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Syfy Takes Over The Streets–And Buildings At Comic-Con 2013; Hosts Panels For Five Series!

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Syfy continues to take it all to Comic-Con. For Comic-Con 2013, the network is wrapping a Helix showcase around the Marriott Marquis & Marina Hotel, adjacent to Comic-Con headquarters in the San Diego Convention Center – and hosting panels for five scripted series: the launch of the aforementioned Helix – with first-look clips, Defiance, Being Human, Haven and Warehouse 13. Cafe’ Defiance will make its second consecutive appearance as Syfy transforms Mary Jane’s Cafe’.

Syfy will also serve as the title sponsor of the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the Oscars of the comic book industry, for the second consecutive year.

For details, follow the jump to the official press release.

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VIZ Media Takes Digital Manga, Weekly Shonen Jump and The Neon Alley Anime Channel To Comic-Con2013

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VIZ Media – the largest distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America – will be showcasing digital media, including the Weekly Shonen Jump digital manga magazine, and the Neon Alley Anime Channel at Comic-Con 2013. The company will host a wide array of special events, unique giveaways, panel discussions and more.

For details, follow the jump to the official press release.

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FoxFanfare 2013 – Big Fun For Fox Fans at Comic-Con 2013!

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If you love Fox programs like Bones, The Following, American Dad, Bob’s Burgers and The Simpsons; if you’re looking forward to Almost Human, Axe Cop and Sleepy Hollow with the glee (the emotion, not the show), then FoxFanfare 2013 will have something you – panels, signings, Con-exclusive screenings and more. Plus: Pizza!

To find out where the Fox fun is at, follow the jump for details.

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CBS Invades Comic-Con 2013!

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CBS is going big at Comic-Con 2013 with panels for Under the Dome, Josh Holloway starrer Intelligence, fan fave comedies How I Met Your Mother and The Big Bang Theory, and Person of Interest.

CBS Interactive will bringing back its popular GameSpot Base station with CNET and its round-the-clock-coverage on CBS.com as well as adding something new for 2013 – the 3D Costume Cam.

For the official press release – including all times (panels, signings, etc.) – follow the jump.

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Community, Hannibal and The Blacklist Among NBC Shows Appearing at Comic-Con 2013!

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NBC is making a splash at Comic-Con 2013 with stars and producers of several shows – including The Blacklist (above left), Community, Grimm, Hannibal (above right), and Revolution – headlining panels. Ironside star Blair Underwood will be a part of the TV Guide Fan Faves panel, while SNL veteran Seth Meyers and Late Night with Seth Meyers producer Michael Shoemaker will appear on the Hulu panel.

For dates and times, follow the jump.

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FX Brings Four Hit Shows to Comic-Con 2013!

FX shows Archer, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Sons of Anarchy and Wilfred will have a presence at Comic-Con 2013. Each will have a panel that will feature new material – ranging from clips to full episodes – as well as executive producers and cast members. For the network’s Comic-Con schedule, follow the jump.

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ABC Takes S.H.I.E.L.D. and Wonderland to Comic-Con 2103!

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ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Once Upon a Time: Wonderland will make their Comic-Con debuts as the network brings a little star power to Comic-Con 2013. The network’s Once Upon a Time will also be featured as the network brings creators, stars and special surprises to the world’s premiere showcase for all things entertainment.

S.H.I.E.L.D. will be represented by its executive producer, Joss Whedon, and Marvel’s Head of Television and series executive producer, Jeff Loeb. That panel will take place on Friday, July 19th, with the show maintaining a high profile at Marvel Entertainment’s booth throughout the weekend.

Once Upon a Time and Wonderland will stake out Saturday, July 20th, and feature the shows’ executive producers and cast members in panels and press room interview sessions. Check out the official press release following the jump.

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Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo Adds Carrie Fisher, Peter Dinklage and Lena Heady to Guest List!

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Princess Leia, Tyrion Lannister and Sarah Connor are headed to Calgary, Canada for the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo. The annual show – running this year over the weekend of April 26-28 – is Western Canada’s largest comics and entertainment convention.

