<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2018https://www.nbclosangeles.com/entertainment/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California https://www.nbclosangeles.comen-usSun, 22 Jul 2018 13:00:21 -0700Sun, 22 Jul 2018 13:00:21 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA['Supernatural' and 'Riverdale' Featured in Day 4 SDCC Panels]]> Sun, 22 Jul 2018 08:53:36 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1002250832.jpg

The 2018 San Diego Comic-Con is wrapping up Sunday. Here are some highlights of the convention's final day: 

"World Premiere of Scooby-Doo and the Gourmet Ghost": Featuring the voices of celebrity chefs Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis and Marcus Samuelsson, the newest Scooby-Doo film premieres at SDCC before a panel discussion. The latest movie takes the teen sleuths to New England, where they investigate the haunting of a historic colonial inn that's been turned into a state-of-the-art culinary resort. (10 a.m. Room 6BCF)

"Supernatural Special Video Presentation and Q&A": The stars and executive producers of The CW's dark fantasy series answer questions about last season's intense finale. Panelists will reveal what's in store for the 14th season as the show reaches 300 episodes. (10:30 a.m. Hall H)

"Riverdale Special Video Presentation and Q&A": The CW's Riverdale returns for its third appearance at Comic-Con. The panel will feature a special video presentation followed by a Q&A session with the series' stars and producers. (11:45 a.m. Hall H)

"Inside the Comic-Con Museum": Panelists present their plans for a new museum in Balboa Park. (12 p.m. Room 29AB)

"Legion Discussion and Q&A": Creator and producer Noah Hawley, executive producers John Cameron, Marvel's Jeph Loeb and yet-to-be-revealed cast members will discuss what's to come in season 3 of the FX series.

Click here for a full run down of events.

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<![CDATA['The Good Place' at Comic Con]]> Sun, 22 Jul 2018 01:11:57 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/The-Good-Place-Digital-Video_1200x675_1282757699930.jpg

 The cast of 'The Good Place' takes center stage at Comic Con in San Diego. Entertainment reporter Heather Brooker speaks with the cast.

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<![CDATA[San Diego Comic-Con 2018: Saturday Highlights]]> Sun, 22 Jul 2018 05:14:25 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/AP_18202734008047.jpg

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<![CDATA[Kevin Smith, Warner Bros. and Other SDCC Day 3 Highlights]]> Sat, 21 Jul 2018 05:38:12 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/sdccday3.jpg

Now on its third day, the 2018 San Diego Comic Con is officially in full swing. Here are just a few of Saturday’s highlights:

“Warner Bros Theatrical”: The audience will get a first look at the studio's highly anticipated future releases. Films and panelists to be announced. (10:30 a.m. Hall H)

“The 19th Annual Animation Show of Shows”: Producer and curator Ron Diamond presents a show featuring animated shorts from around the world.  After the show, Diamond will answer audience questions. (1 p.m. Hall H)

“Explore the Wonders of the Universe with Cosmos: Possible Worlds”: As "Cosmos" returns to Fox and National Geographic next spring, host Neil deGrasse Tyson, writer and director Ann Druyan and producers Seth MacFarlane, Brannon Braga and Jason Clark lead a panel that includes a sneak peek of the new season and a discussion on cosmic evolution. (3 p.m. Indigo Ballroom)

“EW: Women Who Kick Ass”: Entertainment Weekly’s Jessica Shaw moderates a discussion between Jodie Whittaker ("Doctor Who"), Chloe Bennet ("Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."), Regina King ("Watchmen"), Camila Mendes ("Riverdale") and Amandla Stenberg ("The Darkest Mind") on their experiences as leading actresses. (4 p.m. Hall H)

