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Edward Snowden made his initial-ever appearance at Comic-Con International final evening, sporting cosplay only he could pull off: “Exiled Hacker-Dude Living in Russia.”
At a post-screening Q&A for the forthcoming film Snowden—which was directed and co-written by Oliver Stone, and stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the famed whistleblower—Snowden answered queries by way of a Google Hangouts conversation from Moscow. The 33-year-old former CIA contractor, who fled the country after releasing info about quite a few government-surveillance applications, briefly appears as himself in the movie, re-enacting an appearance he created at a 2014 TED Talk.
Initially, Snowden said, he wasn’t supposed to be in the film at all. Instead, the plan was for him to meet with Stone in Moscow for a documentary-style interview that would seem on the DVD. But “we just had a very good feeling,” Snowden stated. “We talked about factors. I spoke at length about personal values and issues that had been taking place considering that 2013. And I guess he liked it.”
Stone ultimately directed Snowden as he played Snowden, a job that necessary several takes. “It was a gamble,” said Stone. “Poor Ed suffered greatly that day. He’s minimizing the damage to his psyche.”
Nonetheless, most of the movie’s screen-time belongs to Gordon-Levitt. Snowden praised the actor’s “really amazing” performance in the film, adding: “Some of my household members have stated, ‘[Gordon-Levitt] sounds just like you.’ If he can pass the family test, he’s undertaking alright.”
Snowden also noted that he never ever expected, nor wanted, a movie about his life. “This is a single of the issues that is sort of crazy and surreal about this complete expertise,” Snowden told the crowd. “I do not feel anyone appears forward to getting a film produced about themselves—particularly an individual who’s a privacy professional.”
And Snowden does go deep on a significant decade of his life. The film starts in 2004, with his in the end failed attempts to rise the ranks in the US Army Reserve—where he was sidelined by injuries—and follows him through security jobs in Geneva and Japan just before concluding with the 2013 document-leak that would ultimately send him from Hong Kong to Moscow, exactly where he remains to this day. The film also focuses on his ten-year connection with his girlfriend, Lindsay Mills (played in the movie by Shailene Woodley), and features supporting performances by Rhys Ifans, Timothy Olyphant, Nicolas Cage, and Nicolas Cage’s Most recent Hair-thingee.
For Stone, who directed such enjoyably cuckoo ’90s polemics as JFK and Nixon, as effectively as a lot more (relatively) straightforward current-events films as W. and Globe Trade Center, Snowden is the newest in a extended line of politically minded films. And, like Stone’s prior function, it necessary some compression and creativity when dealing with the details, as a lot of essential elements of Snowden’s activities stay a secret.
“These are factors that are actively under investigation,” Snowden said. “And this is 1 of the things that produced this such a difficult story for Oliver to inform: There are some things about this that are not in the public record.”
1 point Snowden did want the audience to know? “I’m living a surprisingly totally free life,” he stated. “And the reality that Lindsay is still with me tends to make me satisfied every day.”
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Coming into Thursday’s panel for Marvel’s Luke Cage, there had only been a short teaser hidden inside the final episode of Jessica Jones and one other clip released. Ostensibly, that is what this hour was for: to give fans of the earlier Marvel shows on Netflix a greater appear at Mike Colter’s star turn. But the title turned out to be a slight misnomer, given that the sizzle reel that kicked off the panel featured all 3 present Marvel Netflix shows.
But just simply because Luke Cage brought some friends to the celebration, that doesn’t imply the show’s titular hero still wasn’t the life of it. The footage from the new show looked remarkable, and showrunner Cheo Coker dropped the very best quote of the hour when stated, “The world is ready for a bulletproof black man.” And Marvel Tv boss Jeph Loeb took each pause in the panel’s answers and utilized them as opportunities to show clips of the show, which showed off just how talented of a cast Netflix and Marvel have, properly, assembled.
Luke tears up a crooked boxing fitness center, his invulnerability so overwhelming to the low-level criminals that it plays like a slapstick comedy routine rather of a fight scene. Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes (Mahershala Ali, fresh off an Emmy nomination for Home of Cards) breaking issues in his workplace even though his cousin Mariah Dillard (Alfre Woodard) seethes at his brashness. Luke and Detective Misty Knight (Simone Missick) meet for the 1st time and get up close and personal.
And in maybe the very best single shot in the Marvel Netflix universe because that long-take fight in the first season of Daredevil, Cottonmouth measures in front of a blown-up print of Barron Claiborne’s photo of Notorious B.I.G. wearing a crown, in just the appropriate spot so he’s ominously stepping into Biggie’s spot, and muses, “everybody desires to be the king.” Oh, and for great measure, there’s a new teaser for the series, perfectly soundtracked with ODB’s “Shimmy Shimmy Ya,” which followed by way of on Coker’s assertion that he’d brought about the “Wu-Tang-ification of the Marvel Universe.”
