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Hasbro’s Comic-Con Breakfast Recap: Images and Video of All Things Transformers

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Transformers has been a household name for 30 years. While there have been many iterations - the original ‘G1’ series of the ‘80s, the reedited ‘G2’ in the early ‘90s, the CGI wizardry of Beast Wars and Beast Machines, and the Japanese/American co-productionTransformers: Armada - the rise of Michael Bay’s tetralogy has - if you will forgive the pun - transformed and expanded the storied franchise to the point where Hasbro held its own convention-within-a-convention this morning to celebrate the many, many, many ancillary versions of the brand. The breakfast expo included a Transformers museum, footage from multiple concurrent TV series, a build-your-own-Transformer buffet, a beta test of a free Mmog, a variety of nostalgic and ironic repaints, a preview of upcoming toy lines, a selection of non-toy ancillaries, and even a few of the brand’s shepherding executives. Hit the jump for details, pictures, and video.   By the »

- Hunter Daniels

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Key & Peele Comic-Con Panel Recap: Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele and Peter Atencio Debut New Sketches and Talk about Creative Process

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Key & Peele is not only one of the funniest shows on the air, but one of the best sketch comedy shows ever produced.  Naturally, I was pretty stoked to get a chance to check out the panel today at Comic-Con where stars Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele were on hand with co-executive producer/director Peter Atencio to debut some new characters and sketches from the upcoming fourth season, discuss their process for writing the show, reveal a little about what's coming next season, upcoming projects, and a lot more. Hit the jump to check out my full Key & Peele Comic-Con panel recap.  Key & Peele returns to Comedy Central September 24th at 10:30 Pm. Panel Highlights The panel began with moderator Tom Lennon professing his love for Key & Peele, praising it as a show that takes Sketch Comedy to new heights.  Judging by the cheers from the audience it's pretty clear the fans agree. »

- Haleigh Foutch

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Check Out the Jurassic World Car Handing Out Posters at Comic-Con

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Earlier this week we learned that this cool Jurassic World poster designed by Mark Englert would be available at Comic-Con.  The instructions said to text Jurassic to 834567 for the poster drop information.  It turns out part of the fun was to find the silver Jurassic World Mercedes Benz on the streets of San Diego that was handing out the posters.  Hard to say for sure, but this thing looks rugged enough to handle some dinosaur action.  I would not be surprised to see it make an appearance. Hit the jump for pictures of the car.  Chris PrattBryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio, Irrfan KhanNick RobinsonTy SimpkinsJake JohnsonOmar Sy, and Judy Greer star in the sequel.  Directed by Colin Trevorrow, Jurassic World opens June 12, 2015. @JurassicPark posted this collage: Text Jurassic to 834567 & look for the #JurassicWorld @Mbusa 6x6 on the streets of #Sdcc for a chance 2 win! »

- Brendan Bettinger

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Comic-Con Panel Recap: Trying to Find Turtle Power in Hall H

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I want to be excited for Jonathan Liebesman’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  I loved the Turtles when I was a kid.  I collected the play sets, went to see the 90s live-action movie multiple times, and watched the animated TV show religiously.  While no remake is going to take that away, I would like to be as excited for the Turtles now as I was back then.  Unfortunately, I haven’t seen anything yet to turn me around, so I hoped today’s Comic-Con panel would do the trick. Hit the jump for my Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Comic-Con panel recap. Panel Highlights The panel began with a brief video about the Turtles origin as comics’ creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird explained how they came up with the idea and the surprising, massive success that followed. Eastman then came on stage to the music of the 90s TV series. »

- Matt Goldberg

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In The House Of The Worm Comic-Con Panel Recap: George R.R. Martin Talks Comics Fandom, Game Of Thrones Success, and Marvel vs. DC

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George R.R. Martin spoke with William Christensen, publisher and editor in chief of Avatar Press, to promote their new collaborative comic book effort, In the House of the Worm. He also discussed his history with comics fandom, how the success of the Game of Thrones TV show has changed his experiences as a fan, and weighed in on Marvel vs. DC. The first issue of In the House of the Worm is debuting here at Comic-Con, while Avatar's previous Martin adaptation, Skin Trade, is (appropriately?) now collected in trade format. Signed editions of both will be available at Avatar's booth in the Exhibition Hall. Hit the jump for my In the House of the Worm Comic-Con panel recap. In the House of the Worm is a comic adaptation of a novella Martin wrote in the early '80s. The novella was inspired by the work of Jack Vance, whom Martin »

