Comic-con 2013

Sony Pictures has been keeping mum on next year's RoboCop remake, issuing scant material online and generally playing it close to the vest.

Today's panel during the Sony presentation in Hall H, then, marked something of a debutante ball for this new take on Paul Verhoeven's brilliant 1987 satire.  The first publicly exhibited footage from RoboCop demonstrated, however, that director Jose Padilha has a markedly different take on the material, eschewing vitriolic social commentary for more on-the-nose political relevance.

You heard it here first folks.

Seven months ago, Cobie Smulders revealed exclusively to IAR that she was in discussions with Marvel Studious to reprise her The Avengers role in this year's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. live-action television series.

Now, with the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot premiering to a packed Ballroom 20 at San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel has formally announced that Smulders appears in the pilot and is expected to pop up periodically on the series.  Not only that, but the studio and ABC unveiled the first image of Smulders back in action as Agent Maria Hill.

Director/writer Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), writer/actor Simon Pegg (Hot Fuzz), and actor Nick Frost (Paul) appeared in Hall H at Comic-Con International 2013 in San Diego on Friday to discuss their new film The World's End, which opens in theaters on August 23rd.  

IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick had a chance to speak exclusively with Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and director Edgar Wright about The World's End. Pegg talked about the idea for the film, Wright discussed why they added a sci-fi element, and Frost talked about reuniting with his Shaun of the Dead director and co-star.  

The red band preceding the Riddick trailer that debuted at Comic-Con today declares that next month's sequel is rated R on account of "strong violence, language and some sexual content/nudity."

You won't see any sexual content in this three-minute look at Riddick, but you will see at least one knee-slappingly over-the-top kill.  More importantly, you'll see Vin Diesel once again growling as interstellar outlaw Richard B. Riddick.

Kick-Ass 2 stormed Hall H today, and just as you'd expect from a panel promoting a Kick-Ass sequel, there was no shortage of willful provocation and enthusiastic action.

Neither quality is staying in San Diego, however, as a new red band trailer for Kick-Ass 2 – a modifying version of the green band Hall H trailer – arrived online mere moments after the panel concluded.  The trailer, clocking in at nearly five minutes long, is by far our most substantial look at next month's action-comedy, complete with bad language and grisly, giddy violence.

Little known fact: The San Diego Convention Center is made out of movie posters.

Every July, Comic-Con rolls into town, drawing somewhere in the neighborhood of 150,000 people to San Diego, but all the hoopla is just an extension of an annual construction job to shore up the building's stability using thousands upon thousands of promotional posters for upcoming movies.

The latest load-bearing posters being added to the structure shill for 300: Rise of an Empire, Seventh Son, and Getaway.  A special banner promoting Spike Lee's Oldboy remake is also reinforcing the Convention Center's foundations.

The Flash has yet to get his due in a big live-action movie with a huge Comic-Con presence, but this year the Scarlet Speedster has a consolation prize.

Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox is a DC Universe animated feature in which Barry Allen takes the lead.  In advance of the film's premiere in San Diego tonight, we have a new official clip proving just how Flashy The Flashpoint Paradox really is.

After years of failed attempts to mount a movie version, Ender's Game fans can be forgiven for some skepticism. 

But it's happening.  It arrives in conventional and IMAX theaters on November 1st.

To prove this to fans worried that the release date is a mirage, Summit Entertainment brought Ender's Game to Comic-Con this year.  Writer-director Gavin Hood was even there to vouch for the upcoming movie's actuality.  Hood was joined in showing off new footage from the film by producer Roberto Orci and stars Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, and Harrison Ford.

Actor/director/producer Bill Paxton (Aliens, Titanic) appeared at Comic-Con International 2013 in San Diego on Thursday to promote is new comic book Seven Holes for Air, which is currently available for purchase and was written by John J. McLaughlin, with art by Mick Reinman

IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick had a chance to sit down exclusively with Bill Paxton in the Arcana Comics booth on the Comic-Con convention center floor to talk about his work on Seven Holes for Air, as well as his upcoming movie Edge of Tomorrow, and the film adaptation of the classic TV series Kung Fu. The popular actor and filmmaker discussed his new graphic novel, how he got involved with the project, possibly developing it into a film, Edge of Tomorrow, his character, working with Tom Cruise and director Doug Liman, adapting Kung Fu into a movie, his love for the original TV series, plans to direct the project, and his ideas for casting. 

In a faux-NSA-leaked video during today's The Zero Theorem panel, Terry Gilliam promised that his upcoming movie contains no spaceships, superheroes, or explosions.

He was emphatic about that.

The first ten minutes of The Zero Theorem, shown to cap off the panel, suggest that he's not lying.  Those ten minutes definitely don't have things going boom.  Neither do the first official stills to arrive online.  Yet Gilliam's latest doesn't look to be lacking in visual pyrotechnics.

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