Wilford Brimley, ‘Cocoon’ and ‘Natural’ actor, dies at 85

By LYNN ELBER

LOS ANGELES  — Wilford Brimley, who worked his way up from movie stunt rider to an indelible character actor who brought gruff charm, and sometimes menace, to a range of films that included “Cocoon,” “The Natural” and “The Firm,” has died. He was 85.

Brimley’s manager Lynda Bensky said the actor died Saturday morning in a Utah hospital. He was on dialysis and had several medical ailments, she said.

The mustached Brimley was a familiar face for a number of roles, often playing characters like his grizzled baseball manager in “The Natural” opposite Robert Redford’s bad-luck phenomenon. He also worked with Redford in “Brubaker” and “The Electric Horseman.”

Brimley’s best-known work was in “Cocoon,” in which he was part of a group of seniors who discover an alien pod that rejuvenates them. The 1985 Ron Howard film won two Oscars, including a supporting actor honor for Don Ameche.

Brimley also starred in “Cocoon: The Return,” a 1988 sequel.

For years he was pitchman for Quaker Oats and in recent years appeared in a series of diabetes spots that turned him at one point into a social media sensation.

“Wilford Brimley was a man you could trust,” Bensky said in a statement. “He said what he meant and he meant what he said. He had a tough exterior and a tender heart. I’m sad that I will no longer get to hear my friend’s wonderful stories. He was one of a kind.”

Barbara Hershey, who met Brimley on 1995′s “Last of the Dogmen,” called him “a wonderful man and actor. … He always made me laugh.”

Though never nominated for an Oscar or Emmy Award, Brimley amassed an impressive list of credits. In 1993’s John Grisham adaptation “The Firm,” Brimley starred opposite Tom Cruise as a tough-nosed investigator who deployed ruthless tactics to keep his law firm’s secrets safe.

John Woo, who directed Brimley as Uncle Douvee in 1993′s “Hard Target,” told The Hollywood Reporter in 2018 that the part was “the main great thing from the film. I was overjoyed making those scenes and especially working with Wilford Brimley.”

A Utah native who grew up around horses, Brimley spent two decades traveling around the West and working at ranches and race tracks. He drifted into movie work during the 1960s, riding in such films as “True Grit,” and appearing in TV series such as “Gunsmoke.”

He forged a friendship with Robert Duvall, who encouraged him to seek more prominent acting roles, according to a biography prepared by Turner Classic Movies.

Brimley, who never trained as an actor, saw his career take off after he won an important role as a nuclear power plant engineer in “The China Syndrome.”

“Training? I’ve never been to acting classes, but I’ve had 50 years of training,” he said in a 1984 Associated Press interview. “My years as an extra were good background for learning about camera techniques and so forth. I was lucky to have had that experience; a lot of newcomers don’t.”

“Basically my method is to be honest,” Brimley said told AP. “The camera photographs the truth — not what I want it to see, but what it sees. The truth.”

Brimley had a recurring role as a blacksmith on “The Waltons” and the 1980s prime-time series “Our House.”

Another side of the actor was his love of jazz. As a vocalist, he made albums including “This Time the Dream’s On Me” and “Wilford Brimley with the Jeff Hamilton Trio.”

In 1998, he opposed an Arizona referendum to ban cockfighting, saying that he was “trying to protect a lifestyle of freedom and choice for my grandchildren.”

In recent years, Brimley’s pitchwork for Liberty Mutual had turned him into an internet sensation for his drawn out pronunciation of diabetes as “diabeetus.” He owned the pronunciation in a tweet that drew hundreds of thousands of likes earlier this year.

Brimley is survived by his wife Beverly and three sons.

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AP Entertainment Writer Anthony McCartney contributed to this report.

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SDCC 2019: ‘Dragon Ball Z’ fans break Guinness world record with massive Kamehameha attack

“Kamehameha!”

The word was heard over and over again on Wednesday, July 17, as hundreds of “Dragon Ball Z” fan gathered to attempt to set a world record at the Marriott Marquis San Diego.

  • Sean Schemmel, the voice of Goku on “Dragon Ball Z,” performs the “Dragon Ball Z” Kamehameha super energy attack move with hundreds of fans as they attempt to set a Guinness World Record by performing the move at the Marriot Marquis San Diego during Comic-Con International in San Diego on Wednesday, July 17, 2019. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Hundreds of fans attempt to set a Guinness World Record by performing the “Dragon Ball Z” Kamehameha super energy attack move at the Marriot Marquis San Diego during Comic-Con International in San Diego on Wednesday, July 17, 2019. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

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  • Kat Contreras, of Rancho Cucamonga, left, and Jah’lon Escudero, of San Diego, cosplay as Super Broly and Goku, of “Dragon Ball Z,” as hundreds of fans attempt to set a Guinness World Record by performing the “Dragon Ball Z” Kamehameha super energy attack move at the Marriot Marquis San Diego during Comic-Con International in San Diego on Wednesday, July 17, 2019. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Sean Schemmel, the voice of Goku on “Dragon Ball Z,” walks up as hundreds of fans wait to attempt to set a Guinness World Record by performing the “Dragon Ball Z” Kamehameha super energy attack move at the Marriot Marquis San Diego during Comic-Con International in San Diego on Wednesday, July 17, 2019. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Ashley Robbins, of San Diego, cosplays as Vegeta, of “Dragon Ball Z,” as hundreds of fans attempt to set a Guinness World Record by performing the “Dragon Ball Z” Kamehameha super energy attack move at the Marriot Marquis San Diego during Comic-Con International in San Diego on Wednesday, July 17, 2019. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

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The group of fans gathered ahead of Comic-Con International‘s Preview Night along with Guinness World Record officials to see if they could set the first record for the most people simultaneously performing the Kamehameha super energy attack move.

