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Comics Legend Coming To Vancouver

12 December 2012 1:03 PM, PST | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

Vancouver's 2013 Fan Expo is getting huge fan cred with the confirmation that Stan Lee will attend the convention.

Reps confirm that Lee will visit his first-ever Vancouver comics convention April 20 to 21, 2013.

Lee, 89, helped create some of the most famous comic characters including Spider-Man, Iron Man, the Hulk and the Fantastic Four.

He'll appear in Vancouver with David Prowse, who played Darth Vader in "Star Wars," and "Boondock Saints" actors Norman Reedus and Sean Patrick Flanery.

Comic book artists appearing at the convention include David Finch, who illustrated "Batman: The Dark Knight" and Neal Adams, who has drawn characters such as Green Arrow and X-Men. »

- The Huffington Post B.C.

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Man Of Steel: Superman Henry Cavill Discusses The Trend Of Foreigners Playing Superheroes

26 November 2012 1:26 PM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Why aren't more American actors being cast as superheroes? Over the past decade Hollywood has cast a surprising amount of British, Australian and Canadian actors into these roles, which is something that would seem foreign just a few decades ago. Heck, David Prowse, the actor that played Darth Vader in Star Wars wasn't even allowed to audition for Richard Donner's Superman just because he wasn't American. But in today's world many high-profile superhero roles like Batman (Christian Bale), Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield), and Superman (Henry Cavill) have been portrayed by English actors. X-Men's Wolverine and Marvel's Thor are being portrayed by two Australian actors, Hugh Jackman and Chris Hemsworth. These roles are even being outsourced to our neighbors from the north, Canadian actor, Ryan Reynolds, just recently played Green Lantern. No Way, Eh! Henry Cavill discusses that controversy with Details Magazine. "I suppose it's a fluke," says Cavill. "It's »

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Photos: Japandroids - St. Louis, Mo.

26 November 2012 1:00 PM, PST | Pastemagazine.com | See recent PasteMagazine news »

On the first song of Japandroids’ sold-out show at Firebird in St. Louis, Mo., drummer David Prowse broke his kick pedal in half. This proved to be an accurate predictor of how hard they would play the rest of the show as Prowse and guitarist Brian King ripped through a set that heavily featured tracks from their recent release Celebration Rock. They also dusted off some songs from their first two EPs as an apology for having not been in St. Louis for so many years. Openers Swearin’ managed to pack 16 songs into their half-hour opening slot. Paste photographer »

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Darth Vader to Return in New Star Wars Trilogy?

13 November 2012 3:54 AM, PST | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

According to UK's Express, Darth Vader will return in the new "Star Wars" trilogy despite the fact that he sacrificed himself to save his son Luke Skywalker in "Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi." According to the newspaper's sources, Disney didn't buy Lucasfilm to keep one of the most iconic fictional character dead. "[Darth Vader is] an integral part of the franchise," said one of the sources. "Replacing him is virtually impossible. The plan is for him to return and play a significant role in the new films." Vader was previously portrayed by David Prowse in the original trilogy and by Hayden Christensen in the prequels. It's not clear who will portray him in the new films, but according to the newspaper: "Darth Vader will rise from the ashes." "Star Wars: Episode 7" is set to hit theaters during the Summer of 2015. »

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Hollywood Costume Exhibition Opens at the V&A in London

25 October 2012 5:56 PM, PDT | Clothes on Film | See recent Clothes on Film news »

In development since 2007 and nurtured for at least 20 years by curator Deborah Nadoolman Landis since her days as president of the Costume Designers’ Guild (Cdg), the exhibition ‘Hollywood Costume’ finally opens at the V&A museum. This is the costume exhibition to end all costume exhibitions; everything from Judy Garland’s gingham pinafore and ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz, to Keira Knightley’s burgundy silk gown from Anna Karenina, to Robert De Niro’s ‘King Kong Company’ jacket, check shirt, jeans and even boots from Taxi Driver. Hollywood Costume is a rush; an awe-inspiring journey through the meaning and history of contemporary, period and mo-cap costume design utilising projections, interviews, lectures from A-list actors, installations and even a specially commissioned score.

So what to expect when you finally beat the queues and stroll in the front doors? We shall not give too much away because surprise is part of the enjoyment, »

- Chris Laverty

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How Crazy Movie Rumors Happened Before The Internet

24 October 2012 11:35 AM, PDT | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

There was once a rumor, for an upcoming movie titled "The Empire Strikes Back," that Han Solo -- not known for his lightsaber skills -- would find himself in a duel with Darth Vader. During this duel, the two combatants' lightsabers would become fused, with an end result of Han and Vader's "life forces" combining -- creating quite the conundrum for Luke Skywalker. (If Luke kills Vader, then he would also kill his friend Han.)

