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San Diego Comic-Con originally branded itself by aptly showing primarily comicbooks. Now, in its 45th year, the convention has become an entertainment haven, showcasing producers, stars, writers and hundreds of personalities to promote pop culture from July 23-27. View our tentative schedule of Comic-Con’s film panels and events below, with further updates as they are announced. Variety will be in attendance at Sdcc as well, bringing the news, interviews and important panel information to the web.
Variety’s constantly updating TV schedule for Sdcc can be found here.
“The Legacy and Return of Battlestar Galactica” (10:30 a.m., Room 6Bcf) Original series actors Richard Hatch, Jamie Bamber and Luciana Carro, as well as the show’s science consultant Dr. Kevin Grazier and auction producer Alec Peters, host a discussion on the upcoming movie. Surprise guests and theatrical trailers are planned.
“Godzilla and The Master of Monsters” (11:00 a. »
- Sebastian Torrelio
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment have announced a 20th anniversary re-release of Neil Jordan’s much-loved vampire tale, Interview With The Vampire, in time to celebrate the film’s big anniversary. The brand-new version will include a new exclusive featurette, as well as all the extra features that were included in the 2008 release. No technical specifications have yet been announced.
When grieving 18th century mortal Louis (Brad Pitt, 12 Years A Slave, World War Z) accepts an offer of everlasting life from charismatic vampire Lestat (Tom Cruise, Edge of Tomorrow, Jack Reacher), he quickly realizes that his dark gift is also a curse that requires him to kill to survive. An eternity of blood, lust and torment awaits in this thrilling and visually stunning film that redefined the vampire genre.
The Blu-ray will include:
Lestat, Louis, and the Vampire Phenomenon: A conversation with author Anne Rice about her influence on the new »
- Scott Davis
The debut feature from writer and director Ritesh Batra and official selection of the Cannes, Toronto, Telluride and Sundance Film Festivals, The Lunchbox arrives on Blu-ray™, DVD & Vcd from Reliance Home Video & Games.
The Lunchbox is produced by Guneet Monga, Anurag Kashyap & Arun Rangachari & presented by Utv Motion Pictures & Karan Johar in association with Dar Motion Pictures. The film has been co produced by National Film Development Corporation of India (Nfdc).
This film tells the poignant story of two lonely people in India who find themselves corresponding when one of Mumbai’s dabbawallahs (lunchbox deliverymen) makes a one-in-a-million delivery mix-up. Featuring touching performances from Irrfan Khan (The Life of Pi), Nawazuddin Siddiqui (Bombay Talkies) and Nimrat Kaur (Peddlers), The Lunchbox shows us how love can help transform the unlikeliest of people.
Sweta Agnihotri, COO of Reliance Home Video & Games said, “The Lunchbox is a unique love story, the film has »
- Press Releases
Name: David Ellison Source Of Wealth: Family Bio: Son of Oracle’s Larry Ellison, whose net worth is estimated between 41.8 billion (Bloomberg) and $48 billion (Forbes). Brother of uber-producer Megan Ellison. USC film school graduate. Accomplished acrobatic pilot. Marital Status: Married to actress/singer Sandy Modic. Hollywood Connections: His father once co-owned the 450-foot, $200 million yacht Rising Sun with fellow billionaire and DreamWorks co-founder David Geffen. David Ellison began career as an actor, appearing in and co-financing the 2006 MGM flop “Flyboys.” Founded Skydance Productions label, named for his love of flying. Raised $350 million to co-finance movies with studio partner Paramount Pictures. Re-upped co-financing pact with Paramount through 2018. Films Of Note: “True Grit,” “Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol,” “Jack Reacher,” “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” “Star Trek Into Darkness,” “World War Z.” Combined, those films have made more than $2.4 billion at the global box office—Deadline. Film Projects In The Work: *“Terminator: Genesis.” Director: Alan Taylor. »
- Robert W. Welkos
A film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger comes with a decently hefty amount of expectations, due to his filmography being completely full of films that helped establish his role as the guy who has blown more buildings up, delivered more one liners, and muscled his way through more bad guys than any other badass working today. When an actor gets that insanely huge amount of baggage, it’s hard for viewers to think of him as anything other than that, causing any testing of the waters to be less successful and well received. Thankfully though, Schwarzenegger is able to rise above that and give fans a very unexpected yet interesting performance in David Ayer’s gritty as hell film Sabotage.
Following a covert operation that ends with 10 million dollars of drug cartel money missing, DEA Agent Breacher (Schwarzenegger) and his hardcore team of undercover agents are put under investigation, with each member »
- Jerry Smith
Jessabelle just wants to heal, but she’ll get hell for her efforts. Wheelchair-bound as she recuperates from a car accident that killed her boyfriend, Jessabelle returns home to be near her father, but ends up getting too close to a malevolent spirit that haunts the house. Originally slated for a late summer release, the premiere of Jessabelle has been pushed back slightly by Blumhouse Productions to a different season.
