Jevon Phillips

March 25, 2014 | 5:15 p.m.

‘Deus Ex: Human Revolution’ live action fan-film adapts Square Enix hit

The Square Enix hit “Deus Ex: Human Revolution” is the latest big-game title to get the live-action, fan-film treatment. Dcode Films and its founder, Moe Charif, released a twelve-minute short Tuesday on Machinima, with Charif playing the lead character Adam Jensen. In the game, Jensen is an ex-SWAT specialist who’s been handpicked to oversee the defensive needs of one of America’s most experimental biotechnology firms. After a militaristic team breaks in and kills scientists working there, Jensen, badly wounded during the attack, must be mechanically augmented to survive and pursue the culprits. The short also focuses on Jensen’s relationship with his ex-girlfriend Megan Reed (played by actress Liannet Borrego) and on a particularly ruthless female assassin, Yelena Fedorova (Shayna Nicole E’Orio). The game was favorably reviewed at the time of its release — with Joystiq saying: “Compared to Deus Ex […]
March 20, 2014 | 4:28 p.m.

‘Enormous’ director talks big monsters, adapting comics for screen

"Enormous" poster
“Enormous” tells the tale of the aftermath of a huge ecological shift that spawns giant, Godzilla-like insect creatures. Mankind is endangered and hunted, but Ellen Grace is still out there trying to help her fellow man by leading a search and rescue team. The graphic novel, written by Tim Daniel and drawn by Mehdi Cheggour, went live-action today as a short film/pilot was released by Machinima. Director BenDavid Grabinski, writer Andre Ovredal and producer Adrian Askarieh bring the graphic novel to life with an almost 10-minute project introducing us to the world of “Enormous.” The film picks up years after E Day, when the massive monsters attacked (watch it below). Hero Complex caught up with Grabinski to get the low-down on how the project came to be.  Toward the end of our chat, we were joined by the project’s star, […]
March 10, 2014 | 6:30 a.m.

L.A., meet Frank Castle: Nathan Edmondson on his West Coast Punisher

"The Punisher" #2 variant cover by Jerome Opena. (Marvel)
The New York of noir fiction is known for dark alleys, shady subways and organized crime — the perfect gritty territory for Frank Castle, better known as the Punisher, Marvel Comics’ marine turned vigilante who prefers killing bad guys to turning them in. But a change of scenery is on the horizon for Castle, as writer Nathan Edmondson takes over the comic book with art by Mitch Gerads and relocates the character to sunny Los Angeles with its sand, surf and palm trees. “We’re inviting the question that perhaps L.A. for too long has ignored the cancer that’s growing in the roots of those very palm trees and behind the facades of some of the more glamorous streets,” Edmondson said. “We wanted to offer something original, fresh and exciting. Set in New York, there were a lot of expectations, a […]
March 08, 2014 | 8:00 a.m.

‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’: Rebekah Isaacs draws out Season 10

"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" Season 10 #1 (Dark Horse)
Buffy returns to slaying for the 10th season when “Buffy the Vampire Slayer #1″ hits stands on March 19. Joss Whedon’s creation has continued to survive and thrive in the pages of the Dark Horse comic — now 11 years after the show’s last air date — and will be written by Christos Gage and drawn by Rebekah Isaacs in this newest iteration. Buffy once again helped save the world in Season 9 and will face another new menace while dealing with the remnants of zompires (a zombie-vampire hybrid that Buffy helped create — it’s a long story) in the new season. Isaacs, who was the artist on last season’s spinoff “Angel & Faith,” has taken her pencil to heroic titles such as “Ms. Marvel,” “DV8,” “Sheena” and “Captain America & The Falcon.” Hero Complex caught up with the Savannah College of […]
March 06, 2014 | 8:42 p.m.

‘Grimm’ star Reggie Lee on fairy tales, first names and killer doughnuts

Reggie Lee as Sgt. Wu in the "Mommy Dearest" episode of "Grimm." (NBC)
As Sgt. Wu on NBC’s “Grimm,” actor Reggie Lee dutifully has helped solve some of Portland’s most bizarre and often gruesome crimes over the last few seasons of the series, and he’s done so without letting on that something serious could be amiss in the Pacific Northwest. With Friday’s episode, titled “Mommy Dearest,” Wu is about to learn some surprising truths as he’s confronted by the notion that a force from his own nightmares could be alive and terrorizing his friends. Another big moment in the upcoming episode? Fans will finally hear the sergeant’s first name. (Check out a clip from the episode above.) Hero Complex recently caught up with Lee to discuss the ways in which his Filipino heritage is referenced in “Mommy Dearest,” his character’s reaction to supernatural sights and his connection to “Grimm” fans. Be warned, though, the […]
Feb. 07, 2014 | 5:41 p.m.

‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’: J. August Richards talks Deathlok duty

'Deathlok' actor J. August Richards
J. August Richards loves playing poker, traveling and interacting with a fervent fan base, which is why his new role as cyborg killing machine Deathlok on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” may fit him perfectly. Any character in a Joss Whedon-related project — though “S.H.I.E.L.D.” was also created by husband-and-wife team Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen-Whedon — could be on thin ice (ask costar Chloe Bennet, whose character Skye was recently gunned down), but Richards may have staying power. Whedonites recognize Richards as vampire/demon hunter Charles Gunn from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” spinoff series “Angel.” In the premiere episode of “S.H.I.E.L.D.,” Richards introduced Marvel fans to an equally tough guy, Michael Peterson, who is transformed into Deathlok in this week’s episode and must carry out deadly missions, despite them often being against his good nature. The “T.R.A.C.K.S.” episode is garnering good […]
Jan. 17, 2014 | 1:55 p.m.

‘Grimm’ video: Rosalee actress Bree Turner teases ‘big step forward’

Bree Turner as Rosalee Calvert in "Grimm." (NBC)
Rosalee Calvert has become integral to “Grimm’s” main crime-fighting group, helping Det. Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) in his quest to protect the people of Portland, and humankind, against destructive Wesen creatures and more. Though Rosalee is a Wesen, a Fuchsbau to be exact, her knowledge of history and potions already has helped save Nick and the city many times over. Actress Bree Turner has infused Rosalee with a mysterious quality, and added a romantic element to the show in her relationship with Silas Weir Mitchell’s Monroe — but Friday night’s episode clears up a lot of the mystery and puts an obstacle in the way of that relationship. Hero Complex readers can watch an exclusive clip from Friday’s installment above. We also caught up with Turner to get some more insight into Rosalee and the actress’ approach to her role. Hero Complex: What are […]
Dec. 23, 2013 | 5:20 p.m.

‘Doctor Who,’ ‘Hobbit,’ ‘Hunger Games,’ Batfleck: 2013 in review

The year was a gift for fans of genre entertainment.  Click through the images for a detailed look at some of the most memorable moments of 2013. (Photos, clockwise from top left, by BBC; Warner Bros.; Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times; Lionsgate)
2013 was a superb year for fans of genre entertainment. Major comic book heroes celebrated milestone anniversaries, as did “Doctor Who.” “The Walking Dead” and “Game of Thrones” continued to demonstrate that fantastic tales, both grim and transporting, can make for compelling, compulsory viewing. Dragons, female warriors and Tom Hiddleston stormed the multiplex in blockbuster fashion, while next-generation gaming consoles arrived, just in time for Christmas. There was plenty of big news about 2015 projects as well — namely, that J.J. Abrams will direct the first live-action “Star Wars” film since 2005, and that Ben Affleck will take over the role of Batman from Gotham City’s previous Caped Crusader, Christian Bale. Following are the Hero Complex picks for some of the most memorable moments in film, TV, comic books and games, in no particular order. Feel free to share your […]
Dec. 19, 2013 | 10:00 a.m.

‘Salem’ teaser: WGN America series latest to join TV coven

The new teaser for “Salem,” the first original scripted series from WGN America, makes it plain that 17th century Massachusetts will not tolerate the presence of witches. Created by Brannon Braga (“24,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation”) and Adam Simon (“The Haunting in Connecticut”), the new supernatural drama stars Janet Montgomery (“Human Target”) as Mary Sibley, the city’s most powerful enchantress, and Shane West (“Nikita”) as John Alden, a hardened veteran who has a history with Mary. In the clip above, actor Seth Gabel, who plays a local witch-hunting aristocrat, can be heard in voiceover as a montage of images flashes by. Judging from the footage, more than a few witches run the risk of being burned. The cast also features Ashley Madekwe, Xander Berkeley, Tamzin Merchant and Elise Eberle. Filmed on location in Shreveport, La., “Salem” is set to […]
Dec. 13, 2013 | 3:08 p.m.

‘Grimm’ video: Bitsie Tulloch on the show’s dark Christmas finale

In "Grimm,: Julliette (Bitsie Tulloch) is enjoying the holidays. (NBC)
“Grimm” airs its two-part mid-season finale Friday — the back-to-back episodes “Cold-Blooded”/”Twelve Days of Krampus” (the latter centering on the famous German Christmas demon) provide a spirited conclusion to the series’ third season, which has been creatively strong as a core team has taken root around David Giuntoli’s Detective Nick Berkhardt (David Giuntoli). Bitsie Tulloch, who plays Nick’s wife, Juliette, has been heartened by the direction of the show. In the exclusive clip above, she and Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) prepare to decorate Monroe’s home for his first Christmas with new girlfriend Rosalee (Bree Turner). Hero Complex caught up with the actress to talk in more detail about her screen partnership with Nick and her character’s increasing involvement in the mysteries at hand. HC: What can you tell us about the mid-season finale episodes? BT: It’s a two-parter, which we’ve never done. Krampus, […]
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