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April 04, 2015 | 9:14 a.m.

WonderCon 2015: ‘Wayward Pines’ actors tease mysterious twist

Juliette Lewis, left, Melisa Leo, Matt Dillon, Tim Griffin, Toby Jones, Terrence Howard, Shannyn Sossamon, Charlie Tahan, Reed Diamond and Carla Gugino in "Wayward Pines." (Frank Ockenfels/FOX)
“Wayward Pines,” a new show that combines the government conspiracy crime mystery of “X-Files” and the creepy, exclusive small-town community of “Stepford Wives,” screened at WonderCon on Friday to a large crowd that seemed to grow until people were standing along the walls as the screening continued. The 10-episode Fox show, starring Matt Dillon, Terrence Howard, Juliette Lewis, Reed Diamond, Tim Griffin, Carla Gugino and Melissa Leo, is based on the novel “Pines” by Blake Crouch and produced and directed by M. Night Shyamalan (“The Sixth Sense,” “Signs”). “Always answer the phone” is the creepy refrain that many in the crowd were repeating as the lights came up after the screening. A short panel discussion afterward included producer Donald De Line and actors Diamond and Griffin, with Entertainment Weekly’s “Sandra Gonzalez moderating. De Line talked about reading the book and […]
April 02, 2015 | 6:43 p.m.

WonderCon set for pop culture playtime in Anaheim

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A legion of superheroes, zombies, Jedi Knights and more costumed fans will be descending upon the Anaheim Convention Center this weekend for WonderCon, an annual pop culture expo expected to draw some 60,000 sci-fi, fantasy, horror and comic book professionals and enthusiasts. The expo, which begins Friday and has its roots in the Bay Area but has been held in Disneyland’s backyard since 2012, serves as the unofficial kickoff for Southern California’s burgeoning convention season celebrating fandom and pop culture. This year’s lineup includes mid-April’s Star Wars Celebration, Disney’s D23 Expo in August, the gaming industry’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in June, July’s Anime Expo, Stan Lee’s Comikaze in fall and, of course, San Diego’s massive Comic-Con International, set for July 9-12. WonderCon is a sort of junior sibling to the San Diego mega-convention, which has drawn upward of 130,000 […]
April 02, 2015 | 4:47 p.m.

‘Doctor Who’: BBC Worldwide releases a special BitTorrent bundle

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Time flies when you’re a Time Lord. To commemorate the 10 years since the BBC regenerated the “Doctor Who” series, BBC Worldwide has joined with BitTorrent to release an exclusive 10-episode bundle highlighting the British sci-fi show’s best moments, as selected by the “Doctor Who” team. The “Decade of Doctor Who” bundle features an introduction by Peter Capaldi, who currently stars as the Twelfth Doctor. The introductory video, as well as a preview of the episode “Rose,” the first episode of the 2005 revival starring Christopher Eccleston as the Ninth Doctor, are available free. “This innovative deal with BitTorrent allows us to directly reach a huge number of consumers and engage with fans on a global and fast-growing digital platform,” said Julia Kenyon, the director of drama brands at BBC Worldwide in a statement. “This deal is the first of […]
April 02, 2015 | 1:29 p.m.

‘Game of Thrones': George R.R. Martin teases ‘Winds of Winter’

Sophie Turner plays Sansa Stark in "Game of Thrones." (Helen Sloan / HBO)
George R.R. Martin keeps his promises. After announcing on his blog that he was scaling back on convention appearances, as well as forgoing scripting any episodes for the sixth season of “Game of Thrones” in order to focus more on writing “The Winds of Winter,” Martin delivered a gift to his “A Song of Ice and Fire” fans in the form of an excerpt from the long-anticipated next installment of his popular fantasy saga. (Those not caught up with series should beware — there are spoilers below.) Martin’s new segment was posted online under the title “Alayne,” the alias Sansa Stark has adopted since escaping from King’s Landing (and her diminutive husband) to the Eyrie with Petyr Baelish, posing as his daughter after the events of the Purple Wedding. Sansa fans can rejoice because this is the first chapter narrated […]
March 30, 2015 | 1:09 p.m.

‘Mortal Instruments’ TV series ‘Shadowhunters’ coming to ABC Family

A scene from "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones." (Screen Gems)
“Shadowhunters,” a new TV series in the “Mortal Instruments” franchise, is coming to ABC Family. The show will go into production in May in Toronto, the network announced Monday. Based on the bestselling “The Mortal Instruments” YA urban fantasy book series by Cassandra Clare, “Shadowhunters” follows young heroine 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, she must team up with a band of Shadowhunters, including the captivating Jace Wayland, uncover family secrets and tap into powers she never knew she had. Follow @ABCFamily’s @ShadowhuntersTV, a new TV series based on The Mortal Instruments book series by @cassieclare! https://t.co/l61eKTmKvU — Shadowhunters (@ShadowhuntersTV) March 30, 2015 “Shadowhunters” picks up with Clary “living among faeries, warlocks, […]
March 30, 2015 | 12:41 p.m.

