IT’S HERE!!!!

The Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Teaser has officially landed. And it is AWESOME!!!!! Starring Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen, Donnie Yen, Alan Tudyk and more!! This film is set in the time period right before Episode IV:  A New Hope. “Resistance fighters band together on a daring mission to steal plans for the Empire’s Death Star.”

Take a look…

And let me know what you think!! As for me… there aren’t enough dancing Oscar Isaacs in the world to describe my joy…but this is a start…

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Sunday’s Nerd on the Scene

post by: Jenn Brown

I’m back home after an epic week. It felt like the year leading up to it was taking forever, and then the weekend flies by so fast.

NerdHQ keeps getting better and keeps topping itself. This year we raised over $260,000! That’s over 1,000 surgeries and 1,000 lives changed forever.

Emotions were definitely running high today, but we kicked it off with a really big bang!

Stephen Amell made his debut appearance to NerdHQ this year, continuing to prove that he’s a down to earth, really good guy who appreciates everyone around him. With his sold out panel and Smiles 4 Smiles, he raised $12,000. While his panel does contain some spoilers for those who haven’t watched the show, it’s still an excellent watch. C’mon, have you seen his abs?! Sinceriously. 😉
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Following Stephen, was Wil Wheaton & Felicia Day. Another sold out, standing room only panel, which apparently had a lot of talk about video games and beer. I didn’t get into this one but I do admire them both.

Then came the 2nd panel for Nathan Fillion, but this time he had to have his good buddy, Alan Tudyk, join him on stage. He again auctioned off more “crap”, and raised even more money for Operation Smile.
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Next came the cast and creators of Thrilling Adventure Hour. It’s a podcast of radio comedy shows, with a troupe that boasts the superbly talented Marc Evan Jackson (22 Jump St.), Hal Lublin, Craig Cacowski and I could go on but that would take the rest of my post. They are always entertaining, always hilarious. The highlight of the panel had to be when a little boy, not yet 4 years old, asked the creators how they made up their stories. Marc Evan Jackson fell in love with him so much, he got off stage and took a picture with him afterwards.
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Then came the Joss Whedon panel. Speculation had abounded after Joss tweeted from a hospital bed earlier in the week, following knee surgery. The show must go on as they say so fans were treated to a last minute Mystery Panel, hosted by Nathan Fillion, and featuring some of his friends; Liam McIntyre (Spartacus), Chloe Bennett (S.H.E.I.L.D), Seth Green and Alan Tudyk. They all told stories about Joss, their connection and when they’ve felt intimidated by him. About halfway through the panel, like the great Wizard of Oz, Joss appeared via Skype from London. Making his “puppets” dance, and taking a few audience questions, before signing off to rest and recover.

The last panel of the day was the cast of Supernatural. Jared Padalecki has been a panelist since year one of NerdHQ, finally last year Jensen Ackles was able to join him, so this year they brought along Misha Collins and Mark Sheppard (the man who inhabits many fandoms). I’m looking forward to watching this one myself.

This weekend was an incredible experience and a fabulous success on many levels. Not only for Operation Smile, but The Nerd Machine as well, sold nearly all the merchandise they had brought.
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As I lie in my own bed tonight, I can hardly believe it’s already over. So many memories were created, I’ll have to filter through them all once I’m rested and thinking clearly.

I will say, my biggest highlight, was probably meeting Colin Ferguson (Eureka, Haven). When we were asked via Twitter who we’d like to see at NerdHQ, I replied with his name. He replied very enthusiastically that he’d like to do it, and I was thrilled when I’d learned that he showed up for the Mystery Panel. He did a Smiles 4 Smiles afterwards and I was able to get a photo and hug from him after we recounted our humorous Twitter conversation.
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All in all, NerdHQ 2014, was epic. I’m hoping that the success of this year will lead to a 5th NerdHQ in 2015. Thank you to everyone at The Nerd Machine, who works so hard to make it happen. Thank you to all the staff and volunteers who give so much of themselves during this weekend.

