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Do you remember where you were when Batman V Superman was announced? When the first glimpse of Avatar was bestowed upon the world? Probably not, but for the Comic-Con faithful, these moments are gospel. San Diego Comic-Con has become the destination for any geek worth his salt, and a select few moments throughout the convention's history have become legendary to fans across the world. Here are the most memorable moments from Comic-Cons past.
The Batman V Superman announcementRight at the tail end of the 2013 Warner Bros. panel, a Jittery Zack Snyder turned up to announce that he was working on a sequel to Man of Steel. Then, with help from the booming voice of Harry Lennix and a choice excerpt from Frank Miller's classic Batman tale The Dark Knight Returns, Warner Bros. dropped a bomb on Hall H with the announcement of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (which was then untitled). When the logo blazed on screen with all its glory, SDCC 2013 had hit its definitive peak.
Michael Keaton earns the cowlEveryone remembers the ballyhoo made about Heath Ledger being cast as the Joker in 2008's The Dark Knight, but comic book fans had been complaining about casting long before then. All the way back at Comic-Con 1988, the fervor about the new Batman movie was high; many fans didn't think Michael Keaton could pull off the Caped Crusader. But most of these detractors quieted down when the original creator of Batman, Bob Kane himself, stopped by the Con and gave the actor and Tim Burton's production his blessing via a set visit. He also showed up with a ton of set photos and production designs to ensure fans that his creation was in good hands.
Twilight comes to Comic-ConFor nearly 40 years, Comic-Con had been a place for more male-focused geekery. But in 2008, the playing field was leveled when the Twilight saga was given a panel in the hallowed nerd pantheon that is Hall H. This of course brought droves of Twilight fans to the convention center, who of course butted heads with seasoned veterans of the Con who though the new visitors didn't belong. But Twilight's domination of that year's festivities were undeniable. The vamps were here to stay.
The Avatar preview screeningIf there's one thing to learn from Comic-Con, it's that you shouldn't always buy into the hype. Hyperbole flows through San Diego like a river, and people will champion anything and everything as a gamechanger. But the hype around the preview screening of Avatar at 2009's convention was so massive, it was hard not to believe. The preview of James Cameron's spectacle-laden adventure left many Con-goers slack-jawed with awe.
The Avengers assemble in Hall HJoss Whedon has long been a popular face at comic-con, but he might as well have been coronated as king when he brought every member of The Avengers on stage for the first time in 2010. It was a moment that Marvel studios had been steadily building up to for years, but seeing all of those heroes (albiet in street clothes) in one place at the same time was magical.
The Iron Man trailer premiereUnsuspecting fans at the first ever Iron Man panel were greeted with a surprise visit from Jon Favreau, and an even bigger surprise: the first look at a new trailer for Iron Man. The trailer was only a few seconds long, showing Iron Man shooting through the sky, but it was enough to send the hype for the upcoming film skyrocketing. It was surefire proof that Marvel was doing right by all these heroes.
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World wows the crowdIn a rare treat, fans at the Scott Pilgrim vs. The World panel were treated to a screening of the film. Edgar Wright's dazzling comic book adaptation won heaps of praise from attendees, and Hollywood's relationship with the convention was riding high. Unfortunately, the studios soon found out the convention hype doesn't always equal ticket sales, and the film fizzled out of the box-office without recouping it's budget.
Karen Gillan goes baldMaybe it was just a really convincing wig, maybe we just couldn't wrap our heads around those deep red locks being fake, or maybe we just don't usually expect to see people ripping hair off of their heads at Comic-Con. But at the panel for Guardians of the Galaxy, after being confronted by host Chris Hardwick with accusations that her character in the upcoming space opera is bald in the comics, the actor unleashed her buzzed head to the world, and everyone lost their minds.
Musicians Alex Turner and Miles Kane have halted work on their act The Last Shadow Puppets to concentrate on writing a superhero film.
The Arctic Monkeys frontman teamed up with The Rascals rocker for the side project in 2008 and they went on to score a U.K. number one with their debut album The Age of the Understatement.
The pair has focused on other projects ever since, and Kane reveals fans will have to wait even longer for a follow-up album - especially as they are now working on a screenplay together.
Asked when the duo will release new material, Kane tells Digitalspy.co.uk, "It's something we always talk about y'know? But I think we're gonna write this film first anyway before we hit back into that. "It's gonna have a sort of X-Men kind of vibe and sort of set in the '60s, but I can't give anymore away than that."
