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Thursday, May 5, 2016

VAMPIRES -- DVD Review by Porfle



No, they're not the "Dracula" or "Twilight" kind of vampires.  They're the figurative kind who "suck" people's life energy in order to stay young, which makes a creepy old university bustling with coeds returning from summer vacation the perfect place for them to hang out. Just as the name VAMPIRES (1986) also makes a not-that-exciting horror movie sound more exciting.

Rescued from obscurity by Film Chest's new DVD presentation, VAMPIRES was originally half of a little-known two-part anthology called FRIGHT HOUSE by co-writer (with James Harrigan) and director Len Anthony, whose only other credits are the even more obscure MURDEROUS INTENT (which, as of this writing, has yet to garner five votes on IMDb) and the George Romero documentary DOCUMENT OF THE DEAD. 

Slow going at only 70+ minutes, this must've been a real slog as part of the 110-minute FRIGHT HOUSE.  The film is palpably low-budget and has a dark, murky look that  might make you feel as though you're watching a very old VHS tape.  And when you aren't trying to make out what's going on visually, you'll be trying to piece together the fragmented plotline in which most of the potentially interesting action occurs off-camera.


Original NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD star Duane Jones is on hand as Dr. Harmon, who's always mulling over his Tarot cards and who seems to know a lot about the mysterious and reclusive benefactor to the college, Madame Madeline Abadon (Jackie James).  We're given clues as to her true nature pretty early, so it's not that hard to figure out her deal or what's happening to various students who are turning up missing. 

The script also lingers on a couple of young female students--Ione (Orly Benyar), worried about her missing boyfriend whom we earlier saw attacked by something unseen in a creepy basement, and Debbie (Robin Michaels), another student whose search for answers leads her to some shady experiments in immortality that occurred when the college was an asylum for the criminally insane.

Most of these details and the resulting plot developments are flung at the viewer the way Dr. Harmon deals out his Tarot cards, and are just as tricky to decipher.  Still, the film does at times have a certain watchability if one settles in with low expectations and a high degree of patience.


At other times, however, VAMPIRES is either comically bad or just plain dull.  An early scene featuring a coed alone in her dorm room is probably the most entertaining, since it not only opens the film with some gratuitous nudity (she takes a shower) but also presents us with one of the few instances of a horror film character being sucked down her own toilet along with her boyfriend during sex. (The actual suckage occurs off-camera, of course, accentuated by the sound of a courtesy flush.)

Performances are a bit on the amateurish side, with some exceptions. Jackie Jones is watchable as Madame Abadon mainly because her impressive looks give her a certain charisma.  Jones, meanwhile, is beloved by NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD fans but given much less of a character to work with here and comes off as rather unremarkable. 

The DVD from Film Chest Media Group is in 4x3 full screen with original mono sound.  No subtitles or extras.  Closed captions are available, which is always a big plus for us hard-of-hearing viewers. 

If you recall having to settle for the last movie on the video store shelf after all the good stuff was already checked out, you may feel that way when watching VAMPIRES.  It's a less-than-stellar viewing experience, but a certain amount of enjoyment can be wrung from it if you squeeze hard enough.

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Rooster Teeth Announces "Red vs. Blue: The Chorus Trilogy" Limited Edition SteelBook



RED VS. BLUE: THE CHORUS TRILOGY
TO BE RELEASED IN A NEW LIMITED EDITION STEELBOOK®

First ever 'Red vs. Blue' SteelBook® collects Seasons 11 - 13
of longest running web series in history


Austin, TX - Friday, April 22, 2016 - As fans prepare for the online premiere of Red vs. Blue: Season 14 this summer, Rooster Teeth and Cinedigm (NASDAQ: CIDM) are excited to announce a first for the longest-running web series in history. "The Chorus Trilogy" story arc, otherwise known as Red vs. Blue: Seasons 11- 13, will be re-released as a new Blu-ray set in a limited edition, collectible Blu-ray SteelBook® on June 28th.

