Archive for July, 2012

Article by Suzanne Philips, photo copyright David Purdy

 

David Purdy

 

Graphic Designer and Game Stop employee David Purdy has been a busy guy.  Not content to just do his own work at his job, he has been busy making game logos for his store – out of duct tape.  No you heard that right…..duct tape.  David got inspired to make the designs and has now been featured on his company’s facebook page, articles and all over the internet.  Shows where a little ingenuity can take you.

CFM News was curious about David and his logos and we sat down for a little chat to find out what make him start doing duct tape logos? “I always loved making art and I was on Reddit, of course, and saw someone make a duct tape piece (of art).” says Purdy,  “I was like “Oh Man, I want to do that too!” so I talked to my boss lady and she talked to her boss and they said I could so I did it!”

When most people see David’s designs, they can’t believe that they are actually made out of duct tape, so we wondered what the construction process was like.

“I make the logos in sections – the easiest way is to layer it.  I pre-draw the “logo” and start cutting it.  Then when I go to work, I lay down the tape, then lay down the stencil and start cutting with an x-acto blade.  3 and a half hours later, it’s done” says David.

Now that he has gained some notoriety from his designs, is Purdy planning on doing any more logos?  “I will be working on an Assassins Creed 3 logo which will be much bigger, a Halo 4, Aliens and many more!”

You can follow David’s progress at http://www.reddit.com/search?q=Shortyetawesome+.

 

 

Article by Suzanne Philips.  Photo Copyright Simon & Schuster

 

Author Jennie Ketcham

Jennie Ketcham is not a name that is familiar to most people.  Some would recognize her as her “alter-ego”, porn star Penny Flame.  Very few people know the actual person behind the persona.

 

Growing up in a family rife with divorce and drug and alcohol abuse, Ketcham found herself in the world of adult entertainment – and deep into dependence on substances, sex and denial.  After signing on for VH1’s “Sex Rehab With Dr. Drew”, she thought she was going to be able to coast through the process and gain some much-needed publicity for her new Webcam studio.  What she found was recovery and the person that she had lost along the way.

 

The book is written in a very frank, no-hold-barred style.  It’s very graphic in describing the behavior in all of her addictions (sex, drugs and alcohol) and offers a detailed glimpse into the thought processes of someone struggling with addiction.

 

While most of us might think that we would have nothing in common with someone who made their living in the porn industry, you might be surprised.  Anyone who had a rough home life growing up will be able to identify with the emotions behind Jennie’s description of scenes from her childhood.  And certainly anyone who has ever struggled with any kind of addiction will cringe when they hear her description of day long binges and memory loss.

 

With a great intro by Dr. Drew, “I Am Jennie” is a very honest book and an easy read.  I think Ketchm’s story will help inspire people who might be struggling with their own demons to seek help.

 

The book is available now in bookstores and on Amazon.com in hardcover from Gallery Books.

Article and photos by Stefanie Sherwood

Nathan Fillion

Fans of “Firefly” stood in line for hours, some lining up at early as 8pm Thursday July 12, to see the 10th  anniversary panel being held for the beloved television show. Those who did were not disappointed. Around 3am, for those too anxious to sleep, the fans received a pleasant surprise as Adam Baldwin (Who plays Jayne Cobb on the show) and Joss Whedon (the creator) walked the line greeting everyone.

Joss Whedon

Thousands of fans waited to see the whole crew and thousands more were turned away as Ballroom 20 hit its capacity by 9am.
The panel consisted of Jose Molina (Not pictured), Summer Glau, Alan Tudyk, Adam Baldwin, Sean Maher, Tim Minear, Joss Whedon, and Nathan Fillion .  It was a rollercoaster of emotions to all those who lucky enough to gain admission.  The cast and crew took everyone down memory lane as they shared stories of  how they all met and grew to care for each other. Whedon confirmed that Firefly was his favorite cast and crew and a secondary family to him.

Adam Baldwin

When questioned on other projects,  Whedon was the only one to comment.  He confirmed that Dr. Horrible 2 is in the works but would not comment on Avengers 2 at this time.

Sean Maher

 

 

Heathyr Hoffman

Heathyr Hoffman lives in Phoenix, AZ where she earned her Master’s Degree in Counseling. Heathyr has extensive experience in crisis intervention, psychodiagnostics, and has been working in domestic violence shelters for the past 8 years. Heathyr is a natural spirit medium and energy worker, and has been able to clearly and accurately communicate with spirits since she was a small child. Heathyr utilizes her training in the mental health and crisis fields to help others deal with the psychological effects of paranormal experiences. Heathyr is the Founder/Director of Arizona Research & Mediumship Society (ARMS), a paranormal investigation team that utilizes both traditional scientific methods and nontraditional metaphysical methods to investigate reported haunted locations. Heathyr is also a Sekhem Reiki Master, and has experience with distance readings, remote viewing, working with nonhuman entities, and haunting clearings.

Heathyr has also been seen on Syfy channel’s “Ghost Hunters Academy”.  Heathyr will be a featured speaker at the 2012 Las Vegas Paracon which will be held at the Historic Bonnie Springs Ranch just outside of Las Vegas from August 31st to September 1st.  For ticket information check out http://bonniespringsranch.ticketleap.com/2012-las-vegas-paracon-at-bonnie-springs-ranch/.

