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CON: Day #1 & #4

07.19.2005

Seeing as our team (aka Mike Sampson) was only able to cover the 2 biggest days of this year's San Diego Comic Con (Friday & Saturday), we thought we'd provide you with a little insight as to the other days' events, courtesy of one of our long-time schmoes from the board, Strider. Thanks, bud!

THURSDAY (Day #1)

I arrived to the convention center at exactly 1:30 PM, and like I predicted, I missed the film panel for A Scanner Darkly. The people working at the Comic-Con wouldn't let me in the room, for the panel was already underway. Assholes!

3:30-4:30 Spotlight on Bruce Campbell: What’s New With Bruce?

- Bruce Campbell is THE MAN! His presentation was awesome - he was his usual hilarious self, and his interaction with the fans during the Q&A session was classic. I even got to ask him a question, which was pretty damn cool. The audience was treated to a trailer to his new film Sky High, clips from the new Evil Dead video game, an audio clip from the audio version of his latest book, and of course, the fantastic Q&A session. Also, Campbell provided his own thoughts on independent cinema and why it's worth supporting, and why he's frustrated with Hollywood. It's no surprise why so many people, including myself, think this man is so awesome.

4:30-5:30 A Conversation with David Cronenberg

- The History of Violence film panel with David Cronenberg was decent, but overall, a little underwhelming. It started off great, with the audience being treated to the film's trailer, as well as a violent, gory 5-minute clip of the film. It dragged halfway through, mostly due to David Poland's (he was interviewing Cronenberg and the film's scriptwriter) lack of interesting questions. The panel did pick up once Cronenberg started to answer the audience's questions, however. Nevertheless, despite my minor complaints, the panel was effective in making me excited to see A History of Violence in a couple of months.

5:30-7:00 Constantine: From Comic to Film

- The Constantine panel for the film's upcoming DVD release was dreadfully, painfully boring. I should have left, but I didn't, mostly because there was going to be a raffle for prizes at the end of the panel, and also because I was enjoying the eye-candy that is Rachel Weisz too much. Director Francis Lawrence was a no-show, despite the fact that he was scheduled to participate in the panel. I don't think it says much about him, and I couldn't give a shit about whatever "excuse" he supposedly had about not attending. Quite a few people left the panel during the halfway mark, I can't say I blame them. The whole entire panel was 90 minutes of sheer boredom. And no, I didn't win a damn thing. What a waste of time, huh?

8:00: Screening of RED-EYE

- I originally stated that I wasn't going to be able to attend the advance screening of Red Eye last night, but there were a change of plans as the evening approached. I decided to attend the screening, however, I didn't get into the theater. There were hundreds of people in line when I arrived, and many people (including myself) were screwed out of a screening. I didn't let that stop me from attending at least one film screening, however. I headed back to the convention center, and I attended a screening of a foreign dark comedy from Spain titled El Crimen Perfecto (The Perfect Crime). The man himself, Bruce Campbell, introduced the film. As for the film itself, I absolutely loved it! It was quirky, clever, fresh, well-acted, well-written, and side-splitting hilarious. The audience had a fun time as well. I hope it plays at my local independent/arthouse theaters, because I want to see it again. It's definitely worth the price of admission.

- And last, but not least, I returned my lightsaber and got a new one (Darth Vader, from Episode 5). And it works! I think I may take it with me today...

That's it for now. The second day of the Comic-Con will be underway in several hours, and it's definitely going to be a HUGE day. I'm not going to get any sleep, but it'll be worth it. I'm out.

SUNDAY (Day #4)

Unfortunately, the 2005 San Diego Comic-Con, and my very first Comic-Con experience, has come to an end. What a bittersweet day this final day was. Once the clock struck 5:00 PM, a wave of sadness came over me, because I knew it was all over. The whole experience, to be quite honest, flew by so fast. Overall, I had one hell of a fun time. A completely unforgettable experience. If you haven't been to the San Diego Comic-Con, I highly, strongly recommend that you experience it for yourself some year. Granted, reading the reports/coverage, and looking at the pictures from the event is great, but it doesn't capture the excitement of attending the event in person with all the stars, exhibitors, and of course, the people. So if you ever have a chance of attending the Comic-Con some year, don't even think about it, just make plans and go.

