Saturday, July 23, 2011

USA TOday writes about 10 things learned about Breaking Dawn at Comic-Con

USA Today writes about the ten things learned from the Breaking Dawn Panel at SDCC:

Twilight always commands attention when it comes to Comic-Con, and this year is no different.Breaking Dawn, Part 1, the penultimate film in the series based on Stephenie Meyer’s books, comes out in November starring Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan, Robert Pattinson as her vampire beau Edward Cullen and Taylor Lautner as werewolf Jacob Black, the third part of this love triangle. Here are 10 interesting factoids we gleaned from assorted press opps and the fan-packed panel (beware a few spoilers ahead):
1. Stewart took Bella’s emotional journey from her wedding to her pre-transformation honeymoon to the birthing of her child very personally. “I can’t draw a line between myself and her,” she says. “For everything I do, it’s hard to take myself out of it. I’ve been building myself up to these moments since I was 17. These are emotional and cathartic moments. They’re very rooted in a reality I can see myself in. Anyone who reads the book can imagine it. (But) I couldn’t let the book punch me in the face every morning. I had to let the moments happen. It’s very true to the book but there are some surprises that suprised me, too.” Adds Breaking Dawn director Bill Condon: “There is no bigger fan of Twilight than Kristen.”
2. During the filming of the honeymoon in Brazil, Stewart spotted an extra who looked just like Lautner. After seeing a picture of the guy, “I even thought it was me,” he says. According to Stewart, “he looked like the Eclipse poster.”
3. Condon started out in horror movies, and that’s just what the second half of the first Breaking Dawn, Part 1 is. “The two movies are very different one from the other,” he says. “The first one obviously has the strong romantic element with the wedding and the honeymoon, but then it gets very, very dark, and that’s exciting.” And Breaking Dawn, Part 2? “An epic. The second one’s a Kurosawa movie.”
4. Speaking of horror movies, the cast made the birthing scene of Bella and Edward’s haf-vampire baby Renesmee sound like the chest-popping scene from Alien. “I thought it was so cool,” Stewart says. “We really tried to go as hardcore as possible. We didn’t want to do a normal birthing scene.” When Taylor read the book for the first time, “the birth scene was a LOT to take in,” he says. “I had no idea how it would look visually.”
5. During the Comic-Con panel, a clip was shown featuring Jacob protecting Bella and the Cullen vampire clan from his wolf pack. Condon says they are scenes that don’t appear in the book. One fan in the audience, however, commented, “Why would they show stuff that wasn’t in the book?”


Fringe Panel at SDCC 2011

Joshua Jackson, who was hospitalized briefly Thursday after an allergic reaction, seemed better than ever at the Fringe Comic-Con Panel today. He was his quirky, jokster self as he took questions from fans at SDCC.

Cinema Blend live blogged:

4:27 They get right to the exclusive clip reel. Yes!

4:31 The panel is introduced, which includes John Noble, Anna Torv, Lance Reddick, Jasika Nikole, Blair Brown and Seth Gabel.

4:32 Noble opens with a statement, "On behalf of all of us, you guys are the best fans that any company could ever have. Seriously without your efforts and rabid support, we wouldn't be here. You are the best fans that ever existed, thank you sincerely."

4:35 They show an audition reel for the now open role of Peter Bishop. The stars who 'auditioned' included Lindelof, Grunberg, Emerson, Pudi, Garcia, Scheer, Probst and it ended with Joshua Jackson dressed as an observer. Josh Jackson walks on stage and the crowd goes crazy.

4:41 A fan wants to know how the "loveshild" could exist if Peter never did. Anna chimes in, "the question is, is there a child anymore?" Loud oooooohhhhs.

4:43 As far as what's in store for Season 4, specifically Olivia's powers we're told, "all will be answered." And then, "we're not sure we've seen all her powers yet?"

4:46 Lance Reddick does his best Olivia/Anna doing Leonard Nemoy. It's pretty spot-on. Reddick also tells Joshua Jackson to "shut up, you don't exist anymore"

4:47 "Playing Walternate was great, but there's a childlike innocence to Walter that is fun to play [...] plus I don't think Walternate is that bad. I have a soft-spot for him." Jackson interrupts, "you shot my wife in the head!" Noble's rebuke, "people can change."

4:49 As far as an Alt-Nina is concerned, Blair Brown says "if Nina is this world is very controlled and controlling, maybe in the other world she is out of control. Havoc."

4:52 Jasika is a singer, and she hints at a more adventurous Astrid next season by breaking into song with "Astrid has a gun." Does this mean she's going to get out in the field a little more.

4:55 We've seen the animated episode and a musical, so what's next? The head writer jokes, "the nude episode." Noble complained that he's the only one forced to get naked. The exec producer said he had a "tight tooshie" which makes Jackson interrupt and apologize to the crowd.

4:58 Flipping the script, the cast is going to ask the audience questions. Prizes, "purchased in the alt-universe so you can't return them here." They're actually save Peter T-Shirts.

Digital Spy also live blogged if you want to read another perspective of the panel. Or watch some of the videos below.

Snow White and the Huntsman (SWATH) Panel at SDCC

Today at SDCC the 'Snow White and the Huntsman' panel revealed some information on the film, which is set to start filming next week. We learned a bit more about the plot, inspiration, and most exciting, the wardrobe, as seen in the .gif above.

The panel included in person appearances from:
-Rupert Sanders (director)
-Joe Roth and Palak Patel (producers)
-Kristen Stewart (Snow White)
-Chris Hemsworth (Huntsman)
-Charlize Theron (Queen)
-Sam Claflin (Prince)

The film is scheduled for release only 10 weeks after the "other" Snow White film, which stars Lily Collins, but quite clearly is taking a darker, more epic battle approach.

iamrogue writes:

The biggest difference between “Snow White and the Huntsman,” which will be released by Universal Pictures next June 1, and the competing Snow White film from Relativity Media, which comes out March 16, is that their “rough tough” film is more on the scale of “Lord of the Rings,” whereas the other seems “softer,” said producer Joe Roth. He added that while he was an executive at Disney, they released “Armageddon” seven weeks after “Deep Impact,” and both made money. Not only that, he said that according to research, people were more likely to see “Armageddon” if they’d seen “Deep Impact” first. The two Snow White films will be released 10 weeks apart

What other differences are there between the two Snow White films?

Wall Street Journal explains:

One plot point the panel presenters did disclose was that instead of seven dwarfs, “Snow White and the Huntsman” would have eight and be portrayed by the likes of Nick Frost, Bob Hoskins and Ian McShane. (“They’re my tough, East End British SAS squad,” joked Sanders.) He then added that the reason there were eight was because there’s a few great lines when (spoiler alert!) one of them gets killed. “It’s a copyright issue,” he said.

Twilight fans devoted to Kristen Stewart will be glad to see her as a rougher Snow White, Yahoo News Reports:

The "Twilight" star told a Comic-Con crowd that doing a sweet, traditional Snow White was not something "I was jumping at." What attracted her was that this Snow White was a bold leader with her feet firmly on the ground.

"Also, I get to have a sword and stuff," Stewart said. "Really cool weapons."

More photos and story....


The big reveal of the panel consisted of four images of the principal cast in costumes designed by Oscar winner Colleen Atwood. First up was Sam Claflin as the Prince. During the panel, Claflin mentioned that this take on the Prince is not necessarily as charming as you'd expect, and the image supported that, as he wore a suit of chainmail and armor that was vaguely sinister at the very least.

The first image of Hemsworth as the titular Huntsman showed him to be a salt of the Earth type, shouldering an axe and wearing an outfit of dirty, worn-in leathers.

Next up was Charlize Theron as the Queen, and her ensemble was a study in contrasts, with her white-out skin and blond hair against a dress of reflective black triangles. The collar on this, the most stylized of all the images, jutted out at an extreme angle recalling a peacock, with white reflective bits against the primarily black dress. Not to put too fine a point on it, she cradled a very dangerous-looking curved dagger. Theron remarked that her character is basically a serial killer, and the image conveyed the threat she represents very well.

Finally, there was Kristen Stewart as Snow White herself. This image was the most unexpected, as she wore no skirt, but was instead adorned in battle armor complete with a sword and shield that very much recalled Lord of the Rings.

Both the footage and the preliminary images from Snow White and the Huntsman demonstrated that the creative team is aiming to make a epic, battle-filled fantasy adventure based only loosely on the fairy tale. The film is currently set for June 1, 2012.

