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Comic-Con Wrap: Winners and Losers (Hiddleston video)

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood July 24, 2013 at 6:11AM

So who came out ahead? Here's my list of winners and losers of Comic-Con.

1. Legendary's "The Seventh Son," directed by Sergei Bodrov and starring a grizzled Jeff Bridges with an impenetrable accent as the last Exorcist demon witch hunter; "Game of Thrones" star Kit Harington seemed embarrassed to be in the movie, which also stars Ben Barnes and a lot of over-sized ugly flying hulking CG demons. These creatures turn up in a lot of movies these days.

2. Stuart Beattie's "I, Frankenstein," starring Aaron Eckhart as the Mary Shelley creature 200 years later, scars mostly healed, reimagined as a superhero. I kid you not. "Underworld" creator Kevin Grevioux, who decided to write this as a graphic novel, was also on the Lionsgate panel. The same demons and creatures show up here. 

3. Cassandra Clare's "Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" (WB, August 21)  is yet another young adult fantasy series turned into a movie, directed by Harold Swartz and starring recent Snow White Lily Collins and Jamie Bower as Buffy-like demon hunters. More hideous CG creatures. Enough already.

4. "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2." Snooze. 

This article is related to: Comic-Con, Tom Hiddleston, X-Men, Comics, Gravity, Hunger Games: Catching Fire , Jennifer Lawrence, Tom Cruise, Andrew Garfield, The Amazing Spider-Man

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.