The Walking Dead

March 20, 2014 | 8:01 a.m.

‘Da Vinci’s Demons’ composer Bear McCreary scores with Calder Quartet

Bear McCreary conducts an orchestra while performing the score for a second- season episode of "Da Vinci's Demons" at the Bridge Recording Studio  in Glendale. (Chris Pizzello/Invision for Starz/AP Images)
As a classical-music ensemble with a sterling critical reputation and a flair for the contemporary, the Los Angeles-based Calder Quartet is used to playing at some of  the most prestigious concert venues around the world. On a recent winter morning, however, the musicians were in a modest studio in a not-so-glamorous stretch of Glendale dominated by shabby industrial warehouses. Passing freight trains emitted a repetitive ka-chink as they moved through the area on rusty tracks. Inside, a rhythm of a different sort was at play. The quartet was recording (and re-recording… and re-recording) a staccato passage for the soundtrack of the Starz drama series “Da Vinci’s Demons.” Leading them from the podium was the series’ Emmy-winning composer Bear McCreary. The 35-year-old McCreary demanded the musicians repeat the passage several times, suggesting slight changes in their interpretation with each take. “Maybe […]
Feb. 25, 2014 | 10:00 p.m.

‘Hobbit,’ ‘Hunger Games,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ top Saturn Award noms

Evangeline Lilly in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug"; Jennifer Lawrence in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire"; Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in "Game of Thrones" (Warner Bros./Lionsgate/HBO)
Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” and Alfonso Cuarón’s Oscar-nominated “Gravity” are the top contenders at the upcoming 40th annual Saturn Awards, with eight nominations each. “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” 2012′s highest-grossing film, earned seven nominations, while “Iron Man 3,” “Pacific Rim,” “Star Trek Into Darkness” and “Thor: The Dark World” were recognized with five nominations each. On the television side, HBO’s lavish fantasy “Game of Thrones” received five nominations, as did AMC’s drama “Breaking Bad” and TNT’s “Falling Skies.” Founded in 1972 to recognize films often overlooked by mainstream awards series, the Saturn Awards fetes projects in a broad swath of genres, including science fiction, horror, fantasy, thriller and action/adventure — there are also awards for best independent film with nominees including critical favorites “12 Years a Slave” and “Inside Llewyn Davis”; best international film (a […]
Feb. 10, 2014 | 6:30 a.m.

‘Walking Dead’: Danai Gurira on slaying zombies, Michonne’s nightmare

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“The Walking Dead” returned for the second half of its fourth season Sunday with a gripping episode titled “After,” which tracks Rick, Carl and Michonne as they attempt to recover from the crushing attack that rendered their prison sanctuary uninhabitable and scattered the survivors out on the road once more. Written by Robert Kirkman and directed by Greg Nicotero, the episode features a memorable turn for Danai Gurira and her warrior Michonne. The character’s steely demeanor always has served as a kind of emotional armor, helping her to cope with profound, unspeakable loss and survive in the brutal, post-apocalyptic landscape. But in the latest installment of the wildly popular series, Michonne finds herself struggling to suppress painful memories of the time before the dead roamed the earth and wondering whether she should continue to fight to survive in a world […]
Jan. 17, 2014 | 10:39 a.m.

‘Walking Dead’ trailer: Amid zombies, Rick vows ‘We’re not too far gone’

“The Walking Dead” is set to return for the second half of its fourth season on Sunday, Feb. 9, and AMC has released a short trailer teasing what’s to come for the beleaguered survivors on the hit zombie show. In the wake of the events of December’s mid-season finale, the Governor is no longer a threat, but Rick Grimes and his people have lost the option of sheltering in the prison. After a bloody confrontation that left key players dead, the members of the group find themselves back out on the road searching for some kind of safe haven, and one another. Difficult choices and potential enemies, not to mention walkers, greet them at every turn. The trailer, which plays to a haunting rendition of “Bad Moon Rising,” suggests that in spite of everything, Andrew Lincoln’s Rick is determined to […]
Dec. 23, 2013 | 5:20 p.m.

‘Doctor Who,’ ‘Hobbit,’ ‘Hunger Games,’ Batfleck: 2013 in review

The year was a gift for fans of genre entertainment.  Click through the images for a detailed look at some of the most memorable moments of 2013. (Photos, clockwise from top left, by BBC; Warner Bros.; Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times; Lionsgate)
2013 was a superb year for fans of genre entertainment. Major comic book heroes celebrated milestone anniversaries, as did “Doctor Who.” “The Walking Dead” and “Game of Thrones” continued to demonstrate that fantastic tales, both grim and transporting, can make for compelling, compulsory viewing. Dragons, female warriors and Tom Hiddleston stormed the multiplex in blockbuster fashion, while next-generation gaming consoles arrived, just in time for Christmas. There was plenty of big news about 2015 projects as well — namely, that J.J. Abrams will direct the first live-action “Star Wars” film since 2005, and that Ben Affleck will take over the role of Batman from Gotham City’s previous Caped Crusader, Christian Bale. Following are the Hero Complex picks for some of the most memorable moments in film, TV, comic books and games, in no particular order. Feel free to share your […]
Nov. 18, 2013 | 5:00 a.m.

