<![CDATA[NBC New York - Top Stories]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcnewyork.com/entertainment/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/4NY_Horizontal.jpg NBC New York http://www.nbcnewyork.com en-us Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:00:30 -0400 Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:00:30 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA["Mad Max: Fury Road" Trailer Roars In ]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:24:48 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/FRD-DS-00564.JPG

The trailer for the latest "Mad Max" update roared into Comic-Con over the weekend. 

It's been 35 years since George Miller introduced us to the post-apocalyptic world of loner Max (originally played by Mel Gibson in the first three films of the franchise), and the director now returns to the dystopian setting with "Mad Max: Fury Road." It's neither a sequel nor prequel but a new story featuring a new cast including Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Rosie Huntington-Whitely and Nicholas Hoult.

Hardy stands in for Gibson as Max Rockatansky and Theron plays new character Imperator Furiosa.

Miller told fans at the Comic-Con Warner Bros. panel on Saturday that the latest installment lies closer in spirit to the second film of the trilogy, and described "Fury Road" as "a Western on wheels. Even if it's in the future, we have gone back the more elemental behaviors. More medieval. The setting is very spare and clear."

"Mad Max: Fury Road" hits theaters May 15, 2015.

 

 

 



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<![CDATA[Celebrity Hookups: Piper Perabo Weds Stephen Kay]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:17:06 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/PiperPerabo.jpg Check out which celebrities are hooking up.

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<![CDATA[Costumes of Comic-Con]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:08:09 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Costumes-Comic-Con-45267843.jpg Comic-Con wouldn't be what it is today if it weren't for the fervent fans in outrageous and elaborate costumes and makeup. Here are some snapshots from the convention floor of those incredible costumes at 2014 San Diego Comic-Con International.]]> <![CDATA[Stars of Comic-Con 2014]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:41:01 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/452774724.jpg Check out all the hottest celebrities attending Comic-Con 2014 in San Diego.

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<![CDATA["Mockingjay" Trailer Released Online]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:11:26 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Mockingjay.jpg

After making its debut on Friday at San Diego Comic-Con, the minute-long trailer for the next film in the popular "Hunger Games" series has hit the web.

The trailer opens with a hovership landing and a meeting between leaders of the rebellion, where Phillip Seymour Hoffman and a gray-haired Julianne Moore discuss Katniss Everdeen's role. Meanwhile, President Snow (Donald Sutherland) declares the Mockingjay symbol illegal.

Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) is shown entering the underground bunker where refugees of Panem are hiding, and she agrees to take up their cause.

Fans gathered Friday at the Capitol Gallery in downtown San Diego, where holographic versions of two characters from the film offered visitors a silent welcome before the minute-long teaser trailer was shown.

Being the first to see the trailer for "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I" was only part of the Capitol Gallery experience, which occupied a portion of the Hard Rock Hotel. In an all-white setting inspired by President Snow's Capitol color scheme, visitors could enjoy treats from Peeta's bakery, witness colorful Capitol fashions, design souvenir T-shirts and have their photo taken with the holographic characters.

Even the trailer-viewing experience seemed designed by the Capitol: In an all-white room, fans were offered all-white candies and snacks before being shown into pod-like chairs, where they watched the trailer on personal Samsung tablets.

The trailer was also available on Samsung devices at Best Buy stores Saturday ahead of its release.



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<![CDATA[Kevin Bacon Brings His "Six Degrees" to Comic-Con]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:51:40 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/kevin+bacon6.jpg

Kevin Bacon's "Six Degrees" world got even bigger Sunday at Comic-Con.

During a Sunday panel for his Fox show "The Following," a fan brought up the pop culture game known as "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon," whose premise is anyone in Hollywood can be linked to the actor. She wondered if by talking to him she could then be a part of his universe.

Bacon said that technically you need to be in a movie with him to be connected in the "Six Degrees" world.

The actor then stood up and took a video of the crowd in the San Diego Convention Center's 6,500-seat Hall H.

He also got laughs when a young girl told him she loved him in the 2011 movie "Crazy Stupid Love."

"Thank you for loving me for such a long time, I guarantee you that I have socks that are older than you, but time is relative," Bacon said.

In "The Following," Bacon plays an FBI agent who hunts down killers. He spent the first two seasons tracking a psychotic murderer, played by James Purefoy, who manipulated others to follow his lead.

Show creator Kevin Williamson said at the panel that he was looking at season 3 as a reset.

To do that, the show needed "a bigger, badder, more complicated villain," show runner Jennifer Johnson teased. "It will take a few episodes before you start to understand what that means. We're going to throw the title of the show on its head."

The audience also got to see an alternate ending of the season 2 finale, where Purefoy's character is shot. In the version that aired, he was arrested.



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<![CDATA["Constantine" a Supernatural Hit at Comic Con]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 15:48:40 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/constantine0726.jpg

Another comic-book staple is taking over primetime this fall – chock full of demons, exorcisms and blood.

