THE COLLISION: Episode 54 – Comic-Con and THE WOLVERINE

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This week on The Collision, we talk about the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con, but we try to take it from the perspective of a devoted convention attendee rather than the jaded journalists that we are.  We talk about the appeal of the convention, its difficulties, its relationship with marketing, and how other conventions, namely Dragon Con, compare.  We also talk about The Wolverine, which had a brief presentation at Comic-Con.

Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode (“Pacific Rim), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg, @AdamChitwood, and @DrClawMD (Dave Trumbore). Hit the jump to check out the trailers for this week’s recommendations.

Comic-Con: Director Courtney Solomon Talks GETAWAY, Practical Stunts, the Shelby Cobra Mustang, Editing over 6,000 Cuts and an Alternate B-Version

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One surprise to come out of this year’s Comic-Con was the opportunity to sit down with director Courtney Solomon (An American Haunting) to discuss his upcoming thriller, Getaway.  The picture stars Ethan Hawke as burnt-out ex-racecar driver Brent Magna who commandeers a suped-up Shelby Cobra Mustang under the orders of a faceless villain who threatens to kill Magna’s kidnapped wife.  In this interview, Solomon talked about the use of practical and dangerous stunts like the car movies of old, seeing the Mustang as the third character in the film, and upping the intensity to new levels.  Solomon also commented on the insane amount of cuts (6,100) and sound design elements (over 22,000) for the film, in addition to his hopes to release a B-version.

Getaway, also starring Selena Gomez, opens August 30th.  Hit the jump to see what Solomon had to say.

Comic-Con: ONCE UPON A TIME Showrunners Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz Talk Season 3, Introducing New Characters, and Crafting Peter Pan As a Villain

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Once Upon A Time remains one of the biggest television show attractions at the Con. The line for the show’s morning panel extended blocks upon blocks. I’ve seen fans stop in the middle of the street and scream/sigh at the sight of Robert Carlyle (Rumpelstiltskin on the show). In the wake of Lost, Once Upon a Time is one of the show’s lone successors in terms of crafting a heavily serialized and increasingly labyrinthine mythology. Season Two introduced multiple alternate/parallel dimensions (Neverland, The World Without Color) and new characters both familiar (Captain Hook) & familial (Rumple’s abandoned son Neal/Baelfire). Hell – the season concluded in ‘Lost’ian fashion with lead Emma’s son Walt… err… Henry kidnapped by Peter Pan, leaving our fateful heroine and her fairy tale compatriots on a mission to journey back to Neverland and get her kid back.

At Comic Con this past weekend, creators and executive producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz were on hand to discuss the past season and the upcoming third season as well. Topics ranged from what new characters will be introduced in the forthcoming season to crafting Peter Pan into a horror movie villain to whether or not the series has an end date in sight. For the full interview, hit the jump. 

Indie Spotlight Comic-Con Edition: THE SIDEKICK Starring Rob Benedict, Ron Livingston, Lizzy Caplan, Jordan Peele, Josh Meyers, Jason Ritter & Martin Starr

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This special Comic-Con edition of Indie Spotlight features The Sidekick, a project from writer-star Rob Benedict (Felicity).  In a world of superheroic features, The Sidekick centers on the oft-overlooked partners of costumed crimefighters.  When career sidekick Max McCabe (Benedict) gets sidelined in favor of a new model, he goes on a quest to find his new purpose.  Also starring Ron Livingston, Lizzy Caplan, Jordan Peele, Martin Starr, Jason Ritter, Ike Barinholtz and Josh MeyersThe Sidekick  was screened for a Comic-Con audience with hopes of generating interest in a TV or web series.  Judging from the audience’s reaction, Benedict just might have something here.

Hit the jump for a recap of The Sidekick panel and a look at the trailer for this hilariously original short.

Comic-Con: THE WOLVERINE Star Hugh Jackman and Director James Mangold Talk Action vs Drama, the Japanese Setting and Cast, and Wolverine’s Soul

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Director James Mangold’s The Wolverine is both a blockbuster comic book brawler and a hero’s journey cast in the mold of classic Japanese cinema.  Star Hugh Jackman – whose commitment to the role is beyond reproach – and director James Mangold were both on hand at this weekend’s Comic-Con to talk up their adaptation of Chris Claremont’s classic take on Logan’s story.  The pair commented on the importance of the Japanese setting and cast, the soul of Wolverine as a character, balancing drama and action, and addressed the concerns of one fan who had been slightly mislead by the film’s trailers.

