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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.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


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.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


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."

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Ryan O'Neal's Son Griffin Arrested on Suspicion of Domestic Battery

Scott Kirkland/FilmMagic(SAN DIEGO) -- Ryan O'Neal's son Griffin O'Neal was in a San Diego jail Thursday following his arrest on New Year's Eve for alleged misdemeanor domestic battery. According to, a family member called 911 on Dec. 31 to report a disturbance stemming from a person having had too much to drink at O'Neal's Ramona, Calif. home. After speaking with witnesses, deputies determined that the 47-year-old O'Neal was being aggressive towards his wife. As of Thursday night, he was being held at San Diego Central Jail on $10,000 bail.

O'Neal is scheduled to be sentenced next week in connection with an unrelated case in which he drove under the influence of drugs last year, resulting in an accident that injured another driver.

Another of Ryan O'Neal's sons, Redmond O'Neal, has also had his share of legal problems due to a drug addiction.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Prince Harry Spies New American Girl

JSN Photography/WireImage(SAN DIEGO) -- The first target hit by Britain’s Prince Harry while on U.S. soil for intense pilot training came not in the battlefield, but in the nightclub.

The party-friendly royal was enjoying a night off with fellow members of the Royal Air Force Friday, Oct. 7 at the Andaz Hotel in San Diego, when 26-year-old cocktail waitress Jessica Donaldson caught his eyes.

Harry, 27, got Donaldson’s phone number and wooed the waitress, inviting her along with a few friends, to a beachside brunch just days later.

“Harry is a real-life Prince Charming,” Donaldson told the UK’s Mirror.

The pair caused another media storm when they were then observed kissing in a nightclub the night after.

“Some of the hotel staff in San Diego say they saw Harry and a pretty brunette kissing in the foyer about one, two o’clock in the morning,” Duncan Larcombe, royal reporter for The Sun, told ABC News.  “Then they saw the same girl leaving at 10:30 the next morning.”

Prince Harry has been staying at a naval air facility in El Centro, Calif., a two-hour drive from San Diego, since earlier this month in the first leg of a two-month stay in the U.S. to learn how to fly Apache attack helicopters in preparation for a second tour of duty in Afghanistan.

Despite calling him “Prince Charming,” Donaldson denied rumors of a fling with the prince while sitting for an interview alongside her boyfriend of three years, nightclub promoter Brandon Thomason, 28, whom the British media have described as “hulking.”

“That wasn’t me...It must have been another girl,” Donaldson told the Mirror.  “I am not sleeping with Prince Harry and he has never been anything other than a gentleman to me.”

Harry split with his long-term girlfriend Chelsy Davy earlier this year following a seven year on-again, off-again relationship.

The prince will spend two more weeks in California and will then head to the Gila Bend Air Force Auxiliary Field in Arizona to complete the eight-week training.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


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.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


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.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


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.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

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