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

Monday, July 11, 2011

Portroid in Brooklyn Magazine!

Hey Portroids' Friends and Fans,

The latest issue of Brooklyn Magazine (Summer 2011), the one with Emily Mortimer on the cover, has an interview with Morgan Spurlock on the last page and features my portroid of Morgan.


Buy a copy if you live in/near Brooklyn. The magazine is very cool (and not only because it has one of my pictures in it).

Check it out!
Rick
rick@portroids.com

Comic-Con 2011: Comedy Central's Panels!!

Hey! Comedy Central has announced which shows its bring to Comic-Con.

Here's a portroid related to the press release that follows it:
Matt Groening!

COMEDY CENTRAL® TO PRESENT "UGLY AMERICANS" AND "FUTURAMA" PANELS AT COMIC-CON® INTERNATIONAL 2011 IN SAN DIEGO

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"Ugly Americans" Panel On Friday, July 23 From 4:00-5:00 P.M.
With Dan Powell (Executive Producer), Devin Clark (Producer And Series Creator), Aaron Augenblick (Director Of Animation), And Cast Members Matt Oberg, Kurt Metzger, Larry Murphy And Randy Pearlstein
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"Futurama" Panel On Saturday, July 24 From 12:15-1:00 P.M.
With Executive Producers Matt Groening And David X. Cohen, Cast Members Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal And Maurice LaMarche
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NEW YORK, July 11, 2011 -- COMEDY CENTRAL's animated series return to Comic-Con® with an "Ugly Americans" panel on Friday, July 22 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. and a "Futurama" panel on Saturday, July 23 from 12:15-1:00 p.m.
* Friday, July 22: "Ugly Americans" panel (Room 23ABC) 4:00-5:00 p.m. The panelists include Dan Powell (Executive Producer), Devin Clark (Producer and Series Creator), Aaron Augenblick (Director of Animation), Matt Oberg (voice of Mark Lilly), Kurt Metzger (voice of Randall Skeffington), Larry Murphy (voice of Lt. Grimes) and moderator Randy Pearlstein (voice of Leonard Powers). The session will feature a live, in-character table read, a behind-the-scenes look into the current second season, a sneak peak from an upcoming episode, a Q&A, a look at the highly anticipated downloadable game, "Ugly Americans: Apocalypsegeddon" and more.

* Saturday, July 23: "Futurama" panel (Ballroom 20) 12:15-1:00 p.m. "Futurama" is back! Again!!! On stage will be Creator/Executive Producer Matt Groening, Executive Producer David X. Cohen and stars Billy West (Fry, Professor Farnsworth, Dr. Zoidberg), Katey Sagal (Leela), John DiMaggio (Bender) and Maurice LaMarche (Kif Kroker, Calculon, Morbo). A sneak peek at never-before-seen footage of "Futurama" reincarnated as Japanese anime will be revealed along with a thrilling preview from this season currently airing on COMEDY CENTRAL. Plus more! Much more! The panel will be moderated by Bill Morrison.

"Futurama," the Emmy® Award-winning series, and "Ugly Americans" air as part of a weekly, one-hour “Thurs-Dimension” animation block on Thursdays from 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT on COMEDY CENTRAL with "Futurama" from 10:00-10:30 p.m. and "Ugly Americans" from 10:30-11:00 p.m.

Take New York City, add every horrifying beast, science-fiction freak and fantasy faerie, shake thoroughly, and you've got "Ugly Americans," an animated series that follows Mark Lilly, a social worker at the Department of Integration, as he helps new citizens both human and "other" adapt to hectic life in the Big Apple. There are easier tasks than soothing a vengeful mummy, being a slave in Satan’s dark army and trying to circumcise wizards, but Mark proves he’s up to the challenge, even if his co-workers are as incompetent as ever.

Mark's case load during the second season is heavy as always and his Department of Integration colleagues are less than helpful, including Twayne (Michael-Leon Wooley), a terrorizing demonic bureaucrat; Mark’s succubus co-worker and casual fling Callie Maggotbone (Natasha Leggero), who has some strange ideas about where to take their relationship; Leonard Powers (Randy Pearlstein), an aging drunken wizard and Mark’s office mate; and Lt. Grimes (Larry Murphy), a law-enforcement officer who despises non-humans. At least Mark still has his zombie roommate Randall Skeffington (Kurt Metzger), who doesn’t care what Mark does, as long as he covers his half of the rent.

