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AMY ADAMS, artist/film subject MARGARET KEANE and writers/producers SCOTT ALEXANDER and LARRY KARASZEWSKI host a Q&A following a very special screening of the latest TIM BURTON film BIG EYES on Tuesday, December 9th at 7:30pm.

Limited tickets available at the link… **SOLD OUT**

The Theater at Ace Hotel
929 South Breadway Los Angeles, CA 90015
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Man of Steel Sequel Confirmed to Film in Michigan in 2014

August 29, 2013 by  
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Press Release:

Warner Bros. Pictures’ Upcoming Super Hero Movie Will Film in Michigan

Superman BatmanLANSING – The Michigan Film Office announced today that the next DC Entertainment Super Hero movie from Warner Bros. Pictures has been approved for a film incentive from the state.

The film, from director Zack Snyder, brings together the two greatest Super Heroes of all time—Superman and Batman—for the first time on the big screen. Production on the new film is expected to begin in metro Detroit and throughout Michigan sometime in the first quarter of 2014. Snyder is co-writing the story with David S. Goyer, who is writing the screenplay. Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder are producing the film, which will star Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.

“This project will further strengthen the reputation of Michigan and metro Detroit as a premier film destination,” said Margaret O’Riley, director of the Michigan Film Office. “We look forward to the spotlight shining on our incredibly talented workforce and the businesses that support our film industry here in Michigan.”

“Detroit is a great example of a quintessential American city, and I know it will make the perfect backdrop for our movie,” stated filmmaker Zack Snyder. “Detroit and the entire state of Michigan have been fantastic collaborators, and we are looking forward to working together on this film.”

The as-yet-untitled feature film was awarded an incentive of $35 million on $131 million of projected in-state expenditures. The production is expected to hire 406 Michigan workers, with a full time equivalent of 426 jobs, plus an additional 6,000 man/days of extra work. The production anticipates using approximately 500 local Michigan vendors during the course of production and spending $5.1 million on local hotels, as well as an additional $3.5 million in out-of-town cast and crew per diem payments that will be spent in the local economy but which fall outside of the incentive program.

The incentive funding for the project will be allocated out of the Fiscal Year 2014 budget. However, any funding remaining from the budget at the end of the current fiscal year will be directed to offset the full incentive amount for this project.

The Michigan Film Office was created in 1979 to assist and attract incoming production companies and promote the growth of Michigan’s own film industry. The Film Office also administers the incentive program for film, television and other digital media production in Michigan. For more on the Michigan Film Office, visit: MichiganFilmOffice.org.

Pure Michigan is a brand on the rise, representing business, talent and tourism initiatives across Michigan. These efforts are driven by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, which serves as the state’s marketing arm and lead advocate for business growth, jobs and opportunity with a focus on helping grow Michigan’s economy.

For more on the MEDC and its initiatives, visit: MichiganBusiness.org. For Michigan travel news, updates and information, visit michigan.org.

The Costs of Being Clark Kent

August 21, 2013 by  
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Want to have a secret identity? It will cost you!

The Costs of Being Clark Kent – An infographic by the team at NetVoucherCodes.co.uk

Advance Screening of Man of Steel to Be Offered Through Walmart

Press Release:

Walmart Gives Superman Fans Exclusive Access to the First Screening of “Man of Steel”

Tickets to the June 13 advance screening on sale at Walmart on May 18

Man of Steel WalmartBENTONVILLE, AR, and BURBANK, CA – April 24, 2013 – Superman fans, mark your calendars! Walmart announced today that it has partnered with Warner Bros. to give its customers exclusive access to see Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ “Man of Steel” in theaters nationwide before the film’s official release. This program marks the first time in entertainment history that a studio has partnered with a retailer to provide such an opportunity for fans.

Tickets for the exclusive screening of “Man of Steel,” will go on sale in more than 3,700 Walmart stores starting at 8 a.m. on May 18. Customers will be able to purchase up to four tickets per visit, and have the option to choose between 2D or 3D showings, where applicable. The advance screening will take place in selected local theaters nationwide at 7 p.m. on June 13.

“We couldn’t be more excited to give our customers and associates early access to one of the summer’s most anticipated movies,” said Laura Phillips, senior vice president of entertainment at Walmart U.S. “Walmart’s premiere of ‘Man of Steel’ once again proves we have the ambition and studio partnerships to develop unique retail programs that give our customers access to the movies they love.”

