Super Saturday, Part 4 20th Century Fox

So the next three panels were awesome, but two of them more so than the other, and I’ll let my readers decide the levels of awesomeness for themselves.

The first panel for 20th Century Fox was for Dawn of Planet of the Apes, which was brief as panels go, but the footage was awesome, and just like with Hunger Games, now I feel like I need to see the most recent installment to be ready for this one, especially because as Andy Serkis (who was there) spoke, it seems that this film will really revisit the social and psychological roots that contributed to the first film, and in addition to that it was hit upon that eventually (possibly with this film) the franchise will finally wrap itself up by ending where the original set of films began, which can be both challenging, and hopefully awesome.

Also, when you add the fact that Jason Clarke (who I had loved in the short lived Chicago Code), Gary Oldman, Keri Russell and Judy Greer are all in it, yeah, I’m pretty stoked!

The second panel was definitely more exciting though, we got to see footage from The Wolverine, and then we got to see the man himself Hugh Jackman!

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The first thing Hugh Jackman did was thank the fans there in Hall H, saying that he wouldn’t be there without their support, so yeah his humility only makes him more awesome!
This photo was used with permission from Beth Riley, photographer for Geek Shot photography.

He then moved on to talking about the film and how excited he was for how it focused on the journey that Logan goes through. Coming soon is my review of the film, which I’ll say now, at the very least met the expectations set by its trailer.

Finally the epic-ness increased, because the third panel was for X Men: Days of Future Past. Now I have a lot to say about this panel and film, both good and bad, but staying on Hugh Jackman for a moment, this series of shots and statements were what Jackman said during the Days of Future Past panel

Yeah that happened!

Yeah that happened!

Now to give an idea of how amazing it was, we had a stage full of mutants, and here is a slew of Beth Riley’s photos (courtesy of Geek Show Photo) of the stage:

X-Men: Days of Future Past

From Left to Right: Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Anna Paquin, Halle Berry, Bryan Singer, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender (yeah in the white cat mask), Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Peter Dinklage, and Evan Peters
Photo used with permission from Beth Riley of Geek Shot Photography

X-Men: Days of Future Past

X-Men: Days of Future Past

X-Men: Days of Future Past

Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, and Ian McKellen

X-Men: Days of Future Past

X-Men: Days of Future Past

X-Men: Days of Future Past

X-Men: Days of Future Past

X-Men: Days of Future Past

Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, and Ian McKellen

Anyway, onto the film itself, as some one who owns (with great pride I might add) X Men 142, as well as the re-print of 141 &142 together

Days of Future Past. Yeah it's awesome :)

Days of Future Past. Yeah it’s awesome :)

Let me just say that it’s an awesome story arc, even if it’s only 2 issues (unless you count Days of Future Present, which isn’t X-Men, but is actually Fantastic Four). Having said that though, and having also seen the trailer be prepared for some SPOILERS below:

If you read on from here, consider yourself warned:

So in the comics it’s Kitty Pryde, (but based on the film footage, it’s Wolverine) who (from a different timeline… I may have to do a whole blog just on the wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey oddness of the type of cross dimensional time travel that goes on in the comics) mentally goes back in time to her (his) younger self to save the X-Men, as well as Senator Kelly from being killed by the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. Because when they and Senator Kelly are killed, it opens the door to a lot of not so good things for mutants, namely mutant extermination enforced by the Sentinels created by Trask Industries.

Now I have four things to say about all of this, first I’m annoyed anything doesn’t stay true to the source material, but out of that statement comes the other three.

Of those other three, 1st I don’t like that they changed it from Kitty Pryde to Logan, I’m not against Wolverine, in fact I liked the most recent movie, but there’s no reason to change things… other than publicity… you’re welcome 20th Century Fox….

The 2nd thing is the sentinels themselves, the picture below shows the difference between the new sentinels for the film, versus how they looked in the comics:

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and for a height reference, here’s director Bryan Singer with one of the new ones:

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Now the height is impressive, but what’s with the fan and all of the plastic??? The older sentinels looked intimidating, and again the height is awesome, but they just look like one punch from a mutant… any mutant and they wouldn’t stand a chance, but we’ll see how they look in the movie.

Now on to Trask himself, and as an extension of him, Trask Industries. Despite the fact that as I stated above, that I tend to dislike any divergence from source material, the fact that they’re using Peter Dinklage as Bolivar Trask is something I find awesome, I love Peter Dinklage, and I think it’s great that 20th Century Fox chose an actor completely on his abilities and not appearance!

For Trask Industries, let’s just say they have an awesome marketing department:

So I’m hoping that the movie will be awesome, the star studded panel certainly was!

