Monday, December 12, 2011

Portroids from Pardcast-A-Thon 2011!

Pardcast-A-Thon was amazing! You will have the chance to buy a download of the full 12 hour marathon podcast in audio and video form from pardcast.com on December 15, 2011, but until then you can bid on the original portroids taken backstage at the event. They were taken using Impossible Project's limited edition PZ600 UV+ Silver Shade Black Frame film and I think they turned out gorgeously (but I took them, so I'm biased). Judge for yourself, and bid on a batch. 100% of proceeds benefit the charity Smile Train.

All these auctions end December 17, 2011 in the morning.

Set 1 - Jimmy Pardo, Danielle Koenig, Walter Koenig, and John Ross Bowie (click link to bid)

This first set of four includes Never Not Funny host Jimmy Pardo, his wife, comedian Danielle Koenig, her father, Star Trek's Pavel Chekov actor Walter Koenig, and comedian John Ross Bowie.


Set 2 - Matt Belknap, Andy Richter, Rachel Quaintance, and Joe Lo Truglio (click link to bid)

The second set of four includes Never Not Funny co-host/producer Matt Belknap, actor/comedian/Conan sidekick Andy Richter, actress/comedian Rachel Quaintance, and from "The State"/"Wet Hot American Summer"/"Superbad"/"Role Models" actor/comedian Joe Lo Truglio.


Set 3 - Pat Francis, Amy Poehler, Todd Levin, and Rebecca Corry (click link to bid)

The third set of four includes Never Not Funny third chair Pat Francis, from "Upright Citizens Brigade"/"Wet Hot American Summer"/"Saturday Night Live"/"Parks and Recreation" actress/comedian Amy Poehler, Conan writer Todd Levin, and comedian Rebecca Corry.


Set 4 - Graham Elwood, Jesse Thorn, Dave Holmes, and Dan Katz (click link to bid)

The fourth set of four is what I call "The Gentleman Collection" and includes comedian Graham Elwood, "The Sound of Young America" radio show and podcast host Jesse Thorn, ex-MTV VJ/comedian Dave Holmes, and Never Not Funny intern "Tabasco Ears" Dan Katz.


Set 5 - Adam Carolla, Caleb Bacon, Bil Dwyer, and Eliot Hochberg (click link to bid)

The fifth set of four includes comedian/podcaster/broadcaster Adam Carolla, podcaster/Pardcast-A-Thon backstage wrangler Caleb Bacon, comedian Bil Dwyer, and from INDHD.com/Never Not Funny videographer Eliot Hochberg.


Set 6 - Lisa Loeb, Greg Behrendt, Eli Braden, and Wayne Federman (click link to bid)

The sixth set of four is "The Musician Collection" and includes singer/songwriter/children's book author Lisa Loeb, comedian/author/musician Greg Behrendt, comedian/musician Eli Braden, and comedian/actor/ukulele musician Wayne Federman.


Set 7 - Jon Hamm, Janet Varney, Rich Sommer, and Paul Gilmartin (click link to bid)

The seventh set of four includes "Mad Men"/Bridesmaids" actor Jon Hamm, SF Sketchfest co-founder/actress/comedian Janet Varney, "Mad Men" actor Rich Sommer, and "Dinner and a Movie"/"The Mental Illness Happy Hour" host comedian Paul Gilmartin.


Now's your chance, get bidding!
Rick
rick@portroids.com

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

PARDCAST-A-THON 2011!!!!

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen of the Internet,

How are you? I am fine. It is my great pleasure to be writing you with this reminder that next week, on the day after Thanksgiving, our mutual friends from Never Not Funny will be hosting the third annual Pardcast-A-Thon to benefit the charity Smile Train. This is an event you do NOT want to miss!

Never Not Funny at SF Sketchfest
For 12 hours, beginning at 6 PM (Pacific Time) on November 25, 2011 and going until 6 AM (still Pacific Time) on November 26, 2011, hosts Jimmy Pardo, Matt Belknap, and Pat Francis will be welcoming special celebrity guests for a marathon of comedy podcasting. If you missed your chance at tickets to attend the show live at the Acme Comedy Theatre in Los Angeles, you can still watch it streaming LIVE at pardcast.com and most importantly donate to Smile Train.