While devoted fans may think they’re getting simply a visual telling of longtime DC Comics series “Hellblazer,” producers Daniel Cerone and David Goyer said Saturday they’re taking a multidimensional approach to “Constantine.”

“We really wanted to present the reality in the show,” Cerone said “We really just want this to be as compelling and real as possible.”

The pilot is set to premiere Oct. 24 on NBC. It follows John Constantine, a man with supernatural powers who’s reluctantly brought into the role of defending people against dark forces. Fans got a screening of the pilot at “Constantine’s” Comic-Con International panel, followed by a brief Q and A session with the producers and stars.

For a show that hasn’t even aired yet, it’s received quite the response at Comic Con. Promotion of “Constantine” outside the San Diego Convention Center was big, with an interactive display greeting incomers to Gaslamp Square.

On Saturday afternoon, a long line of fans poured into the panel, filling most of the seats.  And following the screening, applause rang out.

Comic-book fans were apparently thrilled to hear when Goyer said in the panel that they planned to stay consistent to “Hellblazer” writing, eliciting cheers.

“The best writers have been writing ‘Constantine’ for the past 25 years,” he said. “We’re going ‘old school.’”

But, the producers said, they plan to explore the ambiguity of the characters and delve into the human element of the story line. For instance, is Constantine good or bad? That’s something to be explore.

Not a big comic-book fan before taking the role, Matt Ryan, who plays the lead role of John Constantine, said a good friend coached him on how to portray the enigmatic Constantine.

“He’s my own personal critic,” Ryan said of his comic fan friend. “Once I got the job, I kind of delved into the comics.”

So how is “Constantine” different than other comic books-turned-TV shows?

“To us, it’s most relatable,” said Angelica Celaya, who plays Zed Martin, referring to the exploration of moral good and bad elements. “Constantine is Constantine.”

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<![CDATA[Comic-Con Artist Draws With Mouth]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 10:12:53 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/SDCC-Artist-0726.jpg

Comic-Con brings some of the most recognized comic book artists to San Diego. This year, a truly jaw-dropping artist and writer is Larime Taylor, who uses his mouth instead of his hands to create his masterpieces.

“I was born with Arthrogryposis,” Taylor, of Top Cow Productions, explained. “It basically affects the development of the joints in utero, meaning your arms and legs don’t develop properly. So I draw with my mouth.”

Taylor has been drawing with his mouth since he was a child. He says he discovered his talent when he used to draw for fun as a kid, just like everyone else.

From the start, his unique ability has never failed to bring in a crowd of enthusiastic spectators, which Taylor said helped inspire him to pursue art as a career.

“People generally tend to be surprised,” Taylor noted. “If I draw here at the booth, a crowd will form and people will start to watch and I like that. But it does seem to catch people off guard.”

Refusing to let his disability limit his talent and his passion, Taylor perfected his craft amidst the challenges. He said that because of his disability, he did not have the luxury of learning in conventional ways.

Unlike most artists, Taylor could not look at a model standing in front of him while simultaneously drawing, which posed great challenges in his art education.

“When I draw my face is two inches from the paper,” Taylor said. “I learned by basically reading ‘How to Draw’ books.”

But Taylor embraced the challenge. He found ways to produce quality work, eventually creating his own comic book series, “A Voice in the Dark.”

For a while, Taylor became the master of pen and paper. He reached artistic abilities paralleling those of many other comic book artists, but this was no easy task. Taylor was forced to draw in uncomfortable, hunched positions while he continually shifted the paper and switched pens.

Five years ago, he was given a Wacom Cintiq tablet. With the tablet, Taylor has moved into the digital age and he is able to now draw with much greater ease. He said the technology changed his work, his career and his life.

“It’s digital, so I draw directly on the computer screen now,” he explained. “That tablet made it possible for me to do what I want to do.”

Taylor works with Top Cow Productions, a company that publishes his comic book series. Taylor’s publisher, Matt Hawkins, believes that Taylor’s addition to Top Cow has only been a benefit to the company and that his disability has in no way limited his abilities.

“We never really factored that negatively,” Hawkins said. “If anything, it was just a triumph of spirit. It was almost encouraging. It was a plus for us because the work was good and the story was great.”

Taylor’s employment means more to him than a successful contract and a rewarding paycheck.

“I can be self-sufficient—I have a possible career,” Taylor said. “I have something that I can do in life that will help me pay the bills and get somewhere. I may have a future.”

But Taylor hopes that his story of success touches the lives of more than those he works with. He shares his journey in hopes that others with disabilities will see potential to rise above their challenges.

“If me having done this makes it easier for them because I’ve opened some doors, great,” Taylor said. “Do whatever you can. Whatever your skill is, figure out a way to do it in a way that helps you. Don’t shy away from that.”

