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Just in time for Comic-Con, Disney has press-dumped a quintet of release dates for untitled Marvel films that fanboys and girls can spend the weekend agonizing over before the Con. They’ll open two films in 2017, on July 28, 2017 and November 3, 2017, followed by two more in 2018 on July 6, 2018 and November 2, 2018. The summer/fall double hitter strategy stops (as far as we know) in 2019, when Marvel will release one new to-be-identified pic on May 3, 2019.
We’ll know next week if Disney/Marvel reveal any of this extended line-up in San Diego, although the studio might as well use it as more ammo to drive fans to its own D23 fan confab.
Comic-Con: Quentin Tarantino Aboard For ‘Django / Zorro’ Panel; Line Up Your ‘Hateful Eight’ Questions Now
Quentin Tarantino will join comics writer Matt Wagner on Dynamite Entertainment’s panel for its comic book sequel to the filmmaker’s Django Unchained, a crossover series that mashes up Best Original Screenplay Oscar winner Django and Zorro set to be released sometime this year via Dynamite and DC Entertainment. The Comic-Con panel, celebrating Dynamite’s 10th anniversary, is set for Sunday, July 27 at 2:15 PM at the San Diego Convention Center’s Room 6BCF. Tarantino and Wagner will be joined on the panel by Reginald Hudlin, Django Unchained producer and co-editor of the crossover; Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment; and Dynamite Senior Editor Joseph Rybandt. Tarantino is co-plotting the series with Wagner, with Wagner doing final dialogue and Esteve Polls (The Lone Ranger) illustrating.
Not on the docket but sure to be brought up (if not by the panelists than by the usually savvy Comic-Con crowd) will be the status of Tarantino’s other Western, the much-in-the-news The Hateful Eight.
Marvel has introduced its new Avengers: Age Of Ultron baddie in a splashy EW cover spread, which also reveals the superhero sequel’s backstory tweak: Tony Stark creates Ultron to help the Avengers fight crime, only to see the self-aware A.I. bot (James Spader) turn on humanity itself. Here’s the first-look cover image that’s stoking anticipation for more Marvel superhero reveals at next week’s Comic-Con:
EXCLUSIVE: Dimension Films is planning a big splash for its Aug. 22 release Sin City: A Dame To Kill For down at San Diego’s Comic-Con. In addition to the film’s Hall H presentation on Saturday, July 26 from 2:50pm – 3:50pm with directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller and actors Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin and Rosario Dawson; six of the film’s classic picture cars will be parked against a 102-foot long Sin City skyline over at the Petco Park parking lot throughout the confab (July 24-27). Present from the film will be the 1985 Dodge Diplomat, 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air, 1960 Chevy Corvette, 1959 Cadillac el dorado, 1964 1/2 Ford Mustang convertible and 1949 Cadillac Sedanette. There will also be a Sin City style photo booth, a live DJ every day, not to mention the Suicide Girls will be available for photos. Stop by for branded promo giveaways (t-shirts, poker chips, playing cards, mini posters and books). Event is sponsored by Suicide Girls, Dodge, VSN Mobil, Zico Water, IGN and Time Warner Cable. Two years ago in Petco Park, Weinstein Co. set up a faux western village to promo the release of Django Unchained. Also, on Thursday July 24, from 1:30-2:30 PM in Hall H, Weinstein Co. will be showcasing the Walden Media sci-drama The Giver with Jeff Bridges, Brenton Thwaites, Odeya Rush, director Phillip Noyce, and bestselling author Lois Lowry. The Giver opens on Aug. 15.
Scottish-born late night host Craig Ferguson is set to moderate HBO’s Game of Thrones panel Friday at Comic-Con as the cabler brings the fantasy-drama to San Diego along with its vampire series True Blood. Game Of Thrones, which led the Emmy field last week with 19 nominations, will take over Hall H on Friday at 1:40PM with showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, author and co-EP George R.R. Martin, and stars John Bradley (Samwell Tarly), Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister), Natalie Dormer (Margaery Tyrell), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Rose Leslie (Ygritte), Rory McCann (Sandor “The Hound” Clegane), Pedro Pascal (Oberyn Martell), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) and Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) in attendance.
Wednesday, July 23 — Preview Night
6-10 PM, Ballroom 20
Warner Bros. TV Pilot Screening: Constantine, The Flash, iZombie, Teen Titans Go!
