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SAN DIEGO – Hollywood A-list celebrities made appearances at the star-studded panels at San Diego Comic-Con.

Tom Cruise joined the “Edge of Tomorrow” panel with costars Emily Blunt and Bill Paxton.

A cast of six actors took the stage to talk about “The Hunger Games” sequel “Catching Fire” at Hall H Saturday, including rock star Lenny Kravitz, but it was Jennifer Lawrence that the 6,500 fans were most excited to see.

Tom-Cruise-and-Jennifer-LawrenceThe newly anointed Oscar winner who plays heroine Katniss Everdeen was her usual mixture of honesty and self-deprecating humor as she and her cast mates debuted the “Catching Fire” trailer for the first time to raucous applause.

The young adult adaptation followed a sneak peak of Stuart Beattie’s new film “I, Frankenstein,” which stars Aaron Eckhart as a modernized version of the monster originally created by author Mary Shelley. Eckhart took the stage with co-star Yvonne Strahovski (who plays an electro-physicist), Beattie and graphic novelist Kevin Grevioux.

“This is the next chapter of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein,” said Beattie, best known as the screenwriter behind “Australia” and “G.I. Joe.” “Our story begins where hers ends — you see Adam (Eckhart) carrying his father’s body out to the cemetery. It’s very much Mary Shelley’s character done in a modern-day setting.”


SAN DIEGO – Metallica stormed though Comic-Con dangling a secret show for all of their die hard fans.

CaptureThe band is poised to release a theatrical film that is split between a Metallica concert and a revolution taking place outside.

Fans, some who waited eight hours in line outside the San Diego Convention Center, peppered the band with questions Friday afternoon.

“What’s your best advice for a young struggling band,” one attendee asked.

“Be willing to stay on this journey together… don’t let your ego get in the way of your music,” lead singer James Hetfield said.

The band’s secret show was announced during the Hall H panel and free tickets were handed out.  It took place hours later at 10 p.m. at Spreckles Theater in San Diego.

Some of the tickets were immediately being sold for as much as $500.

The most sought after Comic-Con panels for Friday highlighted movie stars and major television dramas.

Some people really shouldn’t wear Spandex, but that’s not a problem for these Comic-Con cuties.

The geek girls are back in San Diego again for the country’s largest annual pop culture festival.

PHOTOS: Babes of Comic-Con 2013

Hundreds of cosplay ladies give pop culture fans much more than comic books to look at when cruising through San Diego Comic-Con.


Photo: Mike Rollerson

The Miz was among World Wrestling Entertainment superstars meeting fans during San Diego Comic-Con Thursday.

Babes and beefcakes dressed as comic book and pop-culture characters give San Diego Comic-Con attendees something to drool over.