 Facebook has deleted numerous photos of women breast feeding their child but would not delete this one.

Facebook has deleted numerous photos of women breastfeeding their child but would not delete this one. Breastfeeding a baby violated the TOS.  Breastfeeding a goat does not violate their TOS.

WARNING ADULT CONTENT LINKS!

THESE LINKS ARE TO PORNOGRAPHY!

I am posting Facebook links because if I posted the photos my hosting company would cancel my account.

Part 1:  Facebook Turning Into Pornbook? Adults Only (18+) Pages Have Explicit Photos of Nude Children, Women and Genitalia

Two things to note:
1. There is a good possibility that writing about Facebook porn will cause my account to get canceled and as unhappy as that would make me I am still going to write these articles.
2. There really is a Pornbook.com if you would like to check it out.

The pages in this article can be seen without logging into Facebook. My question to Facebook is why can’t these pages block younger people who are on Facebook and block them completely from anyone who has not liked the page?

Graphic porn started showing up in my Facebook timeline. I like a penis just as much as the next woman I just don’t want to see them in my timeline. Facebook is presented as a family company but has a huge pornography base that is getting bigger everyday. They  don’t seem to be able to do much to curb it. The same photos are being posted over and over by the same people. Facebook deletes a page, profile or group and the owner just starts over. Why can’t Facebook block the IP of people who post porn?

It is easy to start a porn page. Make a profile. Wait a month or so and start a page. Add an associated word like 18+, tit, boob, ass, sexy, girls, anal, porn stars or babies. The creepy thing about the baby search is that seem to be using the same photos and when you click on the owner’s profile you get a fake looking profile with more photos of children.  Common sense tells me that the same man owns several of the pages with baby photos. There is one prolific person that likes to type like this, “aDD mE nOw aS a frNds ND stARt a HOt RElashIoNshIP”

This is a typical page with bikinis, suggestive poses. These kinds of pages are everywhere on Facebook. Not what I would consider family friendly but Facebook has their own definition of that.
https://www.facebook.com/ASS.And.Boobs.lovers
That page was started on May 13 of this year and has already gotten over 80,000 likes. Tits and asses are  big business on Facebook. The photos on this page do not break the terms of service and really aren’t very exciting. Keep you eye on it to see if graphic porn photos start showing up. My guess is, yes they will.

I report a lot of photos Facebook likes to send me periodic statements like this.
We have a strict “no nudity or pornography” policy. Any content that is inappropriately sexual will be removed. Before posting questionable content, be mindful of the consequences for you and your environment.  Facebook’s Policy

This page is pure hard core porn. I am talking penis in vagina and penis in the anus photos. This page was reported on July 1, 2012.
Rabia Kamal http://facebook.com/saima.mughal3
Rabia Kamal has been up for a week after it was reported, Kaml shared Pooja Pathak‘s photo of a woman biting a nipple.  Pooja’s page is another full service porn site. No need to pay to see an attractive woman with huge penis just click on Pooja’s page.

The thing that confuses me most is why pages are allowed to stay up as long as they are. There is a page called “Tit” magazine where some of the most graphic porn gets posted. The page posts sexually suggestive photos and allows photos of explicit sex to stay on the page. Facebook will delete the graphic photos but the page remains.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=337353023018387&set=o.178553552205905&type=3&theater
Posted June 30 https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=411816665531562&set=p.411816665531562&type=1&theater
Posted June 30https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=411816572198238&set=p.411816572198238&type=1&theater

This is their photo album that remains up no matter what shows up there.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tits/178553552205905?sk=photos

Got your ass page deleted by Facebook? No problem, start another one with the same photos. It was started on May 22, 2012.
“Tits and Arse” has uploaded 325 photos! Shouldn’t this be a red flag to Facebook?
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tits-and-Arse/461472070535312
The owner does say that dots were added to stop deletion this time.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=467761846573001&set=a.461473940535125.124511.461472070535312&type=3

I don’t know why this page was deleted Lesbian Love but they have announced they are back.  The graphic porn is already being posted on the timeline.

This page Yourmother Spimp  is one that should have sent off alarms for Facebook it was formed in July and they have  uploaded over 300 pics of “hoes”.  If I can find these and figure out what is going on, why can’t Facebook?
This poor “hoe” has lost her nipple so her photo is OK by Facebook standards.  https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=106952689450638&set=a.105080976304476.10173.100004077218405&type=1&theater

Why would Facebook delete a pornography page and allow the owner to remain on Facebook? Why isn’t the IP blocked?

“Tits and Arse” shared  Shontae Thompson‘s photo of a naked woman.  “Tits and Arse” also posted a photo of a woman being fingered. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=486447354704450&set=a.461473940535125.124511.461472070535312&type=1&theater

Fingering and  masturbation seemed to be a gray area when you report sexual content on Facebook. Sometimes a hand in your pants will get it deleted sometimes is won’t.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=437379139628620&set=a.403526119680589.99106.403517599681441&type=1&theater
 https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=310519389033732&set=o.262344603851211&type=3&theater
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=151151511675139&set=a.149616295161994.3916.149609655162658&type=1&theater

Keith Owman came up in “People You Might Know”. His profile pic is of him holding his erect penis. I couldn’t see his face and lol nope, didn’t recognize the penis. https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003993947186&sk=wall   There seems to be no way to escape porn on Facebook.