Like last year, we from portroids.com will be there taking portroids of all the guests backstage. Those original portroids will be auctioned off after the event with all proceeds benefiting Smile Train. This year I will be using the Black Frame Silver Shade film from the Impossible Project for an extra cool memento (here are a couple samples of how this film looks: example 1, example 2, example 3 (see? pretty cool, right?)). We will also, once again, be creating a limited edition commemorative book featuring all the backstage portroids plus photos taken at the event by famed LA-based comedy photographer Liezl Estipona. Proceeds from the sale of the book will also all be donated to Smile Train.

While the guest list for Pardcast-A-Thon is primarily a surprise, a few names have been announced on this blog from iconvsicon.com including returning favorites Sarah Silverman, Andy Richter, and Greg Behrendt. Click through to Icon vs. Icon to see which other first-time celebrity guest has been announced.

Jimmy Pardo will be a guest on "CONAN" this Thursday (Nov 17, 2011) to promote Pardcast-A-Thon, so stay up and watch it, or record it on your DVR/TiVo/VCR and watch it. Just be sure to watch it. Also, check out the Pardo Patrol on teamcoco.com. Very funny!

Here are the portroids taken at last year's Pardcast-A-Thon (in poster form, as seen in the NNF videos hanging on the studio wall):
Pardcast-A-Thon 2010 poster: Jimmy Pardo, Matt Belknap, Pat Francis, Rob Corddry, Rich Sommer, Jesse Thorn, Sarah Silverman, Steve Agee, Danielle Fishel, Tom Dreesen, Danielle Koenig, Aimee Mann, Kevin Pollak, Andy Richter, Paul Gilmartin, Jen Kirkman, Paul F. Tompkins, Todd Levin, Graham Elwood, Richie "La Bamba" Rosenberg, Paul Rust, Tami Sagher, Doug Benson, Greg Behrendt, Mike Schmidt, Dave Holmes, Eliot Hochberg, and Dan Katz

This event is so much fun and for such a great charity. Please make sure to watch/listen to it streaming live on November 25 - 26 from 6 PM to AM and donate to Smile Train! If you're in the audience, be sure to say hi to me. See you there!!

Love,
Rick
rick@portroids.com

Monday, November 14, 2011

SDFF34: James Cromwell

 
The 34th Starz Denver Film Festival ended yesterday and like every previous year it was an incredible amount of fun. I was able to take in over a dozen films and got to do a handful of interviews. One such interview occurred on Saturday, November 12, 2011 with actor James Cromwell. You know him from everything. He has been acting on stage and screen for over 50 years (Babe, LA Confidential, Six Feet Under, W, to name a few) and has been a vocal advocate for many causes (veganism, Black Panthers, the Occupy movement, to name a few).

He was at SDFF to receive the much-deserved Mayor's Career Achievement Award and to present two of his upcoming films: "A Year In Mooring" and "The Artist".

It was an honor to get to meet him and to be granted an interview. I also took two portroids, my favorite being the black and white one using Impossible Project's Black Frame Silver Shade film (seen below).
James Cromwell at the 34th Starz Denver Film Festival

You can listen to our interview here:


Enjoy, and make sure to see his new films and all his past and future projects. You won't regret it.

Rick
rick@portroids.com

Friday, November 04, 2011

SDFF34: Bench Seat

One of the greatest things about film festivals is the ability to see short films which you would otherwise not get a chance to see. I was particularly excited about one short film at this year's Starz Denver Film Festival because it was based on a play by my favorite playwright Neil LaBute. It is called "Bench Seat" and was directed by Anna Mastro.

Playwright / Screenwriter - Neil LaBute

The action of the play takes place in the front bench seat of a car overlooking a city. A couple with differing ideas of the course of their relationship discuss potential issues surrounding the possibility of a break-up. The filmed version takes on a life of it's own thanks to the vision of it's director, Anna Mastro, who fleshed out the narrative by making it a musical.
 
