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April 22, 2014 | 7:30 p.m.

’24: Underground’ writer Ed Brisson sends Jack Bauer to Ukraine

Mary Lynn Rajskub and Keifer Sutherland  in the new Fox series "24: Live Another Day." (Kelsey McNeal / Fox)
Kiefer Sutherland’s Jack Bauer doesn’t return to the screen until May 5, whcn “24: Live Another Day” premieres with a two-hour kickoff event marking the series’ ninth season on Fox. But this week, writer Ed Brisson takes Bauer to Ukraine in IDW’s five-issue miniseries “24: Underground,” which tracks the character’s experiences between seasons. Brisson, 39, is no stranger to putting his own stamp on well-established fictional universes, having made his name on such titles as Marvel’s “Secret Avengers,” as well as “Sons of Anarchy” and “RoboCop” comics adaptations. For many fans, though, the Vancouver-based letterer-turned-writer is best known for his original titles, including his Image series “Sheltered,” “Comeback” and “The Field,” the latter of which debuted earlier this month. Brisson, who self-published his own work for more than 17 years before his recent breakthroughs, has already had a banner year. […]
April 21, 2014 | 2:42 p.m.

‘Game of Thrones’: Women in a ‘difficult world,’ say show runners

Tommen )Dean-Charles Chapman), Cersei (Lena Headey) stand beside the boy of King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) in Sunday's episode of "Game of Thrones," titled "Breaker of Chains.
 (Helen Sloan/HBO)
Anyone who watches HBO’s lavish fantasy series “Game of Thrones” understands that it’s not easy for any character to  live in the cutthroat world of Westeros, defined as it is by treachery and death. But navigating the brutal environment can be especially fraught for the women who have a central role in the narrative. (If you missed Sunday night’s episode, “Breaker of Chains,” you might want to stop reading now.) In the latest installment of the hit show, Mother of Dragons Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) arrived at the city of Meereen with her army of Unsullied at her back, determined to continue to free the slaves in the cities of the East. But even as she wins the affections of the underclass, she’s also making powerful enemies. QUIZ: Test your ‘Game of Thrones’ knowledge Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) finally escaped […]
April 21, 2014 | 1:21 p.m.

‘Game of Thrones’: Twitter reacts to Cersei scene, champions Daenerys

The Lannisters pay their respects to the fallen King Joffrey. With Lena Headey,  Dean-Charles Chapman, Jack Gleeson and Charles Dance.
Credit:  (Helen Sloan / HBO)
Sunday’s episode of HBO’s sprawling series “Game of Thrones” dealt with the fallout from the much-discussed Purple Wedding, but the installment also managed to churn up its own controversy on Twitter. (If you haven’t seen the episode, “Breaker of Chains,” you should probably stop reading now.) The hour was packed with grizzly drama but nothing quite like the dismal encounter between Cersei (Lena Headey) and Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), the incestuous brother-sister pair whose relationship has sunk to a new low. To say it plainly: Right next to the dead body of King Joffrey, their doomed love child, Jaime Lannister rapes his sister as some sort of twisted punishment for being a “hateful woman.” Ever since Jaime returned to King’s Landing, with a stump where his sword-fighting hand used to be, Cersei has given him the cold shoulder. For some reason, Jaime […]
April 19, 2014 | 3:00 p.m.

‘Star Wars Rebels’: Composer Kevin Kiner channels John Williams for new series

Kevin Kiner will be the composer for "Star Wars Rebels." (Lucasfilm)
When “Star Wars Rebels” debuts this fall, fans will hear some very familiar sounds. Yes, the ever-present “Star Wars” fanfare will be there, but for the first time in a “Star Wars” TV series, the beloved John Williams themes featured throughout the original trilogy will be back — in slightly different form. “I’m using a lot more of John’s themes, but more importantly I’m using the little motifs he had,” says Kevin Kiner, the man picked to score the new series. Fans are already familiar with his work as the longtime composer of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” but for “Rebels” he’s digging back into the Lucasfilm audio vaults, using bits of music that will instantly conjure images of Han, Luke, the Death Star and more. “I never used John’s music before on ‘Clone Wars’ under specific instructions from George […]
April 14, 2014 | 4:07 p.m.

‘Game of Thrones’: Iceland’s Sigur Ros covers ‘The Rains of Castamere’

If it’s doom and gloom you’re looking for, then look no further than Sigur Ros’ version of “The Rains of Castamere.” The tune is a calling card of death on HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and it showed up most recently on Sunday’s episode, “The Lion and the Rose,” which featured the demise of one major player, possibly the series’ most-hated character. If you missed the installment, you might want to stop reading now. Though the song might have been King Joffrey’s idea of a cheery number, “The Rains of Castamere” shouldn’t be played at any wedding, unless you’re trying to get your guests to leave. The Icelandic trio — drummer Orri Pall Dyrason, bass player Georg Holm and singer Jonsi Birgisson — appeared for a brief moment playing their funereal version at the wedding of King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) and Margaery […]
April 14, 2014 | 2:09 p.m.

