May 22, 2015 | 10:19 a.m.
If you ever wanted to see Jon Snow jamming to the Troggs, “Game of Thrones: The Musical” will not disappoint. Members of the sprawling “Game of Thrones” cast showed off their vocal chops in a comedic collaboration with the band Coldplay. The Chris Martin/George R. R. Martin mash-up sketch was part of the inaugural U.S. version of the U.K.’s live fundraising telethon Red Nose Day. The video (watch it above), kicks off with an abbreviated version of the fantasy show’s elaborate title music before offering Coldplay frontman Chris Martin’s lyrics for the theme song. “There are Starks and there are Lannisters and Kardashians –” “Targaryens,” drummer Will Champion corrects. The sketch also features Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister on “Thrones”) crooning “Man for All Seasons,” a song about his character’s relative longevity; Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jamie Lannister) channeling his inner Bryan Adams as he sings a piano-driven ballad dedicated to his […]
May 20, 2015 | 11:21 a.m.
Longtime fans of HBO’s grisly “Game of Thrones” will tell you that the dark fantasy show is notoriously packed with murder, torture, dismemberment, incest and Coldplay. Wait, what was that last one? In a break from all that violence and dragonfire, the cast of the HBO hit is teaming with Chris Martin and company for a special musical performance this Thursday as part of the inaugural U.S. version of the U.K.’s live fundraising telethon Red Nose Day. “Game of Thrones: The Musical” will no doubt be among the highlights of the event, with several prominent members of House Lannister and House Stark joining Coldplay for tuneful tales of life and death in Westeros. In a teaser for the show (above), Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister on “Thrones”) hams it up in as he croons a short ditty pointing out that, while major characters such as Ned Stark, […]
May 18, 2015 | 11:23 a.m.
This post contains “Game of Thrones” spoilers. Poor Sansa Stark can’t catch a break. And fans are taking to social media to express their outrage following the latest atrocity inflicted on Sansa in last night’s episode of “Game of Thrones.” Sansa, portrayed by 19-year-old Sophie Turner, has survived horror after horror in the hit HBO fantasy series. From losing her direwolf Lady, to witnessing the beheading of her father Ned Stark, to suffering the brutality and humiliation inflicted by Joffrey Lannister, to being attacked by a riotous mob, Sansa’s lot only seems to worsen over time. And after fearing sexual assault by Joffrey, by the Hound, by the mob, by Tyrion and potentially even by Littlefinger, Sansa is raped on her wedding night by her new husband, the psychotic Ramsay Bolton, as a tearful Theon Greyjoy, a.k.a. Reek, is made […]
May 15, 2015 | 1:59 p.m.
“Shadowhunters” has cast its villain. Alan Van Sprang (“Reign,” “Survival of the Dead”) will play Valentine in “The Mortal Instruments” TV series, ABC Family announced Friday. Based on the bestselling YA urban fantasy book series by Cassandra Clare, “Shadowhunters” follows 18-year-old art student Clarissa “Clary” Fray (Katherine McNamara) as she becomes entangled in the world of so-called Shadowhunters — human-angel hybrids who hunt down demons — after her mother is attacked and taken by a demon. In order to save her mother, Clary must immerse herself in a world of faeries, warlocks, vampires and werewolves, uncover family secrets, and tap into powers she never knew she had. Van Sprang will portray the mysterious and cruel Shadowhunter Valentine, a “brilliant, cunning and dangerously handsome” man who wields “immense power,” according to a character description in an ABC Family press release. “His […]
May 13, 2015 | 7:20 p.m.
CBS has unveiled an extended first look at “Supergirl,” starring Melissa Benoist as the highflying DC Comics heroine. The one-hour drama, which was picked up by CBS last week, centers on Superman’s similarly super-powered cousin Kara Zor-El, who also escaped Krypton before it was destroyed. “Glee” and “Whiplash” actress Benoist plays a 24-year-old Kara who works as an assistant to a media mogul but who is ready to stop hiding her powers and become a hero. GRAPHIC: A guide to the upcoming TV season The trailer, released Wednesday, opens with an emotional goodbye on Krypton as Kara’s mother, Alura Zor-El (Laura Benanti), tells her young daughter, “On Earth, you will do extraordinary things.” Viewers are introduced to grown-up Kara via the standard rom-com setup, with Kara toting coffee and making calls for her high-powered boss, self-made media magnate Cat Grant […]
May 12, 2015 | 3:17 p.m.