Those who were waiting in line joked about and demonstrated their “Dragon Ball Z” moves while discussing key plot points of the animated series and their favorite characters.

To set the record, at least 250 people needed to be present, but organizers were hopeful that they’d get up to a thousand by offering freebies to those who lined up Wednesday afternoon. Those participating had to also drag out the pronunciation of “Kamehameha” like the characters on the show holding the final “ha” for at least three seconds.

🏆GUINNESS WORLD RECORD ACHIEVED!! 🏆

Most people doing a KAMEHAMEHA at once! @GWR @BandaiNamcoUS pic.twitter.com/AVYsXRl1NF

— Dragon Ball Super (@dragonballsuper) July 18, 2019

 

Before the attempt, a Guinness official laid out the rules to the crowd, adding in jokes to help loosen everyone up, though he needed a Japanese translator to help him square everything away in the end.

The English voice actor of Goku, Sean Schemmel, also helped coach the crowd, giving pointers on how to yell “Kamehameha” without damaging their voices and telling them exactly how to space it out.

Schemmel led fans in a few dry runs before the did two record attempts to make sure everything was as perfect as it could be.

Fans screamed and giggled in delights as they set a new Guinness World Record and then posed for giant group photos with hundreds of their new best friends. The exact number of participants wasn’t immediately available.

The event marked the opening of the Dragon Ball Z World Adventure installation, which kicks off with its first stop at Comic-Con and then will travel to seven more cities across the world.

The installation includes exclusive collectibles, video games and photo booths and will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Sunday, July 21.

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Allison Mack, an actress with OC ties, pleads guilty in scheme involving sex slaves for a cult-like group in New York

NEW YORK — TV actress Allison Mack pleaded guilty Monday to charges she was involved in a scheme to turn women into sex slaves for the spiritual leader of a cult-like upstate New York group, a development that came on the same day jury selection began for a federal trial in the case.


FILE – This June 26, 2012, file photo shows television actress Allison Mack at a party in Los Angeles. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision/AP, File)

Mack, 36, wept as she admitted her crimes and apologized to the women who prosecutors say were exploited by Keith Raniere and the purported self-help group called NXIVM.

“I believed Keith Raniere’s intentions were to help people, and I was wrong,” Mack told a Brooklyn judge.

Mack – best known for her role as a young Superman’s close friend on the series “Smallville” – said that after months of reflection since her arrest, “I know I can and will be a better person.”

The actress is to be sentenced Sept. 11 on two racketeering counts that each carry maximum terms of 20 years in prison. However, it’s likely she would face far less time under sentencing guidelines.

After her arrest last year, a federal judge agreed to release Mack on $5 million bond and place her under home detention.  She planned to live with her parents at their home in Los Alamitos as she awaited further legal proceedings, The Associated Press reported.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Mack was born in Germany, where her father was an opera singer. The family later moved to Southern California and Mack graduated from the Orange County High School of the Arts in Santa Ana, now called the Orange County School of the Arts.

The Register contributed to this story.

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Comic-Con 2018: Why ‘Supernatural’ fans serenaded a cardboard Jared Padalecki in a San Diego bar

Jules Wilkinson walked in front of the Analog Bar in the Gaslamp Quarter, greeting friends and fellow fans of “Supernatural” as they arrived for the Comic-Con 2018 party she’s now thrown three different times in San Diego for the die-hard following of the CW show.

“I was coming to Comic-Con and I couldn’t believe that ‘Supernatural,’ one of the biggest fandoms in the world, didn’t have a party,” says Wilkinson, a women’s healthcare worker, writer and comedian who lives in Melbourne, Australia. “So I said, ‘Let’s have a party,’ and we started to plan one.”

  • Author Britta Lundin, left, hugs Jane Hightower, of Bellflower, after she won Lundin’s book “Ship It” in a raffle as Michelle DÕAngelo, of San Diego, at right, celebrates finding the last raffle winner during the Supernatural fan party at Analog bar at Comic Con 2018 in San Diego on Thursday, July 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Cardboard cutouts of Jared Padalecki as Sam Winchester, Misha Collins as Castiel and Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester, from left, at the Supernatural fan party hosted by supernaturalwiki.com founder Jules Wilkinson at Analog Bar during Comic Con 2018 in San Diego on Thursday, July 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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  • Host Jules Wilkinson announces birthday cake to fellow fans of the show to celebrate Supernatural star Jared Padalecki’s birthday during the Supernatural fan party at Analog bar during Comic Con 2018 in San Diego on Thursday, July 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Fans of the show Supernatural gather for a fan party at Analog bar during Comic Con 2018 in San Diego on Thursday, July 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Jules Wilkinson, host of the Supernatural fan party at Analog bar, prepares to lead the crowd in singing “Happy Birthday” to Supernatural star Jared Padalecki, seen here in a cardboard cutout, during Comic Con 2018 in San Diego on Thursday, July 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Raffle items sit on a table during the Supernatural fan party at Analog bar at Comic Con 2018 in San Diego on Thursday, July 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Host Jules Wilkinson calls out raffle numbers during the Supernatural fan party at Analog bar at Comic Con 2018 in San Diego on Thursday, July 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Jules Wilkinson, host of the Supernatural fan party at Analog bar, prepares to lead the crowd in singing “Happy Birthday” to Supernatural star Jared Padalecki, seen here in a cardboard cutout, during Comic Con 2018 in San Diego on Thursday, July 19, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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The bar was packed with fans like Pablo Machado, a college student from Guadalajara, Mexico, who said that while the show is terrific, the sense of community among its fans is even more of an appeal to him.

“It’s a very appealing feeling,” Machado said. “I don’t know what this fandom will do when it ends. It will be mass hysteria.”

He was kidding, we think, but so far there’s no end in sight for the story of two brothers, Sam and Dean Winchester, played by Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles, respectively, who travel the country in a ’67 Impala hunting ghosts and demons and other things that go bump in the night.

