I’m pretty sure there’s only so much visual processing the mind can handle. At some point it hits overload and you’re not sure what you’re seeing any more and your mind just short-circuits. Expect to see a lot of drooling faces next December because “Tron Legacy” is coming out in IMAX 3D. We already knew it would be in 3D and the test footage of that alone blew minds apart at ShoWest and Comic-Con. Now they want to charge a light cycle right into cerebellums. I say bring it on but make sure I have someone to drive me home when the film opens on December 17th, 2010. Click here to read my reaction to the “Tron Legacy” presentation from this year’s Comic-Con.
This year’s San Diego Comic-Con had plenty of fantastic stuff that was worth checking out and while I didn’t agree with every line people waited in, there was one outside the convention hall that was worth the wait: “Flynn’s Arcade”.
Only a few blocks from the Convention Center was a recreation of the famous “Flynn’s Arcade” and going inside was like a trip back in time. Every famous 80s game you could imagine was there (Steve made a bee-line straight to the “Tron” machine) along with an air hockey and foosball tables along with a quadraphonic jukebox for good measure. It’s not really fair to call it nostalgia since you weren’t remembering it fondly; you were really there.
While you still might be kicking yourself for not going, there’s a viral, 80s-style that AICN just turned up and it helps to recreate the experience. Keep in mind, if you already feel bad about missing out on this, it’s probably just going to sting even more. Suck it up and watch it after the jump.
I’ve been a DERRICK comedy fan for a few years now. I’m sure that there are many who can say that, but it’s gonna matter after this fall when the movie hits theatres and the comedy troupe blows up in a big way. When that happens, we can say that we loved DERRICK comedy before they were popular and totally sold-out (even though they’re not going to sell-out, anything that was indie and then became popular is automatically “selling-out”). Already greeted with tremendous adulation at this year’s Sundance Film Festival along with screenings in both New York and LA, the buzz on this film is getting intense and not to jinx it, but I think it’s destined to be a sleeper hit or a massive cult smash. I’m absolutely fine with that because not only was I into them before you, but their debut feature film, “Mystery Team” is the funniest film I’ve seen this year.
Hit the jump to find out why.
After a big, career-making splash, most young filmmakers choose a safe project for their follow up. Not so with Oscar-winning “Juno” screenwriter Diablo Cody. Instead of playing it safe Cody, and with the assistance of Director Karyn Kasuma, Producer Jason Reitman, and stars Meagan Fox and Amanda Seyfried, Cody has crafted a slick, darkly funny splatterfest that aims to tear up the box office come September.
The film, a sort of kinky, post-feminist take on the satanic-cult subgenre, centers on Jennifer (Fox) who, after a satanic ritual gone haywire, ends up with demonic powers that she uses to eat boys alive, literally. Her best friend Needy (Seyfried) is then forced to try and save the day.
Earlier tonight at Comic-Con I was fortunate enough to see most of the first act of the film and speak to Reitman, Kusama, Cody, and Fox.
Hit the jump for the details.
Okay, at this point, if Sony doesn’t have some kind of Hall H-”The Green Hornet” surprise at their panel on Saturday (Sony also has a panel on Friday but that’s going to have “District 9″ and Peter Jackson so they don’t really need it as much as they need a big finish after “Zombieland” and “2012″ on Saturday), I’ll be surprised at their lack of providing a surprise. I say all this because the studio just announced that at 8:30PM tomorrow at the Sony Booth #4313, star Seth Rogen will unveil the car from his upcoming film “The Green Hornet” – the Black Beauty. You know, because the exhibitors floor isn’t ridiculously crowded already, it’s definitely a good idea to put Seth Rogen out there where he’ll be devoured by adoring fans.
While there’s no word yet whether fellow Comic-Con attendee (for “Kick-Ass”) and recent “Green Hornet”-joiner Nicholas Cage will be doing any “Green Hornet”-related events, I wouldn’t be surprised (until I saw it, squealed like a little schoolgirl, and blogged about it as quickly as possible).
