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Spielberg to discuss ‘Tintin’ at gathering

Cue the “Raiders of the Lost Ark” theme — Steven Spielberg is coming to Comic-Con.

The Oscar-winning director who ushered in the blockbuster film era with “Jaws” and brought sci-fi to the masses with movies such as “E.T: the Extra-Terrestrial,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and “Minority Report,” will make his first appearance at Comic-Con International when he takes the stage in Hall H on Friday.

The 64-year-old filmmaker will receive an Inkpot Award, which has been presented since 1974 to signature figures in comics and genre entertainment, among them Ray Bradbury, Jack Kirby, Hayao Miyazaki and R. Crumb.

And, keeping with the convention’s drumbeat of Hollywood promotion, Spielberg will be bringing footage from “The Adventures of Tintin,” the Paramount Pictures movie that reaches theaters in December and marks his first work as a feature director since “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” in 2008.

To give life to the boy-journalist character from the vintage Belgian adventure tales, “Tintin” uses state-of-the-art motion-capture technology, which Spielberg described as “a whole new muscle set — the technology and the approach and the thinking of it. It was a muscle set I didn’t even know I had, and the tools were entirely new. I did feel like a painter in a way, and that was exciting for me.”

Spielberg will get his award and discuss “Tintin” in the 6,000-seat room where Hollywood stars and filmmakers present previews for fans.

Spielberg seems to be in an intense mode of creative reconnection with his audience both as a producer and director. He’s behind two shows being touted at Comic-Con — Fox’s “Terra Nova” and TNT”s “Falling Skies” — in addition to producing a run of current features including “Super 8,” “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” and “Cowboys & Aliens.” He’ll occupy the director’s chair for the upcoming drama “War Horse,” the biopic “Lincoln” starring Daniel Day-Lewis and, perhaps most intriguing, “Robopocalypse,” based on the Daniel H. Wilson novel.

“You get the feeling he’s on a roll,” said Guy Hendrix Dyas, the Oscar-nominated production designer for “Inception,” who is at work on “Robopocalypse.”

One reason is, after so many years in the business, Spielberg’s tendrils run far and deep. But there’s also his desire to work with younger talent on the rise.

“I feel I have a duty to help people succeed, the people I truly believe in,” Spielberg said.

He added, “I want to see these projects realized for a selfish reason, too: I’m a fan who can’t wait to watch them.”

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