My plans for San Diego Comic-Con 2012

Boys and girls. How are we?

As most of you who follow me on Twitter or know me personally know, next week I will be attending San Diego Comic-Con. For the second year in a row, I will be live blogging the event, updating as I go through the day with pics and panel summaries.

This year, however, I’ve also agreed to cover the event for Cineplex.com, the official site of Canada’s largest chain of movie theatres. It’s an exciting opportunity for me, as it will give my coverage of the event exposure to a large audience… hopefully we’ll have some new people swinging through as a result!

In terms of how that will impact my posting here, I’m still going to update throughout the day with pics and blurbs about going on, but my “Day in Review” posts will probably be posted there, and not here. I’ll still post a link for everyone so that you can head over and check them out!

Meanwhile, after the break is my summary of panels that I intend to attend and cover. Check it out!  

THURSDAY:

4:45-5:45 The Expendables 2-Real American Heroes

Sylvester Stallone and the legendary cast of the sequel to 2010′s smash hit film preview the real-deal muscles, weapons, skills, and explosions that went into making a film even bigger and badder than the original. Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Dolph Lundgren, Jean Claude Van Damme, and Arnold Schwarzenegger will join the panel discussion.

FRIDAY:

4:35-6:35 Sony: Total Recall, Looper, and Elysium

Total Recall-Welcome to Rekall, the company that can turn your dreams into real memories. For a factory worker named Doug Quaid (Colin Farrell), the mind-trip sounds like the perfect vacation from his ordinary existence. But when the procedure goes horribly wrong, Quaid becomes a hunted man. The line between fantasy and reality gets blurred and the fate of his world hangs in the balance as Quaid discovers his true identity, his true love, and his true fate. Based on Philip K. Dick’s classic story “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale,” this brand new take on some of his most visionary ideas is directed by Len Wiseman, who will join stars Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, and Bryan Cranston on stage.

Looper-In the futuristic action thriller Looper, time travel will be invented-but it will be illegal and only available on the black market. When the mob wants to get rid of someone, they will send their target 30 years into the past, where a “looper”-a hired gun, like Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt)-is waiting to mop up. Joe is getting rich and life is good…until the day the mob decides to “close the loop,” sending back Joe’s future self (Bruce Willis) for assassination. Writer/director Rian Johnson will join Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emily Blunt to discuss the film.

Elysium-Ever since writer-director Neill Blomkamp broke through with his first feature film, District 9, people have been wondering what he has in store for an encore. Be a part of the first audience anywhere to get a first look at his new movie, Elysium, as stars Matt Damon and Jodie Foster join Neill and producer Simon Kinberg on stage.

SATURDAY:

11:30-12:30 Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained

The Weinstein Company presents a sneak peek at the highly anticipated new film from acclaimed director Quentin Tarantino. Fans will get to see exclusive footage from Django Unchained and take part in a special discussion with Tarantino and the cast. You won’t want to miss this!

2:30-5:00 Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures Preview Their Upcoming Lineups

Legendary Pictures: Pacific Rim-From acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro comes Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ epic sci-fi action adventure Pacific Rim. When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes — a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi) — who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse. Pacific Rim also stars Idris Elba, Ron Perlman, and Charlie Day.

Warner Bros. Pictures: Man Of Steel

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey-From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM). Jackson returns to Middle-earth in an adventure that begins 60 years before the events depicted in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. The first of two films adapted from J.R.R. Tolkien’s enduringly popular masterpiece, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey follows titular Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), who-along with the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and a band of 13 Dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage)-is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. The film’s ensemble cast includes Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lily, and Andy Serkis as Gollum.

6:00-7:00 Marvel Studios: Iron Man 3

Producer Kevin Feige and special guests provide an inside look at the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe

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So that’s it for me, schedule-wise. With the movie focus of the site, I think I’ll be skipping most of the biggest TV panels this year. Plus, I’ve already attended panels for “True Blood”, “The Walking Dead”, “Game of Thrones” and “Fringe” at past conventions. (although even as I write this I’m thinking, “hmmm that Friday 10 am ‘Community’ panel sounds doable”, LOL). It’s a pretty big time commitment to get into these things, you literally have to suck it up and get in line MANY hours early, and then (often) stay through the preceding panels in order to get to the ones you want.

I’m going to need my time on the floor as well. And it’s just too much to hit it all.

