Comic-Con Thursday: From Cumberbatch to Bridges

The best way to enjoy the planet's largest pop-culture convention is to strategize. To help you plan, here are some highlights for Thursday, the first full day of the convention.

In Hall H

Dreamworks Animation: Preview upcoming projects from this animation studio. Celebrity guests include Benedict Cumberbatch's first, ever trip to the Con to promote "The Penguins of Madagascar." At 11:30 a.m.

"The Giver:" The Weinstein Company brings this Utopian novel to the big screen. See exclusive footage with stars Jeff Bridges , Brenton Thwaites, Odeya Rush, director Phillip Noyce, and author Lois Lowry. At 1:30 p.m.

Paramount Pictures : The movie studio showcases its upcoming releases. Films to be announced but possible titles may include "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," "Paranormal Activity 5" and "Interstellar." At 3 p.m.

Entertainment Weekly: The Visionaries: High-profile directors chat about movie making, working with movie stars and the business of Hollywood. Names to be announced, last year's panel featured Alfonso Cuaron , Marc Webb and Edgar Wright . At 4:30 p.m.

Batman '66: Warner Bros. reunites pop icons Adam West, Burt Ward, and Julie Newmar for a look at "Batman: The Complete TV Series," scheduled to be released in November. At 6 p.m.

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In Ballroom 20

"24:" Kiefer Sutherland takes the stage to celebrate "24's" most iconic moments plus highlights of Jack Bauer's return in "24: Live Another Day." At 10 a.m.

"Scorpion:" See the world premiere screening of the upcoming CBS drama about a man with the fourth-highest IQ. It's followed with a panel discussion with the real-life Walter O'Brien, and stars Elyes Gabel, Robert Patrick, and Katharine McPhee. At 12:05 p.m.

Greendale Forever: TV Guide Magazine's Tribute to Community: The beloved cult show will be celebrated with "Community" creator Dan Harmon and members of the cast. At 2:15 p.m.

Hannibal: Embrace the Madness: The panel for this TV series includes stars Caroline Dhavernas, Scott Thompson and Aaron Abrams. At 4:45 p.m.

Showtime: Penny Dreadful: Showtime's monsterous series features a panel with creator and showrunner John Logan, along with Josh Hartnett, Reeve Carney and Harry Treadaway The panel will be moderated by Aisha Tyler. At 6 p.m.

In the Indigo Ballroom

Legends of TV Land: Betty White at the Con! She'll be on a panel with other stars from the TV Land network. At 10:30 a.m.

Sony Pictures Entertainment: Jack Black will discuss the upcoming "Goosebumps" movie series. Director Chris Columbus will make a video announcement about his upcoming film "Pixels," starring Adam Sandler . At 12:30 p.m.

Comedy Central: A look at upcoming Comedy Central projects with Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Scott Gairdner and Rob Lowe. At 1:30 p.m.

George R. R. Martin: The bestselling author discusses his novels, projects, and the new "In the House of the Worm" comic book series. At 4 p.m.

Goonies Never Say Die: "Goonies"cast members reunite and discuss a possibility of a sequel. Surprise guests promised. At 6 p.m. Update: This was cancelled Wednesday.

Additional highlights

The Legacy and Return of Battlestar Galactica: Richard Hatch , Jamie Bamber and Dr. Kevin Grazier host a discussion on the upcoming "Battlestar Galactica" movie Expect surprise guests and movie previews. 10:30 a.m. in Room 6BCF.

Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog Sing-Along: A Con tradition! Sing along to the internet sensation musical. There will be a horrible costume contest with horrible prizes in four categories. Best Dr. Horrible, Captain Hammer, Penny, and other character from the show. At 8:30 p.m. in Room 6BCF

Mattel and WWE: Over-the-Top-Action! WWE Superstars Hulk Hogan, Daniel Bryan, Michael Cole, Paul Heymanand and Mattel designers will give exclusive sneak peeks of Mattel's upcoming WWE figures. 10:15 a.m. in Room 6DE

Meet Bill Plympton: "The King of Indie Animation" will discuss his new animated feature, "Cheatin'." Noon in Room 23ABC

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