FYE Chain Mounts Pop-Up Shop for San Diego Comic-Con

The FYE, For Your Entertainment, chain has mounted a pop-up shop in San Diego for the July 18-21 Comic-Con convention.

The shop, running through the end of Comic-Con, is in Horton Plaza at 4th Ave and F St, near the convention center. It features an assortment of limited edition exclusive products and shared convention exclusives, including collaborations with Funko, Adult Swim, NEFF, Nickelodeon, Garbage Pail Kids, NBC Universal, Aggretsuko and others

Convention exclusives include:

  • Child’s Play Cereal
  • SpongeBob Con tee
  • Aggretsuko Con tee and tote
  • The Creme Shop Aggretsuko beauty products
  • King Kill Kat Death Pepper from Andrew Bell
  • Rick & Morty Con Tee
  • Skate decks by Finesse featuring Quiccs, Andrew Bell, Sonic
  • Shared San Diego Comic Con exclusives

 

Other FYE exclusives include:

  • Exclusive Funko Pops
  • Quiccs Teq63 Icy Grape – very limited
  • Exclusive Stabby by Greg “Craola” Simkins
  • Ron English’s Popaganda – Monochrome Cereal Killers
  • SpongeBob x Op Exclusive Apparel
  • Garbage Pail Kids line of consumable products & tee
  • Yu-Gi-Oh consumables and tee
  • Bob Ross consumables and tees
  • Ghostbusters consumables
  • Dragon Ball Z Complete Series
  • Exclusive Vinyl, steelbooks, box sets
  • Stranger Things Cassette
  • Game of Thrones Vinyl

 

The FYE pop-up also will host fan experiences and signings throughout the convention, including:

  • Nickelodeon characters photo op
  • Tyler Bates signing, composer of John Wick and Guardians of the Galaxy
  • “Aggretsuko” meet and greet and life-size Funko box photo op
  • David Kirschner and Don Mancini, Child’s Play creators, signing
  • Ron English signing
  • Joe Simko, Garbage Pail Kids Artist, signing
  • Hi-Chew taste test sampling
  • Yu-Gi-Oh Speed Dueling in-store demo
  • “Game of Thrones” replica weapons display
  • SalesOne Pop-Up with an exclusive “SpongeBob” 20th anniversary pin

Warner Unveils Huge Home Entertainment Presence for Comic-Con 2019

The Warner Bros. studio home entertainment divisions are planning a major presence at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con International, with premieres of new animated and horror movies, celebrations of iconic character anniversaries, and immersive fan experiences for major theatrical releases heading to home video.

This year’s Comic-Con takes place July 18-21 at the San Diego Convention Center and other locations throughout downtown San Diego.

Popeye’s 90th Birthday Party will take place at 10:15 a.m. Thursday, July 18, in room 6DE, featuring a panel discussion and a look at footage from Warner Archive’s new and upcoming Popeye the Sailor: The 1940s Blu-rays.

A Birthday Bash for the 50th anniversary of “Scooby-Doo” is slated for 12:30 p.m. Saturday, July 20 in Room 6A. A panel including Grey Griffin and Kate Micucci will preview the Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! — The Complete Series Limited Edition 50th Anniversary Mystery Mansion boxed set due in stores Sept. 3 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

The new movie Scooby-Doo! Return to Zombie Island, a sequel to Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island, will have its world premiere at 10:15 a.m. Sunday, July 21, in room 6BCF. The film will arrive on home video this fall from WBHE.

A “Batman Beyond” 20th anniversary panel is set for 12:15 p.m. Thursday, July 18 in Hall H. The retrospective of the futuristic animated series will include producers Bruce Timm and Glen Murakami, casting director Andrea Romano, director James Tucker, writers Bob Goodman and Stan Berkowitz, and voice actors Kevin Conroy and Will Friedle.