Even if we didn’t get a complete pilot screening, that would’ve been adequate. But the panel kicked things up a notch when Finn Jones introduced a short teaser for the upcoming Iron Fist series, continuing the trend of dovetailing a preview of the next series along with the a single about to debut.
And then Loeb went one better—shocking the area with an additional teaser, this time for the team-up miniseries The Defenders. It doesn’t have any footage, but it’s another wonderful use of music, this time Nirvana’s “Come As You Are,” with the only line getting offered in voiceover by Stick (Scott Glenn). It was some masterful setup, lending the Marvel Netflix series the very same variety of excitement that is normally reserved for the giant film series panels in Hall H.
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Mr. Robot is a show about the dangers of providing your data and cash over to giant corporations. Pokémon Go is an insanely well-known mobile game that was created by a corporation and could locate out a lot of information about you if it wanted to. Ideologically, they look a little bit at odds. Practically, although, the Venn diagram of Mr. Robot fans and Pokémon Go fans most likely shows a lot of overlap.
So, does any individual from the Mr. Robot cast play it? In fact yes: Mr. Robot himself, Christian Slater. Throughout the show’s panel at Comic-Con International the actor raised his hand in an enthusiastic thumbs-up when a fan asked if anybody played the game. (Thinking about Slater has been a gamer considering that the days of The Wizard, this is not surprising.)
But that doesn’t mean his castmates feel it is a excellent idea. Echoing director Oliver Stone’s comments from earlier in the day, Carly Chaikin, who plays fsociety hacker Darlene, reminded Slater just what he was sacrificing to attempt to catch ’em all.
“I’m just going to say, from a Mr. Robot standpoint, do you know what access you’re handing more than?” she asked.
Touché, Darlene. Touché.
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The Comic-Con floors are complete of fans dressed up as unholy characters, from zombies to werewolves to the occasional White Walker. But must an actual demonic possession break out near Hall H, we know just who to turn to for aid: Patrick Fugit and Philip Glenister, the stars of Cinemax’s West Virginia-set exorcism series Outcast. At the Wired Cafe on Thursday afternoon, we asked Fugit, 33, and Glenister, 53, what actions they’d take if 1 of their fellow con-attendees all of a sudden became bedeviled.
“I think they’re already possessed out there,” Glenister joked, eying some of the nearby revelers. “But I’d ply ’em all with some holy wine and get ’em all loosened up.”
“Then we’d have to take them into a room someplace,” Fugit added, “basically, we’d run your classic abduction, and exorcise them in the bathroom.”
Such a gruesome turn of events wouldn’t be out of place on Outcast, which is based on the comic-book series by The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, and which has integrated no shortage of what-the-yuck moments (the series opened, lest we overlook, with that grody bug-eating scene). In a single particularly gnarly sequence, Glenister’s character had a pentagram carved into his chest. “I sent a photograph back home to my wife, saying, ‘I’ve ultimately identified a tattooist, but I’m not sure how good he is,’” the actor says.
The show’s darker moments has irked some residents in South Carolina, where Outcast shoots (Fugit says protestors have shown up in the course of filming with signs that read, “Outcast is going to bring the devil to South Carolina”). But should the cast ever need to have to retreat indoors, they can kill the time by indulging in Fugit’s newfound Dungeons & Dragons hobby.
“I had by no means played as a kid, but 3 or 4 years ago, one particular of my very best friends was getting their game even though I was more than,” Fugit stated. “I tried it out, and it’s fucking fun! It is actually exciting as an actor, due to the fact it’s like an improv physical exercise.” Fugit’s go-to character? “I play a halfling assassin named Bandy Swiftpet.” (“That sounds like your porn name!” Glenister notes.)
As for the future of Outcast, Fugit promises an especially unsavory gross-out for the duration of an upcoming flashback sequence. But what about the inevitable Outcast/Outkast cross-more than, in which the Southern hip-hop stars group up with the rural exorcists to pull of a musical-filled caper? Spoiler alert, but according to Fugit: “You just described the season finale.”
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The math of Valerian is excellent. It’s essentially the director of The Fifth Element, plus a French sci-fi comic series credited with inspiring Star Wars, plus soon-to-be-Enchantress Cara Delevingne, plus perennially-wonderfully-weird actor Dane DeHaan, plus a enormous world filled with aliens and cameos. What’s the grand total? The kind of intergalactic adventure movie sci-fi fans dream about.
