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Walrus Yes! After hosting a panel at Comic-Con 2014 for Tusk, filmmaker Kevin Smith and A24 Films have debuted the trailer online for your viewing pleasure. Or distaste, perhaps. The movie is about a man, played by Michael Parks, who wants to make another human, played by Justin Long, into a walrus. Kind of like Human Centipede but with a weird, wacky, funny Kevin Smith twist. In addition to those two, the cast includes Genesis Rodriguez as his girlfriend, and Haley Joel Osment (yea, him!) as another friend, who go on the hunt for him when he goes missing. I must say this actually looks pretty damn good, although it looks really fucked up. But I'm glad there's some humor to it, too. Not much is revealed in this, so enjoy!
To promote the upcoming (epic) two-part finale of The Hunger Games series, Mockingjay Part 1 & 2, at Comic-Con 2014, Lionsgate has built a massive Hunger Games "Samsung Experience". The interactive event is designed for fans to customize their own swag, delve into the universe more, see some new footage and promo material for Mockingjay, ending with a special teaser trailer debut exclusive to Comic-Con (it will be online Monday). It's a big promotion partnered with Samsung (we covered details here) meaning fans get to watch the teaser trailer on a Samsung tablet, which is amusing, but to us it's all about the movie.
We don't officially have a category for "swag", but this falls into that classification. As a big space nerd and sci-fi lover, I can't help but share this nifty bit of swag from Comic-Con that I picked up today. During the Paramount panel yesterday, where they surprised fans in Hall H by bringing out Interstellar director Christopher Nolan and Matthew McConaughey (read our full recap of that panel), the studio handed out tickets to be redeemed for a "prize". That prize? The mission patch from Interstellar, for the "Endurance" Space Exploration mission. It's small piece of swag, it's nerdy, but it's also kind of awesome. In full below.
What would happen if you found a time machine when you were in high school. What would you change? How would you use it? And what would be the ramifications of its use? These are some of the questions that a new film called Project Almanac tries to address. Following in the footsteps of the found footage film Chronicle, this film has a similar style and feel, but is about a group of teens who discover plans for a time travel device and put it together on their own (like Primer). They start testing it, using it, and improving its powers, until everything starts to go wrong. It's a blast, an original and energetic creation with a few issues.
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Imagine what she could do with 100%. Now in theaters is Luc Besson's Lucy, starring Scarlett Johansson as Lucy, a woman caught in a dark deal who ends up gaining incredible powers when a drug gives her 100% brain capacity superpowers. Morgan Freeman also co-stars as a Professor explaining what's going on with her, and how/why she's gaining these powers. Choi Min-sik, Amr Waked, Julian Rhind-Tutt and Pilou Asbæk are also in the sci-fi action movie. Is it any good? Did Luc Besson get his groove back? Once you've seen it, post a comment with thoughts on Besson's Lucy.
"Rage, rage against the dying of the light." The eagle has landed. Paramount Pictures' panel inside the legendary Hall H at Comic-Con 2014 today ended with an epic discussion on Interstellar, a surprise to everyone as the studio brought along Oscar winning star Matthew McConaughey and the man himself, Christopher Nolan. Both are first time Comic-Con attendees, making an appearance at this geek mecca to promote the sci-fi epic that many of us are already anxiously anticipating (see the latest trailer). To top it off, they shared the incredible, brand new trailer with those in Hall H, and it will be online sometime soon.
"That there is a dame to kill for." If there is a movie perfect for Comic-Con it's Sin City, adapted from Frank Miller's beloved graphic novel by genre mastermind Robert Rodriguez. Among the many promotions at Comic-Con 2014 is the "Sin City Experience" connected to the upcoming sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, which finally hits theaters this August after being delayed for years. The experience features a background skyline display, DJ booth, giveaways but most importantly - a selection of six classic cars from the movie. We stopped by early on to snap a few photos of the sleek vintage vehicles parked in San Diego.
