March 30, 2015 | 1:09 p.m.
“Shadowhunters,” a new TV series in the “Mortal Instruments” franchise, is coming to ABC Family. The show will go into production in May in Toronto, the network announced Monday. Based on the bestselling “The Mortal Instruments” YA urban fantasy book series by Cassandra Clare, “Shadowhunters” follows young heroine Clary Fray as she becomes entangled in the world of Shadowhunters — human-angel hybrids who hunt down demons — after her mother is attacked and taken by a demon. In order to save her mother, she must team up with a band of Shadowhunters, including the captivating Jace Wayland, uncover family secrets and tap into powers she never knew she had. Follow @ABCFamily’s @ShadowhuntersTV, a new TV series based on The Mortal Instruments book series by @cassieclare! https://t.co/l61eKTmKvU — Shadowhunters (@ShadowhuntersTV) March 30, 2015 “Shadowhunters” picks up with Clary “living among faeries, warlocks, […]
March 30, 2015 | 12:41 p.m.
“Game of Thrones” star Maisie Williams, who plays fan-favorite character Arya Stark in “Game of Thrones,” is headed to the TARDIS. The 17-year-old actress will guest star in the upcoming season of “Doctor Who,” the BBC announced Monday, though her character remains a mystery. “It’s not possible to say too much about who or what she’s playing, but she is going to challenge the Doctor in very unexpected ways,” the show’s lead writer and executive producer, Steven Moffat, said in a statement. “This time he might just be out of his depth, and we know Maisie is going to give him exactly the right sort of hell.” The sci-fi adventure series, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013, returns this fall for its ninth season since rebooting a decade ago. The show centers around a time-traveling alien known simply as […]
March 30, 2015 | 10:34 a.m.
A new featurette for Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” offers a closer look at newcomers Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. The video, which Marvel released Monday, showcases the formidable sister-and-brother team Wanda and Pietro Maximoff, portrayed on the big screen by Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and their superpowers and contrasting personalities. “Quicksilver is very fast,” director Joss Whedon says in the video (watch it above). “As fast or almost as fast as a bullet.” He’s also quick-tempered, Taylor-Johnson notes. Meanwhile, Scarlet Witch is “grounded and thoughtful,” Olsen explains. As for her powers, they seem to diverge somewhat from her comic-book ability to alter reality. “She’s got telekinesis, she can move things, and she can get inside your head so that all your worst fears or doubts come to the fore,” Whedon says in the video. And judging from the featurette […]
March 25, 2015 | 2:12 p.m.
“X-Men: Apocalypse” has found its latest mutant. Newcomer Lana Condor has been cast as Jubilation Lee, A.K.A. Jubilee, director Bryan Singer announced on his Instagram account Wednesday. Created by Chris Claremont and Marc Silvestri, Jubilation Lee made her comics debut in 1989’s “Uncanny X-Men” No. 244. A mutant who later discovers she can generate energy fireworks from her hands, Jubilation is introduced as a Chinese American gymnast who lives in Beverly Hills with her wealthy parents until they are murdered by hitmen. She runs away from an orphanage and lives in a Hollywood mall, stealing to survive and running from mall cops before she is rescued by X-Men members. In the comics, she is currently a vampire after a run-in with Dracula. Condor isn’t the first actress to bring Jubilee to the big screen, though she has never before been […]
March 24, 2015 | 11:25 a.m.
Fox Mulder and Dana Scully are headed back to the small screen. “The X-Files” is returning to Fox with a six-episode event series, and David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson are set to reprise their original roles as the FBI agents who investigate paranormal mysteries. The sci-fi horror series, helmed by creator Chris Carter, premiered 22 years ago and became a pop-culture phenomenon, earning 16 Primetime and Creative Emmy Awards and five Golden Globes and inspiring a worldwide fan base. The show, which ran for nine seasons, became U.S. network TV’s longest-running sci-fi series. “The X-Files” has been off the air since 2002, but production for the six new episodes will begin this summer. “I think of it as a 13-year commercial break,” Carter said in Tuesday’s news release announcing the revival. “The good news is the world has only gotten […]
March 21, 2015 | 10:00 a.m.
