Comic-Con


It’s baaaaack! Running from Thursday, July 21 through Sunday, July 24 at the San Diego Convention Center, the 2011 Comic-Con once again gives fans the chance to find out about all the hot new films, TV shows, comics and any related merchandise. Looking at the schedule, here are the film related highlights of the convention. For a full schedule, visit Comic-Con.org where you can even personalize your own time table.

Thursday, July 21:

TheOneRing.net: Hobbit Talk
10:00am – 11:00am @ Room 7AB
Clifford Broadway (Quickbeam) and Larry D. Curtis (MrCere) of theOneRing.net will be discussing the two Hobbit films’ production. This panel doesn’t come from the studio so the info will be a mix of released material, rumors, and opinion. Surprise guests are a possibility; audio and visuals are given with a Q&A.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1
11:15am – 12:15pm @ Hall H
Summit Entertainment presents a sneak peek at “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1″. There will be exclusive footage from the film, as well as a filmmaker and cast Q&A session providing details on the first half of the epic two-part finale. Expect a packed house so if you want to get in, get downtown EARLY. It’s likely a number of the Twi-hards will leave afterwards so don’t be too disheartened if you’re in line for the rest of the days’ events in Hall H.

Focus on Rick Baker
12:15pm – 1:00pm @ Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Rick Baker, the multi-Oscar winning makeup effects artist, will provide fans with an overview of his career, with an emphasis on his work with director Barry Sonnenfeld on “Men In Black 1 & 2″, as well as a first look at some of his creatures and makeup for the upcoming “Men In Black 3″. Geoff Boucher of the Los Angeles Times’ Hero Complex will be on hand to facilitate the discussion.

Animation Showcase
12:45pm – 1:15pm @ Hall H
Sony Pictures Animation shows off two of its upcoming 3D films. Producer Peter Lord and co-writer Peter Baynham discuss “Arthur Christmas”, which attempts to answer the age-old question of how Santa delivers all those presents in just one night. Lord will also talk about “The Pirates! Band of Misfits”, which he is both producing and directing. Centered around the quest to win Pirate of the Year, the film features an all star voice cast (Hugh Grant, ,Martin Freeman, Brendan Gleeson, Jeremy Piven, Salma Hayek, Imelda Staunton, David Tennant).

FilmDistrict Studio Panel
2:00pm – 3:00pm @ Hall H
FilmDistrict will be featuring two of their upcoming features: “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark”, a Guillermo Del Toro production starring Katie Holmes and Guy Pearce; and “Drive”, directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, starring Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Ron Perlman, and Christina Hendricks. Exclusive footage will be presented and a Q&A will be held for both films.

20th Century Fox
3:15pm – 4:30pm @ Hall H
20th Century Fox will be previewing upcoming 2011 and 2012 features. No official word on which films will be highlighted or who will be there to promote things as of yet but the safe bet is that “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” will be a part of it.

Robert Rodriguez’s Quick Draw Productions
4:45pm – 5:45pm @ Hall H
Robert Rodriguez will be on hand to present Quick Draw studio’s new slate of films featuring special guest collaborators. He will also show exclusive material from his latest top-secret project.

Harry Potter Fandom Panel
5:00pm – 6:00pm @ Room 25ABC
Just how big of a muggle are you? Well, if your answer included some variation of accio anywhere in it, then maybe you should check out the Harry Potter Fandom panel. Melissa Anelli (The Leaky-Cauldron.org, Harry – A History), Kathryn Mudgway (International Quidditch Association), Joey Richter (“Ron” in A Very Potter Musical/Sequel), Andrew Sims (Mugglenet, Hypable.com), Andrew Slack (TheHPAlliance.org, Imagine Better), and moderator Heidi Tandy (FictionAlley, Ascendio2012/HPEF) will be there to discuss the films, books, theme park, and so much more.

Entertainment Weekly: The Visionaries: A discussion with Jon Favreau and Guillermo del Toro on the Future of Pop Culture
6:00pm – 7:00pm @ Hall H
EW’s Jeff “Doc” Jensen moderates an in-depth conversation with Jon Favreau and Guillermo del Toro. They will discuss their inspirations, their current work, and how they strive to put a personal stamp on blockbuster entertainment. Plus: How is new technology changing the way stories are produced and viewed? And what do they think the pop culture universe will look like a decade from now?

