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"Ender's Game" Comic-Con Panel Talks Gay Rights, Han Solo

Paul A. Hebert/Getty Images(SAN DIEGO) -- During the Q&A panel for the upcoming sci-fi film Ender's Game at Comic-Con in San Diego Thursday, producer Roberto Orci responded to backlash the project got early on from gay rights groups, as it's based on the book series from outspoken gay rights opponent Orson Scott Card.

Roberto Orci, one of the film's producers explained to a capacity crowd, "Rather than shying away from the controversy, we're happy to actually embrace it, and use this spotlight no matter how we got here to say we support LGBT rights and human rights."

However, with Harrison Ford on the panel, the fandom was at a fever pitch, thanks to his starring roles in two iconic film series, the Star Wars saga, and the Indiana Jones films -- and is rumored to be involved in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII.

As is the case when hundreds of geeks gather, occasionally somebody asks a question like, "If Han Solo and Indiana Jones were to meet, lightsabers aside, what would be their first words to each other?"

For the record, Ford was game, but typically dry, answering the hypothetical with, "Hi, how are you?"

Another fan asked if Han Solo would make a good soldier in the army raised by Ford's Ender's Game character, Colonel Graff. "I don't think Han Solo would be a good soldier in anybody's army," the actor said to laughs and applause. "I think he would be what we call now an independent contractor."

Ender's Game, in which Ford plays a military man who enlists young pilots to take on an alien menace, also stars Asa Butterfield, and Oscar winners Ben Kingsley, and Viola Davis. The film opens November 1.

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Robert Downey Jr. Channels Tony Stark at Comic-Con 

Marvel(NEW YORK) -- Channeling his alter-ego Tony Stark, Robert Downey Jr. made quite the entrance to the Iron Man 3 panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2012 on Saturday.

Downey, wearing a slick suit and one of Iron Man's lighted gloves, strode through the crowd like a rock star to Luther Vandross' "All My Love," in a flashy entrance worthy of his beloved billionaire, genius, playboy, philanthropist character.

Other reveals from the panel included a teaser of an action scene in which Stark tests out armor that cocoons around him at will -- and an attack on his home at the hands of The Mandarin, played by Ben Kingsley. The actor also surprised scores of kids who were dressed like Iron Man, and posed for countless pictures with his hero's shocked doppelgangers.

Writer-director Shane Black was also on hand, and cheekily promised Iron Man 3 won't be like the panned Spider-Man 3, and said the half-finished film is going swimmingly. Co-star Don Cheadle was also there, as was Jon Favreau, former director and star of the first two movies, and co-producer and star of the third film.

"I feel like the proud grandfather who doesn't have to change the diaper but gets to play with the baby," Favreau quipped.

Iron Man 3 flies into theaters May 3, 2013.

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Comic-Con 2012: "Twilight" Boasts Biggest-Ever Panel

Joe Scarnici/FilmMagic(SAN DIEGO) -- Filmmakers made a full-court press for some big-name movies Thursday at Comic-Con 2012 in San Diego.

Pirates of the Caribbean and Rango director Gore Verbinski gave fans a taste of his latest collaboration with Johnny Depp, The Lone Ranger with Armie Hammer; the cast of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2 talked to reporters and Twihards alike; and original Spider-Man series director Sam Raimi and his cast plugged Oz: The Great and the Powerful, a prequel to The Wizard of Oz.

Twilight star Kristen Stewart said she's not unhappy that fans associate her with her character Bella Swan.

"I'm like, 'Please pigeonhole me,' you know what I mean?  That means I did it right...if [fans] always say, 'God, it's kinda weird for me to watch her in other stuff,' it's, like, great.  Perfect.  That's a compliment," Stewart said.

Her co-star and rumored boyfriend Robert Pattinson got laughs about how he and Twilight creator Stephenie Meyer could keep the movie series going, now that his vampire character Edward Cullen and Bella are married and have a family together.

"Kind of Ed and Bella get divorced and it's like, kind of, Mr. & Mrs. Smith thing," the actor said to much laughter from the fans in attendance.

