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Not many literary figures of the American Romantic period could credibly serve as the lead character in a period-era thriller.  Ralph Waldo Emerson couldn't pursue a killer dubbed 'The Self-Reliant Man', Henry David Thoreau couldn't investigate grisly murders on Walden Pond, and Herman Melville couldn't go head to head with his nemesis, a morbidly obese albino named Moby Dick.  Edgar Allan Poe, though, with his phantasmagoric sensibilities, is a surprisingly perfect protagonist for a suspenseful yarn.  In The Raven, which stars John Cusack as a slightly fictionalized Poe, the writer teams with the Baltimore police to solve a series of grisly murders inspired by his work.

At San Diego Comic-Con today, Relativity Media treated the crowd in Hall H to the very first look at the first official trailer for The Raven.  Director James McTeigue, who previously helmed V for Vendetta and Ninja Assassin, joined stars John Cusack, Alice Eve, and Luke Evans on stage for a panel shedding new light on the film.

Not many directors, even those who make their way as "action directors", can shoot and edit an action sequence that is effectively compelling and coherent.  Steven Soderbergh is not particularly known as a director of action, having helmed Traffic, Erin Brockovich, The Limey, Ocean's Eleven, The Informant!, and Out of Sight.  With Haywire, though the auteur has crafted an espionage thriller showcasing the formidable skills of MMA fighter Gina Carano, making her feature film debut.

Soderbergh was in attendance at Relativity Media's Hall H panel during the San Diego Comic-Con today, along with the radiant Carano and the excessively charming Channing Tatum.  The three described their experiences with Haywire, participated in a Q & A, debuted the film's first trailer, and introduced a clip that, to put it bluntly, kicked all manner of ass.

Relativity Media unveiled the Official Comic-Con Teaser Poster for their upcoming action-thriller Haywire, directed by Oscar® winner Steven Soderbergh (Traffic). Haywire hits theaters on January 20th, 2012.

Relativity Media released the Official Comic-Con Poster for their upcoming film The Raven.  See John Cusack as the tormented Edgar Allan Poe opening in theaters March 9, 2012.

Relativity Media has released the Official Fist Look from their upcoming Untitled Snow White Project, starring Lily Collins (The Blind Side) as Snow White and Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen.

The film is directed by Tarsem Singh (The Fall, Immortals). The Untitled Show White Project hits theaters on March 16th, 2012.

Comic-Con International 2011 got off with a bang ... and a bite in San Diego on Wednesday with Relativity Media's exclusive Shark Night 3D party at CCI preview night. On hand was director David Ellis (Snakes on a Plane), as well as actors Sara Paxton (Aquamarine), Dustin Milligan (Final Destination 3), Chris Zylka (The Amazing Spider-Man), Chris Carmack (The O.C.), Sinqua Walls (From the Head), Alyssa Diaz (Red Dawn), and Katharine McPhee (The House Bunny). 

IAR attended the party and had a chance to speak with David Ellis, Sara Paxton, Dustin Milligan, Chris Zylka, Chris CarmackSinqua Walls, Alyssa Diaz, and Katharine McPhee about the new film, shooting in 3D and of course, SHARKS!!!

If you played an associative game, saying the word "director" to ten random folks on the street, probably eight would immediately say Steven Spielberg.  The preeminent superstar director this side of the Kuiper Belt is having a big year, with two new films hitting this winter.  One, the WWI equine journey War Horse, looks like a fine drama, but it's The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn that brought the Bearded One (His Beardness) to San Diego Comic-Con for the very first time.

Speaking of firsts, The Adventures of Tintin marks Spielberg's first time shooting a feature in 3D and using motion capture technology to bring Herge's Belgian comic-strip reporter to the big screen. The film is produced by Peter Jackson, who has an abundance of performance capture experience thanks to the pioneering The Lord of the Rings trilogy and King Kong.  Jackson, who directs the nigh-inevitable sequel, The Adventures of Tintin: Prisoners of the Sun, made a surprise appearance, and the two resented some 3D clippage from the film.

To put it simply, Drive is a damn fine piece of cinema.  Director Nicolas Winding Refn created a hugely effective film that is simultaneously a singular, almost arthouse bit of business that nevertheless offers some movements of sudden, shocking violence.  It's a film which will probably alienate a substantial percentage of those who see it, but Drive will inevitably find an audience who will embrace it wholeheartedly.  It also shows another side of Ryan Gosling, turning in a perfect, no-pun-intended propulsive performance.  At San Diego Comic-Con today, FilmDistrict hosted an unusual panel bringing together creative figures behind Drive and fellow FilmDistrict release Don't Be Afraid of the Dark

Robert Rodriguez has been talking up a potential sequel to Sin City since very shortly after the first film debuted in 2005.  For the last half-decade, he and co-director Frank Miller will offer a hopeful update on Sin City 2 seemingly ever few months, and the would-be movie is almost always tantalizingly close to production, according to the independently-minded director and medium-redefining comic book writer/artist.  It should come as no surprise, then, that at his Comic-Con panel today, Rodriguez made some optimistic statements about Sin City 2.  What might be a bit more surprising, however, is that he also announced two Machete sequels, Machete Kills and Machete Kills Again.  There's more, though: Rodriguez is now behind the latest attempt at a new version of Heavy Metal.

Voltron, a live action adaptation of the 1980's anime series, has been bouncing around as a potential blockbuster for a while now.  The series, set in an indeterminate future, features five pilots of giant mechanized lions which join together to form Voltron, an unstoppable humanoid-shaped mega-robot defending the universe against the varied evil forces threatening innocent lives throughout the cosmos.  Today, Relativity Media and Atlas Entertainment announced that they have officially acquired the big screen rights to Voltron, which is being written by Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer.

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