History of the Modern Zombie
7:00pm – 8:00pm @ Room 7AB
Experts discuss the history and evolution of the modern zombie, from its first appearance in George Romero’s 1968 classic “Night of the Living Dead” to the most recent work being done in zombie science, survival, and pop culture today. Panelists include Max Brooks, bestselling author of World War Z and Zombie Survival Guide; Matt Mogk, head of the Zombie Research Society and author of Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Zombies; Steven Schlozman, M.D., Harvard Medical School psychiatrist and author of The Zombie Autopsies; Scott Kenemore, bestselling author of Zen of Zombie, Z.E.O., and Zombie, Ohio; and Bradley Voytek, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley neuroscientist and author of Scanning the Zombie Brain.

Superhero Kung Fu Extravaganza
7:45pm – 10:45pm @ Room 6A
The Superhero Kung Fu Extravaganza is back for its 14th annual event. First in the program will be the World Premiere of “Films of Fury: The Kung Fu Movie Movie”, plus exclusive trailers of 2012 releases. Also, Ric Meyers (Films of Fury: The Kung Fu Movie Book) will also have the coolest fight scenes from the best 2011 films, as well as his usual array of surprise guests and freebies.

H.P. Lovecraft in Comics and Film
8:00pm – 9:00pm @ Room 9
Explore a few of the works influenced by the Great Old Ones and get a sanity-smashing peek into the latest comics and movies inspired by the work of H.P. Lovecraft. Panelists include Adam Byrne (The Strange Adventures of H. P. Lovecraft), Andrew Leman (co-founder of the H. P. Lovecraft Historical Society), Michael Alan Nelson (Fall of Cthulhu), and Frank H. Woodward (Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown). Moderated by Aaron Vanek (The H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival).

Hall H and Ballroom 20 Thursday Panel Playback
8:00pm – 11:00pm @ Room 25ABC
If you couldn’t get into Hall H or Ballroom 20, this three-hour block rebroadcasts some of the day’s popular panels from those two giant rooms. Attendees will get to vote on what they want to see. (Please note: these playbacks will include only the panel discussions. None of the film clips or footage shown at the live events will be shown.)

Garth Ennis’s Stitched Movie World Premiere
8:15pm – 9:15pm @ Room 6DE
Garth Ennis (Preacher, Crossed) has written and directed his first-ever short film, “Stitched”. Meet the film’s cast, monsters, producers, and Mr. Ennis himself. Learn behind-the-scenes secrets during the Q&A. And see a sneak peak at the Ennis-penned ongoing Stitched comic book series.

Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog/span>
8:30pm – 10:00pm @ Room 6BCF
Once again, 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.

Star Wars Fan Movie Awards
8:30pm – 11:30pm @ Ballroom 20
Celebrating its tenth year, the Star Wars Fan Movie Awards returns. Hosted by David Collins, this is for the hardcore Star Wars fans who want to learn which finalists will win industry and audience recognition, as well as the coveted Star Wars-themed trophies.

Friday, July 22:

Star Trek: The Captains
10:15am – 11:15am @ Room 6BCF
William Shatner is joined by fellow Star Trek captain Avery Brooks to present a preview of the EPIX Pictures original documentary produced and directed by Shatner, in which he travels the world to interview all the actors who’ve played Starfleet captains. This discussion and Q&A session is moderated by Comic-Con fave Kevin Smith.

Paramount: The Adventures of Tin-Tin
11:00am – 12:00pm @ Hall H
Paramount Pictures will be building excitement for the upcoming Steven Spielberg film, “The Adventures of Tin Tin”. (update 7/14 director Steven Spielberg will be one of the guests at the panel)

Relativity Media: Raven and Haywire
12:15pm – 1:15pm @ Hall H
Relativity Media will be showing off “Raven”, a thriller in which Edgar Allan Poe joins forces with a young Baltimore detective to hunt down a mad serial killer starring John Cusack as Edgar Allan Poe, Luke Evans, and Alice Eve; directed by James McTeigue. Also on display will be Gina Carano and director Stephen Soderbergh from “Haywire”, where a female covert ops specialist strikes back after discovering she’s been double-crossed.

Legendary Pictures: Preproduction Preview
12:45pm – 1:45pm @ Room 6BCF
Legendary Pictures holds its first-ever Comic-Con panel and shares an early look at some of the movies on the company’s upcoming film slate. Hear from filmmakers and cast members from the upcoming “Pacific Rim”, “Seventh Son”, “Paradise Lost”, and “Mass Effect”. Panel participants include Jeff Bridges, Bradley Cooper, Guillermo del Toro, Ben Barnes, Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Alicia Vikander, Alex Proyas, Sergei Bodrov, Travis Beacham, Mark Protosevich, and Casey Hudson.

Screen Gems: Underworld 4 and Attack the Block
1:30pm – 2:30pm @ Hall H
Screen Gems has two movie previews to show off. “Underworld 4″ will see humans trying to eradicate vampires and Lycans alike. Appearing in person are Kate Beckinsale, Michael Ealy, producer Len Wiseman, and directors Mans Marlind and Bjorn Stein. Then from the producer Edgar Wright comes “Attack the Block”, which follows a gang of tough inner-city kids who try to defend their turf against an invasion of savage alien creatures. Along with Wright, director Joe Cornish will also be on hand.

DreamWorks: Fright Night
2:45pm – 3:45pm @ Hall H
Colin Farrell, Anton Yelchin, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Imogen Poots, Dave Franco, director Craig Gillespie, and screenwriter Marti Noxon take the dais to give fans a taste of the horrific fun to come in DreamWorks Pictures’ 3D reimagining of the classic horror film, “Fright Night”.

Sony Pictures
4:00pm – 6:30pm @ Hall H
Sony returns to Hall H with 4 films and their talent: “Ghost Rider-Spirit of Vengeance” (directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, stars Nicolas Cage, Idris Elba, and Johnny Whitworth); “30 Minutes or Less” (director Ruben Fleischer and stars Aziz Ansari, Nick Swardson, and Michael Peña); “Total Recall” (director Len Wiseman and stars Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, Bryan Cranston, and John Cho); “The Amazing Spider-Man” (producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach, director Marc Webb, and stars Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone).

RiffTrax Live
6:45pm – 7:45pm @ Room 6DE
Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett (RiffTrax.com, Mystery Science Theater 3000) return to Comic-Con to perform another live, hilarious riff to a classic short! Join the riffers for fun, laughs, and the latest news about their upcoming “Jack the Giant Killer” live show, a one-night event playing in select movie theaters nationwide in August.

At the Drive-In
6:45pm – 7:30pm @ Hall H
Comic-Con is giving some up and coming genre filmmakers an chance to hype their upcoming films in Hall H a la a virtual Drive-In theater. First up is “Grave Encounters”, about the crew of a ghost-hunting reality show who find themselves trapped in a mental hospital. Written and directed by The Vicious Brothers, who will be on hand. Then comes “Tucker & Dale vs. Evil”, where two friends are mistaken for backwoods murderers by a group of preppy college students. (Director Eli Craig and stars Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine confirmed as panelists).

Hall H and Ballroom 20 Friday Panel Playback
8:00pm – 11:00pm @ Room 25ABC
If you couldn’t get into Hall H or Ballroom 20, this three-hour block rebroadcasts some of the day’s popular panels from those two giant rooms. Attendees will get to vote on what they want to see. (Please note: these playbacks will include only the panel discussions. None of the film clips or footage shown at the live events will be shown.)

Spike & Mike’s Sick and Twisted
10:00pm – 12:00am @ Room 6BCF
Screening of Spike and Mike’s “The Gauntlet of Sick and Twisted Animation.”

Encore Screening: Batman: Year One
10:15pm – 12:00am @ Ballroom 20
Warner Home Video, Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment, and Warner Bros. Animation offer a second opportunity to see “Batman: Year One”, along with a chance to see a few special Comic-Con exclusive trailers for upcoming Warner Bros. films, videogames, and Blu-ray/DVD releases.

Saturday, July 23:

Motion Picture and Television Production Designers
10:00am – 11:00pm @ Room 25ABC
In collaboration with a highly skilled art department, the production designer lays out the designs that will guide a small army of decorators, carpenters, sculptors, painters, and artisans of all sorts, to bring into existence those fantastic worlds that fire everyone’s imagination. Panelists include moderator John Muto (Terminator 2:3D), Cece DeStefano (Alias), John Myhre (Chicago, Memoirs of a Geisha), Edward Thomas (Torchwood, Dr. Who), and Greg Melton (The Walking Dead).

TWIXT: Francis Ford Coppola and Dan Deacon
11:45am – 12:45pm @ Hall H
Director Francis Ford Coppola and acclaimed musician Dan Deacon present sequences from Coppola’s latest film, “TWIXT”, and involve the audience in a dress rehearsal of the completely unique and innovative way they plan on performing it. Plus a Q&A session.

