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Dragon*Con 2011 Video: ‘The Walking Dead’ Cast Eerily Silent About New Showrunner
Tom Cheredar   |  

Geeks of Doom Invades: Dragon*Con 2011

The Walking Dead CastThe Walking Dead might be getting a 90-minute premiere when it airs its second season this October, but it’ll be doing so without original showrunner Frank Darabont, which has more than just fans concerned about the show’s future.

The show’s cast stayed silent about Darabont’s departure during the The Walking Dead cast panel on Friday at Dragon*Con 2011 — their first large public appearance since San Diego Comic-Con in July, after which Darabont was fired.

I’ve embedded a video of the panel below, but I feel obligated to give fair warning to the people who are only looking for spoilers: It doesn’t really contain much information about the next season. Oddly, there also isn’t any mention from the actors about what it’s been like working under new showrunner Glen Mazzara.

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Dragon*Con 2011 Video: ‘Doctor Who’ Actor Sylvester McCoy Reveals Origins Of His Name
Tom Cheredar   |  

Geeks of Doom Invades: Dragon*Con 2011

Sylvester McCoy, the seventh actor to portray The Doctor on classic British TV show Doctor Who, revealed yesterday the melodic and humorous origins of his name during his first panel (ever) at this year’s Dragon*Con.

As McCoy explains in the video, which you can watch here below, “Sylvester” actually started out as “Sylvest.” It was coined from a song that he graciously performed for the crowd.

His surname came from “a bad joke.” And don’t get me wrong, if I typed said joke out in this post or retold it to you in person, it would most certainly be a bad joke. However, when McCoy tells it, it’s brilliant.

Anyone who doubts his abilities as a valuable part of the Doctor Who cannon would do well to watch the video below.

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Dragon*Con 2011 Video: Sylvester McCoy Recites Lines From ‘Doctor Who: The Pandorica Opens’
Tom Cheredar   |  

Geeks of Doom Invades: Dragon*Con 2011

Sylvester McCoySylvester McCoy, the seventh actor to portray The Doctor on classic British TV show Doctor Who, made his first appearance at Dragon*Con today.

Not only did McCoy reveal the humorous origins of his name, but the actor also read a scene from recent Doctor Who episode The Pandorica Opens, which was originally performed by Matt Smith.

Why would McCoy do such a thing?

Partially, I think it’s because he is very fan friendly. The reading was done at the request of the panel moderator, who wanted to dispel the notion that McCoy was a bad doctor by giving him some decently written dialogue.

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Watch Now: Dragon*Con TV ‘Twilight’ Parody ‘When Edward Met Bella’
Tom Cheredar   |  

Geeks of Doom Invades: Dragon*Con 2011

D*CTV, the good folks who provide video entertainment to the 40,000 convention attendees at Dragon*Con, has released a new sketch that picks fun at two characters that are either extremely loved or extremely hated the world over: Edward Cullen and Bella Swan.

Below is the video they produced parodying the 1989 romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally — only using the two most popular characters from Twilight.

From the video description:

“Want to watch a movie about two people who communicate poorly and take far too long to hook up? Well, enough about Billy Crystal movies … here’s a Twilight parody.
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SDCC 2011 Video: ‘Eureka’ Cast Discusses Season 4.5 & More
Tom Cheredar   |  

Week of Geek: SDCC 2011 Coverage - San Diego Comic Con

EurekaThe cast of Syfy’s hit TV show Eureka talked about what to expect in season 4.5 during a panel discussion on Friday at San Diego Comic-Con 2011.

Prior to the cast coming out, the network showed a trailer for the upcoming episodes, which revealed plenty of guest stars. The main draw of the season is definitely the appearance of Stan “The Man” Lee, creator of classic Marvel characters like Spider-Man, X-Men, The Incredible Hulk, and several more.

“We’re all very professional adults on the set… but when we did that episode with Stan Lee everyone reverted to age 12,” said Wil Wheaton, who moderated the panel and appears on the show as Dr. Isaac Parrish.

The panel featured Colin Ferguson (Jack Carter), Salli Richardson-Whitfield (Allison Blake), Neil Grayston (Douglas Fargo), Felicia Day (Dr. Holly Martin), and executive producers Jaime Paglia and Bruce Miller. We’ve embedded video of the panel below (check back soon for our one-on-one video interviews with Ferguson and Day).

