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SDCC 09: UK ‘Office’ To Air On Adult Swim + Upcoming Line-Up
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The Venture Brothers and the rest of the Adult Swim line-up (sans Robot Chicken, which got its own panel earlier in the week) shared a panel on Saturday at San Diego Comic-Con, and the big news for some coming out of this is that the U.K. version of The Office will begin airing on the channel in September.

Originally airing in 2001, the series starred Ricky Gervais and is of course the basis for the popular American version airing on NBC. A total of 12 episodes and two Christmas specials were made for the UK show. If you think that this is an odd choice of a show to air on Adult Swim, keep in mind that they already run other British live-action comedies, such as Look Around You, Black Books, and The Mighty Boosh, so it should be a good fit.

Other pieces of news from the panel:

Metalocalypse Season 3 will premiere on November 8th, and the episodes will all run for a half hour.

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SDCC 09: ‘Iron Man 2’ Footage Reveals War Machine & Whiplash In Action
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Geeks of Doom's Exclusive Coverage of SDCC 2009SDCC 09: Robert Downey Jr., Don Cheadle and Scarlett Johansson during the Iron Man 2 panel

The stars of the upcoming Iron Man 2 made a highly welcomed appearance today at the San Diego Comic-Con, along with producer Kevin Feige and director Jon Favreau, to debut the first footage from the film.

Check out the description of the footage, along with images of the panelists, including Robert Downey Jr, Scarlet Johansson, Don Cheadle, and Sam Rockwell, here below.

The stars talked a bit about their experiences making the new movie, like Johansson’s mixed martial arts training for her role as Black Widow. Cheadle said he tried to make Rhodey his own, but he also drew from Terrance Howard’s performance in the first movie. Downey Jr, of course, keep everybody laughing with his reactions to audience questions.

In regards to the planned Avengers movie, Favreau confirmed that he would be involved in the film — which will include the Iron Man character — in some way, avoiding the question as to whether he would be directing it. Favreau also said that he’s been keeping tabs on the other Marvel film, Thor, directed by Kenneth Branagh, since Thor will also be included in the Avengers film.

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SDCC 09: ‘Solomon Kane’ Panel
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Geeks of Doom's Exclusive Coverage of SDCC 2009SDCC 09: Solomon Kane panel

SDCC 09: James Purefoy at the Solomon Kane panelSince its announcement nearly two years ago, there’s been very little buzz about Solomon Kane, the big-screen adaptation of the Robert E. Howard books about a 16th century wandering Puritan on a path to vanquish evil in the most badass of ways.

At the San Diego Comic-Con today, the film’s director Michael J. Bassett, producer Samuel Hadida, and star James Purefoy were on hand for the Solomon Kane panel to give audiences their first glimpse of the film.

From the trailer and clips shown, we see that Kane (played by Rome‘s James Purefoy), a formerly greedy warrior who meets someone with more power than him who takes him almost to Hell. Kane has to suffer the consequences of his earlier immoral actions and his soul is in jeopardy. From there, Kane embarks on a path of redemption, trying to avoid the road to Hell, fighting evil across the land. In his journeys, he meets up with a good family who shows him there’s goodness in the world; he also believes that this family could help him on this mission.

Director Bassett likens Kane to Batman, a man without superpowers who’s strong and has a strong belief in his own convictions and strengths. While Kane has renounced violence, he finds that the road to redemption is not always a peaceful one.

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SDCC 09: ‘The Twilight Saga: New Moon’ Panel
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The young stars of The Twilight Saga: New Moon made an appearance on Thursday at the San Diego Comic-Con, where thousands of Twilight fans not only descended upon the Hall H auditorium for the event, but many had camped out outside the hall for over two days.

Yes, people, there was Twilight madness at the Con, much like last year [read SDCC 08: Summit Entertainment’s ‘Twilight’]. But, unlike the previous year’s panel, this time the fans stopped screaming long enough to let the actor’s answers questions.

