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Comic-Con News Round-Up: Oblivion, Movies On Demand, Alien vs. Predator, 30 Minute Musicals, Black Sails, & Nickelodeon

by Dan Koelsch

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Tomorrow we start our live coverage of the San Diego Comic-Con, so of course the bombardment of press releases hit an all time high today. Thankfully, we can just pass them on to you. Check out the latest news after the break, including a fan screening of the new TV show Black Sails that’s not out until next year.

Before we get to the long press releases, if you’re at the convention, you should check out booth #3528 to personalized Predator toy figure with your decapitated head.

Also, the home release of Oblivion is getting promoted at the convention with tote bags and other giveaways.

MOVIES ON DEMAND ON CABLE DELIVERS COMIC BOOK, FANTASY, END-OF-WORLD-SHATTERING COMIC-CON EXPERIENCE TO FANS ACROSS THE COUNTRY

Great Current and Classic Genre Movies Now Playing, Plus Free On Demand Short Features, Along with Coverage Straight from the Show Floor

New York, July 15, 2013 –This July, prepare for the apocalypse with Movies on Demand on Cable (MOD) at Comic-Con 2013. Even if they can’t attend the 2013 Comic-Con conference in San Diego, fanboys and geeks of all kinds will get an immersion of Comic-Con action direct from the Con, plus they can choose from a wide selection of category titles available now on demand on digital cable. Movie selections include both classic and new release sci-fi, horror, comic book, hero and fantasy films like Evil Dead, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Byzantium, Stoker, Dead Before Dawn, and Trance as well as “end of the world” selections such as Hell Baby, Rapture-Palooza, The Colony, and Europa Report. (Complete list of all available genre films is below.)

Fans everywhere will also have a window into the events because MOD camera crews will take viewers behind-the-scenes and to action on the show floor, red carpets and hot parties in San Diego next week. It’s like being there, but without the crowds. Here’s what viewers will find:

ON DEMAND:

Free On Demand (FOD) Content:
Starting immediately and until August 12, on demand viewers can check out free behind-the-scenes features about the making of some of the most famous comic book films, including interviews with directors, writers, costumers and special effects experts. Exciting features delve into some of the best villains in the history of comic book movies, an exclusive special highlighting the fantastic females of favorite comic book movies, such as Jennifer Lawrence in X-Men: First Class and more. Free features cover films like Red, 300, Thor and an interview with Iron Man’s Robert Downey Jr. on the challenges of the famous suit. Plus, we’ll be adding exciting star interviews and footage from the convention itself over the next few weeks, so there will be new content even after the convention is over. Viewers can find this content in their On Demand menus under Free Content.

Movies On Demand: (See complete list of all available titles below*)

Classic Comic-Book titles: Viewers will find a special Comic-Con category in their on demand menus for a great selection of classic comic-book and genre films. This folder is available on cable systems around the country such as Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks, Cox Communications, RCN, Mid-Continent and MetroCast. Among the wide variety of classic titles are the X-Men series, Kick-Ass, Red, Sin City, Captain America: The First Avenger, Iron Man and Iron Man 2, Thor, Hellboy, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Wanted, 300, Green Lantern, V for Vendetta, Watchmen Director’s Cut. League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, The Fantastic Four, X-Men: The Last Stand, Hulk, Scott Pilgrim vs the World, Batman Begins, Blade and many more.

New Release Genre Titles: Many sci-fi, horror, comic book and action favorite movies are currently in the MOD catalogue, such as Warm Bodies, Jack and the Giant Slayer (3D), & The Host and many, many more (see attached). Even after the costumes are stored away, MOD keeps the genre alive with new movies year-round. Several notable movies in the category are premiering soon, including Oblivion and Olympus Has Fallen.

ONLINE:

MODGeekstakes.com is the online home for MOD’s Comic-Con activity. There, viewers can check out all the special FOD behind-the-scenes features as mentioned above as well as enter our third annual Geekstakes at MODGeekStakes.com, for a chance to win a $1,000 Visa gift card. Plus, they can see more info about all the classic comic-book titles in the special Comic-Con folders on cable systems around the country and check out our behind-the-scenes photo gallery from San Diego.

And Facebook.com/moviesondemand as well as (@moviesondemand) will feature daily updates from the San Diego convention center. It’s all a celebration of the On Demand platform as the best way to watch the hottest genre hits from home via remote control.

ON SITE:
Comic-Con attendees should keep an eye out for our beautiful, costumed Movies On Demand brand ambassadors who will be giving away cool movie-related prizes around the convention center.

The films above and original content is delivered to cable by iN DEMAND. All 2013 MOD-themed Comic-Con activities and original FOD content are created by iN DEMAND. Most titles are available in HD. *Title availability varies by system.

ABOUT iN DEMAND and MOVIES ON DEMAND:
iN DEMAND is the nation’s leading distributor of transactional content, especially movies, on behalf of the cable industry, delivering films from all the major studios and indies to most cable systems around the country.

