Sony and Screen Gems are about to hold a king-sized panel in San Diego’s Hall H. As well as The Amazing Spider-Man and Robocop there’s going to be… well, I guess it will be a surprise.
I’ll do my best to keep you absolutely up to date in the liveblog below, Con-centre wifi pending.
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Andrew Garfield says, of meeting Stan Lee, “It’s like meeting Mickey Mouse. He can’t be real.” He’s just called him the creator of everything great and holy.
Andrew Garfield says he’d like to see Spider-Man with The Avengers. That got a big reaction.
Arad says it’s important that Stan Lee likes the film too.
Avi Arad is here promising that the filmmakers do listen to the fans. As if he’d know.
Apparently, Electro has the power to “approach a power socket and merge with the Electricity.” Does that mean Wes Craven’s Shocker-style travel down wires?
Marc Webb was just asking “How do you fight” a guy like Electro, where his power is electricity. Somebody in the crowd yelled out “WATER!!”
Paul Giamatti apparently has “a couple of scenes to establish a fun tone.”
Marc Webb says they draw from all over the place but do try to find precedent for their big plot points.
Fan asking if the filmmakers are drawing more from 616 or Ultimates. And did she just say that she hopes it’s 616 because if it’s Ultimates, “compared to The Avengers, your life is going to suck”?
There was a great scene in the trailer where Spider-Man has Max Dillon lick his Spider-glove so he can fix Dillon’s hair for him. Foxx is talking about how Dillon must be the first black man with a comb over.
Dane DeHaan says that this version of Harry Osborn was a childhood friend of Peter Parker sent to boarding school. He’d cut off his home lot, thanks to a rough relationship with his dad, but it’s now time for him to come back. He has to now reconcile his relationship with Parker.
I love Andrew Garfield. If you haven’t seen him in Boy A, The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus and Never Let Me Go, do. He’s great.
Garfield says that Spider-Man is the older brother, Peter Parker is the younger brother. His own older brother is perfect, and he draws on him in playing Spider-Man.
Garfield has just talked about how Spider-Man represents everybody – gay, straight, black, white.
Andrew Garfield is now here as Andrew.
The Electro origin story starts with an electric shock while Dillon is working at Oscorp, sending him falling into a tank of elecic eels. I guess more genetically modified animals are in play.
Secondly, Norman Osborn appears to be an inmate of the Ravencroft Institute. If inmate is the right word.
First of all, the scenes with The Rhino appear to be at the front of the film before there is an Electro and while Peter Parker is enjoying being Spider-Man,
We’ve just seen a very early trailer for the film. It revealed a few things…
Marc Webb says he wanted to build a world that will unravel over a number of movies.
Jamie Foxx says that we see Max Dillon betrayed by life, love and his work. We meet him on his birthday and not even his mother remembers. He becomes a very serious character, the opposite of Spider-Man.
Spider-Man says it’s fun to swing and fun to wall crawl but it all gets a bit old hat.
Spider-Man says “At the risk of being earnest, I’ve just got this overdeveloped sense of responsibility… and I don’t like assholes.”
Spider-Man is playing starstruck and chatting with Jamie Foxx about Django and Any Given Sunday.
Stone’s video is corrupted by Electro, cue the entry of Jamie Foxx on stage.
Emma Stone can’t be here, so they’re having a video message. “She’s hot” says Spider-Man. He’s staying in character.
Spider-Man says he comes to Comic-Con every year because he feels like he fits in.
A video sequence just showed Spider-Man making his way across San Diego to Hall H. And now Andrew Garfiled is here, full costume, quipping.
Two minutes in the dark…. Curtains rolling back to reveal huge screens on the side walls.
Dark room, sound of thunder building…
We’re getting ready for The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
Padilha says that we are going to see a real life blend of man and machine, for real. He believes this and wants to address it in this film.
Jose Padilha says that one shouldn’t fear a gun, but the guy who holds the gun. I agree. I fear anybody who wants to hold a gun.
Robocop’s HUD in this film has a bit of a retro scanline look that echoes the first film.
You know, I think this film is trying really hard to be relevant and incisive. I hope it is.
Sam Jackson hopes that the film will both “inform and entertain.”
Padilha is talking about why Robocop has a human hand in this film. It’s a plan by Omnicorp to bypass a legal restriction that means they can’t use robots on the street because a robot can’t be held accountable for its actions.
Joel Kinnaman says that the visor stays up a lot of the time, but it comes down when he gets a call to a crime scene. It also sounds like he hulks out a bit and e visor can come down when he’s PO’d.
Jose Padilha is talking about how the film is projection into the near future.
