Wondercon Lures in HollywoodPosted by: Michael
WonderCon, Northern Californiaâ€™s largest comic book and pop culture convention, has already released its stunning list of comics-related talent attending the three-day event. And now, in the tradition of its sister show, the San Diego Comic-Con, WonderCon releases its Hollywood guest list scheduled to appear March 2 through 4, 2007 at Moscone Center South, in San Francisco.
As with Comic-Con in San Diego, Hollywoodâ€™s biggest movie and animation studios will bring specially prepared material for attendees of WonderCon. For the first time, major television networks and programs will also be featured in a special Sunday track of events.
Saturdayâ€™s scheduled programs include a panel on Disney-Pixarâ€™s animated feature Ratatouille, featuring director Brad Bird (The Incredibles) and actor/comedian Patton Oswalt, as well as Warner Bros.â€™ TMNT (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, for those in the know), featuring writer/director Kevin Munroe.
Hilary Swank is no stranger to Comic-Con, having appeared at the event twice, and this year she makes her inaugural appearance at WonderCon to help promote her new Warner Bros.â€™ film, The Reaping. She will be joined by co-star Idris Elba.
The eagerly awaited adaptation of Frank Millerâ€™s graphic novel, 300, is well represented with a panel featuring director Zack Snyder along with an exclusive appearance by stars Gerard Butler, Lena Headey, and Rodrigo Santoro.
The next installment in the popular Resident Evil series of films will have cast members Oded Fehr (The Mummy) and Ali Larter (Heroes) talking about Resident Evil: Extinction. And Sony Pictures will feature a panel on the much anticipated film, Spider-Man 3.
Also on Saturday, DC Comics and WB Animation present a panel on their new DVD movies featuring some of DCâ€™s most popular stories. This event includes animation legend Bruce Timm and DC Vice-Presidentâ€™s Dan DiDio and Gregory Noveck.
On Sunday, television will have a big presence at WonderCon this year as sponsor TV Guide presents: 2007 and Beyond. This panel features TV Guideâ€™s West Coast Bureau Chief, Craig Tomashoff with a look at the successful supernatural, sci-fi and fantasy series currently appearing on cable and network TV. Panel participants include Jeph Loeb (Co-Executive Producer, Heroes), Billy Campbell (The 4400), and Ira S. Behr (Executive Producer The 4400).
CBS/Paramount presents an exclusive, never-before-seen episode of the popular network series Jericho. Stars Skeet Ulrich and Ashley Scott will be on hand as will producers Jon Turteltaub, Stephen Chbosky and Carol Barbee.
Fox Television will have a special sneak preview of their new series Drive. Panelists include fan favorite Nathan Fillion, Kristin Lehman and producers Tim Minear, Ben Queen and Greg Yaitanes.
The weekend will also feature special presentations by kidsâ€™ network giants Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon.
As always, for complete and up-to-date information on WonderCon, and Comic-Con, please visit www.comic-con.org.
WonderCon is produced by Comic-Con International, a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular art forms, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture.