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Supernatural Stars Giveaway Chevy Impala During Last Hall H Panel for the Series

SAN DIEGO and BURBANK, Calif. (July 21, 2019) — While Supernatural stars and producers recounted stories of “the road so far” in the long-running hit drama’s final Comic-Con appearance in a packed Hall H on Sunday, one lucky fan will be looking at “the road ahead” after winning a fully restored 1967 Chevy Impala — Sam and Dean Winchester’s signature car for the life of the show’s 15 seasons. The surprise announcement was made toward the end of the show’s panel session, following an epic tribute video to the beloved iconic car narrated by Supernatural’s own Jim Beaver.

  • Series stars Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles announced the giveaway and selected the lucky winner — Laura Dittrich of Grants Pass, Oregon — during Supernatural’s panel session in Hall H at Comic-Con today.
  • The Impala restoration and tribute video can be found here:
  • One of the few constants in the 15 years of Supernatural has been the Winchesters’ signature black 1967 Chevrolet Impala. With a 327 Engine and Four Barrel Carburetor, the vehicle, affectionately known as “Baby” by Dean Winchester, has a number of Winchester enhancements, such as a weapons cache in the trunk, Devil’s Trap warding and more. Originally purchased secondhand by a young John Winchester (Sam & Dean’s father) in 1973, the car has been with the Winchesters ever since. The radio and cassette player only play classic rock.
  • The Impala given away on Sunday was brought to life by restoration expert Rick Blevins alongside Don & Michael Welsh for “The Shop” in the heart of Kansas. Matching the specs of the original Hero #1 Impala, including everything from an Audiovox Cassette Player radio, the tuck and roll interior, a 454 Big Block engine with a 400 turbo transmission, this is the car of a lifetime — and every Supernatural fan’s dream. There’s even a hidden weapons box and a Devil’s Trap on the trunk interior! Sadly, the Winchester weapons, including Ruby’s demon knife and the Colt, are not included…
  • Fans entering the session in Hall H were each given a 1:64 scale replica of the Impala Sport Sedan to commemorate the show’s final panel session at Comic-Con San Diego. The miniatures from GreenLight Collectibles (6,500 in all!) feature a metal chassis, rubber tires, chrome accents and true-to-scale detail.
  • Supernatural’s final panel session in Hall H was once again moderated by recurring fan-favorite Supernatural guest stars Rob Benedict and Richard Speight Jr. The session included series stars Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins and Alexander Calvert, along with executive producers Robert Singer, Andrew Dabb, Eugenie Ross-Leming, Brad Buckner and Bob Berens.
  • Supernatural returns for its 15th and final season on Thursday, October 10, at 8/7c on The CW. Created by Eric Kripke, the series is executive produced by Andrew Dabb, Robert Singer, Brad Buckner & Eugenie Ross-Leming, and Bob Berens. Supernatural is from Kripke Enterprises, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television. Own the Complete Fourteenth Season of Supernatural available now on iTunes. Blu-RayTM & DVD available on September 10. Pre-order now!

For additional info on the Studio’s activities during Comic-Con, and for real-time updates during the convention, please follow @warnerbrostv on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook — official hashtag #WBSDCC — and visit http://comiccon.thewb.com.

Dungeons & Dragons Celebrates 5 Years of 5th Ed with Tyranny of Dragons Re-Release

SAN DIEGO, CA – July 20, 2019 – Five years ago, the latest edition of Dungeons & Dragons was released, and it has become the most successful iteration of the tabletop roleplaying game since it created the category in 1974. To celebrate five years of unprecedented growth in the D&D community, Wizards of the Coast announced Tyranny of Dragons, a single special volume re-release of the two-part adventure from 2014 featuring a new cover designed by Hydro74. Look for Tyranny of Dragons being sold through game and hobby stores only on October 22!

