April 06, 2014 | 12:57 p.m.

‘Game of Thrones’: Emilia Clarke on Season 4 secrets, ‘bad-ass’ Sarah Connor

English actress Emilia Clarke describes her role as Daenerys Targaryen on HBO’s epic fantasy “Game of Thrones” as her first “proper job,” which is a rather remarkable fact considering the commanding power of her performance as the mother of dragons. But it’s true that Clarke was fresh out of drama school when she entered the cutthroat world conjured by author George R.R. Martin in his “A Song of Ice and Fire” novels, which show runners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss translated for the screen to considerable acclaim. (Clarke herself was nominated for a supporting actress Emmy for her work on the show.) As Season 4 opens Sunday, Daenerys finds herself far away from the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, having conquered many of the great cities of Slaver’s Bay with the help of her army of Unsullied. While the newly freed […]
Jan. 29, 2014 | 1:37 p.m.

Punisher, Terminator in comics previews

The Punisher #2 (Opena variant cover)
Find the best and the brightest of the comic book world right here, before the books hit the shelves. Thumb through the gallery above, and click on thumbnails below for larger images. We’ll update the post throughout the month so check back to see this growing gallery of covers and pages from upcoming releases from top publishers. To see more art from recent releases, check out our comic book news section and archive of comics-art galleries. RECENT AND RELATED Iron Fist: Kaare Kyle Andrews plans martial arts epic Burnham gets the creeps over his, Grant Morrison’s ‘Nameless’ ‘Star Wars’ comics returning to Marvel Warren Ellis to pit Moon Knight against ‘weird crime’ ‘Batman: Zero Year’: Scott Snyder talks young Bruce Wayne Peter Parker’s return: ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ No. 1 by Dan Slott Rick Remender on optimism against all odds in sci-fi ‘Low’ at Image Image […]
Dec. 13, 2013 | 4:57 p.m.

‘Terminator’ remake: Emilia Clarke cast as Sarah Connor

“Game of Thrones” star Emilia Clarke has been cast as Sarah Connor in the upcoming “Terminator” remake, Paramount confirmed Friday. The new “Terminator” film, from Paramount Pictures, will be the fifth film in the long-running franchise but the first in a planned stand-alone trilogy. Clarke, best known for her portrayal of the dragon queen Daenerys Targaryen in HBO’s hit series “Game of Thrones,” has big shoes to fill. Linda Hamilton originated the role in James Cameron’s 1984 sci-fi action flick and sequel “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.” Hamilton’s performance was considered groundbreaking as her character broke gender barriers to become a genuine gun-toting action hero. PHOTOS: Meet the ‘Thrones’ cast without their costumes Clarke’s “Game of Thrones” costar Lena Headey, who plays the cruel queen Cersei, also portrayed Sarah Connor in the short-lived television series “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.” Little […]
June 28, 2013 | 5:37 p.m.

‘Terminator’ reboot poll: Who should replace Arnold Schwarzenegger?

Paramount hasn't said whether Arnold Schwarzenegger will be back for the upcoming Terminator reboot film, so Hero Complex offers up some suggestions on who might be a good replacement. (Artisan Home Entertainment; Los Angeles Times)
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s body-building success brought him to America and afforded him a minor bit of fame, but it was his role as the leather-jacket-wearing robot assassin in “The Terminator” that made him a superstar. Now, with a Terminator reboot film scheduled for 2015, is it time for a new muscle man to take the spotlight? The new Terminator film, from Paramount Pictures, will be the fifth film in the long-running franchise but the first in a planned stand-alone trilogy. The movie is scheduled for a June 26, 2015, release and will be produced by Megan Ellison of Annapurna Pictures and her brother David Ellison of Skydance Productions. Laeta Kalogridis (“Avatar,” “Shutter Island”) and Patrick Lussier (“Drive Angry”) are penning the script. Paramount hasn’t said whether Schwarzenegger will be back (see what we did there?) to reprise the role, so Hero […]
Oct. 07, 2011 | 1:37 p.m.

‘Terminator’: Justin Lin looks at ‘sacred’ franchise’s future

Director Justin Lin has set aside his plan to make a “Terminator” film but if you wanted a phrase to sum up his mind-set, a good one might be “I’ll be back.” Lin had been ramping up a fifth installment in the classic killer-robot franchise (despite the history of business challenges that have complicated the franchise’s status), but now that effort has taken a backseat after the success of his action film “Fast Five” and his desire to take that high-velocity franchise to its narrative finish line with a planned trilogy that now has a lot more industry fuel in its box-office tank. “Creatively, I’ve had to put some stuff on hold and walk away from some projects that I’d really love to do, but this is an opportunity for me and for us to close out the franchise the right way,” Lin said of the car […]
May 03, 2011 | 10:47 a.m.

