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Title: Star Wars Panel, 5:30-6:30 pm, Hall H
Post by: Devorah on June 10, 2015, 12:21:37 PM
From SDCC U Blog.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Marching Towards Hall H; Other Star Wars Panels

http://sdccblog.com/2015/06/star-wars-the-force-awakens-marching-towards-hall-h-other-star-wars-panels/ (http://sdccblog.com/2015/06/star-wars-the-force-awakens-marching-towards-hall-h-other-star-wars-panels/)

ETA...

What’s that sound in the distance? It’s the sound of an Imperial march, headed straight for Hall H.
After all the speculation about whether or not Star Wars: The Force Awakens would potentially be headed to Comic-Con this year, especially in light of Marvel Studios skipping, we’ve finally got our answer: They’re coming for you, SDCC attendees. On friday, July 10 in Hall H.

The panel, which currently doesn’t have a time, promises that present and producer Kathleen Kennedy, director J.J. Abrams, writer Lawrence Kasdan, and “special guests” will be on hand to  provide a special look at Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

That’s far from the only Star Wars panel during SDCC though, as they’ll also be presenting panels on everything from publishing (Star Wars Publishing 2015, Part 2), toys (Hasbro Star Wars, Star Wars Collectibles Update), gaming (Disney Infinity 3.0), and more. Here’s a look at the full schedule:

Friday, July 10, Star Wars Schedule

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Hall H
Lucasfilm president and producer Kathleen Kennedy, director J.J. Abrams, writer Lawrence Kasdan, and special guests provide a special look at Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Star Wars Publishing 2015, Part 1: 10:00 p.m. — 11:00 p.m.; Room: 7AB
Join a dynamic, all-star, New York Times-bestselling panel of authors including Alexandra Bracken (the Darkest Minds series), Adam Gidwitz (A Tale Dark and Grim series), Tom Angleberger (The Origami Yoda series), and Tony Diterlizzi (The Spiderwick Chronicles) in conversation with Lucasfilm’s Mike Siglain about the new Star Wars retellings for a younger generation of fans. From  picture books to novels, these authors present A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi in perspectives that will change the way readers understand who these beloved characters are and how they became legends for legions of fans.

Star Wars Publishing 2015, Part 2: 11:00 p.m. — 12:00 p.m.; Room: 7AB
Join a variety of authors as they talk about their upcoming projects from that galaxy far, far away. Moderated by Lucasfilm’s Mike Siglain, authors from Del Rey and other publishers will participate in a discussion on writing stories for the exciting new future of the Star Wars universe.

Hasbro Star Wars, 12:00 p.m. — 1:00 p.m., Room: 7AB
Join members of the Hasbro and Lucasfilm teams as they discuss the popular Hasbro Star Wars line. Attendees will get an in-depth look at Hasbro’s latest action figure offerings, and word on the Holonet is there may also be a few surprises, including a special product reveal.

Star Wars Collectibles Update with Lucasfilm’s Anita Castellar, 1:00 p.m. — 2:00 p.m., Room: 7AB
Join eFX, Gentle Giant Studios, Kotobukiya, and Sideshow Collectibles for product development insights and exclusive previews of the latest in Star Wars collectibles. In attendance will be Anita Castellar, a self-professed Star Wars fangirl who manages licensing for hardline categories at Lucasfilm such as toys, collectibles, consumer electronics, automotives, and more.

ILM 40th Anniversary, 2:00 p.m. — 3:00 p.m., Room: 7AB
For 40 years, Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) has set the standard for visual effects, creating some of the most memorable images in the history of modern cinema. From advances in the photo chemical process, optical compositing, motion control, and models and miniatures - to the company’s pioneering efforts in computer graphics, digital compositing, film scanning and recording, morphing, digital environments, performance capture, character animation and modern digital pipelines, ILM continues to break new ground in visual effects for film, television, themed attractions, and new forms of entertainment. The presenters will discuss the company’s work from its earliest days and breakthroughs along the way.

Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition at San Diego Comic Con 2015
For the first time, Star Wars joins forces with characters from across The Walt Disney Company in Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition — the next chapter in the best-selling hybrid toy/video game series. Fans are invited to the Disney Infinity Pop-Up Shop, located at the heart of Gaslamp District, for the opportunity to play as Ahsoka Tano, Luke Skywalker, Darth Maul or any of the Star Wars characters featured in Star Wars: Twilight of the Republic and Star Wars: Rise Against the Empire.

Fans will also have a chance to step into the “Disney Infinity Only in the Toy Box” mediated reality experience, where guests virtually enter the Toy Box and interact alongside their favorite Disney Infinity characters, such as engaging in lightsaber duels with Darth Vader or Yoda, and take home a customized photo and video with their chosen character. Other Disney Infinity Pop-Up Shop activities include a Toy Box TV Live Edition webcast on Twitch featuring new announcements, surprise guests, contests with prizes, and exclusive giveaways.
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: Car_Low on June 10, 2015, 12:29:19 PM
Of course they would pick the day I'm working con....  >:(
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: frgx on June 10, 2015, 12:29:58 PM
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Hall H  :o :o :o

Too much information today--
Brain going into overload.


Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: Mel on June 10, 2015, 12:30:39 PM
Here's the official page for this.

http://www.starwars.com/news/star-wars-the-force-awakens-more-coming-to-san-diego-comic-con-2015
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: Devorah on June 10, 2015, 12:36:23 PM
Guys, is it possible with this announcement that Walking Dead and/or GoT might *not* be in Hall H Friday?  Maybe?
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: Mel on June 10, 2015, 12:38:36 PM
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Guys, is it possible with this announcement that Walking Dead and/or GoT might *not* be in Hall H Friday?  Maybe?

I was wondering the same thing. If those things are all in Hall H on Friday.....I don't even want to imagine the mayhem on controlling the lines and when people start them. I was considering a Thursday campout for Hall H to finally give TWD panel a shot, but if it's on Friday with Star Wars? Screw. That. No one is leaving that Hall from the moment it's full in the morning until it's done that evening.
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: Car_Low on June 10, 2015, 12:38:44 PM
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Guys, is it possible with this announcement that Walking Dead and/or GoT might *not* be in Hall H Friday?  Maybe?

If it is the exhibit hall will be half empty haha.


doubt it though
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: mlgagne on June 10, 2015, 12:40:34 PM
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Guys, is it possible with this announcement that Walking Dead and/or GoT might *not* be in Hall H Friday?  Maybe?

That's what I'm really, really, REALLY worried about now. These are my two favorites and I was planning on going all out for these (i.e. Hall H camp out), but I don't have a Saturday badge. I'm going to be really disappointed if they have them on that day  :-[
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: DaveG on June 10, 2015, 12:41:14 PM
I suspect the correct times for the publishing panels are 10am to 11am and 11am to 12pm.  Otherwise 11pm to 12pm panel would be 13 hours long.
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: Car_Low on June 10, 2015, 12:43:36 PM
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I suspect the correct times for the publishing panels are 10am to 11am and 11am to 12pm.  Otherwise 11pm to 12pm panel would be 13 hours long.

They are making a really big push for the extended universe haha
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: thawk on June 10, 2015, 12:44:12 PM
Man - Dr Who Thursday, Star Wars Friday, DC Saturday - this is going to be a crazy Hall H spread - hard to know what lines are going to be like with so many great things spread across the days
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: Car_Low on June 10, 2015, 12:48:03 PM
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Man - Dr Who Thursday, Star Wars Friday, DC Saturday - this is going to be a crazy Hall H spread - hard to know what lines are going to be like with so many great things spread across the days

I'm sure people are going to camp out Wednesday stay in Hall H all day leave then camp out and repeat for the next couple days.
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: oneroomdisco on June 10, 2015, 12:50:15 PM
I may be trying for this, but I'm already terrified of how insane that line is going to get.
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: Car_Low on June 10, 2015, 12:52:28 PM
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I may be trying for this, but I'm already terrified of how insane that line is going to get.

I'm thinking Firefly+Marvel Panel times 10
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: Cut That Meat on June 10, 2015, 12:57:17 PM
Is Friday the new Saturday? GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE!
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: kohyuta on June 10, 2015, 12:59:35 PM
Sigh. If I troop with the 501st on Saturday, that'd leave only part of Thursday & Sunday on the floor. Much to consider after this announcement.
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: Car_Low on June 10, 2015, 01:04:50 PM
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Sigh. If I troop with the 501st on Saturday, that'd leave only part of Thursday & Sunday on the floor. Much to consider after this announcement.