Thanks for reading, I plan on finally wrapping up all of my Comic-Con fun tomorrow, along with a blog just for Doctor Who and who the new Doctor is!

Super Saturday Part 2 Lionsgate

So after the excitement died down from the epic announcement of a Superman/Batman film to come, Lionsgate began their hour of panels, starting with “I, Frankenstein”.

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Both Aaron Eckhart and Yvonne Strahovski were at the panel, and they talked about the major themes in the film, which centralizes on the concept of immortality and the burden it can be. Visually the film has the same kind of feel that the Underworld films have, and the fact that Bill Nighy is also in it doesn’t hurt.

Also, because the film is based on a graphic novel by Kevin Gevioux, it looks like I’ve some reading to do before it comes out in January, and since Mr. Grevioux did the screenplay as well, I have hopes that if I enjoy the graphic novel that the film will also be awesome!

After that panel wrapped, I got to find out why everyone LOVES Jennifer Lawrence, because the next panel by Lionsgate was The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Now, before I dive into the panel, I hope you’ll indulge me as I provide a bit of context, this panel wasn’t even really on my radar for Comic-Con 2013. I had read The Hunger Games, and it felt like a simpler version of Battle Royale, which I had really liked. Now while I didn’t *dislike* the book per se it didn’t feel that unique, and the only things that stood out to me against Battle Royale were because there were fewer competitors the killing didn’t feel like old news after the 7th person bit the dust, the relationship between Katniss and Prim really touched me because I’m a big sister, and I could relate to Katniss’ choice at the beginning, and finally the relationship between Katniss and Peeta was interesting, but I kept waiting for Peeta to wise up at the end of the book, only to be crushed at the end, and then it just felt kind of sad how oblivious each character had been the whole time… All of that being said, having had some prior knowledge about certain things that go on in the second book, the trailer for the second film blew me away, and one particular scene with a particular dress, brought tears to my eyes and goosebumps to my arms! (and that’s all I’ll say for those who haven’t read the book, or seen the trailer which is below)

Ok, I’ll say one more thing, I’m definitely going to watch the first film now, and read the second book by November 22nd!

Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, and Jennifer Lawrence

If I could caption this photo it would be “the looks on the actor’s faces as I ate my words that I didn’t think Hunger Games would be that awesome of a franchise”
Photo used with permission from Beth Riley, photographer with Geek Shot photography

Now onto the panel itself, the most enjoyable part of it, and not just because she’s the star of the movie, was Jennifer Lawrence! I now completely understand why everyone loves her.

Josh Hutcherson and Jennifer Lawrence

Proof that being a celebrity hasn’t gone to Jennifer’s head!
This photo was used with permission by Beth Riley, photographer with Geekshot Photography.

She’s completely down to earth and when she and Josh Hutcherson were asked how “hot” the kissing is in Catching Fire, she got excited to tell a story about SNOT, and no that’s not a typo. So all that remains to be said, is that between the sequel to Thor, and the sequel to The Hunger Games, November is going to be AWESOME!

Super Saturday Part 1, Legendary and Warner Brothers

So, this post is over a week late, but in no way should that be a reflection of the awesomeness that took place in Hall H this year. This year I had the joy of sitting in row 6, which is no easy feat. To make it happen it took sleeping outside on the lawn. Between 6 of us we were able to do it in 2 shifts, which allowed for every one to get a shower in before Saturday started. I’ll spare you the boring details of how it was way colder than anticipated, and without a friend’s sleeping bag we would have been fancicles by morning, but the short version is, into the wee hours I kept thinking, there’s no way that spending the night shivering on the grass would be worth the seats or the panels the next day semi-sleepless night. This is one of those times when I love being wrong.

The day began with the Legendary panels, hosted by perpetual fanboy, and ever awesome moderator Chris Hardwick. And let’s just say that on a couple of levels, the panel began with the stuff of legends. The first panel was for a upcoming film The Seventh Son, due out in January of 2014. Without giving too much away, the film is full of myth and magic, and the cast is awesome. The one and only Jeff Bridges was there, much to my non-nerdy mother’s jealousy (I think she’s finally beginning to see why SDCC draws 130,000 people each year), and so were a couple of the films other stars including Ben Barnes and Kit Harrington. You can see how awesome it looks in the trailer below, in my opinion it looks like what I had hoped the 2011 film “Season of the Witch” would have been, but while “Season of the Witch” kept feeling like it was missing something throughout the film, Seventh Son looks like it won’t let viewers down.

