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The GrizzlyBomb 2012 Comic-Con Preview!

It is that time of the year again and it is time to revel in the wonders that is the San Diego Comic-Con 2012! One of the biggest things this year for our site is that we will actually be in attendance and representing GrizzlyBomb as we go to the biggest place where news on comics, television, movies, and video games breaks every minute from July 12th-15th and of course we will document it all. We are going to be on the show floor and I will be your guide and your way in to panels, booths, and probably pictures of the lovely booth babes so please visit as much as you can during the next week because we’re going to be knee-deep in some fun stuff.

Over the years, the panels have become some of the biggest places where announcements are made, stars have shown up, great Q&As have been done so we are going to do a preview on what we think will be some heavy hitters and must sees in San Diego.

Obviously the one panel I think is a must see is the Game of Thrones panel in Hall H. Now, it has seen some changes in the last few days because Lena Headey had to bow out due to a scheduling conflict, and Kit Harrington recently broke his ankle so he will not be in attendance either. We still will be getting Alfie Allen, Richard Madden, Emilia Clarke (above), Michelle Fairley, and recent addition Rose Leslie so it will still a good panel to attend. Obviously, the big topic of discussion will be how season 3 will be done because they are taking the next book and dividing it up between two seasons due to the sheer amount of content in the book. So yeah, we will definitely be there. 

Another panel is the Marvel Studios one and that should be obvious. Iron Man 3 is expected to get some publicity and with them filming as we speak, producer Kevin Feige will be in the house to introduce that and the now buzzing short film Item 47 with Lizzy Caplan and Jesse Bradford. Marvel is particularly excited for this as it will try to reinforce the idea of the one-shot movie, not unlike a comic book one-shot, that takes a non-serialized story in the universe and uses it to help add a bit more perspective. There is also I am sure to be news of Thor 2, Captain America 2, and The Avengers 2 movie so of course we will geek out over that. The Dexter panel will be an interesting one to attend as well considering they have just wrapped their 7th season filming and will be premiering in the next few months. The obvious idea of the cliffhanger involving Dex and his sister will be the big thing that gets discussed, but also with the announcement that this will all be ending in the 8th season, it is time about thinking about the end game. The panel will involve Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, and Comic-con fan fave for Chuck, Yvonne Strahovski. We’ll also see executive producers John Goldwyn, Sara Colleton, Scott Buck, and Manny Coto so that will shed some light as to how they will go out with a bang.

Another big draw will be the Firefly 10 year reunion. Everyone is coming back from Joss Whedon, to Nathan Fillion, Adam Baldwin, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin, Sean Maher, and Summer Glau, and it will be glorious and nostalgic. Rumor is that they will have an announcement and our guess is that there will be a cartoon coming… 

The Walking Dead panel will be great as well which will include Andrew Lincoln, Sarah Wayne Callies, Norman Reedus, Laurie Holden, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, and Danai Gurira as Michonne and David Morrissey as The Governor. This will the first big reaction to the new guys in their roles and I’m sure San Diego will treat them well. They will join executive producer Glen Mazzara, executive producer Robert Kirkman, executive producer Gale Anne Hurd, and special effects makeup supervisor and co-executive producer Greg Nicoter for more insight into the fall premiere of season 3.

Some other television panels worth seeing would be Glee (shut up, I like Glee even though it is impossible it will ever reach the charm of season 1), Nikita (mostly because my dad does not shut up about Maggie Q), the Breaking Bad panel (because it’s freaking Breaking Bad and the premiere is coming up this weekend), Falling Skies, the Simpsons, Once Upon a Time, and the True Blood panel amongst several others that we could all watch, but I am limited in time and space.

Another big one will be the Warner Bros. panel. Mostly because obviously the Batman trilogy is drawing to a close, but they will also be showing off their (hopeful) replacement in Man of Steel, the Zack Snyder helmed return for the Superman. We shall find out if we are closer to another genre-defying franchise of movies or just the final nail in the coffin in assembling the ‘Justice League’ together. Also at Warner Bros. is the  movie Pacific Rim which is starting to heat up with some buzz so hopefully we will have more info on tat in the next coming days. Of course, last but not least is the reveal of the Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which will have everyone under the sun involved and it’s the friggin’ Hobbit movie. That is ‘the must-see’ event in my opinion.

Django Unchained will also get the Comic-Con treatment as Quentin brings his newest feature to show off the fanboys in Hall H.  The Disney movie panel will include Oz: The Great and Powerful, and The Expendables 2 panel will feature the majority of the stars getting ready for that movie’s release in the next month. The Sony Pictures panel will have Total Recall (that movie better not disappoint…), Elysium (which looks awesome), and Looper (also looks awesome because the new trailer looks well…awesome).

