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‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′: Ominous TV spot hints at Gwen Stacy’s fate

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 15:47
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Jamie Foxx, left, and Andrew Garfield in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." (Sony Pictures)

Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." (Sony Pictures)

Andrew Garfield, left, and Dane DeHaan in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." (Sony Pictures)

Jamie Foxx in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." (Sony Pictures)

Jamie Foxx as Electro in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." (Sony Pictures)

Jamie Foxx as Electro in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." (Sony Pictures)

Andrew Garfield stars as Spider-Man in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." (Sony Pictures)

Andrew Garfield, left, and Dane DeHaan in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." (Sony Pictures)

Andrew Garfield stars as Spider-Man in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." (Sony Pictures)

Paul Giamatti in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." (Sony Pictures)

Andrew Garfield stars as Spider-Man in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." (Sony Pictures)

Andrew Garfield, left, and Paul Giamatti in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." (Sony Pictures)

Andrew Garfield, left, and Dane DeHaan in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." (Sony Pictures)

Andrew Garfield stars as Spider-Man in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." (Sony Pictures)

Emma Stone in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." (Sony Pictures)

Andrew Garfield stars as Spider-Man in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." (Sony Pictures)

Jamie Foxx as Electro in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." (Sony Pictures)

Jamie Foxx as Electro in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." (Sony Pictures)

Andrew Garfield stars as Spider-Man in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." (Sony Pictures)

Andrew Garfield stars as Spider-Man in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." (Sony Pictures)

Jamie Foxx as Electro in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." (Sony Pictures)

Andrew Garfield stars as Spider-Man in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." (Sony Pictures)

“The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ director Marc Webb has suggested that Andrew Garfield’s heroic Peter Parker will be tested as never before in the upcoming Sony sequel set to open May 2.

But a new TV spot for the film sure does seem to intimate that it’s Peter’s relationship with Emma Stone’s Gwen Stacy that will be specifically affected by the events unfolding in the anticipated sequel, written by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Jeff Pinkner. Fans in the know will recognize elements from Gerry Conway’s notorious 1973 comic book storyline centering on Parker’s lady love.

Check it out below.

“The Amazing Spider-Man 2” sees Garfield’s wall-crawling hero face off against several foes, including Paul Giamatti as Aleksei Sytsevich, an Eastern Bloc criminal who becomes the Rhino, and Dane DeHaan as Oscorp heir Harry Osborn, who is poised to inherit the mantle of the Green Goblin. (Fans also will interpret the appearance of B.J. Novak as Alistair Smythe as especially meaningful — in comic book lore, the character at one point referred to himself as the Ultimate Spider-Slayer.)

But it’s Jamie Foxx’s Electro, who begins the movie as the meek Oscorp employee Max Dillon, who has the most showstopping moments, thanks to his masterful control of the power grid.

Wisconsin native Webb found his way to the world of superheroes and villains by a somewhat unlikely road — the respected indie director was previously best known for the Los Angeles-set “(500) Days of Summer,” starring Joseph-Gordon Levitt and Zooey Deschanel.

“In ‘(500) Days of Summer,’ there weren’t levitating trucks or beings made of electricity — there were, but they got cut,” he deadpanned.

His original Marvel adaptation, which rebooted the franchise that Sam Raimi successfully helmed roughly a decade earlier, turned out to be a blockbuster hit that took in upward of $262 million at the domestic box office, and also earned critical praise, thanks in part to the winning chemistry between English actor Garfield and Stone.

Sony has great expectations for the superhero franchise. The studio already has announced that the third and fourth installments in the saga are set for release on June 10, 2016, and May 4, 2018.

Additionally, the company announced plans for new movies about Spider-Man’s nemesis Venom and the collective of bad guys known as the Sinister Six via its Electro Arrives website. Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Ed Solomon will write the screenplay for “Venom,” while Drew Goddard will write, and potentially direct, “The Sinister Six,” focusing on the villains in the franchise.

Click through the gallery above for a sneak peek at “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.”

– Gina McIntyre | @LATHeroComplex

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Coachella 2014: The weekend party recap

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 15:07
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‘Game of Thrones’: Relive the Purple Wedding with these 16 photos

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 14:23
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Jack Gleeson as King Joffrey in Sunday's episode of "Game of Thrones," "The Lion and the Rose," written by George R.R. Martin. (HBO)

Natalie Dormer in Sunday's episode of "Game of Thrones," "The Lion and the Rose," written by George R.R. Martin.

Jack Gleeson as King Joffrey in "Game of Thrones." (HBO)

Natalie Dormer in Sunday's episode of "Game of Thrones," "The Lion and the Rose," written by George R.R. Martin. (HBO)

Diana Rigg and Natalie Dormer in Sunday's episode of "Game of Thrones," "The Lion and the Rose," written by George R.R. Martin. (Macall B. Polay/HBO)

Jack Gleeson as King Joffrey in Sunday's episode of "Game of Thrones," "The Lion and the Rose." (HBO)

Natalie Dormer, Jack Gleeson and Peter Dinklage in Sunday's episode of "Game of Thrones," "The Lion and the Rose." (Macall B. Polay/HBO)

Jack Gleeson as King Joffrey in "Game of Thrones." (HBO)

