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SDCC 2015: SUICIDE SQUAD Trailer Hits Web In HD

Posted on 13 July 2015 by William Gatevackes

Joker close upOh, what a difference a day makes.

This was Warner Brothers yesterday on the leaked Suicide Squad trailer:

We have no plans currently to release the Suicide Squad footage that leaked from Hall H on Saturday. It’s unfortunate and ultimately damaging that one individual broke a long-standing trust we have enjoyed with our fans at the convention by posting early material, which, at this point, was not intended for a wider audience. We are still in production on Suicide Squad, and will have a big campaign launch in the future. Our presentation yesterday was designed to be experienced in that room, on those big screens!

And this is Warner Brothers today:

I have to say something on the Warners’ statement. I think it’s is completely naive to think that the special trailer would not be released to the public. After all, paparazzi images from the set have already hit the Internet, and it was such an issue that David Ayer made a tongue in cheek reference to it while announcing clip to the Hall H audience. If still images were important enough to be released to the public to a massive amount of attention, what makes them think fans would honor a one-way “long-standing trust” and keep the moving pictures secret.

It’s just the nature of the beast. We live in a generation where almost everyone has a HD movie camera with an Internet connection in their pockets at all times and a generation where everyone wants to be “first” in breaking what they consider news. If your entire marketing plan is thrown into a tizzy because you failed to take this into consideration, the fault lies squarely on you, not the fans. This is the case of not blaming the scorpion for stinging you.

And if the studios take the passive aggressive move of not showing these special presentations in their panels anymore, good. That will eventually mean more tickets will be available to the convention and it will be easier to get a seat in Hall H.

Besides, what this all boils down to is more promotion for the film. The only problem studios should have is if the sizzle reel brings the wrong kind of sizzle. Speaking of which, let’s talk about the that trailer, shall we?.

Suicide Squad line-upFirst of all, let’s preface this by saying these are some snap judgements based on the disjointed scenes Ayer threw together to make the pseudotrailer. What we think we see here might not be what we actually get in the final film.

That being said, there’s a lot not to like in the trailer. Granted, the concept lends it self to the “let’s dial the brightness on every frame down to 2” philosophy Warners has towards their DC films. But the opening scene has an air of absurdity that lends itself to more of a “lighter” action film in the mold of Commando or even The Dirty Dozen. Doesn’t look like we will be getting that one.

Another foible for me is that Deadshot is one of DC’s better characters. He is a man who kills for a living by choice, but still cares for his family and friends. The Will Smith Deadshot seems to be someone who is forced to kill people to support his family, if I read a lot into the scenes he is in above. That is a big difference and makes for a less appealing character.

But that’s nothing compared to what has been done to the Joker. The Joker is one of the most iconic characters in comics books, who has morphed over the years to keep up with the times. And Warners has now made him into a generic psychopath. The Joker scenes got a good response from the crowd, but for me, it left me yawning.

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SDCC 2015: Practically Everything Film At San Diego Comic Con

Posted on 08 July 2015 by William Gatevackes

Comic-Con-LogoAnother San Diego Comic Con is upon us, and that means a whole bunch of things to interest the FilmBuff will be presented for our approval. Here is a listing of just about every film-related panel or presentation from this years convention. The list was constructed in part with the help of Entertainment Weekly, the panel descriptions were taken from the SDCC site itself, and it was all compiled by me for you. Without any further ado, let’s begin listing!




hunger games mockingjay part 2Lionsgate pretty much has the day to itself, with its panel promoting its final Hunger Games installment at noon. But there will be plenty of panels for you to attend if you are not down with Katniss, including panels celebrating Industrial Light & Magic’s 40th and Back to the Future‘s 30th Anniversaries

10 a.m. PT:  Comic-Con Film School 101: Preproduction and Screenwriting (Grand Ballroom D): Comic-Con Film School is back for another four-day, nuts and bolts class on how to make a movie for very little money using available video technology and desktop postproduction software. Whether you’re shooting your first Doctor Who fan film or that story about the leather-clad girl who hunts vampire-werewolf hybrids, this course will take you from script to final product so that you too can enter your own movie into the CCI-IFF. This first class covers the specifics of preproduction on the cheap, including screenwriting, scheduling, location scouting, crewing-up, and getting equipment for nothing. Panelists include Valerie Perez (producer/star of the Paula Peril series), Jack Conway (producer of Machinima ETC), Vera Vanguard (producer of The Building of Good and Evil), Nick Murphy (writer/director of Pizza and Bullets), Josh Perilo (writer of Wedlock), and Sean Rourke (writer of Ballistica).
10:15 a.m.:  Studio Production Chiefs Speak (Room 6DE): Fans love to debate and dissect exactly what Hollywood is doing right and wrong. Now, for the first time at Comic-Con, top production executives from major Hollywood studios will reveal the frank realities of their jobs and why they make the decisions they do. 20th Century Fox senior vice president Daria Cercek (X-Men, Spy), Warner Bros. senior vice president Drew Crevello (Dungeons & Dragons, Akira), and Lionsgate executive vice president Jim Miller (The Hunger Games, Power Rangers) will discuss the development process, how they choose intellectual property to adapt, how movies get green lit, how filmmakers and actors are selected, what mistakes can lead to bad movies, how they balance originality vs. faithfulness to source material, and how much they care about the opinions of fans. Rather than merely previewing upcoming releases, you will get insights into how Hollywood really works on this panel moderated by Wall Street Journal film industry reporter Ben Fritz.
10:45 a.m.:  Open Road (Hall H): The studio is being mum about this presentation as of press time. While they have done genre films in the past (Machete Kills, The Host), the only two forthcoming films they have on the docket are the Bill Murray comedy Rock the Casbah. and Oliver Stone’s Snowden biopic. Neither seems to be SDCC friendly. Expect surprises.
11 a.m.:  The Super Story Behind the Pixar Short Sanjay’s Super Team (Indigo Ballroom): Director Sanjay Patel and producer Nicole Grindle present a peek behind the curtains at Pixar Animation Studio’s latest short, Sanjay’s Super Team. The filmmakers will discuss the production process as well as the unique inspiration for this incredibly personal film that features superheroes like you’ve never seen them before.
12 p.m.: 
Voice Over Celebration with Beloved Cartoon, Video Game, and Film VO Actors (Indigo Ballroom): From zero to sixty, a voice actor must convey a plethora of emotions, often impromptu. You will get an in-depth look into how voice actors approach the art, beauty, and challenges of performing on the spot. Susan Eisenberg, Rob Paulsen, Caitlin Glass, Anthony Bowling, Tara Platt, and Yuri Lowenthal from beloved titles including Wonder Woman, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Diablo, Pinky and the Brain, League of Legends, Full Metal Alchemist, Call of Duty, Samurai 7, Attack on Titan, The Devil is a Part Timer, Final Fantasy, and Resident Evil discuss this pivotal topic, led by Genese Davis (The Holder’s Dominion, MMORPG).
12 p.m.:  Lionsgate (Hall H): Lionsgate, a premier next generation global content leader, will give Comic-Con® 2015 attendees two exclusive looks at the studio’s most anticipated fall film releases, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” and “The Last Witch Hunter,” during a panel that will feature Q&As with the stars and filmmakers of both movies to be moderated by Emmy® Award-winning comedian and talk show host Conan O’Brien.
12:30 p.m.:  Roddenberry Entertainment Presents (Room 24ABC): Eugene Roddenberry (CEO Roddenberry Entertainment, son of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry), Trevor Roth (COO/head of development, Roddenberry Entertainment) and Tory Mell (producer, Roddenberry Entertainment) discuss the groundbreaking new app for their film White Room: 02B3. They will also be talking about the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek and premiering their new short film Instant, along with special guests Tony Janning (actor, White Room: 02B3, Instant, Legend of Neil) and Alex Albrecht (director, Instant). A surprise guest will be giving away a traditional iPad.
1 p.m.:  Science Channel: Raiders, Raptors, and Rebels: Behind the Magic of ILM (Room 25ABC): Fans will get to see exclusive clips and receive unprecedented access behind the scenes at Industrial Light and Magic, as science and creativity give birth to some of today’s top films. The secrets behind Avengers: Age of Ultron, Star Wars, Jurassic Park, and many more will be revealed during this once-in-a-lifetime panel. Join Science Channel as they celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Industrial Light and Magic at this year’s Comic-Con like no one else can. Surprise guests and exclusive footage along with a very special prize will be given away at this VIP experience where the science behind the movies is unveiled for the first time ever.
2 p.m.:  Class of 1985: The Greatest Geek Movies of: Don’t Forget About Us (5AB): Moderator Mark A. Altman ( Free Enterprise, Agent X) and panelists discuss the great geek year of 1985, as they go back to the future with such films as, well, Back to the Future, Lifeforce, The Breakfast Club, The Goonies, Clue, Legend, Rocky IV, Brazil, Commando, Weird Science, Silverado, Fletch, A View to a Kill, Cocoon, Witness, Return to Oz, Re-Animator, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Fright Night, Real Genius, Subway, After Hours, Ladyhawke, Enemy Mine and, yes, Robert Burnett, just for you: To Live & Die In L.A. And for good measure, they’ll discover a new type of martial arts,Gymkata, and prove to Virginia there really is a Santa Claus: The Movie. Enrolling in this brunch club are Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood), Robert Meyer Burnett (Free Enterprise), Steve Melching (Star Wars Rebels), Ashley E. Miller (Thor, X: Men: First Class), gymkataspert Steve Kriozere (NCIS, Agent X), Charles de Lauzirkia (Crave, Alien Anthology), and David E. Williams ( Femme Fatales, Lifeforce: The Space Vampires). Charge it to the Underhills!
2 p.m.:  Greenlight Your Passion Project! (Room 7AB): Project creators, actors, producers, and crowdfunding professionals discuss the power of crowdfunding as it pertains to greenlighting your own project! This panel of pros has successfully raised millions of dollars for feature film, short-films, documentaries, and web-series. Join an informative and uplifting discussion on the power of crowdfunding your dreams, featuring Ericka Anderson (Seed & Spark director of crowdfunding), Mark Gantt (The Bannen Way, The Night Visitor), Etta Devine (The Selling, Diani & Devine Meet the Apocalypse), Mark Netter (Nightmare Code, Dark Matter Productions), Jodie Bentley (COO Reinventing Films), Dan Mirvish (co-founder of Slamdance) and moderator Leah Cevoli (film producer and crowdfunding professional).
3 p.m.:  3rd Annual Musical Anatomy of a Superhero (Indigo Ballroom): From the ominous horns of Jaws, to the inspiring theme for Star Wars, music has always been an important supporting character in movies. For the superhero genre, the music reflects these emotions and more. This panel offers a behind the scenes look at the music of today’s biggest superhero film and TV projects with unreleased film clips and never before heard music. Participating composers include Junkie XL (Mad Max: Fury Road, Batman v. Superman), Christophe Beck (Ant-Man), Marco Beltrami (Fantastic Four), Brian Tyler (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Lorne Balfe (Terminator: Genisys), and Blake Neely (Super Girl, Arrow, Flash). Produced by Costa Communications.
3:30 p.m.:  The Might and Magic of Legacy Effects (Room 32AB): Legacy Effects is one of the leading practical effects companies in the motion picture industry. Their work is featured in films including Pacific Rim, Avengers: Age Of Ultron, Jurassic World and Terminator: Genisys. Meet the studio founders and get a firsthand look into the making of these blockbuster films. You may even get a sneak peek at some of the actual props from the films. Engage in an exciting presentation, Q&A, and maybe even a couple of giveaways.
3:30 p.m.:  Animated Effects in Live Action (Room 26AB): When the word animation is used, we think of cartoons. However, the line between live action and animation is becoming blurred due to technological advances. Industry professionals who create some of the most memorable animated visual effects will have a lively discussion on how they blend animation with live action seamlessly. They include David Derks (ASIFA Hollywood), and Adam Howard (Birdman, Pee Wee’s Big Holiday).
4:15 p.m.:  Hollywood Location Scouts (Grand Ballroom D): Working closely with the director and production designer, location scouts are the artists who translate the script into reality by exploring the world to figure out exactly where the movies and TV shows should be made. Six location scouts will discuss the creative and logistical aspects of their jobs, relate some exciting anecdotes, and answer audience questions. ModeratorScott Trimble (Terminator: Genisys, Jurassic World) joins panelists Nick Carr (Spider-Man 3, Enchanted), Stephenson Crossley (Fear the Walking Dead, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen), Stacey McGillis (Guardians of the Galaxy, The Infiltrator), Kei Rowan-Young (Django Unchained, Chef), and Steve Woroniecki (Tomorrowland, X-Men: First Class).
5:30 p.m.:  Fright Night: 30 Years of Screams (Room 6A): Horror screenwriter Greg Beville (Blackstar Canyon) details the special effects and making of Fright Night 1985 and how the film’s practical effects compare to horror films today. Moderated by Now Streaming’s Andrew Furtado (Nightbreed: The Director’s Cut).
6 p.m.:  NASA: Journey to Mars (Room 6BCF): America’s space agency is leading the world on a journey to the Red Planet. From the current orbiters and rovers that are making historic scientific discoveries, to the development of the largest and most powerful rocket ever conceived by human, NASA is pushing the final frontier to the planet that has been the subject of conjecture and the focus of the search for life beyond our home planet. We plan an enlightening discussion moderated by Aditya Sood (executive producer, The Martian). Also some of NASA’s best and brightest; Jim Green (director of planetary sciences, NASA Headquarters), Todd May (manager, NASA Space Launch System Program, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center) and Victor Glover (astronaut, NASA Johnson Space Center). As well as author Andy Weir (The Martian) especially in light of NASA’s involvement in the upcoming Ridley Scott motion picture The Martian.
6 p.m.:  World Premiere of Scooby-Doo! and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery! (Hall H): Starchild, Demon, Catman and Spaceman join everyone’s favorite teen sleuths in an explosive, new, must-see musical adventure no KISS Army member will want to miss! In Scooby-Doo! And KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery, the Mystery Inc. gang travels to KISS World, an amusement park dedicated to the band, for a special Halloween concert headlined by the legendary rock group. Six KISS songs are featured alongside an original new song performed by the band written just for the film. Be part of the first audience to see this landmark merging of pop culture icons, then stay for a panel featuring the legendary band KISS – Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer; NCIS star Pauley Perrette and longtime “Shaggy” and “Daphne” voices Matthew Lillard (The Bridge) and Grey Griffin (Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated), director Tony Cervone (Tom and Jerry: The Lost Dragon) and writer Kevin Shinick (Mad, Robot Chicken). The panel will be moderated by director/actor/writer Kevin Smith, who also has a role in the film along with Jason Mewes. Scooby-Doo and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery! will be released via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital HD July 10 and on Blu-ray Combo Pack & DVD July 21.
7 p.m.:  Nick Carter Goes West: From Boy Band to Zombie Western (Room 5AB): Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys discusses his first foray into film production with the studio behind Sharknado and Z-Nation. Fellow Backstreet Boys Howie Dorough, A.J. McLean, and The Asylum producers join the panel conversation.
7:30 p.m.:  Robotech: The Next 30 Years (Room 24ABC): Kevin McKeever (VP of marketing at Harmony Gold) showcases all the latest merchandise, along with the latest updates on the live-action Robotech film.
8 p.m.:  Son of Name That Movie (Room 9): Returning for a third record-breaking year is the combination game show and visual/audio event known as Son of Name That Movie. Inkpot Award-winning host and creator John Field presents the fu- filled program shown to a packed house of film fans the last two years running. In this all-new version, 50 clips from 50 different sci-fi, horror, and fantasy films are presented. Place your ticket in the Magic Film Can. If picked from among audience members, you get to play the game by simply naming as many of the clips as possible. There will be first- through fourth-place prizes. And, if someone on the panel cannot name the clip and an audience member can, that person will get a bonus prize as well.
8 p.m.:  18th Annual Superhero Kung Fu Extravaganza (Room 6A): Ric Meyers (Inside Kung Fu, Films of Fury: The Kung Fu Movie Movie [& Book]) has got a whole new bunch of eye-bulging, jaw-dropping, breath-taking, goose-bumping, funny-bone-cracking fight scenes from the best, worst, and weirdest films in the whole world. With his co-hosts Graham Eldwood and Chris J. Mancini (Comedy Film Nerds, Ear Buds) back in action; a report direct from Beijing by the king of YouTube kung-fu Eric Jacobus (as well as the Comic-Con premiere of his amazing new Rope-A-Dope 2); and their standard operating surprises, it’s not just awe-some, it’s awe-all. Be there or be in Tiananmen Square!
8 p.m.:  Floyd Norman Documentary (Room 9): Filmmakers Michael Fiore (producer of the upcoming feature Home Invasion) and Erik Sharkey (director of Drew: The Man Behind the Poster) will show clips from their original feature-length documentary and reunite Floyd Norman (legendary Disney and Hanna Barbera animator and story artist) with many animators and artists that he influenced and worked with over his 60-year career. Panelists will include notables featured in the documentary includingPaul Dini (animation writer/producer), Gary Trousdale (co-director of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast), Scott Shaw! (cartoonist, humorist, historian), Leo Sullivan (animator, producer, publisher), Ken Mitchroney (writer, director, story artist), Adrienne Nichelle Brown-Norman (illustrator, Disney Publishing), and Tom Sito (animator, professor of animation, USC). The documentary also features interviews with such notables as actress Whoopi Goldberg, cartoonist Sergio Aragonés, Disney music composer Richard Sherman, producer Don Hahn, Maleficent), Ralph Guggenheim (former Pixar VP of animation), and film critic/historian Leonard Maltin. The documentary is supported by a musical score composed by Ryan Shore (composer, Disney’s Penn Zero and WB’s Scooby-Doo!). The filmmakers will moderate a Q&A session and celebrate Mr. Norman’s 80th birthday
9 p.m.:  Spirited Away Screening (Horton Grand Theatre): Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away has captured the hearts of viewers all over the world. Join Her Universe and Hot Topic for Studio Ghibli trivia, prizes and a special screening of the beloved film, hosted by Her Universe founder Ashley Eckstein.



