April 16, 2013 | 10:13 a.m.
Tom Cruise was on hand Monday night in New York for an early screening of his new Universal film “Oblivion,” hosted by Hero Complex, and afterward, in a special interactive Q&A simulcast to nine IMAX theaters across the country, the star talked at length about his interest in making the film, citing in particular filmmaker Joseph Kosinksi, calling the writer-director seated beside him “a world creator” and a “true visionary.” Based on a 2010 graphic novel Kosinski penned with comic book writer Arvid Nelson, “Oblivion,” which opens Friday, takes place on a future Earth left decimated by an alien invasion. Former Marine Jack Harper (Cruise) is one of a few people left on the planet to mop up after the war. The movie, written by Karl Gajdusek and Michael deBruyn, also stars Morgan Freeman as a 102-year-old insurgency leader, Melissa […]
April 15, 2013 | 7:00 a.m.
Get those questions ready — tonight the Hero Complex screening series will offer fans an early look at the new film “Oblivion” followed by a unique opportunity to pose queries directly to star Tom Cruise and director Joseph Kosinski (“Tron: Legacy”). Following screenings of “Oblivion” in 10 cities across the country, Cruise and Kosinski will join Hero Complex contributor Rebecca Keegan at 7 p.m. Pacific time on Monday at New York City’s AMC Loews 34th Street to discuss the movie and respond to fan questions. The film opens in theaters Friday. The post-screening interview will be simulcast via satellite to IMAX theaters in Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego and Virginia Beach, Va. Audiences in all 10 cities as well as online viewers can submit potential questions real time via Twitter by tweeting queries for Cruise […]
April 09, 2013 | 4:11 p.m.
The new trailer is out for “Elysium,” Neill Blomkamp’s highly anticipated follow-up to his Oscar-nominated feature debut “District 9,” and it promises to return the filmmaker to the realm of cerebral sci-fi that won him such an ardent following. In the year 2154, the wealthy residents of Earth have relocated to the paradise of Elysium, a beautiful space station where there is no poverty, no war and no sickness — and where strict anti-immigration measures ensure that only those rich enough to pay for admittance are admitted to its pristine confines. It’s the job of Jodie Foster’s Secretary Delacourt to keep out the hoi polloi. After an unexpected turn of events leaves Matt Damon’s Earth-bound tough guy Max in a fight for his life, he agrees to attempt a risky scheme to save himself, but he finds himself targeted by […]
April 05, 2013 | 11:50 a.m.
Movie directors often tell their actors to act small — you’re not in a theater, and the last row in the balcony doesn’t need to hear you. British director Danny Boyle doesn’t follow that script. Only with slightly larger-than-life performances as a foundation, he says, can you start adding strange stuff on top. “Actors will often do nothing,” Boyle said last Saturday at an early screening of his art heist thriller “Trance,” hosted by Hero Complex at WonderCon in Anaheim. “It’s safer to do very, very little. You know that kind of muttering acting.” Boyle said he encourages his cast to ramp it up a bit, because that allows the filmmaker to add bizarre elements to what otherwise would be a realistic story. “You can get the surreal in — because the bed that you’re on is not absolutely bedded […]
April 02, 2013 | 6:50 a.m.
Excited to see Tom Cruise return to spectacle science fiction cinema in “Oblivion”? So are we. The Hero Complex screening series is going bicoastal with our latest event, a sneak preview of the star’s new film “Oblivion,” which will take place at New York City’s AMC Loews 34th Street on April 15. An interactive, live Q&A with Cruise and director Joseph Kosinski (“Tron: Legacy”) will follow the screening at 8 p.m. The post-screening Q&A, moderated by Hero Complex contributor Rebecca Keegan, will be simulcast via satellite to nine IMAX theaters in Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego and Virginia Beach, Va. The discussion will also stream live on Hero Complex and at facebook.com/IMAX. Audiences in all 10 cities as well as online viewers will be able to submit potential questions real time via Twitter by tweeting […]
March 20, 2013 | 8:10 a.m.
