Lifetime Adds a Leading Lady: TV icon Brooke Shields is joining Lifetime’s lady drama Army Wives. According to a press release, Shields will join the cast as “brash and brilliant” Air Force Colonel Katherine “Kat” Young. Kat is a guy’s girl who can definitely hold her own in the boys' club atmosphere of the military, but it won't take long before she’s butting heads with Army General Michael Holden (Brian McNamara). Army Wives fans can look forward to seeing Shields' character in a full-fledged power struggle with Holden to see who’s top dog on the base. But of course it wouldn’t be a Lifetime show unless Kat was holding onto a deep dark secret. “Only after their initial skirmishes does Holden learn of Kat’s tragic past, discovering they have more in common than he thought.” Shields is just one of the new additions to join the drama this season — Ashanti and Torrey DeVitto are also set to join the cast. Fans can catch the Season 7 premiere of Army Wives on Sunday, March 10 at 9 PM. [Lifetime]
A Witchcraft Reunion: Grab your spell books and wands because Disney Channel is reuniting the cast of Wizards of Waverly Place! Selena Gomez is back as Alex — the snarky best friend you’ve always wanted — in a one-hour special airing Friday, March 15 at 8 PM. The Russo family will travel to Tuscany, Italy for a family reunion, but in a attempt to show her serious magical skills, Alex accidently splits her personality in two: good Alex and bad Alex. (Side note: Didn’t they already do an episode like this? I'm pretty sure I've seen this already...) In a totally believable twist, the two Alexes battle for the fate of their family and the world atop the Tower of Pisa. [TV Guide]
Going Through The Gates... Again: Ken Marino and Aasif Mandvi have joined the NBC comedy pilot The Gates. Based on the British series, The Gates is an adult ensemble comedy set at the front gates of an elementary school drop-off and revolves around the parents, school staff and 15-minute social minefield they navigate at the beginning and end of each school day. (Side note: We're getting another case of deja vu here. Wasn't there already a TV series The Gates? On ABC? In the summer of 2010? Yes, yes there was...) This new incarnation centers on type-A Helen (Kathleen Rose Perkins), who just moved to town with her husband Mark (Marino) and their 8-year-old daughter for Helen’s big new job. Mark is described as a loveable, sweet, well-meaning, puppy-dog of a guy, a type B, or C, maybe even D to his wife’s type-A personality. Since he owns a construction business, he’s got a more flexible schedule than Helen and is at their daughter’s school more than his wife. Mandvi will play another dad at the school, a super-driven, competitive Yale-educated lawyer who’s one of these comedically intense guys who pushes his kids way too hard. [Deadline]
Party Down Parties On: This reunion is definitely one worth noting. On Feb. 9, San Francisco’s Sketchfest will reunite the cast of Starz’s brilliant-but-canceled catering comedy Party Down. Adam Scott, Ken Marino, Martin Starr, and Ryan Hansen are already locked in as attendees and it has just been revealed that Lizzy Caplan will join the group at this sold-out event as well. [EW]
It's Still Pilot Season, Y'all: NBC greenlighted a single-camera comedy from The Office developer/executive producer Greg Daniels starring Craig Robinson. The untitled project is about a talented musician with rough edges who adjusts to his new life as a music teacher in a big-city middle school, where he encounters teacher politics and the temptations of single moms. CBS has handed two more pilot orders to comedy Bad Teacher and drama The Advocates. Bad Teacher, a single-camera comedy series adaptation of the hit 2011 movie of the same name, is about a sexy, foul-mouthed divorcee who becomes a teacher to find her next husband. The Advocates, which had a pilot production commitment, centers on a female lawyer and a male ex-con who team up as “victim advocates,” going to the edge of the law to right wrongs and fight for the underdog. [Deadline, Deadline]
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It’s Wednesday! And come hell or high water, rain or shine, I’m here to bring you your weekly list of oh-so-fun spoilers. This week’s edition of Leanne's Spoiler List comes to you from the cloudy land of the Great North. That’s right, TV lovers, I’m currently in Canada searching for the real Robin Sparkles, and visiting the sets of some of my favorite shows. (More on that next week but here’s a teaser: Things on Once Upon a Time are about to get terrifyingly twisted y’all!) This week is packed with top-rated shows. I’ve got all the details on a rocky Grey’s Anatomy romance, chatted with Criminal Minds’ Joe Mantegna about tonight’s shocking new episode, and nabbed some Vampire Diaries scoop from its all-knowing creator, Julie Plec. Plus, I’ve got the goods on what’s coming up on Supernatural, How I Met Your Mother, and Arrow! Enjoy these steamy spoilers while I try not to freeze to death to get you more scoop!
1. Grey’s Anatomy: Cheer Up Callie!
There are two things in life that I’ll always love: 1. Actors who play doctors. (They’re always happy because they get to wear scrubs everyday!) 2. Sparkly things.(Duh.) So you can imagine my extreme delight last Saturday when I interviewed Sara Ramirez while wearing a pink tiara at Disney Junior’s Sofia the First premiere. (By the way, Ramirez plays Queen Miranda, an actually sweet stepmother.) After we "ooh-ed" and “aah-ed” about the fairies on the lavender carpet (No lie), Ramirez and I had some serious girl talk about what’s coming up for Callie after her particularly devastating life changes so far this season. The actress reveals, “Basically she’s just in survival mode in her personal life and in her professional life she has busied herself with Derek Shepherd’s hand/wrist, helping with all that nerve damage that he experienced from the plane crash. She’s keeping busy and trying to make herself useful at the hospital.“
Callie’s personal life with Arizona (Jessica Capshaw) has been rocky in these past few episodes (to say the least), and Ramirez explains that Callie will continue to be cautious with her behavior at home. “I think that given that her wife is just getting back up on her feet — or foot as it were — Callie is sort of just trying not to make anything worse.”
Though Calzona (I freakin’ love that shipper name, bee tee dubs) is experiencing yet another rough patch, Ramirez told me that she is actually excited for this one. “What I kind of love is that a couple seasons ago, Arizona was there for Callie when Callie was going through [a lot] — you know, she almost died and lost her baby. So what’s really great this season was seeing how, in a sense, the roles have been reversed and Arizona is now going through something medical and that is very, very scary and upsetting and Callie is now having to be strong and be the rock and very forgiving. So we’ll see how that plays out.”
Something tells me that this couple will definitely make it through this mess, but I do wish that Callie would start smiling a bit more. Ramirez says with a laugh, “Totally! I couldn’t agree more.” Looking ahead to this week’s episode, Ramirez says Seattle Grace fans can look forward to yet another amazing episode. “We’ve shot some pretty intense scenes," she says. "This next episode, which is Chandra Wilson’s, is really fantastic. She did a really great job, so I’m excited for that episode.“
2. Supernatural: Meet The New Ladies!
Grab your lassoes and hop on your horses, Supernatural fans, because later this season, the sexiest brothers on TV are ready to cowboy up and get down and dirty on a ranch. In episode 13, “Trial and Error,” fans will be introduced to three new ladies that Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) meet in Idaho. Yes, you read that correctly: Idaho. It sounds a little boring compared to some of our recent adventures, but let’s decide that after we meet the little hoes, shall we? First up is Ellie, a girl in her mid-20s that is being described as “cowgirl hot" — think girl next door, but with a county twist. Ellie manages a ranch and her personality weaves between straight-forward and spunky.
But the most important part about Ellie is that she’s got to be gorgeous. (Um hello! It is a CW show after all!) The casting breakdown says the show's hoping to nab a “younger Sandra Bullock to Emma Stone” type of girl. The brothers will also be chatting it up with two sisters — twins to be exact. Alice and Cindy Cassity are two thirtysomething girls, and are simply described as “pretty” — think Gwyneth Paltrow. They are the slightly pretentious daughters of Cyrus Cassidy, the owner of a ranch. Whether or not this is the same ranch that Ellie manages is TBD. All right I’ve got to be honest, these girls all seem great and all but the biggest question is this: Can they bake pie?
3. Criminal Minds: Rossi’s Reveal
Criminal Minds is freakin’ awesome. I used to be scarily obsessed with it, but when I saw the an episode guest-starring James Van Der Beek as a split personality, homicidal maniac, my Dawson’s Creek heart couldn’t take it and I had nightmares for weeks. Now that I’m a bit older, and have discovered that my cell phone can double as a nightlight, I’ve fully re-embraced Criminal Minds, adding it back onto my elite DVR list. Last week I had to pleasure of chatting with Joe Mantegna and he explained why he believes fans are so obsessed — and rightfully so — with this CBS hit. “We like to think we’re a thinking person’s show," he says. "We don’t speak down to our audience. We try to challenge them and let them explore this world with us." This week’s episode, titled “The Fallen," is going to be a huge treat for long-time viewers of the series. After all, we're finally going to get a more in-depth look into David Rossi’s past. “We’ve alluded to the fact that my character, David Rossi, had some background in the military," the actor says. "That’s going to really get explored [this week]. As a young man, he was in Vietnam with his commanding officer at that time and now David runs into him many, many years after and see that he is homeless on the streets of Los Angeles.”