Also starring Rila Fukushima, Tao Okamoto, Will Yun Lee, Famke Janssen, Hiroyuki Sanada, Brian Tee and Svetlana Khodchenkova, The Wolverine opens July 26th.  Hit the jump to see what Jackman and Mangold had to say. 

Comic-Con: Highlights from the DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Interview with Director Matt Reeves and Stars Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke and Keri Russell

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If our panel recap of Fox’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes didn’t satisfy your curiosity, we’ve got a few highlights from the sequel’s press conference for you.  Director Matt Reeves and stars Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke and Keri Russell talked about the sequel’s level of action, balancing believability with fantasy, how this film fits into the franchise and why having a strong foundation of character makes even the most fantastical story feel grounded and realistic.

Also starring Gary Oldman, Judy Greer, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Toby Kebbell, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is due to debut on July 18, 2014.  Hit the jump to see what the filmmakers had to say during their visit to Comic-Con. 

Comic-Con: FUTURAMA Panel Recap, Featuring the Entire Voice Cast Performing a Table Read, Screening of the Series Finale & a Drawing Contest to the Death

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Appearing in their annual “last Comic-Con panel ever,” the creative talent behind Futurama once again delighted the audience with their own particular brand of off-center hijinks.  Gathering the entire voice cast together for the first time, the team treated fans to a table read of the first act of the series finale, followed by a screening of the fully-finished second act.  Unfortunately, the third act will remain behind the veil until the finale airs on September 4th on Comedy Central.  Until then, be sure to hit the jump and check out our panel recap as this may very well be the last time we get to see Futurama at the Con (though I’m hoping another network will once again swoop in to rescue the beleaguered comedy series).

Comic-Con: ONCE UPON A TIME Panel Recap Featuring Cast and Creators Talking Season 3, Neverland, New Additions, Relationships and Surprising Characters

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If you’re interested in ABC’s new fantasy drama series Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, it’s a safe bet that you’d also enjoy the original show, Once Upon a Time.  Creators Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz took the stage along with the show’s cast to talk about the upcoming third season, answer questions about their character relationships over the first two seasons and to participate in a fan Q&A.  They even added in a fun little corporate sponsorship message titled “Good Morning Storybrooke” which has become part of the fun of their panel here at Comic-Con.  They also teased a new character who is sure to make a splash in the new season.  Hit the jump for my recap.

Comic-Con: ONCE UPON A TIME IN WONDERLAND Panel Recap Featuring a First Look at the Series Premiere and a Q&A with the Show’s Cast and Creators

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The popular ABC fantasy drama Once Upon a Time has been so successful and well-received in its first two seasons that creators Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz are spinning off a new series: Once Upon a Time in Wonderland.  While some of the characters and story mechanics will be familiar to fans of the original, the spinoff will be accessible to new viewers while also rewarding fans of both shows.  Kitsis and Horowitz were on hand, along with the new cast of Wonderland, to premiere 19 minutes from the first episode of the new show, along with a special introduction of a surprise guest.  The panel also fielded moderator questions and participated in a Q&A from the very enthusiastic fanbase.  Hit the jump for my recap of the Once Upon a Time in Wonderland panel from Comic-Con.


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We saw plenty of panels this weekend at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con.  We waited in line so long that we actually had to take shifts to make sure we got a reasonably decent seat.  This allowed us to give you quick recaps of the panels, but now you can sit in the comfort of your home just a few days later and watch the full panel for yourself.  There’s a fair amount of stuff that’s not in our recaps, most notably the humor of the panelists.  It’s tough to convey the spontaneity and timing of the jokes, and they’re some of the best parts.  You should probably see for yourself Bryan Cranston absolutely killing it at the Godzilla panel or the surprisingly charming audience Q&A for X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Hit the jump to watch the full Comic-Con panels for X-Men: Days of Future Past, RoboCop, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and Godzilla.  You can also click on the corresponding links for our recaps, which includes summations of the footage we were shown.  Please keep in mind that the video of these panels does not include this footage.


