Marvel Studios launches We Love You 3000 tour at Comic-Con International with directors Joe and Anthony Russo

July 19, 2019

Joe Russo and Anthony Russo
Joe Russo and Anthony Russo (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

The following is a press release from Marvel Studios:

Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame became Earth’s Mightiest Super Hero franchise this year, and soon fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will soon be able to own their own copy on Digital (July 30) and Blu-ray (August 13). But even though the curtains have closed on this phase of the MCU, the celebration is far from over. Directors Joe and Anthony Russo are hitting the road for the “We Love You 3000” Tour, a series of in-person events in nine cities throughout the United States where fans will get to express their love for the MCU while the storytellers themselves get to express their gratitude!

The “We Love You 3000” Tour will kick off July 20 at San Diego Comic-Con 2019 with the Russo brothers and some surprise guests from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Fans will be treated to free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream (while supplies last) and fans who come in costume will get the chance to participate in a special Marvel Studios Cosplay photo with the Russos and their special guests!

From there, the tour will go to Seattle, San Francisco, Torrance, Chicago, Miami, Minneapolis, and Cleveland before wrapping up at the D23 Expo in Anaheim on August 25. Every event will be hosted by the Russos and other favorites from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Each event will have something different to offer Marvel fans including photo ops, in-store events at Best Buy Stores, and giveaways of 3,000 MCU Funko Pop Vinyl Figures and the limited edition Avengers: Endgame SteelBook – all as a way for the Marvel Cinematic Universe to express their appreciation to Marvel fans.

Marvel fans made Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame the most successful franchise in film history – now it’s time for the Marvel Cinematic Universe to say thank you!

Here are the dates, times and locations of the We Love You 3000 tour:
(All times listed are in the local time zone. Details are to be announced for start and end times at several of the tour stops.)

San Diego, California
WHEN: July 20, 2019: 1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
WHERE: IMDboat – 5th Avenue Landing Marina, Slip 5B (Directly behind the convention center)

Everett, Washington
WHEN: July 30, 2019: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
WHERE: Funko Headquarters

San Francisco, California
WHEN: August 8, 2019
WHERE: Giants Game at Oracle Park

Chicago, Illinois
WHEN: August 12, 2019
WHERE: Best Buy (exact location to be announced)

Torrance, California
WHEN: August 13, 2019
WHERE: Best Buy, 3675 Pacific Coast Highway

Miami, Florida
WHEN: August 13, 2019
WHERE: Best Buy (exact location to be announced)

Minneapolis, Minnesota
WHEN: August 14, 2019
WHERE: Best Buy (exact location to be announced)

Cleveland, Ohio
WHEN: August 20, 2019
WHERE: Best Buy, 7400 Brookpark Road

Anaheim, California
WHEN: August 13, 2019
WHERE: D23 Expo, Anaheim Convention Center, 800 W. Katella Avenue

2019 New York Comic Con: Anime Fest returns for second consecutive year, relocates to Hudson Mercantile

July 15, 2019

by Carla Hay

(Image courtesy of Anime Fest)

For the second year in a row, New York Comic Con has partnered with Anime Expo to create Anime Fest, which will take place on the same days as New York Comic Con 2019 in New York City: October 3 to October 6. Anime Fest is a separate event that will be held at Hudson Mercantile, a change in venue from the 2018 Anime Expo, which was held at Pier 94. New York Comic Con takes place at various locations in New York City, but the main hub is at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. The good news is that Hudson Mercantile is much closer to the Javits Convention Center than Pier 94.

New York Comic Con badge purchases are not required to attend Anime Fest, and vice versa, but separate tickets are required for most Anime Fest offerings. However, the first floor of Hudson Mercantile will be  Anime Fest headquarters, which will be New York Comic Con badge holders and Anime Fest ticket holders alike. According to Anime Fest, this community hub will have “interactive and immersive experiences and opportunities to connect with other fans.”

Panels announced so far for Anime Fest 2019 include those featuring voice actor Charlet Chung (“Overwatch); Veronica Taylor (“Pokémon,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”); and Christopher Sabat and Sean Schemmel  (“Dragon Ball Z”).

 

2019 Comic-Con International: Fox Fan Fair makes its Comic-Con debut

July 11, 2019

The following is a press release from Fox:

FOX is going BIG in its return to San Diego Comic-Con! The inaugural FOX FAN FAIR 2019 is taking over two all-new activation spaces totaling over 24,000 square feet and located across from The New Children’s Museum (at West Island Ave. and Front Street). The network is highlighting its all-new FOX ANIMATION DOMINATION Sunday night block, featuring fun twists on popular amusement rides and games all themed to fan-favorite animated series, “The Simpsons,” “Family Guy” and “Bob’s Burgers” and all-new addition “Bless the Harts” Get ready for all the FREE festivities, including a massive 70-foot-tall Ferris wheel – the must-see attraction with spectacular views overlooking the convention center and San Diego skyline. Complete with an array of classic carnival games and competitions – including Water Gun Shoot Out, Sunday Slam, Super-Sized Stacking Tower, Giant Four-In-A-Row, Oversized Corn Hole and ANIDOM Bucket Ball – there also will be sharable AR experiences and a soft-serve ice cream truck providing sweet treats and water to keep fans of all ages cool. Fans also can pick up free limited-edition FOX ANIMATION DOMINATION gifts, including lanyards, sunstache glasses, collectible button series, bandanas and more. Follow @FOXTV to find out when cast members and producers from each of these shows will make in-person appearances at the experiences. Use #FOXSDCC to join the conversation.

