Monday Movie Report: Comic-Con 2018 Preview

San Diego Comic-Con might seem light this year with no “Avengers” or “Star Wars.” However, there are plenty of movie-related panels and presentations to keep fans in California, and across the world, invested.

The events will get underway on Wednesday with New Line Cinema’s ScareDiego. According to Deadline Hollywood, there’s an expectation for news on “It: Chapter 2” to be released. Additionally, Some clips from “The Nun,” a “Conjuring” spinoff, will be shown.

On Thursday, the sixth annual Musical Anatomy of a Superhero will start things off. Work from a variety of composers will be featured.

Then, later in the day, the 20th Century Fox presentation will take place. The main focus of Fox this year will be on Shane Black’s “The Predator.” Cast members Olivia Munn, Sterling K. Brown, Keegan-Michael Key and Trevante Rhodes, as well as others, are expected to attend. Currently, that’s the only movie that’s expected to be highlighted, but Fox could throw in a surprise, such as features on “X-Men: Dark Phoenix.”

In the evening, there will be a presentation titled “Shooting Clerks.” The event will feature Christopher Downie presenting his biographical comedy about Kevin Smith, who directed the cult film “Clerks.” There is an expected sneak peak and likely a Q&A.

For Friday, festivities will get underway with a screening of the animated comedy “Teen Titans Go! To the Movies.”

Then, later in the day, is a presentation called “The Future of Film is Female.” Director of “The Spy Who Dumped Me” Susanna Fogel, writer of “Bumblebee” and “Batgirl” Christina Hodson and the director of “The Darkest Minds” Jennifer Yuh Nelson will speak about their experiences and the future of film.

The first major presentation of Friday will take place with Universal Pictures. The presentation will get underway with a panel by M. Night Shyamalan speaking about his next film “Glass.” That movie is a follow-up to his other two pictures “Unbreakable” and “Split.” While not confirmed, cast members Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, James McAvoy and Sarah Paulson may make an appearance.

Plus, the new “Halloween” film, under the Universal umbrella, will get a presentation.

Paramount will follow Universal soon after with a presentation on “Bumblebee.” Lead star Hailee Steinfeld and director Travis Knight are expected to attend.

The final major presentation for Friday belongs to Sony. The company has the animated flick “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” as well as the live action, anti-hero film “Venom” set for release this year, so those will likely get attention during the event.

Saturday will be dominated by the one and only studio presentation by Warner Bros. Despite taking a hit with a relative flop in “Justice League,” WB will likely still push DC, with panels on “Wonder Woman 1984” and “Aquaman.” It wouldn’t be a surprise if “Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins and star Gal Gadot, along with “Aquaman” director James Wan and lead cast member Jason Mamoa show up for the presentation.

Warner Bros. also has movies on the horizon including “Shazam!,” “The LEGO Movie 2,” “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Gindelwald” and “Godzilla: King of the Monsters.”

Later in the night, “An Evening with Kevin Smith” will take place. Smith will discuss his new sequel to “Jay & Silent Bob,” along with his recent directing efforts in “Supergirl” and “The Flash.”

That will basically cover all of the film events of the weekend. With that in mind, the question is the future of Disney’s properties, “Avengers” and “Star Wars.” Will they have their own separate events or are they just going to let the chips fall where they may this time around? Film fans will have to wait and see what they do.

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At the weekend box office, it was the animated sequel “Hotel Transylvania 3” easily taking the top spot with more than $44 million. The Marvel sequel, meanwhile, “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” earned $28.8 million to win second place. The other newcomer, “Skyscraper,” only managed to snag $25.4 million.

The full top five was:
1. Hotel Transylvania 3 – $44,100,000
2. Ant-Man and the Wasp – $28,840,000
3. Skyscraper – $25,485,000
4. Incredibles 2 – $16,220,000
5. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom – $15,515,000

For the upcoming weekend, audiences can see the action sequel “The Equalizer 2,” the musical sequel “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,” and the horror sequel “Unfriended: Dark Web.”

For the small screen, home releases this week include:

  • Rampage, my rating: 2.5 out of 5, Large Association of Movie Blogs rating: 2.75 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 52%.
  • I Feel Pretty, my rating: 2 out of 5, Large Association of Movie Blogs rating: 3 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 32%.
  • Truth or Dare, my rating: 1 out of 5, Large Assocition of Movie Blogs rating: 1.67 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 14%.
  • Isle of Dogs, my rating: 3.9 out of 5, Large Association of Movie Blogs rating: 4.27 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 90%.
  • Super Troopers 2, my rating: 1 out of 5, Large Association of Movie Blogs rating: 2.5 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 31%.
  • Traffik, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 26%.
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Author: Matthew Liedke

My name is Matthew Liedke. I'm a reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer in Minnesota, but I also have a passion for the art of film. This passion led me to start writing about film in 2008. From 2008-2016 I wrote pieces at my own website, After the Movie Reviews. Then, from 2016-May 2018, my write-ups were featured on AreaVoices, a blog network run by Forum Communications Company. Today, I now write film reviews and other pieces here on Word Press. More about me: I'm a 2012 graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead where I studied journalism and film. Outside of film, I enjoy sports, video games, anime and craft beers.

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