The 2012 San Diego Comic-Con is upon us once again which means it's time for THE MASTERS OF THE WEB panel proudly presented by AMC! What is "The Masters of the Web"? It's The annual gathering of some of the most prominent and influential film pundits on the web discuss movies, the film industry, writing for film online, film fandom, and a whole lot more!
The panel will be on Thursday July 12th at 4:30pm in room 24ABC. AMC Theatres will be giving away free movie passes to everyone who attends the panel and other special gifts will be handed out as well! Make sure to get there early!
SPECIAL GUEST - KARL URBAN
This year our special guest on the Masters of the Web panel is none other than star of the new Lionsgate action film DREDD, Karl Urban! From films like "Star Trek", "RED", "Lord of the Rings" and many others, Karl has become a fan favorite and is looking forward to taking questions from the audience and participating on the panel this year!
MODERATOR/HOST - JOHN CAMPEA (AMC Movie News)
John has been a film blogger since 2003 when he created a hobby movie site called fittingly enough "The Movie Blog". In 2004 John launched the first movie podcast called "The Audio Edition" which was later named "Uncut" and went on to win the inaugural "podcast of the year" award at the 2006 "Bloggies" beating out podcasting giant This Week In Tech (TWIT). John has been featured in TIME Magazine, CNN, CBS and others, has produced and directed a pair of independent films, has taught film festival workshops for filmmakers on interacting with the online media and still does a weekly Canadian radio segment talking movies. In 2009 AMC invited John to help rebuild their online and Social Media efforts and still serves there as the Senior Editor of Movie News. He also likes making douche-bag faces for cameras.
STEVE WEINTRAUB (Collider.Com)
Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub is the Editor-in-chief of Collider.com. An influential player in the winning of the Spanish-American War, Collider today specializes in bringing its readers the best coverage of movies and television. As the great American poet Emily Dickinson once eloquently said when asked about Collider, "That site's f**king awesome."
GRAE DRAKE (Fandango.Com)
In 6th grade, when Grae was arranging movie outings for all her friends, she picked the movie. Through the years studying film at the University of Texas at Austin, being honored by Sundance and the Director's Guild of America, and working as a filmmaker in Los Angeles, she realized how terrible she was at keeping her opinions to herself. The Popcorn Mafia podcast was born, and 4 years later is still going strong. Now, she is CNN's movie critic, gets stars to dish the dirt on Fandango.com and Crave Online.com, has appeared on G4's Attack of the Show, and is a regular at the TV Guide Network. Her weekly written reviews can also be read on Movies.com. And just to note, she still won't let other people pick the movies.
EDWARD DOUGLAS (ComingSoon.Net)
Edward Douglas has been a staff contributor to ComingSoon.net for over nine years, writing a weekly box office column known as The Weekend Warrior, reviews and interviewing literally hundreds of filmmakers and actors every year. Based out of New York City, he's a member of the Broadcast Film Critics and New York Film Critics Online.
JEN YAMATO (MovieLine.Com)
Jen Yamato is the West Coast Editor at Movieline.com, where she writes about the film and entertainment industry. She was previously Senior Editor at Rotten Tomatoes, Film Critic for Movies.com, and contributor to many of the web's finest movie sites. She lives in Los Angeles and is semi-addicted to karaoke.
JENNA BUSCH (Cocktails With Stan)
Jenna Busch is a host and writer of all things geek for "Cocktails With Stan" (Lee), Zap2it, After Buzz TV, Inside Horror, Huffington Post, AOL, Popeater, Newsarama, JoBlo, Blastr, UGO, IGN, Moviefone, SheKnows, Coming Soon, Screen Junkies, Famous Monsters and Geek Week and Inside Horror. Member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and a board member of the Broadcast Television Critics Association (BTJA). She's got two stories in the comic anthology, "Womanthology." She's been a guest host on G4's Fresh Ink and a guest on My Geek Lady, ComiCenter, JoBlo Movie Podcast and more. A New York transplant living in Los Angeles, Jenna has been on many sides of the entertainment industry. Makeup artist, (don't stand too close, or she'll glue something to you) actor, (stopped because she felt that replacing body parts with silicone was the first step towards becoming a cylon) and finally writing, which allows her to work in her pajamas.
ERIK DAVIS (Movies.Com)
Erik Davis has been one of the web’s leading movie commentators since 2005, having worked as an editor and writer for outlets like AOL Moviefone, Cinematical, Fandango, Movies.com, Flavorwire, SXSW Magazine, Entertainment Today and more. He’s been chosen as a panelist three times for the popular Comic-Con panel ‘Masters of the Web’, and you can always find him hosting podcasts, sitting on juries and leading Q&As at some of the world’s most prominent film festivals.
MIKE SAMPSON (ScreenCrush.Com)
Mike Sampson grew up at the Jersey Shore, a fact which is now completely embarrassing. He studied to become a lawyer and worked as an architectural planner after graduating college but neither of these professions afforded him the opportunity to sit around in shorts and flip-flops, reading the internet and watching movies for a living. In 2000 he began writing for JoBlo.com and served as the Editor-in-Chief until 2011. In spring of 2012, he launched a new movies and TV site, ScreenCrush.com. He still lives in New Jersey and probably spends too much time playing video games and worrying about things.
MALI ELFMAN (ScreenCrave.Com)
In 2010 Mali decided to not only write about film or appear in films, but maker her own film entirely. She wrote, acted and produced her first feature film "Do Not Disturb" which after a successful run was picked up by Warner Brothers and Gravitas Entertainment for VOD in 2011. Her current job is tackling film from all angles. As a writer, actor, producer and journalist. She is currently in the process of producing writer/director Mike Flanagan's elevated horror film "Scare Dares" and Eric Balfour's adaptation of Stephen Lindsay's graphic novel "Jesus Hates Zombies".
So come down and join us and be ready to have a great time!