Vampires

July 11, 2014 | 12:14 p.m.

‘The Strain': Guillermo del Toro addresses billboard controversy at premiere

"Pacific Rim" director Guillermo del Toro is photographed at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, Calif., on June 17, 2103. (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)
Several drivers and pedestrians have complained for weeks about billboards around Los Angeles promoting FX’s new horror drama “The Strain,” which feature a nasty-looking worm crawling out of an eyeball. Guillermo del Toro, the key creative force behind the series,  wants to know what the big deal is. “It’s just a … worm coming out of an eyeball,”  he said with mischievous glee as he hosted the premiere of “The Strain” Thursday at the Directors Guild of America. The Oscar-nominated director (“Pan’s Labyrinth”), who directed the pilot,  was obviously in an upbeat mood as he introduced the episode, which he hoped would terrify viewers. The billboards certainly have unnerved many who have passed by, prompting FX to remove some of them. At the premiere, John Landgraf, head of FX Networks, pointed to the image on the screen during his opening […]
May 23, 2014 | 11:00 a.m.

‘The Strain': Del Toro and the new face of the apocalypse

On the set of the latest -- vampiriic -- drama of the apocalypse, "The Strain."
TORONTO — The forecast insisted that the latest in a series of punishing winter storms was due to descend on Toronto in a matter of hours, but the sky hovering over the cast and crew of FX’s new vampire series, “The Strain,” was nothing but a blanket of pristine blue. The sunlight might have cheered the locals who had endured more than one Polar Vortex event — yet it was dampening the spirits of the behind-the-scenes team attempting to film a vampire attack that was supposed to be taking place during an eclipse. On a clear and cold Friday, technicians attempted to create enough shade for the sequence by maneuvering a giant black tarpaulin at the entrance to a narrow alleyway, with mixed results. Miguel Gomez, the actor who plays the show’s streetwise Gus Elizalde, was gamely wrestling with an […]
Oct. 08, 2013 | 6:00 a.m.

‘The Originals': Charles Michael Davis on Marcel’s pride, back story

“The Originals” star Charles Michael Davis is new blood in the “Vampire Diaries” universe. His character Marcel is vengefully staking his claim in vampire-overrun New Orleans amid a bitter rivalry with his creator, the fearsome hybrid Klaus. The new CW spinoff series, which aired its back-door pilot during “The Vampire Diaries” last April, premiered last week and centers on the family of Niklaus Mikaelson, or Klaus (Joseph Morgan), who was born a werewolf but was transformed along with his half-siblings into the world’s first vampires thanks to a protective spell cast centuries ago by their mother. The bloodline of this Original family links all the vampires of the two television series. In Tuesday’s episode, Klaus’ estranged sister Rebekah (Claire Holt) arrives in New Orleans at their brother Elijah’s (Daniel Gillies) behest. Klaus is already embroiled in two rivalries: one with […]
July 26, 2013 | 8:00 a.m.

‘The Originals’ sets up ‘Vampire Diaries’ rivalry, ‘epic’ Klaus

Daniel Gillies as Elijah and Joseph Morgan as Klaus. (Skip Bolen / The CW)
This post has been updated. See note below for details. “The Originals” is set to premiere this fall on the CW, and the show’s stars are already working to establish their characters in their new setting, gearing up for a rivalry between their fledgling pilot and its parent series “The Vampire Diaries.” In the same vein as “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel,” “Hercules” and “Xena: Warrior Princess,” and “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Private Practice,” the new series picks up members of “The Vampire Diaries” cast and transplants them in a new setting while maintaining their previous story lines. The shows also amp up fan excitement, building to cross-over episodes featuring characters from both. The latest vampire saga on the network’s supernatural roster sees the deadly original vampires, a brood of siblings who were turned into vampires to survive werewolves terrorizing their […]
July 22, 2013 | 10:15 a.m.

Comic-Con: ‘True Blood’ star Deborah Ann Woll’s photos, survival tips

Deborah Ann Woll at Comic-Con 2013 in San Diego. (Michael Yaris/WBTV via Getty Images)
As part of our Comic-Con International coverage this year, Hero Complex reached out to a select group of actors and writers, asking them to document their experiences in San Diego. Deborah Ann Woll, star of HBO’s “True Blood,” shared what it takes to survive the convention. Check out the gallery above and the silent videos below to see snapshots of the actress’  experiences, with captions written by her. The panel day for “True Blood” is quite an amazing experience. Here’s a guide for getting the most out of the day and surviving the chaos: 1. Stock up on Advil and breath mints at the TV Line interview. Two very important essentials for surviving Comic-Con. You don’t want to turn away a fan with your bad breath, and any girl will tell you all day in heels will make you rush […]
Feb. 28, 2013 | 4:10 p.m.