However, Kane is adamant he and Turner will not be taking lead roles in the project: "We're not planning to be (in the film) but we may have a little cameo."
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The Godfather has been named Hollywood's top movie of all-time following an extensive survey of Tinseltown's top studio bosses, Oscar winners and players.
The 1972 crime drama has beaten out The Wizard of Oz and Citizen Kane to top the new Hollywood Reporter list, while The Shawshank Redemption and Pulp Fiction round out the top five.
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Casablanca, The Godfather: Part II, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, 2001: A Space Odyssey and Schindler's List make the top 10.
Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan, directors Gary Ross, John Singleton and Michael Bay, Disney boss Alan Horn, producer Frank Marshall and top agent Robert Newman were among those who took part in the survey.
Movie veteran Debbie Reynolds' final memorabilia auction netted the actress and collector over $2 million (£1.25 million). The Singin' in the Rain star teamed up with bosses at Hollywood auction house Profiles in History to sell off the bulk of her memorabilia treasure trove in 2010 and the third and final sale took place earlier this month (17-18May14).
In total, the auction of iconic props, costumes and cameras raked in $2.38 million (£1.5 million).
Highlights included Elvis Presley's grand piano from his Holmby Hills, California estate, a Rat Pack tuxedo ensemble, Vivien Leigh's Scarlett O'Hara pale peach bonnet from Gone With the Wind and Orson Welles' signature mink coat from Citizen Kane.
However, the biggest seller was a Vistavision Motion Picture Camera, which was used in Alfred Hitchcock's To Catch A Thief, Disney's Mary Poppins and George Lucas' Star Wars, which went under the hammer for $159,900 (£100,000).
Rockers Alex Turner and Miles Kane staged an unannounced The Last Shadow Puppets reunion during Arctic Monkeys' concert in London on Saturday night (24May14). Turner and his band were playing the second of two sold-out gigs at Finsbury Park when Kane walked out onstage to perform Standing Next To Me with his one-off bandmate, a night after Turner played a solo acoustic version of the band's A Certain Romance.
Turner and Kane formed The Last Shadow Puppets in 2007 - the group's debut album, The Age Of The Understatement, was released in 2008.
Danity Kane's pop comeback has been dealt a blow after singer Aundrea Fimbres announced she is leaving the group as she is pregnant and engaged to wed. Fimbres reunited with Dawn Richard, Shannon Bex and Aubrey O'Day last summer (13) to plan a new assault on the charts, four years after they split, and they kicked off their No Filter tour in San Francisco, California on Friday night (16May14), hours after unveiling their new single, Lemonade.
However, fans of the Damaged hitmakers were in for a surprise during the show when Fimbres revealed she was stepping down from the line-up.
Growing emotional, the 30 year old told the crowd, "I do have to say one thing if you guys don't know. I just recently got engaged.
"Two dreams of mine have been to be a singer and be on stage like this and to have a family. In a couple of months, that's all about to come true. I'm going to get married...
"I've gotten to do some amazing things with Danity Kane, but it's time for me to start the next chapter in my life. So I thank you guys from the bottom of my heart... I love you so much. And I just wanted you guys to know from me."
Rumours of Fimbres' departure began swirling following the release of Lemonade on Friday, after fans noticed the cover art for the track only featured three young girls, appearing to depict O'Day, Richard and Bex, running a lemonade stand.
Danity Kane, which was formed by Sean 'Diddy' Combs on 2005 reality show Making the Band 3, will continue as a trio and is expected to release its first album in six years later this year (14).
Original member D. Woods is not part of the reunion.
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With only a week and change having passed since the release of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, we no doubt feel the question living fresh in our minds: can we ever judge a remake without considering its predecessors? The conversation about the stark contrast in critical favor between Marc Webb's release and Sam Raimi's trilogy (the second installment of his franchise in particular) buzzed loudly, and we imagine the volume will keep in regards to Gareth Edwards' Godzilla. But it'll be a different sound altogether.
