Comic-Con


The biggest collection of movie and comic book fans on the planet is back. Running from Thursday, July 22 through Sunday, July 25 at the San Diego Convention Center, it gives fans the chance to find out about all the hot new films, TV shows, comics and any related merchandise. Combing through the schedule, here are the film related highlights of the convention. For a full schedule, visit Comic-Con.org and personalize your own time table.

Thursday, July 22:

10:00am – 11:00am @ Hall H
Dreamworks Animation “Megamind”: Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Jonah Hill are among the attendees to unveil footage from the upcoming CGI animated feature.

10:30am – 11:30am @ Room 6BCF
Danny Elfman will be on hand to discuss his 25 year collaborative history with writer/director Tim Burton (not scheduled to appear).

11:15am – 12:45pm @ Hall H
Walt Disney Pictures unveils more footage and news about the upcoming “Tron: Legacy” film. Filmmakers and cast (including Jeff Bridges, Olivia Wilde, Michael Sheen) will be there to discuss their involvement and take part in a Q&A. Event to be moderated by Patton Oswalt.

1:00pm – 2:00pm @ Hall H
Sony Pictures Entertainment showcase two of their upcoming films, “Battle: Los Angeles” and “Salt”. Guests to include certain cast members and film makers (list not fully available as of posting).

2:00pm – 3:00pm @ Room 5AB
From the upcoming Walt Disney Animated feature, “Tangled”, the directors and animation supervisor will discuss the creation of their characters.

2:15pm – 3:15pm @ Hall H
Summit Entertainment brings the creators and cast of “Red” in to show footage and unveil the trailer for the film. Guests will include writer Warren Ellis, director Robert Schwentke and an as of yet unverified set of actors (the film stars Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich and Helen Mirren – unknown which, if any, of these heavy hitters will be on hand).

3:30pm – 4:30pm @ Hall H
Entertainment Weekly delivers J.J. Abrams and Joss Whedon to the stage to speak about how technology, gaming and global culture are shaping TV and film projects.

4:00pm – 5:00pm @ Marriott Hall 2
Panel discussion where horror filmmakers discuss the art of fear. No details have been listed yet but horror film fans may find this one of interest.

4:30pm – 5:30pm @ Room 24ABC
Composers of TV and film, including Michael Giacchino (“Up”), Nathan Barr (“True Blood”) and John Ottman (“Superman Returns”) will be on hand to discuss the process of scoring their projects. Q&A to follow as well as exclusive giveaways.

4:45pm – 5:45pm @ Hall H
Director/writer/actor Sylvester Stallone and fellow cast mates Stone Cold Steve Austin, Terry Crews, Dolph Lundgren and Randy Couture will present scenes from “The Expendables”.

6:00pm – 7:00pm @ Room 5AB
Sci-fi fans will be treated to a discussion of good and bad TV and movie science. Guests to include Astronomer and Discovermagazine.com blogger Phil Plait, Jaime Paglia (Eureka), Zack Stentz (Fringe, Thor), Bill Prady (The Big Bang Theory), Kevin Grazier (NASA scientist and Eureka advisor), and Sean Carroll (physicist and Discovermagazine.com blogger).

6:00pm – 7:00pm @ Hall H
Universal Pictures gives fans a sneak peek at “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”. Director Edgar Wright, creator Bryan Lee O’Malley and cast members will be on hand.

7:30pm – 8:30pm @ Room 6A
Fans of “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” get to join together for a screening of the cult hit, complete with lyrics books and call backs. Hosted by the California Browncoats.

8:15pm – 9:15pm @ Room 5AB
Fans of Japanese genre films will be treated to director Yoshihiro Nishimura (Tokyo Gore Police), actor Masanori Mimoto (The Ultimate Versus), actress Mika Hijii (Ninja), and producer Yoshinori Chiba (Yatterman) talking about their new label (The Sushi Typhoon), doing a Q&A and presenting trailers of upcoming projects.

9:30pm – 11:45pm @ Room 5AB
“Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated” screening and panel discussion, including artists and animators of the project. Event moderated by Beth Accomando of KPBS. A MUST-SEE for zombie fans.

10:00pm – 12:00am @ Indigo Ballroom, San Diego Hilton Bayfront
World premiere presentation of “Lost Boys: The Thirst”. Guests to include original cast members Corey Feldman and Jamison Newlander.

Friday, July 23:

11:15am – 11:45am @ Hall H
Summit Entertainment brings cast and filmmakers of “Drive Angry 3D” to present scenes from the upcoming film. Unconfirmed list of attendees (cast includes Nicolas Cage, William Fichtner, Billy Burke, and Amber Heard).

12:00pm – 1:00pm @ Hall H
Universal Pictures, Relativity Media, and Rogue Pictures bring directors/producers Colin and Greg Strause to present an exclusive Comic-Con trailer and scenes from “Skyline”. Cast members Donald Faison, Eric Balfour, David Zayas, Scottie Thompson, and Brittany Daniel will also appear.

1:00pm – 2:00pm @ Room 32AB
Film and TV production designers John Muto, Mimi Gramatky, Barry Robison, Kirk Petruccelli, Oliver Scholl discuss how they transform one reality into another.

1:00pm – 2:00pm @ Hall H
From the upcoming film, “Super”, Writer/director James Gunn, stars Rainn Wilson, Liv Tyler, Nathan Fillion, Michael Rooker, and producers Ted Hope and Miranda Bailey unveil footage and costume designs.

