The big San Diego Comic Con (7.20 through 7.23) is a four-day event, but not really. Aside from Guillermo del Toro‘s visit on Thursday to discuss the great Pan’s Labrynth, the most newsworthy events are packed into Friday and Saturday.
FRIDAY, 7.21: (a) “The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation” (Friday, 10:30 to 11:30); (b) “Star Trek: Year 41 and Counting” (11:00 to 12:30); (c) “Warner Bros. Presents” (11:00 to 12:30 (Hilary Swank, director Stephen Hopkins, and producer Joel Silver of The Reaping), plus Bryan Singer returns to talk things over; (d) “Ray Harryhausen: King Kong and the Colorization of Merian C. Cooper‘s She” (12:30 to 2:00); (e) “20th Century Fox Presents” (12:45 to 2:15); (f) “Warner Home Video’s Superman Through The Ages: (1:00 to 2:00); (g) “Paramount Pictures presentation, including material about the forthcoming Stardust” (2:30 to 3:30); (h) “Southland Tales” and Richard Kelly (3:00 to 4:00); (i) “Universal Home Video: King Kong Deluxe Extended DVD” — a sneak peek of Peter Jackson‘s even-longer version, with a taped message from Jackson; (j) Warner Home Video sneak peeks and Forbidden Planet: a 50th Anniversary Celebration”; (k) “New Line Cinema presents Snakes on a Plane with Samuel L. Jackson , director David R. Ellis, snake wrangler Jules Sylvester and live snakes from the movie. Plus a special preview of New Line’s upcoming The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (5:45 to 7:00).
SATURDAY, 7.22: (a) Warner Bros. Presents 300 with creator Frank Miller, director Zack Snyder (Dawn of the Dead ) and actors David Wenham, Gerard Butler; (b) “Columbia Pictures/Screen Gems presentation” (including stuff from The Grudge 2 with Amber Tamblyn, Arielle Kebbel (12:00 to 1:00); (c) Kevin Smith talking Clerks 2 and whatever else (1:00 to 2:30); (d) “The Future of Marvel√ɬ¢√¢‚Äö¬¨√¢‚Äû¬¢s Film Franchises” (3:30 to 4:30); “Disney Previews: From Narnia to the Caribbean” (3:45 to 4:45); (e) “Pirates, Bikes, and Demons: The Art of S. Clay Wilson” (6:00 to 7:00).
That’s fifteen panels/events (10 on Friday, 5 on Saturday)…and that’s it.