Apparently Beowulfis premiering tonight at ComicCon with a 3-D-projection screening and it will be shown again twice tomorrow in non-3-D digital. From what I can tell, this is the whole movie, not just footage, and tickets are available at the Paramount booth on a first-come, first-serve basis (hurry!). The L.A. Times has a very interesting and very entertaining preview piece on the new motion-capture-animated movie from Robert Zemeckis, and it sounds like the thing is even further from The Polar Expressthan I expected. The article begins with a detailed description of Angelina Jolie's monstrous-mama character in a scene where she's naked and attempting to seduce Beowulf (Ray Winstone). Check out this sentence: "Gold dribbles down her inner thighs past her feet, revealing sharp stilettos merged with bestial hooves."

What is better than that? I'll tell you what: Neil Gaiman talking junk about The Polar Express (with its "horrid little rotoscope-y ghost people"), admitting that he's not sure if Beowulf is going to work, describing the production as looking like "the cast of Tronperforming bad Shakespeare in the round," revealing Zemeckis' apprehension about casting Crispin Glover as Grendel, complaining about the movie's loss of most of its swear words, giving his support for an unrated version in the future, and defending the reason for a full-male-nudity climax between Beowulf and Grendel. The article also compares the look of Grendel to a Devi Kroell handbag from Target, compares that climactic fight scene to the Austin Powers movies and even tells us that Winstone's character's name in Indiana Jones IVis "Mac." If you weren't already looking forward to Beowulf, you will after reading the article. If only I could fly out to San Diego for tonight's screening instead of having to wait until the movie hits theaters November 16.

[ via Movie City News ]