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.

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.

TOP 5: Comic-Con 2013, THE WOLVERINE, New Trailers for GRAVITY, KICKBOXER and BLOODSPORT Remakes in the Works, TIFF 2013 Line-Up Announced

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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 WoodsThe 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.

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. 

Comic-Con: Paul Scheer, Karen Gillan, and Jonathan Stern Talk NTSF:SD:SUV, Dream Guest Stars, What Fans Can Look Forward to Next Season and More

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Adult Swim’s NTSF:SD:SUV will be returning for its third season on July 25th.  The absurd, and often times hilarious show, will bring back the National Terrorism Strike Force team once again as they continue to hunt down terrorists while gleefully riffing on every possible movie and television cliché.  The new season will also see the team travel to London for a special movie event (which will just actually be a 30 minute episode) that will find the group having to team up with their London counterparts in what is sure to be an especially memorable episode.  Collider was able to sit down for a roundtable interview with series creator/star Paul Scheer, executive producer Jonathan Stern, and new cast member Karen Gillan where the trio talked about what fans can expect from the new season and much more.  You can hit the jump to read more.

Comic-Con: Bryan Cranston and Director Gareth Edwards Talk GODZILLA, Crafting an Origin Story, the Visual Effects, a Potential Sequel, and More

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While at Comic-Con for a presentation in Hall H, actor Bryan Cranston and filmmaker Gareth Edwards talked about their new take on the classic creature Godzilla.  The sci-fi action-adventure epic pits the world’s most famous monster against creatures who threaten humanity’s very existence.  The film also stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche and David Strathairn.

During the interview, Bryan Cranston and Gareth Edwards talked about what it is about Godzilla that still resonates with people, how the film is structured, dealing with the special effects, the biggest challenges of the shoot, and the tone of the films.  Edwards also said that he’d definitely be interested in directing a sequel, if the possibility came up.  Check out what they had to say after 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: Neil Gaiman and J.H. Williamson Talk THE SANDMAN OVERTURE, Why It’s Not Really a Prequel, Returning to the SANDMAN Universe, and More

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The first time I read a Sandman comic was a revelation.  I had never read a comic so ambitious, so beautiful, and so damn deliciously dark.  I was hooked and I was not alone.  At that time the series had already been running strong for ten years, and every comic fan I knew cited it along works like Watchmen and Arkham Asylum as one of the key pieces that redefined their concept of what comic books could achieve.  Being not only a huge fan of Sandman, but also of Gaiman’s work as a novelist, It was an absolute honor and privilege to have the opportunity to meet and speak with him about the return of Morpheus in the upcoming prequel The Sandman Overture.

In anticipation of their Comic-Con panel, Neil Gaiman and J.H.  Williamson III met with the press to discuss the soon to be released comic.  They talked about the return to the Sandman universe, their collaboration, how the fan base has grown over the years, the pressure of working for such a broad audience, creating a prequel to a work that spans four billion years, and more.  Hit the jump to check out what they had to say and take a look at some art from the upcoming 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.

Comic-Con: Watch the Full Panels for X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, ROBOCOP, THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE, and GODZILLA

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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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