Back on Thursday at Comic-Con, I finally got to see a first look at James McTeigue's Ninja Assassin, a movie I've been following for the longest time. In the film, Rain stars as Raizo, one of the deadliest ninja assassins in the world, who looks to avenge the death of his friend by betraying the clan that trained him. Not only is Rain's involvement quite exciting, but McTeigue's involvement, the same guy who directed V for Vendetta, is really what has me genuinely very excited for this. Not only did I catch up with McTeigue after the panel, but the presentation of footage was phenomenal. I really had no clue what to expect and finally wanted to see some footage and damn it looked awesome. This is every ninja fan's ultimate wet dream - an amazing assassin revenge movie complete with more ninjas that you could ever imagine.
After an exciting presentation in Hall H earlier in the day on Watchmen, Lionsgate is following up this afternoon with an exciting presentation on Frank Miller's adaptation of Will Eisner's The Spirit. In attendance today: Frank Miller himself, producer Deborah Del Prete, and stars Gabriel Macht, Samuel L. Jackson, and Eva Mendes. I'm excited to follow this panel live because I'm wondering whether it will be any good and hopefully they'll bring some new footage that will change my mind. We've all seen the latest weird trailer and it didn't look bad, but it also didn't really look good. Hopefully Frank Miller will bring us a fantastic adaptation of one of the most beloved comics in history. Its got a strong cast, but is that enough? Follow our live coverage of The Spirit panel below!
This is easily the most highly anticipated panel of all of Comic-Con this year! After Zack Snyder debuted the first amazing footage from 300 at Comic-Con back in 2006, he's back again this year with his adaptation of one of comic's most beloved and legendary works - Watchmen! Snyder will be joined by Malin Akerman, Billy Crudup, Matthew Goode, Carla Gugino, Jackie Earle Haley, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Patrick Wilson today and we can only imagine what kind of goodies they've brought to share with all of us. New poster? Complete scenes? An extended trailer? After watching the first trailer countless times in front of The Dark Knight, this has quickly become the movie I'm most looking forward to and I'm incredibly excited to see what Snyder has cooked up. Stay tuned and follow our live coverage below as it unfolds!
Bob $tencil has finally arrived! After quite a bit of early excitement, Bob has made his way to the show floor at Comic-Con to start his weekend of debauchery. Within you'll find Bob $tencil's video recap and his blog about the day's experiences. This is just a quick recap of some of the day's festivities, as there is a lot more shot that will show up randomly in the future so keep watching for more all weekend. If you're in need of a good laugh this morning or just want to see what Bob $tencil has been up to out here at Comic-Con so far, then definitely make sure you check this out! We're already excited to see what Bob has in store for us tomorrow morning as well, but until then, we hope you enjoy this year's first video recap!
Earlier today we attended the panel for the upcoming Red Sonja movie, scheduled for a fourth quarter release in 2009, with producer Robert Rodriguez, director Doug Aarniokoski and star Rose McGowan. This was my first ever movie panel at Comic-Con and it truly was exciting. Rodriguez was very entertaining and full of fun comments, some of which you can hear below. McGowan looked amazing and had a very humble feel to her. And director Aarniokoski just seemed real happy to be there. You're probably already familiar with this adaptation of Robert E. Howard's classic work, as it was just announced about a month ago and we published some news about it earlier today. Included below are a few of the details and updates that Rodriguez and company brought about our favorite "she-devil with a sword."
Upon our arrival here at Comic-Con, we weren't quite sure what to expect from the newly founded Summit Pictures. What I saw during their presentation earlier today, however, made me feel like they have been around for quite a while. Much to Alex's dismay, most of the fans were there for Summit's winter film Twilight. The good stuff was all before Twilight as we found out - Push delivered! Push is directed by Paul McGuigan (of Lucky # Slevin previously, a personal favorite of mine) and stars Chris Evans (Fantastic Four, Sunshine), Dakota Fanning (Man on Fire, War of the Worlds), Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond) and Camilla Belle (10,000 B.C.); all but Fanning were at the panel today. This was the second big panel in the line-up this year at Comic-Con and it surely didn't disappoint with some great footage!
As Disney was finishing their one hour panel at Comic-Con on Thursday afternoon for the upcoming Race to Witch Mountain, they announced that they had some "special footage" to show the crowd. The lights dimmed and a loud rumble began to blast through the Hall H speakers. From the moment the footage was presented to the audience, the cheering was very loud. Finally, for the first time, Disney had presented new and exciting footage for Tron 2 after it was announced back in September. The visuals were stunning and it looks as if it will be an exciting addition to Disney's line-up. From a light cycle duel to Jeff Bridges appearance, Tron 2 seams as if it were poised to make a grand debut. Without seeing the trailer yourself it's hard to describe the trailer, but I will do my best...
