Ryan Reynolds: I wept after seeing the ‘Deadpool’ costume

14 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Bernie Sanders Fanatics Invade Comic-Con, Try to Drown Out Christian Radicals.

Superhero movies made the biggest splash at San Diego’s Comic-Con this year, but the convention’s 130,000 comic book and pop culture fans were also treated to a smorgasbord of experiences, surprises and scares. Sure, the fans might have been ecstatic when they saw the Deadpool footage from San Diego Comic-Con, but the movie’s star Ryan Reynolds was even more excited when he saw his character’s costume for the first time.Amid the A-list movie stars and cosplayers were many supporters of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders—and they stood in stark contrast to the strident Christian activists.

Reynolds tells me that seven-month-old James spent a lot of time on the set of Deadpool, his R-rated superhero movie that he admits is chock full of cursing. “She’s going to learn those words eventually anyway,” he joked with me at Comic-Con. “If her first word is f–k, then I’ve done something wrong, but otherwise I think we’re fine.Like a power-hungry supervillain, Hollywood long ago conquered Comic-Con International, turning what was once a local meet-up for San Diego’s comic book cognoscenti into a full-on marketing blitz for big-budget sci-fi, fantasy and superhero movies. Zombies, ghosts and the supernatural served up scares, from late night fan screenings of upcoming horror movies “The Gallows,” “The Visit” and “Cooties,” to the undead frightening attendees on the convention floor. When over 130,000 souls descended upon Comic-Con over the weekend in San Diego in search of Batman, Superman, and Han Solo, they were greeted by an unlikely face: Bernie Sanders.

While some big-name studios sat out this year’s convention, including Marvel, Paramount and Sony, others were happy to fill the void with capes, lightsabers and the Murricane himself. At the booth for AMC’s hit zombie series “The Walking Dead,” fans screeched in fear as they walked into the back of a truck filled with blood-stained mattresses and a gaggle of slow-moving zombies.

Each day of the four-day pop culture confab, congoers trudging across the train tracks separating downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp district from the massive Convention Center passed by Sanders himself—well, in the form of a cardboard cut-out. “I’m sure he would love Comic-Con. And in each case, the footage—in all its shaky, out-of-focus, nonglory—came from someone capturing it as it aired for Hall H attendees at Comic-Con on Saturday. Creepy bloodied “twins” from the upcoming “Sinister 2” film popped up around the streets of San Diego’s downtown Gaslamp district, while indoors a trailer from “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” featured terrifying zombie-like creatures that frightened the crowd. He likes being with people,” said Mike Thaller, a member of the local San Diego For Bernie Sanders 2016. “And where else can you meet 130,000 people at once but Comic-Con? Bill Murray made his Comic-Con debut in memorable fashion Thursday, taking the stage to promote his upcoming music-themed comedy “Rock the Kasbah” in a character-appropriate outfit of aviator shades, floral-print bandanna and wide-collared shirt.

The 6,000-plus crowd attending the panel for the upcoming “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” film was escorted by Stormtroopers to a nearby outdoor venue for a surprise concert. The film stars Ryan Reynolds as Marvel’s Merc with a Mouth, and oh was he mouthy in what is sure to be a red-band trailer, slated to be released to the general public in three weeks. Cardboard Bernie was flanked by a small but passionate group of stumpers preaching the Bernie gospel to anyone who would listen, including a Princess Leia cosplayer.

It was cool to see that level of passion and determination to make a perfect Deadpool.” As we told you earlier, Reynolds’ Comic-Con appearance at the 20th Century Fox panel included a showing of the first trailer, which E!’s Jenna Mullins reported was gory, raunchy and glorious. Murray, who plays a washed-up rock tour manager stranded in Afghanistan, had the convention crowd eating ouf of the palm of his hand as he discussed such diverse subjects as his breakfast (bagels and tequila), his experience shooting “Kasbah” in Morocco, the Confederate flag controversy, his famous role in “Ghostbusters” and Miley Cyrus. Fans went wild and were armed with lightsabers as the San Diego Symphony performed John Williams’ iconic “Star Wars” score, concluding with a fireworks display. Reynolds called the film (and its R-rating) “a miracle.” And director Tim Miller said he was shocked at how much freedom the studio gave him. “They didn’t question anything we did even though they should have.” Judging by the Comic-Con audience’s feverish response, it’s safe to say Fox doesn’t have much to worry about. 2.

Like when the deadline has passed and we were still going back and forth.” The struggle was worth it, however. “When we finally saw that suit, fully done, finished and completed…both [director] Tim Miller and I wept,” Reynolds said. “I’m not even exaggerating, we wept in Simi Valley, California, in some warehouse where some guy makes all these crazy suits and had this one under a spotlight. Meanwhile, his co-star Gina Carano gushed about Reynolds and Lively. “I was so surprised to meet him and Blake and just find them to be the most pleasant well known celebrity-type people on the planet,” she said, adding, “They’re so beautiful and so nice. Snoopy’s little red house became a giant, inflated playpen with real beagles to pet and a bouncy slide to glide down. “The Peanuts Movie,” a 3D-animated movie due out in November, will bring the cast of Charles M.

