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    'WALL-E' & more preview at Comic-Con


    Hollywood corners hard-core fans at Comic-Con

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    Disney-Pixar will use Comic-Con as an opportunity
    to preview its new animated comedy WALL-E.


    By Scott Bowles, USA TODAY
    July 26, 2007

    Welcome to Demographic-Con.

    Where once Comic-Con was a place for devotees to buy and swap, the nation's largest comic-book convention, which begins today, has become Hollywood's favorite hunting ground.

    Here, studio execs, TV producers and video game manufacturers hawk their wares as if they were pushing carnival rides. And some say it's robbed the spirit of the convention.

    "A lot of old-school comic fans won't come here anymore," says Borys Kit, columnist for The Hollywood Reporter. "It's hard to get actual business done when you're wading through that many people. It's like an annual Woodstock for pop culture."

    More than 125,000 people — most of them square in Hollywood's tantalizing 18- to 34-year-old target demographic — are expected at the four-day event.
    Which may explain why Comic-Con had a wait list of about 300 films hoping to get even a sneak peek before fans.

    "It's a way to reach the hard-core fans," says Brandon Gray of Box Office Mojo. "It may not be the original intent (of the convention), but Hollywood sees it's working, especially for science fiction and fantasy."

    Among the expected heavyweights:
    Indiana Jones. Little is known about the latest Harrison Ford installment, but Paramount plans to bring something — and that's all the fanboys need.

    Beowulf. The classic tale gets a fanboy twist with a nude Angelina Jolie.

    •J.J. Abrams. The Lost creator is a nerd king, and he'll be here to hawk Star Trek and his untitled Cloverfield project, which looks to be a mixture of Blair Witch and Independence Day.

    The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. The next episode in the Narnia franchise, which was a hit here in 2004.

    •Marvel Studios. The royalty of Comic-Con, the studio will unveil peeks of Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk.

    Watchmen. Zack Snyder cemented his reputation when he brought 300 here last year and now offers a comic-book film about a slain superhero.

    Superbad. What better audience for a film about misfit nerds than, well, a Comic-Con audience?

    •TV. Lost and Heroes will draw packed crowds. Bionic Woman comes with high expectations as well.

    While filmmakers and executives concede that Comic-Con's fare has changed over the years, they say the convention's spirit has not.

    "It's still for the fans," says Snyder. "And it's the best place to show them that you're making something for them that they'll enjoy."
    http://www.usatoday.com/life/movies/...ollywood_N.htm

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    Re: 'WALL-E' & more preview at Comic-Con

    Disney Unveils WALL•E
    Source: Scott Chitwood
    July 28, 2007



    The second half of the Disney panel featured Pixar's new film WALL•E. But before that was the premiere of the National Treasure: Book of Secrets trailer. It revealed a little more about the plot.

    Taking part in the panel was director Andrew Stanton. He showed a new Pixar logo featuring WALL•E coming out and helping Luxo in the logo. Stanton started out by showing an industrial commercial featuring the WALL•E robots and describing his functions. It's by the company "Buy N Large" and showed a web address for the company, BuyNLarge.com, which is now live.

    Andrew then discussed the plot while concept art scrolled by. In the future, humans have completely trashed the planet with rampant commercialism. They then leave the planet on space liners while robots are left behind to clean up the planet. Unfortunately, 700 years go by and they never return. Eventually one robot, WALL•E, develops a personality. As he roams the planet, he eventually finds a way to get off the planet. He then finds the last remaining space liner containing the 'lost tribe' of humans. However, years in space with all their needs covered by robots have made them literal couch potatoes. They are huge, helpless blobs. Along the way WALL•E also meets and falls in love with another robot named Eve. WALL•E attempts to woo her, but his efforts just might be what ends up restoring the human race to its former glory.

    Next up, Stanton introduced "Star Wars" veteran Ben Burtt, who is doing sound design on the film. He played samples of the various robots sound effects then showed animation samples of the robots. We saw WALL•E, Eve, a sidekick hygienic droid named M-O, and Auto who is the auto pilot of the space liner. Burtt revealed that Eve is a probe droid that is held together by magnetic fields. She also features a few special functions and weapons. M-O is an obliterator droid that rolls around on a track ball.

