Some television shows blaze bright and fade quickly. Others ignite and burn for years. Joss Whedon’s Firefly did neither. The sci-fi opus barely sparked during its 11-episode run on Fox in 2002, yet produced a uniquely vibrant afterglow, nurtured by stalwart fans, as well as new fans who continue to discover the series on DVD and cable. To celebrate the cult classic’s 10-year anniversary, Science will air a reunion special tonight called Firefly: Browncoats Unite, which brings together Nathan Fillion, Adam Baldwin, Summer Glau, and more for a conversation (moderated by this reporter) about the show’s origins and legacy and where the series might have gone had it continued. READ FULL STORY
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San Diego will continue to host Comic-Con International through 2016, the city’s mayor and convention organizers announced today. The massive confab of all things geek has been held in the southern California city’s seaside convention center since it was constructed in 1991.
The deal extends by a year the convention’s contract with the city, which was set in 2010 after Comic-Con organizers briefly entertained the possibility of leaving San Diego for larger convention floors in either nearby Los Angeles or Anaheim, Calif. Since 2007, Comic-Con has sold out of its 125,000-130,000 available passes; organizers have needed to seek out venues outside the convention center in nearby hotels to accommodate all of its events. The city of San Diego is aiming to complete a planned expansion of the convention center by 2016, but EW has confirmed that was not a deciding factor in keeping Comic-Con in the city.
What would the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles look like if they were from Scandinavia? One would think paler, but one would be wrong!
In anticipation of New York Comic Con, Nickelodeon’s rebooted TMNT team has partnered with LEGO for a pair of limited-edition minifigures, including a rare black-instead-of-green turtle. The collector items, rolled out exclusively for Comic Con, will be free for the first 300 costumed fans at the Danish toymaker’s NYC flagship store this Saturday. Perhaps more notable, though, is that the figures serve as a preview of the full TMNT set that Lego is looking to launch in January. (Do they even have sewers in Denmark?*)
You can sneak an exclusive peek at the first two toys — Epic Turtle and Kraang, respectively — here.
One of them is bound by a mission to eradicate sickness with the healing power of laughter, the other is on a mission to go on a lot of missions to eradicate terrorists.
They are Dr. Blake Downs (Rob Corddry) and Special Agent Trent Hauser (Paul Scheer), and their respective Adult Swim comedies, Childrens Hospital and NTSF:SD:SUV::, return with new episodes on Thursday night. At midnight on the season 4 premiere of Childrens Hospital, our doctors wage what is surely an unforgettable battle against a terrifying airborne amnesia. Fifteen short minutes later, on the season 2 premiere of NTSF, Trent goes undercover as a student at Nick Cannon High School to try to figure out who’s been abducting the popular children of San Diego’s elite. America’s Got Terror, indeed (sunglasses). READ FULL STORY
AS HULK WAITS FOR THE DOCTOR WHO PANEL IN HALL H TO START, THERE IS ONE NAGGING THOUGHT BUZZING AROUND HULK’S BRAIN: WE LIVE IN THE AGE OF SUPERHEROES.
