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Posted at 3:00 PM ET, 07/28/2010

Comic-Con 2010: Seeing stars, from Willliam Shatner to Michael Cera, on the party scene

By Jen Chaney

The scene at the EW/SyFy party. (Photo by Jen Chaney)


Like many of the people who ventured to San Diego, I'm still attempting to recuperate from Comic-Con. And by attempting to recuperate, I mean regain my energy and finish posting all the blog items I had hoped to publish during the nonstop, four-day swirl of pop-culture activity.

In addition to the sightings of costumed Darth Vaders and Hit Girls, I also managed to sneak in some celeb-spotting over the weekend during a few of the roughly 873 Comic-Con-related parties that were happening in the San Diego area.

On the heels of Thursday's G4/Lucasfilm Stormtrooper throw-down, I spent my Friday night hopping from party to party to party. First stop: The Tweet House event on the USS Midway, where views of the San Diego skyline from the upper deck were beautiful and Web-savvy industry types, as well as a few celebs, chowed on burgers and beer. William Shatner autographed an iPad for charity and Tweeted about it before heading to the lower deck for his launch event, which was happening simultaneously.

When I first arrived, a Tweet House guide also said someone from "Lost" was there but couldn't remember the person's name. I hung around for a while, didn't spot any Losties, then took off for a meet-up with some actual "Lost" fans.

That's right, some of us -- including podcasters and bloggers like Jay and Jack, The ODI and JOpinionated -- still hang around in bars trying to make sense of all this:

From there it was time for a trip to Flynn's Arcade. And by that I mean the Flynn's Arcade re-created for the "Tron: Legacy" bash thrown by Disney. My eyes were somewhat dazzled by the stars I saw there, including Nathan Fillion, Bruce Boxleitner, Robert Ben Garant of "Reno: 911," partner in "Lost" fandom Paul Scheer, "Star Trek" co-writer Bob Orci and Tia Carrere. (Jeff Bridges also reportedly showed up, but somehow I managed to miss him.) But I was even more wowed by the Tron-ness of the whole setup, which included a roomful of vintage stand-up video games (P.S. I forgot how hard "Donkey Kong" is) and a long dark tunnel that led to a blue-lit, futuristic, techno-pulsating party scene with a decidedly "Tron" vibe.

Party central at "Tron: Legacy." (Photo by Jen Chaney)

Then there was Saturday, a night that involved much more waiting than actual partying. A cluster of journalists and Hollywood insiders just missed making it into the elevator that was zooming VIPs up to the roof of the Hotel Solamar for the Entertainment Weekly/SyFy soiree. As a consequence, we waited for two hours to get upstairs because the event was "at capacity." There were times during those two hours when all of us questioned: (a) our priorities, (b) our existences, and (c) our hesitancy to order a pizza while we stood there in limbo mode.

But once inside the swanky scene, the wait seemed mostly worth it. Danny DeVito was there, holding court next to the shallow end of the illuminated swimming pool. Plenty of SyFyers -- including Robert Carlyle of "Stargate Universe" -- were there, along with "Glee" stars Chris Colfer, Amber Riley, Kevin McHale, Heather Morris and Naya Rivera.

Fillion was again present, as was Garant and his fellow former "State" colleague, Joe Lo Truglio, soon to be seen in "Paul." Said a quick hello to another "Paul" star, Bill Hader.

I visited the sweets room -- a more chic, minimalist version of the bulk candy aisle at your local grocery store -- and ran into ... Boone! I spoke with Ian Somerhalder about his work related to the gulf oil spill ("It's something I have to do," he told me). We chatted for a couple of minutes. Then he kissed my hand. And then I passed out.

Just kidding, I didn't faint. There wasn't time. I still had to wander around the party and spot Michael Cera sequestered in a corner with a posse of buddies and looking even more diminutive without his Captain America costume. I said hi to "Paul" director Greg Mottola, who was chatting with Cera's "Scott Pilgrim" co-star Kieran Culkin. And then I had to sneak a peek at Joss Whedon, who looked to still be riding high on that "Avengers" reveal that happened in Hall H on Saturday.

Unfortunately, Whedon didn't bring any of his Avengers to the party with him, at least not while I was there. Presumably they were all very busy, fighting crime in the shadows of the San Diego night. After scarfing down an ultra-fancy grilled cheese sandwich and taking a few final laps around the party, I headed back into that same night, in search of a far less superheroic few hours of sleep.

By Jen Chaney  | July 28, 2010; 3:00 PM ET
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What differentiates "an ultra-fancy grilled cheese sandwich" from the standard variety? Do tell!

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | July 28, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Oh man, this sounds like such a blast! Thanks for the stories.

Posted by: Bawlmer51 | July 28, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

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