April 17, 2014 | 5:52 p.m.
Disney is releasing a new series of children’s books based on the original “Star Wars” trilogy, starting with a collaboration between bestselling children’s author Tony DiTerlizzi and the late iconic concept artist Ralph McQuarrie. The “Star Wars Saga” series will hit stores beginning with DiTerlizzi and McQuarrie’s picture book “The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight” in October, Disney Publishing Worldwide announced Thursday. Three subsequent books will follow, leading up to the highly anticipated December 2015 movie release of “Star Wars: Episode VII.” The additional titles include retellings of “A New Hope” by R.J. Palacio (“Wonder”), “The Empire Strikes Back” by Adam Gidwitz (“A Tale Dark and Grimm”) and “Return of the Jedi” by Tom Angleberger (“Origami Yoda” series). The books will be illustrated by “Star Wars” concept artist Iain McCaig and published under the Disney-Lucasfilm Press imprint. DiTerlizzi, best known […]
April 14, 2014 | 10:47 a.m.
“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” fans got a look at some new scenes from the upcoming summer film during Sunday’s MTV Movie Awards. The latest TV spot offers a first look at the turtles’ trainer, Master Splinter. The teaser opens with an action montage with several scenes already featured in last month’s trailer, an action-packed preview that showed the heroes in a half shell facing off against baddies in the subway and body surfing down a snowy mountain. The TV spot (watch it below) also revealed several new scenes, including Raphael punching out a hooded thug, Donatello (Jeremy Howard) wearing one of his trademark inventions and one of the turtles launching off a cliff on some sort of rocket-propelled skateboard. Meanwhile, a voiceover narrates: “You live, you die, you fight as brothers. Remember, nothing is as strong as family.” The new […]
April 11, 2014 | 8:52 a.m.
“Allegiant,” the third book in Veronica Roth’s massively successful “Divergent” trilogy, will get a two-part big-screen adaptation, Summit Entertainment and Lionsgate announced Friday. “Allegiant – Part 1” will be released in theaters on March 18, 2016 and “Allegiant – Part 2” on March 24, 2017. The Shailene Woodley-starring “Divergent,” based on Roth’s first book in the dystopian adventure series, has earned more than $116 million at the domestic box office since opening three weeks ago, and is set to open in France, Germany, Russia, Australia and other markets this weekend. Pre-production for “Insurgent,” based on the second book in the series, is underway, with Robert Schwentke taking the reins from “Divergent” director Neil Burger. That film is set to open March 20, 2015. In splitting the final installment into two parts, Summit is following a formula proved successful by the […]
April 08, 2014 | 5:12 p.m.
Four new character posters for the upcoming Michael Bay-produced “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” were released Tuesday, spotlighting each turtle’s weapon of choice. Each poster features one of the turtles’ three-fingered hands (do we call them hands?), wrapped in the appropriate color wristband and wielding his favorite weapon. Leonardo wears blue, and his hand clutches one of his two trademark katanas. Raphael, in red, wields a pair of sai. Michelangelo, orange, sports a pair of nunchakus, and Donatello, purple, carries a bo staff. Check out the posters of the mean, green fighting machines in the gallery above. They come a couple of weeks after the release of the film’s first trailer, an action-packed preview that featured the heroes in a half shell facing off against baddies in the subway and body surfing down a snowy mountain. The movie mutants seem to […]
April 08, 2014 | 1:14 p.m.
This post has been corrected. See the note below for details. “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” arrives on Blu-ray and DVD Tuesday, and Hero Complex readers get an exclusive first look at video promoting the release. The film, which was a box-office blockbuster last winter, is the second installment in Peter Jackson’s planned movie trilogy based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s landmark 1937 novel. “Desolation of Smaug” chronicles Bilbo Baggins’ (Martin Freeman) travels with Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) and his company of dwarfs in their mission to reclaim their treasure-filled homeland Erebor from the dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch). The journey takes them through many mysterious corners of Tolkien’s fantasy world, Middle-earth, including the dark forest Mirkwood, where Bilbo experiences a milestone in his personal quest for courage. In the exclusive video below, Jackson talks about creating the giant spiders that Bilbo faces. “This time […]
April 08, 2014 | 11:56 a.m.