While at least one supporting actress from the show was somewhere in the party, Ruth Connell, who plays Rowena MacLeod, the mother of Crowley the King of Hell, the life-sized cardboard cutouts of stars Padalecki, Ackles and Misha Collins had their own place of honor. Padalecki’s cardboard doppelganger even had a large chocolate cake placed before him, or it, and a crowd of fans singing happy birthday to it, or him, in honor of his 36th birthday on Thursday.

Aron Brown of Los Angeles said she only recently got into the show, after friends who’ve long been into it finally convinced her to try it.

“People talk about it like they’re people they know,” she said of the way “Supernatural” mixes relatable characters with magical elements. “It feels like people you know.”

“Supernatural” has lasted 13 seasons and is approaching 300 episodes — first on the WB and now the CW network — and its longevity is part of the reason for the strength of its fandom, Wilkinson said. But its fans have also engaged with it in ways that followers of other shows do not, writing fan fiction, creating fan art and being rewarded by the strong social media presence of its stars.

“It has a lot of mythology, and everything from pop culture to religion, which seems to translate well around the world,” she said. “But at its heart it’s about building a family.  Fandom is often a family of choice. The characters find their family, and that’s true in the fandom as well.”

Tickets for the party included dinner of mahi mahi tacos, sliders, jalapeño macaroni and cheese and vegan Asian salad. Dessert was apple cobbler and Padalecki’s birthday cake – it’s not like he was there to eat it.

Raffle tickets were sold to raise money for charity, with prizes that included the “Supernatural” edition of Monopoly and personally autographed copies of Britta Lundin’s new YA novel “Ship It,” a story that fits neatly into the world of this specific show and fandoms at large, Lundin said.

“Supernatural” is a perfect mix of fantastic action and feelings, said Lundin, of Los Angeles, who when not writing YA novels is a writer on the CW series “Riverdale.”

“In the same episode you’ll have a character fighting ghosts and also crying about his father,” she said. ‘And that’s an intoxicating mix.”

That 150 or so people showed up to celebrate their mutual love of the show is all Wilkinson says she really needs.

“I always say fandom is my fandom,” she said. “It’s about these people. It’s know I can throw a party and people will meet and become friends.”

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Emmys 2017: Seen and heard on the red carpet

Perspiration filled the air from both the heat – yes, even in the tented and air-conditioned red carpet of the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, it was pretty steamy – and the tangible excitement of the nominated celebrities, anxious to enter the 69th annual Emmy Awards show.

Walking through the red carpet felt a little like a real-life show bingeing, featuring all sorts of characters from the various nominated series, including “Big Little Lies,” “Stranger Things” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” Of course, there were also a massive variety of casts from popular nominated television shows present, decked out in glitz and glamour, including HBO’s “Veep” and “Westworld,” ABC’s “Modern Family” and nominated made-for-TV films, such as the Dolly Parton-inspired “Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love.”

Conversations among the stars were happening everywhere. Here are some fun and insightful quotes heard on the red carpet:

Jeffrey Wright – “Westworld” – On Netflix binges and online spoilers: “I like the idea of not knowing where you’re going in a television show and not having spoilers; we all just need to enjoy the journey more today.”

Dominic Burgess – “Feud” – On Team Bette versus Team Joan:  “Team Bette because she cares about Victor. I’m sorry (laughs). I do love both, though.”

Anna Chlumsky – “Veep” – On “introducing” her multi-Emmy Award-winning costar: “Yeah there’s this one person on our show, Julia Louis-Dreyfus. I think you will really respond to her.”

Issa Rae – “Insecure” – On her Emmy Awards’ experience: “This is my first time at the Emmys and I’m loving it.”

Zoë Kravitz – “Big Little Lies” – On her Emmy Awards’ excitement: “This is quite the circus, but this is a room full of talented people; where else would I rather be?”

Alexander Skarsgard – “Big Little Lies” – On his outfit choice: “Excited but I’m mainly just hot. This three-piece suit was a bad call.”

Jimmy O. Yang – “Silicon Valley” – On his upcoming film project called “Life of the Party” with Melissa McCarthy: “I get to play a white girl’s boyfriend, which is a big step for Asians everywhere (laughs).”

Suzanne Cryer – “Silicon Valley” – On her expensive clip-on earrings and ring: “I hope no one mugs me with this expensive jewelry on. I mean, those ‘Veep’ people might get desperate and mean being almost out of a job soon and all. It’s about time Emmy-hogging ‘Veepers.’ It’s hard to begrudge them because they’re so damn good, but really, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, stop being so selfish, gosh.”

Jeffrey Nordling – “Big Little Lies” – On his character Gordon Klein versus him in real life: “It’s fun to play Gordon, he gets his way. I have a wife and three daughters, I never get my way in real life.”

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Emmys 2017: The 10 moments everyone will be talking about Monday

The 2017 Emmy Awards, a.k.a. the biggest night in television, has come to a close and it was full of entertaining moments.

Host Stephen Colbert kicked off the the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards with musical number infused with popular shows and casts of the time (here’s looking at you “Stranger Things” and “This Is Us”). From there, things got political, hilarious and at some moments, downright awkward.

Here are the 10 most memorable moments of the night so you know what to talk about at the coffee machine at work on Monday morning.

1. Most randomly thanked person: Oprah Winfrey

Watching award shows, it is a given that many “thank yous” will be heard throughout the night. However, this year a few winners added an extra name to their acceptance speech when they found themselves in the presence of royalty. John Oliver kicked it off when he thanked Oprah while accepting the Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for A Variety Series for “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver.” Oliver thanked Oprah again when he went back on stage to accept the Emmy for Outstanding Variety Talk Series. However, she wasn’t in her seat at the time, so he thanked her seat filler (because, duh). Oliver wasn’t the only winner to hop on the “Thank Oprah” train, Riz Ahmed also thanked Winfrey when he accepted his Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for “The Night Of.” Like John Oliver suggests, always thank Oprah.

