Nickelodeon’s Comic-Con Plans For 2012

Thursday, July 12, 2012

  •  T.U.F.F. Puppy / The Fairly OddParents, 11:00a.m. – 12:00p.m., Room:  7AB

Panelists include Butch Hartman (creator/executive producer), Jerry Trainor (Dudley), Grey DeLisle (Kitty & Vicky), Daran Norris (Chief, Chameleon, Cosmo, Dad & Jorgen), Tara Strong (Timmy & Baby Poof), Susanne Blakeslee (Wanda & Mom), Matthew Taylor (Snaptrap & Quacky) and Carlos Alazraqui (Crocker & Mrs. Crocker) to feature a sneak peek clip of the upcoming Fairly OddParents live-action Christmas movie.  Fans will also act as “news reporters” and interview talent with Q&A.  Panel will also showcase a storyboard, with a reading by the voice actors, of select scenes from the upcoming T.U.F.F. Puppy Halloween special.

Friday, July 13, 2012

  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, 10:15a.m. 11:15a.m., Room: 6BCF

Panelists include Jason Biggs (Leonardo), Sean Astin (Raphael), Greg Cipes (Michelangelo),
Rob Paulsen (Donatello), Ciro Nieli (executive producer) and additional cast TBA, to feature a never-before-seen look and in-depth discussion at the new series.

  • The Legend of Korra11:15a.m.12:15p.m., Room: Ballroom 20

Panelists include Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko (co-creators/executive producers), Joaquim Dos Santos (co-executive producer), Janet Varney (Korra), David Faustino (Mako), P.J. Byrne (Bolin), Seychelle Gabriel (Asami) and Andrea Romano (voice director).  Panel will include an in-depth discussion of Book 1 and a live performance by the voice actors.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

  • ·         SpongeBob SquarePants, 2:15p.m. – 3:15p.m., Room: 6A

Panelists include Tom Kenny (SpongeBob), Bill Fagerbakke (Patrick), Mr. Lawrence (Plankton, writer), Vince Waller (Creative Director) and Seamus Walsh and Mark Caballero (Directors, Screen Novelties) to share a sneak peek of the stop-motion holiday special, “It’s a SpongeBob Christmas!”

CREATOR/CAST APPEARANCES & SIGNINGS

Thursday, July 12, 2012

  • ·         T.U.F.F. Puppy / The Fairly OddParents, Time TBD

Butch Hartman (creator/executive producer), Jerry Trainor (Dudley), Grey DeLisle (Kitty & Vicky), Daran Norris (Chief, Chameleon, Cosmo, Dad & Jorgen), Tara Strong (Timmy & Baby Poof), Susanne Blakeslee (Wanda & Mom), Matthew Taylor (Snaptrap & Quacky) and Carlos Alazraqui (Crocker & Mrs. Crocker).

Friday, July 13, 2012 

  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Time TBD

Jason Biggs (Leonardo), Sean Astin (Raphael), Greg Cipes (Michelangelo), Rob Paulsen (Donatello), Ciro Nieli (executive producer) and additional cast TBA.

  • The Legend of KorraTime TBD

Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko (co-creators/executive producers), Joaquim Dos Santos (co-executive producer), Janet Varney (Korra), David Faustino (Mako), P.J. Byrne (Bolin), Seychelle Gabriel (Asami) and Andrea Romano (voice director) to include exclusive poster giveaway.

Sunday, June 15, 2012 (Pending)

  • Power Rangers, Time TBD

Alex Heartman (Red Power Ranger/Jayden), Najee De-Tiege (Blue Power Ranger/Kevin), Brittany Pirtle (Yellow Power Ranger/Emily), Hector David Jr. (Green Power Ranger/Mike), Erika Fong (Pink Power Ranger/Mia) and Steven Skyler (Gold Power Ranger/Antonio).

