Monthly Archives: July 2014

From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” the third in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien.

“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town.

Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo’s frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice. But there are even greater dangers ahead. Unseen by any but the Wizard Gandalf, the great enemy Sauron has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain.

As darkness converges on their escalating conflict, the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide – unite or be destroyed. Bilbo finds himself fighting for his life and the lives of his friends in the epic Battle of the Five Armies, as the future of Middle-earth hangs in the balance.

Two years ago, Marvel Studios brought all of the Avengers to Hall H for its San Diego Comic Con Presentation. This year, Marvel Studios Chairman Kevin Feige instead brought almost all of the Avengers and a few villains. In attendance this past weekend included: Robert Downey Jr. (holding a rose out to the crowd), Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, James Spader (Ultron), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), Paul Bettany (The Vision), and Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Quicksilver). Missing was a very pregnant Scarlett Johansson and a not-so-pregnant Joss Whedon.

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Here are a few quotes from the Avengers Panel:

Chris Hemworth (Thor) about Thor becoming a woman: “I don’t want to speak too early and jinx it, but I think that could be my Oscar.”

Paul Bettany (J.A.R.V.I.S./Vision): “I used to show up at a dark room for 45 minutes and get aback of cash. Now I have to work.”

Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch): “There are mutated people…”

James Spader (Ultron): “I play an 8-foot robot in this movie. I’ve always played humans up until now.”

Scarlett Johansson on video: “Hey guys, I don’t mean to cramp your style but I’m running out of time here. Hey Kev, you want to be a doll and roll that video footage?”

“Demons are the new zombies” according to Walking Dead creator, Robert Kirkman in an announcement he made at his San Diego Comic Con panel.

Outcast is Kirkman’s first attempt at writing a pilot based on his original comic that debut last moth. The story follows Kyle Barnes, a young man who’s been plagued by possession since he was a child. He embarks on a journey to find answers, but uncovers what could mean the end of life on Earth.

Marvel Studios takes over Hall H with exciting news about his 2015 movies. The first is Avengers: Age of Ultron and later that year, Ant-Man. Marvel Studios Chairman, Kevin Feige admitted that Ant-Man had some huge hurdles to overcome and hoped SDCC panel would assuage the fears of fans before production begins this movie.

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Feige introduced the cast of Ant-Man: Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, Corey Stoll, Evangeline Lilly and director Payton Reed.

Reed spoke first to address fans about having to take over for beloved geek filmmaker Edgar Wright, who parted ways with Marvel Studios after investing himself in the project for over eight years. This was Rudd and Douglas’s first time to comic-con.

Only a few plot details were revealed in the panel. In the film, a business that Hank Pym built on his own research of “Pym Particles” has been taken over some time ago by Darren Cross, played by Corey Stoll. “I was Hank Pym’s mentee, a genius scientist as well. I’ve taken over the company, and some judgmental people may think it’s going in an evil direction, but I’m just taking it into the future,” Stoll explains. Feige then elaborates, “[Cross] obtains some Pym particles and obtains a suit called the Yellowjacket suit, and ends up causing a lot of havoc.”

Evangeline Lilly plays Hope, the daughter of Hank Pym and his estranged wife. In the comics, Hank’s wife is Janet Van Dyne a.k.a. the Wasp. No other details about Hope were given.

Paul Rudd plays Scott Lang, who in the comics is currently known as Ant-Man. Lang is a thief and teams up with Pym to steal back the technology Pym originally created. The audience was then treated to a clip, made specifically for the San Diego audience. The clip is a long shot of the Pym laboratory with Douglas and Rudd’s characters arguing. Pym is trying to convince Lang to pull of the lab heist and but Lang is reluctant. Pym says, “Jesus Christ, I think somebody already shrunk your balls. Don’t worry, Scott. It’s a small job.”

Ant-man was always a big part of my comic book childhood. He was a member of the Avengers and a major player in the 80’s. After a game of musical chairs for directors after the exit of Edgar Wright, Marvel has revealed the first glimpse of this tiny hero for San Diego Comic-Con, as it appears on the pages of Entertainment Weekly.

