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Celebritology 2.0 Archive: Comic-Con

'The Green Hornet': Was the bad buzz misleading?

Chou and Rogen, attempting to avoid a bomb in more ways than one. (Sony Pictures) "The Green Hornet" had all the potential to be one of the biggest superhero stinkers of all time. The project was in development for many years, and got passed from writer to writer and actor to actor until it finally got made. The release date for the Seth Rogen movie was moved six times, with the last switch taking it from a confidence-building December time slot to a "wow, this must belong in the trash heap" January date. And, perhaps most distressing of all, at Comic-Con last summer, hundreds of geek-movie fans -- essentially the flick's prime demographic -- walked out in the middle of a "Hornet" panel after watching some initial footage. Walked. Out. While Rogen was still talking. So it's no surprise that the advance buzz on this one was wretched. But...

By Jen Chaney  | January 14, 2011; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Comic-Con, Movies, Pop Culture  
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A Q&A with Jeff Bridges: Talking 'Tron' and more

Jeff Bridges at Comic-Con 2010. (AP) Jeff Bridges currently inhabits two distinctly different cinematic worlds. One is the futuristic, computer-generated matrix of "Tron: Legacy," which arrives in theaters at midnight tonight, much to the delight of Grid geeks, Daft Punk fans and anyone who enjoys the comforting glow of neon light. The second involves the old-fashioned Western landscapes of the Coen brothers' "True Grit," which opens Dec. 22 and features Bridges in the role of grizzled U.S. Marshall Rooster Cogburn. Back in July, during my whirlwind journey through Comic-Con, I got a few moments to chat with Bridges about a variety of things, including life after his Oscar win, reprising his "Tron" role as Kevin Flynn and his love-hate relationship with technology. Oh, and water bottles. We talked about that, too. I held off on publishing the Q&A until now, to capitalize on the moment when both "Tron Legacy"...

By Jen Chaney  | December 16, 2010; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Celebrities, Comic-Con, Movies, Pop Culture  
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Comic-Con passes: They're almost for sale

Darth and a buddy at Comic-Con 2010. (Reuters) Geeks who got excited today to buy their passes to Comic-Con 2011 will have to exercise some patience. Registration for the annual pop culture extravaganza was scheduled to kick off today at noon Eastern time. But technical issues have forced registration to be postponed by a week. A message on the Comic-Con Web site reads: "We are really sorry for the problems with registration today. We do not know what the technical issues are, so we have temporarily closed registration. We will announce on Monday November 8th the new date and time that registration will reopen. This down time will allow us to determine and address the issues. Only a handful of badges were actually sold today. Thank you for your patience, and again, we all are truly sorry for this inconvenience." So if you panicked because the site appeared to...

By Jen Chaney  | November 1, 2010; 3:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Comic-Con, Pop Culture  
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A Q&A with Kodi Smit-McPhee, star of 'Let Me In'

Kodi Smit-McPhee at the L.A. premiere of "Let Me In." (Getty Images) In his first role in a major American motion picture, Kodi Smit-McPhee took on a major challenge: playing the son of a barely surviving Viggo Mortensen in the adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's "The Road." Now, with his second starring role in a big Hollywood release, he's tackling an adaptation of a different sort: "Let Me In," the remake of the acclaimed Swedish vampire film "Let the Right One In," also based on a book. In it, Smit-McPhee, 14, plays Owen, a young, alienated boy who -- as in the original -- falls hard for a girl (Chloe Moretz) who happens to have a serious thirst for human blood. During my visit to Comic-Con earlier this year, I spent some time talking to the young Australian about why he chose to star in "Let Me In," his feelings...

By Jen Chaney  | September 30, 2010; 6:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Comic-Con, Movies, Pop Culture  | Tags:  Fall Movies, Q&As  
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A look at the 'Walking Dead' preview

The trailer for AMC's "Walking Dead" -- essentially the same one that sent Comic-Con attendees into rapturous zombie glee in San Diego last month -- is now online, courtesy of the Hollywood Reporter's Live Feed blog (and with some NSFW language). I'll let the post-apocalyptic awesomeness speak for itself. But before I do, know that the series debuts Oct. 31. Which means you may want to cancel your Halloween plans, or at least set the DVR....

By Jen Chaney  | August 24, 2010; 3:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Comic-Con 2010: Seeing stars, from Willliam Shatner to Michael Cera, on the party scene

The scene at the EW/SyFy party. (Photo by Jen Chaney) Like many of the people who ventured to San Diego, I'm still attempting to recuperate from Comic-Con. And by attempting to recuperate, I mean regain my energy and finish posting all the blog items I had hoped to publish during the nonstop, four-day swirl of pop-culture activity. In addition to the sightings of costumed Darth Vaders and Hit Girls, I also managed to sneak in some celeb-spotting over the weekend during a few of the roughly 873 Comic-Con-related parties that were happening in the San Diego area. On the heels of Thursday's G4/Lucasfilm Stormtrooper throw-down, I spent my Friday night hopping from party to party to party. First stop: The Tweet House event on the USS Midway, where views of the San Diego skyline from the upper deck were beautiful and Web-savvy industry types, as well as a few...

By Jen Chaney  | July 28, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Older Entries in This Category »

What we learned about 'Glee' at Comic-Con, Jen Chaney , July 26, 2010
Comic-Con: Live Tweets from Preview Night, Jen Chaney , July 21, 2010
Why Comic-Con should stay in San Diego, Jen Chaney , March 25, 2010
Morning Mix: Partying the Comic-Con Way, Liz Kelly , July 27, 2008
Comic-Con: A Trio of Movies Worth Watching, Jen Chaney , July 27, 2008
'Heroes' Comes Back Strong, Jen Chaney , July 26, 2008
Harold & Kumar Go to Comic-Con, Liz Kelly , July 26, 2008
Comic-Con: Live-Blogging the 'Lost' Panel, Liz and Jen , July 26, 2008
Bringing a 'Porno' to Comic-Con, Jen Chaney , July 26, 2008
Morning Mix: All Comic-Con Edition, Liz Kelly , July 26, 2008
Swag: It's in the Bag at Comic-Con, Liz Kelly , July 25, 2008
Watching the 'Watchmen', Jen Chaney , July 25, 2008
'Twilight' Time at Comic-Con, Jen Chaney , July 24, 2008
Video Interview: 'Lost Boys: The Tribe', Liz Kelly , July 24, 2008
Comic-Con, Here We Come, Liz and Jen , July 23, 2008
 
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