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!
Wizard World, the hosts of the world’s largest network of comic conventions, launched their new network, CONtv on March 3, 2015. CONtv has cult classics, fan favorites, and fan focused original programming.
The CONtv lineup includes classic super hero and action shows like “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe”, “Voltron”, and “She-Ra: Princess of Power”, Horror including “Re-Animator”, “Hell Raiser”, and “Puppet Master” as well as Science Fiction TV series like “Highlander”. “Farscape”, and “Stargate Infinity.”
Where CONtv looks to really shine is in its fan focused original programming. Fan’s are able to join Jason David Frank on his adventures in and out of conventions on “My Morphing Life.”
Continuing in their fan focus, this weekend in Chicago they will be hosting their first Fan Fest at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. CSI fans will be treated to a special showing of “CSI: Cyber” and lycanthrope lovers will see a big screen showing of “Wolf Cop.”
Fan favorite celebrities including “Walking Dead” star, Norman Reedus and paranormal investigator Grant Wilson, and “True Blood” star Kristin Bauer, will be appearing and signing autographs. Grant Wilson is also an author, artist, musician, and game designer. Grant and his business partner, Michael Richie, just came out with a new novel, “The Brotherhood of the Strange”, and Grant will bring along copies to sign. Check out his website for a couple free sample chapters!
Update as of noon today, March 3, 2015, Grant Wilson had to cancel out his appearance. There is no word on why but our thoughts and prayers are with him.
The 2015 Bacchus Mardi Gras parade rolled last night in New and its theme was “Children’s Stories That Live Forever.” The 2015 King Bacchus was movie star, John C. Reilly with diverse credits including Ralph in “Wreck-Ralph”, “Step Brothers” (and other films with Will Ferrell), “Guardians of the Galaxy”, and this writer’s favorite, Amos Hart in “Chicago.”
Friday before Mardi Gras weekend he stopped by the New Orleans Children hospital giving the residents movies and the rare opportunity to meet the voice of one of their favorite cartoon movie stars.
If the 2012 Bacchus King Ferrell wowed the crowds of New Orleans Mardi Gras parade goers, King John, Mr. Cellophane himself, blew them away! Some said that King Ferrell in his bright, cheery, red robes had the look of a Disney King. King John wore deep burgundy robes with wide, golden bands and a thick, heavy crown. Bearing a mace-like scepter, he had the look of a warrior king, nobel, yet fierce enough to stand against barbarian hordes.
The thunderous sound of adulation was deafening at times as he road through the streets, gracing the crowds with his presence and throwing them treasures from the King Bacchus storehouse. He threw double hands full of dubloons, the royal coinage of Bacchus bearing his visage, as well as beads and other items, often blessing them with a kiss before launching them to the hands raised in supplication.
Throughout his ride he maintained character in his role as King John, toasting Mayor Landrieu and his entourage and later the Krewe of Orpheus with the sobriety and demeanor of a true, royal ceremony. Some might find he lacked as the senior celebrant of the god of wine but he left this writer feeling proud of the role model he was for the children who came to pay their respects.
Congratulations King John! May you live long and give us many more years of great and inspirational performances. Long live King John! Long live King Cellophane!
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.
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.
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.
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.
A beautiful Polynesian princess plunges to a bed of oysters in the depths where she returns with a lovely, precious pearl while a prospector searches for the glitz and glammer of gold. Each is precious but the one is serene and smooth, while the other’s shine sparks excitement and the lust to win. Along the shores of the Biloxi Bay are two such treasures. Ocean Springs to the east, is an old, artistic community, while across the beautiful bay bridge lie the casinos, convention center, and clubs of Biloxi.
In the spring of 1699, French Canadian Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville established a colony on the Ocean Springs shore and built Fort Maurepas to defend the territory. The area natives included the Bylocchy tribe for which the area was named Biloxi. A couple decades later and across the bay, the city now known as Biloxi began to grow and the twin towns were known as old and new Biloxi.
