Hollywood’s hot tickets at Comic-Con, the Cannes of fanboys

The courtship of fanboys with film adaptations of comics, video games, sci-fi and fantasy action-adventures goes into full swing this week as Hollywood heads to San Diego to present its upcoming slate at the 41st annual Comic-Con, July 22-25.

The 126,000 attendees will be offered sneak peeks of the studios' upcoming lineup, though only 6,000 will get a seat in the convention center's large Hall H for film panels.

Directors and actors will show footage to build anticipation, in hopes of spreading buzz on blogs like Monsters and Critics for the box office. "I feel like one Comic-Con fan is worth 100 moviegoers," Watchmen director Zack Snyder told Variety.

Here is a rundown of 2010's Comic-Con Hollywood highlights and anticipated hits:

Thursday, July 22:

TRON: Legacy - stars Jeff Bridges, Olivia Wilde, Michael Sheen, and Garrett Hedlund present the sequel of the sci-fi cult classic.

RED - based on a DC comic, these CIA agents on the run include Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman, and John Malkovich.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World - from the graphic novel, a stylish live-action film pits nerdy Michael Cera against his girlfriend's evil exes. Anna Kendrick will also be on hand.

Salt - spy thriller with Angelina Jolie present to for a Q&A session before it opens Friday.

Megamind in 3D - features Will Ferrell's voice, along with Tina Fey, and Jonah Hill who will also attend. Brad Pitt, who plays Metro Man, might too.

Friday, July 23:

Green Hornet - Seth Rogen and Oscar-winner Christoph Waltz join director Michel Gondry to show off this spoof of the superhero in faux 3D

The Other Guys - not quite Comic-Con material but stars Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson, and Dwayne Johnson will please the crowd.

Saturday, July 24:

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint make a debut appearance at Comic-Con with the finale presentation.

Green Lantern - the iconic DC character played by Ryan Reynolds in this much-anticipated live-action film, featuring his computer-generated costume.

Captain America: The First Avenger - Chris Evans as the Marvel superhero, Hugo Weaving, and director Joe Johnston appear. Plus possible The Avengers announcements.

Thor - Chris Hemsworth as the Norse god will present this epic with director Kenneth Branagh. Also stars Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Rene Russo, Stellan Skarsgard.

Paul - comedy by director Greg Mottola ( Superbad) about two geeks, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, traveling to Comic-Con and encountering an alien.

Cowboys & Aliens - director Jon Favreau ( Iron Man) presents his adaptation of the comic book about gunslingers vs. spacemen starring Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford.

Also, either not based on games or comics, or with little anticipation or fanfare, the following films could break out as sleeper hits:

Don't Be Afraid of the Dark - horror film with Guy Pearce and Katie Holmes, written and produced by Guillermo del Toro.

Sucker Punch - director Zac Snyder ( Watchmen, 300) an original fantasy with Mad Men's Jon Hamm.

Super - comedic crimefighters with no superpowers on a caper starring Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page and Liv Tyler.

Priest in 3D - a western-infused post-apocalyptic thriller with vampires, starring Paul Bettany.

Other presentations include Let Me In with Chloe Moretz ( Kick-Ass) in a cult vampire story, Resident Evil: Afterlife featuring Milla Jovovich in the fourth installment of the video game adaptation, and Drive Angry 3D starring Nicolas Cage in a wild bloody ride.

Television series from Fringe to Dexter and new shows such as The Walking Dead and No Ordinary Family will make presentations, as well as super hit Glee.

The legendary writer Ray Bradbury, fanboy favorite director Kevin Smith ( Clerks), and ‘visionary' producer/directors J.J. Abrams ( Star Trek) and Joss Whedon ( Buffy the Vampire Slayer) will also present their own seminars.

In 1976, this tradition of promoting movies at Comic-Con started when Lucasfilm did a Star Wars slideshow of costumes and concept art, plus a comic book to create excitement for the release.

http://www.comic-con.org

RC

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment

ebooksNow available in paperback
Arts and Entertainment

ebooks
Arts and Entertainment
Anthony Hopkins in Westworld

TV
Arts and Entertainment

TV
Arts and Entertainment
Rock and role: Jamie Bell's character Benjamin Grimm is transformed into 'Thing' in the film adaptation of Marvel Comics' 'Fantastic Four'
film review
Arts and Entertainment
Katie Hopkins veered between sycophancy and insult in her new chat show
TV review
Arts and Entertainment

books
Arts and Entertainment
In his role as Hamlet, Benedict Cumberbatch will have to learn, and repeat night after night, around 1,480 lines

