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Prepping for Comic-Con 2010!


Hello Eclipse Magazine readers! This year for Comic-Con 2010 I am A LOT more excited than last time.  When I attended CC last year, I didn’t have a press pass and so I was enjoying CC by just attending panels, enjoying all the cosplay/costumes, and seeing all the surprises on the showroom floor.  This’ll be my second time attending and this year is going to be whole different experience for me. For one, I get to cover events for Eclipse Magazine….how cool is that? I’ll be attending press events and reviewing a couple of games for you guys. I’m also looking forward to seeing friends I made last year and making some new ones.

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Comic Con 2010: The Madness, The Horror, The Smells, The Fun!! EM’s Coverage Plans

Your fearless leader is not attending Comic Con this year (I’m going to do New York and Baltimore CC instead), but EM will have a presence at the show courtesy of our own intrepid reporters Marla Reed and Brian Sittner who recently launched his own cool website WhargarbleTV . Marla’s being secretive about some of her great gets this year. But we’ll have most of the big parties covered, Tron, Supernatural, lots of SyFy, USA Networks, The Expendables, news from the anticipated panels like NBC’s The Event,  AMC’s Walking Dead and other surprises. But sadly, I don’t have any relationship with Fox TV so no Glee! I’ll of course be giving you a bunch of my comments from the comfort of my chair in DC as well.  Follow our Tweets at twitter.com/eclipsemagazine. Plus there will be tons of Comic and Game news over the next few days. So I’ll be posting as much stuff as I can and Marla and Brian will be providing daily wrap ups and then a bunch of exclusives – probably next week.

E3 2010 is Here!

It’s that time of the year folks. Convention season!  I’m working out our July Comic-Con plans now and this week we have E3 – a show I went to for 11 years. This is the game industry’s biggest event of the year. Microsoft just kicked things off with their annual Pressor, tomorrow we have Nintendo’s conference, and I don’t know when Sony’s is – since I wasn’t invited. I’m following the week’s activities via YouTube’s special E3 Channel.  I’ll be posting thoughts, clips, and press releases as I get them during the week.  In the meantime, watch me play some Rock Band Green Day. I have them on the brain these days.

Michelle Plays Boulevard of Broken Dreams

Contest – Win our Exclusive Tribeca Film Festival Virtual Prize Pack!!!

Who needs to travel anymore when we have the wonderful Internets?  This year, movie lovers anywhere and everywhere across the US have a chance to experience the Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) without ever having to leave home through Tribeca Film Festival Virtual (TFF Virtual).  From April 23 – 30, you can watch eight full-length 2010 TFF films, eighteen 2010 TFF short films, conversations with filmmakers and actors, live panels, Q &A’s, and red carpet action as they happen and on demand all on a brand new high definition video player.

As a TFFV Premium Passholder, you will also have access to an eclectic collection of TFF 2010 short films, exclusive access to live coverage of star-studded red-carpet premieres, behind the scenes interviews with leading filmmakers and established and up-and-coming actors and insider panels. In addition, you will have the opportunity to interact with fellow TFF Virtual Festival-goers via online chats and live Q&As with the TFFV filmmakers so you can attend the Festival with all of your friends no matter where they live in the US!!!  Become a fan on Facebook for a chance to be daily winner of a TFF Virtual pass!  But hey, we also have a Virtual Prize Pack to give away!

  • Tribeca Film Festival Swag Bag
  • Tribeca Film Festival Virtual Pass

Prizes courtesy of the Tribeca Film Festival.

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WonderCon 2010: Confessions of a WonderCon Newbie

It was my first time. And like all first times it was a bit awkward, overwhelming, but in the end strangely satisfying. Of course, I’m still talking about attending my first ever Wonder Con in San Francisco this past weekend.  I’m also hesitant to admit that I’ve never been to WonderCon’s older sibling, ComicCon in San Diego, but it is now definitely on the “to do” list.  There were lots of wonderful highlights from the weekend, and we can’t wait to bring them to you in detail in the coming days.

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Chuck, Prince of Persia, Happy Town, Resident Evil, it’s Wondercon 2010 and Michelle will be there!

I’m leaving the warm 80 degree days in Washington, DC to freeze in San Francisco to bring you coverage of this weekend’s WonderCon!  And yes, you heard right, it’s just my luck that it’s finally, finally going to be in the 70s in DC starting Thursday and I’m going to San Francisco where it’s going to be in the low 50s and raining. I have a bunch of events lined up for the weekend including Pressers with Jerry Bruckheimer and the Cast of Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, Nicholas Cage and the Cast of The Sorcerer’s  Apprentice, the Producers of Toy Story, the Cast of Chuck, Happy Town and Human Target. I’m trying to line up an interview with W.S. Anderson for the new Resident Evil Movie and the Cast of ABC’s V.  I’m not going to promise up to the minute coverage, but I did buy a Netbook for this trip, so hopefully it’ll all work out. Check out the coverage this weekend and definitely starting next Monday I’ll have plenty of Pictures, News and more. The Con season is now in full swing.

Mobile World Congress Coverage Plans

Every year the denizens of the Mobile World converge on Barcelona, Spain for a week of confabbing about the state of the Mobile World. This year’s event promises to be huge with Mobile 7 being unveiled today and Android continuing to make moves. More and more of our lives will be based on our ability to go mobile. Unfortunately the cost of attending this event was redonkulous (tics for a trip to Barcelona last week was $900, this week $3,500) so I’m going to sit here in cold DC and cover the show from the comfort of my couch. I’ll bring you daily re-caps and any other neat Product Announcements in our Cool Tech Section, you can also follow the week’s coverage by clicking the Mobile World Congress link in our side bar. I know a lot of you don’t give a rats butt about tech and mobile, but the future of Entertainment is all going to mobile and tech based, after 20 years of talking about it the convergence is finally happening, whether we want it to or not.  If you want up to the minute coverage, I’ll once again recommend you go to Engadget.com.

