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<p>The Comic-Con &quot;Under the Dome&quot; logo is awesome.</p>

The Comic-Con "Under the Dome" logo is awesome.

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Comic-Con 2013: 'Under the Dome' Live-Blog

Popular Stephen King adaptation hits Comic-Com

This is an odd one. In terms of pure ratings, CBS' "Under the Dome" is certainly one of the most watched TV shows to hit Comic-Con this year. And yet here it is, squished into a mid-sized ballroom on the last afternoon of Comic-Con when everybody is either scurrying around on the floor looking for bargains or else celebrating the return of Dan Harmon to "Community" over in Hall H.

Weird.

Let's see if there's any enthusiasm at all from the Comic-Con faithful for CBS' summer smash.

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<p>Will &quot;Community&quot;&nbsp;stars Yvette Nicole Brown, Danny Pudi, Gillian Jacobs and Alison Brie be cosplaying at Comic-Con today?</p>

Will "Community" stars Yvette Nicole Brown, Danny Pudi, Gillian Jacobs and Alison Brie be cosplaying at Comic-Con today?

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Comic-Con 2013: 'Community' panel live-blog

Dan Harmon returns, and the series finally gets promoted to Hall H

It's taken the Comic-Con organizers a while to catch on to just how beloved "Community" is by the Con crowd, but the series finally gets a promotion to the big stage in Hall H, and for a panel that should be very interesting due to the return of creator Dan Harmon, who'll be appearing alongside returning producer Chris McKenna and stars Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie, Jim Rash, and Ken Jeong. (Joel McHale is busy filming a movie, Donald Glover is reportedly cutting back his involvement with the show, and Chevy Chase is... gone.) The crowd was enthusiastic enough last year in Ballroom 20 with replacement producers Moses Port and David Guarascio, but they adore Harmon. And Harmon has been blunt to a fault at times about his opinion of the one Port/Guarascio season. Will he be able to contain that impulse today, or will the sight of 6000 screaming fans bring out his exhibitionist impulses? Will he say what the plan is for dealing with the events of the Harmon-less season? How much, if anything, will they say about Glover's status? And what will the energy of the panel be like without McHale as the usual ringleader?

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<p>Jenna-Louise Coleman and Matt Smith will be at Comic-Con for the &quot;Doctor Who&quot;&nbsp;50th anniversary panel.</p>

Jenna-Louise Coleman and Matt Smith will be at Comic-Con for the "Doctor Who" 50th anniversary panel.

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Comic-Con 2013: 'Doctor Who' 50th anniversary live-blog

Matt Smith says goodbye as the Doctor; will Steven Moffat name his replacement?

Sunday tends to be the lightest day of Comic-Con. The movie studios go home, and so do many fans who bought 3-day passes and fly out in the morning. But a "Doctor Who" 50th anniversary panel featuring Matt Smith, Jenna-Louise Coleman, Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss and David Bradley (star of "An Adventure in Space and Time," an upcoming film about the origins of the franchise) made today's line for Hall H one of the longest and craziest of the Con. It should be a packed, delirious house for the Doctor, Clara and company. It's Matt Smith's farewell Con as the Doctor, as he'll be leaving after the Christmas special. The question is whether Moffat will announce his replacement in front of these 6000 American fans, or if he'll wait til he can announce it via a UK outlet.

As long as the wifi holds up, I'll be live-blogging the whole thing, so check back frequently for updates.

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<p>&quot;Breaking Bad&quot;&nbsp;stars Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston will be part of a large Comic-Con contingent for a farewell panel.</p>

"Breaking Bad" stars Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston will be part of a large Comic-Con contingent for a farewell panel.

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Comic-Con 2013: 'Breaking Bad' panel live-blog

Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul and company come for a Hall H farewell

Time for the final day of Comic-Con, and the final Comic-Con appearance of "Breaking Bad." The AMC drama was a big hit last year in Ballroom 20, despite not being an overtly Con-friendly series, and the farewell panel has been updated to the convention center's enormous Hall H. On hand will be stars Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt, R. J. Mitte, and Bob Odenkirk, plus creator Vince Gilligan. Assuming the ballroom wifi holds up, I'll be live-blogging the whole thing, so check back frequently for updates.

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<p>Lee Pace, Benicio Del Toro, Dave Bautista, James Gunn, Djimon Hounsou, Karen Gillan, Michael Rooker,&nbsp;Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana all showed up for the 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' panel</p>

Lee Pace, Benicio Del Toro, Dave Bautista, James Gunn, Djimon Hounsou, Karen Gillan, Michael Rooker, Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana all showed up for the 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' panel

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Marvel's strangest film so far, 'Guardians Of The Galaxy,' makes a strong Hall H debut

This looks like one hell of a gamble, but a thrilling one

SAN DIEGO - I was here for the first-time presentations that Marvel made for both "Thor" and "Captain America," and I thought they were both very confident panels that did a good job of conveying (A) the casting and (B) the general tone of each of the movies. They were good. Solid. Did the trick.

