Noelene Clark

Nov. 07, 2014 | 7:09 a.m.

‘Hunger Games’ headed to stage for London ‘theatrical experience’

If “The Hunger Games” bestselling book trilogy and blockbuster movie quartet weren’t enough, the pop culture juggernaut is headed to the stage. A “theatrical experience” based on the mega-franchise will launch in summer 2016 in a new “purpose-built theater” next to London’s Wembley Stadium, according to a press statement from “Hunger Games” movie studio Lionsgate. Dutch media company Imagine Nation and U.S.-based Triangular Entertainment are teaming with Lionsgate on the stage show, which aims to use “innovative and immersive staging techniques,” according to the release. Based on the bestselling books by Suzanne Collins and the Lionsgate films, the show will be co-produced by Imagine Nation cofounder and Tony Award-winning Broadway producer Robin de Levita. “The theater is a fantastic medium to bring the many meaningful layers of Suzanne Collins’ writing to life,” De Levita said in the press statement. De Levita’s recent […]
Nov. 06, 2014 | 1:30 p.m.

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’: Twitter offers up alternate titles

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The title for the highly anticipated “Star Wars” sequel was unveiled Thursday, and, predictably, fans decided to have a little bit of fun with “Episode VII’s” title – “The Force Awakens.” Walt Disney Pictures unveiled the title in a tweet announcing the film had wrapped, and some “Star Wars” fans on Twitter are using the hashtag #rejectedstarwarstitles to offer up some alternate titles. Here’s a sampling of some potential “Episode VII” alternate titles. Star Wars Episode VII: Moses! Moses! Moses! — edgarwright (@edgarwright) November 6, 2014 Disney's Song of the Sith #rejectedstarwarstitles — E.J. Coughlin (@ejc) November 6, 2014 #rejectedstarwarstitles When You Wish Upon a Death Star — Rob Noblin (@JRNoblin) November 6, 2014 Star Wars VII: One Flew Over the Wookiee's Nest #rejectedstarwarstitles — Chelsea Meacham (@chelsmeach) November 6, 2014 Dude, where's my Death Star? #rejectedstarwarstitles — Kim Biddulph (@kimbiddulph) November […]
Nov. 06, 2014 | 11:12 a.m.

‘Hobbit: Five Armies’ trailer teases deadly battle, Thorin’s downfall

A new trailer for “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” offers a glimpse of the fracturing relationship between dwarf king Thorin Oakenshield and the company of small folk who followed him to Erebor. “Five Armies,” the final film in Peter Jackson’s trilogy based on J. R. R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit,” picks up where last year’s “The Desolation of Smaug” ends, with dwarf king Thorin (Armitage) and company, accompanied by Martin Freeman’s good-natured hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, having reclaimed the treasure of their lost homeland Erebor from the evil dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch). A vengeful Smaug heads to Lake-town to decimate the nearby village of Men, and the destruction the dragon causes leaves the townspeople insisting upon recompense from the dwarves who disturbed his resting place, setting into motion the conflict that will grow to include the armies of the […]
Nov. 06, 2014 | 9:53 a.m.

‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ gets title: ‘The Force Awakens’

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“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is the title of “Episode VII” in the sci-fi adventure film franchise, Walt Disney Pictures announced Thursday. The title had remained a mystery since plans for the film were announced more than two years ago. Walt Disney Pictures unveiled the title in a tweet announcing the completion of principal photography for the movie. Star Wars: The Force Awakens has completed principal photography. #StarWarsVII #TheForceAwakens pic.twitter.com/mFTP9YbKNN — Star Wars (@starwars) November 6, 2014 “The Force Awakens,” directed by “Star Trek” alumnus J.J. Abrams, takes place 30 years after the events of “Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi,” with original stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker joining Ford as part of the ensemble cast. Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega and newcomer Daisy Ridley, in addition to Irish actor […]
Nov. 05, 2014 | 8:15 a.m.

‘Agent Carter’ clip: Peggy Carter meets the original Jarvis

Screen shot of a clip from "Agent Carter." (Marvel)
A new clip from Marvel’s upcoming adventure series “Agent Carter” offers a glimpse of Iron Man’s father Howard Stark, the original butler Jarvis and, of course, Hayley Atwell as the titular heroine Peggy Carter. If you ever thought what was missing from the Marvel universe was a dash of Indiana Jones and a drop of Downton Abbey, ABC’s upcoming series “Agent Carter” might prove a perfect recipe for adventure and humor. The series, set in 1946, sees Atwell reprising her role from “Captain America: The First Avenger.” The clip, released Tuesday, shows Peggy Carter at a harbor seeing Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper) off on a secret mission and accepting a mission of her own — to locate a buyer of a formula for a substance so explosive, “this much would level a city block,” Stark warns. “And I’m not talking […]
Nov. 04, 2014 | 12:56 p.m.

