HOLY GUERILLA-STYLE JOURNALISM, BATMAN! We came, we saw, we walked and walked and walked and walked… but did we conquer? You tell us once you’ve read our highlights from the fantastical world of Comic-Con 2010 – in no particular order – wrapped with a bow, from us to you:
- Unfortunately, it seems that the biggest news from the weekend came after one attendee stabbed another on the side of his eye over a seat-dispute for the Afterlife panel in Hall H. While we initially joked that this is what can happen when two animators disagree, within an assembly of over 200,000 people per day – many of whom spent hours on end waiting in lines – we’re shocked that this was the ONLY incident which occurred.
- Promoting his new mockumentary Adopted which delves into the lives of celebrities who adopting children from abroad, Pauly Shore attended Comic-Con to hand-deliver a DVD copy to Angelina Jolie who was on-site promoting her new movie Salt. According to OK! magazine, Shore was successful.
- 25-years the after the original movie, TRON: Legacy looks incredible. We caught-up with the cast who discussed their joy and experience making the new installment and the future of the brand including a special edition TRON DVD/Blue-Ray and a Disneyland ride. The biggest music news here was the announcement that Daft Punk are responsible for the orchestral inspired electronica score and soundtrack. Another treat was the reconstruction of the Flynn’s Arcade set-piece from the movie in a vacant Gaslamp Quarter building. Check out photos from that here.
- Disney’s announced details on the latest installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise AND a new movie based on their Haunted Mansion to be directed by Guillermo Del Toro of Pan’s Labyrinth fame.
- In the Showtime press room, David Duchovny urged us to watch Californication, Mary Louise Parker says that the forthcoming season of Weeds will be, “WAY better than the last,” and Dexter’s Executive Producer John Goldwyn teased the fifth season by letting on that – unlike previous seasons – it will begin from the moment season four ended and Dexter will spend a large part of its twelve episodes exploring the potential impact on his baby son who just experienced the same gruesome act that led Dexter to where he is today.
- In more music news, Nicolas Cage spent some time professing his love for Punk Rock music during the press conference for his new film Drive Angry which is shot entirely in 3D. Co-star Amber Heard talked about her personal choice to portray strong and positive female characters, which produced one of our favorite quotes, “If I wanted to simply walk about in a bikini, I’d be a model.”
- The Other Guys press conference felt more like a stand-up comedy routine between cast members Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg and Eva Mendez. While they didn’t spend much time promoting their new movie, Ferrell did reveal that preparations are being made for a second Anchorman film. He also noted that he was very happy to be back in the “whale’s vagina.”
- Seth Rogen is looking good having shed weight for his new movie based on the Helnit/Harvey/Dell/Gold Key/NOW comic book character the Green Hornet. Rogen flashed his fanboy card by admitting he reads very few books that don’t feature pictures of men in tights and also disclosed with a sigh, “Cameron Diaz could kick the s*** out of me. She could whip my ass so good.” As with Flynn’s Arcade, another great touch outside of the Convention Center grounds was the reconstruction of Britt Reid’s garage which housed the cars used in the film, including three of the twenty-three ‘Black Beauty’s’ used in the production. You can check-out photos of that here.
- Grace Park from Battlestar Galactica and now Hawaii Five-O said she loves the action packed roll and thinks the smell of gun powder should be turned into a cologne. Also on-board for the project is Daniel Dae Kim who was thrilled to be doing something action packed and happy he wouldn’t have to move his family from Hawaii. After failing to modernize the famous theme-song, the producers found and hired all of the original musicians to re-record an update.
- The TV.com Now Awards hosted by [lastfm]L.L. Cool J [/lastfm]with performances by [lastfm]The Soft Pack[/lastfm], [lastfm]V.V. Brown [/lastfm]& [lastfm]Spoon [/lastfm]went off with a bang and featured a star-studded red-carpet. Check-out the gallery here.
- Veteran Comic Con interviewer Jonah Weiland offered first-timer tips for next year, “Come prepared. You can’t just walk-in off the street. Plan your day and be prepared to stand waiting in line. Most importantly, bring enough food and water.” After our experience this year, we believe this to be the soundest of advice.
- Futurama creator Matt Groening said of the show’s triumphant return to Comedy Central (having been cancelled by FOX) “This would not have been possible without the loyal support of Futurama’s Comic-Con fans.” The new season will be delving into the world of “robo-sexuality,” includes a ‘brain-switching’ device, Dr. Zoik briefly adopting Bender, and the current season’s finale (which also happens to be their 100th episode) will focus on discrimination of the mutant species, featuring musical guest stars [lastfm]Devo[/lastfm].
- CSI, NCIS & Criminal Minds producers Rich Catalani and Creator Anthony Zuiker let on that next season, we should look forward to far more graphic scenes involving “evidence.” In an interesting turn of conversation, Pauley Perrette began a rant on how upsetting slander on the Internet is, “With technology being so ahead of the law, I feel that anything will help to expose this.”
- While the producers of NBC’s much-hyped new show, The Event, were vague about the shows subject matter, they did let on that they’re confidently planning a second season thanks to their all-access pass to NBC’s resources.
