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<p>The cast of &quot;Firefly.&quot;&nbsp;</p>

The cast of "Firefly." 

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'Firefly' cast and Joss Whedon reunite 10 years later at Comic-Con: Live-blog

Will Adam Baldwin now be asked John Casey questions?

If "Firefly" isn't the most beloved Comic-Con TV show of the 21st century, it's easily in the top 2 or 3. Joss Whedon's space cowboy drama (which I revisited a couple of summers ago) had a short run, but has lived on in the hearts and minds of the fans, to the point where some shows featuring "Firefly" alums might as well not have brought any other actors to their panels. Even another Comic-Con institution like "Chuck" annually received one or two "Who'd win in a fight: John Casey or Jayne Cobb?" questions for Adam Baldwin.

So I'm guessing the Ballroom 20 crowd will be going nuts as Baldwin, Nathan Fillion, most of the show's cast and Whedon himself reunite for a 10th anniversary panel, and I'll be live-blogging the whole thing. Remember that the Convention Center wifi is iffy at best, and just because you haven't seen an update in a while doesn't mean I'm not still typing. I will update this thing as often as I can during the hour.

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Watch: Madonna takes a ride in 'Turn Up The Radio' video snippet

Watch: Madonna takes a ride in 'Turn Up The Radio' video snippet

When can you check out the full clip?

Radio hasn’t really responded to the first two singles from Madonna’s “MDNA,” but we're hoping the third single “Turn Up the Radio” may do the trick. The sweet pop slice is more in vogue with what pop stations are playing these days.

[More after the jump...]

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<p>Yvette Nicole Brown, Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi and Alison Brie are the &quot;Community&quot;&nbsp;cast representatives at Comic-Con this year.</p>

Yvette Nicole Brown, Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi and Alison Brie are the "Community" cast representatives at Comic-Con this year.

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New 'Community' producers face the Comic-Con fans: Live-blog

How will Dan Harmon supporters react to Port and Guarascio?

It's time for what could be the most interesting TV panel of Comic-Con, in which "Community" fans are placed in the same room as the NBC comedy's new showrunners, Moses Port and David Guarascio. Will the audience Q&A portion of the hour turn into a non-stop harangue of these men who would dare to fill the shoes of fired creator Dan Harmon? Will Port and Guarascio — who will be joined by stars Joel McHale, Yvette Nicole Brown, Gillian Jacobs, Alison Brie and Danny Pudi, plus returning writer/producers Megan Ganz and Andy Bobrow — be able to deflect any criticism in advance by pointing out that they had nothing to do with Harmon's exit, and insisting they want to keep making his version of the show? Or will their presence on stage turn out to be a minor sideshow compared to the chance for 4,000 fans to yell their love of the show's stars? 

I'm going to be live-blogging the panel, with the caveat that the Convention Center wifi is iffy at best. Remember: just because you haven't seen an update in a while doesn't mean I'm not still typing. I will update this thing as often as I can during the hour.

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<p>Elijah Wood and Jason Gann in &quot;Wilfred.&quot;</p>

Elijah Wood and Jason Gann in "Wilfred."

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Comic-Con 2012: 'Wilfred' cast and producers talk dog suits, mythology and more

Producer wonders if getting answers on TV shows is always a good thing

Yesterday at Comic-Con, I moderated the panel for FX's "Wilfred," which began with a screening of an upcoming episode that somehow managed to be even more disturbing than last year's episode (the one with Raffi, "the deepest throat in the stuffed animal kingdom"), and that launched a discussion that at times had me fearing would get us all banned from Comic-Con forever — yes, even Elijah Wood. For those who weren't there, all I will say is that it turns out there are some things you can't even show on FX, as showrunner David Zuckerman explained that one scene in particular will have to be altered before it airs in a few weeks. (It's what I believe is the season's seventh episode, titled "Avoidance.")

