The final installment in The Twilight Saga brings with it a slew of fresh faces; however, you may have seen more than a few of these actors before. In this Breaking Dawn edition of our “We knew they looked familiar” series, we highlight a few of the lesser known actors that have stepped into one of our favorite franchises.

Maggie Grace

Character in Breaking Dawn: Irina

You might recognize her from:

Taken & Taken 2, Lost

Her role in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 is mostly as the catalyst for the intense Volturi/Cullen showdown, and Maggie Grace is no stranger to starting trouble. You may remember her role in both Taken and Taken 2 as Kim, the daughter of Bryan Mills (played by Liam Neeson) who gets kidnapped on a trip to Europe and has to be rescued by her father. She also made quite an impression on Lost playing Shannon Rutherford, Boone’s step sister. Maggie will be appearing next in The Following, a crime drama about a serial killer and a cop and the complicated relationship between a criminal and his captor years after their first encounter.

Cameron Bright

Character in Breaking Dawn: Alec

You might recognize him from:

Dark Angel, X-Men: The Last Stand, Juno

Alec, played brilliantly by Cameron Bright, and his twin sister Jane (played by Dakota Fanning) are two of the most sadistic members of the Volturi clan, as he takes pleasure in depriving his victims of all their senses in order to debilitate them so they can be easily killed. You may remember Bright from his appearances in Dark Angel as Johnny, or from Juno where he played an RPG nerd, but his most recognizable role outside The Twilight Saga would definitely be Jimmy the “leech” from X-Men: The Last Stand. He played the bald boy whose power was to neutralize others’ abilities, something that piqued the interest of those wishing to rid the world of mutants.

Myanna Buring

Character in Breaking Dawn: Tanya

You might recognize her from:

Doctor Who, Grindhouse

Tanya in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn is a member of the Denali clan, the closest thing the Cullens have in way of friends. In Part 2, they are called to stand with the Cullens and confront the Volturi about the innocence of Renesmee, and she is played by the stunning Myanna Buring. She may seem familiar, especially if you are a Doctor Who fan. She appeared in Season 2, Episode 8 “The Impossible Planet” as Scooti Manista, a trainee maintence officer that meets her untimely demise when Toby is possessed by a mysterious spirit. She has also had a small part in the Quentin Tarrantino film Grindhouse, and will be appearing in the upcoming Downton Abbey Christmas Special.

Christopher Heyerdahl

Character in Breaking Dawn: Marcus

You might recognize him from:

True Blood, Supernatural, Smallville

Christopher has played Marcus, one of the most powerful members of the Volturi, in the last 3 installments of The Twilight Saga, but you may recognize him from a lot of other places. Since his television debut on 21 Jump Street in 1987, Heyerdahl has taken on many different supernatural roles and characters including: Zor-El on Smallville, Alistair on Supernatural, and Caulder in Blade:Trinity. His most recent television appearance as Dieter Braun on True Blood plays right to his acting strengths as he portrays an intelligence specialist for the Vampire Authority with a penchant for torture to get information.

Andrea Gabriel

Character in Breaking Dawn: Kebi

You might recognize her from:

Gossip Girl, Lost, House

Her role in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 may be limited, she does after all play the mate to Amun which involves a certain amount of cowardice, but we’ll leave that for the movie. You may recognize her from her 3 episode stint on Gossip Girl playing Amira, a middle eastern friend of Chuck’s that quickly gets caught up in the relationship drama, or from Lost where she played Sayid’s long lost love Nadia, who was reunited with him when he returned from the island, only to be ripped apart permanently. She also made a short visit to House where she played Ronnie, a clinic patient, and put her comedic skills to good use.

Christian Camargo

Character in Breaking Dawn: Eleazar

You might recognize him from:

Dexter, The Hurt Locker, The Good Wife

Last, but certainly never least, is Christian Camargo who portrays Eleazar of the Denali clan in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2. He is a valuable ally to the Cullens as a former member of the Volturi and offers valuable information as to how they will handle the Renesmee situation. Christian has made quite a name for himself through the other roles he has accumulated, including roles in The Hurt Locker and The Good Wife, but one of his most noteworthy roles is that of Rudy Cooper, aka Brian Moser, on Dexter. He helped the Ice Truck Killer to shine in all his evil glory and was a huge part in the success of the show’s first season.

Barnes & Noble has announced that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is already a gigantic hit. In fact, it’s the most pre-ordered book since Deathly Hallows.

