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July 13, 2014 | 2:07 p.m.

Comic-Con 2014: Guillermo del Toro, ‘Lego Batman 3,’ set for final day

Guillermo del Toro, a preview of “Lego Batman 3,” and Kevin Bacon and costars from “The Following” are highlights from the schedule for Comic-Con’s closing day, Sunday, July 27. Starting at the not-unreasonable time of 11:15 a.m. in Hall H, Bacon is to make his return to the San Diego pop-culture exposition to tout the third season of Fox’s “The Following,” which is scheduled to air in early 2015. He’ll be joined by cast mates Shawn Ashmore (“X-Men: The Last Stand”), Sam Underwood (“Dexter”), and Jessica Stroup (“90210″), with creator/executive producer Kevin Williamson (“Scream”) and executive producer Marcos Siega (“The Vampire Diaries”), for an on-stage Q&A and video presentation. In anticipation of the fall release of  the latest in the massively popular “Lego Batman” video game series, the “Lego Batman 3″ panel will feature an exclusive game-play demonstration and boasts […]
July 12, 2014 | 2:38 p.m.

Comic-Con 2014: ‘The Hobbit,’ Marvel surprises, ‘Gotham’ on Saturday

The July 26 schedule for Comic-Con 2014 was officially released Saturday, with big offerings from Warner Bros. and the always highly anticipated Marvel Studios panel topping the day’s events. Warner Bros. will be kicking off the day from 10 a.m. to noon in Hall H of the San Diego Convention Center, the event’s 6,500-seat premier venue, in a big way. Peter Jackson will be on hand to share details of “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” set to open Dec. 17. Director George Miller will also be appearing to share an early look at “Mad Max: Fury Road,” which reimagines the post-apocalyptic saga and stars Tom Hardy (“Inception,” “The Dark Knight Rises”) in the title role of Max Rockatansky. Finally, “Matrix” creators Lana and Andy Wachowski will be on hand to share their first original science fiction film […]
July 11, 2014 | 2:27 p.m.

Comic-Con 2014: ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Walking Dead’ top Friday lineup

Appearances from the casts of “Game of Thrones,” “The Walking Dead” and “Orphan Black” look to be among the top draws at Comic-Con International’s July 25 events, a day heavy on programming centered on top-tier genre television. “The Walking Dead” will amble into Hall H early on, with a panel featuring stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Chad Coleman and Michael Cudlitz, along with executive producer and show runner Scott Gimple, executive producers Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd and Dave Alpert, and special-effects makeup supervisor and executive producer Greg Nicotero. “Talking Dead” host Chris Hardwick will lead the cast through a discussion of Season 4 and what’s in store from the next run of episodes from 12:20 to 1:20 p.m., according to the official Comic-Con schedule released Friday. Riding high from an Emmy-topping […]
July 10, 2014 | 2:05 p.m.

Comic-Con 2014: ‘Game of Thrones,’ ’24,’ ‘Goonies’ on Thursday lineup

"Game of Thrones" author George R.R. Martin will be appearing on Thursday at Comic-Con 2014. (AP Photo/Keystone, Sandro Campardo)
“Game of Thrones” scribe George R.R. Martin, “24″ star Kiefer Sutherland and “special surprise guests” from the cast of 1985′s “The Goonies” mark some of the highlights of Comic-Con 2014′s Thursday programming, which was officially released earlier today. Coming on the heels of this morning’s news that “Game of Thrones” is poised to to take the Emmys by storm with a pack-leading 19 nominations,  recent Twitter convert George R.R. Martin, on whose novels the lavish HBO fantasy is based, will no doubt be in high spirits when he sits down with moderator William Christensen (Avatar Press publisher) to discuss “Thrones” (for which he’s scripted several episodes), other works and his newest project, the “In the House of the Worm” comic book series. The conversation will be held in the Indigo Ballroom at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel from 4 […]
July 09, 2014 | 7:18 p.m.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’: Rocket in sarcasm mode in new trailer

Marvel has released a special extended look at “Guardians of the Galaxy,” due in theaters Aug. 1, and it’s the most ‘tude that Rocket the talking raccoon has displayed yet — which is saying something for this wiseguy. Voiced by Bradley Cooper, the sarcastic member of the oddball band of fighters led by Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), laughs uproariously at his leader’s lack of a distinct plan. Apparently, Rocket, an organized type, wants more than roughly 12% of a battle strategy figured out. Watch the video here: Like many of the trailers before it, this new spot is soundtracked by the Runaways’ “Cherry Bomb,” adding to the impressive roster of songs that the “Guardians” trailers have employed, including Blue Swede’s version of “Hooked on a Feeling” and Norman Greenbaum’s sublime “Spirit in the Sky.” All the tracks, supposedly part of a mix tape Quill made […]
July 09, 2014 | 6:40 a.m.

‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ video: No villains allowed

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In the new film “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” it can be a bit confusing whom to root for. Or, more accurately, there’s no one to clearly root against. Audiences come to sympathize with both the small band of humans struggling to survive in what’s left of San Francisco some 10 years after a worldwide plague plunged civilization into a new dark age, and also with the colony of apes, led by the chimpanzee Caesar, who have built up a society of their own. When the two cultures clash, there are bound to be only losers, no winners. After a recent Hero Complex screening of the film, director Matt Reeves sat down with stars Andy Serkis and Gary Oldman to discuss the highly anticipated sequel. A longtime fan of the “Apes” series going back to its original incarnation, […]
July 08, 2014 | 1:40 p.m.

Comic-Con 2014: Frank Miller joins Batman 75 festivities

The man who redefined Batman is coming to Comic-Con. Frank Miller, who wrote and penciled 1986′s game-changing Batman miniseries “The Dark Knight Returns” (along with “Sin City” and “300,” among many others), will be appearing at a panel chock-full of Bat-artists and scribes, including Grant Morrison, Denny O’Neil, Neal Adams, the current “Batman” creative team of writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo, and DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns. Warner Bros. announced the panel “Batman 75: Legends of the Dark Knight,” which will take place at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 24, as part of DC Entertainment’s Comic-Con plans to celebrate the Caped Crusader’s diamond jubilee. In “The Dark Knight Returns,” Miller re-introduced Bruce Wayne as an aging, gritty and embittered hero sparring with Superman and taking on the Joker in a climactic battle for the soul of […]
July 08, 2014 | 12:19 p.m.

Comic-Con: Peter Jackson’s ‘Hobbit,’ George Miller’s ‘Mad Max,’ more

Peter Jackson is leaving Middle-earth long enough to stop by Comic-Con International in San Diego. The Oscar-winning filmmaker will appear in the pop-culture expo’s grandest arena, Hall H, to tout the Dec. 17 release of the final chapter of his second J.R.R. Tolkien trilogy, “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” Warner Bros. announced Tuesday. As you might have judged from the more-dramatic-than-”There and Back Again” title, it promises to be the most action-packed of the “Hobbit” films, with the Benedict Cumberbatch-voiced dragon Smaug on the loose, and Martin Freeman’s Bilbo Baggins and Ian McKellen’s Gandalf caught up in a multi-way struggle for the treasure of Erebor. That presentation, scheduled for July 26 at 10 a.m., also includes more from the studio’s upcoming slate. Postapocalyptic visionary director George Miller will show the crowd an early look at “Mad Max: […]
July 08, 2014 | 6:45 a.m.

‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ video: Apes riding horses and more

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At the recent Hero Complex screening of “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” director Matt Reeves and stars Andy Serkis and Gary Oldman were on hand for a conversation after the film. Picking up the story 10 years after the end of “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” the new film concerns a small band of human survivors stumbling upon a colony of apes whose civilization has grown more sophisticated. After attempting to peacefully coexist, tensions build between the two groups and escalates to all-out war. Despite being a summer popcorn blockbuster, the film also plays as a strong character drama, with thematic parallels between the humans, including characters played by Oldman, Jason Clarke and Keri Russell, and the apes, portrayed by Serkis, Toby Kebbell, Judy Greer and others using performance-capture technology. Even when the film gets to […]
July 07, 2014 | 2:17 p.m.

Anime Expo 2014: A chat with Fuminori Kizaki, director of ‘Bayonetta’

"Bayonetta: Bloody Fate." (Sega/Gonzo)
“Bayonetta” is well known among gamers and those who attended this past weekend’s Anime Expo, but the Japanese franchise doesn’t enjoy much mainstream popularity in the U.S. The action game-cum-movie could get a boost with the stateside release of the animated adaptation “Bayonetta: Bloody Fate,” due in October on Blu-ray/DVD. A mix of magic and gunplay, the feature-length film is based on the video game’s original story about a witch who awakens after a centuries-long sleep. Outfitted with magical hair and gun-boots, she tries to piece together her history while battling creatures of light and dark. The film originally debuted in Japan theaters in November 2013 and a few months later on Blu-ray/DVD. Fuminori Kizaki, director of “Bayonetta”and other anime favorites like “Afro Samurai: Resurrection” starring Samuel L. Jackson,  was happy to lend his vision to the film. “Originally, I was […]
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