The Warner Bros./DC Booth will hold an autograph signing for both Critters Attack! and The Banana Splits Movie at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, July 18, followed by a panel discussion for both films at 4:30 p.m. in room 6DE.

Critters Attack! will debut on Blu-ray, DVD and digitally July 23 from WBHE.

The world premiere of The Banana Splits Movie will take place at 10 p.m. Thursday, July 18, at the Horton Grand Theatre. A horror-movie version of the classic kids show, The Banana Splits Movie will be available digitally Aug. 13, and on Blu-ray and DVD Aug. 27 from WBHE.

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Warner Archive will hold a panel to promote the upcoming Blu-ray of V: The Original Mini-Series, at 10 a.m. Friday, July 19, in room 6DE. On hand to celebrate the landmark 1983 sci-fi miniseries will be creator Kenneth Johnson and star Marc Singer, along with the Warner Archive Podcast team of D.W. Ferranti and Matthew Patterson, and moderator Gary Miereanu.

The world premiere of the DC animated movie Batman: Hush will take place at 7:15 p.m. on Friday, July 19, in Ballroom 20, followed by a panel discussion with the filmmakers and cast. An encore screening will follow at 9:30 p.m. WBHE’s Batman: Hush arrives digitally July 20; on Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Aug. 6; and on the DC Universe streaming service Aug. 13.

Batman: Hush

Saturday, July 20 at 10 a.m. in room 6A will be a panel celebrating Hanna-Barbera in honor of the recent “Jonny Quest” complete-series Blu-ray and Warner Archive’s upcoming Blu-ray of The Jetsons: The Complete Original Series. The panel will preview the new releases with a look at the remastering process.

The new animated movie Teen Titans Go! vs. Teen Titans will have its world premiere at noon on Sunday, July 21, in room 6BCF, followed by a panel discussion with the film’s stars and creators. The movie will be available on home video this fall from WBHE.

The world premiere of Lego DC: Batman — Family Matters will take place at 2:15 p.m. Sunday, July 21, in room 6BCF, followed by a panel discussion with the filmmakers and cast. The animated movie will be available Aug. 6 on Blu-ray, DVD and digitally from WBHE.

In addition, Warner will offer fan experiences for the films Shazam! and Pokémon Detective Pikachu adjacent to the Omni Hotel across the railroad tracks from the convention center.

The Pikachu activation will offer guests a chance to explore an immersive walkthrough pop-up of the film’s Ryme City, including photo opps featuring a neon cityscape, the marketplace, film prop displays, an infinity room and characters from the film. WBHE releases the film digitally July 23, and on Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Aug. 6.

Fans can also visit the Chilladelphia Winter Carnival from the superhero film Shazam!, which will be available digitally and on Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray from WBHE before the convention begins.

The world premiere of DC Spotlight: Shazam! will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 18, at the Horton Grand Theatre. The documentary, which chronicles the history of the character, will be introduced by Asher Angel, one of the stars of the recent Shazam! live-action film. The documentary will stream later this summer on the DC Universe service.

Sense of Scale Was Big Challenge for ‘Pacific Rim Uprising’ VFX Team

The epic battles seen in the “Pacific Rim” movies wouldn’t be possible without the skilled artisans of the visual effects houses that create them.

The films deal with a future world in which large creatures called kaiju are created by aliens called Precursors and sent to invade the Earth through underwater portals, leading humanity to build giant robots called jaegers to fight them. While ILM established the look of the franchise in the 2013 original film, the sequel, Pacific Rim Uprising, was handled by smaller firms such as DNEG and HALON Entertainment.

Some members of the visual effects team were on hand July 21 at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con International for a panel discussion about making the film.

“I think the sense of scale is one of our biggest problems on the movie that we needed to solve,” said Peter Chiang, co-founder of visual effect house DNEG and overall VFX supervisor. “We took artistic license in trying to portray weight creatively and accurately, but at the same time keep the sequences fast-moving and fast-paced and high impact.”