2:15pm – 3:45pm @ Hall H
Producer/co-writer Guillermo del Toro and director Troy Nixey present a first look at their new film “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark”, which stars Bailee Madison, Guy Pearce and Katie Holmes.

3:00pm – 3:45pm @ Ballroom 20
Q&A with Joss Whedon, catching fans up on what he’s got planned.

4:00pm – 6:00pm @ Hall H
Sneak peeks at upcoming films from Sony Pictures Entertainment, “The Other Guys” & “The Green Hornet”. Scheduled to appear: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Eva Mendes, Adam McKay, Seth Rogen, Michel Gondry, Evan Goldberg, Neal Moritz and Christoph Waltz.

4:00pm – 5:00pm @ Ballroom 20
EW’s Nicole Sperling moderates a discussion with Jena Malone, Anna Torv, Chloe Moretz, Elizabeth Mitchell, Ellen Wong and Mary Elizabeth Winstead about female characters and their increased prominence as heroines in film and TV, no longer solely portraying the damsel in distress for the guys to rescue.

4:30pm – 5:30pm @ Room 26AB
Ronnie Del Carmen (story supervisor on “UP”) discusses working at Pixar and takes part in a Q&A about storytelling on the big screen.

5:00pm – 6:00pm @ Room 24ABC
Felicia Day, Kathryn Immonen, Melissa Rosenberg and others discuss the emerging presence of women behind the scenes in film, TV and Internet projects.

7:00pm – 8:00pm @ Room 6DE
Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett (RiffTrax.com, Mystery Science Theater 3000) will utilize their riff talents on a short film. Also, a panel with them will be moderated by Veronica Belmont.

7:30pm – 8:30pm @ Room 7AB
The sequel to “30 Days of Night” will debut on Blu-ray and DVD this fall from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Director/co-screenwriter Ben Ketai, graphic novel creator/co-writer Steve Niles, stars Keile Sanchez, Diora Baird, Rhys Coiro and producer J. R. Young will be there for an exclusive sneak peek, panel, and Q&A session.

10:00pm – 12:00am @ Room 6BCF
Screening of Spike and Mike’s “Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation.” Spike himself will be on hand.

Saturday, July 24:

11:45am – 1:15pm @ Hall H
Warner Bros. has grouped together probably the hottest event at the Con in 2010. Get in line early because they’re packing the room with cast and filmmakers from “Sucker Punch”, “The Green Lantern” and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” as they present scenes and discuss the upcoming films.

12:30pm – 1:30pm @ Room 5AB
Costume designers from “Jonah Hex”, “Tron”, “Priest” and more will be there to talk about their wok in films and what goes into the process of creating a look for characters in feature films.

1:30pm – 2:30pm @ Hall H
A sneak peek at “Let Me In”, the american remake of “Let the Right One In” will be on display. Director Matt Reeves and cast will be on hand (unconfirmed which actors but could include Chloe Moretz and Kodi-Smit-McPhee).

2:00pm – 3:00pm @ Indigo Ballroom, San Diego Hilton Bayfront
Writer/producer/actress Felicia Day, producer Kim Evey, director Sean Becker, and the cast of “The Guild” including Wil Wheaton are on hand for a discussion and Q&A, along with the debut of never-before-seen content and other surprises.

2:45pm – 3:45pm @ Hall H
Trailer Park: Current and new 3D trailers for fans to salivate over.

4:00pm – 4:45pm @ Hall H
Director Paul W.S. Anderson and “Resident Evil: Afterlife” stars Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter and Wentworth Miller will be on hand to discuss the upcoming sequel.

5:30pm – 6:30pm @ Room 24ABC
Owner and publisher of Film Threat Mark Bell joins founder Chris Gore, filmmakers Kevin Smith and Malcolm Ingram, and former editors Paul Zimmerman and David E. Williams in a celebration of 25 years of independent and underground film insanity as seen through the eyes of Film Threat, the magazine and the website.

6:00pm – 7:00pm @ Hall H
Producer Kevin Feige and special guests give you an inside look at the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe. Focus to be on “Thor” and “Captain America”. Not announced but wouldn’t be surprised if stars from both films make an appearance, as well as those of “The Avengers”. This will be one of the hardest events to get into most likely.

7:15pm – 8:45pm @ Hall H
Kevin Smith is back to talk about … well, whatever he wants to talk about. Always entertaining, should be a fun time for those who get in.

8:00pm – 9:00pm @ Room 8
It’s all about Troma films with Lloyd Kaufman, Adam Green, Adam Rifkin, Dennis Dreith, Darren Bousman, James Gunn, and moderator Mimi Cruz all on hand.

8:30pm – 9:30pm @ Room 7AB
Tommy Wiseau, creator of “The Room”, has teamed up with Atom.com and Studio 8 for “The House That Drips Blood On Alex”. See the world premiere and join the cast and creators Tommy Wiseau, Brock LaBorde, Jared Richard, Yaque Silva-Doyle, Chris Trew, Joey Greco and Justine Ezarik for a lively discussion.

10:00pm – 12:00am @ Indigo Ballroom, San Diego Hilton Bayfront
Director Kevin Smith will present “Cop Out” in “Maximum Comedy Mode,” which features Smith and Seann William Scott making on-screen appearances to guide Blu-ray viewers through the behind-the-scenes features.

Sunday, July 25:

No real film events to speak of but a whole host of activities still going on (Comic-Con.org) and it’s the last chance to scoop up memorabilia as it’s closing day of the convention.