- Anna Kaufman

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Peter Jackson Could Work Doctor Who Episode into His Schedule after The Hobbit Trilogy

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While Peter Jackson has a bit more to do this year to finish up his Hobbit trilogy with The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, he might be taking a trip to the small screen in the near future.  Which TV show, you ask? Well, Jackson has expressed an interest in directing an episode of Doctor Who.  Jackson would have done the show already if it weren't for his insane schedule over the last few years.  Perhaps things would go a little easier if the Good Doctor took a trip to New Zealand where Jackson spends much of his time.  I jest, but according to Steven Moffat, that's not exactly out of the question.  Hit the jump for more. Here's what Moffat had to say about his talks with Jackson in an interview with SFX (via The One Ring): “He’s still incredibly busy on The Hobbit. I »

- Dave Trumbore

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New Posters for Horns, Penguins Of Madagascar, and The Book Of Life

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While San Diego Comic-Con marches on, we'll share a few newly released posters from the following films: Horns - Director Alexandre Aja’s supernatural thriller starring Daniel Radcliffe as a man who grows a pair of horns from his head after his girlfriend's mysterious death opens on October 31st. Penguins of MadagascarEric Darnell and Simon J. Smith direct Benedict CumberbatchJohn MalkovichAndy RichterTom McGrathChris MillerKen JeongAnnet Mahendru, and Peter Stormare in the spin-off film that opens November 26th. The Book of Life - Writer-director Jorge R. Gutierrez's animated journey featuring the voices of Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana, Ron Perlman, Christina ApplegateHector ElizondoDanny TrejoIce Cube, and Placido Domingo opens in 3D on October 17th. Hit the jump to take a look at the full-size posters along with the films' synopses. Horns (via IGN) Blamed for the death of his longtime »

- Dave Trumbore

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Penguins Of Madagascar Comic-Con Panel Recap: A Great DreamWorks Animated Film Might Be on the Way

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Following the panel for Home, DreamWorks Animation moved to Penguins of Madagascar.  In the upcoming spinoff, the scene-stealing penguins take the lead, and are joined by a wolf named Classified (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) and his covert team of protective animals as they try to stop Dave (John Malkovich), a malevolent octopus.  Even though I’ve never been much for the Madagascar movies, the Penguins have always been wonderful, and I was interested to see if they could carry their own movie.  Judging by what they showed us today, they could have one of the funniest films of the year. Hit the jump for my Penguins of Madagascar Comic-Con panel recap. They started off with the teaser trailer, which you can watch below: Panel Highlights: Moderator Craig Ferguson brought on Directors Simon J. Smith, and Eric Darnell, and the voice of Skipper, Tom McGrath. Smith says they’re about 70% finished with the movie. »

- Matt Goldberg

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Goosebumps Comic-Con Panel Recap: First Footage Revealed; Jack Black and Rob Letterman Talk Adapting the Beloved Book Series

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Today at Comic-Con we were treated to a first look at Goosebumps.  Director Rob Letterman and star Jack Black were on hand to discuss the film and give fans a glimpse into the world they created around the famous children's horror anthology.  For those who don’t know, the film is not a direct adaptation of the series.  Instead, the works of R.L. Stine have been reimagined, featuring Stine himself as a character who battles his own creature creations when they are set free from their books. As a child of the 90's, I absolutely adored Goosebumps, so I was thrilled to check out what the film has to offer.  And the good news is that what they had to offer today looked pretty darn good.  Black and Letterman clearly made the film with respect for the source material and the good sense of fun it requires.  Check out my »

- Haleigh Foutch

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Behind the Music Comic-Con Panel Recap: Composers for Hannibal, Fargo, and More Discuss Writing Music for Genre Properties

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Celebrating "Crime, Death, and Resurrection," the Behind the Music panel at Comic Con paid tribute to the work of composers in enhancing genre TV and film. The panel opened with a highly-applauded reel of the composers' work: Jeff Russo for Fargo, James Levine for American Horror Story, Daniel Licht for Dexter, Steve Jablonsky for Transformers: Age of Extinction, Brian Reitzell for Hannibal, and Christopher Young for Deliver Us From Evil. Actor Shane West (Salem, Nikita) moderated. During the Q&A the composers discussed the challenges of writing music for the horror genre, the synthesis of developing continuing working relationships with the same directors or creators, and teased upcoming projects.  Additionally, Young talked about pitching himself to compose the score for Marvel’s Doctor Strange.  Young was initially not forthcoming when asked about what he'd be doing next until a fan pointed out that his longtime collaborator, director Scott Derrickson (who »

