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San Diego Comic-Con 2010 Diary: Day One

Apologies for not writing or tweeting yesterday during the first official day of San Diego Comic-Con. I was stuck in the cavernous expanse of the behemoth Hall H all day yesterday (yes, from waiting in line at 8 am until I left Hall H at 7 pm last night) and had limited internet connectivity and no access to Twitter. (Thank you, AT&T, for making the first day of SDCC so bloody unbearable.)

But while internet issues were a headache, the day was actually quite a lot of fun. I spent the day covering the various film panels that were going on for The Daily Beast's Cheat Sheet, firing off small news items about such films as Megamind, Tron: Legacy, Salt, The Expendables, RED, Scott Pilgrim, and the Entertainment Weekly Visionaries panel for J.J. Abrams and Joss Whedon.

While there wasn't much in the way of news emanating from the latter (other than Joss "officially" confirming that he is directing The Avengers), it was a blast to see these two genius creators in conversation together as they discussed everything from 3D filmmaking, the differences between creating for film and television, their passions and their inspirations.

And the end of the day brought with it the chance to see Edgar Wright's new film Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World with the cast, the press, and some very lucky fans who grabbed 1-UP buttons during the Scott Pilgrim panel. As for the film itself? I absolutely adored it in all of its hyper-surreal fantasy trappings. It opens nationwide on August 13th and if you're fans of Bryan Lee O'Malley, Michael Cera, Wright, or Spaced, I urge you to see it that very day.

Today's schedule is a little looser though still without a break: a bunch of one-on-one interviews this morning including Edgar Wright, Bryan Lee O'Malley, Matt Reeves, and Richard Jenkins, along with the panel for HBO's True Blood, and--hopefully--more Joss Whedon.

Let's just hope my internet connection is better today...

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