“Wonder Woman in the 1940s”: "Wonder Woman" ghostwriter Joye Murchison Kelly makes her first ever appearance at a comic convention panel. Nearly 75 years ago, William Marston, Wonder Woman's creator, hired Kelly as his assistant. She went on to write many of the comic’s classic stories in the 1940s—all without any credit. Kelly, now 94, will be honored as this year’s recipient of the Bill Finger Award for Excellence in Comic Book Writing. Historians Trina Robbins and Mark Evanier will interview Kelly on her experiences helping shape the mythology of the Amazon Princess. (4:30 p.m. Room 5AB)

“An Evening with Kevin Smith”: After suffering a heart attack in February, the "Clerks" creator is back to talk about directing TV series "Supergirl" and "Flash," his new show "Hollyweed" and the forthcoming sequel, "Jay & Silent Bob Reboot!" (6:45 p.m. Hall H)

Click here for a full run down of exhibits and panels. 

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<![CDATA[Santa Monica Vigil to Honor Chester Bennington]]> Fri, 20 Jul 2018 16:29:20 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/chesterbennington.jpg

A candlelight vigil is scheduled to be held in Santa Monica Friday night to mark the one year anniversary of the death of Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington.

The vigil will be held at Crescent Bay Park and starts at 6:30 p.m.

It will be just one of many scheduled tributes to Bennington worldwide that will take place Friday. The band released a full list of planned memorial events Friday morning.

Investigators ruled that Bennington hanged himself in his Palos Verdes area home on July 20, 2017. 

Bennington's Linkin Park bandmates were sharing tributes to their late friend all day on social media along with the band's official Twitter account. Some, including co-vocalist Mike Shinoda, have used the hashtag #MakeChesterProud.

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<![CDATA['I Love This Show': Lincoln Confirms 'The Walking Dead' Exit]]> Fri, 20 Jul 2018 14:06:12 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/rickout.jpg

Walking Dead fans get your hanky's ready.

The rumors are true. "The Walking Dead" series lead Andrew Lincoln confirmed Friday he's exiting the show in the upcoming season during a panel appearance at San Diego Comic-Con.

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"This will be my last season playing the part of Rick Grimes," Lincoln informed a dismayed audience. "I love this show, it means everything to me," he said. "This has been the most extraordinary, amazing, and beautiful experience of my career."

"I suppose what I wanted to say is, my relationship with Mr. Grimes is far from over, and a sort of large part of me will always be a machete-wielding, Stetson-wearing, zombie-slaying sheriff’s deputy from London, England," he said, referring to his home country.

Lincoln, who's been with the show since it premiered in 2010, said the current cast was doing "the greatest work I’ve ever seen."

"This has always been an ensemble, and it will continue to be an ensemble, and no one is bigger than the story, and the story this year is unbelievable," Lincoln said.

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<![CDATA[San Diego Comic-Con 2018: Friday Highlights]]> Fri, 20 Jul 2018 14:08:01 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1002816192.jpg The second day of 2018 Comic-Con International: San Diego featured more exciting programs and pop-up events. Writers and celebrities spoke at panels, and the IMDb Yacht continued to sail. View highlights below of Friday, July 20, 2018.

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<![CDATA['Guardians of the Galaxy' Director Fired From Franchise]]> Fri, 20 Jul 2018 14:43:15 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/gunnout.jpg

Director James Gunn, who helmed 2014's "Guardians of the Galaxy" and the film's 2017 sequel, has been fired by Disney after offensive tweets recently resurfaced.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, which first reported the firing, the tweets revolved around topics such as pedophilia and rape.

"The offensive attitudes and statements discovered on James’ Twitter feed are indefensible and inconsistent with our studio’s values, and we have severed our business relationship with him," said Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn.

Gunn deleted his Twitter account shortly before news of the firing became public. Before deleting his account The Hollywood Reporter wrote Gunn tweeted, "Many people who have followed my career know when I started, I viewed myself as a provocateur, making movies and telling jokes that were outrageous and taboo. As I have discussed publicly many times, as I’ve developed as a person, so has my work and my humor."

Gunn apologized for the old tweets Friday after his firing, echoing similar sentiments he expressed on Twitter a day earlier, the Associated Press reported. 

