Archive for June, 2014

Rick Springfield copyright Larry Cunningham/CFM

Rick Springfield copyright Larry Cunningham/CFM

 

Photos by Larry Cunningham/CFM

Rocker Rick Springfield visited the Barnes and Noble in Las Vegas on Saturday, June 14th to sign copies of his new book “Magnificent Vibration”.

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“Magnificent Vibration” follows lead character Bobby, who, after stealing a mysterious self-help book called Magnificent Vibration: Discover Your True Purposefrom a bookstore,  calls the 1-800 number scrawled inside the front cover, only to discover that he has a direct line to God. This launches Bobby on an unlikely quest, serendipitously accompanied by a breathtakingly sexy and exceedingly sharp travel companion named Alice. Together the pair sets out to find some combination of spiritual and carnal salvation—and possibly save the planet.

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Fans lined up early to get a glimpse of their idol and pick up a copy of the new book.  Springfield then departed for Primm, Nevada to play a gig at the Star of the Desert Arena.

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Pick up your own copy of “Magnificent Vibration” at www.amazon.com

 

 

Actor in popular shows such as “Doctor Who”, “Torchwood” and “Arrow” fills ballroom to capacity in Phoenix.

John Barrowman photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

John Barrowman photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

Actor John Barrowman has long been a fan favorite.  From his start in the “Doctor Who” franchise as the beloved Captain Jack Harkness to his run on “Torchwood”, to his recent turn as bad-guy Malcolm Merlyn on the CW show “Arrow”, Barrowman has turned roles into beloved icons for years.

At the recent Phoenix Comic-Con, Barrowman joined a host of other celebrities, including fellow “Arrow” co-stars Stephen Amell and Manu Bennet to meet fans, take photos and speak about current and past projects.

copyright Suzanne Philips

copyright Suzanne Philips

Fans waited in line for hours to get the chance to see Barrowman’s panel, which is known in convention circles as being one of the most entertaining.  Barrowman did not disappoint.  Before the panel began, the event organizes held a dance contest and Barrowman came out and danced with the finalists before the winner was picked.

copyright Suzanne Philips

copyright Suzanne Philips

Barrowman said he was a bit worried earlier in the day as he was at his booth in the exhibit hall and only about 4 people were in line to see him.  He mentioned to his husband Scott that perhaps they might have to re-think returning next year.  Scott told him that people had been waiting in line upstairs for 3 hours to get into his panel!

Fans asked questions about his time working on “Doctor Who” and “Torchwood” and Barrowman, a long time “Doctor Who” fan himself shared stories about working on the iconic series.  He claimed you could always tell who had the difficult “Whovian” dialogue that day because they would be in the hair and make-up trailer pouring over their script to try to get their lines down.  When Barrowan asked creator Russell T. Davies why he made the dialogue so difficult, Davies laughed and responded “because I can!”

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copyright Suzanne Philips

Barrowman also shared stories about pranks that he has played on his “Arrow” co-stars, particulary Stephen Amell who plays the lead character Oliver Queen on the hit show.  He said that paricularly in the first season Amell came to him for advice  and with questions on being the lead in a show.  A fan asked if Barrowman thought it was funny that Colin Donnell, who plays his son Tommy Merlyn on the show, is about the same age as Barrowman himself.  Barrowman stated that he and Colin had a conversation about how they were going to play it to make it believable and they finally decided to just “go for it” and it worked out. 

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copyright Suzanne Philips

Barrowman is not only an accomplished Film and TV actor, but is also very well known for his stage work in shows like “Anything Goes” and “Le Cage Aux Folles”.  A fan asked if he could sing something during the panel and he sang an Acapella version of a song from “Anything Goes”, much to the delight of all in attendance.

Barrowman ended his panel by mooning the audience, something he is fairly well known for that always delights the crowd.

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copyright Suzanne Philips

 

Phoneix Comic Con Opens Doors Today

Southwest’s Comic Con opens doors for attendees for a weekend of events.

Photo from 2013 Comic Con.  Copyright Examiner.com

Photo from 2013 Comic Con. Copyright Examiner.com

The 2014 Phoenix Comic Con opens this afternoon at the Pheonix Convention Center for a weekend of panels, autographs, shopping and celeb sightings.

Doors open today at 4pm and the convention runs through this Sunday at 6pm.  Several signature events will take place during the convention including “Party Like A Timelord” and the ever-popular “Zombie Prom”.

A slew of film and tv celebrities will be on hand for the weekend including Danny Glover, Catherine Bach, John Barrowman, Stephen Amell and Nathan Fillion.  Celebs will be signing autographs and posing for photo ops as well as taking questions from fans during weekend panel discussions.

The autograph schedule for the weekend is now online at www.phoenixcomiccon.com as well as information about purchasing tickets, lodging and more.

CFM will be covering the event this weekend so check back on Monday for our full coverage of the event.