‘Walking Dead’: David Morrissey on Governor’s trauma, ‘complicated’ path

David Morrissey as the Governor in Sunday's episode of "The Walking Dead." (Gene Page/AMC)
So now we know what happened to the Governor. “The Walking Dead” continued its season four focus on character-driven episodes with Sunday’s “Live Bait,” a standalone installment that charted the one-eyed villain’s time out on the road after his fateful showdown with Rick and his band of survivors, a conflict that ended in surprising, horrifying violence. British actor David Morrissey said even though the Governor, now living as Brian Blake, has blood on his hands, he’s struggling to cope with his guilt and wrestling with the realization that great darkness dwells inside him. Hero Complex caught up with Morrissey to chat about having the chance to more deeply explore the complicated psychology of a man at the end of the world, and what might happen next now that the Governor’s past has caught up with him. Those who missed Sunday’s […]
Oct. 29, 2013 | 11:26 a.m.

Halloween horror: 13 frightfully good comics for holiday scares

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Conjuring horror in comics requires a masterful touch. As “Coffin Hill” artist Inaki Miranda said at New York Comic Con earlier this month, “you don’t have music, you don’t have … camera movement, so you have to pick exactly what to put in each panel to create that sense of horror and suspense.” Fortunately, a number of talented creators are channeling their darker impulses to craft wonderfully spooky reads, some violent, blood-soaked tales, others shot through with rich atmosphere. With Halloween right around the corner, Hero Complex has compiled a list of 13 great offerings, arranged alphabetically by age-appropriate groupings. Click through the gallery above to see artwork from some of the selections, and read on to see which titles made the cut. For all ages “Ghostbusters”: Fans of the 1984 comedy classic should understand that it’s nearly impossible for […]
Oct. 29, 2013 | 11:16 a.m.

‘The Walking Dead’ renewed for Season 5; Scott Gimple at the helm

Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and Carol (Melissa Suzanne McBride) in "The Walking Dead." (Gene Page/AMC)
“The Walking Dead” has been renewed for a fifth season. AMC announced Tuesday that its hit zombie drama, based on the Robert Kirkman comic book, will lumber back for another run of installments, hardly surprising news considering the massive ratings the show is enjoying. The series has become television’s most-watched prime-time drama, with its recent Season 4 premiere attracting some 16.1 million viewers. Scott M. Gimple also is set to return as show runner, AMC confirmed. “We are very happy to make what has to be one of the most anti-climactic renewal announcements ever: ‘The Walking Dead’ is renewed for a fifth season,” said Charlie Collier, AMC president, in a statement issued by the network Tuesday. “This is a show that has erased traditional distinctions between cable and broadcast. Its expanding base of passionate fans has grown every season…” Check […]
Oct. 27, 2013 | 8:00 a.m.

‘Walking Dead’: Robert Kirkman says Governor ‘could attack at any moment’

Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) in Sunday's episode of 
"The Walking Dead," "Isolation," written by Robert Kirkman. (Gene Page / AMC)
It’s not an exaggeration to describe “The Walking Dead” as the biggest thing on television right now. AMC’s hit zombie series, adapted from the comic book created by Robert Kirkman, has become the most-watched prime-time drama, its recent Season 4 premiere attracting some 16.1 million viewers. But Kirkman, an executive producer on the show and the writer of Sunday’s episode, “Isolation,” said he and his fellow scripters are doing their best not to dwell on the series’ success for fear it will become an unwelcome distraction from the creative task at hand. “The ratings really have gotten absolutely insane,” Kirkman told Hero Complex. “We really have to ignore it, otherwise it does become unrelenting pressure that we just can’t deal with.” With “Isolation,” Kirkman continues to ratchet up the tension inside the prison as Rick and the other survivors contend […]
Oct. 20, 2013 | 5:20 p.m.

‘Walking Dead’ producer: ‘We’re dealing with a whole other threat’

Michonne (Danai Gurira) in a scene from "The Walking Dead." (Gene Page / AMC)
“The Walking Dead” returns Sunday after a record-breaking season premiere that attracted some 16.1 million viewers, making the AMC zombie drama one of the most watched shows on television. The second episode of season 4, titled “Infected,” picks up the action in the wake of the mysterious death of one of the residents of the prison, with the incident threatening the stability of life inside the prison sanctuary. In an interview with Hero Complex, “Walking Dead” executive producer Greg Nicotero said that event put “a ticking time bomb right in the middle of cell block C.” “We know we’re dealing with a whole other threat — the potential of a disease that can kill you before you even have an opportunity to tell anybody that you’re sick,” Nicotero said. To see what else he had to say, check out our […]
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