April 25, 2013 | 2:16 p.m.
Pet-themed YouTube channel the Pet Collective has combined two of the Internet’s greatest distractions — cat videos and “Star Wars” — into a single undertaking. “Paw Warz,” a new weekly video series, promises to explore such burning questions as: Did Haz Alone shoot first? (That’s the cat version of Han Solo, for those not in the know). The Pet Collective also has launched a companion website that seems poised to become the Wookieepedia of “Paw Warz” knowledge, listing information on such ships as “Rex Wing Fighters” and on characters including “3Meow,” “Boop Boop Beep Boop” and “Toada,” the latter of which is a toad who lives on the planet Dogobath. Carrying on with the “Star Wars” puns, the bad guys in the “Paw Warz” universe have fallen to “The Dog Side” led by the evil “Aarf Vader.” Forget the upcoming […]
April 20, 2013 | 4:59 p.m.
Tom Cruise is expected to win the weekend at the box office with his new sci-fi outing “Oblivion,” which has garnered some notably warm reviews. The Times’ Kenneth Turan, for example, described the movie as a “throwback to the days when on-screen science fiction was about speculative ideas rather than selling toys to tots.” After an early IMAX screening of the Universal film in New York this week, Cruise and “Oblivion” director Joseph Kosinski (“Tron: Legacy”) talked about their on-set collaboration as one of the secrets to the movie’s creative success. “I don’t know how you wouldn’t collaborate with your actors,” Kosinski told Hero Complex contributor Rebecca Keegan during an interactive Q&A in which people nationwide were invited to participate via Twitter. “They are telling your story for you. It’s so important that the director and the actors are all […]
April 18, 2013 | 5:00 a.m.
In the new film “Oblivion,” Tom Cruise stars as Jack Harper, a former astronaut tasked with remaining behind on a future Earth. He collects small items — a Yankee ball cap, Led Zeppelin albums, chewing gum — that offer some telling insights. “This is a guy who’s in love with a time that exists before he was born,” said director Joseph Kosinski. “He’s on the surface and finding these trinkets. There’s certain things he finds that have a special connection but he doesn’t know why he’s attached to them. That’s part of the fun of this story.” Hero Complex hosted an early screening of the Universal film Monday night in New York and afterward, in a special interactive Q&A simulcast to nine IMAX theaters across the country, the star and the director talked about the majesty of the “stunning” Icelandic […]
April 16, 2013 | 2:51 p.m.
“The Lords of Salem,” the latest feature from writer-director Rob Zombie, just might surprise fans of the musician-filmmaker’s grittier, gorier outings, “House of 1000 Corpses” and “The Devil’s Rejects,” his two “Halloween” movies. For his fifth live-action film, Zombie adopted a strange, subtle approach to horror, replacing the extreme bloodletting of his earlier projects with a nightmarish weirdness that’s hard to shake off. Opening Friday, “The Lords of Salem” tells the story of a radio DJ (his wife, Sheri Moon Zombie) who finds herself the victim of an ancient curse, unleashed after she plays a screeching, droning song by a mysterious band known as the Lords on her show. Soon she begins to experience headaches and night-terrors that bleed into the daylight hours. Her increasingly erratic behavior causes her friends to worry that the recovering addict might have succumbed once more […]
April 16, 2013 | 12:52 p.m.
“Star Trek Into Darkness” is only a month away, but fans who can’t wait for the film to hit theaters May 17 (or May 15 in IMAX theaters) can sate their otherworldy appetites with a new trailer and new posters. Paramount Pictures released the final trailer for “Star Trek Into Darkness” today, and it boasts an epic score, plenty of action and a more desperate tone than the previously released trailers that in turn focused humorously on James T. Kirk’s brash recklessness and on John Harrison’s deadly threat. “You think you can’t make mistakes,” Bruce Greenwood’s Christopher Pike tells Capt. Kirk (Chris Pine) at the beginning of the new trailer. “But the choices you make could get yourself and everyone under your command killed. But I believe in you Jim.” What follows is a rundown of the events fans have […]
April 16, 2013 | 11:57 a.m.
