Feb. 02, 2013 | 9:15 a.m.
Amid the narrowing concentric circles of corruption, murder and big city racketeering featured in the shoot-’em-up action caper “Bullet to the Head,” which arrived in theaters Friday, British actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s character, crime kingpin Robert Nkomo Morel, occupies the center ring. He’s the movie’s heavy: a smooth-talking, African-born arch manipulator, all wide smiles, tailored tuxedos and silken menace with an outsize physicality that can recall Geoffrey Holder’s James Bond nemesis in “Live and Let Die.” But in “Bullet,” Akinnuoye-Agbaje comes up against the immovable force of Sylvester Stallone, portraying old-school hit man for hire James “Jimmy Bobo” Bonamo; he’s hellbent on taking an eye for an eye when his partner is murdered after carrying out a mob hit. GRAPHIC: ’80s action heroes reload A son of Nigerian immigrants who earned a law degree from King’s College in London, Akinnuoye-Agbaje is […]
Jan. 22, 2013 | 10:33 a.m.
“Fringe” might have just concluded its run last week with an emotional two-hour finale, but that’s hardly reason for discerning genre television fans to despair. AMC’s hit zombie series “The Walking Dead” picks up its run of third season episodes next month, while HBO’s lavish fantasy serial “Game of Thrones” returns for its third season in March. And there’s a host of new, interesting offerings as well. Some, such as “Continuum” and “Ripper Street,” have been road-tested in other countries. Others, such as “Defiance,” are totally unknown properties with serious world-building potential. And then there’s “Bates Motel,” which might be the only show that can tout links to Alfred Hitchcock and “Lost.” Not too shabby. Following is a look at some of the most interesting options heading your way this spring — and yes, “The Following” made the list. “Continuum” […]
Jan. 09, 2013 | 6:16 p.m.
College Humor has had quite a run of spot-on videos recasting great TV series as video game RPGs from the 16-bit era, specifically the “Final Fantasy” series. They’ve done “Breaking Bad,” “Game of Thrones” and even “The Wire” in this style. Next up? “Lost.” During its six season run on ABC, “Lost” inspired seemingly endless debate over its elliptical, metaphysical storylines, with fans pouring over the meaning of every nuance. Since the landmark series concluded, however, the audience hasn’t been afraid to be vocal about what worked best — and what didn’t. Like the origins of the tattoos sported by Matthew Fox’s character Jack. In the third level of the game, which is based on the show’s third season, Jack must dodge bad plot elements including the origin of his body art. (The tattoos were the subject of the episode […]
Nov. 07, 2011 | 7:02 p.m.
J.J. Abrams’ “Lost” and Eric Kripke’s “Supernatural” were once competitors on Thursday night prime time. Now the geek gurus behind the popular series are joining forces for a new show, “Revolution.” Written by Kripke, the “Revolution” pilot is being produced by Abrams’ company, Bad Robot, and likely will begin shooting in early spring with Kripke and Abrams serving as executive producers, along with Bryan Burk. Perhaps not surprisingly, the secretive Abrams is staying tight-lipped about the concept of “Revolution” (all we know is it’s an “epic adventure thriller”), but he opened up about working with the creator of “Supernatural” when Hero Complex’s Emily Rome caught up with him backstage at the Hamilton Behind the Camera Awards. E.R.: What made you interested in collaborating with Kripke? J.J.A.: I’ve been a fan of “Supernatural.” I like him a lot. He’s a really […]
Oct. 27, 2011 | 4:23 p.m.
In his first project since co-writing “The Dark Knight Rises” with his brother Christopher Nolan, screenwriter Jonathan “Jonah” Nolan is tackling the real Gotham in “Person of Interest.” The CBS drama, set in New York City, follows a pair of vigilantes who tap into a Big Brother-style government surveillance system to prevent violent crimes from happening. “Person of Interest” has enjoyed a solid opening, drawing 13.2 million viewers in its 9 p.m. Thursday slot, and CBS announced its full-season order Tuesday. The show, produced by “Lost” creator J.J. Abrams, stars Jim Caviezel as a former CIA agent recruited by a mysterious billionaire, played by “Lost” star Michael Emerson, to track down people about to be involved in violent crimes. Hero Complex writer Noelene Clark sat down with Nolan and cast members Caviezel, Emerson and Taraji P. Henson this summer to […]
Jan. 06, 2011 | 4:37 a.m.