In August, MTV Networks' "345 Games" division will release “Ugly Americans: Apocalypseggedon” (available for Xbox LIVE Arcade and PlayStation Network), a four player co-op side-scroller shooter game that features an exclusive script written by the show’s writers – including a new character unique to the game and custom voiceovers from the show’s actors. Uniting the spirit and humor of the series with addictive game play, players of “Ugly Americans: Apocalypseggedon” will hit the streets to clean up the chaos and prevent the impending apocalypse by resolving case files and fighting otherworldly citizens.

"Futurama" focuses on the life of Philip Fry (Billy West), a 25-year-old pizza delivery boy who accidentally freezes himself on December 31, 1999 and wakes up 1,000 years later with a fresh start at life at Planet Express, an intergalactic delivery company. There he meets love interest Leela (Katey Sagal), a sexy cyclops with anger management issues, and best friend Bender (John DiMaggio), a beer-powered kleptomaniac robot. The series aired for five seasons on Fox (1999 to 2003) earning Emmy® nominations each season while winning three times, including "Outstanding Animated Program" in 2002.

 
Here's one more portroid related to this press release:
Bill Morrison
 
See you there!
Rick
rick@portroids.com

Friday, July 08, 2011

Comic-Con 2011: USA Networks Brings COVERT AFFAIRS, PSYCH, and BURN NOTICE: THE FALL OF SAM AXE

Another Comic-Con press release today. This time from USA Networks with their panel announcements.

Here is a related portroid and then the press release follows:
Bruce Campbell

USA NETWORK RETURNS TO COMIC-CON® ON JULY 21 WITH CRITICALLY-ACCLAIMED ORIGINAL SERIES “COVERT AFFAIRS” AND “PSYCH” PLUS “BURN NOTICE: THE FALL OF SAM AXE”


Back-to-Back Panels Feature Entire Casts of COVERT AFFAIRS and PSYCH; BURN NOTICE’s Bruce Campbell and Matt Nix to discuss series and prequel film

LOS ANGELES – July 8, 2011 – USA, which just celebrated its 20th consecutive quarterly win as the #1 entertainment cable network and is currently dominating summer’s television landscape with a record number of original hits, returns to Comic-Con® for the third year in a row with talent and creators from three of its critically acclaimed and top rated shows – COVERT AFFAIRS, PSYCH and BURN NOTICE. USA panels will take place as Comic-Con kicks off on Thursday, July 21, 2011.

Making its debut at Comic-Con® is the entire cast of COVERT AFFAIRS, with a panel moderated by guest star Oded Fehr. COVERT AFFAIRS, which returned in June for its sophomore season, stars Golden Globe®-nominated Piper Perabo as Annie Walker, a young CIA operative whose exceptional linguistic skills make her invaluable to the Agency in missions that span the globe. The panel will also include Christopher Gorham, who stars as a blind tech ops agent and Annie's agency confidant; Sendhil Ramamurthy, second generation agency man, Jai Wilcox, who's intentions with Annie remain unclear; Kari Matchett, who plays Joan Annie's no-nonsense manager and wife to Aurthur Campbell, the Director of Clandestine Services, played by Peter Gallagher; and Anne Dudek, Annie's reliable older sister who has no idea what she really does for a living. From Universal Cable Productions, COVERT AFFAIRS is executive produced by Doug Liman and David Bartis through Hypnotic, and created and executive produced by Matt Corman and Chris Ord, who will be in attendance, as well.

PSYCH, USA’s current longest running hit series, returns to Comic-Con® with a panel moderated by guest Kurt Fuller, known to fans as “Woody The Coroner.” The entire main cast will take part in the panel including James Roday, who stars as Shawn Spencer, solving crimes for the Santa Barbara police department in his own special way; DulĂ© Hill who co-stars as Shawn's best friend and reluctant sidekick Gus; Corbin Bernsen as Shawn's disapproving father; and Maggie Lawson and Timothy Omundson who play the police detectives O’Hara and Lassiter who unwillingly rely on Shawn’s psychic skills, along with the police chief Vick played by Kirsten Nelson. Joining the panel will be creator and executive producer Steve Franks and executive producers Chris Henke and Kelly Kulchak. PSYCH returns for its sixth season on USA this Fall.