Breasts can be shown if the nipple is covered with anything but a baby. A woman can be completely naked and a  tiny dot stops the photo from being removed.

 

Sexual exploitation of a child, whether it is a woman pretending to be a child or a child, it still pandering to pedophiles.
Facebook allows those pages. If the “little girl” is in bra and panties they won’t take the photos or page down.

This page has photos up that portray the person as very young. What is the difference between a young woman pretending to be a teenager and posting a photo of a teenager on Facebook?  Ask a pedophile.
https://www.facebook.com/OceanOfFunnySadImages
There is always graphic pornography in this timeline and men post photos of children there. That disgusts me! This man Mdmorshedul Haque posted a photo of little girl above graphic porn. If you go to the photo and scroll down some of it is still there.
 https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=198799036914853&set=o.262344603851211&type=1&theater  I asked him why he posted the pic and he did not respond. This girl does not break the Facebook TOS but I can’t understand why Facebook to allow this. This child and other children posted on that page are being exploited!
Teens big boobs site that should be deleted based on his name alone! Calling all pedophiles.
Ferney Ruiz has a man with his face in a woman’s crotch as his avatar, other photos AND photos of children. The photos of the children don’t break Facebook’s TOS so they can stay on the page. You can’t report them. It is creepy to see a sexually photo that he has reposted and then photos of him in bed with a child. If nothing else he using very bad judgement.

This profile LOS MEJORES ESTADOS has a photo of young teen boy who breaks my heart. The boy is in the shower nude. He looks very unhappy and he has a towel clutched in front of his genitals. This photo should not be up BUT it does not break the TOS for Facebook. That is cold-hearted.  I will not post the link to his photo.

  ôñliñê Îñjôy Şêx wÎth gÎrlŞ 24 hôurŞ was created on June 28, 2012 and on July 8th had posted 63 photos. There is pornography on that page.  That page seems to be connected to  Î’m Löñèlý wÎtĦôut yôu, ÞlêãŞê côṃè Båck which likes to post photos that look like underage girls. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=248909288543976&set=a.142419425859630.21557.142415942526645&type=1&theater

Check back for more Facebook porn.

Article and Photos By Suzanne Philips

“Silent Hill Revelation:3D” Star Adelaide Clemens

Comic-Con has always been a plethora of video gamers, comic book enthusiasts and fans of Horror and Sci-Fi film fans.  What better place for the star and director of “Silent Hill Revelation: 3D” to discuss their upcoming film?

Based on the very popular video game, “Silent Hill” became of the most successful video game to film transitions in history.  It was natural that a sequel would be done, and star Adelaide Clemens and director Michael J. Bassett  held a press conference at the 2012 Comic-Con to share secrets from this eagerly awaited movie.

Heather Mason (Adelaide Clemens) and her father,Christopher (Sean Bean), have been evading for years forces of a nature that she does not fully recognize. On the eve of her eighteenth birthday, plagued by nightmares and Christopher’s disappearance, Heather discovers that her presumed identity is false and her life’s origins too. This revelation leads her to an alternate dimension existing in Silent Hill, over which a cult led by Claudia Wolf (Carrie-Ann Moss) and the insane Leonard Wolf (Malcolm McDowell) holds power.

Director Michael J. Bassett

When asked how much of the world of “Silent Hill” viewers would have to know to  be able to keep up with this new film, director Bassett said ” None at all.  The whole point of this was that we created a sequel to the first movie, which continues the story of young Sharon Da Silva who, for reason explained in the movie becomes Heather Mason.  So it’s a sequel, it’s an adaptation of Silent Hill Game #3’s story – the mythology and that world and the ride that you go on.  But the truth of the matter is I had to make it a movie that completely stands alone.  If you know nothing about “Silent Hill” and you aren’t interested in mythology and have never played the games, this story works for you because it is basically about a strong young heroine who has to find the truth of herself.  So it works, hopefully-fingers crossed, on every level.”

Bassett also says that for this sequel “We didn’t use a lot of green screen.  We build the world of “Silent Hill” as much as we possibly could. Or we found an environment that we could apply that esthetic to.”

One of the most popular things in the first film was the scene where the ashes rained down.  So are we going to see something similar in this new film?  “You are going to see it in 3D” says Michael Bassett.  “It really is fantastic, because it’s slow.  3D really works when things are slow. The drifting of the ash, you watch it on the screen and you really are a little bit hypnotised by it.”

“3D I think personally goes hand in hand with the video game adaptation” says star Adelaide Clemens ” as an actor I kind of felt like I was there with the console playing and you kind of get to experience that when you watch the film.”

