Saturday, July 10, 2010

Comic Con 2010: Harry Potter cast not coming to Comic Con

Daniel Radcliffe and Ralph Fiennes
Countering buzz that the cast of Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows would attend Comic Con 2010, Warner Bros. has told Harry Potter fansite that the cast, including Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Ralph Fiennes, will not be attending Comic Con due to schedule conflicts.

However Warner Bros. reports the Comic Con Saturday schedule for Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows is on and attendees will see all new "never before seen" clips, props, and some "special" opportunity for Comic Con attendees.

The news that the cast of Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows would attend Comic Con, and if they did it would be a first in Comic Con history, came as a Twitter rumor by SD Comic Con Expert:

#SDCC Rumor Patrol: Let Me In WILL have a panel. Harry Potter cast/crew MIGHT be there. All of WB's talent at the con is purposely secret.

But then, anything can happen, and who's to say that the reported "schedule conflict" will remain? And what about that "special" opportunity?

Stay tuned.

Full Tilt Poker's Newest Promotion - Rush Week by Josh Grattan

Full Tilt Poker is one of the largest applications for online poker gameplay. The Full Tilt Team is always introducing new promotions and types of gameplay in order to reel in new players to choose them over competitors.

Full Tilt in the past few months invented an entirely new way to play poker called Rush Poker and it took the poker world by storm. Rush Poker is only available on Full Tilt and with its new enhanced features are drawing in new players daily.

In Rush Poker there is no longer a delay between hands, instead of folding and waiting for the current hand to finish you are instantly moved to a new table with new players and dealt another hand instantly. So this means a lot more action, a lot more hands, and a lot more fun with no wait time in between.

Everyday players and pros alike are raving about Rush Poker, everyone seems to love that all the wait time is gone and the action is faster and more frequent. Here is what the Full Tilt Pros had to say:

"Rush Poker is a great way to learn the game of poker."

"Rush Poker is the greatest innovation since poker started on the Internet."

"This is what poker should be: a game of action."

"Lots of hands, lots of action; I'm going to be playing a lot of Rush Poker."

Patrik Antonius

"Rush Poker is a grinder's paradise. It's a totally new way to play poker."

And to get even more attention and players for Rush Poker, Full Tilt is about to begin their newest promotion, Rush Week.
Rush Week begins on Monday July 12 and ends Sunday July 18th and during this period players will be earning FTPs (Full Tilt Points) based on their gameplay on the Rush Poker cash tables. And depending on how many FTPs they collect daily will determine how much bonus money they will collect at the weeks end, ranges from $5 to $250 shown below.

Level 1 Bronze (10 FTPs)
  • Earn at least 10 FTPs per day for four days to receive $5
  • Earn at least 10 FTP's per day for all seven days to receive $10

Level 2 Silver (100 FTPs)

  • Earn at least 100 FTP's per day for four days to receive $25
  • Earn at least 100 FTP's per day for all seven days to receive $50

Level 3 Gold (1,000 FTPs)

  • Earn at least 1,000 FTP's per day for four days to receive $125
  • Earn at least 1,000 FTP's per day for all seven days to receive $250

In addition to these great rewards there are more revolving around the new Rush Poker Tournaments and more specifications and rewards that can be found HERE. For more information visit the links provided in this blog post and see you at the tables.

All images and quotes courtesy of

Megan Avalon shows FBB female muscle before next contest

San Francisco Bay Area Female Bodybuilder and Personal Trainer Megan Avalon has a growing fan base to go with her growing muscle size and shape.

Fresh from her sports model division win at the Oakland Silver and Black bodybuilding contest, Megan Avalon shows how she's worked on her body even more by adding an inch to her already impressive biceps and worked to develop her calves and hamstrings.

The Marin-based woman who calls herself "Barbie with Muscles" has also served as a spokesperson for websites like and bikini fashion companies. But Megan's focus is on serving her personal training clients and building her body to its ultimate potential.

Watch for Megan Avalon in more contests, this fall 2010 bodybuilding season.

Oscar Grant verdict, Oakland riot: two view of police conduct

Just after 9 PM on the Thursday night after the involuntary manslaughter verdict in the Oscar Grant / Johannes Mehserle trial, this blogger got off at 12th Street, Oakland City Center BART Station after uploading the first set of videos of the peaceful protest at 14th and Broadway, and expecting more of the calm that existed around 8 PM. That was not the case.

Instead, the police, from not just Oakland, but the California Highway Patrol, and cities like Fremont, had closed into the once safe intersection of 14th and Broadway and had been in the process of carrying out orders to have the crowd leave the area.

The result was more police than people, and who did I run into but Oakland lawyer Dan Siegel and two of his friends, who complained in detail about what they saw as runaway police misconduct. One friend said "OPD (Oakland Police Department) had to put us in this vice. (Councilmembers) Jean Quan, Rebecca Kaplan, and I decided we were going to be the police line. We linked arms. So they kept marching, marching, pushing us, pushing us. They grabbed some kids and beat them to the ground, and they wouldn't listen to reason. These automatons. These androids, you know?"