😂😂😭 John Oliver! @iamjohnoliver #Emmys #EmmyAwards #Oprah #DCPublicSchools pic.twitter.com/Hj9SMUaKMm

— Kristen (@KristenNHayden) September 18, 2017

2. Strangest cameo: Sean Spicer

Viewers expected the night to get political with Stephen Colbert at the helm (or, at least, they should have), but one of the strangest political moments was when Colbert invited former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on stage to announce how large the Emmys viewing audience is this year (a shout-out to one of Spicer’s first controversies about this post inauguration press conference). This moment in the show was also the most gifable, because the star’s reactions in the audience were of sheer surprise.  We think Anna Chlumsky was the most gifable of all, though.

When Sean Spicer makes a cameo at the #Emmys https://t.co/p5h1wst4zq pic.twitter.com/Mmwb4nZDJn

— GIPHY (@GIPHY) September 18, 2017

3. Best Showstealer: History-making wins

A few wins at tonight’s Emmy Awards made the history books. The first was Lena Waithe’s win for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for the “Master of None” episode “Thanksgiving” (she shared the win with Aziz Ansari). With this win, Waithe became the first black woman to win an Emmy for comedy writing. Her historic win also led to quite the inspirational speech (watch below). The second history-making win was Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who won her 6th consecutive Emmy for portraying Selina Meyer on HBO’s “Veep.” With this win, she now has the most Emmy wins for a single performer in the same role ever. The third was Donald Glover, who with his win for Outstanding Director for a Comedy Series became the first black director to win in that category.

Lena Waithe is now the first African American woman to win Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series. Congrats! #Emmyspic.twitter.com/O5odY8boQg

— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) September 18, 2017

4. Most inappropriate stage banter: Dolly Parton

While it was amazing to see legends Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton and Jane Fonda all take the stage together to present an award (I mean, who doesn’t live for a “9 to 5” reunion?), it got a bit awkward when Parton segued into inappropriate sex jokes. But, then again, she is Dolly Parton — she can do what she wants.

5. Most political speech: Donald Glover calling out President Donald Trump

When Donald Glover took the stage to accept his Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for “Atlanta,” he began his speech thanking loved ones and family members. He then went on to thank President Donald Trump saying, “I want to thank Trump for making black people number one on the most‑oppressed list. He’s the reason I’m probably up here.”

Donald Glover thanks Trump for “making black people #1 on the most oppressed list” https://t.co/4IemvtNL3P #Emmys pic.twitter.com/lRmToUu7Gc

— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) September 18, 2017

6. Most cringeworthy moment: Stephen Colbert’s Bill Maher joke

While mentioning the diversity of the nominees during his opening monologue, Stephen Colbert made a jab at comedian Bill Maher and his recent scandal where he said the N-word live-on-air in an New York Times “Table for Three” interview. Not sure if this moment was really that cringeworthy? This was Debra Messing’s reaction.

For posterity, here’s Debra Messing reacting to the Bill Maher joke pic.twitter.com/Di73ODN5LO

— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) September 18, 2017

7. Best use of an acceptance speech for empowerment: Nicole Kidman

During her acceptance speech for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for her role in “Big Little Lies,” Nicole Kidman took a moment to express her gratitude for what her win does for shining a light on domestic abuse (her character in the miniseries was in an abusive relationship). Kidman also dedicated her award to her two daughters and husband Keith Urban and thanked them for their support, plus talked about how women in Hollywood needed more roles like those in “Big Little Lies.” All in all, tissues were needed after this speech.

Nicole Kidman thanks the #Emmys for “shining a light on domestic abuse” https://t.co/fQHkjymk9C pic.twitter.com/Wn6ZusqRfW

— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) September 18, 2017

8. Most fun moments: Musical numbers 

Between Stephen Colbert’s massive opening number (that culminated in chorus dancers dressed in “The Handmaid’s Tale” costumes taking the stage with him) and Rachel Bloom’s hilarious reveal of the Ernst & Young LLP accountants through song and dance, the musical numbers were much needed relief from the announcement of winners.

9. Biggest winner of the night: Diversity

People from many races, backgrounds and sexual orientations went home with Emmy Awards Sunday night. From Donald Glover to Riz Ahmed to Kate McKinnon, diversity was the ultimate winner of the night and was mentioned in several speeches, including Lena Waithe’s, Glover’s and more. Here’s to many more diverse award show wins!

10. Best “stick it to the Academy moment”: Sterling K. Brown’s speech

When Sterling K. Brown got up to accept his Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his role in “This Is Us,” he was not going leave the stage until he finished saying everything he wanted to say. And despite the producers playing him off with music and cutting his microphone, Brown stayed on stage finishing his speech. After all, he was the first black actor to win an Emmy in that category since 1998, he deserved all the time he wanted. Don’t worry though, he finished his speech backstage. Oh, and before they cut him off, he thanked his castmates while referencing two ’80s sitcoms, too.

“I want to thank my cast, Milo, Mandy, Justin, Chrissy. You are the best white TV family that a brother has ever had. Better than Mr. Drummond. Better than them white folks that raised Webster. I love you,” he said.

Sterling K. Brown just finished his best actor speech backstage after getting cut off during CBS’ live telecast (Watch) #Emmys pic.twitter.com/0X7KiZrkIj

— Variety (@Variety) September 18, 2017

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Comic-Con 2017: CW’s ‘Riverdale’ to undergo ‘civil war’ in dark, upcoming season

There’s one thing that the cast and crew of the CW Network’s “Riverdale” all agree on, the show is about to get much darker.

“‘Dark’ seems to be the buzzword that we’re all using for season two,” joked Cole Sprouse, who portrays Jughead Jones on the hit television series based on the “Archie” comic books. “It’s like the writers looked at Jughead, and we’re like, ‘Make him unhappy.’ And they were like, ‘Give him a treat and now pull him back again.’”

