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Buddy-L reports from WonderCon! Badass Spidey 3 footage description! 300 panel! RE: EXTINCTION panel! And more!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here, about to begin my 6 hour drive back to Austin from Shreveport. I was tinkering with my final MIST set report (to go up tonight) when this report from WonderCon came in from Buddy-L. It sounds like every year WonderCon grows and grows, really becoming a compliment to the big daddy of them all: San Diego Comic-Con. The Spidey 3 footage shown (an early look at the trailer premiering tomorrow on HEROES, I believe) sounds fucking amazing. Expletive needed... Doc Connors... Venom... goosebumps, guys. Can't wait! Buddy also gives us a lot of detail on the other panels of the day. Thanks for the good work, man! Enjoy the report, squirts!

Hey, fellas. Since no one has reported on it, I thought you might like a heads-up about this years WonderCon. Yesterday was the 2nd day (I went the first day, too, but after I got home from the 300 screening, I was dead tired--I'll report about that day later) and is the ComicCon tradition, Saturday is the big movie day. The second day it was all about the Esplanade Ballroom of the Moscone South building. It was scheduled to start at 11:00, but didn't start till noon. First they showed the RATATOUILLE teaser we've all seen, then they brought out Brad Bird. Bird joked that with so many sequels coming out this summer, that he should rename the film RATATOUILLE 1. "'Cause you've got DIE HARD 4, SPIDER-MAN 3, ALIEN vs PREDATOR 2..." He went on to explain the story: A rat named Remy (Patton Oswalt) lives with his family in the French coutryside, until Remy has them discovered and kicked out. Now he's on his own in the city of lights. Remy is unusually skinny because he only likes human food, not rat food (Bird showed sketches that emphasised a more emaciated appearance). Although Remy's personality was written by Bird, he heard Patton Oswalt do a routine about a "steakhouse" and decided he was the one for the job. Other characters include Remy's glutton brother (voiced by a Pixar animator who also did the voice of Dash's teacher in THE INCREDIBLES), their dad (Brian Dennehy), a hapless garbage boy-turned-chef named Linguini (Lou Romano), a snooty food critic named Anton Ego (Peter O'Toole), the evil restaurant owner named Skinner (Ian Holm), and the ghost of the restaurant's previous proprietor/Master chef named Gusteau (Brad Garret). Remy has long been a fan of Gasteau's food and imagines his ghost coming to him. THE FIRST (really funny) CLIP showed Remy & the ghost looking down on the kitchen from the skylight as Gusteau quizzes Remy on who each member of the kitchen staff must be. They watch as a clumsy Linguini ruins a soup--Remy freaks. He enters the kitchen (in that typical Pixar way of his POV while trying not to get chopped, stepped on, or found) and--as if by instinct--drops proper ingredients into the soup (I know, I don't make it sound like much... but I'm not Brad Bird and you haven't seen this footage). He's spotted by Linguini, leading to an awkward stare between the two. THE NEXT CLIP shows a caught Remy trapped in a glass jar. Skinner orders Linguini to take him out and kill him. Linguini bikes to the pier, but feels too guilty to toss Remy in. While talking, he realises Remy understands his words: "I'm not a good chef am I?" [Remy shakes his head] "But YOU are!" Linguini promises to let him go if he helps him in his kitchen. Remy agrees, but no sooner does Linguini open the lid then Remy runs off. However, guilt captures him as he looks back on the pathetic would-be chef. He runs back to him. Bird then brought out Patton Oswalt and the two had several jokes at the expense of Oswalt expanded waistline. They then went to questions. The first was if this movie would follow in the Pixar tradition of John Ratzenberg as a character and Randy Newman doing music. Bird: "No Randy Newman." [Large Applause, Bird is bit taken aback by it] He said his composer from THE INCREDIBLES would be on this film, "and as for John Ratzenberger, well, he's been in all of Pixar's films and they've all been sucessful--why tempt fate?" When asked what the like least/best about working on the movie, Oswalt proclaimed how much he loved being on the Pixar campus which stresses creative freedom even among its cubicled employees. Bird said the tight schedule was hard as the story (by the guy who created GERI'S GAME) and character designs had already been made, but Bird had to write an etirely new script and go from there in a (relatively) short amount of time. Nevertheless, he says it was well worth the effort, because he felt creatively "spontaneous. I'm psyched!" Oswalt: "But because of the tight schedule, he wouldn't incorporate my idea of Remy fighting robot ninjas." There were understandably a lot of IRON GIANT fans in the crowd (myself included) as each mention of the title got a great reaction. Bird was asked if he planned to return to hand-drawn animation anytime soon? He said that his next directorial project would be his first live action, but stressed that he'd love to do a 2-D animated film soon: "Cell animation is NOT dead!" He went on to say that his ideal career would be to alternate between live-action, CGI, and cell projects every now and then. When it was my turn, I asked if--given how much Disney goes to promote "their" Disney Digital 3-D, would this or any upcoming Pixar film (which has been the only part of Disney not take part) use the technology. He explained that Lasseter and the boys at