'Enders Game' and 'Divergent' lead the weakest Comic-Con Thursday movie panels in recent memory
There has been much discussion over the past few years about whether Comic-Con is slowly becoming a more TV-centric event. After the organization released its weakest Thursday movie panel line up in recent memory it's not even looking like a topic up for debate.
The only real highlight for fans this year will be Harrison Ford returning to San Diego as part of Summit Entertainment's hour-long panel for "Enders Game" and "Divergent." When the only other panel in Hall H that even seems interesting is "The Visionaries" with Alfonso Cuaron, Edgar Wright and Marc Webb you've got problems (note: this panel rarely features new footage or takes many questions from the audience). That being said, the TV panel lineup is much more interesting (and shouldn't the X-Files reunion be in Hall H?).
That being said, here's a rundown of Thursday's movie panel highlights in Hall H and the rest of the San Diego Convention center.
DreamWorks Animation Filmmakers
11:45AM - 12:45pm
Bill Damaschke and directors David Soren ("Turbo"), Rob Minkoff ("The Lion King," "Peabody & Sherman)" and Dean DeBlois ("How to Train Your Dragon 2") talk about the animation process and hopefully preview scenes from their upcoming films.
1:10 - 2:20 PM
The indie space thriller gets a prime slot on Thursday, but be warned: star Sharlto Copley is not listed as attending. And an hour seems like quite a long panel for this one.
Entertainment Weekly's annual director's panel gets an earlier slot than usual as Marc Webb ("Amazing Spider-Man 2"), Alfonso Cuaron ("Gravity") and Edgar Wright ("The World's End," "Ant Man") stop by to talk about their upcoming films.
"Enders Game" and "Divergent"
3:50 - 4:50 PM
Things finally get interesting as the casts of Summit Entertainment's two big tentpoles hit San Diego. "Enders Game" is up first with the one and only Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, and Abigail Breslin. "Divergent" will follow as Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Miles Teller, Maggie Q, Ansel Elgort, Mekhi Phifer, Ben Lamb, Ben Lloyd-Hughes and Christian Madsen take the stage. Sadly, Kate Winslet does not appear to be making her first trip to the Con.
"The Zero Theorum"
5:10 PM - 5:40 PM
In something of a surprise, producers Zev Foreman and Dean Zanuck will provide a sneak peek at Terry Gilliam's latest (which is still looking for a U.S. distributor). Gilliam is not scheduled to attend as of now.
Comic-Con is expected to announce the Friday lineup of panels tomorrow. "Amazing Spider-Man 2," "Robocop," "Riddick" and "Kick-Ass 2" are expected to make Hall H much more lively.
2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
2007 | Comedy | PGSummary: Newlyweds Nick (Ice Cube) and Suzanne (Long) decide to move to the suburbs to provide a better life for their two kids. But their idea of a dream home is disturbed by a contractor (McGinley) with a bizarre approach to business.Director: Steve Carr
Cast: John C. McGinley, Ice Cube, Nia Long, Aleisha Allen
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by. It has deep soul, a wicked sense of humor, and Samuel L. Jackson, Robert De Niro, Pam Grier, and Robert Forster.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
2013 | Thriller | RSummary: Based on the true story of Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) a Miami bodybuilder who wants to live the American dream. He would like to have the money that other people have. So he enlists the help of fellow bodybuilder Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) and ex-convict, Christian bodybuilder Paul Doyle (D...Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
1996 | Crime | RSummary: Jerry, a small-town Minnesota car salesman is bursting at the seams with debt... but he's got a plan. He's going to hire two thugs to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. It's going to be a snap and nobody's going to get hurt... until people start ...Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Cast: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare
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