May 09, 2012 | 7:12 p.m.
HERO COMPLEX: THE SHOW We’ve just posted the second episode of “Hero Complex: The Show” on the Nerdist Channel on YouTube and it’s an exciting one for us: Leonard Nimoy is the guest. We visited the sci-fi icon’s Bel Air home a few weeks ago to talk about “Star Trek,” his evolution as a filmmaker and photographer and his philosophies on family and career. We also talked about a very special photograph — the one that shows him meeting Jimi Hendrix not long before rock’s greatest guitar hero died in 1970 at age 27. “Hero Complex: The Show” premiered two weeks ago with our visit to the offices of Ridley Scott and picks up again May 23 with the conclusion of our Nimoy visit. (And just to make sure you check back, chew on this thought: In Part 2, he gives us a William Shatner impression.) But […]
Feb. 23, 2012 | 3:46 a.m.
This post has been corrected, as detailed below. Oscar-winning Hollywood composer Hans Zimmer never likes to repeat himself, even – or perhaps, especially – when he’s writing the score for a sequel. So he’s promising some new twists for his soundtrack for ”The Dark Knight Rises,” the crowning installment of director Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy and the most-anticipated film of this summer. German-born and British-educated, Zimmer has scored films in some of Hollywood’s biggest franchise properties, such as the “Pirates of the Caribbean” series; epic action dramas like “Black Hawk Down”; and a number of small, highly acclaimed films such as ”A World Apart,” a South African drama that incorporated traditional African music to give the soundtrack an authentic texture. His most recent score, for “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows,” presented his work in yet another box-office winner. For the “Dark Knight Rises” score, Zimmer has designed a true “world” music score: using […]
Oct. 25, 2011 | 2:56 p.m.
Every Halloween is a career moment when your name is Alice Cooper. This particular October is especially notable for the veteran rock star — he’s back with a new album, an attraction at Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights and a recently completed cameo in Tim Burton’s upcoming “Dark Shadows,” which features the singer as himself in all of his gory glory. “This is my season,” the 63-year-old singer said with a satisfied grin during a recent visit to Los Angeles. “Welcome to the nightmare, all over again.” “Welcome to My Nightmare” was the name of Cooper’s 1975 concept album that delved into the nightmares of a child named Steven. That vintage vinyl moment is echoing now at Universal Studios Hollywood, where this year’s elaborate Halloween attraction includes a “Welcome to My Nightmare” maze with music and imagery from that album and others by Cooper. Halloween Horror Nights runs through Monday […]
Oct. 10, 2011 | 2:37 p.m.
This post has been corrected, as detailed below. Frodo, Gandalf, Legolas and the rest of the heroes from Middle-earth are returning to the big screen Saturday night, accompanied by a full symphony orchestra, for “The Lord of the Rings In Concert: The Fellowship of the Ring.” The performance features Howard Shore’s complete Oscar- and Grammy-winning score, performed live in front of a screening of the first film in the trilogy, “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.” The event, Oct. 15 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, also includes a traveling display of props from the films, on loan from Troika Brodsky, a fan and memorabilia collector. Among the props are Frodo’s sword Sting, Samwise’s furry Hobbit feet and the Shards of Narsil. More than 200 musicians from the Munich Symphony Orchestra, the Pacific Chorale and the Phoenix […]
Oct. 06, 2011 | 8:55 a.m.
William Shatner never really rides off into the sunset, he just switches saddles — actor, pitchman, author, equestrian, recording artist, interviewer, filmmaker or, um, starship captain. The 80-year-old is back this month with a new spoken-word album that features plenty of famous collaborators (Steve Miller, Peter Frampton, Dave Davies and Johnny Winter are part of the classic-rock contingent while Lyle Lovett, Brad Paisley and Sheryl Crow represent younger generations representing twang districts) and a new book called “Shatner Rules“ (written with Emmy-winning comedy writer Chris Regan) that promises both insight into the universe and the tenets needed to live life in a more Shatneresque way. (You can read an excerpt here.) “It’s autobiographical,” Shatner says of the book, which hit shelves this week. “It’s an amusing, light read, but at times I try to introduce more serious themes. I’m at the age where I think […]
Aug. 15, 2011 | 5:44 p.m.