ONGOING BOOTH ACTIVITY 

  • Costumed characters to include Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, SpongeBob SquarePants, Monkey Quest, Winx and T.U.F. F. Puppy. 
  • Giveaways include Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles exclusive posters, Ron English-signed posters, New Era hats, tote bags and buttons; SpongeBob SquarePants holiday-themed buttons; The Legend of Korra, T.U.F.F. Puppy and Fairly OddParents buttons, Monkey Quest promotional cards (TBD) and Winx comic books (TBD).
  • Sweeps to win exclusive Winx “Gold” Bloom doll (TBD).
  • Booth also includes a giant video screen featuring videos of Nickelodeon’s hit series and the agenda for each day.

 

WonderCon 2012: Once Upon A Time Panel with Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis

At Sunday’s WonderCon panel Once Upon A Time fans were in for a real treat, a screening of the newest episode, “Heart Of Darkness”, and a Q&A with show creators Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis. The episode was very Snow and Charming centered, getting very large reactions from the crowd. The episode was all about love, both having and lacking it and the repercussions of both scenarios.

After the screening Horowitz and Kitsis came on stage and took questions from the audience, being very open and revealing in their answers. They talked about their wish list for show characters, an eclectic list including Peter Pan, Ariel, Rapunzel and Mulan. They did say to not expect to see Winnie The Pooh or Pluto but they don’t want to close any doors and cheekily said that those characters “may show up in season 9.” When asked about the Lost Easter eggs (both Horowitz and Kitsis worked on the epic Lost) they pointed out the many they have already hidden, a clock set to 8:15, Geronimo Jackson shout-outs, Regina’s 108 address, an Apollo bar and they revealed a hint to a future surprise cryptically stating “look up in the air.” They also revealed that they would love to work with all of the Lost actors again but specifically mentioned Jorge Garcia.

Near the end of the panel Horowitz and Kitsis made some big reveals, The Huntsman (Jamie Dornan) will be back in the finale (which they were flying to Canada to film immediately after the panel ended), by the end of the season everything we want to know about August and “two things we don’t” will be revealed, Barbara Hershey will be appearing as the Queen’s mother and finally. who Dr. Whale’s fairytale land counterpart is (this won’t be revealed in this season but when they finally do, it will be met with an “aha”).

Once Upon A Time airs Sundays at 8/7c on ABC

WonderCon 2012 – Fringe Panel Coverage

Fringe also made an appearance at WonderCon, after using a special video intro of Walter being amazing in famous quotes they jumped into the panel. It was a concentrated panel on everything the show has going on, from alternate realities and variations of characters to wish lists and thoughts on the future.

The next 7 episodes are ahead of us and the Fringe team has no intent on slowing down as the season wraps up. The first huge punch came from news that Jones is coming back, the right story was the critical component to make this happen otherwise it would have felt forced or out-of-place. No news came about Jones clashing with Walter, it seems that we’ll have to wait and see how things play out before anything more spurs up. The idea was passed on that you’re never actually dead in Fringe just “away” until something comes around to change that.

Peter and Olivia were next, while nothing was mentioned about why Peter didn’t remember they did specify that Olivia had an abusive environment growing up and much of all that has been repressed. Speaking on Olivia there was the crowd concern that Olivia would not return to normal or would get worse, unfortunately the only note was the crew hopes she’ll make it which was a bit worrying. Finally character expansion wrapped up with the note of the Lincolns getting their own back story explained in the coming episodes which should help fans a bit as well on the universe of Fringe given their presence in seasons 3 and 4.

The team reflected on actors and dream matches, Charlie popped up in the mix, this season he was part of another show actually but there are no current plans to integrate him into the story at this point. William Bell was the other topic but unfortunately Leonard Nimoy is now in retirement, they’d love to integrate him back in the story in a heartbeat but their efforts so far haven’t been met with any word from his camp.

Renewal came up quickly into the mix as well, unfortunately they have no word but they’ve been holding tight and pushing forward. The goal of Fringe is and always has been to make the best show for the fans and provide an interesting journey along the way while not focusing on if they will or will not be on the air. Season 4 will bring some closure to current stories but they’ll also open the window to new possibilities.

