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I was lucky enough to check out some awesome new Iron Man 2 footage at Comic-Con a few weeks ago, and now the clips have been posted online. We get a glimpse at all the new faces, including Mickey Rourke as Whiplash and Scarlett Johnasson as Black Widow. The sneak peek probably won't last very long, so check it out while you still can!
Now that all the hubbub has subsided and I'm nestled back up in San Francisco, I'm processing all the exciting, strange, and just . . . interesting stuff I saw and heard at Comic-Con in San Diego. Sure, there was a lot of waiting in line, but it was worth it for the chance to sit in on panels with actors, directors and writers who I truly admire, and to check out some footage of upcoming projects. Most of all, though, it was awesome to witness the enthusiastic love from die-hard fans who traveled far and wide for their favorite things. Now you can check out a slideshow of my favorite things that happened at Comic-Con.
The '80s are back, and with them zippered jeans. I know, I know, it's trendy, and can be tacky, but look at how Comic-Con empress Emma Stone makes it look cupcake-cute. By pairing her dark blue zippered jeans with an ultra-femme bowed top, she bypassed the retro overtone. It's a perfect blend of tough and tasty.
As if there wasn't enough geekery going on at Comic-Con last week, Jimmy Fallon took things up a notch by coming in costume. Dressed as some sort of solar-powered, charging station superhero (where were you at WWDC when I needed you?!), Jimmy not only promoted his show to the attendees, but also spread the message of green energy. Get a load of those solar panels, eh?
I'm a big fan of solar-powered chargers, especially since it pretty much guarantees your gadgets will be fully juiced at any time. But it's easy to go green even if you don't have a solar charger. Just by unplugging your chargers when not in use (instead of leaving them in the outlet after you unplug) you'll save yourself some wattage on your monthly bill. Every little bit counts! Check out some of my favorite solar chargers (some of which double as fashion) in the widget below!
The award for rowdiest panel that I saw at Comic-Con went to the cast of Chuck. After teetering on the edge of cancellation, Josh Schwartz and his band of merry geeks/spies couldn't have been jollier about shooting the breeze with fans — and with each other. The panel started with a hilarious performance by Jeffster (watch the video after the jump!), and everyone was on their feet as Vik Sahay and Scott Krinsky took on Queen's "Fat-Bottomed Girls." That was just the beginning, though, so read on for more Chuck goodies.
- First of all, this was by far the most crowded panel I saw all weekend. The fact that the full cast was there in addition to Josh Schwartz and co-creator Chris Fedak really showed how much the actors care about the show and appreciate their fans. As Zach Levi put it, "We're here because of you guys. I felt cautiously optimistic, but when you have the best fans in the world who will go and eat multiple Subway sandwiches and start grassroots campaigns, and stay with you from thick and thin and believe in you as a cast and a crew . . . you guys are incredible, I love you so much. Thank you so much."
- There was no shortage of name-calling, goofing around, and teasing on stage. You could tell that these guys are a family and enjoy each others' company. Adam Baldwin (Casey) seemed to be a common target and Schwartz even joked that with the new budget cuts, "we can only afford for Adam to grunt."
- Schwartz hinted that something "emotional and traumatic" will have happened between Chuck and Sarah when the show returns. That's a tease if I ever heard one.
- On the bright side, Schwartz also mentioned that the show might be returning sooner than originally planned (right now it's set to start after the Winter Olympics). Yay!
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One of the most hotly anticipated panels at Comic-Con was the one for Iron Man 2, which included director Jon Favreau, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle, Sam Rockwell — and some footage from the upcoming sequel.
First, however, Favreau rolled out a cheeky fake teaser trailer, complete with cheesy graphics and little to no new footage from the movie. The audience cheered anyway, before RDJ took the stage and — after leading the crowd of six thousand or so Comic-Conners in a round of "Happy Birthday" for Favreau's son — made Favreau roll out the real deal: not a trailer, per se, but plenty of new clips and scenes to sufficiently whet fanboy appetites. Here are some bits and pieces from the panel:
- The video footage featured appearances by some exciting characters like Justin Hammer (Rockwell), Whiplash (Mickey Rourke) and Black Widow (Johnansson). Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) is in it, of course, and so far it looks like Jackson and RDJ make a hilarious duo. And finally, it appears that Don Cheadle is awesome as Rhodey/War Machine. Certainly more intense and intriguing than Terrence Howard's admittedly brief depiction in the first movie. There's a quick visual scene of War Machine going machine-gun-crazy and I don't think you have to be a super-fan to think it looks really, really cool.
- On the subject of Cheadle taking over for Howard, Cheadle said he tried to just focus on what this script called for, though he also called himself a "vampire," siphoning out as much as he could from Howard's performance.
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One of the panels I couldn't hit up at this year's Comic-Con was for AMC's remake of the 1960s British miniseries The Prisoner. Luckily, the footage from the panel — nine minutes of it! — is now online for us all to enjoy.
I'll be honest: I'm not familiar with the original miniseries, and I barely have a clue what's happening in this preview. That said, it definitely looks intriguing, and I'll be curious to tune in when The Prisoner premieres this Fall.
Here's what I can tell: The miniseries focuses on a man known only as Number Six (Jim Caviezel), who wakes up and finds himself in a surreal place called "The Village." Everyone there is a number, enjoying life in The Village but lacking any memory of their lives before. Number Six, however, suspects that something else — maybe something sinister — is going on, and he sets out to learn the true story behind The Village. That brings him into contact with Number Two (Ian McKellan), an authority on Village life who seems to want to keep Number Six from learning too much.
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