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Posts Tagged ‘Comic-Con’

Stephen Colbert Covers EW as Gandalf, Bilbo and Legolas

At one point during the photo shoot for this week’s triple-cover Entertainment Weekly issue, which took place about a month ago, Stephen Colbert stepped through the doorway of a Manhattan studio. In full Gandalf costume and makeup, with a megaphone in hand, he tried to get the attention of folks streaming across the nearby High Line. “You shall not pass!” he exclaimed. ” Excuse me, excuse me… You, on the bridge. Read the sign. You shall not pass.”

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For super fans of The Hobbit, the mission this week is clear. Starting Wednesday at newsstands in New York, LA, other major cities and airports, and by Friday in the rest of the country, three copies of the same EW issue can and must be purchased. (They are also available online.) Colbert revealed his Hobbit EW handiwork on Tuesday night’s Colbert Report. The fact that these covers, together with a cover story and interview of Peter Jackson both done by Colbert, are coming down the pike as his Comedy Central program wraps up only adds to the collector’s edition context.

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Bill Hader Thanks HuffPost Writer for Tribute Piece

Celebrities attending Comic-Con cycle through a ton of interviews. So much so that in some cases they’re not always sure who they’re talking to.

“Wait, are you Mike Ryan?” asked Bill Hader at the beginning of his weekend chat with the Huffington Post senior entertainment writer. When Ryan answered in the affirmative, Hader went on to pay the journalist a very nice compliment:

“The day it came out that I was leaving SNL, I came in on Tuesday, and it was a little like, “Hey, everybody.” Everyone knew, but it was still, “Oh, it was in New York Times this morning…”

“I, personally, was feeling a little weird. And it was nice: Rob Klein, one of the writers, showed me that nice thing you wrote about me. That was such a nice – because you never know. And to be honest, I have such weird tunnel vision because I don’t really read stuff.”

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Get Your Comic-Con On

comiccon01.gifThere’s a little superhero in all of us, some of us more than others. If you happen to belong to the former, but were unable to afford the sky-rocketing airfare prices in order to show off your super hero fabulousness at the annual Comic-Con, fear not! FishbowlLA is on the case (or the cape, depending) and taking in the sights for you, so don’t be afraid to don those bat ears and plug-in, it’s all just a click away.

LAT In 90 Seconds

John McCain Feels Jilted: Taking a page from the Daily Show (literally in some cases), John McCain‘s campaign camp has put together some videos spoofing the media’s supposed infatuation with Barack Obama. For whatever reason Maeve Reston‘s story doesn’t link to said videos — but we did. Enjoy.

41176586.jpgInvasion of the Popular Kids! Geoff Boucher laments the loss of what Comic-Con once was: “Like some mutant cousin of the Sundance Film Festival, Comic-Con has outgrown its original mission and its limited geography.” Hell, they’re even letting FBLA into the place, so you know its lost its standards.

gwtwpic.jpgMob Mentality: A posse of junk collectors unite to suss out (and expose) a fake Hollywood memorabilia shyster on EBay. We love the idea of citizen justice … particularly when it yields such delicious sentences as: “‘The most obvious fakes I’d ever seen,’ pronounced James Tumblin, a Hawaiian who said he owns the world’s largest collection of Gone With the Wind memorabilia.”