Wednesday, July 30, 2008
"The glitches between scenes on Fringe will lead to clues outside the show. Like the letters thing on Alias."
I never followed that on Alias. Eeeeeenteresting...
By the by...you guys know that her "I'M FUCKING MATT DAMON" ditty got nominated for an Emmy, right? heheheheh
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
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One of the main subject areas included the setting of the fifth season, particularly where flashbacks are concerned. The weekly flashback approach to the series became one of the shows defining features, allowing for more personal stories to be told; however in the fourth year, the flashbacks became "flash forwards" and hinted at life after the island. For Season 5 though, all bets are off.
"We are steering away from the word 'flashback' and embracing a whole new word," creator Damon Lindelof told fans at San Diego Comic-Con, according to SciFi Wire. "Once again, when Season 5 starts, you're not going to know when and where you are. We do this fun thing every year where we let the audience figure out where they are."
His partner in crime, Carlton Cuse, backed him up while insisting that "there will still be flashbacks and 'flash-forwards' on the show, but we are going to do something different this season and mix it up. There will be storytelling both on the island and off the island and in different periods of time. It's just going to be organized differently and not constrained by the rules of flashbacks and 'flash-forwards.'"
Oh, they're so crafty.
And that's why I love 'em.
Monday, July 28, 2008
I put this trailer, along with a few more of the goodies that leaked this weekend, in this folder for download if you're interested. Since they keep getting yanked off the net so fast.
Also this lovely person over on ohnotheydidnt made this fabulous Gambit gif:
This man is looking like a movie star, folks!
Sunday, July 27, 2008
We're drinking martinis, mine is dirty, and getting ready to watch the MAD MEN Season 2 premiere tonight at 10pm. Afterwards we'll be trying to live chat with Matthew Weiner and chatting with each other on BoK.
Come join us...
*pours you a martini*
ForaTV: Author David Sirota argues that the power to change society lies ultimately with the people themselves - not with their leaders.
David Sirota discusses The Uprising: An Unauthorized Tour of the Populist Revolt Scaring Wall Street & Washington.
Job outsourcing. Perpetual busy signals at government agencies. Slashed paychecks. Stolen elections. A war without end, fatally mismanaged.
Ordinary Americans on both the right and left had had it with corrupt politicians of both parties and are organizing to change the status quo.
In his invigorating new book, David Sirota investigates whether this uprising can be transformed into a unified, lasting political movement.
Sirota, the author of Hostile Takeover, is, Naomi Klein writes, "...a clearheaded and principled hell-raiser for economic justice" - Cody's Books
David Sirota has taught management at Cornell, Yale, MIT, and Wharton Business School and was a study director at the University of Michigan's Institute of Social Research. His work has been featured in Fortune and The New York Times.
Sirota holds a doctorate in social psychology from the University of Michigan.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
MahaloDaily.com's youtube channel seems to have the entire panel posted in five parts. Part one here.
Anyhow check out this great SDCC poster (via the TSCC official Wiki):
BTW, Fox recently announced official show wikis for FRINGE, HOUSE and 24 as well.
Samuel L. Jackson and The RZA talk AFRO SAMURAI 2 (btw Lucy Liu will be voicing this one as well).
The EW: Visionary Showrunners panel with SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLE's Josh Friedman, LOST's Lindelof & Cuse, PUSHING DAISES' Bryan Fuller and CHUCK's Josh Schwartz.
The DEXTER panel.
Artist Tara McPherson at her booth.
One of my favorite things about this report is how it summarizes all the "news" that has come out thus far in the campaign. You also get a closer look at the guy behind The Fellowship of The Sun, and a clear, simple backstory on the BloodCopy blog. I haven't taken the time yet to go back and read all those blog entries so I didn't know much about that part of the ARG/transmedia for TRUE BLOOD. I hear the HEROES transmedia is remarkably dense, and I don't follow it...but HBO seems to be really going out of their way to make this transmedia just as complex in a much shorter time frame (TRUE BLOOD premieres September 7).
Meanwhile True-Blood.TV noticed a few more upcoming HBO specials on their new series:
True Blood ’08: Alan Ball’s Point Of View
August 7th, 2008 8:15PM ET
Running Time: 13 minutes
This appears to be interview based...
Making True Blood
August 19th, 2008 8:15PM ET
Running Time: 13 minutes
Behind the scenes look at the production of the series
Both specials are repeated several times through-out the month, after their initial premiere, with one or the other airing almost every day.
True-Blood.TV has a few great videos from the TRUE BLOOD folks at SDCC:
That Anna Paquin is pretty adorable and hilarious eh? She and Alan Ball make quite the team.
Meanwhile, here's a great write-up of TRUE BLOOD by TV Guide's Matt Roush...
Ball, whose previous HBO hit Six Feet Under had its own decidedly morbid streak, told critics during a TCA panel on Thursday: “After five years of peering into the abyss and contemplating life in the presence of mortality, I felt like let’s do something else.” True Blood is something else, all right. It’s an unapologetically brazen hoot, all about a waitress named Sookie (Anna Paquin) who works in a Louisiana dive bar where she reads minds—more a curse than a gift—and who falls hard for the soulful and drop-dead-gorgeous vampire named Bill (Stephen Moyer) who walks into the bar one night. His mind is closed to her, which she finds delightfully and mysteriously appealing. And he’s drawn to her for reasons he can’t explain. (“What are you?” he continually wonders.)
The mythology is provocative: A synthetic blood product has allowed vamps to emerge into the open, no longer requiring humans for fuel. But the stigma follows them everywhere, and as debates rage on cable news about a pending Vampire Rights Amendment—decried, naturally, by the religious right—it’s hard not to see in the vampires’ otherness a metaphor for the current gay-rights struggle.
....One of the more refreshing aspects of True Blood is that it doesn’t really seem to be aiming for deeper meaning or moody self-importance. It’s a juicy story, purely impure and often outrageous entertainment, surrounding Sookie and Bill with a colorful collection of Southern-fried characters, including Sookie’s oversexed redneck brother and vampire-friendly granny (the wonderfully eccentric Lois Smith) and a hilariously tough, trash-talking best friend.
