THE FANTASTIC FOUR Skips out on Comic-Con But Offers a Glimpse at The Thing

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Apparently Fox decided not to bring any marketing for The Fantastic Four to Comic-Con this weekend, even though the Josh Trank-directed picture is currently shooting in Louisiana and will debut before next year’s convention.  However, a very unofficial image has leaked out into the interwebs that shows what is apparently the film’s new version of The Thing.  Jamie Bell is playing the rocky humanoid hero, aka Ben Grimm, and thankfully it looks like he’ll be doing so through motion capture.  It looks pretty good, but the bar was previously set laughably low by poor Michael Chiklis’ rock suit in the last effort.  Hit the jump to check it out.

Also starring Michael B. Jordan as Human Torch, Kate Mara as Invisible Girl, Miles Teller as Mr. Fantastic, and Toby Kebbell as Dr. Doom, The Fantastic Four is set to open June 19, 2015.  

Comic-Con: Salma Hayek and Joe Lynch Talk EVERLY, Paying Homage to DESPERADO, Shooting Chronologically, and More

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From director Joe Lynch (Knights of Badassdom), Everly is a wild action-thriller centered on a woman (Salma Hayek) who faces down assassins sent by her ex, a mob boss, while holed up in her apartment.  While at Comic-Con for a presentation in Hall H, filmmaker Joe Lynch and actress Salma Hayek, who expertly carries the emotional heart of the film on her own, spoke to press at a small roundtable, in which they talked about how monumental it was to have someone of Salma’s caliber carrying this crazy story, paying homage to her character in Desperado, wanting to always find the truth, having so many different things happen in one room, the claustrophobic feeling of being locked in a cage, how much more confident she was with the guns by the end of the shoot, the benefit of shooting chronologically, and what a breath of fresh air it was, every time there was another actor for her to work with.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

THE BLACKLIST Comic-Con Panel Recap: James Spader, Jon Bokempkamp and John Eisendrath Talk Season 2 and the Addition of Mary Louise Parker

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NBC’s The Blacklist took over the fairly enormous Room 6A, packed with around 1,500 fans, Saturday afternoon at the San Diego Comic-Con.  Present were James Spader, and executive producers Jon Bokenkamp and John Eisendrath.   Moderated by Mike Schneider (TV Guide), the trio discussed the upcoming second season of the show as well as how The Blacklist came to be in the first place.  I’ve covered Comic-Con for three years now and I’ve never seen a crowd for a TV Show as big as the one I saw today.

Hit the jump for The Blacklist Comic-Con Panel Recap.  The Blacklist returns to NBC on September 22nd.

Comic-Con: Dave Filoni Talks STAR WARS REBELS, the Influence of A NEW HOPE, Creating Kickass Female Characters and More

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Filmmaker and artist Dave Filoni is right at home among the fans here at Comic-Con. It’s obvious from the moment he starts talking that he’s a keen consumer of pop culture, and that passion served him well as supervising director of the animated series The Clone Wars, which lasted six seasons on Cartoon Network. Now, he’s found another creative outlet in his latest project, Star Wars Rebels for Disney XD. We had a chance to sit down with Filoni one on one to talk about Star Wars Rebels and how it relates to the rest of the Star Wars universe. Read the full interview after the jump.

Set in the gap between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, Rebels follows the ragtag crew of The Ghost as they travel around the galaxy, evading the Empire and sewing the seeds of rebellion wherever they can. In creating the look of the series, Filoni and his team combed through the Lucasfilm archives to find original concept drawings done for the first Star Wars movie by artist Ralph McQuarrie and incorporated many of the designs. We asked him how he felt about carrying the Star Wars torch for a whole new generation of fans.

THE BOXTROLLS Comic-Con Panel Recap: Getting Lost in the Lovable, Grimy World of Underground Scavengers

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The Boxtrolls is one of my most-anticipated films of the fall.  LAIKA is one of the most exciting studios working today because they’re the only one wholly committed to the beautiful art of stop-motion animation.  But beyond their medium, they’re telling rich, interesting stories about weird outsiders traveling through strange worlds.  The Boxtrolls looks like their most ambitious yet, and today’s Comic-Con panel made me even more eager to see this strange, gorgeous movie.

