The Geek Beat: Five Great, Geeky Moments from Modern Comic-Con History

While pondering potential subjects for this week, I couldn’t help noticing that this is the 52nd edition of the column that I’ve authored. That’s a full year of weekly nerdery by my count, and it all began on July 23, 2013, with a roundup of the biggest hits, misses and lingering questions from the that year’s San Diego Comic-Con.

With this year’s convention kicking off in just a few days, it seems appropriate to bring the column back around to where it all began, and devote this week’s installment to the massive, multi-headed, all-devouring beast known as Comic-Con International. After all, with more than 130,000 people expected to attend this year’s event, and every major movie studio, television network, game developer and publisher scrambling…
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Your Top Three: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson Movies

Your Top Three is a series here at Movies.com where we choose a topic and you give us your top three picks.

This could be a very big week for Dwayne Johnson, aka the Rock. He’s starring in the latest (since January) version of Hercules, which opens Friday, and he’s expected to be (officially) announced at Comic-Con as star of a DC superhero movie, probably playing Shazam, aka Captain Marvel.

After 15 years of acting — outside of the performances involved in being a professional wrestler, that is — he’s not always taken that seriously as a movie star. A good-luck charm for movie franchises, maybe, but ever since his weird-looking CGI feature film debut in The Mummy Returns, he’s had his ups and downs as far as respectability.

Part of this is because for…
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‘Noah’ Behind-the-Scenes Clip Throws Russell Crowe to the Ground

Noah is a stunning piece of filmmaking. Of course, that’s to be expected when it comes to a movie about the construction of a giant ark intended to survive an apocalyptic flood, but Darren Aronofsky pushes his movie far beyond your standard biblical epic and turns it into a transcendent, engrossing spectacle. Seriously, there are just some downright gobsmacking visuals in this movie, with many of them coming before the big flood even happens.

Noah is currently available on Digital HD and will hit Blu-ray, DVD and VOD on July 29. And on that Blu-ray you’ll find a number of special features that dive into the making of the movie, including this snippet below that shows off some of the stunt work that yanked Russell Crowe and Ray Winstone around a very real, very large set…
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Will Ferrell, Adam McKay Producing ‘Manimal’ Movie at Sony Animation

Sony Pictures Animation is going animalistic, developing a movie version of “Manimal,” rebooting the TV series as an action-comedy combining animation and live action. Producers are Jimmy Miller’s Mosaic, Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Gary Sanchez Productions and original series co-creator Glen A. Larson. The original series ran from Sept. 30 to Dec. 17, 1983… »

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See What Big Upcoming Movies Are Premiering at the Toronto Film Festival

The Toronto International Film Festival unveiled the first wave of its lineup this morning. Noah Baumbach, Mike Leigh, David Gordon Green, Jason Reitman, Bennett Miller, David Cronenberg, Antoine Fuqua, Edward Zwick, Mikael Roskam and David Dobkin are just a few of the directors we’re anticipating work from. An opening film hasn’t been announced yet, so we still have something to look forward to, but Alan Rickman’s second directorial effort, A Little Chaos, starring Kate Winslet as a female architect in the court of King Louis XIV, will close the festival.

The tragic story of Olympic wrestling champion Mark Schultz, Foxcatcher, which saw tons of buzz at Cannes, is part of the Gala repertoire, but we’re still wondering if…
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Ghent’s World Soundtrack Awards to Fete French Composer Francis Lai

Film Fest Ghent, whose World Soundtrack Awards initiated a spate of annual film music showcases around the world over the past decade, has named French composer Francis Lai as the recipient of the WSA’s Lifetime Achievement Award for the event’s 14th edition (Oct. 14-25).

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Sam Worthington-Led For the Dogs Now Titled Hunter’s Prayer

The Sam Worthington-led actioner For the Dogs has a new title today. Screen Daily reports that Jonathan Mostow film, which is based on Kevin Wignall’s novel, will now be titled Hunter’s Prayer. The news breaks alongside word that Screen Yorkshire has come aboard to finance the production with the company’s largest investment to date. …read more

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Comic-Con: ‘Chappie’ Banner Offers First Look at Kidnapped Robot

When the Thursday Comic-Con schedule was announced earlier this month, it was confirmed that Sony Pictures will be showcasing their young adult adaptation Goosebumps (August 7, 2015) and Pixels (May 15, 2015). Some were surprised that Neill Blomkamp‘s Chappie wasn’t listed as part of the festivities, since it opens on March 27, 2015. However, Collider has revealed that Chappie will be featured on a massive banner inside the San Diego Convention Center lobby, which gives fans a first look at the title robot, voiced by Sharlto Copley, who is kidnapped by two South African gangsters.

Check out several different looks at this massive banner, then read on for more information.

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The New Trailer for If I Stay, Starring Chloe Grace Moretz

Warner Bros. Pictures and MGM have released the new trailer for director R.J. Cutler’s If I Stay, starring Chloë Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos, Jamie Blackley, Joshua Leonard, Liana Liberato, Aisha Hinds and Stacy Keach. …read more

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Guillermo del Toro Updates on Pacific Rim 2 and Crimson Peak

Always a man in the middle of several project, Guillermo del Toro today chatted with ShockTillYouDrop.com about his new FX series, “The Strain,” also offering updates on a few of his upcoming big screen projects including Crimson Peak and Pacific Rim 2. …read more

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