In 3D, you could smell the rum.
Right after the Tron Legacy panel at Comic-Con, Disney screened a teaser trailer for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. It basically features Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow letting everyone know that the movie is a thing and they can see it next summer. It was in 3D only so Capt. Jack could awkwardly shove a bottle of rum into the mostly underage audience. I took an imaginary swig, but imagine all those tween alcoholics in attendence. The 3D must have been torture for them.
Check out the teaser after the jump…
The first event I caught at this year's Comic-Con was the Tron Legacy panel, moderated by Patton Oswalt, a favorite comedian of mine and yours. I'm not allowed to show you the footage that was screened, although you can read my brief description in my Thursday's adventures recap, but I have video of the panel discussion. You can also check out the awesome new trailer here.
All of the actors were in attendence (for a third year in a row), including Garret Hedlund, Olivia Wilde, Michael Sheen, and Jeff Bridges, as well as director Joseph Kosinski. They enlighten us on the process of making the film, the flashy difference between Tron Legacy and Tron proper, and how Olivia kicked-ass in high heels. You really shouldn't need much more convincing to see the film when it opens on December 17, 2010.
Thursday at Comic-Con is in the history books, except for the videos I still need to post. Friday started off with Noah from the Break Horror Channel wanting to touch the hot Green Hornet Girls.
Nice half thumbs-up, Noah.
Then it was off to "The Walking Dead" panel. But wait… "Hawaii 5-0" had theirs first. We got good seats by the water cooler and the footage I had already seen looked pretty rockin', so I was moderatly excited to see the new Danno and McGarrett. The crew and cast came out and there was no sign of Danno (Scott Caan) or McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin). How are you going to have a Hawaii 5-0 panel with just Chin Ho and Kona?
It's my first time at Comic-Con. I didn't know what to expect except madness, and madness is what I got. And David Hasselhoff singing on a bus surrounded by half-naked women, but we'll get to that later. Thursday proved to be a test of the mind, feet, and senses. I saw some terrific panels, cruised the main floor, and even attended a party where Sly Stallone was given an award that looked like a bomb. It was supposed to signify his contribution to the action movie genre, but made him look like an Italian who was at his wits end with the Hard Rock Hotel.
I started the day bright and early waiting in line for the Tron Legacy panel. Sally from A Nightmare Before Christmas was also there.
So basically the Comic-Con teaser posters for Captain America and Thor are awesome. If the films are half as awesome as these gritty, realistic conceptual depictions by artist Ryan Meinerding we're in for an awesome treat.
Look at Captain America up there, deflecting those bullets with his massive patriotic shield. He looks furious and hungry enough to eat a Nazi's face for lunch. Please Joe Johnston, dangle this poster in front of your face for inspiration as you direct the film. If Joel Schumacher would have done such a thing, the bat suit never would have been altered with nipples.
Check out larger versions of the posters after the jump…
Holy crap, Saturday is jam-packed. Thursday and Friday are bringing the events as well, but Saturday makes them look like booths at an interior designer convention. We're talking Green Lantern, Captain America: The First Avenger, Thor, Sucker Punch, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Let Me In, Resident Evil Afterlife, Paul, Cowboys & Aliens, and on the TV side, "Futurama," "The Simpsons," "Community," "Family Guy," and "LOST" for some reason. I'm going to have to find a secret nook in Hall H to avoid the madness of standing in line. I'm not saying I'll be inside the baby grand piano, but just don't look there.Check out the Saturday highlights after the jump.
After a bomb diggity Thursday schedule for Comic-Con 2010, the Friday schedule is sure to make your nerd boner deflate to half-stalk. Not to say there aren't events worth getting excited about, but none of them are about Tron. Some of the bigger panels will be for Drive Angry 3D, "The Walking Dead," Piranha 3D, The Other Guys, and The Green Hornet. I was expecting Friday to take me to Hell and back, but it looks like it'll just take me to Hell. I meant for that to sound like it would be less stressful. Whatever, you get it. It's also Star Wars day on Friday. I don't expect to cover much of that because the plastic casing on my Stormtrooper costume is cracked and I don't want to look like an idiot.Check out some of the Friday highlights after the jump.
Comic-Con descends upon San Diego in two weeks, and Screen Junkies will be there every step of the way getting stepped on by costumed freaks in pursuit of footage. Luckily, Summit isn't showcasing a Twilight panel this year, so we won't have to worry about Twihards ripping off our genitals in an effort to bum rush Hall H. Make sure you continually reload SJ's homepage July 21-25 for the latest Comic-Con updates. My fingers are crossed I can pick up a wireless signal in the Convention Center, or else I'll have to start eliminating bloggers, thus boosting bandwith.Check out some of the Thursday highlights after the jump.