The video announcement of Tyranny of Dragons was streamed live from the BAIT boutique shop in San Diego this weekend in a conversation with Nathan Stewart, VP of D&D, and other D&D luminaries. Watch the interview on twitch.tv/dnd or the video-on-demand on D&D’s YouTube channel. Fans have been telling stories about their D&D experience using the #5yearsof5E hashtag to celebrate the anniversary of its release in 2014. Share your #DnD story!

“Dungeons & Dragons means a lot to millions of people and we’re excited to celebrate everything the community has achieved in the five years since we launched fifth edition,” said Stewart. “Tyranny of Dragons was an iconic adventure out of the gate, and we’ve made it even more memorable by putting it all under a new cover featuring the visage of Tiamat in Hydro74’s distinctive style.”

Tyranny of Dragons is a 224-page adventure taking players from level 1 all the way to level 16 as they contend against the Cult of the Dragon’s plans to bring their queen Tiamat to the Forgotten Realms. This volume combines the two previous titles (Hoard of the Dragon Queen and The Rise of Tiamat) into one book, updating the adventure by incorporating feedback to smooth out the curve for new players, while adding resources previously available only online and a special gallery of never-before-seen concept art.

For more information on Tyranny of Dragons and Dungeons & Dragons, please go to dungeonsanddragons.com

Marvel Unveils Phase Four MCU Films at Comic Con

July 20, 2019 – Today in Hall H at Comic-Con International in San Diego, Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige officially announced the lineup of feature films for the next two years and shared exciting new information on the brand-new Marvel Studios’ series created exclusively for Disney+, Disney’s upcoming streaming service launching in the U.S. on November 12.

Following is a recap of Kevin Feige’s presentation, which was moderated by Jessica Chobot, the host of Nerdist News.

THE ETERNALS

Feige kicked off with an overview of the feature film “The Eternals,” an exciting new team of Super Heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Feige introduced the director, Chloé Zhao, followed by stars from the film, including, Richard Madden as Ikaris, Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo, Lauren Ridloff as Makkari, Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos, Salma Hayek as Ajak, Lia McHugh as Sprite, Don Lee as Gilgamesh and Angelina Jolie as Thena.

“The Eternals” will make their Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in theaters on November 6, 2020.

THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER

Feige brought news on the Disney+ original series “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier,” which pairs up two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s most popular heroes—Sam Wilson aka The Falcon and Bucky Barnes aka The Winter Soldier—in a series of action-filled adventures as they fight together against evil after the events of “Avengers: Endgame.”

Anthony Mackie (The Falcon) and Sebastian Stan (The Winter Soldier) came on stage to greet the fans, and it was revealed that Daniel Brühl will return as the villain, Baron Zemo.

“The Falcon and The Winter Soldier” is set to debut on Disney+ in the fall of 2020.

SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS

Feige spoke about the feature film “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” and detailed how the legend has been hinted at in the MCU films since the first “Iron Man.”

In an unanticipated surprise for all, Kevin Feige then announced the confirmed casting of Simu Liu in the title role of Shang-Chi and both the actor and the director, Destin Daniel Cretton, came on stage to greet the audience. Kevin also shared with the audience the casting of Awkwafina in a yet-to-be-disclosed role. Then, Kevin revealed to the Hall H audience that the real Mandarin will be played by celebrated Chinese actor Tony Leung.

“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” will be in theaters on February 12, 2021.

WANDAVISION

Next, Feige offered the latest on “WandaVision,” a Disney+ original series where Paul Bettany reprises the role of Vision and Elizabeth Olsen returns to her role of Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch.

Bettany and Olsen were joined on stage by MCU newcomer Teyonah Parris, and Feige announced that Parris will be playing the grown-up version of Monica Rambeau, who was introduced to audiences in “Captain Marvel.”

“WandaVision” premieres on Disney+ in the spring of 2021.

LOKI

Feige offered news on “Loki,” a Marvel Studios original series streaming on Disney+ in the spring of 2021. Tom Hiddleston—back in his role of the mercurial Loki, the god of mischief and everyone’s favorite villain—received a huge welcome from fans when Feige brought him out on stage.

