March 01, 2015 | 7:19 p.m.
Nilah Magruder, a storyboard and concept artist in Los Angeles, and her web comic “M.F.K.” won the first Dwayne McDuffie Diversity Award on Saturday during a celebratory panel at the Long Beach Comics Expo. “I feel like Jell-O,” Macgruder said. “I am completely overwhelmed and it’s really exciting. I never expected this because there are so many good nominees. It’s a complete honor.” The other nominated titles and creators are: “Hex11” by Lisa K. Weber and Kelly Sue Milano (HexComics), “Ms. Marvel” by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona (Marvel), “The Shadow Hero” by Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew (First Second Books) and “Shaft” by writer David F. Walker and artist Bilquis Evely (Dynamite). Magruder’s “M.F.K.” is about Abbie, who wants to get to the mountain range Potter’s Spine, scatter her mother’s ashes and then live out her life […]
Feb. 28, 2015 | 8:06 p.m.
The death of Leonard Nimoy, who played Spock on the “Star Trek” TV and movie series, touched millions of lives around the world, perhaps none more deeply than fans of science fiction and fantasy for whom Spock was a guiding light. So it was only fitting that a day after Nimoy’s death at age 83, the Long Beach Comic Expo — a two-day comic book and pop culture convention — celebrated his life and legacy with tributes both big and small. Not long after the doors opened at the Long Beach Convention Center, thousands of attendees observed a moment of silence while holding up their hands in the iconic Vulcan salute that Nimoy originated. The salute symbolized Spock’s universally known motto, “Live long and prosper.” “Obviously, when we heard it everybody was floored,” said Gabriel Fieramosco, the expo’s marketing manager […]
Feb. 28, 2015 | 9:29 a.m.
THE PLAYER “The Order: 1886” wants to be a popcorn flick as badly as it does a video game. It’s a hybrid of interactive and cinematic techniques, putting forth the thesis that someday the two media will be intertwined. The game tells old tales — the Knights of the Round Table and werewolf-like creatures make appearances — and it does so with new twists, such as transporting the medieval and the supernatural to a technologically advanced Jack the Ripper-era London. But let’s back up. Within “The Order” is a gun. This gun is special. It fires a round of bullets that leave clouds of smoke, clouds that could be ignited into gloriously bright flames. “The Order” is a lot like this gun. It takes its aim — ambitiously so — and then blows it up. Often, this story of class […]
Feb. 27, 2015 | 3:48 p.m.
The new key art for the “Game of Thrones” fifth season has arrived to help promote the upcoming fifth season of HBO’s epic fantasy. Set to premiere April 12, the new season of the wildly popular series adapted from the work of author George R.R. Martin will introduce a large roster of new characters as it continues to follow the mixed fortunes of the key houses of Westeros. The provocative image shows the looming figure of a dragon in the mist looking down over Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) aboard a ship. A recent trailer for the season showcased an interesting conversation between Tyrion and Varys (Conleth Hill), suggesting that the disgraced dwarf might help the Seven Kingdoms install the right monarch on the Iron Throne. “The Seven Kingdoms needs a ruler loved by millions with a powerful army and the […]
Feb. 27, 2015 | 11:43 a.m.
Dean Cain and Helen Slater have joined the cast of CBS’ “Supergirl” in unspecified roles. Warner Bros. Television confirmed that the stars will appear on the new show, which will focus on 24-year-old Kara Zor-El, played by “Glee” alumnus Melissa Benoist. Although it is unclear what characters Cain and Slater will bring to the screen, the news sparked widespread speculation that the duo would portray Kara’s Earth parents. Cain, of course, famously starred on the 1990s series “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman”: Slater starred in the critically panned 1984 film “Supergirl,” which also featured Faye Dunaway. Written and executive produced by “No Ordinary Family” team Greg Berlanti (“Arrow,” “The Flash”) and Ali Adler (“Chuck,” “Glee”), with Sarah Schechter (“Pan”) also executive producing, “Supergirl” will see Kara working as an assistant to media mogul Cat Grant alongside Jimmy […]
Feb. 27, 2015 | 11:37 a.m.