Through flashbacks, we’re going to gain more knowledge of Rossi’s past as a soldier in Vietnam and Mantegna says he was delighted to meet Robert Dunne, the actor who plays young David. “We only got to meet at the read-through because, obviously, we can’t be at the same place at the same time, but he did a wonderful job and I bought it," he says. "And I figure if I bought it then everybody else would be able to buy it."
So prepare yourself, Criminal Minds fans, for a personal and provocative episode. “In this case, Veterans and homelessness are issues that are relevant and I think that we do it in a very interesting and entertaining way," Mantegna says. "I couldn’t be happier with the episode.”
4. Arrow: That’s So 2007
Tonight’s episode of Arrow once again starts off with a shirtless Oliver (Stephen Amell). I really hope that this becomes a weekly tradition, because, holy hell, that man is definitely bringing sexy back. And speaking of out-of-date pop culture references, it looks like Ollie needs to take a crash course on what’s hot and what’s not in 2012. For example (as Thea so painstaking points out on the series), “Oh snap” is no longer a socially acceptable comeback and Dr. Oz is in no way, shape, or form connected to Dorothy and her Ruby slippers. (It’s okay Oliver, I’ll still love you even if you really have no idea how to navigate a Facebook timeline.) Moving along to this week’s bad guys, Diggle is determined to stop a group of mask-wearing bank robbers, but Oliver says he wants nothing to do with these sub-par Starling evil doers: “I don’t fight street crime.” Of course it doesn’t take long for Diggle to convince his new partner to tweak his crime-fighting standards. Spoiler Alert: Even in the middle of a heated attack, the Starling City Police still call him a “vigilante.” Can someone please send them a post-it note explaining that his badass superhero name is Arrow?! In other more romantical news, Tommy is doing his best to woo Laurel and he turns to a somewhat unlikely friend for help. Thus, our show's love-triangle transforms into a kinda, sorta love-square. Oh The CW, you sure know how to toy with our emotions while all the hot people fall in love with one another, don’tcha?
5. How I Met Your Mother: Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?
This season of HIMYM has been a tad stale, even for the most ardent of the show's fans. That includes myself — I love this show so much, it pains me to admit that six episodes have already aired and very little (of interest, at least) has happened. Barney and Quinn are caput, Robin and her newest beau on are the rocks, and Victoria left Ted without making a single cupcake! So basically, we’re back to square one and hoping praying that we will soon get some progress towards the infamous wedding/mother reveal.
Until then, I caught up with my favorite bro-ther, Wayne Brady, to see if James Stinson is going to make his way back to MacLaren’s Pub anytime soon. “I believe James is,” Brady confirms with a smile. “I don’t know when. I really can't say. They’re bros and he has to be there to back him up. Especially if his big day is going to happen.”
Yay! Barney is always at his best when his fellow suit-lover is around. So what has the other legendary Stinson been up to since we last saw him? Brady muses, “As far as I know, James and his husband, Jay — they hang out, they have the baby and they’re good. They go to fashion week in New York and they go to a couple Broadway shows and life is great.” Now only if he can convince Barney to start thinking about settling down — then we could finally get some progress!
6. The Vampire Diaries: Dark, Rock Bottom
Last week’s episode of TVD was flawless. Elena had her first kill, Jeremy is now a member of The Five, and Matt learned that he could compel a girl just by looking ridiculously hot. But now that so many game changers have come into play, I looked to Vampire Diaries boss lady Julie Plec to shed some light on what’s up next. First up, Stelena: In this week’s episode, Plec says Elena’s irritation over her boyfriend’s deceit will definitely linger. “She’s mad at him," Plec says. "And she definitely starts [this] week super mad at him. And so, forgiveness and understanding and learning the truth of what he was up to and is up to — all those things are up ahead and we’ll see how she handles it.” The showrunner also teased that mistrust is going to impact and possibly shift our love triangle beginning this week. You hear that Delena fans? Oh, you’re hyperventilating with excitement? Proceed.
Now let’s tackle the mythology details, y’all. We’ve met other vampire hunters in Mystic Falls before (RIP Alaric), but what distinguishes The Five from these wannabes? “This is the original story of the vampire hunter told to its end, as opposed to Alaric, who was really pissed off and had a good stake,” Plec reveals.
The quest for answers about the cure is going to be a large arc that we focus on this season, and there are some major challenges ahead. “Oh, everything's about to change in some way or another," Plec says. "Those changes will have a ripple effect through the entire season. I'm not saying it's all going to change next Thursday at 8 o'clock, but there are some pretty big moves next week as a result of this.”
Right now, everything is going to be dark and twisty as Elena deals with the repercussions of killing a hunter, but her life life will eventually improve. “Elena's certainly been in a pretty dark place," Plec says. "[This] week, we kind of hit dark, rock bottom, and then, the episode that follows is like this episode of light and pretty and sun.” We can all thank the Miss Mystic Falls event for our upcoming sunny disposition. Yay for tiaras! Follow Leanne on Twitter @LeanneAguilera
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It’s not often we get an episode of True Blood in which every storyline touches Sookie’s lifeline in some way, shape, or form. Oh wait. That’s right. It happens all the time. This week, True Blood managed to keep the tradition alive while reminding us that Sookie is both the glue that hold the series together and the dynamite that blows its plots and relationships to smithereens.
And she starts out the episode by standing in the shrapnel shower of her latest big decision: Telling Alcide the truth about who killed Debbie. Lafayette storms out of Merlott’s, chastising her for confessing her guilt to Alcide. She swears Alcide won’t tell (but it’s obvious she’s not really sure that’s true) and that doing right is the only way to get right. Lafayette is livid, worried her passionate, irrational choice will get him locked up for Jesus’ death too. “You’re the f**king angel of death,” he says.
But it’s not just Lafayette. Tara, fresh off her revelation as a self-loathing vampire, is still furious with Sookie for making Pam turn her. When Bill visits Fangtasia and asks Tara about Sookie’s safety, Tara responds with a curt command for him to stop asking. Sookie will be fine. Someone will always protect her. But she makes sure to note that someone else always pays the price. And it’s true. Sookie is at the center (and is often the catalyst) for some of the biggest dramatic problems in Bon Temps. But Tara should step back for a second and remember the time her friendship was the one that caused the whole town to be turned into sex-crazed zombies when a Maenad came to town in Season 2.
Still, the Sookie hate continues. At Merlott’s Sookie experiences a similar level of contempt and curiosity to the time she took a shift after going public with (then) Vampire Bill. Her customers’ and coworkers’ thoughts invade her brain and everyone is thinking about how she had Tara changed into a vampire and whether or not it makes her a terrible person. Because she’s not already worried enough about that herself. She even goes to Jason’s to confess, since he’s the deputy, and he tells her they’re going to keep her out of jail. Of course when she confesses she turned Tara, Jason freaks out completely. Oh, Jason. You’ve always got your priorities straight.
At this point, Sookie is so wrought after the events of the day, confessing to Alcide, and being chewed out by Lafayette that with tears in her eyes she cries, “I ruin lives, Jason!” But does she? Or does she just draw such attention, what with her sweet blood and her ability to read minds, that she’s an unwilling magnet for trouble and those who are willing to protect her? It’s about time True Blood at least opens the door to that question (because we’ve been thinking it for four years) and it seems that Bill may be about to use that quality to his own tactical advantage. But more on that later.
Back at Merlott’s, Lafayette is still livid with Sookie even after she leaves and his dark magic, apparently left from when Marnie stole it from Jesus while she was in Lafayette’s body, comes out in creepy, kindergarten clay mask form and Lafayette (or the dark magic; we’re not quite sure who’s really responsible here) puts a spell on Sookie’s car. Later, when she hops in a drives home from Merlott’s, it begins to speed up and the brakes fail, so she bails right before the car crashes.
Convinced the crash is punishment for her status as a life-ruiner, Sookie walks home and pours herself a glass of every hard liquor known to man. Soon, she’s drunk and singing new vampire lyrics to Rupert Holmes’ “Escape” (yes, sight, the Piña Colada Song). Lafayette calls her; he found her car wrapped around a tree and he’s worried something happened to her. When she sings him the song (literally - she’s wasted, remember?) of what happened to her, Lafayette realizes he’s the one that did it. So that’s happening this season. Why can’t Lafayette just drop the magic and be his magical self so we can actually enjoy his character again? Why, True Blood, why?
Sookie drunkenly puts down the phone as Lafayette tries to do the right thing (like she taught him) and confess, but Alcide is at the door. He didn’t turn her in (because of course he didn’t, he’s a big ol’ lovable softy who just happens to be incredibly attractive, the vampire race’s greatest rival outside of humans, and a man with a raging case of Sookie love). He told Debbie’s parents she was dead, because he’s a good man and he knows they deserve closure. But, he tells them Marcus killed Debbie, got drunk and bragged about it, and Alcide killed him as retaliation. Of course, only the Debbie being dead part and the Alcide killing Marcus part are true, but let’s all take a moment to ooh and ahh over the werewolf who is not only sweet, selfless, heroic, and... okay, let’s just say it : hot. He’s got the cherry on top that he’s also incredibly clever and quick on his feet. Bill and Eric who? (Sorry shippers, but this new Sookie suitor is just so my speed. No disrespect.)
