This weekend, comic and movie fans descended upon San Francisco's Moscone Center as Wondercon, the Bay Area's little brother of San Diego monster Comic Con, got under way for three days of superheroes, hype and hits-in-the-making (oh, and people in costume like this guy at right. See more photos here).
The most-anticipated award definitely went to Kick-Ass, the raunchy, violent, based-on-a-comic flick starring Nic Cage as Big Daddy, Chloe Moretz as Hit Girl, Aaron Johnson as Kick-Ass, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse as Red Mist. The panel also included Clark Duke as Kick-Ass's BFF, the comic's creator and the screenwriter. They didn't show much more than what you've probably already seen in the green and red-band trailers, which was unfortunate--the audience clearly wanted more.
But though it had been a long day for the panelists, they all seemed in good spirits.
"I'm Aaron's life coach, actually, I focus on health and nutrition," joked Duke, proving throughout the discussion to be as funny offscreen as on in both this movie and Hot Tub Time Machine. Aaron mumbled into the mic. "Anyone get that?" Duke asked the crowd.
"Doesn't f***ing matter," Johnson said. "I didn't even get a name card! I'll be Nic Cage," he said, reaching toward his name card. Cage paused, leaned toward the mic, and then sat back, mouthing "nevermind" as the audience laughed.
On the furor developing over how Moretz's young character is portrayed as a cursing killing machine, Jane Goldman, writer: "I'm always seeing women and children portrayed as victims, and she's not. I think it's actually less offensive. She's tough."
Cage (who's next to impossible to tell when he's being serious, or if it's his really dry sense of humor--and who unfortunately along the way gave away a huge spoiler that had some in the audience groaning "I didn't know that!" that I won't reveal here): "I have the mind of a student. I can't always sing the songs I want; they're too easy, so I have to sing those I don't know. You know, shooting a 12-year-old in the chest made me really uncomfortable, so I figured I'd better do it."
Moretz was asked what her parents felt about the edgy role. "My mom read the script first, and she thought it was awesome, different than what most kids play."
Cage was battling laryngitis thanks to allergies caused when shooting in Lousiana. "If I sound like an old black blues singer, that's why," he growled, sparking laughter. He told the crowd he based Big Daddy's style and speaking manner on Adam West's Batman. "I like to make bad sounds good. The coolest thing is that Big Daddy had a belt just like Batman in the '60s and I thought Big Daddy should talk like that. I dated a girl years ago; her dad was a cop with the glasses and mustache--I always thought he was weird. So I thought Big Daddy would be that guy."
Mintz-Plasse, who originally auditioned for the lead role ("[director] Matthew Vaughn hated it immediately," he admitted), on Red Mist's look: "They were going for David Bowie. I thought it was more Rihanna, really. I got Adam Lambert once but I refused to agree with that! Actually though, this script was funny, violent, everything I wanted to see in a movie."
Someone from the audience asked each cast member if they could be any superhero, what would they be? Cage: "I'd be the Silver Surfer so I could fly through the universe and beat up Superman." Mintz-Plasse: "I'd be Galactus, so the Silver Surfer could feed me planets." Moretz: "Aaron would be Hit-Girl. He likes purple Spandex!" Johnson: "Oh, sh**!" Duke: "Aaron and I would be the Wonder Twins." [They fistbumped as the audience laughed.]
Ultimately, Cage seemed honestly enthusiastic when it comes to making movies out of comics. "The thing about it is, you can create a character from scratch. Comics are like the modern mythology of our time, like our Greek myth. They give us power. You know, it's like the cop who wears a Batman t-shirt underneath his uniform because it gives him the strength to do what he does. Comics are beautiful. They're here to stay."
A sentiment that was perfectly okay with the 4,000 people sitting before him.
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Before the Kick-Ass presentation, which had way too many audience questions and not enough preview of the movie, the ballroom got a chance to see some trailers they might not have, including Russell Crowe's Robin Hood, Predators (which got HUGE applause and cheers, as did Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), and Eclipse, which did not. Cries of "Twi-Light-Sucks!" and booing resonated throughout, and I felt sorry for some of the tween girls in the crowd who couldn't have heard a line of dialogue if they'd tried. Clearly the San Francisco comic set doesn't care much for sparkly vampires and Kristen Stewart.
Unnanounced on the bill was a surprise appearance by director Christopher Nolan (Memento, The Dark Knight), on hand to present a bit of his extra-mysterious Inception, which was a mammoth effort involving shoots in six different countries. If you haven't already seen this trailer, watch it and see if you can deduce any of the plot--I couldn't, and the clips they showed were hardly more revealing.