As for the final day of the Comic-Con, it was a short one. I arrived at the convention center at 11:00 AM, and to my great surprise, the line to enter Hall H was incredibly short. I was quite happy about this, because I knew I would be able to get some awesome seats. And I did get some awesome seats. Anyway, here's the recap:

11:00-11:30 Rogue Pictures Presents Cry Wolf

- Cry Wolf, a horror flick, was the first panel of the day in Hall H. The director won some contest that allowed him to direct a film for a $1,000,000 budget. The audience was shown the film's trailer and a short clip, neither of which looked interesting or "creepy" in the slightest. Cry Wolf opens in theaters in September, I believe. And there's really not much else to say about this panel than that.

11:30-12:30 Universal: Doom

- The Doom panel followed immediately after, and the audience was certainly excited about it. The film's lead actors, The Rock and Karl Urban, as well as the producers amongst others, were in attendance. The first thing shown to the audience was the film's teaser trailer, which looked pretty damn cool. Next, the audience was treated to exclusive scene from the film. The scene opens with Karl Urban's character, who appears to be in a room all alone. He looks at himself in the mirror, then exits the room. The monsters start appearing out of nowhere, and he shoots them down, one by one. The best thing about this scene is the camera angle, which is a first-person shooter angle. It's right out of the video game that the film is adapted from! During the scene, all you see is Urban's huge gun. The scene was awesome, and the crowd roared with applause afterwards. A very entertaining Q&A session followed the exclusive clip. Also, the producers revealed that Doom will definitely be rated R, and will not be watered down to earn a PG-13 rating. Overall, I thought the panel was pretty solid. Doom has potential to be one kick-ass video game adaptation, in my opinion. The film opens October 21st, just in time for Halloween.

12:30-1:30 Walt Disney Pictures/Walden Media present The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

- The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe concluded Hall H's panels/presentations for the 2005 San Diego Comic-Con. Personally, I thought this panel was one of the best panels at the Comic-Con this year. Director Andrew Adamson, the film's producer, and the child actors did not attend the panel in person, but they did attend the panel live via satellite from London. Attending the panel in person were some of those responsible for the film's visual effects and costume design. The audience was treated to a teaser trailer (the same one playing in theaters), plus a Comic-Con exclusive of a bloody fantastic montage from the film. My favorite part of the montage was Aslan the Lion slowly walking towards Tilda Swinton's White Witch. During the Q&A session, Adamson officially announced that Liam Neeson is providing the voice of Aslan. Also, he (Adamson) commented on the possibility of the other six C.S. Lewis "Narnia" books being adapted into films. He believes the other books will be made into films, but he doesn't see himself directing them all. As I said, this was one of the best panels. C.S. Lewis's "The Chronicles of Narnia" was a significant part of my childhood, and I'm dying in anticipation to see what Andrew Adamson has done with the first installment of the series, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. By the way, everyone who attended the panel received an exclusive Comic-Con pin and poster from the film.

After the Hall H panels ended, I took one final stroll through the exhibit hall, then I attended a screening of the latest Muppets film, The Muppets of Oz. I believe this film premiered on ABC a few months ago, but I cannot confirm that. As for the film, it was decent at best. There were quite a few memorable moments and lines spread throughout the film. Towards the end, it started to drag a bit, but still decent enough.

That's it. The 2005 San Diego Comic-Con is in the books, and so is my first time Comic-Con experience. If I'm still alive, I hope to do it all over again next year. Now if you will excuse me, I'm off to catch up on some sleep. I literally have not been sleeping whatsoever since the Comic-Con began... but it was worth it.

Strider

Source: JoBlo.com

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