StarWarsForceAwakensLogoWhile Disney has kept Marvel from San Diego this year, it couldn’t keep Lucasfilms. Expect more to be announced about this year’s new entry into the film series, Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Who know who will be there, and what, if any, footage we will be seeing. Stick around as the always-interesting Kevin Smith closes Hall H by promoting his latest, Yoga Hosers.

10 a.m.:  Comic-Con Film School 102: Production (Grand Ballroom D): Day 2 of this four-day course on microbudget moviemaking focuses on the specifics of production, from shooting techniques to lighting on the cheap, crew positions you need (and don’t need), and costuming, props, and set decorating for as little money as possible. Panelists include Valerie Perez (producer/star of the Paula Peril series), Vera Vanguard (producer of The Building of Good and Evil), Nick Murphy (writer/director ofPizza and Bullets), Jack Conway (producer of Machinima ETC), and Sean Rourke (writer of Ballistica).
10:30 a.m.:  Comics Arts Conference #5: The Comic Book Film Adaptation: Exploring Modern Hollywood’s Leading Genre (Room 26AB): A panel of industry experts will unmask the golden age of comic book filmmaking. Since the success of X-Men in the summer of 2000, filmgoers and comic fans have enjoyed an unprecedented number of comic book film adaptations. Drawing on the first book-length study of this frenzied period of production, The Comic Book Film Adaptation: Exploring Modern Hollywood’s Leading Genre by Liam Burke (Swinburne University of Technology), this panel uncovers why, after more than a century of coexistence, comics and cinema have recently become so entwined. After considering the cause, the panel will then examine the effect of this trend. Topics will include how the language of comics has influenced the aesthetics of mainstream cinema, and the ways in which comic book fans, empowered by the web, facilitated the emergence of more faithful adaptations. Panel participants include Eisner Award-winning creator Mark Waid (Kingdom Come), Marvel Comics senior vice president of publishing Tom Brevoort, executive producer of the modern Batman films Michael Uslan (Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice), and writerJoe Kelly (Ben 10, I Kill Giants), who adapted his own comic into an animated film. Chaired and presented by Liam Burke.
10:30 a.m.:  Edgar Rice Burroughs’s Worlds of Adventure (Room 8): Jim Sullos (president, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.), Mike Richardson (president and founder of Dark Horse Comics/producer of Warner Bros.’ Tarzan), Anna Kislevitz (head of licensing and merchandising at 41 Entertainment, producer of Tarzan and Jane), Diana Leto (The Cave Girl), and Scott Tracy Griffin (Tarzan: The Centennial Celebration) discuss upcoming releases featuring Edgar Rice Burroughs’s famous literary heroes, including Warner Bros.’ big-screen Tarzan feature (2016), the animated Netflix Original Series Tarzan and Jane, and comics, novels, role-playing games, and more based on Tarzan of the Apes, John Carter of Mars, Carson of Venus, The Land That Time Forgot, and fan-favorite Woola.
11:30 a.m.: Masters of the Wes: The World of Movie Talk Online (Room 5AB): Some of the top voices in the online film world discuss and speculate on the current and future trends in movies and the online film community. Panelists include John Campea (AMC Movie Talk), Jeremy Jahns (YouTube film critic), Andy Signore (Honest Trailers, ScreenJunkies Movie Fights), Grae Drake (senior editor of Rotten Tomatoes), Jon Schnepp (AMC Heroes), Kristian Harloff (Schmoes, AMC Jedi Council), Mark Ellis (Schmoes, AMC Movie Talk) and a special celebrity guest.
1 p.m.:  From Novel to Comic to Film: Turning Books into Other Forms of Pop Culture (Room 29AB): New York Times bestselling author Hugh Howey sits down with his literary agent Kristin Nelson, John Nee (co-CEO of Cryptozoic Entertainment and book packager), Paul Morrissey (Eisner-nominated editor, Jet City Comics), Jimmy Palmiotti (writer and owner of paperfilms), Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy), and Gary Whitta (Book of Eli) to discuss how popular novels are turned into comic adaptations and feature films. Get the behind-the-scenes and nitty gritty, from selling options to major film studios to working with visual artists and comic book writers in their adaptations. Hugh Howey’s novel WOOL is in development with Ridley Scott, and the comic adaptation and graphic novel are available from Jet City Comics. Gary Whitta is also adopting Howey’s novel SAND for television.
1:30 p.m.:  Disney Animators: The Power of 2D (Room 24ABC): A luminary panel of former and current Disney animators spanning from Lady and the Tramp to Moana talk about the importance of 2D animation in the history of Disney, as well as the part it plays in guiding advancement of its future. Panelists are Willie Ito (Lady and the Tramp, Inkpot Award-winning animator), Dale Baer (Robin Hood to Moana), Randy Haycock (The Lion King to Moana), Tom Sito (The Little Mermaid, author of Moving Innovation), Adam Dykstra (Tangled, Tarzan), and Mike Polvani (Hercules, 2D Animation School founder). Changes in technology, artistic expression, and the value of cooperative interplay between 2D and 3D artists to create the best animation will be discussed. There will be a Q&A moderated by Leslie Combemale (Animation expert, ArtInsights Gallery).
2 p.m.:  ILM 40th Anniversary (Room 7AB): For forty years, Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) has set the standard for visual effects, creating some of the most memorable images in the history of modern cinema. From advances in the photo chemical process, optical compositing, motion control, and models and miniatures to the company’s pioneering efforts in computer graphics, digital compositing, film scanning and recording, morphing, digital environments, performance capture, character animation, and modern digital pipelines, ILM continues to break new ground in visual effects for film, television, themed attractions, and new forms of entertainment. The presenters will discuss the company’s work from its earliest days and breakthroughs along the way.
3 p.m.:  How Comic Books Took Over Hollywood (Room 25ABC): Marvel Comics’ editor-in-chief Axel Alonso, Fanboys director Kyle Newman, Batman: The Animated Series writer/producer Paul Dini, and Star Wars: The Clone Wars voice actress Ashley Eckstein discuss why Hollywood “gets” comic book storytelling now when for decades it didn’t. Panelists will participate in a Q&A session moderated by Christian Blauvelt (Deputy Culture Editor, BBC online).
3:30 p.m.:  You Do What!? Women Working in Film Production (Room 26AB): Cat Paschen (SFX makeup artist), Alicia Minette (metalsmith), Tamiko Brownlee (stunt performer), Lauren Haroutunian (cinematographer), Katrina Sainz (art director), and Lauren Hadaway (sound editor) discuss breaking into the traditionally male dominated fields of film production. Entertainment publicist Brittany Sandler will moderate the Q&A session.
4 p.m.:  Bill Plympton (Room 23ABC): Two-time Oscar-nominated director Bill Plympton (Cheatin’, Idiots and Angels) and writer/animator Jim Lujan discuss their upcoming animated feature, Revengeance, as a work in progress. They’ll screen clips from this comic look at L.A.’s underworld scene and talk about funding the film via Kickstarter, collaborating, and possible distribution strategies. Also, Bill will screen some of his recent shorts and discuss making and promoting his films in the new digital marketplace. Plus everyone who attends will get a free Plympton drawing.
4:15 p.m.:  DC Entertainment: From Page to Screen (Room 6DE): Never before has DC Entertainment been more popular in TV, video games, home videos, and movie theaters. And with an impressive film slate and countless shows in series and production, it has never been a better time to be a DC fan! Join the people behind the scenes who translate the page to the screen on this panel that shows your favorite stories and characters coming to life.
4:15 p.m.:  Stunt People of Your Favorite Movies a.k.a. Getting Beat Up For A Living (Grand Ballroom D): Stuntmen and stunt actors from some of your favorite movies and TV shows like The Scorpion King, 300, Iron Man 2, Black Sails, and Jurassic World discuss their experiences in the life of a stuntman or stunt actor. Hear wild anecdotes and valuable insights about joining the Stunt industry. Moderated by Eric Cajiuat.
4:30 p.m.:  The Synergy of Film and Video Games Collide (Room 8): The film and video game industries collide when it comes to battling it out for the top spot in consumers’ choice of entertainment. However, just where and how do these two genres intertwine and how will this synergy impact the future for these two industries? After all, today you’d be hard pressed not to find a video game without cinematics and incredibly filmic cut scenes, and films are drawing from games in similar ways. Genese Davis (The Holder’s Dominion, MMORPG), Sebastian Strzalkowski (art director, Daybreak Games), Eric Kieron Davis (senior producer, film, cinematics, video games), Cody Vaughan (actor, producer), Osokwe Vasquez (director, producer), and surprise guest speakers discuss this pivotal topic.
5 p.m.:  ASIFA: Hollywood The State of the Industry (Room 28DE): What do the pros think of the animation scene today? Is 2D dead? What’s happening in VFX? How do I get a job? Join Tom Sito (Beauty & the Beast), Beth Sleven (Wallykazam), Musa Booker (Robot Chicken), Zahra Dowlatabadi (Bobbie Page), Rick Farmiloe (Boxtrolls), Jim Hillin (Spiderman), and Einar Baldvin (Pride of Strathmoor) for the discussion.
5 p.m.:  More Greatest Movies Never Made: The Sequel (Room 7AB): Take another look back at some of the greatest genre projects that never made it to the silver and small screens, from Philip Kaufman’s Star Trek: Planet of Titans (the original ’70s Star Trek reboot that was never made) and Rick Berman’s Star Trek: The Beginning to David Lynch’s Ronnie Rocket and One Saliva Bubble and Alejandro Jodorowsky’s mind-blowing adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune. Panelists include filmmakers Steve Scarlata (producer,Jodorowksy’s Dune), Ashley E. Miller (writer, Thor, X-Men: First Class), Charles de Lauzirika (Crave, Blade Runner Blu-ray, Twin Peaks Runner Blu-ray), Steve Melching (writer, The Clone Wars, Batman: The Brave & The Bold), Edward Gross (The 50 Year Mission), Thomas P. Vitale (Planet X) and Mark A. Altman (Femme Fatales, Free Enterprise).
