Oct. 20, 2013 | 5:20 p.m.

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

“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 […]
Oct. 14, 2013 | 6:00 a.m.

‘Walking Dead’: Greg Nicotero on season premiere; ‘Danger lies within’

“The Walking Dead” returned Sunday night with an episode titled “30 Days Without an Accident,” the first installment of season 4 of the hit AMC zombie series, written by new showrunner Scott M. Gimple and directed by executive producer and special effects makeup expert Greg Nicotero. The episode alternated between quieter character moments and one simply amazing zombie spectacle sequence that had walkers raining down on our favorite survivors through a hole in the ceiling during a supply run. Of course, the hour ended with a strong indication that the prison is no longer going to be the secure outpost that Andrew Lincoln’s Rick Grimes and his people have endeavored to make it, with disease threatening to disrupt the relative tranquility of life inside the walls. Late last week, Hero Complex spoke to Nicotero about his work on the episode, […]
Oct. 13, 2013 | 8:00 a.m.

‘Walking Dead’: Greg Nicotero promises fan-friendly season 4 premiere

“The Walking Dead” kicks off its fourth season on AMC on Sunday night, with “30 Days Without an Accident,” which critics have described as a quieter, more brooding installment than the action-packed season three finale that saw a showdown between Andrew Lincoln’s Rick Grimes and the ruthless Governor (David Morrissey), a face-off that resulted in a number of casualties. Although the one-eyed villain escaped with his life, he won’t be the main threat facing Rick and his people, whose ranks have swollen thanks to an influx of newcomers. Instead, this season it will be the walkers posing the greatest danger, a fact confirmed by the show’s executive producer Greg Nicotero — the pioneering makeup effects artist who has now helmed six episodes of “The Walking Dead.” Hero Complex caught up with Nicotero late last week to chat about what fans […]
Oct. 12, 2013 | 6:22 p.m.

NYCC: ‘Walking Dead’ panel features Norman Reedus, cast news, premiere tease

“The Walking Dead” spin-off won’t hit the airwaves for a while yet, but at New York Comic Con on Saturday, “The Daryl Dixon Show” was already in full effect. In a panel moderated by “Community” star (and self-proclaimed “Walking Dead” super-fan) Yvette Nicole Brown, cast members Norman Reedus, Andrew Lincoln, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira and Chad Coleman teased the season ahead, which resumes several months after the bloody confrontation between the prison population and the Governor’s (David Morrissey) forces. The actors were joined by comic book author Robert Kirkman, newly appointed show runner Scott Gimple and executive producers Greg Nicotero (also the series special effects makeup guru), Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert. But all anyone wanted to know about, or at least it seemed, is what Daryl would be up to in the season ahead — specifically […]
Oct. 02, 2013 | 9:21 a.m.

‘Walking Dead’: New trailer, webisodes tease zombie-filled season

“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 […]
Aug. 02, 2013 | 2:24 p.m.

Walking Dead Escape: Zombie apocalypse not for the faint of heart

PERSPECTIVE As I dragged myself through the Walking Dead Escape — a zombie obstacle course staged during Comic-Con International in San Diego — a line from “Zombieland” played over and over in my mind. “Rule No. 1 for surviving Zombieland? Cardio,” Jesse Eisenberg’s character explains at the beginning of the 2009 comedy. Cardio, indeed, I thought as I jogged up four flights of stairs in Petco Park. As part of a Hero Complex promotion, I had agreed to run the course, based on Robert Kirkman’s “The Walking Dead” comic series, which later spawned the hit AMC show. Our marketing department had secured a dozen spots in the zombie run, and 10 of our readers were lucky enough to win entry. Places 11 and 12 were reserved for me and my colleague Patrick Day, who ran with a video camera strapped […]
July 23, 2013 | 12:46 p.m.

Comic-Con 2013 top 10 moments: Superman, ‘Breaking Bad’ and more

Now that Comic-Con International attendees have had some time to eat, sleep, wash off their face paint and pack away their blasters and batarangs, it’s time to look back at some of the most memorable moments of the expo. “It’s a place where you can be who you are, or who you want to be,” said David Glanzer, spokesman for the San Diego convention, which wrapped up Sunday. “I think for a lot of us who grew up and our interests weren’t always necessarily in the mainstream, it’s great to pal around with 134,000 people who probably share your interests.” Here are are top 10 moments from Comic-Con 2013, as well as a few honorable mentions. Did we miss something? Let us know in the comments. 10. Zombies invade the Gaslamp Quarter It seems apt that the undead had such […]
July 21, 2013 | 3:54 p.m.

Comic-Con 2013: Zombie Walk draws undead legions to Gaslamp

It was World War San Diego as the undead rose up against the living, again, on Saturday and zombies walked the Gaslamp District of Earth during the seventh annual Zombie Walk at Comic-Con International. The well-attended event displayed more than 500 ably animated dead bodies mingling with the living while drinking and possibly discussing comics and brain recipes. Sometimes a photo does say it all, so click on the gallery above and enjoy the carnage. [FOR THE RECORD: An image in the gallery identified a zombie as Roger Stephens. It is Maryann Cummings.] — Jevon Phillips and Kirk McKoy FULL COVERAGE: San Diego Comic-Con 2013 Follow us on Twitter: @LATHeroComplex RECENT AND RELATED Superman & Batman will unite on film Entire ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ cast greets Hall H Sandra Bullock, Tom Cruise talk ‘Gravity,’ ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ Joss […]
July 17, 2013 | 9:00 a.m.

‘Dead Rising 3’ poster, plus Max Brooks, Xbox One and more zombies

One of the most anticipated launch titles for the Xbox One, “Dead Rising 3” brings a new level of sophistication to the zombie franchise, employing an open-world approach that enables players to more deeply explore the game’s environments —  thanks, in part, to the next-gen technology. After a well-received debut at last month’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, the Capcom title is getting a big push at Comic-Con International on Saturday with a panel titled “The Video Game Culture of Zombies: How ‘Dead Rising 3’ on Xbox One Kicks Off a New Generation of Mayhem.” Capcom will bring gameplay footage and its creative team to describe what’s next as the popular series evolves for the new console, and the discussion will also include commentary from Max Brooks, whose zombie novel “World War Z” spawned one of the summer’s biggest movie hits. Earlier […]
June 25, 2013 | 7:00 a.m.

Exclusive: ‘Walking Dead’ to celebrate 10th anniversary at Comic-Con

Robert Kirkman’s acclaimed zombie comic series “The Walking Dead” is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year at Comic-Con International in San Diego. Created by writer Kirkman and artist Tony Moore, the monthly comic about a ragtag group of zombie apocalypse survivors was first released by Image Comics in October 2003. Since then, “The Walking Dead” has won an Eisner Award for best continuing series and has spawned spinoff books, video games and a hit television series on AMC, becoming one of the most well-known zombie tales in pop culture. “The Walking Dead” 10th anniversary celebrations at Comic-Con International — the massive entertainment expo which runs July 18-21 at the San Diego Convention Center — will include zombie costume contests, a zombie makeup station, celebrity appearances and a booth to play “The Walking Dead” video game. “It’s hard to believe the […]
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