Thursday, October 21, 2010

Filming Update / Key West

Hello everyone!

I got a few updates on stuff for you to read about. I am so rubbish at starting posts...oh well, on to the good stuff!

The indie film, 'The Discoverers' begins filming in the area soon. According to Michael Klein's blog, the film will be shooting in Croydon, Bristol, Newtown, New Hope, and Tyler State Park - plus a day in the city. The movie stars Griffin Dunne (After Hours, Who's That Girl), Cara Buono (The Sopranos, Mad Men), Stuart Margolin (The Rockford Files), Madeleine Martin (Californication), and David Rasche (Sledge Hammer!, Rubicon). The movie is comedy about a dysfunctional family recreating the expedition of Lewis and Clark. You can check out the trailer on the official website HERE

Another film coming to the area which I reported about a long time ago is the new Jason Statham movie entitled 'Safe'...shooting for the film finally is beginning in 3 days on October 24! The movie has been filming in New York City, in fact while I was there, but I did not go to the set at all. 'Safe' will be shooting in the area until about December and hopefully I will get a day to go to set at least once.

In other fun unrelated news, I am going to Key West, Florida next week for Fantasy Fest! I know its not movie/filming related, but it sure is a lot of fun so I think it is something I will have to blog/tweet about. I am not revealing my costumes, yes plural, but they are REVEALING, but conservative in comparison to people being straight up naked, yes naked. I leave on wednesday and I am staying for a week of fun and excitement!

Friday, October 15, 2010

The Lost Boys 3: The Thirst Panel at New York Comic Con

Welcome to the final post for the New York Comic Con stuff that I am writing. There's a sentence right there!

Today I am discussing the panel for the Lost Boys 3: The Thirst panel with the man, the myth, the legend, Corey Feldman. The panel for the film was in one of the smaller rooms at it was at 10:45 in the morning, so naturally it was not too crowded which was nice. Feldman talked a lot about the new film which just came out on DVD and BluRay on Tuesday October 12....and yes I bought it. He also talked about other things like keeping in touch with previous costars and the tragic loss of Corey Haim.
The room itself was only about half filled...I sat in the front row, just as I did for the Vampire Diaries panel which was awesome. The panel started off with the opening scene for the new film in which Feldman's character Edgar Frog wakes up from a dream involving how his brother, Alan, played by Jamison Newlander, turned into a vampire. Already the film was looking much better than the second film, which Feldman himself said was horrible. Other clips of the ffilm were shown as well as some informative commentary by Feldman himself. When talking about the blood they get covered in numerous times for the film, Feldman said that they are usually creaking back to their trailers. When the 'blood' dries, it is almost impossible to get off of their bodies and is all together disgusting. Fun fact: the blood in just about every film is actually sugar!
Feldman also talked a lot about his band, Truth Movement. This month Feldman and his band will be doing four shows around the Los Angeles area which will be basically five hour concerts. First fans will have the chance to watch the original Lost Boys film from 1987 with Feldman and his band, then there will be a short Q+A followed by a full concert by Truth Movement. All of the concerts are taking place on the west coast, so we in Philadelphia will not have the chance to see this, sadly. Feldman was also asked if he still sees some of his former costars. He said that he had recently seen Jerry O'Connell at an event and they said hi to each other. He also said that he saw Heather Graham recently as well.

The thing I really wanted to go to the panel for was to see if Feldman talked about Haim at all. He mentioned a nice little story about him which can be seen in the video below. Feldman also made it a point to mention that Haim died on heart failure and not drug use. The panel was really fun to attend and Feldman stated that there would be more films in the franchise as long a the fans demanded them. One other really cool thing is that Feldman said that every single comment on his website, he reads them personally...that is really cool I think.

Check out the video below to see the footage I took of Corey Feldman at the panel!

Ok guys thats all I got for you about New York Comic Con is a really fun event and I encourage everyone to check it out next year. If you like movies, celebrities, games, and comics...then go and you will not forget the time you have!!!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Vampire Diaries Panel at New York Comic Con 2010

Hey there again! Welcome back for Day 4 of my New York Comic Con recap!

Today I am going to be discussing all the fun I had at the panel for the CW television show, The Vampire Diaries, which I LOVE! Whether you are a fan of the show or not feel free to read about the panel here....and hey, if the following recap makes you want to check out the show you can do so on the official website HERE and find out more about the actors on the show's imdb page HERE...or if you really want to be cool like me, just watch the show on the CW every Thursday at 8/7c.