Leo DiCaprio stars as what is called the "lead extractor," and apparently works as a sort of psychic security guard who can create scenarios in people's dreams. It's next to impossible to know what's going on, but Nolan described it as a heist pic, and DiCaprio is either a good guy helping people protect their subconscious, or a bad guy who teams up with other psychic folks trying to steal things from people through their dreams. It also involves lots of explosions, scenes of people racing downslope on skis, underwater shots of unconscious people, and folks tied together and spinnning in midair suspended by nothing. It's heady, weird, and completely engrossing -- at least for the five or so minutes we got to see that finished with the tagline, "Your mind is the scene of the crime."
Nolan, whose influences include Kubrick and Ridley Scott ("There's a bit of Blade Runner in everything I do"), says he places a lot of emphasis on practical effects as well as the necessary CG. "I use the CG where it's appropriate, but I like to have as much as possible based in real in-camera shots. I was fascinated by 2001; I wanted to work on sets that would rotate and suspend."
On the story: "I've always been fascinated with dreams, the idea that what your mind is doing is creating and perceiving its own world at the same time. There's tremendous creative protential there. We addressed this through a heist film; they're a group of individuals who can create a consciousness for people, and it's really also a heist and action film on a grand scale."
Wondercon, Part 2
Eclipse, Nicolas Cage, Inception, Kick-Ass, Wondercon
Ok, I am anything or anyone but a Romance loving stereotype. I am an American with African-Native roots who is also a 55 year old pastor of a Recovery Christian church, a weight lifter and a martial arts trained private investigator. I will go to any Jackie Chan movie, cheered my lungs out at "Clash of the Titans" and have run to buy Harry Potter books.
Having said all that, I can say that I like the Twilight series and movies. They are beautifully filmed, lovingly faithful to the books and geared towards some sweetly old fashioned values, such as marrying your lady before you have sex. (Wow, what a concept!)
As a pastor I support the notion of love as commitment as seen in these books and films. I don't think that makes me a TwiTard.
Warning:multiple viewings of Twilight films can cause one to lose touch with reality.Victims of such begin to refer to themselves as members of "teams",make constant references to fictional characters that prance around shirtless and levitate.Do not be alarmed or afraid,this and all symtoms will subside eventually.Usually when box office sales indicate sequels not financially beneficial to motion picture studio....beep!
I see both sides of the coin. Sure, it was rather rude to boo the Eclipse portion but to be entirely honest (I know not all twilight fans do it) TwiTards (yes TwiTards) do tend to over-voice their love for the series and their insatiable lust for the glittering pixies that the book series calls Vampires. That being said, I have read ALL the books, including Midnight Sun and I've seen both movies so far. I do see the romance in it and I commend the writer for taking a new angle at Vampires. It is in my opinion that the only reason the Twilight series is seeing so much hate is because it is so over-marketed and overly obsessed over by the TwiTards. I'd take Lestat (Queen of the Damned) or Marcus (Underworld) over The Pixies (Twilight)
The only thing that boo-ing is reserved for is in cases where someone says something offensive about you or your film (just as I say my big ^^^^ yous to all those dissing saw, check other pages on here). I am glad you see that it was "rather rude" but in my opinion, it was probably "unnecessary" (unless the director of that film said ^^^^ the kick *** people)
@ allister101 that message for you, Thanks for being rational!
I know. I believe that you are correct; Hollywood has traditionally put out stories for men--slasher flicks in themselves were typically meant to play to a male going audience (because men had the numbers) by putting lots of sex and violence. That is not saying some women don't like Freddy or Jason, but not very many.
'They are sad people who try to act tough by showing no appreciation for sad stories and only applaud to anything that goes BOOM" god, thank you for making my day. LMAO!!!! It is so true. An idea of a great movie is something that explodes has fighting and half naked women prancing around the screen. See, this is why most women like myself dont even waste time to go and watch any of these crappy Hollywood movies. MOst of them dont bring the emotions we women wont instead it is the same thing over the same crap! There, I said it!!
All I have to say is......Kick-*** looks ******* amazing!!!
JEWcifer-- name is brassy.
Are you saying my name is decorated with brass or are you saying my name is cheap and showy?
I'm not sure how I feel about it. Brassy can go either way for me. It is like saying that something is bold. I could see how a Jew could get offended (history) but I can see someone like Sarah Silverman having a name like that.
First, ^^^^ Sarah Silverman. I think she's ******* annoying and not funny. And second, I really don't care if any Jew gets offended because it's not suppose to offend Jews. It's a free country, so I can have any name that I want.
the stereotype is annoying also..if you dont like it fine..keep it to yourselves. Women just love this story basically because it portrays a man who is a gentleman and who actually cares for his interest..who loves her for who she is and does not only want that one thing. This is something you will not find in most men in our world today! It was refreashing to see something like that in our world today. And to speak the trith most women want that even if some dont say it. Some should really look deeper into twilight before speaking and judging or screaming out things like that.