"My words of nearly a decade ago were, at the time, totally failed and unfortunate efforts to be provocative. I have regretted them for many years since — not just because they were stupid, not at all funny, wildly insensitive, and certainly not provocative like I had hoped, but also because they don't reflect the person I am today or have been for some time," Gunn said in a statement. "Regardless of how much time has passed, I understand and accept the business decisions taken today. Even these many years later, I take full responsibility for the way I conducted myself then."

Gunn had been in line to direct the third installment of the franchise scheduled for 2020. A replacement has not yet been named.

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<![CDATA[Self-Proclaimed 'Weed Girl' Wins Del Mar Hat Contest]]> Fri, 20 Jul 2018 09:49:14 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Hat-Contest-Winner-2018.jpg

A San Diego County woman who walked away with the coveted grand prize at the 2018 Del Mar Hat Contest worked with an unusual medium - cannabis. 

Leslie K. Monroy is a designer who has entered the hat contest several times but her amazing creation of horseheads made from lace earned her the grand prize Wednesday. 

Among the greenery in her hat were several marijuana plant stems. 

That was no mistake for Monroy who described herself as "the weed girl" in a celebratory post on social media.

"Anytime I can use cannabis in anything I'm doing, I always use it. Especially in flower arrangments," Monroy said.

She used cannabis as a design element in her hat last year but it didn't garner quite as much attention as this year's prize winner. That's ironic because last year's hat, which she described as "a lot more subdued" compared to this year, featured actual cannabis bud.

"People close to me definitely noticed," she said of last year’s cap. The cannabis stems on her 2018 hat poked up into the sky an estimated 3-and-a-half feet. Monroy said the hat weighed in at around seven pounds.

"With everything being legal, this year it was more fun to do something way more in your face," she said.

More than 300 contestants competed for a total of $6,000 in cash and prizes. 

Monroy earned a total of $2,000 in prizes, contest officials said, including a one-night stay at the Fairmont Grand Mar and dinner for two at Addison Restaurant. 

When she's not rocking cannabis-infused hats at Del Mar or Comic-Con, Monroy is putting together floral arrangements for her company Flowers on Flowers, described by Monroy and on its website as "California's first and only medical marijuana florists."

Proceeds from Flowers On Flowers benefits Canines for Disabled Kids, an organization that helps provide K-9 companions for children with disabilities.

Photo Credit: Del Mar Thoroughbred Club
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<![CDATA[Woman Empowerment Felt at Comic-Con 2018 ]]> Fri, 20 Jul 2018 09:39:17 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/204*120/wonderwoman2345.JPG

Just strolling through the Exhibit Hall of Comic-Con this year, you can see it: more booths, bags, and banners displaying strong females. 

Women in downtown San Diego agreed on the opening day of Comic-Con Thursday that the influence of the #MeToo Movement could be felt at the event. 

"The panels I'm able to go to this year compared to the first year I came are incredible," said Donica Hart, a Comic-Con attendee. "I'm going to one on the importance of women in comics and another one on body diversity." 

Other women said they felt more comfortable dressing in cosplay costumes that were once reserved for men: outfits showing off Superman, Batman, and others. 

"One gentleman earlier actually asked permission before putting his arm around me for a photo," said cosplayer Maureen Dawson. "That was something new and I liked that." 

The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System is hopping on board as well. This year they have four collectible trolley passes all featuring cartoon females and designed by women. 

"All the designers at MTS are women," said Marcial Gutierrez of MTS. "They were inspired by the #MeToo Movement and female empowerment." 

You don't need a badge to see all the female-inspired exhibits this year. For a list of things to do outside the convention center, click here.