They might do what they did at celebration by having it the first panel in the morning as the time hasn't been announced yet.  Hopefully, they'll release the panel online like they did for most of the celebration panels.
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: epicskyline on June 10, 2015, 01:10:28 PM
I'll be honest, this news just lessened the weight on my shoulders a little. Ballroom 20 seems pretty light on Friday, so with Star Wars/TWD/GOT potentially all in Hall H, I feel pretty confident saying that I'll be able to walk into the iZombie panel.

Star Wars has taken over 7AB all day on Saturday! That's pretty crazy. I'm really excited about the Disney Pop-Up Shop. I wonder where it will be located in the Gaslamp. I'm hoping they have some good t-shirts/toys available.
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: Transmute Jun on June 10, 2015, 01:13:16 PM
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They might do what they did at celebration by having it the first panel in the morning as the time hasn't been announced yet.  Hopefully, they'll release the panel online like they did for most of the celebration panels.

That's true. If it were 10 am to 11 am, then the hall might clear out afterward. Something to think about...
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: sefton42 on June 10, 2015, 01:15:38 PM
Good thing I already have my sleeping bag out. 
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: sheilaac717 on June 10, 2015, 01:24:48 PM
I might attempt to go to the "playback" they have in the evening. That will probably be packed also.
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: Louie_rob_m on June 10, 2015, 01:30:15 PM
Wow! For those that can get in, what a special day for star wars fans. Glad Disney is bringing it to sdcc and not hoarding star wars stuff for D23

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Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: Hal Roth on June 10, 2015, 01:38:07 PM
I don't understand how Marvel isn't coming because of D23, but Star Wars is?  Maybe Marvel will show after all?
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: Car_Low on June 10, 2015, 01:41:06 PM
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I don't understand how Marvel isn't coming because of D23, but Star Wars is?  Maybe Marvel will show after all?

Probably because while lucasfilm and marvel studios are both owned by Disney they operate as separate entities and decide what they want to do themselves
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: sefton42 on June 10, 2015, 01:44:27 PM
And JJ Abrams said in February that he wanted to bring Star Wars to SDCC and Kathleen Kennedy went to San Diego State -- I think if they both wanted to do SDCC, Disney wasn't going to say no.
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: karatekid on June 10, 2015, 01:51:00 PM
I feel overwhelmed just reading this and imagining the madness of the camp out scene.
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: MarvelGurl on June 10, 2015, 01:51:07 PM
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I don't understand how Marvel isn't coming because of D23, but Star Wars is?  Maybe Marvel will show after all?

Was it confirmed that Marvel wasn't coming because of D23? I thought it was because they really don't have anything new to put out there.
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: Car_Low on June 10, 2015, 01:54:48 PM
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Was it confirmed that Marvel wasn't coming because of D23? I thought it was because they really don't have anything new to put out there.

Its just speculation.  Well they are filming Captain America: Civil War now. Besides that they have nothing as they already announced the roadmap of phase 3.
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: FlamedLiquid on June 10, 2015, 02:19:27 PM
God I hope waking dead and game of thrones get moved to sunday or atleast one of them.
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: semigeekgirl on June 10, 2015, 02:21:48 PM
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God I hope waking dead and game of thrones get moved to sunday or atleast one of them.

I wonder if they'll remain on Friday, but move back to B20. CCI does like us to make hard choices.
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: sefton42 on June 10, 2015, 02:31:25 PM
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I feel overwhelmed just reading this and imagining the madness of the camp out scene.

Yes, focus on the madness of camping out you will, so get in line, you will not.
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: Mel on June 10, 2015, 02:31:58 PM
Something other than SW has to be in Hall H on Friday. My guess is they remain in there on Friday and it's going to be the most insane Friday ever at SDCC!! It's a bit exciting to be honest.
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: FlamedLiquid on June 10, 2015, 02:35:49 PM
Where will the hall h line for friday even form with the thursday line still in progress?
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: epicskyline on June 10, 2015, 02:50:04 PM
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I wonder if they'll remain on Friday, but move back to B20. CCI does like us to make hard choices.

If they do, there's not many more slots to fill up in B20 that day. Already it looks like:

10:00-11:00 - Big Bang Theory
11:15-12:15 - ?
12:30-1:30 - The 100
1:45-2:45 - Minority Report
3:00-4:15 - ? (Some kind of pilot + panel? Maybe Marvel TV group panel or Netflix group panel?)
4:30-5:30 - The Originals
5:45-6:45 - iZombie
7:00-8:00 - ?

So there's still slots available in the room, but not many. It also just seems weird picturing those two sandwiched between the other mid-popularity TV show panels.
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: semigeekgirl on June 10, 2015, 02:54:12 PM
Hmm, I think you're right. I hadn't gone back and cross-referenced what was already in B20 that day.
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: epicskyline on June 10, 2015, 02:56:11 PM
iZombie is a must-see for me, so I've been checking B20 obsessively.  :D
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: FlamedLiquid on June 10, 2015, 03:03:25 PM
They should move either walking dead or game of thrones to thursday in hall h if not both and make Friday all movie panels.
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: Transmute Jun on June 10, 2015, 03:31:08 PM
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Something other than SW has to be in Hall H on Friday. My guess is they remain in there on Friday and it's going to be the most insane Friday ever at SDCC!! It's a bit exciting to be honest.

I completely agree. They can easily fit in 5-6 big panels in Hall H in one day. Star Wars is just one. GoT and TWD are 2 (or 3, if Fear:TWD is a separate panel). That still leaves extra room for other things.

I suspect Friday will just be a monster day in Hall H.
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: dkd on June 10, 2015, 03:35:09 PM
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If they do, there's not many more slots to fill up in B20 that day. Already it looks like:

10:00-11:00 - Big Bang Theory
11:15-12:15 - ?
12:30-1:30 - The 100
1:45-2:45 - Minority Report
3:00-4:15 - ? (Some kind of pilot + panel? Maybe Marvel TV group panel or Netflix group panel?)
4:30-5:30 - The Originals
5:45-6:45 - iZombie
7:00-8:00 - ?

So there's still slots available in the room, but not many. It also just seems weird picturing those two sandwiched between the other mid-popularity TV show panels.

I think Heroes Reborn will get one of those Friday slots.  I heard Zachary Levi needed someone to cover for him at Nerd HQ on Friday(Alan Tudyk is) and he's in Heroes Reborn.  If that's true, Heroes Reborn could either be 11:15 or 3PM.

IMO--the smartest thing they could do with the Star Wars panel on Friday is make it the first panel of the day.  At least part of the room may clear for other panels after it and allow those fans in.
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: sefton42 on June 10, 2015, 04:37:15 PM
One of those B20 Friday slots could also be for   Dark Horse/Joss Whedon which is usually there on Fridays.

Also, does anyone else think it's funny that Star Wars was the first official movie announcement?  Lucasfilm/Disney is basically telling all the studios going on Saturday that they're going to have to pull out all the stops.
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: Andrew Costa Mesa on June 10, 2015, 05:21:05 PM
Hopefully they'll repeat the wristband system and at least one of us will get in line Thursday afternoon in which I will join too that evening, unless Thursday is a slow day in which I'll get in line earlier.

Regrettably this will mean I'll have to miss the MTV2 Fandom Awards at Petco scheduled for that evening.  Sometimes you have to choose between two events, meaning you'll have to sacrifice one.   :(
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: dancetomusic on June 10, 2015, 06:01:33 PM
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IMO--the smartest thing they could do with the Star Wars panel on Friday is make it the first panel of the day.  At least part of the room may clear for other panels after it and allow those fans in.

Well that would have been good to do with Marvel on Saturdays too, but they kept it as the last panel. So I wouldn't count on the scheduling being "smart"  ;D

I am excited to watch the Hall H line madness from my hotel window, and attend significantly less crowded Thursday and Friday panels/events!  8)
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: Jim Watari on June 10, 2015, 06:27:48 PM
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iZombie is a must-see for me, so I've been checking B20 obsessively.  :D

They had a great panel at WonderCon this year, so I don't have to see at SDCC , but you never know how things work out
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: Miss Kitty on June 10, 2015, 07:12:46 PM
I think they are starting to line up already.....I hear the nerd herd storming the convention center now....
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: stl_ben on June 10, 2015, 08:06:30 PM
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iZombie is a must-see for me, so I've been checking B20 obsessively.  :D
Last years iZombie panel was great...and so easy to get into.
Fingers crossed its half as easy this year.
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: epicskyline on June 10, 2015, 08:31:26 PM
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Last years iZombie panel was great...and so easy to get into.
Fingers crossed its half as easy this year.

