Jevon Phillips

Dec. 14, 2014 | 2:11 p.m.

‘Ascension': Brad Carter talks life aboard SyFy’s space-based miniseries

Brad Carter as Stokes on "Ascension." (SyFy)
SyFy’s new space-based miniseries “Ascension” begins its three-episode life Monday, offering a fictionalized take on real-world history. In 1963, John F. Kennedy proposed a covert space mission dubbed Project Orion, designed to save the human race from the destruction of Earth following the Cold War. The series, created by Adrian A. Cruz and Philip Levens (“Smallville”), posits that the mission took place, sending hundreds of people on a century-long voyage to populate a new world. Almost 50 years into the journey, however, a young woman’s murder prompts the ship’s population to reconsider the voyage in a new light. The ensemble cast includes “Battlestar Galactica’s” Tricia Helfer, Brian Van Holt (“Cougar Town”), Al Sapienza (“Person of Interest”), Ryan Robbins (“Falling Skies”) and Brad Carter as Stockyard Master John Stokes, who helps control and keep stock of the food and supplies for […]
Dec. 05, 2014 | 8:58 a.m.

Holiday gift guide: ‘Hobbit,’ Batman, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ more

Hero Complex Holiday Gift Guide 2014
Ho, Ho, Ho(dor)! It’s the time of year for geek-friendly holiday shopping. Whether you’re shopping for fans of “Game of Thrones,” “Star Wars,” Batman or Captain Marvel, the annual Hero Complex holiday gift guide has you covered. This year’s selections include some family-friendly video games for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Wii U; gorgeous hardcover books celebrating the anniversaries of Marvel Comics, Batman, the Teen Titans, “Alien” and Hello Kitty; a Godzilla toy that’s probably bigger than your dog; and a quadcopter camera drone, among other selections. Click through the gallery above for a peek at our selections. Items are listed below, sorted by cost. Under $25 “Living Language Dothraki,” $3.99 app, $19.99 audiobook, $30 online course: Athchomar chomakaan! The Khal or Khaleesi in your life must command the Dothraki language before commanding the troops, and thanks to Living Language’s new course (offered as an app, CD and guide […]
Dec. 02, 2014 | 11:30 a.m.

‘Terminator Genisys’ motion poster, countdown site tease trailer launch

Image from the teaser site for "Terminator Genisys."
Two days and a little under three hours are left until “Terminator” fans get a first glimpse of humans fighting for survival against Skynet and those pesky robotic killing machines in the next installation of the franchise, “Terminator Genisys.” A motion poster was released this morning, showing the head of a partially deteriorating Terminator robot with the iconic Brad Fiedel-orchestrated theme music playing over it. Once done, the poster segues into the site’s countdown clock, teasing the movie trailer’s Thursday online premiere. Based on the original 1984 film by James Cameron, “Genisys,” which stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, Jason Clarke, Matt Smith, Byung-Hun Lee and J.K. Simmons, is directed by Alan Taylor. The film has recently received some scrutiny over its plot, with die-hard fans upset over a retooled origin for the series’ heroine, Sarah Connor, played by “Game […]
Nov. 21, 2014 | 2:52 p.m.

‘Star Wars': Vader is triumphant in Lego’s ‘New Yoda Chronicles’ video

Darth on Disney XD
“Star Wars” headlines are in no short supply these days. The Star Wars Celebration will be in Anaheim next year, “Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Lost Missions” was just released on video, and fans are salivating over any tidbit offered about J.J. Abrams‘ “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” But for those who want a fun fix of Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader and the rest, Lego Star Wars has been offering up a different take on George Lucas’ vision under the title of “The New Yoda Chronicles.” Above is an exclusive clip from “Clash of the Skywalkers,” the final chapter in the four-part “Yoda” series. The comedic tales are set in the prequel universe and feature Jedi Master Yoda in new adventures. The Emperor sends Vader to destroy Luke, while Yoda leads Jedi and padawans in a fight to stop […]
Nov. 14, 2014 | 12:14 p.m.

‘Grimm': Claire Coffee talks Adalind’s emotional roller coaster

Claire Coffee as Adalind Schade in "Grimm." (Scott Green / NBC)
Claire Coffee’s Adalind Schade is the most cheered-yet-jeered character on NBC’s supernatural procedural, “Grimm.” The Northern California native has settled into her role as the show’s perpetually mischievous Wesen creature, but her journey to this point has been a rocky one. Hero Complex recently caught up with the actress in a side hallway on the set of “Grimm” in Portland, Ore. The small enclosure had been dressed to look like a bedroom in a medieval castle, and despite the dreary surroundings, Coffee strolled around happily, chatting with cast and crew members at craft services and laughing at longstanding inside jokes from three years of working together. Coffee’s easy smile makes it all the more vexing that her on-screen character is vindictive and, as executive producer Jim Kouf says, “puts a face to the monstrous behavior within human beings.” In real life, Coffee loves […]
Nov. 04, 2014 | 1:43 p.m.