<![CDATA['Glass' and 'Venom' Among Day 2 Panel Highlights at SDCC]]> Fri, 20 Jul 2018 09:33:26 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/comiconday2.jpg

Day two of the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con kicks off Friday with a handful of  standout panels. Among the highlights are:

"Adventure Time": The Cartoon Network celebrates 10 seasons with a live musical performance with a few surprise guests. (10 a.m. Indigo Ballroom)

"Fear the Walking Dead": Alycia Debnam-Carey, Colman Domingo, Lennie James, Danay Garcia, Jenna Elfman, Maggie Grace, and Garret Dillahunt join executive producers and showrunners Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg, executive producers Scott M. Gimple, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, and Dave Alpert, and special effects makeup supervisor and executive producer Greg Nicotero to discuss where the series left off in the midseason finale and what to look forward to when the show returns August 12. (11:15 a.m. Hall H)

"Star Trek: Discovery": The cast and producers of this CBS All Access series look back on season 1 and find out where the crew is headed as it transports into its second season. Cast members scheduled to appear include Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Shazad Latif, Mary Wiseman, Anthony Rapp, Wilson Cruz, Mary Chieffo and Anson Mount alongside executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Heather Kadin. (1:30 p.m. Hall H)

Universal Pictures "Glass" and "Halloween": The filmmakers and a few surprise guests from two of Universal's most-anticipated upcoming releases "Glass," from M. Night Shyamalan, and "Halloween," from David Gordon Green show off a few clips from the upcoming films. (3:45 p.m. Hall H)

Sony Pictures Panel: "Venom" filmmakers and talent will preview what's in store as the lethal protector finally gets his own movie, and the creators of "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" will give the audience an inside look at the groundbreaking animated movie.

"Preacher": AMC stars Dominic Cooper, Ruth Negga, and Joseph Gilgun join executive producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg and showrunner and executive producer Sam Catlin for a mid-season 3 discussion about the series so far and what's to come. (7:30 p.m. Hall H)

Click here for a full run down of exhibits and panels.

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<![CDATA[Celebrities at San Diego Comic-Con 2018]]> Sun, 22 Jul 2018 10:46:26 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1003668488.jpg A look at who was in San Diego for the 2018 Comic-Con convention.

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<![CDATA['I Thought the B---- Was White': Barr Unleashes Another Rant]]> Fri, 20 Jul 2018 07:53:07 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/barrmelt.jpg

Roseanne Barr is at it... again.

The disgraced, and now unemployed, comedienne took to social media Thursday to offer up another apparent explanation/apology in a NSFW video posted to her official YouTube page.

In the clip, Barr smokes a cigarette while arguing with a producer. She then references her controversial tweet where which she likened Jarrett, a black former adviser to Barack Obama, to an "ape."

"I’m trying to talk about Iran! I’m trying to talk about Valerie Jarrett about the Iran deal. That’s what my tweet was about," Barr screamed.

"I thought the b---- was white!" she said, getting even louder. “Goddamnit, I thought the b---- was white. F—!”

ABC, which canceled its "Roseanne" revival over its star's racist tweet, will air a Conner family sitcom minus Barr this fall. ABC ordered 10 episodes of the spinoff after Barr relinquished any creative or financial participation in it, which the network had said was a condition of such a series.

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<![CDATA['Late Night': A Closer Look at GOP on Trump Accountability]]> Fri, 20 Jul 2018 00:52:27 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GOPScreen-Shot-2018-07-20-at-3.50.59-AM.jpg

Seth Meyers takes a closer look at how Republicans have opposed every attempt to hold President Donald Trump accountable for his comments on Russian election meddling.

<![CDATA['Tonight': Deepak Chopra Guides Jimmy Fallon in Meditation]]> Fri, 20 Jul 2018 00:46:52 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/tjf_hlt_s5e156_899_deepakchopra_meditation_20180719-153206910560600002.jpg

Deepak Chopra guides Jimmy Fallon, The Roots and the "Tonight Show" audience through a two-minute meditation.

