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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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