Hear ye, all fan boys and girls, Comic-Con International 2011 rolls into the San Diego Convention center July 21-July 24th! If you think Comic-Con is just for pimply faced, virgin teenagers think again–the convention now showcases all things sci-fi and fantasy in television and film. Included in this year’s line-up are some of the best and brightest in Black Hollywood: Idris Elba (Pacific Rim, Ghost Rider:Spirit of Vengeance), Taraji P. Henson (“Person of Interest”) , Malik Yoba (“Alphas”) and Sanaa Lathan (“The Cleveland Show”).
The Urban Daily has compiled a list of the hottest screenings and panels to help you navigate through the Kingdom of Geek-dom.
Thursday July 21st
11:15 A.M.-12:15 P.M.—The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (Hall H)
2:00P.M.-3:00P.M. —Don’t Be Afraid of The Dark (Hall H)
6:00P.M.-7:00P.M.—Entertainment Weekly: The Visionaries—Panel with Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Cowboys and Aliens) and Guillermo Del Toro (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth) they will discuss their inspirations, their current work, and how they strive to put a personal stamp on blockbuster entertainment. Plus: How is new technology changing the way stories are produced and viewed? And what do they think the pop culture universe will look like a decade from now? Moderated by Jeff “Doc” Jensen. (Hall H)
10:00 P.M.–Attack The Block screening
1:45-2:45–Ringer (CW): 1:45-2:45 p.m. (Ballroom 20) Panelists confirmed to participate in the Q&A following a preview of the series include executive producer Pam Veasey, co-executive producers Nicole Snyder and Eric Charmelo. Cast members attending include Sarah Michelle Gellar,Nestor Carbonell, Ioan Gruffudd and Kristofer Polaha.
3:00 P.M.-4:00 P.M. Game of Thrones (HBO): Author George R.R. Martin will moderate the panel with attendees including David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Jason Momoa and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. The panel marks the freshman series first time at Comic-Con. (Ballroom 20)
4:00 P.M.-5:00 P.M. Archer (FX): Stars H. Jon Benjamin, Aisha Tyler, Chris Parnell, Judy Greer, Amber Nash; Creator/Executive Producer Adam Reed. Screening & Panel, Room: Indigo.
5:00-6:00 P.M. Beavis and Butt-Head (MTV) Mike Judge attending with Johnny Knoxville moderating. Room 6A.
Friday July 22nd
10:15 A.M.-11:15 A.M–”Star Trek: The Captains”–William Shatner will be joined by fellow “Star Trek” captain Avery Brooks (“Deep Space Nine”) and director Kevin Smith (Jay and Silent Bob). Room 6BCF
12:15 P.M.-1:15 P.M. The Raven—(Relativity Media) Edgar Allan Poe joins forces with a young Baltimore detective to hunt down a mad serial killer who’s using Poe’s own works as the basis for a string of brutal murders. Raven stars John Cusack as Edgar Allan Poe, Luke Evans, and Alice Eve and is directed by James McTeigue. (Hall H)
12:45 P.M.-1:45 P.M. Legendary Pictures Preproduction Preview
Legendary’s plans, garner sneak peeks at their movies in preproduction, and hear from filmmakers and cast members from the upcoming Pacific Rim, Seventh Son, Paradise Lost, and Mass Effect. Panel participants include Jeff Bridges, Bradley Cooper, Guillermo del Toro, Ben Barnes, Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Alicia Vikander, Alex Proyas, Sergei Bodrov, Travis Beacham, Mark Protosevich, and Casey Hudson. Room 6BCF
1:30 P.M.-2:30 P.M. Sony Screen Gems (Hall H)
Underworld 4–Kate Beckinsale, star of the first two films, returns in her lead role as the vampire warrior Selene, who escapes imprisonment to find that humans have discovered the existence of both Vampire and Lycan clans and are conducting an all-out war to eradicate both immortal species. Appearing in person are Kate Beckinsale, Michael Ealy, Len Wiseman (producer and director of Underworld and Underworld: Evolution), and directors Mans Marlind and Bjorn Stein.
Attack The Block–”Attack the Block” follows a gang of tough inner-city kids who try to defend their turf against an invasion of savage alien creatures, turning a South London apartment complex into an extraterrestrial warzone. Appearing in person will be director Joe Cornish and producer Edgar Wright. Hall H
2:45 P.M.-3:45 P.M. Fright Night Dreamworks Films Hall H
4:00-6:30 SONY Pictures Hall H
◦ Ghost Rider-Spirit of Vengeance — After blazing a trail around the globe in the worldwide hit Ghost Rider, Nicolas Cage returns as Johnny Blaze in Columbia Pictures’ Ghost Rider-Spirit of Vengeance. Still struggling with his curse as the devil’s bounty hunter, Blaze is hiding out in a remote part of Eastern Europe when he is recruited by a secret sect to save a young boy (Fergus Riordan) from the devil (Ciaran Hinds). At first, Johnny is reluctant to embrace the power of the Ghost Rider again, but it is the only way to protect the boy — and possibly rid himself of his curse forever. Live on stage: directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor (Crank) and stars Nicolas Cage, Idris Elba, and Johnny Whitworth.