Pixar are a bit gun-shy to go 3-D after doing some IMAX 3D tests years ago that didn't live up to their standards, BUT they're still exploring the projection tech. I then asked "It's been rumoured since the first film came out, but only you can say for sure--will there be an INCREDIBLES 2 ?" He emphasised that he really, REALLY loves the characters and would love to re-visit them, "BUT it has be because there's a story there. I don't do sequels just to do them, neither does Pixar; I'd have to come up with a genuinely good story. But I love the characters." The next person asked how much the on-screen action is dictated by the writer vs. the storyboard artist? Bird: "I do both. I work thoroughly with camera angles. I do it myself because I don't want people 'constructing my sentences.' But I've worked with great people who understand how I work. Our strategy for this film was that it would be seen [primarily] from Remy's POV; even Linguini is looked up at as if from the floor." Q: "How many films does Pixar have in production at any given time?" Bird: "Right now, five-to-six, either in 'embryonic' stage or full story reels made. Our next one will have its teaser in front of RATATOUILLE." Q: "Do you have any advice for an animator on how to build story?" Bird: "The 'art of animation writing'--what is that? THE SIMPSONS isn't 'animation writing', it's comedy writing." Oswalt concurred, adding that if one wants to learn how tell good stories, they should read books, read the scripts of the films they like, and--Oswalt put the most emphasis on this--"Read Will Eisner's books!" The final question was whether Bird would be voicing a character in this movie. He said that he doesn't want to be one of those directors who makes a habit of appearing in his own movies, but the character he voices is a "weasly, unnoticable guy." They then showed the full trailer for the movie--it's 100 times better than the teaser. The usual Pixar "credits" (TOY STORY, MONSTERS INC, etc.) are shown as listings in a restaurant menu. At one point Remy controls Linguini like marionette to make him cook. It got great laughs and the two left the stage two a grand applause. Next was the Trailer Park. It started with the CGI frog band from MEET THE ROBINSONS doing one of those pre-movie anti-cellfone/no talking trailers to the tune of "I Heard it Through the Grapevine". The typical AICN reader has most likely seen all of these trailer on-line by now. They were DISTURBIA, PATHFINDER, NEXT (w/ Nic Cage), LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD, VACANCY (w/ Luke Wilson), BEE MOVIE, EVAN ALMIGHTY, HARRY POTTER, THE SIMPSONS (full trailer), HOT FUZZ, FANTASTIC FOUR (teaser and tv commercial), THE INVISIBLE, and the second TRANSFORMERS trailer. The DIE HARD, SIMPSONS, and HARRY POTTER got the biggest applause. Next was the panel for THE REAPING with panelists Stephen Hopkins (dir.), Hilary Swank, Idris Elba, and producer Joel Silver. They showed a "special long-form trailer" with new footage (not bad) then went into questions. The first few questions were pretty soft-ball ("What was it like working together, What's it like to work with FX, etc.--questions we already know the answers to). Then it was time for Joel Silver to get on the hot seat, 'cause the next question came from one of the MANY pissed off Joss Whedon fans in the crowd: "What can we do to convince you to bring him back?" Silver: "It wasn't Joss' fault... we've been having trouble with the WONDER WOMAN project for quite some time now. For the last few years Marvel films have been kickin' the DC films' asses, but now it's time to get back on track. We've got the Justic League movie in the works (YES, those were his actual words) and we'll make WW work. Joss tried, but it just didn't work." The next couple questions were for Hilary Swank and her involvement. Joel Silver had sent her the script a few days before winning the Oscar for MILLION DOLLAR BABY (a film for which she apparently suffered mercury poinsoning due to her training diet) and she couldn't put it down and how she hadn't done much work in this genre (Okay, who besides ME remembers her in the original BUFFY movie--Show of hands? Although that was more comedic than anything). She did a lot of research about people who go around debunking "miracles" and likewise phenomena. Silver was then asked if he was still involved w/ Dark Castle, and if so, what can we expect. Silver: "Absolutely [I'm still involved]. Next is the straight-to-video RETURN TO THE HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL and the [cinematic] film WHITE OUT with Kate Beckinsale, which starts shooting Monday. It's very disturbing." Director Stephen Hopkins was asked if--in the tradition of films like EXORCIST and POLTERGEIST--any "strange occurances" happened on set. He mentioned how odd it was to shoot a Bible-themed movie in the "Bible-belt" Louisiana both before and after it was hit by Katrina, which looks like the hand of God striking. Swank and Elba mentioned a situation in which, in the midst of filming a scene with a (mannequin) corpse, the sound equipment kept dying out at the exact moment an un-holy stamp appears onscreen. When it was my turn, only one thing was on my mind: "So, Joel, what's up with that SPEED RACER flick with those Wachowski fellas?" He didn't say anything new, just re-emphasised how it'd be their first directorial since THE MATRIX films and how it's the "Wachowski Brother version of a Family Film." and that it starts shooting this June. I then asked how soon until we could see the new Mach-5? "You'll just have to wait." Hilary Swank was