Noelene Clark

Feb. 25, 2015 | 11:15 a.m.

‘Insurgent': Final trailer teases fear landscapes, explains Tris’ haircut

Tickets go on sale today for “Insurgent,” and the final trailer for the “Divergent” sequel shows young heroine Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) facing off against enemies both real and in her mind. “Insurgent,” based on the second novel in Veronica Roth’s bestselling YA trilogy, pits Tris and her allies against a ruthless leader (Kate Winslet) who is hellbent on hunting down people who are Divergent, meaning they don’t fit neatly into one of five rigidly divided societal factions in a futuristic Chicago. The film is slated for release March 20. Fans who purchase their tickets today on Fandango, MovieTickets.com, AMCTheatres.com or Cinemark.com can receive a free download of “Divergent.” The new trailer shows Tris and love interest Four (Theo James) arriving at peace-loving Amity faction, a farming community led by Johanna Reyes (Octavia Spencer). The trailer also features Tris’ new ‘do; she cuts her long locks […]
Feb. 24, 2015 | 11:03 a.m.

New ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ poster offers glimpse of Vision

"Avengers: Age of Ultron" (featured image)
A new poster for Marvel’s upcoming tentpole superhero movie “Avengers: Age of Ultron” unites the entire team as well as revealing new character Vision. The poster, which was released on The Avengers Twitter feed, features the original cinematic Avengers — the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Captain America (Chris Evans), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) — as well as Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and new recruits Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson). But flying above the pack is a caped figure, obscured by the sun, whom comics fans may recognize as Vision, an evolved form of Tony Stark’s artificially intelligent butler Jarvis. The character, voiced in the film by Paul Bettany, was created by Stan Lee, Roy Thomas and John Buscema and introduced in a 1968 issue of “The […]
Feb. 20, 2015 | 7:29 a.m.

See first image of Jason Momoa as Aquaman in ‘Batman v Superman’

Jason Momoa as Aquaman. (Warner Bros.; Joe Prado and Ivan Reis / DC Entertainment )
The first image of Jason Momoa in costume as Aquaman is out, revealing the “Game of Thrones” star decked out as the DC Comics superhero. “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” director Zack Snyder tweeted the image late Thursday with the caption “There is only one true King. #unitetheseven.” It’s unclear whether the hashtag refers to the seven seas, over which Aquaman rules as the King of Atlantis, or the seven members of the Justice League superhero team, of which Aquaman is a founding member. The character is expected to appear in Snyder’s upcoming film, which also unites Batman (Ben Affleck), Superman (“Man of Steel” star Henry Cavill) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot). The other original members of DC Comics’ elite superhero team are Green Lantern, the Flash and Martian Manhunter. In the new image, Aquaman appears to have undergone a […]
Feb. 18, 2015 | 7:56 a.m.

‘X-Men: Apocalypse': Kodi Smit-McPhee cast as Nightcrawler

Kodi Smit-McPhee is joining the cast of "X-Men: Apocalypse" as Nightcrawler. (Greg Land /Marvel; Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
‘X-Men: Apocalypse” has found its Nightcrawler, casting 18-year-old Kodi Smit-McPhee as the teleporting indigo mutant. Director Bryan Singer announced the casting on Instagram late Tuesday. Nightcrawler, whose real name is Kurt Wagner, in the comics is the child of shape-shifting mutant Mystique and possesses powers of teleportation, night vision and superhuman agility. Also, he has a tail. The character was previously portrayed by Alan Cumming in 2003’s “X2.” Smit-McPhee, whose credits include “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” “ParaNorman” and “Let Me In,” joins young actors Sophie Turner (as Jean Grey), Alexandra Shipp (Storm) and Tye Sheridan (Cyclops), who were cast last month. Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult and Rose Byrne are reprising roles they previously played in the film franchise. Oscar Isaac is set to play the popular titular villain of the 1990s storyline […]
Feb. 17, 2015 | 12:46 p.m.

‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1′ deleted scenes: Watch Peeta, Effie, Katniss

Two newly-released deleted scenes from “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1″ offer glimpses of Katniss Everdeen preparing to become the Mockingjay and Peeta Mellark in a tense conversation with President Snow. The scenes were released Tuesday in time for the film’s digital HD release. The film is due out on Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand on March 6. One deleted scene features Effie (Elizabeth Banks) intervening as Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) is primped before appearing as the Mockingjay. “This is the face of a revolution, not some cave painting,” Effie exclaims, chasing Katniss’ makeshift stylists from the room. “Don’t worry Katniss, we’re going to make this work. For you, and for me, and for Cinna.” In the other scene, President Snow (Donald Sutherland) orders Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) to appeal to the public’s sense of reason in an effort to quell […]
Feb. 13, 2015 | 12:00 p.m.