<![CDATA['Tonight': Trump News Network on Putin Summit]]> Fri, 20 Jul 2018 00:44:22 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/tjf_hlt_s5e156_899_trumpnewsnetwork_20180719-153206907434900002.jpg

To combat the fake news media, President Donald Trump, played by Jimmy Fallon, creates his very own news network to discuss his controversial summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

<![CDATA['Late Night': Amanda Seyfried Is in Awe of How Cool Cher Is]]> Fri, 20 Jul 2018 00:41:09 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/myr_hlt_s5e127_709_amandaseyfried_cher_20180719-153206894827000002.jpg

Amanda Seyfried talks about the relationship between her dog and child, as well as how cool she thinks her "Mamma Mia!' co-star Cher is. 

<![CDATA[Cedric the Entertainer Gets Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame]]> Thu, 19 Jul 2018 19:57:47 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1001934946.jpg Magic Johnson and Niecy Nash -- who just earned her spot on the jaunt -- joined the comedian for his big day.

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<![CDATA[Costumes of San Diego Comic-Con 2018]]> Sun, 22 Jul 2018 05:11:30 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/COMIC+CON+COSTUMES+2018+13.jpg Sporting spandex, capes, wigs, masks and makeup, fans descended on San Diego Comic-Con International 2018. The 49th annual pop culture and comic book convention is known for inspiring incredible costumes. Here's a look at some of those get-ups.

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<![CDATA[San Diego Comic-Con 2018: Thursday Highlights]]> Fri, 20 Jul 2018 13:55:08 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1001906934.jpg Celebrities spoke on panels hosted at convention centers, hotels and yachts on July 19, 2018, the first day of Comic-Con International 2018. Guests and celebrities also enjoyed pop-up events and lounges hosted by media companies. See Thursday's highlights below.

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<![CDATA[Jay-Z Calls Out Philly Mayor Over Labor Day Festival Move]]> Thu, 19 Jul 2018 11:54:25 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/MAde+in+America+Festival+2017+MIA.jpg

A Philadelphia Labor Day weekend tradition is on the move and founder Jay-Z isn't happy.

The Made in America Festival will no longer be held on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway after this September’s two-day concert featuring Philly’s own Meek Mill, Nicki Minaj, Post Malone, Zedd and others.

Philadelphia hopes to find another location within the City of Brotherly Love for the festival, which has brought artists from Beyoncé to Jay-Z to Kanye West to Coldplay to Nine Inch Nails, along with tens of thousands of concertgoers, to the Parkway since its first iteration in 2012.

"We are discussing the festival’s future and alternative locations with the producers," Philadelphia communications director Deana Gamble said to NBC10. "We look forward to continuing a partnership."

The festival was seen as a way to draw more people to Philadelphia, instead of the shore or mountains, for Labor Day weekend. But, some people living along the Parkway complained about parking and road restrictions put in place for the annual festival.

Budweiser pulled out as a title sponsor before this year’s concert. Festival organizers Jay-Z's Roc Nation and Live Nation have yet to reveal future plans.

In an op-ed penned for the Philadelphia Inquirer and posted to Philly.com, Jay-Z says he is disappointed "Philadelphia wound evict us from the heart of the city, through a media outlet, without a sit-down meeting, notice, dialogue or proper communication."

"It signifies zero appreciation for what Made In America has built alongside the phenomenal citizens of this city," Jay-Z wrote while taking shots at Mayor Jim Kenney.

Kenney responded to Jay-Z toward the end of a Wednesday afternoon news conference on the soda tax.

"We are in discussion with the right people now and I'm confident we will work everything out," Kenney said. "We want to keep the concert. We want to maintain a good relationship with Roc Nation and we're going to work hard to do that."

Kenney's predecessor Michael Nutter was mayor when the festival began.

"How does an administration, merely discard an event that generates millions in income and employs the city’s people as if we are disposable now that we have served our purpose? The city is right, in one respect, the first Made in America festival took place when there was a great need for tourism," Jay-Z wrote. "By their admission, the festival first started as a 'unique attraction to the City on an otherwise quiet Labor Day weekend. Over the years, tourism has grown overall.' Our question is, 'How do you think that tourism grew, Mayor Kenney?'"

