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May 21, 2012 | 6:43 p.m.

‘Hunger Games': District 12 for sale

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The next time Katniss Everdeen, Peeta Mellark, Gale Hawthorne and Greasy Sae are seen onscreen in “The Hunger Games,” they will have a new landlord — and it could be you. The Henry River Mill Village in Hildebran, N.C. (outside of Charlotte), which served as District 12 in the post-apocalyptic nation Panem in the big-screen adaptation of the book, is up for sale. The 72-acre abandoned mill town, home of fictional spots like the Hob and the area known as the Seam, is valued at more than $1.2 million. It will be sold via sealed bids through the auction house Profiles in History, with a bidding deadline of July 31. The piece of “Hunger Games” history is also the subject of an upcoming episode of “Hollywood Treasure,” the SyFy series that follows Profiles in History owner Joe Maddalena as he […]
Feb. 10, 2012 | 12:02 p.m.

‘Merlin’s’ magic trick: Getting darker, staying light

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Here’s a wizard’s trick: Can “Merlin” get darker and stay light at the same time? It’s a question of tone and the obvious challenge for the SyFy series as its plots push into more sinister territory but the creative team tries to hold on to the humor that widens the show’s audience to an all-ages group. Here’s a look at an exclusive clip from the Feb. 13 episode, “A Servant of Two Masters,” which finds a bewitched Merlin acting as a reluctant assassin. I’ve written before that “Merlin” is a favorite in my house — it really is geared for family viewing — and apparently we’re not alone. The U.K. import is a hit at home (the finale of the fourth season aired on Christmas Eve to a record audience of 8.1 million) and it now has a foothold here with its biggest […]
Sept. 25, 2011 | 10:08 a.m.

‘Alphas’ finale: Ryan Cartwight says, ‘It’s a crazy one’

The first season finale of “Alphas” airs Monday and the SyFy series has carved out its own personality after starting with a concept that sat somewhere between “The X-Files” and “X-Men.” The characters are a collection of oddballs and outsider souls and at the top of that list is Gary Bell, the autistic young man who can “see” energy and communication signals in the air, making him a walking antenna and the world’s supreme electronic eavesdropper. Ryan Cartwright, a familiar face to fans of “Bones,” plays Gary, and Hero Complex’s Geoff Boucher caught up with the 30-year-old Brit to talk about the show. This is Part 2 of the interview. GB: You made some memorable appearances on “Bones” as the doomed intern Vincent Nigel-Murray so you know the rhythms of a procedural. “Alphas” is aiming for something different, though, isn’t it? […]
Sept. 23, 2011 | 2:14 p.m.

‘Alphas’ and autism: Ryan Cartwright channels a special role

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The first season finale of “Alphas” airs Monday and the SyFy series has carved out its own personality after starting with a concept that sat somewhere between “The X-Files” and “X-Men.” The characters are a collection of oddballs and outsider souls and at the top of that list is Gary Bell, the autistic young man who can “see” energy and communication signals in the air, making him a walking antenna and the world’s supreme electronic eavesdropper. Ryan Cartwright, a familiar face to fans of “Bones,” plays Gary, and Hero Complex’s Geoff Boucher caught up with the 30-year-old Brit to talk about the show. This is part 1 of the interview. GB: Portraying a character with autism is a bit of a tightrope act especially in a show that values a grounded reality and humor. Talk a bit about finding the […]
Aug. 11, 2011 | 7:13 a.m.

‘Alphas': Misfits of science find the sweet spot

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The most promising new sci-fi series on television? Our vote goes to “Alphas” on SyFy, which lives somewhere between “The Office” and “The X-Men.” The show gives us a “misfits of science” team of special-ability civilians (along with one grouchy FBI agent) who would fascinate Fox Mulder — they could use his help, too, to sort out the slow-reveal conspiracies that are taking the Monday night show toward its two-part season finale. The series has some intriguing guest stars in the mix (Lindsay Wagner, Summer Glau and Brett Spiner among them) and our Geoff Boucher recently sat down with the show’s head writer, Ira Steven Behr (executive producer on both “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and “The 4400″) to talk about the sh0w’s ambitions. GB: One of the key things for any show in its early life is to pinpoint the tone that will be its signature. What […]
July 08, 2011 | 4:01 p.m.