Sprouse was joined by fellow “Riverdale” castmembers KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, Madelaine Petsch, Ashleigh Murray, Casey Cott, Hayley Law, Asha Bromfield, and Executive Producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa Saturday at Comic-Con International in San Diego to discuss the upcoming season.

The Riverdale that comic readers came to know and love, isn’t going to be the same once the series returns this fall October 11.

“Riverdale is changing,” Apa said. “And there’s a civil war almost between the south side and north side of Riverdale, and eventually everyone picks a side.”

That divide will do more than fracture the town, it’ll also make relationships tense between Archie and the gang.

“The split between the north and south is going to take a toll on Jughead and Betty’s relationship,” Reinhart said. “It’s almost a Romeo and Juliet situation.”

Aguirre-Sacasa admitted that he finds it upsetting to write about the conflict of the characters he grew up with while reading the comics.

The producer said he’s been attempting to bring the comics to life for the past 15 years and hopes to one day expand the “Archieverse” like DC Comics has done with other CW shows, such as “Arrow” and “The Flash.”

“The reason I loved growing up with the Archie characters is because I wanted to be friends with those kids,” Aguirre-Sacasa said. “There’s always trouble, but I hope they’ll always come back together.”

Writing the conflicts wasn’t the only challenge the crew faced while putting together the second season. Both Apa and Sprouse said the second season has pushed them as actors.

The first episode of the new season was one of the toughest for Apa he said. The series is set to pick up right where it left off with a cliffhanger as Luke Perry’s character Fred Andrews is wounded in a not-so-random shooting.

“That first episode for Archie … He’s newly dealing with Fred being shot. So every single scene that we shot for that, for me especially, was challenging,” Apa said. “I was anxious before shooting that episode. When I first read it, I thought, ‘This is going to be really hard for me. This is going to be challenging.’ I think when you feel that way about something, when you’re nervous and anxious on set, it means that what you’re doing is good.”

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Comic-Con 2017’s Masquerade is what cosplay dreams are made of

Every year at Comic-Con International in San Diego cosplayers are given an opportunity to strut their stuff and really show off just how much work went into their creations.

In it’s 43rd year and presented by HBO, the Comic-Con Masquerade is more than just a cosplay fashion show.

  • The 2017 Comic-Con International Masquerade on day three of Comic-Con International in San Diego, CA., Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Southern California News Group)

    The 2017 Comic-Con International Masquerade on day three of Comic-Con International in San Diego, CA., Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Southern California News Group)

  • The 2017 Comic-Con International Masquerade on day three of Comic-Con International in San Diego, CA., Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Southern California News Group)

    The 2017 Comic-Con International Masquerade on day three of Comic-Con International in San Diego, CA., Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Southern California News Group)

  • The 2017 Comic-Con International Masquerade on day three of Comic-Con International in San Diego, CA., Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Southern California News Group)

    The 2017 Comic-Con International Masquerade on day three of Comic-Con International in San Diego, CA., Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Southern California News Group)

  • The 2017 Comic-Con International Masquerade on day three of Comic-Con International in San Diego, CA., Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Southern California News Group)

    The 2017 Comic-Con International Masquerade on day three of Comic-Con International in San Diego, CA., Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Southern California News Group)

  • The 2017 Comic-Con International Masquerade on day three of Comic-Con International in San Diego, CA., Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Southern California News Group)

    The 2017 Comic-Con International Masquerade on day three of Comic-Con International in San Diego, CA., Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Southern California News Group)

  • The 2017 Comic-Con International Masquerade on day three of Comic-Con International in San Diego, CA., Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Southern California News Group)

    The 2017 Comic-Con International Masquerade on day three of Comic-Con International in San Diego, CA., Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Southern California News Group)

  • The 2017 Comic-Con International Masquerade on day three of Comic-Con International in San Diego, CA., Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Southern California News Group)

    The 2017 Comic-Con International Masquerade on day three of Comic-Con International in San Diego, CA., Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Southern California News Group)

  • The 2017 Comic-Con International Masquerade on day three of Comic-Con International in San Diego, CA., Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Southern California News Group)

    The 2017 Comic-Con International Masquerade on day three of Comic-Con International in San Diego, CA., Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Southern California News Group)

  • The 2017 Comic-Con International Masquerade on day three of Comic-Con International in San Diego, CA., Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Southern California News Group)

    The 2017 Comic-Con International Masquerade on day three of Comic-Con International in San Diego, CA., Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Southern California News Group)

  • The 2017 Comic-Con International Masquerade on day three of Comic-Con International in San Diego, CA., Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Southern California News Group)

    The 2017 Comic-Con International Masquerade on day three of Comic-Con International in San Diego, CA., Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Southern California News Group)

  • The 2017 Comic-Con International Masquerade on day three of Comic-Con International in San Diego, CA., Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Southern California News Group)

    The 2017 Comic-Con International Masquerade on day three of Comic-Con International in San Diego, CA., Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Southern California News Group)

  • The 2017 Comic-Con International Masquerade on day three of Comic-Con International in San Diego, CA., Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Southern California News Group)

    The 2017 Comic-Con International Masquerade on day three of Comic-Con International in San Diego, CA., Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Southern California News Group)

  • The 2017 Comic-Con International Masquerade on day three of Comic-Con International in San Diego, CA., Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Southern California News Group)

    The 2017 Comic-Con International Masquerade on day three of Comic-Con International in San Diego, CA., Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Southern California News Group)

  • The 2017 Comic-Con International Masquerade on day three of Comic-Con International in San Diego, CA., Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Southern California News Group)

    The 2017 Comic-Con International Masquerade on day three of Comic-Con International in San Diego, CA., Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Southern California News Group)

