EW’s Popfest Lineup: Rated E For Everyone

What does Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne, family-fart-joke sitcom Bob’s Burgers, and 2000’s angst anthem queen JoJo all have in common? Entertainment Weekly’s two-day-event pop culture festival in downtown Los Angeles.

This upcoming weekend the place to be for all media-lovers is The Reef, in downtown LA. This event is truly rated “E for Everyone” because it highlights all areas of interest in film, music, television, podcasts, literature, social media influencers and more.

Here’s a quick guide to what might pique your interest at EW’s Popfest this year.

For film freaks:

What: A chat with Academy award frontrunners: Damien Chazelle (La La Land, previously Whiplash), Barry Jenkins (Moonlight), Pablo Lorrain (Jackie), David Mackenzie (Hell Or High Water) and Mike Mills (20th Century Women).
When & Where: Saturday, October 29th, 1:30 PM, Theater

What: A first look screening of The Mick, a TV movie starring It’s Always Sunny star Kaitlin Olson, followed by a discussion with It’s Always Sunny producers Dave and John Chernin.
When & Where: Saturday October 29th, 4:00 PM, Studio

What: A Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them sneak peek screening with Academy award winner Eddie Redmayne and co-star Katherine Waterson.
When & Where: Sunday, October 30th, 12:30 PM, Main Stage

What: A sneak peek of holiday-comedy Office Christmas Party with the cast and directors – Jennifer Aniston (Friends), Courtney B. Vance (The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story), T.J Miller (Silicon Valley), Olivia Munn (X Men: Apocalypse) and directors Will Speck and Josh Gordon (The Switch).
When & Where: Sunday, October 30th, 5:15 PM, Studio

What: A Wes Craven tribute & screening of 20th century Scream with creator Kevin Williamson and special guests from the 1996 film that launched the horror franchise.
When & Where: Sunday October 30th, 5:30 PM, Main Stage.

For music mavens:

What: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Cast Performance – join the cast of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend while they perform a song from the newest season of The CW’s show right in front of you – for those who want to see Josh Chan’s (Vincent Rodriquez III) and Rebecca Bunch’s (real life princess Rachel Bloom) love offscreen.
When & Where: Saturday October 29th, 2:30 PM, Theater

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What: Tyler Glenn Performance – see the lead vocalist and keyboardist of rock pop band Neon Trees (Everybody Talks, Animals, Sleeping With A Friend) – in case you want to re-live the summer of 2012.
When & Where: Saturday October 29th, 3:45 PM, Main Stage

What: Jake Miller Performance – a rising rapper who formerly opened for Fifth Harmony, Mac Miller, and performed beside Flo Rida, Sean Kingston, and Asher Roth – if you’re into that kind of thing.
When & Where: Saturday October 29th, 4:30 PM, Main Stage

What: Cardiknox Perfomance – dance along to the electro-pop duo’s hooky synth sounds. -for ladies and gents who want to dance at a festival and wear flower crowns.
When & Where: Saturday October 29th, 5:15 PM Main Stage

What: DJ Michelle Pesce, Lizzo, Janelle Monae, and the real life version of my posters from childhood, Nick Jonas. The first of EWPopfest@Night two-night event – for those who want to ogle at the real life version of the poster in their childhood bedroom, Nick Jonas and for those who want to booty-shake to Janelle Monae.
When & Where: Saturday, October 29th, 6:00 PM, Main Stage

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What: JoJo Perfomance – be graced with 2000’s angst-anthem Queen Jojo’s return from a 10 year music hiatus. -for those who love nostalgia and want to hear JoJo swear in her new song F*** Apologies* *me me me me me I want this so bad!
When & Where: Sunday October 30th, 3:15 PM, Main Stage

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What: Tove Lo Performace – get day-drunk-into-the-night and talk body with 80’s idiosyncratic edm pop sounding artist Tove Lo. -for people who love to dance and have a good time, she might even flash the audience* *she has been known to do this.
When & Where: Sunday October 30th, 4:15 PM, Main Stage

What: R!ot Performance – an LA based electro-group known for collaborating with up and coming pop star Daya.
When & Where: Sunday October 30th, 4:45 PM, Main Stage

For TV-addicts:

What: Supernatural’s Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles look back 11 seasons, and ahead into season 12 in a fan Q&A panel. – for fans Winchester fans.
When & Where: Saturday October 29th, 12:30 PM, Main Stage

What: The CW Superheroes: Stephen Amell (Arrow), Grant Gustin (The Flash), Melissa Benoist (Supergirl), Caity Lotz (Legends of Tomorrow) with their producer Greg Berlanti in an epic DC comic superhero to talk superhero TV with fans.
When & Where: Saturday October 29th, 1:15 PM, Main Stage

What: Survivor, interactive activity with Jeff Probst and cast all-stars. A weirdly intriguing survival challenge against former contestants for a grand prize: an iconic survivor buff (which would be exciting, if I didn’t already own one! fake fans step to left, I got one for my birthday when I was 10.)
When & Where: Saturday October 29th, 2:15 PM, Main Stage

