Let’s face it, anyone endowed with the geek gene has only
one place they want to be this weekend: Comic-Con.
Before you ask, yes, I was born with the geek gene. It has
since influenced my other genes. It gets embarrassing sometimes – but somehow I
What is Comic-Con you ask? Actually, no you don’t. Anyone
who clicked on this thread knows what Comic-Con is.
Since we can’t be there, though, I put together a nice
little photo gallery of what we’re missing.
I also compiled a list of some of the news coming out of the
It’s not as good as being there – I know – but it’s better
So, here we go:
* Captain Hook comes to Storybrooke:
That’s right. We’ve
already seen Pinocchio, Belle and Maleficient – now comes word that Disney’s
favorite pirate is coming to town in ABC’s hit ‘Once Upon a Time.’ It was
already announced that Sleeping Beauty and Mulan would also be making visits –
so it’s no surprise that Captain Hook would show his face. Just a tip to ‘Once
Upon a Time’ showrunners, you might want to pace yourselves. You’re going to
run out of Disney characters to pimp.
* Tarantino continues to break ground: He may never reach
the heights he did with ‘Pulp Fiction,’ but Quentin Tarantino continues to
prove that he’s not content to just sit on his laurels and grow stale like
*cough*Tim Burton*cough. Tarantino unveiled ‘Django Unchained,’ his western set
in pre-Civil War times and focusing on race relations. O.K., race relations is
a little vague. Essentially, ‘Django Unchained’ focuses on a black man that is
hunting down white men. It stars Jamie Foxx, Don Johnson, Kerry Washington and
Christoph Waltz. This is bound to ruffle some feathers – that is Tarantino’s
claim to fame, after all. This is the man that saddled us with that gimp scene -- and that's something I'll never be able to banish from my mind.
* Resident Evil raises dead – again:
You wouldn’t think
resurrecting the dead would be a big thing in a franchise that is based
zombies. Guess again. The ‘Resident Evil: Retribution’ panel unveiled a
from the upcoming movie that shows heroine Alice at home with a husband
child when the zombie shenanigans begin. Apparently, she wasn't always
all about kicking ass and taking names. Former star Michelle Rodriguez
also part of the panel – even though her character was killed off in the
movie. Something tells me they’re trying to go high tech with this one –
that’s something fans really don’t care about. We just want creative
* The Queen of Thorns is unveiled:
It wouldn’t be a party
unless more people were being added to the already expansive ‘Game of Thrones’
cast. Former ‘Avengers’ star Diana Rigg was unveiled Friday as Olenna Tyrell, aka the Queen of Thorns. Other
additions include Mackenzie Crook as wildling raider Orell, Clive Russell as
Bryndon "Blackfish" Tully, Nathalie Emannuel as slave translator
Missandei, Paul Kaye as Thoros of Myr, Kerry Ingram as Shireen Baratheon and
Tara Fitzgerald as her mother, Selyse. No other tidbits about the upcoming
third season were revealed. Yeah, I’m a little disappointed, too.
* Colin Farrell says he’s not trying to supplant Arnie:
better looking. He’s a better actor. Yet something tells me that Colin
Farrell’s take on Arnold Schwarzenegger’s hit ‘Total Recall’ is going to be a
big fat bust. Farrell says that they’re different movies and he’s really not
trying to recreate Arnold’s performance. That’s good. The cheese factor in the
original really can’t be duplicated. Anyone else think this was a big mistake?
Oh, and Kate Beckinsale is all kinds of awesome – but she’s no Michael
Ironside. I’m just saying. I wish she'd focus on the next 'Underworld.' I need my Michael and Selene fix.
* Joseph Gordon-Levitt doesn’t look anything like Bruce
Willis: The time travel paradox film ‘Looper’ has an outstanding cast –
Gordon-Levitt, Willis, Emily Blunt – but will fans embrace its kooky humor? The
film is about a 31-year-old hitman (Gordon-Levitt) that is supposed to kill his
future self (Willis). Gordon-Levitt reportedly spent hours in the makeup chair
for the transformation – and yet somehow, believing Gordon-Levitt and Willis as the
same person is something of a stretch to me. I’m willing to give it a chance,
* The Walking Dead goes behind prison bars: The trailer for
the much-anticipated third season of AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’ revealed footage
of the survivors clearing walkers out of the prison. It also showed newcomer
Michonne (Danai Gurira) slicing and dicing zombies with Andrea (Laurie Holden)
and an introduction to the ominous Governor (David Morrisey). Oh, and Merle’s
back – with a knife for an arm. Anyone else think T-Dog’s days are numbered?
* Elysium promises perfection – in space: In a little over a
century, the earth is so polluted and overpopulated that the planet’s
wealthiest citizens have built a utopic environment in space where there’s no
poverty, illness or war. That’s the basic premise of ‘Elysium,’ starring Matt
Damon and Jodie Foster. It’s directed by ‘District 9’ director Neill Blomkam –
and also features ‘District 9’ star Sharlto Copley as a bad guy. Anyone else think that utopia is code for
about to fall to crap?
* Kick-Ass 2 coming to a theater near you? Christopher
Mintz-Plasse, one of the stars of the original, says that’s a distinct possibility.
Let’s just say I’ll believe it when I see it.
* Bones and Booth no more? ‘Bones’ Executive-Producer
Stephen Nathan told fans that Booth isn’t going to be forgiving Brennan for
packing up their infant daughter and going on the lam at the end of last season any time soon.
Anyone else sick of this “relationship”? I miss when the show was about an
actual case and no soap opera level drama.
* Firefly celebrates 10-year anniversary: Obviously, there
was no news out of this panel. It was just great seeing everyone back together
again. I’ve been a fan of Nathan Fillion’s since he was Joey on ‘One Life to
Live.’ It didn’t take ‘Firefly’ to make me love him. It just took ‘Firefly’ to
make me love him more.
* Is Henry really dead on Psych? Guess what? We still don’t
know the answer to that. The stars and show runners were keeping the mystery
alive when they visited Comic-Con to promote the USA show’s 100th
episode – a nod to the Hollywood classic ‘Clue.’ It was also revealed that
there would be a musical – which is bound to be funny (even if I hate
musicals). As for Corbin Bernsen? He was present and wearing a shirt with a
question mark on it. He said he didn’t know if he still had a job. Something
tells me they’re not going to kill Henry off. Shawn and his dad are comedy gold
– ‘Psych’ isn’t the type of who to start offing people.
What do you think? What news coming out of Comic-Con has you