“Guys in rubber suit walking through cardboard buildings doesn’t cut it anymore,” Chiang said.

Another aspect for the new film was the design of new jaegers, such as Gypsy Avenger.

“A thing that I really loved about the first one is that all of the jaegers had very quintessential, interesting designs to all of them, and I feel like we got some of that in the new one,” said previs supervisor Ryan McCoy of HALON. “So it was fun kind of fun to see what the new weaponry was. It was a bit of a challenge to figure out how you would differentiate them.”

Brad Alexander, previs supervisor and a partner at HALON, said he was a big fan of the first film and wanted to carry over the sense of fun.

“I went to the theater and saw the first Pacific Rim in Imax 3D and I was just blown away,” Alexander said. “That’s part of the fun of doing these sci-fi movies is that all of the different worlds you get to create, all the different concept art and such, it’s just so fun to see that.”

McCoy said one of the bigger challenges was working out the climactic battle between the jaegers and a megakaiju formed by the combination of several of the alien creatures.

“It was imposing enough that they’re not going to win in a one-on-one fight,” McCoy said. “There’s no way that Gypsy can actually take on Megakaiju, and therefore they have to go up into space, into the troposphere, and shoot down as fast as they possibly can, breaking the sound barrier and smashing into it.”

“We had at the very beginning of the end battle sequence just megakaiju and Gypsy battling out on the cliffside of a mountain, but that was obviously not enough,” Alexander said. “We needed someone to go to space with a superpunch and a rocket-driven thing.”

Their favorite shot, all agreed, came in the final battle.

“Todd Patterson is one of our lead animators, and there’s this shot where basically Gypsy jumps off a building and comes down to face Megakaiju, and they just get into it, and basically it’s this super long shot,” Alexander said. “Todd worked on this shot for probably three straight weeks animating it.”

“I don’t think you decide from the outset which is going to be the tentpole shot, it just kind of ends up being the shot,” Chiang said. “You don’t plan it that way, it just ends up being a combination of everybody working together building it up to be that standout shot in the movie.”

“I really love being able to foster sort of a creative environment for the artists so they feel they really have their own creative say and are inspired,” McCoy said.

As for a potential third film, the guys were intrigued by hints of the humans invading the Precursor realm.

“They did night so well [in the first one,] and we did day, and now it’s good to go into the Precursor world and establish what that’s all about,” Chiang said. “Because that gives you free creative license to design anything you want.”

“I would love to see more of the actual kaiju homeworld,” McCoy agreed. “That would be really fun.”

Pacific Rim Uprising is available now on Blu-ray, DVD, 3D Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and digitally.

‘Batman: The Animated Series’ Earns Fond Reflections as It Heads to Blu-ray

Among the great pantheon of adaptations of Batman over the years, “Batman: The Animated Series” is considered by many fans to be among the best representations of the character and his world.

Among the show’s latest milestones since it debuted in 1992, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release the complete series on Blu-ray and digitally Oct. 30. To promote the upcoming release, several members of the show’s creative team and voice cast came to the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con International to discuss the show in a special panel and press events July 21.

“I think the best legacy of the show is the show itself and the fact that it keeps coming back,” said producer Paul Dini. “Now it’s at a point where it’s almost like a classic Disney movie or the Looney Tunes, or something like that.”

“Since the show has become iconic over the past several years, more fans have come up who actually had seen the show, who grew up with the show, and it’s always been very humbling to have been part of it,” said producer Eric Radomski.

Thinking back to the development of the series in the early 1990s, Radomski recalled a crucial meeting with Warner executives who wanted to run the concepts of the show by Tim Burton, who had directed the 1989 Batman movie and was working on its 1992 sequel, Batman Returns.