‘Santa Claus: Private Eye’: ‘Dead Space 2’ writer goes noir with St. Nick

"Santa Claus: Private Eye" (Thrillbent)
Jeremy Bernstein is a man with diverse interests. As a writer, he helped craft video game worlds for both “Dead Space 2″ and “Pretty in Pink,” and he also helped concoct elaborate schemes for the ensemble group on the TNT show “Leverage.” But Bernstein also longed to do a supernatural crime story. Enter: “Santa Claus: Private Eye,” the 12-installment digital comic book title that debuted on Mark Waid’s Thrillbent site earlier this fall. Hero Complex recently caught up with Bernstein, who is also a biochemist, to discuss the comic, a noir-inflected thriller involving P.I. Nick Santana, as well as his other various writing pursuits. ———— For the record Nov. 4, 3:30 p.m.: The headline on an earlier version of this post incorrectly gave the title of “Dead Space 2” as “Deep Space 2.” ————- Hero Complex: So,  biochemistry and screenwriting? […]
Oct. 28, 2014 | 7:38 a.m.

‘Gotham': Camren Bicondova offers street-smart take on Selina Kyle

Selina Kyle (Camren Bicondova) escapes from handcuffs in the "The Balloonman" episode of "Gotham." (Jessica Miglio / FOX)
With her turn on Fox’s TV series “Gotham,” Camren Bicondova joins the ranks of a prestigious group of actresses who have played Selina Kyle — Michelle Pfeiffer and Anne Hathaway among them. The young hip-hop dancer and actress said that she looked back to those earlier performances to help shape her take on the future Catwoman, who she plays as a street-smart, thief-with-a-heart-of-gold earnestness that’s fully in keeping with the rich, layered history of the character who first appeared in spring of 1940 in “Batman” No. 1 as both a foil and love interest for the Dark Knight. Although she’s been in front of television cameras for commercials and most notably as a contestant on MTV’s now defunct “America’s Best Dance Crew,” she’s still a relative newcomer, and the 15-year-old said she was able to draw from her dance background […]
Oct. 02, 2014 | 1:18 p.m.

‘Phineas and Ferb': Romero, Pegg, more drafted for Halloween special

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“Phineas and Ferb” is getting into the Halloween spirit this weekend with a “Night of the Living Dead”-inspired special called “Night of the Living Pharmacists.” Among the star-studded cast are horror heavyweight George Romero and actors Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, reprising their characters from Edgar Wright’s beloved zombie sendup “Shaun of the Dead.” In this latest episode, Doofenshmirtz’s newest “-inator” machine accidentally turns the citizens of Danville into contagious Doof-zombies. Phineas, Ferb, Agent P and others must work together to save the city. In the exclusive clip above, reporter Don Adaded (voiced by Romero) falls victim to the Doofenshmirtz disease. The show has been on a roll with its special projects of late. “Lost” co-creator Damon Lindelof provided the plot for “Phineas and Ferb: Lost in Danville,” which aired Monday. Earlier this year, creators Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” […]
Sept. 28, 2014 | 7:51 p.m.

Long Beach Comic Con: Cosplay photos, from Deadpool to Pinkie Pie

Waylon Wilkerson, 33, poses as the Wolverine at the Long Beach Comic Con at the Long Beach Convention Center. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
Photographer Genaro Molina headed down to Long Beach this weekend to capture the cosplay on display at the 2014 Long Beach Comic Con. Click through the gallery above for a look at some of this year’s more colorful Comic Con attendees. In its sixth year, the convention featured a showroom floor filled with booths offering clothing, toys, artists’ drawings and comic properties, movie item replicas and numerous cosplay how-to sessions for fledgling costumers. Panel discussions and in-depth conversations with creators — including in the convention’s 104 A auditorium, which this year was redubbed the “Hero Complex” theater for the weekend — were also a part of the convention’s programming. Discussions of race and gender in comics and spotlight sessions devoted to “Hellboy” mastermind Mike Mignola, Man of Action Studios, 75 years of Batman and the zany minds behind “Robot Chicken” […]
Aug. 01, 2014 | 11:45 a.m.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy': Michael Rooker finds life after ‘Dead’

Yondu (Michael Rooker) in "Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy." (Marvel/Disney)
Rarely is there an upside for an actor to have his character killed off one of the most popular series on television. But when Michael Rooker received the news that his role as Merle Dixon on AMC’s hit zombie series “The Walking Dead” was coming to an end, he took some comfort in knowing that another opportunity was waiting in the wings. The popular character actor has a pivotal role in “Guardians of the Galaxy,” Marvel’s epic space adventure that arrives in theaters Friday, playing Yondu, a bandit who is something of a mentor to Chris Pratt’s Peter Quill, a.k.a. Star-Lord. “Yondu is a responder, he’s a doer,” Rooker said recently. “He’s the leader of a group of interstellar piracy-type guys and a very paternal figure for Peter Quill. He’s his kid pretty much and he taught him how to […]
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