Earlier this week one hell of a splatter appeared in the form of a new poster for the forthcoming period thriller The Raven with John Cusack playing iconic writer Edgar Allen Poe. This week Relativity Media brought the first trailer for to Hall H at Comic-Con 2011 with James McTeigue (V for Vendetta, Ninja Assassin) in tow to talk about the film. Taking cues from Sherlock Holmes, the filmmaker is attempting to craft a suspenseful murder mystery in the form of a fictional story taking place in the last five days of Poe's life, but it seems like a half-hearted copycat narrative that just didn't impress me upon first inspection.
The very first panel at Comic-Con 2011 in Hall H on Friday morning is a big one. The one-and-only, legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg is making his first-ever Comic-Con appearance to talk about his new motion-capture adventure film The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, which he co-directed with Peter Jackson. We're not sure what to expect as their is no information, but it's just exciting to be able to sit back and watch Spielberg talk about one of his upcoming projects. Follow our live coverage and updates from the panel as we're covering directly from Hall H today. There might be surprises! Enjoy!
In Hall H, Everyone Can Hear You Scream! Just a few hours ago, we were lucky enough to be in Hall H at Comic-Con 2011 for the very first premiere of any footage from Ridley Scott's new sci-fi Prometheus, which he is still currently shooting. It was an exciting reveal as everyone has been holding their breath to see if this is really going to be as great as his classics like Alien and Blade Runner, and our first impression from this glimpse is that he definitely has. I recorded a quick video blog with Golden Briefcase's Tim Buel right after the panel discussing our reactions to the footage they showed. Suffice it to say, we're both very excited.
Another panel at Comic-Con that has no info released early, but is teasing some big surprises. We're covering Robert Rodriguez's new Comic-Con 2011 panel, this year in Hall H, titled simply Quick Draw Productions, which is his new "action-oriented" production company. The description for the panel says: "Be the first to get a sneak peek at Robert Rodriguez's upcoming films. Robert presents Quick Draw's new slate featuring special guest collaborators. He will also show exclusive material from his latest top-secret project." We've heard rumors there might be a Sin City 2 announcement, but no guarantees. Follow below!
It's about time to kick off the first big live blog of Comic-Con 2011, the 20th Century Fox panel in Hall H. The schedule has never been update to say more than: "You won't want to miss the excitement this year, as Fox presents first-looks at some of its most-anticipated pictures of 2011 and 2012." But we're predicting Ridley Scott's Prometheus is going to be the big one this time (we just posted a first look photo), as well as appearances for Rupert Wyatt's Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Andrew Niccol's In Time, plus potentially some surprises, hopefully. We'll be updating live with quotes, info and more, so follow it below!
He's back with his unforgettable mustache and sunglasses again and already starting his Comic-Con 2011 coverage early with a Wednesday night teaser video! Bob Stencil has already made some new friends in San Diego and has just sent over the first video to watch - and you know you've got to watch it. In it, Bob Stencil contemplates waiting in line overnight to get a good seat for the Thursday morning Twilight: Breaking Dawn panel, but thankfully meets a couple of Twi-hards that talk (and talk and talk and talk) him out of it. This is only the first of many Bob Stencil videos to be hitting this week, so watch below and enjoy!
It's 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 there seems to be a lot of the same booths, statues and setups as years' past, but as always there's some new stuff to be found on the massive convention center showfloor. I made my way through the crowds and snapped as many shots as I could before ducking out, but there will certainly be more to come at the end (as we always do a wrap-up piece as well). For now, take a look at our first gallery below, including some photos of Marvel's big Helicarrier display for The Avengers.
He Rides Again. Don't forget that another big comic book movie rolling out the red carpet at Comic-Con is Sony's Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, the return of Nicolas Cage as Marvel's Ghost Rider, this time left in the care of the directors of Crank/Crank: High Voltage - Mark Neveldine & Brian Taylor. Ever since we heard that they got the greenlight to make their own balls-to-the-wall Ghost Rider movie, I had a feeling it would turn out badass, and if the early marketing artwork for it is any indication, this might be one of the surprise hits of Comic-Con. Two posters were found on display in San Diego that you must see.
It's back inside the doors of Hall H we go for another round at the world famous Comic-Con. As a primer to our Comic-Con 2011 coverage this week, I thought I'd run down the basic details including our schedule for live blogging some of the upcoming Hall H panels, from 20th Century Fox to Steven Spielberg's Tintin to The Amazing Spider-Man and Sony's panel. This year we're using a nifty bit of technology to bring you live blog updates live, without need for a refresh, so be sure to check that out once things start up this week. As always, we'll be posting updates on here and on twitter all throughout the week directly from San Diego.
Every once in a while I see incredibly smart decisions that really show that some studios do care about fans. This is one of those times. Marvel/Paramount have announced that they'll be releasing Captain America: The First Avenger early, on Thursday, in San Diego only, giving the Comic-Con attendees a chance to see it before the weekend rolls in (and they camp out in Hall H all day for Spider-Man footage). The film will be playing exclusively in downtown San Diego at the UA Horton Plaza with showtimes all day starting at 12-Noon until 11:45PM. I'm pretty sure The Avengers teaser will play at the end of the credits all day, too.
Coming up later this week is Comic-Con 2011 down in San Diego, coincidentally timed with the release of Marvel's Captain America: The First Avenger in theaters on July 22nd. If you'll be down at the Con all week just like us, we've got good news - we're hosting a giveaway for 30 pairs of tickets to the very exclusive screening of Captain America being held in San Diego. Even better, Paramount has timed the screening on Thursday morning at 10AM so you won't miss any panels that day, and they'll also be bringing Chris Evans to introduce the film in person. Everyone who attends will also get a free limited edition poster. Awesome!
The King of Comic-Con is back! We're excited to once again announce that Bob $tencil will be returning this year to provide even more coverage of the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con. If you don't know who Bob $tencil is, you can catch some of his old videos from previous Comic-Cons and Sundance one year, though his home really is in San Diego at the Con. Bob sent over a quick preview in anticipation of Comic-Con 2011, starting next week, with a look back at some memories from last year's Comic-Con. Most seem to know and love Bob already, and expect him to return every year, but here's our official confirmation that he'll be back.