For starters, we’ve got those three, hour-long livestreams that I’ve been yapping about. They’ll consist of live interviews from San Diego with the cast and crew from a diverse range of upcoming movies featured at the ’Con, including “Machete,” “Tron Legacy,” “Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World,” “Red” and “The Green Hornet.” Remember: we still want your questions! Those live shows are happening: tomorrow at 3pm ET/12pm PT, Friday at 3pm ET/12pm PT and Saturday at 6pm ET/3pm PT. Stay tuned to MTV to find out where you can check those out!
Of course, it wouldn’t be San Diego Comic-Cons without panels and presentations. While those of us not in attendance won’t necessarily get to see the juicy video reveals, we’ll certainly be clicking to read all about them. I’m here now to run through the five big ones that you MTV Movies Blog readers in particular should be looking forward to…
Entertainment Weekly: The Visionaries
The big-ticket item tomorrow afternoon is EW’s Visionaries panel, a discussion with J.J. Abrams and Joss Whedon. Abrams revived the “Star Trek” franchise, not just for a new generation but rather in a way that makes it appealing to a wider audience than Gene Roddenberry’s creation has ever known. He’s currently working on “Super 8,” an homage to legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg, so we should all hope he’ll spill a few details on that front. Whedon created the enduringly popular “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” TV series. He’s an instrumental player in the future of the Marvel Universe on the big screen, with writing credits on both the upcoming “Captain America: The First Avenger” and “The Avengers,” as well as the recently confirmed job of directing the latter. Can a single stage possibly handle the enormity of these two titans of geekdom?
Lionsgate: “The Expendables”
“The Expendables” might not be the best movie of the summer. Frankly, it doesn’t have to be. If you don’t like it, your ass will be kicked. If you do like it… your ass will be kicked. Either way, you’ve got a black eye coming. “The Expendables” is an ensemble action flick to end all ensemble action flicks. The SDCC panel will feature an all new clip as well as talk from writer/director/star Sylvester Stallone and stars Dolph Lundgren, Steve Austin, Randy Couture and Terry Crews.
Summit Entertainment: “Drive Angry 3D”
I know exactly two facts about “Drive Angry 3D”: it will be presented in 3-D and it stars Nic Cage. And you know what? That’s enough. What, you want more? The story follows a pissed off dad who is out for revenge after his daughter is killed and her baby, kidnapped. The panel will feature footage as well as an appearance from members of the cast and crew. Expect good things from this one.
Overture: “Let Me In”
“Let the Right One In” is a Swedish film and a very atypical vampire story, following a young, bullied boy named Oskar who befriends his equally young (or so it seems) new neighbor Eli, who turns out to be a vampire. Constantly defying genre convention, the film tells a very personal story of friendship… with the added twist of one of those friends being a vampire. “Cloverfield” director Matt Reeves is helming an English-language remake, “Let Me In,” starring Kodi Smit-McPhee, Chloe Moretz and Richard Jenkins. Expect to see some of the first footage outside the trailer, and finally get a feel for the direction Reeves is taking with this remake.
Warner Bros: “Green Lantern,” “Sucker Punch,” “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”
Warner Bros brings out a trifecta of awesome for their official presentation. In addition to more footage from “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” those in attendance will also get first looks at “Sucker Punch” and “The Green Lantern.” That’s really all you need to know about this one.
Walt Disney pictures: “Tron Legacy”
This makes three San Diego Comic-Con appearances for “Tron Legacy” (though it didn’t get that title until last year). This list was only going to be five long, but how could I leave out “Tron”?! In addition to a Q&A with a panel consisting of key cast and crew from the film, those in attendance will also get a deeper glimpse into the world of “Tron.” Count on this one being a show highlight, especially with “Legacy” finally hitting theaters on December 17 of this year.