Sunday, July 27, 2008

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Comic con this past week played up the spate of comic-born movies in theaters now and soon to come. In addition to the recently shot (and fairly soon to open) "The Spirit", Director McG and several members of the new Terminator team impressed attendees with new teaser footage. More below.

From the New York Times:
In Comic-Con Galaxy, Stars and Terrestrials Meet

SAN DIEGO — Deference hung thick over the Comic-Con International fantasy convention here on Friday, as Frank Miller, a revered figure in the comics world, explained how he found the temerity to direct a movie version of “The Spirit,” the signature work of an even more revered figure, Will Eisner.

“If I didn’t do it, somebody else was going to do it, and something very bad could happen,” Mr. Miller told about 6,500 listeners in one of the convention’s big halls. Grizzled and a bit shaggy, he spoke in a voice that crossed the lower ranges of a clarinet with a wheezy vacuum cleaner.

The crowd’s response was muted. In fact, many trickled out before the presentation ended. But the spectacle of Mr. Miller tackling the work of his deceased mentor carried a sense of importance for a group that takes its comics seriously.

Snippets on the screen gave the impression that Mr. Miller had not so much directed the movie as painted it in a hitherto unseen medium. It was colored heavily in black, white and a beyond-neon red that nearly ignited images of the crime-fighting lead character’s tie.

Whether Mr. Eisner, who died in 2005 at age 87, would have approved is far from certain. Nor is it clear that Mr. Miller would have demanded his approval. On the stage Friday, the director described his relationship with the older artist as “a 25-year argument.”

Mr. Miller, now 51, has staked his own claim as a guiding spirit of the convention, the largest of its kind in the United States and increasingly a must stop for the Hollywood marketing machine. More than 20 years ago he earned his place in its pantheon by writing and drawing the text and panels for the mini-series “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns,” which revitalized the DC Comics character and only this month helped power the latest of six films inspired by the books, “The Dark Knight,” to a record-setting opening-weekend haul of $158.3 million in ticket sales.

In the interim Mr. Miller, with Lynn Varley, created the graphic novel “300”; co-directed the film “Sin City,” based on his comic series, with Robert Rodriguez; and then went to work on “The Spirit” at Albuquerque Studios in New Mexico, where he orchestrated hundreds of green-screen shots in his solo directing debut. The film is not scheduled for release until Christmas, but by early July the ministudio behind the film, Lionsgate, had already begun plastering buses in the Los Angeles area with sultry images of Eva Mendes (“Hitch”) as the vampy criminal Sand Sarif. In New York and elsewhere, the movie’s other temptresses (Scarlett Johansson, Jaime King and Sarah Paulson) found their way onto posters of their own.

If the plan was to steal some attention from the major studios’ summer fare, it has certainly worked that way here. Ms. Mendes’s sultry pose has been visible on posters around the city, and Lionsgate on Friday promised plenty more, as it announced a plan to cooperate with nine art schools around the country to come up with student-designed advertising for the film...
More at: In Comic-Con Galaxy, Stars and Terrestrials Meet

There were several reports of the new trailer and other footage of Terminator at Comic Con. From
Comic Con 2008: Top 10 'Terminator' Tidbits
“The first thing McG ever said to me was, ‘I don't want to make a McG movie. I want to make a Terminator movie,’ and that's what he's done,” says Sam Worthington of his Terminator Salvation director.

The new trailer and exclusive clips had Comic Con buzzing this weekend as McG, Worthington, Common, Bryce Dallas Howard and Moon Bloodgood stopped by the convention to talk to fans and press about the fourth film in the franchise. went the extra mile to put together the top 10 Terminator tidbits we learned at the Con...
Read the actual tidbits here: Comic Con 2008: Top 10 'Terminator' Tidbits
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