I really enjoyed the panel last year! Made me excited to see the show, and actually keep my excitement until it premiered mid-season. I think it should be easy to walk into B20 by that time, unless something huge is scheduled in the one slot after it.
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: SoCalNerdGal on June 10, 2015, 11:22:38 PM
Does anyone know how the lines for those with disabilities work for Hall H?  Line up times, locations, etc or where I can get that information.  I'm going with family who would need that line.  There's no way he can camp out in the main line with us for all of those hours.  Is the ADA line indoors?  Thanks for any info.
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: Car_Low on June 10, 2015, 11:37:34 PM
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Does anyone know how the lines for those with disabilities work for Hall H?  Line up times, locations, etc or where I can get that information.  I'm going with family who would need that line.  There's no way he can camp out in the main line with us for all of those hours.  Is the ADA line indoors?  Thanks for any info.

The disabled entrance is inside in Hall G next to Hall H.  Not sure where the line starts in the morning before the convention center opens however as it will be somewhere outside. I think its next to the normal entrance of Hall H outside but don't quote me on that.
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: DaveG on June 11, 2015, 03:53:09 AM
Last year the disabilities line for Hall H started near the normal Hall H entrance and ran along the side of the building (where the planters and the exit doors are).  It started small in the evening and by morning stretched along the entire wall and then extended onto the sidewalk.  If you just go to the same area where the grass and tents are the CCI staff will direct you.  While it looked like the line was quite long, it was single file and people were spaced out, so I'm sure it was much shorter once compressed.  But yes, even in this line there were overnight campers, some sleeping in wheelchairs.
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: RSilvaConFan on June 11, 2015, 05:21:37 AM
They really need an large overflow room where you can still see footage - Hall H just isn't going to be big enough for Star Wars or DC/Warner - Please Comic-con - we need a bigger room (or multiple rooms) - work something out with Lucasfilm and Warner please!
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: imcla on June 11, 2015, 07:35:38 AM
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Does anyone know how the lines for those with disabilities work for Hall H?  Line up times, locations, etc or where I can get that information.  I'm going with family who would need that line.  There's no way he can camp out in the main line with us for all of those hours.  Is the ADA line indoors?  Thanks for any info.

I find the ADA line lacking in structure... as people already said, before it opens it's outside. I'm going for my second year with someone with mobility problems, she's not in a wheelchair, she can walk with some difficulties, and she can't sit on anything lower than a regular chair (like those foldable chairs), and there's no sitting area near the line, making it impossible for us (me as her attendant) to camp out.
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: perc2100 on June 11, 2015, 08:21:16 AM
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Was it confirmed that Marvel wasn't coming because of D23? I thought it was because they really don't have anything new to put out there.

It hasn't been flat-out said (and it likely won't be), but there is no other explanation.  They included Ant-Man in their panel last year when Ant-Man hadn't even started production yet!  The year they had a panel for the first CAPTAIN AMERICA and THOR, they had been shooting CAP for only a couple of days but still brought a full-edited scene to Comic-Con.  Chris Evans said he hadn't even worn the final costume yet!

Marvel would've had PLENTY of time to bring CIVIL WAR sizzle reel if they wanted to: the excuse of "nothing new" was not a direct quote attributed to anyone, and when the Deadline writer wrote that (
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With so many hit franchises in working order, Marvel’s Kevin Feige just doesn’t have anything new to show this year. That happened in 2011, the last time Marvel skipped the Con.
) I think it is significantly disingenuous in regards to 2011 as Marvel showed an AWESOME Avengers sizzle reel at D23 less than a month after Comic-Con.
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: perc2100 on June 11, 2015, 08:24:17 AM
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They really need an large overflow room where you can still see footage - Hall H just isn't going to be big enough for Star Wars or DC/Warner - Please Comic-con - we need a bigger room (or multiple rooms) - work something out with Lucasfilm and Warner please!
DEFINITELY!  Or just put footage online.  Or just live-stream it to get the hype exponentially larger.  Celebration Anaheim was an AWESOME example of Lucasfilm sharing to ALL of their fans the new trailer + panel talk, and there's no reason this can't technically happen at Comic-Con.  The only excuses would be if either the studio doesn't want what is essentially "work product" to be released unto the cynical world, or if CCI thrives on the "we're super exclusive so sorry people who can't get a badge you miss EVERYTHING."  Either answer is legitimate, but technologically Lucasfilm has shown this is possible.
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
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Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: perc2100 on June 11, 2015, 10:19:15 AM
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  • Disney owns Star Wars...
  • Disney just announced Star Wars for SDCC in Hall H...
  • Lots of time left for additional panels that same day in Hall H...
  • Disney owns Marvel...
  • ...wouldn't it be a cool surprise...

I would love that
I would almost love Deadline being wrong as much as a Marvel Panel  :P

Also to add to your above list, The official Comic-Con banners in downtown San Diego feature Ant-Man.  In 16 years of going to Comic-Con I can't recall when the banners did not go with a panel (though last year's GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY banners did not feature a GUARDIANS panel per say, Marvel still promoted the film during their panel on Saturday + announce the green light of the sequel).
So maybe we'll be surprised...

** EDIT **
I just remembered there were also BIG HERO 6 banners last year in addition to the GotG banners; Disney animation hasn't had an SDCCI panel in awhile (maybe since the TOY STORY 3 panel?), and certainly didn't have one last year for BIG HERO SIX. 
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: Transmute Jun on June 11, 2015, 10:43:40 AM
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I just remembered there were also BIG HERO 6 banners last year in addition to the GotG banners; Disney animation hasn't had an SDCCI panel in awhile (maybe since the TOY STORY 3 panel?), and certainly didn't have one last year for BIG HERO SIX.

Okay, maybe someone with the schedule handy can verify this, but I recall last year in the Hyatt Fulfillment Room there was a table full of high quality plush Baymaxes. They were the swag at a Disney Animation panel.
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: frgx on June 11, 2015, 10:50:02 AM
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Okay, maybe someone with the schedule handy can verify this, but I recall last year in the Hyatt Fulfillment Room there was a table full of high quality plush Baymaxes. They were the swag at a Disney Animation panel.
It was "The Art of Big Hero 6", which was on Thursday in Room 7AB at 2 PM.
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: perc2100 on June 11, 2015, 11:02:06 AM

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It was "The Art of Big Hero 6", which was on Thursday in Room 7AB at 2 PM.
Ah; either forgot it didn't know about that. Cool!
They also gave away plush Baymax & others at their booth (got a Baymax & it's way adorbs)


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Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: NCDS on June 11, 2015, 11:26:31 AM
Anyone else find it weird nothing has been posted for Hall H on Saturday (other than the WB night)?  I'm getting curious.  It won't be better than Star Wars though, that already wins in my book.
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: FlamedLiquid on June 11, 2015, 11:40:00 AM
Star wars has been the only movie panel announced so far. I'm sure Suicide Squad and Batman Superman will have a panel Saturday in hall h sometime too. Still curious on the rest of the movie panels though.
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: sefton42 on June 11, 2015, 11:44:22 AM
Hunger Games and the Last Witch were announced today -- see the Lionsgate thread.
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Post by: NCDS on June 11, 2015, 11:48:03 AM
Possibly Legendary films for Saturday.
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: Transmute Jun on June 11, 2015, 12:05:34 PM
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They also gave away plush Baymax & others at their booth (got a Baymax & it's way adorbs)

Yes, we got those on PN when our kids took pictures with Baymax at the Exhibit Floor booth. But the ones in the Fulfillment Room were much nicer and bigger.

As for postings, They have not announced anything for Friday in Hall H other than Star Wars, and they have not announced anything for Saturday in Hall H other than the WB/DC TV shows.

My thoughts (only guesses...) are:

Friday - TWD, Fear:TWD, GoT
Saturday - Fox Movies, DC Movies

Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: Violet on June 11, 2015, 12:10:02 PM
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I think Heroes Reborn will get one of those Friday slots.  I heard Zachary Levi needed someone to cover for him at Nerd HQ on Friday(Alan Tudyk is) and he's in Heroes Reborn.  If that's true, Heroes Reborn could either be 11:15 or 3PM.

IMO--the smartest thing they could do with the Star Wars panel on Friday is make it the first panel of the day.  At least part of the room may clear for other panels after it and allow those fans in.

I agree. I think that Heroes Reborn will be the 3pm-4:15pm slot, just like when they did the pilot screening for Agents of SHIELD, that was given extra time for Q&A, also for a total of 1 hr 15 min (1:45pm - 3:00pm).
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: Transmute Jun on June 11, 2015, 12:34:26 PM
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I agree. I think that Heroes Reborn will be the 3pm-4:15pm slot, just like when they did the pilot screening for Agents of SHIELD, that was given extra time for Q&A, also for a total of 1 hr 15 min (1:45pm - 3:00pm).

Heros could also be in B20.
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: NCDS on June 11, 2015, 12:34:37 PM
I agree I think early in the morning would be best.
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Post by: dkd on June 11, 2015, 12:37:02 PM
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Heros could also be in B20.

I was referring to Ballroom 20 when I brought it up.
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: epicaz on June 11, 2015, 12:49:00 PM
I know Friday sounds like a line apocolypse day for SDCC... but I mean, SDCC could crack down on lining up early this year. Right.....guys?
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Post by: RSilvaConFan on June 11, 2015, 12:52:58 PM
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I know Friday sounds like a line apocolypse day for SDCC... but I mean, SDCC could crack down on lining up early this year. Right.....guys?

There is really no good way to crack down - How well did the bracelets work last year?
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Post by: epicaz on June 11, 2015, 01:09:17 PM
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There is really no good way to crack down - How well did the bracelets work last year?

I figured the bracelets worked rather well, I think they just need to enforce that any unofficial line that forms WILL be broken up and not counted (as well as groups hovering with the purpose of "holding their place" for when the line starts) leading up to the official line up starting time. Either that or move to an online ticket rush for certain days or panel blocks

edit: I'm certain it's easy to enforce these things if the bonus threat of losing your badge is there as well :p People really shouldn't have to miss a day of their con experience just to wait 20 hours for the panel they want to see
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: Violet on June 11, 2015, 01:17:03 PM
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I was referring to Ballroom 20 when I brought it up.

Yes, as was I, since we don't know what time slots are available in Hall H yet. I was comparing Heroes Reborn to AoS because that 1 hr 15 min pilot screening and Q&A was in B20.
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: RSilvaConFan on June 11, 2015, 01:17:36 PM
"Either that or move to an online ticket rush for certain days or panel blocks"

Now that sounds interesting - maybe integrate it with app that comic-con provides us for personalizing our schedules.
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: NCDS on June 11, 2015, 01:20:23 PM
If CCI solves the Hall H problem they should win the Nobel Prize
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: sefton42 on June 11, 2015, 01:21:02 PM
Ugh, an online ticket rush sounds like the old days of buying badges.  Refresh, refresh, oops, they sold out in 5 nanoseconds.
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: Transmute Jun on June 11, 2015, 01:54:07 PM
This may be a kooky idea, but what if they sold Hall H passes? Instead of buying a badge for that day, you could buy a Hall H pass, which would guarantee you entrance. They could sell 75% of the seats in Hall H this way, and leave the other 25% for ADA and 'walk-ins'. If you have a Hall H pass, you cannot buy a regular attendee pass, so no exhibit floor or other panels that day, just Hall H.

Just something off the top of my head. I'm sure it's not ideal... but could it work?
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: FlamedLiquid on June 11, 2015, 01:59:20 PM
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This may be a kooky idea, but what if they sold Hall H passes? Instead of buying a badge for that day, you could buy a Hall H pass, which would guarantee you entrance. They could sell 75% of the seats in Hall H this way, and leave the other 25% for ADA and 'walk-ins'. If you have a Hall H pass, you cannot buy a regular attendee pass, so no exhibit floor or other panels that day, just Hall H.

Just something off the top of my head. I'm sure it's not ideal... but could it work?

Maybe for next year. I think there would be to much outrage if they decided to announce it this close to comic con. That is an announcement that should be made before badge sales.
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: Transmute Jun on June 11, 2015, 02:05:48 PM
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Maybe for next year. I think there would be to much outrage if they decided to announce it this close to comic con. That is an announcement that should be made before badge sales.

Oh yes, clearly. It would be incorporated into badge sales. Yes, you wouldn't know what would be in Hall H each day, but that's the same as not knowing what the programming will be for any other day at the time you buy badges.
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: epicskyline on June 11, 2015, 02:31:30 PM
Unless the tickets had a specific seat number, it wouldn't stop people from lining up early to get the best seats, though it would curtail much of the insanity.
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: Andrew Costa Mesa on June 11, 2015, 03:05:31 PM
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This may be a kooky idea, but what if they sold Hall H passes? Instead of buying a badge for that day, you could buy a Hall H pass, which would guarantee you entrance. They could sell 75% of the seats in Hall H this way, and leave the other 25% for ADA and 'walk-ins'. If you have a Hall H pass, you cannot buy a regular attendee pass, so no exhibit floor or other panels that day, just Hall H.

Just something off the top of my head. I'm sure it's not ideal... but could it work?

What about something similar to New York Comic Con with the Ultimate Access VIP tickets even though they cost twice as much as a four-day w/Preview Night badge?  They allow you to go ahead of the regular lines for panels.
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Post by: Transmute Jun on June 11, 2015, 03:37:40 PM
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What about something similar to New York Comic Con with the Ultimate Access VIP tickets even though they cost twice as much as a four-day w/Preview Night badge?  They allow you to go ahead of the regular lines for panels.

The problem with this is twofold.

1)  CCI does not want to sell VIP badges. It's the same reason they want to keep badge prices down. They want the con to be equally accessible to everyone.
2)  These badges would sell out in about 2 seconds, and then people would complain that they couldn't get them.

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Unless the tickets had a specific seat number, it wouldn't stop people from lining up early to get the best seats, though it would curtail much of the insanity.

This is true, but it would significantly limit the *number* of people lining up. Many people do not care if they are in the front section(s), if it saves them hours of waiting in line. They just want to be in the room. I think this is the majority of Hall H attendees. If they knew they were guaranteed to be in the room, they would line up much later, and maybe not even camp overnight.
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Post by: Andrew Costa Mesa on June 11, 2015, 04:05:00 PM
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The problem with this is twofold.

1)  CCI does not want to sell VIP badges. It's the same reason they want to keep badge prices down. They want the con to be equally accessible to everyone.
2)  These badges would sell out in about 2 seconds, and then people would complain that they couldn't get them.

You have a point there!   :)  Yeah I guess people would go bananas if such an option were available to them.
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: mdla on June 11, 2015, 06:08:34 PM
The best idea i've heard so far is the random starting point in line.  Maybe let the first 500 people line up (so the die-hards can't complain that they get their front row seats) and after that choose a random point in line that's where the line "starts."
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: Andrew Costa Mesa on June 11, 2015, 07:31:59 PM
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The best idea i've heard so far is the random starting point in line.  Maybe let the first 500 people line up (so the die-hards can't complain that they get their front row seats) and after that choose a random point in line that's where the line "starts."

Something similar to that was done when I was in Phoenix in 2001 and was in line at the stadium box office to purchase tickets to the 2001 World Series between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the New York Yankees.  We were each given a numbered wristband.  If I remember correctly, I think it was something like 1 to 1,000.  Then a random number was drawn.  Whomever's number was drawn would be the first in line and would go up from there.  My number was roughly a hundred above the drawn number meaning I was the 100th person in line to buy tickets regardless of when I showed up or where in line I was when I first showed up before the wristbands were given out.  This was to give everybody a fair chance as opposed to the first-come first-served system.  All of the people who were at the front of the line were homeless people hired by scalpers to purchase tickets for the scalpers.  Obviously none of those people were there to see the game, there were just there for money and a meal ticket.  They were audibly laughing and gloating at us not foreseeing what was really going to happen.  They tried to screw us but in the end they got screwed.
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: RSilvaConFan on June 12, 2015, 06:11:11 AM
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This may be a kooky idea, but what if they sold Hall H passes? Instead of buying a badge for that day, you could buy a Hall H pass, which would guarantee you entrance. They could sell 75% of the seats in Hall H this way, and leave the other 25% for ADA and 'walk-ins'. If you have a Hall H pass, you cannot buy a regular attendee pass, so no exhibit floor or other panels that day, just Hall H.