...Does HBO know what it’s gotten into, giving the ravenous legion of vampire-TV fans a new crusade should True Blood not be an instant hit?
This was posed to HBO’s newly installed entertainment president Sue Naegle, who good-naturedly described herself as “a bit of a nerd myself,” someone who understands the passion people have for TV. Like “when they send tons of peanuts for Jericho.”
“I wouldn’t want them on my doorstep, but I can appreciate that passion,” Naegle says. “I hope that this show gets that kind of rise out of people, as long as they don’t send a bunch of coffins to my office. But I think that people care deeply about characters and their television shows, and when they have a community—in our modern world of blogs and online communities, people come together. There’s bound to be a passionate voice. So bring it on.”
ETA: Here's a zoomed-in, leveled and stabilized closeup version.
ETA 2: I've uploaded the original (long shot/small) version if you want to grab it and keep for yourself. In case the above links go dead.
"This really was designed to be a model for a new way to put out media, a new form of artistic community that involves all of you guys, and all of us...and maybe not so much some other people..."
[more of this here and here btw...]
maholodotcom talks to Felicia Day about Dr. Horrible, Joss Whedon, The Guild
John Barrowman and Gareth David-Lloyd discuss their characters on TORCHWOOD
Barrowman and Naoko Mori sing showtunes during the panel
Greg Gunberg advises The NBC Comic-Con Virgin on how to handle the con.
[If this doesn't make it obvious, NBC is definitely putting entire panels online; go here to see the full KINGS panel that Grunberg moderated yesterday.]
Snippet of Friday's Visionary Showrunners panel, discussing LOST ep The Constant.
The Dharma Initiative recruitment project going on at the con:
Closeup of the Dharma booth video:
Friday, July 25, 2008
“ComicCon meme: Too many guys dressed as The Joker.”
“2000 people waiting for Dr Horrible screening already. They're adding more screening rooms more info TBD”
“Leaving ComicCon, "Seek The Six" is written in the sky...”
“Going back to the hotel to nap before dinner at Tropic Thunder. I've heard mixed things, but still panting for Downey in blackface.”
“Odd realization: everybody in this room is here for Nick's "Avatar" and not for "24" or "Prison Break" at all.”
“Just saw a bunch of cool clips from Star Wars Clone Wars. Definitely looks very cool.”
“Hobo on the street drinking and has a jar jar binks mask on”
“Finally sitting down first time today. I might be passing out. Need chicken tacos.”
“just ate a pretzel dog. these are lows of depravity that even Sundance can't match.”
“Dr. Horrible DVD with commentary. Contest with video submissions with 10 best going on DVD.”
“Dr. Horrible panel was packed. Thrilling. Good fans are good.” (via drhorrible)
“Line for MST3k is already insane. so is 24/prison break. not gonna make those.”
“The Spirit = Epic Fail”
“@KarinaLongworth I, unfortunately, agree with Kevin's assessment so far. I had high hopes for The Spirit, this is a bit sad...” (FirstShowing.net's twitterfeed @comiccon)
“Samuel Jackson's latest comic appearance and he's wearing a "BadMoFoKos" t-shirts! Awesome!!”
“The Wolfman actually looked kinda cool... seriously!”
“Just walked by judd apatow who was walking the show floor with his family”
“ComicCon meme: The Alex Ross illustrated "Obama Superhero" T-shirt.”
“ComicCon meme: TruBlood synthetic blood nourishment drink. Ads everywhere!”
“Zack Snyder just premiered an extended Watchmen trailer and it was AMAZING. I had chills the ENTIRE time - it looks STUNNING!!”
“OMG. Watchmen footage was actually AMAZING. Way better than the trailer. Unbelievably faithful to the comic.”
“Jeffrey Dean Morgan gets a bigger cheer at the "Watchmen" panel than Dave Gibbons. Geez. All he did was *co-create* the thing.”
“At the Watchmen panel with 3 thousand other people. Damn.”
“Unlike yesterday, I begin today with my two Comic-Con staples in hand. That would be Sugar Free Rock Star and Corn Nuts. W00t!”
5:20 - Kevin Smith and Jaime King [at the SCREAM Like A Girl panel]:
KS reads a cue card question to Jamie King, then tells her not to answer it. “You did The Tripper with Jason Mews, right? Did he try to fuck you? You’re not special, he does that to everyone. You’ve got two legs and a pulse.”
JK: Frank Miller is one of my closest freinds…
KS: Can you get me his autograph?
Jamie talks for a long time about how Frank Miller is “taking filmmaking to a whole other level.” (She’s basically giving the impression that she doesn’t know how to speak in non-publicist vetted language.)
KS: On The Spirit poster. “That’s a pimp campaign.”
JK: The Spirit doesn’t even come out until Xmas day, and its so great that people are actually putting effort into advertising something that I’m proud of.
KS: Note to self: if I ever put King in something, put her on the fucking poster.
In the DC Nation panel, DC Comics honcho Dan Didio led a group of writers and editors who talked to and about the core of the convention: comic books and fans...In grand style, Didio brought up a secret guest: Kevin Smith. Smith remarked on the fact that the comic book convention had DC, one of the largest comics producers in the world, in a much smaller room than the star-seeking crowd assembled in Ballroom 20. The filmmaker/comics guy revealed that he would oversee a three-issue arc for the Dark Knight entitled "Batman: Cacophony," drawn by Walt Flanigan. The busy mini-mogul joked about not getting his books in on time and wished Didio "good luck" in getting the book out by deadline. He has started projects before, but occasionally falls off, as he noted by saying, "I'm Mr. Foreplay, but if you need me to thrust, forget it."
"You're like the Miley Cyrus of porn!"
-- Kevin Smith, after finding out Traci Lords made her first porno when she was 15.