Also returning to Comic-Con® is one of the convention favorites, BURN NOTICE, with Bruce Campbell, and executive producer Matt Nix with a panel to recap of the series' signature movie, BURN NOTICE: THE FALL OF SAM AXE. The prequel film to USA's smash hit series takes place in Columbia 2005 when Lieutenant Commander Sam Axe (Campbell) is sent to advise a local military platoon. It's there he discovers deep layers of deception and ultimately realizes he may be allied with the wrong side. Shot on location in Bogota, Columbia, the two-hour movie is directed by BURN NOTICE star Jeffrey Donovan. BURN NOTICE: THE FALL OF SAM AXE also stars Ron Reaco Lee, Kiele Sanchez , John Diehl and Chandra West. The prequel is written and executive produced by BURN NOTICE creator Matt Nix. Donovan and Campbell also serve as executive producers on the Fox Television Studios project alongside the show's Mikkel Bondesen.

USA Network is the #1 network in all of basic cable and is seen in over 102 million U.S. homes. A division of NBCUniversal, USA is the cable television leader in original series and home to the best in blockbuster theatrical films, acquired television series and entertainment events. The award-winning USA website is located at usanetwork.com. Characters Welcome.

USA Network is a program service of NBCUniversal Cable a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience.


Here, for your viewing pleasure, is one more portroid related to this press release:
Piper Perabo
See you there!
Rick
rick@portroids.com

Comic-Con 2011: ABC Announces Panels!

ABC is bringing a lot of cool shows and panels to Comic-Con this year and has some great giveaways and signing sessions with it's stars. Read the press release below for more info:

ABC’S “ONCE UPON A TIME,” “CHARLIE’S ANGELS,” “CASTLE” AND “THE RIVER” TAKE THE STAGE AT COMIC-CON 2011

Don’t Forget to Pack Your Bags for an Exclusive “Pan Am”Giveaway

ABC showcases its upcoming primetime lineup with an exciting peek at its new shows and an interactive booth at Comic Con 2011, taking place in San Diego in late July. “Once Upon a Time,” “Charlie’s Angels,” “Castle” and “The River” stars and executive producers will participate in the convention for Q&A panels, press room interviews and special autograph sessions. Additionally, the much buzzed about new drama series, “Pan Am,” will also be represented at Comic-Con. Below are the details:

Friday, July 22
The River”, from Amblin Entertainment and ABC Studios, exclusive screening and Q&A panel for ABC’s newest supernatural series in Room 6A from 2:15-3:15 p.m. From the studio that brought you “Lost” comes a new adventure set deep in the Amazon. Join executive producers Oren Peli (“Paranormal Activity”), Michael Green (“Green Lantern”) and Zack Estrin (“Tru Calling”), plus cast members Joe Anderson (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn”), Eloise Mumford (“Lone Star”) and Leslie Hope (“24”). All attendees will get a limited edition Comic-Con poster and flashlight. You don’t want to miss this! The moderator will be Monica Rizzo of People Magazine. Following the panel, the stars will participate in a special autograph session from 4:45-5:30 p.m. in Room 28C.

Saturday, July 23
“Once Upon a Time” exclusive screening and panel in Room 6DE from 3:15-4:15 p.m.: Calling all “Lost” fans! – join moderator Damon Lindelof (“Lost”) as he introduces you to the magical story of two parallel worlds: one in a distant fairytale land, the other in a present-day reality. Following the exclusive screening of the pilot, co-creators and executive producers Edward Kitsis (“Lost” and “Tron: Legacy”) and Adam Horowitz (“Lost” and “Tron: Legacy”) along with Ginnifer Goodwin (“Big Love”), Jennifer Morrison (“House”), Robert Carlyle (“SGU: Stargate Universe”), Lana Parrilla (“24”) and Josh Dallas (“Thor”) will have a Q&A panel about this modern fairytale turned on its head. All attendees will get a limited edition Comic-Con giveaway! Arrive early for the exclusive posters and magic mirrors. After the panel, the stars will participate in a special autograph session from 5:45-6:30 p.m. in Room 28C.

