Nov. 06, 2013 | 11:32 a.m.
In time for this weekend’s release of “Thor: The Dark World,” Marvel is bringing the magic of Asgard to Disneyland in a new exhibit fit for the gods. Thor: Treasures of Asgard is now open as part of the park’s Innoventions display. The exhibit features “artifacts” from Asgard, including the helmet of Loki, the swords of Heimdall and Lady Sif, the mask of a dark elf and even the book that contains the history of Yggdrisil, the world tree that unites the nine realms of Asgard. See photos of some of the artifacts in the gallery above. We assume that Thor needs his hammer Mjolnir, and other famous objects like the Casket of Ancient Winter may be too dangerous to be on display. As part of the experience, participants are told by Odin, ruler of Asgard, about the joint undertaking […]
Nov. 04, 2013 | 9:01 p.m.
Director Peter Jackson showed off nearly 20 minutes of “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” — the second installment in his planned trilogy based on the J. R. R. Tolkien novel — during a worldwide fan event Monday afternoon. After the film’s notable absence from San Diego’s Comic-Con International earlier this year, Warner Bros. is beginning to drum up hype for the sequel, which is due out Dec. 13. The event, held in satellite-linked theaters in New York, Los Angeles, London and Wellington, featured the new footage, a look at Jackson’s most recent production blog video, a preview of the upcoming film’s closing song, a peek at a new scene from this week’s “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” extended edition release and a live Q&A session with Jackson and cast members. Richard Armitage, who plays dwarf Thorin Oakenshield, and Orlando […]
Nov. 03, 2013 | 10:10 a.m.
Thor, Loki, Captain America and Iron Man cosplayers mill around the escalators in the Los Angeles Convention Center lobby on Saturday morning during Stan Lee’s Comikaze. A group of X-Men gather on the stairs, and a dozen people dressed as “Star Wars” bounty hunter Boba Fett pose together, wielding their blasters for the cameras. Thousands of sci-fi, fantasy, horror and comic book fans gathered in downtown Los Angeles this weekend for Comikaze, the homegrown pop culture expo that wraps up Sunday. The convention, now in its third year, featured panels, screenings, game tournaments, merchants and guest speakers from the genre entertainment world. Comikaze began as a passion project for Regina Carpinelli, chief executive of Comikaze Entertainment, and her siblings after ticketing complications kept them from attending San Diego’s Comic-Con International. “We were terribly bummed,” Carpinelli told Hero Complex. ”We thought, ‘There needs to be a show that […]
Oct. 25, 2013 | 2:48 p.m.
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” director Peter Jackson has announced plans to preview footage from the new film at a “global fan celebration” that will be simulcast in theaters and feature interviews with cast members including Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace and Luke Evans. The event will take place Monday, Nov. 4, with Jackson and cast members gathering at satellite-linked theaters in Los Angeles, New York, London and Wellington to screen footage from the Dec. 13 release and answer questions in front of a live audience. CNN anchor Anderson Cooper will host the event from New York, where actors Richard Armitage, who plays dwarf Thorin Oakenshield, and Bloom, who is set to reprise his “Lord of the Rings” role as Legolas Greenleaf, are set to appear. Lilly, who plays a new elf named Tauriel created for the film, […]
Oct. 14, 2013 | 7:00 a.m.
NEW YORK — At the Javits Center in Manhattan this past weekend, the Frodos and Jokers were easily outnumbered by the Heisenbergs and Khalesis. Reflecting television’s place on top of the pop-culture food chain, the lineup at New York Comic Con was dominated by the small screen, with panels about shows such as “Game of Thrones,” “Sleepy Hollow” and “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” proving a major draw among the estimated 130,000 attendees. Although it began as a more narrowly focused celebration of comic books and anime, like its behemoth West Coast rival, San Diego’s Comic Con International, NYCC is increasingly dominated by pop culture — particularly television. “I definitely have seen a really strong increase in the TV presence over the past couple of years,” said Kim Mueller, content and talent director at ReedPOP, the company that produces the 7-year-old […]
Oct. 11, 2013 | 7:58 a.m.
