After just an "Avengers: Age of Ultron" footage reveal and an "Ant-Man" panel that was caught under the specter of the project recently losing its director (no new movie announcements beyond a "Guardians of the Galaxy" sequel, no exciting casting revelations), it really did seem from afar like the Marvel Comic-Con presentation was a bit of a whiff this year. I'm sure all in attendance enjoyed the early look, but it felt like it may have been pretty weak sauce, particularly if you were trying to decide between that and a unique Chuck Palahniuk/David Fincher/"Fight Club" panel and opted for the superheroes instead.
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SAN DIEGO - Marvel Studios began their Saturday panel with an opening preview reel that was basically a refresher as they ran through all ten of the films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, wrapping up with new footage from "Guardians Of The Galaxy," including a truly awesome shot of Thanos. It was great seeing a visual reminder of just how each of the puzzle pieces was dropped into place, how they've become more adventurous with each new film, how they've started playing with style and tone. Wrapping it up with Chris Pratt snarling, "We're the guardians of the galaxy, bitch" drove Hall H wild, which was a heck of a way for Team Marvel to take the stage.
Damon Lindelof has written a “Lost”-themed episode of “Phineas and Ferb”
“Lost in Danville,” airing this fall, will revolve around a mysterious locked capsule that suddenly appears in Phineas and Ferb’s backyard.
Mary-Louise Parker joins “The Blacklist”
In her 2nd NBC series announcement in as many days, Parker will debut in the season premiere, playing "a strong woman who's been hiding a dark secret from her husband, one that will put them both in danger.” PLUS: “The Blacklist” handed out black fedoras at Comic-Con.
“True Blood” stars shed tears as they recall at Comic-Con their final days on set
"We started crying at the table read, so it's been months!” says Carrie Preston. PLUS: Sarah Palin was slammed for bringing up that she was invited on the show.
Matt Groening showed up at “Family Guy’s” Comic-Con panel to ask questions
“The Simpsons” honcho asked three questions: "Do you have any advice for a young, struggling animator? What is Matt Groening really like? Can you kiss my ass a little bit more please?” PLUS: A “Family Guy” movie is on hold, and watch 5 minutes of "The Simpsons" crossover.
“The Vampire Diaries” spoofs Bonnie and Damon dying
Watch Ian Somerhalder and Kat Graham learn that they’re off the show completely.
“Doctor Who’s” season premiere will be shown in select theaters
Those who watch the premiere in theaters will see “additional content.”
Will “Grimm” resurrect Captain Renard?
Sasha Roiz said at Comic-Con: “I think we’re gonna try to find some sort of interesting way to bring him back to life.”
We're half-way through the final season of HBO's "True Blood," so this is as good a time as any for a celebratory Comic-Con send-off.
Saturday's (July 26) Ballroom 20 panel is being moderated by the same guy who has moderated nearly all of the previous "True Blood" panels, so... I guess we know what to expect!
Anyway, it's one vampire to another, as I just wrapped my live-blog for "The Vampire Diaries."
When last we left "The Vampire Diaries," Bonnie and Damon were holding hands and stepping into The Light.
Oh no, right?
Well, Ian Somerhalder and Kat Graham are still on the Saturday, July 26 San Diego Comic-Con panel for "The Vampire Diaries," so we somehow suspect they'll be back.
Click though and follow along with my live-blog as Julie Plec teases us with hints about the new status quo in Mystic Falls and how long it will last. And we'll get a sense of how fans felt about last year's overdose of dopplegangers and Travelers.
"Family Guy" hit Ballroom 20 on Saturday (July 26) for its annual Comic-Con panel, an event with kinda tends to ebb and flow in hype based on whether or not Seth MacFarlane is there to mock question-askers.
This was a second consecutive Seth MacFarlane-free year. Last year he was working on "A Million Ways To Die In The West." This year, his absence was unexplained [on the "Family Guy" panel, but it came up at "American Dad" subsequently] and raises the possibility that Seth MacFarlane has just become too big for making fun of questioners at Comic-Con.
Fortunately, in lieu of Seth MacFarlane, the "Family Guy" team arrived with a longer clip reel for the season's hour-long "The Simpsons Guy" crossover event, which will air on September 28.
At TCA press tour last week we got a very brief sizzle reel that included jokes about the Springfield location ("I can't imagine we're allowed to say") and the yellowness of Springfield residents ("Don't drink the water. Everyone around here looks like they have hepatitis") and the tip of the Homer-Peter Giant Chicken-style brawl iceberg.
