the witcher comic-con

Henry Cavill and his glorious wig entered the spotlight during The Witcher Comic-Con panel. The Netflix adaptation of the fantasy series and its massively popular video game adaptations stars Cavill as monster hunter Geralt of Rivia, with Witcher creator Andrzej Sapkowski serving as creative consultant on the show. We were in the audience during The Witcher Comic-Con panel, and got a front row seat to what the Netflix fantasy series has in store.

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Veronica Mars comic-con

Buckle up, Marshmallows. The new season of Veronica Mars is here, and if the first episode is any indication, it’s going to be a satisfying return to the town of Neptune, CA. 

This morning, fans of the show congregated in San Diego Comic-Con’s Ballroom 20 to catch the first episode of the show’s fourth season, as well as to spend time with cast members Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars), Enrico Colantoni (Keith Mars), Jason Dohring (Logan Echolls), Ryan Hansen (Dick Casablancas), Francis Capra (Eli ‘Weevil’ Navarro), Percy Daggs III (Wallace Fennel), and Kirby Howell-Baptiste, a newbie to the Neptune world who plays a take-no-shit bar owner. Executive Producer Diane Ruggiero-Wright and show creator Rob Thomas were there as well, and all shared their experiences coming back to the Veronica Mars five years after the 2014 movie. Read More »

The latest Comic-Con panel for AMC’s The Walking Dead arrives at a pivotal time for the series. Original star Andrew Lincoln has left the show and Danai Gurira will bow out after this season. The Image comic book, which has long been the chief inspiration for the show and its storylines, has come to an end. This is also the show’s tenth season, a milestone that few television shows have reached.

And yet, The Walking Dead continues to be a major draw for the crowds at Hall H, even as the series attempts to redefine itself a decade into its run. Here’s what we learned from this year’s panel.

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DreadOut review

For comparison’s sake, the DreadOut movie is like a stealth Fatal Frame adaptation given how Indonesia’s survival horror video game, which gives the film its title, is often likened to Japan’s popular ghosts-on-camera platformer. Kimo Stamboel, half of the infamous filmmaking “Mo Brothers” duo, proves that not all video game adaptations are buggy disasters.

In particular, DreadOut stands proud with Resident Evil and Silent Hill as adaptations programmed right (horror movies are just better, y’all). Stamboel draws not only from his Macabre brother Timo Tjahjanto, referencing the gore in May The Devil Take You, but this film possesses Sam Raimi vibes à la Evil Dead and Army Of Darkness. (Not to downplay how much DreadOut lends itself to video game and viral media culture.)

Oh, and best of all? The movie is a freaky and frantic blast of immersive horror. Read More »

Fear the Walking Dead Comic-Con Panel

Fear the Walking Dead has never achieved the popularity of its sister show, but it remains a key piece of one of the biggest franchises on television…and a constant presence in Hall H at Comic-Con. AMC brought the series back to the world’s largest pop culture convention in the middle of the series’ fifth season, which continued the show’s attempt to soft-reboot itself with new cast members and a new direction.

Here’s what we learned from the panel.

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Top Gun 2 trailer

On the July 19, 2019 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor-in-chief Peter Sciretta is joined by managing editor Jacob Hall and writer Hoai-Tran Bui to talk about the first day of San Diego Comic-Con International 2019. We talk about Terminator: Dark Fate, Top Gun: Maverick, Batman Beyond, Emergence, Agents of Shield, Cobra Kai, Undone, His Dark Materials, and Stumptown.

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Avengers Endgame

Screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely appeared in Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con 2019 to talk about Avengers: Endgame. Hosted by Jeff Goldsmith of Backstory Magazine, the panel discussion was an all-encompassing look at the process of writing the film, revealing some never before heard tidbits about the epic MCU conclusion. Here’s what we learned.

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As a Lynn Shelton movie, Sword of Trust is both familiar and an oddity. The dramedy has a focused yet free-wheeling narrative similar to Shelton’s other heavily-improvised movies, including Your Sister’s Sister and Laggies, but it’s the first movie of hers that could arguably be considered a partial thriller. There are more guns and swords in Sword of Trust than the usual Lynn Shelton film.

Caught directly in the middle of the drama over a Civil War-era sword is a pawnshop owner by the name of Mel, who’s played by renowned comedian and podcaster Marc Maron. Shelton first directed Maron in his IFC comedy series, which they followed up with his Netflix special, Too Real, and now Sword of Trust. The two similarly intimate storytellers have proven to be a compatible combo over the last few years. Recently, Maron told us about being directed by Shelton, how they made his comedy special truly intimate, continuing to grow as an actor, and of course, Van Halen frontman Diamond David Lee Roth.

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Great Debate Comic-Con 2019

There are a lot of panels at San Diego Comic-Con. Hundreds, I’d wager. And while Hall H gets a lot of attention for the mega-IPs that make their home there, there’s a strong case – hear me out – for SYFY’s The Great Debate being one of the best panels at Comic-Con. 

True, you’re not going to see top secret footage from the next Marvel movie or get a glimpse of an uber-celebrity there. But what you will get, however, is a fun, relatively unscripted time where there are no PR people coaching actors on what they should and should not say. 

This year’s panel, held Thursday afternoon in Ballroom 20, brought together a group of funny people who did not disappoint. Aisha Tyler returned for the fourth time to moderate the motley crew of Felicia Day (The Magicians, Supernatural), Naomi Ekperigin (Broad City), Dani Fernandez (Ralph Breaks the Internet), Thomas Lennon (Reno 911, The Odd Couple), and Travis McElroy (My Brother, My Brother and Me, The Adventure Zone). The panelists debated a variety of topics while managing to fit in references you’ll not likely to see at other Comic-Con events (Day, for example, got in the tidbits that lizards have two-pronged penises, and that Smurfs are three apples tall).

Here’s a rundown of their takes on some of the most pressing genre subjects of our time. Agree with their taken-out-of-context quotes below? Disagree? Great! That’s how this panel works. Read More »

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Alamo Drafthouse Los Angeles exterior

Over a decade ago, I saw my first movie screening in the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas, and declared that it was “the best movie theater EVER!” I remember Alamo founder Tim League telling me at the time about his plans to build an Alamo Drafthouse in Los Angeles. Of course, it’s taken over a decade to find the right location and build it, but the first Alamo Drafthouse is now finally coming to Los Angeles. Now the question is, were they able to recapture the magic of Austin’s South Lamar theater?

Located in The Bloc, an open-air development in downtown Los Angeles, the Drafthouse aims to be not just a movie theater, but a gathering place for a new community of film, tabletop, and pop culture fanatics. Earlier this week, I got a sneak preview tour of the new Alamo Drafthouse DTLA, and I am excited to report back that it not only captures the magic of the Austin Drafthouses I fell in love with, but it promises to be so much more. Keep reading to learn about the new Alamo Drafthouse DTLA, see some photos, and more.

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