Archive for June, 2015

Pixar_animation_studios_logo

 

Buzz Lightyear will welcome visitors to D23 EXPO 2015 as Pixar Animation Studios celebrates the 20-year anniversary of Toy Story, among a host of exciting presentations, demonstrations and panels that pay homage to Pixar’s past while looking ahead to its roster of exciting new films. The fearless space ranger, who appeared in Pixar’s groundbreaking CG-animated feature-film debut Toy Story in 1995, as well as Toy Story 2 (1999) and Toy Story 3 (2010), has taken flight in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® six times as a giant character helium balloon, measuring 67.7-feet long, 39.9-feet wide and 34.3-feet tall. This summer, the Disney•Pixar Buzz Lightyear balloon travels to the West Coast for the first time ever, welcoming guests to D23 EXPO 2015 as it soars outside the Anaheim Convention Center on Friday, Aug. 14, 2015. D23 EXPO 2015 takes place through August 16.

 

CALENDAR OF KEY PRESENTATIONS/ PANELS/ EVENTS:

 

Every Story Is a Journey: The Upcoming Films of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios

Friday, August 14, 3:00 pm  – Hall D23

After meeting the Emotions inside the mind of an 11-year-old, taking a trip to San Fransokyo where a boy genius and his robot save the world, and falling in love with a queen with icy powers who wants to “let it go,” come see where Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios plan to take you next. In what has become a D23 EXPO must-see, host John Lasseter, chief creative officer of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, presents “Every Story is a Journey.” Filmmakers will unveil never-before-seen footage from Pixar’s upcoming The Good Dinosaur and Finding Doryand Disney Animation’s Zootopia and Moana. The event will include surprise announcements, musical performances, and appearances by the films’ star voice talent. Cell phones, cameras and all recording devices will be checked for this presentation.

 

In Conversation with the Filmmakers and the Emotions Behind Inside Out

Friday, August 14, 2015, 11:30 am – Stage 28

Get the inside story on the making of Pixar’s latest summer release Inside Out. Hear fromAcademy Award®-winning director Pete Docter (Up, Monsters, Inc.) and producer Jonas Rivera (Up) as they reminisce and share their personal stories of creating a world that everyone knows, but no one has ever seen.

 

Pixar Secrets Revealed! Hear the Stories They Didn’t Want You to Know!

Saturday, August 15, 2015, 3:00 pm – Stage 28

Ever wonder where your favorite Pixar stories began? Hear the stories you don’t know about the classic films that you love. Pixar senior development executive Mary Coleman hosts this experience, welcoming the storytellers behind some of Pixar’s most successful films, including Darla K. Anderson (A Bug’s Life, Monsters, Inc., Cars, Toy Story 3), Mark Andrews (The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Brave), Ronnie del Carmen (Up, Inside Out) and Dan Scanlon (Cars, Toy Story 3, Monsters University), as they talk about the twists and turns of crafting a narrative and share some of the crazy story ideas that didn’t make the final cut.

 

Toy Story: 20 Years Later, the Original Crew Looks Back

Saturday, August 15, 2015, 4:30 pm – Stage 23

From flipbooks to feature films, animation has taken audiences to fantastical new worlds, far beyond the limits of any real-world setting. Pixar Animation Studios has been at the forefront of this evolution, blurring the line between art and technology and bringing beloved characters to life with heart and humor. As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of 1995’s Toy Story, the first computer-animated feature film, join members of the original crew, including filmmakers John Lasseter, Pete Docter, Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich, Galyn Susman, Ralph Eggleston, Sharon Calahan, Eben Ostby, Bob Pauley and Bill Reeves as they share their stories and the challenges they faced along the way.

 

 

ON THE EXPO SHOW FLOOR:

 

Animation – Show Floor Exhibition

For the first time ever, Pixar Animation Studios is creating a show-floor experience at D23 EXPO. Pixar teams up with Walt Disney Animation Studios for an unforgettable adventure that showcases magic from both animation studios, featuring live demonstrations, presentations and autograph signings with top filmmakers, free giveaways and interactive displays. With highlights from films like Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur, Zootopia, Finding Dory and Moana, animation fans will get the inside scoop on their favorite films and characters.

 

Say Aloha to John Lasseter’s Film-Themed Hawaiian Shirts

Chief Creative Officer of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios John Lasseter takes Disney and Pixar animation to heart—literally. For nearly every film—from Finding Nemo and Wreck-It Ralph to Frozen and Inside Out, Lasseter has commissioned an exclusive movie-themed Hawaiian shirt. And those who know the Oscar®-winning storyteller know that he loves his Hawaiian shirts—and dons one for almost every occasion. Animation fans will see their favorite film characters “materialize” before their eyes in this colorful collection, which will be exhibited on the show floor.

 

Fans can take home their own shirt, thanks to Disney Store at D23 EXPO. This D23-exclusive Reyn Spooner-design features characters from all the feature films produced under the creative guidance of Lasseter. The simple, appealing collage joins many of Disney’s and Pixar’s most beloved recent characters on one wearable canvas. The shirt will retail for $99.95.

 

 

Tickets for D23 EXPO 2015 are available at a discounted price for a limited time. Through June 30, 2015, tickets are $67 for a one-day adult admission and $48 for children 3–12. Tickets for members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club are $58 for a one-day adult admission and $42 for children. Multi-day money-saving tickets are also available. D23 Members can save as much as $188 off the price of admission, based on the purchase of four three-day tickets at the D23 Member rate. For more information on tickets and the ticket pricing structure for D23 Members and general admission, visit D23EXPO.com.

 

kiss
Meet Legendary Rockers Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer at the Entertainment Earth Booth #2343

KISS, Epic Rights, Bif Bang Pow!, and Entertainment Earth proudly present a rare autograph signing session with KISS at the Entertainment Earth booth #2343 during San Diego Comic-Con 2015. KISS members Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer are scheduled to sign autographs at the Entertainment Earth booth on Thursday, July 9, 2015 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. All signings at the booth are free, but require a ticket. Details on how to obtain a randomly distributed ticket will be available at the Entertainment Earth booth on the first day of the show.

And speaking of KISS, Entertainment Earth is excited to announce their latest KISS convention exclusive. This brand new KISS Classic Tin Tote Gift Set – Convention Exclusive made by Bif Bang Pow! is an incredible recreation of the original lunchbox from 1977. The classic KISS tin tote features vintage images of KISS in concert. The inside has been updated for adult collectors, as this set includes a flask and four shot glasses with artwork from the original drink container. And, making it a true collectible, the run will be limited to just 2,960 pieces, each individually numbered.

Available starting July 8, 2015 at the Entertainment Earth booth #2343 at San Diego Comic-Con, fans will have the first opportunity to grab the KISS Classic Tin Tote Gift Set – Convention Exclusive as well as the KISS Alive II Stage with 1:20 Scale Action Figures – Deluxe Box Set #1 – Convention Exclusive and KISS Album Cover Coaster Set in Miniature Guitar Case – Convention Exclusive. All of the KISS convention exclusives are limited editions and individually numbered!

Not attending San Diego Comic-Con 2015? *PRE-ORDER your KISS Classic Tin Tote Gift Set – Convention Exclusive, KISS Alive II Stage with 1:20 Scale Action Figures – Deluxe Box Set #1 – Convention Exclusive, and KISS Album Cover Coaster Set in Miniature Guitar Case – Convention Exclusive at Entertainment Earth now!

(*NOTE: Pre-orders made before San Diego Comic-Con 2015 are not guaranteed to be fulfilled based on limited supplies. Available units will ship after Comic-Con 2015 while supplies last.)

Visit Entertainment Earth and all our social media networks for the latest Entertainment Earth and San Diego Comic-Con news.

