Steve Hockensmith

March 26, 2015 | 12:48 p.m.

Remembering Leonard Nimoy on his birthday: Spock’s legacy lives long, and we prosper

Leonard Nimoy, who died last month from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, would have celebrated his 84th birthday Thursday. The beloved actor is best known for playing the iconic “Star Trek” character Mr. Spock. Author Steve Hockensmith examines Nimoy’s legacy in a guest essay for Hero Complex. He was Spock — even if, as obituary after obituary recently reminded us, he once tried to deny it. Fortunately, Leonard Nimoy seemed to have made his peace with the character that largely defined his career. When he passed away in late February at the age of 83, Nimoy was a sort of benevolent father figure to the flourishing nerd culture he helped create. Though he’d officially passed the Spock mantle to another actor, he remained a supportive presence in the new “Star Trek” films, continued to (lovingly) spoof his connection to the franchise […]
Oct. 24, 2012 | 12:20 p.m.

George Romero: Walk of Fame star for zombie godfather?

George Romero in Los Angeles in 2010. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)
The Village People have one. Lassie has one, and she’s a fictional dog. Mickey Mouse has one, and he’s an animated mouse. Mary-Kate and Ashley have one, and they’re … well, Mary-Kate and Ashley. Kim Kardashian thinks she deserves one. And more than 2,400 other people have them, most of whom you’ve never heard of. But do you know who doesn’t have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame? George Romero. Now, a group of dedicated zombie lovers is trying to change that, launching a campaign to land George A. Romero, director of the landmark 1968 horror film “Night of the Living Dead,” its 1978 follow-up “Dawn of the Dead” and a long list of other horror films, his own star on the Walk of Fame. “It is the rare director who changes the face of an entire genre […]
Oct. 04, 2012 | 1:25 p.m.

Sherlock Holmes: A chameleon character with ‘Elementary’ appeal

Elementary (featured image)
GUEST ESSAY Five years ago, I pitched a brilliant idea to an editor I know: a modern take on Sherlock Holmes. Instead of shooting cocaine, he smokes pot! Instead of being a violin virtuoso, he plays the sax! Instead of Watson publishing his stories about Holmes … well, wherever he supposedly published them, he’d have a blog! And, instead of being a wounded army doctor just back from Afghanistan, he’d be a wounded army doctor just back from … whoa! Afghanistan! We could call the book “” so folks would know this wasn’t your grandpa’s Sherlock Holmes. (Good titles are hard, people. Just ask the guy who came up with “Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium.”) The editor’s response (after rousing himself from what looked like a very satisfying nap): “Sherlock Holmes is played out. Have you thought about Robin Hood?” PHOTOS: […]
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