Of course, because he’s so perfect, he doesn’t move on to Sookie without breaking down into adorable lumberjack tears over his slain ex-girlfriend. He loved her, even after he abjured her. And boom, now he’s clear for some Werewolf on Fairy action. After he tells her what he did and confesses he couldn’t bear sending her to jail, she does the right thing and apologizes for putting him in that position and expresses her gratitude. He knows. Of course he knows. He’s so wise. Did I mention he’s handsome? He’s really handsome. I’m sorry, where was I? Oh yes. Sookie offers him a drink and when we cut back, they are happily drunk. (Though it’s a miracle Sookie’s not passed out on the floor at this point.) Finally, she gets on top of him and says he’s in love with her and finally (FINALLY) they drunkenly make out. Please don’t let Sookie think this is a mistake in the morning. I couldn’t handle her putting Alcide through that rejection. Let’s be real. No lady would turn down Alcide. Unless she was blind and stupid. Sookie, you are not blind and stupid. Don’t make us hate you like Tara and whatever magic being is controlling Lafayette.
Next: Let's get Tara out of that tanning bed, shall we?Speaking of Tara, she’s having a rather hard time tanning to death. Pam finds her and commands her to never try to burn herself alive again. Damn that Maker bond. Tara is naturally pissed, but then again, it’s hard to be anything but when your skin is melting off. It also makes we wonder if there’s some sort of governmental deal to get tanning bed death on this show. How many of you want to go down to the salon and get nice and crispy right about now? Oh, no one? Yeah, that’s what I thought.
After Pam wrangles Tara out of the tanning bed and puts her an triple XL t-shirt at Fangtasia, Eric finally shows up. He and Bill are in town to find Russell. She’s excited to see him (though that word doesn’t seem to cover it) and introduces Tara as his granddaughter. (Um, hottest. grandfather. ever.) That’s quickly dashed when he hold Pam down by her neck to question her about Russell; besides Bill and Eric, only Alcide and Pam knew and Alcide alerted them, so he’s in the clear. But Pam is in bloody, bloody tears. She says (and we know it’s true) she’d die for him, and she’d never betray him. She trusts him implicitly why can’t he trust her? He says neither of them should trust anybody. Typical, cryptic Eric. She says if she means so little Eric should release her as his maker.
And to her surprise, Eric finally agrees. But, he’s not lost his heart just because Sookie broke it. He’s got his reasons, and they’re pretty solid. Eric says even if he and Bill find Russell they still face treason charges. If Russell doesn’t kill them, they’ve still got orders for the true death on their heads at the Authority. “The end will come soon” and Eric needs her to live and carry his legacy because she’s his only progeny. And while at the beginning of the episode, he trusted no one, it’s clear he trusts her with everything now.
Eric releases Pam but he makes sure to explain just how much weight is placed on her shoulders. She’s Godric’s granddaughter, which means she was born into greatness, and as a Maker, she must carry that bloodline on. And, if that wasn’t an interesting enough perspective, Eric releasing Pam now makes Tara her sole connection to Eric. Tara is the new baby/hope of the bloodline and Eric has entrusted Pam to nurture her and let the bloodline “thrive.” She must now put all her grudges aside and take care of one of the people who hates her most.
So, she does just that. Pam wakes Tara up like she’s a teenager sleeping until noon and forces Tara to feed on a human with another one of those “as your Maker I command” bits. In Tara’s unprepared brain, blood is still gross. But as Tara continues to bite the volunteer, Pam switches into motherly mode so Tara can learn how to drink without killing. Aw, what a mommy. But of course, we learned that vampire families are all sexual, so Tara is practically making out with this girl’s neck, the victim has a serious case of O face, and Pam’s explanation has a palpable twinge of almost sexual desire for the fresh blood.
They may hate each other, but Tara needs to survive and she needs a guide, and Tara is now Pam’s only piece of Eric, which means their forces relationship will only continue to grow. And these are growing pains worth watching. This complicated dynamic is one of the best aspects this series has going for it at the moment.
Eric and Bill are on their Authority-sanctioned mission and they return to Bon Temps to find who let Russell out. Only four people knew where he was: Alcide, Eric, Bill, and Pam. Alcide blew the whistle, Bill and Eric are on the hunt, and after breaking Pam’s heart, Eric finds she knows nothing of Russell’s breakout. Bill’s sure there’s a leak somewhere, so he speeds off to his house to check his office for bugs. And perhaps it’s just my nature now that Bill’s been revealed to not be the perfect gentleman we thought he was upon our first arrival in Bon Temps, but his searching techniques and pensive moments are draped with a level of hesitation and desperation that normally accompany someone racked with guilt. Could it be that Bill is actually the one who leaked it? He’d have an excuse to watch over Sookie all the time; he’d have someone to oppose the Authority, who want him dead; and he’d get to be the hero when he finally gives him the true death or puts him back in the ground.
It seems like an even greater possibility because while Sookie makes out with Alcide, Bill watches jealously outside and when Eric drops by with his every hilarious obvious observations (“Awkward time for a drop-in, Bill”). Eric says she doesn’t want them in her life, but Bill says Sookie is integral to finding Russell and that they’re going to watch her like bait until Russell comes for her. That doesn’t sound like Good Bill. That sounds like sinister, secret-keeping Bill. And I don’t like it.
He did have a minimal reaction when Jessica told him to check on “falling apart” Sookie and insisted that Sookie and he are different than Sookie and everyone else. And while it may have given him some hope, it was washed away by seeing her wrapped around Alcide. But what else can a short pasty vampire do when he sees his ex being felt up by a towering, tan, heated werewolf? Plus, he’s not an impulsive as Eric, but he is perhaps more emotional under the surface. Couldn’t it be possible that he’d be capable of letting his emotions drive him to something this extreme?
Next: Hey, Roman. You've got some blood on your face.And as soon as we know the answer to that question, so will the Authority because they are watching over Bill and Eric on their laptops like an episode of Big Brother. Many of them are concerned that Bill and Eric are just trying to buy time for the Sanguinistas or start violent, scary Russell rumors that will keep humans from passing pro-Vampire laws.
But while they argue about the unknowable, Roman and Salome visit Nora who still won’t talk. But when they threaten to kill Eric and Bill with Roman’s (literally) killer app, she breaks. We don’t hear the answer, but It seems Nora confessed that another chancellor was part of the Sanguinista movement. Roman pulls out the holy stake and awaits confirmation of the traitor. It’s the young boy, who taped himself killing a human and sent it out with an encrypted message to the Sanguinistas. He tries to make excuses but Roman kills him in an instant and says he will tolerate no further opposition as the boy’s blood drips down his face like a melting Jackson Pollock. The seeming enjoyment he gets from this level of control is disconcerting. He’s starting to reveal himself as the guy on the dark side. Sure, he’s supporting a movement that could help all vampires, but he seems to be getting his jollies elsewhere (like by killing other vampires in explosive and very cold blood). He’s quickly solidifying his role as a villain, but I hope the waters stay a little murky for a while. He’s a fun one to parse out.
And alas, we must deal with Andy, whose plot is tied to Jason’s this week because the crooked judge invites them both to a party. Just before, Jessica comes in and glamors Andy so he stops the Debbie Pelt investigation and Jason marvels at what a good friend she is (naked). We find out later that he’s still in love with her because he and Andy get in a limo with the judge and a few scantily clad club girls put bags on their heads and take them to a secret fairy party, where all the girls read minds.
In the same seemingly empty clearing where Jessica chased the guy whose blood “smelled like cupcakes and sex,” an invisible door gets acceptable visitors into a burlesque club run by faires. Andy runs into the fairy he bonded with in the woods, they kiss and he immediately forgets about Holly, the girl he just got the guts to fight for just last week.
Jason is having a rougher go of it after his fairy date senses he’s thinking about someone else, a vampire. Just then he sees his cousin, Hadley, she’s surprised Sookie is alive and says Sookie needs to come to the fairy club to be with the other “refugees.” Hadley warns him that vampires will turn on her and kill Sookie just like they did their parents. Oh yes. That flood death we were all supposed to believe is BS. According the quickly silenced Hadley, their family was made of fairies and the vampires killed their parents. But wouldn’t that make Jason a fairy? And why does no one freak out around him when they smell his blood? Maybe he’s like Sookie and he’s only half.
But after the mess of Hadley’s spilled secret, Jason fights to get back to his cousin, eventually getting thrown out and hit in the face with fairy light, which I’m just going to assume is set to some sort of Men in Black memory eraser.
Finally, we have our fringe characters. This week, Sam’s old shifter friends find him at Merlott’s and ask him to come back and run with them. He and Luna are broken up, so he didn’t want to come back, but they insist they chose him over her. It just too bad that when he does go, they’re dead and we’re left waiting for next week when Sam will get another minute and a half of the whole hour to unfold his apparently interesting story.
