Friday, January 30, 2015

WonderCon Anaheim - April 19, 2014

WonderCon 2014
Anaheim, California
April 19, 2014


Bill Paxton at the Edge of Tomorrow panel
Bill Paxton - Edge of Tomorrow panel
If you're on the fence about attending WonderCon in Anaheim (being held April 3-5 this year), I'm hoping you'll attend.  It's organized by the same group as San Diego Comic-Con so the prices are reasonable and they get some great guests and panels which you don't have to pay extra for!

I've only been attending WonderCon since it started being held in Anaheim.  Attendance has grown each year so buy your badges soon!  One of the things I love about the Anaheim location is that the big movie panels are held in the Arena, which is a sports arena, so while they add chairs on the floor, there are tiered seats for better views.  I like to sit in the second or third row of the first set of tiers so that I don't have to worry about a tall person blocking my view.  The arena has easy access to a concessions stand and bathrooms which are wonderful for time when you are spending the entire day in the Arena for panels.  This is what I did on the Saturday, because that's when the bigger films have their panels.

WonderCon has a much more laid back vibe, and is certainly not as crowded as SDCC.  Last year, Marvel didn't make an appearance whatsoever, and there were several rumors as to why.  I don't expect them to make any appearances this year, either.  I hope I'm wrong about that, but time will tell.  There are also discounted tickets to Disneyland Parks for convention goers if there is a day when no panels appeal to you, or you want to take advantage of the wonderful weather and extend your stay.

On Saturday of WonderCon 2014, I spent the entire day in the Arena.
The panels that day were:

Godzilla
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Into the Storm
Edge of Tomorrow 

I'm sure there were others, but they are escaping me right now and these were the ones I cared about.

Gareth Edwards was the only panelist for Godzilla and Bill Paxton was the only panelist for Edge of Tomorrow.  That's disappointing, but Gareth Edwards won me over with his adorableness and charm.  Bill Paxton talked about the film, but also his incredible body of work and what films fans are most interested in him for. He did say most fans ask him to say "Game over, man" from Aliens, but there are lines from other movies which get asked, too.

Director Gareth Edwards at the Godzilla panel
Gareth Edwards - Godzilla panel
The panels I was most interested in wwereInto the Storm (which I had seen at a test screening several months prior) because of my adoration for Richard Armitage, and Godzilla because I've always loved Godzilla. (I'll admit there was a period of time when I "hated" Godzilla movies, but that's because my brother was obsessed and watched them all of the time.  I think that it was really my little brother  I was sick and tired of, not Godzilla.)

Godzilla director Gareth Edwards
Gareth Edwards - Godzilla panel

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes panel:

Moderator Ralph Garman and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves at WonderCon 2014
Ralph Garman (moderator) and Matt Reeves (director)


Matt Reeves and Keri Russell at the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes panel
Matt Reeves and Keri Russell


Gary Oldman walking onstage for the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes panel
Gary Oldman

As you can imagine, there were a lot of applause and cheers for Gary Oldman.


Gary Oldman
Gary Oldman


Keri Russell and Gary Oldman
Keri Russell and Gary Oldman


Keri Russell, Gary Oldman, and Andy Serkis at the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes panel
Keri Russell, Gary Oldman, and Andy Serkis

It was Andy Serkis' 50th birthday that day, but no one wished him a happy birthday. :-(

Director Steve Quale greeting Jeremy Sumpter, Richard Armitage and Max Deacon seated for the Into the Storm panel
Steve Quale (director) greeting Jeremy Sumpter


Into the Storm panel : Steve Quale, Richard Armitage, Max Deacon, Jeremy Sumpter and Arlen Escarpeta
Steve Quale, Richard Armitage, Max Deacon, Jeremy Sumpter, Arlen Escarpeta


Steve Quale, Richard Armitage and Max Deacon at the Into the Storm panel
Steve Quale, Richard Armitage, Max Deacon


Into the Storm panel
Steve Quale, Richard Armitage, Max Deacon


I didn't know Max Deacon was also English until this panel.  The Edge of Tomorrow panel was before the Into the Storm panel and Max Deacon had played Bill Paxton's son in Hatfield and McCoys, (he plays Richard Armitage's son in Into the Storm.)


Into the Storm panel
Steve Quale, Richard Armitage, Max Deacon

This year, I'm really hoping for a Crimson Peak panel even if it's only Guillermo Del Toro appearing on the panel (he was the only one attending for the Pacific Rim panel at WonderCon 2013.) 

Who or what do you want to see at WonderCon 2015?  Remember to buy your badges now! 

TTFN,
V



Thursday, January 29, 2015

Thor: The Dark World Premiere

Thor: The Dark World Premiere 
Hollywood, California
November 4, 2013


The El Capitan Theatre marquee advertising the Thor The Dark World Premiere

I didn't get to attend the Thor premiere, as Disney is extremely stingy with pre-screenings and premieres for fans.  I did manage to get some great pictures, but I feel my experience at the Iron Man 3 Premiere was much more enjoyable.  Perhaps that is because Tom Hiddleston didn't get anywhere near where I was in the fan section, and I didn't get a single picture of him.



