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 […]
Aug. 02, 2013 | 2:24 p.m.
PERSPECTIVE As I dragged myself through the Walking Dead Escape — a zombie obstacle course staged during Comic-Con International in San Diego — a line from “Zombieland” played over and over in my mind. “Rule No. 1 for surviving Zombieland? Cardio,” Jesse Eisenberg’s character explains at the beginning of the 2009 comedy. Cardio, indeed, I thought as I jogged up four flights of stairs in Petco Park. As part of a Hero Complex promotion, I had agreed to run the course, based on Robert Kirkman’s “The Walking Dead” comic series, which later spawned the hit AMC show. Our marketing department had secured a dozen spots in the zombie run, and 10 of our readers were lucky enough to win entry. Places 11 and 12 were reserved for me and my colleague Patrick Day, who ran with a video camera strapped […]
July 23, 2013 | 10:55 a.m.
Fans of Syfy’s “Haven” embraced the cast and writers of the show figuratively and literally in Friday’s Comic-Con International panel, with a majority of those who posed questions to the panelists receiving hugs. It’s not a new thing at a convention for a person asking questions to request a hug from a panelist, but it usually stops after the first few. Not the case here. Adam Copeland (aka WWE wrestler Edge), who plays the bullet-attracting Dwight on the show, received hugs from two extremes: A couple of kids who really loved Edge, and a pretty big guy who wanted to give him a bear hug. In the video above, “Haven’s” fix-it man gives us his take on the hugfest. Copeland was joined on the panel by most of the cast, including stars Emily Rose, Eric Balfour, Lucas Bryant and newcomer […]
July 21, 2013 | 3:54 p.m.
It was World War San Diego as the undead rose up against the living, again, on Saturday and zombies walked the Gaslamp District of Earth during the seventh annual Zombie Walk at Comic-Con International. The well-attended event displayed more than 500 ably animated dead bodies mingling with the living while drinking and possibly discussing comics and brain recipes. Sometimes a photo does say it all, so click on the gallery above and enjoy the carnage. [FOR THE RECORD: An image in the gallery identified a zombie as Roger Stephens. It is Maryann Cummings.] – Jevon Phillips and Kirk McKoy FULL COVERAGE: San Diego Comic-Con 2013 Follow us on Twitter: @LATHeroComplex RECENT AND RELATED Superman & Batman will unite on film Entire ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ cast greets Hall H Sandra Bullock, Tom Cruise talk ‘Gravity,’ ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ Joss […]
July 21, 2013 | 7:20 a.m.
Clad cowl- to-boot in her handmade black and purple Batgirl suit, Briana Roecks arrives in the Gaslamp Quarter and pauses to adjust her boyfriend’s Robin cape. Instantly, the couple is surrounded by Comic-Con International attendees wielding camera phones. Roecks, 27, and her sidekick, 30-year-old Adam Earnhart, shift seamlessly from pose to pose as the cameras snap. Soon a Yahoo producer snags them for a quick interview. Afterward, a group of fellow Batman fans dressed as the characters from “The Dark Knight Rises” join them for a round of impromptu photos. A man approaches Roecks and plops his baby in her arms for a picture. More videos. More pictures. More poses. In half an hour, the couple has moved only 50 feet. “When you cosplay, you’re not a nobody,” said Roecks, who works in Hollywood as a visual effects assistant. “You’re […]
July 19, 2013 | 2:45 p.m.
Spandex-wearing superheroes, helmeted space troopers, sword-wielding warriors and plodding robots have once again descended on San Diego for Comic-Con International, where scores of fanboys and fangirls can always be counted on to show off their creative cosplay. The pageantry includes faithful re-creations of major and minor characters from comics, TV shows and movies, as well as personalized interpretations that are alternately humorous, sexed-up or just plain idiosyncratic. Comic-Con spokesman David Glanzer likened cosplay to Halloween for grown-ups and told Hero Complex, “One of the cool things, certainly about Comic-Con anyway, is when you wear a costume, you get to be that character.” FULL COVERAGE: San Diego Comic-Con 2013 Another cool thing about Comic-Con: No reference is too obscure. “You may wear a costume that nobody else knows what it is, or you don’t think they do,” Glanzer said, “but at […]
July 18, 2013 | 4:48 p.m.
This post has been updated. See below for details. A woman hung from the 14th-floor balcony of a condominium building called the Mark in downtown San Diego on Thursday afternoon in an apparent suicide attempt that onlookers first thought was a stunt to promote a movie during Comic-Con. San Diego police took the woman into custody after she was removed from the balcony in a harness by workers setting up a zip line at the “Kick-Ass 2″ party across the street who were admitted to building by a representative of the homeowner’s association, according to the woman’s downstairs neighbor, Michael Mora. Police declined to release her name. Some of the crowds beneath the building on 8th Avenue, in the city’s busy Gaslamp District, initially thought they might be watching a bit of a guerrilla marketing campaign for a movie. The condo […]
July 05, 2013 | 2:29 p.m.
Princesses, warriors, robots and all manner of fantastical creatures poured through the doors of the Los Angeles Convention Center Friday morning for the second day of the 22nd annual Anime Expo, a celebration of Japanese cartoons and comic books that includes gaming, comics, concerts, fashion shows, lectures and more. More than 50,000 people are expected to turn up for the weekend event — most of them dressed as a favorite character or in trendy Japanese fashions, and ready to pose for photographers. High school senior Allison Martin was the subject of a number of shots Friday — clad as Princess Euphemia from “Code Geass,” she wore a long, elegantly styled pink wig and a white ball gown. “It’s sort of like I really hope no one from my school sees me here,” said Martin with a nervous laugh. “I don’t […]