Jevon Phillips

July 23, 2014 | 6:08 p.m.

Comic-Con 2014: Kyle Roberts brings ‘Posthuman Project’ to San Diego

An image from "The Posthuman Project." (Courtesy of Kyle Roberts )
Filmmaker Kyle Roberts is coming to Comic-Con International for the first time, and he’s bringing his passion project,  “The Posthuman Project,” with him to be included in the event’s International Film Festival. “It’s always been a life goal to at some point go. So the fact that there is a film screening at SDCC that I directed is pretty surreal,” says Roberts. FULL COVERAGE: Comic-Con 2014 Now in its 15th year, the Comic-Con International Film Festival (CCI-IFF) has gone global, with submissions from Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, New Zealand, Philippines, Russia, South Korea, Spain and more. The genre films submitted are broken down into seven categories: action/adventure, animation, comics-oriented, documentary (pop culture-oriented), horror/suspense, humor/parody and science fiction/fantasy.  This year, the films will be judged by last year’s winner Dave Gallegos, actor Doug Jones and cosplay professional and […]
July 15, 2014 | 11:12 a.m.

Marvel’s new Thor is a woman — and is ‘Thor,’ not ‘She-Thor’

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Who says a woman can’t be the God of Thunder? In October, a new, female Thor will rise to replace the Odinson that Marvel readers have known since “Journey Into Mystery” No. 83 in 1962, the company announced Tuesday morning on ABC’s “The View” talk show. It’s a major shake-up of a Marvel bedrock character, and the company is hammering home that the change is no gimmick. “This is not She-Thor,” said Jason Aaron, who will write the new series, in a statement. “This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is Thor. This is the Thor of the Marvel Universe. But it’s unlike any Thor we’ve ever seen before.” And the one-word title bears that out: “Thor.” Aaron, writer of the current, acclaimed “Thor, God of Thunder,” will be joined by artist Russell Dauterman (“Cyclops,” “Supurbia”) in […]
July 07, 2014 | 2:17 p.m.

Anime Expo 2014: A chat with Fuminori Kizaki, director of ‘Bayonetta’

"Bayonetta: Bloody Fate." (Sega/Gonzo)
“Bayonetta” is well known among gamers and those who attended this past weekend’s Anime Expo, but the Japanese franchise doesn’t enjoy much mainstream popularity in the U.S. The action game-cum-movie could get a boost with the stateside release of the animated adaptation “Bayonetta: Bloody Fate,” due in October on Blu-ray/DVD. A mix of magic and gunplay, the feature-length film is based on the video game’s original story about a witch who awakens after a centuries-long sleep. Outfitted with magical hair and gun-boots, she tries to piece together her history while battling creatures of light and dark. The film originally debuted in Japan theaters in November 2013 and a few months later on Blu-ray/DVD. Fuminori Kizaki, director of “Bayonetta”and other anime favorites like “Afro Samurai: Resurrection” starring Samuel L. Jackson,  was happy to lend his vision to the film. “Originally, I was […]
July 05, 2014 | 8:09 a.m.

‘Animaniacs’ creator tackles fairy tales with ‘The 7D’

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Outside of certain circles, Tom Ruegger may not be a name that is synonymous with animation. But throw out the titles on which he was executive producer and helped create — “Animaniacs,” “Tiny Toon Adventures” and “Pinky and the Brain” — and images of really smart and fun cartoons come to mind. The multiple Emmy Award-winning Ruegger is heading up a new cartoon that launches on Disney XD on Monday called “The 7D” that hopes to capture the fun spirit of some of Ruegger’s other shows. “The 7D” is, as its name might suggest, about the tales of the Seven Dwarfs — 30 years or so before their fateful run-in with Snow White. Living in the Enchanted Forest in the kingdom of Jollywood under the rule of Queen Delightful, the dwarfs are the area’s “most trusted” heroes, righting the wrongs […]
July 02, 2014 | 4:18 p.m.

Comic-Con 2014: WBTV to tout ‘iZombie,’ ‘Arrow’ alongside ‘Gotham,’ ‘Flash’

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Warner Bros. Television will bring a host of new series to Comic-Con International in San Diego later this month. On Monday, word came that Fox’s upcoming series “Gotham” would premiere at San Diego’s Comic-Con International in its first public screening, as would the CW’s new show “The Flash.” But in a release issued Wednesday, the company confirmed that a total of 15 shows will make appearances at the annual pop culture expo, including “iZombie,” “The Vampire Diaries” and “Supernatural.” The complete list is “Arrow,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “Childrens Hospital,” “Constantine,” “The Flash,” “The Following,” “Gotham,” “The 100,” “iZombie,” “Mike Tyson Mysteries,” “The Originals,” “Person of Interest,” “Supernatural,” “Teen Titans Go!” and “The Vampire Diaries.” Among the actors set to travel to San Diego are Kevin Bacon from “The Following”; Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder from “The Vampire […]
June 30, 2014 | 6:13 p.m.