Other panels to look forward to? You also got the Femme Fatales panel getting ready to finish their season with a bang (so to speak), the Mass Effect panel, Kevin Smith will be there recounting stories, Shameless will be there, the Assassin’s Creed 3 panel and showing off of the game, etc., etc., etc…

Basically there’s a LOT that we have to get to and report on. I won’t list more because it is basically all over websites what panels are there and there is just a sheer enormity of what is out there. So just stay tuned in the next week and embedded below is a video preview and what we will try to accomplish as well as we head to Comic-con.

‘Anchorman 2′ Teaser is Going to Make You Cream

After literally almost 10 years of waiting, and an almost monthly debacle between Ferrell/McKay and studios, Anchorman 2 has released its first teaser trailer. With a simple set-up and hilarious banter between the Channel 4 News Team, Anchorman 2 has already solidified its status as one of the funniest films of 2013. In this teaser, our favorite group of the bumbling idiots that give San Diego its news basically just talk about how awesome it’s going to be once Anchorman 2 comes out.

Brick is just as mentally challenged as ever, Champ looks like he’s been hitting the bottle hard, and it seems like Brian hasn’t been within a 20-yard radius of a razor in months. As for Ron Burgundy, well, a couple extra pounds from years of hard work still can’t contain the fact that he’s kind of a big deal. With an apartment that smells of mahogany, and a shelf littered with leather-bound books, it seems as if our favorite newscaster is going back to the big screen in 2013.

Considering the ending of the first Anchorman, I wonder how they plan on continuing the legacy. Will Veronica Corningstone make a triumphant return, or will this sequel take the route of Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and introduce a new Burgundy girl? To be honest, the chemistry between Will Ferrell and Christina Applegate in the first film was so strong that I almost couldn’t imagine this film without her, but if Ferrell and McKay think they can do it even better a second time around, I’m all for it.

Other things I’d like to see in the sequel is more of the rest of the news teams. They were introduced briefly (including the infamous parking lot brawl), but I feel like they were underused in the first film. Same goes for the Channel 4 News Staff. It’s fascinating to me that three of the four members of the Channel 4 News Team became A-List stars after (or maybe due to) the success of this film. As for David Koechner, well, the guy can’t seem to catch a break but whose fault is that? I wonder if Paul Rudd and Steve Carell will be able to maintain that level of subtly hilarious obscurity that made them so funny in the first film. But I guess we’ll just have to wait until we get a full-length trailer to really see what’s going on.

As for the teaser trailer released this week, you can check that out right here:

Grizzly Review: Comic-Con: Episode IV- A Fan’s Hope

The annual San Diego Comic-Con is one of the most popular and most attended events in the world. Boasting more celebrities than the Oscars, what used to be a place for aspiring artists and vendors has now become home to the most valuable press in the world; grass-roots marketing. By packing all these movie stars in one place, promoting a franchise, and getting the masses to attend, Comic-Con has found a way to garner even more buzz for a film than what was originally thought possible.

Granted, these star-studded events have kind of replaced the entire reason Comic-Con was created in the first place. Still, thousands of adoring and loyal fans make their way to San Diego every year for the much-anticipated event that never seems to disappoint. But for those of us who don’t get to go to the Con every year, we’ve always wondered, right? I mean, it’s hard to not even think about going when it seems so damn enticing.

Leave it to Morgan Spurlock, the Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker known for his near single-handed assault on McDonald’s that resulted in the eventual disappearance of their “Super-Size” option. I actually got to meet and interview Mr. Spurlock last year during promotion for another fantastic film he made, The Greatest Movie Ever Sold. In an attempt to better understand product placement in films, Spurlock learned about selling out by selling out.

Spurlock has always had a knack for taking seemingly normal subjects and creating fascinating stories with them that almost always directly affect his real life. Liver problems in Super Size Me, piles of contracts in The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, and the safety of his ow life in Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden? But for, Comic-Con: Episode IV- A Fan’s Hope, he decides to take a step back and let his subjects do all the talking. It’s an interesting and definitely unfamiliar dynamic for him to take, with all of his previous films anchored by his charismatic personality.

But somehow, in some strange way, he makes it work. By telling the stories of eight Comic-Conners, Spurlock presents us with a truly diverse view of the Con itself, giving the viewer a chance to peek into many aspects of what the Con has to offer. He also intercuts the film with fascinating celebrity interviews from the likes of Kevin Smith to Joss Whedon to Seth Green and many more. By explaining their passion for comics and film, Spurlock really does prove that celebrities are just like us. Maybe even more than we think.

