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Hit Vegas show to be part of 3-day Paranormal Event at Binion’s Hotel and Gambling Hall.

Article by Suzanne Philips

Photos copyright “Evil Dead: The Musical Las Vegas”

 

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Las Vegas is a town known for it’s non-stop entertainment that features shows of all sorts, -from the contortion filled magic of Cirque du Soliel to the classics like Wayne Newton and Elton John. With such diverse entertainment choices, it’s safe to say that no other show in Las Vegas compares to “Evil Dead: The Musical Las Vegas”.

Based on the cult-classic film series which starred Bruce Campbell, and produced by the amazing Sirc Michaels, the musical follows five college students who set off to spend the weekend in an abandoned cabin  in the woods and accidentally unleash an evil terror. In this comedic take on 1980s horror franchise, characters and demons sing and dance to songs written specifically for the musical. And, as in the films, hero Ash is there to dish out his various one liners and fight the never-ending demons.

Nicole Unger, Ben Stobber and Joe Tomasello in "Evil Dead: The Musical"

Nicole Unger, Ben Stobber and Joe Tomasello in “Evil Dead: The Musical”

The show  is a unique production that combines multimedia, live performance, audience participation and 4D elements to take audience members into its world. From undead ushers to blood spraying out into the audience, this musical comedy is bringing a new type of entertainment to the Vegas Strip, and the people behind it are determined to make a lasting impression. Guests in the coveted Splatter Zone are doused with 20 gallons of ‘blood’ every show. Fans of the show are extremely loyal and return to see the production time and time again.  It’s definitely a different experience than your average Las Vegas show and well worth the time and money for a “groovy” night out. The show runs Friday and Saturday nights at Planet Hollywood’s V Theatre.

 

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The cast and crew of “Evil Dead: The Musical Las Vegas” will be making a special appearance at the 2013 Las Vegas Paracon which will be held at Binion’s Hotel and Gambling Hall in downtown Las Vegas’ Historic Fremont Street Experience.  The event, which runs August 23-25th will feature a weekend of events including a meet and greet, celebrity speakers, vendors and a paranormal investigation.  The “Evil Dead” crew will be on hand to discuss their show and will be available to take commemorative photos and sign autographs with attendees.  For more information on the event or to buy tickets check out http://thelasvegasparacon.ticketleap.com/the-las-vegas-paracon/.

For more information on “Evil Dead: The Musical Las Vegas” or to purchase tickets for an upcoming show, check out http://www.evildeadlasvegas.com/.

"The biggest thing to happen when I was growing up there was Wal-Mart was built, and we used to go and hang out at Wal-Mart."

“The biggest thing to happen when I was growing up there was Wal-Mart was built, and we used to go and hang out at Wal-Mart.”

Justin Wilczynski is an up and coming actor, musician and a model.  Wilczynski befriended Cory Monteith of Glee on the set of the show Kaya. Justin collaborated with Cory to re-start his old band Bonnie Dune.  Wilczynski lead singer/rhythm guitar, started the band with childhood friends while growing up in Paso Robles, California.

Rekindling their love of music, Bonnie Dune has performed shows in Los Angeles, Canada and Pennsylvania. Most recently Justin Wilczynski played Tyler Rorke on Nike at Nite’s Hollywood Heights (2012). We were able to have an exclusive chat with the rising star to get an update for his plans for 2013.

 

First off is Hollywood Heights is coming back for a second season?

“Hollywood Heights will definitely not be coming back.”

Do you see yourself as an actor/singer/or model?

“I guess all of them. All 3. Because I’m already doing it all. As a musician, I’ll always be playing music. So I’ll always consider myself a musician. Hopefully I’ll be acting for a long time. But I don’t do one or the other. Modeling is something that pays the bills.”

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Do you see yourself in more films or television shows?

“Sure, doing both. I have more experience doing television. It’s definitely more consistent. I’d like to see myself (Justin) doing more television. “

Have you ever thought about doing do comedy? Or be in an action/super-hero film?

“I think that would be fun. Sure why not? I don’t think I’ve been type casted, because I haven’t worked enough. I tend to always go out for the bad guy or the angry guy because that’s pretty much all I’ve done so far, and what most people have seen me doing. I’m auditioning for another character that’s actually the bad guy role. I’m really up to try anything. I have to say that auditioning for comedy is the hardest thing I’ve ever done. It’s a lot harder than people think. When I go out to comedy stuff it doesn’t feel as natural to me as playing other parts I’ve done in the past. “

Justin Wilczynski  lead singer Bonnie Dune.

Justin Wilczynski lead singer Bonnie Dune.

 

You’ve recently been tweeting a lot. Do you feel like this is a good platform to reach out to your fan base?

“I’m still trying to get the hang of it. It’s been like a year now since I’ve had Twitter and Instagram. I guess I just want it to be interesting and not just random things and tweeting about day to day things like some people. But definitely keeping people updated with the inside scoop going on.”

Have you ever thought about posting YouTube videos?

“No. I like to keep my private life really private. I’d like to keep my personality as private if possible as well. I think something happens when you get to know somebody via internet, YouTube, twitter, is you know them too well. You almost feel like you know them and it takes away from the person playing a character whether it being on television, or film or on stage. At least for me there are some artists that in the past I’ve felt like they’ve been paparazzi-ed so much and interviewed so much that their personality is so well known it’s hard really. It’s like your really good friend trying to be serious, but I know them too well, so I can’t take them serious kind of thing. I guess I’m trying to be a little discreet about what I put out there.”

