300 screening at Petco Park
As if the concept of screening 300 at Petco Park weren't enough of a way to get fans hyped and beyond excited about 300 coming out on DVD next week (aka July 31) Warner Brothers Home Video is having a panel tomorrow afternoon in Hall H (aka that HUGE room downstairs that holds 6,500 people, and has bathrooms located INSIDE the hall so you don't have to leave the hall and hope to reclaim a seat should body necessities occur during your stay, and yes, there are people who, depending on the schedule of the day for Hall H, have been known to sit in there from 10 am to 6 pm, some even hold the distinguished title of "my friend".
So, the official word about this panel, which runs from 3:15 to 4:45 is:
First up, 300 creator Frank Miller, director Zack Snyder, stars including Lena Headey and David Wenham, producers Mark Canton and Gianni Nunnari, and other special guests are on hand to discuss the groundbreaking film and its highly anticipated July 31 DVD release. Be the first to see a clip not included in the theatrical release! Then its the 25th Anniversary Blade Runner "Final Cut. Director Ridley Scott (Alien, Gladiator, Hannibal) has created a new, definitive version of this landmark film, with scenes and special effects that have never been shown before. Catch this first preview of the new version by the legendary director of the final, authoritative. and best presentation of one of the most acclaimed science fiction films of the 20th century. This presentation will feature unseen clips from the new cut as well as a look behind the scenes that will be featured on the upcoming DVD box set. The panel includes Ridley Scott, Sean Young, Joanna Cassidy, Joe Turkel, James Hong, Syd Mead (designer/futurist), Mark Stetson (FX), and DVD producer Charlie De Lauzirika.
Hopefully LATE LATE LATE tomorrow I'll be able to give my version, but alas, it will indeed be LATE if I manage to claim a seat in Petco Park for the screening!
For Stargate SG-1 and Atlantis fans attending San Diego Comic Con Ballroom 20 is the place to be tomorrow from
Here's what the program has to say about the afternoon that awaits me (and yes, that means I am planning to do whatever it takes to get me a seat at these panels... here's hoping the heavens smile upon me!)
12:15-1:15 - It’s been barely a month since television’s longest-running sci-fi series aired its final episode, yet the SG-1 team is already embarking on a perilous new mission-to recover the Ark of Truth with the hopes that the power locked inside the ancient artifact will loosen the grip of the Ori army on our galaxy. Never- before-seen footage from the new direct-to-video movie (from Fox Home Entertainment) will be followed by a Q&A session. Participants include SG-1 stars Ben Browder (as Cameron Mitchell), Amanda Tapping (as Samantha Carter), Michael Shanks (as Daniel Jackson), Christopher Judge (as Teal’c) and executive producer/director Robert Cooper. Ballroom 20
1:15-2:15 Stargate Atlantis- The Stargate legacy continues to burn bright on SCI FI with the fourth original season of Atlantis. Amanda Tapping, one of the most beloved stars in the Stargate universe, travels to the Pegasus galaxy to join the Atlantis cast by reprising her role as television’s favorite astrophysicist, Lt. Colonel Samantha Carter. Taking the torch from SG-1 as television’s most thrilling adventure series, Atlantis promises to up the ante this season by introducing a powerful new race, welcoming new cast members, and mourning the loss of some beloved friends. On hand in addition to Tapping will be David Hewlett (Dr. Rodney McKay), Joe Mallozzi (executive producer/writer), Nora O’Brien (VP, original programming, SCI FI), Charlie Cohen (senior executive VP, MGM Studios), and Robert Cooper, executive producer/writer. Moderated by Gary Jones (Chief Master Sergeant Walter Harriman, Stargate SG-1). Ballroom 20
And a special note to David Hewlett fans (of which I am proudly one) he will be signing from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm on SATURDAY at the Best Buy / ADV booth down on the main floor to promote his movie A Dog's Breakfast.
1 day over... 3 to go.
Generally speaking, a day at Comic Con in San Diego is unlike any other day you will ever experience. And now, as the crowds increase, and the mass of humanity begins moving in one flowing tide, a new element has been added to the fun.
In the past you might end up standing to someone else for 5 min, tops, and by in the past I don't mean just last year, but in more recent years, lines have gotten longer, and you can end up standing in line for as much as an hour, as I did today, next to fellow fans of something you are a devotee of, or in some cases, and even more interestingly, next to obsessive fans of something you are only just beginning to get curious about.
Gone are the days in which you could simply wander into ANY panel that caught your fancy, now a bit of planning is required, and the bigger the room / draw, the more likely you are to stand in line. But that is where some of the most interesting, and approachable, people can be found.
I had an enjoyable conversation for several minutes at the end of the Zorro panel today with the guy behind me, who was curious just how long I've been a Zorro fan, and how I got into it.
On the way into the Demons of Mercy panel (the way in meaning standing for an hour in line as the Torchwood panel was STUFFED to capacity, which, as a side product, meant I didn't get to attend it) I found myself talking with a wonderful lady who was, as it happens, a first year attendee of Comic Con. We'd both been drawn to the panel by the hollywood talent that had been brought into the project, and I for one was VERY impressed by EVERYONE on that panel.
Amber Benson may not be the "big name" Jeri Ryan is, but she is not only intelligent and well spoken, but a very good and expressive listener, making her a lot of fun to watch for reactions when other panelists are speaking.
Christopher Judge for his part was, as always, Christopher Judge, going so far as to say he asked all four of his kids if he should sign on to do a voice in this computer game.
But back to the line to get in... I found myself trying to think of what advice, what tips, what "secrets" could I, as someone who has been coming to Comic Con for over 15 years, share.
It was a harder question than I anticipated.
I could explain how the lines work (frequently these days you are lined up against some wall vaguely near the booth you hope to end up at... and tickets are given out to kind of control the influx of people to the booth) and let her know what types of surprises and promotional items various booths have had in the past, but it is so hard to explain to someone how to survive this 4.5 day experience, especially when there are so many different techniques.
I was not at all surprised to hear about a 3 day pass, as at the end of last year several friends said they were unlikely to go to Con on Saturday as it has become so much of a zoo. For myself... I'll probably, hopefully, spend Saturday sitting in panels. I've walked the floor about as much as my feet can handle... and while there are a few novels I'm hoping a few publishers may want to part with... I'm also aware the car can only hold so much for the drive home.
I think my best advice at this point, to anyone coming to San Diego Comic Con, is to come with a positive attitude towards meeting fellow fans / attendees. They can be some truly fun people to talk about, you are bound to run into a fellow fan of that which you saw as the biggest draw to the con, and you can make new friends, as opposed to being isolationist, locked up in yourself utterly determined to blaze a trail to your next destination.
TORCHWOOD panel - THURSDAY, JULY 26, 2:15-3:15pm, ROOM 6A - with lead writer Chris Chibnall; series writer Noel Clarke who also plays Mickey Smith in DOCTOR WHO; Richard Stokes, Producer and Matt O'Toole, Prosthetics Supervisor, Doctor Who/Torchwood (Millennium FX).
Noel Clarke will be signing autographs straight after the session
Click View all Albums for more photos grouped by project/show or actors name.
Why are Photos for Sale? To help support PopArtsPlace.com