Trailer: ‘Chappie’ brings Neill Blomkamp’s childlike robot to life

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The first trailer is out for “Chappie,” the next science-fiction undertaking by South African filmmaker Neill Blomkamp. “Chappie,” due in theaters March 6, 2015, is Blomkamp’s third feature film, following the Oscar-nominated “District 9″ in 2009 and last year’s “Elysium.” The film is a sort of coming-of-age story about an artificially intelligent robot who is kidnapped by two gangsters. Played by Blomkamp’s longtime collaborator Sharlto Copley through performance-capture technology, Chappie is a childlike character who is still learning about the world and his potential place in it. “I brought you into this world. A machine that can think and feel,” says Chappie’s creator Deon, a scientist played by Dev Patel (“Slumdog Millionaire”), in the trailer. “Anything you want to do in your life, you can do. Write poetry, have original ideas.” Chappie paints, explores and learns from television, watching He-Man in “Masters […]
Oct. 31, 2014 | 12:46 p.m.

Comikaze lures ‘Thrones’ cast, Batman, cosplayers to downtown L.A.

Daniel DesVoigne, from Paso Robles, Calif., cosplays as Jack Skellington from Tim Burton's "The Nightmare Before Christmas" during Comikaze 2013 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.  (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)
More than 60,000 sci-fi, fantasy and comics fans are gathering at the Los Angeles Convention Center downtown this Halloween weekend for Stan Lee’s Comikaze. The home-grown pop culture expo, now in its fourth year, features panels, screenings, game tournaments, merchants and guest speakers from the genre entertainment world, not to mention costume contests and trick-or-treating — a dry option in case rainy weather predictions are correct. The convention kicks off this afternoon and runs through Sunday. Among Comikaze‘s featured guests this year are Gwendoline Christie, who plays lady knight Brienne of Tarth in HBO’s hit fantasy series “Game of Thrones” and who will star in “Star Wars: Episode VII” and “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2″; “Game of Thrones” actor Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy); classic “Batman” stars Adam West and Julie Newmar; John Barrowman, of “Doctor Who,” “Torchwood” and […]
Oct. 31, 2014 | 9:00 a.m.

Halloween read: P. Craig Russell takes on Gaiman’s ‘Graveyard Book’

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Neil Gaiman, author of the “The Graveyard Book,” didn’t have to think twice before choosing an artist to adapt the sweet and spooky coming-of-age tale into a graphic novel. “It wasn’t like I had a shortlist,” Gaiman said. “I went to [P.] Craig Russell and said, ‘Craig, how would you like to do this?’ And he did. … The reason I love working with Craig is Craig knows what he’s doing and is so brilliant.” Russell, the Ohio-based illustrator and graphic novelist (“The Ring of the Nibelung,” “Night Music,” “Elric”), and bestselling fantasy author Gaiman (“American Gods,” “Stardust”) have collaborated on half a dozen projects, beginning with the 50th issue of Gaiman’s “Sandman” comic (“Ramadan”) more than 20 years ago, and including “Coraline” and several short stories. “The Graveyard Book: Volume 2,” out this month from HarperCollins in time for Halloween, […]
Oct. 29, 2014 | 11:22 a.m.

‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay’: Katniss threatens Snow in final trailer

A screenshot from the trailer for "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1." (Lionsgate)
The final trailer for “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1″ teases an action-packed battle between President Snow’s forces and the rebel resistance fighters, with Katniss on the front lines. The trailer, released Wednesday, features some of the same footage in previously released spots, with Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman) telling President Alma Coin (Julianne Moore), “No one else can do this but her.” “Her,” of course, refers to Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), victor of the Hunger Games — an annual televised battle to the death in the future country of Panem. Katniss twice survived the horrors of the arena (in the box-office blockbusters “The Hunger Games” and “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”) and suffers from post traumatic stress disorder as a result of her experiences. The end of the second film saw Katniss whisked from the arena to District 13, […]
Oct. 29, 2014 | 10:48 a.m.

‘Insurgent’: 3-D posters unveiled for ‘Divergent’ sequel

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Shailene Woodley’s Tris, Theo James’ Four and the rest of the “Insurgent” cast take on new dimension in a series of character posters released Tuesday. “The Divergent Series: Insurgent” — the second film in the movie franchise based on the bestselling YA novels by Veronica Roth — will be released in 3-D, Summit announced Tuesday, and in keeping that the new posters are interactive and in 3-D. The story is set in a future version of Chicago, where people are tested and sorted into five factions based on personality. Young heroine Tris Prior (Woodley) finds out she is divergent, meaning she has an aptitude for multiple factions and doesn’t fall neatly into one category — a dangerous trait in the rigidly divided society. She hides her divergence and decides to join the faction based on bravery, where she meets a […]
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