I’m looking forward to seeing what heights NerdHQ will reach in the future, and that it will continue to transform lives.

For more from Jenn follow her on Twitter @JennOC7

Saturday’s Nerd on the Scene

Post by Joshua Monroe

Welcome to Saturday! Nerd HQ is in full throttle with all S-Foils locked in attack position.
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We are halfway through the day and already the place has been hopping and we’ve seen numbers far greater than the previous days.
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Both the Walking Dead and Alan Tudyk panels opened up for additional standing room only tickets. Make sure to check the Nerd HQ app for panels later today and tomorrow as standing room only tickets at the door are likely to continue to happen on a first come, first serve basis.
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We’ve also had surprise Smiles for Smiles photo opportunities with the cast of Grimm and Sean Astin.

Also, if you’ve got young kids, the rest of today and tomorrow features a new Sesame Street tent for children! And you may be able to catch a glimpse of the Stoopid Buddies robot while you are here too.

What an amazing day so far and the rest of the day promises to hold even better moments still. Catch ya later.
MTFBWY
-Loud Josh

For more from Josh follow him on Twitter @Loud_Josh

Friday’s Nerd on the Scene

Post by Taylor Henderson

We raised a huge amount of money for Operation smile today from a full day of back to back to back to back sold out panels-to multiple sets of Smiles for Smiles with the likes of Zac Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, Elijah Wood, Colin Ferguson, Brenton Thwaites, and Kal Penn. There were book signings, poster signings, an auction of zac’s bag of stuff and so much more.

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Zac’s mystery panel had a plethora of wonderful people including the myth busters and Alan Tudyk and Nathan fillion made an appearance here today as well, as usual 🙂
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Seth green’s robot chicken panel was hysterical and a ton of questions got answered which the fans loved. It was another beautiful day in San Diego, and everyone seemed to have an amazing time today!
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all photos courtesy of Taylor Henderson

For more from Taylor follow her on Twitter @tellerdee

And make sure to check out The Nerd Machine and Operation Smile!

Nerd HQ Recap

If you still don’t know what Nerd HQ is, then listen up.
It is equal parts pure nerd heaven and heart-warming philanthropic endeavor.

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To be a volunteer at Nerd HQ is like being at Nerd summer camp. You make great friends, have amazing fun and inevitably end up crying when it’s all over.

Comic Con is it’s own behemoth animal experience and every nerd should experience it at least once. And once they do, they should come over to Nerd HQ and never leave!

While Comic Con tends to be all lines and crowded spaces and over crowded panels, Nerd HQ is well orgnized and happy chaos. And because all the money made goes to Operation Smile, there is a sense of peace and happiness within everybody working there. Not only have we worked very hard to be chosen to be there, but we have chosen to be there for free. And that instantly becomes a rewarding experience!

The celebrities who come, new and returning seem constantly amazed at the blanket support given to this cause. And people walk away happy.

This is, of course, due in large part to the overall love that the nerd community has for Zachary Levi, prince of nerds (king would probably be Joss) arguably one of the kindest people in Hollywood.

He works to make his guests feel comfortable and protected and his fans feel special. All while being an ambassador and champion for Operation Smile. His team is made up of good friends and devoted family members. The kind of people he surrounds himself with says everything in the world about the kind of man he is. It was an honor to meet him.

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When I say it was amazing to be apart of, what I mean to say is that it was AH-MAZE-ING!!

I would gladly go back every year if they’d have me.
And I endeavor to make every nerd in America aware of what they are doing over at The Nerd Machine. Because it’s truly worth knowing about.

Here’s a snapshot of what the week looked like from a volunteer perspective. The things I saw and got to do. There was a lot of standing and running around,  lot of being ready for whatever may come our way. And at the end of the day, every moment was worth the next.

Gaming floor:

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NERD party:

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Panels:

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Nathan Fillion

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Evangelline Lilly

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Richard Madden

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Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles

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Tom Hiddleston

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Serenity in the park:

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Nathan and Alan narrating

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Fun with fellow volunteers:

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The whole amazing team!!