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Woohoo — I'm Going to WonderCon!

Woohoo — I'm Going to WonderCon!

I don't have to go too far for this weekend's WonderCon festivities — all the fun will be be going on just down the way from where I work here in San Francisco. But still, I'm so excited for the three-day fest, which kicks off tomorrow! The conference is brought to us by the folks behind Comic-Con, and while it's been thought of as a little sister to the big San Diego event, it's definitely coming into its own. I'm so excited about all the stars and screenings, including a Watchmen panel with director Zack Snyder and cast plus a chance to see more footage of Pixar's next film, Up.

But here's what really has me pumped: On Sunday, I'll be moderating the Chuck panel with Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, Adam Baldwin, Joshua Gomez, and executive producers Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedak! The hour-long panel will include a preview of upcoming episodes and a Q&A with the panelists, so if you've got burning questions, send them my way!

Be sure to check out my Twitter all weekend for updates and general observations about the geek gathering. To see some of the other stuff I'm planning on checking out, just

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  • Fox is hosting a panel for the new animated series Sit Down, Shut Up, which includes some Arrested Development alumni, including creator Mitch Hurwitz and one of the funniest men in Hollywood, Will Arnett. Also part of the cast? Henry Winkler. Oh yeah.
  • I'm curious to learn more about a new Tim Burton-produced animated film called 9 about "a world parallel to our own, a postapocalyptic fantasy in which a band of courageous rag dolls battles for the survival of civilization." Elijah Wood is the voice of 9 and will be on hand to talk about the project.
  • There's a Star Trek panel that the organizers are promoting with a special guest "you won't want to miss," so I guess I'll try not to miss it! Hopefully it's JJ Abrams.
  • Terminator Salvation director McG and his cast (probably not Christian Bale . . . but who knows?) will appear to answer all our burning John Connor questions!

Anyone else coming along for the ride?