We're currently sitting in Hall H (just barely) and are waiting for Fox to begin their first presentation of Comic-Con 2008. Their panel this year features first looks at The Day the Earth Stood Still and Max Payne as well as an exclusive sneak peak at X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Guests in attendance include Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connelly, Scott Derrickson, Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Ludacris, John Moore. Live coverage will begin soon below, so start following our live updates. We expect an exciting presentation since Fox pulled out last year and has an awesome line-up this year. We debuted new posters for The Day the Earth Stood Still and Max Payne yesterday, so be sure to check out those as well. Let the events begin!
This is odd! My third year here and in attempt to attend the 20th Century Fox panel in Hall H at Comic-Con, I end up getting kicked out of my seats! There is something very wrong with the way Comic-Con works. After heading in to hold my seats for the rest of our writers who were on the way in, a Twilight fan (the lady in the middle with the short spiky hair) confronted a security guard because she had been waiting and "really wanted my seats." I was then yelled at by the programming rep in Hall H and was immediately told to leave. As far as I know (and you can confirm here), seat saving is allowed but "limited". And by limited, I would imagine my writers and staff who are working with me should be included in that limit, right? Wow, there's a reason why people don't like dealing with Comic-Con!
It's official - Comic-Con has officially begun and hordes of geeks have invaded the San Diego Convention Center yet again. For the third year in a row we were on hand in order to capture the opening night mayhem in photos. This year we present an exclusive look at the show floor during preview night, including some shots of the movie-related booths and much more. Not only were there some strong presentations from Sony, Lionsgate, and Warner Brothers, but we've spiced things up with a few costume photos (the only ones we could find so far), Watchmen action figures, and whatever else awesome that we came across while battling the crowds. If you've been waiting to get excited, this is your first chance - enjoy!
We already officially announced last week that the legendary Bob $tencil would be hitting the Comic-Con showfloor and exclusively posting his daily updates here on FS.net, but that's not all. If you happen to be one of the 125,000 lucky individuals attending the wonderful convention this weekend, then you just might be in luck if you come across any of the our crew or Bob $tencil's crew! We have made a very limited quantity of Bob $tencil at Comic-Con 2008 t-shirts that are first come, first serve. All you need to do is find any of us on the showfloor wearing FirstShowing.net shirts and ask us for one right on the spot - it's that easy! Hopefully you'll start to see more and more of these cover the convention as Bob $tencil takes on Comic-Con this week, but for now we're alerting all of you to find us early before we run out!
I'm currently on my way to catch a plane to Los Angeles to stop by DreamWorks (you'll hear more about this tomorrow) before eventually ending up in San Diego for the greatest event all year - the San Diego Comic-Con! As always, we've planned extensive coverage including live blogging, interviews, feature editorials, reports from the showfloor, and much more. We are definitely going to be one of the essential stops for all your Comic-Con coverage, so be prepared for one hell of an exciting week. Not only will we have the latest on Zack Snyder's Watchmen, but other highlights include Fox's The Day the Earth Stood Still and Max Payne, James McTeigue's Ninja Assassin, Frank Miller's The Spirit, Judd Apatow's Pineapple Express, and Sam Raimi's Drag Me to Hell. Read on for our full schedule this week!
A few weeks back we officially announced that the legendary Bob $tencil would be featured exclusively here on FS.net throughout Comic-Con next week (right at: firstshowing.net/bobstencil). As a final teaser before we fly to San Diego to kick off Comic-Con, Bob shows us in this video today how to grow a classy moustache just like the one he has. You probably all know that his moustache is truly what defines him. Without it, he wouldn't be the insanely classy and wonderfully quirky ex-pilot that he is! In addition to the video today, Bob writes his first blog titled Hello, My Name Is: Bob $tencil. Dig It! If you're getting excited for our Comic-Con coverage next week, this is definitely the first place to stop.
With Comic-Con set to fire up the San Diego Convention Center in less than a week, Entertainment Weekly has published a big preview looking at just a few of the exciting films that we can look forward to seeing this year. You can check out the entire preview at that link above, but I thought it would be best to show you the only three "exciting" previews they had. First up is another new photo for Terminator Salvation, which coming off of the first teaser trailer should keep people hyped up. Second, we've got my favorite part - a new Star Trek poster for J.J. Abrams' reboot. If you remember, we updated everyone last week and confirmed that Abrams won't be attending the con, but this new poster is definitely a sweet exclusive. Lastly, we've got the first photo from Sam Raimi's upcoming horror throwback Drag Me to Hell.