Event will also premiere Miike's 'Yatterman'
It’s not quite a nerd Mecca like San Diego, but the New York Comicon has plenty going for it this year:For starters, there’s a 50-minute preview of Pixar’s new “Up” on Saturday. Director Pete Docter and producer Jonas Rivera will introduce the tentpole hopeful, which Disney has set for May 29. The film chronicles the exploits of a 78-year-old balloon salesman who escapes being committed to an assisted-living home with help from a boy 70 years his junior.
* * *Cult Japanese horror director Takashi Miike will hold the world premiere of his film “Yatterman” at the con. Pic is a bigscreen adaptation of a Japanese giant robot TV show from the 1970s. The prolific “Audition” helmer and star Sho Sakurai will be on hand at the con for multiple events, including the screening. “Yatterman” follows a two-person team dedicated to protecting an artifact called the Skull Stone from the pic’s villains. Screening is today.
* * *Other preems at the con include Warner Animation and DC Comics’ upcoming DVD effort “Wonder Woman,” with cast in person at a post-screening panel today. Stars include Virginia Madsen, “Firefly” thesp Nathan Fillion and “Futurama” voice actor John DiMaggio. And speaking of “Futurama,” the final film in Fox Home Entertainment’s 4-DVD-movie “5th season” of the canceled but beloved sci-fi comedy toon will also unspool at the Javits Center. “Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder” is set for today as well.