chrisdvanne speaking: I really enjoyed Cory's coverage of Edmonton Expo on Twitter and I thought it would be a good idea to have his impressions in a blog post. When we started discussing the opportunity to do it, Cory told me this was not really something he has done done before and that it might be small. Well...
This past weekend, September 26-28 2014, I attended the Edmonton Comic & Entertainment Expo. This was the third year for the Expo and it has grown each year. The attendance grew from last year's 25,000 people over the weekend to 47,000 according to Edmonton Expo's tweet on September 28. I have attended all three years and it's great to see it picking up such momentum. I have also attended Calgary's Expo since 2011 and I can say it's a great set of conventions to go to as the Staff and Volunteers always do a fantastic job with them.
The Expo in Calgary and Edmonton always draws a wide variety of guests to suit many different tastes, and this year was no exception. There was represenation from the origial A-Team with Dirk Bennedict and Dwight Schultz, Superman Dean Cain, rock legend Alice Cooper, cosplayer Jessica Nigri, sci-fi stars from Falling Skies - Noah Wyle (who made his first con appearance) and character actor Doug Jones. Also present was Mads Mikkelsen, star of Hannibal, and one of the personal favourites of the Expo's own miss Emily Expo. We even got a one-day appearance from two of the stars of the popular comedy series The Big Bang Theory, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar (Howard and Raj).
Many conventions are also blessed to get representation from actors who have appeared within the Whedonverse; the Expo this year garnered a whopping three of them. The first two starred in Joss Whedon's Angel, Amy Acker and J. August Richards, also known as Fred & Gunn; and, also on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, to name a couple. Of course the third appearance was by a Whedonverse veteran - Summer Glau.
I was fortunate to be able to meet Summer at the 2011 Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo (see picture to the right), and when she was announced as a guest on September 17 (two days after my birthday, talk about a great belated present), I'm pretty sure my heart skipped a few beats and I held my breath while I re-read the Expo's twitter announcement a couple of times. At that time I was anxiously waiting for the Expo to arrive, but with the announcement of Summer it couldn't come fast enough.
The first day of the expo was Friday the 26th. It was considered more of a preview day so there is a little less going on, it was also added this year as last year only had Saturday and Sunday. It gives people a chance to wander about, check out the multitudes of vendors and artists all showcasing their products and art. It's also a great time to grab autographs and photo-ops from the guests that are there that day, as there are less people in line. This first day also gives the convention staff an opportunity to find things they can improve on, often by getting feedback from the convention-goers, for the next day.
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The website of local newspaper Austin360.com listed their top 10 things to do in Austin in October, and Summer Glau is one of them. Or, to be more precise, Wizard World Austin Comic Con is listed in the 10 events worth experiencing and Summer Glau is mentioned prominently.
Austin Comic Con (Oct. 2-4. Austin Convention Center. $39.95-$79.95. www.wizardworld.com/austin.html)
Day two of the “con” is underway at 2 p.m. and will go on until 9 p.m. Austin Comic Con will be stocked with some pretty sweet guests, including Summer Glau of “Firefly,” Allison Mack of “Smallville,” ESPN’s Michael Smith and former WWE superstar the Undertaker. Aside from the special guest appearances, which come with autograph and photo opps, be on the lookout for all kinds of comics, video games and more.
Texas native Summer Glau is joining this year's Wizard World Austin Comic Con that will be held October 2-3-4, 2014 at the Austin Convention Center, Austin, Texas. Note that Summer will be appearing on Friday night and Saturday only.
Follow this link to see the complete article: 10 things to do in October
Thanks to Fireflyfanboy.com for the heads-up!
During the Whedonverse Q&A panel at the 2014 Edmonton Expo with Summer Glau, Amy Acker and J. August Richard, a member of the audience asked Summer to tell a little bit about her experience on Crackle's new legal thriller Sequestered. For the record, Canadians have not seen the first six episodes of Sequestered, all 12 episodes are coming to Canada on October 14, 2014.
On stage, Summer says that science fiction has offered her great characters, but this role in Sequestered was a wonderful challenge for her. In the first episode, her character Anna, one of the 12 jury members put in isolation for the duration of the trial, has strong convictions about the case itself, but all this is about to be turned upside down when her sister has been threatened. And the wide eyed, innocent girl is forced to really grow up, and she sees a part of herself she didn't know even existed.
Watch the video to hear Summer Glau talk about her challenging experience in Sequestered and encourage attendees to watch the series:
If you haven't seen the first six episodes of Sequestered yet, you can watch them for free at Crackle's website. Each episode is only 23 minutes, there is still plenty of time to binge watch the first part of the series. The second half of Season 1 will be available on October 14.
Stay tuned as we have some surprises in store for you but for the moment we can't tell you about them!
Go behind the scenes of Keith Urban's 'Long Hot Summer' video shoot to see how Summer Glau's trip to Malibu beach to meet with her beau was filmed. This making of has a few scenes that are not in the music video. Enjoy!
