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July 28, 2009

The Fans Speak! Comic-Con Reactions From the Floor Opens in new window

RT hit the Convention Center floor at Comic-Con to poll fans and costumed Con-goers on the best sights and panel presentations of the week. We found that everyone -- teens and adults, boys and girls, cos-players and even the wizards of Hogwarts -- had come to Comic-Con 2009 for very different reasons, ranging from video games to Twilight to a Japanese doll collecting phenomenon. Below, meet a sampling of this year's attendees and learn which fantasy properties were the biggest hits, which panels were worth waiting hours in line for, and what exactly is up with the "Free Hugs" and "Mini Skirt Army" movements. More...

July 27, 2009

Top Ten New Moon Facts Revealed at Comic-Con Opens in new window

Having read the books, visited the set, and devoured everything the internet already contained regarding The Twilight Saga: New Moon, you'd think there'd be little left for a Twilight fan to learn. Thankfully, you'd be wrong. As we found while tracking New Moon's cast and director through last weekend's Comic-Con appearances, the New Moon publicity machine is chugging as smoothly as Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner's bare chests -- two things which made our list of the Top Ten New Moon Facts Revealed at Comic-Con. (Catch up on our Comic-Con coverage here.) Read on for this week's installment of New Moon Monday and check back each week for news, interviews, and more to keep your Twilight obsession blazing. More...

July 27, 2009

Five Favorite Films with Zoe Bell Opens in new window

Native New Zealander Zoe Bell spent years as an accomplished stunt double for Lucy Lawless of Xena: Warrior Princess before doubling for Uma Thurman on Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill films. After establishing a rapport with the auteur, Tarantino opened the doors to her acting career by casting her as one of the leads in Death Proof, his segment of 2007's joint project with Robert Rodriguez, Grindhouse. Also starring in this year's upcoming films Gamer and Whip It!, Bell was on hand at Comic-Con to promote her actioner Angel of Death, out on DVD this week, and we were able to sit down with her for a lengthy chat. Read on to discover the Kiwi's Five Favorite Films, learn what it was like working with Quentin Tarantino, and what it's like to transition from stunt work to acting. More...

July 27, 2009

Comic-Con Wrap: Iron Man 2, New Moon Best In Show Opens in new window

The truth about Sunday at this year's Comic-Con is that it was the day most people skipped - even the Hollywood studios. With only two film panels slated for the day (Overture's docu-romance Paper Heart, which stars a geeky girl who probably reads comics, and the festival hit Mystery Team, which will delight Encyclopedia Brown enthusiasts) it's no wonder that the whole place felt a little empty. So instead of recapping Sunday panels, I'm taking a look back at the entire four days of Comic-Con 2009 to point out what was good, great, and sort of weird about this year's fest - in terms a geek might understand. More...

July 26, 2009

Five Favorite Films With Rob Zombie Opens in new window

Metalhead-turned-director Rob Zombie has been on the fringes of American pop culture since his days with White Zombie, the rock band he made famous in the mid-1990s. After achieving commercial and critical success as a solo artist, he turned his talents toward the world of cinema, making his directorial debut with 2003's House of 1000 Corpses. In 2007, he was offered the opportunity to helm the remake of the horror classic Halloween, bringing him further into the public eye. RT caught up with Rob at this year's Comic-Con, where he was promoting his upcoming sequel , H2: Halloween 2, and he spoke to us about his Five Favorite Films, sharing some personal stories about his childhood and some insights into the filmmaking process along the way. More...

July 26, 2009

Comic-Con: Tim Burton Talks Alice, Shane Acker?s 9 Opens in new window

Director Tim Burton (Edward Scissorhands, Sweeney Todd) came to Comic-Con International, years after attending when he was a student. With him, he brought a new trailer for his next film, a wondrous reimagining of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. But Burton was also at the Con to support the "stitchpunk" adventure film 9, for which he and Wanted director Timur Bekmambetov served as producers. We spoke to Burton two days after Alice's enthusiastic reception to learn how watching young director Shane Acker's short film inspired him to sign on as the kind of producer/mentor he never had, and to see how far along his Alice project really is. More...

July 25, 2009

Comic-Con Day 3: Iron Man's Whiplash, War Machine Bring Down the House Opens in new window

Saturday's Iron Man 2 panel was preceded by Mike Judge's Extract, Zombieland, and Roland Emmerich's 2012, from which a clip was shown that can only be described as eye-searing disaster porn at its very HUGEST. And while nothing quite prepared the audience for 2012's rampant, wanton, wall-to-wall destruction -- during which, in the span of five onscreen minutes, John Cusack literally outran an earthquake in a stretch limo while all of Los Angeles crumbled around him (more on that below) -- the day clearly belonged to Jon Favreau, who once again wowed the Hall H crowd with a montage of Iron Man scenes culminating in a shot of War Machine that brought the room to its feet. More...