But there’s a full slate of shows there. This’ll be the first time I do Hall H all day Saturday. I’ve hit it both times before, but then abandoned ship in order to see the costumes (Saturday is the best day in that regard). This time, I’m just getting in line at the crack of dawn, heading in, and staying til the show is over. :D Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Tarantino, Damon, Jodie Foster… Ther’s just a ton of legendary stars ahead to see!

Hopefully you’ll all want to stick around and check it out. If not, regularly scheduled movie related content will resume on my return the following week! Please bear with me as I go, it may get tough to get back to comments, and there may be some glitches as I try to blog from the road… but I’m sure at the end of the day, I’ll be able to provide you guys with top notch coverage of Comic-Con!

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47 thoughts on “My plans for San Diego Comic-Con 2012

  1. Woo hoo!!! I’m so so so jealous Fogs. Oh man, if I could somehow be invisible and able to transport myself, I’ll be right there w/ ya on Saturday. Is Henry Cavill coming for Man of Steel? I’d think he would. And there’s one of my fave hunky Brits Richard Armitage for The Hobbit [swooon]…

    Congrats on the Cineplex gig, too, how awesome is that!

    • Yeah. I would presume Cavill hits the Superman panel. Snyder too. HOPEFULLY Amy Adams and Michael Shannon, too. But who knows. I have no idea why they wouldnt announce anyone… I mean, cmon, give us something!

      I’ll tell Richard Armitage you say hello. LOL :D

      I’ll try and get some good pics for you at least, hows that?

      • Yeah I’d think Henry’d be there. Please, please, please send me pics of Henry and Richard, I mean those two guys are in my TOP 5 crush list. I almost got to see Henry last year but the Saturday ticket was sold out within seconds :(

  2. FOGS!!!!! this is huge! Congrats on working with Cineplex.com I spent many, MANY, hours in Cineplex Odion theatres as a young boy.

    I was already jealous of the fact that you were heading to San Diego, this is even more maddening! I wish you well. enjoy the experience and if you can, slip Kate Beckinsale my number!

    • LOL. If I could “slip” Kate Beckinsdale anything, it wouldnt be your number, bro. :D

      Anyways, thanks man. We’ll see how it goes, it definitely is an exciting opportunity, and I’m going to try my best to make the most of it. Keep your eyes peeled next week, I’m going to be posting a lot of stuff!

  3. Wow. MAJOR feather in you cap. Congrats!

    Since I can’t be there with you this year, I’ll be checking in every day for the recaps!

  4. Looks like you’ve got a couple of long days in there for you. You planning on queueing at ridiculous o’clock for some decent seats for Thursday – Saturday?

    Take lots of pics please!

    • Tons of pics and videos are planned. ;)

      Yes. Saturday I’ll be in line super early. I have to contend with Lord of the Rings fans, so I’m sure it’ll be crazy.

      Thurs and Fri are going to be tricky, though. Not sure what time to bail on the floor and get in line in order to get in. We’ll have to see…

    • Could be, S-Meister, could be. I’m hoping it does well for FMR, you know? Last year’s was only a couple of weeks after I began, but I got freshly pressed and things got off to a really good start.

      Yes! Loaded lineup. They never fail to come up with crazy stuff to see. I was underwhelmed with the Thurs/Fri lineups, but Sat made it all worthwhile! :D

  5. Wow, sounds like a fun week ahead of you! Congrats on nailing the Cineplex gig, too. That’s pretty awesome. Can’t wait to read your coverage!

    • Thanks Eric, yeah I’m excited to be working with them. I’ll give them my best material, and hopefully introduce the blog to a few new people along the way.

      Hope you check back in, things should be crazy!!

  6. Congratulations again on the Ciniplex coverage! Don’t forget to have some fun too! If you really enjoy yourself, it will come through loud and clear in your articles.

    With you out on the “Pacific Rim”, your time is not “Expendable”, so take lots of pictures so you can “Loop” back and “Totally Recall” all the things you did. Taking the Ciniplex “Unexpected Journey” you will have to be “Superman” to cover all those panels, but with your “Iron Man” will, I know articles will be off the “Chain”.

    Silly, I know!

    • Thanks Ray! You know how it is, I think THIS is fun. “Working it” IS fun, otherwise I wouldnt be doing it, you know? :D

      Holy god on that second paragraph… I think you outdid yourself. Just… above and beyond.

      LOL!