Certainly, Stewart and Theron seemed ready for the adventure. Stewart said part of the reason she was attracted to the role was because she got to have a sword. Theron then jokingly said to her new co-star, “I’m ready for it, b—-. Let’s go.”

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The Secret Circle at SDCC

I am quite excited about this show because it films in Vancouver and has kept Gale Harold (Hellcats) and Brit RObertson (Life Unexpected) in my city for filming. I am a huge fan of both, but especially Gale Harold from Queer as Folk days - Hello Brian Kinney!

Anyways, here is some info on the show:

Cinema Blend writes:

The Secret Circle
Premieres Fall 2011 on The CW

Based on L. J. Smith’s novels, this new CW drama follows a teen girl named Cassie (Britt Robertson) who goes to live with her grandmother after her mother dies in a mysterious fire. She’s quickly drawn in by a group of witches who believe she’s meant to be a part of their circle. And so begins your typical teen drama with a magical twist. Dangers lurk not far in the distance as these kids begin to dabble in powers that might have them in over their heads very soon.

My guess is that The Vampire Diaries fans are going to be on board with this one. The pilot was a little campy at parts, but it does offer a similar kind of glamorous danger to some of the other supernatural-themed TV dramas out there. Fans of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles may recognize Thomas Dekker, playing one of the teens that befriends Cassie.

I don't knwo about you but this sounds pretty awesome - we will see..

Kevin Williamson had plenty to say about the new show:

“This is not as a violent show,” says Williamson. “VAMPIRE DIARIES as emotionally epic it is with its love story, there’s something very masculine about it with the vampires, and werewolves. THE SECRET CIRCLE, this is witchcraft – it’s not so in your face violent. As you saw from the pilot. He drowned the man, just by describing it. It’s just a different type of horror and menace. And that’s the challenge of it – you can’t take a knife and stab somebody.”

That said, Williamson is trying his best to make THE SECRET CIRCLE very edgy and scary too.More...

“I’m the horror movie guy,” says Williamson. “I like scsary.I like the occult. I like ROSEMARY’S BABY. I like the devil worship. I like the voodoo. I like the stuff that goes bats**t crazy. The challenge is how to imbue that with witchcraft to make it scary. Who’s evil and who is not? How evil can you go?”

In terms of developing the series, many changes had to be made according to Williamson, but it helps when you have great source material like the worlds Smith creates.

“These mythology shows are so hard to sort of develop and create, but it’s also what makes it challenging and exicting,” says Williamson. “I really like mythologies. I love building a world from scratch. I have help. Which is so nice because the source material gives us a lot.”

The series will also explore three generations of witches, which will likely open up the CW demographic a bit.

“There’s this young circle, this brand new circle, and you have sort of the next level which are the parents and then you have the grandmother who is in the elder circle,” says Williamson. “I was fascinated by the idea of which powers the have, what they can do with them and how they can do it. And some of the elders, in some sense, don’t believe there is a place for witches anymore. Others feel differently.”As for whether THE VAMPIRE DIARIES and THE SECRET CIRCLE exists in the same universe (think about the crossovers), Williamson says he’s adhering to the book worlds of both – one in which they don’t exist in each others universes.

“We’re playing these two more as companion pieces,” says Williamson. “They’re two separate worlds. Chance Harbor doesn’t exist in the same world as Mystic Falls.”

So does this mean no cross-over shows? BoO!

Expect to see the show air Thursdays at 9pm, following The Vampire Diaries (who filmed their pilot in Vancouver, then moved to ATL for production) I hope The Secret Circle stays in Vancouver.

Videos from The Vampire Diaries SDCC Panel

The Vampire Diaries at Comic-Con #SDCC

Today The Vampire Diaries Panel at Comic-Con took place at the same time as the Snow White and the Huntsmand Panel, leading Ian Somerhalder to tweet:

"If snow white takes our panel attendance I am going to cry..."

Videos from The Vampire Diairies Panel are here or read on (click more) for live blog details.


Cinema Blend live blogged:

3:33 They don't waste any time and get right into screening the exclusive comic-con sizzle reel.

3:38 What a sizzle! The panel is introduced with cast members Joseph Morgan, Nina Dobrev, Ian Somerhalder, Candice Accola and Paul Wesley as well as exec producer Kevin Williamson are in attendance.

3:41 On the numerous deaths, Williamson says that "Jenna's was very hard for me," before Somerhalder adds "its one of those things, you become so close to people and reading about when Vicki dies was heartbreaking. Seeing it and being there was worse."

3:44 It's Paul Wesley's birthday and the crowd, with Somerhalder, erupts into singing happy birthday. Wesley says he hates birthdays and changes the subject, saying he's happy to begin embracing the darker side of Stefan.

3:48 On which of her dual roles she prefers, Dobrev says "Everyone asks that question but... I get the best of both worlds. I get to be the bad girl, the good girl. Have flashbacks, bite people. I can't pick one because they are both challenging and awesome. They'll kill me one day." Regarding the transformation, Somerhalder interjects "she just turns into a raging bitch."

3:53 Ian Somerhalder is always suggesting foreign locales for an episode, because "when you're used to living in Los Angeles where there are no seasons and then you shoot in Atlanta, and read night exterior... shirtless, it kicks your butt."

3:55 "Am I crazy?" says Somerhalder. A fan yells, "no, you're hot!"

3:58 What other character would you like to play? Morgan opens with "I'd like to play Damon, with all the fun he's having," Somerhalder chimes in, "it can be, at times it can be." Then Somerhalder, Williamson and Wesley all agree and answer "Klaus" simultaneously. Finally, Accola says, "I like being Caroline."

4:01 "At the end of the season Elena says it's okay to love both of them. We'll wait and see what that means," says Williamson. And asking if the actors feel the difference when Nina is Elena versus Catherine somehow devolved into Somerhalder saying, "Catherine in a leather one piece, swimming through jello." Yeah, I don't know how it got there either. Wesley gives a fan his name place card.

4:04 Wesley, "I'm feeling naked without my name sign," so Williamson moves Somerhalder's over and Ian says, "here, take a better one buddy."

4:07 Nina is asked who would you choose, Damon or Stefan? And you have to answer. She says, "the problem is," Somerhalder "oh, here we go" and then she continues, "half the room would get mad if I said one, half if I said the other. The beauty of this situation is I don't have to choose."

4:09 Dream guest stars? Morgan, "Fabio." Accola thinks Kevin would want Taylor Swift. Nina says "Justin Bieber wanted to be on our show." Finally Kevin Williamson gives the adult answer, "we're not big on stunt casting, we just write genuine characters and find the right actor to play them."

4:12 The final fan in line, "Happy birthday Paul, my question is for Ian." Wesley repeats it, sounding wounded. Somerhalder answers, "I wouldn't change a damn thing about Damon."

4:15 Lastly, Somerhalder pulls out a team Stefan shirt and Wesley has his team Damon one ready as well. The writers, "love all their children equally" showing shirts that say team Stefan, Damon, Catherine, Elena, Klaus and Caroline.

See more video's here

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Immortals Panel at SDCC

LA Times writes:

“Immortals” is the latest big-budget action movie looking for love from the audience at Comic-Con International, but unlike most of the other films being pitched here in San Diego, it’s not based on a comic-book, graphic novel or video game. “Immortals,” which opens Nov. 11, is an original screenplay — based albeit on Greek mythology.

I love Grek Mythology, but for some reason have been fairly indifferent to this upcoming film, even though it stars Kellan Lutz from Twilight, Henry Cavill, from the upcoming Superman and Freida Pinto from Slumdog Millionare. Still, my love for Greek Mythology has been intrigued enough to keep up on the production and promotion. I will definately go see it in theatres once it is released this November.

The “Immortals” footage featured very stylized fighting, heavy CG-effects and a vivid color palate with lots of dark red blood spurting everywhere. Fans were shown the fight scene twice.

Surprisingly, Singh says there were a lot of physical effects, more than he believes were used on Snyder’s “300,” a film that feels in the same vein as “Immortals,” which is also a highly stylized actioner.

Below are photos and summary from live blogs for those who were not there and wish to hear all the juicy details - click more...


Digital Spy live blogged the panel"

1.02pm: And here come the panelists - first up, producers Gianni Nunnari and Mark Canton and director Tarsem Singh! Tarsem claims that the tone for Immortals is "a little darker" and "more hardcore" than the initial trailers might have you believe.

1.05pm: Gianni adds that the Gods featured in the film are "a little younger" than people might be used to. Plus, "they're pissed".