It’s been 9 years since J.K. Rowling publsihed Deathly Hallows in the summer of 2007, but Harry Potter fans are evidently still eager for more stories from the Wizarding World. In a press release on Monday, the biggest book chain in the United States revealed that they haven’t seen pre-orders this huge since the last Harry Potter book.


“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is Barnes & Noble’s most pre-ordered book since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and we expect it to be our biggest selling book of the year,” said Mary Amicucci, Chief Merchandising Officer at Barnes & Noble in a press release. “To guarantee that our customers get the new Harry Potter book as quickly as possible, Barnes & Noble is the only national retailer that’s guaranteeing delivery of the book on August 1, for both online and ship-to-home pre-orders placed by noon ET on Friday, July 29. Our booksellers are also preparing to host big crowds for our signature Midnight Magic parties on July 30.”

If you’ve passed by a brick and mortar Barnes & Noble in the past few months you’ve probably seen the heavy promotion they’ve been doing. Headers that state “HARRY POTTER IS BACK” will clearly entice people to pre-order.

HARRY POTTER IS BACK! (Spotted at a Barnes & Noble) #harrypotterforever #harrypotter

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In a report from the Wall Street Journal earlier this month we learned that Scholastic was printing 4.5 million copies of “the eighth story” for the United States and Canada. This is a far cry from the 12 million printed for Deathly Hallows, but still a very large print run for a book in modern times. (Also worth noting: Many readers have switched to eBooks in the years since Deathly Hallows.)

It’s nice to see that Harry Potter fans haven’t lost their interest in the series. Perhaps the success will inspire J.K. Rowling to continue writing within Harry’s world?

The book has also been a huge success on Amazon. The Cursed Child has sat at the top of the online retailer’s bestseller list for months.

Hypable will have lots of coverage surrounding The Cursed Child once it’s released this weekend. Stay tuned! AHHHH!

Sherlock finally made it to Hall H at Comic-Con and the creative team brought a few surprises. Steven Moffatt, Sue Vertue, Mark Gatiss, Amanda Abbington, and Benedict Cumberbatch were on hand to the thrill of fans.

Benedict Cumberbatch and crew definitely know how to work a crowd. Here are the top highlights of the panel that played to a crowd of thousands.

1. Season 4

They are currently two weeks from finishing Sherlock season 4. Cumberbatch said that “a lot comes home to roost this season… it’s ballsy.”

They have 26 pages to film this Tuesday. Cumberbatch states that the monologues are very challenging and take a lot of work.

As for actors’ favorite lines this season:

Gatiss: “Sherlock.”

Abington: Not a line but a beckoning gesture.

Cumberbatch: Can’t say.

Key names for next season (change from doing key words):

  • Moffat: Smith
  • Gatiss: Thatcher
  • Vertue: Sherinford

2. Keeping the show fresh

By not making as many episodes, the creators feel they actually keep the quality. They joked that under normal standards they’ve actually made about half a season of a standard TV show, or 13 episodes.

There are no plans for any other Victorian Era shows. Moffat feels that it would be less interesting if the mind palace returned there.

3. Learning curves and drugs

Gatiss stated that with 90-minute episodes you “really have to put [Sherlock and Watson] through the ringer.” Moffat added that because of this, Watson has to evolve. Watson can’t keep being amazed by Sherlock. As for Sherlock, “he can’t be the weird scary amoral man we met in the first episode… geniuses learn… he has to learn.”

Sherlock’s drug addiction comes back when he is not working. It’s hinted that the addiction will be a bigger issue this season than in the past.

4. The coat and the hair

There is apparently a big debate every year over changing the iconic coat. Sue Vertue wants to change it, and Steven Moffat wants to keep it. Benedict Cumberbatch dove into the debate stating, “I’m quite hung up on the coat…. but sometimes it has to come off.” The audience reaction was predictable.

Cumberbatch joked that he loved playing Sherlock in the Victorian era because of the slicked back hair. In the modern era it takes forever for his hair to get done. On a serious note, he loved the more straight-laced, clipped version of Sherlock.

5. First ‘Sherlock’ season 4 trailer

The teaser trailer featured this phrase over and over: “Something’s coming. It may be Moriarity, maybe not.” Literally every character we know and love looks like they are scared, angry, or worried on an epic scale.

One of the best moments is Mrs. Hudson saying with supreme venom to Mycroft, “Get out of my house you reptile.” Watch below:

6. Improv and family

There is actually, according to Cumberbatch, very little improvisation on set. It’s about how to do what’s there, and not messing with the script. He firmly believes that what is there is what is needed for the show.

