Emily Rome

Jan. 10, 2013 | 2:10 p.m.

‘Fringe’: J.H. Wyman, Lance Reddick on ‘emotional’ series finale

From left, Lance Reddick and J.H. Wyman.
It’s a sad moment for fans of “Fringe” — the series created by J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci will draw to a close in a little more than a week from now, with the show’s two-hour finale set to air Jan. 18. Ahead of the concluding episode, the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills hosted a tribute Wednesday celebrating the paranormal Fox procedural, treating fans to an early screening of Friday’s episode and a Q&A with show runner J.H. Wyman and actor Lance Reddick, the actor who plays Agent Phillip Broyles. “Fringe” won a following for the way it was able to channel the best aspects of science-fiction, specifically the genre’s unique ability to explore universal questions by relocating characters to a fantastic setting. In its final season, the central ensemble of Dr. Walter Bishop (John Noble) and […]
May 02, 2012 | 1:18 p.m.

‘Sound of My Voice,’ ‘Safety Not Guaranteed’: Time travel, DIY-style

Left: Aubrey Plaza, Karan Soni and Jake Johnson in "Safety Not Guaranteed." (FilmDistrict/Big Beach) Right: Brit Marling in "Sound of My Voice." (Fox Searchlight)
Hidden in a basement somewhere in Los Angeles, a woman named Maggie leads a group of devout white-clad followers. A journalist and his girlfriend infiltrate the cult and investigate Maggie’s alleged past – or future, rather: She claims to be from the year 2054. The premise is the setup for the new Fox Searchlight film “Sound of My Voice,” starring Brit Marling and directed by Zal Batmanglij, who together wrote the script for the cryptic thriller. The movie, which opened in Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C., last week,  is the first in a small wave of projects to explore the notion of time travel on the big screen this year. Due in June is another time-bending indie, “Safety Not Guaranteed,” and the fall will bring “Looper,” starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a hit man in the near future whose […]
April 25, 2012 | 12:44 p.m.

‘Walking Dead’: Robert Kirkman’s ‘softie’ side at Festival of Books

Robert Kirkman on the set of AMC show "The Walking Dead." (Scott Garfield/AMC)
“The Walking Dead” is living large. Editions of the zombie series currently hold three of the top five spots on both the hardcover and paperback graphic novel New York Times bestseller lists, and this July Image Comics will publish the 100th issue. “Sometimes I stop and go, ‘Issue 100 – really?’” the series’ writer Robert Kirkman said this weekend at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. Hero Complex lead writer Geoff Boucher led the discussion with Kirkman on USC’s campus Saturday. Kirkman is in the rare position of being the sole writer on a long-lasting comic book while also holding a place in the writing room of the TV show adaptation.  A television script “is like a novel where the script itself is something that’s supposed to be read and be entertaining,” Kirkman said. “Comic book scripts – at least […]
April 13, 2012 | 7:30 a.m.

‘Looper’ trailer: Joseph Gordon-Levitt completes time-travel circle

Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars in upcoming time travel movie "Looper." (TriStar Pictures)
After three days of what is becoming a new trend in Hollywood advertising – trailers for a trailer – Apple.com unveiled the first official teaser for time travel movie “Looper.” The action flick stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and is directed and written by Rian Johnson, who introduced the film in three vignettes that counted down to Thursday’s preview release. The film looks to be a time-jumping, mind-twisting thriller with Gordon-Levitt portraying a contemporary hit man working for clients 30 years in the future – they send the victims, bound and hooded, back through time for a “quiet” disposal. Where things get complicated is when his next victim turns out to be his future self, played by Bruce Willis. To look more like Willis, Gordon-Levitt spent three hours in makeup each morning, altering parts of his appearance, most notably his eyebrows, lips […]
April 10, 2012 | 5:00 a.m.

‘Walking Dead’: Robert Kirkman in the flesh at Festival of Books

'Watchmen,' 'Walking Dead'
Fans hungry for talk of zombies and mutants can get their fill at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at USC, where writer Robert Kirkman will talk about his work for “The Walking Dead,” “Invincible,” “Ultimate X-Men” and his new project, “Super Dinosaur,” which he has described as “a Pixar movie on paper.” The question-and-answer session with Kirkman, hosted by Hero Complex writer Geoff Boucher, will be held in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center at 10:30 a.m. on April 21. Here are a few other events Hero Complex readers may want to check out at the festival, which runs April 21-22: • “With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story”: The documentary will screen at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. April 22 in the School for Cinematic Arts’ Ray Stark Theater. • “Graphic Novel: Drawing Outside the Lines”: […]
April 02, 2012 | 1:23 p.m.

