Last night I wrote an editorial titled Will Twilight Ruin Comic-Con, which basically shed light on a potential situation which would cause thousands of convention-goers to miss out on the most anticipated panels of Comic-Con 2009. Last year Twilighters began lining up at 3-4pm the previous day for the next day’s panels in Hall H. This caused thousands of convention attendees to miss out on the 20th Century Fox panel which preceded the Summit presentation. It also resulted in a lot of the people who showed up reasonably early (or some people who have never attended comic-con might consider unreasonably early), a few hours, to be stuck in seats at the back of the hall. Either way, I argued that the potential disaster could be prevented by holding the New Moon panel first, or by clearing the room before the New Moon panel to let in the Twilight line. Both seemed like reasonable solutions.
It appears that Comic-Con has listened to some of the worried conventioneers on Twitter and the blogs and has responded to the situation (kinda). They have moved the James Cameron‘s Avatar panel to 3:00pm, and moved the Summit (aka New Moon) panel to 1:45pm. This will definitely allow more people to see the highly anticipated Avatar panel, as it is expected that most Twilighters will leave Hall H at the conclusion of the Summit panel (as occurred last year). Unfortunately, the Disney 3D panel still opens the con at 11am, which means many will likely be shut out of seeing Tron 2 and Alice in Wonderland as the Twilighters will be camped out early to hold their seats for the New Moon presentation.
The good news is that Comic-Con doesn’t seem to be set in stone. Schedule changes are being made, and hopefully things will continue to get better. I will be making another post with a complete listing of schedule changes, look out for that shortly.
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Update: Comic-Con has partly responded to fan concerns by moving the Avatar panel until after the Twilight presentation. Unfortunately, the Disney 3D panel (Tron 2, Burton’s Wonderland) remain before the Summit panel.
I’m not a Twilight hater. We wrote about the first film a few times, and received a ton of extra traffic as a result. But I learned quickly that it just wasn’t my cup of tea. Not only that, but it isn’t something most /Film readers are interested in. That’s why we generally don’t cover the Twilight films (aside from some trailers or page 2 items). Unlike others, I don’t feel threatened by the books, films, or insane fandom. Why should I? Twilighters can do their own thing, and it really doesn’t affect me at all… except for when it does. And the one time it might is at a place called Comic-Con.
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A St. Louis beauty salon owner found the screenplay for the Twilight sequel New Moon in the trash (I know what you’re thinking… but the joke is just wayyyy TOO EASY). Casey Ray discovered two screenplays, one for New Moon and the other for a movie titled Memoirs. She considered selling the screenplays to the tabloids but eventually decided to return the screenplays to the movie studio. As a reward, Summit Entertainment has invited her to the premieres of the two movies.
New Moon is shooting in Vancouver and Memoirs aka Remember Me is set to shoot in New York. So how did two screenplays end up in an open trash container outside a hotel in St. Louis? Well it turns out that another film is in town shooting, and the actors of that film are staying at the hotel. The film in question: Jason Reitman’s Up In The Air, which stars George Clooney and Anna Kendrick. Wait a second, isn’t Kendrick also in New Moon?
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If you’re a regular reader of /Film, then you know that we’re big fans of movie soundtracks and film scores (if you haven’t yet, listen to the bonus /Filmcast movie score episode). So I thought I’d fill you in on some of the latest cinematic music developments.
After the jump we’ll tell you about how Linkin Park is working on the score for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen with Hans Zimmer (who isn’t even the composer on the film!?), how the Twilight sequel New Moon scored the composer from Fincher’s Benjamin Button, how Jon Brion appears on screen but not behind the music in Apatow’s Funny People, and the just announced composers for Sherlock Holmes, Centurion and How To Train Your Dragon.
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Dakota Fanning has been cast in The Twilight Saga’s New Moon. Rumors first began to circulate in January, but it was finally confirmed over the weekend. The 14-year-old actress will play the role of Jane, a member of the Volturi, an Italian group of vampires who maintain vampire order and ensure that humans don’t find out about vampires’ existence.
In New Moon, Edward flees to see the Volturi following a grave misunderstanding about the state of Bella’s well-being, and asks them to end his life. According to E!, Jane was described in the casting notice as “a petite blonde with a ‘Botticelli angel-like face…[and] crimson irises.’ While fellow Volturi guards Demetri & Felix ‘are three times the size of her, they are terrified of her.” Filming begins later this month and the movie is set for a November 20th 2009 release (if you’re thinking that they might be rushing things a bit, you might be right..).
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MTV has a first look at the title and logo for the upcoming adaptation of the Twilight sequel New Moon. Officially titled The Twilight Saga’s New Moon, the logo is basically the same exact lowercase personable font that was used for the first film, but this time appears in a new oragneish color. Head on over to MTV to see it in higher resolution. I’m sure Twilight fans are already foaming at the mouth. The logo almost looks cool, much better than the dreadful novel coverart. Wait, why am I even posting about this?