Jan. 23, 2015 | 11:35 a.m.
Five new character posters for “Insurgent” offer an interactive look at key figures in the upcoming sequel to “Divergent.” The posters feature heroine Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley), her ally and love interest Four (Theo James), the villainous Jeanine Matthews (Kate Winslet) and new characters Johanna Reyes (Octavia Spencer) and Evelyn Johnson (Naomi Watts). Check out the interactive posters below or still versions in the gallery above. “Insurgent,” which follows last year’s “Divergent,” is based on the second novel in Veronica Roth’s bestselling YA trilogy. The tale follows young heroine Beatrice “Tris” Prior (Woodley), a girl who discovers she doesn’t fit neatly into one of five rigidly divided societal factions in a dystopian future version of Chicago, but rather has aptitude for multiple factions — a dangerous trait known as divergence. She joins Dauntless, the faction based on bravery, to hide her […]
Jan. 16, 2015 | 11:30 a.m.
A new featurette for “Insurgent” is out, offering fans of the Shailene Woodley-starring dystopian tale a behind-the-scenes look at new characters, locations and stunts in the sequel to last year’s “Divergent.” “Insurgent,” based on the second novel in Veronica Roth’s bestselling YA trilogy, follows young heroine Beatrice “Tris” Prior (Woodley), a girl who discovers she doesn’t fit neatly into one of five rigidly divided societal factions in a dystopian future version of Chicago, but rather has aptitude for multiple factions — a dangerous trait known as divergence. She joins Dauntless, the faction based on bravery, to hide her secret, and there meets love interest Four (Theo James). In “Insurgent,” Tris and her friends are fugitives on the run from ruthless leader of Erudite (the faction based on knowledge) Jeanine Matthews, who is hellbent on hunting down divergent people like Tris. “In […]
Jan. 14, 2015 | 11:30 a.m.
“Game of Thrones” fans will have to wait a week to see a Season 5 trailer and two Season 4 episodes in IMAX. The much-hyped IMAX screenings have been delayed to allow more theaters to participate in the big-screen event. Instead of kicking off Jan. 23, as previously announced, the screenings will begin Jan. 29 at 10 p.m. and extend through Feb. 5. More than 200 theaters will be participating, up from the original 150. The showings will feature an exclusive trailer for the upcoming fifth season as well as Season 4’s final two episodes — “The Watchers on the Wall,” about Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and the Battle of Castle Black, and “The Children,” which sees Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) face off against the Hound (Rory McCann). The episodes will be digitally remastered into IMAX format. The event […]
Jan. 13, 2015 | 7:30 a.m.
Cartoonist Kate Beaton, the author of 2011’s acclaimed “Hark! A Vagrant” and the wildly popular webcomic on which it is based, is announcing a follow-up to her bestselling debut. “Step Aside, Pops,” due out in September from independent comics publisher Drawn & Quarterly, will feature Beaton’s sharp wit and cheeky takes on literary and historical figures — Ida B. Wells, the Black Prince and Benito Juárez are just a few. “Step Aside, Pops,” named after Beaton’s cartoon featuring a feisty velocipedestrienne, boasts more than 150 pages of her work, mixing new material and cartoons previously published on the webcomic she began in 2007. Beaton started posting her comic strips online to show her friends, but rapidly gained devoted followers (nearly 100,000 on Twitter alone) drawn to the Canadian cartoonist’s offbeat and irreverent humor. Her illustrations have also appeared in The New […]
Jan. 12, 2015 | 6:47 p.m.
A new trailer for “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is out, teasing a grim battle in which Marvel’s mightiest superheroes have to protect a world that, apparently, might not want them. “We have no place in the world,” Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) says in the trailer, which debuted during the broadcast of the College Football Playoff championship game Monday night. “Age of Ultron” reunites the Marvel superheroes, including Widow, Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) in a battle against Ultron (James Spader). “Everyone creates the thing they dread,” intones the villainous automaton, one of Tony Stark’s inventions gone awry. But if the new trailer is any indication, the Avengers’ biggest faceoffs might be against each other. The new trailer reveals more than a little conflict between Marvel’s […]
Jan. 08, 2015 | 10:21 a.m.