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SDCC 2011: First Look At ‘Snow White and The Huntsman’ Actors In Costume
Tom Cheredar   |  

Week of Geek: SDCC 2011 Coverage - San Diego Comic Con

SDCC 2011: Snow White and The Huntsman: Snow WhiteThe cast and crew of the forthcoming film Snow White and the Huntsman were on call Saturday at San Diego Comic-Con 2011 to shed some light on their take on the classic story, and give a first look at the actors in costume (see photos here below.)

The panel featured Kristen Stewart (Snow White), Charlize Theron (The Queen), Chris Hemsworth (The Huntsman), Sam Claflin (The Prince), and director Rupert Sanders, who many may know as the guy responsible for directing the popular Call of Duty: Black Ops commercial and the Halo ODST commercial.

Obviously, Sanders has the ability to create high-concept scenes with lots of action, but the fact that he’s drawn to producing a film like Snow White is kind of intriguing.

“I see at a lot of films that look great but there’s no heart in it,” Sanders said during the panel. “I think it’s important to give people an emotional ride.”

Sanders describes his film as a very stylized, high action/energy film, which is very different than the other Snow White feature film being produced.

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SDCC 2011: WTF Is ‘Twixt’? Coppola Explains
Tom Cheredar   |  

Week of Geek: SDCC 2011 Coverage - San Diego Comic Con

SDCC 2011: Twixt panel: Francis Ford Coppola wearing his Edgar Allan Poe maskDirector Francis Ford Coppola debuted footage from his new movie called Twixt, a new non-linear film making experience that incorporates live performances (music and narration) and both 2D and 3D sequences.

If you’re confused by that description, then you are not alone. I didn’t actually know what I was watching when Coppola played the first clip — even after an explanation to the audience.

Basically, Coppola wants to create a movie that can be performed, unlike the current crop of “canned” movies, which are what you see is what you get. Using new software, the director is able to play portions of scenes in different order. Both the narration and the film’s music, done by performance artist Dan Deacon, also has to be altered based on how the new scenes are arranged.

“Why do movies have to be ‘canned’? Everything is canned. The only things we have that’s live are concerts and sports,” Coppola said, adding that his granddaughter describes the excitement of seeing a movie on its premiere night because no one knows whether it’ll be good or bad.

“There is a yearning, I feel, for a little bit more of the live to be put back into film,” he explained.

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Spider-Man Baddie The Lizard Arrested At San Diego Comic-Con (Seriously)
Tom Cheredar   |  

SDCC 2011: The Amazing Spider-Man panel: Rhys Ifans

Actor Rhys Ifans, who portrays super-villain The Lizard in the forthcoming Amazing Spider-Man feature film, was arrested Friday on charges of misdemeanor battery for shoving a female security guard.

The incident took place just prior to a cast panel for the film at San Diego Comic-Con, reports The Wrap.

According to police, Ifans smelled of alcohol and became irate when a member of his entourage was denied access to the panel room at the convention. Ifans then shoved the guard, but was allowed to participate in the panel. The accosted security guard subsequently made a citizen’s arrest, according to The Wrap.

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SDCC 2011: ‘Torchwood’ Cast Panel Featuring A Singing John Barrowman
Tom Cheredar   |  

Week of Geek: SDCC 2011 Coverage - San Diego Comic Con

SDCC 2011: Torchwood Miracle Day Panel

Cast members from Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood shared their thoughts on the new installment of the series Miracle Day currently airing on BBC and Starz during a panel discussion Friday at the San Diego Comic-Con.

John Barrowman, who plays the show’s star character Captain Jack Harkness, said he was delighted when he heard the news that Starz had picked up the show for another season. The actor told fans his character may have a possible love interest in episode 7 of the new series.

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SDCC 2011 Video: ‘Game Of Thrones’ Producers Reveal Details About Season 2, Future Seasons
Tom Cheredar   |  

Week of Geek: SDCC 2011 Coverage - San Diego Comic Con

George R. R. Martin at Comic-Con 2011

Game of Thrones executive producers/writers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss discussed how long it would take to adapt future books in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series to television during a panel discussion today at the San Diego Comic-Con 2011.

While the first season was able to adapt the entirety of the first book, that formula may have to change.

“If we’re lucky enough, if we have a season three, that’s when it won’t start corresponding so deeply to the books,” Benioff said. “Storm of Swords [the third book in the series] is just too big to do as one season. We don’t know yet whether it’ll be one and a half seasons, maybe it’s three seasons.”

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