Patrick Day

April 19, 2014 | 3:00 p.m.

‘Star Wars Rebels’: Composer Kevin Kiner channels John Williams for new series

Kevin Kiner will be the composer for "Star Wars Rebels." (Lucasfilm)
When “Star Wars Rebels” debuts this fall, fans will hear some very familiar sounds. Yes, the ever-present “Star Wars” fanfare will be there, but for the first time in a “Star Wars” TV series, the beloved John Williams themes featured throughout the original trilogy will be back — in slightly different form. “I’m using a lot more of John’s themes, but more importantly I’m using the little motifs he had,” says Kevin Kiner, the man picked to score the new series. Fans are already familiar with his work as the longtime composer of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” but for “Rebels” he’s digging back into the Lucasfilm audio vaults, using bits of music that will instantly conjure images of Han, Luke, the Death Star and more. “I never used John’s music before on ‘Clone Wars’ under specific instructions from George […]
March 25, 2014 | 3:48 p.m.

‘Star Trek’ Klingon Warnog beer invites fans to drink like warriors

Klingon Warnog in a can. (CBS Consumer Products)
By most accounts, we’re living in a golden age of television, but we’re also apparently living in a golden age of TV-based beer. There are currently beers inspired by “Game of Thrones” and “The Walking Dead” on the market. And now there’s a beer from the “Star Trek” universe. CBS Consumer Products and the Federation of Beer announced the first official “Star Trek” beer in Las Vegas on Monday, and it’s the kind of drink designed to make fans snarl and growl as only a Klingon could. Klingon Warnog will be brewed by the Evansville, Ind.-based Tin Man Brewing Co. According to the announcement, the dunkelweizen style beer has an aroma that is “predominantly mild banana and clove” that is “supported by subtle sweet malt character from the use of Munich malt.” The beer’s flavor “draws heavily from the blending […]
March 07, 2014 | 8:30 a.m.

‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’: Dave Filoni on Ahsoka’s fate, Master Yoda

Jedi Master Yoda in "Star Wars: The Clone Wars." (Lucasfilm)
“Star Wars” fans let out a collective howl of anguish last year when it was announced that one of the casualties of Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm was the animated series “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.” The fan-favorite series was canceled without a satisfactory conclusion, yanked from the schedule of Cartoon Network, where it had aired since 2008. That ultimately made way for a new series, “Star Wars Rebels,” set to premiere on the Disney Channel before moving to Disney XD. So, when word came that the final 13 episodes of the show’s sixth season would become available to fans on Netflix, the news was met with good cheer. As of Friday, viewers can check out “The Lost Missions,” which will join the previous five seasons on the streaming video service, including some director’s cuts of those earlier episodes. “The Lost […]
March 05, 2014 | 4:30 p.m.

‘Arrow’: Marc Guggenheim talks series’ ‘Mutiny on the Bounty’ moment

Manu Bennett plays Slade Wilson (a.k.a. Deathstroke) in "Arrow" episode titled "The Promise."
The CW’s hit superhero show “Arrow” continues to glide through its second season, getting ever more deeply embedded in the greater DC Comics Universe;  already this season it’s introduced memorable DC villains, with other fan favorites such as Suicide Squad still to come. In the run-up to Wednesday’s episode, “The Promise,” Hero Complex caught up with “Arrow” executive producer Marc Guggenheim to chat briefly about the out-of-the-ordinary nature of this week’s story line. Fair warning, there are some spoilers ahead for anyone not fully caught up with the latest episodes. Hero Complex: So “The Promise” is bigger in scope than usual? Marc Guggenheim: This episode is a sequel to last year’s Episode 14, which was an episode where we flipped the paradigm and told more stories in the past than we were in the present. The mission last year was […]
Feb. 12, 2014 | 6:41 p.m.

‘Star Wars Rebels’: Animated series introduces ‘cowboy Jedi’ Kanan

Kanan, hero of the new "Star Wars Rebels" series, encounters the villainous Inquisitor. (Lucasfilm)
The upcoming animated series “Star Wars Rebels” has introduced another new character — one of the show’s heroes, the so-called “cowboy Jedi” Kanan. In the series, which is set to premiere in the fall on the Disney Channel but will air regularly on Disney XD, Kanan, voiced by Freddie Prinze Jr., is a former Jedi Knight who survived the Emperor’s massacre of the order in “Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith” and has gone into hiding. He no longer uses his lightsaber for fear of being discovered, and he’s ultimately turned from the path of the Jedi. But, as the series rolls out, Kanan just might find his way back toward the way of nobility and light. According to “Star Wars Rebels” executive producer Dave Filoni, “He’s a gunslinger that needs to put the gun away and […]
Nov. 05, 2013 | 6:54 p.m.