asked if she could name all the ten biblical plagues in order. She got about six of them, out of order. She was also asked about the difference between this movie and her old movie SOMETIMES THEY COME BACK AGAIN? "Hopefully people will actually see this one." I missed most of the TMNT panel (done solely by Kevin Muroe). But I was there for the 300, which was destined to start at 3pm on the dot. Zack Snyder played a message from Frank Miller (from what I understand, the same one he played in New York) about how he wished he could be there, but he slipped on some black ice and his hip's shot to shit. Nevertheless he loves the flick. They then played a clip from the movie of the Spartans fighting the Persians. Joining Snyder were Lena Heady (the soon-to-be Sarah Connor who got almost no questions) and Gerard Butler (who was the center of attention). The majority of the questions were directed at Butler, mostly from women--at one point, Snyder was complimented for hiring Butler and thereby creating the "perfect action date-movie". Most of the time was spent with Snyder saying how "perfect" Butler is, etc. TO BE FAIR--Butler is a cool guy, funny as hell, and tried to brush off all the affection coming his way. Butler was asked what role he'd love to play. He said poet Robbie Burns. As a high-profile film like this will likely bring him stardom, he was asked was he liked best/least about fame? "That people in my normal life think I look like I'm giving a squirrel a blowjob." (No, I don't get it either.) He said how much he enjoyed doing these "warrior" movies (he's also in BEOWULF) ever since he first showed up in the role of ATTILA. He had to learn to carry himself in a different way and took certain aspects of the charater with him off the set. However, both he and Lena Heady expressed discomfort about the "digital backlot" shooting. Zack Snyder was asked what he thought the legacy of this movie would be. "It's hard for me to [step back from it] and have perspective as to how people will react. I think when I made DAWN, the studio wanted one movie, but I made another and people liked it. Making a movie is like having a kid, no one wants to hear that their kid is ugly." When asked about WATCHMEN, he said "I want to make it, the studio wants to make it. We're talking about shooting the end of summer. But they're unsure about an R-rated superhero flick. He was then asked about this film and parallels to Iraq (the question go a lot of jeers). Zack: "I just wanted to make Frank's book. It was made before 9/11, before Iraq. It's a strong story; politics just caught up with us as we were making it. [But] anything that inspires conversation is a good thing." They ended the panel by re-playing the battle scene. Next was the Sony Pictures presentation, beginning with the panel for RESIDENT EVIL: EXTINCTION, with Oded Fehr and Ali Larter. They began by playing the teaser trailer--starts out looking like an ad for Vegas, until we see that this advert is old and that Vegas is now a desert wasteland on which Milla and the zombies fight. The title comes up out of the sand. As the actors took to the stage, it was inevitable that Larter would be asked HEROES questions, but the very first question drew the ire of the entire room. This fat guy said that he and his friends "love the show, but think that yours is the worst character. [Lots of boos] Even though you're a so-so actress [More boos], is there a possibility that you can ask them to kill your character off [The folks next to me call to have this guy castrated]." To her credit, Ali took it in stride and just told him that she's glad he enjoys the show. Once that asshole was gone, she was asked the difference between shooting film vs. tv. She said how a film allows you to work on one character from start-to-finish, but in television, you're getting a new script every week for someone who's constantly evolving. She mentioned that she was going to be working on an unamed film in the show's hiatus. An Iraeli questioner asked Oded Fehr--in Hebrew, no less--what it was like to be a working Hollywood actor as opposed to an Israeli one? Oded translated the question for all of us and said he didn't get the chance to act Israel, but is "very blessed for the opportunity to act and support a family in Hollywood." He was then asked how he got his voice role on JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED. "They just called me up and I said 'Yes'. It was a really great, interesting show." When asked if he would return for his controversial Showtime series SLEEPER CELL, he said that the show was officially over but he was glad for the chance to have done it. Both actors were asked how involved they were with their own stunts. Fehr said that he got as involved as possible, but some stunts were too dangerous for even him to want to try. Larter said she was glad for the stunt people as the 128-degree Mexican heat made it hard for her to work, let alone do stunts. They were then asked if they'd played the RE games before shooting. Larter said she hasn't. Fehr said if he starts playing games he becomes addicted, but claiming it was "research for a role" was the perfect excuse for him. Fehr was asked about returning for the possible MUMMY 3? He said that he'd recently spoken to Stephen Sommers, but as it looks now, Oded won't be involved, although he'd like to be if offered. He said how close he was to those films as the first was actually his first professional acting job. He was then asked if he planned to do another DEUCE BIGALOW. He said that he'd love to do any kind of comedy again. Ali Larter asked if, now that HEROES is a popular show, she planned on leaving it any time soon for bigger screen career. She said that she's inspired being on the show and that she'll stay "for as long as they'll have me". When asked if this movie would be the end of a trilogy or just another in a long line of sequels, Fehr didn't quite know how to answer, saying he believes "no movie is ever really 'done'. There's always somewhere you can go with the characters." Larter mentioned how honoured she felt to be accepted by the cast, particularly Milla Jovovich as "it's her franchise." The two then finished by introducing an "unfinished" clip (which looked pretty done to me). It features Alice (Milla) and all of her new friends from the end of EXTINCTION, plus Larter, searching an abandoned desert outpost of some sort. A metal door slowly opens and a shitload of zombies pour out. Our heroes start blasting at zombies left and right. Alice does some cool Krav Maga-style neck snaps and bone breaks. Lots of zombies being shot in the head. I'll say this for PW Anderson: what makes the RE series work (even at its dumbest moments) is that the guy knows his audience and how to get that "I-don't-wanna-get-bit" feeling from the games on screen. Uwe Boll could actually learn from this guy. Next, animation director Dave Schoob (NARNIA) came out to talk about his new Sony Animation movie, SURF'S UP. He didn't field questions and the majority of his talk was dry stuff about making the characters, but the clips were funny. It's mockumentary (or rather "documentary proof that penguins invented surfing) about a penguin ("We started the movie 2 years ago; before penguins were the hot-ticket in Hollywood.") who longs to be the greatest wave-rider of all time. His name is Cody (Shia Lebouf). He's joined by his retired zen surfing mentor, Geek (Jeff Bridges, who in the clips comes of like The Dude as a penguin), a surfer chicken from Lake Michigan named Chicken Joe (Jon Heder), an exploitative otter who promotes the surfers like "an otter version of Don King" named Reggie (James Woods--they even gave his character the Don King hair), and Zooey Daschanel as Cody's love interest who's name I missed. The whole flick was done doc-style with moving, hand-held cameras (done via mo-cap) and scratchy footage to imitate 16mm. THE FIRST CLIP was the doc crew following Cody in his home of Shiverpool, Antartica. Cody thinks "it sucks". They interview him, his brother, and his mom who says that he never really knew his father. They then show a photo of Cody's dad smiling, they pull back to show a giant orca is about to eat him. Very funny. THE NEXT CLIP was Cody carving out his own wooden board, which Geek thinks is worthless. Cody tries to prove it by taking it into the water, but the moment he jumps on it, it breaks apart like cardboard. THE LAST CLIP was Cody trying (and failing) to surf as Geek coached from the beach. Honestly, it looks like it'll be a flick worth checking out. Hell, Sony anim. can't possibly do any worse than OPEN SEASON, can they? The hall got crowded as people finally got what they wanted to see: SPIDEY 3. Unfortunately there were no guests present and therefore no questions, so all we got was the kick-ass footage. The footage began with an intro from Avi Arad apologising for the absence of Sam Raimi, who currently working on a film, but said we'd enjoy the clip. The new trailer (green band and all) will--I understand--be shown during HEROES this Monday. It begins with Eddie Brock in a cathedral praying for God to kill Peter Parker. Next is Spidey jumping off the building window and swinging around the city; enjoying his new black threads. There's a scene where he and Curt Connors examine a piece of the symbiote, Connors explains what it is. The piece keeps trying to jump at Peter, who puts a glass over it. Connors: "it seems to really like you for some reason." Harry Osbourne is once again visited by the ghost of his father (returning Willem DaFoe) telling him "You know what you have to do." This then leads to new footage of Harry as the New Goblin chasing Peter (not Spidey) through the city. He throws pumpkin-bombs at him that sprout wings and chase Peter. Peter: "I hate those things." There's a series of quick clips with MJ telling Peter she's worried about him, Peter throwing a pumpkin bomb at Harry and it exploding in Harry's face, and numerous other action shots (although NO Gwen Stacy or Sandman to be seen). Then comes the climax as Spidey is in the clock tower pulling the symbiote off. Brock looks up and says "Parker?" As Peter pulls the symbiote off in pieces, some lands on Brock's jacket. He tosses it aside until more lands on his hand. Peter finally gets free as the symbiote (looking like a CG oil-spill) drenches Brock. The screen goes black. THEN--for a good one 1/2 seconds (good enough for the human eye to make out and identify, but not long enough to linger on--in place of Brock, VENOM snarls at the screen. We then get the title card of the silver "3" over Spidey's red colours as they turn black. But before it's over, a battle-damaged Spidey (with torn mask and costume like in the climax of part 1) hears Venom grownling at him in the dark, but can't see him. Before he can think, two slimy black hands give a lightining-fast grab at his head and pull him upward. THE END. Our WonderCon host proved himself a Master of the Obvious when he asked "Wanna see it again?" After that, I left. I'll be probably be back tomorrow for the last day and in a little while I'll send my report on Day 1 (which had some interesting developments of its own). Till then, Later. Buddy-L

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  • March 4, 2007, 11:48 a.m. CST

    Very nice

    by mparke2

    All of that is good stuff. Venom will rock heroes.

  • March 4, 2007, 11:48 a.m. CST

    intreaguing stuff!

    by Zakari Paolon

    Die hard 4, ratatouille, 300, Spidey. Can'T fucking wait.

  • March 4, 2007, 11:54 a.m. CST

    Hey

    by lionbiu

    Looks like I am first....I think. Very excited about Spider-man 3, The impsons, Ratatouille, Harry Potter 5 and even Transformers.

  • March 4, 2007, 11:57 a.m. CST

    so..

    by Jimmie Dimmick

    How long before the trailer is on YouTube?

  • March 4, 2007, noon CST

    RATATOUILLE

    by Evil Hobbit

    RATATOUILLE sound so fucking awesome. Spidy 3 WOOOT. Was that a new potter trailer btw?

  • March 4, 2007, 12:03 p.m. CST

    Squirrel Blowjobs

    by Gil Brooks

    Butler was referring to his 300 beard. Pretty funny, actually.

  • March 4, 2007, 12:16 p.m. CST

    EIGTH!

    by TheGoddamnSiege

    Yes, an eigth.

  • March 4, 2007, 12:24 p.m. CST

    Spidey sounds cool.

    by TORTURE PWN

    But how come they can poop out the abyssmal Resident Evil & its sequels,Underworld,the Matrix,etc with an "R" rating yet are still afraid to give Watchmen the "R" it needs to succeed?Granted,Watchmen was based on a comic,but it was never purposely kid friendly(even though I LOVED it as a kid).

  • March 4, 2007, 12:40 p.m. CST

    Wow, killer report

    by where_are_quints_hobbit_set_reports

    I am not a big fan of the spider-flicks, but that does sound pretty cool... so much for everyone saying the Venom storyline was going to be put off for part 4! <p>Although RE:2 was junk, I will keep an open mind regarding RE:3. Oded was the only watchable element of the Mummy 2, so here's hoping he gets a fair shake. And of course I'm psyched for 300, as any fan of Sin City and violent onscreen sword combat should be.

  • March 4, 2007, 1 p.m. CST

    Thanks for an ace article.

    by Reelheed

    Great reading!

  • March 4, 2007, 1:07 p.m. CST

    So which of you dicks talked to Ali Larter?

    by Zarles

    If that wasn't an AICN'er, I'll eat my hat. And it's a big hat.

  • March 4, 2007, 1:11 p.m. CST

    I wouldn't say that the RE movies work good...

    by DerLanghaarige

    ...but they are some dumb fun.

  • March 4, 2007, 1:58 p.m. CST

    All praise to the Ali Larter-hater!

    by DerLanghaarige

    Was it rude and uncalled? Hell yeah, but finally some internet nerd had the balls to say not only in public, but also in front of a celebrity what he would write on the internet!

  • March 4, 2007, 1:59 p.m. CST

    BTW: Michael Giacchino scores Ratattouille?

    by DerLanghaarige

    Or did he mean another composer from The Incredibles?

  • March 4, 2007, 2:12 p.m. CST

    The Larter hater is a dick

    by CTU Mole

    Writing on internet messageboards must have eroded any sense of tact he was born with. We're going to have a generation of social retards that are going to make pre-internet geeks seem like worldly aristocracy.

  • March 4, 2007, 2:49 p.m. CST

    Class... there's just no substitute.

    by jimmy rabbitte

    It seems readily apparent from this article that Ali Larter has some. It's satisfying to hear that the guy got what he deserved. Instead looking cool in front of all the "cool movie people" as he most likely had hoped; he ended up looking the moron he really is. <p> Larter was smart. She knew not to engage in a battle of wits with an unarmed opponent.

  • March 4, 2007, 3:25 p.m. CST

    Opinionated vs. Tactless cruelty

    by David Lazarus Long

    "love the show, but think that yours is the worst character" - Opinion <p> "Even though you're a so-so actress" - Opinion <p> "is there a possibility that you can ask them to kill your character off?" - Tactless cruelty. <p> Voicing your thoughts on an actor's work is one thing, but suggesting that the actor should try to sabotage a role? That's just mean. There are many ways he could have conveyed his displeasure without taking the cheap-shot route of "kill yourself". That's a decision for the creator and writers to make, has nothing to do with the actress or her ability, and is not a valid question but rather a meek attempt to get a rise out of her and/or the crowd. I'm sure that guy is furiously blogging away about "how cool am I for taking a shot at Ali Larter". <p> I'm more inclined to say he's a dick that hasn't gotten laid since college. I'm certainly not the biggest fan of where they've gone with the Nikki/Jessica/DL/Micah thread, and yea, maybe it would be best for her to get killed off, but it ain't my call, it ain't Ali Larter's call, and it ain't Fatso McWhiner's call either. Now, if this question had been directed at Kring or another writer, it would be valid. Like, if Milla had been there, would he have asked "Milla, I hate the RE films. Even though you're a so-so actress, can you ask the director to stop making these movies?" No, because that sounds RETARDED. Milla has no control over how many RE movies they make, just like Larter has no control over what they do with her character. <p> Fucking pathetic. Kudos to Larter for not giving that fuck what he wanted. That being said, I'm gonna go beat off to that Maxim she was in a few years back. Hellooooo Ali!

  • March 4, 2007, 3:40 p.m. CST

    re:captboulder

    by jimmy rabbitte

    While I agree that famous actors need to be thick skinned; I don't think that guy's behavior was appropriate... the way it was described.<p> As David Lazarus Long said in his post,... 'I'm sure that guy is furiously blogging away about "how cool am I for taking a shot at Ali Larter"'. <p> It's a sound byte world we live in; and IMO that guy was just trying to look cool for a nano-second at the expense of somebody famous. He could've stated opinions all day long; but when he made it a personal attack that changed things. <p> However, I appreciate you disagreeing with me in a civil manner... that can be a rare thing on these boards sometimes.

  • March 4, 2007, 3:39 p.m. CST

    Michael Giacchino scores RATATOUILLE

    by Evil Hobbit

    Trailer music was also from him

  • March 4, 2007, 3:45 p.m. CST

    3 more Spider-Man movies and one X-Mas special

    by vivavitalogy

    Only one man can bring lasting glory to the Spider-Man franchise; Uwe Boll. That's right friends! No other director will lift the series into infamy. In 30 years these current "Spider-Man" stoires will fade into obscurity. To avoid this the studio must take charge and chance with Uwe in creating three more Spidey movies: Spider-Man 4: Gator Bait (with guest direcot Tim Burton), Spidey Vs. Predataliens, Spider-Man & the Silky Sheets: A One Act Told in Four Parts by Uwe BOll and the sure to be perennial classic Gieco Insurance Presents The Spider-Man Christmas Special Spectacular: The North Pole Siege.

  • March 4, 2007, 3:46 p.m. CST

    Ali Larter always gets me excited, but then I remember

    by Flim Springfield

    I'm thinking of Ali Landry, not Larter. Holy crap, Ali Landry is hot.

  • March 4, 2007, 3:47 p.m. CST

    An opinion would have been

    by David Lazarus Long

    "I think they should kill your character off.", not "Tell them to kill your character off." How exactly did he expect her to respond to that? "Oh. Thanks. I'll do that." No, he wanted her to fly off the handle. There is NO POSSIBLE REASON to say something like that unless you want to provoke someone. If he had said "I think they should kill you off.", she could have given her position on his opinion, such as, "Well, you won't think so in a few weeks," or "Well, I'm sorry you feel that way but it's really up to the writers." He didn't want those responses. He wanted "Well, fuck you too you little twerp!", which she refrained from. Maybe the writers should kill HIM off. <p> (voice of Comic Book Guy) "Excuse me, excuse me, Miss Larter... I have discovered my own hidden superpower: the power of Disgruntled Nerd! I challenge you to a duel of wits... as soon as I finish the 300 burritos in this wheelbarrow."

  • March 4, 2007, 3:49 p.m. CST

    Larter won't die

    by arrangedletters

    I was also there for Ali's talk and she said she was looking at projects to do during the hiatus. One would think this was a pretty good clue that her character will be around.

  • March 4, 2007, 3:53 p.m. CST

    re: David Lazarus Long

    by jimmy rabbitte

    I'm really on the same page with you. All he was looking for was a chance to look cool for putting down a celebrity. <p> ... love the Comic Book Guy reference

  • March 4, 2007, 4:03 p.m. CST

    Whenever I read Harry's articles

    by David Lazarus Long

    I read them in Comic Book Guy voice. <p> Ehehehe.

  • March 4, 2007, 4:13 p.m. CST

    You know, that Resident Evil description sounds cool

    by FluffyUnbound

    Of course, the movie will suck anyway. You could write a script review where you told me that they have a scene where Milla and Ali come to my house and blow me in a documentary-style shot, and I would still know that since it's got the Resident Evil name on it, it will suck. How they manage to make bad zombie movies is anyone's guess, but they get the job done.

  • March 4, 2007, 4:32 p.m. CST

    ALI LARTER HATER GOTTA EAT

    by Strshp2rpr

    Somebody had to be that guy.

  • March 4, 2007, 4:46 p.m. CST

    That fat fuck...

    by AngelCordy

    Someone should have thrown a compact mirror at Ali Larter so Jessica could have ripped his fat ass in half.

  • March 4, 2007, 5:37 p.m. CST

    Bullshit Like That

    by Saluki

    Is why I would never have my stars even bother with this suckacon bullshit or whatever. You can get major actors and actresses on the cheap if they don't get jammed into this promotion junk that only a few dozen people hear about in the first place. Once you start laying on worthless promotions like this that barely even play with the core crowd, then the agents start raising the payscale to impossible levels.

