Time Inc.’s Entertainment Weekly Launches Con-X, a New Interactive Fan Experience at Comic-Con International San Diego July 21-24, 2016
Presented in Association with Comic-Con International, EW’s Con-X Offers Fans an Immersive and Unique Destination
NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Time Inc.’s (NYSE:TIME) Entertainment Weekly announced today the launch of Entertainment Weekly’s Con-X, a new unique experiential oasis for Comic-Con fans at this summer’s Comic-Con International in San Diego, July 21-24, 2016. Over the past nine years, Entertainment Weekly has exploded throughout the Comic-Con scene, establishing its footprint across all platforms including print, digital, video, radio, and social media. The launch of Entertainment Weekly’s Con-X solidifies the brand’s “fan-first” approach, collaborating directly with Comic-Con International to offer Comic-Con attendees the experience they’ve been craving – an immersive fan destination designed to provide an environment where fans can relax, refresh and recharge while complementing their Comic-Con experience. EW’s Con-X welcomes fans to create (custom, limited edition t-shirts and photo opportunities), participate in trivia events, compare and repair costumes, relax in shaded green outdoor areas, refresh with food and beverage and recharge with the hundreds of available device charging terminals. In addition, a full concert production stage will feature spectacular nightly entertainment. Reinforcing its position as the ultimate authority at Comic-Con, Entertainment Weekly’s Con-X will provide badge holders access to an engaging, customized experience designed on a large scale exclusively for the passionate fandom that descends on San Diego for Comic-Con International.
EW’s Con-X will be located at Embarcadero Marina Park North, one of the most beautiful, prime locations in downtown San Diego. EW’s Con-X will consist of a multi-function stage surrounded by an activation environment featuring a wide variety of fan-focused activities. The EW Con-X site will accommodate badge-holding attendees with entrance allowed on a first-come, first-served basis.
“Fans are the beating heart of Comic-Con and we’re thrilled to be able to offer this incredible experience for them,” says Henry Goldblatt, Editor of Entertainment Weekly. “With fan-focused content during the day and an epic after-party atmosphere at night, EW’s Con-X will be the place to be.”
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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 leads off EW’s cover package devoted to the annual geek-culture love-in known as Comic-Con, landing in San Diego July 18-21. We have previews of some of the coolest entries at the festival, including exclusive looks at Ender’s Game, the upcoming remake of Carrie starring Chloe Grace Moretz, and BBC America’s cult sci-fi series Orphan Black — all of which earned bonus covers that you can see below.
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Director Edgar Wright appears with Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jason Schwartzman, and Scott Pilgrim creator Bryan Lee O’Malley at the Egyptian Theatre on Wednesday May 1, 2013 at 10:30 pm for a screening of Scott Pilgrim vs the World as part of Entertainment Weekly’s Cape Town Film Festival. Get tickets ($11)
Wright also hosts a screening of Shaun of the Dead at 7:30 pm. Get tickets ($11)
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Entertainment Weekly and HBO are offering the Game of Thrones Ultimate Experience Sweepstakes. The Grand Prize winner gets a trip to the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con and admission into the Game of Thrones panel at the convention.
Grand Prize Winner and a guest, to attend “Comic-Con®” and the Game of Thrones Panel at “Comic-Con®” 2012 in San Diego, California. Trip includes round-trip coach airfare on a commercial airline for two (2) to San Diego, California from winner’s nearest major airport, round-trip car transfers to and from San Diego airport and the hotel, three (3) nights, four (4) days standard hotel accommodations based on double occupancy at a hotel of the sponsor’s choice, two (2) four (4) day passes to “Comic-Con®”and two (2) tickets to the Game of Thrones Panel.
Entries are due by April 16th. Enter here.