Fringe is back this week, the biggest push anyone can make to help sway Fox is to continue tuning in or turning friends or family to check out as well. Getting the numbers up and the word out has always helped the show in the past. With so much in the balance right now it would be a shame to see this story fail to see the proper closure it deserves.

Spartacus: Vengeance trailer debuts

We had a teaser video and breakdown the last time, today we have a special treat with the trailer for Spartacus, it’s violent and it explains a bit more of what to actually expect this season. Loving some of the highlighted lines for the clip, hopefully it gets your motivation up to see the new series next month as well.

“Spartacus: Vengeance” will premiere on STARZ Friday, January 27th at 10pm ET. Set those DVR’s or get ready for some bloodbaths because it’s almost here.

Spartacus: Vengeance sneak peek plus video preview

Spartacus Vengeance is on the verge of  return, the show comes back in just about 7 weeks, to prepare for that we’ve gotten a small look at the opener for the show with Liam McIntyre as the lead. For those who hate spoilers, just stop now as we might blow something key for you guys.

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Our scene opens with speared horsemen and a dual sworded Spartacus leading them down a trail, we get a graphic showing of his prowess for combat, the calculations in how he handles his surroundings and his toughness. As his allied team emerges from behind the rocks it becomes a ballet of brutal engagement with he and his followers carefully tackling the entire group. We see the numbers growing and Spartacus throwing himself into the front line to protect his men and destroy the odds, each strike and enemy taken down with sheer force. The intensity the show brings is just as strong as ever, the story though, has a new path to expand his world.

 

Visually it’s a series of struggle and drama, his men are battered and tired but willing and Spartacus is fighting with it all on the line, no injury is too much as he executes each opponent. The camera team showcases critical strikes and dominance in slow motion cuts from both sides in the heated exchange.

The scene sets the tempo for what Spartacus is up against, he has strength and courage but his power also rests in the loyalty and numbers of his team. We’re teased that Spartacus will take notice and become emotionally aware of the death that follows with such a campaign that he’s leading. Liam McIntyre feels passionate about the character development coming to the season and the potential for viewers.

Update: The Hollywood Reporter is linking the video publicly so we’ll pass it along too

SDCC 2011 – The BAMFAS lowdown + Cosplay Gallery!

Hey everyone, SDCC is slowly fading into the mist at this point and honestly it has taken a while to reach a point of editorial commentary. SDCC for the past 4 years has been pretty epic, watching it just boil over from a major event into a AAA showcase for the comic, movie, tv and gaming industries was awesome. What sucks is everything that came with it, SDCC exclusives are sought after by many and were a unique staple of the show. Now vendors come to the show or buy large volume to supply their stores at the con leaving low supply or excessive lines to regular consumers.

The crowds in the prior years were a bit friendlier as well, although of course last year there was the whole stabbing thing that went down. Striking that up to crazed fandom is probably the best I can do to class that one. This year not only was the floor packed but it was a shoving match from poor mannered folks to people that were shoving around in retaliation to the aggro behavior. Not cool at all and it really made for slow travel from end to end, for past visitors any extra time to that trek is a downer.

There are upsides of course and I’ll sprinkle one in right now, the quality of the cosplay and the endurance of the people taking part was superior in 2011. I loved watching the costumes around the show and seeing the creative poses and dedication to the public at large asking for shots. Lots of respect to those who made that venture, as a cosplay fan myself it’s never an easy task with heavy fabrics and shoes from hell. Many made it seem almost easy.

The dealer area seemed to show new life in 2011, while the Golden Age comics took an unexpected growth spurt the area as a whole had much more to offer for goods. Finding classic figures, new figures or even marked up show exclusives was easier than past years just due to sheer volume. Many retailers were also determined to run fire sales on old stock seen in previous years, watching some drop as much as 60-70% off had many buried in each booth to complete their collections or start new ones.