To view Larime Taylor’s work, visit his personal website or you can search for his comic on the Top Cow website.
 



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<![CDATA[Meet the Master of Star Wars Origami]]> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 22:45:10 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Star-Wars-Origami-SDCC.jpg

NBC 7's Steven Luke speaks with Chris Alexander, an air traffic controller by day, and master of origami by night. Alexander is well-known for his "Star Wars" origami and is a favorite among fans at San Diego Comic-Con, where he hosts a panel on the art of folding. May the folds be with you.



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<![CDATA[Fans Get "Game of Thrones" Tattoos]]> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:52:01 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GOT-Tattoos-KNSD.jpg

Talk about devotion. Just outside San Diego Comic-Con on Friday, fans of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” lined up for a chance to get free, real tattoos inspired by the hit series.

Casey Sullivan was visiting Comic-Con all the way from Mt. Pleasant, Mich. He’s going home with a permanent souvenir after being one of the lucky fans to land some free tattoo work inside the HBO “Game of Thrones” exhibit.

At the exhibit, in the buzzing Gaslamp District just outside of Comic-Con, artists from the San Diego tattoo shop “Left Hand Black” offered free tattoos of symbols from the series.

Two tattoo artists were paid by HBO to offer the unique opportunity to die-hard fans.

“Yesterday I did 20,” one artist told NBC 7.

The interest is strong, with about 40 fans per day are getting inked up. The line outside is first come first serve, but fanatics said it was worth the wait.

“I slept out on the concrete; I was waiting outside at 9 p.m. last night,” said “Game of Thrones” fan John Stumpf.

Once in the tattoo chair, Stumpf decided to go with a direwolf. So did Sullivan.

Artists said it was the most popular option among the list of ink choices.

“So even if I don't like the show anymore, which probably won't happen, I'll have an awesome wolf on me,” said Sullivan.

Stumpf was happy to have a symbol from the show forever etched on his skin.

“It’s one of my favorite shows. I just hate it when the season ends and you have to wait and there's a cliff hanger,” he added.

Both men said the ink was their first tattoo ever, which speaks volumes itself about how much they love the show.

Of course, now it's more than just a show, it's part of who they are.



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<![CDATA[Comic-Con 2014: Sunday's Best]]> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:11:18 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/LEGO+Batman+3_JusticeLeague_02.jpg

Sunday marks the beginning of the end of the annual migration of fan-boys and -girls to Comic-Con International in San Diego.

But "Star Wars" loyalists should not dampen their Jedi robes with tears, for the final day of the convention includes panels featuring Batman legend and DC Comics' honcho Jim Lee, a look at the soon-to-end "Sons of Anarchy," the return of "Emily the Strange," new parodies from the Sesame Street gang, and a special episode screening of the FX hit, "The Strain."

While conventioneers may mourn the end of this yearly celebration of all that's hot in pop culture, they can take heart that next year's gathering will feature peeks at some of the most highly-anticipated films in years: "Star Wars: Episode VII," "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," "Antman," "Pan," and "Assassin's Creed."

Here's what we're excited for on Sunday July 27:

The "Emily the Strange" Panel Experience

Emily the Strange creator Rob Reger and his cast of Strangers are back for their annual panel experience, including sneak peeks at new artwork and story lines from upcoming comic book issues, and behind-the-scenes footage of the making of the "Calling All Guitars" animated music video. Make sure to bring your "strangeness"! 10:00 a.m. Room 32AB

Sesame Street & Pop Culture: 45 Years of Spoofs on the "Street"

Sesame Street has always parodied and honored what's big in popular culture. This unique panel explores how what's pop has played a vital role throughout the show's history and offers special screenings of the new Sesame Street spoofs "Numeric Con" and "Star S'mores" (fun takes on Comic-Con and "Star Wars") which will debut in the show's upcoming 45th season. 10:15 a.m. Room 6A

Spotlight on DC's Jim Lee

DC Entertainment co-publisher and Comic-Con International 2014 Souvenir Book cover artist Jim Lee ("Superman Unchained," "Justice League," "Batman" will discuss his 25+ years in the comics industry, and answers questions about what's next for the DC Universe. 11:15 a.m. Room 6DE

"Sons of Anarchy"

Find out details ahead of the final season of FX's highest-rated series ever, with creator Kurt Sutter in attendance along with the full cast: Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Kim Coates, Mark Boone Junior, Tommy Flanagan, Theo Rossi, Dayton Callie, Jimmy Smits, David Labrava, Niko Nicotera, and Drea de Matteo. 12:30 p.m. Hall H

LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and TT Games present an inside look at LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, its upcoming, multiplatform game. Batman, Superman, and the heroes of DC Comics adventure to various Lantern worlds battling Brainiac and some of the universe's most cunning villains. Check out Comic-Con exclusive game-play demonstrations and character reveals and receive exciting prizes and giveaways in this panel that also promises a blockbuster announcement and special guest Adam West! 1:00 p.m. Room 6BCF

