What to see Thursday at Comic-Con
SAN DIEGO — Comic-Con International kicks off its first full day on Thursday, with panels, giveaways and star sightings.
You and thousands of your closest friends are all going to try to get into the same panels, but we’re going to give you some tips to help you navigate one of the greatest pop culture festivals on earth.
Events start early and go well into the night, so be prepared to chuck that schedule you have saved on your phone and go to where the fun takes you.
The day starts at 10 a.m., when you can see pop singer Justin Timberlake and actress Anna Kendrick, who will be promoting their movie “Trolls” in Hall H.
Then, stay where you are because at 11:45 a.m., Oscar winning director Oliver Stone makes his first Comic-Con appearance to give you a sneak peek at his new movie, “Snowden,” based on the story of Edward Snowden, the man who leaked classified information about the government’s massive global surveillance program. The cast includes Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Zachary Quinto, and Scott Eastwood, and they will all talk about their roles in the film in Hall H.
Sports fans will get to see legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at noon. He’s going to talk about a new comic book he’s launching. Fans will also get an exclusive show art card. That will be in Room 5AB.
Also at noon, things heat up in the other hot room at Comic-Con. CBS begins rolling out some of its most anticipated shows of the fall. Robert Patrick, Katharine McPhee, Eddie Kaye Thomas will return to Comic-Con for the third year in a row to talk about season 3 of “Scorpion,” which is about a team of geniuses who help fight crime. And speaking of geniuses, a show about a man who used his intellect to create inventions to get him out of weekly jams called “MacGvyer” is being rebooted. It stars Lucas Till, and George Eads. It all happens in Ballroom 20.
At 1 p.m., one of the most in-demand actresses in Hollywood, Cara Delevingne, will give a first look at “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” due out next summer. It’s a look at the future, where all races and planets are united, but not everyone is happy about that. That’s in Hall H.
At 3 p.m., “The Good Place” screens. Stars Ted Danson and Kristen Bell will be on hand to answer questions. Bell stars as a woman who dies and learns in the afterlife she wasn’t a very good person. Now she’s given a second chance to change her ways. It’s in the Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront.
The cast of “Teen Wolf” will be in Ballroom 20 from 4:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. The pack from MTV’s popular series is back for the seventh year in a row.
Comedian Seth Rogen has been known to push boundaries in his work. At 5:45 p.m., you can get a sneak peek at “Sausage Party,” the world's first R-rated CG animated comedy. It screens at the Horton Grand Theater.
Comic-Con puts the cap on a big month for San Diego tourism, in which thousands of visitors were lured to town by the July 4 holiday weekend, baseball's All-Star Game, the Over-the-Line Tournament and the San Diego Pride Parade and Festival.
Officials are urging the use of public transit because of the huge crowds of attendees and gawkers expected in downtown San Diego over the next few days. The Metropolitan Transit System will run Blue and Green line trolleys every 7 1/2 minutes during peak periods, with the last trains leaving downtown after midnight. The Convention Center and Gaslamp stops provide access to the venue.
The MTS has also printed a limited quantity of commemorative Comic-Con day passes.
North County Transit District officials said they will add a northbound Coaster train that will leave the Santa Fe Depot in downtown San Diego at 9:15 p.m. Amtrak will not accept Rail-to-Rail service with Coaster fares during Comic-Con.
For those who don't attend, this is the first year for Comic-Con HQ, a video on-demand service in partnership with Lionsgate that will remain free through Monday. During the four days of the event, the service will include airings of select panels, access to the convention floor, the masquerade ball and the Eisner Awards, according to Comic-Con officials.