Daily Archives: June 30, 2012

Comic-Con: A hot dwarf, hit shows and everything in geekdom

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Former America’s Next Top Model Adrianne Curry as Leelo from The Fifth Element poses with a friendly neighborhood storm trooper. The Fifth Element is a sci-fi movie that Mr. and Mrs. Ladywriter really enjoy.

So, I have been looking over the schedule for Comic-Con (with Sunday’s due to be announced tomorrow). Naturally,  I was paying close attention to just when a certain studio’s time block was set for Saturday. And here’s what I found on the official Comic-Con International website:

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Comic-Con (Photo credit: Scott Beale

2:30-5:00 Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary  Pictures Preview Their Upcoming Lineups—

Legendary Pictures: Pacific RimFrom acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro comes Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ epic sci-fi action adventure Pacific Rim. When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes — a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi) — who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse. Pacific Rim also stars Idris Elba, Ron Perlman, and Charlie Day.
Warner Bros. Pictures: Man Of Steel
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey-From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM). Jackson returns to Middle-earth in an adventure that begins 60 years before the events depicted in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. The first of two films adapted from J.R.R. Tolkien’s enduringly popular masterpiece, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey follows titular Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), who-along with the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and a band of 13 Dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage)-is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. The film’s ensemble cast includes Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lily, and Andy Serkis as Gollum.

What I love here is the fact that after Martin as titular hero and Sir Ian as Gandalf, there he is, Richard Armitage as Thorin,  leading that band of dwarves.  In the newspaper biz, we’d say he got topfold billing. Yeah, I am grinning to myself.  Our man has hit the big time, I do believe.

It’s not mentioned here, but for those who don’t know, TH panelists for Comic-Con are slated to be Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage *squee*, Sir Ian McKellen, Sir Peter Jackson, Andy Serkis (Gollum and, as we know from the videoblogs, a second unit director on TH) and co-screenwriter Phillipa Boyens.  No 13 dwarfs, thank goodness. Not that I don’t love James and Aidan and all the rest, but Richard IS Top Dwarf, after all. He should be there representin’ for all the rest.

Now, Comic-Con  seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. And they do not empty out the halls and rooms after each presentation/panel.  And while there is a space reserved for media, I am not sure if that includes ALL media or just the big publications and networks. And how many of them will be camping out and claming spots they choose not to relinquish?

So it is very possible I will have to make a concerted effort to get into Hall H in the morning and hang out there until 2:30 p.m.  Yeah, it holds 6,500 people–only about a thousand less people than the population of our little hometown–but we are looking at an event that is expected to draw 165,000 people. And in case you haven’t noticed, this whole Hobbit thing is a great big deal with a lot of fans of Tolkien eager to learn more.

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The_Hobbit_ An_Unexpected_Journey (Photo credit: Film_Poster)

But my gosh, there is so much to see and do at Comic-Con beyond our beloved Richard. There are panels for attendees to give practical advice on screenwriting for television and film and writing and illustrating graphic novels and comics, panels that focus on popular television shows of the past and those which preview upcoming productions. Hugely popular productions such as True Blood, Dexter (my favorite serial killer with a code!) and Game of Thrones will be represented.  You can try out the Zombie Obstacle Course, attend a virtual drive-in theatre and discover “the naked truth about Tarzan and Jane.”

And what would such an event be without the likes of my all-time favorite ham actor, Captain Kirk himself, William Shatner and the king of low-budget sci-fi/horror movies, Roger Corman, the man who kick-started the careers of such stars as Jack Nicholson? There are seminars on staging combat, making resin casts and silicone molds, the popularity of steampunk, “trailer parks” for upcoming films and so on, and so on . . . not to mention all those colorful, creative, and sometimes scanty costumes many attendees wear. I am certain I will be completely worn out by the time I fly home Monday, but I doubt I will be bored. Even standing in line could be entertaining. I do enjoy people watching.

 

Right now, it looks like I may be hanging out with Quentin Tarantino and the cast of his upcoming film Django UnchainedTheir panel is scheduled for 11:3o in Hall H, where The Hobbit presentation will take place that afternoon. Hey, I like Tarantino, and I am thanking my lucky stars it isn’t Twilight (sorry, all you Twi-hards).

 

It is going to be an experience, that’s for sure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Psssst. Don’t tell Sir Guy . . . but Thorin’s on my mind

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Yes, I do have a considerable crush on Thorin. And I’ve been playing with images of him. He really is a most attractive fellow, this two hundred-plus year-old warrior dwarf.  Great hair. Cool threads. A really big, shiny sword which he clearly knows how to use. And a marvelous profile. Not to mention he sings!  I’d follow him on an unexpected journey.

Of course, Martin makes a very cute hobbit, too.

Can’t wait to hear more of Mr. A singing as Thorin.

I love how he still manages to sit tall in the saddle. 😉

Can’t wait to see Thorin’s Creator in the not-distant-at-all future! Comic-Con, here I come . . .

In case you need a wake-up: Technicolor Armitage re BeFunky

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Technicolor Armitage . . .  most of these were done with another site I discovered called BeFunky. BeFunky actually allows you to order custom products with the artwork you create–mugs, tees, bags, keychains, magnets and more. I admit I am sorely tempted, once I am not so poor, to create myself an RA mug . . . looks like they do a very high-quality job.   In the meantime, have a flashback to the psychedelic ’60s without having a “bad trip.” 😉

 

Dawn’s lovely winged heart necklaces are garnering rave reviews from the ladies who have so far received them.  Here’s her description from the jewelry website:

A heart with wings represents a joyful, optimistic, and free spirit. Often, love is said to make the heart take wing. This petite charm has a lot of detail in a small package. It makes a great gift for the free spirit in your life.  Sterling silver winged heart pendant is just half an inch tall and less than 1.2 inches wide (30x15mm).  Fine cable chain is wire-wrapped to the springring clasp for greater security. Sized at 16 inches (41cm). If you would like another length, either shorter or longer, just send a convo with your request.   

Dawn generously offered to use these delicate necklaces as a fundraising tool for me and my trip fund for Comic-Con International in San Diego.  They can be paid for via the donate button here on the blog. The cost is $35 including the cost of shipping and Dawn will make them to the specified length. Shipping addresses and requested lengths should be sent to my e-mail addy.  Once again, thanks so much for all your support, financial, moral, spiritual and otherwise.

Oh, and my husband’s oldest brother is VERY jealous of his sister-in-law getting to go to Comic-Con. 😉