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One of the biggest events at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con is the movie presentation from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures. The two have joined forces to debut five of their biggest movies scheduled to hit theaters The casts and crews from “Godzilla,” “300: Rise of an Empire,” “Gravity,” “Seventh Son” and “The Lego Movie” are all on the scene for Comic-Con and are answering questions.

Some of those scheduled to be in attendance are Sandra Bullock, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston and Elizabeth Olsen.
Zap2it is in the room for the combined press conference and will be live-blogging the whole thing. All times below are Eastern Time. The event begins at 5 p.m. ET.
5:10 p.m. – Things seem to be getting off to a late start, but name cards confirm those mentioned above will be in attendance, plus many more, including directors Gareth Edwards (“Godzilla”) and Alfonso Cuaron (“Gravity”).
5:29 p.m. – It looks like “Gravity” will be up first when this thing gets started, with Cuaron and Bullock talking about their movie, which also stars George Clooney. Bullock and Clooney play astronauts in space, when disaster strikes and they are left floating outside of their shuttle, attached only to each other.
5:41 p.m. – Bullock and Cuaron take the stage. Cuaron says the challenge and goal for the movie was they didn’t want to create a new world. All of the technology featured in the movie is what is currently available, including the current model of NASA-style suits. “We went through pains to honor reality as much as we could,” he says of the movie.
“To me it was all sort of fantastical and futuristic,” Sandra says. However, she worked to make sure she treated it as realistic as possible, talking with experts about the technology.
5:45 p.m. – When asked if there were any on set pranks between Clooney and Bullock, both notorious pranksters. she admits, “We called a truce.” However, Cuaron notes that the truce didn’t make himself off limits. “We just made fun of you,” Bullock retorts.
5:50 p.m. – Cuaron says the 3D conversion took three and a half years and that he even consulted James Cameron on the process.
During filming, Sandra says she called space more than once to speak with astronauts about her character and the technology she was using. She also exchanged emails with them. “They have a deep, deep, deep love and appreciation for out planet,” she says, “That gave it an emotional gravity.” Yes, she made a pun.
5:55 p.m. – “I’ve known George since before the world knew ‘Handsome George’,” Bullock says of her co-star, “He’s just the same person I knew all those years ago when our hair was dark and curly.”
6 p.m. – Cuaron says making this movie is as close as he’s ever come to achieve his childhood dream of being an astronaut. “I really want to go to space,” he says. If anyone knows who can take him to space, drop the director a line.
“I never thought of myself as a woman in the business until about six years ago,” Sandra says. She was running into a wall with a project, specifically because she’s a female. However, Bullock realizes that times are finally changing, and women are ending up in positions of power in her field. “I’m just glad I got to be a part of it.”
6:05 p.m. – The “Gravity” portion of the press conference ends with Cuaron talking about the visual experience of the movie. He wanted it to feel like an IMAX documentary, which instills a sense of fear due to how vast space is.

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Up next is “The Lego Movie,” with co-directors Phil Lord, Chris Miller and Chris McKay.
6:10 p.m. – McKay says the film is what a Lego movie directed by Michael Bay would look like, with “explosions of creativity.” “It’s just a joyride,” he adds.
For casting, Miller says Chris Pratt came into the project early. From there they were able to add Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson, Will Ferrell and Elizabeth Banks, among others.
As for recording, they were able to get Pratt, Arnett and Banks in the room together a few times, which made for great chemistry. They were also able to record Ferrell and Neeson while they were on the phone with each other, which helped with improvisation.
6:15 p.m. – The look of the film was inspired by Lego fan movies online. Unlike previous animated Lego shows, they wanted this to look like it exists in a completely Lego world. “We wanted to make it feel like it was a real Lego set come to life,” Miller says.
6:20 p.m. – The movie still isn’t done yet. Lord says there’s about six months of work left, before it hits theaters in February. Channing Tatum will voice Superman, with Jonah Hill  Green Lantern and Cobie Smulders as Wonder Woman in the film. There are other comic book characters from other companies that will appear in the movie, but they can’t discuss them just yet.
6:25 p.m. – “There’s a bunch of classic worlds Lego has been doing for years and we wanted to pay homage to them,” Miller says, however he notes that in the end it was all dependent on the story.
In some intense Lego talk, the three talked about their favorite brick sets. The new “Back to the Future” collection seems to be the one they all want, though the classic space sets from the days of old still hold a special place in their hearts.

