Feb. 25, 2014 | 10:00 p.m.
Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” and Alfonso Cuarón’s Oscar-nominated “Gravity” are the top contenders at the upcoming 40th annual Saturn Awards, with eight nominations each. “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” 2012′s highest-grossing film, earned seven nominations, while “Iron Man 3,” “Pacific Rim,” “Star Trek Into Darkness” and “Thor: The Dark World” were recognized with five nominations each. On the television side, HBO’s lavish fantasy “Game of Thrones” received five nominations, as did AMC’s drama “Breaking Bad” and TNT’s “Falling Skies.” Founded in 1972 to recognize films often overlooked by mainstream awards series, the Saturn Awards fetes projects in a broad swath of genres, including science fiction, horror, fantasy, thriller and action/adventure — there are also awards for best independent film with nominees including critical favorites “12 Years a Slave” and “Inside Llewyn Davis”; best international film (a […]
Dec. 23, 2013 | 5:20 p.m.
2013 was a superb year for fans of genre entertainment. Major comic book heroes celebrated milestone anniversaries, as did “Doctor Who.” “The Walking Dead” and “Game of Thrones” continued to demonstrate that fantastic tales, both grim and transporting, can make for compelling, compulsory viewing. Dragons, female warriors and Tom Hiddleston stormed the multiplex in blockbuster fashion, while next-generation gaming consoles arrived, just in time for Christmas. There was plenty of big news about 2015 projects as well — namely, that J.J. Abrams will direct the first live-action “Star Wars” film since 2005, and that Ben Affleck will take over the role of Batman from Gotham City’s previous Caped Crusader, Christian Bale. Following are the Hero Complex picks for some of the most memorable moments in film, TV, comic books and games, in no particular order. Feel free to share your […]
Nov. 13, 2013 | 3:34 p.m.
As Odin, venerable actor Anthony Hopkins plays the father to two obstinate sons and the whole of the Nine Realms in “Thor: The Dark World,” the latest Marvel sequel to score at the box office — the movie raked in $86.1 million domestically in its opening weekend, and that was after an impressive overseas debut. Hero Complex chatted this week with Hopkins to get his take on the Marvel universe, his experiences working with Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Tom Hiddleston as Loki and to ascertain what the future might hold for Odin — though, on that last point, Hopkins conceded that he might not have all the answers. Hero Complex: You were spotted with Stan Lee at the Hollywood premiere for “Thor: The Dark World.” What did you think of the film? Anthony Hopkins: It’s a terrific movie, action-packed, […]
Nov. 11, 2013 | 6:26 p.m.
Tom Hiddleston had just spent six weeks living inside the melancholy mind-set of a vampire for a new Jim Jarmusch film when he turned up for the first day of shooting on “Thor: The Dark World.” Ready to reprise his role as the treacherous god Loki for the Marvel superhero sequel, which thundered to an $86.1-million opening this weekend, Hiddleston stood inside a prison cell set wearing the character’s green and gold costume and his trademark ebony locks. From behind a plexiglass wall, he glowered and dissembled for director Alan Taylor, but something was amiss. “I did the first take, and Alan was like, ‘Really nice. Wow … I think you can smile if you want to,’” Hiddleston recalled during a recent interview. “I was like, ‘Oh yes! Loki is a showman and he smiles all the time because he’s […]
Nov. 06, 2013 | 8:56 a.m.
Marvel returns to Asgard with Friday’s “Thor: The Dark World,” the sequel that sees Chris Hemsworth’s god of thunder form an uneasy alliance with his mischievous brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) to thwart a scheme by the Dark Elf Malekith (Christopher Eccleston), who intends to plunge the Nine Realms into darkness. The film already has become an outsized hit overseas, but late last year, when the movie was still in production, Hero Complex visited the set and caught up with Marvel movie chief Kevin Feige. The architect of the company’s big-screen strategy was seated close to the action at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, watching as director Alan Taylor guided Hemsworth through scenes that would eventually become part of the movie’s epic final battle. As a chilly wind blew across the Thames, Feige chatted about a range of subjects […]
Nov. 05, 2013 | 2:32 p.m.
