Columbia Pictures is Bringing a Pixels Arcade to Comic-Con


The official schedule for the 2014 Comic Con International in San Diego is going to start going live any minute now but a few companies have already been getting word out of what they’re bringing and Columbia Pictures is announcing that they’ll be bringing their live action adaptation of R.L. Stine and Scholastic’s Goosebumps and Adam Sandler’s video game action comedy Pixels to Comic-Con in very different ways.

On Thursday, July 24, they’ll be holding a panel for the two movies at the Indigo Ballroom at the Hilton Bayfront from 12:30 – 1:30 PM with director Robert Letterman and star Jack Black representing Goosebumps and director Chris Columbus making a video announcement about Pixels.

Here’s the panel description:

Join Columbia Pictures in the Indigo Ballroom for your first look at two of next summer’s most anticipated films. First, Scholastic’s iconic book series Goosebumps, written by R.L. Stine, has already captured the world’s imagination – selling over 400 million books worldwide. Now, it’s coming to the big screen, with Jack Black starring as the author himself and Rob Letterman directing. Jack and Rob will tell you all about how Stine’s monsters are coming to life on the big screen. The film hits theaters on August 7, 2015. Then, stay tuned as director Chris Columbus has a special video announcement about his upcoming film Pixels, starring Adam Sandler (in theaters May 15, 2015) – you’ll find out how one lucky Comic-Con badge-holder might win a chance for a walk-on role in the movie.

Furthermore, they’ll be presenting a special “Electric Dreams Factory Arcade” in conjunction with Pixels across the street at the Hard Rock Hotel (209 5th Avenue, San Diego) for all four days at the festival with a special contest for the top scorers on the vintage arcade games they’ll be showing off at the arcade.

“Arcaders 13 years of age and older with Comic-Con badges will have the chance to engage with original, 80s-era classic arcade games at the Pixels Electric Dreams Factory arcade at the Hard Rock Hotel – and expert gamers will have the chance to win a walk-on role in Pixels, starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Peter Dinklage and Josh Gad.

Each day, the top-five scorers on the leaderboard by the end of the day on any of the eight participating games will be automatically entered in two drawings: a daily prize drawing for a chance to win a PlayStation 4, and the grand prize drawing for a chance to appear in a walk-on role in Pixels. Official Rules* (below) and restrictions are available on-site at the Electric Dreams Factory arcade.”

More info about the arcade below:

Location: Hard Rock Hotel (209 5th Avenue, San Diego)
Dates: 7/24 – 7/27
Hours: Thursday – Saturday, 9am to 9pm, Sunday 9am to 6pm
Preview Day: Wednesday July 23, 2014 5pm-9pm (competition not active on Wednesday)

The summary for Pixels is as follows:

In Pixels, when intergalactic aliens misinterpret video-feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war against them, they attack the Earth, using the games as models for their various assaults. President Will Cooper (James) has to call on his childhood best friend, ’80s video game champion Sam Brenner (Sandler), now a home theater installer, to lead a team of old-school arcaders (Dinklage and Gad) to defeat the aliens and save the planet. Monaghan plays the team’s unique weapons specialist. The action-comedy is directed by Chris Columbus from a story by Tim Herlihy and a screenplay by Tim Herlihy and Timothy Dowling, based on the short film of the same name by Patrick Jean. The film is produced by Adam Sandler, Chris Columbus, Mark Radcliffe, and Allen Covert. Executive Producers are Barry Bernardi, Michael Barnathan, Jack Giarraputo, Heather Parry, Tim Herlihy, Steve Koren, Patrick Jean, Benjamin Darras, Johnny Alves, Matias Boucard, Seth Gordon, and Ben Waisbren.

Pixels is scheduled for release on May 15, 2015, while Goosebumps is scheduled for August 7, 2015.

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