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CCI 2019: Nerdist and Geek & Sundry Announce Comic-Con 2019 Line-Up

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Nerdist and Geek & Sundry are headed to San Diego Comic-Con, with a number of not-to-be-missed activities to add to your schedules, including multiple opportunities for fans to hear from their favorite creators and talent in person.

With stars of Nerdist News, Because Science, Explainiac, Relics & Rarities, Calliso*6, Starter Kit, Vampire: The Masquerade – L.A. by Night, Asinine Wisdom, Sagas of Sundry, We’re Alive: Frontier, and more, fans can get their fill of their most favorite performers, serving up truth, mystery, and hot hot hot takes.

There are also daily activities that don’t require a Comic-Con badge, starting on Thursday night with Nerdist’s The Upside Down! A Stranger Party. Partnering with Experience Level Entertainment. Nerdist invites fans to dive in to ‘80s nostalgia at Fluxx Nightclub (500 4th Ave). Get tickets here and don’t forget to click “Going” on Facebook!

Daily meet-and-greets with Nerdist and Geek & Sundry talent will take place at the Nerdist photo spot at Sparks Gallery (530 6th Ave) as part of Nerdist Presents: Borderlands 3 Museum of Mayhem. Be sure to follow us on Twitter for up-to-the-minute details on where to find us all week long. Follow Nerdist on Twitter. Follow Geek & Sundry on Twitter.

Check out Nerdist and Geek & Sundry’s full Comic-Con panel schedule below. Only 10 days left till preview night, and we can’t wait to see you at the big show!
All Things RPG-E: Geek & Sundry, Thursday, 7/18/19, 5:00p.m. – 6:00p.m., Room: 7AB
Role-Playing Game Entertainment (or RPG-E) has never been more popular! And Geek & Sundry has been a pioneer in creating much of the RPG-based programming fans love. This panel will cover the range of G&S’s RPG-E content and will delve into this popular style of collaborative game-based storytelling, fueled by imagination and presented as content for an audience of gaming enthusiasts as well as anyone who likes a good story. Hear from both the creators and the talent as they share personal stories, insider advice, and their thoughts on the future of this new and exciting entertainment format. Moderated by Denise Pantoja (Producer Relics and Rarities) and featuring Deborah Ann Woll (Relics & Rarities, Marvel’s Daredevil, True Blood), Jason Charles Miller (Starter Kit)Amy Dallen (Callisto-6. TBD RPG), B. Dave Walters (Vampire: The Masquerade – LA by Night, Writer Dungeons & Dragons: A Darkened Wish), and Eric Campbell (Callisto*6, Shield of Tomorrow).

Nerdist News Live, Friday, 7/19/2019, 11:30a.m. – 12:30p.m., Room: 5AB
It’s Nerdist News, live! Join Jessica Chobot (Nerdist News, G4), Dan Casey (The Dan Cave, Nerdist News), Rachel Heine (Nerdist and Geek & Sundry Editor-in-Chief), Brian Compton (Nerdist producer), Erin Vail (Nerdist producer), Stephen Czerwinski (Nerdist producer), and Kate Meyers (Nerdist head of production) as they dig in to what’s happening in pop culture as only Nerdist can. Go behind the scenes of Nerdist News, and bring your questions for the cast and crew. As always, you can expect hot takes, deep cuts, and theories, theories, theories!

Geek & Sundry LIVE!, Friday, 7/19/2019, 3:30p.m. – 4:30p.m., Room: 5AB
Established in 2012, Geek & Sundry has continued to produce groundbreaking original programming created around the theme of using play to both inspire and connect their dedicated audience. Whether it’s in front of or behind the camera, this panel will take a past, present, and future look at the G&S brand and what it takes to produce the unique content fans love. Moderated by G&S Head of Production T.J. Rotell, get the lowdown from a panel of G&S cast and creators, including Daryl Crittenden (Asinine Wisdom), Jake Bennett (Asinine Wisdom, TBD RPG), Erika Ishii (Game EngineVampire: The Masquerade – LA by Night Sagas of Sundry), Becca Scott (Game the Game, TBD RPG)Ivan Van Norman (Sagas of Sundry, We’re Alive: Frontier) and G&S Head of Video Sean Becker (The Guild).

Nerdist: Subverting the Hero’s Journey, Saturday, 7/20/19, 1:30p.m. – 2:30p.m., Room: 5AB
Star WarsThe Lord of the RingsThe Matrix. All beloved stories that follow the hero’s journey – the mythic structure of all great stories. And though have explored why this ancient template has inspired so many great works, we’re ready to adjust our thinking for a modern age. What exactly is the hero’s journey? How do some of pop culture’s newest heroes – Captain Marvel, Miles Morales, Rey – follow or subvert this pattern? And what does the reaction to these characters say about the state of fandom and storytelling? Join Nerdist Editor-in-Chief Rachel Heine, Preeti Chhibber (Author, Peter and Ned’s Ultimate Travel Journal), Hector Navarro (Host, DC Daily), Joshua Yehl (Senior Features and News Editor, IGN), Danielle Radcliffe (Writer, ScreenJunkies), and Jessica Delfanti (Narrative Lead, Fable Labs) as they break down what it truly means to be a “hero.”

