June 26, 2012 | 4:35 p.m.
What do you get the filmmaker behind the biggest superhero movie of all time? Perhaps an action figure with a familiar face. As Joss Whedon celebrates his 48th birthday this week (and his film “The Avengers” closes in on “Titanic” at the domestic box office), the writer-director is being immortalized as an action figure, along with Stan Lee, documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock and Ain’t It Cool News founder Harry Knowles. The action figure is being released as part of collectors’ edition DVDs of Spurlock’s documentary “Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope,” due out July 10, just in time for the next edition of the San Diego expo. Whedon, Lee and Knowles appeared in the film, which explores the annual gathering of pop culture creators and fans in San Diego and its unique geek culture. “This big challenge was figuring out […]
April 03, 2012 | 7:07 p.m.
When word spread that Morgan Spurlock was making a documentary about Comic-Con International there was a reflexive shudder in the fanboy nation — Spurlock’s keen camera already had zoomed in on overeating (“Super Size Me”), subtle social shunning (“Freakonomics”) and well-known cave-dwellers (“Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden”) and, well, you can see where that line of thought leads. It turns out they had nothing to worry about. “Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope,” which opens Thursday in limited release, sets its phasers on sentimental. Spurlock has made an 88-minute movie that is, by his own admission, sweet, earnest and respectful of the pop culture tribes who gather every year at Comic-Con, the annual pop culture expo in San Diego that attracts 130,000 people with its celebration of toys, sci-fi, fantasy, spectacle films and comics. For Spurlock, a […]