Ok so I said yesterday, I arrived to the IGN theater a bit early and caught the end of the NIKITA panel (also on the CW right after the Vampire Diaries on Thursdays at 9/8c). A lot of fans showed up for the panel despite the fact that they have only aired about 6 episodes. Unfortunately, I do not watch the show, so basically all I got from the panel is that the beautiful Maggie Q does not consider herself a expert at martial artist, the fights on the show will be getting better, it also stars the guy from a Walk to Remember, and they fight a lot....yes I just butchered the entire show, sorry. After the end of the Nikita panel, it was time for The Vampire Diaries to take the stage!! They started about 20 minutes late which was really unfortunate, but it was a very informative panel. The panel was moderated by Carina Adly MacKenzie check her site out HERE [side note: Carina even put my videos on her blog! thanks for that!] Carina, you did a wonderful job at getting information and also trying to get information! Two of the producers, Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec, as well as four of the stars, Zach Roerig (Matt Donovan), Sara Canning (Jenna Sommers), Katerina Graham (Bonnie Bennett), and Steven R. McQueen (Jeremy Gilbert). Sara Canning and Katherina Graham were both so beautiful, Steven McQueen is really funny and adorable, and Zach Roering was adorable and texting on his phone :) Executive producers Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec teased so many things for the events to come on the show. They talked about the future of Katherine stating that the worst of Katherine is yet to come and she has not even begun to wreak havoc in the town of Mystic Falls. Williamson also stated about Katherine, she is very fun to have around, until she is not around anymore; possibly hinting the death of Katherine? If that is possible. In the episode that airs tonight, Katherine will be going super super game changer, according to Julie Plec. Although the lovely Nina Dobrev was not around, Williamson said that filming the Elena/Katherine scenes are tough and can take up a full day of shooting because it takes about 2 hours in makeup for Dobrev to get each look completed. They also said that they like keeping Katherine in the show as little as possible in order to maintain the mystique of the character and they do not want to spoil the magic by showing her too much on screen. In episode 9, the show travels back to 1492 to discover why Katherine is the way she is, so look forward to that. Jenna will also meet Katherine in one of the upcoming episodes so that should be fun! Regarding future deaths on the show, the producers teased that none of the people on the panel were safe and they were scared for some of them. So Bonnie, Matt, Jenna, or Jeremy might have some troubles coming their way in the future...and the actors might need to start looking for new jobs. Plec also said that they were very lucky Zach in particular was there with them that day.
When discussing certain characters that fans wanted to see on the show longer (Lexi and Anna) the producers stated who is to say that she is not coming back to the shows...and when an audience member shouted 'flashbacks' they nodded yes. So it is semi official that Lexi and Anna will be returning to the show in some flashback scenes. Even David Anders character might return. Williamson stated that he loved working with the man and because he has suc a pivotal role in the series (being Elena's father) he will at some point return.
Jeremy Gilbert is going to start stepping up in the next few episodes as well. As shown in the teaser for episodes 6 and 7, we see Jeremy clearing siding with the Salvatore brothers and with Alaric in an effort to defeat Katherine. Steven McQueen stated that he does not know why he would like to side with a guy that broke his neck, but he does anyway. McQueen also stated that he is going to possibly get closer to Tyler and feels like he has an upper hand knowing that Tyler is a werewolf, or rather has potential to be one. Fans just hope that Jeremy finally gets a love interest who stays around longer than six episodes without dying. Bonnie Bennett is also getting a love interest on the show, but rather than introduce a new character, she is going to be romantically involved with someone that she already knows, fans were yelling 'Damon' at this point. Bonnie will also be in a love traingle of sorts, the two interests are yet to be revealed. If it is a vampire, Bonnie is also 'genetically programmed' in a way to dislike and not trust vampires which is why she always seems so distant from their 'vampire politics'.
Not even the relationship of the show's most popular characters will be stable for much longer. Stefan was seen in the last episode drinking blood from Elena which Plec stated was beautiful and disgusting at the same time, but their relationship might get a bit bumpy in the future. All of the psychological things Katherine is doing to the pair begins to wear on their relationship and it will begin to crack. Williamson stated that although these two characters are 'soul mates' they need to find their souls first, mates will come later.

