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Sept. 12, 2014 | 5:00 a.m.

‘The Strain': Richard Sammel relishes evil role as Thomas Eichhorst

Richard Sammel as Thomas Eichhorst in "The Strain." (Michael Gibson/FX)
It takes a certain mind-set to want to bring about the end of the world. For Richard Sammel, the German actor who plays emissary of evil Thomas Eichhorst in FX’s apocalyptic series “The Strain,” a relentlessly positive attitude and a misplaced sense of self-assurance are key. “Guillermo gave me a magic word,” Sammel said recently, referring to “Strain” co-creator Guillermo del Toro. “He said, ‘Richard, for every strong character, there is a cue word, and for Eichhorst, it’s, ‘Yes!’ I couldn’t do anything with it for quite a bit, but… at a certain point it just opened. Yes! He’s hubristic, egocentric, narcissistic. It’s the vampire version of Obama’s ‘Yes, we can!’ Yes, I can. Yes, I do the right thing.” Sammel’s wicked charisma and gleeful zeal have helped transform a character that easily could have tipped into sinister parody — […]
Sept. 08, 2014 | 3:41 p.m.

‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.': Lady Sif brawls with bikers [video]

The first season of Marvel’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” arrives on DVD Tuesday, giving fans the chance to review the 22 episodes of the series’ initial run before the ABC hour-long adventure returns for a second season Sept. 23. The release will include a number of behind-the-scenes featurettes and commentaries with the cast of the show, which tracks the weekly adventures of Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) and his roster of operatives: Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen), Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), Skye (Chloe Bennet), Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge). Hero Complex readers can get an early, exclusive look at some new footage and cast interviews from the episode “Asgardian Bar Fight,” which shows Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander) teaching a lesson to some rowdy bikers under the spell of Lorelei (Elena Satine). Watch it below. The series has […]
Sept. 05, 2014 | 9:00 a.m.

‘Gotham': Ben McKenzie talks ‘fish out of water’ Jim Gordon [video]

The Batman prequel series “Gotham” arrives on Fox as one of the fall’s most anticipated new shows — and Hero Complex readers can exclusively check out a new vignette featuring star Ben McKenzie discussing his starring turn as Det. James Gordon. “At the start of the series, James is more or less straight out of the military, has not been in Gotham in a decade or more,” McKenzie says in the new featurette. “He left when he was a kid, he’s a little bit of a fish out of water, he doesn’t exactly know what’s going on in Gotham and he’s figuring it out moment to moment.” Hear what else McKenzie had to say by watching the video below. Based on the origins of the Caped Crusader’s longtime ally and friend, Commissioner James Gordon, “Gotham,” which premieres Sept. 22, is […]
Sept. 04, 2014 | 12:20 p.m.

‘Arrow’ Season 3 trailer spotlights Oliver and Felicity, Brandon Routh

The new trailer for Season 3 of “Arrow” has arrived, and the 90-second clip teases the possibility of real romance between Stephen Amell’s Oliver Queen and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards), with the two planning a dinner date during a high-speed chase. Watch the trailer below. At Comic-Con International in July, “Arrow” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg promised that the upcoming run of episodes, which kicks off Oct. 8, will reveal more about Felicity’s back story and her years at MIT in an installment titled “Oracle.” (Oracle, of course, is the secret identity of Barbara Gordon, daughter of Gotham City Police Commissioner James Gordon, who became an information broker and computer expert after she was made a paraplegic by the Joker’s bullet — Kreisberg definitely seemed to hint that she could make an appearance on “Arrow” this season). Pointing out that third […]
Aug. 30, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.

‘Doctor Who': Samuel Anderson begins his journey with the Doctor

'Doctor Who' Samuel Anderson (featured image)
Samuel Anderson found out he’d landed a gig on “Doctor Who” the day after Thanksgiving last year. He was hanging out with friends, listening to loud music and generally relaxing when his agent called. He took the call alone on the balcony and found out he was going to play Danny Pink. “I went back inside and told my friends ‘Bloody hell, I just got “Doctor Who,”‘” Anderson said during a phone call from England the day before his first episode, “Into the Dalek” was set to debut. “Just then my phone rang again. It was my agent again, who said, ‘Don’t tell anyone.'” Lucky for Anderson, that momentary slip didn’t hurt him. “My friends are too cool for spoilers,” he said. Anderson wasn’t in the first episode of the new season, “Deep Breath,” but that doesn’t mean his character, […]
Aug. 26, 2014 | 1:04 p.m.

‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.': See photo of Lucy Lawless as Isabelle Hartley

Lucy Lawless in "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." (ABC)
Marvel has released the first image of Lucy Lawless as Isabelle Hartley, the new character she’ll play on the second season of ABC’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Hartley is a seasoned S.H.I.E.L.D. veteran helping to rebuild the organization after its spectacular destruction — a key point in Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” that directly impacted the ongoing narrative of the show and the lives of Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) and his roster of operatives: Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen), Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), Skye (Chloe Bennet), Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge). Lawless, beloved by fans for her turns in such series as “Xena: Warrior Princess” and “Battlestar Galactica,” is one of several new actors joining the show’s ensemble. Reed Diamond, Nick Blood, Henry Simmons and Kyle MacLachlan will each play a role in “S.H.I.E.L.D.’s” second […]
Aug. 26, 2014 | 11:29 a.m.

‘Doctor Who': ‘Deep Breath’ set for Blu-Ray release Sept. 9

Peter Capaldi poses for a photo in New York on Aug. 13. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
“Deep Breath,” the feature-length “Doctor Who” season-premiere episode that debuted on BBC America on Aug. 23, will be coming to Blu-ray and DVD on Sept. 9. Directed by Ben Wheatley, the episode was written by current “Doctor Who” showrunner Steven Moffat and set the Doctor and his companion, Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman), on very familiar territory in Victorian London — the city is threatened first by a rampaging T. Rex and then by repair bots run amok, harvesting human organs for their own purposes. The installment marked the beginning of Peter Capaldi’s tenure as the cosmic time-traveler, though the Scottish actor, best known for his role as a foul-mouthed government official in the political comedy “The Thick of It,” is no stranger to the “Doctor Who” universe. He appeared in the 2008 episode “The Fires of Pompeii” alongside the 10th Doctor, […]
Aug. 25, 2014 | 11:55 a.m.

‘Omen’ series ‘Damien’ next for ‘Walking Dead’ veteran Glen Mazzara

Glen Mazzara is resurrecting the Antichrist for Lifetime. The former showrunner of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” is masterminding a new series, “Damien,” which will draw inspiration from director Richard Donner’s 1976 horror classic “The Omen.” The new six-episode series will chronicle the adult life of Damien Thorn, a character introduced to moviegoers in Donner’s film as a young boy adopted by a politically powerful couple — played by Gregory Peck and Lee Remick. After Damien’s presence appears to set off a series of unexplainable events, the couple slowly begin to suspect that there is something deeply sinister about their child. In Mazzara’s show, Damien has been raised without knowledge about his true identity, and he must grapple with his destiny as a catalyst for the apocalypse. Mazzara will write and executive produce “Damien,” which is set to debut on Lifetime […]
Aug. 25, 2014 | 5:21 a.m.

‘Doctor Who’ midnight screening brings out the Doctors

Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman greeted the crowds at the "Doctor Who" season premiere screening in London. (Justin Tallis / AFP / Getty Images)
On Saturday night, the Doctors descended on Burbank. At the AMC Burbank 16, “Doctor Who’s” most loyal fans gathered for a special midnight screening of the eighth-season premiere, “Deep Breath.” It was their first chance to see the latest Doctor, played by Peter Capaldi, in action. And it was definitely one of the most dapper late-night movie crowds in recent history. Many fans arrived dressed as their favorite Doctors — there were bow ties and fezes in honor of Matt Smith, pinstripes and sneakers for David Tennant and even a long, colorful scarf or two to acknowledge Tom Baker, the fourth Doctor. They came from far away — Matt Borcky, dressed as Smith’s Doctor, and his three friends drove 100 miles from Bakersfield just for the screening. Yes, they could have just watched it at home when it aired on […]
Aug. 22, 2014 | 3:11 p.m.

‘Fringe: Sins of the Father’ preview: Read excerpt from new novel

Fringe: Sins of the Father
Much in the same way its spiritual predecessor “The X-Files” paired the paranormal with the procedural, “Fringe” — the spectacular sci-fi series created by J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci that drew to a close last year — imagined a world in which the fantastic lay just beyond the grasp of an unknowing populace. But of the many alien, unnatural threats that intrepid agents Mulder and Scully faced on Chris Carter’s landmark 1990s drama, “Fringe’s” time shifts and visits to parallel dimensions weren’t among them. Indeed, by the time its second season arrived, “Fringe” had established its own unique rhythms and preoccupations as its action centered around Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv), an agent for the FBI’s Fringe Division, a covert operation set up to investigate extraordinary events, and her cohorts, the red-licorice-munching, off-kilter scientist Walter Bishop (John Noble) and […]
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