San Diego Comic-Con 2008
The world's most famous comic-book convention is not just for graphic novels. The event is a major linchpin in the publicity machines for upcoming films and television series, and a chance for existing series to meet their fans face to face.
While dashing through the Convention Center, I passed by a guy who was buying a pretzel and looked a lot like Greg Mottola, director of "Superbad," "The Daytrippers" and several episodes of "Arrested Development" and "Undeclared." Turns out it was Greg Mottola. He told me he was doing a bit of filming at the Con because he's working on a movie, featuring "Shaun of the Dead" alums Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, that begins and ends at Comic-Con.
We see the man in the woods… he spins around to camera, mouth open… he drops the lantern and the camera follows it down, staying on the ground as we can see the man run off into the background… after a short beat, a wolf’s leg comes into frame, next to the lantern.
It’s a dog’s leg, with the backwards knee.
Then, as the voice-over continues, we see some gore… a torso, guts hanging out, strewn on the ground, someone melting down a silver platter and pitcher into silver bullets.
Then we’re introduced to Victorian era Benicio del Toro, returning home and, in short order, Anthony Hopkins who seems to be playing the character with a crazed gleam in his eye. And, most important, he’s swinging around the original silver-headed cane! How cool!
Anthony Hopkins has the line above: “You’ve done terrible things, be strong.” He delivers that to Benicio after he’s woken up, shirt tattered and bloody, hands muddy.
Everyone from Paris Hilton to Guy Ritchie to Hugh Jackman to The Rock descended upon the San Diego convention center on Thursday for the world's largest comic book convention: Comic-Con.
While the streets were lined with thousands of Batmen, Wonder Women and anime creatures, the biggest surprise was a very hairy and well-built Jackman, who gave a sneak peek at "Wolverine," which only wrapped filming in Australia less than two weeks ago.
Aside from comics and their related artworks, there are several panels and press conferences with producers and stars of current TV series:
"Cake is the character in the show while the mythology is the frosting," explained Lost's Carlton Cuse. He was joined on EW's "The Visionaries: TV Showrunners" panel (moderated by EW's Jeff Jensen) by his fellow EP Damon Lindelof (pictured, with Cuse), as well as Chuck's Josh Schwartz, Pushing Daisies' Bryan Fuller, and The Sarah Connor Chronicles' Josh Friedman. Cuse said that Lost would be stripped of its power if he and Lindelof tried to incorporate more exposition about, say, the origin of the smoke monster — which is why we'll probably never hear Jack and Kate talk in great detail about it. The other producers nodded in agreement. "We need to keep you in awe," Fuller added. "If you talk about it, it's not so much fun."
Update: Director McG, of Charlie's Angels fame, introduced a brief clip from the upcoming Terminator sequel.
A brief clip from Terminator Salvation, the fourth film in the franchise, was screened at the Comic-Con event in San Diego by director McG.
James Cameron, who directed the first two Terminators, and special effects maestro Stan Winston - who died in June - both had a hand in the film, he said.
The new film - which stars Batman actor Christian Bale - is released in May.
Fifty armour-clad guests, including several "Jedis" and a white caped "Elvis" in a rhinestone-studded ammo belt, stood reverently at attention. A couple of superheroes showed up late.
What better place to hold a "Star Wars" themed wedding than a green patch of grass just outside the famed Comic-Con convention where thousands of fans have congregated this week to revel in all manner of superhero and sci-fi lore?
Friday's wedding ceremony, based on the language, costume and lore of a fictional Mandalorian race in the "Star Wars" movies, was the brain child of Tenille Kuhlman, 30, and Thomas Kuhlman, 39, avid fans who decided that the convention was a perfect place to gather far-flung members of their close-knit "Star Wars" fan club to celebrate their special day.
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