Iconic manga artists teamed up with an online community to take fan fiction to a new level. Throughout September, manga and anime legends Takashi Okazaki (“Afro Samurai”), Masao Maruyama (“Trigun”), Hiro Ikegami (“Space Battleship Yamato 2199″), Yoshitaka Amano (“Vampire Hunter D”), Kazuo Koike (“Lone Wolf and Cub”) and Shin-ichi Hiromoto (“Hells Angels”) teamed up with the Wikia community for a collaborative writing project dubbed the Masters of Animanga. The artists provided a jumping-off point — illustrations and character descriptions — for three stories. Wikia members then contributed to the story, one paragraph at a time. “More and more new characters appeared,” Okazaki said through a translator. ”It was unexpected and surprising how the story moved so fast.” Okazaki created characters for a story called “Red Bat” (along with producers Ikegami and Maruyama), about a world in which humans and vampires coexist, and a corporation called Red Bat sells artificially engineered blood to the vamps. Other stories created during Masters […]
Oct. 03, 2013 | 5:04 p.m.
NBC’s new supernatural duo of “Grimm” and “Dracula” doesn’t kick off until Oct. 25, but fans of both can get glimpses of what’s to come with new webisodes that delve into each show’s mythology. Fans of “Grimm” know that Dammerzustand, or zombies, are the newest danger in the Portland-set drama, with last season’s finale showing them overrunning the heroes. The undead invasion is spotlighted in “Grimm: Meltdown.” The series features refrigerator repairman Bud, an Eisbiber (rodent-like creature played by Danny Bruno) who faces off against zombies in his repair shop and has to call for help. It’s something many of the supernatural Wesen creatures are reluctant to do. For “Dracula,” the show itself may not have a following since it hasn’t premiered, but the character, played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers, is, of course, known to fans the world over, bringing […]
Sept. 26, 2013 | 1:01 p.m.
“Mortal Kombat Legacy 2,” the sequel to the popular Machinima Web series, launched Thursday with a very different take on one of the franchise’s beloved characters, Liu Kang. The formerly well-meaning monk has taken a turn toward the dark side in Kevin Tancharoen’s newly envisioned tale, and actor Brian Tee appreciates the sinister twist (to watch him in action, check out the first episode in the new season below). Hero Complex recently caught up with Tee to get his insight into the character and what it took to bring him to life. HC: When did you first get into “Mortal Kombat”? BT: I grew up playing “Mortal Kombat” as a kid. I was always a fan of the video game. Saw the movies as a kid as well. When I found that YouTube video of Kevin’s updating “Mortal Kombat,” it […]
Sept. 24, 2013 | 5:29 p.m.
“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s” Maurissa Tancharoen isn’t the only one in her family with a new creative venture premiering this week. On Thursday, her brother Kevin Tancharoen is set to debut “Mortal Kombat Legacy 2,” the sequel to the video game-inspired Web series that launched in 2011 on the Machinima YouTube channel and has had more than 70 million views. This time, though, the series will be released in its entirety rather than rolling out in episodic installments — Kevin Tancharoen noted that binge-viewing habits have changed even the way Web series creators think about launching new projects. Hero Complex caught up with Tancharoen, whose original self-made short film spawned the Web series and an upcoming feature, to talk a bit more about what to expect from the new episodes and the big-screen version he’s planning. HC: So, this time […]
Aug. 21, 2013 | 11:47 a.m.
Stan Lee brought his singing voice to the Geekie Awards. Lee, who received lifetime achievement honors at the inaugural event Sunday, serenaded the audience at Hollywood’s Avalon Hotel with an ode to geekdom. “I’m very thrilled to get this whatever the hell it is,” Lee said, accepting the trophy — a blue phaser he promptly tucked in his waistband. “I was thinking to myself, you probably want a speech…. I have written a geek hymn, and since I have a captive audience, it’s a song.” Then, to the tune of “Yankee Doodle,” Lee sang: “Let us praise those who are geeks / And pity those who aren’t. / We’re a very special clique. / All else is just abhorrent. / Only geeks know what is in – / That’s why we’re so admired. / You could hear geeks speak all […]