The Most Anticipated Movie of the Next Year

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What is the most anticipated movie scheduled for release in the next year?

The Dark Knight… nope.

Iron Man? Nah uh.

I Am Legend? Will Smith wishes.

The answer to the question and more after the jump.
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New Beowulf Movie Trailer

Beowulf Trailer 2

I just got home from a screening of Transformers in IMAX (more on that later), where they premiered another new trailer for Robert Zemeckis’ Beowulf. Aside from the 3D coolness, I really have no interest in seeing this flick. The animation or motion capture looks as the story, which I’m sad to say was a collaboration between Comic book legend Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary (Rules of Attraction, Killing Zoe, Pulp Fiction). I expect way better from everyone involved, including Zemeckis. And I’m still not sure I understand why you would go through all the trouble of motion capture to make the animated character look exactly like a zombie version of the original actor/actress. Just seems like an extreme waste of time to me. You can check out the new trailer after the jump.

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R-Rated Comic-Con Beowulf Movie Trailer


The exclusive R-Rated Beowulf trailer from Comic-Con 2007 has finally been released online. Yes, you get to see a digital motion/performance captured Angelina Jolie naked (kinda, she has some sort of mud on all the important spots). People are calling this the “Restricted” or “R-Rated” teaser trailer, but the film is to be rated PG-13, so I’m not quite sure how the trailer could have a more restrictive rating. But heck, “PG-13 Comic-Con Trailer” doesn’t sound as appealing, does it? You should also know going in, that much of this trailer was cut for the 3D experience. There are parts where blood is coming off the screen at the audience. So in 2D, the same trailer is not quite as impressive.

I’m still not sure about this film. I enjoy the 3D experience at the movie theater, and will see the film just for that alone. But I found the story lacking the audience empathy that is required to make this kind of journey. And I’m still not sure I understand the point of motion capture if you’re just going to make the actor or actress look like themselves.  Check out the uncensored comic-con teaser trailer after the jump.

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Note: This article was posted live from Comic Con during the panel. So please excuse us if we dont go into many details on some stories. I’m typing as fast and accurately as we can. :)

6,500 people have packed the big exhibition hall (which looks like a very large warehouse or airport hanger) for the Paramount panel. Before the panel we got the usual lecture about not video taping the video and photo presentations. Apparently last year a few things turned up on YouTube. Te program director warns us that if this keeps happening that the studio will stop bringing the great footage to the con.

They announced this year that the questions will be screened ahead of time. And if someone starts asking a question that is not the question that was screened, they will press the kill switch and the person will be removed. I’m wondering if this is just to protect the panelists from inappropriate and rude questions or if it also is to protect the content (ie don’t allow anyone to ask any questions about _____)
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Comic-Con Preview: 20 Minutes of Beowulf 3D


Last night a movie theater full of film press packed a big digital theater in downtown San Diego to watch 20 minutes of Robert Zemeckis’ Beowulf. Screenwriters Roger Avary and Neil Gaiman were on hand to field questions following the screening. The screening started late because the theater was at the end of a multi-level labyrinth they call an outdoor mall. Security was tight – we weren’t allowed to take in our camera, iPhone, or even digital audio recording device. We are the first public audience to see any of the footage so it seems reasonable enough. Although I’m not sure what someone would do with blurry handheld footage of the double processed 3D footage. I assume such footage would be totally unwatchable.

They began the screening with the movie trailer which is now online. Gaiman, in a Superman’s Dead t-shirt, told the crowd to put on their “magic beowulf glasses.” Te lights went out and the trailer played in digital 3d. I won’t focus long on the trailer since it’s now public, but I will say that it was definitely much better in 3D. At one point the blood sprays off the screen at the audience, which is a cool effect.
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Beowulf Movie Trailer


I just got back to our hotel from the big Beowulf footage premiere and party at Comic-Con 2007. One of the many things they showed us was this movie trailer, but in digital 3D. I’m interested in hearing what you guys think of this one because on the computer screen it looks a little flat to me. The trailer is definitely a lot cooler when it has three dimensions. I’ll have a full report of the evening’s events later, but for now you can watch the trailer for yourself after the jump.
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Welcome to Comic-Con 2007

Iron Man BannersI just arrived in San Diego this morning, and boy is this place beautiful. The airport was packed with comic book geeks. You couldn’t look in any one direction without seeing at-least one Star Wars, Grindhouse or a Sin City t-shirt. The city is prepared to be taken over by convention attendees.

