Vancouver Fan Expo 2013 was a smash success, arguably drawing an even more eclectic crowd than the Vancouver Pride Parade as far as elaborate costumes go. Although organizers may be bombarded with email complaints about the poorly structured ticket holder line-ups on the Saturday morning, I don’t think anyone could have predicted the swarms of super heroes, anime fans and comic book lovers all arriving in droves to enter the world of Vancouver’s very own Comic Con experience. Stan Lee, the man, the legend was just the icing on the cake for fans who could browse through the myriad of Sci-Fi and Comic culture, attend a panel discussion of the cast of popular Vancouver-shot Sci Fi show Continuum, or mingle with celebs from Once Upon a Time, The Walking Dead, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, the Rocketeer and more!
The Panel discussion with the cast of Continuum was timely since Season 2 premiered this past Sunday so there was lots to discuss. Not sure if lead actor Rachel Nichols had some sore feet or….and below are more highlights of the event.
Were you at the Fan Expo? What did you think? Leave your comments below. Just for commenting you could win a limited edition Phantom Creative (Mondo’s buddies) 11 x 17 artist’s print!
If you’ve been a fan of The Rocketeer star Billy Campbell, you might know that in 2000, at the height of his ABC hit show Once and Again, Billy was one of People Magazine’s 50 most Beautiful People, what you might not know is that Campbell is turning 54 this year, and from the photo snapped yesterday (courtesy of HardlyHedda), I think we can all agree, like Clooney or perhaps like a fine wine, he gets even better with age.
We caught up with Billy at yesterday’s Vancouver Fan Expo 2013, which is basically Vancouver’s answer to Comic Con. And yes, it gets the same massive ensemble of fantastic fans dressed to the nines as their favourite characters. We even saw a few Rocketeers hanging around Campbell’s area, after all, starring in The Rocketeer was Campbell’s launch into mainstream celebrity back in 1991.
Admittedly, although I saw The Rocketeer, and like most self-respecting entertainment writers, followed the public on-again /off again 5 year romance of its two stars Campbell and Jennifer Connelly (now married with 2 children to actor Paul Bettany), it was Campbell’s role as shy, divorced, devoted father Rick Sammler from Once and Again that will always hold a special place in my heart. I always thought Campbell in that series was at the height of his smoldering good looks and nice guy appeal.
“Billy has a beautiful face, and his eyes are very seductive,”
Remarked co-star Sela Ward, costar on Once & Again circa 2000
Fast-forward 11 years and I stand corrected…..See photo above (again) – need I say more? Well I will anyways, but you get my point.
Campbell has done other series through the 2000′s, appearing on The Practice, The OC and Melrose Place to name a few, but he’s most recently appeared in The Killing as Darren Richmond. The series follows the police investigation of the murder of a young girl, tying together three interlocking stories as investigators chase a variety of leads. Filmed in Vancouver, Campbell got to return to the city he loves and has called home. Available on Netflix, definitely worth checking out.
History buff Campbell also delved into a very cool project recently for the National Geographic Channel where he portrayed Lincoln (sorry Daniel Day Lewis) in Killing Lincoln. Collider, one of our favourite sites, did an in-depth interview with Campbell on playing Lincoln which can be found here. Here is the poster release which shows Campbell as Lincoln.
We loved running into Billy Campbell, he’s one of our favourites, so here’s a great article done last April on Billy’s favourite haunts in Vancouver. Looking forward to his upcoming projects and we’ll keep you posted!
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Brad Pitt’s much hyped and much delayed Zombie Apocalypse BlockBuster World War Z is coming to theatres (finally) in June 2013. Trailer number 2 shows a much more world-related story – not just your typical ‘one small group against a world of zombies’ movie. The story centers around Pitt’s character who, while trying to keep his family alive, is helping to save the world by working with the UN to search for answers while the globe is being overrun in leaps and bounds by zombies, lots & lots of them. But why the delay?
There have been so many rumours swirling around on whether there were 5, 6 or 7 weeks of reshoots, but nevertheless, there were rewrites and reshoots galore. Hmmm, judging both trailers that have been released, perhaps it would have been a good idea in some of those reshoots to not have the zombies appear as if they were on speed! Seriously what dignified zombie runs? Me thinks director Mark Forster (Quantum of Solace) who is reasonably new to the summer blockbuster, should have done a bit more homework on how zombies roll. See the latest trailer here:
I read the Max Brooks bestselling novel, World War Z, upon which this movie is supposedly based, and I can tell you the Walking Dead in his gripping book were very similar to your average, run of the mill zombies. Slow moving and easily outrun in small numbers. Incidentally, Max Brooks, who also wrote bestseller The Zombie Survival Guide, has a family link to the ‘good old days’ of Hollywood, as his father is brilliant director/filmmaker Mel Brooks (Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein etc).
I will give the benefit of the doubt to this adaptation, and not judge the trailers too harshly for not sticking to the book. Come June though, it’s fair game.
Want a few great reads? For any zombie fan, these are a must (if you have read either of these books let us know in Comments section below what you thought):
Candid. Kind. Fresh. Those are a few words circulating around Hollywood and the rest of the world this week about the new “it” girl 22 year old Jennifer Lawrence.
She seems grounded, humble, the girl next door even, and for those who knew her when, she is just that.
Her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky now boasts an Academy Award winning star, but there is one person, her biggest fan in fact, who has as much notoriety around town as Lawrence, just ask Jennifer’s Mom. Watch this clip to see what we mean:
We still can’t get enough of the now infamous interview-bombing Jack Nicholson lurking on Jennifer Lawrence at the Oscars. Some of the most honest and entertaining footage can be seen here because of Lawrence’s candor. Here is a peek at that interview:
The hilarious rivalry between Matt Damon and Jimmy Kimmel on air continued last night with Matt Damon taking over the Jimmy Kimmel Show. The funnyman was gagged and bound while Damon literally took over the show, doing a monologue. Even Ben Affleck makes a cameo, which thrilled the audience. The treo were joined by A list celebs Jennifer Lopez, Nicole Kidman, Demi Moore, Amy Adams, Sally Field, Robert De Niro, Don Cheadle, John Krasinski,Oprah and more!
Ben Affleck makes a cameo:
What a night, I can’t remember enjoying Kimmel’s show so much since 2008 when his then girlfriend Sarah Silverman did the hilarious “I’m F*&*ing Matt Damon” song that was so catchy not only do I still occasionally hum the tune but it was even nominated for an Emmy.
And then, who can forget Ben Affleck’s involvement in the now famous “love song” that was Jimmy Kimmel’s rebuttle to Silverman and Damon, “I’m F*&*ing Ben Affleck”….Priceless!