The Comic-Con reel featured moments of amusing bonding between Bart and Stewie (let's just say that Stewie doesn't understand prank calls), Peter trying to coach Homer into successfully setting up cut-away gags, a "Bob's Burgers" cameo, the revelation that Pawtucket Patriot is just relabeled Duff and even more from that Homer-Peter fight, which will include a nuclear accident and a Kang & Kodos appearance.
I'm actually kinda looking forward to "The Simpsons Guy" and I stopped watching "Family Guy" last year at some point.
The panel continued after those clips, though.
Michael Mann made his Comic-Con debut today alongside "Thor" himself, Chris Hemsworth, at the Legendary Pictures panel. Footage of his cyber thriller was screened, but the only real news is this: it has a title, "Blackhat." Deadline is reporting that it will be qualified for Oscars this year ahead of a Jan. 2015 release, but Universal denies that report. (UPDATE: Indeed, Deadline has changed its language to "may qualify.")
SAN DIEGO — Legendary Pictures is still beaming off the blockbuster success of Gareth Edwards' "Godzilla," which has taken in $491.3 million worldwide since May. That led to Edwards landing a new "Star Wars" film that will be released in 2016. Legendary doesn't want the heat from "Godzilla" to fade too quickly and returned to Comic-Con this year to tease "Godzilla 2."
"Guardians of the Galaxy” is getting an animated series
Marvel unveiled a one-minute trailer for its new animated series at Comic-Con.
Stephen Colbert pops up at Comic-Con dressed as a Hobbit
One day after appearing in Capitol Hill, Colbert moderated a panel on “The Hobbit."
“The Simpsons” will have a “Futurama”-themed opening to the season
“A show out of idea teams up with a show out of episodes,” reads the tagline for the season premiere underneath the title, “Simpsonorama.”
Analyzing the new “Game of Thrones” characters — there’ll be more racial diversity next season
Thanks to the focus on Dorne, the new cast members will add more racial diversity to the show. PLUS: George R.R. Martin is too busy writing his book to pen an episode next season.
Gordon Ramsay’s 12-year-old daughters gets a BBC cooking show
Tilly Ramsay will get to show off her cooking skills on CBBC, the children’s BBC.
“Ray Donovan” star Steven Bauer, 57, is dating an 18-year-old girl
Bauer, who was once married to Melanie Griffith, revealed his relationship at the “Magic in the Moonlight” premiere.
“Big Brother” tells another housemate that their grandpa died
Derrick learned of his grandfather’s death via a note handed out from producers.
“Once Upon a Time” writers call “Lost’s” Carlton Cuse on the Dharma Initiative red phone
Watch how the writers came up with their “Frozen” idea.
Study: Watching TV after work makes you feel like a loser
German researchers found those who watch TV felt guilty because they weren’t doing something more important.
Jon Hamm and Jimmy Fallon spit food at each other
Watch the bearded “Mad Men” star in Fallon’s latest viral stunt.
“Chuck” couple reunited at Comic-Con
Check out Zachary Levi and Yvonne Strahovski on stage for Nerd HQ.
Jenny McCarthy pens a column regretting her “View” Hillary Clinton lesbian comment
“How could I make a joke like that and then five minutes later preach about female empowerment?” she wrote in The Chicago Sun-Times’ Splash section.
Watch the “Outlander” opening credits
The much-anticipated Starz drama had its world premiere last night at Comic-Con.
Disney XD renews “Agents of S.M.A.S.H.” and “Avengers Assemble”
Both Marvel Universe block shows will be back this fall.
Check out an extended preview of “Mike Tyson’s Mysteries”
Tyson promoted his new Adult Swim cartoon at Comic-Con.
“Vikings” unveils Season 3 trailer
See what was shown at Comic-Con.
As exciting as the "Batman v Superman" footage was, I have to confess that the massive sizzle reel that George Miller brought to show from "Max Max: Fury Road" caused a huge emotional reaction for me, and I think it comes down to the importance of "The Road Warrior" to me as a fan of movie action in general.
I'm losing my mind.
That may not be the most professional way to describe it, but as someone who has been steeped in the iconography of Batman and Superman since childhood, the simple teaser that Zack Snyder brought with him today was awfully persuasive.
SAN DIEGO — Saturday is traditionally the biggest day for Hollywood in Hall H and that means kicking off with Warner Bros. and ending the day with Marvel Studios. WB scheduled three panels for their two-hour block, which meant lots of room for surprises. 20th Century Fox psyched us out yesterday with no big revelations. Did WB deliver what fans were hoping for? Let's find out!