Battlestar Galactica‘s Richard Hatch passes away at age 71

16640914_10155020081314524_6473707869162128275_nDragon Con 2007. My very first fan convention, very first Dragon*Con (before they took the asterisk out of the name), and Richard Hatch was the very first celebrity I got to meet. When he heard that it was my first con, he asked how I was enjoying myself so far, and even though there were others in line to see him, he talked to me for about 10 minutes without making me feel rushed or like I was taking up too much time. Then, he let me take a photo with him without charging me, because I had no cash and – as a newbie – didn’t realize that you needed cash back then for the Walk of Fame. (One of his co-stars wasn’t that gracious, and actually rolled his eyes at me).

Anyway, Richard was a class act, and he set the bar for how I would measure my interactions with guests from that point on. I am sad to hear of his passing today, and my thoughts are with his family, friends, and the Battlestar Galactica family. RIP

#RIPRichardHatch #BattlestarGalactica #BSG#CaptainApollo #TomZarek #DragonCon

Official Press Release: Dragon Con Celebrates the Stars of Television and Movies

DRAGON CON CELEBRATES THE STARS OF TELEVISION AND MOVIES

Actors from Star Trek, Star Wars, 2001 Space Odyssey and The Hobbit trilogy will be on hand, joined by the stars of Arrow, Game of Thrones, The Flash, Sleepy Hollow as well as True Blood and Warehouse 13.

Sesame Street Meets Peachtree When Top Puppeteers Arrive

 

ATLANTA – July 27, 2015 – Edward James Olmos, Nichelle Nichols, Peter Mayhew, Felicia Day, John Barrowman, David Ramsey, and Stephen Amell head an all-star guest list of more than 400 actors, authors, artists and other creators appearing at Dragon Con 2015, Atlanta’s internationally known pop culture, fantasy, sci-fi and gaming convention.

 

Nichols, who broke barriers as Lt. Uhura in the original Star Trek television series, will serve as Grand Marshall of the annual Dragon Con Parade.

 

Two doctors from the long-running BBC series Dr. Who – Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann, the seventh and eight doctors, respectively – will appear together at this year’s Dragon Con.

 

And, at this year’s Dragon Con, Sesame Street meets Peachtree.  Famed puppeteer Carroll Spinney, who recently retired after 45 years performing Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch will appear along with the puppeteers behind other Sesame Street favorites including Abby Cadabby and Grundgetta. (While the puppeteers will be on hand, the characters will not.) Cheryl Henson, daughter of the late Jim Henson and president of the Jim Henson Foundation, will also join us for Dragon Con.

 

More than 65,000 people are expected to attend Dragon Con 2015, filling downtown Atlanta over the four-day Labor Day weekend, September 4 to September 7, with events and activities across AmericasMart Building #2 and five host hotels – Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Marriott Marquis, Hilton Atlanta, Westin Peachtree and Sheraton Atlanta.

 

“We’re very excited about this year’s guest list.  We have attracted guests from some of the best shows on television today, including Arrow, Game of Thrones, Marvel’s Agents of Shield, and Once Upon A Time,” convention co-chair Rachel Reeves said.   “We also have guests from fan favorite shows from recent years, such as Warehouse 13 and classic sci-fi shows such as Doctor Who.”

 

Main cast members from several popular broadcast network and cable shows such as Fox’s Sleepy Hollow, CW’s Arrow, CW’s The Flash, HBO’s Game of Thrones, CW’s The 100, Syfy’sDefiance, Syfy’s Ghost Hunters and the Showcase series Lost Girl will be on hand.  Other shows represented include ABC’s Once Upon A Time, FX’s American Horror Story, Fox’s Fringe, NBC’s Hannibal, and NBC’s Continuum.

Classic television is also well represented this year.  Guests from popular shows such as Doctor Who, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Torchwood, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the Battlestar Galactica franchise, the Stargate franchise and the Star Trek franchise will attend panels and sign memorabilia and photographs for their fans.

