Time for the final day of Comic-Con, and the final Comic-Con appearance of "Breaking Bad." The AMC drama was a big hit last year in Ballroom 20, despite not being an overtly Con-friendly series, and the farewell panel has been updated to the convention center's enormous Hall H. On hand will be stars Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt, R. J. Mitte, and Bob Odenkirk, plus creator Vince Gilligan. Assuming the ballroom wifi holds up, I'll be live-blogging the whole thing, so check back frequently for updates.
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SAN DIEGO - I was here for the first-time presentations that Marvel made for both "Thor" and "Captain America," and I thought they were both very confident panels that did a good job of conveying (A) the casting and (B) the general tone of each of the movies. They were good. Solid. Did the trick.
Today's presentation for "Guardians Of The Galaxy" was easily better than both of those combined. I am going out on a limb here, but I think this looks like one of the most genuinely fun things Marvel has ever made. I find something about the entire notion of Marvel just suddenly doing space fantasy ballsy and weird in the first place, but this particular property, done this particular way, by this particular filmmaker? That's just insane. It's an insane proposition on paper. I have no doubt there are execs at other studios just waiting to see this one stumble, and I also have no doubt those same people are going to be dumbfounded when they see what it actually is.
1. Jay-Z: He lands his 13th No. 1 album on the Billboard 200. We get the feeling he doesn’t have an unlucky number.
.2 Clear Channel: In three years, it has turned IHeartRadio from a vanity project to a viable, tremendously successful two-day festival. Let’s face it, if you were an artist dependent on radio play, would you tell them no?
3. Marc Anthony: After idiots on Twitter criticized someone “foreign born” being selected to sing “God Bless America” at this week’s MLB All-Star game, he quietly and elegantly reminded people that he was born in New York. Wake up, people. It’s not 1950.
4. Rush: The power trio gets their own Canadian stamp. Isn’t it a shame audio doesn’t come with it?
5. Thom Yorke: He and Nigel Godrich take on Spotify by removing Atoms For Peace’s music and griping that the service doesn’t help new artists. Yeah, that’ll hurt them.
6. Bruce Springsteen: While touring in Europe, he dedicated “41 Shots” to Trayvon Martin because, sadly, misplaced brutality never goes out of style.
7. Stevie Wonder: The singer takes a stand on Stand Your Ground, declaring that he will not play any states who have passed the law. Does he know that immediately takes 22 states off his tour route?
8. Nine Inch Nails: The Trent Reznor-led band releases four different covers for different configurations for “Hesitation Marks.” Will die-hard fans feel compelled to collect the full set?
9. Anna Kendrick: As “Cups” continues to gain radio play, she becomes only the second person to have landed a Top 10 single, and nominations for both an Academy Award and a Tony. The other? Barbra Streisand. #notanegot
10. Kanye West: The rapper takes his frustrations out on a paparazzo at LAX, allegedly resulting in the photographer being hurt and planning to press charges. Hey, you’re a daddy now, ‘Ye. Chill.
SAN DIEGO - At this point, Saturday has become the big day for fan-gasms in Hall H, the day the studios all compete to see who can make the biggest noise, and for the last several years, Marvel has walked away victorious.
This year, their panel started with moderator Chris Hardwick taking the stage for the second time that day, still dressed as Booker DeWitt, and he immediately brought out Kevin Feige, all-around head poobah of Marvel Studios.
Kevin walked out, sat down, and as he was in the middle of his introductory banter with Chris, said one word about "Thor: The Dark World," only to be cut off mid-sentence as the entire Hall H plunged into darkness.
"Humanity," a suspiciously familiar voice said over the Hall H speakers. "Look how far you've fallen. Lining up in the sweltering heat for hours. Huddled together in the darkness. I am Loki of Asgard… and I am burdened with glorious purpose."
The first episode of "The Tomorrow People" (debuts Oct. 9 at 9:00 p.m.) is a re-imagining of the 1973 series, though it could also be argued that it's really more of a re-imagining of a host of other CW series. There are hot guys, hot girls, really cool super powers, moody lighting and lots of angst. Sound familiar?
SAN DIEGO - "The To-Do List" linked up with HitFix for a party at Comic-Con this year, but before we could put our party pants on, the film's stars Aubrey Plaza and Alia Shawkat and I needed to hack our way through the 1990s.
