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Fox Pushes Back Spy Thriller 'Kingsman: The Secret Service' Starring Colin Firth (TRAILER)

One Comic-Con movie that I actually wanted to see has been pushed back from October 24 to February 2015. It's Matthew Vaughn's spy flick "Kingsman: The Secret Service," which to be fair, looks like it might play better in a less competitive time frame.
  • By Anne Thompson and Bill Desowitz
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  • August 7, 2014 12:07 PM
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Screen Talk: from Comic-Con's Sublime 'Interstellar' and 'Guardians of the Galaxy' to James Franco

This week Eric Kohn and I have plenty to chew over. We dig into Comic-Con, parse the promise of Chris Nolan's "Interstellar" --who's the audience, anyway?--and debate Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" as well as offering our picks of the week. I'm in the thrall of Brendan Gleeson, while Kohn argues that James Franco might be a good director after all.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 1, 2014 2:04 PM
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Dowdle Brothers Talk Supernatural Paris Catacombs of 'As Above, So Below' at Comic-Con (TRAILER)

The found-footage sub-genre has really come of age, and the Dowdle Brothers ("Quarantine") give it their own supernatural spin with "As Above, So Below" (Aug. 29). But although they were playing with an Indiana Jones-like archaeological bit of horror, John Erick and Drew told me after the Legendary panel in Hall H that the project didn't coalesce until Legendary producer Thomas Tull pitched them the Paris catacombs concept.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • July 29, 2014 4:54 PM
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Guillermo Del Toro Talks the Horror and Romance of 'Crimson Peak' at Comic-Con

Guillermo del Toro, who's become quite the Comic-Con fixture, hugging fanboys and journos alike, admits that his gothic horror-romance, "Crimson Peak" (Oct. 16, 2015), is the biggest movie he's ever made. "Not only the scope is bigger, but I'm going to use a word that I don't normally touch, and that's ambition. This is an ambitious movie from the thematic point of view and from the visual point of view."
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • July 29, 2014 12:01 PM
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Titans Peter Jackson and George Miller Take Over the Con with 'Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies' and 'Mad Max: Fury Road' (POSTERS & TRAILERS)

Despite the momentary wow factor of glimpsing that spooky stare-down in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," (yes, Ben Affleck looks perfectly suited as The Dark Knight), the real joy of the Warner Bros. Hall H panel on Saturday was Peter Jackson and George Miller geeking out about the "The Hobbit" finale and the re-imagined "Mad Max."
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • July 28, 2014 4:25 PM
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WATCH: Teaser for 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1,' Marking Philip Seymour Hoffman's Last Role

Said Philip Seymour Hoffman to Rolling Stone in 2005: "No one knows me. No one understands me. That's the other thing that changes as you get older. It's like everybody understands you. But no one understands me."
  • By Nick Newman
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  • July 28, 2014 11:05 AM
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Comic-Con 2014: Why 'The Giver' Is Like 'Tron: Legacy' and 'John Carter'

The Comic-Con footage for "The Giver" looks good once you get past the all-too similar dystopian subject matter. Even though Lois Lowry's book paved the way for all that young adult fiction 21 years ago, can the Weinsteins make audiences want to see it?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 27, 2014 4:33 PM
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Comic-Con 2014: Marvel Hammers Home 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' and 'Ant-Man'

The Marvel strut was in full force Saturday evening in Hall H.They rule the comic-book, superhero genre for movies and demonstrated once again why they also rule the Con. And Marvel didn't disappoint in touting the more ambitious "Age of Ultron" (May 1, 2015) along with the more fantastical and whimsical "Ant-Man" (July 31, 2015), which will star Paul 'Rudd as the incredible shrinking superhero. The contrast is further proof that Marvel will keep mixing it up between dark and light to escalate the danger while using gallows humor as an essential escape valve.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • July 27, 2014 2:59 PM
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Comic-Con 2014: 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' 3D Reboot vs. Low-Tech 'Project Almanac'

Two of Paramount's offerings at Comic-Con, "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" and "Project Almanac," revealed an interesting contrast in tech approaches. While the "TMNT" reboot touts the latest facial capture advancement from Industrial Light & Magic called Muse, the time-traveling teenage adventure is proudly low-fi in its attitude toward hardware.
  • By Anne Thompson and Bill Desowitz
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  • July 26, 2014 5:18 PM
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Comic-Con 2014: Fox Targets Male Demo with Firth Spy Flick 'Kingsman,' YA 'Maze Runner,' and 'Hitman' Starring Quinto

Fox's presentations at Comic-Con emphasized finding new ways of being fresh and relevant, as the studio is targeting the male demo with "The Maze Runner," its young adult answer to "The Hunger Games," along with Matthew Vaughn's Bondian "Kingsman: The Secret Service," and a second adaptation of the "Agent 47" video game, "Hitman."
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • July 26, 2014 4:49 PM
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