Comic-Con: ELEMENTARY Panel Recap

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With Robert Downey Jr knocking it out of the park in theaters and Benedict Cumberbatch doing no wrong in the role across the pond, I wondered why the world needed another interpretation of Sherlock Holmes.  Watching the Pilot episode of Elementary, I snickered at its cheeky bits and admired the performances of both Jonny Lee Miller as Holmes and Lucy Liu as Watson. Miller’s Holmes is very much in the mold of a Dr. Gregory House, a brilliant mind more concerned with the truth than convention.  In fact, he’s a recovering addict and Ms. Watson has been assigned as his sober companion.  Liu said that Watson uses her sober companion position to distract her from her own issues, but Holmes sees right through her.  Find out why it’s moved up my DVR list after the break.

Comic-Con: DOCTOR WHO Panel Recap; Future Holds Weeping Angels and More Daleks Than You’ve Ever Seen!

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Moderator Chris Hardwick guided a packed Hall H through the approach of the next season (series, if you’re British) of Doctor Who and the coming departure of companions Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) and Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill).  Gillan and Darvill were joined on stage by the Doctor (Matt Smith), Showrunner Steven Moffat and Executive Producer Caroline Skinner.  Fans were treated to clips from two upcoming episodes as well as some teases for what’s in store.

In addition to a look back on a powerful scene between Gillan and Darvill from The Girl Who Waited, fans were also shown clips from A Town Called Mercy (a Western-themed episode shot in Spain) and Dinosaurs on a Spaceship (which includes both the lovelies mentioned in the title as well as Rory’s father accompanying the Doctor’s gang). More after the break.

Comic-Con: SUPERNATURAL Panel Recap

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The cast and crew of Supernatural, the long-running WB/CW cult hit, took to Comic Con to discuss the end of the seventh season and it’s effects on the upcoming eighth.  Amongst the panel: Cast members Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beaver, Misha Collins & Mark Sheppard, Writer/Executive Producer Ben Edlund and new series showrunner Jeremy Carver.  For a recap of the panel, hit the jump.

Comic-Con: FAMILY GUY Panel Recap Includes a Look at the Upcoming Season, Reversing Time for the Show’s 200th Episode and a Hilarious Q&A

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The cast and creative team of Fox’s Family Guy were on hand at Comic-Con today to raunch up the jokes and completely ignore the sign that panelists should respect that there are folks under the age of 18 in the audience.  As creator and star Seth MacFarlane quipped, “If you’re under 18 and you’re in this room, it’s already too late for you.”  Joining him were Alex Borstein, Seth Green, Mike Henry, Mila Kunis and executive producer Steve Callahan. The most entertaining portion of the panel came when the cast ripped into insane audience members, but a few sneak peeks were also present.  Hit the jump for the full panel recap and be sure to keep up with our continuing Comic-Con coverage here.

Comic-Con: Stephen Amell and Katie Cassidy Talk ARROW, Playing a Superhero, and the Possibility of Black Canary

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Arrow is one of the most highly anticipated comic adaptations to hit the small screen in quite some time. Fans of Smallville expecting Justin Hartley to walk easily onto the new series were surprised to find a stranger in their midst. From co-starring roles as a prostitute on Hung to a firefighter on Private Practice, Stephen Amell takes on the role of the Green Arrow, Oliver Queen, and Katie Cassidy comes off a long line of less than savory characters to play the sweet girl that got away, Dinah “Laurel” Lance. Find out what they had to say about the show and their characters after the jump.

Comic-Con: AMERICAN DAD Panel Featured a Look at Season 9, Which Dialogue Patrick Stewart Refused to Say and a Music Video from Rachael MacFarlane

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The animated series American Dad is entering its ninth season and appeared at a Comic-Con panel to give the audience a sneak peek.  The panel opened with a psychedelic clip show that was half preview and half fan appreciation.  Patrick Stewart himself introduced the sequence and some of the flashed clips included the various faces and costumes of Roger (Seth MacFarlane), a suicidal lemur, various attempts by Stan to jump a chasm and a tearful farewell from Roger.  The panel featured MacFarlane, Wendy Schaal, Scott Grimes, Rachael MacFarlane, Dee Bradley Baker, Mike Barker, Jordan Blume and Matt Weitzman. Hit the jump to check out my panel recap and click here for all of our continuing Comic-Con coverage.

