COMIC-CON: ‘Scott Pilgrim’ preaches to an enthusiastic choir

Posted by · 3:54 pm · July 25th, 2010

Perhaps the most ubiquitous presence at Comic-Con this year has been Universal’s “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.” The film held a traditional panel Thursday evening, was screened three times to audiences including the public, was fully visible with a massive ad on the north side of the Hilton Bayfront and took over the Hilton Gaslamp […]

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COMIC-CON: ‘Let Me In’ trailer

Posted by · 3:06 pm · July 25th, 2010

I’m back from San Diego and will wrap things up throughout the afternoon, but this trailer for “Let Me In” hit during the convention and it goes a long way toward explaining my new-found excitement over the remake.  Head on over to MTV by clicking the image below or check out the embed (and yet […]

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COMIC-CON: Universal brings ‘Paul’ and ‘Cowboys & Aliens,’ oh my

Posted by · 7:54 pm · July 24th, 2010

With its “Scott Pilgrim” presence already dominating the scene here at Comic-Con, Universal publicity didn’t need to do much else to be top of the nerd mountain this weekend. Then they went and blew the roof off. The studio first offered up a sizzle reel for Greg Mottola’s sci-fi comedy “Paul,” which went over well […]

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COMIC-CON: Ruffalo and Renner a go for ‘Avengers’

Posted by · 7:48 pm · July 24th, 2010

I’ll get to today’s Marvel’s “Avengers” presentation later tonight, but the news worth conveying is that Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Renner were on hand to be confirmed as Bruce Banner/The Incredible Hulk and Hawkeye, respectively.  The announcement was made by Robert Downey Jr., who was here with Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson and director Joss […]

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COMIC-CON: ‘Let Me In’ isn’t just the rally cry of Hall H lines

Posted by · 3:39 pm · July 24th, 2010

As far as Matt Reeves’s “Let Me In” is concerned, I’ll freely admit a sense of hesitation. Based on one of the best films of 2008, it has had an air of arbitrary remake-itis around it. But much of that started to disappear as marketing materials were unveiled throughout the last few weeks, and following […]

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COMIC-CON: WB brings ‘Green Lantern,’ ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Sucker Punch’ to San Diego

Posted by · 1:22 pm · July 24th, 2010

One of the most anticipated events at this year’s convention was Warner Bros. Pictures’ presentation of footage from Martin Campbell’s upcoming “Green Lantern” adaptation.  Starring Ryan Reynolds as test-pilot-turned-intergalactic-enforcer Hal Jordan, the film is the first big screen adaptation of the superhero to date. Comics writer and head of DC Entertainment Geoff Johns said during […]

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COMIC-CON: ‘The Expendables’ injects some testosterone into the geek Mecca

Posted by · 10:02 am · July 23rd, 2010

We’re only a day in, but the star of Comic-Con so far, if it isn’t Scott Pilgrim, has to be Sylvester Stallone.  The muscle-bound action star hit Hall H yesterday with a few scenes from his new film “The Expendables” in tow and couldn’t have had more swagger and charisma. Ain’t It Cool News poobah […]

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COMIC-CON: New ‘Let Me In’ poster

Posted by · 4:07 pm · July 22nd, 2010

In the rush of Comic-Con I haven’t gotten around to posting the new poster for “Let Me In,” which debuted to coincide with the convention.  You might remember the teaser poster, which was released a few weeks ago, and this one is still teaser-ish, but certainly better.  Check out the full poster after the jump.

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COMIC-CON: ‘TRON Legacy’ invades Hall H for a third-straight year

Posted by · 1:28 pm · July 22nd, 2010

“It proves to me some things, good things, take a really long time to happen,” “TRON” creator Steve Lisberger said to a packed Hall H, looking strikingly like Bad Blake next to a clean-shaven Jeff Bridges. And that was the vibe you got from the euphoric crowd this afternoon as Disney revealed eight minutes of […]

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COMIC-CON: ‘Megamind’ inverts comic genre tropes

Posted by · 11:03 am · July 22nd, 2010

The opening Hall H panel of this year’s San Diego Comic-Con belonged to DreamWorks Animation’s “Megamind” from “Madagascar” director Tom McGrath.  The film, set for release November 5, is an “action comedy that takes the whole genre and turns it on its head,” McGrath told the packed hall. In the film, Will Ferrell gives his […]

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COMIC-CON: Robert Rodriguez and the cast of ‘Machete’ want you to eat their tacos

Posted by · 4:59 pm · July 21st, 2010

I was wondering if Robert Rodriguez’s “Machete” would have much of a presence at Comic-Con this year, and it looks like it will.  And if you’re in San Diego for the convention this week, you’ll want to hear about this because it’s open to the public. Rodriguez and the cast of the film will be […]

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Tell us what you’re anticipating at Comic-Con

Posted by · 4:11 pm · July 20th, 2010

Just curious.  I’ve already mentioned that nothing stands out as a “must-see” type of thing.  There will be some things that aren’t on the schedule that will surely be of interest, and I’ll report back, but maybe there’s something I have a blindspot to that you’d all like to hear about?  Let me know if […]

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OSCAR TALK: Ep. 28 — Special Edition! — ‘Inception’ (Yes it is! No it’s not!), Comic-Con preview, contenders so far

Posted by · 9:25 am · July 16th, 2010

Welcome to Oscar Talk, your one-stop kudocast between yours truly and Anne Thompson of Thompson on Hollywood. In the final of three off-season discussions, Anne and I address the following today: • Today is “Inception” day as Christopher Nolan’s latest hits theaters nationwide, so naturally, Anne and I dig into our thoughts on the film. […]

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Comic-Con 2010 on the way

Posted by · 4:30 pm · July 12th, 2010

Well, the inbox is getting stuffed with this and that regarding breakfasts and panels and viral marketing and yada, yada, yada.  That can mean only one thing: Comic-Con is around the corner.  And as I poured over the recently released schedule over the weekend, I found myself excited for…very little. DreamWorks Animation will make its […]

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Comic-Con schedule gaff

Posted by · 11:19 am · July 10th, 2010

I imagine “Bob” is getting fired for this.  Or maybe it’s just a joke?:

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THE LISTS: Top 10 movie-related moments of 2009

Posted by · 12:38 pm · December 29th, 2009

As the year (and decade) slowly winds down, I thought it would be a pretty good time to revive our long-slumbering Lists feature here at In Contention.  And what better way to do so and salute the year at hand than to lay out the most significant movie-related moments of 2009? The American Film Institute […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: Festivals, foxes and funny people

Posted by · 5:27 pm · July 31st, 2009

• In the week’s most dramatic news, Universal rather cleared its awards slate by bumping both “The Wolf Man” and Paul Greengrass’s “Green Zone” to 2010. • Against expectations, we were won over by Meryl Streep’s latest bid for that elusive third Oscar, “Julie & Julia.” • The Venice Film Festival unveiled a typically well-planned […]

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Diablo Cody star-struck by Stan Lee at Comic-Con

Posted by · 5:07 pm · July 30th, 2009

(via Awards Daily)

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