Aug. 11, 2014 | 1:22 p.m.
Belfast-born actor J.J. Murphy died Aug. 8, just four days into filming his scenes for HBO’s fantasy epic “Game of Thrones.” The actor, who was 86 years old, had been cast to play the eldest member of the Night’s Watch, Ser Denys Mallister. Murphy was one of the new additions to the ensemble cast of the sprawling hit series adapted from George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Fire and Ice” novels, which will return for its fifth season next year; show runners and executive producers D.B. Weiss and David Benioff will not be recasting the role. “He was a lovely man, and the best Denys Mallister we could have hoped for. And now his watch is ended,” Weiss and Benioff said in a joint statement. The veteran performer, who also had a role in the upcoming “Dracula Untold” alongside another “Game of Thrones” alum, […]
Aug. 04, 2014 | 6:05 p.m.
Excited to see “Star Wars Rebels”? Tonight, you can watch the first seven minutes of the first episode online. Set about five years before the beginning of “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope,” the new animated series follows the adventures of a group of heroes desperately trying to combat the all-consuming might of the Empire, the fascistic government arisen from the ashes of the Old Republic in “Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.” Although the story will recount the formation of the Rebel Alliance, the group that Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo would eventually lead to defeat the evil Empire, at the outset of the show the organization is little more than a ragtag band of aliens and a Jedi Knight in hiding, Kanan (voiced by Freddie Prinze Jr.), who engage in minor skirmishes with Imperial […]
Aug. 04, 2014 | 2:40 p.m.
Teenage girls rarely make the wisest decisions when it comes to first love. Few people understand that fact as well as Sophie Turner, who plays the eldest daughter of House Stark on HBO’s wildly popular “Game of Thrones.” During the series’ four seasons, Sansa Stark has found herself paying dearly for her affection for Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson), the sadistic boy king — watching him order her father beheaded, enduring his cruelty at court, fearing for her safety when he threw her over for Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer). (Anyone not current with the series might be advised to stop reading now — spoilers ahead.) So, is it fair to say that Sansa took some delight in the fact that Joffrey met with a grim fate at his own nuptials, an event known in the lore of the show as the […]
July 31, 2014 | 1:46 p.m.
Ready to see “Doctor Who” on the silver screen? With anticipation building for the show’s imminent return, the newest Time Lord will also be getting a celluloid coming-out party with a screening of “Deep Breath,” the premiere episode of the new season, in select theaters. The episode will mark the proper beginning of Peter Capaldi’s run as the Twelfth Doctor and kicks off the eighth season since the series revival in 2005. Fans in 12 soon-to-be-announced cities will be able to catch a special midnight screening of the episode on Aug. 23, shortly following the 8 p.m. premiere on BBC America. Then on Aug. 25, the celebration goes nationwide with two showings at 7 and 9:30 p.m. in more than 500 select movie theaters around the country. It won’t be the first time an episode of the fan-favorite series has […]
July 28, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.
If Hollywood seemed a tad quieter than normal this past weekend, there was a good reason: Like moths to a porch light — or Batman to the Bat Signal — film and television creators, executives and stars were drawn en masse to downtown San Diego in an effort to drum up excitement for their upcoming wares at the annual Comic-Con International pop-culture expo. The unveiling of the first footage from the highly anticipated superhero mash-up “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and an extended early glimpse at “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” may have sent the biggest reverberations through the four-day film, television, video-game and comic-book fest. But there was plenty of other news to stir the excitement of the 130,000 or so convention-goers who descended upon the San Diego Convention Center, many decked out in costume, to watch exclusive […]
July 27, 2014 | 7:52 p.m.
Many amateur artists became part of a world record this weekend — another feather in the cap of “The Simpsons,” or more specifically, a feather on Homer’s Dome at San Diego’s Comic-Con International. The art installation Homer’s Dome included a mural that sat next to the San Diego Convention Center, blank and awaiting thousands of willing painters. The canvas had 5,565 squares in a paint-by-numbers type of format that the organizers were trying to fill out over the course of Comic-Con. The FXX team behind the event hoped to break the Guinness World Record for the most contributions to a painting by the numbers. ———— FOR THE RECORD July 29, 9:12 a.m.: A previous version of this post contained several errors. “Homer’s Dome” is the name of the projection mapping experience and demo of the “Simpsons World” digital and online […]
July 27, 2014 | 9:45 a.m.
Seth Meyers has recruited some of his famous friends to guest star in the 10-episode second season of his Hulu original show “The Awesomes.” Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph and Will Forte are taking on roles in the show about a group of subpar superheroes attempting to replace some more venerable counterparts (loosely based on DC’s Justice League). The trio joins a group of current and former “Saturday Night Live” actors who have enjoyed turns on the series, including Taran Killam, Bill Hader, Kenan Thompson, Cecily Strong, Bobby Moynihan, Rachel Dratch and Colin Quinn, who plays a highly intelligent but racist ape. The casting news came at the “Awesomes” Comic-Con International panel Saturday, at which Meyers was joined on stage by his fellow writer/executive producer Mike Shoemaker; actor and Seth’s brother Josh Meyers; head writer Dan Mintz, who also writes for […]
July 27, 2014 | 2:39 a.m.
“Grimm” might not be the highest-profile supernatural series, but the show’s cast and creators were treated like royalty during a Ballroom 20 panel presentation at Comic-Con International on Saturday. Producers Jim Kouf and David Greenwalt, director Norberto Barba and cast members Reggie Lee, Bitsie Tulloch, Sasha Roiz, Russell Hornsby, Claire Coffee, Bree Turner, Silas Weir Mitchell and David Giuntoli were on hand to discuss the series’ fourth season, which concluded with Turner’s Rosalee and Weir Mitchell’s Monroe, two different kinds of Wesen creatures, tying the knot, and Giuntoli’s Nick Burkhardt losing his powers. At the outset, audience members were treated to a video of the show’s characters offering their congratulations, or just reactions, to Monroe’s and Rosalee’s wedding, hilariously in some cases. But most of the presentation involved a lively discussion of the series’ evolving narrative, moderated by The Times’ […]
July 26, 2014 | 9:49 p.m.
While “Arrow” and “The Flash” are busy expanding the depiction of the DC Universe over on the CW, “Constantine” is coming to NBC. And according to executive producer David S. Goyer, they “have access to the occult corner of the DC universe.” The series stars Matt Ryan as John Constantine, an exorcist who carries the guilt of what happened to a friend’s daughter when her exorcism went horribly wrong. While a very familiar DC hero mask makes a cameo appearance in the pilot episode, which screened during the show’s panel on Saturday afternoon, Goyer cautioned that the series wouldn’t become a “guest star of the week” type of series. That said, Goyer said that the series wouldn’t shy away from its comic book roots. “There are over 300 issues of ‘Hellblazer,'” Goyer said. “Some of the best writers in the […]
July 26, 2014 | 2:12 p.m.
The feeling at the Comic-Con International panel was that “Once Upon a Time” didn’t end on a cliffhanger so much as on a note of extreme anticipation: “Frozen’s” Elsa is coming. But the creators made everyone wait until the end because love was in the air. Before the panel was introduced, the crowd got to see a trailer for the forthcoming fourth season of the show, which was really a compilation of images and scenes from all the past seasons, highlighted by the introduction of Elsa from “Frozen.” We can call it season 4.5 since “Once” has recently been splitting up seasons into two distinct story lines, with last season spotlighting the villains Peter Pan and the Wicked Witch of the West. Creators Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, alongside actors Jennifer Morrison, Josh Dallas, Lana Parrilla, Emily De Ravin, Jared […]