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WonderCon Sneak Peeks Inception, Sorcerer's Apprentice, Toy Story 3, Prince of Persia

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood April 4, 2010 at 7:13AM

This weekend, San Francisco played host to a big multi-studio fan press junket at WonderCon, a pint-sized adjunct to July's giant ComicCon in San Diego. Disney imported producer Jerry Bruckheimer, Nic Cage and Jake Gyllenhaal and screened footage from Sorcerer's Apprentice, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and Toy Story 3 (which they have now tantalizingly screened in its entirety thrice, at Showest, International YouTube vloggers day and a Pixar screening for long-lead press). They also staged a viral event for Tron Legacy (see video below).
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This weekend, San Francisco played host to a big multi-studio fan press junket at WonderCon, a pint-sized adjunct to July's giant ComicCon in San Diego. Disney imported producer Jerry Bruckheimer, Nic Cage and Jake Gyllenhaal and screened footage from Sorcerer's Apprentice, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and Toy Story 3 (which they have now tantalizingly screened in its entirety thrice, at Showest, International YouTube vloggers day and a Pixar screening for long-lead press). They also staged a viral event for Tron Legacy (see video below).

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Catnip for genre fans, The Losers' Chris Evans talked to press about why he took the role of Captain America. (Here's a gushy tweet from @colliderfrosty: "cool moment of the day for me: Chris Evans (Captain America) came over to say goodbye before leaving the press room. The guy is super nice. he remembered me from set visit/a few interviews.")

Lionsgate screened Kick-Ass (April 16), which is tracking poorly outside of the young male quadrant. And BBC America wowed crowds with the new Dr. Who first episode, which airs April 17 (see first few moments of episode below).

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But the big reveal Saturday was that Warner Bros. not only junketed The Losers (April 23) and The Nightmare on Elm Street remake (April 30), but a new trailer from Chris Nolan's Inception (July 16), which io9 describes as "basically James Bond in cyberspace, where heists involve stealing people's dreams - literally." The LAT's Geoff Boucher (UPDATE: who moderated a panel and reports on the Con Phenom) goes into real detail, as he actually interviewed Nolan on the set (trailer below):

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"Inception," the 39-year-old director's seventh feature film and his first foray into science fiction, combines the perception riddles of "Memento" and the sheer scale of "Dark Knight" with its $160-million budget and location shoots in Morocco, France, Japan and three other countries. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a specialist in the new branch of corporate espionage -- he's a dream thief who plucks secrets from the minds of tycoons after pumping them full of drugs and hooking them up to a mysterious contraption. The problem, though, is the land of nod can be volatile -- as can DiCaprio's character, Dom Cobb, who is a wounded dreamer after the loss of his beloved wife.

 

This article is related to: Festivals, Franchises, Headliners, Independents, Studios, Comic-Con, Kick-Ass, Nic Cage, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jake Gyllenhaal, Lionsgate/Roadside, Warner Bros./New Line, Disney


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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.