Article by Suzanne Philips

Photos Copyright Suicide Girls

 

Photo copyright SuicideGirls

Photo copyright SuicideGirls

 

If you aren’t familiar with Burlesque performers The SuicideGirls, you are really missing out.  In the early 2000’s the SuicideGirls Burlesque show crisscrossed North America for 5 years.  The girls entertained thousands of people at sold-out shows, opening for Gun ’n’ Roses and Courtney Love and went overseas to perform at music festivals in both Europe and Australia.  In the fall of 2013, the girls decided it was time to continue their captivating worldwide rule and spent six weeks playing sold out shows across the United States.  Shortly after, they decided to take it world-wide again!  With sold out shows in Australia, Canada and the US in 2014 they kicked off 2015 with a sold out performance in London.  These ladies are busy!

 

Photo copyright SuicideGirls

Photo copyright SuicideGirls

 

At the 2014 San Diego Comic Con, they performed to a sold out audience and they are planning an even bigger show for this year’s convention.  SuicideGirls: Blackheart Burlesque has been wowing audiences all over the world with their geeky, sexy, fantasy show.  The show features stunning choreography from renowned choreographer, Manwe Sauls-Addison, who has worked who has worked with world-famous performers such as Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, and Lady Gaga.  He has assembled a team of the most seductive and talented SuicideGirls to create the ultimate provocative tribute to pop-culture that Burlesque has ever seen.  With striptease performances in tribute to Star Wars , Orange Is The New Black, Donnie Darko, Clockwork Orange and more, this show will have you on the edge of your seat!

Photo copyright SuicideGirls

Photo copyright SuicideGirls

 

CFM News spoke with SuicideGirls founder Missy Suicide to find out what audiences could expect from this year’s bigger and better Comic Con show:

CFM: Why is this comic con performance so important for you to do? What is different about this particular show than a “normal” show?

Missy Suicide: We try out more numbers and dancers at comic con than we do on our Fall Tour so the show is a bit longer and more involved than our touring show.  It’s also a bit more unpolished and we bring some geekier themes to see how the audience reacts. The energy of the Comic Con crowd is not easily duplicated.  It is one of our favorite shows to play all year.

CFM: What can fans expect to see at the Comic Con show that they might not have seen before?

MS:  We have some new numbers we are excited to try out and see what the crowd thinks of them.  A new video Game themed Burlesque, some new movie themed numbers and a major revamp to one of our favorite tv show numbers.  I don’t want to give too much away but it will be a night full of surprises.  We are also having stand up comic April Richardson open the show for us which is a first for us.

CFM: What would you say to people who are first time attendees on your style of performing and what should they be prepared for?

MS: If you haven’t seen our show before then you are in for a treat. Our show is a unique and sexy extravaganza full of pop culture references, set to a great mix of modern and classic songs, with impressive choreography.  One of our favorite routines is a super sexy Star Wars theme set to Major Lazer “Original Don” with Boba Fett and a little Storm Trooper twerk.  It is impossible to leave without a smile.  This is definitely not your grandpa’s burlesque show.

If you are going to the 2015 Comic Con, this is one event you want to add to your schedule.  Tickets are available at http://blackheartburlesque.com/ but get your’s soon as this is an event that is sure to sell out!

 

 

 

 

paranormal-activity-the-ghost-dimension

 

The latest installment in the “Paranormal Activity” franchise “Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension” will open on October 23rd, but you can see the brand new trailer below:

 

Norman Reedus in "Air". photo copyright

Norman Reedus in “Air”.

 

Scion Audio Visual, in partnership with Skybound Entertainment, is giving fans an opportunity to walk the red carpet on July 10 at the San Diego screening of the eagerly awaited film, AIR.  Produced by The Walking Dead’s Robert Kirkman, AIR stars Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead) and Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond, Amistad).

Eight lucky winners and their guests will be invited to the screening on July 10 at The UA Horton Plaza as well as Skybound Entertainment’s 5th anniversary party which follows the screening. To enter the contest, and for full contest rules, please visithttp://scion.us/skybound or http://www.scion.com/blog/news/win-tickets-air-movie-premiere-san-diego/.

AIR, which was directed by Christian Cantamessa (Red Dead Redemption, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor) and arrives in theaters on Aug. 14, focuses on the last livable place on Earth and the two men tending to humanity’s last hope as they start to lose their grip on their own sanity.

 

 

d23

 

Disney Consumer Products will unveil unique product experiences and exclusive merchandise at this year’s D23 EXPO, Disney’s ultimate fan event, held at the Anaheim Convention Center August 14–16. Reflecting a ‘Tradition Meets Innovation’ theme, the expansive Disney Consumer Products pavilion will provide interactive opportunities for fans of all ages to explore exciting stories and engaging experiences and products celebrating everyone’s favorite Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars stories.

 

Throughout the weekend, Disney Consumer Products will give fans the chance to get hands-on with the very latest in product innovations, explore fashion trends, books, apps, and more, as well as shop for collectible Disney Store merchandise at D23 EXPO. Special artist signings and stage presentations also will take place over the three-day event, offering fans the chance to get up close and personal with their favorite storytellers.

 

Events and attractions within the Disney Consumer Products pavilion include:

 

  • Playmation Marvel’s Avengers – EXPO attendees will have the chance to see if they have what it takes to gear up and join the Avengers! Be among the first to experience the recently announced Playmation product, a groundbreaking new system of connected toys and wearables that uses smart technology to inspire kids to run around and use their imaginations, as they become the hero or heroine of Marvel stories.

 

  • The Marvel Universe – Fans of all ages collect across the ever-expanding Marvel Universe, and at D23 EXPO they can experience more of their favorite Super Heroes with a preview of the newest large-scale statues, action figures and more. Additionally, attendees will get a first-hand look at how the attributes of Marvel characters – cool, strong, relatable – come together in fashionable apparel and accessories. Attendees are encouraged to follow @StyledbyMarvel on Instagram and to share their own passion for MARVEL with the #StyledByMarvel hashtag.

 

  • Evolution of the Star Wars Stormtrooper Explore the design evolution of the armor-clad legions of Clone Troopers and Stormtroopers that have fought for the light side and the dark side throughout the Star Warssaga.

 

  • #TeamMickey – Fans can show off their #TeamMickey spirit and commemorate their visit at a fun-filled Mickey photo booth.

 

  • Rock Your #MinnieStyle – The Minnie lounge will feature a nail bar and surprise product giveaways along with an inspired fashion and accessories statement.

 

  • D-Style – EXPO attendees will be the very first to preview D-Style, an all-new, curated assortment of fashion items and accessories debuting at DisneyStore.com this fall.

 

  • Make it a Tink Moment – Straight from Never Land, #TinkStyle will land at D23 EXPO. Guests can visit the ‘Bun Bar,’ where professional hair stylists will be on hand to give attendees the iconic Tinker Bell top knot while they peruse a glittering Tinker Bell product display.

 

  • Disney Junior ‘Fun Spot’ – Fans can experience galactic play with new stellar toys from Miles from Tomorrowland and have the chance to meet Doc McStuffins and Sofia the First at the Disney Junior ‘Fun Spot.’

 

  • Unlock Your Inner Disney Princess D23 EXPO attendees can unlock their inner princess by leaving an empowering message on a special ‘Keys to the Kingdom’ gate.

 

  • The Breadth of FrozenFans will have the opportunity to check out Frozen products for the whole family and engage in fun activities held throughout the day.

 

  • Pixar Storytelling Comes to Life – Pixar films have delighted audiences for more than 20 years with memorable characters that have been brought to life in equally delightful product. Explore some of the newest products from everyone’s favorite Pixar films. Additionally, fans will be able to see the exciting new app from Disney – Cars: Daredevil Garage – that allows you to take your favorite Mattel diecast cars into the virtual world, using them to perform extreme stunts in crazy environments.

 

  • Discover Disney’s Descendants EXPO attendees will get an exclusive look at the wicked world of fashion and toys inspired by Disney’s Descendants, the teenage progeny of Disney’s most infamous villains.