At 26, author Veronica Roth already has penned a bestselling YA book trilogy and co-produced two films based on the tale, including “The Divergent Series: Insurgent,” which opened in theaters Friday. The film stars Shailene Woodley, Miles Teller and Kate Winslet, and is based on the second novel in the series. Chicago-based Roth wrote “Divergent” when she was a 21-year-old college senior; her wild ascent has been a surreal ride. She recently discussed the big-screen adaptation, what she hopes the story means to young women and what’s next in her writing career. Hero Complex: You saw “Insurgent” several weeks ago, but now everyone else gets to see it. Veronica Roth: I’m looking forward to seeing it again with my mom and my stepdad and my husband there. HC: Do you feel different about showing your work to your family as […]
Feb. 27, 2015 | 7:31 a.m.
More than three decades after Harrison Ford starred as android-hunter Rick Deckard in Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner,” the 72-year-old actor is set to reprise the role in a sequel. Denis Villeneuve (“Prisoners,” “Incendies”) is in negotiations to direct the film, which is scheduled to begin filming in the summer of 2016, Alcon Entertainment announced Thursday. In the 1982 sci-fi thriller, Ford played ex-L.A. cop Rick Deckard, who gets pulled out of retirement to hunt down a handful of escaped replicants (humanoids created by corporations to do unwanted off-world jobs) who hijacked a spaceship to return to Earth and murder their makers at the Tyrrell Corp. The sequel is set several decades after the original film’s conclusion and is based on an idea by Ridley Scott and “Blade Runner” co-writer Hampton Fancher; the screenplay is penned by Fancher and Michael Green (“Green […]
Feb. 26, 2015 | 2:37 p.m.
Disney has revealed a behind-the-scenes glimpse of its upcoming theme park attraction based on James Cameron’s 2009 sci-fi fantasy film “Avatar.” The addition to Disney’s Animal Kingdom park in Orlando, Fla., is a re-creation of Cameron’s mythical jungle planet Pandora, the lush home of the film’s blue Na’vi protagonists. Imagineers have been working on the project since 2011, and Disney is finally unveiling some of their creations in a video and Disney Parks blog post. The video shows a recent gathering of executives, including Cameron, at Imagineering’s offices in Glendale, Calif. In the video, Cameron inspects models and walks in Disney’s version of Pandora’s bioluminescent forest; the ground lights up with each of his footsteps. “We’re having a lot of fun dreaming up ways to bring to life the land’s iconic elements from the magnificent floating mountains to the interactive […]
Feb. 26, 2015 | 1:00 p.m.
“Supergirl” appears to have found its first villain. David Harewood (“Homeland”) is joining the CBS drama as Hank Henshaw. In the comics, Henshaw is a supervillain also known as the Cyborg or Cyborg Superman. In the series, Henshaw is a former CIA agent who now runs the Department of Extra-Normal Operations (DEO), which tracks extraterrestrial threats. Harewood’s casting was announced Thursday, along with news that “Grey’s Anatomy” actress Chyler Leigh will play Supergirl’s foster sister, Alexandra “Alex” Danvers, a doctor whose fascination with her sister’s powers inspired her lifelong obsession with science. The name Danvers is a nod to Linda Danvers — the name of several alternative versions of Supergirl throughout comics history. Supergirl, comics fans know, is Superman’s cousin Kara Zor-El. Like Kal-El, Kara escaped Krypton before it was destroyed and arrived on Earth after her cousin, with whom […]
Feb. 25, 2015 | 12:23 p.m.
Kelly Sue DeConnick and Matt Fraction are bringing their big ideas to the small screen. The married comic book duo has signed a deal with Universal TV to adapt some of their comic properties for television, as well as create original TV series concepts, an NBCUniversal spokesman confirmed Wednesday. Among the first batch of titles to get the TV treatment is “Sex Criminals,” Chip Zdarsky and Fraction’s Eisner- and Harvey Award-winning comedy-adventure series about a librarian named Suzie and an actor named Jon who freeze time when they orgasm — a power they use to rob banks. Other titles slated for TV adaptation have yet to be announced. DeConnick is perhaps best known for her work on Marvel Comics’ “Captain Marvel.” (The character is headed to the big screen in 2018.) More recently, she has written the myth-infused western “Pretty Deadly” […]