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Off-camera: a giant sandwich.Keep an eye out for Guillermo del Toro at this year's San Diego Comic-Con because he has big news. He shouldn't be that difficult to find. Just look for the heavyset guy with glasses and an unshaven neck. Ask a Convention Center employee if you have trouble. Guillermo's official site has this message from the director:Van Helsing (writing and producing) is still in talks and not quite certain. Even then, I would like to share my plans only at COMICON. I am taking it slowly and marking very, very carefully the calendar of projects that I will be involved as producer, writer, etc I will not announce the project I intend to direct until then . I am very happy to say that all the projects and partnerships being considered are both quite surprising and, I hope, powerful. Much as I want, I cannot say much more at this time but I anxiously await to share these with you. I will be shopping on the floor in San Diego for several days. See you there!!So what could this "quite surprising" news be? Is he going to play Magneto? I bet he'd make a great Magneto. He's already quite adept at bending metal chairs.
That sandwich doesn't stand a chance with Knowles hanging around.Morgan Spurlock and Harry Knowles may not see eye to eye on the subject of McDonald's, but they're willing to put that difference aside. The Ain't It Cool News founder and comics legend Stan Lee will join Spurlock and Joss Whedon in producing their San Diego Comic-Con documentary. The doc, newly titled Comic-Con Episode Four: A Fan's Hope, will begin following seven fans in June as they prepare for this year's convention.I've only been to the crappy New York version of Comic-Con and am looking forward to see how the film captures the spirit in San Diego. And with the Four Horsemen of Geekdom (Acne, Asthma, Cheeto Fingers, and Dumb Laugh) behind the lens, it's sure to take us where no film ever cared to go before. (THR)
Joss Whedon is looking for a few big nerds. The Buffy/Dollhouse/Dr. Horrible creator is currently searching for three fanboys or fangirls for an upcoming documentary about San Diego Comic-Con and nerd culture. He and Super-Size Me director/star Morgan Spurlock want to follow their subjects around for the three months leading up to this year's convention. Why they want three months worth of masturbating to anime footage is well beyond me.Filming is sure to be hectic on convention day when the crew loses Whedon due to his instantaneous blending in with the crowd. He's like a nerd chameleon. In all earnestness, this seems like a unique look at a growing counter-culture. I am a little bummed though that Spurlock will not be upping the ante of his previous works by remaining a virgin and living in his parent's basement for 30 years. (E!)
CLEVELAND FROM FAMILY GUY – Watch more Funny VideosThe panel for the "The Family Guy" spinoff "The Cleveland Show" didn’t have as much hype as the panels that were premiering big movie trailers or had anything remotely to do with either Lost or Twilight. What it did bring, however, was laughs, and lots of them. Instead of rambling, the group of panelists, which included Seth Macfarlane, Mike Henry, Jamie Kennedy, and the rest of the principal cast, let the show speak for itself, showing an extended clip of the pilot and a clip of an episode airing in December…
Fellow Junkies, Comic-Con has come and gone, as has Screen Junkies from San Diego. It was our first ever trip down to Comic-Con and it will not be our last, but we learned a lot. Mostly, we learned that you have to surrender to the fact that you can't cover EVERYTHING at Comic-Con. Here's everything we DID cover: AVATAR Video clips of James Cameron speaking about AVATAR just moments after having unveiled 25-minutes of the film to Hall H @ Comic-Con.
EXTRACT Panel @ Comic-Con Pt. 1 – Watch Movie Trailers After the promising SOLOMON KANE presentation in Hall H, the crowd at Comic-Con was buzzing for geek legend Mike Judge to make a return to his OFFICE SPACE form with his latest flick, EXTRACT. He was joined on stage by cast members Jason Bateman and Mila Kunis, as well. Comedienne du jour Kristen Wiig could not make it because of filming commitments in New Mexico. To Bateman's credit, he was running on an hour's worth of sleep, having just wrapped on the same shoot at 5am, which, it's safe to say, is Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Greg Mottola's alien comedy PAUL…
By 9am, the line outside Hall H for the LOST: THE FINAL SEASON panel with co-creators Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse was already 1000+ fans deep, and the presentation wasn't until 11am. But the 6000+ fans that eventually made it inside were in for a real treat. Cuse and Lindelof came armed with tons of clips and almost equal amounts of special guests, and didn't disappoint even the hardcores that had been camping outside the San Diego Convention Center's Hall H since the night before.
After a montage of some of the creators' favorite LOST-related fan films, Cuse and Lindelof showed the audience a very well done promo for a fake throwback show that supposedly aired in the 80s, and which covered the mysterious Dharma Initiative that is such a huge part of the LOST mythology:
Alls I gots ta say is… let's get Avatarded in here! We just got out of the AVATAR press conference with none other than James Cameron, and raced back to a quiet place so we could squeal like schoolgirls… and upload these videos of the visionary director talking earnestly about his project. The huge news revealed today is that on August 21st – "Avatar Day" – select movie theaters and online outlets will be screening 15 minutes of the film for FREE. That's how confident Twentieth Century Fox and Cameron must be about their product. In fact, rumor has it that Fox head Tom Rothman cried like a baby during the screening in the San Diego Convention Center's Hall H*. * Not true. So settle in and enjoy Mr. Cameron wax on about his little movie. PART 1: Cameron on the film's character design.