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Comic-Con 2011 Movies Schedule: Thursday

Day 1 in the place where dreams come true — Hall H at Comic-Con — seems bland at first glance this year, but some definite surprises could be awaiting us. There are staples, such as an appearance from the cast of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1, as well as the presence of Guillermo Del Toro. He'll there to promote a film that was at the Con last year in Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, but he'll also be talking with Jon Favreau later in the evening about anything and everything.

The big mystery lies in what 20th Century Fox has prepared for us. The obvious would be Rise of the Planet of the Apes, but many people expect a showing for next summer's Alien prequel, Prometheus, from director Ridley Scott, or perhaps Timur Bekmambetov's Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.

Check out tomorrow's panels and keep an eye out for our PAM staff's recaps! All the times below are PACIFIC time and the summaries come from the Comic-Con website.

(11:15-12:15) The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 

Summit Entertainment presents a sneak peek at the highly anticipated next chapter of The Twilight Saga. This is a must see for fans interested in the story’s final chapters. You’ll see exclusive footage from The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 1 and be treated to a filmmaker and cast Q&A session providing details on the first half of the epic two-part finale. 

(12:45-1:45) Sony Pictures Animation

Arthur Christmas - 
The 3-D, CG-animated family comedy Arthur Christmas, an Aardman production for Sony Pictures Animation, at last reveals the incredible, never-before seen answer to every child’s question: “So how does Santa deliver all those presents in one night?” The answer: Santa’s exhilarating, ultra-high-tech operation hidden beneath the North Pole. But at the heart of the film is a story with the ingredients of a Christmas classic — a family in a state of comic dysfunction and an unlikely hero, Arthur, with an urgent mission that must be completed before Christmas morning dawns. Producer Peter Lord and co-writer Peter Baynham discuss the animated film.

The Pirates! Band of Misfits - 
In the 3-D, stop motion-animated The Pirates! Band of Misfits, Hugh Grant, stars in his first animated role as the luxuriantly bearded Pirate Captain — a boundlessly enthusiastic, if somewhat less-than-successful, terror of the High Seas. With a rag-tag crew at his side (Martin Freeman, Brendan Gleeson, Russell Tovey, and Ashley Jensen), and seemingly blind to the impossible odds stacked against him, the Captain has one dream: to beat his bitter rivals Black Bellamy (Jeremy Piven) and Cutlass Liz (Salma Hayek) to the much coveted Pirate Of The Year Award. It’s a quest that takes our heroes from the shores of exotic Blood Island to the foggy streets of Victorian London. Along the way they battle a diabolical queen (Imelda Staunton) and team up with a haplessly smitten young scientist (David Tennant), but never lose sight of what a pirate loves best: adventure! Director/producer Peter Lord will be live on stage to talk about the movie.

(2:00-3:00) FilmDistrict - Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, Drive

FilmDistrict, the new studio that brought you Insidious, celebrates two upcoming features: Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, a Guillermo Del Toroproduction starring Katie Holmes and Guy Pearce, and Drive, directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, starring Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Ron Perlman, and Christina Hendricks. Exclusive footage will be presented and a Q&A will be held for both films.

(3:15-4:30) 20th Century Fox  

At past Comic-Cons, 20th Century Fox has previewed Independence Day, X2, Avatar, and X-Men Origins: Wolverine. You won’t want to miss the excitement this year, as Fox presents first-looks at some of its most-anticipated pictures of 2011 and 2012. 

(4:45-5:45) Robert Rodriguez's Quick Draw Productions

Be the first to get a sneak peek at Robert Rodriguez‘s upcoming films. Robert presents Quick Draw’s new slate featuring special guest collaborators. He will also show exclusive material from his latest top-secret project.

(6:00-7:00) Entertainment Weekly Visionaries: Guillermo Del Toro and Jon Favreau

EW moderates an in-depth conversation with Jon Favreau (Cowboys & Aliens) and Guillermo del Toro (Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark), two filmmakers at the forefront of bringing geek culture to the masses and making blockbuster art out of pulp fiction. They will discuss their inspirations, their current work, and how they strive to put a personal stamp on blockbuster entertainment. Plus: How is new technology changing the way stories are produced and viewed? And what do they think the pop culture universe will look like a decade from now? Moderated by Jeff “Doc” Jensen.


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