Noelene Clark

Oct. 16, 2014 | 8:25 a.m.

IndieCade 2014: Five noteworthy games you might have missed

A group plays the game "Elbow Room" during IndieCade 2014 in Culver City on Oct. 11, 2104. (Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)
Some of the most creative and innovative work in the video game industry is coming from independent developers working alone or in small teams with limited budgets. Many such games were on display this weekend at IndieCade, the annual expo held in downtown Culver City. The festival attracted video game designers, publishers and fans worldwide who came to showcase and play games that veer from the mainstream. Hero Complex spent a day in the arcade, playing games and talking to creators. Here’s a look at five video games that caught our attention. ‘Gemini’ Playing “Gemini” feels a bit like the scene in Pixar’s “Wall-E” in which two robot lovers dance and twirl in space, trails of light tailing behind them. In this single-player video game, an NYU thesis project from designers Nick Zhang and Atlas Chen, the dance is between […]
Oct. 15, 2014 | 2:07 p.m.

Wonder Woman getting a movie, comics world reacts on Twitter

After decades of Batman and Superman movies, sequels, reboots and spinoffs, Wonder Woman is finally getting a turn in the spotlight. DC Entertainment’s leading lady will star in a standalone film in 2017, Warner Bros. announced Wednesday during Time Warner’s investors conference. (DC also announced films for Shazam, The Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman, Suicide Squad, Cyborg and a two-part project for the Justice League.) Gal Gadot, who is playing Wonder Woman in 2016’s “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” will reprise the role in the standalone movie. GALLERY: Wonder Woman through the years “Wonder Woman is arguably one of the most powerful female characters of all time and a fan favorite in the DC Universe,” Snyder said last year when Gadot was cast. “Not only is Gal an amazing actress, but she also has that magical quality that makes her […]
Oct. 15, 2014 | 12:46 p.m.

Warner Bros. announces ‘Lego Batman,’ ‘Ninjago,’ ‘Lego Movie 2′

Three more Lego-branded movies are coming to the big screen, following the box-office success of this year’s “The Lego Movie.” “Ninjago,” “The Lego Batman Movie” and “The Lego Movie 2″ will hit theaters in the next four years, Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara announced during Time Warner’s investors conference Wednesday. The “Ninjago” movie, scheduled for 2016, is directed by Charlie Bean and produced by Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Phil Lord and Chris Miller. (“Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu” is already a successful Cartoon Network TV series.) The highly anticipated “Lego Batman Movie,” directed by Chris McKay (“Robot Chicken”), is slated for 2017, and “The Lego Movie 2″ will debut in 2018. “By 2020, Lego me will be giving this presentation,” Tsujihara joked. Tsujihara said Warner Bros. would continue to build the Lego brand across mediums, including video games. TT Games, which […]
Oct. 15, 2014 | 9:28 a.m.

Wonder Woman is getting her own movie; Flash, Aquaman, Shazam on deck

Wonder Woman is getting her own movie. “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” actress Gal Gadot will star in the film, slated for release in 2017, Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara announced at Time Warner’s investors conference Wednesday. Gadot, who is playing the lasso-wielding Amazon in 2016’s “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” will reprise the role in a 2017 standalone film. The Wonder Woman film is one of 10 DC Comics-based film franchises Warner Bros. has in production, including two Justice League films and movies based on the Suicide Squad, Aquaman, The Flash, Shazam, Cyborg and The Green Lantern, Tsujihara said. After “Dawn of Justice,” Zack Snyder’s follow-up to “Man of Steel,” opens in 3-D on March 25, 2016, fans can look forward to “Suicide Squad,” directed by David Ayer (who wrote “The Fast and the Furious” and “Training […]
Oct. 13, 2014 | 4:05 p.m.

‘SNL': Bill Hader spoofs ‘Hunger Games,’ ‘Divergent,’ ‘Maze Runner’

A screenshot of Bill Hader in a "Saturday Night Live's" fake trailer for "The Group Hopper." (NBC)
“Saturday Night Live” put its own spin on the dystopian young-adult mega-franchise in a fake movie trailer poking fun at the likes of “The Hunger Games” and “Divergent.” The trailer for “The Group Hopper” begins with Pete Davidson’s protagonist Thehero (spoiler — he’s The Hero) entering a walled-off community via underground elevator. “What is this place?” he says. “It looks post-apocalyptic or something.” “The meadowfields,” responds Beck Bennett’s character. “This is where the samies stay until the groupers pass them along to the sorters for sorting.” What follows is an elaborate parody of the box-office dominating, though oft-maligned, young adult franchise, with even more made-up lore, including death-fires, lurkies and zoomerangs. The trailer also features the talents of “SNL” alumnus Bill Hader as a horned sendup of Elizabeth Banks’ ostentatious “Hunger Games” character Effie Trinket. “You are all the same,” says Hader, […]
Oct. 13, 2014 | 1:28 p.m.

