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Comic-Con ’09: Updates

July 24, 2009 - 2:35 pm

So, we’re midway into day three of the latest iteration of Comic-Con. The big news this year wasn’t, it turned out, James Cameron’s Avatar. No, it as the continued insanity of the Twilight franchise, which dominated preview night and Day two. Here’s what I’ve been up to so far:

Press conferences for Tron 2.0 and Alice in Wonderland, with Jeff Bridges and Tim Burton, respectively.

The Twilight press conference the day of the panel. Kristen Stewart seemed kind of irritable and cranky, while Robert Pattinson was more engaged and somewhat charming. Taylor Lautner, though, stole the show. He was more poised and said exactly the right things. Dude’s gonna be a big star.

A publicist I know helped me bypass the brutal Hall H line, and got me in to see the tail end of the Twilight panel, along with the Avatar and Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus panels. Here’s the deal–the storyline of Avatar, James Cameron’s epic 3-D sci-fi film, looked like Dances With Wolves, alien-style. The footage, however, looked amazing. Can’t wait. And Terry Gilliam’s new movie—and Heath Ledger’s last—looked gorgeous.

Better than that, however, was the small roundtable I sat on with Gilliam himself. The movie has no U.S. distributor (though it probably will by the end of the weekend), so very few press members knew about it. Gilliam was charming, funny, quotable, and I got him to discuss Tom Waits for a while, which was great.

I took a break for dinner, and then headed over to the Manchester Hyatt to watch 15 minutes of Jennifer’s Body, the new Diablo Cody-penned horror film starring Megan Fox. I’m not such a horror movie dude, but it held my attention and made me want to see the whole thing. Cody, Fox, director Karyn Kusama, and producer Jason Reitman took questions afterwards. Fox, who is, yes, way foxy, gives very good quote. A rooftop poolside party followed, where I ran into Seth Combs and enjoyed the hosted bar.

Friday started early. Roundtables for the animated film 9 at the Hard Rock. Suddenly you’re at a table with Tim Burton, or Elijah Wood and Jennifer Connelley. That’s always a trip, trying not to step on the toes of any of the talent or the other journos.

Next, I went up to the roof of the Hard Rock, where I had a one-on-one interview with Korean director Park Chan-wook, whose new movie, Thirst, comes out in August. I’m a big fan of his, and I thought the new film played like a bloody opera. Fascinating interview, slightly due in part to the fact that he used an interpreter.

Then I sat down for a brief chat with Luke Ricci, the director of How to be a Serial Killer, a dark indie comedy that’s playing exactly one theater—the Reading Gaslamp, and his producer. These guys are working hard, promoting their movie, and if you want to see their movie tonight (Friday), send me a note and I’ll see what I can do.

Finally, taking a break to write this up. Next, going to lunch with Atom Films GM—and former co-worker—Scott Roesch. Later today—an interview with Zoe Bell. Possibly the Battlestar Galactica cast. We’ll see. Stay up to date on what’s going on down here by following me over at Twitter. I’ll be posting more video later. Oh, and if you’re down here, send me a note, too. We’ll hang out.

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  1. edwin decker permalink
    July 24, 2009 - 9:39 pm 9:39 pm

    Talking Tom Waits with Terry Gilliam?! At the round table with Tim Burton?! Up on the roof with Chan-wook!Dude, this is one of those times it pays to be a film critic huh. I’m having a blast at ComicCon too, but am having a totally different experience. Today, I brought my nephew and his friend, spend 350 dollars on Light Sabers (admittedly, they were kind of cool) and sold zero books at my Puna Press table.

    Seriously though, fun as shit. I’ll be there tomorrow too. Come see me at the Puna Press Booth in the Small Press Pavilion.

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