The Amazing Spider-Man July 3, 2012. Starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, and Martin Sheen, as well as Sally Field, and directed by Marc Webb, Appearing in person are producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach, director Marc Webb, Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone. Hall H
10:00 A.M.-11:00 A.M. Torchwood: Miracle Day (Starz): John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Bill Pullman, Mekhi Phifer, Alexa Havins, Lauren Ambrose and Jane Espenson will attend. (Ballroom 20).
11:15 A.M.–The Walking Dead (AMC)
2:00 P.M.-3:00 P.M. Green Lantern: The Animated Series (Cartoon Network)
3:00 P.M.-4:00 P.M.–Eureka (Syfy): Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Neil Grayston, guest star Felicia Day, executive producers Jaime Paglia and Bruce Miller to attend. Moderated by Wil Wheaton at 3 p.m. in Ballroom 20.
3:30 P.M.-4:30 P.M. ThunderCats (Cartoon Network) Room 6A
5:30 P.M.-6:30 P.M. True Blood (HBO): Attendees include Alan Ball, Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten, Rutina Wesley, Kevin Alejandro, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Nelsan Ellis, Joe Manganiello and Deborah Ann Woll. The panel will be the show’s fourth Comic-Con appearance (Ballroom 20).
5:45 P.M. Spartacus: Vengeance (Starz): New Spartacus Liam McIntyre will be introduced alongside fellow panelists Lucy Lawless, Dustin Clare, Manu Bennett, Katrina Law and Steven S. DeKnight. (Room 6BCF)
6:00-7:00 P.M.–Alphas (Syfy): Co-creator Zak Penn and executive producer Ira Steven Behr join David Strathairn, Malik Yoba, Warren Christie, Azita Ghanizada, Ryan Cartwright and Laura Mennell will attend. Room 6A at 6 p.m.
Saturday July 23rd
1:00 P.M.-2:00 P.M. Immortals (Relativity Media)
1:00-2:00 P.M. Community (NBC): Pannelists will include Joel McHale, Chevy Chase, Donald Glover, Danny Pudi, Gillian Jacobs, Alison Brie,Yvette Nicole Brown, Ken Jeong and creator Dan Harmon. (Hilton Bayfront, Indigo Room).
2:00-2:35 P.M. Family Guy (Fox): Alex Borstein, Seth Green, Adam West, Mark Hentemann, Steve Callaghan and Kara Vallow will screen a sneak preview of Stewie Goes for a Drive, featuring voice guest star Ryan Reynolds (Ballroom 20).
4:15-5:15 P.M. Grimm (NBC): The pilot episode will be screened, followed by a panel with Jim Kouf, David Greenwalt, David Giuntoli, Russell Hornsby, Bitsie Tulloch, Silas Weir Mitchell, Reggie Lee and Sasha Roiz (Room 6A).
5:00-6:00 P.M. Charlie’s Angels (ABC): Set to attend are Annie Ilonzeh, Minka Kelly, Rachael Taylor, Ramon Rodriguez and executive producers Alfred Gough and Miles Milar (Hilton Bayfront, Indigo Room).
6:45 P.M.-7:30 P.M. Person of Interest (CBS): Set to attend are Jim Caviezel, Michael Emerson, Taraji P. Henson, Jonathan Nolan. Room
Sunday, July 24th
10:00 A.M.-11:00 A.M. Diversity and Fandom 102: How You Can Make a Difference— In the wake of campaigns like Racebending.com’s protests and the rise of safe spaces like Racialicious.com, fans, consumers and creators from underrepresented groups have more outlets for speaking up. This panel explores how those voices can be added to conversations with geeky business interests and fan communities. Director Kevin Tancharoen (Mortal Kombat: Legacy), showrunner/writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach (The Middleman), author Malinda Lo(Huntress),Arturo Garcia (Racialicious.com), Phil Yu (AngryAsianMan.com) and USC Professor Henry Jenkins (CivicPaths Project) promise a lively discussion, moderated by Racebending.com.Room 24ABC
10:00 A.M.-11:00 A.M. Young Justice Screening and Q&A— Robin, Aqualad, Kid Flash, Miss Martian, Red Arrow, and Superboy — these aren’t your average sidekicks and this isn’t your average cartoon. In a short amount of time, and with just a small number of episodes, fans have embraced this new action-adventure series as Warner Bros. Animation has brought some of their favorite DC heroes to life. Following a special screening, producers Brandon Vietti (Batman: Under the Red Hood) and Greg Weisman (Gargoyles) and members of the creative team will answer your burning questions on what the future holds for “the team.”Young Justice Season 1, Part 1 is available on DVD now. Room 7AB
11:15 A.M.-12:15 P.M. Supernatural Screening and Q&A— For the first time ever, the Supernaturalpanel will be in Hall H! Series stars Jared Padalecki (Friday the 13th ) and Jensen Ackles (My Bloody Valentine 3D) and additional cast members and executive producers present an exclusive sneak peek at footage from the highly anticipated seventh season of this thrill-ride series. Hall H.
1:45 P.M.-2:45 P.M. The Cleveland Show— The cast and executive producers offer a look at The Cleveland Show’s not-to-be-missed parody of Die Hard, followed by a discussion with panelists Mike Henry, Sanaa Lathan, Kevin Michael Richardson, Reagan Gomez, Rich Appel, and Kara Vallow. Hall H