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Comic-Con #1: Hollywood’s Big Show-Offs

By | Thursday July 22, 2010 @ 10:36am PDT

Luke Y Thompson is covering the Con For Deadline:

comicon 2010WEDNESDAY PM: If there’s a recession going on, you wouldn’t know it from the looks of Comic-Con. While last year’s exhibit hall featured recycled set-pieces and props we’d seen a time or two too many, this year sees the big show-offs back to spending money again. Massive ads adorn the sides of skyscrapers. Fox, which isn’t promoting much more than an ALIEN Blu-Ray set, has nonetheless created a full-scale replica of the cryo-sleep pods from the first movie. Stan Winston studios has both a full-sized AVATAR armor suit and multiple IRON MAN costumes. Hasbro has the hammer of Thor and the shield of Captain America, promoting those upcoming movies we’ll be getting a look at shortly. Warner Bros has the body of Abin Sur, the alien who gives Green Lantern his power ring in the upcoming film. Not to be outdone by anyone, Marvel has the full-scale golden throne of Odin, Thor’s father. Way to rub it in that most of us are broke, Marvel.

Prices are in that same spirit of entrepreneurial optimism – I didn’t find anything at a must-have price as yet, though the exclusive toys from Hasbro and Mattel still generate large lines. The smaller retailers offer prices that generally would not be considered competitive, per se…let’s see if those hold through Sunday, shall we?

But not ALL toys are overpriced. Remember back in the ’90s when everyone hoarded … Read More »

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Circle Of Confusion & Stephen Hopkins To Develop TV Series Based On Comic ‘Chew’

Nellie Andreeva

comicon 2010EXCLUSIVE: Circle of Confusion, which is working on its first TV series, AMC’s adaptation of Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead, is putting together another TV series project based on a comic book, John Layman and Rob Guillory’s Chew. Stephen Hopkins has come on board to direct and executive produce the project, which is in the process of locking in a writer. Chew tells the darkly comic story of federal agent Tony Chu, a “cibopath” able to get psychic impression from the things he eats who is assigned to the most usual and bizarre crimes. “There are a lot of superhero comic books but there are not chew01_c1many food comic books,” Layman said. “Food turned out to be a very universal theme embraced by readers.” For Layman, who has been writing comic books since 1995, this marks his first original creation and his first success. “It only took 15 years,” he quipped. Layman is celebrating another anniversary this year – he is heading to Comic-Con for the 20th consecutive year, and this time, he will have a table for Chew following the success of the series’ first two volumes. Circle of Confusion’s partners also will be going to Comic-Con, which will feature a panel for Walking Dead on Friday. The company, which represents many comic book writers, also has Powers, a drama project based on the comic by Brian Michael Bendis … Read More »

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Marvel Studios Announces ‘Thor’ And ‘Captain America’ Signings At Comic-Con

comicon 2010Marvel Studios announced the signing schedule for its Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger films at Comic-Con in San Diego. On Saturday July 24th at the Marvel Booth (#2329):

11:15 AM-12:00 PM: Kenneth Branagh
12:30-1:30 PM: Chris Hemsworth & Tom Hiddleston
2:00-3:00 PM: Chris Evans & Hugo Weaving
3:30-4:30 PM: Joe Johnston

Each signing is a ticketed event and requires a specific ticket for that individual signing. Fans should come to the Marvel Booth (#2329) as soon the convention opens to the public on Saturday morning for a chance (no purchase necessary) to receive one of the limited number of signing tickets.

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Comic-Con 2010 Preview; Sunday, July 25


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SUNDAY, JULY 25

THE SLOW-ASS LAST DAY, a.k.a. “FAMILY DAY”

Luke Y Thompson covers Hollywood events at the Con for Deadline:

10:00-11:00 AM: Emily The Strange. So every year, they promise an announcement of a potential movie deal for this goth-chick fave. This year? Maybe. Or not. Room 3

10:00-11:00 AM: Smallville Screening and Q&A. Apparently, this next season is going to be the final one for the Superman prequel series. I did not know that. Which makes this the last official Comic-Con panel. Some of you might find that important. Plus Tom Welling’s coming. Ballroom 20

10:00-11:00 AM: Sideshow Collectibles. Hey Sideshow: I bought your expensive dolls back when they were around $60. Now that most of them are almost twice that, I can’t. And if you keep this up, I will not care. Just so you know, there’s a recession on. Room 32AB

11:45 AM-12:45 PM: Comic-Con Debut: International Hit Merlin. If my girlfriend were coming to Comic-Con, she’d be first in line for this. If I attend the panel, it will primarily be on her behalf, as I can’t quite understand why this show so drastically rewrites Arthurian legend as to make Merlin a kid serving Prince Arthur. But star Colin Morgan will show up, and I know firsthand that that means a lot to some. Room 6BCF

12:00-2:00 PM: Browncoats Fan Group. Obsessive fans of Joss Whedon’s SERENITY/FIREFLY meet at this thing. I’d advice everyone else to stay far, far away. Room 32AB

12:30-1:15 PM: American Dad. Good morning USA! … Read More »

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Comic-Con 2010 Preview: Saturday, July 24


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SATURDAY, JULY 24

THE DAY YOUR FEET GET REALLY SORE

Luke Y Thompson covers Hollywood events at the Con for Deadline:

10:00-11:00 AM: Mad about MAD! I used to love Mad Magazine, but in the years since it started accepting advertising, it has gone way downhill. Apparently there’ll be some sort of new TV venture announced, though not necessarily a spiritual successor to the late MADtv. Magazine vets Sergio Aragones, John Ficarra, and Sam Viviano will be onhand. Room 7AB

