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Posted at 1:45 PM ET, 07/ 8/2010

Comic-Con 2010: Some highlights of day one programming

By Jen Chaney

Liz Lemon? Oh, she'll totally be at Comic-Con. (NBC)

The complete, mind-bogglingly massive schedule for the official first day of Comic-Con -- Thursday, July 22 -- has been released. And as always, there are more comic and pop culture-related events than a person can possibly consume in a single day, especially if they're trudging through the San Diego Convention Center while carrying the extra weight of a storm trooper uniform.

I've done the cursory scan of what's happening and have broken out the 10 Thursday panels that may be of most interest to the Celebritology audience, whether you're going to the Con or just trying to keep track of what's happening.

"Megamind" -- 10 a.m. in Hall H: The DreamWorks team will do the dog and pony show for their upcoming animated film, complete with voice talent Tina Fey, Will Ferrell and Jonah Hill in tow. Missing, according to the schedule? Brad Pitt, although it's always possible he could do a surprise pop-in, for reasons that will become apparent later in this list. talks "The Hobbit" movies -- 10:30 a.m. in Room 7AB: Staff members from the website devoted to all things "Lord of the Rings" will discuss the latest news on the upcoming pair of "Hobbit" films. And given how often things seem to change in this arena, it should be an interesting conversation.

"Tron: Legacy" -- 11:15 a.m. in Hall H: Patton Oswalt moderates this presentation -- the third time the "Tron" people have been to Comic-Con -- about the update of the '80s sci-fi cult favorite, coming to theaters in December. Director Joe Kosinski will join several cast members, including Jeff Bridges, Garret Hedlund, Olivia Wilde, Michael Sheen and Bruce Boxleitner.

Charlaine Harrris -- 1 p.m. in Room 6CBF: The author of the Sookie Stackhouse series talks vampires and fiction, giving "True Blood" fans something to do while preparing for the HBO series's panel, to be held later during Comic-Con.

"Battle: Los Angeles" and "Salt" -- 1 p.m. in Hall H: Sony trots out Michelle Rodriguez and Aaron Eckhart to promote "Battle," their alien invasion flick that's due out next spring. And while Sony has the geek crowd's attention, they also plan to push "Salt," the Angelina Jolie spy movie that comes out the following day. No Jolie on the schedule, but with a movie from the other half of Brangelina on the docket the same day, I have to wonder if there's an off-chance Hollywood's glam couple will put in an appearance.

"Red" -- 2:15 p.m. in Hall H: With no "Twilight" panel this year, Summit Entertainment is focusing its Comic-Con attention on this CIA thriller, based on the comic series, starring Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich and Helen Mirren. Cast members, including Willis and (hopefully) Mirren, are expected to hold court in Hall H.

"Star Wars: The Force Unleashed" -- 3:30 p.m. Room 6 BCF: Gamers and/or Jedi junkies who didn't go to E3 may be curious to take a peek at this live demo of the Darth Vader video game, releasing in October.

Entertainment Weekly: The Visionaries with Joss Whedon and J.J. Abrams -- 3:30 p.m. Hall H: For pop culture geeks, this is the equivalent of a sitdown with Moses and Jesus. Don't ask me which one is which in this scenario. Jeff Jensen of EW is your uber-smart moderator.

The Anti-Heroes of Showtime -- 4:45 p.m. Ballroom 20: Showtime already has a "Dexter" panel set up for later in the day. But this conversation with several Showtime protagonists -- including Michael C. Hall of "Dexter," Mary Louise Parker of "Weeds" and David Duchovny of "Californication" -- should be lively. Note to parents: get the kids set up in the Comic-Con daycare center during this one.

"The Expendables" -- 4:45 p.m. in Hall H: Lionsgate explicitly promises that this panel will kick the collective asses of everyone in Hall H. At the very least, with pumped-up heroes Sylvester Stallone, Dolph Lundgren and Steve Austin in the room, the testerone in the air should be palpable.

"Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" -- 6 p.m. in Hall H: If the footage lives up to the promise of the trailers for the movie, based on the comic series by Bryan Lee O'Malley, this could be the best Hall H panel of the day. On tap to hawk the production: O'Malley, director Edgar Wright, Michael Cera, Kieran Culkin, Jason Schwartzman, Mae Whitman and Anna Kendrick, among others.

By Jen Chaney  | July 8, 2010; 1:45 PM ET
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I have to disagree with you, Jen. I might be living in the past, but "Entertainment Weekly: The Visionaries with Joss Whedon and J.J. Abrams" moderated by Doc Jensen sounds like the best panel of the day without question.

Maybe they can settle which kick-*ss heroine would win in a fight - Buffy Summers or Sydney Bristow?

Or which character was more annoying - Kate Austen or Dawn Summers? (Although I think the fair contest is really between two J.J. characters - Kate and Lauren Reed.)

Posted by: y1776 | July 8, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

I'm looking forward to see the Star Wars panel to see the new Darth Vader video game, but i'm mostly excited to hear from the panels from Comedy Centrals Ugly Americans on Friday and Futurama on Saturday!!!! This year's comic con is going to be amazing!!!!

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