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Comic-Con readies for 'Cowboys & Aliens' premiere

The Associated Press, Saturday, July 23, 2011, 3:13pm (PDT)

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The red carpet is in place and the fans are lining up as Comic-Con prepares for its first Hollywood-style movie premiere.

"Cowboys & Aliens" will make its world premiere Saturday night at the San Diego Civic Theatre.

Director Jon Favreau and stars Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig and Olivia Wilde are among the celebrities expected to attend, along with hundreds of Comic-Con attendees, who followed clues texted to their cell phones to win tickets to the event.

Favreau said he wanted to unveil his sci-fi Western at Comic-Con to thank conventioneers for their support of other movies he has introduced at the fan festival, including his two "Iron Man" films.

Favreau showed early footage from "Cowboys & Aliens" during a Comic-Con panel last year, whetting fans' appetites for the film.

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