Jan. 28, 2014 | 4:00 p.m.
When being a superhero doesn’t pay the bills, a crime-fighting team turns to more roguish tactics in “Caper,” a new Web series out next month. Hero Complex readers get a first look at the trailer for “Caper” (watch it below), coming in February from Felicia Day’s multimedia company and YouTube network Geek & Sundry. “Caper” is the brainchild of writer and producer Amy Berg, known for her work on “Eureka,” “Person of Interest” and “Leverage,” and Mike Sizemore, who wrote the stage adaptation of “Howl’s Moving Castle.” The Web series centers on a group of friends whose superheroics fall short of paying the rent. The motley misfits decide to plan a heist — with some good-guy caveats, of course. Nobody is to get hurt, and only those who deserve it will be robbed. The series combines live-action and animation, using […]
Oct. 03, 2013 | 5:04 p.m.
NBC’s new supernatural duo of “Grimm” and “Dracula” doesn’t kick off until Oct. 25, but fans of both can get glimpses of what’s to come with new webisodes that delve into each show’s mythology. Fans of “Grimm” know that Dammerzustand, or zombies, are the newest danger in the Portland-set drama, with last season’s finale showing them overrunning the heroes. The undead invasion is spotlighted in “Grimm: Meltdown.” The series features refrigerator repairman Bud, an Eisbiber (rodent-like creature played by Danny Bruno) who faces off against zombies in his repair shop and has to call for help. It’s something many of the supernatural Wesen creatures are reluctant to do. For “Dracula,” the show itself may not have a following since it hasn’t premiered, but the character, played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers, is, of course, known to fans the world over, bringing […]
Oct. 02, 2013 | 9:21 a.m.
“The Walking Dead” returns in less than two weeks, and AMC is ramping up viewer appetite with webisodes and a new trailer. The fourth season of the hit zombie survival series is to debut Oct. 13, but fans who can’t wait for the gory showdown to begin can check out this year’s three-webisode series, titled “The Oath” and directed by “Walking Dead” executive producer and makeup wizard Greg Nicotero. Nicotero also directed the webisodes preceding Seasons 2 and 3. This year’s webisodes, set in other parts of “The Walking Dead” world, tell short stories about survivors Karina (Ashley Bell) and Paul (Wyatt Russell) as they desperately seek medical aid after a zombie attack. They eventually find a doctor (Ellen Greene), whose motives may be questionable. Check out the first episode, which runs just more than eight minutes, below. The webisodes […]
Sept. 26, 2013 | 1:01 p.m.
“Mortal Kombat Legacy 2,” the sequel to the popular Machinima Web series, launched Thursday with a very different take on one of the franchise’s beloved characters, Liu Kang. The formerly well-meaning monk has taken a turn toward the dark side in Kevin Tancharoen’s newly envisioned tale, and actor Brian Tee appreciates the sinister twist (to watch him in action, check out the first episode in the new season below). Hero Complex recently caught up with Tee to get his insight into the character and what it took to bring him to life. HC: When did you first get into “Mortal Kombat”? BT: I grew up playing “Mortal Kombat” as a kid. I was always a fan of the video game. Saw the movies as a kid as well. When I found that YouTube video of Kevin’s updating “Mortal Kombat,” it […]
Sept. 24, 2013 | 5:29 p.m.
“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s” Maurissa Tancharoen isn’t the only one in her family with a new creative venture premiering this week. On Thursday, her brother Kevin Tancharoen is set to debut “Mortal Kombat Legacy 2,” the sequel to the video game-inspired Web series that launched in 2011 on the Machinima YouTube channel and has had more than 70 million views. This time, though, the series will be released in its entirety rather than rolling out in episodic installments — Kevin Tancharoen noted that binge-viewing habits have changed even the way Web series creators think about launching new projects. Hero Complex caught up with Tancharoen, whose original self-made short film spawned the Web series and an upcoming feature, to talk a bit more about what to expect from the new episodes and the big-screen version he’s planning. HC: So, this time […]
March 18, 2012 | 6:29 p.m.
Felicia Day, the apple of many a fanboy’s eye and creator of the hit Web series “The Guild,” unveiled her next venture into online entertainment at WonderCon on Saturday. Along with a panel of colleagues with plenty of geek cred, Day introduced Geek & Sundry, her new YouTube channel. Five new shows plus Season 5 of “The Guild” will begin airing on the site in April. Day was full of enthusiasm on the panel as she chatted about the project (and she admitted that she “started crying to Pearl Jam on the way down” to Anaheim). “Every single show is like a piece of love,” she said. “We’re really excited to create a whole new community around these shows.” Before the panel kicked off, fans watched the trailer for Geek & Sundry’s lineup, which is now available to view on […]
Oct. 29, 2009 | 5:00 p.m.
Contributor Susan King brings us some Halloween fun with this piece on the brilliant Roger Corman aiding Netflix with his cliffhanger genius. The result being an interactive three-parter, directed by Joe Dante, called “Splatter.” — Jevon Phillips When it came to making movies quickly and cheaply, it was hard to beat Roger Corman, who once joked that he could make a film about the Roman Empire with two extras and a sagebrush. He directed 1960’s “The Little Shop of Horrors” in two days. Corman started directing films in 1955 and, during his peak, could turn out seven a year. A true auteur of “B” movies, his films featured offbeat characters, dark humor, social commentary and a savvy use of special effects and sets — he would often simply shoot another film on the same sets with the same actors. With its […]