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April 14, 2014 | 2:09 p.m.

‘Game of Thrones’: Twitter reacts to Joffrey, Purple Wedding surprise

Talk about just desserts. Last night’s episode of “Game of Thrones,” “The Lion and the Rose,” elicited a rousing celebration from Twitter; as the tweets piled up around the #purplewedding hashtag, it was clear that the death of a key character at the wedding of King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) and Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer) produced one long, slow clap from the Internet. If you still haven’t seen the latest twist in HBO’s fantasy series, you should stop reading now. The highlights? Well, the wedding was a white-knuckled affair even before Joffrey was fatally poisoned. Indulging his own twisted ideas of entertainment, he’d brought out a troupe of dwarfs to act out the so-called Battle of the Five Armies, referencing both Ned Stark and Robb Stark’s murder to the horror of Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner). Not content with this base-level humiliation, Joffrey baited his […]
March 28, 2014 | 4:18 p.m.

Eliza Dushku: ‘The Gable 5,’ ‘Dollhouse,’ life as a ‘convention junkie’

Eliza Dushku in "Gable V." (Machinima)
Eliza Dushku, best known to fans for her Whedonverse turns as Faith in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and Echo in “Dollhouse,” is tackling another brainy, gutsy character in a topical short film that launched Thursday on Machinima called “The Gable 5.” (Fans can watch the short here, but note there is some strong language.) Directed by Kevin Tancharoen, whose credits include the “Mortal Kombat” online miniseries and the movie “Fame,” “Gable 5″ centers on a corporation that has discovered how to isolate and repress chemicals created by the brain that produce panic, fear, anxiety, temptation and rage. Dushku appears to be a test subject — she arrives onscreen (without a back story) and expertly takes on multiple armed assailants, suggesting some improved reflexes. Hero Complex recently caught up with Dushku to talk about “Gable 5,” its relationship to “Dollhouse,” her […]
March 25, 2014 | 5:15 p.m.

‘Deus Ex: Human Revolution’ live action fan-film adapts Square Enix hit

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The Square Enix hit “Deus Ex: Human Revolution” is the latest big-game title to get the live-action, fan-film treatment. Dcode Films and its founder, Moe Charif, released a twelve-minute short Tuesday on Machinima, with Charif playing the lead character Adam Jensen. In the game, Jensen is an ex-SWAT specialist who’s been handpicked to oversee the defensive needs of one of America’s most experimental biotechnology firms. After a militaristic team breaks in and kills scientists working there, Jensen, badly wounded during the attack, must be mechanically augmented to survive and pursue the culprits. The short also focuses on Jensen’s relationship with his ex-girlfriend Megan Reed (played by actress Liannet Borrego) and on a particularly ruthless female assassin, Yelena Fedorova (Shayna Nicole E’Orio). The game was favorably reviewed at the time of its release — with Joystiq saying: “Compared to Deus Ex […]
March 16, 2014 | 7:00 a.m.

Enhanced Big Thunder Mountain ride adds thrills to Disneyland favorite

Guests ride the train cars on Disneyland's Big Thunder Mountain ride. (Disney)
PERSPECTIVE My youngest son’s first roller coaster was Disneyland’s Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. He had just turned four, proudly towered an inch or so over the 40-inch minimum, and jumped on with a wide smile. He loved it – as much for the excitement of the ride itself as for the realization that he had now passed an initiation of sorts, from toddler-hood to full-blown boyhood. While he may have been among its younger passengers at the time, his joyful experience was hardly unique for the beloved Frontierland ride, which after a lengthy refurbishment officially reopens St. Patrick’s Day. A cheers (with green beer) indeed! Actually it will be green tea for my son who is now 12 and whose roller coaster palette has broadened quite a bit since he first boarded the Disney train. Much to the horror of Disney […]
March 10, 2014 | 6:30 a.m.

L.A., meet Frank Castle: Nathan Edmondson on his West Coast Punisher

"The Punisher" #2 variant cover by Jerome Opena. (Marvel)
The New York of noir fiction is known for dark alleys, shady subways and organized crime — the perfect gritty territory for Frank Castle, better known as the Punisher, Marvel Comics’ marine turned vigilante who prefers killing bad guys to turning them in. But a change of scenery is on the horizon for Castle, as writer Nathan Edmondson takes over the comic book with art by Mitch Gerads and relocates the character to sunny Los Angeles with its sand, surf and palm trees. “We’re inviting the question that perhaps L.A. for too long has ignored the cancer that’s growing in the roots of those very palm trees and behind the facades of some of the more glamorous streets,” Edmondson said. “We wanted to offer something original, fresh and exciting. Set in New York, there were a lot of expectations, a […]
March 06, 2014 | 8:42 p.m.