“Song of the Sea,” an animated film inspired by the Irish legend of the Selkies, arrives in Los Angeles theaters on Friday. Hero Complex readers get an exclusive first look at some images from the film, the sophomore release from the creators of 2009’s Oscar-nominated film “The Secret of Kells.” In gorgeous, hand-drawn animation, “Song of the Sea” tells the tale of the last seal-child, Saoirse, and her brother Ben, who must race against time on a journey to awaken Saoirse’s powers and save the magical spirit world. Though not a sequel to “Kells,” which offered a magical origin story for Ireland’s treasured Book of Kells, “Song of the Sea” is a sort of spiritual follow-up, director Tomm Moore has said. The idea for the film was born during production on “Kells” on the west coast of Ireland, where Moore […]
Jan. 08, 2015 | 6:00 a.m.
“Little Robot,” an upcoming graphic novel from Ben Hatke, is the tale of an unlikely friendship between a lost, childlike robot and the little girl who helps him explore the world. The all-ages graphic novel is due out Sept. 1 from First Second, and Hero Complex readers get a first look at the book’s cover, which features the diminutive heroes. Hatke is best known for his bestselling “Zita the Spacegirl” graphic novel series, which introduced a galaxy-trotting superheroine on a mission to save her best friend from an intergalactic doomsday cult. Hatke has also contributed to the “Flight” anthology series and is the author of the children’s book “Julia’s House for Lost Creatures.” In “Little Robot,” which began as a series of watercolor cartoon strips Hatke published on his website, a curious robot befriends a shy girl who’s handy with […]
Jan. 07, 2015 | 11:15 a.m.
“Game of Thrones” fans in Europe and Israel can join a house of Westeros, sit on the Iron Throne and see the top of the Wall at Castle Black as part of a touring exhibition devoted to the hit HBO fantasy series. “Game of Thrones: The Exhibition” is kicking off its third tour next month. Stops include London, Stockholm, Tel Aviv, Madrid, Berlin, Amsterdam and Paris with possible additional cities to be announced later. The 2015 exhibition features new installations, photo stations and Web-based interactive features. Fans can join a house of Westeros — such as Stark, Lannister or Targaryen — before entering the exhibition, ride the winch elevator to the top of the 700-foot Wall at Castle Black (thanks to an Oculus Rift virtual experience), and take a picture on the Iron Throne. The exhibition also showcases more than […]
Jan. 07, 2015 | 7:25 a.m.
The trailer for “Ant-Man” is out, offering fans a first glimpse of Marvel’s next stand-alone superhero movie. The long-anticipated film sees Paul Rudd as the titular character, a reformed thief named Scott Lang and the second superhero to take the name Ant-Man. The trailer, which debuted during the series premiere of Marvel’s “Agent Carter” on ABC Tuesday, depicts an imprisoned Lang being offered a second chance by Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), the original Ant-Man. “Scott, I’ve watching you for a while now. You’re different. Now don’t let anyone tell you that you have nothing to offer. Second chances don’t come around all that often,” Pym tells Lang from across a table in what appears to be a police interrogation room. “I suggest you take a really close look at it.” Pym plays to Lang’s need to redeem himself as a […]
Jan. 06, 2015 | 2:50 p.m.
Fans of “Coraline,” “The Boxtrolls” and “ParaNorman” have the chance to own a little piece of the acclaimed animated films. In time for its 10th anniversary this year, the Portland, Ore.-based animation studio Laika is auctioning over 250 puppets, models, props and other artwork used to make its stop-motion films. Hero Complex readers get a first look at one of the props up for auction — the mecha-drill used by the villainous Snatcher in “The Boxtrolls,” which opened in theaters in September and has been nominated for a Golden Globe and an Annie Award, among other accolades. At just over 5 feet, the drill is the largest prop ever made for a stop-motion film, according to Heritage Auctions, which is hosting the auction. “The Art of Laika” auction, to be held Feb. 12 in Beverly Hills, marks the first time […]