“As much as we admired what he had done in the films, ours had really gone so specifically into an art deco influence design and it was a little more polished and we had to think about the longevity of 65 episodes and not just one film,” Radomski said. “And even the portrayals in the movie, as much as we liked the dark tone, a lot of it was a little bit more exaggerated than we were intending. So we had gone down that path and we were happy as clams until they brought that up. So it’s like with any meeting with the executives, you worry they’re going to want us to change something, and we didn’t want to change anything. Obviously it was a great thrill to meet Tim for the first time because it was the beginning of his huge success, and we couldn’t have been more delighted to have him look at everything and just say, ‘That’s pretty cool … it looks great.’ It stood on its own, and it was such a huge relief and I think for me personally I gained just a whole other level of respect for him because he believed in a portrayal that was unique to itself.”

“We thought we’d make something really good, and we wanted to make something we wanted to watch, that we thought would be fun for ourselves,” said voice director Andrea Romano. “But who could have known that 27 years later, because we started two years before we released it, that we’d be talking about this today? And it’s something that I’m so proud of, and what’s amazing is it’s still good. It evolved and got better — we got better, the animation got better, the voice acting got better, my casting got better. Everything improved,”

Romano said the production team had to be especially creative to make the show they wanted despite the restrictions imposed by studios and networks about what could be shown in a cartoon.

“As time goes on you’re kind of allowed a little bit more, because we almost never showed blood,” Romano said. “Bruce Timm had to get special dispensation to show like a drop of blood, because blood was not shown in cartoons. It just wasn’t done. So we pushed as much as we could to get this to be not like the cartoons that I watched when I was [growing up].”

Romano said the quality of the show inspired the creative team to put a bit more effort into it to make it really special.

“We all put our guts into it because we wanted it to be really good,” Romano said. “We all loved the Adam West series because that was so fun, but we knew we wanted to make something that was 180-degrees different. It was just a completely different series, but with the same characters. Animation gave us a lot of freedom because the characters could do something physically and the voice actors could do something that they may never get to do on camera.”

However, like the 1960s “Batman” show, the animated series also became a destination for celebrities looking to guest star.

“I loved working with and finding these actors, different wonderful people who wanted to come in and play,” Romano said. “I didn’t have to go to agents and ask if they had anybody who wanted to come work on ‘Batman.’ They were calling me and saying they had 10 clients who wanted to come in and play on ‘Batman’ because they had seen the first 15 episodes and had just thought it was wonderful.”

The Batman: The Complete Animated Series — Deluxe Limited Edition Blu-ray will include 109 remastered episodes from the various iterations of the series (the final 24 episodes featured an updated animation style and were released under the banner “The New Batman Adventures”), plus the movies Batman: Mask of the Phantasm and Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero (both recently released as standalone Blu-rays).

The Blu-ray boxed set will include a new hour-long retrospective documentary, “The Heart of Batman,” as part of a bonus section that includes 25 featurettes, including the original pilot promo, commentaries on several episodes, and introductions to five episodes by producer Bruce Timm.

The set is listed at $112.99 and will be individually numbered with a production run of 30,000 copies (update: Warner Oct. 25 raised the run to 70,000). More than 2,000 copies were pre-ordered within the first 24 hours of availability on Amazon. The box will include the episodes spread over 10 discs, plus two bonus discs, as well as three Funko mini-figurines of Batman, the Joker and Harley Quinn, seven lenticular art cards and a slipcase. The set will also include a digital copy.

“’Batman’ was a success because a lot of different creative people brought different things to the table,” Dini said. “They brought their enthusiasm for the characters, they brought their artistic talent, they brought their sense of wanting to experiment, and just the love of the character, and it all worked.”

Update (8-28-18): This story has been adjusted to reflect a change in street date and the addition of a digital copy to the boxed set.

‘Death of Superman’ Filmmakers Focused on Story’s Emotional Core

Finding a real-life couple to portray an iconic love story can be a huge boon to a movie. At least, that was the thinking The Death of Superman filmmakers had when casting real-life husband and wife Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O’Connell to provide the voices for Lois Lane and Clark Kent in the animated film.