Movies are not to be forgotten.  Peter Mayhew, Chewbacca from the Star Wars trilogies, Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood from Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 masterpiece 2001 Space Odyssey, and Academy-award nominated character actor Graham Greene, whose credits include Dances With Wolves, The Green Mile, Maverick, The Twilight Saga and Northern Exposure.

 

Julian Glover, who plays Grand Maester Pycelle on Game of Thrones, is a veteran film actor.  He has appeared as grail hunter Walter Donovan in Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade, General Veers in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, and villainous double agent Aristotle Kristatos in For Your Eyes Only.

 

From Peter Jackson’s Middle Earth, John Noble appeared in the final installment of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, while Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter and Dean O’Gorman appeared inThe Hobbit trilogy.

 

Additional guests are likely to be announced before Dragon Con.

 

About Dragon Con

Dragon Con is the internationally known pop culture convention held each Labor Day in Atlanta. Organized for fans, Dragon Con features more than about 3,000 hours of comics, film, television, costuming, art, music and gaming over four days. For more information, please visit www.dragoncon.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

You can follow my Dragon Con experiences here and at the Sci-Fi Party Line Dragon Con page, and read more about my experiences at Dragon Cons past at this link.

Dragon Con is almost here!!!

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5 MORE DAYS!!!!!

 

It’s finally here, time for the streets of downtown Atlanta to be taken over by cosplayers, celebrities and fans en masse! Dragon Con – the largest multimedia, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film – will take place in Atlanta next weekend, August 29th – September 1st, and the guest list contains something for everyone: a little bit of 70s/80s nostalgia, some sci-fi/fantasy, big names, new names – Dragon Con will have it all.

 

Here’s a look at some of my favorite shows/movies/book fandoms that will be well represented:

Harry Potter – You guys know it just would be a post worth mentioning if I didn’t talk about the HP guests first! 🙂 Two actresses from the series will appear for the first time at Dragon Con: Evanna Lynch, who plays the faithful and loyal (if a little quirky and eccentric) Luna Lovegood; and Scarlett Byrne, who is known as that annoying girl from Slytherin/Draco’s girlfriend, Pansy Parkinson. Byrne is more recently seen on television as Lexi in Falling Skies.

It’s the 80s baby!! – Enthusiasts of the 1980s period of television and film will be well represented this year, with guests from popular cult classics such as The Princess Bride, The Karate Kid and The Outsiders. Recently, Ralph Macchio, C. Thomas Howell, Martin Kove, Cary Elwes have all been added to the guest list. Actors Nancy Allen (Carrie, Robocop), Lou Ferrigno (The Incredible Hulk), Gil Gerard and Erin Gray (Buck Rogers), and John Ratzenberger (Cheers, various Pixar films) are just a few of the “blast from the past” names that will appear.

Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV – So much to choose from! We have actors from returning favorites (Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Buffy, the Stargate universes), as well as a few of the newer shows (Defiance, Once Upon a Time, Arrow, Lost Girl). Cast members from popular shows Warehouse 13, Being Human and True Blood will appear; all three shows will have ended by the time Dragon Con begins (the last episode of True Blood will air this Sunday at 9EST on HBO).

Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film – Dragon Con will have mutants (Patrick Stewart and Shawn Ashmore of the X-Men films), futuristic cops (Peter Weller and Nancy Allen from the original Robocop film), and pirates (Kevin McNally and Lee Arenburg from the Pirates of the Caribbean films); Karl Urban (Star Trek, The Bourne Ultimatum, The Chronicles of Riddick, RED) will make his first Dragon Con appearance.

Personally speaking, I – along with a few of my fellow co-hosts from the Sci-Fi Party Line Podcast – will be at Dragon Con the whole weekend. We will be recording shows, blogging, and generally having a grand old time, considering this weekend will be the first time most of us will have ever met in person, although we’ve been recording the show for years. You can find all of our combined posts on our Dragon Con portal at http://www.dragoncon.scifipartyline.com.

