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HollyShorts Fest Jumpstarts With ‘Sidekick’

2 August 2013 12:39 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Short films starring Lizzy Caplan, Ron Livingston, Michael Cera and Will Forte will unspool the ninth annual HollyShorts Film Festival at the Tcl Chinese Theater, organizers announced Friday.

The sprocket opera  will take place from Aug. 15-22, showcasing some 350 shorts from 26 countries in competition.

The Aug. 15 opener will feature former “King of Queens” exec producer Michael J. Weithorn’s superhero pic “The Sidekick,” which stars Caplan, Livingston and Rob Benedict. Pic centers on a sidekick who has to find his place among mere mortals when his superhero partner kicks him to the curb.

Helmer Josh Levy will also screen “The Immigrant,” a comedy starring Cera and Forte, along with Scott Thompson, Dave Foley, Deborah Theaker, Deadlee and Margaret Cho. “The Immigrant” tells the story of a washed-up comedian who, after being deported back to his native Canada, tries to be smuggled across the Mexico-u.S. border to make his comeback. »

- Allegra Tepper

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Comic-Con 2013: ‘The Sidekick’ Interviews with Rob Benedict, Lizzy Caplan, Richard Speight Jr., Josh Meyers, Jordan Peele and Michael J. Weithorn

30 July 2013 1:11 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

It’s not about the superheroes. It’s all about their sidekicks.

San Diego Comic-Con International 2013 premiered “The Sidekick,” a short film about an aging sidekick who seeks a new purpose in life.

Latino-Review participated in a roundtable discussion with the cast of the short film before their presentation to the attendees of the convention.

The participants included actors Rob Benedict, Lizzy Caplan, Richard Speight Jr., Josh Meyers, Jordan Peele and director Michael J. Weithorn.

The discussion topics range from how they were approached for this project; hopes for a full TV show or expanded series; the costumes and even stunt work (or lack of it).

Check out the interviews below.

Here is the “The Sidekick” trailer:


- Gig Patta

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Indie Spotlight Comic-Con Edition: The Sidekick Starring Rob Benedict, Ron Livingston, Lizzy Caplan, Jordan Peele, Josh Meyers, Jason Ritter & Martin Starr

23 July 2013 9:55 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

This special Comic-Con edition of Indie Spotlight features The Sidekick, a project from writer-star Rob Benedict (Felicity).  In a world of superheroic features, The Sidekick centers on the oft-overlooked partners of costumed crimefighters.  When career sidekick Max McCabe (Benedict) gets sidelined in favor of a new model, he goes on a quest to find his new purpose.  Also starring Ron LivingstonLizzy Caplan, Jordan Peele, Martin Starr, Jason Ritter, Ike Barinholtz and Josh MeyersThe Sidekick  was screened for a Comic-Con audience with hopes of generating interest in a TV or web series.  Judging from the audience's reaction, Benedict just might have something here. Hit the jump for a recap of The Sidekick panel and a look at the trailer for this hilariously original short. Here's the trailer for The Sidekick: Taking the stage were Emmy-nominated director Michael J. Weithorn (King of Queens) along with Benedict, Caplan, Starr, Meyers, »

- Dave Trumbore

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New Shows Get Spotlight At Comic-Con

15 July 2013 1:33 PM, PDT | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

Los Angeles — Nine years ago, the inaugural episode of "Lost" captured Comic-Con attendees' imaginations when it first premiered at the fan-driven extravaganza, and the surreal series about plane crash survivors went on to become a cultural phenomenon. This year, more than 10 new shows are angling to land similar success when they touch down in San Diego this week.

Such new live-action series as "The Avengers" spin-off "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," android buddy cop drama "Almost Human" and supernatural saga "Sleepy Hollow," which stars British actor Tom Mison as Ichabod Crane, will be hyped with Comic-Con presentations. The mission? Attract cult followings akin to "The Walking Dead" and "Game of Thrones."

"Going to Comic-Con has always been really, really, really high up on my list of things I've wanted to achieve in my career," said Mison. "The first of them is going to Comic-Con. The other is becoming an action figure. »

- AP

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Comic-Con 2013 - Full Schedule for Thursday July 18th

5 July 2013 5:00 AM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

We're so close to San Diego Comic-Con 2013 I can taste it! What does it taste like you ask? Ghirardelli ice cream, of course! There's a Ghirardelli ice cream shop in downtown San Diego that the GeekTyrant crew eats at every night after a long day of awesomeness and work.

Comic-Con has released the full schedule for Thursday, July 18th, and there's a ton of great stuff, including Sherlock, Dexter, Ender's Game, Batman: Arkham Origins, Marvel: House of Ideas, Divergent, The Walking Dead 10th Anniversary Panel, The X-Files 20th Anniversary Panel, and more!

To see the full panel and event line-up, click here. Here are a few of the panels that I thought were noteworthy.

Thursday, July 18 


Stars Josh Holloway (Lost), Meghan Ory (Once Upon a Time), and Marg Helgenberger (CSI) and executive producers Michael Seitzman (North Country), René Echevarria (Terra NovaStar Trek: Deep Space Nine), and Tripp Vinson »

- Joey Paur

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Rob Benedict’s The Sidekick Heads to Comic Con, Hopes for a Sidekick-y Future

1 July 2013 8:40 AM, PDT | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

Supernatural’s” Rob Benedict stars and co-wrote “The Sidekick”, about a 40-year old superhero, well, sidekick who gets fired from his position for, one assumes, incompetence (and just generally being too old and slow, I guess) and now has to find a real job in the real world. Or something to that effect. Luckily for him, Lizzy Caplan is there to lend a helping hand. It’s nothing you haven’t seen before, of course, but it looks somewhat funny. Check out the trailer for the film below and judge for yourself. The Sidekick centers on a 40-year-old career sidekick, Max McCabe (Benedict), now past his prime in the fast-paced world of superhero-dom. When he is unceremoniously fired by his boss, Captain Wonder (Livingston), Max has no choice but to somehow find a place for himself in the regular world. “The Sidekick” will be making its premiere over at Comic Con this year, »

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