July 04, 2013 | 2:23 p.m.

Comic-Con 2013: ‘Ender’s Game,’ ‘Dexter,’ ‘X-Files’ on Thursday lineup

“Ender’s Game,” “Divergent,” “Dexter” and a 20th anniversary celebration of “The X-Files” with show creator Chris Carter are among the marquee draws on the schedule for the first day of San Diego’s Comic-Con International, Thursday, July 18. The pop culture expo unveiled the complete programming schedule for the first day of the annual confab, which draws some 125,000 fans from across the globe. It marks the first in a series of announcements that will roll out during the holiday weekend, though details regarding a number of the panels and presentations already had been made public. The biggest film titles on the schedule are two upcoming projects from Summit: “Divergent,” set for release next March, is the adaptation of Veronica Roth’s young adult bestseller and will be represented in the convention’s lead arena, the 6,500-seat Hall H, with a panel comprising […]
July 09, 2012 | 8:47 a.m.

Comic-Con tips: A ‘Dexter’ survival guide for killer weekend

Comic-Con International begins Thursday and more than 130,000 people are expected to attend the pop culture expo that turns downtown San Diego into a Romulan Mardi Gras — or an otherworldly ordeal for the ill-prepared. That’s why we have a strategy slogan:  What would Dexter Morgan do? That’s right, the serial killer from the Showtime series is a cut above the rest when it comes to planning out a killer weekend — and thanks to “Dexter” writer and producer Scott Reynolds (a Comic-Con veteran himself) we’ve got a Comic-Con survival guide that’s just dripping with great advice. (And it’s accompanied by some to-die-for artwork from David Mack,)  You can see the “Dexter” panel at Comic-Con on Thursday (6 p.m., Ballroom 20) and the season premiere is Sept. 30. Dexter’s Code to Surviving Comic-Con 1. Forget the Force, use deodorant: For you. For […]
June 12, 2012 | 9:00 a.m.

Saturn Awards honor Dexter’s dad, Yoda’s voice and a zombie king

Filmmaker and puppeteer Frank Oz, the voice of Yoda, Ms. Piggy and Grover, will be honored with a lifetime achievement award at the 38th annual Saturn Awards, as will actor James Remar, a genre fan-favorite whose credits include “Warriors,” “48 Hrs.” and the Showtime series “Dexter.” The July 26 ceremony in Burbank will also honor the historic run of the Fox series “The Simpsons” — which aired its 500th episode in February — with a Milestone Award while Robert Kirkman, the creator of “The Walking Dead” comic book series and executive producer of the namesake AMC television show, will be presented with Innovator Award for successfully taking the zombie infection beyond genre culture and into the mainstream. “It’s really a tremendous honor,” said Kirkman, whose comic book reaches its 100th issue in July. “Zombies deserve as much prominence as vampires and werewolves, as far as […]
July 21, 2011 | 11:17 p.m.

Comic-Con 2011: ‘Dexter’ searches for God

Dexter Morgan is not, perhaps, the sort of fellow you would imagine turning to God, but the cast and crew of the Showtime series “Dexter” promised audiences at Comic-Con International on Thursday that the show’s upcoming sixth season, which premieres Oct. 2, will see the character struggling with a “desire to define faith,” according to executive producer Sara Colleton. Colleton was just one of the series’ cast and crew to take the stage for a panel presentation for TV fans camped out in the large Ballroom 20. Also on hand were executive producer Scott Buck, cast members C.S. Lee, David Zayas and James Remar, new addition Colin Hanks, and star and executive producer Michael C. Hall, the latter of whom was careful to point out that Miami Metro’s favorite serial killer isn’t looking to repent for his own sins. Rather, he […]
July 15, 2011 | 11:04 a.m.

Emmy nominations: ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Dexter,’ ‘Walking Dead’ collect nods

They’re cheering in the Seven Kingdoms. The 63rd Primetime Emmy Award nominations are out and HBO’s “Game of Thrones” collected 13 nods, including for drama series,  supporting actor  for Peter Dinklage and writing for executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. Even the prosthetic makeup artists — for the death-by-molten-gold scene in the episode “A Golden Crown” — scored a nomination. “These nominations are great honors for the various individuals singled out, but the truth is that hundreds of people worked on ‘Game of Thrones,’ setting up lights at 5 in the morning, sewing wolf sigils on Sunday evenings, forging Valyrian steel daggers,” Benioff and Weiss said in a statement. “The crew and production staff work insane hours and their credits flash by in the blink of an eye at the end of each episode. We thank them for their […]
Nov. 21, 2010 | 10:52 a.m.

