Thursday, April 28, 2016

Orphan Black Panel - WonderCon 2016



Men of Orphan Black Panel 
WonderCon 2016

Los Angeles Convention Center

March 26, 2016


The Men of Orphan Black



This panel was later in the evening on Saturday, I was exhausted, and it was definitely worth staying to see the Men of Orphan Black.  The panel began with a teaser preview of the upcoming season.



Kristian Bruun told a great story of the dance scene twerking in the bedroom, and how he was incredibly stiff and sore the next day.  Because of the way they were shooting the scene, he and Tatian Maslany had to keeping dancing over and over and over.  I guess Kristian wasn’t prepared for that much twerking. 

Kristian Bruun covering his face in embarrassment
Kristian Bruun


Kristian Bruun
Kristian Bruun
Kristian also said that with Helena living with him and Alison, he’s loving the interaction Donnie has with a pregnant Helena. 

Kevin Hanchard
Kevin Hanchard
Jordan Garvais says the knowledge of Mrs. S (portrayed by Mary Doyle Kennedy) and Sarah actually being related causes his character, Felix, to feel alienated from them, especially Sarah.  I’m interested in seeing how Felix and Sarah’s relationship changes, but I really want them to stay as close as two peas in a pod.  I love their relationship, and it would break my heart to see that fall apart since Felix has always had Sarah’s back.


Jordan Garvais
Jordan Garvais
When the panel was over, we received paper lamb masks in the style of the lamb mask from the first episode we saw teased.  How is everyone liking the new season?

TTFN,
Veronica

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Con Man Panel - WonderCon 2016



Con Man Panel – WonderCon 2016

Microsoft Theater

Los Angeles, CA

March 26, 2016

Alan Tudyk, PJ Haarsma, Shannon Eric Denton
L-R: Alan Tudyk, PJ Haarsma, Shannon Eric Denton
The Con Man panel at WonderCon was fun even though I’d already seen the comic preview and bloopers reel at Long Beach Comic Expo and Silicon Valley Comic Con.  

Alan Tudyk standing and trying to see the crowd
Alan Tudyk checking out the large crowd

Alan Tudyk talking while standing, PJ Haarsman and Shannon Eric Denton stay seated
 
Alan Tudyk brought stuff from home to sign and give to audience members who got to ask a question.  One of the best items was a ticket to the premiere or after party for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.  He was handing the items to P. J. Haarsma to hand to the fans, but this item he “tried” to keep for himself, and who could blame him? 


Alan Tudyk
Alan Tudyk

Shannon Eric Denton
Shannon Eric Denton
You can purchase the DVD/BluRay of Con Man online which is definitely worth getting for the commentary of the behind the scenes bits about the funders and friends in the series.  I’m hoping they add more items to the store, but I will check out their booth at San Deigo Comic Con for the drinking glasses and a few other items.


Alan Tudyk
Alan Tudyk
Get the first issue of the Spectrum comic book at your local comic book shop on Free Comic Book Day.  If you’re in Los Angeles on Free Comic Book Day, you may get to have it signed by the Con Man team, Alan Tudyk, PJ Haarsma, and Shannon Eric Denton. 

TTFN,
Veronica

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

TMNT2: Out of the Shadows Panel - WonderCon 2016



Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

WonderCon 2016 Panel

Microsoft Theater

Los Angeles, CA

March 25, 2016


TMNT panelists
TMNT Panelists
This had to be one of the weirdest panels I’ve ever seen at a con.  The first, but small, bit of “weirdness” was near the beginning when Megan Fox came onto stage from the wrong side.  She mentioned that she didn’t want to walk so far.  She was chewing gum during the entire panel, too.  

Stephen Amell shaking hands and LOOK AT THAT BICEP!
Just look at Stephen Amell's bicep!!

Stephen Amell

Stephen Amell

Megan Fox




The really weird part was when they went to audience questions a little early because there was someone already at the microphone (it appears that she didn’t even get into the line that was along the wall), so they turned on the mic spotlight for her to ask her question.  I don’t know if the girl was on drugs or just really confused, but her question made no sense and was directed at “Eliza” (no one named Eliza was on stage).  Megan Fox tried to clarify the question, but it didn’t do any good, and it was just getting weirder and security came up to the girl and escorted her out of the room.  