The Science of Spider-Man: Far From Home, Sunday, 7/21/19, 2:00p.m. – 3:00p.m., Room: 7AB
Following up on his hit WonderCon panel The Science of Avengers: Endgame, Nerdist’s Science Editor and host of Because Science Kyle Hill (The Science of Mortal Kombat, MythBusters: The Search) breaks down the actual science behind Marvel’s latest web-slinging adventure, with help from star YouTubers Allen Pan (Sufficiently Advanced, MythBusters: The Search), Dianna Cowern (Physics Girl), Alie Caldwell (Neuro Transmissions, SciShow), and Kishore Hari (Community Organizer for Adam Savage’s Tested.com). Q&A session to follow.

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Frogfathers lessons from the Normandy surf

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Frog Fathers: Lessons from the Normandy Surf” is a deeply moving documentary directed by Bob Whitney, narrated by John C McGinley, and presented by World of Warships and FORCE BLUE. It chronicles the journey of four Navy SEAL veterans revisiting the site of the D-Day landings to honor their forefathers and gain a deeper understanding of the sacrifices made during World War II.

The film’s strength lies in its raw emotional impact and historical significance. It blends personal narratives with archival footage, offering a poignant tribute to the bravery and resilience of those who fought on June 6, 1944. The veterans’ reflections and the cinematography effectively capture the solemnity and reverence of their pilgrimage.

While the documentary focuses primarily on the veterans’ experiences, it also serves as an educational tool, highlighting the strategic importance of the Normandy invasion and its pivotal role in shaping modern history. The film’s respectful approach and engaging storytelling make it a compelling watch for anyone interested in military history and the enduring legacy of the D-Day heroes.

Overall, “Frog Fathers” is a powerful and heartfelt documentary that honors the past while inspiring present and future generations to remember the sacrifices made for freedom 

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American Horror Story: Delicate

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As most of us are already aware, the 12th Season of AHS has been fraught with all kinds of differences to the previous seasons, mainly in that this is the first one to be based entirely off a novel, ‘Delicate Condition’ by Danielle Valentine. The first half of the season aired in October 2023 to mediocre reviews, while the SAG-AFTRA strike caused production and airing delays for the latter half of the season, and the episodes of Part 2 were all cut to less than an hour long apiece. And none of that is even getting into the disjointed attempt at storytelling for Season 12, so let’s dive into this! 

Meet Anna Victoria Alcott (Emma Roberts), former young ling star of Hollywood now struggling to recapture fame as an adult, who wants a baby, very very badly. Bad enough to drive herself and her husband Dex (Matt Czuchry) through multiple unsuccessful rounds of IVF (in-vitro fertilization), bad enough to keep trying no matter how crushing each failure turns out to be, bad enough to involve her purported best friend and bougie publicist Siobhan Corbyn (Kim Kardashian) in her struggles, and maybe, just maybe, bad enough to give up on a burgeoning resurgence of her career after interest in her comeback role for The Auteur begins garnering her Oscar-worthy attention. 

So, Anna and Dex are going to go through yet another round of IVF, likely one of their last attempts at it, from a different doctor, Dr. Andrew Hill (Denis O’Hare), and clinic based on Siobhan’s recommendation. And already, strange things are beginning to happen to Anna – her appointments that she set herself begin springing up incorrectly, a doom saying woman called Preacher (Julia White) shows up spouting warnings about trusting no one, dire warnings appear in unlikely places, and BTW, it seems as though long-suffering but good-nurtured Dex has a side-piece too. It doesn’t help that Dex’s new partner at his art gallery, Sonia Shawcross (Annabelle Dexter-Jones), bears a striking resemblance to his dead ex-wife Adeline, either. Those spiked emerald heels start appearing weirdly too, and it seems as though no one will listen to Anna as she grows more and more suspicious that some sort of sinister cult has designs on her as-yet-unborn baby. At the same time, Anna tries to live the life of a successful returning actress, attending parties and gallery openings while draping her rapidly-expanding middle in shimmering fabrics and actively ‘campaigning’ for that little golden statue that most actors covet. Competition is fierce, even among her co-stars of The Auteur, and while Anna wants to be supportive of her fellow entertainers, she clearly appears to be incapable of doing both at the same time – wanting the baby and the little gold award at the same time is too much to ask, apparently. 

Elsewhere, mostly in the past, various women in states of desperation formed from one situation or another are visited by sinister-looking women in prim black dresses, headgear reminiscent of – to me anyway – an odd cross betwixt birds and bunnies, my guess is an ostensive nod to fertility in general, and a general feeling of blood-bound witchery about them at critical moments of crossroad choices. 