Finally, in the plot that doesn’t fit anywhere in here: Terry and Scott Foley are on their road trip and remembering their army days. Terry has a dream about him and his buddies were drinking and taking some sort of pills. They’re all screwed up and Terry is staring at the missile fire in the distance like Gollum or Snooki with a plate of fried pickles, Down below, one of their men kills a trespasser and the whole group ends up in a crossfire with hostiles. They kill lots of civilians and Terry is wracked with guilt – it turns out he was remembering this in a dream. Terry wakes up and he and Scott Foley find their friend’s bunker. He’s there, and he pulls a gun on them. As usual, this plot makes no sense with the rest of the story and there is not enough time to explain what all this crytic military background talk is about.
Do you think Bill could be the person to dig up Russell? Will Sookie and Alcide last? Or is she going to break his heart soon?
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When I first heard about the premise of Chernobyl Diaries I was like Channing Tatum in 21 Jump Street: "F*ck science!" Honestly extreme tourism? People pay for a trip to Pripyat — an abandoned city near the site of one of the worst nuclear disaster in history — for some vacation photos? Well it is possible and people actually do it despite the lingering radiation and other serious dangers but hopefully none of them are as painfully dumb as the characters in Diaries.
Jesse McCartney is Chris the sensible little brother who really would have preferred to stick with the plan: a day trip to Moscow where he'd pop the question to his girlfriend Natalie (Olivia Dudley). His older brother Paul (Jonathan Sadowski) is a bit of a bad boy horndog with a taste for adventure who insistst they and their recently dumped friend Amanda (Devin Kelly) go on an exciting trip to Pripyat instead. Amanda is also a photographer of sorts because she has a fancy camera and is taking photos of everything. Other than that we know almost nothing about any of the characters (although Paul does note that "the chicks are f*cking amazing"). They are later joined by Michael (Nathan Phillips) and Zoe (Ingrid Bolsø Berdal) who prove to be equally forgettable.
Paul knows how to party so he leads Chris Natalie and Amanda to a sketchy office to set up their trip to Pripyat. The tour guide is named what else Yuri (Dimitri Diatchenko) and he even has a dingy sign on the wall that reads "Yuri's Extreme Travel" and lots of photos of him in military garb. He's built like a brick house — but he's no match for the ridiculousness that awaits them.
The build-up to what they do find is interminable especially given what non-horrors await. At one point I was hoping it would turn out to be something similar to The Happening but no such luck. Just a bunch of bald zombie-types lurking in the mist and gnawing on human flesh! Although there's something to be said for leaving scary stuff lurking in the shadows it's also a good idea to establish enough tension beforehand so that we actually care about what is supposed to be scaring us.
According to writer/producer Oren Peli a good deal of the dialogue was improvised which is a bit of a relief as the actors drop gems like "What exactly happened in Chernobyl?" and "Nature has reclaimed its rightful home " as well as tidbits like "Stop being a p*ssy" and "Maybe there's a gun in here!" This is director Bradley Parker's first feature and although he does occasionally have trouble keeping the camera steady he doesn't rely on shaky-cam "found footage " for the most part.
Naturally some people are offended that filmmakers would use a human tragedy as the backdrop of a horror movie but plenty of movies use tragic events for fodder. They should be more offended that it's just so boring.
The king of the DUN-DUN (the universal sound of fighting crime courtesy of Law and Order) and the emperor of reality TV (The Voice, The Apprentice, Survivor, etc.) are about to team up for a grueling adventure: sending celebs into Navy SEAL level boot camp and putting them to the test. Dick Wolf and Mark Burnett's Stars Earn Stripes will pit nine stars against each other in a physical training battle in the hopes of earning a cash prize for the charity of their choice.
But, will all those physical excellence reality competitions out there - The Biggest Loser, Fear Factor, The Bachelor (see: skinny dipping to win) - Stars Earn Stripes will have to do something significant to arrest viewers' attentions. Well, Wolf and Burnett are luckier than bird with a discarded McDonald's french fry because we've got a few casting suggestions to help give the new series the edge it needs - and if it makes it any easier, we're keeping it in the NBCUniversal family. Synergy!
I'm still confused as to why Ice is on Law and Order: SVU, but one thing is for sure: he's a little nuts. We've learned this solid fact from his other series, Ice Loves Coco. Throwing him into this grueling physical competition could only elicit more exasperated commentary that screams "I'm too old for this s**t." And the fact that he was inspired to become a rapper while serving in the army suggests that under his leather jacket and voluptuous blonde wife, there's a PT beast.
Admit it, if you were to pit the Kardashian sisters against each other, Khloe would annihilate the competition. This woman is gale force wind of attitude, and unlike her sisters, she's armed with the gift of common sense. She'd be able to take a competition like this seriously without crying every time someone wakes her up before noon, Kim.
This choice is largely based on the notion that Cumming's quips have no limit. She'd likely pepper her PT instructors with sarcastic comments and dramatic eye rolls no matter how many set of punishment push-ups they throw her way. This would either be hilarious or torture, either way, it'd be good reality TV.
You may be tired of Betty White, but I've been wondering just how tough this firecracker of a 90-year old really is. Okay, this probably wouldn't work, but maybe they can get her to play assistant to the physical trainers. There'd really be nothing better than watching Betty White scream "Faster, you lazy maggots!" in her her adorable grandma voice while the usual slate of reality show celebs crawl in the muck.
Is the fact that he's Ron F**king Swanson on Parks and Recreation not enough for you? How about the fact that he owns an actual woodshop called Offerman Woodshop, whose website has entire section devoted to his beefcakeness (don't worry, I'm petitioning Websters to get that word added to the dictionary). Offerman would probably win this thing and he wouldn't even want an award or any recognition. NBC could probably pay him in bacon.
Who would you like to see duke it out in Navy SEAL training?
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There are a lot of perks that come along with being a famous Hollywood celebrity. Fame and fortune are just the tip of the privileged iceberg. Stars also get to travel all over the world, collect a massive pile of unneeded swag, and become enormously popular — sometimes a little too popular. Like, so popular, they drive fans to do crazy things. (Like photoshopping ASkars into your Christmas card picture each year. No? That's just me?) A little obsession might be harmless, but when does your fandom turn into, well, Kathy Bates in Misery-dom?
To help keep your star-struck actions in check, we've created a celebrity fan meter ranking devotees from one (healthily obsessed) to 10 (quick: call the asylum!). See where you fall into the mix below!
1. The Polite Video Fan
Most people only ever dream of asking their favorite celebrity out on a date, but in July 2011, Sgt. Scott Moore made the dream come true when he posted a video on YouTube asking Mila Kunis to join him at the Marine Corps Ball in North Carolina later that year. And after some coaxing from her Friends With Benefits costar, Justin Timberlake, Kunis said yes. Granted, this started a massive trend in which anyone who ever owned a video camera was asking Hollywood stars out on dates. Overall, however, the proposals were seen as harmless and sweet, if a bit (after awhile) unoriginal. If you fall into this category, congratulations: Your obsession is completely under control.
2. The Funny Fan
At PaleyFest 2011, True Blood star Stephen Moyer admitted to experiencing some pretty humorous fan interactions. “Men will ask me to leave a voicemail for their wives as Bill [his character] because they say it will get them so laid," Moyer recalled. "Sometimes I will do it.” It's definitely an odd (but understandable?) request, but completely in the realm of sanity. If you would prefer Moyer bite you, jump to No. 6.
3. The A-Picture-Speaks-a-Thousand-Words Fan
Not everyone can find the words to express their love and devotion to their favorite Hollywood star, so some prefer to show it by getting enormous tattoos done in their honor. One person went so far as to ink Britney Spears entire face on his back, along with some lyrics to her song "Circus." Over excessive: Yes. Dangerous: No. Everyone is entitled to do whatever they want to their body as long as it isn't affecting others. What you lose in dignity you make up for in cool party tricks.
4. The Stripper Fan
The Jonas Brothers and stripping go together about as well as... wait, did I break any laws putting "Jonas Brothers" and "stripping" in the same sentence? Anyway, the trio had to confront an overzealous fan in 2009, when a man rushed the stage at a concert. The boy trio were performing in Madrid when the man jumped on the stage, took off his shirt, and ran circles around the band. The best part of the whole thing, though, was the fact that neither Joe, Kevin, nor Nick paid any attention to it. They just kept on playing like nothing was happening. It's not exactly the best impression you could ever make given that you could potentially disrupt an otherwise enjoyable concert, but rushing the stage is not an unheard of action. This guy just chose to do it Woodstock-style.
5. The Peetaphiles Fan
Now that The Hunger Games has become everyone's new favorite franchise, fans are getting more and more obsessed with the stars of the movies, a fact that Josh Hutcherson has just recently becoming aware of. On Conan, the actor recently described all the creative signs fans have made him since THG whirlwind took off, calling themselves "Peetaphiles." They've even started combining the names Peeta and Katniss together, forming the combo nickname: Peeniss. (Again, did I just break a law?) Yes, the names are filled with underlying sexual references, but you still haven't reached full-out crazy... yet.
