Friday, August 5, 2011

A Slice Of Comic Con Comes To Dublin Next Weekend

If you are from Ireland, you will know this story. Film wise we are nearly always left out, we don't get the star studded attended premieres, the movie conventions chock a block with exclusive screenings and preview footage from upcoming blockbusters, and we seem to be overlooked on the old press rounds by major directors and stars.

Our good friends over at have come up with something genius for next weekend to rectify this, they have basically brought a slice of comic con to Dublin for Ireland's many neglected and over looked film lovers with the inaugural Movie Fest.

Check out the press release below on info of what is taking place and how you can get tickets:

Event will screen six premieres in two days and showcase never before seen footage from some of the hottest upcoming Hollywood movies.

The inaugural Movie Fest, modelled on the massively successful “Comic Con” annual event held in the US, will take place at Cineworld Cinemas in Dublin on August 13 / 14.  The event will showcase, for the general public, exclusive footage from upcoming Hollywood blockbusters along with previews of Hollywood films not due for release until late 2011.  Day tickets are available for purchase for the event, and each day will include two high-profile feature film previews along with presentations from all major Hollywood studios.  These presentations will feature a huge selection of extensive never-before-seen footage and trailers from some of the most highly anticipated films of 2011 and 2012.

One ticket lasts for an entire day, and covers three full movie screenings plus the preview footage.

The schedule on Saturday August 13 includes advance screenings of Colin Farrell’s latest film, Fright Night, along with The Change Up, the latest film from the writers of The Hangover, starring Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman.  Sunday’s schedule includes advance screenings of the highly anticipated sci-fi / western Cowboys and Aliens starring Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig, plus 30 Minutes or Less, the latest film from the director of Zombieland, starring Jesse Eisenberg from The Social Network. 

Plus two mystery screenings are lined up to play on both days will feature an upcoming movie, neither will be revealed until the lights go down and the curtain goes up. Both are different in their own way, one of them in particular is turning into a critics favourite and is highly tipped for Oscars already.

With the event taking place over the course of two full days, movie fans will be able to immerse themselves and whet their appetites for some of the biggest films due for release over the next year, with a surprise or two in store including specially recorded greetings from some A-list filmmakers and actors.

Both days will feature extensive presentations with several hours worth of exclusive footage and trailers on view, including material from Twilight: Breaking Dawn, the new Steven Soderbergh movie Haywire which was shot in Ireland, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark from director Guillermo del Toro, Tower Heist starring Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy, an exclusive four minute preview of The Adventures of TinTin, Stephen Spielberg’s upcoming epic, 3D footage from the highly anticipated The Amazing Spider-Man, and a five minute clip from the new Total Recall.

“We really wanted to bring an event for film fans to Dublin that had an air of genuine excitement around it,” commented Vincent Donnelly, creator of Movie Fest.  “We had taken note of how huge Comic Con has become in the US, now attracting thousands of people and the biggest stars, and wanted to try to recreate some of that excitement here.  Irish audiences, among the most frequent moviegoers in the world, can sometimes be neglected when it comes to access to an all-inclusive event like this, and we wanted to make sure that while it was modelled on Comic Con, it’s a very unique event,” he continued.  “There will be plenty of surprises over the weekend, and plenty of prizes and goody bags for members of the audience, so if you’re a movie fan, this is definitely the event for you.

Movie Fest takes place at Cineworld Cinemas, Parnell Centre, Dublin on August 13 and 14, the full schedule can be seen on

Day tickets are on sale from Cineworld's box office or online at (advance booking section).