Though the second half of the season moves a good deal faster than the first, the attempts at callbacks and reminder flashes to Part 1 hit with all the impact of a dropped bag of garbage onto their friends Talia’s (Julia Canfield) borrowed bougie kitchen floor – splat, into incomprehensible silence, from all parties, both characters and audience, concerned. Even the reminders that, in Part 1 of Delicate Dex’s mother Virginia Harding (Debra Monk) did indeed have perfectly valid memories of abuse at the hands of a black cult and Dex’s own father Dex Sr. (Reed Birney), the revelation pales and peels away in the face of Dex’s true parentage. 

Which brings us back around full circle kinda sorta, to the only real character worth a damn in this entire miserable season of strange feminism and aspirations of world domination through a kind of idiotic Rosemary’s Baby nightmare scenario, we should have known she’d steal the show when Kardashian was cast for it, Siobhan Corbyn, leader of the blood cult her high and mighty (old) self. Throughout the whole show her character has remained exactly the same, and it’s a wonder Anna can stare at her all stupefied while Siobhan does her villain speech at the end of the last episode. Siobhan never masked her ambition or greed, her mysterious protective vibe and even deep love for Anna, and can always be counted on to have secret plans of her own, already in motion, bitch. 

The idea that Anna herself was used as a surrogate for Siobhan and her incestuous eugenicist plans, plus the sweet little demon baby she just birthed, has an ironic the-world-is-tilting-the-wrong-way kind of witchy madness to it. Sure, Anna really can have it all, the baby and the golden statue, if only she joins the patriarchy-crushing cabal of blood witches with world domination plans, got it. 

I have questions, or I would have, but things are moving on and Anna is being saved by … Dex’s dead ex, Adaline the former member of the coven right okay her, she’s going to show back up and offer Anna a simple chant to Hestia her patron Goddess, and that is somehow enough to deal with Siobhan entirely – poof. And finally, after all that rigamarole, decades of planning and scheming and witchy plotting finally settled, Anna really can have it all as a White Witch of Hollywood, heaven help us, with her perfectly human baby and that damned little golden statue, clutched in an only slightly desperate grip. 

As with any season of AHS there are a great deal of statements that could be implied just under the skin of the season – the canker way of ambition, the millenia-old pain of a woman giving birth, the savagery and bloodshed that comes with bringing forth life, pushback against both the patriarchy and ultra-feminism, the absolute desperation of humans wanting to have a child, and perhaps strangest and most open to interpretation of all, what it means to be feminine. The worlds population of women who can’t or don’t or simply won’t have children, for any reason or none, are relegated to servants, expendable servants at that, for this new world order that Siobhan is proposing, and that is far too close a comfort to things like outright slavery. A dictator is a dictator, no matter how great she looks in those emerald spiked heels. 

It’s not the really beautiful grotesquerie that Ryan Murphy and his AHS gang are often known for, nor is it utterly terrible and should be burned at the stake. What Delicate should be, is put back together with missing and cut footage, an hour long per episode again come on folks, fleshed some more of Siobhan’s baby-stealing adventures in the past and given us an actual reason to like anything about the whiny Anna, at least the Part 2 we as longtime AHS fans deserve. Toss in some more spidery hijinks! Give us the actual origin of those weird feather bunny-ear headdresses! 

American Horror Story Delicate the whole season can be seen on FX! 

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Jurassic Park: Unraveling the Mystery in a World Gone Prehistoric!

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Hold onto your hats, dino fans! The highly anticipated sequel to the adrenaline-pumping Camp Cretaceous saga is here, and it’s taking us on a wild ride six years in the making. Following the harrowing events of Camp Cretaceous, our beloved “Nublar Six” are back, but they’re not out of the woods just yet. In fact, they’re about to plunge headfirst into a world where dinosaurs roam freely alongside dangerous humans, and trust us when we say, it’s a Jurassic jungle out there!

Picture this: a world where survival isn’t just about avoiding sharp-toothed predators but also navigating the treacherous waters of human greed and deceit. As our resilient heroes reunite in the aftermath of a heart-wrenching tragedy, they quickly realize that danger lurks around every corner, and trust is a luxury they can’t afford. 

But wait, there’s more! Prepare to embark on a globetrotting adventure like no other as the Nublar Six find themselves thrust into the heart of a conspiracy that threatens not only the fragile balance between dinosaurs and humanity but also their very existence. From the lush jungles of Isla Nublar to the bustling streets of bustling cities, buckle up for a rollercoaster ride of epic proportions as our intrepid group races against time to uncover the truth about one of their own and, ultimately, save both dinosaur and humankind from certain doom.

So, dear readers, if you thought you’d seen it all in Jurassic Park, think again! With heart-stopping action, pulse-pounding suspense, and jaw-dropping revelations, this latest installment promises to be a game-changer in the Jurassic universe. Get ready to roar with excitement because Jurassic Park: Unraveling the Mystery is about to take a bite out of your imagination and leave you hungry for more!

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