Sept. 25, 2014 | 2:21 p.m.

‘The Strain': Kevin Durand channels his inner Viking warrior for Fet

Kevin Durand stars in "The Strain." (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
There are few things that will bond a cast of actors more closely than two consecutive weeks of filming at night in close confines during a polar vortex event in Toronto, according to actor Kevin Durand, who plays the towering exterminator Vasiliy Fet in “The Strain,” FX’s hit series adapted from the novels by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan. But the experience of shooting the eighth episode, “Creatures of the Night” — which sees the show’s ensemble of heroes fending off hordes of attacking vampires from inside a Brooklyn convenience store — didn’t just help him forge lasting connections among the actors, Durand said. It also allowed him to channel his inner action hero. “I love getting physical with characters,” Duran said in an interview earlier this year on the Toronto set of the show. “With this guy, there’s […]
Sept. 25, 2014 | 2:20 p.m.

‘Jupiter Ascending': Mila Kunis stands to inherit Earth in new trailer

Mila Kunis stars as Jupiter Jones in "Jupiter Ascending." (Warner Bros.)
A new trailer for “Jupiter Ascending” offers a glimpse of what promises to be a blockbuster sci-fi spectacle, with stars Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum simmering at its center. The film, the latest venture from Andy and Lana Wachowski’s (“The Matrix” trilogy), centers on Chicago house cleaner Jupiter Jones (Kunis), who discovers she is destined for more after she is tracked down by genetically engineered hunter-turned-protector Caine (Tatum) and learns the truth about Earth’s origins. “You’ve been taught that the birthplace of the human race is Earth,” Sean Bean’s character Stinger tells her as the trailer opens. “But it’s not.” Instead, humans can trace their roots back to “one of the most powerful dynasties in the universe,” and Jupiter’s genetic markers place her next in line to inherit Earth. Standing in her way is the villainous Balem (Eddie Redmayne), the […]
Sept. 25, 2014 | 11:18 a.m.

‘Big Hero 6’: New trailer highlights BayMax, Hiro friendship

If there’s one thing to be gleaned from the new trailer for “Big Hero 6,” Disney Animation’s first film based on a Marvel Comics property, it’s that there are few things more heart-warming than a friendship between a boy and his giant, adorable white robot. Arriving in theaters Nov. 7, the film centers on a robotics prodigy named Hiro Hamada (voiced by Ryan Potter) and his robot friend BayMax (Scott Adsit), who team up with a group of unlikely heroes to battle a super villain threatening the high-tech city San Fransokyo, a fantastical mash-up of Tokyo and San Francisco. Watch the new trailer below. Speaking to Hero Complex in June, “Big Hero 6” director Don Hall said that the absence of a detail-obsessed fan base for the lesser-known series was part of the appeal of the project, as it left […]
Sept. 25, 2014 | 5:11 a.m.

‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles': Seth Green on voicing Leonardo

Seth Green as Leonardo in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on Nickelodeon
Fans of Nickelodeon’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” are in for an otherworldly Season 2 finale on Friday, but they won’t have to wait long for more from the mean, green fighting machines. The cartoon’s third season debuts next week, with “Robot Chicken’s” Seth Green taking over the role of the Turtles’ leader, Leonardo. Friday’s two-hour finale pits the radical reptiles against a Kraang attempt to transform New York City into their own version of Dimension X. Check out an exclusive clip from the episode in the video below. After the events of the finale, the heroes in a halfshell find themselves without a master, without a home and on the run. Hero Complex readers also get a first look at Green’s performance as Leonardo in a scene from “Within the Woods,” Oct. 3’s season premiere, which sees Leo struggling with […]
Sept. 24, 2014 | 11:04 a.m.

‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.': Clark Gregg, Chloe Bennet, more talk Season 2

B.J. Britt and Clark Gregg in "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." (Kelsey McNeal/ABC)
“It’s all connected.” That was the familiar refrain Tuesday night from Marvel’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” producers and cast after the ABC series’ Season 2 premiere aired. (And, if you’ve yet to see the new episode, consider pausing here and coming back after you’ve watched. Spoilers ahead.) Those words were clearly true from the new season’s get-go, as it started with a taste of the 1940s-set upcoming series “Agent Carter,” starring Hayley Atwell, with a strange and powerful obelisk her team boxed up back then driving the quick-paced, twisting-and-turning action for Agent Coulson’s (Clark Gregg) present-day S.H.I.E.L.D. team. Season 2 picks up with S.H.I.E.L.D. still in shambles from the disastrous double-agents revelation of HYDRA and the destruction seen in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” that changed the course of the show. HYDRA is still active, there’s that obelisk, the mystery of […]
Sept. 24, 2014 | 10:00 a.m.