Movies on Demand (MOD) is supported by a national consortium of top movie studios and top cable systems around the country working together to promote MOD on Cable as the simplest and best way to rent the newest and hottest Hollywood movies available instantly just by pushing the button on a cable remote. MOD delivers many movies in the earliest post-theatrical windows (often same day as DVD or earlier and often weeks before Netflix and Redbox), on digital cable in SD, HD, and 3D when available, with full DVD functionality, no DVDs to return or late-fee worries. Some titles, especially Indies, come to cable before or the same day as their theatrical release. www.rentmoviesondemand.com

COMIC-CON 2013 EXCLUSIVE FROM FOX DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT: AVP: EVOLUTION

Fox Digital Entertainment and Angry Mob Games have teamed up with BDA, Inc., to demo AVP: Evolution on the MOGA Pro, a console-style game controller for mobile devices.

Demos will take place at FOX booth #4229 from July 17th to July 21st and will include daily giveaways (while supplies last).

Alien vs. Predator: Evolution (AVP: EVOLUTION) is a visually stunning 3rd person action-shooter game available on Apple’s App Store and for Android phones and tablets on the Google Play Store and Amazon’s Appstore for Android.

30 MINUTE MUSICALS
Presents
Jurassic Park in 4D!!
Live at COMIC-CON 2013
starring
‘Buffy’s’ Tom Lenk
and
‘The Guild’s’ Sandeep Parikh

JP Comic Con

Directed by Brooke Seguin

Dinosaurs come to life in 30 Minute Musicals’ version of the classic film, JURASSIC PARK. This time in 4D! That’s right, 1-D better than Spielberg. So, don’t miss this ONE NIGHT ONLY event at The Horton Grand Theatre.

“Dinosaurs and man, two species separated by 65 million years of evolution…How can we possibly have the slightest idea what to expect?”
WE DO KNOW YOU CAN EXPECT, ORIGINAL SONGS, DINOSAURS THAT SING AND DANCE, AND MORE LAUGHS THAN YOU CAN HANDLE!

When: July 18, 6:00pm
Where: The Horton Grand Theatre, 444 4th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Starring: Tom Lenk, Sandeep Parikh, Tara Perry, Brooke Seguin, Tommy Hobson, Michael Bernardi, Tom Detrinis, Tania Possick, Greg Lynch, Leslie Marrero, Jim Hanna, and Lindsay Wray

After six original musical theatre adaptations of cult-classic and blockbuster films (Showgirls, Jurassic Park, Top Gun, Teen Witch, Home Alone and Ghostbusters), and a “Best Musical” nomination at the 2012 Hollywood Fringe Festival, 30 Minute Musicals is back and bigger then ever at Comic-Con 2013!!

Ticket prices are $25 at the door and $20 in advance through:
Jurassic Park Tickets: http://30mmsdcc.bpt.me/

COMPOSER BEAR MCCREARY JOINS STARZ’ “BLACK SAILS,” FROM PRODUCER MICHAEL BAY

A SPECIAL PERFORMANCE WITH SERIES MUSICAL COMPOSER TO LEAD INTO THE FAN-ONLY SNEAK PEEK SCREENING OF “BLACK SAILS” AT SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2013

Beverly Hills, CA – July 15, 2013 – Today Starz announced a second venture with Emmy® nominated Composer Bear McCreary who will serve as series musical composer for the highly anticipated Michael Bay produced pirate drama “Black Sails,” which will premiere in January 2014.

To add to the overwhelming excitement and response to the news that fans at Comic-Con 2013 will get an exclusive chance to view the first episode of “Black Sails,” Starz has now added a special performance with series musical Composer Bear McCreary to kick off the screening Thursday night in San Diego.

McCreary will join previously announced cast members Zach McGowan (“Shameless”), Jessica Parker Kennedy (“The Secret Circle,” 50/50), Mark Ryan (Transformers, The Prestige), Hakeem Kae-Kazim (“24,” Hotel Rwanda) and series creators Jonathan Steinberg (“Jericho,” “Human Target”) and Robert Levine (“Touch”) at the event.

Emmy® Award nominated, Bear McCreary is one of the leading musical composers in television, called a “secret weapon” by Wired magazine. At the age of 24, he received widespread acclaim for his groundbreaking score to SyFy’s hit series “Battlestar Galactica,” for which he composed, “the most innovative music on TV today,” according to Variety. He was declared as one of the ‘Ten Best Science Fiction Composers of All Time,’ by io9.com, listing him alongside legends John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith and Bernard Herrmann. McCreary’s current credits include STARZ/BBC’s “Da Vinci’s Demons”, AMC’s smash hit “The Walking Dead,” and Syfy’s “Defiance.” His score for the FOX series “Human Target” featured the largest orchestra ever assembled in the history of series television and earned him his first Emmy® nomination. McCreary’s many other credits include “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles,” “Eureka,” “Caprica,” “Trauma” and “The Cape.” His feature film work includes the upcoming Europa Report and his videogame credits include Sony’s successful SOCOM 4: U.S. NAVY SEALs.

