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June 28, 2013 | 8:00 a.m.

‘Pacific Rim': See it early, free with Guillermo del Toro

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 27, 2013 | 5:19 p.m.

Comic-Con: Celebs to don ‘Star Wars’ costumes for lightsaber relay

Costumed participants in the 2012 Course of the Force relay. (Lucasfilm)
“Glee” star Chris Colfer and model Adrianne Curry will be among a dozen celebrities donning “Star Wars” costumes and joining the legion of runners in this year’s Course of the Force, a lightsaber relay leading up to Comic-Con International in San Diego. Thousands are expected to participate in the Course of the Force, an Olympic-style relay launched last year by Lucasfilm and Nerdist Industries to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. This year’s relay kicks off July 9 at Skywalker Ranch, north of San Francisco, and follows the coast some 500 miles down to San Diego. (Last year’s 136-mile run began in Santa Monica.) The relay ends in San Diego on July 16, in time for Comic-Con International, which runs July 17-21 at the city’s waterfront convention center, drawing more than 130,000 professionals and enthusiasts in the realms of sci-fi, fantasy, video games, […]
June 27, 2013 | 5:00 a.m.

Saturn Awards winners list: ‘Avengers,’ ‘Breaking Bad’ and more

Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), left, Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) in a scene from 2012's “The Avengers.” (Marvel)
Marvel’s blockbuster superhero flick “The Avengers” and AMC’s acclaimed series “Breaking Bad” led the 2013 Saturn Awards, winning in more categories than any other film or TV show, respectively. The Saturn Awards, held Wednesday evening at the Castaway Event Center’s Starlight Ballroom in Burbank, were presented by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, honoring genre entertainment released between Feb. 1, 2012, and Feb. 11, 2013.  (The academy was founded in 1972 by film historian Donald A. Reed to recognize films often overlooked by mainstream awards and has expanded in recent years.) The event, in its 39th year, was dedicated to Richard Matheson (“I Am Legend,” “The Twilight Zone”), the prolific sci-fi writer who died Sunday. Matheson had been slated to receive the academy’s Visionary Award for his contributions to literature, film and television. The award was presented […]
June 12, 2013 | 11:52 p.m.

E3 2013 photos: Scenes from the world’s largest video game conference

An E3 visitor gets her picture taken in the Nintendo arena. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)
The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) floor at the Los Angeles Convention Center echoed with cheering, gunshots, tire screeching and music from hundreds of game demos Wednesday as more than 45,000 attendees gathered for the world’s largest annual video game trade show. E3, now in its 18th year, has become a mecca for video game developers, retailers, industry professionals and journalists. The trade show, which runs through Thursday and is not open to the public, often serves as the pulpit for the industry’s biggest announcements. On Wednesday, convention-goers were greeted by an enormous “Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures” display outside the main entrance, complete with painted Mini Coopers. The big three game companies dominated the floor, with Nintendo’s bright white walls and whimsical displays setting it apart from its darker (and considerably more adult) neighbors, Microsoft and Sony. FULL COVERAGE: E3 […]
May 23, 2013 | 6:02 p.m.

‘Star Wars': Life-size Lego X-wing Starfighter coming to California

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The White House rejected a petition to build a Death Star, but a different piece of “Star Wars” machinery has been brought to life — with Lego. On Thursday in New York City’s Times Square, Lego unveiled its largest model ever: A life-size X-wing Starfighter, constructed out of Lego bricks — 5,335,200 of them, to be exact. The “Star Wars” X-wing replica, which weighs nearly 46,000 pounds and contains a full-scale R2-D2 in the cockpit, was created to promote “The Yoda Chronicles,” a new Lego Star Wars three-part animated series premiering next week on Cartoon Network. The model will remain in Times Square through Saturday. Afterward it will land at Legoland California Resort, where it will be on display through the remainder of 2013. The X-wing Starfighter is, of course, the ship that Luke Skywalker and other members of the […]
May 15, 2013 | 7:35 p.m.

‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ premiere: Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, more

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The highly anticipated sequel to J.J. Abrams’ 2009 reboot “Star Trek” opens in theaters tonight, but Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, Leonard Nimoy and more “Star Trek Into Darkness” stars walked the silver carpet Tuesday evening for the film’s Hollywood premiere. The film follows Capt. James T. Kirk (Pine) and his Enterprise crew as they embark on a revenge-fueled manhunt to capture the man behind a terrorist attack on Starfleet. The search takes them to a war-zone world, putting the ship and the lives within it in danger and causing Kirk to question his abilities as captain. “I think a lot of maturing happens in this film for Kirk, for a man who thinks he knows everything and leads with his gut and leads with his heart, and is all kind of passion and heart,” Pine said during the film’s presentation […]
May 13, 2013 | 12:38 p.m.

‘The X-Files’ at 20: Chris Carter still wants to believe

"The X-Files" actors Gillian Anderson, left, and David Duchovny. (Michael Lavine / Fox)
It’s been 20 years since “The X-Files” opened to viewers’ wanting-to-believe eyes, and the hit paranormal investigation drama’s creator, Chris Carter, doesn’t quite know what to make of that phenomenon. “It’s surreal,” he told a sold-out crowd Sunday at the Hero Complex Film Festival shortly after entering to a standing ovation. “It’s like an X-File…. Twenty years’ missing time.” Asked what he might do differently if he made the show now, he said, “It was of its time…. You probably could make the show today, but, I don’t know why, it just feels like it was made exactly when it should have been made.” The festival’s closing night was devoted to the acclaimed Fox series, and included screenings of three fan-picked episodes – the pilot, which he wrote, “Jose Chung’s From Outer Space” and “Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose.” Carter said […]
May 12, 2013 | 8:35 p.m.

‘Independence Day': Emmerich, Goldblum, Devlin talk sequel

Will Smith, left, and Jeff Goldblum in a scene from "Independence Day." (20th Century Fox)
Earth’s victory over alien invaders in “Independence Day” may have been but the first battle in a war. The film’s co-writers — director Roland Emmerich and producer Dean Devlin – told the Hero Complex Film Festival audience at a matinee screening of the 1996 blockbuster Sunday that they have ideas for a sequel (and maybe more) but, as Devlin put it, “things have to align … the planets have to get together.” And planets getting together is a thrilling prospect for fans of these spectacle specialists. Emmerich said he and Devlin have discussed why the aliens came in the first place, what the bigger story is. The director called the aliens a “swarm intelligence, and we are individual intelligence – and even if we kill each other … we have something very special, we have this indomitable human spirit.” So, […]
May 12, 2013 | 12:13 p.m.

Guillermo del Toro on ‘Pacific Rim,’ ‘Monster,’ ‘Justice League Dark’

Guillermo del Toro (Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times)
Any public appearance by Guillermo del Toro is a buffet of goodies for fans of monsters, robots and things that go bump in the night. The director’s visit Saturday night to the Hero Complex Film Festival was no exception, with Del Toro sharing a new trailer for his upcoming sci-fi monster movie “Pacific Rim” and dropping details on future projects “Justice League Dark” and “Monster” in between screenings of two of his most personal films, “The Devil’s Backbone” and “Pan’s Labyrinth.” Del Toro said “Pacific Rim,” which opens July 12 and pits massive robots against invading monsters in a near-future world, was inspired by his childhood love of Japanese pop culture. He talked about reading manga series like “Astro Boy,” watching films by Toho, the Japanese production company behind Godzilla, and fancifully sketching giant robots — an obsession he has […]
May 12, 2013 | 7:53 a.m.

‘The Mist': Frank Darabont, Thomas Jane on ‘angry, bleak’ ending

Frank Darabont's 'The Mist' (featured image)
Taking his chair after the intense, haunting ending and solemn credits of “The Mist,” its star, Thomas Jane, seemed newly rattled by it. “I just slipped in and caught the last 10 minutes or so because I got here a little early,” the actor, a surprise guest at the Hero Complex Film Festival, told the crowd Saturday afternoon. “I kind of wish that I hadn’t. … That was really hard. That’s powerful, man.” “You know this movie came out on Thanksgiving weekend?” he asked, to audience laughter. “Nothing says the holidays like flesh-eating tentacles,” added the film’s writer-director, Frank Darabont. The 2007 horror film follows a group of people trapped in a shopping market after a mist envelopes their town. As they learn of the presence of deadly, unearthly creatures outside, debate over what to do splinters the survivors, with […]
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