Comic-Con 2013 is already making headlines, with only one full day in the books. Here's a look at highlights from what Comic-Con has offered up thus far.
"Ender's Game" and gay marriage: The upcoming film "Ender's Game," has courted controversy due to the book's author, Orson Scott Card, who has been an outspoken opponent of gay marriage. Producer Roberto Orci addressed the question at San Diego Comic-Con, responding to a fan in Hall H who asked how deeply Card is involved with the film. Orci said that he and the rest of the creative team on the film side agree with Lionsgate, which previously rejected Card's beliefs and said that it supports the gay community. Stars from the film who were present, including Harrison Ford, didn't comment on the controversy.
X-Files reunion: "The X-Files" stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson appeared for a panel celebrating the show's 20th anniversary, alongside show creator Chris Carter and other members of the staff, including writer/producer Vince Gilligan (who went on to create "Breaking Bad"). While asked about a third film, nothing was confirmed — fitting for "The X-Files" — but both Anderson and Duchovny expressed interest.
San Diego Comic-Con — the annual gathering of genre pop culture fans, media and stars — starts Wednesday night and runs through Sunday, and we've got a preview of the 11 most buzzworthy events to check out.
The convention — which sells out its 125,000 tickets almost immediately every year — gets bigger all the time, and this year's panels are no different. What should you be excited about?
1. Game of Thrones
Fans can register online which panels they're the most interested in, and HBO's "Game of Thrones" and the Lannisters are the kings this year (now that there's no "Firefly" reunion to distract people). The actors behind Jaime Lannister, Tyrion and more will be on hand as everyone tries to move on from the Red Wedding to whatever's going to result in YouTube reaction videos next.
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Gaming enthusiasts watch a League of Legends game 3 at the Gamescom 2012 gaming trade fair on August 16, 2012 in Cologne, Germany.
Break out your varsity jackets, gamers — Santa Monica video game publisher Riot Games worked with the United States government and has managed to get the competitors who play Riot’s “League of Legends” recognized as pro athletes.
That means that the U.S. government will grant visas to international players, letting them come to the States to play the game.
“This is groundbreaking,” Riot Games manager Nick Allen told Gamespot in an interview. “Now we can start looking at international players when they come over. It’s a much easier process because they’re actually recognized by the government.”
Allen added, “This was a lengthy process; we had a lot of people fighting for this. It wasn’t something that happened overnight.”
According to Allen, the company had to provide evidence to the government multiple times. No word on if showing officials their callused thumbs was part of it.
What exasperates people about Los Angeles? Blogger Nate Shivar decided to take a look at the Google AutoSuggest results of “why is [city name] so…” for the United States’ fifty largest cities, as well as several other world cities.
Google completes these searches with the most common endings, so what you’re seeing is what others have searched for.
So what were L.A.’s results? The city is apparently “polluted,” “popular,” “ugly” and “expensive,” according to Google users — which are, well, pretty much everyone. There’s some variability in the results, depending on factors like your own browser history; results when field testing this ourselves also included “dangerous.” Of course, it’s better than the results for some other cities — Chicago got “corrupt” and “violent,” Boston and Cincinnati “racist” and Buffalo was “cold” and“depressing.”
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Actor Andrew Garfield arrives for the premiere of Sony Pictures 'The Amazing Spider-Man' in Los Angeles on June 28, 2012.
“Amazing Spider-Man” star Andrew Garfield, who you’ll also be seeing in next year’s sequel, is no stranger to the character. Garfield says he’s loved Spider-Man since he was a kid. However, he’s got one more nontraditional idea: Spider-Man should be gay.
Garfield pontificated on the idea with Entertainment Weekly in this week’s Comic-Con issue. He said he brought the idea up to producer Matt Tolmach half-joking, but half not. “I was like, ‘What if MJ is a dude?’ Why can’t we discover that Peter is exploring his sexuality? It’s hardly even groundbreaking! … So why can’t he be gay? Why can’t he be into boys?”
While Garfield could be right about it not being groundbreaking, superhero fans aren’t known for being excited about change. Recent Superman movie “Man of Steel” received online fan backlash when word came out that Jimmy Olsen was going to be Jenny Olsen instead, though the final film barely even mentioned the character’s name.