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.
Calling all movie geeks, we're hosting our fifth annual FirstShowing meet-up at Comic-Con on Saturday this week. This is the "meet-up" for FS fans/readers and our friends SlashFilm and ScreenRant, and we'll be arriving at 10PM and staying a few hours. We're meeting at the Marriott Marina Hotel (map) in the "Marina Kitchen" left of the lobby. You don't need to be 21, as we'll be hanging out in the lounge. In addition to myself, editor Ethan Anderton will be there, along with the SlashFilm & ScreenRant guys. We hope to meet you there if you're here in San Diego. Enjoy the first few days of the Con, and we'll see you on Friday!
After an impressive teaser trailer, hopefully there's a bigger audience anticipating Warner Bros. animated big screen adventure The LEGO Movie from 21 Jump Street and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs directors Phil Lord & Chris Miller. The film will have a presence here at Comic-Con, so we'll be reporting on that panel later in the week. In the meantime, the studio has unveiled their exclusive poster that will be handed out to fans on the convention floor and it's pretty damn slick. The main character (voiced by Chris Pratt) stands heroically, feet locked in place on the traditional LEGO brick pegs, smoking just a bit. Look!
While we're preparing to kick-off Comic-Con tomorrow night in San Diego, it's important to look ahead to the days following this pop culture overload on comic books, movies, television and general hardcore nerdity. Sure the hype leading up to the annual convention is exciting now, and we'll be gawking at tons of cool footage, packing away swag, and snapping pictures of the cool booths, cosplayers and more on the con floor. But then what are all the nerds, cinephiles and couch potatoes supposed to do? Thankfully, comedian Nick Kroll is here to help us prepare with this PSA about Post Comic-Con Stress Disorder. Watch!
In just over a month, the third and final part of the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy from director Edgar Wright with stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost will hit theaters. But before that, The World's End will have a big presence at Comic-Con with a panel featuring the cast and crew, and likely some surprises for fans as well. And since one of the best things about Comic-Con is the free stuff, Focus Features will be giving out this awesome illustrated poster made exclusively for convention attendees. The art comes from Tommy Lee Edwards who revealed the piece on Twitter today. Keep your eyes peeled at the convention to get one!
Not too long ago, we pointed out the new viral site for Godzilla which was tracking encounters with the monster around the world, likely leading to some sort of big event at Comic-Con in San Diego where the giant lizard has already confirmed to be spotted. Now the site has been updated with a hint to lead fans to a page where tickets can be reserved for what is being called "the ultimate Godzilla fan experience." It sounds like there will be quite an epic presence in San Diego to really get the hype rolling on this reboot of the classic monster with director Gareth Edwards at the helm. For details on getting tickets, see info below!
Struzan is back! While we wait for the documentary about poster artist Drew Struzan, titled Drew: The Man Behind the Poster, to premiere at Comic-Con, another Struzan item is also being premiered in San Diego. DreamWorks Animation has teased a new Drew Struzan-designed teaser poster for How to Train Your Dragon 2, which they'll be giving away (at their booth?) at Comic-Con this week. The one question that comes to mind whenever I think of Struzan: why the heck isn't he still being hired for more work? Glad to see they got him to do something, especially the How to Train Your Dragon sequel - did you see the teaser?!
In just a few days, our Comic-Con coverage kicks off in San Diego with plenty of big news, surprises and previews of some of the biggest films coming over the next year. Today there's a tease for something going down on the West coast during the convention involving the Predator franchise. By way of the Facebook page for the Nimrod Antal directed spin-off Predators, a new image was posted featuring a fragment of a satellite map of the area in San Diego near the convention center which will be overrun by nerds in the next few days. Presented in the Predator heat vision, the map features a hint at some sort of reveal. More below!
"Something very big is heading to San Diego." Get ready for a big show at Comic-Con this year. Thanks to some very early teases in San Diego and scoops, we know that Warner Bros/Legendary is planning a big stunt for the new Godzilla movie, being directed by Gareth Edwards. Over the weekend, Edwards posted a video to the Legendary YouTube with one last message from the "epic" set of Godzilla, talking about how Legendary has some big plans for Comic-Con. Surprise, surprise. What kind of plans? Something involving Godzilla being in San Diego possibly, we'll find out for sure in just a few days. Until then, see Gareth below.