Follow the jump for more information.

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2013 Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo Packs a Wallop: Boondock Saints Confirmed To Appear!

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Western Canada’s largest pop culture convention, The Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo has confirmed that original Boondock Saints’ McManus Brothers – Norman Reedus and Sean Patrick Flanery will appear at the 2013 show – which runs from April 26-28.

Reedus (who has consolidated his genre cred with the role of Daryl Dixon on The Walking Dead) and Flanery (who was Young Indy on The Young Indian Jones Chronicles, as well as villainous politician Greg Stillson through six seasons of The Dead Zone) will join a roster that includes: comics legend Stan Lee; horror/thriller director John Carpenter; Weird Al Yankovic (the bestselling comedy recording artist of all time); top comics artists Adam Hughes (you name it; he’s done it) and David Finch (Batman: The Dark Knight); actors Michael Shanks (Stargate SG-1, Smallville) and Lexa Doig (Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda – she was Andromeda, Eureka, the upcoming Continuum) and the proverbial many, many more.

Crashing Cannes: Insider Tips for the Uninvited & Dispossessed

A True Insider … Or At Least Deserve to Be

Whether you are a true student of cinematic art somehow overlooked in the invitation vetting process, the Actress of Our Time still-undiscovered in your day job at Denny’s or simply an unabashed celebrity hound who follows every whispered rumor on Twitter, attending the Cannes International Film Festival should be the pinnacle of your daydreams. Held once in 1939 and then interrupted by World War II, the festival resumed in 1946 and continues to this day. This year’s event — Festival de Cannes — is scheduled for May 15 to May 26, 2013 and represents the event’s 66th year. As the epitome of high-class celebrity sightings, Cannes makes L.A. events such as the Oscars or the Academy Awards resemble kindergarten graduation ceremonies.

Preparing to Crash Attend the Events

Although airline and hotel reservations constitute mundane details of preparation, they are necessary nonetheless. A little black dress, sandals and a scarf are all that are required to pass for second-tier celebrities. Travel insurance is always a necessity, especially when one plans to attend social events that are prefaced by the term “security” and certain celebrities are trailed by imposing bodyguards. Access to real parties, showings and celebrity events — in the absence of official entry badges and invitations — is based on two absolute imperatives: early and constant reconnaissance and, frankly, chutzpah also known as a degree of saucy confidence.

Sources of Recon Information

Face facts: Tom Cruise, while temporarily single again, will have a date for Cannes and it won’t be you. Instead, you’re going to have to become a student of the event in order to best enjoy all the showings and fetes it has to offer. The festival’s 2013 webpage is already up and fully operational. You’ll need to study all the information provided so as to know and use the right lingo. The “red carpet” is more than a figure of speech. At the Festival de Cannes, the “red carpet of the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès” refers to a specific event in which attendees and celebrities are photographed. If you think you might be under undue scrutiny, pull out a compact and sigh with a comment about how poorly you photograph against red.

More Sources of Recon Information

In addition to the Cannes Festival website — don’t forget to study the area maps — are other sources of information on schedules, schedule changes, attendees, winners, scheduled fetes, benefit dinners and unscheduled parties. This easily overlooked information can be located on some of the website pages and include sign-ups for festival newsletters, RSS feeds, podcasts, the official Twitter page and the official Facebook page. In addition to information on the 2013 festival, you should also make yourself acquainted with press coverage of past events.

That Moxie Part

If you need an official reason to be in the vicinity during the event, consider signing up with one of the European film schools that routinely offer “Cannes” classes during the festival. The schools are well known to event organizers and are expected to crowd up against security barriers. Be sure to carry a clutch with only the laminated edge or corner of a 4 x 6 card exposed. While everyone is supposed to wear their event badges, women rarely chose to ruin the look of an outfit with a laminated card necklace. Act as if you are in fact an invitee.

The Beach as Back-up

Public screenings of certain films are shown “on the beach” so to speak; so don’t be too disappointed if you can’t crash the party the first time. You can still watch the films discussed and the festival lasts a long time.