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Comic-Con News Round Up: More Nerd HQ, The World’s End, Adult Swim, and Haven

by Dan Koelsch

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This probably our last Comic-Con news round up, as Preview Night for San Diego Comic-Con starts in less than 24 hours. After the break, check out the latest press releases about the convention. See all of our Comic-Con coverage here.

“HANNIBAL”“KICK ASS 2,” “ADULT SWIM,” “TINY COMMANDO,” AMONG OTHERS ADDED TO “CONVERSATIONS FOR A CAUSE” PANEL SERIES AT NERD HQ 2013
“Serenity” During Festival to Take Place at Nerd HQ and Feature Special Guests Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk

Tickets on Sale TODAY Beginning at 12 p.m. PDT

Los Angeles, July 16, 2013

Nerd HQ announces additional panelists for “Conversations for a Cause,” the very popular philanthropic series of un-moderated panels taking place at Nerd HQ 2013 in San Diego July 18th-21st in a new location, Petco Park (100 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101) Gaslamp Gate.
The first round of panels went on sale last week and sold out in minutes.
Newly announced panels include “Fannibal Meetup with Bryan Fuller, Hugh Dancy and David Slade,” “Signing with the legendary Jim Lee of DC Entertainment,” “Adult Swim Panel featuring cast members from NTSF and Children’s Hospital,” “A Conversation with Evangeline Lilly,” “Kick Ass 2 Panel and Signing,” “Tiny Commando featuring Ed Helms, Gillian Jacobs, Ryan McFaul and Zachary Levi,” “A Conversation with NASA/JPL Mars Curiosity Rover” and “A Conversation with Zachary Levi and Mystery Guests.” Tickets will be $22 each and go on sale today, July 16, beginning at 12 p.m. PDT and rolling-out throughout the day.
In addition, tickets will go on sale today for “‘Serenity’ Movie in the Park.” The festival fan favorite screening will take place on the field at Petco Park and will feature a special appearance by Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk. The screening will take place on Saturday, July 20 at 9 p.m. PDT and tickets will cost $15 each.
Panels already announced are as follows: “300 Rise of an Empire,” “Dr. Who,”“Haven,”“I, Frankenstein,” “A Conversation with Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles,” ”A Conversation with Joe Manganiello,” “A Conversation with Joss Whedon,” “A Conversation with Nathan Fillion,”“Orphan Black,”“Psych,” “Seth Green, Robot Chicken, and Stoopid Buddy Stoodios,” “The Maze Runner,” “Thrilling Adventure Hour” and “A Conversation with Nerd HQ Founder Zachary Levi.”
Proceeds for “Conversation for a Cause” will benefit Operation Smile, mobilizing a world of generous hearts to heal children’s smiles and transform lives across the globe.

For more information, schedule updates and information please visit www.thenerdmachine.com. For tickets please visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/profile/192245

ABOUT THE NERD MACHINE – The Nerd Machine is a multimedia company dedicated in bringing its global clientele the best of apparel, accessories, software, hardware, music, and both long and short form video content. We not only put a premium on customer satisfaction and input but also collaboration, as we believe that some of the very best ideas may come out of the very community we serve. Our goal is to nurture an environment where community interaction thrives, creating the best and most forward thinking products available on the market. And, philosophically speaking, spearheading a “mission of redefinition” that changes the global perception of what a nerd is, and thereby allows everyone to celebrate the nerd in themselves. The question is: What are you nerdy about?

Access the Comic-Con excitement of THE WORLD’S END with Snaps
NEW YORK, July 16th, 2013 – Focus Features has selected Snaps! as the movie company’s exclusive virtual photobook for the much-anticipated summer event Comic-Con in San Diego later this week. With Focus’ new comedy THE WORLD’S END, the latest film from the creators of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, hosting a panel and activities in and around Comic-Con beginning Thursday, July 18th, courtesy of Snaps! anyone everywhere can get in on the action and the excitement of good pics, great snaps, and Comic-Con fun.

