I know I didn't do a big post for my Friday experience. I will, but I want to actually upload audio from that day, like Neil Gaiman's reading and Q&A. I think you can appreciate that. What I know you can't wait for is exclusives. Movie news exclusives. And I have these things for you.
Let's start with Wall-E
. A lot of people think that it looks cute. Pixar has a good track record and the CG looks crisp in the previews. People, you have no idea. The CG is jaw dropping, which is something by itself. Since the movie is about... machines the CG doesn't have to be good. But the landscapes and particle physics will astound you. And Wall-E. Wow. He's so articulate and his expressions are so easy to interpret. In fact, they've got the motion down to some completely new level. This isn't some sort of motion capture advance. It's experience. Wall-E's pet cockroach, at one point, becomes sad. While I was watching I thought to myself: "I'm looking at a cockroach. Now I am sad." It took me a moment to realize that even without a face I was getting emotion from the character of the roach. They showed about a total of about 10 minutes of film. I'm in love. I figured I'd see it and like it. I've seen a little and love it.
News about the movie? Well, apparently during or after the end credits there's a bonus animation of some kind. And the closing song will be done by Peter Gabriel. On IMDB it lists Sigourney Weaver as a rumored voice. She's the voice of the computer. Yeah, in Aliens she fought Mother and in this movie she is
Mother. Also, be on the lookout for tons of little in jokes about sci-fi and computers.The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
I saw the new trailer and it has a tag for pre-ordering your tickets. A little pushy.
I may be in the minority, as I know many people didn't like the first movie, but I'm looking forward to this. If Wardrobe
was sort of a shiny and mystical Metropolis then this movie would be it's dark cousin, Gotham. If you don't know by now the books by Lewis are very very very
Christian. He and Tolkien were pals. Tolkien wrote with the soul of pre-medieval paganism. Lewis reveled in historical Christianity. In that vein, Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe
was the crusifiction story. Aslan dies and comes back. He forgives and yay. Prince Caspian
is much more a crusade story. There's decay in the land and now there's a return to the old values that have been gone for just over 1,000 years to fight for what is "right". Of course a crusade story will be darker. But has the group making this risen from the soft handling from the first movie?
I think so. They actually stated that they did make mistakes with the creatures (CG, not WETA) in the first movie. For this one they switched companies. The short bursts I saw in the preview weren't enough for me to make a proper judgment but at least they admit to one of the weak points from the first installment.
The cast? Ben Barnes (Prince Caspian), William Moseley (Peter Pevensie) and Peter Dinklage (Trumpkin) were all there and are extremely personable. When asked what their favourite part of filming was Moseley told about how he refused to let a stunt double do a scene where he had to chase a horse, sheath his sword, knock someone over and then swing up onto the running horse. He managed 2 out of 7 times which is damned impressive. Dinklage said he "loved watching them get physical" and then quickly realized how bad that sounded.
You should all be aware that they are already planning the 3rd movie, Voyage of the Dawn Treader
, to begin shooting in October and is slated for a 2010 release. There are no plans as of yet to continue on, which would most likely be The Silver Chair
I love Star Wars and yet hate Lucasfilm. Conflicted, I sat through this panel which was mostly an energetic commercial for Star Wars in general. The panel started with a statement from Steve Sansweet, quoting Lucas. The quote was that after Lucas finished Return of the Jedi
he was asked what was next for Star Wars. His reply was that Star Wars was a book that he had finished and closed and was now going to put it back on the shelf. Unless you ask him, and then he had Episodes 1-3 planned all along... Whatever. Sansweet then quoted Lucas again, this time after the wrap on Episode 3, saying that there would be no more Star Wars movies.Guess what's coming out on August 15th?
