Comic-Con 2011 starts Thursday, July 21. As usual, Spike.com will be hitting the floor every day to bring you the best and brightest from the show updated around the clock. Look out for tons of cool videos with the crazy cosplayers, interviews with the biggest stars, all the biggest news, and yet another year of a great partnership with James over at CineMassacre. But until then, here’s our hot list of things to look forward to from the biggest week in pop culture!
10. Final Destination 5
Source: New Line Cinema/Warner Bros. Pictures
The Final Destination series is a horror fanatic’s dream come true and totally entertaining. As many slasher flicks like Friday the 13thdid in the past, Final Destination films have made a name for themselves by concocting some of the most eye-popping cinematic deaths ever seen. So now that the good folks over at Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema are giving us yet another installment in the frightfully popular franchise, it’s hard to fathom how they can legitimately top prior output, but that’s exactly why we want to see it.
Without comic books, Comic-Con obviously would never be at the heights of pop culture it proudly sits at today. With that said, it’s kind of sad to see how the medium has been pushed into the corner of the convention at this point. As geeks at heart, it’s imperative that we show our proper respects to the little paper magazines that started it all. With most of the Con taken up by massive movie studios and even video games, we still have a soft spot in our hearts for the authors and graphic novelists who pour their hearts into the craft.
For those legit geeky fans out there looking for a good time ol’ time with your crew, the screenings of Attack the Block at this year’s Comic-Con can seriously not be missed. For real. The highly-anticipated sci-fi comedy starring the always hilarious Nick Frost and a grip of feisty unknown sprats has been getting amazing press from a who’s who of movie blogs from day one. In it, a gang of teens in South London must defend their block during an alien invasion. It’s all tongue-in-cheek, and what can be more awesome than that? We’ll have to wait to find out, but until then this one is high on our chart.
7. Booth Babes
You’ve seen hundreds of booth babe videos and stills on the internet, but being veterans of the convention scene we have to admit that the girls who run things at Comic-Con are hard to beat. Smoking hot models dressed up as super heroes? Sign us up. Why not take a peek at last year’s montage to whet your appetite for 2011?
Remakes and reboots are most definitely at constant theme at Comic-Con and it may bother some of you hardcore fans, but fear not, Rise of the Planet of the Apes is here to show you that it can actually be done the right way.As seen in the recent trailers unveiling the storyline between super-chimp Caesar and his keeper James Franco, this is how you return to a movie franchise in the most epic fashion possible. As seen in past clips, anthropoid primates go completely bananas after Will Rodman's (Franco) genetic engineering experiments lead to the development of higher intelligence in apes and the onset of an all-out war. If you’re like me, you got goose bumps the second you saw the new-and-improved CG apes tearing s*** apart on San Fran’s Golden Gate Bridge. The last movie wasn’t much to talk about, but we’re plenty hyped for this one.
5. Conan the Barbarian
Based on almost every dude’s timeless love for Arnie’s 1982 version of this action epic, there’s a huge expectation to live up to here. Thankfully, as seen in the recently-released Red Band clips, it’s rated R and filled to the brim with dark and disturbing sword and sorcery action. Obviously it will be tough to replace Arnold Schwarzenegger in this role, but after catching the early footage, Jason Momoa ain’t lookin’ too shabby at all, guys. He’s arrogant, aggressive, and can handle a sword like a true pro. This year’s Con is sure to showcase even more footage of this upcoming adventure and we highly doubt it will disappoint.
4. Cowboys & Aliens
Source: Universal Pictures
Even though this flick had its fun in the sun at the Con last year, the cast and crew of the soon-to-be released western epic Cowboys & Aliens still carries weight in 2011. Based on the graphic novel of the same name, directed by Jon Favreau and starring Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, and Sam Rockwell, Cowboys & Aliens takes place in the year 1873 where a stranger (Craig) with no memory of his past stumbles into the hard desert town of Absolution and is forced to set his differences aside in order to fight off an alien spaceship that crash lands in the middle of the town. With probably the best cast of any film at the convention, this’ll be a hard one to compete with.
We can’t fathom why someone would spend an entire year working on a costume to wear to a convention, but we’re glad they do. Undoubtedly one of the major highlights of Comic-Con every single year, the lengths these people go to dress up as their favorite characters knows no bounds. It seems each year one-ups the one before, so the fans are going to have to bring their A-game in 2011 if they hope to compare.
We usually don’t single out one person on our annual Comic-Con list, but when you’re as legendary as Steven Spielberg exceptions must be made. Just confirmed recently, Steven Spielberg will indeed make his first live appearance at Comic-Con on Friday, July 23 to accept the Inkpot Award as well as to promote his new motion capture 3D feature TheAdventures of Tintin. After Harrison Ford received a serious ovation last year during his first stop to the Con for Cowboys and Aliens, there’s no doubt that one of the greatest filmmakers of all time will get the true respect he deserves from some of the most dedicated fans on the planet.
1. The Amazing Spider-Man
Source: Columbia Pictures
No matter what happens over the span of the movie biz, the Spider-Man franchise is always going to be one of the biggest.
As the genesis of the comic book movie craze, it set the wheels in motion for countless other summer blockbusters. Marc Webb’s go at The Amazing Spider-Man shouldn’t dampen the enthusiasm. With a revitalized cast headed by new Peter Parker Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, how can this not be the biggest moment at Comic-Con this year? As of yet, besides some official poster releases and a few pics from Entertainment Weekly, no footage of the film has been released and it seems like there’s no better place to unveil it than in downtown San Diego among the fans that will appreciate at it the most. Don’t miss it!