Hol­ly­wood bows be­fore the nerds at Comic-Con

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News -

For some years now, a sense had been grow­ing that Comic-Con, the an­nual comic-re­lated jam­boree in San Diego, has more sig­nif­i­cance in the movie world than Cannes or Toronto. Well, this year’s event, which ended on Sun­day, boasted an aw­ful lot of stars and screened a great deal of footage, but gen­uine rev­e­la­tions were thin on the ground.

The big draw was James Cameron’s pre­sen­ta­tion of 25 min­utes from the up­com­ing Avatar. The lucky pun­ters, some of whom had been queu­ing since the Iron Age, seemed im­pressed by the tech­ni­cal ef­fects and cool meta­physics in the 3-D sci-fi epic, but, of course, the dis­ci­ples would say that. In­deed, Va­ri­ety mag­a­zine ar­gued that only three pre­sen­ta­tions – for Jonah Hex, Zom­bieland and Le­gion – re­ceived “luke­warm re­sponses”.

Given the faint hint of Nurem­berg that hangs about the place, stars and direc­tors are de­lighted to turn up and bathe in adu­la­tion. “I wish you could take the en­ergy here and bot­tle it and give it to Hol­ly­wood to drink,” said Peter Jack­son dur­ing his visit.

Yet, for all the buzz, there re­ally was not much news to re­port. Sorry folks. The ru­mour, re­peated here a few weeks ago, that Rus­sell T Davis was to an­nounce a Doc­tor Who movie turned out to be without foun­da­tion. Ho hum! It seems as if Cannes still of­fers more fod­der for the ticker tapes.

An eye­ful: Watch­ing footage from Avatar at Comic-Con

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