Yes, a Star Wars: Clone Wars
movie will be hitting theaters. But don't cringe and vomit just yet. It's going to be a CG clone wars feature, continuing from the Cartoon Network
series. Then, after the movie premiers, Cartoon Network and TNT will be airing the continuing animated Clone Wars series. To be honest the clone wars cartoon was the best thing to come out of the Episode 1-3 fiasco so I'd say this will be worth your time. I saw some footage and it looks great. There's still the super smooth and ultra-stylized design going on, and the technology is much cooler than anything from the prequils. It's also made by someone who loves and respects the Star Wars movies (Dave Filoni), and not George Lucas. Click over here to watch the mini documentary they showed at the Con. It'll really let you get a feel for both the director's feelings and the art of the project
After that was an interview with Robot Chicken
creators Seth Green
and Matthew Senreich
. Green is single, by the way. They talked about how Robot Chicken got started and how their love for Star Wars is eternal. They then talked about the process of getting their Robot Chicken Star Wars Special
made. I can tell you that George Lucas
plays himself in a short scene and it's pretty funny. His acting is slightly better than that of Hayden Christensen
The only Indiana Jones
info was about the new set of Young Indiana Jones
episodes coming out. Bummer.Trenches
There was a trailer for a new ABC
series called Trenches
. Either the trailer was terrible or this movie will just offer a less fun version of Starship Troopers
spread out over a longer period of time.Wanted
For those of you who follow me and my love
/hate relationship with Mark Millar
know that I've had a certain level of dread about this film. I love Timur Bekmambetov
, the director of this as well as Night Watch
and Day Watch
. On the other hand I hate the source material by Mark Millar (who did not show up at the panel). From the full scenes that they showed me I can see Bekmambetov's heavy style of slow motion, super saturated but dark colouring and object tracking shots. He said he signed on because he feels it's the same split reality genre of Nigh Watch
and Day Watch
. I tried to ask about the whole rape and abuse towards woman that the comic champions but was cut off before I got to the mike. I'm still not completely convinced on this one. I mean, Morgan Freeman
and Angelina Jolie
both seem to play characters far enough removed from the source that there might not be that misogynistic taint but... I'm not sure. I looks good but feels wrong. Jolie didn't sell it in the clips I saw. She seemed more set on looking hot and smug than caring about the destiny of the main character.Hellboy 2: The Golden Army
I loved everything about this panel. The movie looks incredible! Imagine the rough and well rounded characters from the first movie. Now imagine their world is bigger. Like, expanded to Harry Potter proportions. Now imagine that world full of gorgeously designed monsters and demons. That's what this movie looked like. There wasn't a lot of specific news on this movie other than the long clips but they were enough to sell the audience. Oh, that and the 9 monsters that they brought out. Take a look.
Want to know a secret? Guillermo del Toro
wasn't satisfied with any of the voices he got for the character of Johann Krauss
until he settled on Seth MacFarlane
of Family Guy. That's right. He voices the German monster.
Other del Toro
news? He's still not sure about the status of The Hobbit
. All the industry reports that say it's go are just being optimistic. He expects to know for sure in about a week but as of now it's not concrete.
If del Toro
goes back to independent film he has one more childhood horror story left in him. It's called Saturn and the End of Days
. The movie (when he gets to it) will be about a child named Saturn and how Saturn experiences the rapture while simply shopping for groceries.del Toro
swears like a sailor. Every 2nd or 3rd word out of the man was "fuck" or some variation. During Q&A a kid gets to the microphone and says "I'm only 15-". Suddenly he's cut off. del Toro
shouts "The Pubes are popping! The furture is open to you! Fucking a! I envy you, my friend." Honestly. He said that.
Of course he let the kid go on. The kid wants to be a film maker and del Toro
did nothing but encourage him. In fact, he told the kid to give his name after the panel and he'd be in touch. And then he told everyone something wonderful. He wants your portfolios. If your a character designer he wants you to send him stuff, hand him stuff and talk to him. He will pick one or two people from his submissions and either hire them on or take them in as an intern for a movie. Contact him
. How awesome is this guy?!Doug Jones
(Silver Surfer, Abe Sapien) will be starring in a movie AS A HUMAN! For a famous actor it's strange to realize that you've never heard or seen him before. He provides the bodies to many fantastic characters but hasn't actually shown himself in his lead roles. My Name Is Jerry
will change that when he stars as Jerry, a middle aged man going through a mid-life crisis. Also, when he signed on for the Silver Surfer
it was a 3 movie deal so wait for that Silver Surfer
movie. And he hopes as much as anyone else that J. Michael Straczynski
pens it. During publicity shots everyone was shouting for him to strike a Silver Surfer
pose. I was the only one who asked for a mid-life crisis pose, but he kindly obliged. Here are both:
The Incredible Hulk
(no pictures allowed)
That brings me to my last panel of the day, The Incredible Hulk
. Like Wanted
I have mixed feelings on this. Unlike Wanted
I don't feel that invested in this movie. The Abomination (played by Tim Roth
) was picked as a villain to make bigger fight scenes. The CG looks pretty cartoony. The Hulk looks a bit liquid and not mean muscle. And I can't for the life of me figure out what this movie is supposed to t the audience loved the scene we saw. Roth
was good in his part but if he's the only pull that's no reason to go, since he disappears into a CG monster part way through the film.
Secrets I can share? Both Edward Norton
and Tim Roth
did motion and facial capture for this movie.Lou Ferrigno
will be doing the voice of the Hulk.Robert Downey Jr.
will be in this movie as Tony Stark
. How can I be 100% sure? Because I saw the footage of Stark
and General Ross
And that's all from Saturday. I think it's a lot. I'll put a post together tomorrow on "convention" type stuff, like crowds, costumes and cosplay. But I figured you would want the movie news as soon as I could type it and put in the pictures.