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Friday, April 18
 

1:30pm PDT

World War Z Previs Thru Postvis: How HALON Helped Prepare for the Zombie Apocalypse
Daniel Gregoire (HALON Entertainment CEO and founder) and Michael Jackson (HALON postvis supervisor) highlight the art of pitchvis, previs, and postvis with a special presentation on their work for Paramount Pictures's World War Z. Panelists will walk attendees through the process of building exciting shots and scenes from pitchvis to previs, onset, and postvis and delve into a discussion of 3D animation tools, motion capture, and the technology behind HALON's revolutionary hand-held cameras that allow directors to visualize complex scenes in the project before filming.

Friday April 18, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Room 300DE

2:00pm PDT

Frozen: The Art of Story
Jeff Ranjo (Frozen, Surf's Up, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs), Fawn Veerasunthorn (Frozen, Hop, El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera), Nicole Mitchell (Frozen, Wreck-it Ralph, Winnie the Pooh) and Normand Lemay (Frozen, Rio) share a behind-the-scenes look at how the art of story was created for Walt Disney Animation Studios' Academy Award winning animated film, Frozen. The artists will showcase several sequences including Let it Go and talk about how the craft of story impacts the animated filmmaking process.

Friday April 18, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Room 207

3:00pm PDT

Remakes, Reboots, and Requels
Welcome to the new world of Hollywood, where almost every movie is a remake, reboot, or sequel. A panel of geeksperts will discuss their favorite (and least favorite) recent remakes and reboots, from Batman Begins to Star Trek, while also offering advice for films that demand to be rebooted, remade, and revisited in the near future, from Galaxy Quest to Space: 1999, along with an audience poll of the property they'd most like to see remade. Featuring the acerbic Ashley E. Miller (Thor, X-Men: First Class), the sexy Steve Melching (The Clone Wars, Big Guy & Rusty, The Boy Robot), the delightful Daren Dochterman (Star Trek: Phase II), the rambunctious Robert Meyer Burnett (The Hills Run Red, Free Enterprise), the jocular Dr. Adam Jahnke (The Digital Bits), and dashing moderator David E. Williams (editor, GEEK magazine).

Friday April 18, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
Room 207

4:00pm PDT

Black Tiger: From Indie Comic to Indie Short Film
UPDATED: Wed, Apr 16, 01:24PM
This informational and inspirational panel reveals the do-it-yourself journey to transform an independent comic book into a short independent film. Learn firsthand what it has taken to get the film Black Tiger: Hunter Hunted to the screen. Experience the exciting preview of the film and engage in a Q&A with film stars Rico E. Anderson (Star Trek: Renegades), Mish'al Samman (Pit Boss), Lauren Weinberger (Black Rabbit), director Patricio Ginelsa (Lumpia), producer Lawrence Iriarte (The Matrix), creator John Hervey II, and Beyond Time co-owner Priscilla Hervey. Moderated by Winston F. Emano (founder, mano Y mano Media). Also have a chance to attend the film's world premiere screening starring also Robin Shou (Mortal Kombat), Angela Fong (former WWE Diva),at the neighboring UltraLuxe Cinemas GardenWalk on Saturday, April 19 at 7:00 pm.

Friday April 18, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Room 207

6:00pm PDT

Greatest GEEK Movies of 1984: Big Brother Wasn't The Only One Watching While Doves Cried
While Eurasia was still at war with Eastasia and Big Brother was watching you, some amazing movies slipped into cinemas, and our panel of experts are going to wax on, wax off about the great geek year of 1984 as they look back at such films as The Terminator, Gremlins, Repo Man, Ghostbusters, Dune, Splash, This is Spinal Tap, Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom, Star Trek III, Buckaroo Banzai, Body Double, The Karate Kid, Red Dawn, Night of the Comet and, of course, the incomparable Purple Rain. Celebrating the fact we still love the '80s will be Ashley E. Miller (Thor, X-Men: First Class), David E. Williams (editor, GEEK magazine), Robert Meyer Burnett (Star Trek: The Next Generation Blu-rays), Daren Dochterman (Star Trek: Phase II), Steve Melching (The Clone Wars, Transformers Prime), Bill Hunt (The Digital Bits), Joe Kraemer (Jack Reacher), and moderator Mark A. Altman (Free Enterprise, DOA: Dead or Alive). Be sure to attend because this panel is sure to get turned up to 11.