5 p.m.:  Pixies, Lovecraft, Poe, and Steampunk: An Unlikely Animation Slate (Room 23ABC): Arcana’s animation slate based on their books has begun. June 5th saw the animated feature film Pixies debut in theaters starring Christopher Plummer, Bill Paxton, and Alexa Vega. Next for Pixies is Netflix and in store at Walmart on July 14. Howard Lovecraft & The Frozen Kingdom is in production for a May 2016 delivery and an October 2016 release. In development is The Steam Engines of Oz and the Edgar Allan Poe-inspired The Hope Virus. Get a behind-the-scenes look at this unlikely animation slate. Get free comics, free plush toys, and free shirts. Cthulhu plush toys and more will be given away to those with questions.
5 p.m.:  Science Fiction That Will Change Your Life (Room 25ABC): What science fiction stories from the past year made you think and entertained you? Panelists talk about the year’s smartest books, comics, movies, and TV with Gizmodo editor-in-chief Annalee Newitz and io9 editor-in-chief Charlie Jane Anders, along with authors Ernie Cline (Ready Player One, Armada), Jane Espenson (Once Upon a Time, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Javier Grillo-Marxuach (The 100, The Middleman).
5 p.m.:  The Power of Superfandom (Room 14A): A new age has dawned! The days of geeks on the fringe are ancient history, and a new breed of enthusiast has risen to rule the pop culture kingdom: the superfan. Renowned in fandom far and wide for their authentic expertise, superfans wear their obsession excitedly on their sleeve. Their passion is their collective power, leading cultural conversations and influencing entertainment trends. For a few days at SDCC, all eyes are fixed on the stuff that superfans live and breathe: comics, movies, TV shows, and more. Panelists talk about what makes a true superfan and dissect the superfan domination of mainstream media. You might even learn how the power of the superfan can help turn your obsession into an awesome career. Moderated by Eric Moro (Wikia’s VP of Programming), panelists include superfans from Wookieepedia and the Marvel Database, Leland Chee (Lucasfilm Story Group), Gary Whitta (screenwriter, Star Wars: Rogue One), Chris Wyatt (Marvel Animation), Kevin Burke (Marvel Animation) and Scott Allie (editor in chief, Dark Horse Comics).
5:30 p.m.:  Lucasfilm (Hall H): Lucasfilm president and producer Kathleen Kennedy, director J.J. Abrams, writer Lawrence Kasdan, and special guests provide a special look at Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
6 p.m.:  The Future of Mexican Animation in the U.S. (Room 29AB): This panel, moderated by Edward James Olmos, features filmmakers Ricardo Arnaiz and Mike Kunkel, as well as Ricardo Gomez Quinones (Kaxan), Andres Reyes Botello (Boxel), and Veronica Arceo (Nahuala Productions) who will share their experiences on producing the Mexican/American animated movie El Americano 3D and share inside information about independent distribution and their future projects. They will be joined by a group of Mexican and American producers, directors, and animators from Animex, Anima Estudios, Huevocartoon, Boxel, Imagination Films, Metacube, and Kaxan, who will also premiere their animated movies in the U.S. during 2015 and 2016.
6 p.m.:  The Visit (Horton Grand Theatre): Writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs, Unbreakable) and producer Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, The Purge and Insidious series) discuss The Visit, their upcoming thriller from Universal Pictures.
6:30 p.m.:  Going Back in Time: A Discussion and Q&A with the Filmmakers Behind the Back to the Future Feature Documentary (Room 24ABC): Director Jason Aron, executive producer Louis Krubich, and producer Lee Leshen discuss, take questions, and show clips from their upcoming film Back in Time, the feature-length documentary that shows the films’ influence on the public 30 years later. Dean Cundey (legendary cinematographer for all three Back to the Future films, in addition to iconic movies such as Hook, Jurassic Park and many more), will join the discussion and be available for questions during the Q&A.
6:30 p.m.:  Reinventing Horror for Comics and Film (Room 5AB): For eight years, Mark L. Miller (Pirouette/Ain’t It Cool News editor) has gathered together a ghoulish ensemble of the best of the best in horror writers, artists, and filmmakers to discuss and dissect the horrors they make and what (if anything) scares them. This year, Mark gathers Ed Brisson (Sheltered/The Mantle), Matt Pizzolo (Godkiller/publisher, Black Mask Studios), and Justin Benson and Aaron Moorehead (writers/directors Spring/Resolution) to talk about how to reinvent and revitalize the horror genre; pushing new limits, twisting old concepts, and crafting new terrors to keep you up at night.
7 p.m.:  Kung Fury: The Best Movie of All Time (Room 6BCF): The team behind viral sensation Kung Fury discuss the record-breaking and critically acclaimed journey, from Kickstarter to Cannes to Comic-Con. Director David Sandberg is joined on stage by the “True Survivor” David Hasselhoff (Hoff 9000), and cast members Jorma Taccone (Hitler), Eleni Young (Barbarianna), Leopold Nilsson (Hacker Man), Andreas Cahling (Thor), as well as Seth Grahame-Smith (producer of the upcoming feature) and moderator Drew McWeeny.
7 p.m.:  The Gay Agenda in Horror: Terrifying Subtext (Room 28DE): The horror genre is based on our fears of the unknown, fear of “outsiders,” and the attraction and repulsion of giving in to transgressions and forbidden passions. These elements have also been associated with the LGBTQ community mostly in a negative sense. All the way back to horror stories of the late 1800’s, Dracula, Dorian Gray, and more, the subtext of gay and lesbian characters and themes was unspoken, hinted at, or inferred. But in the last few decades subtext has become “text.” In novels from Anne Rice and others, to films and TV shows like The Hunger, True Blood, Hellbent, and American Horror Story, the queer side of horror has come out into the light. Join Prism Comics and moderator Michael Varrati (Tales of Poe, Sins of Dracula) as they discuss the history of this popular genre from a queer perspective. Panelists will include Mark Bessenger (Bite Marks, The Last Straight Man), M.A. Fortin (The Final Girls), Andy Mangels (Nightmares on Elm Street, Childs Play, Star Trek, Star Wars Comics), Bart Mastronardi (Tales of Poe, Vindication), Joshua Miller (The Final Girls) and Mark Patton (star of Nightmare of Elm Street Part 2).
7 p.m.: Starship Smackdown: The Geeksperts Court 007: Bond vs. Bond (Room 7AB): For anyone whose ever been to Comic-Con, you know the singular power of the Starship Smackdown. Now from the panel of intrepid spaceshipologists comes The Geekspert’s Court, as this honorable panel of geeksperts render verdicts to determine the greatest James Bond movie of all time as they celebrate the impending eagerly anticipated arrival of Spectre. CanOctopussy triumph over Never Say Never Again? What happens when GoldenEye battles Goldfinger? And does The Man with the Golden Gun truly have a powerful weapon? Chief Justice Mark A. Altman (Agent X, DOA: Dead Or Alive) exercises jurisprudence over this bench of judges, who include Steve Melching (Star Wars Rebels), Ashley E. Miller (Thor, X-Men: First Class), Ryan Condal (Colony, Hercules), Robert Meyer Burnett (Agent Cody Banks, Free Enterprise), Marc Bernardin (Playboy), Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood), Kay Reindl (Scream, Millennium) and Edward Gross (The Fifty Year Mission).
7 p.m.:  World Premiere of Justice League: Gods & Monsters (Ballroom 20): Animation legend Bruce Timm returns to the popular DC Universe Original Movies with his unique new vision of a Justice League you’ve never seen before. Justice League: Gods & Monsters features a Superman born of General Zod’s blood, a Batman with a healthy dose of bat in the man, and a Wonder Woman rising from the ranks of the New Gods. This ain’t your daddy’s Justice League. They are as likely the world’s saviors as Earth’s despotic rulers. When a group of famed scientists experience untimely “accidents,” a government task force follows the trail of clues to the Justice League into a high-stakes game of intrigue, mystery, and action that asks the question: How do you serve justice to those above the law? The all-star voice cast includes Michael C. Hall (Dexter) as Batman, Benjamin Bratt (Law & Order, 24) as Superman, Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter films, Dig) as Lex Luthor, Richard Chamberlain (Dr. Kildare, The Thorn Birds) as Highfather, and Tahmoh Penikett (Battlestar Galactica) as Steve Trevor. Witness the first public screening of this all-new film, then stay for an entertaining panel led by executive producer Bruce Timm (Batman: The Animated Series); Tamara Taylor (Bones), voice of Wonder Woman; C. Thomas Howell (E.T., Southland), voice of Dr. Will Magnus; Paget Brewster (Criminal Minds), voice of Lois Lane, director Sam Liu; co-producer/screenwriter Alan Burnett; dialogue director Andrea Romano; and members of the voice cast. As is tradition, there will be special announcements, moderator Victor Lucas (Electric Playground) will present exclusive prizes for a few lucky fans, and there just might be a few potential surprises. Justice League: Gods & Monsters will be available from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital HD on July 14 and as a Blu-ray Combo Pack on July 28.
7:15 p.m.:  Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! (Room 6A): Join stars Ian Ziering (Fin Shepard), Tara Reid (April Wexler), Cassie Scerbo (Nova Clarke), and David Hasselhoff (Gil Shepard), director Anthony C. Ferrante, and writer Thunder Levin for a fin-tastic behind-the-scenes journey into the global pop culture sensation, followed by a Q&A session.
7:15 p.m.:  Yoga Hosers (Hall H): An evening with Kevin Smith. After all the interesting and exciting movie panels are over, Hall H belongs to a middle-aged loser who dresses like a 12-year-old! Ask Kev questions about AMC’s Comic Book Men and his forthcoming Mallrats sequel Mallbrats, and see the world premiere of the trailer to his new movie, Yoga Hosers. Wrap up a busy Friday with the Clown Prince of Comic-Con! With special guests from the Yoga Hosers cast.
8:30 p.m.:  ScreenJunkies: Honest Trailers and Movie Fights Live (5AB): An exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at Screen Junkies’ Honest Trailers, hosted by Hal Rudnick, featuring a never-before-seen trailer and Q&A with creator Andy Signore, writer Spencer Gilbert, editor Dan Murrell, and epic voice Jon Bailey. Plus a special all-star live edition of their popular debate series Movie Fights featuring Jeremy Jahns, Chris Stuckman, Nick Mundy Kristian Harloff and Mark Ellis with special surprise guests!