I have no idea who she is, but she looks familiar. 


Sir Anthony Hopkins arriving at the Thor: The Dark World premiere
Sir Anthony Hopkins!


Director of Thor: The Dark World, Alan Taylor signing autographs for fans
Alan Taylor


Kat Dennings arriving at the premiere
Kat Dennings


Kat Dennings at the Thor: The Dark World Premiere
Kat Dennings


Liam Hemsworth arriving to the Thor: The Dark World premiere
Liam Hemsworth


Nathan Fillion arriving at the Thor: The Dark World premiere
Nathan Fillion


Ray Stevenson at the Thor: The Dark World premiere
Ray Stevenson


Stan Lee at the Thor: The Dark World premiere
Stan Lee


Tadanobu Asano at the Thor: The Dark World premiere
Tadanobu Asano


Ray Stevenson
Ray Stevenson


Ray Stevenson at the Thor: The Dark World premiere
Ray Stevenson


Zachary Levi and sister, Shekinah Pugh at the Thor: The Dark World premiere
Zachary Levi and Shekinah Pugh


Zachary Levi signing autographs at the Thor: The Dark World premiere
Zachary Levi


Oh that smile!! Zachary Levi signing autographs
Zachary Levi


Jeremy Renner signing autographs
Jeremy Renner


Jeremy Renner signing autographs
Jeremy Renner


Jeremy Renner at the Thor: The Dark World premiere
Jeremy Renner


Chloe Bennett signing autographs
Chloe Bennett


Chris Hemsworth signing autographs
Chris Hemsworth


Chris Hemsworth at the Thor: The Dark World premiere
Chris Hemsworth

Zachary Levi looking serious as he signs autographs
Zachary Levi

With the help of a new (and much taller) friend, I was able to get Jeremy Renner's autograph on a tote bag I had made. Jeremy signed for fans, did the photo line, a few interviews, then got back into the car and left.

TTFN,
V

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Star Trek Into Darkness Premiere - Los Angeles

Star Trek: Into Darkness Premiere 
Hollywood, California
May 14, 2013


Fans lined up along the street for the premiere
A section of the White Carpet

I've been attending quite a few premieres for the past two years, and while it's a lot of waiting in line, it can also be a lot of fun.  The Star Trek Into Darkness premiere was the first time I was at a premiere which had fan grandstands/bleachers.  Everyone one in the bleachers received a wristband to watch the movie, but alas we were not in the Dolby Theatre where the stars were, but were in one of the six theaters in the Chinese 6 Theatres inside the Hollywood & Highland Center.

I went with a friend of mine from work and we walked around a bit looking for the line.  During which time I took a couple of pictures of the set-up, and my friend was almost "kidnapped" by two women dress as Catwoman.  That was a bit of a funny story, but I won't go into that.


Screen for the fans across the street to see the stars being interviewed.
Unfortunately, I had found out a few days before the premiere Simon Pegg and Benedict Cumberbatch wouldn't be at the Los Angeles premiere.  I love those two and was disappointed, but not deterred AT ALL.


The view from my spot in the fan bleachers at the Star Trek Into Darkness premiere
View to my left -- where the stars would be entering the white carpet
We got our wristbands which also had our designated theater number for the screening and entered the bleachers.  They handed each of us a Star Trek Into Darkness t-shirt which they wanted us to wear.  I didn't put mine on because it was a really warm day and didn't want to add a black t-shirt over my clothes.

Leonard Nimoy on the screen
View to my right - Leonard Nimoy on the screen


J.J. Abrams and Zoe Saldana on the screen
J.J. Abrams, Zoe Saldana, and ??


Karl Urban on the screen
Karl Urban


Zachary Quinto on the screen
Zachary Quinto

Usually, you aren't allowed cameras, but I had my small camera in my purse (which I could have hidden if they did a bag search if necessary) so I was able to get some pictures.


Chris Pine taking photos with fans lined up along Hollywood Boulevard at the Star Trek Into Darkness premiere.
Chris Pine taking photos with fans across the street
Alice Eve doing interviews on the red carpet
Alice Eve


Bruce Greenwood doing interviews
Bruce Greenwood


Chris Pine waving to the fans in the bleachers
Chris Pine


John Cho being cheeky with the fans in the bleachers
John Cho (he's hilarious and was being cheeky with the fans)


Zoe Saldana doing interviews
Zoe Saldana


Zoe Saldana waving to the fans in the bleachers
Zoe Saldana


LeVar Burton doing interviews
LeVar Burton

The movie had filmed for about a day at my work, but when I saw the film I was completely surprised by how many scenes they filmed.

TTFN,
V