SDCC: STAR TREK: DISCOVERY WILL JUMP 1000 YEARS INTO THE FUTURE, INTRODUCE NEW CHARACTERS

Some of Star Trek: Discovery’s creative team and cast teased the upcoming third season as part of a massive “Star Trek Universe” panel this morning at Comic-Con International in San Diego. Series star Sonequa Martin-Green joined newly announced cast member David Ajala and producers Alex Kurtzman, Michelle Paradise, and Heather Kadin.

Kurtzman teased that season 3 “will take place 1,000 years in the future” after the end of season 2. “The farthest that any Star Trek series has gone before.”

At the end of season 2, Discovery heads into a time warp, and when they come out of the worm hole, Michael Burnham and her crew will be separated, and not in the same place. “They have big problems,” said Kurtzman. 

Newly announced Star Trek:Discovery cast member David Ajala

Season 3 was shot in Iceland. “We are not in Taralesium,” said Burnham actress Martin-Green. Kurtzman said that who becomes Captain of Discovery will be revealed in season 3.

Kurtzman also announced that Short Treks, the short trek film series focused on various members of the Discovery crew will return before season three and will feature six segments that somehow will link to season three. Anson Mount will return as Captain Christopher Pike in two of the Short Treks segments as will Spock and Number One.

Star Trek:Discovery will return for season 3 on CBS All-Access in 2020.

“CRITTERS ATTACK” SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON AS FRANCHISE RETURNS

The cast and crew of Warner Home Video’s Critters Attack! came to San Diego Comic-Con today as part of a “Horror Times Two” block with The Banana Splits Movie. Before their panel, cast members Dee Wallace (E.T., Cujo, The Howling) and Tashiana Washington (Shaft), director Bobby Miller, Critters voice artist Steve Blum, and Critters puppeteer Keith Arbuthnot all came to discuss the project, the Critters legacy, and why practical special effects help keep this franchise running.

Actress Dee Wallace

The first Critters film was released back in 1986. It spawned many sequels and well as a television series currently streaming on the Shudder streaming service. Critters Attack! marks Dee Wallace’s return to the series. “I thought it would be fun to revisit it,” she said. “I read the script and I thought it would be a nice new take on it. I got to be a real badass. I’m a bounty hunter and I get to take all of them out. It just felt right. Then when I found out we were filming in Capetown, South Africa–I was really in. This is the era of reboots.”

Miller said that “in these divided times, we need to see little puppets devour humans,” adding that he doesn’t think people want to see CGI Critters. “I think the whole charm of the franchise is that they’re puppets.” Miller said he is not a fan of CGI in general. “I hate it. There’s an attitude out there (in the world of filmmaking) that we’ll just figure everything out in post-production. The nuts and bolts of filmmaking is gone. But with puppets, it forces you to build sequences. I think there is a sense of wonder and awe with practical effects and there is so much CGI-sameness that you’re just kind of over it–you know it’s all computers,”

Critters Attack! actress Tashiana Washington and director Bobby Miller

Miller noted that when the Critters are in “ball mode” and running, the effects are easier. “They are just basketballs with fur. It’s when they are walking around is when we have to get creative. How do we show movement without showing movement. Walking Critters. That was the challenge.”
Arbuthnot says that the look of the characters help influence how they act and how they sound.  Blum agreed, “That made it easy.  It gave me a nice template to work with and I just filled in the holes.”
Arbuthnot noted that puppeteering has changed over the years.  “It’s gotten over-complicated, and then it’s gotten simple again.  You get this overly-designed or overbuilt thing, and the puppet guys ask where do I put my hands?  A lot of times, simpler is better.  We keep proving it time and time again.”

Voice artist Steve Blum and Critters puppeteer Keith Arbuthot

Critters Attack!” lands on earth on July 23, 2019, from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital for $24.98 / $19.98 / $19.99 SRP.

SURPRISE GUEST TOM CRUISE SOARS INTO COMIC-CON HALL H WITH “TOP GUN MAVERICK” TRAILER

 

Conan O’Brien made a surprise appearance at the end of Paramount’s Terminator:Dark Fate panel in Hall H at Comic-Con International in San Diego today to introduce surprise guest Tom Cruise.