The flick centers on Plaza's enterprising high-schooler Brandy Klark, whose sexual experiences become goals on a to-do list in much the same way she'd study for a test. Shawkat plays one of her best friends Fiona, and they are featured in all manner of 1993: from Caboodles to Gin Blossoms and -- God help us -- overalls (on men and women).
I know for this writer it brought back some pretty keen memories of the age and the era.
"I remember going like, 'Oh shit we're playing teenagers.' After we shot the first day I was like, I really need to check in with playing an actual teenager and not just a precocious know-it-all," Shawkat said in our interview. "So i kinda hung out with teens... got stoned with them. Y'know just for research..."
The two actresses dropped a couple of names and music notes from the '90s like New Kids on the Block and Devon Sawa and "90210." But "The To-Do List" was actually originally titled "The Handjob," so the actresses felt there was some other prep work and research to do.
"We all gave each other handjobs, to get into the characters," Plaza said.
"We introduced ourselves while two hand simultaneously..." said Shawkat.
"The director forced us to it."
We talked about the occurrence of the female orgasm on film especially since titles like "American Pie" and "40-Year-Old Virgin" had their own first-timers theme (but with men). Plaza described what it was like to act out her O-face in front of the "To-Do" crew.
"Breathing is a private thing. You don't want a bunch of grown crew members watching you breath heavily," Plaza explained.
"And they were not shy about their boners. They were popping up all over the place."
"'I can't even get to my mark there's so many boners.'"
Boop! Check out the rest of our discussion of Kriss Kross, oral sex with Donald Glover, getting drunk at breakfast and all other manner of plain-speaking the word "penis."
"The To-Do List" heads to theaters on July 26.
"Family Guy" enlists Peter Dinklage, Conan O'Brien, Bryan Cranston, Asthon Kutcher
Watch a preview of Season 12, which will also feature Jon Cryer, Jeff Daniels, Liam Neeson and Adam Levine.
"Person of Interest" promotes Amy Acker
She'll be a series regular next season.
"Arrow" adds Kevin Alejandro and Michael Jai White
At Comic-Con, a sneak peek of Season 2 was unveiled.
"HIMYM" co-creator calls Season 9 a "bonus year and it's the wild west"
Although next season takes place over one weekend, there will be lots of flashforwards and flashbacks.
"Modern Family's" Jesse Tyler Ferguson weds
Ferguson tied the knot with boyfriend Justin Mikita before many of his co-stars.
NBC developing "Clone" from Robert Kirkman
The proposed project asks: “What if there were more of you? And what if you could save those versions of yourself from being killed."
"The Vampire Diaries" can't wait to go to college
How much partying will there be in Season 5?
The Comic-Con 2013 panel for "Revolution" (which returns for a second season Wed. Sept. 25 at 8:00 p.m.) filled every seat, but still show creator Eric Kripke spent plenty of time promising that the upcoming season would be much better than the first. The first step in doing that? While the power is on, it won't stay on for long. "Just long enough to get the nukes in the air," he said. "Our heroes are heroically striving to stop those bombs. Spoiler alert: They don't stop them. We're trying to be the first network show that loses two cities in the first fifteen minutes. The East Coast is totally destabilized. How would we survive in this neo-primitive world and how do we go from there? And then hilarity ensues."
I always find it hard to write about "Arrow," because I never remember if Stephen Amell spells his name with one "m" and two "l's" or if it's two "m's" and one "l." I've always had the same problem with Steve Carell. I can't explain it.
So... On to "Arrow."
The "Once Upon A Time" panel followed hot on the heels of the "Once Upon A Time in Wonderland" panel, and as much as fans enjoyed visiting the spin-off, they were even more excited to see the landing of the mothership.
SAN DIEGO - For the second year in a row, Legendary and Warner Bros. came to San Diego's Comic-Con so they could promote one of the biggest films they have on their release schedule, next summer's "Godzilla."
As they did last year, Warner Bros. blew everything out to three screens that surrounded the front end of Hall H. It's a very clear sign that they want to overwhelm the audience that's gathered here at the start of the day. The presentation began with black and white footage of nuclear bomb tests, filling every screen until a logo emerged from the ash, the single word. "Godzilla."
Chris Hardwick, the panel moderator for the day, introduced the mood piece that was shown last year. It really is a gorgeous introduction to what director Gareth Edwards hopes to accomplish with the film, with Oppenheimer's narration placed over visions of mass destruction, evidence of something that has already happened, holes in skyscrapers and derailed trains and bodies positively everywhere. And then, at the very end, just a hint of Godzilla himself looming up out of some smoke.