“Star Trek Into Darkness” is one of the most highly anticipated movies of the coming summer season, and theater owners got a special preview of the May 17 release as CinemaCon kicked off in Las Vegas on Monday. The convention is heavy on big summer tent poles. “Man of Steel” and “Pacific Rim” were set to be previewed, along with “The Lone Ranger.” The 18 minutes of “Star Trek Into Darkness” footage included some of the 9-minute preview that screened before IMAX showings of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” late last year, as well as a scene in which the Enterprise beams out Mr. Spock from a volcano, inspiring the worship of the local Nibiru villagers, and another in which Chris Pine’s James T. Kirk strikes an uneasy alliance with villain John Harrison, played by Benedict Cumberbatch. “I think in […]
April 05, 2013 | 11:50 a.m.
Movie directors often tell their actors to act small — you’re not in a theater, and the last row in the balcony doesn’t need to hear you. British director Danny Boyle doesn’t follow that script. Only with slightly larger-than-life performances as a foundation, he says, can you start adding strange stuff on top. “Actors will often do nothing,” Boyle said last Saturday at an early screening of his art heist thriller “Trance,” hosted by Hero Complex at WonderCon in Anaheim. “It’s safer to do very, very little. You know that kind of muttering acting.” Boyle said he encourages his cast to ramp it up a bit, because that allows the filmmaker to add bizarre elements to what otherwise would be a realistic story. “You can get the surreal in — because the bed that you’re on is not absolutely bedded […]
April 05, 2013 | 11:10 a.m.
“Evil Dead” isn’t the only high-profile horror remake in the spotlight this weekend. A new trailer for “Carrie,” Kimberly Peirce’s remake of Brian De Palma’s 1976 Stephen King adaptation, has debuted, and the clip seems designed to detail the saga of the telekinetic teen who suffers physical and emotional abuse at the hands of her deranged mother for viewers who might only have a passing familiarity with the original tale. We see Carrie White, here played by Chloe Grace Moretz, in high school, an outsider the subject of a great deal of torment, and we see her at home, where her overbearing mother (Oscar-nominated actress Julianne Moore) sometimes locks her in a closet to pray for forgiveness for her sins. And of course, there’s the reveal of the narrative’s central story line — the plot by a group of popular kids […]
April 04, 2013 | 11:48 a.m.
Anybody familiar with Danny Boyle’s movies (“Trainspotting,” “Shallow Grave,” “28 Days Later,” “Slumdog Millionaire”) knows he is fond of disturbing images, and he doesn’t alter the course with his new art heist thriller “Trance.” The British filmmaker, speaking Saturday at an early screening of “Trance” hosted by Hero Complex at WonderCon in Anaheim, said he was drawn to “Trance’s” darker side largely as an antidote to his directing the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympics. Boyle shot “Trance” while he simultaneously preparing the games, then finished work on the film after staging the ceremonies. “It was wonderful to do something so different to that big celebratory, endlessly positive, family-friendly” event, Boyle said of shifting from the games to “Trance.” “To go to the dark side on the other days was really, really wonderful.” The film stars James McAvoy as […]
March 27, 2013 | 9:39 a.m.
Superman is turning 75. When Superman first leaped (not flew, mind you) onto the pages of “Action Comics” No. 1 in 1938, the Man of Steel heralded the beginning of the superhero comics genre, paving the way for Batman, Spider-Man and many more spandex-wearing crime fighters. But there is only one Superman. His super-speed, super-strength and a noble devotion to truth, justice and the American way have helped make Superman the most enduring figure in comics, inspiring several landmark portrayals in television, on stage and in film, including the upcoming “Man of Steel,” in theaters June 14. “It’s precisely because we have so many dark heroes (Batman), and fraught ones (Spider-Man), that we’re aching for a big blue Boy Scout who knows right from wrong instinctively, and never wavers from the light or is sidetracked by anxieties,” said Larry Tye, who wrote […]