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Colin Farrell on “So Tough” Jessica Biel — “I’m Glad I Don’t Fight Her!”

Published by EOTM News Editor on July 15th, 2012 - in Breaking News, Celebrity News, Comic Con 2012, Film News, Movies

Colin Farrell on “So Tough” Jessica Biel — “I’m Glad I Don’t Fight Her!” (via NewarkPress.Info)

It sounds like Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel struck the fear in Colin Farrell on the Total Recall set. Colin spoke to us at Comic-Con today about both of his tough leading ladies and how he was nearly terrified after seeing Jessica hit a punching bag. Check out the funny interview, complete with…


Comic-Con Day Three Ground Report

Exhibit Hall is a microcosm of fandom and fun

By Greg Reifsteck

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(c) Greg Reifsteck

Today’s entry comes from the trenches.  Not the press trenches I have been in the last three days, insulated in press conferences from the rest of the convention.  Today I made a concerted effort to see the Exhibit Hall and only cover one press conference: The Marvel Panel with the cast of Iron Man 3. Watch for that coverage as it happens.

(c) 2012 Greg Reifsteck

As I said on last night’s E Buzz! Show with Carla B. everyone’s Comic-Con journey is different.  I really enjoyed walking around the crowd in the Hall with everyone dressed up and enjoying the spirit of the Con. I am including some pictures of my favorites.

I ran into Breckin Meyer from the USA show buying t-shirts with his girlfriend. Sean Astin signing autographs at a random exhibitor’s booth.

Tons of wonderful creative comic book artists, writers and illustrators were showing off their wares, and doing portfolio reviews to the bright-eyed future generation of the comic book artist’s world.

I was wowed by the booths put up by the major studios and their dog and pony shows and big star autograph lines stretching the length of the hall. RazorGator - Get TicketsThis place is an epicenter of comics, TV, movies and pop culture that grows and evolves and mutates.

(c) 2012 Greg Reifsteck

It was a great breath of fresh air.  Not that I am not excited to meet celebrities and record their thoughts to report to you, my Movie Maniac fans.  It was just good to be a civilian again.  The geek in me was doing the jig in side.  Enjoy these photos and let your own freak flag fly as you enjoy them.

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San Diego Comic-Con: Downey, Jr. takes playing Iron Man as ‘serious as Shakespeare’

By Greg Reifsteck

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A brotherhood of creative riches is sure to make Iron Man 3 a success

(c) 2102 Greg Reifsteck

Before heading out to the hell of Hall H and the general public the stars Iron Man 3 did a press junket for the press conference.

Stars Robert Downey, Jr. and Don Cheadle were joined by Marvel’s Production President Kevin Feige and the film’s director Shane Black.  Black was brought in after Jon Favreau directed the first two films of the Iron Man franchise, and Feige was quick to point out that Marvel Studios is so in tune that they could probably plug any director into their system and make a great super hero movie.

Notorious screenwriter Black (who penned Lethal Weapon and The Last Boy Scout in the last few decades) agreed with this philosophy, since his directorial debut was the indie Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang, which starred Downey, Jr.  Iron Man three is his first step up to big budget land and Marvel’s infrastructure made it a less daunting task.

“What surprised me frankly was how much generous help there was to me, that made it as easy as it could be.  [Producer] Favreau was available to give me all kinds of tips and advice..he gave me that transitional feel that I needed. And Marvel as such an effective special effects machine that they could walk me through this process and hold my hand, and pretty much ensure that I was free to concentrate on story and character.”

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“There is an idea for being big, but there is also an idea of upping the intensity that The Avengers managed to capture.” Shane continued when asked how this will compare to the phenomenon of the $600 million blockbuster. “That lightning in a bottle feel of really stuffing so much into a limited space.  We’re trying to get as much into this as we can. We’re going to get a ton of thrills into a short space.”

The kinship between Downey, Jr. and Black also forged a trust on set that is sure to add to the enjoyment of the film.

Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang was one of my favorite experiences,” said Downey about his previous critically-acclaimed collaboration with Black. The script was practically perfect, but we improvised anyway.” To which Black quickly quipped, “You improvised anyway.”

“This time around…we all made enough mistakes together that we are all really seasoned at this point. The main this is that Shane is a storyteller. The kind of emotional depth that happens without taking itself too seriously is kind of what Jon has already set up,” Downey, Jr. continued about the creative camaraderie on the set. “There were times when Favreau, and I, and Don would be calling Shane when we had a big scene the next day. He actually asked that his payment once was that we pick him up a piece of salmon and some fresh blueberries.  So he became known as Code Word: Blueberries.  And he’s working for about the same fee now.”

