Nikki Reed Part of EW sponsored Comic Con Panel: Powerful Women in Pop Culture

They have just released the Friday July 13 schedule for Comic Con and Nikki Reed is featured on a panel hosted by Entertainment Weekly. According to the official description:

4:15-5:15 Entertainment Weekly: Powerful Women in Pop Culture (aka Women Who Kick Ass!)— Fan-favorites Kristin Bauer van Straten (True Blood), Sarah Wayne Callies (Walking Dead), Kristin Kreuk (Beauty and the Beast), Nikki Reed (Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn-Part 2), and Anna Torv (Fringe) open up about the power and privilege of playing characters that have redefined the rules for women. Basically, a discussion with women who kick ass. Moderated by EW’s Lynette Rice. Ballroom 20

Movies.com: Countdown to Breaking Dawn What to Expect at Comic Con

Laura’s regular Breaking Dawn column is back in full swing over at Movies.com after taking a couple of months hiatus. Check out her predictions as to what will go down this year for the last big Twilight hurrah.

Another item to be on the lookout for is a PR stunt from the team at Summit/Lionsgate. With that many fans lined up three days in advance, they always do something. It’s a beautiful photo op for them with so many fans gathered in one place. Why not take advantage? The only question remaining is what exactly are they going to pull-off this time around?

Last year, on Thursday morning to play off the movie name and to coincide with the break of dawn at circa 6:00am, they served the fans in line breakfast with beverage, muffins, coffee mugs, and posters being given away. Now, what’s more impressive about this, is that it wasn’t just a bunch of college students hired out to do the distribution. There were actually Summit executives handing out food and swag. After the crowd was warmed up with the free food and gifts, came phase two: a visit from the cast. Nikki Reed, Ashley Greene, and Elizabeth Reaser from the Cullen family made an appearance along with Julia Jones and Booboo Stewart from the wolfpack. They worked the fan lines in each of the tents signing autographs and posing for photos. The last bit of fun for some lucky fans was pulling a specially marked ticket from a bag that allowed the bearer to get an autograph from Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, and Bill Condon right after the Breaking Dawn Hall H panel.

Check out the rest of Laura’s Breaking Dawn column on Movies.com

Comic Con and the “No Camping” Rule

Due to the fact that we now have a time schedule for the Breaking Dawn panel on Thursday, we know that there will be panels before and that “camping” will be required.  We’ve been asked a few times about advice for camping because we have camped out in years past.  However Comic Con has changed up the rules somewhat and we want to make sure that those of you who are going are planning accordingly for that long line into Hall H.  This information can be found on the Comic Con official site.  

 

For safety issues we cannot allow anyone to line up in the Park until ALL tents, canopies, stanchions and work is completed at the Park. This also includes areas adjacent to the park, so please no waiting nearby for work to be completed. We anticipate that all work will be finished sometime Tuesday morning (July 10), however this is not a guarantee.

Because this is a safety issue, we have been told that anyone waiting in the area before all work is completed will be asked to leave regardless of time of arrival or length of time they have been waiting.

In an effort to accommodate as many people as possible with the least amount of impact for all, please follow the rules below:

  • Camping is not allowed.
  • No tents, canopies, inflatables, cots, beds, furniture, large coolers, heaters, large fans, large umbrellas, chaise lounges, open flames, or anything of similar size of any kind as determined by the Convention Center.
  • You are allowed to have one chair per person of relatively normal size. You may use a sleeping bag or blanket as well, provided it is only taking up the space of one person. No facilities or services will be available in the Park, so plan accordingly.
  • Restroom access will be available in Lobby G of the Convention Center from 9:00 PM to 7:00 AM each night starting Tuesday, July 10. No other access to facilities will be available. Please respect the grounds and dispose of trash in trash receptacles.
  • Please do not leave any trash or waste behind.
  • No “saving” a spot in line unless it is only temporary, such as a restroom break.

 

How does this differ from years past?

