Dec. 14, 2014 | 2:11 p.m.
SyFy’s new space-based miniseries “Ascension” begins its three-episode life Monday, offering a fictionalized take on real-world history. In 1963, John F. Kennedy proposed a covert space mission dubbed Project Orion, designed to save the human race from the destruction of Earth following the Cold War. The series, created by Adrian A. Cruz and Philip Levens (“Smallville”), posits that the mission took place, sending hundreds of people on a century-long voyage to populate a new world. Almost 50 years into the journey, however, a young woman’s murder prompts the ship’s population to reconsider the voyage in a new light. The ensemble cast includes “Battlestar Galactica’s” Tricia Helfer, Brian Van Holt (“Cougar Town”), Al Sapienza (“Person of Interest”), Ryan Robbins (“Falling Skies”) and Brad Carter as Stockyard Master John Stokes, who helps control and keep stock of the food and supplies for […]
Dec. 14, 2014 | 12:43 p.m.
With “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” arriving in theaters Wednesday, a number of the film’s stars have hit the promotional trail — with even the fearsome dragon Smaug turning in a memorable appearance on “The Colbert Report.” Not to be outdone, Bilbo Baggins actor Martin Freeman hosted “Saturday Night Live” this weekend, and in a brilliant segment, spoofed not only Peter Jackson’s J.R.R. Tolkien films, but also Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s memorable comedy “The Office,” in which Freeman played the likeable, down-on-his-luck Tim Canterbury. Watch the sketch below. Fans of the British “Office” will recognize some memorable lines and scenes directly reference dialog and situations from the series, with Tolkien creations standing in for some of the original characters. The final film in the “Hobbit” series, “Five Armies” picks up where last year’s “The Desolation of Smaug” […]
Dec. 12, 2014 | 12:51 p.m.
The villainous dragon Smaug brought fire, smoke and more than a few zings to “The Colbert Report” as Stephen Colbert’s guest on Thursday’s episode of the Comedy Central show. Colbert, an avid fan of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings,” introduced Smaug as “the last great fire-drake of the Third Age.” “My guest tonight has armor like tenfold shields, teeth like swords, claws like spears, a tail like a thunderbolt, wings like a hurricane and breath like death,” Colbert said, quoting Smaug’s self-description in Tolkien’s writing. “Though he might want to leave that last part off his Tinder profile.” Smaug then makes his CG appearance, thundering through the wall of Colbert’s stage and bellowing, “The chiefest and greatest of calamities is in the house!” Smaug, of course, is the evil and greedy antagonist in “The Hobbit: […]
Dec. 05, 2014 | 8:58 a.m.
Ho, Ho, Ho(dor)! It’s the time of year for geek-friendly holiday shopping. Whether you’re shopping for fans of “Game of Thrones,” “Star Wars,” Batman or Captain Marvel, the annual Hero Complex holiday gift guide has you covered. This year’s selections include some family-friendly video games for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Wii U; gorgeous hardcover books celebrating the anniversaries of Marvel Comics, Batman, the Teen Titans, “Alien” and Hello Kitty; a Godzilla toy that’s probably bigger than your dog; and a quadcopter camera drone, among other selections. Click through the gallery above for a peek at our selections. Items are listed below, sorted by cost. Under $25 “Living Language Dothraki,” $3.99 app, $19.99 audiobook, $30 online course: Athchomar chomakaan! The Khal or Khaleesi in your life must command the Dothraki language before commanding the troops, and thanks to Living Language’s new course (offered as an app, CD and guide […]
Dec. 04, 2014 | 5:23 p.m.
Krysten Ritter is tipped to play the title role in “Jessica Jones,” Marvel’s upcoming Netflix series based on the character originally created by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos. Writer-producer Melissa Rosenberg will oversee the series, which is said to focus on the heroine as she runs her own detective agency while dealing with PTSD. Marvel did not officially comment on the casting. Ritter appeared in AMC’s acclaimed drama “Breaking Bad” and in the comedy “Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23,” among other projects, and she can be seen on the big screen later this month in Tim Burton’s “Big Eyes,” about the lives of Margaret and Walter Keane. Rosenberg’s previous credits include the short-lived ABC series “Red Widow” as well as “Dexter” and the films in the blockbuster “Twilight” saga. “Jessica Jones” is the second of four planned […]
Dec. 04, 2014 | 11:22 a.m.
