Having taken a couple weeks off for the summer and the content-generating machine that is San Diego Comic-Con, I kind of feel like there’s so much to share that I’m not sure where to start. I suppose at the top is the most logical choice and, for me, that spot is occupied by director James Wan‘s fantastic The Conjuring. Alongside The Cabin in the Woods, The Conjuring stands as some of the most fun I can remember having in a theater with a horror film. It’s terrifying, tense, and awesome to enjoy amongst a crowded theater that’s on edge to the point that so much as an on-screen crayon rolling across the floor is cause for clenched fists and covered eyes. If you’ve yet to check it out, convince someone you think will appreciate being scared to death to tag along with you and enjoy the ride.
My recommendation aside, this week’s glorious return of the Top 5 includes a ridiculous amount of Comic-Con 2013 coverage, The Wolverine interviews with Hugh Jackman and more, new trailers for Alfonso Cuaron‘s Gravity, news of JCVD essentials Kickboxer and Bloodsport getting the remake treatment, and the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival line-up announcement. It’s been a couple weeks, but I trust you know what lies after the jump.
One of the movies under most people’s radar is director Wes Ball‘s The Maze Runner. Based on the James Dashner’s young adult novel of the same name, the story centers on a group of teens who appear in an area known as “The Glade” but have no memory when they wake up. The only way out appears to be through a shifting maze of massive walls that harbor dangerous creatures known as Grievers. Only one of the teens, Thomas (Dylan O’Brien), holds the secret to their escape. With the film hitting theaters February 14, 2014, you can expect a trailer in the coming months, and a lot more info on the film. Until then…you’ll just have to trust me when I say it’s a film that could be very cool.
While at Comic-Con, I landed an exclusive interview with O’Brien. He talked about being the lead in a movie for the first time, making Maze Runner, the tough shoot, what will surprise fans of the book, Comic-Con, the success of Teen Wolf, DreamWorks’ Glimmer, and more. Hit the jump for what he had to say.
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, actor Jamie Campbell Bower (“Jace Wayland”) spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about what initially drew him to this role, getting to live out a bit of a rock star fantasy playing Jace , that he had a mood board with pictures in his trailer to help him get into character, how proud he is of the finished film, how pumped he was to work with Jonathan Rhys Meyers, and that they’re looking ahead to the second film, which has already been greenlit. Check out what he said after the jump.
A few hours before Kevin Feige took the stage at Comic-Con, I sat down with him for an exclusive interview. He talked about the importance of having footage to show at Comic-Con and original movies, what it’s been like working with James Gunn on Guardians of the Galaxy, how Marvel will still make Iron Man movies even if Robert Downey Jr. retires from the role, Agent Carter (Marvel’s next short film that’s on the Iron Man 3 Blu-ray), and more.
However, while the entire interview is worth reading, I did learn two very important things:
- Marvel is planning on doing something special at D23 next month.
- The earliest we’re going to hear about which Marvel movies are coming in 2016 and 2017 is a year from now. The reason is they’re focused on phase two and those slots are phase three movies.
Hit the jump for the full interview and click here for all our Comic-Con coverage.
Once Upon A Time, the fairy-tale meets soap opera, has one of the most vast and eclectic casts on television, intermingling character actors (Robert Carlyle), television stalwarts (House’s Jennifer Morrison) and relative unknowns (Colin O’Donoghue). The list of series regulars totals at eleven and the number of recurring players/guest stars far exceeds even that number. At the end of the second season most of the cast (minus Emilie de Ravin’s Belle) were casting off on Captain Hook’s boat on a mission to save lead Emma’s (Morrison) son Henry from the nefarious clutches of Peter Pan.
In the following round table interview, the cast (Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Colin O’Donoghue, Emilie De Ravin and Michael Raymond-James) preview the upcoming third season, discuss the difficulties in working with green screen and confide how they keep their characters ‘fresh’ after playing them for two-plus seasons. For the full interview, hit the jump.
Among the four back-to-back animated comedy panels on Saturday at Comic-Con, one of the most fan frenzied was definitely the Family Guy panel. Mastermind Seth MacFarlane wasn’t on hand for the panel, but sent a nice but barb-wired video for the fans. Members of the panel moderated by Mike Schneider of TV Guide were Seth Green, Alex Borstein, Patrick Warburton, Mike Henry, and EPs Steve Callahan, Rich Appell, and Danny Smith.
Despite having been on the air for many years now, and going through cancellations and resurrections unseen by any other television show, Family Guy still plans on surprising their audience with laughs and oddities in the upcoming season. The clip reel they showed had some solid laughs in it, and fans at the panel reacted well and lined for a medley of questions. Hit the jump for highlights.
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 Meyers, The 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.
While at Comic-Con for a presentation in Hall H, co-stars Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes and Kit Harington talked to press about their fantasy action-adventure film Seventh Son. When an evil is unleashed that will reignite the war between the forces of the supernatural and humankind, Master Gregory (Bridges) must train his new apprentice (Barnes) to fight a dark magic unlike any other.
