Category: San Diego 2011

SDCC 2011: Images In And Around The Con

Here is our first gallery from Comic-Con International 2011 in San Diego. There is a lot to see at the show and it is impossible to capture it all, but we snapped some of our favorite images. This first batch is comprised of random things we saw as we wandered about inside and outside the convention center.

SOME GREAT BOOTH DISPLAYS

ONE OF THE DELOREANS USED IN THE BACK TO THE FUTURE FILMS

SCENES FROM IN AND AROUND THE CONVENTION CENTER

THE GAME OF THRONES BANNERS HANGING DOWN ONE OF THE HALLWAYS

MATTEL’S GHOSTBUSTERS DISPLAYS

QMx AND THEIR FANTASTIC DISPLAYS

AWESOME STATUES AT THE SIDESHOW COLLECTIBLES BOOTH

TRUE BLOOD BANNERS

SDCC 2011: Catching Up With Adrian Paul

Transcription by Katrina King. Katrina is a Princess of the Universe…

Adrian Paul is best known for playing Duncan MacLeod in the television series Highlander: The Series. He’s also well known for his debut on The Colbys, Tracker, the second season of War of the Worlds, the 1991 revival of Dark Shadows and films such as Love Potion No. 9, Susan’s Plan, The Breed and The Heavy. Adrian is currently hard at work on several projects as well as his ongoing charity initiative, but he did stop by this year’s San Diego Comic-Con to meet with fans. He was gracious enough to talk to me for a few minutes at the Wired Cafe about Highlander and a few other things.

POP CULTURE ZOO: Thanks very much for talking to me today.

ADRIAN PAUL: You’re welcome!

PCZ: I’m a big fan of your work: Highlander, The Breed, Susan’s Plan

AP: Oh, I loved The Breed

PCZ: I’d actually kind of had hoped The Breed was going to turn into a TV show. I think that would have made a great series.

AP: I think it would have been a really cool series, very cool… I mean, it kind of has! They’ve done True Blood. We did that in 2002. I mean, come on! I like the character too.

PCZ: Such an interesting character, and you’re right, ahead of his time. There’s been many like him since then. So we’re coing up on the 20th anniversary of Highlander: the Series. What are your thoughts on it 20 years later?

AP: I didn’t even realize it, and Peter Davis was like, “By the way, did you know?” And I’m all, “Oh my god… What? Are you kidding me? 20 years ago now? Oh wow.. I feel old!” Y’know… So, yeah… what are my feelings about it? I actually remember walking into the hotel where I first did the audition, the first meeting I had, I told ’em they shouldn’t look for anybody else, because I was the guy! I swear I did. And they’re going that’s a cocky mother! It took three months to go through the all casting process and screen tests and all that before I got it.

PCZ: So were you surprised or disappointed that it only went 6 years?

AP: Surprised. Highlander was so taxing. It wasn’t an easy show to do. I loved it, but my life was Highlander. That was it. I spent morning noon and night, six, seven days a week doing it. I had no time for anything else. So you had to go “I need another life! I don’t want to die doing this.” That’s why I think, I wasn’t sure it was going to do that well, but glad it did, but also happy it didn’t go any further, to a degree.

PCZ: Right. Yeah, ’cause seeing you talk about doing things back then, you were doing sword training and working out and then shooting.

AP: Sometimes, I had so many sword fights to do that I would end up doing rehearsals in between takes while I worked. I’d be doing a take and the sword master and I would be off to the side on break in between takes, and I’d go and rehearse, and then go back and do the scene. So, no, I didn’t have any time.

PCZ: So, of course, I have to ask the sticky subject about Highlander: the Source. What happened there? Was there a legitimate need to really explain about the Immortals and kind of go out with that?

AP: The original idea of it was to create a big end to Duncan’s story, a passing of the torch, now you could go on with a young Immortal. But unfortunately, they’d never finished the script. I mean, we worked on it, and worked on it. When I was originally saw the shooting script I was very surprised, because I’d been told it was going to be something else. It was nothing like what I was being told, and I said it needs a lot of work. And we kept working on it, but things happened, and the plans for further films changed at the time, and there wasn’t anybody heading the rewrite. The last quarter of the script, it was like, you’re not quite sure what was supposed to happen. It made no sense.

PCZ: That almost seemed to be the curse of the Highlander movies. That either there wasn’t a full script there, or someone with money came in and said we’ll give you money but we want it made in our way.

AP: That’s usually it!

PCZ: I don’t think I’ve seen a movie franchise that has so many versions of each movie!

AP: They’re revamping the new one! It has legs, if it’s done correctly, it’s a fantastic franchise, it really is! It just has to be done right. That’s the only thing.

PCZ: Are you amazed at the number of fans you still have from Highlander?

AP: Oh yeah, I mean, what can I say. I was signing yesterday, I’m signing today, and when I got to the line I kind of went, there’s not gonna be anybody there, because I only announced on Monday that I was coming. It was like they didn’t know I was gonna be here. It was surprising that these people were still going “That was my favorite series!” I’m totally honored that I have that many people that still remember it.

