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8 items from 2014

The 2014 Montreal comic-con a success despite disappointments

16 September 2014 4:46 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

If you weren’t at this year’s Montreal Comic-con, which was held from the 12th until the 14th of September at the Palais des Congres, then did you ever miss out. Although the Montreal convention isn’t normally known for its selection of guests, this year the con managed to not just pull in a few stars, but a few living legends too.

Gracing the city with his iconic presence was legendary film writer and director, George A. Romero. The man who invented zombies with his film Night Of The Living Dead (1968) not only came to Montreal, not only had his own Q&A panel with Ken Foree (known best for his work in Dawn Of The Dead, 1978), but had a booth where fans of his work could meet him one on one and speak with him. He was down to earth, quick as a whip, and a genuinely »

- Caitlin Marceau

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20 Most Cringeworthy Star Trek: The Next Generation Moments

28 July 2014 9:11 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Don’t get us wrong: we love The Next Generation. If there’s a gold standard for a Trek series to live up to – beyond the Classic series, of course – it’s Tng. But much like the Classic series, Tng has several moments during its seven-year run that make many of even the most ardent fans embarrassed to be watching, especially if it’s with a non-fan sort likely to say “What is up with this crap?”

Unlike in other Trek series, the cringe in Tng follows a rough inverted bell curve: there’s a lot of it in the first season, slightly less by the second, and progressively less until we hit fifth season, after which point the bad often seems to outweigh the good. So don’t be surprised if this list seems weighted heavily towards the first two and last two seasons – Tng is not Voyager, which »

- Tony Whitt

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LeVar Burton recruits 'Star Trek' stars to meet new 'Reading Rainbow' Kickstarter goal

12 June 2014 4:41 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

LeVar Burton is "sweetening the pot" to reach his next "Reading Rainbow" Kickstarter goal. The host and former "Star Trek: The Next Generation" star has recruited a slew of "Star Trek" actors for a series of "Reading Rainbow" live events that will be available for backers who give between $1,200 and $1,700 to the campaign, according to the official "Reading Rainbow" Kickstarter page. The events will see Burton and other former "Star Trek" actors including William Shatner and Patrick Stewart reading from children's books and - at the $1,700 level - participating in an intimate meet-and-greet session with qualifying audience members. Split into four events, the other "Star Trek" actors tapped to participate include Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, Michael Dorn, Robert Picardo ("The Men of Star Trek"), Kate Mulgrew, Marina Sirtis, Gates McFadden and Jeri Ryan ("The Women of Star Trek"). Shatner and Stewart will each be getting their own solo live-reads alongside Burton. »

- Chris Eggertsen

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Patrick Stewart to Read at a Reading Rainbow Kickstarter Event

12 June 2014 9:45 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

A couple weeks ago, LeVar Burton announced a Kickstarter to raise $1 million to make Reading Rainbow more accessible to all children through the web and in-school programs. They quickly passed that goal (which brought Burton to tears), so Burton set his sights higher — $5 million. He's already at $3.6 million, but he has a plan to sweeten the pot. Burton will be hosting four Star Trek reading events in Los Angeles: one featuring classic women (Kate Mulgrew, Marina Sirtis, Gates McFadden, and Jeri Ryan), one with classic men (Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, Michael Dorn, and Robert Picardo), one with William Shatner, and one with Patrick Stewart. Tickets for each will be released incrementally, with early ticket buyers rewarded with a lower price. Right now it's $1,200 for three tickets, and $1,700 for three tickets with a meet-and-greet. Beam yourself over to the Kickstarter page if you're interested. »

- Jesse David Fox

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Patrick Stewart Facts: 27 Things You (Probably) Don't Know About the 'X-Men' Star

23 May 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Born to humble beginnings, Sir Patrick Stewart has worked his way up to become one of the most recognizable stars today.

The veteran stage actor was prolific as a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company for over a decade. However, it wasn't until the late 1980s that Stewart broke out on screen, portraying Captain Jean-Luc Picard on "Star Trek: The Next Generation." Riding that wave, he was cast as the iconic Professor Charles Xavier in the film adaptation of the "X-Men" comic books. This summer, Stewart reprises the role of the mutant Xavier once again in Bryan Singer's "X-Men: Days of Future Past."

From the actor's early work as a journalist to his "bodacious man" award, here are 27 things you probably don't know about Patrick Stewart.

1. Stewart was born in Yorkshire, England to Gladys Barrowclough, a weaver and textile worker, and Alfred Stewart, a Regimental Sergeant Major in the British Army. »

- Jonny Black

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Dallas Comic-Con Thrives in New Location

22 May 2014 9:47 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

I'll be the first to admit my pessimistic attitude when it was announced a few months back that Dallas Comic-Con was sold to FanExpo out of Canada. I felt as if my hometown event was being invaded upon and diluted. How could a company out of Canada know what us hard-to-please folks in Texas really want? After this year's Dallas Comic-Con, I can tell you they know a whole lot about what we Southerners are looking for than you would think.

With the exception of maybe one show, I've attended every Sci-Fi Expo and Comic-Con that's taken place for the past thirteen years. I was there when the events alternated between the Plano Centre and the Richardson Civic Center. I covered the very first show at the Irving Convention Center. The crowds have grown steadily bigger, but not the way most ones gradually do. Maybe it's my imagination, but it »

- (Eric Shirey)

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Dallas Comic-Con Unites Geek Cultures This Coming Weekend

12 May 2014 12:59 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

There are many reasons to be excited for the upcoming Dallas Comic-Con. For one, it's finally moving into a bigger facility that should better accommodate the growing crowds. Pair that with the most impressive guest list yet and it should equal an experience attendees will not soon forget.

After a few years at the Irving Convention Center, the event is making the big transition. It's re-locating to the larger and more centrally located Dallas Convention Center. In its 13th year, Dallas Comic-Con boasts over 600,000 square feet of media guests, vendors, and other geek-friendly attractions.

Comic book guests include the legendary Stan Lee. He'll be signing autographs, posing for photos, and greeting fans. Other artists appearing include David Finch (Forever Evil), Mark Bagley (Ultimate Spider-Man), Jimmy Palmiotti (All-Star Western, Harley Quinn), Amanda Conner (Harley Quinn), Len Wein (Wolverine, Swamp Thing), Yanick Paquette (Swamp Thing), Greg Land (Iron Man, Mighty Avengers), Bernie Wrightson (Swamp Thing, »

- (Eric Shirey)

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Destination Star Trek Frankfurt: Press Conference Report

22 February 2014 2:57 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

The Las Vegas Star Trek convention may the biggest but ‘Destination Star Trek’ is fast becoming the European equivalent and this year it has moved from London to Frankfurt, Germany.

A number of the Star Trek alumni are in attendance but the highlights are William Shatner and Karl Urban who are the headline guests. William Shatner is also scheduled to moderate a Next Generation cast reunion.

The Next Generation cast have spent most of the last two years having reunions at various events across the globe, mainly thanks to the 25th Anniversary of the show (they should really start calling them a Tng gathering); it will be interesting to see William Shatner interact with the cast even if Patrick Stewart is not on the bill.

At the press conference this morning, the jet lagged stars were wheeled out to answer some questions. Apart from them all being very happy to be in Germany, »

- Amarpal Biring

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