April 02, 2014 | 2:57 p.m.
The fourth season premiere of HBO’s hit fantasy series “Game of Thrones” arrives Sunday after a 10-month hiatus, bringing the world of Westeros back to the small screen. The third season ended with quite a few shake-ups in the Seven Kingdoms, not least of which was the so-called Red Wedding, a massacre that left the Stark clan decimated. Season 4 is expected to bring more of the events included in the latter half of “A Storm of Swords” — the third book in George R. R. Martin’s bestselling “A Song of Ice and Fire” series, on which the sprawling show is based. As the action opens, Jon Snow prepares to defend the Wall against a Wildling invasion, maimed Jaime Lannister struggles to find his place back in King’s Landing, cruel King Joffrey plans to wed Margaery Tyrell despite Cersei’s objections, and […]
March 31, 2014 | 11:02 a.m.
A new TV spot for “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” offers a first look at the menacing ape army. The trailer, which premiered during Sunday night’s season finale of “The Walking Dead,” begins with an ominous human voice-over. “You know the scary thing about ‘em?” the narration begins. “They don’t need power, lights, heat. Nothing. That’s their advantage, that’s what makes them stronger.” The teaser, which runs 43 seconds, shows the apes on horseback and, presumably, preparing for battle. Watch it in the video below. “Dawn” is set a decade after the events of 2011′s blockbuster “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” in which Caesar, a genetically evolved chimpanzee portrayed by Andy Serkis through performance capture technology, leads a host of simians to freedom. “Dawn” picks up in a post-apocalyptic future where humankind has been all but […]
March 28, 2014 | 5:07 p.m.
Lorenzo Semple Jr., creator of the classic Adam West-starring “Batman” television series, has died. The prolific screenwriter served as scribe for scores of films and TV series, including Dino De Laurentiis’ 1976 “King Kong,” the Warren Beatty-starring thriller “The Parallax View,” Sydney Pollack’s “Three Days of the Condor,” the 1980 cult darling “Flash Gordon” and the James Bond movie “Never Say Never Again,” among other projects. Semple died Friday at his home in Brentwood of natural causes. Born March 27, 1923, Semple celebrated his 91st birthday Thursday. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Joyce; daughters Maria and Johanna; son Lorenzo; and six grandchildren. In a 2010 interview with Hero Complex contributor Susan King, Semple recalled being approached by producer William Dozier to develop an ABC television series based on the “Batman” comic book. “I got a cable […]
March 28, 2014 | 7:30 a.m.
Tuesday’s episode of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” finds Agent Phil Coulson’s team on the hunt for the Clairvoyant, their nefarious enemy of several episodes now, and Hero Complex readers get an exclusive sneak peek at the episode. Titled “End of the Beginning,” the episode reunites Clark Gregg’s Coulson and his team with Agents John Garrett (Bill Paxton) and Antoine Triplett (B.J. Britt) as they attempt to track down and discover the identity of the mysterious Clairvoyant. But Deathlok (J. August Richards) threatens to stand in their way. In the clip (watch it below), Garrett and Triplett are settling into what’s supposed to be a safe house when Deathlok bursts in. The episode, which airs Tuesday, was written by Paul Zbyszewski and directed by Bobby Roth. In addition to series regulars Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker and Elizabeth […]
March 27, 2014 | 4:34 p.m.
George R. R. Martin, whose “A Song of Ice and Fire” fantasy book series is the basis for the hit HBO show “Game of Thrones,” has released a chapter of his forthcoming book, “The Winds of Winter.” The book, with a release date yet to be determined, will be the sixth installment in the series and is a long time coming after 2011′s “A Dance With Dragons.” Martin has said the series will contain a total of seven books, with the final installment — “A Dream of Spring” — also forthcoming with no definite release date in sight. Martin released the chapter, titled “Mercy,” on his website, replacing a previously released excerpt titled “Arianne.” The new chapter, Martin wrote on his blog, “is actually an old chapter” that was written “a long time ago,” before previously released samples of the […]
March 27, 2014 | 11:44 a.m.