You recently traveled to Nashville, TN to record Bonnie Dune tracks. How is the album process coming along?

“I actually worked on tacking. Cory (Monteith), and Josh (Kerr) tracked out here in LA (Los Angeles) at the recording studio. Then I (Justin) worked with a longtime friend co-writer Jason Massey out in Nashville for a couple of weeks. Then worked on producing the album.

Because ever body’s schedule didn’t work out we couldn’t do it all together in Nashville. We did part of it in LA. Then I went out to Nashville and was there for a little over two weeks. I recorded all the vocals. The rest of my guitars and any little production we did out there. We actually haven’t heard the mix yet on the EP. Anxious because I was supposed to hear the songs last week but the mixer/producer is still working on the mix. Hopefully we can get that released. I’m hoping in June.

We’ll probably end up releasing a song off it before then. Not sure what song yet but most likely “Endless Summer”. That’s the song everyone has been wanting for a long time. We’ve been playing it for a while we just never ended up recording it. I think that’s a realistic time period to have that goal of being available early Summer, and getting all our stuff together before then.

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The LOST EP is on iTunes. Will songs that you’ve performed live make it to a new album like “Burn it Down” or “Endless Summer”?

“Yes, we have “Free” “Burn It Down” “Endless Summer” ”Shadow of a Man” a new song called “Maybe Tonight” And another song called “Long Way Back”

We recorded 8 songs and we are only going to release 6. (As for) The other 2 not sure if we are going to save for single releases or if they’ll be on our next EP or not. Not really sure but we’ll see.”

 

A lot of your fans travel from all over to watch you guys. What bands did you/would you travel for?

“The only times I’ve traveled to see a band is local bands. I went to Lollapalooza to see Florence and the Machine and Black Keys and Delta Spirit. But I’ve seen Delta Spirit out here in LA. I can’t say I’ve actually traveled somewhere for a certain band mostly because bands always tour LA. When I was younger I used to travel a lot to see Jimmy Eat World when I was in high school and Weezer actually. When I was in middle school, my close friends that were older that drove ended up doing road trips to see Weezer. I’ve seen Weezer more than any other band.”

 

What bands inspire you at the moment?

“It changes all the time but I have to say a lot of country. There’s a band called “Little Big Town”.

Currently inspired by the production of their album and the way they write songs. I have to say “Little Big Town” right now which kind of sounds weird. I mean I’m always inspired by older music but there is not a lot of newer bands that I listen to that I’m inspired by. I guess Delta Spirit is one of them. I know the drummer of that band pretty well. I’ve seen them from when they first started as a band until now. I think they are one of the best live bands I’ve ever seen. Every time I see them live, that’s really inspiring as far as their live shows go. So yeah I’d have to say Delta Spirit.

Where would you like to see Bonnie Dune tour?

“I would love to do a U.S./Canadian tour. It’s tough with Cory’s (Monteith) schedule. We defiantly will have a thing planned for this Summer. We were planning on doing something last Summer and we actually had shows booked and everything. Then I ended up booking Hollywood Heights and wasn’t able to do it. That was a bummer because that was the first time everybody else could and I couldn’t.”

Is Bonnie Dune planning on making a music video?

“Yes. Actually. We are doing a video for “Strange Ways” in a couple of weeks. I don’t want to give too much of it away but it’s going to be a very different type of video. Most likely will just be me (Justin) in the video. That really wasn’t my choice. It was the choice of the song and the fit, then trying to figure out a concept where we all could in it. It just really didn’t work. That’s the first video we are going to do. And we will be doing a video for, I’m thinking “Maybe Tonight”. (That) Will be our first full band video. That will probably be release with the EP.”

Justin Wilczynski

  • One show you want to be a guest star on? Nashville
  • Guilty pleasure? Ice Cream
  • Dream tour location? New York
  • Corniest pick-up line you’ve used? I was just talking to my friend about this today. It’s not something I’ve ever used. The worst pick up line is a guy coming up to a girl and says “Hey you kind of look like my ex-wife”
  • High five or fist bump? High five
  • Most embarrassing moment? Getting pants in high school
  • Favorite food? Cheese burgers
  • Favorite thing to cook? Cheese burgers

What can fans expect for you in the future/2013?

“I want them to know that we are still working really hard. It’s hard for us with our schedules. I hope everybody understands that. I still work every day. I sing every day. I try to as much as possible. I am hoping that when we are ready to do that tour and release the album that people are still interested.”

 

You can follow Justin Wilczynski on his Twitter @JustinFlewAway

You can follow Bonnie Dune on Twitter @bonnie_dune

Like Bonnie Dune’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/bonniedune

You can purchase the LOST EP on iTunes at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-lost-ep/id534639229

Justin Wilczynski plays the conniving bad boy, Tyler on Hollywood Heights. Wilczynski grew up on a ranch in Paso Robles, California and fell into acting by accident. Although he moved to Los Angeles after high school to pursue music, he ended up booking a commercial when he went along on an audition with a friend and was asked to audition. Learn more about Justin Wilczynski 

Article by Suzanne Philips

Photo copyright Tafriha Ahmed

 

Sean Astin with Fans

Sean Astin with Fans

 

Toronto ComiCon is putting the pop in pop culture with an all-star lineup featuring stars from some of the most treasured TV shows and films in the sci-fi and fantasy universe.

