Oct. 29, 2013 | 11:16 a.m.
“The Walking Dead” has been renewed for a fifth season. AMC announced Tuesday that its hit zombie drama, based on the Robert Kirkman comic book, will lumber back for another run of installments, hardly surprising news considering the massive ratings the show is enjoying. The series has become television’s most-watched prime-time drama, with its recent Season 4 premiere attracting some 16.1 million viewers. Scott M. Gimple also is set to return as show runner, AMC confirmed. “We are very happy to make what has to be one of the most anti-climactic renewal announcements ever: ‘The Walking Dead’ is renewed for a fifth season,” said Charlie Collier, AMC president, in a statement issued by the network Tuesday. “This is a show that has erased traditional distinctions between cable and broadcast. Its expanding base of passionate fans has grown every season…” Check […]
Oct. 27, 2013 | 8:00 a.m.
It’s not an exaggeration to describe “The Walking Dead” as the biggest thing on television right now. AMC’s hit zombie series, adapted from the comic book created by Robert Kirkman, has become the most-watched prime-time drama, its recent Season 4 premiere attracting some 16.1 million viewers. But Kirkman, an executive producer on the show and the writer of Sunday’s episode, “Isolation,” said he and his fellow scripters are doing their best not to dwell on the series’ success for fear it will become an unwelcome distraction from the creative task at hand. “The ratings really have gotten absolutely insane,” Kirkman told Hero Complex. “We really have to ignore it, otherwise it does become unrelenting pressure that we just can’t deal with.” With “Isolation,” Kirkman continues to ratchet up the tension inside the prison as Rick and the other survivors contend […]
Oct. 25, 2013 | 3:26 p.m.
Excited to see “Doctor Who: Day of the Doctor,” the highly anticipated “Doctor Who” 50th anniversary special, on the big screen? You’re not alone. Tickets for the upcoming theatrical screenings of the 75-minute anniversary special went on sale Friday morning, and stateside fans of the landmark English series seemed eager to snap up seats for the events, set for Nov. 23 and Nov. 25. As our sister blog Showtracker reported Thursday, “Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor” will screen in select movie theaters in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Seattle, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta and Minneapolis Nov. 23 in RealD 3D, coinciding with a worldwide simulcast of the special in 75 countries, including the U.S. GRAPHIC: Meet the many faces of ‘Doctor Who’ Orchestrated by BBC Worldwide, the simulcast and screenings were part of an effort […]
Oct. 25, 2013 | 11:40 a.m.
Over the last two decades, filmmaker Guillermo del Toro has become known as one of popular culture’s great visionaries. He’s channeled his wild, restless imagination to create dark worlds of fantasy and horror, crafting beautifully rendered stories that function as modern fairy tales. Del Toro is interested in innocence and evil, and his tales are populated with winged, multi-limbed creatures and human monsters. His new book, “Cabinet of Curiosities: My Notebooks, Collections, and Other Obsessions” (Harper Design, $60), details Del Toro’s creative process, examining the pages of the leather-bound journals he uses to jot down ideas and drawings, many of which have found their way into his signature films, including “Pan’s Labyrinth” and this summer’s robots-versus-aliens blockbuster, “Pacific Rim.” “Curiosities” also invites readers inside Bleak House, his Southern California sanctuary that’s home to a massive collection of pop culture artifacts, […]
Oct. 23, 2013 | 12:15 p.m.
PBS Masterpiece has revealed the long-awaited U.S. premiere date for “Sherlock” Season 3. The Golden Globe-nominated BBC series, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, will return Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. PT (10 p.m. ET), following “Downton Abbey’s” time slot. Dates for the show’s U.K. premiere have not yet been announced. Based on the classic mystery stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, the series stars Cumberbatch (“Star Trek Into Darkness”) as the brilliant, socially inept detective and Martin Freeman (“The Hobbit”) as his long-suffering roommate and co-sleuth. PHOTOS: Benedict Cumberbatch’s career in pictures The series has been on hiatus since January 2012, and fan anticipation has been growing after Season 2′s cliffhanger finale. In that episode, “The Reichenbach Fall,” Sherlock appeared to leap to his death from a tall building but was afterward revealed to be secretly and inexplicably alive. The […]
Oct. 20, 2013 | 5:20 p.m.
“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. 16, 2013 | 1:44 p.m.
“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” kicked it up a notch with Tuesday’s episode, “Eye Spy,” which enjoyed a preview screening this past weekend at New York Comic Con. The globe-trotting story focused on a former agent and protege of Clark Gregg’s Phil Coulson, Akela Amador, whose special abilities posed a real challenge for the team, and it gave Brett Dalton more of a chance to shine as Agent Grant Ward. (Click through the gallery above for a behind-the-scenes look at “Eye Spy.”) Back in August, Hero Complex visited the Los Angeles set of the series while the episode was filming, and soon after, chatted with Dalton, a San Jose native and Yale drama school grad, about the show and joining the Marvel universe as the special-ops expert. Hero Complex: How’s the experience been for you, so far, as a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent? […]
Oct. 15, 2013 | 6:11 p.m.
The first photos for “The Day of the Doctor” are out, offering a glimpse of the highly anticipated “Doctor Who” 50th anniversary special. The images (check them out in the gallery above) feature outgoing “Doctor Who” star Matt Smith (who plays the 11th incarnation of the Doctor), along with his popular predecessor David Tennant (the 10th Doctor) and newcomer John Hurt. Hurt was introduced as the Doctor in May’s season finale, though fan speculation abounds as to whether Hurt’s character is a previous iteration, a future iteration or an alternate-timeline version of the time traveler, or else another character altogether. The special also stars Jenna Coleman, who plays the Doctor’s current traveling companion Clara Oswald, and Billie Piper, who portrayed fan-favorite traveling companion Rose Tyler, the first female lead after the show’s 2005 reboot. The newly released images from the […]
Oct. 14, 2013 | 7:00 a.m.
NEW YORK — At the Javits Center in Manhattan this past weekend, the Frodos and Jokers were easily outnumbered by the Heisenbergs and Khalesis. Reflecting television’s place on top of the pop-culture food chain, the lineup at New York Comic Con was dominated by the small screen, with panels about shows such as “Game of Thrones,” “Sleepy Hollow” and “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” proving a major draw among the estimated 130,000 attendees. Although it began as a more narrowly focused celebration of comic books and anime, like its behemoth West Coast rival, San Diego’s Comic Con International, NYCC is increasingly dominated by pop culture — particularly television. “I definitely have seen a really strong increase in the TV presence over the past couple of years,” said Kim Mueller, content and talent director at ReedPOP, the company that produces the 7-year-old […]
Oct. 14, 2013 | 6:00 a.m.
“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, […]