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June 11, 2014 | 5:00 a.m.

‘How to Train Your Dragon 2′: America Ferrera wants Astrid as chief

“How to Train Your Dragon 2″ doesn’t hit theaters until Friday, but the stars of the film are already preparing for a third chapter. Jay Baruchel, who voices Hiccup, the outcast Viking who befriends a dragon named Toothless in the first installment of the franchise, said he is looking forward to continue his character’s journey into manhood. “I hope Hiccup continues on his trajectory to virility,” Baruchel joked. Taking place at the TCL Chinese 6 Theaters, the  screening of “How to Train Your Dragon 2″ kicked off Day 2 of the Hero Complex Film Festival on May 31. Programming also included a screening of “Gremlins” and a conversation with director Joe Dante, as well as an appearance from James Cameron, who spoke about his storied career and writing process between screenings of “Terminator” and “Terminator 2.” At the “How to […]
June 10, 2014 | 3:17 p.m.

Sigourney Weaver: Will ‘Avatar’ sequels pave way for new ‘Alien’ film?

Could Sigourney Weaver be preparing to revisit one of her most iconic characters? The answer appears to be yes. News broke this week that the actress would return to the world of Pandora for James Cameron’s upcoming sequels to “Avatar,” but speaking at the Hero Complex Film Festival earlier this month, Weaver also pointed out her willingness to play Ellen Ripley, the heroine at the heart of the “Alien” franchise, one final time. “I do feel that there’s more story to tell,” Weaver said. Weaver’s appearance capped off the fifth annual Hero Complex Film Festival at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood. The actress took the stage for an in-depth Q&A between screenings of Ridley Scott’s landmark 1979 science fiction film “Alien” and Cameron’s 1986 sequel “Aliens.” (Cameron was a guest of honor at the festival on Saturday, on […]
June 10, 2014 | 1:16 p.m.

‘Battlestar Galactica': Moore, McDonnell talk sci-fi gender equality

When “Battlestar Galactica” creator Ronald D. Moore first considered rebooting the late-1970s franchise, he was intrigued by the idea of upending the dynamic between pilots Apollo and Starbuck — so he opted to cast Katee Sackhoff  as rogue fighter pilot Kara “Starbuck” Thrace. Switching up the character’s gender proved to be a controversial move at the outset, but at a recent appearance at the Hero Complex Film Festival, Moore said the decision spoke volumes about the world he wanted to create. “It became something that was a hallmark of the show that this society in this world, they have a different history than we did — [gender inequality] is not part of their history,” Moore said. “It’s not really part of their cultural conversation.” The fifth annual Hero Complex Film Festival, which took place at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres in […]
June 10, 2014 | 12:14 p.m.

‘How to Train Your Dragon 2′: Jay Baruchel finds joy in voicing Hiccup

For the stars of “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” which opens in theaters Friday, the potential challenges of voice acting aren’t necessarily a problem. In fact, Jay Baruchel, who voices Hiccup, the outcast Viking who befriends a dragon named Toothless, said he found comfort in working solo. “For whatever reason, it agrees with me,” the actor said recently, speaking at the fifth annual Hero Complex Film Festival. “There’s something really nice about only having your voice and making it really pure and concentrated and kind of distilling whatever the beat that you’re meant to be doing just through your voice. I adore it.” Taking place at the TCL Chinese 6 Theaters, the screening of “How to Train Your Dragon 2″ kicked off Day 2 of the Hero Complex Film Festival on May 31. Programming also included a screening of […]
June 09, 2014 | 10:00 a.m.

‘How to Train Your Dragon 2′ director talks recruiting Cate Blanchett

In “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” the young Viking Hiccup is reunited with an important figure from his past — Valka, a character voiced by Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett. “I had her in mind when I wrote the character,” said writer-director Dean DeBlois. “I needed to channel a woman who would be both rich in that she’s really commanding and has a really authoritative presence but also has a lot of stinging regret, so there’s a vulnerability to her as well.” Speaking as a special guest at the fifth annual Hero Complex Film Festival on May 31, DeBlois was joined on stage for a Q&A about the new animated sequel by stars Jay Baruchel and America Ferrera, who voice Hiccup and his feisty confidante Astrid, respectively, following an early screening of the film at the TCL Chinese 6 Theaters. The […]
June 06, 2014 | 1:09 p.m.

‘Battlestar Galactica': Ronald D. Moore on its political edge [video]

“Battlestar Galactica” executive producer Ronald D. Moore said that the political realities of a post-9/11 world were very much at the forefront for him when shaping the series. “It was extremely important to me that the show was relevant to our time, that it was commenting on our time, that it was asking hard questions about it, and that it was asking the audience to sort of challenge your ideas about peace and freedom and security and liberty,” said Moore, speaking at the fifth annual Hero Complex Film Festival. “The show was going to be something dealing with the pulse of what we were going through as a nation,” he said. Taking place at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres, the Hero Complex Film Festival kicked off a weekend of programming with a free fan event on May 30 celebrating “Battlestar […]
June 03, 2014 | 2:34 p.m.

‘Battlestar Galactica’ cast, creator on series’ singular beauty [video]

“Battlestar Galactica” creator Ronald D. Moore said he knew almost instantly that his reboot of the late-1970s sci-fi franchise was blossoming into something unique and memorable. Speaking at the fifth annual Hero Complex Film Festival over the weekend, Moore described watching the first footage from shooting, and knowing then that he and the cast of the show were on the cusp of crafting something important. “I put in the tapes, and it took my breath away,” Moore said last week. “It was so much better than the script… I remember at that moment literally feeling like … ‘Look how beautiful this is.'” Taking place at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres, the Hero Complex Film Festival kicked off a weekend of programming with a free fan event celebrating “Battlestar Galactica,” which also featured a free screening of the 2003 “Battlestar Galactica” miniseries. […]
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 Marvel.com/75, 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 […]
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