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Celebs, fans flood San Francisco at WonderCon

Hollywood Wrap with George Pennacchio
April 8, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Over the weekend I went up to San Francisco for a quick trip to WonderCon. It's a smaller version of the giant fan convention Comic Con. And for movie fans, it's also a chance to get an early look at big summer movies.Thousands of fans joined me at the Moscone Center in San Francisco for the annual event. It's first and foremost a place for comic book fans to get together, many of them costumed of course.

I didn't partake in the costume contest, but I did go informal. And that didn't get by actor Jake Gyllenhaal.

"How are you man? I always talk about your vests and you're not even wearing one," said said Gyllenhaal. "When you are at WonderCon you're like, 'I'm just gonna be chill man. This is just, like, a casual environment. I'm not wearing my vests.'"

Gyllenhaal was there to promote his upcoming video game to big screen action adventure film "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time."

The film has staked its claim to the Memorial Day weekend. And that lets him know this movie is big.

"I'm definitely feeling the pressure, but the pressure is exciting. As movies and stories get bigger and bigger, and this is the biggest film I've been in, it just gets more exciting," said Gyllenhaal. "I am really excited. I'm proud of the movie."

Jerry Bruckheimer lends a hand as Gyllenhaal's executive producer for "Prince of Persia." He's a busy man. And has two big movies on the horizon with, "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" joins "Prince" on the summer slate.

What will WonderCon do for your two movies this summer?

"It's touching the fans. The first time we shown this to a huge audience it is so great to see the excitement in the auditorium," said Bruckheimer. "There were 5,000 people out there laughing, applauding, cheering and taking photographs."

Nicolas Cage is a veteran of big summer films. He'll be back in action in July with the "Sorcerer's Apprentice."

Is there something different about a summer movie?

"Yes, summer is where it's at. It is almost like its own film festival," said Cage. "The movies that come out in the summer time are the movies that people really look forward to because they know they're gonna be entertained, and see something spectacular. That is what summer's about."