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Comic-Con 2006 Friday Warmup

Published July 10, 2006 in Movie News
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Comic-Con.
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Comic-Con 2006 at the San Diego Convention Center is quickly coming our way and we have been looking through the daily programs to see what is worth checking out.

Comic-Con 2006: Friday

Want to know what's after Superman Returns? It just so happens that Bryan Singer may have a surprise or two hidden up his sleeve.

11:00-12:30 Warner Bros. Pictures Presents— In person, stars Hilary Swank and Anna Sophia Robb, director Stephen Hopkins, and producer Joel Silver of The Reaping, a supernatural thriller in which Hilary plays a world-renowned expert in disproving religious phenomena. But when she investigates a small Louisiana town that is suffering from what appear to be the Biblical plagues, she realizes that science cannot explain what is happening. Plus: Bryan Singer Returns! Please welcome long-time friend of Comic-Con, director Bryan Singer, to answer your questions about Superman Returns and give you an idea of what's next. Plus: more news and special promo items will be given to all who attend.

Want to know what's going on with 20th Century Fox's upcoming adaptation of the epic novel Eragon? Fox plans on giving an hour and a half preview that could give the film multiple mentions.

12:45-2:15 Twentieth Century Fox Presents— Twentieth Century Fox returns to Comic-Con in a big way, with a sneak peek at some of the studio's most anticipated 2006 and 2007 releases. It's a program so epic it couldn't be contained in one hour! Get ready for some very special guests, exclusive footage, screening announcements, and eye-opening—if not jaw-dropping—surprises.

Shurtugal has heard that some 'important' names will be at Comic-Con 2006 to present Eragon.

Now that LucasArts is beginning to kick ass again with their latest Star Wars titles, I am sure there are more than a few of you interested in checking out what is next in store for us.

1:30-2:30 Star Wars Day: What’s Hot at LucasArts— There are plenty of new and exciting games coming soon from LucasArts, including some great, highly anticipated Star Wars titles. Hear the news from the LucasArts team about these, and about the coming Indiana Jones game, plus glimpse some of the new technology that will help make coming games the most exciting to play yet!

When they are not hassling us movie sites over 'copyright' material, the people over at Paramount Pictures are constantly working on the next big blockbusters.

2:30-3:30 Paramount Pictures— Paramount Pictures is proud to present an early look at footage from the upcoming fantasy adventure film Stardust from director Matthew Vaughn (Layer Cake) and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Constantine, Four Brothers and the upcoming Transformers). After captivating audiences in both novel and graphic novel formats, Neil Gaiman's Stardust makes its big-screen adaptation debut next March starring Claire Danes, Robert DeNiro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sienna Miller, Ricky Gervais, Peter O'Toole, Rupert Everett, and Charlie Cox. Neil Gaiman (The Eternals and co-writer with Roger Avery of the screenplay for the upcoming Beowulf), illustrator Charles Vess, co-screenwriter (with director Vaughn) Jane Goldman, and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura will discuss the film, which is currently in production. (Credits not contractual.)

Here is a big question always on the back of a moviegoer's mind -- what is next with Star Wars? With volatile release dates on the two television series and the re-release of the films in 3D, hopefully LucasFilm can clear a few things up.

4:30-5:30 Star Wars Day: Lucasfilm’s Star Wars Spectacular— It wouldn’t be Comic-Con International without hearing the latest on Lucasfilm and Star Wars from Steve Sansweet, the company’s head of Fan Relations. Sansweet will top off Star Wars Day with previews of what’s coming next, plus special announcements that will be heard for the first time ever during this presentation. Once again, Sansweet will show that Lucasfilm means it when it says “Star Wars is Forever.”

It wouldn't be a convention without the overly hyped Snakes on a Plane starring Samuel L. Jackson.

5:45-7:00 New Line Cinema Presents Snakes on a Plane— Sit back. Relax. Enjoy the fright. New Line Cinema will show exclusive footage from Snakes on a Plane. Samuel L. Jackson makes his first San Diego Comic-Con appearance, along with director David R. Ellis, to discuss his new film! And, watch out—snake wrangler Jules Sylvester will also be on hand with live snakes from the movie. Also included in the presentation will be a special preview of New Line Cinema's upcoming The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, while Final Destination 3 director James Wong and star Ryan Merriman demonstrate the unique "Change-Their-Fate" interactive feature on the upcoming DVD, available from New Line Home Entertainment on July 25.

That's all for now! Expect a deeper look at the second day soon.

Stay tuned for updates.

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