We’re not going to post every little piece of PR about Comic-Con that’s flooding our inbox, but…well…a lot is happening! Here are some of the most unlikely and exceptional events looming:
• The con itself is releasing many rules and suggestions, especially regarding lining up. No tents! The final (sniff sniff) Twilight panel kicks things off Thursday morning in Hall H, so this will be your final chance to wander the hopeful paths of Camp Twilight. Oh, the memories. And for those planning to camp out, you won’t be able to do so before Tuesday:
For safety issues we cannot allow anyone to line up in the Park until ALL tents, canopies, stanchions and work is completed at the Park. This also includes areas adjacent to the park, so please no waiting nearby for work to be completed. We anticipate that all work will be finished sometime Tuesday morning (July 10), however this is not a guarantee.
The camp will be also be tight:
You are allowed to have one chair per person of relatively normal size. You may use a sleeping bag or blanket as well, provided it is only taking up the space of one person.
• Larry King is coming to Comic-Con! And he’ll be talking to Optimus Prime:
The retired CNN host will travel to San Diego on July 13 to interview Peter Cullen, who provides the voice for Optimus Prime on the Hub cartoon “Transformers Prime.” Mr. King has no overt connection to the Hub, or Comic-Con for that matter, but was both available and affordable; another choice for the gig, the “Inside the Actors Studio” host James Lipton wanted $70,000.
This same NY Times piece (which you may not be able to see — we’ve actually maxed out our free articles for the month!) notes that The Hub will set up camp at the Broken Yolk Cafe and city trolleys will be decorated with My Little Pony decor. Bronies unite!
• We haven’t been posting all the toy news we’ve been getting—Beat pal Paul Nomad has a definitive list with photos here—but we will note that Super 7 will have a lot of cool toys, including this one.
• In an event that will go down in the annals of Nerdlebrity Excess, Kevin Smith is going to interview William Shatner AND Roger Corman. The latter two are promoting films; Shatner a documentary called GET A LIFE!, which screens Saturday night:
Based on Shatner’s hugely popular book, this film examines the mystery, longevity and the cultural phenomena of Star Trek and its long-obsessed fans known as “Trekkers.” On the surface, the film is an exploration of strangers who have for years attended conventions which looked foolish and almost laughable to some – but Shatner discovers the many secrets and hidden motives behind these individuals’ compulsion to attend these events. The end result is a film that reveals a fun and touching side of the fanfare surrounding Star Trek, and examines the thrill of what’s happening at these fantasy conventions and the enduring popularity of the film and TV series as Shatner further embraces his role as Captain James T. Kirk and his own impact.
We’ve seen the Shat’s CAPTAINS documentary and it was serviceable, so this should be ok.
As for Corman, he’s blowing up a girl with ATTACK OF THE 50 FOOT CHEERLEADER.
In an update to the great genre pictures of the ‘50s, Roger Corman’s first ever 3D film Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader follows a college coed who uses an experimental drug to transform herself into a popular beauty – but at a huge price. Produced by Corman along with his producing partner/wife Julie Corman, the movie stars Jena Sims (The Vampire Diaries), Sean Young (Blade Runner), Treat Williams (Hair, Prince of the City, Everwood), Ryan Merriman (Pretty Little Liars), A.J. Lamas (Leave it to Lamas), Mary Woronov (Eating Raoul), Ted Raimi (Spider-Man), with cameo appearances by Corman himself and director John Landis (An American Werewolf in London, Animal House, The Blues Brothers). Acclaimed visual effects artist Kevin O’Neill (Francis Ford Coppola’s Dracula, Blade and Piranha 3D) directs.
The epic event takes place on Saturday, July 14th.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.