Just something off the top of my head. I'm sure it's not ideal... but could it work?

The problem is although this might work for multi-day attendees that can spend Friday and/or Sat in Hall H all day and still go through the exhibit hall on the other days - those that are only able to attend on either Friday or Sat (one day attendees) would not be able to do Hall H and still get some exhibit floor time that same day.
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: Violet on June 16, 2015, 02:38:29 PM
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I agree. I think that Heroes Reborn will be the 3pm-4:15pm slot, just like when they did the pilot screening for Agents of SHIELD, that was given extra time for Q&A, also for a total of 1 hr 15 min (1:45pm - 3:00pm).

Well, looks like I was wrong! http://deadline.com/2015/06/heroes-reborn-comic-con-1201445711/

Heroes Reborn will fill that empty 1:45-2:45pm slot on Sunday in Hall H we were wondering about, and there will be no pilot screening. Boo.
We now have the complete Sunday Hall H schedule. How do you guys think that affects the line for Sunday? Before, I would have said you'd be able to just walk in all day. Do you think this changes things? 
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: Violet on June 16, 2015, 02:47:03 PM
Oh, also, now that we know The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead will be 12:00-2:00pm, we can get back to speculating about the timing of Star Wars in Hall H on Friday. I would guess that Since TWD has their traditional time slot, we can assume that Game of Thrones will have their traditional slot that follows TWD, so probably 2:15-3:15pm. It's still possible that Star Wars could be before TWD, though the timing is a little weird. It would probably be a one hour panel, so that would put it at 10:45-11:45am if it immediately preceded TWD. Sounds like an odd time for a first panel of the day. And usually the earliest panels will start is 10am. I guess they could do SW 10am-11am, then either do some sort of Sneak Peek 30 min panel like they did last year, or Trailer Park, that could go 11:15-11:45am. I really hope it's not later in the day...
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Post by: FlamedLiquid on June 16, 2015, 03:02:23 PM
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Oh, also, now that we know The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead will be 12:00-2:00pm, we can get back to speculating about the timing of Star Wars in Hall H on Friday. I would guess that Since TWD has their traditional time slot, we can assume that Game of Thrones will have their traditional slot that follows TWD, so probably 2:15-3:15pm. It's still possible that Star Wars could be before TWD, though the timing is a little weird. It would probably be a one hour panel, so that would put it at 10:45-11:45am if it immediately preceded TWD. Sounds like an odd time for a first panel of the day. And usually the earliest panels will start is 10am. I guess they could do SW 10am-11am, then either do some sort of Sneak Peek 30 min panel like they did last year, or Trailer Park, that could go 11:15-11:45am. I really hope it's not later in the day...

Star Wars should be either the first panel of the day or the panel before kevin smith if kevin is on Friday again this year which I'm assuming he is since WB is Saturday night. I am hoping it will be the first panel
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: SiddFinch on June 16, 2015, 06:31:14 PM
I'm hoping it's before Game of Thrones. I haven't watched season 5 yet so I don't want spoilers aghhh
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Post by: FlamedLiquid on June 16, 2015, 06:32:41 PM
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I'm hoping it's before Game of Thrones. I haven't watched season 5 yet so I don't want spoilers aghhh

 you have 3 weeks to catch up. :p
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Post by: Transmute Jun on June 16, 2015, 06:46:28 PM
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I'm hoping it's before Game of Thrones. I haven't watched season 5 yet so I don't want spoilers aghhh

Just watch it now!!!
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Post by: Car_Low on June 16, 2015, 07:26:07 PM
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I'm hoping it's before Game of Thrones. I haven't watched season 5 yet so I don't want spoilers aghhh

Start now and you'll be finished by morning  ;D
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Post by: SiddFinch on June 18, 2015, 09:32:21 AM
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you have 3 weeks to catch up. :p

Gotta make my wife catch up on season 4 first! Hah really it's all her fault  :P
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: epicaz on June 18, 2015, 10:54:14 AM
Anyone else still back and forth on this panel? I dont even want to begin to imagine what time I'd even have to be there to ensure a spot..
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Post by: FlamedLiquid on June 18, 2015, 11:28:29 AM
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Anyone else still back and forth on this panel? I dont even want to begin to imagine what time I'd even have to be there to ensure a spot..

Do or Do Not. There is no try.
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: sefton42 on June 18, 2015, 12:18:12 PM
Better yet -- do not.  It will make it easier for those of us getting in line.   :)
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: SiddFinch on June 18, 2015, 07:12:29 PM
This panel is my top priority this year, so if anyone's interested in teaming up to camp out, PM me. Would love some company! I'd be happy to bring along some games and snacks and such :)
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: perc2100 on June 18, 2015, 07:18:15 PM

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Better yet -- do not.  It will make it easier for those of us getting in line.   :)
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This pic comes from a friend of mine: it's scoring for STAR WARS: FORCE AWAKENS going on this week in LA. Can't spoil anything, but just maybe there was something recorded for footage to be shown at a certain panel...
(note, the first recording session happened the weekend before the first teaser dropped at SWCA so it takes literally four days from recording-mixing-released to the public)


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Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: sefton42 on June 21, 2015, 06:47:43 PM
In other Star Wars news, Jake Lloyd (who's now 26) was arrested after leading cops on a high speed chase.
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Post by: Car_Low on June 21, 2015, 07:23:24 PM
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In other Star Wars news, Jake Lloyd (who's now 26) was arrested after leading cops on a high speed chase.

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Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: sefton42 on June 22, 2015, 04:06:33 AM
That was then.  Not so cute now.

http://www.tmz.com/2015/06/21/jake-lloyd-star-wars-anakin-skywalker-arrested-car-chase-south-carolina-jingle-all-the-way/
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Post by: perc2100 on June 22, 2015, 08:26:18 AM
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That was then.  Not so cute now.

http://www.tmz.com/2015/06/21/jake-lloyd-star-wars-anakin-skywalker-arrested-car-chase-south-carolina-jingle-all-the-way/

He is also VERY infamous for not wanting to talk about Star Wars at all.  The experience pretty much ruined his life, as he got teased mercilessly in school (he had to move/change schools after the movie came out), and rarely attends any Star Wars related stuff.  If he does an interview (which he rarely does) and the interviewer tries to get cute with Star Wars stuff he KILLS them verbally!  He does a lot of behind-the-camera work now-a-days, and until this car chase seemed to be a fairly adjusted adult.  But man: if you see him at a convention or something do NOT yell out "yipee" or "this is pod racing" or "may the force be with you" or something unless you want to get a verbal slap down!
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Post by: perc2100 on June 22, 2015, 08:29:16 AM
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He is also VERY infamous for not wanting to talk about Star Wars at all.  The experience pretty much ruined his life, as he got teased mercilessly in school (he had to move/change schools after the movie came out), and rarely attends any Star Wars related stuff.  If he does an interview (which he rarely does) and the interviewer tries to get cute with Star Wars stuff he KILLS them verbally!  He does a lot of behind-the-camera work now-a-days, and until this car chase seemed to be a fairly adjusted adult.  But man: if you see him at a convention or something do NOT yell out "yipee" or "this is pod racing" or "may the force be with you" or something unless you want to get a verbal slap down!
I was with many, who did not generally care too much for the prequels in general, and Jake Lloyd's acting specifically.  But after reading about all of the negative junk from his side, I totally sympathize with him and constantly remember, "we're talking about silly movies that are made mostly for kids (Jedi & the sequels especially) & it's not worth teasing anyone over"

Also, if nothing more Lloyd was just a kid, and Lucas is clearly AWFUL at directing actors/getting good performances.  I think he's the ONLY director that has made Natalie Portman look like a terrible actress, and that even includes her being on freaking Saturday Night Live!
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Post by: TardisMom on June 22, 2015, 08:33:56 AM
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I was with many, who did not generally care too much for the prequels in general, and Jake Lloyd's acting specifically.  But after reading about all of the negative junk from his side, I totally sympathize with him and constantly remember, "we're talking about silly movies that are made mostly for kids (Jedi & the sequels especially) & it's not worth teasing anyone over"

Also, if nothing more Lloyd was just a kid, and Lucas is clearly AWFUL at directing actors/getting good performances.  I think he's the ONLY director that has made Natalie Portman look like a terrible actress, and that even includes her being on freaking Saturday Night Live!

