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April 10, 2015 | 5:03 p.m.

Paycheck Friday: Throw a ‘Game of Thrones’ viewing party

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in "Game of Thrones." (HBO)
Welcome to the inaugural edition of Hero Complex’s new Paycheck Friday series. Every other Friday, Hero Complex will guide you through the vast world of toys, books, games and other geek merchandise and share some of our favorites. With “Game of Thrones” returning for its fifth season on Sunday, it’s only fitting that this week’s paycheck goes to fund a viewing party for the season premiere. Hopefully, these items will help guests get into the proper mood without taking an unpleasant turn the way celebrations often take in the series. First up, we have “A Feast of Ice and Fire: The Official Companion Cookbook.” What’s a Westerosi party without food? Anybody familiar with George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” series knows that Martin’s novels are filled with highly detailed, almost opulent descriptions of the extravagant feasts indulged […]
April 10, 2015 | 3:47 p.m.

‘Game of Thrones': Lena Headey talks Cersei and her ‘very poor choices’

Lena Headey is photographed in HBO's Santa Monica, Calif., office in 2012. (Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times)
Any way you slice it, Cersei Lannister has had a rough year. Last season on HBO’s epic fantasy series “Game of Thrones,” the cunning Queen Regent of the Seven Kingdoms watched her sadistic son and the apple of her eye, King Joffrey, die at his own wedding. His murder created new strain in her, shall we say, complicated incestuous relationship with twin brother Jaime, as did her politically motivated engagement to Loras Tyrell, who happens to be gay. To top it all off, her father, Tywin, was murdered — while on the toilet, no less — by her younger brother, Tyrion. With her mild-mannered youngest son Tommen now installed as king, Cersei is now more powerful than ever. Actress Lena Headey has turned Cersei, a character who in lesser hands might be a campy villainess, into a surprisingly sympathetic figure […]
April 10, 2015 | 7:50 a.m.

‘Game of Thrones’ recap: Before the premiere, here’s where we left off

Conleth Hill, left, and Peter Dinklage star in the fifth season of "Game of Thrones." Click through the gallery for a quick refresher of where we left off. (HBO)
On Sunday, “Game of Thrones” fans will gather in front of their televisions to “do-do-DO-do” along with the show’s opening theme and return to the lands of Westeros and Essos for the fifth season. It’s been several months since Season 4 ended last summer — can they really do only 10 episodes a year? — and with so many tangled story lines to sort out, the brief assortment of “Previously on” clips may not be enough to do the trick. And understanding what happened previously will be more essential than ever this season, as series executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have promised that several of the show’s disparate threads, spread across continents, will finally start to come together. With Tyrion Lannister last seen leaving King’s Landing in a ship bound for Essos, can a meeting with Daenerys Targaryen be […]
April 09, 2015 | 12:51 p.m.

‘Daredevil': See Charlie Cox don the red costume in new Netflix image

A promotional image for "Daredevil." (Netflix)
Marvel fans get a first look at Matt Murdock’s iconic red suit in a new promo for “Daredevil.” The Netflix series, which premieres Friday, stars Charlie Cox as the blind superhero. Up until now, the character has been shown wearing a black mask, shirt and pants during his bouts of crime-fighting. On Thursday morning, Netflix tweeted an image of the character undergoing a transformation, first donning a suit and tie, then the black mask, and finally an armored version of the red suit the character wears in the comics. The real journey to becoming a hero starts here. #Daredevil #Spoiler https://t.co/sjSEgpEn2Z — Daredevil (@Daredevil) April 9, 2015 Murdock debuted in comics with the April 1964 cover-dated “Daredevil” No. 1, by Stan Lee and Bill Everett. As a youngster, Matt is blinded in an accident by a radioactive substance that heightens his […]
April 08, 2015 | 5:00 a.m.

WonderCon 2015: Diversity, authenticity are in focus

(Nickelodeon, BBC America, DC Entertainment, Cartoon Network)
Inside a large conference room at the Anaheim Convention Center, the line of fans waiting to question cast members of the BBC America sci-fi series “Orphan Black” at last weekend’s WonderCon was long. Most of the show’s enthusiasts expressed admiration for star Tatiana Maslany, who plays multiple characters on the show (but was missing from the Saturday panel), and asked about plot points and any hints they could share about the show’s upcoming third season. But when one fan asked actor Jordan Gavaris about his portrayal of Felix, the unapologetically sassy and effeminate gay foster brother of main character Sarah Manning, the conversation turned into a more thoughtful discussion on diversity and authentic representation of queer characters. Felix’s uninhibited approach to sexuality sets him apart from more socially acceptable gay characters often seen in mainstream entertainment. “We get stuck sometimes […]
April 05, 2015 | 9:59 a.m.

WonderCon 2015: ‘Orphan Black’ cast and co-creator dish on season 3

"Orphan Black" season 3. (BBC America)
Unfortunately for “Orphan Black” fans, Tatiana Maslany does not have any actual clones, but her absence from the BBC series’ WonderCon presentation did not deter members of the “Clone Club” from filling the room to capacity or diminish their enthusiasm Saturday at the Anaheim Convention Center. “Orphan Black” co-creator Graeme Manson, along with cast members Jordan Gavaris, Evelyne Brochu, Dylan Bruce, Kristian Bruun and Maria Doyle Kennedy were on hand to discuss the show during a panel that featured plenty of clips from the upcoming third season. Maslany appeared in a recorded video to send love to the show’s fans. “Orphan Black,” of course, follows Sarah Manning (Maslany) and her exploits as she further unravels the secrets behind the experiments that led to her and her sister clones’ creation while she tries to protect members of her now extended family. Last season […]
April 05, 2015 | 9:00 a.m.

WonderCon 2015: ‘iZombie’ channels ‘Veronica Mars’ and ‘Buffy’

Rose McIver as Olivia "Liv" Moore in "iZombie." (Cate Cameron / The CW)
The CW’s comic book-inspired series “iZombie” may have invented a new TV genre — the zombie comedy romantic drama, or “ZomComRomDram,” as the show’s creators and cast called it during their Saturday presentation at WonderCon. The panel was attended by an enthusiastic crowd in the Anaheim Convention Center’s 9,100-seat arena. The CW series, from co-creators Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero-Wright (both of “Veronica Mars”), is based on the comic book series of the same name by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred; the latter designed the show’s comic-style titles and bumpers. MORE: ‘iZombie’ episode recaps on ShowTracker The story centers on Rose McIver’s undead protagonist Olivia “Liv” Moore (get it?), a young woman whose recent zombification leads her to abandon her fiancé (Robert Buckley) and her prestigious medical residency in favor of assisting medical examiner Dr. Ravi Chakrabarti (Rahul Kohli) in […]
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

WonderCon feature trio
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 […]
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