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Comic-Con 2010Panel Report: RED

Posted on Thursday July 22, 2010, 23:08 by James Dyer in Comic-Con 2010
Panel Report: RED

Retired Extremely Dangerous is what RED’s title stands for, but while a film about aging, retired CIA spooks might not seem like a kick-ass property, even those unfamiliar with the graphic novel have got to respect the film’s cast pedigree. Representing the stellar lineup, Helen Hirren, Karl Urban and Mary Louise Parker are all in attendance at the panel, not to mention John McClane himself, Mr Bruce Wilis.

You can’t help but respect Mirren, who turns up wearing a Harvey Pekar t-shirt (to explosive cheers) and goes on to joke that with her and co-star Morgan Freeman in the film, audiences “have got both the queen and God in this film.”

If the Pekar nod got Mirren mega geek props then Urban sets out to top that by shouting at the crowd: “Are you out of your Vulcan minds?” in his best Dr McCoy. Cue mass screamage and wailing as the Trek contingent makes themselves known. Urban really is geek catnip: every time he speaks, or if one of his co-stars e...

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Comic-Con 2010Panel Report: Salt

Posted on Thursday July 22, 2010, 21:55 by James Dyer in Comic-Con 2010
Panel Report: Salt

Who is Salt? That’s the question surrounding the next film up at the Con. Although, to be honest, the answer seems pretty obvious to us: It’s Angelina Jolie, who’s here alongside director Phillip Noyce, Priducer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura and improbably tall spellcheck nemesis, Liev Schreiber. The trailer for Salt gets people into the spirit of things and it's straight into the panel.

It probably goes without saying that Jolie’s entrance causes a geekgasm of tsunami-like proportions as she walks onto the stage. She’s the biggest star at this year’s Con and the fans here gave her a suitably A-list welcome, screaming an assortment of largely unintelligible greetings – most of which we’re assuming were complimentary. The person to Empire’s left is bouncing up and down like some kind of incontinent jack-in-the-box and… yes, he appears to be crying. At this point we’re feeling a little uncomfortable.

Schreiber steps in to joke t...

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Comic-Con 2010Panel Report: Megamind

Posted on Thursday July 22, 2010, 19:02 by James Dyer in Comic-Con 2010
Panel Report: Megamind

First up today was DreamWorks’ Megamind, which stars Will Ferrell as the voice of the titular uber-villain, who does the unthinkable and kills his arch-rival, Metro Man, and becomes all powerful – only to discover it’s far less fun when you’re on top. Co-stars Jonah Hill and Tina Fey were present, though largely upstaged by a blue-painted, prosthetic-craniumed Will Ferrell aping the look of his animated alter-ego. Fans lost their minds when the host mentioned that Metro Man himself, Brad Pitt, would make an appearance, only for Ferrell to walk on with a cardboard cut-out of Pitt (which Fey proceeded to caress throughout the panel). With Angelina here for the upcoming Salt panel, we imagine someone had to stay home and look after the kids.

A five-minute sizzle reel did a solid job of selling the film’s premise, showcasing Ferrell in top funny form. We’d love to comment on the use of 3D but, having arrived late, we managed to miss the glasses they were handed out a...

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Comic-Con 2010A Picture Speaks A Thousand Words

Posted on Thursday July 22, 2010, 15:01 by James Dyer in Comic-Con 2010
A Picture Speaks A Thousand Words

It’s no secret that Comic-Con is absolutely huge. To get an idea of exactly how huge you need look no further than preview night. Two years ago it was just a case of the main floor opening for a few hours the day before the Con started so that those who’d flown into San Diego a day early had more to do than scarf Subways and wander the streets getting beaten up by sailors from the local naval base. Nowadays the ‘quiet preview’ of everything on offer at the Con is rammed from port to starboard, hordes of sweating bodies swarming the aisles in a geektacular stampede that rivals anything you’ll find on Saturday – the traditional ‘rush’ day.

