WARNING: Complete spoilers for the entire episode ahead
WARNING: Complete spoilers for the entire episode ahead
WARNING: Complete spoilers for the entire episode ahead
For Comic-Con this year, we sent two members of our content team, Mark Forbes and Jason Nellis, to report from the field.
Imagine packing enough people to fit three football stadiums into a single convention center. Toss in a ton of media, professionals and on-lookers, and you may have a sense of what it’s like to visit San Diego’s Gaslamp District during Comic-Con. Needless to say, it’s an extravaganza of popular and niche media. Once, it was a relatively small gathering of hard-core comic book fans. Today, San Diego Comic-Con (or SDCC as it’s known) has grown to include movies, video games, television and all the extremes of fandom. We were down in the trenches with the fans on the ground floor, exploring all of the convention center had to offer. — Mark Forbes and Jason Nellis, Content Partner Managers
World-famous Marvel Comics had an impressive array of images and props from their upcoming films Captain America: The First Avenger and Thor on display for the Comic-Con masses. Due out in 2011, these are the latest addition to a long line of comic book-to-film adaptations for the popular series. In addition, Marvel also showcased their many animated series and motion comics, including The Astonishing X-Men, X-Men Evolution, Fantastic Four and Spider-Woman: Agent of SWORD.
Meanwhile, Viz Media was busy promoting their popular anime series Vampire Knight with a photo booth of the characters Yuki and Zero. The Viz booth was also packed for various autograph signings, including a special appearance by Stan “the Man” Lee, who was showcasing the newest volume of Ultimo with co-creator Hiroyuki Takei. FUNimation was also there, showcasing the latest and greatest in their popular series, including Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood and Sengoku Basara.
Meanwhile, IGN was on hand to cover the latest new releases in video games, including Halo: Reach, NBA2K11, and the highly anticipated Starcraft II. They also managed to catch sneak peeks of the highly anticipated DC Universe Online and Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World games. If you didn’t go to the convention and want a sense of the craziness on the convention room floor, see this video from the IGN Daily Fix to get an idea of how busy it can get.
And of course, what would Comic-Con be without Kevin Pereira and Olivia Munn from Attack of the Show? With interviews of cast and crew from Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, Green Lantern, as well as the costumes seen at the Con, you can easily see how quickly things can get ridiculous.
Not to be outdone, television networks were out in full force. Fox‘s extensive schedule included panels and autograph signings from the cast of Glee, Bones, Fringe and Human Target. Additionally, the casts of Family Guy and The Cleveland Show were on hand for a inside look at the popular shows, along with lots of jokes (most of which can’t be repeated here). Between all that and the never-before-seen special footage shown at the FOX booth, fans were overwhelmed at the opportunities to connect with their favorite shows.
One of the fan-favorite cast panels from NBC this year was for Community, which included most of the cast — though fan-favorite Ken Jeoung, also known as Senor Chang, was not in attendance. New fall shows The Event and The Cape were showcased to the public for the first time, much to the excitement of fans. However, the really big news came from Chuck, during the panel, it was announced that Linda Hamilton would be guest starring in the fourth season as Mary Bartowski, Chuck’s mom.
With several thousand people attending each day, it was certainly a lot to take in. The one constant that made the biggest impression on us was the enthusiasm of the fans — despite the multitude of people, long lines for panels, and sore feet, Comic-Con continues to be the biggest and best in comic- and pop-culture. We’re already getting ready for 2011 — we’ll see you there!
This week on Glee, we met the parents — Quinn’s, that is — and learned that Broadway hopeful Rachel could be one crazy stalker, but definitely not that craziest. That honor goes to Sarah Pepper (guest star Sarah Drew, Everwood), who went to drastic measures to get Mr. Schuester’s attention. (Spoiler:) Meanwhile, two of the glee club-football crossovers spilled the beans about Quinn’s baby. It was one roller coaster of a week. Fortunately, Mr. Schuester told the gleeks to focus on ballad selections for sectionals — after all, what better way to deal with all those emotions? As of this morning, four of last night’s tracks made iTunes Top 20 list. Below, Hulu puts these chart-climbing singles into context. — Rebecca Harper (), Editor
No. 12: Lean on Me
What’s a high school drama without a rendition of “Lean on Me?” When the gleeks decided to rally about the troubled couple, they chose a cheerful, gospel-twinged version of the standard to let Finn and Quinn they’ll be there to carry their load. Sing it, Artie!
No. 19: Endless Love
Things kicked off with a Rachel-Mr. Schue duet of “Endless Love” (originally performed by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie). It was meant to inspire the other glee clubbers to find a ballad that gets in touch with their emotions and, in this case, it worked too well. “When I’m singing with him, it’s like I’m seeing him for the first time,” Rachel revealed in a voiceover. “And he’s super, super cute!” But this Spanish teacher is no stranger to schoolgirl stalkers: a former student, the aptly named Susie Pepper, downed the world’s hottest pepper when Mr. Schue told her to find someone her own age. She was left in a medically induced coma for days. Freaky!