batman-v-superman-trioToday is the big day when it comes to comic book films, as Warner Brothers and Fox hold court in Hall H. Warners has the most excitement around their panel. Will we see clips from the film? Will the full Justice League cast be united on stage? Will we get any indication of what the future holds for the other announced films? Fox, on the other hand, is keeping mum on what they’rebringing to comic con, but you’d have to imagine Fantastic Four and their X-films will be promoted at their panel. In addition, we get a look at Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, Pride Prejudice and Zombies, and Guillermo del Toro’s latest, Crimson Peak.

10 a.m.: My Book Is a Movie/TV Show: Now What? (Room 7AB): Authors discuss the process of having their book made into another medium, their involvement and/or lack thereof, and how they feel now toward the project. Do they wish they could have done something differently? Do they feel the TV/movie has benefited or hurt their book? Lauren Kate (Unforgiven), Jeff Jensen (Before Tomorrowland), Arwen Elys Dayton (Seeker), Victoria Aveyard (Red Queen), and Daniel H. Wilson (Bro-Jitsu: The Martial Art of Sibling Smackdown and Robopocalypse) join in conversation with Ava Dellaira (Love Letters to the Dead).
10 a.m.: Comic-Con Film School 103: Working with Actors and a Crew (Grand Ballroom D): Day 3 of our course on microbudget moviemaking deals with how to direct actors, organize a crew, and keep them all happy without anybody making a dime. Panelists for the class include Valerie Perez (producer/star of the Paula Peril series), Nick Murphy (writer/director of Pizza and Bullets), Jack Conway (actor, Nazis at the Center of the Earth),Sean Rourke (writer of Ballistica), and actors Josh Perilo, Megan Rees, and Bradley Upton.
10 a.m.: Temple of Art (Room 24ABC): When every artist begins their craft, nobody is listening. Nobody pays them, nobody claps, and there is really no rational reason to suppose that anyone ever will. But they do it anyway. In the face of doubt, failure, and opposition, they proceed and create feats of staggering beauty. This panel presents the comic book artists, painters, illustrators, and creators in the film Temple Of Art, a documentary that asks why people risk and create in the face of failure and why you should too. See the debut trailer, take part in a Q&A, and maybe win a Temple of Art book. Moderated by director Allan Amato, the film features Grant Morrison, David Mack, Bill Sienkiewicz, Barron Storey, Jason Shawn Alexander, Satine Phoenix, and Olga Nunes.
10:30 a.m.: Warner Bros. Presentation (Hall H): Keen to deliver a taste of one of next year’s most eagerly awaited pairings, director Zack Snyder and stars Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill take the main stage with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. They are joined by castmates Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter and Gal Gadot for a sneak peek at the 2016 action adventure that brings the Super Heroes together on the big screen for the very first time, from Warner Bros. Pictures and RatPac-Dune Entertainment. From Pan, Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund and Peter himself, Levi Miller, together with director Joe Wright, soar into town with their high-flying adventure, coming to theaters this fall from Warner Bros. Pictures and RatPac-Dune Entertainment. Henry Cavill takes the stage with Armie Hammer, a duo with a very different dynamic in this summer’s fresh, über-stylish actioner from filmmaker Guy Ritchie, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., along with fellow stars Alicia Vikander and Elizabeth Debicki.
11 a.m.: Book to Screen (Room 7AB): We’re in a heyday for science fiction and fantasy on screen, whether it’s the big screen or the small. Some of the most popular series out there take advantage of the in-depth world and character building of book series to populate their vivid worlds. Ernie Cline (author of Ready Player One, soon to be adapted for the screen by Steven Spielberg), Melissa de la Cruz (author of Witches of East End, Lifetime show by the same name), Andy Weir (author of The Martian, a Ridley Scott-directed adaptation will be released later this year), Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck (as James S. A. Corey, author of Leviathan Wakes, on which the upcoming Syfy show The Expanse is based), Lev Grossman (author of The Magicians, soon to be a Syfy show), and Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings (as Christina Lauren, author of Beautiful Bastard, which has been optioned by Constantin Film) discuss how their creations are coming to life on screen.
11 a.m.: Today’s Costume Designers (Room 23ABC): The Costume Designers Guild Local 892 members Soyon An (Jem and the Holograms), Ann Foley (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Kristin Burke (Conjuring), and Ivy Thaide (Kamen Rider Dragon Knight) discuss the world of costume design for television and film. Joe Kucharski, editor of Tyranny of Style will be moderating.
12 p.m.: The Production Designer: Architect of Imagination (Room 23ABC): The production designer opens the script, reads, and dreams up the most perfect of all possible worlds in which to tell the tale, whether the story is set in the mythic past, the here and now, or any imaginable future. Then the designer must gather and lead the army of artists who, over months or years, in plaster or in pixels, will actually make the design real. Panelists include John Mott (12 Monkeys, The Americans), James Chinland (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, The Legacy, Avengers), Darren Gilford (Star Wars Epside VII: The Force Awakens, Tron), Ed Verreaux (Jurassic World, Looper), Neil Spisak (Terminator Genisys, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), and Gregory Melton (Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Walking Dead). Moderated by John Muto (Species, Home Alone).
12 p.m.: The 10th Annual All-Star Comic Book Podcaster Panel (Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library): Get ready for a no holds barred debate and discussion of the current state of the comic book marketplace in publishing, television, and film. Like sports reporters at the World Series, these podcast hosts voice their opinions on their shows. But what happens when they face each other and may not get the last word on a subject? Featuring John Siuntres (Word Balloon), Calvin Reid (Publisher’s Weekly-More to Come), Mark Bernardin ( on Batman), John Mayo (Comic Book Page), and Jimmy Aquino (Comic News Insider).
12 p.m.: Costuming the Galaxy (Room 14a): Joe Salcedo (chief executive officer and co-creator/co-owner of ANOVOS), Dana Gasser (chief operating officer and co-creator/co-owner of ANOVOS), John Cooley (product and customer experience representative for ANOVOS) and Heath Hammond (product manager for ANOVOS) of ANOVOS, official licensee for Star Wars, Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica, will be on hand to discuss costuming in the science fiction genre. From working with the filmmaking teams to scanning screen-used materials, get an exclusive look at what goes into the making of these highly detailed and authentic replicas. Be the first to see what’s in store for the future of costuming from ANOVOS.
12 p.m.: From Bollywood to Hollywood: Going Global (Room 25ABC): Actors and producers from India and US address the growing globalization of the film industry from financing to production; with clips from Bollywood’s and Hollywood’s fantasy action movies. Panelist include Ishmael Kahn (founder of Hollywood Bollywood Global Media) and internationally acclaimed Bollywood star Pooja Batra (Virasat, Disney India’s Any Body Can Dance 2). Also joining are director, producer and show runner of hundreds of television episodes Jude Gerard Prest (History Channel, Discovery), Maureen Hubley-Warutian (entertainment developer, executive producer), Radhika Chaudhari (award winning Bollywood director, singer/actess staring in over 30 Indian films), Shekah Kapur (Golden Globe Award winning Bollywood movie star and internationally acclaimed director of Elizabeth The Golden Age and The Four Feathers), and executive producer of numerous internationally funded feature films Stephen Kaplan. Moderated by screenwriter and director Eric Forsberg (Mega Piranha, Dragons of Camelot, Snakes on a Train).
12:15 p.m.: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (Hall H): Pride and Prejudice and Zombies A zombie outbreak has fallen upon the land in Jane Austen’s classic tale of the tangled relationships between lovers from different social classes in 19th-century England. Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet (Lily James) is a master of martial arts and weaponry, and the handsome Mr. Darcy (Sam Reilly) is a fierce zombie killer, yet the epitome of upper-class prejudice. As the zombie outbreak intensifies, they must swallow their pride and join forces on the blood-soaked battlefield. Cast members Lily James, Sam Riley, Bella Heathcote, Douglas Booth, Jack Huston and Matt Smith along with writer/director Burr Steers and the book’s author Seth Grahame-Smith for a first look at Screen Gem’s adaptation of his acclaimed twist on the classic novel. Patient Zero An uprecedented global pandemic of a super strain of rabies has turned the majority of humankind into highly intelligent, streamlined killers known as ‘The Infected’. One victim, Morgan (Matt Smith), who is asymptomatic and can communicate with the infected, leads the last survivors on a hunt for Patient Zero and a cure. Join cast members Matt Smith, John Bradley, Natalie Dormer, and Clive Standen along with director Stefan Ruzowitzky and screenwriter Mike Le for an exclusive first look of the film. Both panels will be moderated by Dalton Ross (Entertainment Weekly).
1:30 p.m.: Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight (Hall H): Academy Award-winning writer/director Quentin Tarantino brings fans an exclusive look at his highly anticipated 8th film, The Hateful Eight. Followed by a Q&A session with the cast.
2 p.m.: High Def Horror: Hammer Horror Meets Harryhausen (Room 25ABC): Warner Archive and Trailers From Hell combine forces to sneak a peek at some exciting upcoming releases that will please fans of Hammer films and the legendary Ray Harryhausen. Award-winning director Joe Dante joins Warner Archive Podcast hosts George Feltenstein, D. W. Ferranti, and Matthew Patterson to discuss such classics as The Beast from 20000 Fathoms, Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed, Dracula Has Risen from the Grave, Them! and more. As an added treat, Dante will chat about the intricacies of the 1987 hit Innerspace, which Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will be releasing on Blu-ray in 2015. As always, moderator Gary Miereanu will have giveaways for a few select fans.
2:30 p.m.: Legendary Pictures (Hall H): Filmmakers and talent from Legendary’s upcoming Warcraft and Crimson Peak, distributed by Universal Pictures, will discuss the innovative slate and present never-before-seen material. Chris Hardwick (AMC’s Talking Dead) hosts the panel that will also include surprises from highly anticipated legendary movies, including Great Wall, Krampus, and more.
3 p.m.: Adding Special Effects to Cosplay Pictures and Video (Room 14A): This panel features VFX wizards behind the new film Cosplay Dreams 3D, renowned cosplay photographers and Photoshop artists, and special guest cosplayers. Learn how, using Adobe Photoshop and After Effects, you can add realistic laser beams, fireballs, glowing magical elements, and sci-fi backgrounds that will bring your cosplay photography and videos to the next level.
3 p.m.: Anything Goes with John Barrowman (Indigo Ballroom): John Barrowman (Arrow, Torchwood, Doctor Who) is an entertainer with a capital “E.” He sings, he dances, he acts, he presents, he judges; ask him anything!
3:30 p.m.: Nerdist: The Hive (Horton Grand Theatre): Outside the cabin, a horde of monsters are wreaking havoc. In the cabin, Adam can’t remember who he is or how the world fell apart, because the memories he does have aren’t his own. Starring Kathryn Prescott (Finding Carter, Skins), Gabriel Basso (Super 8, The Kings of Summer), and Jacob Zachar (Greek) in a horror experience unlike any other. Get your first look at the next generation of sci-fi horror with director Dave Yarovesky and members of the cast.
3:45 p.m.: Entertainment Weekly: Women Who Kick Ass (Hall H): A discussion among fierce, fearless, actresses Gal Gadot (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice), Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Hayley Atwell (Agent Carter), Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who), Kathy Bates (American Horror Story), and other flat out fantastic females, who will open up about the power and privilege of playing women who redefine the rules and refuse to yield. Moderated by Sara Vilkomerson.
4:10 p.m.: Documentary Film Making How-To (Grand Ballroom D): You will learn how to understand the specific nuances of nonfiction film and how to produce and direct your own with a minimal budget and existing, commercially available equipment. Topics include documentary narrative structure, how to conduct interviews, “writing,” documentaries, the importance of access, when and how to use voiceover and/or re-creations, necessary gear, ethics, and releases and other legal necessities. Panelists include director/host Edward Doty (Fighting in Plain Sight, Documentality podcast), editor Jessica Hernandez (The Punk Singer, Bhutto), director Jeff Unay (Greaywater, Free to Play), and director Andie Bolt (WoWMoM).
4:45 p.m.: Dark Horse: An Afternoon with Joss Whedon (Hall H): Joss Whedon has rewarded fans the world over with some of the most compelling characters and plot lines in the history of comics, television, and movies. Here’s your chance to find out what he has in store next, and get exclusive insights into Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Serenity, and much, much more.
5 p.m.: Fandom: The Next Generation (Room 14A): Jeffrey Brown (Darth Vader and Friends, Jedi Academy), Nell Minow (The Movie Mom), and Jim McQuarrie (GeekDad) explore ways parents can shape the next generation of geek culture early on, from introducing kids to media at various age, to offering family talking points. Moderated by Betsy Bozdech (executive editor of Common Sense Media).
5 p.m.: Man of Action: Taking Comics from Print to Screen (Room 9): Man of Action’s Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, Duncan Rouleau, and Steven T. Seagle create TV shows (Ben 10, Generator Rex) and write comic books/graphic novels for the Man of Action imprint and Image Comics. Learn from the pros how to turn comics into hit television shows (Ultimate Spider-Man and Marvel’s Avengers Assemble) and films (Rouleau and Seagle created the comic book team and characters for the Academy Award-winning film Big Hero 6). Man of Action is producing the feature films Officer Downe and I Kill Giants, with scripts by Casey and Kelly, respectively, based on their own graphic novels, with more in the works.
5:45 p.m.: 20th Century Fox (Hall H): Fox hasn’t presented any info as of press time, but one assumes that the forthcoming Fantastic Four reboot will be heavily represented, along with next year’s Deadpool and the other X-films they have in the pipeline.
6 p.m.: The Geek Shall Inherit: A Look at the Evolution of Geek Culture (Room 14A): Geek culture has become mainstream, but it wasn’t always that way. Comic conventions have boomed in popularity, the cosplay community is thriving, and TCG tournaments are breaking attendance records. Dr. Billy San Juan (The Walking Dead Psychology, Magic: the Gathering judge), Jenna Busch (host/founder of Legion of Leia, Star Wars Psychology), Dr. Travis Langley (Game of Thrones Psychology, Doctor Who Psychology), Alan Kistler (Doctor Who: A History, The Walking Dead Psychology), Dr. Janina Scarlet (Superhero Therapy,Star Wars Psychology), Dr. Ali Mattu (The Psych Show, Super Fantastic Nerd Hour), Josué Cardona (Geek Therapy, The Walking Dead Psychology), Tim Shields (Cascade Games), and Matt Munson (The Project Workbench) explore the evolution of our beloved culture.
6 p.m.: The Keys to Successful, Career-Changing Acting and Filmmaking in Today’s New Entertainment Industry (Room 30CDE): Director Richard Hatch (Battlsestar Galactica Golden Globe nominee Captain Apollo, Tom Zarek, General Kharn, Axanar) hosts a discussion, lecture, and practical demonstrations on the state of the industry and how to powerfully up level your skills and performance in order to position yourself for breakthrough success in today entertainment industry.
6:45 p.m.: The Bold Voice of Contemporary Horror Film: Fantastic Fest, Beyond Fest, and SpectreFest (Room 6A): Thanks to a bold new school of filmmakers and creative talent, independent horror and genre cinema is enjoying an unprecedented resurgence of critical and box office success. Kicked off by You’re Next in 2011, this new wave of independent genre film has continued to thrive and has broken through over the past year with The Babadook and It Follows. Hosted by the US’ leading genre film festivals, we discuss this convention-defying movement with the directors, producers, writers, production companies and programmers who are progressively shaping the brave evolution of cinematic terror. Scheduled panelists include Elijah Wood (Spectrevision /Cooties), director Sarah Adina Smith (The Midnight Swim), director/producer Roxanne Benjamin (V/H/S, V/H/S/2), Mette Marie Katz (XYZ Films –The Raid, The Raid 2), Christian Parkes (Founder/Director Beyond Fest), Ryan Turek (Programmer – Beyond Fest), and Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead (directors of Spring) with more to be announced, featuring an exclusive sneak peek at Spectrevision’s Cooties and Radius’ Goodnight Mommy. Additional films to be discussed include The Invitation, The Witch, Cop Car and more! Added bonus: Join Turek and Shock Til You Drop Managing Editor Sam Zimmerman for a special round of Dead Rights Horror Trivia at the end of the panel for a chance to win passes to the renowned festivals hosting the panel! Moderated by The Daily Beast’s Jen Yamato.
7:30 p.m.: The Psychology of Star Trek vs. Star Wars: Episode V (Room 24ABC): Geeky psychologists Dr. Andrea Letamendi (The Arkham Sessions) and Dr. Ali Mattu (The Psych Show) step into the pop culture ring to debate the psychology of teamwork, rebellion, and galactic war. Panelists include Robert Meyer Burnett (Free Enterprise), Thom Zahler (Love and Capes), Consetta Parker (Rancho Obi-Wan), and Amy Ratcliffe (Star Wars Insider). Join a side, but remember: phasers and lightsabers are no match for this battle of wits! Refereed by Brian Ward (Comics, Assembled!)
8 p.m.: Creepy and Eerie Unleashed (Room 25ABC): A ghoulish panel of horror freaks discusses the classic Warren horror titles Creepy and Eerie and their upcoming adventures in film and TV. Super-secret secrets will be revealed! Moderating the panel is Gemstone’s J. C. Vaughn (Overstreet Price Guide) and consulting editor and writer Dan Braun (Creepy), who will be joined by Dark Horse founder and publisher Mike Richardson and New Comic Company’s Josh Braun. Throw in a couple of surprise Creepy artists and writers, and it will be a tasty stew. They might be giving away awesome Creepy swag, but only to the demonically deserving.
8:30 p.m.: The Science of Star Wars (Room 24ABC): Could lightsabers ever be a reality? Does science matter when designing a Star Wars spacecraft? Is Vader really more machine than man? Fon Davis (production designer, Star Wars prequel movies) Emily Manor-Chapman (NASA mission planner), Kieran Dickson (editor, Outerplaces), Travis Langley (editor, Star Wars Psychology), Eliot Sirota (VFX artist), Steve Huff (fight choreographer), and moderator Jenna Busch (Legion of Leia) break down the science behind a galaxy far far away and discuss whether or not Kylo Ren’s Force Awakens Lightsaber is genius or sacrilege.
8:30 p.m.: Indyfans: The World of Indiana Jones (Room 26AB): The Man with the Hat is back for a special late-night installment of this popular panel. Brandon Kleyla (director, Indyfans) and guests discuss the 20th anniversary of the Indiana Jones adventure, as well as other news in the world of Indy. Grab your fedora and join us for another action packed year.
8:30 p.m.: The Character of Music: Classic Horror Special Edition (Room 8): For their 5th consecutive collaboration, co-moderators Anne Cecere of BMI and Chandler Poling of Krakower Poling PR are bringing their beloved panel to the spookier side of Comic-Con. Set after dark and focusing on the thrill of the chill, composers Charles Bernstein (Nightmare on Elm Street), Harry Manfredini (Friday the 13th), Laura Karpman (Carrie),Richard Band (Re-Animator), Tyler Bates (Dawn of the Dead) and Maurizio Guarini of Goblin (Suspiria) will reflect on the power of music in horror films. Douglas Tait (Jason in Freddy vs. Jason) will introduce the panel. A Q&A with the audience will follow.



the-legion-of-doom-legoThings wind down on Sunday as the Hollywood bigwigs head on home and the kids take over. We get the San Diego Children’s Film Festival today, as well as some more looks at Warner’s home video offerings. 