Director - Anna Mastro

The film is beautifully shot, excellently directed, and wonderfully acted by stars Cassie Scerbo and Kyle Riabko. With original songs by Teddy Geiger and Anna Mastro, lovely colorful choreographed musical interludes interlace refreshingly with the bench seat dialogue. Anna's drive and passion for the Hollywood musical shine through and her love of LaBute's writing make this film thoroughly enjoyable and something I recommend you see.

I had the chance to sit down with Anna Mastro today in the Filmmaker Lounge to discuss the short film. You can listen to that interview here:


Tonight's screening was sold out, but there are still tickets available for Shorts 3: In The Name of Love tomorrow (Nov 5, 2011) at noon. Other shorts in the program include: All in All, The Bird Spider, Clear Blue, Splitscreen: A Love Story, Time and Love, and Waiting Room.

Enjoy!
Rick
rick@portroids.com

Saturday, October 29, 2011

SDFF34 is almost here!


The 34th Starz Denver Film Festival is less than a week away! This will be my 8th year attending the festival, and like every previous year, I am extremely excited for the film and event offerings. You should be, too.

Anton Yelchin


Wednesday, Nov 2 (2011) marks the Opening Night of SDFF with a red carpet presentation of the film "Like Crazy" by director Drake Doremus and starring Anton Yelchin (pictured in a half portroid from this year's Comic-Con), Felicity Jones, and Jennifer Lawrence. You still have a chance to buy tickets to see this potentially heartbreaking love story at the beautiful Ellie Caulkins Opera House. Take that chance.

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Kiefer Sutherland
Thursday, Nov 3 (2011 still) is yet another Opening Night. This time for the Denver FilmCenter on Colfax. The film will be "Melancholia" and unless you already have tickets, you may be out of luck, as it is SOLD OUT! Hey, maybe there will be some tickets at the door, but I doubt it. It's like super popular. The film by filmmaker Lars von Trier stars filmstars Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland (pictured in a portroid taken after his performance in the Broadway play "That Championship Season"), and Charlotte Rampling. Ooh la la, two Charlottes in the cast. Seriously, this movie looks cool, but don't depend on my word, click the link below, watch the trailer and lament your not having tickets (or celebrate if you do).



Friday, Nov 4 (2011) is when things really start rolling and the festival screenings kick into full gear. Check it out. See? Over 20 films and events, including a special presentation red carpet at Highlands Church for the documentary "Wish Me Away" about the coming out of country singer/songwriter Chely Wright (in attendance!). Tickets are still available, so you should buy some. OK?

Also on Friday (see date above) is An Evening With Judy Greer featuring a clips package of highlights from her robust career, an interview, and a presentation to her of this year's John Cassavetes Award. Pretty awesome, right? She gets a larger, centered portroid because she will be there IN PERSON!
Judy Greer
You've got some tough decisions to make for Friday, but whichever way you go (as long as you do go) you've made the right choice. Good job!


If you thought Friday was great (you were right), take a look at Saturday (Nov 5, 2011). Over 50 films and events to choose from on this day. The highlight of the schedule for Saturday is the Big Night red carpet screening of "The Descendants" starring George Clooney and directed by Alexander Payne. The film takes place in Hawaii, is based on a novel by Kuai Hart Hemmings, and also stars the aforementioned Judy Greer, Beau Bridges, Amara Miller, Shailene Woodley, Robert Forster, Rob Huebel (a portroid favorite), and Matthew Lillard. See it at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House at 8 PM. I'll be there. I hope you will be, too.

Also presented on Saturday (and Sunday, Nov 5, 2011) is the documentary "Eco-Pirate: The Story of Paul Watson". If you are a fan of the Animal Planet show "Whale Wars", or of caring about the world we live in (particularly the ocean (and those who live in it)), you will not want to miss this film about the founder of the Sea Shepherds and staunch protector of ocean life. It delves into his history and what made him the man he is today. Not to be missed! You can still get tickets for two of the three screenings (that third one? SOLD OUT!).


