Best of the Week: The Comic-Con Assault Begins

Best of the Week: The Comic-Con Assault Begins

Jul 25, 2014

The Important News

Even before Comic-Con began, the Rock was hinting that he'll be Captain Marvel/Shazam in the upcoming DC Comics adaptation. And James Gunn was heavily smashing Planet Hulk rumors. And we heard about the closest thing to a The Last of Us movie until the now-announced movie comes out. Also, is Joaquin Phoenix going to play Doctor Strange?

As for actual Comic-Con, visit our ongoing gallery of cool stuff from the floor. And posters from the convention. And images of Ben Affleck's Batman suit, with him in and out of it. And our Hunger Games: Mockingjay gallery. Here's a link to our running list of the best of Comic-Con. Here's your first look at the new Hitman movie.

In sorta anti-Comic-Con news: Pirates of the Caribbean 5 has been pushed back to 2017. And The Amazing Spider-Man 3 has been pushed back to 2018. Edgar Wright announced his next movie in the wake of the Ant-Man sadness.

In non-Comic-Con-related news, the first crop of movies were announced for this year's Toronto International Film FestivalDetails emerged on Brangelina's next on-screen pairing. Jon Favreau might open a Chef-inspired restaurant. Sandra Bullock will bring us the story of Tupperware parties. Joe Swanberg trashed Sex Tape.

Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood will star in the TV version of Westworld. Backward direction for TV cult classic Manimal, which is going to be a movie from Will Ferrell. Side direction for Tremors, which will become a new rebooted movie.


The Videos and Geek Stuff

Trailers: Fifty Shades of GreyThe Imitation Game, Predestination, Miss Julie, The Interview, Dear White People, Hot Tub Time Machine 2 and Whiplash. Also, watch a behind-the-scenes clip from Noah.

Hey look, it's the X-Wing fighter as it'll appear in Star Wars: Episode VII. Hey listen, it's the token rap song from the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. Hey laugh, it's that time Ryan Gosling played Young Hercules.

Hey obsession, Mythbusters' Adam Savage sure loves Hellboy. Watch Wil Wheaton's parody trailer of how Hollywood is raping your childhood. Now watch a supercut of computer hacking in '80s movies. And check out the first look at Frozen's Elsa in her live-action TV incarnation.

Start your holiday wish list early with these toys of horror-movie icons and Iron Giant. And this awesome Lego Tumbler Batmobile. And the Heavy Metal toys revealed at Comic-Con. Also start your holiday vacation plans to this abandoned outdoor movie theater hidden in the desert.


Our Features

We talked to the director of Blue Ruin about the highs and lows of his job and about the hardest scene of the movie to shoot. We also talked to Evangeline Lily about her new book The Squickerwonkers.

Which is better, The Purge or The Purge: Anarchy? What are the top three Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson movies? And the top three Woody Allen movies? What does everyone want to hear announced at Comic-Con this year

Our Marvel expert predicts what the unnamed titles will be that were announced pre-Comic-Con. Our resident geek listed some of the best moments of Comic-Con in past years. Our resident comic book cinema expert took on claims that the "genre" is burning out. Our horror expert shared thoughts on upcoming releases, including a Halloween box set.

Here's our guide to everything hitting VOD this week, and Blu-ray and DVD






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