“Charlie’s Angels” screening and panel in the Indigo Ballroom at Hilton San Diego Bayfront from 5:00-6:00 p.m. Hello Angels! This fun, glamorous, action-packed take on the 1970′s smash hit series introduces us to three new angels. After the screening, participate in a Q&A panel with Bosley and the ladies from the Townsend Agency. “Charlie’s Angels” stars Annie Ilonzeh as Kate Prince, Minka Kelly as Eve, Rachael Taylor as Abby Sampson and Ramon Rodriguez as Bosley. Written and executive produced by Alfred Gough & Miles Millar (“Smallville”), “Charlie’s Angels” is also executive produced by Drew Barrymore (“Charlie’s Angels” movies), Leonard Goldberg (the original “Charlie’s Angels”) and Nancy Juvonen (“Charlie’s Angels” movies). It is directed and executive produced by Marcos Siega (“Vampire Diaries,” “Dexter”). “Charlie’s Angels” is produced by Millar/Gough Ink, Flower Films and Panda Productions in association with Sony Pictures Television.

Sunday, July 24
“Castle” panel from 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. in 6BCF: After the smashing success of the Q&A panel last season, “Castle” returns with scheduled panelists, including Nathan Fillion (Richard Castle), Jon Huertas (Detective Tony Esposito), Seamus Dever (Detective Kevin Ryan), Tamala Jones (Medical Examiner Lanie Parish), Susan Sullivan (Martha Rodgers) and Molly Quinn (Alexis Castle). Fans will be treated to exclusive video highlights, bonus footage from the upcoming DVD release of Season 3 and an exclusive Comic Con poster and notebook giveaway. The moderator will be Will Keck of TV Guide Magazine. After the panel, the panelists will participate in a special autograph session at the Marvel Entertainment Booth (#2329) from 2:15-3:00 p.m.


In addition to those Q & A panels, “Pan Am” – from July 20 to July 24 – will have a special booth designed as the first class cabin of a 1960’s inspired Pan Am plane. Fans who visit the booth will be given a flight time and a boarding pass. Check in for your flight on time, board the plane and watch a preview of ABC’s new drama. Fans that visit the booth will receive a Pan Am giveaway such as a collectable, one-of-a-kind Pan Am travel bag.


Here are some portroids related to this press release:

Edward Kitsis
Adam Horowitz
Robert Carlyle
See you there!
Rick
rick@portroids.com

Comic-Con 2011 - CBS Bringing NCIS: LOS ANGELES

Do you like NCIS: Los Angeles, Chris O'Donnell, and/or LL Cool J? If so, don't miss this panel at Comic-Con. Here is the press release:

“NCIS: LOS ANGELES” TECHS OUT AT COMIC-CON


Series Stars Chris O’Donnell, LL COOL J and Exec Producer & Creator Shane Brennan To Headline Panel Discussion on Friday, July 22


July 7, 2011 -- Hollywood, CA – NCIS: LOS ANGELES stars Chris O’Donnell and LL COOL J will make a special appearance at Comic-Con 2011 in a panel discussion with series creator and executive producer Shane Brennan. Other cast members that may participate in the panel include Eric Christian Olsen, Daniela Ruah, Renee Felice Smith, and Barrett Foa. The “Teching Out With NCIS: LA” panel will give fans a behind the scenes look at how the series uses some of the coolest and advanced technology available today, as well as how the cast utilize technology and social media in their own personal lives to connect with their fans. Find out what’s real, what’s not and what’s in store for season 3!

The panel is scheduled for Friday, July 22nd at 7PM in Room 6BCF. Everyone attending the panel will receive a limited collector’s edition NCIS: LOS ANGELES shirt with “Hettyisms,” including: “I sense impending mayhem,” “Oh, bugger!” or “Undercover work is a matter of confidence.”


Additionally, the NCIS: LOS ANGELES cast will sign autographs on Saturday, July 23 at 11:30AM-12:30PM at the CBS booth on the convention floor. (BOOTH #4129)

NCIS: LOS ANGELES, which premieres its third season on Tuesday, September 20 (9:00-10:00PM ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, is a drama about the high stakes world of the Office of Special Projects (OSP), a division of NCIS that is charged with apprehending dangerous and elusive criminals that pose a threat to the nation's security. By assuming false identities and utilizing the most advanced technology, this team of highly trained agents goes deep undercover, putting their lives on the line in the field to bring down their targets.

For the latest updates on all things “NCIS: LOS ANGELES,” and behind-the-scenes coverage of Comic-Con 2011, follow us on twitter @NCISLA_CBS and @CBSTVStudios, and follow the cast @LLCoolJ @ChrisOdonnell @BarrettFoa @Ericcolsen @DanielaRuah @ReneefSmith.


Here is a portroid from last year's Comic-Con related to the above press release:

Barrett Foa
See you there!
Rick
rick@portroids.com

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Comic-Con 2011: MTV Announces Panels

Check out the press release from MTV for some cool panels they're doing at Comic-Con this year.


