Comic-Con Day 3: Sneak peeks of upcoming movies, panels on popular TV shows

SAN DIEGO - The third day of Comic-Con in San Diego featured sneak peeks of upcoming movies and panels on popular television shows.

Warner Bros. kicked off the schedule at 10 a.m. with presentations of:

  • "Jupiter Ascending," a science fiction thriller by the creators of "The Matrix" that stars Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis;
  • "Mad Max: Fury Road," a return to the post-apocalyptic universe with Tom Hardy in the title role; and
  • "The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies," the final film in The Hobbit Trilogy.

At the "Hobbit" panel, the crowd cheered as members took the stage. They were light-hearted and talked about their characters as elves. One Comic-Con fan eferred to as "Button Lady" asked one of the stars to pronounce her name in his character's accent.

Film director George Miller spoke at the "Mad Max" panel. He says he has fulfilled his childhood dream.

"When I was a kid, I always got into trouble for drawing cartoons and reading too many comic books … going off and seeing too many movies and so on," Miller said. "Never dreamed that something like this would be the case."

At the "Jupiter Ascending" panel, cheers filled the room when Channing Tatum took the stage. He was the only cast member to attend. The movie has the same creators as the "The Matrix" trilogy.

The production company will join DC Comics at 8 p.m. for a world premiere screening of the television series "Gotham," along with looks at other programs.

Panels throughout the day will look at the 25th anniversary of "The Simpsons," "Once Upon a Time," "Family Guy" and "True Blood."

Concluding the schedule is the 40th Comic-Con Masquerade, a showcase and awards show for costumes worn by attendees.

Stars scheduled to appear during the day included Jessica Alba, who will help promote the film "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For:" Nina Dobrev, who will talk about "The Vampire Diaries" television program; Elle Fanning and Ben Kingsley, who provided voices for the upcoming animated picture "The Boxtroll," Anna Paquin, who will be part of the "True Blood" panel, and Charlize Theron, who appears in the "Mad Max" film.

Pre-paid parking at the convention center and Hilton Bayfront was sold out.

Free shuttles will run between the convention center and hotels in downtown, Mission Valley, Shelter Island and Harbor Island. Shuttle service will run 24 hours a day until Sunday at 7 p.m.

Organizers encourage attendees to use the San Diego Trolley and the North County Transit District's Coaster train. The Metropolitan Transit Systems says the Green Line trolley to the convention center and Gaslamp Quarter will run every seven and a half minutes -- twice as often as normal -- during Comic-Con.

The trolley system will also offer paperless tickets on its new mticket mobile application.

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