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<p>&quot;The Vampire Diaries&quot;</p>

"The Vampire Diaries"

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'Vampire Diaries' team talks life, death and Season 6 at Comic-Con: Live-Blog

Nina Dobrev, Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley field Ballroom 20 questions

When last we left "The Vampire Diaries," Bonnie and Damon were holding hands and stepping into The Light. 

Oh no, right?

Well, Ian Somerhalder and Kat Graham are still on the Saturday, July 26 San Diego Comic-Con panel for "The Vampire Diaries," so we somehow suspect they'll be back.

Click though and follow along with my live-blog as Julie Plec teases us with hints about the new status quo in Mystic Falls and how long it will last. And we'll get a sense of how fans felt about last year's overdose of dopplegangers and Travelers. 

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Justin Bieber may have killed Brian and other 'Family Guy' Comic-Con highlights
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Justin Bieber may have killed Brian and other 'Family Guy' Comic-Con highlights

Seth Green and various 'Family Guy' scribes hit Ballroom 20 on Saturday

"Family Guy" hit Ballroom 20 on Saturday (July 26) for its annual Comic-Con panel, an event with kinda tends to ebb and flow in hype based on whether or not Seth MacFarlane is there to mock question-askers. 

This was a second consecutive Seth MacFarlane-free year. Last year he was working on "A Million Ways To Die In The West." This year, his absence was unexplained [on the "Family Guy" panel, but it came up at "American Dad" subsequently] and raises the possibility that Seth MacFarlane has just become too big for making fun of questioners at Comic-Con.

Fortunately, in lieu of Seth MacFarlane, the "Family Guy" team arrived with a longer clip reel for the season's hour-long "The Simpsons Guy" crossover event, which will air on September 28.

At TCA press tour last week we got a very brief sizzle reel that included jokes about the Springfield location ("I can't imagine we're allowed to say") and the yellowness of Springfield residents ("Don't drink the water. Everyone around here looks like they have hepatitis") and the tip of the Homer-Peter Giant Chicken-style brawl iceberg. 

The Comic-Con reel featured moments of amusing bonding between Bart and Stewie (let's just say that Stewie doesn't understand prank calls), Peter trying to coach Homer into successfully setting up cut-away gags, a "Bob's Burgers" cameo, the revelation that Pawtucket Patriot is just relabeled Duff and even more from that Homer-Peter fight, which will include a nuclear accident and a Kang & Kodos appearance.

I'm actually kinda looking forward to "The Simpsons Guy" and I stopped watching "Family Guy" last year at some point. 

The panel continued after those clips, though.

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<p>On the set of &quot;Blackhat&quot;</p>

On the set of "Blackhat"

Credit: Universal Pictures

Michael Mann's cyber thriller with Chris Hemsworth gets a title

No truth (yet) to an early report that it will qualify for Oscars this year

Michael Mann made his Comic-Con debut today alongside "Thor" himself, Chris Hemsworth, at the Legendary Pictures panel. Footage of his cyber thriller was screened, but the only real news is this: it has a title, "Blackhat." Deadline is reporting that it will be qualified for Oscars this year ahead of a Jan. 2015 release, but Universal denies that report. (UPDATE: Indeed, Deadline has changed its language to "may qualify.")

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<p>&#39;Godzilla&#39;</p>

'Godzilla'

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Gareth Edwards teases Rodan, Mothra, Ghidorah for 'Godzilla 2'

Sequel probably won't hit theaters until 2017 at the earliest

SAN DIEGO — Legendary Pictures is still beaming off the blockbuster success of Gareth Edwards' "Godzilla," which has taken in $491.3 million worldwide since May. That led to Edwards landing a new "Star Wars" film that will be released in 2016. Legendary doesn't want the heat from "Godzilla" to fade too quickly and returned to Comic-Con this year to tease "Godzilla 2."  

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'Guardians of the Galaxy' is getting an animated series

"Guardians of the Galaxy” is getting an animated series
Marvel unveiled a one-minute trailer for its new animated series at Comic-Con.


Stephen Colbert pops up at Comic-Con dressed as a Hobbit
One day after appearing in Capitol Hill, Colbert moderated a panel on “The Hobbit."


“The Simpsons” will have a “Futurama”-themed opening to the season
“A show out of idea teams up with a show out of episodes,” reads the tagline for the season premiere underneath the title, “Simpsonorama.”


Analyzing the new “Game of Thrones” characters — there’ll be more racial diversity next season
Thanks to the focus on Dorne, the new cast members will add more racial diversity to the show. PLUS: George R.R. Martin is too busy writing his book to pen an episode next season.


Gordon Ramsay’s 12-year-old daughters gets a BBC cooking show
Tilly Ramsay will get to show off her cooking skills on CBBC, the children’s BBC.


“Ray Donovan” star Steven Bauer, 57, is dating an 18-year-old girl
Bauer, who was once married to Melanie Griffith, revealed his relationship at the “Magic in the Moonlight” premiere.


“Big Brother” tells another housemate that their grandpa died
Derrick learned of his grandfather’s death via a note handed out from producers.


“Once Upon a Time” writers call “Lost’s” Carlton Cuse on the Dharma Initiative red phone
Watch how the writers came up with their “Frozen” idea.