‘Dexter’ star Michael C. Hall on knives, stargazing and O.J. Simpson

Robin Sayers caught up with “Dexter” star Michael C. Hall for a Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine Q&A, here’s an excerpt… The existential, elliptical issue of nature versus nurture permeates Showtime’s groundbreaking series “Dexter“: Did environment—witnessing his mother’s murder—literally demonize the title character and foster his nocturnal mien, or was he embryonically, hereditarily bad to the developing bone? The antihero himself seems genuinely stupefied, rejecting neither innatism nor empiricism in the show’s oft VO’d phrase, Born in blood…this is fate. Or is even this mantra a weapon of obfuscation? The fact that these most fundamental, binary questions linger after four seasons is a credit to Dexter’s writing staff, but it’s Michael C. Hall who makes viewers still give a damn about the answers. Prior to this year, it was inconceivable that the actor—also beloved for his portrayal of repressed, non-prodigal […]
Aug. 30, 2010 | 11:22 a.m.

‘Lost’ Emmys go missing, but ’24,’ ‘Dexter’ and ‘The Big Bang Theory’ find theirs

First, “CSI” beat out “Stargate Universe,” “V” and “Caprica” for best special effects in a television series at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards … then “Lost” was all but shut out at the Primetime Emmys. Not a great year for shows popular with the Comic-Con crowd. There were some positive developments, though. Jim Parsons’ turn as Sheldon in “The Big Bang Theory” netted a win for best comedy actor, and “Dexter” took home two awards — one for John Lithgow as best guest actor and one for best directing. Another show joining “Lost” off-air this season was “24.” Jack Bauer’s travails scored the show two Emmys in its farewell run: best original score and best sound editing for a series. The “CSI” win was interesting because anyone watching the special-effects TV race (and who wasn’t?!) may have wondered who would […]
July 24, 2010 | 1:29 a.m.

COMIC-CON 2010: ‘Caprica’ tequila shots and a sobering Showtime panel

Moderating a big panel at Comic-Con International is a bit like big-wave surfing — flashes of stomach-wrenching terror and moments of go-with-it thrill. A few hours ago, in front of a few thousand fans in Ballroom 20, I moderated the panel on SyFy’s “Caprica.” The lineup featured four cast members and the show’s co-creator, Ronald D. Moore, and executive producer, David Eick. I don’t how it played in the audience, but from the stage it was an absolute blast — brisk, insightful, funny and candid. Eick brought a bottle of tequila onstage and he and Moore did a few shots at the start of the 11 a.m. panel. The two longtime collaborators were candid and charismatic as they talked about the show’s future (they are optimistic about a second season but it’s not a done deal yet) and analyzed the religious, ethical […]
July 07, 2010 | 11:57 p.m.

COMIC-CON 2010: ‘Dexter,’ ‘Weeds’ & ‘Californication’ stars on antihero panel

COMIC-CON 2010: JULY 24-29 Sex, drugs and murder? Sounds about right. David Duchovny of “Californication,” Mary-Louise Parker of “Weeds“ and Michael C. Hall of “Dexter“ will explore the dark side with an antihero panel at Comic-Con International 2010. The panel also features creators from those three shows and “Nurse Jackie.” Showtime just announced the panel, which will be in Ballroom 20 at the San Diego Convention Center at 4:45 p.m. on Thursday, July 22. That’s the first day of the massive pop-culture expo that takes over San Diego and now features an annual parade of film and television stars that (for better or worse) have taken the event well beyond comic books in its focus. I’m excited to say that I’m the journalist who will be moderating this “Anti-Heroes of Showtime” panel, so check back here for exclusive backstage coverage. The other members of […]
Dec. 13, 2008 | 6:00 p.m.

Visiting ‘Dexter’s’ laboratory

I’ve been a devoted fan of the Showtime series “Dexter” since Day One, but I had some misgivings about this season and its indelicate plot plans: Dexter is a father-to-be, Dexter is getting married, Dexter gets a best friend — for a show that has been so adept in its scalpel moments, I fretted that too many blunt objects were being brought down on the story arc of my favorite vigilante sociopath. So as I watched the season’s penultimate episode last week I smiled and shook my head. They did it again. The cruel complications of Dexter Morgan‘s life have played out with all the usual nuance and, like the blood splatters he studies during his day job (and creates during his night job), it all looks like art when you take a few steps back. The season finale is […]
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