Huge crowds line up for the 2012 Comic-Con in San Diego
Kristen Stewart from The Twilight Saga arrives at Comic-Con 2011
Twilight's leads: Taylor Lautner, Kristen Stewart, and Robert Patterson
Robert Patterson listens to a fan's question
Robert Patterson discusses
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn and his role as Edward the vampire
Taylor Lautner gives Team Jacob's side of the story
Ashley Greene, looking lovely
Nikki Reed, wearing a Dolce Gabbana floral dress, talks
of The Twilight Saga
Julia Jones, Twilight's Leah Clearwater
Elizabeth Reaser, Twilight's Esme Cullen
Directors Francis Ford Coppola, Ridley Scott (by remote), Stephen Soderbergh, Guillermo Del Toro, and Stephen Spielberg participated on panels. Actors Val Kilmer, Jessica Biel, Andrew Garfield, Paul Ruben, and Emma Stone among many others came to the conference.
Guillermo Del Toro, director of the upcoming Pacific Rim
Guy Pierce, star of the new film Prometheus and
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark
Charlize Theron talks about Prometheus
Charlize Theron video chats with Prometheus director, Ridley Scott
who was currently working in Iceland
The always enchanting, Carey Mulligan, whose new film Drive
was showcased at Comic-Con
Ron Perlman of Drive
Versatile actor Andy Serkis of The Adventures of Tin Tin,
The Hobbit, and Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried of Sci-Fi flick In Time
Jusrin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried talk about how
how Olivia Wilde, who is younger than Justin, played his
Paul Reubens alias Pee-Wee Herman
Fans, geeks, nerds, film and comic buffs packed the panel discussions to learn of the upcoming releases of The Amazing Spider-Man, Total Recall, and Ghost Rider 2 from Sony/Columbia. Disney was hyping Tron 3, and the animated Tron: Uprising. Stephen Spielberg was there to promote his new The Adventures of Tin-Tin: Secret of the Unicorn.
Stephen Spielberg pitches his new film, The Adventures of Tin-Tin
Directors Stephen Spielberg and Peter Jackson kvetch about the
high cost of 3-D movie tickets
Spielberg's Tin Tin will be in 3-D
Peter Jackson's The Hobbit will also be in 3-D
Haywire star and ex-American Gladiator Gina Carano
Haywire director, Stephen Soderbergh
John Cusak plays Edgar Allan Poe opposite Alice Eve in 2012's
In The Raven, John Cusak, as Poe, hunts down a serial killer.
Pure fiction, of course, but it should be fun
Len Wiseman, director of 2012 Total Recall
Kate Beckinsale of Total Recall also stars in the coming
Total Recall's Jessica Biel
Actor John Cho of Total Recall
Irish actor Colin Farrell stars in Total Recall
Bryan Cranston also stars in Total Recall
Spider-Man makes a speech from the audience
Andrew Garfield is the new Spidey
Emma Stone is Spider-Man's love interest
Marc Webb takes over from Sam Rami as director
for the redo of Spider-Man
Ryf Ifans plays villain The Lizard in The Amazing Spider-Man
Nicolas Cage of Ghost Rider 2
Joe Cornish, Director/Writer of Attack the Block
Edgar Wright, star of Attack the Block is best known for
Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz
Hugh Jackman didn't show up at the Convention Center, but instead promoted his new film, Real Steel in a parking lot outside Petco Park. Danny Devito talked about It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, while taking some photos of cute girls in the audience with his iPhone. There's a new version of Fright Night coming from Dreamworks with Colin Farrel and David Tennant. The BBC celebrated the new British Invasion with the Dr. Who series coming to America.
Fright Night star, Anton Yelchin
Fright Night's Colin Farrell
Marti Noxon, Fright Night screenwriter
The most interesting of the presentations may have been by Francis Ford Coppola and Val Kilmer for their new film, Twixt. The horror film is shot in 3-D, but only for a few scenes. Instead of wearing 3-D glasses, the audience is asked to put on an Edgar Allan Poe mask with 3-D lenses covering the eye holes. There is yet another twist to Twixt. Coppola is going to travel with the film and interactively edit the movie on the fly to suit the audience. Unfortunately, the presentation didn't go all that smoothly. Watching Coppola using his iPad to control the editing, was like spying on your grandfather trying to get the hang of that new fangled internet contraption. Coppola finally got the technology down with the help of Kilmer, and the images were amazing.
Legendary director, Francis Ford Coppola presented
his new movie "experience," Twixt
Coppola putting on a mask of Edgar Allan Poe that contains
the 3-D filters for eye holes.
The director controls the order of sequences through the
use of an iPad interface
When things went south, actor Val Kilmer gave the
director some direction
Many of the major and independent studios showed their most recent products. But there were a few noticable absentees. Still, the convention was a huge success, celebrating both movies, TV, and comic art.
Graphic Novel author Frank Miller
Many in the crowd dressed as their favorite movie, TV, or comic hero or heroine. The costumes, as usual, were elaborate, outrageous, and sexy.
We at My Teen Topix can hardly wait unit the 2012 Comic-Con.
All Comic-Con photos © 2011 Gary Teetzel, seen here with
actress Mercedes McNab of Glass Heels