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Earlier today, we gave you a round-up of San Diego Comic-Con news. We didn’t want to overwhelm you, so we decided to split all our little bits into two separate articles. Check out press releases for The Sidekick, Lost Girl, Black Sails, and The Costume Designers Guild after the break.


World Premiere of Superhero Sendup from Rob Benedict and Michael Weithorn Set For Thursday, July 18th in San Diego

Super Cast Includes Ron Livingston, Lizzy Caplan, Jordan Peele, Martin Starr, Jason Ritter, Sam McMurray, Ike Barinholtz, Josh Meyers, Laura Silverman and Fred Stoller

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (July 1, 2013) – “The Sidekick,” a new short from director Michael J. Weithorn (“The King of Queens”, A Little Help) and writer/star Rob Benedict (“Supernatural”, Waiting…), will make its world premiere at this year’s Comic-Con International: San Diego on Thursday, July 18th from 3:00PM – 4:00PM in the Indigo Ballroom of the Hilton San Diego Bayfront.

Weithorn and Benedict will be joined by fellow cast members and Comic-Con regulars: Josh Meyers (Behind the Candelabra), Jordan Peele (Key & Peele), Martin Starr (This Is The End), Richard Speight Jr. (Band of Brothers) and cinematographer Steve Lubensky (Series 7). [Editor’s note: Lizzy Caplan has now been confirmed to attend as well]

“The Sidekick” tells the story of 40-year-old career sidekick, Max McCabe (Benedict), now past his prime in the fast-paced world of superhero-dom. When he is unceremoniously fired by his boss, Captain Wonder, Max has no choice but to somehow find a place for himself in the regular world.

“We knew that Comic-Con had to be our first stop; it is ground zero for the smart and passionate genre fans we had in mind when we created this short film,” said Rob Benedict, star and co-creator of “The Sidekick.” “Also, we already own all these great tights, capes and masks, so it’ll be easy to get dressed.”

“I’ve been in the comedy field for over thirty years, and this is definitely one of my very favorite projects,” said Michael Weithorn, director of “The Sidekick.” “I’m optimistic that the Comic-Con faithful will dig it, and after our premiere in San Diego we’re going to look at adapting it as a cable half-hour or perhaps in a digital format. There are a lot more stories to be told with this character.”

More about “The Sidekick”:

“The Sidekick” is a fresh comedic take on the superhero genre, as well as an allegory about the struggle to find your purpose in life even as you are being… repurposed.

In a world populated by fairly unremarkable superheroes and supervillains (portrayed by an ensemble of comedic actors including Ron Livingston, Lizzy Caplan, Jordan Peele, Martin Starr, Jason Ritter, Sam McMurray, Ike Barinholtz, Josh Meyers, Laura Silverman and Fred Stoller), Max McCabe (Benedict) has thrived for years as right hand man to legendary superhero Captain Wonder (Livingston) – carrying his boss’ golden lasso and yelling catchphrases like, “Look out!” and “Here, catch!”

When Max, now pushing 40, grows lazy and indifferent, he is fired and quickly discovers that society has little use for an aging ex-professional buddy. But a cute and quirky school teacher Bailey (Caplan) helps him discover that there may be a place for him in the real world after all.

For more information, visit and thesidekickproject.

Syfy’s supernatural drama Lost Girl, a Showcase original series, will be returning to San Diego Comic-Con this year! Appearing will be series lead Kris Holden-Ried who plays Dyson, the shape-shifting homicide detective and noble Light Fae warrior, Gemini Award-winner Ksenia Solo (Life Unexpected, Black Swan) as Kenzi, Bo’s human sidekick and street-smart confidante and Zoie Palmer, who plays the brilliant human doctor Lauren in competition with Dyson for Bo’s affection, along with Lost Girl series Executive Producers Emily Andras and Jay Firestone and Producer Vanessa Piazza. The panel takes place on Saturday, July 20 at 7:15pm in room 6BCF. All actors will take part in an autograph session earlier in the day from 3pm-4pm at the FUNimation/Giant Ape booth (#4135).

Lost Girl is a Showcase original series developed by Prodigy Pictures in association with Shaw Media. Executive Producers are Jay Firestone and Emily Andras. Vanessa Piazza and Wendy Grean are Producers.