July 25, 2009

Five Favorite Films with Robert Rodriguez Opens in new window

Robert Rodriguez is known as Hollywood's DIY filmmaker, having "shot, chopped, and scored" his own films from El Mariachi to his 2007 collaboration with Quentin Tarantino, Planet Terror. This August, he'll blaze another trail -- movie making as family bonding project -- with the kid flick Shorts, which Rodriguez conceived largely in collaboration with his own children. We met the soft-spoken auteur in a secluded room hidden within the San Diego Convention Center to talk about his favorite films and learn more about how the imaginations of his son led to his most family-friendly film since Spy Kids 3D and The Adventures of Lavaboy and Sharkgirl. More...

July 25, 2009

Comic-Con 2009 News Desk, Day 3! (10:30 pm EST, Last Update) Opens in new window

Welcome to RT's Comic-Con 2009 news page! Every day, we'll create and update a page as breaking news and items of note hit the Internet. Here's day two's notables and quotables so far. NEWS, THE HOBBIT: At the panel for District 9 Friday, Peter Jackson told the crowd he's about three or four weeks away from finishing a draft of The Hobbit script. The project hasn't been greenlit yet, so Jackson has no actors attached to the project. However, he said it would be made as a two-part film. (2:40 pm) More...

July 24, 2009

Five Favorite Films with Richard Kelly Opens in new window

Is it possible that after only two films (his cult hit debut Donnie Darko and his infamously panned follow-up, Southland Tales), director Richard Kelly has already achieved auteur status? Audiences will find out this Halloween, when Kelly's next film, The Box, opens in theaters. Based on Richard Matheson's short story Button, Button, the old-fashioned thriller follows a married couple (Cameron Diaz and James Marsden) who are given a choice: if they push a button they'll receive one million dollars, but someone somewhere will die. Rotten Tomatoes spoke with Kelly in San Diego just hours before he debuted extended footage from The Box and discussed his favorite films, the genesis of The Box, and his hopes to return to Southland Tales with an eventual Director's Cut. More...

July 24, 2009

Comic-Con 2009 News Desk, Day 2! (7:03 pm EST, Last Update) Opens in new window

Welcome to RT's Comic-Con 2009 news page! Every day, we'll create and update a page as breaking news and items of note hit the Internet. Here's day two's notables and quotables so far. More...

July 24, 2009

Peek Inside the Tron: Legacy Comic-Con Arcade! Opens in new window

Disney hosted a "Tron: Legacy" gala at Comic-Con, but if you weren't there, don't fret -- AICN has some fan video clips for you to feast your eyes on. More...

July 24, 2009

Peter Jackson Talks Hobbit, LotR Blu-ray Opens in new window

Looking for "Hobbit" news, or a few tidbits about what to expect from the "Lord of the Rings" Blu-ray? So was Collider's Steven Weintraub when he chatted with Peter Jackson at Comic-Con. More...

July 24, 2009

Blomkamp No Longer Interested in Directing Halo Opens in new window

Though the "Halo" movie has been more or less dead in the water for months, it's still something plenty of people would like to see -- but if it happens, once-attached director Neill Blomkamp says it'll move forward without him. More...

July 24, 2009

Avatar's Ovation, New Moon Stars, and More From Comic-Con Day 1 Opens in new window

Movie lovers crammed into the San Diego Convention Center today to kick off the 2009 Comic-Con International, the annual geek fest celebrating all things comic book and, as the official badge states, "related popular art forms." Of course, in recent years, movies (the most popular of art forms, we think) have dominated the festivities; Thursday alone boasted headlining panels for upcoming event films like James Cameron's Avatar and Summit Entertainment's The Twilight Saga: New Moon, as well as a host of genre flicks ranging from Astro Boy to Tron 2 to Alice in Wonderland. Read on for impressions of Thursday's panels, exclusive footage screenings, and more from ground zero! More...

July 23, 2009

Five Favorite Films with Stan Lee Opens in new window

Stan Lee has spent a lifetime in the comics world, helping to create some of the medium's most popular, most recognizable, and most profitable characters, including Spider-Man, The X-Men, Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, and many others that have made the transition to cinema. From his humble beginnings as a teenager writing filler for his uncle's publishing company to president of industry giant Marvel Comics, Lee has maintained a reputation for innovation and a knack for expanding the form. Tomorrow (July 23rd), Lee will continue that trend, as his new motion comic Time Jumper -- an ambitious, multimedia joint venture with Disney -- becomes available on iTunes. We were fortunate enough to catch up with him on the floor at San Diego's Comic-Con International 2009 and sit down for a friendly chat. Thoughtful but with a dry sense of humor, Lee offered us some of his favorite films, though in his own words, "My problem is, I don't have favorites." He also continued on to tell us a little bit about Time Jumper, his busy life, and what it's like to see the characters he helped create in the hands of up-and-coming writers and artists. More...

July 23, 2009

Two New Moon Scenes Unveiled at Comic-Con: Full Description! Opens in new window

Our very own Jen Yamato is reporting live from Comic-Con in San Diego, where she's just come out of a screening of a clip from Summit Entertainment's The Twilight Saga: New Moon in Hall H. The clips came off extremely well, were faithful to the book, and naturally ended in an eruption of cheers and screams from the giant horde of Twilight fans. Contacting us from her corner of the convention, Jen sent us a detailed play-by-play description of the scenes that took place in the clips that premiered, taking care not to leave out any of the juicy details or the romantic nuances. You can read her full description of the video clips here. More...

