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25 Important Pop Culture Questions We Hope Are Answered At This Year's San Diego Comic-Con

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As previously mentioned, we'll be reporting live from this year's San Diego Comic-Con, which begins on Wednesday and lasts until Sunday. Maske and myself will update you all on the relevant Community, Breaking Bad, and Game of Thrones news as it happens, or at least as soon as the Convention Center's wi-fi allows us. We'll also be updating with photo galleries throughout our time there, so expect a lot of pictures of women dressed as Daenerys. You can check out a full schedule here, including much anticipated panels on The Hobbit, Total Recall, Wreck-It Ralph, and The Walking Dead, but here are the 30 biggest questions we hope are answered at San Diego Comic-Con. See you guys there.

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The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn-Part 2 — Summit Entertainment presents a sneak peek at the highly anticipated conclusion of The Twilight Saga films. This is a must-see for fans interested in the story's final chapter. You will be shown exclusive footage from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn-Part 2 and be treated to a cast and filmmaker Q&A session providing details on the epic finale.

Thursday, 12:45-1:45 p.m./Hall H

Question: Why? Just, why?

Frankenweenie, Oz The Great and Powerful, and Wreck-it Ralph — Walt Disney Studios hosts a Q&A panel featuring the imaginative director of Frankenweenie, Tim Burton; a special look at the world of Oz The Great and Powerful with director Sam Raimi; and the illustrious voice cast of Walt Disney Animation Studios' Wreck-It Ralph, including John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman, and director Rich Moore.

Thursday, 2:05-3:05 p.m./Hall H

Question: How much did it cost to get the rights to all the various video game characters?

Wilfred: Screening and Q&A — Elijah Wood and Jason Gann join Wilfred co-stars Fiona Gubelmann, and Dorian Brown, as well as showrunner/executive producer David Zuckerman and executive producer/director Randall Einhorn, to discuss bringing this unique live-action comedy to life.

Thursday, 4-5 p.m./Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Question: How many giant stuffed teddy bears has the show gone through?

The Expendables 2: Real American Heroes — Sylvester Stallone and the legendary cast of the sequel to 2010's smash hit film preview the real-deal muscles, weapons, skills, and explosions that went into making a film even bigger and badder than the original. Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Dolph Lundgren, Jean Claude Van Damme, and Arnold Schwarzenegger will join the panel discussion.

Thursday, 4:45-5:45 p.m./Hall H

Question: Mr. Van Damme, when can we expect a sequel to Double Team?

Archer: Screening and Q&A — Creator Adam Reed and the show's voice actors discuss their daunting and enigmatic work of espionage, reconnaissance missions, wiretapping, and undercover surveillances, which are all actually unmitigated occasions for the ISIS staff to undermine, sabotage, and betray each other for personal gain. Panelists include H. Jon Benjamin, Aisha Tyler, Chris Parnell, Judy Greer, and Amber Nash.

Thursday, 5-6 p.m./Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Question: Will Dr. Krieger have an episode all to himself in season four?

Showtime: Dexter — Don't miss this panel, where you'll be the first to see the Comic-Con exclusive first two minutes of the season premiere. Moderator Ralph Garman presides over a revealing interview and Q&A session with the stars and executive producers of Dexter. Featured panelists include series star/executive producer Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, and special guest star Yvonne Strahovski. Also appearing are executive producers John Goldwyn, Sara Colleton, Scott Buck, and Manny Coto. Plus Dexter fans will be the first to see the world premiere trailer of one of the hottest series on television, Homeland, presented by executive producers Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa.

Thursday, 6-7:15 p.m./Ballroom 20

Question: Seven seasons? Really?

Comedy Central: Workaholics — Stars, co-creators, writers, and executive producers Blake Anderson, Adam Devine, Anders Holm, and Kyle Newacheck take fans behind the scenes and give a sneak peek into upcoming new episodes, including a few special guests that are guaranteed to be "Tight Butthole." Fans will also be able to compete for a chance to have their name written into a future episode. S'Go!

Thursday, 6:30-7:30 p.m./Room 24ABC

Question: Do stepdads have dad dicks, or just regular dads?

Community: School is Back in Session — Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, and Alison Brie from the hit Sony TV comedy have graduated to the Convention Center in advance of their fourth season. Join your favorite Greendale study group for a panel and Q&A to find out firsthand what surprises are in store for the show's return to NBC this fall.

Friday, 10-11 a.m/Ballroom 20

Question: Will you marry me, Gillian and/or Alison?

The Venture Bros. — Show creators Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer, with the voice of Dr. Venture James Urbaniak, will discuss the original series and answer fan questions.

Friday, 11-11:45 a.m./Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Question: WHY ISN'T SEASON FIVE ON RIGHT NOW???

