HBO AND CINEMAX BRING THREE SERIES TO COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL SAN DIEGO 2012
Stars and producers of True Blood, Game of Thrones and Strike Back to appear
HBO series True Blood and Game of Thrones are confirmed for panels and autograph sessions, and Cinemax series Strike Back will have a panel and a screening at Comic-Con International: San Diego 2012.
Below is panel information on the three HBO/Cinemax series. Panel times will be released soon. Expect live coverage of the True Blood and Game of Thrones panels, at HBO Connect (hbo.com/connect) and #sdcctruebie #sdccgotfan. For Strike Back, fans can go to cinemax.com/strike-back.
Friday, July 13
* Game of Thrones panel in Hall H will be moderated for the second year by George R.R. Martin. Martin is the author of the bestselling fantasy book series “A Song of Ice and Fire,” which the HBO drama is based on, and also serves as a co-executive producer on the series. The panel will include: Carolyn Strauss, executive producer of “Game of Thrones,” and cast members (in alphabetical order): Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Michelle Fairley (Catelyn Stark) and Richard Madden (Robb Stark). Executive producers David Benioff & D.B. Weiss will not be in attendance, as they are in production in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
* Season 2 of Strike Back will make its world premiere for fans at Comic-Con 2012 prior to the new season’s debut on Cinemax in August. The show follows stealth counterterrorism unit Section 20 as they span the globe to stop potential threats. Stars Philip Winchester (Sgt. Michael Stonebridge), Sullivan Stapleton (Sgt. Damien Scott) and new cast member Rhona Mitra (Rachel Dalton) will appear on a panel moderated by HitFix TV critic Alan Sepinwall, which will take place in Convention Center Room 6DE.
Saturday, July 14
* True Blood panel in Ballroom 20 will once again be moderated by Tim Stack of Entertainment Weekly. Panelists include: Alan Ball, creator and executive producer, and cast members (in alphabetical order): Kristin Bauer van Straten (Pam Swynford de Beaufort), Nelsan Ellis (Lafayette Reynolds), Ryan Kwanten (Jason Stackhouse), Joe Manganiello (Alcide Herveaux), Christopher Meloni (Roman Zimojic), Stephen Moyer (Bill Compton), Anna Paquin (Sookie Stackhouse), Alexander Skarsgard (Eric Northman), Sam Trammell (Sam Merlotte), Rutina Wesley (Tara Thornton) and Deborah Ann Woll (Jessica Hamby).
* Strike Back screening will take place 1:00-3:00 p.m. at Reading Cinemas Gaslamp Stadium 15, 701 5th Avenue at G Street, San Diego (3 blocks from the Convention Center).
The cast will attend this special screening for fans and answer questions afterwards. The first two episodes of the new season will screen for the first time. The preview screening is open to attendees with 2012 Comic-Con badges and seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
PLEASE NOTE: Cast and producers scheduled to attend are subject to change.
Jamie Hector, Robert Chew, Tray Chaney, Fran Boyd, Donnie Andrews, and George Pelecanos speak on Friday, October 14, 2011 at 7:30 PM
Back Bay Events Center
180 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA 02116
Kick off the Boston Book Festival with a thoughtful and timely exploration of The Wire with its cast and creators. Its creator, David Simon, referred to this powerful, gritty, and all-too-realistic exploration of urban poverty as a “visual novel.” The Wire, perhaps the most critically-acclaimed series in television history, has been compared to Dickens, to Greek tragedy, even to Shakespearean drama. It is both high art and social commentary. Join several cast members and writer/producer George Pelecanos in a conversation about The Wire and issues of race, class, institutional failure, and the visual novel. The discussion will feature Donnie Andrews (the real “Omar”), Fran Boyd (the inspiration for David Simon’s The Corner), Tray Chaney (“Poot”), Robert Chew (“Prop Joe”), and Jamie Hector (“Marlo Stanfield”) and will be moderated by Reverend Eugene Rivers, co-founder of the Ten Point Coalition.
Following the discussion and audience Q&A, you’ll have your chance to meet the panelists during a book and poster signing.
Tickets, starting at $20, will be available beginning September 14.
Jamie Hector played the role of Marlo Stanfield on The Wire. He studied at the Lee Strasbourg Theatre Institute. Hector has had TV roles in Law and Order, The Beat, Oz, and Heroes and film roles in Clockers, He Got Game, Ghost Dog, Prison Song,and Blackout. Hector’s role in the critically-acclaimed short film five deep breaths first brought him to the attention of The Wire creator David Simon. Hector is the founder of Moving Mountains, a theatre arts and youth mentoring program.
Tray Chaney played “Poot” in The Wire. He began his performing career at the age of four as a dancer. Chaney’s first acting experience was his breakout role on The Wire. He has also appeared in Head of State, the TV show The District, and America’s Most Wanted. Chaney’s autobiography is titled The Truth You Can’t beTray. He continues to pursue his interest in music, recording, and choreographing. In 2009, Chaney was chosen as the face of the national literacy campaign The Write Stuff.
