'The Giver'
'The Giver'

Every year I approach the trip to Comic-Con in San Diego with equal measures of anticipation and dread. Why? It's huge, crowded, stressful and crammed with the best and worst of pop culture. I talk about it with Indiewire critic Eric Kohn on our weekly podcast, sitting cross-legged on the floor outside Hall H between panels with my laptop, holding my snowball mic. It's a shorter podcast than usual as I had to run into the next panel, Paramount--where Chris Nolan and Matthew McConaughey made their first visit, a surprise, to the Con. Report here. 

And yes I know that both "Penguins of Madagascar" and "How to Train Your Dragon 2" are sequels--and some animated sequels do well at the Oscars. It depends. "Toy Story 3" did well, obviously. 

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