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The whole enterprise is falling apart. Egos, tempers, uneasy alliances and bad attitudes are threatening the group, and failure would be catastrophic. Luckily, we’re talking about the actual team of superheroes in the Marvel Studios movie The Avengers, not the cast and crew. In this week’s issue, EW takes a deep dive into the May 4, 2012 movie that will finally unite Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth’s Thor, and Chris Evans’ Captain America — along with Mark Ruffalo’s The Incredible Hulk, Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye and Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow — on the big screen. We use the word “unite” loosely. “Just because they’re super heroes doesn’t mean they’re super friends,” says Renner.
For more on The Avengers, pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands Sept. 30.
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Spidey’s back! Well, almost. The Amazing Spider-Man doesn’t hit theaters for another year, but in anticipation of next week’s Comic-Con (July 21-24 in San Diego) we’ve got first looks at and inside scoops about the webslinger’s highly anticipated return — including interviews with stars Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone and with director Marc Webb.
For even more on The Amazing Spider-Man, as well as EW’s jam-packed guide to Comic-Con – includes sneak peeks at Total Recall, The Walking Dead, Spartacus, Terra Nova, and much more – pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands Friday, July 15.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 6:30 PM EST
Arnold Schwarzenegger is back as ‘The Governator’ — EXCLUSIVE
He’s been a famous body builder. He’s been a killer cyborg from the future. He’s been Governor of California. And now, in this week’s exclusive cover scoop, Arnold Schwarzenegger reveals his plans for the next phase of his extraordinary career: He’s going be a cartoon superhero, known as The Governator. “When I ran for governor back in 2003 and I started hearing people talking about ‘the Governator,’ I thought the word was so cool,” Schwarzenegger, 63, tells EW in his first press interview since leaving office last January. “The word Governator combined two worlds: the world of politics and the movie world. And [this cartoon] brings everything together. It combines the governor, the Terminator, the bodybuilding world, the True Lies…”
The animated TV show and comic book, being co-developed by no less a superhero authority than Spider-Man co-creator Stan Lee, won’t be out until next year, but this week EW offers an exclusive early look at Arnold’s cartoon alter-ego. “The Governator is going to be a great superhero, but he’ll also be Arnold Schwarzenegger,” Lee says of the semi-fictional character. “We’re using all the personal elements of Arnold’s life. We’re using his wife [Maria Shriver]. We’re using his kids. We’re using the fact that he used to be governor. Only after he leaves the governor’s office, Arnold decides to become a crime fighter and builds a secret high-tech crime-fighting center under his house in Brentwood.”
Along with the Arnold Cave, the Governator will have a fleet of super vehicles at his disposal, a closet full of “Super Suits” that allow him to fly and perform other super stunts, and a team of colorful sidekicks, such as Zeke Muckerberg, the precocious 13-year-old computer whiz who acts as the Governator’s cybersecurity expert. Naturally, there will also be recurring supervillains — including an evil organization called Gangsters Imposters Racketeers Liars & Irredeemable Ex-cons (or G.I.R.L.I.E. Men, for short). For Schwarzenegger, the cartoon is obviously the next best thing to being President. “I love the idea of a control center below my house with a path so that boats and submarines can go right into the ocean,” he tells EW. “In the cartoon, my house is much closer to the beach than where we live, but, you know, it’s a cartoon.”
Link to full story and exclusive photos on EW.com.
More traditional than her current look but not quite either, Entertainment Weekly is providing a first look at Adrienne Palicki in costume as Wonder Woman for the currently filming pilot TV show.
Friday, March 18, 2011 3:09 PM EST
EW.COM EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK: Adrianne Palicki as Wonder Woman in NBC’s new fall pilot, exec produced by David E. Kelley
Link to FULL story and FIRST PHOTOS on EW.com: http://insidetv.ew.com/2011/03/18/wonder-woman-adrianne-palicki-photo/
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Highlights from ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY’s March 25, 2011 issue
(on newsstands nationwide Friday, March 18):
GEEK GOD NATHAN FILLION
From Cult Hero to TV Star; Nathan Fillion on Firefly, Castle, Dr. Horrible and All Those Rabid Fans
NEW YORK – From the Firefly fans to the mainstream Castle crowd, everybody loves Nathan Fillion. This week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly looks at the fascination behind the ultimate ‘Geek God.’
