The Latest: Eli Roth showcases 'Green Inferno' at Comic-Con

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Posted: Jul 09, 2015 11:56 PM
The Latest: Eli Roth showcases 'Green Inferno' at Comic-Con

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The latest from Thursday's sessions at the Comic-Con International fan festival in and around the San Diego Convention Center (all times local):

7:18 p.m.

Eli Roth feels at home at Comic-Con, so he showcased footage from his latest horror flick to the San Diego pop-culture fest.

His new film, "The Green Inferno," is set to open in September.

"You feel the love of movies here," he said. "There's no pretentiousness. I feel like I'm with my people."

The film centers on a group of young environmentalists whose plane crashes in the Amazon, where they're confronted by a native, cannibalistic tribe.

Roth spent six weeks shooting the film in the jungles of Peru, saying, "We were up for an adventure."

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7:13 p.m.

Most films at Comic-Con introduce footage by trotting out the biggest stars in the cast.

Ridley Scott's upcoming space adventure "The Martian" took a somewhat unconventional approach. Instead of having star Matt Damon on the stage, audiences were treated to a panel with best-selling author Andy Weir and the real NASA scientists who are working on putting a human on Mars.

NASA scientist Jim Green talked about the history of the planet. NASA Space Launch System Program Manager Todd May explained the logistics of the journey. And newly anointed astronaut Victor Glover wondered if he might actually be the first person to walk on Mars.

Audiences also saw a clip from the film, showing Matt Damon's Mark Watney and his crew at rest in the ship before the launch.

Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara and Kristen Wiig also star in "The Martian," which hits theaters Oct. 2.

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4:15 p.m.

"Sherlock" stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman weren't on hand for a Comic-Con panel celebrating the modern-day take on the crime-solving series. However, the show's creators teased fans with footage from an upcoming Victorian-set stand-alone "Sherlock" movie.

The clip showed Cumberbatch's Sherlock Holmes and Freeman's Dr. Watson arriving back at a snowy 221B Baker St. and being greeted by landlady Mrs. Hudson. Holmes and Dr. Watson sported period garb reminiscent of their characters' contemporary looks from the series. The clip ended with the words "coming soon ... ish."

"It's a variant of the show that's more in keeping with the original," said "Sherlock" showrunner Steven Moffat.

Moffat added that the Christmas special will be both broadcast on TV and screened in select movie theaters. He said he hasn't begun writing the show's fourth season but has a rough idea of what twists and turns he'll incorporate.

Moffat was joined on Thursday's panel by executive producer Sue Vertue and Inspector Lestrade actor Rupert Graves.

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3:35 p.m.

Fans wait in line overnight for the chance to get a first look at footage from their favorite upcoming films at Comic-Con, like the debut of a new trailer for final installment of "The Hunger Games."

And yet those in the room aren't the only ones with this exclusive access. Despite an official convention rule against live-streaming any events, there is prevalent use of services like Periscope among the uncontrollable, 6,500-person, device-enabled crowd.

"Hunger Games" producer Nina Jacobson understands the inherent tension of wanting to share what's happening with those who aren't there. But she thinks fans should put down their phones if that's the rule of the joint.

Jacobson is also in favor of making sure that fans see footage in the highest possible quality — not through a shaky iPhone.

And, in fact, a little patience might have been warranted. The final trailer for "Mockingjay - Part 2" went online shortly after it showed at the panel.

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2:47 p.m.

Celebrities, artists and VIP conventioneers looking to escape the Comic-Con crowd took refuge at the Wired Cafe, where a sun-drenched patio and open bar greeted them.

M. Night Shymalan, Eli Roth and stars from TV's "Workaholics" and "Limitless" were among those taking part in Wired magazine's eighth annual event at the pop-culture extravaganza.

At the private space inside the Omni Hotel, guests were invited to indulge in spiked ice cream from Ben & Jerry's, have their smartphones engraved and visit the space station via virtual reality.

Wired publisher Kim Kelleher says Comic-Con is part of the zeitgeist of the magazine's readers and is "very much the Wired world."

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2:30 p.m.

The latest Doctor has landed at Comic-Con.

Peter Capaldi, the 12th actor to portray the time-traveling titular hero in the long-running "Doctor Who," took the stage Thursday afternoon for his first time at the pop-culture extravaganza.

The Scottish actor was awe-struck walking into the massive Hall H venue at the San Diego Convention Center.

"It's cosmic," said Capaldi. "I've never been in front of 7,000 people before in my life."

Capaldi was joined by co-stars Michelle Gomez, Jenna Coleman and "Doctor Who" showrunner Steven Moffat.

"We both kill a lot of people," said Gomez of the Master, her villainous character. "He feels bad about it. I don't."

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12:45 p.m.

About 6,500 conventioneers at Comic-Con were the first to see the full trailer for the final installment in the "Hunger Games" series.

Stars Jennifer Lawerence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth, and director Francis Lawrence discussed the forthcoming film and shared the trailer for "Mockingjay - Part 2."

The fiery, battle-filled trailer shows Katniss Everdeen leading a civilian army into the Capitol to take on tyrannical President Snow.

"I feel like there doesn't even have to be a movie now. That was fantastic!" said panel moderator Conan O'Brien, who is taping his nightly talk show from Comic-Con this week.

Lawrence said that though the hugely popular series is coming to a close, she and Katniss are forever linked.

"Something was bestowed onto Katniss in a way that me saying yes into these movies was onto me," Lawrence said. "The changes that happened in my life from doing these movies are so permanent and still with me that I don't think I'll ever say goodbye to her."

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12:18 p.m.

Bruce Willis and Bill Murray have an ancient history that goes beyond "Moonrise Kingdom" and the upcoming "Rock the Kashbah" but that was news to Murray, he told audiences at Comic-Con.

Willis, Murray said, was a page on "Saturday Night Live" back in the day.

Although Murray didn't remember Willis in his lowly stint fetching coffee for the performers on the show, Willis fortunately had decent memories of Murray.

A few years later, after a few tequilas, Willis told Murray that he was one of the only people who was nice to him on set. The other was Gilda Radner.

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11:46 a.m.

Bill Murray is a big fan of Miley Cyrus, he told audiences at Comic-Con.

"I thought she was just a knucklehead crazy girl, the kind of girl you would go on a road trip with," he said. But, now, he's a believer.

"She's really good," he said.

Murray's been on a bit of a music tear lately, hanging with singer/songwriter Jenny Lewis at the Grateful Dead's farewell shows in Chicago this past weekend. The two rocked out to the Dead songs with people including Woody Harrelson.

He also said he's fond of the electronic band XX, which he saw "accidentally" in Nashville once.

In his upcoming film, "Rock the Kashbah," he plays a washed-up music manager who finds a new talent in Afghanistan.

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10:57 a.m.

He might star in some of the biggest nerd classics of all time, but Bill Murray had never been to their ultimate convention.

That changed early Thursday when the actor strutted through the massive Hall H, marking his first appearance at San Diego Comic-Con to promote his upcoming film "Rock the Kashbah."

The Deep Purple song "Smoke on the Water" blasted on the speakers while Murray high-fived the screaming audience members on his way to the stage.

Murray stars as a washed-up music manager who discovers a young talent while stranded in Afghanistan.

"I'm rock 'n' roll," Murray said. "That's what I am."

The film is directed by Barry Levinson and co-stars Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson and Zooey Deschanel. It is scheduled to hit theaters Oct. 23.