1. HAROLD AND KUMAR 3. It is happening. *wave of joy*
2. From a friend at the Con: "There is a Harold and Kumar section in the exhibit hall. It has a unicorn statue. You can take pictures of yourself on it." *wave of jealousy*
3. I want to reiterate something I heard the other day: Neil Patrick Harris, Kal Penn and John Cho will appear at their Sunday H&K DVD panel. IN. CHARACTER. *ponders that for a moment*
*wave of jealous joy*
Also: MORE DOC HORRIBLE ON THE WAY?!
Also (kindof unrelated): former Whedonite Marti Noxon is going to join the MAD MEN writing team!
I am so, so glad it's back!
TV Tattle has a stunning set of show links today:
Hurry over there though; once it drops off their front page, it's gone...
From USA Today:
For TV's most enticing trip to the past, the future is now.
Returning Sunday for a second season, Mad Men is riding a wave of publicity and praise, from Emmy nominations to Television Critics Association awards. With luck, that wave will wash a few more viewers over to AMC, where they'll discover the chilling brilliance of Matthew Weiner's creation: a show that reflects the present in a smoky '60s mirror.
Welcome aboard the bandwagon, but take note: You don't so much follow Mad Men as sink into it. Returning once again to the polished, slicked-back constraints of a New York advertising agency on the cusp of a massive cultural shift, the first two episodes are more focused on character, tone and atmosphere than in advancing the mechanics of the plot. It's like life itself: There are days when nothing seems to happen, and yet much is happening....Catch Mad Men now, and you have the happy experience of jumping into a show at the height of its powers and confidence. Terrifically acted and gorgeously produced, this is a show that's both funny and frightening, that can simultaneously make you miss the '60s and feel blessed that they're gone. If it were an ad for scripted TV, it would persuade you to invest.
If this is the future of TV, the future's looking good.
I just loved what this Philadelphia PA, ad agency did - they "MAD MEN-ized" their company web site! Swell.
And thanks to the swanky fansite Basket Of Kisses: Matthew Weiner, Jon Hamm and John Slattery will be on CHARLIE ROSE next Monday night. Classic.
For any of you watching Sunday live on the East coast, don't forget that Weiner will be taking questions just after the show ends over at the AMC official blog. Apparently you need to be a registered forum member on the site to participate, so make sure to sign up in advance.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
"How is it like to portray a superhot vampire in the movie," was the first question out of the mouth of a fan.
2:39 p.m. PT
Hardwicke announces that Muse is doing a song for the "Twilight" soundtrack.
2:40 p.m. PT
Hardwicke describes a smooching scene that got out of hand involving hunky Robert and Stewart. He got so into it he fell off the bed. Crowd continues to go wild.
Follow-up on this silly TRUE BLOOD/JENNIFER'S BODY poster thing...it's even worse than previously thought. But, LOLOL.
Regarding the TORCHWOOD announcement: I just saw the press release from BBC America, and it is just what we've heard before: only 5 episodes in season 3. Sigh. Better than zero I suppose.
Oh how sweet, just got a text message that says "Thanks for the shout out about our panel. Keep up the good work. Xoxo. russ and milo." (yes, THAT MILO.)
“I just read that Kevin Smith has added a FIFTH panel, where he will make a "big announcement." If anyone has more info, comment away.”
“KINGS pilot is very well shot. Excellent production values and actors are so far top rate. Lots of promise if it stays close to this ongoing”
- At the LOST/Dharma Initiative recruiting booth on the convention floor...
- Quickly posting: "As part of the Torchwood panel, it was announced that a series three of Torchwood was given a greenlight just this morning. It will of course air first in the UK, then will come to the US shortly afterwards."
...I know this is technically pre-Con news but: there are now EVEN BIGGER GIANT F***ING ROBOTS ARE COMING tee shirts available!
From reader mikeo75: "SeekTheSix is definitely not a Lost site...I just finished it :) "
LA Times on the surprise Hugh Jackman appearance with new "badass!" WOLVERINE trailer:
In a Comic-Con surprise, and straight from Australia, Hugh Jackman hopped off a plane and jumped on stage with a trailer for "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," and it was a huge hit! From what I could see, popular characters Sabretooth and Silver Fox were there ... and Gambit!!
Jackman enthusiastically bounded off stage to shake the hand of Wolverine creator Len Wein, who was in the audience. It was a wonderful moment and pretty genuine when he told Wein that he "gave him a career.
Russell T. Davies isn't there today. Stephen Moffat is.
PopCritics is liveblogging the Saturday BATTLESTAR GALACTICA panel.
Terrific Buffy/Faith mural on the side of the Dark Horse booth.
Neil Patrick Harris did a chat at WashingtonPost.com just like Joss Whedon did the other day. Someone asked him about STARSHIP TROOPERS (he was awesome in that)!
Some random excellent tweets:
“Hugh Jackman is here.. just showed the Wolverine trailer. And it's FUCKING BAD-ASS! Gambit, Deadpool!!”
“New "LOST" email? SeektheSix.com "If someone was watching us, what would they see?" (So meta!)”
“I just walked around the hall taking pictures of teen gals in "Twilight" "Team Jacob" or "Team Edward" tees. For work! t wasn't pervy at all”
“Grunny moderating "Kings" panel, and we get butterfly logo pins. 20 min sneak yay!”
I am very open to reader tips...so whether you are at the Con or stuck at home like me, stay in touch! Drop me a line at ProgGrrl at gmail dot com, or a text at 3238417726, or an IM (AIM: DharmaKitten06).
Galactica Sitrep will be covering all the BATTLESTAR GALACTICA related stuff (as well as anything related to the other new sci-fi TV shows VIRTUALITY, CAPRICA and DOLLHOUSE).
I've set up this new-fangled thingy called a FriendFeed Room as well, if you want come on over and join up for miscellaneous news and interactive commentary. Feel free to post over there about absolutely ANYTHING related to the Con. I've been pumping it full of related blogs and Twitter feeds, so there is already plenty to read.
