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Comic-Con Report: Sandman, Iron Man, and Spock

Comic-Con is now in full swing down in San Diego, and Team member Phasekitty is blogging from the scene — be sure to check out her great reports from the convention floor. She already told us about "Lost," and here are some highlights from the other panels:

  • First of all, check out this photo Phasekitty snapped of the awesome poster for Tim Burton's Sweeney Todd starring Johnny Depp! She also got a look at the art for that JJ Abrams project definitely not named Monstrous.
  • At the The Paramount Pictures panel, JJ Abrams confirmed that Zachary Quinto is the new Spock! What's more: "They also announced that Leonard Nimoy would return to reprise his role as well, so it seems there will be a 'Young Spock' and 'Old Spock.' Zachary Quinto and Leonard Nimoy came out and joined the panel to rap a bit about how excited they are to make the flick."
  • Karen Allen (Marion Ravenwood from Raiders of the Lost Ark) is officially signed on for Indiana Jones 4! Phasekitty says her appearance "made the crowd go mad with excitement."
  • Phasekitty said the Iron Man portion of the panel was the best: "Jon Favreau came out and introduced some footage that was to be shown in Marvel's panel on Saturday, but he simply couldn't wait for people to watch it. Most of the footage showed Robert Downey Jr. looking fantastic as Tony Stark, but went on to show a lot of the origin of Iron Man, the first gray suit, and ending with some amazing shots of Iron Man flying. I've got high hopes for this movie and the footage they showed was very strong."

A bunch more, including Neil Gaiman's appearance, so

  • Neil Gaiman, the guest of honor at Comic-Con, showed off trailers for Stardust and Beowulf and also answered some questions about a possible adaptation of his Sandman comic. Phasekitty reports:

    During the Q&A, Gaiman fielded questions about adapting his much beloved comic, Sandman, which he answered in a response I've heard him say before — when the right person, with the right passion for the project comes along, then it will happen. He did mention that before we get Sandman, we will likely get a Death movie (a spin off character from the Sandman series), which is going to be a small movie on a small budget, written and directed by Gaiman himself. I'm very interested to see him take up the helm as director.

  • I'd wondered how Good Luck Chuck fit into Comic-Con, and apparently Phasekitty found out: At the Lionsgate panel, Dane Cook poked fun at Jessica Alba and made her show off her gold shoes "so that he could ask if everyone else thought they made her look like C-3PO."
  • Russell Crowe's accent bugged Phasekitty in the 3:10 to Yuma clips, but not as much as a loopy-seeming Ben Foster seemed during the presentation. Sigh.
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