Today's presentation for "Guardians Of The Galaxy" was easily better than both of those combined. I am going out on a limb here, but I think this looks like one of the most genuinely fun things Marvel has ever made. I find something about the entire notion of Marvel just suddenly doing space fantasy ballsy and weird in the first place, but this particular property, done this particular way, by this particular filmmaker? That's just insane. It's an insane proposition on paper. I have no doubt there are execs at other studios just waiting to see this one stumble, and I also have no doubt those same people are going to be dumbfounded when they see what it actually is.

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<p>Jay-Z</p>

Jay-Z

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Music Power Rankings: Jay-Z, Rush, and Nine Inch Nails top the list

Anna Kendrick makes her first appearance

1. Jay-Z: He lands his 13th No. 1 album on the Billboard 200. We get the feeling he doesn’t have an unlucky number.

.2 Clear Channel: In three years, it has turned IHeartRadio from a vanity project to a viable, tremendously successful two-day festival. Let’s face it, if you were an artist dependent on radio play, would you tell them no?

3. Marc Anthony: After idiots on Twitter criticized someone “foreign born” being selected to sing “God Bless America” at this week’s MLB All-Star game, he quietly and elegantly reminded people that he was born in New York. Wake up, people. It’s not 1950.

4. Rush: The power trio gets their own Canadian stamp. Isn’t it a shame audio doesn’t come with it?

5. Thom Yorke: He and Nigel Godrich take on Spotify by removing Atoms For Peace’s music and griping that the service doesn’t help new artists. Yeah, that’ll hurt them.

6. Bruce Springsteen: While touring in Europe, he dedicated “41 Shots” to Trayvon Martin because, sadly, misplaced brutality never goes out of style.

7. Stevie Wonder: The singer takes a stand on Stand Your Ground, declaring that he will not play any states who have passed the law. Does he know that immediately takes 22 states off his tour route?

8. Nine Inch Nails: The Trent Reznor-led band releases four different covers for different configurations for “Hesitation Marks.”  Will die-hard fans feel compelled to collect the full set?

9. Anna Kendrick: As “Cups” continues to gain radio play, she becomes only the second person to have landed a Top 10 single, and nominations for both an Academy Award and a Tony. The other?  Barbra Streisand. #notanegot
 

10. Kanye West: The rapper takes his frustrations out on a paparazzo at LAX, allegedly resulting in the photographer being hurt and planning to press charges. Hey, you’re a daddy now, ‘Ye. Chill.



 

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<p>Why do I get the feeling that Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Jane (Natalie Portman) don't get a lot of opportunity to smile in 'Thor:&nbsp;The Dark World'?</p>

Why do I get the feeling that Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Jane (Natalie Portman) don't get a lot of opportunity to smile in 'Thor: The Dark World'?

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Sequels to 'Thor' and 'Captain America' show up and make big splash at Comic-Con

Cap and Widow, sittin' in a tree... f-i-g-h-t-i-n-g

SAN DIEGO - At this point, Saturday has become the big day for fan-gasms in Hall H, the day the studios all compete to see who can make the biggest noise, and for the last several years, Marvel has walked away victorious.

This year, their panel started with moderator Chris Hardwick taking the stage for the second time that day, still dressed as Booker DeWitt, and he immediately brought out Kevin Feige, all-around head poobah of Marvel Studios.

Kevin walked out, sat down, and as he was in the middle of his introductory banter with Chris, said one word about "Thor: The Dark World," only to be cut off mid-sentence as the entire Hall H plunged into darkness.

"Humanity," a suspiciously familiar voice said over the Hall H speakers. "Look how far you've fallen. Lining up in the sweltering heat for hours. Huddled together in the darkness. I am Loki of Asgard… and I am burdened with glorious purpose."

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"The Tomorrow People"

"The Tomorrow People"

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Comic-Con 2013: 'The Tomorrow People' 'blindsides' with twists

The CW series updates the 1973 series

The first episode of "The Tomorrow People" (debuts Oct. 9 at 9:00 p.m.) is a re-imagining of the 1973 series, though it could also be argued that it's really more of a re-imagining of a host of other CW series. There are hot guys, hot girls, really cool super powers, moody lighting and lots of angst. Sound familiar?