I will be speaking on two panels related to Harry Potter during Dragon Con. The first is Shipping Wars in Harry Potter!, which will discuss one of the largest shipping debates ever, Ron/Hermione or Harry/Hermione (I am of course on Team Ron!). This panel will be held on Saturday, August 30 at 10 pm. The second panel is Growing Up to Save the World, which will discuss the roles of teens from several different fandoms (Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Buffy, Teen Wolf, etc) and their roles in “saving the world”. That panel will take place on Sunday, August 31 at 1 pm.

Dragon*Con brings Sci-Fi TV presence to Atlanta

That rustle of excitedness you hear is the sound of thousands of geeks, nerds, gamers, fanboys/fangirls and other fandom enthusiasts preparing for what is probably the largest geek party in the United States, and Dragon*Con looms closer.

Taking place in the downtown streets of Atlanta, Dragon*Con is the largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film. Every Labor Day weekend, about 40,000 people crowd the streets and take over the hotels of downtown Atlanta to meet friends, celebrities, cosplay and totally geek out. Spanning the lobbies, convention spaces and streets of five hotels, there is literally something for everyone at Dragon*Con.

As always, Sci-Fi/Fantasy television will have a strong presence at Dragon*Con. One of the fan tracks that should be very popular this year at Dragon*Con includes the Dark Fantasy track, which will have panels and celebrity guests from shows such as the SyFy Channel’s Being Human (stars Sam WitwerSam Huntington and Meaghan Rath), the CW Network’s Vampire Diaries (stars Michael TrevinoSara Canning and David Anders) and is filmed locally in Atlanta, and HBO’s immensely popular series True Blood (stars Kristen Bauer van StratenJim ParrackDenis O’HareJoe Manganiello and author Charlaine Harris, who wrote the “Southern Vampire” novels that the show is based on).

For the first time, stars from the popular CW series Supernatural will also appear during Dragon*Con: series regular Jim Beaver will be joined by stars Misha CollinsMark A. SheppardJulie McNivenChristopher Heyerdahl andSamantha Ferris for fan Q&A panels, photo op and autograph sessions.

Fans of Joss Whedon and/or the Stargate culture (SG-1, Atlantis and Universe) will find whole tracks dedicated to those two sub-genres (Whedonverse and Stargate: Multiverse, respectively), while those who mourn the loss of shows such as LOST, V: The Series, and Battlestar Galactica can do so alongside other fans of those now defunct, but still loved shows during panels such as “BSG Universe: Evolution”, “V: Find Your Bliss”, or “Lost: One Year Later”.

Dragon*Con will take place Friday – Monday Labor Day weekend; most programming will begin around 10 am with the exception of Saturday, when the annual Dragon*Con Parade will take place. Host hotels include the Hyatt Regency AtlantaAtlanta Marriott MarquisHilton AtlantaSheraton Atlanta Hotel, and the Westin Peachtree Plaza. Full details on fan tracks, celebrity guests, and membership (admission) costs can be found at the official website.

Rekha Sharma confirmed for Dragon*Con

photo courtesy of BuddyTVRehka Sharma, who currently portrays FBI agent/undercover V Agent Malik on the ABC hit series “V”, has been confirmed for Dragon*Con. She is also known to Supernatural fans as the god Kali from the season 5 episode “Hammer of the Gods”, but is probably best known as Tory Foster from the SyFy series “Battlestar Galactica”.

Dragon*Con takes place in Atlanta during Labor Day weekend.

More awesome guests added to DragonCon guest list

The Grown-Up Fangirl has been away for the past few days, dealing with health issues that resulted in gall bladder surgery. I’m doing bettter, and have come back with some great updates for DragonCon goers!

New guests have been added to DragonCon’s guest list, and another has been hinted at, but not yet confirmed. First up is one of my favorites, Jason Momoa, who played the character Ronan Dex in the SyFy series Stargate: Atlantis. He has also been chosen to play the title character in the reboot of Conan the Barbarian.

