The Walking Dead
July 28, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.
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 […]
July 25, 2014 | 3:32 p.m.
The Season 5 panel of “The Walking Dead” kicked off with a supposed sneak peek at what the characters are up to in the 15th episode of the new season, and it turns out they’re all still stuck in the train car at Terminus, the settlement of hostile cannibals where the characters were imprisoned at the end of Season 4. The fake clip showed Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Glenn (Steven Yeun) in big Moses beards, playing cards and munching on cooked pieces of their castmates. “Tastes like Carl,” Rick says munching on what looks like bacon. Showrunner Scott Gimple described it as “‘Cheers’ at Terminus.” Though he was predictably vague on details about the upcoming season, which premieres Oct. 12, Gimple did say that the back story of Terminus would be shown. FULL COVERAGE: Comic-Con 2014 For the first half […]
July 11, 2014 | 2:27 p.m.
Appearances from the casts of “Game of Thrones,” “The Walking Dead” and “Orphan Black” look to be among the top draws at Comic-Con International’s July 25 events, a day heavy on programming centered on top-tier genre television. “The Walking Dead” will amble into Hall H early on, with a panel featuring stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Chad Coleman and Michael Cudlitz, along with executive producer and show runner Scott Gimple, executive producers Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd and Dave Alpert, and special-effects makeup supervisor and executive producer Greg Nicotero. “Talking Dead” host Chris Hardwick will lead the cast through a discussion of Season 4 and what’s in store from the next run of episodes from 12:20 to 1:20 p.m., according to the official Comic-Con schedule released Friday. Riding high from an Emmy-topping […]
June 27, 2014 | 8:00 a.m.
Accepting “The Walking Dead’s” prize for best syndicated/cable television series, executive producer Scott Gimple, surrounded by cast members past and present, told the crowd, “You have to be a geek to do this. We’re proud to be geeks.” That was the prevailing sentiment orbiting around the Castaway Starlight Ballroom in Burbank on Thursday during the 40th Saturn Awards, a celebration of genre entertainment. It was a celebratory evening for AMC’s zombie saga smash hit, as it won a total of three competitive awards and saw one of its top creative forces receive an honorary one. The blockbuster space-survival film “Gravity” was the night’s biggest winner, claiming five of the eight categories it was nominated in, including best science-fiction film, best actress for Sandra Bullock and best director for Alfonso Cuarón (who has said the film isn’t science fiction, but a […]
May 14, 2014 | 3:00 p.m.
All the droogs will shout and cheer. Malcolm McDowell, most famous for playing the eyeliner-wearing bad boy Alex DeLarge in “A Clockwork Orange,” directed by Stanley Kubrick and based on Anthony Burgess’ dystopian novel, will be presented with the Life Career Award from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films at the 40th annual Saturday Awards in June. “I was invited into the woods when Kubrick cast me in the film but I couldn’t see the trees until years later,” McDowell told Hero Complex in a 2011 interview, when asked about his iconic performance. “For maybe 10 years, I resented it because everyone wanted me to repeat it. The best part for any actor is the next one and ‘Clockwork’ irritated me because it took that away at times.” Other winners of the Special Awards honors include writer-producer Byran Fuller (NBC’s […]
March 20, 2014 | 8:01 a.m.
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.
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.
“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.
“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.
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 […]