‘Gotham’: John Doman talks playing Bat-villain mob boss Falcone

John Doman plays Carmine Falcone in "Gotham." (Justin Stephens / Fox)
Though the streets in the hit TV drama “Gotham” are infested with hoodlums, hooligans and malefactors, one man stands at the center of the city’s organized crime — mob boss Carmine Falcone. Played by John Doman, Falcone is the kingpin of the underworld in a city plagued by corruption. Despite his less-than-honest dealings in the city that will one day be Batman’s stomping ground, Falcone views himself as Gotham’s protector. “I’m a businessman,” he tells Det. Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) in the series pilot. “You can’t have organized crime without law and order. I love this city, and I see it going to hell. I won’t let it go without a fight.” That fight might pit him against the likes of good-guy Gordon, not to mention a legion of under-criminals — including Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith), Maroni (David Zayas) […]
Oct. 13, 2014 | 11:48 a.m.

‘Walking Dead’s’ Norman Reedus to be honored by horror film festival

Norman Reedus, left, and Angus Scrimm are New York City Horror Film Festival's 2014 lifetime achievement award recipients. (NYC Horror Film Festival)
Norman Reedus of “The Walking Dead” will be honored with an achievement in acting award at the New York City Horror Film Festival next month. Reedus, who plays the crossbow-toting Daryl Dixon in the hit AMC zombie series, will be honored for his “strong dedication to the craft” and creating “new heights and depths” as Daryl, according to a press statement from the festival. Aside from “The Walking Dead,” Reedus has acted in Guillermo del Toro’s “Mimic,” “Blade 2″ and the next “Silent Hill” franchise video game, which features a character modeled on Reedus. The actor is also slated to appear in “Triple Nine” and “Air.” PHOTOS: 55 images from ‘The Walking Dead’ Season 5 Reedus will be honored alongside lifetime achievement award recipient Angus Scrimm, the sinister “Tall Man” in Don Coscarelli’s 1979 cult classic “Phantasm.” “The film resonated […]
Oct. 13, 2014 | 11:11 a.m.

‘Gotham': Fox orders a full season of Batman prequel series

The breakout Batman prequel “Gotham” is getting a full series. Fox has ordered six more episodes, raising the series order to 22 episodes, the network announced Monday. The show, which stars Ben McKenzie as a young Det. Jim Gordon, has debuted to critical praise and high ratings, topping Monday night ratings and delivering the network’s highest-rated fall drama debut in 14 years, according to a Fox press statement. “Gotham” is chock-full of Batman backstory, providing origin stories for a host of villains and side characters that fans will recognize from the comics and other movie iterations of the Bat-verse. Starring alongside McKenzie are Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot, an outcast who eventually becomes the Penguin; Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle, an unpredictable street thief and pickpocket who eventually becomes Catwoman; Donal Logue as Gordon’s shades-of-gray partner Det. Harvey Bullock; […]
Oct. 13, 2014 | 7:23 a.m.

‘Planet of the Apes: Evolution of the Legend': Exclusive first look

"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" (2014) concept art of the apes hunting wildlife in the forest. (TM & © 2014 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All Rights Reserved)
Fans of “Planet of the Apes” can get a behind-the-scenes look at the series’ production in “Planet of the Apes: The Evolution of the Legend,” out Tuesday from Titan Books. The 256-page tome, from authors Joe Fordham of Cinefex and Jeff Bond (“Danse Macabre: 25 years of Danny Elfman and Tim Burton,” “The Music of Star Trek”), features production art, costume designs, makeup tests, posters, interviews with key crew members, and rare photos from the Charlton Heston-starring 1968 adaptation of Pierre Boulle’s 1963 novel “La Planète des Singes” all the way through this year’s “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” which starred Andy Serkis as ape leader Caesar. The book also features a foreword by “An American Werewolf in London” director John Landis, who portrayed a friend of Jake (Michael Stearns) in 1973’s “Battle for the Planet of the […]
Oct. 11, 2014 | 9:20 a.m.

NYCC: ‘Black Sails’ renewed for third season before Season 2 premiere

A scene from "Black Sails." (Frank W. Ockenfels III / Starz)
It seems more seafaring adventures are in store for the swashbuckling crew of the Walrus. The Emmy-winning pirate series “Black Sails” has gotten the green light for a third season, Starz announced Saturday at New York Comic Con. The news arrives before the show’s second-season premiere, slated for Jan. 24. The series follows fearsome pirate Captain Flint (Toby Stephens) and his crew 20 years before the events of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic “Treasure Island.” Luke Arnold portrays John Silver in the years before he becomes the “Treasure Island” baddie. The series also stars Hannah New as Eleanor Guthrie, who runs the New Providence smuggling operation; Jessa Parker Kennedy as young prostitute Max; and Zach McGowan as Captain Charles Vane, a rival pirate to Flint. Season 2 sees Tadgh Murphy’s debut as Ned Low, a pirate with a penchant for violence. […]
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