Clemens says working on Silent Hill Revelation:3D was “a physical challenge. One of the final sequence shots is of me running through the ashes.  They had one camera at one end and one at the other and I had to run probably like a mile – mile and a half to run.  And they would have a technical glitch in the camera and would have to stop.  But I was running and I couldn’t hear them and I would get to the other end and they would say “we didn’t get it we have to do it again” and I would have to run back and do it all over.  But that was also so exciting.  I enjoyed it.  I loved every minute of it.”

Director says to expect “creatures from the first film and the game in this film.  Fan favorites are in there.  In the game the monsters exist because of something in the mind of the character.  We do have old monsters, new monsters, very frightening monsters.”

Check out all the monsters and enter the terrifying world of “Silent Hill Revelation: 3D” when it opens in the U.S. on October 26th.  for more info on the film check out https://www.facebook.com/SilentHillRevelation.

 

 

Article and Photos by Suzanne Philips

Lanisha Cole, Devin Marble, Austin Porter, Ben Hansen and Bill Murphy from “Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files”

“Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files” Cast members Ben Hansen, Austin Porter, Devin Marble, Lanisha Cole, Bill Murphy and Jael De Pardo hosted a meet and greet for fans during the 2012 San Diego Comic Con.  The meetup took place outside the Hilton Bayfront Hotel and a group of fans of all ages were able to talk with their favorites.  The stars took photos, signed autographs and talked about the show to the delight of attendees.  The cast was in good spirits and seemed to truly enjoy meeting and chatting with their fans.

Austin Porter, Ben Hansen and Jael De Pardo with a fan at 2012 Comic Con

Organizer Christiane Elin (on twitter @FactorFaked) did a wonderful job putting together the meetup with also featured performers from the San Diego “Haunted Hotel” scarehouse and prizes from “Haunted Hotel” and Asylum company.

Bill Murphy and Jael De Pardo

 

“Fact or Faked:Paranormal Files” airs on Syfy on Tuesdays.  Check your local listings for more info.  For more “Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files” Check out www.syfy.com.

 

 

 

Article and Photos By Suzanne Philips

Christopher Mintz-Plasse

The Cast and Production Crew of the upcoming film “Paranorman” hit the 2012 Comic Con in San Diego to talk about 3D release.

The film is set in the small New England town of Blithe Hollow, which comes under siege by the undead. Only a misunderstood local boy, Norman Babcock, who has the ability to speak with the dead, is able to prevent the destruction of his town from a centuries-old witch’s curse. He’ll also have to take on ghosts, witches, zombies and worst of all, the moronic grown-ups. But this young ghoul whisperer may find his paranormal activities pushed to their otherworldly limits.

The Film is a 3-D Stop Motion Animated Horror Comedy from the producers of the hit film “Coraline”. The voice cast includes Casey AffleckTempestt BledsoeJeff GarlinJohn GoodmanBernard HillAnna KendrickLeslie MannChristopher Mintz-PlasseKodi Smit-McPheeElaine Stritch and Tucker Albrizzi.

Kodi Smit-McPhee

Stars Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Kodi Smit-McPhee were on hand at the Yahoo! Movieland in San Diego to meet with fans and discuss the film.  “Paranorman” opens in the U.S. on August 17th. For more info check out www.paranorman.com.

 

 

Comic-Con is filled with memorable moments, but nothing could prepare The 404 guys going face to face with The Hoff himself, legendary pop culture icon David Hasselhoff.

Comic-Con is filled with memorable moments, but nothing could prepare The 404 guys going face to face with The Hoff himself, legendary pop culture icon David Hasselhoff.

Celebrating 30 years of “Knight Rider,” David Hasselhoff was on hand at Mattel’s Comic-Con booth to help promote Hot Wheels’ limited edition K.I.T.T. car. The 404 caught up with the Hoff himself to learn more.

Watch the interview and read more.

“Glee” Cast Visits 2012 Comic Con

Article and Photos by Suzanne Philips

Cory Monteith

Fans visiting the Fox Booth at the 2012 Comic Con in San Diego got a treat this year when members of the cast of the hit show “Glee” stopped by to sign autographs and meet with fans.

Matthew Morrison (Glee’s Will Schuester) Photos First Concert

Cast members including Cory Monteith, Lea Michelle and Darren Criss were on hand to the delight of fans who had waited in line for hours to catch a peek at their faves.

Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album Volume 2 Review

Lea Michelle

The show also held a packed panel at the Con to share secrets from the next season and take questions from fans.

Glee Cast Photos and Spoilers From Paleyfest 2011

 

Darren Criss

The new season of “Glee” premieres on Thursday, September 13th at 9pm.

 Huge Crowds Turn Out For “Glee” Panel At 2011 Comic Con

 

Article and photos copyright Suzanne Philips

Elijah Wood

Star Elijah Wood joined fellow cast members Jason Gann, Fiona Gubelmann, and Dorian Brown at the FX booth at the 2012 Comic Con in San Diego.

Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Pink Happy Feet Two Premiere Photos

Fiona Gubelmann

 

Fans were delighted as the stars signed autographs and posed for pictures with those lucky enough to score tickets to the packed signing.

Hobbit 10 Year Reunion Trailer: Elijah, Sean, Billy & Dominic Together Again

Following the signing the stars joined the Production team for a panel where fans were treated to a Q and A and a special unedited screening of an upcoming episode.