Comic-Con Schedule:

Saturday July 20, 2013

3pm-4pm Booth #4135

Autograph session with all actors at the FUNimation/Giant Ape booth #4135. One item may be signed, and posters will be supplied for the session.

Autograph bracelets will be available while supplies last from the FUNimation/Giant Ape booth #4135 on Saturday, July 20 as soon as the exhibit hall opens. An autograph bracelet guarantees only a place in line, and does not necessarily guarantee an autograph. Limit one bracelet per person.

7:15pm-8:15pm Room 6BCF

Lost Girl: Season Three and Beyond – Prodigy Pictures and Giant Ape Media present a fae-tastic panel with cast members Kris Holden-Ried (Dyson), Ksenia Solo (Kenzi) and Zoie Palmer (Lauren), joined by Jay Firestone (Executive Producer) and Emily Andras (Executive Producer) for a Q & A session moderated by Vanessa Piazza (Producer). Get behind the scenes tidbits and the first look sneak peek at Season 4.


Limited quantities of the Lost Girl Wanderer Tarot Card, as well as character buttons will be available throughout San Diego Comic Con. Attendees can follow Giant Ape Media on Twitter (@GiantApeMedia) for notifications of when these free promotional items are being distributed at the FUNimation/Giant Ape booth #4135.


Faenatics have been waiting a while for this, Lost Girl merchandise will be making its debut at SDCC , a styling shirt featuring our favorite sexy succubus Bo will be for sale at the FUNimation/Giant Ape Booth #4135.

And if you haven’t already picked up Seasons 1 & 2 yet, they will also be available for sale on DVD and Blu-ray as well !!



black sails

Photo Credit: Black Sails © 2014 Starz Entertainment, LLC. All rights reserved.

Zach McGowan (“Shameless”), Jessica Parker Kennedy (“The Secret Circle,” 50/50), Mark Ryan (Transformers, The Prestige), Hakeem Kae-Kazim (“24,” Hotel Rwanda) and “Black Sails” series creators Jonathan Steinberg (“Jericho,” “Human Target”) and Robert Levine (“Touch”) will lead the pirate uprising at Comic-Con 2013 with special appearances. The cast and creators will kick off the previously announced fan-only screening scheduled for Thursday night in San Diego. Additional surprise guest to be announced closer to Comic-Con.

Event Details:

WHAT: Exclusive sneak peek screening of the highly anticipated high-seas STARZ Original drama from Executive Producer Michael Bay, “Black Sails.” Series stars Zach McGowan, Jessica Parker Kennedy, Mark Ryan, Hakeem Kae-Kazim and series creators Jonathan Steinberg and Robert Levine to introduce the first episode which will be screened for fans only. Additional special guest to be announced.

WHEN: Thursday, July 18th. Details to follow.

ABOUT: The pirate adventure “Black Sails” centers on the tales of Captain Flint (Toby Stephens) and his men and takes place twenty years prior to Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic “Treasure Island.” Flint, the most brilliant and most feared pirate captain of his day, takes on a fast-talking young addition to his crew who goes by the name John Silver (Luke Arnold). Threatened with extinction on all sides, they fight for the survival of New Providence Island, the most notorious criminal haven of its day – a debauched paradise teeming with pirates, prostitutes, thieves and fortune seekers, a place defined by both its enlightened ideals and its stunning brutality.

Zach McGowan stars as rival Captain Charles Vane; Toby Schmitz as Rackham, Vane’s right hand; Hannah New as Eleanor Guthrie, a determined young woman who runs the smuggling operation on New Providence; Hakeem Kae-Kazim as Mr. Scott, Eleanor’s retainer and right hand, Jessica Parker Kennedy as Max, a tortured young prostitute who sees the dark side of New Providence; Mark Ryan as Gates, Captain Flint’s Quartermaster and most senior member of his crew, Clara Paget as the beautiful but cold-blooded Anne Bonny and Tom Hopper (“Merlin”) as Billy Bones, boatswain of Flint’s ship.

“Black Sails” is executive produced by Michael Bay (Transformers, Armageddon, Pearl Harbor) and his Platinum Dunes partners Brad Fuller and Andrew Form, producers on The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) and Nightmare on Elm Street (2009). The series was created by showrunner and executive producer Jonathan Steinberg (creator “Jericho,” “Human Target”) and co-executive producer Robert Levine (“Touch”).

“Black Sails” will debut with an eight-episode season in January 2014, exclusively on STARZ.