For this first-ever Red vs. BlueSteelBook® release, the Rooster Teeth Animation creative team worked closely with Scanavo's design team to produce the amazing new artwork featured on the SteelBook® cover and interior.

"We're ecstatic not only to collect the entire Red vs. Blue: The Chorus Trilogy into one set, but for RvB to be Rooster Teeth's very first SteelBook release! We love the case's art design and hope the fans will be as proud as us to have such a cool edition on their shelves," said Gray G. Haddock, Head of Rooster Teeth Animation.

"Scanavo believes in injecting an element of fun into our work, a philosophy that is shared by the incredibly talented team at Rooster Teeth.  As a result, we've been able to produce an innovative SteelBook® that will surprise, delight, and hopefully bring some magic to the unboxing experience," said SteelBook® Division Senior Creative Marcin Pogorzelski of Scanavo North America.

Synopsis: Once again the misfits from Blood Gulch find themselves stuck in the most worthless piece of real estate in the galaxy, or so they think.  When dark forces begin to align against them, they suddenly realize that there's a lot more at stake than just being rescued. Stranded on the planet Chorus, the Reds and Blues must convince two enemy armies to join forces or suffer complete annihilation at the hands of a bloodthirsty warlord. "The Chorus Trilogy" (Red vs. Blue: Seasons 11 - 13) is as hilarious as it is thrilling. Between deadly mercenaries, alien artifacts and old rivalries, our hapless heroes are in for the fight of their lives in the longest running sci-fi/comedy series in American history.

THE CHORUS TRILOGY (RED VS. BLUE: SEASONS 11 - 13) STEELBOOK®
Territory:        US & Canada     Format:      Blu-Ray
Language:      English              Color:         Yes
Widescreen:   Yes                    Length:       360 min          
Year:                2016                 Rating:        NR
Genre:             Action/Comedy


About Rooster Teeth
Rooster Teeth is a pioneering studio responsible for some of the biggest online series in history, such as the award-winning and longest-running web series, "Red vs. Blue." Rooster Teeth also produces the globally acclaimed animated series "RWBY," the first western anime series to be distributed in Japan, the award-winning "Rooster Teeth Podcast," and "Immersion," a reality format that brings video game theory to the real world. With a massive global footprint of more than 25 million subscribers to its YouTube Network, 3 million unique monthly visitors to its RoosterTeeth.com hub and 1.8 million registered community members, Rooster Teeth was founded by Matt Hullum, Burnie Burns, Gus Sorola, Geoff Ramsey, and Joel Heyman in 2003, and is now a subsidiary of Fullscreen, Inc., a global youth media company that develops online creators and produces multi-platform entertainment experiences. Discover more at http://www.roosterteeth.com.

About Cinedigm
Cinedigm is the leading independent content distributor in the United States, with direct relationships with over 60,000 physical and digital retailers, including Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Target, iTunes, Netflix, and Amazon.  The company's library of over 32,000 titles and episodes encompasses award-winning documentaries from Docurama Films®, next-gen Indies from Flatiron Film Company®, acclaimed independent films and festival picks through partnerships with the Sundance Institute and Tribeca Films and a wide range of content from brand name suppliers, including National Geographic, Discovery, Scholastic, WWE, NFL, Shout Factory, Hallmark, Jim Henson and more.  Cinedigm proudly distributes numerous Oscar®-nominated films, including The Invisible War, Hell and Back Again, GasLand, Waste Land and Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory; current and upcoming theatrical releases include Destin Daniel Cretton's highly acclaimed Short Term 12,  Godfrey Reggio's Visitors, Penny Lane's Our Nixon and Shaul Schwarz's Narco Cultura.

