Comic-Con has come and gone. We braved the lines to bring you the highs (and the lows) from the five-day event, and we’ve got the battle scars to prove it. We fought our way through screaming “Twilight” girls. We got manhandled by costumed freaks on the packed exhibition floor. We were floored by an awesome “Watchmen” trailer. And we even smacked our own heads when we found out that Jennifer Love Hewitt was just too cool to show up to her own show’s panel.
So, without further ado, here are our picks for the best and worst of the Con 2008.
BEST: Man hair at “Pineapple Express”
Judd Apatow flashed some chest, Seth Rogen said he preferred smooching James Franco over newly-anointed Maxim babe and co-star Amber Heard, and the audience was privy to plenty of real-life pot tales from the cast and crew of ” Pineapple Express.”
WORST: Laughs lost at “Land of the Lost”
During the “Land of the Lost” session, Will Ferrell appeared onscreen in an uninspired piece meant to look like it was live via satellite. Fortunately, the “What? I can’t hear you?” shtick lasted only five minutes. Unfortunately, it was the best part of the panel, leaving director Brad Silberling stranded without a life boat. Sleestacks or not, the hall cleared out pretty quickly.
BEST: ” Lost” giveaways”
Talk about playing to your nerdcore: a Dharma Initiative tub of ranch dressing; a life jacket signed by all of the writers; and a Jack Shephard doll … hand-delivered by Matthew Fox. “Lost” executive producers Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindeloff used their Con appearance to reward the show’s most rabid fans with prizes from the set. We didn’t get any real season five scoops, but who really wants spoilers? (OK, we did find out that Danielle Rousseau’s story will finally be told and we’ll have closure … soon.)
WORST: The fan who asked “Dollhouse’s” Joss Whedon why she should like the new series
It’s common Con courtesy people. Don’t come to a panel featuring Joss Whedon, and then proceed to say that, so far, you don’t like his new show. One fan did just that, asking Joss to explain why she should watch this show since she just wasn’t “getting it.” Joss suggested that the fan lower her expectations and then maybe she’d like it. Eliza Dushku was ready to fight the inquisitor, and after Joss explained why he thought it would be good, she went right back into battle-mode. “Yeah! Take that, girl!”
BEST: Hugh Jackman’s real, and he rocks!
The guy is energy, and seems really genuine about his love for the Comic-Con fans who’s shoulders he’s standing on. His public acknowledgment of “Wolverine” creator Len Wein was a great touch. And the “X-Men origins: Wolverine” trailer? Fans should be talking about that just as much as “Watchmen” or anything else shown.
WORST Jennifer Love Hewitt no-show
Not that the panel was a total flop due to her no-show, but LOTS of the “Ghost Whisperer” fans were disappointed when J.Love didn’t show up. Show producers put together a reel of Hewitt highlights, but it did not include a special video message for the show’s biggest fans. Security at the door started telling attendees that it was the “Ghost Whisperer” panel, but that she wasn’t there. It caused an about-face for some of them.
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