Me with Jason Momoa at Dragon*Con 2007

Joining Momoa from the SG:A series will be Jewel Staite, who played Dr. Keller in the series and is also well known to Firefly fans as Kaylee.

Jewel Staite

For fans of the ABC Series V, we will get to see Anna and Lisa in the flesh, as both Morena Baccarin and Laura Vandervoort will both be in attendance. Baccarin also had large roles on the Firefly and Stargate: SG-1 series, and Vandervoort played Clark Kent’s Kryptonian cousin on Smallville. They join cast member Joel Gretsch (Father Jack), who was confirmed a few weeks ago.

Morena Baccarin

Laura Vandervoort

Golden Globe and Emmy winner Linda Hamilton will also be in attendance. She is mot widely recognized as Sarah Connor from “The Terminator” series of movies.

Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor

Two new additions to the Star Trek track include Robert O’Reilly, who portrayed the Klingon Chancellor Gowran on Star Trek: TNG, and J.G Hertzler, who portrayed the Klingon General Martok on Star Trek: DS9.

Robert O'Reilly as Chancellor Gowron

J. G Hertzler as General Martok

Richard Hatch, who starred in both the old and new versions of the Battlestar Galactica series, will also make another appearance at Dragoncon. He was the first celeb I got to meet at my very first DragonCon in 2007, and my interaction with him has set the standard for everyone else I meet at cons. He is a great guy to talk to and very gracious to his fans.

Me with Richard Hatch at 2007 Dragon*Con

As for possible-but-as-yet-unconfirmed appearances, actor Mark Sheppard (who Supernatural fans have grown to love/hate as the demon Crowley) tweeted this morning:

@Mark_Sheppard I have just been invited to Dragoncon!

May his be just the first of more invites for Supernatural attendees!!!

More “squee-worthy” DragonCon guests confirmed from True Blood, Star Trek: TNG, Stargate, BSG, and Andromeda

I am in my bed losing my mind right now, because several favorites have been confirmed to appear at DragonCon.

First off, adding to the True Blood roster is Michelle Forbes, who played our favorite, creepy Maryann. She has also appeared in roles on 24, and Star Trek: The Next Generation. She joins previously confirmed guests Nelsan Ellis, Sam Trammell, and Kristin Bauer.

Michelle Forbes from Season 2 of True Blood

Next up is Michael Shanks, who is probably best known to most Sci-Fi fans as Dr. Daniel Jackson on the series’ Stargate: SG-1 and Stargate: Atlantis. He was also most recently seen in episodes of Smallville (Hawkman) and Supernatural. Also confirmed on the list is his lovely wife, Lexa Doig, who is probably best known for playing the title character (ship?) on the show Andromeda. She currently plays a Visitor doctor on the ABC Series V.

Michael Shanks as "Dr. Daniel Jackson", Stargate: SG-1

Lexa Doig as "Rommie/Andromeda" on Andromeda

Edward James Olmos returns this year as well; he is more recently known as Admiral William Adama on Battlestar Galactica but has been acting in Hollywood since the early 80’s.

Edward James Olmos as Admiral Adama, Battlestar Galactica

And I had to save the best of this crop for last! An actor who has captured the hearts of children (Reading Rainbow) and adults (Star Trek: The Next Generation, “Roots”) alike,  LeVar Burton has been a fan favorite for over 30 years. I am very excited about this, because this is the first time he’s been at DragonCon since I began attending in 2007, and I was obsessed with Reading Rainbow as a child. It was one of the shows that made me a lifelong lover of books and reading. Mr. Burton joins a long list of other Star Trek attendees, which can be found here.

LeVar Burton

I’ll continue to update this blog with more guest confirmations as they happen, but you can also find out the full DragonCon guest list on their website. DragonCon takes place every Labor Day weekend in Atlanta.