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Interview: Conan the Barbarian’s Rose McGowan

She may be almost entirely unrecognizable, but yes, that is Rose McGowan rocking the porcelain skin, minimal leather outfit and, well, receding hairline in the trailer for Conan the Barbarian. She stars as the evil Marique, a powerful sorceress and the daughter of the ruthless Khalar Zym (Stephen Lang), Conan’s (Jason Momoa) archenemy.

With the film’s August 19th release on the horizon, McGowan hit San Diego Comic-Con to help spread the word. She dishes on all of the details including what it took to turn her into the character we see on screen, Marique’s weapon of choice, her daddy issues, as well as a moment between her and Lang that had to be cut from the film, for the fear of pushing a testy issue too far.

Before wrapping up, we revisit the much-discussed possibility of her playing Red Sonja on the big screen. The outlook’s been grim for quite a while and now McGowan 100% confirms it: She will not play Red Sonja. Hear all about that and, of course, McGowan’s experience working on Conan the Barbarian in the video interview below.

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SDCC 2011: All Good Things Must Come To An End … With A Giveaway!

I can’t believe it, but this is officially it; my coverage of San Diego Comic Con 2011 has come to a close. For five incredibly long days, the experience went by in a flash. The action was non-stop from the moment I touched down in San Diego and while it was extremely exhausting and probably one of the most trying working experiences I’ve ever gone through, it was beyond worth it.

So, what’d you think? Did you like my coverage choices? Were the formats I chose to report in effective? Do let me know because I’m thrilled to say, it looks as though I’ll be returning to Comic Con next year!

I do know I learned quite a few things for myself while out west. First off, I need to pack more food than a box of granola bars, or at least make time to pick up some items at a local supermarket. Between running around collecting coverage and then writing it up, there’s little to no time to grab a bite. Second, if I want to cover a panel, I’ve either got to get on line at about 5am or hunt down a press pass. I arrived for The Walking Dead panel over three hours early and the line to get into Ballroom 20 was already about 10,000 people long!

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SDCC 2011: Interviews With Immortals’ Henry Cavill, Kellan Lutz And More

He brought us The Cell and The Fall and now director Tarsem Singh is back, but in, well, a more commercial way. His latest film, Immortals, is a big-budget, effect heavy, action adventure featuring Theseus (Henry Cavill), a man hell bent on taking down the individual responsible for killing his mother, Hyperion (Mickey Rourke). Hyperion’s on a mission to find the invincible Bow of Epirus and will do whatever it takes and kill anyone necessary in order to get his hands on it. And that’s where the gods come in, as they’re left with no choice, but to intervene for the sake of humanity.

The Immortals showing at San Diego Comic Con consisted of yet another Hall H extravaganza after which the cast and crew hopped on the roundtable circuit for some far more low-key discussions. First up was a chat with the film’s producers, 300 duo Mark Canton and Gianni Nunnari. Canton joked they only took on Immortals out of desperation, but, in all seriousness explained, “We’re very driven by stories and character, the two of us.” In terms of what differentiates this swords and sandals film from 300, Canton assured, “The look, the style, the way we shot it, it’s all different.” Nunnari wittily pointed out, the connection might have come from the fact that they printed “From the Producers of 300” on the Immortals poster. Oh, and Canton prefers Equal to sugar. Hey, I can’t judge; I only use Sweet’N Low.

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SDCC 2011: Interview With The Amazing Spider-Man’s Marc Webb And Andrew Garfield

Spider-Man is back at San Diego Comic Con. Of course, he never really left, as there are a slew of Spidey fans whether or not there’s a huge big screen production in the works, but this year the pressure is on because not only is a new movie on the way, but The Amazing Spider-Man will have to outdo or at least live up to the standards set by the former Spider-Man trilogy as well as decades of other material.

Director Marc Webb and star Andrew Garfield had a busy day, as not only did they hit Hall H in true SDCC fashion, but they participated in a press conference, press line and more intimate interviews, too. During a sit down with Webb, he touched on the changes he opted to make in terms of the Spider-Mans costume as well as the addition of something he calls “Spider Vision,” a technique you can catch in the latter portion of the film’s trailer.

Meanwhile, Garfield is simply floored by the experience as the character has always meant so much to him. When he was just two-years-old, Garfield dressed up as Spidey for Halloween. Garfield also touched on the grander scale explaining, “To be here representing a symbol that means so much to me and so much to millions and billions and trillions of people, comes with so much feeling, pride, excitement, responsibility, weight.”