Want to get your hands on exclusive Comic-Con items? Then you’ll need a plan of attack. The floor plans for this year’s Exhibitors Hall have just gone online and they may help you in bum rushing some seven-year-old so you can get your hands on the limited edition Stay Puft action figure. The maps also highlight which companies have the biggest presence and all the usual suspects are around.
If you want like, actual comics at this comic convention go out more towards the opposite side from the videogames. Yes, it would make sense to evenly distribute the bigger exhibitors so as to allow for easier movement but instead everything is clustered according to type which is why I almost lost an eye last year trying to get “GI Joe” poster. If you’re going to cosplay, may I suggest dressing up as someone who wields a weapon. I’m going to be Cloud Strife with a 1:1 scale Buster Sword.
Check out the floor maps after the jump and click on the images to see them huge.
Disney has released five character posters for Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” and while they use previously released images, they’re still not bad to look at and I hope they’ll be available to Comic-Con attendees. If not, they’re probably already decorating your local multiplex.
And if you’re jazzed for this film, there’s an opportunity for you to see the teaser trailer for the film even if you’re not attending Comic-Con. Find out how after the jump and to see the new posters.
If you don’t want to see “Mystery Team”, then it’s because you’ve never seen anything by DERRICK Comedy and haven’t heard the rave reviews the film got out of “Sundance” or from the screenings they’ve had in New York and LA. Yours is a crime of ignorance and I forgive you. But not to the point where I want to give you tickets to see the film at a special screening on Thursday night at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. I’ve got six pairs of tickets for the DERRICK fans out there so they should hit the jump to find out how to win a pair. Everyone can hit the jump to also check out some special “Mystery Team” Trading Cards that they’ll be handing out at the Con.
Yes, we know why it sucks but we’re going anyway. Everyone bought their passes months ago along with their hotel rooms and airfare. We’re stuck with each other so the best we can do is figure out how to survive the madness that is the San Diego Comic Convention of ’09. Yes, I suppose it is fun to watch panels featuring your favorite stars of your favorite TV shows and get sneak peeks at films you can’t wait to see. And maybe you spent the last few months crafting a perfect replica of a “Battlestar Galactica” uniform, you can’t wait to show it off. There is certainly enjoyment to be had at the Con but here are five tips to help you get through the more stressful moments. Hit the jump to find out how you’re going to make it out alive (or at least with a slightly more enjoyable time).
Because they’re Entertainment Weekly and you’re not, the magazine has a bunch of new images to show off as a precursor to next week’s San Diego Comic-Con. While nothing they have will blow you away (although there is a new shot from Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” that’s absolutely stunning), it’s worth checking out and will probably further your maddening confusion about which panels to attend.
Hit the jump to check out a few of the new photos and click here to see the rest.
You’ve just run the gauntlet of three days at the San Diego Comic-Con. Congratulations! There’s still one day left, but looking at the schedule for Sunday, most would agree that it’s a light day. There’s nothing even happening in Hall H and there are no super-duper major events and that’s because A) Sunday is designated as “Kids Day” and B) Folks are going to catch their flights home. Still, there’s some stuff you may want to stick around and see and since you’ve most likely been stuck in one ballroom or another for the past three days, you may want to run to the exhibitors floor and see if you can get any good deals.
Hit the jump to check out the full schedule for Sunday where I’ve highlighted events that I think may be popular. And if you missed it, click here for Saturday, click here for Friday, and click here for Thursday.
If you spent all of Friday in Hall H, then prepare to spend all day in Ballroom 20 on Saturday because, like it or not, Saturday is essentially TV Day at Comic-Con. Yes, there’s definitely some stuff going down in Hall H that’s worth your time like “Iron Man 2″, Mike Judge’s “Extract”, and “Zombieland”. However, all the major TV stuff (with a few exceptions) is going down in Ballroom 20 including “Chuck”, “Futurama”, “Family Guy”, “The Cleveland Show”, “V”, and “Fringe”.