 

‘Wilfred’ airs Thursday nights at 10pm on FX.

Elijah Wood And Cast Of “Wilfred” Hit 2011 Comic Con

Elijah Wood On The Colbert Report

Robin Williams, Elijah Wood, TORN Party, Oscar Talk On The Graham Norton Show

Elijah Wood In The Death and Return of Superman – Video

 

Article by Suzanne Philips

Photo copyright Jeff Mudgett

 

Jeff Mudgett

“All of us, at some point, ponder our roots. We question whether those before us had anything to do with how we ended up. Most never learn the truth — they are the lucky ones. Many realize that they should have left well enough alone.”  So says Author Jeff Mudgett in his book “Bloodstains”.

“Bloodstains”, the true life horror story about a moral man forced to address the atrocities of his ancestor, H.H. Holmes, perhaps the most evil man who ever lived. The author’s quest for knowledge turns into obscession, then a struggle for sanity and finally survival itself… as his identity becomes inter-connected with the evil genes he inherited from the monster himself. The conclusion will leave readers questioning the good and bad of their own roots. Jeff Mudgett is the Great Great Grandson of Herman Mudgett, aka H.H. Holmes, The Devil in The White City, America’s first and most horrible serial killer. A true evil genius. The author learned of his ancestry during a family dinner when he was forty years old. Before that time he practiced criminal law in the State of California, having graduated from the University of San Diego in 1986.  It wasn’t until that dinner that he first learned he was the direct descendant of perhaps the most evil man that ever lived, possibly even Jack the Ripper. Once he did, Jeff went on the adventure of a lifetime, from one end of the country to the other, following every lead secret family heirlooms gave him. He now       spends his time searching for the truth, as well as writing his second book, Before the Eyes of Men, a historical novel about Spanish Gold on the California Coast. For more information, please log on to www.bloodtstainsthebook.com.

Mudgett will be at the 2012 Las Vegas Paracon at Bonnie Springs Ranch on August 31st to September 2nd talking about the origins of evil and discussing his new book.  For more information on tickets to the 2012 Las Vegas Paracon, visit http://bonniespringsranch.ticketleap.com/2012-las-vegas-paracon-at-bonnie-springs-ranch/.

 

Article by Suzanne Philips

Photo copyright Warner Bros. Entertainment

Warner Bros. Entertainment will again sponsor the official bag of Comic-Con International: San Diego2012, the Studio announced today. By joining forces with Comic-Con for the third consecutive year, Warner Bros. will give each fan attending the Con an unforgettable keepsake from the world’s leading pop culture convention.

 

  • Over 130,000 of the oversized 24”x29” bags — which have been called Comic-Con’s “ubiquitous accessory” by Entertainment Weekly and “a must have” by Deadline Hollywood have been produced and will be provided to Comic-Con attendees as they check in to the convention.
    • The 2012 edition will be a messenger-style bag with shoulder strap and, of course, a poster-protecting pocket.

     

    • Designed by Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Marketing, the bags feature double-sided artwork. Each will have the all-new Comic-Con 2012 official design on one side, with the other highlighting Warner Bros. titles, including TV series — live-action and animated — from Warner Bros. Television and Warner Bros. Animation, and upcoming theatrical features from Warner Bros. Pictures.

     

     

The Warner Bros. Comic-Con bags are always in high demand and highly traded throughout the Con.  Be sure to get your badge early to get your bag!

Article and photo by Suzanne Philips

Zachary Levi

Zachary Levi and The Nerd Machine,  a multimedia company dedicated to bringing the best of apparel, accessories, and both long and short form video content to customers around the globe, announced today the return of Nerd HQ during Comic-Con International 2012, July 12-15.  Located just two blocks away from the convention floor at Block No. 16 Union and Spirits (344 7THAve., San Diego, CA 92101), Nerd HQ gives fans a unique experience through cutting edge technology and gaming showcases, exclusive parties including Levi’s annual Nerd party and exciting autograph signings. In addition Nerd HQ will bring back the popular “Conversations for a Cause” panel series, which will be webcast live on Break Media.  Event sponsors include Break Media, Square Enix, VIZIO, and Xbox.

 

The popular “Conversations for a Cause” panel series, which benefits Operation Smile through ticket sales, allows fans access to their favorite celebrities to have un-moderated, up close conversations. This year Break Media will broadcast the panels live on their site at www.break.com/nerdhq.  Last year’s participants included Kevin Smith, Jared Padalecki, Zachary Quinto, Nathan Fillion, Olivia Munn, Felicia Day and Seth Green among others and the series raised $40,000 for Operation Smile.  Individual tickets will sell for $20. 

 

“The Nerd Machine was proud to create a unique fan experience in 2011, offering exclusive access to new games, technology and an opportunity for intimate conversations with some of Hollywood’s elite creative minds,” said Zachary Levi, Founder of The Nerd Machine.  “Last year the response was overwhelming. We at The Nerd Machine, look forward to meeting the challenge to develop 2012 Nerd HQ to exceed not only our expectations, but those who plan to attend worldwide, while maintaining a connection not available anywhere else.”

