July 21st, 2005

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More fun than an elevator full of Fetts

Comic-con Report: Friday

Our second day at San Diego Comic-con started out with a ride in the hotel elevator with Boba and Jango Fett. There is something surreal about stepping onto an elevator and hearing Boba Fett's electronically-modulated voice ask, "What floor?"

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M and I left Mr. Sus to his comic shopping and headed over to Hall H for the big Warner Bros. presentation. First we got a look at the trailer for V for Vendetta and a Q&A with Natalie Portman, Joel Silver, and David Lloyd, who co-wrote the graphic novel with Alan Moore. It was mostly full of lovestruck fanboys asking poor bald Natalie stupid questions (one dumb schmuck asked her about her work in The Mighty Ducks, which of course she wasn't in). After that painful experience we got a 10-minute scene from Corpse Bride--which looks amazing, by the way--introduced by a recorded greeting from Tim Burton, and a brief Q&A with producers Allison Abbate and Mike Johnson.

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Then was the shiny new Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire trailer put together just for Comic-con (which was so new it still had some unrendered effects and animatics in it). It was preceded by a pre-recorded introduction by Mike Newell from the set. I'd try to describe to ya'll all the cool new stuff that was in it (like Mad-Eye Moody, Harry asking Cho to the dance, etc.), but I'm sure there are more qualified fans on the internets who have already provided better analyses of it than I could. If any of you HP fans have specific questions, ask me and I'll see if I can conjure any better details from memory.

Finally, we got a trailer and a clip from The Fountain, starring Hugh Jackman. It was... weird, but interesting looking. Some kind of time-jumping, sci-fi/romance thing that didn't really make any sense because they don't want to give away too much of the plot. The Q&A with Rachel Weisz and director Darren Aronofsky was pretty interesting, though. There were a lot of dedicated Aronofsky fans who asked decent, thought-provoking questions that gave us a nice break from all the "You're, like, soooo pretty," questions we usually got whenever an attractive celeb was in the room. Oh, and we got a cute taped greeting from Hugh Jackman and... yeah, okay, he was, like, soooo pretty.

Then we went out into the exhibition hall to meet up with D and B, who'd driven up from L.A. for the weekend. We also cruised by the Dark Horse Comics booth and M got Michael Chabon to autograph her copy of Kavalier and Clay for her.

After that she and D headed up to the "Veronica Mars" panel. In case you care and haven't heard yet, Charisma Carpenter was at the panel because she's going to be joining the cast of VM next season. B and I didn't go to that one, though, because we haven't seen all of season one and didn't want to be spoiled. Instead, we decided to wander around the exhibition hall some more. And while we were doing that, who should walk right by us, but Joss Whedon! He was just cruising around, pretty much unnoticed (except for these two crazy chicks who followed him for a couple of aisles *grin*), checking out the con like every other comics lover there.

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To be continued...

(Next up: "Battlestar Galactica" and "Bones")
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David Boreanaz likes water... film at eleven

Comic-con Report: Friday (Part 2)

After squeeing about our Joss sighting for a few minutes, B and I went to the "Battlestar Galactica" panel. Neither of us has watched the new show, but it was an interesting panel nonetheless. The cast members were fun and articulate and the trailer for season two looked cool. Also, I had not previously realized that there are many, many hot men on that show. I think I may start watching it. The only real scoop I can remember from the panel is that Battlestar Pegasus and Commander Kain are going to make an appearance this season, which means something if you watched the original series. Again, if any of ya'll are BSG fans and want to know specifics, just shoot me a question and I'll do my best.

Then came the event I was most looking forward to that day--the "Bones" panel. B and I elbowed our way through the sea of fangirls to claim some prime seats near the front of the room. They screened the entire pilot for us (yay!) and then David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel came out for a Q&A.

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DB was looking exceptionally hot, even for him. And after seeing him in person I am ever so slightly more impressed with his acting skillz because he is really nothing at all like Angel. In fact, I'd say he's a lot more like Angelus, i.e., playful, attention-seeking, humorous, hyper, and kind of obnoxious. At one point he went off on some bizarre riff on all the things that he and his "Bones" character have in common, which includes a fondness for trucks, Slim Jims, power tools, leather recliners, and ice water. There was also something about wanting to put his tongue into the blades of a fan. I don't know, don't ask me. Mr. Sus thought he was drunk, but I have a suspicion this might be "normal" for him. But he was amusing, and did a decent job with the fangirls and their relentless questions about his last TV gig. There was only one moment when he actually seemed annoyed:

QUESTION: Is there a chance that any of the cast of Angel will make a guest appearance on "Bones"? Specifically James Marsters?
DB: *grits teeth* No. *forces a smile* Absolutely not.

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The "Bones" pilot itself was decent. A bit uneven, but then pilots often are. It's more character-driven than most procedurals which makes for a nice change from all the CSIs and L&Os on the airwaves. The cast was appealing, the supporting characters were interesting, the leads had some nice chemistry, and most of the funny bits were actually funny. There were some pacing problems, but overall I'd call it a positive viewing experience. I'll definitely be tuning in this fall.

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For anyone familiar with Kathy Reichs' books and wondering how closely the series is going to hew to them, Emily Deschanel indicated that her character was sort of a combination of Temperance Brennan and Kathy Reichs herself. I'm guessing they also just made a bunch of stuff up, but Reichs is a consultant on the show and actively involved in the production. Couldn't say how faithful it is, though, as I've never read any of the books.

To be continued...

(Up next: That's Seth Green standing behind me, isn't it?)