Fans far and wide can download the movie’s free Snaps! photo app, available on both iOS and Android, at theworldsend.snapsapp.com. They can also head to THE WORLD’S END channel, at http://bit.ly/WorldsEndSnaps, add characters from the movie to their Comic-Con photos, and share it all on Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, and Twitter. It’s easy, and you can do it in a snap!

About THE WORLD’S END
A signature brew of camaraderie, knockabout humor, excessive quaffing, questionable life choices, hand-to-hand combat, and explosive surprises, THE WORLD’S END (www.TheWorldsEndMovie.com) reteams director Edgar Wright with actors Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, following their hits Shaun of the Dead (2004) and Hot Fuzz (2007). Focus Features releases the comedy nationwide on Friday, August 23rd.

About Focus Features
Focus Features and Focus Features International (www.focusfeatures.com) comprise a singular global company. This worldwide studio makes original and daring films that challenge the mainstream to embrace and enjoy voices and visions from around the world that deliver global commercial success. The company operates as Focus Features in North America, and as Focus Features International (FFI) in the rest of the world.

In addition to THE WORLD’S END, upcoming Focus Features releases include Closed Circuit, the suspense thriller directed by John Crowley and starring Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall; the true-life dramatic thriller Kill the Messenger, to be directed by Michael Cuesta and star Jeremy Renner; the comedic fable The Boxtrolls, the new animated feature from LAIKA, directed by Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable with a voice cast that includes Ben Kingsley, Toni Collette, Elle Fanning, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, and Tracy Morgan; Black Sea, the adventure thriller to star Jude Law for Academy Award-wining director Kevin Macdonald; and Dallas Buyers Club, the fact-based drama directed by Jean-Marc Vallée and starring Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, and Jared Leto.

Focus Features is part of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks, and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is owned by Comcast Corporation.

Adult Swim and State Farm® Partner to Create Ultimate
Fan Experience at Comic-Con International

Program Includes VIP Access to Panels, Events & Adult Swim Funhouse,
Plus Costume Contest Featured On-Site, On-Air and Online

Adult Swim and State Farm® have partnered to get Comic-Con International fans to a better state – of cosplay. Building on last year’s successful program, the two companies today announced a series of activations that will debut at this week’s annual fan event in San Diego and will provide a unique experience to Adult Swim fans and boost their convention experience. Beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 18, Adult Swim will distribute at its booth (#3721) a custom, premium pamphlet filled with details on the network’s panels, events and off-site activations throughout the event. Randomly included in select pamphlets during the first day will be 10 “Adult Swim’s Get to a Better State Sweepstakes” golden tickets, which will grant one lucky fan plus one guest V.I.P. status for a host of Adult Swim happenings at this year’s con, including guaranteed seating at the network’s show panels, streamlined access to the Adult Swim Funhouse and free tickets to The Eric Andre Show Live! + Hot Package Live! performance at the House of Blues on Saturday, July 20. Full rules, including eligibility, will be available at the Adult Swim booth (#3721) and online at AdultSwimPresents.com.
Adding to the Comic-Con experience, and new for this year, Adult Swim’s Costume Contest – presented by State Farm will encourage and reward fans for dressing up as their favorite Adult Swim original characters, tapping in to an already common practice at this and other conventions throughout the country. The contest will be featured on a co-branded website at adultswimpresents.com, and can be accessed one of four ways: fans can upload their photos both through their computers and the Adult Swim mobile app, as well as via Facebook and Instagram using #ADULTSWIMCONTEST to have their photos entered in to a photo gallery on the site. Additionally, there is an on-site component where fans in Adult Swim costumes will have the opportunity to enter the contest on the spot. Fans not attending Comic-Con can also submit their best “selfies” online through July 28. One grand prize winner will be chosen by a panel of judges at Adult Swim based on four criteria: creativity, originality, recognize-ability and fit with the Adult Swim sensibility. The winner will be chosen on or around July 29 and will win a grand prize of $1000 plus a free V.I.P. trip to Williams Street in Atlanta and have their costume featured in a national television spot.
Adult Swim’s Costume Contest – presented by State Farm will be promoted on-site throughout the four-day event with branding included in the premium pamphlet handed out to fans. Additionally, while fans stand in line to enter the Adult Swim Funhouse, a truly-unique experience located in the nearby Petco Park parking lot, costumed characters will hand out State Farm-branded eggs which include a limited-edition, commemorative Adult Swim Funhouse pin. They can also check out adultswimpresents.com to view four custom tutorial videos brought to you by State Farm featuring helpful video tips, tricks and ideas on how to create a perfect costume for The Venture Bros. On-air, the contest will be heavily promoted via custom spots running on the network throughout the competition, and both Adult Swim and State Farm will provide significant promotional support via their respective social channels. A grand prize winner for Adult Swim’s Costume Contest – presented by State Farm will be announced in August. Full rules, including eligibility, will also be available at the Adult Swim booth (#3721) and online at AdultSwimPresents.com.