Back in 2009, I’ve seen tents and canopies and inflatable beds and all kinds of things that make sleeping out much easier. However last year in 2011 those were no longer allowed.  It sounds like they aren’t allowing for any accommodations for protection from the California sun given that even large umbrellas are banned(no idea if this means golf umbrellas or beach umbrellas), however it does sound like they are putting up the same protective canopy that they did last year and they need time to put it up without people being under it as that would be an obvious safety hazard.   Add to it no large coolers and you’ve got a problem storing food on site.  Also, if you’ve gone as a group and left one person in line while the others go get food or go back to the hotel to shower, it doesn’t appear that will be allowed either. There will be random badge checking going on, but I’m not sure how they plan on enforcing the “no saving places” rule. Also, take note that you officially can’t start lining up until all the roping and work on the area is complete, which they hope will be done on Tuesday. It will make Comic Con a very different experience this year, that’s for certain!

Comic Con Wednesday and Thursday Schedule Out Featuring Twilight

Here’s where you can find Breaking Dawn Part 2 and Twilight actors on Wednesday and Thursday of Comic Con.

Wednesday July 11: 6:00-9:45 Special Sneak Peek Pilot Screenings Ballroom 20

Sneak peaks at Revolution starring Billy Burke (Charlie) and JD Pardo (Nahuel)

Revolution — What would you do without it all? In Revolution,  an epic adventure thriller from Supernatural‘s Eric Kripke, J. J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions, and Iron Man‘s Jon Favreau, a family struggles to reunite in a post-apocalyptic landscape of empty cities, local militias, and heroic freedom fighters where every piece of technology-phones, computers, cars, even lights-has mysteriously blacked out…forever. Revolution stars Billy Burke (Twilight films), Tracy Spiridakos (Being Human), Anna Lise Phillips (Animal Kingdom), Zak Orth (Wet Hot American Summer), Graham Rogers (Memphis Beat), J. D. Pardo (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn-Part 2), Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad), David Lyons (The Cape), Maria Howell (The Vampire Diaries), and Tim Guinee (Iron Man films) and is executive produced by Kripke, Abrams, and Bryan Burk (Fringe). Favreau directed the pilot and will serve as co-executive producer of the series, with Kathy Lingg (Fringe). From Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Bad Robot Productions, Kripke Enterprises. and Warner Bros. Television, Revolution will air Mondays at 10/9c on NBC this fall.

Sneak Peak of The Following starring Valorie Curry (Charlotte)

The Following — Golden Globe winner/Emmy nominee Kevin Bacon (Mystic River) and Rome‘s James Purefoy star in The Following, a cat-and-mouse thriller from Kevin Williamson (The Vampire Diaries), about a diabolical serial killer (Purefoy) and the psychologically scarred ex-FBI agent (Bacon) called in to stop him. The Following also stars Natalie Zea (Justified), Jeananne Goossen (Alcatraz), Shawn Ashmore (X-Men films), Valorie Curry (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn-Part 2), Nico Tortorella (Scream 4), Adan Canto (Amar No Es Querer), and Kyle Catlett (Unforgettable), with Maggie Grace (Lost) recurring. Executive produced by Williamson and Marcos Siega (The Vampire Diaries), The Following is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Outerbanks Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television and will air on Mondays midseason on FOX.

Thursday July 12 Breaking Dawn part 2 Panel Hall H

12:45-1:45 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn-Part 2 Summit Entertainment presents a sneak peek at the highly anticipated conclusion of The Twilight Saga films. This is a must-see for fans interested in the story’s final chapter. You will be shown exclusive footage from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn-Part 2 and be treated to a cast and filmmaker Q&A session providing details on the epic finale. Hall H

NOTE: There is no indication as to what (we are assuming something big is TBA) precedes Breaking Dawn in Hall H. 12:45 is the mid-day time slot. Following Breaking Dawn is a Walt Disney panel with a look at Tim Burton’s new film which is his take on Frankenstein. So our take folks is CAMPING WILL BE REQUIRED or no guarantee of getting in. Also of note is that these schedules change. If you remember, back in the New Moon Comic Con appearance, we were originally after an AVATAR presentation and then they flip-flopped the order. Stand by, there may be some juggling after they announce other Hall H properties.

EDITED: Note there are very specific rules as to when you can arrive and what you are allowed to have if you choose to sleep out on the street to secure a place in Hall H. See the details here. Prohibitions include tents, barbacues, etc. http://www.twilightlexicon.com/2012/06/28/comic-con-and-the-no-camping-rule/

Breaking Dawn Part 2 Comic Con Announcement

We just got this in from Summit: 

We are happy to announce that THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 2 will be the opening panel in Hall H at ComicCon® International in San Diego on Thursday, July 12, 2012. Summit Entertainment will present a sneak peek at the highly anticipated conclusion of The Twilight Saga films. This is a must-see for fans interested in the story’s final chapter, who will be shown exclusive footage from THE TWILIGHT SAGA BREAKING DAWN – PART 2 and treated to a cast and filmmaker Q&A session providing details on the epic finale. In addition to the panel, BREAKING DAWN – PART 2 will also be present at the Summit Entertainment booth on the convention floor. Those who stop by will have the chance to attend autograph signings, participate in contests and collect free giveaways all weekend long.