As for Oz: The Great and the Powerful, Raimi described the film as a look back before the events of the classic 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz.

"It's a story of how the wizard came from Kansas to the land of Oz, and how a slightly selfish man became a slightly more selfless man," the director commented.

Mila Kunis said that playing Theodora, the Wicked Witch, was as scary as the witch can be on screen.

"When I tell you I was scared going into it is an understatement.  And truly I was frightened," the actress said to laughs.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2 hits theaters on Nov. 16, and Oz: The Great and the Powerful is slated for release on March 8, 2013.

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San Diego Comic-Con Open for Business

Joe Scarnici/FilmMagic(SAN DIEGO) -- Comic-Con 2012 officially opens Thursday in San Diego, and it kicks off with a bang.

Among the countless costumed fans, movie sneak peeks and celebrities, the convention will feature the last-ever Twilight panel.  The last Twilight film hits theaters in November.

For Twihards eager to see series stars including Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, camping out for days to get a spot on line just for a ticket is well worth it.

Jennifer is one of those fans, and she admitted to ABC News Radio that her parents think her fandom is odd.

"Of course!  The first time around I remember my brother just shaking his head, saying 'My God, I don't know where you came from, you know?'  But it's me, it's what I do, so I'm okay with it," she said.

Other hot tickets include celebrity panels on Iron Man 3 and Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

Comic-Con 2012 runs through Sunday.

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Hobbits, Superheroes and Superfans Gearing Up for San Diego Comic-Con

Joe Scarnici/FilmMagic(SAN DIEGO) -- San Diego Comic-Con kicks off with a preview night Wednesday night.

The celebration of all things pop culture began decades ago as a humble comic convention, but has since become a major Hollywood destination.  Some of the celebrities confirmed to show up this year to pitch their movies to rabid fans include Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Jaime Foxx, Robert Downey Jr., and Jessica Biel, promoting a host of movies, including Total Recall, Django Unchained, and Iron Man 3, just to name a few.

Entertainment Weekly senior writer Anthony Breznican tells ABC News Radio that some fans go for the stars, and others go to geek out with like-minded friends.

"It is a weird, weird place," he says.  "You know, you'll find yourself waiting to cross the street, and there'll be an R2-D2 on one side, and uh, somebody dressed up as the characters from Twilight on the other, and a bunch of Orks marching behind you. ...It's a surreal experience."

Oscar-winning Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson's upcoming Hobbit film panel will be a hot ticket, as will anything that has to do with Marvel.

"They sat out Comic-Con last year," Breznican says.  "This year, after the success of The Avengers, they have a lot to talk about.  The primary focus of the presentation will be Iron Man 3.  But, they're also going to be talking about Thor 2, and Captain America 2, which are already in the pipeline."

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David Arquette Romancing 'Girls Gone Wild' Founder's Ex-Wife?

Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic(SAN DIEGO) -- David Arquette reportedly has been spending quality time with the ex-wife of Girls Gone Wild guru Joe Francis. People magazine reports Courteney Cox's estranged husband "danced the night away" Friday with Christina McLarty at a Comic-Con event. They were also seen together at a Comic-Con party the next night.  Arquette and Cox split last fall.

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San Diego Comic Con: New 'Spider-Man' Makes Surprise Appearance

ABC News(SAN DIEGO) -- Fans of Spider-Man got a sneak peek of the upcoming film reboot of the series at San Diego's Comic Con this week.

Andrew Garfield, dressed in a Spider-Man costume, surprised the crowd Friday as the film's new Peter Parker at the beginning of the film's panel discussion at the festival.

"The Amazing Spider-Man" is the fourth recent Spider-Man movie, after three major film successes directed by Sam Raimi and starred Tobey Maguire as the Spider-Man.

Expectations for the 2012 summer blockbuster were high and Garfield was tapped to play the webslinger in a franchise reboot led by "500 Days of Summer" director Marc Webb.

Also starring in the new movie are Emma Stone as love interest Gwen Stacy, Sally Field as Peter's Aunt May and Martin Sheen as Peter's Uncle Ben.