Hit the jump for The Boxtrolls Comic-Con panel recap.

Comic-Con: Daniel Radcliffe Talks HORNS, Dark Material, His Vision for the Next 25 Years, and More

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From director Alexandre Aja and author Joe Hill, Horns is a unique and unusual blend of fantasy, horror, drama and comedy.  Blamed for the murder of his girlfriend and ostracized by everyone he knows, a small-town guy named Ig (Daniel Radcliffe) awakens one morning to find that he’s grown a pair of horns from his temples.  Armed with the supernatural powers that they possess, he sets out to find the true killer and prove his innocence.

While at Comic-Con for a panel in Hall H, actor Daniel Radcliffe spoke to press at a conference, in which he talked about being drawn to dark material, what most excited him about doing this film, what was on his playlist for the role, what makes Alexandre Aja a great director, connecting to the symbolism in the film, his vision for the next 25 years of his career, and what he got to do while walking around Comic-Con dressed as Spider-Man.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

BLACKHAT Comic-Con Panel Recap: First Look at Michael Mann’s Cybercrime Drama Starring Chris Hemsworth; Plus New Image and Logo

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Michael Mann knows his crime dramas.  Heat is one of the most celebrated crime flicks of all time.  He’s a director who wants to find that kind of drama in different kinds of criminal acts, periods, and settings.  Now he’s turning his attention to the world of cybercrime with Blackhat (formerly called Cyber).  It was a surprising part of Legendary’s Comic-Con presentation because it’s not a fantastical story.  It’s disturbingly close to reality.

Hit the jump for the Blackhat Comic-Con panel recap.

ONCE UPON A TIME Comic-Con Panel Recap: First Footage of Anna and Elsa from Season 4 Premiere

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Ever since viewers first got a glimpse of Elsa from Frozen the last few minutes of the Once Upon a Time season finale there’s been a debate about where the idea to draw from such a recent Disney animated feature came from. Was it the studio imposing the inclusion based on the blockbuster success of the film? Or did creators and showrunners Eddie Kitsis and Adam Horowitz come up with the idea themselves because they loved the film and wanted to pay homage to it? The answer was revealed today at the Once Upon a Time Comic-Con panel. Find out after the jump.

New MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Posters Featuring Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, and Hugh Keays-Byrne

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After today’s Comic-Con panel, Warner Bros. released four new Mad Max: Fury Road posters featuring Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, and Hugh Keays-Byrne.  The post-apocalyptic sequel directed by George Miller is “set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and most everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life.”

Zoe Kravitz, Riley Keough, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Hugh Keays-Byrne, and Nathan Jones also starMad Max: Fury Road opens May 15, 2015.  Check out the character posters after the jump.

CRIMSON PEAK Comic-Con Panel Recap: Guillermo del Toro Reveals Promising First Footage from His Gothic Romance; Gauges Audience Interest in HELLBOY 3

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Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro is a Comic-Con favorite.  Films like Hellboy and Pacific Rim went over extremely well at the massive convention in the past, and he’s also just an incredibly likeable guy—he loves movies, monsters, and has no filter when it comes to speaking on the Comic-Con stage.  However, at this year’s Legendary panel in Hall H, del Toro brought a very different kind of film that just may end up being a highlight of his oeuvre.  With the gothic romance horror pic Crimson Peak—which stars Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, and Charlie Hunnam—del Toro is aiming to meld the artful and more adult-geared tone of his Spanish-language films (Pan’s Labyrinth, The Devil’s Backbone) with the colorful and pop nature of his English-language features.

During the film’s Comic-Con panel, del Toro unveiled the first incredibly promising (not to mention gorgeous) footage from the pic and talked about his approach on this feature.  Additionally, del Toro took the opportunity to do an unofficial poll of the audience as to their interest in seeing Hellboy 3 and At the Mountains of Madness.  Read my full Crimson Peak Comic-Con panel recap after the jump.