To the Complete Surprise of No One Breaking Dawn Will Be At Comic Con :)

Variety is reporting what we have all long surmised.

 

Sony and the merged Lionsgate-Summit, meanwhile, are understood to be planning a presence inside the San Diego Convention Center’s biggest space…Summit’s “Twilight” franchise has never missed the show – which has had fans camping out annually to secure a seat in the same room with their beloved thesps – and they’re expected back for the Comic-Con finale. Lionsgate will bring “The Expendables 2″ to the Con, where Sylvester Stallone charmed the finicky masses two years ago.

What we don’t have a clear picture on yet is what are the other events in Hall H with Breaking Dawn. Last year was terrific because Breaking Dawn part 1 was the first panel of the day and the items that followed were more of the cult following type of thing, rather than a studio blockbuster. Camping out wasn’t so much requited as it was fun. Back with New Moon it was a challenge because New Moon was the middle panel on a day that also featured Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland and Avatar where camping was 100% necessary!

It is likely but not officially confirmed that Breaking dawn will be there on Thursday as it has done every other year. The one thing we do know is that Warner Brothers is doing their highly anticipated The Hobbit on Saturday so there should be no conflict there.

Comic Con 2012 Tickets Go On Sale on Saturday! Read the Fine Print!

Comic Con just put out the following notice to those who registered using their new ID  system. This pre-registration system closed on February 28th.

You had to register with them and have an ID in order to purchase a ticket (very different than previous years).  Also please note that a Comic Con ticket buys you access to the Convention Hall, not a guaranteed admission into any specific panel or presentation. For that reason it’s first come first serve and sometimes sleeping outside for days at a time is required.

Please also note that though the Twilight films have typically been at Comic Con on a Thursday, there is no guarantee that will happen again. It’s up to the Comic Con staff who do the scheduling and now Lionsgate to bring them there. Do we think they will be there? Yes! We’re betting on it. Are we sure on the day? No.  Especially since the same studio now has Twilight and The Hunger Games who knows what they will want to do to maximize that PR. It’s also probably worthwhile to note that almost no movie or TV outlet has confirmed their presence at Comic Con at this point, nor will anyone have anything specific about dates(under Comic Con not studio control) until a month or so out.

If you did follow the procedure and preregister and have an ID you ABSOLUTELY NEED TO READ THIS DOCUMENT! Yes it’s long but trust us you want to read it. It covers the finer points on how the registration system work and what to expect in regards to wait time, what browsers to use, what email addresses work best, etc. http://www.comic-con.org/cci/reg/cci12_helpfulhints.pdf

As this article in the LA Times notes, last year the ticketing system went down several times and when they finally resurrected it, it sold out in 24 hours. So, even if the wait is long, you want to login to get your tickets on the first day, or there will likely not be any left.

Comic Con Hotel Block Goes on Sale March 29

The below photo was in Comic Con Annual that just came out. You can of course go for a hotel room not in the convention block, but they are more expensive or further away. For instructions on the new registration procedures for Comic Con see this post. The post also includes info about the con (They give you admission to the four-day event, but they don’t guarantee you admission to any given panel, so camping out may or may not be required) Tickets have not gone on sale as of yet.

No official announcement has been made yet by Summit/Lionsgate (or any movie studio), but we think it highly likely that a Breaking Dawn II panel will be there.

Comic Con Pre-registration Process Starts Today

Comic Con has just changed the way people register for their annual convention. They now have a preregistration where you have to create an account (different than before) in order to be registered in their system with a unique name and ID. Then when they have registration a couple of months down the road, you apparently log in using that newly created ID in order to get your convention passes. Yes, I know that this is a little confusing, but that’s their system.

Now Summit has not announced yet if they will be at Comic Con (nor has any other studio for that matter). However, we would believe that it would be highly unlikely for them skip Comic Con since it’s the last hurrah for Twilight. Also since they tend to be marketing creatures of habit, we also think it highly likely that they would be there on Thursday since that is what they have done every single year that they were there.

