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'The Walking Dead' cast, more celebs celebrate the comic book's 10th anniversary at Comic-Con party

The Walking Dead took Comic-Con by storm yet again with another packed Hall H panel on Friday, but the celebrations for the zombie series didn’t stop there. Celebs and other Comic-Con attendees celebrated the comic book and the AMC TV show it inspired at a party near the San Diego Convention Center last night.

A follow-up to last year’s 100th issue celebration for The Walking Dead in Petco Park during Comic-Con, this year’s Hyundai-sponsored event celebrating the comic book’s 10th anniversary was in a parking lot in downtown San Diego. (Zachary Levi’s Nerd HQ had commandeered Petco Park.)

Weezer performed at the event — so yes, a bunch of Hollywood celebs did rock out to A-lister wannabe anthem “Beverly Hills.” Nathan Fillion beelined for the center of the pit in front of the stage as soon as he arrived. Among the other attendees were Lord of the Rings star Sean Astin, Fillion’s Castle co-star Molly Quinn, Buffy alum Seth Green, and Vampire Diaries actor Paul Wesley. Of course, talent from AMC’s The Walking Dead were also in attendance, including Lauren Cohan (Maggie Greene), David Morrissey (the Governor), comic book creator and executive producer Robert Kirkman, and Danai Gurira (Michonne).
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Comic-Con 2013: The Course of the Force strikes back

Popular podcaster and affable funny guy Chris Hardwick and his company, Nerdist Industries, are taking another run at Jedi fun this summer with the second annual Course of the Force, the fundraising relay where fans and celebrities take turns running with a lightsaber that they will eventually deliver to Comic-Con International in San Diego.

Modeled on the Olympic torch tradition, Course of the Force was a big hit last year and we caught up with Hardwick for a quick email interview about the miles covered last year and Episode II’s expanded route. (Instead of repeating the 2012 Santa Monica to San Diego route, the 2013 edition will start up in Marin County, more than 500 miles north of San Diego.)

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What’s a defining memory you have from Year One?
CHRIS HARDWICK: It’s sort of a mash-up of images. We had hoped that some people would run in costume. We had no idea how many people actually would. My memory is a flash of all the amazing cosplay — some Boba Fetts, father and son Stormtroopers, an unreal General Grievous, and even a Marty McFly (we had stressed that all cosplay was welcome) among many others, running down the I-5 Freeway while being led by Jabba’s Sail Barge, which we had built to be our pace vehicle. True story!

People run with torches, people run with batons. You guys run with lightsabers. That’s pretty fun. Is there any movie weapon cooler than lightsaber?
It’s hard to top the lightsaber. I love proton packs from Ghostbusters, the Highlander blade, Deckard’s gun, and those flip-action repulsor rifles from Minority Report. Still, the lightsaber was a sci-fi weapon that ushered in a new era. (My girlfriend’s dad, John Dykstra, brought it to life in the original Star Wars.) It’s perfect — a sword made of light. You can use it for offense, defense, as a deflector or just to look really cool for no reason. And I DEFY you to swing one without going “vvvvvv vvvvvvv VVVVVVVT.” It’s impossible.

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Streamy Awards: Chris Hardwick on the viral video myth. Plus an insider's picks to win!

Since the birth of YouTube in 2005,  the platform that hosts EVERYTHING, including actors, artists and comedians — has spread like wildfire, launching careers and shining a spotlight on many outstanding talents beyond that dog on the skateboard. Eight years later, rather than being a springboard for these creatives to move to TV or labels, the Internet has become another medium for them to showcase their work. The third annual Streamy Awards will honor that work this Sunday.

Chris Hardwick, comedian and host of The Talking Dead on AMC, will host the show. He is an advocate for the global, niche audiences online shows reach.

“It’s exciting for me as a performer because I remember the days when the fate of your entertainment career depended on someone at a network in an office. None of those things exist that way anymore,” Hardwick says. “The medium still exists but there really is a much truer meritocracy at work, which is that talented people now have the delivery system to get their voices out into the world and they don’t need big media companies anymore to deliver them to people or decide if they’re good enough.”

Hardwick’s advice for anyone looking to create a video is to forgo the idea of a viral video.

“The audience will decide if they want to make them viral or not. Focus on quality, don’t focus on … ‘I want to be trendy.’” READ FULL STORY

Vote for the Streamys Audience Choice Awards!

Vote early, and vote often. The polls are open for the 3rd Annual Streamys Audience Choice Awards for the categories of Personality of the Year and Series of the Year, and you can go to the site to vote for your favorite show and personality once a day until February 11.

But now comes the tricky part: deciding who to vote for. The finalists are all over the place, ranging the very sincere to the very silly. Some are dramatic, some are just for laughs, and some…are actually pretty explicit. If you’re not a devoted follower of any web series, this is actually a pretty good and diverse primer on some of the current options out there. Take a look at the finalists after the jump, and then head over to streamys.org to vote.

Winners will be announced during the Chris Hardwick-hosted ceremony, scheduled to be broadcast live online, Sunday, February 17 starting at 6 p.m. EST.

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Chris Hardwick is hosting the Streamy Awards

Further minting his status as the Dick Clark of geekdom, Nerdist emperor and Comic-Con panelist extraordinaire Chris Hardwick will host the third annual Streamy Awards, dedicated to celebrating original online video programming. The event will take place on February 17 — streaming live, naturally. This year’s nominees include Burning Love, Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, the 30 Rock tie-in The Donaghy Files, and various nominations for online video poster child Felicia Day. (Check out a full list of the nominations here.) In a press release, Hardwick jokes, “I think the Streamys could be a new Tonys! DO YOU HEAR ME NPH?!” READ FULL STORY

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