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SDCC 2011: Interview With The Vampire Diaries’ Ian Somerhalder And Nina Dobrev

After having the opportunity to speak with the ones responsible for creating The Vampire Diaries and sending the show’s characters on one heck of a tumultuous adventure, writer-producers Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson, we got to chat with two of the actors thrown right into the middle of it all, Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev.

SPOILER ALERT: Major season one and two spoilers in this interview.

Season two came to a close with Stefan’s (Paul Wesley) exit. As dictated by his deal with Klaus (Joseph Morgan), he must leave Elena (Dobrev) behind to accompany Klaus on whatever it is he’s got planned, likely something devastating as he’s now an all-powerful vampire, werewolf hybrid. That leaves Elena with Damon (Somerhalder), forcing Damon to put his usual nonsense on hold, and step it up for Elena’s sake, or so we hope.

“Ultimately, he’s pretty pissed off,” Somerhalder explained. After two seasons of trying to get Damon in line, “Stefan’s running around with Klaus, a dude that Damon absolutely hates.” Now, Damon’s stuck in Mystic Falls with a girl that he loves, but can’t have. As unhappy as he is with the situation, Somerhalder said, “I think he’s going to rise to the occasion.” Then again, “If people are expecting Damon to be this wearing his heart on his sleeve kind of hero character, ain’t happening.” What is on the way for Damon? Check where Somerhalder sees him going in this video roundtable interview.

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SDCC 2011: MIMOBOT Brings New Designs, Bigger Drives And Famous Faces To Comic Con

Who doesn’t love a MIMOBOT? They’re these little USB drives in the shape of all sorts of characters like Batman, Hello Kitty, Darth Vader and more. Sure, they’re small and simple, but it really does make backing up your work that much more enjoyable. In fact, one of the few things I bought while at San Diego Comic Con was their Stormtrooper model.

MIMOBOT’s Comic Con booth came packed with many of their beloved designs like their Star Wars line-up, Green Lantern drives, and Batman designs, but the team was also there to introduce a few SDCC 2011 exclusives. Not only were the Harley Quinn and Emily the Strange MIMOBOTs available for purchase, but both Tara Strong who voices Quinn in the Batman: Arkham City video game and Rob Reger, the creator of the character Emily the Strange, made appearances to support their designs. Billy Dee Williams also showed up to support his Lando Clarissian model.

In addition, Comic Con also saw the release of the Star Wars series 7 collection, which includes Boba Fett (ROTJ Edition), Leia as Boushh, Lando Clarissian, Bossk and Han Solo with a carbonite carrying case. The 2 GB HK Animals collection also premiered, rocking 11 different designs. On top of that, the company also debuted its new 32 and 64 GB capacity drives.

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SDCC 2011: Interview With Warm Bodies Author Isaac Marion

A zombie story can be autobiographic, right? Okay, not exactly, but real life inspiration did help author Isaac Marion develop his book Warm Zombies to an extent. Marion joined Summit Entertainment at San Diego Comic Con, as the studio has snatched up his pieces to bring it to the big screen. In fact, the lead roles have already been cast.

Nicholas Hoult will star as R, a zombie who’s a little more alert than his moaning and mindless counterparts. Teresa Palmer will step in as Julie, a living and breathing human who winds up crossing paths with R, becoming his friend rather than his next meal. Warm Bodies features a number of supporting roles as well, namely M, another more astute zombie and Julie’s best friend Nora, but at this point, in terms of casting those parts, Marion explained, “There’s very early discussions about a few of them, but I’m not even allowed to know it yet, much less talk about it.”

However, Marion does know quite a bit about the adaptation process, as he’s gotten the chance to work with writer-director Jonathan Levine. “I got to read an early draft of [the script] and just give general notes and feedback,” he said. Rather than watch from the sidelines, as he’s heard happens with many authors during this process, Marion is excited to be particularly involved. He pointed out, “They’ve consulted me every step of the way and would even call me to brainstorm ideas for how to visualize certain scenes.”

It’s really no wonder Summit is keeping in touch with Marion; his book is particularly unique. In an industry flooded with supernatural creatures, it’s impressive how Marion not only found an angle filmmakers have yet to cover, but uses the original perspective to his benefit creating an incredibly detailed and intriguing world. Hear all about where the idea came from, Marion’s experience working with Summit and more in the video interview below.

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