There was also another rumor about "The Empire Strikes Back": Mick Jagger would compose the score.

Obviously, those outlandish rumors never happened -- but they are the kind of crazy development story that one might find on the Internet today. If you don't believe me, maybe go back and check out some of those "The Dark Knight Rises" rumors. In the late 1970s, however, there was no Internet to accelerate or decelerate unfounded rumors such as the examples above. »

- The Huffington Post

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Face off: Looper and the movie mask trend

18 October 2012 9:51 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

From Darth Vader to Judge Dredd, a mask can make a man – and it could prolong the careers of Hollywood's heartthrobs

From the moment Dredd gets dispatched to clean up a futuristic mess in a dystopian-era society where things are not running smoothly, until the moment the futuristic mess is cleaned up, leading man Karl Urban never takes off his helmet. Not even to rub some perspiration off his sweaty brow. All you see throughout the film is the lower portion of his face. It makes him look like a grizzled, dystopian-era Roman centurion. Meanwhile, his sidekick, trainee judge Cassandra Anderson, played by Olivia Thirlby, never bothers to don a helmet, partly because it would interfere with the brainwaves she needs to read in her capacity as a psychic law-enforcement officer, but mostly because she is lovely, which Karl Urban is not.

None of this would be worth mentioning, except »

- Joe Queenan

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8 More Baffling and Awkward IMdB Profile Photos

9 October 2012 2:06 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

It’s back! Checking out some of the strangest profile pictures IMdB has to offer! If you missed round one, you can check it out here. To make things a bit stranger, you might notice that IMdB has since changed the profile photos of Zach Braff, Elijah Wood, and Robin Williams. Think that the article may have had something to do with it? Here’s hoping! Though, these are much better photos of those gentlemen, wouldn’t you agree?

Now, I’ll just try to let myself in on the joke. Back when I was young and naive, I, myself, put up a resume on IMdB. It’s still there. You can still find it. There’s nothing to it but three awful pictures of my high school freshman self doing stupid poses in weird locations. So, without what I’m about to do, I have no place saying how »

- Cameron Domino Carpenter

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Today in Horror History: Hammer Double Feature

8 October 2012 4:00 PM, PDT | FEARnet | See recent FEARnet news »

On October 8, way back in 1970, Hammer Films released a double bill of The Horror of Frankenstein and Scars of Dracula.

Horror of Frankenstein is one of many Hammer frankenfilms and falls into the mon-com category (monster comedy). Co-written and directed by Jimmy Sangster, Horror of Frankenstein stars Ralph Bates as Victor Frankenstein. Bates was cast to give the movie “youth appeal” and is portrayed as the young, sexy-pants version of the old standard. Kate O’Mara of Hammer’s The Vampire Killers, plays his housekeeper/bed warmer. David Prowse who is best known as Darth Vader in Star Wars portrays the square-headed, muscle-bound monster, who could easily be a WWF star today. He played Frankenstein for Hammer one more time, in Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell.

The general gist of the story is when Victor Frankenstein isn’t killing neighbors to piece together his monster, he’s frolicking with his maid. »

- Sara Castillo

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Morning Meme: Sir Ian Finds "The Hobbit" Coins "Splendiferous," Big Bird Joins "Weekend Update," and Rosie O'Donnell Wants To Buy Honey Boo Boo a House

8 October 2012 5:28 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Sir Ian McKellen has given his blessing to the new stamps and coins that New Zealand is issuing in honor of The Hobbit. "To put Gandalf on these splendiferous coins is a wizard idea." The coins are legal tender, and feature several characters.

This article about parents wanting to help their kids come out is touching, and reminds me that 15 years ago this month I came out to my mom, who had a fairly typical reaction, but also said "I guess I've always known." Thanks, mom.

There's a push underway to locate and preserve the British episodes of Fraggle Rock in the run up to the anniversary of the show. I wasn't aware that the British episodes were different, with The Captain, his lighthouse and Sprocket substituting for Doc and his workshop. Only 12 episodes of the British version are known to have survived.

