July 20, 2013 | 4:06 p.m.

Comic-Con: The new (‘Wonderland’) and familiar of ‘Once Upon a Time’ make a splash

In back-to-back panels, “Once Upon a Time” and its spinoff “Once Upon a Time: Wonderland” filled the Ballroom 20 venue at Comic-Con International with a mix of attendees that included the curious and the devoted. In “Wonderland,” the crowd got to see the first 19 minutes of the show, which established that our new Alice is actually being held in a mental institution for spouting off crazy tales of smoking caterpillars, talking bunnies and edible things that make you shrink or grow. Though beaten down by the system, this Alice is no shrinking violet. At the first mention that her true love, the genie Cyrus, is alive, Alice goes into serious action a la Gina Carano as the Knave of Hearts just stands by. He and Alice don’t want to go back to Wonderland for varying reasons. The panel consisted […]
July 01, 2010 | 6:13 p.m.

Anime Expo 2010: A guide to the action

Since its inception at the San Jose Red Lion Hotel in 1992, the Anime Expo has grown bigger each year.  The celebration of Japanese anime and manga now claims the Los Angeles Convention Center as its home, and this year will expand into L.A. Live’s Nokia Theatre, Club Nokia and Nokia Plaza. Here are some highlights from the biggest anime convention in the United States, which runs Thursday through Sunday.  AKB48 takes the stage at 4 p.m. Thursday at the Nokia Theatre. The group has what Japanese refer to as “idol” status, meaning it features attractive young women who regularly dazzle the public eye.  The 48-member band sings J-pop, wears identical outfits and looks irresistibly cute.  The Anime Music Video Contest showcases the work of individuals putting anime clips to their favorite songs Thursday at 8:30 p.m. at Nokia Theatre. For […]
June 30, 2010 | 4:03 a.m.

Anime Expo will animate downtown L.A. this weekend

Here’s a longer version of Wednesday’s Los Angeles Times story on Anime Expo 2010 as well as a promotional video for the event that starts Thursday …  On Thursday, Nicki Ousley will don a Victorian-style blue dress with white lace and wield a fierce saber. Kate Hopp and 11 friends will dress up as residents of feudal Japan, wearing kimonos, peasant pants and straw hats accessorized with samurai swords and plastic snakes. Jayson Nufable will tie a bandanna over the mullet hairstyle he’s grown and cover his body in futuristic head-to-toe armor. Their clothes will be unusual, but Ousley, Hopp and Nufable won’t look out of place. They’re headed to the 2010 Anime Expo, which hits downtown Los Angeles Thursday through Sunday, offering the chance for anime and manga fans to revel in a celebration of Japanese pop culture. Expecting to […]
April 20, 2010 | 1:51 a.m.

‘Resident Evil: Afterlife’ director: The new 3-D is ‘like the introduction of color photography’

FIVE QUESTIONS: PAUL W.S. ANDERSON Director Paul W.S. Anderson is entering the 3-D fray when his next film, “Resident Evil: Afterlife,” hits screens September 10. He’s a champion of the technology, and many of his movies, including the “Resident Evil” films, “Event Horizon,” and “Mortal Kombat” are the kinds of films that draw viewers into a immersive world — which seems to be the ultimate goal of 3-D. The tech-savvy director is one of the featured keynote speakers at the 3D Gaming Summit, to be held in Los Angeles on Wednesday and Thursday, and allowed Hero Complex contributor Jevon Phillips a few minutes to chat. JP: Is 3-D TV the next phase or the next plateau for entertainment? PA: Absolutely. I’m cutting a movie in 3-D at the moment — we shot the new “Resident Evil: Afterlife” in 3-D — so I’m in my cutting room […]
April 06, 2010 | 4:17 p.m.

Cannes or cons? WonderCon and Hollywood’s new conventional thinking [updated]

This is a longer version of my cover story in today’s edition of the Los Angeles Times Calendar section. I flew up to the Bay Area to moderate some panels at WonderCon and between the time at the microphone I jotted down notes and wrote up this piece. It’s been updated with this intro, another photo and video.   If there is anyone in Hollywood who shouldn’t be startled by loud noises, it’s Jerry Bruckheimer. Still, on Saturday, the producer behind thundering movies such as “Armageddon,” “The Rock” and the “Pirates of the Caribbean” series looked positively startled by the crowd roar that greeted him at the Moscone Center during the event called WonderCon. After struggling to find his properly assigned seat on stage, Bruckheimer surveyed the 4,500 fans and blinked into the flares and flashes of hundreds of snapping cameras. “This […]
March 21, 2010 | 12:02 a.m.

Comic-Con flirts with Anaheim and Los Angeles

Los Angeles Times business writer Hugo Martin has the latest on Comic-Con International and its future… Call it a clash of the titans. San Diego has been home to the wildly successful comic book and pop culture convention For good reason: They want the crowds. Every summer, the convention draws about 125,000 attendees, who spend about $60 million on hotels, meals, transportation and other expenses during the gathering. This year’s event will be held July 22-25. Tickets for three of the four days are already sold out. The efforts to entice Comic-Con to leave San Diego are the latest example of an ongoing rivalry between Los Angeles and Anaheim to snag the nation’s biggest and most profitable conventions and trade shows. Each of the cities has its own strengths. Los Angeles can emphasize its proximity to the Hollywood studios behind […]
Oct. 29, 2009 | 9:13 p.m.

Listen in on sound masters at the Academy’s ‘Horrorshow’

Continuing our countdown to Halloween is another Susan King special touting what will be a cool look by many of the creators of audible terror at some of film’s greatest scary tales — from 1925’s “The Phantom of the Opera” to “Poltergeist” and “The Thing.” Just spotlighting another event for fear-seeking fanboys and followers of classic Hollywood alike. — Jevon Phillips The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences explores the things that go boo  tonight at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater. But don’t expect any scholarly examination of the use of sound in horror films at “The Sound Behind the Image III: Real Horrorshow!” “I think what it really amounts to is a … horror movie night in the doors with friends, pizza and some horror movies,” says the program host, veteran sound editor David E. Stone, who won an Oscar […]
Sept. 04, 2009 | 11:00 p.m.

Getting a superhero education in Oregon

The University of Oregon may have lost its controversial first game of the 2009 season on the blue monster to Boise State, but they will be concentrating on a different type of monster soon — the superhero culture — as the school plays host to “Understanding Superheroes,” a two-day conference on Oct. 23-24 that will discuss the world of superheroes. The conference will be held alongside the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art’s fall exhibition “Faster than a Speeding Bullet: The Art of a Superhero” and is free to attend, but you have to register in advance. Guests will include keynote speakers Danny Fingeroth, Charles Hatfield and Henry Jenkins, while comics creators Kurt Busiek (“Astro City”), Greg Rucka (“Gotham Central,” “Whiteout,” “Queen & Country”); and Gail Simone (“Deadpool,” “Birds of Prey,” “Welcome to Tranquility”  and “Wonder Woman”) chime in with an interesting panel about writing the […]
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