After that panel, things went from legendary to EPIC, and by EPIC I mean Godzilla. There’s no trailer of this to show, since Warner Brothers won’t let one stay online, even though this year con attendees actually got a trailer. Even with that there’s so much we don’t know and the poster for it sets the tone well:

It's great at making you feel small, which Godzilla should do!

It’s great at making you feel small, which Godzilla should do!

Part of me is just fine with that, I make no apologies for enjoying the exclusivity of seeing something others have to wait for, when I feel like I’ve earned it camping outside Hall H, minor soapbox aside, what I will share is that the Godzilla panel was one of my top 5 moments of the con, for a few reasons, first because it was my only opportunity to see Bryan Cranston, second because Gareth Edwards is a great director, and third was the trailer itself. It made me feel like a helpless child, and I LOVED it! Godzilla, based on the trailer will be what movies should be. Movies should never just show things on screen, they should take a person and their imagination and humanity to a special place where anything, good, bad, and yes even terrifying is possible. All the 3D in the world can’t do that if you’re not telling a good story and if you’re not filming it with achieving a certain result before you ever get behind the camera. I have no clue what technical terms ought to be applied when describing the trailer, but there’s this one moment when the destruction going on seems awful, and then the audience gets an entirely new perspective, and you realize that everything can and will get worse. I cannot wait until May 16th, 2014 when it comes out.

So after Godzilla, while things stayed exciting, they didn’t feel quite as awe inspiring as they had for the first two panels. The next panel was for 300: Rise of an Empire. It looks as AB-solutely (yeah bad pun, but there it is) as bloody and violent as the first 300, if not more so. The panel guests included the directer Noam Murro, who explained when asked if this was meant to be a prequel or sequel to 300, that it will sort of expand the scope, and based on the footage they brought, I can see what he means. We see why Xerxes took the path he did, the events that lead to the battle at Thermopylae, and all of the aftermath. Part of why Xerxes took the path he did is due to Eva Green’s character, who is, to quote Green “badass”, and we can tell. I originally had no enthusiasm for this film, now I’m definitely intrigued.

Once the 300: Rise of an Empire panel wrapped, things got stellar! The next panel was for Gravity, and one of the panelists was Sandra Bullock! My sense that a film (despite having the star power of George Clooney and Sandra Bullock) wouldn’t be that amazing dropped quickly as we were shown footage, and Sandra and the other panelists described all of the work and technology that went into producing a film so simultaneously vast, claustrophobic and isolating, now it’s yet another film filling a square on my calendar (October 4th, 2013, in case you were wondering).

After Gravity, things definitely dropped in intensity, but in a fun way. The next panel was for The LEGO movie, and just like 300: Rise of an Empire, and Gravity, while I’d thought I wouldn’t be that interested… now it looks pretty good. The highlight of the panel was when some kid, who went to the mic to ask questions was asked by the panelists (love when panelists don’t just take questions but actually interact with the fans, even when it’s from a stage it’s incredibly validating for people who’ve looked up to the person they’re talking to actually have that person value what they have to say) what HE would want to see in The LEGO Movie, the kid responded that (and I’m paraphrasing here) he’d want to see as much real legos as possible, and not too much CGI because “that would be cheating” (kudos to him), but an even bigger kudos, after he was told, that he should be pretty happy with the movie then, because the kid got the last word, leaning into the mic and saying, with mild sarcasm and a little shrug, “I hope so.” before walking away. The crowd went wild laughing and cheering, as Chris Hardwick was openly astonished at how a kid just schooled a panel of 30 somethings

Finally the last panel also had a few surprises, in terms of new expectations, and even new perspectives. The final panel was for The Edge of Tomorrow, a film I hadn’t even heard of before SDCC this year, and shame on me. Now it’s possible that this film wasn’t really on my radar for a couple of reasons, one, in general unless someone has either a hammer, a shield, a suit of armor, or comes from another world, most action films don’t keep me entertained, the second reason is Tom Cruise, now I’ve got nothing against Tom Cruise personally, but most of the time I’d hear is name attached to something, and it would excite me like it would excite fans, again, nothing against Tom, I was just never a fan. Any way, not to give anything away about Edge of Tomorrow, because this is definitely one where going into the theater with less will bring a more exciting experience, what I can say is that it’s like Battle LA, meets Groundhog Day, meets 50 First Dates! And yes if you put all those together, you will get an awesome movie!

Now onto my shifting perspective on Tom Cruise, watch this video below of him doing an impromptu duet with Chris Hardwick, and just try to not think of him as much more fun and down to earth than you’ve ever expected!

WOW that was a lot, but Legendary and Warner Brothers wrapped their long block of panels with an announcement, that can best be summed up by what fans got to see when they were told that a sequel to Man of Steel was already in the works:

Yeah, it'll be awesome!