Last night the first ever non-internet-evil-leaked-version of FRINGE was screened, so I'm sure there will be tons more reaction besides the first wave that came from the leaked show. I really, really enjoyed the leaked version I saw a month or so ago -- it had what looked to be final special effects, great plot, lots of mysteries, snappy dialogue spoken by fun characters and great acting. Definitely a must-see for genre fans this fall. If you are at the con this weekend, there is a FRINGE scavenger hunt going on...and if you're not, you should still sign up over at their site for fun hijinks leading up to the September 7 premiere (and one assumes beyond that too). The official FRINGE forum is being modded by those loveable EPM folks and note they're promising a bunch of involvement from TPTB at Bad Robot.
11:30-1:00 20th Century Fox: The Day The Earth Stood Still
Sue me, but I loved that trailer that just came out...the original is one of my all-time fave classic Sci-Fi films. It's bullet-proof so I don't really care if this new one sinks or swims -- but I do love the update to environmental disaster themes. And MAD MEN's Jon Hamm is in it. Klaatu Barada Nikto.
Writer Russell T Davies, executive producer Julie Gardner, writer Steven Moffat, and actors John Barrowman, Gareth David-Lloyd, Naoko Mori and Burn Gorman.
They better get detailed about the how and why of this disturbing news about season 3 being a short, one-week long mini series. I thought this was "BBC America’s highest-rated show ever"? WTF?
2:00-3:00 Science Fiction That Will Change Your Life
Annalee Newitz (editor-in-chief, io9.com; contributor, Wired), Austin Grossman (author, Soon I Will Be Invincible), Charlie Jane Anders (news editor, io9.com;), Graeme McMillan (weekend editor, io9.com, contributor, Newsarama), and Patrick Lee (editor, Sci-Fi Wire).
Could be fun, with all those wacky i09.com staffers in one place together...
2:15 pm, Anchor Bay DVDs
HEATHERS/BATMAN RETURNS screenwriter Daniel Waters, Oscar-nominated A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE scribe Josh Olson, and horror icon Robert "Freddy" Englund.
What an odd combination of panelists... I hope I hear something from this. HEATHERS, HISTORY OF VIOLENCE, and NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET are three great movies. That have nothing to do with each other.
3:00-4:00 Wizard’s First Rule
A first look at the upcoming action-adventure series Wizard's First Rule with book author Terry Goodkind and show executive producers Robert Tapert (Xena: Warrior Princess), Kenneth Biller (Star Trek: Voyager) and Sam Raimi (Spider-Man).
Busy wunderkind Sam Raimi (Evil Dead, Xena, Hercules, Spiderman) has three different projects on his plate right now: this show, the movie DRAG ME TO HELL which he is also previewing this week (see Saturday)....and the horror-reality show 13: THE FEAR IS REAL.
...Then around 4pm, you get into a bit of a traffic-jam:
4:15 Afro Samurai
Samuel L. Jackson makes his first appearance of the week to offer a sneak peek at the new season of his superhero cartoon. Alongside Sam the Man will be composer The RZA, and original Afro Samurai creator Takahashi Okazaki.
Um...really why would you go to any other event at 4:15 today? But, if you cannot get in, there are alternatives below...
4:00-5:00 TV Costume Designers
Meet the women and men who are the costume designers on this year’s most popular television productions. Panel moderator Jacqueline Saint Anne (Quantum Leap), past president of the Costume Designers Guild, Local 892, hosts costume designers Shawna Trpcic (Firefly), Roland Sanchez (Lost), Amanda Friedland (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), and Cynthia Bergstrom (Buffy, The Vampire Slayer).
4:00-5:00 Star Trek Without a Blueprint: How Books and Comics Keep Expanding the Boundaries of the Star Trek Universe
Wil Wheaton will be there. He's a trip.
4:30-5:30 True Blood
In the Comic-Con program guide, all that is listed is a basic description of the show; but as I posted below, apparently creator Alan Ball, novelist Charlaine Harris (upon whose books the show is based), and the cast are attending. Go here to also see a ton of links about this show and its incredibly clever transmedia campaign that began 2 months in advance of the show's September 7th premiere. You can also follow my tags for the show.
I saw the leaked TRUE BLOOD pilot, and I am very excited for this series. Even more interesting: Alan Ball recently admitted that he hasn't watched any BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER or ANGEL...he thinks MOONLIGHT is a bit lame...and that the wonderful 1987 film NEAR DARK is the best vamp movie ever. A very good place to start, IMHO -- my own first impression of the (unfinished) pilot was something on that continuum between the savage eroticism of NEAR DARK and the heartfelt intensity of Anne Rice's vampverse. Be excited, vampire lovers.
4.45 Spike TV's SCREAM Like A Girl
Why am I excited about this? See here.
I'm not watching this show yet -- a source of constant frustration to my sister who loves it -- but I will see all the DVDs eventually. And I just think everyone involved in making this show is ten kinds of awesome.
7:00-9:00 TV Funhouse with Robert Smigel
Robert Smigel is the guy behind all those insanely funny animated short films for SNL, and Triumph the Insult Comic Dog. Do I need to explain this further?
8:00-8:30 Punisher: War Zone!
Producer Gale Anne Hurd (The Incredible Hulk) and stars Ray Stevenson (Rome) and Julie Benz (Rambo, Dexter).
Not something I'd usually be tracking -- but I still cannot shake my crush on Stevenson. Oh, Pullo and Vorenus...OTP...
9:00-10:00 Repo! The Genetic Opera First Look
See what director Darren Lynn Bousman has been up to since directing the last three Saw movies: Repo! The Genetic Opera with sneak peeks and the new trailer plus his actors including Alexa Vega (Spy Kids), Bill Moseley (The Devil’s Rejects), and Ogre (the band Skinny Puppy), among others.
I hope you Whedon fans out there have been tracking this insane-looking slice of blood-drenched mayhem that features Anthony Stewart Head from BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER.
I hope I'm not hurting anyone here when I say I agree with Luke Thompson: "This is "Star Wars Day," apparently, which begs the question, does anybody care?"