6. The Vampire Lover Fan
The vampire craze really hit its stride a few years back when Twilight, True Blood, and The Vampire Diaries made their fangy debuts. But some fans have trouble differentiating fantasy from reality -- many have asked the vampire actors to bite them. Just ask Paul Wesley, who plays Stefan Salvatore in TVD. "I can't tell you how many pictures I've taken of me biting people on the neck," Wesley shared with New York magazine. But he's not all the surprised. "People that ask me to bite them don’t quite exactly fit the category of normal to begin with." You hear that, ladies? You're hovering over the crazy line now.
7. The Delusional Fan
Here's where things start to get out of control. True Blood star Joe Manganiello shared a story at PaleyFest 2011 in which a fan once asked him at ComicCon to lick her wounds. Well, why not? After all, werewolf saliva can supposedly heal injuries. Wait, the fact that I know that means I might be a No. 7. Oh no!
8. The Girls Gone Wild Fan
Speaking of werewolves, Twilight star Taylor Lautner told Parade.com that a mob of 2,000 girls broke through the hotel lobby in Brazil and tried to reach him in his room. It got so bad that the National Guard was called to help take care of the situation. Hint: when you have to be restrained by professionally trained military enforcement, then you know you've gone too far.
9. The Hit and Trample Fan
TwiHards, as a whole, can be a pretty crazy bunch, but a particular group of girl fans made the hall of fame (shame?) in the summer of 2009 when they chased Robert Pattinson across the street... causing him to be hit by a car. Granted, it was more like a graze, but despite what the Twilight movies want you to believe, RPatz is not indestructible. Proceed with caution, and don't do anything to ruin that face!
10. The Intent-To-Kill Fan
When word got out that Selena Gomez was dating well-known teen heartthrob Justin Bieber, several of the pop singer's fans started sending a series of death threats in the poor girl's direction, taking Bieber Fever to a new (and completely wrong) level. Sure, it's totally understandable to be sad when your celeb crush starts crushing on someone who isn't you (oh my god how could he not love me did he see my shrine?!), but just remember to dial it back a bit. Former Disney stars need love too.
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Comic-Con. The mecca of pop culture.
Movies, TV, Comic and Gaming enthusiasts will gather in the temperate California town for a five-day, pop culture extravaganza, where the top dogs in every field come to showcase their latest and greatest products. Whether it's the Hall H premiere trailer of a new summer blockbuster, the cast meet and greet in Ballroom 20 for the hot new TV show or just a sit down with some insightful creator-types in a dark and dingy backroom, SDCC is always full of surprises and this year looks to be no different.
We'll be there on the ground floor picking up all the news bites as they break, but you can check out the schedule for the first two days below -- and better prepare for the onslaught of updates!
Wednesday, July 20 (Preview Night)
6:00-9:00 Special Sneak Peek Pilot Screenings: Alcatraz, Person of Interest, The Secret Circle, and Supernatural: The Anime Series — Comic-Con and Warner Bros. Television proudly continue their annual Preview Night tradition with exclusive world premiere screenings of the pilot episodes of three of the most highly anticipated TV series pilots of the 2011-12 television season -- Alcatraz, Person of Interest, and The Secret Circle -- as well as Supernatural: The Anime Series, the first-ever anime adaptation of a U.S. television series.Ballroom 20
Alcatraz—From executive producer J. J. Abrams (Super 8, Fringe) and showrunner Elizabeth Sarnoff (Lost) comes Alcatraz, a chilling new drama revolving around America's most infamous prison and onetime home to the nation's worst criminals. The series stars Sarah Jones (Sons of Anarchy), Jorge Garcia (Lost), Jonny Coyne (Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life), Parminder Nagra (ER), Santiago Cabrera (Heroes), and Jason Butler Harner (Fringe), with Robert Forster (Jackie Brown) and Sam Neill (Jurassic Park). Abrams, Bryan Burk (Super 8, Fringe), and Sarnoff are executive producers; Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt (both Kyle XY) are co-executive producers. Alcatraz will premiere in midseason and air Mondays 9/8c on FOX.
Person of Interest—Jim Caviezel (The Thin Red Line), Michael Emerson (Lost), and Taraji P. Henson (Hustle & Flow) team up in Person of Interest, a thought-provoking crime action-drama from The Dark Knight's Jonathan Nolan and J. J. Abrams' Bad Robot Productions (Super 8, Fringe). Set in New York City, with all of its multifaceted elements of justice (cops, criminals, corruption), this procedural centers on an ex-CIA agent, presumed dead, who partners with a mysterious billionaire to prevent violent crimes. Kevin Chapman (Rescue Me) also stars in the series, which is executive produced by Nolan, Abrams, Greg Plageman (Cold Case), and Bryan Burk (Super 8, Fringe). Person of Interest is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Bad Robot Productions and Warner Bros. Television. The series will air Thursdays at 9/8c on CBS this fall.
The Secret Circle—The ordinary becomes the extraordinary in The Secret Circle, a romantic drama full of mystery, intrigue, and danger from executive producer Kevin Williamson (The Vampire Diaries) and based on the book series by L. J. Smith (The Vampire Diaries). The series chronicles the story of a young girl who discovers not only that she is a witch and part of a secret coven but that she is the key that will unlock a centuries-old battle of good versus evil. Britt Robertson (Scream 4), Thomas Dekker (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), Gale Harold (Queer as Folk), Shelley Hennig (Days of Our Lives), Phoebe Tonkin (H20: Just Add Water), Louis Hunter (Out of the Blue), Jessica Parker Kennedy (Valemont), Ashley Crow (Heroes), and Natasha Henstridge (Species) star in the series, from executive producers Williamson, Leslie Morgenstein (The Vampire Diaries), Gina Girolamo (Alloy Entertainment), Andrew Miller (Nothing), and Richard Hatem (Supernatural). The series will air Thursdays at 9/8c on The CW this fall.
Supernatural: The Anime Series—Warner Bros. Television's hit series Supernatural (Fridays 9/8c, The CW) makes history this summer as Supernatural: The Anime Series is released in the United States, the first-ever live-action series to be reimagined in Japanese anime style. Inspired by the U.S. series' sensational following oversees, Warner Home Video Japan and renowned animation studio Madhouse -- working with the full approval of series creator Eric Kripke -- produced the anime series, which mirrors the story arc of Supernatural's first two seasons, providing supplemental stories ranging from prequels and spinoffs to untold tales that fit within the Supernatural mythology. The all-new, 22-episode animated series will be distributed July 26 by Warner Home Video on Blu-ray, DVD, On Demand, and for Download.
