This is the big one. Saturday at Comic-Con 2013, the beginning of a long but exciting day inside Hall H. Warner Bros is kicking off the day with their 3-hour long panel that is packed with a handful of movies that we're incredibly excited about: Gareth Edwards' Godzilla, Sergey Bodrov's Seventh Son, Noam Murro's 300: Rise of an Empire, Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity, Phil Lord & Chris Miller's The LEGO Movie, and Doug Liman's Edge of Tomorrow. There may be big surprises, tons of never-seen-before footage, reveals, interviews, appearances and much more. We'll be live blogging the full panel from start to finish. Read on!
On Thursday afternoon, media at Comic-Con received an odd email from FilmDistrict's publicity: "For those attending San Diego Comic Con 2013, we invite you to search for our Oldboy Hotel Escorts who are waiting to serve you." Yes, you read that right. Hotel "escorts", as in, you know what - right? Is this for real? Apparently it is, but don't get too excited. They're only pretty girls walking around posing for photos with big yellow umbrellas, like the one seen on the first funky Oldboy poster. They just hit the streets today and I snapped a few photos and grabbed a door tag before they walked off. Interesting marketing at Comic-Con.
"Dead or alive, you're coming with me." We just finished the big Sony Hall H panel at Comic-Con 2013, which included major presentations for a few of their big upcoming projects. First, they showed us footage from Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, which looks as fun as the first one. But the biggest reveals included our first look at any footage from Jose Padilha's RoboCop remake with Joel Kinnaman, and Marc Webb's sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2, starring Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spidey. While we still have another day of Hall H panels, the Spider-Man 2 footage is the best Hall H footage I've seen so far.
It's time to kick off one of our most anticipated presentations inside Hall H at Comic-Con 2013 - the big two hour long Sony/Screen Gems panel. We were at the same Sony panel two years ago when they unveiled Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man for the first time and it was an unforgettable experience. This year they're bringing back The Amazing Spider-Man 2, along with the animated sequel Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, and the RoboCop remake, among a few other surprises (hopefully). We'll be live blogging from Hall H non-stop for the next two hours if you're curious to find out what happens this year.
Universal just finished up the Comic-Con panel for Kick-Ass 2, and while this is certainly the place for exclusive footage, in this case, the Internet wins. A new four-minute trailer just debuted here in Hall H, but director Jeff Wadlow told the crowd that the red band trailer arriving online would be a much more violent, and profanity laden trailer, and he wasn't lying. There's some hard hits, blood splashing and plenty of naughty words from Aaron-Taylor Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz and Jim Carrey, plus some cool moments for John Leguizamo, Donald Faison and more new cast members. This is going to be wild.
"If you succeed, you will be remembered as a hero." Is it looking better? The first major panel of Comic-Con 2013 where brand new footage was debuted was hosted by Summit Entertainment. The studio, now owned by Lionsgate, brought in two sci-fi adaptations - Divergent, directed by Neil Burger, and Ender's Game, directed by Gavin Hood. How was the footage? Let's get into the discussion. Comic-Con is all about bringing in the kind of footage that blows us away, even if it's raw without effects, though that wasn't the case with Ender's Game - which looks better and better every month. Divergent, on the other hand, didn't impress.
The Warner Bros. panel at Comic-Con doesn't arrive until tomorrow, but the studio and Legendary Entertainment have some goodies that fans can try to get ahold of here. Six gritty and bloody character posters for 300: Rise of an Empire have just appeared online featuring Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey, Rodrigo Santoro and more. The first trailer surfaced not too long ago, and seemed to deliver exactly what fans of the first film want. The visual style is there, but we're hoping it's not just a retread of sweaty, bloody, slow-motion action and has a cool story, courtesy of Frank Miller's comic.
Not every Comic-Con tease is a winner, and this poster calling attention to the beginning of production of The Crow reboot in 2014 seems to be a dud. Sure the artwork featured is in the same vein as the comic book that's inspiring the adaptation, but this looks like a hastily made fan creation that you might find in the disappointing end of Artist's Alley. Why not feature some real concept art with Luke Evans in wardrobe as The Crow, or just some sort of stylish teaser poster? Yes, this is Comic-Con, but there has to be something better to get fans of The Crow excited for the film finally coming together. Am I wrong? Look!
Here at Comic-Con, 20th Century Fox has only confirmed that Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and The Wolverine will be part of the big panel in Hall H. But the studio also teased a bit of a surprise. While there's the chance an X-Force movie might be officially announced, there might also be a treat for those waiting to see some footage from X-Men: Days of Future Past. Why do we say that? Well, it's Comic-Con, and we just spotted Trask Industries outside of our hotel. For those unaware, in the X-Men universe, Trask Industries is the company responsible for creating the Sentinels, tasked with keeping mutants in control, and they've brought part of their robot creation to show off, along with some Trask propaganda poster art.
Time to take a trip to Battle School and train with the International Fleet. At Comic-Con this year, Summit arranged and presented the "Ender's Game Fan Experience", a massive walk-through exhibit featuring real sets, real props and real costumes from the movie. Similar to the Godzilla Encounter, everything about this place is themed to the Ender's Game science fiction movie (give or take the dopey HGTV sponsorship) including jump suit-clad guides and futuristic set pieces galore. It's cool to see in person, especially if you're a big fan of the book like I am, but I wish they had more footage to show or a presentation at the beginning.
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 seems to be a bit skimpy on the movie side, with a lot of the same booths, statues and setups as years' past, but as always there's some cool stuff to be found in the midst of this geek mania. 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 roam through the showfloor again). For now, take a look at our preview night gallery, with lots of costumes and movie booths.
Today, we began running the gamut that is Comic-Con here in San Diego. Across from the convention center, you can see some big banners for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 hyping the panel happening Friday, July 19th at 4pm in Hall H. And in addition to those banners, there's also a short video teaser featuring Jamie Foxx as the villain Electro. With a menacing voiceover and some sweeping shots of equipment in the lab of Max Dillon, there's a pretty cool reveal of the electrified villain before a bumper appears directing people to the exciting panel. The good news is you don't have to be here to see it. Watch!
Wow. Legendary has upped the ante this year. Part theme park experience, part museum, part Comic-Con viral, Legendary opened the doors to their "Godzilla Encounter" in San Diego today and it kicks ass. The "Godzilla Encounter" as it's known is their Comic-Con push to reintroduce Godzilla to the world leading up to the release of the Gareth Edwards' movie, which just finished shooting. Inside of a warehouse they rebuilt an entire street in Tokyo, complete with sushi/ramen shop and real-world effects, as well as an interactive "experience" when Godzilla attacks. This is, hands down, the best Con viral experience since Flynn's Arcade.
Though Comic-Con is mostly about superheroes, fantasy and sci-fi, there's still some room for a little bit of horror. That's why Lionsgate is bringing the home invasion horror thriller You're Next to San Diego, complete with a screening of the film tonight starting at 9:00pm at the Reading Cinemas Gaslamp Theatre. Afterwards there will be a very special Q&A featuring director Adam Wingard, writer Simon Barrett and the film’s star Sharni Vinson. But if you can't make the screening, get your hands on this Comic-Con exclusive poster taking the animal mask and giving it a blueprint interior of the film's setting.