During the interview, the actors talked about what interested them in the project, what surprised them most during this shoot, how people react to the changes when a book is adapted to film, and a particularly wild day on set. Check out what they had to say after the jump.
Even with a recent string of shuffling showrunners, the cast and current True Blood showrunner and executive producer Brian Buckner promised a thrilling second half of an already pretty intense season six. As has been shared before, this season has been about bringing the focus back to the people of Bon Temps and the characters that the show has been following for so long. Not much was said or shared about what remains of season six, but a trailer for the remaining episodes of the season was shown, and one memorable quote to sum it all up would be, “Death ain’t the end anymore.”
Moderated by TV Guide’s Kate Hahn, the panel included Buckner, Anna Paquin, Ryan Kwanten, Rutina Wesley, Sam Trammell, Deborah Ann Woll, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Nelsan Ellis, Joe Manganiello, Anna Camp, Michael McMillian, and Rob Kazinsky. Hit the jump for my recap of the panel and to watch the trailer for the second half of season six.
While at Comic-Con this weekend for a presentation in Hall H, co-stars Anna Faris, Bill Hader and Terry Crews and co-directors Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn spoke to the press about their new animated comedy, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. The sequel to Sony Pictures Animation’s 2009 hit comedy picks up sixty seconds after the first film ends and revisits the characters in a new and crazy adventure. After evacuating the island of Swallow Falls to clean up the food disaster from the first film, Flint (Hader) discovers his infamous invention is still active and churning out mutant food animals, or foodimals. Once again, he and his friends have to save the world.
During the interview, they talked about the creative ways they expanded the story and characters, how they came up with the new designs for the food creatures, and what it’s like for the actors to convey their comedic work in an animated form. Hader also discussed getting back into character the second time around, his reaction to hearing he was nominated for an Emmy, and why he decided to leave SNL. Crews revealed what it’s like to live in both the Cloudy and Expendables film worlds and why we need a Camacho movie. Check out what they had to say after the jump.
Jason Segel, Josh Radnor, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris, and Alyson Hannigan were joined by producers Carter Bays, Craig Thomas, and Pamela Fryman at the first and last How I Met Your Mother Comic-Con panel this year to show a teaser for the final season of the show and to take questions from a loving audience. How I Met Your Mother will return Season 9 on September 23.
Hit the jump to read a recap of the panel, what fans can expect from the final season, how the show’s new framework will work out, and just how much we will find out about “the mother.”
The audience for Iron Man 3 had to ignore the absence of The Avengers. Thor: The Dark World will deal with the problem by having the Asgardian away from Earth. Captain America: The Winter Soldier looks like the first Marvel movie since The Avengers to actually have to deal with the post-Avengers world. Although Cap’s name may be in the title, the sequel has Black Widow has a co-lead and wraps Steve Rogers in the intrigue of S.H.I.E.L.D. and forces him to reconcile his old-fashioned values with the complicated moral issues of the present day. It’s a damn exciting prospect for a follow-up adventure.
Hit the jump for my recap of the panel. Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens April 4, 2014.
There’s a part of me that almost feels like Thor: The Dark World has been overlooked. There was no stinger for him in Iron Man 3, and Marvel is already pursuing their Captain America: The Winter Soldier marketing. But there’s reason to be excited because this could be the Thor movie fans wanted for the character’s debut. They wanted to see him in his element, in Asgard, and making full use of his god-like powers against gigantic foes. Thor: The Dark World is promising all of that, and with the added bonus of giving the fans what they didn’t know they wanted back before the original movie came out: lots of Loki.
Hit the jump for my recap of the panel. Thor: The Dark World opens in 3D on November 8th.
While the official Comic-Con schedule listed Marvel’s panel as centering on Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, we knew from experience to expect a few surprises. As such, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige was greeted with great applause when he introduced director James Gunn and the entire main cast of Guardians of the Galaxy earlier today in Hall H, all of whom flew in from the London set just to appear on the panel. While filming only just got underway two weeks ago, fans were treated to the excellent debut of some footage from the pic, while Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, David Bautista, Benicio Del Toro, Lee Pace, Djimon Hounsou, Karen Gillan, and Michael Rooker teased what to expect from the film.
Hit the jump to read my full recap of the Guardians of the Galaxy Comic-Con panel.
Part of me will always love the X-Men. I watched the animated series when I was in third grade. I became addicted to collecting the trading cards. And while some can point to Blade as the beginning of the modern superhero movie, it didn’t truly begin in earnest until Bryan Singer‘s 2000 picture. It’s not an incredible picture, but it’s satisfying. The sequel, X2, is one of the best superhero movies ever made. X-Men: First Class gave the franchise a fresh spark of life, and now it’s all coming together with X-Men: Days of Future Past. We’ve been wondering if it’s too crowded, but perhaps the question we should be asking is, “Can you have too much of a good thing?”
Hit the jump for my recap of the panel, which included the premiere of the first footage from the movie. X-Men: Days of Future Past opens May 16, 2014.