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April 16, 2015 | 11:25 a.m.

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ director J.J. Abrams unveils trailer at Star Wars Celebration

Harrison Ford, right, as Han Solo with Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." (Lucasfilm / Disney)
The first full-length trailer for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” was unveiled Thursday morning, offering fans an extended look at what is perhaps this year’s most anticipated film. Director J.J. Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy introduced the two-minute trailer during the Star Wars Celebration fan expo in Anaheim. The trailer begins with narration from Mark Hamill, who plays Luke Skywalker, the protagonist of the original “Star Wars” trilogy. Star Wars Celebration: Trailer unveiled | Watch the live stream | Fans gather | Preview “The Force is strong in my family,” he says. “My father has it. I have it. My sister has it. You have that power too.” It’s unclear whether he is addressing a member of the Skywalker family or another character altogether. The trailer shows scenes from Jakku, a desert planet not unlike Tatooine, where the wreckage of […]
March 28, 2015 | 12:08 p.m.

‘Spectre’ trailer reinvents a famous Bond rival

Daniel Craig in 'Skyfall'
The trailer for “Spectre,” the next James Bond film, has been online for a few hours, and it sees the return of some familiar faces and the dark reinvention of some others. It also comes with a particularly sinister line, this one spoken by “Quantum of Solace’s” Mr. White (Jesper Christensen): “You’re a kite, dancing in a hurricane, Mr. Bond.” When it comes to villains, none are as poetic as those who face off against Mr. Bond. “Spectre,” still filming, won’t be released til Nov. 6. The film is the fourth with Daniel Craig in the Bond role, and second to be directed by Sam Mendes. The latter point is key, as the trailer for “Spectre” reveals that the film appears to be a pretty direct sequel to 2012’s “Skyfall.” The film will reintroduce the terrorist organization SPECTRE to the […]
Feb. 05, 2015 | 11:51 a.m.

‘Poltergeist’: Watch haunting new trailer for Gil Kenan’s horror redo

The clown is back. The first trailer for “Poltergeist” has arrived, offering a haunting glimpse of director Gil Kenan’s reboot of the 1982 horror favorite. Produced by Sam Raimi, the film appears to hew closely to the story line of the original movie. In the new movie, Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt portray Eric and Amy Bowen, parents to two young children. The family moves into a new home in what appears to be an ordinary neighborhood, only to discover that supernatural forces are at work — and have designs on their son and daughter. The cast also includes Jared Harris (“Mad Men”) and Jane Adams (“Hung,” “Little Children”). “Poltergeist” is the third film from Kenan, following his 2006 animated debut, “Monster House,” and the 2008 live-action adventure “City of Ember.” Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire (“Rabbit Hole”) wrote the […]
Dec. 31, 2014 | 8:32 a.m.

‘Star Wars,’ ‘Avengers,’ ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’: 15 must-see movies of 2015

Here's a look at 15 genre releases slated for 2015. (Handout)
The new year is shaping up to be a momentous one for genre entertainment. “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” will reunite Marvel’s mightiest superheroes in the tentpole sequel; “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” —  the first film in a new trilogy set in a galaxy far, far away — will once again see Jedi and Sith battling on the big screen; “Mad Max: Fury Road,” a reimagining of the action-packed post-apocalyptic film that launched Mel Gibson’s career, will see Tom Hardy take the wheel; and dinosaurs will once again roam the silver screen in “Jurassic World.” Those are just a few of the sci-fi and superhero silver screen offerings for 2015. Hero Complex looks at 15 of the most exciting releases slated for 2015 in the gallery above and the list below. ‘Jupiter Ascending,’ Feb. 6, 2015 The latest venture from […]
March 27, 2014 | 11:14 a.m.

‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ trailer: Turtles get new origin tale

'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' trailer (featured image)
The first trailer for the upcoming Michael Bay-produced “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” was released Thursday, offering a glimpse of the latest big-screen incarnations of the heroes in a half shell. The trailer opens with a montage of destruction scenes in what appears to be New York City, the turtles’ traditional stomping grounds, as actor William Fichtner’s voice narrates, “Crime, violence and fear have run rampant. Our great city is being destroyed. People want justice restored to this world.” Fichtner’s character, rumored to be Shredder, is talking to Megan Fox’s April O’Neil, the turtles’ eventual ally, and offers up an alternate origin story for the mean, green fighting machines. “People want heroes, Miss O’Neil,” he tells her. “But heroes are not born; they’re created. That’s what your father and I were trying to do — create heroes.” What follows is a […]
March 24, 2014 | 9:11 a.m.

