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There are few films out right now that would be worthy of the description that I am about to give Alice Through the Looking Glass



There are few films out right now that would be worthy of the description that I am about to give, however, this film I feel earned it. That description would be near perfect!

One of the key elements that made this happen for me was the solid feeling of congruence. There was a palpable symmetry between ALL of the characters. Each one of them performing an intricate part with in the rich tapestry of this tale.

Now, of course, there is a large portion of focus put upon Alice in this film but it is laid out in such a way where it doesn’t feel that way. The film unfolds in such a way where every character, every player, is connected within the thread of this tale, and yet has their own moment, their own vignette, their own spotlight. Alice is connected to the hatter, who is connected to the Red Queen, who, in turn, is connected to Time as well as the White Queen. This connection is near tangible throughout the entire film. Every life intertwined with the other.

Now to those who might be upset that this movie strays so far away from the original text I would say “I totally and completely understand where you’re coming from”! This is usually a point of contention for me as well when it comes to most movies that are based in such an established frame. The thing that made this story different for me is that this had more of the feel of someone writing their continuation of the story as a fan rather than someone just out for money, a fanfic, if you will. That was part of the charm of this movie for me. It had the feel of a fan of the original text rather then some soulless corporate muckety-muck.

The environment of this film is a lavish banquet for the eyes to feast upon, full of beautiful backdrops, extravagant colors, rich textures as well as foreboding and intimidating machines, beasts, and scenarios. The scenery and backdrops for this film where a seamless blending of the practical realm and that of the computer generated images and even though the film relied heavily on computer-generated images for locations, machines, and most, if not all, of the fanciful creatures, it is my opinion that it did not distract from the storytelling but rather, in this case, enhanced it!

The backgrounds, both with the houses as well as the foliage, came off as if they were almost painted by hand or built practically. The creatures were fluid. The machinations believably mechanical with the only discrepancy there being that it was sometimes difficult to make out some of the details due to the darkened environment.

The acting quality is what I would have expected it to be, outstanding! Johnny Depp is wonderfully playful, yet struggling deeply. Mia Wasikowska is bold and ferocious yet retains a certain vulnerability. Helena Bonham Carter is hilarious as the Red Queen and yet there is also a portion of the film where you are treated to a real and tender moment from her. Anne Hathaway nails the poshness and light persona of the White Queen and yet also brings a subtlety of emotion to her character. I do, however, have to give a special nod to Sacha Baron Cohen. His performance of Time actually changed my opinion of him (and leaves me hoping that there are more roles like this one in his future). His portrayal of time went far beyond his usual portrayal of crass and caustic buffoons and brought a rich, multifaceted, character to the screen. His accent was compelling and perfect, reminding me of Christoph Waltz. The level of dramatic depth he brought to this character I had not seen from him in any of his previous performances (That is not to say that he wasn’t wonderfully silly as well).

Overall I would say that it is the story that is the hero of this film having intertwined these elements into a tapestry of delight. This tale is filled with whimsy, laughter, loss, adventure, sorry, and joy!

This film is good for all ages having something to appeal to both the young and old alike. So don’t be an ” irksome, Sluuurvish, interrupting, thing” and make the “Time” to go see this movie!

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The HISTORY Channel’s “The Secret of Skinwalker Ranch” To Make Panel Debut at San Diego Comic-Con



“The Secret of Skinwalker Ranch,” a hit nonfiction series on the HISTORY Channel, is making its debut at San Diego Comic-Con with an exclusive panel. The panel will feature aerospace engineer, astrophysicist, and lead scientist Dr. Travis Taylor; Defense Intelligence Senior Executive (Retired) Jay Stratton; and others. The series follows current ranch owner Brandon Fugal and an accredited team of scientists, researchers, and experts as they conduct carefully curated scientific experiments, daring drilling and drone exercises, and more to uncover what’s taking place on the anomalous 512-acre hotspot of high strangeness and UAP-related activity. New episodes currently air on Tuesdays at 9/8c, with the two-hour season five finale airing on Tuesday, July 23 at 9/8c.

HISTORY’s “THE SECRET OF SKINWALKER RANCH” PANEL – Thursday, July 25 from 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Hilton San Diego Bayfront (Indigo Ballroom)

Can You Keep A Secret? Unveiling the Secrets of Skinwalker Ranch – Ever seen a UAP? Or witnessed something strange and unusual that you couldn’t explain? Join the experts from The HISTORY® Channel’s hit series The Secret of Skinwalker Ranch, including astrophysicist and lead scientist Dr. Travis Taylor and others, for a dynamic panel discussing the motivations, inclinations and secret findings currently taking place at one of the most infamous UAP and paranormal hotspots to ever exist. The moderator will be Matt Zoller Seitz (New York Magazine/Vulture). Cast subject to change.

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Adult Swim, the global leader in adult animation, unveiled plans today for San Diego Comic-Con which includes an ongoing Pirate-themed fan “parrrty” featuring a series of special evening events, exclusive panels diving into key Adult Swim programs, and the kick-off of a cross-country mobile tour to celebrate “Rick and Morty: The Anime.”

“For reasons too long to get into, we at Adult Swim have always used a pirate ship (and, owls, but maybe we’ll do that at a later con) as a metaphor for how we operate,” said Michael Ouweleen, president, Adult Swim. “We thought since we like to think of us, fans and network, as all one thing, that we should bring the pirate ship to the harbor of San Diego this year and let everyone join us on the – erm – poop deck.”