Agreed.  Bad driving decision but feel bad for his past experiences.
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: karl clement on June 22, 2015, 09:34:06 AM
how is this panel going to effect the Star wars Breakfast Friday morning, what if the panel is at 10am
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Post by: FlamedLiquid on June 22, 2015, 09:43:10 AM
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how is this panel going to effect the Star wars Breakfast Friday morning, what if the panel is at 10am

You'll have to choose one or the other. Even if the pan isn't til the end of the day I highly doubt you'll get in if you go in line after the breakfast.

Unless you are referring to which stars would be present at the breakfast......then no idea.
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: karl clement on June 22, 2015, 09:59:21 AM
how will it effect attendance to this event: star wars breakfast
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: Transmute Jun on June 22, 2015, 10:24:15 AM
Interesting point... anyone attending the breakfast can't be in Hall H that day... wonder if there will be a bunch of no-shows at the breakfast?
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: FlamedLiquid on June 22, 2015, 10:29:49 AM
If the panel is later in the day then they can do both. And since both are the same day that's u be the case. :/

Still hoping the Star Wars pan is the first panel of the day. :p
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Post by: Transmute Jun on June 22, 2015, 11:36:06 AM
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If the panel is later in the day then they can do both. And since both are the same day that's u be the case. :/

I disagree. If the SW panel is late in the day then people will need to get into Hall H and sit there all day.

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Still hoping the Star Wars pan is the first panel of the day. :p

Me too.
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Post by: FlamedLiquid on June 22, 2015, 11:59:06 AM
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I disagree. If the SW panel is late in the day then people will need to get into Hall H and sit there all day.

Me too.

I meant the cast can do both. Yah there's no way a comic con attendee can do both regardless. This talk is getting confusing. :p
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Post by: Transmute Jun on June 22, 2015, 01:53:10 PM
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I meant the cast can do both. Yah there's no way a comic con attendee can do both regardless. This talk is getting confusing. :p

Yes, I agree, the cast could do both.
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: Devorah on June 23, 2015, 11:41:33 AM
I have a prediction. Everyone will assume Hall H is impossible to get into on Friday, and go do other stuff. Hall H will therefore be a walk-in.  Sounds probable, right?  Right??    ;)
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Post by: FlamedLiquid on June 23, 2015, 11:48:16 AM
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I have a prediction. Everyone will assume Hall H is impossible to get into on Friday, and go do other stuff. Hall H will therefore be a walk-in.  Sounds probable, right?  Right??    ;)

Too many die hard Star Wars fans. :p
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Post by: frgx on June 23, 2015, 11:52:23 AM
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Too many die hard Star Wars fans. :p
+ diehard GoT fans and diehard WD fans
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: DaveG on June 23, 2015, 12:06:24 PM
While there's always a chance the Star Wars panel will be first and then half the room can clear out, I just have a feeling Star Wars will be one of the final panels of the day and no one will leave the Hall all day.
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: sefton42 on June 23, 2015, 12:27:34 PM
I'm not sure about that -- there are probably benefits to getting the publicity in as part of the business day on the east coast.  For instance, when the last trailer came out, Disney's stock went up 1% (or $2 billion) that afternoon.  If the panel is late in the day, it won't see a bump until the following Monday, after the DC panel and who knows what else might happen.
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Post by: FlamedLiquid on June 23, 2015, 01:01:30 PM
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I'm not sure about that -- there are probably benefits to getting the publicity in as part of the business day on the east coast.  For instance, when the last trailer came out, Disney's stock went up 1% (or $2 billion) that afternoon.  If the panel is late in the day, it won't see a bump until the following Monday, after the DC panel and who knows what else might happen.

Don't think they really care about that 'that' much. I'm sure Disney gets a huge draw with marvel panels too and those are usually on Saturday.
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: JOSEWILLSLAY on June 23, 2015, 04:35:20 PM
Hey folks,

Just wondering if hanging out in line on Thursday afternoon for Friday's Hall H sounds reasonable? I camped out last year on Thursday around 6:00pm for Sails Pavillion of Friday morning to get Game of Thrones autographs. I was thinking I would do the same thing but for Hall H this year. This would be my third year at SDCC, but only the first where my friends and I will be attempting Hall H (for Star Wars, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead).
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Post by: SiddFinch on June 23, 2015, 04:39:23 PM
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Hey folks,

Just wondering if hanging out in line on Thursday afternoon for Friday's Hall H sounds reasonable? I camped out last year on Thursday around 6:00pm for Sails Pavillion of Friday morning to get Game of Thrones autographs. I was thinking I would do the same thing but for Hall H this year. This would be my third year at SDCC, but only the first where my friends and I will be attempting Hall H (for Star Wars, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead).

I think you should definitely be fine to get into the Hall if you start at that time... by the way, were you able to score GoT autographs? I've always wanted to try the autograph lines but the lottery thing puts me off a bit to the idea...
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Post by: JOSEWILLSLAY on June 23, 2015, 04:50:22 PM
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I think you should definitely be fine to get into the Hall if you start at that time... by the way, were you able to score GoT autographs? I've always wanted to try the autograph lines but the lottery thing puts me off a bit to the idea...

Yes, we definitely scored autographs and it felt so very worth it. We've attempted it three times and we've got autographs for each time (Arrow, Game of Thrones, True Blood). The lottery method seems to be pretty fair for the first big group in line, I think they put the winning tickets on top of the baskets to not disappoint the all night campers. That being said, we have seen about 2-3 people pull a losing ticket, so there's always that chance. It's seems very low in my opinion, and WB handles their autograph line very smoothly.

I've heard horror stories of The Walking Dead autograph line on the exhibit floor handled by AMC, where people have tried for 3 years in a row for those autographs and failed each time. The majority of the tickets are losing, and they toss the losers back in the basket over there. This doesn't happen in the WB line. We've got autographs every single time and there's always great choices.
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel in Hall H Friday
Post by: dol3 on June 26, 2015, 10:06:52 AM
Ugh, Star Wars panel at end of day 5:30
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Post by: dianosaurus on June 26, 2015, 10:30:39 AM
Having Star Wars at the end of the day is good for no one. For the people who want to see the panels before: you're battling people who are camping out for Star Wars in the afternoon. For the people who are in Hall H to see Star Wars: you waste your day in line/in the Hall instead of enjoying the rest of the Star Wars activities that day.
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Post by: FlamedLiquid on June 26, 2015, 10:40:53 AM
Souch for trying for both Star Wars and Ash vs Evil dead
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Post by: semigeekgirl on June 26, 2015, 10:44:43 AM
Yeah, anyone who has Star Wars as their #1 priority will be giving up all of Friday and probably all of Thursday as well. That's just... a lot.
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Post by: BenEatsRice on June 26, 2015, 10:44:44 AM

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Ugh, Star Wars panel at end of day 5:30

Worst decision ever. It needs to be first thing because it's the one everyone wants to go to. At least it would give more of a chance for people to get into GoT and WD if the room clears a little.
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Post by: SiddFinch on June 26, 2015, 10:55:06 AM
Well, this is the worst possible news I could've gotten. I may have to reconsider my priorities since I really don't care about the rest of Hall H that day. I do like GoT but it's not really a must-see.  At least with the insanity that was the Marvel line last year you also had WB, Legendary, and then DC TV afterwards.
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Post by: Mawhonic7 on June 26, 2015, 11:28:56 AM
I am so sad that Star Wars is scheduled late in the day.   I was planning on braving the hall H line but this may be crazier than anything ever plus it would wipe out a lot of Thursday and all of Friday. 


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Title: Re: Star Wars Panel, 5:30-6:30 pm, Hall H
Post by: jimy on June 26, 2015, 11:34:46 AM
The only people happy about this are possibly those people on the floor, as this will guarantee that Hall H will be packed with 7,000 people all day long (so none of those people will make it to the floor that day and maybe even the end of the day on Thursday, yuck).
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Post by: omraged9 on June 26, 2015, 11:52:15 AM
Yeah I think at this point they're doing this on purpose, scheduling the most popular panels at the end of the day. They're probably trying to spread out the attendees to ensure less lines for other rooms and less crowding in the exhibit hall.
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel, 5:30-6:30 pm, Hall H
Post by: DaveG on June 26, 2015, 12:05:45 PM
I'm not saying there will be a lot, but I do think some TWD and GoT fans will leave after their panels and open up some room for people to still get in the Hall.  Of course that still probably means a long wait in line outside for much of the day Friday just hoping you can get in.
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel, 5:30-6:30 pm, Hall H
Post by: Car_Low on June 26, 2015, 12:10:31 PM
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I'm not saying there will be a lot, but I do think some TWD and GoT fans will leave after their panels and open up some room for people to still get in the Hall.  Of course that still probably means a long wait in line outside for much of the day Friday just hoping you can get in.

