May 07, 2013 | 8:44 a.m.

‘Fringe’ star John Noble talks Brainiac, ‘Superman: Unbound’

John Noble voices Brainiac in 'Superman: Unbound'
“Fringe” star John Noble left his eccentric character Walter Bishop behind at the show’s finale, but he’s returning to the mad-scientist realm for DC’s latest animated feature film, “Superman: Unbound.” Noble lends his voice to Brainiac, a brilliant alien-machine hybrid with sinister intentions and one of the Man of Steel’s most powerful arch-villains. The film, which is being released for home video Tuesday, is based on the “Superman: Brainiac” story in the 2008 comic by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank. In addition to Noble, the film features the voice talents of “White Collar” star Matt Bomer as Superman and “Castle” actresses Stana Katic and Molly Quinn as Lois Lane and Supergirl, respectively. Watch an exclusive clip from the movie in the video below. Though he’s most recently known for his role on J.J. Abrams’ long-running sci-fi series “Fringe,” the Australian-born Noble […]
Jan. 30, 2013 | 12:07 p.m.

‘Arrow': Seth Gabel’s take on Vertigo inspired by Ledger’s Joker

Seth Gabel in 'Arrow' and Heath Ledger in 'The Dark Knight'
The roster of villains on the CW’s “Arrow” series continues to grow, and fans of the “Green Arrow” comic book will definitely recognize the bad guy introduced in this week’s episode, “Vertigo.” Count Vertigo has been part of the Green Arrow mythology since 1978, but the TV version of the character, played by Seth Gabel, is a little more down to earth — less super-powered bad guy and more psychotic drug dealer. Gabel should be well-known to genre fans, as he recently completed a multi-season run on Fox’s “Fringe.” He recently talked to Hero Complex about his appearance on “Arrow” and the conclusion of “Fringe.” (Beware, some mild spoilers about “Fringe” lie ahead). HC: John Barrowman [who plays the villainous Merlyn on the series] revealed he has a copy of the DC Universe Encyclopedia that he refers to constantly. Do […]
Jan. 18, 2013 | 9:07 a.m.

‘Fringe’ finale: 10 episodes, 60 images to salute sci-fi series

Peter (Josh Jackson), right, battles Windmark (Michael Kopsa) for the fate of mankind in "An Enemy of Fate," the second in the two-part series finale of "Fringe." (Liane Hentscher / Fox)
Much in the same way its spiritual predecessor “The X-Files” paired the paranormal with the procedural, “Fringe” — the spectacular sci-fi series created by J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci that draws to a close Friday — imagined a world in which the fantastic lay just beyond the grasp of an unknowing populace. But of the many alien, unnatural threats that intrepid agents Mulder and Scully faced on Chris Carter’s landmark 1990s drama, “Fringe’s” time shifts and visits to parallel dimensions weren’t among them. Indeed, by the time its second season arrived, “Fringe” had established its own unique rhythms and preoccupations as its action centered around Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv), an agent for the FBI’s Fringe Division, a covert operation set up to investigate extraordinary events, and her cohorts, the red licorice-munching, off-kilter scientist Walter Bishop (John Noble) and […]
Jan. 11, 2013 | 3:01 p.m.

‘Fringe': September reveals secret notebook in new episode

Michael Cerveris in "Fringe." (Fox)
A book originally marketed to “Fringe” fans has become a part of the show that inspired its creation. “Fringe: September’s Notebook,” a collection of photos, facts and observations from the Observer September — a mysterious man from the future — will appear in the show’s penultimate episode Friday night, Warner Bros. said. “Fringe” follows three members of the FBI Fringe Division as they investigate a series of unexplained occurrences surrounding a parallel universe.  In the final season, main characters Dr. Walter Bishop (John Noble) and his son Peter (Joshua Jackson), Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv) and Astrid Farnsworth (Jasika Nicole) fight to take their world back from the Observers, a group of hostile, possibly-human men from the 2600s who traveled back in time to take over in 2015. In Friday’s episode, the Observer September (Michael Cerveris) reveals to Walter Bishop that […]
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 […]
Dec. 03, 2010 | 1:31 p.m.

‘Fringe’ star John Noble says Friday night move a ‘blessing in disguise’

Is “Fringe” on the edge? The weird-science series  is a favorite here at Hero Complex and, like many other observers, we had a ripple of panic when Fox announced a few weeks ago that the series would shift to Friday — sci-fi shows like “Dollhouse,” “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” and “Firefly” all walked the plank and one of their final steps was being moved to Friday night. But we got an e-mail from the show’s mad-genius scene-stealer, John Noble, and he was upbeat about the notion of sidestepping Thursday’s tough primetime competition — namely “Grey’s Anatomy” and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” — and he’s also mighty confident in the work being doing right now on the set in Vancouver. “It was an interesting decision by Fox. We are creating some very exciting episodes, I think — we are making some great TV. The […]
Sept. 16, 2010 | 10:40 a.m.

VIDEO: Watch a deleted scene from ‘Fringe’

'Fringe' DVD extra
The second season of “Fringe,”  the most inventive sci-fi series on television these days, just hit stores on DVD and Blu-ray. Here’s a deleted scene from the collection, which is packed with extras… 1bafd678-6997-4feb-a542-1e9687ac15b8 – Jevon Phillips RECENT AND RELATED John Noble: Walter is the King Lear of TV ON THE SET: “Fringe” looks for it’s own identity Nimoy on “Fringe”: ‘I never paid much attention until …’ ‘Trek,’ ‘Fringe,’ ‘Transformers’ trifecta for Orci & Kurtzman Abrams and Orci talk ‘Trek’ sequel and terrorism theme Leonard Nimoy: “Trek” fans can be scary Duchovny: “The ‘X-Files’ is equal to God’ J.J. Abrams, the Hero Complex interview
June 05, 2010 | 12:03 a.m.

John Noble loves his ‘Fringe’ madness: ‘Walter is like a King Lear for television’

I spent some time with John Noble on the set of “Fringe” last November and then spoke with him again by phone after the season finale. This story is pieced together from those interviews. This is a longer version of a story that will appear in the June 10 Emmys issue of The Envelope, the Los Angeles Times’ special pull-out section on entertainment industry awards. You don’t need one of the strange laboratory contraptions from “Fringe” to detect that John Noble is an actor to watch this Emmy season — television critics and fans of the Fox sci-fi series have crusaded to bring attention to the Australian actor’s inspired, quirky and sometimes heartbreaking portrayal of the mad scientist Walter Bishop. None of that is lost on the 61-year-old Noble, but last fall as he brewed a pot of coffee in his trailer on […]
Nov. 26, 2009 | 1:19 p.m.

2009 Holiday Geek-Gift Guide: The perfect presents for Muggles, Trekkies and fanboys

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE, PART ONE Stressed about finding the perfect gift for that special Muggle, Trekkie, Twi-Hard, Jedi or Bat-fan in your life? Relax and read on: You’ve come to the perfect place at the perfect time, because this is the 2009 Hero Complex Holiday Gift Guide — just think of us as a sort of retail Yoda guiding you through the complicated swamps of holiday shopping. “Buy or buy not. There is no browse…” It’s the perfect time to get your geek on, too. The fanboy culture is in full blossom at the box office and in pop culture beyond, and this holiday season there’s a mountain of gifts and gadgets that speak to the Comic-Con constituency. Here are some of the most heroic: “FRINGE: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON” ($60 for DVD, $80 for Blu-ray): “Fringe” may be the […]
Oct. 27, 2009 | 6:03 p.m.

Leonard Nimoy says his ‘Fringe’ experiment may be coming to an end

  Leonard Nimoy, who was coaxed out of retirement for “Star Trek” and then lingered in order to portray the mysterious William Bell on “Fringe,” says it may be the logical time to say farewell to acting for good — especially since the Bell role hasn’t been a compelling one for him. “I have such a great life,” the 78-year-old actor said at his home last week. “I’m not looking for work.” Nimoy had invited me over to talk about his Halloween night photography exhibit at the Santa Monica Museum of Art (watch for a full story on that event and his photography career here tomorrow), which is just one of the many pursuits that Nimoy would rather focus on these days. “As an actor you’re always wondering when you’re going to work again, who you’re going to work with, what it will be. I […]
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