crowds Comic Con 2010: Friday Highlights

[pullquote quote=”If I wanted to simply walk about in a bikini, I’d be a model” credit=”Amber Heard on portraying strong female roles”] I hate the Trolley. If the London Underground ran like the San Diego Metropolitan Transport Service, we’d never get anywhere. That said, it’s nice not to have to deal with the traffic as it slowly intensifies and the weekend Comic-Con rush begins.

The crowds here are already insane; the prospect of Saturday’s madness is a scary one. The real take-home from the stars today was music. Nicolas Cage is wild at heart with Punk Rock and the cast of TRON: Legacy couldn’t have made their epic soon-to-be-blockbuster without the French beats of [lastfm]Daft Punk[/lastfm]. Without further ado, here’s the scoop with important bits of whatever from the second day of Comic-Con 2010:
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  • Early this morning we gathered for the press line at Flynn’s Arcade. A real-life set piece which has been built in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter to promote the new movie TRON: Legacy. Bruce Boxleitner was there talking about his favorite piece of technology today (the iPhone), and the Original TRON director Stephen Lisberger talked about how he believes the sequel will reach a lot more people simply because technology itself reaches more people than it did in 1982 when TRON first debuted. The sequel’s director Joseph Kosinski spent the majority of his time detailing how integral French Electronica duo Daft Punk were to the creative process of the new film. His praise and hype have done their job, and now we’re positively salivating to hear the score and soundtrack.
  • In more music news, Nicolas Cage spent some time professing his love for Punk Rock music during the press conference for his new film Drive Angry which is shot entirely in 3D. “Within the Punk genre lies the intensity I respond to. It’s my absolute favorite and translates through my acting in movies like this.” In this knowledge, we can only assume Mr. Cage was unhappy with the City of Angels soundtrack. Co-star Amber Heard talked about her personal choice to portray strong and positive female roles. This line of discussion which produced our quote of the day, “If I wanted to simply walk about in a bikini, I’d be a model.”
  • The cast of The Other Guys didn’t really spend much time promoting their new movie during their press conference, but then when you have Will Ferrell, Mark Walhburg and Eva Mendez in the same room, it’s more of a stand-up show than a press conference. The film centers around two police detectives, Wahlberg declined questions about his experience with law enforcement during the general Q&A session. Ferrell admitted to receiving a ticket for failing to come to a complete stop at an intersection on his bicycle and a speeding ticket for doing 50mph in a 35mph zone while piloting his Toyota Prius. The big news was Ferrell teasing a possible sequel to Anchorman, but then again it’s hard to know when he’s being serious. Obviously bored, Mark Wahlburg played the straight-man as the session wound-down and achieved a high-score for BrickBreaker on his Blackberry.
  • The Green Hornet press conference started late thanks to Hall H festivities, but was well worth the wait. A toned Seth Rogen entered the room (he credits his Green Hornet role for getting him in shape) and talked about how when it came to making a hero/sidekick movie, this was his first choice. His second reason was that [lastfm]Prince[/lastfm] apparently once said that the Green Hornet was a pimp. When asked about his passion for comic books, Rogen came in as runner-up for quote of the day with “I read very few books without pictures of men in tights in them.” He struck again when asked who would win a fight between he and co-star Cameron Diaz, “Cameron Diaz could kick the s*** out of me. She could whip my ass so good.” But Comic-Con is all about fan appreciation and we think Rogen won this award today; when asked if he had been worried about presenting his new film to the Comic-Con audience he responded, “I take the opposite view. These are the people we made the Green Hornet for. I’m REALLY excited to be here, it’s gratifying and cool that I can participate.”
  • We sat down with Grace Park from Battlestar Galactica and now Hawaii Five-O who said she loves the action packed roll and thinks the smell of gun powder should be turned into a cologne. We also sat down with Daniel Dae Kim who talked about being offered the job on the hottest new fall series and being able to keep his family in Hawaii. He is excited about doing something action packed. Then we hopped over to the actual panel and they opened it up with clips from the pilot introducing some of the cast. They also talked about the Hawaii Five-O theme song. They asked an “unnamed” musician to re-do it with a lot of guitar. After they played the new version it just solidified that they needed to use the original. So they hired all of the original musicians and re-recorded the original. They showed a video from studio while they where recording it.
  • It’s all about SUPER! Featuring Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler and directed by James Gunn. We got to see the first two clips from the movie before anyone outside the convention. Looks “super” funny. It a story about an underdog played by Rainn Wilson getting the pretty girl and marrying her (played by Liv Tyler) . She gets stolen by a bad duded played by Kevin Bacon and he decide to become a super hero and picks up a side kick played by Ellen Page and get his wife back. It’s dark and funny all at the same time.
  • Happening now are the Now Awards hosted by [lastfm]L.L. Cool J[/lastfm] with performances by [lastfm]The Soft Pack[/lastfm], [lastfm]V.V. Brown[/lastfm] & [lastfm]Spoon[/lastfm].

Tomorrow we’ll be catching up with Matt Groening of The Simpsons and Futurama fame; Charlaine Harris, author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels (which form the basis of HBO’s highly acclaimed True Blood series); the minds behind CSI, NCIS and Criminal Minds; we’ll have an in-character interview with Elvira. Plus we have also booked time with Jamie Kennedy and the cast of NBC’s Community and Fox’s Human Target. Right! Time for a drink… CBS Interactive Reporters Tim Mudd, Cristy Westfall, Cathy Meixner and Anthony Tran contributed to this piece.


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