 

Disney Store

In addition to the exciting events and attractions offered in the Disney Consumer Products pavilion, the Disney Store shop at D23 EXPO invites attendees to shop an array of special products not yet available to the general public. Showcased throughout more than 3,000 sq. ft. of retail space, new collections and Limited Edition items will launch throughout the D23 EXPO weekend.

 

Offering even more collectible merchandise, Disney Store will be launching “Disney 3D Print Studio” at D23 EXPO, offering fans the chance to personalize new figures, including a Disney Mouseketeer, Star Wars stormtrooper, and Marvel’s Iron Man, with their likeness through the use of facial-scanning kiosks. Marking the first foray into 3D printing by Disney Store, the figures sold at EXPO will feature unique packaging with a special D23 Certificate of Authenticity.

 

More details about Disney Store merchandise offered at EXPO will be released in the coming weeks.

 

Disney Publishing

Disney Publishing will take fans into the world of books, apps, and everything in between by showcasing how artists, storytelling, and innovative content come together to create stories full of magic and adventure.

 

  • Disney Storytelling Pop-Up Shop EXPO attendees are invited to take a magical journey into the world of storytelling featuring titles that span Disney’s fascinating history. Look behind the magic through Disney Publishing’s Disney Editions books that showcase a vast array of feature films, Disney Legends, and Imagineers, available for purchase at the Disney Store retail space.

 

  • Discover the Magic of Learning with Disney Imagicademy Dive into the world of technology-driven learning through apps designed to encourage children to learn by creating, doing, and making.

 

  • Disney Publishing’s Digital Discovery Zone Fans can immerse themselves in the exciting world of innovative storytelling through a collection of digital experiences that will engage the imagination of people of all ages.

 

  • Whisker Haven Tales with the Palace Pets Take a journey into a secret realm deep in a fairy tale land between the Disney Princess kingdoms called Animal Royal Kingdom of Whisker Haven, where the Palace Pets characters can meet up with their friends, play, and save the day.

 

  • Introducing Star Darlings Coming this fall, the Star Darlings characters will encourage girls to make wishes from the heart and find their inner star. At D23 EXPO, fans can see a sneak peek into their world, with excitingStar Darlings giveaways being conducted throughout the weekend.

 

Disney Publishing will also present in Stage 28 at D23 EXPO. Located inside the Disney Consumer Products pavilion, Stage 28 will feature exciting presentations and author signings including:

 

Friday, August 14

  • 3–4 pm: Stage 28: Exploring the Past, Present, and Future of Storytelling with Ridley Pearson and Marty Sklar

New York Times bestselling author Ridley Pearson joins Disney Imagineering Legend Marty Sklar as they discuss their seemingly different careers and roles as storytellers, along with how their worlds pleasantly and serendipitously collided with the creation of Pearson’s Kingdom Keepers series.

  • 4:30–5:30 pm: D23 EXPO Dream Store: Ridley Pearson autographing

 

Saturday, August 15

  • 10–11 am: Stage 28: One Little Spark—Mickey’s  Ten Commandments and The Road to Imagineering—with Marty Sklar in conversation with Eli Erlandson, Shelby Jiggetts-Tivoni, Daniel Joseph, Dexter Tanksley, and Kevin Rafferty                                                        

From the acclaimed author of DREAM IT! DO IT!, Disney Imagineering Legend Marty Sklar joins five well-known Imagineers in a lively conversation about what inspired them to go into the arts, ultimately become Imagineers, and the advice they have for young creative talent who wish to do the same. Sklar will engage his fellow Imagineers in an inspiring discussion that will appeal to young and old alike–those who hope to take that “Road to Imagineering” someday, along with the parents and grandparents who encourage young people to follow their dreams.

  • 11:30 am–12:30 pm: D23 Autograph Central:  Marty Sklar signing

 

  • 2:45–3:45 pm: D23 EXPO Dream Store: #1 New York Times bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz autographing for The Isle of The Lost: A Descendants Novel

 

Sunday, August 16

  • 1:30–2:30 pm: Stage 28: An Animator’s Gallery:  Presented by Dave A. Bossert and Eric Goldberg

Based on the book containing whimsical, deluxe Art Deco-themed art showcasing Walt Disney characters in a style reminiscent of caricatures from the famed walls of Sardi’s and The Brown Derby, join Disney Supervising Animator Dave Bossert and Director Eric Goldberg as they discuss the stylized images in the collection that first debuted as a display within the Roy E. Disney Animation Building in Burbank, California. Fans of all ages, and from all over, will learn what inspired Goldberg to create these playful portraits, starting with Oswald the Lucky Rabbit and Mickey Mouse through characters from Frozen and Big Hero 6.

  • 3–4 pm: D23 Autograph Central: Dave Bossert and Eric Goldberg signing

 

Additional details and updates about Disney Consumer Products events and activities will continue to be updated on www.D23EXPO.com, on Facebook, and Twitter at “DisneyD23.”

 

Tickets for D23 EXPO 2015 are available at a discounted price for a limited time. Now through June 30, 2015, tickets are $67 for one-day adult admission and $48 for children 3–12. Tickets for members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club are $58 for one-day adult admission and $42 for children. Multi-day money-saving tickets are also available. D23 Members can save as much as $188 off the price of admission, based on the purchase of four three-day tickets at the D23 Member rate. For more information on tickets and the ticket pricing structure for D23 Members and general admission, visit D23EXPO.com.

 

About Disney Consumer Products

Disney Consumer Products (DCP) is the business segment of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) that delivers innovative and engaging product experiences across thousands of categories from toys and apparel to books and fine art. As the world’s largest licensor, DCP inspires the imaginations of people around the world by bringing the magic of Disney into their homes. DCP is comprised of three business units: Licensing, Publishing and Disney Store. The Licensing business is aligned around five strategic brand priorities: Disney Media, Classics & Entertainment, Disney & Pixar Animation Studios, Disney Princess & Tinker Bell, Lucasfilm and Marvel. Disney Publishing Worldwide (DPW) is the world’s largest publisher of children’s books, magazines, eBooks and apps. DPW is also committed to the educational development of children around the world through Disney Learning, which includes our flagship learning brand, Disney Imagicademy, as well as Disney English and other Disney-themed learning products. The Disney Store retail chain operates across North America, Europe, and Japan with more than 350 stores and provides high-quality, unique products. Disney Store also operates ecommerce sites in several countries, which can be found here. For more information, please visit www.DisneyConsumerProducts.com.

 

About D23 EXPO 2015

D23 EXPO—The Ultimate Disney Fan Event—brings together all the worlds of Disney under one roof for three packed days of presentations, pavilions, experiences, concerts, sneak peeks, shopping, and more. The event provides fans with unprecedented access to Disney films, television, games, theme parks, and celebrities. For the latest D23 EXPO 2015 news, visit D23EXPO.com. Presentations, talent, and schedule subject to change. To join the D23 EXPO conversation, make sure to follow DisneyD23 on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube, and use the hashtag #D23EXPO.

Article and photos copyright Suzanne Philips

jbccarticle1a

John Barrowman at Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con. Photo Copyright Suzanne Philips

 

Day 2 of the Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con was a big one as fans were waiting for their chance to meet “Torchwood” and “Arrow” star John Barrowman.  The actor did photo ops with fans, autograph signings, and a packed standing room only panel during the very full day. Barrowman made it a family affair bringing his mother and father and husband Scott along for the ride.