"The Strain"

Get a sneak peek at the third episode of FX's brand new series from creator Guillermo del Toro, "The Strain." In episode 3, "Gone Smooth," Eph and Nora fight to save Captain Redfern's life before coming face-to-face with the horrifying effects of the virus. A spike in rat attacks signals Fet that something inexplicable is happening deep below the city. Toro, writer Chuck Hogan, director David Semel and cast members Corey Stoll, David Bradley, Mia Maestro, Sean Astin, Kevin Durand, Jonathan Hyde, Richard Sammel, Miguel Gomez, Ben Hyland, and Jack Kesey will discuss this biting new about a virus that turns people into blood-suckers. 1:45 p.m. Hall H

End Bullying! Responding to Cruelty in Our Culture

The Pop Culture Anti-Bullying Coalition is back by popular demand with this powerful discussion on how to overcome bullying. Panelists include Pop Culture Anti-Bullying Coalition founder actress Chase Masterson ("Doctor Who: Big Finish"), founder/moderator Carrie Goldman (author, Harper Collins' "Bullied: What Every Parent, Teacher, and Kid Needs to Know About Ending the Cycle of Fear"), Brad Bell ("Husbands"), Anthony Breznican (author, "Brutal Youth"), Ashley Eckstein ("Star Wars: The Clone Wars"), Jane Espenson ("Husbands"), Dr. Andrea Letamendi ("The Psychology of Star Trek vs. Star Wars"), Alice Cahn (VP of social responsibility, Cartoon Network), and representatives from the United Nations Association and Anti-Defamation League. Special topics include geek bullying, LGBT bullying, cyber-bullying, and analyzing how media and entertainment affect attitudes toward bullying and aggression. 3:00 p.m. Room 24ABC



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<![CDATA[Hamm, Fallon Spit Food at Each Other on "Tonight"]]> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 13:46:41 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/fallonhamm.jpg

Jon Hamm and Jimmy Fallon reminisced on the “The Tonight Show” about a fake 1980's TV show they did together, where they mostly sprayed food all over one another's faces.

In each clip of “Palisades Park Pet Patrol," Hamm and Fallon played animal patrol officers, Pat and Pete, who just didn’t get along.

“It was like ‘Lethal Weapon,' like two Mel Gibsons,” Fallon said about the show, noting that the two “would always end up in a messy, messy situation.”

Pete (Fallon) and Pat (Hamm) would spit crackers, pumpkin pie and potato chips, at each other while saying lots of words starting with the letter "p."

"It's perfect day out there, Pat," Fallon said.

"Perfect for protecting pets, Pete," Hamm agreed, spitting crackers directly in Fallon's face.

Known as Don Draper on “Man Men,” Hamm kept his composure while Fallon couldn't help but laugh each time they became covered in crumbs, whipped cream, or pretzels.

Things got so messy that Fallon's fake mustache fell off as Hamm sprayed Hawaiian Punch on him.

 

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<![CDATA[Jon Hamm Answers a Knock at "The Tonight Show" Door]]> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 08:20:49 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Screen+Shot+2014-07-26+at+7.56.17+AM.png Jon Hamm answers an imaginary knock at "The Tonight Show" stage and a bit of chaos ensues. ]]> <![CDATA[Comic-Con: Saturday's Must-See Events]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:09:40 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/FRD-DS-00694rv2.jpg

Saturday is always awesome at Comic-Con International in San Diego. 

It's the first day weekend ticket holders can make the scene, and attendance surges as fans and cosplayers hit the convention center for some of the most highly-anticipated panels on the 2014 program.

Marvel unleashes their latest in Hall H (will Benedict Cumberbatch take on the mantle of Doctor Strange?), George Miller returns with "Mad Max: Fury Road," "The Simpsons" celebrates 25 years, "Constantine" debuts, and cosplayers and costume fans can revel in creativity at the annual Masquerade showcase and competition.

Check back throughout the convention for updates on what's happening, the hot news and all the latest celebrity pics coming out of San Diego.

And don't forget to download the official NBC Comic-Con 2014 App to optimize your fan experience.

Here's what we're excited for on Saturday July 26:

"The Simpsons"

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of everybody's favorite denizens of Springfield with creator Matt Groening, executive producer Al Jean, supervising director Mike Anderson, and director for life David Silverman. Find out what's next for Treehouse of Horror and Simpsorama, and get the scoop on the highly-anticipated Simpson's app due later this year. 10:45 a.m. Ballroom 20

DC Comics-Batman 75 Too Tough Trivia: Riddle Me This!