When Comic Con began in 1970, 300 attendees gathered the basement of the US Grant Hotel in downtown San Diego. Last year the event was attended by over 123,000 people. This is the first year in history that tickets for Saturday sold out in advance, which probably means that this years attendance will break a new record.

Comic-Con/Iron Man banners hang from the many light posts around the city. A bus with an advertisement for the upcoming Spaceballs animated television series is parked outside of the massive San Diego Convention Center. Later tonight, the 460,000 square feet of exhibit space will be open to press and 4-day attendees for a special preview night. We’ll be there with our Canon Digital Camera to capture photos from the show floor.

Later tonight I will be attending a special digital 3D screening of footage from Robert Zemeckis’ Beowulf with screenwriters Neil Gaiman and Roger Avery in attendance. Look forward to our report late tonight/early tomorrow morning.

First Look: Robert Zemeckis’ Beowulf


BeowulfThe Los Angeles Times has a first look at Robert Zemeckis’ Beowulf. The article includes two brand spanking new images (seen above and to the right). Here is an interesting clipping from the newspaper’s feature:

His knack for a good scrap is on show in one of the film’s pivotal fight scenes when Beowulf battles Grendel in the nude, mano a beast-o. (“Bob asked if he had to be nude, but we said, ‘It’s in the poem,’ ” Gaiman explained.) So in a crafty bit of staging to allow a PG-13 rating, Beowulf’s naughty bits are obfuscated by random objects in the foreground. It’s more subtle and subdued, but shadows, swords, mead flagons and shoulders block all in a sequence not unlike the prankish cloaking device used in “Austin Powers” films.

The article does say that there has been some talk about releasing an unrated version with more violence, blood, swearing and nudity (presumably on DVD). The movie was “performed” in 30 days of “principal mocapography” at Culver Studios on a 30-by-30-foot stage using motion capture which was recorded by dozens of digital cameras back in December 2005. Read the whole article at We’ll see the 3D footage tonight and report back.

Paramount Pictures Comic-Con Details Revealed

Paramount Pictures

Paramount Pictures has announced a detailed scheduling for the planned Thursday, July 26th 1:30pm Comic-Con panel. Here is the rundown thanks to ROS:

  • Transformers – taped message from Michael Bay
  • Hot Rod – Akiva Schaffer, Andy Samberg and Jorma Taccone present
  • Stardust – Neil Gaiman present
  • Beowulf – Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary present
  • Sweeney Todd – mini poster reveal
  • Spiderwick Chronicles – Mark Waters, Holly Black, Phil Tippet and Tony Tetzelli present. Page to screen presentation.
  • Drillbit Taylor – taped message from Judd Apatow intro of new trailer
  • Iron Man – taped greeting and throw to Marvel panel on Saturday
  • Indiana Jones 4 – satellite from set
  • Star Trek 11 – JJ Abrams, Damon Lindeloff, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman

Looks like there will be some fun stuff is in store for those in attendance. I’m most looking forward to the Drillbit Taylor trailer, Indiana Jones 4 satallite segment, and the Star Trek presentation. I’m sure JJ will be forced to field a bunch of questions regarding Cloverfield, even though it’s not on the schedule. And before you ask, Paramount and Universal have set up a Saturday panel to focus on Iron Man and Incredible Hulk.


One of the stories we missed on Friday was that Robert Zemeckis’ Beowulf will also be released in IMAX 3D simultaneously with the film’s domestic release in conventional theatres on November 16, 2007. Beowulf will be digitally converted and re-mastered in IMAX 3D using the same technology that was used for Superman Returns and Harry Potter. Considering that much of the film was produced using performance (ie motion) capture, I would assume that most of the elements are already available on the production computers in three dimensions. (banner photo via FilmFocus)