Barrowman’s panels are notorious for being raunchy and energetic and today’s panel was no exception.  His energy and comedy kept the audience laughing throughout the 45 minute panel.  Fans had questions for Barrowman ranging from his time on “Doctor Who” and “Torchwood”.  Below, Barrowman speaks about his time on those shows:

 

John Barrowman.  Photo copyright Suzanne Philips

John Barrowman. Photo copyright Suzanne Philips

 

 

Fans of course were excited to hear about Barrowman’s current project, playing Malcolm Merlyn on the CW’s hit show “Arrow”.  Barrowman calls Merlyn a “misunderstood hero” who does evil things based on trying to protect those that he loves.  He says that you know when Merlyn is upset when he smiles at someone.  The way that he plays the character, if you see him smile, you know the other character is in trouble! While he was unable to say too much about season 4 of the show, he did assure fans that they were going to be very happy with what DC has planned for characters like Merlyn, Oliver and Thea Queen and the Canary sisters.

 

John Barrowman's Malcolm Merlyn face.  Photo copyright Suzanne Philips

John Barrowman’s Malcolm Merlyn face. Photo copyright Suzanne Philips

 

John Barrowman was recently given an MBE (Member of the British Empire) which is given out by the Queen to a person for a particular achievement, in Barrowman’s case for his performing career and his charity work.  John speaks about taking his family to Buckingham Palace to receive his medal:

 

 

jbccarticle6

 

Barrowman spoke about a meeting he had where the production team on a particular show asked him to not speak about being gay and not to talk about his husband, Scott in public and in interviews.  He came home after the meeting and told Scott about what they asked of him and Scott asked him what he thought about that.  Barrowman said that he had no problem portraying someone else onscreen but he didn’t want to have to be someone else in his real life.  Barrowman has been a huge supporter of gay rights for a long time and is an inspiration to many people in the community.  As Barrowman himself says “I don’t care what you are, I treat everyone the same”.

 

jbccarticle5

 

Season 4 of “Arrow” starts filming in July and you will have to wait until the fall to see new episodes, but if you want to catch Barrowman tomorrow, head out to the Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con at the South Point Hotel and Casino.  For more info visit http://www.amazinglasvegascomiccon.com/

hotel trans3

 

Drac’s pack is back for an all-new monster comedy adventure in Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania 2!  Everything seems to be changing for the better at Hotel Transylvania…  Dracula’s rigid monster-only hotel policy has finally relaxed, opening up its doors to human guests. But behind closed coffins, Drac is worried that his adorable half-human, half-vampire grandson, Dennis, isn’t showing signs of being a vampire. So while Mavis is busy visiting her human in-laws with Johnny – and in for a major cultural shock of her own – “Vampa” Drac enlists his friends Frank, Murray, Wayne and Griffin to put Dennis through a “monster-in-training” boot camp.  But little do they know that Drac’s grumpy and very old, old, old school dad Vlad is about to pay a family visit to the hotel.  And when Vlad finds out that his great-grandson is not a pure blood – andhumans are now welcome at Hotel Transylvania – things are going to get batty!

 

 

Hotel Transylvania 2 opens September 25th.  For more info, visit http://www.hoteltmovie.com/

 

Dennis (Asher Blinkoff) and Dracula (Adam Sandler) with Wayne (Steve Buscemi) and Frank (Kevin James) looking on in Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animations' HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2.

Dennis (Asher Blinkoff) and Dracula (Adam Sandler) with Wayne (Steve Buscemi) and Frank (Kevin James) looking on in Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animations’ HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2.

Copyright Syfy.

Copyright Syfy.

 

SYFY ANNOUNCES 2015 STAR-STUDDED SAN DIEGO INTERNATIONAL COMIC-CON PANELS, FEATURING THE EXPANSE, CHILDHOOD’S END, 12 MONKEYS, DOMINION, Z NATION AND SHARKNADO 3!

Syfy today announced five star-studded 2015 San Diego International Comic-Con panels and two exclusive screenings, showcasing The Expanse, Childhood’s End, 12 Monkeys, Dominion, Z Nation and Sharknado 3. The schedule includes:

THURSDAY, JULY 9

DOMINION

SCREENING: 8:15pm – 10:00pm | Room 6DE

All hell is breaking loose as the battle between angels and mankind continues in a second season of Syfy’s hit show Dominion. Join executive producer Vaun Wilmott for an exclusive screening of the first two episodes of Season 2. See episode 2 one week before it premieres on Syfy!

 

Copyright Syfy.

Copyright Syfy.

 

FRIDAY, JULY 10

SHARKNADO 3: OH HELL NO!

PANEL: 7:15pm – 8:15pm | Room 6A

Join stars Ian Ziering (Fin Shepard), Tara Reid (April Wexler), Cassie Scerbo (Nova Clarke) and David Hasselhoff (Gil Shepard), director Anthony C. Ferrante and writer Thunder Levin for a fin-tastic behind-the-scenes journey into the global pop culture sensation followed by a Q&A session. Moderated by Damian Holbrook of TV Guide Magazine.  

 

SATURDAY, JULY 11:

CHILDHOOD’S END

PANEL: 11:00am – 12:00pm | Indigo Ballroom, Hilton Bayfront Hotel

Based on the Arthur C. Clarke classic novel, the upcoming six-hour miniseries stars Mike Vogel (Bates Motel), Julian McMahon (Nip/Tuck), Daisy Betts (Last Resort), and Yael Stone (Orange is the New Black). The cast will be on hand along with screenwriter Matthew Graham (Doctor Who) to discuss how they brought the iconic novel to the screen for the very first time.

 

12 MONKEYS

PANEL: 12:00pm – 1:00pm | Indigo Ballroom, Hilton Bayfront Hotel

Join executive producers Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett, and stars Aaron Stanford (James Cole),Amanda Schull (Dr. Cassandra Railly), Kirk Acevedo (Ramse), Barbara Sukowa (Jones),  Emily Hampshire (Jennifer Goines) and Todd Stashwick (Deacon) of Syfy’s critically-acclaimed series as they dissect the mysteries of the first season and hint at the twists and turns coming in Season 2. Moderated by Natalie Abrams of Entertainment Weekly.

 

THE EXPANSE

SCREENING AND PANEL: 4:00pm – 5:30pm | Indigo Ballroom, Hilton Bayfront Hotel

Join the cast members Thomas Jane (The Punisher), Steven Strait (Magic City), Shohreh Aghdashloo(The House of Sand and Fog), Cas Anvar (Olympus), Dominique Tipper (Vampire Academy) and Wes Chatham (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay) and executive producers Mark Fergus, Hawk Ostby andNaren Shankar for a first-ever, exclusive screening of the series premiere before it airs on Syfy in December! The Expanse is set 200 years in the future after mankind has colonized the solar system. The show is based on The New York Times bestselling book series.

Moderated by book author James S.A. Corey (Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck).

 

Z NATION

PANEL:  5:30pm – 6:30pm | Indigo Ballroom, Hilton Bayfront Hotel

Dust off the Z-Whackers and join cast members DJ Qualls (Citizen Z), Kellita Smith (Warren), Keith Allan(Murphy), Russell Hodgkinson (Doc), Nat Zang (10K) and Anastasia Baranova (Addy) and executive producer Karl Schaefer of fan-favorite zombie show, Z Nation, as they provide a behind-the-scenes look at what fans can expect to see this fall when Season 2 premieres on Syfy. Moderated by Z Nation writer-producer Craig Engler.

 

Comic Con runs July 8-12 in San Diego.

image002

 

Walt Disney Animation Studios Returns to D23 EXPO with Three Days of Bigger and Better-Than-Ever Fan Experiences, Including Big Announcements, Film Sneak Peeks and a Frozen Sing-Along!

Walt Disney Animation Studios today announced its most exciting presence at D23 EXPO yet. The event, presented by D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, will take place August 14–16 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

 

CALENDAR OF KEY PRESENTATIONS/ PANELS/ EVENTS:

 

Every Story Is a Journey: The Upcoming Films of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios

Friday, August 14, 3:00 pm  – Hall D23

After meeting the Emotions inside the mind of an 11-year-old, taking a trip to San Fransokyo where a boy genius and his robot save the world, and falling in love with a queen with icy powers who wants to “let it go,” come see where Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios plan to take you next. In what has become a D23 EXPO must-see, host John Lasseter, chief creative officer of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, presents “Every Story is a Journey.” Filmmakers will unveil never-before-seen footage from Pixar’s upcoming The Good Dinosaur and Finding Doryand Disney Animation’s Zootopia and Moana. The event will include surprise announcements, musical performances, and appearances by the films’ star voice talent. Cell phones, cameras and all recording devices will be checked for this presentation.