 

In addition to live streaming the “Conversations for a Cause” panels, Break Media, the official digital partner of Nerd HQ, will broadcast nightly highlight reports hosted by Zachary Levi and have produced a three part original series. “Trailer Park Heroes” premieres today and features Zachary Levi, Adam Baldwin, Aly Michalka, Joel Moore, Jason Biggs and surprise guests.   The nightly highlights and “Trailer Park Heroes” can be viewed at http://www.break.com/nerdmachine-2012/nerd-machine-trailer-park-heroes-part-1-2339892

 

Xbox, the official gaming sponsor, will provide gaming stations featuring the newest and yet-to-be released titles including the debut the first hands-on demo of the completely reborn Tomb Raider franchise from Square Enix. Also playable exclusively at Nerd HQ will be OverRun, the new multiplayer mode coming in Gears of War: Judgment.  VIZIO, the official technology sponsor of Nerd HQ, will provide laptops, tablets, and PCs for fans to demo. New LED monitors will fill the space and showcase the newest 3D and Internet App technology.  Barco, the leader in 3D pixel mapping, will be providing projection technology to create the largest 3D mapping show at Comic-Con.

 

“We are very honored to have such great partners in Xbox, VIZIO, Square Enix and Break Media and believe their support will elevate Nerd HQ to an even higher level,” said David Coleman, Nerd Machine co-founder.  “Great partners create a phenomenal event and we have joined forces with leaders in the gaming, technology, and entertainment industry committed to providing fans with an experience they will never forget.”

As an added feature, Spike TV will be broadcasting live from Nerd HQ on Friday, July 13 and Saturday, July 14 to their network and digital outlets through their ALL ACCESS LIVE programming. 

For more information, schedule updates and tickets please visit www.thenerdmachine.com.

 

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Tom Bridegroom died in an accident.

Tom died in an accident.

You think nothing could be worse than losing a loved one but it gets much worse if you have no rights.

For more information read BRIDEGROOM – An American Love Story
A Documentary project in Los Angeles, CA by Linda Bloodworth Thomason

Why We Want to Make this Documentary: BRIDEGROOM, will tell the emotional journey of Shane Bitney Crone and Tom Bridegroom, two young men in a loving and committed relationship – a relationship that was cut tragically short by a misstep off the side of a roof. The story of what happened after this accidental death– of how people without the legal protections of marriage can find themselves completely shut out and ostracized– is poignant, enraging and opens a window onto the issue of marriage equality like no speech or lecture ever will.

On May 7, 2012, the anniversary of Tom’s death, Shane made a video tribute to his greatest love entitled “It Could Happen To You.” This film, posted on YouTube, has gotten over 2.7 million hits and inspired over 50 thousand e-mails and comments on YouTube and Facebook. The impact of Shane’s original film and the raw nerve it touched for so many, tells us this is an important story that needs to be told… and told now.

 An Unexpected Journey* Art print by Weta Workshop Conceptual Designer Gus Hunter 100 signed (US$60) and 400 unsigned (US$50) copies available at San Diego Comic-Con Limit 2 per person. *Note there will be additional copies available at www.wetaNZ.com in October 2012

An Unexpected Journey*
Art print by Weta Workshop Conceptual Designer Gus Hunter
100 signed (US$60) and 400 unsigned (US$50) copies available at San Diego Comic-Con
Limit 2 per person.
*Note there will be additional copies available at www.wetaNZ.com in October 2012

A Touch of Middle-earth will be on display at the Weta Booth #3513B at San Diego Comic-Con on 11-15 July

Weta offers purchase of limited edition collectibles from the two films based on The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy collections.

Weta will be unveiling their initial range of collectibles and prop replicas based on the upcoming films, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (December 2012) andThe Hobbit: There and Back Again (December 2013),productions of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM).  Created by the original film artists in New Zealand and under license from Warner Bros. Consumer Products, these authentic collectibles will be available to order in late 2012.

Thorin Oakenshield – with shield* The first in a range of 1:6 scale polystone statues. US$249 – Limit 2 per person This limited edition collection will have a run of 700 pieces, 500 of which will be available for purchase at San Diego Comic-Con. (The remaining 200 statues will be reserved for sale in October at the Weta Cave in New Zealand and at Ring*Con in Germany.) *Note there will be a separate version, without shield, available at www.wetaNZ.com in October 2012

Thorin Oakenshield – with shield*
The first in a range of 1:6 scale polystone statues.
US$249 – Limit 2 per person
This limited edition collection will have a run of 700 pieces, 500 of which will be available for purchase at San Diego Comic-Con. (The remaining 200 statues will be reserved for sale in October at the Weta Cave in New Zealand and at Ring*Con in Germany.)
*Note there will be a separate version, without shield, available at www.wetaNZ.com in October 2012


 

One winner will be chosen to move on to the state finals Sept. 8 at the SOSMP as aspiring country artists move closer to winning $100,000 and being named the Best New Act in Country Music!

One winner will be chosen to move on to the state finals Sept. 8 at the SOSMP as aspiring country artists move closer to winning $100,000 and being named the Best New Act in Country Music!