And if you haven't seen the music video itself or want to see it again, it's here: Summer Glau in Keith Urban's 'Long Hot Summer' music video
Screen captures of Summer Glau in the making of for Keith Urban's “Long Hot Summer” music video are up in the gallery. Here's a sample and follow the link to the gallery for the rest.
- Other Projects (incl. Shorts and Web Series) > Music Videos > Keith Urban 'Long Hot Summer' Making Of
Joe Lynch gives exclusive information about his Knights of Badassdom cut, reveals the name of a famous action star who has seen Lynch's cut and loved it, and gives hope to all the fans who wants to see the unreleased version of the horror comedy starring Peter Dinklage, Summer Glau, Ryan Kwanten, Steve Zahn, Margarita Levieva, Danny Pudi and Jimmi Simpson.
Joe Lynch was at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas in September 2014 for the world premiere of his Salma Hayek high-octane, high-body count, bulletfest of an action movie 'Everly'. Entertainment site We Got This Covered interviewed Lynch about Everly but could not pass the opportunity to talk about Knights of Badassdom.
Here's an excerpt from Lynch's interview:
Kurt Russell watched *my cut* of Knights Of Badassdom and said it was better than Ghostbusters. MY CUT! Not the one that went out, the version I had.
Lynch must be particularly proud to have been validated by Snake Plissken himself, since he revealed his son’s middle name is "Plissken". Verily!
Later in the interview, Lynch talks about scenes that were cut in the released version and why.
WGTC: So I have to end talking about Knights Of Badassdom. Your cut exists. People have seen it. Kurt freaking Russell has seen it and loved it. Others rave about it. Why hasn’t the public seen it yet and when are we going to? This is something that needs to happen.
Joe Lynch: No comment! [winks emphatically] I’ll tell you this – eOne has approached me about [my cut]. The version released was extremely successful on VOD and Blu-Ray, EXTREMELY successful, and look, there’s a lot of fans of the movie. If you didn’t know anything about the controversy, you’d think it’s a fun little romp. It’s just unfortunate that I was never given a DGA (Directors Guild Of America) screening, and that’s mandatory. My version has been seen – Kurt Russell saw it and said it was better than Ghostbusters – do I need to say anymore? I was making The Goonies for grownups where the final product ended up being more Role Models with the little bit of blood they couldn’t cut out and were stuck with.
WGTC: I sat there watching Knights Of Badassdom knowing full-well your version probably contains so many decapitations, bloody battles, and absolute insanity, and THAT’S what I want to see. Is that pretty on-point?
Joe Lynch: Oh completely, but it’s not even that. There’s a whole 10 minute ending that was cut purely for financial reasons. They didn’t want to finish the special effects and the owner didn’t like someone’s dress. I was like, “Come on, really? That’s the reason why?” He was like, “No, of course not!” Yea, whatever, that was the reason why.
But yes, someday my version will be released, it will definitely happen.
Source: We Got This Covered
Can't wait to see Joe Lynch's version of Knights of Badassdom, a.k.a. "Tyrion Lannister and River Tam go LARPing"! Please make it happen.
Artist Jason Palmer, well known in the science-fiction universe for his various rendition of characters from Battlestar Galactica, Firefly and others, did an Edmonton Comic & Entertainment Expo exclusive print that was available at his booth, featuring all the media guests in one picture.
In Palmer's 2014 Edmonton Expo print (see picture below), you'll recognize (from left to right) Hannibal's Mads Mikkelsen, Firefly, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Arrow's Summer Glau holding two swords, Angel and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s J. August Richards, The Big Bang Theory's Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar, Hellboy's Doug Jones, Falling Skies's Noah Wyle, Angel and Dollhouse's Amy Acker, The A-Team and Battlestar Galactica's Dirk Benedict and Supernatural's Jim Beaver.
Palmer's version of Summer Glau featured in this print is a mix between River Tam from Firefly/Serenity (notice the sword she's holding in her left hand), Cameron from Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (the drawing is inspired by a TSCC promotional photo) and Isabel Rochev/Ravager from Arrow (notice the sword in her right hand and her tactical belt).
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Head over to the gallery for the photos of Summer Glau, Amy Acker and J. August Richard at Edmonton Expo.
The Edmonton Expo released lovely pictures of Summer Glau, Amy Acker and J.Auguste Richards from the Whedonverse panel. It looks like the Whedon alums had a geat time on stage. Enjoy!
UPDATE: We have also added into the gallery UHQ photos taken by Flickr user Stever Potter (shared under a creative commons licence).
- Public Events > Events in 2014 > Edmonton Comic & Entertainment Expo, September 27 - 28, 2014
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It has been a great few days for new Summer Glau images and now we have yet another treat for you! We have added some new HQ and MQ production stills of Summer from Syfy's 2006 horror comedy Mammoth to the photo gallery! Some of the stills that we already had in the gallery have been replaced with better quality so you can pick apart every last detail of Summer's torn pants and splashes of mud on her face and t-shirt.
Check out these new HQ and MQ Mammoth stills below and follow the link to the gallery for more.
- Movies > Mammoth (2006) > Production Stills
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