Archive for ‘Conventions’

January 18, 2012

Fest News! Paley, Comic-Con & SXSW

Full Lineup of Honorees for PaleyFest 2012

Beverly Hills, CA, January 10, 2012 – The Paley Center for Media today announced the full lineup of honorees for the upcoming PaleyFest: The William S. Paley Television Festival, with the latest additions including freshman series New Girl and Revenge, as well as returning favorites The Office, Castle, The Vampire Diaries and Community. These series will join previously announced honorees Two and a Half Men, Sons of Anarchy, Once Upon a Time, Mad Men, Modern Family, and American Horror Story, which will each take part in the Center’s annual two-week celebration of great television at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills March 2 – 14, 2012.

The full schedule is as follows:

3/02/12 Opening Night Presentation: American Horror Story (7:00 pm)
3/03/12 Community (7:00 pm)
3/04/12 Once Upon a Time (1:00 pm matinee presentation)
3/05/12 New Girl (7:00 pm)
3/06/12 The Office (7:00 pm)
3/07/12 Sons of Anarchy (7:00 pm)
3/09/12 Castle (7:00 pm)
3/10/12 The Vampire Diaries (7:00 pm)
3/11/12 Revenge (1:00 pm matinee presentation)
3/12/12 Two and a Half Men (7:00 pm)
3/13/12 Mad Men (7:00 pm)
3/14/12 Closing Night Presentation: Modern Family (7:00 pm)

Individual event tickets will go on sale to Paley Center members beginning Jan. 13, 2012 and to the general public on Jan. 15, 2012. Premium Festival Passes and Premium Packages, including tickets to multiple events are currently on sale via the festival’s official website and via its ticket provider

San Diego Comic-Con Requires Pre-Registration

Anyone planning on attending the mother of all conventions, which will take place a bit earlier this year – July 12-15 – should now sign up for a Comic-Con Member ID. This does not guarantee you a badge when they go on sale (a date has yet to be announced but four day with preview night sold out at Comic-Con 2011) but you will need to have a member ID to purchase one.

Basically, they’re forcing you to register for their site to buy a badge and you must do so early. All the links and instructions are below.

The direct link to sign up for one of these ID’s is here but there are some additional instructions, especially for press and professionals, along with FAQ’s and more by clicking here.

Comic-Con isn’t coming out and saying this but doing this serves one major purpose. It should, in theory, cut down on the huge amount of traffic once online badge sales begin. Every badge will be linked to an ID so people trying to buy more than one (unless it’s for a child, that’s okay) will be hampered. Plus, by instituing this policy a good six months before the event, it should weed out people who are on the fence about attending.


The Cabin in the Woods Opens SXSW

Drew Goddard’s The Cabin in the Woods is finally getting the premiere it deserves. The long-delayed horror film is set to premiere at the SXSW Film Festival from March 9-18 this year.

What is even better is that Joss Whedon, who co-wrote and produced the film, will be in attendance for a Q&A panel. Chris Hemsworth, Richard Jenkins, and Bradley Whitford lead this horror film.

The full press release is below.

The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival is pleased to announce the world premiere of Lionsgate’s The Cabin in the Woods as the 2012 Opening Night Film. In addition to premiering the film, Whedon will participate in a key Conversation panel at the SXSW Film Conference on Saturday, March 10.

Produced and co-written by iconic genre storyteller Joss Whedon, The Cabin in the Woods marks Emmy®-nominated writer Drew Goddard’s (Cloverfield, Lost, Alias) first foray into directing. This mind-blowing horror film starts typically enough, as we join five young adults embarking on a weekend of debauchery at an abandoned cabin in the woods.  But as layer after layer of the film’s truly kaleidoscopic world is revealed, everything we know about horror is deconstructed, and everything we love is reconstructed before our eyes. The film stars Kristen Connolly, Fran Kranz, Anna Hutchison, Chris Hemsworth, Jesse Williams, Richard Jenkins, and Bradley Whitford, and will be in theaters everywhere on April 13, 2012.  For more information about the film please

Register for a Film, Gold or Platinum Badge today at, and join us March 9-17, 2012 for unparalleled access to these energetic panels, exceptional films, exciting parties, the SXSW Trade Show and, of course, the inspirational experience that only SXSW can deliver. Register by January 13 and save up to 20% off the walk-up rate

November 21, 2011

Life Size Mario Karts

Life Size Mario Karts Make An Appearance At The LA Auto Show

Nintendo made an appearance at the Los Angeles Auto Show and they brought life size Mario karts with them. The karts, based off of the series Mario Kart, were created by West Coast Customs. There were two custom, life size karts, one for Mario and one for his brother, Luigi. Both karts are giant representations of the actual karts from the upcoming 3DS game Mario Kart 7.

Life Size Mario Karts Make An Appearance At The LA Auto Show

If you want to check out these karts for yourself head to the LA Auto Show where they will be on display until November 27th. I’ve looked into it and they won’t let you drive them, but you can take pictures with it. That’s almost as cool and I needed a new facebook profile picture anyway.

The life size Mario karts will eventually be given away to members of the GameStop PowerUp Rewards program. Winners will be announced in February.

[via G4TV]
November 14, 2011

A Who Convention! Shut the Front Door!