Study: Watching TV after work makes you feel like a loser
German researchers found those who watch TV felt guilty because they weren’t doing something more important.


Jon Hamm and Jimmy Fallon spit food at each other
Watch the bearded “Mad Men” star in Fallon’s latest viral stunt.


“Chuck” couple reunited at Comic-Con
Check out Zachary Levi and Yvonne Strahovski on stage for Nerd HQ.


Jenny McCarthy pens a column regretting her “View” Hillary Clinton lesbian comment
“How could I make a joke like that and then five minutes later preach about female empowerment?” she wrote in The Chicago Sun-Times’ Splash section.


Watch the “Outlander” opening credits
The much-anticipated Starz drama had its world premiere last night at Comic-Con.


Disney XD renews “Agents of S.M.A.S.H.” and “Avengers Assemble”
Both Marvel Universe block shows will be back this fall.


Check out an extended preview of “Mike Tyson’s Mysteries”
Tyson promoted his new Adult Swim cartoon at Comic-Con.


“Vikings” unveils Season 3 trailer
See what was shown at Comic-Con.

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Mad Max lives as George Miller debuts remarkable 'Fury Road' footage
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Mad Max lives as George Miller debuts remarkable 'Fury Road' footage

Sizzle reel shows off Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron

As exciting as the "Batman v Superman" footage was, I have to confess that the massive sizzle reel that George Miller brought to show from "Max Max: Fury Road" caused a huge emotional reaction for me, and I think it comes down to the importance of "The Road Warrior" to me as a fan of movie action in general.

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<p>&#39;Batman V Superman&#39;</p>

'Batman V Superman'

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Surprise 'Batman v Superman' footage blows minds at Comic Con

'Dawn Of Justice' sneak peek plays directly to Zack Snyder's strengths

I'm losing my mind.

That may not be the most professional way to describe it, but as someone who has been steeped in the iconography of Batman and Superman since childhood, the simple teaser that Zack Snyder brought with him today was awfully persuasive.

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'The Hobbit' says goodbye, 'Mad Max' and 'Batman v Superman' surprise at Comic-Con

'The Hobbit' says goodbye, 'Mad Max' and 'Batman v Superman' surprise at Comic-Con

Cate Blanchett and Benedict Cumberbatch together

SAN DIEGO — Saturday is traditionally the biggest day for Hollywood in Hall H and that means kicking off with Warner Bros. and ending the day with Marvel Studios. WB scheduled three panels for their two-hour block, which meant lots of room for surprises. 20th Century Fox psyched us out yesterday with no big revelations. Did WB deliver what fans were hoping for? Let's find out!

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12 highlights from the 'Big Bang Theory' 2014 Comic-Con panel
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12 highlights from the 'Big Bang Theory' 2014 Comic-Con panel

A 'Serial Ape-ist' trailer, an alternate Sheldon-Amy kiss and an Aquaman heir

The ongoing contract negotiations with CBS/WBTV and the core cast of "The Big Bang Theory" loomed over Friday (July 25) morning's San Diego Comic-Con panel, or at least the negotiations loomed if you happened to be obsessed with such things. If you're not, the negotiations were a total non-factor in the spirited and amusing give-and-take between the show's writers, moderator Craig Ferguson and the Comic-Con crowd. 

According to a Deadline.com story, question monitors at the panel prevented Deadline from asking about the negotiations, which raises exactly two issues for me:

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Have you seen Mark Hamill's Jedi beard yet for 'Star Wars?'
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Have you seen Mark Hamill's Jedi beard yet for 'Star Wars?'

From London to Comic-Con people are buzzing

In the non-stop madness that is Comic-Con, many American journalists missed an intriguing revelation from the UK premiere of "Guardians of Galaxy" on Thursday. Mr. Mark Hamill has a very scraggly beard.

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<p>&quot;Boyhood&quot;</p>

"Boyhood"

Credit: IFC Films

From Coldplay to Lorde, take a trip through 12 years of music with 'Boyhood' playlists

Plus: Enjoy Ethan Hawke's curation of 'The Black Album'

Have you had a chance to see "Boyhood" yet? If so, have you told us what you thought?

This one is really feeling like something special, and I must admit, early on I had doubts about whether IFC would apply the proper mustard for a campaign, but it's increasingly clear this is a special case for them. Masterpieces are left hanging out to dry during Oscar season all the time, but this one really is maintaining a hold. It's hard to ignore something this special, so the indie haven could be in line for its first-ever Best Picture nomination.

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<p>Tatiana Maslany in Orphan Black</p>

Tatiana Maslany in Orphan Black

Credit: BBC America

'Orphan Black' brings Tatiana Maslany & friends to Comic-Con: Live-blog

How will fans deal with an undersized room for the second year in a row? And what will we learn about other clones?

A year ago, the Comic-Con organizers badly underestimated the appeal of "Orphan Black," putting the BBC America cult hit into one of the convention center's smaller rooms for a TV panel, which led to a long and angry line and an overcrowded room. But rather than automatically award the show a promotion to Ballroom 20 (seating capacity of around 4,000), the Con organizers only bumped "Orphan Black" up to a room with a capacity of around 1,000 — double a year ago, but still likely not enough to accommodate the show's many fans.

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