Yes, you read that right. the Awards Circuit will be heading to Comic-Con this year! From July 11-15, I will be attending the festival on behalf of the site to bring you all of the goings on of this great event. For those of you unfamiliar with Comic-Con, it started as a one day festival back in 1970 hosting 300 comic book enthusiasts over 3 days in sunny San Diego (Ray Bradbury was a featured guest). Now the festival boasts an attendance of 130,000 people who come to celebrate comics, genre fare, and geek culture. As someone who has long been a fan of genre fare, I’m excited to attend the convention for the first time and cover it for all our wonderful readers! Be sure to check back here frequently for recaps, exclusive interviews, and maybe a few special surprises. If any reader has a question about a particular panel, or would like to propose a possible “reader question” for an interview, please post in the comments, hit me up on the Awards Circuit Facebook page or send me a tweet or direct message on Twitter: @LeNoirAuteur.
Check out the top 5 things I’m excited to see at the festival as well as a tentative schedule of interviews you can look forward to seeing here!
1. The Warner Bros. Panel: Saturday is jam-packed with good panels, but this one probably takes the cake. I’m sure this is at the top of everyone’s must see list given that Warner Bros. is set to show off footage from Peter Jackson’s return to Middle Earth The Hobbit, the Superman reboot Man of Steel, and monsters vs. robots flick Pacific Rim. As a Superman fan, I am very interested to see what Zack Snyder and Christopher Nolan cooked up for the new reboot. The biggest question mark of maybe the whole convention is whether or not Peter Jackson will bring some of the much talked about 48 fps (frames per second) footage from The Hobbit to screen for everyone.
2. Django Unchained: In a rather inspired move, The Weinstein Co. and Quentin Tarantino are bringing footage and cast members from the highly anticipated flick. It’ll be interesting to see what exactly they will bring as far as footage considering the film may still be shooting. But even without different footage, this panel should be one of the liveliest panels scheduled for the Con.
3. TV takes over Hall H: Usually it’s been the movie studios that present in the cavernous Hall H, which seats 6,000 people. But this year will see TV have a bigger presence in the large room with Big Band Theory, Fringe, Supernatural, Dr. Who, Sons of Anarchy, and Awards Circuit faves The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones hosting panels in Hall H. The Thrones panel will probably be the most exciting as it will be moderated by George R.R. Martin.
4. First footage from Elsyium: District 9 was a surprise (not to me) Best Picture nominee in 2009 and while star Sharlto Copley has gone on to do more films, the director Neill Blomkamp has been silent on the filmmaking front. He’s returning to Comic-Con with footage from his new film Elsyium which if early word is to be believed, is pretty great. Perhaps even greater is that he managed to convince stars Matt Damon and Jodie Foster (!) to accompany him on the panel.
5. Pilot Screenings: One of the great things about Comic-Con is the preview night, which enables those with passes to walk the convention floor before anyone else as well as be the first people to screen a movie or tv show. 2 years ago, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World premiere at Comic-Con and this year they’re planning to screen 5 of the most anticipated pilots for the coming year: Cult, 666 Park Avenue, Arrow, The Following, and Revolution.
Tenative Interview/Press Conference Schedule
Frankenweenie – TBA
Oz: The Great and Powerful – TBA
Wreck It Ralph – TBA
Composers: Blake Neeley (Arrow), Chris Lennertz (Revolution, Supernatural), Joseph Trapanese (TRON:Uprising), and Nathan Johnson (Looper)
Teen Wolf Cast: Tyler Posey, Dylan O’Brien, Crystal Reed, Tyler Hoechlin, Holland Roden and Colton Haynes
Iron Man 3 – TBA
Members of the Art Directors Guild: Tim Burgard (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Benton Jew (G.I. Joe: Retaliation), Dave Lowery (Oz the Great and Powerful) Derek Gogol (Pirates of the Caribbean franchise), Trevor Goring (Real Steel), Chris Baker (War of the Worlds), Suzuki Ingerslev (True Blood), Bill Creber (The original Planet of the Apes) Rick Heinrichs (Dark Shadows), Dominic Watkins, (Snow White and the Huntsman)
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