Natalie Dormer and Jack Gleeson in Sunday's episode of "Game of Thrones," "The Lion and the Rose," written by George R.R. Martin. (HBO)

From left, Dean-Charles Chapman, Peter Dinklage, Jack Gleeson and Sophie Turner in Sunday's episode of "Game of Thrones," "The Lion and the Rose," written by George R.R. Martin. (HBO)

Members of the Icelandic band Sigur Rós in Sunday's episode of "Game of Thrones," "The Lion and the Rose." (HBO)

Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) is accused of murdering the king in Sunday's episode of "Game of Thrones." (HBO)

Bronn (Jerome Flynn) and Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) spar in "Game of Thrones." (HBO)

Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy/Reek and Iwan Rheon as Ramsay Snow in "Game of Thrones." (HBO)

"The Lion and the Rose" director Alex Graves. (HBO)

Jack Gleeson as King Joffrey. (HBO)

In Sunday’s episode of HBO’s breakout hit fantasy series “Game of Thrones,” a major (and majorly unlikable) character died at the royal nuptials of King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) and Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer), and if you haven’t seen the episode, “The Lion and the Rose,” you might want to stop reading now.

Those who did watch the installment witnessed one of the show’s most widely despised characters meet with an untimely end.

The cruel King Joffrey was poisoned at his  own wedding feast, and by episode’s end, had died in the arms of his parents — Cersei (Lena Headey) and Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau). Cersei immediately accused their brother Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) of the crime, which puts him in a quite precarious position.

Murdering your nephew, the King, isn’t an action that’s likely to go unpunished — regardless of guilt or innocence.

In a recent telephone interview with Hero Complex, “Game of Thrones” showrunner D.B. Weiss described the Purple Wedding as a “devastating, powerful” event to read on the page. He said that he and his creative partner David Benioff looked back to one of the greatest films ever made as a source of inspiration when adapting one of the most memorable scenes from “A Storm of Swords,” the third book in George R.R. Martin’s bestselling “A Song of Ice and Fire” book series on which “Game of Thrones” is based.

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“One of the things about the Purple Wedding, aside from the punch of the ending, one of the things that we realized as we were putting it together was that this was probably one of the largest number of main characters we would ever have together in one scene, in one space at the same time,” Weiss said. “One of the things that was most fun in the writing of it was letting us go back and watch ‘The Godfather’ again and see how to best handle an event like that where many story lines are crisscrossing and happening simultaneously in the same space.

“Most shows get to have those character reunions pretty frequently and in our show it’s a pretty rare special event to have these story lines come together. It happens not even once a season to be honest.”

Click through the image gallery above for a more in-depth look at “The Lion and The Rose,” which was penned by Martin himself.

— Gina McIntyre | @LATHeroComplex

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‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ TV spot reveals glimpse of Splinter

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 13:47
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Raphael wields a pair of sai. The character shows off one of the razor-sharp weapons in a movie poster for "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles." (Paramount Pictures)

Leonardo clutches one of his two trademark katanas. The character shows his weapon in a movie poster for "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles." (Paramount Pictures)

Michelangelo sports a pair of nunchakus. The character shows off his weapon in a movie poster for "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles." (Paramount Pictures)

Donatello carries a bo staff. The character shows off his weapon in a movie poster for "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles." (Paramount Pictures)

Megan Fox as April O'Neil in a scene from "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles." (Paramount Pictures)

“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” fans got a look at some new scenes from the upcoming summer film during Sunday’s MTV Movie Awards. The latest TV spot offers a first look at the turtles’ trainer, Master Splinter.

The teaser opens with an action montage with several scenes already featured in last month’s trailer, an action-packed preview that showed the heroes in a half shell facing off against baddies in the subway and body surfing down a snowy mountain. The TV spot (watch it below) also revealed several new scenes, including Raphael punching out a hooded thug, Donatello (Jeremy Howard) wearing one of his trademark inventions and one of the turtles launching off a cliff on some sort of rocket-propelled skateboard.

Meanwhile, a voiceover narrates: “You live, you die, you fight as brothers. Remember, nothing is as strong as family.”

The new clip also features a first look at Master Splinter (Danny Woodburn), the man-sized rat who trains the mean, green fighting machines in the sewers of New York.

The movie mutants appear to take after the gritty characters from the original comics, created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird in the early 1980s, instead of their goofier counterparts, made famous in the animated TV series that ran from 1987 to 1996.

“Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians,” the film’s official description reads. “The future is grim until four unlikely outcast brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”

The turtles find allies in intrepid reporter April O’Neil (Megan Fox) and her cameraman Vernon Fenwick (Will Arnett), though both characters appear to depart from previous incarnations. In the comics, cartoons and movies, April has been portrayed as a computer programmer, a reporter, a ninja warrior, a scientist and even an archaeologist. In the film, it seems that Fox’s version totes a smartphone instead of a news camera and wears a yellow jacket instead of her trademark jumpsuit. And Fenwick, who has been portrayed as April’s sniveling rival, appears to be her friend in the film.

The movie, directed by Jonathan Liebesman and produced by Michael Bay, also stars William Fichtner (rumored to play Shredder), Noel Fisher (Michelangelo), Whoopi Goldberg, Abby Elliott and others.

“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” is due in theaters Aug. 8.

– Noelene Clark | @NoeleneClark | Google+

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