1.06pm: Now for some exclusive footage, narrated by John Hurt. There's a strong 300 feel to the clip - it's intense, action-packed and violent!

1.08pm: Tarsem admits that he might get "a lot of crap" for featuring young gods in the film, but quips that if you were immortal and could live forever, you'd want to look like Henry Cavill. It's a fair point!

1.09pm: Speaking of which, here come the cast - Freida Pinto (Phaedra), Stephen Dorff (Stavros), Luke Evans (Zeus), Kellan Lutz (Poseidon) and Henry Cavill (Theseus). Much screaming from the crowd.

1.12pm: Henry admits that he originally joined the project to work with Tarsem, while Kellan describes his character as "salty" and "the God of Wetness". Oh my!

1.15pm: Steven Dorff discusses his character, the slave Stavros, and reveals that he's a little "horny" for Freida Pinto's character.

1.16pm: The moderator asks Mark Canton how he managed to scoop up so many up-and-coming actors. The producer claims that he's keen to avoid "the bulls**t of the past" and focus on what's the next big thing. He's done well, I'm sure you'll agree.

1.18pm: "Is everybody happy to see Henry?" asks the moderator. The crowd whoops and cheers in approval. Henry then talks about "finding a voice" for his character and explains that he was keen to avoid being too "stuffy" as Theseus. "You don't want to be too English about it," he says. "But you don't want to be too American about it either."

1.23pm: Just had another glimpse at footage from the film - an absurd but gruesomely entertaining fight scene. Looks like good, silly fun.

1.25pm: The moderator opens the floor to fan questions, asking the audience to keep questions related to Immortals only. What ever could he mean?

1.26pm: A fan asks Tarsem what the key is to producing a successful 3D film. The director suggests that if you're ready for it, 3D can be a useful tool, but if it's forced on you in post-production, then it can detract from the final product. The audience applauds in agreement.

1.29pm: The cast is asked what was the most difficult part of filming. "Staying in shape was really tough," says Henry Cavill. "Except Kellan. Kellan is always in shape."

1.32pm: The next audience member asks Luke and Kellan about their "divine powers" in the film. Luke explains that Zeus is "more manual" in the film, using a whip and chains to fight rather than thunder-bolts and lightning.

1.34pm: The next fan is wearing a Superman shirt, but asks an Immortals question. When Tarsem is asked why he only included a certain number of gods in the film, he replies, "I could only gather up so many good-looking guys."

1.36pm: Did Kellan do any research for the role of Poseidon? "I watched The Little Mermaid again," he quips.

1.38pm: Freida Pinto is asked by an adoring fan what her favorite part of working on the film was. "Watching the men!" she admits. "It's not often that the men have to bare all, and the women can stay covered."

1.42pm: Steven Dorff is quizzed about his career in general. "I just like to mix it up," he explains. "I want to play different kinds of roles, different challenges on all different levels."

1.43pm: The moderator finally asks Henry Cavill the big Superman question. "It's one of the best scripts I've ever read," says the Brit actor. "I'm humbled by the whole experience, and I can't wait to get started."

Here are some photos from

See more at Twilightish.

Kellan also attended a number of parties and red carpet events:

So what do you all think?

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Maggie Q of Nikita a hit at SDCC 2011

Maggie Q was the focal point of the Nikita panel at comic-con, with a coach from highschool saying hi from the crowd, fans of her early Hong Kong movies asking questions, and the fans overall asking her questions. She even attempted to demonstrate a stunt with an audience member!!

But, away from Maggie Q and back to Nikita - - - what can we expect from the new season? Read on for More...

Hitfix writes:

"We've talked about the idea that every character is searching for home in their way," Silverstein said. "Alex is trying to get back to the home that is due her. Nikita's trying to find the home that she never had. Percy's trying to get back to his home."

He added, "Michael and Nikita out there righting wrongs as Alex heads from right to wrong."

So what does that all mean?

Well, things are tense between Alex and Nikita.

"We're going to see an Alex and Nikita fight early one, which you've never seen before," Silverstein teased.

And Michael and Nikita are definitely all couple-y this season, though there are complications.

"We're on the run," Shane West said. "We're under extraordinary circumstances. One's conservative. One's liberal. They're very different, but they're in love."

Alex is also on her own, though that mostly means that she isn't working for Division anymore. Or is she?

"That's a really complicated question," Silverstein said. "She has a relationship with Division, but she does not work for them. She needs them to get what she wants."

And even Division isn't Division anymore, or at least not the same Division Xander Berkeley ruled with an iron fist for much of Season One.

"The power dynamics within Division have changed," Silverstein said. "When we come back, Amanda [Melinda Clarke] is running Division and Percy has been banished to probably the coolest set we've built."

Of Amanda, Silverstein added, "She's trying to clean up Percy's mess... She's trying to turn Division into a more principled place. But as we know, Amanda is 10 times scarier than Percy."

And what of Aaron Stanford's Birkhoff?

"Birkhoff is no longer in Division and you're going to find out what happened to him in the first episode and I really don't want to spoil it," Silverstein hinted.

And speaking of returning favorites, Silverstein also said that Devon Sawa's Owen will return, now with a different source of funding.

"If they could all just get along, they'd be a super-team. But they don't all get along and that's what makes it fun," Silverstein said, noting that there are no plans to put Owen in a love-triangle with the currently content couple, so Mikita fans can breathe a sigh of relief.

Amidst all of this potential excitement, Maggie Q said she was looking forward to finally getting some information about Nikita herself.

"Craig did an amazing thing, he got away with not divulging anything about our hero in the first season," she noted.

In Season Two, we're going to see more of Nikita's pre-Division life, including her birth parents and the phase Maggie Q refers to as "Tough, knife-fight Nikita."

And, of course, there will be new bad guys, badder than ever.

"There's going to be a lot more badness," Silverstein said. "Michael and Nikita have the Black Box. The black box holds the dirtiest, darkest secrets and bad guys."

As for what other specifics were revealed during the panel… IGN summarized:

•Silverstein promised, "Alex and Nikita fight early on, which we really haven't seen before." The actresses laughed, recalling filming the fight scene, which Fonseca said involved Maggie Q picking her up and throwing her into a car.

•The power dynamic at Division is very different now. Said Silverstein, "Amanda is running Division and Percy has been banished to probably the coolest set we've built yet." While he wouldn't get specific on what that set was, he did add, "Percy has taken a fall and he's plotting his revenge."

•A new character, Shawn, is introduced this season, who has been sent by Oversight to watch over Amanda. Amanda is trying to "Clean up Percy's mess," or at least that's what she claims, noted Silverstein. Shawn has been described in the press as a potential love interest for Alex, though Fonseca said that was funny to her, given that Amanda hates him during the scenes they're currently shooting. Fonseca said that Alex "has a relationship with Division, but she does not work for them. She needs them to get what she wants. " Silverstein elaborated that "She's working with them on a quid pro quo basis. It could go wrong at any time."

•While Michael and Nikita are together, it won't be smooth sailing. West said, the two of them are "Very different, but in love. They're trying to work out those problems while in extraordinary circumstances."

•More of Nikita's past will be revealed via flashbacks, including, as Maggie Q pondered, "Why is Nikita the best? Where does it come from?" She and Silverstein discussed the question of Nikita's parents – and Fonseca said she hopes to learn about Alex's mother as well.

•"Birkhoff is no longer in Division, but you'll find out what happened to him in the first episode," said Silverstein. The cast all seemed very excited by what's to come with Birkhoff in Season 2, though they all kept silent on what that involved.

•Owen (Devon Sawa) will return in the second episode of Season 2, and Ryan will return this season as well. Silverstein said Owen is "trying to get healthy" and "is being funded by a mysterious source."

•Silverstein said that the "love story" (his term) between Nikita and Alex remains crucial, noting, "The journey they go on this season is super rocky," but said that as in Season 1, "It ends in a totally different place than it begins."

September 23, we can expect the new season to return to CW, for now here is a preview:

SDCC Walking Dead Panel Videos

See more - Walking Dead Season 2 Poster and Panel

SDCC - The Ringer Panel Videos

-Ringer Panel Photos and details here

-Ringer - Buffy is back, ok it is Sarah Michelle Geller, but STILL!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Jurassic Park 4? Wait - What?

It was 1993 when I went on a date with my lil' boyfriend to see the original Jurassic Park. Now, year later, Jurassic Park 4 will be created... Can you believe it? I wonder where that boyfriend is now?

