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This week on Operation Kino, we're reviewing the most anticipated movie of the summer, The Dark Knight Rises. From there we move on to a recap of this year's San Diego Comic Con, filling David in on what he missed by not attending, and going over the stuff we liked despite being exhausted from being marketed to for four days straight
It didn't make the most noise at Comic Con or have the most star-studded panel, but Disney's animated film Wreck-It Ralph had one of the best receptions of any film at Comic Con this year, with the audience laughing constantly at clips from the adventure about the villain of an 8-bit video game
I was lucky enough to get a little bit more up close and personal with Shane Black, the writer and director of Iron Man 3, and Kevin Feige, the Marvel Studios co-chair who pretty much holds the entire Marvel cinematic universe in his hands
If youíve been reading a lot of Cinema Blend recently, you may have noticed two common occurring words in our headlines: Comic Con. From last Wednesday to yesterday six members of our staff Ė Katey Rich, Kelly West, Eric Eisenberg, Sean OíConnell, Jesse Carp and Dave Gonzales Ė ran around the San Diego Convention Center and adjacent hotels working to bring you absolutely every little bit of information we find about upcoming movies and television shows.
I'm not especially proud about being part of that swarm, but at least I did manage to be well-positioned to capture one great thing-- a surprise appearance from Zach Galifianakis, who was doing press alongside Will Ferrell for their comedy The Campaign
Before del Toro stepped in front of the adoring Comic Con crowd, though, I caught up with him briefly to talk about Pacific Rim, particularly the parts of the story that are deeper than giant monsters vs. robots, and how he managed to incorporate a lot of practical effects into a movie about creatures that are the size of skyscrapers
Just as Robert Downey Jr. makes every movie he's in better, he also improves photo ops, and as you can see below the gathering of the baby Iron Men got a whole lot more exciting when the man himself took the stage to join the kids
Guillermo del Toro and the cast of Pacific Rim dazzled the crowd at Comic Con on Saturday, showing off footage from the upcoming sci-fi film that will be the movie's only marketing effort until Christmas. Yeah, if you weren't there, you totally missed it-- but that doesn't mean you've totally missed the boat!
Well, folks, that's a wrap. The doors of the San Diego Convention Center have closed as yet another year of Comic Con has ended. We laughed, we cried, we waited on really long lines, but it was all for a good cause: covering the hell out of the event so all of you readers could feel like you were right there with us. The entire Cinema Blend team has returned to their respective parts of the world, but we're not quite done with Comic Con just yet.
Who in their right mind isnít excited for Guillermo del Toroís Pacific Rim? In addition to being the new project from one of the most brilliant, exciting filmmakers in the world, it happens to be a movie about giant robots that do battle with giant monsters. And today I got the chance to see exactly what that looks like.
Some truly massive blockbusters were featured in San Diego Comic Conís Hall H this afternoon. Starting off with a panel in the morning featuring Quentin Tarantinoís Django Unchained, the rest of the afternoon was filled with titles like Guillermo del Toroís Pacific Rim, Zack Snyderís Man of Steel and Shane Blackís Iron Man 3.
I decided that I would find and take pictures of all Spider-Men that I could find, which joyusly lead me to a bunch of kids who were at Comic Con because they are fans of Spider-Man. Yes. I was happy
Earlier this afternoon, Zack Snyder and Henry Cavill, the director and star of the upcoming Superman movie Man of Steel made a very special appearance at San Diego Comic Con. In addition to participating in a panel in the famed Hall H, where they answered a bunch of fan questions about the new movie, they also showed the first ever footage from the film. And now Iíve recapped every second of it for you below.
As you probably heard, Marvel finally confirmed tonight that they're in active development on Guardians of the Galaxy, a movie about the team of galactic superheroes who protect the universe from evil in the 31st century
Marvelís Hall H panel was frontloaded with news, from official titles for Thor and Captain America sequels to test footage to Edgar Wrightís Ant Man. (Which hasnít been confirmed, but who shoots test footage for a movie they arenít going to do?) Before the audience was able to catch its breath, the panel transitioned into the reason most people camped out outside the San Diego Convention Center for days to get in.
Marvel Studios is proving why they are the top dog when it comes to Hall H presentations (and why Robert Downey Jr. is the undisputed King of Comic-Con). Downey took to the stage to present Iron Man 3 footage, which Eric will recap in great detail in his live blog (it looked amazing), there was one huge news: Sir Ben Kingsley is playing The Mandarin.
There's tons of news coming out of Marvel's Comic Con panel as we speak, and we'll be bringing it all to you as it comes to us, but here are two small ones to start things off. The studio has announced official titles for two of their upcoming sequels! Coming November 8 next year will be Thor: The Dark World, and then April 4 of 2014 we'll be getting Captain America: The Winter Soldier
And though Marvel didn't announce Ant-Man as one of the four titles they have in active development, they did finally confirm many fan hopes. Not only did they confirm Wright's test footage, they showed it to the crowd, and had Wright himself up on stage to introduce it
The evidence seemed pretty solid, especially since Marvel had confirmed they were planning a secret new project, and now we've learned that it's for real: Marvel indeed announced in Hall H today that they're planning an animated Guardians of the Galaxy movie, and they've set an official August 1, 2014 release date for it
Two years ago Marvel Studios absolutely blew the doors off of Hall H at San Diego Comic Con 2010. In addition to showing off the first footage from both Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger (despite the fact that the latter was only a week into production), The Avengers were assembled for the first time ever and it was announced that Jeremy Renner would play Hawkeye and that Joss Whedon would write and direct...
Everyone will be able to get a close look at the movie for themselves when the Man of Steel teaser runs in front of The Dark Knight Rises next week, but in the meanwhile, the movie's Comic Con poster has gone online, and yes, it's got plenty of that dark tone to go around too. Take a look below
Itís been nearly a decade since Peter Jackson took us back to the world of Middle Earth, but that streak ends this December. Adapting the first novel written by J.R.R. Tolkein, the legendary New Zealand director will be taking us on an unexpected journey as Bilbo Baggins, played by Martin Freeman, and a gang of dwarfs head to the Lonely Mountain to reclaim a long lost treasure from a dragon named Smaug.
To be honest, it would have been more surprising if they didn't pair the Superman movie trailer with Batman-- after all, they're not just from the same DC Comics universe, but Christopher Nolan is serving as a producer on Man of Steel, and Warner Bros. is clearly trying to position Superman as their new marquee hero
2011 was the year of Green Lantern, 2012 is the year of The Dark Knight Rises, and 2013 will be the year of Man of Steel. Superman has been absent from cinemas since 2006ís Superman Returns and fans have been yearning to see the original superhero back on the big screen. Next year director Zack Snyder will be taking us back the city of Metropolis...
It's kind of funny to pair up Andy Serkis and Martin Freeman for interviews about The Hobbit. They're both stars of the movie, of course, with Serkis returning to his role as Gollum and Freeman stepping in as Bilbo Baggins, and have plenty to say about their return to Middle Earth