Quint at Comic-Con: Thursday's panels... IRON MAN footage, 3:10 TO
YUMA, MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN and some nifty posters!!!
Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with my wrap-up report from the Con.
I saw two big panels today and conducted 6 interviews. Yikes. Panels
were Paramount and Lionsgate...
Let's start with Paramount... You've already seen the Indy 4 and Star
Trek stuff, but the panel got kicked off by HOT ROD with Akiva
Schaffer, Andy Samberg and Jorma Taccone (they showed the "punch
dance" sequence, the Footloose moment where Andy works out his demons
by dancing ***ly in a forrest while smoking and drinking, followed
by a 2 minute long fall down a mountain... lots of laughter from the
STARDUST with Jane Goldman and Neil Gaiman and now Gaiman is still on
the stage, but the red-headed Goldman has been replaced by Roger Avary
and they're about to show the BEOWULF trailer.
I'm expecting STAR TREK and possibly a surprise IRON MAN presentation,
even though they're doing IRON MAN officially on Saturday... Plus some
INDY 4 stuff...
SWEENEY TODD stuff! Okay, now they've released the poster. Pretty
CLOVERFIELD trailer runs. JJ Abrams takes the stage. "I want a monster
movie. I want a great monster movie, have wanted it for so long. We
need our own monster, for our own movie. I want something that is just
insane and intense."
He told a story about visiting Japan with his son and seeing Godzilla
all over the place. That's when he thought that what we needed was our
very own monster icon, in the same type as Godzilla, but something
original and our own.
The real trailer, real poster in the coming months. Not called
MONSTROUS. Hahah, but the poster is real. Just missing MONSTROUS as
THE SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES... Phil Tippet and authors. Brought designs.
The designs are very toad-like. Mix it with a bat. It's a goblin. I
have no idea about anything SPIDERWICK, so I can't tell you how great
of a realization it is, but it could be something I'd expect to see
come out of Henson Studios. The goblins go from 2' 3" to 3' 3.
Tippett talks about creating a visual representation, building each of
these goblins, fully sculpt and color them for lighting reference as
well as a visual reference for the actors.
They run some animation tests. Looks like big moving toads.
It's a pretty typical powerpoint type presentation that shows us how
they shot for the effects... clean plate, visual reference pass, etc.
They show us some footage with temp effects. Freddie Highmore is
tripped up by the goblins, they bite his leg, but are in some
Teaser trailer runs. We've seen it before, I think. Can't say I'm too
e***d to see this, but it was cool to see Phil Tippett do his thing.
Judd Apatow introduces trailer for Drillbit Taylor. Owen Wilson, a
bum, is hired to protect kids from school bullies. They do it again,
to pander to comic-con attendees... $280 million budget, Michael Bay
did 2nd Unit... about a magic school... with robots and communication
for the dead.
The trailer started with a bunch of hard-asses being interviewed.
Bouncer looking guys, kung fu dudes, etc. Then there's Owen Wilson who
exudes confidence, says he's worked for 3 presidents and can protect
anybody... cut to the pr-*** nerds hiring for protection from school
Looks the most typical and safe of the Apatow comedies, but it also
looked like a lot of fun. Seth Rogen is one of the writers, so I trust
Let's detour to Lionsgate's panel before I circle back to finish off
with Iron Man.
I won't be long... I didn't see much of this panel thanks to an
interview with Favreau at the head and a series of interviews at the
So, the big thing was that SAW IV was denied, by Comic-Con, the
ability to bring their footage because it was too harsh. This is a big
issue I'm having with the Con and I'll address it soon, but for now,
the SAW IV panel. I didn't see the footage (thanks to my string of
interviews), but the director said the film just got through the MPAA
and got hit with NC-17. They played it like they might not release a
cut, R-rated version, but I'm sure we'll see them play ball.
If not, then that's pretty awesome of them to challenge the MPAA with
such a huge franchise. I doubt it, though.
Let's talk a little bit about 3:10 TO YUMA. They played a couple
clips, but the kick-ass one had Peter Fonda trying to steer an out of
control stagecoach being chased by Russell Crowe and Ben Foster plus
some gang members.
Fonda takes a shotgun and aims at a horse and rider firing on the
carriage. We zoom in and see a full saddlebag with a piece of dynamite
sticking out. Fonda takes aim, fires and BLAM, the horse and rider
explodes in a fiery mess.
The carriage flips and Fonda is thrown. Crowe approaches, admiring the
armored coach. "Hell, it would have been cheaper if you let me rob the
Fonda grimaces and just tells him to kill him. Crowe, "I'm not going
to kill you, not like this." Fonda: "I'll come after you." Crowe (with
a smile): "I'd be disappointed if you didn't."
MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN
They showed the trailer, which was pretty neat looking. Actually, they
showed 2 trailers... the teaser was great and the full trailer was very
The teaser was just an empty subway train running along its tracks.
Inside the floor is slick with ***, glistening in the flickering
light and we get looks at***hanging off the hand-holds. All the
while, the screeching of the train on its tracks grows louder and
Nice, simple trailer.
And Clive Barker was really ***ed up on something... maybe just life,
but he was going on some crazy tangents about pot cookies.
Alright. Enough procrastinating.
Jon Favreau appeared in a video apologizing for not being there. He
said, however, that he wanted to still show something.