As time has passed, mother and daughter cities have matured with the city of Ocean Springs having a more quiet, reserved, and artistic disposition. Ocean Springs was a recipient of the 2013 Great American Main Street Award and is known for its lovely, old storefronts along the downtown street where Elvis would go to relax in the sunny south. For those artistically inclined there is the nationally recognized, Walter Anderson Museum and a number of art shops, where you can chat with and buy the works of local artists.
To set up your own picnic for the beach, head over to Broom’s Grocery and Catering and fill up in the deli. For more generic fare, just up the highway a bit, there is a Walmart, fast food shops, as well as an Applebee’s for a bit more upscale fare.
For a relaxing vacation, the bay shore is beautiful for laying in the sun, a casual, sight-seeing bike ride, and, of course, watersports in the bay. For a change from walking on the lovely sands of the beach, a nearby park has nature trails and a pond where you can see their old, one-eyed alligator.
Of course, across the bay, the shore of the coast continues with more beautiful, sandy beach for the sun seekers and a lot of action and excitement. At the Beau Rivage Casino, The Hard Rock Casino, the smoke free Palace Casino, and other casinos you will find more fervent, unanswered prayers than in the local churches. In the casinos, night clubs, and other places of entertainment and revelry you can catch performances from old favorites like Gary Puckett and B.J. Thomas.
In addition to importing actors for conventions, there is a developing film industry in the area. The films “The Historian” and “Rites of Spring” were filmed in Mississippi and an upcoming animation, “Juamingo” is in development in Ocean Springs.
While the mother and daughter cities of the Biloxi Bay are remarkably different they share a distinct beauty. They are also joined by a remarkably beautiful bridge that ties the two together for drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians. The bridge’s lovely curves stretch over a mile, provide bikers and walkers resting points along the way, and add beauty to the sunsets. Tourists and locals alike owe their thanks to Ocean Springs Mayor Connie Moran, who insisted that they build a wide biking/walking path on the side of the bridge when they were planning the post-Katrina reconstruction.
While not as large as Mardi Gras in Mobile or New Orleans, both Ocean Springs and Biloxi celebrate Mardi Gras. Biloxi has a Mardi Gras museum in a beautiful, old, French mansion where you can stop in for a bit of information on their celebration.
So for a quiet vacation in the sun or a hot night on the strip, check out these two treasures and make sure you stop by Slap Ya Mommas BBQ Smokehouse – the best barbeque on the beach!
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H.P. Lovecraft’s fictitious book, the “Necronomicon” was said to have information on the Elder gods, including how to summon them. In Biloxi, Mississippi, the Geekonomicon is summoning geeks from all over and, especially geeks of the Steampunk fandom, to appear over the weekend of December 12-14, 2014, where they will attempt to break the worlds record for the most steampunks in one location.
The convention is scheduled to have many very impressive guests, including Gigi Edgley who is slated to be in Bruce Boxleitner’s Lantern City. Ms. Edgley has graciously agreed to an interview with this writer while at the convention. Ms. Edgley is also starring in a short film, “Hashtag” and if you act fast (it ends in three days from the date of this writing), you can take part in this by kicking in on their Kickstarter! The kickstarter rewards include autographed items from Ms. Edgley, IMDB thanks and producer credits and even as an actor in the show!
The entertainment scheduled for the event is sure to entice as many Steampunks as possible to the convention. The steampunk sideshow, Carnival Epsilon, will be adding magic, mirth, and merry, sideshow geekery with their machetes, chainsaws, mousetraps, and a little light lunching on a lightbulb. Captain John Sprocket and The Cog is Dead crew will be there with their songs of steam. Chicago’s Master Magician Ron Fitzgerald rounds out the entertainment with his magical mayhem.
So, hop in your airship, carriage, or Delorean and head on down to Geekonomicon 2014 for some steamy fun on the lovely gulf city, Biloxi!