“Black Sails” Online



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Prominent Guild Members to Once Again Honor the Best-Dressed Comic-Con Attendees in the “Hall Costume Awards” and at the Comic-Con International 2013 Masquerade Ball

Los Angeles, CA (July 1, 2013)—For the eighth consecutive year, the Costume Designers Guild (IATSE Local 892), the labor union representing Costume Designers and other costume professionals in film and television, will be participating in San Diego’s International Comic-Con July 19-20 at the San Diego Convention Center. This year the CDG’s presence will be bigger than ever with a line-up of events and panels featuring top Costume Designers and Costume Illustrators.

Below is a list of scheduled events and panels:

Friday, July 19, 2013, 5:30-6:30pm

PANEL: Welcome to the New Age – Room 24ABC

Today’s top Costume Illustrators from the Costume Designers Guild IATSE Local 892 talk about their latest projects and the changing world of illustration in the digital and 3D age. Q & A to follow.

Featured panelists include:

Keith Christianson (Man of Steel, Star Trek)

Phillip Boute Jr. (Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Man of Steel)

Constantine Sekeris (Star Trek, G.I. Joe: Retaliation)

Alan Villanueva (Oz, the Great & Powerful, Enders Game, Defiance)

Christian Cordella (Captain America 2: The winter soldier, Oblivion, 300: Rise of an Empire)

*After the panel, the Costume Illustrators will be available in the Autograph Hall for meet and greets and to sign autographs.

Friday, July 19th from 7:00pm-9:00pm

INDUSTRY MIXER: Sponsored by ABC Studios Costume Department & Western Costume Company, the Costume Designers Guild Comic-Con Committee will be hosting an invitation-only mixer on July 19th at the historic Grand Horton Hotel for panelists, sponsors, entertainment industry professionals, volunteers and all CDG members. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for a chance to win tickets to this exclusive event.

Saturday, July 20, 2013, 4:30-5:30pm

PANEL: Poppin’ Some Tags – Room 24ABC

Celebrity Costume Designers from Costume Designers Guild IATSE Local 892 dish the dirt on designing and bringing to fruition the costumes for today’s hottest blockbuster films.

Featured panelists include:

Trish Summerville (Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)

Gary Jones (Oz, the Great & Powerful)

Christine Bieslin-Clark (TRON, Watchmen, 300)

Isis Mussenden (Wolverine, Chronicles of Narnia)

Mayes Rubeo (WWZ, Avatar)

Moderated by Actor Ron Perlman (Hell Boy, Sons of Anarchy)

*After the panel, the Costume Designers will be available in the Autograph Hall for meet and greets and to sign autographs from 6:00 to 7:00pm

HALL COSTUME AWARDS: Once again, our Costume Designers and Costume Illustrators will be walking the halls of Comic-Con looking for interesting and unique home-made costumes. They will be awarding winners with exclusive gift bags and autographed souvenirs. Follow us on Twitter @local892 for specific information, including times and locations.

MASQUERADE BALL: Brought to you by our official Masquerade Ball sponsor Fox Studios Costume Department on Saturday July 20th from 8pm to midnight, top Costume Designers from the Costume Designers Guild IATSE Local 892 will judge and present prizes to their favorite entry for “Outstanding Costume”. Prizes include a custom designed CDG Favorite Entry trophy, a VIP behind the scenes tour on the set of the show Sons of Anarchy followed by lunch, a subscription to ‘Costume Designer’ magazine and a $200 gift certificate from International Silks & Woolens.

Special Thanks to Our 2013 CDG Comic-Con Sponsors:

Platinum Level:

ABC Studios Costume Department

Western Costume Company

Gold Level:

Fox Studios Costume Department

Silver Level:

Warner Bros. Studio Tour

Product Sponsors:

Serj Costumes & Tailoring, International Silks and Woolens, La Cienega Studio Cleaners, Wizard, Universal Studios Costume Department

About the Costume Designers Guild IATSE Local 892:

The Costume Designers Guild was founded in 1953 by a group of 30 motion picture costume designers and was created in response to the changing needs of the movie industry. The Costume Designers Guild promotes the artistry, technical expertise and creative vision of their union members in the field of film and television costume design. Today its membership consists of over 800 members and includes motion picture, television and commercial costume designers, assistant costume designers and illustrators throughout the world.

By Dan Koelsch

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