Over the course of the following week, you will have numerous chances to see some amazing films. Check out the full schedule, read some synopsises, make some choices (even some you might not normally choose), and enjoy the exciting adventure that is the Starz Denver Film Festival.

I will have more to recommend leading up to the festival, and throughout, so look for that in the coming days.

As always, enjoy!
Rick
rick@portroids.com

Friday, August 19, 2011

TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY Portroids from Comic-Con 2011!!

As a fan of DOCTOR WHO and the Tenth Doctor's sometimes-companion Capt. Jack Harkness, I was excited to give his spin-off TORCHWOOD (an anagram for DOCTOR WHO) a try. I'm happy I did, because I love the show. Through it's first three seasons it moved from BBC Three to BBC Two to BBC One, and now in it's fourth season it's airing on the American premium channel Starz.

When I saw that Starz was bringing the cast of TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY to San Diego Comic-Con International this year, I prioritized and did everything in my power to participate in the press line. Thanks go to Starz for granting me access. I absolutely loved that they held it outdoors, as it made for some gorgeous portroids of the show's cast. See them featured here:


John Barrowman (Capt. Jack Harkness)

Eve Myles (Gwen Cooper)

Mekhi Phifer (Rex Matheson)

Alexa Havins (Esther Drummond)

Bill Pullman (Oswald Danes) (previous portroid from Starz Denver Film Festival)

TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY airs Fridays at 10 PM ET/PT on Starz!

Watch it!
Rick
rick@portroids.com

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER!

I recently received a print I framed and hung on the wall of my home. It's something that some people will see and merely find to be a cool piece of art, while others (those in-the-know) will see and be transported to the summer of 1981, the last day of camp, the last chance for Victor Pulak to pollinate Abby Bernstein's berry bush ... and even though we ain't got money ... OH F*%K!!!

Justin Santora's piece for Gallery 1988's "Camp Firewood" show

In early 2001, some friends and I went to a theater on the east side of NYC to see a pre-distributor cut of a film by some of the guys from our favorite comedy group, The State (and their subsequent group, Stella). It was, and remains to this day, one of the funniest movies I've ever seen. That movie, as you may have guessed, was Wet Hot American Summer and since that time I've seen it more times than the bunk eight kids have seen The China Syndrome. What can I say? I love it. Only one scene, that I can recall, was cut from that version when USA Films picked it up (and you can see it in the deleted scenes on the DVD (it's the post credit reunion where they watch Silas's video)).

This is the movie my wife and I show to everyone to gauge their humor compatibility. If you don't get it, get out.

Over the years I've had the great pleasure to see/meet many of the cast from the film. A lot of them attended that first NYC screening (it was the first time I saw Michael Ian Black, waiting in line like the rest of us). At another showing I remember from the Lower East Side in maybe mid-2002, Gabriel Millman (billed as "Caped Boy", but also known as Keith Stat from Milburn, NJ) came with a then relatively unknown Jesse Eisenberg. At one Stella show, Paul Rudd and Peter Salett sat behind us (A.D. Miles was also there in the audience). I saw Amy Poehler at the UCB Theatre. Molly Shannon outside the Loews on 42nd St. Many of the cast would perform in the Fez (and Joe's Pub) Stella shows, even saw David Wain and Mr. Blue performing songs from the soundtrack. This was all pre-portroids.

The film was released theatrically 10 years ago today on July 27, 2001. I saw it multiple times with multiple people (with whomever I could get to go with me (they all loved it)) during it's theatrical run, and over the years have tried to attend screenings whenever possible. When I go to an event where I know a cast member will be present, I bring the DVD for them to sign and every one of them lights up at the sight of it. It is a movie whose humor, absurdity, and general feeling of nostalgic summer camp fun brings joy from it's mere mention. There has been renewed talk lately of a potential prequel with all the same cast. I can't image anything better than that. I want that movie inside me.
Here is the collection of portroids I've taken since October 2003 of the cast and creators of Wet Hot American Summer. Enjoy!

