Welcome to this year's annual Wondercon festival at San Francisco's Moscone center,where the venue may be smaller but the crowd is no less enthusiastic when it comes to their costumes and love of all things comics and movies. Click through for our photos from the scene, and panel discussions with the casts of Kick-Ass, Prince of Persia, Toy Story 3 and much more.
Moscone's main exhibitor hall--before it got so packed you could barely move.
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time - Coming May 28
Jake Gyllenhaal charmed the 4,000-person audience in the packed Esplanade ballroom talking about the CGI-laden Disney movie. "It was a lot of pressure, knowing how many people have played the game over the years," he said. "My boots took literally 20 minutes to put on; they are truly big boots to fill."
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Jake and producer Jerry Bruckheimer (or as another panelist described him, "Baron von Bruckheimer") field questions.
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Jake flashes the audience a smile.
The Sorcerer's Apprentice - Coming July 16
A newly blond Nicolas Cage was onstage to show off Disney's movie, which actually looks like a lot of fun. Nic had a touch of laryngitis, he explained, "so if I sound like an old blues player that's why."
The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Jay Baruchel stars as the good-guy apprentice to Nic Cage's sorcerer Balthazar.
These guys were ready to go in their Star Wars: The Clone Wars gear.
The Losers - Coming April 23
From left: Columbus Short, Chris Evans and Zoe Saldana. The movie is based on a violent, darkly funny graphic novel about a band of CIA ops out to avenge an assassination attempt on their lives, and Zoe's the only girl in the cast. Not so bad! "You don't know if she's helping the guys, or betraying them," Saldana said of her character, Aisha. "I didn't know she would kick ass that much!"
Chris Evans stars as Jensen in The Losers, the group's techie hacker. "He's a fun guy to play. And there are guns!" He's also starring in a little movie called The First Avenger: Captain America, but the audience was strictly barred from asking about it. Boo.
Evans finally without the hat! It was obvious he's already beefing up for his Avengers role. He did manage to say he's not a big comic guy, but thinks the story of Steve Rogers is so interesting he'd do it even if it wasn't a comic character.
Toy Story 3 - Coming June 18
John Ratzenberger, voice of Toy Story's Hamm, who has worked with Pixar for 15 years now, moderated their panel with director Lee Unkrich.
Toy Story 3 has three new animated characters--Buttercup the Unicorn, Mr. Pricklepants and Trixie the Triceratops--and the actors who voice them (from left, Jeff Garlin, an actor who stood in for Timothy Dalton and Kristen Schaal) came up on stage to demonstrate how it's done with director Unkrich as a scene from the movie played behind them.
Kick-Ass - Coming April 16
Star Aaron Johnson, who plays the titular "superhero," is a relative newcomer. This is his first big movie role. Johnson is from the U.K., but there's no trace of an accent in his performance.
From left: Chloe Moretz, Nic Cage, Aaron Johnson and Clark Duke.
Nic and Aaron share a funny moment away from the microphone.
No, that's not Aaron Johnson in costume.
Resident Evil: Afterlife - Coming Sept. 10
Ali Larter and Milla Jovovich were ecstatic over their new movie, and Ali made a point to thank the fans--"without you we wouldn't be here, so thank you guys."
Resident Evil: Afterlife
Milla talked about being thankful to return for the fourth installment, which by the looks of the preview, looks amazing. It will be the first film since Avatar to use that movie's 3D filming technology.
A Nightmare on Elm Street - Coming April 30
The new Freddy, Jackie Earle Haley, brought a low-key, friendly energy to the otherwise lackluster panel--one of the stars even admitted to never seeing the original movie. Oof.
This Storm Trooper was ready for just about anything. These guys even had headsets inside the helmets to sound authentic.
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