July 23, 2009

Comic-Con 2009 News Desk, Day 1! (9:09 pm EST, Last Update) Opens in new window

Welcome to RT's Comic-Con 2009 news page! Every day, we'll create and update a page as breaking news and items of note hit the Internet. Here's day one's notables and quotables so far More...

July 23, 2009

First Look at the Jonah Hex Poster! Opens in new window

Preview night for Comic-Con '09 has come and gone -- and we've come away with a look at the Jonah Hex poster in the bargain. More...

July 23, 2009

Seth Rogen Unveils Green Hornet's Black Beauty Opens in new window

Seth Rogen showed up at Comic-Con yesterday -- and brought some sweet new wheels with him. More...

July 23, 2009

Saw VI Poster Revealed Opens in new window

Feast your eyes, horror mavens -- the poster for "Saw VI" is here! More...

July 23, 2009

James Wan Ascends Castlevania's Throne Opens in new window

Were reports of the death of "Castlevania" exaggerated? Bloody Disgusting has broken the news that James Wan ("Saw") will co-write and direct the adaptation for producer Paul W.S. Anderson. More...

July 22, 2009

New Twilight: New Moon Image and Official Site Unveiled Opens in new window

Die-hard Twilight fans (otherwise known as "Twi-hards") are already lining up outside of Hall H for tomorrow's New Moon panel, a Comic-Con launching event that will surely give last year's packed Twilight presentation a run for its money. Adding fuel to the Twilight fire, Summit has launched the official website for The Twilight Saga: New Moon, where you can take a virtual tour of the Cullen family house, download wallpapers and icons, and watch the trailer. Best of all? You get yet another new image of Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner) and Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) together! Read on for more. More...

July 22, 2009

Tron 2 Goes Viral Opens in new window

Will one of this year's Comic-Con surprises be a viral-powered peek at the upcoming "Tron" sequel? If the packages sent out to film sites yesterday are anything to go by, the answer is a resounding "yes." More...

July 22, 2009

Aaron Johnson Talks Kick-Ass Opens in new window

Just in time for next week's Comic-Con unveiling of some footage from the film, Collider spoke with "Kick-Ass" star Aaron Johnson about what we can expect from Matthew Vaughn's latest. More...

July 21, 2009

The Toys of Comic-Con: Come Play with Us! Opens in new window

Over the years, the San Diego Comic-Con has grown from a modest meeting of comic book collectors to one of the biggest entertainment industry events of the year, and it's now an essential promotion opportunity for any geek-friendly movie or TV show. But at its core, the SDCC is still focused comics and collectors; although their presence on the convention floor may be waning a bit, the comics and collectibles vendors and manufacturers are still the main draw for many attendees. There are a lot of collectible toys and such that are being manufactured in limited runs, and we're going to take a look at the coolest movie toys available at this year's Con. More...

July 20, 2009

RT on DVD: Watchmen Director's Cut, Coraline, Animated GI Joe Opens in new window

As the entire combined forces of North American geek culture descend on San Diego's Comic-Con this week, fear not; geekiness galore is to be found in this week's new releases! First up, pick up the eagerly anticipated extended version of a superhero fan favorite (Watchmen: Director's Cut), and watch as Henry Selick brings a Neil Gaiman fairytale to life -- in three dimensions (Coraline)! Sci-fi nerds should like the recut, feature-length pilot of a long-running series (Stargate SG-1: Children of the Gods), while French New Wave enthusiasts have a Jean-Luc Godard double feature, courtesy of Criterion (Made in USA, Two or Three Things I Know About Her). Finally, hearken back to the '80s with a hearty, "Yo, Joe!" (GI Joe: Season 1.1). More...

July 15, 2009

Multiple Twilight Events Scheduled for Comic-Con Opens in new window

"Twilight" made a huge splash at Comic-Con last year -- and with a "New Moon" panel and special "Twilight" screenings scheduled for this year's conference, it looks like a repeat performance is on tap. More...

July 13, 2009

Browse the Full List of Movies at Comic-Con 2009 Opens in new window

Comic-Con. Land of a thousand movies, panels, celebrities, and square miles of cosplay, pop culture wares, and spontaneous geek arguments. It can get a little overwhelming. But Rotten Tomatoes can help. At least, with that first part about the movies. Below are all the major, upcoming theatrical releases to be featured and discussed at Comic-Con from July 23-26, and what talent will be around to speak of their greatness. For more on San Diego Comic-Con, check out the official convention site. 9 What: An animated post-apocalytpic tale where sapient rag people battle against machines. Who: Voice actors Elijah Wood and Jennifer Connelly; director Shane Acker; producers Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov 2012 What: Disaster porn auteur Roland Emmerich directs John Cusack in this amusing tale of the world ending as foretold by the Mayan calendar. Who: Director Roland Emmerich Alice in Wonderland What: Tim Burton adapts the Lewis Carroll book to reliably absurd, trippy effect. Who: Director Tim Burton More...

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