Category Archives: Television

An interview with Itt – Felix Silla at the All Night Flea Market

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It was recently this writer’s privilege and pleasure to have a chat with the actor, stuntman, and circus performer, Felix Silla.  This was during the Zurko Promotions, All Night Flea Market, in Wheaton, Illinois.

Felix Silla has played parts in many iconic films and shows of the past including “Star Trek,” “Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi,” “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century,” “Battlestar Galactica,” “The Monkees,” “Bonanza,” and “Petty Coat Junction.” He is, perhaps, best known for his role as Cousin Itt in “The Addams Family.”

During the interview, Mr. Silla spoke of some of his experiences in the film industry.

His favorite role was playing Litvak in “The Black Bird,” a sequel to “The Maltese Falcon,” where George Segal plays Sam Spade Jr.

He got his start in the 1963 filming of “A Ticklish Affair” where he was the stunt man for the children.  He had to wear a harness and helium balloons so that it looked like he was flying, hanging from the balloons.

One day during filming, they broke for lunch while he was still hanging from the 110 foot crane. He had to call down to them until they heard and got him down as they had forgotten he was up there.

He was in the movie “Indiana Jones and The Temple Of Doom” as the stuntman for the character Short Round. During the raft scene, he was tipped over and caught under the raft and almost drowned. Thankfully, he was rescued by the diver.

His dream role would be a western with Sophia Loren, but he expresses a doubt that such a movie will ever be made at this time in their lives.  While most dreams never come true, that would be a dream well worth seeing on the big screen!

Check out the interview with Felix then check out his website for future appearances and autographed photos.  Visit the Zurko Promotions site  for more about future events like the Chicago Civil War Show and The Haunted Halloween Flea Market.

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Oh, and do check out his series of interviews at Zurko Promotions events!

A truly addicting heroine, Taversia, at the International Steampunk Symposium

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Grant Wilson and Michael Richie
Grant Wilson and Michael Richie

Over the weekend at the Eastgate Holliday Inn, the attendees were treated to a number of special guests. Ghost Hunter, Grant Wilson and his partner in Rather Dashing Games, Michael Richie, were on hand to sign copies of their new novel “Brotherhood of the Strange”, book one of the Kingship: Tales of the Aether series. Frenchy and the Punk performed Friday night and Sunday afternoon and Sir Reginald Pikedevant, Esquire entertained Saturday night with Atlanta’s Dr. Q DJing. Unbeknownst to most attendees, Chicago’s superhero, the Crimson Catalyst, was in attendance in her secret identity, Taversia.

Grant Wilson and Taversia
Grant Wilson and Taversia

Taversia is an author and model and now lives in Indiana. So she no longer dons the crimson costume to go out and fight hunger on the streets of Chicago. While living in Chicago she would assume her Crimson Catalyst identity and take food to the homeless on the streets there. She wanted to bring attention to homelessness and hunger but not to put herself forward for the attention so she wore the costume as an anonymous attention getter.

Now she spends her time writing novels and, occasionally modeling. She has two novels out, “Viscountess” and “Countess.” Her novels involve the fall and rise of the heroine of her story in a post apocalyptic world. In the first novel, her airship is shot down and she is forced to fight her way back up to her former status and on to glory.

Check out the video interview, get the books and then follow Taversia on Twitter/Like her on Facebook!

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Comics, cosplay, and celebrities in the Big Easy with Wizard World

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The Eiffel Society in New Orleans
The Eiffel Society in New Orleans

This weekend Wizard World starts their 2015 comic convention schedule in the Big Easy, New Orleans.  Thursday night the con was kicked off with a gathering of press, guests, artists, and exhibitors at the Eiffel Society.  Celebrities present at the soiree included Lou FerignoJason David Frank, and New Orleans nerdlesque stars, Xena Zeit-Geist, and Remy Dee.

Kristen Hughey as Super Girl
Kristen Hughey as Super Girl

Friday the con officially started at 4 p.m. at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center with a Mardi Gras costume photo op on the show stage and panels from 4:30 to 8:15.  The last panel of the day was “COSTUMES + PLAYING = COSPLAY! So what does that actually mean?”  with Damian BeurerRiki “Riddle” LeCotey, and Kristen Hughey giving hints and humor from their cosplay experiences.

The night ended at Fulton Alley with the Creator Pro Am: Drink and Draw where artists and writers could come and compete in a writing and drawing competition.

Jumping for Joy with Eyeshine at Anime-ZING!
Johnny Yong Bosch and the Eyeshine guys with Sonny Strait, Christina Vee, and Robert “Lord Zedd” Axelrod

Today the con opens at 11 a.m. with panels, a variety of movie, television, comic, and cosplay special guests including a new trivia game show, “Last Fan Standing” with Bruce Campbell.  Mighty Morphin Power Ranger fans won’t want to miss Jason David Frank’s 3:00 p.m. panel with a Wizard World first appearance by Johnny Yong Bosch.  One of the highlights of Wizard World, the adult costume contest, goes from 7 – 9 p.m.

Xena Zeit-Geist as Batman in her Bat-Jammies at the opening of "Arkham ASS-YLUM!"
Xena Zeit-Geist as Batman in her Bat-Jammies at the opening of “Arkham ASS-YLUM!”