The two-day extravaganza, held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre March 9-10, 2013, will feature the following celebrity guests:

  • Michael Hogan (Battlestar Galactica, Teen Wolf)
  • Sean Astin (The Goonies, The Lord of the Rings)
  • Laura Vandervoort (Smallville, V)
  • Daniel Logan (Star Wars Episode II)

The cast of STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION:

  • Patrick Stewart (Captain Jean-Luc Picard)
  • Jonathan Frakes (Cmdr. William Riker)
  • LeVar Burton (Lt. Cmdr. Geordi LaForge)
  • Michael Dorn (Lt. Worf)
  • Gates McFadden (Dr. Beverly Crusher)
  • Marina Sirtis (Counselor Deanna Troi)
  • Brent Spiner (Lt. Cmdr. Data)

This year’s festivities will also bring together some of the biggest names in comics, horror and anime, including:

  • Kill Shakespeare’s creators: Toronto’s own Anthony Del Col and Connor McCreery made headlines across North American for their innovative comic series featuring epic battles between the bard’s greatest heroes and villains. The duo has inked a follow-up series called Tide of Blood launching in 2013.

For the complete list of Toronto ComiCon guests, visit www.comicontoronto.com.

Returning for a second spectacular year, Toronto’s ComiCon has established itself as one of the city’s defining pop culture and entertainment events. Presented by FAN EXPO CANADA™, Toronto ComiCon is filled with high-profile celebrity presentations, Q&A’s, autographs and photo sessions. Join hundreds of exhibitors and retailers – and a parade of costumed fans – in celebrating a jam-packed weekend of all things pop culture. Other highlights include a Star Wars photo session, sketching duels, as well workshops and seminars featuring some of the industry’s brightest talents.

Escaping to new worlds on March Break has never been so easy!

 

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TICKET DETAILS:

Saturday, March 9 All Access One-Day Pass
Sunday, March 10 All Access One-Day Pass
All Access Two-Day Pass
Child All Access One-Day Pass
$25
$20
$39
$16

For more information on Star Trek: The Next Generation cast photo-op sessions, autograph signings and VIP tickets, please visit http://www.lightspeedfineart.com/toronto-comic-con-vip-tickets

Male actor in a leading role – WINNER: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln

Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook

John Hawkes, The Sessions

Hugh Jackman, Les Misérables

Denzel Washington, Flight

 Female actor in a leading role  –  WINNER: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook

Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty

Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone

Helen Mirren, Hitchcock

Naomi Watts, The Impossible

Male actor in a supporting role – WINNER: Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln

Alan Arkin, Argo

Javier Bardem, Skyfall

Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook

Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master

Female actor in a supporting role – WINNER: Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables

Sally Field, Lincoln

Helen Hunt, The Sessions

Nicole Kidman, The Paperboy

Maggie Smith, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Stunt ensemble – WINNER: Skyfall

The Amazing Spider-Man

The Bourne Legacy

The Dark Knight Rises

Les Misérables

Television

Ensemble in a drama series – WINNER: Downton Abbey, PBS

Boardwalk Empire, HBO

Breaking Bad, AMC

Homeland, Showtime

Mad Men, AMC

Ensemble in a comedy series – WINNER: Modern Family, ABC

30 Rock, NBC

The Big Bang Theory, CBS

Glee, Fox

Nurse Jackie, Showtime

The Office, NBC

Male actor in a drama series – WINNER: Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad, AMC

Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire, HBO

Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom, HBO

Jon Hamm, Mad Men, AMC

Damian Lewis, Homeland, Showtime

Female actor in a drama series – WINNER: Claire Danes, Homeland, Showtime

Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey, PBS

Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Asylum, FX

Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife, CBS

Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey, PBS

Male actor in a comedy series –  WINNER: Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock, NBC

Ty Burrell, Modern Family, ABC

Louis C.K., Louie, FX

Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory, CBS

Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family, ABC

Female actor in a comedy series – WINNER: Tina Fey, 30 Rock, NBC 

Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie, Showtime

Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation, NBC

Sofia Vergara, Modern Family, ABC

Betty White, Hot in Cleveland, TV Land

Male actor in a television movie or miniseries – WINNER: Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys, History

Woody Harrelson, Game Change, HBO

Ed Harris, Game Change, HBO

Clive Owen, Hemingway & Gellhorn, HBO

Bill Paxton, Hatfields & McCoys, History

Female actor in a television movie or miniseries – WINNER: Julianne Moore, Game Change, HBO

Nicole Kidman, Hemingway & Gellhorn, HBO

Charlotte Rampling, Restless, Sundance

Sigourney Weaver, Political Animals, USA

Alfre Woodard, Steel Magnolias, Lifetime

Stunt ensemble – WINNER: Boardwalk Empire, HBO

Breaking Bad, AMC

Game of Thrones, HBO

Sons of Anarchy, FX

The Walking Dead, AMC
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Dallas Comic Con: Sci-Fi Expo goes Back To The Future, with three actors from the popular movie series topping the star-studded guest list on Feb. 9 and 10 at the Irving Convention Center in Irving, Texas. Christopher Lloyd, who played the iconic Dr. Emmett Brown, joins fellow cast members Lea Thompson (Marty’s mother, “Lorraine”) and James Tolkan (“Principal Strickland”) as they meet fans, sign autographs and pose for photos with a replica Delorean time machine.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’s Avery Brooks — “Capt. Benjamin Sisko” – makes his first Dallas appearance at the Expo, which also will feature zombie killers Laurie Holden and Danai Gurira from the popular series, The Walking Dead. Battlestar Galactica fans will be treated to appearances by actors Edward James Olmos, Tricia Helfer, James Callis and Sam Witwer.

