One week from tomorrow, I'll be heading to glorious San Diego to cover Comic-Con 2006, pretty much the biggest annual comics conference in the country. Aside from all the shameless diehards clad in the garb of their favorite comics heroes, the best part of this conference is that all the major film studios will be talking up their huge upcoming releases -- some of them based on comics, some of them not -- and unleashing tons of previously unseen footage on the clamoring masses. I'll be posting my blog from the conference every day, so I thought I'd give you all a rundown of what I'll most likely be seeing and writing about each day. I'll also be posting tons of photos of costume-clad fans, comics-loving celebs and, of course, out-of-control parties. Here's a daily rundown of the panels I'll be attending and thus what you can expect to read about on this blog ...
THURSDAY, JULY 20
3:30-5:00 -- Lionsgate movie panel, featuring 'Crank,' 'Skinwalkers' and 'Saw III' -- I'm actually kind of psyched for this because Amy Smart (of 'Road Trip' renown) will be onhand to talk about 'Crank.'
5:00-6:00 -- Exclusive first look at 'The Tripper' -- This horror flick is written by, directed by and starring "triple threat" David Arquette. Sounds like unintentional comedy gold.
6:00-7:00 -- Director Guillermo del Toro ('Hellboy') talks about 'Pan's Labyrinth' -- This fantastical flick, set during the rule of a fascist regime in 1944 Spain and boasting tons of weird-as-hell creatures, could be the sleeper hit of the holiday season.
FRIDAY, JULY 21
11:00-12:30 -- Warner Bros. movie panel, 'The Reaping' and 'Superman Returns' -- Though it pains me to miss a sneak peek at the fall season of 'Family Guy' (it's scheduled for the same time), there's no way I could pass up Bryan Singer's presentation, which will likely include deleted scenes/gag reels from 'Superman Returns' and the scoop on Supes' big-screen future. Plus, 'The Reaping,' a supernatural thriller in which Hilary Swank investigatesa small Louisiana town that's suffering from Biblical plagues, sounds pretty cool -- and Hilary will be there to talk about it.
1:00-2:00 -- Superman through the ages -- Attendees get an exclusive extended peek at 'Superman II -- The Richard Donner Cut.' For those who don't know, Donner directed the original 'Superman' and a good portion of 'Superman II' before being replaced by Richard Lester, who scrapped most of Donner's 'Superman II' footage and reshot his own. And here's the kicker: The Donner version of the film is supposedly way superior. Plus, super-secret special guests from 'Smallville,' 'Lois and Clark' and 'Superman Returns' will be appearing.
2:30-3:30 -- Early look at 'Stardust' -- Director Matthew Vaughn ('Layer Cake') screens footage from his new fantasy adventure 'Stardust,' starring Claire Danes, Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Sienna Miller.
3:30-4:00 -- 'Children of Men' first look -- Director Alfonso Cuarón ('Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban') screens never-before-seen footage from his new futuristic thriller starring Clive Owen and Julianne Moore.
4:00-5:00 -- Exclusive footage from 'D.O.A.: Dead or Alive' -- I'd like to say that I'm really psyched for this movie, but I'm really just going to talk to star Jaime Pressly, who rocks my world on 'My Names Is Earl.'
5:45-7:00 -- 'Snakes on a Plane' -- Samuel L. Jackson will talk about the flick, we'll see exclusive footage, and my fingers will be crossed in hopes that this film redefines the term "unintentional comedy."
SATURDAY, JULY 22
10:30-12:00 -- 'Lost' Season 3 discussion -- I know this has nothing to do with movies, but no way I'm skipping it.
11:45-12:45 -- First look at 'Grind House' -- This flick is going to be a double feature: a one-hour film directed by Robert Rodriguez and a one-hour film directed by Quentin Tarantino, separated by a handful of trailers for made-up movies. Rodriguez and the cast of his feature 'Planet Terror' will be onhand to screen clips and talk about the film, as well as divulge the first news about Tarantino's half of the project 'Deathproof.'
3:30-4:30 -- The future of Marvel's film franchises -- Jon Favreau, director of 'Iron Man,' and the directors of 'The Incredible Hulk' and 'Ant-Man' talk about their upcoming films.
5:00-6:30 -- Sony superhero movies -- Nicolas Cage and Eva Mendes will answer questions and screen clips from 'Ghost Rider' -- but the true draw is Sam Raimi, who'll be onhand to provide a kick-ass look at the much ballyhooed 'Spider-Man 3.' And on that magnificent note, I will end my 2006 Comic-Con experience -- if you don't count that evening's Masquerade Ball, of course. I won't be the guy wearing Superman underoos and a makeshift red cape. Honestly.
Watch the 'Spider-Man 3' teaser trailer
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