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Comic Con At Home presents ‘Antlers’ with Director Scott Cooper and Producer Guillermo del Toro

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Moderated by Steve Weintraub from Collider, the panel featured a trailer for the Horror film ‘Antlers’, and an interview with director Scott Cooper and producer Guillermo del Toro.

Del Toro spoke about the overall message of the film, stating that all the pain and rage incarnate in the movie is like an invocation for the dubious star monster, a Native American legend called the Wendigo, calling it “a metaphor made flesh”.

Del Toro gleefully spoke about the strange intersectionality of his three most influential directors: Disney, Hitchcock, and Spanish-Mexican surrealist Bunuel.

When asked if they were given a ton of money and could green-light any project, Cooper talked about a script he had written for an Edgar Allen Poe film, and of course, del Toro immediately responded with the Mountains of Madness and Frankenstein. Though del Toro added, he would want to do Frankenstein in a 2 to 3 part story, in order to get all parts of the book, as it changes voices so many times and is a complicated story.

Del Toro went on to talk about the filmmaking process, stating that editing is typing with the most expensive typewriter in the whole world. He claimed to be a big believer in the physical medium of DVDs, mentioning he has over 7 thousand of them in his house, likening his collection to when one wants to read Walt Whitman or Ulysses, you go and pull out the physical book and read, or in this case, watch. Del Toro watches all the extras and audio commentary, he said, and explained that by watching your favorite filmmakers closely, their techniques can eventually become a new tool for your tool-belt.

In del Toro’s opinion, the Coen brothers are the best living filmmakers right now, but they’re also the ones who hold the most mystery for fellow filmmakers. Del Toro served as a juror for them at the Cannes film festival, and interviewed them whenever he got the chance, and rhapsodized about their filmmaking instincts being all their own.

Cooper talked about the overlying themes of the film ‘Antlers’ – climate crisis, drug-addicted populace, our treatment of Native Americans, and abject poverty, all wrapped together in a monster film. How he and del Toro worked well together on the setting of the film, and the energy between spaces Coopers films have, referring to it at the Scott Cooper moment.

Cooper talked about ‘Antlers’ being his first immersion into the supernatural, and how risk is one of the great pleasures of making a film. He said, horror films are for people who don’t want to confront the darkness inside themselves directly, and they (horror films) provide an escape.

Cooper spoke about having Native American story advisors on the set of ‘Antlers’, especially his friend and fellow filmmaker Chris Eyre, who made the 1998 film ‘Smoke Signals’, and Professor Grace Dylan of Portland State University, head of Indigenous Studies and considered the foremost authority on the Wendigo.

“The First Nations (Native Americans, et al) in Canada and North America advisers told me they really do believe in the Wendigo. The Wendigo represents greed and colonialism. As a white Anglo-Saxon Protestant raised-Episcopalian, if I’m going to discuss any Native American folklore or themes that discourse through NA life, I want to have people (advising) who know much more about it than I, and I want to get it right.”

Del Toro gleefully agreed, explaining that the Wendigo is a metaphor for insatiability, as in the more it eats, the more hungry it gets, and the more it eats, the weaker it gets. How every character in the movie is enacting or suffering from rage, and are a bunch of broken characters trying to get together.

The master of combining practical and digital effects from previous jaunts such as ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’, del Toro explained he did exactly the same for ‘Antlers’. The Wendigo has specific precepts you have to have, del Toro said, like the name of the film, ‘Antlers’. The design elements have to be almost surreal or abstract, because as del Toro cleverly put it, they’re not creating a monster, they’re creating a God.

‘Antlers’ is set to be released by Searchlight Pictures on February 19, 2021.