One note that has to be addressed... above the monitor was a piece of
production art that no one mentioned or pointed to or anything... but it
was Iron Man fighting who I assume will be Iron Monger. Grey, hulking...
at least twice the size. The rumors are that the technology comes from
the Mark 1 and it looks it.
Anyway, Favreau turns around and clicks a button on his computer and
the footage starts.
It was about 20 of the cheesiest seconds from the old IRON MAN
cartoon, complete with politically incorrect Mandarin.
As the audience laughed, Favreau hopped on the stage to Black
Sabbath's IRON MAN.
He said that they planned on showing some footage, but then they
scheduled a bigger event on the Marvel panel Saturday. The audience;
"Awwww..." Dramatic pause... then Favreau: "Buuuuttt... maybe we could show
some footage here first..." Crowd: (Roaring cheers).
First off, the film looks beautiful. Matthew Libatique (REQUIEM FOR A
DREAM) did an outstanding job. Crisp, lots of depth of field, natural
We're introduced to Downey as Stark. He's a bit of an ***. He's a
weapon designer and he's good... and he knows it. He's actually a smart-
ass... a little in the KISS KISS BANG BANG tone of character.
He stands in front of an army group, mountains behind him. "Repulsor
technology. They say the best weapon is one you never have to fire. I
respectfully disagree. I prefer the weapon you only have to fire once.
That's how Dad did it, that's how America does it, and it's worked
pretty well so far."
Next bit... he's stopped in what looked like Vegas... Favreau has a cameo
as his body guard (Happy Hogan?!? Maybe not... maybe just random cameo
#3, but he'd actually be a great Hogan), but Stark allows a very
attractive reporter to get some time with him.
"You've been called the Da Vinci of our time. What do you say to
that?" Stark: "That's ridiculous. I don't paint." Reporter: "And what
do you say to your other nickname, The Merchant of Death?" Stark:
"That's not bad."
Next cut was to Downey riding in a hummer with some army guys. One of
them asks to take a picture. He makes some cracks about no gang signs
as he poses. Out the front window, past a smiling army passenger we
see another hummer suddenly explode.
We see some cuts of action as the caravan gets taken down. Downey
stumbles through the sandstorm (heartbeats on the soundtrack) and in
the craziness an explosion goes off right next to him, knocking him
off his feet.
Next thing we know, he's waking up in a cave, mid-section bandaged. He
peels some of it off and reveals a crude contraption... a steel circle
over his heart, with two wires leading down to a car battery.
A man is working next to him, whistling.
Stark: "What the hell did you do to me?"
Man: "What'd I do? What I did is to save your life. I removed all the
shrapnel I could. There's a lot still there. Want to see? (He shakes a
glass filled with tiny metal shards) Take a look. I've seen many
wounds like that in my village. That (points to the device on his
chest) is an electro-magnet hooked up to a car battery and it's
keeping the shrapnel from entering your heart."
Then we get a montage of Stark getting up, working in the metal shop
with this man... prisoners both. VO: "I should be dead already. Unless
it was for a reason. I finally know what I have to do."
Man: "What are you building, Stark?"
He slams down a cooling Mark 1 mask.
Stark: "I'm working on something big."
Then we get to see the Mark 1 in action. Glimpses of it as he puts it
on and then we see some men with guns standing outside his door. We
hear him coming, they look terrified... the door buckles as it's hit. It
buckles again and then if flies open, the Mark 1 standing there.
It's bulky, moves slowly, but it is bullet-proof. The bullets bounce
off. In fact there's a moment when he takes a Universal monster-like
swing at someone, misses and gets his arm embedded in the cave wall.
He struggles to pull it out as one of the gunmen approach quietly from
behind him, unnoticed. The man raises his gun to the Mark 1's head and
pulls the trigger.
The bullet ricochets back at the man, hitting him in the head instead.
Iron Man looks over his shoulder like, "What was that?"
He pounds the shit out of these guys, sending them flying into cave
walls. The whole time the guitar solo section from Sabbath's IRON MAN
is playing. I don't know if it'll be included in the final picture,
but it was awesome in this context.
He beats down so many people, then gets to the cave entrance and
unleashes on the crowd there with two wrist-mounted flame throwers.
The audience went bat-shit.
Afterwards we got glimpses of Jeff Bridges (bald, with a beard),
Gwyneth Paltrow (who looks surprisingly good as a redhead) and then
the only CG elements... The Mark 3, Red and Gold outfit flying through
the sky, being chased by jets. Maybe not chased. They weren't firing
on him, but he did seem to want to out-distance them.
And he didn't have much trouble doing that.
The footage ended with the logo, then back to Iron Man in the sky, the
jet's catching up... he ducks his head down, opens his palms, pointing
them behind him and both repulsors shoot, sending him speeding out in
front of the jets, going so fast as to make a sonic boom.
It was actually really incredible. Downey proved he can be Tony Stark.
Favreau proved that the practical effects look amazing and that our
trust in him was worth it.
I can't wait to see more.
I am so damn tired now it's not even funny. I'll be lucky to get 4
hours at this point. Ah, Comic-Con...
Let's show you two posters. I'm going to upload them into their
respective posts, as well, but here are two geeky posters... and I gots
them both, ***es!