SDCC 2014: ‘Jupiter Ascending’ Panel

Jupiter Ascending, a wild, swinging juggernaut of a science-fiction film, created by the eclectic Wachowskis, Lana Wachowski and Andy Wachowski, made a strong debut at Comic Con’s Hall H today. Moderated by Chris Hardwick and starring Channing Tatum, who Hardwick had jokingly asked to take of his shirt and do a Magic Mike “cosplay,” asked Tatum questions about the film, in which he said was going to be a crazy, incredible ride indeed.

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SDCC 2014: ‘Warcraft’ Panel
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During the Legendary Pictures panel at San Diego Comic-Con, director Duncan Jones took the stage in Hall H to discuss his upcoming Warcraft film.

He addressed concerns about the pressure associated with adapting a property that’s been around nearly 20 years, and how he deals with the expectations of millions of World of Warcraft players by saying that we deserve to see an origin story how the conflict between orcs and humans began.

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SDCC 2014: Legendary Teases New King Kong Movie ‘Skull Island’
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Legendary Pictures booked a large panel today at San Diego Comic-Con’s Hall H, where they showed footage for their upcoming features, Godzilla, Warcraft, Crimson Peak, Blackhat, and As Above So Below. When the panel was drawing to a close, the audience thought for sure there’d be something about Pacific Rim 2, since director Guillermo del Toro was there promoting Crimson Peak and head of Legendary Thomas Tull mentioned how del Toro was working on the sequel.

The lights then went out and instead of getting a Pacific Rim 2 tease, attendees were treated to a look at new King Kong movie Skull Island.

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SDCC 2014: Guillermo del Toro Premieres ‘Crimson Peak’ Teaser Trailer
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Nerdist News’ Jessica Chobot moderated Legendary Pictures’ San Diego Comic-Con Hall H panel on Friday and introduced Guillermo del Toro, who premiered the teaser trailer for his gothic horror film Crimson Peak, starring Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Hunnam, and Jessica Chastain.

Chobot asked what attracted del Toro to return to the world of gothic horror. Del Toro said he wanted to make a movie that blended two sides of his personality, the painterly style of his Spanish-language films and the FX heavy, action side of films like Hellboy. When Universal offered him Crimson Peak, he thought it was a perfect opportunity to jump back into the genre. He encouraged everyone to visit the Crimson Peak experience at the Legendary booth at SDCC, describing it as “fucking awesome.” He apologised that he didn’t bring any stars with him, as the film is still in an early stage of production, but promised that next year at SDCC, he’ll bring the whole cast, including “Tom fucking Hiddleston,” whom he described as “incredibly nice.”

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SDCC 2014: ‘The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies’ Teaser Trailer Shown
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As fans awaited the Warner Brothers panel for The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies at San Diego Comic-Con’s Hall H today, the massive screens began to play scenes from Peter Jackson‘s Lord Of The Rings trilogy and the two released Hobbit film. This segued right into video of Stephen Colbert on the set of The Hobbit where he played a Laketown spy and his wife and children also had cameo, and we got to see their cameos, as well as an extended scene with Peter Jackson acting silly.

Soon after, more video was soon, including a lengthy blooper reel, but then Colbert came out to moderate wearing his Laketown spy attire. Then, Peter Jackson finally appeared on stage with members of the cast, including Benedict Cumberbatch, Orlando Bloom, Cate Blanchett, Elijah Wood, Evangeline Lilly, Andy Serkis, and Luke Evans.

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