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Marvel President Kevin Feige is about to leave the stage in Hall H following the panels for Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Guardians of the Galaxy.  An amped up crowd is shouting “More!”  Feige returns, takes a seat, and says “There’s only one more person here.  He wanted to say, ‘Hi.’  Joss Whedon!”  Whedon takes the stage.  “Hi.  I know it’s time to go,” he says, “and I don’t have a lot to say, but I have something to add.”  We cut to a trailer of quotes from The Avengers over something metal being hammered.  The metal has a strange red glow.  The last quote we hear is what Nick Fury told Maria Hill about the group coming back together when they world will need them.  The camera then pulls out to reveal Ultron’s helmet.  We then get the title for the highly-anticipated sequel: The Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Hit the jump for more.  The Avengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015.

Comic-Con: X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Interview Highlights – Vintage Costumes, the Return of Charles Xavier as Professor X and Dueling Magnetos

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By now you probably know that almost the entire cast of Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past surprised Comic-Con attendees today.  Just prior to their Hall H appearance, the cast members participated in what might be a Guinness World Record for press conferences.  Attending were director Bryan Singer, writer Simon Kinberg, producers Lauren Shuler Donner and Hutch Parker, plus cast members Evan Peters, Peter Dinklage, Nicholas Hoult, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Shawn Ashmore, Ellen Page and Omar Sy.  It was an amazing once-in-a-lifetime event to witness all of that talent on one stage, although fans will be privy to the experience once X-Men: Days of Future Past hits screens May 23, 2014.  Hit the jump for highlights from the press conference.

ENDER’S GAME Comes to Comic-Con with Battle School Sets, Props and Costumes Used in the Film

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Want to go to Battle School?  If you’re in the vicinity of San Diego Comic-Con and the convention center, you can do just that.  The Ender’s Game Fan Experience is a special event set up just for fans, who can interact with actual sets used in the filming of the upcoming movie.  In addition to the sets, there are multiple props and costumes on display, as well as a host of new footage from the film that plays on multiple screens throughout the exhibit.   We’ve got images from the event after the jump for those of you who would otherwise be missing out.

Starring Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Nonso Anozie, Abigail Breslin and Viola Davis, Ender’s Game opens November 1st.  Be sure to check out the recently-released clips, posters and images from the Gavin Hood-directed adaptation, then hit the jump for more on the Ender’s Game Fan Experience.

Comic-Con: Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield and Hailee Steinfeld Talk ENDER’S GAME, Bringing the Popular Characters to Life, Favorite Character Traits and More

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While at Comic-Con for a presentation in Hall H, co-stars Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld and Harrison Ford spoke to the press about their epic adventure film Ender’s Game. Based on the best-selling, award-winning novel by Orson Scott Card, the story is set in the near future, after a hostile alien race have attacked Earth and only the best young minds are recruited to lead their fellow soldiers into a battle that will determine the future of Earth and save the human race.

During the interview, they talked about how cool it is to play characters from such a popular book, how they went about bringing their characters to life, the kinds of conversations they hope audiences will have after seeing the film, and their favorite trait for their character. Ford also talked about the differences between his character, Colonel Graff, and Han Solo, as well as his thoughts on author Orson Scott Card’s anti-gay comments. Check out what they had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Comic-Con: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Panel Recap – Stars Kristin Kreuk and Jay Ryan Join Writers Sherri Cooper and Jennifer Levin to Talk Season 2

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The cast and crew of The CW’s Beauty and the Beast turned up at Comic-Con today to discuss the show’s upcoming second season. Now that Cat and Vincent are officially an item, fans of the series have been waiting for answers to the mysteries posed at the end of the first season. Where’s Vincent? Who took him? Who is Catherine’s dad? The creative team ensured that answered are due in quick order and offered a few teasers on what to expect from the second season.  In attendance today were stars Kristen Kreuk and Jay Ryan, along with writer/producers Sherri Cooper and Jennifer Levin. Hit the jump for the panel recap.

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