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The HISTORY Channel’s “The Secret of Skinwalker Ranch” To Make Panel Debut at San Diego Comic-Con

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“The Secret of Skinwalker Ranch,” a hit nonfiction series on the HISTORY Channel, is making its debut at San Diego Comic-Con with an exclusive panel. The panel will feature aerospace engineer, astrophysicist, and lead scientist Dr. Travis Taylor; Defense Intelligence Senior Executive (Retired) Jay Stratton; and others. The series follows current ranch owner Brandon Fugal and an accredited team of scientists, researchers, and experts as they conduct carefully curated scientific experiments, daring drilling and drone exercises, and more to uncover what’s taking place on the anomalous 512-acre hotspot of high strangeness and UAP-related activity. New episodes currently air on Tuesdays at 9/8c, with the two-hour season five finale airing on Tuesday, July 23 at 9/8c.

HISTORY’s “THE SECRET OF SKINWALKER RANCH” PANEL – Thursday, July 25 from 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Hilton San Diego Bayfront (Indigo Ballroom)

Can You Keep A Secret? Unveiling the Secrets of Skinwalker Ranch – Ever seen a UAP? Or witnessed something strange and unusual that you couldn’t explain? Join the experts from The HISTORY® Channel’s hit series The Secret of Skinwalker Ranch, including astrophysicist and lead scientist Dr. Travis Taylor and others, for a dynamic panel discussing the motivations, inclinations and secret findings currently taking place at one of the most infamous UAP and paranormal hotspots to ever exist. The moderator will be Matt Zoller Seitz (New York Magazine/Vulture). Cast subject to change.

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ADULT SWIM TO HOST FOUR-DAY “PIRATE PARRRTY” AT SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2024 ALONGSIDE EXCLUSIVE SNEAK PEEKS, SERIES PANELS AND LAUNCH OF THE “RICK AND MORTY: THE ANIME” ANIME-RICAN TOUR

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Adult Swim, the global leader in adult animation, unveiled plans today for San Diego Comic-Con which includes an ongoing Pirate-themed fan “parrrty” featuring a series of special evening events, exclusive panels diving into key Adult Swim programs, and the kick-off of a cross-country mobile tour to celebrate “Rick and Morty: The Anime.”

“For reasons too long to get into, we at Adult Swim have always used a pirate ship (and, owls, but maybe we’ll do that at a later con) as a metaphor for how we operate,” said Michael Ouweleen, president, Adult Swim. “We thought since we like to think of us, fans and network, as all one thing, that we should bring the pirate ship to the harbor of San Diego this year and let everyone join us on the – erm – poop deck.”

ADULT SWIM PIRATE PARRRTY

Adult Swim will crash onto the shores of San Diego with a shipwreck adventure on the network’s Adult Swim on the Green space outside the San Diego Convention Center (5th Avenue Landing and Convention Way). The “Adult Swim Pirate Parrrty” will include custom games, exclusive first looks, giveaways, and evening entertainment including DJ laser sets – no badge required!

The space will also host a series of special evening events including:

  • AEW x Adult Swim “Battle for the Booty” Wrestling Tournament – Join a collection of AEW wrestlers who will face off in a tag team tournament against famous Adult Swim faces for a no-holds-barred event as each competitor vies for the chance to win the “Battle for the Booty” title. Thursday (7/25) at 7:30pm
  • Adult Swim’s Night of New – Comic-Con attendees will be the first to experience a collection of brand-new Adult Swim series at this special screening event featuring the full-length premiere episodes of “Common Side Effects,” “Rick and Morty: The Anime,” “Invincible Fight Girl,” and “Women Wearing Shoulder Pads” alongside more never-before-seen Adult Swim content.  The screening will also be livestreamed in real-time on Adult Swim’s YouTube Channel. Don’t miss your chance! Friday (7/26) at 7:30pm
  • Fun with Zach and Michael – Fresh off the finale of the hit series’ second season, join “SMILING FRIENDS” co-creators Michael Cusack and Zach Hadel for a special live-draw and fan Q&A event. Saturday (7/27) at 7:30pm

The first 1,000 attendees to join the “Adult Swim Pirate Parrrty” at 1pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday will receive an exclusive giveaway! For more details on the “Adult Swim Pirate Parrrty” visit here.