Personally, I found a good home with a few retailers, Comic Madness got me into the latest installment of Wolverine from Marvel. Hoping those turn out good. Also started on Secret Invasion finally with a huge variant pack I got for cheap. Although having 1-2 variants of each issue seems a bit odd now. Others made their impact as well, Top Cow and 2K Games actually set me up with a Darkness II limited Darkling statue from a Twitter event. For comic collectors, gamers and TV and movie enthusiasts there was a bit for everyone.

Now we go back to probably one of the most disappointing facets of SDCC 2011, the panel lines were probably the single most absurd thing on the planet. The waiting times were huge for everything, entering Ballroom 20 wasn’t something you just did, you planned extensively and camped that line for a glimpse of that room. Hall H was much the same with huge lines for major releases and determined fans sitting it out for days in line. The problem is, many of those who waited had no interest in those other panels they sat through. Waiting instead for special tickets or panels at the end of the day. The system used to work, it took roughly 1.5-2 hours to get inside but it happened. Some were waiting as long as 5 hours to see a panel and never got in.

The team at Comic-Con International has an issue to tackle with that situation, as it stands, very few will be able to see the panels they want to catch. I was fortunate to see Being Human and Community which rocked in the Indigo Ballroom. But only because blitzing in as early as possible to line was how it happened. Maybe it’s time to make lines for individual blocks of panels instead. As it stands there are a lot of campers who stomped good experiences for regular people who wanted to see their favorite panels again this year. Step it up for the fans and do something about the squatting because it let many people down.

The question of course, was SDCC worth attending? Yes, combine the downtown events with all the screenings and premieres and the show even if you can’t get into the main event is really a fun time. If you’re attending SDCC itself on top of all that, the event is more than most can handle, attending all the panels even when things were normal was impossible just because there’s so much to do. You can see some panels on your favorite shows, get signings in the exhibition hall from your favorite actors, animators or illustrators and more. It’s mind boggling for those attending their first year and rightfully so, the convention itself is gigantic and spills over to the surrounding area with goodies for all.

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Netflix now available on Android devices!

Today in Netflix announced support for specific Android phones! Streaming over 3g or wifi is recommended but with the emerging 4g market expansion, streaming should be no problem.

There is a party pooping issues though, No tablet support and the device list is a bit limited as of now.

If your phone is on this list, you are now able to drain your battery life even faster!

1. HTC Incredible with Android 2.2
2. HTC Nexus One with Android 2.2, 2.3
3. HTC Evo 4G with Android 2.2
4. HTC G2 with Android 2.2
5. Samsung Nexus S with Android 2.3

Although no official word to confirm, it is a safe bet that the list will expand in the near future.

Source:
http://blog.netflix.com/2011/05/normal-0-false-false-false-en-us-x-none.html

San Diego Comic-Con 2010 – Preview night shots

Hey guys just coming in with the first batch of pictures from the show this year, from toys to cosplay to just cool stuff. We’re checking out panels and more this year, come back nightly for gallery updates and any panel coverage we can crank out after a long day of travel to SD.

Enjoy!

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Listed: Green Hornet Car, Gundam Models, Iron Man Suits, Rogue, Black Cat, White Phoenix, Dark Phoenix, Scarlet Witch, Michael Jackson, Batman Begins movie costume, Gargoyles figure, Toy Story Lego sculpture, Eva 01, Gurren Lagann, Avatar Mecha, Fox booth girls, Green Hornet booth girls, Mazinger Z, Batman Black and White, Storm Shadow, Snake Eyes, The Last Airbender figures, Thor Display at Marvel, One Piece, GI Joe figures

Video Games Live invades PBS

For those that love video game music from any generation, Video Games Live should be something to check out. From Contra to the latest Civilization games the orchestra and guest soloists blow minds away with their interpretations of each song.

From July – August PBS stations will be airing Video Games Live as part of their special programming.  The CD and DVD/Blu-ray will also be available through November 1st 2010. The CD will feature 16 select tracks while the DVD and Blu-ray run over 3 hours of bonus material with extended segments and interviews.

For those doubting the rock power of VGL:

For those questioning the orchestra quality of VGL:

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