FOX “ANIMATION DOMINATION” FAN FAIR 2019

Where: Children’s Museum Park & Children’s Park
200 W. Island Ave., San Diego, CA 92101
Cross streets at Front Street and West Island Ave.

When: Thursday, July 18 – Sunday, July 21

Hours: Thursday: Noon – 8:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

*Note: From Thursday – Saturday, select activations at Children’s Park to close at 6:00 PM.

EXCLUSIVE LIMITED-EDITION COMIC-CON ITEMS

Drop by the FOX FAN FAIR space daily and earn limited-edition ANIMATION DOMINATION items. Giveaways are while supplies last and include lanyards, a collectible button series, bandanas and Sunstache character glasses.

PANELS & SCREENINGS SCHEDULE (by day)

FRIDAY, JULY 19

Panels:

BLESS THE HARTS 11:00 – 11:45 AM – Indigo Ballroom (Hilton Bayfront)

From the network that brought you the Simpsons, the Griffins and the Belchers, now comes the Harts!  FOX’s new half-hour animated comedy, “Bless the Harts,” features everyone’s new favorite good ol’ Southern family.

Meet hard-working Jenny Hart (Kristen Wiig), who supports her lottery scratcher-obsessed mother, Betty (Maya Rudolph), and her witty, creative daughter, Violet (Jillian Bell). With the help of her eternally optimistic, dreamer boyfriend, Wayne (Ike Barinholtz), they hope to one day achieve the American dream. They might struggle to make ends meet, but they’re already rich in friends, family and laughter. Don’t miss an exclusive first look into your next animation obsession with the executive producers, including Emmy Award winner Emily Spivey (“Wine Country,” “Parks and Recreation,” “Saturday Night Live”) and Academy Award winners Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (“Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse,” “The LEGO Movie,” “21 Jump Street”), as well as the all-star cast behind the Harts!

BOB’S BURGERS 4:00 – 4:50 PM – Indigo Ballroom (Hilton Bayfront)

Always one of the most entertaining panels at Comic-Con, the Emmy Award-winning animated FOX series “Bob’s Burgers” returns to San Diego with a few surprises in store! Creator and executive producer Loren Bouchard and executive producer Nora Smith will break news about the upcoming season, and the always-entertaining cast, including H. Jon Benjamin, Dan Mintz, John Roberts, Kristen Schaal, Larry Murphy and Megan Mullally, will have you howling with laughter. Don’t miss never-before-seen footage, followed by a lively panel discussion and audience Q&A.

WHAT JUST HAPPENED??! WITH FRED SAVAGE 5:30 – 6:30 PM – Room 6DE

Acclaimed director and television star Fred Savage cannot wait a second longer to share the world of “The Flare,” the most mind-bending, thrilling, edge-of-your-seat sci-fi show never created. “The Flare,” based on TJ Whitford’s classic series of sci-fi novels, “The Moon is the Sun at Night,” not only sizzled its way into living rooms nationwide, but also inspired FOX to create its first ever after-show, “What Just Happened??! With Fred Savage.” Join Fred, alongside stars of “The Flare,” including Shiri Appleby (“Roswell”), Kevin Zegers (“Fear the Walking Dead”), and Tyler Ritter (“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”), as well as co-creators Matt Silverstein and Dave Jeser and director Jon Cassar (“24”), for a sneak-peek screening of the fourth episode of the after-show dedicated to exploring the fandom surrounding the “The Flare.”  The half-hour hybrid comedy/talk show airs Sundays (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Screening to be followed by conversation moderated by Fred Savage and fan Q&A.

neXt 6:45 – 7:45 PM – Room 6DE

Catch the world premiere of “neXt,” a propulsive, fact-based thriller about the emergence of a rogue artificial intelligence that combines pulse-pounding action with an examination of how technology is invading our lives and transforming us in ways we don’t yet understand.  Coming to FOX in 2020, “neXt” stars John Slattery (“Mad Men”) as a Silicon Valley pioneer who teams with cybercrime agent Fernanda Andrade (“The First”), to fight a villain unlike anything we’ve ever seen. Panelists to include creator and executive producer Manny Coto (“24”), executive producers and directors John Requa and Glenn Ficarra (“This Is Us”), Fernanda Andrade, Michael Mosley (“Ozark”), Jason Butler Harner (“Ozark”) and Eve Harlow (“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”) for a moderated conversation and fan Q&A.  

