Saturday at Comic-Con – The Great, The New and The Tasty

Saturday at Comic-Con – The Great, The New and The Tasty

McClain panel 2 WELCOME TO EARTH-4 A Weekly Column with J. Torrey McClain

I got to drive 125 miles south and east yesterday to visit the horde of awesome that is Comic-Con.  As usual, it was a blast and I wish I had the mutant ability of Jamie Madrox the Multiple Man to see every panel, hang out at every booth, visit every place outside the Con and then at the end of the day, try every dessert at Café…

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Super Grover unmasked—Simm, Maslany, Fillion headline Saturday panels in San Diego, now online

Super Grover unmasked–Simm, Maslany, Fillion headline Saturday panels in San Diego, now online

Sesame Street at NerdHQ

Nerd HQ offered up a great variety of panels from the best of TV Saturday.  Here are some great panels to check out.  After four years of 45 minute panels offered just yards from San Diego Comic-Con, many of these have become a source for stand-up comedy from the actors.  See for yourself.

First up what may be the best panel idea ever, the voices and muppets themselves, from Sesame Street,…

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SDCC 2014 unveils new Wonder Woman armor, Marvel Star Wars news and plenty of previews

SDCC 2014 unveils new Wonder Woman armor, Marvel Star Wars news and plenty of previews

Gal Gadot Wonder Woman SDCC 2014 reveal

More big news emerged from San Diego Comic-Con this weekend.  A new comic book series Haven… a sneak peek at Arrow Season 3, a Star Trek crossover with Planet of the Apes… details and art from Marvel’s new line of Star Wars comic books…  new actors to star in Marvel’s Ant-man… more content from Avengers 2… and new giant monster movies are coming soon from Legendary Pictures.

But the biggest news…

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Nerd HQ streams live panels again from San Diego

Nerd HQ streams live panels again from San Diego

Jeff Bridges at Nerd HQ 2014

In its fourth year operating across from San Diego Comic-Con, Nerd HQ will be streaming live panels on the Web with archived panels available for viewing after the panels each day as they have done for past years.  Click here to see all of last year’s panels.

Nerd HQ offers an alternative to catch a few panels away from the SDCC venue, and is ideal for those who didn’t get tickets in time for…

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SDCC 2014 begins—The New Comic-Con App

SDCC 2014 begins–The New Comic-Con App

SDCC 2014 app WELCOME TO EARTH-4 A Weekly Column with J. Torrey McClain

First things first, I have no clue if the Comic-Con app will work during Comic-Con, as hundreds of thousands of people in such a small area tend to overload the capability of wireless networks.  However, this isn’t about this weekend.  It’s about now.  It’s about finding all of the cool stuff possible and figuring out how to maximize my…

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Prediction time: “S.O.B.”—a new TNT Major Crimes spinoff

Prediction time: “S.O.B.”–a new TNT Major Crimes spinoff

Strategic Operations Bureau

If you aren’t watching this season of Major Crimes, last night you likely missed the best episode of television this year, which made us do a double take as to whether this was a midseason finale special cliffhanger ratings booster.  It wasn’t.  Likewise, it was the best TV pilot we’ve seen in ages (more on that later).  And add to that one of the most satisfying conclusions that The Closer and

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First look—12 Monkeys, the new Syfy Channel TV series

First look–12 Monkeys, the new Syfy Channel TV series

12 Monkeys Syfy

Terry Gilliam’s 1995 sci-fi thriller 12 Monkeysis every bit a genre classic.  Starring Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe, and Brad Pitt–each in one of their best film performances–Willis plays James Cole, a time traveler from the future, Stowe plays Kathryn Railly, a psychologist in the past, and Pitt, in a supporting actor Oscar-nominated performance, as a mental patient who masterminds a terrorist…

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Motion capture is explored in Planet of the Apes: The Art of the Films

Motion capture is explored in Planet of the Apes: The Art of the Films

Art of the Films Planet of the Apes cover

Review by C.J. Bunce

We all know the apes win and rule the Earth from the original novel and film Planet of the Apes.  But how do they get there?

Not intended as a post-apocalyptic story as much as a chronicle of the birth of an ape civilization, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and its July 2014 sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apesare films that manage to have no villains–by design–where the…

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