So in short:

1. Go here and create an account using the big red button in the right column.

2. Once you have this account when they actually start offering event passes you can buy them. They have not as of yet announced the on-sale date of these passes

Please keep in mind the following:

Registering for Comic Con does not guarantee you a seat in any panel. It’s first come first serve seating, and if other popular things are in the hall that day sleeping out on the street is likely necessary.

Comic Con is not run by Summit Entertainment. Summit does not set any rules here, Comic Con staff does in conjunction with the security force at the convention center.

99% of the Twilight fans in the past have been able to see the Q & A panels. Roughly 3,000 people fit into the big hall (AKA Hall H) Some lucky ones on a lottery ticket system in the past got autographs from some of the stars. Last year some stars (not Rob Kristen or Taylor) stopped by to bring breakfast over to those of us waiting outside.

As soon as we know more we will announce it.

Comic Con 2012 and Breaking Dawn Premiere Questions Answered

We’ve been getting hit on a daily basis with tons of  emails from fans who want to know details about Comic Con 2012 and the Breaking Dawn premiere in November. We thought we’d just do a brief “this is what we know so far” to get the info out. A lot of it is going to be wait and see, but this is the best we can do at the moment.

When do Comic Con 2012 tickets go on sale?

No official date has been announced yet. Rumor has it that they may go on sale in January. Best to follow the Comic Con website and Twitter to stay on top of the sale date. In the last few years, tickets have sold out within 24-48 hours. Tickets are person specific to avoid scalping. You must have the exact names of the person attending at the time that you buy tickets and they will need photo ID to pick up their badges. Tickets are not transferable.

When can I start camping out for Comic Con?

The San Diego convention center is private property. Comic Con Twilight panel has traditionally started on a Thursday and this year people started camping on Monday. The staff at the convention center was not happy about that at all. They really didn’t want people out there until their tents had been put up late Tuesday. In previous years people did not camp until the day before. The Hall seats 6500 people. There really isn’t a need to get there any earlier than Wednesday in order to get a seat.

What day will Breaking Dawn Part 2 be at Comic Con 2012?

We won’t know that until next spring. In fact they may not choose to be there at all. They have not officially announced and they usually don’t announce until after tickets are on sale. So it’s a proverbial crap shoot each time. Probably a safe bet for tickets on Thursday, but safer to get a four-day pass.

Where should I get a hotel?

Get one near the convention center. Rooms sell out quickly! Book early!

What is camping at Comic Con like?

You get to have a chair or sleeping bag and a backpack/cooler. People have been fairly friendly. You have to walk for food or bathrooms. Freight trains go by several times in the middle of the night. It’s not horrible, but it’s definitely not easy either. I stood on line for an hour from 2:00am to 3:00am to get to the one unlocked bathroom. The bushes were starting to look good…nuff said.

Can I get tickets to the Breaking Dawn premiere?

Probably not unless you are a highly connected industry person. They don’t put them on sale. Last year some people got tickets via the LA Film Festival. Breaking Dawn is not part of that event this year.

When is the premiere?

Summit hasn’t announced when and where it is going to be yet.  In the past for fall release dates it has been the Monday before the movie opens. However there is no guarantee that they will repeat that pattern.

Where is the premiere?

For Twilight and New Moon the premiere was in Westwood. For Eclipse it was in downtown LA at the Nokia. There has been no announcement as to the venue yet. In the past the premiere has been in Los Angeles. Various cast members have then visited different cities around the world for either additional premieres or fan events. There is no current information on foreign appearance locations or dates.

What can I bring to camp out for the Breaking Dawn premiere and when can I show up?

In Westwood you could bring just about anything. In the Nokia there were very specific limitations that were distributed on a spec sheet by Summit Entertainment. It’s going to come down to what the location is. If it’s on public property on the streets there aren’t set rules so much as common sense. Though obeying directives of local law enforcement is key! If it’s on private property, they will give very specific rules. People have generally started camping out 5 days before.

What do I do with my stuff when the red carpet starts?

They security teams have given specific instructions of when to pack out. They usually have a wristband or similar situation to deter line jumping. As with anything, it’s not fool proof.

So that is what we know. if there are other questions put them in the comments and we’ll try to do the best we can to be helpful.