SATURDAY, JULY 20

Panels:

THE SIMPSONS Noon – 12:45 PM – Ballroom 20

Get inside insights and secret tips on the upcoming and unprecedented 31st season from Matt Groening, Al Jean, Mike B Anderson, Stephanie Gillis and the voice of “Lisa Simpson” – and panel moderator – Yeardley Smith.  There WILL be freebies!

FAMILY GUY 1:40 – 2:15 PM – Ballroom 20

Join cast Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Mike Henry and executive producers Rich Appel, Alec Sulkin and Kara Vallow from FOX’s hit animated comedy, as FAMILY GUY celebrates its 20th anniversary!  Take a look back at some of the show’s favorite moments over the last 20 years, plus a special sneak peek at the hilarity and hi-jinx in the upcoming season!

THE ORVILLE 2:30 – 3:15 PM – Ballroom 20

From Emmy Award-winning executive producer and creator Seth MacFarlane, THE ORVILLE is back for Season Three and stopping in San Diego!  Join the full crew of the U.S.S. Orville: Seth MacFarlane, Adrianne Palicki, Penny Johnson Jerald, Scott Grimes, Peter Macon, Jessica Szohr, J Lee, Mark Jackson and Chad L. Coleman, as well as executive producers David A. Goodman, Jon Cassar and Brannon Braga, to get an exclusive look back at some of their favorite, never-before-seen moments from Season Two and a special sneak peek at the new and exciting missions in the upcoming third season!

2019 AUTOGRAPH SIGNINGS

Cast and Producers from many FOX series will be signing autographs throughout San Diego Comic-Con and exclusive show mini posters will be distributed from Booth #4229.

Signings include:

“Bless the Harts” Cast & Producers

“Bob’s Burgers” Cast & Producers

“What Just Happened??! With Fred Savage” Cast & Producers

“neXt” Cast & Producers

“The Simpsons” Cast & Producers

“Family Guy” Cast & Producers

“The Orville” Cast & Producers

TWITTER

Fans can also receive updated announcements and information from each panel, the press room and other activities throughout San Diego Comic-Con, by following these series and joining the conversation by using #FOXSDCC and other hashtags as noted below:

SHOW

TWITTER (#Hashtag)

FACEBOOK

BLESS THE HARTS

@BlessTheHartsFOX (#BlessTheHarts)

BlessTheHarts

BOB’S BURGERS

@BobsBurgersFOX (#BobsBurgers)

BobsBurgers

WHAT JUST HAPPENED??!

@WJHonFOX (#WhatJustHappened)

WhatJustHappened

neXt

@neXtonFOX (#neXt)

neXt

THE SIMPSONS

@TheSimpsons (#TheSimpsons)

@HomerJSimpson

@ComicBookGuy

TheSimpsons

FAMILY GUY

@FamilyGuyonFOX (#FamilyGuy)

FamilyGuy

THE ORVILLE

@TheOrville (#TheOrville)

TheOrville

2019 Comic-Con International: NBC activities and exclusives

July 8, 2019

The following is a press release from NBC:

NBC heads to San Diego Comic-Con with star-studded comedy panels for “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “The Good Place” and Comic-Con newbie “Superstore,” plus the annual take-over of Gaslamp Square featuring the Comic-Con exclusive and all-immersive experience of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s” infamous 99th Precinct.

Take a break from the heat and head to Tin Fish Restaurant on the Gaslamp peninsula for a walk down comedy lane as the restaurant is transformed into NBC’s Comedy Café, celebrating some of the network’s favorite comedies with branded menus, custom content and more.

NBC also returns as the official Comic-Con App sponsor, offering attendees a comprehensive mobile companion to the conference, including a dynamic schedule with live updates, interactive exhibit hall map, panel details and popular events. Attendees can also collect their favorite moments and share with friends and sync their personal schedule on Comic-Con.org with the app. The app update will be available for download Wednesday, July 10 on the App Store or Google Play.

Additionally, NBC encourages attendees to pre-register for the NBC Comedy experience starting Wednesday, July 10 by visiting www.nbcsdcc.com. Each attendee will receive a customized profile and wristband to enhance their visit. Utilizing Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology, attendees will be fully immersed in the NBC Comedy experience and utilize these RFID brands at each of the experiences. (Note: registration is limited and does not guarantee admission.)

NBC COMIC-CON INTERACTIVE ACTIVATIONS

“The Good Place” Diner – The Interdimensional Hole of Pancakes
Thursday, July 18-Sunday, July 21 at Maryjane’s Diner at the Hard Rock Hotel.

NBC is transforming Hard Rock’s Maryjane’s Diner into the Interdimensional Hole of Pancakes, as seen in “The Good Place,” inviting guests into the memorable diner that exists between realms. For one weekend only, the portal to the Interdimensional Hole of Pancakes is opening up in downtown San Diego where guests can enjoy a themed meal, experience a mind-blowing Time-Knife and feel what it’s like for Michael to be truly powerless. Follow @nbcthegoodplace for more information during SDCC.

“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” Experience
Thursday, July 18-Sunday, July 21 at Gaslamp Square (between the Convention Center and Hard Rock Hotel in front of the Tin Fish Restaurant).