  • The 2017 Comic-Con International Masquerade on day three of Comic-Con International in San Diego, CA., Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Southern California News Group)

    The 2017 Comic-Con International Masquerade on day three of Comic-Con International in San Diego, CA., Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Southern California News Group)

  • The 2017 Comic-Con International Masquerade on day three of Comic-Con International in San Diego, CA., Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Southern California News Group)

    The 2017 Comic-Con International Masquerade on day three of Comic-Con International in San Diego, CA., Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Southern California News Group)

  • The 2017 Comic-Con International Masquerade on day three of Comic-Con International in San Diego, CA., Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Southern California News Group)

    The 2017 Comic-Con International Masquerade on day three of Comic-Con International in San Diego, CA., Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Southern California News Group)

  • The 2017 Comic-Con International Masquerade on day three of Comic-Con International in San Diego, CA., Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Southern California News Group)

    The 2017 Comic-Con International Masquerade on day three of Comic-Con International in San Diego, CA., Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Southern California News Group)

  • The 2017 Comic-Con International Masquerade on day three of Comic-Con International in San Diego, CA., Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Southern California News Group)

    The 2017 Comic-Con International Masquerade on day three of Comic-Con International in San Diego, CA., Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Southern California News Group)

  • The 2017 Comic-Con International Masquerade on day three of Comic-Con International in San Diego, CA., Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Southern California News Group)

    The 2017 Comic-Con International Masquerade on day three of Comic-Con International in San Diego, CA., Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Southern California News Group)

  • The 2017 Comic-Con International Masquerade on day three of Comic-Con International in San Diego, CA., Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Southern California News Group)

    The 2017 Comic-Con International Masquerade on day three of Comic-Con International in San Diego, CA., Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Southern California News Group)

  • The 2017 Comic-Con International Masquerade on day three of Comic-Con International in San Diego, CA., Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Southern California News Group)

    The 2017 Comic-Con International Masquerade on day three of Comic-Con International in San Diego, CA., Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Southern California News Group)

  • The 2017 Comic-Con International Masquerade on day three of Comic-Con International in San Diego, CA., Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Southern California News Group)

    The 2017 Comic-Con International Masquerade on day three of Comic-Con International in San Diego, CA., Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Southern California News Group)

  • The 2017 Comic-Con International Masquerade on day three of Comic-Con International in San Diego, CA., Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Southern California News Group)

    The 2017 Comic-Con International Masquerade on day three of Comic-Con International in San Diego, CA., Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Southern California News Group)

