If day one for us was all about Stephenie Meyer, day two was all about the boob tube. Both Kate Spencer and I spent the day getting hyped about existing and future TV favorites. Kate talked to the cast of Game of Thrones and visited the Joss Whedon and Breaking Bad panels, which she talks about in our little recap video above. I got to speak to the stars of two of the CW’s new shows: Arrow (Stephen Amell=yummmm) and mid-season show Cult. The latter stars Vampire Diaries alum Matt Davis, who isn’t giving anyone a chance to miss Alaric before he steps into a completely new character. True to its name, that one’s aiming for a cult following. Speaking of nostalgia for bygone characters, I also chatted with Vanessa Williams and Terry O’Quinn, who make the handsomest of scary power couples onscreen in ABC’s 666 Park Avenue but are perfectly charming in person. Terry was even wearing flip-flops for his interview. Not that I blame him, my own feet were killing me after a single trip around the convention center — where I peeped the scariest line for Hall H: both because it was a mile long and ’cause it was filled with zombies waiting to get into the Walking Dead panel. No way was I getting into that one at the last minute. But the first thing you learn at Comic-Con is to manage your expectations, and have fun with whatever you end up doing instead of the hottest panel of the moment — whether it’s popping into a smaller ballroom to hear about some hot new urban fantasy books or roaming the floor to admire a real working R2D2 and ogle Stan Lee for a minute. Can’t wait for Day 3!
We’re about halfway through Day 2 of of Comic-Con 2012, but it already feels like we’ve had a week’s worth of news. From the Breaking Dawn Pt. 2 panel yesterday (squee!) to the release of the new trailer for Oz: The Great & Powerful to Dawn of the Con and our chat with Rob Zombie, it’s been a whirlwind experience already. While you should be following us at @vh1celebrity to keep up with all the great stuff that our own Sabrina Rojas-Weiss and Kate Spencer are spotting in the huge hallways of the convention center, here’s a few examples of the star wattage —Michelle Williams! Taylor Lautner! The (Former) Governator!—that’s descended upon San Diego this weekend.
Once upon a time, people laughed at the thought of girls wanting to attend Comic-Con — all but those nerd-girl anomalies, that is. I don’t have any official numbers of the gender breakdown at this year’s convention, but it’s looking pretty equally divided, if not weighted toward the girls. And we’re not just talking about the Twi-hards. There are tons of ladies gathered around the actual comic book and video game booths too. We also love watching the young girls being schooled by mommy and daddy in all things superhero, zombie and cultish. Go nerd girls!
But we regretfully note one area in which the fairer sex is not dominating: At the Dodge Dart in It to Win It Challenge, in which four people have been living in a car since Wednesday, participating in all sorts of games to compete for the titular car. As those who’ve been watching the competition’s live stream at DodgeDartChallenge.com have noticed, the Dart got a little roomier after 5:30 last night, when Kat “Katalyst” Turner dropped out. Since she told us Thursday morning that she’d lived in her car for two years, we thought she was a shoe-in. But that experience actually left her with an injured back, and that, combined with the fact that the pack-a-day smoker wasn’t allowed to light up, even on breaks, finally made her decide the car wasn’t worth the pain. Read more…
Here’s one of those short but sweet moments that can only happen here at Comic-Con. I spent yesterday morning and afternoon very frantically covering Breaking Dawn, but I assumed I was done with Twilight for a bit when I rolled into PetCo Park for VH1 Classic’s Dawn of the Con party. Not so! My first interview was with Rob Zombie, and for some reason the first thing we talked about as the cameras started to roll was…Kristen Stewart. Yes, I seem to bring Twilight with me wherever I go!
Kristen Stewart just can’t take a compliment — and it’s really, really cute. The actress pretended to hide under the table at the Breaking Dawn press conference when co-star and close friend Taylor Lautner complimented her transformation as Bella Swan. As if that wasn’t enough, she then mimed a shoveling action for a bit as Taylor praised her work. “Kristen has done such a good job over this whole franchise,” he said, as she hid her face. As the audience laughed, Robert Pattinson moved his head at lightening speed to figure out what was so funny.
Taylor continued: “She’s always been clumsy, awkward, and relatable,” he said of her portrayal of the pre-vampire Bella Swan. “And now she’s all of a sudden transformed herself into this sleek, sexy, vampire.” Check out Rob’s reaction when Taylor drops that line — his look of love is to die for.
It’s no surprise that Twilight-mania was the focus of our attention today at San Diego Comic-Con — it is, after all it was the beginning of the end of an era, for the saga as well as for VH1 Celebrity and all the other blogs that have basically devolved into fangirls for the past four years. But while Kristen Stewart and company were getting teary-eyed about their last Con as a group, Twilight mastermind Stephenie Meyer swooped in to remind us that there are many other things in the world to fangirl over, namely, another thing she created: The Host. People were already filing out of Hall H when Stephenie got back on the mic and announced that she and Andrew Niccol, the director of her next adaptation, were ready to show fans the first real sneak peek of the alien-invasion flick. That certainly got our attention away from needing to hunt down some convention-center junk food. Check out Kate Spencer and I recapping all our favorite moments of day one in the video above (and me calling actors “hot” maybe a few too many times). Now, here are five things that gave us goosebumps and reminded us that, yes, there will be life after Twilight:
1. The Soul eyes look awesome. After hearing the Twilight crew complain that the contact lenses were kinda the hardest part about making the films, we were worried about this. For the uninitiated, the book is about people possessed by alien creatures called Souls, which give their hosts’ eyes a weird silver halo. Instead of that weird blank stare colored contacts can give actors, these made them just seem creepily serene, as they should.
