It appears a number of movie studios didn’t want to come anywhere near the madness that will great Marvel’s panel for “Iron Man 2” on Saturday.
Comic-Con announced that the highly-anticipated sequel will strike at 4 PM in Hall H with almost the entire cast in tow including Robert Downey, Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell, Clark Gregg, John Slattery, and newcomers Mickey Rourke and Samuel L. Jackson (O.K., Jackson appeared at the end of the first one, but barely). Director Jon Favreau made a splash at the con almost two years ago when he debuted footage of last year’s monster hit and he’ll no doubt have something special up his sleeve this time around. Intriguingly, Marvel’s “Thor” was not listed on the program, but an appearance by the recently cast Chris Hemsworth would not be that surprising.
The rest of Saturday’s program is somewhat weak on the movie side of things, but could still be highly entertaining.
At 1:30, “King of the Hill” creator Mike Judge will appear in Hall H with the cast of his latest big screen comedy, “Extract.” That means appearances by Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig and the always stunning Mila Kunis.
2:45 will find Sony Pictures showcasing their horror-comedy “Zombieland.” The fall release stars Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg and Emma Stone who will all be in the massive room to answer fans questions. At this point, it appears Abigail Breslin will not be attending (hold back those tears of disappointment).
A preview of disaster empresario Roland Emmerich’s “2012” follows, but no cast members were officially announced as attending. Still, it wouldn’t be shocking to see stars John Cusack and Amanda Peet up on stage.
The rest of Saturday is dominated by some major TV shows. First off? The final season of “Lost” get a salute in Hall H (a first for the show) at 11:00 AM with creative gurus Damon Lindelof and Carlton Curse. The fan-friendly producers promise to take lots of question from the audience and provide some “surprises.” That could mean original footage just for the Con, which is what Lindelof provided during last year’s panel.
The other major highlight of the day will be the “True Blood” panel. While that other vampire flick gets to fill up Hall H, the HBO series is still in Ballroom 20 which means get there early if you want to try and get a look at stars Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer. Cast members Nelsan Ellis, Rutina Wesley, Sam Trammell, Michelle Forbes Alexander Skarsgard and Deborah Ann Wolf will also be around, but expect series creator Alan Ball to be besieged with questions as only a few episodes of season two will be left to air at this date.
Fox has a number of animated series getting some love on Saturday in Ballroom 20. “The Simpsons” and creator Matt Groening will discuss the cultural jewel at 1:45, Seth McFarlane’s “The Cleveland Show” will get some love at 12:00 noon after the latest Hulu spokesperson discusses the beloved “Family GUy” at 11:15.
“Fringe” will appear in Ballroom 20 beginning at 4:00 PM with stars Joshua Jackson, Anna Torv and John Noble. An “exclusive video presentation” is promised and consulting producers close to overexposed screenwriters Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci will also be on hand, no doubt to provide more teasing and useless answers regarding the upcoming “Star Trek” sequel.
Not to be outdone by Fox, NBC will bring down the cast and creators of the comedy series “Chuck” which has a loyal following among the Comic-Con contingent. Stars Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, Joshua Gomez, Ryan McPartlin, Mark Christopher Lawrence, Vik Sahay, Scott Krinsky, Sarah Lancaster, and Adam Baldwin will join series co-creators Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedak to discuss the upcoming season. The fun begins at 10:00 AM in Ballroom 20.
Some new shows will also be trying to grow their fanbases this year at the convention.
Ballroom 20 will screen the pilot of the TV reboot of the groundbreaking “V” at 2:45. A panel will follow with stars Scott Wolf and Elizabeth Mitchell, Morris Chestnut. (Keep your pets away from the “visitors,” hey might be hungry.)
At 10:15 in room 6A, the pilot for the ABC series “Eastwick” will be shown and stars Rebecca Romijn, Lindasy Price, Jaime Ray Newman and Paul Gross will take attendees questions.
Already a big hit, Sci-Fi’s “Warehouse 13” will have a Q&A with stars Eddie McClintock, Joanne Kelly, Saul Rubinek, Allison Scagliotti and producers jack Kenny and David Smikins at 2:15. This will also be in room 6A.
Last, but not least, Fox is making sure no stone goes unturned by bringing down their new “hit” show “Glee” to Comic-Con. Stars Matthew Morrison, Lea Michele and Cory Monteith will screen a brand new episode and take fans questions for the iTunes superstars. Yes, the ‘Don’t Stop Believin” train has made it all the way to San Diego.
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