Dave McKean, Jim Woodring among L.A. Times Book Prize finalists

Five graphic novels are nominated for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.
Aboriginal sci-fi, madcap cartoon realms, a sexualized dreamscape and a garden of geometric surrealism – these are the unexpected ideas and fascinating settings presented by the nominees in the graphic novel category for the 2012 Los Angeles Times Book Prizes. This is the 32nd presentation of the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes but just the third year that the graphic novel category has been included. The winners in all categories will be announced at a ceremony at USC on April 20, right before the start of the 17th annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, the largest book festival in the United States. Here’s a look at the nominees in the graphic novel field: Joseph Lambert, “I Will Bite You! And Other Stories” (Secret Acres): Lambert’s dazzling debut effort, “I Will Bite You!” is a collection of short works (it includes some of Lambert’s self-published mini-comics […]
March 30, 2012 | 7:45 a.m.

‘Before Watchmen’ in spotlight at L.A. Times Festival of Books

"Watchmen," the film (Warner Bros.)
The landmark legacy of “Watchmen” and the intriguing future of  “Before Watchmen” will be center stage at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, with an on-stage Q&A featuring DC Entertainment co-publishers Jim Lee and Dan DiDio as well as a rare big-screen presentation of the director’s cut of Zack Snyder’s 2009 film “Watchmen.” “Watchmen” was the 12-issue series (1986-1987) by writer Alan Moore and artist Dave Gibbons that arguably redefined the ambitions and literary stature of the American comic book. DC is returning to that universe with the “Before Watchmen” project, which will launch a series of separate, multi-issue prequels – a bold move considering that Moore has publicly criticized the concept and will not be participating. Hero Complex lead writer Geoff Boucher will moderate the discussion with Lee and DiDio. The discussion is set for 1 p.m. on April 21 in USC’s […]
March 24, 2012 | 8:48 a.m.

‘Supernatural’: Fan-favorite Misha Collins returns

Misha Collins
The death toll is mounting on “Supernatural,” but what do you expect on  a show where the end of the world is just another day at the office? Some beloved characters, human and non-human alike, have been lost, but that doesn’t mean they can’t come back in one way or another. And, speaking of familiar faces, Friday’s episode of The CW show featured the return of Misha Collins, who played the angel Castiel starting in Season 4. Spoilers ahead if you haven’t watched Friday’s show. Collins has played a few different versions of the character, including the angel’s human vessel; a future carefree version of Cas in 2014; and a leviathan-possessed Castiel. Before Friday night, he was presumed drowned in the Season 7 premiere. In Friday’s episode, “The Born-Again Identity,” Collins was presented as Emmanuel, who has no memories of Castiel – but he does possess […]
March 19, 2012 | 3:20 p.m.

‘Arrow’: Green Arrow has solo CW show in sights

Green Arrow (featured image)
The CW, which wrapped up the 10th and final season of “Smallville” last May, is back in the business of superheroes. Now Oliver Queen/Green Arrow, played by Justin Hartley in “Smallville,” is aiming for his own TV show, “Arrow.” Stephen Amell will star as the billionaire playboy-turned-vigilante. The network released its first image from “Arrow’s” pilot (above) today, featuring Amell in the hero’s suit, designed by three-time Academy Award-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood, who most recently took home Oscar gold for Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland.” Amell has appeared on such TV shows as “The Vampire Diaries,” “Hung” and “New Girl.” Created by Mort Weisinger and first illustrated by George Papp, the DC Comics character dates back to the 1940s. Aside from the clear Batman and Robin Hood influences, Green Arrow was also inspired by the movie serial “The Green […]
March 18, 2012 | 6:29 p.m.

WonderCon 2012: Felicia Day unveils a fanboy’s dream

Felicia Day, the apple of many a fanboy’s eye and creator of the hit Web series “The Guild,” unveiled her next venture into online entertainment at WonderCon on Saturday. Along with a panel of colleagues with plenty of geek cred, Day introduced Geek & Sundry, her new YouTube channel. Five new shows plus Season 5 of “The Guild” will begin airing on the site in April. Day was full of enthusiasm on the panel as she chatted about the project (and she admitted that she “started crying to Pearl Jam on the way down” to Anaheim). “Every single show is like a piece of love,” she said. “We’re really excited to create a whole new community around these shows.” Before the panel kicked off, fans watched the trailer for Geek & Sundry’s lineup, which is now available to view on […]
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