Top 11 moments from Comic-Con

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Comic-Con and Video Piracy: Enter at Your Own Risk.

Fans and Hollywood converged on the San Diego waterfront for another weekend of pop culture revelry as the event’s 46th edition came to a satisfying, if slightly controversial, end on Sunday. 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.SAN DIEGO — For now, it may be just a hobby, but for the costumed fans at the Comic-Con pop culture expo this past weekend, dressing up can be a first step toward an entertainment career.

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.At Comic-Con’s Star Wars panel, the message to fans was unambiguous: we love you, we hear you, we want you to have a good time, so come with us and your hero Harrison Ford to a huge outdoor venue at the Embarcadero down the street and have a free lightsaber and a concert on us.

Mega film and TV franchises like “Star Wars,” “Game of Thrones” and “Batman v Superman” electrified fanboys and fangirls with new footage, star-studded Q&As and even a few memorable selfies. 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.

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. But some of Hall H’s never-before-seen, exclusive clips quickly leaked online to the frustration of studios, despite the event’s strict “no filming” policy. 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. Thousands of fans, and some celebrities, too, elaborately disguise themselves as their favorite characters from comic books, movies, TV, video games and anime. The panel ended with Star Wars: The Force Awakens director JJ Abrams triumphantly inviting the whole of Hall H – the convention’s biggest and hardest-to-enter venue – to the stadium a few blocks away, where a symphony played selections from John Williams’s score and happy Star Wars-lovers waved their lightsabers (color of choice) in the air in unison.

On the surface, millions of fan impressions might seems like a good thing, but the materials in question often feature temporary VFX, while some of the featured panelists haven’t even wrapped filming. 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. According to data compiled by ListenFirstMedia, Batman v Superman had the most overall activity on social media platforms, nearly doubling Comic-Con runner-up The Walking Dead. (Game of Thrones did not release a trailer or feature during its panel, but HBO did put out an audition video.

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. Warner Bros. chief of marketing Sue Kroll rebuked the cellphone violators over the weekend, calling the “Suicide Squad” leaks “damaging” in a statement and said the content was solely intended for the 6,500 people in Hall H. 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. Celebrities can enjoy the festival in anonymity by wearing a mask like so many other fans — just like Daniel Radcliffe did when he secretly dressed as Spider-Man last year. 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.

But, because people wait in line for Hall H for hours (sometimes days) and then the majority stay inside for every single panel, emptying the venue all but ruined the subsequent panel, emceed by Dogma and Red State director Kevin Smith. 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. The 6,500-seat auditorium was less than half-full, an attendee told the Guardian, while Smith estimated the attendance at 2,500, discussing it on his podcast later that weekend.

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. 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. Smith said he loved the panel right up until its final moment: “I was like, ‘This is a dream come true!’” he told listeners. “Remember Carrie, when she’s at the prom, and she’s having a fucking blast? The judges are Hollywood and Broadway professionals, and many entrants are entertainment hopefuls. “I would love to make a career out of this,” said self-taught artist Jose Davalos, 20, who traveled from Jalisco, Mexico, to show off his “Hades from Disney’s ‘Hercules'” costume, which featured a screen-worthy, hand-sculpted silicone mask.

Costume designer Joe Kucharski, who moderated a Costume Designers Guild panel and served as a judge of the Masquerade Ball, said the event is a realistic showcase for emerging artists. Reynolds finally got some redemption at Comic-Con on Saturday when he unveiled a violent, profane teaser video for “Deadpool,” the spinoff movie that will return the character to his familiar roots. Started in 1970, Comic-Con has become crucial promotion event for Hollywood in recent years, with stars and talent traveling from around the world to promote their films and TV shows. 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. Costume design pros say the skills cosplayers need to create their characters are often the same ones professionals use to help make TV and film characters come to life. “A lot of things that people are doing at Comic-Con are actually what’s being done professionally,” said Jared Marantz, who helped create the superhero suits for “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” ”People here are making fake armor out of foam.

Well, professionals do that all the time.” Scooti Harper, who hand-stitched every stripe on her Victorian corset-and-bustle gown, said she hopes to become “a seamstress in the costume industry.” “That’s the ultimate goal for me,” said the 26-year-old, who belonged to the “Women of the Haunted Mansion” ensemble that won best in show at the ball. 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. The Masquerade is also a place for aspiring directors: Katie Forman, 29, who conceived of and directed the winning sketch, said she was driven by the performance aspect of the event and brought friends talented in fashion on board. 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.

The 20-year-old University of Calgary computer-science student said she came to California for a “double-con trip,” showing off her outfit in contests at Comic-Con and the Anime Expo in Los Angeles earlier this month. “I always try to enter competitions wherever I can because I love showing off my work,” she said. “I love talking to the people backstage, talking to the judges and getting feedback.” “I’m hoping that eventually I can turn this into a career, but I always do want something to fall back on which, is why I still want to try to continue with my computer science (degree),” she said. 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. The film unites DC’s bad boys and girls for an all-star villain team tasked with using less-than-heroic tactics to save the world — and taking the fall if it all goes south. “All this good vs. evil sh– is played out,” director David Ayer told Hall H. “It’s time for bad versus evil.” The film’s cast appeared onstage, and the film’s trailer — which was officially released after leaking online — earned exuberant cheers. 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 recent graduate approached Mussenden and offered her portfolio, then went off to enjoy the convention. “She contacted me three days later and said, ‘Do you remember me?'” Nedavniaya recalled. “They were about to start pre-production on ‘Prince Caspian’ … and she asked me if I wanted to illustrate for her. 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. 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. 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.

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