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!
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.
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.
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
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. 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!