Thursday, July 24, 2008
We didn't get much sleep, less than four hours, tossing and turning filled with anticipation. We arrived at the convention center after 6:30 a.m., the line had grown to hundreds already. Luckily we had two ladies from our group arrive at 5:00 a.m., real troupers to hold our places. I'm sure they didn't mind our tardiness when we came with folding chairs and breakfast.
We found out that most of the fans in line were there to see the panel for Twilight, the movie adaptation of the book(s). The fans were mostly, teenaged girls. The girl in front of us was maybe nineteen who came all the way from Texas and another woman from Ensenada, Mexico came with her daughter.
Lynnette, Jane, and Lois
About 9:30 we filed into hall H where we were handed tee shirts with “Klaatu barada nikto.” screen printed on it and told not to run. Hall H was huge! Of course everyone ran for the best seats. We didn't do too badly even though we hadn't slept on the street. (So far I haven't had to do that to see my favorite stars, and I hope to never!)
We basically lived in hall H for the rest of the day because the line up of panels was amazing. I did take a few pictures, the quality isn't the greatest, but I thought I'd post a few. Luckily our group didn't need to worry about quality pictures because one of the Girlies in our group, Marcy, is the veteran of Comic-Con and also a fabulous photographer with press credentials. We were her assistants all weekend, making sure she was hydrated, fed, watched her camera bag, and stood in long lines while she shot pictures in the press pit.
Marcy graciously allowed me to link her site so you can see all of the awesome pictures. Keep checking because it will take her time to upload all of them, she took over 800.
20 Century Fox presented The Day the Earth Stood Still and Max Payne
The Day the Earth Stood Still
Panel: Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connelly, director Scott Derrickson, and producer Erwin Stoff. The movie is a remake of the 1951 classic, due in theaters December 12, 2008. They showed a trailer and clips, looks awesome!
Panel: Mark Walberg, Mila Kunis, Ludacris, and director John Moore.
The movie is based on the video game, of a cop who is determined to find the murderer of his family and partner. The trailer looked thrilling, lots of action, definitely a must see!
We had a surprise guest fly in all the way from Austrailia. When Hugh Jackman walked on to the stage the audience was immediately on their feet cheering. He brought with him some never before seen footage from his new movie X- Men Origins: Wolverine, I will definitely be in line to see this one on opening day!
Summit Entertainment presented Twilight, Knowing, and Push
Panel: Chris Evans, Dakota Fanning, Djimon Hounsou, Camilla Belle, and the director Paul McGuigan.
The movie is a sci-fi thriller is about young people with psychic abilities.
Dakota Fanning never made it to the panel due to a major accident on the 5 freeway, but she did make an appearance after a seven hour drive. She’s growing into a beautiful young woman. I love sci-fi, the movie looks interesting,
Panel: Director Alex Proyas
None of the actors, including Nicolas Cage, made an appearance.
Panel: Catherine Hardwicke, author Stephenie Meyer, and the cast; Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Cam Gigandet, Rachelle LaFevre, Edi Gathegi, and Taylor Lautner.
When the panel came on stage the screams in hall H were deafening, probably equivalent to an In Sync concert. The fans managed to maintain the decibel consistently though out that we couldn’t hear most of the Q & A. The movie is a modern-day love story between a vampire and a mortal. This one I think I will wait until it comes out on DVD, I wouldn’t want to brave the lines a second time on opening day.
Again, Marcy graciously allowed me to post her pictures, you are welcome to go to her blog to see all of the awesome pictures. Keep checking because it will take her time to upload all of them, she took over 800.
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