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The science fiction line-up continues with Tron actors Bruce Boxleitner and Cindy Morgan, Firefly/Serenity actress Morena Baccarin, William Sanderson from Blade Runner and Erin Gray, star of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. Rounding out the guest list are Billy Boyd, who played the hobbit “Pippin” in the Lord of the Rings trilogy; Andrew McCarthy, whose long list of credits includes St. Elmo’s Fire and Weekend at Bernie’s; Hercules star Kevin Sorbo; and Dallas native Glenn Morshower, who plays “Lou” on the new Dallas TV series.

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Topping the guest list on the comic side are Adam Hughes, cover artist for Fairest, Catwoman, Batgirl and Wonder Woman; Superman artist George Perez; and Michael Golden, legendary artist of ‘Nam, Doctor Strange and The Micronauts. Making their first appearance with Dallas Comic Con are Image Comics co-founder Jim Valentino, Marvel Comics artist Cynthia Martin, and artist/painter Mark Texeira. Other comic guests include artists Tom Feister, Joe Eisma, Steve Erwin and Cal Slayton; illustrator Allison Sohn; and editor Renee Witterstaetter.

The actors will be available to sign autographs, talk with fans and answer questions during special panel discussions, which are free to attend as space allows. Media guests charge a fee for autographs and fans also may pay to have a professional photographer take their photo with select actors. Comic guests also will talk with fans, do commissioned sketches as time allows, and offer a variety of merchandise for sale to attendees.

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The two-day Expo features 300 vendor booths in the exhibit hall and fourth floor lobby. New to this show will be a “Cosplay Carpet” for the many fans who attend in costume, with a 30-foot backdrop and red carpet creating the ideal setting for viewing costumes and taking photos. Costume-clad fans also will vie for cash and prizes during Saturday evening’s costume contest.

Admission to Dallas Comic Con: Sci-Fi Expo is $25 Saturday and $20 Sunday. A two-day priority pass is available for $40, and children ages 5-12 are $5 when accompanied by a paying adult. Children ages 4 and under are admitted free. VIP passes for this show are sold out.

Christopher Lloyd - Back To The Future, Star Trek III, Taxi & more.

Christopher Lloyd – Back To The Future, Star Trek III, Taxi & more.

Tickets may be purchased at the box office beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday. Coupons for $5 off can be found in The Dallas Observer, Fort Worth Weekly and other North Texas newspapers.

Show hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The Irving Convention Center, 500 W. Las Colinas Blvd., is at the intersection of SH114 and Northwest Highway in Irving, Texas.

For more information on events and schedules, please visit the website at www.scifiexpo.com.

Win a chance to be an astronaut.

Win a chance to become an astronaut.

 

The winners of the National Challenges will travel to Orlando, Florida to take part in the final selection process, Global Space Camp. Here contestants will take part in three training missions to see if they have what it takes to go to space.

A panel of space experts will then select those contestants worthy of a trip to space. Footage from space camp will be broadcasted to the entire LYNX community throughout its duration. If you think you have what it takes, join up now.

Take off

A flight in an L-39 Albatross MKII jet that travels at twice the speed of sound.

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Zero G

A parabolic flight that recreates the weightlessness of space.

Re-entry

A centrifuge machine that simulates the same extreme G-Force astronauts are exposed to during landing.

 

Article by Suzanne Philips

Photo copyright Brian J Cano

Brian J Cano

Brian J Cano

Brian J Cano, star of the Syfy show “Haunted Collector”, will be making his way to Las Vegas this August for the 2013 Las Vegas Paracon.

Brian is the Tech Manager on the hit SyFy show, Haunted Collector. Best known for mixing old and new techniques of investigating, he often finds himself doing the physical tasks on the show, such as crawling under houses and up into attics. Ultimately, his goal is to quantify, measure and get empirical evidence to support the claims of paranormal activity reported while maintaining his skeptical edge.

As the resident parapsychologist of the SCARED! Crew, he first recognized his desire to explore the unknown at a young age. Growing up on Staten Island, New York, Brian often took note of abandoned buildings recessed within the woods near his home during Sunday drives with his parents. They called to him, sparking his imagination and his curiosity. Alone or with friends, Brian began exploring the old and abandoned buildings, despite the countless rumors of what may have happened within their walls. Tall tales of Satanic activity, missing children or ghostly sightings were often told, but instead of deterring Brian from his new-found hobby, this element of fear and danger only served to add to the allure for him. Since then, Brian has been looking into the darkness and exploring the dangers that come with the decay of civilization’s footprint. Expanding his experiences in urban exploration to include paranormal investigation, there are few places he will not go.