To connect with the geek masses, they even created a poster of Sanders as Doc Brown from Back to the Future, whom he resembles so closely many a meme has been wrought from the likeness. Six years ago, Ryan Reynolds’ portrayal of the comic book antihero Deadpool in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” left many fans with a bad taste in their mouths. Alas, the group left Doc Bernie at home and attempted to capture the zeitgeist with a Mad Max-themed Bernie graphic. “It didn’t go over that well,” Thaller sighed. Respect for someone else’s property isn’t outmoded just because we have mobile devices that can record and upload video in an instant; this philosophy of “because I can” is as lazy as it is damaging, and if people can’t quell their impulse to share what doesn’t belong to them, the whole fandom is going suffer for it. It felt so good.” Reynolds had pointed out the faithfulness of the costume to its comic book inspiration during the movie’s preview in Hall H at Comic-Con this past weekend, with a line in the footage shown taking a swipe at the costume of the superhero Reynolds played in Green Lantern.

They did however issue 1,500 Bernie stickers and posters along with Sanders’ 12-point plan—although it’s worth noting that anyone will take just about anything handed to them while slogging through the crowds at Comic-Con. Actors Daniel Radcliffe, Matt Smith and James McAvoy indulged in a late-night game of ping pong at Entertainment Weekly’s Comic-Con party, with Radcliffe dominating the table. For Christmas this year, director Quentin Tarantino is bringing back the “roadshow” cinema-going experience for audiences to watch his gritty Western film “The Hateful Eight.” The “roadshow” was a popular cinema experience in the 1950s and 1960s, with movies being accompanied by intermissions and musical overtures. And I was proud and grateful to once again be involved.” The panel also featured an appearance by a trio of new villains, a demonstration of remarkable puppetry, and a three-minute behind-the-scenes video. But sooner or later we’ll get him.” Meanwhile, the contingent of Christian activists that descend on Comic-Con with signs and bullhorns every year to save the geeks seemed bigger than usual.

Returning to the setting where he first announced that he’d be making his ensemble western “The Hateful Eight,” despite a script leak, Quentin Tarantino tantalized Comic-Con with a seven-minute preview of the Christmas Day release. A&E took note with a savvy viral stunt, sending its own army of Satanic proselytizers into the Gaslamp armed with signs promoting the upcoming antichrist series Damien.

Suicide Squad: The long-awaited Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice may have been the headliner for Warner Bros.’ panel, but it was Suicide Squad that stole the show. With Marvel Studios nowhere to be found, this year’s Comic-Con didn’t feature a direct showdown between the Disney-owned blockbuster factory and crosstown rival Warner Bros., which is ramping up its own cinematic universe based on DC Comics characters.

The studio created three experiences on an app for fantasy epic “Warcraft,” monster-robot battle movie “Pacific Rim” and gothic horror “Crimson Peak.” Fans could download the app on smartphones, slot the phone into a new edition of Google’s Cardboard virtual reality device and be transported into short scenes from the films. From flame, Damien will rise!” Richard, a stoic octogenarian from South Dakota with the yellow sign-bearers—LA-based Bible Distribution League—was holding down the most heavily trafficked post in the crossing when I approached him Sunday. “It shows this world is coming to an end real fast,” he said of Damien and its Comic-Con street team. “It’ll be fire and brimstone. Trailers for the two DC-based movies (both of which are due next year) indicated a much darker, grittier tone than anything seen so far in Marvel’s own offerings (“Iron Man,” “Captain America,” “The Avengers”).

X-Men: Apocalypse: Bryan Singer’s sequel to X-Men: Days of Future Past is only five weeks into filming, but that didn’t stop the director from bringing a trailer to Comic-Con’s biggest stage. The big questions are whether die-hard fans and casual moviegoers will embrace screen superheroes with a harder edge, and whether the glut of comic book-based movies will lead to diminishing returns. Wolverine actor Hugh Jackman called the role “the greatest part I’ve had in my life.” And at the end of the panel the entire X-Men cast, plus the casts of Fantastic Four and Deadpool; Gambit actor Channing Tatum, and Marvel icon Stan Lee gathered for what might be a record-setting superhero selfie.

Nonetheless, the studio obliged the “Star Wars” nation on Friday with a star-studded panel featuring faces both new (Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver) and familiar (Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford), as well as a behind-the-scenes video showcasing nostalgia-inducing sets and practical effects used in the December release. All that earned thunderous applause, but there was one more treat: The 6,500 attendees were invited outside the convention center and down the street for an outdoor concert of John Williams’ music, where free lightsabers were handed out.