Exclusive: Harry Potter characters get Pop! vinyl figures

Funko and Warner Bros. are introducing a line of Harry Potter-themed Pop! vinyl figures. (Warner Bros. / Funko)
Accio new toys! Funko and Warner Bros. are reimagining Harry Potter and his Hogwarts pals for the Pop! vinyl figures toy line. Hero Complex readers get a first look at renderings of the Dumbledore and Hagrid figures. Concept art for the complete toy line is debuting at the New York Toy Fair this weekend. This is the first time J.K. Rowling’s wizarding-world characters are being featured in Funko’s popular collectible toy line, which already includes fan-favorite characters from franchises such as “Game of Thrones,” “The Walking Dead,” “Star Wars” and the DC and Marvel universes. The toy line will include Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, Voldemort, Albus Dumbledore, Severus Snape and Rubeus Hagrid. Check them out in the gallery above. What are you most looking forward to at the New York Toy Fair? Let us know in the comments. […]
Feb. 12, 2015 | 1:21 p.m.

‘Deadpool': Ryan Reynolds offers first look at Marvel hero’s mask

Ryan Reynolds is starring in Fox's "Deadpool." (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
“Deadpool” star Ryan Reynolds gave comics fans a first look at the antihero’s mask and gloves, posting a picture of a prototype on Twitter. “Sepia tone disguises the fact the mask is ballerina pink. It’s early. 365 sleeps early,” Reynolds wrote in the Tweet, referring to the film’s release date, slated for Feb. 12, 2016, exactly one year from now. The film, from 20th Century Fox, is based on the Marvel character Wade Winston Wilson, a mentally unstable mercenary known for his wisecracking dialogue and tendency to break the fourth wall, speaking directly to comic book readers. Reynolds (“Green Lantern”) played a version of Deadpool in 2009’s “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” and has long been expected to headline a film based on Marvel’s Merc with a Mouth. Test footage for the project that leaked last year was met with praise and […]
Feb. 12, 2015 | 12:00 p.m.

’11/22/63′: James Franco to star in Stephen King time-travel series

James Franco has been cast as the lead in "11/22/63," J.J. Abrams' new Hulu series based on the novel by Stephen King. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
James Franco has been cast as the lead in “11/22/63,” J.J. Abrams’ new Hulu series based on the novel by Stephen King. Franco (“The Interview,” “127 Hours”), who is also a producer for the series, will portray high school English teacher Jake Epping, who travels back in time to try to prevent the assassination of President John. F. Kennedy. The nine-hour event series based on King’s thriller is coming to Hulu via J.J. Abrams’ production company, Bad Robot Productions. Abrams, the creative mind behind the likes of “Lost” and “Fringe,” is no stranger to bizarre tales of time-travel and parallel realities, and it seems this series will be no exception. In King’s “11/22/63,” published in 2011, Epping’s quest to save JFK is threatened by Lee Harvey Oswald, romance and a past resistant to change. Bridget Carpenter — whose previous credits […]
Feb. 10, 2015 | 2:30 p.m.

‘Netflix for comics': Scribd adds 10,000 Marvel, Archie, IDW comics

The book subscription service Scribd will add more than 10,000 comic books to its digital collection. (Scribd)
It seems the long-awaited “Netflix for comics” has arrived. The book subscription service Scribd will add more than 10,000 comic books to its digital collection, from top publishers including Marvel, Archie, IDW/Top Shelf, Boom! Studios, Dynamite and Valiant, the company announced Tuesday. For $8.99 per month, subscribers will have access to the comics selection in addition to Scribd’s catalog of ebooks and audiobooks. “This addition gives comics readers the freedom of unlimited reading, while also giving our ebook and audiobook lovers the opportunity to discover comics and graphic novels,” said Trip Adler, co-founder and CEO of Scribd, in a press statement. Readers will be able to browse comics by character, by series or using Scribd’s curated collections. The addition of comics increases Scribd’s library to more than 1 million titles. While Scribd isn’t the first subscription service to offer comics […]
Feb. 10, 2015 | 1:43 p.m.

Marvel-Sony ‘Spider-Man': Who should play the new Spidey?

Who should play Spider-Man?
Sony and Marvel Studios have spun a deal that will introduce Spider-Man to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, first in an unspecified Marvel film and then headlining his own movie in 2017. But who will play the iconic web-slinger? Fans are already rallying behind their favorite actors, with many pointing to “Percy Jackson” alumnus Logan Lerman, who was at one point a contender for the role that went to “The Amazing Spider-Man” actor Andrew Garfield, and to “Community” actor Donald Glover (also known as Childish Gambino), who was an inspiration for Marvel’s Ultimate Universe version of Spider-Man, Miles Morales. Others are calling for Tobey Maguire to return to the role he originated in Sam Raimi’s 2002 blockbuster and subsequent sequels. And many want Garfield to continue in the role he’s inhabited since 2012’s reboot; last year’s sequel, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” […]
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