Comic Con 2013 Report

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Updated: 7/19/2013 10:31 am


"Black Sails" pushed out into the open waters of Comic-Con. Starz isn't premiering the mature pirate drama until next year, but the first episode was screened for hundreds of fans at a movie theater Thursday night during the pop-culture convention. "Black Sails" cast members Zach McGowan, Jessica Parker Kennedy, Mark Ryan and Hakeem Kae-Kazim were on hand for the preview, which marked the first time for them to see the inaugural installment, too. Before the screening, composer Bear McCreary and a band performed musical selections from the series. The first episode centered on Toby Stephen's ruthless Captain Flint as he sought to maintain control of his ship and seek out a Spanish treasure ship. "Black Sails" creators Jon Steinberg and Robert Levine said they want the show to be realistic.

There weren't any kills at the final panel for "Dexter" at Comic-Con, but there were some tears. "Dexter" actresses Jennifer Carpenter and Lauren Velez held back the waterworks as they expressed their gratitude to fans gathered inside the San Diego Convention Center. Many of the "Dexter" devotees camped out for a chance to see Michael C. Hall and the rest of the cast, who finished production on the eighth and final season of the Showtime serial killer drama last week. The panel served as a reunion for past "Dexter" actors whose characters have died, including Velez, Erik King and Julie Benz. The cast shared what they took from the set after production wrapped: Hall fleeced Dexter's watch; Desmond Harrington pocketed Quinn's gold chains; and David Zayas took Batista's hat.

It's been decades since Harrison Ford played towering film characters Indiana Jones and Han Solo, but the questions still come -- especially at Comic-Con. Ford made his second appearance at the all-things-geek gathering in San Diego Thursday to promote his new film "Ender's Game." It might as well have been the 1980s, though, as far as fans were concerned. Given the chance to ask questions about the new film, they instead peppered the 71-year-old star with questions about characters he long ago left behind. One fan asked, "light sabers aside," what might happen if Solo, the Millenium Falcon pilot from "Star Wars," met Jones, the adventure-addicted archaeologist. "Hi, how are you?" Ford asked before shaking his head, taking off his glasses and rubbing his eyes in a marvelous moment of comedic timing.

Fans at Comic-Con got the very first look at footage from the highly anticipated new film "Divergent." Director Neil Burger said Thursday shooting wrapped just two days ago in Chicago, "so it's very fresh for all of us" before playing the two-minute clip for about 7,000 attendees at the Summit Entertainment panel. The movie is based on the first novel of the same title in a trilogy by author Veronica Roth. It follows 16-year-old Triss as she tries to choose what direction her life will take in a dystopian near future. The clip shows star Shailene Woodley jumping from a moving train onto a roof, crowd surfing in a cafeteria and climbing a ferris wheel. There also are a few electric moments between Woodley and fellow star Theo James. The film will be released in March.

Ask Robert Kirkman about the snub his show "The Walking Dead" received in Emmy Award nominations and he answers with a hearty laugh. Kirkman said Thursday at Comic-Con in San Diego he'll "take the ratings" and went on to list all the great shows that are competition with his zombie apocalypse series. "The Walking Dead" set cable ratings records earlier this year when more than 12 million people tuned in to the season finale. But it was not among the six nominees Thursday in the drama series category. The nominees were fellow AMC original series "Breaking Bad" and "Mad Men," "Downton Abbey," "Game of Thrones," "Homeland" and the Netflix release "House of Cards." The show did receive a nomination for outstanding prosthetic makeup, an award executive producer Greg Nicotero and his KNB EFX Group have won twice before.
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