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Comic-Con DiariesPanel Report: Solomon Kane

Posted on Saturday July 25, 2009, 21:49 by James Dyer in Comic-Con Diaries
Panel Report: Solomon Kane

When he wasn’t writing Conan stories, fantasy writer Robert E. Howard turned out a series of pulpy adventures featuring Solomon Kane, a 16th century Puritan asskicker with a slouch hat, two flintlock pistols and a whole lot of attitude. And finally Solomon’s getting his own movie, with the ace James Purefoy (best known for his reptilian Mark Anthony in HBO’s Rome) in the hero role and Michael J. Bassett directing. The two of them, along with producer Samuel Hadida, graced Hall H to give the crowd a first look at the movie. Our verdict? This could be devilishly fun. The Puritan pugilist’s mission is to hunt down evil spirits and send them packing back to hell, leading to a heck of a lot of supernatural-tinged combat. We see him wielding twin swords against a burly beserker wearing a mask of human skin, taking on a 20-foot-tall flame-demon, and dispensing the line, “If I kill you, my soul is bound for hell… But that’s a price I’ll gladly pay.”
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Comic-Con DiariesNote: Kick Ass Kicked Ass

Posted on Saturday July 25, 2009, 21:38 by James Dyer in Comic-Con Diaries

I’d like to take this opportunity to address a grievous wrong. Amid all the carnage the other day we managed to miss the panel for Matthew Vaughn’s awesome Kick Ass and thus didn't bring you any coverage - a fact Vaughn was kind enough to point out to us while kicking our asses when we spoke to him later that day. All we can do is apologise profusely for the oversight. In our defence everything here seems to conflict with everything else and at the time I was sipping Margheritas with Jim Cameron over at his hotel in the Gaslamp Quarter (CLANG, I’m sorry did you drop this name?).

By all accounts the footage absolutely rocked the hall, earning a standing ovation from all concerned - which nothing else has so far managed. Kick Ass looks set to live up to its name so make sure you keep an eye out....

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Comic-Con DiariesPanel Video: Sherlock Holmes

Posted on Saturday July 25, 2009, 20:17 by James Dyer in Comic-Con Diaries

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Comic-Con DiariesPanel Video: Jonah Hex

Posted on Saturday July 25, 2009, 20:16 by James Dyer in Comic-Con Diaries

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Comic-Con DiariesPanel Video: The Box

Posted on Saturday July 25, 2009, 18:20 by James Dyer in Comic-Con Diaries

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Comic-Con DiariesPanel Video: The Book Of Eli

Posted on Saturday July 25, 2009, 18:18 by James Dyer in Comic-Con Diaries

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Comic-Con DiariesVideo Interview: James Cameron

Posted on Saturday July 25, 2009, 17:01 by James Dyer in Comic-Con Diaries

A sci-fi epic four years in the making, Avatar will redefine the action movie spectacle (and all in iris-popping 3D) with James Cameron bringing a soulful bent to his extraterrestrial adventure. The baron of the blockbuster told us about balancing the power of technology with a classic tale of spirituality and shimmering rainforests. But will there be a nuke? Watch the video after the jump to find out....
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Comic-Con DiariesSchwag Spotlight: Transformers

Posted on Saturday July 25, 2009, 03:51 by James Dyer in Comic-Con Diaries
Schwag Spotlight: Transformers

And while we're touring the floor taking snaps of all the lovely little plastic items on offer, here's a look at some of the Autobots and Decepticons currently 'in disguise' around the Con.

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Comic-Con DiariesSchwag Spotlight: Star Wars

Posted on Saturday July 25, 2009, 03:43 by James Dyer in Comic-Con Diaries
Schwag Spotlight: Star Wars

It should come as no surprise that Comic-Con is almost packed to the rafters with Star Wars goodies, from outfits to figures and... well, basically any item you can imagine but with a Darth Vader face stuck on the front. I took the camera on a tour of some of the best items out there for your viewing pleasure. The Force is strong with this stuff......

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Comic-Con DiariesPanel Report: Legion

Posted on Saturday July 25, 2009, 02:58 by James Dyer in Comic-Con Diaries
Panel Report: Legion

A film that pretty much no one has heard of, let alone seen footage from, Legion has generated a fair share of buzz at this year’s Comic-Con. In part it’s to do with the enormous poster of Paul Bettany as the Archangel Michael holding a submachine gun that’s hanging in the entrance to the Convention Center. So, it’s with some anticipation that we nip back in to Hall H to see an exclusive clip.

The sequence starts with an Ice cream van driving through the desert. The driver steps out – it’s Doug Jones – but his arms stretch, his shoulders dislocate and his jaw extends before rushing towards the camera in a spider-like crab walk. This isn’t your average Mr Whippy. A voiceover talks of prophecy as a huge dust cloud blooms over the desert. We see Paul Bettany’s Archangel Michael in silhouette, his wings furled behind his back. Cut to Michael in the rain, screaming as he cuts off his wings with a knife. Blood pools in the rain and a runed...

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