SyFy has picked up a reality show »

- lostinmiami

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Vampire Circus – A Look Back at 1972

6 September 2012 8:55 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The St. Louis Globe-Democrat is a monthly newspaper run by Steve DeBellis, a well know St. Louis historian, and it.s the largest one-man newspaper in the world. The concept of The Globe is that there is an old historic headline, then all the articles in that issue are written as though it.s the year that the headline is from. It.s an unusual concept but the paper is now in its 25th successful year! Steve and I collaborated last year on an all-Vincent Price issue of The Globe and I’ve been writing a regular movie-related column since. Since there is no on-line version of The Globe, I  post all of my articles here at We Are Movie Geeks as well. In honor of the 40th anniversary of Blueberry Hill, the landmark St. Louis restaurant and music club that.s filled with pop culture memorabilia, this month.s St. »

- Tom Stockman

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"Fan Expo" Toronto 2012: Enter Gillian Anderson

2 September 2012 6:01 AM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

From TorontoCatwoman.Com, Sneak Peek a clip from Hobbystar Marketing's 18th "Fan Expo Canada",  @ the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, August 23-26, 2012  celebrating comic books, animation, science fiction, horror and video gaming genres.

Special celebrity film guests included actors Gillian Anderson and William B. Davis ("The X-Files"), Julie Benz ("Dexter"), Tom Noonan ("Manhunter"), LeVar Burton ("Star Trek: The Next Generation"), Norman Reedus ("The Walking Dead"), Christopher Lloyd ("Back To The Future"), Kate Mulgrew ("Star Trek Voyager"), Joe Flanigan ("Stargate Atlantis"), Lou Ferrigno ("The Incredible Hulk"), David Prowse ("Star Wars"), director John Carpenter ("The Thing"), and Marvel superhero creator Stan Lee

Over 80,000 fans attended this year's Fan Expo Toronto, with 700 exhibitors/retail vendors offering booths and displays covering over 400,000 square feet.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Fan Expo 2012 : The Girls"...

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- M. Stevens

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'Star Wars' David Prowse talks feud with George Lucas

26 August 2012 3:05 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Star Wars actor David Prowse has spoken about his long-time feud with George Lucas. The British actor appeared in the first trilogy of Star Wars films inside the costume of Darth Vader, while the voice was provided by James Earl Jones. Prowse was also replaced by Sebastian Shaw when Darth Vader's mask was lifted in Return of the Jedi. On James Earl Jones's casting, he told Yahoo Movies: "The thing that hurt was it was all done without telling me. It was all done in a very underhand way. I didn't like it one little bit." Prowse was banned from all official Star Wars conventions in 2010, reportedly due to his leaking of movie plots at the time of filming. The actor explained that he worsened his relationship with the director by accidentally (more) »

- By Tom Eames

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"Fan Expo Canada" - August 23- 26, 2012

14 August 2012 2:47 PM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Confirmed guests attending the 2012 "Fan Expo Canada",  @ the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, August 23-26,  celebrating comic books, animation, science fiction and video gaming, will include actors Rose McGowan ("Charmed"), Gillian Anderson and William B. Davis ("The X-Files").

Also confirmed are actors Julie Benz ("Dexter"), LeVar Burton ("Star Trek: The Next Generation"), Jamie Bamber ("Battlestar Galactica") and Norman Reedus ("The Walking Dead").

Screenwriter David Hayter ("Watchmen") will also attend with director John Carpenter ("The Thing") and more confirmed actors including Chris Sarandon ("The Night Before Christmas"), Kate Mulgrew ("Star Trek Voyager"), Joe Flanigan ("Stargate Atlantis"),  Amanda Tapping ("Stargate"),  Lou Ferrigno ("The Incredible Hulk"), John Barrowman ("Doctor Who"), Alan Tudyk ("Firefly"), David Prowse ("Star Wars"),  Sean Patrick Flannery ("The Boondock Saints") and Christopher Lloyd ("Back to The Future").

With more than 80,000 fans expected and 700 exhibitors/retail vendors covering over 400,000 square feet, the event will also present a special 'Masquerade Ball', the official »

- M. Stevens

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Darth Vader Actor On George Lucas Conflict And Almost Playing Chewbacca

8 August 2012 9:38 AM, PDT | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

Everyone knows that James Earl Jones voices Darth Vader, but does anyone stop to think about the man under the suit? It wasn't Jones walking around in stifling heat for the original Star Wars trilogy -- it was British actor David Prowse.

Moviefone chatted with Prowse over the phone about wearing the iconic costume, his mysterious conflict with George Lucas and throwing the Emperor over the balcony.

So just to clarify, you were in the Darth Vader suit the entire time?

