LOS ANGELES, March 14 — Before Comic-Con turned into an extravaganza with a parade of film and television stars, the comic book and sci-fi/fantasy convention looked more like its cousin WonderCon, set for March 16-18.
In 2012, actors and filmmakers planning to attend the 26th WonderCon include Ridley Scott, Emma Stone and Jonah Hill, showing excerpts of upcoming films and answering fans’ questions.
Director Ridley Scott (Blade Runner, Robin Hood) will attend WonderCon 2012 to show exclusive footage from Prometheus in 3D, the quasi-prequel to Alien, marking his return to the sci-fi genre. Co-screenwriter Damon Lindelof will also be there for the Q&A. The two will also show a new trailer at an event in downtown Anaheim. The teaser was released March 12, showing glimpse of new shots from the film.
Prometheus stars Noomi Rapace, Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba and Guy Pearce. It opens in IMAX 3D.
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Spider-Man, The Amazing Spider-Man presentation will feature actress Emma Stone (The Help), who plays Peter Parker’s girlfriend, and show eight minutes of footage with Marc Webb, the director, followed by a discussion of the film.
The action comedy 21 Jump Street with Channing Tatum (The Vow) and Jonah Hill (Moneyball) will make an appearance to promote this feature, a take-off on the 1980s Johnny Depp television series.
For Snow White and the Huntsman, special footage and special guests along with the director Rupert Sanders will answer questions. The film also stars Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron and Chris Hemsworth.
Milla Jovovich, star of Resident Evil: Retribution, will appear with writer/director Paul W. S. Anderson to preview the fifth installment in the successful franchise, based on the video game series.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Inception) and writer-director Rian Johnson will give fans a first look at the futuristic thriller Looper. The film also stars Bruce Willis and Emily Blunt.
Other films showing footage and making a presentation include the sci-fi thriller Lockout starring Guy Pearce (The King’s Speech), Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, the hybrid story of vampires from producer Tim Burton and director Timur Bekmambetov, and Battleship presentation with actor Alexander Skarsgård.
TheOneRing.net will preview Peter Jackson’s new Hobbit films and celebrate the 75th anniversary of the book’s publication with authors and scholars of J. R. R. Tolkien.
Other events include a children’s film festival and masquerade ball as well as a conference providing workshops with renowned writers and artists of comic books from Marvel and DC Comics, plus videogames, anime, and other media.
Usually located in San Francisco, in 2012 the event has transferred to the Anaheim Convention Center as the Moscone Center undergoes renovation. — AFPrelaxnews.com