WITH MOVIES LIKE THE AVENGERS AND THE DARK KNIGHT RISES DOMINATING THE MOVIE LANDSCAPE, WE ARE BEGINNING TO ACCEPT THE REALITY THAT SUPERHEROES ARE NO LONGER JUST A MERE PART OF OUR FORMAL CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT. NOR ARE THEY JUST A MERE PART OF OUR ADULT MOVIE-GOING DISPOSITION. INSTEAD, SUPERHEROES HAVE BECOME OUTRIGHT FIXTURES OF OUR CULTURAL MYTHOS; PART OF THE FABRIC OF OUR VALUES AND INTRINSIC TO OUR COLLECTIVE IDENTITY (WHAT’S NEXT? COMIC BOOK CHARACTERS WRITING FILM CRITICISM?). AND BECAUSE OF THIS PRESENCE, THE KINDS OF HEROES THAT RESONATE WITH US CANNOT HELP BUT SAY A LITTLE SOMETHING ABOUT OUR OWN VALUES. FOR INSTANCE, THERE IS A PART OF HULK THAT CANNOT HELP BUT WORRY ABOUT CULTURAL FIXATION ON THE DESIRE FOR A “GRITTY” AND “REALISTIC” VERSION OF BATMAN. HULK LOVES BATMAN TOO AND PERFECTLY UNDERSTANDS THAT A FAN WOULD WANT A FRANCHISE TO GROW WITH THEIR MORE ADULT SENSIBILITIES. THIS WOULD BE FINE IF THE PURPOSE WAS TO CREATE A SENSE O DISTANCE AND FEEL MORE LIKE A CHARACTER EXAMINATION, WHICH WOULD THEN REFLECTS BACK ON OURSELVES. THIS KIND OF APPROACH IS THE VERY BEST OF WHAT THE “ADULT” TREATMENT OF SUPERHEROES CAN DO. AND THERE ARE CERTAINLY TIMES THAT NOLAN’S THE DARK KNIGHT REACHES THESE HEIGHTS AND PROVIDES A TRULY INTERESTING CONCEPT. BUT ON THE WHOLE, THAT MISSION IS SO COMPLICATED BY THE FACT THAT THESE ADULT SENSIBILITIES ARE STILL SO INEXORABLY TIED TO THE “BEAT UP THE BAD GUYS” CATHARTIC AIMS OF THE GENRE THAT IT SIMPLY UNDOES ANY MORE INTELLECTUAL AIMS. IN ESSENCE, IT MAKES THE DESIRE FOR GRITTY FEEL GROSS. TRULY, THE KINDS OF SUPERHEROES WE EMBRACE CAN ACTUALLY REVEAL OURSELVES. AND BECAUSE OF THIS HULK CANNOT LIE AND HAS TO ADMIT THAT THERE IS A PART OF HULK THAT WAS RELIEVED WHEN THE AVENGERS RESONATED SO DEEPLY WITH AUDIENCES. NOT JUST BECAUSE THE FILM IS HUMANE, FUNNY, AND ALL-TOGETHER GREAT, BUT BECAUSE IT SHOWED THAT “GRITTY REALISM” MAY NOT BE WHAT AMERICANS ARE DESPERATELY ACHING FOR AFTER ALL.
SO JUST WHAT IN THE HECK DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH DOCTOR WHO?
Until recently, Kaitlyn Leeb was just another unknown Canadian actress. Her IMDB resume indicates that she starred in Wrong Turn 4 and the Vinnie Jones/Kimbo Slice/Bai Ling 2010 actual movie Locked Down, along with a mandatory-in-Canada appearance on Degrassi: The Next Generation. But Leeb’s career is getting a lift thanks to her brief, uncredited, but utterly pivotal role in August’s Total Recall remake as the reincarnation of the Three-Breasted Mutant Prostitute. Leeb actually showed up to the San Diego Comic-Con and hung out with Recall stars Jessica Biel and Kate Beckinsale. Like many attractive women on the floor at Comic-Con, she was showing off some cleavage. Unlike most of those other women, though, Leeb had double cleavage, or “dual cleavae” as it’s known in the medical world. (Scroll down for a larger image.) READ FULL STORY
This year’s San Diego Comic-Con was filled to the brim with buzzy projects from big-name filmmakers. Neill Blomkamp showed off footage from his Matt Damon-headlined futuristic romp Elysium, Guillermo Del Toro’s Pacific Rim paired off giant robots against giant monsters, and Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel demonstrated an impressive lack of slow-mo action scenes. Meanwhile, Marvel Studios announced the next phase of their great shared-universe experiment…emphasis on universe, with the space-faring Guardians of the Galaxy film currently slated for 2014. On this week’s episode of Entertainment Geekly, we talk to EW movie reporter Adam B. Vary about the vibe in Hall H: what looked good, what got a muted response, and just what the heck we should think about The Hobbit. READ FULL STORY
EVENTUALLY, THE TWO OF US HAD TO DO BATTLE.
HALL H IS COMIC-CON’S MASSIVE CONVENTION ROOM THAT SEATS APPROXIMATELY 6,500 PEOPLE. IT IS WHERE THEY HOLD ALL THE BIGGEST PANELS FOR THE HIGH-PROFILE MOVIES AND PRESENT THEIR FOOTAGE TO THRONGS OF SCREAMING FANS… AT LEAST IN THEORY. BECAUSE THE TRUTH IS THAT SO OFTEN THERE ARE A GOOD DEAL OF PEOPLE IN HALL H WHO ARE JUST THERE FOR SOME OTHER PANEL.
