March 10, 2014 | 11:32 a.m.

Marvel kicks off 75th anniversary celebration with teaser video

Marvel 7th anniversary video (featured image)
It’s an auspicious year for the Avengers, the X-Men, Spider-Man and more as Marvel Entertainment celebrates the 75th anniversary of the comic book that launched the Marvel Universe. “Marvel Comics” No. 1, released in 1939, marked the beginning of what has become one of the most successful brands in comics, film, television and toys. That issue, edited by Timely Publications’ Martin Goodman, debuted the Human Torch and the Angel, as well as featuring Namor the Sub-Mariner, Ka-Zar the Great, the Masked Raider and more. The comic was a smash hit, selling out and prompting a second printing. The success led to the beginning of Marvel Comics as we know it. To kick off its yearlong anniversary celebration, Marvel has released a trailer, narrated by the publisher’s editor in chief, Axel Alonso. The trailer (watch it above) teases, the website […]
Dec. 14, 2013 | 10:00 a.m.

‘Doctor Who’: Matt Smith’s pals croon a repurposed ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’

'Doctor Who' Regeneration Carol parody (featured image)
The 11th Doctor’s companions try to persuade “Doctor Who” star Matt Smith to stay just a little longer in a new take on Frank Loesser’s classic winter carol, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” The “Regeneration Carol” fan video, from comedy and musical troupe Not Literally, features Smith look-alike Matt Elliott as the Time Lord while actresses dressed as Amy Pond, Clara Oswald and River Song serenade him, begging him not to regenerate. “It’s time to run and remember,” croons Clara. “How bittersweet this December,” the Doctor responds. “You’ll be the same Doctor inside,” River reassures him. “Maybe I’ll be ginger this time,” he says, perking up. The real-life Smith is wrapping up his time on the TARDIS, ending his “Doctor Who” tenure with this year’s Christmas special, “The Time of the Doctor.” PHOTOS: ‘Doctor Who’ star Matt Smith Scottish actor Peter Capaldi, best […]
Dec. 02, 2013 | 3:17 p.m.

‘The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug’ premiere: Watch red carpet live at 6 p.m.

Martin Freeman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Orlando Bloom and more stars of “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” are expected to walk the red carpet this evening at the film’s Los Angeles premiere. Can’t be at the Dolby Theater tonight? Tune in to the live video stream here on Hero Complex, beginning at 6 p.m. PST. “The Desolation of Smaug,” due in theaters Dec. 13, is the second installment of director Peter Jackson’s planned trilogy based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien. The movie sees Bilbo Baggins (Freeman) continue along on his journey to assist the company of dwarfs led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) reclaim their lands and the treasure now hoarded by the dragon Smaug (Cumberbatch). Along the way they encounter a host of new friends and foes — including the valiant Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly), the first character wholly invented […]
Nov. 04, 2013 | 12:18 p.m.

‘Doctor Who’ Blu-ray exclusive clip: Behind the scenes with Smith

"Doctor Who: The Complete Series 1-7" limited edition Blu-ray gift set. (BBC Home Entertainment)
A new “Doctor Who” Blu-ray set including all seven seasons of the rebooted series hits shelves Tuesday, featuring seasons 1 through 4 in high definition for the first time. Those seasons, featuring ninth Doctor Christopher Eccleston (“Thor: The Dark World”) and 10th Doctor David Tennant (“Broadchurch”), have been remastered at 1080p; later seasons, featuring 11th Doctor Matt Smith, were created in high definition. Hero Complex readers get an exclusive first look at a clip from the collection’s 120 minutes of new bonus features. GRAPHIC: Meet the 11 Doctors In the video (watch it below), Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Steven Moffat and other “Doctor Who” notables offer a behind-the-scenes look at the “Doctor Who at the Proms.” The Blu-ray set includes the full 90-minute concert, hosted by Gillan (Amy Pond) and Arthur Darvill (Rory Williams) and performed by the London Philharmonic […]
Nov. 04, 2013 | 9:22 a.m.

‘Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug’ fan celebration: Watch it live at 2 p.m.