Leonard Nimoy, known more familiarly to fans around the world as half-Vulcan logician Mr. Spock, died at home in Bel-Air at age 83 on Friday. While former cast mates and famous fans shared their memories of the actor, director, writer and artist through social media, many just wanted one more minute with Nimoy through his most famous work on screen. Full coverage: Leonard Nimoy Here are a few of Nimoy’s career highlights, both performing and revealing the back story behind those performances. “Bonanza” episode “The Ape” (1960) This western series’ run on NBC was long, but Nimoy’s time was short. He appeared in the show’s second season as a gambler looking to avenge the murder of his call girl ladyfriend Sherry at the hands of a man described as looking like “an ape.” “The Twilight Zone” episode “A Quality of […]
Feb. 27, 2015 | 9:50 a.m.
Leonard Nimoy, who played the iconic “Star Trek” character Mr. Spock, died Friday in Bel-Air. The 83-year-old actor had end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a condition he blamed on a smoking habit he had given up 30 years ago. Nimoy will forever be inseparable from Mr. Spock, his ultra-logical half-Vulcan alter ego. But over his long and productive career, Nimoy accomplished much more both in front of and behind the camera. Here’s a look at some highlights, with accompanying photos in the gallery above. Nimoy began his acting career in the 1950s, landing his first title role in 1952’s “Kid Monk Baroni,” about a street thug turned professional boxer. The movie flopped at the box office, and Nimoy spent years in relative obscurity, with parts in films such as “Them!” (1954), “The Brain Eaters” (1958) and “The Balcony” (1963). He also appeared […]
Feb. 27, 2015 | 7:31 a.m.
More than three decades after Harrison Ford starred as android-hunter Rick Deckard in Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner,” the 72-year-old actor is set to reprise the role in a sequel. Denis Villeneuve (“Prisoners,” “Incendies”) is in negotiations to direct the film, which is scheduled to begin filming in the summer of 2016, Alcon Entertainment announced Thursday. In the 1982 sci-fi thriller, Ford played ex-L.A. cop Rick Deckard, who gets pulled out of retirement to hunt down a handful of escaped replicants (humanoids created by corporations to do unwanted off-world jobs) who hijacked a spaceship to return to Earth and murder their makers at the Tyrrell Corp. The sequel is set several decades after the original film’s conclusion and is based on an idea by Ridley Scott and “Blade Runner” co-writer Hampton Fancher; the screenplay is penned by Fancher and Michael Green (“Green […]
Feb. 26, 2015 | 2:37 p.m.
Disney has revealed a behind-the-scenes glimpse of its upcoming theme park attraction based on James Cameron’s 2009 sci-fi fantasy film “Avatar.” The addition to Disney’s Animal Kingdom park in Orlando, Fla., is a re-creation of Cameron’s mythical jungle planet Pandora, the lush home of the film’s blue Na’vi protagonists. Imagineers have been working on the project since 2011, and Disney is finally unveiling some of their creations in a video and Disney Parks blog post. The video shows a recent gathering of executives, including Cameron, at Imagineering’s offices in Glendale, Calif. In the video, Cameron inspects models and walks in Disney’s version of Pandora’s bioluminescent forest; the ground lights up with each of his footsteps. “We’re having a lot of fun dreaming up ways to bring to life the land’s iconic elements from the magnificent floating mountains to the interactive […]
Feb. 26, 2015 | 1:55 p.m.
The blind superhero Matt Murdock is front and center in new poster images for Marvel’s upcoming Netflix series, “Daredevil.” Starring Charlie Cox, the series centers on the unlikely hero who is conflicted about his choice to become a vigilante, with his quest for justice taking him to some very dark places. Murdock debuted in comics with the April 1964 cover-dated “Daredevil” No. 1, by Stan Lee and Bill Everett. As a youngster, Matt is blinded in an accident by a radioactive substance that heightens his other senses to superhuman levels. After his father, boxer Battlin’ Jack Murdock, is killed for refusing to throw a fight, the son takes up the fight for justice on two fronts: in the courtroom as an attorney, and on the streets as a vigilante. “What I love about this show is the moral gray area […]