Though we're still a couple weeks away, you can't deny a certain level of excitement in the air right now. It kinda smells like chicken ... with a twist of kick ass! The 2008 San Diego Comic Con will slowly release their schedule over the next couple days, and up first is Thursday. We'll run through a few special, must-see events, and you can see the film-related schedule after the jump and the entire Thursday sched on the official Con website.

Thursday, July 24:

  • 10:00-11:00 Masters of the Web-For the second year in a row the biggest genre and movie websites are coming together to discuss how new media have affected movie making, what it takes to run a popular site, and much more in a panel discussion and Q&A session. Participants include Robert Sanchez (, Garth Franklin (, Mike Sampson (, Erik Davis (, John Campea (, Brad Miska (, Eric "Quint" Vespe (, Devin Faraci (, Paul Christensen (, and Kellvin Chavez ( Moderated by directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor (Crank 2, The Game). Room 32AB
  • 11:30-1:00 20th Century Fox: The Day The Earth Stood Still and Max Payne- Stars Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Connelly, plus director Scott Derrickson and producer Erwin Stoff, present an exclusive look at The Day The Earth Stood Still, Fox's contemporary reinvention of its 1951 classic. "Max Payne" himself-Mark Wahlberg-will be on hand with Mila Kunis, Ludacris, and director John Moore to discuss turning the game's noirish, hard-hitting, and complex world and characters into a movie event.
  • 1:15-2:45 Summit Pictures-Summit Entertainment presents a sneak peek of exclusive footage of some of its upcoming major film releases: Push (Chris Evans, Dakota Fanning, Djimon Hounsou, Camilla Belle and director Paul McGuigan), Knowing (Alex Proyas), Twilight (Director Catherine Hardwicke, author Stephenie Meyer, and the cast-including Robert Pattinson (Edward), Kristen Stewart (Bella), Cam Gigandet (James), Rachelle LaFevre (Victoria), Edi Gathegi (Laurant), and Taylor Lautner (Jacob))
  • 2:00-3:00 Red Sonja: One-on-One-Robert Rodriguez (Sin City), Rose McGowan (Grindhouse), Doug Aarniokoski (2nd unit director, Resident Evil 3) and David White.
So much more after the jump ...