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SDCC 2010: ‘Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark’ Panel With Guillermo del Toro
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Week of Geek: San Diego Comic Con International 2010

SDCC 2010: Guillermo del Toro talks Haunted Mansion reboot

A lot of movies have been showing off footage at Comic Con 2010 that have received high praise, and Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark is no different. The movie, which is written by Guillermo del Toro and Matthew Robbins and directed by Troy Nixey, made an appearance at this year’s convention and proceeded to blow some faces off.

This panel was really just all about the footage shown, and we’ll do our best to describe it to you in-full below. For those who don’t know, the movie is a remake of the 1973 movie of the same name. In the movie, a girl (Bailee Madison) goes to live with her father (Guy Pearce) and his girlfriend (Katie Holmes). The thing about the house that she goes to live in is that it houses some evil creatures who reside in a pit of ash, and they want the girl to join them.

The first thing shown was a brief teaser trailer for the movie, which is what we’ll likely see first whenever they decide to release it. The teaser opens with some spooky voiceover that says “You’re sitting there in the dark, but don’t worry…there’s nothing to be afraid of.” After that there’s a collection of quick, dark clips shown between the words of the title. We then see a girl in bed hiding under her covers with a flashlight. She begins to move toward the end of her bed while still under the covers…and when she gets there she jumps and screams. We don’t get to see whatever startles her, but you can bet it was creepy stuff.

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SDCC 2010: ‘Battle: Los Angeles’ Panel
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If you haven’t heard about a movie called Battle: Los Angeles, fear not: not a lot of people knew much about it going into Comic Con this year. During the panel for the movie, however, many quickly became more acquainted with it.

The real-life Battle of Los Angeles took place in 1942, a few months after the surprise Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor forced the United States to enter World War II. In the late hours of February 24, a light appeared in the skies over L.A. and many thought that it might be the Japanese making another attack. It was eventually realized that no one was attacking them, but some conspiracy theorist went on to call it an encounter with a UFO spacecraft. It was later determined to all be a big case of “war nerves,” and that the “aircraft” was actually just a weather balloon…as most UFOs are dubbed.

Battle: Los Angeles is a movie that takes that situation and turns into an actual alien invasion on Los Angeles. The film will be presented in real-time from the perspectives of the Marines as the encounter and battle unfold.

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SDCC 2010: Barenaked Ladies Perform ‘Big Bang Theory’ Theme At Cast Panel
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Week of Geek: San Diego Comic Con International 2010

The cast of CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory were on hand to answer questions from uber geek-turned writer Wil Wheaton at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con.

The real surprise came as Wheaton announced that Barenaked Ladies would be performing the show’s theme song along with over 4,000 in attendance who read from a lyric sheet passed out just prior to the panel starting.

I’ve managed to upload a video of the performance, but the rest of the panel will have to wait until I find better Internet. Check it the performance here below…

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SDCC 2010: Visionaries Panel With Joss Whedon & J.J. Abrams
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SDCC 2010: Visionaries Panel

Yesterday during the Visionaries Panel at San Diego Comic Con ’10, which featured two of the most popular names in geekdom today, Joss Whedon and J.J. Abrams, Whedon confirmed that he was in fact directing The Avengers for Marvel. But that was just a small-but-crucial part of the panel worth specific mention, and I’m here to recap the rest of the panel here and now!

On Abrams’ side of things, the big topic that he spoke about was he inspired by and collaborated with secret Steven Spielberg movie, Super 8. Along with discussing their big upcoming projects, the duo also discuss big current issues like 3D, where it’s good and not good, and what they’re doing that may or may not use it. They also get into internet-based content, TV shows, and briefly touch on previous and much-loved works like Lost, Dollhouse, Star Trek, and so on.

Keep on reading for the full recap. Be warned: this is incredibly long, but let’s be fair, we all could listen to/read anything these two want to discuss about entertainment.

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SDCC 2010: Summit Entertainment’s ‘Red’ Panel
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SDCC 2010: RED PanelBeing familiar with the Warren Ellis original property, I was curious going into the panel for Summit Entertainment’s Red to see how far the tone of the film was going to change from the dark, violent graphic novel to the lighter blackly comic adaptation.

Moderator Eric Mora, Editor in chief of IGN Movies, introduced original Red comic creator Warren Ellis, artist Cully Hammer, producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, and actors Karl Urban, Mary-Louise Parker, Helen Mirren, and Bruce Willis to the panel.

Bruce Willis praised the work of his co-stars, Mirren noted that with her and Morgan Freeman that they had both “the Queen and God” in the film, as she sported a Harvey Pekar memorial sweater. Warren Ellis noted that his motivation for allowing his property to be adapted was “lots of money… I could buy most of you now.” He wanted the producers to roll with the film in whatever direction they wanted.