  • March 4, 2007, 6:56 p.m. CST

    That Ali Larter hater was an asshole!!

    by frowwdow88

    Shes not a writer of the show shes just an actress shes does her job and shes good at it atleast on Heroes, his fat ass should have complained to sumone who cared. btw patiently waiting for May 4th

  • March 4, 2007, 7:04 p.m. CST

    one quibble...

    by keepcoolbutcare

    Lou Romano voiced Dash's beleaguered teacher in The Incredibles, and his voice work on Linguini is a far cry from that work. If Bird hadn't said, I don't think I would've noticed. He is voicing Linguini, but the role of Remy's brother, Emile, is performed by Peter Sohn.<br> <br> Good reportage indeed, but, what, you couldn't break away to check out Brian K. Vaughan?

  • March 4, 2007, 7:09 p.m. CST

    so it would've been wrong...

    by keepcoolbutcare

    if I asked Hilary Swank if she dumped Chad Lowe 'cuz Idris Elba "tapped that"?<br> <br> Or my follow up to Idris, "did you tap that"?<br> <br> 'Cuz, really, those two should be making babies. Swank looked dynamite, exuding star wattage and Idris is a beautiful man. I ain't gay, but I'd let him watch me pee...

  • March 4, 2007, 7:09 p.m. CST

    Even before HEROES was called RISING STARS it was

    by TORTURE PWN

    called MISFITS OF SCIENCE

  • March 4, 2007, 7:19 p.m. CST

    BOOHOO! Spidey 3 footage OLDD!

    by Rufus

    Dude, the footage was the same as was upoloaded on the net just a month or so ago. Lame. It was 45 minutes of suffering through the Surf's up presentation to see NOTHING new. Blah.

  • March 4, 2007, 10:18 p.m. CST

    Twister, jesus christ!!

    by BadMrWonka

    that one up and away shit is still going on? god damn you guys are pathetic, you're like that kid that throws the basketball over the fence because he can't play...<p>get your dumb ass over to the Lost talkback...they'll watch anything...

  • March 5, 2007, 12:53 a.m. CST

    Before Heroes was Rising Stars was Misfits of Sci

    by rgatz

    ..it was called The Midwich Cuckoos

  • March 5, 2007, 1:03 a.m. CST

    I was there

    by roninam

    And it really seemed like Ali Larter was going to cry when that first person asked his question. But she kept her composure nicely. The downside is that I think she gave canned responses until she felt comfortable again, maybe 5 questions later.

  • March 5, 2007, 1:15 a.m. CST

    i think the bottom line is...

    by soup74

    while many of us agree with his comments, we also know that was a pretty reatrded/misdirected way to get attention.

  • March 5, 2007, 1:16 a.m. CST

    poor Ali Larter

    by drave117

    I think that panel had the most assholes per capita of any presentation that day. That first guy... wow. That guy was an industrial-grade douche. I bet he went home and masturbated to the thought of almost making a woman cry. (Probably because that is the only emotional impact he is capable of having on women...) People like that make me want to retch. I also sorta wanted to punch the guy who broke the rules and pissed off a ballroom full of people by getting an autograph during the Q&A. And the little shit didn't even stay for the panel. He took his comic book and marched straight out the door. (And home to Ebay?) There were some real nutters in the other panels, though, but no total jerks. Still, a fun day overall, and I am totally psyched about most of the movies I saw panels for. Except for Surf's Up. I get the feeling that the Surf's Up panel was the brussels sprouts, and the Spidey 3 trailer was the ice cream.

  • March 5, 2007, 1:26 a.m. CST

    spidey 3 footage [spoilers]

    by drave117

    For those of you who were wondering, yes the one Venom shot we have already seen was in the trailer, but the one at the very end was new. Also, there was roughly three or four times as much footage of Peter ripping off the suit in the church tower as we have ever seen before. And tons of new snippets throughout the trailer. I would estimate at LEAST 60-65% of the trailer was footage I hadn't seen, even if it came from scenes we've already seen other parts of. Believe me, it got EVERYBODY at the panel pumped up.

  • March 5, 2007, 1:32 a.m. CST

    re: the fellating of squirrels

    by drave117

    Gerald Butler was freaking HILARIOUS! He really embraced the geekness of being at a Comic Con, and seemed totally in his element. Nobody else was even half as entertaining as he was, although the director of TMNT was a natural as well. I think my favorite moment was when one of the ladies in line was a mother who was on her cell phone with her 12 year old daughter, and she asked on behalf of the kid, "What did you want to be when you were twelve?" His reponse was to roar in his bad-ass Scottish brogue "A KILLER!"

  • March 5, 2007, 3:53 a.m. CST

    Did anyone Youtube this yet

    by Phategod1

    Somebody snuck the last trailer at comicon I hope they got this too.