Comic-Con: Roger Corman Forced to Bring Bare Breasts to ATTACK OF THE 50 FOOT CHEERLEADER in 3D

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Roger Corman, known for producing over 400 movies over the span of 60 years, most of them schlocky B movies and creature features, was at Comic-Con schilling his new 3D film for Epix, Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader. If you like Corman, boobs and 3D, this is the film for you.  To find about Corman’s experience in producing Cheerleader, tops vs topless, and movies with messages, keep reading after the jump.

Comic-Con: THE VAMPIRE DIARIES Panel Recap; Cast and Creative Team Talk the Upcoming Fourth Season, Character Relationships and Fan Interaction

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The Vampire Diaries panel appeared at Comic-Con today to talk about the upcoming fourth season of the CW series.  Joining the stage were stars Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, Steven R. McQueen, Michael Trevino, Zach Roerig and executive producers Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson. Cast members fielded questions from the moderator and their enthusiastic fan base.  The third season of The Vampire Diaries will also appear on DVD/Blu-ray on September 11th.  Hit the jump to check out my panel recap and click here for all of our ongoing Comic-Con coverage.

Comic-Con: TRUE BLOOD Panel Recap Featuring Joe Manganiello Stripping, Alan Ball Dancing and Ryan Kwanten Doing a Walking Handstand

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Current showrunner and True Blood series adapter Alan Ball came on stage in Ballroom 20 to introduce a new trailer for the ongoing fifth season.  The panel for the popular HBO show inspired by the Charlaine Harris novels also featured cast members Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Alexander Skarsgard, Ryan Kwanten, Rutina Wesley, Deborah Ann Woll, Sam Trammell, Joe Manganiello and Kristin Bauer van Straten. The lively and hilarious panel not only teased events in the next season, but also touched on the new relationships that will be forged and acted as a memorial to Ball’s work on the series before he departs as showrunner at the end of the season.  Hit the jump for my panel recap and click here for our continuing Comic-Con coverage.

Comic-Con: AFTER EARTH Panel Shows Training Footage, Concept Art, and the Art of World Building

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M. Night Shyamalan is not a popular director right now, as evidenced by the boos as soon as his name appeared on screen, but the world writer Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli) is building in After Earth might be enough to overcome that.  In Room 6A today a lively panel ensued discussing the film and the heights they hope to reach.  While sometimes they like to usher out big names for these panels, this was strictly the creative talent.  Joining Whitta on stage was cinematographer Peter Suschitzky and writers Robert Greenberger and Michael Freedman.  Also on stage was author and After Earth bible co-creator Peter David and Dynamite comic book illustrator Beni Lobel.  While what was shown might not convince someone, it was enough to shift my interest level to elevated.  Hit the jump to find out more about the reveals and all the work the crew did to give us a fully realized story that isn’t written on the fly.

Comic-Con: Producers Jennifer Levin and Sherri Cooper Talk BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, Their Bad Boy Beast, and Why the Story Still Resonates

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Executive Producers Jennifer Levin (Felicity) and Sherri Cooper (Brothers and Sisters) sat down with us today at a roundtable interview to talk about CBS Television Studios’ exciting new fall series, Beauty and the Beast, starring Kristin Kreuk as tough NYPD detective Catherine Chandler and Jay Ryan as Vincent Keller, a former Afghanistan veteran with a terrifying secret.  The highly anticipated series is a modern-day reimagining of the 1980’s cult classic CBS television show and will premiere on the CW on October 11th.

The producing duo told us how they set about developing the series for a new generation inspired by an idea that came from new entertainment chief, Mark Pedowitz.  They explained how they were drawn to the concept of a modern day Beast with a bad boy image, why Kreuk was always their first choice for the role of Catherine Chandler, and how Ryan’s character will only get ‘beastier’ as the story advances and more triggers are revealed.  They also discussed the challenges of striking a balance with a female lead who is a very capable detective but struggles with accepting someone who wants to protect them and why they believe the classic story still resonates today because it’s timeless and deals with forbidden love and yearning.  Check out our recap of the Beauty and the Beast panel and hit the jump for the interview.