    The audience then got to be the first to see footage from the film. We see WALL•E, back on Earth, preparing for another day at work. He's followed by his pet cockroach as he leaves his makeshift house. As he sorts through the human's garbage, he picks out objects that interest him – a bra, a jewelry box, a rubber ducky, and other things. However, his day is interrupted when he sees a big red dot from a laser light. He follows it but doesn't realize what it is. However, he soon discovers that it's a landing guide for a ship... that lands right on top of him. WALL•E escapes by digging underground, then pops up just in time to see what emerges from the ship. Unfortunately, the clip ended before we got to see just what that was.

    The panel then turned to Q&A. Stanton confirmed that there is a live action element involved and humans will be shown in some degree. Ben Burtt wasn't sure if he'd be working on Indiana Jones 4 since the WALL•E schedule was going to overlap with its schedule. WALL•E is his first priority. Thomas Newman, the composer for Finding Nemo, is doing the score.

    That concluded the WALL•E panel. It certainly looks like another imaginative, fun film from Disney and Pixar. It also looks like Ben Burtt's going to win another Academy Award for sound design.
    http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=22911
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    Re: 'WALL-E' & more preview at Comic-Con

    Comic-Con: Toon time with 'Wall-E' and 'Coraline'

    Going in to Comic-Con, we published a list of the 10 most anticipated movies being presented in San Diego. Coming out of the convention, the two films I can't wait to see in their entirety were nowhere to be found on our original list (that's the beauty of Comic-Con, really).

    First, there's Pixar's next toon, "Wall-E," from "Finding Nemo" director Andrew Stanton. "What if mankind had to evacuate earth and someone forgot to turn the last robot off?" he asked the crowd. "Overpopulation and runaway consumerism literally buried the world in trash." Stranded on a landfill planet, Wall-E is a rusty, 700-year-old trash-compacting robot who excavates the waste for clues about the humans that once lived there. His only companion is a cockroach (good thing Pixar made their last movie about rats — it should help prepare auds for more animated vermin), but it's not long before he's whisked aboard a starship, where he falls in love with a probe droid named Eve who doesn't return his affections.

    Stanton shared a significant chunk of footage from the first act of the film and brought out Ben Burtt, the sound designer who brought R2-D2 to life through beeps and whirs. "One of the things I knew from the beginning is that I was not going to have dialogue in the traditional sense," Stanton said. Burtt developed a grammar of sound effects for each character, which the team is recording first (as they do with dialogue) so the artists have a performance from which to animate. "I was basically making 'R2-D2: The Movie,'" Burtt joked.

    The big reveal here was the robot designs. For those who remember "Short Circuit," Wall-E looks like a miniature Johnny 5, with tank-like treads and a binocular-shaped face. His movements evoke the lamp brought to life in one of John Lasseter's first shorts, "Luxo Jr." Meanwhile, Eve and her ultra-modern companions look like the natural evolution of the Apple product line (fitting considering Steve Jobs' involvement in both companies) in a future where humans have devolved into "couch-potato blobs." (When asked, Stanton confirmed, "There is a live action element involved," but wouldn't say what that means.)
    Later Saturday afternoon, I joined a super-select group of people to get the first glimpse anyone outside the production has seen of "Coraline," based on the popular Neil Gaiman novella. Both Gaiman and director Henry Selick ("The Nightmare Before Christmas") were on hand to introduce the footage, which improves upon Selick's earlier stop-motion animation work by making the entire movie in 3-D ("Nightmare" was retrofitted for the format to great success, but Selick is shooting "Coraline" in two-camera stereoscopy to give auds the real deal).

    Before showing the footage, Selick walked the crowd through early animation tests. It's astonishing to see the body language these puppets are able to convey. The Coraline cast comes to life in a way neither Tim Burton's nor Aardman's characters ever have (which isn't so much a slight against those creators' wonderful work as a testament to Selick's attention to character). The clip itself — which features Coraline's first foray into the "Other" world, where the 3-D becomes more pronounced — conveys a look that is genuinely unique to the film, not an extension of the Tim Burton aesthetic we've seen in Selick's other projects (such as "James and the Giant Peach").

    2008 is shaping up to be a very good year for animation.
    http://weblogs.variety.com/thompsono...con-toon-.html

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