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Amazing Spider-Man Comic-Con Thunder Stolen by Ifans Arrest

Amazing Spider-Man Comic-Con Thunder Stolen by Ifans Arrest
The big reveal at Sony's Friday The Amazing Spider-Man panel at Comic-Con was the villain of Marc Webb's superhero reboot, The Lizard, played by gifted Welsh actor Rhys Ifans, who is pixellated when in giant Lizard mode. In Hall H the studio screened a clip of Lizard terrorizing two school girls in a school lavatory, breaking up through a toilet. (The LAT made a fuss about Ifans here).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 23, 2011 6:30 AM
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Comic-Con: Relativity's The Raven: Cusack on Psychology of Godfather of Goth Edgar Allen Poe

The Raven trailer, which premiered at Friday's Relativity panel, looks very commercial, very Sherlock Holmes, but with less humor and more of the gothic gore that goes with Edgar Allen Poe. The Hall H panel featured director James McTeigue (V for Vendetta), John Cusack (who plays Poe), Luke Evans (Inspector Emmit Fields) and Poe's romantic interest, Emily (Alice Eve). McTeigue compared the film's tone to Misery and Se7en; Cusack called Poe "the Godfather of Goth." Cusack also noted that he "saw some of Hunter S. Thompson in Poe..the unflinching ability to delve into the abyss."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 23, 2011 3:36 AM
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Comic-Con: DreamWorks' 3-D Fright Night, Vampires, Colin Farrell's Career & Underworld Awakening

DreamWorks' Fright Night panel started off with more Twilight bashing as moderator Chris Gore called it the "badass blood-thirsty panel." True vampire fans aren't necessarily Twilight fans, it's clear. Underworld: Awakening screened footage (also in 3-D) before the Fright Night panel, with "Grandmother of Vampires" Kate Beckinsale (she gladly wears the title) talking about her "shiny bottom": no Twilight glitter. The moderator thanked her for appearing naked in the footage. And that's all we'll say about that franchise. Len Wiseman is also directing wife Beckinsale and Fright Night star Colin Farrell in Total Recall, along with Bryan Cranston, John Cho, Ethan Hawke and Bill Nighy.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 23, 2011 1:15 AM
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Comic-Con: Spielberg and Jackson Talk Tintin Collaboration, Jurassic Park 4, 3-D

Comic-Con: Spielberg and Jackson Talk Tintin Collaboration, Jurassic Park 4, 3-D
Comic-Con welcomed Steven Spielberg, making his first visit to promote The Adventures of Tintin (December 23), with a standing ovation and the convention's Inkpot Life Achievement Award. Making a surprise visit during his The Hobbit hiatus was the film's producer Peter Jackson and Spielberg's favorite collaborator since George Lucas, said Spielberg. During a long conversation with the LAT's Geoff Boucher in Hall H, followed by a smaller press conference at the Hyatt, Spielberg and Jackson explained their love for Belgian Herge's comic books, how motion-capture as perfected by Weta during Avatar made it possible to bring these comics to life close to how they had been created, and when 3-D works and when it doesn't. Both men cited their connection to their inner child as the key to their creativity. When he grows up he'll stop making films, Spielberg said.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 22, 2011 12:50 PM
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Comic-Con: Relativity's Haywire Panel with Ass-Kicking Carano, Soderbergh Disses Retirement Rumors

Comic-Con: Relativity's Haywire Panel with Ass-Kicking Carano, Soderbergh Disses Retirement Rumors
Haywire star Gina Carano can clearly kick ass, judging from the trailer and clip Relativity shared this afternoon in Hall H. Director Steven Soderbergh and co-stars Channing Tatum and Michael Fassbender can all corroborate (Soderbergh, Carano and Tatum were at the panel; the film also stars Ewan McGregor, Antonio Banderas, Bill Paxton, Michael Douglas and Michael Angarano). Here's more project details; synopsis and panel quotes are also below, along with Soderbergh's response to those pesky retirement rumors.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 22, 2011 10:49 AM
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Comic-Con: "Casting is like Russian Roulette" and More on Drive, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark

Why did FilmDistrict--making their Comic-Con Hall H debut--do a combo-panel of Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (directed by Troy Nixey, produced by Guillermo del Toro) and Drive (from director Nicolas Winding Refn)? According to Del Toro, it's because "I wanted to meet this insane mother fucker." He meant Refn. The two have lots of love for each other and each other's films. But Guy Pearce, witty Aussie star of Dark, insisted that "ours is better."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 22, 2011 4:56 AM
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Sundance Institute Brings Comedy ShortLab to Hollywood

Robert Redford's Sundance Fest was born to be different, down to its roots in the Utah Rocky Mountains. This summer fest parent the Sundance Institute is moving one of its famed labs into the heart of Hollywood.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • July 22, 2011 4:26 AM
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Gosling on Clooney Pranks, Peter Jackson’s Vlog, Scientology’s Mega-Properties

In an interview with Extra, Ryan Gosling exposes prankster George Clooney, who directed him in the political drama The Ides of March, which opens the Venice Fest: "He will come up to you and tell you something very serious ... and then he'll walk away and you realize your pants are wet. He's had like an Evian spray bottle. He's been spraying your crotch the whole time." Gosling's promo duties on his new film Crazy Stupid Love (July 29), with co-stars Steve Carrell and Emma Stone, kept him from attending the Drive panel at Comic-Con.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • July 22, 2011 3:59 AM
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Comic-Con: Game of Thrones Stars Talk: Ten Things You Want to Know, Season Two Tidbits

Comic-Con: Game of Thrones Stars Talk: Ten Things You Want to Know, Season Two Tidbits
George R. R. Martin, the mastermind author of Game of Thrones (which he started writing in 1991) moderated a panel that included many show favorites: Emmy Nominee Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Kit Harrington, Emilia Clarke, Jason Momoa and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 21, 2011 12:30 PM
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Comic-Con: Bill Condon Talks Twilight Breaking Dawn, Horror, Rating, Intensity

Comic-Con: Bill Condon Talks Twilight Breaking Dawn, Horror, Rating, Intensity
Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn kicked off Comic-Con as the fans who had started lining up on Sunday finally got into the first Comic-Con panel in Hall H Thursday morning after an early breakfast and visit from the cast, including stars Kristen Stewart and Rob Pattinson, who signed autographs and took pictures with the twihards. As the stars gave a press conference, I sat down with director Bill Condon for a flip cam interview, below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 21, 2011 10:30 AM
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