Dan Fellman, Warner Bros. Pictures president of domestic distribution, stated, “We are extremely pleased to partner with Walmart on this unprecedented initiative, which will allow devoted fans to be among the first to see ‘Man of Steel.’  We know the movie delivers and believe this unique partnership will kick off strong word of mouth that, thanks to the reach and immediacy of social media, will propel moviegoers to theaters nationwide.”

The director of “Man of Steel,” Zack Snyder, added, “We have appreciated the unwavering support of the fans, and can’t wait to share the movie with them. I am thrilled that Walmart is giving us this terrific opportunity to open the doors early.”

Mobile App, Merchandise and More
In addition to being the first among their friends to see “Man of Steel,” Walmart customers can also take advantage of the following offers:

  • Priority Purchase of Blu-ray Combo Pack or HD Digital Download:  Each ticket bought at Walmart will feature a code on the back that allows customers to pre-order their own Blu-ray Combo Pack or HD Digital Download of “Man of Steel,” which will contain exclusive film content.
  • Official “Man of Steel Experience” Mobile App:  Fans can bring Superman to life with the official “Man of Steel Experience” augmented reality app. The app allows customers to take photos with the superhero, as well as unlock special photo frames by pointing their phone at “Man of Steel” signage in their local Walmart. To download the app please visit: Apple App Store or Google Play.
  • Exclusive Original Digital Comic Book:  Customers will receive a free original Digital Comic Book written by “Man of Steel” screenwriter David Goyer with every ticket.
  • “Man of Steel” Merchandise:  Beginning April 28, a variety of “Man of Steel” merchandise such as t-shirts, electronics, posters and more from top brands will be available at Walmart stores and at Walmart.com.

Walmart invites customers to join the conversation and show their excitement for the first screening of “Man of Steel” on Facebookand on Twitter with the hashtag #SeeSteelFirst. For more information and to view the selected theaters please visit:www.walmart.com/ManofSteel.

 

About “MAN OF STEEL”
From Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures comes “Man of Steel,” starring Henry Cavill in the role of Clark Kent/Superman, under the direction of Zack Snyder.  A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth.  As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do.  But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind.

“Man of Steel” also stars Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Antje Traue, Ayelet Zurer, Christopher Meloni and Russell Crowe.  The film is produced by Charles Roven, Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas and Deborah Snyder.  The screenplay was written by David S. Goyer from a story by Goyer & Nolan, based upon Superman characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster and published by DC Entertainment.  Thomas Tull, Lloyd Phillips and Jon Peters serve as executive producers.  Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Legendary Pictures, a Syncopy Production, a Zack Snyder Film, “Man of Steel.”  Opening nationwide on June 14, 2013, the film will be released in 3D and 2D in select theaters and IMAX®, and will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.  “Man of Steel” has been rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence, action and destruction, and for some language. www.manofsteel.com

About Walmart
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, more than 245 million customers and members visit or more than 10,700 stores under 69 banners in 27 countries and e-commerce websites in 10 countries. With fiscal year 2013 sales of approximately $466 billion, Walmart employs more than 2.2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visitinghttp://corporate.walmart.com, on Facebook athttp://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter athttp://twitter.com/walmartnewsroom. Online merchandise sales are available at http://www.walmart.com andhttp://www.samsclub.com.

About Warner Bros. Entertainment
Warner Bros. Entertainment is a global leader in all forms of entertainment and their related businesses across all current and emerging media and platforms. A Time Warner Company, the fully integrated, broad-based studio is home to one of the most successful collections of brands in the world and stands at the forefront of every aspect of the entertainment industry from feature film, television and home entertainment production and worldwide distribution to DVD, digital distribution, animation, comic books, video games, product and brand licensing, international cinemas and broadcasting.

Scene on the Web Weekly: April 15-21, 2013

Man of Steel gets a new trailer, Agent Smith reenters the Matrix, and Diamond Select Toys prepares for C2E2…all in this week’s Scene on the Web Weekly…in progress.