Megan Fox




It was awkward for another moment as the people on stage tried to move on from that incident.  Overall, Megan Fox came off a bit snobbish in her responses to most of the questions.  It was such a light-hearted panel when Stephen Amell came on stage and chatted a bit before they brought Megan Fox out.  It became awkward and weird once she arrived.  It was just a strange experience, and I’m not sure it helped the film’s promotion in any way.

Stephen Amell
Stephen Amell
 I didn't hate the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie last year(?), but it could have been a lot better.  I feel Megan Fox is the weak link, but I'm hoping the addition of Stephen Amell will make this next installment much more entertaining.  

TTFN,
Veronica

Monday, April 25, 2016

iZombie Panel - WonderCon 2016



iZombie Panel – WonderCon 2016

Microsoft Theater

Los Angeles, CA

March 25, 2016

iZombie Cast
iZombie Cast
I love iZombie, and the panel at WonderCon only cemented my love for the show.  The cast was entertaining and it was obvious that they really have fun together.  The teaser they showed prior to the Q&A portion of the panel caused a huge reaction from the audience (Ravi arrested?!!)

Rahul Kohli

Rob Thomas




The funniest moment, which became a recurring joke during the panel, was when Robert Buckley was trying (I think) to compliment the writing because his own speech is full of cheesy one-liners, but what he said was that he says a lot of cheesy one-liners.  Please note he is sitting next to Rob Thomas, creator and writer of iZombie.  Rob Thomas makes a joke about a “spoiler” of Major being killed off.  

Robert Buckley

David Anders




Moments later, a question is being answered by David Anders, and he compliments the writing mentioning that his “lines are never cheesy.”  Robert Buckley’s response to this was hilarious.  Everyone on the panel and most, if not all, of the audience were laughing.  

David Anders and Aly Michalka with Aly's birthday cake
Aly's Birthday cake with unlit candles
This was also Aly Michalka’s birthday, so they brought out a cake for her, and everyone sang “Happy Birthday” to her.  The candles couldn’t be lit because of fire regulations of the theater.  There was a question for Aly about who Peyton should be with, Ravi or Blaine.  Aly was seated between David Anders and Rahul Kohli, so they played it up while she answered the question.  They even arm wrestled for her (Peyton’s) affection.  At one point, Rahul wasn’t happy with Aly’s answer and got up from his seated and began walking off-stage.  Poor Aly was a trooper through the antics while trying to answer the question for the fans.  Her answer amounted to Blaine being the bad boy, and Ravi being the good guy you can depend on.

David Anders, Aly Michalka, and Rahul Kohli

David Anders and Rahul Kohli arm wrestle for Aly Michalka's character

Aly Michalka looking gorgeous in this picture

Rahul Kohli faking leaving the panel

Aly Michalka, Rahul Kohli and Rose McIver

Malcolm Goodwin

Cast takes a selfie with the crowd in the background
Selfie with the crowd taken by Robert Buckely
 Since I posted this after the season finale, I still won't spoil it, but wow!!

TTFN,
Veronica

Monday, April 11, 2016

The Huntsman: Winter's War Screening and Q&A

The Huntsman: Winter's War
Screening and Q and A
Hollywood, California
April 9, 2016


Ben Lyons, Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, and Jessica Chastain
L-R: Ben Lyons, Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, and Jessica Chastain
I attended an advance screening of "The Huntsman: Winter's War" Saturday afternoon at the Mary Pickford Center in Hollywood.  It was a really nice screening with free promotional items, a photobooth, and a Q and A with three of the film's stars.  The event was hosted by Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, and the Q and A was transmitted live to screenings in their theaters across the country.  (As an aside, Alamo Drafthouse is planning a theater for Los Angeles to open in 2017.) 


Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, and Jessica Chastain
Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Jessica Chastain
I really enjoyed this movie (I can't say the same for the first one), and it had quite a few funny moments.  The costuming is outstanding, once again.  The fight sequences were also exciting and fun to watch.  That's all I'll say about it for now.


Ben Lyons, Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, and Jessica Chastain
Ben Lyons, Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Jessica Chastain
The Q&A with Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, and Jessica Chastain was hilarious.  I think my favorite part was when they were answering a question about their favorite scene to film.  Charlize's favorite scene were ones she wasn't in (she's not in the film much...sorry).  She mentions that she was told about the hot springs scene (Hemsworth and Chastain are naked in a hot spring), and about how Jessica's breasts are amazing.  Charlize went on to say she was told about how Jessica's breasts are so buoyant that they were difficult to keep out of frame.  We were all laughing, including Jessica who was also a bit embarrassed.  Charlize just said that she was jealous because she 4 costumers had stuffed tissue in her bra for this film. 