Det. Jake Peralta and the rest of the Nine-Nine are headed to San Diego Comic-Con this summer, swapping coasts in search of new recruits! Comic-Con attendees can immerse themselves in the newly designed “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” experience, testing their skills for a chance to join the infamous 99th precinct. Attendees will enjoy a series of hilarious and unforgettable tasks in order to make the squad, all while surrounding themselves inside the show’s most iconic setting. Fans will also enjoy exclusive content, giveaways, and several opportunities to capture photos and videos in and around the activation.

“Superstore” Cloud 9 Pop-Up
Thursday, July 18-Sunday, July 21 inside the Hard Rock Hotel main lobby.

NBC’s “Superstore” is popping up in San Diego to offer attendees the chance to beat the heat and step into the Cloud 9 Department Store, located inside the Hard Rock Hotel main lobby. The pop-up will offer exclusive content, a custom photo opportunity and a “customer service” desk to host exclusive NBC comedy-branded giveaways, while supplies last. Follow @NBCSuperstore for more information and events during Comic-Con.

NBC PANEL SCHEDULE

Thursday, July 18

“Superstore” (Presented by Universal Television)
5:30-6:30 p.m. | Room: Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Join your fellow Cloud 9 employees for a Q&A session with the cast and producers: America Ferrera, Ben Feldman, Mark McKinney, Lauren Ash, Colton Dunn, Nico Santos, Nichole Bloom, Kaliko Kauahi, and executive producers Justin Spitzer, Gabe Miller and Jonathan Green.

Saturday, July 20

“The Good Place” (Presented by Universal Television)
12:00-12:50 p.m. | Room: Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Join stars Ted Danson, Kristen Bell, William Jackson Harper, D’Arcy Carden, Manny Jacinto and executive producers Michael Schur and Drew Goddard for a forking great conversation moderated by Marc Evan Jackson.

“Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Presented by Universal Television)
7:45-8:45 p.m. | Room: 6BCF, San Diego Convention Center

Join the Nine-Nine for a Q&A session with the cast and producers: Andy Samberg, Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero, Joe Lo Truglio, Dirk Blocker, Joel McKinnon Miller and executive producers Dan Goor and Luke Del Tredici.
NBC will be hosting an invitation-only press preview night of all three NBC Comic-Con activations on Wednesday, July 17, giving VIP’s tours and access before they open to the public Thursday morning. On Saturday, July 20, NBC will also host its annual invite-only Comic-Con celebration at the “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” activation at the Gaslamp Peninsula.

2019 Comic-Con International: Marvel Studios activities and exclusives

July 7, 2019

Marvel Studios president and producer Kevin Feige  and actor Tom Holland at 2016 Comic-Con International in San Diego. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)

Here are the Marvel Studios panels at 2019 Comic-Con International in San Diego. All descriptions are courtesy of Comic-Con International.

July 19, 2019

10:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.

Writing Avengers: Endgame
Screenwriters/producers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely (Avengers: Endgame) chat with Backstory magazine’s (www.backstory.net) publisher/editor-in-chief Jeff Goldsmith (The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith Podcast) about what it took to plot, write, rewrite, and film both Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame as back-to-back productions for this historic wrap-up of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s amazing 22-film journey. (Hall H, San Diego Convention Center)

11:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.

A Conversation with the Russo Brothers
For the Russo Brothers, Avengers: Endgame was the culmination of an unprecedented four-film, seven-year journey through the Marvel Cinematic Universe that has included some of the most iconic experiences in modern cinema. Come hear directors Joe and Anthony Russo reflect on Endgame and their epic road to it as they segue into life beyond Marvel with their new company, AGBO, which happens to include an exciting array of new and old creative friends. With AGBO, the Russo Brothers aim to nurture talent and create best-in-class content while keeping creative control fully in the hands of the artists. Moderated by Collider’s editor-in-chief Steven Weintraub. (Hall H, San Diego Convention Center)

July 20, 2019

5:15 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.

Marvel Studios
Marvel Studios president and producer Kevin Feige and surprise panelists provide an inside look at the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe. (Hall H, San Diego Convention Center)

2019 Comic-Con International: Amazon Prime Video activities and exclusives

June 6, 2019

The following are Amazon Prime Video’s activities and exclusives at 2019 Comic-Con International in San Diego. Panel descriptions are from Comic-Con International.

July 18, 2019

“Undone”

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. 

From acclaimed creators Kate Purdy and Raphael Bob-Waksberg (BoJack Horseman) comes “Undone,” a groundbreaking and genre-bending animated series about a young woman’s complex journey to unlock her past and solve the mystery of her father’s death. Alma Winograd-Diaz (Rosa Salazar) takes her mundane life one day at a time until a near-fatal accident induces visions of her late father, Jacob. Through these persistent visions, he urges her to tap into a mysterious ability that allows her to travel through space and time with the hopes of preventing his untimely death. This quest challenges Alma’s relationships and brings into question her mental well-being with those closest to her. Purdy and Bob-Waksberg serve as executive producers, along with Noel Bright, Steven A. Cohen, and Tommy Pallotta. Dutch artist and filmmaker Hisko Hulsing served as the series director and production designer. Panelists include: Rosa Salazar, Raphael Bob-Waksberg, Kate Purdy, and moderator Ben Travers. “Undone” is produced by Amazon Prime Video and Tornante Productions.  (Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront)

July 19, 2019

“The Boys”

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. 