Oh, and for all of you who like stuff that is complete and utter shit, Saturday also features panels for “True Blood”, “Heroes”, and “The Boondock Saints II”. If there was a panel on punching off your genitals, I would say that would be preferable to any of those. But it your time and your schedule and I’m sure all those rooms will be packed. They’ll just be packed with people I hate because they like things I don’t. That’s how it works.
Hit the jump to check out the full schedule for Saturday where I’ve highlighted events that I think may be popular (even where if I think that popularity is totally undeserved). And if you missed it, click here for Friday and click here for Thursday.
After the draining events of Thursday (the bloody slap-fest between “Twilight” fans and all the other nerds will surely be exhausting to all), Friday is a moderate reprieve in terms of the Movies/TV arena. Oh, there are still massive events happening, but basically you can just sit down in Hall H and enjoy the proceedings rather than making “Sophie’s Choice”-level decisions about which line to stand in (unless you’re a Joss Whedon fan; then you’re screwed).
Panel highlights from Day 2 of Comic-Con include the thankfully-early-in-the-day Warner Bros. (which will feature “Where The Wild Things Are”, Sherlock Holmes”, “Jonah Hex”, “A Nightmare on Elm Street”, “The Box”, and “The Book of Eli”), the Disney-Pixar Animation (the “Toy Story” trilogy, “Princess and the Frog”, “Ponyo”, and “Prep & Landing”), “9″, “Legion”, “District 9″, and an in-depth conversation between Peter Jackson and James Cameron.
However, should you choose to venture forth, away from the comfort of Hall H (where all those panels are), you can swim in the waters of television with panels for “The Prisoner”, “The Big Bang Theory”, “Dollhouse”, TV Guide’s Sci-Fi Hot List, and a Q&A with Joss Whedon.
Hit the jump for the full schedule and to see what events I’ve highlighted because that’s everywhere I want to be. Now excuse me while I fetch my time-turner. Click here for Thursday.
Last year was my first time visiting Comic-Con. This year I am ready. I am pumped. I am bringing a large bodyguard who will push tiny nerds out of my way so I can grab more swag.
The official Comic-Con website has just posted the schedule for Thursday and for Wednesday’s “Preview Night”, which you can only attending if you’ve purchased a four-day pass. Friday and Saturday tend to be the Con’s biggest days with the largest events but Thursday and Sunday are no slouches. I’ve included the full schedule for Thursday, July 23rd after the jump and highlighted what I think may be worth your time (although my interests skew more towards movies and television as opposed to comics, action figures, and games). Keep checking back as the schedules for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday will most likely be announced over the next few days.
Oh, and if you need an explanation for the hard-hat in the image above, click here.
The official Comic-Con website has just announced what exclusive collector’s items will be available at this year’s convention so collectors can begin scouting what they want to buy, who they may need to trample, and how much ridiculous mark-up can they sell the items for on eBay to hapless souls who couldn’t afford to make it to San Diego (or were just too late to buy passes) but can afford to slap down $400 for a $20 Angry Stay-Puft Coin Bank.
But I’ll admit there are some fun looking items that will be floating around the Con. I dig the Stay Puft-Venkman mini-mates, the Little Big Planet Sackboy from Mezco, and the Silver Astronaut Snoopy because WHY NOT. Of course, I will likely end up with none of these toys (yes, they’re toys; all of these things are toys unless they’re t-shirts) as some hardcore collector will have smashed through the hordes of attendees so he can have the pleasure of breaking-even on his flight and hotel by selling the over-priced item. That is the way of the Con.
Click here to see all of this year’s exclusives. The 2009 San Diego Comic-Con will run from July 23rd to the 26th with a special “Preview Night” for 4-Day pass-holders on July 22nd.