Robert Chew starred in The Wire as the Dickens-quoting drug kingpin Proposition Joe. He began his acting career in regional theatre. Chew also appeared in The Corner, David Simon’s show that predates The Wire. He had roles in Homicide: Life on the Street and the HBO film Something the Lord Made. Chew has worked with children’s theatre companies throughout his career and helped to cast and coach some of the young actors appearing in The Wire.
Donnie Andrews is the inspiration for the character Omar Little. At age thirty-six he carried out a shooting at the behest of a Baltimore drug lord. Plagued by guilt, Andrews turned himself in to the police. In a deal for his cooperation in the investigation, Andrews was sentenced to ten years. He ultimately served a total of eighteen years when the prosecutor reneged on the deal. While in prison he kicked his heroin habit, read the Bible, trained as an electrician, and maintained relationships with police officer Ed Burns and with David Simon, who interviewed him when he wrote for the Baltimore Sun.
Fran Boyd is the inspiration for The Corner, a book by David Simon and Ed Burns that was the basis for the TV series of the same name. Boyd was a drug addict when she met Simon and Burns, who took an interest in her. It was they who introduced her to Donnie Andrews while he was serving time for murder. The two began an intense friendship by phone, which Boyd credits with helping her kick her addiction. She and Andrews fell in love over the phone. Boyd, Simon, and Burns worked to secure Andrews’s eventual release from prison and the two were married in 2007.
George Pelecanos is a best-selling crime novelist and an award-winning essayist. His short fiction has appeared in Esquire and the collections Unusual Suspects, Best American Mystery Stories, Measures of Poison, Men From Boys, Murder at the Foul Line, and D.C. Noir, for which he also served as editor. Pelecanos was a producer, Emmy-nominated writer, and story editor for The Wire. His most recent work is The Cut, the first installment in a new crime series, which Publishers Weekly is calling “vital and timely.”
Reverend Eugene Rivers is pastor of the Azusa Christian Community and is one of the founders of the Ten Point Coalition, an organization of ministers that is credited with alleviating Boston’s gang violence problem in the 90s. Rivers grew up on the streets of Philadelphia and attended Harvard College. His role in working with gang members in Boston has brought Rivers national attention.
HBO’s “True Blood” and “Game Of Thrones” to Hold Panels at Comic-Con 2011
HBO is excited to announce that TRUE BLOOD will make its fourth consecutive appearance at Comic-Con in San Diego this July. Additionally, Game Of Thrones will make its debut this year at Comic-Con, just days before production on season two begins in Northern Ireland. The Game Of Thrones panel is slated for Thursday, July 21, and the TRUE BLOOD panel is scheduled for Friday, July 22. Confirmed panelists to date are listed below. Additional panelists will be announced as they are confirmed.
Game Of Thrones – Thursday, July 21
Special Guest Moderator – George R.R. Martin
TRUE BLOOD – Friday, July 22
Moderator – Entertainment Weekly’s Tim Stack
Kristin Bauer van Straten
Deborah Ann Woll
June 15, 2011 by Colin Solan
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Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin has announced his signing tour dates for his new novel A Dance with Dragons, the fifth book in the Song of Ice and Fire series.
July 12, 7:00 p.m. BOSTON – Barnes & Noble, 98 Middlesex Turnpike, Burlington, MA 01803
July 14, 7:00 p.m. NEW YORK CITY – Barnes & Noble, Union Square, 33 East 17th Street, New York, NY 10003
July 16, 2:00 p.m. INDIANAPOLIS – Barnes & Noble, 14709 US Hwy 31 North, Carmel, IN 46032
July 21-24, 2011 San Diego Comicon, San Diego, California, USA
July 24, 2:00 p.m. SAN DIEGO – Mysterious Galaxy, 7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego, CA 92111
July 26, 7:00 p.m. LOS ANGELES – Barnes & Noble, 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90036
July 27, 7:00 p.m. REDWOOD CITY – Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway Street, Redwood City, CA 94063
event hosted by Kepler’s
July 29, 7:30 p.m. SEATTLE – Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
event hosted by University Bookstore
July 31, 2:00 p.m. DENVER – Tattered Cover LoDo, 1628 16th Street, Denver, CO 80202
August 2, 7:00 p.m. LEXINGTON – Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 161 Lexington Green Cir., Lexington, KY 40503
The “Game of Thrones” booth launching at WonderCon today is based on the bestselling fantasy book series “A Song of Ice and Fire,” by George R.R. Martin. The series launches its ten-episode season Sunday, April 17 (9:00-10:05 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.
The booth will feature a full size reproduction of the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros as well as costumes and props from the show. Items on display will include:
- A Maester’s costume
- The Stark house shield and banner