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Comic-Con 2013 Horror Highlights — Saturday, July 20

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There’s something for everyone on Day Three of San Diego Comic-Con. It’s quite possibly the biggest this year, and not just because of what will most likely be our first glimpse of Gareth Edwards’ highly anticipated GODZILLA. Also scheduled is BATES MOTEL, RETURN TO NUKE ‘EM HIGH, SEVENTH SON, H.P. Lovecraft appreciation and the 25th anniversary of SANDMAN.

10:00am – 11:00am A&E BATES MOTEL

The Bates Motel is open for business in San Diego! Executive producers Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Kerry Ehrin (Friday Night Lights) will release new footage from the highly acclaimed A&E drama series Bates Motel exclusively for Comic Con attendees. The executive producers will be joined by the cast, including Academy Award nominee Vera Farmiga (Norma Bates), Freddie Highmore (Norman Bates), Max Thieriot (Dylan), Olivia Cooke (Emma), and Nestor Carbonell (Sheriff Alex Romero) to discuss the show’s unique backstory and creation. Fans will get an opportunity to hear more about season 2, debuting in 2014 on A&E, and will have a chance to ask the cast and creators questions during a Q&A. Moderated by Tim Stack from Entertainment Weekly. Room 6A

10:00am – 11:00am Behind the Creatures

Kirk R. Tatcher (Return of the Jedi, Gremlins, Star Trek IV, The Muppets) and Tony McVey (The Dark Crystal, Return of the Jedi, Gremlins, The Phantom Menace) relive their greatest behind-the-scenes stories from your favorite movies, including the Rancor that never was and Captain Kirk’s surprise. Moderated by Sean Murphy. Room 29A

10:30am – 11:30am The Ever-Changing World of the Paranormal/Fantasy Genre

Christine Feehan (#1 New York Times bestselling author) and Anne Elizabeth (award-winning author creator) discuss the ever-growing genre and subgenres of paranormal/fantasy. Join Christine and Anne for this Q&A session moderated by Sheila English (author, CEO of COS Productions, international speaker). Room 5AB

10:45am – 1:15pm Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures Preview Their Upcoming Lineups

Legendary Pictures: GODZILLA — An epic rebirth to Toho’s iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence. Gareth Edwards directs Godzilla, which stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, and Juliette Binoche, with David Strathairn and Bryan Cranston. The screenplay is by Max Borenstein, Frank Darabont, and Dave Callaham. Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni are producing with Mary Parent and Brian Rogers. Alex Garcia and Patricia Whitcher are the executive producers, alongside Yoshimitsu Banno and Kenji Okuhira. The film is from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures.

Legendary Pictures: SEVENTH SON — The fantasy action adventure Seventh Son takes audiences to a time long past, where evil is about to be unleashed. Jeff Bridges stars as Master Gregory, a Falcon Knight who imprisoned the malevolently powerful witch Mother Malkin (Julianne Moore) years ago. Now escaped, she seeks vengeance, and Gregory has only until the next blood moon to train a new apprentice (Ben Barnes), the seventh son of a seventh son, to fight a dark magic unlike any other. Oscar nominee Sergei Bodrov directs an international cast that includes Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington, Olivia Williams, Antje Traue, and Djimon Hounsou. The film is from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures.

Warner Bros. Pictures: 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE — From producer Zack Snyder, Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures present a new chapter in this epic saga, based on Frank Miller’s graphic novel Xerxes and told in the same breathtaking visual style as the blockbuster 300. Directed by Noam Murro, 300: Rise of an Empire takes the action to a fresh battlefield-on the sea-with a cast of both new and returning stars, led by Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey, Hans Matheson, David Wenham, and Rodrigo Santoro. Gianni Nunnari, Mark Canton, Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, and Bernie Goldmann produce, with Zack Snyder and Kurt Johnstad again collaborating on the screenplay. Hall H

