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Comic Con-Day 2- Panels

Posted on 20 July 2013 by Anisa

Ah yes, the fun continues! We started our second day of Comic Con long before the day had actually started, at 2 am, infront of the 6000 person capacity Hall H, waiting in line with 3000 other people. The waiting had started before we got there, but that did not deter us from pulling an all nighter right there with all the joyous, tired, sometimes sleeping yet eager crowds. Afterall, we knew we were going to be rewarded with some of the most epic movie panels throughout the day.

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Our first spot was the 'The Worlds End' panel moderated by Chris Hardwick. This action-comedy hailing in from the UK, is directed by no other than the funniest British director we know of so far, Edgar Wright, with the starring roles from  Simon Peg and Nick Frost. The movie is the third of a trilogy directed by Edgar Wright and that has been brought together by the ice-cream Cornetto. In the previous two movies (Shaun of the Dead, and Hot Fuzz) one of the main characters is seen to purchase a Cornetto ice-cream with the flavor appropriate for the movie. In 'Shaun of The Dead', the flavor is strawberry, and it represents the blood and gore in the movie; in 'Hot Fuzz', the featuring Cornetto is blue, representing the police element. In 'The World's End', the flavor is mint-chocolate chip, oweing to the aliens and science fiction elements in the movie. The story is about a bunch of friends,with Simons's character being the nuttiest one according to Simon, coming together for a reunion after 20 years and wanting to relive their last pub crawl. The last pub on the list is called The World's End and this is where they discover otherworldly events unfolding. Interestingly enough, as if to mirror the characters in the movie, we find out that Simon, Nick and Edgar go back almost 20 years together. Having been to Comic Con before in 2004, they were surprised by the amount of love they had received from American fans and this was a big motivator to stick to British humour in the movies. 'The World's End' has been released in UK just yesterday and it has already received a 7.7 out of 10 on IMDB and the reviews so far have been pointing at a great, fun movie to watch come August 23 when it gets released in the US.

 

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Our second stop was the Kickstarter funded 'Veronica Mars', the movie version of the teenager TV series that aired for three seasons before being cancelled in 2007. The creator Rob Thomas was there with star Kristen Bell,  Francis Capra, Enrico Colantoni, Percy Daggs III, Jason Dohring, Ryan Hansen, Chris Lowell, Tina Majorino and Krysten Ritter to preview a footage from the movie and answer our questions. The movie revolves around the reunion of Neptune High characters, and Veronica (who is now a lawyer), being thrust back into her private eye days. Thomas gave us a teaser of the movie by saying it 'had an air of Godfather III' while Capra commented on how he did not expect the movie to happen but it was amazing that it did. Turns out all of the cast members were secretly hoping the movie would be shot because there is great chemistry among them. We hear that they didn't even consider it working, it was that much fun. We also find out that the Kickstarter movie was shot in Kristen's house, while they pulled some of the costumes from her garage. Said movie had collected $2,000,000.00 within the first few days. There were even fans on set as the movie was being made. Sounds like a lot of fun! We're looking forward to seeing it sometime in early 2014.

 

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Sometime in theafternoon, we were a part of a third panel from Universal Pictures featuring talent from two of its most highly anticipated movies this summer: 'Kick-Ass 2' and 'Riddick'. In attendance were stars and filmmakers from the action-comedy Kick-Ass 2, and from Riddick the action-adventure's star/producer Vin Diesel (Fast & Furious 6), along with actors Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica) and Dave Bautista (The Man with the Iron Fists) and Riddick's writer/director David Twohy (The Fugitive). 'Kick-Ass 2', directed by Jeff Wadlow, is a sequel to action packed 'Kick-Ass', which features a high-school student as she joins a group of citizens who want to fight crime in costumes. Among the cast introduced first was Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who commented that the movie was a page turner on a whole new level, but was a natural progression from where they left off 4 years ago. On the other hand, Christopher Mintz-Plasse said he was nervous and a bit scared of doing something this intense and dark at first. Turns out his costume gets darker by the minute just like his character (sounds quite exciting to us). In the question and answer part of the panel, there was talk of the main character: Mindy and how the she does not see a difference between her alter ego and her real life, that she must stand for those that need defending. There was also talk of mother Russia and the character search involved with relation to that. John Leguizamo spent the majority of the time working with Christopher, where he plays his assistant. The amount of time and effort taken with the stunt work was also emphasized (yep, we can't wait to see those difficult stunts indeed). When asked if Jeff Wadlow had plans for a Kick Ass 3 movie, he said he was too engrossed in shooting number 2 for the moment and did not have plans for a third as of yet.