Jessabelle will now hit theaters and on-demand services on November 7th. For those unfamiliar with the film, we have the synopsis, cast list, and trailer:
“From the mastermind producer of Paranormal Activity and Insidious comes the ghostly tale of Jessabelle. Returning to her childhood home in Louisiana to recuperate from a horrific car accident, Jessabelle (Sarah Snook of Sleeping Beauty) comes face to face with a long-tormented spirit that has been seeking her return — and has no intention of letting her escape. »
- Derek Anderson
You can tell a lot about an actor by the roles they choose. While some are comfortable playing it easy and tackling the same kind of films repeatedly, Andre Royo definitely sets himself apart from that approach. Making waves as Reginald “Bubble” Cousins in by far one of the greatest shows of all time, The Wire, Royo showed viewers that he could tackle gritty. While a lot of people would ride that wave into the comfort zone, Royo has always pushed himself, with roles in varying types and genres of films, such as Super, The Collection, The Spectacular Now and beginning July 18th, Aftermath. Royo was nice enough to talk to Icons of Fright regarding Aftermath, as well as various other things. Read on!
Aftermath is such a great film, it’s very dark, gloomy, and scary, how did your involvement come about?
We tried to do the film with »
In case you were wondering, Mireille Enos is very proud of her pregnant body. Not only is she still doing press for The Killing on what appears to be the exact day she gives birth, but this soon-to-be-mom is wearing what has got to be the most baby bump hugging look we've ever seen. There is a band under the belly for added pop effect! The rest of the look is equally showy. We have a strapless top that highlights the World War Z star's baby-enhanced boobs and a color that would stand out regardless of that bump (and could it be a sign of what's inside?). But is the look flattering? We can't decide. On the one hand losing that below-the-belly band would make the gown flow much more »
‘I’m interested in films that scar’ February 96’ (Empire Magazine)
‘I’m not interested in the guy on his own, in a dark room sharpening his knives’ (Zodiac Commentary)
At the heart of David Fincher is a contradiction. Beneath his meticulous approach and need for perfection is a conflict of interest. With a history of visually striking music videos which often extend into short narrative films, Fincher’s unflinching focus on character and exploration of social agendas make him a true original. For someone defined in part by his use of darkness, that Fincher would feign indifference to those characters that exist within it is baffling. If we discount The Curious Case of Benjamin Button it becomes apparent that elsewhere, from Alien3 through to The Social Network, are pivotal characters with thematically dark undertones. So the question is, how can he be »
- Gary Collinson
Matt Reeves (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) will look to make The Invisible Woman after Planet of the Apes 3 which is set to hit theaters on July 29, 2016. Reeves told ComingSoon.net, "If I don't make The Invisible Woman right before Planet of the Apes 3, I'll make it right after the next ape film." Naomi Watts was once attached to star in the project, which Reeves has described as "a very intimate character story with a similar tone to 'Let Me In,' a Hitchcockian suspense style. It's an anatomy of this one woman's desperation. You follow her through ever step of what seems like extreme behavior, but at the end you hopefully see why every step was made." Coming Soon Kurt Russell recently suggested Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight might shoot near the beginning of 2015 telling CinemaBlend.com, "There's a Tarantino project called The Hateful Eight »
- Brad Brevet
For the past few weeks, box office observers (including this column) have been worried about a big summer slump. After all, summer revenues are down nearly 20 percent compared to the same point last year, and the overall take for 2014, which was ahead of the previous year's earnings in April, has since fallen to 4 percent below 2013's numbers. Last weekend's Independence Day haul was the lowest since 1999, when Will Smith had a rare bomb with "Wild Wild West."
Not that there have been many huge flops this summer, just a series of high-priced disappointments that earned well below expectations, from "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" to "Transformers: Age of Extinction." That lackluster streak has left pundits wondering whether there's still enough time and enough potential hit movies in the pipeline for 2014 to catch up to 2013. Would this weekend's "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" spark a turnaround?
The short answer is no, »
- Gary Susman
Not a bad teaser, although it's unlikely to convince those who don't consider themselves a fan of the series to tune in as the arrival of a new Doctor doesn't seem to have shaken up the popular show all that much! Matt Smith was the last actor to play The Doctor, and Peter Capaldi made a brief appearance as the twelfth incarnation of the character in the hugely popular "The Day of the Doctor" special. However, he didn’t officially take on the role until Smith regenerated into the World War Z actor in the following episode. Doctor Who returns to TV on Saturday, August 23rd. »
With strong reviews and goodwill from its well-liked predecessor, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes easily ruled the domestic box office this weekend.Overall, though, it was another slow weekend at U.S. movie theaters: the Top 12 earned $138.6 million, which is down 26 percent from the same weekend last year.Debuting at 3,967 theaters, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes earned $72.6 million this weekend. That's a 33 percent improvement over the last movie's $54.8 million opening, and is also noticeably higher than last Summer's World War Z ($66.4 million). Of course, it's way off from the $90-million level that some other Summer movies have reached, though the Apes brand is obviously not as popular as Transformers, Spider-Man or X-Men.The movie's strong debut can be attributed to a few factors. First, 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes was well-received by moviegoers, and has connected with many more during its post-theatrical run. »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
According to Deadline, the director of last year’s critically acclaimed human survival film All Is Lost is heading back to sea, and will helm a film about the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig tragedy.
The explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico killed 11 men and injured 17 others. The ensuing gush of oil into the ocean wasn’t capped for three months, becoming the second-largest U.S. environmental disaster in history.
Chandor is set to direct the film, which is described as being “the survival story [about] the courage shown by those who worked on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig,” after finishing post-production on his latest project, A Most Violent Year, which stars Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain.
Written by Matthew Sand (Ninja Assassin) and Matthew Michael Carnahan (Lions for Lambs, World War Z), Deepwater Horizon will be overseen by Transformers franchise producers Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian, »
- James Garcia
Day 3 of Sdcc '14 marks the end of an era with "True Blood's" last panel. It's joined by fellow fangers "The Vampire Diaries," the witches of "Salem" and "Ahs: Coven," "Grimm," Sin City, "Constantine," Troma, and lots more.
Per usual, we have the horror highlights along with info on a few other panels that should be of general interest (plus a couple of things for the kids). Be sure to visit the official 2014 San Diego Comic-Con website for the full lineup.
Day 3: Saturday, July 26, 2014
10 Am - The Simpsons
Celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Simpsons-no gifts please-with creator Matt Groening, executive producer Al Jean, supervising director Mike Anderson, and director for life David Silverman. Topics include the new Treehouse of Horror, Simpsorama, a visit from Homer Simpson and much, much more.
Saturday July 26, 2014 10:00am - 10:45am - Ballroom 20
10 Am - Idw: Summer Blockbusters!
- Debi Moore
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes ruled the box office on Friday with an estimated $27.7 million.That debut is up significantly from 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes ($19.5 million), and is also a bit higher than last year's World War Z ($25.2 million).The movie has strong reviews and good word-of-mouth, which should help prevent a steep Saturday drop off. The World Cup final could keep some people away on Sunday, though. Regardless, Dawn is likely to wind up over $70 million for the weekend.Transformers: Age of Extinction added $4.8 million yesterday, which is a 55 percent drop from the previous Friday. To date, the fourth installment in the Transformers franchise has earned $197.4 million, and will pass $200 million sometime today.In third place, Tammy fell 37 percent to an estimated $4 million. The Melissa McCarthy comedy has now earned a solid $48.5 million.After nearly a month in theaters, 22 Jump Street is still »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
We're back with the horror highlights of Day 2 of this year's Sdcc, and you better rest up! On tap are "The Walking Dead," "Bates Motel," "Sleepy Hollow," Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, Scream Factory, and More!
What you'll find below is just the tip of the iceberg (and it does include a few "fringe" panels that we thought might be interest). Be sure to visit the official San Diego Comic-Con 2014 website for the full lineup.
Day 2: Friday, July 25, 2014
10:00 Am - Publishers Weekly: Behind the Digital Line
As digital comics have become a driving force of the medium, more publishers and creators have launched digital first lines of comics. How do publishers and creators deal with the unique properties of the web and tablet? How do readers react? Are they an evolution from webcomics or their own medium? And how will technological evolution affect storytelling as more choices arise? Pw's »
- Debi Moore
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was finally unleashed in theaters for preview screenings last night, taking in a healthy $4.1 million from 10 Pm and midnight previews.
This sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes opened in 2,750 theaters, but managed to fall short of recent hits such as X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Godzilla and Transformers: Age of Extinction, which earned between $8 and $10 million during their Thursday night debuts.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes did fare much better than its predecessor, 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which only took in $1.4 million en route to a solid $54.8 million opening weekend. The first movie ended up grossing $177 million domestically and $305 million worldwide.
While they're nothing new, the post-apocalyptic subgenre of films has grown an incredible amount, including zombie movies, young adult adaptations, and more. There are tons of movies out there painting a grim look at our future, and a new book from Schiffer Publishing is here to help movie lovers navigate the world of post-apocalyptic stories on the big screen.
Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. is pleased to announce the release of World Gone Wild: A Survivor’s Guide to Post-Apocalyptic Movies by david j. moore with a foreword by Vern. Here are more details about this new title:
World Gone Wild: A Survivor's Guide to Post-Apocalyptic Movies
World Gone Wild: A Survivor's Guide to Post-Apocalyptic Movies - A loving ode to a universal genre of film. An entire subculture of end-of-the-world themes was spawned from films like The Road Warrior, Escape From New York, and The Terminator. While those »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
With high-stakes financial drama Margin Call and Robert Redford-powered survival tale All Is Lost under his belt, J.C. Chandor is settling into his position as one of Hollywood’s most exciting new filmmakers. Up next, he has a period crime thriller titled A Most Violent Year, which stars Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain as an immigrant and his wife struggling to expand their New York business in the crime-ridden winter of 1981 while the rampant corruption of their surroundings threatens to drag them down. That project has Oscar written all over it, but Chandor isn’t waiting around to see how it performs – Deadline reports that he’s already lining up Deepwater Horizon as his next effort.
The film will focus on the April 20, 2010 explosion of an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, which caused a massive offshore oil spill that created the second largest environmental disaster in U. »
- Isaac Feldberg
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