It'll still be the people that camped out thursday that'll get those few spots. So don't plan on rolling up friday morning for a shot at star wars guys.
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel, 5:30-6:30 pm, Hall H
Post by: Transmute Jun on June 26, 2015, 12:11:21 PM
It does mean that no one will be leaving Hall H until 6:30 pm....
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel, 5:30-6:30 pm, Hall H
Post by: epicaz on June 26, 2015, 12:14:41 PM
I do believe CCI/the studios do this on purpose, but not just to relieve congestion. To them, the late day panels are probably just to build the hype leading up to the prime time spot, which will end the day with a bang and leave a lasting impression
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Post by: sefton42 on June 26, 2015, 12:23:02 PM
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It'll still be the people that camped out thursday that'll get those few spots. So don't plan on rolling up thursday morning for a shot at star wars guys.

I really hope you mean Friday morning ...
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Post by: Car_Low on June 26, 2015, 12:41:57 PM
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I really hope you mean Friday morning ...

whoops yeah friday. There'll be people lining up Thursday morning for sure. I'd expect a sizable line by 3-4.

People thursday gonna be like.
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Title: Re: Star Wars Panel, 5:30-6:30 pm, Hall H
Post by: sefton42 on June 26, 2015, 12:50:03 PM
Depends what they do about unofficial lines and enforcing rules.  If there's a long line because of Doctor Who, there may not be much space for an official line to start before that panel starts.  I guess it's when the sidewalk in front of the Hilton is clear.
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Post by: Car_Low on June 26, 2015, 12:54:22 PM
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Depends what they do about unofficial lines and enforcing rules.  If there's a long line because of Doctor Who, there may not be much space for an official line to start before that panel starts.  I guess it's when the sidewalk in front of the Hilton is clear.

theres gonna be people milling around the area for the official unofficial line to start if they don't allow one to start yet. Twilight fans were camping out on sunday before con and star wars  fans are more die hard than they are.
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel, 5:30-6:30 pm, Hall H
Post by: jristen on June 26, 2015, 01:12:41 PM
I'm hoping CCI will enforce their line policy this year but I'm braced for it to be the same as the Hall H line on Friday (for Saturday) last year.

But I agree with the above commenters that there's probably not going to be space for CCI to even sanction an unofficial official line until after they clear out Hunger Games and let people in for Doctor Who. For Twilight, there was no other lines to contend with since it was on Thursday so it wasn't difficult for people to line up days ahead of time.

When you have a big panel like Doctor Who, the line could easily stretch back onto the sidewalk with people hoping the room empties enough after Hunger Games.

And, with all this panic, remember that if your goal is to just get in the room, you could hold off on getting in line much longer.
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel, 5:30-6:30 pm, Hall H
Post by: Laminas92675 on June 26, 2015, 06:57:43 PM
I'm bummed that they put entertainment weekly brave new warriors before the Star Wars panel. I wanted to see that panel but no one is going to leave after game of thrones. I wish they would have put it in Ballroom 20.
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel, 5:30-6:30 pm, Hall H
Post by: Miss Kitty on June 26, 2015, 07:16:28 PM
I'm not a Hall H'er (gasp!!) but I can say I feel HORRIBLE for everyone. It really is the worst choice all the way around. I would love to hear their reasoning. We can't necessarily blame CCI for the knucklehead move. It could be the time conflict with the talent. I know there are many moving parts to make this all work and you never know, CCI could be doing the head shake and the V8 slap.

A thought that ran through my brain, this may completely turn off some people who don't want to spend their whole Friday in Hall H waiting for SW, so they will either go to the floor or to other panels that they were thinking about going to in the first place. From the sounds of it, I don't think I'll be getting into Ash vs Evil Dead either......that seems to be a big deal. Dang it!

For those camping out for Friday, how early are you showing up? Will this be like Twilight and people get there days in advance or just the day before around 5:30pm?
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Post by: hipchick on June 26, 2015, 07:55:11 PM
i was going to start at xxxxxxx depending on what I do on Thursday.  But now...I am worried that won't be enough.

(removed my time ;) so no one sees!)
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel, 5:30-6:30 pm, Hall H
Post by: Zero on June 26, 2015, 08:03:36 PM
Hall H tip:

Generally, on the forums, we don't mention specific times for when you plan to start lining up for Hall H. The thing about lining up is that it's best NOT to mention what time you will be lining up, especially on public areas such as forum communities, twitter, or facebook.  If you do, others will see it, panic about lines, and then go earlier and earlier than that.  (You might have noticed that no one really has mentioned anything about timing for lines because of this.)

At the moment, going with your best judgement (and then scoping out what the lines look like the night before) is the best advice that I can offer.

^__~
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel, 5:30-6:30 pm, Hall H
Post by: FlamedLiquid on June 26, 2015, 09:08:56 PM
The timing may be tied to the star wars breakfast. Do you think some of the actors will show up?
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel, 5:30-6:30 pm, Hall H
Post by: SamTurtledove on June 26, 2015, 09:36:47 PM
The only person who will probably be there will be Steve Sansweet from Rancho Obi-Wan http://www.ranchoobiwan.org/2014/07/29/rancho-obi-wan-and-i-take-on-san-diego-comic-con/   . The breakfast isn't put on by Lucasfilm or anyone from Disney.  Roughly, just SW fans having breakfast and enjoying a raffle!
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel, 5:30-6:30 pm, Hall H
Post by: Andrew Costa Mesa on June 26, 2015, 10:12:40 PM
Is anyone thinking of getting in line for the Friday panels late Thursday afternoon assuming they do the wristbands again?  I'm probably going to pick up my SDCC T-shirts mid-Thursday afternoon before joining the line.
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Post by: lalv_99 on June 28, 2015, 05:38:40 AM
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I'm not a Hall H'er (gasp!!) but I can say I feel HORRIBLE for everyone. It really is the worst choice all the way around. I would love to hear their reasoning. We can't necessarily blame CCI for the knucklehead move. It could be the time conflict with the talent. I know there are many moving parts to make this all work and you never know, CCI could be doing the head shake and the V8 slap.

A thought that ran through my brain, this may completely turn off some people who don't want to spend their whole Friday in Hall H waiting for SW, so they will either go to the floor or to other panels that they were thinking about going to in the first place. From the sounds of it, I don't think I'll be getting into Ash vs Evil Dead either......that seems to be a big deal. Dang it!

For those camping out for Friday, how early are you showing up? Will this be like Twilight and people get there days in advance or just the day before around 5:30pm?

Just my opinion here, but seeing as how CCI has said in the past Marvel requested their late Saturday time slot, I would not be surprised if Lucasfilm/Disney requested a later time, leaving CCI with little choice.

Again.... no proof of this, just wanted to point out it's what Marvel/Disney has done in the past

Also, thanks for your sympathy!  I've got friends who have gone to hall h every Fri/Sat for the past 10 years.  This will be my first time, but I'll probably be joining them.
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel, 5:30-6:30 pm, Hall H
Post by: FlamedLiquid on June 28, 2015, 11:07:59 AM
May be looking for people to line up with on Thursday to camp out for friday. Not sure if any of my friends are willing to, and Id realllly love to see the star wars panel. Message me if you want to discuss a meetup. I've camped out for hall h the last 2 years o I am prepared. Only serious attendees please. :p.
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel, 5:30-6:30 pm, Hall H
Post by: 28savagedays on June 29, 2015, 09:18:21 AM
What I've been thinking about lately is if I will be able to attend the SDCC SW Fan breakfast at 7:30am (Being that I'd already have my wristband and line savers.) and make it back to my Hall H line spot before they start letting us in? I've heard/read they can start letting everyone in as early as about 8:15am. Oy vey!


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Title: Re: Star Wars Panel, 5:30-6:30 pm, Hall H
Post by: FlamedLiquid on June 29, 2015, 09:52:34 AM
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What I've been thinking about lately is if I will be able to attend the SDCC SW Fan breakfast at 7:30am (Being that I'd already have my wristband and line savers.) and make it back to my Hall H line spot before they start letting us in? I've heard/read they can start letting everyone in as early as about 8:15am. Oy vey!


