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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 […]
March 28, 2014 | 4:18 p.m.

Eliza Dushku: ‘The Gable 5,’ ‘Dollhouse,’ life as a ‘convention junkie’

Eliza Dushku in "Gable V." (Machinima)
Eliza Dushku, best known to fans for her Whedonverse turns as Faith in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and Echo in “Dollhouse,” is tackling another brainy, gutsy character in a topical short film that launched Thursday on Machinima called “The Gable 5.” (Fans can watch the short here, but note there is some strong language.) Directed by Kevin Tancharoen, whose credits include the “Mortal Kombat” online miniseries and the movie “Fame,” “Gable 5″ centers on a corporation that has discovered how to isolate and repress chemicals created by the brain that produce panic, fear, anxiety, temptation and rage. Dushku appears to be a test subject — she arrives onscreen (without a back story) and expertly takes on multiple armed assailants, suggesting some improved reflexes. Hero Complex recently caught up with Dushku to talk about “Gable 5,” its relationship to “Dollhouse,” her […]
March 25, 2014 | 5:15 p.m.

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

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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

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“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, […]
Nov. 20, 2013 | 5:07 p.m.

PS4 versus XBox, in robot form

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With the release of the PlayStation 4 and XBox One consoles a week apart, the few undecided gamers who haven’t thrown their support behind one console or the other may have given rise to Machinima’s newest mini-movie, “The Console War.” The piece starts off with Master Chief, a popular character from XBox’s “Halo” franchise, taking out Kratos, a popular character from PlayStation’s “God of War” series. It’s a battle that parallels consumer console wars that are sure to erupt during this holiday season when the new generation of consoles — including 2012’s WiiU — will be pitted against one another. The video only focuses on PS4 and XBox though, and follows Machinima’s narrative productions of “Halo Reach,” “Mortal Kombat: Legacy” (and the sequel), as well as live-action fan pieces like the Skyrim project and the “Dead Island” video game trailer. […]
Sept. 24, 2013 | 5:29 p.m.

‘Mortal Kombat Legacy 2′ director on characters, choreography

Brian Tee stars as Liu Kang in "Mortal Kombat Legacy 2." (Machinima)
“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s” Maurissa Tancharoen isn’t the only one in her family with a new creative venture premiering this week. On Thursday, her brother Kevin Tancharoen is set to debut “Mortal Kombat Legacy 2,” the sequel to the video game-inspired Web series that launched in 2011 on the Machinima YouTube channel and has had more than 70 million views. This time, though, the series will be released in its entirety rather than rolling out in episodic installments — Kevin Tancharoen noted that binge-viewing habits have changed even the way Web series creators think about launching new projects. Hero Complex caught up with Tancharoen, whose original self-made short film spawned the Web series and an upcoming feature, to talk a bit more about what to expect from the new episodes and the big-screen version he’s planning. HC: So, this time […]
Aug. 17, 2013 | 6:00 a.m.

‘Skyrim’ fan film follows Machinima’s ‘Mortal Kombat,’ ‘Halo’ hits

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“The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim,” the fifth game in Bethesda Game Studios’ Elder Scrolls series, is the latest release to receive the fan film treatment on the gaming and media streaming website Machinima. The live-action short “Skyrim: Into the Void” was created by Machinima partner Warialasky, who also created films based on the games “Goldeneye” and “Splinter Cell.” It follows the noble dragonborn hero Dovahkiin,  who saves the world from destruction only to be cursed by a vampire in the process. Hero Complex spoke to Warialasky partner Landon Sperry about  “death eater technology,” working with Machinima and fan reaction to changes from the original text. HC: Before doing the movie, what was your Skyrim experience? LS: Originally, I played the game a couple of months after it launched. People were saying “It’s like ‘Lord of the Rings!’ It’s the coolest […]
Feb. 23, 2013 | 10:15 a.m.

‘Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome’ star on secret Cylon agenda

William Adama (Luke Pasqualino) and Beka Kelly (Lili Bordán) in "Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome." (Syfy)
Actress Lili Bordán was living and working in Budapest, Hungary, when she got her first taste of “Battlestar Galactica,” taking note of “what an amazing opportunity it would be for an actor in this series.” With “Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome,” she found her opportunity, playing Dr. Beka Kelly, a Graystone Industries scientist who helped improve the Cylons. Set between the events of “Caprica” and “Battlestar Galactica,” “Blood & Chrome,” which aired on Syfy Feb. 10 and was released earlier this week on DVD and Blu-ray, retells the first mission of rookie pilot William Adama (Luke Pasqualino) at the beginning of the Cylon War. Adama, his new co-pilot Coker (Ben Cotton) and the mysterious Kelly detour from a simple “milk run” into a full-fledged covert operation on a foreign world. “This planet and this war are uncharted,” Bordán said. “It’s […]
Feb. 18, 2013 | 6:37 p.m.

‘Mortal Kombat: Legacy 2′ trailer: Liu Kang and more in Season 2

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Director Kevin Tancharoen has re-teamed with Machinima to continue the “Mortal Kombat” storyline with “Mortal Kombat: Legacy 2,” a second season of the video game-inspired Web series that launched in 2011 on the Youtube channel and had more than 60 million views.  The director, who first started the onscreen “Mortal Kombat” revival with his “Rebirth” short, is also developing a full-length feature. But before that hits screens, Season 2 of the “Legacy” Web series will launch. The trailer — which premiered online and at the 3rd Streamy Awards — says only that it is “koming soon,” so we’re left to wonder as to when exactly. But here’s what we know: The story involves a realm known as Outworld that sends its warriors to fight against the best warriors of the Earthrealm (ours) in a fight to the death. After winning […]
Dec. 08, 2012 | 12:01 p.m.

‘Battlestar Galactica': Ben Cotton talks Coker, Adama rapport

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“Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome,” the Web series that will also air as a two-hour uncut premiere on Syfy in February, posted its final two episodes Friday. The story of the first military mission for young William Adama also introduced us to Adama’s first flight partner, Coker Fasjovik. With a stint on “Stargate Atlantis” and even a small role in “Battlestar Galactica: Razor,” actor Ben Cotton is no stranger to science fiction shows. Hero Complex caught up with Cotton to ask a few questions about his “BSG” experience. HC: Were you a “Battlestar Galactica” fan before signing on to “Blood and Chrome”? BC: I was a fan of “BSG” when I read for Coker, though I’ll admit, I had some catching up to do. When people mention “BSG” it often comes with the story of having just dedicated two weeks […]
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