Actually, I know... I saw him last month at the bar - ha ha but THAT is another story.... For now, here is the details on Jurassic Park 4:

It's been almost twenty years since the first Jurassic Park film stomped into theaters, and now it's time for a whole new generation to develop a deep-seated fear of raptors. And Jeff Goldblum. Oscar-winning director/dinosaur fan Steven Spielberg announced at Comic Con today that he's planning on directing a fourth installment of the massively successful Jurassic Park series for Universal.

There have been rumors of a new installation of the series since June, when Spielberg announced that he had been discussing a script with I Am Legend screenwriter Mark Protosevich, but the recent San Diego announcement confirms that progress is being made on the prehistoric adventure. According to the director, he hopes to have Jurassic Park IV in production within the next two or three years.

While the first Jurassic Park film was an unqualified success, later entries The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park 3 had less success with critics and with the box office. But there's little question of why Spielberg wants to revive the franchise - the first Jurassic Park pioneered the use of CGI, and created effects that still look good decades later. The current advances in computer technology and 3D would give Spielberg an opportunity to bring the vivid world of Jurassic Park to life all over again. And make him an obscene amount of money


Director& Writer of Ryan Gosling's DRIVE at SDCC

Drive comes to theaters September 16th, 2011 and stars Ryan Gosling, Bryan Cranston, Carey Mulligan, Albert Brooks, Christina Hendricks, Ron Perlman. The film is directed by Nicolas Winding Refn.


True Blood Panel at SDCC 2011

I died tonight... at first a little because I missed the True Blood Panel, but then, a lot because friends of mine met Alexander Skarsgård.... *dies*

Yes, other friends met him last night at a celebrity filled Summit party, but somehow today was harder to deal... I could have been there... next year - no if's, and's or but's!

Anyways, enough of my whining! Let's get to the details of the True Blood panel at SDCC.... Since I was not there I am relying on others who were! writes:

A Q&A session moderated by Entertainment Weekly's Tim Stack featured Ryan Kwanten,, Rutina Wesley, Nelsan Ellis, Deborah Ann Woll, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Joe Manganiello, and Kevin Alejandro and more!

Want to read all about it? Click below for more. Also see the preview reel at the bottom for some hints on what's to come this season!


Sookie Stackhouse Fan Site summarized the panel:

In Attendance: Alan Ball, Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Alexander Skarsgard, Rutina Wesley, Nelsan Ellis, Kevin Alejandro, Deborah Ann Woll, Kristin Bauer van Straten.

Moderator: Tim Stack from Entertainment Weekly

Here comes “the most attractive cast on television!” – Tim Stack.

Why do people live in Bon Temps? “If you could live in Bon Temps, wouldn’t you?” – Alan Ball

Anna: “There’s the part of Sookie who’s sweet. And there’s the part of her that has really dirty vampire sex. Possibly with two vampires.”

Alan: “If you translate the spell placed on Alex, it says ‘you will lose your memory, your shirt, and you will still be insanely hot.’”

Alexander Skarsgard asked about whether Eric forgets his shirts all the time too. Saying the outfit Sookie finds for him at her/his house was maybe Hoyt’s.

Alan Ball on the outfit: “You’ll wear dorky outfits for several episodes, and still be insanely hot.”

Stephen Moyer says Bill and Portia will see each other again. But it’s not a big thing on Bill’s mind with the witchy goings on.

Is Jesus secretly dark? Kevin: “There’s a little darkness if everyone. You’ll have to watch to find out.”

Tara as a lesbian cage fighter? “I love the UFC. But I personally don’t like labels. I think Tara fell in love and didn’t know what happened but at least she’s smiling for a change.” – Rutina

Ryan: “I think he’s enjoying the fact that he’s now being called Ghost Daddy.”

Little girl from the audience: “I love you Deborah!” Deborah: “Oh, you’re too young to watch our show.”

Pam’s face-falling-off? Kristin: “We work hard to make you squeamish. But it’s a very technical experience. 9-hour day, 9-hour shoot.”

Is there hope for Bill and Sookie? The crowd applause’s/boos.

Anna: “It’s more complicated than that.”

What’s the deal with Arlene’s baby? Alan: “We’ll find out what it is about that doll that makes it creepy. And it’s something creepy.”

Will we see the famous shower scene? Alan pauses. “There will be a moment where Sookie and Eric are together in a shower. “It may not be exactly what happens in the books. It may be weirder. And dirtier.”

Anna talks about how being so short is an obstacle with the naked men scenes. Especially turning around to Alcide while Eric was in the water and trying to not have a direct look at his bidness.

Favorite scenes so far this season? Alan: “Jason’s ritualistic gang rape.” Ryan: “I’ll take it.”

Alex’s favorite scene this season so far? Eric’s swim in the sun.

Joe Manganiello is filming a movie in Atlanta and Sam Trammell’s about to have twins – in case you’re wondering why they did not attend!

Alan: “What I love about the comic books – it’s more story in a different format.”

Fan questions begin! Why’s Eric’s voice higher this season? Alex: “I was more of a robot. But I’m becoming more and more human.”

Are we going to see Pam’s made story? Alan: “You will definitely see it in Season 5.” Alex: “Aww, my baby.” Kristin: “Daddy.” Baby talk.

If Lafayette could date someone, would it be Eric, Jason, or Bill? Nelsan: “I must say I’m happy with the squeeze I got. But I’ll do all 4.”

Oh boy! Janina Gavankar bum-rushes the fan questions! Tells the cast they’re all going to hell!

Kristin: “Pam’s only vulnerable about her Maker. And now, losing her face.”

Random Zoolander 2 question to Alexander. He says it’s up to Ben Stiller, but he’d enjoy doing it.

Alan Ball asked about Eric’s memory return and how it happens, affects the political climate. Won’t reveal any details. “I think the vampires are going to stick together because they’re fighting a common enemy. And that enemy is Michelle Bachman.”

Panel asked whether Claudine’s death will heighten or diminish Sookie’s powers. Alan Ball says that those who’ve read the books know fairies are born in litters and are identical. Very cryptic, especially with how free the show is with the source material.

Sookie can still read minds, we just don’t hear about it.

Is the storyline between Sam and Tara done? Alan: “Nothing’s ever done on this show.”

International Truebie love? Alan: “This show is universal. People all over the world love crazy messed up weirdness.”

Alan: “This show has a tremendous amount of life. I hope we get to a point where we have to explain why vampires seem to be aging.”

Nelsan was asked about his appearance yesterday on the TV Guide panel and why he was wearing a hat and sitting back. “I was nervous to hear what people was going to say to me when I came out.”

Inspiration? Anna: “Even though these characters are supernatural, they’re grounded in human reality. What Sookie goes through is real.”

Stephen: “It all comes down to the writing. Unless the writing is good, you can’t do it. We’ve got an unbelievable group surrounding Alan.”

Fan asks Nelsan to call her “hooker.” Nelsan gives his best “hookah.”

There will be a Hooligans type place with male and female strippers in season 5.

Ghost like things will make an appearance on the show. Demons will play a larger part later this season. Alan Ball says they’re looking at adding more supernatural beings in season 5.

What supes haven’t we seen yet? Alan: “Cream of mushroom?” Ha. “Spirits without bodies. Brujo-based creatures. More research to come.”

Most memorable experience? Alex: “It was fun flying. Flashbacks. Stuff in Swedish, the Viking stuff. Why Eric is who he is today.”

Making Six Feet Under vs. True Blood? Alan: “True Blood is never depressing. The supernatural nature makes it fun to come to work.” ” The same depressing stuff is just more fun on TB .”

Kristin: “I’d like to think Eric is willing to do anything to save Pam. Alex: “He doesn’t care about many, but she means a lot to him.”

Kristen was asked about how Eric would react if Pam were the one with her memory wiped. Alex: “He’s willing to meet the true death for his progeny.” Audience gave a big “Awwww” to that. Pam without her memory would love children, wear bad clothes, and bake cookies.

“I like you a lot…baby steps, baby steps. But there’s potential.” Alex telling a fan he may grow to love her, but it’ll take time. Amazingly charming.

Alan Ball likes deviating from the books because it keeps all fans on their toes. “We try to remain true to the spirit and world of the books.”

Books vs. writing the show? Alan: “1. The books are all Sookie’s story. We can’t do that. 2. If we stuck to books, there would be no surprises.”

“She takes her clothes off all the time. Just wait for this season!” Alan Ball says of Anna Paquin’s Sookie.

Fan thanks the True Blood panel for making his “marriage relations a whole lot better.” Crowd goes wild.

