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Schedule highlights for first Wizard World Comic Con Pittsburgh

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Calling all Browncoats, Trekkers and X-philes in the Pittsburgh area! Just got a schedule update for the first Wizard World Comic Con Pittsburgh Sept. 11-13. Thought I'd share:

 

Q&A sessions with “The X-FIles” duo of David Duchovny and Mitch Pileggi , the “Firefly” tandem of Jewel Staite and Adam Baldwin, William Shatner (“Star Trek,” “Boston Legal”), Dean Cain (“Lois & Clark,” The New Adventures of Superman,” "God’s Not Dead"), James Marsters (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Angel”), WWE star Dean Ambrose and Diva Paige, screening of the new CBS series “Supergirl,” costume contests, comics-themed sessions and more are among the showcases scheduled at Wizard World Comic Con Pittsburgh, Friday through Sunday at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

 

Most programming is included as part of the standard event admission. Some highlights of the more than 50 panels scheduled include:

 

  • Interactive Q&As with Duchovny and Pileggi (Saturday, 4:30 p.m.), Shatner (Saturday, 3 p.m.), Staite and Baldwin (Saturday, 1 p.m.), Cain (Sunday, 12:30 p.m.), Marsters (Saturday, 2 p.m.), Sean Pertwee (Saturday, 2:30 p.m.), Eddie McClintock (Saturday, 4:30 p.m.), The Boondock Saints duo of Sean Patrick Flanery and David Della Rocco (Sunday, 2:30 p.m.).

  • Screening of the new CBS series “Supergirl” (Saturday, 1:30 p.m.).

  • Industry-themed sessions with Tom DeFalco and Ron Frenz (Friday, 5:30 p.m.), “The Crow” author/creator James O’Barr (Saturday, 6:30 p.m.), storytelling with Michael Golden (Saturday, 12:30 p.m.), Rob Leifeld (Saturday, 1 p.m.), Mike McKone, Scott McDaniel, Thom Pratt, Don Simpson and Billy Martin (Sunday, 1 p.m.) and more.

  • Go “Hunting for Ghosts” with professional ghost hunter Steve Gonsalves.

  • Step into the ring with the WWE's Dean Ambrose (Friday, 8 p.m.), Diva Paige (Saturday, 3:30 p.m.).

  • CONtv presents a Q&A session with Green Power Ranger Jason David Frank (“Mighty Morphin Power Rangers”) (Saturday, 3 p.m.). Then join him for the “Green Power Ranger Half-Hour of Power” karate class for all ages (Sunday, 1:30 p.m.).

  • Costume contests for adults (Saturday, 7 p.m.) and kids (Sunday, 3 p.m.), plus cosplay-themed sessions.

  • Meet-and-greet with Jason David Frank (Saturday, 5:30 p.m.; paid event).

 

Unless noted, programming events take place in the designated General Programming Rooms at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. VIP tickets or additional costs may apply to ensure access to select activities, as noted.

 

A full list of Wizard World Comic Con Pittsburgh programming is available at http://www.wizardworld.com/programming-pittsburgh.html (subjects, guests, times and rooms subject to change).

 

Wizard World Comic Con Pittsburgh is the 17th of 24 events in the 2015 series produced by Wizard World, Inc. For more on the event, visit www.wizardworld.com/home-pittsburgh.html.

 

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'Doctor Who' in 3D hits theaters Sept. 15-16, ahead of season premiere

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The two-part finale of "Doctor Who" from last season will be presented in 3D at U.S. theaters 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, and Wednesday, Sept. 16. The premiere of season 9 -- or series 9, as they say in the U.K., will be on BBC American Sept. 19.

The screening includes a "never-before-seen prequel to the first episode of series 9" and Wil Wheaton will host an interview with stars Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman.

Local theaters showing "Dark Water/Death in Heaven" in RealD 3D, courtesy of Fathom Events and BBC Worldwide, include: AMC Loews Waterfront, Monroeville Mall 12 and Cinemark theaters in Robinson, Monaca and North Hills (McCandless Crossing). Buy tickets here.

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Chris Pratt wants your help with his Facebook page

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Chris Pratt, star of "The LEGOS Movie," "Guardians of the Galaxy," "Jurassic World"; perhaps future star of a rebooted "Indiana Jones"; co-star of the new "Magnificent Seven"; lovable Andy of "Parks & Rec," has a task for you.

His message via Facebook:

Hello friends and fans. I am in the market for a new header for my FB page. I want to do a contest. Whoever replies with the best header (make sure your signature is big enough to be seen) will have the honor of it being my official header.

I don't know photo shop. But you do and this could be a great way for me to notice you and give you accolades plus maybe a free dinner at applebees or something like that who knows sky's the limit.

so. i need a header. which looks like it would be 1 tall x 3.5 wide.


