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Comic-Con: CBS’s Under the Dome

With the current second season well under way, it is expected that we will see what will be seeing some exclusives for the remainder of the season.

Thursday: July 24 - UNDER THE DOME (Ballroom 20) Hashtag: #DomeSDCC

11:15 AM-12:00 PM  The hit summer series is back for its second season, with higher stakes and catastrophic developments that leave no one safe under the dome. The inhabitants of Chester’s Mill must decide who to rally behind as Big Jim continues to fight for the town’s trust and allegiance, all while resources dwindle and the post-apocalyptic conditions continue to intensify. There are new faces, bigger mysteries, betrayed alliances and monumental revelations about the dome, which will lead to a shocking discovery of what is behind it. Follow us on this journey back under the dome, where you can’t always believe what you see and nothing is impossible.

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Comic-Con: FOX

FOX CONQUERS SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON WITH WORLD PREMIERE SCREENINGS AND PANEL DEBUTS OF “GOTHAM” AND “WAYWARD PINES”

FLY THROUGH GOTHAM CITY ON THE EXCLUSIVE “GOTHAM” ZIP LINE

RIDE ALONG FREE IN UBER “GOTHAM” POLICE CARS

DON’T LOSE YOUR HEAD IN THE “SLEEPY HOLLOW” HAUNTED BRIDGE AND OCULUS RIFT VIRTUAL REALITY EXPERIENCE

WATCH OUT FOR “SLEEPY HOLLOW” HEADLESS HORSEMEN ROAMING DOWNTOWN

BONES, BOB’S BURGERS, FAMILY GUY, THE FOLLOWING and THE SIMPSONS Also Return to SDCC

FOX FANFARE Booth #4229 Features Appearances by FOX Talent and Producers, plus Giveaways of 2014 Poster Tubes, Collectible Mini-Posters, Autographed WAYWARD PINES Books and More

Visit fox.com/comiccon2014 for Panel Schedule, Breaking News and Exclusive Videos and Photos

BOOTH  #4229

The FOX FANFARE Booth (#4229) will feature an incredible lineup of talent on the convention center floor for star-studded autograph signings and exciting booth activities, including distribution of the exclusive 2014 FOX FANFARE poster tubes, collectible mini-posters, premium giveaways and merchandise sales.

FOX.COM/COMICCON2014 & FACEBOOK

Visit fox.com/comiccon2014 for all the latest FOX FANFARE 2014 information, including daily schedules, breaking news from all of the panels, as well as exclusive videos and photos. In addition, visit www.Facebook.com/FOXTV  for a feed of all live tweets from each panel, FOX talent at Comic-Con and information from the press rooms, as well as the latest new videos.

“GOTHAM” – ZIP LINE

Where:            Between the SD Convention Center and the Hilton                              Bayfront Hotel

When:              Thursday, July 24 – Sunday, July 27

Hours:             10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Daily

EXPERIENCE

FOX will create Gotham City for fans to channel their inner superhero by ziplining (130 feet long and 30 feet high) through the GOTHAM city landscape! Following the adrenalized experience, participants will receive a shareable photo of their heroic zip line experience and will be awarded with exclusive GOTHAM prizes. Follow fox.com/comiccon2014 to find out when GOTHAM producers and cast, including stars Ben McKenzie and Donal Logue, will be making appearances at the experience.

“GOTHAM” UBER POLICE CARS

Where:            Downtown San Diego

When:             Thursday, July 24 – Sunday, July 27

Hours:             Thursday – 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM

                        Friday – 2:00 PM – 12:00 AM

                        Saturday – 12:00 PM – 12:00 AM

                        Sunday – 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

EXPERIENCE

For the fans afoot at SDCC who are UBER users, specially-designed GOTHAM police cars will hit the San Diego streets to pick up passengers throughout the convention weekend – for free – via the UBER app, by selecting GOTHAM PD on the UBER “slider.” Inside the GOTHAM-branded cars, passengers will get a sneak preview of special GOTHAM content. Those fans who are new to UBER and who sign up for the app using the code GOTHAMPD will get a free first ride up to $30, wherever UBER is available. Track the GOTHAM “patrol rides” on UBER’s San Diego Twitter (https://twitter.com/uber_sd) and Instagram (http://instagram.com/uber_sd).