Scenes from the film were also shown at the panel discussion including a video of the villain, the Lizard.
The choice of the villain in comic book movies, like this one, are ripe for fan approval or disapproval.

One of the criticisms of the third Spider-Man movie was that it simply had too many bad guys.

Webb said he took his inspiration for his the movie's nemesis from his movie's heroes.

"I think to me it emerged from the thematic part of the movie we're trying to make. Peter Parker has missing pieces, we all have missing pieces. It's how we look to fill that void that defines us," Webb said in an interview with ABC News.

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Jon Favreau Addresses Cowboys & Aliens Criticism at Comic-Con

Paramount Pictures(SAN DIEGO) -- Comic-Con in San Diego closed its first day on Thursday with a panel discussion featuring directors Jon Favreau and Guillermo del Toro. Favreau, who helmed the first two Iron Man films, was promoting his new movie Cowboys & Aliens, an adaptation of a graphic novel that debuts at Comic-Con on Saturday.

Set in the 1800s, Cowboys & Aliens focuses on a posse of cowboys who attempt to defend the Wild West from an alien invasion. It stars Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford.

Favreau said he's confused by the criticism he's heard regarding the title and premise of his movie. He joked, "They go to see Transformers and they see a trailer for Cowboys & Aliens and they're like no, cowboys and aliens, they don't fight each other, it's completely implausible, they didn't exist at the same time. Alien robots turn into trucks, and that's okay. But you get James Bond and, you know, Indiana Jones fighting aliens, we've crossed a line there."

Favreau also quipped," Everybody agrees it's either going to be terrible or it's going to be awesome.  And I think they're probably right."

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Day One of Comic-Con Features 'Twilight' Panel

Summit Entertainment(SAN DIEGO) -- The stars of Twilight helped kick off the first official day of Comic-Con in San Diego on Thursday.

Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner spoke at a panel at which never-before-seen clips of the Twilight sequel Breaking Dawn were screened.  

One topic of discussion was the Breaking Dawn wedding between Pattinson's Edward and Stewart's Bella.  Stewart reportedly said the crew wanted to keep details of the wedding as secret as possible, so it was filmed "Secret Service style."

Director Bill Condon left the door slightly open for more Twilight tales after the release of the two-part Breaking Dawn films, which conclude the literary and film series.  He reportedly said that while Breaking Dawn represents the "end of the Bella-Edward story," there are many new characters in the final film that Twilight author Stephenie Meyer "may want to revisit."

During the panel, fans had the opportunity to ask the cast questions.

When Lautner was asked if he enjoyed filming his character Jacob's fight scenes, he joked, "My fight scenes really, I'm usually a wolf.'s a bummer because I wish I could actually be doing that, and I'm super-jealous of my CGI wolf."

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 1 debuts on Nov. 18.  Part two opens Nov. 16, 2012.

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Comic-Con Set to Get Underway in San Diego

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(SAN DIEGO) -- San Diego will be the center of the universe for geeks, nerds, and fanboys Thursday through Sunday.

That's when the city hosts the annual Comic-Con, with as many as 200,000 people expected to attend the convention devoted to TV shows, movies, comics and much more.

Comic-Con will get things started with a sneak preview event on Wednesday night.

There will be no shortage of A-list celebrities plugging their upcoming projects at Comic-Con.  Kevin Pereira, host of the G4 network's Attack of the Show, says Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, Robert Downey Jr. and Scarlett Johansson are among the stars who will be on hand.

Comic-Con will also feature hundreds of panels on topics like the new film Cowboys and Aliens, the much-anticipated Batman sequel The Dark Knight Rises, and the Twilight series.

Pereira says even if you can't make it to Comic-Con, you'll likely be able to follow all of the action on the Internet.

"Someone is going to be tweeting about every word that gets spoken, all the images will be leaked eventually, there's going to be shaky cam footage of your favorite star, you know, giving an answer to a random fan on YouTube within moments of it happening," he says.

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