RICKMOBILE TOUR KICK-OFF

This summer marks the return of the famed Rickmobile and Mortymobile for Adult Swim’s “Anime-rican” tour in support of the new series “Rick and Morty: The Anime,” and San Diego Comic-Con is its first stop! Fans attending the “Adult Swim Pirate Parrrty” will have a chance for a photo-op with the Mortymobile, while the Rickmobile will roam San Diego’s Gaslamp District with special giveaways. After Comic-Con, both the Rickmobile and the Mortymobile will cross the country for a nine-city tour that will conclude in Adult Swim’s hometown of Atlanta.

PANEL EVENTS

The fun continues inside with a series of can’t-miss panels featuring advanced looks, breaking news and insightful discussion from series creators and voice talent:

  • Adult Swim’s “Common Side Effects” Series First Look – Come experience the side effects of an incredible panel discussion about Adult Swim’s highly anticipated new series.  “Common Side Effects.”  From executive producers Mike Judge and Greg Daniels, and creators Joe Bennett and Steve Hely, this comedic thriller follows two former high school lab partners who take on big pharma and government agencies as they try to bring a medicine that cures everything to the whole world. Co-creator Steve Hely and writer/director Sean Buckelew will join the series voice cast including Martha KellyEmily PendergastJoseph Lee Anderson and Dave King to discuss the new series. Friday (7/26) at 11am, Indigo Ballroom
  • Adult Swim’s “Rick And Morty: The Anime” Series First Look – Go further into the multiverse of Rick and Morty with the new series “Rick and Morty: The Anime” as it lands at San Diego Comic-Con.  Writer/director Takashi Sano, producers Joseph Chou and Takenari Maeda, and Adult Swim’s head of action and anime Jason DeMarco will share details about the intergalactic adventure and show you the inner workings of the new series on Adult Swim. Friday (7/26) at 12pm, Indigo Ballroom
  • “My Adventures with Superman” Screening Presentation and Panel – Join executive producers Jake WyattJosie CampbellBrendan Clogher, and voice cast members Jack QuaidAlice LeeIshmel Sahid, and Kiana Madeira as they answer your burning questions from season two. Plus get the early scoop on all the action, comedy, and romance that awaits Clark, Lois, and Jimmy in season three. Airing on Adult Swim, “My Adventures with Superman” is produced by Warner Bros. Animation. Saturday (7/27) at 10am, Indigo Ballroom 
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BMI AND WHITE BEAR PR PRESENT“THE CHARACTER OF MUSIC: THE ART OF SCORING FOR ANIMATION” AT COMIC-CON 2024

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BMI® and White Bear PR are excited to present “The Character of Music: The Art of Scoring for Animation,” at Comic-Con 2024. The panelists include BMI composers Sherri Chung, Deana Kiner, Kevin Kiner, Sean Kiner, Joy Ngiaw, along with composers The Newton Brothers and songwriter Alex Seaver. The panel will be moderated by White Bear PR’s Chandler Poling and introduced by BMI’s Director, Film, TV & Visual Media, Louie Stephens.

Step into the mesmerizing world where sound meets artistry at this year’s “The Character of Music: The Art of Scoring for Animation” panel. Discover how composers work hand in hand with animators and directors to weave a seamless tapestry of sound and imagery. The panelists include Deana, Kevin and Sean Kiner (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars: The Bad Batch, Star Wars: Rebels), Sherri Chung (Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai, Based On A True Story), Joy Ngiaw (Blush, Barbie Mysteries), The Newton Brothers (X-MEN ’97), and songwriter Alex Seaver aka MAKO (Arcane: League of Legends). 

WHERE: 
San Diego Convention Center Room 6BCF
111 W. Harbor Dr.
San Diego, CA 92101 

WHEN: 
Sunday, July 28, 2024 

TIME:

2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. PST

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