SAN DIEGO - Evidently, Andrew Garfield spent his day charming people.
I wasn't in Hall H during today's presentation of footage from "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," but I did have a chance to sit down with Garfield pretty much the second I stepped off stage from moderating the "Kick-Ass 2"/"Riddick" panel.
While I wasn't crazy about "The Amazing Spider-Man," I think highly of the casting in the movie, and I was very clear in my review that I look forward to seeing if they can turn the sequel into the slam dunk that it should be. When I was asked if I wanted to talk to Garfield even though I wouldn't get to see the presentation, I didn't even hesitate. Of course I did.
One of the most charming moments I've ever seen in Hall H took place the first year Garfield came here for "The Amazing Spider-Man," and I wrote about it that year. It convinced me that no matter what, Garfield really did believe that it was an honor to be tapped to play the iconic character. Now he's gone through the entire process once, and he's just wrapped up his second time playing the character, and I was curious to see if it was starting to feel like just another job to him.
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SAN DIEGO - Evidently, Andrew Garfield spent his day charming people.
Well, this whole silly, overblown, maybe-about-something-else mess has finally seen a solution…and everyone's going to just keep calling it "The Butler" anyway.
It's been revealed today that the MPAA has overturned its original ruling in the case of Lee Daniels' upcoming film "The Butler," which stated that The Weinstein Company had to change the title due to a nearly 100-year-old short film of the same name in the Warner Bros. archives. It is now accepting, however, something of a compromise, as the title can now be "Lee Daniels' The Butler," if TWC so chooses -- and I imagine they will.
Anyone who waited even a few moments too long to get into the line for the panel for the "Orphan Black" panel at Comic-Con 2013 probably didn't get into the crowded (and undersized) room. While some people still don't know about the BBC America break-out hit (many of them Emmy voters), it's not a good idea to underestimate the loyalty of the fan base.
"Sharknado's" 2nd airing tops the 1st airing by half a million viewers
About 1.9 million tuned in to last night's encore, compared to 1.4 million last week. PLUS: Ian Ziering almost rejected "Sharknado" because of holes in the plot.
"Beverly Hills Cop" is officially dead
The CBS-rejected drama pilot from Shawn Ryan and Eddie Murphy couldn't find a new network.
Cory Monteith's formerly estranged dad speaks out
Joe Monteith, who divorced the "Glee" star's mom when Cory was 7 and who got back in his son's life when he was on "Glee," says his death hasn't suck in yet. PLUS: Did "Glee" cast party hard with Monteith?, and reporter recalls Monteith's drug confession.
Here are 6 revelations from "Marvels Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." Comic-con pilot screening
The Joss Whedon series is funny and looks expensive.
At Comic-Con, "The Walking Dead" promises a more "insane" 4th season
"It's like we’re in the Superbowl and we want to bring the best season ever for the fans," says exec producer Gale Anne Hurd.
Are we living in the golden age of "awesome female characters"?
Female characters have never had it better, from "Orange is the New Black" to "The Americans."
Watch the 1999 "That '70s Show" remake made for British TV
Titled "Days Like These."
ESPN snags Nate Silver
The New York Times statistician, famous for predicting last year's presidential election, will likely contribute to Keith Olbermann's show while doing some work with ABC News.
What do real TV news people think of "The Newsroom"?
Says CNN's Candy Crowley: "Any suggestion you can drop new audio into a package a few seconds before air is definitely unrealistic; make that impossible." PLUS: Olivia Munn says "Newsroom:" has no women problem.
"Phineas and Ferb" is making a special "Star Wars"-themed episode
Airing in 2014, the episode will be set in the "Star Wars" universe.
Conan O'Brien-produced "The Pete Holmes Show" premieres Oct. 28
The talk show airing after "Conan" was previously called "The Midnight Show."
Why are Washington, D.C-set TV shows so dark?
From "House of Cards" to "Scandal" to "The Americans" and "Homeland," James Walcott says, "the Beltway has displaced Manhattan and Los Angeles as the indisputable capital of noir." PLUS: Comparing D.C. shows.
"Parenthood" adds "Drop Dead Diva's" Josh Stamberg
He'll move into Sarah's building.
Whitney Cummings recalls nearly having a "Whitney" meltdown
She also tells Howard Stern that the show hired an animator to remove the bags under her eyes.
"Glee's" Mark Salling sues State Farm for not covering him in his sexual battery case
Salling claims his homeowner's insurance should help with legal bills.
Which movie had the most "SNL" stars?
It's "Coneheads" with 16, beating out "Grown Ups 2," which had 15 former or current "SNL" cast members.
More Food Network reality TV fakery?
"Mystery Diners" is accused of using actors, scripts and re-staged scenes.
"Axe Cop" and "High School USA!" get a Fox preview Sunday night
Both will be part of Fox's Animation Domination High-Def Saturday block.
"Orange is the New Black": The best TV show about prison ever made?
Is the Netflix series better than "Oz"? PLUS: Does "Orange" have a Jewish problem?, and "Orange" makes transgender history.
"One Tree Hill's" Bethany Joy Lenz makes her "Dexter" debut on Sunday
"I'm a huge fan of the show," she says, "so I was beside myself when I got the part.
Check out Jack McBrayer's recent L.A. house
The former "30 Rock" star has sold his Hollywood Hills home for $2 million.
"CSI: Miami" returns as an app
Horatio Caine lives in animated form.
Rebecca Romijn isn't following John Stamos after joining Twitter
The "King & Maxwell" star's 2nd tweet was: "New to this. Ok to follow ex husbands on here?"
Andie MacDowell stars in "Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove"
The Hallmark Channel series, debuting Saturday, has MacDowell playing a judge in a scenic coastal community in Washington State.
Is a "Big Brother" showmance for real?