10:00-11:00 AM: Twilight Fanfiction Author Fangroup. Why is it that I have a sneaking suspicion most TWILIGHT fan fiction is actually better written than the prose of Stephenie Meyer? Santa Rosa Room, Marriott Hotel and Marina

11:00-11:45 AM: Family Guy. Clips from the upcoming third STAR WARS parody? You know it. Beyond that, we all know this is a love it or hate it show. I used to hate it, but I’m warming up. Ballroom 20

11:45 AM-12:30 PM: The Cleveland Show. Ditto to everything I said above about FAMILY GUY, except for the STAR WARS part. Ballroom 20

11:45 AM-1:15 PM: Warner Bros.: Green Lantern, Sucker Punch, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Aside from the Marvel movie panel, this will be the big deal. Here’s why: GREEN LANTERN is an iconic DC character finally getting his own live-action movie. SUCKER PUNCH is the first original, non-adapted movie from visual stylist Zack Snyder (WATCHMEN/300), and no-one really knows what to expect yet. As for HARRY POTTER, well, people know almost exactly what to expect from that … Read More »

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Comic-Con 2010 Preview: Friday, July 23


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FRIDAY, JULY 23

STAR WARS DAY (This is a meaningless appellation unless and until George Lucas sees fit to say or do anything regarding the proposed live-action TV series.)

Luke Y Thompson covers Hollywood events at the Con for Deadline:

10:15-11:15 AM: Aloha, Earth! Have you heard they’re doing a new HAWAII FIVE-O TV show? Do you care? Well, you might want to attend the panel anyway, as the show’s executive producers are STAR TREK/TRANSFORMERS scribes Orci and Kurtzman, the director of the pilot is UNDERWORLD’s Len Wiseman, and it stars Daniel Dae Kim (LOST) and Grace Park (BATTLESTAR GALACTICA). Sure, they’ll try to steer the discussion toward this new show rather than talk about what you actually want them to talk about, but it’s a chance to see ‘em all at once anyway. Room 6BCF

11:00 AM-12:00 PM: Star Wars Day: Hasbro Panel. If you’re at Comic-Con, chances are you’ve owned STAR WARS toys at some point. Wanna see some new ones? This is the place. Room 7AB

11:00 AM-1:00 PM: Comic-Con How-To Session: Costuming with Sabrina Belly Dancer. From the official schedule: “Sabrina will show how to create a costume bra top for hall costumes or a masquerade performance.” In saying that, it has practically guaranteed that all the creepy raincoat dudes will come out of the woodwork for this one. Room 18

11:00 AM-12:00 PM: Mattel and DC Comics: A Heroic Partnership. Fans of action-figure collecting love Mattel’s DC superhero toys, and hate how hard … Read More »

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Comic-Con 2010 Preview: Thursday, July 22


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THURSDAY, JULY 22

The Real Start Day Of The Con

Luke Y Thompson covers Hollywood events at the Con for Deadline:

10:00-11:00 AM: DreamWorks Animation: Megamind. I can’t say the posters for this new 3-D animated movie starring Will Ferrell were particularly appealing. A hybrid Smurf-Martian thing with a goatee, and, one imagines, Ferrell doing the same voice he always does? Not super-exciting. But the recently released trailer made things look up a bit – Ferrell’s character is the last son of a dying planet like Krypton, who learns in short order that a far more Superman-like character (Brad Pitt) has a similar story, and made it to Earth first. Ferrell, Tina Fey, and Jonah Hill will be in attendance, and there are rumors Pitt may even make a surprise appearance, but don’t hold us to that. Hall H

10:30-11:30 AM: Danny Elfman. Everybody loves Danny Elfman. Right? Even if you think that faux-lullabye-over-brooding thing he does has gotten stale, I guarantee that you love at least one soundtrack he’s done, whether it be the TALES FROM THE CRYPT intro, 1989 BATMAN theme, those infernal NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS songs, or my personal fave, the PE-WEE’S BIG ADVENTURE music. It’s been 25 years since that movie teamed him with Tim Burton for the first time, so instead of sending him an anniversary card, you can just show up here and listen to him speak. Room 6BCF

10:30-11:30 AM: TheOneRing.net Talks The Hobbit movies. Considering there isn’t … Read More »

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Comic-Con 2010 Preview: July 21-25


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WEDNESDAY, JULY 21

PREVIEW NIGHT

Luke Y Thompson covers Hollywood events at the Con for Deadline:

To cover Comic-Con comprehensively would take more people than most any media outlet can actually spare; to cover most of the major happenings is nearly doable with a whole lot of preparation, and even more stamina. I can’t help you with the stamina (though in all seriousness, if you attend a gym, crank up the cardio in the days prior), but I can and will go through the schedule as it is unveiled, and highlight what I think are the panels most likely to be talked about, one way or another. In some instances, I have strong enthusiasms; please note that opinions expressed in Comic-Con pieces by me are 100% LYT, and do not necessarily represent those of anyone else on Deadline.com… or in the known universe, for that matter. My biases, as usual, tend toward movie-based panels, and my coverage, as it has in the past two years, will mostly reflect this.

Comic-Con has added a whole new wrinkle here by announcing that not all four-day passes will permit access to Preview Night. This guarantees a whole lot of hurt feelings, courtesy of fans who won’t look at their badges closely enough, and the usually clueless Comic-Con security, who tend not to be especially helpful. If you do get in, this is the time to buy exclusive toys and snap up any … Read More »

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