Yeah, it’ll be awesome!

Thanks to anyone that read this brief attempt to get my thoughts on Saturday down, I promise more to come!

SDCC 2013 MARVEL-OUS Misdirection

The calm before the storm!

The calm before the storm!

So while there is plenty to post about San Diego Comic Con, and there will be more blogs to read this week after returning home (especially about some exciting new pilots!) I thought I’d take a very brief moment, to explain the magic that awaits a Hall H attendee! Every year studios try to give the audience something bigger and better, and this year Marvel definitely came through!

By now the social media-verse has exploded like (something other than a fangirl’s ovaries, because let’s face that Tom Hiddleston meme has gotten old)… well like something that explodes because as this video shows LOKI took over Hall H before the Marvel panel began, as you can see in the link below

This is also a pretty good one here, and at 58 seconds, it picks up where the other video left off!

A live action appearance like that was spectacular! And so was Tom Hiddleston! As you watch “Loki” revel in the crowd’s cheers we get quite a few grins of satisfaction from him, and it’s hard to tell where Loki ends and Tom begins, but he never broke character.

Earlier in the day I had wondered how Marvel was going to top the earlier panels of the day (again more blogs to follow with pictures!) Shame on me for doubting. Not only did we get the amazing, and dare I say shakespearean performance from “Loki” (I mean look at the way he commands the stage, and the audience). But then we got a new lengthier trailer for Thor 2, and then after that the Captain America Winter Soldier cast came out for a panel, showed a new trailer and some new footage, answered some of Chris Hardwick’s questions, and then we got a Guardians of the Galaxy panel, with a bald Karen Gillan, YOU GO GIRL!

(I promise to post photos of it when I do a blog that’s ACTUALLY on the panels) :)

And then, just when we thought it was over, Joss Whedon came out to show a new teaser for “Avengers Age of Ultron” which was awesome!

But do you see what happened there? I didn’t until I thought about it later at the hotel… we didn’t actually GET a THOR panel. No actors from Thor other than Hiddleston, and many will argue (and I will agree) that what we got was better than a panel, FAR better!

So please no one accuse me of complaining, I’ll take live-action-Loki over an expected panel (even if it’s Marvel) any day, however, I can imagine a room of people involved with Thor 2, that for whatever reasons unknown realize that they’re not going to present a Thor panel at SDCC (maybe it’s scheduling of actors, or time constraints etc.) and Tom Hiddleston just stands up, and says “Guys, I’ve got this”.

And so we got Loki, and no Thor panel, and no one cared, because let’s face it we like being Loki’d

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Comic-Con 2013 Friday Firsts!

So Friday was actually spent inside the San Diego Convention Center, and while it was a relatively uneventful day, as #SDCC goes I spent most of the day doing one of my favorite things, attending panels for BRAND NEW SHOWS!

The three panels that I sat through were Helix, The 100, and Sleepy Hollow!

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So while I like to take a careful approach when it comes to new shows, and therefore post less than usual (especially when I feel special being there amongst the first to see them), I’ll definitely say that all three are on my watch list!

Helix (Release date early 2014)

Those hotel wraps get pretty darn pricey, way to go Syfy!

Those hotel wraps get pretty darn pricey, way to go Syfy!

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Starting with Helix, there are two things that I instantly like about it! First is that Syfy (as verbally stated in the panel) is really pushing for it to succeed as exemplified by the epic advertising for it at the con. This is important, because when a studio isn’t behind a show it can get axed WAY too early (Firefly anyone?)!
Second thing I love about Helix is that it’s that it’s being produced by Ronald D. Moore, who did Deep Space Nine, and Battlestar Galactica, and if anybody here knows me you know I LOVE BSG! (also as a side note he’ll be doing Outlander, which I cannot WAIT to blog about)

Now if the trailer below (which is different than the great footage that we got to see) tells you anything, it’s that SyFy doesn’t want to tell you anything!
SyFy’s teaser for Helix

That being said, it was emphasized that the show would be about a remote science facility, with lots of suspense.

One of my favorite moments of the con was getting to ask the panel (which included Ronald D. Moore), who had said a lot about how this show will be full of clues and connections, if there were any clues that were more like “Red Herrings” they joked that episode 2 would be titled “Red Herring”, and that it would feature tons of the color red. Beyond that they reiterated that what may seem insignificant at one point would connect later on, and that viewers would want to go back and re-watch episodes, which is my kind of TV show!

Moving on to show number two, this one had less Q&A, but that’s because we got a full pilot!