Thursday, July 21
10:00-11:00 TheOneRing.net: Hobbit Talk— From the decade-old and perhaps most influential fan site on the Interwebs (and a consistent breaking news source), staff vets Clifford Broadway (Quickbeam) and Larry D. Curtis (MrCere) take a good, hard look at the latest from the two Hobbit films' production. Since this isn't a studio affair, you'll get the street-level latest (authorized and unauthorized) as well as spy reports, rumors, and even informed opinions. Surprise guests are a possibility; audio and visuals are a given with a Q&A and all sorts of fun. Room 7AB
10:00-11:00 Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe— For fans of USA's hit series Burn Notice who've always wanted to know what happened before Sam Axe (Bruce Campbell) teamed up with Michael Weston and Fiona, Comic-Con attendees are invited inside the USA made-for-TV movie Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe, debuting on DVD exclusively at Comic-Con! The Burn Notice prequel chronicles what turned out to be the last military mission of former U.S. Navy SEAL Lieutenant Commander Axe and the expedition that took him from the jungles of Colombia to sunny Miami Beach. Go one-on-one with Bruce Campbell, star of Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe, and Burn Notice creator, writer, and executive producer, Matt Nix. Ballroom 20
10:00-11:00 Journey— Get into the indie spirit with thatgamecompany and the PlayStation Network: From the developers who brought you Flower and flOw, comes one of this year's most highly anticipated PlayStation 3 exclusives, Journey. Meet and chat with thatgamecompany's Jenova Chen and Kellee Santiago as they (along with special guests) provide insight on their creativity and the inspiration behind their work and discuss what it takes to be successful as an independent developer. Room 23ABC
10:00-11:00 Deadliest Warrior: Vampires vs. Zombies— Vampires and zombies have terrorized and tantalized their way through pop culture for decades, from Dracula to the Twilight Saga to Walking Dead. SPIKE TV and its Deadliest Warrior franchise are going to finally answer the question: Which of these mythical creatures would come out on top in a fight to the finish? Deadliest Warrior steps outside the confines of history for this groundbreaking fantasy episode destined to rouse heated debates amongst fans in the blogosphere for months. The special episode features an array of icons of film and fiction who are authorities on the topic. Through these expert interviews, scientific tests, and careful analysis, They will determine who would win in a battle to the death between these two iconic groups, zombies and vampires. The Deadliest Warrior team of Richard "Mack" Machowicz, Dr. Armand Dorian, and Robert Daly, guests Steve Niles, Max Brooks, and horror legend Wes Craven, and executive producer of Deadliest Warrior and president of 44 Blue Productions Rasha Drachkovitch make their case for who is, indeed, the fiercest. Los Angeles Times writer and HeroComplex.com founder Geoff Boucher will serve as moderator. Room 25ABC
10:00-11:00 Kinect Star Wars Panel— Enter the Galaxy with studio head Jorg Neumann (Kinect Publishing) and lead producer Craig Derrick (LucasArts) as they discuss the highly anticipated title with USA Today's Mike Snider, sharing new game play from the iconic Star Wars universe, revealing an all-new mode, and unveiling an exciting announcement. All attendees will receive a limited-edition poster. Room 32AB
11:00-12:00 The World of 2027 in Deus Ex: Human Revolution: The Line Between Science and Fiction— How do video games incorporate real-life science into their storylines, weapons, and characters? This talk will provide fascinating insight into how "sci" was used to create the "sci-fi" in Deus Ex: Human Revolution, one of the most highly anticipated games of 2011. Mary DeMarle, lead writer for Deus Ex: Human Revolution (Eidos Montreal) and Will Rossellini, CEO of Microtransponder and consultant on the game, discuss how they created a realistic future vision for transhumanism and a world where mechanical augmentations have changed the fate of the human race. Room 5AB
11:15-12:15 Covert Affairs— For the first time, TV's sexiest spy show, USA Network's Covert Affairs, comes to Comic-Con! Spend some time with stars Piper Perabo (Annie Walker), Christopher Gorham (Auggie Anderson), Sendhil Ramamurthy (Jai Wilcox), Kari Matchett (Joan Campbell), Anne Dudek (Danielle), and Peter Gallagher (Arthur Campbell). Executive producers Doug Liman, Chris Ord, Matt Corman, and Dave Bartis also join the panel, moderated by the one-and-only Oded Fehr. Fans will get an insider's look into the action-packed world of Covert Affairs. Besides having questions answered about the exciting current season, fans will view exclusive video content featuring a sneak peek at upcoming episodes. There will also be surprise giveaways for audience members! Ballroom 20
11:15-12:15 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1— Summit Entertainment presents a sneak peek at the highly anticipated next chapter of The Twilight Saga. This is a must see for fans interested in the story's final chapters. You'll see exclusive footage from The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 1 and be treated to a filmmaker and cast Q&A session providing details on the first half of the epic two-part finale. Hall H
11:45-12:45 Battlestar: So Say We All— Richard Hatch hosts a panel and fan discussion of the Battlestar Galactica universe, politics, and philosophy. Richard (Tom Zarek, Capt Apollo), Michael Taylor (Battlestar Galactica, Caprica, Blood and Chrome), Dr Kevin Grazier (BG science consultant), and surprise guests for this exciting round table and Q&A session. Room 6BCF
12:00-1:00 Spreading The Darkness: From Comic Book to Video Games and Entertainment— In a world of comic book icons, The Darkness has not only stood the test of time but flourished in various forms of media. Celebrate the upcoming 15th anniversary of The Darkness with the creators that know Jackie Estacado and his world the best. The Darkness creator Marc Silvestri (X-Men/Dark Avengers: Utopia) and team members from Digital Extremes and 2K Games discuss not only the comic but the upcoming video game, The Darkness II, arriving in October. Plus special surprise guests! And be the first to hear about an exciting announcement regarding The Darkness in other media. Room 9
12:15-1:00 Focus on Rick Baker— The multi-Oscar winning master of makeup effects will take us on an overview of his remarkable career with a special emphasis on his work with director Barry Sonnenfeld on Men In Black 1 & 2, as well as a first look at some of his creatures and makeup for the upcoming Men In Black 3. Appearing on stage: Rick Baker in conversation with Geoff Boucher of the Los Angeles Times' Hero Complex. Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
12:30-1:30 Psych— Calling all Psych-o's! USA Network's Psych is back at Comic-Con with another hilarious panel featuring the stars and producers behind one of cable's most popular shows. Moderated by Psych's resident morgue-dweller and fan favorite, Woody the Coroner (acclaimed actor Kurt Fuller), the one-hour panel will be full of surprises and face-time with series stars James Roday (Shawn Spencer), Dulé Hill (Burton "Gus" Guster), Maggie Lawson (Juliet O'Hara), Tim Omundson (Carlton Lassiter), Kirsten Nelson (Chief Karen Vick), and Corbin Bernsen (Henry Spencer). Joining the cast are Steve Franks (creator and executive producer), Kelly Kulchak (executive producer) and Chris Henze (executive producer). The cast and creative team will share secrets and stories from the set as well as answer questions about the show. Expect exclusive videos, surprise giveaways, live performances, and an extended preview of Season 6 episodes screened only for Comic-Con fans! Ballroom 20
12:45-1:45 Animation Showcase— Sony Pictures Animation plunges Hall H into a 3D animation universe with previews of upcoming films with Aardman, the home studio of Wallace and Gromit, as they make their first trip across the pond to Comic-Con to present a first look at two of their upcoming animated feature films:
Arthur Christmas -- The 3D, CG-animated family comedy Arthur Christmas, an Aardman production for Sony Pictures Animation, at last reveals the incredible, never-before seen answer to every child's question: "So how does Santa deliver all those presents in one night?" The answer: Santa's exhilarating, ultra- high-tech operation hidden beneath the North Pole. But at the heart of the film is a story with the ingredients of a Christmas classic -- a family in a state of comic dysfunction and an unlikely hero, Arthur, with an urgent mission that must be completed before Christmas morning dawns. Producer Peter Lord and co- writer Peter Baynham discuss the animated film.
The Pirates! Band of Misfits -- In the 3D, stop motion-animated The Pirates! Band of Misfits, Hugh Grant, stars in his first animated role as the luxuriantly bearded Pirate Captain -- a boundlessly enthusiastic, if somewhat less-than-successful, terror of the High Seas. With a rag-tag crew at his side (Martin Freeman, Brendan Gleeson, Russell Tovey, and Ashley Jensen), and seemingly blind to the impossible odds stacked against him, the Captain has one dream: to beat his bitter rivals Black Bellamy (Jeremy Piven) and Cutlass Liz (Salma Hayek) to the much coveted Pirate Of The Year Award. It's a quest that takes our heroes from the shores of exotic Blood Island to the foggy streets of Victorian London. Along the way they battle a diabolical queen (Imelda Staunton) and team up with a haplessly smitten young scientist (David Tennant), but never lose sight of what a pirate loves best: adventure! Director/producer Peter Lord will be live on stage to talk about the movie.
