The Comic-Con uproar has since fizzled from last weekend’s electricity over many of the gems that fans got to view and observe. Simultaneously, with the event being one of the biggest, it’s also something I currently don’t get to attend since distance is reigning factor in that regard, and for this, I was kindly met with an opportunity by independent filmmaker Mark Anthony Gadia, a friend in the area who managed to visit the event for a few days and was willing to snap a few detailed and up-close photos of a few of the booths and their various exhibits, namely Legendary’s Warcraft scenery, costumes on full display for several WB/DC Entertainment properties, a quick pic of Marvel’s Agent Carter series star, actress Peggy Atwell, and more.
Comic-Con kicked off several days ago in San Diego and news had already begun pouring out from the crevasses about what’s to come. One such update included a new deal made between Hasbro and multimedia streaming site, Machinima for a new Transformers series.
This should service quite well as a promotional gem for Paramount Pictures in the good company of Akiva Goldsman and his writing team as they string together a fifth feature-length installment for a 2017 release. We’ll see how this turns out.
The TRANSFORMERS are coming to Machinima. In an agreement between Machinima and Hasbro, the TRANSFORMERS world will be brought to life on the many2many programming service that kicks off right smack in the middle of The Combiner Wars. The series introduces new lore and all-new characters that, combined with the characters fans have known for decades, will bring the TRANSFORMERS storytelling in a new direction as the Machinima series will deliver raging action and signature humor to legions of TRANSFORMERS fans.
“We couldn’t be more excited to bring one of the biggest franchises in the world to Machinima. Our audiences are huge fans of the comics, movies, toys and video games, and for us to continue the legend with the Combiner Wars is a unique storytelling opportunity,” said Machinima’s Chief Creative Officer Daniel Tibbets.
“We’re thrilled to be teaming up with Machinima on this groundbreaking, new digital series,” said Tom Warner, Senior Vice President for the TRANSFORMERS franchise for Hasbro. “As one of the top global producers and distributors of digital entertainment, they’re the perfect partner to help launch a totally new kind of TRANSFORMERS animation—one that, for the first time ever, is specifically designed for the teen and adult fans who have grown up loving the TRANSFORMERS brand. We look forward to delivering amazing action, storytelling and characterization that these fans demand, as the Combiner Wars play out across toys, comics, digital games and of course, the brand new animated digital series.”
More details of the Machinima/Hasbro series will be announced shortly.
SDCC 2015: #WBSDCC Trailers For THE 100, THE FLASH, ARROW And DC'S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW Are All The Hype!
The CW was on hand in San Diego this weekend to present content for its slate of big and upcoming shows. Of course, some of the biggest and more action-packed highlights include more episodes of The 100, as well as Arrow and Flash, and the premiere of the upcoming series spin-off, DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow. And if you’re a frequent CW viewer, you’ll likely be catching these and adjusting them to your schedule later this year.
Watch the Comic-Con highlight reels for each now online, and take note of the respective premiere dates and further announcements to come.
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Like all movie sites and blogs therein, there’s a certain limit to the content I share which embodies my own guidelines differently from how other blogs operate. One such rule includes not making a habit of sharing smartphone footage taken from specific events like this weekend’s San Diego Comic-Con where attendees gained exclusive access to merchandise and exposure to a number of things, including the bustling slate of movies where Warner Bros. stayed on deck to present sizzle reels for their films, including David Ayer’s forthcoming DC Entertainment property, Suicide Squad.
Like everyone interested, I can’t wait to see the footage being shared. Unfortunately, there’s a price to be paid with the nature of netizens and all their fandom with the way things go viral once leaked. Studios are very strict about these things which is personally frustrating to me because I would rather they just unveiled the footage online so everyone who can’t afford a plane ticket and a weekend stay at a hotel to go to a convention can be able to see and share in the excitement everyone else gets to feel; Hell, I’ve only ever gotten to attend one convention in my life and that was in New York City in 2004. I shook Peter Mayhew’s hand – highlight of my life right there!
Alas, it doesn’t look very good for the Comic-Con crowd this weekend either. I just prepared a draft for a possible online unveiling of the Comic-Con trailer for 20th Century Fox’s Deadpool and now word from Deadline suggests the notion that studios might be pulling back from not only releasing Comic-Con footage online, but also showcasing exclusive footage to Comic-Con audiences altogether. Furthermore, Sue Kroll from Warner Bros. who had this to say about the leaked Comic-Con teaser for Suicide Squad:
“We have no plans currently to release the Suicide Squad footage that leaked from Hall H on Saturday. It’s unfortunate and ultimately damaging that one individual broke a long-standing trust we have enjoyed with our fans at the convention by posting early material, which, at this point, was not intended for a wider audience. We are still in production on Suicide Squad, and will have a big campaign launch in the future. Our presentation yesterday was designed to be experienced in that room, on those big screens!”
