I’m going back to…Dragon Con

dragonscifipartylinelogo_black2016Dragon Con is just over TWO WEEKS AWAY and I am starting to feel excited. Once again, I will get to represent Sci-Fi Party Line as media. I will also be sitting on a few panels and for the first time, I get to be a judge for a costume contest! Bring it on!

As of right now, I will be sitting on two panels each from the American SF & Fantasy Media and YA Lit Tracks. This is the information I have so far; I will continue to update this post as new information comes about (dates/times are subject to change):

Friday, September 2

  • Shannara Chronicles- Ellcrys Visions (Friday, Sept. 1 10:00 AM. Room M301-303, Marriott) MTV expands on their original content with the premiere season of the adaptation of Terry Brooks’ epic series. This first year we meet some of the main characters and then lost them. Did you think they achieved what they tried to or is this a series that will need to grow?
  • The Whedon Track Costume Contest (Friday, Sept. 1 4:00 PM. Macon Room, Sheraton) Have a costume inspired by the works of Joss Whedon? Enter our costume contest for a chance to win a prize in one of our 6 categories. Cancelled to accommodate additional track guests.

Saturday, September 3

  • Game of Thrones – Moving Past the Page (Saturday, Sept. 2, 11:30 AM. Room M301-303, Marriott) Season Review – As we move past the books, viewers were treated to upheavals in most of the factions within a song of Ice and Fire. Keeping to the series, we’ll discuss how this season changed so much within this world.
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Special Rehearsal Edition) Discussion (Saturday, Sept. 3, 1:00PM. International North, Hyatt) Cursed Child SPOILER ZONE! We’ll discuss reactions, theories, and how Cursed Child does (or doesn’t) fit in with canon, and how it impacts fans.

Sunday, September 4

  • Fantastic Beasts and the Upcoming Movie Trilogy (Sunday, Sept. 3, 4:00 PM. Centennial I, Hyatt) We’re two months from the movie–what do we know? What are we excited to see? What about the new stories about the American wizarding world and Ilvermorny?

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. This year’s event will take place September 2-5. Ticket information can be found on the official website.

You can read more about my experiences at Dragon Cons past at this link.

Sleepy Hollow feeling more “hollow” with departure of additional cast

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FOX’s “Sleepy Hollow” will return this fall without a majority of the cast from last season.

And…the Sleepy Hollow news continues to get worse – for me, at least.

There are several reports floating around today that some major changes are coming to Sleepy Hollow for Season 4: a majority of the season 3 cast will not be returning, and Sleepy Hollow won’t actually take place in Sleepy Hollow. Say what?

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My thoughts during the season 6 finale for “Game of Thrones”

12998274_10154088197344524_2803185125589195978_oThis is what my Twitter feed would have looked like, had I actually been able to live tweet tonight (which I can’t, because I learned last week that my ability to multi-task in non-existent when Game of Thrones is on).

  • I am actually terrified of what is going to happen in this episode. Who is going to die?
  • I love how they start off the “previously on”…there’s no better sight than seeing the Stark banners go up again in Winterfell
  • So I guess we’ll see Dorne in this episode…at this point, do we really care about Dorne anymore?

Spoilers below.

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Sleepy Hollow renewed for fourth season

Credit: FOX


Well it was the news sleepyheads were waiting for: would we get a chance to find out what happens to Crane now that Abbie has died?

This afternoon FOX answered with a resounding “yes”. Sleepy Hollow, which saw some fan outrage at the end of the last season when Nicole Beharie – one of the two leads on the show – was written off the show, announced earlier today that there will be a fourth season. 

Last year the show began it’s third season with major cast changes, as the characters for Katie Winter and John Noble were killed in the season two finale and it was announced during the post-season hiatus that Orlando Jones was leaving the show. As I discussed in Episode #245 of SFPL (and also in this blog post), the beginning of the season felt a bit “off” for me; the chemistry between Crane and Abbie felt off-kilter, there seemed to be a distance between the characters (and/or the actors), which I couldn’t define at the time. Since I don’t read a lot of pre-season interviews in an effort to avoid potential spoilers, I did not find out until after the season finale that Beharie had (apparently) been speaking of leaving the show since before season 3 premiered. Whether this was true or not, I do not know but I felt weird about it. When I met both Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie at last year’s Dragon Con, she did seem a bit quiet and distracted (yet very pleasant), and I attributed it to the travel and the sheer wow-factor of the con. Now I’m wondering if it wasn’t something else relating to her (possibly) knowing she was leaving the show.