Actors talking about how they auditioned for the show. Alex sent in a tape. Nelsan thrusted his crotch at Alan. “Something you want to remember if you want to be an actress,” Ball quips to a groan.

Deborah Ann Woll speaks for the first time. Fans love her. She had to do her death and vampire rebirth scene. Ryan Kwanten was part of the first round of auditions.

Rutina Wesley talking about getting on the show, and fans are yelling out they love her. I think they’ve begun to redeem Tara in the fan’s eyes this season. There’s a great shot of Tara with a shotgun in the teaser trailer that got an enormous pop.

Rutina: “When I got the part, I literally started crying. I’m very thankful to you, Alan, for the opportunity.” *tears*

Stephen Moyer had been burglarized. After he got his kid to sleep with his teddy, Stephen got the call. He flew to LA the next day and met Anna for the first time. Anna Paquin went through numerous readings. “I stalked Alan until he gave in.” Anna thankful that Alan was able to see beyond what’s on the page in the book and who she is.

HUGE thank you to the fans who waiting in line ALL DAY to attend today’s panel.

Here is a "sizzle reel" with a sneak peek on what's to come this season - rawr!

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Bel Ami Trailer

We have long awaited this trailer... finally it is here... though no release date for the movie yet.

Well, what do you think??

We were wondering where Bel Ami was in terms of a trailer, a release date and so on. I am excited to at least have this to drool over while we await further details.

Walking Dead Season 2 Panel as SDCC - TRAILER

I am excited to learn 'Walking Dead' will return the day before my birthday - what a treat! Yes, Zombies and post-apocalypitic television is exactly what I yearn for the night before my birthday, what can I say, I am a geek.

We already saw the Season 2 special AMC Poster that is available at SDCC and now we get a trailer.... (See end of this post) and now MTV has exlusive photos from Season 2:

Rick Grimes and his fellow zombie apocalypse survivors trekking through the blistering forested heat of Atlanta. He's not alone, thankfully: Daryl Dixon is leading the pack with his trusty crossbow in hand, while friendly faces Andrea, Carol, Glenn and Rick's wife Lori hang in the background.

EW writes:

At Comic-Con, The Walking Dead panel just announced the second season will debut Sunday, October 16 at 9 p.m. — a couple weeks earlier than last year and at a different time. They also revealed the season will open with our heroes fleeing the Center for Disease Control — no time jump.

“There’s an expectation now,” says creator Robert Kirkman. “First season, nobody knew what was coming. I can say it’s made everybody work harder. It’s empowered us to try harder. We’re taking that seriously and really trying to deliver.”

Hitfix live blogged from the panel, click if you want to read more.

More... 11:24 a.m. Chris Hardwick is our moderator. He welcomes Frank Darabont, Gale Anne Hurd, Robert Kirkman (loud applause) and Greg Nicotero.

11:24 a.m. Gale Anne Hurd announces that Season 2 of "The Walking Dead" will premiere on Sunday, October 16 at 9 p.m.

11:26 a.m. Once again, "Walking Dead" will be a part of AMC's "Fear Fest" block.

11:26 a.m. Robert Kirman heard about negotiations with AMC after Darabont and Hurd made the pitch. "You've got to hand it to AMC for being a network that had the vision to try something this crazy." They note the number of networks that didn't have the vision to do this. "And now they all want a zombie show," Darabont cracks.

11:27 a.m. "I was doing the comic and thinking 'Well, I'll always be doing the comic,'" Kirkman says, recalling the years of pitching "Walking Dead" in other mediums.

11:27 a.m. Chris Hardwick makes it clear that he loves "Dream Warriors," calling it his favorite "Nightmare on Elm Street." Darabont goes into a story of writing the script with Chuck Russell in a cabin in Big Bear. They wrote the script three weeks before "Dream Warriors" began shooting. And now you know!

11:29 a.m. "When I grew up in Pittsburgh, I just assume that everybody loved zombies," Nicotero says. "With this, we were really determined to follow the spirit of the art work and push things further," Nicotero adds, saying that he goes so far as to cast every single zombie performer. There's a zombie school in Atlanta where they train the extras on how to be zombies. That's not a nice thing to call Emory! [I kid. I kid.]

11:31 a.m. "You can shoot me in the face!" Hardick gushes, saying he'd love to play a zombie.

11:32 a.m. Hardwick tells a story about scaring people at a party by loudly explaining how "Walking Dead" was a realistic depiction of a zombie apocalypse. "But you're no stranger to scaring girls away," Kirkman interjects.

11:34 a.m. "It's a bit of pressure knowing that everybody loves the show. And there's expectation now," Kirkman says, adding that those expectations have "empowered us to try harder." Darabont adds, "This year we have a room of writers who know the show."

11:35 a.m. "Partner with the most talented people you can find. Three of them are sitting up here. If you can do that and you have great underlying source material, that's what a producer does," Gale Anne Hurd advises.

11:36 a.m. Comic-Con premiere trailer. Here's what we see: POV shot of Jon Bernthal running. Very intense. And behind him? An army of zombies. He fires a shotgun aggressively. Empty city streets. Flashback to what Rick experienced when he came out of his coma. And the events of last season. We're leaving Atlanta. "The end of civilization... Was just the beginning." We're on the road. "The strain of survival... Takes its toll." Several people from the core group are splitting off. Tensions. An explosion. A breakdown on the road in a traffic jam. And here come the zombies. Lots and lots of zombies. A set piece in a sea of stalled cars. Pretty evocative. Hey, a quote from HitFix! Gotta see if it was my review or Sepinwall's.

11:42 a.m. It was Sepinwall's review.

11:42 a.m. The cast finally comes out. They all come out together, so I can't tell you who got the most applause. Harwick asks if this is Andrew Lincoln's first Con. He replies, "This is my second Con, but it's still just as scary."

11:44 a.m. "It's the greatest job I've ever been involved in and it just keeps getting better and better," Lincoln says. Sorry, "Love Actually."

11:44 a.m. "You work as hard on a failure as you do on a success," Sarah Wayne Callies says. And yet she still was excited when the numbers came out and they got another season. "They're the best television scripts I've ever seen," Callies says of the Season Two scripts. "The most dangerous things out there are the monsters inside," Callies says of the season's theme.

11:46 a.m. "Every stage of the way, every person I've met... have just only made this better and better and it has been capped by you, because I think that the 'Walking Dead' fans are the best in the world," Bernthal says, calling "Walking Dead" fans the "smartest" and "most badass."

11:48 p.m. "Every script is gold. I'm working with my friends who are so good at what they do and I think you're going to be so thrilled. If you're a fan of the 'Walking Dead' graphic novel, I think you're going to be so thrilled this season," Laurie Holden says.

11:50 a.m. When asked about his character's up-beat attitude, Jeffrey DeMunn says, "I guess he's just so terribly nearsighted he doesn't realize the trouble he's in." Frank Darabont called Jeffrey DeMunn and said, "Hey Jeff, how'd you like to come down to Atlanta to kill zombies?" And DeMunn said yes.

11:52 a.m. "You wake up. You do a tick check.. check for ticks... You just check everywhere... You check for ticks. You go to work. You take it all in. You sweat your butt off and then you go home and do another tick check," says Steven Yeun on his daily routine. Apparently ticks are a major problem on the "Walking Dead" set. "There's ticks where we shoot. And sometimes, you know, they're small. You don't notice them. One of them climbed... my mountain... and planted a flag... right on the peak... of my mountain," Yeun elaborates. Yup. That's just about enough information. Perhaps too much. Maybe.

11:54 a.m. The crowd loves Norman Reedus, who bought himself a big truck that gets him approving glances from "rednecks" down South. He loves Georgia. "I may never leave," he says. And the best part of Reedus' job? "Dude, I run around with a crossbow and shoot zombies in the brain."

11:56 a.m. "Robert Kirkman, you did my podcast a few months ago," Hardwick begins. "Are we plugging your podcast now?" Kirkman interjects. The purpose of the intro is Kirkman's confession that in the event of a real zombie apocalypse, he'd kill himself. "Yeah, I'd jump off a bridge," Kirkman says. Hurd says, "Read the comic book, learn the rules."

11:58 a.m. Any Season 2 teases? "It picks up about five seconds in an overlap with the end of the first season. It's literally them driving away from the CDC. There's not of this bulls*** 'Six Months Later' stuff," Darabont teases.

11:59 a.m. First crowd question is about possible casting on Michonne and The Governor. Robert Kirkman suggests "Ed O'Neill" for both roles, because he wants to meet him. "And my second go-to is John Stamos," Kirkman jokes. Darabont adds, "We're actually having those conversations as we speak."

