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CCI 2018: Entertainment Weekly Returns To Comic-Con

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For the twelfth consecutive year, Entertainment Weekly will descend on San Diego Comic-Con 2018 with a fully loaded arsenal: two star-studded panels; a photo, video and radio studio; a special Comic-Con issue of the magazine free to all attendees; as well as the annual exclusive Closing Night VIP party. In addition, Entertainment Weekly’s annual Comic-Con preview issue featuringDoctor Who on the cover goes on sale nationwide Friday, July 13.

 

The EW Video Studio at the Hard Rock Hotel, in partnership with Facebook, will once again be the ultimate talent destination. EW.com and EW’s Facebook page will exclusively livestream non-stop video content and commentary from the convention, offering fans immediate and intimate access to Comic-Con’s biggest stars. Viewers can get in on the festival action on Facebook Watch as EW’s award-winning writers and editors interview the TV and film industries’ biggest names from EW’s Video Studio.

 

“We’re beyond excited to be back at Comic-Con in a big way this year,” said Henry Goldblatt, Editor in Chief, Entertainment Weekly. “Our partnership with Facebook is a terrific opportunity to amplify EW’s video content to an even wider audience. Comic-Con focuses on all genres of entertainment – and so do we. And it’s a celebration for the fans which makes it incredibly special.”

EW’s “Inside Comic-Con,” a free bonus issue, will be distributed by street teams on the ground in San Diego throughout the weekend, and will be available beginning Thursday, July 19. The cover story, written by EW Editor at Large, James Hibberd, is a must-read for Comic-Con attendees. Additionally, EW’s always-popular Comic-Con preview double issue, jam-packed with sneak peeks of some of the most highly anticipated TV shows and movies including a First Look at the new Doctor Who, featuring Jodie Whittaker as the first female Doctor, will hit newsstands nationwide on July 13.

 

The EW Studio will be a one-stop shop for the leading TV and film stars to promote their upcoming projects. For the sixth year, SiriusXM’s Entertainment Weekly Radio channel will air interviews and coverage with SiriusXM hosts Dalton RossJessica ShawJulia Cunningham and Kyle Anderson. Entertainment Weekly Radio’s Comic-Con broadcast will begin Thursday, July 19 at 2:00pm ET and will air through Saturday, July 23 on SiriusXM channel 105.

 

EW will present two fan-favorite panels:

 

Brave Warriors, a laugh-filled discussion with today’s male heroes including Benedict Wong (Deadly Class), Dylan Bruce (Midnight, Texas), Santiago Cabrera (Salvation), Tom Ellis (Lucifer) Jay Hernandez (Magnum P.I.), and Eoin Macken (Nightflyers). During this annual panel, topics will include the thrill of playing iconic characters, the sometimes awkward encounters with fans, and the highs (and lows!) of a career in Hollywood.  Moderated by EW Editor at Large, Lynette Rice the panel will take place in Ballroom 20 from 2:15-3:15pm on Friday, July 20.

 

Women Who Kick Ass, a discussion among fierce, fearless actresses featuring Jodie Whittaker (Doctor Who) Regina King (Watchmen), Amandla Stenberg (The Darkest Minds), Chloe Bennet (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), and Camila Mendes (Riverdale) opening up about the power and privilege of playing women that redefine the rules and refuse to yield. Moderated by EW Radio’s Jessica Shaw, the panel will take place in Hall H from 4:00-5:00pm on Saturday, July 21.

 

Entertainment Weekly and Marvel will host an intimate “After Dark” evening event in the EW Studio on Friday, July 20 with casts from Cloak & Dagger, Iron Fist, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.The Gifted and Marvel Rising.

 

Finally, no Comic-Con experience would be complete without EW’s legendary closing night party on Saturday, July 21. The poolside fete, presented by HBO, will once again take place at FLOAT at the Hard Rock Hotel and will attract some of Hollywood’s biggest film and television talent in a celebration of all things pop culture. This year’s highly anticipated party will feature two of everyone’s favorite HBO shows, a Game of Thrones photo op and cabanas themed around Westworld, along with tunes from DJ Michelle Pesce.

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Caesar’s Reign Comes To The Big Screen With New Trailer For Kingdom Of The Planet Of The Apes

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Director Wes Ball breathes new life into the global, epic franchise set several generations in the future following Caesar’s reign, in which apes are the dominant species living harmoniously and humans have been reduced to living in the shadows. As a new tyrannical ape leader builds his empire, one young ape undertakes a harrowing journey that will cause him to question all that he has known about the past and to make choices that will define a future for apes and humans alike. “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” is directed by Wes Ball (the “Maze Runner” trilogy) and stars Owen Teague (“IT”), Freya Allan (“The Witcher”), Kevin Durand (“Locke & Key”), Peter Macon (“Shameless”), and William H. Macy (“Fargo”). The screenplay is by Josh Friedman (“War of the Worlds”) and Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver (“Avatar: The Way of Water”) and Patrick Aison (“Prey”), based on characters created by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver, and the producers are Wes Ball, Joe Hartwick, Jr., p.g.a. (“The Maze Runner”), Rick Jaffa, p.g.a., Amanda Silver, p.g.a., Jason Reed, p.g.a. (“Mulan”), with Peter Chernin (the “Planet of the Apes” trilogy) and Jenno Topping (“Ford v. Ferrari”) serving as executive producers.