Adult Swim will crash onto the shores of San Diego with a shipwreck adventure on the network’s Adult Swim on the Green space outside the San Diego Convention Center (5th Avenue Landing and Convention Way). The “Adult Swim Pirate Parrrty” will include custom games, exclusive first looks, giveaways, and evening entertainment including DJ laser sets – no badge required!

The space will also host a series of special evening events including:

  • AEW x Adult Swim “Battle for the Booty” Wrestling Tournament – Join a collection of AEW wrestlers who will face off in a tag team tournament against famous Adult Swim faces for a no-holds-barred event as each competitor vies for the chance to win the “Battle for the Booty” title. Thursday (7/25) at 7:30pm
  • Adult Swim’s Night of New – Comic-Con attendees will be the first to experience a collection of brand-new Adult Swim series at this special screening event featuring the full-length premiere episodes of “Common Side Effects,” “Rick and Morty: The Anime,” “Invincible Fight Girl,” and “Women Wearing Shoulder Pads” alongside more never-before-seen Adult Swim content.  The screening will also be livestreamed in real-time on Adult Swim’s YouTube Channel. Don’t miss your chance! Friday (7/26) at 7:30pm
  • Fun with Zach and Michael – Fresh off the finale of the hit series’ second season, join “SMILING FRIENDS” co-creators Michael Cusack and Zach Hadel for a special live-draw and fan Q&A event. Saturday (7/27) at 7:30pm

The first 1,000 attendees to join the “Adult Swim Pirate Parrrty” at 1pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday will receive an exclusive giveaway! For more details on the “Adult Swim Pirate Parrrty” visit here.


This summer marks the return of the famed Rickmobile and Mortymobile for Adult Swim’s “Anime-rican” tour in support of the new series “Rick and Morty: The Anime,” and San Diego Comic-Con is its first stop! Fans attending the “Adult Swim Pirate Parrrty” will have a chance for a photo-op with the Mortymobile, while the Rickmobile will roam San Diego’s Gaslamp District with special giveaways. After Comic-Con, both the Rickmobile and the Mortymobile will cross the country for a nine-city tour that will conclude in Adult Swim’s hometown of Atlanta.


The fun continues inside with a series of can’t-miss panels featuring advanced looks, breaking news and insightful discussion from series creators and voice talent:

  • Adult Swim’s “Common Side Effects” Series First Look – Come experience the side effects of an incredible panel discussion about Adult Swim’s highly anticipated new series.  “Common Side Effects.”  From executive producers Mike Judge and Greg Daniels, and creators Joe Bennett and Steve Hely, this comedic thriller follows two former high school lab partners who take on big pharma and government agencies as they try to bring a medicine that cures everything to the whole world. Co-creator Steve Hely and writer/director Sean Buckelew will join the series voice cast including Martha KellyEmily PendergastJoseph Lee Anderson and Dave King to discuss the new series. Friday (7/26) at 11am, Indigo Ballroom
  • Adult Swim’s “Rick And Morty: The Anime” Series First Look – Go further into the multiverse of Rick and Morty with the new series “Rick and Morty: The Anime” as it lands at San Diego Comic-Con.  Writer/director Takashi Sano, producers Joseph Chou and Takenari Maeda, and Adult Swim’s head of action and anime Jason DeMarco will share details about the intergalactic adventure and show you the inner workings of the new series on Adult Swim. Friday (7/26) at 12pm, Indigo Ballroom
  • “My Adventures with Superman” Screening Presentation and Panel – Join executive producers Jake WyattJosie CampbellBrendan Clogher, and voice cast members Jack QuaidAlice LeeIshmel Sahid, and Kiana Madeira as they answer your burning questions from season two. Plus get the early scoop on all the action, comedy, and romance that awaits Clark, Lois, and Jimmy in season three. Airing on Adult Swim, “My Adventures with Superman” is produced by Warner Bros. Animation. Saturday (7/27) at 10am, Indigo Ballroom 
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BMI® and White Bear PR are excited to present “The Character of Music: The Art of Scoring for Animation,” at Comic-Con 2024. The panelists include BMI composers Sherri Chung, Deana Kiner, Kevin Kiner, Sean Kiner, Joy Ngiaw, along with composers The Newton Brothers and songwriter Alex Seaver. The panel will be moderated by White Bear PR’s Chandler Poling and introduced by BMI’s Director, Film, TV & Visual Media, Louie Stephens.

Step into the mesmerizing world where sound meets artistry at this year’s “The Character of Music: The Art of Scoring for Animation” panel. Discover how composers work hand in hand with animators and directors to weave a seamless tapestry of sound and imagery. The panelists include Deana, Kevin and Sean Kiner (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars: The Bad Batch, Star Wars: Rebels), Sherri Chung (Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai, Based On A True Story), Joy Ngiaw (Blush, Barbie Mysteries), The Newton Brothers (X-MEN ’97), and songwriter Alex Seaver aka MAKO (Arcane: League of Legends). 

San Diego Convention Center Room 6BCF
111 W. Harbor Dr.
San Diego, CA 92101 

Sunday, July 28, 2024 


2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. PST

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