SDCC 2013: What to do on Day One

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There are a lot of going on this year at San Diego Comic Con and if you are one of the few hundred thousand people that are attending you might be having a problem deciding what to do or what panels to attend. We are We Live Film are going to give you some suggestions as to what panels to check out for all 4 days of the Con broken down by each individual day. Below you will find out suggestions as to what YOU should check out during Day One of SDCC 2013.

Out of everything happening at San Diego Comic Con, if you are into tv and movies well Hall H is the place you want to be. We highly suggest that If you want to see anything in Hall H, I would highly suggest that you just plan to spend the day in Hall H. For those who may not be aware of this, Hall H is typically the home of the biggest panels at San Diego Comic Con that usually include huge studio movies and big television series and this year is no different. Below is the Thursday lineup for Hall H:

11:50am to 12:50pm – the 14th Annual Animation Show of Shows – Ron Diamond will present the best and newest in international animation. Included is Disney’s Oscar winning Paperman along with 10 animated shorts culled from the most notable festivals from around the world. Shows annually at Pixar, Dreamworks, Disney, ILM, Blue Sky, Sony, EA, UCLA, SVA, USC, SCAD, NYU, RISD, Harvard and CalArts.

1:10pm to 2:20pm – Europa Report –  At the movies, it seems there’s so much science fiction, but so little science. Sebastian Cordero’s Europa Report seeks to change that. The film depicts a near-future crewed mission to Jupiter’s moon Europa, seeking evidence for life in an ocean beneath the moon’s icy surface. The movie uses current science to tell a story of discovery and danger. This panel features the film’s crew and cast, alongside scientists involved with a NASA concept for a real robotic spacecraft, the Europa Clipper, designed to investigate the mysteries of Europa, including whether it has the elements to support life. Participants include Sebastian Cordero (director, Rage and Chronicles), Bear McCreary (composer, Battlestar Galactica, The Walking Dead), producer Ben Browning, and actress Karolina Wydra, alongside JPL scientists Steve Vance and Kevin Hand. The panel will be moderated by astronomer Dr. Phil Plait(Slate magazine, Phil Plait’s Bad Universe). Space.com called the film “One of the most thrilling and realistic depictions of deep-space exploration since Moon and 2001: A Space Odyssey.”

2:30pm to 3:30pm – Entertainment Weekly’s The Visionaries –  From art house cinema to studio blockbuster, these uncompromising directors have electrified audiences with their virtuoso storytelling and breathtaking imagery. Marc Webb (The Amazing Spider-Man 2500 Days of Summer), Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity,Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban), and Edgar Wright (The World’s End, Shaun of the Dead) lead this master class on the art of filmmaking and a wide-ranging discussion about the future of film.

3:50pm to 4:50pm – Enders Game & Divergent –  Summit Entertainment presents a special sneak peek at the highly anticipated film adaptation of the beloved, award-winning novel Enders Game. This is a must-see for fans, who will be shown all-new, exclusive footage and treated to a Q&A with starsHarrison FordAsa ButterfieldHailee Steinfeld, and Abigail Breslin, along with producer Roberto Orci (Star Trek Into Darkness) and director Gavin Hood (X-Men Origins: Wolverine). The panel will also feature the first footage ever seen of the futuristic thriller based on the #1 New York Times best-selling novel, Divergent. Cast and filmmakers will complete a Q&A sharing details of the project’s transition from book to film. Panelists will include novelist Veronica Roth, director Neil Burger, and cast members Shailene WoodleyTheo JamesMiles TellerMaggie QAnsel ElgortMekhi PhiferBen LambBen Lloyd-Hughes and Christian Madsen.

5:10pm to 5:40pm – Voltage Pictures: An Exclusive Preview of The Zero Theorem, Directed by Terry Gilliam – An eccentric and reclusive computer genius plagued with existential angst works on a mysterious project aimed at discovering the purpose of existence ­or the lack thereof­ once and for all. However, it is only once he experiences the power of love and desire that he is able to understand his very reason for being. Appearing on stage to introduce the special early look at this new film and take your questions are producers Zev Foreman (Killer Joe) and Dean Zanuck (Get Low), and Terry’s daughter Amy Gilliam, who worked on the film. Moderated by Gina McIntyre of the LA Times’ Hero Complex.

5:40pm to 6:10pm – Trailer Park – It’s a Comic-Con tradition! See the latest and greatest trailers with 6,499 of your pop culture-loving friends on the big screen.

