The Best of SDCC 2013: Casts

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Behind the scenes of 'Teen Wolf's EW photo shoot. (Photo courtesy of EW on Instagram.)

Behind the scenes of ‘Teen Wolf’s EW photo shoot. (Photo courtesy of EW on Instagram.)

One of the best things about San Diego Comic-Con–aside from the announcements, the sneak peaks, and the exclusive footage–are all the interviews with actors across the board of television and movies. The interview schedule for all these actors must be fairly grueling; they move from interview to panel to interview (and maybe to another panel if they’re part of multiple projects.) But as a fan, I’m thankful to all these stars for their hard work and it’s nice to get to know a little bit more about the people behind my favorite fictional characters. As I said in my previous Comic-Con post, I didn’t attend SDCC, but I did read about and watch a lot of interviews and panels with some of my favorite casts–plus there are plenty of gif-sets circulating Tumblr.

From all that I’ve seen, I learned some new things about the performers on my favorite shows. For instance, some actors are much bigger geeks than I would have guessed–the two that come to mind are Charlie Carver (who plays Ethan on Teen Wolf) and Rob Kazinsky (Warlow on True Blood and Chuck Hansen in Pacific Rim.) These two might actually be geekier than a lot of the fans walking the floor of Comic-Con. Seriously, SDCC is a great time to understand that the people behind all these fantastic characters in movies and television are people too–wonderful, beautiful people that I’m sure any fan would love to hang out with. For me, here are the actors/full casts that I fell in love with a little bit more through SDCC 2013.

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The Best of SDCC 2013: Sneak Peaks

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Seriously, one of these years I'm going to actually attend SDCC. (Photo courtesy of Comic-con.org)

Seriously, one of these years I’m going to actually attend SDCC. (Photo courtesy of Comic-con.org)

All nerds, dorks, and geeks can agree on one thing: San Diego Comic-Con is better than any holiday during the year. It’s that wonderful time when fans of anything remotely geeky or cult-ish can come together, wait in massive lines, and watch actors, writers, producers, artists, etc. talk about their favorite television shows, movies, comic books, graphic novels, video games, novels and anything else. Fans can also ask questions during many panels or line up to meet the stars in signing events. For those of us who–tragically–could not attend SDCC this year, we get to watch the interviews and panels online either through sites that provided a live stream or after the fact when a kind soul has videotaped an event and posted it online. (In all seriousness, I’d like to give a big thank you to everyone who records the events for the rest of us poor, unfortunate souls.)

Too bad we have to wait two years. (Photo courtesy of Collider.)

Too bad we have to wait two years. (Photo courtesy of Collider.)

Since SDCC is easily the biggest event in geek culture each year, those behind the scenes of all our favorite geeky projects usually take this chance to release special footage or make big announcements. This year was no different. Before the con, the makers of Divergent and Legend of Korra teased that they would show some exclusive footage during their panels, and the movie studios usually make some big announcements. The Marvel Studios panel is one of Comic-Con’s biggest attractions and they promised to screen some footage from their upcoming films–Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Guardians of the Galaxy–but as an additional treat, they released the title for the next Avengers movie: Avengers: Age of Ultron. Although it was difficult to pick the best announcements, sneak peaks, and trailer releases from the convention this weekend, especially because I still feel slightly overwhelmed by all the amazing information that came out, here’s what made me scream with fan-girlish joy.

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The Lighter Side of ‘Teen Wolf’s Third Season

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Who's ready for some Scallison? Photo courtesy of 'Teen Wolf' on Facebook.

Who’s ready for some Scallison? (Photo courtesy of ‘Teen Wolf’ on Facebook.)

Happy Teen Wolf Moonday everyone! After last week’s “Motel California” and the supposed death meant to occur during tonight’s “Currents,” Teen Wolf fans are having a rough time. We went into Teen Wolf thinking MTV’s supernatural drama would just be a stupid, campy teen show full of silliness. Well, I can’t speak for every fan, but I’m certainly not coping with the events of the past few episodes. “Motel California” was the darkest, scariest episode of Teen Wolf I’ve ever seen and tonight it seems we’re going to lose someone, although that fake out with Derek during “Frayed” has left me a little skeptical. But season three hasn’t been all pain, tears, and hurtful emotions–though the recent episodes delving into Isaac’s abusive past, following Stiles’ feelings of helplessness, and revealing Boyd’s childhood trauma would have you believe differently.