Friday April 18, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm PDT
Room 207

6:00pm PDT

World Premiere: Son of Batman
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, DC Entertainment, and Warner Bros. Animation present the World Premiere of Son of Batman, the landmark 20th entry in the ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original Movies. In the film, Batman learns he has a son, Damian-and to further complicate matters, the mother is Talia al Ghul, daughter of one of Batman's most dreaded enemies, Ra's al Ghul. When the odds quickly turn against Batman and Damian, Batman must become both father and mentor to the aggressive, agile new Robin. Together they form an uneasy alliance to try and thwart the criminal enterprise of Deathstroke and his army of ninja man-bats before there are international consequences. Be among the first to see this new film, then stay for a star-studded panel led by the voice of Batman, Jason O'Mara (Terra Nova, Life on Mars), producer James Tucker (Justice League: War), director Ethan Spaulding (The Simpsons, Avatar: The Last Airbender), dialogue director Andrea Romano (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns), character designer Phil Bourassa (Justice League: War), and some special guests. Based on Grant Morrison's famed DC storyline, Son of Batman arrives May 6 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD.

Friday April 18, 2014 6:00pm - 8:00pm PDT
Arena

7:30pm PDT

How to Break into or Expand Your Career in Hollywood
In this slightly insane mash-up, The Winner Twins, multiple award-winning and national bestselling sci-fi authors, scriptwriters, and producers, moderate a panel filled with celebrities, producers, agents, and directors who have already made it in Hollywood. They will share the stories of their success and describe how to break into Hollywood today. Each will bring their experience and real-world knowledge. Panelists include Rampage Jackson (legendary MMA Fighter, The A Team), John Morrison (world-renowned wrestler, actor, screenwriter, producer), Chavo Guerrero, Jr. (world-renowned wrestler, actor, personality), Richard Hatch (legendary actor, Captain Apollo, Tom Zarek of Battlestar Galactica), Rob Prior (artist, director, creator of the TV show Red Brick Road with Warner Brothers), and Cal Boyington (former head of alternative television at Paradigm Talent Agency, former talent & packaging agent at ICM, known for Workaholics, Whale Wars among many others). An announcement will be made at the end of the panel involving a top secret Hollywood project.

Friday April 18, 2014 7:30pm - 8:30pm PDT
Room 300DE

7:30pm PDT

James Bonding
Who doesn't love 007? James Bonding is the podcast where everyone's favorite MI6 agent gets analyzed and discussed by Matt Mira (The Nerdist Podcast, Attack of the Show) and Matt Gourley (Superego, Drunk History). Come watch as the pair get into the ultimate debate of who is the best double-O alongside a panel of fellow Bond lovers fighting for their James.

Friday April 18, 2014 7:30pm - 8:30pm PDT
Room 213
 
Saturday, April 19
 

10:30am PDT

Creative Roles in Entertainment
Creative roles in the entertainment world cross the businesses of animated television, feature animation, visual effects, games and the web industries. Join industry leaders Matt Roberts (artistic recruiter, Walt Disney Animation Studios), Brooke Keesling (manager, animation talent development, Cartoon Network), Scott Campbell (artistic recruiter, Blizzard Games), Andy Cochrane (interactive and new media director, DFX supervisor, Mirada Studios), and Jeff Gill (creative director, JibJab Media, Inc.), as they share an insider's look at the different roles within each of these business and discuss similarities and differences of the formats.

Saturday April 19, 2014 10:30am - 11:30am PDT
Room 300DE

11:00am PDT

Warner Bros. Presentation
UPDATED: Tue, Apr 15, 04:27PM
This panel will feature these exciting films; Edge of Tomorrow with Bill Paxton, Into the Storm with Steven Quale, Richard Armitage, Arlen Escarpeta, Jeremy Sumpter and Max Deacon and Godzilla with Gareth Edwards.

Saturday April 19, 2014 11:00am - 12:30pm PDT
Arena

11:30am PDT

Popular TV Superheroes Look Better in Blu
Warner Archive Collection continues to thrill fans with Blu-ray presentations of some of the popular recent DC-based animated TV series. Revisit Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, and Beware the Batman with producers, directors, writers, and voice talent, and discuss WAC's potential future offerings. WAC podcast hosts D. W. Ferranti and Matthew Patterson lead a panel that features GL:TAS producers Giancarlo Volpe and Jim Krieg, actor Josh Keaton, BTBATB producer James Tucker, and other surprise guests.