Since 2002 he’s been recording his adventures as one of the creators of SCARED!, a series of documentaries on paranormal investigation and urban exploration. Producer, graphic artist, editor, parapsychologist…in 2009 he added Internet Radio Host to his list of roles as he host of SCARED! on the Airwaves!, a weekly internet radio show which served as an official companion to the documentary series. The show is on indefinite hiatus, but he still appears as a guest on many internet radio shows, including a recent guest host spot on Unknown Origins Radio.

Brian has also appeared on the Travel Channel’s series, Most Terrifying Places as well as on the morning show, AM Arizona. Even when not a featured speaker, he manages to pop up on such shows as Celebrity Ghost Stories and the Sundance Channel. Brian’s work has been praised in several publications, including TAPS Paramagazine and Haunted Times Magazine. Various episodes of SCARED! have won awards at several film festivals.  Cano is currently filming the third season of “Haunted Collector”.  Episodes will begin airing this year on Syfy.

The 2013 Las Vegas Paracon will be held August 23-25th, 2013 at Binion’s Hotel and Gambling Hall in Downtown Las Vegas’ Historic Fremont Street area.  Tickets can be purchased at http://thelasvegasparacon.ticketleap.com/the-las-vegas-paracon/.

Article by Suzanne Philips

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Las Vegas Paracon photo copyright Elite Vegas Paranormal Society

All other photos copyright Suzanne Philips

 

Event to bring Paranormal Celebrities and fans together for a weekend of investigations, panels and events in Las Vegas this August.

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Elite Vegas Paranormal Society, a well-known Paranormal Group in Las Vegas, is hard at work planning for the 2013 Las Vegas Paracon.  This year’s event will be held August 23-25th at Binion’s Hotel and Gambling Hall in downtown Las Vegas on historic Fremont Street.

The 2012 event was held at Bonnie Springs Ranch and saw a host of Paranormal Celebrities like Ben Hansen and “Ghost Adventures” stars Zak Bagans and Aaron Goodwin.

Celebs in Attendance at the 2012 Las Vegas Paracon

Celebs in Attendance at the 2012 Las Vegas Paracon

This year’s event is shaping up to be even bigger and better.  As of today, 14 Paranormal Celebrities are attending with more special guests being added every day.  This year they will host “Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files” star Ben Hansen, “Haunted Collector” Stars Jason Gates and Brian J. Cano, “Ghost Hunters International” star Susan Slaughter, “Ghost Hunters Academy’s” Heathyr Hoffman, “Psychic Kids” star Travis Hill, Actor and TAPS West Coast member David Dossett, “Ghost Hunters” star Ashley Troub, Artist Christian Gabriel, “One Tree Hill” and “My Ghost Story” Star Julie Krystina, “Angry” Joe Tasso from “Ghost Adventures”, Author Edward Shanahan , “Psychic Kids” star Vicki Franklin, “Haunted Encounters” star Chelsea Damali and the cast of “Evil Dead: The Musical Las Vegas”.  New Guests are being added daily and this is shaping up to be one of the hugest Paranormal conventions on the West Coast.

Binion's Hotel and Gambling Hall

Binion’s Hotel and Gambling Hall

Attendees will have the opportunity to attend a Friday night meet and greet on the rooftop pool area of Binions hotel where they will have the opportunity to mingle with the Celebs in attendance and get to know their fellow attendees.  There will be Paranormal Investigations at Binion’s on both Friday and Saturday nights. Panels and workshops will be held on both Saturday and Sunday and the cast of “Evil Dead: The Musical Las Vegas” will be on hand Saturday to take souvenir photos with guests.  Sunday will start out with a “Paranormal Hangover” breakfast and round out with an auction where attendees with be able to pick up great items to keep as a remembrance of the event.

Full weekend passes are just $150 but they are limited and going fast!  Day passes and vendor tables are also available.  If you haven’t picked up your tickets yet, go to http://thelasvegasparacon.ticketleap.com/the-las-vegas-paracon/.  For more information on the event visit www.elitevegasparanormalsociety.com.

Check back with CFM for more info on guests for this event in the weeks to come!

Article and photos copyright Suzanne Philips

 

Ben Hansen

Ben Hansen

“Fact of Faked: Paranormal Files” Star and noted Paranormal Speaker Ben Hansen has been confirmed as a guest at the 2013 Las Vegas Paracon!

A former FBI Agent, Ben set up the investigation team on “Fact or Faked” to learn the truth about the paranormal. Early in his youth, Ben developed a fascination with UFOs and secret government projects. Ben has been looking for the real-life X-Files since he was a child and decided he would dedicate his career to investigations. After obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Utah in Sociology and Criminology, he went to work for the State of Utah on a county SVU task force. His training and skills later brought him to work as a criminal investigator for the FBI. Although he never found the X-Files, his time serving at the state and federal levels gave him over 6 years of formal experience in investigating a wide range of crimes and national security details. He works as a Systems Analyst for a non-profit group when he’s not investigating cases.

Las Vegas Paracon Organizers Brian, Linda and David Purdy with Ben Hansen

Las Vegas Paracon Organizers Brian, Linda and David Purdy with Ben Hansen

 

Hansen is making his second appearance at the Las Vegas Paracon.  His 2012 appearance and lecture was one of the highlights of last year’s event.  This year’s event will be held August 23-25th at Binions Hotel and Gambling Hall in Downtown Las Vegas’ legendary Fremont Street.  Tickets are on sale now and going fast, so if you haven’t picked yours up yet, head over to  http://thelasvegasparacon.ticketleap.com/the-las-vegas-paracon/

Check back next month for another profile of one of the celebrity guests at the 2013 Las Vegas Paracon!