ENTERTAINMENT ONE 

BRINGS THE HIT SYFY SERIES 

HAVEN

TO SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON AND REVEALS AN UNPRECEDENTED SLATE OF

ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS FOR CONVENTION-GOERS

Haven Celebrates Its Biggest Presence at SDCC – Including an Opening Night Party, First-Ever Panel, Nerd HQ Appearance, #DiscoverHaven Scavenger Hunt And More –
Along with the Announcement of the 16-Page Comic Book “Haven: After the Storm,” Which Will Be Exclusively Available Inside the Haven Complete Third Season
Blu-ray & DVD Release, Arriving in Stores September 3, 2013

NEW YORK/TORONTO/LOS ANGELES – July 16, 2013 – Entertainment One (eOne) is proud to reveal the full schedule of activities and events for the hit Syfy series Haven at San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) 2013. Returning to the world’s largest fan convention for its third consecutive year, Haven is poised to take San Diego by storm with its biggest presence ever at SDCC – all in anticipation of the series’ eagerly-awaited fourth season, which will premiere Friday, September 13th at 10 PM (ET/PT) on Syfy.

Perfectly timed for San Diego Comic-Con, eOne announces the creation of “Haven: After the Storm,” a 16-page comic book that will be exclusively available as a special added-value bonus inside the North American Blu-ray and DVD release of Haven: The Complete Third Season, which arrives in stores September 3. Featuring an original story by Nick Parker from the Haven writing team, the comic picks up immediately following Season 3’s dramatic cliffhanger and provides the perfect bridge to the events surrounding this coming season’s premiere episode. “Haven: After the Storm” features pencils and inks by Steve Ellis (The Only Living Boy, The Walking Dead: Dead Reckoning) and cover art by Scott Hampton (Batman, Hellboy). The comic was facilitated by Quixotic Transmedia and edited by Quixotic’s CEO Joe LeFavi (Immortals: Gods and Heroes).

San Diego Comic-Con will also mark the debut of the Haven Season 4 social media blitz. Fans are encouraged to “Like” Haven on Facebook (facebook.com/Haven) and “Follow” The Haven Herald’s Vince (@VinceHaven) and Dave (@DaveHaven), while using the new Twitter hashtag, #DiscoverHaven, to find out the latest Haven #SDCC news and updates.

eOne’s Haven San Diego Comic-Con 2013 events and initiatives include:

WEDNESDAY, JULY 17 – SUNDAY, JULY 21

HAVEN HISTORICAL SOCIETY SDCC DISPLAY (Show Floor, Booth #4021)

Visit the Entertainment One Booth (#4021) on the San Diego Comic-Con show floor to see actual props and costumes, direct from the set of Haven. On display will be such iconic objects as Audrey’s police badge, Duke’s gold doubloon, Jordan’s gloves, Tristram Carver’s puzzle board, the Haven PD’s Colorado Kid case file and a selection of vintage Haven Heralds. The Haven Historical Society Display is on view during posted show floor hours.