Comic-Con 2014: ‘Gotham,’ ‘Flash’ will make their official debuts

The cast of The CW's "Gotham." (Warner Bros. TV)
“Gotham” has been teasing fans with casting and posters and trailers, but now some will finally get to see a world premiere of how all of that dark imagery jells — at the one place that could possibly make or break the show: Comic-Con International. The chronicle of Det. James Gordon and a young Bruce Wayne set to air on Fox isn’t the only DC Comics-based show that will invade San Diego. A complete pilot for the CW’s “The Flash,” a glimpse at Season 3 of its network ally “Arrow” and footage from NBC’s “Constantine” will all be presented by Warner Bros. Television and DC Entertainment on Saturday, July 26, during the pop-culture exposition. Cast members and producers from all four shows will make appearances throughout the night following the screenings. The three-hour event will bring together the shows for […]
June 09, 2014 | 3:31 p.m.

E3 2014: ‘Star Wars: Battlefront 3′ video hypes emotion, not gameplay

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A new trailer for the long anticipated “Star Wars: Battlefront 3″ finally arrived Monday during a video presentation during Electronic Arts’ Electronic Entertainment Expo news conference held at the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall in Los Angeles. The video (see above) features an inside look detailing the effort put forth by programmers and artists from Stockholm-based game developer DICE in crafting the latest big-budget “Star Wars” game. The EA-backed crew traveled to the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum to get an up-close look at the props used in the movies — including speeder bikes and blasters, as well as R2-D2. They then headed to the original movie locations to, as DICE’s Niklas Fegraeus states in the voice-over, “not just capture the environments, but the emotions they evoke as well.” The trailer shows little in the way of actual gameplay, relying heavily […]
May 31, 2014 | 9:53 a.m.

Hero Complex Film Festival: ‘Battlestar Galactica’ tribute hits emotional note

Actor Jamie Bamber, left, his wife Kerry Norton, actor Edward James Olmos, actor Mary McDonnell, and "Battlestar Galactica" creator and writer Ronald D. Moore, right, pose for a portrait during the 2014 Hero Complex Film Festival at the TCL Chinese 6 Theater. The show's miniseries was shown and the cast spoke about their experiences.
Speaking at the fifth annual Hero Complex Film Festival on Friday, the cast and creator of “Battlestar Galactica” emphasized the emotional connection they still felt to the groundbreaking Sci Fi Channel (now Syfy) show that went off the air in 2009. “As far as I’m concerned, this is an experience that will never be repeated, and I’m very grateful that I had it once in my life,” said Edward James Olmos, who played the series stalwart father figure Commander William Adama. “It held up really well. It held up just as well as ‘Blade Runner’ did. This thing will hold up better 20 years from today than it does today. It’ll speak louder and clearer to the humanity that it represents.” Olmos joined show creator Ronald D. Moore, actress Mary McDonnell, who played president Laura Roslin, and Jamie Bamber, who played Lee […]
May 23, 2014 | 5:21 p.m.

‘Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist’: Joey Ansah and ‘the definitive back story’

Joey Ansah as Akuma in "Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist." (Machinima)
Joey Ansah might best be known as Desh, the bad guy who went toe-to-toe with Matt Damon’s Jason Bourne in “The Bourne Ultimatum,” but his love of martial arts and his desire to create memorable fight scenes extends to one of fandom’s holy grails when it comes to fisticuffs: “Street Fighter.” “Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist” launched today on Youtube’s Machinima channel and Ansah co-wrote and directed the epic, 12-episode  series with an eye toward retelling and consolidating the story of how Ken and Ryu became names synonymous with video game action. Ansah, who also stars in the series (Akuma), wrote the script with Christian Howard, who reprises his role as Ken Masters from the original fan film. The series also stars Mike Moh as Ryu, Togo Igawa (“47 Ronin,” “Memoirs of a Geisha,” “The Last Samurai”) as Gotetsu, Akira Koieyama […]
May 21, 2014 | 12:38 p.m.

‘Brave New Souls’: Brandon Easton on sci-fi, comics and black writers

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Race and gender are not often the most pressing of topics in the sci-fi/fantasy world — supernatural beings, mechanical monsters and general good versus evil can take precedence — but in the real world of the writers who help create that speculative fiction, such issues still weigh against the industry. Eisner-nominated writer Brandon Easton — who recently won multiple 2014 Glyph Awards (honoring the best in comics made by, for and about people of color) for his comic series “Watson and Holmes” — decided to delve into questions and concerns that minorities working in the genre biz face by producing a documentary titled “Brave New Souls: Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Writers of the 21st Century.” Hero Complex caught up with Easton, who premiered the film at the 2014 Eagle Con on the campus of Cal State L.A., and got some […]
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