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July 24, 2008

Comic-Con crowds: psyched!


And the crowd goes wild! No, really really wild!

Isn't that what Comic-Con is all about? Predictable, but true. That's why studios, TV networks and other purveyors of genre entertainment presumably bring their A-game to the annual Geeks-a-Plenty Gathering. Fantasy, horror, sci-fi -- it's all ruling the boxoffice, if not stirring up some major awards chatter.

Let the courting and heavy petting begin!


Hugh Jackman sent people into fits and spasms today, mainly for showing up and then for acknowledging a comic writer and, then, for standing by as a specially crafted "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" trailer unspooled. Are you feeling the pandemonium all the way from San Diego?

If not, check out the "Twilight" session in which some women identified only as "moms" (not hot moms or the much more descriptive MILFs, mind you) asked some inappropriate questions to the vampire flick's comely young star. (Robert Pattinson, pictured at right at this summer's MTV Movie Awards).

Other sources on the ground, in fact, told us that session was downright rife with middle-aged women with lust in their eyes. And you thought it was just the movie that seemed creepy.

Turns out it's a good thing those uber-fans left home yesterday and camped out all night to get into the "Twilight" panel (no kidding) because an epic traffic jam on the 5 has left thousands stranded and fuming, including our own brother blogger James Hibberd. (Top speed for hours: 3 mph).

That's just cruel and wrong for everybody involved but especially for Hibberd, whose wounds are still fresh from weeks of Television Critics Association coverage. Soldier on, buddy, and try not to wipe out a whole mess of ewoks when you get there.

If you haven't read his "Best of TCA Awards," by all means do so.


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  • So "The Dark Knight" didn't make it into the final five after all, never mind that critical and popular support. Let's just call the comic-inspired mega-hit "The Biggest Snubee."

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