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 […]
Feb. 28, 2010 | 12:35 a.m.
Picture this: In the back of a move theater, a short elderly man, with a walking stick in reach, holds up a camcorder and aims it at the screen as blue aliens frolic on a moon called Pandora. This guy is not your average film pirate. The 88-year-old man was stopped by the theater manager in Glendale (southeast coastal Australia, not California), who called the police, according to the Herald in Australia. The man’s excuse for filming his own copy of “Avatar” — his wife couldn’t make it to the showing, and he wanted her to see it. Aw. How sweet. Police trashed the video from his camera and let him finish the movie, the Herald wrote. We somehow think he wouldn’t get it so easy here in the U.S. The Motion Picture Assoc. of America sued a grandpa for $600,000 in 2005, […]
Feb. 25, 2010 | 3:16 a.m.
Mark Milian returns to the Hero Complex with big talk about some heroic games — it’s his list of the five best superhero video games ever. Any gamer will tell you that games tied to a superhero or movie franchise (or, worse, both) are inherently bad. If we had to bet on whether “Iron Man 2: The Video Game” will be any good, we know where our chips would go. (Fun fact: There hasn’t been a good Superman video game. Not one.) But during those magical times when the stars align and the game developers strike the right mix of brain-soothing Cheetos and Dr. Pepper, out comes a game truly worthy of the superhuman character its name is attached to. 5. Spider-Man and Venom: Maximum Carnage (SNES, Genesis) Before this game hit Nintendo and Sega game consoles in 1994, superhero games were synonymous […]
Feb. 20, 2010 | 12:28 a.m.
“ALICE IN WONDERLAND” COUNTDOWN: 14 DAYS Are you ready for a trip down the rabbit hole? Tim Burton, Johnny Depp and Disney are adding a strange new chapter to the Lewis Carroll classic with their “Alice in Wonderland,” a film that presents a young woman who finds herself in the world of the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat and the Red Queen and greeted as a returning visitor. We’re counting down to the film’s March 5 release with daily coverage. The rabbit hole is closer than you think. The Hollywood & Highland complex will be transformed into a Wonderland within the hour. Tim Burton and members of the “Alice in Wonderland” cast will host an event in the central courtyard at 5 p.m. The event, sure to attract throngs of fans, will include musical performances, prizes, meet-and-greets with the actors and sneak peeks of the […]