Comic-Con: Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, Bryan Cranston and Director Len Wiseman Interview TOTAL RECALL

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Returning to Comic-Con for a big Hall H presentation, with its August 3rd theatrical release imminent, Total Recall is now finished and ready for audiences, and the fans were able to get a good idea of what to expect when it hits the big screen. The film is about a factory worker, named Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell), who begins to suspect that he is a spy after a visit to Rekall – a company that provides its clients with implanted fake memories of a life they would like to have led – goes wrong and he finds himself on the run.

During a press conference with director Len Wiseman and actors Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel and Bryan Cranston, they spoke about how they decided what to keep from the original, identifying with such over-the-top material, what excited them about the script, Cranston’s horrible case of pink eye in both eyes (that had to later be digitally removed from the film), the theme of paranoia about the invasion of technology in our society, building a futuristic world, and whether the sci-fi genre still has a lower level of respect than other genres. Jessica Biel also said that it’s still a bit too early to say that she’s signed on as Viper for the Wolverine film. Check out what they had to say after the jump.  Also, check out our recap of the Total Recall panel.

Comic-Con: IRON MAN 3 Panel Recap; Ben Kingsley Confirmed to Play The Mandarin

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Every panel that comes to Hall H wants to recreate the success of Iron Man, a franchise was began its journey to a worldwide phenomenon in a room that holds 6,500 screaming fans.  I didn’t attend the first Iron Man panel, but I was here for Iron Man 2, and it blew the audience away.  I can still remember the audience losing its mind when they saw the shot of Iron Man and War Machine fighting back-to-back.  And then you have Robert Downey Jr. who knows how to work a crowd of screaming fanboys and fangirls like few others.  It’s a spectacular show, and while Iron Man 2 was ultimately a letdown, hope has been renewed with Shane Black (Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang) as the new co-writer and director.  Everyone knows Iron Man has been king of Hall H, but can it keep its crown??

Hit the jump for the recap of the Iron Man 3 panel , and click here for all of our Comic-Con coverage.

Comic-Con: Kristin Kreuk and Jay Ryan Talk BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and How the Make-up Will Evolve Over the Series

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Today at Comic-Con, Kristin Kreuk and Jay Ryan, the stars of CBS Television Studios’ highly-anticipated fall series, Beauty and the Beast, sat down with us for roundtable interviews. The new CW fall series is a re-imagining of the classic fairy tale loosely based on the late 1980’s cult-classic CBS television show that was a romantic love story with a procedural twist. This modern-day take centers on Catherine Chandler (Kreuk), a tough-minded NYPD homicide detective haunted by a tragic past, and the mysterious beast, Vincent Keller (Ryan), she discovers played a role in it and now leads a secret life in hiding.

Kreuk and Ryan told us about the challenges of telling a story that’s romantic and mysterious set in a high-tech age of Google, Facebook and Twitter, how the backstory for this updated version of Beauty and the Beast is more focused on the Beast’s humanity and his internal struggle with noble versus savage behavior, and why it’s exciting to bring a new Beauty and the Beast to a younger audience. They also discussed the extensive make-up required for the role of the Beast and what’s in store for his transformation as the series continues. Check out our recap of the Beauty and the Beast panel and hit the jump for the interview.

Comic-Con: The Character of Music Panel with Nathan Johnson, TRON: Uprising’s Joseph Trapanese, and More

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Music is an incredibly important factor in film and television.  That goes without saying, really, but discussions of music in depth and detail with the composers and collaborators that produce the music are rarely done.  That’s why Room 5AB was a treat last night, as composer Blake Neely and executive producer Marc Guggenheim (Arrow), composer Chris Lennertz and showrunner Eric Kripke (Revolution, Supernatural), composer Joseph Trapanese and showrunner Charlie Bean (TRON: Uprising), and composer Nathan Johnson and director Rian Johnson (Looper) joined moderators Anne Cecere, director of film and TV relations of BMI, and Chandler Poling, founder of White Bear PR, to talk about music’s role in TV and movies.   Hit the jump for a full recap.

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