Dec. 19, 2011 | 9:32 p.m.
It’s hard to think of anywhere farther from Southern California than New Zealand, but if there is such a place, it would be Middle-earth. That’s why it was a massive surprise this summer when Peter Jackson — the cinema wizard behind the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy and its upcoming two-part prequel, “The Hobbit” — left his work in Wellington to make a mad dash to Comic-Con International in San Diego. “Madness is the word for it,” Jackson said at the time when asked about the trip, which involved more than 24 hours in the air and less than 24 hours on the ground. “But I’m happy to do it if it helps spread the word about Tintin. He’s like an old friend, one of my oldest, in fact….” Tintin is the beloved adventure hero who, for five decades, lived […]
Dec. 14, 2011 | 8:09 a.m.
Two stars of “The Adventures of Tintin,” Jamie Bell (who plays the title role) and Nick Frost (who plays Thomson, the daft policeman), joined us Monday night for a free screening of the film in Burbank and talked about working within “the volume,” the performance-capture space that was used by director Steven Spielberg and his crew to create the world of the young adventure hero. Here’s the first video installment of the on-stage interview. Check back for more from Bell and Frost. – Geoff Boucher RECENT AND RELATED ‘Tintin’: A beginner’s guide to the European classic Hergé: An animated (and complicated) life The hopes (and fears) of one longtime ‘Tintin’ fan ‘Tintin’: Spielberg on the Indiana Jones connection ‘Tintin’: Catching up with a globetrotter ‘Tintin’: Spielberg felt ‘more like a painter than ever’ Andy Serkis’ Haddock is ‘shipwreck of a human’ Spielberg touts ‘Tintin’ […]
Dec. 12, 2011 | 1:17 p.m.
The first trailer for next summer’s “Men in Black 3″ reveals that a lot of time traveling is going on. Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones are back as Agents J and K, running around after all kinds of aliens on the loose in New York City. But this time, Smith’s Agent J travels back in time to the 1960s, where he encounters a much younger version of his partner, played in the past by Josh Brolin. Viewers may also find themselves time traveling a bit, as “Men in Black 3″ is scheduled to open Memorial Day weekend of 2012, almost 10 years after the previous film, “Men in Black 2.” Can Smith, Jones and returning director Barry Sonnenfeld recapture the magic spark that made the MiBs so cool back in the Clinton era? The third film in the franchise […]
Dec. 03, 2011 | 8:03 a.m.
We’re still hearing a lot of response to our biggest article this week, “Terry Gilliam: The heir of Fellini and the enemy of God?,” but the story isn’t quite done yet. Gilliam, the director of “Brazil” and “Twelve Monkeys,” is a man of fiery opinions and during our two interviews (covering three hours and spread over two days) he lobbed a few Molotov cocktails in different directions. So, with quotes that didn’t make it into that first article, we bring you the World According to Gilliam: * On “Transformers: Dark of the Moon“: “The latest ‘Transformers’ movie was on the plane coming over to Los Angeles. It’s horrible and there’s all these phallic things going on. I just couldn’t even deal with it. C’mon, leave some room for me, as the audience. The audience is totally excluded, you just sit there and watch the explosions. […]
Dec. 02, 2011 | 12:00 p.m.
Is there a better way to start a Hollywood friendship than handing someone an Oscar as you shake their hand for the first time? That’s what happened when “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” won the Academy Award for best picture and Spielberg was the presenter as producer-director Jackson came forward to pick up the most coveted trophy in town. The two filmmaking titans are now collaborators with “The Adventures of Tintin,” a movie that takes Europe’s beloved boy adventurer and introduces him to an American audience through a cutting-edge cinematic creation that, to most observers, pushes the envelope for animation and, for some skeptics, tests the Academy’s definitions of what it is and what isn’t animated. Geoff Boucher sat down with Spielberg and Jackson together backstage at last summer’s Comic-Con International to talk about the project’s spirit […]
Nov. 23, 2011 | 2:09 p.m.
