April 08, 2013 | 2:23 p.m.
DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint is continuing its translation of the original screenplay for Quentin Tarantino’s Oscar-winning western onto the paneled page this week with the release of the third issue of its six-part “Django Unchained” series. Hero Complex readers can exclusively check out the early pages from the issue, in addition to getting a look at the cover by Massimo Carnevale and a variant cover by Guillem March. Cover | Variant Cover | Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3 | Page 4 | Page 6 Reginald Hudlin, the Oscar-nominated “Django Unchained” producer who penned the miniseries, told Hero Complex earlier this year that fealty to the original iteration of Tarantino’s acclaimed screenplay — about freed slave Django teaming with the grandiloquent bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz to search for a trio of ruthless overseers known as the Brittle […]
Feb. 18, 2013 | 9:23 a.m.
“DJesus Uncrossed” may have crossed the line, with some calling it the single most offensive skit in “Saturday Night Live” history. The skit spoofs Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained” with a mock trailer for the ultimate historical revenge fantasy starring “Jesus H. Christ” himself. If that’s not enough, the skit arrives during Lent, one of the most solemn periods in the Christian calendar. “Guess who’s back,” Jesus says as he rolls back a giant boulder and emerges into the sunlight in the skit. Photos: Beyonce as Wonder Woman? What follows is two minutes of bloody action as Jesus — clad in a tunic, sandals, a crown of thorns and a cross strapped to his back — uses a sword and guns to plow through his enemies. Says the voice-over: “He’s risen from the dead … and he’s preaching anything but forgiveness.” What […]
Jan. 10, 2013 | 7:05 a.m.
The 85th Academy Award nominations managed to offer some surprises Thursday morning — industry pundits were buzzing about the omission from the best director competition of Ben Affleck for “Argo” and Kathryn Bigelow for “Zero Dark Thirty” — but fans of fantastic entertainment had reason to cheer. Unless, of course, you were rooting for an Oscar for “The Dark Knight Rises.” While “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” “Skyfall” and “Django Unchained” all earned multiple nominations in a variety of categories, the final installment in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy was not recognized, despite the critical acclaim that met the film when it was released in July. OSCARS 2013: Full coverage Happier news greeted Tim Burton today, with the filmmaker’s black-and-white 3D stop-motion love letter to childhood and Universal monster movies, “Frankenweenie,” leading the pack in the animated feature category. The movie, […]
Jan. 10, 2013 | 6:00 a.m.
“Django Unchained” has raked in more than $100 million at the box office, but Quentin Tarantino’s blood-soaked revenge drama is finding success in another format too — on the paneled page. This week, DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint announced that the first installment of its planned six-issue adaptation of “Django Unchained” sold out; a second printing is set to land in stores in early February, just before Issue No. 2 hits stands Feb. 13. No. 1 Cover | No. 1 Variant Cover | No. 2 Cover | No. 2 Page 4 | No. 2 Page 13 The success of both the movie and the comic book is welcome news for Reginald Hudlin, the Oscar-nominated “Django Unchained” producer who penned the miniseries. Hudlin was a logical choice for the assignment — the former BET president and “House Party” director wrote the “Black […]
June 04, 2010 | 4:47 p.m.
FIVE QUESTIONS: PAM GRIER Pam Grier will appear Saturday at the American Cinematheque in Hollywood to sign copies of her new memoir “Foxy: My Life in Three Acts” and a screening of “Foxy Brown” and “Jackie Brown,” but the 61-year-old star doesn’t dwell too much on her screen past. She is too busy with her hectic life, which includes philanthropic ventures and a variety of projects, including a co-starring role in an upcoming Tom Hanks movie and her recent work in the romantic comedy “Just Wright.” With films such as “Coffy,” “Foxy Brown” and “Sheba Baby,” Grier became the queen of blaxploitation films and, with the echoes of pop culture, a touchstone figure for the hip-hop generation. Quentin Tarantino revived her star power when he featured her in 1997’s “Jackie Brown” and her memoir reveals new layers to her Hollywood story — including stormy romances with Richard Pryor, Kareem […]
March 29, 2010 | 4:58 p.m.