6:30pm to 7:30pm – Dexter – You’ve been there for every edge-of-your-seat moment, every kill, inside Dexter’s most intimate thoughts, watching him transform before your eyes. Now, after eight amazing seasons, it’s time to say goodbye to America’s Favorite Serial Killer. Join the cast, writers/executive producers, and surprise guest stars who are too big to mention, for a final farewell panel that even Hall H can’t contain! Ralph Garman(KROQ entertainment reporter) presides over a revealing interview and Q&A session with the stars and executive producers of Dexter. Featured panelists include series star/executive producer Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Jennifer Carpenter (Deb), David Zayas (Batista), and James Remar (Harry). Also appearing are executive producersJohn Goldwyn, Sara ColletonScott Buck, and Manny Coto. Satisfy your Dexterobsession all weekend. The new season of Dexter airs Sundays at 9:00 ET/PT only on Showtime.

8:00pm to 11:00pm – Hall H & Ballroom 20 Thursday Recap – Didn’t get into either Hall H or Ballroom 20 today? We feel your pain! Do you like stuff? Of course you do! Then join the assistant to the director of programming for Comic-Con International, Tommy Goldbach, in this 3-hour block in which Comic-Con will rebroadcast some of the day’s popular panels from those two giant rooms. Best of all, those in attendance will get to vote in a show of applause on what they want to see. It’s democracy at its finest and it’s a second chance to see these panels.

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If you don’t want to deal with the madness that is Hall H, there are several other awesome panels that we can recommend checking out instead. Below is a brief list of panels that we would recommend:

Intelligence – 10:00am – 11:00am Ballroom 20

Stars Josh Holloway (Lost), Meghan Ory (Once Upon a Time), and Marg Helgenberger (CSI) and executive producers Michael Seitzman (North Country),René Echevarria (Terra Nova, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), and Tripp Vinson discuss the new CBS dramatic thriller. Holloway plays Gabriel, a high-tech intelligence operative enhanced with a supercomputer microchip in his brain. With this implant, Gabriel is the first human ever to be connected directly into the worldwide information grid and have complete access to Internet, WiFi, telephone, and satellite data. He can hack into any data center and access key intel in the fight to protect the United States from its enemies. Leading the elite government cybersecurity agency created to support him is Director Lillian Strand (Helgenberger), a straightforward and efficient boss who oversees the unit’s missions. Strand assigns Riley Neal (Ory), a Secret Service agent, to protect Gabriel from outside threats, as well as from his appetite for reckless, unpredictable behavior and disregard for protocol. As the first supercomputer with a beating heart, Gabriel is the most valuable piece of technology the country has ever created and is the U.S.’s secret weapon. Join the cast and producers for an exclusive viewing of the first episode, followed by a panel discussion moderated by Debra Birnbaum, president and editor-in-chief, TV Guide magazine.

The MADness -10:15am – 11:15am Room 6DE

Continues in San Diego as MAD once again descends on Comic-Con with their usual-but mostly unusual-brand of hijinks and hilarity. Producers Kevin Shinick and Mark Marek and other hilarious minds from the show promise a wisecracking discussion about the series inspired by the beloved and bestselling humor magazine. Producers will also share new footage featuring all the fan-favorite elements of the show, from animated parodies and crazy commercials to pretend promos and classic gags. This panel is sure to leave everyone feeling MAD. From Warner Bros. Animation, MAD airs Mondays at 8:30/7:30c on Cartoon Network.

DC Entertainment- All Access – 11:30am – 12:30pm Room 6DE

At DC Entertainment, there’s never been a better time to be a comics fan! Find out what DC’s top talent is has been up to! With Brain Buccellato (Flash), Mark Buckingham (Fables), Derek Fridolfs (Batman: Arkham Unhinged, Li’l Gotham),Adam Hughes (Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan), Geoff Johns (AquamanJustice League, Justice League of America), Jeff Lemire (Green Arrow, Justice League Dark),Gail Simone (Batgirl, The Movement), Tom Taylor (Injustice: Gods Among Us), and more!