Still, despite the Teen Wolf advertising team living up to their promise that this season might hurt (though I think “might” is a weak word choice,) season three has had some contrastingly positive moments. Even “Currents” promises a cute scene between Scott and Allison. From Stiles’ comedic relief to Peter’s constant sass and Lydia’s candid attitude, plus all the romance in the air, season three hasn’t been entirely sorrow and pain. So, since we’re halfway through the first part of the third season–and right between two of the most distressing episodes so far–now might be a good time to stop and remember the best happy, funny, and light-hearted moments in season three.

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Best Campy Moments in SyFy’s ‘Sharknado’

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SyFy premiered it's shark masterpiece on July 11th at 9pm ET. (Photo courtesy of SyFy.)

SyFy premiered it’s shark masterpiece on July 11th at 9pm ET. (Photo courtesy of SyFy.)

Chances are, you’ve probably heard of SyFy’s original movie that aired last night called Sharknado. Even before the movie premiered, it was generating a lot of buzz on Twitter and rightly so. The film combines two of America’s favorite things: sharks and disaster movies. Given all the other SyFy movies about sharks–Sharktopus, Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus, etc–I’m actually surprised that it took them so long to come up with Sharknado. Last night, many Twitter users showed their love by livetweeting Sharknado’s premiere (including myself,) which put the movie on the list of top Trending Topics in the U.S.–something that rarely happens with TV movies. The morning after, media outlets from Buzzfeed to Business Week responded to Sharknado’s surprising social media popularity, though NPR’s Linda Holmes gives the best summary of the movie I’ve seen yet.

For those of you who didn’t watch Sharknado, it’s a B-movie starring Ian Ziering (Steve Sanders from 90210) as a surfer named Fin (I couldn’t make this shit up if I tried,) and Tara Reid (American Pie) as his estranged wife. They’re caught in L.A. during one of the worst–and most confusing–meteorological storms in history. A hurricane floods sections of the city and brings with it a tidal wave of sharks. Later, the hurricane turns into three tornados which suck all sharks out of the water and hurls them through the air. The movie has an explosive ending (side note: there are a lot more explosions than necessary in a movie about flooding, sharks, and tornados.) Sharknado is certainly worth watching for a laugh–or if you want to see why everyone’s talking about it today–and it’s definitely two hours of your life well spent. For me, a movie like this is fantastic because it’s so campy (seriously, the camp levels are off the charts) so I’ve rounded up my favorite moments from Sharknado. (Beware: spoilers ahead.)

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Favorite TV Shows Summer 2013

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Most networks now have summer lineups from ABC to HBO. (Photo courtesy of ABC.)

Most networks now have summer lineups from ABC to HBO. (Photo courtesy of ABC.)

Summer isn’t necessarily known for quality television. Less than a decade ago there was nothing on TV between June and August except reruns, old movies, and Nickelodeon’s Wild & Crazy Kids. In a few short years, all that has changed. First, cable networks like USA and AMC started to fill in the summer gap left by the basic cable networks. Now those basic networks have jumped on the bandwagon–even CBS has produced original content to air during the summer this year. Now there are shows that air during every summer such as USA’s Royal Pains and Burn Notice, ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars and Switched at Birth, and the list goes on. Summer has become a great time for television.

Of course, I’m sure there are naysayers who think summer television is bad. And yeah, maybe we I spend a little less time outside what with the Law and Order: SVU marathons and other excellent television to take up my days. But you know what that also means to me? Less sunburn. I have a theory that good television is directly responsible for my lack of sunburn this year. So in honor of my pale, pale skin here is a list of my favorite summer shows.

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Today We Celebrate Our Independence Day!

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Half the fun of any holiday is picking out an outfit.

Half the fun of any holiday is picking out an outfit.

I know the Fourth of July probably isn’t significant to people outside of the U.S. In fact, I could see how our rampant patriotism once a year could be obnoxious. But as a born-and-bred American, I’m taking this day to revel in tradition. From drinking booze with my best friends, to barbecuing, to wearing some combination of red, white and blue, what’s not to love about July 4th? Okay, there’s probably a lot: drunken idiots, sunburn (from which I will probably suffer,) country music. But let’s put aside all that negativity; July 4th is a holiday. It’s a real holiday on which those of us with office jobs get to take off work in the middle of the week and kick back. (For those of you who have to work, I’m truly and deeply sorry. Your job sucks, unless you like it I guess.) So in the spirit of celebrating the United States, freedom, and Captain America (or whatever,) here are some of my favorite parts of the holiday.

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