  • March 5, 2007, 4:52 a.m. CST

    twat

    by Lost Prophet

    Never mind the Cheap and tacky shot at Ali Larter, what makes him a tool is <p> "what makes the RE series work (even at its dumbest moments) is that the guy knows his audience "<p>I've always thought "wow, I'm so lucky that this director knows me so well and treats properties that I care about with such respect". What a fucking privelege.

  • March 5, 2007, 7:38 a.m. CST

    Don't hate the Ali-hater!

    by Abin Sur

    Poor guy, having to numb all his emotional pain with burritos...

  • March 5, 2007, 7:44 a.m. CST

    Oh, and Joel Silver...

    by Abin Sur

    Mentioning JUSTICE LEAGUE! Hearing it from HIS mouth raised my enthusiasm level 100 percent!

  • March 5, 2007, 9:30 a.m. CST

    I just wanted to say "Hi" ...to one9deuce and Kintar0.

    by JDanielP

    By the way, would you best buds discuss your common appreciation for James Cameron and your desire to see Reese Witherspoon as Harley Quinn? Thanks.

  • March 5, 2007, 9:45 a.m. CST

    I love you, Sly!

    by Fecal Debris

    Just in case you forgot. And I wanna remind all my AICN peeps to pick up Casino Royale and Rocky Balboa on DVD next week, and the week after. You know you want to, and MGM will give ya props

  • March 5, 2007, 9:50 a.m. CST

    Tobey says he's done

    by Fecal Debris

    There's a new article on SHH wherein MacGuire told some paper or another that "it feels like a trilogy" and the "team should break up." Huh? You mean, they introduce Venom in Spidey 3 and Spidey licks him AND Sandman in the same picture? C'mon. There's no way. At least, no GOOD way for that to happen. You mean to tell me, Brock will become Venom near the end of this picture and Spidey will somehow defeat him within a half hour or so and that's it?

  • March 5, 2007, 10:25 a.m. CST

    Maybe RATATOUILLE won't be half bad?

    by finky089

    I keep my expectations low, but this is making me hopeful the new Pixar film will exceed it.<p> Spidey 3 still sounds fucking great anyway ya slice it, but I'm preaching to the choir here.

  • March 5, 2007, 10:38 a.m. CST

    Dr Eric Vornoff RE:Randy Newman hate

    by TORTURE PWN

    You can usually tell a Randy Newman hater by his/her height or lack thereof.

  • March 5, 2007, 12:40 p.m. CST

    same venom footage.

    by deadpool51

    The shot of Venom was the exact some shot they showed at last years wondercon that was all over the internet, so it was nothing new ( minus the part were he grabs spideys head, but you cant see him anyway) THe trailer was really cool but i was kinda dissapointed they couldnt show us new venom footage that hasnt been seen before.

  • March 5, 2007, 12:42 p.m. CST

    Messi your obliviouse.

    by deadpool51

    She isnt just schizophrenic, she was super strenghth. She is bascically like the hulk but instead of turning green she turns into "another person"

  • March 5, 2007, 1:31 p.m. CST

    The Hater

    by liljuniorbrown

    I would have punched him in the mouth just on principal and here's why 1. She had done nothing to deserve that type of treatment, it was the first question. Had she been an ass like Kirstin Dunst and put down comic fans and fans of her own movie series,maybe so, but she hadn't opened her mouth. 2. He was acting on the fact that it was a woman and she wouldn't stoop as low as to belt him in the mouth, had he said that to just about ANY male actor, he would have either been thrown a beat'n or ridiculed for the virgin that he is. 3.She (like everyone else has said) is not the show's writter so she has zero control. I hate a bully worse than anything else in this world and I would have worked him over like a part time job.

  • March 5, 2007, 2:20 p.m. CST

    I just can't wait for Spidey 3

    by just pillow talk

    And a giant "Amen!" to Springfield with his mention of Ali Landry.

  • March 5, 2007, 10:17 p.m. CST

    anyone notice the webbing mj was stuck to?

    by pate

    it looks like venom may be in more than just the end.

  • March 5, 2007, 11:49 p.m. CST

    Ali Landry has fake boobs....

    by Jimmy Jazz

    No one with fake boobs is "hot", just tacky.

  • March 5, 2007, 11:55 p.m. CST

    And I say kudos to Larter.....

    by Jimmy Jazz

    For keeping her cool in the face of fatman's stupidity.

  • March 6, 2007, 12:01 p.m. CST

    Regarding the Spidey movies...

    by dead.legend

    If Maguire actually does want to leave the movies, I could see why - he has a bad back and these movies take a shitload of energy to make. If he leaves, and Sam Raimi decides to pursue the franchise, I could easily see another actor filling the role in the next film. Someone like, I dunno, Jake Gyllenhall? Sounds great to me. He looks the part, has the acting chops, and he's probably a fan of the comics. Kirsten Dunst shouldn't mind. It wouldn't be like a Batman deal where it'll happen in every movie. I think it would work.

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