Cinedigm™ and Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp™ are trademarks of Cinedigm Corp www.cinedigm.com. [CIDM-G]

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"TRADED", a Gritty Period Western Starring Michael Pare, Kris Kristofferson and Trace Adkins, Rides into Theaters/VOD on June 10 from Cinedigm



REVENGE IS A BITTER DEAL IN THE GRITTY PERIOD WESTERN
"TRADED"


STARRING TRACE ADKINS, MICHAEL PARÉ AND
KRIS KRISTOFFERSON

Opening Theatrically June 10 in Top Markets Including New York,  Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia and Dallas, the Western Thriller from Cinedigm and Status Media Will Also Be Available Day-and-Date On Demand & Digital HD

 
                              TRADED Official Trailer (2016)

LOS ANGELES, CA - This June, revenge is a bitter deal in the period Western, TRADED, from Cinedigm and Status Media, starring country music star Trace Adkins (The Virginian, The Lincoln Lawyer), Michael Paré (Weaponized, Bone Tomahawk, The Lincoln Lawyer, Eddie and the Cruisers) and Country Music Hall of Famer, Golden Globe®-winner and American icon Kris Kristofferson (Blade franchise, A Star is Born, Two for Texas, Billy the Kid).  On June 10, the gritty drama will open theatrically in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, Washington, D.C., Houston, Phoenix, Denver and Kansas City, and day-and-date, be available on demand and Digital HD.

In 1880s Kansas, sharpshooter turned rancher, Clay Travis (Paré), goes from happily married father of two to a man on a mission after the disappearance of his 17 year-old daughter, Lily.  Determined to protect what little family he has left, Clay leaves his quiet ranch and heads to Wichita where, after confronting the ruthless Ty Stover (Adkins), he discovers that Lily's been traded away into an underground sex ring in Dodge City.  And it's there, with the help of an unlikely companion -- hardened old barkeep Billy (Kristofferson) -- that Clay makes a stand to bring his daughter home, leaving a trail of gunsmoke and bodies in his wake.


Filled with dramatic Western vistas and sweeping panoramas, TRADED, directed by Timothy Woodward Jr. (Weaponized, 4Got10), was shot in California and New Mexico, including locations in the Yucca Valley, Paramount Ranch and Big Sky Movie Ranch.  Co-stars include Tom Sizemore (Saving Private Ryan, Black Hawk Down), Martin Kove (The Karate Kid trilogy), Quinton Aaron (The Blind Side) and, in her theatrical debut, Kris' daughter, Kelly Kristofferson.

"As a small-town boy growing up in South Carolina, I was weaned on all the classic Westerns," said Woodward Jr. "So, to have the opportunity to helm an emotionally freighted story of frontier revenge set in the 19th century was more than a dream come true.  The highlight, obviously, for myself and the entire cast and crew was to watch a true legend, Kris Kristofferson, ply his trade in the same boots he wore in one of his first starring roles in Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid."

About Cinedigm
Cinedigm is a leading independent content distributor in the United States, with direct relationships with thousands of physical retail storefronts and digital platforms, including Wal-Mart, Target, iTunes, Netflix, and Amazon, as well as the national Video on Demand platform on cable television. The company's library of films and TV episodes encompasses award-winning documentaries from Docurama Films®, next-gen Indies from Flatiron Film Company®, acclaimed independent films and festival picks through partnerships with the Sundance Institute and Tribeca Films and a wide range of content from brand name suppliers, including National Geographic, Discovery, Scholastic, NFL, Shout Factory, Hallmark, Jim Henson and more.

Additionally, given Cinedigm's infrastructure, technology, content and distribution expertise, the Company has rapidly become a leader in the quickly evolving over-the-top digital network business. Cinedigm's first channel, DOCURAMA, launched in May 2014, and is currently available on iOS, Roku, Xbox and Samsung, with additional platforms currently being rolled out. Cinedigm launched CONtv, a Comic Con branded channel in partnership with WIZARD WORLD, on March 3, 2015. The Company's third OTT channel, DOVE CHANNEL, launched on September 15, 2015 and is a digital streaming subscription service targeted to families and kids seeking high quality and family friendly content approved by Dove Foundation.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Shark Thriller "The Shallows" New Trailer and Pics



THE SHALLOWS
Thriller
June 29, 2016


In the taut thriller The Shallows, when Nancy (Blake Lively) is surfing on a secluded beach, she finds herself on the feeding ground of a great white shark.  Though she is stranded only 200 yards from shore, survival proves to be the ultimate test of wills, requiring all of Nancy’s ingenuity, resourcefulness, and fortitude.


