Comic Con NY 2009: Day 2
Today started off with a blast. Well it started off with me waking up a little late, getting to the bus just in time but it showing up late and then rushing to my first panel, which started late, but then it started with a blast. It started with the first 18 minutes of Watchmen.
ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s right, my day at the con started out with co-creator of the graphic novel Dave Gibbons giving an introduction to the film followed by the first 18 minutes. I will admit that I was not one of the fanboys that couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t wait to see this film. I never read the graphic novel (please donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t kill me) and the trailer didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t do much for me. (really, donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t kill me) However, after watching the first 18 minutes, I cannot wait to see this film. The 18 minutes flew by and unlike the crowd, I did not know the source material so it was a lot to take in. Zack Snyder uses similar techniques to 300 like the fast/slow motion but he apparently also took panels directly from the graphic novel and stayed true to the source. The action/choreography was great, there was a level of dark humor throughout what I saw and the screen was always filled with tons of tiny details. ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not really much more I can say since most of you are already looking forward to the film. I have some footage from the Q and A session that will be posted online next week.
Following Watchmen was a trip to camp Crystal Lake. After showing the trailer, the producers of the film, star Jared Padalecki and the new Jason, Dereck Mears, talked about the film and then introduced a clip of about 5 minutes from the beginning of the film. Yes there was blood and yes the effects looked good. The video made the film look promising, if for nothing else it will be a fun violent flick. However, one of the kills we saw seemed a little ridiculous in a Ã¢â‚¬Å“this doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t make senseÃ¢â‚¬ sort of way but the crowd seemed to be on board. I did hear a few people laugh though but for the most part, it was a good 5 minutes. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll post more about the panel along with some video but I want to share that the first question was Ã¢â‚¬Å“why do we need another Friday the 13th?Ã¢â‚¬ which got some cheers but I must hand it to the producers. Their answer was we donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t but itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s still a damn fun movie. I liked their honesty.
The Warner Brothers panel ended with a visit from McG and a 6-minute reel from Terminator Salvation. I know there is a lot of McG hate on the internet (CharlieÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Angels, cough) but after seeing him talk, I like this guy. He is funny and really passionate. Definitely seems like a movie geek. Then again he might just know how to spin some BS. The 6-minute clip featured finished footage, unedited video, footage with no effects and some animated visual storyboards but you know what they are going for in this footage. The finished stuff looks beautiful, the war between man and machine will be epic and the future does look bleak. Will it look good? Yes. Will it be a good movie? I have no idea. I really canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t make any judgment, especially since McG kept saying how the story and character development plays such an important part and the 6 minutes shown were almost all action footage with a few snippets of dialogue out of context. Next week IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll post some footage from his great Q & A, which followed the clip.
After the panel, I left the IGN Theater and tried to meet up with Stephen. When I finally got through to him (horrible reception in the Javitz) I found out he couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t get in because tickets sold out. He did say he bought tix for tomorrow though so hopefully IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll catch up with him then. Because he didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t make it, there were a few panels I wanted to cover for you guys that I just wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t able to. But hereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s what I did doÃ¢â‚¬ ¦
I walked around the convention floor and got some more great footage of people in costumes and other cool stuff. Then I set up for my first secret interview of the day. I spoke with Don Murphy, producer of such films as Transformers and the (completely amazing I canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t believe this movie is not loved by more people) Shoot Ã¢â‚¬ËœEm Up. I spoke to him about his new film, While She Was Out, which stars Kim Bassinger. In it Bassinger plays a mom who due to unfortunate circumstances is hunted in the woods on Christmas Eve by 4 thugs and she only has a toolbox to protect herself. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll post the full interview next week. I do want to share one tidbit though. I had to ask Don if we would see a Shoot Ã¢â‚¬ËœEm Up 2 (you can tell IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m a fan right?) and he said it was unlikely but they are working on a similar film with the same director. This is a spy movie that takes place in a world where gun fights and car chases happen on a regular basis and people are used to crazy action movie stuff breaking out at any moment. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m already looking forward to it.
Since the interview ran late, I wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t able to make the Up/Surrogates panel in time so instead I stayed on the floor. And it paid off. I got an interview with Michale Graves. He is probably best known as lead singer for The Misfits but he was at the After Dark Films booth promoting his film Perkins 14. I spoke with him briefly about the film and his future as an actor. He also talked about how the film came in to fruition through massify.com, which is a unique production concept. Afterwards I headed over to the Magnolia Pictures booth and spoke with them about some upcoming stuff. At the booth was a guy who spoke about Mutant Chronicles at the screening I attended earlier so I told him about the screening and how I enjoyed the film. He turned out to be the guy in charge of the filmÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s publicity and as a thank you for my kind words about the film, he said he will mail me some posters to give out on the site. If we are lucky, we may even score some interviews with the cast when it gets closer to release time. The rest of the people at the booth were also really nice and gave me some posters and postcards to give out to you guys.
Afterwards, I went to my next Secret Interview. It was for with the cast of Dead Like Me. They were at the con promoting the new DVD movie, Dead Like Me: Life After Death, which is out in stores on February 17th. The cast assured me that even if you didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t watch the show, you can still enjoy the film and that there is even a little review of the series in the filmÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s opening. I unfortunately never got to watch the show but the few episodes I did see were always very good. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll try to get a copy of the film and I will let you know what I think of it. I will also post the full interview soon. It was a very strange interview, the cast was tired and it showed. It was very laid back and casual though and I enjoyed it. Hopefully they did too. Afterwards, I got them to sign a few posters that we will give out. What was really strange is that I gave them a perfectly good sharpie and when they tried to sign the poster it wouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t. It dried up, apparently overnight since it was working fine just yesterday. My back up sharpie was missing so I had to resort to a pen, which ran out of ink mid signing. I gave them another pen, one that was working fine when I took notes earlier in the day, and it too dried up rather quickly. Another press crew had a sharpie for them to complete the signatures but I just wanted to share that because I find it funny how the grim reapers of Dead Like Me killed my writing utensils.
After, I filmed some more floor stuff and then headed back to the interview room for my final Secret Interview of the day. I met with the cast and creators of Comedy CentralÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s new action fantasy comedy series, Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire. While the trailer available on comedy centralÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s website was decent, there was nothing that really stood out in my opinion. However, after speaking with the cast and creators, if the show is what they promise it will be, there is great potential for this show to be great. The way they seemed to keep describing the series is what happens when the fantasy hero is not fighting and instead is dealing with his relationship, family problems and other modern problems. But donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t worry, they insist there is also some great action as well. Before I let them go, I had to ask Sean Maguire about Off Centre because it was one of my favorite tv shows. I wanted to know when it would be out on DVD and he said he didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know but that we should start a petition to get it released. I just may do that.
After thanking them all, I headed out of the Con for my long walk to my bus stop. Thus concludes day 2 of the Con. Just one more day left. The Con is still On!
Jerry Cavallaro Ã¢â‚¬â€œ www.AreYouStuckLikeChuck.com