Once Upon a Time

July 26, 2014 | 2:12 p.m.

Comic-Con: ‘Once Upon a Time’ panel touts ‘Frozen’ duo, a Magic Mirror

The feeling at the Comic-Con International panel was that “Once Upon a Time” didn’t end on a cliffhanger so much as on a note of extreme anticipation: “Frozen’s” Elsa is coming. But the creators made everyone wait until the end because love was in the air. Before the panel was introduced, the crowd got to see a trailer for the forthcoming fourth season of the show, which was really a compilation of images and scenes from all the past seasons, highlighted by the introduction of Elsa from “Frozen.” We can call it season 4.5 since “Once” has recently been splitting up seasons into two distinct story lines, with last season spotlighting the villains Peter Pan and the Wicked Witch of the West. Creators Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, alongside actors Jennifer Morrison, Josh Dallas, Lana Parrilla, Emily De Ravin, Jared […]
Oct. 14, 2013 | 7:00 a.m.

NYCC: Shows like ‘Walking Dead,’ ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ are major draws

NEW YORK — At the Javits Center in Manhattan this past weekend, the Frodos and Jokers were easily outnumbered by the Heisenbergs and Khalesis. Reflecting television’s place on top of the pop-culture food chain, the lineup at New York Comic Con was dominated by the small screen, with panels about shows such as “Game of Thrones,” “Sleepy Hollow” and “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” proving a major draw among the estimated 130,000 attendees. Although it began as a more narrowly focused celebration of comic books and anime, like its behemoth West Coast rival, San Diego’s Comic Con International, NYCC is increasingly dominated by pop culture — particularly television. “I definitely have seen a really strong increase in the TV presence over the past couple of years,” said Kim Mueller, content and talent director at ReedPOP, the company that produces the 7-year-old […]
July 21, 2013 | 4:43 p.m.

Comic-Con nightlife, as told by Kit Harington, Felicia Day and more

Lana Parrilla
With San Diego’s Comic-Con International expanding nearly every year, the annual pop culture convention has also accommodated the flourishing nightlife. “I understand that San Diego Comic-Con is like the Detroit Auto Show,” said “Banshee” actress Lily Simmons. “Sure, other places can have an auto show, but it’s not the Detroit Auto Show. ” While the city’s boisterous Gaslamp Quarter bustled with convention-goers and other Saturday night patrons, Hollywood took on its fair share of lavish events. “It’s just kind of insane,” said “Game of Thrones” actress Esme Bianco. “I think there’s a scale of everything that’s kind of amazing to me. A couple people have warned me that it’s big. Everyone’s right!” FULL COVERAGE: San Diego Comic-Con 2013 Bianco, who played the upward-climbing courtesan Ros on the HBO series, said she party-hopped quite a bit over the weekend, starting off […]
July 20, 2013 | 4:06 p.m.

Comic-Con: The new (‘Wonderland’) and familiar of ‘Once Upon a Time’ make a splash

In back-to-back panels, “Once Upon a Time” and its spinoff “Once Upon a Time: Wonderland” filled the Ballroom 20 venue at Comic-Con International with a mix of attendees that included the curious and the devoted. In “Wonderland,” the crowd got to see the first 19 minutes of the show, which established that our new Alice is actually being held in a mental institution for spouting off crazy tales of smoking caterpillars, talking bunnies and edible things that make you shrink or grow. Though beaten down by the system, this Alice is no shrinking violet. At the first mention that her true love, the genie Cyrus, is alive, Alice goes into serious action a la Gina Carano as the Knave of Hearts just stands by. He and Alice don’t want to go back to Wonderland for varying reasons. The panel consisted […]
April 15, 2013 | 6:14 p.m.

