Monday Movie Report: Previewing San Diego Comic-Con 2017

Plenty of movie news came out this past weekend with Disney’s D23 Expo and more is expected in the coming days as San Diego Comic-Con 2017 takes place.

This year’s schedule when it comes to film includes both panels and special screenings. The schedule, according to Deadline Hollywood, SlashFilm and The Hollywood Reporter is as follows:

Thursday:

  • Musical Anatomy of a Superhero. A panel featuring numerous film composers discussing how their craft applies to modern day superhero movies.
  • Wonderstruck: From Page to Screen. A panel with Brian Selznick speaking about the movie adaptation of his book “Wonderstruck,” directed by Todd Haynes.
  • 20th Century Fox. “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” panel will most likely take place. It’s unknown at this point if there will be anything related to “Deadpool 2” or “X-Men.”
  • Brigsby Bear. Sony Pictures Classics’ “Brigsby Bear” will have its own panel at Comic-Con. The panel could include an extended clip from the comedy-drama.
  • Netflix Panel 1. Director David Ayer and a cast including Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace, Lucy Fry and Edgar Ramirez will be present for a panel on the sci-fi movie “Bright.”
  • Netflix Panel 2. Director Adam Wingard and a cast including Nat Wolff, Margaret Qualley and LaKeith Stanfield will discuss the adaptation of the Japanese manga and anime series, “Death Note.”
  • The LEGO Ninjago Movie. After the success of “The LEGO Movie,” more films like it are following in its footsteps. This includes “The LEGO Ninjago Movie.” Comic-Con will feature a panel this year about the upcoming picture.
  • A Netflix Surprise Screening is scheduled.
  • Masters of the Web. Leading voices in the online film journalism world will have a discussion on the comic book movie industry.

Friday:

  • Behind the Battle: War for the Planet of the Apes. A panel will take place exploring the artistic and visual effects in the latest Apes film. Staff from the film will discuss how the movie was brought to life with the audience.
  • Stan Lee and Friends. A Q&A is scheduled with the Marvel comics author.
  • Reinventing Horror. A panel with numerous horror media insiders who will discuss what’s next in film and comics.
  • Illustrating Costumes for Screen. Industry insiders will discuss behind-the-scenes details of creating costumes for major movies. This includes Christian Cordella of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” Jared Marantz of “Avengers: Infinity War,” Kelton Cram of “Wonder Woman” and others.
  • Selling the Hit. A behind-the-scenes look at the stunt industry.
  • Behind the Music. Another panel of composers discussing the music of fantasy works.
  • Hollywood Location Scouts. A panel of location scouts speaking about their work in finding the best places to film some of the biggest blockbusters.
  • Character Design 101. Artists behind major animated features, including Jeff Ranjo from “Frozen” and “Moana,” will share how they create characters.
  • The state of the animation industry. A panel featuring more animators discussing how they fit into the current business model of studios.
  • Star Wars Music and Sound. A 40th anniversary panel. It will include how songs were composed and what sounds were used to create the noises heard throughout the films.
  • World premiere of the animated action film “Batman and Harley Quinn.”

Saturday (This is the big one.):

  • Warner Bros. Part 1. A panel for the film “Ready Player One,” featuring Director Steven Spielberg and co-screenwriters Ernest Cline and Zak Penn. Also, the cast including Olivia Cooke, Tye Sheridan and T.J. Miller.
  • Warner Bros. Part 2. A panel for “Blade Runner 2049” with cast members Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks and Robin Wright along with Director Denis Villeneuve.
  • Warner Bros. Part 3. Justice League. A panel for one of the year’s most anticipated pictures, featuring cast members Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller and Ray Fisher. A look at the standalone “Aquaman” film is possible, too.
  • Marvel Studios Theatrical Props. A Q&A with Russell Bobbitt, who will bring some of the props used in Marvel Studios movies and discuss how they’re made.
  • Women who Kick Ass. A panel organized by Entertainment Weekly and featuring Charlize Theron, who recently starred in “Mad Max: Fury Road” and will soon be seen in the action flick “Atomoic Blonde.”
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe. Headman at Marvel Studios Kevin Feige and special guests will be on hand to talk about the film franchise. Marvel already had a huge showing at D23 last weekend, are they going to give fans more to chew on? We will have to find out.

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Outside of the convention world recently, the big story in film was “War for the Planet of the Apes” taking the top spot at the box office this weekend with a respectable $56 million. The film had to fight for the No. 1 place, though, with last week’s winner “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”

The full top five this weekend was:
1. War for the Planet of the Apes – $56,500,000
2. Spider-Man: Homecoming – $45,200,000
3. Despicable Me 3 – $18,947,840
4. Baby Driver – $8,750,000
5. The Big Sick – $7,600,000

Opening this weekend, meanwhile, is the war drama “Dunkirk,” the space sci-fi “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” and the comedy “Girls Trip.”

For the small screen, new releases include:

  • Kong: Skull Island, ATMR Rating: 4.2 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 76%
  • Free Fire, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 67%

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