‘Firefly’: Summer Glau reflects on Joss Whedon, sci-fi women and River’s edge

Summer Glau in "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles." Credit: Fox Broadcasting Co.
Fox canceled Joss Whedon‘s 2002 television series “Firefly” after a meager14 episodes were produced, but you can’t take the sky away from this space Western — the series maintains a cult following among “Browncoats,” the fans who have taken the series to U.S. Navy ships and even outer space. Fans were disappointed when the show’s big-screen sequel, “Serenity,” didn’t spark the prayed-for second season. Now, Capt. Malcolm Reynolds and his ragged, vagabond crew are back on television on Discovery‘s Science Channel — and while there aren’t new adventures, Science is the first channel to roll out all 14 episodes in the proper order, “the way Joss had intended it,” as a Discovery spokeswoman puts it. The season finale airs May 29. Our Noelene Clark caught up with “Firefly” and “Serenity” cast member Summer Glau, who played River Tam, the ship’s […]
April 20, 2011 | 11:00 a.m.

Mark your calendar: Thirteen sci-fi dates that tell us to fear the future

"Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles"
Don’t bother making weekend plans — armageddon arrives Thursday. If you go by the lore of “Terminator” and the timeline set down by “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles,” the artificial intelligence of Skynet — the computer system commanding the entire U.S. military arsenal – went online Tuesday at 8:11 p.m. and began a 48-hour sequence of events that, well, doesn’t end well for us flesh-and-bone types. As you read this, Skynet is learning at an exponential rate and will soon recruit iPods, microwaves and missiles for its Thursday attack against humanity. If by some chance all of this doesn’t happen Thursday, we’re not out of the woods yet. After years of doomsday fantasy and fear-the-future science fiction, there are plenty of other red-letter days to mark down:. April 21, 2011 — Beware your gadgets “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” (2008-2009): Skynet becomes self-aware and begins “Judgment […]
April 27, 2010 | 9:39 p.m.

‘Planet of the Apes,’ ‘T2′ and ‘Back to the Future’ turn back time this weekend

The great thing about time-travel movies is you can always go back and do it all over again. This weekend, the American Cinematheque’s Egyptian Theatre does just that with a series of time-jumping double-features – “Planet of the Apes” with “Escape From the Planet of the Apes” on Thursday; “Star Trek: First Contact” with “T2: Judgment Day” on Friday; and “The Time Machine” (1960) and the cult-film “Beyond the Barrier” on Sunday. And on Saturday it’s an all-McFly marathon with “Back to the Future,” “Back to the Future II” and “Back to the Future III.” This is the 25th anniversary of the first film in the Robert Zemeckis-directed franchise that starred Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson and Crispin Glover. Marty McFly (Fox) travels back and forth through time thanks to his pal Doc Brown (Lloyd) and a very special DeLorean. The first film […]
Feb. 24, 2010 | 4:02 p.m.

James Cameron, the focus and the fury

Los Angeles Times film reporter Rachel Abramowitz is back again on the Hero Complex, today it’s a piece on her encounters with Jim Cameron… I first met James Cameron on the set of “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” and what I remember most is the screaming. It was a rainy night and Cameron’s crew was set up at one of those glass mansions in Malibu, which, for the purposes of the film, was the home of Skynet scientist Miles Dyson, portrayed by Joe Morton. The script pages for the evening were an ambush scene — Sarah Connor, played by Linda Hamilton, had invaded the home to assassinate Dyson — but Hamilton was the one who seemed under attack. My very vivid recollection of the night was watching Cameron berate the actress. It was only later that I found out that the two were dating; that […]
Nov. 26, 2009 | 1:19 p.m.

2009 Holiday Geek-Gift Guide: The perfect presents for Muggles, Trekkies and fanboys

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE, PART ONE Stressed about finding the perfect gift for that special Muggle, Trekkie, Twi-Hard, Jedi or Bat-fan in your life? Relax and read on: You’ve come to the perfect place at the perfect time, because this is the 2009 Hero Complex Holiday Gift Guide — just think of us as a sort of retail Yoda guiding you through the complicated swamps of holiday shopping. “Buy or buy not. There is no browse…” It’s the perfect time to get your geek on, too. The fanboy culture is in full blossom at the box office and in pop culture beyond, and this holiday season there’s a mountain of gifts and gadgets that speak to the Comic-Con constituency. Here are some of the most heroic: “FRINGE: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON” ($60 for DVD, $80 for Blu-ray): “Fringe” may be the […]
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