feb. 08, 2012 | 5:06 p.m.
BATFILMS OF THE FUTURE? The end is near — when the credits roll on “The Dark Knight Rises” this July, it will mark the close of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy and the final adventure for Christian Bale as the caped crusader of Gotham City. Warner Bros. executives have made it clear they won’t leave the iconic property sitting on a shelf, however, and a new director and star tandem could be inhabiting Wayne Manor by 2014. But how on earth will any filmmaker follow the work of Nolan and company? Working together, Hero Complex lead writer Geoff Boucher and graphic artist Sean Hartter came up with 15 imaginary Batman reboots — and, yes, they did it with tongue in cheek. Ang Lee’s “Wayne Manor”: The director of “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” can certainly handle the fight sequences in super hero film but […]
Nov. 16, 2011 | 9:33 a.m.
The world feels especially cruel, tense and chaotic these days, so of course people want new-look fairy tales to escape it all. That’s the presumption of Hollywood, at least, which thinks that what you need in a grim era is, well, more Grimm. On television there’s “Once Upon a Time” and “Grimm,” in comics there’s Bill Willingham’s sprawling epic “Fables,” and on the big screen we have “Puss in Boots” cat-walking in the footsteps of “Red Riding Hood,” “Stardust,” “Enchanted,” “Beastly,” “Hoodwinked,” “The Brothers Grimm” and the hugely successful “Shrek” films. Then there ‘s also the billion-dollar success of Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” and Disney’s upcoming “Oz: The Great and Powerful,” which aren’t pure fairy tales but certainly qualify as bookshelf cousins that offer a similar otherworldy allure to filmmakers. Looking ahead, there’s “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters” with Jeremey Renner and Gemma Arterton in […]
Oct. 26, 2011 | 5:27 p.m.
Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner are set to appear at “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1″ Official Fan Convention next month to promote the next installment of the vampire romance movies based on Stephenie Meyer’s young adult book series. The three actors — who play the brooding Edward Cullen, the conflicted Bella Swan and the earnest Jacob Black, respectively — will join their fellow cast members for two days of panels at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Century City. On Nov. 4, it’s Julia Jones (Leah Clearwater) and BooBoo Stewart (Seth Clearwater), Tinsel Korey (Emily) and franchise newcomer Mia Maestro (Carmen) who will appear onstage, sign autographs and answer questions at the convention. On Nov. 5, the elite trio of Pattinson, Stewart and Lautner will participate in a “Welcome to The Twilight Saga'” panel with costars Maestro and […]
July 25, 2011 | 12:43 p.m.
For Bill Condon, director of “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn,” Comic-Con 2011 was all about the art of the reveal. The director, who made his maiden voyage to the San Diego geek fest to debut footage for the second-to-last “Twilight” movie, which will open in November, had to be very selective with what he showed the screaming fans. “Once we decided that we didn’t want to show the wedding dress and once we decided we didn’t want to show her pregnant, we were limited to the honeymoon,” said Condon, who has been tasked with chapter of the “Twilight Saga” in which heroine Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) marries her vampire boyfriend Edward (Robert Pattinson), has a baby and is turned into a vampire herself. “Then the question was do we want to show the sex, which would have been crazy and […]
July 23, 2011 | 6:02 p.m.
“Snow White and the Huntsman,” the fairy tale project that begins shooting next week in the United Kingdom with Kristen Stewart as the lead, has some tough hurdles to overcome. It’s competing with another “Snow White” project from Relativity Media that has already begun filming and features Julia Roberts as the evil queen. It’s also set to come out June 1, three months after Relativity’s “Snow White” movie will debut and close to two months before a Comic-Con International audience will be back in Hall H. What’s a studio to do? How about recruit fans at Comic-Con 2011 with some stills of the cast in costume, a charming British director with an impressive commercial reel and a crew of good-looking lead actors? That’s what Universal Pictures did Saturday afternoon during a panel featuring Stewart, evil queen Charlize Theron, Chris Hemsworth […]
July 21, 2011 | 1:46 p.m.
The Twilight saga’s “Breaking Dawn” is the conclusion of the incredibly successful and beloved vampire book franchise. With all the anticipation for the film version, which will be divided into two parts (the first half hits theaters in November), there are also a lot of questions. Fans — many of whom had been waiting in line at Comic-Con International since Monday afternoon — are eager to see the wedding and honeymoon of their favorite couple, Bella and Edward (Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson) and the subsequent birth of their half-vampire, half-human baby. Director Bill Condon and cast were on hand at Comic-Con on Thursday morning, presenting the first panel in the San Diego Convention Center’s massive Hall H to share some details of the final two movies — though few surprising secrets were actually revealed. “This movie is all third […]
June 24, 2010 | 10:43 p.m.
It’s the franchise that has fans everywhere thirsty for any bloody detail. The latest installment, “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” in theaters Wednesday, sees Seattle plagued by an army of newborn vampires controlled by the vengeful Victoria, who is out to destroy Bella Swan, whom she holds responsible for her lover’s death. To safeguard Bella from the oncoming threat, her boyfriend, Edward Cullen, and his family must band together and join forces with their shape-shifting foes, the wolf pack, who are sworn to defend humans from all blood suckers. But it’s not all fang baring and claw clenching; there’s also an explosive love triangle this time around. And lots — lots — of shirtless roaming by the muscled members of the wolf pack. To gear up for the third feature to be adapted from the wildly popular Stephenie Meyer “Twilight” books, […]