Beauty and the Beast- 12:00pm – 12:45pm Ballroom 20

Kristin Kreuk (Smallville) and Jay Ryan (Terra Nova) along with executive producersJennifer Levin (Without a Trace), and Sherri Cooper (Brothers and Sisters), invite all #Beasties to join them for an exclusive discussion of what is ahead for #VinCat and the sophomore season of the breakout fan-favorite series from the CW network.Beauty and the Beast, winner of the People’s Choice Award for Favorite New TV Drama, is a modern adaptation of a beloved fairy tale. In the second season, Detective Catherine Chandler (Kreuk), shaken to the core that everything she knows has been a lie, is determined to get answers to the secrets that have been revealed about her family. Cat must also try to navigate her evolving relationship with handsome doctor Vincent Keller (Ryan), who struggles with becoming a terrifying beast when he is enraged, unable to control his super-strength and heightened senses. Cat and Vincent continue to grapple with the desire to be a normal couple while trying to keep a low profile from Muirfield, now on the hunt for both of them. Join the cast and producers for a panel discussion moderated by Jenna Busch from Fanhattan.com.

USA Network- Psych – 1:00pm – 2:00pm Ballroom 20

For the fifth year running, cable TV’s most beloved fake psychic detective series is bringing its signature brand of humor, pop culture nostalgia and delicious flavor to Comic-Con. Fans will get a unique, interactive peek behind the pineapple as the show’s creative team discuss Psych‘s long-anticipated musical episode and upcoming season, share exclusive video content, and take audience questions galore. The panel, moderated by Psych guest star and ‘80s icon and fan favorite Cary Elwes (Pierre Despereaux), features stars James Roday (Shawn Spencer), Dulé Hill(Burton “Gus” Guster), Maggie Lawson (Juliet O’Hara), Tim Omundson (Carlton Lassiter), Kirsten Nelson (Chief Karen Vick), and Corbin Bernsen (Henry Spencer), as well as producers Steve Franks (creator and executive producer), Kelly Kulchak(executive producer), and Chris Henze (executive producer). Hilarious hijinks are highly likely to ensue.

Comic Con: Advance Screening of The Blacklist and Panel Session with James Spader- 3:00pm – 4:00pm Room 6A

View a preview the first episode of the highly anticipated new NBC drama series The Blacklist from Sony Pictures Television. It stars James Spader (Lincoln, Boston Legal) as the world’s most wanted criminal who mysteriously turns himself in and offers to give up the Blacklist, a global directory of all the criminals with whom he has worked. Join James Spader, Megan Boone (Blue Bloods, Step Up Revolution), Diego Klattenhoff (Homeland, Pacific Rim), and executive producers Jon Bokenkamp(Taking Lives, Perfect Stranger), Jon Eisendrath (Outlaw, Alias), John Davis (Predator, I, Robot, Chronicle), and John Fox for a Q&A session. Check out The Blacklist on Mondays at 10:00 this fall on NBC.

Entertainment Weekly’s Brave New Warriors- 4:45pm – 5:45pm Ballroom 20

A new generation of heroes has revitalized television. These daring, dauntless young actors have fans swooning and critics raving. Matt Smith (Doctor Who), Kit Harington (Game of Thrones), Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead), Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf), and David Giuntoli (Grimm) discuss the thrills and fears of taking on iconic characters, reveal how they broke into the business, and share their favorite stories from set.

South Park: The Stick of Truth – 6:00pm – 7:00pm Room 6BCF

The creators of South ParkTrey Parker and Matt Stone, will discuss their upcomingSouth Park videogame, South Park: The Stick of Truth. Parker and Stone will talk role playing games, their vision for an interactive South Park adventure, and creating The Stick of Truth, the epic quest to become…cool.

Hannibal: Feed Your Fear – 6:45pm – 7:45pm Room 6A

Emmy Award-winning executive producer Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies), directorDavid Slade (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse), Martha De Laurentiis (Red Dragon), and star Hugh Dancy (Agent Will Graham) reveal juicy morsels from behind the scenes of the groundbreaking NBC drama Hannibal. This feast of many courses will serve key moments from the first season as an entree, followed by a digestif of sneak previews of the second season. Not to mention a few surprises along the way. Bon appetit,Fannibals!

Zombies In Pop Culture – 7:00pm – 8:00pm Room 7AB

Max Brooks (Zombie Survival Guide, World War Z), Matt Mogk (Zombie Research Society), Steven Schlozman (The Zombie Autopsies), Scott Kenemore (Zen of Zombie, Zombie Ohio), Aaron Sagers (Journalist and TV host), Bradley Voytek(neuroscientist), and Jonathan James (DailyDead.com) discuss why zombies are so popular today. Join this expert panel for a Q&A session covering everything from the origin of the modern zombie to the deep-rooted fears it represents.

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