The 100 (Release date early 2014)

So it was said at the panel for this show that it’s like LOST meets Battlestar Galactica meets Lord of the Flies! All 3 of those are favorites of mine, and when you add the fact that we’ve actually got a LOST actor Henry Ian Cusick and a BSG actor Alessandro Juliani I have a lot of confidence that the show will do well

Here's our BSG element!

Here’s our BSG element!

It takes place in two different locations. One is a space station, where the remainder of humanity has been surviving for 97 years after a nuclear holocaust damaged Earth to the point where humans could no longer survive there.

The-100-227x300 The other is on Earth, where 100 juvenile criminals (why juvenile, because any adult that commits ANY crime is executed) were sent to see if the planet had repaired itself enough for human life. Here’s where LOST meets Lord of the Flies.

Now I don’t want to give anything away, and I think the premise tells enough, but I will say that it looks amazing, and while the adults on the space station seem far removed from the kids on Earth (mild pun intended) the way the two environments affect each other, and delving into the characters’ known and unknown motives is going to make for some awesome storytelling!

Sleepy Hollow (Release date 9/16/13)

FOX brought out the big guns!

FOX brought out the big guns!

Sleepy-Hollow-Trailer So again, I don’t want to give too much away, but the short version is that Ichabod Crane, who fought and died in the Revolutionary War somehow is brought back to life in the 21st century, and so is the headless horseman!

So I think it’s fair to say that this show will require a suspension of disbelief not required for the other shows mentioned above, but the chronological adjustments that we get to watch Ichabod go through are great. Actor Tom Mison

Tom Mison at SDCC 2013

Tom Mison at SDCC 2013

who looks like your Average Joe, without the hair and make up sleepy-hollow-06 is able to completely transform himself into a serious yet entertaining man out of time, who has to get used to cars, Sleepy_Hollow_Series_95581414_thumbnail flashlights, ku-xlarge and even Starbucks!

Again I don’t want to give any plot away, you can get more of those details from FOX’s website for Sleepy Hollow but I’ll say this, I LOVED the pilot, and I’ll have my DVR set!

So now that you’ve read about these 3 upcoming shows, which are you most excited to see?

Thanks for reading!

Comic-Con 2013 Beyond the Con!

Hello all, so Comic-Con was a blast here’s a breakdown of how it all went, beginning with Preview Night and Day One

Beyond the Con

So some of you may be wondering why I’m not starting with Comic-Con 2013 at the con itself. Well it’s how I started my blur of a Con experience this year, and after some excellent crowdsourcing via Facebook I agreed with my friends that the best way to go about blogging about all the fun that was had, was to go about it chronologically. If you’re reading this after everything is up feel free to skip to DAY 3, which was my Hall H day, which was probably the peak of the con this year.

So Preview night found us at the “Under the SDCC” Party hosted by The San Diego Comic-Con Unofficial Blog and was sponsored by Vita Coco, which made me happy I LOVE coconut water, and it was what I’d brought along to stay hydrated. The party was (like nearly everything at the con) a bit crowded but fun!

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The next day we spent it all outside, starting the morning with some Dutch and Predator Cos-play!

Unfortunately, we very quickly felt less than comfortable in our costumes, and so we changed into regular clothes

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All of our fun was spent across Harbor Drive visiting the huge NBC set up, which included 3 main points of interest, The Dracula exhibit (which was way less scary than I thought it would be, The Blacklist exhibit, (which was way less interesting than I thought it would be, but we got a bag) and the Revolution exibit (which was way awesomer than I thought it would be).

Why I haven't already been watching a show with Giancarlo Esposito and Elizabeth Mitchell I have no idea!

Why I haven’t already been watching a show with Giancarlo Esposito and Elizabeth Mitchell I have no idea!

Solar powered charging station!

Solar powered charging station!

It featured a place where people could hang out, and charging stations for people’s devices! Not only was it a relief to several con-goers, who often spend time (as we did at one point on Friday) sitting or standing along walls with outlets, because all of the photo taking and posting can drain a battery quickly, but it tied amazingly with the theme of Revolution, which is power based, so kudos to NBC for some quality marketing, I now want to watch the show!

We also spent some time right near Petco Park (where Nerd HQ was taking place – I SO want to be there next year!) We took photos at the Walking Dead display,

as well as photos of Justice League customized cars

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Finally the last exhibit we visited was for Enders Game, which featured pieces of actual sets, which is always fun.

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Also on the way out, we snagged a photo with a Headless Horseman! More on this in Friday’s blog on a new show Sleepy Hollow!

Did you spend any con time outside of the convention center?

If you answered YES! (Please share below)