The original Godzilla, a Japanese film released in 1954, reinvented the identity of the monster movie, launched a 30-film legacy, and spoke legions about the political climate of its era. The most recent of these films — Roland Emmerich's 1998 American production — is universally bemoaned as a bigger disaster than anything to befall Tokyo at the hands of the giant reptile. With these two entries likely standing out as the most prominent in the minds of contemporary audiences, Edwards' Godzilla has some long shadows cast before it. And in approaching the new movie, one might not be able to avoid comparisons to either. It's fair — by taking on an existing property, a filmmaker knowingly takes on the connotations of that property. But the 2014 installment's great success is that it isn't much like any Godzilla movie we've seen before. In a great, great way.
This isn't 1954's Godzilla, a dire and occasionally dreary allegory that uses the supernatural to tell an important story about nuclear holocaust. A complete reversal, in fact, first and foremost Edwards' Godzilla is about its monsters. Any grand themes strewn throughout — the perseverence of nature, the follies of mankind, fatherhood, madness, faith — are all in service to the very simple mission to give us some cool, weighty, articulate sci-fi disaster. Elements of gravity are plotted all over the film's surface, with scientists, military men (kudos to Edwards for not going the typical "scientists = good/smart, military = bad/dumb" route in this film — everybody here is at least open to suggestion), doctors, police officers, and a compassionate bus driver all wrestling with options in the face of behemoth danger. The humanity is everpresent, but never especially intrusive. To reiterate, this isn't a film about any of these people, or what they do.
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The closest thing to a helping of thematic (or human) significance comes with Ken Watanabe's Dr. Serizawa, who spouts awe-stricken maxims about cryptozoology, the Earth, and the inevitable powerlessness of man. He might not be supplying anything more substantial than our central heroes (soft-hearted soldier Aaron Taylor-Johnson, dutiful medic and mom Elizabeth Olsen, right-all-along conspiracy theorist Bryan Cranston), but Watanabe's bonkers performance as the harried scientist is so bizarrely good that you might actually believe, for a scene or two, that it all does mean something.
Ultimately, the beauty of our latest taste of Godzilla lies not in the commitment to a message that made the original so important nor in the commitment to levity that made Emmerich's so pointless, but in its commitment to imagination. Edwards' creature design is dazzling, his deus ex machina are riveting, and the ultimate payoff to which he treats his audience is the sort of gangbusters crowd-pleaser that your average contemporary monster movie is too afraid to consider.
In fairness, this year's Godzilla might not be considered an adequate remake, not quite reciprocating the ideals, tone, or importance of the original. Sure, anyone looking for a 2014 answer to 1954's game-changing paragon will find sincere philosophy traded for pulsing adventure... but they'd have a hard time ignoring the emphatic charm of this new lens for the 60-year-old lizard, both a highly original composition and a tribute in its way to the very history of monster movies (a history that owes so much to the creature in question). So does Godzilla '14 successfully fill the shoes of Godzilla '54? No — it rips them apart and dons a totally new pair... though it still has a lot of nice things to say about the first kicks.
Oh, and the '98 Godzilla? Yeah, it's better than that.
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British musicians Miles Kane, David Mccabe and James Skelly have paid tribute to record label founder Alan Wills, who died on Sunday night (11May14). The Deltasonic Records creator was left critically ill after suffering serious head injuries in a cycling accident last week (ends09May14), and he died of his injuries in hospital. He was 52.
Now musicians who have worked with Wills paid their respects to the man who helped kickstart their career.
Kane, whose band The Rascals was first signed to Deltasonic, has tweeted: "RIP Alan Wills such sad news he made me believe in my dreams and gave me my first break and that I'll never forget big love to the family!"
The Zutons frontman McCabe adds, "You gave me my first and only record deal and you where (sic) the best person to have around to learn from RIP ALAN (willsy) WILLS all my love."
The Coral's Skelly adds, "Alan was a true and loyal friend. I am gutted."
Wills performed as a drummer for Liverpool, England bands Shack and Top before focusing on finding new talent as a record company boss.
Danity Kane stars Aubrey O'Day and Shannon Bex were threatened by a hit-and-run driver after their car was wrecked in a collision, according to a U.S. report. O'Day was travelling with bandmate Bex on Monday (05May14) when their car collided with another vehicle as they waited at a red light, police sources tell TMZ.com.
The other driver allegedly sped away after the incident, but the two women claim they spotted the same vehicle the following day during a visit to a hair salon, and decided to take photos of the car for evidence.
Editors at the website report O'Day and Bex were then confronted by a man brandishing a heavy metal object. It is not known where the incident took place.
A report was filed with local cops, who are investigating the allegations.