In my opinion, Comic-Con: Episode IV, with its clever and instant homage to Star Wars, is simply a passion project for Spurlock. With an extremely small release that serves mainly online and home providers like iTunes and onDemand, Comic-Con: Episode IV is definitely a step-back for Spurlock, but in a good way. At only 87 minutes, the film is definitely not overlong or boring, and the stories that he sets up are quite interesting. He also doesn’t take the easy way out by giving us a do-or-die situation that forces us to feel sympathetic for the character. As if everyone going to Comic-Con needs to get signed to a label or they won’t be able to pay their rent.

Of course, some more interaction from Spurlock would have been appreciated, but to be honest, this is a film for the fans. It’s fascinating to hear comic geeks just nerd out about movies they love, writers they love, artists they admire, and what influenced their love for certain comics and artists. The film works as a love letter to the fans, but is welcoming enough to invite the casual reader. It lets them know that it’s okay to join the club. We don’t bite, I promise.

4/5 Bears

NFL Grizzly Picks of the Week: Week 4

You get 1 point for picking the favorite correctly, and 2 points for an upset win or a pick’em game. Our picks will be in BOLD and upset picks are denoted by a *

So, here are the scores headed into Week 3…

Kaiser      Kronner
14                    9 

And our picks for Week 4:

Rev. Kaiser

Carolina @ Chicago (Vegas Line – Bears by 6.5)
Minnesota @ Kansas City (Vegas Line – Viks by 1.5)   
*Tennessee @ Cleveland  (Vegas Line – Browns by 1) 
San Francisco @ Philly (Vegas Line – Eagles by 7.5)
N’Orleans @ Jacksonville (Vegas Line – Saints by 7)  
NY Giants @ Arizona (Vegas Line – Giants by 1.5) 
Denver @ Green Bay  (Vegas Line – Packers by 13)
NY Jets @ Baltimore (Vegas Line – Ravens by 3.5)

Kaiser can get up to 9 points this week.

Dr. Kronner

*Detroit @ Dallas  (Vegas Line – Cowboys by 1)
Buffalo @ Cincinnati  (Vegas Line – Bills by 3)
*Washington @ St. Louis (Vegas Line – Pick’em/Line is 0)
Pittsburgh @ Houston (Vegas Line – Texans by 4)
Atlanta @ Seattle  (Vegas Line – Falcons by 4.5)
New England @ Oakland (Vegas Line – Pats by 4.5)
Miami @ San Diego (Vegas Line – Chargers by 7)
Indianapolis @ Tampa Bay (Vegas Line – Bucs by 10)

Kronner can get up to 10 points this week.

So there we have it, check back next week to see how the grudge match it working itself out…

Feel free to post your own picks in the comment section below…

NFL Grizzly Picks of the Week: Week 3

For the rest of the year Kaiser and I will split up each week’s games and we’ll see who is smarter. We’ll split the games down the middle. And while we are simply picking winners, we’ll use the Vegas line determine the favorites. You get 1 point for picking the favorite correctly, and 2 points for an upset win. Our picks will be in BOLD and upset picks are denoted by a *

So, here are the scores headed into Week 3…

Kaiser      Kronner
6                    4 

Well, that was embarrassing. Perhaps I’ll lay off the upsets this week…

And our picks for Week 3:

Rev. Kaiser

*San Fran @ Cincinnati (Vegas Line – Bengals by 2.5)
Detroit @ Minnesota (Vegas Line – Lions by 3.5)   
*Miami @ Cleveland 
 (Vegas Line – Browns by 2.5) 
*Houston @ New Orleans 
(Vegas Line – Saints by 4)
Baltimore @ St. Louis (Vegas Line – Ravens by 3.5)  
KC @ San Diego (Vegas Line – Chargers by 14.5) 
*Arizona @ Seattle 
 (Vegas Line – Cardinals by 3.5)
Pittsburgh @ Indy (Vegas Line – Steelers by 10.5)

The Road Warrior Kaiser can get up to 12 points this week.

Dr. Kronner

Jags @ Carolina  (Vegas Line – Panthers by 3.5)
Denver @ Tennessee  (Vegas Line – Titans by 7)
NY Giants @ Philly (Vegas Line – Eagles by 7)
NewEngland @ Buffalo (Vegas Line – Pats by 8.5)
*NY Jets @ Oakland  (Vegas Line – Jets by 3.5)
*Green Bay @ Chicago (Vegas Line – Pack by 3.5)
*Atlanta @ Tampa Bay (Vegas Line – Bucs by 1.5)
Washington @ Dallas (Vegas Line – ‘boys by 5)

Kronner can get up to 11 points this week.

