July 12, 2013 | 5:20 a.m.
Katniss Everdeen never intended to become an icon for a struggling people. Yet the scrappy, resourceful heroine at the heart of Suzanne Collins’ bestselling “The Hunger Games” trilogy, with her signature braid, incomparable archery skills and defiant spirit, became a rare sort of pop-culture touch point precisely because she came to be embraced by a sometimes lost, sometimes achingly restless tribe: adolescents. But the wily teen, played by Jennifer Lawrence, who trades places with her sister only to emerge as the unlikely victor in a battle to the death, didn’t only inspire Collins’ readers and the filmgoers who turned up for Gary Ross’ 2012 movie adaptation of “The Hunger Games” to the tune of $408 million. Her success has also helped fuel a continuing, voracious appetite in Hollywood for sci-fi inflected tales featuring young women in empowered roles. “I’m a […]
Feb. 24, 2013 | 6:51 a.m.
Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart were the big “winners” — and the big losers — at the 33rd Razzie Awards as the final installment of the “Twilight” saga was deemed the worst movie of the year. “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2″ won seven awards in all at the Razzies, which mock Hollywood’s self-important awards season by recognizing what it deems as the worst movies and performances of the year. The “Twilight” film won the dis-“honors” for worst picture of the year, worst actress for Stewart, worst supporting actor for Taylor Lautner, worst screen couple for Lautner and 12 year-old Mackenzie Foy, worst screen ensemble, worst remake/rip-off or sequel, and worst director for Bill Condon. Oscars 2013: Complete coverage The honors make the “Twilight” film “2012’s most-RAZZed movie.” But it could have been worse. Last year, Adam Sandler’s “Jack & Jill” had […]
Jan. 11, 2013 | 12:47 p.m.
Angsty teenage love may be as old as Shakespeare and the Bronte sisters, but with the star-crossed lover motif getting a makeover (often introducing elements of the supernatural) in the last few years from novelists Stephenie Meyer and Suzanne Collins, Hollywood has been stalking the young adult book market with the ferocity of a jilted lover. One result is a pileup at the box office this season of female-driven stories with strong-willed protagonists battling zombies, witches and aliens while wrestling with their own overwrought emotions. In the next three months Summit Entertainment, Open Road Films and Warner Bros. will, respectively, release three movies targeting this voracious crowd: “Warm Bodies,” “The Host” and “Beautiful Creatures.” But with so many fighting for attention, will there be enough audience adoration to go around? “What I think we have going for us is I […]
July 12, 2012 | 8:05 p.m.
For fans of “Twilight,” it was the end of an era. “Breaking Dawn Pt. 2,” the final installment in the blockbuster movie saga opened Comic-Con International’s Hall H presentations Thursday, with new footage, a few funny quips and the official debut of 11-year-old Mackenzie Foy, who plays Renesmee, the “half-vamp kid” of protagonists Edward Cullen and his human-cum-vampire wife Bella Swan. Stars Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner still enjoyed the bulk of the spotlight — the only principal missing from the festivities was director Bill Condon, who is currently in London scoring the movie with his longtime collaborator, Carter Burwell; even series author Stephenie Meyer, who returned to Comic-Con for the first time since “Twilight” was released in 2008, joined in on the fun, participating with her long-time collaborators. (She also brought footage from the “The Host,” Andrew […]
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 […]
Nov. 18, 2011 | 12:36 p.m.
Ever feel like the world’s bookshelf has been hijacked by “Harry Potter,” “Twilight” and “The Hunger Games“? If so, you might want to visit Springfield this Sunday night when”The Simpsons” delivers one of its most ambitious episodes — an elaborate heist spoof that finds Homer, Bart and guest star Neil Gaiman trying to steal the thunder of today’s mega-successful publishing series. The episode, titled “The Book Job,” is a parody of Steven Soderbergh’s “Ocean’s Eleven” (and, yes, that is Andy Garcia playing the wealthy, cold-blooded heavy) but it saves its most savage parody for today’s novels of the fantastic which target young-skewing audiences. And, according to Matt Selman, an executive producer and longtime “Simpsons” writer, the episode has stirred excitement for the show’s creative team. “The show is all about the world of young-adult fantasy novels, as Homer assembles a team of Springfielders to write […]
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 […]
Sept. 14, 2011 | 11:51 a.m.
What happens when a show founded on the science of hypothetical battles between knights, ninjas, gangsters and centurions swaps swords and guns for fangs and claws? Fans of Spike TV’s “Deadliest Warrior” series are likely to find out Wednesday when the show, in the second half of the 2-1/2-hour season finale, will pit vampires versus zombies in a bloody battle to the death. Airing at 9 p.m. PDT, the two classic horror movie monsters will spar to determine who has the bigger, badder bite and more skull-crushing strength. On a visit to the set of the season finale earlier this year, hosts Richard “Mack” Machowicz, Geoff Desmoulin and medical expert Dr. Armand Dorian were busy trying out an arsenal of mechanically propelled limbs and sharp-toothed animals (and reptiles) designed to mimic the damage supposedly inflicted by both sides. “Every nerd […]
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 23, 2011 | 6:02 p.m.
“Snow White and the Huntsman,” the fairy tale project that begins shooting next week in the United Kingdom with Kristen Stewart as the lead, has some tough hurdles to overcome. It’s competing with another “Snow White” project from Relativity Media that has already begun filming and features Julia Roberts as the evil queen. It’s also set to come out June 1, three months after Relativity’s “Snow White” movie will debut and close to two months before a Comic-Con International audience will be back in Hall H. What’s a studio to do? How about recruit fans at Comic-Con 2011 with some stills of the cast in costume, a charming British director with an impressive commercial reel and a crew of good-looking lead actors? That’s what Universal Pictures did Saturday afternoon during a panel featuring Stewart, evil queen Charlize Theron, Chris Hemsworth […]