Relativity Media: Immortals
1:00pm – 2:00pm @ Hall H
It’s men vs. Greek Gods in director Tarsem Singh’s “Immortals”. Stars Henry Cavill, Stephen Dorff, Freida Pinto, Luke Evans, Kellan Lutz will participate in this panel alongside producers Gianni Nunnari and Mark Canton.

Knights of Badassdom
2:15pm – 3:15pm @ Hall H
Hall H showcases the upcoming “Knights of Badassdom” in Hall H. The panel will include a Comic-Con exclusive trailer and a discussion/Q&A with stars Ryan Kwanten, Peter Dinklage, Steve Zahn, Summer Glau, Danny Pudi, Jimmi Simpson, Margarita Levieva and director Joe Lynch.

Universal Pictures: Snow White and the Huntsmen
3:30pm – 4:15pm @ Hall H
Universal Pictures is bringing the stars and filmmakers of its epic action-adventure film based on the script “Snow White and the Huntsman” to Comic-Con. Scheduled to appear are Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron, Chris Hemsworth, and Sam Claflin. Director Rupert Sanders and other filmmakers will also be on hand to reveal exclusive footage. Q&A session to follow.

Further over the Rainbow: A First Look at Dorothy of Oz
4:30pm – 5:30pm @ Hall H
Join the author and creator, Roger Baum (great grandson of L. Frank Baum), songwriter, producers, and various cast members of Summertime Entertainment’s “Dorothy of Oz”, as they discuss the many angles of creating the anticipated new 2012 animated musical starring Lea Michele, Megan Hilty, Martin Short, and Patrick Stewart. Be the very first to see the footage, hear the music, and witness a surprise new casting announcement. Q&A to follow.

An Early Evening with Kevin Smith
5:45pm – 7:30pm @ Hall H
Kevin Smith is back to close out Saturday’s proceedings in Hall H. Spend a few hours listening to the writer/director pontificate on whatever’s on his mind.

Hall H and Ballroom 20 Saturday Panel Playback
8:00pm – 11:00pm @ Room 25ABC
If you couldn’t get into Hall H or Ballroom 20, this three-hour block rebroadcasts some of the day’s popular panels from those two giant rooms. Attendees will get to vote on what they want to see. (Please note: these playbacks will include only the panel discussions. None of the film clips or footage shown at the live events will be shown.)

Sunday, July 24:

San Diego International Children’s Film Festival
10:00am – 5:00pm @ Room 9
The 8th annual San Diego International Children’s Film Festival opens today, with more than 60 short films from around the world — animation, live action, and documentary — that are great for film fans of all ages. Animators, filmmakers and actors will appear throughout the day to talk about their work and give advice on education and creative careers in film and animation.

Tom and Jerry & The Wizard of Oz Premiere Screening
3:30pm – 4:30pm @ Room 6A
Coming to Blu-Ray and DVD on August 23, 2011, “Tom and Jerry & The Wizard of Oz” sees Tom and Jerry join Dorothy, Toto, and other beloved characters in a new animated retelling of the classic tale. Here’s your chance to see it first!

The Holocaust Through the Eyes of a Child, Animated by a Child
3:45pm – 4:45pm @ Room 5AB
Bill Plympton (two-time Oscar-nominated animator), 11-year-old animator and child film critic Perry Chen, his mother Dr. Zhu Shen (producer), Karina Bessoudo (Toon Boom Animation, vice president of marketing and communications), and Kevin Sean Michaels (director) share insight and a sneak preview of the film “Ingrid Pitt: Beyond The Forest” and the cross-generational collaboration that was formed to create it. The short animated film illustrates the miraculous true story of the late actress Ingrid Pitt (“Where Eagles Dare”) who, in 1945, escaped at age 8 from a Nazi concentration camp in Poland to later become one of the UK’s biggest movie stars. Also screening will be a trailer for the new documentary on animator Bill Plympton, “Adventures in Plymptoons!” Moderated by Pat Swinney Kaufman (executive director for the New York State Governor’s Office for Motion Picture & Television Development) and Lloyd Kaufman (president/co-founder of Troma Entertainment).


And don’t forget that although there’s a whole host of other activities still going on (Comic-Con.org), Sunday’s the last chance to scoop up memorabilia as it’s closing day of the convention.