MTV TAKES COMIC-CON BY STORM WITH FIVE PANELS FEATURING WEREWOLVES, ZOMBIES, AND A BUTTHEAD, AMONG OTHERS

Stars and Producers of “Mike Judge’s Beavis and Butthead,” “Teen Wolf,” New Horror-Comedy “Death Valley,” and New Animated Series “Good Vibes” To Appear, “Jackass” Star Johnny Knoxville to Moderate “Mike Judge’s Beavis & Butthead” Panel,  And Filmmaker Wes Craven To Host “Death Valley” Panel, MTV Geek! Will Feature a Panel with the Legendary Stan Lee Along with Famed Comic Book Illustrator Marc SIlvestri


Santa Monica, CA (July 7, 2011) - MTV roars into Comic-Con bringing four scripted series and an hour of MTV Comics to the convention this year, with a schedule that includes panels, press rooms and an autograph signing with the cast of “Teen Wolf.”

Johnny Knoxville (“Jackass”) will sit down with “Beavis and Butthead” creator Mike Judge for a one-on-one Q&A, and fans will be treated to an exclusive first look at scenes from all new episodes.

Celebrated horror film writer/director Wes Craven (“Scream,” “A Nightmare on Elm Street”) will talk to the cast and series producers of the new horror-comedy “Death Valley.” Fans will be shown the world premiere this genre-busting series, along with a super tease of what’s to come this season.

“Teen Wolf” returns to Comic-Con with an exclusive look at highlights from future episodes, and a Q&A with the entire cast and producers.

From David Gordon Green, producer of “Pineapple Express” and “Eastbound & Down,” comes the new animated series “Good Vibes,” featuring voice talent including Adam Brody, Jake Busey, Tony Hale, Debi Mazar and Alan Tudyk. Fans will also be the first to see an episode of the series, along with a clip showcasing upcoming scenes from the season.

The very first comic book based on the hit series “Teen Wolf” will be distributed and signed by the cast at the “Top Cow” booth on Saturday, July 23rd from 4:00-5:00 p.m.

In addition to their panel, MTV’s comics site MTV Geek! (http://geek.mtv.com/) will be providing around the clock coverage of the convention from the show floor, the latest announcements from all the panels, and interviews direct from Geek HQ at the Omni Hotel.

PANEL DESCRIPTIONS


“Mike Judge’s Beavis and Butthead”
In 1993, Mike Judge (creator of “Beavis and Butthead”) and MTV knocked their heads together and launched a cartoon series starring a couple of lunkheads and unwittingly started an animated pop culture revolution! Now, Beavis and Butthead are coming back to MTV in 2011 to unleash upon music videos, Jersey Shore, viral videos and more! See the first footage from the new episodes and join Mike Judge as he discusses the duo’s return to MTV! Tickets will be distributed to fans to redeem some cool “Beavis and Butthead” swag. Moderator: Johnny Knoxville - Room 6A

“Death Valley”
MTV brings the unique marriage of Horror and Comedy together with new series “Death Valley.” Join the ensemble cast Caity Lotz (“Mad Men”), Tania Raymonde (“Lost”), Bryan Callen (“The Hangover”), Bryce Johnson (“Sleeping Dogs Lie”), Texas Battle (“Final Destination 3”) and Charlie Sanders (“Funny or Die”), along with showrunner/executive producer Eric Weinberg (“Californication,” “Scrubs”), Director Drew Daywalt (“Bedfellows”), executive producer/Director Austin Reading (Spike TV’s Scream Awards, FEARnet), executive producer Julie Kellman Reading and co- executive producer Spider One in a discussion about the challenges of bringing the comedy and horror genres together, and how the team involved in the series bring all the elements of what they know best to the series. Fans will get an exclusive first-look at an upcoming episode. Q&A session moderated by horror film marvel Wes Craven to follow! Tickets will be distributed to redeem for an exclusive “Death Valley” swag item. - Room 5AB