  7. Have fun! Be sure to ask Del Toro “Why are you ripping off the anime Evangelion for Pacific Rim?” and also please punch Peter Jackson in the face.

  8. I wanna go….:(

    Super excited for you and to learn about what you see. Especially your SATURDAY! Oh man. Look at that!

    I will be glued to your page my friend. Hopefully next year, we all can go and meet up there.

    • Well, I’m gonna be there again next year for sure. I just got an email that said because I bought a four day pass this year, I’ll be able to purchase tickets for next year early, so “Yes Please”. :D

      You definitely should check it out one of these times, man. It would be an awesome meet up, too. :D

      • Seconded. It’s an absolute blast. Sure, you’ll need the next week off to recover, but it’s just four days of awesome.

  9. Congratulations on the deal with Cineplex. I’ll even check out your posts there. :P

    Hope you have a good time, comic conventions always sound like they’d be a lot of fun. I haven’t had the opportunity to check a real one out (Eugene held one for a couple years almost ten years ago… it didn’t last because nobody came. They couldn’t even get most of the Oregon-local artists to come, it was pathetic.)

    • Cool man. As always, it’s nice to know you support the efforts! :D

      Connecticon is pretty sad too. I swear, they had a ventriloquist listed as one of the top acts. I was like, ugh, no.

      LOL… one day, maybe. For a while, Wizard World was going to make Hartford a stop on their tour, but I guess they dropped that. Those were cool. That’s where I got to see Adam West and Burt Ward. Good times, good times.

  10. Very cool Fogs. But Y’know, you’ve admitted the prejudicial effect these panels can hace on your expectations and eventual reviews…. I really think you should give ME your tickets… just so you can maintain your objectivity…

    No? *sigh*

    I really tried to talk NASA into hosting a booth, but no dice. there will be a few NASA folks representing, but not me. :(

    Have a blast pal!

  11. OH my! I am so excited for you. I’ve always wanted to go to Comic Con, but nobody wants to come with me. Maybe I should go by myself. LOL

    I like your schedule. Do you know if you have to wait in line for large amount of time? I’m super curious on Django and The Hobbit. Oh, I can’t wait to read all about it from you.

    I know you are seeing all these movie panels, but any chance are you going to the Walking Dead or Dexter panels?

    • Dexter = 0%, Walking Dead I’d say about 10-15%

      Dexter wont be in Hall H, so there’s no chance. Walking dead DOES happen to be there prior to one of the ones on Friday, so… there’s a longshot possibility that I get in line in time for that panel and wind up getting in. I’m gonna say I doubt it though, between that and Game of Thrones, H is going to be packed.

      Yes. I am definitely going to have to wait in line a long time. “Line Estimation and Execution” is one of the keys to success at the Con. :D “When do I need to be in line to get a kick ass seat?” is the essential question of the week. Always.

      It is worth checking out one of these days Jen, it’s an awesome time!

      • Wow, besides standing in line, it sounds like a lot of fun. For now, I’m going to live through you.

        I hope you have a lot of fun!

  12. Jealous! This sounds like a lot of fun!! My brother went to a smaller verison here in Texas and met Sean Astin. He got him to autograph a scrap of paper which says…”Goonies never say Die”. My brother asked him to make it out to me! I was super excited to get it!!! :-)

    • That’s great. Nice of Astin to do that for him :D

      I love getting autographs at these things, that’s one of the things I’m really loooking forward to out there. It’s great when the people are cool and you can just hang with them for a few minutes.

      I’m sure there’ll be some cool autograph encounter again this year, there always seems to be!

  13. That’s awesome, man! Have fun. I’ve always wanted to go to a Comic Con (there’s one here in Chicago too) but have always waffled on getting tickets and then my chance is gone. Maybe after seething with jealousy from reading your posts I’ll make it my mission to go next year haha

    • Actually, yeah, Wizard World Chicago, or whatever they call in now… is pretty good. I’d love to hit that one myself. A lot of Trek stars hit that one.

      If I can serve as the straw that breaks the camels back, that’s great, I’d be happy with that :D

  14. Congrats on the Cineplex deal. Looking forward to daily reports. I’m most excited about “The Hobbit”. Have a great time!!

    • Cool Cap, hope you enjoy. Yeah, it definitely should be good… they did their part by putting together a stocked lineup, now I just have to be sure to get in to all the things I want!

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