Feb. 18, 2013 | 2:25 p.m.
A new study on children’s behavior has found that certain TV programming beats other programming when you’re trying to calm aggressive, violent behavior in preschoolers. And once again, the Power Rangers were among the evildoers. Power Rangers bad. Dora, and presumably her monkey Boots, good. What it comes down to is, less violent programming equals less violent preschoolers. Parents who are always in search of quality animated films and TV shows for their kids may be tempted to reply, “Duh.” What’s different about this new study was the emphasis on switching channels rather than simply pulling the cord out of the wall. As the Los Angeles Times’ Monte Morin reports, researchers are saying parents should steer children in the right direction. “It is a variation on the ‘if you can’t beat ‘em join ‘em’ idea,” Claire McCarthy, a pediatrician at […]
Feb. 14, 2013 | 5:00 a.m.
Ten hours into “Fire Emblem: Awakening,” and still no wedding. This was a cause of great panic. “Fire Emblem: Awakening,” released earlier this month for Nintendo’s handheld 3DS, is a fantasy war game, but it’s also concerned with matters of the heart. Sure, there are great axes, fantastic lightning spells and there’s even more than one gorgeous flying Pegasus. And when it comes to fights, there’s evil sorcerers, slimy monsters and all sorts of beasts that look borrowed from Mordor. But beyond the “Dungeons & Dragons” stuff, this is really about the strategic game of love. Amid the troop assignments and battle positioning, there’s even more awkward encounters between characters. One of them, for instance, may happen to stumble upon another mid-bath. This, ultimately, is a game of personality management. Was my no-nonsense, purple-haired Kes, a female magician-sword-fighter, too weird or […]
Feb. 09, 2013 | 8:30 a.m.
“The Walking Dead” will resume its third season at 9 p.m. Sunday on AMC with the episode “The Suicide King,” blessed relief for fans who have been shambling in zombie limbo during the show’s midseason break. Show runner Glen Mazzara spoke with Hero Complex in a two-part interview about the remainder of the season, promising more surprises for diehard fans — and warning that, should the story demand their deaths, no character is safe. PREVIEW: Season 3 episodes | RECAP: ‘Made to Suffer’ “We’ve already deviated from the Governor’s [comic] storyline in interesting ways; it’s a matter of continuing to tell that story and being honest and true to the essence of what’s there,” Mazzara said. “But comic book fans will not be able to guess what’s coming.” It’s been a long wait for “Dead” devotees, who were informed during […]
Feb. 08, 2013 | 12:20 p.m.
As the midseason return of “The Walking Dead” nears, here’s a quiz — with plenty of George Romero — to test your zombie IQ.
Feb. 06, 2013 | 1:52 p.m.
Sasquatch the music festival, scarcely as elusive as its namesake, has unveiled its lineup, and topping the bill at the annual alt-music event are folk-rock stars Mumford & Sons, the Postal Service (reunited) and rap act Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. There are 108 artists and nine comedians scheduled to appear at the festival, from May 24 to 27 at the Gorge Amphitheatre in Quincy, Wash. But as fans are busy flipping through the Sasquatch lineup, we’d like to point out some performers that the geek crowd in particular can appreciate. Here are some intricately produced videos created by some Sasquatch performers that touch on sci-fi, horror and animation. Twin Shadow, which is on the bill, created the video for “Five Seconds.” It is inspired by frontman George Lewis Jr.’s own foray into science fiction, a novel titled “The Night of […]
Dec. 25, 2012 | 2:00 a.m.
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Oct. 01, 2012 | 3:47 p.m.
“Greetings, my friends – We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives.” – Criswell, “Plan 9 From Outer Space” Welcome to the new iteration of Hero Complex. Well, not entirely new, as we’ll continue to bring genre fans the smartest possible stories from the worlds of science fiction, fantasy and horror across all media – film, TV, comic books, video games, literature and the Web. But what is new is me – I am delighted to now be the lead writer and editor of Hero Complex. I thought it appropriate to take a quick minute to introduce myself. I grew up in Indianapolis, and every Friday night, my dad and I would stay up watching late-night monster movies hosted by local ghoul Sammy Terry (and […]
Oct. 01, 2012 | 3:34 p.m.
First, a farewell: I started Hero Complex in 2008 because it was a place where I could write and read about entertainment of the fantastic and the new frontiers of spectacle imagination. It turns out that a lot of people out there wanted the same thing out of a website, and this one has been a success by every possible measure. The brand has even stretched into live events, print editions and an online talk show. It’s been a tremendous ride but, after 21 terrific years as a mild-mannered reporter at the great Los Angeles Times, it was time to look for a new challenge. That doesn’t mean Hero Complex is going away. Far from it, the site’s success is the work of a team, not an individual. Gina McIntyre, my editor during the site’s greatest success, is expanding her […]
Sept. 28, 2012 | 3:15 p.m.
When animator Dave Filoni was handed the reins of George Lucas’ computer animated series “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” back in 2006, he thought he knew what to expect. Lucas, the creator and mastermind of the entire multibillion-dollar “Star Wars” operation, would give some initial guidance, notes and feedback and quickly fade away, moving on to tend to other aspects of his Lucasfilm empire. After all, it was a cartoon series aimed a kids, airing on Cartoon Network and regarded by many of the franchise’s older hardcore fans as a nice, but hardly essential, extension of the “Star Wars” experience. “As he saw the first footage coming back, and I think he could sense our excitement levels through the whole thing, he got more and more engaged and excited,” Filoni said. “He just kept coming in. He wouldn’t go away. […]
June 15, 2012 | 8:06 p.m.
Steps away from the honking traffic jam of humanity crushing into the grand opening of Cars Land on Friday, Disneyland quietly welcomed back one of its icons – the Matterhorn Bobsleds. The Swiss-Alps themed ride was the park’s first roller coaster in 1959 and has been undergoing much-needed minor repairs and refurbishment during the last six months. The most notable alteration is completely cosmetic, and instantly recognizable – the mountain simply looks better, much brighter and sharper. Despite global warming, more snow has fallen over the venerable Matterhorn. It pops, and frankly, is a considerable improvement over its former battered and worn appearance. Extra snowflakes and frost won’t be the only change visible on the peak’s ridges. After a lengthy absence from the park, real mountain climbers return to the 147-foot mountain and will begin scaling the slopes that separate Tomorrowland and Fantasyland (just as the […]