David Wain (co-writer and director)
Michael Showalter (co-writer and Coop, Alan Shemper)
Janeane Garofalo (Beth)
David Hyde Pierce (Henry)
Paul Rudd (Andy)

Zak Orth (J.J.)
A.D. Miles (Gary)

Ken Marino (Victor)
Joe Lo Truglio (Neil)
Michael Ian Black (McKinley)
Samm Levine (voice of Arty)

Bradley Cooper (Ben)

Peter Salett (Guitar Dude)
Judah Friedlander (Ron)
Jon Benjamin (Can of Vegetables)

Oh hey, what's up? From before.

Rick
rick@portroids.com

P.S. If you haven't seen this movie, this goes without saying ...

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

DOCTOR WHO Portroids from Comic-Con 2011!!!

As a huge fan of DOCTOR WHO, past and particularly present, it was a real honor at this year's Comic-Con (2011) that BBC America allowed me access to the press room to take portroids (Polaroid portraits, for the uninitiated).

The show returns with new episodes on BBC America on August 27, 2011. Until then, let these few photos from SDCC give you a fix of everyone's favorite Time Lord and his companion (if you click the photos, they are bigger on the inside):

Matt Smith (The Doctor, 11th)

Karen Gillan (Amy Pond, companion)

Also in the press room was DOCTOR WHO writer and creator of BBC's BEING HUMAN, Toby Whithouse:
Toby Whithouse (writer)


Additional DOCTOR WHO related portroids from (or in connection to) Comic-Con:

From the DOCTOR WHO spin-off TORCHWOOD (now on Starz) on which he plays Capt. Jack Harkness (who originated on DOCTOR WHO), John Barrowman.

John Barrowman (in the Starz press line for TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY)


While at Comic-Con, Matt Smith and Karen Gillan took part in a live Nerdist podcast (the audio is available now on http://nerdist.com/). After the show they handed out TARDIS-wrapped burritos to the audience. Burritos are cool.


 
Here are portroids (taken in prior years at SF Sketchfest) of the Nerdist podcast team:

Chris Hardwick
Jonah Ray
Matt Mira



See all you DOCTOR WHO fans on August 27, 2011!!

[make your own TARDIS sound effect here]

- Rick
   rick@portroids.com

Monday, July 18, 2011

Comic-Con 2011: PEE-WEE HERMAN!!!

It was announced today that Pee-wee Herman will be taking the stage at Hall H during Comic-Con. Read the press release below (after the obligatory related portroid):
Pee-wee Herman!!

PEE-WEE HERMAN TAKES THE STAGE AT SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON® Thursday, July 21st at 1:15PM

LOS ANGELES, CA, JULY 18, 2011 – Fresh off his recent Emmy® nomination for the HBO production of his Broadway show, Pee-wee Herman will take the stage in Hall H at this week’s San Diego Comic-Con® 2011. The sure-to-be-spectacular solo panel will be in Hall H on Thursday, July 21 at 1:15pm. The three-time Emmy® nominated HBO special, THE PEE-WEE HERMAN SHOW ON BROADWAY, comes to DVD in October from Image Entertainment.

Said Pee-wee Herman of his upcoming Comic-Con® visit: "Initially I was coming to San Diego with the cast of Twilight, but we've since decided it's better for them to have two separate panels. I am SOOOO excited I can hardly breathe!"

THE PEE-WEE HERMAN SHOW ON BROADWAY reunites Paul Reubens and Marty Callner, who directed both this new television production and the 1981 HBO special “The Pee-wee Herman Show.”

The character of Pee-wee Herman is experiencing a remarkable renaissance, with enormous followings on Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare. Opening to critical acclaim at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre on Nov. 11, 2010, “The Pee-wee Herman Show” is 90 minutes of subversive humor and childlike wonder based on both Reubens’ original stage show, “The Pee-wee Herman Show,” and the Emmy®-winning Saturday morning TV show, “Pee-wee’s Playhouse,” which became a cultural phenomenon. "Pee-wee's Playhouse" which celebrates its 25th Anniversary in September 2011, garnered 22 Emmy® awards during its original run, and was recently ranked among the "Ten Best Kids Shows With Grown Up Appeal" by NBC's Today Show. Renowned writer-director-producer Judd Apatow recently announced that he and Reubens are developing a new feature film based on the character.