11:00am – 12:00pm Gravity Falls

Creator and executive producer Alex Hirsch (Grunkle Stan), creative director Michael Rianda, and series stars Jason Ritter (Dipper) and Kristin Schaal (Mabel) uncover the mysteries of Disney Channel’s hit series Gravity Falls. Find out what’s in store for television’s spookiest town with an exclusive clip from the show’s exciting season finale and an audience Q&A. The panel will feature a sneak peek of Wander Over Yonder, the new series coming from Craig McCracken (Powerpuff Girls). Room 7AB

12:00pm – 1:00pm Apocalyptic/Zombie: It’s the End of the World as We Know It

Some of the best zombie and apocalyptic authors-including S. G. Browne (I Saw Zombies Eating Santa Claus), Matt Mogk (Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Zombies), Nick Cole (Old Man and the Wasteland), Peter Stenson (Fiend), Alan Averill (The Beautiful Land), and Rick Yancey (The 5th Wave)- discuss the threat of zombies, how they imagine the end of the world, and the art of writing apocalyptic stories, alongside moderator Aaron Sagers (MTV/CNN pop culture contributor). Room 23ABC

1:00pm – 2:00pm Live Forever: The Ray Bradbury Odyssey

Joe Mantegna (Criminal Minds), Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange), Edward James Olmos (Dexter), Clifton Collins, Jr. (Star Trek), Michael O’Kelly (executive producer/director), Scott E. Smith (picture editor), Shawn K. Clement (composer), James W. Speight (music editor), and Ugo Derouard (supervising sound editor) come together to explore the creative process of bringing the extraordinary life of Ray Bradbury to the big screen. Join panelists as they delve into his fascination with sci-fi, magic, fantasy, and toys, and explore his imagination and legacy. Room 25ABC

1:00pm – 2:00pm Judge Dredd Comics: IDW and Rebellion

You’ll get 20 years in an Iso-Cube if you miss this one! Join IDW’s Dirk Wood and Chris Ryall, along with Judge Dredd writer Duane Swierczynski, 2000AD’s Ben Smith, creators Henry Flint and John Higgins, and more for a drokkin’ good time discussing everyone’s favorite Mega-City One judge. Room 9

1:35pm – 2:35pm Lionsgate – Featuring I, FRANKENSTEIN and THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE

I, Frankenstein stars Aaron Eckhart and Yvonne Strahovski appear with film director/writer Stuart Beattie and graphic novel author/writer Kevin Grevioux. Plus, the cast of the highly anticipated second installment of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire comes to Hall H for the first time. Panel moderated by Fandango chief correspondent Dave Karger. Never-before-seen footage is showcased from both films. Includes Q&A opportunity. Hall H

2:40pm – 3:50pm GRIMM SEASON 3: Q&A with Cast and Producers from the Hit Supernatural Series, Followed by an Exclusive Trailer of NBC’s New Fall Drama, DRACULA

In season 2’s shocking cliffhanger finale, we were left screaming for answers! What will happen to Nick Burkhardt now that he’s a zombie? What do the royal families want with Nick, and what will Captain Renard’s next move be? Will Monroe and Rosalee (“Monrosalee”) take their relationship to the next level? What will come of Adalind’s royal baby? Is Portland doomed? Join your fellow “Grimmsters” for an hour filled with wesen, third season themes, and of course, a Q&A session with the cast members David Giuntoli, Russell Hornsby, Bitsie Tulloch, Silas Weir Mitchell, Reggie Lee, Sasha Roiz, Bree Turner, Claire Coffee, and executive producers/writers Jim Kouf, David Greenwalt, Todd Milliner, and Norberto Barba. Room 6BCF

2:55pm – 3:55pm Entertainment Weekly’s Women Who Kick Ass

Fierce, fearless and flat-out fantastic, these female actors have left fans breathless. Michelle Rodriguez (Fast and Furious franchise), Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany, Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead), and others open up about the power and privilege of playing women who redefine the rules and refuse to yield. Hall H