PCZ: Excellent! So, I’ve watched Eyeborgs recently. I thought that, other than the little guys running around and stuff, that it’s almost kind of the way our society is now. I mean, cameras watching you everywhere…

AP: That was the idea of them shooting it. In London, for instance, about 85% of the roads were monitored at one point. There are a lot of people out there saying “This is a major invasion of privacy.” That was the idea of Eyeborgs. You see New York, Chicago, larger metropolitan cities with the same legislation. So they were trying to put something out there saying “Woah, wait a minute, this could happen” It’s a fantasy idea, but based in truth.

PCZ: Right, right. And I see too, looking on IMDB, I think you’re one of the busiest people I’ve seen working. You have several projects each year it seems!

AP: I only do about 2 or 3. So a couple a year. I mean, some years I’ve got more than others, but where I’m really busy right now is my film company which is Filmblips. We’ve got about 3 or 4 movies that are in different stages of pre-production. So that’s kept me really busy, because dealing with the packages, dealing with the casting, dealing with the financing and all that, it’s been hard, but it’s fun. I like working, y’know, but I like getting paid for it too. That’ll happen soon, I hope. (laughs)

PCZ: How’s the PEACE Fund coming along?

AP: Good! We actually have a new initiative, Celebs for PEACE, which is a simple program I came up with. People who go to conventions, racetracks, anywhere, all they need to do is go to my site, download the release form, give it to a celebrity, ask them to take a picture doing the peace sign. They send us the picture, we upload it and we let people download it for a donation. It’s a simple way to get involved without too much effort.

PCZ: To me, it’s admirable that you’ve kept PEACE going. You see celebrities start a charity or something like that, and they last for a few years. But I remember being at one of the Highlander conventions and you were already talking about it then.

AP: I remember, it was ’97 and it was a very simple concept then. Just get celebrities to inspire peace. I’m still kind of in that vein, in a sense, but the intent has changed in that we actually go fund actual events now that we take around. We have to have a lot more people working for us. We actually deal with other charities that are on the ground, and actually have the manpower to facilitate what goes under our mission statement, which is protecting, educating, or aiding children, in whatever part of the world it is.

PCZ: That’s awesome, as a parent, anything that helps children, I’m all for.

AP: Oh yeah, me too, I love being a parent.

PCZ: It’s awesome.

AP: Oh I love it. Love it.

PCZ: There’s never a dull moment…

AP: Another little rat of you walking around. “Oh no, I can’t believe you just did that!” Payback!

PCZ: It’s all awesome. On a different note good buddy of mine, Brandon Jerwa, wrote the Highlander comics…

AP: Yeah, I remember Brandon!

PCZ: What’d you think about being in a comic book?

AP: It’s really weird! I mean, I’ve seen my action figure, too! I’m like “Really?” If it had been done now, the action figures and the comics, it’d be much bigger, because there’s a much bigger audience for that now than there was in the ’90s. Highlander never had a presence at Comic-Con. Ever. That’s unheard of for any show now. Now you have to have a presence at Comic-Con, so it’s interesting that that’s changed. To actually have a comic… just, wow.

PCZ: Well, he did Duncan right in the comic, so he took care of him for you. Well, thank you very much, it’s good talking to you!

AP: Thank you!

OUR SDCC 2011 COVERAGE IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY:
Jenny Hanniver, Lorelei Miller, The Nord Family, Kyle Winters, Angela Dean, Erik Bruhwiler, Spencer Fornaciari, Teresa Everett, Katrina King, Jayson Peters, Michael Eshom, Renata Kanclerz, Kimberly Potts, @timegeek

SDCC 2011: First Look At Snow White And The Huntsman

In the epic action-adventure Snow White and the Huntsman, Kristen Stewart (Twilight) plays the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen (Oscar® winner Charlize Theron) who is out to destroy her. But what the wicked ruler never imagined is that the young woman threatening her reign has been training in the art of war with a huntsman (Chris Hemsworth, Thor) who was dispatched to kill her. Sam Claflin (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) joins the cast as the prince long enchanted by Snow White’s beauty and power.

The breathtaking new vision of the legendary tale is from Joe Roth, the producer of Alice in Wonderland, producer Sam Mercer (The Sixth Sense) and acclaimed commercial director and state-of-the-art visualist Rupert Sanders.

OUR SDCC 2011 COVERAGE IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY:
Jenny Hanniver, Lorelei Miller, The Nord Family, Kyle Winters, Angela Dean, Erik Bruhwiler, Spencer Fornaciari, Teresa Everett, Katrina King, Jayson Peters, Michael Eshom, Renata Kanclerz, Kimberly Potts, @timegeek

SDCC 2011: NBC Roundup

Here’s a rundown of Comic-Con goodness from all the NBC series that were represented at Comic-Con 2011 in San Diego, courtesy of the network:

AWAKE

Awake Panel at Comic Con
Fans wonder aloud about what’s gonna happen next on this new NBC drama.

Jason Isaacs at Comic Con
The Awake star reveals what his alternate universe might include

Awake at Comic Con
Executive Producers Kyle Killen and Howard Gordon share the show’s origin story.

