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July 31, 2014 | 1:46 p.m.

‘Doctor Who’: Season 8 premiere, ‘Deep Breath,’ set for big screen too

Ready to see “Doctor Who” on the silver screen? With anticipation building for the show’s imminent return, the newest Time Lord will also be getting a celluloid coming-out party with a screening of “Deep Breath,” the premiere episode of the new season, in select theaters. The episode will mark the proper beginning of Peter Capaldi’s run as the Twelfth Doctor and kicks off the eighth season since the series revival in 2005. Fans in 12 soon-to-be-announced cities will be able to catch a special midnight screening of the episode on Aug. 23, shortly following the 8 p.m. premiere on BBC America. Then on Aug. 25, the celebration goes nationwide with two showings at 7 and 9:30 p.m. in more than 500 select movie theaters around the country.  It won’t be the first time an episode of the fan-favorite series has […]
July 28, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.

Comic-Con 2014: Hollywood stirs fan fervor to the very end

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If Hollywood seemed a tad quieter than normal this past weekend, there was a good reason: Like moths to a porch light — or Batman to the Bat Signal — film and television creators, executives and stars were drawn en masse to downtown San Diego in an effort to drum up excitement for their upcoming wares at the annual Comic-Con International pop-culture expo. The unveiling of the first footage from the highly anticipated superhero mash-up “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and an extended early glimpse at “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” may have sent the biggest reverberations through the four-day film, television, video-game and comic-book fest. But there was plenty of other news to stir the excitement of the 130,000 or so convention-goers who descended upon the San Diego Convention Center, many decked out in costume, to watch exclusive […]
July 27, 2014 | 7:52 p.m.

Comic-Con 2014: ‘The Simpsons’ sets world record with mural

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Many amateur artists became part of a world record this weekend — another feather in the cap of “The Simpsons,” or more specifically, a feather on Homer’s Dome at San Diego’s Comic-Con International. The art installation Homer’s Dome included a mural that sat next to the San Diego Convention Center, blank and awaiting thousands of willing painters. The canvas had 5,565 squares in a paint-by-numbers type of format that the organizers were trying to fill out over the course of Comic-Con. The FXX team behind the event hoped to break the Guinness World Record for the most contributions to a painting by the numbers. ———— FOR THE RECORD July 29, 9:12 a.m.: A previous version of this post contained several errors. “Homer’s Dome” is the name of the projection mapping experience and demo of the “Simpsons World” digital and online […]
July 27, 2014 | 9:45 a.m.

Comic-Con 2014: Seth Meyers has more ‘SNL’ friends join ‘The Awesomes’

Actor Seth Meyers and co-creator/writer/executive producer Michael Shoemaker speak on the panel for Hulu's "The Awesomes" during Comic-Con. (Jerod Harris / Getty Images for Hulu)
Seth Meyers has recruited some of his famous friends to guest star in the 10-episode second season of his Hulu original show “The Awesomes.” Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph and Will Forte are taking on roles in the show about a group of subpar superheroes attempting to replace some more venerable counterparts (loosely based on DC’s Justice League). The trio joins a group of current and former “Saturday Night Live” actors who have enjoyed turns on the series, including Taran Killam, Bill Hader, Kenan Thompson, Cecily Strong, Bobby Moynihan, Rachel Dratch and Colin Quinn, who plays a highly intelligent but racist ape. The casting news came at the “Awesomes” Comic-Con International panel Saturday, at which Meyers was joined on stage by his fellow writer/executive producer Mike Shoemaker; actor and Seth’s brother Josh Meyers; head writer Dan Mintz, who also writes for […]
July 27, 2014 | 2:39 a.m.

Comic-Con 2014: ‘Grimm’ panel focuses on weddings, honeymoons, more mystery

Actor David Giuntoli and Bitsie Tulloch attend the "Grimm" Season 4 panel during Comic-Con International 2014 at San Diego. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
“Grimm” might not be the highest-profile supernatural series, but the show’s cast and creators were treated like royalty during a Ballroom 20 panel presentation at Comic-Con International on Saturday. Producers Jim Kouf and David Greenwalt, director Norberto Barba and cast members Reggie Lee, Bitsie Tulloch, Sasha Roiz, Russell Hornsby, Claire Coffee, Bree Turner, Silas Weir Mitchell and David Giuntoli were on hand to discuss the series’ fourth season, which concluded with Turner’s Rosalee and Weir Mitchell’s Monroe, two different kinds of Wesen creatures, tying the knot, and Giuntoli’s Nick Burkhardt losing his powers. At the outset, audience members were treated to a video of the show’s characters offering their congratulations, or just reactions, to Monroe’s and Rosalee’s wedding, hilariously in some cases. But most of the presentation involved a lively discussion of the series’ evolving narrative, moderated by The Times’ […]
July 26, 2014 | 9:49 p.m.

