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The San Diego Comic-Con International is in full swing, and we’ve got a few of yesterday’s big panels for you to watch right here, starting with Benedict Cumberbatch talking about his upcoming role in Penguins of Madagascar (and Sherlock, of course):
Creator and showrunner John Logan is joined by spellbinding stars Josh Hartnett (Ethan Chandler), Reeve Carney (Dorian Gray), and Harry Treadaway (Victor Frankenstein), as the monstrous new series possesses Ballroom 20. Enter the demimonde to find out what moments haunt the writer and cast from the first season and view a sneak peek to see what the cards reveal about the season ahead. The panel will be moderated by Emmy Award-nominated actress and host Aisha Tyler (Archer, The Talk), followed by a Q&A session with the “Dreadfuls.” Penny Dreadful returns to Showtime in 2015.
Join the creative minds behind the award-winning TV seriesHannibal. »
- Gary Collinson
Last fall, ABC aired a charming Halloween special starring the Toy Story franchise’s beloved playthings. Its ratings success has paved the way for another half-hour that’ll air on the network later this holiday season—and this one has more dinos than the first.
The second special, called Toy Story That Time Forgot, finds the heroes tangling with a gang of new action figures led by Reptillus Maximus (voiced by Grey’s Anatomy star Kevin McKidd). Much like Buzz Lightyear in the franchise’s first film, Reptillus and his crew don’t know that they’re just toys—which causes some major complications, »
- Hillary Busis
While Comic-Con will have more than enough animation to satisfy even the most enthusiastic fan, a few special TV panels stand out as some of the most anticipated animated series panels of the year, including a special sneak peek at the upcoming Family Guy/The Simpsons crossover episode and more.
Top 10 Animation Panels
Toy Story is heading to Comic-Con with an exclusive first look at Toy Story That Time Forgot, a new holiday special. Executive producer Galyn Susman (Toy Story Of Terror!), director Steve Prucell (Brave) and head of story Derek Thompson (Wall-e) will also show off exclusive sketches and storyboards and give behind the scenes scoop on the newest Toy Story adventure. Certainly a must see for any self-respecting Toy Story fanatic.
– Thursday, July 24, 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., Room 6A
Comedy Central: Key & Peele and Introducting Moonbeam City!
Comedians Keegan-Michael Key »
The ABC holiday special Toy Story That Time Forgot is making tracks for the San Diego Comic-Con this week, and TVLine has a first look at the poster that will given away to fans and autographed by the panelists on hand for Thursday’s Q&A.
Related Comic-Con 2014: Your Guide to All the TV-Related Goodness
Created by Mike Mignola, the poster offers an illustrated taste of what to expect from ABC’s second Toy Story special, in which Buzz (voiced by Tim Allen), Woody (Tom Hanks) and the gang find themselves in uncharted territory when “the coolest set of »
A month ago Academy Award winner Colin Firth (The King’s Speech, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) dropped out of Paul King’s adaptation of the beloved children’s book Paddington, saying that he no longer felt that his voice fit the part. His departure came just a few months before the iconic British bear’s winter release date, meaning King and co. needed to find a new voice actor quickly.
Whishaw told the Daily Mail that he had “no relationship to Paddington whatsoever” before being asked “quite out of the blue” to audition for the part, but in the grand scheme of »
- James Garcia
It has begun. Comic-Con International has started to release the daily schedules for Comic-Con 2014! We have Preview Night and Thursday schedules available. It's time to start planning out your epic geek adventure! The GeekTyrant team will be there to cover as much awesomeness from the convention as we possibly can!
I will post a few of the notable panels that will be taking place, but to see the full event schedule click here.
Wednesday - July 23Special Sneak Peek Pilot Screenings:Comic-Con International and Warner Bros. Television proudly continue their annual Preview Night tradition, with exclusive world premiere screenings of the pilot episodes of three of the most highly anticipated series of the 2014-15 television season -- The Flash, Constantine, and iZombie -- as well as a brand new episode of Teen Titans Go!
- Joey Paur
San Diego Comic-Con has released the full schedule for the first day of programming at Comic-Con 2014, Thursday, July 24. We've pulled out all the movie, DVD and TV-related panels and events right here, but you can also clickHere if you want to check out the full schedule with all of the comic book events. You can also clickHere to find out what pilot episodes Warner Bros. Television will be screening during Preview Night on Wednesday, July 23. Take a look at the exciting panels that will kick off the con this year.