1:00-2:00 World of Warcraft, Diablo, and StarCraft Swag Show— Blizzard Entertainment creative and licensed partners unveil and discuss World of Warcraft, Diablo, and StarCraft-inspired products. In attendance: Chris Metzen (Blizzard Entertainment SVP of creative development), Nick Carpenter (Blizzard Entertainment executive art director), Christie Golden (New York Times bestselling author), Hank Kanalz (SVP Digital, DC Comics and World of Warcraft comics editor), Sean Gailey (creative overlord, J!nx Clothing), and Cory Jones (Cryptozoic Entertainment president and chief creative officer). Moderated by Kat Hunter ( host of BlizzCon coverage on DIRECTV). Room 6BCF
1:00-2:00 Nickelodeon and DreamWorks Animation: The Penguins of Madagascar: The Return of the Revenge of Dr. Blowhole— Executive producers Mark McCorkle and Bob Schooley (Kim Possible), supervising producer Nick Filippi (Wolverine and the X-Men), creative consultant and voice of Skipper Tom McGrath (Madagascar 1 & 2), and cast members Danny Jacobs (Epic Movie), John DiMaggio (Futurama), Jeff Bennett (T.U.F.F. Puppy), James Patrick Stuart (Wolverine and the X-Men), and Kevin Michael Richardson (The Cleveland Show) share an insider's look of how the show gets made, along with never-before-seen footage from their upcoming one-hour musical, The Return of the Revenge of Dr. Blowhole. Additionally, the all-star cast performs a table read of selected scenes, highlighted by the amazingly talented Danny Jacobs as the voice of King Julien, singing his booty off as he premieres a showstopper from the special. Followed by a Q&A session moderated by Rich Magallanes, vice president, animation for Nickelodeon. Room 23ABC
1:00-2:00 Archaia Entertainment: Immortals, the Graphic Novel— Before you watch Relativity Media's epic 3D film Immortals when it opens on November 11, dive into Archaia's prelude graphic novel, Immortals: Gods and Heroes, coming in September! Featuring original tales that expand on the movie's characters and written and illustrated by some of the top names in comics, Immortals: Gods and Heroes promises to prepare you for the visionary film directed by Tarsem Singh (The Cell, The Fall). Editor Nate Cosby (Jim Henson's The Storyteller) and contributors Dennis Calero (X-Factor), F. J. DeSanto (The Spirit), David Mack (Kabuki), Ron Marz (Witchblade), Jim McCann (Return of the Dapper Men), Ben McCool (Captain America), and some surprise guests give you a sneak peek at the graphic novel, plus provide some cool behind-the-scenes info of its production. Meet the two winners of the "Become Immortal" contest, whose likenesses will be drawn into the book. Plus, everyone in attendance will receive a voucher for a cool Immortals: Gods and Heroes giveaway at the Archaia booth! Moderated by Archaia editor-in-chief Stephen Christy. Room 32AB
1:45-2:45 Ringer— Sarah Michelle Gellar makes her highly anticipated television return in the gripping new thriller Ringer, as a woman who, after witnessing a murder, goes on the run, hiding out by assuming the life of her wealthy identical twin -- only to learn that her sister's seemingly idyllic life is just as complicated and dangerous as the one she's trying to leave behind. Be the first to see an exclusive sneak peek at the new series about family secrets and stolen identities, followed by a panel discussion with series stars Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy The Vampire Slayer), Ioan Gruffudd (Fantastic Four), Nestor Carbonell (Lost, The Dark Knight), Kristoffer Polaha (Life Unexpected), executive producer Pam Veasey (CSI:NY), and co-executive producers Nicole Snyder (Supernatural) and Eric Charmelo (Supernatural). Ballroom 20
2:00-3:00 Napoleon Dynamite— Original cast members from the hit indie film including Jon Heder, Tina Majorino, Efren Ramirez, Jon Gries, Sandy Martin, Diedrich Bader and executive producer Mike Scully (The Simpsons) present a new series following your favorite awkward teenager like you've never seen him before -- animated! Join us for a sneak peek at never-before-seen footage of the newest member of FOX's Animation Domination lineup and a "sweet" Q&A session. Room 7AB
2:00-3:00 FilmDistrict Studio Panel— FilmDistrict, the new studio that brought you Insidious, celebrates two upcoming features: Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, a Guillermo Del Toro production starring Katie Holmes and Guy Pearce, and Drive, directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, starring Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Ron Perlman, and Christina Hendricks. Exclusive footage will be presented and a Q&A will be held for both films. Hall H
2:00-3:00 Warner Premiere: H+ and Mortal Kombat: Legacy— From producer Bryan Singer (X-Men, X2, X-Men: First Class, Superman Returns) comes a Comic-Con exclusive first look at H+, the forthcoming Warner Premiere/Dolphin Entertainment web series directed by Stewart Hendler (Sorority Row) and written and created by John Cabrera and Cosimo De Tommaso. H+ takes place in a near-future world where a tiny and stunning new piece of technology lies at the center of a dark and epic mystery. Then, Mortal Kombat: Legacy, a hit web series with over 35 million views, takes the stage for a panel discussion with director Kevin Tancharoen (Mortal Kombat: Rebirth), Jeri Ryan (Star Trek: Voyager), Michael Jai White (The Dark Knight), Darren Shahlavi (Sanctuary), Peter Shinkoda (Falling Skies), Matt Mullins (Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight) and Shane Warren Jones (Screwed). Fans will see -- for the first time -- the long-awaited final Mortal Kombat: Legacy episode! Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
2:15-3:15 Street Fighter X Tekken— Legendary Street Fighter producer Yoshinori Ono provides the latest update on the highly anticipated fighting game Street Fighter X Tekken. Learn just what's in store for your favorite Street Fighter and Tekken characters in this explosive genre-defining game. Street Fighter fans are encouraged to come in costume as Capcom deems Thursday to be "Street Fighter Day." Katsuhiro Harada of Tekken will also appear to face Ono-san and continue their fierce rivalry over which fighting game franchise is the best. Followed by a Q&A session plus some special surprises! Room 6BCF
2:30-3:30 Hasbro Transformers Panel— Would you like to see what's new with Transformers? The marketing and design teams responsible for the current Transformers: Dark of the Moon line present all the latest toys at this panel. Also, see a sneak peek into the 2012 line. Includes Q&A time. Room 24ABC
3:00-4:00 Game of Thrones Panel and Q&A session— Based on the bestselling fantasy book series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin, HBO's Game of Thrones concluded its 10-episode debut season on June 19. The series, executive produced and written by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, follows kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars and noblemen as they vie for power in a land where summers span decades and winters can last a lifetime. Some of the cast featured in the first season and appearing on this panel are (in alphabetical order) Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Ser Jaime Lannister, Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, Kit Harington as Jon Snow, and Jason Momoa as Khal Drogo. Moderated by George R. R. Martin, who also serves as a co-executive producer and writer on the series. Ballroom 20
3:15-4:30 20th Century Fox— At past Comic-Cons, 20th Century Fox has previewed Independence Day, X2, Avatar, and X-Men Origins: Wolverine. You won't want to miss the excitement this year, as Fox presents first-looks at some of its most-anticipated pictures of 2011 and 2012. Hall H
3:30-4:30 Star Wars: The Old Republic : Join Us, It Is Your Destiny— BioWare and LucasArts are creating the most immersive MMO experience you've ever played with Star Wars: The Old Republic. Hear from BioWare developers as they discuss development of a story-driven MMO, debut new gameplay footage, and perhaps spring a few surprises along the way. Exclusive reveals, giveaways, guests, and Q&A! Room 6BCF
3:30-4:30 The Making of Transformers Prime— Join the Emmy Award-winning Hasbro Studios creative team as they walk audience members through the challenges they faced in developing and producing this awe-inspiring show that has helped redefine Transformers for a whole new generation of fans. The team will discuss all aspects of the show, including character and set development and design, the writing of this epic series, and the musical elements that have made this show a success. Key guests include Mike Vogel, Brian Lenard, Jeff Kline, Duane Capizzi, and Jose Lopez. Room 24ABC
3:45-4:45 Awake— Exclusive screening of Awake, the new NBC sci-fi drama about the power of the mind, to be introduced by star Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter) and executive producers Howard Gordon (24) and Kyle Killen (The Beaver). The screening will be followed by a brief Q&A session. Room 6A
4:15-5:15 TV Guide Magazine: Fan Favorites— TV Guide is back with an all-star panel for the fans! Moderated by editor-in-chief Debra Birnbaum, Fan Favorites features your favorite talent from your favorite shows -- in front of the camera and behind the scenes. Panelists include Nestor Carbonell (Ringer), Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory), Jorge Garcia (Alcatraz), Leslie Hope (The River), Zachary Levi (Chuck), Joe Manganiello (True Blood), Julie Plec (Vampire Diaries), Matt Smith (Doctor Who ), Kevin Williamson (Vampire Diaries), Deborah Ann Woll (True Blood), and others. Ballroom 20
4:45-5:45 Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season Four Preview— The epic conflict of Star Wars: The Clone Wars intensifies in the upcoming season, as new battle lines are drawn, new threats arise, and old enemies resurface. Take an unparalleled first look into this fall's action, drama, and adventure as the creators of hit series from Lucasfilm preview some of what will astound Star Wars fans in Season Four. Featuring supervising director Dave Filoni, CG lighting/FX supervisor Joel Aron, and other talents from behind the scenes at Lucasfilm Animation. Hosted by Pablo Hidalgo. Room 6BCF
4:45-5:45 Robert Rodriguez's Quick Draw Productions— Be the first to get a sneak peek at Robert Rodriguez's upcoming films. Robert presents Quick Draw's new slate featuring special guest collaborators. He will also show exclusive material from his latest top-secret project. Hall H
5:00-6:00 Beavis & Butthead— In 1993, Mike Judge (creator of Beavis and Butthead) and MTV knocked their heads together and launched a cartoon series starring a couple of lunkheads and unwittingly started an animated pop culture revolution. Now, Beavis and Butthead are coming back to MTV in 2011 to unleash on music videos, Jersey Shore, viral videos, and more. See the first footage from the new episodes, and join Mike as he discusses the duo's return to MTV! Room 6A
5:00-6:00 Batman: Arkham City— Get the inside scoop on Batman: Arkham City, the highly anticipated follow-up to Batman: Arkham Asylum, one of the top-selling games of 2009 and the Guinness World Record holder for the Most Critically Acclaimed Superhero Game Ever. Be among the first to see and hear new details about the next chapter in Batman's gritty, immersive world -- including some surprise game and character reveals—from panelists Mark Hamill (Star Wars), Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series), DC Comics co-publisher Jim Lee, writer Paul Dini (Lost, Tower Prep), and game director Sefton Hill (Batman: Arkham Asylum, Batman: Arkham City). Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
5:30-7:30 Showtime : Tired of Ordinary Television?— This year at Comic-Con, Showtime saves! The casts and creative forces behind Dexter and Shameless give sneak peeks into the new seasons. And be the first to see an exclusive look at the new Showtime original series Homeland.Dexter -- See the exclusive world premiere of the new season's trailer, then moderator Ralph Garman (KROQ entertainment reporter) will preside over a revealing interview and Q&A session with the stars and executive producers, including Michael C. Hall (star/executive producer), C. S. Lee (Masuka), David Zayas (Batista) , guest star Colin Hanks (Peter Jackson's King Kong, Roswell), and more. Also appearing are executive producers John Goldwyn, Sara Colleton, Scott Buck, and Manny Coto.Shameless -- Come party with the cast and creative team behind the hottest new Showtime original series, Shameless. If you thought your family was dysfunctional, wait 'til you meet the Gallaghers. Get the inside scoop on what's in store for the new season as Mike Schneider (TV Guide Los Angeles bureau chief) leads an interview and Q&A with stars William H. Macy (Fargo, Jurassic Park III) and Emmy Rossum (Day After Tomorrow, Dragon Ball: Evolution ), plus more, along with executive producer John Wells (West Wing, ER, Southland).Homeland -- This fall, the war on terror comes home in the new Showtime original series Homeland from executive producers/writers Howard Gordon (24, The X-Files) and Alex Gansa (24, The X-Files, Numb3rs), starring Claire Danes (Terminator 3), Damian Lewis (Band of Brothers, Life), Mandy Patinkin (The Princess Bride, Criminal Minds), and Morena Baccarin (V, Firefly). Comic-Con favorite Morena Baccarin will make a special appearance to introduce exclusive footage from Homeland.
