Saturday started out as a party, well sort of. I interviewed two notable members of the DC animated universe. The first was producer/animator Bruce Timm, a legend in the animation game. His work on Batman: The Animated Series is the stuff of legends and during a roundtable interview, I sat with other journalists, soaking in all the awesomeness that is Bruce Timm. He talked about his career, his current projects and where he wants to go from there. Much of the same occurred with my interview of Andrea Romano, casting director for much of the DC animated universe. I also interviewed Briana Evigan about Grimm Fairy Tales and got to learn about the talented actress’ current projects.
After easing into Day 1 of the New York Comic Con and re-familiarizing myself with the terrain of the Jacob Javitz Center, I was ready to tackle Day 2. Friday, October 12 was a day which saw an increased number in Con attendance. Nearing the work-free weekend, people flocked to the Con in an attempt to soak up all the geeky awesomeness which included celebrity appearances by Christopher Lloyd, Briana Evigan, and more, panels and whatnot. With many panels, the ones I attended on day 2 were very film and TV-oriented.
The Jacob Javitz Convention Center, a modern marvel. This gargantuan facility is a few blocks wide and filled with huge chambers and many, many rooms. There is a ton of space for whatever you want. For the purposes of New York Comic Con, that space holds geeks, geeks and the paraphernalia they so adore. This is the seventh year of NYCC and it seems that with every year, the crowd grows bigger. Thousands of pop culture enthusiasts congregate here for what is one of the biggest entertainment events of the year.
As a kid, Saturday mornings were like Christmas Day. Cartoons, cereal and a weekend full of having fun and not worrying. The only worry might be that two of your favorite cartoons were on at the same time but that’s what the VCR was for. Nevertheless, the fun was always there and entertainment company Secret Formula and the Nitehawk Cinema are having their very own cereal, cartoon and alcohol brunch event Spoons, Toons & Booze Gone Wild, a celebration of the wonderful combination of classic animated series and delicious cereal.
In 1986, heartthrob Tom Cruise took to the sky in the blockbuster action-drama Top Gun, an okay film which is pretty much responsible for making the then young Scientologist a star. There are cliches, bad acting and a lame romantic subplot. These are all aspects that make Top Gun a truly ridiculous piece of cinematic cheese. Having said that, it is now up to the comic team of The Raspberry Brothers to rip it to shreds with their Mystery Science Theater 3000-like comedic style.
Mystery Science Theater 3000 or MST3K was one of Comedy Central’s first hit shows. From 1988 to 1999, the cult series would take terrible B-movies and offer humorous audio commentary or “riffing” as the film would play simultaneously. Three comedians who were involved with the show (Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett) have gone on to form RiffTrax, a comedy website which features downloadable audio commentaries in true MS3K form. The trio also does live shows, one of which, RiffTrax Live: ‘Manos’ The Hands of Fate will be played in movie theaters nationwide on August 16 courtesy of NCM Fathom Events.
Well, they’re back. The Minions of Gozer have returned for another fun-filled weekend of Ghostbuster-shadowcasting. The venue is the same and so are the performers. Taking place once again at the popular downtown theater, the IFC Center. The Minions of Gozer are a talented group of actors who regularly perform the legendary 1984 sci-fi comedy Ghostbusters simultaneously as it plays on the screen. Think Rocky Horror Picture Show and you’ll have a pretty good idea of what’s in store. This time the Minions are mixing it up a bit for Pride Weekend by calling this show their Gender Bender Edition. The male roles will be played by women and the female roles will be played by men. It promises to be a very interesting weekend, to say the least.
Whenever one watches a terrible movie, one is tempted to make sarcastic comments and insult whatever ridiculousness is being shown onscreen. It’s pretty much a natural reaction or instinct people have when they see something so ludicrous. This is the basis for the comedy team that is The Raspberry Brothers, three men who know what bad cinema is and how to make said bad cinema tolerable to watch. Think of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and you’ll have better idea of what these jokesters do. Their latest conquest is Road House, a Patrick Swayze action spectacle that certainly deserves the Raspberry touch.
In a time where environmentalists and animal rights activists fight to save the Earth and its creatures from harm and potential annihilation, great results come arise from their heroic efforts. Of course, another benefit that stems from it is that it makes for great TV. Animal Planet’s hit series Whale Wars has seen many a challenge when it comes to protecting whales of the world from old-fashioned, sometimes heartless fishermen. In an attempt to further educate viewers about the cruelty of killing whales, the cable channel will broadcast Whale Wars: Viking Shores, a five-part series which starts tonight, April 27th, continuing the adventures of Paul Watson, his Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and their mission to stop whaling and promote the cause of animal conservation, this time in the Norwegian Sea’s Faroe Islands.