José Padilha

When I sat down with director Jose Padilha to talk about his upcoming Robocop reboot at Comic Con, I expected to have a very surface conversation about his first Hollywood blockbuster. But what I got instead with a deep psychological dissection of the characters and story of his film, references to how he was influenced by Stanley Kubrick for a sequence, and interesting details on how they needed to reinvent the Steadicam rig to shoot Point of View sequences from RoboCop’s perspective.   It was also shocking to hear him talk candidly about how he isn’t even involved in the 3D process for this film. All of this and more can be read in my interview with Jose, after the jump.

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Kevin Smith

UPDATE: Smith took to Twitter to let fans know, this film is actually shooting in September! Here’s the tweet, original story follows:

In what’s become a Comic-Con tradition, Kevin Smith took the Hall H at Comic-Con Saturday night and arrived bearing gifts. Gifts in the form of news for his fans.

He said the Weinsteins are currently figuring out a budget for Clerks III, which will dictate when and where they shoot the film. But it’s happening. Smith also recently completed a script called Tusk, which is based on an online ad about a man who rents out a room in his house for free, as long as the person dresses as a walrus for two hours per day. He wants Michael Parks the play the lead, Quentin Tarantino as the victim and envisions the story as “the cuddly version of The Human Centipede.” Read More »

Alfonso Cuaron shooting Children of Men

Most people think Comic-Con is nothing more than a house of madness where people sleep for hours to see 30 seconds of brand new exclusive footage. Granted, that aspect of the Con is a big thing. But there are also moments of quiet genius stuffed in between the big events. One such moment took place during Entertainment Weekly‘s Visionaries panel, which featured directors Alfonso Cuaron, Marc Webb and Edgar Wright talking about their films, new and old.

At one point, Wright asked Cuaron about the infamous moment in his 2006 film Children of Men when blood splattered on the lens during an incredibly complex long take. Cuaron told the story of how it happened, how he tried to stop it, and why it stayed in there. Now you can watch the director explain this piece of modern film history. Read More »

X-Men Hall H header

During the 20th Century Fox panel at Comic-Con 2013, the audience was told something totally unique was going to take place. No, they weren’t talking about the appearance of the cast of X-Men: Days of Future Past. They were talking about a massive, massive photo that would supposedly include every single person in the nearly 7,000 person room.

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When Anthony and Joe Russo were mentioned as possible directors for the Captain America sequel I got excited about the prospect. Perhaps best known for working on TV shows such as Arrested Development and Community, the two also wrote and directed the movie Welcome to Collinwood. That film (a remake of Big Deal on Madonna Street) has some wonderful dialogue, and demonstrates the same ability to create a unique story environment that served them well on Community.

I got the chance to talk to the Russos during Comic Con in San Diego. We spoke a couple hours before the first Cap 2 footage was premiered in Hall H. Had I already seen the elevator fight sequence described here, for example, I might have been able to ask for more specifics. But this conversation will give you a good overview of how they approached Captain America: The Winter Soldier, without going anywhere near spoiler territory. Read More »

Robocop at Comic Con

I’m exhausted. San Diego Comic-Con International 2013 is over, and boy did Saturday in Hall H deliver the goods. If you weren’t in San Diego, unable to make it into Hall H (those lines got insane) or just weren’t around for our coverage over the weekend or late last week — I’ve got you covered. After the jump you’ll find a round up of everything you missed, and most importantly, the ten coolest things to come out of the convention. This is your one-stop shop for everything. Looking for a photo, a recap, a video, a trailer – we have it all. Relive the best of Comic Con from your home.

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X-Force

While at Comic Con, I got a chance to chat with Kick-Ass 2 writer/director Jeff Wadlow about his upcoming announced adaptation of Rob Liefeld‘s comic book series X-Force and the just announced action thriller ‘Go Fast‘ which he is making at Sony. Learn more details on these two projects, after the jump. My full interview with Wadlow (and Mark Millar who drops in at one point in the transcript below) will hit later this week.

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Edgar Wright, Alfanso Cuaron and Marc Webb

One of the more interesting panels that happened at Comic Con during the week wasn’t covered much by the geek blogs as it didn’t present any news or footage — Entertainment Weekly’s Visionaries panel with filmmakers Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim, Shaun of the Dead), Alfonso Cuaron (Children of Men, Gravity) and Marc Webb (Amazing Spider-Man, 500 Days of Summer). During the discussion, an audience member asked about the comments made recently by Steven Spielberg and George Lucas about what they believe to be an upcoming implosion of the film industry due to overblown budgets.

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