6:00-7:00 Gears of War 3— Epic Games design director Cliff Bleszinski, executive producer Rod Fergusson, and special guest contributors to the Gears universe offer a look ahead at the most-anticipated game of 2011. Includes a live game demo and key announcements. Moderated by X-Play (G4) co-host Adam Sessler. Room 6BCF
6:00-7:00 Entertainment Weekly: The Visionaries: A discussion with Jon Favreau and Guillermo del Toro on the Future of Pop Culture— EW moderates an in-depth conversation with Jon Favreau (Cowboys & Aliens) and Guillermo del Toro (Don't Be Afraid of the Dark), two filmmakers at the forefront of bringing geek culture to the masses and making blockbuster art out of pulp fiction. They will discuss their inspirations, their current work, and how they strive to put a personal stamp on blockbuster entertainment. Plus: How is new technology changing the way stories are produced and viewed? And what do they think the pop culture universe will look like a decade from now? Moderated by Jeff "Doc" Jensen. Hall H
6:15-7:30 Wilfred Screening and Q &A— Elijah Wood (Lord of the Rings, Happy Feet) stars as Ryan, a young man struggling unsuccessfully to make his way in the world until he forms a unique friendship with Wilfred, his neighbor's canine pet, played by Jason Gann (The Wedge, Mark Loves Sharon), who co- created and starred in the Australian version of Wilfred in 2007. While everyone else sees Wilfred as just a dog, Ryan sees a crude and surly man in a cheap dog suit. Elijah and Jason, along with Wilfred co-stars Fiona Gubelmann (Californication, Cold Case) and Dorian Brown (Roommates, Psych), executive producer David Zuckerman (Family Guy, American Dad, King of the Hill), and co-executive producer/director Randall Einhorn (The Office, Modern Family) discuss bringing this unique, live-action comedy to life. Room 6A
7:00-8:00 Writing Movies for Fun and Profit— Meet Thomas Lennon (Reno 911!, The State, I Love You, Man) and Robert Ben Garant (Reno 911!, The State, Bob's Burgers). Sure, you love their cult TV shows, but the movies they've written -- Night at the Museum I & II, The Pacifier, etc -- have made over a billion dollars at the box office. Their new book Writing Movies for Fun and Profit will teach YOU the secrets of the studio system and everything you need to know to break into the film biz and start earning piles of money by SELLING OUT. Join them for an informative and irreverent Q&A. Room 5AB
Movie star Jake Gyllenhaal can't wait for the DVD release of his new war film Jarhead because it will feature his video diaries.
Director Sam Mendes gave Gyllenhaal and his castmates video cameras at the start of shooting and invited them all to film journals of their "military lives" and Gyllenhaal took the task very seriously.
He reveals, "We all talked, like, a diary into the camera and shot whatever we wanted to shoot around set, each other or at home. "I remember when I got my head shaved--and they shaved it right down--it was the most horrible haircut. It was pretty mundane. I filmed that.
"Then I filmed me honing the haircut because I wanted it to look perfect. I remember it just coming all off and there was a ceremony afterwards. I filmed that."
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Adding a little kick to the box office this weekend, New Line Cinema's Rush Hour 2, starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker, raked in $66.8 million its first weekend of release.
The weekend's gross gives the film the No. 4 opening in history, the No. 3 non-holiday opening, and the No. 1 action/comedy opening in history (edging out New Line's very own Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, which earned $54.9 million its first weekend). The sequel doubled Rush Hour debut of $33 million in September 1998.
"It was a stunning opening," Steve Elzer, New Line's senior vice president of corporate communication, said Sunday. "And the promotional campaign for this film was phenomenal. These guys [Tucker and Chan] were everywhere promoting this thing. Late-night talk shows, Comedy Central. TNT did a great run of the first [Rush Hour]. [Tucker and Chan] even showed up on Regis and Kelly. We're very pleased."
Rush Hour 2, which transplants Chan and Tucker in Hong Kong this time around, showed on 4,524 screens in 3,118 theaters, pulling in $21,424 per theater. It is rated PG-13.
Twentieth Century Fox's PG-13-rated Planet of the Apes, which dominated the box office last week, dropped an astonishing 58 percent, but still earned a respectable $28.5 million. The film, starring Mark Wahlberg and Estella Warren--about a civilization of advanced apes--showed on 3,530 screens, making an average of $8,059 on each.
Bruce Snyder, president of 20th Century Fox distribution, said that Planet's decrease was somewhat inevitable.
"When everybody's in there the first week at the opening...well, you know," he said.
Nevertheless, Snyder said, the film surpassed the $100 million mark in its eighth day in release. So far, the film has earned an estimated $124.7 million.
Disney's The Princess Diaries, starring newcomer Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews, grossed a healthy $23.2 million in its first weekend of release. The G-rated film, about an unconventional 16-year-old who's offered the throne of a small European country, showed on 2,537 screens nationwide.
"Needless to say, we're very, very happy," said Elizabeth Wolfe of Disney/Buena Vista Pictures.
Wolf said the film's earnings were quite close to Princess' total cost.
The Princess Diaries was directed by Garry Marshall (Pretty Woman).
Universal's Jurassic Park III continued its slide down the box-office rankings, coming in at No. 4. The film, about a family stranded on an island of dinosaurs and the scientist (Sam Neill) who must guide them out, took in $12.1 million.
Jurassic Park III, which held the No. 2 position last week, was directed by Joe Johnston (Honey, I Shrunk the Kids). The film's estimated accumulation thus far is $146.7 million. It is rated PG-13.
The Julia Roberts and John Cusack comedy America's Sweethearts, released by Sony Pictures, earned $8.4 million in its third week of release, garnering the No. 5 position. About a movie star's (Catherine Zeta-Jones) sister who develops an attraction for her celebrity brother-in-law, the PG-13-rated film was co-written by Billy Crystal and directed by Joe Roth. It's estimated earnings have reached $75.1 million.
At No. 6, the perpetually delayed new thriller Original Sin, rated R, continued to disappoint, scraping in just $6.4 million in its debut weekend. Released by MGM, the film stars Angelina Jolie and Antonio Banderas as lovers caught in a dangerous spiral of mistaken identity. Sin was originally slated for a November 2000 debut and was bumped from February of this year.
Legally Blonde, also released MGM, grabbed the No. 7 spot in its fourth week of release, earning $6.1 million. Starring Reese Witherspoon as a lovesick--yet extremely trendy--young woman determined to earn her Harvard law degree, the film slipped three spots from its No. 4 finish last week, bringing its overall take to $71.6 million. Blonde is rated PG-13.
Paramount's The Score dropped three spots to No. 8 this weekend in its fourth week of release. The film, which has grossed a cumulative $57.3 million, stars Robert De Niro and Edward Norton as crooks attempting a heist that will afford one of the pair a lifelong retirement. Rated R, The Score was directed by Frank Oz (In & Out).
The Warner Bros. comedy Cats & Dogs scampered to the No. 9 spot--down from last weekend's No. 6 showing--earning $2.3 million in its fifth week in theaters. Rated PG, the film stars Jeff Goldblum and an army of felines and canines waging a high-tech war on one another. To date, Cats & Dogs has earned a respectable $86.8 million.
Eddie Murphy's Dr. Dolittle 2 rounded out the top 10 with a $2.1 million take, bringing its overall gross to $106 million. Twentieth Century Fox's comedy about a man who's known to communicate with animals fell from its No. 7 finish last week. The film is rated PG.
Elsewhere, director Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now Redux, which was released in very few theaters, took in a nice $96,000 its opening weekend. The film was shown only in IMAX theaters nationwide, but its earnings suggest fans are eager to see the 54 minutes of deleted footage that Coppola couldn't work into the original. Starring Martin Sheen and Marlon Brando, the film is about a group of U.S. military officers ordered to eradicate a military outpost overseen by a deranged American colonel. The film is rated R.
The top 12 films this weekend grossed about $164 million, up 14 percent from last weekend.
Reality series that gives U.S. troops fighting in Operation Enduring Freedom a chance to tell the stories of their lives through video diaries. Soldiers on the U.S.S. Stennis, stationed in the waters near Afghanistan, and those on bases in Kuwait and Camp Pendleton, are equipped with video cameras. Music also plays a part in the story as the "soundtrack to people's lives."