Live Nation is siding with Jay-Z.

"From Billie Holiday to Will Smith, Patti LaBelle, Jill Scott, The Roots and countless others, urban music is an indelible part of Philadelphia’s culture and history," Live Nation said in a statement to NBC10. "By handicapping Made In America’s ability to bring the best show possible to the best site possible, this administration makes a statement about how it values the arts and plans to protect and expand the city’s vibrant musical heritage."

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<![CDATA[Marvel, Star Wars Inspired Dishes & Drinks at SDCC 2018]]> Fri, 20 Jul 2018 07:40:21 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/comiccon2018-brew30-hulkburger-highres.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[San Diego Comic-Con 2018: Surviving the Long Haul to Hall H]]> Thu, 19 Jul 2018 06:45:36 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/hall+H+Line+comic+con.png

Hall H: To some, it’s just a section of the San Diego Convention Center, but to a devoted Comic-Con fanatic, hearing those two little words can trigger a whirl of emotions.

Despite its capacity to hold 6,500 fans, Hall H remains the toughest room to get into during Comic-Con. It's a place where the biggest news in entertainment breaks during the four-day pop culture convention, the place where studios like Warner Bros. and Disney unleash major announcements, the place where A-list celebrities drop by, sometimes unexpectedly.

Being in the audience for those moments of pure, gleeful fandom isn’t easy. Getting into Hall H takes strategy and hours of patience and persistence. Hall H makes no secret of this.

A Twitter account created for the line to get into the room – dubbed @HallHLine – gives it to fans straight, describing itself like this in its bio: “I am the longest, nerdiest, most demoralizing line at any convention center ever made and that’s just how you like it. Come get in me."

Only the most willing and dedicated fans can endure the task of making through the Hall H line. With this will come lifelong memories and a chance to be part of a special community of fans who wait, year after year, for those four glorious days of Comic-Con.

Any Hall H expert will tell you, the best strategy for making it into Hall H is to be prepared. Here are some things that will help you “live long and prosper” when waiting in that line.

Sunscreen, Protective Gear

As they say, the early bird gets the worm, and the same goes for getting into Hall H. You should anticipate waiting anywhere between 12 to 24 hours to get in. For instance, if you want to attend the Warner Bros. panel that starts at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, you should plan on getting in line 10 to 12 hours beforehand. That wasn’t a typo. Again, Hall H is only for the most dedicated of fans.

Once you’re in line during the day, and you get there early enough, you’ll get prime real estate: a shaded location under the tents right outside the hall.


If not, get ready to brave that San Diego sunshine. Sunscreen and protective sun wear, like sunglasses or a hat, are critical items to bring with you. The last thing you want is to be sunburned while watching a “Walking Dead” panel.

The good news though is that once you're in Hall H, your body temperature will quickly cool. Despite the thousands of people filling up the room, it still gets pretty chilly inside. Bring a light jacket or blanket for optimal comfort inside Hall H.

Cleanliness is Key: Hygiene Supplies

The only thing worse than waiting in line more than 12 hours, is waiting in line with a bunch of sweaty fellow fans. Cleanliness is essential, and part of surviving Hall H is making sure you don't turn any potential friends away because of your body odor.

Since you won’t be able to shower while waiting, plan to bring essentials like face wipes, deodorant, and a disposable toothbrush – the travel section at any store should have you covered. If you’re waiting in line more than 12 hours, you might also consider a change of clothes, but remember to pack lightly. You’ll be bringing everything in Hall H with you, and there are no lockers.

Once you’re in line, you must stay there. If you’re planning on waiting alone, you'll need to make friends in line who can help you save your spot, in case you need a bathroom break.


The restrooms at the Hilton Bayfront (in the lobby or second level) are the perfect place to freshen up. You may even be lucky enough to see a famous face roaming around like that time I washed my hands there, right next to Joss Whedon.

