Comic-con 2012

San Diego Comic-Con is many things to many people, but for director Guillermo del Toro, it looks very much like Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures are turning the Con into a Pacific Rim coming out party.  The monster-loving director's next feature doesn't arrive in theaters until next summer, and has been pretty secretive up until now, but in preparation for the Pacific Rim panel in Hall H on Saturday, Warner Bros. has been revealing little nuggets from the movie.  Today, for example, we have another still showing Charlie Hunnam and Rinko Kikuchi in the Jaeger piloting gear.

San Diego Comic-Con goes down this week, and if you couldn't tell from all the nerd fumes in the air, then the recent Comic-Con exclusive posters for both Pacific Rim and The Hobbit: There and Back Again probably clued y'all in.  If giant robots and Halfling's Weed-smoking wizards are not your things for whatever reason, then perhaps a 65 year old man and a beret will grab you by the enthusiasm.

It doesn't matter that there's still just over a year until Pacific Rim hits theaters.  Guillermo del Toro, the lovable and loquacious director behind Pan's Labyrinth, Cronos, the Hellboy movies, The Devil's Backbone, and the ludicrously fun Blade II, is making a movie about giant monsters fighting giant robots.  That should be all you need to know.  If, however, you're stubbornly resisting the movie's obvious appeal with questions like, "But how big are the monsters and robots," then the movie's first poster answers with an emphatic, "Huge."

If you're going to Comic-Con and plan to spend any time at all in Hall H for any of the big movie panels, odds are you'll be anxiously awaiting the Warner Bros. presentation, during which The Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson will be presenting footage from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.  In addition to putting your eyeballs on Middle Earth visuals through a novel delivery system, you'll be able to get your grubby meathooks on this Comic-Con exclusive poster.

It's been a few weeks since the first theatrical trailer for Dredd first appeared, so now is as good a time as any for a new poster.  This is no ordinary poster, though.  It's a motion poster, complete with audio, so be sure to adjust the volume accordingly.

The very first teaser poster for Oz the Great and Powerful makes it abundantly clear that the new movie from director Sam Raimi is, in fact, a prequel to The Wizard of Oz.  it does so by including familiar elements from that cinema classic, such as the Yellow Brick Road, the Emerald City, and a huge tornado.  Bonus: A colorful hot-air balloon with a teeny-tiny James Franco riding shotgun.

Happy Independence Day to America!  Neill Blomkamp's follow-up to District 9 moves the action from the writer-director's native Johannesburg, South Africa right here to the U.S. of A.  The first image from Elysium has arrived online during the all-American holiday, so take a break from cooking out to take a peek at also all-American Matt Damon aiming a bit of futuristic weaponry and some rather painful-looking physical technology.

Like its predecessors, Iron Man 3 will almost certainly use San Diego Comic-Con as an invaluable means of building hype for the continuing antics of Tony Stark.  With the Con set to kick up dust next week, Marvel has dropped a piece of concept art from the sequel online.  This should ensure proper levels of breathless hype and also contribute to speculation as to the film's story, since the image would seem to confirm the next step in Tony's relationship with his red and gold armor.

Marvel Studios is making some big moves on its next bite-sized short film, the third in a series of Marvel One-Shots.  Item 47 has been something of mystery so far, but today we have our first look at an image from the short, an approximate running time, and a good idea of the story, which finds two ordinary folks making use of a Chritauri weapon left over from the climax of The Avengers.

SDCC 2012: Sunday Schedule

Monday, 02 July 2012 07:51

Like Christmas, San Diego Comic-Con is the subject of ceaseless anticipation all year long.  Just as that holiday ends in an orgiastic fervor of torn gift-wrapping and impossible expectations gone unmet, so too does the world's foremost gathering of genre enthusiasts and nerds come to a close too early, after just four days of communal geekiness and useless free baubles as far as the eye can see.

Comic-Con peaks on Saturday, then winds down on Sunday.  As such, the schedule for Sunday, July 15, 2012 isn't as crazy as its predecessors, and is basically a half day, with no events in the evening.  But it's still the Con to end all cons, so the final day is still plenty busy.  The last of our truncated schedules designed as cheat sheets for attendees and anyone keeping track from home is our shortest.

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