Scene on the Web Weekly: April 15-21, 2013

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Diamond Select Toys to Exhibit at Chicago’s C2E2 April 26-28Diamond Select Toys certainly does get around. New York Toy Fair brought them to the East Coast in February, and San Diego Comic-Con will have them headed to the West Coast in July, but in between they get to spend a fun-filled week in one of their favorite cities, Chicago!
Aurora Rise officially founded, will appear at Denver Comic ConA non-profit group originally started as a one-time event to help victims of the Aurora movie theater shootings will be appearing at Denver Comic Con this spring. On Tuesday, Aurora Rise announced it has become a permanent group and will be appearing at comic book conventions.
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Star Wars: Admiral Motti actor has died’Star Wars: Admiral Motti actor has died’ on Yahoo! Movies UK. After defying Lord Vader aboard the original Death Star, Admiral Motti became a symbol of the Empire’s over-confidence. But the actor Richard LeParmentier has become a favourite amongst fans… and now, has sadly passed away.
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Boston Comic Con Scheduled A Few Blocks Away From Explosions – Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movies and TV News and RumorsThis weekend, the Boston Comic Con is scheduled to go ahead at Hynes Convention Center. As the news is reporting, with US network TV making way for live reports, there were explosions just over an hour ago at the end of the Boston marathon, mere blocks away from the Convention Center.
My New View of Mocca Fest 2013By Dre Grigoropol I have always been a fan of the Society of Illustrators. When I found out they were taking the Museum of Comics and Cartoon Art permanently under their wing, I felt positive. After seeing what the museum is like at the SoI compared to its old space I would have to say I like its fit at SoI.
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Cosplay Con: A Celebration Of Playing Dress Up – Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movies and TV News and RumorsDavid Nieves writes; Over a thousand fans of comics and cosplay gathered at the giant fanboy warehouse known as Frank and Son’s Collectible in City of In
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Comic fans suit up for CosplayEven before Frank & Son opened, comic-hungry fans gathered en masse, all hoping for a chance to meet the likes of their favorite comic book artists and writers. In attendance was Humberto Ramos (comic book penciller known for his run of Spider-Man), Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld, artist J.
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Scene on the Web Weekly: December 10-16, 2012

December 12, 2012 by  
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Jack gets a poster, Supes gets a trailer, and more.


New animated poster for The Wolverine.

 


Scene on the Web Weekly: December 10-16, 2012

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Tony Isabella’s Bloggy Thing: I’M GOING TO COMIC-CON!Comic-Con has launched its new and incredibly cool website and, among the initial offerings on the updated site is information on 2013′s special guests. I’m one of them. I am incredibly excited and honored to be a guest of the convention.
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Comics Legend Coming To VancouverVancouver’s 2013 Fan Expo is getting huge fan cred with the confirmation that Stan Lee will attend the convention. Reps confirm that Lee will visit his first-ever Vancouver comics convention April 20 to 21, 2013. Lee, 89, helped create some of the most famous comic characters including Spider-Man, Iron Man, the Hulk and the Fantastic Four.
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Thumbs Up for Steel City Con 2012 ← The World is Nerdy HereSteel City Con 2012 was an absolute blast! After spending hours circling the Monroeville Convention Center and staring at piles of toys, I left with definitively lighter pockets and a fresh sense of nerdy happiness.
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100 Memorable Cosplay Images of 2012 – Houston – SlideshowsChristopher Morgan The stereotype of comic book readers as overweight, nerdy men has been pounded into bits since Comic Book Guy made his debut on The Simpsons more than twenty years ago. See more Women of Denver Comic Con. 100 of the best, most creative or just plain memorable costumes we spotted at conventions from coast to coast.
A Year Of Comic Cons With Jesse James – Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movies and TV News and RumorsJesse James writes for Bleeding Cool; This year’s Con season is over for me now. After over 52,000 miles of traveling on Planes, Trains, Automobiles-and one Moped, I dare say it was a great journey.
Superheroes, pop culture celebrities attend Steel City Con in…By Jim Dawson MONROEVILLE, Pa. – Comic book and toy collectors of all ages gathered in Monroeville for Steel City Con. Held at the Monroe…

Scene on the Web Weekly: December 3-9, 2012

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New Man of Steel and Star Trek Into Darkness posters! And it’s only Monday!