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Alongside 'Kick-Ass 2' crew and cast were the panels for Vin Diesel's futuristic action movie 'Riddick'. Written and directed by David Twohy who was lasst seen in Comic Con 13 years ago for the second installment of the series 'Pitch Black'. Vin Diesel is joined by Battlestar Galactica's Starbuck, Katee Sackhoff. As if the combination of these two talents on stage wasn't explosive enough, the teasing ensued from David Twohy on choosing the independent route to make the movie brought forth an admiration from the listeners. We were also witness to the source of Vin Diesel's inspiration for his character, from the stories of them working on it in his kitchen, to role playing Dungeon's and Dragon's, to the process of sticking to the mythology behind the story. Last but not least, the one thing that kept both Twohy and Vin Diesel proud was the fact that they stuck to the original feeling of the mythology in 'Pitch Black'. We can't wait to get our greedy eyes on 'Riddick' once it comes out September of this year. 

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Now if you've been dying to know what's going to happen in the next season of AMC's 'Walking Dead', you're most definitely not alone. We were ready to get a glimpse of the cast and crew of the show in the packed Hall H today and boy did we get more than what we had hoped for. First things first, does it get crazier next season? The answer is a big fat 'YES' ladies and gentleman. We can barely keep our excitement in check. Needless to say, we were more than happy to see the series stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, David Morrissey, Scott Wilson, and Chad Coleman join executive producer and showrunner Scott Gimple along side the rest of the crew to give us the lowdown. First we were taken aback by the teaser trailer unleashed during the panel, then we waited eagerly as mind bending questions were asked one by one so we can find solace in having some of our curiosities quenched at least. What will the Governor do next? Robert Kirkman said all bets were off with his character this season, throwing us into a complete loop into why and how he will return. What about the reasoning behind Rick's insistence to stay in the prison instead of Woodbury? Turns out the answer is coming up soon in the next season. Danai Gurira commented on her character Michonne and hinted that she will have to be less shut down, even though she is very tough and can handle many a thing. While Glen keeps constantly learning and evolving, Maggie just wants to move on a little faster and live in the moment so they don't get caught up in vengeance. We expect the story to produce a very good springboard for a stronger character for Maggie. Herschel has become the moral compass of the group and we were told that 'he just wants to own up to his other leg' and it will be wonderful to see everyone in the group react to that. Chad Colman who plays Tyrese in the upcoming season commented that any actor would want to come in and be among such a high level group of people. On the other hand, David Morrissey spoke on the character of the Governor being in a very dark place in the end of the last season and said that 'he wasn't very rational before all of that, but he wants control of the prison and he had to find a way to control the people who were against him'. Last but not least, our need for more information was definitely confounded when Dania Gurira said 'to expect the unexpected' since apparently we're going to see a whole new community in the upcoming season. 

As if to leave the best to the last, we ended our day with the highly anticipated Game of Thrones panel, with attendance and introduction of characters starting with Peter Dinklage, Richard Madden , John Bradley, Kit Harrington, Rose Lesle. Emilia Clarke and the creator George R.R. Martin. Ofcourse if you're a follower of the show you're sure to expect talk of 'The Red Wedding' dominating at least some part of the discussion. George said that the show's creators decided to kill the characters who were very much alive in the books. Wrapping up the scene to the 'The Red Wedding' left the cast and crew in an emotional state, even though Michelle had read the books and knew where her character was going to end up. Turns out it was quite a tough time for them to let go of their characters and not feel the pain of leaving the show. And even though they dredded the day of the shooting, they were happy that it came out much better than anticipated. On the other hand, Peter Dinklage stated that he refrains from reading the books to see whats going to happen in the future. He mentioned that he would go back and read them once the series is over. And as expected, Kit and Rose referred to the scene where his character walked out on her's and the amount of pain she must have felt at the betrayal, perhaps leaving her wanting to hunt him down for the rest of her life. Among the stars that received an Emmy Nomination in the show that received 16 so far,  was Emilia Clarke, who commented on how powerful and dramatic her character was. And although there were a lot of fans who had read the books before watching the series, their loyalty was made proof by the way they kept Robb Stark's death a secret all through the way. We're very happy to report that we also saw Jason Momoa hop on the stage with a huge applause and quickly went off just as he came. The upcoming season will most definitely be an enthralling one since the death of the Stark's is bound to leave a huge impact on the rest of the story line.

 

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Comic Con 2013 – Day 1- Panels

Posted on 18 July 2013 by Anisa

Here we are dear readers, on the steps of the years biggest movie, comics and tv event: Comic Con, San Diego. What a lovely weather we had here today, mild 80's and partly cloudy for most of the day. We started off the event with a lot of crowd watching for cos-players, costume lovers and caught a glimpse of this giant robot that looked like something out of an Ironman movie. No surprise here, since the guys that built this 9.5 foot, 400 pound aluminum monster, were the same people behind the Ironman and Pacific Rim armor costumes. Kudos to the Stan Winston School and Legacy Effects studio for the jaw dropping awesome work. 