But there are times—especially with sci-fi movies—when the parts are very good, but the sum is terrible. Judging by the reaction it just got for the duration of its Hall H panel at Comic-Con International, Valerian is not that. Director Luc Besson, along with his producer/wife Virginie Besson-Silla, presented a series of notion drawings and scenes from the film, based on the comics series Valérian and Laureline by Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières, and it looks glorious. Filmed more than six months in Paris, the film, in which Valerian (DeHaan) and Laureline (Delevingne) embark on a mission to the intergalactic city of Alpha, is very easily the most ambitious project Besson has ever tackled—and there are sill far more than 2,700 visual effects shots to finish.
But there’s no way it could’ve ever been little. Besson has been wanting to make Valerian pretty a lot given that he was ten years old and, as he told Hall H, he “fell in enjoy with Laureline … but wanted to be Valerian.” Valerian, according to DeHaan and the footage of him in action that Besson showed, is a “space bro”—a not-fully-swaggering-but Han Solo who depends (and crushes) on Laureline. The heroine, because this is a Besson film, is a lot much more capable. (In a single scene shared in the course of the panel, Laureline took on two guards with the kind of ass-kicking traditionally reserved for your Lucy Lawlesses and such.)
“It’s a extended, extremely impressive list of female characters,” Delevingne said when asked about Besson’s predilection for female characters like these in Lucy and The Professional, “and Laureline is that.”
One more of Besson’s well-known female characters is The Fifth Element’s Leeloo (Milla Jovovich), who also got a couple shout-outs for the duration of the Hall H panel. By the time Valerian comes out next July, it will have been 20 years because that movie came out. And in that quantity of time, visual effects have gotten greater (there were some 200 shots in that movie, compared to the thousands in Valerian), the Valérian and Laureline-inspired Avatar has come and gone, and Hollywood has finally caught up with the kind of female-centric worlds Besson specializes in.
“Twenty years ago ago, I was weird,” Besson said. “Twenty years later, the world got as weird as me.”
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Luc Besson’s huge sci-fi epic Valerian and the Title of a Thousand Words City of a Thousand Planets may well still be a year away, with months of visual effects function however to be completed, but that didn’t stop the director from screening some footage for the very 1st time at the movie’s Hall H panel today. The seven-minute presentation comprised 5 scenes, and gave panelgoers their 1st look at Besson’s adaptation of the trippy ’70s French comic book—which turns out to contain a heavy dose of The Fifth Element-style humor to assist leaven its hefty Fifth Element-doubling spending budget.
Scene 1 (Properly, Scene 141, to be precise, but let’s not confuse things) Titular space agent Valerian (Dane Dehaan) runs via a passageway, communicating with a disembodied voice we assume is his companion Laureline (Cara Delevingne). We don’t know where he’s going, but we know he’s in a hurry—until Laureline directs him to a dead end. “This leads me straight into a wall,” he says. “You said you wanted the shortest way.” And, uh, scene. (Do not be concerned, there’ll be mroe) Takeaway:Star Wars‘ stylistic debt to the original Valerian and Laureline comics is clear here—but more importantly, we get an quick sense of the deadpan banter between the two agents.
Scene two Our initial look at Delevingne’s Laureline, who’s becoming marched down a hallway by Two Huge Dudes. (1, in a super-Bessonian move, looks to be wearing a face complete of pancake makeup without having explanation). “Listen,” Laureline says. “I don’t want to inform you guys how to do your jobs—but don’t you think you should cuff me? Very first because it is practical, but also since I’m really tempted to escape.” And then? Then, she proceeds to kicks the everloving crap out of them. “Good job, boys,” she mutters as she requires their blaster and walks away. After she turns the corner, a gaggle of tiny, hairy, dodo-beaked aliens—one of 8,000 species that Besson and his crew developed for their production bible, and a single of at least 200 you’ll see in Valerian—comes out to confront her. Takeaway: Laureline’s all out of bubble gum.
Scene three Inside a ship flying toward a planet, Laureline pilots, with Valerian sitting subsequent to her. The latter is a backseat driver, and the former is clearly a terror behind the stick. They argue about her driving as they barrel closer and closer to the planet Laureline takes her hands off the controls, and ultimately they burst by way of the planet’s cloud cover, streaking more than the desert landscape below—finally landing in front of a group of six guards. Laureline and Valerian walk out of the ship, dressed in civilian clothing that wouldn’t be out of place in CBGB’s bathroom. “Where’s the band?” Valerian asks, as Laureline does a bizarre hand-jive/voguing point. They’re in some sort of disguise, and the guards are rightly confused. Takeaway: Fear not, comedy fans: there’s sufficient irreverence here for everyone.