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Masterchef Is Back! For Halo Season 2

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A quick recap – Halo is set in a war-torn 26th century, where humanity led by the United Nations Space Command or UNSC and their supersoldiers known as Spartans, fights against the onslaught of the alien conglomerate known as the Covenant. The full dust-up of Halo Season 1, can be found here. Onward into the introduction of Halo Season 2!

It’s been six months since the forced separation of Spartan Masterchief John (Pablo Schreiber) and Cortana (Jen Taylor), and the Silver Team has been sent on a mission to evacuate residents of the planet Sanctuary before the Covenant glasses the whole thing. This comes with its own set of challenges, given the resistance of the planet’s inhabitants, and it doesn’t help that Masterchef starts seeing things right in the middle of trying to save some marines. Or is he? Those energy swords the squad of Elites were carrying looked worryingly real.

Back on Reach, the Silver Team is entirely dismayed to learn they have a brand new Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) representative come in as the new boss, to finally replace the traitorous Halsey, James Ackerson (Joseph Morgan). And of course, Ackerson manages to immediately get under Masterchief’s skin, by not only expressing far too much interest in John’s relationship with Cortana but also apparently disbelieving of John’s report of his encounters on Sanctuary. That just means Masterchief has to go around, if not entirely over, Ackerson’s head.

Elsewhere, Soren (Bokeem Woodbine) is trolling the slave markets in his boredom, only to stumble across a soon-to-be indentured servant who claims he knows the whereabouts of the UNSC’s most hunted human, Catherine Halsey (Natascha McElhone). That should bring a huge bounty, but really, Soren should’ve known better by now.

Halo Season 2 premieres Thursday, February 8th, 2024, and will continue to air every Thursday, only on Paramount+!

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Reborn as a Vending Machine I Now Wander the Dungeon’: I look forward to your next use!  

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If the title of this delightful little isekai anime entry didn’t give it all away, our nameless protagonist is a vending machine fanatic who, after being killed by a vending machine, gets reincarnated in another fantasy-style world as one! 

Japan has a tendency to give birth to all sorts of crazed fads that can last for decades, and no one does better when it comes to the vending machine industry, too. These days there are vending machines that will serve you sushi you can actually eat, hot pizza in the box, wagyu steaks, freshly popped popcorn, and a whole mind-boggling array of tasty treats, and other non-edible but still useful items! Umbrellas! Condoms! Oxygen masks, sterile bandages, shoes, and emergency clothing! Actually, far more things that we use on an everyday basis, could be considered as technically a vending machine, and the anime explores that beautifully. Into the world of vending machine fanaticism, we dive! 

So our poor protagonist never gave a name, and inevitably when he’s discovered by his first official friend the starving hunter Lammis, she dubs him “Boxxo”. Like many isekai that seem to take inspiration from video games and RPGs, Boxxo discovers he ways he can communicate, level up his existence, and even evince magic-like powers and attack and defend against monsters and enemies. Though in the beginning, and as an underlying theme throughout the show, Boxxo is primarily concerned with providing unique never-before-tasted-in-this-world food and drink to the amazed folk, human and otherwise. 

Boxxo’s prices are entirely reasonable and hey, he can even choose to give out his wares for free on occasion, so his popularity immediately skyrockets. Lammis with her awkward charm and prodigious strength blessing, introduces Boxxo to other friends of Clearflow Lake Village and associates along the way – Director Bear, an actual bear-monster who’s the head of the Hunters Association; Lammis’ friend Hulemy, the insane genius magic item engineer; the Bearcats Suco, Pell, Short and Mikenne, cheerful hunters with astronomic appetites; even suspicious Kerioyl, leader of the Menagerie of Fools party. 

The show approaches the practicality and versatility of the true vending machine with amusement, but also with the love true fans display for things they’re passionate about. Certainly, things like a brothel needing a condom vending machine exist in our world, but to toss them into a potentially more innocent other-world isekai is a welcome and often hilarious treat. The show celebrates the cheerful idiocy and devotion of the fans to their chosen fandom, in this case, yes vending machines, but also the spirit of the lonely otaku finally finding their Tribe! 

Pay your coins to watch ‘Reborn as a Vending Machine’ on Crunchyroll now! 

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