No. 18: I’ll Stand By You
Meanwhile, Finn was freaking out about fatherhood with Kurt, who encouraged the hunky football player to channel his baby-daddy woes into song; The Pretender’s “I’ll Stand By You,” in particular. But when Finn’s mom caught him singing “Won’t let nobody hurt you…” to a sonogram, the secret’s out. Best part of all this? Kurt used the ballad project as a way to get closer to his crush: Finn.
No. 17 Don’t Stand So Close to Me/Young Girl
Looking for advice on how to handle Rachel’s obvious crush, Mr. Schuester turned to Miss Pillsbury. The guidance counselor sagely advised Will to use song to get his point across, and so he turned to a classic teacher/stalker ballad: The Police’s “Don’t Stand So Close to Me,” mashed up with Gary Puckett and the Union Gap’s “Young Girl.” Only problem is, this lesson didn’t go exactly as planned.
Off the Charts: You’re Having My Baby
This week we’re introduced to Quinn’s parents: boozy, Glenn Beck-loving conservatives; the perfect couple. But when Finn sprung a dinnertime ballad on the family, that façade cracked. It could’ve had something to do with Finn’s choice of song. It left no doubt that Quinn’s been harboring a little secret, and Mr. Fabray wasn’t supportive of this new development: he gave his daughter 30 minutes to pack her things and get out of the house.
Which ballads would you have liked to see on last night’s Glee?
In the second round of America’s Got Talent semifinals, we saw some more ups and downs as the contestants attempted to prove whether they had what it takes to headline a show in Las Vegas. As judge Piers Morgan said in the results episode, it was a night of two halves: the good and the not-so-good. He used his buzzer liberally, and even Sharon Osbourne gave an act the “X” in hopes of getting a group off the stage. And we don’t blame her: her victims were the FootworKINGz, who channeled their inner Red Rangers with a tribute to the Power Rangers. Turns out Osbourne wanted to see them to do more than a Russian Cossack dance, and we can’t argue with that. The biggest star of the week, though, was Barbara Padilla, who proved that the Vegas Strip just might be ready for some opera. Below, the Hulu team rounds up the five performers who advance to the “America’s Got Talent” finals, which air on NBC Monday night. — Rebecca Harper (), Editor
Thought the “Talent” producers saved the best for last Tuesday night, we had to highlight opera singer Barbara Padilla’s ethereal performance first. The petite, soft-spoken cancer survivor transformed into a true diva — billowy gold gown, hair extensions and all — as the lights found their way to Padilla on center stage. The soprano moved the audience, the judges and those of us at home with her portrayal of “Ave Maria,” getting a standing ovation in return. Even before the week’s results were announced, it was clear Padilla was going on to the finals. After all, Morgan declared that “It was the single greatest vocal performance we’ve ever had on AGT.”
Contortionist Hairo Torres once again made his dance routine a narrative, though this time he ditched the nerd act (as we saw in the quarterfinals) and headed to the prom instead. Our head-spinning prom king delivered an energetic, playful number that made good use of his flexibility and break-dancing talents. Thirty-some years after the dawn of B-boying, Torres proved that, if you want to win votes, a healthy shot of breaking will help. He’ll be going on to the finals next week.
The hard-hitting drummers from Manchester, New Hampshire headed to the junk yard to gear up for this week’s semifinal round. From the looks of things, they took whatever they could grab: paint buckets, hubcaps, dashboards and even a beat-up old van. They dazzled Osbourne with their six-pack abs, but their high-octane performance won over the voters, who have sent them on to the next round. They leave the other Vegas-style act, Mario and Jenny, in the dust. What can we say? Mario’s bouncy-ball tap-dancing routine was an obvious misstep this week.
The smooth-singing bass singer, who relied heavily on gospel standards to get him to the semifinals, went contemporary this week. He sang Alicia Keys’ “Fallin'” to get the ladies in the crowd (and, presumably, at home) all worked up, but we’re inclined to agree with Osbourne: his “acrobatic warbling” was a little overdone this time around, and though we definitely think he deserves a shot at Vegas, we prefer to hear him sing, not show off his vocal range. In a surprise turn, Morgan enjoyed the performance, as did enough voters to get him a free pass to the finals.
Throughout M.C. Nick Cannon’s first season as host of AGT, he’s had some heavy-handed moments on stage. This was particularly evident a few weeks ago when he delivered sister act EriAm‘s fate in the quarterfinals — letting them know, in a surprise twist, that they’d be going on to the semis. Their semifinal performance was a little shaky this week (we blame their song choice), and at the end of the this week’s results episode, it came down to wildcard Drew Stevyns — who we think made it this far based on sheer determination, though his chiseled cheekbones certainly help — and, once again, the EriAm Sisters. The nation sided with the down-on-his-luck singer instead of the bubbly young sisters this week, but we’re sure we’ll hear from at least one of the EriAm girls in years to come.
The final 10 acts have been chosen. What do you think of America’s vote?