 

Cruise, grinning from ear-to-ear then showed off the world premiere of the trailer Top Gun:Maverick, the long-awaited sequel to Cruise’s 1986 hit.

“34 years ago , I made a movie in San Diego and shot across the street in a restaurant,” said Cruise to great cheers. San Diego is a special place for Top Gun and the sequel was shot here last summer.

“I was always asked ‘When are you going to do another one?’ Well, you’ve been very patient with me. I felt like it was my responsibility to really deliver for you,” said Cruise who called Top Gun “a love letter to aviation.”

Top Gun:Maverick opens on June 25,2020.

Conan O’Brien

STAR TREK FANS GET TO BOLDLY BEAM THEMSELVES AT SDCC WITH TRANSPORTER EXPERIENCE

CBS All Access brought the Star Trek Universe to San Diego this week and they have a fun booth on the exhibit floor all weekend at San Diego Comic Con where fans are invited to step aboard the U.S.S. Discovery and travel to strange and distant lands through an immersive transporter experience.

As fans wait in line, they can view some props from both Star Trek:Discovery and the new Star Trek:Picard which is set to stream later this year on CBS All Access.

Then when it’s time, fans step into a transporter set and the doors close behind them.

A fan steps into the U.S.S. Discovery transporter room at the CBS All Access booth at San Diego Comic Con

The room itself is mirrored on all sides so it acts as sort of an infinity room. For the next 40 seconds or so, they are transported to a variety of different locations with dazzling visuals and the accompaniment of futuristic sound effects.

Finally, before they leave, the fans are able to type in their email address to get their “transporter experience” sent to their inbox. They are then given a Star Trek:Picard pin.

The Star Trek Universe panel, which will focus on Star Trek:Discovery, Star Trek: Picard, and the new animated Star Trek:Lower Decks is scheduled this Saturday from 11:30am-1:00pm in Hall H at the big convention. The Star Trek Universe transporter experience can be found at the CBS All Access Booth #4237 through Sunday.

Audible’s ‘Stan Lee’s Alliances: A Trick of Light’ Experience at SDCC

Excelsior! We’ll never forget Stan Lee’s Legacy and it continues with Audible!

I’m ecstatic that Stan Lee won’t be forgotten and that Audible has the fan experience-taking place at SDCC 50thyear! It’s fitting that we get an introduction to the continuation of his legacy in this auspicious year. 

Audible’s Stan Lee’s Alliances: A Trick of Light Fan experience is at 327 4th Ave. from Thursday, July 18 – Sunday, July 21 at SDCC. The activation will immerse you in the new universe of Stan Lee superheroes through a series of reality-bending light and sound-driven experiences. 

Comic-Con attendees will have the opportunity to become co-pilots of this new universe through a series of reality-bending light and sound-driven experiences — including a matrix-like “light labyrinth” — representing key moments from Stan Lee’s Alliances: A Trick of Light, including an introduction written and narrated by Lee. Fans will meet Cameron Ackerson and trace his origin journey from ordinary teen to cyberkinetic superhero. Stan Lee’s Alliances: A Trick of Light will be open to the public in the Gaslamp Quarter from Thursday, July 18 through Sunday, July 21.

Narrated by Yara Shahidi (The Sun Is Also a Star, Grown-ish, Black-ish), Stan Lee’s Alliances: A Trick of Light is one of the cultural icon’s final collaborations that explores the complex relationship between humankind, science and technology.

In addition to the Fan Experience they will have a panel with Stan Lee’s Alliances: A Trick of Light narrator and star Yara Shahidi, co-writer Kat Rosenfield, and co-creators Luke Lieberman and Ryan Silbert, moderated by Andre Meadows (aka Andre “Black Nerd”), that will give fans an exclusive look into the new Stan Lee universe of powerful themes and dynamic characters at the San Diego Convention Center, Room 7AB on Saturday, July 20th.

Stan Lee’s Alliances: A Trick of Light is now available Audible.com/ATrickOfLight

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