Before I get into my coverage of the panel, which contains a description of the new footage that was shown, you should know you can check out the 43 photos from the panel here below of panelists Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, and Ashley Greene, along with director Chris Weitz.

The crowd went wild as the stars of New Moon were introduced, but oddly enough, when Stewart came out decked out in full Joan Jett attire (she’s playing the rocker in the upcoming Runaways film), the cheers turned a bit to groans. Both Kirsten and Pattinson behaved awkwardly while sitting on the panel, squirming in their seats and stuttering over their answers (they were the same way at last year’s panel). On the other hand, Green and Lautner were very talkative and open with the audience.

Much of the discussion revolved around Lautner’s transformation for the new film, in which he plays Jacob Black. The Jacob Black character was seen in the first movie, but he was younger and let’s just say, not quite yet developed. For New Moon, Lautner had to work with a trainer to gain weight and bulk up for the role, where we’ll be seeing a bit of shirtless action from Jacob (that’s right Team Jacob people). Lautner said that Jacob goes through a lot mentally and emotionally, but it was the physical transformation that was the most challenging. He said he “worked very hard to transform his body for the fans.”

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SDCC 09 Video: James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ Panel
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SDCC 09: Avatar Panel. (left to right) Jon Landau, James Cameron, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, and Zoe Saldana

If you didn’t attend the 25-minute screening of James Cameron‘s new 3D movie Avatar on Thursday at the San Diego Comic Con, rest easy and mark your calendar [Read: SDCC 09: See 15 Minutes of James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ In 3D Imax For Free On August 21].

To help recreate the convention experience, it’s highly recommended that you check out our video coverage of the panel discussion with James Cameron and the cast of Avatar here below (you can also see photos from the panel).

Here’s an excerpt from the panel of James Cameron talking about what made him revisit the Avatar script after putting it aside for so long.

So in the same way that I wrote Terminator, which was sort of just to get a directing gig, I decided to write a story full of creatures and characters that would push the art of CG for that company. But when we looked at it, and they broke it down they said “We can’t do this — what are you out of your mind?” So I literally stuck the treatment in a drawer. When I got it out four years ago I thought, wow, this is more timely than ever, with us being at war, with us being in an environmental crisis than at any other point in the history of the human race. And by the way, it was just a damn good read. I’d sort of completely forgotten about it enough to look at it with fresh eyes. So I went back to it and said, we can do this now. Peter Jackson had done the second Lord of the Rings film at that point. Gollum was looking pretty damn good, looked like some soul and some real personality could be captured by CG. To me that was like the door opening on the possibility of being able to make this movie.
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SDCC 09: DC Comics Google Logo By Jim Lee
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All-star DC Comics artist and Wildstorm Editor Jim Lee illustrated a Justice League version of Google’s main logo, which appears on the search giant’s homepage in celebration of the San Diego Comic Con currently underway.

Additionally, Google’s personal homepage service “iGoogle” debuted a group of new comic book themes.

Anyone using the free wi-fi at the convention center immediately saw a list of themes including characters from Marvel, DC, TokyoPop, Vertigo and more upon opening their browser, which is fitting since iGoogle sponsored the Internet this year.

If you want fanboys to get on board with a new service, adding skins for current industry crossovers like the Green Lantern: Blackest Night storyline can only improve your chances. [Oh Google, you had me at “I’m Feeling Lucky.”]

Check out a few screen shots of the comic skins below or visit iGoogle to view them all.

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SDCC 09: See 15 Minutes of James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ In 3D Imax For Free On August 21
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Avatar

If you’ll recall not too long ago, some lucky folks were the first to really get a good look at footage from James Cameron‘s groundbreaking new science fiction movie, Avatar, and their opinions of the footage were about as excited as humans can get for a movie (Read: The Words That Will Put James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ At The Top Of Your Must-See List). If you’re one of the many who are currently at the San Diego Comic Con, you now know why this feedback was so resoundingly positive as Mr. Cameron himself showed up and showed off twenty-five minutes of footage to the rabid crowd!

