This is the moment we've all been waiting for and it's 10 years in the making. James Cameron is coming to Comic-Con to finally present the first ever glimpse at Avatar, his first movie since Titanic in 1997. We obviously won't be able to take any photos or really explain in complete detail any of what we're about to see, but we'll do our best to provide some quotes from Cameron and our own reaction to what we're shown. With that introduction, let's get on with this, as we're waiting for the panel to start and things to kick off. Follow on below as we live blog the panel and head directly into a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Read on!
Given that Comic-Con only kicked off last night (and we're in the thick of the first day today), Bob Stencil doesn't have any good footage to share with everyone yet (although there is some controversy brewing around Twilight). In place of that, Bob wanted me to share with you this video of him flying his way into San Diego. You might not know, but Bob Stencil once flew airplanes for Braniff International before they went bankrupt in 1982. Stay tuned as this is only just a tease - since we have plenty of Comic-Con footage to share with you starting later tonight. But in the meantime, you might as well fire this video up and enjoy!
It's time to get this show the road! We're back once again for another series of live-blogging presentations here in Hall H, so let's get underway. The first panel today on Thursday is for Disney's Live-Action 3D presentation which includes Robert Zemeckis' A Christmas Carol, Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, and Tron 2. Of course, the first big change this year is that the entire hall has been converted to 3D. And we were given Dolby Digital 3D glasses and a Flynn's Arcade Tron coin on our way in. And with that, our host takes the Patton Oswalt, to walk us through the latest Disney magic. Let's fire this up - follow our updates below!
Just a few days ago we mysteriously received two tokens for Flynn's Arcade and we followed the start of what promises to be a great viral and ARG for Disney's upcoming Tron 2. Throughout that afternoon on Tuesday, we followed the clues and uncovered the phrase "Flynn Lives" (which seems to be a bigger part of this) and a series of interesting websites: flynnlives.com and homeoftron.com. If you click on the bouncing spider icon at the bottom of the Flynn Lives site, you'll see a countdown. It expires at 9:30PM on Thursday and has now been updated with a meet-up location in San Diego. Looks like something big kicks off tonight!
You might have noticed the first photo in my preview night photo feature earlier tonight was a shot of The Green Hornet car covered up by a sheet. Well, later in the night, apparently at an event that Sony didn't want me at (don't ask me why?), Seth Rogen and Michel Gondry appeared in person to unveil the Green Hornet's Black Beauty to a small group of press. Alas, since I wasn't there, I'm going to have to rely on the photos and videos from MTV and SuperHeroHype, which are ultimately pretty low quality. But anyway, you can check out some shots of their car below, which features two gatling guns mounted on the hood of it.
In the immortal words of Rhino the Hamster, "Let it begin!" Comic-Con 2009 kicked off tonight with the late Wednesday night "preview" of the showfloor and exhibit hall open to only a small percentage of all the attendees. Oddly enough though, it's packed, probably more crowded than normal. And if not, then I'm glad I'm not going to be in there the rest of the week. It only seems to get more and more crowded every year. As is my tradition, I busted through the doors to try and get a few shots of the coolest things I could find before I was tired of wading through the sea of geeks. Here's the best shots I could come up with in a few hours.
While walking back to my hotel earlier today in San Diego, I stumbled across this badass truck for MNU from District 9. There's no subliminal viral marketing - they slapped some huge District 9 stickers across this thing. I'm guessing this is an actual vehicle they used on the set and decided just to ship/bring it over to Comic-Con and Los Angeles for promotion. It's pretty awesome to see this thing in real life and it has a huge gun mounted on the top, too. I'm hoping they put that gun to use in the movie, but I haven't seen it yet. I've uploaded a little video of this that I shot with my iPhone so you can get a better look at it. Check it out!
Like every other movie blog and website around, we're also covering the San Diego Comic-Con all this week (just in case you didn't know). This is our fourth year covering Comic-Con and it's one of the most year's exciting yet. Not only is their just an incredible line-up of panels, but as always, we have so much great coverage in store, including our returning special guest, Bob Stencil. What I'm looking forward to seeing the most is James Cameron's Avatar, Matthew Vaughn's Kick-Ass, Tron 2, and of course, Iron Man 2. But don't worry, we'll still be covering almost every other movie panel. Read on for meet-up details!
Wow something strange is going on out there. I woke up this morning to find a FedEx package from some address listed in San Diego called PMB. Inside the envelope were two arcade tokens (see above) for the once thought to be mythical Flynn's Arcade. Yep, the very same Flynn's that is the "Home of Tron" from the movie, uh, Tron. If I can put two-and-two together, a San Diego location this week might mean that Disney is doing a little Tron 2 viral marketing at Comic-Con. Sounds good to me! In addition to the tokens, there was also a thumb drive with an image labeled "4.gif" that is a coded animated gif. Check that out below.
Yep, next week is Comic-Con. It'll be an exciting time for everyone, even if you're not going to be there in San Diego. One extra special event that I wanted to make mention of is a screening of Hayao Miyazaki's new movie Ponyo that our friends at HitFix are hosting. They've partnered with Disney to present the English dubbed version of Ponyo on Friday, July 24th, starting at 8:00PM. Best of all, though, is that the legendary animator Hayao Miyazaki himself will be there. He will be introducing the film alongside of HitFix's Drew McWeeny - which is very rare occurrence and once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Don't miss this screening!
In addition to that badass new cover photo featuring Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Entertainment Weekly's latest issue includes a brief Comic-Con Sneak Peek with a few more new photos from some movies that will be present at the Con. Obviously all the studios are keeping their big reveals a secret until they can debut them next week in San Diego, but the magazine does have a few cool new photos from movies like Iron Man 2, Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, Zombieland, Kick-Ass (seen above), Shane Acker's 9, and Pandorum. You can check out more photos or get more info on any of these by clicking them below.
Are you ready for this? The complete programing schedule for the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con has been announced and is live on their official website! You can read through the entire schedule by clicking here. I've highlighted the panels related to movies below that we are planning to cover here on FS. This looks like it'll be another incredible year, which I will honestly say I wasn't sure it would be. It looks like Thursday is the biggest day of the whole thing, with footage from Tron 2, James Cameron's Avatar, and Kick-Ass. There are also a few surprises and a lot more in store at this year's Comic-Con! Take a look at the full schedule!