I'm looking to have Peter Quill, Owen, Andy and Emmet in the mix. possibly some other fun stuff including but not limited to previous roles, my family, eagles, american flags, guns, cool ford raptors, cigars, explosions, anything sly stallone, bloodsport, early steven segal, anything that looks bad ass and will say, "Hey this facebookprofile is chris's and this is what he's all about." maybe some raptors, or even some largemouth bass or deer or trophy elk, maybe some cool guns or rollerblades or possibly even a nascar or a steak maybe even some corndogs. don't ask me! you decide!

so yeah. who's gonna get me the best one and have their name displayed for millions of people to see?

 

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Sci-Fi Weekend storms into Carnegie Science Center

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Carnegie Science Center will celebrate the long-standing intersection between real-world science and imagination during its Sci-Fi Weekend July 25-26. The event will feature Stormtroopers, green-screen photography and special effects make-up, the North Shore center said in a press release.

Visitors can meet a Stormtrooper, snap a photo in front of the green screen in any sci-fi setting, learn about space travel, build a UFO, and explore the science behind Jurassic Park. The live theater show "Frankenscience" will explore the science that inspired Mary Shelley’s "Frankenstein" (and perhaps Mel Brooks' "Young Frankenstein," above) through demonstrations in electricity and hair-raising, shocking experiments on the Van de Graaff generator.

Artists from Tom Savini's Special Make-Up Effects Program at the Douglas Education Center will demonstrate how Hollywood make-up can transform an ordinary human into an otherworldly creature.

In addition, the event will explore how human imagination and science fiction have inspired real-world inventions.

Sci-Fi Weekend activities run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and are included with general admission.

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DIY contest tied to 'Marvel's Ant-Man' seeking tech-savvy girls

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Calling all tech goddesses ages 14-18: Marvel's "Ant Man" has some big news.

The press release that arrived today shouted: SEEKING CREATIVE TECH-SAVVY GIRLS TO FIND THEIR INNER SUPER-HERO BY CREATING SOMETHING “BIG” FROM something VERY SMALL!

Disney, Marvel Studios, Dolby Laboratories, Visa Signature and Raspberry Pi have assembled to sponsor the nationwide "MARVEL’S ANT-MAN MICRO-TECH CHALLENGE" in conjunction with the July 17 release of "Ant-Man." The Marvel film stars Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, a founding member of The Avengers who is armed with the ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength. The master thief must embrace his inner hero and help Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) protect the secret behind his Ant-Man suit and pull off a heist that will save the world.

Marvel's previous nationwide contest tie-ins have been Ultimate Mentor Adventure, Guardians of the Galaxy: Guardians of Good. With the Ant-Man Micro-Tech Challenge, gnationwide, girls ages 14-18, in grades 9-12, are challenged to "design and build a DIY project using at least one readily available micro-technology component, which can enable tinkerers, makers, builders and future Imagineers to execute big ideas with a board that fits in their pocket and costs less than a video game. The projects can be utilitarian, artistic or just plain fun."

Applicants will be asked to submit a short video demonstrating the completed project and explaining how it will inspire other girls to pursue interests in science, technology, engineering, or math.

The five winners will each receive: two round-trip tickets to Southern California, including hotel accommodations, from June 28 through June 30, to be on the red carpet at the world premiere of "Marvel’s Ant-Man" at the Dolby Theatre on June 29; attend a special “The Evolution of Technology” workshop on June 30 at The Disneyland Resort, where they will meet Walt Disney Imagineers who will introduce them to the broader scope of technology and how innovation is inspired during a behind-the-scenes tour of The Disneyland Resort; and receive a tour of the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank.

Upon completion of the challenge, a STEM-based girls program in each winner’s hometown will be selected to receive “re-create” instructions for each project. Each winner will have the opportunity to lead a workshop in building her project with the girls in the selected program in her community. By sharing their work, the winners will accomplish big things from small beginnings by inspiring other young girls to follow their interests in computing, technology, and engineering.

For application forms, eligibility requirements, official contest rules and more information, visit www.Ant-ManChallenge.com

Contest rules: No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Contest ends at 11:59 p.m. PT on June 11. Open only to girls who are 14-18 years of age on May 20 and legal residents of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia and not employees of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Marvel, Dolby Laboratories, Visa Signature and Raspberry Pi, or any of their parent, related or affiliated companies nor members of their households or immediate families. Limit one (1) entry per person. Winners must be able to travel on June 28. Visit www.Ant-ManChallenge.com for full eligibility and entry requirements, prize description, conditions and limitations. The official contest sponsor is Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

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