Saturday April 19, 2014 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT
Room 300DE

11:30am PDT

The Hand That Draws: Art Directors Guild Illustrators Who Work in Two Worlds
Trevor Goring (storyboard artist, Thor: The Dark World), Gabriel Hardman (storyboard artist, Inception), Benton Jew (storyboard artist, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), and Aaron Sowd (storyboard artist, After Earth) discuss the challenges and joys of working on comic books and graphic novels as well as movies, TV, and commercials in this session moderated by Tim Burgard (storyboard artist, Jurassic World).

Saturday April 19, 2014 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT
Room 208

12:30pm PDT

Cartoon Voices
It's one of the most popular panels at any convention! Five masters of speaking for animated superstars demonstrate their talents. The dais will consist of Greg Berg (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Gregg Berger (The Transformers), Candi Milo (Dexter's Laboratory), WallyWingert (The Avengers), Debi Derryberry (Jimmy Neutron), and Fred Tatasciore (The Hulk). And it's all moderated by animation voice director Mark Evanier (The Garfield Show).

Saturday April 19, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm PDT
Room 300DE

12:45pm PDT

Twentieth Century Fox Presentation
Saturday April 19, 2014 12:45pm - 2:45pm PDT
Arena

2:00pm PDT

The Best Sci-Fi Movies (& TV) Never Made
Take a look at some of the greatest genre projects that never made it to the silver and small screens, ranging from Star Trek: Phase II (the original '70s Star Trek reboot that was never made (to David Lynch's Ronnie Rocket to Halo to Bryan Singer's Battlestar Galactica to an incredible look at Alejandro Jdorowsky's mind-blowing adaptation of Frank Herbert's Dune. Panelists include filmmakers Steve Scarlata (Jodorowksy's Dune), Ashley E. Miller (Thor, X-Men: First Class), Robert Meyer Burnett (The Hills Run Red, ST: TNG Blu-rays), David E. Williams (editor, GEEK magazine), Daren Dochterman (ST: TMP Director's Cut),Steve Melching (The Clone Wars, Batman: The Brave & the Bold), Chris Gossett (The Red Star, Star Trek: Axanar), and Mark A. Altman (Femme Fatales, Free Enterprise).

Saturday April 19, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Room 207

3:00pm PDT

Lucy
Writer/director Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, La Femme Nikita) will present exclusive scenes from Lucy, his upcoming action-thriller starring Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman that unveils what humans could actually do with 100 percent of our brain capacity unlocked. In Lucy, after a woman is accidentally caught in a dark deal, she turns the tables on her captors and begins to attain unimaginable knowledge and power.

Saturday April 19, 2014 3:00pm - 3:30pm PDT
Arena

3:30pm PDT

Nerdist News Live
Jessica Chobot (Mass Effect 3) and the Nerdist News team will catch you up on the latest in movie, TV, comic book, gaming, and tech news. The Nerdist team will break down the day's news, interview guests, and then turn some of the questions (and jokes!) over to you.

Saturday April 19, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm PDT
Room 213

3:45pm PDT

Sony Pictures: Deliver Us from Evil
This supernatural thriller, inspired by the bone-chilling real-life cases of New York police officer Ralph Sarchie (Eric Bana), follows a detective who begins investigating a series of disturbing and inexplicable crimes and joins forces with an unconventional priest (Edgar Ramírez) schooled in the rituals of exorcism to combat the frightening and demonic possessions that are terrorizing their city. Join director Scott Derrickson (Sinister, The Exorcism of Emily Rose), producer Jerry Bruckheimer, and stars Eric Bana, Edgar Ramírez, Olivia Munn, and Joel McHale for questions and an exclusive first look at the film.

Saturday April 19, 2014 3:45pm - 4:45pm PDT
Arena

4:00pm PDT

Batman 75th Anniversary
Throughout his 75-year history, the Dark Knight has become one of the most popular and widely recognized superheroes in the world. From comics to TV to movies to video games, the World's Greatest Detective has permeated all entertainment mediums and beyond. Get a look at Batman's rich history and what the future holds for this pop culture icon!

