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Comic-Con: Quint at Warner's panel! WICKER MAN, HARRY POTTER and THE REAPING!!!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. I'm typing this about half an hour before the panel starts. I'm getting a jump on today's panels by doing my intro now. I have a huge day today with 6 interviews (that I know of) and 6 panels, talking about 20 plus movies. The day kicks off with Warner Bros's second of 3 panels of the Con. Their first panel was their animation spectacular yesterday, their next tomorrow featuring 300. So, below is what we have for today's panel featuring WICKER MAN, a video greeting from the set of HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX, THE REAPING and an update on SUPERMAN RETURNS.


Neil LaBute was there to talk about the flick and show something. Footage:

Neil LaBute brought the opening sequence from his remake. The scene starts with Nicolas Cage in full motorcycle cop outfit rolling along the rolling country side. The first impression of the footage is a good one. The cinematography looked sharp as hell. So, Cage is driving along and follows a station wagon. A rag doll is thrown from the car. Cage smiles, swings down and scoops it up as he passes by. He pulls the car over and doll in hand he walks to the driver's side window, giant 18-wheelers thundering by.

The woman driving unleashes a torrent of excuses... she's moving, she's so sorry... He hands back the doll, to the kinda creepy little girl in the back seat. The woman says the girl has been acting up and apologizes for it, all the while giant 18 wheelers rumbling past. The girl throws the doll back out the window, into the street. Cage chuckles, walks in the road, picks it up just as the car in the background on the shoulder gets totaled by a giant truck. You see this bit in the trailer as well as some of the rest of the clip that had Cage running to the crushed car... We see the crumpled lady in the front seat. The car's on fire. Cage tries to open the back door. It won't budge. He smashes the window with his cop helmet. We see the creepy ass girl just staring back at him through the broken hole. He reaches in, calling for her to give him her hand. She just stares. The car explodes, throwing Cage back.

Tidbits from the panel:

- The film is a reimagining, not a slavish remake.

- The society here is not a patriarchal society like the original, but rather a matriarchal society, which is why Ellen Burnstyn is in the Christopher Lee role.

- Instead of a paganism/christian struggle, it's more of a male/female clash.

- The island produces honey, not apples. It's sort of a Queen Bee analogy with Burnstyn.

- From LaBute: "There will be precious little singing."

- Edward Woodward cameos

- No Chistopher Lee cameo

- Aaron Eckhart has a small role


No footage shown, but they had the cast (Hilary Swank, AnnaSophia Robb) and some of the creative team (director Stephen Hopkins and Joel Silver) were on hand. Here are some tidbits from the panel.

- The film is about a professor that scientifically explains miracles... so she goes to Louisiana and finds one she can't explain

- Hilary Swank said the script was a page turner with a twist that caught her completely off guard.

- Both hurricanes hit while filming... (I remember hearing the production was moved in to Austin when Katrina hit)

- Swank did tons of research, including getting a subscription to Skeptical Inquirer


The video was really short, but had Daniel Radcliffe sitting in Trelawney's classroom, introducing David Yates. He acts like he's about to tell us a big Potter secret when Yates shows up and interrupts. They talked a tad about getting to see Umbridge (who Yates called a genetic splice between Doris Day and Freddy Kruger) and Hagrid's big giant brother.

Tons more stuff coming. SNAKES ON A PLANE, SUPERMAN RETURNS, KONG: EE and more!


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  • July 21, 2006, 6:47 p.m. CST


    by The Dum Guy

  • July 21, 2006, 6:51 p.m. CST


    by Mechasheeva

    no pics of Umbridge? disappointing!

  • July 21, 2006, 6:58 p.m. CST


    by Turd Furgeson

    I was hoping to get some more potter stuff.....

  • July 21, 2006, 6:58 p.m. CST

    "There will be precious little singing."

    by The Dum Guy

    God, I hope they don't mess this remake up by not having the classic song "Corn-rigs and Barley-rigs" not included. Come everyone at once, "Corn-rigs and barley-rigs, corn-rigs and barley-rigs" [repeat for thirty minutes].