Think you know everything there is to know about the Caped Crusader? Is your breadth of Dark Knight knowledge great than your fellow Batman fans? In this 75th anniversary year of the cowled detective, test your memory and understanding of Gotham in this Batman-themed trivia panel. You may even win some exclusive prizes. 10:00 a.m. Room 6DE

Warner Bros. Pictures

The studio that brought Batman to the big screen returns to Comic-Con with a special panel showcasing three upcoming movies: "Jupiter Ascending" is the first original science fiction film from filmmakers Lana and Andy Wachowski since their game-changing "Matrix" trilogy and stars Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis; "Mad Max: Fury Road" returns director George Miller to the post-apocalyptic universe he created three decades ago with Mel Gibson, except this new take on the legend stars Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz, Riley Keough, Hugh Keays-Byrne, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley; "The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies" sees director Peter Jackson return to J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle Earth for the finale of Bilbo Baggins' quest to thwart the dragon Smaug and return the dwarfs to Lonely Mountain, with a cast comprised of Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly and Cate Blanchett. 10:00 a.m. Hall H

Legendary Pictures

Legendary Pictures presents a panel featuring their upcoming slate of highly anticipated films, including the highly-anticipated "Warcraft," based on the World of Warcraft video games, starring Ben Foster, Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Toby Kebbell, Rob Kazinsky, Dominic Cooper, Daniel Wu and Clancy Brown. 12:25 p.m. Hall H

"Defiance"

Grant Bowler, Julie Benz, Jaime Murray and the rest of the cast of Syfy's groundbreaking multi-platform series will be on hand to discuss the show's biggest moments and tease what's next. 1:00 p.m. Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

"The Blacklist"

James Spader ("The Avengers: Age of Ultron," "Boston Legal") hits San Diego with executive producers Jon Bokenkamp ("The Call") and John Eisendrath ("Alias") to discuss the first season of the hit NBC series and the future of Raymond "Red" Reddington. "The Blacklist" returns September 22 at 10:00 p.m. following "The Voice." 1.45 p.m. Room 6A

Frank Miller's "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For"

Check out exclusive footage from the highly-anticipated sequel to "Sin City" from graphic novel legend Frank Miller starring Eva Green, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis, Rosario Dawson and Lady Gaga. Co-directors Miller and Robert Rodriguez and special guest cast-members will take the audience into the "Sin City" world with a sneak peek and Q & A session. 2:50 p.m. Hall H

"Grimm" Season 4

"Grimmsters" will flock to this panel and Q & A session featuring "Grimm" stars David Giuntoli, Russell Hornsby, Bitsie Tulloch, Silas Weir Mitchell, Reggie Lee, Sasha Roiz, Bree Turner and Claire Coffee. Wesen watchers can discuss the season finale and grill the cast on what's to come when "Grimm" returns to NBC on October 24. 3:00 p.m. Ballroom 20

DC Entertainment: Batman 75th Anniversary

Perhaps the greatest superhero ever created, Batman has dominated pop culture for more than seven decades, and to celebrate. DC takes a look back at the Caped Crusader's rich history and previews what the future holds for the great detective. Batman legends Kevin Conroy, Paul Dini, Bruce Timm, Ralph Garman, Geoff Johns, Jim Lee and Peter Girardi will be on hand, as well as surprise special guests. 4:00 p.m. Room 6BCF

"True Blood" Panel and Q&A

HBO "True Blood" will celebrate its 10-episode seventh and final season at Comic-Con with a bittersweet goodbye panel moderated by Tim Stack of Entertainment Weekly. There's been no official word yet whether stars Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer and Alexander Skarsgård will be present, but to make a bad vampire pun, there's a bloody good chance! 5:00 p.m. Ballroom 20

"Constantine" Pilot Screening and Q&A

John Constantine is a man waging war against the forces of darkness — from both within himself and the outside world — in the new series "Constantine" coming to NBC. A working-class con man and occult expert, he's voluntarily checked himself into an asylum and sworn off investigating matters of the supernatural after a tragic accident. But when a cryptic message arrives, he is called out to resume his old life and battle the gathering forces of darkness. Based on characters published by DC Entertainment ("Hellblazer"), the series stars Matt Ryan ("Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior"), Harold Perrineau ("Lost") and Charles Halford ("True Detective"). "Constantine" will premiere on NBC at 10/9C on October 24. 5:15 p.m. Room 6BCF.

Marvel Studios

One of the hottest tickets during San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel Studios president and producer Kevin Feige and special guests will pull back the curtain on an inside look at the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe. Will fans be lucky enough to see a sneak peek of "Avengers: Age of Ultron," the sequel to the blockbuster "Avengers"? And will Benedict Cumberbatch ("Sherlock") make a Comic-Con surprise appearance reveal that rumors of him being cast as Marvel sorcerer Doctor Strange are in fact true? Cumberbatch was at Comic-Con on Thursday to promote "The Penguins of Madagascar," and told E! News he would indeed be back at the convention center on Saturday. 5:30 p.m. Hall H

HBO Presents the Comic-Con International 2014 Masquerade

2014 marks the 40th Comic-Con Masquerade, and Ballroom 20 becomes cosplay central. Attendees will strut their fabulous original and re-created costumes in front of a panel of guest judges. Awards will be handed out in front of an audience of more than 4,000 for Best In Show, Judges’ Choice, Best Re-Creation, Best Original Design, Best Workmanship, Best Presentation, Most Beautiful and Best Young Fan.