Thursday, July 24
10-11 AM, Ballroom 20
Fox’s 24: Kiefer Sutherland, EP Jon Cassar returns to Comic-Con to show off highlights from 24: Live Another Day.
10:30-11:30 AM, Indigo Ballroom, Hilton Bayfront
Legends Of TV Land: Betty White (The Golden Girls, Hot in Cleveland) and other TV celebs will answer questions about their work and making history on television. Sneak peek of animated episode of Hot in Cleveland, airing July 30th.
Telenovela actress Angelica Celaya will join the cast of NBC’s new supernatural thriller Constantine as the character Zed, the show’s producers revealed at today’s TCA panels.
Executive producer Daniel Cerone — appearing on the panel with EP David S. Goyer and cast members Harrold Perrineau, Matt Ryan (who plays the title role) and Charles Halford — described Zed as a character with “an interesting dark past” and called her a perfect foil for the Constantine character. “Zed is intuitive, she can detect bulls***,” he said, and Constantine is a “bulls*** artist.”
The psychic Zed character will serve as a replacement of sorts for the character of Liv Aberdine, played by True Blood actress Lucy Griffiths, who is leaving the show. The network had previously announced that the Zed character, who appears in the Hellblazer and Constantine comics series on which the series is based, would be aded during early episodes of the show.
The producers said that there was no need to reshoot the pilot without Griffiths. In Constantine’s life, Goyer said, “characters drop around him like flies” and having the character leave the show seemed “kind of consistent with the character.”
Goyer called Constantine “one of the great characters of modern literature” but added that the success of the 2005 movie Constantine with Keanu Reeves “didn’t hurt.“ He says when he was given his choice of comic-book characters for a TV franchise, he chose Constantine. “He is the best the …
Comic-Con has announced its film schedule in full. Here are a few events we think you should get in line for. Check back for updates.
Wednesday, July 23
10 PM, Gaslamp Theater
Screening of Warner Bros. Into the Storm
Thursday, July 24
11:30 AM – 1 PM, Hall H
Penguins of Madagascar: Benedict Cumberbatch, John Malkovich, Tom McGrath, directors Simon J. Smith and Eric Darnell
Home: director Tim Johnson
12:30-1:30 PM, Indigo Ballroom, Hilton Bayfront
Goosebumps: Jack Black, director Rob Letterman
Pixels: director Chris Columbus
3-4 PM, Hall H
6-7PM, Indigo Ballroom, Hilton Bayfront
Goonies Never Say Die
A reunion with the cast of the cult Richard Donner ’80s film.
Related: TV Lineup For Comic-Con 2014
Network and studio marketers have been buying up every bit of space they can in San Diego to promote their wares at Comic-Con. TNT has managed to find a pristine place though to promote its new Sean Bean-starring drama series Legends: the airport. The takeover of San Diego International Airport the week of July 21 will include Legends imagery and messaging at baggage claim carousels, escalators and skyway bridges. That will be in addition to traditional promos including Gaslamp Quarter billboards.
Last year’s marketing blitzes around town during Comic-Con included a massive Helix banner from Syfy that wrapped around the Marriott Hotel next to the San Diego Convention Center, and ABC’s Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. signage on train cars.
TNT’s confab lineup this year includes summer hit The Last Ship – that marketing push includes a party aboard the USS Midway at the city’s Navy Pier — and Falling Skies. The former’s panel is July 24 at 1:45 PM in Room 6A of the convention center and the latter’s is the next day at 4:30 PM in Room 6BCF.
The Legends panel Thursday at the convention center includes cast Ali Larter, Morris Chestnut and Tina Majorino with executive producers Howard Gordon and David Wilcox. The session will open with a screening of the first episode of the series ahead of its August 13 premiere.
Fans hoping to catch footage from Star Wars: Episode VII or autographs from its casts will have to wait. Director J.J. Abrams and the Episode VII cast, who are knee-deep in production over at Pinewood Studios in London, will not be heading to San Diego’s Comic-Con this month sources close to the production and at Comic-Con told Deadline. Instead, Star Wars fans at Comic-Con can elbow their way into the Disney XD’s panel for its animated Star Wars Rebels series on Thursday, July 24 from 6-7 PM in Room 6BCF. Executive producers Dave Filoni and Simon Kinberg along with actors Freddie Prinze Jr. (Kanan), Steve Blum (Zeb), Taylor Gray (Ezra), Tiya Sircar (Sabine) and Vanessa Marshall (Hera) will be on hand showing exclusive content.