Scene on the Web Weekly: December 3-9, 2012

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Villains and superheroes clash at Windsor Comic-Con – Windsor – CBC NewsWindsor was invaded by all sorts of evil villains this weekend and a few caped crusaders, too. More than 600 people attended the city’s first Comic-Con in more than 20 years. ‘Windsor is truly a creative hub’ -Michael Michalski Some came dressed in their favourite comic book characters such as Batman, the Joker, Bane and Scarecrow.
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New Orleans Ghostbusters visit Children’s HospitalWho ya gonna call? The Children’s Hospital has made the call, The Louisiana Ghostbuster division arrived to make sure the children are safe and even found a recruit. The group is also gearing up for Wizard World Comic Con which kicks off Nov 29th.
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SDCC 2012 Con Report!

San Diego was home to the biggest pop culture event of the year on July 11-15, 2012, with the 43rd annual Comic Con taking place. In my 8 years of attending the show, I’ve never seen the convention halls that packed! With lines for everything, from the infamous Hall H, to the new autograph line system, as well as Ballrooms with various panels, including a 10 year reunion panel for Firefly, Comic Con definitely made me feel as if it finally hit capacity and rumors rumbled around that perhaps Comic Con might have outgrown San Diego.

There were definite ways to improve comic con, including controlling the flow of people going in and out of the show floor, but over all, it was yet another very fun con, with amazing guests, and tons of things to do or buy at the show. With the final Twilight panel in San Diego, Henry Cavill’s surprise appearance for Man of Steel, along with fan favorite shows such as Big Bang Theory and Dr. Who, as well as the Walking Dead Zombie Run at Petco Park across the street, Comic Con had something for everyone! While I wasn’t on the show floor as much as I’d like to have been, here are the things I saw and experienced at this year’s show. And a hello to all the readers I met at the show who loved our site!

Welcome to Comic Con International!

Guests waiting for doors to open. Most frustrating part of Comic Con was trying to figure out which doors were entrances or exits. Can someone please put signs up?

And they’re off to the races!

What goodies did you pick up?

Charlie Adlard signing copies of the Walking Dead 100, released on preview night!

After hitting up artist alley and signing up for some commissions, I had a meeting with the Disney Store booth, showing me the latest in vinylmation figures for sale at the show and online!

To win a limited edition So Tasty hat, please comment below or RT the con report with the hashtag, #DisneySDCC.

The So Tasty line that debuted at Comic Con that smell just like the snacks they represent!

Amazing 3′ vinylmation figures, including the beloved Carl and Ellie figurines!

The following morning, Gentle Giant showed me the latest in their product line, including the amazing Darth Maul figure announced the night before!

The details on the Darth Maul are unbelievable. Just an impressive figure.

The next figures in the Star Wars line, including a Jar Jar Binks, which apparently the fans have asked for.

Storm Troopers, including a figure with interchangeable heads and arms!

Star Wars Clone War figures, including an extremely detailed Dewback.

Gentle Giant’s own line of women inspired from past iconic females!

Gentle Giant’s Marvel line, featuring a Hawkeye with interchangeable arrows!

The Ghost Rider figure lights up! Makes a great gift!

Walking Dead Zombie Army figures. GENIUS.

Cosplayers rejoice! The top left sheriff badge is a replica of Rick’s badge from the Walking Dead!

The designers at Gentle Giant looked back at their own collections just to make sure of the figures released that reproduce the Cantina bar scene!

The last of the Harry Potter figures feature Harry and Voldemort at the apex of their powers.

Comic Con exclusives! Who got the awesome Thanos bust?

After the awesome meeting with Gentle Giant, I had press conferences all day (audio will be posted later this week). Here are some pictures!

At the Beauty and the Beast press roundtables.

Tim Burton and crew discuss Frankenweenie!

The cast and crew for Oz The Great and Powerful.

The cast and crew for Wreck-It Ralph!

After roundtables and press conferences, it was party time!

Taking a pedicab around the Gaslamp District!

Got to attend the TV Line party at Nerd HQ and meet Michael Ausiello!

Awesome backdrop for the Dexter party.

Meeting the lovely Yvonne Strahovski was one of the highlights of SDCC 2012!

Partying all night was not conducive to an early morning, but I managed to wake up to my alarm, and make the autograph ticket lines, scoring a Game of Thrones sign pass.
On the agenda for Friday was the Resident Evil 5 press roundtables, Firefly press conference, as well as the Game of Thrones signing!

Taking a quick pic with the amazing Milla Jovovich after our roundtable interview!