Based on The New York Times bestselling comic by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, “The Boys” is a fun and irreverent take on what happens when superheroes—who are as popular as celebrities, as influential as politicians, and as revered as Gods—abuse their superpowers rather than use them for good. It’s the powerless against the superpowerful as The Boys embark on a heroic quest to expose the truth about The Seven and Vought—the multi-billion-dollar conglomerate that manages these superheroes and covers up all of their dirty secrets. The series stars Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, Antony Starr, Erin Moriarty, Dominique McElligott, Jessie T. Usher, Laz Alonso, Chace Crawford, Tomer Capon, Karen Fukuhara, and Elisabeth Shue. The Boys is executive produced by Eric Kripke, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, James Weaver, Neal H. Moritz, Pavun Shetty, and Ori Marmur, as well as Ken Levin and Jason Netter. Panelists include: Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, Antony Starr, Erin Moriarty, Laz Alonso, Chace Crawford, Tomer Capon, Karen Fukuhara; executive producer Eric Kripke, Seth Rogen, Jessie T. Usher, Elisabeth Shue, moderated by Aisha Tyler. Premiering July 26 on Amazon Prime Video, the eight-episode Amazon Original series is co-produced by Amazon Prime Video and Sony Pictures Television Studios with Point Grey Pictures, Kripke Enterprises, and Original Film.  (Ballroom 20, San Diego Convention Center)

“Carnival Row”

4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. 

Set in a Victorian fantasy world filled with mythological immigrant creatures whose exotic homelands were invaded by the empires of man, Amazon Prime Video’s “Carnival Row” explores how this growing population struggles to coexist with humans—forbidden to live, love, or fly with freedom. But even in darkness, hope lives, as a human detective Rycroft Philostrate (Orlando Bloom) and a refugee faerie named Vignette Stonemoss (Cara Delevingne) rekindle a dangerous affair despite an increasingly intolerant society. This panel features a cast and executive producer discussion, exclusive sneak peeks, and audience Q&A. From Amazon Prime Video and Legendary Television “Carnival Row” is executive produced by Marc Guggenheim (Arrow, Eli Stone), René Echevarria (Star Trek, Teen Wolf, Castle, Medium), Jon Amiel (Outsiders), Orlando Bloom, and Travis Beacham (Pacific Rim, Clash of the Titans). Beacham’s “A Killing on Carnival Row,” on which the project is based, appeared on the very first installment of the Hollywood Blacklist in 2005. Panelists include: Orlando Bloom, Cara Delevingne, David Gyasi, Tamzin Merchant, Travis Beacham, and Marc Guggenheim, moderated by Tim Kash (IMDB). (Ballroom 20, San Diego Convention Center)

July 20, 2019

“The Expanse”

1:00 p.m. – 1:50 p.m. 

Calling all Earthers, Belters, and Martians, “The Expanse” is making its return to Comic-Con this summer! The series has had an incredible journey since San Diego last saw the Rocinante crew. They return with news from beyond the Ring Gate and from their new home-thanks to help from the fans-as an Amazon Prime Video series. Be the first to hear about what’s next for your favorite crew from the creatives and cast, and get an early look at what’s to come when season 4 drops on Prime Video later this year. The Hugo Award-winning series, based on the hugely popular science fiction novels, was developed and scripted by the Academy Award-nominated writing duo Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby who executive produce season 4 along with Naren Shankar, Andrew Kosove, Broderick Johnson, Laura Lancaster, Sharon Hall, Sean Daniel, Jason Brown, Daniel Abraham, Ty Franck and Dan Nowak. Shankar serves as showrunner for season 4. Panelists include: Steven Strait, Wes Chatham, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Frankie Adams, Cas Anvar, Dominique Tipper, Naren Shankar, Ty Franck, Daniel Abraham, moderated by Kyle Hill (Nerdist). (Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront)

2019 New York Comic Con: ‘Lord of the Rings’ stars, ‘Angel’ stars, Disney Princess actresses set to make appearances

July 2, 2019

by Carla Hay

Lord of the Rings
Pictured from left to right: Sean Astin, Dominic Monaghan and Billy Boyd in “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” (Photos courtesy of New Line Cinema)

Stars of “The Lord of the Rings” movies, the “Angel” TV series, and Disney Princess movies are set to make appearances at the 14th annual New York Comic Con, which will take place October 3 to October 6, 2019 in New York City. The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center is the main hub of the event, but several event activities will take place at other venues in the city.

Sean Astin, Dominic Monaghan and Billy Boyd, who starred as hobbits in “The Lord of the Rings” movie trilogy, will be at the event. There will also be a reunion of “Angel” stars James Marsters, Charisma Carpenter, J. August Richards, Amy Acker and Alexis Denisof. In addition, Disney princess voice actresses Anika Noni Rose (“The Princess and the Frog”), Jodi Benson (“The Little Mermaid”) and Paige O’Hara (“Beauty and the Beast”) will be there to greet fans.