Cumberbatch genuinely loves having his mom and dad play his TV mom and dad. Every now and then he can see his mother struggle to call him “Sherlock” and not “Ben.”

7. Mary in the know

Abbington didn’t know she was an assassin until well into the last season. When she found out, she told partner Martin Freeman, “My God, [the fans] are going to hate me.” Despite this, she loves the flawed characters of the series.

8. When will the series return?

No date was given for either the BBC release date or the PBS release date. We only know that it will premiere in 2017.

9. The dog photo

According to Cumberbatch the dog (depicted above) was a nightmare. “The dog wouldn’t fucking move,” he said. The companion was supposed to drag Sherlock all over London, but the dog didn’t like people, concrete, crowds… really anything about an urban setting.

Moffat and Gatiss resorted to writing a new scene on the spot to account for the lack of the dog’s interest in roaming. According to Gatiss all it did was drool on the concrete.

10. Future seasons?

Touching on the future of the series, Moffat stated, “Why is everybody assuming they survive season 4?” Gatiss joked, “We’re skipping season 5 and doing season 6.”

Moffat clarified that — contrary to recent reports — he never said that this season would be the last one (He’s right: All he said was the schedules of Cumberbatch and Freeman are only getting more difficult to work with). Gatiss added that they want to do more seasons, and they hope that they are able to.

Sherlock will be back in 2017. What do you think of the first season 4 trailer?

Marvel presented at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday evening and offered new looks at Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Doctor Strange, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and more.

“We only want to come to Hall H when we have a lot to show you,” teased Marvel’s Kevin Feige at the start of the panel. Indeed, they had a ton to offer — including news of a new Marvel theme park attraction!

Everything we’ve learned at Marvel’s SDCC panel

  1. Marvel kicked off their panel with a new logo and updated fanfare by composer Michael Giacchino.

  2. Black Panther had some casting news to share: Lupita N’yongo will be playing one of the guards at Wakanda named Nakia. Meanwhile, Michael B. Jordan will be playing Erik Killmonger. We also received brand new casting news: Danai Gurira has joined the movie — She’ll play Okoye, head of Dora Milaje! Finally, a new logo for the film was revealed:


  3. Thor: Ragnarok unveiled a behind-the-scenes look at the new film which included a look at Cate Blanchett as Hela. They also showed a documentary-style clip (think The Office) explaining where Hulk and Thor were during the events of Captain America: Civil War! In it, Thor had a tiny bed for Mjolnir and a crime board that tried to connect the Infinity Stones and discover their purpose. There is also mugshot of Loki. Like Black Panther, Thor: Ragnarok had a new logo to show off with a retro looking subtitle:


  4. Doctor Strange’s portion of the panel kicked off with a smoke and laser show to introduce Benedict Cumberbatch.

    Tilda Swinton was also at the panel and spoke about the Ancient One. “The truth is, anyone can be The Ancient One,” she said. A clip from Doctor Strange was also showed in which Steven Strange meets Tilda’s character (It won’t be online).

  5. Thankfully, a brand new and wholly epic Doctor Strange trailer was released. Watch below:

    A new poster was also unveiled:


  6. Next up was Spider-Man: Homecoming. Director Jon Watts described the film as a high school movie about a 15-year-old Peter Parker who’s in the 10th grade. A new clip was unveiled and had a strong John Hughes vibe — Peter Parker is just your average high schooler trying to get through the day. There was also this great moment:

  7. Next up: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which kicks off a few months after the first movie. The entire cast was there to introduce a new scene in which a very adorable Baby Groot helps Yondu and Rocket break out of prison. Baby Groot even has a little outfit! Adorably, the Ravengers — who captured Yondu and Rocket — refuse to hurt Baby Groot because of how cute he is.

    This movie got a new logo as well.


  8. Speaking of Marvel’s space dramedy, the studio also confirmed rumors of a Guardians of the Galaxy theme park attraction. It’s called Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! and debuts Summer 2017 at Disneyland’s California Adventure theme park. Sadly, it’s replacing the classic Tower of Terror ride. Check out a behind the scenes video of the attraction:

  9. Marvel ended their panel by confirming that Brie Larson will play Captain Marvel, as was previously rumored. She took the stage to say hi to the adoring audience, and participated in a giant Marvel selfie:

All in all, Marvel had a ton to share. What do you think of all the developments?