Check out below for the videos I took at the panel!!

and the CW preview for the upcoming episodes first shown at NY Comic Con

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

New York Comic Con 2010 Day 3 Report

Well day 3 was also known as the first night I got a good full night of sleep. I went to bed and woke up around 8am, got breakfast, packed, and we checkout out. On the final day of the convention I was dressed as Ramon Flowers from the comic book/movie Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. I enjoyed my blue hair especially when I was checking out at the front desk :)
We walked over to the Convention Center for the last time and arrived around 10:00am. We got in before it actually opened and there was actually walking room on the main room floor! But then we realized only press and exhibitors were allowed in at that point. It did get progressively more crowded throughout the day, but no where near as insane as Saturday.

The boys were really excited to go to their panels so I decided to walk on the floor for a bit before heading down to the IGN theater for the Vampire Diaries that show! I arrived to the panel early and walked in on the middle of the Nikita panel which was cool because Maggie Q, Shane West, Lyndsy Fonseca, and Craig Silverstein were all there. I am not a fan of the show but it was fun to watch. After that I hung around for the Vampire Diaries panel, more on that tomorrow.

After the panel I walked around the floor one more time while I waited for the boys to get out of their panels. A lot of people liked my Ramona costume...many people were saying 'Hi Ramona' or 'Excuse me Ramona' that was fun. I got some pictures with other Scott Pilgrim characters...

There were a lot of other Ramona Flowers characters...props to the girl with the red wig because she was actually going around on roller blades!....

I even found some more Doctor Who girl even had the same outfit that I was wearing on Saturday, but hers was not as authentic as mine, I sound like a meanie.

The boys were planning on going to the panel for the Making of The Empire Strikes Back but decided against it because it was way too packed. We ended up leaving the Javitz Center around 2pm and headed back to Philly.
Overall, the 2010 New York Comic Con was awesome to say the least. People were all really friendly and always happy to discuss their favorite comic/movie/show/games. It is always a great place to meet up with fellow geeks and nerds. New York Comic Con is just a place that people can be their geeky/nerdy selves and everyone will totally understand. If you were not able to make it this year, start planning for next year because the con returns October 14, 2011!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

New York Comic Con 2010 Day 2 Report

Ok so let me tell you staying in a room with four boys is dangerous, I am talking to you Matt, Ed, and other Matt; you all snore really loudly!...Jeff not so much :) So I woke up around the morning. Could not sleep to much...and no I do NOT snore...I just make a lot of weird faces and noises when I sleep. Anyway, after breakfast we all got dressed, I made Matt dress up like the 11th Doctor from Doctor Who, which he HATED...and I was Amy Pond. Much like at Philadelphia Wizard World, Saturday was insanely crowded, the building was actually at capacity and being as tired as I was it was crazy. We started the day by going to some panels, I only went to one because I am not a fan of staying in one place for a long time. I did go to see Corey Feldman's panel mainly because he is awesome...more on that later in the week.
After a few panels the other guys decided to walk around. I hung with my Doctor because he warned me he was only keeping the costume on for a few hours. At one point a girl screamed at us because she was so excited to see our costumes, Matt was a bit frightened...he does not cosplay. We did manage to find a bunch of other Doctor Who people so there was a lot of other people excited to dress up like the characters. When I talked to some of the people dressed in Doctor Who gear and Top Gear :)... they did not know who I was supposed to be, baaaaad fans! Most did so that is cool.
After he took off his outfit I ventured off around Comic Con alone. Out of the thousands of people there, I managed to run into a guy I work with; his girlfriend and her sister are also cosplayers who make their own costumes.
Now apparently they changed the location of the Doctor Who booth which I really wanted to visit because I heard that the 8th Doctor, Paul McGann was going to be signing there, but alas he had to cancel, which was alright. After two days of searching, I finally found the booth and ended up buying a semi-full sized TARDIS!
My costume was such a hit that a lot of people wanted pictures with me! I was suprised because I did not even have a Doctor at this point. Other costumes I saw included a Quail Man, a few really good Static Shocks, Smallville Green Arrow, a Al from Home Improvement, Marty Mcfly, and a bunch of other costumes that you do not see a lot. In fact one cool thing I learned was that the creator of Quail Man approached the one kid dressed in the costume and thanked him for keeping the character alive, only at Comic Con.
It was really crowded at the venue so we decided to visit Times Square again...a place coincidentally, less crowded...yea. After visiting the dueling candy stores (M+M world and Hershey Store, Hershey is smaller but better because of the amazing aroma in the store), we returned to Comic Con for a little while longer. I saw people outside the Javitz center scalping tickets, yes scalping tickets! It just goes to show you how many nerds there are out there! The convention was just the place to be in the city this weekend. Ed and I really wanted to see the panel for Butters: An Evening of Chaos so we went down to the panel rooms around 7:45 for the panel that started at 8:15...that line was HUGE! I assume Butters is the coolest thing ever! Which of course, he pretty much is! We the room was already packed and they told us we pretty much could not get in to see Professor Chaos, even with my Press pass! So we went back to the hotel to get some food and well deserved sleep. Full video of all three days is coming up tomorrow.