“SLEEPY HOLLOW” – THE SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON “VIRTUAL REALITY” EXPERIENCE

Where:           Petco Interactive Zone

When:             Thursday, July 24 – Sunday, July 27

Hours:             9:00 AM - 6:00 PM daily

EXPERIENCE

DON’T LOSE YOUR HEAD! FOX is bringing SLEEPY HOLLOW back to San Diego with an Oculus Rift fan experience. This virtual reality installation transports the user deep into the heart of Sleepy Hollow where the fans receive an ominous warning from Ichabod Crane and then a terrifying encounter with the Headless Horseman. Participants will receive a personalized, souvenir image to share across their social media pages. Follow fox.com/comiccon2014 to find out when SLEEPY HOLLOW producers and cast, including stars Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie and John Noble, will be making appearances at the experience.

EXCLUSIVE LIMITED-EDITION COMIC-CON ITEMS

Drop by the FOX FANFARE booth (#4229) daily to pick up the 2014 FOX FANFARE Poster Tube, as well as Exclusive and Collectible Mini-Posters from BOB’S BURGERS, BONES, FAMILY GUY, THE FOLLOWING, GOTHAM, THE SIMPSONS, SLEEPY HOLLOW and WAYWARD PINES, among other FOX FANFARE properties.

Limited-edition giveaways will also be distributed from the booth (while supplies last):

          - FOX FANFARE Poster Tubes

          - GOTHAM Lenticular Collectibles

          - WAYWARD PINES Air Fresheners and Autographed Copies of “Pines,” by Blake Crouch, the book on which                      Wayward Pines is based.

          - Collect all THREE of this years FOX ANIMATION Bags, featuring: “Lisa” from THE SIMPSONS, “Stewie”                                from FAMILY GUY and “Tina” from BOB’S BURGERS.

PANELS & SCREENINGS SCHEDULE (by day) 

THURSDAY, JULY 24

Panels:

24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY 10:00-11:00 AM – Ballroom 20

JACK IS BACK at Comic-Con, DAMN IT! Kiefer Sutherland takes the stage to celebrate 24’s most iconic moments and highlights of Jack Bauer’s triumphant return in 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY. Catch the exclusive sneak peek at the highly anticipated Blu-ray and DVD featurette, “Worlds Collide,” illustrating how the pulse-pounding storytelling was created for this thrilling new event series, which concludes in a thrilling finale on Monday, July 14 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.  Screening and discussion moderated by executive producer Jon Cassar to be followed by fan Q&A and more.  

FRIDAY, JULY 25

Panels:

BONES 12:30-1:30 PM – Ballroom 20

Fan favorites David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel and executive producer Stephen Nathan return to Comic-Con to share secrets from the set, upcoming twists and turns and what’s in store for Booth and Brennan as BONES enters its milestone 10th season.

WAYWARD PINES 1:30-2:30 PM – Room 5AB

World Premiere Screening of Episode One and Q&A with cast members and executive producers. Based on the best-selling novel, “Pines,” by Blake Crouch, and brought to life by suspenseful storyteller M. Night Shyamalan, WAYWARD PINES is the intense new mind-bending 10-episode FOX event thriller evocative of the classic hit “Twin Peaks.”  The episode is directed by M. Night Shyamalan and written by Chad Hodge. Scheduled to participate are cast members Matt Dillon, Melissa Leo, Toby Jones, Carla Gugino, Terrence Howard, Reed Diamond, Shannyn Sossamon, Tim Griffin, Charlie Tahan and executive producers M. Night ShyamalanDonald De Line, Ashwin Rajan and Chad Hodge.

BOB’S BURGERS 4:00-5:00 PM – Indigo Room Hilton

You never know what to expect from the cast and producers of BOB’S BURGERS. Creator/executive producer Loren Bouchard, executive producer Jim Dauterive and the hilarious voice cast, including H. Jon Benjamin, Dan Mintz, John Roberts, Kristen Schaal and Larry Murphy, will entertain with never-before-seen footage, followed by a Q&A panel discussion. 