Grumpy Cat goes Disney: Online celebs pitch in for new theme park push

Grumpy Cat poses with Grumpy the dwarf at Disneyland. (Disney)
Grumpy Cat was just one of about two dozen Internet stars that turned up at Disneyland in Anaheim Tuesday as part the company’s unveiling of its new marketing push, dubbed Disney Side, which is attempting to harness the power of social media “all stars” to promote the parks. The new campaign is designed to encourage people to express the “Disney side” of their personalities, and includes original contributions from stop-motion Vine animator Ian Padgham, Instagram photographer Lauren Randolph, wacky video personality Mark Malkoff, “CuteGirlsHairstyles” YouTube-r Mindy McKnight, singer Tiffany Alvord, fashionable dog Trotter Pup, Ridiculously Photogenic Guy Zeddie Little and “How to Be a Dad” blogger Charlie Capen, among others. The 24 creators chosen by Disney have a combined fan following of 30 million and have generated an estimated 2 billion views online. “We looked for people with a solid […]
Oct. 12, 2013 | 3:09 p.m.

‘Star Wars Rebels’: Dave Filoni reveals the Inquisitor, talks up series at NYCC

The Inquisitor is the new bad guy from the animated series "Star Wars Rebels." (Lucasfilm).
Say hello to the Inquisitor. “Star Wars Rebels” executive producer Dave Filoni introduced the first new character from the upcoming animated series in a video appearance at New York Comic Con on Saturday, and he’s quite the fearsome-looking foe. But the image of the villain isn’t the only new artwork available from the show that is set to pick up the “Star Wars” animated mantle from “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” which aired on Cartoon Network but was canceled earlier this year. Hero Complex is pleased to debut an exclusive piece of concept art featuring some spacecraft that will look familiar to any fan. Check it out below. Set 14 years after “Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith,” “Star Wars Rebels” will center on a core group of characters — with the Inquisitor serving as a major […]
Aug. 04, 2013 | 12:45 p.m.

‘Doctor Who’: Peter Capaldi is revealed as the new Doctor

Peter Capaldi will play the 12th version of Doctor Who (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
It’s official: Peter Capaldi has been announced as the new Doctor. The 55-year-old Scottish actor is by no means a “Doctor Who” discovery along the lines of the most recent Time Lord, Matt Smith. In fact, the new Doctor already has his own following from the British political satire “The Thick of It” and the big-screen spinoff “In the Loop.” In both the series and the film, Capaldi played a foul-mouthed political spin doctor named Malcolm Tucker. But fans worrying that this casting means the Doctor is about to go down an adults-only path should relax. As Capaldi reassured fans just moments after the announcement of his casting: “Malcolm has been banished from the mirror by this new Doctor, who wouldn’t put up with Malcolm’s language.” The big reveal was made during a live telecast on Sunday hosted by British […]
July 22, 2013 | 12:10 p.m.

Comic-Con: Dan Harmon feels the pressure for his ‘Community’ return

Dan Harmon, center, is helped out of a costume by Jim Rash, left, and Danny Pudi during the "Community" panel on Sunday at Comic-Con International in San Diego. (Jordan Strauss / Associated Press)
NBC’s “Community” may struggle with middling ratings on TV, but at Comic-Con on Sunday it was the next best thing to a god. The series upgraded from the smaller Ballroom 20 last year to the massive Hall H this year, the same place where Marvel and Warner Bros. make their huge movie announcements. Perhaps to live up to the expectations of such a large venue, “Community’s” creator and returning showrunner Dan Harmon took a page from the Robert Downey Jr. school of massive entrances, coming out in a handmade Iron Man costume to throbbing rock music. Clearly, the story of “Community’s” renewal is all about Dan Harmon. And though he professed that it wasn’t all about him, all discussion of the show seemed to revolve around Harmon’s return, including Harmon’s own tongue-in-cheek introduction, “Like a phoenix rising from the ashes […]
July 21, 2013 | 4:20 p.m.

Comic-Con 2013: ‘Breaking Bad’ says farewell to the Con

Bryan Cranston, left, and Aaron Paul star in "Breaking Bad." (AMC)
“Breaking Bad” is coming to an end and no one is as heartsick as creator Vince Gilligan, who bid farewell to the fans at Comic-Con’s Hall H on Sunday. “I’m going to miss you guys and coming to Comic-Con,” he said. “I’m satisfied with the ending. I hope you will be too.” The final eight episodes of “Breaking Bad’s” five-season run will begin airing on AMC on Aug. 11. If there were a singular moment from the panel, it was series star Bryan Cranston walking onstage wearing a mask of himself as Walter White, then removing it and placing it on his microphone, where he appeared to almost make out with himself. Of course, series costar Aaron Paul did make out with the mask. One of the most surreal images in “Breaking Bad” – and Comic-Con – history. FULL COVERAGE: […]
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