Tom Morello, a man with searing musical ability and scorching political passions, is famous as the guitarist in Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave and increasingly for his solo folk project The Nightwatchman. Now, like his friend Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance, the amplifier auteur is moving into a new career as a storyteller in the comics world. Morello introduced those plans down at Comic -Con International but we caught up with him for a more in-depth conversation about “Orchid,” which arrives in October from Dark Horse Comics and will feature art by Scott Hepburn, who previously worked on the Oregon publisher’s “Star Wars: Nights of the Republic.” G.B.: Are comics a new passion for you? T.M.: I was an avid comic book collector as a kid. At the time my comic book tastes and my music tastes coincided, they were escapist in nature. It […]
July 11, 2011 | 11:18 a.m.
Yoshiki, the drummer-pianist-rock star commonly referred to as “the Bono of Japan,” has a new alter ego — Blood Red Dragon, the title character in a new comic-book series from Stan Lee’s Pow! Entertainment and Spawn creator Todd McFarlane. The first issue will be unveiled at Comic-Con International in San Diego. Hero Complex contributor Rebecca Keegan talked to McFarlane about creating an alter ego for the rock star, how American and Asian comics differ and his thoughts on Comic-Con. RK: What went into the design of a character based around Yoshiki? TM: Yoshiki kind of flaunts his androgynousness. He was quick to point out that he didn’t want to be muscle-bound. You can tell he’s not American because then he would want to look like a bodybuilder. He wanted to make sure that when he was not in costume he […]
June 14, 2011 | 10:16 a.m.
After more than six months of preview shows and calamity, “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” will actually “open” Tuesday night on Broadway, but the show is already one of the great pop-culture stories of 2011. It’s even made it (sort of) to “Sesame Street”… Hey, wait, was that Super Grover? – Geoff Boucher RECENT AND RELATED New “Cap” trailer premiering at L.A. festival Favreau, Downey stage “Iron Man” reunion Downey shocks Hero festival audience Stan Lee: The Marvel creation I didn’t like was… Johnston: ‘Our Bucky isn’t a sidekick’ Johnston: This movie will surprise people 18 images from “Captain America” Favreau brings “Iron Man” to L.A. festival Capt. America film gets title change in Russia Capt. America will be USO performer in movie Johnston: Steve Rogers won’t be ‘flag waver’ Stark Expo links ‘Iron Man 2,′ ‘Capt. America’
June 14, 2011 | 7:31 a.m.
The 2011 Hero Complex Film Festival is in the books and what a weekend it was. Robert Downey Jr. shocked the crowd for a surprise “Iron Man” reunion; Jon Favreau made jaws drop with 10 minutes of footage from “Cowboys & Aliens” ; Warren Beatty stretched a Q&A to nearly two hours and declared his need to “vomit” a “Dick Tracy” remake/sequel; “Superman” director Richard Donner wowed the crowd with sparkling stories about the classic film and the late, great Christopher Reeve; Marvel won the crowd over with the world premiere of a new “Captain America: The First Avenger” trailer and the coolest give-away of the year; ”Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan” director Nicholas Meyer confessed a painful regret about the late Gene Roddenberry, while the new “Trek” creative team looked to the Federation’s future on the big screen; comics superstars Geoff Johns and […]
May 08, 2011 | 2:17 p.m.
After decades of dark excess, Keith Richards seems wildly out of place at family-friendly Disneyland, but on Saturday, there he was, a rock ‘n’ roll exile on Main Street USA. “No one is more surprised by all of it than me,” the Rolling Stones guitarist said with a wink. “I never expected to work for the Disney organization for a while. I’m still shocked, but, hey, it’s all good fun.” Richards first got on board for a cameo in the 2007 film ”Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End“ – he played the scoundrel father, Capt. William Teague, to a scoundrel son, Capt. Jack Sparrow. Sparrow is, of course, portrayed by Johnny Depp, whom Richards describes as a ”blood on blood” friend, and it’s quite apparent they have a jolly good time playing pirate together. “If Johnny says he wants to do something, well, it doesn’t take much to get me to […]