July 23, 2010 |
Over the years, Comic-Con's movie-centric Hall H has offered some pretty great surprises. Robert Downey Jr. has been involved with a few of them. Hugh Jackman, who unexpectedly turned up at a "Wolverine" panel back in 2008 and sent the crowd into a tizzy, helped make for a classic moment. But lately the Comic-Con surprise has felt about as fresh as your Uncle Murray's surprise birthday party. The problem? So many of these types of moments have been orchestrated over the years that they've ceased to be, well, surprising.
July 25, 2010 |
You know a show has become a part of the pop-culture consciousness when someone attends Comic-Con dressed as a character from the series. By that test, Fox's "Human Target" has officially made it: A woman actually turned up as Jackie Earle Haley's shady Guerrero, now a fan favorite. The cast and crowd in attendance at a panel on the series Saturday fully appreciated her effort -- Haley brought the woman on stage to show the whole room what she looked like standing next to him. The moment was just one of many highlights from the panel, which also introduced two new female characters into the boys club of Haley, Chi McBride and Mark Valley.
July 23, 2010 |
Robert Rodriguez didn't intend to make a statement about immigration. It just worked out that way. When the controversy over the Arizona immigration law bubbled up several months ago, the director re-cut a version of the trailer for "Machete," his hybrid thriller/action/exploitation picture, to protest the law. "It's kind of funny because it's not really what the movie is about, and I didn't want people to think that it was," Rodriguez said...
September 25, 2011 |
Felicia Day is a sort of famous person, by which I do not mean that she is moderately famous but that her fame is of a particular type. "People are very excited about meeting me, or they're absolutely confused," Day said one recent morning over breakfast by a pool at a hotel at which she was not a guest. "It's a very specific recognition factor. I actually like that. " Among other things, Day is an actress, a writer, a nerd world pin-up and an Internet icon. (The other things include, but are not limited to: violinist, singer, dancer, math major and college valedictorian — she is something of an overachiever.)
July 16, 2012 |
The widely anticipated follow-ups "Iron Man 3" and "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" were the most talked about movies on social networks during Comic-Con, but it was the prequel "Oz: The Great and Powerful" and "The Expendables 2" that got the most positive mentions. The data, compiled by social media research firm Fizziology, contained few surprises among the upcoming, highest-profile sequels and adaptations that were promoted at last week's San Diego convention that were mentioned the most in tweets and Facebook posts.
July 22, 2010 |
Is Will Ferrell the new Brad Pitt? Well, no. But when Pitt was a no-show at the DreamWorks panel for "Megamind" at Comic-Con on Thursday, Ferrell rescued the day by turning up in full costume and carting out a cardboard cutout of Pitt onto the stage. The audience that howled with laughter as he explained that Pitt had to babysit the kids while his wife, Angelina Jolie, attended the show later that afternoon to promote her own film, "Salt." Although Pitt wasn't scheduled to be on the panel, rumors had proliferated on blogs about his possible appearance.
July 2, 2013 |
If you're traveling along any part of the Pacific Surfliner rail route July 19-21 -- the seasonal opening of Del Mar racetrack and Comic-Con -- make your train reservations right now or risk not getting a seat. That's the word Monday from Amtrak , which is requiring train reservations in anticipation of a heavy passenger load on the weekend of those two big events in the San Diego area. Comic-Con, which draws about 130,000 visitors, is set for the San Diego Convention Center from 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. July 18 to 20 and 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. July 21. Farther north, the Del Mar racetrack in Del Mar opens for the season on July 17. The Pacific Surfliner operates daily service between San Luis Obispo and San Diego by way of Los Angeles, and Amtrak is requiring reservations for all passengers traveling during the mid-July weekend.
July 24, 2010 |
At a very short (half-hour) panel for NBC's "Chuck," producers announced that former "Terminator" babe Linda Hamilton has been signed to play Chuck's spy mom. For Season 4, Hamilton will play a recurring guest-star role as Mary Bartowski, who vanished mysteriously from the life of Chuck ( Zachary Levi) when he was a boy. "Hamilton will appear throughout the season, leading Chuck to discover that her life was shrouded in secrets," according to a news release. "She was a spy, a CIA agent ... and that's just the beginning."
July 12, 2012 |
After the coffee. Before not going to Comic-Con. The Skinny: I'm still waiting for my California tax refund. Anyone else out there still waiting? Wednesday's headlines include a look at who's skipping Comic-Con, the latest on the Viacom-DirecTV feud and the search for Bob Dylan's guitar. Daily Dose: The longer the Viacom-DirecTV fight drags on (see below), the better it may be for some smaller channels. DirecTV has said Hub, the kids channel owned by Discovery and Hasbro, and PBS Sprout will be among the networks it will place in the channel that was occupied by Viacom's Nickelodeon.
July 23, 2010
A roundup of Friday morning's arts and entertainment headlines: Joss Whedon is officially directing "The Avengers." ( Los Angeles Times ) Guillermo del Toro will revamp Disney's "Haunted Mansion" franchise. ( Los Angeles Times ) GLAAD gives the CW high marks for diversity. ( The Envelope ) Oksana Grigorieva claims Mel Gibson said, "I want Jew blood on my hands." ( Radar Online ) Can Mindjolt do for video game developers what MySpace did for musicians?