July 23, 2014 | 4:54 p.m.
If you’re planning to spend any time in downtown San Diego this weekend, keep an eye out for Homer Simpson’s head. That iconic bald pate is expected to take up a noticeable portion of the city’s shoreline in a clever bit of promotion for “The Simpsons,” one of thousands of movies, TV shows, comic books and video game titles vying for attention at the annual pop culture expo that kicks off Thursday. Comic-Con International long ago evolved from its modest origins — it began as an intimate gathering in the basement of San Diego’s U.S. Grant Hotel in 1970 — into an important marketing platform for Hollywood, an opportunity for studios and networks to bring an increasingly broad range of movies and series directly to an enthusiastic audience of roughly 130,000 fans amid a frenzied, carnival-like atmosphere. But with life-size […]
May 08, 2014 | 9:54 p.m.
Make way for more Marvel in prime time. “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” will return for a second season, and a new series, “Agent Carter,” starring Hayley Atwell, will join the one-hour adventure on ABC’s schedule, the network announced Thursday. “Agent Carter” will see English actress Atwell reprise her role as Peggy Carter from the “Captain America” films — the show is set one year after the events depicted in “Captain America: The First Avenger” and follows on the heels of a one-shot centered on the character that accompanied the “Iron Man 3″ DVD. The renewal announcement for “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”– which tracks the exploits of Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) and his roster of operatives – Ming-Na Wen’s Melinda May, Brett Dalton’s Grant Ward, Chloe Bennet’s Skye, Iain De Caestecker’s Leo Fitz and Elizabeth Henstridge’s Jemma Simmons – arrives just before […]