‘Grimm’ star Reggie Lee on fairy tales, first names and killer doughnuts

Reggie Lee as Sgt. Wu in the "Mommy Dearest" episode of "Grimm." (NBC)
As Sgt. Wu on NBC’s “Grimm,” actor Reggie Lee dutifully has helped solve some of Portland’s most bizarre and often gruesome crimes over the last few seasons of the series, and he’s done so without letting on that something serious could be amiss in the Pacific Northwest. With Friday’s episode, titled “Mommy Dearest,” Wu is about to learn some surprising truths as he’s confronted by the notion that a force from his own nightmares could be alive and terrorizing his friends. Another big moment in the upcoming episode? Fans will finally hear the sergeant’s first name. (Check out a clip from the episode above.) Hero Complex recently caught up with Lee to discuss the ways in which his Filipino heritage is referenced in “Mommy Dearest,” his character’s reaction to supernatural sights and his connection to “Grimm” fans. Be warned, though, the […]
Feb. 13, 2014 | 1:05 p.m.

Valentine’s Day gift ideas for your comics cutie or sci-fi sweetheart

If your Valentine’s idea of a perfect date includes a trip to your local comic shop, a sci-fi movie marathon or an all-night game tournament, Hero Complex’s annual Valentine’s Day gift guide has you covered. This year’s guide, introduced earlier this month, includes a wide range of geek-friendly selections from the worlds of horror, comics, science-fiction and more. If your honey would rather be in Westeros, perhaps toast your love with “Game of Thrones” sigil wine glasses. If your darling inspires visions of demigods, a bottle of Thor cologne will leave him smelling as bold and musky as the hammer-wielding hero. And if your “Star Wars”-loving sweetie gets the shivers, bundle her up in a tauntaun hoodie, complete with lightsaber zipper pull. Other selections in the Hero Complex Valentine’s Day gift guide include several sexy comic book titles, some “Doctor Who”-themed apparel, […]
Feb. 07, 2014 | 8:00 a.m.

Valentine’s Day gift guide: ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Sherlock,’ comics and more

Hero Complex Valentine's Day gift guide (featured image)
Do you and your Valentine put Clark Kent and Lois Lane to shame? Or is your greatest love a platonic one, like Sherlock and Watson or Finn and Jake? Whether your loved one is a gamer, a Whovian or a comics aficionado, the Hero Complex Valentine’s Day gift guide has you covered. Click through the gallery above and check out the list below for our selection of the best geeky Valentine’s Day gift ideas, sure to make your sci-fi-loving soul mate swoon. Under $25 “The Adventures of Apocalypse Al,” $2.99 per issue: J. Michael Straczynski’s new Joe’s Comics title follows plucky redhead Allison Carter, a resourceful private investigator tasked with saving the world from all manner of supernatural threats — zombies, imps, wizards, closet trolls and even undead ex-boyfriends, all while dispensing wisecracks with deadpan aplomb. If that winning combination […]
Jan. 28, 2014 | 4:00 p.m.

‘Caper’ trailer: Web series sends rogue superheroes on a heist

'Caper' Web series (featured image)
When being a superhero doesn’t pay the bills, a crime-fighting team turns to more roguish tactics in “Caper,” a new Web series out next month. Hero Complex readers get a first look at the trailer for “Caper” (watch it below), coming in February from Felicia Day’s multimedia company and YouTube network Geek & Sundry. “Caper” is the brainchild of writer and producer Amy Berg, known for her work on “Eureka,” “Person of Interest” and “Leverage,” and Mike Sizemore, who wrote the stage adaptation of “Howl’s Moving Castle.” The Web series centers on a group of friends whose superheroics fall short of paying the rent. The motley misfits decide to plan a heist — with some good-guy caveats, of course. Nobody is to get hurt, and only those who deserve it will be robbed. The series combines live-action and animation, using […]
Jan. 28, 2014 | 3:57 p.m.

‘Marvel Universe Live’ arena stunt show tour dates, plot revealed

'Marvel Universe Live' (featured image)
Spider-Man, Captain America, Thor, Wolverine and more Marvel superheroes are teaming up against supervillain Loki in “Marvel Universe Live,” a live-action arena stunt show set to begin touring this summer. Dates for the 85-city tour show were announced Tuesday, with the show kicking off in Tampa, Fla., in July before making its official world premiere at New York City’s Barclays Center on Aug. 13. Dates for Los Angeles performances have yet to be announced, but scheduled California stops include San Jose from March 20-22, 2015, Anaheim from March 27-29, Ontario from April 9-12 and San Diego from April 16-19. Ticket prices vary between dates and venues, but range from about $40 to over $175. PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of ‘Marvel Universe Live’ Feld Entertainment, which is producing the arena show, and Marvel Entertainment also offered a glimpse at the show’s […]
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