 

Welcome to Zootopia!

Saturday, August 15, 1:30 pm – Stage 28

Welcome to Zootopia, a magnificent mammal metropolis, and home to Walt Disney Animation Studios’ next feature, the comedy-adventure Zootopia. Join directors Byron Howard (Tangled, Bolt) and Rich Moore (Wreck-It Ralph), producer Clark Spencer (Wreck-It Ralph, Bolt), and artists from the incredible production team as they introduce rookie rabbit-officer Judy Hopps, con-artist fox Nick Wilde and a host of dynamic animal characters, sharing footage and behind-the-scenes stories with D23 EXPO-goers.

 

Aladdin – The Making of a Classic

Saturday, August 15, 6:00 pm – Stage 28

Join Walt Disney Animation Studios filmmakers, including legendary directors John Musker and Ron Clements, animators Eric Goldberg (Genie) and Mark Henn (Jasmine), as well as Jasmine herself, Linda Larkin, and the two actors who gave life to the character Aladdin: Scott Weinger and Brad Kane, as they unveil the stories behind one of the great Disney classics, Aladdin, a film that led to a “whole new world” for animation.

 

The Shorts of Walt Disney Animation Studios: from Paperman to Prep & Landing, Feast toFrozen Fever

Sunday, August 16, 11:30 am – Stage 28

When Walt Disney and his brother Roy founded the Disney Brothers Studio in 1923, their first medium for storytelling was the animated short. More than 90 years later, Walt Disney Animation Studios continues this tradition, making groundbreaking and award-winning shorts including Feast, Paperman and this year’s hit Frozen Fever. Join the filmmakers behind these shorts and so many others, including Get a Horse!, John Henry, Lorenzo and The Ballad of Nessie for a conversation about this truly animated art form.

 

Frozen FANdemonium: A Musical Celebration!

Sunday, August 16, 3:00 pm – Hall D23

Join host Chris Montan, president, Walt Disney Music, and the Oscar®-winning songwriting team of Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez as they take you on a once-in-a-lifetime musical journey through the world of Frozen. This one-day-only performance features your favorite friends from the Walt Disney Animation Studios film—including Anna and Elsa––with sing-along experiences and fascinating stories behind some of your favorite Frozen songs.

 

The Tunes Behind the Toons: Screening/Q&A

Sunday, August 16, 6:00 pm, Stage 28

D23 EXPO invites you to a special screening and Q&A panel for The Tunes Behind the Toons, a short form documentary that celebrates the power of music in animation. From the silent film days when organists played live accompaniments, to the music within today’s animated features, this documentary traces the origins of cartoon music and its pioneers. Featuring interviews with Alan Menken, Randy Newman, Patrick Doyle, Mark Watters, Bruce Broughton, Richard Sherman and many others. Producer/director Dave Bossert will lead a star-studded Q&A following the presentation.

 

ON THE EXPO SHOW FLOOR:

 

Animation – Show Floor Exhibition

For the first time at D23 EXPO, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios have created a joint experience no Disney fan should miss. With live demonstrations, presentations and autograph signings with top filmmakers from each studio, plus free giveaways and interactive displays featuring the films Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur, Zootopia, Finding Dory and Moana, this is a can’t-miss attraction for animation fans.

 

An Animator’s Gallery: Eric Goldberg

D23 EXPO 2015 hosts the first public exhibition anywhere of “An Animator’s Gallery: Eric Goldberg.” Celebrate Goldberg, whose artistry at Walt Disney Animation Studios began with his groundbreaking work on Genie in Aladdin, and continues to this day on projects such as the upcoming Moana and the 2014 Oscar®-nominated Mickey Mouse short Get A Horse! The exhibition features a collection of more than 100 of Goldberg’s caricatured creations of Disney characters, drawn in a style reminiscent of art seen on the famed walls of Sardi’s Restaurant and The Brown Derby. This incredible collection of art is from the newly released book An Animator’s Gallery: Eric Goldberg Draws the Disney Characters, and will be available for purchase in the Walt Disney Publishing pop-up shop on the EXPO show floor.

 

Frozen Album Signing

With the purchase of Frozen: The Songs or Frozen Picture Disc at the Disney Music Emporium, guests will be issued a wristband to secure a space for an album signing with Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez and Tom MacDougall (Co-Producer, Frozen Soundtrack) on Saturday, August 15 at 10:30 am.

 

 

Tickets for D23 EXPO 2015 are available at a discounted price for a limited time. Through June 30, 2015, tickets are $67 for a one-day adult admission and $48 for children 3–12. Tickets for members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club are $58 for a one-day adult admission and $42 for children. Multi-day money-saving tickets are also available. D23 Members can save as much as $188 off the price of admission, based on the purchase of four three-day tickets at the D23 Member rate. For more information on tickets and the ticket pricing structure for D23 Members and general admission, visit D23EXPO.com.

 

nickelodeon

 

Nickelodeon heads to Comic-Con International: San Diego 2015 to showcase its rich content through an innovative booth design, fan activations, talent-driven panels and more.

 

Nickelodeon’s 1800 sq. foot booth (#4113) is inspired by the excitement and imagination streaming out of its Burbank Animation Studio.  Sky-rocketing from the floor to the ceiling of the convention center, the booth’s bold collage design showcases series like Pig Goat Banana Cricket, Harvey Beaks, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Sanjay and Craig, SpongeBob SquarePants and more.

 

The booth will feature activations that include: a voice record room where fans can lend their own voices to select scenes from their favorite Nick TV shows; a facial recognition booth where attendees can become their favorite characters; a “Throwback Thursday” (#TBT) celebration; and autograph signings with Tom Kenny, Kel Mitchell and more.

 

Nickelodeon will present three panels: Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Turtle Power!; Are you ready, kids? Nickelodeon’sSpongeBob SquarePants; and Nickelodeon Animation featuring Sanjay and Craig – Noiice!, which will give fans a behind-the-scenes look atSanjay and Craig, Harvey Beaks and the upcoming series Pig Goat Banana Cricket and The Loud House.

 

In addition, Nickelodeon Animation will take over the Horton Grand Theater to bring fans Nickelodeon’s Variety Show ft. BreadwinnersLive!, a cartoon-copia of surprises including swag bags packed with exclusive collectibles on Saturday, July 11.

 

The following is a full rundown of the panels and booth activity:

 

PANELS

 

Friday, July 10

Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Turtle Power! – Secrets of the ooze are revealed by the mutated minds making Nickelodeon’s hit animated series. Moderated by the internet’s biggest fanboy, Andre Meadows (aka “@BlackNerd”), the panel features executive producers Ciro Nieli and Brandon Auman as they provide sneak peeks into season four and discuss the epic and bizarre adventures in store for the four talking turtles.  Also on hand will be the extraordinary and talented voice actors of our TMNT world; Seth Green(Leonardo), Rob Paulsen (Donatello), Greg Cipes (Michelangelo), Eric Bauza (Tiger Claw), Fred Tatasciore (Rocksteady) and more special guests!  Booyakasha!

 

Saturday, July 11

Are you ready, kids? Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants – The cast of SpongeBob is back!  We’ve assembled all your Bikini Bottom favorites to perform the episode “Idiot Box” at a live table read as chosen by fans online.  Featuring Tom Kenny (SpongeBob), Bill Fagerbakke (Patrick Star), Rodger Bumpass (Squidward) and Dee Bradley Baker (all other Bikini Bottomites).  Following the performance will be a Q&A with the cast and creative director, Vincent Waller.  Plus, a sneak peek at a brand new episode and fan trivia with prizes!  Hosted by Claudia Spinelli, VP of Current Series Animation for Nickelodeon. All landlubbers welcome!