SLEEPY HOLLOW 5:45-6:45 PM – Room 6BCF

SLEEPY HOLLOW executive producers Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Len Wiseman, Mark Goffman and Heather Kadin return to Comic-Con with the breakout show of last season, featuring an exclusive look at the highly anticipated second season, followed by a fan Q&A, featuring cast members Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie, John Noble, Orlando Jones, Lyndie Greenwood and Katia Winter

SATURDAY, JULY 26

Panels:

THE SIMPSONS 10:00-11:00 AM – Ballroom 20

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of THE SIMPSONS – no gifts please – with creator Matt Groening, executive producer Al Jean, supervising director Mike Anderson and director-for-life David Silverman. Topics include the new “Treehouse of Horror,” “Simpsorama,” a visit from Homer Simpson and much, much more.

FAMILY GUY 1:00 PM-1:45 PM – Ballroom 20

The Griffins are back at Comic-Con with an exclusive sneak peek at the historic FAMILY GUY/THE SIMPSONS crossover episode, “The Simpsons Guy,” in which Peter and clan hit Springfield! Celebrate Season 13 with voice stars Seth Green and Mike Henry, as well as executive producers Rich Appel, Steve Callaghan, Danny Smith and co-executive producer Peter Shin, plus surprise guests.

GOTHAM 8:00-11:00 PM – Hall H (Presented by Warner Bros. Television)

FOX, Warner Bros. Television and DC Entertainment present the World Premiere of GOTHAM, with special appearances by cast members Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, Jada Pinkett Smith, Robin Lord Taylor, Erin Richards, Camren Bicondova and David Mazouz,along withexecutive producers Bruno Heller, Danny Cannon and John Stephens.

SUNDAY, JULY 27

Panels:

THE FOLLOWING 11:15 AM-12:15 PM – Hall H (Presented by Warner Bros. Television)

Hit thriller THE FOLLOWING returns to Comic-Con for a third year! Series stars Kevin Bacon, Shawn Ashmore, Sam Underwood and Jessica Stroup will join creator/executive producer Kevin Williamson and executive producers Marcos Siega and Jennifer Johnson for an on-stage Q&A and special video presentation.

Moderated by Archer‘s Aisha Tyler, the panel will held on Thursday, July 24th from 6 to 7 p.m. in Ballroom 20 and will feature series stars Josh Hartnett, Reeve Carney, and Harry Treadaway, as well as the series’ creator, writer, and executive producer, John Logan.

In addition to the star-studded panel, Showtime will also host signings, and it will offer exclusive merchandise to fans including character figurines, deluxe deck of tarot cards inspired by the ones in the series, and special-edition books. Showtime has teamed with Titan Books to produce deluxe hardcover editions of the classic novels that inspired the series. The Penny Dreadful Collection will include Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray.

True Blood Fans, Are you going to Comic-Con? Here are the deets for next week’s events…

Blood Drive

Who: You! And other generous Truebie donors. 
What: Comic-Con’s blood drive is back for the 38th year. Donors will receive a ‘True Blood’ goodie bag and be entered to win a drawing for larger prizes.
When: 9:00 AM–6:00 PM Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and 10:00 AM–3:30 PM on Sunday.
Where: The Manchester Grand Hyatt, 4th floor in the America’s Cup, Regatta, and Nautical rooms. Find more information at Comic-Con.org.

True Blood Panel and Q&A

Who: The panel will include series stars Anna Paquin (Sookie Stackhouse), Stephen Moyer (Bill Compton), Kristin Bauer van Straten (Pam Swynford de Beaufort), Sam Trammell (Sam Merlotte), Deborah Ann Woll (Jessica Hamby), Nelsan Ellis (Lafayette Reynolds), Rutina Wesley (Tara Thornton), Chris Bauer (Andy Bellefleur), Anna Camp (Sarah Newlin), Nathan Parsons (James Kent), Carrie Preston (Arlene Fowler) and executive producer Brian Buckner.
What: The panel discussion will be moderated by Tim Stack of ‘Entertainment Weekly.’
When: Saturday July 26, 2014 5:00pm - 6:15pm. 
Where: Ballroom 20. 
Bonus: Pre-panel, get autographs signed at the WB booth at 2:00 p.m.