Thursday July 24
10:00am - 11:00am - 24
Jack is back at Comic-Con, damn it! Kiefer Sutherland takes the stage to celebrate 24's most iconic moments and highlights of Jack Bauer's triumphant return in 24: Live Another Day. Catch the exclusive sneak peek at highly anticipated Blu-ray and DVD featurette, Worlds Collide, illustrating how the pulse-pounding storytelling was created for this thrilling new season. »
The Academy has announced the new class of invited members for 2014 and, as is typical, many of which are among last year's nominees, which includes Barkhad Abdi, Michael Fassbender, Sally Hawkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Lupita Nyong'o and June Squibb in the Actors branch not to mention curious additions such as Josh Hutcherson, Rob Riggle and Jason Statham, but, okay. The Directors branch adds Jay and Mark Duplass along with Jean-Marc Vallee, Denis Villeneuve and Thomas Vinterberg. I didn't do an immediate tally of male to female additions or other demographics, but at first glance it seems to be a wide spread batch of new additions on all fronts. The Academy is also clearly attempting to aggressively bump up the demographics as this is the second year in a row where they have added a large number of new members, well over the average of 133 new members from 2004 to 2012. As far as »
- Brad Brevet
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 271 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.
Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2014.
“This year’s class of invitees represents some of the most talented, creative and passionate filmmakers working in our industry today,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “Their contributions to film have entertained audiences around the world, and we are proud to welcome them to the Academy.”
The 2014 invitees are:
- Michelle McCue
Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o of 12 Years a Slave were two of the 271 artists and industry leaders invited to become members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which determines nominations and winners at the annual Oscars. The entire list of Academy membership—which numbers about 6,000—isn’t public information so the annual invitation list is often the best indication of the artists involved in the prestigious awards process. It’s worth noting that invitations need to be accepted in order for artists to become members; some artists, like two-time Best Actor winner Sean Penn, have declined membership over the years. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Pop quiz: What do Chris Rock, Claire Denis, Eddie Vedder and Josh Hutcherson all have in common? Answer: They could all be Oscar voters very soon. The annual Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences invitation list always makes for interesting reading, shedding light on just how large and far-reaching the group's membership is -- or could be, depending on who accepts their invitations. This year, 271 individuals have been asked to join AMPAS, meaning every one of them could contribute to next year's Academy Awards balloting -- and it's as diverse a list as they've ever assembled. Think the Academy consists entirely of fusty retired white dudes? Not if recent Best Original Song nominee Pharrell Williams takes them up on their offer. Think it's all just a Hollywood insiders' game? Not if French arthouse titans Chantal Akerman and Olivier Assayas join the party. It's a list that subverts expectation at every turn. »
- Guy Lodge
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has invited 271 individuals to become members, with the list reflecting the org’s determination to bring more diversity to its ranks.
Every year, the list of invitations includes several recent Oscar nominees. That’s true this year as well, with letters going out Wednesday to a cross-section of people including 2013 contenders Barkhad Abdi, Lupita Nyong’o, Hayao Miyazaki, Pharrell Williams, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, plus such creatives as Megan Ellison, Chris Rock, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Steve Coogan, Jason Statham, William Chang Suk Ping, Joan Sobel, Tracey Seaward, Mads Mikkelsen and Chantal Akerman.
Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs told Variety Thursday, “This is a continuation of an initiative to bring in new voices. Filmmaking has gotten more diverse, and audiences have been responding. There are terrific filmmakers around the world at the top of their game and we want to recognize them and bring them into the Academy. »
- Tim Gray
Sure, you've seen "The Lion King" dozens of times. You own the soundtrack and you've caught the Broadway show. Maybe you even had "Lion King" sheets and went to bed singing "Hakuna Matata."
And what "Lion King" fan doesn't know about the scene where stars supposedly spell out "Sex"? We bet there are still some things you didn't know about the beloved Disney classic, which turns 20 on June 15.
2. Disney believed that "Pocahontas" (which came out in 1995) would be the bigger, more prestigious film and put all its key animators on it instead. Story artist Brenda Chapman (who went on to direct "Brave" and "The Prince of Egypt") thought the story "wasn't very good" and writer Burny Mattinson declared, "I don't know who is »
- Sharon Knolle
With the middling success of Cars 2, Brave and Monsters University, Pixar has been stuck in a bit of a rut over the past few years. Luckily, the animation studio’s upcoming slate looks primed to deliver the same kind of inventive, exhilarating family adventures that put Pixar on the map in the first place. And none of them look more promising than 2015′s Inside Out, which travels inside the mind of a young girl.
