Film Intelligence: Comic-Con edition

Every week there are dozens of film news stories. We read them all and bring you the five most important ones in the single most important blog post you’ll ever read (today [at this moment]). This week: the nerds rise, GHOSTBUSTERS 3 rumors rise again and THE DARK KNIGHT RISES.

1. Nerd Prom 2012

If it feels like there’s something in the air this week, there is: the fetid stench of nerd excitement. That’s because right now the entire movie world is heading to Southern California for the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con. From tonight until Sunday, tens of thousands of movie, television, comic book, video game and cosplay fans — plus at least a handful of Klingons — will gather in San Diego for a unique celebration of pop culture’s best (read: geekiest). Among the movies making presentation at SDCC’s legendary Hall H: Sam Raimi’s OZ: THE GREAT AND POWERFUL, M. Night Shyamalan’s AFTER EARTH and THE EXPENDABLES 2, where Arnold Schwarzenegger will make his first appearance at Comic-Con (odds he will vow to be back in San Diego to promote his next movie: 1 to 5). Oh, and if you’re curious what the fetid stench of nerd excitement smells like, I can tell you: It smells like B.O. It smells exactly like B.O. [Huffington Post]

2. TWILIGHT Fan Killed at Comic-Con

Comic-Con is typically a joyous occasion, but things got off to a sad start this year, when a TWILIGHT fan was killed while running across the street to return to her spot in line for Thursday’s BREAKING DAWN – PART 2 panel. The fan, a 53-year-old woman, had been waiting for the panel since Sunday, and according to reports didn’t see an oncoming car as she dashed through a crosswalk; by the time she realized it was coming, it was too late. In a statement, TWILIGHT distributors Lionsgate and Summit said they were “saddened by the death” and promised to “respectfully remember” the fan during the film’s upcoming panel. It would be foolish to blame Comic-Con for this tragedy; people die in traffic accidents every single day. But it’s worth reminding everyone going to San Diego: Nothing at that convention center is worth dying for, so be careful out there. [Deadline]

3. Ain’t Gonna Work on Maggie’s Farm No More

A year ago, it was sitting on the shelf. Ten months ago, it opened to crummy reviews and crummier box office. Nine months ago, online critics fell in love and started the #teammargaret hashtag. Their efforts paid off on Monday, when the extended cut of Kenneth Lonergan’s MARGARET premiered to a sold-out crowd in New York. This new version ran more than 30 minutes longer than the version that played in theaters last fall and included new opening credits, several added scenes, many alternate takes and a radically reimagined sound design that enhances the feeling that the film’s story is just one of millions taking place simultaneously in New York. At Time Out Chicago, charter #teammargaret member and super fan Ben Kenigsberg lists the changes he spotted and gives his overall thoughts on this new edition of the film (the summary: It’s interesting, but not necessarily an improvement), which you can now buy exclusively on Amazon. [Time Out Chicago]

4. Specter of GHOSTBUSTERS 3 Haunts Bill Murray

As a child of the 1980s, I wear my GHOSTBUSTERS fan badge proudly. I’ve seen that movie more than any other in history. I can quote every line of it from memory (back off, man; I’m a scientist). I even like GHOSTBUSTERS II. But more than 22 years since the last film, I’m not really sure we need a GHOSTBUSTERS 3. Of course, Dan Aykroyd thinks we do, and it’s his opinion that really matters. Despite star Bill Murray‘s constant (and greatly appreciated) reluctance to sign on for the project, Aykroyd has kept pushing, and now he’s hired a new writer, TROPIC THUNDER and MEN IN BLACK 3′s Etan Cohen, to pen another draft of the screenplay in the hopes of luring Murray back into the fold. Bill, allow me to speak on behalf of GHOSTBUSTERS dorks everywhere: You don’t have to make this movie. But if someone asks you if you’re a god, you say YES! [Variety]


Since it is all about Comic-Con this week, let’s get you out of here with an appetite-whetting tease of the summer’s biggest Comic-Con’ish movie: THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, Christopher Nolan’s third and (supposedly) final Batman film. This massive, thirteen-and-a-half-minute featurette includes tantalizing clips from the film as well as extensive interviews with the cast and creators, including Nolan, producer Emma Thomas, Christian Bale, Gary Oldman and more. I’d tell you more but I can’t: I’m so paralyzed with fear over Bat-spoilers that I shut it off after two and a half minutes. Bat-watch at your own Bat-peril, Bat-fans! That was a Bat-exclamation point, bat the way. OK, I’ll stop. [YouTube]