Last weekend's WonderCon brought lots of geeky TV and movie goodness during the spotlight panels, but there are other reasons to love WonderCon — including the expo floor. Stuffed with toys, tees, legacy celebs, and cosplay, the show floor is where you find the goods. I fell in love with one booth in particular that had every geeky tee I could ever want. Called NerdKungFu, this online shop is your one stop for nerdy tees of all kinds. Check out a few of my favorites here.
Rainn Wilson and director James Gunn stopped by WonderCon last weekend to talk about their dark comedy Super. Gunn, who's the ex-husband of Wilson's The Office costar Jenna Fischer, talks about how Wilson came to be cast as Frank, a costumed but powerless superhero. Wilson divulges the reasons why he wanted to make the film, and why this "oddball" movie isn't for everyone — a statement I'd agree with.
WonderCon hit San Francisco this weekend, bringing along big stars like Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively to showcase some of the most promising films from the upcoming year. From panel coverage to new footage to interviews with the celebs, here's all of our coverage from the weekend!
Video: Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, and Superman Henry Cavill Show Us Their Geeky Side at WonderCon!
Did you know Ryan Reynolds is a Star Wars fanboy? The hot Hollywood actor hit up WonderCon over the weekend where he spoke about his geeky love, and shared a brand-new extended trailer for Green Lantern! He was joined by costar Blake Lively, but new Superman Henry Cavill came out as well. Hear him talk about his new role as Clark Kent and his lovely Lois Lane, Amy Adams!
ComicCon may be the mother of all West Coast geek conventions, but WonderCon still holds a piece of my heart. Bringing joy to Northern California nerds for 25 years now, WonderCon is smaller and more accessible but still brings the thunder. I just spent three whole days at the event over the weekend, and have rounded up five reasons why geeks are still in love San Francisco's WonderCon.
Future Superman Henry Cavill was in San Francisco this weekend for WonderCon to talk about his role as Theseus in Immortals, and we had a chance to chat with him for a few minutes before the film's panel. Cavill talked about his Immortals character, the rigorous training he had to do for the role, and his recently cast Superman costar Amy Adams, who will play his iconic love interest, Lois Lane.
Day three of WonderCon had me sitting down with the cast of Breaking In, the upcoming comedy from Fox premiering April 6 at 9:30 p.m. Airing after American Idol, the show is bound to do pretty well for itself, but I think it's the funny characters, hilarious situations, and total geek cred that will make the show a hit. Christian Slater (who needs no introduction), Odelle Annable (Cloverfield), Bret Harrison (V), and Alphonso McAuley (Pride) star, and after talking with them about working together, office comedies, and tech toys, I found five reasons geeks should tune in. Check it out below.
- The writers — The writers of Breaking In are totally legit in their geek cred. Adam F. Goldberg wrote Fanboys and Revenge of the Nerds among others, while Seth Gordon directed such nerdy films as The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, and lent his geeky touch to episodes of The Office and Modern Family. So you know all those geek culture references you find riddled inside the Breaking In trailer are coming from the right place.
- Geek culture nuggets — Breaking In is about a high-tech security firm that uses all kinds of technology — from computer software to gadgets — to make clients more secure. Of course, they "test" a client's current security systems by hacking in first, which sets the stage for lots of gadget and tech references. But more than that, there's even an episode where the team has to deliver a copy of (fictional) "Goonies 2: The Legend of Sloth" to a ComicCon like event. Costumes are donned, hilarity ensues, it's sure to entertain.
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Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively showed off their sweet chemistry and an exciting Green Lantern sneak peek at WonderCon in San Francisco on Friday. The good-looking duo hit the red carpet, where he excitedly described the movie as a "space epic" and she was decked out in Carven to discuss her butt-kicking character. Don't miss all our WonderCon coverage from Superman to Cowboys and Aliens to Breaking In! Blake and Ryan were coming straight from Las Vegas where they promoted Green Lantern at CinemaCon to kick off a very busy couple months of red carpet duties. These two will be all over the place before their movie's June 17 release, but before then she'll be back on the small screen when Gossip Girl returns on April 18. We finally got a look at what happens in the wake of the Blair-Dan kiss and know that Serena will be taking a trip to the West Coast.