Cheadle weighed in how his character Lt. Col. James ‘Rhodey’ Rhodes’s onscreen teamwork with Tony Stark will also be more prominent in Iron Man 3.

“I do suit up,” admitted Cheadle. “There are some different iterations that War Machine goes through in this movie.  I don’t want to give too much away.  It’s fun to see those things sort of morph and shift.”

Finally Downey, Jr. asked the press throng, “When does the kid in the Sharpie goatee get to ask a question?” The young journalist didn’t disappoint when he asked Downey the touching question of how he felt about playing a hero.

The classy Downey, Jr. responded, “Well I think I speak for any of us that get to live in this world…I take it as seriously as Shakespeare.”


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Dark Twilight Panel and Red Carpet bring reboot news and jeers

By Greg Reifsteck

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The Twilight: Breaking Dawn 2 panel took the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con by storm Thursday morning 28 cast members strong.

(c) 2012 Getty Images

There was a cloud of sadness over the crowd, after the death of a Twilight fan Gisela Gagliardi on Tuesday that was hit by a car, crossing the street against the light, while waiting in line for the panel since Sunday. Many members wore black ribbons in her honor to the panel.  But after that the focus of the crowd in Hall H changed to the final film of the Twilight saga.

(c) 2012 Getty Images

Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner, as well as Mackenzie Foy, Elizabeth Reaser, Peter Facinelli, Kellan Lutz, Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed and Jackson Rathbone all were in attendance.

The 22-year-old actress Stewart first hit the red carpet in a BCBG skirt and Fluxus t-shirt, and was joined on the red carpet by her co-star and real life boyfriend Robert Pattison.

When asked by MTV journalist Josh Horowitz about the rumored reboot, co-star Jackson Rathbone joked that it would be called “The Amazing Twilight,” a reference to the Amazing Spider-Man film that arrived in theaters just five years after the last movie. Continued Rathbone, “Andrew Garfield is going to play all the roles. I can’t wait to see what he does with Bella.”

Co-star Ashley Greene told MTV she was hoping to have more time to bask in the glow of the franchise, a reference to the benefits of being known for the billion-dollar series of films.

Even star Pattinson reportedly made light of the possible reboot.

“I pity the person who would take over my part,” said Pattison at the press conference before the panel. “I would make a campaign against them!”

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The Movie Maniac San Diego Comic-Con Preview – DAY THREE

The Hobbit, Iron Man 3 and Tarantino!

By Greg Reifsteck

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Your legs are gimpy from partying, standing in lines or walking the length of the Exhibit Hall. Or, your ass is asleep from sitting in panels all day.  Either way, you have lived on snack bar food, shared a room with three other people and have not gotten much sleep. You have also suffered the back and forth on the never-on-time Con shuttles.

Day Three – you have made it!  And your reward?  The full damned cast of The Hobbit!  That’s what.  Oh, and other things major things are happening, too.

(c) 2012 Warner Bros

Being the Movie Maniac, I will be bringing you up-to-the-minute online updates of the cinematic action going on at the Con on the EOTM Blog.

I will be giving a live Comic-Con update on Carla B’s E Buzz! Show on Friday night at 7 p.m.  Please tune in for all of the action.

I will also be doing a round-up, including interviews from the convention on my new internet radio show Greg Reifsteck Movie Maniac debuting Sunday July 22, 5 p.m. PST on EOTM Radio.

Click here to stream live and set a reminder.

Here is part two of a preview of what I feel will be the movie highlights of the Con.

DAY THREE – Saturday, July 13

The second day of the Con really fits its lucky number date. Ringworms get to hang out amongst the super hero diehards and the Tarantino snobs.  Yes, another melting pot of marvelous fandom.

11:30 a.m. – Django: Unchained Panel- Hall H

Tarantino’s ode to spaghetti westerns comes to the Con.  The remake/homage to 1966’s Django features Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio and Christopher Waltz.  Who will show up from the cast is anyone’s guess.  Just get your damned cameras ready.

(c) 2012 The Weinstein Co.


12:45 p.m. – End of Watch and Silent Hill: Revelations 3D Panel – Hall H

Open Road films will have Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena on hand for their film about two young officers are marked for death after confiscating a small cache of money and firearms from the members of a notorious cartel.  They will also bring out the stars of the latest chapter in the popular horror series.


2:30 p.m.  – Warner Bros. Panel – Hall H

Yes most of the major cast should be in attendance from The Hobbit, Ringers Director Peter Jackson, Martin Freeman and even Ian McKellen in a very rare Con appearance should be there.  We also get Guillermo Del Toro, who almost directed The Hobbit, presenting his giant creatures and robots movie Pacific Rim, with Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi and Ron Perlman. We also just might get to meet the new Man of Steel.

