Sunday, July 27, 2008

EVENT: Comic Con 2008 - San Diego - Wrap-up

Here's a summary of what was revealed about featured films and TV shows at Comic Con in San Diego:

+ The weed on set was fake--it was called "wizard smoke."
+ Side note: Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's "The Simpsons" episode will be about comics.
Release Date: August 6th

+ Justin Long will appear as a gay porn actor who has a closeted boyfriend played by Brandon Routh (Superman Returns).
+ Kevin Smith is appealing the MPAA’s decision to brand the film NC-17 rated to get it down to a hard-R. He’s already had to cut "a lot of thrusting" and "something unspeakable."
+ Elizabeth Banks (Meet Dave and "Scrubs") said that the film was a "sweet, adorable love story." Of course, Smith objected, saying "No one's gonna go see it now!" So she followed it with: "There’s a lot of f---ing and s--- in it, too." "Thank you," said Smith. "I got a rep to protect."
Release Date: Oct. 3, 2008

+ "[I] was trying to reflect the changing cultural environment in the U.K. It's a look into the underbelly of a subculture," said director Guy Ritchie (Snatch).
+ A fan asked him, "The critics didn't seem too kind to the past couple of films, I was just curious if there was pressure to go back to films that were as successful as your first two?" With a sense of humor, Ritchie interrupted the first half of the question with, "Hey, that's not true, they liked them," and the second half with, "Yup." [EW]
Released Date: October 31, 2008

+ It resembles Sin City.
+ There's a muddy battle between Octopus (Samuel L. Jackson) and the Spirit (Gabriel Macht from Because I Said So).
Release Date: December 25, 2008

+ "With Batman's Gotham City, you are transported to another world where that superhero makes sense; Watchmen comes at it in a different way, it almost superimposes its heroes on your world, which then changes how you view your world through its prism. That's the genius of this book...The movie is a challenge — sort of like the book is a challenge — to your icons, your morality, how you perceive pop culture, how you perceive mythology, and for that matter, how you perceive God," said the director Zack Snyder.
+ There's a scene where Dr. Manhattan (Billy Crudup from Almost Famous) incinerates a bad guy and there's a bloody mess. Snyder's response to that is: "That's Superman gone bad. If Superman grabbed your arm and pulled really hard, he'd pull your arm out of your socket. That's the thing you don't see in a Superman movie. But in Watchmen, what you get is, like, ''I'm a Superman, and I really want to help mankind — but I just tore this guy in half by accident. People call me a 'superhero,' but I don't even know what that means. I just blew this guy to bits! That's heroic?''"
Release Date: March 6, 2009

+ It will be more of a period piece that goes back to the 1800s.
Release Date: April 3, 2009

They showed footage of:
+ Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and Sabertooth (Liev Schreiber) being lined up to be executed, but not dying.
+ A young William Stryker (Danny Huston from "John Adams") reveals he's putting together a special team that includes Gambit (Taylor Kitsch from "Friday Night Lights") and Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds).
+ The experiment that made Wolverine.
+ A young Wolverine fighting a young Sabertooth.
Release Date: May 1, 2009

+ A scene where Anton Yelchin (Kyle Reese) says "Come with me if you want to live" to Christian Bale (John Connor).
+ There were shots of Soviet-style Terminator tanks.
+ "Skynet is still rising in power, the T-800 has yet to exist, and the clunky T-600 models are fallible — and therefore fun to fight."
+ They invented new evil machines with names like Harvesters and Hydrobots.
+ Bryce Dallas Howard (Spider-Man 3) will play John's wife.
+ Rapper Common (Wanted) is John's right-hand man.
Release Date: May 22, 2009

+ When the possibility of Ben Affleck being cast as Captain America was announced, the crowd booed. But when Matt Damon's name was linked to Thor, they cheered.
+ If the first X-Men Origins spinoff, Wolverine, does well, Marvel is planning on greenlighting the Silver Surfer script they're sitting on.
+ Zak Penn's Avengers news: "Right now, we're [he and Marvel Entertainment] planning a bigger Avengers movie that will tie all of the movies together, and it's going to bring in a lot of the comic book authors. I am writing, but also, I think you guys [looking at Mark Fergus (Iron Man and Children of Men)] are going to be writing with us too, right? [Fergus looks back blankly.] Maybe you don't know that yet, but you are."
+ Oz is being added to the "Buffy" comic and Joss Whedon admitted that he only made Willow gay because Oz left.

+ Punisher: War Zone

For those who found the 2-hr pilot to be a bit daunting, you might be happy to learn that they've made some changes. "The biggest change is clearly a visual that's more cleaned up compared to the pilot." The creators also said that he has a team now, so that it isn't just a show about a guy and his car.

+ They never plan on talking about things like the origin of the black smoke, because it would kill the mystery.

+ Even though they'll be a slew of new interns that are vying for Zack's spot on the team, he will return for a few episodes. But, of course, it'll be slightly awkward, since he used to be a serial killer.
+ Cam and Sweets will get love interests--maybe each other.
+ One of Angela's exes comes a knockin' and we finally meet her M.I.A. husband.
+ Booth and Brennan will end up naked in bed together.

+ Sketches mocking Batman and The Shawshank Redemption, Indiana Jones, Tron, and "Living Lohan" (voiced entirely by Breckin Meyer from Garfield).
+ There'll be another Star Wars special--this time focusing on the bounty hunters. Also, they promised to explain the relationship between Boba Fett and the Sarlacc Pit.

+ Garbage lead singer Shirley Manson is in control of the evil machine known as Turk.
+ John Connor has apparently toughened up, cut off his bangs, and is moving away from the mama's boy behavior. (Thank youuuu!!)
+ One of these actors will die on the show: Shirley Manson, Richard T. Jones (Detective Ellison), Garrett Dillahunt (Cromartie), Brian Austin Green (Derek), Thomas Dekker (John), Summer Glau (Cameron), and Lena Headey (Sarah).

+ Peter came back to modern day to shoot Nathan before he exposes their abilities to the press. + Matt finds out future-Peter's identity and gets transported to the middle of nowhere so that he can't reveal it.
+ Mohinder figures out a way to isolate Maya's (Dania Ramirez) powers in chemical form, but injects himself instead of her, which means he'll finally get to do some fighting.
+ Sylar traps Claire in her house, rips open her head, and tries to steal her thoughts and powers.
+ Hiro opens up his father's office safe to remove a formula that could destroy the world if completed, then a speedy blonde steals it away.
+ Niki is now professional-looking and dating/married to an older man.
+ Noah (Claire's dad) is locked in a prison.
+ There'll be a new painting that looks like the Earth is cracking in half.

+ Carlton Cuse joked about continuing "Lost" on the Internet once it wrapped up its final season. "Maybe we can do the zombie season of Lost," said Cuse.

+ "Fringe" didn't haul a lot of people into the auditorium, even though J.J. Abrams is the show's creator.


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