Feb. 08, 2012 | 5:06 p.m.
BATFILMS OF THE FUTURE? The end is near — when the credits roll on “The Dark Knight Rises” this July, it will mark the close of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy and the final adventure for Christian Bale as the caped crusader of Gotham City. Warner Bros. executives have made it clear they won’t leave the iconic property sitting on a shelf, however, and a new director and star tandem could be inhabiting Wayne Manor by 2014. But how on earth will any filmmaker follow the work of Nolan and company? Working together, Hero Complex lead writer Geoff Boucher and graphic artist Sean Hartter came up with 15 imaginary Batman reboots — and, yes, they did it with tongue in cheek. Ang Lee’s “Wayne Manor”: The director of “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” can certainly handle the fight sequences in super hero film but […]
Oct. 26, 2011 | 5:27 p.m.
Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner are set to appear at “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1” Official Fan Convention next month to promote the next installment of the vampire romance movies based on Stephenie Meyer’s young adult book series. The three actors — who play the brooding Edward Cullen, the conflicted Bella Swan and the earnest Jacob Black, respectively — will join their fellow cast members for two days of panels at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Century City. On Nov. 4, it’s Julia Jones (Leah Clearwater) and BooBoo Stewart (Seth Clearwater), Tinsel Korey (Emily) and franchise newcomer Mia Maestro (Carmen) who will appear onstage, sign autographs and answer questions at the convention. On Nov. 5, the elite trio of Pattinson, Stewart and Lautner will participate in a “Welcome to The Twilight Saga'” panel with costars Maestro and […]
July 25, 2011 | 12:43 p.m.
For Bill Condon, director of “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn,” Comic-Con 2011 was all about the art of the reveal. The director, who made his maiden voyage to the San Diego geek fest to debut footage for the second-to-last “Twilight” movie, which will open in November, had to be very selective with what he showed the screaming fans. “Once we decided that we didn’t want to show the wedding dress and once we decided we didn’t want to show her pregnant, we were limited to the honeymoon,” said Condon, who has been tasked with chapter of the “Twilight Saga” in which heroine Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) marries her vampire boyfriend Edward (Robert Pattinson), has a baby and is turned into a vampire herself. “Then the question was do we want to show the sex, which would have been crazy and […]
July 21, 2011 | 1:46 p.m.
The Twilight saga’s “Breaking Dawn” is the conclusion of the incredibly successful and beloved vampire book franchise. With all the anticipation for the film version, which will be divided into two parts (the first half hits theaters in November), there are also a lot of questions. Fans — many of whom had been waiting in line at Comic-Con International since Monday afternoon — are eager to see the wedding and honeymoon of their favorite couple, Bella and Edward (Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson) and the subsequent birth of their half-vampire, half-human baby. Director Bill Condon and cast were on hand at Comic-Con on Thursday morning, presenting the first panel in the San Diego Convention Center’s massive Hall H to share some details of the final two movies — though few surprising secrets were actually revealed. “This movie is all third […]
Oct. 23, 2010 | 3:07 p.m.
“The Simpsons” have had plenty of fun with the stars of J.K. Rowling universe — way back in 2001, there was the “Wiz Kids” spoof during the show’s Halloween episode with Lord Montymort and the Springwart’s School of Magickry, and then who could forget Harry Plopper, the wizard pig from Homer’s sublime feature film in 2007 — but the real magic begins Nov. 7 with “Tweenlight,” a parody of “Twilight” that stars Dan Radcliffe in the role of a brooding vampire who arrives in Springfield and falls in love with Lisa Simpson. Considering the longtime bookstore animus between “Harry Potter” brainy kids and the heavy-panting “Twilight” crowd, this Halloween episode should be a trick-or-treat throw down. Here’s the trailer… Hey muggles, just curious, heard any good “Twilight” insults lately? And “Twilight” fans, any hard feelings about Radcliffe spoofing Robert Pattinson? — Geoff Boucher << PUT YOUR FACE […]
June 27, 2010 | 3:14 p.m.