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SDCC 2010: ‘Tron Legacy’ New Footage Description + Trailer
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Jeff Bridges Tron Legacy panel SDCC 2010As a longtime fan of the original 1982 Tron, I was extremely excited to welcome a return to the Tron universe with Disney’s Tron Legacy panel at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con. Moderator Patton Oswalt greeted attendees with a rousing “Welcome, Furries!” and reminded us that this is the third year Tron Legacy has been at Comic-Con, and joked that the plan is to show Tron Legacy in 5 minute increments at Comic-Con for the next 25 years. The footage started with a mini-documentary highlighting the cultural impact of Tron over the course of the last 27 years (including, incredulously, Tron on ice!).

Patton then introduced the panel: Director Joe Kosinski, producer Sean Bailey, original Tron creator Steven Lisberger, and stars Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde, Michael Sheen, and original Tron stars Bruce Boxleitner and Jeff Bridges. Kosinski talked about his personal nostalgia with the original film, and the daunting challenge of producing a sequel.

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SDCC 2010: Guillermo del Toro To Develop ‘Haunted Mansion’ Reboot For Disney
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SDCC 2010: Guillermo del Toro talks Haunted Mansion rebootAt the Walt Disney Pictures panel in Hall H at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con, moderator Patton Oswalt introduced a very brief teaser for what is to be a Haunted Mansion reboot, which simply showed The Hatbox Ghost character from the famous Disney theme park ride with the voiceover from the ride.

After the teaser, Oswalt asked the crowd what director would be chosen for such a reimagining. To everyone’s surprise, that person is the one and only Guillermo del Toro, who make a surprise appearance at the panel.

Del Toro said that his reimagining of The Haunted Mansion will be live-action and in 3D, and will not be a comedy. He joked that he was not be answering any of Eddie Murphy’s calls, making it clear that his film won’t be like the one Murphy starred in in 2003 that failed to hit with audiences.

The director, who expressed that his love of the popular theme park ride began at age 3 when he first went to Disneyland the same year the ride opened there, said that his film will be scary but fun, though mostly scary, stressing that children who see the movie will be frightened.

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SDCC 2010: Will Ferrell Brings The Blues At ‘Megamind’ Panel
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Will Ferrell as MegamindThe first Hall H panel of the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con was for DreamWorks’ animated feature MegaMind.

HitFix’s Drew McWeeney introduced Will Ferrell, who came out festooned in blue facepaint with a huge dome helmet as the titular character. He introduced Tina Fey (who came out uncostumed) and they introduced Jonah Hill and the director, Tom McGrath. Brad Pitt made a non-appearance as a cardboard standee.

Check out the images from the panel here below.

They played five minutes of the film in Real 3D, which featured Ferrell’s MegaMind character, a villain whose mission is to defeat his nemesis, MetroMan, a hero voiced by Brad Pitt. The twist occurs when he actually does defeat MetroMan and has to figure out what to do next, now that the city is his.

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SDCC 2010: Preview Night Photos: The Walking Dead, Thor, Tron & More!
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SDCC 2010: Preview Night: Comic Con Exclusive Galactus StatueTonight was Preview Night at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con, and yes, the Geeks of Doom crew was there in full-force.

Below are a bunch of photos we took from the convention floor.

Of note was the Marvel booth, a massive area for sure, half taken up by a recreation of Odin’s Throne in Asgard from their upcoming film Thor (see the Thor movie still of Odin’s Throne HERE).

There’s also a few shots of the Legendary Pictures booth, which showed off some costumes and props from The Dark Knight and Inception, as well as The Hangover (the pic from the latter film is truly a must-see).

A show-stopper at the Con was definitely the areas set up for The Walking Dead TV show, coming soon to AMC, which had a house filled with bloodied corpses in it. Pretty cool.

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SDCC 2010: We’re Heeeeeeere!
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Week of Geek: San Diego Comic Con International 2010

San Diego Comic Con International 2010What Ho! Doomers,

The time of year is upon us whence thousands and thousands of comic, movie, and video game fanatics descend upon the quaint city of San Diego to create a glorious flash-mob oasis of mass Geekdom. It’s 2010 Comic Con International, my peoples! This year’s convention is set to bring tons of Grade A geeky goodness to the world—from the likes of Radical, D.C., Disney, Dreamworks, Lionsgate, Marvel, and of course Universal’s upcoming Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, which looks to be in tight competition with Tron Legacy for the largest advertising presence on the streets of San Diego.

The Geeks of Doom are here en masse and ready to kick Comic-Con’s A-Double-S. Reporting on location from our ad hoc Doom HQ (read: the Residence Inn, Gaslamp Quarter) with @henchman21, @eveofdoom, @guy_jen, @tched, and me, (@geeksofdoom), we’ll be bringing you the SDCC news from the panels and show floor as it happens. Also, we have a super special guest writer on hand this year (I’m so excited!) contributing his discerning opinion with exclusive daily wrap-ups from the ‘Con floor—the awesome & infamous @MrBabyMan! We’ll also be recording some special SDCC editions of our Doomcasts (@ComicsofDoom & @FlixofDoom) while we’re here to discuss and decompress from what’s sure to be a mass of sensory overload.

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