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Pegg and Frost Talk Universal Road Comedy Paul and Tintin

Pegg and Frost Talk Universal Road Comedy Paul and Tintin
Working Title co-chief Eric Fellner looked anxious before Universal's Comic-Con panel for Paul, an alien road-trip comedy reteaming Simon Pegg and his Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz co-star Nick Frost, as co-writers and co-stars. Seth Rogen voices the friendly alien that the two sci-fi geeks encounter after they leave Comic-Con for a road tour through Area 51. Sigourney Weaver, Jeffrey Tambor, Kristen Wiig, Jason Bateman and Jon Hader lend support. Director Greg Mottolla (Superbad) grabbed some exterior shots at the Con last year, but largely restaged the mammoth San Diego event with extras in Albuquerque. (According to Frost, when they asked if they could shoot inside the real Con, the fire marshall said, "no fucking way.")
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 2, 2010 7:15 AM
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Comic-Con: Green Lantern Reads The Oath

One of the memorable moments at the Con came during the Warner Bros. panel, when Ryan Reynolds delivered the Green Lantern oath for a young fan. While I remain cool toward this project--for whatever reason, Green Lantern (which peaked in the 40s and 50s) never made an impact on me--the interaction between movie actor and star-struck fan reflects the power of these super-hero movies.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 29, 2010 12:57 PM
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Comic-Con Highlights, Parties, and Photo Gallery

Comic-Con Highlights, Parties, and Photo Gallery
Universal dominated last week's Comic-Con with its ubiquitous campaign for Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, which covered buildings and took over the courtyard of the Hilton Gaslamp (where stars Brandon Routh and Anna Kendrick posed for fan photos, above), and seemed to penetrate everywhere.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 29, 2010 9:59 AM
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Comic-Con: Gondry Talks Green Hornet

Comic-Con: Gondry Talks Green Hornet
It's deja vu all over again at Comic-Con.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 29, 2010 7:45 AM
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Comic-Con: Like Inception, Snyder's Sucker Punch Lets the Mind Run Wild

From Inception to Sucker Punch, the mind is the new cinematic landscape, where anything can happen, a realm of infinite possibility, where you can play with logic. What better place for Zack Snyder to go wild?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 29, 2010 7:05 AM
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Comic-Con: Let Me In is Vampire Coming-of-Age Story with Red Band Trailer

Comic-Con: Let Me In is Vampire Coming-of-Age Story with Red Band Trailer
One of the more impressive show-reels at Comic-Con was for the vampire thriller Let Me In (the remake of Let the Right One In) directed by Cloverfield's Matt Reeves. Overture Films will open the film October 1, and thanks to new owner Relativity Media, marketing chief Peter Adee assures me, the film will get a proper release. With proper handling it could become a mainstream hit, judging from the reaction in Hall H. The new Red Band trailer is posted below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 28, 2010 11:04 AM
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Craig Nails Down Girl with Dragon Tattoo and Sequels

As I watched Daniel Craig at Comic-Con and the footage from Jon Favreau's Cowboys and Aliens, I crossed my fingers that he would play Mikael Blomqvist in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. And sure enough, Deadline reports that the deal is done.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 26, 2010 8:21 AM
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Comic-Con: Stabbing Over Seat Delays Universal Hall H Panel, Cowboys & Aliens

There were many delays in Hall H Saturday. One of them came around 4:45 PM when one over-wrought attendee stabbed another in the face, causing what the cops called a minor injury. Here's Variety's report. Six thousand movie fans stood in long lines to get into the packed Hall for the Warner Bros. panel that morning, which unveiled Ryan Reynolds as Green Lantern and wowed the crowd with new footage of Part I of the Harry Potter finale.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 25, 2010 3:20 AM
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Scott Pilgrim Rules the Con: Wright Talks

Scott Pilgrim Rules the Con: Wright Talks
The big question for Universal--which has certainly reached fans of Eisner-award-winning Bryan Lee O'Malley's Scott Pilgrim vs. The World comics with its multiple promo activities at Comic-Con this weekend-- is whether this movie will cross over to a wider audience.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 24, 2010 6:18 AM
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Fifth Dragon Tattoo Actress is Seydoux; Fincher Goes Goony at Con

The mystery French actress who is one of the five contenders for the role of Lisbeth Salander in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is rising starlet Lea Seydoux. European is good--she may be more fearless about showing her body.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 24, 2010 5:22 AM
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