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Comic-Con 2012: Our Most Anticipated Events

The first rule of San Diego Comic-Con is that there’s absolutely no way to get to everything. The second rule of San Diego Comic-Con (or SDCC) is … try to get to everything. And we here at Movies.com will attempt to do just that, or at the very least bring back a taste of the big events everyone will be talking about come this time next week.

What are some of those events, and what should you expect from our coverage? Click through to find out what we’re looking forward to most as the country’s biggest geek-friendly convention prepares to infiltrate our nerdy hearts later this week.

Thursday 12:45 – 1:45 in Hall H

The non-Twihards might resent this, but what bigger way to open San Diego Comic-Con 2012 than with a panel for the final Twilight movie? The very first film to grace comic-con’s legendary Hall H will be the final installment of The Twilight Saga, Breaking Dawn – Part 2. This will (probably) be the last time Team Edward and Team Jacob supporters will get the chance to camp outside the San Diego Convention Center for a Twilight movie, so expect the crowd to be bigger than ever. Once the crowd files in and the panel actually begins, Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, Peter Facinelli, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone, Ashley Greene, Kellan Lutz and newcomer Mackenzie Foywill all be on hand, answering questions and previewing footage.

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Comic-Con 2012: Our Most Anticipated Events

The first rule of San Diego Comic-Con is that there’s absolutely no way to get to everything. The second rule of San Diego Comic-Con (or SDCC) is … try to get to everything. And we here at Movies.com will attempt to do just that, or at the very least bring back a taste of the big events everyone will be talking about come this time next week.

What are some of those events, and what should you expect from our coverage? Click through to find out what we’re looking forward to most as the country’s biggest geek-friendly convention prepares to infiltrate our nerdy hearts later this week.

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Review: The Last Airbender

Everyone deserves a second chance and when you’re the guy responsible for films like UnbreakableSigns and The Sixth Sense apparently you deserve a third. After M. Night Shyamalan clearly lost his touch in the supernatural, twist-packed department, why would someone think he’d miraculously redeem himself if given piles of money and an overdose of CGI? Pairing Shyamalan with the film adaptation of the popular Nickelodeon cartoon Avatar: The Last Airbender is like asking my mother, a frozen food, microwave and take-out expert, to put a homemade meal on the table. It may be edible, but it tastes like garbage. (Sorry mom.)

The Last Airbender takes place in a world in which the people are divided into four categories, the Fire Nation, the Earth Kingdom, the Water Tribes and the Air Nomads. Each section has some particularly talented individuals who are able to bend their elements. Basically, they do this interpretive dance that enables them to manipulate fire, earth, water or air. Actually, there are no more air benders left because the oppressive fire nation wiped them out.

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There’s Something For Everyone In ‘The Last Airbender’

The pressure is on this weekend for M. Night Shyamalan and the cast of The Last Airbender not just because they’re hoping the film is a financial success, but because they’re eager to please the longtime fans of the show, hope to attract crowds unfamiliar with the source material, have become engrossed in their characters and are hoping to make two more films. Factor in the $150 million production budget and the $130 million spent on marketing and a little anxiety at this point is understandable, so it’s a good thing Shyamalan and his stars, Dev PatelNicola Peltz and Jackson Rathbone are in particularly high spirits.

All four participated in a series of roundtables during which the gang was eager to fawn over the subject matter, each other and the final product. The film was adapted from the popular Nickelodeon animated series and focuses on a young boy named Aang (Noah Ringer), a member of the Air Nomads and the one believed to be the Avatar, the only person capable of manipulating all four elements. Peltz’s character, Katara, is a water bender and with her older brother Sokka (Rathbone) by her side, accompanies Aang on his journey to protect the Water Tribes and Earth Kingdom from the oppressive Fire Nation. That’s where Patel comes in. He plays Prince Zuko, the son of Fire Lord Ozai (Cliff Curtis), who was banished by his father and only permitted to return if he captures the Avatar.

And that’s just the least of it. The Last Airbender is packed with back story, character development, action sequences, unusual animals and a whole lot of element bending. Like the film, the director and cast members were bursting at the seams with information about the project. So, like Shyamalan’s effort to include the most pivotal parts of the television show in his film, I’m going to bring you the best of the interviews in a format that permits you to soak in all of the details in as organized a fashion as possible.

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