‘Game of Thrones’: Twitter reacts to Joffrey, Purple Wedding surprise

Talk about just desserts. Last night’s episode of “Game of Thrones,” “The Lion and the Rose,” elicited a rousing celebration from Twitter; as the tweets piled up around the #purplewedding hashtag, it was clear that the death of a key character at the wedding of King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) and Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer) produced one long, slow clap from the Internet. If you still haven’t seen the latest twist in HBO’s fantasy series, you should stop reading now. The highlights? Well, the wedding was a white-knuckled affair even before Joffrey was fatally poisoned. Indulging his own twisted ideas of entertainment, he’d brought out a troupe of dwarfs to act out the so-called Battle of the Five Armies, referencing both Ned Stark and Robb Stark’s murder to the horror of Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner). Not content with this base-level humiliation, Joffrey baited his […]
April 14, 2014 | 11:23 a.m.

‘Game of Thrones’: Relive the Purple Wedding with these 16 photos

Natalie Dormer, Jack Gleeson and Peter Dinklage in Sunday's episode of "Game of Thrones," "The Lion and the Rose." (Macall B. Polay/HBO)
In Sunday’s episode of HBO’s breakout hit fantasy series “Game of Thrones,” a major (and majorly unlikable) character died at the royal nuptials of King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) and Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer), and if you haven’t seen the episode, “The Lion and the Rose,” you might want to stop reading now. Those who did watch the installment witnessed one of the show’s most widely despised characters meet with an untimely end. The cruel King Joffrey was poisoned at his  own wedding feast, and by episode’s end, had died in the arms of his parents — Cersei (Lena Headey) and Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau). Cersei immediately accused their brother Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) of the crime, which puts him in a quite precarious position. Murdering your nephew, the King, isn’t an action that’s likely to go unpunished — regardless of guilt […]
April 14, 2014 | 10:32 a.m.

‘Game of Thrones’ showrunners: ‘Godfather’ inspired Purple Wedding

Jack Gleeson as Joffrey Baratheon in "Game of Thrones." (HBO)
Another season — another deadly wedding. In Sunday’s episode of HBO’s breakout hit fantasy series “Game of Thrones,” a major (and majorly unlikable) character died at the royal nuptials of King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) and Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer), and if you haven’t seen the episode, “The Lion and the Rose,” you might want to stop reading now. Adapting one of the most memorable scenes from the second half of “A Storm of Swords,” the third book in George R.R. Martin’s bestselling “A Song of Ice and Fire” book series, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss brought to the screen the famous Purple Wedding, which ends with Joffrey dead at his own wedding feast — the sadistic royal is poisoned after publicly humiliating his uncle Tyrion (Peter Dinklage). In a recent telephone interview with Hero Complex, Weiss described the Purple […]
April 09, 2014 | 1:43 p.m.

Mimi Pond graphic novel ‘Over Easy’ pairs sharp humor, feminism

"Mimi Pond"
In 1978, twentysomething artist Mimi Pond dropped out of art school and worked in an Oakland greasy spoon, serving punk rockers, hippies and the occasional prostitute. She never forgot her time there: “I knew from the moment I stepped through the door that it was a story.” Fast-forward several years, in which Pond racked up experience writing for “The Simpsons” (she penned the debut episode), “Pee-wee’s Playhouse” and “Designing Women,” all while drawing cartoons for the Los Angeles Times and Seventeen magazine (not to mention raising two kids with her husband, the artist Wayne White). Finally, some 25 years later, she turned her attention to writing about Mama’s Royal, still a pit stop for Bay Area artists to this day. This month, the resulting fictionalized memoir, “Over Easy,” hits the shelves from Drawn & Quarterly. For lovers of tawdry tales from the ’70s, told […]
April 09, 2014 | 10:24 a.m.

‘Game of Thrones’ star Emilia Clarke covers new Hero Complex magazine

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“Game of Thrones” heroine Daenerys Targaryen takes the spotlight on the cover of the latest issue of the Hero Complex print magazine, available now. In a detailed interview, actress Emilia Clarke reveals how her approach to playing the Mother of Dragons on the hit HBO fantasy has evolved over the lifespan of the sprawling series, based on the bestselling novels of George R.R. Martin. “I’ve been growing with her, which is the exciting part,” Clarke said. “Man, she’s got more strength than I have, that’s for sure. Getting to be with her throughout this growth process is so exciting as an actor. While she’s pushing herself, I get to push myself and my acting every season.” (Click through the gallery above for a look at Season 4 of “Game of Thrones.”) The issue also features new interviews with “Godzilla” director […]
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