10:45-11:45 Stargate Continuum
Brad Wright (series co-creator), Martin Wood (director), and (subject to availability) stars Richard Dean Anderson (General Jack O'Neill), Amanda Tapping (Lt. Colonel Samantha Carter), Ben Browder (Lt. Colonel Cameron Mitchell), Michael Shanks (Dr. Daniel Jackson), and Christopher Judge (Teal'c).
I mention this mainly because of Mr. Browder... *swoon*
"Guest appearances TBA."
This will probably be one of the more packed and well-reported events this weekend, based on the terrific response to their kick-ass trailer.
12:00-1:00 Samurai Girl
Based on a series of popular young adult novels, Samurai Girl tells the story of a 19-year-old Japanese girl named Heaven, who discovers that the wealthy businessman who adopted her as an infant is really the head of the Yakuza (the Japanese mafia) and may have had her beloved brother brutally murdered. She breaks from her family, begins training to become a samurai, and with the help of a group of new American friends sets out to take down her father's evil empire.
I know this is probably more for the fangirls (it's on ABC Family, afterall), but I cannot resist. SAMURAIS! GIRLS! And, many of the producers who worked on ALIAS...
12:00-1:00 Costume Illustrators, Production Illustrators, and Concept and Storyboard Artists
Moderator William David Hogan, director and storyboard artist (Into the Blue 2, Whiteout) will host costume illustrators from CDG, Local 892, including Oksana Nedavniaya (Narnia: Prince Caspian, Twilight), Phillip Boutte, Jr. (Star Trek 2009, Terminator Salvation), Felipe Sanchez (Speed Racer, Wolverine), and Christian Cordella (G.I. Joe, The Mummy 3), alongside illustrators and artists from Local 790: Ricardo Delgado (Age of Reptiles comics, Eagle Eye), Jeff Errico (Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, Crank), Tim Burgard (The Incredible Hulk, Wolverine), Mark Moretti (Valkyrie, The Day the Earth Stood Still), and Trevor Goring (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Watchmen).
Actor/creator Jessica Hynes (Shaun of the Dead), actor/creator Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead), and director Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz).
I plan on renting this show in the near future and catching up, several friends tell me it is still fun and as we all know, Pegg is hilarious. Here's a great interview he did recently btw.
1:00-2:00 Production Designers
Richard Hudolin (Battlestar Galactica, Caprica—BSG prequel), Alex McDowell (Watchmen, Corpse Bride), J. Michael Riva—(Iron Man, Spider-Man 3),—Barry Robison (Wolverine, The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader). Moderating the panel is John Muto, designer of Terminator 2 3D, Species, and Home Alone.
(Can you tell yet that I'm a bit of an Art Department/Production Design nerd?)
1:15-2:00 Trailer Park
See all the latest trailers for the biggest upcoming films, all in one handy-dandy timeslot at Hall H.
45 minutes straight of just trailers? FTW!
Then around 1:30 things get harder to decide on. I'm glad I am not there having to choose between these panels below. In the end though, I'd go with the one that has the entire cast of DOCTOR HORRIBLE'S SING-ALONG BLOG in attendance...and assume the legion of TV geeks will cover the other for you.
1:30-2:30 Joss Whedon
Whedon and the writers and cast of his new short film, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, will show never-before-seen clips while Joss also discusses his various Dark Horse comics projects.
1:45-2:45 Entertainment Weekly’s The Visionaries: Showrunners
Carlton Cuse (Lost), Damon Lindelof (Lost), Josh Schwartz (Chuck, Gossip Girl), Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies), and Josh Friedman (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles). Moderated by Entertainment Weekly senior writer Jeff Jensen.
2:45-3:30 American Dad— Seth MacFarlane and cast. of the Fox animated hit reunite at Comic-Con to read a never-before-seen episode and take questions from the audience.
Seth is just hilarious, plain and simple -- if you can only see him once this weekend though, go to the other panel below with Seth Green present.
3:00-4:00 Spotlight on Lynda Barry
Iconic alt-cartoonist Lynda Barry (Ernie Pook's Comeek, One! Hundred! Demons!, The! Greatest! of! Marlys!) is the author of the recently released graphic-how-to-memoir, What It Is. Barry has been at the forefront of alternative comics since Matt Groening published her first comics while they were both students in college. This presentation takes an inside look at Barry's creative energy, genius, and approach to making art.
3:30-4:15 Family Guy
Seth MacFarlane and Seth Green and the producers of the Fox animated hit give fans a sneak peek at a never-before-seen episode and discuss the highly anticipated spinoff The Cleveland Show.
If you cannot make this panel, at least get yourself to Green's ROBOT CHICKEN PANEL later today...
5:15-6:15 Entertainment Weekly’s The Visionaries: Filmmakers
Kevin Smith (Zack and Miri Make a Porno), Frank Miller (The Spirit), Zack Snyder (Watchmen), and Judd Apatow (Knocked Up). Moderated by Entertainment Weekly and EW.com senior editor Marc Bernardin.
Wow. Just...WOW. Also, Bernardin is a great moderator. Hope they just post this entire panel on EW.com for us.
6:15-7:00 Robot Chicken
Seth Green and Matthew Senreich (co-creators), Tom Root and Doug Goldstein (head
This panel (and the Sara Silverman one on Saturday) have the potential to go down this weekend as FUNNIEST. PANEL. EVER. I taped a few bits of their priceless, intimate event earlier this year at the NY Comic Con. Hilarious.
...and, if you can't get into above funniest panel ever you have a bunch of great alternatives:
6:00-7:00 Exceeding Expectations and Exploring New Worlds:
Feature Effects for the Small Screen
Zoic Studios moderates a discussion with VFX supervisors from television series Heroes, Battlestar Galactica, The Middleman, Lost, Eureka, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Smallville, and the new fall show Fringe.
Oh man, I so nerd out about this stuff. Check out Zoic's incredibly cool web site...and this blog by one of the FX artists on Battlestar. Awesome, dude.
