JLaw, ‘Star Wars’ rock Twitter at Comic-Con

14 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Comic-Con fans pay tribute to ‘Supernatural’ actor’s battle against depression.

Not surprisingly, Jennifer Lawrence and her latest Hunger Games film, Mockingjay – Part 2, topped the celebrity and movie lists, respectively, during the four-day pop-culture festival that is held in front of an audience of social-savvy fans. Of the many stunts, surprises and star-studded panels that took over San Diego over the four-day weekend, the chatter surrounding Comic-Con was dominated by Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2, according to Twitter.

At the end of the panel, audience members each held up a lite candle for Padalecki’s Always Keep Fighting campaign, which was launched to serve people who deal with depression, suicide and addiction. “Everyone is given a candle that burns just for them,” the attachment read. “When your flame flickers and you fear it will go out, know not even the strongest wind lasts forever; and there are other lights to guide you even in the Darkness…And when your candle burns bright, you can ignite the hearts of others and hope will spread like wildfire…Always Keep Fighting, and you’ll never fight alone.” “I just want to say thank you, so much,” Padalecki told E!. “It’s stuff that I have dealt with and I’m still dealing with so it means so much to me.Actor Jared Padalecki says he will “never forget” the support he received from thousands of fans who lit candles at a Comic-Con event to honour his public campaign to fight mental illness.This year’s Comic-Con held a special meaning for Jared Padalecki, who was met with a surprise tribute from fans just a few months after opening up about his own depression. ABC’s Once Upon a Time was No. 1 on the TV show list and Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles of CW’s long-running Supernatural, a Comic-Con favorite, scored big among tweeted-about celebrities. The social media platform noted Monday that the final installment of the Lionsgate franchise starring Jennifer Lawrence was the most tweeted-about movie of the weekend, thanks to the cast’s successful back-to-back appearances during a refreshingly candid panel moderated by Conan O’Brien and a viral sit-down during a special edition of Conan at the Spreckels Theater.

Warner Bros.’ Batman v Superman came in second — props and costumes from the follow-up to the 2013 film were on display, and director Zack Snyder and the cast debuted a new trailer. Turns out, fans had arranged to hold tea candles to show their support for the actor, who has recently gone public with his own battle with depression. He explained he initially mistook the candles for cell phone lights and it was only until he was handed his own candle that he understood the gravity of the moment. The surprise candle moment came about in support of his AKF campaign. “I’m holding the candle in my pocket right now, I can’t let go of it,” Padelecki told E!

Audience members were then asked to share their stories and photos with the hashtags #AKFHallH and #AlwaysKeepFighting on Twitter. “I thought there was like a rock band about to come out that I didn’t know about,” Ackles told E! Jared and I talk about it, Misha [Collins] and I talk about it, we all talk about this relationship that has formed between the fans and us.” He continued, “It’s taken off over the past several years and it truly shows….Something that we have that other shows don’t have is a tangible relationship with our fans. These characters that we play on Supernatural, Sam and Dean, are always dealing with something greater than themselves, and I’ve sort of learned from the two of them that they get through it with each other, and with help and with support,” he recently explained to Variety. “And I, in the past, have had my own struggles of not [being] so happy with where I am in life, which is strange and I think it goes to show. … Maybe a lot of people don’t know this, but Season 3, we were shooting an episode, and I went back to my trailer to get changed and just kind of broke down.” In the craziness that comes with all the announcements and stunts at Comic-Con, there was nothing that compared to seeing an entire fandom come together like the Supernatural fans did during the panel.

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