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10 things we’ve learned from Comic Con 2008

1) Fat people should not wear spandex. Or any tight-fitting costumes.

Ironman does like Burger King

Ironman does like Burger King

2) Kids in costumes are very cute, as are whole families dressing up.

The family that dresses up together, stays together.

The family that dresses up together, stays together.

Although some are just creepy.

I know a doctor who might be able to help you.

I know a doctor who might be able to help you.

But either way, there will probably be therapy issues later in life.

3) Terminator Salvation may be okay.

Full Throttle

The tragic results of excessive exposure to Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle

Read how McG wowed the Comic Con crowds here. News that Jonathon (brother of Chris) Nolan is the “lead” scriptwriter is encouraging.

4) Hugh Jackman knows how to work a crowd. And is still hot even with shaggy hair and beard.

Hugh Jackman shakes hands with Len Wein, creator of the character Wolverine

Hugh Jackman shakes hands with Len Wein, creator of the character Wolverine

5) Comic Con girls dress slutty. But we like it.

Evil cheerleaders

Evil cheerleaders

6) Twilight fans are INSANE. And scream too much and too loud. And Robert Pattinson’s hair is ridiculous.

Robert Pattinson's silly hair

Robert Pattinson's silly hair

You can watch the video below, but Correct Opinion are not responsible for any loss of hearing incurred. You have been warned.

7) Turns out San Diego doesn’t actually mean “whale’s vagina”.

We want to believe...

We want to believe...

8 ) There is a very good feeling about Watchmen.

Malin Akerman (Silk Spectre II), Zac Snyder (director) and Jackie Earle Haley (Rorschack) presented well-received new footage

Malin Akerman (Silk Spectre II), Zack Snyder (director) and Jackie Earle Haley (Rorschach) presented well-received new footage

9) Ray Stevenson looks great in a suit. But that still doesn’t mean the new Punisher will be any good.

Titus Pullo scrubs up pretty well

Titus Pullo scrubs up pretty well

10) Some people get way into their costume. But it’s all cool. Geek cool.

You'll believe a man can wear baby blue

You'll believe a man can wear baby blue

Go on...admit it...it looks fun...right?

Go on...admit it...it looks fun...right?

For more photos, blogs and videos direct from the event, check out Empire’s Comic Con coverage here.

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Tom Cruise’s Tropic Thunder cameo

It was reported a number of months ago that Tom Cruise would be playing a small part in the upcoming Tropic Thunder. Director Ben Stiller has expressed that he’d wished to keep the cameo a secret, but I guess you can’t have an actor of Cruise’s celebrity appearing on set without some sort of leak. The photo below shows Cruise getting into character, complete with bald cap, fake chest hair and fat belly suit:

Tom Cruise

Sexified!

While actors in the film, such as Ben Hader and Stiller himself, have since stated that Cruise is hilarious in his role, that was to be expected.

More convincing, though, is the reaction from an industry screening in L.A. on Tuesday night. It has now been revealed that Cruise is playing the studio boss of the fictitious war movie being filmed within Tropic Thunder (where a group of pampered actors are dropped into real warfare in the jungle when the director and writer get sick of their spoiled ways, but the actors think it’s just an extreme form of boot camp for the film – think Three Amigos! crossed with Apocalyse Now).

His character is, by all accounts, a foul-mouthed and ruthless mogul. The New York Times have described the audience reaction as “rapturous”.

We can only hope that Cruise has produced a genuinely funny character. Lord knows he’s in need of some audience goodwill right now, not to mention something to restore his credibility.