Doors will open for audience seating at 7:45 p.m., but the line will start much earlier. Tickets for seating will be given out free to those lining up near Ballroom 20 beginning at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, with overflow seating available in Rooms 5AB, 6A and in the Sails Pavilion (tickets not required). 8:30 p.m. Ballroom 20.

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<![CDATA[Celeb Tweets You Missed from Comic-Con ]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:47:04 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/CCClarkDuke.jpg

It wasn't just the fans showing all the excitement of Comic Con over social media.

TV and movie stars alike were tweeting selfies, jokes and sharing photos over Twitter.



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<![CDATA[Comic-Con: the Power and Politics of Cosplay]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:55:20 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Babes-of-Comic-Con-Blurb-20.jpg

The act and art of costume play, or cosplay, has become one of Comic-Con's biggest draws, rivaling the appeal of celebrity appearances and perhaps even the comic books.

"Cosplay has become the emblem of convention culture," says Rob Salkowitz, author of "Comic-Con and the Business of Pop Culture." "It has been the face of Comic-Con for so long and is almost like a marker of what makes this kind of fandom special and unusual: The idea that grown ups attend in all kinds of crazy costumes is not only accepted, it’s expected."

At its simplest, cosplay is the act of dressing as your favorite pop culture character (or variation thereof) and having fun. More complex is the power the growing phenomenon now wields as cosplayers descend in their tens of thousands on events such as San Diego's Comic-Con, bringing with them big costumes, big bucks and big questions regarding codes of conduct.

According to a recent survey of more than 2,600 frequent attendees conducted by online ticketing service Eventbrite, events such as Comic-Con generate $600 million annually in ticket sales alone. 

"These things are big business and cosplay is part of the appeal that gets the casual fans in the door," explains Salkowitz, who worked with Eventbrite on their data research. It revealed that of all the motivators in attending comic and fandom events, cosplay was a top three reason for 23 percent of men and 50 percent of women.

Cosplay popularity has reached as far as network television with PBS ("Cosplay: Crafting a Secret Identity") and SyFy ("Heroes of Cosplay") hosting series based around the performance art. There's a documentary feature film in post-production ("Cosplay Dreams 3D"), and the genre has spawned its own subset of celebrities such as Yaya Han and Traci Hines who have successfully parlayed their costuming abilities into full-time businesses.

"The women who come to comic and fan conventions are twice as likely to be dressing up as the guys," says Salkowitz. "So a lot of the cosplay is from women or girls who are going to what has been a traditionally – up until the last 10 or 15 years or so – male oriented fandom."

And with more and more women attending in costume – some in revealing attire true to their character's origin – a new issue has arisen regarding conduct at conventions.

"The buzz phrase in cosplay right is 'cosplay does not equal consent,'" explains Salkowitz. "Some women and men dress in provocative costumes or costumes of characters who have a sexual persona and some people at conventions take it the wrong way and they hassle people about it."

Last month, a group called GeeksforConsent.org publicly criticized San Diego Comic-Con for not doing enough to protect women in costume who attend the annual event.

At the time, Rochelle Keyhan, creator and director of the group, told San Diego's NBC7 that many costumed women walked away from the convention feeling uncomfortable and violated. "They’ve been harassed, either sexually with pretty verbal harassment, or physical groping, or being followed around the convention space," said Keyhan.

In April, organizers from Seattle's Comic-Con event put up "cosplay is not consent" posters in an effort to make their zero-tolerance sexual harassment policy clear to attendees.

While not matching Seattle's highly visible declaration, San Diego Comic-Con for the first time sent attendees its anti-harassment policy via email two days before the event started. "We have long had a code of conduct and, in the past, it has appeared on page two of our events guide given to attendees at the show," said Comic-Con spokesperson David Glanzer via email. "We feel our policy is stronger than most because it is not limited to harassment. Our policy allows us to address issues we feel are offensive regardless of whether someone is harassed."

Harassment of a sexual nature is not the only type to exist at conventions.

"There is a lot of bullying that goes on," says cosplayer and Comic-Con attendee Lawrence Brenner. "Within the community people can be attacked if they are the wrong body type, even baseline things such as ethnicity. Things that are really moronic that you would hope people had gotten past a really long time ago."