This is the second no-show for Episode VII since Disney’s D23 last August, when fans were expecting any type of announcement (final cast was announced back in April). Most of the buzz for Episode VII has been mounted online with TMZ posting photos from the Tatooine set in June as well as Abrams’ @bad_robot Twitter feed. Two days ago a photo was tweeted out (see below) of the new IMAX cameras being used to shoot the film … the photo gave a sneak peek of the camera shooting footage over the Tatooine dunes.
— Bad Robot (@bad_robot) July 8, 2014
Daniel Radcliffe is attending Comic-Con for the first time in conjunction with Horns, the Radius-TWC fantasy horror release that he is toplining. Radcliffe will appear alongside Horns director Alexandre Aja and novelist Joe Hill in Hall H from 3-4PM Friday, July 25, to show off the trailer for the film, which follows “Ig” Perrish, a young man who sprouts horns following his girlfriend’s (Juno Temple) murder. Ig’s horns have the power to put people in a trance and trigger them to speak unspeakable thoughts. Horns premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last year. In 2010, eager Harry Potter fans clad in Hogwarts robes waited hours to see him at Comic-Con’s Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows panel, but Radcliffe was a no-show due to postproduction work, later apologizing to the franchise’s devotees. In addition, Salma Hayek will be showing brand-new footage from Radius-TWC’s action-thriller Everly directed by Joe Lynch. Hayek plays a woman who faces down assassins sent by her ex, a mob moss, while being stuck in her apartment.
Jack Black will be taking the stage at the Hilton Bayfront’s Indigo Ballroom on Thursday, July 24 for Columbia Pictures‘ Goosebumps panel. From 12: 30-1:30 PM, Black will be joined by director Rob Letterman, who he worked with on Shark Tale and Gulliver’s Travels, as the two show clips on how they’re bringing the monsters to life in their big screen adaptation of the bestselling kids’ book series. In Goosebumps, Black plays the book’s author R.L. Stine. Pic will open on August 7, 2015. In addition, director Chris Columbus will make a video announcement about his May 15, 2015 release Pixels starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James and Josh Gad. In Pixels, aliens wage war against earth after misinterpreting their ’80s videogames, and it’s up to the President’s (James) best friend, former vidgame champ Sam Brenner (Sandler) and his friends to save the planet. Throughout Comic-Con at the Hard Rock Hotel, there will be a Pixels-theme arcade with classic ’80s titles. There will be a vidgame competition for a Comic-Con attendee to win a walk-on role in Pixels.
Sharknado 2: The Second One will be chomping its way through the San Diego Convention Center as part of Syfy‘s presence at Comic-Con. While the panel on Thursday, July 24 will occur days before its July 30 premiere, there isn’t any announcement about a screening for the cult TV movie, a treat that TCA reporters are getting prior to Comic-Con. Also missing from the Syfy Comic-Con sked, but not from their TCA sked: The TV adaptation of Terry Gilliam’s 1995 time travel film 12 Monkeys. None the less, a slew of Sharknado stars will be present in Room 6BCF from 7:15-8:15 PM including Ian Ziering (Fin Shepard), Tara Reid (April Wexler), Vivica A. Fox (Skye), Kari Wuhrer (Ellen Shepard Brody), Judah Friedlander (Bryan) and director Anthony C. Ferrante.
In the first of what is yet to come in terms of the major studio film announcements, Warner Bros. revealed today its cinema panel lineup at Comic-Con 2014. On Saturday, July 26 at 10 AM, the studio is bringing Peter Jackson and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies to Hall H as well as director George Miller who’ll present a sneak peek at his Mad Max: Fury Road. In addition, there will be a first look at the Wachowskis’ Jupiter Ascending. Attending stars will be announced at a later date. In the meantime, fans can start lining up at the Gas Lamp Theatre for a 10 PM pre-Con fan screening of New Line and Village Roadshow Pictures’ upcoming “cli-fi” thriller Into the Storm on Wednesday, July 23.
