Fanning fan flames
Now that superfans have packed up their Stormtrooper suits and bat capes comes the analysis of the big winners at San Diego Comic-Con. The Con-sensus:
▪ The most anticipated event didn’t disappoint, even though little was revealed: “Star Wars” stars Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford — in his first public appearance since his plane crash — chatted it up along with other cast members of December’s “The Force Awakens.” After screening behind-the-scenes footage, director J.J. Abrams took the crowd of 6,500 outside for a surprise San Diego Symphony concert of John Williams’ music and free lightsabers for all.
Footage of “Deadpool,” starringRyan Reynolds
as the foul-mouthed, wisecracking Marvel superhero, drew a standing ovation and calls for an encore viewing. That would be quite the comeback after Reynolds’ “Green Lantern” fizzled. The movie is due in February.
“The Hunger Games” cast entered the convention hall with a dramatic drum procession, and the trailer with more Peeta and warrior Katniss didn’t disappoint. But the best part was the off-screen chemistry of starsJosh Hutcherson, Jennifer Lawrence
. Lawrence called the guys her best friends and said that on their last night of filming, the three “held each other and slept like puppies.” The final movie in the franchise, “Mockingjay — Part 2,” arrives in November.
First lady, first date
Barack and Michelle Obama’s first date, back in 1989, sounds like the gauzy montages you see in Hollywood romances. And so that date is becoming a romance, “Southside With You.”Parker Sawyers
plays Obama as a young associate wooing an attorney named Michelle Robinson (Tika Sumpter
). On one summer afternoon and evening, the couple visit the Art Institute of Chicago, watch Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing” and share their first kiss outside an ice cream parlor. Spoiler alert: They end up getting married and moving to a big white house.
Big screen to small
TV continues to mine Hollywood for new series:
▪ “Hotel Transylvania,” the animated adventures of Dracula and his teenage daughter, will become a series starting in 2017, says The Wrap.
▪ “The Last Starfighter,” the 1984 cult flick that was one of the first to use CGI, might be one of the first TV shows to use virtual reality technology, says Indiewire.
| Sharon Hoffmann, email@example.com