Comic-Con 2014: ‘Constantine’ will explore the ‘occult corner of the DC Universe’

While “Arrow” and “The Flash” are busy expanding the depiction of the DC Universe over on the CW, “Constantine” is coming to NBC. And according to executive producer David S. Goyer, they “have access to the occult corner of the DC universe.” The series stars Matt Ryan as John Constantine, an exorcist who carries the guilt of what happened to a friend’s daughter when her exorcism went horribly wrong. While a very familiar DC hero mask makes a cameo appearance in the pilot episode, which screened during the show’s panel on Saturday afternoon, Goyer cautioned that the series wouldn’t become a “guest star of the week” type of series. That said, Goyer said that the series wouldn’t shy away from its comic book roots. “There are over 300 issues of ‘Hellblazer,'” Goyer said. “Some of the best writers in the […]
July 26, 2014 | 2:12 p.m.

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

Actors Josh Dallas, Jennifer Morrison Colin O'Donoghue and attend ABC's "Once Upon A Time" panel in Ballroom 20 at Comic-Con in San Diego. (Ethan Miller / Getty Images)
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 […]
July 25, 2014 | 8:22 p.m.

Comic-Con 2014: New ‘Arrow’ season will bring ‘game changing’ characters

Stephen Amell stars in the CW's "Arrow." (Kharen Hill/The CW)
The cast and producers of “Arrow” took to the stage Friday afternoon and couldn’t seem to believe that they were going into the third season of their show. And no one seemed to be more aware of the significance of a third season than executive producer Andrew Kreisberg, who pointed out that third seasons typically introduce characters that can change the whole face of the series. He pointed out the addition of Faith in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s” third season, and Scott Wolf in the third season of “Everwood.” “Season three is typically where you see some game-changing characters,” Kreisberg said. Kreisberg and executive producer Marc Guggenheim sat down with people from DC Entertainment earlier this year to ask for certain characters in the new season, but though Ted Kord (Blue Beetle) was off the table, Ray Palmer (a.k.a. Atom) […]
July 25, 2014 | 7:34 p.m.

Comic-Con: ‘Game of Thrones’ panel tackles Arya’s future, male nudity

Actors Kit Harington, Rose Leslie and John Bradley attend HBO's "Game of Thrones" panel and Q&A during Comic-Con International 2014 at San Diego Convention Center. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
There’s no question that the biggest news to come out of Friday’s “Game of Thrones” Comic-Con International panel was the announcement of the nine new actors who would be joining the cast of HBO’s acclaimed fantasy series in its fifth season. But one of the most intriguing comments made during the hourlong session that focused mostly on audience Q&A was from the lips of Maisie Williams (who earlier in the day had been touted as a potential lead in the upcoming “The Last of Us” movie adaptation). Near the end of the presentation, she was asked about her character Arya Stark’s journey and how she viewed her alter-ego’s evolution. “She is no one,” Williams said, receiving cheers from the audience members familiar with the George R.R. Martin novels that inspired the series. The statement, though seemingly innocuous, suggests that Arya’s […]
July 25, 2014 | 5:53 p.m.

Comic-Con: Marvel touts ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ cast, ‘Agent Carter’ directors

Actor Clark Gregg attends San Diego's Comic-Con International on July 25, 2014. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Marvel head of television Jeph Loeb might not have been able to shed much light on the future plot lines of Marvel’s two ABC series “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and “Agent Carter” — the studio really relies on its narrative surprises — but he did reveal some key cast and directors on Marvel TV’s Comic-Con International panel on Friday. Loeb confirmed that Lucy Lawless will join the cast of “S.H.I.E.L.D.” in the show’s second season as a tough, knife-wielding longtime veteran named Isabelle Hartley. She’ll be joined by a young English actor named Nick Blood (yes, it’s his real name) as the mercenary Lance Hunter, known to comics fans as an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s British counterpart, S.T.R.I.K.E. The third new cast member is Reed Diamond, who will play Hydra villain Daniel Whitehall. Additionally, guest star Patton Oswalt appeared in character as […]
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