Then to the delight of the audience, Hiddleston answered the biggest question from “Avengers: Endgame”: “Where did Loki go when he took the Space Stone?”

DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS

Feige introduced the second film in the “Doctor Strange” franchise, “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” and called the director, Scott Derrickson, and star Benedict Cumberbatch to the stage to a rousing welcome.

In a surprise twist, Feige brought out Elizabeth Olsen, who also stars in “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” and they talked about how “WandaVision”—the Disney+ series that Olsen will star in as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch—connects directly to the feature-film storyline.

“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” hits theaters on May 7, 2021.

WHAT IF…?

Feige offered new information on “What If…?,” the first animated series in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “What If…?” is being created exclusively for Disney+ and features stories that present alternate realities in the Marvel universe.

Feige mentioned that many actors from across the Marvel Cinematic Universe will reprise their roles as voice talent in the series. He then surprised the audience by bringing Jeffrey Wright to the stage and introducing him as the voice of the popular character The Watcher in the new series.

“What If…?” joins the Disney+ lineup in the summer of 2021.

HAWKEYE

Jeremy Renner came on stage and revealed the previously undisclosed title of the Hawkeye Disney+ original series. He joined Kevin Feige to give exciting news about “Hawkeye,” including details about Kate Bishop, a character well-known in Marvel comics, who will be an integral part of the series.

“Hawkeye” launches on Disney+ in the fall of 2021.

THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER

Feige talked about the next Thor film, “Thor: Love and Thunder,” which will be the fourth feature film in the “Thor” franchise. It was revealed that Jane Foster, played by Natalie Portman, will become the Mighty Thor, the goddess of Thunder.

Director Taika Waititi, Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson and Natalie Portman all came on stage for the presentation, eliciting a wild response from the Hall H audience who are looking forward to the film’s November 5, 2021 debut in theaters.

BLACK WIDOW

Feige officially announced the feature film “Black Widow,” which is slated for a May 1, 2020 release in U.S. theaters, making it the first film of Phase Four to hit the big screen.

Feige surprised the audience with the first footage from “Black Widow,” which is currently in production. The film is directed by Cate Shortland who was on hand to greet the Hall H audience along with Scarlett Johansson, reprising her role of Natasha Romanoff, as well as newcomers to the Marvel Cinematic Universe David Harbour as Alexei aka The Red Guardian, Florence Pugh as Yelena, O-T Fagbenle as Mason and Rachel Weisz as Melina.

Following the “Black Widow” presentation, Feige had another big surprise up his sleeve for the enthusiastic Hall H crowd. He was joined on stage by actor Mahershala Ali and then announced the new Marvel Studios feature film “Blade” that Ali will star in.

DC Universe Unveils First Streaming Features

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – July 20, 2019 – Tonight at San Diego Comic-Con International, DC UNIVERSE unveiled a slate of programming updates for the first-of-its-kind digital subscription service at a sizzling summer panel that featured many of the highly acclaimed, critically lauded original series produced by Warner Bros. Television and Warner Bros. Animation. The panel unveiled sneak peeks, first looks, exclusive screenings and breaking news for Doom Patrol, Titans, Young Justice: Outsiders and the upcoming adult-animated comedy series Harley Quinn.

  • Doom Patrol: Executive producer Jeremy Carver and series star Diane Guerrero (Crazy Jane) were on hand to deliver the exciting news that the critically acclaimed series has been renewed for a second season via a deal with HBO Max. The eccentric anti-hero adventures will continue in 2020, with all-new original episodes set to debut simultaneously on DC UNIVERSE and HBO Max, WarnerMedia’s forthcoming streaming service, which has championed the series. (Learn more and sign up for updates at HBOMax.com.) In addition, upon the launch of HBO Max, all 15 episodes of Doom Patrol season one will be available for streaming.
  • Titans: It was also announced at the panel that season two of Titans, DC UNIVERSE’s first original live-action series, will premiere Friday, September 6.
  • Harley Quinn: Executive producers Patrick Schumacker and Justin Halpern, and supervising producer Jennifer Coyle premiered the pilot episode of the upcoming adult animated comedy series starring Kaley Cuoco (The Big Bang Theory), who voices the title role of Gotham city’s favorite Queenpin and is also an executive producer of the series. Fans were also treated to a new trailer highlighting even more laughs that will be coming their way this season. The series will premiere on DC UNIVERSE this fall. To view or embed the Harley Quinn trailer, please click here:
  • Young Justice: Outsiders: Producers Greg Weisman and Brandon Vietti screened an all-new episode of the wildly popular series. And not to be out done by all the other big announcements of the night, the producers announced the continuation of the fan-favorite animated series during the panel, with a fourth installment already in production for DC UNIVERSE.

