Natalie Dormer of HBO’s Game of Thrones will attend Wizard World for the first time ever in Philadelphia.

‘Game of Thrones’ Star Natalie Dormer To Make Wizard World Comic Debut In Philadelphia, May 19-20


‘Margaery Tyrell’ On HBO Series To Appear Saturday And Sunday At Pennsylvania Convention Center


PHILADELPHIA, March 8, 2018Natalie Dormer , who gained international attention with her performance of “Margaery Tyrell” on the HBO series “Game of Thrones,” will make her first Wizard World Comic Con appearance when the tour hits Philadelphia on May 19 and 20. Dormer, who also earned acclaim as “Anne Boleyn” on the Showtime series “The Tudors,” will greet fans, sign autographs, pose for photo ops and conduct an interactive fan Q&A session at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.



Dormer made her screen debut in Lasse Hallstrom’s romantic film Casanova (2005), followed by a small part in the dramedy “Distant Shores” (2005). After her key role in “The Tudors”(2007–08), for which she was nominated for two Gemini Awards for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Drama Series, she played “Irene Adler/Moriarty” on the CBS series “Elementary” (2013–15), “Cressida” in the science-fiction adventure films The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (2014) and Part 2 (2015), and “Sara Price/Jess Price” in The Forest (2016). She plays the lead in this year’s Amazon Video mini-series “Picnic at Hanging Rock.”


Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD) continues its 2018 schedule with its 16th trip to the City of Brotherly Love, May 17-20. Joining Dormer as celebrity guests announced to date are Sebastian Stan ( Captain America franchise), the Justice League trio of Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller and Ray Fisher, Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy), the Lord of the Rings duo of Sean Astin and Billy Boyd, among others scheduled to attend the comic con and pop culture extravaganza. A full list of guests to date is available at


Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop culture: movies, television, gaming, live entertainment, comics, sci-fi, graphic novels, toys, original art, collectibles, contests and more. The fifth event scheduled on the 2018 Wizard World calendar, Philadelphia show hours are Thursday, May 17, 4-9 p.m.; Friday, May 18, noon-7 p.m.; Saturday, May 18, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, May 19, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Kids 10 and under are admitted free with paid adult.


Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia is also the place for cosplay, with fans young and old showing off their best costumes throughout the event. Fans dressed as every imaginable character – and some never before dreamed – will roam the convention floor and participate in the famed Wizard World Costume Contest on Saturday evening.


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Big Bird, Oscar and Cookie Monster are heading to HBO.


Sesame Workshop has signed an exclusive deal that will bring the next five seasons of “Sesame Street” to the premium cable network and its streaming outlets, beginning this fall. After a nine-month window, the episodes will be available for free on PBS, the home of the beloved children’s series for the past 45 years.

Under the agreement, Sesame Workshop will produce 35 episodes this season — up from the usual 18 — and develop a spinoff series.

PBS won’t be left completely without “Sesame Street” this fall; episodes from recent seasons will be re-edited and presented in a new way.

“Our new partnership with HBO represents a true winning public-private partnership model,” Jeffrey D. Dunn, Sesame Workshop’s CEO, said in a statement. “It provides Sesame Workshop with the critical funding it needs to be able to continue production of ”Sesame Street’ and secure its nonprofit mission of helping kids grow smarter, stronger and kinder; it gives HBO exclusive pay cable and SVOD access to the nation’s most important and historic educational programming; and it allows Sesame Street to continue to air onPBS and reach all children, as it has for the past 45 years.”

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Nerdist News – Ben Folds Fraggles: A Nerdist Channel Exclusive

The Ben Folds Five have spoken – Nyahhhh!

It seems like just yesterday we were dancing our cares away to the dulcet tones of Ben Folds Five and gleefully cheering on the denizens of Fraggle Rock as they narrowly escaped that pesky Sprocket. In reality, it’s been twelve years since we celebrated Steven’s last night in town and twenty-five years since the Fraggles chowed down on Doozer designs on our screens. Their collective absence has been a brick and we’ve been drowning slowly, but today the Nerdist Channel has thrown us a life preserver! The Silly Creatures at the Nerdist Channel are proud to debut the world premiere of Ben Folds Five’s new music video “Do It Anyway,” the first video from their upcoming album The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind, guest starring the music-playing residents of Fraggle Rock. To put it in perfectly Fraggle Rock-ian terms, this video is like a peach and garlic pie for your eyes and ears – oddly delicious and wholly unexpected.

