Monday, July 28, 2014

SDCC 2014: Del Toro, Tatum, Perlman And Co. Talk The Book Of Life

The cast and crew of The Book of Life sat down to discuss the upcoming movie at San Diego Comic-Con International this past weekend. On hand were actors: Christina Applegate, Channing Tatum and Ron Perlman alongside producer Guillermo Del Toro and director Jorge Gutierrez to talk about what makes this new animated feature something you can'tmiss. The production team wanted to make something different than the big films of this year and celebrate a rich culture. Director Jorge Gutierrez described the film as, "Really unique and different. Growing up I wanted to see a Mexican story and now I was able to put in all these things I never saw but wanted to, into this film. We really wanted this to look true to its Mexican roots."

Guillermo Del Toro, whose imagery has always remained infused with the richness of his heritage,  elaborated, "In order to be universal, we tried to be very specific to our culture and who we are and what we love. None of us are trying to cash in on a generic animated film about talking animals with quippy one-liners."

Sunday, July 27, 2014

SDCC 2014: Cosplay Day 1

I don't think I need to tell you how cosplay has blown up in a HUGE way since last San Diego Comic-Con! The heightened popularity of this passionate pastime has been a mixed blessing for folks already in the community for years. For a website like Idle Hands, we like to take everyone at face value...and that means TONS of cosplayer pictures. We know you love them..and we love to photograph them, so this year, almost more so than any show before, we've been on the hunt for cosplayers around every corner..big or small, mega advanced or duct tape and cardboard newb. Here's a look at my favorites photographed by Nicole Marrokal, Hailey Mordah and Kristelle Villa...

SDCC 2014: Mad Max: Fury Road Trailer

As San Diego Comic-Con roars into its last day, those of us at the computer keys are scouring our email boxes and beyond to make sure you (and I) are seeing all the best stuff announced over these past chaotic days of geek fury. Today we got a tip from our buds at Collider that the new Mad Max trailer is LIVE and kicking ass across a new fictional wasteland!

SDCC 2014: Opening Title Sequence from "Outlander"

STARZ releases a first look at the opening title song and sequence of its highly anticipated original series “Outlander.” The opening showcases never-before-seen footage from the series, along with an arrangement of the “Skye Boat Song” by Emmy-award winning composer Bear McCreary featuring the vocals of songstress Raya Yarbrough. The network first shared the main sequence upon over 1,500 enthusiastic fans at the Comic-Con world premiere screening of “Outlander” at San Diego’s historic Spreckels Theatre on Friday night. “Outlander” premieres on Saturday, August 9th at 9pm ET/PT on STARZ. Dive in below for the goods...

SDCC 2014: Guardians of the Galaxy Sequel Announced

Yep. It's already happening. After weeks of journos and lucky fans filling up my Twitter feed gushing over the new Guardians of the Galaxy movie using words like "Perfection" and "Amazeballs" and "OMG my eyes are melting out of my skull!!!" appears this advance word of mouth was enough to green light a sequel! Or maybe there was already a sequel planned, as such are the ways of the uber-minds shaping the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We can't hope to understand.

Marvel reports "During Marvel Studios’ Hall H presentation at Comic-Con International 2014 Saturday night, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” star Chris Pratt and director James Gunn announced that a sequel to the film will hit theaters July 28, 2017."

SDSCC 2014: Star Trek Meets Planet Of The Apes

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to “mind-meld” with a sentient ape? Or wanted to see a Klingon on horseback, brandishing a rifle? Readers will soon have a chance to peek into just such an alternate future, as IDW Publishing partners with BOOM! Studios for the crossover event of the year: Star Trek/Planet of the Apes.

IDW will publish the crossover, which will mark the first time BOOM! Studios has partnered with another publisher on a series. Together they will bring Star Trek, licensed by CBS Consumer Products, and 20th Century Fox’s Planet of the Apes together in a way that is sure to delight existing fans and make new ones. The series will pair the original U.S.S. Enterprise crew with Taylor, Nova and the cast from the original Planet of the Apes film.

SDCC 2014: Street Fighter World Warrior Announced

Please join me in saying..."THERE WAS A NEW STREET FIGHTER MOVIE??!!" I must have missed that memo. It appears I have some catching up to do. I'm going to blame everyone who filled my feeds up with "OMG THE RAID IS SO DAMN AMAZING!!" every day for months. There are other movies out there, ya know?

The production team behind the successful STREET FIGHTER: ASSASSIN’S FIST series has today announced plans for its sequel; STREET FIGHTER: WORLD WARRIOR. Joey Ansah (THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM and SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN), director and writer of Assassin's Fist, together with cast members Mike Moh ('Ryu') and Gaku Space ('Goki'), took to the stage at the Capcom Street Fighter Panel at San Diego’s Comic Con to announce the latest installment in the adaptation of the classic videogame franchise.  The new series is currently in development, with a launch date set for late 2015 / early 2016.

SDCC 2014: The Search For Edward Scissorhands Begins At IDW

Just in time for Halloween, IDW Publishing and Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products are proud to announce the first in a number of new projects together, with the first ever Edward Scissorhands comic book series. The long overdue all-new adventures begin in October, with New York Times best-selling author Kate Leth (Adventure Time) on writing duties and Drew Rausch (Haunted Mansion) lending his delightfully spooky style to the interior art. Rounding out the creative team will be acclaimed Locke & Key artist Gabriel Rodriguez, who will provide a stunning and suitably creepy cover for the debut issue.

"Edward Scissorhands is one of those dream projects that only pop up once in a lifetime, so any new story set in its universe demands to be treated with love and reverence,” said IDW Editor Sarah Gaydos. “We've found a team in Drew and Kate, along with a crew of top cover artists who are not only exceptionally worthy of the task, but are bringing something completely fresh and relevant to the table."

Saturday, July 26, 2014

SDCC 2014: Go Go Power Rangers!

As we run the floor of San Diego Comic-Con looking for the most awesome toys, companies and people to show you, we often come across the same two entirely different places. This happened yesterday. On one end of the convention hall, photographer Hailey Mordah was drinking in her childhood at the Bandi displays where many a Power Ranger toy was there to tempt and delight. Outside of the convention in one of the areas reserved for interviews for TV and film, Sabina-Lissette Ibarra was looking for a place to sit, recharge and re-hydrate and found refuge among POWER RANGERS!! I guess if you can time travel, rocket through space and beat down giant monsters, having dual locations to show off your action figures is cake. WE WERE IMPRESSED ANYWAY!!

SDCC 2014: Hasbro's Mind Blowing Marvel Action Figure Diorama

At a show like San Diego Comic-Con, there are amazing things to see around every corner, for every flavor of fan the universe has to offer. For me, obviously toys draw a great deal of the oo'ong and ahhh'ing from me, but one spectacle in particular always makes my head tilt slightly like a puppy and my jaw slowly drop open as if to say "It's all full of stars...." Looking at the pictures websites are turning in of Hasbro's mighty Marvel Comics action figure diorama, you'll note the similar faces of the folks shot inadvertently on the other side of the case...eyes glossed over..head fixed...jaw slightly ajar.  Emilie Noetzel knows we want to pour over this massive display from the comfort of our own homes, looking for new characters never produced before (until we beg for 3 years) and simply taking in the glory of this fine, fine work, and so with our hopes and dreams in her mind....she took a f*!k ton of pictures. Approximately 1 f*!k ton.