For those who weren't lucky enough to be in San Diego to take in The Hobbit's stand-out Comic-Con panel, have no fear. Though the sneak peek scenes screened in Hall H remain under wraps, Peter Jackson has released the majority of behind-the-scenes footage along with coverage of the Con itself as part of his latest production video blog.
The 14-minute piece was posted to the film's official Facebook page yesterday, along with a message from the director.
The behind-the-scenes footage gives movie fans an inside look at the final five days of principal photography and is rammed with interviews from cast and crew members, including Jackson, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Ian McKellan, Andy Serkis, Lee Pace and Orlando Bloom.
Watch the video now!
Thursday's Breaking Dawn, Pt. 2 panel marked the last time the wildly popular franchise and its stars will take centre stage at San Diego's Comic-Con.
Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner joined over two dozen cast members and series creator Stephenie Meyer, to showcase new footage from the finale - including the first seven minutes of the film - for literally thousands of screaming fans. The scene begins right where Part 1 left of, with a newly vamped Bella awakening to a changed world, and ends with Bella being led by Jacob and Edward to meet her newborn daughter, Renesmee.
Once the craziness around the presentation died down, we had a chance to sit down with Jacob Black, Taylor Lautner. After hearing from Pattinson and Stewart at last year's Con, we jumped at the chance to get their co-star's take on the end of an era. Check out what he had to say about the finale and what he had to say to fans after the cut!
Movies fans in Hall H were in for a treat during Saturday's Legendary Pictures panel. The assembled 6,000-plus audience got a first look at the studio's Godzilla remake. And the monster hasn't gotten kinder or gentler over the years. In fact, quite the opposite.
Without giving the cheering crowd a hint of what they were about to see, they just rolled the footage. The camera slowly panned over a devastated cityscape while a strange creature lay prone in the center of the wreckage. Then out of the dust and gloom appeared the iconic monster in all his roaring glory.
Never let it be said that Robert Downey Jr. doesn't know how to make an entrance. Leaving no room for argument, the actor definitively proved with his flamboyant dance down the centre aisle in Hall H that billionaire/philanthropist/playboy Tony Stark isn't very far removed from the actor himself.
And I don't know about you, but as someone who watched him dance right on by me Saturday afternoon, I wouldn't have him any other way.
But I'm getting way ahead of myself! The Iron Man 3 portion of the Marvel panel actually served to wrap things up and you better believe the studio came to the Comic-Con table armed with more than just their (and our) favourite poster boy. Kevin Feige, head of Marvel Studios, brought an arsenal of big announcements and sneak peeks with him to Hall H including confirmation of release and title information for two of their biggest upcoming movies. Hint: one concerns a Norse God (the one with the pesky brother) and the other follows the next steps of a certain Super Soldier.
Get an in-depth look at the entire Marvel panel behind the cut!
With an absolutely loaded line-up, I knew that Hall H would be a tough ticket, so I needed to get up in the pre-dawn hours if I wanted to be certain of getting in. What I hadn't anticipated was that by the time I arrived, the line would already be a half a mile long, with hundreds upon hundreds of people camping out overnight, and others arriving at the same time I was (by 5 am). Not only was I not on the lawn, I was not even across the street. The line stretched down along the back of the convention center, took a left towards the bay and snaked around a couple of times, and that's where I was. There were a few anxious hours where I doubted whether I would get in at all, in spite of having gotten up so early.
But by 8 o'clock, they compressed the line. They made all the overnight campers get up, clear their stuff, and compress into the rope maze on the Hall H lawn. Through that process we got moved up to about halfway up on the grass, and the question then became not whether or not we could get in, but how good of seats we would get.
They weren't bad (not great either, though), but that became a moot point. By the end of the day, I was just thankful to have gotten in in order to be a part of such an incredible event.
Click through the jump to read about the highlights and panels from Hall H including Djagno Unchained, The Campaign, Pacific Rim, upcoming Marvel projects and of course, the one you're all waiting for, The Hobbit.
Guillermo Del Toro is going really big with his next film.
The creator of Pan's Labyrinth and the Hellboy movies came to Comic-Con on Saturday to offer fans a taste of his sci-fi showdown Pacific Rim.
Due in theaters July 12, 2013, Pacific Rim is a clash of the titans as humans pilot colossal robots to battle gargantuan sea monsters.
Charlie Hunnam plays a washed-up ex-pilot and Rinko Kikuchi is a raw trainee who are teamed up in an antiquated robot to make a last stand against the ocean beasts. The cast also includes Idris Elba, Charlie Day and Del Toro's Hellboy star, Ron Perlman.
Del Toro screened a few minutes that featured epic smackdowns between the 25-story machines and creatures.
Fans, including this intrepid reporter, had been lined up since the wee early hours of the morning, some even going so far as to camp out over night. Why? To be one of the lucky 6500-member audience in Hall H on Saturday, and audience that would have the chance to get a sneak peek at Peter Jackson's return to Middle Earth.
And the panel did not disappoint.
The presentation began with the premiere of Jackson's latest behind-the-scenes video blog, which gave everyone an inside look at last week's last final five days of shooting as well as a look at some key filming of sequences from the second film like the Battle of Laketown.
Once on-stage in Hall H, Jackson introduced what the masses had been waiting for - the premiere footage. To the surprise and delight of everyone, the preview turned out to include an incredible 12-and-a-half minutes of film from both the first and second Hobbit films. After a few disclaimers on the unfinished aspects of the film, the lights dimmed and the footage rolled. Here's what we saw...
The big time-travel paradox of the sci-fi thriller Looper is whether Joseph Gordon-Levitt is playing a young Bruce Willis or whether Bruce Willis is playing an old Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Gordon-Levitt, co-star Emily Blunt and writer-director Rian Johnson gave the Comic-Con fan convention Friday a sneak peek at footage from Looper, which centers on a hit man who's supposed to kill his future self.
To play the young assassin, Gordon-Levitt, 31, spent three hours in makeup every day to have a prosthetic nose and other cosmetic tweaks applied to make him look more like the 57-year-old Willis.
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