Noelene Clark

April 22, 2015 | 1:54 p.m.

Eisner Awards: ‘Ms. Marvel,’ ‘Saga,’ ‘Multiversity,’ ‘Bandette’ lead nominations

"Ms. Marvel," "Multiversity," "Saga" and "Bandette" lead the 2015 Eisner Award nominations. (Marvel; DC; Image; Monkeybrain)
Marvel Comics’ “Ms. Marvel,” DC Comics’ “Multiversity,” Image’s “Saga” and Monkeybrain’s webcomic “Bandette” topped the roster of nominees for the 2015 Eisner Awards — considered the Oscars for comics. The nominations were announced Wednesday, with DC, Marvel and Fantagraphics topping the list of publishers. DC and Vertigo (DC’s imprint for edgy, offbeat comics) received 14 nominates plus four shared. Marvel was close behind with 12 nominations plus six shared, and Fantagraphics garnered 15 nominations. Image Comics, which led last year’s nominations field with 17 nods plus three shared, this year had seven nominations and seven shared. Image’s nomination count was once again aided by “Saga,” which last year won the painter prize for artist Fiona Staples as well as its second consecutive awards for continuing series and writer Brian K. Vaughan. Vaughan, who is also known for his television work […]
April 22, 2015 | 7:00 a.m.

‘Last Man’ exclusive: Cover revealed for Vol. 4 in French fighting series

'Last Man Vol. 4: The Show'
Magic, a Medieval fighting tournament and a mysterious stranger set the stage for the “Last Man” graphic novel series, by French comics creators Bastien Vivès, Michael Sanlaville and Balak. “Last Man,” which won the Prix de la Serie at the Angoulême International Comics Festival earlier this year, is available in English for the first time from publisher First Second. The six-issue story follows Adrian Velba, a young fighting school pupil preparing to enter his kingdom’s gladiatorial contest. When his partner falls ill the day of the tournament, Adrian’s luck appears to improve with the arrival of Richard Aldana — a stranger who fights without magic and has little knowledge of the local customs — and the pair team up to take on the kingdom’s most legendary fighters. The tale’s first installment, “The Stranger,” was released in English in March to critical praise. “The Royal Cup,” the second issue, […]
April 21, 2015 | 1:29 p.m.

Adrianne Palicki and Nick Blood in talks to star in ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ spinoff series

(Kelsey McNeal / ABC)
A TV series spinning off from “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is in the works, Hero Complex has confirmed. Though details about the new show have yet to be revealed, “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” series regulars Adrianne Palicki and Nick Blood are set to star. “S.H.I.E.L.D.” executive producer Jeffrey Bell and writer Paul Zbyszewski are teaming up to helm the project. In “S.H.I.E.L.D.” Palicki portrays highly skilled agent Barbara “Bobbi” Morse, better known in the comics as Mockingbird. Nick Blood plays Bobbi’s ex-husband, Lance Hunter, a former British soldier and mercenary. The potential spinoff comes after Marvel’s critically praised limited series “Agent Carter,” which starred “Captain America: The First Avenger” actress Hayley Atwell as the eponymous Agent Peggy Carter, on a mission to save Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper) from well-meaning but wrong-headed investigators at the Strategic Scientific Reserve (S.S.R.). – Noelene Clark | @NoeleneClark […]
April 21, 2015 | 8:16 a.m.

‘Jurassic World': Chris Pratt and his velociraptors face off against Indominus rex

In a new trailer for “Jurassic World,” the fates of 20,000 trapped tourists rest in the claws of Chris Pratt’s pack of trained velociraptors. The much anticipated fourth installment in the “Jurassic Park” franchise, inspired by the work of author Michael Crichton, introduces a new dino-foe in the Indominus rex, a genetically modified predator that out-sizes a Tyrannosaurus rex and out-smarts a velociraptor. Also, she ate her sibling. “Every time we’ve unveiled a new attraction, attendance has spiked,” the park’s asset manager Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) says in the trailer. “Corporate felt that genetic modification would up the wow factor.” “They’re dinosaurs,” responds trainer Owen (Pratt). “Wow enough.” As in the other “Jurassic Park” films, the vicious attraction gets out of hand, and the mega-beast escapes, claws out her tracking implant and begins killing for sport, leaving a bloody trail […]
April 20, 2015 | 12:47 p.m.

‘Fantastic Four’ trailer shows off quartet’s powers and villain Victor von Doom

A screenshot from the trailer for "Fantastic Four." (20th Century Fox)
A new trailer for the “Fantastic Four” reboot is out, offering a closer look at the titular heroes’ superpowers as well as the villainous Doctor Doom. At the head of the “Fantastic” quartet is Miles Teller’s Reed Richards, a scientist who “knows answers to questions we don’t even know to ask yet,” says Dr. Franklin Storm (Reg Cathey). An experiment with interdimensional travel endows Reed and his team with superhuman abilities. Reed gets super-stretchy powers; Kate Mara, who plays Dr. Storm’s daughter Sue, can make herself invisible; Michael B. Jordan’s Johnny Storm can turn into a human fireball; and Ben Grimm (Jamie Bell) becomes a rock-like giant known as the Thing. The film’s origin story diverges from the Marvel comics, in which the four are endowed with their powers after being exposed to cosmic rays during a scientific space mission. […]
April 20, 2015 | 11:30 a.m.