And yet, they were never together at the same time to record their dialogue.

“Ironically Jerry and I get to play out one of the most classic love stories of all time and we didn’t get to work together one day,” Romijn said. “They set it to the animation and we’d go in to tweak our dialogue and that was the first time we saw our scenes together to see if they worked or not.”

Despite that quirk in the production, O’Connell said their natural chemistry still managed to come through once it was all edited together.

“We really have a rapport with each other,” O’Connell said. “It’s amazing that we were not in the same room at the same time, but we just had a cadence that was really cool to listen to. It was really fun, and I think it really helps the movie because much of Death of Superman is about Clark telling Lois a lot about him.”

The couple was on hand with other cast members and some of the filmmakers to promote the film at its world premiere July 20 at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con International.

The latest installment of the DC Universe series of ‘PG-13’-rated animated superhero movies, The Death of Superman will be released digitally July 24 and on Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Aug. 7 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

The film, based on the iconic comic book storyline from the 1990s, features Superman giving his life to defend Metropolis from an unstoppable creature named Doomsday. In the comics, Superman’s absence leads to other heroes taking up the mantle of the Man of Steel, a storyline that will be dealt with in a follow-up movie called Reign of the Supermen due next year.

In addition to O’Connell and Romijn, the movie features the voice talents of Rainn Wilson as Lex Luthor, Jason O’Mara as Batman, Rosario Dawson as Wonder Woman, Nathan Fillion as Green Lantern, Christopher Gorham as The Flash, Matt Lanter as Aquaman, Shemar Moore as Cyborg, Nyambi Nyambi as Martian Manhunter and Cress Williams as John Henry Irons.

Filmmakers wanted to avoid repeating how the story had been adapted before. Elements were used in 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and an extremely abridged version of the story called Superman: Doomsday was the first DC Universe animated movie back in 2007.

Executive Producer James Tucker said that first version performed very well on home video, but the limited running time meant a lot of material had to be omitted and as a result the story didn’t have the resonance it should have had.

“I think the death of Superman needs time to build to and sink in,” Tucker said. “In Doomsday, in the first 15 minutes is pretty much when he got killed. So in this one the whole movie is about what leads up to the event and then we have all this time to show it. So I think it gives you more of an impact because you see what he went through prior to dying. So I think hopefully it has a bigger impact.”

To help craft the final battle, Tucker brought in action-animation veteran Jake Castorena as co-director alongside Sam Liu, who handled the earlier parts of the film.

“James said from the get-go we wanted to do a visceral approach to it … from the point of view of Metropolis,” Castorena said. “Yes, it’s about the fight between Doomsday and Superman, but it’s also about the fallout — the ramifications of seeing your champion being humanized in front of your eyes.”

Castorena said he made a special effort to make sure the fight scenes were integral to the story.

“I want you to feel tired when you’re done watching this movie, with Superman fighting Doomsday, but we need to track the heart, we need to track his thought process,” Castorena said. “It wasn’t necessarily to make it about the choreography of the fight, but it’s about the emotional impact of the fight, the fatigue of the fight, and what that does to Superman and the people who know and love him.”

Tucker said tying the film to the continuity of earlier films also helped develop the emotional impact of the story.

“The thing I like about the Justice League in this one is we take time to show their personal friendships with Superman,” Tucker said. “We actually show them being a team and doing mundane team things like having a meeting and kind of being bored and giving each other relationship advice and stuff like that. So I think the story gets helped by being in the continuity and seeing their relationships, so when the ultimate thing happens of him dying it means something.”

A key story element for Romijn was Clark finally telling Lois about his secret identity as Superman.

“I think the weight of that knowledge for Lois Lane really becomes apparent when she witnesses the huge battle between Superman and Doomsday,” Romijn said. “Obviously it’s a lot to take on when your boyfriend is not exactly who he said he was. But, yeah, I think watching this massive battle go down it makes it a lot more emotional.”