Theatre
Arts and Entertainment
Belgian sexologist Goedele Liekens with pupils at Hollins Technology College in Accrington
TV review
Arts and Entertainment

music
Arts and Entertainment
Judges Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry

TV
Arts and Entertainment

TV
Arts and Entertainment
The rapper Drake

music
Arts and Entertainment
The gaffer: Prince Philip and the future Queen in 1947
TV review
Arts and Entertainment
Style icons: The Beatles on set in Austria
film
Arts and Entertainment
By Seuss! ‘What Pet Shall I Get?’ hits the bookshops this week
Books
Arts and Entertainment
The mushroom cloud over Hiroshima after Enola Gray and her crew dropped the bomb
TV review
Arts and Entertainment
Elliott outside his stationery store that houses a Post Office
TV review
Arts and Entertainment
Rebecca Ferguson, Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible Rogue Nation

Film review Tom Cruise, 50, is still like a puppy in this relentless action soap opera

Arts and Entertainment
Rachel McAdams in True Detective season 2

TV review
Arts and Entertainment
Off the wall: the cast of ‘Life in Squares’

TV
Arts and Entertainment

Books And it is whizzpopping!

Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
SPONSORED FEATURES

ES Rentals

    Independent Dating
    and  

    By clicking 'Search' you
    are agreeing to our
    Terms of Use.

    The Silk Roads that trace civilisation: Long before the West rose to power, Asian pathways were connecting peoples and places

    The Silk Roads that trace civilisation

    Long before the West rose to power, Asian pathways were connecting peoples and places
    House of Lords: Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled

    The honours that shame Britain

    Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled
    When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race

    'When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race'

    Why are black men living the stereotypes and why are we letting them get away with it?
    International Tap Festival: Forget Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - this dancing is improvised, spontaneous and rhythmic

    International Tap Festival comes to the UK

    Forget Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - this dancing is improvised, spontaneous and rhythmic
    War with Isis: Is Turkey's buffer zone in Syria a matter of self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

    Turkey's buffer zone in Syria: self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

    Ankara accused of exacerbating racial division by allowing Turkmen minority to cross the border
    Doris Lessing: Acclaimed novelist was kept under MI5 observation for 18 years, newly released papers show

    'A subversive brothel keeper and Communist'

    Acclaimed novelist Doris Lessing was kept under MI5 observation for 18 years, newly released papers show
    Big Blue Live: BBC's Springwatch offshoot swaps back gardens for California's Monterey Bay

    BBC heads to the Californian coast

    The Big Blue Live crew is preparing for the first of three episodes on Sunday night, filming from boats, planes and an aquarium studio
    Austin Bidwell: The Victorian fraudster who shook the Bank of England with the most daring forgery the world had known

    Victorian fraudster who shook the Bank of England

    Conman Austin Bidwell. was a heartless cad who carried out the most daring forgery the world had known
    Car hacking scandal: Security designed to stop thieves hot-wiring almost every modern motor has been cracked

    Car hacking scandal

    Security designed to stop thieves hot-wiring almost every modern motor has been cracked
    10 best placemats

    Take your seat: 10 best placemats

    Protect your table and dine in style with a bold new accessory
    Ashes 2015: Alastair Cook not the only one to be caught in The Oval mindwarp

    Cook not the only one to be caught in The Oval mindwarp

    Aussie skipper Michael Clarke was lured into believing that what we witnessed at Edgbaston and Trent Bridge would continue in London, says Kevin Garside
    Can Rafael Benitez get the best out of Gareth Bale at Real Madrid?

    Can Benitez get the best out of Bale?

    Back at the club he watched as a boy, the pressure is on Benitez to find a winning blend from Real's multiple talents. As La Liga begins, Pete Jenson asks if it will be enough to stop Barcelona
    Athletics World Championships 2015: Beijing witnesses new stage in the Jessica Ennis-Hill and Katarina Johnson-Thompson heptathlon rivalry

    Beijing witnesses new stage in the Jess and Kat rivalry

    The last time the two British heptathletes competed, Ennis-Hill was on the way to Olympic gold and Johnson-Thompson was just a promising teenager. But a lot has happened in the following three years
    Jeremy Corbyn: Joining a shrewd operator desperate for power as he visits the North East

    Jeremy Corbyn interview: A shrewd operator desperate for power

    His radical anti-austerity agenda has caught the imagination of the left and politically disaffected and set a staid Labour leadership election alight
    Isis executes Palmyra antiquities chief: Defender of ancient city's past was killed for protecting its future

    Isis executes Palmyra antiquities chief

    Robert Fisk on the defender of the ancient city's past who was killed for protecting its future