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Up next is “Godzilla.”
6:47 p.m. – Edwards, Taylor-Johnson, Cranston and Olsen take the stage. No Walter White shaved head for Cranston. Edwards says that while everyone’s there to see Godzilla fighting some other kind of creature, which he couldn’t spoil, the structure of the movie is important. If it’s all non-stop action, then nothing makes a lasting impact.
Edwards also quickly avoided answering a question about whether any creatures in the movie are based on the original designs from the old movies.
6:55 p.m. – Cranston says his first exposure to “Godzilla” came in the 1950s, watching the original movies.
Taylor-Johnson says that unlike most special effects-heavy movies, they were able to film most of “Godzilla” on location, with only a few days in front of a green screen. Olsen says it’s more difficult to act against green screen elements, quipping, “Is that supposed to be a unicorn or a sniper?”
7:05 p.m. – Gareth says he was completely caught off guard by the size of the crew he worked with, after directing the small-budget “Monsters.” He says that if given a quiz about names at the end of production, he would have failed miserably.
Cranston and Taylor-Johnson speak lovingly of their fans who dress up as their well-known characters at Comic-Con. Cranston even says he’s seen more than one Walter White tattoo. That’s some “Breaking Bad” dedication.
When asked if the world in the movie already knows about Godzilla, Edwards says it’s an origin story, before warning he can’t give too much away.
7:10 p.m. – Gareth cites 1968’s “Destroy All Monsters” as his favorite Godzilla movie and Cranston ends their portion of the press conference recalling a sequence they filmed at a human waste processing plant. It doesn’t sound like a fun place to be.

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7:15 p.m. – “300: Rise of an Empire” is up next with director Noam Murro and stars Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green and Rodrigo Santoro.
7:25 p.m. – Murro starts things out saying the DNA of “300” exists in “Rise of an Empire,” but there’s also a lot of new material in it to keep people interested. Green was excited to get in on movie action for the first time, especially getting to cut someone in half, which sounds pretty vicious.
7:27 p.m. – “This is a naval movie,” Murro says. Much of the movie takes place on water. However, nearly all of the water in the movie is special effects. Outside of a little filming in a tank, the set was dry.
Green notes how much she appreciated her character is ruthless in her warrior ways. Murro agrees, adding that male characters are largely allowed to be unapologetic. As such, it seems fair that Green’s warrior would be that same way.
7:35 p.m. – Murro says the beauty of the “300” story is that it’s told through someone’s perspective, which makes it feel more personal. He says the creator of the series, Frank Miller, didn’t visit the set, but that Zack Snyder, who was involved in the first movie was very helpful with the movie. Snyder also retains a producer credit in the film.
7:45 p.m. – Rodrigo is the only person on the panel who was also in the first. He says one of the biggest disappointments was not eating ice cream while getting into shape. The new movie will also take a closer look at his character, Xerxes.

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Last film of the press conference will be “Seventh Son.” Director Sergei Bodrov is joined by stars Kit Harington, Ben Barnes, Antje Traue and some nobody named Jeff Bridges. The Dude abides.
8:05 p.m. – This is the second time Bridges has come to Comic-Con. He says he initially came a few years ago, at a time he was also talking about making “Seventh Son.” It’s also Harington’s second trip to Con and says he loves the experience. As for his role in the movie, working with Bridges and Julianne Moore were big selling points on him taking the part.
8:15 p.m. – Bridges remembers shooting on a mountain in Alberta, Canada. “We had a wild time,” he say. Barnes adds that there were quite a few lightning storms that started fires on the mountain. There were also grizzly bear warnings, meaning they had to keep their food hidden.
Harington says the movie, while a genre film, was different than anything he’s done before. While the “Game of Thrones” star is used to working in genre, the battle between mankind and the supernatural world was a whole new experience for him.
8:20 p.m. – Bridges is working on a book of photographs he took while filming the movie, that will let people get a better idea of the locations they shot at. He also recalls taking steroids during filming, while sick. “I worked for a few days on these steroids and it was pretty amazing,” he says. He says they made him feel manic and crazy. He said all of this while laughing, so it can’t be too bad.
That anecdote ends the Warner Bros./Legendary Pictures press conference.

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