Preview of Hollywood at Comic-Con

The annual Comic-Con convention in San Diego may seem more about film, television and videogames than comics, as more and more releases are based on superheroes and comic book characters. The official conference program will feature a full schedule of Hollywood presentations and panels, July 22-25.

The sold-out event with more than 100,000 comics, science fiction and fantasy fans in attendance gets bigger every year. With many films based on Marvel and DC characters, scenes will be excerpted and stars and directors of the films with participate.

The insider crowd at the convention will not make or break a film, since big-budget movies require mass appeal to be blockbusters, but the studio marketing departments hope the wow factor creates a buzz with the base. Here are some highlights:

Warner Bros. will be present to offer a first look at The Green Lantern, perhaps with a Ryan Reynolds appearance.

Also giving a sneak peak, the sci-fi film Sucker Punch directed by Zack Snyder ( 300, Legend of the Guardians) and being called "Alice in Wonderland with machine guns."

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part One will have a panel that some speculate could include the cast for the first time as the franchise begins to wrap up.

Lionsgate brings The Expendables to the conference, an action-thriller starring Sylvester Stallone, Mickey Rourke, Jet Li, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, releasing in August.

DreamWorks Animation and Paramount Pictures will showcase scenes from Megamind, an animated superhero satire, starring the voices of Will Ferrell and Brad Pitt.

Sony Pictures Entertainment will preview Green Hornet in 3D directed by Michel Gondry and starring Seth Rogen and Jay Chou to be released early in 2011.

Disney makes its third and final presentation of its 3D film, Tron: Legacy. The long-anticipated sequel of the 1982 sci-fi fantasy starring Jeff Bridges and Michael Sheen, hits theaters in December. Banners already line the streets announcing it.

The animated film Tangled about Rapunzel could also get previewed.

Marvel Comics' will roll out images for upcoming films including Captain America: The First Avenger and Thor.

Also, The Avengers, directed by Joss Whedon (writer/producer of Buffy Vampire Slayer), is expected to join the panel discussion.

Universal will present Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, starring Michael Cera and Jason Statham, which opens August 13.

http://www.comic-con.org

RC

 

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