  • Cosplayers pose in their “David Bowie” costumes during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Cosplayers pose in their “David Bowie” costumes during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Vera Vanguard poses in her “Showgirl Maleficent” costume during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Vera Vanguard poses in her “Showgirl Maleficent” costume during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Mike and Kelly Hecker pose in their “The Parting of Elrond and Arwen” costumes during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Mike and Kelly Hecker pose in their “The Parting of Elrond and Arwen” costumes during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Cosplayers pose in their “Batman vs Superman: Dawn of the Justice League” costumes during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Cosplayers pose in their “Batman vs Superman: Dawn of the Justice League” costumes during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Melynda Blanchard-Williams poses in her “Flight of the Hydrangea” costume during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Melynda Blanchard-Williams poses in her “Flight of the Hydrangea” costume during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Cosplayers show off their “A League of Their Own” costumes during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Cosplayers show off their “A League of Their Own” costumes during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Malis Vitterfolk poses in her “Dawnseeker Ix’kin, Arakkoa Sun Sage” costume during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Malis Vitterfolk poses in her “Dawnseeker Ix’kin, Arakkoa Sun Sage” costume during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Malis Vitterfolk poses in her “Dawnseeker Ix’kin, Arakkoa Sun Sage” costume during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Malis Vitterfolk poses in her “Dawnseeker Ix’kin, Arakkoa Sun Sage” costume during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Helen Simm poses in her “Dark Xena Warrior Princess” costume during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Helen Simm poses in her “Dark Xena Warrior Princess” costume during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Jason Aulocomo poses in his “Onslaught” costume during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Jason Aulocomo poses in his “Onslaught” costume during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Julia Jenkins, of Riverside, and Andy Holt, of Irvine, show off the articulating wings on their “Hawkman and Hawkgirl” costumes during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Julia Jenkins, of Riverside, and Andy Holt, of Irvine, show off the articulating wings on their “Hawkman and Hawkgirl” costumes during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Cosplayers show off their “John Snow and Daenerys Targaryen” costumes during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Cosplayers show off their “John Snow and Daenerys Targaryen” costumes during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Gaby Seligman poses in her “Supergirl” costume during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Gaby Seligman poses in her “Supergirl” costume during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Melissa Manhart poses in her “Dar Ember the Dragon Empress” costume during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Melissa Manhart poses in her “Dar Ember the Dragon Empress” costume during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Melissa Manhart poses in her “Dar Ember the Dragon Empress” costume during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Melissa Manhart poses in her “Dar Ember the Dragon Empress” costume during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Cosplayers show off their “Deanery Targaryen” costumes during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Cosplayers show off their “Deanery Targaryen” costumes during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Ashley Evans poses in her “Edward Scissorhands” costume during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Ashley Evans poses in her “Edward Scissorhands” costume during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Cosplayers show off their “Nothern Water Tribe” costumes during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Cosplayers show off their “Nothern Water Tribe” costumes during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Michelle Everett poses in her “Arenea Highwind” costume from Final Fantasy 15 during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Michelle Everett poses in her “Arenea Highwind” costume from Final Fantasy 15 during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Cosplayers show off their “Beauty and the Beatdown” costumes during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Cosplayers show off their “Beauty and the Beatdown” costumes during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Lisa Talamantes poses in her “Harley Quinn” costume during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Lisa Talamantes poses in her “Harley Quinn” costume during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Rebecca Ryan poses in her “Empress Fe’ier Battle Dress” costume during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Rebecca Ryan poses in her “Empress Fe’ier Battle Dress” costume during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Cosplayers show off their “Sleeping Beauty” costumes during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Cosplayers show off their “Sleeping Beauty” costumes during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Jennifer King poses in her original “Warrior Empress Bask” costume during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Jennifer King poses in her original “Warrior Empress Bask” costume during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Thomas Vera poses in his “Space Captain Hancock” costume during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Thomas Vera poses in his “Space Captain Hancock” costume during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Jose Davalos poses in his “Ursula the Sea Witch” costume during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Jose Davalos poses in his “Ursula the Sea Witch” costume during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Cosplayers show off their “DC Carnavale” creations during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Cosplayers show off their “DC Carnavale” creations during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Samantha Mansfield poses in her “Willie Scott at Club Obi-Wan” costume from Indiana Jones during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Samantha Mansfield poses in her “Willie Scott at Club Obi-Wan” costume from Indiana Jones during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Evan and Heidi Mack pose in their “Jolly Galaxy” costumes during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Evan and Heidi Mack pose in their “Jolly Galaxy” costumes during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Joshua David Sprague poses in his “The Legend of Samurai Link” costume during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Joshua David Sprague poses in his “The Legend of Samurai Link” costume during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Edgar Mayoral shows off his “Darkwraith from Dark Souls” costume during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Edgar Mayoral shows off his “Darkwraith from Dark Souls” costume during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Edgar Mayoral shows off his “Darkwraith from Dark Souls” costume during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Edgar Mayoral shows off his “Darkwraith from Dark Souls” costume during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Cosplayers show off their “Fantasia 2017: A Night on Bald Mountain” creations during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Cosplayers show off their “Fantasia 2017: A Night on Bald Mountain” creations during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Cosplayers get into position while posing for photos during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Cosplayers get into position while posing for photos during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Blair Heald shows off his “Samurai Jack” costume during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Blair Heald shows off his “Samurai Jack” costume during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Cosplayers show off their “Mayhem of the Music Meister” costumes during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Cosplayers show off their “Mayhem of the Music Meister” costumes during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Amber Bates wears her costume “Emma, from Miss Peregrine’s Home” during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Amber Bates wears her costume “Emma, from Miss Peregrine’s Home” during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Cosplayers show off their “The Force Awakens: Under New Management” costumes during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Cosplayers show off their “The Force Awakens: Under New Management” costumes during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Cap Santiago walks shows off his “Hawkman” creation during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Cap Santiago walks shows off his “Hawkman” creation during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Cap Santiago shows off his “Hawkman” creation during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Cap Santiago shows off his “Hawkman” creation during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Cosplayers show off their “Return to Skyrim” creations during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Cosplayers show off their “Return to Skyrim” creations during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Trinity Stewart and Julianne Tarr wear their “Ciri of Cintra and Geralt of Rivia” costumes during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Trinity Stewart and Julianne Tarr wear their “Ciri of Cintra and Geralt of Rivia” costumes during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Trinity Stewart and Julianne Tarr wear their “Ciri of Cintra and Geralt of Rivia” costumes during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Trinity Stewart and Julianne Tarr wear their “Ciri of Cintra and Geralt of Rivia” costumes during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Gabrielle Jones poses in her costume titled “Hanzo Shimada” during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Gabrielle Jones poses in her costume titled “Hanzo Shimada” during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Alyssa Morales poses in her costume titled “I am Borg” during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Alyssa Morales poses in her costume titled “I am Borg” during the Comic-Con 2017 Masquerade at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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“It’s an onstage event in the style of an amateur talent competition, with a Master of Ceremonies, a panel of guest judges, and impressive awards and generous prizes presented in assorted categories,” according to the Comic-Con website. “It’s more than just posing on stage, it’s about portraying the characters you are dressed as, creating moods, and sometimes a sense of story.”

Awards are given out in the categories of Best in Show, Judges’ Choice, Best Re-Creation, Best Original Design, Best Workmanship, Most Humorous, Most Beautiful, and Best Young Fan.

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Comic-Con 2017: ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ cast embrace diversity

“Star Trek: Discovery” plans to go boldly into the newest phase of the long-running franchise, and the series, which will premiere Sept. 24 on the digital CBS All Access, did so big time Saturday with a Comic-Con International panel discussion, a newly released trailer and a late afternoon press conference.

But by that time, star Jason Isaacs needed to leave.

  • Sonequa Martin-Green, left, reacts as Jason Isaacs looks on at the “Star Trek: Discovery” panel on day three of Comic-Con International on Saturday, July 22, 2017, in San Diego. (Photo by Al Powers/Invision/AP) ORG XMIT: CADA222

    Sonequa Martin-Green, left, reacts as Jason Isaacs looks on at the “Star Trek: Discovery” panel on day three of Comic-Con International on Saturday, July 22, 2017, in San Diego. (Photo by Al Powers/Invision/AP) ORG XMIT: CADA222

  • Doug Jones, left, and James Frain attend the “Star Trek: Discovery” panel on day three of Comic-Con International on Saturday, July 22, 2017, in San Diego. (Photo by Al Powers/Invision/AP) ORG XMIT: CADA223

    Doug Jones, left, and James Frain attend the “Star Trek: Discovery” panel on day three of Comic-Con International on Saturday, July 22, 2017, in San Diego. (Photo by Al Powers/Invision/AP) ORG XMIT: CADA223

  • Moderator Rainn Wilson, right, speaks with the cast and crew of “Star Trek: Discovery” panel on day three of Comic-Con International on Saturday, July 22, 2017, in San Diego. Pictured from left, Akiva Goldsman, Heather Kadin, Aaron Harberts, Gretchen J. Berg, Alex Kurtzman, Sonequa Martin-Green, Jason Isaacs, Doug Jones, James Frain, Mary Wiseman, Anthony Rapp, and Shazad Latif. (Photo by Al Powers/Invision/AP) ORG XMIT: CADA228