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kyrat kyrat 7 years
Thanks for taking the time to read and to respond so thoughtfully. In retrospect, I probably shouldn't have jumped all over you for what were really minor comments, and you were just speaking in the same vein as everyone else was - so I shouldn't have singled you out (or held you to a higher level of responsibility due to your gender). I understand what it's like to speak in front of a large audience (I probably would've been stuttering if I'd be up there unscripted) and the socio-linguistics involved in speaking using similar tones/words/meanings as the people you're speaking with. I think by the time we'd gotten to the Chuck panel we were a little sensitized from several other panels and some comments overheard at some of the booths. The Chuck slide show then started with the usual scenes of Sarah fighting in her underwear (& to be fair one of Chuck in his underwewar) and ended with that *HORROR* scene where Jeff & Lister (& the implication was that the audience should also be) were disgusted by large women trying to be sexy.... so I think at that point the "letting it go" limit was hit and the next vague sexist thing I heard was ready to set me off. That happened to be you. So sorry, mostly it was bad timing. I sometimes find it very dis-heartening to attend these conventions (especially the anime one!) Sorry to have vented my annoyance on you specifically.
kyrat kyrat 7 years
Thanks for taking the time to read and to respond so thoughtfully.In retrospect, I probably shouldn't have jumped all over you for what were really minor comments, and you were just speaking in the same vein as everyone else was - so I shouldn't have singled you out (or held you to a higher level of responsibility due to your gender).I understand what it's like to speak in front of a large audience (I probably would've been stuttering if I'd be up there unscripted) and the socio-linguistics involved in speaking using similar tones/words/meanings as the people you're speaking with.I think by the time we'd gotten to the Chuck panel we were a little sensitized from several other panels and some comments overheard at some of the booths. The Chuck slide show then started with the usual scenes of Sarah fighting in her underwear (& to be fair one of Chuck in his underwewar) and ended with that *HORROR* scene where Jeff & Lister (& the implication was that the audience should also be) were disgusted by large women trying to be sexy.... so I think at that point the "letting it go" limit was hit and the next vague sexist thing I heard was ready to set me off. That happened to be you. So sorry, mostly it was bad timing.I sometimes find it very dis-heartening to attend these conventions (especially the anime one!) Sorry to have vented my annoyance on you specifically.
Entertainment Entertainment 7 years
kyrat — I'm sorry you were disappointed. I want to clarify the "hot chicks" comment in particular: In that moment, I was quoting back something Zachary Levi had said just moments before as a transition to a different point (I may have even started to make air quotes before stopping myself because ... really, air quotes?). I realized as I was saying it that it could be misconstrued if people hadn't keyed on that particular part of Levi's remarks, but it was already out of my mouth. Overall, I'm very pleased with how the panel went, but that's honestly the one line I'd take back if I could.
kyrat kyrat 7 years
As women, we're often under-represented as these sorts of events (comic-con, anime-con, wonder-con) - so at first we were happy to see a woman moderating the panel. We were then very disappointed to have you continue to replicate the same tired stereotypes we're tired of hearing. You really think Chuck squeals LIKE A GIRL? Annoying AND Trite. In a discussion after the show, most of us could have let that go, but your next gaffe was pretty hardcore. Apparently there's not enough objectification and sexualization of women in the entertainment medium (esp. in they spy/action genre), you had to ask about 'hot chicks" as well. Thanks for embarrassing us, I think I'd rather have seen another teen boy gawking at/ declare his love for Yvonne.
kyrat kyrat 7 years
As women, we're often under-represented as these sorts of events (comic-con, anime-con, wonder-con) - so at first we were happy to see a woman moderating the panel.We were then very disappointed to have you continue to replicate the same tired stereotypes we're tired of hearing.You really think Chuck squeals LIKE A GIRL? Annoying AND Trite.In a discussion after the show, most of us could have let that go, but your next gaffe was pretty hardcore. Apparently there's not enough objectification and sexualization of women in the entertainment medium (esp. in they spy/action genre), you had to ask about 'hot chicks" as well.Thanks for embarrassing us, I think I'd rather have seen another teen boy gawking at/ declare his love for Yvonne.
Allyace Allyace 7 years
Oooo Buzz! So jealous. I love Chuck (as if you couldn't tell by the 'ol icon). Make sure to let them know your readers are routing for season 3! :)
Kater2 Kater2 7 years
Oh, also, can you ask if we can expect to see a Jeffster usic video on the dvd? Or perhaps as a webisode!
Kater2 Kater2 7 years
Hey, PLEASE ask this question:Has the cast ever considered doing some viral promotion to promote the show? Like some videos from the set or blogs or anything. Chuck really needs all the promotion it could get. THANKS!
Kater2 Kater2 7 years
Hey, PLEASE ask this question: Has the cast ever considered doing some viral promotion to promote the show? Like some videos from the set or blogs or anything. Chuck really needs all the promotion it could get. THANKS!
Zivanod Zivanod 7 years
Oh you're lucky! I love Chuck, it's one of my favourite shows on tv. I'd love to meet Zachary Levi! :heart:
Zivanod Zivanod 7 years
Oh you're lucky! I love Chuck, it's one of my favourite shows on tv. I'd love to meet Zachary Levi! :heart:
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
Ask Adam Baldwin, if he plans to work in the future with Joss Whedon, with whom he worked for on Angel and Firefly/Serenity with.
clara91 clara91 7 years
Can I say I slightly hate you for hosting the Chuck pannel? Just kidding :) I think that's great! I've really gotten to love that show. I'll be looking forward to the info you get. Good luck ;)
Lykaon Lykaon 7 years
That's awesome! I run a fansite (strahotski.com) for Yvonne Strahovski, and I've always been interested in the following question:The show is called Chuck so it's obviously about Chuck, but how have the other characters changed in response to the talent that you got to play the characters? In particular, how have the characters of Sarah & Casey changed due to the range and depth of Yvonne Strahovski and Adam Baldwin, respecitvely?Also, if there's anyway I can help promote the event with my site, let me know! I'd love to post up info, pics, and such. We're interested in all of the Yvonne Strahovski news we can get our hands on.Have fun at WonderCon!
Lykaon Lykaon 7 years
That's awesome! I run a fansite (strahotski.com) for Yvonne Strahovski, and I've always been interested in the following question: The show is called Chuck so it's obviously about Chuck, but how have the other characters changed in response to the talent that you got to play the characters? In particular, how have the characters of Sarah & Casey changed due to the range and depth of Yvonne Strahovski and Adam Baldwin, respecitvely? Also, if there's anyway I can help promote the event with my site, let me know! I'd love to post up info, pics, and such. We're interested in all of the Yvonne Strahovski news we can get our hands on. Have fun at WonderCon!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 7 years
Wow, Buzz!!! Have a great time and enjoy moderating the Chuck panel! How great is that?!
dbk593 dbk593 7 years
wow that is so cool that you are moderating the chuck panel!! have fun!
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