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SDCC 2013 Interview: Divergent’s Shailene Woodley & Theo James

Shailene_Woodley_Theo_James_DivergentIt seems as though there’s this never-ending search for the next best thing in the young adult book-to-film adaptation world. What will trump The Twilight Saga? What will match the success of The Hunger Games? With the growing craze, there are loads of possibilities out there, but the one I’ve got my money on is Neil Burger’s Divergent.

At this year’s Comic-Con

Just before hitting Hall H for their highly anticipated panel, Woodley and costar Theo James who plays Four, Beatrice’s faction initiation instructor, sat down to run through the challenges of bringing Veronica Roth’s book to life, their hopes for the film, and even their own personal faction preferences.

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SDCC 2013 Interview: Ender’s Game’s Gavin Hood

Enders_GameWhile the widespread success of young adult book-to-film adaptations like The Twilight SagaHarry Potter and The Hunger Games does facilitate some serious potential for a big-screen version of Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game, it also comes with the added pressure of ensuring that the Ender’s Game movie stands out.

Just ahead of the Ender’s Game San Diego Comic-Con panel in Hall H, writer-director Gavin Hood sat down to discuss making his mark in the YA-to-film realm and the challenge of doing the beloved book justice, but also noted one specific directorial decision that he hopes will help put the audience in Ender’s head.

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SDCC 2013 Interview: Ender’s Game’s Asa Butterfield & Hailee Steinfeld

Asa_Hailee_Enders_GameBefore fielding rapid-fire Q&A questions at the Ender’s Game panel at San Diego Comic-Con, Asa Butterfield and Hailee Steinfeld sat down and had some fun telling us how they might fare if they ever really had to compete in the Ender’s Game Battle Room.

At this year’s Comic-Con

Butterfield and Steinfeld sat down to talk about being suspended in a zero gravity environment, and something called a “hamster wheel” but for people. Said Steinfeld:

“We were training in terms of strengthening our core and all this intense stuff… and we got there and none of it came in handy because you’re literally out there on wires, like, feet up in the air.”

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SDCC 2013 Interview: The Mortal Instruments’ Jamie Campbell Bower

Jamie_Campbell_BowerIf The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones isn’t on your radar, after Saturday’s Hall H panel, it should be. Screen Gems unveiled an impressively suspenseful and rather brutal sequence from the film that culminates in an ideal payoff – Jamie Campbell Bower’s Jace Wayland nonchalantly stepping in to save the day.

At This Year’s Comic-Con

Just ahead of The Mortal Instruments’ run in Hall H, Bower sat down to talk about his string of good luck with young adult book-to-film adaptations, his issue with “smelly acting,” and loads more. He also dropped a hint about a certain Easter egg that’s worth keeping an eye out for when the film hits theaters on August 21:

“There’s an Easter egg, but I don’t know if I want to ruin it. Listen for somebody’s name who’s involved in the film … but is not a character. That’s all I can say.”

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At Comic-Con: Humans Are Corruptible but Machines Are Not in ‘RoboCop’

RoboCopAfter a supposedly tumultuous production process and getting bumped from its summer 2013 release and pushed to February 7, 2014, RoboCop finally rolled into Hall H and, despite those rocky times, everything sounds and looks relatively promising.

The Highlights

— Director José Padilha explained, “We didn’t try to redo the same RoboCop because it was perfect the way it was. We just took the concept of RoboCop… and we brought it to the present.” He also pointed out, “We’ll soon be seeing robots being used in war as you’ve seen in the footage. This is gonna become a big issue.” He added that he thinks the introduction of robots to the warfront will go down as we see it in his film – first we’ll use the machines abroad for foreign policies and interventions, and then we’ll bring them home.

— Michael Keaton described Raymond Sellars as “a complex dude.” He further explained, “He sees a bigger picture and he simplifies everything. He’s the ultimate pragmatist.” If Sellars asks someone if what he’s doing could make the world a better place and that person says yes, then Sellars insists that that’s what they need to do, regardless of the finer details. Keaton also highlighted that Sellars isn’t really a villain, but rather an antagonist.

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At Comic-Con: Electro Electrocutes and Spider-Man Himself Web-Slings into the ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2’ Panel

The_Amazing_Spider-ManThe Amazing Spider-Man 2 is easily one of the most anticipated panels of San Diego Comic-Con 2013 and Sony knows it. Rather than kicking things off by bringing out the cast or even just rolling straight into some footage, the studio upped the suspense further by having the Hall H audience sit in darkness as a deep rumbling sound built, ultimately revealing a pair of wide screens alongside the side of the room and then unleashing a display of cross-screen web-slinging before showing off the Amazing Spider-Man 2 logo.

The Highlights

— The showmanship continued with a running gag involving the “real” Spider-Man attending the panel. After screening a video of Spider-Man climbing all over Comic-Con, the hero sauntered into Hall H, took a seat at the panel, and fielded a few questions. And it just so happens, his voice sounded very similar to that of Amazing Spider-Man star Andrew Garfield.

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Watch Shailene Woodley Explain Why She’s No Longer in ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’

Shalene_WoodleyJust about a month ago, word got out that Shailene Woodley would not appear in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 as Mary Jane Watson, despite having shot scenes for the film. Apparently the movie was in need of some trimming so the filmmakers made the choice to cut out MJ’s brief appearance.

Considering The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will feature the characters from the first film and also introduce us to Jamie Foxx’s Electro, Paul Giamatti’s the Rhino, Dane DeHaan’s Harry Osborn and Chris Cooper’s Norman Osborn and have a little something involving the Ravencroft Institute, a prison for supervillains, it does make sense that something had to go.

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