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The poster reveals Paul Rudd as Scott Lang and Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, the original Ant-Man and Avenger.

The publicity machine for Disney’s big animated feature, Big Hero 6, is starting to the run. The first Disney/Marvel crossover has big shoes to fill as the 2015 winter animation film to take the place of last year’s “Frozen.”

Disney has recently released character images, voice cast identities and a new trailer. The Geek Lab has it all here.

The cast line-up is as follows: Ryan Potter (Hiro Hamada), Scott Adsit (Baymax), T.J. Miller (Fred), Jamie Chung (Go Go Tomago), Damon Wayans, Jr (Wasabi), Genesis Rodriguez (Honey Lemon), Daniel Henney (Tadashi Hamada), Maya Rudolph (Aunt Cass), James Cromwell (Professor Robert Callaghan), and last but not least, Alan Tudyk (Alistair Krei).

Big Hero 6 will be out on November 7, 2014. Head to the comments and let us know what you think about the voice cast. Which characters already catch your eye?

Twenty-five years ago Splash Mountain opened to the public and I was there. In honor of my first visit, Annual Passholders who visit Splash Mountain can receive a poster honoring the 25th anniversary of the attraction from July 16-18.

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Valid AP is required; check your AP for blackout dates as park admission is also required. Subject to change. Available while supplies last.

Distribution will be across from the Splash Mountain exit, near Pooh Corner. Guests are not required to ride the attraction.

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If you’ve ever been to San Diego Comic Con, you know that the big studios can’t help but invade hotels, cars and lawns with whatever they are hocking. TNT has plastered San Diego Airport with its new show “Legends” starring Sean Bean and it’s “#DontKillSeanBean” campaign.

The network is encouraging fans of actor Sean Bean to use the hashtag #DontKillSeanBean in social media postings about the show.

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The hashtag plays on the fact that Bean has died in more than 20 acting roles, including the two characters for which he is widely known: Boromir in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy and Ned Stark in “Game of Thrones.” The hashtag will have its own Tumblr page, as well.

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Syfy has ordered a pilot for Lev Grossman’s “The Magician.” The one-hour drama follows 20-somethings who, while studying magic in New York, discover that the magical fantasy world of their childhood is real and poses a grave danger to humanity.

The pilot script was written by John McNamara (“Prime Suspect”) and Sera Gamble (“Supernatural”). Michael London and Janice Williams are set to produce.

Syfy president Dave Howe said, “Lev Grossman’s dazzling blend of magic and realism will capture the imagination of a new generation of viewers and further strengthen Syfy’s ownership of premium quality sci-fi fantasy drama.”

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The Adult Swim Funhouse is headed to San Diego’s Comic-Con later this month with various photo experiences planned for its booths on the convention center’s show floor and outside its halls that are designed to build buzz across social media platforms.

Cartoon Network said it will have three separate photo ops available at its booth that are themed around its shows.

Outside, Adult Swim will set up a massive display of activities at the Petco Park parking lot across from the convention center. where it will host panels and celevrity signings with creators of the shows “Robot Chicken,” “The Venture Bros.,” “Childrens Hospital” and “Rick and Morty,” as well as new series “Mike Tyson Mysteries” and the live-action series “Tim & Eric’s Bedtime Stories.”

The Adult Swim Fun House will return for a second year with multiple challenges that have guests crawl through a giant castle, while the Meatwad Full Dome Experience (see above) will be making its debut at this year’s Comic-Con.

Cartoon Network will showcase all of its comedy series with panels, talent signings and screenings for “Adventure Time,” “Regular Show,” “Steven Universe,” “Uncle Grandpa” and “Clarence.” Other Cartoon Network shows getting promo pushes will be “Teen Titans Go!,” “Lego Ninjago” and “Lego Legends of Chimatm.”

The cabler also plans to offer its “Adventure Time Conquest” for a third consecutive year as a treasure-filled journey throughout the convention center.

For the first time, Cartoon Network will present special night time screenings exclusively for the Comic-Con audience of its shows, providing fans with activities to do in the evening.

San Diego Comic-Con takes place July 24-27.

Source: Vareity