HBO’s breakout hit fantasy series “Game of Thrones” will get a fifth and sixth season, the cable network announced Tuesday. The Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning show, based on George R.R. Martin’s bestselling “A Song of Ice and Fire” book series, kicked off its fourth season Sunday evening to record-breaking ratings. About 6.6 million viewers tuned in to watch the episode, giving HBO its best numbers since 2007′s series finale of “The Sopranos” and crashing HBO Go, the network’s online streaming service. Michael Lombardo, president of HBO programming, called the series “a phenomenon like no other” in the renewal announcement Tuesday, praising series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss for “their dazzling storytelling.” The lavish series, primarily set on a fictional continent called Westeros, chronicles the intrigue, treachery and power lust of warring families who seek to rule from the Iron […]
April 07, 2014 | 5:31 p.m.
The fourth season of “Game of Thrones” kicked off Sunday night, transporting fans back to the world of Westeros after a 10-month hiatus from the small screen. About 6.6 million viewers tuned in to watch the episode, giving HBO its best numbers since 2007′s series final of “The Sopranos” and crashing HBO Go, the network’s online streaming service. The “Thrones” season premiere, titled “Two Swords,” picked up the story lines of most of the fantasy series’ major characters — no small feat given the show’s sprawling cast. Arya (Maisie Williams) proved herself in battle alongside the Hound; Daario (now played by “Nashville” actor Michiel Huisman) continued his overt flirtation with Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) even as the Mother of Dragons faced the fact that her children are lethal and possibly beyond her control; and Pedro Pascal’s Red Viper made his debut […]
April 07, 2014 | 1:12 p.m.
The second installment in Hayao Miyazaki’s memoir is out Tuesday, offering a glimpse into the legendary animation director’s career of more than three decades, and Hero Complex readers get an exclusive sneak peek. “Turning Point: 1997-2008,” from Viz Media, traces the Japanese director’s most successful years, which saw the release of “Princess Mononoke,” the Oscar-winning “Spirited Away,” “Howl’s Moving Castle” and “Ponyo.” During this time, Miyazaki’s work received critical acclaim and began to garner an international audience. The 452-page tome includes Miyazaki’s essays about Japan’s animation culture, the differing perspectives of children and adults, and his memories of youth, among other topics; interviews with various publications and panels, including one with Roger Ebert; illustrations for Studio Ghibli holiday cards and films; and even poetry, written to aid composer Joe Hisaishi. “Turning Point” is the companion second volume to 1996′s “Starting Point: 1979-1996,” which […]
April 04, 2014 | 12:46 p.m.
“Game of Thrones” star Gwendoline Christie is joining the cast of next year’s “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2,” the final installment in the blockbuster movie franchise. Christie, whose previous screen credits include Terry Gilliam’s “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” and the BBC children’s series “Wizards vs. Aliens,” is best known for her “Game of Thrones” role. In the lavish HBO fantasy series,” Christie plays Brienne of Tarth, a warrior woman who is better with a broadsword than most of the male knights who cross her path. Christie is slated to play Commander Lyme, taking over the role from “Mockingjay – Part 1″ actress Lily Rabe (“American Horror Story”) due to a scheduling conflict with Rabe’s previous commitment to a production of “Much Ado About Nothing” at Shakespeare in the Park, according to Lionsgate. QUIZ: Test your ‘Game of […]
April 04, 2014 | 7:00 a.m.
The Aaron Eckhart-starring fantasy action film “I, Frankenstein” is arriving on Blu-ray and DVD next month, and Hero Complex readers get an exclusive first look at a new trailer for the home video release. The film, based on the graphic novel by Kevin Grevioux, follows Frankenstein’s monster (Eckhart) as he becomes embroiled in a battle between celestial gargoyles and infernal demons — two immortal races at war, with the fate of humankind in the balance. In addition to Eckhart, the January release stars Bill Nighy as the demon prince Naberius; Yvonne Strahovski (“Dexter”) as a scientist who experiments with reanimating corpses; Miranda Otto (“The Lord of the Rings”) as queen of the gargoyles; Jai Courtney (“Divergent”) as the leader of the gargoyle army; and Grevioux (“Underworld”) as the demon prince’s right-hand man. Though the film, directed by Stuart Beattie, opened […]