12:01 p.m. Do any of the actors do their own stunts? "I did pretty much all my stunts apart from taking my horse down. Even the driving and I only learned to drive four years ago," Lincoln says. Jon Bernthal hedges, but adds, "We do as much as we can ourselves. It's an incredibly game group of actors and an incredibly game crew. Best crew in the world." "When you get bruises and cuts, it's like you've earned your day. It's like your war wounds," Holden says.

12:03 p.m. Reedus is asked which is weirder, "Walking Dead" or working on a video with Lady Gaga. "By far this is the best and the weirdest. It doesn't get much weirder than this, so I'd say this one. I love Gaga, though. She's super-cool," Reedus says.

12:04 p.m. What advice does Greg Nicotero have? "Just constantly document what you do," Nicotero have. You have to study what people have done before and what people are doing now. Nicotero got a complimentary phone call from Rick Baker about the makeup on "The Walking Dead," which he called "astounding."

12:07 p.m. "I've done 800 movies, this is one of the best projects, because I get to be with these people every day," Nicotero says.

12:08 p.m. "He is going to blow your mind this year," teases Callies about the performance by the actor playing young Carl this season.

12:09 p.m. Robert Kirkman apologizes for not taking Andrew Lincoln to a Cracker Barrel while he's been in the South.

12:11 p.m. "I think the plan is to get there but it's not something we can rush. We have to take our time with it," Kirkman says of the evolution of Lincoln's Rick versus the evolution of Rick in the comic.

12:12 p.m. The fake blood doesn't taste gross. It's just corn syrup. But the stuff that gives zombies their black teeth takes disgusting. "There are little black puddles all over the set," Nicotero says. They've streamlined the zombie-making process. It only only requires 90 minutes to prep a hero zombie.

12:14 p.m. The last question is about Jeffrey DeMunn and his theater work. "The two disciplines feed each other is the one thing I can say," DeMunn says, noting that doing theater tunes up the memory as well. "They add an energy to each other, but beyond that, I have no idea how 'Death of a Salesman' helps you kill a zombie.

Here is the Season 2 trailer:

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Big Bang Theory Panel at SDCC

Hit Fix live blogs Big Bang Theory panel today at Comic-Con. I am so jealous to be stuck at home with dry socket from wisdom teeth surgery and not in the room listening myself....

12:36 The panel is introduced -- "Welcome, everybody, to the Comics-Con -- by Howard Wolowitz's mom. She introduces a blooper reel from seasons past. It turns out that the show's stars have difficulties talking with their mouth full. Jim Parsons breaking is quite charming and Kaley Cuoco breaking is kinda adorable. Shocking, I know.

12:44 p.m. Chris Hardwick seems to think the media didn't recognize "Nerd Culture" before "Big Bang Theory." But wait. "I don't think we were doing a show about Nerd Culture. We were doing a show about people we liked," Bill Prady says, while Lorre says it's about "extraordinary people," not nerds. "For those of us who are members of a particular group, sometimes we don't see ourselves depicted on television and it was fun to be part of doing that," Prady adds.

12:46 p.m. What did the actors think when they first got the scripts for the show. "I really wanted to say these words that they had written for Sheldon," Parsons says, adding, "I really thought that if I could learn them, I'd be able to do that to their liking. And they did. They liked it and they hired me." Parson says, "I didn't try to make him sympathetic. I didn't try to garner any empathy for him," though he says that he always had empathy for and with Sheldon saying, "He is what he is. And he's a lovely fellow."

12:48 p.m. "Kaley digs nerds, too," Cuoco says in response to Hardwick's question about Penny's love for nerds. The crowd enjoys this pandering. "It's been unreal and we're just riding this wave as long as you let us," Cuoco says. Of last year's broken leg, "They worked around it and I hopped around and the writers were great and helped me out." Lorre instructs us to go look at the episodes where Penny spent time standing behind things.

12:50 p.m. Hardwick is buddies with Johnny Galecki. Lorre recruited Galecki before there was even a script. "It really wasn't until the first table read when I heard everybody do their thing that I thought, 'Now I get it,'" Galecki says. Is he referring to the original pilot or to the one CBS actually picked up?

12:52 p.m. Johnny and Jim are going head-to-head for an Emmy. Is there tension or physical altercations? "That's not the working environment we have. I don't head-butt."

12:52 p.m. Asked about last season's Bollywood number, Nayyar replies, "It was really cool shooting that scene with Melissa. She's a great dancer and a very good singer and very Indian... inside of her system. You know what I mean... Like, you know."

12:54 p.m. Does Simon Helberg get to do an improvising on "Big Bang Theory"? "No. I mean, how could we make up those lines? We'd have to be insane. I can't even imagine how they're written down." It's discussed that both Helberg and Rauch have dueling Mrs. Wolowitz impressions. "You don't want too many of those voices floating around the stage," Helberg says. They each do their impressions and there's little doubt that Rauch is the winner. "Face, Simon. She faced you," Hardwick says. "She's little, but she's strong," adds Helberg. "It's the Indian in me," Rauch says, providing the perfect capper. She has a background in standup comedy. Who knew?

12:40 p.m. Chuck Lorre comes out first. I wonder if he's seen as many Charlie Sheen-related t-shirts around the Con as I have. Lorre is joined by Bill Prady and Steve Molaro on the production side. In terms of stars, it's Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons (with long hair and a hint of a mustache), Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg (bearded and filming us), Kunal Nayyar, Mayim Bialik (the crowd LOVES Blossom) and Melissa Rauch (very Kristen Bell-esque without her glasses on).

12:43 p.m. Chris Hardwick is moderating this one as well.

12:57 p.m. Why, pray tell, did Mayim Bialik get a PhD? "I fell in love with biology when I was a teenager, when I was still working on 'Blossom,'" Bialik says. Did she audition for the show? "I'm sorry to admit that I'd never watched the show. I'd heard of it. I was told they wanted a female Jim Parsons and I said, 'Who is Jim Parsons?'" Apparently Bialik's resume just has her PhD listed under "miscellany." "That's where it goes. It doesn't go under TV or Film. It goes under miscellany," says Bialik, who admits that she gets a "twitch" whenever something in the script doesn't sound right.

1:00 p.m. What's going to come from last season's cliffhanger? "There will be a resolution and we think whichever way you came down on what happened, you'll be happy with how it works out," Prady says cryptically.

1:01 p.m. Jim Parsons hasn't continued his playing of the Theramin, but he says that he did his own musical stunts with the instrument. "I did, to the best of my ability, learn. I did that," Parsons says.

1:02 p.m. Kaley Cuoco doesn't know what TARDIS is or stands for. She's unapologetic.

1:02 p.m. Favorite moments? "My joke is usually that kissing Kaley was my favorite part of the season," Bialik says, but Amy's kiss with Sheldon was her actual favorite. I don't understand Jim's favorite. Kaley recalls the dancing scene in which a old man grabs her ass. Johnny actually references a Cuoco moment and a Rauch moment and a Nayyar moment. Good for him. Nayyar's favorite moment was being trained to properly sing the song for his Bollywood scene. Helberg's favorite moment was wrestling with Nayyar "On and off camera," and wearing the one-piece wrestling uniform and being sweet with Rauch. And Rauch lists the Penny/Sheldon acting lesson as her favorite scene, along with the New Year's Eve look between Leonard and Penny.

1:09 p.m. The first fan question is about when Sheldon is going to experience additional intimacy. "Sheldon seems singularly devoted to science," Bill Prady says, as he says every year.

1:10 p.m. Parsons gives a "Bazinga!" to a recently returned soldier.

1:11 p.m. What still challenges Parsons about Sheldon? "I don't know what he's talking about a lot of the time. That's what Mayim's for these days, which is actually sad but true," he says. Parson notes that because of the dialogue, it's hard for anybody to phone anything in.

1:13 p.m. Do they pull any nerdiness during down time? Nobody can think of anything. "I don't know if we're pranksters," Kaley says. "We make a lot of fun of each other," another castmember (I think Nayyar adds). The question comes from a first-time Comic-Con attendee and they all want to give her an answer, but they can't. "Oh Nancy. It's your first Comic-Con. You'll think of something better next time," Cuoco says.

1:15 p.m. Sara Gilbert won't be returning to "BBT" any time soon because of "The Talk." Sorry.