As the seconds ticked closer to 6pm, there were queues backing out of the main doors at every single hall and when the doors finally swung open it was like the gates of Mordor had finally given way as the men of Gondor (and Anaheim and Delaware and just about every other corner of the US and beyond) pressed...

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Infinite LivesThe New Xbox: Slim, Sleek And Silent

Posted on Wednesday July 14, 2010, 16:19 by James Dyer in Infinite Lives
The New Xbox: Slim, Sleek And Silent

It’s hard to believe it’s been five years since Microsoft’s Xbox 360 first arrived to make HD gaming a reality. Five years in which the PS3 has emerged to vie for position as king of the consoles, while Nintendo’s Wii lurched out of leftfield to sew up the casual gaming market. In ages gone by, a half decade would most likely herald the announcement of an all-new platform but, as Microsoft have been keen to point out, there’s a great deal of life in the 360 yet.

Instead of a new Xbox 720, what we have instead is a complete facelift, providing the rather clunky-looking console with a sleek new look and addressing some of the design flaws that have afflicted the 360 since launch. The Xbox Slim (or Xbox 360 S) hits stores this Friday and if you have yet to lay your hands on Microsoft’s console (or your existing one has seen better days) then this may be the time to shell out for one.

When Sony retired the fat PS3, the console swaped piano black for a mat...

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Small ScreenPractice Makes Perfect

Posted on Friday January 15, 2010, 17:17 by James Dyer in Small Screen
Practice Makes Perfect

With a dearth of anything approaching actual entertainment on telly over Christmas (is it wrong to dream of bludgeoning Brucie to death?), I dusted off some old, unwatched TV from the archive and found myself drawn into a marathon session of The Practice. For those of you who didn’t lap this up in the late nineties, The Practice was the eldest child in David E Kelley’s Bostonian law tilogy – otherwise known as the show that wasn’t Ally McBeal, ran longer than Ally McBeal, was consistently better than Ally McBeal but that almost no one actually watched.

The show sprung out of a weird first-refusal deal Kelley struck up with both ABC and Fox, which saw The Practice snapped up by ABC, Ally McBeal going in to production at Fox and both hitting screens at the close of 1997. In tone the two shows were night and day. While both were set within the same universe (and city) McBeal was a fluffy, caricatured romp about legal buffoonery and the occasional dancing baby. The Practice, o...

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Comic-Con DiariesVideblogisode: Day 2 Part 2

Posted on Monday July 27, 2009, 18:45 by James Dyer in Comic-Con Diaries


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Comic-Con DiariesVideblogisode: Day 2 Part 1

Posted on Monday July 27, 2009, 18:38 by James Dyer in Comic-Con Diaries


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Comic-Con DiariesComic-Con Costume Catwalk

Posted on Monday July 27, 2009, 06:41 by James Dyer in Comic-Con Diaries
Comic-Con Costume Catwalk

One thing Comic-Con has become famous for is people dressing up in weird and wonderful costumes. A healthy percentage of all Con-goers are sporting some kind of costume, whether it be as film stars, superheroes, anime icons or just about anything else you can think of. It all builds up to a huge event on Saturday night called the masquerade, where the best of the lot compete for the grand prize. Sadly press aren't allowed to take pictures of the masquerade - and besides, the queue was legendary - but we've been keeping an eye out for the imaginatively attired throughout the Con and compiled an extensive gallery of some of the best (and worst) this year's Con had to offer.

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Comic-Con DiariesVideo Interview: Matthew Vaughn

Posted on Monday July 27, 2009, 05:53 by James Dyer in Comic-Con Diaries

Matthew Vaughn's comic book adaptation really does kick ass, hurling Mark Millar's vision onto the screen in a lurid splash of ultra-violence and young girls with the mouths of truckers. The director/writer/producer basks in the glow of the film's Comic-Con reception before returning to his hunt for a distributor. Watch the interview after the jump.

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