SAN DIEGO - I'm here but I'm not covering Comic-Con this year. Last night was the annual HitFix Kick-Off Party, which I was happy to attend, but a day in Coronado sounds a lot better than fighting the hordes, so I'm opting out this year.
Most agree this is a pretty thin year on the whole for movies at the Con, anyway. Dan Fienberg and Alan Sepinwall will surely have a blast on the TV side of things, as the small screen continues to dominate programming. But I don't think I could sit through "Resident Evil" and "Total Recall," etc. The only panel of note in my view is Warner Bros., bringing footage from "Man of Steel," "Pacific Rim" and "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey."
On the latter, it's one of a couple of films that serve our purposes here. As in, films that we may be talking about in a few months' time as the awards circuit heats up. Peter Jackson and company hit a bit of a snag when the 48 fps (frames per second) footage was largely criticized at CinemaCon in April, but the presentation here at Comic-Con will be in 24 fps "so the focus stays firmly with the content and not the technical stuff," as Jackson said in a recent interview with Hero Complex's Geoff Boucher.