Directed by:                   Jaume Collet-Serra
Written by:                    Anthony Jaswinski
Produced by:                 Lynn Harris  Matti Leshem
Executive Producers:    Doug Merrifield  Jaume Collet-Serra
Cast:                              Blake Lively

This film is not yet rated by the Motion Picture Association of America.  For future rating information, please visit www.filmratings.com.  Credits not final


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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

"TOTAL FRAT MOVIE" -- Gravitas Ventures Acquires U.S. Rights to College Comedy



GRAVITAS VENTURES ACQUIRES U.S. RIGHTS TO COLLEGE COMEDY, ‘TOTAL FRAT MOVIE’

Based on popular college lifestyle website TotalFratMove.com,
the film will hit theaters and On Demand September 23


Los Angeles, CA (May 3, 2016) — Gravitas Ventures has secured U.S. rights to “Total Frat Movie” from Digerati Films, inspired by the hugely popular college lifestyle website TotalFratMove.com. Following in the footsteps of “Animal House” and “Old School,” the Greek life comedy about a fraternity searching for redemption and lost glory is slated for release in theaters and On Demand September 23. “Total Frat Move: The Book” was a 2013 New York Times Best Seller.

The cast includes Justin Deeley (“90210,” “Drop Dead Diva”), Nick Bateman (“Hobo with a Shotgun”), Rebecca Dalton (“Spun Out”), Alex House (“Todd and The Book of Pure Evil”) and features Tom Green (“The Tom Green Show,” “Road Trip”).

Charlie Martin (Deeley) couldn’t be happier to be the newest member of Alpha Chi Gamma. That is, until the rival Kappas sabotage their celebratory fireworks and the Alpha house is permanently shuttered. Just like that, Charlie’s dream of following in his late father’s footsteps, one of Alpha’s most legendary members, goes up in smoke. Three years later, a still distraught Charlie discovers a loophole in the school’s rules and presents his evidence to Dean Kravitz (Green). The dean agrees to reinstate the Alphas, but under one condition: get 15 members by the end of rush week. One problem: rush week starts in 24 hours.


“We are thrilled to be working with Gravitas Ventures and the team from Grandex productions,” said Executive Producers Brian Ross and Bob Sanitsky. “We are excited that Gravitas saw the potential of our debaucherous film. Their team’s unique approach will provide the biggest reach possible.  We look forward to working with them to bring this shockingly funny fraternity film to audiences everywhere.”

“This film captures the same spirit of classics like ‘Animal House,’ ‘Van Wilder,’ ‘Project X,’ and ‘Road Trip’.” said Dan Fisher, Sr. Director of Acquisitions from Gravitas. “We couldn’t be more excited to be working with the team from Total Frat Move.”

Digerati Principals Brian Ross and Bob Sanitsky are the Executive Producers of “Total Frat Movie,” directed by Warren P. Sonoda (“Swearnet: The Movie”). The film is written by Stephen Fromkin and Sacha Pavlovic. Bob Wertheimer produces, with, Fred Fuchs, Neil Bregman, and Jonathon Bronfman also serving as Executive Producers. The creative team also includes Production Designer Brian Verhoog, Director of Photography Sami Inayeh, Costume Designer Ann Dixon, and Editor Aden Ferrari Bahadori.

The deal was negotiated by Dan Fisher and Michael Lange for Gravitas, and with CAA on behalf of the filmmakers.

