On day two of WonderCon, Fox did its best to take over the convention in Anaheim. The studio showed footage from several of its upcoming films and politely remained mum on Director Bryan Singer’s recent legal troubles.
The clip from X-Men: Days of Future Past, which included a faceoff between Iceman and Sunspot, certainly excited audiences in the Anaheim Convention Center’s Arena. Fox slyly avoided audience questions by saving X-Men to the end of the presentation. In truth, fans had already gotten their fill of footage and Q&A from the other movies’ cast and crew.
Perhaps trying to answer the YA smash hit The Hunger Games, Fox now has its own teen post-apocalyptic movie in The Maze Runner. Director Wes Ball and author James Dashner were both inspired by Ender’s Game, Lord of the Flies and Lost when creating The Maze Runner and it showed in the brief but thrilling preview seen in Anaheim.
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Additional speakers and keynotes have been announced for VidCon 2014, taking place June 26-28. More than 18,000 fan, creators, YouTube personalities and entertainment industry executive are expected to attend the annual online video conference at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA.
The newly released list of keynote speakers includes New York Times bestselling author John Green, NBCUniversal executive Lauren Zelaznick, and Fullscreen founder George Strompolos. YouTube content creators Grace Helbig, Freddie Wong and more are also slated to speak. The Industry track, which is geared toward online video creators, including topics on launching a channel, knowing your audience and earning revenue.
VidCon will also feature programming for fans such as Q&As, signings, performances, concerts, and the expo hall. Many of YouTube’s most popular personalities are confirmed to attend the 5th Annual VidCon including Philip DeFranco, iJustine, The Gregory Brothers, Hannah Hart, Tyler Oakley, Charlie McDonnell, Toby Turner, Jack Harries, and many more. For a complete list of speakers, guests, and more, visit www.vidcon.com
Founded in 2010 by online video personalities Hank and John Green, VidCon is the world’s largest industry conference and fan event of its kind. Event sponsors for the 2014 conference include YouTube, Kia Motors, Maker Studios, Awesomeness TV, Fullscreen, HGTV, Dolby, Tubestart, and Penguin Publishing.
More than 18,000 online video fans and creators are expected to flood the Anaheim Convention Center for the fifth annual VidCon June 26-28, 2014. YouTube will once again be the title sponsor of the event.
“VidCon is simply about and for people who love online video,” said Hank Green, creator and cofounder of VidCon. “The media landscape is rapidly changing, as is the way we communicate with one another, and we have created a single event that brings together everything and everybody connected to online video.”
Many of online video’s most recognizable personalities have already been confirmed for VidCon 2014 including: Charles & Alli Trippy, Charlie McDonnell, Freddie Wong, Grace Helbig, Hank & John Green, Hannah Hart, iJustine, Philip DeFranco, Toby Turner, Ze Frank, Jack & Finn Harries, Tyler Oakley, The Gregory Brothers, Wheezy Waiter, Dane Boedigheimer (The Annoying Orange), The Fine Brothers, Rhett & Link, Shay Carl, Zoella, Tanya Burr, Jim Chapman, Marcus Butler, Caspar Lee and Troye Sivan.
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A great time was had by all over the weekend in Long Beach for the 5th annual Long Beach Comic Con. Some members of The Flickcast team spent some time at the show and managed to snap a few pics.
Along with the usual cosplay and such, the LBCC also featured some cool, classic vehicles from some of our favorite films and TV shows. And yes, we even saw one or two storm troopers and even a Vader.
No sign of any slave Leias though. They must have been hiding. However, we’ve included a pic of her above because, well, we like you and don’t want you to be disappointed.
We look forward to next time. If you haven’t had a chance to check out the con yet, you can get your chance next year.
Check out all the pics after the break.
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At Comikaze 2013 Stan “The Man” Lee was on hand to announce on of his newest ventures: Stan Lee’s Superhero Ball Wars. The series of apps, set to release starting in 2014, will be available first for iPhone and iPad and later for Android devices.
The game centers on the characters from the planet Ballo whose citizens are, as Lee says, “well-rounded.” But the Inflators are the superheroes of planet and they are the ones who must fight off an invasion by the evil Deflators. Earthlings are called to help in the battle by collecting heroes and deflecting villains.
The augmented reality aspect of Superhero Ball Wars allows you to hold up your device while the app is running and actually locate Ballo in the sky. You can also lock the game to play without moving your phone or tablet around above you. Once you have Ballo in your sights, characters and objects start flying towards you. Each of the 15 missions requires you to collect a specific character, including Professor Ballkenstan (Lee in Ballo form), while deflecting or avoid other objects and characters.
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This year’s LeakyCon is shaping up to be the most geeky and exciting yet with special guests including Harry Potter film actors, New York Times bestselling authors, and plenty of web video stars. Quickly become a catch all of fans’ favorite things, like Harry Potter, Doctor Who, the Whedonverse, The Hunger Games, and more, the four-day convention will run from June 27 – 30 in the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, OR.
