Hero Complex Film Festival

May 30, 2013 | 4:26 p.m.

Guillermo del Toro shares his aspirations for Urasawa’s ‘Monster’

When “Pacific Rim” reaches theaters July 12, it will be the first film from Guillermo del Toro as a director since 2008′s “Hellboy II: The Golden Army.” Of course, the writer-director has had a hand in numerous other projects and is involved in myriad ways in dozens more. Near the top of his list, though, is an adaptation of Naoki Urasawa’s “Monster” manga series for HBO. Speaking at the fourth annual Hero Complex Film Festival, Del Toro said he has submitted a pilot script for “Monster” and was waiting to hear from the cable network if the series would go forward. “You cannot compress ‘Monster’ into a feature,” Del Toro said, of the project he is co-writing with “Doctor Who” and “Sherlock” writer Steven Thompson. “‘Monster’ is almost like Chekhovian, it has all these little characters that are incredibly smart […]
May 30, 2013 | 4:00 a.m.

‘The Mist’: Frank Darabont, Thomas Jane on its dark ending [video]

“The Mist,” Frank Darabont’s 2007 Stephen King adaptation about a group of people stranded in a market after a strange fog settles over their New England town, concludes on an undeniably bleak, profoundly heartbreaking note. Even star Thomas Jane seemed rattled by it when he took his seat on stage beside writer-director Darabont following a screening of “The Mist” at the Hero Complex Film Festival earlier this month. “I just slipped in and caught the last 10 minutes or so because I got here a little early,” the actor, a surprise guest, told the crowd. “I kind of wish that I hadn’t.” Darabont points out that the ending — which we’ll refrain from revealing here — has roots in King’s 1980 novella, though it differs from what the author wrote. (“The Mist” was the Oscar nominee’s third King adaptation, following […]
May 29, 2013 | 5:56 p.m.

‘Devil’s Backbone’: Guillermo del Toro reflects on his ‘dearest film’

Of all the films Guillermo del Toro has made, 2001′s “The Devil’s Backbone,” a gothic horror movie set during the Spanish Civil War, might be his most personal. Some 16 years in the making, the film, which chronicles what happens when a young fatherless boy arrives at a haunted orphanage, was among the first Del Toro wrote as a young man. During an interview at the Hero Complex Film Festival in Hollywood this month he said the screenplay failed to win him instant praise. “It was very different. … The story had similar points, but it was very, very different,” Del Toro said, taking the stage between screenings of “The Devil’s Backbone” and “Pan’s Labyrinth,” his Academy Award-winning dark fantasy set during Fascist Spain. “Instead of a ghost, there was a Christ with three arms,” Del Toro said. “Very, very […]
May 28, 2013 | 6:53 p.m.

‘Independence Day’: Emmerich gets into character for more alien action

Even though director Roland Emmerich is just putting the finishing touches on his upcoming summer actioner “White House Down,” starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx, he’s already looking to the future beyond the movie’s June 28 release. He next plans to revisit his 1996 blockbuster “Independence Day” with at least one sequel, possibly a series of movies, and while fans of the alien invasion adventure should expect to see new, thrilling special effects, the director also is hoping to recapture the same entertaining tone and the same approach to character he displayed in the original movie. During his recent appearance at the fourth annual Hero Complex Film Festival, Emmerich, along with “Independence Day” producer Dean Devlin, star Jeff Goldblum and visual effects wizard Volker Engel, talked about taking a cue from classic disaster movies in locating the movie’s rhythm and […]
May 27, 2013 | 8:00 a.m.

‘The X-Files’: Chris Carter talks Mulder, Scully romance [video]

“The X-Files” taunted fans for years with the idea of a romance between intrepid agents Mulder and Scully, played by David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson. But the show’s creator, Chris Carter, always strongly felt that the two leads could never be a couple. “I think they never got closer again than they did in the pilot,” Carter said with a laugh during an appearance at the fourth annual Hero Complex Film Festival, where he and two of the show’s writers, Glen Morgan and Darin Morgan, appeared on stage to celebrate the show’s 20th anniversary. “I knew they should never be together,” he said. “It was wrong, but in the end, after the show was over, of course, if you saw the second movie you know that they are together.” Watch the video above to hear more from Carter about what […]
May 26, 2013 | 8:00 a.m.