Saturday April 19, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Room 300AB

4:30pm PDT

TV Guide Magazine's Fan Favorites Showrunners
UPDATED: Wed, Apr 16, 11:07PM
TV Guide Magazine returns to WonderCon with an all-star panel of TV's hottest producers and an exclusive preview of the documentary Showrunners, coming later this year. Moderated by TV Guide Magazine Los Angeles bureau chief Michael Schneider, the session brings together TV's top producers for a look behind the scenes of your favorite shows. The panel will also include a preview of Showrunners, directed by Des Doyle, which spotlights the creative forces responsible for overseeing every element of production on television's most popular dramas and comedies. Panelists (subject to change) include: Steve Callaghan (Family Guy), Chris Carter (The X-Files), Marc Guggenheim (Arrow), Andrew Kreisberg (Arrow), Steven Molaro (The Big Bang Theory) and Rockne S. O'Bannon (Revolution), as well as Jane Espenson (Once Upon a Time) and John Rogers (Leverage), who are featured in the documentary.

Saturday April 19, 2014 4:30pm - 5:30pm PDT
Room 300DE

5:00pm PDT

Godzilla at 60: The Making of a Movie Masterpiece
Part World War II allegory, part social drama, part cautionary message and part monster movie, Godzilla continues to captivate audiences with its moody magnificence. Author Peter H. Brothers (Mushroom Clouds and Mushroom Men: The Fantastic Cinema of Ishiro Honda) discusses the unusual origins, troubled production, and everlasting impact of this classic of international cinema.

Saturday April 19, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm PDT
Room 210A

5:30pm PDT

TheOneRing.net's Unofficial Sneak Peek at The Hobbit: There and Back Again
Staffers from TheOneRing.net, experts in Tolkien and fandom for almost 15 years, gather clues, speculation, and inside information about what the final cinematic experience in Middle-earth will be like. They will answer questions and engage fellow fans about anything under the Tolkien sun and, maybe, some special guests.

Saturday April 19, 2014 5:30pm - 6:30pm PDT
Room 300DE

6:30pm PDT

Inside The Writer's Room: Earth's Mightiest Writers Re-Assemble
Take an unprecedented insider look at your favorite TV series from the scribes behind some of today's hottest genre shows as they share their candid thoughts on how to write and rewrite the series we love (and sometimes loathe). Find out the deep, dark secrets (and low-calorie snacks) of the writer's room-and why network executives actually care about what you say on message boards. Get the straight scoop from some of television's most talented and outspoken writers and producers, moderated by Sony Pictures Television senior VP of drama, development and production, Chris Parnell. The panel includes Michael Narducci (The Vampire Diaries, The Originals), Steve Holland (The Big Bang Theory), Jesse Alexander (Hannibal, Lost, Heroes), Javier Grillo-Marxuach (Helix, The Middleman, Lost), Ashley E. Miller (the new Terminator TV series, Fringe, Thor), Steve Melching (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Transformers: Prime), Sarah Watson (About a Boy, Parenthood), Jose Molina (Sleepy Hollow, Firefly, Terra Nova), and Mark A. Altman (Femme Fatales, Castle, Necessary Roughness).

Saturday April 19, 2014 6:30pm - 7:30pm PDT
Room 300DE

6:30pm PDT

Your Opinion Sucks: Rotten Tomatoes Critics vs. Fans
UPDATED: Mon, Apr 14, 10:49AM
Face off with your favorite Rotten Tomatoes critics -- Alonso Duralde (The Wrap), Christy Lemire (ChristyLemire.com), Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood) and Alynda Wheat (People Magazine) -- when they join editor-in-chief Matt Atchity and senior editors Grae Drake and Tim Ryan of Rotten Tomatoes. As Matt and Grae name popular movies of 2012 and 2013, everyone in the room uses their "Personal Tomatometer Paddle" to dis/agree with the score and debate questions such as "Do reviews even matter anymore?" Remember: fortune favors the bold.