1:16 p.m. How was Amy Farrah Fowler developed? Specifically her love of double-entendres? "Mayim is a very sexual actress. She's a dirty, dirty girl. As writers, we try to write to the strengths of the actors," Lorre says. Prady clarifies that Sheldon and Amy both missed out on certain "normal" experiences growing up an he says, "The differences between Sheldon and Amy is that Amy games. Amy wants to have the experiences she didn't have." Bialik describes it as a suspended adolescence that Amy is in and adds, "Yes, I'm a very sexual actress."

1:18 p.m. "What was your favorite nerd encounter?" a fan asks the stars. "I think this is mind right now," Cuoco coos.

1:19 p.m. Galecki's first screen kiss was with Bialik, 20 years ago.

1:20 p.m. "I'm always surprised by the variety of people who are fans," Helberg says, recalling a confrontation with a giant tattooed man in a parking lot. "I ran over him," he says.

1:22 p.m. There was actually debate last year in the episode in which they said Sheldon's first kiss was with Amy, rather than with Leonard's mother. "As an actor, I count both of them and I'm honored to have done both of them. Kissed both of them..." Parsons says. "And then a child came up [to the podium]."

1:23 p.m. "Was it embarrassing singing 'Soft Kitty' and rubbing VaboRub on Jim?" a small child asks Kaley, who responds, "Madison, one day you'll learn to appreciate that." And Parson adds, "Frankly, it was more awkward for me. I had to bare flesh." They ask Madison if this was her first Comic-Con. "NO!" she says.

1:26 p.m. "Did the show help you find your way into the sciences? Then that's beyond our wildest dreams of cool things the show can do," Lorre tells a fan. "We like to say that 'Cheers' brought people to alcoholism and we bring people to the sciences."

1:27 p.m. Who is their favorite "villain" who has appeared on the show? "I didn't understand the question," Nayyar says. Helberg repeats the question in an Indian accent and Nayyar responds, "I love the way I'm half-Jamaican." Parson likes the frenemy status with Kripke, though he also loves having Wil Wheaton on set. Yes, Wil Wheaton gets a good round of applause and Hardwick tells people to sing the "Stand By Me" theme to him.

1:35 p.m. "Sheldon isn't autistic, he's Sheldon," a fan says, thanking the producers for not clearly declaring his status. But the next question has Parsons saying that his first grade teacher mom hears that it's good to see people like sheldon functioning in the world. Ultimately, though, Parsons just agrees that Sheldon is Sheldon

1:36 p.m. The last question? The obligatory, "How are you like your character?" query. "Every year, we get asked this question," Nayyar says. Everybody looks at him like he's being mean and Nayyar adds, "Just because I'm foreign, people don't get my intonation." To this, Helberg responds "Just because I'm foreign make a donation?" But on to semi-serious answers? "I live next door to people," Cuoco says. Rauch follows suit with, "Both myself and Bernadette are really short" and Galecki agrees, "I have that in common with your character, too."

That's all, folks...


Man, my husband and I would LOVE to meet the cast of Big Bang Theory, it is one of our most favourite shows. The cast, the scripts, the whole thing is just fantastic, and I don't only say that because we are big geeks ourselves ;)

'The Adventures of Tin Tin' Panel at SDCC writes:
Steven Spielberg walk out to a outstanding ovation and receives the Ink Pot Award for Achievement in Film. "I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for you,".

Where did it begin with Tintin? French journalist who reviewed Raiders kept comparing the film to Tintin and so Spielberg read the story and was hooked. The director calls Tintin the "cousin" of Raiders.

Spielberg mentions that, even with motion capture, you still need to cast great actors. Had to decide whether to do a digital dog or shoot the film live. They did a test of the digital and are showing clip.

Peter Jackson appeared at the panel as a surprise guest and rouses the crowd by saying, "Spielberg shows promise." They wanted to make the movie look like the drawings in the Herge books. Jackson: "they wanted it to have a texture and level of detail so that it almost looks like live-action.". To create a hybrid of live-action and motion capture, sets were built over a 2 to 3 year period. It's a film that Spielberg actually shot. Spielberg had the virtual camera in his hands while looking at a screen on set and getting the shots—he calls it "a direct to canvas" method of filmmaking. Peter Jackson looked at all the books before he they started. He said the books read almost like storyboards.

Footage shown: clip in 3-d lots of action, bullets flying....Fist fights and Indiana Jones style music cues. Snowy the Dog is cute and expressive. Major at -sea action. Motorcycle with sidecar chase scene as well.

After the footage ended, Spielberg explained that they "filmed the movie like a live action film, but using a virtual controller". The film employs lots of shots that look hand held, steaddicam etc.

On the casting, Spielberg said Jamie Bell is Tintin through and through, while Jackson praised Nick Frost and Simon Pegg as the film's detective brothers "you could only do in motion capture."

Read the rest here

Videos from Big Bang Theory Pabel at SDCC 2011


Underworld: Awakening 3D at SDCC writes:

Appearing at Comic-Con's Hall H were stars Beckinsale and Michael Ealy, as well as directors Mans Marlind and Bjorn Stein, and producer Len Wiseman, who directed the first two films in the series, Underworld and Underworld: Evolution.

Here's what we heard at the panel:

The filmmakers jump right into their presentation, showing some footage from the upcoming film. Clip looked great in 3-d and showed Beckinsale kicking ass and slicing people up as well as biting someone's neck. Lots of gunplay


Then straight into a Q&A:

What was it like to wear the costume? Beckinsale said the suit is like a giant condom.

Director said they framed shots differently because of the 3D.

What was most challenging fight sequence? Beckinsale said during the last few weeks of filming the fight scenes were fun to shoot. The knee-slide while she is slashing people's throats was shot on a bowling alley type floor.

Actor Michael Ealy said he took an ass kicking during filming.

How did Producer Len Wiseman come up with the idea for Underworld? Said he was working on a werewolf movie and then came up with the idea of a West Side Story type of thing with vampires and werewolves.

Will there be more sequels to Underworld? Len Wiseman said he hopes so. Future installments aren't really planned out.

Collider summarizes:

Stein said that they’re only about halfway through shooting but they’ve brought some footage to be screened exclusively at Comic-Con. The footage was basically a trailer, opening with Beckinsale breaking out of a glass tube-like contraption. The focus of the footage was the action and gore, but the 3D is incredibly annoying. It singles out the CG effects making everything look overtly fake. The action seems fine, with Beckinsale wielding a switchblade and slashing throats left and right. And yet again, everything is super blue.

When asked about the 3D, Marlind said they came into the film not planning to do 3D, but when they made the decision to do 3D they settled on doing it right. He said it affected everything in the filmmaking process, as they framed every shot thinking about 3D.

Looks like it will be a pretty awesome flick. I am not really a 3D fan overall, though sometimes it works, I don't generally prefer it. We will see.


Thursday, July 21, 2011

Colin Farrel at SDCC for Fright Night writes:

Fright Night is one of the most buzzed about horror remakes of recent and the amazing cast descended into San Diego to treat Con-goers with a Q&A and sneak preview. On hand were stars Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell, Imogen Poots, Dave Franco, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, director Craig Gillespie, and screenwriter Marti Noxon. Obviously missing is the Tenth Doctor himself David Tennant, but the remaining cast easily made up for his absence.

Moderator Chris Sarandon (star of the original Fright Night) asked Craig why he wanted to direct Fright Night. He said he could visualize the movie very easily and wanted to combine horror and comedy like in the original movie.

Writer Marti Noxon said the original had interesting relationships that could evolve 20 years after the original film. She wanted to write a vampire who had a viciousness and sexuality.

First Clip: Very funny clip that pokes fun at Twilight with Mintz-Plasse and Yelchin.

Yelchin was attracted to this character "because he goes on a mission to find himself and battle a vampire at the same time.".

Second Clip: short clip of Farrell's character intimidating Yelchin's character.

Third clip: Farrell's vampire pursues Yelchin and his GF played by Imogen Poots and his mom played by Toni Collette. Car chase ensues and they run over Farrell and he winds smashing his hand through the bottom of the car.

Final clip has Yelchin going to David Tenant who plays a magician in Vegas to get tips on how to kill a vampire.

Yelchin: What's it like to play a character that has been played before (he did so in Star Trek, Terminator Salvation and now Fright Night)? He says it's fun to do the research on the character and then add something to it. He says he's been lucky to play these characters and respects them.

Farrell says he's reconnected with the reason he became an actor in the first place, particularly in the last 5 years.

The movie was shot in 3d and the camera weighs 90 lbs and the car chase choreography took two months to work out.

