Sept. 25, 2014 | 2:21 p.m.

‘The Strain’: Kevin Durand channels his inner Viking warrior for Fet

There are few things that will bond a cast of actors more closely than two consecutive weeks of filming at night in close confines during a polar vortex event in Toronto, according to actor Kevin Durand, who plays the towering exterminator Vasiliy Fet in “The Strain,” FX’s hit series adapted from the novels by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan. But the experience of shooting the eighth episode, “Creatures of the Night” — which sees the show’s ensemble of heroes fending off hordes of attacking vampires from inside a Brooklyn convenience store — didn’t just help him forge lasting connections among the actors, Durand said. It also allowed him to channel his inner action hero. “I love getting physical with characters,” Duran said in an interview earlier this year on the Toronto set of the show. “With this guy, there’s […]
July 19, 2013 | 8:41 a.m.

Comic-Con 2013: Evangeline Lilly chronicles her first day in San Diego

As part of our Comic-Con coverage this year, Hero Complex reached out to a select group of actors and writers, asking them to document their experiences in San Diego. First up, Evangeline Lilly, the former “Lost” star and author of a new children’s book who will next be seen on the big screen in December in Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.” Hi, Comic-Conners! I’m back after nine years and so thrilled to be part of the perfect chaos that is Comic-Con for the next four days. While I know I will encounter many a “Lost” fan, I am excited to be here to meet “The Hobbit” followers and even more thrilled I can be here with WETA to introduce my new children’s book, “The Squickerwonkers.” Comic-Con gathers passionate folks from all over the world, all ages and demographics, […]
Feb. 02, 2013 | 9:15 a.m.

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje talks ‘Thor’ sequel, ‘Bullet to the Head’

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.

‘Following,’ ‘Bates Motel,’ ‘Defiance’: Next in promising genre TV

“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 targets ‘Lost’ with latest video game parody

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.

‘Revolution’: J.J. Abrams on Eric Kripke’s ‘undeniably good’ pilot

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.

‘Person of Interest’ takes a page from ‘24,’ ‘The Dark Knight’

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.

‘Lost’ in the numbers: MegaMillions winners use Hurley’s lotto combo

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.

‘Lost’ Emmys go missing, but ’24,’ ‘Dexter’ and ‘The Big Bang Theory’ find theirs

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 […]
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