Info on Comic-Con 2014 Badge Sales: No More 4-Day Badges

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Comic-Con is shaking things up for 2014 badge sales.  No more 4-day badges—only single day badges will be sold, although you can consolidate a Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday badge into a 4-day badge on site.  Additionally, you can only attend Preview Night on Wednesday if you purchase a badge for all four days Thursday-Sunday.

Comic-Con is working hard to improve the online ordering system with plans to open preregistration in early 2014.  Those who attended Comic-Con 2013 are allowed to preregister, and will be e-mailed at least 48 hours before sales open with badge preregistration instructions.  Those who did not attend Comic-Con 2013 can participate in open online registration later in the year.  Hit the jump for pricing details and more information on how to secure a badge.

Watch the Comic-Con Teaser for THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

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Though Comic-Con’s Hall H is always host to plenty of panels that get attendees riled up, nothing quite shook the room this year like the Avengers sequel teaser video that announced Ultron as the film’s villain.  The footage shown in Hall H is rarely released to the public by Marvel, but it appears that they’re making an exception with regards to the Avengers: Age of Ultron teaser, as it has been made available in HD via the Iron Man 3 Jarvis App.  The full video actually includes behind-the-scenes footage of Joss Whedon getting ready to take the Comic-Con stage to announce the teaser, so it’s a pretty fun watch.

Hit the jump to check out the video, and if you haven’t picked up Iron Man 3 on Blu-ray yet click here to purchase the 2D combo pack and click here for the 3D combo pack.

Tom Hiddleston Talks THE HOLLOW CROWN, His Passion for Shakespeare, Parallels to Loki, Appearing in Character at Comic-Con, and More

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Airing on PBS’ Great Performances, The Hollow Crown is a lavish series of filmed adaptations of four of Shakespeare’s most gripping history plays – Richard II, Henry IV Parts 1 and 2 and Henry V – which tell the rise and fall of three kings and how their destiny shaped English history.  Filmed on location in England between summer 2011 and spring 2012, Ben Whishaw, Jeremy Irons and Tom Hiddleston are supported by a phenomenal cast including Rory Kinnear, Patrick Stewart, David Suchet, David Morrissey in Richard II, Simon Russell Beale, Michelle Dockery, Julie Walters and Maxine Peake in Henry IV and John Hurt, Anton Lesser and Paterson Joseph in Henry V.

Collider recently had the opportunity to sit down with Tom Hiddleston to chat about all things Shakespeare, and I was immediately struck by how passionate the actor is on the subject and impressed by how he can recall speeches, seemingly at will.  During the interview, he talked about how he got involved with the epic project, why it appealed to him, working with such a fantastic cast, his love of the theater, and why hearing the language of Shakespeare is like listening to great music.  He also talked about the parallels between Shakespeare and Loki (the character he plays in the Marvel universe films), and how humbled and proud he is of the reaction the character has gotten, as well as how excited he is to get back on stage to play the title role in Shakespeare’s searing tragedy of political manipulation and revenge, Coriolanus, running at the Donmar Warehouse in London from December 6th through February 8, 2014.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Matt Smith, Jenna Coleman and Steven Moffat Talk DOCTOR WHO, Smith Leaving the Show, and Preparing for a New Doctor

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With the twelfth Doctor being unveiled imminently, I thought it would be fun to give some insight into the process of auditioning and finding the perfect actor for the role, as well as what it’s like for the actor passing the baton.  While at Comic-Con, Doctor Who co-stars Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman talked about what it’s like to be a part of the iconic show on its 50th anniversary, the enormity of what it’s like to leave the show, wanting the best actor to step into the role, and what they’ll remember most about the experience, while showrunner Steven Moffat talked about having no agenda or specific traits in mind during casting, how much time he’s had to prepare for a new Doctor, how it’s always been a massive news story, how much longer he’d like to stay with the show, and that he wishes the new actor could just show up on his first episode, without any prior casting announcement.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Author Cassandra Clare Talks THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES, Her Reaction to Seeing the Film, Appealing to Males, and More

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Set in contemporary New York City, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones tells the story of Clary Fray (Lily Collins), a seemingly ordinary teenager who discovers that she is the descendant of a line of Shadowhunters, a secret organization of young half-angel warriors in an ancient battle to protect our world from demons. Adapted from the book by Cassandra Clare, action-adventure fantasy also stars Jamie Campbell Bower, Kevin Zegers, Jared Harris, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Lena Headey, CCH Pounder and Aidan Turner.