“Teen Wolf”
Find out what’s in store for TV’s hottest cast and see exclusive footage from the upcoming final episodes of season one at this must-see panel discussion with breakout stars Tyler Posey, Crystal Reed, Dylan O’Brien, Tyler Hoechlin, Holland Roden and Colton Haynes, along with executive producer Jeff Davis (Creator of “Criminal Minds”) and Director/co-executive producer Russell Mulcahy (Director, “Highlander”, “Resident Evil: Extinction”). MTV’s “Teen Wolf” is a sexy, suspenseful drama about transformation set against the backdrop of contemporary teen life with a forbidden, romantic love story at its core, making it a fresh and different take on the iconic movie. The hour-long 12-episode series airs regularly on Monday nights at 10/9c. Moderated by TV Guide Magazine Editor-in-Chief, Debra Birnbaum. Don’t forget to grab a ticket to redeem for “Teen Wolf” swag item. - Room 24ABC

“Good Vibes”
Chill out in the California sun with the cast of MTV’s new animated comedy “Good Vibes” at Comic-Con. Join cast members Adam Brody (“The OC,” “Scream 4”), Jake Busey (“The Good Guys,” “The Mentalist”), Tony Hale (“Chuck,” “Human Target”), Debi Mazar (“Entourage,” “Jonas”) and Alan Tudyk (“Transformers: Dark of the Moon”), along with executive producer and creator David Gordon Green (“Pineapple Express” “Your Highness” “Eastbound & Down”), and executive producers Tom Brady (“The Simpsons” “The Critic” “The Hot Chick”), Brad Ableson (“The Simpsons”) and Mike Clements (“The Life and Times of Tim,” “Are You There Vodka, It’s Me Chelsea”) as they discuss their new animated comedy coming to MTV this Fall, and give fans an exclusive first look at an upcoming episode. The show also stars Josh Gad (“Book of Mormon”), Danny McBride (“Eastbound & Down”) and Olivia Thirlby (“Bored to Death”). The Q&A will be lead by moderator Tim Stack of Entertainment Weekly. Tickets will be distributed to fans for a very cool “Good Vibes” item. - Room 24ABC

“MTV Geek!”
Join Executive Editor Tom Akel to hear about new and ongoing titles with MTV creators. Marc Silvestri will discuss the new MTV/Top Cow collaboration September Mourning; a multiplatform project blending comics and music through video, comic books, and live events. And the legendary Stan Lee will reveal the story behind MTV Comics’ upcoming digital book The Seekers and let us know when to start sending submissions for both artists and writers to collaborate with Stan on the comic! - Room 7AB

PLEASE NOTE: Series stars and creative teams scheduled to attend are subject to change.


MTV SERIES PANEL SCHEDULE

THURSDAY, JULY 21
“Mike Judge’s Beavis and Butthead” Panel: 5:00–6:00 p.m., Room 6A

FRIDAY, JULY 22
“Death Valley” Panel: 7:30 – 8:30 p.m., Room 5AB

SATURDAY, JULY 23
“MTV Geek!” Panel: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Room 7AB
“Teen Wolf” Panel: 5:30-6:30 p.m., Room 24ABC
   -  Cast signing at “Top Cow” Booth (#2629) from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
“Good Vibes” Panel: 6:30-7:30 p.m., Room 24ABC


About MTV
MTV is the world’s premier youth entertainment brand. With a global reach of more than a half-billion households, MTV is the cultural home of the millennial generation, music fans and artists, and a pioneer in creating innovative programming for young people. MTV reflects and creates pop culture with its Emmy®, Grammy® and Peabody® award-winning content built around compelling storytelling, music discovery and activism across TV, online and mobile. MTV’s sibling networks MTV2 and mtvU each deliver unparalleled customized content for young males, music fans and college students, and its online hub MTV.com is the leading destination for music, news and pop culture. MTV is part of MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.


Here are some portroids related to this press release for you to enjoy:
Johnny Knoxville
Wes Craven
Alan Tudyk

See you there!
Rick
rick@portroids.com

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Comic-Con 2011: Legendary Entertainment Announces Panel!

Legendary Entertainment will be bringing a nice collection of their films to Comic-Con for a panel presentation. Read about it here in their latest press release:

LEGENDARY ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES FIRST-EVER FILM PANEL AT 2011 COMIC-CON® INTERNATIONAL IN SAN DIEGO

Burbank, CA – July 6, 2011 – For the first time ever, Legendary Entertainment will hold a standalone panel to provide the Comic-Con® International audience with an early look at some of the films from Legendary’s upcoming slate. On Friday, July 22nd, audience participants will have the opportunity to attend an engaging panel consisting of cast and filmmakers from upcoming Legendary films including PACIFIC RIM, SEVENTH SON and PARADISE LOST, all to be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, as well as MASS EFFECT.

