What's Cool, Hot & Happening @ Comic-Con 2010
by Albert Ching
Date: 21 July 2010 Time: 10:52 AM ET
Movies and TV shows — not comic books — will get the most mainstream media attention this week at the annual Comic-Con International in San Diego. And with good reason.Given the big box office of many comic book movies (look no further than Iron Man 2’s $310 million so far this summer) and the convention’s annual sellout attendance of more than 125,000 fans, major studios have made Comic-Con a priority to promote a variety of action, sci-fi and comedy projects. This year’s event has again attracted major Hollywood names, including Angelina Jolie, Seth Rogen, Will Ferrell and the cast of FOX’s “Glee” – all pushing their latest work to dedicated folks willing to wait for hours to get into panels offering a peek at what’s to come and a chance to hear stars talk about whatever it is they’re promoting. Here’s a look at some of this year’s most noteworthy Comic-Con events.
THURSDAY TRON: Legacy — This winter’s long-awaited sequel to the beloved 1982 Disney science-fiction film is a no-brainer for the Comic-Con audience, and this panel will include Jeff Bridges; star of the original and the follow-up. (11:15 a.m. to 12:45 a.m., Hall H) Salt — Though Comic-Con hasn’t promoted the appearance, sources including the Hollywood Reporter say that Angelina Jolie will be in-person at the convention to discuss her spy thriller "Salt", opening this week. (1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Hall H) Red — Bearing a stronger connection to Comic-Con than most movie panels, this comic book adaptation stars Bruce Willis and Helen Mirren, who both have been reported as participants in this panel. (2:15 to 3:15 p.m., Hall H) The Expendables — Action stars are pretty much live versions of comic book superheroes, so there’s no questions this panel will bring out many to see Sylvester Stallone and Dolph Lundgren, along with pro wrestling legend Steve Austin and UFC veteran Randy Couture. (4:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m., Hall H) Scott Pilgrim vs. the World — Another comic book adaptation, this time starring “Juno” actor Michael Cera and directed by Edgar Wright of “Hot Fuzz” and “Shaun of the Dead” fame. Both will be in attendance at the panel, along with comic book series creator Bryan Lee O’Malley and much of the rest of the cast. (6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Hall H) FRIDAY The Big Bang Theory — The popular CBS sitcom thrives on geek-related humor, so this is a natural fit for the convention, with all of the main cast in attendance. (12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m., Ballroom 20) The Other Guys, The Green Hornet — This shared panel is scheduled to host Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg and Eva Mendes, from this summer’s “The Other Guys,” and Seth Rogen along with acclaimed director Michel Gondry, from this winter’s “The Green Hornet.” (4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Hall H) True Blood — Though that other vampire franchise (y’know, “Twilight”) doesn’t have an official presence at Comic-Con this year, HBO series “True Blood” is in full force, with stars Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, and many more from the show on hand. (5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m., Ballroom 20) SUNDAY Green Lantern, Sucker Punch, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Another shared panel. “Green Lantern” is the Ryan Reynolds-starred adaptation of a long-running DC Comics superhero, “Sucker Punch” is the latest film from “300” and “Watchmen” director Zack Snyder, and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” is the two-part movie adaptation of the final Harry Potter book. No specific talent has been officially announced as participating, but it’s a good bet big names will be involved. (11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., Hall H) Thor, Captain America — One showcase for two films out next summer, both bringing an enduring, iconic Marvel Comics superhero to the big screen. This one also has no panelists officially announced other than producer Kevin Feige, but both “Thor” star Chris Hemsworth and “Captain America” star Chris Evans are signing, probably not coincidently, at the Marvel booth earlier that day. (6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Hall H) SUNDAY Smallville — Detailing Clark Kent’s early years before becoming Superman, “Smallville” is a Comic-Con staple, though this looks to be the last official panel for the show, as its upcoming tenth season will be its last. Series star Tom Welling will be appearing, for just his second time at Comic-Con. (10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Ballroom 20) Glee — Some comic book purists lament the lack of non-comic book related material at Comic-Con, and it’s hard to see too many obvious connections between “Glee” and comic books, other than people at Comic-Con seem to love both. This panel includes show creators and much of the cast, but lead actors Matthew Morrison, Cory Monteith, Lea Michele and Jane Lynch are not among those scheduled. (1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Ballroom 20)