As much as I hate that studios hold out like this and would rather just release the footage since it’s going to go viral anyway, I respect that they might…just MIGHT have reasons for not doing so. Simultaneously, it’s also sad that as much as Comic-Con audiences are being trusted, they simply refuse to respect rules being applied to them – I’d like to think that doing so would allow studios to be a little more lenient when officially releasing footage for blogs to write about in clarity. Plus, the last thing I want to see is some tiny, shitty ass screen blurring all the content filmed from a low-angle with some dude walking in front of the lens. And the funny thing is that some people would have the audacity to call me ungrateful for that.
No, no. Fuck you. At best here, gratitude should be observed by the very people who are simply asked to do one specific thing – DON’T RECORD THE FOOTAGE.
Yeah, I’ll say it: As it stands, the people failed, not the studios. Sure, they could just release these trailers and let that be that, but this also exemplifies the sheer lack of responsibility that a certain portion of these Comic-Con goers feel when it comes to rules, merely believing that just because they can bring their phones in, the rules don’t apply to them.
Well, judging by appearances here, the studios are about to fix that. Otherwise perhaps this will implure you to tell your Comic-Con neighbor to put their phone away. My two cents here.
Suicide Squad opens on August 5, 2016. As for a teaser for this film and apparently the February 12, 2016 release of Deadpool, I guess we’re getting it when Warner Bros., Marvel and 20th Century Fox are damn good and ready.
QUESTION: Do you think studios should be lenient and simply release the footage they show at Comic-Cons? Or are they correct in dialing back from lack of trust? Comment below and say your peace!
The Warner Bros. line-up at San Diego Comic Con took full advantage of the Hall H crowd today as it unveiled its slate. As such, director Guy Ritchie’s The Man From U.N.C.L.E. was on hand to deliver the goods. Actor Henry Cavill was a busy bee on Saturday to help promote the film as one of two titles he’s starring in, here now along with Armie Hammer and actress Alicia Vikander lending her share of the charm to this theatrical rendition of the classic TV series from which it’s based.
The film’s release is slightly over a month away so it sounds proper that this would get dibs with Comic-Con goers this weekend. You can see what the studio unveiled in a new five-minute promo below!
The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
It was back in 2013 that actor, martial artist and stuntman Zak Lee Guarnaccia announced a couple of new projects from his production banner at LightRow Pictures, one including martial arts action thriller, Kalm. That was two years ago, and as one can imagine, any independent production like this may take a while to get off the ground, and that’s where his latest effort at crowdfunding comes in over at Kickstater.
An official press release was issued a few days ago as Guarnaccia has since begun ramping up the buzz at San Diego Comic-Con. Check out all the details below with further links to the Kickstarter campaign page and other links with more information about the film and the studio, and Guarnaccia as he looks to add another contribution of his own to the martial arts action genre.
Zak Lee Guarnaccia, Actor/Stuntman, Executive Producer at LightRow Pictures (www.lightrow.com), and Paul Lupi, Producer of Lupi Pictures, enter production of the feature film in the martial-arts, action-thriller genre entitled “KALM.” Principal photography partially funding being raised on Kickstarter. The project will debut at the SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2015 (SDCC).
In addition, Guarnaccia will play an undisclosed role and produce a TV Pilot of Lupi Pictures “CENTRAL PARK WEST” to start in New York July 2015 written and produced by Paul Lupi with brother Daniel Lupi (“Lincoln,” “The Master,” “There Will Be Blood,” “Catch Me If You Can,” “Boogie Nights”).
A story with extreme martial arts choreography, “KALM” is a bodyguard assigned to chauffeur a headlining exotic dancer to a desert town, when they get caught in the crossfire between warring drug lords.
LightRow Pictures developed the new action hero “KALM” and will exhibit at San Diego Comic-Con 2015 at Bella Fe Films and LightRow Pictures booth #1532. Bella Fe Films (www.bellafefilms.com) will produce “KALM,” the comic book, and the graphic illustrations and postcards for collectors fans to promote the “KALM Kickstarter Crowdfunding Campaign.”
“KALM” launched its new adventure in the crowd funding field on July 7, 2015 and invites action genre fans to help fund this highly-anticipated comic book and martial arts feature-length film at: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/lightrowpictures/kalm.