Dan Siegel, who takes on police brutality cases, said "You know what I think. I think the police totally overreacted, provoked the people who were demonstrating. About 7:30, people were leaving. It was very peaceful. It was very quiet. They (the police) decided they were going to push people up Broadway from 12th to 14th. There was a lot of pushing and shoving, and clubbing. Some of the cops take the ends of their clubs and jam them in the back or the kidneys and ribs. And it kinda started to get a little crazy. And some of the people in the street got rowdy and broke windows out. Some people decided to steal some shoes and all that kind of stuff. But the police just totally went off, and made a peaceful demonstration chaotic and rowdy."

Rebecca Kaplan in the makeshift police line

The video below, found on Flickr, has Councilmember Kaplan explaining that they're trying to keep the peace as the police behind her work to sweep the street of people who were told to disperse. It's the same line that Councilmember Quan had joined.

The other view of police conduct

A number of people, most who did not want to be quoted, said the police acted with restraint. Phil Tagami of California Capital Group observed the scene from the roof of The Rotunda Building and then on the ground later and said that the police had "bottles thrown at them and didn't even react."

Early on, as the police were massing at 14th and Franklin, they were being taunted by some observers and when one person moved close to them, they moved back out of that person's way. So, it seemed to this observer that they weren't going to take any action until they were under orders to do so. Until then, they were working to stay out of the way.

Media and police are to blame

What happened Thursday night that resulted in 78 arrests and damage to an estimated 100 businesses was something we seemed to want to have happen. From the talk about a riot before the verdict to the allowance of a peaceful protest at City Hall, when really that entire part of downtown should have been shut down for the night, to the rabble rousers who wanted to make something happen, to the hundreds of people with cell phone cameras, video camcorders, and all types of recording devices - what I call the "personal media brigade" - to the police themselves, all combined to cause the result.

But with all that, it wasn't nearly as bad as last year, when rioting carried on for days and BART had a Sunday community meeting. But with all that, it's not over: Johannes Mehserle will be sentenced on August 6th. There's still a chance he may not have anything other than probation.

Stay tuned.

Sylvester Stallone's The Expendables coming to Comic Con 2010

Action hero Sylvester Stallone (Rocky, Rambo: First Blood) returns in an exciting new movie that brings together some of Hollywood's most well-known action heros in a movie called The Expendables.

The Expendables is attacking Comic Con 2010 in an autograph signing featuring Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Steve Austin and Terry Crews from the movie on Friday, July 23rd.

Here's the press release description:

Stallone gives it to The Governor of California
The only life they’ve known is war. The only loyalty they have is to each other.
They are the Expendables: leader and mastermind Barney Ross (Stallone), former SAS blade expert Lee Christmas (Statham), hand-to-hand combat specialist Yin Yang (Li), long barrel weapons specialist Hale Caesar (Crews), demolitions expert Toll Road (Couture), and precision sniper Gunnar Jensen (Lundgren). Living life in the fringes of the law, these hardened mercenaries take on what appears to be a routine assignment: a covert, CIA - funded operation to infiltrate the South American country of Vilena and overthrow its ruthless dictator General Garza (David Zayas). But when their job is revealed to be a suicide mission, the men are faced with a deadly choice, one that might redeem their souls...or destroy their brotherhood forever.
Writer, director and star Sylvester Stallone brings together a powerhouse cast of action superstars - never before seen together in one film - in Lionsgate’s hard-hitting action thriller, THE EXPENDABLES. The film stars Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Eric Roberts, Randy Couture, Steve Austin, David Zayas with Terry Crews and Mickey Rourke. THE EXPENDABLES is directed by Sylvester Stallone from a screenplay by David Callahan and Sylvester Stallone and story by David Callaham, and produced by Avi Lerner, John Thompson and Kevin King Templeton.

I'm quite excited to be able to cover The Expendables event at Comic Con. Make sure you follow Zennie62 on Twitter and subscribe to Zennie62 on YouTube to get the tweets and videos from Comic Con 2010, July 21st - July 25th.

LeBron James to Miami Heat - Chicago Bulls better choice

LeBron James, the now-former Cleveland Cavaliers player, joined the Miami Heat, in what this space views as a terrible mistake. LeBron James should have stood up to the questions if he was ready to fill Michael Jordan's shoes and went with the Chicago Bulls.

Joining the Chicago Bulls not only would have given the Bulls a powerful combination of Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, the newly signed Carlos Boozer, and James, but also placed LRMR Marketing, LeBron James' fledgling marketing company is the big city where marketing talent is pervasive. LRMR Marketing would have grown by leaps and bounds.

But for Maverick Carter to skip out on New York because of the New York Knicks management, and let that news get out was not smart. If the issue was racism, Carter should have said so. But if not - if it was a style issue - it was better to work through that to form a good relationship.

LRMR has not signed a single company; what they have LeBron James former agent, Aaron Goodwin of Oakland, CA, got for LeBron, including the $90 million Nike Deal. But being in Chicago, with its marketing community and sports-sponsorship-oriented corporate base, combined with the buzz that LeBron brings, would have been formidable.

Instead, James has the Sun of Miami Beach, but not enough to put LRMR Marketing over the top.