Fillion is more polite than most—with fans, costars, journalists—because he occupies a special place in Hollywood. It started back in 2002, when, thanks to a few key roles from the mind of Joss Whedon—Capt. Mal Reynolds in Firefly and its big-screen adaptation, Serenity; an evil preacher in Buffy the Vampire Slayer; and a vain superhero in Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog—Fillion began receiving A-list treatment from sci-fi fans, even if he wasn’t quite an A-lister himself. And he was more than happy to play to that audience. “I think of Galaxy Quest and the plight of those pigeonholed actors who don’t do anything except for conventions,” he says. “To be pigeonholed as a Malcolm Reynolds? Uh, dream. Winning.”
In 2009, along came Castle. It wasn’t clear when the show debuted as a midseason replacement that it would be Fillion’s ticket to anything more than a front-row seat to its lead-in, Dancing With the Stars. The actor had already had a few shots at the big time with a string of short-lived TV shows. But in the boyishly charming crime novelist Richard Castle, the charmingly boyish Fillion found a role that has won a whole new legion of fans. Now in its third season, Castle (which airs Mondays at 10 p.m.) averages 10.6 million viewers.
Viewers may very well be responding to Castle, who began tailing NYPD homicide detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) for book research, because there’s so much of Fillion in the fun-loving mystery writer. The quirks around Castle’s edges— from the obsession with gadgets to the clever miming—are vintage Fillion. The show’s creator, Andrew W. Marlowe, a longtime Fillion fan from his days on Buffy and Firefly, thought as much when he cast him: “He’s a guy who I thought had the many facets to show the many different kinds of faces of what it meant to be a man. To play the beleaguered son, the loving father, a potential love interest who’s charming but someone who is also really annoying yet can get away with it—Nathan had that in spades.” Costar Katic would agree. “I would date Richard Castle, but not for very long,” Fillion gamely responds. “He’s got some money and nice tastes. He’s not an a–hole, but he is a bit of a prick.”
Fllion can usually tell his two rabid fan bases apart within seconds of their approach. “Castle fans—I’ll say 75 percent of the time—are women, and they light up. They go [eyes and mouth open]. They get really excited,” he says. “Firefly fans will see me, do a double take, stop, nod, and say, ‘Captain’ with an air of ‘I know what you’ve been through. I’ve been there too.’ A guy did it to me in a furniture store the other day. I was walking by, and he saw me, stopped, stood up straight, and said, ‘Captain,’ and I nodded and said, ‘As you were.’ ”
While Fillion is keeping his side projects to a minimum these days—Castle is still shooting its current 24-episode order and has already been picked up for a fourth season— longtime fans don’t have to worry about him losing his geek cred. “It’s easy to keep the geek fan base stoked by simply remaining true to the inner geek,” he says. “I just continue to be excited by the things I am excited by. I love sci-fi. I love computer games. I love technology. I like flashlights that are really small but really bright. If it has buttons, batteries, performs some kind of unusual function—yeah, I got it. I want it.”
Link to story on EW.com: http://popwatch.ew.com/2011/03/17/this-weeks-cover-nathan-fillion-castle/
Thursday, Mar 3, 2011 1:12 PM EST
EW.COM ‘Captain America’ EXCLUSIVE: First look at Red Skull! Plus, director Joe Johnston on why he prefers Cap to a certain man of steel
Entertainment Weekly has an exclusive first look image from this summer’s ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ of the ghastly villain Red Skull (Hugo Weaving), along with a Q&A with director Joe Johnston about how Captain America may be the most human of the superheroes, and certainly the most humble — a little guy who remembers what it was like to be pushed around.
See the FULL STORY at EW.com: http://insidemovies.ew.com/2011/03/03/captain-america-red-skull-first-look-exclusive/