In less than six hours from the time I started typing this sentence I will be on a plane leaving sunny Seattle, Washington for 80-degree weather and 70% humidity in the sauna known as San Diego for my fourth trip to the San Diego Comic Con and while this was the week we began looking at the potential Oscar nominees it is also the week we will take a look at next summer’s blockbusters. Then again, even Oscar has a presence at this year’s Con.
Of course, I could make a bit of a stretch citing the attendance from Oscar nominees (and some winners) including Peter Jackson, Denzel Washington, Jackie Earle Haley, Josh Brolin, Robert Downey Jr., Diablo Cody, Jason Reitman, Nicolas Cage, Terry Gilliam, Robert Zemeckis, Jennifer Connelly, Woody Harrelson and Don Cheadle, but I think you all know who I am talking about… James Cameron.
Cameron is sure to be the highlight of the weekend with Avatar, his first major feature film in 12 years. The film has a huge likelihood of being a major blockbuster and award season crossover and the first public screening of 3-D footage from the film is set to be part of a huge opening day on Thursday along with a packed weekend of comic-related feature presentations and stars.
My plan this year is to immediately post the big news out of the convention as well as keep up daily news reports as usual, but I also will provide daily diaries from the convention with news, notes and descriptions from as much as I can get out of every single moment. I have a mini video camera in hopes of bringing some video footage capturing the insanity and I am set up for an interview or two with folks that aren’t necessarily the made of steel, but iron sounds just about right…
It’s going to be a packed four days as you can see from my schedule below. I don’t think I will be able to get to everything listed below, but I am going to do my best and report back with what I find out.
Take a peek at what’s on the docket and stay tuned for daily diaries and I expect plenty of breaking news.
Disney: 3D Panel
20th Century Fox
Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus
20th Century Fox
Disney: Animation Panel
Sony Pictures Entertainment
Entertainment Weekly: The Visionaries (One of the best things from last years Con)
Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment
1:00-1:30 Overture Pictures