Hero Complex readers know how we feel about “Raiders of the Lost Ark” after our 30th anniversary screening with Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford and the memorable mash note we published from guest essayist Damon Lindelof. We thought pretty much everyone loved the 1981 adventure film but now we bring you an opposing view from Michael Phillips, the Chicago Tribune’s fine film critic, and this essay, which will appear in Thursday’s print edition of the Los Angeles Times. We hold the movies we love very closely, like a royal flush in poker, and to many people an attack on an adored, endlessly rewatched picture goes beyond fighting words into something like heresy. Take a movie some people would legally marry if they could, so intense is their devotion. I speak of “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” director Steven Spielberg’s 1981 blockbuster, back in […]
Nov. 22, 2011 | 4:09 a.m.
Los Angeles Times television critic Robert Lloyd is a longtime “Tintin” fan and he will be writing a series of posts on the heritage of the character. This installment explores: Who is Tintin? Tintin is a young Belgian reporter of somewhat indeterminate age, the central figure in Hergé’s world-beloved comic-strip/comic-book series “The Adventures of Tintin.” I say “reporter,” because he is at times described as one, but apart from asking a lot of questions he is almost never shown at work. (Indeed, in the stories he is more reported upon than reporting.) Nevertheless, the notion of the job gives the character a reason to travel and frames a life of investigation and adventure; it also made him, for a while, a figure both in and of the newspaper that first published “Tintin,” Belgium’s Le Vingtième Siècle, in its children’s supplement, […]
Nov. 17, 2011 | 3:00 a.m.
Los Angeles Times television critic Robert Lloyd is a longtime “Tintin” fan and he will be writing a series of posts on the heritage of the character. This post has been corrected, as detailed below. Tintin is a comic-strip/comic-book character — a young Belgian reporter, nominally, but a reporter who has rarely done any reporting — and by extension the name for all the characters and things that fall within his world, as laid out in the 23 books (and an incomplete 24th, eventually published in sketchbook form) that comprise “The Adventures of Tintin.” Unlike Superman or Mickey Mouse, who have outlived their creators to be re-imagined to whatever purpose the current age or copyright-holder demands, Tintin’s adventures, which began in 1929 with “Tintin in the Land of the Soviets,” came to a close with the 1983 death of the man who invented […]
Nov. 03, 2011 | 4:45 p.m.
The Los Angeles Times Holiday Sneaks issue runs Sunday. Here’s an early look at one of the stories, a primer for Steven Spielberg’s “The Adventures of Tintin.” To many Europeans, Tintin is as familiar a boy adventurer as Harry Potter or Spider-Man. But most American audiences will get their introduction to the character when Steven Spielberg’s “The Adventures of Tintin” hits U.S. theaters Dec. 21. Created as a newspaper comic strip in 1929 by the Belgian artist Georges Rémi, who wrote under the pen name Hergé, Tintin’s stories have been translated into some 60 languages, generating sales of more than 200 million books. Hergé’s work first attracted Spielberg’s attention in 1981, after European critics likened the globe-trotting plot of the director’s “Raiders of the Lost Ark” to a Tintin tale. Spielberg later acquired Tintin’s rights from Hergé’s widow, but it […]
Oct. 24, 2011 | 3:53 p.m.
More than 18 years after the trademark Tyrannosaurus rex first roared onto the big screen in “Jurassic Park,” the film and its sequels are getting the Blu-ray treatment. On Tuesday, the “Jurassic Park” trilogy boxed set is being released on Blu-ray and DVD, and its bonus features include interviews with cast and crew. Among them is the Industrial Light & Magic visual effects wizard behind the full-motion dinosaurs in the first two “Jurassic Park” films, Dennis Muren. Hero Complex writer Noelene Clark recently chatted with Muren — whose other visual effects credits include “Star Wars,” “Ghostbusters” and “Indiana Jones” titles — about the dinosaur franchise, based on the book by Michael Crichton. NC: Something surprising about “Jurassic Park” is how well it has aged. The story and the effects still hold up really well. Why is that? DM: I wondered […]