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CON: Rogue/Focus panel

07.30.2007

ROGUE/FOCUS STUDIOS PANEL

BALLS OF FURY

I had some doubts sitting down for this panel if only because these same guys were here last year promoting the same shit. When a year goes by without at least a screening of the film, you have to wonder what the problem is. Seven months of ping-pong CGI, that was the problem. Director, Ben Garant and Dan Fogler came out first to explain the delay and were quickly followed by the great Tom Lennon in full character wardrobe (a one-piece spandex track uniform).

After some quality scripted homophobic sketch comedy the trio talked about the film, describing it as a ping-pong player who must avenge his father's death by playing in a deadly tournament of sudden death ping pong and introduced a clip of the film that featured Fogler's character, Randy Daytona matching up against Terry Crews in the first game of the tournament. The scene played out hilarious and had the audience roaring with slow motion spins and the powerful paddle blasts of the sport mixed between break-dancing, a lot of screaming, and someone getting killed. Christopher Walken acts as if he's doing an impression of himself in yet another random-but-brilliant performance. Soon after the clip James Hong showed up and all hell broke loose.

The dance lasted 5 long & awkward minutes.

  • The film also stars Patton Oswald, Jason Scott Lee, Aisha Tyler, Maggie Q, Masi Oka (Hiro!!), George Lopez, Brian Posehn, David Koechner, and has a shit-load of cameos from the casts of TV's 'The State' and 'Reno 911'.

  • Garant describes the film as a homage to ENTER THE DRAGON and "very aggressively stupid".

  • Apparently, Christopher Walken doesn't know what the symbol @ means. He was furious when changes were made to the script and he couldn't pronounce the "word".

  • In other Walken wackiness, one day on the set he brought in a birthday cake and sat next to it with a sad look. He pretended it was his birthday and sat around as the rest of the crew sang Happy Birthday to him over and over. He did this three times over the course of shooting the film.

  • Hong busted out some David Lo Pan moves from BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA on stage, complete with crazy eyes and all.

  • Cedric Yarbrough got in line to ask his RENO 911 castmates (Lennon and Garant) why the chose Crews for the role of the big angry black dude.

  • At the end of the panel, Garant announced the first screening of the film later that night. It officially comes out on August 31.

THE STRANGERS

Director Bryan Bertino and stars Scott Speedman and Liv Tyler gathered to talk about the new thriller and present some never before seen footage. The film takes place over four hours in the lives of Kristen and James as their night is interrupted by a knock at the door and the living hell it brings with it. Three masked crazies torment the couple by trying to get in the house and kill them.

The first scene we got was of Liv silently creeping around the house, trying to lock all the doors and windows as these masked assholes keep popping out of nowhere and scaring the crap out of her. Very intense moments here. The second clip shows the couple finally fighting back as Speedman struggles to keep one of the masks out and finds a shotgun quite handy in doing so. The last clip was of a terrific teaser trailer that starts out as a slide show of perfect homes and ends with that shot of Liv above crawling away from another beating. What else?

  • This was Liv Tyler's very first Comic Con appearance and she paid the price by having to recite some Elvish on her very first question. She did it with no problem and oddly aroused me.

  • When asked if he would like to play CAPTAIN AMERICA by a fan, Speedman said he'd love it and do it in a heartbeat.

  • Liv thought the script was a romantic comedy when she sat down to read it and ended up falling in love with the story and fought to get the role.

  • The two lead actors would run around a track just before shooting their scenes so their lack of breath would intensify their performance.

  • Speedman, who was oddly quiet during the panel said the script scared him so much he stopped to go lock his front door.

  • This Bertino's directorial debut. When Liv was asked about the similarities between him and Peter Jackson the Con crowd actually laughed.

DOOMSDAY

THE DESCENT was one the greatest things to happen to horror in years. This is why I was giddy like a school girl when I found out I could cover director, Neil Marshall's next feature called DOOMSDAY, a futuristic look at the end of the world (check out the film's 4 teaser posters HERE). Everybody I talk to can't bring up the movie without mentioning THE ROAD WARRIOR and the two films similarities. I agree. We were treated to an exclusive teaser trailer for the film and while the sweet sounds of Malcolm McDowell sooth you with great narration and the visuals of a post-apocalyptic Great Britain are breath taking, I just couldn't get Mad Max and his tractor-trailer of death out of my mind. Marshal knows it too though. He openly admitted to making the film feel like THE ROAD WARRIOR, ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK, and THE WARRIORS as much as possible without pissing anybody off.

The next guy to mention Road Warrior dies.

The film tells of a plague known as the Reaper Virus that kills hundreds of thousands before the British Government builds a wall that separates the survivors from the infected. Thought to be over 30 years later, the virus comes back with a vengeance and people are starting to look for a cure among a legendary group of survivors. McDowell, Rhona Mitra, and Bob Hoskins star. You know what else?

  • Marshall guarantees an R-rating as there's no lack of blood and gore throughout.

  • The $30 million budget is his biggest yet. As is the cast. Used to working with not much more than six actors in DESCENT and DOG SOLDIERS, DOOMSDAY had hundreds taking orders.

  • Five of the boys from DOG SOLDIERS and three of the girls from DESCENT show up in DOOMSDAY.

  • Marshal researched the greatest car chases in film for his final scene. He says it starts out like BULLITT and ends up like ROAD WARRIOR.

  • Marshal is in no way involved with DOG SOLDIERS 2

  • His next film is called THE NINTH LEGION, a true story of a group of Roman soldiers who fight for their lives after their legion is targeted in a devastating guerrilla attack.

  • Said he wouldn't have wanted the job to remake THE WARRIORS but is excited to see what Tony Scott will do with it.

  • Marshall very much prefers his original ending to THE DESCENT over the pussy North American version.

Source: JoBlo.com

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7:00PM on 07/30/2007
Is that true? A Warriors remake by Tony Scott. fuck, that could be great! But I haven't heard shit about it happening
Is that true? A Warriors remake by Tony Scott. fuck, that could be great! But I haven't heard shit about it happening
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5:24PM on 07/30/2007
Wow, the Christopher Walken birthday bit had me rollin!
Wow, the Christopher Walken birthday bit had me rollin!
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11:42AM on 07/30/2007

Balls of Fury

looks like crap. It just seems to forced. Hopefully I'm wrong, but I think it's a Netflixer for sure.
looks like crap. It just seems to forced. Hopefully I'm wrong, but I think it's a Netflixer for sure.
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