Follow Pee-wee Herman on:
twitter.com/peeweeherman
facebook.com/peeweeherman
foursquare.com/peeweeherman

Pre-order THE PEE-WEE HERMAN SHOW ON BROADWAY:
http://amzn.com/B0054602YE


See you there!
Rick
rick@portroids.com

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Comic-Con 2011: Adult Swim Panels and Events!!

Fans of portroids may be able to tell from the collection of Polaroid portraits on this site that I'm a fan of comedy, so the Adult Swim panels at Comic-Con of are particular interest. Read this press release to see what shows they are bringing to SDCC:

Adult Swim  Series Panels and Events Lineup 2011 San Diego Comic-Con International

This year at San Diego Comic-Con, Adult Swim will feature the first-ever Adult Swim panel block. On Friday, July 21 from 11:45 a.m. – 5 p.m., the network will own a convention room at the Hilton Bayfront – Indigo Ballroom (located directly next to the convention center) for a day of programming featuring creators, producers and actors from Robot Chicken, The Venture Bros., Childrens Hospital, NTSF:SD:SUV::, Black Dynamite and Eagleheart. Adult Swim stars will include Rob Corddry, Chris Elliott, Paul Scheer, Jackson Publick, Doc Hammer, Seth Green and more. Fans will also get an exclusive preview of some of the new series coming to the network.

Adult Swim is bringing the ice cream trucks back to San Diego for Comic-Con 2011 and keeping fans cool by rewarding them with free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Show talent will be along for the ride to pass out ice cream, interact with fans, and sign autographs. Keep your eyes peeled for the trucks cruising around San Diego giving out frozen treats.

Adult Swim will also host nightly fan events at Quality Social Club in the Gaslamp, Thursday, July 21 – Saturday, July 23. The venue will provide a casual and intimate destination for rabid Adult Swim fans to come together and interact with some of network’s creators, producers and talent. The club will be a nightly venue with music and special events. Tickets for admission are limited and will be given out at Adult Swim panels, booth and ice cream trucks.

Below is a schedule of series panels, fan events and signings at 2011 Comic-Con International in San Diego, Calif., Thursday, July 21 - Sunday, July 24, 2011. All times, dates and locations subject to change.

ADULT SWIM PANEL BLOCK

Friday, July 22
Indigo Ballroom, Level 2, Hilton San Diego Bayfront (directly next to the convention center) 11:45 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Venture Bros. 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: Indigo Ballroom, Level 2, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Show creators Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer will screen an early premiere of The Venture Bros. Special—From The Ladle To The Grave: The Story Of Shallow Gravy—a 15-minute documentary-style animated special. The creators joined by James Urbaniak (Dr. Venture) will discuss their original series and answer questions. The Venture Bros. Special—From The Ladle To The Grave: The Story Of Shallow Gravy premieres August 28 on Adult Swim.

NTSF:SD:SUV:: (National Terrorism Strike Force: San Diego: Sport Utility Vehicle) 12:45 – 1:15 p.m.
Location: Indigo Ballroom, Level 2, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Sneak peek of Adult Swim’s newest live-action comedy as introduced by creator and star Paul Scheer (The League) and executive producer Jon Stern (The Ten). NTSF:SD:SUV:: is a clandestine team of government agents working together to protect San Diego from numerous terrorist threats coming in daily from such evil countries as Mexico, Canada and Guam. This team of highly trained operatives has only one job: saving your ass so you can drive your hybrid and see your movies in 3-D without worrying about living in a country run by no-good terrorists. Panel will also include series co-stars Martin Starr (Adventureland), Brandon Johnson (Get Him to the Greek), June Diane Raphael (Going the Distance) and executive producer Curtis Gwinn.

Childrens Hospital 1:30 – 2:15 p.m.
Location: Indigo Ballroom, Level 2, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Come watch a never-before-seen episode of Childrens Hospital and hear from the show’s creative team led by Rob Corddry (Cedar Rapids) and Jon Stern (The Ten). They will be joined by members of their ensemble cast of comedic heavyweights including Malin Akerman (Couples Retreat), Lake Bell (No Strings Attached), Erinn Hayes (Parenthood), Rob Huebel (I Love You Man), Ken Marino (Party Down) and Megan Mullally (Will and Grace). Childrens Hospital explores the emotional struggles and sexual politics of a group of doctors charged with healthy libidos.