“Thor: The Dark World” had its Hollywood premiere at the El Capitan Theatre on Monday night, and stars including Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins and Kat Dennings walked the red carpet to talk up the Marvel sequel, arriving in theaters Friday. Directed by Alan Taylor (“Game of Thrones”), “Thor: The Dark World” sees the Dark Elf Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) attempt to use a weapon called the Aether to plunge the Nine Realms of the universe into darkness. Only by uniting with his devious brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) can Hemsworth’s brawny Thor hope to stop Malekith and rescue his lady love Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), who stumbles onto the Aether and is inadvertently drawn into the villain’s schemes. In an interview with Hero Complex on the London set of the film last year, Eccleston, the accomplished British thespian known to […]
Nov. 01, 2013 | 5:00 a.m.
LONDON — A bone-chilling wind and a fine sheet of mist cascaded off the River Thames, but it wasn’t the bitter blasts of air that sent Chris Hemsworth tumbling to the ground. Late on a November afternoon, the brawny Australian actor threw himself down onto the courtyard of the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich over and over, filming scenes for what would eventually become the epic final battle in Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World.” The film, due out Nov. 8, sees the God of Thunder facing off against a nemesis called Malekith, part of a race known as the Dark Elves, but actor Christopher Eccleston already had called it quits for the day. That left Thor, dressed in full armor, long red cape billowing out majestically behind him, to press on alone, with Hemsworth gamely absorbing imaginary blows for […]
Oct. 31, 2013 | 4:14 p.m.
The theatrical opening of “Thor: The Dark World” is only a week away, but for Marvel fans who can’t stand the wait, here’s a sneak peek. Hero Complex has compiled 75 images of Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman and more in scenes from the film for your viewing pleasure. The movie stills also offer a glimpse of Asgard, the otherworldly home of Thor (Hemsworth), Loki (Hiddleston) and ruler Odin (Anthony Hopkins). Asgard, of course, was featured in the first film, 2011′s Kenneth Branagh-directed “Thor,” but is greatly expanded in the sequel. The images also reveal Svartalfheim, home to the Dark Elves, including the villainous Malekith, portrayed in the film by Christopher Eccleston, and Algrim, a.k.a. Kurse, played by Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje. The film is directed by Alan Taylor (“Game of Thrones”) and, in addition to Hemsworth, Hiddleston, Hopkins, Eccleston and […]
Oct. 23, 2013 | 11:57 a.m.
Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston and Natalie Portman arrived in grand style Tuesday to celebrate the world premiere of Marvel’s newest superhero sequel, “Thor: The Dark World.” The film, directed by Alan Taylor (“Game of Thrones”), arrives in U.S. theaters Nov. 8, but is set to open a week earlier in the U.K. The cast was all smiles as they walked the red carpet. The movie sees Hemsworth’s brawny superhero form an uneasy alliance with his untrustworthy brother Loki (Hiddleston) in order to save the Nine Realms from a devious plan hatched by the Dark Elf Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) that poses great danger to the universe, and especially to Thor’s lady love, Jane Foster (Portman). On the set of the film last year, Marvel movie chief Kevin Feige said the new film took a more practical approach with the fight scenes […]
Oct. 11, 2013 | 4:32 p.m.
“The Hunger Games” heroine Katniss Everdeen takes the spotlight on the cover of the latest issue of the Hero Complex print magazine, available now. The lead story in the issue takes a look at the new wave of empowered young women in genre films — not just “Hunger Games” star Jennifer Lawrence, who returns to the arena in November’s anticipated sequel “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” but also “Divergent’s” Shailene Woodley and “Ender’s Game” actress Hailee Steinfeld. The issue also features new interviews with “Carrie” star Chloe Grace Moretz, discussing her take on the Stephen King-inspired horror classic, helmed by indie film icon Kimberly Peirce (“Boys Don’t Cry”) and Evangeline Lilly describing her role in Peter Jackson’s second installment in his planned J.R.R. Tolkien trilogy, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” due in December. We also caught up with fan […]