 

SPIRIT OF THE SUWANNEE MUSIC PARK, LIVE OAK, FLA – Nine single artists, one band and one duo will compete Friday, July 13, to win the North Florida Texaco Country Showdown finals at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park (SOSMP) in Live Oak, Fla. Competing are aspiring country artists Nalani Quintello of Orange Park, Clay Brooker of Waldo, Jimmie Coleman of Jacksonville, Demi Downing of Adel, Ga; Rion Paige of Jacksonville, The Terry Cole Show of Central Florida, Duo Nick Kirby and Ashley Kirby Starling of Live Oak, Stephen Combs of Glen St. Mary, Jamie Howard of Sanderson, Johnny Reed Foley of Port Orange and Ricky Tannar of Inverness.

The winner will represent North Florida, WQHL the Big 98 radio station and the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park during the state finals which will also be held at the SOSMP Sept. 8.

After state competition, it’s just two steps from winning $100,000 and being named the Best New Act in Country Music at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium in January of 2013!

The artists are a mixed group of amateurs, semi-professionals and those who live to be on stage performing. The youngest contestant, Rion Paige, is just 11 years old and can hold her own with the teenagers and adults in this contest! Each contestant brings something unique and unusual in their performance ability, songwriting, singing and/or ability to play a musical instrument. Some have already performed in various night spots in Nashville and all long to be a permanent performing resident of the capitol of country music filled with country music stars, recording studios and of course, the Grand Ole Opry!

But first, these artists must compete July 13 in the SOSMP Music Hall to see who will be chosen by a panel of judges to compete at state.

Competition begins at 8 p.m. Friday, July 13, in the Music Hall. Doors open at 6 p.m. Admission to the Texaco Country Showdown at the SOSMP is free. Many family members and friends will be on hand to cheer on their loved ones in this competition so be sure to arrive early for the best seating and to enjoy dinner prior to the competition.

As always, the SOS Café and Restaurant will be open with delicious food and beverages available at regular prices.

Yes, the SOSMP is open, above water and dry in spite of the recent visit by Tropical Storm Debby so if you would like to make reservations for RV parking, cabins and camper parking for the Texaco Country Showdown Finals, call now to make sure you get a good spot. You may call the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park at 386-364-1683, email

spirit@musicliveshere.com or go to www.musicliveshere.com. You may also contact the SOSMP to inquire about any of the many exciting events coming up such as Labor Day, Magnolia Fest featuring such artists as Bonnie Raitt, Del McCoury Band and Emmylou Harris, Spirit Kids Music Camp and Bobby Lee Rodgers Guitar workshop, Raid on the Suwannee Civil War Re-enactment and many other wonderful events this year. See the SOSMP website for more information.

The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park is located at 3076 95th Drive 4.5 miles north of Live Oak, Fl off US 129 at the famous Suwannee River. The park is 4.5 miles south of Interstate 75 and 4.5 miles north of Interstate 10 off US 129. Keep an eye out for the SOSMP sign and white painted board fence!

 

In celebration of James Bond’s Golden Anniversary, MGM and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment in partnership with EON Productions are bringing 007 to Comic-Con. Fans will be able to get behind the wheel of one of four famous vehicles featured in a past Bond film, with a new vehicle featured each day of the convention, and see props from the Bond archives representing 50 years of the iconic franchise.

Using RFID technology, attendees will be able to take a photo with the vehicle and have it instantly uploaded to their social media profile. Each day will feature a different Bond vehicle, so fans will have to check back in at booth #3528 with their RFID bracelets to see what’s new!

Fans will also be the first to get a sneak peek of the BOND 50 Blu-ray collection available September 25, 2012. Fans who pre-order the set on-site at Comic-Con will get an exclusive limited edition Bond 50th anniversary t-shirt.

BOND 50 features all 22 classic films on Blu-ray neatly packaged into one cool, sleek collectable box-set. The collection marks the debut of nine James Bond films previously unavailable in high definition Blu-ray and comes with a dossier of more than 122 hours of bonus features.

BOND 50 Booth #3528

MGM and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment Comic-Con International at the San Diego Convention Center

Article by Suzanne Philips

Photo copyright Rosalyn Brown

Rosalyn Brown

Rosalyn Bown is a former cast member of SyFy’s Ghost Hunters Academy. She has also appeared in paranormal programs for Comcast Cable, the National Geographic Channel, and the UK’s Living Channel.

Rosalyn joined her first ghost investigation group in 1999, and acted as assistant director of a local T.A.P.S. Family Group for several years. During that time, she has conducted hundreds of investigations and has given dozens of ghost lectures and seminars. She has since co-founded a group of her own, Perceptive Paranormal Research (www.perceptiveparanormal.com). She has committed to freeing her mind of her previously “accepted” beliefs regarding ghosts and expanding her knowledgebase through individual research, brainstorming with other paranormal investigators, and exploring exciting new theories, techniques, and equipment in an effort to help move the ghost investigation field forward.

Rosalyn’s background in psychiatric nursing and in customer service give her particular insight into the minds and motivations of both the living and the dead. She is also a Reiki Master, an Angel Therapy Practitioner, and has experience with mediumship and with helping families deal with violent hauntings and inhuman entities. She has investigated several notable haunts including Waverly Hills Sanatorium, Eastern State Penitentiary, the Mark Twain House, Burlington Prison Museum, and historic forts Mifflin, Ticonderoga and Delaware.