 

Sunday, July 12

Nickelodeon Animation featuring Sanjay and CraigNoiice!Sanjay and Craig returns to Comic Con with a live table read followed by a Q&A with the cast and creators.  Featuring creators and co-executive producers Jim Dirschberger and Jay Howell, and voice talent Chris Hardwick (The Nerdist), Maulik Pancholy (30 Rock), Matt Jones (Breaking Bad) and other special guests.  Moderated by Claudia Spinelli, VP of Current Series Animation for Nickelodeon.  But that’s not all!  After the Q&A we’re screening, sneak peeks from Sanjay and Craig andHarvey Beaks, plus, a special preview of Nick Animation’s upcoming brand new shows Pig Goat Banana Cricket and The Loud House.

 

SPECIAL EVENT

 

Saturday, July 11, Location: The Horton Grand Theater

Nickelodeon’s Variety Show ft. Breadwinners Live! – Nickelodeon Animation takes over the Horton Grand Theater to bring you a cartoon-copia of surprises including swag bags packed with exclusive collectibles!  Hosted by DJ BoogieTicket Required: get free tickets in the Autograph Area of Comic Con’s Sails Pavilion.  Come hang out, crush some snacks and enjoy the show!  You can meet SpongeBob, Patrick and the Dino Charge Power Rangers, watch exclusive cartoons and the world premiere of two brand new shows, Pig Goat Banana Cricket andThe Loud House. See the stars of Henry Danger unmask a super-secret surprise and laugh with the voice cast of Breadwinners as they perform and sing at a live table read!  Yip-Yip!  Scheduled to appear are Robbie Daymond (SwaySway), Eric Bauza (Buhdeuce) and special guests.  This is the one-night-only kids and family event full of amazement that you won’t want to miss.

 

ONGOING BOOTH ACTIVITY

 

  • #TBT: Nickelodeon kicks-off SDCC with a “Throwback Thursday” day-long celebration featuring an appearance and autograph signing with Kenan & Kel star Kel Mitchell; a photo opportunity with the beloved ‘90s character Stick Stickly; appearances by theRugrats costumed characters Tommy, Chucky and Angelica; and exclusive giveaways.

 

  • VO Your Favorite Show: The center of the Nick booth will feature a voice record booth where fans can test their voiceover skills by recording their own scene from a popular Nick animated show.  Participants will be video recorded and will receive an email of the video featuring a side-by-side of the booth with the animated scene to share with friends. Nickelodeon partnered with digital agency RED Interactive Agency to create the experience which will be open to fans each day of Comic-Con.

 

Nito–Get Animated App: Nickelodeon teams up with Nito (www.NitoApp.com) to allow kids (and big kids) to “become” their favorite Nick characters. Step into the booth and voila – your movements and expressions are mimicked perfectly by SpongeBob, Korra, Harvey Beaks, and more!  You can take part in a real animated scene and will then be emailed a video to share (and show off with).

 

  • Autograph Signings:  During the convention, Nickelodeon talent will sign autographs for fans.  Signing opportunities include: Kel Mitchell, SpongeBob SquarePants voice talent, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles talent and executive producers, Sanjay and Craigcreators and talent, Breadwinners creators, Pig Goat Banana Cricket creators, The Loud House creator, The Legend of Korra co-creators/executive producers, and the Power Rangers Dino Charge cast.

 

  • Costumed Characters Appearances: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, SpongeBob SquarePants, Patrick Star, Rugrats and Power Rangers Dino Charge characters will make appearances during the convention.

 

  • Giveaways:  Fans have chances to win special products over the course of the convention.

San Diego Comic Con runs July 8-12th, 2015 at the San Diego Convention Center.

Photos copyright Starz

Photos copyright Starz

STARZ BRINGS SCARES AND SWOONS TO SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2015 WITH OUTLANDER AND ASH vs EVIL DEAD.

 

San Diego Comic Con is coming up in a couple of weeks and STARZ will host panels for the critical and fan favorite show “Outlander,” which returns in 2016,  featuring cast and creators including Executive Producer Ronald D. Moore, author Diana Gabaldon and actors Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan, as well as a panel for the for the new highly anticipated original series“Ash vs Evil Dead,”  which premieres Fall 2015 featuring cast and creators including Executive Producers and original filmmakers Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, and Bruce Campbell, plus Lucy Lawless.

Outlander San Diego Comic-Con Panel

                                Saturday July 11th Ballroom 20 in the San Diego Convention Center

                                4:00 – 4:45 PM

“Outlander” spans the genres of romance, science fiction, history and adventure as it follows Claire Randall, a married WWII combat nurse who mistakenly falls back in time to 1743. As the season continues, Claire and Jamie’s relationship is tested and Claire must reconcile her modern mindset with this 18th century world. Ruthless redcoats, volatile clan politics, and a brutal witch trial force Jamie and Claire to escape to a new home. Just when their life as a married couple begins to take shape, Jamie is once again drawn into Captain Randall’s darkness. Ultimately, Claire discovers there is a fate worse than death as she struggles to save Jamie’s heart, as well as his soul.

 

Ash vs Evil Dead San Diego Comic-Con Panel

Friday July 10th, Room 6A in the San Diego Convention Center

                6:00 – 7:00 PM

“Ash vs Evil Dead,” which is currently in production in New Zealand, is the long-awaited follow-up to the classic horror film franchise The Evil Dead and is set to premiere on STARZ in Fall 2015. The 10-episode first season of the half-hour series is executive produced by Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, Bruce Campbell, the original filmmakers of the franchise, and Craig DiGregorio who will serve as executive producer and showrunner.

Campbell will be reprising his role as Ash, the stock boy, aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead.  When a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, Ash is finally forced to face his demons –personal and literal.  Destiny, it turns out, has no plans to release the unlikely hero from its “Evil” grip.

The cast is led by Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead, “Burn Notice”) in the role of Ash Williams, Lucy Lawless (“Salem,” “Spartacus”) as Ruby a mysterious figure who believes Ash is the cause of the Evil outbreaks, Ray Santiago (“Touch,” Meet the Fockers) as Pablo Simon Bolivar, an idealistic immigrant who becomes Ash’s loyal sidekick, Dana DeLorenzo (A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas) as Kelly Maxwell, a moody wild child trying to outrun her past and Jill Marie Jones (“Sleepy Hollow”) as Amanda Fisher, a disgraced Michigan State Trooper set to find our anti-hero Ash and prove his responsibility in the grisly murder of her partner.

San Diego Comic Con runs July 8-12th in San Diego, California.

 

amazing_logox

 

The Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con kicks off in a little over a week at the South Point Hotel and Casino and some exciting new Hollywood stars have been added as guests.

 

Tyler Mane

Tyler Mane

 

Tyler Mane is best known for his roles as  Sabretooth  in  X-MenAjax  in Troy,  and  Michael Myers  in the remake of  Halloween  and its sequel,  Halloween II . He’s also appeared in many other films such as Scorpion King, 247 F, and Gunless, as well as on fan-favorite TV series. The first film, Compound Fracture, from his own production company, Mane Entertainment, was a supernatural-thriller released in 2014.

Troy Brenna, a Las Vegas local, makes his first ever comic con appearance at Amazing!  After a brief foray into the world of pro football, Troy found his true calling in the world of film and television. From giant films like AVENGERS, X-MEN and THOR to fan-favorite television shows like ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, ENTERPRISE and BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, Troy has been amassing a list of impressive credits ever since.  If you want to know what it’s like to shake hands with the Hulk himself, come and meet Troy Brenna!