“The Host” premiered Tuesday night at Hollywood’s Arclight theater, with novelist Stephenie Meyer on hand along with the film’s costars Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons and Diane Kruger. “The Host” is Meyer’s follow to her “Twilight” blockbuster, and it will be tough for her new series of sci-fi books-turned-films to top the success of that vampire phenomenon. The “Twilight” films have a domestic box office total of nearly $1.4 billion, according to Box Office Mojo. Meyer’s latest is a sci-fi love tale. The novel, published in 2008, is aimed at more of an adult audience than the “Twilight” books and tells of a frightening future in which aliens take over the world — and our bodies. You can tell the body snatchers by their piercing blue eyes. Over at Goodreads, reviews were mostly positive for the book, although some slammed it […]
March 11, 2013 | 6:15 p.m.
Ridley Scott, the director of “Blade Runner” and “Alien,” has signed a deal with the gaming and streaming media website Machinima to produce a dozen short sci-fi films that will use filmmakers from Scott’s commercial production company. The most successful of the short films could be developed into features, Machinima and Scott announced Monday. Scott will serve as executive producer, and the 12 shorts will be made by directors working for Scott’s advertising concern, Ridley Scott Associates. Machinima, which says it reaches 262 million viewers monthly, recently started work on a feature-length version of its “Mortal Kombat: Legacy” series. Scott’s advertising roster includes such heavyweight filmmakers as Kathryn Bigelow, Martin Scorsese, Sam Mendes and Neill Blomkamp. Scott most recently returned to science fiction himself with last year’s “Prometheus,” which took place in the same universe as his landmark “Alien” and […]
Jan. 10, 2013 | 2:10 p.m.
It’s a sad moment for fans of “Fringe” — the series created by J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci will draw to a close in a little more than a week from now, with the show’s two-hour finale set to air Jan. 18. Ahead of the concluding episode, the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills hosted a tribute Wednesday celebrating the paranormal Fox procedural, treating fans to an early screening of Friday’s episode and a Q&A with show runner J.H. Wyman and actor Lance Reddick, the actor who plays Agent Phillip Broyles. “Fringe” won a following for the way it was able to channel the best aspects of science-fiction, specifically the genre’s unique ability to explore universal questions by relocating characters to a fantastic setting. In its final season, the central ensemble of Dr. Walter Bishop (John Noble) and […]
Jan. 09, 2013 | 5:15 p.m.
It must have seemed like a dream come true for Daniel H. Wilson when filmmaker Steven Spielberg scooped up the rights to his not-yet-complete sci-fi novel “Robopocalypse,” a cautionary tale in which an artificial intelligence releases a virus that leads the planet’s network of machines to violently turn on the human race. Today, it looks like the dream has been put on hold. As first reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Spielberg has nixed plans to shoot the literary adaptation. The news comes on the eve of the nominations for the 85th Academy Awards — Spielberg’s drama “Lincoln” is widely tipped as a likely competitor in a number of categories, including best picture. Spielberg’s deep résumé of beloved genre fare, of course, includes “War of the Worlds,” “Minority Report” and “A.I. Artificial Intelligence,” not to mention such landmark films as “E.T. […]
Dec. 14, 2012 | 4:17 p.m.
An extended preview of the highly anticipated “Star Trek” sequel began playing today in 288 theaters across the U.S., five months before the movie’s expected release date. The first nine minutes of “Star Trek Into Darkness,” directed by J. J. Abrams, are being shown in Imax 3-D in advance of screenings of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” The footage is the first to be released exclusively in Imax 3-D, Paramount said. Those who attend non-Imax screenings of “The Hobbit” will see the regular “Into Darkness” trailer. According to a plot summary released last month, the movie begins when the crew of the Enterprise returns home to find “an unstoppable force of terror” within their organization that has destroyed the fleet and everything it stands for. Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) begins a manhunt to a world-war zone to capture a one-man […]