Five iconic Batman characters have received their own posters for Fox’s upcoming TV series “Gotham,” based on the origins of Caped Crusader’s longtime ally and friend, Commissioner James Gordon. The Batman prequel series is helmed by writer and executive producer Bruno Heller, the creative mind behind “The Mentalist” and “Rome,” and stars Ben McKenzie, known for roles in “Southland” and “The O.C.,” as Jim Gordon, the tireless Gotham City Police detective. The new posters, released this week via social media, feature McKenzie and four other key characters, including Selina Kyle, an unpredictable street thief and pickpocket who eventually becomes Catwoman, portrayed by Camren Bicondova; tough ex-marine and Wayne Manor butler Alfred Pennyworth, played by Sean Pertwee; Oswald Cobblepot, an orphaned outcast who eventually becomes the gentleman villain the Penguin, played by Robin Lord Taylor; and Gordon’s partner and mentor Det. […]
March 27, 2014 | 7:00 a.m.
“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” opens in less than two weeks, bringing Marvel’s star-spangled superhero back to the big screen for the first time since 2012′s “The Avengers.” The film, a sequel to 2011′s “Captain America: The First Avenger,” sees Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) working for S.H.I.E.L.D., where he reports to Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and sometimes teams up with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson). He also finds a friend in fellow military man Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie), also known as Falcon. Although he’s adjusted to many aspects of modern life, he doesn’t know who to trust in a world of increasing moral ambiguity. MORE: From the set of ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ “For Steve, it’s about what is right,” Evans said in an interview with Hero Complex. “He’s relatively acclimated to the modern day — it’s not tech […]
March 26, 2014 | 4:31 p.m.
The theatrical release of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is less than two weeks away, and Marvel is counting down with two new, slightly spoiler-y video clips spotlighting Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow and the titular villain. (Those who want to be surprised about the Winter Soldier’s identity should stop reading now.) Set after the events of 2012′s “The Avengers,” the “Captain America: The First Avenger” sequel finds Evans’ hero working for S.H.I.E.L.D., where he’s not sure who he can trust. His past quite literally comes back to haunt him in the form of a close friend turned enemy. In the newly released featurette, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige reflects on the inspiration for the villain, Ed Brubaker’s 2005 “Captain America” story line “Winter Soldier,” which Feige called “one of the best ‘Captain America’ stories in the comics over the past […]
March 26, 2014 | 5:00 a.m.
Adapting an already-beloved book for the big screen is no easy feat, but with “Divergent,” director Neil Burger says he wasn’t afraid of the fans. In developing “Divergent,” based on Veronica Roth’s bestselling young-adult book trilogy, Burger made major changes to the details of heroine Tris Prior’s tale while aiming to stay true to the spirit of the story. The movie follows Tris (Shailene Woodley) as she tries to find her place in a future society in which young people are sorted and divided into factions based on personality. Tris finds out she is divergent, meaning she has an aptitude for multiple factions — a trait that could get her killed in the rigidly divided society. She decides to keep her divergence a secret and joins Dauntless, the faction based on bravery. For the film, Burger changed several aspects of […]
March 25, 2014 | 3:21 p.m.
“Divergent” was No. 1 at the box office over the weekend, and pre-production for the sequel “Insurgent” is already underway. The second installment in the planned movie trilogy, based on the bestselling young adult book series by Veronica Roth, is slated for a March 20, 2015, release and will be directed by Robert Schwentke, the German-born director whose credits include “The Time Traveler’s Wife,” “Flightplan,” “Red” and “R.I.P.D.” Schwentke takes the reins from “Divergent” director Neil Burger, who laid the groundwork for the story’s second act. Burger, who expressed sadness to be leaving the franchise, said he’s proud of his decisions for the first film, especially its casting. Shailene Woodley, the 22-year-old actress whose performances in “The Spectacular Now” and “The Descendants” turned critics’ heads, stars as the film’s young heroine, Tris Prior, a girl trying to find her place in a future world […]