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San Diego Comic-Con Thursday schedule announced, geek brains overwhelmed

Hear that? That's the sound of a collective geekgasm. While some details have already been announced through various sources, this morning the official schedule for the first full day of Comic-Con was released.

Hall H is where the big action usually goes down, and this year is no different. The big films to grace Hall H on opening day include "Megamind" (Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Jonah Hill), "Tron: Legacy" (Jeff Bridges), "Battle: Los Angeles," "Salt" (Angelina Jolie), "Red" (Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren), "The Expendables" (Sylvester Stallone), and "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" (Michael Cera). Hall H is also going to play host to a panel with, as the schedule describes them, "geek gods" J.J. Abrams (Star Trek, Lost, Fringe, Alias) and Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dr. Horrible, Dollhouse, Firefly).

It seems unlikely that any of these will generate quite the excitement of last year's "Twilight: New Moon" screening (complete with screaming, sleep-deprived girls following camping out for their spot at the panel). However, the nostalgia factor of Tron, the cult following of Scott Pilgrim and the star power appearing on many of these panels is still likely to draw a lot of interest.

Of course, while that's the stuff the spotlight will be on, there's plenty of other excitement happening all over Comic-Con. A few panels that caught my eye: "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog sing along," "Geek Girls Exist," and "Iron Man and Rocket Men: Is Stark Industries an Appropriate Model for Private-Industry Space Exploration?" (Real panel. Look it up.)

I'll be sending in reports from San Diego, so be sure to keep an eye out for more leading up to, during and after the convention.

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