While at Comic-Con to promote the film and share footage with fans, author Cassandra Clare spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about what she thought when she finally saw the film, that it achieves emotional closure while leaving the plot open for the second film, why this movie also appeals to guys, what makes Clary Fray a good female lead, who she feels comes the closest to the way she envisioned the characters, and which actors asked her the most questions.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

Kevin Chapman, Sarah Shahi, and Amy Acker Talk PERSON OF INTEREST Season 3

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At Comic-Con last week, I was able to participate in roundtable interviews with Kevin Chapman, Sarah Shahi, and new series regular Amy Acker for Person of Interest season three.   Chapman talked about Fusco’s role in the show and where he was at the end of season two, Shahi talked about what it’s like to do stunt scenes and a possible all ladies team up episode, and Acker discussed Root’s expanded role, and so much more.  Hit the jump to watch the interviews.

Executive Producer Jonathan Nolan and Greg Plageman Talk PERSON OF INTEREST Season 3

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At Comic-Con last week, I was able to participate in roundtable interviews with Person of Interest executive producer/creator Jonathan Nolan and executive producer Greg Plageman.  Nolan and Plageman talked about what the real life implications of Prism means for the role of The Machine, how The Machine functions as a benevolent AI, the relationship between Finch and The Machine, Reese and Finch’s friendship, and what possibly guest starts might be returning in season three.   Hit the jump to watch the interviews.

Directors Phil Lord, Chris Miller, and Chris McKay Talk THE LEGO MOVIE, Creative Freedom, How It’ll Be CG and Stop-Motion, New LEGO Sets, and More

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Without a doubt, one of my most anticipated movies of 2014 is The Lego Movie.  The reason?  Phil Lord and Chris Miller.  As the directors of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs and 21 Jump Street, Lord and Miller have shown they’re extremely talented filmmakers that also know comedy.  And based on the trailer for The Lego Movie, I’m confident they’ve knocked it out of the park.

Last week at Comic-Con, I landed an extended video interview with Lord, Miller, and Chris McKay (who is co-directing with them).  They talked about their take on the movie, how much creative freedom they have, collaborating with LEGO, what the film’s about, which IP characters they were able to get, the animation process for a hybrid of CG and stop-motion animated LEGO figures, new LEGO sets, the character names, and so much more.  If you’re also looking forward to The Lego Movie, I promise you’ll enjoy this interview.  Hit the jump to watch.

Jeff Wadlow Talks KICK-ASS 2, Adapting the Comic, Set Photos, the X-FORCE Movie, the Superhero Genre, and More

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Last week at Comic-Con, I landed an exclusive video interview with Kick-Ass 2 director Jeff Wadlow.  During our wide ranging conversation we talked about being at Comic-Con, how he landed the Kick-Ass 2 job, balancing adapting the source material versus realizing his own vision, deleted scenes, set photos, and much more.  In addition, with Wadlow writing and possibly directing the X-Force movie at 20th Century Fox, he talked about where he’s at in the writing process, the timeline of X-Force, how he landed the job, how much of the script are his ideas versus what Fox is asking him to write, the superhero genre, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch or read his comments.

Comic-Con: Director Harald Zwart Talks THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES, the Challenges of Adapting the Book, Directing the Sequel, and More

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Set in contemporary New York City, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones tells the story of Clary Fray (Lily Collins), a seemingly ordinary teenager who discovers that she is the descendant of a line of Shadowhunters, a secret organization of young half-angel warriors in an ancient battle to protect our world from demons.  Adapted from the book by Cassandra Clare, action-adventure fantasy also stars Jamie Campbell Bower, Kevin Zegers, Jared Harris, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Lena Headey, CCH Pounder and Aidan Turner.