What: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Cast Performance – join the cast of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend while they perform a song from the newest season of The CW’s show right in front of you – for those who want to see Josh Chan’s (Vincent Rodriquez III) and Rebecca Bunch’s (real life princess Rachel Bloom) love offscreen.
When & Where: Saturday October 29th, 2:30 PM, Theater

What: Good Behavior screening – catch a glimpse of Michelle Dockery’s (Downton Abbey) newest character Letty Raines in a new con-artist drama on TNT. Followed by a Q&A with co-creators Chad Hodge and Blake Crouch.
When & Where: Saturday October 29th, 2:30 PM, Studio

What: Gilmore Girls first footage with Amy Sherman-Palladino and Dan Palladino – grab some coffee, create a list of snarky quips, and mentally return to Stars Hollow with this discussion and exclusive sneak peek into the Gilmore Girls revival four-part series, set to air November 25th on Netflix.
When & Where: Saturday October 29th, 3:45 PM, Theater

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What: Happy Endings reunion and Live Table Read – Join Casey Wilson, Damon Wayans Jr. and other cast members for a live table read of a brand new episode.
When & Where: Saturday October 29th, 5:00 PM, Theater

What: Nickelodeon Animation Podcast with Rocko’s Modern Life creator Joe Murray – for 90’s kids who don’t want to let go of their Saturday cartoons.
When & Where: Sunday October 30th, 12:15 PM, Podcast Lounge

What: The cast of MTV’s Teen Wolf in a panel discussion with a fan Q&A sesh.
When & Where: Sunday October 30th, 1:15 PM, Main Stage

What: Trivia with the cast of This Is Us – If you want to see Milo Ventimiglia (Gilmore Girls, Heroes) and co-star Mandy Moore (Tangled, A Walk To Remember) play pop culture trivia.
When & Where: Sunday October 30th, 2:15 PM, Main Stage

What: Three Rounds (of drinks) with the cast of Grey’s Anatomy: Jessica Capshaw, Camilla Luddington, Sarah Drew, Kelly McCreary, Jason George, and Jerrika Hinton.
When & Where: Sunday October 30th, 12:15 PM, Theater

What: Ryan Murphy, Lea Michele, Emma Roberts, Kathy Bates, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Cuba Gooding Jr. – a Scream Queens, American Horror Story, and People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story discussion and panel. Spooked and delighted to attend this shizz.
When & Where: Sunday October 30th, 2:15 PM, Theater

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What: Bob’s Burgers Live, join the Belcher’s for a live table read. Weirdly adjust yourself to seeing the faces behind the voices (Not really a spoiler: Tina is voiced by a man).
When & Where: Sunday October 30th, 4:15 PM, Theater

What: James Corden – an intimate discussion and Q&A with The Late Late Show Host. I may or may not ask why we haven’t seen a Beyoncé carpool karaoke yet. Also, does Harry Styles smell like rich mahogany and wildflowers in real life just like I have imagined all this whole time? We, the people, deserve answers.
When & Where: Sunday October 30th, 5:15 PM, Theater

For Podcast Pros:

What: Gilmore Guys a countdown podcast to the Gilmore Girls revival with Kevin T. Porter and Vine star Demi Adejuyigbe that will look back at some of Stars Hollow’s finest Kirk moments.
When & Where: Saturday October 29th, 12:15 PM, Studio

What: The Writers Panel with Blindspot creator Martin Grero and host Ben Blacker, a talk about the business and process of writing.
When & Where: Saturday October 29th, 12:15 PM, Podcast Lounge

What: Ladies Who Lunch, Youtubers Ingrid Nilsen and Cat Valdes talk sex, social phobias, and more taboo table talk.
When & Where: Saturday October 29th, 1:15 PM, Podcast Lounge

What: Too $hort’s Boombox, rapper Too $hort is making his podcast debut at Popfest to discuss music, social media, and influence.
When & Where: Saturday October 29th, 2:15 PM, Podcast Lounge

What: Bitch Sesh, Casey Wilson and Danielle Schneider will talk about their non-fake love for Real Housewives on Bravo and drink wine.
When & Where: Saturday October 29th, 3:15 PM, Podcast Lounge

What: Allegedly, Comedian Theo Von and journalist Matthew Cole Weiss compete with each other to be the better interviewer in a three round game with one celebrity guest judge.
When & Where: Saturday October 29th, 4:30 PM, Podcast Lounge

What: The Lady Gang with Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Keltie Knight, Jac Vanek, and Becca Tobin discuss womanhood and Hollywood and try to answer burning questions from female listeners about coming of age in the spotlight.
When & Where: Saturday October 29th, 5:30 PM, Podcast Lounge

What: Nickelodeon Animation Podcast with Rocko’s Modern Life creator Joe Murray – for 90’s kids who don’t want to let go of their Saturday cartoons.
When & Where: Sunday October 30th, 12:15 PM, Podcast Lounge