Ben Lyons, Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, and Jessica Chastain
Ben Lyons, Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Jessica Chastain


Chris Hemsworth said that he was a bit jealous of the fancy fight moves Jessica was doing and wanted to do flips, too.


Ben Lyons, Chris Hemsworth, Jessica Chastain



There was more, and I know I screwed up a lot of this, but it will probably be on YouTube for you to watch.  I do recommend watching video of the Q&A if you can find it.  It was really fun, and Charlize was so funny and honest.  It was really worth waiting in the rain for 4+ hours.  

Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, and Jessica Chastain
Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Jessica Chastain
I'm attending the red carpet premiere for The Huntsman: Winter's War tonight, and I'm looking forward to seeing it again.

TTFN,
Veronica


Friday, April 8, 2016

FBF: Los Angeles Scifi Comic Con 2016

Flashback Friday: Los Angeles Sci-Fi Comic Con 
The Reef - Los Angeles
February, 28, 2016


Sign advertising the convention and special guests


The Los Angeles Sci-Fi Comic Convention is a small, traditional comic convention.  This is a great place to find old collectible toys and comics, and I went mostly to see Katrina Law and Ming-Na Wen.  The line for Ming-Na was really long so I went into that line first (about an hour before she was scheduled to arrive), and still managed to get into Katrina Law's line.  


My wristband for the convention
My wristband

The really long line for Ming-Na Wen and hour before she arrived
My place in line for Ming-Na Wen an hour before she arrived.


Me with Ming-Na Wen
Me with Ming-Na Wen

Katrina Law is incredibly sweet and full of energy.  She was so much fun watching her do fun and silly poses with the fans.  

Me with Katrina Law
Me with Katrina Law
Fun pose with Katrina Law
Fun pose with Katrina Law
I definitely want to go back and check out the collectibles when I have more money to spend.

TTFN,
Veronica

Thursday, April 7, 2016

I Saw the Light Los Angeles Premiere



“I Saw The Light” Premiere

Egyptian Theatre
Hollywood, California

March 22, 2016



Tom Hiddleston being interviewed on the red carpet
Tom Hiddleston

I attended the Los Angeles premiere for “I Saw the Light” held at the historic Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, California.  Very few red carpet premieres are held here except for very independent films due to the small size of the theater.  

Tom Hiddleston among the press
This picture is unzoomed, and it doesn't show how close I was.
Tom Hiddleston was on the red carpet doing press interviews when I was checking in, so I snapped a few, not very good, pictures while I was walking past the red carpet.  I didn’t hang around outside so I didn’t see Elizabeth Olsen arrive. 
Tom Hiddleston being interviewed on the red carpet
Tom Hiddleston
Before the film started, the film’s writer/director Marc Abraham spoke to the crowd to thank various supporters as well as introduce Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen.  I was in the third row, so I was very close which isn’t apparent by the photo I took from my seat.  

Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Hiddleston, and Marc Abraham before the screening
Pictures looks further than it was.

The movie is really bad.  The performances were very well done, but the way the story is told (both script and editing) was a bit choppy.  It was very hard to connect with any of the characters, and the film was too vague on the addictions Hank Williams was dealing with.  The film bores the audience, because it moves so incredibly slow that you feel as if you are watching more than a decade of Hank Williams’ life when, in fact, the film only covers approximately his last 6 years.
Tom Hiddleston being interviewed on the red carpet
Tom Hiddleston
After the film, I was attempting to exit when a man in the upper seats started shouting something somewhat unintelligibly, and I could only catch the last part which was something about him being available if anyone wanted to give him a job.  At this time, Tom Hiddleston was also trying to exit the room and was standing in front of me.  We were only separated by a security man blocking my aisle so that I couldn’t exit while Tom was there.  I ended up walking only a few feet behind Tom Hiddleston, but I didn’t want to bother him as his handlers ushered him out a side door. 

Tom Hiddleston being interviewed
Tom Hiddleston
My invitation had also been for the after-party at a restaurant across the street from the theater, but when I got there to check-in I was told that there was a mistake and the party was for cast and crew only.  As I was exiting the restaurant, Elizabeth Olsen stepped out of a SUV to enter the restaurant (she was the only one who was driven the 200 yards to the restaurant), and security cleared a path for her to enter.


TTFN,

Veronica