- Anna Kaufman

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Pixels Behind-the-Scenes Video Features Peter Dinklage Welcoming You to the Electric Dreams Factory, Suckers

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Oh buddy, if you're excited for Chris Columbus' upcoming sci-fi comedy Pixels, then this has been a banner week for you!  The movie shows the outcome of aliens catching a glimpse of classic arcade games and misreading them as a declaration of war.  In response to their attack, President Will Cooper (Kevin James) recruits his childhood best friend and former ‘80s video game champion, Jules Brenner (Adam Sandler), to pull together a team of the best arcaders and save the world.  About a week ago, we saw the first image of those arcaders, the logo and a list of classic games that will be featured in the movie, and a movie poster from Comic-Con.  Now, we have a special behind-the-scenes video that features co-star Peter Dinklage in character as he welcomes viewers to the Electric Dreams Factory. Also starring Josh Gad, Brian Cox, and Michelle Monaghan, Pixels is slated »

- Dave Trumbore

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First Images from Hitman: Agent 47 Feature Rupert Friend As the Title Assassin

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News has been kind of quiet on Aleksander Bach's action sequel Hitman: Agent 47, but 20th Century Fox has decided to change that up by releasing the first pair of images from the film.  Each of them feature Rupert Friend in the title role of a bald assassin who is genetically engineered and barcoded; unfortunately that's about all we have in the way of synopsis information at the moment.  The images also feature Friend's co-star Hannah Ware as Katia van Dees. Also starring Zachary QuintoCiaran Hinds, and Thomas Kretschmann, Hitman: Agent 47 opens February 27th, 2015.  Hit the jump to view the new images. Take a look at the synopsis for Hitman: Agent 47, followed by two new images from the action film below: Based on the top-selling, award-winning videogame franchise, “Hitman: Agent 47” is an all-new motion picture about an elite and genetically engineered assassin, known only by »

- Dave Trumbore

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Interstellar Comic-Con Panel Recap: Christopher Nolan Surprises with First Ever Comic-Con Appearance; Debuts New Trailer

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The Paramount panel at Comic-Con today was not packed.  The program didn’t specify what the studio was showing.  We assumed that they would be bringing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and then it wasn’t too much of a surprise when they also featured Project Almanac, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, and even Hot Tub Time Machine.  It was a nice bit of promotion when Dwayne Johnson came on stage to tell people he was hosting free screenings of Hercules tonight at three theaters.  People love Dwayne Johnson.  And maybe if he was announced on the program, it could have packed the hall. If Paramount had announced the final panel of its presentation, I would have had to line up well before sunrise.  Christopher Nolan and Matthew McConaughey were here.  Hit the jump for my Interstellar Comic-Con panel recap.  This was the last panel of Paramount’s presentation, »

- Matt Goldberg

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Halo: Nightfall Trailer and Comic-Con Panel Recap: Web-Series Leads Directly Into Halo 5

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Today at San Diego Comic-Con, fans were treated to a special first look at Halo: Nightfall, the live-action digital series from executive producer Ridley Scott and writer/director Sergio Memica-Gezzan.  Available in November, the movie is set after the events of Halo 4, placing the story in the “present” in terms of the game’s present timeline, and shows the story leading up the events of Halo 5: Guardians, due to release on Xbox One this December. Hit the jump to watch the Halo: Nightfall trailer and to read my full Comic-Con panel recap. Firstly, here's the trailer: The panel on Thursday morning was made up of cast members Mike Colter and Christina Chong, executive producer Kiki Wolfkill and franchise development director Frank O’Connor from 343 Industries, and Scott Free TV president David Zucker. From the Xbox Wire press release: “Halo: Nightfall follows the origin story of legendary man hunter Jameson »

- Rachel Howard

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Hot Tub Time Machine 2 Red-Band Trailer: The Gang Travels to the Future

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Paramount Pictures has released the first Hot Tub Time Machine 2 red-band trailer for director Steve Pink’s comedy sequel.  The film sees the return of Clark Duke, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, and Chevy Chase, with Adam Scott filling the ensemble spot left vacant by John Cusack.  As a fan of the ridiculousness of the first film, I find this follow-up trailer sufficiently swell.  Pink and Co. take the time travel conceit and go a few steps further, as Corddry, Robinson, and Duke's characters find themselves transported to the future.  The jokes are on point, the visual gags are great, and the characters are still just as mean-spirited. Hit the jump to watch the Hot Tub Time Machine 2 red-band trailer.  The film opens in theaters on December 25th.

