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Nov. 22, 2013 | 6:12 p.m.

‘Doctor Who’ 50th anniversary hype: Pre-show, Google Doodle, more

Matt Smith, left, David Tennant and John Hurt in "The Day of the Doctor," the "Doctor Who" 50th anniversary special. (BBC)
The “Doctor Who” 50th anniversary special is out in theaters Saturday, and Whovians across the globe are celebrating the BBC series’ milestone. In addition to receiving a limited theatrical release, the feature-length special “The Day of the Doctor” will be simulcast worldwide on TV in more than 75 countries, including the U.S. The special is set to premiere on BBC America at 11:50 a.m. PST. The event is the culmination of a year-long celebration of the long-running science-fiction show’s anniversary, with a special panel at Comic-Con International this summer; the release of “An Adventure in Space and Time,” a film about the show’s inception and the first actor to play the Doctor, William Hartnell; a slate of commemorative TV specials about the show and the various actors who have played the time-traveling alien; and a series of live events in the U.S. […]
June 14, 2012 | 10:53 a.m.

‘Star Wars’ spirit, lightsaber relay barging into Comic-Con

Plans for the sail barge replica, which will head a "Star Wars" themed relay leading up to Comic-Con International. (Nerdist)
A replica of Jabba the Hutt’s sail barge from “Star Wars: Episode VI — Return of the Jedi” will lead the Course of the Force, a five-day lightsaber relay from Santa Monica to San Diego. The 136-mile Olympics-style relay, hosted by the Nerdist‘s Chris Hardwick and Alison Haislip as well as Her Universe’s Ashley Eckstein, benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The 25-foot-long sail barge replica on a flatbed truck (check out the plans in the gallery above) will serve as the lead vehicle in the journey, which begins July 7 and spans the days leading up to Comic-Con International, the massive pop culture expo in San Diego that kicks off July 12. Nerdist Industries and Epic Ink are giving away a limited-edition copy of “Star Wars: The Blueprints” (which we included in our Hero Complex Holiday Gift Guide last year), a hardbound […]
April 10, 2012 | 5:00 a.m.

‘Walking Dead’: Robert Kirkman in the flesh at Festival of Books

'Watchmen,' 'Walking Dead'
Fans hungry for talk of zombies and mutants can get their fill at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at USC, where writer Robert Kirkman will talk about his work for “The Walking Dead,” “Invincible,” “Ultimate X-Men” and his new project, “Super Dinosaur,” which he has described as “a Pixar movie on paper.” The question-and-answer session with Kirkman, hosted by Hero Complex writer Geoff Boucher, will be held in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center at 10:30 a.m. on April 21. Here are a few other events Hero Complex readers may want to check out at the festival, which runs April 21-22: • “With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story”: The documentary will screen at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. April 22 in the School for Cinematic Arts’ Ray Stark Theater. • “Graphic Novel: Drawing Outside the Lines”: […]
Feb. 09, 2012 | 9:10 a.m.

Comic-Con to open with 136-mile Olympics-style lightsaber relay

Comic-Con (featured image)
The costume party that is Comic-Con International just got a major new photo op — fans and celebrities will participate in a 136-mile Olympics-style torch run in the days leading up to massive San Diego pop-culture expo but, of course, instead of torches they’ll be holding aloft their lightsabers. The Course of the Force will begin in Santa Monica and every quarter-mile the ceremonial lightsaber — the trademark weapon for the Jedi Knights of “Star Wars” fame —  will be handed off to a new runner that, considering Comic-Con obsessions, may be dressed as a Wookiee, Klingon, Time Lord or Justice League member. Through sponsorships, the event will raise money for Make-A-Wish Foundation but Peter Levin, chief executive officer of Nerdist Industries, said the lightsaber run is also intended to widen the footprint of fanboy culture. “I was at Comic-Con last year and I noticed that there was a real lack of […]
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