Fans can expect to witness on-stage camaraderie between and Q&A’s with:

PACIFIC RIM
Acclaimed writer, producer and director, Guillermo del Toro alongside cast members including Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Charlie Day, and Rinko Kikuchi as well as screenwriter, Travis Beacham.

SEVENTH SON
Academy Award® winner, Jeff Bridges and THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA star, Ben Barnes, alongside Alicia Vikander and director, Sergei Bodrov.

PARADISE LOST
Bradley Cooper and KNOWING director, Alex Proyas.

MASS EFFECT
Game creator, Casey Hudson and screenwriter adapting the game to film, Mark Protosevich.


Legendary’s Chairman and CEO, Thomas Tull as well as Chief Creative Officer, Jon Jashni, will also be in attendance to answer fan questions and to speak directly with cast and filmmakers about this exciting slate of upcoming films. Geoff Boucher of the Los Angeles Times, who is also the founder of HeroComplex.com, will moderate the panel.


About Legendary Entertainment
Legendary Entertainment is a leading media company with film, television and comics divisions dedicated to owning, producing and delivering content to mainstream audiences with a targeted focus on the powerful fandom demographic. Through complete or joint ownership, Legendary is building a library of marquee media properties and has established itself as a trusted brand which consistently delivers high-quality, commercial entertainment including some of the world’s most popular intellectual property. Among the wholly-owned film projects that Legendary Entertainment is currently developing in-house are Pacific Rim, directed by Guillermo del Toro; an adaptation of the phenomenally successful interactive game universe Warcraft; Godzilla, based on Toho Company’s famed character; Warren Ellis’ Gravel; and Mass Effect, based on Electronic Arts and BioWare’s hit videogame franchise. Legendary has co-produced more than 25 Warner Bros. films, including the recent smash hit, The Hangover Part II, which holds the distinction of posting the highest opening weekend gross ever for a comedy film, the critically acclaimed Inception, which has been a box office smash grossing more than $825 million worldwide, as well as the global blockbusters Clash of the Titans ($493 million worldwide), The Dark Knight ($1 billion worldwide), 300 ($456 million worldwide) and The Hangover ($467 million worldwide).


Here are some portroids related to this press release:
Charlie Day
Bradley Cooper

See you there!
Rick
rick@portroids.com

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Comic-Con 2011: KNIGHTS OF BADASSDOM!!!

This movie, Knights of Badassdom, and the panel for it at Comic-Con this year look like they will be a ton of fun. Put it on your schedule!


KNIGHTS OF BADASSOM TO HOLD COURT AT SAN DIEGO COMIC CON
Ryan Kwanten, Summer Glau, Peter Dinklage to Attend


The highly anticipated independent film KNIGHTS OF BADASSDOM will be coming to San Diego Comic Con 2011. The film will be in Hall H on Saturday, July 23 at 2:15 PM.

The KNIGHTS OF BADASSDOM panel will include a Comic-Con exclusive trailer and a panel discussion/Q&A with stars Ryan Kwanten (HBO's True Blood, RED HILL), Peter Dinklage (HBO's Game of Thrones, STATION AGENT), Summer Glau (Firefly, SERENITY, The Sarah Connor Chronicles), Danny Pudi (NBC's Community), Margarita Levieva ( THE LINCOLN LAWYER, ADVENTURELAND), and director Joe Lynch (WRONG TURN 2).

In this humorous fantasy adventure from IndieVest Pictures, Joe (Ryan Kwanten) is a heavy metal rocker who's just gone through a painful breakup with his girlfriend, Beth (Margarita Levieva). His concerned roommates (Steve Zahn, Peter Dinklage) kidnap him to their LARP (Live Action Role Playing) gathering, where he enters a realm of fantasy escapism in which pretend knights, elves, and barbarians clash with foam weaponry on a mock battlefield. When Joe's "sorcerer" roommate (Zahn) inadvertently summons a deadly succubus that takes Beth's seductive form, bloody reality crashes down upon their fantasy world. Once LARPers start to turn up dead, the make-believe wizards and warriors must become the real life heroes they have been pretending to be in order to conquer the evil that has been unleashed.


Follow KNIGHTS OF BADASSDOM:
http://www.facebook.com/knightsofbadassdom
@badassdom_movie


Here are some portroids related to this Comic-Con panel:
Summer Glau
Peter Dinklage
Danny Pudi

Bad ass,
Rick
rick@portroids.com