After two years of offering rare and limited glimpses at the closely-guarded project, Snyder once again took to Hall H to shine a spotlight on the movie, unveiling a first trailer that gave fans a nice long look at Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne, a peek at Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, and a hint of a possible Joker appearance. Stars Affleck, Gadot, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons and Holly Hunter joined Snyder on stage, and Affleck shared some advice he got from previous Batman actor Christian Bale. I go back to DC’s iconic character Superman, created in 1938 as a superhuman alien protector that gives hope to the world while saving its people from peril. “And that’s what Jesus Christ did,” he says. “He is the greatest superhero, because he’s actually alive. And since I wasn’t being paid to report from the #HallHLine, I reluctantly moved on to do my job—after accepting that seeing Jessica Chastain was no longer a possibility—and check out any number of the hundreds of other things occurring at every hour during the festival. He walked the earth like you and me.” Jeff does, on occasion, watch movies. “I just watched a fascinating documentary about the Harry Potter series,” he enthused. “It told about what Harry Potter is about and how it’s teaching little children how to cast spells and is indoctrinating children into playing with demons.” Ten broomsticks’ length away from Jeff stands Douglas, a campus preacher who usually rocks his “Don’t Be Comic-Conned: Your Life Is Not Fiction, Get Right With Jesus” sign at the annual confab.

Someone would say something along the lines of, “Hey guys, you’re welcome to photograph the panel itself, but please put your phones away when we start playing footage. Honorable mentions include a steamy moment between James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe during the presentation for Victor Frankenstein; a surprise appearance by Bill Murray, in character for Rock the Kasbah; Guillermo del Toro’s colorful preview of his upcoming Tom Hiddleston-starring gothic romance Crimson Peak; and The Hunger Games’ farewell to Comic-Con. Comic-Con depends on studios being generous enough to give fans a sneak peek, so let’s uphold the social contract.” But every time some joker has to go rogue and act like this information is too precious to stifle. I explain to him the drama and dragon-filled world of Westeros. “It doesn’t sound like I’m missing much,” he laughs. “I remember Superman from when I was a kid.

With major studios like Paramount and Marvel already opting out of a festival that’s practically become a criteria for relevance over the past decade, we need stop taking these exclusives for granted. I think if a person needs escape in fantasy, or escape in anything, it shows that there’s something wrong with their life.” According to Douglas, the nerd populace at Comic-Con tends to react particularly strongly to his argument that the Big Bang Theory is scientifically unsound. “I say, okay, well what produced that?

As a journalist and as a fan, I want to know that Warner Bros and Fox will come to Comic-Con again 2016, and I want to hope that Marvel will make its grand return as well. Decades ago as a student at Orange Coast College, he says, he overheard a cabal of professors plotting the gay agenda. “Their solution to the overpopulation problem was to encourage homosexuality,” he said. “I feel like they were totally successful.” That’s precisely the hot-button issue Isidro Mendoza is shouting about as a crowd gathers nearby—half of them incensed, the rest watching to see what happens. But given the annual shenanigans in the Periscope era, I can hardly blame them for withholding material from fans until it’s absolutely finished and ready for mass distribution.

The Internet’s favorite man was there promoting Crimson Peak, but we couldn’t stop talking about his hilarious impression of Captain America’s Chris Evans and costar Jessica Chastain that he showed off just for us. We’re lucky enough to get to see rough cut and early footage packaged especially for us—studios are doing us a favor by letting us take a look before it’s polished and ready to print. Here, whether or not he realizes it, he’s technically cosplaying: Pacing next to an 8-foot-tall Holy Bible prop, he’s dressed in army fatigues and a combat helmet, armed with his most powerful weapon: a bullhorn. The self-described ‘Soldier for Christ’ is dressed for battle today, but he likes to mix it up. “Sometimes when I go to UCLA I put on a doctor’s outfit. That’s what Satan loves. [A comic book] might seem insignificant but there’s power behind it, there are spirits.” One of Mendoza’s big targets is the celebrity machine; he’s the second proselytizer to name drop Lady Gaga to me as an example of Hollywood’s most corrupt influencers. (Coincidentally, right after Glee creator Ryan Murphy dropped a Gaga shout-out during Sunday’s American Horror Story panel.) “These actors and the movie industry will blatantly say they sold their soul to the Devil.

McAvoy said himself he was a “walking penis joke.” And then there was the moment when they reenacted a very homoerotic scene from the movie…(see photo above). What about socially progressive pop properties like The X-Men, which has long been one of comicdom’s more obvious LGBT parallels and outed superhero Iceman in April? “They’re using these actors, these gimmicks, to get into the mind of the human race and say [same sex marriage] is okay.

The Bible warns of that: False teachers in the last days.” He points to Gaga’s pride anthem “Born This Way” and “Bruce Jenner, which just had a sex transplant [sic]. And unfortunately, he’s following Heath Ledger’s remarkable, Oscar-winning performance in The Dark Knight, so people weren’t really taking him seriously.

Stationed next to a porta potty transformed into a promotional installation for Lionsgate’s sci-fi sequel Insurgent, the young rabbis repping the local Chabad were offering mitzvahs to passersby and hosted a Shabbos dinner for weary congoers. “As you know, Comic-Con was started by a Jew.

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