J.R.R. Tolkien fans who can’t attend today’s global celebration for “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” can watch the satellite transmission right here on Hero Complex, using the live stream video below. The event is set for 2 p.m. PST, with director Peter Jackson and several cast members gathering at satellite-linked theaters in Los Angeles, New York, London and Wellington, New Zealand, to screen scenes from the Dec. 13 release and answer questions in front of a live audience. Audiences in Brussels, Madrid, Mexico City, Miami, Paris, Rome, Toronto, Hamburg, Germany; and Sydney, Australia will be able to buy tickets to watch the scenes and interviews live in theaters, and the event also will be streamed live online, in the video below, though with an edited version of the scenes from the film. CNN anchor Anderson Cooper will host the […]
Oct. 17, 2013 | 3:55 p.m.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’: Video of Vin Diesel on stilts fuels Groot buzz

Vin Diesel walks around on stilts and talks about “Guardians of the Galaxy” in a new video released on his Facebook page. In the video, filmed on the set of “Fast & Furious 7,” the actor pontificates on Groot — the sentient tree he says he will be playing in the upcoming Marvel film. The actor posted a picture of the character on his Facebook page and openly discussed the role with Hero Complex back in August, but Marvel has not confirmed Diesel’s casting, leading some to question whether Vin Diesel is pranking his fans. Adding to the mystery is a tweet from “Guardians” director James Gunn, indicating that shooting had wrapped for the film. And after our last shot with @DaveBautista that’s a full wrap on #GotG! It’s been a long strange wonderful trip!— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) October 12, 2013 […]
Oct. 16, 2013 | 12:29 p.m.

Superman: Zack Snyder video explores 75 years of the Man of Steel

Superman 75th Anniversary Animated Short (featured image)
Superman turns 75 this year, and the anniversary celebrations continue with a new animated video from “Man of Steel” director Zack Snyder and DC animation giant Bruce Timm. The two-minute video, unveiled during New York Comic Con this weekend, looks at Superman’s evolution since his comic book debut in the June issue of “Action Comics,” published April 18, 1938. The video opens on that iconic comic book before the character bursts from the cover and soars through his history. The animated short goes on to reference the Fleischer Studios cartoons, George Reeves, Andy Warhol, “Super Friends,” Christopher Reeve, a Superman Atari game, “The Death of Superman,” the New 52, “Man of Steel” and dozens of other moments from Supes’ prolific past. DC published a second-by-second list of all the video’s references online. Fans of Superman’s big-screen appearances will recognize the […]
Aug. 17, 2013 | 6:00 a.m.

‘Skyrim’ fan film follows Machinima’s ‘Mortal Kombat,’ ‘Halo’ hits

“The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim,” the fifth game in Bethesda Game Studios’ Elder Scrolls series, is the latest release to receive the fan film treatment on the gaming and media streaming website Machinima. The live-action short “Skyrim: Into the Void” was created by Machinima partner Warialasky, who also created films based on the games “Goldeneye” and “Splinter Cell.” It follows the noble dragonborn hero Dovahkiin,  who saves the world from destruction only to be cursed by a vampire in the process. Hero Complex spoke to Warialasky partner Landon Sperry about  “death eater technology,” working with Machinima and fan reaction to changes from the original text. HC: Before doing the movie, what was your Skyrim experience? LS: Originally, I played the game a couple of months after it launched. People were saying “It’s like ‘Lord of the Rings!’ It’s the coolest […]
July 19, 2013 | 8:00 p.m.

Comic-Con: Modest ‘Europa Report’ gets San Diego’s biggest stage

SAN DIEGO — On the first day of Comic-Con, producer Ben Browning was dozing in the lobby of the Wyndham San Diego Bayside Hotel, exhausted after an early morning drive from Los Angeles to promote his independent science fiction film “Europa Report.” Browning was waiting to make a presentation in the San Diego Convention Center’s largest and most infamous room, Hall H, which holds more than 6,000 people and hosts the event’s biggest names — casts of movies and TV shows with cult-like followings, such as “The Hunger Games,” “Captain America” and “The Walking Dead.” Alpha fans camp out overnight for the chance to see stars and advance footage on the cavernous hall’s jumbo screens, and the fans’ penchant for sharing reactions via social media has made the space a temple of pop culture marketing and snark. FULL COVERAGE: San […]
June 10, 2013 | 4:12 p.m.

Watch Sony’s 2013 E3 PlayStation 4 press conference live at 6 p.m.

Gamers can get a first look at the upcoming PlayStation 4 video game console during Sony’s media briefing this evening at 6 p.m. PDT. Sony is also expected to discuss the future of the PlayStation 3 and the PS Vita handheld console at the event, which comes before the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3, the largest video game trade show in the world. Hero Complex readers can watch the media event, streamed live from the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, in the video above. Although E3′s doors at the Los Angeles Convention Center won’t open until early Tuesday, heavy hitters such as Microsoft, Sony, Electronic Arts and Ubisoft were holding arena-sized conferences Monday to get ahead of – and control — the media cycle. FULL COVERAGE: E3 2013 For Sony, the stakes are high after the company avoided showing […]
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