Comic-Con 2013: Simon Pegg, Spider-Man, Metallica on Friday program

July 05, 2013 | 11:47 a.m.
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Simon Pegg, shown in 2011, Nick Frost and director Edgar Wright are heading to San Diego’s Comic-Con International. (Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times)

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From left, Nick Frost as Andy, Eddie Marsan as Peter, Simon Pegg as Gary, Paddy Considine as Steven and Martin Freeman as Oliver in "The World's End." Pegg, Frost and Wright will kick off the Hall H programming on July 19 at Comic-Con International. (Focus Features)

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From left, Martin Freeman as Oliver, Paddy Considine as Steven, Simon Pegg as Gary, Nick Frost as Andy, and Eddie Marsan as Peter in Edgar Wright's movie, "The World's End." Frost and Wright will kick off the Hall H programming on July 19 at Comic-Con International. (Focus Features)

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Actress Emilia Clarke, who plays "mother of dragons" Daenerys Targaryen, will make the journey to San Diego to participate in the Comic-Con International panel for "Game of Thrones." (HBO)

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From left, Chandler Riggs, Andrew Lincoln and Lauren Cohan in a scene from "The Walking Dead." Lincoln and Cohan are among the actors set to appear at Comic-Con International. (Gene Page/AMC)

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Danai Gurira, who plays Michonne on "The Walking Dead" will appear in San Diego to participate in a panel devoted to the hit AMC zombie series, among other events. (AMC)

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Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone film an action scene on location for "The Amazing Spiderman 2" in New York City. (Aby Baker/Getty Images)

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Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone filming "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" on April 17, 2013 in New York City. (Aby Baker/Getty Images)

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Jamie Foxx filming on location for "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" on April 21 in New York City. The actor is set to appear at Comic-Con International on July 19. (Bobby Bank/WireImage

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Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey) makes a plan with Kick-Ass (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) in the movie "Kick-Ass 2." (Universal Pictures)

Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and director Edgar Wright will kick off the July 19 programming in Hall H at San Diego’s Comic-Con International, with “Game of Thrones,” “The Walking Dead” and Sony’s panel presentation featuring “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ also figuring into the lineup for the convention’s biggest arena.

Pegg, Frost and Wright will appear on the Focus Features panel to promote the new film, “The World’s End,” due out in the U.S. Aug. 23. The final installment in their “Blood & Ice Cream” trilogy, the movie sees Pegg play Gary King, a (lovable?) loser who recruits his high school chums to try to finish a famous pub crawl in their hometown that they had once unsuccessfully attempted in their younger days — but the apocalypse intervenes.

It’s the zombie apocalypse that drives what will be one of the biggest television panels of the day — the Hall H presentation for AMC’s “The Walking Dead” will feature Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, David Morrissey, Scott Wilson and Chad Coleman, along with executive producer and show runner Scott Gimple, executive producers Robert Kirkman,  Gale Anne Hurd and Dave Alpert, and special effects makeup supervisor and executive producer Greg Nicotero.

HBO’s lavish fantasy “Game of Thrones” will follow “Walking Dead” on the Hall H stage. Featured cast members include John Bradley, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Fairley, Kit Harington, Rose Leslie and Richard Madden. The panel will be moderated by Elvis Mitchell.

“The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” “Robocop” and “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2″ along with Screen Games’ “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” will anchor the Sony panel, which is scheduled to take place from 4 to 6 p.m. The studio released its Comic-Con plan Wednesday, highlighting the appearance of Andrew Garfield, who took over the role of Peter Parker and his superhero alter ego in Marc Webb’s 2012 feature “The Amazing Spider-Man,” as well as the film’s Jamie Foxx and Dane DeHaan, director Webb and producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach.

Universal’s Hall H panel will be devoted to “Kick-Ass 2″ and “Riddick.” Writer-director Jeff Wadlow’s Aug. 16 sequel to Matthew Vaughn’s 2010 cult gem, based on Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.’s comic book, sees the return of Aaron Taylor-Johnson in the title role and Chloe Grace Moretz as the foul-mouthed Hit-Girl, with Jim Carrey signing on as the character Colonel Stars and Stripes.

Carrey will not make the trip to San Diego — the actor recently made headlines when he took to Twitter to distance himself from the film, saying that he “cannot support that level of violence” in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, in which 20 children and six educators were slain last December: “I am not ashamed of it but recent events have caused a change in my heart,”  Carrey said of “Kick-Ass 2” through his official Twitter account.

With “Riddick,” Vin Diesel reprises his character from “Pitch Black” for the film, due in theaters Sept. 6, which also features Karl Urban and Katee Sackhoff. Diesel, Sackhoff and Dave Bautista will appear in person, along with writer-director David Twohy.

Metallica will close out the Hall H lineup on Friday, turning in an appearance to tout the band’s upcoming 3-D film, “Metallica Through the Never,” which was written and directed by Nimrod Antal (“Predators,” “Vacancy”) and is set for release in more than 300 Imax theaters Sept. 27.

To see the complete July 19 lineup, visit the Comic-Con International website.

– Gina McIntyre | @LATherocomplex

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