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2011 Comic-Con: Sony-Aardman Animation

Before this panel starts, we’re told to put on our 3-D glasses for a Real-D presentation. It’s the same one as last year, with a robot dog chasing a robot ball. Yeeha. Next, out comes Morgan Spurlock, to give us a tease of his newest documentary COMIC-CON EPISODE IV: A FAN’S HOPE. Says the idea came to him after he met Stan Lee at Comic-Con one year, gushed about how he was such a fan, and Stan gushed back ,saying they should do a documentary together about Comic Con. From there, Joss Whedon and Harry Knowles got involved.

We see a clip. It begins with Eli Roth talking about his first time taking a leak between a Klingon and a Stormtrooper. Snippets of Seth Rogen, Kevin Smith (talking about how now there are chicks at Comic-Con), Joss Whedon, Seth Green saying he actually met his wife at Comic-Con, Guillermo del Toro describing the Con as a Russian doll, with mini-cons inside the con, shots of the masquerade ball, artists alley, portfolio review… intertitles throughout tout everyone’s biggest credentials: ”From the producer of THE DARK KNIGHT…the director of THE AVENGERS… the mind behind aint it cool news…” Ends with Kevin Smith talking about how he wishes he could go back and tell his 11 year-old self that one day he’ll come to Comic-Con every year and be greeted by Stan Lee. Imagines 11 year-old will be upset by how fat he’s gotten. (Again, how is Kev this self-deprecating on one hand, yet a righteous … Read More »

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Hugh Grant Takes On Animated Role In Aardman’s ‘The Pirates! Band Of Misfits’

Mike Fleming

Sony Pictures Animation and Aardman Animations announced they’ve set Hugh Grant, Martin Freeman, David Tennant, Imelda Staunton, Jeremy Piven, Salma Hayek, Brian Blessed, Brendan Gleeson, Russell Tovey and Ashley Jenson to provide the voices in The Pirates! Band of Misfits, a stop-motion 3D animated pic that will be released March 30, 2012. Aardman’s Peter Lord is directing a script by Gideon Dafoe.

Grant’s character? A bearded pirate captain who is vying for the Pirate of the Year Award. When I got a missive about a Hugh Grant film, I got a little excited. Because he doesn’t work much and his last few films have been underwhelming Hollywood comedies like Did You Hear About the Morgans and Music and Lyrics. This is the guy who owns the British romantic comedy, from Four Weddings and a Funeral to Love Actually (his British prime minister character wears well even if you’ve seen the film 50 times), Notting Hill, About A Boy and those Bridget Jones films. So, great to see Grant working and who wouldn’t want to be a cartoon pirate? But can somebody please lock Grant and Richard Curtis in a room and not let them out until they’ve come up with something in the way of a live action British comedy?

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