10 a.m.:  Comic-Con Film School 104: Postproduction and Distribution (Grand Ballroom D): The final day of our comprehensive course on microbudget moviemaking revolves around what to do after your movie is shot. Panelists will go over the basics of postproduction on your home computer, as well as what software to use for editing, graphic design, sound design, and visualFX, and finally, how to optimize your movie for uploading to the Internet. Panelists include Valerie Perez (producer/star of the Paula Peril series), Nick Murphy (writer/director ofPizza and Bullets), Jack Conway (producer of Machinima ETC), and Sean Rourke (writer of Ballistica).
10 a.m.: San Diego Int’l Children’s Film Festival-Program 1-Animation Showcase! (Room 9): A reel of short animation from around the world, some of the best and most creative all-ages animation on the planet, including films from Argentina, UK, Croatia, Canada, the U.S. and more.
10:15 a.m.: Fantastic Fans and Where to Find Them: Wizarding World and Potterverse Fan Panel (Room 6A): This panel has expanded from years past to cover the entire Wizarding World as everyone gets ready for Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them! What can we expect from this first JKR-penned film, and what can we expect from this fantastic fandom in 2016 and beyond? The panelists will talk about the Harry Potter books, of course, and how the Potterverse has inspired fanfic and fanart, musicals and films, cooking and crafts, theme parks, wrock concerts, cosplay and tattoos, social justice projects and, of course, J.K. Rowling’s amazing tweets. Magical panelists include Adrienne Alwag-Aipia (Dumbledore’s Army LA), Alex Benepe (US Quidditch), Jackson Bird (HP Alliance), Alexa DeGennaro (Leviosacon), Madhuri Shekar (In Love and Warcraft), Rachael Vaughn (Snapecast), Justin Zagari (director, The Greater Good and Severus Snape & the Marauders), and Sunny Wliiams (Harvey Putter & the Ridiculous Premise), moderated by Heidi Tandy (FictionAlley).
10:30 a.m.: How to Create Your Own Novel: From the First Idea to Publishing, and What You Need to Sell Your Work to TV and Film (Room 8): The Winner Twins, Brittany and Brianna, multiple award-winning, national bestselling sci-fi authors, script writers, and producers, teach you how to create your own novel step by step; from building your universe to overcoming writer’s block, to the different paths to publishing. The twins have written four science fiction novels and have taught their unique creative writing method to hundreds of thousands of convention attendees, teachers, and students across the country. The Winner Twins, along with Hugo, Nebula and Campbell Award-winning author David Brin (The Postman, The Life Eaters), actor/author Richard Hatch (Captain Apollo/Tom Zarek ofBattlestar Galactica, bestselling Battlestar Galactica Book Series), bestselling author/video game writer Steven-Elliot Altman (Deprivers, Pearl’s Peril) and John Goodwin ( president and publisher of Writers of the Future) will teach you how to craft your story idea into a marketable novel, television series, or film property.
11:05 a.m.:  Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival Awards (Grand Ballroom D): The films have been shown, now it’s time to award the recipients of the 2015 Comic-Con Independent Film Festival with their trophies and recognition! Comic-Con’s Adam Neese talks to this year’s trio of judges, director Dan Sachar (director of last year’s CCI:IFF Judges’ Choice award for Last of You), director/writer/actor Letia Clouston (In the Dark, AB Negative), and actor/writer/producer Orlando Jones (Sleepy Hollow, Bedazzled, MADtv) about the films and presents prizes and trophies to the winners.
11:15 a.m.:  World Premiere of LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League: Attack of the Legion of Doom (Room 6BCF): Crime is on the run as the newly formed Justice League keeps Metropolis safe, and this makes evil genius Lex Luthor very unhappy. Together with Black Manta, Sinestro, and a gang of ruthless recruits, Lex builds his own league and declares them the Legion of Doom. With this super-powered team of terror and a plan to attack the top-secret government site Area 52, can Lex finally be on the verge of victory? The bricks are gonna fly when Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and the rest of the Justice League face off against the world’s greatest supervillains. Catch the premiere, and then enjoy an entertaining panel led by actors Troy Baker (Batman: Assault on Arkham), Josh Keaton (Green Lantern: The Animated Series), and Khary Payton (Teen Titans Go!), producer Brandon Vietti (Batman: Under the Red Hood), director Rick Morales (Beware the Batman), and writer Jim Krieg (Green Lantern: The Animated Series). As always, surprise guests might pop up, and there will definitely be exclusive prizes for some lucky fans. LEGO DC Super Heroes Justice League: Attack of the Legion of Doom will be released August 25, 2015 via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, and Digital HD.
11:30 a.m.: San Diego Int’l Children’s Film Festival-Program 2 (Room 9): The Adventures of Bugsy McKay and Ralphy Jane, Jessica Hokanson,A cat and a rabbit conspire to solve a mystery. (A) (USA); Pelican Pete,Dani Bowman and Keaton Bicknell,Based on the book, the story of Pelican Pete and why he wears his famous baseball cap. (A) (USA); Hansel + Gretel, Soyeon Kim, An abstract visualization of the classic Brothers Grimm story. (A) (USA); Made by Children!, Various, This year’s new collection of short animation from around the world made by children is presented in partnership with the Varazdin Croatia Animation Festival. Films from Croatia, Italy, the Czech Republic, Africa, France, and beyond! (A) (Global)
12 p.m.:  CCI-IFF Award Recipient Film Screenings (Grand Ballroom D): All the winning films screened at one time in one place … don’t miss the best of the 2015 CCI-IFF!
12 p.m.:  Illustrators: The Hidden Gems of Film and Television (Room 23ABC): Art Directors Guild illustrators are the hidden gems of the film and television world. Their sketches, paintings, and storyboards form the foundation for all that you see on screens big and small. Whether they are alien planets or the dark alleys of Gotham, learn about the magic behind those incredible moving images. Panelists include Ed Natividad (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Transformers: Age of Extinction), Amy Lynn Umezu (Kong: Skull Island, Jurassic World), Patrick Rodriguez (The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2), and Jeffrey Errico (Terminator Genisys, NWA Straight Outta Compton). Moderated by Tim Burgard (Fantastic Four, Jurassic World).
1 p.m.:  The Art Heroines (Room 29AB): The Art Heroines are a group of veteran female artists working in film/live action, TV, animation, commercials, and toy industries. They offer an exclusive look into their work, including displayed props, puppets, and works in progress, and discuss how to maintain a successful career while staying creatively fulfilled. Danelle Vierkant (designer/builder,Slither, Disney’s Lab Rats, Comedy Bang Bang), Ivonne Escoto (designer/builder,Tron Legacy, Alien vs Predator, The Creature Shop Challenge), Denise “Dee” Chavez (background designer, Nickelodeon’s Sanjay and Craig, El Tigre, and creator of HamCat), Melissa Doss Diwa (designer/builder, KISS live show, The Creature Shop Challenge), and Lex Rudd (designer/builder, The Creature Shop Challenge, Folkmanis Puppets/Primal Visions). Moderated by Christine Papalexis (World Police and Alien Resurrection).
1 p.m.:  World Premiere of Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem (Room 6BCF): The Dark Knight isn’t seeking tricks or treats when Gotham City’s most lethal villains take to the streets on Halloween night in the newest DC Comics animated film, Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem. Be part of the World Premiere when Batman, Green Arrow, Cyborg, Nightwing, and Red Robin cross paths with the Joker and his crew of misfit criminals in a battle for control of Gotham City. Enjoy the movie, then stick around for a lively panel featuring Roger Craig Smith (Batman: Arkham Origins), Troy Baker (Batman: Assault on Arkham), Khary Payton (Teen Titans Go!), Will Friedle (Batman Beyond, Boy Meets World), Yuri Lowenthal (Ben 10), and screenwriter Heath Corson (Batman: Assault on Arkham). Moderator Greg Miller ( will have exclusive prizes, and he might even introduce a few surprise guests. Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem will be released via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital HD August 4 and on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD August 18.
1:30 p.m.: From Comics to Animation (Room 23ABC): Working across mediums can be challenging, and keeping true to your vision even more so. Moderator Mark Waid (Thrillbent) leads panelists Jerry Beck (The Hanna-Barbera Treasury), Michael DeForge (Adventure Time), Reginald Hudlin (Black Panther animated series), Jill Thompson (The Scary Godmother), Jhonen Vasquez (Invader Zim), and Lalo Alcaraz (La Cucaracha) in a discussion about working in both comics and animation. Learn what it takes to convert a comic to an animated project and how to succeed in both.
1:30 p.m.: San Diego Int’l Children’s Film Festival-Program 3 (Room 9): The Shooting Star Salesman, Kico Velarde, An ageless man has an extraordinary ability to sell anyone their own shooting star. (L) (USA); Noted, Eli Staub, One note passed in class can change everything. (L) (USA); Paper Touch, Hui-Ching Tseng, A stop-motion animation using only paper. (A) (Taiwan); The Goat Herder and His Lots and Lots of Goats, Will Rose, A day in the life of a goat herder and his flock of goats. (A) (Spain); Apache, Ned Wenlock, Wacky characters in the music video for the band Dog Beach. (A) (New Zealand); Colosse, Yves Geleyn, A wood-puppet robot, Colosse doesn’t know his own strength. (A) (France); Missing U, Brooke Wagstaff, A tale in the life of the letter I, and an author who lived life with a sigh. (A) (USA); A Tin Can, Tatiana Kiseleva, A tin can passes playfully through the bustle of a Russian cityscape. (A) (Russia); Space Race, Kobi Bachar, One child’s fascination with the latest and greatest robots. (A) (Israel); Unthink Pink, Cornelia Lichtfried/Desiree Ruehl, Why should girls only get pink toys and boys blue? (A) (Germany)
2 p.m.: Raising Future Fans: Geeky Parents and Children Speak Out (Room 14A): If you love anime, cosplay/costuming, gaming, and mega-media geeky franchises like Disney/Harry Potter/MCU/Star Wars, then come learn about how parents have found creative ways to integrate their favorite fandoms into child-friendly fun for the whole family. Hear directly from parents and children about ways you can merge a variety of child-friendly fandoms into your household on a daily basis. Enjoy a thoughtful discussion, including Q&A time, on ways to lessen dependency on electronic devices with activities to inspire the next generation in the greater fandom community. Panelists include Tom Ammonn (anime/gaming fan and parent), David Biffith Jr. (Star Wars fan and parent/grandparent), Karen Jallion (artist and mother), Sandra Durbin (parent, costumer, sci-fi movie and book fan), and moderator Anastasia Hunter (all-around fan girl and aunt of three younglings).
2:15 p.m.: Starship Smackdown XV: Battle of the Intergalactic Stars Edition (Room 6A): As profiled on NPR’s All Things Considered, Starship Smackdown returns for another action-packed year of scholarly debate. Who will duke it out for the highly coveted Smackdown title this year? Can the Starship Enterprise defeat the Serenity again? Will the Battlestar Galactica pulverize an Imperial Star Destroyer, and what would happen if Dr. Neil De Grasse Tyson’s Starship of the Imagination came face-to-face with-wait for it-Carl Sagan’s Starship of the Imagination? Oh, the humanity! Join this panel of sage spaceshipologists as they outwit, outplay, and outphaser each other. Starring Bobak Ferdowski (“Mohawk Guy” and actual spaceship builder), Daren Dochterman (VFX supervisor, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Director’s Edition)Kay Reindl (Scream, Millennium), Christian Gossett (The Red Star), Ashley E. Miller (X-Men: First Class, Thor), Steve Melching (Star Wars Rebels), Robert Meyer Burnett (ST: TNG Blu-ray, Free Enterprise), Jose Molina (Firefly, Agent Carter) and the Howard Cosell of the stars, moderator Mark A. Altman (Free Enterprise, DOA: Dead Or Alive); along with what will inevitably be some very special surprise guests. End your weekend with the geekiest and most beloved panel of all time in this, or any other dimension, known or unknown.
3 p.m.:  Queer Imagery in Animation (Room 28DE): LGBTQ issues and characters are appearing in a variety of cartoons on television and in the movie theaters. Join Prism Comics for a panel discussing works of animation that tackle same gender attraction and gender identity exploration including The Legend of Korra, Bob’s Burgers, American Dad, Paranorman, and Steven Universe. Moderated by P. Kristen Enos (Prism Comics board member, Web of Lives), the panelists include Diane Anderson-Minshall (The Advocate, Queerly Beloved), Matt Kane (GLAAD), and Emily Quinn (Adventure Time, Faking It).
3 p.m.: San Diego Int’l Children’s Film Festival-Program 4-Young Film Animators Showcase-New Work from High School and College Filmmakers (Room 9): Carnival, Stephanie Delarzi, A short animation created while exploring rotoscoping and cutouts. (A) (USA); Nikolai and the Butterfly, Stephanie Delarzi, A chance encounter with a dying butterfly causes a naturalist to rethink his ideas about life and death. (A) (USA); Sonder During End Times, Stephanie Delarzi, A kleptomaniac roams a shopping mall, encountering people and thoughts. (A) (USA); Make a Difference, Isaiah Ferguson, The theme is “The Impact of Giving Back.” Honorable mention in the 2015 White House Student Film Festival. (A) (USA); Lost Girl, Isaiah Ferguson, Loosely based on the novel The Thief & the Dogs by Naguib Mahfouz. (A) (USA); The Slug Apocalypse, Alex Garza, A strange man tries to escape the Slug Apocalypse, while another man has a dream about marauding slugs that he hopes is only in his imagination. (A) (USA); Spickled Dimwizzle, Wylder Tomlinson, In a world of chaos and magic, one lone lemur must convince a begruzzled wizard to teach him sorcery by embarking on an absurdly dangerous quest. (A) (USA); Supermarket Smackdown, Emma D’Atri, CJ must go to the supermarket, but various obstacles get in his way. (A) (USA); Nuclear Bob, Miguel & Alejandro Vega, Bob, an accident-prone nuclear worker, gets into many mishaps during a day on the job. (A) (USA); Special Delivery, Miguel & Alejandro Vega, Pizza Pete runs into trouble on his mission to make a very special delivery. (A) (USA); Galileo Galilei, Ben Hunter, A symbolic narrative about the nature of society to often lean toward tradition rather than new thought, with references to the astronomer Galileo. (A) (USA); Headache, Nick Mastrangelo, The inner turmoil and frustration of mind and body after receiving a parking ticket. (A) (USA)
3:30 p.m. The Future of Fan Culture (Room 26AB): As comics have taken over the mainstream, fandom has become larger, more diverse, and more like the rest of popular culture, for better or worse. Our conventions are huge, our economic clout drives the entertainment industry, and our disputes have become entangled with culture-war politics. What’s next? Rob Salkowitz (Comic-Con and the Business of Pop Culture), Brett Schenker (Graphic Policy) and Heidi MacDonald (The Beat) use hard data to explore the changing demographics of fandom in its social, economic, and political dimensions. The Washington Post’s Michael Cavna (Comic Riffs) moderates.
4 p.m.: San Diego Int’l Children’s Film Festival-Program 5-Best of the Fest (Room 9): The Wishing Well, Rod Maxwell, One woman’s quest for love takes her to a wishing well. An all-time festival favorite. Directed by and starring Rod Maxwell, star of the SyFy Channel series Face Off. (L/A) (USA); Rabbit and Deer, Peter Vacz, Rabbit and deer are fine friends, but an encounter with the mysterious third dimension changes their lives. (A) (Hungary); The Missing Scarf, Eoin Duffy, On a quest to find a missing scarf, a squirrel unearths a new mystery. (A) (Canada); The Dam Keeper, Robert Kondo and Daisuke Tsutsumi; A windmill fuels a dam to keep out pollution in a futuristic story. (A) (USA); Best of Fest, Various, Some of the best shorts from the past 12 years of the festival. Take a trip back in time, enjoying again some of the all-time favorites! (A, L, D)

Comic Con International-Independent Film Festival

CCI IFF logoDid you know that SDCC has a film festival? And that it has been running since 2005? Well, now you do. This year’s awards ceremony will takeplace on Sunday, but if you want to check out thenominated films before hand, they will be shown in Grand Ballroom D at the Manchester Hyatt. Below is a list of the films at their showing times.