Star Trek: Picard Official Trailer Released

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – July 20, 2019 – Moments ago at San Diego Comic-Con, Sir Patrick Stewart treated “Star Trek” fans attending the “Star Trek” Universe panel to the first trailer for STAR TREK: PICARD and shocked the audience by bringing out surprise guests and “Star Trek” icons Brent Spiner, Jeri Ryan and Jonathan Del Arco, announcing they will be appearing in STAR TREK: PICARD. In addition to the surprise guests, it was revealed that “Star Trek’s” Jonathan Frakes and Marina Sirtis will make appearances in the new series as well. During the panel, it was also announced that STAR TREK: PICARD will premiere in early 2020 exclusively on CBS All Access in the U.S.

The STAR TREK: PICARD portion of the “Star Trek” Universe panel, moderated by Deadline’s Dominic Patten, featured a conversation with cast members Sir Patrick Stewart (Jean-Luc Picard), Isa Briones (Dahj), Santiago Cabrera (Cristobal “Chris” Rios), Michelle Hurd (Raffi Musiker), Alison Pill (Dr. Agnes Jurati), Harry Treadaway (Narek) and Evan Evagora (Elnor), alongside executive producers Alex Kurtzman, Michael Chabon, Akiva Goldsman and Heather Kadin as well as supervising producer Kirsten Beyer. They were joined on stage by surprise guests Brent Spiner (Commander Data), Jeri Ryan (Seven of Nine) and Jonathan Del Arco (Hugh). In addition, it was announced that Jonathan Frakes (Commander William T. Riker) and Marina Sirtis (Counselor Deanna Troi) will make appearances in the new series.

Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes Get Hands in Concrete at TCL Chinese Theater

July 19, 2020 – “Snoochie Boochies!” Iconic popular culture duo, Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes, known for their roles as Jay and Silent Bob in iconic films “Clerks,” “Clerks II,” “Chasing Amy,” “Dogma,” and more, many of which were written and produced by Smith, were honored with a Handprint Ceremony at Theatre Box® in the longstanding tradition of TCL Chinese Theatres in Hollywood, in partnership with Legion M.

Smith and Mewes arrived at Theatre Box, San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter entertainment complex by the creators of TCL Chinese Theatre and Sugar Factory, where hundreds of fans, many in town for Comic-Con International, awaited them. The duo participated in a handprint ceremony led by TCL Chinese Theatre’s Levi Tinker. While posing for photos on the carpet, Smith and Mewes were presented with a cake designed by Sugar Factory at Theatre Box complete with their catch phrase, “Snoochie Boochies!” written in frosting.

Smith and Mewes hosted an advance showing of their latest and much-anticipated movie, “Jay and Silent Bob Reboot,” while in San Diego for Comic-Con International 2019. The pair are also celebrating the 25th anniversary of their iconic premiere film, “Clerks.”

About Theatre Box®:
Encompassing one city block at Fifth Avenue and G Street, the 73,000-square-foot Theatre Box® complex, a collaboration between TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood and Sugar Factory, was inspired by the movie-going experience and a traditional theatre box filled with various treats. The first phase of Theatre Box unveiled TCL Chinese Theatre’s first luxury dine-in cinema, Sugar Factory confections, retail, gelato bar and café, Sugar Factory American Brasserie and Chocolate Lounge.