Article by Suzanne Philips

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Director Niels Arden Oplev (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) makes his eagerly-anticipated English-language feature debut with this action thriller concerning on a tough New York City enforcer and an alluring blackmailer who both put their lives on the line to seek vengeance against one of the city’smost powerful crime bosses. Victor (Colin Farrell) is not the type of man you want to come knocking at your door. A deadeye who always hits his mark, Victor works for the man who controls New York’s entire underworld. But the ruthless crime lord gives the orders that result in the death of Victor’s right hand man’s wife and daughter he earns himself a dangerous enemy. Meanwhile, as Victor follows direct orders to identify the mysterious figure who’s threatening his boss’ life, the mysterious Beatrice (Noomi Rapace) ensnares the sleuthing hit man in a dangerous web of blackmail and seduction. Later, when the bullets start to fly, the lust for vengeance threatens to consume everyone involved. Terrence Howard and Dominic Cooper co-star.

Brad Paisley premieres his latest project on the Jimmy Kimbell Show. He has written a theme song for the TLC reality show "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo".

Brad Paisley premieres his latest project on the Jimmy Kimbell Show. He has written a theme song for the TLC reality show “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo”.

2013 Oscar Nominations Announced

Article by Suzanne Philips

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Russel Crowe and Hugh Jackman from LES MISERABLES

 

The nominations for the 2013 Academy Awards have been announced and, as usual, there are some shakeups.  Omissions such as Ben Affleck (ARGO)  Quentin Tarantino (DJANGO) and Tom Hooper (LES MISERABLES) for Best Director have all of Hollywood abuzz.

Some of those who were fortunate enough to get the nod this year are:

Best Picture:

“Beasts of the Southern Wild”

“Silver Linings Playbook”

“Zero Dark Thirty”

“Lincoln”

“Les Miserables”

“Life of Pi”

“Amour”

“Django Unchained”

“Argo”

 

Best Supporting Actor:

Christoph Waltz, “Django Unchained”

Philip Seymour Hoffman, “The Master”

Robert De Niro, “Silver Linings Playbook”

Alan Arkin, “Argo”

Tommy Lee Jones, “Lincoln”

 

Best Supporting Actress:

Sally Field, “Lincoln”

Anne Hathaway, “Les Miserables”

Jacki Weaver, “Silver Linings Playbook”

Helen Hunt, “The Sessions”

Amy Adams, “The Master”

 

Best Director:

David O. Russell, “Silver Linings Playbook”

Ang Lee, “Life of Pi”

Steven Spielberg, “Lincoln”

Michael Haneke, “Amour”

Benh Zeitlin, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”

 

Best Actor:

Daniel Day Lewis, “Lincoln”

Denzel Washington, “Flight”

Hugh Jackman, “Les Miserables”

Bradley Cooper, “Silver Linings Playbook”

Joaquin Phoenix, “The Master”

 

Best Actress:

Naomi Watts, “The Impossible”

Jessica Chastain, “Zero Dark Thirty”

Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook”

Emmanuelle Riva, “Amour”

Quvenzhané Wallis, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”

 

Best Original Screenplay:

“Zero Dark Thirty”

“Django Unchained”

“Moonrise Kingdom”

“Amour”

“Flight”

 

Best Adapted Screenplay:

“Lincoln”

“Silver Linings Playbook”

“Argo”

“Life of Pi”

“Beasts of the Southern Wild”

 

Best Animated Feature:

“Frankenweenie”

“The Pirates! Band of Misfits”

“Wreck-It Ralph”

“Paranorman”

“Brave”

 

The 85th Annual Academy Awards ceremony will air live on ABC on February 4th.  Check your local listings for start times.

 

Article by Suzanne Philips

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Paramount Pictures, a division of Viacom Inc., and Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM), through its subsidiary Qualcomm Labs, Inc., today announced that Gimbal context awareness technologies will be used to deliver exclusive content and advanced real world game experiences for the “STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS” application based on the upcoming movie from J.J. Abrams.
These cutting edge technologies are being showcased in a never before-seen way and will enable users to automatically engage with a wealth of movie related materials by utilizing their real-life surroundings to auto-complete integrated missions by employing audio scan, geo-location recognition, and image recognition functionality powered by Qualcomm Vuforia. The “STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS” app will launch at the end of January. Qualcomm’s Chairman and CEO Dr. Paul E. Jacobs made the announcement today during his keynote address at the International CES show in Las Vegas.
During the second quarter of the big game, the app will allow users the ability to unlock the first of many surprises during the airing of the “STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS” tv-spot, making this one of the most unique and interactive apps ever created for a movie. As a bonus, users who register for the app will be automatically entered into a sweepstakes for the chance to win a VIP trip to the U.S. premiere. To be the first to get the app and enter the sweepstakes, visit www.StarTrekMovie.com/CES.
“We are excited about collaborating with Paramount on this app as it further brings to life Qualcomm’s vision of the digital sixth sense, where devices intelligently interact with the world around you,” said Dr. Jacobs. “By leveraging the Gimbal platform, this app harnesses the power of the smartphone to bridge the digital and physical world, allowing the studio to market the film in the real world and simultaneously bring users into the film’s story and world.”
Highlights of the “STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS” app include:
    • An audio scan function that can be turned on to automatically recognize and reward users for watching “STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS” content on TV and other media;
    • An image scan function that enables users to interact with images printed or viewable in the real world;
    • An audio scan function that can be turned on to automatically recognize and reward users for watching “STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS” content on TV and other media;
    • An image scan function that enables users to interact with images printed or viewable in the real world;
    • A geofencing function for location-based experiences;
    • New “STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS” content, such as videos, images and wallpapers delivered directly to users’ mobile devices;
    • Exclusive opportunities and special offers only available to app users;
  • One lucky sweepstakes winner will be rewarded with the grand prize of attending the “STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS” U.S. premiere.
“STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS” is written by Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman & Damon Lindelof and directed by J.J. Abrams. Abrams is producing with Bryan Burk through Bad Robot Productions, along with Lindelof, Kurtzman and Orci. Jeffrey Chernov and Skydance Productions’ David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Paul Schwake are the executive producers.
“STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS” opens in theaters everywhere May 17, 2013.