You heard it right! BBC has created the official Doctor Who Convention. It will be held in the wonderful Cardiff on March 24 and 25, 2012. Tickets went on sale today, so make sure you go and get your tickets soon. There are only selling 1500 tickets for each day! Visit the official website for more info.

[via Blogtor Who]

BBC Worldwide revealed details of the first ever official Doctor Who Convention since the series’ regeneration in 2005. The event will take place on the 24th and 25th March 2012 at the Millennium Centre in Cardiff, Wales – the current home of the show.

Billed as the ‘Ultimate Doctor Who Fan Event’, there are just 1500 tickets available for each of the days – the programme is the same on each day to give attendees the most in depth experience possible. Fans who manage to snap these up will gain unrivalled access to Eleventh Doctor star Matt Smith, Series Lead Writer and Executive Producer Steven Moffat and many more key members from the award-winning cast, crew and production team including Doctor Who Special FX Supervisor Danny Hargreaves, Production Designer Michael Pickwoad, Producer Marcus Wilson and the award-winning Millennium FX team.
The unique interactive programme will include theatre sessions and Q&As with cast and crew; behind the scenes sessions show-casing the script to screen process; discussions with episode directors and writers and demonstrations from Special FX and prosthetics experts that will illustrate the challenges and scale of their work on the world’s longest running sci-fi show. Autograph and photo opportunities will also be available with attending cast members and there will be official Doctor Who merchandise and collectables on sale.

Convention attendees will be let into the secrets of Doctor Who special effects as Danny Hargreaves and his talented team, reveal the tricks used to create the stunning physical effects that leave audiences on the edge of their seats. Watch them recreate a spectacular battle scene with live pyrotechnics, amazing explosions and laser effects.

Even more tricks of the trade will be unveiled by the award-winning Millennium FX team responsible for creating some of Doctor Who’s most iconic monsters including the Silence; the Silurians; the Weeping Angels and the Ood. The team will be giving a live demonstration of the skilful process involved in prosthetics application that fans can watch up-close and learn from the team how each stage is achieved.
Convention attendees will also be able to get up close and personal with rare costumes and props from the show where designers and experts will be on hand to answer questions about the origins and history of the items on show. The Millennium Centre itself has starred in several episodes – it was the setting for a hospital in New Earth (2006) run by the cat-like Sisters of Plentitude, in The Girl Who Waited (2011) the building featured as a principle location on Apalapucia – the kindness facility where people were quarantined, see if you can spot the top floor balcony where Amy fought with a Handbot!


Tickets are priced £99 will go on general sale on November 14th from 9am from: All tickets will include:

• Official Doctor Who Convention souvenir ticket
• Official Doctor Who Convention souvenir lanyard and pass
• Official Doctor Who Convention behind the scenes images postcard pack
• Official Doctor Who Convention bag

October 27, 2011

Post NYCC, Lendendary Comics Releases New Titles

This past week I had the privilege of sitting in on Legendary Comic’s panel at New York ComicCon featuring Bob Schreck, Frank Miller, Paul Pope, Matt Wagner and special guest  Michael Kaluta (and scoring one of the limited edition Paul Pope-designed t-shirts. Pshyea.). You might have heard that Legendary Comics is the newly formed comics arm of Legendary Entertainment which in association with Warner Bros. produced some of our favorites such as: Inception, The Dark Knight, 300, The Hangover, and the upcoming Dark Knight Rises. Whew that’s quite a list. Now it’s primed for launch for several new titles Holy Terror (Miller) out now, and The Tower Chronicles (Wagner) and Paradise Lost (Kaluta) to be released sometime in the indeterminate future.

I’m extremely anxious to get my hands on Holy Terror, which is already stirring up some controversy. Originally titled “Holy War, Batman!”, it was supposed to follow Batman as he exacts his revenge on Al Qaeda for the September 11 attacks. That, however, proved to be too heavy to put on one of comics’ most popular characters, so Miller created Holy Terror. On the NYCC panel Miller spoke about how the character came to be – as an amalgamation of all the Batman bits he’s written over the years that weren’t truly “Batman”. And of it being a straight up revenge fantasy against the terrorists who brought so much destruction to his city. Miller said, quote:

I can’t tell you squat about Islam. I don’t know anything about it. But I know a goddamn lot about Al Qaeda and I want them all to burn in hell.

Which didn’t really get much applause, surprisingly, from the NYCC audience. I think we were all a little bit shocked to hear such straight talk on an official panel, usually we just get some banter, some chuckles and the company line.

The most promising title, to me at least, is Steve Niles and Michael Kaluta’s graphic novel in the works Paradise Lost, an adaptation of John Milton’s 17th-century poem Paradise Lost. The poem tells the Biblical story of Satan tempting Adam and Eve, and how the couple is eventually cast out of the Garden of Eden. Kaluta’s novel, as described during the panel, is not your decent through the levels of hell we might expect. In this video answer to a fan question about Milton’s Paradise Lost, he explains there is no precedent for his adaptation:

I’m truly, truly excited about this project. Just look at Kaluta’s first released image:

Tower Chronicles on the other hand, is not for me. Listening to Wagner describe it during the panel was like listening to a pitch for another Assassin’s Creed game.  Legendary, this is the perfect time to get ahead of everyone else’s game and get some new perspective on your staff.

Watch Frank Miller be interviewed by Bob Schreck at NYCC over at Newsarama.