2. It is PACKED with action. The first scene is just like the book, showing Melanie being chased and jumping into an air shaft. And what we saw ended with a dramatic car/truck/helicopter chase.
3. Max Irons is super hot. Especially when making out with Saoirse Ronan in the rain. Read more…
Twilight isn’t the only phenomenon to hit Comic-Con this year! While we were super stoked to see the Breaking Dawn cast at their panel discussion, this little tidbit of news has us beside ourselves with glee! Wizard of Oz fans, please stand up! Did you know that Disney is releasing their version of the classic tale next year, which is being directed by Sam Raimi. They released the first footage from the film yesterday, and the movie is called Oz The Great And Powerful. It’s actually a prequel to the regular Wizard of Oz, and stars James Franco as Oscar Diggs, a magician from Kansas who is carried away to Oz by, you guessed it, a tornado. Then we have the witches — Theodora, Evanora and Glinda — played by Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams respectively, with incredible wardrobes, FYI. They’re a bit disillusioned by Oz, and it’s up to Diggs to find his way through to the truth and realize what, or who, is good and bad. The trailer itself is just magical and gave us chills, segueing from the darkly whimsical, black-and-white world of Kansas to the technicolor world of Oz. “Am I dreaming,” Franco wonders, as he walks through the fantastical realm. “Are you the great man we’ve been waiting for,” floats into the voice-over. Watch the trailer, and ask those questions too.
If you haven’t been checking out the VH1 Twitter account, you should really take a look now. Our very own and very fabulous Kate Spencer and Sabrina Rojas Weiss are actually at Comic-Con and tweeting live updates and behind-the-scenes looks, which is totally awesome. And yesterday was all about — you, guesses it — Breaking Dawn, Part 2. We just posted a selection of the 10 best quotes from yesterday’s conference, which hilariously, had Kristen Stewart telling Robert Pattinson to jokingly, “Shut the f— up!” But apart from hearing what they said, we knew you would want a peek at the entire cast as well, and see how they interacted through the panel. As expected, they were amazing. The very dishy new dad Jackson Rathbone was there, not showing a hint of sleep deprivation. Ashley Greene was as lovely as ever in head-to-toe Michael Kors, while Kristen rocked it in a Fluxus tee, a BCBGMAXAZRIA skirt and Barbara Bui sneakers. The men — Peter Facinelli, Kellan Lutz, Robert and Taylor Lautner — looked smokin’. Nikki Reed and Elizabeth Reaser looked smart-smarts and smart-casual, respectively. And little Mackenize Foy stole the show with that smile of hers. Now we’re going to stop talking and let you have at the gallery so you can see it all for yourself.
Cheese-ball alert: today was a special day in the Twilight fandom. The cast kicked off Breaking Dawn press here at Comic-Con, and it was obvious they are all feeling emotional about it being the beginning of the end. As a Twilight fan and reporter I felt it too – the mix of raw excitement for the final film and deep sadness that after so much time together, this is it. I sat in for both press panels before the Hall H madness, and was impressed by the cast’s energy. Peter Facinelli and Kellan Lutz were being goofballs, Nikki Reed was sweet and sensitive, Ashley Greene was poised and professional and Liz Reaser did some amazing dance movies (imitating Michael Sheen on-set). Taylor Lautner often gets overlooked, but I love his attitude so much — he’s always ready to goof around with Rob and Kristen but is a class act to the core. Mackenzie Foy is as adorable as she seems, and she handled the attention like a pro.
We heard it was hard to get a hotel room at San Diego Comic-Con, but are people really forced to go to such drastic measures as sleep four to a car? Err, not really. San Diegans Ian Morris, Trent Brookshier, Kat Turner and Christie Ripley signed up to live in a brand new Dodge Dart from Wednesday night through Saturday morning as they compete to win that very car and are live-streamed doing so for 12 hours a day (the other 12 they get a break from the glaring TV lights, but not the car). And after their first night together in such cozy quarters, it seems like they just might survive without going at each other’s throats. “We’re actually really friendly with each other,” Kat said, as Trent explained how they quickly learned the best way to sleep four to a car: give up on your personal space. So leg room hasn’t been what’s getting to them so far, it’s the heat. “We were actually hoping to be in the convention center, for the air-conditioning,” Kat said. Still, the foursome seemed in good spirits as they prepared themselves for another day of silly challenges like packing the car, answering trivia questions, and — this being the Con — dressing in costumes. That last contest was how Trent got to choose his seat for the day, the passenger side. Behind him, Christie was desperately trying to catch up on the sleep she couldn’t get all night as hecklers stopped by. Kat was trying hard not to think about how much she needed a smoke (she’s not allowed to have one, even on breaks).
“This is a lifetime experience for me, whether I won the car or not,” she said. “One day is more than most people would do.”
Though Ian joked that they’d formed an alliance against Trent, the fans at home might want to root for him: He just got married a week ago and this car would make a great gift for his new bride!
Visit DodgeDartChallenge.com to watch these guys “Live in It to Win It,” through Saturday and check back here for more updates from them … and the people who actually made it out of the car and into the Con too!