Twenty Movie Panels to See at Comic-Con 2013

By M.V. Moorhead in Daily Lists, Movies, Nerdery
Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 6:00 am

11. Kick-Ass 2 and Riddick

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Unnamed on the schedule, at this writing, are which specific cast members and filmmakers are slated to be on hand to talk Kick-Ass 2 at Universal's panel. Unlikely to be among them, it seems, is Jim Carrey, who has disavowed the film, post-Sandy Hook, over its violence. The space opera Riddick isn't shy about naming its panelists: star Vin Diesel is scheduled to talk it up, basso profundo, along with castmates Katee Sackhoff and Dave Bautista (who's also in Guardians of the Galaxy, so he could show up again), and writer-director David Twohy.

12. Warner Archive Collection presents Attack of the Killer Bs

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The Frozen Dead, The Green Slime and at least two disembodied-hand movies, The Beast with Five Fingers and Oliver Stone's The Hand, will be among the many Warner Archives releases discussed by this panel, which is scheduled to include none other than Leonard Maltin. For many of us wheezing oldsters, movies of this kind and of these vintages are the very reason for horror-sci-fi-fantasy fandom.

13. Sony & Screen Gems

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Star Andrew Garfield is scheduled to be present for a tease of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, along with costars Jamie Foxx (Electro) and Dane DeHaan (Harry Osborn), producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach, and the director whose name just doesn't get old, Marc Webb. Other previews include Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2, with voice talent Anna Faris and Terry Crews and directors Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn scheduled, The Mortal Instrument: City of Bones with director Harald Zwart, star Lily Collins and author Cassandra Clare, among others, and the RoboCop remake with stars Joel Kinnaman, Abbie Cornish and Samuel L. Jackson and director Jose Padhila. Somebody tell Jackson that they're tired of these motherfucking remakes...we're sure the joke hasn't gotten old to him yet.

14. Europa Report

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The story a mission to one of Jupiter's icy moons in search of extraterrestrial life, Sebastián Cordero's highly-anticipated found-footage thriller reportedly is, in a sense, a sort of Destination Moon for the 21st-Century: an honest attempt at a hard-science sci-fi movie. Accordingly, the Comic-Con panel includes, along with director Cordero, producer Ben Browning and actress Karolina Wydra, such actual cosmos-minded scientists as Steve Vance, Kevin Hand, and the moderator, astronomer Dr. Phil Platt, who will offer their take on how the flick acquits itself from a scientific point of view.

15. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

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Just a few months after accepting an Oscar - in the sort of princessy dress one wears when one is pretty sure one's going to win an Oscar - Jennifer Lawrence may descend in all her bow-wielding glory upon San Diego. Reportedly at least some of the cast will be present for the July 20 panel on Lionsgate's second entry in the teenagers-killing-each-other dystopian franchise. Whoever is present, panel-goers are advised against wearing apples on their heads. Lionsgate has also announced that they'll grant a peek at this panel at next year's Australian-made fantasy I, Frankenstein, starring Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy and Miranda Otto. It's an adaptation, from director Stewart Beattie, of Kevin Grevioux's graphic novel about Mary Shelley's Miltonic man-made monster and his involvement in an ongoing war between gargoyles and demons. The difference between those two factions must be like a Balkan enmity: unbridgeable from within, hair-splitting from without.

16. Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment: Superman's 75th Anniversary Celebration

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You'd think it would be held in Metropolis, not San Diego. Guests on the panel include TV's original Jimmy Olsen Jack Larson, Tim Daly from Superman: The Animated Series and Molly Quinn, the voice of Supergirl from Superman: Unbound, among other authorities on matters Kryptonian.

17. Marvel Studios: Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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The titles of these upcoming offerings don't sound especially cheery, do they? Marvel honcho Kevin Feige, among others TBA, will be on hand to explain why you should be excited about them. And if you Stop Worrying and Love the Panel, Feige may reward you with some Dr. Strange, love.

18. Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures Preview Their Upcoming Lineups

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It's unclear from the posted schedule at this writing which, if any, of the stars and filmmakers will be present to plug these releases, and considering Legendary is rumored to be splitting from WB any day now, things could be tense behind the scenes. But there are some intriguing projects, including another reboot of Godzilla with a cast that includes, get this, Juliette Binoche and Elizabeth Olsen. It's suggested that this one pits The Big Guy against other monsters in humanity's defense. Also from Legendary is Seventh Son, a fantasy adventure with Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore and Ben Barnes. The previews from Warner include Alfonso Cuaron's 3-D space thriller Gravity - which sounds like a variation on Ray Bradbury's short story "Kaleidoscope" - 300: Rise of an Empire, and The LEGO Movie, a computer-animated adventure featuring an all-star voice cast ranging from Chris Pratt to Will Ferrell to Elizabeth Banks to Liam Neeson to Morgan Freeman.

19. At the Drive-In With Metallica

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The title band is slated to appear at this preview of Metallica Through the Never, their upcoming IMAX 3D concert movie. Also scheduled are director Nimrod Antal and Dane DeHaan, who stars in this mix of narrative and concert footage, as a roadie on an epic and perilous urban errand. The likeliest bet: He's been sent to a supermarket for a bag of prunes.

20. ComiKev 2013: Kevin Smith Uses His Mouth on You

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The Clerks auteur takes the stage, as has become traditional at Comic-Con, on Saturday evening starting at 7:15 p.m. The posted schedule notes that this event, devoted to "a middle-aged man who hasn't made a flick in years," happens "[a]fter all the interesting and exciting movie panels are over." So this would seem to be an appropriate point at which to end this list.


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