THURSDAY, JULY 18

ENTERTAINMENT ONE’S HAVEN SDCC OPENING NIGHT PARTY

(8:00 PM – 11:00 PM, Sidebar San Diego, Gaslamp District)

For the second year, the cast and crew of Haven along with celebrity and special guests celebrate the upcoming season and kick-off Comic-Con in style at Sidebar San Diego. Featuring specialty drinks from sponsor Wild Turkey, this invitation-only, red carpet event, hosted by eOne, is sure to be one of the most buzzed-about parties of the convention. A limited number of fan tickets are available for purchase as part of the Haven Party Pack, available exclusively at Booth #4021 on a first-come, first-served basis.

FRIDAY, JULY 19

HAVEN SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON PANEL (3:00 PM – 4:00 PM, Room 6DE)

Join the cast of Haven as they take the stage for the hit series’ first ever San Diego Comic-Con panel. Panelists include stars Emily Rose, Lucas Bryant, Eric Balfour and Adam Copeland (WWE Superstar Edge), along with Co-Creator Sam Ernst and Executive Producers Shawn Piller, Matt McGuinness and Gabrielle Stanton. Haven’s newest cast member Colin Ferguson moderates the panel, which also features an exclusive look at footage from Season 4.

#DISCOVERHAVEN SCAVENGER HUNT (starting at 4:00 PM, upon panel completion)

Immediately following the panel, all attendees are invited to participate in the #DiscoverHaven Scavenger Hunt, in which fans will be challenged to find exclusive, take-home Haven Artifacts in and around the convention center and Gaslamp District. The first fifty fans to complete the Scavenger Hunt will be treated to a special up-close and personal experience with the cast at the final destination.

NERD Q: A CONVERSATION WITH HAVEN (6:30 PM – 7:15 PM, Nerd HQ, Petco Park)

Haven makes its first-ever appearance at Nerd HQ when cast members Emily Rose, Lucas Bryant, Eric Balfour, Adam Copeland and Colin Ferguson participate in “Conversations for a Cause,” an intimate Q&A, which will stream through The Nerd Machine YouTube page, NerdMachineTV, with all proceeds benefiting Operation Smile, a charity that provides cleft lip and palate repair surgeries to children in developing countries.

Haven, based on the novella “The Colorado Kid” from renowned author Stephen King, follows former FBI agent Audrey Parker, who becomes a cop in the small town of Haven, Maine, and soon discovers the town’s many secrets, which also hold the key to unlocking the mysteries of her lost past.

From leading independent studio Entertainment One (eOne), Haven is co-commissioned by Shaw Media in Canada and globally via Universal Networks International (UNI).

The creative team behind Haven includes executive producers John Morayniss (Rookie Blue, Hell On Wheels) from eOne Television and David MacLeod (Legends of the Fall, The Ray Bradbury Theater) of Big Motion Pictures, who are joined by Lloyd Segan, Shawn Piller, Scott Shepherd (Stephen King’s The Dead Zone, Greek) of Piller/Segan/Shepherd, Matt McGuinness (Journeyman, Dark Blue) and Gabrielle Stanton (The Vampire Diaries, Castle) as well as Sam Ernst & Jim Dunn (Stephen King’s The Dead Zone), who also developed the series.

Haven is produced by Entertainment One and Big Motion Pictures in association with Piller/Segan/Shepherd and airs on Syfy in the U.S., Showcase in Canada and internationally on Universal Networks International’s channels. Entertainment One controls the worldwide distribution rights to the one-hour series and concluded a deal with Germany’s Tele München Group (TMG) for the television rights in Continental Europe.



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