AMC is giving the greenlight to “Preacher,” an adaptation of the edgy ’90s Vertigo comic series from Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon. Comedic actor Seth Rogen and his writing partner Evan Goldberg developed the project with “Breaking Bad” alumnus Sam Catlin, according to a statement issued by AMC. The story follows small town Texas teacher preacher Jesse Custer, who becomes bonded with a supernatural creature named Genesis and develops the power to alter people’s behavior. With his ex-girlfriend, Tulip O’Hare, and an Irish vampire named Cassidy, Custer embarks on a journey to literally find God. The pilot will be written by Catlin with Rogen and Goldberg attached to direct; it will be produced in the summer of 2015 for series consideration in 2016. “’Preacher’ has been our favorite comic since it first came out,” Rogen and Goldberg said in the […]
Nov. 26, 2014 | 8:00 a.m.
The first teaser video for the fifth season of “Game of Thrones” is out, but don’t get too excited. The trailer, posted to the hit HBO series’ Twitter account, is only 10 seconds long, offering just a brief glimpse of Arya Stark (Maisie Williams). Arya is shown stabbing someone, holding a coin, running through trees and wrapping her hand around a sword hilt, while the voice of red priestess Melisandra (Carice van Houten) intones, “I see a darkness in you.” Follow the Three Eyed Raven. Gain the power of #TheSight: http://t.co/9fNrrJIGHG https://t.co/4RhAiTR9tw — Game Of Thrones (@GameOfThrones) November 25, 2014 The tweet also linked to ThreeEyedRaven.com, a promotional website where fans can sign up to receive “Game of Thrones” updates via Twitter or SMS. The Three Eyed Raven, as fans know, is a reference to another child in the Stark brood […]
Nov. 25, 2014 | 1:41 p.m.
“Sherlock” fans had extra reason to be thankful before this week’s holiday — series producer Sue Vertue tweeted a photo of stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman wearing jaunty chapeaus to tease a new special due next year. Their period costume has raised eyebrows online, with some wondering whether the acclaimed British drama will introduce a time-travel element a la “Doctor Who,” which is also overseen by “Sherlock” showrunner Steven Moffat. Vertue also tweeted an image of the cover of a script the actors were using during a read-through for the upcoming special. #221back #Sherlock #notkidding pic.twitter.com/Lx6q8DZ2aV — sue vertue (@suevertue) November 25, 2014 This is what we've been doing today! Later on a pic of Sherlock and John as they'll appear in the Special #221back pic.twitter.com/Aq4vncKpKy — sue vertue (@suevertue) November 25, 2014 BBC has said previously that filming […]
Nov. 21, 2014 | 2:52 p.m.
“Star Wars” headlines are in no short supply these days. The Star Wars Celebration will be in Anaheim next year, “Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Lost Missions” was just released on video, and fans are salivating over any tidbit offered about J.J. Abrams‘ “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” But for those who want a fun fix of Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader and the rest, Lego Star Wars has been offering up a different take on George Lucas’ vision under the title of “The New Yoda Chronicles.” Above is an exclusive clip from “Clash of the Skywalkers,” the final chapter in the four-part “Yoda” series. The comedic tales are set in the prequel universe and feature Jedi Master Yoda in new adventures. The Emperor sends Vader to destroy Luke, while Yoda leads Jedi and padawans in a fight to stop […]
Nov. 14, 2014 | 12:14 p.m.
Claire Coffee’s Adalind Schade is the most cheered-yet-jeered character on NBC’s supernatural procedural, “Grimm.” The Northern California native has settled into her role as the show’s perpetually mischievous Wesen creature, but her journey to this point has been a rocky one. Hero Complex recently caught up with the actress in a side hallway on the set of “Grimm” in Portland, Ore. The small enclosure had been dressed to look like a bedroom in a medieval castle, and despite the dreary surroundings, Coffee strolled around happily, chatting with cast and crew members at craft services and laughing at longstanding inside jokes from three years of working together. Coffee’s easy smile makes it all the more vexing that her on-screen character is vindictive and, as executive producer Jim Kouf says, “puts a face to the monstrous behavior within human beings.” In real life, Coffee loves […]