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Comic-Con is just around the corner, so The Hollywood Reporter has compiled a list of film panels that will rock San Diego this year. Marvel and Paramount won’t be attending, but there should still be plenty of hot news, cool footage and big stars heading to the Con, with Hunger Games making its final appearance and Warner Bros. preparing a big presentation for Saturday.
The studios are infamously secretive about their plans for Hall H, but THR will continue to update this post as the Con, which runs July 9-12, nears with intel about which big screen superheroes will be making their way to Hall H to wow the crowds. Check back for updates daily.
THURSDAY, July 9
10:45 a.m., Hall H
Open Road will preview its upcoming films.
12-1:15 p.m., Hall H
Conan O’Brien will moderate Lionsgate’s panel, which will center on the final installment in the mega-YA franchise The Hunger Games. New footage from Mockingjay — Part 2 will be shown, and many of the film’s stars will be in attendance. The panel will also cover The Last Witch Hunter, which stars Vin Diesel.
9 p.m., Horton Grand Theatre
Hayao Miyazaki’s animated film will screen. The film centers on a 10-year-old girl who, after moving to a new neighborhood, enters the spirit world.
FRIDAY, July 10
Disney Animators: The Power of 2D
1:30 p.m, Room 24ABC
A luminary panel of former and current Disney animators spanning from Lady and the Tramp to Moana talk about the importance of 2D animation in the history of Disney, as well as the part it plays in guiding advancement of its future. Panelists are Willie Ito (Lady and the Tramp, Inkpot Award-winning animator), Dale Baer (Robin Hood to Moana), Randy Haycock (The Lion King to Moana), Tom Sito (The Little Mermaid, author of Moving Innovation), Adam Dykstra (Tangled, Tarzan) and Mike Polvani (Hercules, 2D Animation School founder). Changes in technology, artistic expression, and the value of cooperative interplay between 2D and 3D artists to create the best animation will be discussed.
ILM’s 40th Anniversary
2 p.m., Room 7AB
Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) celebrates its 40th anniversary by discussing the company’s work from its humble beginnings to its growth into the industry’s top motion picture visual effects company.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
5:30 p.m., Hall H
The Force is coming to Comic-Con. Disney and Lucasfilm’s hotly anticipated film will be present with a Friday panel featuring Lucasfilm president and producer Kathleen Kennedy, director J.J. Abrams and writer Lawrence Kasdan. Expect stars of the film to also drop in for what will definitely be one of the buzziest panels of the Con.
6 p.m., Horton Grand Theatre
M. Night Shyamalan and producer Jason Blum will chat about their upcoming thriller The Visit. The film follows two kids who are sent to stay with their grandparents and soon discover disturbing behavior by their caretakers.
SATURDAY, July 11
10:30 a.m., Hall H
The studio is expected to go very big once again this year, even eclipsing its mega-screen presentation last year. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice director Zack Snyder and stars Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill,Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter and Gal Gadot will all be on hand. The studio will also present films outside of its DC Universe including Pan, (with stars Hugh Jackman and Garrett Hedlund taking the stage with director Joe Wright) and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (starring Cavill and Armie Hammer).
Book to Screen
11:00 a.m., Room 7AB
Some of the authors behid big film and TV book adaptations will chat about the challenges and joys of seeing their work come to life on the big and small screen. Panel will feature: Ernie Cline (author of Ready Player One, soon to be adapted for the screen by Steven Spielberg), Melissa de la Cruz (author of Witches of East End, Lifetime show by the same name), Andy Weir (author of The Martian, a Ridley Scott-directed adaptation will be released later this year), Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck (as James S. A. Corey, author of Leviathan Wakes, on which the upcoming Syfy show The Expanse is based), Lev Grossman (author of The Magicians, soon to be a Syfy show), and Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings (as Christina Lauren, author of Beautiful Bastard, which has been optioned by Constantin Film).
12:15 p.m, Hall H
Screen Gems will premiere exclusive first look footage from Pride And Prejudice And Zombies, bringing Lily James, Sam Riley, Bella Heathcote, Douglas Booth, Jack Huston and Matt Smith to the stage along with director Burr Steers, and the book’s author Seth Grahame-Smith. Screen Gems will also be debuting the first look footage from Patient Zero, which stars Smith and Natalie Dormer. Director Stefan Ruzowitzky and screenwriter Mike Le will also take the stage.
Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight
1:30 p.m., Hall H
Writer/director Quentin Tarantino brings fans an exclusive look at his eight film, The Hateful Eight. The panel will also include a Q&A session with the cast.
2:30 p.m., Hall H
Legendary’s panel (hosted by Chris Hardwick) will likely bring to the stage Crimson Peak director (and geek favorite) Guillermo del Toro and talent from Krampus and Warcraft. Their booth (#3920) will host plenty of activities throughout the Con, including talent and filmmaker signings, virtual reality experiences, Warcraft prop photo opportunities and fan giveaways.
Women Who Kick Ass
3:45 p.m., Hall H
The panel of fierce women will include Gal Gabot (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice), Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Hayley Atwell (Agent Carter) and Kathy Bates (American Horror Story), among others.
5:45 p.m., Hall H
Fox is keeping quiet on plans but is expected to parade out stars from X-Men: Apocalypse, The Fantastic Four and The Maze Runner sequel, The Scorch Trials.
SUNDAY, July 12
Illustrators: The Hidden Gems of Film and Television
12:30 p.m., Room 23ABC
Art Directors Guild illustrators Ed Natividad (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Transformers: Age of Extinction), Amy Lynn Umezu (Kong: Skull Island, Jurassic World), Patrick Rodriguez (The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2) and Jeffrey Errico (Terminator Genisys, NWA Straight Outta Compton) will talk about creating the look of some of their recent and upcoming big films.
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