“KALM” has fantastic dangerous stunts, chases and explosions – it’s a new, slick, martial arts action film with an “Italian spice” and crowd-funding supporters will help make it happen.
Guarnaccia says: “We pulled together a roster of great actors, stunt fighters, crew, and have a distributor of this genre attached working with us and making this project successful.”
Guarnaccia’s gritty film style and performance grabbed the attention of Paul Lupi whose company Lupi Pictures is now in talks to co-produce properties in the Lightrow roster.
Award-winning actor Zak Lee Guarnaccia’s rugged looks, relentless style of martial arts, and experience in stunt-work and action choreography has lead to his reputation as “The Italian Jackie Chan.”
“KALM” the comic book is written by Ken Mora, writer/producer of the spoof of Clint Eastwood’s “Dirty Harry” films entitled “Magnum Farce.” The screenplay is written by a talented young writer Marc Guzman and boasts DGA director John Rogers on board to call the action. The production will create a distinct vision for “KALM” to be shot, principally, on a desolate stretch of road in the USA.
Guarnaccia’s recent appearances include Pablo the henchman on the upcoming MARVEL TV Series “AGENT X” produced by Sharon Stone and FOX TV, “The LAST SHIP” on TNT and “NCIS Los Angeles” season 4 episode “Lokhay,” and a coming nationally-aired Mercury Insurance Commercial.
LightRow Pictures concurrent projects “The Next Big Hit” ( https://www.facebook.com/TheNextBigHit ) features the unique genre mash-up of martial-arts and musical comedy, and the movie “Tinker and Snatch” another comic book and live martial arts action feature film is on the first row.
More information: http://www.lightrow.com/.
KALM Facebook fans: https://www.facebook.com/KALMfilm.
Facebook fans “I like ZLG Zak Lee Guarnaccia” https://www.facebook.com/LikeZLG.
Zak Lee Guarnaccia official website: http://www.zaklee.com/.
From executive producer Greg Berlanti and writer/executive producer Martin Gero comes “Blindspot”: A vast international plot explodes when a beautiful Jane Doe is discovered naked in Times Square, completely covered in mysterious intricate tattoos with no memory of who she is or how she got there. There’s one that’s very clear, however: the name of FBI agent Kurt Weller, emblazoned across her back. “Jane,” Agent Weller and rest of the FBI quickly realize that each mark on her body is a crime to solve, leading them closer to the truth about her identity and the mysteries to be revealed.
Heads are going to explode next weekend.
The haterade has since long dissipated since the first teasers aired between last summer and this Spring for Zack Snyder’s Batman V. Superman: Dawn Of Justice, and now fans have commense clamoring for an exclusive look at the film arriving March Of next year. It’s one of three titles being represented by Warner Bros. along with the remaining two, Guy Ritchie’s The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and Joe Wright’s Pan, both heading to theaters this coming August and October, respectively, although obviously the former is the biggest headliner. Considering Marvel isn’t showing up, the studio behind DC Entertainment’s ambitious slate should have plenty of room to lay out just how it will follow up two years of hype following Man Of Steel.
More can be seen at the official Comic-Con International website. Beyond that, cue the press release!
Warner Bros. Pictures continues its tradition of delivering its most anticipated tentpole properties and their biggest stars to Comic-Con International: San Diego with this year’s Hall H presentation.
On Saturday, July 11, beginning at 10:30 a.m., Warner Bros. will showcase several of its upcoming feature releases and offer up a surprise or two as well.
Keen to deliver a taste of one of next year’s most eagerly awaited pairings, director Zack Snyder and stars Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill take the main stage with “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” They are joined by castmates Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter and Gal Gadot for a sneak peek at the 2016 action adventure that brings the Super Heroes together on the big screen for the very first time, from Warner Bros. Pictures and RatPac-Dune Entertainment.
From “Pan,” Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund and Peter himself, Levi Miller, together with director Joe Wright, soar into town with their high-flying adventure, coming to theaters this fall from Warner Bros. Pictures and RatPac-Dune Entertainment.
And Cavill once again takes the stage, this time with Armie Hammer, a duo with a very different dynamic in this summer’s fresh, über-stylish actioner from filmmaker Guy Ritchie, “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,” along with fellow stars Alicia Vikander and Elizabeth Debicki.
Sue Kroll, President, Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution, stated, “Comic-Con provides us a fantastic opportunity to interact with the fans and this year, as with every year, our aim is to surpass their expectations. We’re also thrilled to give our filmmakers and talent a chance to experience the unique energy and enthusiasm of Comic-Con.”
With “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” and “Pan” headlining the bill, Warner Bros. will also present some unexpected offerings that are sure to delight the crowd.