Other celebrities announced for the event so far include “The Empire Strike Back” co-star Billy Dee Williams; original “Star Trek” series co-star Nichelle Nichols; Paul Reubens (also known as Pee Wee Herman); and “SpongeBob SquarePants” creator/voice star Tom Kenny. Also confirmed are “Deadly Class” TV series co-stars Benedict Wong, Maria Gabriela De Faria and Benjamin Wadsworth.

All of these announced stars will be signing autographs at the event.

A complete schedule of 2019 New York Comic Con panels, activities and other celebrity appearances will be announced in the coming weeks.

New York Comic Con, which is produced by ReedPOP, was attended by a record-setting 250,000 people in 2018, according to ReedPop. The event is now the highest-attended comic-book/pop-culture fan convention in North America. Movies and TV programs that were showcased at the 2018 New York Comic Con included “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World,” “Dragon Ball Z Super: Broly,” “The Walking Dead,” “Doctor Who,”  “Good Omens,” “Riverdale,” “The Umbrella Academy” and “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.”

2019 Comic-Con International: CBS Television Studios activities and exclusives

July 1, 2019

“Star Trek: Discovery” (Photo courtesy of CBS)

The following is a press release from CBS Television Studios:

CBS Television Studios will kick off San Diego Comic-Con(R) with exclusive world premiere screenings of its new series EVIL for CBS and NANCY DREW for The CW on Thursday, July 18. As previously announced, cast and producers of STAR TREK: DISCOVERY, STAR TREK: LOWER DECKS and STAR TREK: PICARD will beam into HALL H for a first-ever “Star Trek” universe back-to-back panel block on Saturday, July 20.

DETAILS ON PANELS AND EVENTS (in chronological order):

THURSDAY, JULY 18

“EVIL” EXCLUSIVE SCREENING AND PANEL 12:45-2:00 PM – EVIL is a psychological mystery that examines the origins of evil along the dividing line between science and religion. The series focuses on a skeptical female psychologist who joins a priest-in-training and a carpenter as they investigate the church’s backlog of unexplained mysteries, including supposed miracles, demonic possessions and hauntings. Their job is to assess if there’s a logical explanation or if something truly supernatural is at work. Please join series stars Katja Herbers, Mike Colter, Aasif Mandvi and Michael Emerson along with co-creators and executive producers Robert King and Michelle King for an exclusive sneak peek of the first episode followed by a panel discussion. Moderated by Lynette Rice from Entertainment Weekly. EVIL will air Thursdays this fall on CBS. Ballroom 20

“NANCY DREW” EXCLUSIVE SCREENING AND PANEL 2:00-3:15 PM – Nancy Drew is a brilliant teenaged detective whose sense of self had come from solving mysteries in her hometown of Horseshoe Bay, Maine – until her mother’s untimely death derails Nancy’s college plans. Devastated by her mother’s passing, Nancy swears off crime-solving, but when a socialite is murdered, Nancy finds herself embroiled in a ghostly murder investigation. A supernatural presence begins to haunt Nancy’s investigation, and she discovers that the current crime has an astonishing connection to the unsolved murder of a local girl. Whether the ghost is here to help or hinder Nancy remains to be seen, but one thing’s for sure: Nancy’s going to have to unravel the clues from both the living and the dead to solve the crimes. Please join series stars Kennedy McMann, Leah Lewis, Maddison Jaizani, Alex Saxon and Tunji Kasim, along with executive producers Noga Landau, Melinda Hsu-Taylor and Stephanie Savage for an exclusive sneak peek of the first episode followed by a panel discussion. Moderated by Damian Holbrook of TV Guide magazine. NANCY DREW will air Wednesdays this fall on The CW. Ballroom 20

SATURDAY, JULY 20

“ENTER THE STAR TREK UNIVERSE” PANEL 11:30 AM -1:00 PM – Over 50 years ago, the world was first introduced to what would quickly become a cultural phenomenon for the ages. “Star Trek” broke barriers then and continues to do so now, inspiring people of all generations and walks of life with its celebration of cultural diversity, scientific exploration and the pursuit of uncharted frontiers. Today, the “Star Trek” universe continues to thrive, exploring all new missions for Starfleet. CBS All Access invites you to join the cast and producers of its hit series STAR TREK: DISCOVERY and be the first to hear about two new upcoming additions to the “Star Trek” universe: the highly anticipated new series STAR TREK: PICARD, starring Sir Patrick Stewart, and the animated series STAR TREK: LOWER DECKS. Hall H

DETAILS ON ACTIVATIONS AND GIVEAWAYS:

“STAR TREK” UNIVERSE BOOTH: U.S.S. DISCOVERY TRANSPORTER EXPERIENCE AND “TREK” TALENT MEET-AND-GREETS – CBS All Access is bringing the “Star Trek” universe to the San Diego Comic-Con Exhibit Hall, Thursday, July 18 through Sunday, July 21, where fans are invited to step aboard the U.S.S. Discovery and travel to strange and distant lands through an immersive transporter experience. Fans will also have the opportunity to meet some of their favorite “Star Trek” talent in person with meet-and-greets in the booth (Booth #4237) on Saturday, July 20. Comic-Con badges are required for entry.