The Comic-Con International 2014 Masquerade

Who: Attendees and guest judges
What: An opportunity for you to break out your fangs! The masquerade will showcase the weekend’s most impressive costumes in a contest full of fabulous prizes. 
When: Saturday July 26, 2014 8:30pm - 11:30pm. Doors will open for audience seating at 7:45, but the line will start much earlier. Tickets are required for seating and will be given out free to those lining up near Ballroom 20 beginning at 2:00pm Saturday. Any tickets left over will be available at the Masquerade Desk near Ballroom 20 later in the afternoon.
Where: Ballroom 20. Overflow seating – no tickets required – is available in Rooms 5AB, 6A and in the Sails Pavilion.

Note that all listings are in Pacific Standard Time.

Details via HBO

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Hemlock Grove….Still Watching…

…and I got the spouse to watch it also. But, he call Olivia…Jean Grey, Roman…Eric 2.0 and Peter…Hairy Harry Potter. At least he is watching.

The Strain: The Box

Synopsis: The four survivors begin manifesting strange symptoms, but Eph and Nora’s attempt to quarantine them is thwarted as the disinformation campaign begins. Meanwhile, in jail, Setrakian receives a surprise visit from an old - a very old - acquaintance.

It is surprising to see that the best scenes out of this show does not come from the main protagonists, who have no sexual chemistry. Watching the ancillary characters deal with their own demons and then watching the infected function is quite captivating.

Case in point, the Mexican who is asked to move the sarcophagus to a garage and also dealing with his familial issues, his argument with his brother is far more interesting then Eph and his issues with his son.

I do not think this is an issue of writing, but I do not think the actors have embraced their characters and thus cannot convince the viewer of their sincerity.

There were two other wonderful moments:

Abraham’s discussion with Thomas, in the jail, was captivating. These two characters have a history that they should delve into.

The infected little girl’s scene in the bath tub was beautifully shot. We knew what was going to happen, but seeing her settle back into the bath as the blood from her dead father seems towards her was on par with the best horror movies on the big screen.

Will there be a point where Eph’s storyline hits its mark? Hope so.

Overall, as expected the Master is up and running and the infected are out and about and spreading the love and that is enough for now, to keep watching.

Next week: 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. Released from jail, Setrakian begins his own merciless plan to stop the spread of the disease.

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Images from tonight’s #TrueBlood episode, courtesy of HBO: Lost Cause

Synopsis: Exhausted from her recent travails, Sookie finds herself the unwilling host of a festive mainstreaming party in Bon Temps. In search of an elusive adversary, Eric and Pam head to Dallas and attend a gala fundraiser. Andy makes a life-changing decision; Jessica and James reach a crossroads; Bill loses himself in remembrance of human days.
My thoughts:It seems like everyone thinks they know what is best for the grieving Sookie. The majority of them think it’s best to throw a party to celebrate that they survived and to mourn those they have lost. Of course, when you put everyone that has suffered from the insanity of the past few years…things will go awry.
There was one great moment where Andy realizes that he has to seize the day and he pops the question to Holly with the help of Jessica, Sookie, and Jason. It was a great scene and shows that life can move on.
However for some, that is not the case. Lettie Mae drugged her husband in order to go to Sookie’s party in order to mourn and celebrate Tara. Yet, her goal was to get more blood from Willa in order to communicate with her daughter. This did not go well, as expected. Even Sam’s wife went off about the unnaturalness of the situation of having humans and vampires partying together.
I’m guessing the three most shocking moments happened towards the end:
  1. James and Lafayette shtupping after Jessica rebukes James and his amorous attempts. Lafayette had his moment where he pleaded with Jessica to break-up with James if she was not really in love with him.
  2. Eric Norman ripping the jaw off of a Yakuza as he attempted to kill Sarah Newlin, who should have known better than going home to her Mom and Dad.
  3.  Bill…not even Bill is safe from Hep-V.
I think the most poignant moment happened to Sookie, she iis allowed to grieve for Alcide as she wears his jacket and goes to sleep.
Where does that leave us? Well, we are officially in the second half of this final season and it seems like only a miracle can keep our favorites safe or remotely have a happily ever after. I’m placing bets on this, but not everyone likes who I think will survive to see another day.
Next week: Sookie makes a shocking discovery; Eric and Pam forge an unlikely alliance.

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