WARCRAFT Comic-Con Panel Recap: First Footage Revealed and Focuses on the Characters; Plus New Motion Logo

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We’re still waiting for the great film based on a video game.  Yesterday, there was the suggestion it might be an adaptation of The Last of Us.  However, Warcraft offers up its own world (no pun intended) of possibilities.  There is a rich mythology, but countless narratives.  And now it’s up to Moon and Source Code director Duncan Jones to find that narrative.  Last year, we got a cool announcement teaser for Warcraft.  Now it was time for Legendary to up their game (again, no pun intended).

Hit the jump for the Warcraft Comic-Con panel recap and the new Warcraft motion logo.

Legendary Looking to Revive King Kong; Reveals SKULL ISLAND Teaser at Comic-Con

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A couple of years ago, Legendary Pictures surprised audiences at San Diego Comic-Con by revealing test footage of director Gareth EdwardsGodzilla.  The fan reaction to that surprise was a significant factor in Legendary and Warner Bros.’ decision to greenlight the film, and during the Legendary panel at Comic-Con earlier today, the studio didn’t leave without one more surprise.  Some fans were expecting a peek at Jurassic World, though given that Legendary isn’t the primary studio on that film it seemed unlikely.  Instead, we were shown an ominous teaser that concluded with the reveal of King Kong himself and the title Skull Island, which the studio intends to release in theaters on November 4, 2016.  More after the jump.

GODZILLA 2 Announced at Comic-Con; Will Feature Rodan, Mothra, and King Ghidorah

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Godzilla was announced at Comic-Con a few years ago.  The teaser was unannounced, but when we heard the King of the Monsters’ might roar, it brought the house down.  The film finally came out this summer, and it was a huge hit.  Soon after, a sequel was announced.  The question then became what other monsters we would see.  Godzilla has a tremendous rogues’ gallery, and none of them were featured in the first movie.  Now it was time to reward the fans with not just a “Thank you” but with a taste of what’s next.

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ATARI: GAME OVER Comic-Con Panel Recap: Behind the Scenes of the Xbox Originals Documentary

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Being an entertainment documentary junkie, I will watch any and everything I can get my hands on.  I remember first hearing about the Atari / E.T. archaeological dig featured in Atari: Game Over, not knowing there was a film that was being created documenting the project. Besides, what was the angle for seekers of buried E.T. cartridges anyway?  In a related vein, I was aware of prop collectors traveling to film locations to dig pieces of junk out of the desert that were once a part of Star Wars or Raiders of the Lost Ark sets. Many do this because they can get big bucks for rotten pieces of fiberglass and foam, simply because these unrecognizable bits and pieces were once a part of these important movies.

But seriously, one would think, who would want one of these old, once-buried E.T. cartridges anyway?  Well, as I thought about it, I guess I would.  Even though I never owned the Atari 2600, I still know it well as a milestone in gaming technology, and huge part of 70s and 80s culture. Then again, so was Steven Spielberg’s masterpiece E.T..  Actually, I found E.T. as disturbing as The Exorcist, but that’s a story for another time. The Comic Con panel described some interesting things about the new documentary Atari: Game Over that had to be heard to be believed. Hit the jump for highlights from Atari: Game Over Comic-Con panel recap.

THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES Comic-Con Panel Recap: Peter Jackson and Cast Look Back on the Entire Tolkein Saga and Tease Conclusion

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There’s no mistaking the fact that director Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy adaptation is a true classic and will be a touchtone for many generations to come.  He’s recently returned to complete the J.R.R. Tolkein saga with a three-film adaptation of The Hobbit, and while the response from some fans hasn’t been as enthusiastic, the passion for the series remains.  At the Comic-Con panel for the final Hobbit installment, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Jackson took the stage earlier today along with screenwriter Philipa Boyens and cast members Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Andy Serkis, Elijah Wood, and Graham McTavish.

Since this is (probably) the last time that Jackson will be presenting a Tolkein adaptation at Comic-Con, this panel was a mix between a look back at the entire LOTR saga and a tease of the new film, complete with the premiere of the first trailer and an excellent appearance by Stephen Colbert as the moderator.  Read my full The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Comic-Con panel recap after the jump.

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