3:00pm – 4:00pm Hellboy 20th Anniversary Panel

This year’s Comic-Con marks the 20th anniversary of Mike Mignola’s best-loved beast. Hellboy has achieved the status in the industry typically reserved for characters created 40 years before him. Following up on the first arc on one of his most popular miniseries to date, the all-new Abe Sapien ongoing series, and the continuing adventures of the supporting cast of the BPRD, this will be one of the biggest Hellboy panels to date! Join creator Mike Mignola and Dark Horse editor-in-chief Scott Allie, for an open forum on your favorite cast of characters. Room 4

3:15pm – 4:15pm Vertigo: The Sandman 25th Anniversary and Beyond!

This year Vertigo’s flagship title The Sandman returns to comics in an all-new series written by Neil Gaiman (TheSandman)! Join Neil for a celebration of the 25th anniversary of this timeless series and an exclusive look at what is in store for the Lord of the Dreaming with Neil and his past and future legendary collaborators, Dave McKean, Sam Kieth, Todd Klein, and J. H. Williams III. Room 6DE

3:30pm – 4:15pm TRUE BLOOD Panel and Q&A session

Mixing romance, suspense, mystery, and humor, the Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated True Blood kicked off its sixth season June 16 on HBO. The series follows waitress and part-faerie Sookie Stackhouse (Oscar and Golden Globe award winner Anna Paquin), who can hear people’s thoughts and vampires Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) and Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgård). Brian Buckner serves as executive producer of the series, which also features Ryan Kwanten as Jason Stackhouse, Sam Trammell as Sam Merlotte, Rutina Wesley as Tara Thornton, Nelsan Ellis as Lafayette, Deborah Ann Woll as Jessica Hamby, Kristin Bauer van Straten as Pam, Joe Manganiello as Alcide, Anna Camp as Sarah Newlin, Michael McMillian as Steve Newlin, and Rob Kazinsky as Ben. Oscar and Emmy Award winner Alan Ballcreated and is also an executive producer on the series, based on the bestselling Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris. Moderated by Tim Stack of Entertainment Weekly. Ballroom 20

8:30pm – 9:30pm H. P. Lovecraft and the Necronomicon: 75 years of Mingling Fact and Fiction

2013 marks the 75th anniversary of the History of the Necronomicon, a short essay written by iconic horror author H. P. Lovecraft and published a year after his death. Since then, the dreaded tome written by the Mad Arab Abdul Alhazred has appeared in movies, books, comics, cartoons, art, music, and games. Although originally a literary hoax, hundreds of products bear its name today. Come explore the truth and legend behind the greatest creation of the 20th century’s greatest weird fiction writer, and learn how and why the book and its creator continue to influence all aspects of culture. With Brian Callahan (owner of Arkham Bazaar), Mike Dubisch (illustrator of The Black Velvet Necronomicon: Black Velvet Cthulhu), Cody Goodfellow (writer, All-Monster Action), Leslie S. Klinger (editor, The New Annotated H.P. Lovecraft, 2014), Mark Kinsey Stephenson (Randolph Carter in The Unnamable and The Unnamable II), Bryan Thao Worra (Innsmouth Free Press columnist), and Brian Yuzna (producer/director, Necronomicon: Book of Dead). Moderated by Aaron Vanek (organizer of the H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival-Los Angeles). Room 8

9:00pm – 10:00pm Troma: Return to Nuke ‘Em High

A live and uncut discussion with panelists working in cinema and the film festival, with Troma president and creator of The Toxic Avenger Lloyd Kaufman, along with Steven Paul (Ghost Rider), Judah Friedlander (30 Rock), Pat Swinney Kaufman (New York film commissioner), Zack Beins (Atom the Amazing Zombie Killer) and Ron Jermery (30 Rock). Moderated by Mimi Cruz (Night Flight Comics). See clips from the Troma/Starz upcoming theatrical release Return to Nuke ‘Em High Vol. 1. Troma Entertainment is Reel Independence! Room 9

For much more, including the full schedule visit the official site of San Diego Comic-Con.

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