The surprise ending to Disney’s Hall H panel today at San Diego Comic Con was the debut of an “in production” teaser trailer for Gore Verbinski‘s The Lone Ranger. The film stars Armie Hammer (The Social Network, J. Edgar) as the title character, and Johnny Depp as the classic character Tonto.
We’ve known for some time that the film features several sequences involving trains, and that it is Verbinski’s own take on ideas familiar to Western film fans. While the footage on display today was pretty light on Ranger and Tonto, there was enough on screen to give us a good idea of the film’s energy and ambitions. Read More »
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Peter Jackson shot the two films in his adaptation of The Hobbit on state-of-the-art digital cameras, and in native 3D. But the big technical push with the movies was the frame rate, as Jackson shot with intent to project the movies at a frame rate of 48 frames per second, rather than the film industry standard of 24fps. The upshot to that projection change being that audiences would be able to see far more detail than is typical in a “normal” projection.
When Hobbit footage was first shown at CinemaCon earlier this year, the reaction was strongly biased against the new look, with many (including our Peter Sciretta) commenting that the presentation looked like video, and sometimes “cheap” video, at that. It was likened to watching a film on an LCD television with the 120hz or 240hz mode enabled, which are meant to eliminate motion blur when watching sports and video games.
With Jackson and Warner Bros. planning to show off footage from The Hobbit this Saturday at Comic Con, we’ve wondered if we might get the 48fps presentation. And now we have the answer, as Jackson has decided to project The Hobbit only at 24fps at Comic Con. Read More »
The first full day of the San Diego Comic Con found the giant Hall H occupied by nearly the entire cast of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II, with Twilight author Stephenie Meyer showing up as well. But after the Twilight panel finished up, Meyer came back out to the stage to introduce a few minutes from The Host, which is the Andrew Niccol-scripted and directed adaptation of Meyer’s sci-fi novel of the same name.
The book follows a teen girl named Melanie Stryder, who is initially one of the few humans to escape possession by an alien race. But she is eventually “occupied” by a symbiotic alien named Wanderer, and the story kicks into gear as Melanie and Wanderer fight for dominance within the girl’s mind, as human and alien-controlled factions have their own raging conflict.
A few minutes of footage was unspooled, seemingly from the first and second acts of the movie, and we’ll run down the details below. Read More »
In The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, you will see Kristen Stewart wrestle with a mountain lion. She also jumps waterfalls in a single bound, climbs mountains and hugs Robert Pattinson really hard. At the first Hall H panel of San Diego Comic Con 2012, director Bill Condon (via video) and the cast and crew of the November 16th film screen the first seven minutes of the movie, most of which centers on Bella’s first time acting like a vampire. “It felt so good to break her in,” Stewart said of this films’ newly vamped character character. “See how fast the car goes.”
After the jump, read about the first seven minutes of the film and the rest of the final Twilight movie panel at San Diego Comic-Con. Read More »
Briefly: Disney’s panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2012 just let out and we’ll have reactions to all the films Oz the Great and Powerful, The Lone Ranger, and more a little later this evening. Two pieces of news broke out of the Wreck-It Ralph section though. First up, Firefly fan-favorite actor Alan Tudyk has been announced as the voice of King Candy, likely an important character in the game Sugar Rush. Another in-movie game, Hero’s Duty, is a first person shooter starring Jane Lynch and director Rich Moore announced popular dubstep musician Skrillex will be writing all the music for that part of the game. Bangarang.
We’ll have more on Wreck-It Ralph and all the rest of Disney panel soon.
Posted on Thursday, July 12th, 2012 by Angie Han
No matter how packed the Comic-Con floor gets — and it does seem to get more overwhelming each year — there are always a few displays worth braving the crowds for. One of this year’s highlights is Disney’s The Art of Frankenweenie exhibit, which showcases the creativity and craft that went into making Tim Burton‘s black-and-white stop-motion-animated feature.
An adaptation of Burton’s own short from the ’80s, Frankenweenie centers around young scientist Victor Frankenstein, who figures out a way to bring his beloved dog back from the dead. We got a look at some of the sets and figures used in the film, and even had the chance to speak with producer Don Hahn about what makes the movie so special. Hit the jump for a gallery and quotes.
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On preview night at San Diego Comic-Con you can choose to do one of two things. Either you walk the floor and search for exclusive toys and cool booths, or you pack into Ballroom 20 and watch a bunch of highly anticipated television pilots. Fortunately, we at /Film have Hermione Granger time-turners and were able to do both. After the jump, there’s a video blog featuring Peter, Russ, Angie and myself in which we review the following pilots:
- Revolution – The J.J. Abrams-produced, Jon Favreau-directed show starring Giancarlo Esposito and Billy Butler about a post-apocalyptic world with no electricity.
- Arrow – The DC Comics superhero, Green Arrow, gets his own TV show on The CW with Stephen Amell in the title role.
- 666 Park Ave. – A supernatural New York based thriller with Terry O’Quinn and Vanessa Williams as apartment owners who may or not be Satan.
- Cult – The creators of Farscape and Chuck collaborate on a show about a show where murders have began.
- The Following – Kevin Williamson‘s latest about a mythic serial killer (James Purefoy), the detective who captured him (Kevin Bacon) and the results of his escape.
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Warner Bros premiered 17 new character posters for Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit on the show floor on San Diego Comic Con 2012. The posters were on display at an exhibit in the Warner Bros booth showcasing amazing 3D lenticular posters of most of the characters in this much anticipated adaptation. While we can’t capture the 3D awesomeness of these one sheets in photos, we have included 2D stills of all the posters for you to check out after the jump.
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