“What’s so great about these DC animated films is that while the action is great and you’re going to get a great fight with Doomsday and the whole Justice League is going to try to get in on it, it’s the drama that’s really good as well,” O’Connell said.

Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O’Connell

‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Star Calls Show a ‘Story of Love’

The cast and producers of the CBS All Access series “Star Trek: Discovery” said the second season might offer a bit more humor, but that doesn’t mean the characters won’t continue to face serious challenges.

The team ventured to the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con International July 20 to premiere the trailer for the upcoming season and to discuss what fans should expect when it arrives on the streaming service in 2019.

“The season will be exploring family dynamics as it relates to all of us, as it relates to who we are as a family, how we are as a family, and how we deal with the aftermath of the war now that we’ve had the time and space to do that,” said Sonequa Martin-Green, who plays Commander Burnham, the human adoptive sister of classic character Spock.

“I feel like going into the season we found our legs, so there’s just an extra level of confidence and clarity and spaciousness,” said Anthony Rapp, who plays engineer Paul Stamets.

The season adds Anson Mount to the cast as Capt. Christopher Pike, a character from the original 1960s “Star Trek” series who takes over Discovery to investigate a new threat to the galaxy.

“I think tonally it’s going to be a more buoyant season even though there are episodes that are very serious and intense,” said executive producer Alex Kurtzman. And we’ll see in the first episode that there’s more balance between some of the humor that you’d see on the original series and the high stakes of the more ominous episodes.”

Kurtzman, who directed the season two premiere, announced that in addition to the new season will be “Star Trek: Short Treks,” a series of four 10- to 15-minute standalone stories to roll out monthly beginning this fall.

Kurtzman said it’s fun to introduce some classic elements to a series that has raised eyebrows among viewers for how much it seems to deviate from the established canon.

“We’re constantly challenging ourselves in the writers room with how can we push really hard against the edges of what canon is without breaking it,” Kurtzman said. “And that means things like doing the spore drive, which obviously never existed before in ‘Star Trek.’ And why did Spock never mention his sister? These are huge questions. And as we sync up with canon we will be answering these questions, and I think the key for us is to do it in a way that both feels memorable and a little surprising. And hopefully by the time we get to the end of the season you will understand why all of those things have never been discussed.”

Kurtzman said continuing a franchise with a notoriously intense fanbase as “Star Trek” has is a challenge in the Internet age, when seemingly everyone online is trying to second-guess every detail on the show.

“We always feel the pressure and responsibility to deliver on Star Trek, and if we ever stop feeling that then we shouldn’t be doing it,” Kurtzman said. “I think everybody here at this table recognizes what a big deal this is, and recognizes particularly what a big deal it is right now in this moment, and how critical Star Trek is for all of us. So we feel a tremendous responsibility … to put something into the world that makes the world better.”

“So many of us behind the scenes are approaching everything as fans of this kind of storytelling where you’re turning over cards, and I think for us it’s just a joy to come up with a story we’re all excited about,” said executive producer Heather Kadin. “We don’t worry about if the fans will guess the plot twists ahead of time, and even if they do, well, we’re still in on it and we’re still loving it so we’re just hoping the fans feel the same way.”

Added Wilson Cruz, who plays Dr. Culber: “Also it’s kind of a great problem to have a fandom that cares so much and so deeply about the details of what you’re doing that they take time to share thoughts and their feelings about it. Isn’t that what we all want? Somebody who’s so engaged and so immersed in our world that they appreciate it at that level.”

Martin-Green said it’s a privilege to work on a show with the legacy and message that “Star Trek” represents.

“If I had to speak to my 12-year-old self I would say that one day you will tell a story that has already changed people’s lives and that will continue to change people’s lives, through love, and love in all its facets, love in acceptance, love in representation, love in union, that’s really what we’re doing here in what we’re exploring in this story of universality,” Martin-Green said. “It’s really a story of love. I would say that’s what you have to look forward to.”