So there we have it, check back next week to see how the grudge match it working itself out…

Feel free to post your own picks in the comment section below…

NFL Grizzly Picks of the Week: Week 2

 

Last week Rev. Kaiser claimed he knew more about football than you, and then he went on to correctly guess 9 of the remaining 15 games – which is roughly 60%.

That’s not great, but he still thinks he is awesome, so we’re gonna do something new. Well, for the rest of the year he and I will split up each week’s games and we’ll see who is smarter.

We’ll count week one as a warm up, so Kaiser gets a clean slate. From here out we’ll split the games down the middle. And while we are simply picking winners, we’ll use the Vegas line determine the favorites.

You get 1 point for picking the favorite correctly, and 2 points for an upset win. Our picks will be in BOLD and upset picks are denoted by a *

So, here we go…

Rev. Kaiser

Kansas City @ Detroit (Vegas Line – Lions by 8 )
*Cleveland @ Indy (Vegas Line – Browns by 2)  
Green Bay @ Carolina 
(Vegas Line – Packers by 10)
Baltimore @ Tennessee
(Vegas Line – Ravens by 6)
Jacksonville @ NY Jets (Vegas Line – Jets by 9)  
Cincinnati @ Denver (Vegas Line – Broncos by 3.5)
Houston
@ Miami 
(Vegas Line – Texans by 3)
St. Louis @ NY Giants (Vegas Line – Giants by 6)

Kaiser can get up to 9 points this week.

Dr. Kronner

*Oakland @ Buffalo  (Vegas Line – Bills by 3)
Chicago @ New Orleans  (Vegas Line – Saints by 6.5)
Tampa Bay @ Minnesota  (Vegas Line – Vikings by 3)
Seattle @ Pittsburgh  (Vegas Line – Steelers by 14)
*Arizona @ Washington  (Vegas Line – ‘skins by 3.5)
Dallas @ San Francisco  (Vegas Line – Cowboys by 3)
*San Diego @ New England  (Vegas Line – Pats by 7)
*Philadelphia @ Atlanta  (Vegas Line – Eagles by 2.5)

Kronner can get up to 12 points this week.

So there we have it, check back next week to see how the grudge match it working itself out…

Feel free to post your own picks in the comment section below…

Beavis and Butt-Head Return

So with Comic-Con underway in San Diego, one of the great things to come out is the 5 minute preview of the resurrected Beavis and Butt-Head, and after watching it – I couldn’t be more excited for the return.

When I first heard the news of MTV bringing back the animated duo after 14 years, I have to admit I was a bit skeptical given their current state of programming (with the exception of Teen Mom and 16 and Pregnant… That shit is pure gold!). I was kind of afraid that we might get the same quality of resurrected show Fox and Seth McFarland gave us when they brought back the crap-tastic Family Guy (Quick tangent: How the hell was Seth McFarland able to take over Fox’s Sunday night and populate with garbage shows? You can’t tell me people are actually watching American Dad and the Cleveland show, which are repackaged and water-downed versions of the stale Family Guy.. How can Fox justify pulling a great show like the Chicago Code give Seth McFarland and Gordon Ramsay. I get it, you’re an angry british chef that likes to belittle aspiring American cooks and restaurant owners. Enough already.) Anyways, its apparent that Mike Judge is staying true to the sophomoric, penis and fart jokes/commentary that made the show so popular back in the mid 90’s.

The only obvious upgrades to the show will be the animation, and the wonderful ammunition the current state of MTV programming provides the duo for commentary segments of the show, but other than that its like the show never left our tv sets. According to Judge, some of the shows that are going to be facing the Beavis and Butt-Head firing squad are: the Twilight movies, 16 and Pregnant, Jersey Shore and apparently UFC fights as well. While I will admit I may be a little too excited over just a 5 minute preview, but take a look for yourself…

Now, ask yourself this: is there anything else on, or coming out on basic cable that’s worth watching……. Besides The Maury Show??

Dexter: Season 6 Panel!

So as the San Diego Comic Con rages on, news on some of our favorite shows will start to come out, and Dexter is on that list.  Now we had already told you about Colin Hanks and Mos Def joining the cast, but I did not know till I watched the trailer that Battlestar Galactica-alum Edward James Olmos would be appearing as well.


And from Dexter GR, here is some footage from the Dexter panel: