Oct. 01, 2012 | 3:34 p.m.
First, a farewell: I started Hero Complex in 2008 because it was a place where I could write and read about entertainment of the fantastic and the new frontiers of spectacle imagination. It turns out that a lot of people out there wanted the same thing out of a website, and this one has been a success by every possible measure. The brand has even stretched into live events, print editions and an online talk show. It’s been a tremendous ride but, after 21 terrific years as a mild-mannered reporter at the great Los Angeles Times, it was time to look for a new challenge. That doesn’t mean Hero Complex is going away. Far from it, the site’s success is the work of a team, not an individual. Gina McIntyre, my editor during the site’s greatest success, is expanding her […]
Aug. 02, 2012 | 11:56 a.m.
Director Guillermo del Toro deliberately avoided watching classic Japanese monster films when he was making “Pacific Rim,” his upcoming robots-versus-kaiju film. Slated for a July 12, 2013, release, the film chronicles an epic battle between alien kaiju and giant robots piloted by humans. “I felt there was a chance to do something fresh, something new that at the same time was conscious of the heritage, but not a pastiche or an homage or a greatest hits of everything,” Del Toro said. “One of the first things I did is make it a point to not check any old movies or any other references. Like start from scratch.” Del Toro is the guest on the latest episode of “Hero Complex: The Show,” which you can find above or over at the Nerdist Channel on YouTube. This interview was conducted by Hero […]
July 13, 2012 | 3:49 p.m.
The Syfy series “Warehouse 13” kicks off its fourth season July 23 and there’s plenty of change in the air … as well as the smoke and ash from the show’s namesake structure. Brent Spiner of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” fame will be seen in a half-dozen episodes this season, too, which is music to the ears of star Eddie McClintock. We caught up with McClintock at Comic-Con International as he was preparing for the Friday panel devoted to the show where magical history is natural resource and compelling hazard. HC: That Season 3 finale really took the show to some intense places. What was it like for you filming it and then watching it? You guys think a lot about tone and balancing the light and the dark — do you think that makes the heavy stuff even […]
Dec. 08, 2010 | 11:54 a.m.
This story will run Sunday in The Envelope, the Los Angeles Times special section dedicated to Hollywood’s awards season. It’s been 25 years since cameraman Wally Pfister left television news and followed a cinematic path, but last year on the set of “Inception” — as he filmed a gun battle with a camouflage camping blanket over his head to protect him from flying shards of glass — he looked a lot like a battle-zone journalist. “Yeah, I’m in war-torn mode today, with my knee brace and a face mask on, but that’s sort of how we do it – put the camera on your shoulder and get as close to the action as possible,” the 49-year-old said with a proud grin. “In this scene, we drop some logs on people and they’re fake logs that we drop from a big […]
Oct. 27, 2010 | 6:25 a.m.
Christopher Nolan’s third Batman film will be called “The Dark Knight Rises” and though the Gotham City auteur isn’t ready to reveal the villain of his 2012 film, he did eliminate one of the big contenders: “It won’t be the Riddler,” Nolan said in an exclusive interview with Hero Complex. Nolan was most eager to talk about the fact that Warner Bros. had agreed with his argument that the film should resist the current 3-D craze and instead use high-definition approaches and IMAX cameras to strike out on a different cinematic path than the stereoscopic technology that, for better or worse, has become the dominant conversation in the blockbuster sector. Check back here later in the morning for a more in-depth look at that decision and the Nolan ambitions and reasons behind it. As for the title, it shows the writer-director’s […]
Oct. 26, 2010 | 5:26 a.m.
A MONTH OF MAGIC: Hero Complex is counting down to the Nov. 19 release of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” — the penultimate film in the history-making “Potter” franchise — with exclusive interviews, photos, videos and reports from the set. Today’s post: Dan Radcliffe explains his excitement about the new project. If you’re desperate to see “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1,” you’re not the only one. Meet Daniel Radcliffe, a “Potter” fan who had an emotional response to the “Hallows” trailer and someone counting down the days to the film’s New York premiere and Nov. 19 release. “When I saw the trailer I almost wept. I was so happy,” Radcliffe said in a recent phone interview. “When you’re on a film for that long, shooting for months and months, you forget half of what you’ve done and you lose […]
Oct. 25, 2010 | 3:44 p.m.
A MONTH OF MAGIC: Hero Complex is counting down to the Nov. 19 release of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” — the penultimate film in the history-making “Potter” franchise — with exclusive interviews, photos, videos and reports from the set. Today’s post: Tom Felton talks about his favorite installments in the film franchise. Tom Felton, who has brought memorable sneer and snarl to the character of Draco Malfoy, says that his two favorite “Harry Potter” films have been the second and the sixth — but he also said that will change with the release of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” on Nov. 19 and “Part 2” next summer. “My favorite, story wise, was the ‘Chamber of Secrets’; there’s something about that concept that I find very intriguing and then, as far as filming, my favorite was […]
Oct. 21, 2010 | 4:02 p.m.
A MONTH OF MAGIC: Hero Complex is counting down to the Nov. 19 release of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” — the penultimate film in the history-making “Potter” franchise — with exclusive interviews, photos, videos and reports from the set. Today’s post: Costume designer Jany Temime talks about a special scene in the new film. The marriage vows of Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour present the “Harry Potter” franchise with its first and only on-screen wedding, and for costume designer Jany Temime there was both opportunity and challenge in the festive ritual. More than that, she said, it is also the last joyous moment in the franchise with all the battles, destruction and loss that follow. “The film is so dark and the beginning of the really dark time, and it was the last opportunity to have something light and warm and funny and the last light […]