In attendance at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con International “Star Trek: Discovery” press conference were (L-R) new cast member Tig Notaro, executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Heather Kadin, and actors Shazad Latif, Mary Wiseman, Anson Mount, Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Mary Chieffo, Anthony Rapp and Wilson Cruz.

Cast and Producers Discuss Amazon’s ‘Man in the High Castle’ at Comic-Con Ahead of Oct. 5 Third-Season Debut

Streaming viewers, used to the immediate gratification of binging, will have been waiting nearly two years to see the third season of Amazon’s original series “The Man in the High Castle” when it debuts on Prime Video this fall.

“The anticipation is great,” said producer Isa Dick Hackett, who is also the daughter of sci-fi author Philip K. Dick, who wrote the book.

Hackett, producer Daniel Percival and cast members spoke at Comic-Con about the epic science-fiction drama.

The third season, which debuts Oct. 5, will feature more about the resistance, some reunions and more romance, Hackett said.

“We wanted to offer some sort of hope because it’s an awfully bleak world,” she said.

Set in 1962, “The Man in the High Castle” explores an alternate history in which the Axis powers won World War II. The Nazis rule over the Eastern part of the United States and the Japanese the West, with a neutral zone in the middle. The theme of fascism is particularly resonant in light of current events, producers noted.

“We’re on a slippery slope to fascism,” said Percival.

“It’s not even a slow roll. It’s like a jog,” added Hackett. “My father really feared fascism.”

Rufus Sewell plays Nazi leader John Smith, who is rising in the Reich despite some family secrets. Smith’s vicious actions and Nazi membership don’t make him an archetypal villain, Sewell said. He is a human reacting to circumstances as did many Germans who supported the Nazis in World War II.

“The reason he made the decisions he made was to protect his family,” Sewell said. “People are on to the genetic problem in his family. It’s not patriotism that makes him climb. It’s survival.”

“I hope that people are able to connect with these characters,” said Alexa Davalos, who plays Juliana Crain, a woman on the run and caught up in the resistance. Even Smith has elements of humanity, she noted.

Jason O’Mara is joining the cast for the third season as an Irishman in the neutral zone.

“He and his family have been persecuted by the Nazis,” O’Mara said. “Essentially he’s a good person, but we’re not sure whether to trust him or not.”

Hackett noted she spent years trying to get the “High Castle” project off the ground, until Amazon stepped in.

“It was impossible to get it sold on a network, I think because it’s very subversive,” she said, noting the show is also expensive to produce.

Though streaming viewers have been known to binge an entire season at once, “I also think people like to go through it at their own pace,” she said.

The streaming format allows for a less episodic feel, Percival noted.

“We don’t have to create false climaxes to bring you in and out of commercial breaks,” he said.

Producers have had to make a few plot adjustments because of the state of current affairs, Sewell noted. A plotline about a wall, for instance, had to be scrapped.

Amazon Studios has greenlit a fourth season of the series.

Shout! Factory Prepping New ‘Legally Blonde,’ ‘Used Cars,’ ‘When Harry Met Sally’ Blu-rays; Scream Factory Doing ‘Critters’

Independent distributor Shout! Factory held its breaking news panel at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con International July 20, unveiling a vast slate of special editions of classic films due for release in the next year or so.

The panel was hosted by Bill Hunt of TheDigitalBits.com and featured senior director of Blu-ray and DVD production Brian Ward and senior marketing director Jeff Nelson, who was on hand to discuss the company’s Scream Factory specialty horror label.

Some of the upcoming Shout! Factory titles include a “Digimon Adventure tri” six-film collection, as well as Howard Lovecraft and the Kingdom of Madness, the third film in the “Howard Lovecraft” series.