6:30-7:30 The Write Stuff: Working in Genre Television
Get the inside scoop on how to break in, break out, and deal with some incredibly stupid network notes. Javier Grillo-Marxuach (The Middleman), David Simkins (Warehouse 13, Dresden Files), Steve Kriozere (V.I.P, Sliders, Dead & Deader), Steve Melching (The Clone Wars, The Batman), Ashley Miller (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), Matthew Federman (Jericho, E-Ring), Harry Werksman & Gabrille Stanton (Moonlight).
Maybe only you fanfiction writers will dig this panel...but sure sounds like a fun group to me...
6:30-8:00 Kevin Smith Makes a "Porno"
Smith is back at Comic-Con to talk movies, comics, and whatever else the audience wants to talk about...and to highlight his fall film, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, starring Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks. Expect some special guests.
Heh heh...SPECIAL GUESTS!!! We love it when they list those vague statements about special guests.
7:15-8:15 Mystery Science Theater 3000 20th Anniversary Reunion
Join a historic reunion of cast and crew, including creator Joel Hodgson, producer Jim Mallon and fellow writer/performers Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy, Trace Beaulieu, Frank Conniff, Mary Jo Pehl, Paul Chaplin, J. Elvis Weinstein, Bridget Nelson, and Bill Corbett for a Q&A panel hosted by self-professed "MST3K nerd" and comedian Patton Oswalt (The King of Queens).
There are probably many, many people who bought a Friday Con pass solely to attend this event, which I am told is FRAKKIN' EPICALLY HISTORIC. So, maybe you can make it too. Anyway I'm sure we'll be hearing a lot of squee late Friday night into the weekend.
Uh-oh...another tough choice here:
10:15-11:45 Spaced Screening
10:45-12:00 Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog
10:00-11:30 The Black Panel ’08
Method Man (The Wu Tang Clan), Reggie Hudlin (president, B.E.T.), Denys Cowan (B.E.T. Animation, “The Origin of the Joker”), Rusty Cundieff (director, Chappelle’s Show, Fear of a Black Hat) John Dokes (Marvel Comics), Dwayne McDuffie (Milestone Media, Justice League, Ben 10), and Faith Cheltenham (Tor.com).
10:00-10:45 Futurama Secrets Revealed!
Creator Matt Groening, executive producer David X. Cohen, and series regulars Billy West (Fry, Professor Farnsworth, Dr. Zoidberg, Zapp Brannigan), Katey Sagal (Leela), John DiMaggio (Bender), and Maurice LaMarche (Kif, Morbo).
10:15-11:15 Spotlight on Ralph Bakshi
Moderated by Jon M. Gibson and Chris McDonnell, co-authors of Unfiltered: The Complete Ralph Bakshi, the only book chronicling the career of one of the pioneers of animation.
10:30-11:45 Heroes: Exclusive First Look at “Villains” and Q&A with the Entire Cast, Tim Kring, and Tim Sale
I saw a tweet yesterday from Watch With Kristin that said: "Double-confirmed: Kring showing first hour of "Heroes, Vol. 3: Villains" at Con."...not sure if they'll be doing this at this panel or at some other time... Watch out for spoilers from now till the season premiere!
11:30-12:30 Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
Trailer Debut Screening and Q&A
Producers Josh Friedman (War of the Worlds), John Wirth (The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.) and James Middleton (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines) will be joined by returning series stars Lena Headey (300), Thomas Dekker (Heroes), Summer Glau (Serenity), Brian Austin Green (Beverly Hills, 90210) and Richard T. Jones (Event Horizon), as well as new series regulars Garret Dillahunt (No Country for Old Men) and musician Shirley Manson (Garbage).
Love this show. Very happy it's coming back shortly! Don't forget there is a rebroadcast of the entire first season coming in August, as well as the DVD release.
11:30-12:30 Image Comics/Tori Amos— 17 years ago, history was made at Comic-Con, when a kid gave Neil Gaiman a tape of her music. Now, Indie music icon and multiplatinum recording artist Tori Amos comes to Comic-Con to talk about Comic Book Tattoo, the new 480-page coffeetable-format anthology from Image Comics containing over 50 stories based on songs and music from her entire discography.
Co-creator/executive producer Damon Lindelof and executive producer Carlton Cuse will discuss season 4 of Lost, leading up to the season finale. They will answer your questions and maybe even offer up some surprises of their own.
These guys provided one of my favorite SDCC moments last year: they kept a "spoiler bell" on the table in between them, and one would ring it whenever he felt the other was getting too spoilery. *glee*
12:00-1:00 The Writers Room: Writing Prime Time Animated Comedy
Join real live prime time animation writers as they recreate a TV animation rewrite room. Jokes will be "pitched," stories will be "broken," and lunch will be "ordered”. Panelists: Eric Kaplan (Futurama, Malcolm in the Middle), Opus Moreschi (Li'l Bush), Dan McGrath (King of the Hill, The Simpsons), Bill Freiberger (Drawn Together, The Simpsons), Maiya Williams (The PJs, Mad TV), and Carolyn Omine (The Simpsons). Moderated by Patric M. Verrone (Futurama, The Simpsons).
12:45-1:45 Exclusive Q&A with the writers of The Office
Moderated by cast member Rainn Wilson (Dwight Schrute), panelists include executive producer/showrunner Greg Daniels (The Simpsons) and writers Jennifer Celotta (Andy Richter Controls the Universe), Michael Schur (Saturday Night Live), B.J. Novak, Lester Lewis (The Larry Sanders Show), Gene Stupnitsky (Year One), Lee Eisenberg (Year One), Mindy Kaling (Matt and Ben), Justin Spitzer (Scrubs), Ryan Koh (various commercials), and Anthony Ferrell (The Audacity).
Again I ask - will NBC be videotaping this for later web broadcast? This will be hilarious.
12:30-2:00 Cartoon Voices I
The first of two gatherings this weekend of actors who lend their voices to animation, as they discuss and demonstrate their craft. Co-hosts Mark Evanier and Earl Kress welcome Jason Marsden (Fairly OddParents, Loonatics Unleashed), Wally Wingert (The Garfield Show, Family Guy), Phil LaMarr (Justice League, Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends), Alicyn Packard (The Mr. Men Show, World of Warcraft), TV legend Chuck McCann, Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants), and a few surprises.