Gender-bending cosplayers and people playing characters outside of their racial and cultural backgrounds are often met with criticism, notes Salkowitz: "Fans are very attached to traditional versions of characters. For example Marvel announced the other day that they are changing the gender of Thor to a woman, and that the new Captain America is going to be African-American and stuff like that – gender and race identity issues – certain fans react poorly to."

It's a conversation that is sure to be ongoing as the public perception, acceptance and enjoyment of cosplay grows. And with more large corporations spending big sponsorship dollars to have their products attached to comic and fan gatherings, Salkowitz believes it's in the convention's interest to address such criticism.

"Big consumer brands can’t afford to be associated with events where a convention space is known to be uncomfortable," Salkowitz says. "People who are cosplaying are there to have a good time and are as entitled to a good experience at these conventions as anybody else."



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<![CDATA[Interactive: Comic-Con By the Numbers]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:45:40 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/edt-120846320.jpg

What's the big deal about San Diego's Comic-Con International?

The annual convergaence of movie, comic and science fiction fans is the largest such gathering in the United States and is the world's third largest comic conference.

It is also a huge cash cow.

The 4.5-day international carnival has been held at San Diego Convention Center since 1991. It is forecast to bring in $178 million worth of economic impact to the region, or nearly $1,400 for each attendee.

That includes $78 million of direct spending to local business, 55,772 room nights for hotels, and $2.6 million of tax revenue for the government, according to the center’s forecast report.

So, say hi to the zombies and superheroes!



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<![CDATA[McConaughey Makes Surprise Comic-Con Visit]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:43:14 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/452624060.jpg

Celebrity surprises are part of the fun each year at Comic-Con and that proved to be the case Thursday when Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey made an unannounced appearance at the massive event.

The A-lister and director Christopher Nolan delighted fans when they made a surprise drop into Comic-Con, specifically Hall H.

The pair spoke on stage during the Paramount Studios presentation in the exhibit hall at the San Diego Convention Center and showed a new trailer for their film “Interstellar,” according to a report from TIME, as well as snapshots from Getty Images.

“By far, this is the most ambitious film that Christopher Nolan has ever directed,” said McCoughnahey.
“Interstellar” hits theaters on November 7 and also stars Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastaine.
 



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<![CDATA[WATCH: Freeman, Fallon Talk on Helium ]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:00:36 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/452624042.jpg

Morgan Freeman dished on his science show while sucking helium out of balloons with Jimmy Fallon on “The Tonight Show.”

But first, Fallon showed Freeman a viral clip of comedian Frank Caliendo reading a letter written by LeBron James published in Sports Illustrated announcing his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Caliendo delivers the basketball players words with a spot-on impression of 77-year-old’s trademark voice.

“You know you’ve arrived when people start doing impressions of your voice,“ Freeman said. “That’s brilliant.”

Finally, Freeman and Fallon talked about the “Lucy” star’s science show “Through the Wormhole” while sucking helium from balloons to the audience’s delight.

“I really shouldn’t be doing this,” Morgan joked. “It’s very undignified.”

The distinguished actor also spoke on helium in a segment on his show.

Watch the two talk on helium in the video above, or here if you are viewing on mobile. 



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<![CDATA[Fallon Hashtags: #MyWorstBirthday]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 04:12:24 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/886785-001.jpg Jimmy Fallon reveals Twitter responses to #MyWorstBirthday on "The Tonight Show."]]> <![CDATA[Meyers Talks "Late Night" Writers' Hijinks]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 03:42:24 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/Screen+Shot+2014-07-25+at+2.49.48+AM.png Seth Meyers explains that "Late Night" writers have been causing trouble in 30 Rock.]]> <![CDATA[Meyers Rails Against Trees on "Late Night"]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 03:36:08 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Trees.png In a "controversial" segment, Seth Meyers reveals his anger about trees that wasn't able to be broadcasted or edited.]]> <![CDATA[Freeman Chats With Fallon While Sucking Helium]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 03:33:10 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/452624058.jpg Actor Morgan Freeman talks while sucking helium out of a balloon with Jimmy Fallon on "The Tonight Show."]]> <![CDATA[Meyers Reveals New "Fredex" Package]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 03:30:11 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Fredex-hoodie.jpg For his segment "Fredex," Seth Meyers explains that "Late Night" sent a box of props to Fred Armisen who is in Portland filming the next season of "Portlandia." Meyers reveals a video of Armisen improvising a new character out of the random assortment of objects.]]> <![CDATA[ Comic-Con: Friday's Hot Happenings]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:17:53 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/gameofthrones14_157.jpg

The second day of the annual gathering of pop culture aficionados takes a small screen turn as blockbuster series "Game of Thrones" and "The Walking Dead" hit Comic-Con on July 25.

Also on offer are tips and tricks for Cosplay beginners, a look at Batman in the '80s and '90s (the Dark Knight turns 75 this year), how to create "Star Wars" origami, the latest from 20th Century Fox, a chat with the cast of "Orphan Black" and the world premiere of "Batman: Assault on Arkham."

