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    Comic-Con 2007: Wall-E

    "What if mankind had to evacuate Earth, and somebody forgot to turn the last robot off?" This is the idea behind Wall.E, which stands for Waste Allocation Load Lifter - Earth class (pronounced "Wally," as in George). Director Andrew Stanton is deter...

    @ Navel Gazing by Luke Y. Thompson on July 28, 2007 @ 5:01 pm
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    Saturday's Headlines & Surprises: 'Stinky' White House

    The Munchkin is at it again: Do you want to know what kind of life I have? I'm going to tell you anyway. The other day I was reviewing federal disclosure reports for U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Munchkinville). It's amazing how all the giant finan...

    @ Navel Gazing by R. Scott Moxley on July 28, 2007 @ 1:35 pm
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    Comic-Con 2007: Breakfast, Hold the Bacon

    Bed at 2 a.m. last night. Up at 7 this morning for a breakfast in honor of the upcoming movie Death Sentence, based on a novel by the author of Death Wish, and directed by James Wan (the original Saw). Unsurprisingly, the movie looks exactly like wh...

    @ Navel Gazing by Luke Y. Thompson on July 28, 2007 @ 1:13 pm
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    Comic-Con 2007: Toy News Tidbit

    Sideshow is doing 12" collector dolls based on Resident Evil 4. Photos were not permitted (though I have no doubt they exist online somewhere). Licensor approval is still pending, and Capcom are notoriously nitpicky. Never got past the first level i...

    @ Navel Gazing by Luke Y. Thompson on July 28, 2007 @ 11:54 am
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    Comic Con 2007: Real-D

    In addition to the Beowulf , more 3-D stuff was demo'ed. Oops, I mean "stereoscopic." That's the term the owners of the Real-D company prefer to "3-D." The CEO and president were there. I didn't bother to take down their names because I doubt you ca...

    @ Navel Gazing by Luke Y. Thompson on July 28, 2007 @ 11:30 am
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    Comic-Con 2007: Beowulf Cummin' At'cha

    It's not clear how aware the rest of the world is of the new Beowulf movie, but it's quite the huge deal here. Coming out in November in 3-D, 3-D IMAX, and plain old regular (not the way to see it if you can help it), this is a performance-capture a...

    @ Navel Gazing by Luke Y. Thompson on July 28, 2007 @ 11:07 am
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    Comic-Con 2007: "Celebs" Behaving Badly

    Okay, so...upstairs at the Convention Center is an area called the Sails Pavilion. In the morning, it serves as a holding pen for people waiting to enter the exhibit hall. During the day, several B-level names like "wrestling superstar Virgil" have a...

    @ Navel Gazing by Luke Y. Thompson on July 28, 2007 @ 11:02 am
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    Mexican Institute of Sound: A House of Blues Highlight!

    Last night all eyes would be focused on Lee "Scratch" Perry's performance at the House of Blues in Anaheim. Honestly? I was only there to catch the all too brief performance by Mexican Institute of Sound. I had just arrived, roughly thirty minutes af...

    @ Navel Gazing by Leslie Agan on July 28, 2007 @ 9:55 am
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    Comic-Con 2007: The Times' Shaky Bacon

    How amusing to see the Los Angeles Times doing something silly and fannish on its Comic-Con blog. They've dragged a plushie strip of bacon (which they've named "Shaky Bacon") to the convention, and have photos of their little friend's journey: from...

    @ Navel Gazing by Janine Kahn on July 28, 2007 @ 8:55 am
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    Comic-Con 2007: Day 2 Photos

    It's Friday at the con and we're going batty. (OK, maybe that's just me.) Click the photo to see the crazy cool things (and people) we ran into today. Need more eye candy? Check out our photo gallery page.

    @ Navel Gazing by Janine Kahn on July 27, 2007 @ 8:51 pm
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    Comic-Con 2007: Superman Doomsday

    You know this shit's getting way overcrowded when people form a long line to see a re-screening of a Superman cartoon movie. I didn't stay for the whole thing for fear of missing the last trolley home, but here's what I did see. The movie's done in...

    @ Navel Gazing by Luke Y. Thompson on July 27, 2007 @ 5:05 pm
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    Comic-Con 2007: American Dad

    We waited for the American Dad panel for about an hour, and weren't even close to the front of the line. A short, well-suited man walked along the length of the line and randomly whispered something in a German accent to a guy a few yards behind me. ...

    @ Navel Gazing by Erin DeWitt on July 27, 2007 @ 5:02 pm
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    Comic-Con 2007: It figures, Dr. Jones

    Hasbro just unveiled the new Indiana Jones figures, all three based on Raiders of the Lost Ark (Indiana Jones, Ceremonial Belloq with Idol, and Sallah). They're Star Wars scale, with high articulation (the only one not fully-posable is a version of I...

    @ Navel Gazing by Luke Y. Thompson on July 27, 2007 @ 4:59 pm
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    Comic-Con 2007: Warner Bros. Odds & Ends

    Nicole Kidman had a pre-taped greeting to promote The Invasion, Joel Silver's latest remake of the Body-Snatcher story in which the aliens are microbes this time. The interview was full of jump-cuts -- had the feel of something that was creatively ed...

    @ Navel Gazing by Luke Y. Thompson on July 27, 2007 @ 4:35 pm
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    Comic-Con 2007: Get Smart

    Trailer is shown for the Get Smart movie, starring Steve Carell. Looks like a big-budget deal. Anne Hathaway is super-hot as Agent 99; Terrence Stamp is Siegfried, leader of KAOS. The Rock is Agent 22, Alan Arkin is the CHief, and it looks like WWE m...

    @ Navel Gazing by Luke Y. Thompson on July 27, 2007 @ 1:38 pm
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    Comic-Con 2007: Watchmen

    Billy Crudup as Jon Osterman; fully CG performance-capture when he's Dr. Manhattan Patrick Wilson (Hard Candy) as Dan Dreiberg, Nite Owl Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Supernatural, Kabluey) as Comedian Steven McHattie as Hollis Mason, original Nite Owl Malin ...

    @ Navel Gazing by Luke Y. Thompson on July 27, 2007 @ 1:10 pm
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    Comic-Con 2007: R2, where are you?!

    So I managed to misplace the little pink R2-KT toy I picked up at the con yesterday. It had to happen. The gods were probably not pleased with the purchase - with which I was essentially dipping a toe into the mad figurine collector's realm. It w...

    @ Navel Gazing by Janine Kahn on July 27, 2007 @ 12:10 pm
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    Orange County in The Simpsons Movie Trivia Contest!

    Am still groggy from staying up for last night's midnight screening of The Simpsons Movie at Fullerton's AMC 20. Packed house, mucho laughs (although it's nowhere near genius, and South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut was much better) and you should m...

    @ Navel Gazing by Gustavo Arellano on July 27, 2007 @ 11:27 am
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    Comic-Con 2007: Star Wars Day!

    Friday is Star Wars Day at the con. Yes, we have all the Yodas, Vaders and slave girls you can handle. Click the photo for that.

    @ Navel Gazing by Janine Kahn on July 27, 2007 @ 11:12 am
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    Comic-Con 2007: The Lionsgate Party

    LYT crashed (OK, was invited to) last night's Lionsgate party on the roof of San Diego's Ivy hotel. He got pictures of a host of celebs, including Jessica Alba, Vinnie Jones and SAW director Darren Lynn Bousman (below). Click the photo to see those ...

    @ Navel Gazing by Janine Kahn on July 27, 2007 @ 9:55 am
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