I heard these panels were a major scream at last year's con.
LET'S CALL THIS OUR DOUBLE FEATURE OF WIN:
And let's all hope that the press backstage can also capture some good behind-the-curtain material as the Moore/Whedon Mutual Admiration Society convenes! Whee!
Joss Whedon, “Buffy” alum Eliza Dushku, and Tahmoh Penikett (Battlestar Galactica).
Thanks to Whedon's mea culpa earlier in the week on The W, we know there will not be any actual footage screened at this panel. But who needs it when you have these three onstage, together? *OMG dies*
2:15-3:15 Battlestar Galactica
Tricia Helfer, James Callis, Michael Trucco, Katee Sackhoff, executive producers Ronald D. Moore, and David Eick, along with moderator Kevin Smith.
*sigggggghhhhhhh* Fabulous. And, unfortunately, this will likely be the last time BSG comes to Comic-Con...*sad*. Make sure to wear this to the panel, if you get your hands on a copy.
2:30-3:30 Disney Pixar: Bolt and UP previews
I saw an amazing NY Comic Con panel with Pixar earlier this year where they showed a ton of great footage from WALL-E. Hopefully these shows will be as much fun.
3:00-4:30 MAD in the ’60s
A free-wheeling discussion with many of the founders about the go-go years of one of America's biggest publishing success stories, the one and only MAD magazine!
OK, I'll show my age here, why not!
3:15-4:15 Pushing Daisies Exclusive Clip Screening and Q&A
Lee Pace, Anna Friel, Chi McBride (Boston Public), Ellen Greene (Little Shop of Horrors), Swoosie Kurtz, and Kristin Chenoweth (The West Wing) join executive producer/creator Bryan Fuller (Heroes) and executive producers Dan Jinks (American Beauty) and Peter Ocko (Dead Like Me) for the session, to be moderated by special guest and executive producer Barry Sonnenfeld (Men in Black).
If you have watched any video from the Paley Fest panel this year, you know that this will be worth it solely to watch Chi McBride do his thing. He is too good onstage. The rest is icing on the cupcake.
3:45-5:15 Universal film previews including Drag Me To Hell
This is Sam Raimi's new film...
4:00-5:00 Costume Designers: Designing for Feature Films
Panel moderator Mary Vogt (Men in Black, Batman Returns) will talk to fellow members of the Costume Designers Guild, Local 892, Michael Wilkinson (Watchmen, 300), Michael Dennison (The Spirit, The Eye), Isis Mussenden (Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian), and Kym Barrett (Speed Racer).
4:00-5:00 Devil’s Due Presents: Milo Ventimiglia
Meet Heroes star Milo Ventimiglia and his Divide Pictures partner Russ Cundiff as they unveil pages from their new DDP series Rest. Writer Mark Powers joins them alongside a panel of DDP creators.
Ventimiglia & Cundiff were pretty fun to watch when they did this panel for the NYCC...
4:45-5:45 Spotlight on J. Michael Straczynski
Somehow—we have no idea how—he's gone from writing comics and TV to working with Tom Cruise, Clint Eastwood, Ron Howard, Paul Greengrass, Tom Hanks, the Wachowski Brothers, and Angelina Jolie. His long career (he's also known for Babylon 5, Twilight Zone, and others) stands as proof positive that there is no such thing as a just God. What's he up to now? What's coming next? What secrets remain yet untold? How did he achieve this (well, okay, we know that and let's just say it has something to do with a contract signed with Ba'al)? Come and ask the man responsible—J. Michael Straczynski—for Thor, The Twelve, and such upcoming movies ass Changeling, World War Z, Proving Ground, The Flickering Light, The Grays, and Lensman.
I still haven't caught up with JMS's great show BABYLON 5, but this will certainly be worth seeing.
4:45-5:45 Fringe Q&A and Trailer Screening
J. J. Abrams (Lost), Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman join fellow Fringe executive producers Bryan Burk (Cloverfield) and Jeff Pinkner (Lost), as well as stars Anna Torv (The Pacific), Josh Jackson (Shutter), and John Noble (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King). Television Week deputy editor and columnist Joe Adalian moderates.
5:30-7:00 Sony: Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, Quarantine, Pineapple Express
For Pineapple, Judd Apatow will be on stage with the gang in tow—director David Gordon Green, Seth Rogen (star and co-writer), James Franco, DannyMcBride, Amber Heard, and Evan Goldberg (co-writer).
I suppose you could avoid sitting through an hour or so of uninteresting dreck just to see the Team Apatow portion at the end...But really, how can you NOT go to this?
6:00-7:00 TV Guide: Hot List
An in-depth look at some of the new and returning TV series. TV Guide executive editor Craig Tomashoff moderates this panel offering the inside scoop, with some fun surprises. Participants include (in alphabetical order) Josh Applebaum (executive producer, Life on Mars), Jaimie Alexander (Kyle XY), Matt Dallas (Kyle XY), Javier Grillo-Marxuach (creator, The Middleman), Ronald Moore (executive producer, Virtuality), Natalie Morales (The Middleman), Jason O'Mara (Life on Mars), and Jason Smilovic (executive producer, My Own Worst Enemy), among other special guests.
They've updated this panel listing a bit from the original announcement, and I'm a tad pissed now: TWO guys from Life on Mars, really? So many people on it now? I fear that means each guy will only talk for like 5 minutes...but it's Ron Moore so I have to find out as much as I can. I read the pilot script for VIRTUALITY and it's something very special.
6:30-7:30 Troma Films
George W. Bush Yale classmate and legendary Troma Studios founder Lloyd Kaufman once again mixes with the masses at this year's Troma panel...
I probably would not personally go to this, but if you are a Troma Films fan, I assure you that this Kaufman guy is a major trip.
7:15-8:15 The Sarah Silverman Program
Sarah Silverman, with her sister Laura Silverman, and the entire cast and executive producers of the Comedy Central hit series for a Q&A session.