Event Details:

WHAT: Exclusive sneak peek screening of the highly anticipated high-seas STARZ Original drama from Executive Producer Michael Bay, “Black Sails.” Series stars Zach McGowan, Jessica Parker Kennedy, Mark Ryan, Hakeem Kae-Kazim and series creators Jonathan Steinberg and Robert Levine to introduce the first episode which will be screened for fans only. A special performance with series musical Composer Bear McCreary will kick off the fan event.

WHEN: Thursday, July 18th at 8:30pm
Reading Cinemas, 701 5th Ave. San Diego, CA 92101
Fan RSVP Link: http://www.starz.com/originals/blacksails/rsvp

ABOUT: The pirate adventure “Black Sails” centers on the tales of Captain Flint (Toby Stephens) and his men and takes place twenty years prior to Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic “Treasure Island.” Flint, the most brilliant and most feared pirate captain of his day, takes on a fast-talking young addition to his crew who goes by the name John Silver (Luke Arnold). Threatened with extinction on all sides, they fight for the survival of New Providence Island, the most notorious criminal haven of its day – a debauched paradise teeming with pirates, prostitutes, thieves and fortune seekers, a place defined by both its enlightened ideals and its stunning brutality.

Zach McGowan stars as rival Captain Charles Vane; Toby Schmitz as Rackham, Vane’s right hand; Hannah New as Eleanor Guthrie, a determined young woman who runs the smuggling operation on New Providence; Hakeem Kae-Kazim as Mr. Scott, Eleanor’s retainer and right hand, Jessica Parker Kennedy as Max, a tortured young prostitute who sees the dark side of New Providence; Mark Ryan as Gates, Captain Flint’s Quartermaster and most senior member of his crew, Clara Paget as the beautiful but cold-blooded Anne Bonny and Tom Hopper (“Merlin”) as Billy Bones, boatswain of Flint’s ship.

“Black Sails” is executive produced by Michael Bay (Transformers, Armageddon, Pearl Harbor) and his Platinum Dunes partners Brad Fuller and Andrew Form, producers on The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) and Nightmare on Elm Street (2009). The series was created by showrunner and executive producer Jonathan Steinberg (creator “Jericho,” “Human Target”) and co-executive producer Robert Levine (“Touch”).

“Black Sails” will debut with an eight-episode season in January 2014, exclusively on STARZ.

“Black Sails” Online
Website: www.starz.com/originals/BlackSails
Facebook: facebook.com/blacksails.starz
Twitter: @BlkSails_Starz; join the conversation at: #BlackSails

Nickelodeon promises to have one of the busier booths with talent, giveaways and more:

CREATOR/CAST APPEARANCES & SIGNINGS

Thursday, July 18, 2013
• NFL Rush Zone, 11:00a.m.-1:00p.m.
o San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates

• Sanjay and Craig, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Jim Dirschberger and Jay Howell (co-creators/executive producers) and Chris Viscardi and Will McRobb (executive producers)

Friday, July 19, 2013
• The Legend of Korra, 12:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko (co-creators/executive producers), Joaquim Dos Santos (co-executive producer), Janet Varney (Korra), David Faustino (Mako) and P.J. Byrne (Bolin)

• Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, 3:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Sean Astin (Raphael), Rob Paulsen (Donatello), Greg Cipes (Michelangelo), Mae Whitman (voice of April O’Neil), Kevin Michael Richardson (Shredder) and Ciro Nieli (executive producer)

Saturday, June 20, 2013
• Power Rangers Megaforce, 11 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Azim Rizk (Black Ranger), Ciara Hanna (Yellow Ranger), Andrew Gray (Red Ranger), Christina Masterson (Pink Ranger) and John Mark Loudermilk (Blue Ranger)

• The Legend of Korra: Original Music From Book One (Soundtrack), 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko (co-creators/executive producers) and Jeremy Zuckerman (series composer)

Sunday, June 21, 2013
• SpongeBob SquarePants, 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants)
*All to take place at the Nickelodeon booth.
ONGOING BOOTH ACTIVITY

• Costumed characters to include: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, SpongeBob SquarePants, Patrick Star and Power Rangers Megaforce.

• Giveaways include Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Sanjay and Craig and The Legend of Korra exclusive posters; SpongeBob SquarePants, Sanjay and Craig, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and The Legend of Korra buttons; and ashcans of The Legend of Korra: Book One- Air, The Art of the Animated Series.

• Sweeps to win a custom painted Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Xbox console, autographed copies of The Legend of Korra: Book One- Air, The Art of the Animated Series books, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and The Legend of Korra DVD sets and the Power Rangers 20th Anniversary Monopoly board game.

• Booth also includes a giant video screen featuring videos of Nickelodeon’s hit series and the agenda for each day.



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