Troy Brenna

Troy Brenna

 

Both Tyler Mane and Troy Brenna are scheduled to appear at the Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con on each of the three days of the convention, from June 19th, 20th, and 21st.  They will be seated in a booth on the main convention floor where they will be meeting the fans, and talking about their experiences in entertainment.  Each will be available for autograph and photo ops, please check their location for pricing, and specific schedules.

Also, Tyler and troy will be joined by action star Chris Casamassa on Friday evening for their “Hollywood Tough Guy” panel.  This is scheduled for 4pm in the “Tree Rooms”, and is a perfect way to kick off the expanded programming tracks of the 2015 Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con.

AMAZING LAS VEGAS COMIC CON is the premiere pop culture event, featuring the very best comic creators in the world, extensive programming, and wizards of cosplay. The event takes place at the South Point Hotel and Casino June 19-20-21.

To get your tickets and check out the schedule for The Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con go to http://www.AmazingLasVegasComicCon.com.

Don’t forget CFM News will be bringing you updates from the convention as they unfold so keep checking back!

copyright Universal Pictures

copyright Universal Pictures

 

The latest in the Jurassic Park franchise, “Jurassic World”, held it’s big Hollywood premiere on Hollywood Blvd. last night.  Stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard walked the red carpet and talked to reporters about this highly anticipated franchise reboot.

The film, which takes place twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, takes place on the island of Isla Nublar, which  now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. After 10 years of operation and visitor rates declining, in order to fulfill a corporate mandate, a new attraction is created to re-spark visitor’s interest, which backfires horribly.

 

 

Jurassic World opens on June 12th.  For more information on the film, visit http://www.jurassicworld.com/.

d23

 

Star-Studded Center Stage Musical Performances by Sabrina Carpenter, Olivia Holt, Bea Miller, Dove Cameron & Sofia Carson, plus Teen Beach 2 Dance Party & more.

 

Fans Invited to Meet the Stars of Disney’s Descendants, Teen Beach 2, Liv and Maddie, Jessie, Dog With A Blog, I Didn’t Do It, Girl Meets World, K.C. Undercover, Austin & Ally, BUNK’D, and Best Friends Whenever as well as Disney XD’s Lab Rats: Bionic Island, Mighty Med, Kirby Buckets, and Gamer’s Guide to Pretty Much Everything 

Fans can meet their favorite Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior stars, the biggest among a generation of kids and tweens, at D23 EXPO, the ultimate Disney fan event,FRIDAY, AUGUST 14 through SUNDAY, AUGUST 16, at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. The schedule features “inside-the-magic” experiences including a weekend full of jam-packed Center Stage musical performances by Hollywood Records recording artists Sabrina Carpenter, Olivia Holt and Radio Disney’s NBT Bea Miller; a dance party with stars from the Disney Channel Original Movie Teen Beach 2; a sneak peek at Disney Junior’s upcoming The Lion Guard; meet and greets with beloved characters from top-rated preschool series Sofia the First andDoc McStuffins; the premiere of an all-new Mickey Mouse cartoon short and more.

 

On FRIDAY, AUGUST 14, fans can attend a performance by Disney Channel star Olivia Holt.

 

On SATURDAY, AUGUST 15, Sofia the First’s Ariel Winter will be a special reader during Disney Junior story time. Plus, fans can catch performances by Girl Meets World star Sabrina Carpenter, Disney’s Descendants stars Dove Cameron and Sofia Carson, and Radio Disney’s NBT Bea Miller. Also, popular radio personalities from Radio Disney will be on site for a Radio Disney dance party. Then, fans can join creators of hit Disney XD animation series for the New Disney Storytellers panel, which will offer a glimpse into the vision and inspiration that go into a Disney XD animated series.

 

On SUNDAY, AUGUST 16, younger kids and their families can start off with Disney Junior story time featuring special guest reader Loretta Devine from Doc McStuffins, and then get up and groove with Radio Disney Junior at a special dance party. Later in the day, tweens, teens, and families can catch the debut of an all-new Mickey Mouse cartoon short entitled “Wishing Well,” then boogie at a Teen Beach 2 dance party, featuring stars from the movie and its choreographer, Chris Scott.

*Schedule is subject to change.

 

Throughout the three-day event, Radio Disney on-air personalities will be hosting electrifying Center Stage performances and events, while casts from fans’ favorite Disney Channel and Disney XD series and movies will be making special appearances and signing autographs in the Disney | ABC TV Pavilion. They include fans’ favorite stars from Disney Channel’s Descendants, Teen Beach 2, Liv and Maddie, Jessie, Dog With A Blog, I Didn’t Do It, Girl Meets World, K.C. Undercover, Austin & Ally, BUNK’D, and Best Friends Whenever as well as Disney XD’s Lab Rats: Bionic Island, Mighty Med, Kirby Buckets, and Gamer’s Guide to Pretty Much Everything.

 

Tickets for D23 EXPO 2015 are available at a discounted price for a limited time. Now through June 30, 2015, tickets are $67 for one-day adult admission and $48 for children 3–12. Tickets for members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club are $58 for one-day adult admission and $42 for children. Multi-day money-saving tickets are also available. D23 Members can save as much as $188 off the price of admission, based on the purchase of four three-day tickets at the D23 Member rate. For more information on tickets and the ticket pricing structure for D23 Members and general admission, visit D23EXPO.com.

 

Additional details and updates about Disney Channels Worldwide performances, signings, and special activities will continue to be updated on www.D23EXPO.com and on Facebook and Twitter at “DisneyD23”.

The Cybersmile Foundation welcomes Richard Armitage as an Official Ambassador.

Richard Armitage. Photo copyright Sarah Dunn

Richard Armitage. Photo copyright Sarah Dunn

Actor Richard Armitage will help raise awareness of cyberbullying and work with The Cybersmile Foundation to tackle digital abuse, and encourage positive digital citizenship among internet users.

Best known for playing the role of Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit franchise, Armitage has acted in major blockbuster movies such as ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’, featured in popular TV series including ‘Robin Hood’, and has also starred in theatre productions including ‘The Crucible’, Arthur Miller’s classic American drama playing the role of John Proctor, which earned him an Olivier Award nomination.

“I’m delighted to be assisting Cybersmile in the efforts to make the internet a more pleasant place to find friends, explore and have fun.” says Armitage. “I hope my thoughts and feelings connect with everyone, and that we can enjoy social media and online interaction without fear of bullying, and take the same feelings of goodwill into our real life social interactions as well.”
Copyright The Cybersmile Foundation.

Copyright The Cybersmile Foundation.

“We are thrilled to have Richard’s support as an Official Cybersmile Ambassador. His activism will help inspire a generation of young people to think positively and encourage others to work together to stop cyberbullying” said Scott Freeman, CEO of The Cybersmile Foundation.

Armitage features in a brand new series of ‘Hannibal’, which premieres on NBC in the US this Thursday 4th June. Armitage will play Francis Dolarhyde (Red Dragon), alongside Mads Mikkelsen (Casino Royale), Caroline Dhavernas, Hugh Dancy, Gillian Anderson (X-Files) and Eddie Izzard.

For more information on The Cybersmile Foundation or to make a donation, visit https://www.cybersmile.org/.

DOB_Originals_logo

 

Disney Theatrical Productions Presents Disney On Broadway’s “THE ORIGINALS”,  Featuring Stars From Broadway’s “Mary Poppins”, “Tarzan” and “Aladdin”.

 

Following the incredibly warm and rousing reception from D23 EXPO fans in 2013, Disney Theatrical Productions is thrilled to announce a new concert presented exclusively for this year’s D23 EXPO at the Anaheim Convention Center entitledDisney on Broadway’s “THE ORIGINALS.”  In anticipation of high fan-demand, two performances of the concert will be presented on Saturday, August 15th at 11am and at 2pm in Stage 23.

