Comic-con 2012

You can forgive the stars of Breaking Dawn - Part 2 for being a little giddy on the beginning of their victory tour for the end of the Twilight Saga. “We’ve always had that relationship,” Taylor Lautner asks Robert Pattinson when asked about if Jacob and Edward become friends in Stephenie Meyer’s final chapter.

As befits the second cinematic take on a character who showed up in the pages of 2000 A.D. thirty-five years ago, Dredd is a pretty major presence at San Diego Comic-Con this year.  The new approach to John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra's futuristic screened in Downtown San Diego on Wednesday night.  Word from the sneak peek is that Dredd knows exactly what is: a stripped down sci-fi actioner that goes for the jugular without pretension.

As part of the Comic-Con promotional push, the first clip from Dredd has been made available online, and in one quick minute, it supports that early judgment of the movie.  It's thoroughly red-band, this clip, and not on account of bad language.  No, this is not something you want to watch at work or in the presence of children because of how it lovingly frames bullet impacts in super slow-motion, reveling in the 3D blood splatters and exploding human flesh.

Comic-Con 2012 is in full swing down, and some new information from next year's RoboCop remake has emerged from the biggest annual pilgrimage of nerds anywhere on the planet.  Specifically, a new, relatively specific synopsis of the remake's story has landed online.  Much of it covers the familiar story of good cop turned robotic supercop/shell of a man/corporate product Alex Murphy.  Along with this week's Omnicorp viral video, though, it suggests that a big update in Jose Padhila's new version is a fixation on drone warfare.

One of the most anticipated films appearing at Comic-Con International in San Diego this week is The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which will make its presentation in Hall H on Saturday. The panel is scheduled to feature director Peter Jackson, Sir Ian McKellen (Gandalf the Grey), Martin Freeman (Bilbo Baggins), Andy Serkis (Gollum), and Richard Armitage (Thorin Oakenshield).

On behalf of and, IAR’s Managing Editor Jami Philbrick had a chance to speak with actor Elijah Wood on Thursday about The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, while he was promoting his FX series Wilfred. Wood discussed the highly anticipated movie, reuniting with director Peter Jackson, his relief that the film has finally been made, the importance of shooting in New Zealand, reprising his role as Frodo, and how his part will fit into the upcoming two films.

Thanks to a rabid fanbase, the Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 panel that kicked off today drew the largest crowd at Comic-Con, but the Disney presentation that followed was far more loaded with information and teases for no fewer than four big movies from the House that Walt Built.  Just as we expected, there was a Q and A with director Tim Burton about his new animated feature Frankenweenie, followed by the debut of a teaser for Sam Raimi's Oz the Great and Powerful, and a good look at Wreck-it Ralph with the director and cast.  Then Disney dropped a surprise in the form of teaser footage from Gore Verbinski's huge The Lone Ranger.

As part of the studio's jam-packed presentation in Hall H at Comic-Con this afternoon, Disney took the opportunity to debut the very first teaser trailer for Oz The Great and Powerful.  But just because you're not one of the 6,000 people currently jammed into the San Diego Convention Center's biggest presentation space doesn't mean you can't partake in the teaser for this colorful prequel to The Wizard of Oz.

This year marks the end of a semi-tradition at Comic-Con in San Diego.  Since the massively popular franchise's initial appearance up in the convention center caused trouble for other presentations because of sheet number of Twilight fans on hand to see a panel for their favorite series, the annual Twilight panel is now the first big Hall H event, allowing enthusiasts to camp out, queue up, and scram without holding onto valuable Con real estate during other panels.  Since The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 closes out the series, this is the last Comic-Con dance for the romantic vampire franchise.

At Comic-Con International in San Diego on Thursday visionary director Tim Burton, along with producers Don Hahn and Allison Abbate, appeared in Hall H to present their upcoming 3D black-and-white stop motion-animated film Frankenweenie to a packed crowd of fans. 

On behalf of and Moviefanatic.comIAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick had a chance to catch up with producer Allison Abbate on Wednesday night at the Frankenweenie display (located in the Disney booth on the convention center floor) to discuss the new film and take a look at some of the artwork from the upcoming movie. 

Unlike last year, when the studio used Comic-Con to show off, amongst other things, the first footage from Prometheus, 20th Century Fox is sitting out this year's festivities in San Diego.  That's mostly because there's not a lot of genre material in the pipeline and, as Legendary Pictures learned with Paradise Lost, putting on a panel doesn't mean a movie will get made.  Just because there's no Fox presentation, though, doesn't mean that there isn't comic book movie news coming out of the biggest convention ostensibly about comic books.  Specifically, there's an update on two reboots of huge Marvel properties, Fantastic Four and Daredevil.

Item 47 won't just be the longest Marvel One-Shot or the first not to feature Clark Gregg as SHIELD Agent Phil Coulson, it's also the first Marvel short film to get its own poster.  With the comic-book even of the year kicking off tonight in San Diego, Marvel has unveiled a Comic-Con exclusive poster for Item 47, a poster that shows off a setting and a prop very familiar from the climax of The Avengers.

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