Monday, October 11, 2010

New York Comic Con 2010 Day 1 Report

So thursday night i was so excited i only got about 2hrs of sleep so that was lame. On Friday morning a few friends an I drove to New York City to enjoy three exciting days at NY Comic Con 2010. We arrived at the hotel around 3pm and I put on my first costume of the weekend which was Jane from Twilight (Dakota fanning's character) and yes with the red contacts. After putting on my costume and dropping off our things we headed down to the Convention Center which was about 7 blocks from our hotel. It was already really crowded when we arrived and almost everyone was in some sort of costume or wearing a superhero shirt... It was any geek's dream. We decided to walk around and check out what we could.

I saw a lot of really cool video games due out soon. I am really excited to get the Michael jackson dancing game for the wii and the new Goldeneye game looks new and just like the original at the same time. Everywhere you looked people were testing new games.

I really thought the different things made out of Legos were really cool too...they even had a Lego Han Solo in Carbonite! I sadly didnt get a picture of that.

One of the highlights of the day for me, besides for buying hot roasted almonds was getting the chance to see the car from the new Green Hornet film starring Seth Rogan...they were also showing the trailer and it looks amazing in the 3D.

After looking at games we headed over to the second large room where some of the celebs were signing autographs. There were so many stars there that it was pretty much impossible to see them all. Just to name some, I saw Michelle Forbes from True Blood and Lou Ferigno who played the Hulk, they were all signing autographs and the lines were long, but seemed to move quickly.

Lots of awesome cosplayers at NYCC; I saw a lot of people dressed as some of the nostalgia critic characters, a lot of Doctor Who characters, endless Anime costumes, and of course tons of wonderful superhero costumes! Basically everywhere you walked or looked a mini photo shoot was going on in the aisles.

After a long day of travelling we all decided to leave the convention on Friday around 630 to get some food and I kind of regret doing that. Being a fan of Robot Chicken I really wanted to go to the panel at 6:45, but instead I had to watch it on YouTube. I found out not only did I miss Seth Green and the entire panel in silly hats, I also missed macauley culkin who showed up (big fan of party monster).

Much to the dismay of my friends we went to times square for food... They have never been to times square and didn't care but I forced them to go and they were unimpressed! We all had fun after dinner at hard rock when we visitied toys r us in times square... My red contacts scared a bunch of people including a little girl, she kind of jumped :). Sorry about that...anyway after that we went bsck to the hotel and went to bed. Great first day!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

New York Comic Con Upcoming Posts!

Hello faithful reader! Worst. Opening. Ever.

Sorry I have not been blogging too much as nothing is filming in Philly, however I travelled to the small town of New York City this past weekend and I attended New York Comic Con... the magical place where nerds and geeks can dress up in costume and not get slushied (I am talking to you, GLEE!)

I had a great time and the three days were so action packed I am probably going to do a few posts, over the next week to stretch it out...give you all daily updates and keep it fresh...and plus I don't want my fingers to bleed from typing all my adventures in one day! So here is a little schedule of the events I will be posting about during the next week.

Monday - Day 1 Adventures
Tuesday - Day 2 Adventures
Wednesday - Day 3 Adventures
Thursday - Vampire Diaries Panel Discussion
Friday - Corey Feldmen / Lost Boys Panel Discussion
Saturday - Cosplay Cosplay Cosplay

So faithful reader stay tuned to hear about all the great adventures I had this year at New York Comic Con!!

I still love you Philly, but to fill the void of nothing filming in Philadelphia, I really wanted to do something and decided that New York Comic Con was something I could cover and hopefully something will be filming here eventually.

Oh and by the way, the Jason Statham film, SAFE was filming in NYC while I was there so hopefully it will be making it's way to Philly to film in the next few weeks!!!