The convention continues Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 with the Wizard World Kids Costume Contest as one of closing acts.  Unofficially (no Wizard World pass needed) for those who can’t get enough of the lovely ladies and dapper dudes of cosplay, Xena Zeit-Geist and her ladies and gents of nerdlesque will continue their costumed carrying on at the Eiffel Society opening at 8 p.m. with Harry Potter related nerdlesque performances at 9:00 p.m. and closing with a Yule Ball Dance Party.

For more information about the New Orleans Comic Con and other events, check the official Wizard World website.

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Mardi Gras 2015: The sign of the Moon Pie

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Evelyn "Champagne" King performing at Moon Pie over Mobile
Evelyn “Champagne” King performing at Moon Pie over Mobile

All over the world the ending of the old year and the coming of the new year is celebrated.  In Mobile, Alabama where they held the first Mardi Gras parade in the Americas, Mobilians celebrate the New Year with their favorite Mardi Gras throw at the Moon Pie over Mobile.

The Moon Pie was created in 1917 at the suggestion of a hungry Kentucky coal miner, but it is also a great pick me up for a hungry, Mardi Gras photographer!  It is a delicious treat made with two cookies sandwiching marshmallow and then coated with flavored candy coating.  The original Moonpie was chocolate but they now there are several flavors including salted caramel.

Remnants of the Worlds Largest Moon Pie at Moon Pie over Mobile
Remnants of the Worlds Largest Moon Pie at Moon Pie over Mobile

Mobilians are so in love with the Moon Pie that, instead of dropping a ball to announce New Years Day, they drop a 12 foot Moon Pie.  During the hours leading up to the dropping of the Moon Pie they also serve up the largest Moon Pie in the world to everyone that comes by for a sample.

Stephen Fante and Moon Pie Moonshine at Moon Pie over Mobile
Stephen Fante and Moon Pie Moonshine at Moon Pie over Mobile

This year, folks from the Limestone Branch Distillery in Kentucky came down with their new taste treat geared strictly for the adult Moon Pie lovers, Moon Pie Moonshine.  Moon Pie Moonshine is 50 proof or so, and is flavored with the taste of Moon Pie.  It comes in chocolate, banana, and vanilla Moon Pie flavors but with a Mardi Gras Moonshine kick.

Paul Beam and Moon Pie Moonshine at Moon Pie over Mobile
Paul Beam and Moon Pie Moonshine at Moon Pie over Mobile

Moon Pie Moonshine is distilled by Kentucky’s Limestone Branch Distillery in Lebanon, Kentucky by Paul and Steve Beam.  They are descendants of Case Minor Beam and Steve was on the show “Moonshiners.”  They are following the traditional distilling of their ancestors, while also innovating with products such as their Moon Pie Moonshine.

The Village People performing at Moon Pie over Mobile
The Village People performing at Moon Pie over Mobile

In addition to Moon Pies and moonshine, the Mobile New Year’s Eve celebration had music throughout the evening with The Village People headlining the series.  So with music, moonshine, and Moon Pies, Mobile rings in the new year and the 2015 Mardi Gras season.  Tomorrow, January 3, 2014, the Go Daddy Bowl Mardi Gras parade, featuring Danica Patrick, will be rolling on the streets of Mobile and Sunday is the Go Daddy Bowl.

Laissez les bon temps rouler! – Let the good times roll!

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Sixth Who and Hatch trek the stars and Judge becomes High Lord

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Vic Mignogna paying due respect to Richard Hatch at Geekonomicon
Vic Mignogna paying due respect to Richard Hatch at Geekonomicon

While chatting with writer, producer, and lead actor, Vic Mignogna of “Star Trek Continues“, he passed on a bit of information about the next episode.  For the fourth episode, former Time Lord, Dr. Who number 6, Colin Baker will make a guest appearance.

“Start Trek Continues” is a fan based production that recreates the original series from the moment that it ended with the intention of concluding the full, five year mission of the original Enterprise.  It is being produced with such attention to detail that it is winning awards and casual observers often mistake it for the original series.  Mr. Mignogna plays Captain Kirk and Todd Haberkorn plays Mr. Spock.

Richard Hatch premiered the fun, new Steampunk short, “Cowboys and Engines” where he plays Cade Ballard the former ambassador from the Nation of Texas who save Lincoln at the Ford Theater.  He also showed “Prelude to Axanar” where he plays Commander Kharn of the Klingon Empire.  While “Star Trek Continues” is a faithfull homage to the original series, “Prelude to Axanar” uses cutting edge technology, top actors, and rivals big budget films.

While Mr. Hatch was at Geekonomicon, the Executive Producer of the Machinima Prime channel was working hard on “Loadout” for the December 17, 2014 premiere and needed a few lines redone A.S.A.P. giving this writer the opportunity to assist on the project.  Check it out and make sure to watch it through to the “Special Thanks” in the credits!

While preparing for an interview with Christopher Judge, he mentioned the “Infinity Blade Chronicles” project he has been working on.  He will be playing Thane, the High Lord of House Ix.  This looks to be another fun project so check it out as well as the interview with Mr. Judge at Geekonomicon.

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