Nathan Fillion getting emotional talking about Firefly at the press conference.

Firefly reunion photo op!

Game of Thrones!

In between all that, I got to check out the awesome Batmobiles on the lawn outside the convention center! (All pictures of Batmobiles taken by Gary Deocampo)

Adam West Batmobile!

Michael Keaton Batmobile!

Val Kilmer Batmobile!

George Clooney Batmobile!

Christian Bale Batmobile AKA Tumbler!

And for those Superman fans, here’s the costume from the movie (Picture taken by Gary Deocampo)!

AFter the excitement from the past 3 days, what else could Comic Con possibly have up their sleeves?
How about Breaking Bad, Robert Downey Jr., Walking Dead Zombie Run at Petco Park, and an awesome exclusive print by Mondo?

The insane line on Saturday morning!

With my con luck kicking into overdrive, I managed to get in line for the cast of Breaking Bad at the 10 AM signing at the Sony booth! The whole cast was very generous with their time, signing, taking pictures, and was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had at Comic Con!

The cast of Breaking Bad greeting fans!

Walter White!

Don Cheadle and Shane Black signing at the Marvel Booth for Iron Man 3!

The kids dressed up as Iron Man gather at the front of the Marvel booth for a photo op.

Wait, who’s that?

Yep, it’s Tony Stark!

After thrilling kids and fans alike, I went across the street to Petco Park, where I participated in the Walking Dead Zombie Run! Here’s some pics from my run.

Zombies locked up in cages looking at the runners.

Such an awesome set up. The make up artists did an amazing job dressing the volunteers as zombies.

Climbing up rope ladders to get to the next stage of the run.

Crawling around to avoid more zombies.

And more crawling…

Spectators galore cheering the survivors on!

FEMA gives me the all clear!

Elijah Wood admiring the amazing Olly Moss Dark Knight Rises print released at Mondo!

After all that, I managed to stick around to see Nathan Fillion signing at the Marvel booth!

Nathan Fillion signing at the Marvel Booth!

Be as happy as Kristin Kreuk and come to Comic Con next year!

More Details on Warner Bros. Pictures Plans for The Hobbit, Man of Steel, and Pacific Rim at SDCC 2012

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Warner Bros. Pictures Showcases Films, Filmmakers and Stars at Comic-Con

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” “Man of Steel” and “Pacific Rim” are among the titles highlighted.

BURBANK, Calif., Jul 11, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Warner Bros. Pictures will once again have a major presence at this year’s Comic-Con International in San Diego, including appearances by fan-favorite stars and filmmakers from some of the Studio’s most anticipated films. Comic-Con attendees will also be treated to never-before-seen footage, including some that will be shown nowhere else. Talent from the films will also be on hand to answer questions, sign autographs, and more.

On Saturday, July 14th, in Hall H, beginning at 2:30 p.m., Warner Bros. Pictures will showcase a number of the releases upcoming from the Studio and its partners at Legendary Pictures, New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The special star-studded presentation also holds some surprises for the 6,500-plus fans in the convention’s largest presentation space.

The program highlights include a film that has already generated huge buzz: “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” directed by Peter Jackson, the Oscar(R)-winning filmmaker of the blockbuster “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. Jackson, who just wrapped production in New Zealand, is embarking on his own journey halfway around the world to greet fans, who are already counting down to the December 14th opening of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.”

Joining Jackson on the stage will be Oscar(R)-winning screenwriter Philippa Boyens, along with several of the film’s stars, including Martin Freeman, who portrays the title character, Bilbo Baggins; Richard Armitage, who plays the fierce leader of the Dwarves, Thorin Oakenshield; the legendary Sir Ian McKellen, who returns as Gandalf; and fan favorite Andy Serkis, the extraordinary talent who is truly behind the character of Gollum. Attendees will also be invited to ask questions about the making of this epic adventure.

The presentation also includes the DC Comics superhero who, inarguably, started it all. Superman will be back on the big screen next Summer in the much-anticipated action adventure “Man of Steel.” Filmmaker Zack Snyder, the director behind “300″ and “Watchmen,” will be at Comic-Con and will take questions from the audience about the making of “Man of Steel,” which opens on June 14, 2013.