“STAR TREK” UNIVERSE EXCLUSIVE PINS – A number of exclusive, limited-quantity “Star Trek” pins will be available to fans during Comic-Con. All week long, a Starfleet Headquarters visitors badge will be available for those who visit and complete the “Star Trek” transporter experience on the show floor. On Saturday afternoon and Sunday, a limited quantity of pins featuring the debut of two characters from the upcoming CBS All Access animated show STAR TREK: LOWER DECKS will also be available from the “Star Trek” booth. At the “Jean-Luc Picard: The First Duty” museum experience at Michael J. Wolf Fine Arts, fans can get an exclusive replica pin of the Picard family crest as seen in STAR TREK: PICARD.

“JEAN-LUC PICARD: THE FIRST DUTY” EXHIBIT – In celebration of Patrick Stewart’s return to his iconic “Star Trek: The Next Generation” role, “Jean-Luc Picard: The First Duty” is a special exhibition showcasing original props, costumes and other artifacts tracing Picard’s life and Starfleet career. Items on display include his cherished Ressikan flute, the legendary Picard family album, his Starfleet uniforms, models of ships Picard captained, and all that remains of the “Borg Queen.” The gallery also features exclusive first looks at costumes and other items featured in the upcoming CBS All Access series STAR TREK: PICARD. Visitors will have the first chance to purchase exclusive STAR TREK: PICARD merchandise and opportunities for exclusive giveaways. The gallery is located at Michael J Wolf Fine Arts, 363 Fifth Ave., San Diego, Calif. 92101 and will be open Thursday, Friday and Saturday of Comic-Con from 11:00 AM until 9:00 PM and on Sunday from 11:00 AM until 5:00 PM.

COMIC-CON COMEDY SHUTTLE – CBS will offer complimentary rides throughout the Gaslamp District in branded shuttles. Featured shows will include the new fall comedies BOB [HEARTS] ABISHOLA, CAROL’S SECOND ACT and THE UNICORN. Trailers of the series will be screened for the passengers as well.

Additionally, EVIL will be offering festival-goers complimentary rides during the day throughout the Gaslamp District, while hosting “Frightseeing Tours” in the evenings in Old Town. Trailers of EVIL, a CBS original series, will be screened for the passengers, and brand ambassadors will distribute giveaways. Exclusive “Frightseeing Tours” will run Thursday and Friday nights for select fans.

STEP INTO THE “TWILIGHT ZONE” EXPERIENCE – From Thursday, July 18 to Sunday, July 21. Located in the Interactive Zone at Petco Park, fans will be transported into CBS All Access’ THE TWILIGHT ZONE as they enjoy an immersive experience not only of sight and sound, but of mind. Reserve FREE tickets at: StepIntoTheTwilightZone.com.

CARPOOL KARAOKE THE MIC – The Singing Machine launches CARPOOL KARAOKE THE MIC at San Diego Comic-Con from July 18 to July 21, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Located in space “J” at the Interactive Zone at Petco Park, fans will be able to recreate the fun of James Corden’s wildly popular “Carpool Karaoke” segment and become the star of the car as they hop inside a branded Range Rover to sing along to their favorite songs. There will also be a daily CARPOOL KARAOKE THE MIC giveaway to a lucky fan that has posted their performance on social media.

CARPOOL KARAOKE THE MIC will be available for purchase with free direct-to-consumer shipping in the U.S., including a Carpool Karaoke Popsocket.

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2019 Comic-Con International: Conan O’Brien’s Team Coco announces lineup

July 1, 2019

Conan O'Brien
Conan O’Brien (Photo by Chris Haston/Bravo)

The following is a press release from TBS:

Team Coco is bringing Conan O’Brien’s unique brand of comedy back to San Diego with its successful daily pop-up comedy club Team Coco House open Thursday July 18th through Saturday July 20nd. Located at 401 G Street in the historic Gas Lamp District, Team Coco House will showcase a daily lineup of comics handpicked by Conan, podcasts, panels, trivia, giveaways, surprise appearances by friends of Team Coco, as well as O’Brien himself. This marks the third time Team Coco has run the successful comedy venue, with past appearances in San Diego and New York City.

Team Coco House will serve as a major comedy hub in San Diego, curating a fan-friendly space that will expand the overall CONAN experience at Comic-Con(R) International. Since its debut on TBS in 2010, CONAN has featured more stand-up performances than all other late-night shows. Continuing to build on the success of O’Brien’s live endeavors, including his headlining an international 19-city comedy tour, Team Coco House continues O’Brien’s goals of supporting live comedy and up-and-coming comics.

Team Coco House runs in conjunction with CONAN’s Comic-Con(R) International shows being taped at San Diego’s historic Spreckels Theatre on Wednesday, July 17 – Saturday, July 20.