Article by Suzanne Philips

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Elite Vegas Paranormal Society (EVPS) founders Brian and Linda Purdy will be appearing as guests on the radio show “Ghosts, Guest & Greyhound” this evening at 9:00pm to discuss their upcoming monthly Ghost Hunts at Bonnie Springs Ranch and to talk about the 2013 Las Vegas Paracon to be held August 23-25th at Binion’s Hotel and Gambling Hall.

EVPS will be hosting monthly Ghost Hunts at the Historic Bonnie Springs Ranch beginning in January.  The events will be the last Saturday of every month and will give guests the opportunity to act as real Paranormal Investigators in a famous haunted location.  Guests will have the use of K-2 Meters, Cameras, Spirit Boxes and more to investigate the Opera House and the Wax Museum at Bonnie Springs Ranch, locations which have been featured on many shows, including “Ghost Adventures”.

The pair will also be discussing the 2013 Las Vegas Paracon which will be held August 23-25th.  The site of this year’s event will be Binion’s Hotel and Gambling Hall in downtown Las Vegas.  There will be a huge group of celebrity guests including  Ben Hansen from “Fact of Faked: Paranormal Files”, Brian J Cano and Jason Gates from “Haunted Collector”, Susan Slaughter and Heathyr Hoffman from “Ghost Hunters Academy” and more.  We also hear that some huge celebrity guests will be announced soon!

Tune into “Ghosts, Guest & Greyhound” tonight at 9pm on www.alltalkradio.net and check out www.elitevegasparanormalsociety.com for more information on the Ghost Hunts or the 2013 Las Vegas Paracon.

Article by Suzanne Philips

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In its first three years, PollyGrind Film Festival has seen more than 40 of its official selections land distribution deals, helped numerous unknown filmmakers jump start their careers, and received international coverage and praise.

Now the Las Vegas event is calling for entries in hopes that its fourth season is the year it can really make some noise.

“PollyGrind is about trendsetting and blazing trails,” festival director Chad Clinton Freeman said. “My goal is to not only find and share groundbreaking projects from emerging filmmakers, but to be able to really push them to the forefront. PollyGrind has been knocking and knocking at the door; this year the door is going to open or we are going to kick it in.”

Freeman has dubbed his latest installment PollyGrind IV: A New Hope with “May the Fourth Be With You” as one of its taglines. The event, which MovieMaker magazine named to its 2012 list of “25 festivals worth the entry fee,” prides itself on being a film festival of a different breed.

Gems discovered at past events include The Bunny Game, Slime City Massacre, Dear God No!, Daddy’s Little Girl, My Name is A by Anonymous and many more. Before Jen and Sylvia Soska’s American Mary success, their debut Dead Hooker in a Trunk won numerous awards at PollyGrind. Before Calvin Lee Reeder starred in the hit V/H/S or directed The Rambler feature, which premieres at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, he won best director at PollyGrind. Additionally, 2013 Sundance film Escape from Tomorrow was a PollyGrind 2012 official selection and after Albert Pyun’s Road to Hell had a PollyGrind record attendance of more than 200 at Rave Cinemas, it is now being converted to 3D and IMAX Digital for a national theatrical run.

Always on the lookout for talented filmmakers, the festival tries each year to spotlight as many different types of projects as it can.

“I try to learn from each festival and make sure PollyGrind evolves,” Freeman said. “When I started this event, I didn’t want to dictate what it was about each year. Some years it might be heavy on horror, grindhouse or found footage, other years it might be heavy on the arthouse side. Last year, true crime was king with our top three films falling into that category.”

In living up to the concept of constantly evolving, PollyGrind has again expanded its entry categories and now accepts screenplays, while offering special discounted categories for women and girl filmmakers, all filmmakers under 18 and Nevada filmmakers.

The festival also offers discounted entries to debut and sophomore features that have not had world premieres, as well as films that have been rejected from other festivals. Special discounted early bird prices are as low as five dollars.

“We also had some really cool stuff from filmmakers that were under 18 and some really good stuff from women filmmakers last year. So I gave out awards for best directors under 18 and 15, as well as best woman directors for features and shorts,” Freeman said. “Many times these projects might get overlooked by a lot of other festivals, so I wanted to make sure everybody knew they were welcome here. I like to say PollyGrind champions the broken, the beaten and the damned, but the truth is we champion any and all good films, no matter who made them, what they are about, what they cost to make or what rules they happen to follow or break.”

