Hitfix and Lucasfilm present “Star Wars Rebels” (July 23)
HitFix took guests to a galaxy far, far away on Wednesday night, offering partygoers themed cocktails with names like “Shadow Trooper” and “The Inquisitor” and a photo booth replete with lightsabers, Jedi robes and Darth Maul masks. Vanessa Marshall and Tiya Sircar, who voice characters on Disney XD’s upcoming “Rebels,” mingled with nerd mainstays like Zachary Levi and Seth Green, while Stormtroopers and Imperial guards patrolled the rooftop deck of the Hotel Solamar to keep guests in line.
Showtime’s “Penny Dreadful” (July 24)
Showtime took over a modest room in the U.S. Grant, transforming the historical space into a most horrific and haunted one, with absinthe at the ready and Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” lining the bookshelves. It was red roses and candelabras galore, not to mention a photo booth that superimposed a flickering candle over a gothic-style portrait. Stars Josh Hartnett, Reeve Carney and Harry Treadaway made the rounds with creator John Logan.
Dimension Films and IGN Entertainment for “Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For” (July 24)
IGN once again occupied the Float at the Hard Rock hotel for its annual fete, this year partnering with Dimension Films for a “Sin City 2” soiree. Co-directors Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez rubbed elbows with fellow geek gods Kevin Smith and Doug Jones, while “Orphan Black” star Tatiana Maslany spent most of the night graciously thanking her admiring fans from among the press and her fellow thesps.
Warner Bros. Television Cocktail Media Mixer (July 25)
The stars of Warner Bros.’ many series were out in full force on Friday night, descending on the Float at the Hard Rock for a lively cocktail mixer where sushi and shortrib sliders stuffed with mashed potatoes kept guests nibbling well into the night. The event had a particularly heroic atmosphere as the casts of comicbook adaptations “Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Gotham” and “Constantine” socialized with familiar faces from “Supernatural,” “The Following,” “The Big Bang Theory” and “The Vampire Diaries” on the open-air patio.
Syfy’s “Sharknado 2: The Second One” party (July 25)
Considering the chaos inherent in a “Sharknado,” Syfy’s celebratory shindig was a very civilized affair, offering arguably the largest dining spread of the party circuit, with pizza, sliders and Asian fusion cuisine (all the better to feed guests’ shark-like appetites). Syfy stars including “Dominion’s” Anthony Stewart Head and “Ascension’s” Tricia Helfer were on hand, alongside “Sharknado” star Ian Ziering. Revelers were given a chance to pose with a host of shark accessories, chainsaws and masks featuring Ziering and co-star Tara Reid in the party’s playful photobooth.
CraveOnline and TNT present “The Last Ship” party (July 25)
Bearing producer Michael Bay’s stamp of approval, TNT hosted its bash on several decks of the U.S.S. Midway, an aircraft carrier that also boasts the original home of the Top Gun fighter pilot school. Alternative rock bands MGMT and Grimes performed on the flight deck, their stage dwarfed by the several dozen planes sitting alongside the performers. Guests munched on sliders and pretzel balls and were treated to unfettered access to the aircraft on board. “Vampire Diaries” stars Nina Dobrev and Paul Wesley were among the guests.
20th Century Fox Television’s cocktail party (July 26)
Newly installed Fox TV bosses Dana Walden and Gary Newman were in attendance to fete the network and studio’s impressive roster of stars, including headliners from WGN America’s “Salem,” FX’s “Sons of Anarchy” and Fox’s “Sleepy Hollow.” Though buzzing with talent, the festivities had a refreshingly mellow vibe, thanks in part to the secluded location at Pizzeria Mozza, far from the madding crowd of the Gaslamp Quarter. Attendees snacked on pizza slices and chocolate truffle balls, while Walden and Newman were spotted chatting to Sarah Paulson and Angela Bassett, before posing for a pic that “American Horror Story” co-star Michael Chiklis gleefully photobombed.
Entertainment Weekly’s 2014 Comic-Con Celebration (July 26)
With Hollywood wrapping up its major Comic-Con panels on Saturday in San Diego, talent was ready to relax poolside at the Hard Rock Hotel’s Float bar. “Game of Thrones” creator George R.R. Martin was joined by the stars of the series, including Rose Leslie, Gwendoline Christie, Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner (pictured at top) and Pedro Pascal, who mingled with “American Horror Story’s” Sarah Paulson as guests took photos in the show’s sword-covered Iron Throne. Luke Evans was one of the few actors to represent a film at the event, although Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige was on hand after showing off the first footage of “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” and “Ant-Man.” Grant Gustin, the star of the CW’s “The Flash,” made his first visit to Comic-Con for the show. “This is the moment you’re always trying to get to as an actor,” he said. “Being here is huge.”
(Alexandra Cheney and Marc Graser contributed to this report.)