The Flixies: Netflix awards aim to honor fan-favorite programming

Norman Reedus and Michael Rooker as Daryl and Merle Dixon in "The Walking Dead." (Gene Page/AMC)
Just when you thought Hollywood’s awards season had come to a close with the Oscars, Netflix has unveiled a new prize — the Flixies. But this honor is designed to celebrate widely popular entertainment — movies and television series with ardent followings that too often go overlooked by more conventional ceremonies. “The Walking Dead,” “The Vampire Diaries,” “Battlestar Galactica” and “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” are among the films and TV shows nominated in seven tongue-in-cheek categories including “Best Tantrum Tamer,” “Best Bromance,” “Best Hangover Cure” and “Best Commute Shrtnr.” Among the other genre nominees: “Lost,” “American Horror Story,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Teen Wolf,” “Commando,” “Super 8,” “Freaks and Geeks,” “Archer,” “Mythbusters,” “Transformers Prime” and “The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.” The video streaming services’ new awards are designed to recognize the way audiences now watch TV and films. Services such […]
Feb. 28, 2013 | 3:44 p.m.

‘Buffy': James Marsters on Spike, Spock and romantic vampires

Spike and Spock (featured image)
James Marsters — the actor behind the peroxide-haired punk rock vampire Spike in Joss Whedon’s long-running series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” — found inspiration for his character from an unusual source: Mr. Spock. Marsters said he looked to his favorite character from “Star Trek” — Leonard Nimoy’s starship Enterprise science officer Spock — when he was first cast on “Buffy” for what was initially supposed to be a brief role. Marsters ended up acting in 97 episodes of the series, not to mention another 24 episodes in the spinoff “Angel.” “Spock was that side character that nobody thought would be that much, and he ended up kind of turning the theme on its head,” Marsters told Entertainment Tonight, in the video above. “‘Cause ‘Star Trek’ really was about human beings perfecting a worldview and then sharing it with the galaxy, […]
Jan. 11, 2013 | 12:47 p.m.

Monster love: Filling the post-‘Twilight,’ pre-‘Hunger Games’ void

Nicholas Hoult plays an undead boy attracted to a very much alive girl, Teresa Palmer, in "Warm Bodies." (Jan Thijs / Summit Entertainment)
Angsty teenage love may be as old as Shakespeare and the Bronte sisters, but with the star-crossed lover motif getting a makeover (often introducing elements of the supernatural) in the last few years from novelists Stephenie Meyer and Suzanne Collins, Hollywood has been stalking the young adult book market with the ferocity of a jilted lover. One result is a pileup at the box office this season of female-driven stories with strong-willed protagonists battling zombies, witches and aliens while wrestling with their own overwrought emotions. In the next three months Summit Entertainment, Open Road Films and Warner Bros. will, respectively, release three movies targeting this voracious crowd: “Warm Bodies,” “The Host” and “Beautiful Creatures.” But with so many fighting for attention, will there be enough audience adoration to go around? “What I think we have going for us is I […]
Aug. 17, 2012 | 5:48 p.m.

Before ‘Twilight,’ ‘Lost Boys’ made vampires fun

The Lost Boys
Twenty-five years ago, a summer release from a costume designer-turned-director was moving the needle on vampire movies, forever altering how both audiences and the industry engaged with a cinematic staple by dressing it up with teen romance, sex appeal and style. Fans of “Twilight,” “True Blood” and “The Vampire Diaries,” take note: A lot of what you love about your night creatures descends directly from Joel Schumacher’s 1987 movie “The Lost Boys,” which carries the indelible tagline: “Sleep all day. Party all night. Never grow old. Never die. It’s fun to be a vampire.” Long before the sub-genre became over-freighted with our fantasies, phobias and revisionist history (Abe Lincoln? Really?), handsome young bloodsuckers with chiseled cheekbones, cool clothes and attitude to spare were wilding through the Northern California seaside resort of Santa Carla, a fictional town with the ignominious title […]
Aug. 09, 2012 | 3:12 p.m.

Seth Grahame-Smith wants to resurrect ‘Beetlejuice,’ ‘It’

Seth Grahame-Smith (featured image)
Two months ago, Seth Grahame-Smith looked like he would be the breakout star of a crowded summer movie season. The “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” novelist-turned-Hollywood screenwriter had two films set for release within weeks of each other: Tim Burton’s soap opera send-up “Dark Shadows” and an adaptation of his own bestseller, “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.” The first starred Johnny Depp as an aristocratic vampire who must navigate the strange social mores of 1970s Maine; the latter cast newcomer Benjamin Walker as an ax-wielding incarnation of the 16th president who, out to avenge his mother’s murder, hunts down the monsters secretly advancing the practice of slavery. Both flopped. Suddenly, the 36-year-old — whom the Wall Street Journal had proclaimed “one of Hollywood’s most sought-after young players” — didn’t seem quite so whiz-bang successful. “I’ve thought a lot about this summer […]
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