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Comic-con Saturday

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I prefer the suit on the far left. I prefer the suit on the far left.
Legendary producer Roger Corman Legendary producer Roger Corman
William Shatner talking about his new film:  Get A Life! William Shatner talking about his new film: Get A Life!
Hollywood Treasures Booth showing screen used props! Hollywood Treasures Booth showing screen used props!
Mad Magazine is 60 yrs old this year. The spies are only 51. Mad Magazine is 60 yrs old this year. The spies are only 51.

Saturday. The Biggest, Busiest, Craziest day of the show.  It's hard to even know where to begin to put everything into words. Because my first interview wasn't until about midday I wandered the convention floor just looking around. As I passed the Marvel booth I noticed that they had the suit from the upcoming Ironman 3 on display. Up until now they had just had the previous seven on display. Personally, I don't like it. There is too much...gold I guess is the color... on that suit for me. I far prefer the one to the left of the suit in the picture I've posted.

I will say that Marvel is great to it's fans. On Saturday they did a group photo shoot for kids ages 2-14 that were dressed like Ironman. Just before they took the picture they said they had one more Ironman to get into the shot, and out walks Robert Downey Jr. I like to think the kids faces lit up, but who knows what was going on behind those masks. All the kids received autographed posters from Robert Downey Jr. (If you haven't seen the video you can check it out online. It's all over the place.)

About two o'clock I head to the press room for Roger Corman's Attack of the 50 foot Cheerleader in 3D and William Shatner's Get A Life! Two cult icons in their respective fields. Roger Corman has been producing "B" films for the last 60 years. And before you snub him for not making anything main stream know two things:  1st just because a film isn't main stream doesn't mean it isn't good. Cult following is still a following and those fans can be more devoted than anyone. 2nd a slew of directors, producers, and actors have gotten started in Hollywood because of Roger Corman. Including but not limited to, Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, James Cameron, William Shatner, Jack Nicholson, Peter Fonda, and Robert De Niro.

In talking with Mr. Corman he said something that stuck with me beyond any other interview from the weekend. Someone asked him what he thinks of 3D films because this is the first 3D film he's ever done. He said there are two ways to do 3D films, you can either shoot them properly in 3D to begin with, or you can go back and process the film afterwards to give it the 3D effect. In doing the later, he said that he doesn't believe the image ever looks quite correct and that big budget studios aren't doing anything but a disservice to viewers and to the whole 3D genre when they do it the cheaper post way, because when fans see the movie and it just doesn't look quite right, they think that 3D still doesn't translate even with todays technology. I think big budget studios should take that advice to heart coming from a man who's made a living doing films on the cheap for 60 plus years. 

After my short time with Mr. Corman was finished I had the pleasure to speak to William Shatner. He is currently promoting his film Get A Life! which is a documentary on Star Trek fans. The title of the documentary comes from a very famous SNL skit from many years ago when fans posed very specific questions to him at a convention and he had no clue what they were talking about, to which he told the fans "Get a life!"  This documentary however explores the longevity and cultural phenomena of Star Trek and of it's fans. It covers fans going to conventions and the reasons that they have a compulsion to attend these events.

Both of the documentaries will air on EPIX HD. William Shatner's Get A Life airs on July 28th, at 8pm est. and Roger Corman's Attack of the 50 foot Cheerleader in 3D airs August 25th at 10pm est.

Saturday night I went to the House of Blues San Diego to attend the Kevin Smith - Ralph Garman taping of their podcast Hollywood Babble On. I'm a huge fan of this podcast and let me say, it's deff not for kids! But they were hilarious as always and even more nerdy knowing that they are playing to a packed house of like minded individuals since it was held during Comic-con.

That about did it for my Saturday. I was a little sad knowing that the next day was the end of the convention, but I knew that I was free to enjoy the last day as I saw fit.

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