WHY DOES THAT HAPPEN? BECAUSE THE SHEER LOGISTICS OF HALL H DICTATE THAT ONE MUST REALLY COMMIT TO ARRIVING WAY BEFORE THE PANEL THEY ACTUALLY WANT TO SEE. THUS, THE POLITICS OF WHAT PANEL GOES BEFORE WHAT CAN SERIOUSLY AFFECT HOW ONE’S PANEL MAY GO. FOR INSTANCE, AFTER THE FIRST YEAR OF TWILIGHT MANIA, THE CONVENTION DISCOVERED THAT THESE UBER-COMMITTED FANS WOULD LINE UP SO EARLY FOR THE PANELS THAT THEY WOULD DOMINATE THE LANDSCAPE. NOT ONLY THAT BUT THEY WERE SO COMPLETELY DISINTERESTED IN ALMOST ANY OTHER PROPERTY THAT IT MADE THINGS PRETTY MUCH HORRIBLE FOR ANYONE ELSE. (THIS ISN’T A SWIPE AT TWILIGHT MIND YOU, JUST THE RAMIFICATIONS OF THEIR FANS’ COMMITMENT). THE ONLY WAY TO MAKE IT WORK IS HAVE THE ANNUAL TWILIGHT PANEL OPEN HALL H ON THE FIRST DAY OF COMIC-CON AND THAT HAS NOW BECOME THE TRADITION (ALONG WITH PEOPLE CAMPING OUT FOR WEEKS BEFOREHAND). THE OTHER THING THEY HAVE LEARNED IS TO GROUP ALL THE BIGGEST, MOST MAINSTREAM PANELS ON SATURDAY, WHICH IS THE ALSO THE MOST HIGHLY ATTENDED DAY OF THE CON.
AND WITH SO MANY HIGH-PROFILE FILMS THERE ON SATURDAY THERE WAS NO BETTER DAY FOR HULK TO SPEND THE ENTIRE DAY IN HALL H. READ FULL STORY
The kindest thing you can say about Thomas Jane’s 2004 movie The Punisher is that it’s the best Punisher movie by default, since the character also inspired a terrible 1989 film starring Dolph Lundgren and a terrible, terrible, terrible 2008 film starring Ray Stevenson. But the experience of making the movie apparently stuck with Jane. At San Diego Comic-Con this past weekend, Jane debuted an expensive-looking 10-minute short film about a character who is clearly the Punisher, although the film — titled “Dirty Laundry” — is carefully constructed to avoid any potential lawsuits. The short also features an appearance by Ron Perlman. Fair warning: It’s extremely violent. But as directed by Phil Joanou (Gridiron Gang), it’s also pretty fun.
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The Big Revelations: In a deal with Comixology, Fantagraphic will finally begin to release 30 years of Love and Rockets digitally. Comic-Con surprised Mario with an Inkpot Award to match the ones previously granted to his more prolific brothers. Jaime told the crowd that Alan Moore was quite taken with the nine-panel grid that he used throughout his Locas story “100 Rooms” and subsequently adopted it for Watchmen. Gilbert named Palomar’s villain, Howard Miller, after fellow cartoonists Howard Chaykin and Frank Miller.
Footage Screened: Early artwork from the brothers, including the self-published first issue of Love and Rockets. Groth also showed a slide with Jaime’s rendering of a female Robin, an image that, according to Jaime, inspired the creation of Carrie Kelly in Dark Knight Returns.
Snap Judgment: The Hernandez brothers are legends who produced the most enduring indie comic series in history with Love and Rockets. It’s important that their sprawling oeuvre remain accessible for new fans, and their new agreement with Comixology to reprint their work digitally ensures that.
Most Incisive Audience Question: Several women thanked the brothers for creating enduring female characters like Luba, Maggie, and Hopey.
The Winner of the Panel: Mario. He finally won a major award after decades in the shadow of his more celebrated younger brothers. He was genuinely touched by that moment.
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