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This weekend in sunny San Diego continues the exceedingly anticipated movie and media summit known as ComicCon, which, if you are not familiar, is like the Super Bowl for nerds. Only instead of multimillion dollar commercials and flashy half-time shows, they clamor for early teasers of upcoming TV series and action and super hero movies.
The Total Recall remake, Elysium, Django Unchained and Looper—both shot in New Orleans—are slated to debut new footage this weekend, most of which ought to appear online a few days after debuting at ComicCon in tradition holds.
Audiences will also get their first, extended look at nearly-finished footage from Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings prequel The Hobbit, based on J.R.R. Tolkien's beloved novel and slated for a Dec. 14 release.
But fans of fantasy literature have already been treated to the first trailer from Sam Raimi's highly anticipated Oz: The Great and Powerful. The film stars James Franco as a much younger Oz than the one we remember from the 1939 classic, playing him as a traveling magician and self-made huckster of sorts alongside a trio of witches played by Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams and Rachel Weisz.
This trailer begins with a nice nod to the classic Oz's groundbreaking transition to color, and reveals a fantastical, CG-created world that will rely heavily on these actor's performances and the mechanics of the plot to build believability and drama with an audience over the age of 13. Not an impossible task, but even Tim Burton failed a few years ago with his overly cartoonish take on< Alice in Wonderland.
Oz the Great and Powerful is slated for release on March 7, 2013. Check out the trailer below:
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