Much like Gobo in the greedy hands of Junior Gorg, we’re predicting that this videowill quickly become your most valuable possession. Just in case the prospect of aPhilip Hodges-directed music video starring a newly reunited Ben Folds Five, Red, Mokey, Boober, Wembley, Gobo and Traveling Matt wasn’t enough, there are a few other celebrity surprises for you. Not only will the Fraggles get a visit from The Nerdist himself, Chris Hardwick, but also from honorary Fraggles Rob Corddry and Anna Kendrick. Trust us: this is the most star-studded human-puppet event you’ll see until 2016’s Dark Crystal/The Smiths reunion tour.

Still not enough? Are you trying to win the Battle of Who Could Care Less or something? Pre-order The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind for when it drops tomorrow and save your worries for another day. Just let the music play, down at Fraggle Rock and on the Nerdist Channel!

True Blood comics:Bleed big bucks

Comic Collection – A Compilation of the First 6 Issues – Debuts on February 15th
Second Series Featuring An All-New Story Arc Debuts February 23rd
Show Star Michael McMillian Joins as Co-Writer

IDW Publishingand HBO are pleased to announce the next step for the mega-hit comic series TRUE BLOOD. After record breaking sales, the TRUE BLOOD comic book series continues in February 2011 with a brand new story. ActorMichael McMillian, who plays Fellowship of the Sun leader Reverend Steve Newlin, will co-author the all-new six-issue arc with fan-favorite writer Marc Andreyko. Also in February, IDW will launch the hardcover collection of its first TRUE BLOOD story arc, ALL TOGETHER NOW. This compilation of all six issues from the first series of the comics will also feature bonus content, including original sketches and a cover gallery.

“Co-Writing the TRUE BLOOD comic is a dream come true both as a performer on the show and as longtime comic fan. It’s a real privilege to build on the rapidly growing True Blood mythology,” said McMillian. Continued Andreyko: “Words can’t express how excited I am to be writing this with Michael. We’re doing our damndest to spin a tale that fans of the show, and comics readers, will drink up like blood!”

As with the first arc, IDW’s new TRUE BLOOD comic series will be based on the intriguing world of Bon Temps, offering fans an original story with their favorite characters. In this six-issue series, Jessica is exposed to contaminated bottles of Tru Blood, causing the lovely vampire to go berserk. It’s up to Sookie, Bill and the others to figure out who (or what) is behind the bad Blood. In addition to Jessica, several other Bon Temp residents are making their comic book debut including Hoyt, Terry, Arlene and Steve Newlin.

Joining McMillian and Andreyko is artist Joe Corroney, who will bring this latest head-turning series to life. Corroney, along with superstar artist, J. Scott Campbell, will provide covers.

Added McMillian, “Marc and I are working hard to make sure the series feels like an extension of the show. True Blood fans should expect lots of action, gore, sex, humor and of course, awesome cliffhangers!”

“We couldn’t be more pleased with the amazing success of the comics and are excited that the release of the comic collection will make the series even more accessible to fans,” stated show creator Alan Ball.  “Michael and Marc have done an amazing job with the second series, crafting a thrilling story that will leave Trubies wanting more.”

IDW’s first TRUE BLOOD series, ALL TOGETHER NOW, will be offered in deluxe, hardcover form and available in bookstores nationwide. Featuring the same erotically-charged romance, wry humor, intriguing mystery and suspense the show has become known for, the story treats readers to new insights of their favorite characters. Developed with show creator Alan Ball, along with series writers Elisabeth Finch andKate BarnowALL TOGETHER NOW was co-written by David Tischman and Mariah Huehner. The series was beautifully illustrated by top tier artistDavid Messina, with additional art by renowned artists J. Scott CampbellJoe Corroney, andAndrew Currie.