Guillermo del Toro, the acclaimed writer/director of such films as “Pan’s Labyrinth” and the “Hellboy” films, will also be on hand with a preview of his science fiction action adventure, “Pacific Rim,” opening on July 12, 2013. The film’s stars Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day and Ron Perlman will join the director on stage for the presentation, which includes never-before-seen footage cut together exclusively for Comic-Con. Fans will also have an opportunity to engage in a Q & A with del Toro and his cast.

On the main convention floor, the Studio has created a must-see, 3,600-plus square-foot booth that demands repeated visits to capture it all. Located at Space #4545, the Warner Bros. booth is the place to be for autograph signings, photo ops and more, with stars and creators from some of the Studio’s upcoming feature films, as well as hit TV shows, interactive titles, award-winning animated properties and new Blu-ray(TM) & DVD releases.

The booth will showcase static displays of the “Man of Steel” Superman costume, and Batman’s amazing two-wheeled Bat-Pod, which was introduced in the 2008 record-breaking blockbuster “The Dark Knight” and is featured again in this Summer’s most anticipated film, “The Dark Knight Rises.”

The multi-leveled Warner Bros. booth also features a dedicated area for “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” featuring column and wall mountings of lenticular imagery from the film, as well as a scroll depicting the story. Images from that film, as well as other upcoming Warner Bros. projects, including “The Dark Knight Rises,” will be displayed on virtually every surface of the booth, drawing the eye from floor to ceiling.

While the Warner Bros. booth will have something to see at every minute of every day of the convention, on Saturday, July 14th, it will be the place to be to meet and greet some of the stars and filmmakers from several of the Studio’s upcoming features. Some of the autograph signing opportunities include “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” stars Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage and Andy Serkis, from 11:15 a.m. to 12 noon; from “Pacific Rim,” stars Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day and Ron Perlman, and director Guillermo del Toro, from 3:55 to 4:55 p.m.; and “Man of Steel” director Zack Snyder from 5:00 to 5:30 p.m. (Please note that times are approximate. Check your schedule and other announcements for updates.)

About “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” – Opening on December 14, 2012:

From Academy Award(R)-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM). The film follows title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers. Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain, first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever…Gollum. Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities… A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know. The screenplay for “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” is by Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson & Guillermo del Toro, based on The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. Jackson is also producing the film, together with Carolynne Cunningham, Zane Weiner and Fran Walsh. The executive producers are Alan Horn, Toby Emmerich, Ken Kamins and Carolyn Blackwood.

About “Man of Steel” – Opening on June 14, 2013:

Next summer, “Man of Steel” is coming to the big screen, presented by Warner Bros. Pictures, in association with Legendary Pictures. Directed by Zack Snyder, the film is produced by Charles Roven, Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas and Deborah Snyder, with Thomas Tull, Lloyd Phillips and Jon Peters serving as executive producers. The screenplay was written by David S. Goyer from a story by Goyer & Nolan, based upon Superman characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster and published by DC Comics. “Man of Steel” stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Antje Traue, Ayelet Zurer, Christopher Meloni and Russell Crowe.

About “Pacific Rim” – Opening on July 12, 2013:

From acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro comes Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ sci-fi action adventure “Pacific Rim.” When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes–a washed up former pilot and an untested trainee who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse. “Pacific Rim” stars Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Idris Elba, Ron Perlman, and Charlie Day. “Pacific Rim” was written by Travis Beacham. Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni and Mary Parent are producing, with Callum Greene serving as executive producer.

Warner Bros. Pictures Schedules Man of Steel and Pacific Rim Signings for SDCC 2012

Man of Steel

In addition to the Saturday signing we mentioned before for The Hobbit, Warner Bros. has also scheduled back-t0-back booth signings at the San Diego Comic Con for Man of Steel and Pacific Rim, with the Man of Steel participants still to be decided. The schedule for all three:

  • THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY (WARNER BROS. PICTURES)

  • 11:15 AM–12:00 PM
  • Warner Bros. Booth #4545
  • Participants: Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Andy Serkis
  • PACIFIC RIM (WARNER BROS. PICTURES)

  • 3:55–4:55 PM
  • Warner Bros. Booth #4545
  • Participants: Charlie Day, Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Ron Perlman, Guillermo Del Toro
  • MAN OF STEEL (WARNER BROS. PICTURES)

  • 5:00–5:30 PM
  • Warner Bros. Booth #4545
  • Participants: TBD

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