‘The Flash: Futures End': Venditti, Jensen discuss Wally West’s fate

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Barry Allen is in a race against himself – specifically, his future self – and Wally West’s life hangs in the balance. The time-bending story that writers Robert Venditti and Van Jensen launched when they took over “The Flash” earlier this year reaches a major turning point in “Futures End: The Flash” No. 1, out Wednesday, and the team discussed that, what’s to come and the challenges of introducing a new version of Wally for DC’s New 52 with Hero Complex in a recent phone interview. Fair warning: There are spoilers below (and in the gallery above), and if you’ve yet to read the new issue, you might want to stop reading now and come back later. Wally, originally introduced in 1959 as the white, redheaded nephew of Barry Allen’s girlfriend Iris West, was the Flash to readers from the […]
Sept. 22, 2014 | 4:34 p.m.

‘Gotham': Penguin actor Robin Lord Taylor cites Tim Burton influence

Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor), left, and Det. James Gordon (Ben McKenzie), in a scene from "Gotham."  (Jessica Miglio/Fox)
Among the many villains in the new Fox series “Gotham,” actor Robin Lord Taylor’s Oswald Cobblepot might stand out as one of the more unhinged personalities Det. James Gordon (Ben McKenzie) encounters as he finds his feet on a new beat in the corrupt city. One pointed scene in the premiere episode, which arrives Monday night, plays up Cobblepot’s rather robust enthusiasm for enhanced interrogation methods in the service of ruthless crime boss Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith). But Oswald isn’t just some deranged lunatic, the actor points out — as “Gotham” unfolds, he promises, viewers will learn more about what motivates the character, and possibly even find some ways to sympathize with him. “The MO of the show,” he said, is “taking the fantastic and making it real.” In an interview with Hero Complex late last week, Taylor, whose […]
Sept. 22, 2014 | 1:19 p.m.

Stephen King’s JFK time-travel thriller ’11/22/63′ coming to Hulu

Stephen King, left, and J.J. Abrams. (Brownie Harris/CBS; Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times)
Stephen King’s time-travel novel “11/22/63″ is being adapted for small screens. A nine-hour event series based on the thriller is coming to Hulu via J.J. Abrams’ production company Bad Robot Productions, Hulu announced Monday. Abrams, the creative mind behind the likes of “Lost” and “Fringe,” is no stranger to bizarre tales of time-travel and parallel realities, and it seems this series will be no exception. In King’s “11/22/63,” published in 2011, high school teacher Jake Epping travels back in time to prevent the assassination of President John. F. Kennedy, only to face obstacles including Lee Harvey Oswald, romance and a past resistant to change. Bridget Carpenter — whose previous credits include “The Red Road,” “Parenthood” and “Friday Night Lights” — will write the teleplay based on the novel and will executive produce along with King, Abrams (“Lost,” “Fringe”) and Bryan […]
Sept. 22, 2014 | 12:48 p.m.

‘X-Men: Apocalypse': Bryan Singer to helm next mutant sequel

Bryan Singer will direct “X-Men: Apocalypse” for Fox. Singer originally announced the project on Twitter last December; the movie will be released May 27, 2016, and will see the mutants face off against the popular titular villain of the 1990s story line “Age of Apocalypse.” “It’s another one of the great ‘X-Men’ story lines, which is cool,” franchise writer-producer Simon Kinberg said in an interview with Hero Complex earlier this year while promoting the release of this summer’s hit “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” which featured an end-credits cameo by Apocalypse, also known as En Sabah Nur. “Not all superhero movies, comic book movies, will follow story lines from the books, and one of the things we’ve been doing with the ‘X-Men’ movies recently is taking books as inspiration and following those stories,” he said. “One of the challenges of […]
Sept. 19, 2014 | 3:22 p.m.

‘Agents of S.H.I.E.LD.': Watch Lucy Lawless in season premiere [video]

Clark Gregg, Lucy Lawless and Ming-Na Wen in Marvel's "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." (Kelsey McNeal/ABC)
ABC’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” returns for its second season Tuesday, and Marvel on Friday released a new clip from the premiere episode, featuring Lucy Lawless in her new role as Isabelle Hartley, a seasoned S.H.I.E.L.D. veteran helping to rebuild the organization after its spectacular destruction — a key point in Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” that directly impacted the ongoing narrative of the show. Lawless, beloved by fans for her turns in such series as “Xena: Warrior Princess” and “Battlestar Galactica,” is one of several new actors joining the show’s ensemble in its second season. Watch the new clip below. Reed Diamond, Nick Blood, Henry Simmons and Kyle MacLachlan will each play a role in “S.H.I.E.L.D.’s” upcoming run of episodes, as will Adrianne Palicki, who will be joining the cast as Bobbi Morse, otherwise known as Mockingbird. Palicki’s previous television […]
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