When Mega Millions conducted its lottery drawing on Tuesday night, millions of “Lost” fans wondered, Haven’t we seen those numbers before? On the television show, the character Hugo “Hurley” Reyes played the numbers 4, 8, 15, 16, 23 and 42 and ended up winning the $114-million jackpot. In real life, the lotto’s selections for its $355-million prize — 4, 8, 15, 25, 47 and the crucial “Mega ball,” 42 — included four of Hurley’s numbers. According to the Mega Millions website, which reported receiving “unprecedented traffic” after the drawing, 41,763 people matched those four numbers, earning $150 apiece. Of course, there’s no way to tell just how many of those people were playing all of Hurley’s numbers. But “Lost” executive producer Damon Lindelof celebrated by tweeting his own figures… THERE’S MORE, READ THE REST – Melissa Maerz RECENT AND RELATED […]
Aug. 30, 2010 | 11:22 a.m.
First, “CSI” beat out “Stargate Universe,” “V” and “Caprica” for best special effects in a television series at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards … then “Lost” was all but shut out at the Primetime Emmys. Not a great year for shows popular with the Comic-Con crowd. There were some positive developments, though. Jim Parsons’ turn as Sheldon in “The Big Bang Theory” netted a win for best comedy actor, and “Dexter” took home two awards — one for John Lithgow as best guest actor and one for best directing. Another show joining “Lost” off-air this season was “24.” Jack Bauer’s travails scored the show two Emmys in its farewell run: best original score and best sound editing for a series. The “CSI” win was interesting because anyone watching the special-effects TV race (and who wasn’t?!) may have wondered who would […]
May 18, 2010 | 10:59 p.m.
George Lucas relates to ‘Lost’: ‘The trick is to pretend you’ve planned the whole thing out in advance’
The executive producers of the ABC series “Lost“ just got the Jedi stamp of approval. The “Lost” team of Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse opened their mail recently to find a letter from George Lucas, according to a report on Zap2It. “Congratulations on pulling off an amazing show,” Lucas reportedly wrote in that note. “In six seasons, you’ve managed to span both time and space, and I don’t think I’m alone in saying that I never saw what was around the corner. Now that it’s all coming to an end, it’s impressive to see how much was planned out in advance and how neatly you’ve wrapped up everything.” But was it really all planned? Sure, in this final season, “Lost” writers have returned to and referenced landmarks from earlier seasons. There may be more, too, on Tuesday night, the last episode before the two-hour […]
Dec. 08, 2009 | 4:54 p.m.
Patrick Kevin Day gives us a lesson in “Lost” today… ”Lost” seems to breed obsessive types who are a study in devotion and intelligence. And now, they have another place to congregate: their own school. As the famously perplexing and mysterious series heads into its final season, its creators have launched Lost University, a multimedia experience that delves into the fields of study touched on in the show’s five years. Real university professors will teach short video courses on a variety of “Lost”-related subjects — and it’s not exactly a light curriculum either, with philosophy, physics and hieroglyphics, among others. “It’s a great medium, because you don’t want a TV show to become didactic,” says Caltech professor Sean Carroll, who is teaching Introductory Physics of Time Travel for the online university. “It’s the perfect marriage of entertainment and education.” “Lost” […]
July 26, 2009 | 12:34 a.m.
Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof are Comic-Con royalty, so when they alluded to this being their last time addressing the throng as the producers of ABC’s “Lost,” a mass groan rose from the crowd Saturday morning in Hall H. Well, everyone knew this day was coming. Cuse and Lindelof had arrived to set up the sixth and final season of their desert-island thriller. And they tried to lessen the pain by billing their appearance as “fan appreciation” day. Lindelof assured the faithful that all the mythology and mysterious plot points would indeed be wrapped up this season. “Yeah, everything that matters will be answered,” he told the crowd, still leaving some wriggle room for theorists (what doesn’t matter?). Cuse even took the step of saying he was locking the scripted ending in a sealed chest, which would prove the writers […]