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Angelina Jolie flew in to promote her new spy movie “Salt”, Johnny Depp greeted fans by video from the set of the fourth “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie, and Jeff Bridges and Olivia Wilde turned up to chat about their hotly-anticipated sci-fi thriller sequel “TRON: Legacy”.
Around 126,000 fans of comics, movies, video games and TV series are expected to descend on the San Dieo Convention Center for the show, which started life as a gathering of comic book fans but has now become a key stop in Hollywood’s bid to attract influential young male audiences.
Lines for the “TRON:Legacy” panel wrapped around the convention center long before the show officially kicked off.
But before some 6,500 lucky fans were treated to eight exclusive minutes of 3D footage from Walt Disney’s December 17 release, Disney had a few other surprises.
“Hellboy” director Guillermo del Toro will write and produce a big screen adaptation of Disney’s “Haunted Mansion” theme park ride, Disney announced. No release date was given.
In an event Disney dubbed “ComiTRON”, Bridges, Wilde, Bruce Boxleitner, Michael Sheen and Garrett Hedlund joined the original 1982 film’s creator, Steven Lisberger, and new director Joe Kasinski on stage for an hour-long panel.
“When we did TRON, there was no Internet and we carried around phones in suitcases,” recalled Bridges. “Looking back, the same thing that attracted me to TRON attracted me to this one, getting a chance to play around with all of this cutting-edge technology. This TRON makes the old one look like black and white TV.”
Disney used the convention to launch the “TRON:Legacy” iPhone App which sent fans on a real-life treasure hunt to unlock golden coins that will grant them access to a recreation of Flynn’s Arcade — complete with video games — throughout the weekend.
Disney also offered a different type of interaction with the “TRON” audience. Kasinski recorded five minutes of crowd chants and foot stomping that will be used in the actual film as spectators who congregate to watch “the games.” He said if it wasn’t for the Comic Con audience, “TRON:Legacy” wouldn’t have become a reality.
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Jolie joined her “Salt” co-star Liev Schreiber, producer Dino di Bonaventure and director Phillip Noyce to promote the Russian spy thriller, which opens on Friday.
“You can get away with so much in fantasy like bending a bullet, for example. So this one was a nice challenge because we had to work so much harder to convince the audience that all of these things are possible. I think these stunts in this movie are better than in other action movies that I’ve done,” she said.
Beyond the skyscraper-draped posters for upcoming films like “Skyline” and videogames like “Red Faction: Armageddon,” there was a new type of interaction between fans and stars.
Paramount Pictures created the “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Experience” across the street from the convention center and used Twitter to alert fans to when the cast and crew will appear at the outdoor park.
Live music, free t-shirts, video postcards and a chance to play the new Ubisoft “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” videogame are all available throughout the weekend.
Elsewhere, “Machete” writer/director Robert Rodriguez and stars Michelle Rodriguez and Danny Trejo handed out tacos from a truck before screening footage from the new horror film and hosting a party.
Lindsay Lohan, arguably the biggest attraction of the September movie release, is in jail in Los Angeles serving what is expected to be 14 days of a 90-day jail sentence for violating her probation in a 2007 drunk driving case.
In case you missed this news from yesterday.
Hoping to take a page from its wildly successful “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, Walt Disney Co said on Thursday it was developing a film based on its popular Haunted Mansion theme park attraction.
Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro will write and produce the film based on the landmark Disney ride that features a plantation-style mansion with ghosts, creepy creatures, secret passages and all the related sounds.
Disney said each year millions of people visit the Haunted Mansion, which opened in 1969 at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. Versions of the Haunted Mansion have been built at Disney theme parks in Orlando, Tokyo and Paris.
The “Pirates” franchise, also based on a theme park attraction, has grossed over $2.6 billion globally and a fourth “Pirates” film, starring Johnny Depp, is being filmed and is scheduled to be released in 2011.
No release date has been set for the “Haunted Mansion” movie, and I don’t believe Eddie Murphy will be staring in this one.
If you’ve been to the park lately then you’ve probably seen some of the attraction t-shirts currently available in our stores, including the Jungle Cruise, Haunted Mansion and Space Mountain. As we gear up for our 55th anniversary, our Product Development team headed to the vault to pay tribute to some of the attractions seen throughout the years. Just this week we added the Matterhorn Bobsleds and Flying Saucers to the list of available attraction tees.
Associate Product Developer Summer Bloomfield is the driving force behind these retro-inspired attraction tees. She let me know that Disney enthusiasts can plan on seeing many more in the future, at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. When asked about her inspiration to create the tees, Summer said: “Everyone has their favorite attraction, that one thing they have to do when they’re here. For years, a lot of this artwork has been seen in a 2D or flat art format, and now we can bring it to you on a whole different level. It’s a great opportunity to pay tribute to some of our most popular attractions and fan favorites.” Summer assures us that we’ll most likely see new retro-inspired attraction shirts next year, representing Disneyland and Magic Kingdom park, respectively, which means you may find a t-shirt on one coast that you may not find on the other.
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Has anyone else noticed how dark things are getting at Disney?
For example I can’t tell you how many news articles I have seen roll in my inbox the past week talking about Alice in Wonderland clothes that are for sale at Hot Topic. Most articles have catchy buzz words in it like Dark or Gothic in the titles. Previously I have seen some of the clothing on Amazon. While they are very cool, they are very different than any of the other clothing Disney has released in the past.
I posted an article this morning about the new Haunted Mansion Comic Book packed with skeletons, zombies and corpses. I understand Disney is trying to target teen boys, but it kinda goes against the image Walt Disney created a long time ago. I can’t really pass judgement on the comic till I read it.
Let’s not forget Epic Mickey the video game. The game looks awesome and its cool to see Walt Disney’s beloved character in a different light. In the beginning there was alot of controversary around this game but as we get closer to the September 2010 release date things have settled down and people seem to be okay with it.
Finally the most recent Disney movie Princess and the Frog has elements in it that I have never seen any any childrens movie before. The scene with the Shadowman freaks my daughter out and is darker than anything Disney has ever released. Overall the past few movies from both Disney and Pixar are very dark in nature. For more information check out this article about .
Overall I am still undecided about all the changes Disney is introducing across the board. Movies, video games, clothing, etc. It seems Bob Iger is trying to changing the very image we have all come to love..
What do you think about all the changes? Do you prefer the classic Disney of the past or do you like this new dark mysterious route they are heading. Let us know in the comment section below.