Grant Gustin, Candice Patton and Tom Cavanagh may be in the spotlight in the CW’s hit superhero series “The Flash,” but it’s often the visual effects that steal the show. So far, “The Flash” has depicted a particle accelerator exploding, a tornado, a nuclear blast, a freeze ray, a human fireball, a train wreck and the villainous Gorilla Grodd, not to mention the Flash himself, a man (Gustin) who can run faster than sound. The mastermind behind these spectacles is visual effects supervisor Armen V. Kevorkian, whose credits include “Star Trek: Enterprise,” “Star Trek: Voyager,” “Alias” and “The Tomorrow People.” Ahead of tonight’s “Rogue Air,” the penultimate episode in the series’ inaugural season, Hero Complex chatted with Kevorkian about creating Grodd and the other visual effects for “The Flash.” You created a gorilla! At WonderCon, you talked about how there […]
May 08, 2015 | 6:18 p.m.
It’s time for a new installment of Paycheck Friday, Hero Complex’s weekly roundup of some of our favorite toys, books, games and other merchandise. The news heard around the geek world this week was “Avengers: Age of Ultron” director Joss Whedon leaving the Twitterverse. Whedon eventually spoke out about why he exited the social media network, so this week’s paycheck will be spent paying tribute to his choice by celebrating the Whedon women we love. The woman who started it all, of course, was Buffy Summers. She was the one girl in all the world chosen to stand against the vampires, the demons and the forces of darkness, or so it went in Whedon’s breakout hit TV show “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” This week’s first pick is “The Little Book of Whittling” by Chris Lubkemann. This introductory guide is great […]
May 06, 2015 | 4:04 p.m.
“The Mortal Instruments” TV series “Shadowhunters” has found its lead, casting Katherine McNamara as heroine Clary Fray. In the TV series, Clary is an 18-year-old art student whose future is derailed when she finds out on her birthday that her life is a lie. Based on the bestselling “The Mortal Instruments” YA urban fantasy book series by Cassandra Clare, “Shadowhunters” follows Clary as she becomes entangled in the world of Shadowhunters — human-angel hybrids who hunt down demons — after her mother is attacked and taken by a demon. To save her mother, Clary must immerse herself in a world of faeries, warlocks, vampires and werewolves, uncover family secrets, tap into powers she never knew she had and team up with a band of Shadowhunters, including the captivating Jace Wayland — a skilled soldier and expert Shadowhunter seeking revenge for his […]
May 01, 2015 | 1:36 p.m.
“Shadowhunters” has added two new actors to its demon-fighting team. “The Mortal Instruments” spinoff TV series has cast Alberto Rosende and Emeraude Toubia in key roles, ABC Family announced Friday. Based on the bestselling YA urban fantasy book series by Cassandra Clare, “Shadowhunters” follows 18-year-old Clarissa “Clary” Fray as she becomes entangled in the world of Shadowhunters — human-angel hybrids who hunt down demons — after her mother is attacked and taken by a demon. In order to save her mother, Clary must immerse herself in a world of faeries, warlocks, vampires and werewolves, uncover family secrets, tap into powers she never knew she had and team up with a band of Shadowhunters. Clary is accompanied on her demon-fighting quest by her geeky-yet-handsome best friend Simon, to be portrayed by Rosende. In the TV series, Simon is an accounting student by […]
April 29, 2015 | 12:28 p.m.
Score one for the librarian. Noah Wyle, whose post-“ER” credits include roles as academics-turned-heroes tasked with saving the world in “Falling Skies” and “The Librarian,” will be presented with the Artists Showcase Award from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films at the 41st Saturn Awards. In “ER” Wyle played John Carter, who at the start of the series was a medical student. Lately he has added a few genre roles to his résumé. Since 2011 Wyle has played Tom Mason, a history-professor-turned-civilian-fighter in the TV series “Falling Skies,” the postapocalyptic sci-fi series chronicling the aftermath of an invasion by several races of extraterrestrials that kill most of the human population. Wyle also plays Flynn Carsen, a perpetual college student who finds himself recruited as a librarian tasked with protecting supernatural artifacts in a secret section of the library […]