‘X-Men’: Days of Future Past’: New trailer for Bryan Singer’s mutant epic

The new trailer for “X-Men: Days of Future Past” is out, showcasing the epic scale of Bryan Singer’s mutant saga that’s set to arrive in theaters May 23. A familiar sonorous voice-over opens the clip, pondering what events have led the mutants to the futuristic wasteland seen in the accompanying images. “So many dark battles waged over the years and yet, none of them like this. Are we destined to destroy each other? Or can we change who we are and unite? Is the future truly set?” “Days of Future Past” picks up after Matthew Vaughn’s 2011 prequel “X-Men: First Class,” which chronicled the mutant superheroes’ origins as young people in the 1960s, discovering and learning to manipulate their powers. The new film, adapted from one of the beloved comic book story lines conceived by Chris Claremont, stars actors from “First […]
Sept. 05, 2013 | 4:05 p.m.

‘RoboCop’ first look: José Padilha tackles drone politics in reboot

Joel Kinnaman plays the lead in "RoboCop." (MGM / Columbia Pictures)
The first trailer for the upcoming “RoboCop” reboot is out, featuring plenty of action and a sleek new suit that pays homage to Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 sci-fi action film. Hero Complex readers get an exclusive first look at some images from the upcoming film (check them out in the gallery above), as well as some perspective from the director, José Padilha. The Brazilian director made a name for himself on the festival circuit for his documentary filmmaking before writing and directing “Elite Squad” and its sequel “Elite Squad: The Enemy Within” — crime thrillers that became critical darlings. Padilha’s first big-budget Hollywood action flick is a remake of Verhoeven’s “RoboCop,” which involves a part-man, part-robot police officer tasked with cleaning up a crime-ridden, dystopian Detroit. Verhoeven’s satiric film, which earned two Oscar nominations, was underscored by political commentary and made […]
June 13, 2013 | 6:22 p.m.

‘Elysium’ trailer: Matt Damon fights for his life in Blomkamp’s latest

The latest trailer for Neill Blomkamp’s anticipated sci-fi adventure “Elysium” offers a more detailed look at the “District 9” director’s dark vision of future Earth and sheds new light on the story surrounding Matt Damon’s Max Da Costa, a man desperate to reach the titular space habitat. Set in 2154, the film takes place in a world in which the wealthy have migrated to a station in the stars run by Jodie Foster’s Secretary Delacourt. By contrast, the poor have remained on a decimated, overpopulated Earth depleted of both natural resources and hope for a better life. On the way to his job, Damon’s sarcastic reformed thief manages to find himself in trouble — his bad day includes a run-in with robot authorities and a workplace accident that leaves him terminally ill. His only hope for a cure rests in […]
April 17, 2013 | 2:12 p.m.

‘Lone Ranger’ trailer showcases Johnny Depp, frontier action-adventure

The latest trailer for “The Lone Ranger” is out, and it’s heavy on frontier action, with scenes of speeding locomotives, arid Western vistas, shootouts and one giant explosion, not to mention lots of chummy camaraderie between Armie Hammer’s title character and Johnny Depp’s Tonto. A cheeky Helena Bonham Carter also turns in an appearance. The new clip helps relate the story of how the masked man came to acquire his white hat, his best friend and his thirst for justice and suggests the same kind of comedy-inflected action-adventure that has helped make the Depp-led “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise so valuable for Disney. Set for release July 3, “The Lone Ranger” sees Depp team up again with his frequent collaborator, director Gore Verbinski. The pair worked on three of Disney’s ultra-successful “Pirates” films in addition to the acclaimed animated release […]
April 16, 2013 | 10:13 a.m.

‘Oblivion’: Tom Cruise talks return to big-screen spectacle sci-fi

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 […]
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