Sept. 12, 2013 | 1:06 p.m.
News that J.K. Rowling is writing a “Harry Potter” spinoff movie has magical-minded Muggles, including actors from the original films, abuzz on Twitter. The author and Warner Bros. on Thursday morning unveiled a new agreement to make more movies based on Rowling’s “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” — a 42-page textbook of sorts, published in 2001 after the fourth “Harry Potter” novel — and the adventures of its fictional author, Newt Scamander. “Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for seventeen years, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world,” Rowling said in a press release. “The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to […]
July 20, 2013 | 7:29 p.m.
“Godzilla” was king during Legendary Pictures’ panel presentation in Comic-Con’s Hall H on Saturday. Fans in the 6,500-member audience cheered during the bass-pounding “Godzilla” preview footage, which, in addition to showing off its titular kaiju, revealed a first glimpse of a winged monster that could be Mothra. The panel also featured presentations for “300: Rise of an Empire” and “Seventh Son.” FULL COVERAGE: San Diego Comic-Con 2013 “Godzilla” is directed by Gareth Edwards, whose ambitious independent film “Monsters” garnered critical praise for its mashup of big visual effects and small art-house atmosphere. It’s exactly what attracted “Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston to the project. “It was fantastic because he was able to make a monster movie also into a character-driven component where you really felt for these people,” Cranston said of “Monsters.” “And that’s what he transformed this ‘Godzilla’ into.” […]
July 20, 2013 | 6:13 p.m.
Zack Snyder’s announcement of a planned Superman and Batman film may have generated the most buzz out of Comic-Con’s Hall H on Saturday, but it was footage from Alfonso Cuaron’s space thriller “Gravity” that had the hall’s 6,500 attendees in silent, rapt attention. “Gravity,” a suspense-filled story about two astronauts stranded in space, features only the faces of Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. “If I was going to be stranded in space, I wouldn’t mind being stranded with them,” Cuaron quipped during the panel. When Bullock walked onto the stage with producer David Heyman, she was greeted by loud cheers, and several people screamed, “I love you, Sandra!” FULL COVERAGE: San Diego Comic-Con 2013 She recalled the intense physical demands of the role, which required her to be in a 9-by-9-foot, LED-lit cube for the majority of filming, suspended from […]
July 06, 2013 | 3:38 p.m.
The Comic-Con International schedule for Saturday, July 20, is out, with projects including “The Hunger Games,” “Godzilla,” and “Thor: The Dark World” among the upcoming movies topping the schedule for Hall H, the event’s premier 6,500 seat venue. Legendary and Warner Bros. kick off the Hall H programming with presentations on the “Godzilla” reboot from director Gareth Edwards, which stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen and Juliette Binoche, with David Strathairn and Bryan Cranston. “Seventh Son” will follow the king of the monsters onto the stage — the Jeff Bridges-starrer also features Julianne Moore and Ben Barnes. In the same session, Warners’ presentation will showcase a trio of its own projects without ties to Legendary: “300: Rise of an Empire,” “Gravity” and “The LEGO Movie.” “Rise of an Empire” is neither a sequel or a prequel to Zack Snyder’s […]
July 01, 2013 | 4:52 p.m.
J. R. R. Tolkien fans hoping for a glimpse of “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” in Hall H will have to wait. The second “Hobbit” movie won’t be coming to San Diego’s Comic-Con International, director Peter Jackson announced Monday on the film’s production blog. “I just want to pass on some news, which I’m sure is going to be disappointing to anyone going to Comic-Con this year, any fans,” Jackson said in a video posted on the blog. “A couple of days ago I told [Warner Bros.] that I just really wasn’t ready to present anything of ‘The Desolation of Smaug’ at Comic-Con this year.” Disappointing it may be — especially for attendees who are shining their One Rings and getting their elf ears fitted for some Tolkien-themed cosplay — but at least Jackson appears to have a good […]
May 24, 2013 | 9:00 a.m.
Superman fans eager to see the Last Son of Krypton take flight on the big screen in “Man of Steel” can get a taste of the action in “Metropolis Mayhem,” an online video game from Warner Bros. “Metropolis Mayhem” launches Friday at metropolismayhem.manofsteel.com. The 2-D game allows players to fly Superman through Metropolis, using their keyboard to maneuver the Man of Steel around obstacles and destroy objects with heat-vision. Players must collect Superman logos to increase their score while dodging floating laser beams, plasma weapons from dropships and guided rockets shot from helicopters. Get hit five times, and Supes is a goner. Though “Metropolis Mayhem” may not feature the explosive special effects sure to shake theaters when “Man of Steel” opens June 14, it does feature a snippet of the film’s moving score, composed by Hans Zimmer. PHOTOS: 50 images […]
April 03, 2013 | 6:02 p.m.
In 1952, paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren founded the New England Society for Psychic Research. Ed was a demonologist, Lorraine, a trance medium, and together, they worked on a number of cases, including the legendary Amityville haunting. But it’s a different supernatural situation that’s explored in the new film from director James Wan, “The Conjuring,” set for release July 19. The real Lorraine Warren appeared alongside Wan on stage at WonderCon in Anaheim this past weekend, where she praised the accuracy of the new movie, based on the investigation of a haunting at a Rhode Island farmhouse occupied by the Perron family. (Ed Warren died in 2006.) The Perron case was made public in the 2011 memoir “House of Darkness, House of Light: The True Story” written by Andrea Perron, one of the young girls whose family occupied the […]
Feb. 05, 2013 | 9:10 p.m.
Middle-earth fans who buy “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” when it is released on Blu-ray and DVD March 19 will be privy to a sneak preview of “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” — the second movie in Peter Jackson’s planned trilogy based on the book by J.R.R. Tolkien. But those hoping for an extended edition of the first film will have to wait until the holidays. “An Unexpected Journey” will go on sale March 19 in three different combinations — a Blu-ray combo pack ($35.99), a Blu-ray 3-D combo pack ($44.95) and a DVD two-disc special edition ($28.98) — but all of them will feature the 169-minute theatrical version of the film, Warner Bros. announced Tuesday, adding that an extended edition will be available in time for the holidays. So why would any self-respecting “Lord of the Rings” fan […]
Jan. 30, 2013 | 7:00 a.m.
Russell Crowe will be sporting some heavy-duty armor in Zack Snyder’s highly anticipated “Man of Steel” — that is, if a new Jor-El action figure is any indication. The Mattel figure features Superman’s Kryptonian father, but he’s not wearing the ethereal white robes of Marlon Brando’s 1978 portrayal. The toy adopts Crowe’s likeness and appears to be clad in the same alien-meets-steam-punk style shoulder armor we’ve seen in photos from the set. The figure also wears metal boots, leg armor and gauntlets over a blue undersuit. In addition to the Jor-El figure, the photo gallery above also gives Hero Complex readers a first look at figures for Superman, his nemesis Darkseid and another DC character, Vampire Batman. The Vampire Batman figure is based on the Batman vampire trilogy (1991′s “Batman and Dracula: Red Rain,” 1994′s “Batman: Bloodstorm” and 1998′s “Batman: Crimson […]