Well Go USA Touts ‘Invincible Dragon’ Blu-ray Disc, DVD and Digital Release on San Diego Comic-Con@Home Panel

Well Go USA unveiled an all-new trailer for live-action martial arts movie Invincible Dragon as part of a July 23 presentation at the first San Diego Comic-Con@Home “Superhero Kung Fu Extravaganza” panel discussion.

The panel featured Ric Meyers (Films of Fury, Atlas Originals Presents Targitt), Frank Djeng (Iron Fists & Kung Fu Kicks), Eric Jacobus (God of War), Chris Mancini (Rise of the Kung Fu Dragon Master), and Jan Lucanus (Justice for Hire) — as well as special guests Peter Pham (Foggy Mountain) and Scott Adkins (Doctor Strange, Ip Man 4).

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When a brilliant but trigger-happy detective (played by martial arts star Max Zhang, IP Man 3, Master Z: Ip Man Legacy) is outsmarted by a serial killer, he pays a high price for his momentary lapse in judgment. Robbed of both his fiancée and his job, he soon spirals out of control and goes back to what he knows best: fighting. Unbeknownst to him, a serendipitous reunion with an old rival (Brazilian mixed martial artist Anderson Silva) may be the key to unlocking the truth about his fiancée’s disappearance—and to apprehending the killer.

Well Go USA will street Invincible Dragon on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Oct. 6.

Comic-Con Canceled, to Return in 2021

In a widely expected move, organizers of the San Diego Comic Convention, or Comic-Con International, announced that this year’s event has been canceled — for the first time in the pop culture event’s 50-year history.

According to an April 17 press release, “there will be no Comic-Con in 2020. The event will instead return to the San Diego Convention Center from July 22-25, 2021.”

This year’s San Diego Comic-Con International was scheduled for  July 23-26 at the San Diego Convention Center. The event is one of the biggest fan shows in the world and draws more than 130,000 attendees to San Diego each summer.

While the event started in the 1970s as a traditional comic book convention, in the past 20 years the show has become a major hotbed of Hollywood marketing, giving studios an active fanbase to showcase new movies and TV shows. Recent years have seen an increasing emphasis on home entertainment, particularly streaming services.

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Organizers said in the press release that “they had hoped to delay this decision in anticipation that COVID-19 concerns might lessen by summer,” but “continuous monitoring of health advisories and recent statements by the governor of California have made it clear that it would not be safe to move forward with plans for this year.”

Earlier in the week, California Gov. Gavin Newsom outlined steps to get the state up and running again, although he warned it would be a slow go.

He said “the prospect of mass gatherings is negligible at best until we get to herd immunity and we get to a vaccine. … Large-scale events that bring in hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands of strangers altogether across every conceivable difference, health and otherwise, is not in the cards based upon our current guidelines and current expectations.”

A short time after the governor’s remarks, organizers of the annual San Diego County Fair, which was scheduled to begin its month-long run in early June, said the fair would not be held. The fair attracts more than 1 million visitors each year.

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Comic-Con organizers April 17 further announced that plans for a Comic-Con Museum in San Diego’s Balboa Park also have been impacted. Renovations to the park’s historic Federal Building, the museum’s future home, are being “rephased,” although organizers insist they “will not scale back the experience to be offered to visitors upon the museum’s grand opening. They anticipate releasing building plans illustrating the Museum’s transformation and sharing more information about those efforts in the coming months.”

The Comic-Con exhibit floor in July 2019.

Comic-Con organizers also announced that individuals who purchased badges for Comic-Con 2020 will have the option to request a refund or transfer their badges to Comic-Con 2021. All 2020 badge holders will receive an email within the next week with instructions on how to request a refund. Exhibitors for Comic-Con 2020 also will have the option to request a refund or transfer their payments to Comic-Con 2021 and will also receive an email within the next week with instructions on how to process their request.

In the next few days onPeak, Comic-Con’s official hotel affiliate, will be canceling all hotel reservations and refunding all deposits made through them.

“Extraordinary times require extraordinary measures and while we are saddened to take this action, we know it is the right decision,” said David Glanzer, spokesperson for the organization. “We eagerly look forward to the time when we can all meet again and share in the community we all love and enjoy.”

In March, Comic-Con International canceled their WonderCon Anaheim event, which was to have been held April 10-12, 2020. WonderCon will return to the Anaheim Convention Center March 26-28, 2021.

‘Teen Titans’ Talent Reflects on OG, New Series Movie Matchup

It’s a clash between the OG and new superheros in the new animated movie Teen Titans Go! vs. Teen Titans, available on digital Sept. 24, and Blu-ray combo pack and DVD Oct. 15 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

The movie had its world premiere July 21 during San Diego Comic-Con International, attended by cast and creators.

The direct-to-video movie is a clash of two superhero universes, pairing the modern-day Teen Titans from the current ‘Go!’ series with their 2003 counterparts from the original in a fight to foil Trigon, Hexago and even Santa Clause to save the multiverse.

“It’s really fun, and fans of the new one will be happy because there are so many funny moments. It’s so comedic. Fans of the original will be happy, too, because the stakes are very high, the danger’s very real, the acting is very authentic,” said voice actress Tara Strong, who plays both versions of Raven. “It’s the perfect dichotomy and both fandoms really get to come together and appreciate each other, and then of course there’s this multiverse of Teen Titans that you never knew.”