Rosalyn will join all of the other great guests at the 2012 Las Vegas Paracon at historic Bonnie Springs Ranch.  If you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, visit http://bonniespringsranch.ticketleap.com/2012-las-vegas-paracon-at-bonnie-springs-ranch/.  We will see you at Bonnie Springs Ranch August 31st – September 2nd!

Article by Suzanne Philips

Photo copyright Profiles in History

 

 

Ever wonder how you would size up to Christopher Reeves’ Superman or Halle Berry’s Storm? You’re invited to come and visit the Profiles in History booth at this year’s Comic Con and interview Joe Maddalena, CEO of Profiles and star of Hollywood Treasure on Syfy. This year the Profiles in History booth, number 1605, will be a Comic Con attendees dream.

They will have Christopher Reeves’ screen used Superman costume and Marlon Brando’s Jor-El costume from Superman: The Movie. From X-Men they will have Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine claws and black leather battle suit, Professor X’s wheel chair and Halle Berry’s Storm battle suit. You’re welcome to ask but we doubt you’ll be able to try them on. Props include, the motorcycle from Ghost Rider as well as their significant collection of items from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory including a Golden Egg, a Golden Ticket and an Everlasting Gobstopper. There will also be plenty of surprises not listed here.

All of these items will be at Profiles in History’s four day Treasures from the Hollywood Vaults auction, July 28-31 in Los Angeles.

Joe Maddalena, born into a family of antique dealers, is now the world’s foremost authenticator of Hollywood memorabilia. From his first baseball card show at 12 to his first big buy, a handwritten letter of Abraham Lincoln dated January 8, 1863 regarding his issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation for $749,000, Profiles in History has become the world’s leading dealer in guaranteed authentic original Hollywood memorabilia, historical autographs, letters, documents, vintage signed photographs and manuscripts. Most recently Profiles in History auctioned off the record setting Debbie Reynold’s Collection. The Marilyn Monroe “Subway” dress from The Seven Year Itch went for $5.52M, the Marilyn Monroe signature red-sequined showgirl gown from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes went for $1.44M and the Audrey Hepburn Ascot Dress from My Fair Ladywent for $4.44M. He also auctioned off the screen used Captain America suit fromCaptain America: The First Avenger for $ 2228,000.

Founded in 1985 by Joseph Maddalena, Profiles in History is the nation’s leading dealer in guaranteed-authentic original historical autographs, letters, documents, vintage signed photographs and manuscripts.  Born into a family of antiques dealers in Rhode Island, Joseph “Joe” Maddalena learned early on how to turn his passion of collecting historical autographs into a career. Needing to support himself, Joe turned to his hobby of buying and selling historical documents as a potential way to earn revenue. On weekends he scoured old Hollywood bookstores for letters and rare books. Upon graduation from Pepperdine, Joe pursued his passion to become a full-time dealer of historical documents, and opened his first office in 1985. A lifetime member of the Manuscript Society, Joe is widely recognized as the nation’s leading authority on entertainment memorabilia and historical documents. Profiles in History has established itself as the world’s largest auctioneer of original Hollywood memorabilia, having held some of the most prestigious and successful auctions of Hollywood memorabilia and owning virtually every Guinness Book record prices for original screen-used memorabilia. With an extensive network of dealers, collectors, and institutions, Profiles in History is proud to play an important role in the preservation of motion picture history. Prior Profiles in History Hollywood auctions highlights include the “Cowardly Lion” costume from  The Wizard of Oz ($805,000); Steve McQueen’s “Michael Delaney” racing suit fromLe Mans  ($960,000); a Panavision motion picture camera used by George Lucas to filmStar Wars  ($624,000); a full-scale model T-800 Endoskeleton from Terminator 2: Judgment Day  ($488,750); Marilyn Monroe’s platinum & diamond wedding band from her marriage to Joe DiMaggio ($504,000); Marilyn Monroe’s “Diamonds” dress fromGentlemen Prefer Blondes  ($356,500); a King Kong 1933 six-sheet movie poster ($345,000); Luke Skywalker’s light saber from Star Wars  ($240,000); Margaret Hamilton’s “Wicked Witch” hat from The Wizard Of Oz ($230,000); and The Invisible Man1933 one-sheet movie poster ($230,000). From the history-making Debbie Reynolds Auction in June 2011, Profiles in History sold the Marilyn Monroe “Subway” Dress fromThe Seven Year Itch for $5.52M, the Marilyn Monroe signature red-sequined showgirl gown from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes for $1.44M and the Audrey Hepburn Ascot Dress from My Fair Lady for $4.44M. In February 2012, Profiles in History arranged the sale of a pair of Judy Garland screen-used Ruby Slippers from The Wizard of Oz  to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. In addition, Joe Maddalena is the star of  Hollywood Treasure, which just ended its second season on Syfy.  Hollywood Treasure  takes viewers into the fascinating world of showbiz and pop culture memorabilia.  For more info on Profiles in History, visit www.profilesinhistory.com.