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March 30, 2015 | 7:45 a.m.

‘Fear the Walking Dead’: Watch the first trailer for the spinoff

During the 90-minute fifth season finale of “The Walking Dead,” AMC gave fans their first trailer for the upcoming spinoff series, “Fear the Walking Dead.” As previously speculated, the new series will take place during the first days of the zombie outbreak, when society was still relatively functional. Cliff Curtis and Kim Dickens lead the ensemble cast in the series set in Los Angeles in the same world as “The Walking Dead.” It was co-created by Robert Kirkman and Dave Erickson. Frank Dillane and Alycia Debnam-Carey also star. Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero and David Alpert will executive produce the new series alongside Kirkman and Erickson. It has already been picked up for two seasons by AMC and will begin its six-episode first season sometime later this summer. — Patrick Kevin Day | @patrickkevinday Follow us on Twitter: @LATHeroComplex RECENT […]
March 27, 2015 | 12:49 p.m.

‘Walking Dead’ spinoff reveals its title

Kim Dickens and Cliff Curtis star in "Fear the Walking Dead" on AMC. (AMC)
Finally, fans of “The Walking Dead” can call the show’s upcoming spinoff series by something other than “That upcoming ‘Walking Dead’ spinoff series.” Creator and executive producer Robert Kirkman has officially revealed the title to be “Fear the Walking Dead.” That would look great on an old-fashioned B-movie poster, wouldn’t it? The series, co-created by Kirkman and Dave Erickson, is set in Los Angeles and stars Cliff Curtis, Kim Dickens, Frank Dillane and Alycia Debnam-Carey. Nothing has been revealed about the story line, but it is set in the same world as the original “Walking Dead.” Though based on how well-dressed Curtis and Dickens are in the first released images, it’s been widely speculated that the series will be a prequel of sorts. AMC President Charlie Collier previously dropped a hint about the focus of the new series in a […]
March 14, 2015 | 2:15 p.m.

SXSW: Robert Kirkman says ‘Walking Dead’ shooter to be ‘Payday’-esque

THE PLAYER AUSTIN, Texas — The fifth season of “The Walking Dead” is entering its home stretch, and franchise creator Robert Kirkman came to the South by Southwest games festival as the series is about to undergo a major expansion. A spin-off show is in the works, one set in Los Angeles, and more games from Telltale are being planned. What’s more, a first-person “Walking Dead” shooter is in development from Starbreeze Studios, creators of the “Payday” franchise. Speaking to Polygon news editor Brian Crecente at a Saturday morning panel, the moderator asked Kirkman to talk more about the upcoming game from Starbreeze, saying that, thus far, it sounds like a traditional shooter. “I can say it will be ‘Payday’-esque, but I’m told it will be a bigger world than ‘Payday’ currently encompasses,” Kirkman said. “They’re going to be learning a […]
Jan. 06, 2015 | 3:52 p.m.

‘[REC] 4: Apocalypse’: Charlie Adlard crafts poster for horror sequel

Charlie Adlard's alternate poster for "[REC] 4: Apocalypse." (Charlie Adlard)
“[REC] 4: Apocalypse,” the latest installment in the Spanish low-fi horror franchise, newly arrives on VOD and in select theaters this month. To commemorate the film’s U.S. premiere, comics artist Charlie Adlard (“The Walking Dead”) created an alternate poster in his signature style. Hero Complex readers can check out the new image at right. Directed by series regular Jaume Balaguero, “[REC] 4: Apocalypse” centers on television reporter Angela Vidal (Manuela Velasco), who in 2007’s “[REC]” originally covered the viral outbreak inside a Barcelona apartment block that was transforming residents into something monstrous. Angela finds herself the only survivor of those events, but when she wakes up inside a high-security quarantine facility on board a ship, she is gripped by fears that she might carry the deadly virus. Watch the trailer for the film below. – Gina McIntyre |  @LATHeroComplex RECENT […]
Oct. 13, 2014 | 11:48 a.m.

‘Walking Dead’s’ Norman Reedus to be honored by horror film festival

Norman Reedus, left, and Angus Scrimm are New York City Horror Film Festival's 2014 lifetime achievement award recipients. (NYC Horror Film Festival)
Norman Reedus of “The Walking Dead” will be honored with an achievement in acting award at the New York City Horror Film Festival next month. Reedus, who plays the crossbow-toting Daryl Dixon in the hit AMC zombie series, will be honored for his “strong dedication to the craft” and creating “new heights and depths” as Daryl, according to a press statement from the festival. Aside from “The Walking Dead,” Reedus has acted in Guillermo del Toro’s “Mimic,” “Blade 2” and the next “Silent Hill” franchise video game, which features a character modeled on Reedus. The actor is also slated to appear in “Triple Nine” and “Air.” PHOTOS: 55 images from ‘The Walking Dead’ Season 5 Reedus will be honored alongside lifetime achievement award recipient Angus Scrimm, the sinister “Tall Man” in Don Coscarelli’s 1979 cult classic “Phantasm.” “The film resonated […]
Oct. 12, 2014 | 8:00 a.m.