Stay Hydrated and Bring Healthy Snacks

Water is so important to survival in the Hall H line, especially if you're in the sun. Bring a refillable water bottle that will also keep your water cool. There are water fountains behind the San Diego Convention Center, and sometimes they have a refill station.

Healthy snacks are also crucial; easy things to munch on – protein bars, granola bars, fruit – will cover the waiting in line part. You’re allowed to bring food into Hall H, so definitely pack a lunch, maybe a sub sandwich that you can divide into two meals and eat throughout the panels.

There are food vendors in the Hall H lobby, but the selection is limited (pizza, nachos, burgers).


Charge Up

With lots of time to kill waiting in that Hall H line, you’ll probably spend a good portion of it on your phone, which means you’ll be quickly draining that battery. Bring a portable charger to keep your devices running smoothly.

If you get in line early enough to wait under the tents, there are power outlets attached to the columns. If you’re next to one, bring a multi-outlet to share with other people in line. This will help you make friends in no time.

Since you’ll have to bring all of your items with you into Hall H, only bring the essentials to pass the time (leave the flat-screen TV at home): your phone, headphones, a small tablet, card games, books.

Inside Hall H, cell phone service is limited, so give your friends and family a heads up that you won’t be able to be reached for a while. Plus, if you're on your phone during the Hall H panels, you're doing it all wrong.

Inflatable Lounge Chair or Folding Chair

Camping overnight with complete strangers may not seem very pleasant, but for some, it’s part of the excitement and experience of making it inside Hall H.

If you’re one of the committed fans willing to sleep in line overnight, comfort will be key, so bring something to sleep on like an inflatable lounger or folding chair. Add a sleeping bag and earplugs, and you may even be able to get some sleep as you wait.

The terrain behind the convention center, where the Hall H line winds around, varies from grass to cement. A chair or lounger will keep you comfortable no matter where you land in the line.


There are many things you can do to customize the experience of waiting in the Hall H line. These tips are a start to surviving the long haul.

Though daunting, at times, embracing the line with a good attitude is your best bet. Think of it as a way to meet others who share common interests and your same enthusiasm for Comic-Con.

Once you get into the hall, it’s easy: just kick back, relax and bask in all of Hall H’s geeky glory.

This year, Hall H highlights include a "Breaking Bad" 10th-anniversary reunion, a panel for an upcoming "Halloween" remake from Universal Pictures, and a Warner Bros. panel likely to bring visions of "Aquaman" and "Wonder Woman" to eagerly awaiting fans. Check out lineup highlights here

Good luck!

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<![CDATA['Tonight': Audience Member Reads Trump 'Wouldn't' Statement]]> Thu, 19 Jul 2018 00:13:06 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/tjf_hlt_s5e155_898_monologue_20180718-153197971100500002.jpg

Jimmy Fallon's monologue from Wednesday, July 18, in which he has an audience member read President Donald Trump's statement on misspeaking at his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

<![CDATA['Tonight:' Google Translate Songs 'Mamma Mia!' Edition]]> Thu, 19 Jul 2018 00:07:39 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/tjf_hlt_s5e155_898_googletranslate_20180718_v2-153197973691400002.jpg

Amanda Seyfried and Jimmy Fallon take turns singing classic ABBA songs, like "Dancing Queen," which turns into "Hula Prince" after running the lyrics through Google Translate.

<![CDATA['Late Night': Cher Complimented Christine Baranski's Dancing]]> Thu, 19 Jul 2018 00:03:15 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/myr_hlt_s5e126_708_christinebaranski_cher_20180718-153197978871100002.jpg

"Mamma Mia!" star Christine Baranski shares how Cher complimented her dancing while at a premiere for the sequel, "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again." 

<![CDATA['Late Night': A Closer Look at Republicans on Trump-Putin]]> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 23:57:27 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/myrEMYR0708_EARLY_WEB_ACL_1-153197985173400002.jpg

Seth Meyers takes a closer look at Republicans falling in line after President Donald Trump's absurd explanation for his comments on Russian election meddling.