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I wouldn't chance it.
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel, 5:30-6:30 pm, Hall H
Post by: DamonMartin on June 29, 2015, 01:37:56 PM
I'm definitely planning on camping out Thursday going into Friday. I think I'll have at least one more person with me but hoping to find a group so we can help each other out so we can get food, etc.

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May be looking for people to line up with on Thursday to camp out for friday. Not sure if any of my friends are willing to, and Id realllly love to see the star wars panel. Message me if you want to discuss a meetup. I've camped out for hall h the last 2 years o I am prepared. Only serious attendees please. :p.
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel, 5:30-6:30 pm, Hall H
Post by: ashepherd5101 on June 30, 2015, 07:24:29 PM
I'm a huge star wars fan but considering this will be the most sought after panel, i'm not even gonna try. I'm thinking about attending the Dragon Ball Z Panel which is the same time but in room 23ABC I think it is... do you guys think there will be no line/small line due to Star Wars being the same time? Thanks.

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Post by: 656782 on July 01, 2015, 11:33:14 AM
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I'm a huge star wars fan but considering this will be the most sought after panel, i'm not even gonna try. I'm thinking about attending the Dragon Ball Z Panel which is the same time but in room 23ABC I think it is... do you guys think there will be no line/small line due to Star Wars being the same time? Thanks.

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I think DBZ has a pretty big following and Room 23ABC can hold 405 people. It might fill up quickly. I'll be trying for this as well!
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Post by: ashepherd5101 on July 01, 2015, 03:07:17 PM
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I think DBZ has a pretty big following and Room 23ABC can hold 405 people. It might fill up quickly. I'll be trying for this as well!
What time do you think a line might form?

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Post by: FlamedLiquid on July 01, 2015, 03:17:18 PM
One could say the amount of people trying to get into Hall H is........ Over 9000.
Title: Re: Star Wars Panel, 5:30-6:30 pm, Hall H
Post by: NYRider on July 06, 2015, 01:59:30 PM
EW says no new trailer or new clips will be shown at this panel. A new trailer won't be out until the fall.

http://www.ew.com/article/2015/07/06/star-wars-comic-con-panel
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Post by: SoCalNerdGal on July 06, 2015, 02:01:59 PM

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EW says no new trailer or new clips will be shown at this panel. A new trailer won't be out until the fall.

http://www.ew.com/article/2015/07/06/star-wars-comic-con-panel

A bit disappointing...  I guess not all that surprising with d23 a month away... Still, I wanted to believe... Thanks for posting.


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Post by: SamTurtledove on July 06, 2015, 02:38:18 PM
Maybe something and cast announcements for the Star Wars Anthology movies!
edit: at least Chris Hardwick's the panel moderator!
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Post by: perc2100 on July 06, 2015, 02:40:20 PM
Not a surprise, and kind of what I was expecting: replay the trailer that was released in Anaheim (which will still be awesome to see in Hall H crowd), bring out some cast, etc. It'll still be fun I think


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Title: Re: Star Wars Panel, 5:30-6:30 pm, Hall H
Post by: FlamedLiquid on July 06, 2015, 03:04:42 PM
Ah well. I'm mainly going to see the cast. As I'm sure 99% are.
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Post by: vegasndn on July 07, 2015, 06:53:19 AM
They might show a Rogue One teaser http://is.gd/FgMnrG


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Post by: Car_Low on July 07, 2015, 02:15:03 PM
This makes friday more interesting...

http://www.starwars.com/news/christopher-miller-and-phil-lord-to-helm-han-solo-anthology-film
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Post by: sefton42 on July 07, 2015, 02:27:00 PM
I'm curious what age they're thinking of as "young" Han Solo.  Are we talking his age in the first Star Wars, a bit younger, or Han Solo the mopey teenager years?
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Post by: sefton42 on July 09, 2015, 06:19:12 AM
In case anyone missed it, the Friday line officially started around 9:00 last night.
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Post by: ZebroGodilla on July 09, 2015, 04:25:57 PM
So, I'm trying to get into 5:30 to 6:30 segment, should I get in line around 7 or 8 in the morning?
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Post by: mdla on July 09, 2015, 04:47:26 PM
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So, I'm trying to get into 5:30 to 6:30 segment, should I get in line around 7 or 8 in the morning?

To be frank, if you're not here in an hour I think the Star Wars ship might sail.
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Post by: FlamedLiquid on July 09, 2015, 11:48:17 PM
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To be frank, if you're not here in an hour I think the Star Wars ship might sail.

Sail Barge
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Post by: NYRider on July 11, 2015, 05:09:41 AM
Still amazing panel and concert afterward. Too bad I'm not there:

http://io9.com/star-wars-just-pulled-off-the-ultimate-comic-con-mike-d-1717179143?rev=1436595471068
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Post by: debster on July 11, 2015, 07:32:30 AM
It was amazing and well worth the wait!
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Post by: mllNY on July 15, 2015, 07:28:34 AM
apparently the verizon booth at the concert were handing out free phone chargers, can anyone confirm this? pics?
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Post by: Andrew Costa Mesa on July 15, 2015, 02:59:02 PM
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Title: Re: Star Wars Panel, 5:30-6:30 pm, Hall H
Post by: mllNY on July 15, 2015, 06:29:07 PM
has anyone seen any articles on how they kept the concert a secret. I mean so many people had to be involved but there were really no leaks
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Post by: Andrew Costa Mesa on July 15, 2015, 07:56:20 PM
I heard somewhere (don't remember where) that the San Diego Symphony only got 48 hours notice of this.
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Post by: TardisMom on July 15, 2015, 10:05:33 PM
I saw this on FB:

http://www.kpbs.org/news/2015/jul/14/behind-scenes-symphonys-surprise-star-wars-concert/?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social-media&utm_campaign=kpbs-facebook

The most-buzzed about event at Comic-Con included a surprise Star Wars concert performed by the San Diego Symphony in front of 7,000 fans waving light sabers.

But making it all happen meant keeping the plans top secret. The musicians didn’t know what was happening until just two days before the Friday concert.

“And in fact they had to read a statement and agree that they weren’t going to tell their mother, their aunt, their grandmother or their kids,” said Martha Gilmer, CEO of the symphony.

Security guards were positioned at the union rehearsal hall where the musicians practiced, keeping everyone out.

Walt Disney Pictures is producing “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which will be the first film in the third Star Wars trilogy. They did all of the planning and wanted a big reveal. Disney acquired Lucasfilm in October of 2012.

During the Comic-Con panel for the new film, director J.J. Abrams asked the fans in Hall H: “Who wants to go see a live Star Wars concert right now?”

He then directed everyone to follow the Stormtroopers assembled onstage. In a surprising logistical feat, all 7,000 fans marched from the convention center to the Embarcadero Marina Park South to hear the San Diego Symphony perform a free concert of award-winning composer John Williams’ Star Wars music.

Fans were also given a light saber in their color of choice.

But so were the musicians. When they arrived on stage, they found light sabers on their chairs. It took an hour-and-a-half for the crowd to assemble in a venue that usually holds 2,500.

“It was exciting to be on the stage and watch them all arrive,” Gilmer said. Many of the musicians were taking pictures of the audience and the audience took pictures of the musicians. It was pretty great.”

“As you kept seeing more people arrive, I kept thinking well that must be the end,” Gilmer said. “Then a whole new wave would come.”

Williams appeared on video to welcome the crowd and say: “The music tonight will be performed by one of my favorite orchestras, the San Diego Symphony.”

The concert was led by the orchestra’s new assistant conductor, Sameer Patel. Clips from past Star Wars films were shown on a jumbotron interspersed with close-ups of the performing musicians.

Ben Jaber is the principal horn player in the Symphony. He had a solo during one of the pieces.

“You know when the crowd saw a big scene or heard something they recognized, they would just go crazy,” Jaber said. “And one of those times happened to be when my head popped up on the Jumbotron. I saw it out of the corner of my eye, but I just tried to focus.”

Jaber said that kind of crowd response, with light sabers waving, is obviously not what the Symphony is used to.

“It was definitely the biggest group I’ve ever played for in one sitting,” Jaber said.

The concert concluded with fireworks timed to the Symphony’s performance.

“It went so viral,” Gilmer said.

“So now the San Diego Symphony will be forever connected with this incredible event.”
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Post by: Transmute Jun on July 16, 2015, 07:08:03 AM
What a great article! I am still amazed that the whole thing was kept a secret!