Scene 4 Valerian walks by means of a red light district on an unnamed planet—the atmosphere is half Total Recall half-Blade Runner. He stops in front of a location known as GLAM CLUB, and the also-unnamed blue-eyebrowed proprietor (Ethan Hawke) rushes out to solicit his organization: “You like techno? Nano? Bio?” “I’m more into retro,” Valerian says. Hawke agrees, and ushers him into a room with a tiny stage. A lady walks onstage and sits in a chair with her back to Valerian. She turns about, and…it’s Rihanna! Takeaway: We do not know who the singer plays but, but we picture that the part was difficult work, perform, work, perform, work.
Scene 5 The action capper of the presentation. Valerian and Laureline are on that desert planet, walking toward some sort of protective wall, when a sand creature starts chasing following them. Those guards we saw in the earlier scene usher the two onto a bus, and open fire out the back trying to hold the creature at bay. Instead, it hops onto the bus, punches via the roof, and starts swatting guards around like bowling pins. Meanwhile, the agents’ spaceship swoops out of nowhere to hover in front of the bus, and Valerian and Laureine effect a daring escape. Takeaway Heavy shades of The Force Awakens right here, but we’re not complaining.
Finale Montage But wait, there’s a lot more! A succession of fast cuts flies by, showing aliens of all sizes and sorts, and even 1 that appears a lot like Clive Owen. (OK, fine, it is Clive Owen.) Then, we discover ourselves back at the finish of the 1st scene, with Valerian staring at the dead end. “Come on Valerian,” Laureline’s voice says, “It’s Comic Con.” (Shout out to Hall H pandering!) Valerian’s helmet extends out of his suit, and he bursts via the dead finish into….a series of further-dimensional scenes, every stranger than the final. There are industrial chambers, conduits that look like they’re filled with molecular models, and a single jungle environment that Valerian hop-skips across like a third-individual platformer videogame. (While the footage lasts for perhaps 10 seconds, Besson told us that the dimension-hopping sequence will eventually last for 45.) Takeaway: Can that added-dimensional gun rapidly-forward us to subsequent summer time so we can see the completed product already?
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The sixth season of Game of Thrones was a busy a single for smuggler-turned-swordsman Davos Seaworth: Not only did he support Jon Snow navigate the frigid political waters of the North, but he also fought in the infamously bloody Battle of the Bastards, and played a major part in obtaining the kid-sacrificing Red Lady banished to the South. Most importantly, Davos managed to reside to fight another day and set sail toward season seven—which is particularly very good news for the man who plays him, 55-year-old Irish actor Liam Cunningham.
“It’s usually a relief for my bank manager,” Cunningham stated with a laugh for the duration of a pay a visit to to the Wired Cafe. “And to my family—they do not want me dead. And I don’t want me dead. I’d love to be in the final episode [of the series], but you just do not know.”
Simply because Cunningham filmed a lot of his season six scenes with Kit Harrington, who played the possibly-dead Jon Snow, he was tasked with carrying about 1 of the most pressing pop-culture secrets of the 21st century. But, he says, “It wasn’t as tough to preserve it as quiet as I believed it would be. Because if I didn’t preserve it quiet, individuals would kill me. Not even HBO—the fans. But it’s superb to see individuals enjoying the surprised. I get my personal OMFG moments when I study the scripts. When I study about Hodor and all that. I was going, ‘Oh, dear God!’ It is heartbreaking.”
One particular of Davos’ most significant moments in season six found him confronting Melisandre, aka the Red Woman, who in season five burned Davos’ young pal Shireen Baratheon at the stake. For a show in which a lot of characters are chopped, flame-broiled, or Wildfired to death, the Red Woman’s expulsion to the South was one particular of the least harsh send-offs in memory—but it was also true to Davos’ pragmatic nature. “I wanted to kick the crap out of her!” Cunningham jokes. “I wanted to burn her. But [Davos is] not that sort of guy. He’s the kind of guy we’d all like to be below pressure—a man with a bit of grace and decency and loyalty. He’s not out for himself, and not consumed by ambition and power, which gives him a certain objectivity. Getting to the best of the pile is not a disease he has to endure, the way a lot of politicians do—like the guys you have over here, and in Turkey, and England, and everywhere.”
As far as season seven, which will air next summer, Cunningham says he’s still waiting for his first scripts, which will certainly be complete of lots far more OMFG moments. “It’s not simply because they’re keeping it a secret,” he says of the method, “it’s simply because they’re working on them until the really end, to make this as bulletproof as achievable.” Whether or not Davos himself remains as bulletproof—or, in this case, dragon-proof—remains to be seen.