6 p.m. – Marvel Iron Man 3 Panel- Hall H

With Shane Black taking over the helm of this super hero series’ third installment, we hope for more dark humor out of Tony Stark and less CGI mayhem.  Robert Downey, Jr. and some other surprise cast members will be around to please the crowd.  Don’t leave early.


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The Movie Maniac San Diego Comic-Con Preview – DAY TWO

Browncoats, bad-ass women, and sci-fi spectacle

By Greg Reifsteck

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After you shaken off the hangover of Day One of Comic-Con, and that Fan Mate has already run off with a different Wonder Woman or Doctor Who Cosplayer, Day Two will be a maze of mayhem and fandom.   Again there will be the craziness of Hall H, but there are still other fringe panels to enjoy.

Being the Movie Maniac, I will be bringing you up-to-the-minute online updates of the cinematic action going on at the Con on the EOTM Blog.

(c) 2012 Universal Pictures

I will be giving a live Comic-Con update on Carla B’s E Buzz! Show on Friday night at 7 p.m.  Please tune in for all of the action.

I will also be doing a round-up, including interviews from the convention on my new internet radio show Greg Reifsteck Movie Maniac debuting Sunday July 22, 5 p.m. PST on EOTM Radio

Click here to stream live and set a reminder.

Here is part two of a preview of what I feel will be the movie highlights of the Con.

DAY TWO – Friday, July 12

The second day of the Con really has something for everybody, with the sci-fi and animation genres dominating the programming.  The Browncoats will celebrate a milestone in a reasonably sized ballroom, while the fan boys will be drooling all over themselves with the endless parade of hotties in Hall H.

11:45 a.m. – ParaNorman Panel- Hall H

Focus Features will be bringing out Kodi Smit-McPhee, Anna Kendrick, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Travis Knight, Chris Butler, and Sam Fell from their latest horror-based animated feature.

12:30 p.m. – Firefly 20th Anniversary Panel – Ballroom 20

The Browncoats will be rejoicing that they do not have to get caught up in the Hall H line with their smaller but mightier celebration of their beloved series. Nathan Fillian, Alec Baldwin, Gina Torres, Summer Glau and of course Joss Whedon join others from the cast.

2:15 p.m.  – Tron: Uprising Panel – Room 6A

Everyone knows the revival of Tron with last year’s Disney feature Tron: Legacy left a lot to be desired. But those, like me, that appreciated the spirit of the effort are drooling over this animated series being featured on Disney’s XD Channel. Bruce Boxleitner, who has played Tron in both of its versions lends his voice once again, and will be in attendance with newcomers to the grid Elijah Wood,  Emmanuelle Chriqui and Tricia Helfer.

3:00 p.m.  Adult Swim: Robot Chicken Panel- Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

You cannot call yourself a true Movie maniac without being a can of film parodies, especially ones done in stop-motion animation. And no one does them better than actor Seth Green and his producing partner Matthew Senreich. Both will be in attendance along with Breckin Meyer and other voice actors and writers that make this so-wrong-its-right send up of the movies a joy to watch with every episode.

4:05 p.m. Resident Evil: Retribution Panel- Hall H.

The zombie movie series that will not die, and that keeps writer/director Paul W.S. Anderson in a paycheck, brings out his easy-on-the-eyes wife and star of the series Milla Jovovich, along with Michelle Rodriguez, Oded Fehr and others to talk about their latest adventures with the undead.

4:35 p.m – Total Recall, Elysium and Looper Panel– Hall H

This Sony panel will not disappoint sci-fi geeks as the studio brings out directed by Len Wiseman, who will join stars Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, and Bryan Cranston  from its Total Recall remake. They also have writer/director Rian Johnson will join stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emily Blunt from their time travel flick Looper.  And lastly the very secretive film Elysium, the latest from by District 9’s director Neill Blomkamp. Be a part of the first audience anywhere to get a first look at his new movie, and its stars Matt Damon and Jodie Foster.

(c) 2012 Sony Pictures


7 p.m. – Blade Runner 30th Anniversary Panel- Room 6BCF

With Ridley Scott finally getting around to doing a sequel to his prized and underappreciated masterpiece, join Blade Runner expert Paul M. Sammon as he interviews numerous cast and crewmembers, including art director David Snyder and The Final Cut producer Charles de Lauzirika. Rumored are very special surprise guests.



The Movie Maniac San Diego Comic-Con Preview – DAY ONE

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By Greg Reifsteck – Follow on Twitter @moviemaniaceotm & Facebook @Movie Maniac

The Good, the Bad-Ass and the Undead.