"I want to be one of the greats." Sony Pictures Classics has debuted the first trailer for Damien Chazelle's Whiplash, the biggest breakout hit of Sundance 2014 - it won both the Audience Award and Grand Jury prize. The film stars Miles Teller as an up-and-coming jazz drummer studying under the stern, hard-ass tutelage of Terence Fletcher, played by J.K. Simmons. It's an intense, riveting, exciting film that is all about overcoming the struggles of success and persisting against failure in pursuit of passion. I really love this film, and wrote in my review "It's invigorating, it's exciting and amusing to watch, it will challenge some to think about their own lives in a new way, and it will put Chazelle on the map as a filmmaker to believe in."
"He's a silent guardian. A watchful protector." Taking place this week is Comic-Con 2014, but it's also the 75th Anniversary of Batman, the comic book superhero created by Bob Kane. In honor of the anniversary, DC's booth is filled with Batman everything, including costumes, capes and masks from every single Batman movie (photos in our showfloor gallery). While many fans are scrambling for a look at the older costumes, few seem to realize the new "Batfleck" costume is there, too. They're showing off Ben Affleck's Batman cape & cowl from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (seen before) at the Con and we have photos.
"This is an opportunity to connect with the fans and listen to what they want to see as well as presenting them with our vision." For years we've been hearing about projects and adaptations inspired by Heavy Metal, the badass sci-fi/fantasy magazine, but none of have ever come to fruition. Many fans may recall the classic 1981 Heavy Metal animated movie, but there hasn't been an updated take yet. However, according to a report by Variety, Heavy Metal is "looking to make a significant splash at this year's Comic-Con" and that includes revealing art from Mondo that is the first teaser poster for "the reboot of the Heavy Metal movie".
It is my tradition to kick off Comic-Con by walking the showfloor on preview night and taking photos of anything movie-related that interests me. This year the showfloor is overrun with Batman galore, because today is "Batman Day" celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the DC Comics superhero. There were also some new discoveries including Smaug at Weta and Hunger Games guards. I made my way through the crowds and snapped as many shots as I could before getting out, but there will certainly be more to come at the end (as I always head back again). For now, take a look at our preview night gallery with lots of toys and props.
Hey Hank! With Comic-Con 2014 kicking off today, we're going a bit crazy with Marvel Studios buzz, between new release dates, hype about Saturday's panel, buzz about the Guardians of the Galaxy release and so much more. The latest debut is this poster - a comic book art poster for Marvel's Ant-Man, which is now being directed by Peyton Reed, but will still star Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, with Evangeline Lilly in the mix, too. We expect to hear (and hopefully see) a lot more about this comic book movie in the next few days as Comic-Con swings its doors open. For now, feast your eyes on this art and tell us if you are excited.
"He also happens to be a robot." Meet Chappie, a boy kidnapped by criminals who becomes an adopted son of a "strange and dysfunctional family". The first promo banner for Neill Blomkamp's third film, Chappie, has been found inside of the halls of Comic-Con 2014 in San Diego. The Con has been launching grounds for Blomkamp's last two sci-fi creations, Elysium and District 9, and while Sony doesn't have his latest film listed on any panels yet, it will be getting a reveal here as indicated by this banner. It's a very wide promo banner positioned right above the entrance doors, showing the robot drawing child-like sketches on a wall. Sharlto Copley stars as Chappie, joined by Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver and Dev Patel. Photos below.
What a lovely day, indeed! Down here in San Diego, where Comic-Con kicks off tonight, it is a very lovely blue sky day. Warner Bros is unleashing artwork for the three big movies they're promoting here at the Con. Earlier we ran the first poster for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, now we have the teaser poster for George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road. This movie has been delayed for so many years, with filming taking place down in Australia back in 2012. Tom Hardy stars in this along with Charlize Theron, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Nicholas Hoult and Zoë Kravitz. This is just a teaser poster, and we expect a trailer this week too, so it's nothing epic but does look cool. Check out this first look and hold out for more.