The Fu boys were in full effect on Friday and ready to
stand sleep in line for the first of several days at San Diego Comic-Con. And while it may not always be pleasant (the cold, the hard ground, the snoring from all directions), braving the outdoors does yield some awesome results! Take a look at what Fox brought to the stage….
THE MAZE RUNNER
Opens September 19, 2014
We’ve been hearing the buzz about this novel-turned-movie and so far so good! Personally, I haven’t read any of the books but after seeing the incredible new trailer for The Maze Runner, I can honestly say that I’m all in! The author of this best selling novel, James Dashner was joined on stage by director Wes Ball. The pair talked briefly to the crowd then brought out cast members Will Poulter, Dylan O’Brien, and Kaya Scodelario. Judging by the round of applause, you could tell there were A LOT of ‘Maze’ fans in Hall H anxiously awaiting opening day!
- Q: Was there anything in the book that didn’t make in into the movie? BALL: “There were so many scenes that dealt with story and setup but all the major fan favorite scenes are in the movie. In the end, it just comes down to time…..we had to condense things because it’s still a movie….”
- Q: How did you bring the Grievers to the screen? BALL: “I looked to movies like Jurassic Park for inspiration….you know these creatures are bio-mechanical….I wanted them to look like monsters that represent the character’s worst fears….
- Q: What was the hardest scene you had to do Dylan? O’Brien: ” !#$%%#’s death.”
(Now at this moment, the ENTIRE Hall of H goes ‘OOOOOOOOOOO’ because of this gigantic slip of a spoiler by the young actor. He does try and back-peddle but the damage had been done. With a defeatist tone in his voice, O’Brien says “I’m gonna get in some much trouble…” and sheepishly puts his head down on the table)
BOOK OF LIFE
Opens October 17, 2014
We LOVE animated movies. We were stoked when the moderator bought the folks from the upcoming film Book of Life – director Jorge R. Gutierrez, producer Guillermo del Toro, and voice actors Christina Applegate, Ron Perlman. and Channing Tatum (or C-Tates as he’s known here in the Dojo). Among topics of discussion were the delightful and unique spins on the popular music choices that Gutierrez chose to be in the flim. The actors talked about their voice work and the reflections they had on their characters. On a heartfelt note del Toro – when asked about how/why he got behind this movie – remarked on sort of being on the lookout for projects like this that need to be nurtured and made sure it doesn’t get lost out there in the world. He was very adamant about getting Book of Life to in fact see life on the big screen.
Rounding out the panel was a huge and very surprising appearance by rapper Biz Markie who came out to the beat of his 1989 hit “Just a Friend” in which everyone cheered and stood up (including ALL the panelists) and joined Biz in singing! You might say that this was Fox’s “Tom Hiddleston/Loki” moment of the day.
HITMAN: AGENT 47, LET’S BE COPS, KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE
The last three films of the panel went by pretty quick but that’s not to say that folks were any less welcoming.
Hitman: Agent 47 stars Zachary Quinto and Hannah Ware came out to discuss briefly what was going with this new reboot of the popular video game franchise. Unfortuantely the main HITman himself – Rupert Friend – wasn’t not there himself due to another shooting schedule but did show up via video message where he introduced the world premiere trailer for the movie. Not bad at all. Friend showed a little contrast to Timothy Olyphant’s version back in 2007 but the same cold, toughness looks like it translate well with Friend. Opens February 27, 2015
No surprise when the Let’s Be Cops crew showed up and provided some laughs, just increasing our drive to go see this opening weekend. Cops stars Rob Riggle, Keegan-Michael Key, Nina Dobrev, Damon Wayans Jr. kept the crowd in Hall H laughing as they shared a few funny stories of Key puttying his fellow cast members through pains of trying to understand an accent he kept doing and Wayans Jr.’s trials of having a man’s…err…”stuff”…rubbed on his face during one particular scene. Damon was only one of the two cops that was able to be there as Jake Johnson was not. Johnson was graciousness enough to send along a video message in which we see him sitting in a bath robe inside a hotel room. After sending his regrets of not being there in person, he introduces another trailer for the film but not before a male masseuse walks him and collects a “tip”. Opens August 13, 2014
At this point in the panel, Sully and I had to leave early so we could make another event – one of the many Sophie’s Choices we had to make on our trip to SDCC. Kingsman: The Secret Service was the next panel up but we were unable to see it. Walking out I could hear the moderator calling out to the stage Colin Firth and Samuel L. Jackson and everyone went nuts. For a better look, check out Collider’s write-up here. Opens October 24, 2014