 

Josh Strickland

Josh Strickland

 

Disney on Broadway’s “THE ORIGINALS” stars Broadway’s original “Mary Poppins” (Ashley Brown), “Tarzan” (Josh Strickland) and “Genie” (James Monroe Iglehart) from Aladdin.  The “originals” will entertain and delight D23 EXPO attendees by performing favorite musical highlights from the Disney on Broadway catalogue.   Tony Award®-winner James Monroe Iglehart will also serve as host for this 70-minute, live performance that features a five-piece band of Broadway’s best musicians with special behind-the-scenes videos and interviews that promise to enthrall Disney on Broadway fans of all ages.

 

Ashley Brown

Ashley Brown

 

Ashley Brown originated the title role in Mary Poppins on Broadway for which she received Outer Critics, Drama League and Drama Desk nominations for Best Actress.  Ms. Brown also starred as Mary Poppins in the national tour of Mary Poppins where she garnered a Garland award for “Best Performance in a Musical”. Ms. Brown’s other Broadway credits include Belle in Beauty and the Beast, and she has starred in the national tour of Disney’s On The Record.  Ms. Brown recently returned to critical acclaim starring in the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s production of Oklahoma.   She previously played Magnolia opposite Nathan Gunn in Francesca Zembello’s Show Boat at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Ms. Brown has performed with virtually all of the top orchestras in North America including the Boston Pops, the New York Philharmonic, The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra at Disney Hall, the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall (four times), the Cincinnati Pops and the Philadelphia Orchestra (two times). Ashley starred in The Sound of Music at the St. Louis MUNY which garnered her a Kevin Kline award and her own PBS special called “Ashley Brown: Call Me Irresponsible” which received a PBS Telly Award.  Other television credits include NBC’s The Sound of Music.  Ms. Brown’s long-awaited album of Broadway and American Songbook standards is available on Ghostlight/Sony. Ashley is a graduate of the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.

 

Josh Strickland is a native of Charleston, South Carolina. In 2006, Strickland created the leading role of Tarzan in Disney’s Tarzan on Broadway. In 2009, he made his starring Las Vegas debut in PEEPSHOW at Planet Hollywood Casino & Resort while concurrently co-starring in the hit E! reality show Holly’s World. Strickland debuted his first single “Report to the Floor”, which skyrocketed to the top five on the iTunes Dance Charts the first week of its release, followed by “Last Dance”. Mr. Strickland is currently starring in Vegas! the Show at the Planet Hollywood Casino & Resort in Las Vegas.

 

James Monroe Iglehart

James Monroe Iglehart

James Monroe Iglehart won a 2014 Tony Award® for his performance in Aladdin. He originated the role of Bobby in the Tony-winning musicalMemphis. Other NYC: The 25th Annual…Spelling Bee and The Wiz. Film/TV: “Gotham”, “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmitt”, “The Good Wife” and “The Electric Company” (the Silent E Soloist). James is a member of the hip-hop improv group Freestyle Love Supreme. His greatest gift is his wife, Dawn. This is an absolute blessing — a real-life wish come true!

 

Tickets for D23 EXPO 2015 are available at a discounted price for a limited time. Through June 30, 2015, tickets are $67 for a one-day adult admission and $48 for children 3–12. Tickets for members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club are $58 for a one-day adult admission and $42 for children. Multi-day money-saving tickets are also available. D23 Members can save as much as $188 off the price of admission, based on the purchase of four three-day tickets at the D23 Member rate. For more information on tickets and the ticket pricing structure for D23 Members and general admission, visit D23EXPO.com.

 

2015_Expo_SillySymphConcert

 

D23 EXPO 2015 will feature the world premiere of Disney in Concert: A Silly Symphony Celebration—a live concert performance featuring a 32-piece orchestra celebrating the Silly Symphony animated short films and their accompanying music, hosted by film historian Leonard Maltin. Fans will delight in watching selected Silly Symphony shorts from Disney’s archives while the music is performed live in synchronization with the picture, presented using high-quality, newly restored digital film masters. The music will be performed as it would have been recorded during those historic days at the Disney Studios on Hyperion Avenue in the 1920s and ’30s. This very special concert event will showcase the music of the Three Little Pigs, The Old Mill and many other classics. To ensure as many guests are able to see the concert as possible, two 70-minute presentations will take place on Sunday, August 16, one at 11 a.m. and the second at 2 p.m. in Stage 23.

 

SPINE COMPARE MOCK UP

SPINE COMPARE MOCK Ut

 

For the first time ever, Disney Music Emporium, the online destination for collectible Disney music products, is creating a pop-up store on the show floor of D23 EXPO 2015. Over the three-day Ultimate Disney Fan Event, the Emporium will feature album signings by composers and Grammy®-winning Disney music producers. Limited quantities of a wide assortment of music products, including Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels vinyl, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Master Score music sheet book, picture disc vinyl, plus lithographs and posters will also be available. Additionally, visitors to the Disney Music Emporium will be able to pre-order the long-awaited The Silly Symphony Collection box set, featuring the complete restored soundtracks from all 75 Silly Symphony shorts from 1929–1939, with over eight hours of music on 16 vinyl LPs.

 

 

  • The Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection CDs, including The Lion King, Mary Poppins, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid, Fantasia, Pinocchio, and Disneyland, will be available in the Emporium. A limited quantity of lithographs for each title featuring the back cover artwork designed by Lorelay Bove (Visual Development Artist, Walt Disney Animation Studios) will be a gift with purchase.  For more information on the Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection, please visit: http://waltdisneyrecords.com/d23expo/legacycollection.html

 

  • With the purchase of select music products at the Disney Music Emporium, guests will be issued a wristband to secure a space for an album signing. For a list of album signings and artist appearances at the Pavilion, please visit:  http://waltdisneyrecords.com/d23expo/signings.html

Article by Suzanne Philips

Photos copyright Walker Stalker Fan Fest

WSC_newlogo_fanfest (2)

 

Fans of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” and the Zombie genre in general are probably already familiar with the Walker Stalker Conventions.   With 12 events this year around the world, Walker Stalker is known for bringing fans close to their fave celebs and providing a unique experience for all of its guests.

 

 

Chad Coleman of "The Walking Dead".  Photo courtesy of Walker Stalker Fan Fest

Chad Coleman of “The Walking Dead”. Photo courtesy of Walker Stalker Fan Fest

 

Well those fans who are attending the 2015 San Diego Comic Con or those who can get to San Diego on July 10th and 11th, are in for a treat –  ­ Walker Stalker Fan Fest will be held at PETCO Park in San Diego and is sure to be a huge success.

Fan access to celebrity guests will be the primary focus of this event and Confirmed guests so far for the Fan Fest include: Scott Wilson (Hershel) / Chad Coleman(Tyreese) / Emily Kinney (Beth) / IronE Singleton (T-Dog)/ Tyler James Williams (Noah) / Lawrence Gilliard Jr (Bob) / Brighton Sharbino (Lizzie)/Kyla Kenedy (Mika)/ Michael Rooker (Merle) / Judith O’Dea (Night of the Living Dead)/ Russ Streiner(Night of the Living Dead)​.  Kinney will also be performing  a special concert for her fans at PETCO Park Saturday, July 10th at 8:00pm.

 

 

Tyler James Williams of "The Walking Dead".  Photo courtesy Walker Stalker Fan Fest

Tyler James Williams of “The Walking Dead”. Photo courtesy Walker Stalker Fan Fest

 

Walker Stalker Fan Fest is a fan meet­up and an opportunity for each fan to come away feeling like they’ve had an amazing experience and became part of a greater community of zombie lovers! Walker Stalker Fan Fest is two days of events/ panels/ and experiences that zombie fans won’t find anywhere else! Fans can purchase autographs, photo ops and memorabilia from vendors at the 2 day event.

For tickets and more information visit http://walkerstalkerfanfest.com Official Hashtag #WSFanFest.

CFM News will be covering this event, so look for all of our photos and articles this July!