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<p>Bryan Cranston in the desert for the &quot;Breaking Bad&quot;&nbsp;episode &quot;4 Days Out.&quot;</p>

Bryan Cranston in the desert for the "Breaking Bad" episode "4 Days Out."

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'Breaking Bad' star Bryan Cranston looks back at Walter White's greatest hits, part 2

On telling Jesse to run, being The One Who Knocks, and a lot more

Earlier this week, I sat down with "Breaking Bad" star Bryan Cranston to look back on his memories of some of the classic Walter White moments from the AMC drama's first four seasons. It was such a long conversation that I had to split it into two parts. Part one ran yesterday, and after the jump, I talked with Cranston about two of the most famous Walter White lines of all — "I am the one who knocks!" and "Run." — the breakdown in the crawl space, and more.

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<p>Sarah Silverman and John C. Reilly were both blunt and funny during their appearance at the San Diego Comic-Con to discuss their new animated film 'Wreck-It Ralph'</p>

Sarah Silverman and John C. Reilly were both blunt and funny during their appearance at the San Diego Comic-Con to discuss their new animated film 'Wreck-It Ralph'

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'Wreck-It Ralph' panel shows 10 minutes of footage with John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman

Acclaimed animation director Rich Moore shows off his passion project

SAN DIEGO - The final movie that Disney did a full presentation for during their Hall H panel at this year's San Diego Comic-Con is one of the most ambitious films they have on their schedule for this year, and based on the material they showed here, they should feel good about what they're trying.

Chris Hardwick, aka The Nerdist, seemed completely comfortable moderating the panel, and at the start of this final stage of the event, he mentioned that he had recently been talking to some friends about "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" and how that film could never happen today because of corporate lawyers and IP battles.  Almost as soon as he had that conversation, he saw the first trailer for "Wreck-It Ralph" and realized that he was, in fact, completely wrong.

Director Rich Moore walked out to join Hardwick onstage, kidding as he walked out.  "You said it was just going to be you and me."

As he settled in, he talked a bit about the premise of the film.  "Ralph thinks there is more to life than wrecking, and he sets out on a journey to become more than just an 8-bit bad guy."  When Hardwick pointed out that Moore was a director of "The Simpsons" for five years, Moore was quick to point out "That was 22 years ago."

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<p>Christian&nbsp;Bale in &quot;The Dark&nbsp;Knight Rises&quot;</p>

Christian Bale in "The Dark Knight Rises"

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The 'Dark Knight Rises' Oscar talk begins

And here...we...go!

You could hear the hype machine behind Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises" humming to life the instant it was assured some form of existence. It's building to a fever pitch this week as the film is on everyone's lips down in Comic-Con and word out of uniquely selective screenings makes the rounds. And now, David Germain has gone and thrown out the Oscar talk, so strap in.

Discussing the film in semi-review language, Germain swears it "has the weight and scope – and then some – of 2008's 'The Dark Knight'...whose snub in the best-picture field helped prod the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to expand the category to more than five nominees." He basically plants a flag for the film's chances on the circuit and gets Nolan, Christian Bale and Anne Hathaway on the record to discuss the franchise's awards legacy.

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<p>Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu</p>

Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu

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'Elementary' team talks 'Sherlock,' a female Watson and Moriarty at Comic-Con

Jonny Lee Miller had a Holmes conversation with Benedict Cumberbatch
SAN DIEGO - With new TV series panels at Comic-Con, there's a familiar panel structure. A show is scheduled for an hour and that means a 44 minute screening of the pilot, six minutes of applause, actor introductions and more applause and then five minutes of questions, usually not getting any deeper than "What drew you to this show?" before the panel is rushed to an end.
 
It's pretty unsatisfying and I have to assume it often leaves the talent wondering why they wasted three hours on the train down from LA.
 
I mention the typically empty new show structure as a way of complimenting the panel for CBS' new drama "Elementary," which took place on Thursday (July 12) in Comic-Con's Ballroom 20.
 