‘Alphas’ creator Zak Penn: ‘They’re super but they’re not heroic’

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MONDAY ON SYFY: “ALPHAS” Zak Penn has a confession: The screenwriter whose name has appeared in the credits of two “X-Men” films, “Elektra” and “The Incredible Hulk” has a real problem with this whole superhero thing that has been dominating Hollywood’s attention for the last decade. “I loved comics growing up, but even then I was always skeptical of straight-ahead superhero stories — I never liked Spider-Man and Batman,” the 43-year-old said. “The idea of superheroes always struck me as odd. Why are they putting on costumes to fight crime? Why are these people doing this?” These sort of questions eventually led Penn (who also wrote an early script for “The Avengers” project coming next year from Marvel Studios) and collaborator Michael Karnow to “Alphas,” the new Syfy project that premieres Monday with tales of superpowered humans who do amazing things […]
March 23, 2011 | 9:22 a.m.

Syfy and Trion look for game-changing future

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This story ran on the cover of today’s Los Angeles Times Calendar section… The strange, alien hybrid was born in a beige-bland corporate park just off the freeway in San Diego and, after three years and $25 million in development, it still has no name but it does have a mission — to meld a television series and a global online video game in a dynamic way that will allow players around the world to become proxy members of the show’s creative team and digital extras on the weekly episodes. “It’s the holy grail and nothing less than that,” says Dave Howe, the president of NBC Universal’s Syfy channel, which would air the still untitled series beginning next year. “To have a television show and open-ended game that becomes a community, that is something that no one has ever done […]
July 30, 2010 | 1:18 p.m.

Robert Carlyle and David Blue on ‘Stargate,’ its future, and Comic-Con

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Robert Carlyle and David Blue of Syfy's "Stargate Universe" had much different reactions when it came to Comic-Con International. Amidst all of the craziness (they were even doing press for "Let Me In" right next to us, for instance), we were able to sit down with them separately for extended (yeah, they are pretty long, but worth it) talks about their characters and show's development so far, the fandom and expectations, what's to come and more.
July 23, 2010 | 11:21 p.m.

COMIC-CON 2010: ‘Stargate Universe’ and ‘Caprica’ — a Syfy double feature

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Yes, it was Friday morning at Comic-Con, but things got awfully heady in Ballroom 20 at Syfy’s back-to-back panels on “Stargate Universe” and “Caprica,” two shows, though, that fans might not see back on the air for some time. The “Caprica” panel, moderated by Hero Complex’s very own Geoff Boucher, dealt with themes of religion, polygamous marriage and what it means to be human — all of which are represented in some fashion on the series — with panelists who included executive producer David Eick and executive producer/creator Ronald Moore and actors Alessandra Torresani, Sasha Roiz, James Marsters and Magda Apanowicz. Of course, the deep conversation might have been helped by the fact that Eick and Moore opted to do a couple of shots from what appeared to be a bottle of tequila to kick off the festivities. (Sure, it’s […]
June 19, 2010 | 6:14 p.m.

‘The Phantom’ is back — but you might not recognize him

FIVE QUESTIONS: RYAN CARNES OF “THE PHANTOM” Beginning in February 1936 — three years before Batman went on the prowl for the first time — young readers across the nation thrilled to the comic-strip adventures of a different masked mystery man: The Phantom. The character created by Lee Falk is considered by many to be a key stepping-stone in the early evolutionary path of the American superhero (he is believed to be the first fictional crime fighter to wear a skin-tight costume, for instance). Now he’s back but in a fashion that the late Falk might not have recognized. On Sunday, SyFy airs a  revival of “The Phantom” in the form of a four-hour mini-series. I caught up with the star, Ryan Carnes, for this edition of Five Questions. — Geoff Boucher GB: How did you find yourself in this role? And is it a character that you […]
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