Team Coco House will showcase many well-established Team Coco collaborators; Andy Richter will record his newly-launched podcast “The Three Questions with Andy Richter” live on Thursday 7/18 followed by Aparna Nancherla & Friends that evening. Rory Scovel will bring his unique voice to Team Coco House on Friday 7/19. Saturday 7/20 will feature a full day of Team Coco regulars kicking off with an exclusive table read and screening of Final Space with creator and star Olan Rogers. That evening, Ron Funches hits the stage followed by Moses Storm bringing his very popular Up & Up monthly series from Los Angeles to San Diego for a special show. Each day at Team Coco House, fans will be able to recharge at the “Team Coco Power Hour” presented by AT&T. Fans will have access to refreshments and phone chargers free of charge after a long day of lines and crowds that are physically and technologically draining. Every evening,Team Coco House will conclude with MIDNIGHT @ COCO’S, a chance for fans to mix and mingle and maybe even interact with a surprise bartender.

Over the three days, Team Coco House will feature appearances by Conan O’Brien, Rory Scovel, Aparna Nancherla, Ron Funches, Olan Rogers, Moses Storm, Flula Borg, Jenny Zigrino, Shane Torres, Rell Battle, Max Silvestri, Laurie Kilmartin, Andres du Bouchet, Brian Kiley, Levi MacDougall, Mike Sweeney, Jessie Gaskell, Aaron Bleyaert, Charla Lauriston, Gavin Matts, and more.

The full Team Coco House schedule is as follows:

Thursday 7/18
2:00 pm: Team Coco presents SUPERBOSS WITH AARON BLEYAERT
3:30 pm: AT&T presents TEAM COCO HOUSE POWER HOUR
5:30 pm: Team Coco presents THE THREE QUESTIONS WITH ANDY RICHTER
7:30 pm: Team Coco presents APARNA NANCHERLA & FRIENDS
10:00 pm: Team Coco presents CONAN’S WRITERS LIVE
12:00 am: Team Coco presents MIDNIGHT @ COCO’S

Friday 7/19
2:00 pm: Team Coco presents INSIDE CONAN: A VERY IMPORTANT HOLLYWOOD PODCAST
4:00 pm: SNICKERS(R) presents The ConanCon Trivia Challenge
5:30 pm: AT&T presents TEAM COCO HOUSE POWER HOUR
7:30 pm: Team Coco presents TRIPLE HEADER STAND-UP
10:00 pm: Team Coco presents RORY SCOVEL
12:00 am: Team Coco presents MIDNIGHT @ COCO’S

Saturday 7/20
2:00 pm: Team Coco presents FINAL SPACE SNEAK PREVIEW & LIVE TABLE READ
4:30 pm: Team Coco presents TRIPLE HEADER STAND-UP
6:00 pm: AT&T presents TEAM COCO HOUSE POWER HOUR
8:00 pm: Team Coco presents RON FUNCHES
10:30 pm: Team Coco presents UP & UP WITH MOSES STORM
12:00 am: Team Coco presents MIDNIGHT @ COCO’S

Stay tuned for tickets and more information at: http://teamcoco.com/house

About TBS’ CONAN

TBS’ Emmy(R)-winning late-night series CONAN, hosted by Conan O’Brien, airs weeknights at 11 p.m. (ET/PT). The show is produced by Conaco LLC, with Jeff Ross serving as executive producer. Website: www.teamcoco.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/teamcoco/ Facebook: www.facebook.com/teamcoco/ Twitter: twitter.com/teamcoco/ | twitter.com/conanobrien/ YouTube: youtube.com/teamcoco/

About Team Coco

Conan O’Brien’s Team Coco is the fan-centric entity that serves as the show’s digital and social media hub. Team Coco is responsible for expanding the CONAN brand into additional content experiences across all screens, including digital and branded content, podcasting, mobile gaming, pay TV and live tours.

About TBS

TBS, a WarnerMedia Entertainment brand, is a top rated destination for entertainment among young adults and home to the most popular slate of original series on cable – Miracle Workers, CONAN, The Detour, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, The Guest Book, The Last O.G., American Dad! and forthcoming new, comedy series Chad. Beginning in 2020, the network expands its programming with dramas including the eagerly anticipated, sci-fi thriller, Snowpiercer. TBS’ upcoming slate of premium, unscripted series include The Misery Index and live, multiplatform event Chasing the Cure. TBS’ line up also includes comedy hits like Family Guy, The Big Bang Theory, classic sitcom favorites Seinfeld and Friends, blockbuster movies and live event coverage of Major League Baseball, the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship and ELEAGUE, WarnerMedia’s eSports gaming competition. Website: www.tbs.com

About WarnerMedia

WarnerMedia is a leading media and entertainment company that creates and distributes premium and popular content from a diverse array of talented storytellers and journalists to global audiences through its consumer brands including: HBO, Warner Bros., TNT, TBS, CNN, DC Entertainment, New Line, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Turner Classic Movies, truTV and others. WarnerMedia is part of AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T).