Thursday July 9:

11:05 a. m.: Alice: A comedy about a high school teenager who, when she discovers an alternative to the “perfect” outfit she’s encouraged to wear for her senior prom, finds that her personal struggle to make the right decision escalates into a public war among her family, friends, and classmates. What will she choose, and what does that choice reveal? Participating panelists include Christina Sun Kim (director), Daniel Lee (writer), and Derege Harding (producer).
11:30 a.m.: Death to Cupid: A lifetime of failed relationships leads one man down a dark path of revenge as he hunts down the person he blames for his misfortune. The film comically tackles the darker side of love and what it can lead the broken hearted to do. Participating panelists include Joe Gonzales (director), Ben Boles (editor/VFX), and actor Donovan Scott (Police Academy).
12:05 p.m.: Drawn Out: Chris Larson is stuck in a dead-end job, surrounded by people who are unaware of his existence. After he discovers a magical pen, he uses its power to draw up a life of wealth, popularity, and love. When his actions have unforeseen consequences, will Chris be able to give up the pen and the new life that came with it? Panelist include Stephanie LaJeunesse (writer/director), Farrin James (producer), and Alexander LaJeunesse (composer).
12:45 p.m. Career Girl: We meet Monica, a beautiful young executive, preparing at home for the meeting of her career. The following morning, she wakes up with a strange and impossible problem. She struggles desperately to find a way to make it to the meeting and save her career. Panelists include writer, producer, and star Johanna Watts (Star Trek: Enterprise), director Fortunato Procopio (Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope) and Jon Huertas (Castle).
1:10 p.m.: Down In Flames: The True Story of Tony “Volcano” Valenci: World-famous fire-eater Tony “Volcano” Valenci has spent his life attempting to set a world record. Now, Tony plans to shock the world by attempting the impossible: blowing fire while skydiving. Participating panelists include director William J. Stribling (Bear with Us), director of photography Alex Gallitano (Bear with Us), and actor Collin Smith (Bear with Us).
1:55 p.m. Dead Hearts: A young mortician learns that not even death can stand in the way of true love. A whimsical, gothic bedtime story filled with love, loss, taxidermy, Kung Fu, and biker werewolves. Participating panelists include Stephen W. Martin (writer/director), Alexander Glua (producer), and Rudy Thauberger (story editor).
2:25 p.m.: The Misadventures of Landon: In this world puppets and humans live among each other, but puppets are considered second class citizens. Landon is a puppet adopted by the “Jamisons,” a human family. When his human sister Brandi returns from college, things aren’t the same and Landon goes on an adventure to make things right.
2:55 p.m.: The Left Behind: Three strangers who shared a treehouse gang as kids, decide – each for their own selfish reasons-to show up at their old nemesis’ funeral procession. Alas, they’ve lost its tracks, and now the reunited group must go on a journey to find it.
3:50 p.m.: Air Knob: In an air guitar war, there are only Losers! Two neighbors, one a quiet, would-be folk guitarist, the other a brash wannabe headbanger, vie for air guitar supremacy in a take-no-prisoners battle in a sleepy suburban neighborhood. Participating panelist Nathan Fleet (director/composer/actor).
5:15 p.m.: Phase Me Up: Alan is a closet sci-fi fan and comics artist stuck in a mundane corporate job and a dull life. When an alien from the Galactic Federation of Worlds offers to improve his life, Alan has to decide what it is he really wants-and possibly save the planet. Participating panelists include Adrian Bishop (writer/director), Bria Law (actor), and Jack Wefso (actor).
5:50 p.m.: Dust: Filmed in remote areas of Japan, Dust takes place in a world of rapid evolution. Each year new species and adaptations alter the balance of their ecosystems. Technology and deep tradition exist as symbiotic opposites dividing people who live in the countryside from those who live in walled cities. Amidst this cultural turmoil, nature offers up an unexpected challenge.
6:35 p.m. So You’ve Grown Attached: An offbeat comedy about an imaginary friend who is forced to consider retirement when his best friend/creator starts to grow up. Kate Tsang (writer/director) will be a participating panelist.
7:05 p.m.: Life on Juniper: Following reports of a mysterious crash, an aging farmer encounters a visitor determined on disrupting his quiet way of life. Starring Cedric Smith (X-Men TV series, Road to Avonlea) and Barbara Gordon (Dead Ringers). Participating panelists include director Mark Ratzlaff (Voodoo), producer Courtenay Bainbridge (Still), and cinematographer Lindsay George (Beauty Mark).
7:35 p.m. Kepler X-47: A woman is forced to adjust to a new life in a human zoo exhibit on an alien planet. Participating panelists include Erin Li (director/co-writer/producer), Kaz Kipp (producer), and Elena Flores (costume designer).
8:00 p.m. : One More Day: In the year 2084, 80-year-old Chloe begins mandatory euthanasia preparedness, as all her age are required to by law. She’s resigned to her own death, until she is reunited by chance with Tom, a long-lost love from her past. Panelists include Jean Barker (writer/director), Siddharth Ganji (producer) and Cat Lee-McGowan (casting director).
8:35 p.m.: ZARI: In the near future, an aging and seemingly limited household robot attempts to communicate with the family dog. Participating Panelists include director Courtney Marsh (The Tulip Chair), and producer Jerry Franck (War Within the Walls).
9:10 p.m.: What Doesn’t Kill You: Three bullied high school seniors get in a horrific car accident after being chased from the winter formal. Two discover that they can reappear completely healed after they die, and an argument ensues when they must decide the fate of their paralyzed friend. Participating panelists include Rob Grant (Mon Ami) and producer Peter Harvey (Picture Day).
9:35 p.m.: GEAR: Mazzy, a young girl fighting for survival in the back alleys of the city, has made some dangerous people angry and needs a way out. So she turns to her only ally-an old, broken-down construction robot named Three. Participating panelists include Joe Ksander (Pacific Rim), Kevin Adams (9), and Narineh Hacopian (producer).
10:00 p.m.: He Took His Skin Off for Me: A simple, domestic love story about a man who takes his skin off for his girlfriend, and why it probably wasn’t the best idea…
10:15 p.m.: e-Social: The story takes place in 2035. In this world, the e-A&Ω Corporation can create holograms that are identical to dead people based on their social networks. Anna recently lost her husband, so she decides to create his hologram.
10:30 p.m.: Captcha: Could love be used as a weapon? An award-winning film noir spy thriller, set in 1940s “steam punk” London, starring Arthur Darvill and Amy Beth Hayes.


Friday, July 10:

11:05 a.m.: Adam and Eve Raised Cain: Albert lives with her mother in the house at the end of the town. A childhood smeared with tragic events scar the poor boy, who decides to lock himself in the basement below the stairs. The last flight into his past will transform Albert in a conscious and therefore a very dangerous man.
11:40 a.m.: Pandora’s Wake: The far future: Hess, a ruthless bandit, leads a clan of outlaws to attack and raid passing caravans for valuables. In secret, she cherishes her collection of books, the last remnants of civilization. She thinks she can keep her worlds separate – tonight, they collide. Participating panelists include creator Nicholas Dobkin (Endgames), composer Lasse Elkjaer (Resurrection), and actor Kelly DeSarla (Irene in Time).
12:00 p.m.: Footprints: A hunter goes in search of a mysterious monster that is destroying the environment, only to arrive at an unexpected revelation. Panelist will be writer/director/animator Bill Plympton (Cheatin’, Idiots and Angels).
12:20 p.m.: Thundercluck: Chicken of Thor: Chronicling the birth, life, and legacy of Thundercluck, the viking chicken with the power of thunder. Half mortal. Half god. All natural chicken. James Hunt (sound designer) will be the film’s participating panelist.
12:40 p.m.: The Looking Planet: During the construction of the universe, a young member of the Cosmos Corps of Engineers decides to break some fundamental laws in the name of self-expression. Participating panelists include Eric Law Anderson (Horses on Mars), sound designer Alexandra Fehrman (The Tomorrow People), and producer Anne M. Uemura (House of Lies).
1:10 p.m.: Fork and Knife: Emptiness was this man’s default. Every waking moment was within himself. Until one fateful evening at a restaurant, his reality collapses, with the power of music. Participating panelists include Adina Cohen (creator/animator), Steve Wilder Blumenthal (composer), and Amanda Donahue (storyboard artist).
1:25 p.m.: Hitori: In a universe made entirely of puppeteers, the puppet is always alone. Hitori is the story of a boy who is just trying to get back to where he came from. The film from Heather Henson and Ninja Puppet Productions uses live-action table top puppetry, computer compositing, and body movement artist to bring a world composed entirely of human puppeteers to life.
1:50 p.m.: The Orphan and the Polar Bear: A neglected orphan abandoned on the Arctic sea ice is adopted by a polar bear elder, who teaches him the skills he will need to survive and provide for himself. Participating panelists include Neil Christopher (director/producer/writer) and Daniel Gies (animator).
2:15 p.m.: Dinosaurs: Terrible Lizards: Dinosaurs: the prehistoric titans who ruled the Earth for 160 million of years. Their name literally translates as “Terrible Lizards.” We follow them in this animated documentary to see whether they deserved this fearsome moniker.
2:25 p.m.: The Uncanny Valley: A robot falls in love with a beautiful woman from outer space, but she spurns his love! How can he make her love her? Participating panelist is voice actor Sarah Tressler, who plays the sexy and intelligent Mistress Celina.
2:40 p.m.: Une Liberation: On the eve of the liberation of Paris from Nazi occupation, Juliet, an American resistance member, faces a final deadly encounter with a pair of German deserters who threatens to destroy the very thing she’s been fighting for. Participating panelists include actor Marion Kerr (Dark Skies), director/producer Brian James Crewe (Far, Dance of the Dead), and producer/stunts Hugh Aodh O’Brien (Far, Pirates of the Caribbean).
3:10 p.m.: Phoenix: In the tradition of science fiction like Fahrenheit 451 or Brave New World, this film tells the story of a man coming to his senses after a young woman makes him realize the true nature of the world they are living in.
3:25 p.m.: The Sun Devil and the Princess: In this Samurai fantasy adventure, a long-forgotten, exiled half-demon warrior must save a devout princess from the clutches of the evil Moon Goddess and her army hell-bent, on destroying the enchanted realm of Karazaya. At first, Princess Kyoko is untrusting of her rough-mannered savior. But as their odyssey unfolds, she discovers that there is more to this warrior than he lets on. Could the Sun Devil be enlisted to once again fight for her people and turn the tide of the war? Participating panelists include the two stars, actors Evan Parke (King Kong) and Mandy Amano (Crank 2) as well as the writer/director Steven Ayromlooi (Leprechaun 6).
5:15 p.m.: Rope a Dope 2: The Dope wakes up the morning after his victory in Rope A Dope 1, but now the leader of The Martial Art Mafia is out for revenge…and he’s got a new trick up his sleeve. An escalation to extremes ensues as the two opponents one-up each other with bigger and badder weapons, culminating in a Rumble-in-the-Bronx-style finale.
5:35 p.m.: White Feather : Marine Sniper Carlos “White Feather” Hathcock is given a dangerous mission during the Vietnam War. He has to crawl through a 2000-yard open field to shoot a Vietnamese general. He undertakes this mission during the course of four days and three nights while avoiding being stepped on by NVA patrols and barely avoiding being bitten by a bamboo viper. Hathcock also battles emotions from not being home with family and overcomes these to finally get the general. Panelist include Brett Miller (actor/associate producer), Carolyn Zanelli (actor) and Drea Garcia (actor).
6:10 p.m.: To Dust Return: Sam Jaeger and Jennifer Morrison play a couple struggling to cope with the death of their newborn son. In his despair, the husband must transform how he sees his wife and find a way to accept her dark wisdom. World Premiere. Participating panelists include Chris Peters (writer/director), Sam Jaeger (Parenthood), and Jennifer Morrison (Once Upon a Time).
6:35 p.m.: HAG: Inspired by true events. Scott Somers mysteriously experiences sleep paralysis when his wife Marie sleepwalks at night. Unbeknownst to him, she lives with a horrible secret that slowly begins to eat away at their relationship.
7:05 p.m.: Polaroid: Sarah and Linda are moving out Sarah’s house after her mother has died. In the clearing they find an old Polaroid camera that is possessed by a dark past. Participating panelists include director Lars Klevberg (SyrianHeroBoy), producer Petter Onstad Lokke (SyrianHeroBoy) and producer John Einar Hagen (SyrianHeroBoy).
7:35 p.m.: The Bridge Partner: A timid housewife is jolted into a fight for her survival or sanity at her weekly bridge club when she think she hears her new partner utter a threat. Participating panelists include Gabriel Olson (director/screenwriter), producer Sean Barney (Anvil! The Story of Anvil), and actress Beth Grant (Donnie Darko, Little Miss Sunshine, No Country for Old Men, The Mindy Project)
8:05 p.m.: The Timeshare: A killer on the verge of taking his latest victim receives a phone call with an offer he can’t refuse. Participating panelists include director Matt Gibson (Divergence) and actors Aleksander D’Avignon (The Turtle) and Erik Cram (Instant Justice).
8:25 p.m.: The Mill at Calder’s End: In the remote village of Calder’s End stands an old windmill, a repository of dark secrets. Nicholas Grimshaw has returned to this haunted place, intent on breaking an ancient family curse. A gothic horror tale in the spirit of Edgar Allan Poe and horror films of the 1960s, this film utilizes bunraku puppetry and traditional in-camera practical effects. Participating panelists include director Kevin McTurk (special effects artist, Hellboy, Jurassic Park), Ryan Murphy (writer), and Eli Presser (lead puppeteer).
8:55 p.m.: All I Need : The paths of a desperate man and an imprisoned young woman cross unexpectedly in the den of a mysterious killer. Participating panelists include writer/director Dylan K. Narang (Dark Was the Night), composer Jacob Yoffee (Finding Carter), and actor Markus Taylor (Deadheads).


Saturday, July 11

11:05 a.m.: Super Shift: A group of superheroes are arguing about a heroic shift that no one wants to do. Participating panelists include Steeve Fitoussi (director).
11:25 a.m.: The Night Guardian: On his deathbed, Stanley Simmons meets his estranged family. However, his son won’t talk to him and he finds the only way he can communicate with his grandson is by telling him a story about The Night Guardian-a real-life superhero. Participating panelists include writer/director Brian Ott (John Wick), producer Kyle Dare (O-Star), and cinematographer Ruben Contreras (Hellblazer).
11:55 a.m.: Super’mance: A superhero romance surrounding a war waged between Capes and Masks, one of which questions his arch-rivalry after the planet’s inhabitants become powerless for one night. Participating panelists include writer/director/lead actorJames Noir (Shooting Clerks: The Kevin Smith Biopic), producer Dan Ballester, and actor Sendi Avdic.
12:45 p.m.: This Is Joe: During the 70s, in New York, Joe Shuster works as a delivery guy. But it wasn’t always like this…
1:05 p.m.: She Makes Comics: Traces the fascinating history of women in the comics industry. Despite popular assumptions about the comics world, women have been writing, drawing, and reading comics since the medium’s beginning in the late nineteenth century. And today, there are scores of women involved in comics and its vibrant fan culture.
2:35 p.m.: Dr. MegaVolt: From Geek to Superhero : The story of America’s first Electro-naut, Dr. Austin Richards, a.k.a. Dr. MegaVolt, a Ph.D. in physics who has been performing in a metal Faraday suit with Tesla coils since March 1997. Participating panelists include writer/producer/director Victoria Charters (Mistress MegaVolt herself), producer Austin Richards (Dr. MegaVolt himself), and Gunthar Hartwig (himself).
5:10 p.m.: Cosplay Dreams 3D*:The first award-winning film about the reality and fantasy of “costume play” shot in 3D! A diverse cast of characters share their stories and dreams, as they join hundreds of passionate and inspiring cosplayers at the most famous conventions and fantastical gatherings in the U.S. Starring Yaya Han (Heroes of Cosplay), Traci Hines, Fanboy Brandon, and featuring dazzling visual effects, the film brings the world of cosplay to life like never before! Participating panelists include Gulliver Parascandolo (director), Christine Parascandolo (executive producer), and Fanboy Brandon (cast). *Presented in 2D.
6:35 p.m.: The Art of Richard Thompson: Richard Thompson is renowned among cartoonists as the “artist’s” cartoonist. Little known to all but those close to him is the extent of his extraordinary art, a gift so rare that it compelled “Calvin and Hobbes” creator, Bill Watterson, not only to break an almost 20 year silence and declare, “Now I have a reason to read comics again,” but also inspired him, along with Washington Post cartoonist, Nick Galifianakis and Illustration art blogger and historian, David Apatoff to co-author the book, The Art of Richard Thompson. Participating panelists, Galifianakis and Apatoff, will discuss Thompson after this warm and moving portrait that will enlighten and delight the viewer with the sheer beauty of his work.
7:10 p.m.: Howard Terpning the Heart of the Canvas: Artist Howard Terpning painted over 70 iconic pop culture movie poster images during the 50s and 60s. Terpning discusses his poster art for classic films such as The Guns of Navarone,The Sound of Music, Lawrence of Arabia, and Cleopatra to name just a few. Filmmaker Paul Jilbert (Robert McGinnis Painting The Last Rose of Summer) interviews and profiles Terpning in this film.
7:40 p.m.: Vintage Tomorrows: What is steampunk, and why is it suddenly everywhere? The documentary examines the steampunk movement’s origins, explosive growth, and cultural significance. What can we learn about today and tomorrow from steampunk’s playful visions of yesteryear? Participating panelists include Byrd McDonald (director) and Alan Winston (editor).
9:00 p.m.: The Drybrush Master: The story of artist and New York Times bestselling author Greg Ruth and the creation of his newest graphic novel, The Lost Boy.
9:30 p.m.: Dark Star: H.R. Giger’s World : Surrealist artist H. R. Giger (1940-2014) terrified audiences with his Oscar-winning monsters in Ridley Scott’s Alien. Sci-fi, horror, music, album covers, tattoos, and fetish art have been influenced by his dark, intricate paintings and sculptures depicting birth, death, and sex. Both a mesmerizing introduction to Giger’s oeuvre and a must-see for Giger devotees, Belinda Sallin’s definitive documentary shares the intimate last years of the artist’s life and reveals how deeply he resided within his own artistic visions.



BTTF Marty and DadSDCC also has a pretty full schedule of theatrical films it will be showing throughout the convention. The line up includes box office blockbusters and Oscar nominees, cult classics and indie favorites. They will also be premiering Doomed!: The Untold Story of Roger Corman’s Fantastic Four on Friday, which, depending on the mercies of the editing team of the documentary, might feature commentary by FBOL Head Honcho Rich Drees. Films will be shown in two locations, and see if you can guess the theme for Saturday’s offerings. So, why bother with the exhorbitant prices of your hotel’s in-room movie service? Stay at the con and see a film!

Thursday, July 9

Coronado Ballroom DE, Manchester Grand Hyatt, 4th Floor

10:00am • Big Hero 6: (2014, directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams. PG)
Baymax is an inflatable robot that is befriended by his creator’s little brother, Hiro. They must team up with Hiro’s friends to become a team of superheros dedicated to saving San Fransokyo from a devastating threat.
11:55am • Maleficent:
(2014, directed by Robert Stromberg, starring Angelina Jolie. PG)
Maleficent was a peaceful and pure-hearted fairy until war came to her forest. She fought fiercely against the invading king’s army but lost her innocent heart. The cold-hearted Maleficent places a curse upon the newborn daughter of the king only to find out that she may be the only one who can bring peace to the land and Maleficent as well.
1:45pm • Seventh Son:
(2014, directed by Sergei Bodrov, starring Ben Barnes. PG-13)
An aging monster hunter, or Spook, must find a new apprentice to carry on his work and become the next spook. Tom is a young farm boy, but he is a seventh son of a seventh son, and that makes him special. Spook must train him quickly because the queen of evil witches has escaped and it will take both of these seventh sons to bring her down.
3:40pm • Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb: (2014, directed by Shawn Levy, starring Ben Stiller. PG)
Larry the night shift museum guard returns to save the magic of the tablet that allows the museum’s exhibits to come alive at night. Can he save the day for his friends who come alive at night?
5:30pm • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: (2014, directed by Matt Reeves, starring Andy Serkis and Gary Oldman. PG-13)
Caesar leads his growing nation of evolved apes but is threatened by the survivors of the plague that has devastated the human race. The conflict between the apes and humans will test Caesar’s resolve as well as his ability to create a new society that will come to rule the planet.
8:00pm • Lucy:
(2014, directed by Luc Besson, starring Scarlet Johannson, R)
A young woman is kidnapped and forced to be a drug mule. She soon turns against her captors when the experimental drug she is carrying starts to leak into her system and enables her to start using more and more of her brain’s potential.
9:40pm • Birdman: (2014, directed by Alejandro G. Inarritu, starring Micheal Keaton. R)
An aging actor who once played an iconic superhero struggles to get his life back in order in the days leading up to the opening of his new Broadway play. Can he recover his family, his career, and his life?
11:50pm • Army of Darkness: (1992, directed by Sam Raimi, starring Bruce Campbell. R)
Deadites, Damsels in Distress, Wise Men, Kings, cars falling from the sky, a book bound in human skin that can bite you, chainsaws, and of course, Bruce Campbell — how can anything go wrong when Ash is on the job? “Hail to the King, Baby!”

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9:30pm • Kingsman: The Secret Service: (2014, directed by Matthew Vaughn, starring Colin Firth and Teron Egerton. R)
A rebellious street kid is recruited by a super secret spy organization to help stop a brilliant but twisted tech genius from dominating the world.
11:50pm • Guardians of the Galaxy:
(2014, directed by James Gunn, starring Chris Pratt. PG-13)
Peter Quill, a.k.a. Star Lord, is a space-roving scoundrel who was abducted from Earth as a child and raised by space pirates. Peter sets out on his own and steals a mysterious orb that he comes to learn is sought by a fanatical warrior who seeks to destroy those who oppose him. Peter must band together with a group of intergalactic criminals and become Guardians of the Galaxy.


Friday, July 10

Coronado Ballroom DE, Manchester Grand Hyatt, 4th Floor

10:00am • Into the Woods: (2014, directed by Rob Marshall, starring Anna Kendrick. PG)
A baker and his wife, desperate to start a family, make a deal with a witch to remove the curse that is stopping them from having children. Their task is to obtain magical objects from the Grimm fairy tales and give them to the witch.
12:15pm • Home: (2015, directed by Tim Johnson, starring Jim Parsons. PG)
A fugitive alien decides to hide on Earth, where he runs into Tip, an adventurous young women who is searching for her lost mother. Together they learn things that will affect both of their worlds. See this movie before it is released on DVD and Blu-ray.
2:00pm • The Maze Runner:
(2014, directed by Wes Ball, starring Dylan O’Brien. PG-13)
Thomas wakes up in a community of boys trapped inside a large maze. He cannot remember anything but his name and he learns that the only way out is to find a way through the deadly maze.
4:05pm • Jupiter Ascending: (2015, directed by The Wachowskis, starring Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum. PG-13)
Jupiter Jones is a young woman who dreams of the stars while cleaning other peoples’ homes. She is just another average person with bad luck and no future. That is until an ex-military hunter arrives on Earth to protect her and reveal her true destiny out among the stars.
6:30pm • Doomed!: The Untold Story of Roger Corman’s Fantastic Four: (2015, directed by Marty Lanford. NR)
This feature-length documentary tracks the history of the troubled 1994 Concord-New Horizon’s/Constantin Films production of The Fantastic Four. Nearly 20 cast/crew and others experts discuss the behind-the-scenes shenanigans, legal troubles, career fallouts, and lasting legacy of Oley Sassone’s “lost” film.
8:05pm • The Voices: (2014, directed by Marjane Satrapi, starring Ryan Reynolds. R)
Jerry is just a normal blue-collar worker with a court-appointed psychiatrist. With her encouragement, he asks his workplace crush out on a date. Things take a dark turn, however, when he is stood up and now must decide to whether follow the advice of his evil talking cat or benevolent speaking dog.
10:10pm • Pernicious:
(2015, directed by James Cullen Bressack, starring Ciara Hanna, Emily O’Brien, and Jackie Moore. NR)
Three young, beautiful girls arrive in Thailand to teach English for the summer, for what should have been the adventure of a lifetime. The girls find themselves in a nightmare situation when new friends go missing, bloody dreams haunt their sleep, and a stolen statue leads them down a dark path into Thai folklore and magic. Things only get worse when they realize not what, but who is haunting them: an 8-year-old girl, brutally murdered and sacrificed by her family decades ago.
11:55pm • Corvette Summer: (1978, directed by Mathew Robbins, starring Mark Hamill and Annie Potts, PG)
High school grad Ken spent his senior year designing and building his dream Corvette only to have it stolen. Determined to reclaim his stolen, car Ken pursues the car thief across the country and meets an ally along the way — Vanessa, a would-be teenaged prostitute. Together they work to recover the prized Corvette.

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9:00pm • Hercules: (2014, directed by Brett Ratner, starring Dwayne Johnson. PG-13)
Hercules has completed his twelve labors but at the cost of his family. He now wanders from place to place with a band of sell-swords, fighting for anyone who will pay. He is then hired to help train an army for a king and his daughter to defeat a tyrannical warlord and learns just how far he has fallen into despair.
10:50pm • Riddick: (2013, directed by David Towhy, starring Vin Diesel. R)
The most deadly convict in the universe returns. Riddick is betrayed by his subjects and marooned on a desolate planet, where he uses his many survival skills to find an abandoned bounty hunter outpost and call for someone dumb enough to think they can capture or kill the ultimate survivor.

Saturday, July 11

Coronado Ballroom DE, Manchester Grand Hyatt, 4th Floor

10:00am • Time Bandits: (1981, directed by Terry Gilliam, starring David Rappaport and Kenny Baker. PG)
A disgruntled group of God’s little helpers are fed up with doing the grunt work and steal the map of all the time holes in the universe. Their goal is to rob as many historical periods as they can and become bloody rich. Kevin is an imaginative young man with indifferent parents and a dull life until he discovers that one of the time holes is in his wardrobe and he gets swept up with the bandits as they run from God and Evil.
12:15pm • H. G. Wells’ The Time Machine: (1960, directed by George Pal, starring Rod Taylor. G)
A turn-of-the-century Englishman invents a time machine and travels into the distant future, making stops along the way. He witnesses the progress made by his society as well as its failures until he reaches a point so far into the future that humans have split into two different races. The Eloi are a primitive, peaceful, surface-dwelling race, while the Morlocks are an industrialized subterranean race who prey upon the Eloi. The inventor must face the Morlocks to regain his stolen time machine and return home to tell his tale of warning to his waiting dinner guests.
2:10pm • Back to the Future: (1985, directed by Robert Zemeckis, starring Michael J. Fox. PG)
A typical high school teenager, Marty McFly, is transported 30 years back in time via a time traveling DeLorean and accidentally interrupts his own parents first meeting. He must now, with the help of the DeLorean’s creator Doc Brown, get his parents together or face never being born.
4:15pm • Back to the Future II:
(1989, directed by Robert Zemeckis, starring Michael J. Fox. PG)
Marty McFly is enlisted by Doc Brown to travel ahead to the year 2015 to stop his child from making a grave mistake. The plan works, but while Marty is helping his family avoid tragedy, someone borrows the DeLorean and changes the past. Marty and Doc must now travel back to 1955 to stop the changes and avoid crossing paths with themselves.
6:15pm • Predestination: (2014, directed by The Spierig Brothers, starring Ethan Hawk. R)
A longtime Temporal Agent is on his final assignment: to capture the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time. He will have to use all of his wits and persuasiveness to catch “The Fizzle Bomber.”
8:00pm • Edge of Tomorrow: (2014, directed by Doug Liman, starring Tom Cruise. PG-13)
A disgraced military PR officer is sent to the frontline to fight an invading extraterrestrial army that has the ability to reset time and is accidentally given the ability. Every time he dies, the day resets; with the help of a special forces soldier he must find a way to use the ability to defeat the extraterrestrial threat. Simply put, it is Groundhog Day with aliens.
10:00pm • X-Men: Days of Future Past:
(2014, directed by Bryan Singer, starring Hugh Jackman. PG-13)
In the future the X-Men are fighting a losing battle against the Sentinels, robotic death machines designed to hunt and kill all mutants. Their only hope is Wolverine. Charles Xavier with the help of Kitty Pryde must send Wolverine’s mind into his 1973 body to stop Mystique from committing the murder that starts the fall of the mutants and humanity.
12:15am • Rocky Horror Picture Show: (1975, directed by Jim Sharman, starring Tim Curry. R)
It has been 40 years since we first set eyes on this strange tale of a young couple with car trouble who stumble into the castle of Dr. Frank-N-Furter. Ever since then, this picture show has thrived on midnight gatherings of people yelling back at the screen and acting out the scenes. This is the movie that really exemplifies the “cult” movie with its unique culture and traditions that continue to this day. Celebrate 40 years of sweet transvestites and gold speedo muscle men. Let’s do the Time Warp again!

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9:00pm • Interstellar: (2015, directed by Christopher Nolan, starring Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway. PG-13)
Earth’s ecology is collapsing, and a team of explorers are sent through a wormhole to find a suitable planet for the human race to colonize and assure the survival of the human race.
12:00am • Project Almanac: (2014, directed by Dean Israeilte, starring Amy Landecker. PG-13)
A group of teens find the plans for a time machine and build it. They immediately use the time machine for personal gain and start a chain of events that threatens to unravel the very fabric of time itself. They must try desperately to go back and stop themselves from making the time machine before they destroy all of humanity.

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SDCC: UHF Set For Blu-Ray Release

Posted on 26 July 2014 by William Gatevackes

uhf posterIt took 13 years to come out on DVD, and now it looks like it will take 12 years more for it to come out on Blu-ray.

Hot on the heels of its 25th anniversary this year, an anniversary I commemorated here, Shout! Factory has announced at San Diego Comic Con its plans to release Weird Al Yankovic’s magnum opus UHF on Blu-ray.

The company is also set to release for the first time on DVD Weird Al’s 1985 mockumentary, The Compleat Al. The film, itself a parody of 1982’s The Compleat Beatles documentary, featured a fictionalized version of Yankovic’s life interspersed with his most famous videos up to that point.

THE-COMPLEAT-AL-WEIRD-AL-YANKOVICBoth features have been out of print for some time, causing new fans to look to eBay and other secondary markets for copies of the films.

One has to assume that that this deal was in the works for quite some time, but Shout! had to feel lucky to announce such a release after Yankovic had his first album to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 charts.

No word on exactly when these items will be released, how much they will cost, and what special features (one of Shout!’s trademarks is their not being skimpy bonus features) will be on the discs. But I’d expect it to be rather soon, as to capitalize on the film’s anniversary and Weird Al’s current wave of popularity.