Planned Blu-ray collector’s editions include a “Legally Blonde” double feature; Andy Samberg’s Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping; Hang ‘Em High ; Four Weddings and a Funeral; director Robert Zemeckis’ Used Cars; Backbeat; Kalifornia; When Harry Met Sally; Dirty Rotten Scoundrels; and The Jerk, which features a new interview with Steve Martin and director Carl Reiner.

Shout! Factory is also preparing a new Dances With Wolves Steelbook and is trying to include all the various cuts of the film, including the theatrical cut.

In response to an audience member’s question, Ward said the company is trying to clear the rights to include the “City of Crime” music video on the upcoming Blu-ray of 1987’s Dragnet.

Meanwhile, Scream Factory continues to add to an impressive line-up of horror and thriller movies that now totals more than 350 titles in six years.

The latest announcements include Screamers; Single White Female; Obsession; 10 to Midnight; John Carpenter’s Starman; Dracula: Prince of Darkness; The Craft; Sleepwalkers; Silent Night Deadly Night Part 2; Urban Legends and Urban Legends: Final Cut; and Trick ‘r Treat.

Nelson showed off a bonus feature from the upcoming The Exorcist II: The Heretic Blu-ray in which Linda Blair discusses Regan’s tap-dancing scene.

In addition, Scream Factory is planning a Candyman: Collector’s Edition, plus a collection of all four “Critters” films.

YouTube Teases Space Thriller ‘Origin,’ Orders Season 2 of ‘Impulse’

YouTube at Comic-Con on July 19 teased the intergalactic space thriller “Origin” during a panel at the show attended by the series creators and moderated by BuzzFeed’s Marcus Jones.

The 10-episode series, from director Paul W.S. Anderson and the producers of “The Crown” ​and “Outlander,” ​follows a group of outsiders who find themselves abandoned on a ship bound for a distant land. Now they must work together for survival, but quickly realize that one of them is far from who they claim to be.

From Left Bank Pictures and Sony Pictures Television, “Origin” stars ​Tom Felton (​”Harry Potter” film franchise, ​Rise of the Planet of the Apes​) and ​Natalia Tena (​”Harry Potter” film franchise, “Game of Thrones”). The cast also includes an international roster of talent including Sen Mitsuji, Nora Arnezeder, Fraser James, Philipp Christopher, Nina Wadia, Madalyn Horcher, Siobahn Cullen, Adelayo Adedayo and Wil Coban.

“Origin” is created, written, and executive produced by Mika Watkins. The series is executive produced by Andy Harries, Suzanne Mackie, and Rob Bullock from Left Bank Pictures, alongside Josh Appelbaum, André Nemec, Jeff Pinkner, and Scott Rosenberg from Midnight Radio, and Paul W.S. Anderson.

The series launches on YouTube premium in the fall of this year.

Also at Comic-Con, YouTube announced that it has ordered a second season of the acclaimed supernatural thriller “Impulse” from Universal Cable Productions (UCP). Since its debut on June 6, the first episode of “Impulse” has generated nearly 8 million views. Season 2 of the 10-episode, hour-long series will premiere on YouTube Premium in 2019.

In Season 1 of “Impulse,” Maddie Hasson stars as Henrietta “Henry” Cole, a rebellious 16-year-old girl who has always felt different from her peers and longs to escape from her seemingly quaint small town. During a traumatic event, Henry discovers she has the extraordinary ability to teleport, and her newfound power confirms Henry’s conviction that she really was different from everybody else – but it now makes her the focus of those who want to control her.

“Impulse” is directed and executive produced by Hypnotic’s Doug Liman (Bourne​ Identity, Live. Die. Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow​). David Bartis and Gene Klein, who produce UCP’s hit series “Suits” on USA Network and SYFY’s “Nightflyers,” also serve as executive producers. Lauren LeFranc (​”Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”​) is the series’ ​showrunner and executive producer.