Saturday April 19, 2014 6:30pm - 7:30pm PDT
Room 203

7:30pm PDT

The Psychology of Star Trek vs. Star Wars: Episode III
Psychologists Dr. Andrea Letamendi (UnderTheMaskOnline.com) and Dr. Ali Mattu (BrainKnowsBetter.com) bring their popular, intergalactic sci-fi battle back to WonderCon Anaheim for round 3! These geeky psychologists step into the pop culture ring, this time with a focus on the character relationships from these two legendary franchises. Special panelists include actors Chase Masterson (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) and Catherine Taber (Star Wars: The Clone Wars). Join a side and cast your vote as they crown one as the winner! Impartially moderated by Brian Ward (The Arkham Sessions).

Saturday April 19, 2014 7:30pm - 8:30pm PDT
Room 213
 
Sunday, April 20
 

1:00pm PDT

GEEK Guide to Summer Movies
A panel of geeksperts talk about the upcoming summer movie season and their hopes, dreams, and fears, along with sharing insider insights and clips from the most eagerly anticipated cinema of the season, including The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Godzilla, X-Men, Days of Future Past, Maleficent, 22 Jump Street, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, andGuardians of the Galaxy, as well as preview the summer movies of 2024. Join Access Hollywood's Scott Mantz and GEEK magazine editor David E. Williams, along with Jeff Bond (GEEK magazine, executive editor), Ashley E. Miller (Thor, X-Men: First Class), Nikki Griffin (GEEK magazine, editor-at-large), Robert Meyer Burnett (TNG Blu-rays, The Hills Run Red), and moderator Mark A. Altman (Free Enterprise, The Specials).

Sunday April 20, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
Room 300AB

1:15pm PDT

Encore Screening: Son of Batman
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, DC Entertainment, and Warner Bros. Animation present an encore screening of Son of Batman, the landmark 20th entry in the ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original Movies. In the film, Batman learns he has a son, Damian-and to further complicate matters, the mother is Talia Al Ghul, daughter of one of Batman's most dreaded enemies, Ra's Al Ghul. When the odds quickly turn against Batman and Damian, Batman must become both father and mentor to the aggressive, agile new Robin. Together they form an uneasy alliance to try and thwart the criminal enterprise of Deathstroke and his army of ninja man-bats before there are international consequences. See the film on Sunday, then grab a copy when Son of Batman arrives May 6 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD.

Sunday April 20, 2014 1:15pm - 2:45pm PDT
Arena

2:30pm PDT

Beyond Clichés: Creating Awesome Female Characters for Comics, Film, and Video Games
Explore the past, present, and future of female character creation for comics and video games. Panelists examine the traps of common tropes, clichés, and stereotypes while discussing how content creators can create wonderful, relatable, and realistic female characters. Moderator Adira Edmund (JustStart's Windy Hollows, MA English Literature) is joined by Neo Edmund (Red Riding, The Alpha Huntress, Kaijudo Rise of the Duel Masters), Charlotte Fullerton (Ben 10 Omniverse, My Little Pony), Clare Kramer (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Geek Nation), and Marv Wolfman (Teen Titans, creator of dozens of comic characters).

Sunday April 20, 2014 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
Room 210A

3:00pm PDT

The Supreme Geekspert's Court I: Ultimate Sci-Fi Movie Smackdown I
From the creators of the legendary Starship Smackdown, as featured on NPR's All Things Considered, comes the exclusive WonderCon Anaheim Smackdown spin-off, Supreme Geekspert's Court: Sci-Fi Movie Smackdown. Help the judges rule as they definitively deliver a verdict on the greatest sci-fi movie of all-time. Battling it out for the smackdown crown will be such classics as Forbidden Planet, The Wrath of Khan, 2001, Planet of the Apes, The Matrix, Serenity, and Zombies of the Stratosphere (um, maybe not), among others. The votes will be tallied; verdicts will be delivered. Presiding over the Geekspert's Court are the Honorable Ashley E. Miller (Colin Fisher, Thor, X-Men: First Class), Steve Melching (The Clone Wars, Batman: The Brave & the Bold), Robert Meyer Burnett (Free Enterprise, TNG Blu-rays),Daren Dochterman (Star Trek: Phase II, Star Trek: TMP-Director's Cut), Kay Reindl (Twisted, The Twilight Zone), Chris Gossett (The Red Star), Jeff Bond (GEEK, executive editor) and Chief Justice Mark A. Altman (Free Enterprise, Femme Fatales). Justice will be served.

Sunday April 20, 2014 3:00pm - 4:30pm PDT
Room 207