What to make of "McManda"?
Disney Channel hopes "Teen Beach Movie" recaptures "High School Musical" magic
The film premiering tonight relies of the old "High School Musical" formula, as Mike Hale puts it: "a large, mostly white cast, anonymous outside of its key demographic, doing energetic summer camp versions of Broadway production numbers."
Get ready for all-Joss all-the-time!
I already live-blogged the panel for "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," in which almost nothing was revealed, but at least we saw the pilot.
And now, the "Buffy," "Avengers" and "Dr. Horrible" icon will be greeting the Ballroom 20 faithful for a solo panel on Friday (July 19) night and we'll be live-blogging the heck out of it. Or I will, though you can't spell "Whedon" without "We" or "Whe."
Keeping in mind that Joss talks in long, long sentences that almost never end where they seemed to be beginning, I apologize in advance for whatever I'm not able to catch perfectly.
The screening of the new Fox show "Sleepy Hollow" took up most of the session, but the audience clearly didn't mind. Producer Alex Kurtzman introduced the show by saying, "We are so excited you are the first full audience to see the show." After the episode ended and the crowd roared with enthusiasm, I'm sure he was, if anything, more excited.
I kinda feel compelled to post this because, look, I'm not in the tank for "Pacific Rim" or anything, but I'm SUPER happy for a guy like Travis Beacham, a former film school classmate, making it so big that he's signing autographs for adoring fans at Comic-Con and soaking it up and just, well, I guess I'm living vicariously. Sue me.
"Game of Thrones" uses Comic-Con to delve into the Red Wedding
Michelle Fairley and Richard Madden were in attendance, as was Jason Momoa, who stormed the stage to complain to George R.R. Martin for writing his character out. PLUS: More details of the "Thrones" panel, and watch the Boyz II Men "In Memoriam."
"The Following" is bringing back James Purefoy
Purefoy was a surprise guest at today's Comic-Con panel.
SAN DIEGO - The thing that I take away each year from San Diego is that it doesn't matter how much you plan or how hard you work to organize things. When Comic-Con wants to beat the crap out of you, Comic-Con will beat the crap out of you, and all you can do is smile, take it, and hope you make it through.
This morning was a perfect example. What should have been a nine-minute bus ride took 55 minutes, so by the time I arrived at the Convention Center, I had less than ten minutes to the scheduled start of the Universal panel I was moderating. I wanted time to say hello to everyone, chat a little to break the ice, organize my questions. Nope. I ran in, ran backstage, ran upstairs, put my bag down, and then walked out onto the stage, still scattered from the crazy ride over.
Thankfully, the materials that they brought for "Kick-Ass 2" today speak very loudly for the film. While the first ten or fifteen minutes of this one feel very much like an extension of the first film, once it starts to establish its own voice, it is that rare sequel that actually seems determined to shake things up and really push the characters in new directions.
SAN DIEGO - By far, the strangest moment from any Comic-Con for me now has got to be when Vin Diesel stopped the panel today to thank me for supporting "Pitch Black" back in the early days of Ain't It Cool. He told the story of bringing the film to the first Butt-Numb-A-Thon and talked about how that was the first experience he had with an audience watching the film.
Now, thirteen years later, it was a pleasure to be able to moderate the panel for "Riddick," the third film in which Vin plays the optically-challenged Furyan warrior who tends to kill everything he comes into contact with. Writer/director David Twohy was also on the panel this morning, along with "Battlestar Galactica" star Katee Sackhoff, who plays a bounty hunter named Dahl in the film.
One of the things that made the Universal panel a bit of a challenge for the studio is that both of the films they brought this year are very R-rated, and Hall H is an inclusive place where you have families and fans of all ages and people who are in there from first thing in the morning until the end of the day. You have to be aware of that, and yet you also want to give the audience a taste of what they can genuinely expect from the film when they finally see it.
"Glee's" Season 5 premiere delayed by 1 week
Instead of Sept. 19, "Glee" will return Sept. 26 in the wake of Cory Monteith's death. Production also has been delayed until early August.
Matthew Perry to guest-host Piers Morgan's CNN show -- he'll interview "Friend" Lisa Kudrow
It'll be a "Friends" reunion on Monday night. Also, Perry will talk to longtime pal Lauren Graham.
"Game of Thrones" Season 4 is "brutal" to film, but it could top Season 3
"It's the toughest production schedule we've ever had," says co-creator David Benioff, adding: "It’s a brutal shooting season ahead. But if we can make it through, yeah, I think it’s going to surpass season three." UPDATE: Boyz II Men's "It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye To Yesterday" was used to kick off the "GoT" Comic-Con panel.
Rob Thomas hopes "Veronica Mars" becomes like a James Bond franchise
But if the film is a big hit, Thomas won't do another Kickstarter.
"Big Bang Theory" bosses talk Penny's wardrobe, answer burning questions at Comic-Con
Why has Penny been dressing more modestly in recent seasons?
TLC orders a "Raising Fame" reality show
Cameras will follow teen girls as they move with their moms to Hollywood to pursue an entertainment career.
"Archer" mashed up with "Star Trek" animated series
Check out "Starcher Trek."
John Stamos will wear his "Full House" hairstyle tonight on Fallon
Check out his Jesse and the Rippers wig.
"Teen Wolf's" Tyler Posey gets engaged
The 21-year-old is set to marry his longtime girlfriend.
So, would you like a piece of history for a steep price? If you have $3 million lying around, you can join an eBay auction for one of four original copies of Schindler's list. No, not a solid gold DVD of Steven Spielberg's 1993 Best Picture winner "Schindler's List," but an actual copy of one of Oskar Schindler's lists containing the names of 1,200 Jews whose lives the industrialist saved by hiring them as workers in his Brünnlitz factory in Switzerland.