GRIMM

Grimm Panel: Comic-Con 2011
Anthony Head moderates the revealing Grimm panel!

David Giuntoli at Comic Con
The Grimm stars discuss shooting on location and much more!

Grimm Creators at Comic Con
These first-timers share their reactions to the madness of Comic Con.

Silas Weir Mitchell + Russell Hornsby
Get the Grimm Comic Con scoop from two key players!

Bitsie Tulloch at Comic Con
Bitsie’s Grimm character, Juliette, may not be what she seems.

Reggie Lee at Comic Con
Learn what draws Reggie to twisted projects like Grimm.

Sasha Roiz at Comic Con
Grimm‘s most surprising character teases what’s next!

Grimm Event
Fans get immersed in the Grimm experience at Comic Con.

THE PLAYBOY CLUB

The Playboy Club at Comic Con
Bunnies! Keys! Photos! Everyone was invited to this Playboy Club.

CHUCK

Zach Levi + Joshua Grimes
Chuck and Morgan face big changes is season five.

Chuck Panel: Comic Con 2011
The cast and creators of Chuck spill all about the final season!

Adam Baldwin at Comic Con
Find out Adam’s favorite thing about “being” Casey!

Mark Christopher Lawrence at The Con
Can Big Mike bring order back to the Nerd Herd? (Probably not)

Scott Krinsky at Comic Con
Scott tackles big questions like, “”Will Jeff always live in his van?”

Vik Sahay at Comic Con
The toughest thing about playing Lester? Find out!

Yvonne Strahovski at Comic Con
Where will Chuck and Sara be in five years? Hmmmm.

Chuck Celebrates Its Final Season
The cast talks about Chuck‘s upcoming 5th and final season.

Morgan Versus the Intersect: Comic-Con Exclusive
Josh and Ryan try to convince Executive Producer, Chris Fedak that Morgan really can be the intersect.

COMMUNITY

Community Panel: Comic Con 2011
What’s new for next season? Find out, plus a surprise from Annie’s Boobs!

OUR SDCC 2011 COVERAGE IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY:
Jenny Hanniver, Lorelei Miller, The Nord Family, Kyle Winters, Angela Dean, Erik Bruhwiler, Spencer Fornaciari, Teresa Everett, Katrina King, Jayson Peters, Michael Eshom, Renata Kanclerz, Kimberly Potts, @timegeek

SDCC 2011: Eureka Gets Animated This December

The cast and crew attending Comic-Con announced this during the panel and press room and we have the full details for you from Syfy. This sounds insanely fun and I am really looking forward it!

Syfy’s hit series Eureka gets an animated makeover this December for a special holiday themed episode, proving that indeed anything is possible in the town of Eureka. In the first-of-its-kind episode, the quaint town of geniuses will be transformed into animated versions of themselves. The stand-alone holiday episode will also feature a stellar line up of guest stars lending their voices to a variety of characters – Jim Parsons, Chris Parnell, Matt Frewer and Edward James Olmos. The airdate for the holiday episode will be announced at a later date.

In the episode “Do You See What I See,” it’s Christmas again in Eureka, and Sheriff Carter (Colin Ferguson) and Allison Blake (Salli Richardson-Whitfield) are secretly planning the perfect holiday surprise for their kids. But something mysterious interferes with the super-photon generator designed to create a faux winter wonderland on Main Street, sending a kaleidoscopic wave of color crashing over Eureka, and leaving the entire town and its inhabitants animated. Adapting to the rules of their animated world, our cartoon heroes encounter talking creatures, anthropomorphized machines, and snowy foes as they race to find a solution before Christmas morning…or face potentially being a cartoon forever.

Jim Parsons is set to voice Carter’s long put-on Jeep, who’s had enough of his owner’s cavalier attitude towards him. Edward James Olmos will voice Rudy, the leader of a pack of sled dogs who befriends Deputy Andy. Chris Parnell also guest stars as Dr. Noah Drummer, reprising his role from last year’s Christmas special. Matt Frewer will be featured as an animated, altered version of himself, and helps Jo (Erica Cerra) make an important realization about her tough-girl personality.

Leading production and entertainment company Curious Pictures will produce the animation featured in the episode, which will be broken up into different styles including Anime, claymation, animation inspired by the Looney Tunes cartoons and modern CGI.

Eureka seems like any other cozy, Pacific Northwest town, but is actually a secret community of geniuses assembled by the government to conduct top-secret research. What they’ve unwittingly created is a place where anything imaginable can happen… and does. Eureka stars Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Joe Morton, Erica Cerra, Neil Grayston and Niall Matter. Co-creator Jaime Paglia and Bruce Miller are Executive Producers and the series is produced by Universal Cable Productions.

OUR SDCC 2011 COVERAGE IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY:
Jenny Hanniver, Lorelei Miller, The Nord Family, Kyle Winters, Angela Dean, Erik Bruhwiler, Spencer Fornaciari, Teresa Everett, Katrina King, Jayson Peters, Michael Eshom, Renata Kanclerz, Kimberly Potts, @timegeek