As I have said Everywhere. Twilight is not a vampire story. IT is not!!! If you want vampires watch Dracula, True Blood, Vampire Diaries, Underworld...etc..It is a love story. I understand that there are people who dont like it (or hate it very very much and that is fine we have our likes we all do) but that doesnt mean there should be bashing. I miss the times where it was all about the books and no one knew about it. It is a lovestory and frankly i do not like vampires..I like twilight because it is a lovestory and I am a hopless romantic that is why I like it. we Twilight fans dont go around spewing hatred or bashing other movies. And for the last time twilight fans are not just teens girls..some of us are grown *** women..contd
Sooo Loveateacher909, I guess your not really a fan of Bella. Completely understandable. I couldn't stand her when I read the book but felt that Kristen Stewart made her easier to tolerate. I love the books, the movies and Rob. I also have a son older than Jacob. I enjoyed the series because 1)It concentrated of the love story, and 2)It wasn't your typical vampire movie. I understand the booing (Twilight has over saturated the market) but I don't condone it. There is no excuse for disrespecting what Twilight has accomplished.
I know women (and mostly women who read the twilight books) that loved the book and movie. Bottomline it is a romance. That is fine with me. I don't mind if people booed it either. If they hate something so much why not. We boo in sports, and when people do something stupid. It is just an opinion. Myself I had watched the movies and both times I wish the girl died. She is just so annoying and the second movie she was even more annoying. I will be dragged out by my lady friend to see Eclipse and more than likely I would be hoping she dies. Of course she doesn't. Too bad for me. All other characters were fine with me. I especially like the old vampires in New Moon. Too bad they did not kill her.
I'm not the one who made a big deal out of that. A TwiHard wrote a letter that made the rounds BASHING Universal for their audacity of RIPPING OFF TWILIGHT by making the Wolfman. Many many Twilight fans have come off as being this way, and not respecting others likes as well as what came before it. That rubs fans of horror and classics in particular the wrong way.
Lestat did come after Dracula, but you don't see Anne Rice fans writing pissed letters to studios like Universal for making a Dracula movie because Lestat was the first vampire....he wasn't.
I don't agree with booing it. I'm pointing out why it most likely happened.
I hear you. Thank you for clarifying. You are brassy...I like that. Most people shut up and don't defend their grounds...usually they just ignore me and it pisses me off (I'm sure you can tell). Kudos Jessica.
Im not a Twilight fan, but i do respect the story line of it, since its completely different from any other vampire/werewolf movie. Sadly , personally, the plot cant save the acting-not all acting is bad, but Jacob just KILLS me. HAVING THAT SAID... i wouldnt dare say "Eclipse Sucks!", or any movie of that matter, when i have YET TO SEE IT. Im excited for Nicholas Cage, one of my all time favorite actors, if hes in a preview, i feel the need to see it. Same goes for director Nolan, he's a beast simple as that
I think its called payback in regard to the Twilighters. This is due to the fact we couldn't hear or even get near most of the panels at Comicon last year due to the number of Twi-Hards there for 1 30 minute panel. The shanty town I dubbed Forks outside of the convention center was bad enough.
I understand loving things, but they were obnoxious as well as uninformed. I'm sorry but The Wolfman came BEFORE Jacob Black.
Yeah the Wolfman came before Jacob...what? Did you seriously just say that? Yeah, and Dracula came before Lestat. I'm sorry, do you like Lestat? What the ^^^^ dude. I'm sorry that Twilight made quite a crowd last year such that you had a hard time, but did they boo your ****?
Twilight's contribution to vampire movies is equal to the Jonas Brothers contribution to rock and roll music.Bela Legosi,Lon Chaney,Vincent Price and Christopher Lee's dracula's are turning cartwheels in there coffins as we speak ! Twilight is the "Lady Gaga" of vampire saga's!
The Lady Gaga? What the ^^^^? oh sorry if they cut that off. WTF?
Allister..I am not sure why people are that way...If I dont like a movie I just shut it off and find something else to watch. I guess they feel it makes them cool to act the way they do but what they dont realize is that it really makes them pathetic. I happen to love the twilight series..but i also enjoy movies like that. And for the record..No im not a teen, No im not a rob stalker,and I'm almost old enough that Jacob could be my son.. lol
no need to be Bashful. I like a lot of things that other people do not like. Are you going to see Eclipse? Do I need to ask?
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