'Spider-Man,' 'Tintin' lead Comic-Con 2011 Friday schedule
Comic-Con International has announced the movie panel line-up for Friday, July 22, and it looks like you'll be having an extremely busy day, so buy a few extra churros and energy drinks.
Sony Pictures is providing the biggest Hall H panel that day, bringing four films, including "The Amazing Spider-Man" and the "Total Recall" remake, with all the stars of those films coming along for the ride. They're also unleashing Nicolas Cage and his new "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance," and a gang of hilarious comic actors from the comedy-action film "30 Minutes or Less." Earlier in the day, fans will be able to get a sneak peek at the 3D "Underworld 4," Steven Soderbergh's "Haywire," Guillermo del Toro's secretive "Pacific Rim" and more. Things get started early, however, with a panel focusing on the highly-anticipated "Adventures of Tintin."
The schedule for Saturday and Sunday should be revealed soon. Comic-Con also announced the schedule for Friday's TV panels, including "The Walking Dead" and "True Blood." Here's the full line-up of the Friday film panels:
"The Adventures of Tintin"
Who: TBA (keep your fingers crossed!)
Lowdown: Paramount's epic motion-capture adaptation of the beloved comic series is being directed by Steven Spielberg and produced by Peter Jackson. That's the Comic-Con dream team right there.
Relativity Media - "Raven" and "Haywire"
Who: Stars John Cusack, Luke Evans, and Alice Eve, and director James McTeigue ("V For Vendetta") will be on hand to discuss "The Raven." Meanwhile, "Haywire" will be repped by director Steven Soderbergh (the "Ocean's 11" films) and MMA star-turned-actress Gina Carano.
The Lowdown: Two Relativity media films that may not have the star power of some of the bigger films at the Con, but should make fans take notice. "The Raven" has Edgar Allen Poe (Cusack) on the trail of a serial killer, while "Haywire" promises to be a hard-hitting spy thriller, from a director known for tackling a wide array of genres -- and usually succeeding.
Legendary Pictures - "Pacific Rim," "Mass Effect," Paradise Lost" and "Seventh Son"
Who: Jeff Bridges, Bradley Cooper, Guillermo del Toro, Ben Barnes, Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Alicia Vikander, Alex Proyas, Sergei Bodrov, Travis Beacham, Mark Protosevich, and Casey Hudson.
Lowdown: This is Legendary Pictures' first trip to Comic-Con, and they're bringing some heavy-hitters to their panel. Get an early look at these upcoming films: del Toro's monster mash "Pacific Rim," the period horror film "Seventh Son," Proyas' John Milton adaptation "Paradise Lost" (starring Cooper), and the video game adaptation "Mass Effect." For some reason, this is being held in the smaller Room 6BCF, so get there early!
Who: Kate Beckinsale, Michael Ealy, producer Len Wiseman, and directors Mans Marlind and Bjorn Stein.
Lowdown: Beckinsale's back in the fold after the third film (which was a prequel), and this time the vampires and lycans will be attacking your senses in 3D.
Who: Stars Colin Farrell, Anton Yelchin ("Star Trek"), Christopher Mintz-Plasse ("Superbad"), Imogen Poots ("Jane Eyre") and Dave Franco ("Charlie St. Cloud"), director Craig Gillespie ("Lars and the Real Girl"), and screenwriter Marti Noxon ("I Am Number Four").
Lowdown: DreamWorks Pictures' 3D remake of the 1985 horror-comedy features Yelchin as a suburban teen who suspects his new neighbor (Farrell) may be a vampire.
"The Amazing Spider-Man," "Total Recall," "30 Minutes or Less" and "Ghost Rider - Spirit of Vengeance"
Who: "Spider-Man" will feature stars Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach, and director Marc Webb ("500 Days of Summer"). Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, Bryan Cranston, John Cho and director Len Wiseman ("Underworld") will talk up "Total Recall." For "Ghost Rider," we have Nicolas Cage, Idris Elba, and Johnny Whitworth, plus directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor (the "Crank" films). The laughs will be provided by the "30 Minutes or Less" gang: Stars Aziz Ansari, Nick Swardson, and Michael Peña (no Jesse Eisenberg?) and director Ruben Fleischer ("Zombieland").
Lowdown: Are you ready for all this? A remake, a reboot, a (perhaps unnecessary) sequel and Jesse Eisenberg with a bomb strapped to his chest. Be the first to to get a glimpse of Sony's upcoming slate. Will "The Amazing Spider-Man" excite Con-goers the way the Tobey Maguire and Sam Raimi films once did? Will the "Total Recall" update make fans forget about the Arnold Schwarenegger version? Will Aziz Ansari and Nick Swardson provide the Con's biggest laughs? And who ordered a "Ghost Rider" sequel?
"Grave Encounters" and "Tucker & Dale vs. Evil"
Who: The Vicious Brothers, Eli Craig, Alan Tudyk ("Firefly"), and Tyler Labine.
Lowdown: Comic-Con is spotlighting a few new genre filmmakers at the inaugural Virtual Drive-In panel, with the Vicious Brothers' found footage Tribeca favorite "Grave Encounters" and the horror-comedy "Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil," in which two vacationing friends are mistaken for murderous hillbillies. Read Drew McWeeny's review of the film here.