While at Comic-Con to promote the film and share footage with fans, director Harald Zwart spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about wanting Cassandra Clare involved with the filmmaking process, how challenging it was to get this complex world and story down to a manageable length, following his own instincts during the editing process, how much deleted footage there is, what a privilege it is to get the second film greenlit before the first is released in theaters, that he’s deep in prep for a September start date for shooting, and what he’s most looking forward to with the second film.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Bill Hader Talks CLOUD WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2, Comic-Con, Writing for SOUTH PARK, the Final Stefon Sketch, Whether He’ll Ever Cameo on SNL, What He Collects, and More

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Like most of you, I’m a huge fan of Bill Hader.   I think he’s one of those rare performers that can do anything, and over the past few years on TV and in a number of different movies, he’s made me laugh again and again.  So when I had the opportunity to speak with him last week at Comic-Con, I jumped at the chance.

During our wide ranging interview we talked about being at Comic-Con, what he collects, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2Saturday Night Live, whether he will ever cameo on SNL now that he’s left the show, coming up with the idea for the final Stefon sketch, and so much more.  He also revealed that he will be writing for the entirety of South Park‘s upcoming season and talked about what it’s like to work with Trey Parker and Matt Stone.  Hit the jump to watch.

Phil Lord and Chris Miller Confirm They’re Directing 22 JUMP STREET, Talk about Cracking the Story, Explain the Sequel’s Title, and More

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Hands-down of the most entertaining movies of the last few years is directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s comedy 21 Jump Street.  The film perfectly showcased the goofy sensibilities of Lord and Miller while also showcasing the fantastic chemistry between Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum.  As such, it came as welcome news that Sony was moving forward with a sequel to Jump Street with Hill and Tatum reprising their roles.  We learned a few months ago that the story will be taking place in college and that Ice Cube is returning, but at that point Lord and Miller were only attached to direct and hadn’t yet officially signed on.

Steve recently caught up with Lord and Miller at Comic-Con in anticipation of the release of The LEGO Movie, and the duo confirmed that they only just officially signed on to direct 22 Jump Street a month ago because they were having trouble cracking the story.  The two discussed how they stumbled upon an interesting way to approach 22 Jump Street by continuing the “marriage” of the lead characters, their research into comedy sequels as prep for the follow-up, an “expanded role” for Ice Cube this time around, and revealed the very funny reasoning behind the film’s title.  Hit the jump for much, much more.

Director Stuart Beattie Talks I, FRANKENSTEIN, the Plot and Tone, Easter Eggs, Working with Aaron Eckhart, Future Projects, and More

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While at Comic-Con last week, I landed at exclusive video interview with writer-director Stuart Beattie for his graphic novel adaptation I, Frankenstein.  The film stars Aaron Eckhart as a modern-day version of the creature who is being hunted by demons who want to learn the secret of his creation.  I, Frankenstein also stars Yvonne Strahovski, Bill Nighy, Socratis Otto, Miranda Otto, and Jai Courtney.  The film opens in 3D on January 24th, 2014.

During the interview, Beattie talked about finally getting to show some footage, the plot and tone, the editing process, the running time, films that are similar in tone, Easter Eggs, working with Eckhart, the status of a sequel to Tomorrow, When the War Began, future projects, and much more.  Hit the jump to watch.

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.

Mark Millar Talks KICK-ASS 2, His Role at 20th Century Fox, Future Projects, and More

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While at Comic-Con last weekend, I sat down with Mark Millar for an exclusive video interview.  We talked about what he’s most excited for fans to see in Kick-Ass 2 (with a special nod to each of the film’s lead actors), seeing Mindy (Chloë Grace Moretz) dealing with high school drama as an outsider, how long it took to get the sequel made, leaving Marvel, his role at 20th Century Fox and how the studio is building up towards something big—Millar says that Fox has 5-10 “gold franchises” with their comic properties, especially the X-Men and the related universe.  Hit the jump to watch.

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