What if Batman was a former CIA operative who had the ability to predict crimes before they happened, and had no qualms about kneecapping baddies? That’s the basic premise of Person of Interest, the new Jonathan Nolan and J.J. Abrams written/produced CBS series that will be hitting this fall.
After getting an early glimpse of the pilot last night at Comic-Con, I’m pleased to say that the show more than lives up to our lofty expectations.
Jim Caviezel stars as said former CIA operative, John Reese. At the beginning of the pilot, he’s wracked with guilt and is trying to drink himself to death after losing the woman he loves. After an encounter with thugs in the subway (while sporting what I like to call the “bum Jesus look”), Reese is eventually recruited by an eccentric billionaire, Dr. Finch (Lost’s Michael Emerson), who has developed computer software that can predict crimes before they happen. Taraji P. Henson is also in the fold as a police officer who seems keen on Reese’s background, and will likely serve as as the Commissioner Gordon role to Reese’s Batman. Read More »
Lost alum Damon Lindelof hit the stage at Comic-Con today to chat about Prometheus, Ridley Scott’s upcoming science fiction film (which is also co-written by Lindelof). Star Charlize Theron joined Lindelof on stage, and there was also a (not so) surprising appearance by Scott and co-star Noomi Rapace piped in from Iceland, where the film is being shot. Read More »
Welcome to another J.J. Abrams-produced mystery island show. Alcatraz was one of several new TV series premiered at San Diego Comic-Con Wednesday night, and it was by far the standout.
The series centers around a mysterious event in 1963 that made 302 Alcatraz prisoners and guards vanish without any explanation. For some reason we don’t yet know, a prisoner named Jack Sylvane (Jeffrey Pierce) appears in present day Alcatraz and makes his way to San Francisco to seek payback from those who’ve done him wrong. It’s up to a spunky young police officer (Sarah Jones), assisted by a geeky Alcatraz expert (Jorge Garcia), to stop Sylvane, all the while dealing with a mysterious federal agent (Sam Neill) who clearly knows more about the Alcatraz disappearances than he lets on. Read More »
Comic-Con 2010 is over, and I’m still reeling from the experience. Just like last year, the entire event was a whirlwind with insane crowds, a healthy dose of line waiting, and some unexpected bits of awesome. By the time it was over, I was more than ready to go home. But I know for a fact that in a week or two I’ll be screaming “We have to go back!” — while disheveled and inexplicably bearded.
At some point this week, the entire /Film crew will record their overall thoughts of the event on a special episode of the /Filmcast. But for now, here are my personal picks for the best and worst of Comic-Con 2010. (Fair warning: I didn’t include some major panels [see: Marvel stuff] that failed to get me excited. If you liked those panels, and others I didn’t mention let us know in the comments.)
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It’s hard to walk five feet in San Diego during Comic-Con without stumbling into some sort of viral marketing campaign. Half the time, it’s impossible to tell what some viral campaigns are even advertising at first glance. That was the case with the Rocket Poppeteers truck, which was handing out Super Speedflier Fleet popsicles.
Despite seeing the truck all over San Diego during the convention, it was some time before I learned it was actually a viral campaign for the upcoming Steven Spielberg-produced and JJ Abrams-directed Super 8. After the break, find some photos and other information about the viral.
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Unfortunately, I missed the Dexter Comic-Con panel this weekend, but thankfully Showtime has just put the season five trailer it revealed at the convention online for everyone to see. Now after seeing it, I wish I had carved out the time to make the panel, because it’s a helluva trailer.
After the break, find the trailer as well as my general impressions. And of course, spoilers for the end of Dexter season four abound.
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Warning, rumor ahead: The Playlist is reporting that Fox has narrowed down the director of Wolverine 2 to Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Let Me In) and Tony Scott (Man on Fire, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3), according to a reliable source.
In March, we reported that Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects, Valkyrie) turned in a script for the film, and that it’s tentatively scheduled to shoot in January 2011. Rumors say that production date may be pushed back, writes the Playlist. If Scott takes the film, it won’t shoot until some time later in 2011 given his commitment to Postdamer Plaz in January. If the studio wants to make the January 2011 schedule, Matt Reeves becomes a much stronger possibility.
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We’ve been waiting for some time to see footage from Paul, director Greg Mottola’s follow-up to Adventureland, and given what we’ve seen today at San Diego’s Comic-Con, the wait was certainly worth it. Mottola, along with much of the cast –including Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Seth Rogen, Sigourney Weaver, Jeffrey Tambor, and Jason Bateman — hit the stage to chat about the film, and give us our first glimpse at the footage. It’s also the first good look we’ve gotten at the titular alien, voiced by Rogen.
The footage starts out with Frost and Pegg’s British nerds at Comic-Con, and it was definitely surreal to see a recreation of an event we’re currently attending. Mottola said that they couldn’t film at the real event, but it looks to be a loving recreation — complete with costumed fans and insane crowds.
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Earlier today, I was floored by the footage of Frank Darabont’s television adaptation of the Walking Dead. Unfortunately, I wish the same could be said of what I’ve seen of the Steven Spielberg-produced Falling Skies for TNT. The show — created by Robert Rodat (screenwriter for Saving Private Ryan, and The Patriot) — stars TNT-regular Noah Wyle (ER, The Librarian) and sci-fi regular Moon Bloodgood (Journeyman, Terminator Salvation) as everyday people whose lives are overturned when aliens invade and wipe out 80 percent of humanity. Oh yah, and they fried the electrical grid as well. Fuckers.
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Today we finally got our first glimpse at Frank Darabont’s small screen adaptation of The Walking Dead at San Diego’s Comic-Con, and it’s pretty much exactly what you’d expect when you think Darabont-meets-zombies. Creator of the graphic novel Robert Kirkman hit the stage with Darabont, some key cast members — including leads Andrew Lincoln and Emma Bell — and producer Gale Anne Hurd (Terminator, Aliens) to chat about the six-episode series, and present the footage.
After the break, some thoughts on the footage, highlights on the panel, and news on how Battlestar Galactica composer Bear McCreary will be involved with the series.
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