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How Jon Stewart Found The Humor In Rosewater

1:39 PM 9/10/2014 by Fred Topel
Jon Stewart made his directorial debut with the film Rosewater, the true story of journalist Maziar Bahari’s captivity in Iran. When the film premiered at the Telluride Film Festival, audiences were surprised how much humor the film presents. Bahari is unjustly held for months, but his captors’ misunderstanding of Bahari’s Daily Show appearance and collection of American television shows is rather absurd.

How An iPad App Helped Tommy Lee Jones Film The Homesman

1:32 PM 9/10/2014 by Fred Topel
The Homesman
The Homesman is Tommy Lee Jones’s fourth film as a director. It is set in the frontier as a woman (Hilary Swank) takes a job transporting three women for mental care, and hires a man she saves from hanging (Jones) to help her along the way. Jones combined 35mm film and digital cameras to get the right look of The Homesman.

Which Mad Max Is Tom Hardy in Fury Road?

9:38 PM 7/27/2014 by Fred Topel
Mad Max: Fury Road
The long-awaited Mad Max: Fury Road practically stole Comic-Con from The Avengers and Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. New footage showed George Miller’s return to the post-apocalyptic world he created in the trilogy starring Mel Gibson. Tom Hardy plays Max now, but is he the same Max, like different actors have played James Bond?

Expect The Crow Reboot News Within A Month

9:25 PM 7/27/2014 by Fred Topel
The Crow
Last year at Comic-Con, Luke Evans was attached to a re-imagining of The Crow, and author James O’Barr signed posters with director F. Javier Gutierrez. We haven’t heard much about The Crow since then, and it’s already another Comic-Con. Luke Evans was on a panel for The Hobbit: The Battle Of the Five Armies, and after the press conference I asked him if he was still doing The Crow.

Kaya Scodelario Talks Maze Runner Action And Glade Tasks!

3:51 PM 7/26/2014 by Fred Topel
The Maze Runner
At WonderCon, I met the Maze Runner cast and crew, stars Dylan O'Brien and Will Poulter, author James Dashner and director Wes Ball. Comic-Con was the first time I got to meet Kaya Scodelario. I saw her Sundance film The Truth About Emanuel, back when it was called Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes, so I asked her about going from that to a big action movie.

Kevin Smith To Make Girl Power Horror Movie And Jaws With A Moose

3:43 PM 7/26/2014 by Fred Topel
Kevin Smith
Kevin Smith showed the trailer to his new horror film Tusk during his annual Q&A session at San Diego Comic-Con. Tusk sprung from a podcast about a UK hoax where a man offered free room and board to anyone who would be willing to wear a walrus suit. Smith made a horror movie where Michael Parkes really turns Justin Long into a landlord.

Kevin Smith: Star Wars: Episode VII Is "A Direct Doorway To Our Childhood"

3:34 PM 7/26/2014 by Fred Topel
Star Wars
The only time I got into Hall H at Comic-Con was to see Kevin Smith's panel for Tusk, which is kind of the big show. It's an Evening With Kevin Smith in his home turf. He opened with the story of visiting J.J.

Daniel Radcliffe's Frankenstein Movie Isn't A Horror Film At All?

11:25 PM 7/25/2014 by Fred Topel
Daniel Radcliffe
Daniel Radcliffe was at San Diego Comic-Con presenting his new film Horns, in which he plays a murder suspect who grows horns, out this Halloween. Opening next October, Radcliffe plays Igor to James McAvoy's Victor Frankenstein in a film written by Max Landis and directed by Paul McGuigan. At the Horns press conference, Radcliffe revealed that his Frankenstein movie may not be a horror film at all.

Colin Firth Talks About Kicking Butt In Kingsman: The Secret Service At Comic Con

11:18 PM 7/25/2014 by Fred Topel
Kingsman: The Secret Service
Comic-Con introduced a brand new action hero to the world of spy movies as Oscar winner Colin Firth appeared in Hall H to discuss his role in Kingsman: The Secret Service. Before the panel, Firth gave a press conference where he talked about the shock value of seeing Mr. Darcy kick bad guy butt.

Agent 47 Cast Talks Paul Walker Tragedy And Stunts At Comic-Con

11:07 PM 7/25/2014 by Fred Topel
Zachary Quinto
Zachary Quinto and Hannah Ware were at San Diego Comic-Con presenting the movie Agent 47, a reboot of the Hitman franchise that was previously made into a film starring Timothy Olyphant. The late Paul Walker was set to star as Agent 47 before his death in November. Rupert Friend was not in San Diego to discuss his title role, but Quinto spoke elegantly about the memory of Walker.
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