    Moderator Rainn Wilson, right, speaks with the cast and crew of “Star Trek: Discovery” panel on day three of Comic-Con International on Saturday, July 22, 2017, in San Diego. Pictured from left, Akiva Goldsman, Heather Kadin, Aaron Harberts, Gretchen J. Berg, Alex Kurtzman, Sonequa Martin-Green, Jason Isaacs, Doug Jones, James Frain, Mary Wiseman, Anthony Rapp, and Shazad Latif. (Photo by Al Powers/Invision/AP) ORG XMIT: CADA228

  • Sonequa Martin-Green speaks at the “Star Trek: Discovery” panel on day three of Comic-Con International on Saturday, July 22, 2017, in San Diego. (Photo by Al Powers/Invision/AP) ORG XMIT: CADA221

    Sonequa Martin-Green speaks at the “Star Trek: Discovery” panel on day three of Comic-Con International on Saturday, July 22, 2017, in San Diego. (Photo by Al Powers/Invision/AP) ORG XMIT: CADA221

  • Rainn Wilson speaks at the “Star Trek: Discovery” panel on day three of Comic-Con International on Saturday, July 22, 2017, in San Diego. (Photo by Al Powers/Invision/AP) ORG XMIT: CADA220

    Rainn Wilson speaks at the “Star Trek: Discovery” panel on day three of Comic-Con International on Saturday, July 22, 2017, in San Diego. (Photo by Al Powers/Invision/AP) ORG XMIT: CADA220

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The actor, who plays Capt. Gabriel Lorca, needed to leave early to make it to a friend’s wedding in Los Angeles during the press conference with his castmates and producers, including Rainn Wilson, James Frain, Doug Jones and more.

But before he left, Isaacs made it clear that he sees this newest iteration of the franchise as a force more powerful than just its ability to hit warp speed.

“The stories, the original stories, in the 1960s were told in a time of enormous turmoil and the civil rights movement,” said Isaacs, stressing that the value of the series’ point of view as the world “seems to be getting more divisive.” “Gene Roddenberry created a vision of the future where people have found solutions to divisions between people,” said the actor before dashing off.

Sonequa Martin-Green, who plays First Officer Michael Burnham, also stressed the show’s sense of embracing differences.

“We don’t have to let go of who we are in order to learn who you are,” said Martin-Green.

The actress, who has faced racist comments about her casting and about the show’s embrace of diversity, got choked up discussing how she felt honored and privileged to be part of the show and its history, especially the legacy of actress Nichelle Nichols from the original series.

But Martin-Green also said that the show tackles issues of diversity head-on.

“We do it so boldly, “ Martin-Green. “It is normalcy in this story.”

Actor Anthony Rapp echoed this with comments about his character, a gay man in a relationship on the show.

The theme was brought home by executive producer Alex Kurtzman.

“I think Roddenberry’s greatest contribution to race relations is that he never addressed them. It just was, and that’s what we’re planning on doing,” said Kurtzman.

Wilson, for his part, also tried to make news by blurting out that an old favorite might be appearing on the new show.

“Tribbles, yes!” he proclaimed.

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Comic-Con 2017: Orlando Jones of ‘American Gods’ is a nerd’s nerd and we wouldn’t want him any other way

Celebrities at Comic-Con International, the annual comic and pop-culture event held in San Diego, is nothing new but among the hundreds of special guests and stars one personality is just as big a fan as the hundreds of thousands who attend every year.

“I’m like a 14-year-old fangirl,” laughed Orlando Jones who is a self-described nerd. “I’m here with all the squees and the feels.”

Jones talked about his love of pop-culture, television and science fiction.

Actor Orlando Jones poses at SYFY's Geek Love Chapel on Thursday, July 20, 2017, after officiating a wedding. (Photo by Sarah Batcha/Southern California News Group)
Actor Orlando Jones poses at SYFY’s Geek Love Chapel on Thursday, July 20, 2017, after officiating a wedding. (Photo by Sarah Batcha/Southern California News Group)

It was that nerdiness that helped Jones land the role of Mr. Nancy in the television adaption of Neil Gaiman’s book “American Gods” on Starz.

When Starz announced in summer of 2016 the channel would be developing the series, Jones said he immediately began expressing his desire to play Mr. Nancy, the Ghanaian trickster god Anansi.

His push caught the attention of Gaiman who Jones said wrote to him, “You’d be an awesome Mr. Nancy.”

“I was freaking out!” Jones said. “I got stupid happy.”

It wasn’t until a year later that Jones received a call from the show’s casting director.

“She asked me, ‘Have you heard of this book, ‘American Gods’?’,” Jones said. “She had no clue any of that stuff happened before.”

Jones has received critical acclaim for his portrayal of the trickster god especially the monologue that introduced Mr. Nancy to the audience. In it, he tells a man shackled in the bottom of a slave ship what injustices await black men, women and children in America.

Jones’ love of nerdy things has not always been easy especially when working as an actor.

“I wasn’t getting that call to be in ‘Training Day’ or ‘Boyz in the Hood,’” he laughed. “I mean, they might if they wanted me to be the hostage or something.”

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But it wasn’t anything he ever wanted to change, he said. He was happy in his love of pop-culture so when he attends events like Comic-Con, he does it as a fan.

This year, among his scheduled appearances including officiating over weddings and vow renewals at the SYFY Channel’s Geek Love Chapel, he also made it a point to try to attend featured events at the convention.

At one point after marrying the first couple at the chapel in the Gaslamp District Thursday, Jones lamented he was sorry he would not be able to attend the Her Universe Fashion Show slated for later that evening.

“I always try to go,” he said. “I’m sorry I’m going to miss it.”

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