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Watch: Aubrey Plaza and Alia Shawkat get funny talking 'The To-Do List'
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Watch: Aubrey Plaza and Alia Shawkat get funny talking 'The To-Do List'

Interview 'touches' on boners, Jonathan Taylor Thomas and drinking for breakfast

SAN DIEGO - "The To-Do List" linked up with HitFix for a party at Comic-Con this year, but before we could put our party pants on, the film's stars Aubrey Plaza and Alia Shawkat and I needed to hack our way through the 1990s.

The flick centers on Plaza's enterprising high-schooler Brandy Klark, whose sexual experiences become goals on a to-do list in much the same way she'd study for a test. Shawkat plays one of her best friends Fiona, and they are featured in all manner of 1993: from Caboodles to Gin Blossoms and -- God help us -- overalls (on men and women).

I know for this writer it brought back some pretty keen memories of the age and the era.

"I remember going like, 'Oh shit we're playing teenagers.' After we shot the first day I was like, I really need to check in with playing an actual teenager and not just a precocious know-it-all," Shawkat said in our interview. "So i kinda hung out with teens... got stoned with them. Y'know just for research..."

The two actresses dropped a couple of names and music notes from the '90s like New Kids on the Block and Devon Sawa and "90210." But "The To-Do List" was actually originally titled "The Handjob," so the actresses felt there was some other prep work and research to do.

"We all gave each other handjobs, to get into the characters," Plaza said.

"We introduced ourselves while two hand simultaneously..." said Shawkat.

"The director forced us to it."

Mm-hm.

We talked about the occurrence of the female orgasm on film especially since titles like "American Pie" and "40-Year-Old Virgin" had their own first-timers theme (but with men). Plaza described what it was like to act out her O-face in front of the "To-Do" crew.

"Breathing is a private thing. You don't want a bunch of grown crew members watching you breath heavily," Plaza explained.

"And they were not shy about their boners. They were popping up all over the place."

"'I can't even get to my mark there's so many boners.'"

Boop! Check out the rest of our discussion of Kriss Kross, oral sex with Donald Glover, getting drunk at breakfast and all other manner of plain-speaking the word "penis."

"The To-Do List" heads to theaters on July 26.

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'Family Guy' enlists Peter Dinklage, Conan O'Brien, Bryan Cranston, Asthon Kutcher


"Family Guy" enlists Peter Dinklage, Conan O'Brien, Bryan Cranston, Asthon Kutcher

Watch a preview of Season 12, which will also feature Jon Cryer, Jeff Daniels, Liam Neeson and Adam Levine.


"Person of Interest" promotes Amy Acker

She'll be a series regular next season.


"Arrow" adds Kevin Alejandro and Michael Jai White
At Comic-Con, a sneak peek of Season 2 was unveiled.


"HIMYM" co-creator calls Season 9 a "bonus year and it's the wild west"
Although next season takes place over one weekend, there will be lots of flashforwards and flashbacks.


"Modern Family's" Jesse Tyler Ferguson weds

Ferguson tied the knot with boyfriend Justin Mikita before many of his co-stars.


Meet Twitter's fake Will McAvoy
An anonymous Twitter user has been parodying "The Newsroom" character.


NBC developing  "Clone" from Robert Kirkman

The proposed project asks: “What if there were more of you? And what if you could save those versions of yourself from being killed."


"The Vampire Diaries" can't wait to go to college
How much partying will there be in Season 5?

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"Revolution"

"Revolution"

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Comic-Con 2013: 'Revolution' gets new Big Bad, conspiracy

More intrigue, less 'running and gunning' in season two

The Comic-Con 2013 panel for "Revolution" (which returns for a second season Wed. Sept. 25 at 8:00 p.m.) filled every seat, but still show creator Eric Kripke spent plenty of time promising that the upcoming season would be much better than the first. The first step in doing that? While the power is on, it won't stay on for long. "Just long enough to get the nukes in the air," he said. "Our heroes are heroically striving to stop those bombs. Spoiler alert: They don't stop them. We're trying to be the first network show that loses two cities in the first fifteen minutes. The East Coast is totally destabilized. How would we survive in this neo-primitive world and how do we go from there? And then hilarity ensues."

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<p>Stephen Amell of &quot;Arrow&quot;</p>

Stephen Amell of "Arrow"

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Comic-Con 2013: 'Arrow' Live-Blog

What's in store for Oliver and company in Season 2?

I always find it hard to write about "Arrow," because I never remember if Stephen Amell spells his name with one "m" and two "l's" or if it's two "m's" and one "l." I've always had the same problem with Steve Carell. I can't explain it.

Anyway, I've already live-blogged "Bates Motel," "True Blood" and "The Vampire Diaries" today.

So... On to "Arrow."

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