Rachel Abramowitz has been keeping us up to date on the 1980s-era revival with her report on the “Karate Kid” and another on “Red Dawn,” and today she’s got an update on “The Smurfs” movie. There are so many things to worry about in the world these days, but you can cross one off the list: Quentin Tarantino won’t be playing Brainy Smurf in the big-screen version of “The Smurfs” after all. “There were conversations about it, but it didn’t work out,” says Hannah Minghella, president of Sony Pictures Animation, which is making the movie with a blend of live-action and animation. “Quentin is such a fanboy that it was part of the appeal.” Tarantino won’t portray the little know-it-all Smurf, but other notable names are l ining up with intense interest about joining the tribe of miniature blue imps. “You have no […]
March 11, 2010 | 4:57 p.m.
As we reflect on the glory (or the tedium) of the 82nd Academy Awards, here’s an imaginary visit to a Hollywood where movie posters live up to the high standards of truth in advertising: These are part of great collection cooked up by the jokers at College Humor, you should check out the entire gallery right here… And this one may be my favorite of the fanboy-leaning films in the mocking collection… — Geoff Boucher Images: CollegeHumor.com MORE RANDOM SILLINESS Top 10 vintage Batman toys … including a somewhat lewd watergun VIDEO: Iron Man versus Bruce Lee Captain America and Spider-Man meet … Abe Lincoln? VIDEO: “SNL” flashback: Superhero party circa 1979 George Lucas at 3 a.m.? Think Jar Jar Binks rubberwear VIDEO: “Watchmen,” now Saturday morning safe
Jan. 26, 2010 | 2:01 a.m.
I went to the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Saturday and the highlight was spending time with the cast members of “Inglourious Basterds.” On the red carpet there’s more talk about fashion than film history, but Christoph Waltz of “Inglourious Basterds” stopped midway down the rug on Sunday to ponder his place in the cinematic history of dairy products. I had just told Waltz (who would soon pick up the night’s trophy for best actor) that he and director Quentin Tarantino were responsible for the scene with the scariest glass of milk ever. “Oh, I don’t know, there was a very ominous glass of milk in a Hitchcock film, let’s not forget.” Ah yes, of course, Cary Grant climbed the stairs with some glowing, poisoned milk in “Suspicion,” but to my mind Waltz matched that classic moment with his heartbreaking interrogation of a […]
Dec. 18, 2009 | 12:58 a.m.
“Inglourious Basterds” just hit store shelves on DVD and Blu-ray and the Hero Complex caught up with one of the film’s most memorable Nazi killers, Eli Roth, the filmmaker-turned-actor who finds himself now as part of a cast that was just nominated by the Screen Actors Guild as the best ensemble. I talked to Roth about the role, the changing legacy of director Quentin Tarantino and his own experience dealing with a surprising new fan base. SPOILER ALERT: A MAJOR PLOT POINT IN “INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS” IS REVEALED IN THIS POST. GB: So this was Quentin Tarantino’s highest-grossing film ever — it’s pulled in $312 million worldwide. It’s interesting to consider. “Pulp Fiction” and “Reservoir Dogs,” which seem like such towering films in pop culture, but in reality I guess they only reached a narrow audience… ER: And you’re going to tie this into my being on the […]
Oct. 07, 2008 | 2:44 p.m.
Hero Complex brought you an exclusive, in-depth piece yesterday on the future of Stan Winston Effects, the storied special-effects house founded by the late, great wizard of Hollywood. Now Gina McIntyre, who writes about horror for the H.C., brings us a chat with Greg Nicotero, another master of movie mayhem and the executive producer of a new documentary about the artistry of horror that airs tonight on Starz. If your DVD library contains multiple copies of the “Evil Dead” films, this one’s for you. The documentary “Starz Inside: Fantastic Flesh” features interviews with the makeup artists responsible for creating some of the most gruesome moments in horror cinema: Dick Smith, Tom Savini, Rick Baker, Rob Bottin and Howard Berger and Greg Nicotero of KNB EFX, the Van Nuys-based shop that, during its 20 years in business, has amassed a lengthy […]