The fans have spoken. Hero Complex contributor Yvonne Villarreal covered the big premiere for “Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” and the reviews from the fans are in. Here’s a snapshot of the fanfare and a taste of what true believers have to say about the film, which opens June 30. After turning the space outside the Nokia Theatre into a tent city earlier this week, hundreds of screaming “Twilight” fans — many toting posters with messages such as “I want to play ‘Pat the Pattinson’ ” or “My heart goes nutz for Lutz” scrawled in brilliant colors — got their wish at the world premiere Thursday of “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse”: photos with Robert Pattinson, a glimpse at Kellan Lutz’s Calvin Klein underwear and, for a few, last-minute tickets to see the film. “It’s still such a struggle in the car on the way here,” […]
June 25, 2010 | 3:11 p.m.
Robert Pattinson has dealt with his fair share of hyperventilating girls since he burst onto the scene as the vampire world’s heartthrob Edward Cullen. But all the screaming girls and posters demanding “Suck my blood, Edward” have made the English actor a wee bit anxious … to the point where he, too, is hyperventilating. Here’s what he had to say at Thursday’s premiere of “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.” –Yvonne Villarreal RECENT AND RELATED Here’s the scoop: Six new “Twilight: Eclipse” star interviews MINISTRY OF GOSSIP: “Twilight” glows at Young Hollywood Awards “Twilight” the musical? No but “Breaking Dawn” director is auditioning Taylor Lautner on Pattinson: “Sadly, we don’t hate each other” The Wolf Pack weighs in on Robert vs. Taylor Stephenie Meyer and the future of ‘Midnight Sun’ ‘New Moon’ premiere shines in Westwood 24 FRAMES: Is “Stretch Armstrong” director a […]
June 24, 2010 | 10:43 p.m.
It’s the franchise that has fans everywhere thirsty for any bloody detail. The latest installment, “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” in theaters Wednesday, sees Seattle plagued by an army of newborn vampires controlled by the vengeful Victoria, who is out to destroy Bella Swan, whom she holds responsible for her lover’s death. To safeguard Bella from the oncoming threat, her boyfriend, Edward Cullen, and his family must band together and join forces with their shape-shifting foes, the wolf pack, who are sworn to defend humans from all blood suckers. But it’s not all fang baring and claw clenching; there’s also an explosive love triangle this time around. And lots — lots — of shirtless roaming by the muscled members of the wolf pack. To gear up for the third feature to be adapted from the wildly popular Stephenie Meyer “Twilight” books, […]
June 02, 2010 | 7:35 p.m.
Tom Cruise is bringing the thunder again as super-agent Les Grossman, and he has career advice for Robert Pattinson. Click on the photo to see the video, but be warned, there are some crude words barely disguised by MTV’s mini-bleeps… All of it is to promote the MTV Movie Awards, this Saturday… –Geoff Boucher RECENT AND RELATED Here’s the scoop: Six new “Twilight: Eclipse” star interviews MINISTRY OF GOSSIP: “Twilight” glows at Young Hollywood Awards “Twilight” the musical? No but “Breaking Dawn” director is auditioning Taylor Lautner on Pattinson: “Sadly, we don’t hate each other” The Wolf Pack weighs in on Robert vs. Taylor Stephenie Meyer and the future of ‘Midnight Sun’ ‘New Moon’ premiere shines in Westwood 24 FRAMES: Is “Stretch Armstrong” director a reach? Robert Pattinson talks about his career ‘backup plan’
May 18, 2010 | 4:43 p.m.
Our “Twilight” specialist Yvonne Villarreal caught up with the “Twilight” wolf-pack actors who, no surprise, howl in protest when someone suggests that Team Edward is best. Team Edward or Team Jacob? It’s no contest, at least not according to the actors who portray the lupine brethren of Jacob, the werewolf played by beefy heartthrob Taylor Lautner in “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” which hits theaters June 30. Chaske Spencer, the 35-year-old actor who plays wolf-pack elder Sam Uley, says brooding vampires — like Robert Pattinson’s forever-conflicted Edward Cullen — pale in comparison to a strapping, loyal forest boy like Jacob. “Have you seen him?” Spencer asked with a chuckle. “He’s got that sex appeal going. He’s got the body. He’s the boy next door. But he can also rip your head off.” Spencer added: “He’s a protector. What more could a girl ask for?” In the third installment of “The Twilight Saga,” the […]