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!
Walt Disney Studios has announced their very exciting line-up for the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con today that starts on July 23rd in only a few more weeks. We've heard tidbits and details about what to expect, but we now finally have confirmation on everything, and this looks like it'll be some the best stuff we'll see. Animation greats Hayao Miyazaki and John Lasseter and directors Robert Zemeckis and Tim Burton will take part in their first ever Comic-Con. The filmmakers will be on hand to help Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures showcase a wide-ranging roster of upcoming films. Read on for the schedule and more details!
The King of Comic-Con returns again! We're proud to announce that Bob $tencil himself will be back this year to provide more coverage of the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con. If you don't know who Bob $tencil is, you can catch some of his old videos from Comic-Con 2008 and Sundance 2009 right here on FS.net. Bob sent over a special teaser video in anticipation of this year's Comic-Con to give us a glimpse of what's coming and also take a quick look back at some of his memories from Comic-Con's past. Whether you've never seen any Bob $tencil before or just want to revisit some of his greatest moments, then fire this up!
We've got even more San Diego Comic-Con news for you today! SlashFilm has confirmed that Matthew Vaughn's Kick-Ass is heading to Comic-Con this year. Matthew Vaughn will be in attendance, along with some of the film's cast, to present some of the first real footage. We haven't seen a trailer or anything else from Kick-Ass yet, so this will literally be the world premiere of anything from his movie. Kick-Ass is the biggest non-studio produce comic book movie of all time. As part of the news, SlashFilm was sent over that badass new photo of Chloe Moretz as Hit Girl that you see above. This is one panel I am very excited for!
Comic-Con is still another three weeks out, but Fox is already starting to build buzz for James Cameron's Avatar. Exactly as we expected, the highly anticipated feature will have a huge presence at the Con, and that includes starting with the advertising around town. As always, banners are put up on street lights around San Diego for Comic-Con with one half of them an advertisement. A few years ago it was Iron Man and last year it was Star Trek. This year it's Avatar. And considering this is a combination of the two things I am most excited for at this moment, there's no way I could pass up sharing this with everyone today.