Saoirse Ronan came dressed for the fanboys at yesterday's WonderCon panel for Hanna. The young star showed up rocking a Wonder Woman t-shirt, as she sat alongside director Joe Wright to preview new clips from their upcoming thriller before a crowd of excited fans. The two collaborated previously on Atonement, but if you've seen the trailer for Hanna, then you know this is nothing like their previous work. But then again, the character Hanna is nothing like your typical heroine. Check out the panel highlights below to find out why.
- The first question of the panel went to the director, Wright: why do a film like this after movies like Atonement and Pride & Prejudice? He said Ronan was actually the one who suggested he take it on. One of the things that attracted him to it was the fact that "It's not a franchise, not based on a comic, not even based on fairy tale specifically," which gave the director creative license to dream up his own world.
- Wright joked that two of the bad guys in the film were actually inspired by his own bullies from when he was growing up. "It was my way of getting back at them, by having them slain by a girl," he quipped.
- Ronan beats up guys twice her size in the flick, and the actress endured plenty of training to get the fight scenes, particularly in martial arts. "I suddenly had muscle in my arms, and I was strong," she said. "I had never experienced that before!"
- As for why Ronan loved the script, she explained: "It's important that we have strong female characters in movies now." And unlike other "sexy or cool" leading women in film, Ronan likes that Hanna is a misfit. "She is weird, and I think Hanna as an action heroine — if that's what you want to call her — is quite elegant in her temperament and behavior except when she's kicking ass. I think we haven't seen an action heroine like this yet."
- Wright also touched on the importance of heroines in movies, and got up on his soapbox to address female empowerment. "The place of young women in society, and the continued sexual objectification of women — I find that whole culture terrifying and kind of disgusting really," he said. "I wanted to address that with this film. I remember when the Spice Girls came out in the '90s and they called it 'girl power.' I think that's bullsh*t. I probably shouldn't say this, but I look at posters for recent films with girls kicking ass; there's one out at the moment, in bikinis and crop tops, and this is supposedly female empowerment, and that's bullsh*t. Female empowerment is not about sex; that's the point of female empowerment. It's about brains. So I was very keen to look at those issues with this movie, and Hanna exists outside of that." Obviously Wright was getting in a dig at Sucker Punch, but his little speech received huge cheers from the audience.
The Three Musketeers was short two Musketeers at WonderCon today. Logan Lerman who plays the young rebel D'Artagnan came out to support the project along with Luke Evans who costars as Aramis. But Matthew Macfadyen (Athos) and Ray Stevenson (Porthos) were absent, as was Orlando Bloom, Milla Jovovich, and Christoph Waltz. Not to worry though, because the panel still helped shed light on the upcoming retelling of the classic story. Read below to get the dish on what to expect.
- The panel started with the same teaser we saw just a couple weeks ago; however, this time I was definitely more on board with the film. Watching it on a big screen with surround sound made it much more exciting.
- Lerman talked extensively about his training for the film, particularly the fencing he had to learn. In the big, intricate fights, he had to perform as many as 150 moves in just one scene! That's a lot to remember, but it was dangerous too. "Every time the swords hit, there were sparks!" he said. Even though the actors did their own fight scenes, no one got seriously injured. Evans noted that there were a few sword cuts. He quipped: "You want us to say there were fatalities, don't you?"
- Lerman talked a bit about his costars who weren't in attendance. He describes Jovovich's character in the film as an "asskicking m'lady" who terrifies the Musketeers, and joked that Waltz "brought his Oscar every day" to set."
- While the Musketeers have been portrayed in film before, both of the stars promised that this new version will bring its own slant to the story. "We're looking at it as the untold chapter of the story," said Lerman. "Make them the James Bond, Navy SEALs of their time." Evans suggested that there's always room for another film version."They're good stories," he said. "They last forever, and they deserve a place in everyone's generation. This one is the same."
- As for their look in the film, apparently it comes down to one thing: hair. "I had a lot of hair in this one, it's true," laughed Lerman. "Sexy hair," added Evans.