ABOUT GRAVITAS VENTURES

Gravitas Ventures is a leading all rights distributor of independent cinema. Founded in 2006, Gravitas connects independent filmmakers and producers with distribution opportunities across the globe. Working with more than 500 content partners, Gravitas Ventures has distributed thousands of films into over 100 million homes. Their most recent releases include Colin Hanks’ “All Things Must Pass,” “Being Evel” from Academy Award® winning director Daniel Junge and producer Johnny Knoxville, “Bleeding Heart” starring Jessica Biel and Zosia Mamet, “Backstreet Boys: Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of,” and “Barney Thomson” starring Robert Carlyle and Emma Thompson. For more information, please visit gravitasventures.com and follow @GravitasVOD on Twitter and @gravitasventures on Instagram.


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Monday, May 2, 2016

RWBY: VOLUME 3 -- Blu-ray/DVD Review by Porfle



I was a bit lost at first, coming in after two seasons as I did, but it doesn't take long to get caught up in what's going on in Rooster Teeth's American anime epic RWBY: VOLUME 3 (2016), a 2-disc Blu-Ray+DVD Combo Pack from Cinedigm. 

Once I picked up the threads of this sweeping tale of a futuristic world called "Remnant" in which super-powered teens train at academies to become hunters and huntresses in order to protect the world from evil, it was easy to get addicted and begin to dread the inevitable cliffhanger ending to the season (the bane of so many season DVD sets). 

The main team of wannabe huntresses is known as RWBY (pronounced "ruby") whose color-coded members consist of Ruby Red (red), Weiss Schnee (white), Blake Belladonna (black), and Yang Xiao Long (yellow).  At first they seem to be the usual girly-girls we find in such series as "K-On"--they're funny and sometimes a little ditzy in addition to being great athlete-warriors--but as the events of the story progress they and others around them reveal many levels of depth to their characters.


The script features a good mix of comedy and drama with very appealing character interplay.  This includes scenes of both the teens and their teachers, older siblings and relatives, guardians, etc. with plotlines growing increasingly complex with each episode until at last the fate of humanity hangs in the balance. 

The initial focus of the season is on a grand tournament involving teams from all academies, one which symbolizes the lasting peace achieved among the once-warring continents.  Team RWBY competes against other groups with acronyms such as SSSN ("sun"), JNPR ("juniper"), and CRDL ("cardinal").  Whenever the story gets a little slow, it's back to the arena for more adrenaline-fueled game play.

These sequences are loaded with frenetic fight action that's creatively directed and animated, with editing that is lightning quick but easy to follow.  The various characters and their individual powers and backstories come together in interesting ways during this segment as they either band together to face their foes or team up in different combinations.


By now we've come to like and identify with several of the good guys while the bad ones reveal hidden machinations that will set the stage for the season's spectacular final battle, which takes up much of the story's running time. 

When this begins, we get to see all those fighting skills we've been watching in the arena get put to practical use, and the result is a lengthy series of spectacular encounters between the teen heroes and an attacking army of deadly beast-creatures known as the Grimms.  In addition to them, one team of teen warriors will emerge as the villains and their leader will acquire a power that threatens massive death and destruction.

This entire sequence is enormously entertaining and pays off in all sorts of satisfying ways for anyone who likes PROJECT A-KO or similar types of anime.  Just when you think things couldn't get any more intense, we're assailed by still more visual wonders and wicked plot twists.


The creative people at Rooster's Teeth, headed by the late Monty Oum who was the show's creator and lead animator, have stocked this series with beautifully-designed settings and characters brought to life using 3D Poser technology and motion capture. 

This, along with great voice talent (and some really catchy songs) creates an eye-pleasing hybrid of old-school cel animation and computer generated cartoons which allows the characters considerable expression while freeing the writers to let their imaginations run wild.

The 2-disc Blu-ray/DVD combo pack from Rooster Teeth and Cinedigm contains two commentary tracks (directors and cast) and trailers along with five featurettes detailing the creative process behind the series ("Legacy of RWBY") and the World of Remnant itself ("The Tournament", "Huntsmen", "The CCT (Cross-Continental Transmit System)", "The Four Maidens").  The latter is especially moving and supplies backstory for one of the season's major plotlines. 