Somehow, with only 65 allotted minutes, "Elementary" screened its pilot and got in a solid 15 minutes of Q&A, which included decently direct questions from moderator Dalton Ross of EW, as well as a good selection of audience queries. I came away from the "Elementary" panel feeling like an awful lot of important points were addressed and like the crowd was mostly satisfied with the results. 
 
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<p>&nbsp;Frank of &quot;Big Brother&quot;</p>

 Frank of "Big Brother"

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'Big Brother' recap: The season begins -- and so do the twists

Former housemates return as coaches as the hamsters are split into teams

It’s summer again, and that means “Big Brother.” Do you remember a time before “Big Brother”? It has to have been a long time ago, because Mike “Boogie” from season #2 looks like he’s retirement age. When he comes into the house, I expect him to be dragging his walker with him. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Before we introduce the old (really old) but new twist, it’s time to meet the new hamsters!

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<p>Tim Burton seemed excited to discuss his new film 'Frankenweenie' with the crowd at Hall H today.</p>

Tim Burton seemed excited to discuss his new film 'Frankenweenie' with the crowd at Hall H today.

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Tim Burton shows several scenes and an old-school trailer for stop-motion 'Frankenweenie'

A spirited Q&A showed Burton at his best

SAN DIEGO - In the half-hour before the Disney panel began in Hall H of the San Diego Comic-Con, Tim Burton stood upstairs in the green room, laughing, smiling, completely at ease and comfortable.  Anyone who sat through the presentation he made for his new stop-motion animated film "Frankenweenie" knows, though, that Burton wasn't always that relaxed in his own skin, and many of his real childhood anxieties, especially about school, served as fodder for the film.

"What did they do to you in that school?" the panel moderator Chris Hardwick asked at one point.

Burton just shook his head, shuddering, and answered, "The lawsuits are still pending."

At the start of the presentation, the first of three films promoted as part of today's Disney event, Hardwick talked about how seeing "Beetlejuice" on the bigscreen was a major event for him as a kid, and how it taught him early on that films did not all have to look the same.

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<p>Miguel Gomez and Louis C.K. on &quot;Louie.&quot;</p>

Miguel Gomez and Louis C.K. on "Louie."

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Review: 'Louie' - 'Miami'

Louie makes a new friend and tours Miami's Cuban neighborhoods

A review of tonight's "Louie" coming up just as soon as I eat a strawberry I can't have...

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<p>Sam Raimi teases the preposterously pretty Michelle Williams during the Comic-Con panel for 'Oz The Great and Powerful'</p>

Sam Raimi teases the preposterously pretty Michelle Williams during the Comic-Con panel for 'Oz The Great and Powerful'

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Sam Raimi brings Michelle Williams and Mila Kunis to Hall H to introduce 'Oz'

Raimi talks about walking the fine line beween homage and creation for this one

SAN DIEGO - Chris Hardwick, better known as king of a podcasting empire under the handle The Nerdist, was practically giddy as he introduced the second film at today's Disney panel in Hall H at the San Diego Comic-Con.  He said he'd never had a chance to meet the filmmaker he was about to bring out, but that he considered himself a huge fan, and confessed, "I peed just a little bit when I found out this next guy would be here."

The highlight reel that they showed featuring clips from "Evil Dead 2," "The Quick and the Dead," all three "Spider-Man" movies, "Darkman," "Army Of Darkness," and "Drag Me To Hell" made a strong case for why Hardwick might be so excited.  Taken as a thrilling kinetic whole, the clips not only featured some huge, iconic pop culture moments like the upside down kiss in the rain from "Spider-Man," but geeky beloved beats like Bruce Campbell's "groovy" and "Hail to the king, baby."  Sam makes images that you can instantly recognize as Raimi images, and he is justifiably adored by many film nerds.  He took the stage to enthusiastic applause and settled in next to Hardwick to discuss his latest film, "Oz The Great and Powerful."

"This is my home away from home, Comic-Con.  I love it here," Raimi said, talking about how his favorite parts of the convention are "where they sell the comics," which he considers the heart of the event.

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