 

NTSF:SD:SUV:: — Come watch a sneak peek at NTSF:SD:SUV:: season 2 and hear from the show's creative team led by creator and star Paul Scheer, executive producer Jonathan Stern, and co-executive producer Curtis Gwinn. They will be joined by members of the cast, including Martin Starr, Rebecca Romijn, Brandon Johnson, June Diane Raphael, and Rob Riggle. Rob Corddry will moderate the panel.

Friday, 12-12:45 p.m./Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Firefly 10-Year Anniversary Reunion — Calling all Browncoats to unite! It has been 10 years since the crew of the Serenity took flight in the now infamous show Firefly. Science Channel will reunite, for the first time ever, Captain Mal Reynolds and the crew from the ship. Join Joss Whedon, Nathan Fillion, Adam Baldwin, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin, Sean Maher, Summer Glau, and many more for a trip down memory lane, some special surprises, and exclusive Science Channel giveaways. SHINY.

Friday, 12:30-1:30 p.m/Ballroom 20

Question: /obligatory question about another Firefly movie.

The Walking Dead — Andrew Lincoln, Sarah Wayne Callies, Norman Reedus, Laurie Holden, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, and introducing Danai Gurira as Michonne and David Morrissey as The Governor join executive producer and showrunner Glen Mazzara, executive producer Robert Kirkman, executive producer Gale Anne Hurd, executive producer Dave Alpert, and special effects makeup supervisor and co-executive producer Greg Nicotero in a panel moderated by Chris Hardwick. Join the panelists for a one-on-one Q&A session and an official sneak preview of season 3.

Friday, 1:25-2:25 p.m./Hall H

Question: WHERE'S CARL??? or How much laundry is too much laundry?

Game of Thrones Panel and Q&A Session — Created and executive produced by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, Game of Thrones follows kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars and noblemen as they vie for power in a land where summers span decades and winters can last a lifetime. Some of the cast appearing on this panel are (in alphabetical order) Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy, Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen, Michelle Fairley as Catelyn Stark, Kit Harington as Jon Snow, Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister, and Richard Madden as Robb Stark. George R. R. Martin, who also serves as a co-executive producer and writer on the series, moderates with executive producer Carolyn Strauss.

Friday, 2:45-3:45 p.m./Hall H

Question: Will SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER from A Storm of Swords be in season three?

Bob's Burgers — Creator and executive producer Loren Bouchard and executive producer Jim Dauterive and cast members H. Jon Benjamin, John Roberts, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman, and Kristen Schaal are on hand to screen never-before-seen footage, followed by a panel discussion and fan Q&A.

Friday, 4-5 p.m./Room 25ABC

Question: Do you have any song parodies you know you want to do already?

Black Dynamite — Creators and voice talent from the new animated series, based on the 2009 film will give an exclusive preview of the show and answer questions. Panelists include executive producer Carl Jones, in addition to Michael Jai White, Tommy Davidson, Kym Whitley, Byron Minns, Debra Wilson, Orlando Jones, and Cedric Yarbourgh. The panel will be moderated by Gary Anthony Williams.

Friday, 4-4:45 p.m./Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Question: Gratuitous Black Dynamite quote

Sony: Total Recall, Looper, and Elysium

Total Recall — Welcome to Rekall, the company that can turn your dreams into real memories. For a factory worker named Doug Quaid (Colin Farrell), the mind-trip sounds like the perfect vacation from his ordinary existence. But when the procedure goes horribly wrong, Quaid becomes a hunted man. The line between fantasy and reality gets blurred and the fate of his world hangs in the balance as Quaid discovers his true identity, his true love, and his true fate. Based on Philip K. Dick's "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale," this brand new take on some of his most visionary ideas is directed by Len Wiseman, who will join stars Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, and Bryan Cranston on stage.

Looper — In the futuristic action thriller Looper, time travel will be invented, but it will be illegal and only available on the black market. When the mob wants to get rid of someone, they will send their target 30 years into the past, where a "looper" — a hired gun, like Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) — is waiting to mop up. Joe is getting rich and life is good...until the day the mob decides to "close the loop," sending back Joe's future self (Bruce Willis) for assassination. Writer/director Rian Johnson will join Gordon-Levitt and Emily Blunt to discuss the film.

Elysium — Ever since writer-director Neill Blomkamp broke through with his first feature film, District 9, people have been wondering what he has in store for an encore. Be a part of the first audience anywhere to get a first look at his new movie, Elysium, as stars Matt Damon and Jodie Foster join Neill and producer Simon Kinberg on stage.

Friday, 4:35-6:35 p.m./Hall H

Question: Whatever became of Lycia Naff?

Breaking Bad — Executive producer and showrunner Vince Gilligan appears with the cast of Breaking Bad, including Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt, R. J. Mitte, and Jonathan Banks. In a panel moderated by TV Guide's Mike Schneider, Vince and the cast talk about what it's like to shoot one of the boldest and most intense dramas on television, and how they are preparing for the final 16 episodes of the series. Join the panelists for a one-on-one Q&A session and an official sneak preview of Breaking Bad season 5.