‘Independence Day’ filmmakers share favorite memories [video]

“Independence Day’s” co-writers — director Roland Emmerich and producer Dean Devlin – are ready to make at least one sequel to the 1996 alien invasion blockbuster, and maybe more. But at an appearance at the fourth annual Hero Complex Film Festival, the longtime collaborators, along with the film’s star Jeff Goldblum and the movie’s visual effects wizard Volker Engel, talked not only about the future of the franchise, but also took time to reflect on their favorite memories of making the original film. Emmerich chuckled while recalling the meeting he had with an irate Robert Loggia, who played the film’s Gen. William Grey. The actor had become furious over the fact that he was appearing in a spoof and no one had told him; he wasn’t, of course. A simple miscommunication was responsible for the confusion. Devlin remembered the first […]
May 25, 2013 | 8:00 a.m.

John Carpenter: The Hero Complex interview [video]

John Carpenter, the legendary director of films including “Halloween,” “Escape From New York,” “The Thing,” “Starman,” “Big Trouble in Little China” and many more, isn’t one to hold back in conversation. Ask him about “They Live,” his subversive sci-fi flick that starred professional wrestler “Rowdy” Roddy Piper as the film’s blue-collar hero Nada, who discovers an alien conspiracy to mind-control the people of Earth using invisible messages, and he’ll admit that it’s his most political movie — his response to consumerism and class disparity in the 1980s. “By the end of the ’70s there was a backlash against everything in the ’60s, and that’s what the ’80s were, and Ronald Reagan became president, and Reaganomics came in,” Carpenter said at the fourth annual Hero Complex Film Festival, where he appeared for an onstage Q&A between sold-out screenings of “They Live” […]
May 21, 2013 | 1:03 p.m.

Roland Emmerich, Dean Devlin talk ‘Independence Day’ sequel plans

Fans who’ve waited years for a follow-up to the sci-fi blockbuster “Independence Day” might soon be treated not just to one sequel to the memorable hit film, but to an entire franchise based on the alien invasion thriller. The film’s co-writers — director Roland Emmerich and producer Dean Devlin – told the Hero Complex Film Festival audience at a matinee screening of the 1996 blockbuster that they have ideas for a sequel (and maybe more). “What we talked a lot about, the mythology of why did the aliens come in the first place, what is the bigger story of this whole thing?” said Emmerich, seated beside Devlin, “Independence Day” star Jeff Goldblum and the movie’s effects wizard Volker Engel. “When you get a bigger mythology going, you have the chance to not only do one or two or three, you […]
May 20, 2013 | 9:01 p.m.

Chris Carter on ‘X-Files’: ‘It was more like a test than a TV series’

“The X-Files,” the landmark science fiction television series created by Chris Carter, was built on elaborate conspiracies and a healthy dose of paranoia. The show premiered 20 years ago this year, but in many ways it still seems contemporary — and relevant. Speaking at the fourth annual Hero Complex Film Festival, Carter said he’s somewhat surprised to find that the show has a kind of resonance in the present era, but he feels that it did come along at the right historical moment. “It was of its time, it seemed to be right for its time, it sort of capitalized on its time,” he said. “You probably could make the show today, but I don’t know why, it feels like it was made exactly when it should have been made.” Watch the video above to hear more from Carter about his […]
May 18, 2013 | 8:46 p.m.

‘The X-Files’: Chris Carter talks ‘improbable’ comedy of ‘Jose Chung’

“The X-Files” remains a moody and mysterious hallmark of science fiction television, even as the show celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. But amid the conspiracies and monsters-of-the-week, there were famously funny moments, too. The episode “Jose Chung’s From Outer Space” from the series’ third season remains a high point in terms of showcasing the show’s ability to garner laughs, and it was one of three episodes showcased in a tribute to “The X-Files” that closed the fourth annual Hero Complex Film Festival in Hollywood. At the event, the show’s creator Chris Carter, along with the writer of the episode, Darin Morgan, and his brother and another longtime “X-Files” writer Glen Morgan, recalled his surprise about the way “Jose Chung’s” broadened the stylistic scope of the series. “You can never imagine where it’s going to go,” Carter said. “To do […]
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