Gary Oldman’s character in the film makes it clear that the visor on the armour is all important. When it’s up, Alex Murphy is in control, when it comes down “the machine takes over” and Alex is just “along for the ride.”
The trailer did feature a scene in which the original film’s design for Robocop is proposed and rejected.
We just saw a trailer for the film. I hope it’s online soon, because it’s interesting. Not as interesting as the clip we saw, but still.
Joel Kinnaman, who plays the new Alex Murphy, says that he doesn’t die in this version of the story, just has his body amputated “from the throat down.”
Jackson compares his character, Pat Novak, to Russ Limbaugh and Al Sharpton.
Michael Keaton plays the head of Omnicorp in the film, and he’s telling us how morally complex. I hope he’s right.
Jose Padilha says that the appeal of remaking Robocop is that the original was so well liked.
The panellists walked out to the original film’s theme. They’re keeping the logo – will they also keep some of the OST?
I’ll explain the clip in detail later, but it was interesting and very well put together.
This clip contained this film’s take on the ED-209 malfunction, and connected the themes of the first film to concerns about America’s involvement in the Middle East.
We just saw a clip from Robocop. From a Tv show within the movie, The Novak Element. It’s a new and current affairs show hosted by Sam Jackson’s character Pat Novak.
Robocop logo on screen. Finally.
That’s done. We’re moving onto Robocop next.
A fan just asked what rune the cast would draw on themselves. I assume that will make sense when I see the film.
This panel needs a shot in the arm.
It looked, for a moment, that the clip was headed into Crystal Skull territory with a fridge hideout, but it didn’t. Quite.
We just saw an extended clip from Mortal Instruments. It started with a bit of kitchen fighting – something like Bottom, that one Punisher movie or The Bourne Identity – and then ended with a dog that went full Thing. Sprouted demonic bits and tried to gnash up Lily Collins.
Cassandra Clare says she has a cameo in the film as a demon with metal cat ears, though maybe just as part of a fancy dress party costume.
Kevin Zegers says “Sounds like we’re at least going to be able to make one more of these.” We did already know that a script had been commissioned.
Robert Sheehan has somehow sneaked out onto the stage. Missed that. He’s just compared Misfits to Mortal Instruments by explaining how the powers in Misfits illuminate character subtext. The implication, it seems, is that the powers in Mortal Instruments don’t.
Jamie Campbell Bower has a pierced noise, which I didn’t know, and that kind of red eyed exhausted look that, say, Franco had at the Oscars. He’s looking pretty… relaxed.
Cassandra Clare says she was “pretty interferey.” Unless she said “interfering.” All comes down to whether or not my hearing is better or worse than her spoken English.
This is the film that looks like Franklyn crossed with the CW’s Beauty and the Beast. Hopefully it’ll be at least as good as Franklyn, but whether or not it is or isn’t, Franklyn is still worth your time.
Harald Zwart is first out, in a scarf. Then some cast I don’t really know. Then Cassandra Clare who wrote the book. And then Lily Collins. In that order. Directors: know your place.
I think I must be a Mundane. Apparently.
Next up is Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. We’re about to see some serious eyebrows.
The Cloudy 2 panel just wrapped with a montage of Foodimals footage. Forget the designs for a moment – the animation is much more fun, full of movements that just cry out animal characteristics even though we’re looking at a scallion or melon or whatever.
The Foodimals were designed by playing with real foodstuffs and adding stick-on eyes to them. That simple. Well, except for the weeks of redesigning and 3D modelling that came after.
Anna Faris has made comments about the process of making an animated film. She wanted to say that, contrary to public misconception, voice over work isn’t just an easy gig and requires a particular skill set. She also talked about how many folk are involved in realising her character all the way through the filmmaking pipeline.
So far, during the wifi brown outs, we’ve had three clips tied into Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. The first was some live action goofing off, the others were from the movie. Short version: same whacked-out sensibilities as the first, and Terry Crews, taking over for Mr. T, is stealing the show.
I’m going to keep wasting time and bandwidth telling you that I’m back. Hope you’re enjoying it.
And it looks like Brendon has lost his connection. Back in a bit I’m sure…
We’re a couple-few minutes away from the first film on the panel. No idea what it will actually be. At all. Probably not Spider-Man upfront, but I guess Robocop isn’t out of the question. City of Bones? Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2?
The first Amazing Spider-Man comic con panel featured Andrew Garfield in Spider-Man cosplay. It involved him hiding out in the audience beforehand. In theory, this means anybody in this huge room could be sitting next to Emma Stone in disguise. Perhaps.