What: Kevin Smith and Marc Bernardin’s Fat Man On Batman, a discussion on comics, fandom, and the caped crusader in black.
When & Where: Sunday October 30th, 1:15 PM, Podcast Lounge

What: Anna Faris Is UnQualified with Seth Rogen, an expectedly funny living room style-chat with Anna Faris and Seth Rogen. It’s exactly what it sounds like.
When & Where: Sunday October 30th, 1:30 PM

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What: Missi and Zach Might Bang! – Missi Pyle (The Artist, Gone Girl, Galaxy Quest) and Zach Selwyn (TBS, The History Channel, ESPN) host celebrities to offer advice to peeps breaking into the entertainment industry.
When & Where: Sunday October 30th, 2:30 PM, Podcast Lounge

What: My Favorite Murderer, crime fans Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark will talk favorite tales of murder with fans and friends, a day before Halloween. Spooky.
When & Where: Sunday October 30th, 4:30 PM Podcast Lounge

What: Throwing Shade – hosts Erin Gibson and Bryan Safi will throw shade and discuss topics such as feminism, gay rights, and of course, pop culture.
When & Where: Sunday October 30th, 5:30 PM Podcast Lounge

For Book Bitches:

What: Victoria Aveyard, author of best selling series Red Queen, book signing.
When & Where: Saturday October 29th, 12:20. PM Book Cafe

What: Joey Graceffa, Youtuber and author of Children of Eden, Q&A + book signing.
When & Where: Saturday October 29th, 1:00 PM, Book Cafe

What: Authors Tahereh Mafi and Ransom Riggs, husband and wife YA authors of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series, and Shatter Me series, discussion.
When & Where: Saturday October 29th, 1:15 PM Studio

What: Terry McMillan, best-selling author of How Stella Got her Groove Back, and latest novel, I Almost Forgot About You, book signing.
When & Where: Saturday October 29th, 1:30 PM Book Cafe

What: Tahereh and Ransom Riggs, husband and wife YA authors of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series, and Shatter Me series, book signing.
When & Where: Saturday October 29th, 2:30 PM, Book Cafe

What: Ed Brubaker, comic book veteran (Captain America: Winter Soldier), signing.
When & Where: Saturday October 29th, 3:00 PM, Book Cafe

What: Anne Rice, vampire author, meet & greet, exclusive book release and signing sesh.
When & Where: Saturday October 29th, 4:30 PM, Book Cafe

What: Author Diana Gabaldon, romance author of nine part novel series Outlander, which inspired the Starz show; a discussion.
When & Where: Sunday October 30th, 1:15 PM, Theater

What: Rick Remender, prolific comic book writer (Uncanny Avengers, Uncanny X-Force) will sign copies of his works Tokyo Ghost, and Deadly Class.
When & Where: Sunday October 30th, 1:30 PM, Book Cafe

What: Diana Gabaldon, romance author of nine part novel series Outlander, which inspired the Starz show; book signing.
When & Where: Sunday October 30th, 2:00 PM, Book Cafe

What: Sophia Amoruso, founder of NastyGal.com and author of #GirlBoss will read from newest book, Nasty Galaxy in a discussion/book signing.
When & Where: Sunday October 30th, 2:30 PM, Book Cafe

What: Jade Chang, author of The Wangs vs. The World, meet and great, reading, and signing sesh.
When & Where: Sunday October 30th, 4:15 PM Book Cafe

What: Chris Colfer, glee-star and author of Land Of Stories series, discussion & signing.
When & Where: Sunday October 30th, 4:15 PM, Studio

Aaaaaand there’s more! Up until the festival starts the schedule is ever-changing, new artists are being announced and added to the lineup.

Some pre-Popfest thoughts:

The Gilmore Girls revival is all I will be able to think about once I’ve seen the exclusive footage.

JoJo will be unapologetic – as we know she is the queen of ‘being done’ from 2004’s Leave (Get Out) to 2016’s F*** Apologies.

The Bob’s Burgers table read will make me feel warm and happy inside. The Belchers have an inappropriate, extremely calming family bond that warms my soul despite the show’s silly antics.

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I’m guessing I won’t be a fan of Fantastic Beasts personally – sorry! I just have a hunch that it will not live up to the Harry Potter nostalgia hype!

THE CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND CAST PERFORMANCE WILL BE MY FAVORITE THING BECAUSE RACHEL BLOOM IS MY PERSONAL HERO. Plus, that whole cast was basically plucked from Broadway, so.

Hearing Seth Rogen’s laugh in person is going to be somethin’ else.

I’m very excited to attend. All day I’ll be running around like a maniac trying to catch every glimpse of my media heroes. On Twitter, I will be using #EWPopFest so make sure to follow along for some crazy coverage, live tweets and after-thought blog posts from this year’s EW’s Popfest.

I’m ready for this Saturday and Sunday – are you?
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