Going to San Diego Comic-Con used to be a different experience.  It wasn’t about getting a big bag of swag and lining up at 4 a.m. to see some big name celebrities in Hall H. It used to be a social experience to meet up with the same comic book fans year after year back, and be with like-minded people.

(c) 2012 Lionsgate Films

Now with the overcrowding of 120,000 comic book, movie and TV buffs squeezing into the exhibit halls and corridors of the San Diego convention center, and all of the movie and TV studios plugging their latest projects, Comic-Con has become a sociological experiment unlike any other.

Being the Movie Maniac, I will be bringing you up-to-the-minute online updates of the cinematic action going on at the Con on the EOTM Blog.

I will also be doing a round-up, including interviews from the convention on my new internet radio show Greg Reifsteck Movie Maniac debuting Sunday July 22, 5 p.m. PST on EOTM Radio.

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Here is part one of a preview of what I feel will be the movie highlights of the Con.

DAY ONE -Thursday, July 12

The first day of the Con looks to be a marathon that won’t let up.  Twihards will collide with Disney freaks and muscle head fans, all parking themselves in Hall H.

11:45 a.m. – Stan Lee’s World of Heroes Panel- Room 6BCF

What a fitting way to start the Con, by bowing down to one of the masters. Stan the Man will be joined by Luke Skywalker himself Mark Hamill and hottie Adrienne Curry to discuss his latest online venture.

12:45 p.m. – Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 – Hall H

Twihards will be camped out in the fitting darkness of the early morning to get into this one.  Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and the rest of the blood suckers from the film series finale will be in attendance.

(c) 2012 Summit Entertainment

2:05 p.m.  - Walt Disney Studios Panel- Hall H

It’s a heavy hitter panel with the Mouse House trotting out the two mega directors that will revive the studio after last year’s John Carter from Mars debacle: Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie, Sam Raimi’s Oz: The Great and Powerful.  Also being featured will be the animated ode to 8-bit video games Wreck It Ralph, that my sore thumbs are going A,B,A,B, left, right, start over in excitement . Stars John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman will be in attendance.

3:00 p.m. 1982- Greatest Geek Year Ever Panel – Room 5AB

If you cannot get into the Hall from Hell, this lively retro panel will be a highlight for anyone from the MTV generation.

The editors of Geek Magazine along with a panel of other writers will discuss the year that gave us Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Blade Runner, E.T., Tron, Poltergeist, Conan: The Barbarian, The Road Warrior, The Thing, Liquid Sky, The Sword and the Sorcerer, Diner and 48 Hours.

3:00 p.m.  Hotel Transylvania Panel- Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

More alternative programming if you cannot get into the Disney panel. A must-check-out for horror and animation fans, this hilarious-looking film will be presented by its director Genndy Tartakovsky.

4:45 p.m. Expendables 2 Panel- Hall H.

All of the big guys are back in Lionsgate’s sequel to the Sylvester Stallone-directed mega action star mash up. Van Damme, Schwarzenegger, Lundgren, Randy Couture and Terry Crews all will be there in their HGH inflated glory.

5:00 p.m – The Most Dangerous Women at Comic-Con Panel – Room 7AB

It’s tough to be a woman in the testosterone-fueled action film industry.  Here will be some good estrogen-driven counter programming to the dudes in the Big Hall. Katrina Hill (GeekNation, MTV Geek) has assembled a team of women dangerous in their own right: Leah Cevoli (Robot Chicken), Holly Conrad (Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope), Adrianne Curry (Stan Lee’s World of Heroes), Clare Kramer (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Patricia Tallman (Night of the Living Dead) and many others with moderator Bonnie Burton.

8:30 p.m. – Comicon: Episode IV : A Fan’s Hope Screening and Panel- Ballroom 20

Documentarian Morgan Spurlock will put a capper on the day with his take on the Comic-Con phenomenon.

Petco Park Insanity

This year the Con has gotten so ginormous, it has spilled over into Petco Park next door.  From 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday and in the daytime on Friday and Saturday, there will be the unbelievable Walking Dead Escape fan experience where you can hunt the undead or be a hunted zombie in a wicked looking 35 to 55 minute maze that overtakes parts of three levels of the baseball park. Price levels vary for the type of treachery you want to take in.

At night the first ever Dawn of the Con will take place at the park for Con badge holders only from 5:30 to 11 p.m…  Rob Zombie will be the master of ceremonies, presenting a concert of remixes of his classic songs. There will also be exclusive giveaways every hour, as well as a photo op experience with Zombie’s Dragula car.