The entire time; the first three movies. Star Wars, Empire, and Jedi. I also did all the dialogue through the three movies. Everything I was saying was coming through the mouth, which was obviously useless for production purposes. [Laughs] When they finished filming, they brought all the footage back to America, so they had to choose whether to pay to bring me over there to Hollywood to do all the overdubbing of the voice, »

- Chris Jancelewicz

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Five Albums You Should Be Listening To Right Now: Pitchfork Festival

8 July 2012 5:01 PM, PDT | Nerve | See recent Nerve news »

AudioPlayer.setup("http://www.nerve.com/files/players/audio/player.swf", { width: 350 }); Five Albums You Should Be Listening To Right Now: Pitchfork Festival The best picks from Chicago's Pitchfork Music Festival, in your very own home. by Tyler Grisham and Larry Fitzmaurice Every now and again, Nerve asks the titans of the blogsphere for their music recommendations. This week's picks come straight from the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago, which is happening July 13-15. Tyler Grisham and Larry Fitzmaurice are editors at Pitchfork, and they were kind enough to grace us with their picks. You can find more information about Pitchfork Music Festival here. 1. Japandroids, Celebration Rock (2012) (Playing Friday 7/13 at 6:15 on the Blue stage) Vancouver's Brian King and David Prowse may call themselves Japandroids, but the hard-charging rock they bash out is no joke. The duo's second album, Celebration Rock, is an all-killer-no-filler [...] »

- Tyler Grisham and Larry Fitzmaurice

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Japandroids’ Front Man on Celebration Rock, Ulcers, and Not Loving Vancouver’s Music Scene

26 June 2012 9:15 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Canadians are known for being polite. But they were awfully crappy to the Vancouver-based Japandroids, who felt so alienated from the insular local music scene that they actually broke up for a spell around 2008. Since then, the hard-touring duo has earned a rep for immediately rousing crowds with gleefully noisy garage-rock gems such as “Young Hearts Spark Fire ” and are getting critical high fives worldwide for their second studio album, Celebration Rock. Likewise smitten with the release, Vulture rang up unflinchingly optimistic singer-guitarist Brian King to test his mettle by asking him about a bunch of bummers: his love-hate relationship with Vancouver, his nagging health condition, and why he didn’t like Japandroids drummer David Prowse when they first met.Your perforated ulcer has interrupted your career a few times. How severe is this condition?Um, well, it depends on your point of view. I have a medical condition that »

- Nisha Gopalan

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'Star Wars' And The MTV Movie Awards: What Might Have Been

30 May 2012 8:00 AM, PDT | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

There were no MTV Movie Awards when “Star Wars” was released in 1977 (there was no MTV yet, either). If there were, it’s a safe bet that the film would have swept pretty much all of the categories. Aside from Movie of the Year and Best Cast, “Star Wars” would surely have blown away the competition in these races:

Best Male Performance: Harrison Ford (Han Solo)

Best Female Performance: Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia)

Best Comedic Performance: Anthony Daniels (C-3Po)

Breakthrough Performance: Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker)

Best On-Screen Transformation: Kenny Baker (R2-D2)

Best Fight: David Prowse/James Earl Jones (Darth Vader) vs. Alec Guinness (Obi-Wan Kenobi)

Best On-Screen Dirtbag: Peter Cushing (Grand Moff Tarkin)

Though the entire original “Star Wars” trilogy predated the Movie Awards, a notable honor was subsequently given to one of its most important figures. During the 1997 show, Chewbacca was given a Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by host Mike Myers. »

- Tami Katzoff

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5 Things You Might Not Know About 'The Empire Strikes Back'

21 May 2012 8:00 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

After thirty years, three terrible prequels and acres of spin-off material, the "Star Wars" brand has been somewhat tarnished. The fans are still legion, but it's become harder and harder to get excited about the series, and the highlights drift further and further from memory. That being said, we'll always a place for the original trilogy in our hearts, and much of that comes down to the second (or fifth) installment, 1980's "The Empire Strikes Back" Despite the success of the original, creator George Lucas seemed to have taken some of the criticism to heart, a took a back seat for the follow-up, handing over the directorial reins to his old film school professor Irvin Kershner ("The Eyes of Laura Mars," "The Flim-Flam Man") and hiring veteran screenwriter Leigh Brackett and bright young thing Lawrence Kasdan, who'd come to fame thanks to his as-yet-unmade scripts for "The Bodyguard" and "Continental Divide. »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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Kate Moss cut from Walk of Fame

18 May 2012 1:01 AM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Kate Moss has been snubbed from inclusion on a Walk of Fame in her home town. The supermodel does not make a short list of ten people from the town of Croydon, part of a borough of London, drawn up by civic leaders. A source told the Daily Star newspaper: 'She is by far the most famous face to ever come out of Croydon. She should be an automatic choice.' Those who have made the cut include comedian Ronnie Corbett, 81, who has lived in Croydon for many years and actor Dave Prowse, 76, who played Darth Vader in three 'Star Wars' films. Local councillors are hoping to mark a new pathway being built through the town centre with »

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