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After a whole lot of waiting and excitement, we finally made it inside where we witnessed the unveiling of one of this years hottest movies: Ender's Game and a similarly dystopian futuristic flick: Divergent thats set to hit the silver screen in March 2014.
 
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Before the movie panels, we started off with the Entertainment Weekly's Visionaries Panel in which hosted three directors, 'The Amazing Spider Man' director Marc Webb,  director of  action packed comedies like 'Hot Fuzz' and 'Shaun of The Dead' Edgar Wright and the Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron who is best known for his futuristic 'Children of Men'. The thing that hit us most in the panel is how much great chemistry there was between the three directors. They began the panel by sharing stories of their Comic Con adventures and then discussed their most recent works respectively. Alfonso Cuaron introduced his latest 'Gravity' which stars George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, who play two astronauts stranded in space. He explained the difficulties in shooting a movie in zero gravity and the amount of work put into it. Apparently, one needs a hand created system to pull that off. On the other hand, he commented that working with Sandra and George was nothing but 'trouble' since they'd go around trying to imitate his accent. When asked if they were doing a good job of that, he responded with: 'they sucked! they kept trying to make me Cuban not Mexican!' Well, we shall definitely keep that in mind next time we try to imitate your accent Mr. Cuaron. 

Marc Webb, who is directing The Amazing Spider Man 2 and is due to release sometime in May 2014, spoke about the difficulties in shooting flying scenes in the movie, (we anticipate a lot of flying scenes at this point), and was quoted as saying that 'antagonists are a foil to get different emotions out of a character'. He was referring to the way Electro brought out in Peter Parker, the need to empathize with those he doesn't generally empathize with. Earlier, we had watched a 40 second teaser trailer on Electro and it features Jamie Foxx in a not so sexy costume talking about how he feels electricity in the walls. 

As for the latest work coming out of director Edgar Wright, we found a lot of humor and energy as he discussed the fight scenes and stunts involved in shooting 'The Worlds End' an action-comedy flick set in the UK. The movie features 5 friends who are hell bent on reliving their historical pub crawl from years back, and in the process find themselves mankind's only hope for survival. Wright sheepishly admitted to giving Simon Pegg and Martin Freeman the most difficult stunts due to the fact that they were older, and much less willing to pull them off (we hope you were joking Edgar). We were told  to expect many fighting scenes and especially those involved with Nick Frost. Thanks Edgar! We shall definitely keep a look out for those once the movie comes out in 23rd of August this year. 
 
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The directors panel gave way to one of the most anticipated movie panels in Comic Con this year: 'Divergent'. Based on the 2011 novel by Veronica Roth, first of a trilogy, the story is set in a dystopian Chicago which has been walled and is inhabited by 5 factions. The heroine is Tris, a teenager who has been given a choice to choose between the factions after taking an aptitude test. Although changing factions is a no-no, Tris finds herself compelled to leave her faction and join another, where she falls for an older man. The movie is directed by Neil Burger, and casts starts like Kate Winslet and Theo James along side Shailene Woodley who plays Tris. We were informed in the panel that the movie finished shooting just two days ago while Veronica Roth completed the last book in the trilogy during the shooting of the movie. 'Divergent' is due to hit the theatres in March of 2014 and will be one of those movies you will not want to miss definitely.

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Now we were already having a lot of fun with the previous panels but we had one more to go before the day was up and that's the movie 'Ender's Game' hitting the theaters this year. Directed by Gavin Wood and produced by Robert Orci, is a futuristic movie set 70 years after a horrific alien invasion of Earth. The story tells of an unusually gifted child by the name of Ender who is being sent to military school to train for the next alien invasion. The movie is based on the 1985 novel by Scott Orson Card, that has won 3 NPR awards for best Sci-Fi seller and stars Asa Butterfield from 'Hugo' as Ender, and Harrison Ford as his tutor Commander Hyrum Graff. In the panel, hosted by Chris Chadwick, we were introduced to the actors, shown a clip from the movie and discussed the challenges in directing the movie that Scott Orson Card had commented years ago as being 'unfilmable'. Gavin Wood commented on the fact that he loved the environment the story was set in, and the complex stories interwoven by the character's personalities. But according to Wood, perhaps the greatest challenge was to capture the battle of good and evil that takes place in each character of the story. These sentiments were echoed with Harrison Ford's comments on the complexity of morality in his character and it being the reason he decided to take the role in the first place. Needless to say, we are looking forward to seeing this heralded novel cast upon the silver screen this November 1st. 

As you can see dear readers we had good fun and lots of insider information on the hard work of these wonderful people. We can't wait to dig ourselves into a couch and buttered up popcorn when the time comes to watch these movies. 

Thats all for now. Keep reading on what we find tomorrow as Comic Con continues in all its epic glory. 

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