WonderCon 2011

In order to bring Stan Lee’s superhero Thor to life on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, developer Liquid Entertainment turned to Epic Games’s Unreal Engine 3 technology. The new game is an expansion of two universes – the original Marvel comic books and the new Paramount Pictures movie directed by Kenneth Branagh. Tying these two worlds together are actors like Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston, who provided voice acting and their likenesses for the game’s feuding brothers Thor and Loki. And to bring those likenesses, and the rest of the world, to the interactive realm Liquid Entertainment turned to a game engine they’re very familiar with.
It’s Friday the 13th, and Sony Pictures is banking on horror fans wanting some 3D scares this weekend. Priest, the new horror action flick based on the graphic novel, stars Lily Collins as Lucy. The daughter of pop singer Phil Collins has been climbing up the Hollywood heat chart since wowing audiences in The Blind Side. The actress talks about going 3D and talks about her childhood gaming in this exclusive video interview.
SAN FRANCISCO – Sony Pictures Digital has launched an anaglyph 3D action game based on the new Priest 3D movie, which opens Friday the 13th. The free online game offers three levels based on the new movie and allows players a choice of 2D or 3D gameplay (any of those old red-and-blue 3D glasses will work). The side-scrolling action game also features both a male priest and a female warrior character to choose from, as you hack and slash away at vampires and other monsters. Actor Cam Gigandet, who stars in the 3D movie, talks about filming in 3D and why he’s addicted to Call of Duty in this exclusive video interview.
Production is underway in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Marvel Studios’ highly anticipated 3D movie Marvel’s The Avengers, directed by Joss Whedon (Serenity) from a screenplay by Whedon.  The film will continue principal photography in Cleveland, Ohio and New York City. Set for release in the US on May 4, 2012, Marvel’s The Avengers is the first feature to be fully owned, marketed and distributed by Disney, which acquired Marvel in 2009. With Sega releasing video games based on most of the Marvel superheroes, including Thor and Captain America this summer, don’t be surprised to be the game giant release a video game expansion of this new movie next summer. The only catch is that Disney also owns a game studio, so they could develop a game internally.
SAN FRANCISCO – Actor Cam Gigandet is best known to legions of Twihards as the evil vampire tracker James who was intent on killing Bella in Twilight. The actor is stepping into the realm of vampires again in the new Sony Pictures 3D summer action movie, Priest, only this time he’s playing a human. The actor, who made a name for himself in the hit TV series “The O.C.,” talks about filming in 3D and why he’s addicted to Call of Duty in this exclusive video interview.
SAN FRANCISCO – Sega was at WonderCon 2011 to show off the latest version of Thor: God of Thunder, one of the big games of 2011. The spring action game features the voice and likeness of Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Tom Hiddleston as Loki from the Marvel Entertainment movie. Both actors’ likenesses will also be used in the game, which is based on the legendary franchise from Marvel and the new movie from Paramount Pictures. Producer Steven Frost talks about Thor’s first standalone appearance in a video game in this exclusive video interview.
SAN FRANCISCO – Double Helix Games showed off the latest build of its action advanture game, Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters, at WonderCon 2011. One of the big games of 2011 was part of a DC Entertainment Green Lantern celebration, which included Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively showing new 3D footage of the Warner Bros. film and a new Blu-ray and DVD animated adventure. The Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment game will be available in 3D on the Nintendo 3DS, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The Wii and Nintendo DS versions will be in 2D. Mike Donges, development director, Double Helix Games, talks about the DC Comics superhero in this exclusive video interview.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Christos Gage, an acclaimed and prolific writer of comic books, television, movies and video games, made his video game writing debut with Sega’s Captain America: Super Soldier. The Marvel Comics scribe, who has worked on Avengers Academy, Invaders, World War Hulk: X-MEN, Spider-Man/Fantastic Four, and Iron Man, was at WonderCon 2011 to discuss his first foray into the interactive space in this exclusive video interview.
SAN FRANCISCO – Christian Slater and the cast of the new Fox television series, “Breaking In,” took over the Moscone Center at WonderCon 2011 to promote their new half-hour comedy. Alphonso McAuley, who’ll be seen in the new Hollywood comedy, Cat Run, and heard in the computer-generated family film, The Lion of Judah, was on hand for the convention. The actor, who previously appeared in TV shows “Chocolate News” and “Love that Girl!,” is a big gamer in real life. He talks about his love of Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood and explains why Tenchu is the best ninja game ever in this exclusive video interview.
SAN FRANCISCO – Christian Slater and the cast of the new Fox television series, “Breaking In,” was at WonderCon 2011 to talk about the half-hour comedy. Bret Harrison, who starred in “V” and “Reaper,” was at the Moscone Center to talk about his role as computer hacker Cameron Price in the new show. He talks about his recent addiction to the Donkey Kong arcade game, which sits next to TRON on set, in this exclusive video interview.
SAN FRANCISCO – Spidey fans should be tingling with excitement about Stan Lee’s famous Marvel superhero. In addition to The Amazing Spider-Man 3D reboot from Sony Pictures starring Andrew Garfield coming July 3, 2012, Activision and Marvel Entertainment have a brand new comic book action game in the works. Developer Beenox, hot on the heels of Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, was at WonderCon 2011 to reveal the first details on the new game in this exclusive video interview.
SAN FRANCISCO – After starring in the 3D Clash of the Titans remake as Apollo, actor Luke Evans is playing Zeus in the new 3D Immortals movie. He’ll also be seen as Aramis in Paul Anderson’s The Three Musketeers in 3D this summer. With all of these 3D projects, at WonderCon 2011 the actor talks about working in the third dimension and explains why Immortals would make a great 3D video game in this exclusive video interview.

Do you guys remember those "Choose Your Own Adventure Books?" When I went into my local bookstore over the past weekend, I saw them sitting there on an endcap. R.L. Stein had his hand at these when I was in grade school with the Goosebumps version. It scared the living daylights out of me. Luckily for us, or least myself, Activision and developer Beenox are staying far away from ventriloquist dummies and are turning their to attention to something in the arachnid family.


Hal Jordan and I have something in common. Both of our rings glow green--while his turns him into The Green Lantern, mine is a symbolic representation of 200,000 green ones stuffed into the pockets of a liberal arts education system. And like Hal Jordan I may turn into the evil villan Parallax and refuse to answer the phone when my college comes 'acallin asking for donations. Mwahahah.