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Has Comic-Con lost some of its sparkle? Well, we weren’t there, so we can’t say with any cer­tainty. But the an­nual Nerdem­burg Rally, which ended in San Diego on Sun­day, is no longer at­tract­ing the head­lines that it used to.

A few years back, com­men­ta­tors were ar­gu­ing that the event – at which comic pub­lish­ers and stu­dios tease fans with their up­com­ing wares – was set to be­come more im­por­tant than any ma­jor in­ter­na­tional film fes­ti­val. Now, it seems to have set­tled down into cater­ing for (an ad­mit­tedly very large) niche au­di­ence.

Mar­vel Stu­dios con­vened a panel to dis­cuss the way for­ward af­ter The Avengers. Hold on to your hats. Lucky at­ten­dees got to hear the ti­tles of two up­com­ing se­quels: Thor: The Dark World and Cap­tain Amer­ica: TheWin­ter Sol­dier. It looks as if Edgar Wright is on board to di­rect a ver­sion of Ant-Man. Are you still with us? Peter Jack­son re­vealed that – oh come on! – the sec­ond part of The Hob­bit The prankster was, quite prop­erly, banned.

In a piece amus­ingly ti­tled “This is why we can’t have nice things”, Matt Atchity, RT’s ed­i­tor in chief, com­mented: “In our opin­ion, by know­ingly post­ing a link that isn’t a re­view (and he hadn’t seen the movie), Snider has abused our trust, and there­fore, his re­views will no longer ap­ply to the To­matome­ter.”

Re­fer­ring to the ban on com­ments, Atchity added, “We’ll ban you for threats and hate speech – we’re may be split into two sec­tions.

There was some buzz around Guillermo del Toro’s Pa­cific Rim, a homage to Ja­panese mon­ster movies, and Neill Blomkamp’s Ely­sium, a fu­tur­is­tic romp fea­tur­ing Matt Da­mon and Jodie Fos­ter. But I’m still not see­ing any news. Well, the lengthy clip from Quentin Tarantino’s Django Un­chained fea­tures hip di­a­logue, know­ing anachro­nisms and a great deal of vi­o­lence. Tell us some­thing we don’t know. try­ing to have fun here, so don't be a dick.” re­ceived the James Hor­gan Award for Best An­i­ma­tion in as­so­ci­a­tion with Tel­e­gael.

A com­plete list of the win­ning shorts can be found at the Screen­writer blog: irish­times.com/blogs/ screen­writer.

Tell us some­thing we don’t know: Leonardo DiCaprio in Django Un­chained

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