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The /Film crew is gearing up for San Diego Comic Con 2014, which officially begins Thursday morning (but has a show floor preview night on Wednesday). Traveling to San Diego will be Russ Fischer, Germain Lussier, Angie Han, Christopher Stipp and myself – Peter Sciretta.

Coverage: We’ll be covering all the interesting movie and tv events at the convention, so stay tuned to /Film for extensive coverage. Here is a list of things we plan on covering and what to watch out for:

Note that the dates listed are for the presentations or screenings, we may be posting coverage for some of these the next morning. Also its Comic Con so there is likely to be a bunch of announced surprises, so keep checking /Film from Wednesday to Sunday to find out what happens.

Meet-Up: We unfortunately don’t time to do a meet-up at this year’s con, but catch for updates on our twitter feeds (mine is @slashfilm). If you see us running around San Diego, come up and say hello!

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Star Wars Rebels tv movie

Disney Channel and LucasFilm premiered the Star Wars Rebels one hour television movie debut in San Diego on Thursday night of Comic Con 2014. Germain Lussier and I were in attendance at the exclusive screening at the Gaslamp Reading Cinemas. After the jump you can watch a spoiler-free video blog reaction we recorded shortly after the premiere of the Star Wars Rebels tv movie. I have also included some brief thoughts in print as well as three new clips including a new Star Wars Rebels trailer.

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Hannibal Season 2 gag reel

The world of Hannibal is a deadly serious one, full of intelligent psychopaths able to realize their  ”designs” with terrifying precision. But as the Hannibal Season 2 gag reel shows, the set of Hannibal looks much more lighthearted.

After the jump, watch Mads Mikkelsen, Hugh Dancy, and the rest of the cast screw up during takes and screw around between them.

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Penguins of Madagascar footage

It only took “three movies, ten video games, and 80 television episodes” by one director’s count, but the scene-stealing penguins from Madagascar are finally getting their own movie this fall. And based on what we saw at DreamWorks Animation’s Penguins of Madagascar Comic-Con panel on Thursday, they certainly deserve it.

Directors Eric Darnell and Simon J. Smith and star/producer Tom McGrath were on hand to present twenty minutes of never-before-seen footage from the animated adventure, while stars John Malkovich and Benedict Cumberbatch helped crank up the excitement just by being their charming selves. Hit the jump to get the panel highlights including recaps of the footage.

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Harry Potter and the Escape From Gringotts Bank concept art

Today in Theme Park Bits, we look at the following:

  • First look at a model of Universal Studios Hollywood’s Hogwarts Castle
  • Disneyland will soon open Adventure Trading Company
  • A Night Vision Video of Harry Potter Escape From Gringotts

Read about all of these things after the jump.

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live action spongebob squarepants movie The SpongeBob Movie Sponge Out of Water poster
During the Paramount Pictures panel at Comic Con, Tom Kenny, the voice of Spongebob Squarepants, shared the first look at the new film SpongeBob: Sponge Out of Water. I haven’t really been paying attention because I’ve never really been interested in SpongeBob, but apparently the new movie is live action Spongebob Squarepants movie. And by that I mean as live-action as a Smurfs or Alvin and the Chipmunks films (live action location and human characters with computer animated CG Spongebob and friends).

Apparently Spongebob and friends escape the pineapple under the sea and their animated sea city of Bikini Bottom and enter the human world.  The movie starts in the usual animated world but the characters “transform to computer graphic superheroes to fight off a menace endangering beloved Bikini Bottom.”

The footage that was premiered in Hall H can only be described as weird. I’m not sure anyone was into it, but almost everyone was left with a look on their face which could be read only as “what the hell was that”. Wanna see what a live-action/CG animated hybrid spongebob squarepants movie looks like? Hit the jump to see the first SpongeBob: Sponge Out of Water photo.

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Halo Nightfall trailer

Here’s the first Halo: Nightfall trailer. The digital series is produced by Ridley Scott, and his Scott Free Productions and Microsoft’s 343 Industries. It stars Mike Colter (The Good Wife) in a story that acts as a bridge between Halo 4 and Halo 5: Guardians. (Colter’s character Jameson Locke will play a big role in the forthcoming game.)

Even if you weren’t told that Ridley Scott had some influence as a producer here, you might be able to guess. There are a lot of very Prometheus-inspired visuals in this trailer, and some of that film’s Iceland locations seem to have been used here, too. You’ll see what we mean when you watch the trailer below. Read More »

Constantine pilot review

John Constantine is a tough character to put on screen, and the Constantine pilot constantly struggles with finding its take on the character. Matt Ryan plays the Brit magician, whose business card bills him as a “master of the dark arts,” in a way that demonstrates a clear idea of the character as a damaged but still cocky guy. That’s well and good, and a pretty direct import of the character as often seen in comics.

But the show around Ryan isn’t always so sure of itself. In fact, this pilot is frequently a bit of a mess, and even verges into incoherence. There are some logistical reasons for that latter point, but that doesn’t change the fact that multiple points of this pilot are muddled and unclear. Anyone looking for a more faithful version of the character than seen in the 2005 film will have to wait for the show to really find itself, and I’m not certain new viewers will fare much better. Read More »

Frozen

Update from Editor Peter Sciretta: The first photo of Georgina Haig as Elsa the snow queen from Disney’s Frozen in ABC’s Once Upon A Time has been released at Comic Con. Hit the jump to see it now.

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