  • July 21, 2006, 6:59 p.m. CST

    Thanks, Quint...

    by paulh

    Will you be at the Veronica Mars panel discussion tomorrow afternoon, 4:30PM Pacific? Looking very much forward to that one, and maybe you can ask Rob Thomas about how Ellen Burstyn can get an Emmy nomination this year for a 15-second performance while KB got the shaft. :|

  • July 21, 2006, 6:59 p.m. CST

    paganism/christianity is a female/male thing

    by HypeEndsHere

    and the other changes do not bode well. especially the played out creepy kid thing. now every time i see an intentionally creepy kid (like in The Ring and Silent Hill) i burst out into laughter.

  • July 21, 2006, 6:59 p.m. CST


    by banditmania

    Britt Ekland cameo?

  • July 21, 2006, 7:05 p.m. CST

    you know why Christopher Lee doesn't cameo?

    by RealDoubleJ

    Cause it's a shitty remake. Men/woman clash "re-imagining" bullshit. They're taking an outlandish cult film and turning it into a by-the-numbers hollywood thriller (Shylaman style) with all the requisite jump scares and moody music. Fuck it. I'm quite happy with my creepy folk songs and i like my policeman "FELAAAMING!" and not the atypical hero of the hour (cause in hollywood, children can't die). The insidious nature of making these remakes is making me angry to the point where i'm feeling like I'll turn into a snarling troll over it, maybe the average film-goer will know this pain once Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid is done with Affleck/Damon or the ultimate taboos: Casablanca & It's A Wonderful Life get "reimagined". Not to rant but you can't truss this turkey up with fairylights & call it art. This is to british cinema history, what it would be like if Gus Van Sant decided to kill off Norman Bates & have Lila Crane find Marion in the cellar locked up with 'Mother' in "Psycho".

  • July 21, 2006, 7:34 p.m. CST

    Next Summer will Rule

    by Darth Evil Dead

    Pirates, Potter, and Spiderman...Enough said. Transformers sucks...because of Michael Bay

  • July 21, 2006, 7:50 p.m. CST

    -sigh of relief-

    by Anna Valerious

    I'm glad they're doing that instead of beliefs...though to quote a line from "Death Race 2000", "Women are the superior race."

  • July 21, 2006, 7:54 p.m. CST

    I hate that cliched beginning of The Wicker Man...

    by BigTuna

    So he fails to save the little girl (which wasn't his fault at all) then he goes into a deep depression and gets a second chance by saving a girl on the Island that looks like the creepy girl in the car that died. I hate how all the heroes in these movies have to have some sort of redemption. Should have made it like the original more.

  • July 21, 2006, 8:01 p.m. CST

    No point in it being more like the original

    by performingmonkey

    The original is a classic movie. They don't need to tell the same story because if you want that story, go watch that movie! It doesn't look too bad. Night would actually have been a good choice to direct this, but he's got his own stories to rape so leave him to it!

  • July 21, 2006, 8:52 p.m. CST

    The Other Reason Christopher Lee Is Not Cameoing...

    by DirtyRatBastard

    He is signed to be in "Cowboys for Christ", Robin Hardy's remake of The Wicker Man, where he will basically be reprising the role of Lord Summerisle...

  • July 21, 2006, 9:29 p.m. CST

    So it will be a Malinist movie?

    by chien_sale

  • July 21, 2006, 9:41 p.m. CST

    Is it just me....

    by CerebralAssassin

    ...or do the movie panels at Comicon suck this year. Snakes on a Plane? The Reaping? Some movie directed by David Arquette? I guess the era of big budget nerd cinema is over. Heh.

  • July 21, 2006, 10:14 p.m. CST


    by CRanapia

    "The film is a reimagining, not a slavish remake." Gee, you know what I hate more than pointless hack re-makes of films that don't need them? Directors of pointless hack re-makes who condescend to their source material.

  • July 21, 2006, 11:15 p.m. CST

    I believe they offered the part to Christopher Lee 1st.

    by Shan

    ... and he said no. Hence the adjustment to give Ellen Burstyn the role.

  • July 21, 2006, 11:38 p.m. CST

    About The Wicker Man

    by Black Satin 2

    After watching the 100 scariest movies and seeing where Wicker Man ranked, I wouldn't want to see that movie either. I know how the movie ended and the twist that happens is one that you really can't have no information going into this movie. That dooms it right there.

  • July 22, 2006, 12:35 a.m. CST

    god, I hate matriachal societies...

    by Everett Robert

    because it's a myth that early paganism societies were all matriachial. There is absoutly NO evidence of ANY matriachial society, NONE, ZERO, NADA. All that films like this do is foster the misconception of a matriachial soceity. Actually I don't know if this film does that or not, I just feel like ranting and raving right now. anyways, paganism/christianity ISN'T patrichial vs matricihal as one poster suggested above. Look at all the pagan socieites, most of them (Greek, Roman, Druid, Indian(as in India), Native American) and 2 of the 3 monothestic societies didn't empower woman, it held them done, however look at early christianity did empower women, look at the New Testement, many woman are mentioned and held in high esteem, despite what Wiccans, socialigests, and Dan Brown want you to believe, ok...flame on

  • July 22, 2006, 12:50 a.m. CST

    "Reimagine there's no Heaven..."

    by tonagan

    Rolls off the tongue, it does...

  • July 22, 2006, 1:26 a.m. CST

    King Kong: Extended Edition? Isn't that redundant?

    by Zardoz

    I mean shit, how long is this one gonna be? Ten hours? The theatrical version was lo-oong enough, thank you!

  • July 22, 2006, 1:31 a.m. CST

    Even in an unrelated thread

    by Lovecraftfan

    we have to have a poke at Night. Cracks me up.

  • July 22, 2006, 4:05 a.m. CST


    by Cloud_Leonheart

    That's all you have? Fuck...

  • July 22, 2006, 4:35 a.m. CST

    Matriachal Societies

    by ROBE

    Most modern paganism were started by guys who wanted to have sex with lots of naked chicks dancing around forested glades. Feminists then adopted these religions as their own. Even ancient cities that had a principal goddess like Athens (Athena)were male dominated. Most so called stone age goddesses were the ancient version of Playboy or Page 3 Girls.

  • July 22, 2006, 4:38 a.m. CST

    Doris Day + Freddy Kruger = Umbridge

    by ROBE

    I have to love that idea.

  • July 22, 2006, 7:22 a.m. CST

    Daniel Radcliffe Vs Alex Petyfer

    by emeraldboy

    Stormbreaker has just been released over here. Views are mixed but positive. Seems to be a fun film. got a great british. Mcgregor, Nighy, Okendeo, Coltrane, Alcia silverstone and andy serkis and Mickey Rourke as the villian who wears blue eye shadow. Jonathon Freeland who first book was published under the name sam bourn, made a interesting point on the Telly last night. He reckons that petyfer is better actor than radclifee. Petyfer was in tom brownes school days with Stephen fry.

  • July 22, 2006, 8:10 a.m. CST

    Piss off, Hollywood.

    by fitzcarraldo2

    "There will be precious little singing" sneers the director of the repackaged, lifeless, plasticised version of a genuine cult classic. The original worls so well because it's so fucking... odd. At times a police procedural, then a musical, sometimes a comedy. It fits into no cosy little niche and it's undettling. What the fuck is going to happen next? Now Hollywood remakes it for 14 year old dimwits in Nebraska starring the dullest man in tinseltown. Smart move on Christopher Lee's part to have nothing to do with this.

  • July 22, 2006, 9:27 a.m. CST

    What about the "The Wigger Man" with Kevin Federline?

    by I Hate Movies

  • July 22, 2006, 5:10 p.m. CST

    just tell us how big hermione's boobs have gotten...

    by Spiderhulk

    that's all we care about.