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In a way, the movie allows the two fandoms to air their differences, filmmakers said.

“If you’re a fan of the original I feel like the original Titans in this movie are speaking for you because you are seeing the ‘Go’ Titans through their eyes,” said producer/director Jeff Mednikow.

Voiceover stars had to play both the new and old versions of their characters, sometimes having conversations with themselves.

“I think the ones that are furthest apart are probably Robin and Robin,” said co-writer Jeremy Adams.

“I think the new Robin tests the original Robin’s patience,” said Scott Menville, who plays both.

The two Trigons were the “most fun” villains to play against each other, said co-screenwriter Marly Halpern-Graser.

“Switching between Cyborgs is like me with a lot of caffeine versus maybe just a half a cup,” said Khary Payton, who plays both Titans.

“The original Beast Boy is more like a dog, and ‘Teen Titans Go!’ Beast Boy is more like a hyena,” said Greg Cipes (Beast Boy), who brought his canine friend to the screening to emphasize the point.

The cast members are close and have a rapport that informs the project.

“They just know what they’re doing,” said co-writer Adams. “They know it so well.”

“They know these characters better than I ever could,” added co-writer Halpern-Graser.

News of the comeback of the Titans for “Go!” was the “best phone call I’ve ever gotten,” said Hynden Walch, who plays both Starfires.

“We play off of each other a lot,” Walch said, noting that sometimes the script will say “Titans argue” and the actors will improvise.

“We really vibe off of each other a lot,” Payton added, joking that his ad libbing didn’t work as well for his role in “The Walking Dead” and producers asked, “Khari, could you please just stick to the script?”

FandangoNow Creates Playlists for San Diego Comic-Con

With Comic-Con in full swing in San Diego through July 21, FandangoNow, Fandango’s transactional VOD service, is hosting two new playlists devoted to fan favorites and genre films.

Fandango correspondent Alicia Malone, author of the feminist film histories The Female Gaze and Backwards and in Heels, July 19 is moderating a Comic-Con panel entitled “The Future of Film is Female.” The panel on genre films by female filmmakers features Rotten Tomatoes editor Jacqueline Coley, Fast Color director Julia Hart, Terminator producer Gale Anne Hurd and Black Panther cinematographer Rachel Morrison.

Malone has curated a FandangoNow playlist of her favorite female-helmed genre films, including Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman, Mary Harron’s American Psycho, Anna Biller’s The Love Witch, Veronika Franz’s Goodnight Mommy, Karyn Kusama’s Jennifer’s Body, Kathryn Bigelow’s Strange Days, Mimi Leder’s Deep Impact and Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle in Time.

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Also in honor of the convention’s 50th anniversary, Rotten Tomatoes has curated a special playlist of 50 Movies that Defined Comic-Con on FandangoNow, featuring such titles as Iron Man, Twilight and “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy.

FYE Chain Mounts Pop-Up Shop for San Diego Comic-Con

The FYE, For Your Entertainment, chain has mounted a pop-up shop in San Diego for the July 18-21 Comic-Con convention.

The shop, running through the end of Comic-Con, is in Horton Plaza at 4th Ave and F St, near the convention center. It features an assortment of limited edition exclusive products and shared convention exclusives, including collaborations with Funko, Adult Swim, NEFF, Nickelodeon, Garbage Pail Kids, NBC Universal, Aggretsuko and others

Convention exclusives include:

  • Child’s Play Cereal
  • SpongeBob Con tee
  • Aggretsuko Con tee and tote
  • The Creme Shop Aggretsuko beauty products
  • King Kill Kat Death Pepper from Andrew Bell
  • Rick & Morty Con Tee
  • Skate decks by Finesse featuring Quiccs, Andrew Bell, Sonic
  • Shared San Diego Comic Con exclusives

 

Other FYE exclusives include:

  • Exclusive Funko Pops
  • Quiccs Teq63 Icy Grape – very limited
  • Exclusive Stabby by Greg “Craola” Simkins
  • Ron English’s Popaganda – Monochrome Cereal Killers
  • SpongeBob x Op Exclusive Apparel
  • Garbage Pail Kids line of consumable products & tee
  • Yu-Gi-Oh consumables and tee
  • Bob Ross consumables and tees
  • Ghostbusters consumables
  • Dragon Ball Z Complete Series
  • Exclusive Vinyl, steelbooks, box sets
  • Stranger Things Cassette
  • Game of Thrones Vinyl

 

The FYE pop-up also will host fan experiences and signings throughout the convention, including:

  • Nickelodeon characters photo op
  • Tyler Bates signing, composer of John Wick and Guardians of the Galaxy
  • “Aggretsuko” meet and greet and life-size Funko box photo op
  • David Kirschner and Don Mancini, Child’s Play creators, signing
  • Ron English signing
  • Joe Simko, Garbage Pail Kids Artist, signing
  • Hi-Chew taste test sampling
  • Yu-Gi-Oh Speed Dueling in-store demo
  • “Game of Thrones” replica weapons display
  • SalesOne Pop-Up with an exclusive “SpongeBob” 20th anniversary pin