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SDCC: ANT-MAN News: Lilly Pym’s Daughter, Yellowjacket Is The Villain

Posted on 26 July 2014 by William Gatevackes

AntManLogoMarvel didn’t waste any time starting promoting Ant-Man, as after a short montage showing their films to date and a short piece about Guardians of the Galaxy (with our first look at Thanos), the studio brought out director Peyton Reed, stars Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas, long rumored cast member Evangeline Lilly, and new addition Corey Stoll.

EvangelineLillyLilly will be playing the daughter of  Hank Pym (Douglas) and was referred to as both Hope Pym and Hope Van Dyne on Twitter (Marvel’s website refers to her as Van Dyne). Does this mean that Janet could be her mother? I hope so.

Director Reed tried to ease the fears of anyone who was disappointed by Edgar Wright dropping out by playing up his geek cred. Apparently, Reed has been attending San Diego Comic Con for 20 years, and once portrayed Ant-Man on a poster for his punk band that paid homage to the cover from Avengers #1.

Corey StollStoll is playing Darren Cross, a former protege of Pym turned evil and has taken on the identity of Yellowjacket. In a recurring theme, he has also stolen some of Pym’s technology for his alter ego, and will be fighting Rudd’s character, who also stole Pym’s technology. This is believed to be the role that Patrick Wilson had before he dropped out from the project days ago. If so, this is might quick turnaround time for casting the part.

While Lilly is known to most from her work on Lost, Stoll is a bit of a lesser known quantity. He was nominated for a Golden Globe for his work on House of Cards and can currently be seen in The Strain. He has appeared in films such as Midnight in Paris (where he played Ernest Hemingway) and Non-Stop.

The film will be shooting in Atlanta starting August 18th, although Marvel did show some test footage of Douglas as Hank Pym and Ant-Man riding a flying ant.

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SDCC: Latest AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Promo Art Gives Us First Look At The Vision

Posted on 25 July 2014 by William Gatevackes


For a lot of comic fans of my generation, the Vision is one of their favorite characters. And if you asked the 12-year-old version of us if we’d ever see the character on the big screen, we’d put at least a month’s allowance down on no.

But yet, here he is. And we have a painting tor prove it. And I am happy.

Granted he is floating in the background a Quicksilver image, but he’s there. Oh, and Hawkeye gets an image too.

Once again, I am borrowing the stitched together image from Bleeding Cool so you can see where all the pieces fit together.

So, tomorrow will be Hulk and Thor, I guess.

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Posted on 24 July 2014 by William Gatevackes

batman-vs-superman-dawn-of-justice-logoThis year’s San Diego Comic Con just happens to fall right after 75th Anniversary of Batman’s first appearance and, just like DC Entertainment did for Superman’s birthday last year, they are taking various and sundry costumes the character  has wore in film and TV on tour to the major comic book conventions. What better time to reveal the new costume Batman will be wearing in Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice than at San Diego Comic Con as part of the exhibit.

People at preview night got this view of the costume:


But just previewing the cowl and cape isn’t all that exciting. So, today, congoers were able to see this:

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Let me describe it to you, just in case DC Entertainment decides only those able to get into SDCC are allowed to see it and makes us take it down. Essentially, what we have here is the costume from Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight returns with some of that decorative piping that Jim Lee adds to all of his designs tacked on. The color palate is grey and black and this could quite possibly be the most faithful Batman suit yet.

I hope they bring this to New York Comic Con so I can get a closer look at it in person.

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SDCC: Two More Pieces Of AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Promo Art Are Released

Posted on 24 July 2014 by William Gatevackes

MarvelStudiosLogoJust like they did several years ago, it looks like Marvel is using a set of mosaic posters to promote its upcoming Avengers film. Today, Captain America and Black Widow join Iron Man and Scarlet Witch in the fight against Ultron to promote Avengers: Age of Ultron.

avengers-age-of-ultron-poster-captain-america avengers-age-of-ultron-black-widow-posterAs you can see in the Black Widow image, Thor’s Hammer is to her right and the Hulk’s arm is is to her left, so they will be getting posters. And we can safely assume that Quicksilver and Hawkeye will be getting a portrait as well. But since they are releasing two of these posters a day, and we have three days of SDCC left, Can we expect two more posters as well? Maybe with Ultron and our first look at the Vision? We shall see.

Mark Seifert over at Bleeding Cool has stitched the posters together so we can see what we have so far.This is what it looks like (Click to make bigger).


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Will AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 4 Include More Heroes?

Posted on 24 July 2013 by William Gatevackes

alg_spider-man_garfieldMarvel’s success with bring its own characters to the screen through spin-offs and interconnected stories has inspired the rights owners of Marvel characters other than Marvel Studios to mine their rights for all their worth. We have seen Fox create two eras of X-Men to work with, a spin-off Wolverine franchise and will so add X-Force to its mutant film roster, and now it looks like Sony will be doing the same with its Spider-Man franchise.

As part of the San Diego Comic-Con promotional barrage for Amazing Spider-Man 2, director Marc Webb spoke with CraveOnline. The conversation turned to Amazing Spider-Man 4 (yes, the second one has yet to come out and they are already talking about a third sequel). What Webb said was quite interesting:

There you go. In that case, you can do no wrong. We always expect a trilogy from movies now. It’s a little arbitrary but what are you gonna do, and yet, you announce that 2 is coming out, and then the release date for 3 and then a little later you said, “Oh yeah, and we’re doing 4.” 

Well, I think this was conceived of as a trilogy so there was a defined architecture to the story we were telling and we had sort of a rough outline of what was going to happen. I think [for] the fourth movie, what we’ve discovered is there are so many ancillary characters, that have enormous, cinematic potential that there may be other ways to exploit those characters, in a way that is exciting and fun and worthwhile. It might not just be a Spider-Man movie.
Interesting. Yeah, because that’s the thing. We haven’t really introduced any other heroes in the Spider-Man universe, ever. 

You know, there was kind of the heroic Green Goblin but that was a footnote, and you do seem very interested in the whole world of Spider-Man and not just his immediacy of influence.

Yeah, exactly. I think there’s… You know, what was fun about the comics is that there’s an entire sort of encyclopedia of characters and stories and histories and nuances and idiosyncrasies and off-shoots. I think that that is something that seems to be really successful and has a lot of potential so it’s sort of, as yet, undefined, but intentionally so.

So, it looks like Webb will be along for the ride for ASM 4 (it was touch and go if he’d even be back for this film) and the film will be introducing more heroes into the mix.

While the Spider-Man comic mythos is not as jam-packed with superhero characters as the X-Men universe is, there have been a number of heroes that got their start in a Spider-Man comic.  There have been villains that became heroes such as Sandman and Venom (a number of various incarnations of Venom as a matter of fact), anti-heroes such as Cardiac, Solo, and Silver Sable. And allies such as the Black Cat and Madame Web.

Judging by Webb’s words, it looks like whatever hero is introduced into the franchise will be done with the eye on a spin-off film.

Unfortunately, three of Spider-Man’s biggest allies from the comic books–Morbius, Cloak & Dagger, and the Punisher, will not be in that movie. While all three debut in a Spider-Man comic book, the rights to all three are owned by Marvel.

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SCCC: A Opinion On The Comic Book News From The Con.

Posted on 24 July 2013 by William Gatevackes

san-diego-comic-conPeople have said that there has been a tidal shift in thought regarding at San Diego Comic Con in the film studios minds. Once, it was thought that a panel at SDCC promoting your genre flick would be worth millions in advertising dollars, that word of mouth from the panel would spread throughout the geek community and ticket sales would flourish. But after a few high profile films were rolled out at SDCC (namely, Cowboys & Aliens and Sucker Punch) to less than stellar box office, wags started saying Hollywood was scaling back its SDCC presence.

But even still, one would expect that the studios with comic book films would still deliver what they always had: big news, exclusive scoops and surprise guests. And this year, I found the comic book news was sort of lacking.

Let me explain what I mean.

DC/Warner Brothers:

DC won the comic book movie scoop war in the early rounds before their panel even started with the rumor that they were about to announce Batman/Superman for 2015, The Flash for 2016, and Justice League in 2017. This was diminished slightly when Warners only confirmed Batman/Superman. But even if those other films were announced, I’d still be a bit disappointed for a number of reasons.

First of all, as Rich mentioned, a Batman/Superman film was in the works in 2002 before Warners decided to reboot the franchises separately. A Flash film has been in the works for just as long if not longer. And a Justice League film got to the casting and set building stage before being scrapped. This isn’t Warners using Man of Steel‘s success to blaze new paths and break boundaries. This is Warners using that film’s success to clear out its superhero film backlog.

WonderWomanOn a somewhat related note, this bears comparison to how DC Entertainment handles its comic book operations. DC Entertainment business plan appears to be more about the now and less about the future. It seems like they plan one shocking event, including killing off popular characters, at the rate of one a fiscal quarter to bump up sales. They change writers on their books like most people change their underwear, not allowing anyone to build traction on a title or work free from corporate interference.  As long as the books are selling well right now, why worry about not finding writers or alienating fans in the future!

This seems like more and the same, only slightly less egregious. Superman is very hot at the box office right now. Batman is coming out of a franchise that made Warners billions. Putting them in the same movie together should be like printing money. But if you are building a shared universe, leading to a Justice League team-up, wouldn’t this spot be better used bringing another hero to the screen? If not that, having more films along the line that just the Flash’s? Like making a Wonder Woman film?

Speaking of that, I believe that now is the time for a Wonder Woman film. Twilight and The Hunger Games have proven that female-focused genre films can find an audience. And Wonder Woman has themes that mirror the ones in those films.

I know this might just seem like I am mad at Warners for not taking my advice, and don’t get me wrong, I am excited to see how Nolan and Goyer will be reinventing Batman again, I just think there is a lot of potential lost in the path Warners is taking.

Marvel Studios:

AvengersAgeOfUltronLogoIn August of 2011, Disney announced two Marvel films for the year of 2014. At SDCC in 2012, we found out that they were going to be Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy.

In June of this year, we found out Disney has reserved May 2016 and May 2017 for Marvel films, with July 2016 being added later that month. At this year’s SDCC, we found out nothing about any of those dates.

Granted, there was a shorter turnaround time (one month compared to one year between announcement and the con) and a longer one between the con and the films release date (three years instead of two), but with some websites saying that Doctor Strange is all but cast, and Black Panther not far behind, you’d expect at least one of the films for those dates would be announced.

1005201_10151733620499570_124151884_nWhat we got was a subtitle for Avengers 2 (Now known as Avengers: Age of Ultron), a brief clip from Thor: The Dark World (with Thor supposedly losing an hand), a panel with the cast of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and a panel with the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy (with the scoop that Djimon Hounsou has joined the cast and that Thanos would make an appearance).

Certainly a fair amount of scoops there, but it seems like bigger scoops happened outside the panel. Joss Whedon spoke with’s blog, where he eased fans minds by saying Avengers: Age of Ultron would not be adapting the recently completed, somewhat poorly received comic book series of the same name. He then disappointed the same fans by revealing that Hank Pym, who created Ultron in the comics, would not be creating him in the film. Boo. This is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, shifts from Marvel continuity that the films have taken, and not one I think is for the better. Creating Ultron is a big touchstone in Hank Pym’s background. He doesn’t really have many other character defining touchstones than that. Taking that away from him weakens the character if he ever appears on film.

Then, in an interview with Huffington Post, Captain America: The Winter Soldier‘s co-director Joe Russo revealed that the film would play directly into Avengers: Age of Ultron. My guess  would be that either the cybernetics team that make the Winter Solder ‘s implants creates Ultron to replace the Winter Soldier, or Cap breaks with S.H.I.E.L.D and/or the government and they create Ultron to replace him.

Sony/Amazing Spider-Man 2:

2013-07-19-sdcc_spiderman_01-533x355I have to say that Andrew Garfield seems to be the actor who has the most fun playing a superhero in comic film history. At the very least, he is the one who has the most fun at SDCC. For the first film, he appeared from the crowd at SDCC ’11 in a store bought Spidey costume and read a statement on how much playing Spider-man meant to him. This year, he spent a good part of the Spider-Man panel in a better Spider-Man suit, answering questions in character. His enthusiasm for the role goes a long way for me.

The panel had a bit of fun introducing Jamie Foxx to the dias (he interrupted a taped statement from Emma Stone) but other than that, it was simply a “promote the film” panel. You can call the fact that Paul Giamatti’s Rhino would have a small part in the film a scoop, but that was common sense. There was talk of the Sinister Six making an appearance down the line, but nothing concrete.

Fox/The Wolverine/X-Men: Days of Future Past:

A first look at the Sentinels from X-ME:DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, as seen ast SDCC '13

A first look at the Sentinels from X-ME:DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, as seen ast SDCC ’13

If you are looking for surprises, look no further than here. The Wolverine panel ended with a surprise X-Men: Days of Future Past panel.

The Wolverine panel was essentially just a promotion for the film, which opens this week. But Hugh Jackman shows once again that he is one of the classiest actors in showbiz. He was effusive in his praise to the fans for accepting him and called up Len Wein to shake his hand and thank him for creating the character. Like Garfield, Jackman seems to sincerely enjoy playing the character and it shows.

X-Men: Days of Future Past had a presence at SDCC already, with Sentinel designs being on full display. The surprise panel, complete with a clip, offered little scoops, only rumor confirmation. It will be Wolverine going back in time, not Kitty Pryde. Quicksilver will appear in the 1970s part of the film. And whatever happens in the past will bring Xavier and Magneto back together in the future.

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SDCC: Marvel’s Kevin Feige Confirms Thanos in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, More Hints On Phase Two

Posted on 22 July 2013 by William Gatevackes

For those of you who were a tad upset when Ultron, and not Thanos, was mentioned as the villain of Avengers 2, Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige has heard your concerns:

I think someone on the Guardians Of The Galaxy panel let loose that Thanos is a part of the movie, which he is. Thanos plays a part in Guardians as a mastermind. He very much exists at nearly another plane than any of the other characters. And we have big plans for him, over the course of a long, long time… We saw him smirking at us at the end of the first Avengers and the next time we’ll see him is in Guardians.

That’s a quote from Feige from a quick interview with IGN during the San Diego Comic Con, putting a lot of the fans’ fears to rest that we won’t have to wait all that long to see the purple-hued villain.

Of course, this makes sense. If you are setting up Thanos as the big bad guy for Avengers 3, which could very well be the last installment of that franchise, you are not going to put him on the shelf for five years. It also makes sense that if you establish a bad guy who lives in outer space, and you have a film set in outer space then the bad guy should be in that film.

Furthermore, I get the impression that Thanos will be popping up in other films in Phase II and Phase III, which makes me wonder where he’d fit in in the rumored Doctor Strange and Black Panther films. I have the feeling that, depending on grosses, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 might be in the mix for Phase III now.

Feige goes on to speak about Loki and his role in the Marvel universe and if there is any chance of him being reformed. His deft avoidance of the question leads me to believe that the character will be making a further appearance in the future Phases as well.

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