While a recap of the Avatar panel will be featured on Geeks of Doom soon enough, Cameron made a very cool announcement at the end that we wanted to share with our readers singularly.

Cameron announced that on August 21, 2009, movie-goers around the world will be able to see 15 minutes of Avatar for free at digital 3D IMAX screens.

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SDCC 09: Johnny Depp’s Surprise Appearance At Disney’s ‘Alice In Wonderland’ Panel; New Footage Description
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Patton Oswalt moderated the Disney panel, which included a segment on Tim Burton‘s Alice In Wonderland. Director Tim Burton made a scheduled appearance, but as a surprise for the audience, one Mr. Johnny Depp came out.

Check out the images of Depp, Burton, and stills from the film here below.

Depp just came out and waved for a moment, but that was enough for this rapid audience, which had just seen new footage from the film twice. (Check out the description of the footage* here below.)

Burton mentioned that while we were able to enjoy the amazing 3D of the film, Depp is not able to (he’s color-blind).

Burton had explained that he used ideas and storylines from Lewis Carroll’s classic Alice In Wonderland tale and its sequel Through The Looking Glass, as well as poems like Jabberwocky.

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SDCC 09: Images From Preview Night
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The Geeks of Doom posse began its invasion Wednesday night of the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con, which kicked off with a special preview night. The GoD gang stuck to the main exhibit hall, which was crazy packed with attendees, and took the opportunity to snap some pictures of some of the bigger exhibits for major movie studios, comics publishers, and toy giants, as well as of the area just outside the convention center.

Check out the images below from the exhibit hall (click for larger, full view with descriptions).

Here are some highlights from today:

  • District 9: The upcoming film had a big viral presence at last year’s Con. This year, the District 9 MNU (Multi-National United) truck was parked on the side of the convention center, right on the side of the hotel I’m staying at.
  • The Green Hornet: The Green Hornet car was on the exhibit hall floor, but was not yet unveiled.
  • Wolverine: Madame Tussauds has created a Hugh Jackman as Wolverine wax figure, which can be viewed at the Fox booth at the convention. The figure will be relocated to Madame Tussauds in Hollywood on August 1.
  • Transformers: Full-size version of Bumblebee as a car and a robot.
  • Iron Man: An entire Stark Industries showcase with the various Iron Man suits.
  • Jane Wiedlin: For the record, Geeks of Doom loves Go-Go’s guitarist Jane Wieldin, who not only checked into the hotel right before us, but also rode up in the elevator with us twice. Wieldin is a true geek (remember her in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure?) and will be at the Con at Autograph Alley each day promoting comic book Lady Robotika and other goodies. Check out her full Con schedule at her MySpace page.
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SDCC 09: What Am I Most Excited About? Google Providing Free Wi-Fi
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Geeks of Doom's Exclusive Coverage of SDCC 2009As we head into the biggest comic convention of the year, the 2009 San Diego Comic Con, I must say that the thing that has me most excited isn’t the previews, creator panels, or rare geeky loot — although all of that stuff does make me giddy beyond belief. No this year I’m psyched because Google (or iGoogle) is sponsoring free Wi-Fi for all those in attendance.

As a geek reporter, the largest reason I even want to attend the conventions has to do entirely with being able to report cool stuff back to the interested folks on the Internet. Take that away and I’m just another fan boy, with exception of the large bag of Vitamin C drops I’ll be downing to avoid Con funk. After covering NYCC earlier this year with little to no 3G connectivity, I can testify to the torture that came with trying to live-tweet the panels. (Usually I had to wait until the sessions ended and I was close enough to a door to allow for the edge network to carry over a stale comment I had typed a half hour prior.)

So yes there could be mass overload of the network due to the large number of people all trying to connect at the same time, but that should relieve some of the strain on cellphone networks.

What’s all this mean to you, the reader? Better enhanced convention coverage from the Geeks of Doom editorial staff.  Check out the links below to stay connected all week…

Direct feed: https://www.geeksofdoom.com/category/SDCC/

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