‘The Walking Dead’: 55 images from Season 5 of AMC’s hit zombie drama

"The Walking Dead" actor Norman Reedus. (Frank Ockenfels 3/AMC)
“The Walking Dead” kicks off its fifth season Sunday with Rick (Andrew Lincoln), Daryl (Norman Reedus) and the other survivors facing off against hungry cannibals. No one said life during the zombie apocalypse would be easy. Although the road the group has traveled has been unspeakably difficult, their hardships have helped catapult the hit AMC drama to the center of popular culture — “The Walking Dead” continues to rank as television’s most watched prime-time scripted drama, averaging more than 13 million viewers last year. (The season 4 finale was seen by 15.7 million people.) It’s little wonder that AMC has ordered a pilot for a “Walking Dead” spinoff, which is set to go into production this year, and already has confirmed that the series, overseen by show runner Scott M. Gimple, will return for a sixth season. Click through the […]
Oct. 09, 2014 | 1:02 p.m.

New York Comic Con: Batman, ‘Daredevil,’ more in weekend panel picks

(Disney XD; DC Entertainment; AMC)
New York Comic Con kicked off Thursday with an Adam West Batman tribute, a spotlight on “Doctor Who” actor Arthur Darvill and Disney’s previews of “Tomorrowland” and “Big Hero 6,” among other panels. The pop-culture expo, held at Manhattan’s Javits Center today through Sunday, is expected to draw some 130,000 fans for a four-day convention that has come to rival the West Coast’s Comic-Con International in San Diego. If your schedule for this weekend’s events is still up in the air, consider these must-see NYCC panels slated for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. FRIDAY TNT’S “The Librarians” 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Empire Stage 1-E The upcoming series (based on the TV movies) follow a group of librarians on their adventures to protect mysterious, ancient artifacts. This panel features a sneak peek of the first episode, which premieres Dec. 7, and […]
Aug. 25, 2014 | 11:55 a.m.

‘Omen’ series ‘Damien’ next for ‘Walking Dead’ veteran Glen Mazzara

Glen Mazzara is resurrecting the Antichrist for Lifetime. The former showrunner of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” is masterminding a new series, “Damien,” which will draw inspiration from director Richard Donner’s 1976 horror classic “The Omen.” The new six-episode series will chronicle the adult life of Damien Thorn, a character introduced to moviegoers in Donner’s film as a young boy adopted by a politically powerful couple — played by Gregory Peck and Lee Remick. After Damien’s presence appears to set off a series of unexplainable events, the couple slowly begin to suspect that there is something deeply sinister about their child. In Mazzara’s show, Damien has been raised without knowledge about his true identity, and he must grapple with his destiny as a catalyst for the apocalypse. Mazzara will write and executive produce “Damien,” which is set to debut on Lifetime […]
Aug. 01, 2014 | 11:45 a.m.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’: Michael Rooker finds life after ‘Dead’

Yondu (Michael Rooker) in "Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy." (Marvel/Disney)
Rarely is there an upside for an actor to have his character killed off one of the most popular series on television. But when Michael Rooker received the news that his role as Merle Dixon on AMC’s hit zombie series “The Walking Dead” was coming to an end, he took some comfort in knowing that another opportunity was waiting in the wings. The popular character actor has a pivotal role in “Guardians of the Galaxy,” Marvel’s epic space adventure that arrives in theaters Friday, playing Yondu, a bandit who is something of a mentor to Chris Pratt’s Peter Quill, a.k.a. Star-Lord. “Yondu is a responder, he’s a doer,” Rooker said recently. “He’s the leader of a group of interstellar piracy-type guys and a very paternal figure for Peter Quill. He’s his kid pretty much and he taught him how to […]
July 28, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.

Comic-Con 2014: Hollywood stirs fan fervor to the very end

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If Hollywood seemed a tad quieter than normal this past weekend, there was a good reason: Like moths to a porch light — or Batman to the Bat Signal — film and television creators, executives and stars were drawn en masse to downtown San Diego in an effort to drum up excitement for their upcoming wares at the annual Comic-Con International pop-culture expo. The unveiling of the first footage from the highly anticipated superhero mash-up “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and an extended early glimpse at “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” may have sent the biggest reverberations through the four-day film, television, video-game and comic-book fest. But there was plenty of other news to stir the excitement of the 130,000 or so convention-goers who descended upon the San Diego Convention Center, many decked out in costume, to watch exclusive […]
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