Sept. 22, 2014 | 1:19 p.m.
Stephen King’s time-travel novel “11/22/63″ is being adapted for small screens. A nine-hour event series based on the thriller is coming to Hulu via J.J. Abrams’ production company Bad Robot Productions, Hulu announced Monday. 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, high school teacher Jake Epping travels back in time to prevent the assassination of President John. F. Kennedy, only to face obstacles including Lee Harvey Oswald, romance and a past resistant to change. Bridget Carpenter — whose previous credits include “The Red Road,” “Parenthood” and “Friday Night Lights” — will write the teleplay based on the novel and will executive produce along with King, Abrams (“Lost,” “Fringe”) and Bryan […]
Jan. 23, 2014 | 5:00 a.m.
Imagine a world in which children brutally slay demons in order to survive, knowing that when they grow up, they’ll become demons too. “The Wrenchies,” an upcoming YA graphic novel from alternative comics star Farel Dalrymple, chronicles the adventures of the toughest gang of those children, the so-called Wrenchies. The book is due out this fall from First Second, and Hero Complex readers get a first look at the book’s cover, which shows the eponymous gang clad for battle. Dalrymple is best known for his award-winning comic series “Pop Gun War,” an urban fantasy about a boy who acquires a pair of angel wings and uses them to fly off on adventures. He also co-founded the comic anthology “Meathaus,” illustrated the Marvel limited series “Omega the Unknown,” written by novelist Jonathan Lethem, and authors the ongoing Web comic “It Will […]
May 02, 2012 | 1:18 p.m.
Hidden in a basement somewhere in Los Angeles, a woman named Maggie leads a group of devout white-clad followers. A journalist and his girlfriend infiltrate the cult and investigate Maggie’s alleged past – or future, rather: She claims to be from the year 2054. The premise is the setup for the new Fox Searchlight film “Sound of My Voice,” starring Brit Marling and directed by Zal Batmanglij, who together wrote the script for the cryptic thriller. The movie, which opened in Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C., last week, is the first in a small wave of projects to explore the notion of time travel on the big screen this year. Due in June is another time-bending indie, “Safety Not Guaranteed,” and the fall will bring “Looper,” starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a hit man in the near future whose […]
April 13, 2012 | 7:30 a.m.
After three days of what is becoming a new trend in Hollywood advertising – trailers for a trailer – Apple.com unveiled the first official teaser for time travel movie “Looper.” The action flick stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and is directed and written by Rian Johnson, who introduced the film in three vignettes that counted down to Thursday’s preview release. The film looks to be a time-jumping, mind-twisting thriller with Gordon-Levitt portraying a contemporary hit man working for clients 30 years in the future – they send the victims, bound and hooded, back through time for a “quiet” disposal. Where things get complicated is when his next victim turns out to be his future self, played by Bruce Willis. To look more like Willis, Gordon-Levitt spent three hours in makeup each morning, altering parts of his appearance, most notably his eyebrows, lips […]
Jan. 28, 2012 | 9:47 a.m.
How great would it be to turn back the clock, peek into the homes of this year’s Oscar contenders and watch their real-time reaction to the nominations announcement? That’s part of the public fascination with a “you-are-there” video made by Andrew Bowler and Gigi Causey, a husband-and-wife filmmaking duo who are now Oscar nominees in the live-action short category thanks to “Time Freak.” The shorts nominees were were announced online Tuesday at 5:50 a.m. and Bowler and Causey’s natural reaction to the nerve-wracking wait was to turn on the cameras. When they actually got nominated, their Tuesday video experiment became a time capsule to share with friends and family but it went well beyond that once it hit the echo chamber of the Internet. “We put [the YouTube video link] on Facebook for friends and family, but the weirdest thing happened – somebody submitted […]
Jan. 13, 2012 | 9:42 a.m.
The twists and turns of time travel are in the DNA of “Doctor Who,” “Quantum Leap” and “Star Trek.” But the CW’s “Supernatural” has also become a specialist in turn-back-the-clock television. In Friday’s episode “Supernatural” again goes to the past, this time 1944. “Supernatural’s” Dean and Sam Winchester have chased ghosts, demons and all manner of beasties since their childhood, but time travel wasn’t in the mix until the show’s fourth season, when the angel Castiel (Misha Collins) sent Dean (Jensen Ackles) back to 1973, where he meets his young parents. Since then, “Supernatural” has taken the brothers to the Old West (with “Back to the Future” references galore) and taken an angel to the decks of the Titanic in an episode titled (what else?) “My Heart Will Go On.” In this week’s episode, “Time After Time,” Dean meets Prohibition lawman Eliot Ness (Nicholas Lea, […]