Check back throughout the convention for updates on what's happening, the hot news and all the latest celebrity pics coming out of San Diego.

And don't forget to download the official NBC Comic-Con 2014 App to optimize your fan experience.

Here's what we're excited for on Friday:

"Star Wars" Origami

Origami master folder Chris Alexander (author of "Star Wars Origami") is back at Comic-Con and ready to impart his master folding techniques so that you too can create "Star Wars" origami figures. Attendees will fold an exclusive convention model along with other art from a galaxy far, far away. Materials included. 10:00 a.m. Room 7AB

AMC's "The Walking Dead"

Get your undead on with this highly-anticipated panel featuring series stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Chad Coleman, and Michael Cudlitz, along with showrunner Scott Gimple and special effects makeup supervisor and executive producer Greg Nicotero. They'll discuss the season 4 finale shocker and what to expect when season 5 stumbles in looking for live victims come fall. 12:20 p.m. Hall H

Batman in the '80s and '90s

2014 marks the 75th anniversary of Batman and Comic-Con is celebrating with numerous panels and events dedicated to the Dark Knight. Panelists Chuck Dixon (writer, "Batman," "Airboy"), Kelley Jones (artist, "Batman," "Deadman"), Graham Nolan (artist, "Detective Comics," "The Phantom," "Joe Frankenstein"), and Brian Stelfreeze (artist, "Shadow of the Bat," "Daymen") will reveal how they kept Bruce Wayne and his bat alter ego going strong through the '80s and '90s. 12:30 p.m. Room 5AB


Cosplaying 101: Costuming for Beginners 

Catherine M. Fisher (award-winning costumer), Mike Schiffbauer (master prop maker and costumer), and Bob Mogg (Steampunk expert) will talk the basics of costuming and impart tips and tricks to help those new to cosplaying get started. 1:00 p.m. Room 29A

The Future of Geek

Has geek peaked? Industry-watchers Heidi MacDonald (The Beat), Rob Salkowitz ("Comic-Con and the Business of Pop Culture"), and Tim Beyers (Motley Fool) discuss the convention, movies, and publishing money trail and look foward to where it may lead fandom business in the coming years. 1:00 p.m. Room 28DE

"Game of Thrones" Panel and Q&A

Westeros comes to Southern California. HBO's most-watched series "Game of Thrones" battles into Hall H for a panel featuring stars Gwendoline Christie, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Natalie Dormer, Kit Harington, Rose Leslie, Rory McCann, Pedro Pascal, Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams. Serious fans will join the queue early for this event. 1:40 p.m. Hall H


20th Century Fox Presentation

Fox is showcasing a slew of new pics at their annual SDCC panel: "The Maze Runner," "Let’s Be Cops" with Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr., the animated "The Book of Life" from producer Guillermo del Toro and starring Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana and Ron Perlman, "Kingsman: The Secret Service" with Colin Firth and directed by Matthew Vaughn, and "Hitman: Agent 47" starring Zachary Quinto. 4:20 p.m. Hall H

"Orphan Black"

BBC America's award-winning original series returns to Comic-Con with stars Tatiana Maslany, Jordan Gavaris, Dylan Bruce, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Kristian Bruun and Ari Millen in tow. They'll be discussing the addictive thriller's second season - which just landed on DVD and download platforms. 6:00 p.m. Room 6A

World Premiere of "Batman: Assault on Arkham"

The next entry in the ongoing series of DC Universe original movies is based on the bestselling "Batman: Arkham" video game series. To save Gotham the government assembles a group of villains and forces them to break into Arkham Asylum to retrieve top-secret information stolen by the Riddler. But it's the Joker who gets sprung and plans to use a dirty bomb to blow up Arkham Asylum and the city. Batman must use all his detecting powers and brawn to thwart the Joker and his cohorts. "Batman: Assault on Arkham" will be available on Digital HD on July 29 and as a Blu-ray Combo Pack on August 12. 7:00 p.m. Ballroom 20



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<![CDATA[LeBron's Letter Read in Morgan Freeman's Voice]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 03:55:42 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/lebron+freeman.jpg

ESPN hosts of "Mike & Mike" couldn't stifle their bursts of laughter when LeBron James's letter from Sports Illustrated was read aloud in a spot-on impression of Morgan Freeman's "Shawshank Redemption" voice.

Frank Caliendo, a comedian and impressionist, read James' letter about his decision to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers aloud on Thursday's broadcast of "Mike & Mike," in a low, breathy, and slow voice that was instantly recognizable as a parody of Freeman's.

Both hosts, Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic, had their hands over their eyes and mouths to soften their laughter — and snorting — over the comedian's on-point performance.

Watch the video above, or if you're on a mobile device, watch it here.



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