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Is it 2009 yet? New 'Terminator' footage leaves us awed.

It was all about 'Terminator' today at Comic-Con.



The Warner Bros. panel for 2009's 'Terminator Salvation' turned out to be the most energized and raucous show at the convention yet, despite the absence of it's main star, Christian Bale, who is promoting 'The Dark Knight' in Japan.



(It was probably a good thing: We'd hate to see the lovely San Diego Convention Center go up in riot flames.)


Is it 2009 yet? New 'Terminator' footage leaves us awed.

It was all about 'Terminator' today at Comic-Con. The Warner Bros. panel for 2009's 'Terminator Salvation' turned out to be the most energized and raucous show at the convention yet, despite the absence of it's main star, Christian Bale, who is promoting 'The Dark Knight' in Japan. (It was probably a good thing: We'd hate to see the lovely San Diego Convention Center go up in riot flames.)

After director McG left Bale a voicemail of 6,500 fans screaming (just another day in the life of Batman), he screened a strikingly intense and riveting full-length trailer that left the audience hollering. The high-spirited filmmaker, joined by cast members Sam Worthington, Bryce Dallas Howard, Anton Yelchin, Common and Moon Bloodgood, proceeded to promise the picture will not be compromised in any way to ensure anything softer than an R-rating, and all but confirmed a cameo by The Governator. At a press conference following the panel, McG talked about the stylishly grey-tinted, apocalyptic look of the film, saying he was greatly influenced by 'Children of Men.'

Soon after we met Pixar's latest hero: a cranky 76-year-old widower named Carl (voiced by Ed Asner). Sound odd? Their last three movies were about talking cars, cooking rats and robots on a deserted Earth, and we had the same reaction each time before the finished products blew us away. Co-director Pete Docter presented an extended clip, a serene and gorgeous scene in which the old-timer launches his home into the air via a bazillion bunch of balloons and sails through the city. But then at 10,000 feet, a knock at the door ... Imagine Pixar meets Miyazaki, and expect yet another triumph for the studio.

At Universal's panel, which also featured 'The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor,' 'Death Race' and 'Land of the Lost,' superstar 'Spidey' director Sam Raimi showed us evidence he's returning to his roots with the fierce yet campy horror flick 'Drag Me to Hell,' starring Alison Lohman and Justin Long (both in attendance). While the trailer left a little to be desired, the hilariously grotesque two clips shown sold us. In the first, Lohman's cursed protagonist abuses an evil old woman with office supplies, stapling her eye shut and shoving a ruler in her mush. In the second, the evil old woman suddenly appears in her bed and explosively vomits insects all over Lohman's face. Brilliant!