The 4,000 expected attendees will enjoy both formal and informal programming such as live rock shows, panels, workshops, guest signings, talent and costume competitions and the Esther Earl Rocking Charity Ball. This event will be held on the final night of the convention in honor of Esther, an avid Harry Potter fan who lost her battle with cancer in August 2010. Performers for LeakyRock include Hank Green, Alex Carpenter, The Whomping Willows, and Harry and the Potters.
Among the Harry Potter celebrity guests are Devon Murray (Seamus Finnigan), Scarlett Byrne (Pansy Parkinson), and Ellie Darcy-Alden (Young Lily). Of course theatre troupe Team Starkid will be bringing their unique musical productions to the stage again at LeakyCon. This year they will be performing their entire catalogue of music from all three of their wildly popular Harry Potter spoofs. Confirmed performers include Brian Holden, Joe Walker, Joey Richter, and many more.
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During a keynote presentation Monday morning in San Francisco, Apple CEO Tim Cook took the stage to bring a whole host of new and shiny Apple stuff to a massive crowd of cheering fans/developers. Since this was a developer conference, the most important thing was, of course, the announcement of the next gen of iOS called iOS 7.
But that wasn’t all. Also announced was an update to Mac OS X called Mavericks, Apple’s new streaming service called iTunes Radio and new hardware including revamped MacBook Air laptops as well as a completely reimagined Mac Pro.
Here’s a list of all the announcements:
• New version of Mac OS X called Mavericks. That’s right, no more cat names. Now, cool surf spots in California instead.
• New version of iOS called iOS 7. No cute nickname but lots of innovative features and a new, fancy UI design.
• Updated MacBook Air laptops. Longer battery life and better WiFi speed with 802.11AC
• Completely reimagined Mac Pro desktop. For those who need to do some heavy lifting. It looks like a round version of the tower in 2001: A Space Odyssey.
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In this modern world of instant videos, tweets, Tumblr, Vine, Instagram and more, reading the printed word in a book can sometimes get left behind. Fortunately, the folks at Lucasfilm/Disney haven’t forgotten just how important reading is. In fact, in conjunction with partners like Del Rey, Scholastic and Dark Horse Comics, they’re helping celebrate reading by dedicating an entire day to it.
What are we talking about? Well, read on from the official press release to find out:
New York, NY – Lucasfilm, Disney Publishing Worldwide, and its publishing partners announced today the second annual Star Wars Reads Day to be held this October 5, 2013. Last year, 30 authors and 1,500 costumed volunteers participated in over 1,200 Star Wars Reads Day events across North America. On October 5 of this year, Star Wars fans, authors, and artists will again come together in this multi-publisher initiative that celebrates reading and Star Wars. Participating publishing partners include Abrams, Chronicle Books, Dark Horse, Del Rey, DK, Quirk Books, Random House Audio, Scholastic, Titan Magazines, and Workman.
“Star Wars Reads Day is the kind of initiative that we at Lucasfilm love to support” says Carol Roeder, Director of Publishing at Lucasfilm. “Reading and Star Wars have gone hand-in-hand since 1976, when the novelization of the original Star Wars movie was released. Over the years, many fans have discovered the joy in reading through Star Wars books, and we hope to continue encouraging more people to read.”
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Google is a major player in the tech world. So much so that they have their very own convention, called Google I/O. At this convention, which takes place in San Francisco from May 15-17, developers and other Google-enthusiasts gather to discuss, learn and get a glimpse of what Google has in store for Android and its other ventures.
As of late yesterday, the company has posted the full list and schedule of sessions avilable at Google I/O. With ove 120 choices ranging from Android and Chrome to developing for Google Glass and Google Wallet.
In short, if you’re a developer (or a Google-enthusiast) you won’t have any trouble finding something interesting and informative to see and do.
Sadly, if you don’t already have a ticket to Google I/O, you’re out of luck. They’re sold out. However, you can be sure most of the major sessions and keynotes will be available live via streaming or later online at Google’s Developers Live.
Even though we’re big Apple fans, we’re very interested to see what Google unveils at this event. They do create some pretty cool stuff.
Could be pretty exciting indeed.
He’s not Steve Jobs (obviously) but he plays him in a movie. Of course, we’re referring to none other than the ex-misses Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher.
While Kutcher is certainly no Steve Jobs and Josh Gadd, the guy playing Apple co-founder and Segway addict Steve Wozniack is no Woz, the duo will be taking to the stage at next week’s MacWorld | iWorld Expo at the Moscone Center in San Fancisco headlining a session about the iconic co-founders.
The best part? They will be doing the session in character as Jobs and Woz. Yep, you read that right.
The session, titled “Playing Steve & Woz,” will take place on the main stage, room 2005 on Thursday, January 31 at 9:00 AM Pacific. Oh boy, that can’t be good, right? Or, will it be so bad, it’s gonna be great? Who knows but it will be interesting to see how it turns out.
Macworld | iWorld 2013 runs from January 31 to February 2 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. It’s a great event and definitely worth checking out.