‘Shadowhunters': ‘Mortal Instruments’ TV series casts Dominic Sherwood as male lead

Dominic Sherwood and Lucy Fry in a scene from the 2014 film "Vampire Academy." Sherwood is set to star in "Shadowhunters." (The Weinstein Company)
“The Mortal Instruments” spinoff TV series “Shadowhunters” has found its Jace Wayland, casting “Vampire Academy” actor Dominic Sherwood as the male lead. Sherwood will portray the “narcissistic and lethally gorgeous” demon-hunter who serves as the love interest for the story’s heroine, Clarissa “Clary” Fray, ABC Family announced Monday. Based on the bestselling “The Mortal Instruments” YA urban fantasy book series by Cassandra Clare, “Shadowhunters” follows 18-year-old Clary 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, Clary must immerse herself in a world of faeries, warlocks, vampires and werewolves, uncover family secrets, tap into powers she never knew she had and team up with a band of Shadowhunters, including the captivating Jace — a skilled soldier […]
April 18, 2015 | 6:39 p.m.

Star Wars Celebration: Fans explore all corners of the convention universe

Fans watch the Builders Astromech Droid Race semi-finals. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
The Mos Eisley Cantina theme played over loudspeakers on the Anaheim Convention Center’s second floor as 13-year-old Zachary Clayson, clad in Jedi robe and tunic, maneuvered a remote-controlled yellow robot to where a young woman was standing with an infant. The little robot — a replica of a “Star Wars” hangar deck scrubber droid — nudged the woman’s ankles. She smiled and bent down, giving the baby a closer look. “My favorite part of Star Wars Celebration is probably just driving this thing around and seeing people’s reactions when they see it,” said Clayson, who traveled with his father from the San Francisco Bay Area to attend the fan expo. At Celebration, the big panel presentations with the likes of J.J. Abrams, Carrie Fisher and Anthony Daniels may be generating the most buzz online, but for the estimated 60,000 “Star […]
April 17, 2015 | 6:14 p.m.

Star Wars Celebration: Carrie Fisher takes fans on a racy date with a princess

"Star Wars" actress Carrie Fisher, joined by her dog Gary, talks onstage during her presentation at Star Wars Celebration on April 17 at the Anaheim Convention Center. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
If Carrie Fisher has anything in common with Princess Leia, the forceful character she made famous in the “Star Wars” films, it might be her impulsive attitude. In her Friday afternoon Star Wars Celebration presentation, Fisher, 58, told racy jokes, autographed the host’s shoes, took pictures with fans and even planted a long, wet kiss on a member of the audience. What she didn’t do was talk much about “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” the upcoming seventh installment in the space opera and a main focus of the fan expo, which runs through Sunday at the Anaheim Convention Center. Fisher reprises her Leia role in the new film, due out in December, but said she couldn’t “figure out what I was supposed to not tell.” “I think they keep me away from stuff because they know that I have an […]
April 16, 2015 | 4:24 p.m.

Star Wars Celebration images: The Force is strong with convention-goers in Anaheim

"Star Wars" fans Sharon Jackson, left, dressed as Mission Vao, of Las Vegas, and Kyle Jackson, dressed as a Wookiee, pose for pictures during the 2015 Star Wars Celebration at the Anaheim Convention Center on April 16. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Some 60,000 “Star Wars” fans, many dressed as Jedi, Stormtroopers and Sith, are converging on the Anaheim Convention Center this weekend for Star Wars Celebration — a pop culture expo devoted to the sci-fi franchise. The convention kicked off Thursday with a presentation devoted to “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” the much anticipated seventh installment in the space opera. Director J.J. Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy debuted the first full-length trailer for the film after an on-stage Q&A with cast members Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), as well as newcomers Daisy Ridley (Rey), John Boyega (Finn) and Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron). The convention, which runs through Sunday, will also feature panels spotlighting veteran “Star Wars” actors, the hit animated series “Star Wars Rebels,” and plenty of fan-focused events on the […]
April 16, 2015 | 11:25 a.m.

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ director J.J. Abrams unveils trailer at Star Wars Celebration

Harrison Ford, right, as Han Solo with Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." (Lucasfilm / Disney)
The first full-length trailer for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” was unveiled Thursday morning, offering fans an extended look at what is perhaps this year’s most anticipated film. Director J.J. Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy introduced the two-minute trailer during the Star Wars Celebration fan expo in Anaheim. The trailer begins with narration from Mark Hamill, who plays Luke Skywalker, the protagonist of the original “Star Wars” trilogy. Star Wars Celebration: Trailer unveiled | Watch the live stream | Fans gather | Preview “The Force is strong in my family,” he says. “My father has it. I have it. My sister has it. You have that power too.” It’s unclear whether he is addressing a member of the Skywalker family or another character altogether. The trailer shows scenes from Jakku, a desert planet not unlike Tatooine, where the wreckage of […]
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