The post Hot Tub Time Machine 2 Red-Band Trailer: The Gang Travels to the Future appeared first on Collider. »

- Adam Chitwood

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The Giver Comic-Con Panel Recap: Jeff Bridges and Lois Lowry Discuss the 20-Year Journey of Bringing the Sci-Fi Adaptation to Life

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I had never read The Giver until a few days ago even though I was the target audience when the book came out in 1993; it had just fallen through the cracks for me.  Feeling that I had to read the novel as due diligence, I blew through the book in a matter of hours (I read at a 1st grade level!) I was intrigued by the dystopian story, but it also made me aware that the trailers for the film adaptation were trying to squeeze it into the mold of The Hunger Games.  A sensible marketing decision, but one that may shortchange a solemn story about a young man who realizes his sterile world has wiped away memories of not only pain but also love.  I hoped that the panel would make it clear if the Hunger Games angle was more of a marketing approach or if the book had undergone some dramatic changes. »

- Matt Goldberg

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Comic-Con Film Festival Is a Nice Break from Hall H and Opportunity to Learn the Basics of Filmmaking

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This is my fourth year at San Diego Comic-Con, but not once have I ever stepped foot in the Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival - until today.  It's nearly impossible not to become totally preoccupied with all the major movies and TV shows flooding Ballroom 20 and Hall H, but in the Marriott Marquis adjacent to the convention center, there's a full fledged film festival underway. Admittedly, I only gave it a go because one of my short films screened in the event's action/adventure program this morning, but for anyone interested in a crash course in short filmmaking, the Comic-Con Film Festival really does have some solid resources that are well worth checking out.  Hit the jump for more. I graduated form Columbia University's film Mfa program back in May 2013 and apparently the Cciiff programmers dug my thesis film, The Professor, because it just screened in Hall 2 of the San »

- Perri Nemiroff

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New Ben Affleck Batman V Superman Image Celebrates the Character’s Anniversary

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Though director Zack Synder’s Man of Steel follow-up Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice doesn’t open in theaters until 2016, Comic-Con-goers will be quite disappointed if we don’t see something from the film during the Warner Bros. Hall H panel on Saturday.  The thirst for superhero footage should be temporarily quenched by today’s reveal of a new Ben Affleck Batman v Superman image that gives us another look at Affleck as the Caped Crusader.  The image premiered on the convention floor at the DC Booth to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Batman character.  This image is a much tighter shot than the previous character reveal, giving us a great look at some Batfleck Stubble.  I really think the choice of casting Affleck as Batman was a fantastic move, and I’m crossing my fingers we get to see a short tease of the character in action this weekend. »

- Adam Chitwood

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Home Comic-Con Panel Recap: DreamWorks Animation Presents Dazzling, Colorful Footage from the Sci-Fi Comedy

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Our Hall H coverage begins with the DreamWorks Animation panel.  I’ve stated my issues with DreamWorks Animation films in my reviews of their recent movies, but I’m always open to being surprised, and what they had to show today was encouraging.  They started off with Home, which is about a race of aliens, the Boov, who invade Earth, and follows Boov social pariah Oh (Jim Parsons) and his unlikely friend, a human named Tip (Rihanna). Hit the jump for my Home Comic-Con panel recap.  Craig Ferguson (who voices Gobber in the How to Train Your Dragon franchise) moderated the DreamWorks Animation panel, and it was inspired choice to get him to do it.  At times it felt like an impromptu version of his talk show.  He opened with the joke that Comic-Con is “the weekend all domestic cats dread.”  He followed with a few more jokes, pointed out »

- Matt Goldberg

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Benedict Cumberbatch Addresses Doctor Strange Rumors; Suggests He Had Conversations about the Role

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Having appeared in Sherlock, Star Trek Into Darkness, and The Hobbit films, one might think that Benedict Cumberbatch would be a Comic-Con veteran by now.  However, the actor just made his Comic-Con debut promoting the DreamWorks Animation film The Penguins of Madagascar, in which he plays a wolf.  No stranger to speculation, after he departed Hall H Cumberbatch took part in an interview with MTV News in which he actually addressed a major superhero rumor head-on: whether he will be leading Marvel’s Doctor Strange.  See his answer after the jump. Cumberbatch has been rumored as being under consideration to lead Marvel’s upcoming supernatural comics adaptation Doctor Strange for a few months now, and the rumors became even more pronounced once it was revealed that Cumberbatch would be in San Diego to promote Penguins of Madagascar a few days before Marvel is likely to tease Doctor Strange.  Speaking with MTV News, »

- Adam Chitwood

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