This is...well...you know what this is gonna be like? Right? LOLOL (all links here NSFW duh)
Luke Thompson points out a few things of note about today's schedule: Firstly, John Cho, Kal Penn, and Neil Patrick Harris will apparently be appearing "in character" at their panel to promote the DVD release of HAROLD AND KUMAR ESCAPE FROM GUANTANAMO BAY. At today's EMILY THE STRANGE panel, there supposedly may be news of a movie adaptation. The "Starship Smackdown" panel may be worth seeing afterall. And, yes, MR. DEEPAK CHOPRA is at a comic book and pop culture convention. Hee hee.
10:15-11:15 Nickelodeon: SpongeBob SquarePants Sneak Peek
10:30-11:30 It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Series stars Rob McElhenney, Glenn Howerton, Charlie Day, Kaitlin Olson, and director Fred Savage, moderated by Damon Lindelof, creator/executive producer of Lost.
These guys are just the funniest! I have no idea why LOST's showrunner Damon Lindelof is modding this but hey, double your fun!
12:00-12:45 Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay
Comedy legends Harold, Kumar, and NPH (Kal Penn, John Cho, and Neil Patrick Harris) appear live and in-person ato talk about the creation of their latest masterpiece—Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay—available on DVD on July 29.
12:30-1:30 Emily the Strange
Emily's legal guardian and creative monstermind Rob Reger will be there, along with artists Buzz Parker and Nix Turner, writer Jessica Gruner, and Dark Horse editor Shawna Gore.
In addition to the panel, which may or may not give a special announcement per above, you can go to the Dark Horse booth (#2615) to have your photo taken with a life-size Emily in her famous Emily The Strange Chair. At NYCC there was a stunning Emily merchandise booth -- I had no idea how much merch they now license. Check it out on the SDCC floor! If you bring or buy some Emily books, the panelists above will be at several booths over the weekend signing.
1:15-2:30 Cartoon Voices II
Chris Edgerly (Harvey Birdman, Celebrity Deathmatch), Dee Baker (American Dad, SpongeBob SquarePants), Cheryl Chase (Rugrats, All Grown Up), Katie Leigh (Dungeons & Dragons, Totally Spies!), Billy West (Futurama, Ren & Stimpy) and a few surprises.
1:30-2:30 Rogue Pictures
Writer/director Wes Craven discussing his suspense thriller 25/8, and writer/director David Goyer discussing his supernatural thriller The Unborn.
4:00-5:00 Buffy the Musical
The powers that be behind Whedonopolis.com host a screening of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer musical episode "Once More With Feeling" as Comic Con 2008's big closing event!
I cannot emphasize enough how much you con-goers should try to get to something, ANYTHING, involving Kevin Smith or Seth Green. Both these guys are completely at home with the Con Geek crowd, know how to work the room, be funny, keep things moving. For you Seth Green fans, there is also this:
What to do after you've left the building but you just haven't had enough pop culture? Try the screenings all weekend of "Sex Drive," at the Gaslamp 15 Theatre. Seth Green and other cast members will be introducing tonight's screenings (8:55 and 9:20), and the film about a Facebook romance is getting major buzz as the new "Superbad." Green, a veteran of Comic-Con, said he can't wait for the weekend. He'll be there to join "The Family Guy" panel (Friday, 3:30 p.m., Ballroom 20), promote the DVD release "Robot Chicken" (his hysterical stop-motion animation comedy show) and tell fans about his comics work in "The Freshman."
Like Comic-Con, Green is bit scattered in his pursuits. "Comic-Con is just overwhelming," Green said. "I wander around and take it all in. You need a plan, but in the end it doesn't matter, you just go with it."
Words to live by.
In anticipation of the new HBO vampire series “True Blood,” Top Cow Productions will debut at Comic-Con International in San Diego a comic book prelude one-shot to the show called “True Blood: The Great Revelation”...
In addition to a Comic-Con panel session with Alan Ball & Charlaine Harris and the cast of “True Blood” on Thursday at 4:30 in room 6CDEF, the fictional Tru Blood product will be sponsoring the masquerade ball. Fans can also get free T-Shirts at the official blood drive. For more on "True Blood," visit http://bloodcopy.com/.
[Hat tip to the True-Blood.TV fan forum]
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Says BloodCopy: "The Styx River Suites Motel for Vampires (does their receptionist get tired answering the phone?) is a little way from Bon Temps. Are there really enough vampires in our part of the state to warrant lawyer services and special hotels, or are these guys just trying to jump on the nearest money train?"
Bon Temps. That's where the main action in TRUE BLOOD takes place.
Are we not entertained?
KISS ME DEADLY
THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL
THE SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS
Elizabeth Berkley, who flirted with the L word during her Showgirls days, is joining the Showtime hit for a multi-episode arc, sources confirm to me exclusively. She'll play the straight girl that got away from Jennifer Beals' Bette in college.
Berkley and Beals, in addition to being real-life buds, co-starred together in the 2002 comedy noir Roger Dodger. For a glimpse at their sparkling chemistry, check out this popular YouTube clip, shot behind the scenes on Rodger Dodger.
The L Word's sixth and final season debuts next January, although Showtime recently announced that the L-verse would live on in the form of a spin-off -- perhaps anchored by Beals and Berkley?
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
But can we all pause for a moment and reflect on what Joss Whedon is doing here?
Imagine what it would be like if more creatives spoke so openly (and hilariously), so directly, to their fans like that.
(Meanwhile, you're still gonna get Joss Whedon, Eliza Dushku, and Tahmoh Penikett yukkin' it up onstage that day. What's not to like? And then, in the same darned room: the BSG panel. Joy.)
Monday, July 21, 2008
WEIRD SCIENCE (1985)
Written & Directed by John Hughes
With Anthony Michael Hall, Robert Downey Jr. (supporting roll but so FTW), Kelly LeBrock (the Gisele Bundchen of her day), Bill Paxton (great supporting roll)...