However, the big question Comic-Con attendees really wanna know is: Will Disney bring Star Wars: Episode VII in any shape or form to the fanboy confab? Will J.J. Abrams possibly start that August break just a little earlier and bring the gang to San Diego? Disney did not reveal any sneek peeks of the franchise at their D23 convention last summer.
Starz has added its summer series Outlander to Comic-Con‘s Friday, July 25 schedule with a panel at 2:15 PM in room 6A. Executive producer Ronald D. Moore, cast members Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies, Graham McTavish and Lotte Verbeek as well as Outlander author Diana Gabaldon will be on hand to discuss the series with fans.
Outlander follows the epic story of Claire Randall (Balfe), a married combat nurse from 1945, who is time-warped back to 1743 where her life is suddenly threatened. She is forced into marriage with a romantic young Scottish warrior, Jamie Fraser (Heughan), and her heart is torn between two men in two different lives.
Outlander premieres Saturday, August 9 at 9 PM. Series is produced by Tall Ship Productions, Story Mining & Supply Company and Left Bank Pictures in association with Sony Pictures Television.
Comic-Con Update: ‘Penny Dreadful’, ‘American Horror Story’ To Make Debuts, 20th TV & FX Panels Announced
The cast of American Horror Story is finally coming to Comic-Con after three seasons on the air. The FX show has skipped the fanboy confab in previous summers partly due to its production schedule, however, the Coven and Freak Show cast will be heading to San Diego including Emma Roberts, Angela Bassett, Kathy Bates, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, new addition Michael Chiklis and exec producer Tim Minear. The panel, which is scheduled for Saturday, July 26 from 7-8 PM in Room 6DE will provide a look back at Coven as well as exclusive secrets from the set of the upcoming Freak Show.
Also announced today is Showtime’s plan for Penny Dreadful, which wrapped its first season June 27. It will make its Comic-Con debut on Thursday, July 24th with a 6-7 PM panel session in Ballroom 20, combined with signings and merchandise and a tie-in with the confab that will put Showtime and Penny Dreadful branding on more than 150,000 lanyards worn by attendees. Featured panelists include stars Josh Hartnett, Reeve Carney and Harry Treadaway and creator/writer/executive producer John Logan. Aisha Tyler will moderate.
UPDATE, 1:15 PM: Warner Bros Television, as per its Wednesday night Comic-Con tradition in Ballroom 20, will preview the pilots to Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero-Wright’s adaptation of the Vertigo comic iZombie, The Flash, Constantine and a brand-new episode of Teen Titans Go! starting at 6 PM. iZombie, airing midseason on the CW, stars Rose McIver as Olivia “Liv” Moore, a 25-year-old medical resident on the fast track to a perfect life until she is turned into a zombie. With each brain she eats, she inherits the corpse’s memories, making her the perfect person to solve homicides with her medical examiner boss and a police detective. McIver, Thomas, Ruggiero-Wright will be on hand for a panel at 11:30 AM Friday, July 25, with stars Malcolm Goodwin, Robert Buckley and Rahul Kohli. WBTV’s other frosh series coming to San Diego is Adult Swim’s animated Mike Tyson Mysteries, in which the boxer takes the fight from the ring to the streets. Panel is in the Indigo Ballroom, at 2:30 PM Friday, with stars Tyson, Rachel Ramras and Jim Rash and producer Hugh Davidson. In addition, Comic-Con regulars Childrens Hospital, The Big Bang Theory, The 100, The Originals, The Vampire Diaries, Person of Interest, The Following and Supernatural will return with their casts and creators as well as clip/episode presentations.
UPDATED: Have we just seen the last of Parenthood? The critically praised NBC family drama had been expected to get one final season to close its run. I hear that is in jeopardy. The plan had been for a 13-episode final chapter, matching the sendoff of another acclaimed but ratings-challenged NBC series, comedy 30 Rock. However, in order to cut costs, I hear the network, which owns the show, has asked the large cast, which features a number of A-listers, to agree to reduce their guarantee to 9 episodes, meaning each cast member would appear in and paid for 9 of the 13 final episodes. I hear the two sides are at an impasse, with some of the main leads balking at the offer with the clock ticking. There is a deadline on the table and, if an agreement is not reached this afternoon, the series may go away. While never a broad show, Parenthood has received a warm reception for five seasons and is shepherded by Jason Katims, who is very well respected at NBC. The network just renewed his newest series, comedy About A Boy, for a second season.