Companies that have signed PollyGrind approved works include Lions Gate, Troma Entertainment, Alternative Cinema, Chemical Burn, Wild Eye Releasing, Breaking Glass Pictures, Sundance, Showtime, Autonomy Pictures, Midnight Releasing, Modern American Cinema, Media Blasters, Maya Entertainment, R Squared, IFC Midnight, and Synapse Films.

PollyGrind selections have also screened at Sundance, Telluride, Another Hole in the Head, Fantasia, Raindance, Fantastic, Toronto International, Arizona Underground, Chicago International, Austin and more.

PollyGrind and it’s filmmakers have also been covered by Variety, Hollywood Reporter, National Lampoon, Fearnet, Fangoria, Dread Central, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Indiewire, MovieMaker and Arrow in the Head.

It’s current promo video features the likes of Herschell Gordon Lewis, Lloyd Kaufman, Ted V. Mikels, MC Randumb & Jewish Dave, The Objex, The Roxy Gunn Project, Jenny Hendrix, Monster Zero, Michael Pare, Shane Ryan, James Cullen Bressack, Dave O’Shea, Mike Davis, Honey Lauren, Brandon Slagle, Devanny Pinn, Claire St. Claire, Chris Sun, Michael Thomson, Allira Jaques, Craig Sabin, Brooke Lewis and more.

Past festival events have included concerts, burlesque and art shows, and a zombie red carpet walk. Past winners have won distribution contracts, thousands of dollars in software prizes and equipment from Sony, Red Giant, Glidecam and Final Draft.

For more information, please visit PollyGrind.com or Facebook.com/PollyGrind

Check out their promo video at https://vimeo.com/56801893 ;

Teddy MacElvis is one of the tribute artists from across the US will compete with the winner vying for the world championship in Memphis later this year

Teddy MacElvis is one of the tribute artists from across the US will compete with the winner vying for the world championship in Memphis later this year

 

SPIRIT OF THE SUWANNEE MUSIC PARK, LIVE OAK, FLA –

Elvis fans, it is your time to enjoy a weekend of Elvis tributes from some of the best tribute artists in the nation! The annual Ted “Teddy MacElvis” McMullen I’ll Remember You Elvis Tribute Artist contest Jan. 25-27 will bring dozens of Elvis Tribute Artists to the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Fla to compete!

Among those expected are Michael Hoover and his wife, Bobby, who own The Images of the King Competition and hold the World Championship Competition in Memphis every year in August. The “I Remember You Elvis Tribute Artist Contest” operates under the auspices of the Images of the King and is a preliminary contest of the Images of the King World Championship.

Michael Hoover will perform during this spectacular weekend and assist Ted McMullen with the program.

The big weekend actually gets underway Thursday night with Ted McMullen’s regular karaoke night in the Music Hall where the audience may perform. You never know who might be present to perform or who is looking for talent! Admission is free.

Friday night, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. begins the karaoke party with contestants entertaining their fans throughout the evening in the Music Hall. Admission Friday night is $10 per person at the door. All food and drinks extra.

Saturday, Jan. 26 is the big day with competition beginning at 1 p.m. in the Music Hall. The winner of this contest will receive a cash prize and be automatically entered into the “Images of the King” contest to compete for World Champion. There will be a break in the afternoon with final competition beginning at 6 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 27, at 8 a.m., Ted McMullen and contestants will entertain with gospel music in the Music Hall. Free admission. All food and drinks extra.

TICKETS

GENERAL ADMISSION

General admission Saturday for adults or children is $25 per person, regardless of when you arrive. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance by calling the SOSMP at 386-364-1683.

RESERVED SEATING

Reserved seating for adults or children on Saturday will be $40 per person regardless of when you arrive. Reserved seating tickets must be purchased prior to 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26. All food and drinks extra for general admission and reserved. Groups should purchase tickets at the same time to guarantee seating together. To purchase reserved seating, call the SOSMP at 386-364-1683 in advance.

TO COMPETE –

If you are an Elvis Tribute Artist and would like to compete, you may call Marcie at 904-966-2972. Entry fee for an adult is $50, youth are free. If you wish to enter, you must do so by Jan. 15 in order to get your biography and photo into the program.

Michael Hoover will be competing at the "I'll Remember You Elvis Tribute Artist Competition"  Jan. 25-27 at The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park.

Michael Hoover will be competing at the “I’ll Remember You Elvis Tribute Artist Competition” Jan. 25-27 at The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park.

TO MAKE RESERVATIONS FOR THE WEEKEND –

For more information about the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, to make reservations for RV parking, campers, primitive camping or cabin rental for this and other events, please call 386-364-1683, email spirit@musicliveshere.com or go to www.musicliveshere.com. Bicycling, golf cart rental, hiking, jogging, canoeing, bird watching, fishing, disc golf are among the many activities available during your stay at the beautiful Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park.

You may also contact the SOSMP to inquire about any of the many other exciting events coming up such as the AURA Music & Arts Festival, SpringFest, Wanee with the Allman Brothers, Suwannee River Jam Auditions, 2013 Suwannee River Jam and more.

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!