July 25, 2014 | 3:19 p.m.

Comic-Con 2014: mtvU’s first Fandom Awards salutes ‘GOT,’ ‘Mars’

SAN DIEGO — There are plenty of Hollywood awards shows where people get gussied up in tuxedos, designer gowns and jewels on loan from Harry Winston. There are not so many, however, where attendees can be found dressed as superheroes, zombies and scary clowns. Just such an event was held Thursday night in San Diego’s Petco Park, where about 4,500 Comic-Con-goers gathered for mtvU’s first Fandom Awards. The ceremony, which will air on the college-demographic-targeted channel on Sunday night, was designed to celebrate exactly the sort of fervent, obsessive pop-culture ardor that draws droves of people to Comic-Con International every year. Other awards shows may be voted on by fans (think the People’s Choice Awards), but in this one the fans themselves were the winners. FULL COVERAGE: Comic-Con 2014 The inspiration for the Fandom Awards came out of internal research […]
Jan. 09, 2014 | 5:45 p.m.

‘The Last of Us,’ ‘Tearaway,’ ‘Gone Home’ lead prestigious GDC noms

Naughty Dog’s survival horror title “The Last of Us,” Media Molecule’s folkloric “Tearaway” and The Fullbright Company’s domestic narrative “Gone Home” lead the nominees for the 2014 Game Developers Choice Awards, with each game generating five nods across a number of categories. The industry-voted Game Developers Choice Awards, held in conjunction with the annual Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, are widely regarded as one of the industry’s most prestigious honors. This year’s ceremony will take place  March 14 at San Francisco Moscone Center. “Gone Home” is the only independently released title to compete for game of the year honors and was the first title released by the four-person Fulbright Company. The downloadable title is up against the PS3’s “The Last of Us,” Nintendo’s Wii U title “Super Mario 3D World” and cross-platform blockbusters “Grand Theft Auto V” (Rockstar Games) and […]
Jan. 16, 2013 | 2:41 p.m.

‘Halo 4,’ ‘Assassin’s Creed III’ up for WGA video game award

Master Chief and Mickey Mouse just snagged an invitation to one of Hollywood’s glitzy awards season soirees. “Assassin’s Creed III” and “Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two” joined “Halo 4,” “007 Legends” and “Uncharted: Golden Abyss,” along with “Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation,” as the nominees for outstanding achievement in video game writing at the Writers Guild Awards, which will be held Feb. 17. The award will be presented by the Writers Guild of America, West and the Writers Guild of America, East during simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York. Other award categories include writing for film, television, radio, promotional writing, graphic animation and new media. The video game writing award, in its sixth year, honors a script from a video game published between Dec. 1, 2011, and Nov. 30, 2012. The complete 2013 WGA nominations list […]
Jan. 23, 2012 | 12:49 p.m.

‘The Hobbit’: Andy Serkis says Gollum is ‘printed into my DNA’

With Academy Award nominations looming Tuesday morning, there’s been a lot of buzz about a possible supporting actor Oscar nod for Andy Serkis, the performance-capture pioneer who played the resistance fighter chimpanzee Caesar in “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.” Serkis, who helped put motion-capture technology on the map a decade ago with his portrayal of Gollum in “The Lord of the Rings” films, received a Critics’ Choice Movie Award nomination for his Caesar performance, and “Apes” co-star James Franco has been campaigning on his behalf for awards recognition. Hero Complex sat down with Serkis earlier this month in a video chat with readers to talk about “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and his other projects — including Peter Jackson’s upcoming two-part adaptation of “The Hobbit” and Steven Spielberg’s current release, “The Adventures of Tintin” — and what […]
Dec. 10, 2011 | 7:30 a.m.

Video Game Awards: Game trailers take a page from Hollywood

Though dozens of video games (and the creative minds behind them) will be honored at the Video Game Awards Saturday night, the real stars of the event will be the trailers. Spike is debuting 10 trailers for highly anticipated games at the ninth annual VGAs, among them Transformers: Fall of Cybertron (check out the Hero Complex exclusive image above), Metal Gear Solid: Rising, The Amazing Spider-Man video game and the mysterious new PlayStation 3 title, teased online as The Last of Us. Gamers have high expectations for the previews, which is not surprising considering the video game industry now rivals (and some would argue surpasses) Hollywood in artistry, pulls a fair amount of star power, and makes considerably more money than the movies. Consider this: James Cameron’s “Avatar,” the top-grossing movie of all time, earned $77 million during its opening weekend in 2009. […]
Oct. 14, 2011 | 4:09 p.m.

Scream Awards: ‘Rocky and Bullwinkle’s’ June Foray voices her joy

Hokey smoke! June Foray, who supplied the voices of Rocky the Flying Squirrel, Natasha Fatale and Nell Fenwick on the classic “The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show,” is set to receive the Comic-Con Icon Award at the 2011 Scream Awards, which will be taped Saturday evening at Universal Studios and will premiere Tuesday at 9 p.m. on Spike TV. The Scream Awards — which honor all things sci-fi, fantasy, horror and comic books — will also present special awards to the “Harry Potter” films, Robert Downey Jr., Nicolas Cage and Paul Reubens. Foray’s career has spanned radio, theatrical shorts, feature films, albums, video games, talking dolls and TV. She provided the voice of Talking Tina, who kills Telly Savalas on the “Living Doll” episode of “The Twilight Zone.”  The diminutive Foray, who is all of 4 feet 11 inches, has done animation […]
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