‘Once Upon a Time’ graphic novel cover has the evil queen’s touch

Revenge is more of a driving force on ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” than romance but Marvel Entertainment, having joined with the Disney-ABC Television Group, is releasing a graphic novel that tells more of the story of how the Evil Queen took the Huntsman’s heart — literally — and used it to control him. Marvel and Disney on Monday released the cover (drawn by Nimit Malavia) for the graphic novel “Once Upon a Time: Shadow of the Queen,” which shows the Evil Queen flaunting her hold on a reluctant Huntsman, flanked by images of Red Riding Hood and Snow White. The story picks up after the events of the Season 1 episode “The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter,” in which the Huntsman lets Snow White go after tracking her, and centers around another of Regina’s plots to capture her stepdaughter. She […]
July 16, 2012 | 2:30 p.m.

‘Once Upon a Time’: Mulan, Sleeping Beauty, Captain Hook in Season 2

Mulan, Sleeping Beauty, Captain Hook and Jack and the Beanstalk are coming to Season 2 of “Once Upon A Time,” creators revealed during Comic-Con International. The new season will also reveal the identity of Henry’s father, what happened to Rumplestiltskin’s son Baelfire, and the fairy tale alter-ego for mysterious Dr. Whale, the series creators Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis told their panel audience of roughly 4,000 in Ballroom 20 at the San Diego Convention Center on Friday. Kitsis and Horowitz were joined on the panel by Lana Parrilla (the Evil Queen), Ginnifer Goodwin (Snow White), Jennifer Morrison (Emma Swan), Emilie de Ravin (Belle), Meghan Ory (Red Riding Hood) and Josh Dallas (Prince Charming). ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” has become a smash hit, drawing an enthusiastic audience despite its small budget and unconventional story line. The show is set in […]
March 18, 2012 | 6:05 p.m.

WonderCon 2012: ‘Once Upon a Time’ creators spill a juicy spoiler

Fans dressed as Disney characters are never a rare site at WonderCon, but they appeared a bit more frequently than usual Sunday afternoon, thanks to the presence of the “Once Upon a Time” creators at the pop culture expo in Anaheim. Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz took the stage before an audience that had a scattering of Snow Whites, Belles and Maleficents. The freshman ABC series follows fairy tale characters who have been cursed to live in the real world in the small town of Storybrooke, Maine, with story lines taking place in both worlds. After a screening of tonight’s episode, “Heart of Darkness” (Snow/Charming fans will love this one), Kitsis and Horowitz chatted about the show, mostly staying tight-lipped about what’s to come, with the exception (spoiler alert!) of one tidbit about the finale: The huntsman will return. “And […]
March 05, 2012 | 1:47 p.m.

PaleyFest: ‘Once Upon a Time’ talent teases the rest of Season 1

Talk of fairies, princesses and villains dominated the Saban Theatre on Sunday afternoon, as PaleyFest brought the talent behind “Once Upon a Time” to the Beverly Hills venue for a Q&A panel. The ABC show follows fairy tale characters who have been cursed to live in the real world in the small town of Storybrooke, Maine, with story lines taking place in both worlds. Created by “Tron: Legacy” writers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, “Once” is currently shooting Episode 20 as the writers work on the script for the season finale. At the event presented by the Paley Center for Media, teases of what’s to come abounded (so watch out for spoilers ahead). Here are 10 highlights from the event. 1. Before the end of Season 1, fans will find out what Snow did to make the Evil Queen hate […]
Feb. 12, 2012 | 9:21 a.m.

‘Once Upon a Time’ team: We show women who aren’t afraid of power

In their office just down the road from Walt Disney Studios, “Once Upon a Time” writers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis paper their walls with their own past (“Tron: Legacy” and “Lost” posters) as well as their influences (“Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” and a large, light-up poster of George Lucas’ Death Star). “Star Wars,” Horowitz says, is “one of the most iconic pieces of storytelling ever. It was inventing a fairy tale that also felt like it had always been around.” Fairy tale invention and reinvention are the duo’s focus goal these days as they break the story for the first season finale of “Once upon a Time.” Tonight’s episode, meanwhile, is “Skin Deep,” which takes on the tale of “Beauty and the Beast” and reveals more about how much Mr. Gold/Rumpelstiltskin remembers of his life in Fairy Tale Land. During an interview with Hero Complex […]
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