Fandango hit the streets of San Diego’s hard-partying Gaslamp Quarter – in a Supergirl-driven pedicab, of course – to hit all of the biggest bashes at Comic-Con International. Use our X-ray vision to take a peek inside the parties.
DC Entertainment and Warner Bros.’ Superman 75th Anniversary Party
THE LAIR: Float rooftop bar at the Hard Rock Hotel
THE HOOK: Float was transformed in a shrine to the greatest superhero of them all for DC Comics’ massive blowout celebrating the debut of the Man of Steel in Action Comics back in 1938 as songs like R.E.M.’s “Superman” and Donovan’s “Sunshine Superman” provided a musical backdrop for synchronized swimmers dancing in the mammoth pool wearing tiny bikinis almost more revealing than X-ray vision.
AMONG THE HEROES: Henry Cavill was on hand along with Man of Steel director Zack Snyder when a valuable original issue of Action Comics #1 was brought out of its display case by Brinks guards. The star-studded crowd contained everyone from the comic book elite – DC’s top stars Geoff Johns and Jim Lee among them – a bevy of bewitching beauties giving Lois Lane a run for her money – Eva Green (300: Rise of an Empire), Antje Traue (Man of Steel), Alyssa Milano (Mistresses), Yvonne Strahovski (I, Frankenstein) and a blast from Superman’s past: Valerie Perrine, who played good bad girl Miss Teschmacher opposite Christopher Reeve and Gene Hackman in the 1978 blockbuster.
Playboy and Universal Studios’ Kick-Ass 2 Party
THE LAIR: An empty Gaslamp Quarter lot transformed into a sexy carnival midway.
THE HOOK: The block-sized bash served as backdrop for both Playboy’s centerfold-worthy excitement – buxom bartenders and curvy carnies serving up cocktails, pretzels and ice cream – and Kick-Ass’ amateur supeheroics. A bungee bounce provided a flying experience, while a metal tower served as the launchpad for a literal human torch in a stunt staged, appropriately by AXE Black Chill antiperspirant.
AMONG THE HEROES: Donald Faison soared over the crowd on the bungee cord along with his Kick-Ass 2 costar Christopher MIntz-Plasse; even the drop-dead gorgeous Playboy gals couldn't compete when Olivia Munn showed up in Wonder Woman-ish form, and Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost continued their pub crawl across Comic-Con.
IGN and Focus Features The World’s End party
THE LAIR: Float rooftop bar at the Hard Rock Hotel
THE HOOK: The initial must-go on Thursday, which as promised by the film host’s pub-crawling apocalypse, promised drinking, drinking and more drinking until the End of Days.
AMONG THE HEROES: The film’s stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost and director Edgar Wright were constantly surrounded by well-wishers at their curtained-off bungalows, and like their film characters had no shortage of drink on hand; Castle’s Molly Quinn was so keen to skip the long line outside with her pals she was able to politely sweet-talk her way past security to another entrance without once dropping her celeb status; Bill Paxton (pictured above, with Pegg and Wright) soaked up nerd love from fans gushing over his early career genre greats like Aliens; and Dr. Who star Matt Smith politely entertained starry-eyed Tardis-tee wearing admirers, even going so far as to make an offer: “Would you like to get a picture with me?”
Summit Entertainment and Fandango party
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THE LAIR: Bar 207 at the Hard Rock Hotel
THE HOOK: The studio presenting the youth-oriented sci-fi epics Ender’s Game and Divergent at the Con threw a bash to celebrate the pretty young things at the hotel’s street-side bar was another mandatory stop on the San Diego Goes Hollywood circuit.
AMONG THE HEROES: Ender’s Game stars Asa Butterfield and Hailee Steinfeld looking all grown up as they congregated around their youthful costars (their more mature colleague Harrison Ford opted to party in another cantina); and Divergent’s Shailene Woodley (pictured above with costar Theo James) and Miles Teller turning heads wherever they went, but also holding their own in the glam department were a leggy Maggie Q and Divergent book author Vernonica Roth, who surprised everyone by looking as hot as her best sellers.
Kings of Con party
THE LAIR: The sexy Pussycat Dolls Dollhouse (that’s the semiburlesque-y, mostly pole-dance-y nightspot) at the Keating Hotel
THE HOOK: A slightly more clandestine but definitely bangin’ late-night ballers paradise where drinks were served up fast and furiously by boy-short and fishnet-clad bartenders in torn-up superhero tees, while scantily clad go-go gals gyrated to Justin Timberlake for a packed crowd of industry insiders lured by webmasters at LatinoReview.com.
AMONG THE HEROES: Dexter’s good cop David Zayas had a sweet seat near a swing frequently sampled by sexy partygoers; iconic comic book artist Rob Leifeld was giving the kingly treatment, but nobody enjoyed his regal perch more than Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin, who was the center of attention for many of the comely young party girls in attendance.
HitFix Comic-Con Kickoff party
THE LAIR: Hotel Solamar’s rooftop bar
THE HOOK: The first major gathering of the Con, thrown by the popular entertainment site, is a busy, freewheeling affair attended primarily by the mainstream journalists, online bloggers, studio publicity teams and celebrities’ personal handlers, blowing off a little steam before they need their superpowers to make it through the four-day gauntlet.
AMONG THE HEROES: CBS Films’ cohosted the event, bringing the cast of its upcoming film The To Do List, including Aubrey Plaza and Rachel Bilson, holding court in a poolside cabana – at least, when Plaza wasn’t getting down to “Blurred Lines” on the dance floor and throwing gang signs in fan photos; The Conjuring’s Lil Taylor, explaining how everyone on her film had a hunch they were making something unforgettably super scary; and The Sidekick costar Lizzy Caplan, admitting that the only thing she’d be geeking out over at the Con after her presentation was room service.