Black Dynamite 2:30 – 3:15 p.m.
Location: Indigo Ballroom, Level 2, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Creators and voice talent from the new animated series will give a sneak peek of the show and answer questions. Executive producer Carl Jones (The Boondocks) and director Scott Sanders (Black Dynamite) will be on the panel in addition to: writer and star Michael Jai White, voice actor Kym Whitley and writer and voice actor Byron Minns, all of whom also starred in the live-action feature film Black Dynamite. The 2009 feature film is an outrageous action comedy-spoof that follows ex-CIA agent and full-time ladies man, Black Dynamite, who’s out to avenge the death of his brother against kung-fu masters, drug-dealing pimps and The Man. The Black Dynamite animated series further chronicles the exploits Black Dynamite and his crew. Chris Hardwick will moderate the panel.

Robot Chicken Time: 3:30 – 4:15 p.m.
Location: Indigo Ballroom, Level 2, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Seth Green (co-creator, Robot Chicken), Matthew Senreich (co-creator, Robot Chicken), Tom Root (head writer, Robot Chicken), Breckin Meyer (voice talent) and Zeb Wells (writer) discuss the popular Adult Swim series. Robot Chicken, from actor/producer Seth Green and Matthew Senreich, uses stop-motion animation to bring pop-culture parodies to life in a modern take on the variety/sketch show format. In Robot Chicken, no pop-culture target is safe. Legions of action figures are used to spoof everything from reality television and Star Wars to past Presidents.

Eagleheart 4:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Indigo Ballroom, Level 2, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Chris Elliott (Get A Life) discusses his Eagleheart role as Marshal Chris Monsanto, who blindly kicks, punches and shoots his way to what may or may not be a legitimate solution to his cases. Panelists include series stars Chris Elliott, Brett Gelman (The Other Guys), Maria Thayer (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) and executive producers Michael Koman, Andrew Weinberg and Jason Woliner. Produced by Conan O’Brien’s Conaco Productions and Dakota Pictures, Eagleheart promises violence, suspense, intrigue and copious amounts of needless bloodshed.


ADULT SWIM SIGNINGS

Thursday, July 21

• 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Robot Chicken
Visit Adult Swim booth #3949 for details

Friday, July 22

• 2:45 – 3:45 p.m. Childrens Hospital
WB Booth # 4545 (remember, WB signing require a ticket given out early in day in the Sails Pavillion)

Saturday, July 23

• 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Black Dynamite
Location: Signing room 28C
Visit Adult Swim booth #3949 for tickets
• 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. The Venture Bros.
Visit Adult Swim booth #3949 for details


ADULT SWIM FAN EVENTS

Adult Swim @ Quality Social
789 6th Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
*Check out the Adult Swim booth, panels, and ice cream trucks to find out how to get in. Tickets for admission are limited.

Thursday, July 21 – NTSF:SD:SUV:: Premiere Party hosted by Paul Scheer & performance by Kid Koala
9 p.m. Doors
Event at 10 p.m.

Friday, July 22 – The Venture Bros. Costume Contest & performance by Flying Lotus
9:30 p.m. Doors
Event at 10:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 23 – Special Performance
9 p.m. Doors
Event at 10 p.m.

Adult Swim (AdultSwim.com), launched in 2001, is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s network offering original and acquired animated and live-action series for young adults. Airing nightly from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. (ET, PT), Adult Swim shares channel space with Cartoon Network, home to the best in original, acquired and classic entertainment for youth and families, and is seen in 99 million U.S. homes.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

 
Here are all the portroids related to this Adult Swim press release:
Paul Scheer
Martin Starr
Rob Corddry
Malin Akerman
Rob Huebel
Ken Marino
Maria Thayer
Chris Hardwick
 
See you there!!
Rick
rick@portroids.com