- Not only did American Horror icon Elvira: Mistress of the Dark look fantastic, but our little pow-wow yielded two of the biggest breaking news stories of the event. Firstly, Elvira will be returning to television across America on September 25th with 26 episodes of Elvira’s Movie Macabre. Secondly, guess who’s on-board for the soundtrack?[lastfm] Jack White[/lastfm]. Apparently Mr. White has even put a new band together for the venture. Its name? [lastfm]Black Bells[/lastfm]. We’re dizzy with anticipation.
- Charlaine Harris, author of The Sookie Stackhouse novels which form the basis for HBO’s number-one buzz show True Blood, chatted about how the book series was optioned by a few different people who she said “No” to until Alan Ball came along. The reason she chose him? “Because the books are both funny AND dark. After watching American Beauty and Six Feet Under, I thought he was the only one who could reproduce that combination.” Harris announced that five new novels are on their way, adding to the existing eight to make thirteen in total. This development can only mean that more new characters will be joining the show’s ranks. While Harris has no creative control over the show and who is cast, she shared the following… “I blurted out to Alan (Ball) one day that David Bowie should play Sookie’s great-grandfather.” How about starting a Facebook for THAT?! Get on it people. How will the saga of Sookie, Bill & Eric end? Apparently she knows, but won’t share. FOO-FIDDLE! When asked what she’d like to be doing next, Harris concluded, “I’d love to write a ghost story which scares the pants off of people!” Wherever you go Charlaine, we’ll be right there with you.
- In catching-up Malibu’s Most Wanted star Jamie Kennedy for a few minutes at the Nickelodeon Booth, he took a moment to indulge us in some of his music tastes, “[lastfm]Kings of Leon[/lastfm], [lastfm]Muse [/lastfm]and [lastfm]Danger Mouse[/lastfm]. I was out at Coachella and caught Danger’s desert set, TOTALLY blew me away.” Also on Nickolodean’s orange carpet was Caitlin Sanchez; A young girl who is the second incarnation of the voice the title character of Dora the Explorer. Asked her about any special voice training to prepare for the roll and she said “Nope, I just taught myself.”
- The cast of Vampire Diaries is full of beautiful people. The stage of the Ballroom 20 Panel was filled with sexual innuendos and tension. Although they didn’t give away plot lines, the cast spent a lot of time discussing how they’d like their characters to evolve. What they did share is how they’ll be spending some time looking into their pasts’ in season two of the CW show.
- Sando Corsaro the creator of Disney’s newest series “Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil” let us in on the inspiration for the show, “About 8 years ago I created him a bit after myself.” We also chatted with Charlie Schlatter, the voice of Kick, and asked what he would like to see Kick do that he has not yet done. Before our question was even completed, he responded, “Fly!” According to Sando, he will in the second season.
- According to Dan Povenmire and Swampy Marsh, the creators and voices of Phineas and Ferb, “We have a collaboration with [lastfm]Clay Aikin[/lastfm] and [lastfm]Chaka Khan[/lastfm] in the new one hour special “Summer Belongs To You.”” Apparently Chaka Khan was super-excited because she got to say the famous line from the series “Where’s Perry?”
- The cast of Glee shared the artists they wanted to cover this season ([lastfm]Maxwell[/lastfm], [lastfm]Jennifer Lopez[/lastfm], Justin [lastfm]Timberlake[/lastfm], Carol Burnett) and their personal favorite episodes (‘Theatricality,’ ‘The Madonna Episode,’ and ‘Dream On’). Series creator Ryan Murphy revealed that they will be scaling back the music portion of the show in the next season so that they could focus more on the character stories. When asked if the experience of Glee had changed them, they unanimously responded that while there are definitely more opportunities for them now, with each episode they feel as dizzy and excited as they did on the first. Awww… shucks!
- We were treated to a lazy-Sunday afternoon chat with the cast of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia where we learned about their writing process (“It’s basically a desperate attempt to figure out what we should do next.”), how much improvisation they do on the show (“We spend a lot of time on the script and then trash it”) and how important Sunny’s Comedy Central re-runs have been to it’s now-rabid fan-following. What’s in-store for next season? They have written-in Kaitlin Olsen’s pregnancy, Charlie will revive his singing career and, according to Glenn Howerton (who plays Dennis Reynolds) there will be some “Euro-S***.” Dave Foley, Tom Sizemore and Jason Sedakis are all set to make guest-appearances. How about a Sunny movie? “We’re sourcing on the script right now.” And we can’t wait.
- Other movies we’re looking forward to? Battle: Los Angeles, featuring Aaron Eckhart; RED, a film adaptation of Warren Ellis’ graphic novel starring Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren and Morgan Freeman and SUPER! featuring Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler.
The lingering question on the table is will Comic-Con International choose to stay in it’s San Diego home? With over $163 million in revenue that this years event brought to the City, you can see why Anaheim and Los Angeles – the two biggest contenders – have made serious bids to entice organizers. While reports are still conflicting, the San Diego Business Journal suggests that San Diego is already signed up through 2012 and City Officials are currently focusing to keep Comic-Con in San Diego through 2015. A press conference and announcement are expected later this week with over 400 local business proprietors being the most eager to hear the result.
CBS Interactive Reporters Tim Mudd, Anthony Tran, Cristy Westfall, Cathy Meixner and Jennifer Temple contributed to this piece.
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