I don't often see a story escalate from colorful action-filled fun to catastrophic disaster epic the way RWBY: VOLUME 3 effortlessly does in its fast-moving and involving 176 minutes.  This is great anime entertainment that left me wanting more.

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Varese Sarabande to Release James Horner Blu-ray



VARÈSE SARABANDE RECORDS TO PAY TRIBUTE TO LEGENDARY COMPOSER
JAMES HORNER WITH BLU-RAY RELEASE

The 2013 Hollywood in Vienna Concert Features Breathtaking Concert Performances,
75-Minute Symposium, and Presentation of the Max Steiner Award


(April 29, 2016 – Los Angeles, CA) – Varèse Sarabande, in partnership with Tomek Productions, will release a very special Blu-ray marking the first anniversary of the passing of Academy Award®-winning composer James Horner (TITANIC, APOLLO 13, BRAVEHEART).  HOLLYWOOD IN VIENNA: THE WORLD OF JAMES HORNER was recorded in Vienna, Austria, as a part of a celebration of his life and music. At the annual film music gala, celebrating the world’s leading film composers and produced by Sandra Tomek, Horner was awarded by the City of Vienna with the “Max Steiner Film Music Achievement Award”.

 “For days following James’ death, while fans of his music were utterly consumed by their grief and understandably inconsolable, I began hearing from many of them how much they were helped by seeing footage of the Vienna concert,” said Varèse Sarabande producer Robert Townson.  “James called the experience ‘the most memorable moment in my life.’ We could see how his eyes were glistening and that the reality of what his music truly meant to people might actually be sinking in for the first time.”

“I am very glad that our concert celebration in Vienna was so special for James - and it’s lovely that we can share this special evening with many more thanks to this Blu-ray release by Varèse Sarabande,” said Tomek.


The ORF Vienna Radio-Symphony Orchestra, conducted by David Newman, paid tribute to Horner on October 3 and 4, 2013, with two concerts at the Vienna Konzerthaus. It was the first time in his career that Horner was an audience member at an orchestral concert of the beloved themes that he wrote.  This setting reinvigorated Horner's love of concert music and opened the composer up to exploring this new frontier in the years before his passing.

The repertoire performed included music from STAR TREK: THE WRATH OF KHAN, AVATAR, TITANIC and THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN.  Featured in a medley were Horner’s themes from WILLOW, A BEAUTIFUL MIND, APOLLO 13, ALIENS, THE MASK OF ZORRO and THE ROCKETEER.  Singer Deborah Cox was joined by pianist and singer Jeremy Schonfeld on a beautiful performance of “Somewhere Out There” from AN AMERICAN TAIL.  Geza Frank performed the Irish bagpipes on the always-riveting music from BRAVEHEART.  No retrospective of Horner’s work would be complete without TITANIC – featuring vocals by soprano Ildikó Raimondi.

This special weekend also included a symposium with Horner. “I cherish the time and opportunity I had with him at Hollywood In Vienna in 2013,” remembered Townson, who conducted the 75-minute discussion, also featured on the Blu-ray release.  “We discussed James’ memories of certain films and the creative process of composing.  He teared up three times during our talk and he told me that the concert tribute to him there was the first time he had heard his film music in a concert hall. The whole trip to Vienna was a very emotional experience for James, who had a special tie to the city through his father because he had spent his youth there.”

“Our symposium was held at the ‘Max Reinhardt Seminar’ of the Vienna University of Music, where James’ father, Harry Horner, studied stage design. It was the first time James came back to these locations. Those days were just magical, for him and for all of us,” Tomek stated.

Varèse Sarabande will release the HOLLYWOOD IN VIENNA: THE WORLD OF JAMES HORNER Blu-ray through major platforms and retailers in June 2016.



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Saturday, April 30, 2016

"May the Fourth Be With You" Day Kicks off Countdown to Fan Expo Dallas



May the Fourth Be With You Day Kicks off Countdown to Fan Expo Dallas

Unofficial Star Wars Holiday Means Only One Month to Texas’ Biggest Comics, Sci-Fi, Horror, Anime and Gaming Convention


DALLAS, April 29, 2016 – As every true Star Wars fan knows, Wednesday, May 4, is not just any day – it’s May the Fourth Be With You Day, the unofficial international holiday celebrating everything that happened a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. It also marks, nearly to the day, the month-long countdown to FAN EXPO DALLAS™, the largest convention for lovers of comics, sci-fi, horror, anime, gaming and more in the State of Texas, running from Friday, June 3, through Sunday, June 5, 2016, at the Dallas Convention Center.

FAN EXPO DALLAS will feature a Super Star Destroyer amount of celebrities, replicas and more for every fan of Star Wars, science fiction and pop culture. Among the celebrity guests will be Carrie Fisher, the actress who created the immortal character of Princess Leia, along with:

·         Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett, Star Wars Episodes III, V and VI)
·         Daniel Logan (Young Boba Fett, Star Wars Episode II)
·         James Arnold Taylor (Obi-Wan Kenobi, Star Wars: The Clone Wars)
·         The 501st Legion (world’s largest costumed fan club)
·         Rebel Legion (international costumed fan club)
·         Astromechs Builders (droid and prop builders)
·         Mandalorian Mercs (international costumed fan club)
·         Park Sabers (hand-made light sabers with electro-luminescent blades)

In addition, the 1,000-pound, 17-foot-long Roxy the Rancor – Jabba the Hutt’s terrifying “pet” from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi – will be on hand for free photos and to help raise money for the Make a Wish Foundation. Also at the expo will be a life-size replica of the Luggabeast from Star Wars: The Force Awakens and a full-scale replica landspeeder, just like Luke used in Star Wars: A New Hope. All of the replicas, as well as the celebrities and fan clubs, will be available for photos.


Other appearances will include Doctor Who’s Peter Capaldi, Michelle Gomez and Jenna Coleman together for the first time in North America; Stan “The Man” Lee (co-creator of Spider-Man, the Avengers, X-Men and innumerable other Marvel Comics characters); original Star Trek cast members William Shatner, George Takei and Nichelle Nichols; Hollywood icons John and Joan Cusack; creative genius Frank Miller (Dark Knight III); and performers from Batman, SpongeBob SquarePants, Netflix’s Jessica Jones, Angel, The Vampire Diaries, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Arrow, Pretty Little Liars, Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Agent Carter, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and more.

“May the Fourth Be With You has become an international day to celebrate not just Star Wars but also the childlike sense of awe and wonder in all of us,” said Andrew Moyes, show director for FAN EXPO DALLAS. “Helping to create that same feeling for the fans at Fan Expo Dallas is one of the greatest joys of the event.”

For the full list of appearances and family-friendly activities, tickets and other information, please visit www.fanexpodallas.com. Stay connected with the show for announcements and updates by registering for their newsletter, and following them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. For vendor information, please click here. Those interested in volunteering can find more information here. Accredited media can request press passes by applying for accreditation at www.fanexpodallas.com/press.


About FAN EXPO DALLAS

FAN EXPO DALLAS is the largest comics, sci-fi, horror, anime and gaming event in Texas and is quickly growing into one of the largest events in North America. It is packed with exciting, family-friendly activities and celebrity guests. The pop culture extravaganza is host to 50,000 fans at the Dallas Convention Center for the three-day annual event.

FAN EXPO HQ is one of the largest entertainment convention groups in North America. Collectively it hosts over 300,000 fans annually at FAN EXPO CANADA™, FAN EXPO VANCOUVER™, FAN EXPO REGINA™, Toronto ComiCon, MegaCon Orlando, FAN EXPO DALLAS and two other Dallas shows.

For more information, please visit the FAN EXPO DALLAS website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. General inquiries can be sent to info@fanexpohq.com, exhibitors can contact exhibitor@fanexpohq.com and questions about tickets can be sent to tickets@fanexpohq.com.



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