Conventions: Big Apple Comic-Con Goes Old-School in NY

Big Apple Comic-Con

On a cold, dreary, wet weekend the folks at Wizard Universe got their geek love on in NYC by hosting their annual Big Apple Comic-Con event at the Pier 92/94 convention center. I dragged myself out of bed and overcame my fear of driving to NY (not so much the drive, it’s the parking nightmare)) to catch Saturday’s festivities.  Attending this year’s event the one phrase that ran in my head is – I am sooo OLD!  This event was refreshingly old school all the way.  It was like taking a trip through memory lane, seeing all my childhood heroes like Lou Ferrigno, Gil Gerard, Taylor Dayne, Julie Newmar, Sean Young, Helen Slater, Edward Furlong, Virgil, Ric Flair, Demolition, and a ton more.  The problem was all my childhood heroes are old now, which makes me feel really old and unhip, although, strangely enough Todd Bridges looks almost the same. TV’s Buck Rodgers, Gil Gerard – old. Back in the day he was smoking in that tight white jump suit.

Todd Bridges

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Shane Felux Discusses his Sci-Fi thriller Trenches with Michelle!

I love stories like Shane Felux’s. He’s a regular guy who got together with some friends to shoot a little fan film called “Star Wars: Revelations.” The film became a cult hit on the web and attracted more than 3 million downloads in less than 2 months. It was featured in major media outlets like CNN, Entertainment Weekly, MSNBC and others. His follow-up “Pitching Lucas” won the George Lucas Selects and Audience Choice award in 2006. The first film to win both top awards. Now he has teamed up with the new ABC-Disney Stage 9 Project to bring his latest film, a sci-fi thriller – Trenches to a YouTube video near you.

Trenches is a 10 episode original series produced for Stage 9. Each 2-4 minute episode will be available in both SD and HD formats.

An interplanetary war between the Rossdale Alliance and the Kuzaa Federation has been raging for generations. Lieutenant Nathan Andrews is a soldier with a relatively simple mission: retrieve his fellow soldiers from a losing battle before being overrun by enemy forces. After a ravenous crash landing, he is stranded with a misfit squad of surviving soldiers while something evil and alien lurks in the shadow of the planet’s trenches. The squad of soldiers find themselves in a race against time where they will put aside an age-old conflict and band together in a last attempt at survival.

Trenches stars Mercy Malick as Captain Racine; Aaron Mathias as Lt. Andrews; Micci Sampery as Lt. Greig; Lev Gorn as Captain Traina; Hong Chau as Specialty Wing; Daz Crawford as Sergeant Verro; Kelley Slagle as Specialty Boyens; Scott Nankivel as Pfc. Janeski; Tom Reuel as Specialty Resnikoff; Orlando Williams as Msg. Drayce; Chaney Tullos as Private Del Amico; Paul Stober as Captain Samson. I caught up with Shane at the recent New York Comic-Con and had a quick Q and A with him. He’s a really cool and interesting guy.  Read the interview after the break.

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Supernatural Creator Eric Kripke Answers Fan’s Questions – Part III

For better or worse, Eric Kripke, the creator, Executive Producer and writer of CW’s popular series Supernatural has made the fans an important part of his show, and not just as ratings numbers.  He has often stated that he has a roadmap for the series, a core story that he wants to tell, which he has never wavered from.  “It’s the saga of the Winchester clan — who the brothers really are, who their parents really are, why Demons are so closely intertwined with them, and what their destiny really is. It’s an epic, emotional, family story at its heart.”  Outside of that core story there are elements that come and go and his writing team is flexible enough to make those adjustments.  He states that a decision to keep or discard a storyline combines elements of writers’ opinion, the realities of actors’ schedules, and even opinions of the fans on occasion.  Fan response is valued such that when they overwhelmingly reject something across multiple online forums, it is given proper attention.  “There’s always room to make the show better, and that means trying new things, keeping the things that work, losing the things that don’t.”

This humble admission truly elevates Eric Kripke to a unique position among showrunners.  If the excellent writing, acting and directing were not enough to entice the viewer, then feeling like an integral part of the creative process certainly is.  That and the fact that Eric appears to be a fan’s best friend — someone to sit down with, share a cup of coffee, and have an open exchange of ideas for story elements that are past, present and future.

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Supernatural Creator Eric Kripke Answers Fan Questions – Part I

Supernatural Creator Talks to EclipseMagazine

In honor of this week’s return of new episodes of Supernatural following the extended hiatus caused by the writer’s strike, we hear from the showrunner himself answering fan questions.

Few people would remember the name of Oscar Levant from the 1930’s and 40’s but there is no doubt that many are familiar with one of his most famous quotes:  there is a fine line between genius and insanity. And these are the most widely used adjectives that fans have applied when referring to Eric Kripke, the creator, Executive Producer, writer, and even one-time director of CW’s popular series Supernatural. The show revolves around the adventures of the Winchester brothers as they strive to carry out their motto of Saving People, Hunting Things — the Family Business.  It features unique paranormal hunts based on widely accepted urban legends, playing alongside unexpected plot twists that fans have often labeled as <genius>.  Equally, some of those plot twists bringing changes to the successful formula of the show have been seriously questioned to the point of being labeled as <insanity>.  It appears Oscar may have been right… a fine line indeed!  Continue reading Supernatural Creator Eric Kripke Answers Fan Questions – Part I