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Posted at 7:41 AM ET, 07/25/2008

Morning Mix: Christian Bale Asks for Privacy; Paris Hilton Hits Comic-Con

By Liz Kelly
Friday

Headlines: Christian Bale says alleged assault is "personal matter"... Mariah Carey scoffs at rumors of marital strife... Amy Adams engaged to longtime boyfriend... Eva Mendes is new bod of Calvin Klein underwear... Meg Ryan dons fat suit for movie role... Russell Brand tapped to host this year's MTV Video Music Awards... Pam Anderson set to launch new reality show; living with Tommy Lee again... Dustin "Screech" Diamond penning memoir... Rosario Dawson gets out the vote... Marissa Jaret Winokur welcomes son via surrogate.

Crime Watch: DMX pleads not guilty to identity theft charges.

Rumor Mill: Brangelina twins conceived via in vitro, per Us Weekly... Anne Hathaway's diaries confiscated by FBI... Diddy proposes to girlfriend Cassandra Ventura... Ex-boyfriend Justin Long drops out of Drew Barrymore's directorial effort... Paris Hilton stopped by police for "erratic" driving... Michelle Williams dating director Spike Jonze?... Brooke Hogan considering Playboy spread offer, apologizes for accusing her father of abuse... Rep dismisses rumor of Jessica Simpson sex tape... Shanna Moakler and Kim Kardashian rumble at Malibu party.

Comic-Con Update

Comic-Con...

Join us at 11 a.m. ET for a discussion of all things Comic-Con, live from San Diego.

High points from Thursday:

The mania surrounding "Twilight" was something to behold, as I blogged about yesterday evening. -- Jen


Dakota Fanning poses for pictures after a round table discussion about her new movie, 'Push.' (Liz Kelly for washingtonpost.com)

Dakota Fanning, now a poised 14-year-old high school student, dished yesterday about her relatively normal life during a round table interview to promote her upcoming movie, "Push." Though Dakota enthusiastically shared that she's a cheerleader, she blushed and giggled when I asked her to do a cheer for us. Ever the trooper, Dakota endured a seven-hour highway back-up between L.A. and San Diego to arrive late at Comic-Con. -- Liz

During last night's "Star Wars" Fan Film Awards -- where I got to see such Jedi gems as "The Empire Strikes Back in 60 Seconds" -- Kevin Spacey made a special appearance to promote the long-awaited "Fanboys."The feature film about a bunch of guys who break into Skywalker Ranch to steal a copy of "The Phantom Menace" was made several years ago but is finally getting a theatrical release this September, complete with plot point about a fatal cancer diagnosis intact. The first 300 people in line for the awards received passes to a special screening. The rest of us were treated to a promo from Spacey, who produced the film, and a sneak peek, which was funny and well-received. The cast features Jay Baruchel, Seth Rogen and Kristen Bell, along with a cameo from Lando Calrissian himself, Billy Dee Williams. -- Jen

There is literally more going on here than meets the eye. Comic-Con is like a Grateful Dead concert meets a rave meets a trade show all set on an in-session college campus -- with random "scenes" popping up amid all the scheduled edu-tainment. Which is how I missed Paris Hilton's surprise appearance at the "Repo: The Genetic Opera" preview. While I was busy chasing something else, Paris unexpectedly dropped in to support the movie in which she plays a small role. Yes, I've already re-calibrated my celebutante-sensing radar and hope to do better by you today. -- Liz

The commenters who assured us that we'd see more costumes once the Con got going were absolutely right. As soon as I got in line yesterday morning to hop on the shuttle to the Convention Center, a guy dressed in a full-on Ghostbusters uniform -- complete with proton pack -- sidled up behind me. That trend continued throughout the day, as babies dressed as Wonder Woman, dudes in Dharma Initiative outfits and more imitators of the Joker than I can possibly count paraded by nonchalantly. (While Liz wants to write a dissertation about the sexual overtones in some of these costumes, I just find it funny to turn around during a panel discussion and see The Incredibles, with extremely serious expressions on their faces, sitting behind me in bright red, superhero spandex.) -- Jen

If I see one more fetishized school girl or naughty manga girl character, I'm going to hurl. -- Liz

Speaking of the Dharma Initiative, I visited the recruitment booth, as promoted in that Octagon Global Recruiting commercial that ran during the "Lost" season finale. A video that explains what's happening with the recruitment effort will appear in this here blog later today. As we ramp up for Saturday's big "Lost" panel, I'm hoping to catch today's EW panel with several TV showrunners, including one half of LindeCuse, Mr. Damon Lindelof. And I just may get some time for a Dharma Initiative assessment of my own. -- Jen

I'm quickly becoming addicted to Twitter (better late than never). Highlights from yesterday's stream include Hugh Jackman's surprise appearance to promote "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," what made Marky Mark "feel all warm in the pants," and my too-brief brush with The RZA. -- Liz

On tap today: It's going to be super-busy; interviews with "Mystery Science Theater 3000" peeps and the guys behind "Shaun of the Dead," plus panels galore, including that big ol' "Watchmen one," which should spawn a line of epic proportions. -- Jen

Today, I plan to visit the Autograph Area to scope out C-level stars for some quick quotes, join Jen in covering the "Watchmen" panel (Billy Crudup, please) and attend an early evening Simpsons collectors group. -- Liz

Photo Gallery: The Scene from Comic-Con

By Liz Kelly  | July 25, 2008; 7:41 AM ET
Categories:  Comic-Con, Daily Mix  
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