Friday, 6:45-7:45 p.m./Ballroom 20

Question: This isn't a question, but DON'T EVER LEAVE ME.

The Simpsons — Join moderator David Mirkin, creator Matt Groening, executive producer Al Jean, supervising producer Mike Anderson, and the voice of Lisa Simpson, Yeardley Smith, for a lengthy look at the upcoming Treehouse of Horror, a sneak (2D) peek at the Simpsons theatrical short The Longest Daycare, and much, much more (okay, 45 minutes' worth).

Saturday, 12:45-1:30 p.m./Ballroom 20

Question: In episode 2F09, when Itchy plays Scratchy's skeleton like a xylophone...

A Conversation with Bryan Fuller — Acclaimed television writer/executive producer Bryan Fuller (Heroes), the creative force behind Pushing Daisies, Wonderfalls, and Dead Like Me, for a Q&A with fans as he discusses two of his highly anticipated projects, Hannibal and Mockingbird Lane, both at NBC.

Saturday, 1-2 p.m./Room 7AB

Question: Will the Pie Maker make an appearance on Mockingbird Lane?

American Dad — An exclusive preview of next season's most hilarious moments, followed by a panel conversation with the cast and producers of American Dad featuring Seth MacFarlane, Wendy Schaal, Scott Grimes, Rachael MacFarlane, Dee Bradley Baker, Mike Barker, and Matt Weitzman.

Saturday, 2:30-3:15 p.m./Ballroom 20

Question: How are you SO much better than everything else with MacFarlane's name attached to it?

Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures Preview Their Upcoming Lineups

Pacific Rim — When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity's resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes — a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi) — who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind's last hope against the mounting apocalypse. Pacific Rim also stars Idris Elba, Ron Perlman, and Charlie Day.

Man Of Steel

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey — Peter Jackson returns to Middle-earth in an adventure that begins 60 years before the events depicted in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey follows titular Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), who, along with the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and a band of 13 Dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage), is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. The film's ensemble cast includes Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lily, and Andy Serkis as Gollum.

Saturday, 2:30-5 p.m./Hall H

Question: Will Charlie be the Wild Card in fighting the giant sea monsters?

True Blood Panel and Q&A session — [True Blood] follows the exploits of waitress and part-faerie Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), who can hear people's thoughts; vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer); and vampire Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgård). Oscar and Emmy Award winner Alan Ball created and serves as executive producer of the series, which is based on the bestselling Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris. The series and this panel also features Ryan Kwanten as Jason Stackhouse, Sam Trammell as Sam Merlotte, Rutina Wesley as Tara Thornton, Nelsan Ellis as Lafayette Reynolds, Deborah Ann Woll as Jessica Hamby, Kristin Bauer van Straten as Pam Swynford De Beaufort, Joe Manganiello as Alcide Herveaux and Chris Meloni as Roman Zimojic. Moderated by Tim Stack of Entertainment Weekly.

Saturday, 4:30-5:15 p.m./Ballroom 20

Question: More Jessica, please. I mean, please?

Marvel Studios: Iron Man 3 — Producer Kevin Feige and special guests provide an inside look at the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Saturday, 6-7 p.m./Hall H

Question: Does this vague-sounding panel include an appearance from RDJ?

Doctor Who —

Doctor Who stars Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, and Arthur Darvill join award-winning lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat (Sherlock) and award-winning executive producer Caroline Skinner (The Fades) for a Comic-Con panel and Q&A. As fans eagerly await the new season's premiere, BBC America is making sure Steven Moffat brings new footage to reveal on the big screens in Hall H. Ahead of the new season, BBC America will premiere new Doctor Who specials — "The Science of Doctor Who," "The Women of Doctor Who," "The Timey-Wimey Stuff of Doctor Who," and "The Destinations of Doctor Who" — as part of the Supernatural Saturday programming block.

Sunday, 12:30-1:30 p.m./Hall H

Question: I love Doctor Who, Mr. Moffat, but can you pleaseeeeee discuss the Sherlock finale?

Buffy Turns 20: Celebrating 20 Years of Buffy the Vampire Slayer — Stars from the hit TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Nicholas Brendon, Clare Kramer) join forces with Dark Horse editor Scott Allie, writer/producer Jane Espenson, illustrator Georges Jentry, and the original Buffy herself (Kristy Swanson, star of the 1992 motion picture), not to mention a surprise guest or two, to celebrate 20 years of slayage.

Sunday, 2:15-3:15 p.m./Room 6BCF

Question: Did you guys think Glory was a good idea at the time?

Sons of Anarchy — Get an inside look into the world of FX's highest-rated series ever, with creator Kurt Sutter and stars Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Ron Perlman, Maggie Siff, Kim Coates, Mark Boone Junior, Tommy Flanagan, Theo Rossi, Ryan Hurst, and Dayton Callie.

Sunday, 2:45-3:45 p.m./Hall H

Question: Yo, Ron, how often do you slip into the Hellboy costume?

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