Mintz-Plasse wants to make a follow up to Kick-Ass, but all the actors are too busy right now.

Colin Farrell went to audience to sign an autograph and when he bent down the camera caught his plumbers butt and the audience erupted in laughter. He was a good sport!

A well-made, spooky, fun, 3D horror film with an impressive talented cast? Count us in!


Dexter featured at Showtime Panel at SDCC

Over 4,000 fans filled Ballroom 20 of the San Diego Convention Center on Thursday to revel in this year's "Dexter" Comic-Con panel. The one-hour session featured Michael C. Hall along with cast mates Jennifer Carpenter, James Remar and the show's executive producers discussing some of the story and character arcs from the highly-anticipated fifth season which premieres on Sunday, September 26th at 9:00 PM ET/PT on Showtime.

Hit Fix Live Blogged from the Showtime Panel which featured Shameless, Homeland and of course, Dexter...

6:15 p.m. Not surprisingly, Showtime put "Shameless" and "Homeland" first, keeping people around until "Dexter."

6:30 p.m. The "Homeland" panel ends with Morena Baccarin taking a picture of us.

6:31 p.m. "Dexter" likes having associated games. This fall, the new game "Slice of Life" will premiere.

6:33 p.m. Time to watch the first trailer for the new season of "Dexter." We start with Dexter getting ready to do his Dexter thing to a religious fundamentalist. Cut to "Person Jesus" as an always-awesome music cue. Brief glimpse of Edward James Olmos. Brief glimpse of Mos Def. Brief glimpse of Colin Hanks. Not sure I got much of a feeling for the season. But it was still creepy.

Here is the trailer:

6:37 p.m. Lame Casey Anthony joke from moderator Ralph Garman.

6:38 p.m. Huge applause for C.S. Lee. He's Harry Tang, darnit.

6:38 p.m. "I can neither confirm nor deny any involvement in the 'Dexter' television program," says Colin Hanks, who will be playing a character named Travis Marshall. "You're going to see some stuff this season that you have not seen in previous seasons. It's going to be exciting and I may or may not be a part of it," says Hanks, who calls working on "Dexter" a treat

6:40 p.m. Harrison's getting older. "He's a lot heavier," Michael C. Hall says. He says that the actors playing Harrison have learned the concept of "No." Hall says that "a big engine" at the beginning of the season is Harrison evolving from infancy into a little boy. Dexter decides he has to give Harrison some sort of "spiritual grounding."

6:41 p.m. Producer Sara Colleton says that part of this season's journey for "Dexter" and Dexter involves our anti-hero's attempts to define faith. "It's done in true 'Dexter' style, so it's a lot of fun and it's through is prism," Colleton says.

6:43 p.m. Hall says that last season's Lumen storyline allowed Dexter to atone for his guilt involving Rita's death. Hall teases that this season picks up a year later and Dexter is "back to his killing ways."

6:44 p.m. James Remar says that Harry spends much of the season as a sounding board or a Devil's advocate. "Harry's there," he says.

6:45 p.m. "Matsuka loves you too," C.S. Lee says to the pleased crowd. He teases that Matsuka has some interns this season, "women and men." There's a Facebook tie-in to the intern search. Naturally. "He possibly, maybe, probably does get into some trouble with some interns," Lee says.

6:47 p.m. The first audience question is if The Trinity Killer will ever return. The "Dexter" team is confused. "You've gotta pick and choose your ghosts," Hall says, though he admits he'd love to find a way to work again with John Lithgow.

6:48 p.m. Dexter will be concerned that Harrison will inherit certain traits. Which we knew. Or maybe I'm just confusing it with the Arlene's Devil Baby subplot on "True Blood" this season.

6:49 p.m. "Fortunately, we've achieved a certain amount of cache with the show," says Scott Buck of attracting guest stars.

6:50 p.m. Will they be touching on anymore of the books? They have to answer this one every year. Sara Colleton explains, as she always does, that they only acquired the rights to the first book and that they've evolved their own Dexter from there. "We don't even need the books," she says.

6:50 p.m. Which seasons were their favorites? "My favorite season is yet to come, because Matsuka and Debra have yet to get married," Lee says. Nobody else gets to answer.

6:51 p.m. There's a question that has the entire audience thinking the fan wants Dexter to kill Godzilla. But instead she wants Dexter to kill a general from Burma.

6:53 p.m. "Dexter" is an improvisation-free zone.

6:53 p.m. Is Michael C. Hall concerned that "Dexter" is educating future serial killers? "I don't think the show is any kind of manual," Hall says, pointing out that there are always plot holes. "He obviously has the power of invisibility. He can turn himself into smoke. There's all sorts of things we don't see. No. I don't think the show is any kind of guidebook on how to do it. It's more of a fantasy."

6:54 p.m. "Deb is very smart, but Dexter's smarter," Buck says regarding the obligatory question about whether/if Deb is about to find out about Dexter.

6:55 p.m. Question from East Long Beach, where the show films. Everybody's excited by the names of locations. "We've eaten all the meat off the bone of Long Beach," Hall admits.

6:58 p.m. "I'd like to thank my fellow actors for all of the inorganic pauses Dexter takes," jokes Hall of the character's frequent internal monologues.

6:58 p.m. "My question is for C.S. Lewis..." Everybody laughs at the fan. The fan seems unaware that anything was misspoken.

7:00 p.m. MOS DEF is in the audience! Asking a question! He's wondering if he can join the panel on stage. I believe he's just Mos now. Anyway, he comes up on stage.

7:00 p.m. Do people give Hall funny looks at the super market? "I give it back to them and I've gotten a lot of free groceries as a result."

7:01 p.m. What can Mos tell us about his character, Brother Sam? "I could, but then Dexter would kill me."

7:01 p.m. I've heard Hall give the answer about his compulsions, which don't involve actually committing murder himself, at least a half-dozen times.

7:01 p.m. Nobody has an end date in mind for "Dexter." Hall adds, "But that time will come. Everything has to end."

7:05 p.m. Will there be a "Dexter"/"Burn Notice" crossover? No.

7:06 p.m. Lee does Matsuka's funny nervous-laugh and incites the crowd to join in. This is just zipping along. Lots of one-word answers. Or one-laugh answers.

7:07 p.m. Would Lee be interested in Matsuka having a romantic relationship? "Well, according to Matsuka, his ways are romantic," Lee says. An impressive number of questions for C.S. Lee. But nobody has asked him if he's going to return to "Chuck" for its final season.

7:09 p.m. Hall says that although Dexter isn't pining over Lumen, the character's "appetite to connect in a legitimate way" remains intact. Hall notes that Dexter makes his closest connections to people when he's about to kill somebody.

7:11 p.m. "I like to draw from some of my friends who have similar qualities. I won't name them. They know who they are," C.S. Lee says of how he finds his inner Matsuka.

7:11 p.m. Yes, Trinity killed Rita. Apparently some people thought there was ambiguity there.

7:12 p.m. What's the vibe on set? "I've been having fun," Mos says. "I've been having a good time," Hanks says, though he admits that he's done most of his shooting with Olmos and not much with Hall at all.

7:15 p.m. Wow. A second mention of "Gamer." I shouldn't be surprised. And yet... Hall says he'd love to find more roles with a body-count of zero.

7:15 p.m. Supergirl loves Hall and she was very depressed with Rita died. She asks a valid question: Will Astor and Cody be back? "I think a really legitimate connection has been formed with those kids... They definitely remain within his awareness. I can't say for sure we'll see them, but we'll probably hear about them," Hall says.

7:19 p.m. "I think Matsuka, if he ever found out, he'd be so scared that he'd laugh and pass out," Lee says of his character's possible reaction to Dexter's secret.

7:20 p.m. Hall's secret to keeping the two kids who play Harrison "in the zone"? He drives them around the set in a golf cart.

7:22 p.m. Mos Def swears and Colin Hanks has to point out the "Some members will be under the age of 18" warning on the back of their placards. Mos doesn't have a placard, so it's OK.

7:23 p.m. Another enthusiastic reference to "Gamer."

7:24 p.m. An audience member in a Mos Def shirt wants to know how Mos Def got the job. "I practice voodoo," Mos replies. He's joking. The reality? They called his agent and pitched him on a story arc. "All jokes aside, I was really honored and blessed," Mos says, calling himself a fan of the show since Day 1. "If I wasn't up here, I'd probably be out there asking the same questions," Mos says.

7:26 p.m. "Will Dexter evolve into a lighter or darker character in the future?" Hall replies, "Yes. Both."

That's all, folks...

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