‘Game of Thrones’ star Maisie Williams joins ‘Doctor Who’ cast

Maisie Williams will guest star in "Doctor Who." (BBC)
“Game of Thrones” star Maisie Williams, who plays fan-favorite character Arya Stark in “Game of Thrones,” is headed to the TARDIS. The 17-year-old actress will guest star in the upcoming season of “Doctor Who,” the BBC announced Monday, though her character remains a mystery. “It’s not possible to say too much about who or what she’s playing, but she is going to challenge the Doctor in very unexpected ways,” the show’s lead writer and executive producer, Steven Moffat, said in a statement. “This time he might just be out of his depth, and we know Maisie is going to give him exactly the right sort of hell.” The sci-fi adventure series, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013, returns this fall for its ninth season since rebooting a decade ago. The show centers around a time-traveling alien known simply as […]
March 30, 2015 | 7:45 a.m.

‘Fear the Walking Dead': Watch the first trailer for the spinoff

During the 90-minute fifth season finale of “The Walking Dead,” AMC gave fans their first trailer for the upcoming spinoff series, “Fear the Walking Dead.” As previously speculated, the new series will take place during the first days of the zombie outbreak, when society was still relatively functional. Cliff Curtis and Kim Dickens lead the ensemble cast in the series set in Los Angeles in the same world as “The Walking Dead.” It was co-created by Robert Kirkman and Dave Erickson. Frank Dillane and Alycia Debnam-Carey also star. Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero and David Alpert will executive produce the new series alongside Kirkman and Erickson. It has already been picked up for two seasons by AMC and will begin its six-episode first season sometime later this summer. — Patrick Kevin Day | @patrickkevinday Follow us on Twitter: @LATHeroComplex RECENT […]
March 27, 2015 | 12:49 p.m.

‘Walking Dead’ spinoff reveals its title

Kim Dickens and Cliff Curtis star in "Fear the Walking Dead" on AMC. (AMC)
Finally, fans of “The Walking Dead” can call the show’s upcoming spinoff series by something other than “That upcoming ‘Walking Dead’ spinoff series.” Creator and executive producer Robert Kirkman has officially revealed the title to be “Fear the Walking Dead.” That would look great on an old-fashioned B-movie poster, wouldn’t it? The series, co-created by Kirkman and Dave Erickson, is set in Los Angeles and stars Cliff Curtis, Kim Dickens, Frank Dillane and Alycia Debnam-Carey. Nothing has been revealed about the story line, but it is set in the same world as the original “Walking Dead.” Though based on how well-dressed Curtis and Dickens are in the first released images, it’s been widely speculated that the series will be a prequel of sorts. AMC President Charlie Collier previously dropped a hint about the focus of the new series in a […]
March 24, 2015 | 11:25 a.m.

‘X-Files’ revival: Duchovny, Anderson returning in 6-episode Fox event

Fox Mulder and Dana Scully are headed back to the small screen. “The X-Files” is returning to Fox with a six-episode event series, and David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson are set to reprise their original roles as the FBI agents who investigate paranormal mysteries. The sci-fi horror series, helmed by creator Chris Carter, premiered 22 years ago and became a pop-culture phenomenon, earning 16 Primetime and Creative Emmy Awards and five Golden Globes and inspiring a worldwide fan base. The show, which ran for nine seasons, became U.S. network TV’s longest-running sci-fi series. “The X-Files” has been off the air since 2002, but production for the six new episodes will begin this summer. “I think of it as a 13-year commercial break,” Carter said in Tuesday’s news release announcing the revival. “The good news is the world has only gotten […]
March 23, 2015 | 3:56 p.m.

‘Game of Thrones’: Watch San Francisco premiere; prep for Season 5

The new season of “Game of Thrones” already had its British premiere at the Tower of London and will have its North American premiere starting at 6 p.m. Pacific time on Monday at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco. You can watch coverage from the red carpet below. For the rest of us, the show doesn’t return on HBO until April 12. To those jonesing for some more dragon action, that can seem like a lifetime away — especially in terms of brutally short Westerosi lives. But just because you can’t see the new season early, doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do to prepare. If past seasons have taught us anything, it’s that the narrative of this HBO series is so densely packed and richly layered that any amount of additional information will allow the story to pass […]
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