Theatre Box is located at 701 Fifth Avenue in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter. More information is available by calling 619.814.2225, on the website at www.theatrebox.com, and on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @TheatreBoxSD.

RUNE II Pre-Orders Now LIVE

MADISON, WI – July 18, 2019 – Ragnarok approaches! Human Head Studios announced today that warriors can now pre-order its upcoming action RPG RUNE II and gain access to the Deathmatch beta! With pre-order purchases, players will also be granted exclusive weapons, armor, maps, and the game’s soundtrack, along with instant access to the Deathmatch beta from July 18 – July 20. It’s kill or be killed in this action packed bloodfest – are you strong enough to survive?

Not sure how to be a Viking? Check out the newly released ‘How to Become a Viking!’ trailer, where aspiring warriors can study the steps to becoming a true Norse legend! Drink Mead! Eat Lizards! Mmm Delicious!

The Deathmatch beta for RUNE II will run daily from July 18 to 20. The schedule is below (all times are EST):

July 18: 2PM – 8PM
July 19: 2PM – 8PM
July 20: 9AM – 3PM

In RUNE II’s fast-paced Deathmatch mode, kill your friends, your enemies, and your frenemies with a variety of different weapons, such as swords, spears, axes, war hammers, and even human limbs. Rush to control the divine chests that drop across the field and you’ll be handsomely rewarded. With consumable runes that grant you godly powers like the ability to call down Mjolnir’s lightning or a short teleport behind your opponents, death is always a left click away. Will it be your opponents…or yours?

As Midgard’s chosen savior, kneel atop the Divine Summit to receive a blessing and powerful abilities from the god of your choosing in the endeavor to end Ragnarok. It’s a race against time to prevent the conniving Loki from destroying Midgard as he holds the world in a perpetual state of chaos and destruction. Alone or with friends, you will battle legions of Loki’s minions in brutal melee combat, travel the world collecting rare resources, locate precious artifacts to weaken the Realm Gate and craft the mightiest weapons the Nine Realms have ever seen. Are you powerful enough to take down Loki… or will a new age of darkness begin?

Development of RUNE II is being funded by ESDF Management, a video game production and finance company.

RUNE II will be launching to the Epic Game Store summer 2019. For keeping up on all things RUNE II, go to www.RUNE2.com, join the epic Viking war cry on Discord, like us on Facebook, Instagram and follow us on Twitter.

Return to Vader’s Castle this October

SAN DIEGO, CA (July 19, 2019) – Following the success of last year’s Tales from Vader’s Castle comic-book miniseries, IDW Publishing heads back to the lava planet Mustafar for more Halloween-timed storytelling in Star Wars Adventures: Return to Vader’s Castle.

Shipping weekly throughout October, this five-issue story pairs Star Wars Adventures mainstay writer (and returning Vader’s Castle scribe) Cavan Scott with Eisner Award-winning artist Francesco Francavilla (Afterlife with Archie) for the story of torment deep within Fortress Vader, one that frames five tales of terror to thrill young and mature readers alike!

“I am over the moon to be returning to Vader’s Castle for another helping of Halloween horror from a galaxy, far, far away. And what better way to celebrate the scariest time of the year than by focusing on the villains of the Star Wars saga?” says Scott. “The response to our last visit to Mustafar was phenomenal, and I hope fans will join us once again, embracing the dark side in the company of Sith, warlords, and crazed Imperial scientists.”

Francavilla says, “I’m hyper-excited to be back working on Vader’s Castle! I had so much fun doing the covers for the first mini, and Cavan’s tales are such a delight, that I was happy to hear from IDW that there would be a sequel. I agreed to work on interior pages as well, so it’s double the fun for me and for all the readers!”

Each issue focuses on a different villain, each story written by Cavan Scott and illustrated by a renowned comic creator:

#1: Darth Maul, illustrated by Megan Levens: “Maul is the counterpoint and nemesis of my
favorite character from the saga, Obi-Wan Kenobi, so getting to tell a part of his story (and draw
those fabulous tattoos) was something I didn’t hesitate to sign up for!”