We’ve gotten bits and pieces of information about Inside Out over the past few months, but director Peter Docter (Up) actually gave attendees of the Annecy International Animated Film Festival an extended look at the film yesterday. According to Docter, like Up, Inside Out starts out with a montage of a young girl named Riley in her early years, showing color-coded and anthropomorphized emotions appearing based on corresponding events. One observer sent the following description to Pixar Post. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Update: A couple of new details here. You might be wondering, since the original report doesn't mention any story details, how exactly this thing is going to play out. Sources tell HitFix that Condon won't only be drawing from the 1991 Disney film. In his pitch to the studio, the director said he would also include most, if not all, of the Menken/Rice songs from the Broadway musical that ran for 13 years from 1994 to 2007. It will be a "straight-forward, live action, large-budget movie musical," we're told. See below for the earlier story. Earlier: With "Maleficent" hitting big (though, contextually, not as big as the breathless media seems to think), and an "Alice in Wonderland" sequel on the way, it's clear Disney is interested in testing the stamina of the company's intellectual properties in the live action space. Add one more to the schedule: "Beauty and the Beast." Variety reports that »
- Kristopher Tapley
We’ve known for some time that Marvel has been interested in producing a Doctor Strange movie. At one point, they considered Johnny Depp for the titular role, but that didn’t pan out. We even have our own list of potential candidates.Today, the first big announcement for the film occurred – Scott Derrickson (Sinister), who had previously been rumored to be on the director shortlist, confirmed that he’d be helming the film, beating out Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies) and Mark Andrews (Brave) for the job.
And while that was all well in good, it wasn’t the only bit of Doctor Strange news for today. Tucked inside a report from Click to continue reading ‘Doctor Strange’ Rumor: Will Jared Leto Play the Sorcerer Supreme?
- Ben Moore
It appears we have a director for Marvel's upcoming "Doctor Strange" movie, indicating the film will likely be one of the studio's Phase Three films.
Filmmaker Scott Derrickson ("Sinister," "The Day the Earth Stood Still") has confirmed on Twitter that he will take the helm of the film as his next project. Derrickson most recently filmed the Eric Bana-led supernatural thriller "Deliver Us From Evil" which opens July 2nd.
Derrickson was first reported being in contention earlier this year, and it looks like he's won the gig ahead of the other rumored names like Jonathan Levine ("Warm Bodies") and Mark Andrews ("Brave").
In the comics, the character is a self-centred New York surgeon robbed of his skills after a car accident. He soon finds his way to a healer in the Himalayas where he learned to tap into psychic powers to battle evil wizards and other wrongdoers.
'Strange' is »
- Garth Franklin
Marvel still may be without a director for Ant-Man (which is scheduled for release in a little over a year), but the studio has found its Doctor Strange director. We learned a few months ago that a number of filmmakers were in the running to take the helm of the comics adaptation, including Warm Bodies helmer Jonathan Levine, Brave director Mark Andrews, and horror filmmaker Scott Derrickson. It now appears that the latter is the choice to take on the gig, as the director behind Sinister and The Exorcism of Emily Rose is in talks to bring Doctor Strange to fruition. Hit the jump for more. Per Variety, Scott Derrickson is in talks to direct the comics adaptation Doctor Strange for Marvel. Derrickson is a solid choice, as he has experience helming larger fare like The Day the Earth Stood Still remake, but in particular his handle of mood and »
- Adam Chitwood
For the last couple of weeks, Marvel Studios has been working hard to find a filmmaker to replace Edgar Wright for 2015's Ant-Man, but that's not stopping them from thinking about the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While that director search continues, new reports now say that the studio has found the man that they want to make their Doctor Strange film: Scott Derrickson. This news comes to us from Variety, which adds that talks are still very early but that he is the studio's top pick and should be made official very shortly. We first learned that Derrickson was in the mix all the way back in March when he was mentioned on a shortlist of candidates for the Doctor Strange gig. At the time, other filmmakers being considered were Jonathan Levine, the director of 50/50 and Warm Bodies, and Mark Andrews, the co-director of Brave. Apparently the last »
Though the mixed success of its three most recent releases, Cars 2, Brave and Monsters University, have caused some to wonder whether Pixar’s golden age has drawn to a close, there’s no denying that the animation giant has turned out some of the greatest family films of all time in its 28 years of existence. And with next summer’s Inside Out, many are hoping that Pixar is gearing up for a creative resurgence. Now, an updated plot synopsis for the film has hit the web, and it sounds pretty exciting.
The film, from Up director Pete Docter, was hailed by Pixar’s chief creative officer John Lasseter last August as, “one of the most unique films I’ve ever been associated with – a magical, wonderful, original film.” It’s based on an original idea by Docter and boasts a screenplay by Toy Story 3 scribe Michael Arndt. Check out the synopsis below, »
- Isaac Feldberg
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