#2: Grand Moff Tarkin, illustrated by Kelley Jones: “Although I rooted against him, I always had
a sneaking admiration for Tarkin, as he was – in all honesty – the real evil of the Empire: cold,
calculating, and all too human!”

#3: Asajj Ventress, illustrated by Nick Brokenshire: “I can’t wait to show you the super-creepy
shenanigans we’re getting up to in the Star Wars universe!”

#4: Jabba the Hutt, illustrated by Nicoletta Baldari: “These are the comics you’re looking for!”

#5: Darth Vader, illustrated by Charles Paul Wilson III: “I told IDW that I’d draw the Kessel Run
in less than 14 parsecs if they could get me on this book again, and they told me I could do it…
but only if it was in under 12.”

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Comic Con Sneak Peek

On Friday, July 19, Netflix surprised in room fans with the never before seen first episode of
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance in Hall H at 2019 San Diego International Comic-Con. TV Guide’s Damian Holbrook moderated.

QUOTES FROM THE PANEL:

“Only at Comic Con do you get a Kermit impersonation in front of Jim Henson’s daughter and Rocketman sitting next to Skywalker.”
-Damian Holbrook, TV Guide (moderator)

“This is the thing I am most proud of that we have done. Being in Hall H with this show is the greatest moment of my professional life.”
-Lisa Henson

“To be able to do the things you loved as a kid…I’m the luckiest guy in the world. I’m so grateful.”
-Mark Hamill

“Every shot was the most complicated shot of my career. But the true heroes are the puppeteers.”
-Louis Leterrier

“The amount of craft that goes into the making of the puppets, the artistry that goes into those creatures, and then the guys who operate them. We arrive and it’s there. It’s inspiring in itself, the work that everyone else has done kind of feeds your performance.”
-Taron Egerton

“I never thought it would come back, when I saw the original. Funny that would never dream of going back to something that you were known for, so long before.”
-Mark Hamill

About The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance:
Netflix presents an exclusive sneak peek at the highly-anticipated fantasy series, THE DARK CRYSTAL: AGE OF RESISTANCE, based on Jim Henson’s groundbreaking 1982 feature film, THE DARK CRYSTAL. In this stunning new prequel, three Gelfling discover the horrifying secret behind the Skeksis’ power, and set out on an epic journey to ignite the fires of rebellion and save their world. Realized using classic puppetry with cutting edge visual effects, the cast and creators discuss all of your burning questions about bringing Thra to life.

Halloween Kills and Halloween Ends Announced

Universal Pictures today announced release dates for two new films in the iconic Halloween series.

In response to the global fan enthusiasm for last year’s Halloween, starring Jamie Lee Curtis and directed by David Gordon Green, which went on to become the highest-grossing installment in the classic horror franchise at more than $250 million worldwide, Universal Pictures today announced release dates for two new films in the iconic Halloween series, from Trancas International Films, Miramax and Blumhouse Productions.

HALLOWEEN KILLS will be released on Friday, October 16, 2020.

Written by David Gordon Green & Danny McBride & Scott Teems, based on characters created by John Carpenter and Debra Hill, the film will be directed by David Gordon Green and produced by Malek Akkad, Jason Blum and Bill Block. John Carpenter, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jeanette Volturno, Couper Samuelson, Danny McBride, David Gordon Green and Ryan Freimann are executive producers. Ryan Turek is overseeing the project for Blumhouse.

HALLOWEEN ENDS will be released on Friday, October 15, 2021.

Written by David Gordon Green and Danny McBride, and Paul Brad Logan and Chris Bernier, based on characters created by John Carpenter and Debra Hill, the film will be directed by David Gordon Green and produced by Malek Akkad, Jason Blum and Bill Block. John Carpenter, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jeanette Volturno, Couper Samuelson, Danny McBride, David Gordon Green and Ryan Freimann are executive producers. Ryan Turek is overseeing the project for Blumhouse.