In any case, the season ended with not only the death of Abbie, but also of Joe Corbin (Zach Appelman), The Hidden One (Peter Mensah) and Pandora (Shannyn Sossamon), who were the main antagonists of the season. This means that aside from Crane, Jenny Mills (Lyndie Greenwood) is the only other character left from the premiere season. This means new characters, new adventures, and a new purpose for Crane. 

I’m not exactly sure how I am feeling about all of this. One of the main draws for me to this show from the very beginning was the undeniable chemistry between Mison and Beharie. You see partnerships on TV and in films and most of them are believable, but theirs was one of the few that I actually felt through my TV screen. Now with Beharie gone (and let me not forget to mention the fact that Captain Irving just “disappeared”, which I am still pissed about), I don’t know how I will feel in the fall when I turn on my TV and have to watch Crane mourn the loss of his partner and soul-mate. But I will watch, if for no other reason than to try to get my own closure on the death of one of the characters I’ve admired most in a long time.

Dragon Con adds guests from Dark Matter, DC TV universe and others

New Dragon Con logoLast month Dragon Con picked up the pace on guest announcements, including some from shows/movies that are either on my “currently watching” or “need to watch/catch up” lists.

From the SyFy show Dark Matter, guest announcements include Anthony Lemke, Jodelle Ferland, Roger Cross, and Zoie Palmer; who are known on the show as “Three”, “Five”, “Six”, and “The Android”, respectively. The show follows a group of amnesiacs who try to piece together who they are and why there were in stasis on an abandoned spaceship. The show is set to premiere its second season on July 1.

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From the DC TV universe, we have Carlos Valdes (Cisco, The Flash), Caity Lotz (Sara Lance/White Canary, Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow) and Ciara Renee (Kendra Saunders/Hawkgirl, Arrow, The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow).

Jack Gleeson, who is best known for portraying Joffrey Baratheon (the king we all loved to hate) on Game of Thrones, will be appearing at Dragon Con on Sunday only.

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Credit: HBO

Karl Urban, known for a variety of shows and films in the fantasy genre, will return to Dragon Con. Urban was last here in 2014, and I have to say that his panel was one of the best ones I’ve attended in the 8 (eight!) years that I’ve been going to Dragon Con. Looking forward to seeing what he has to say now.

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And last but certainly not least Jason Isaacs, most recently known for portraying Lucius Malfoy – another love-to-hate-him character in the Harry Potter world – has also been announced to appear at Dragon Con. I am hoping that he will not be the only wizard to appear this year.

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Jason Isaacs as Lucius Malfoy Harry Potter. Credit: Warner Brothers

 

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. This year’s event will take place September 2-5. Ticket information can be found on the official website.

You can read more about my experiences at Dragon Cons past at this link.

Back to the blog, and I’m in a MOOD because: Sleepy Hollow

Sleepy Hollow moves to Thursdays 9/8 EST this fall. Credit: FOX

Sleepy Hollow concluded Season 3 on Friday, April 9 with a HUGE shocker. Credit: FOX

I have been trying for weeks to find the “perfect” opening to come back to this blog. After being away for the better part of six months and with so much going on during that time with TV and movies, I was just waiting for the right thing to come along and motivate me to share my thoughts again. In the wake of several of my favorite characters on TV being killed off (or presumed dead), the final straw for me came in the form of the death of a major character on the FOX show Sleepy Hollow. And so I am here to rant. Or complain. Or both.

Spoilers ahead.

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Sleepy Hollow star Nicole Beharie confirmed for Dragon Con

That loud squeal you just heard was me, sitting at my desk at work, excited about the fact that Nicole Beharie is coming to Dragon Con.

Beharie is one half of the dynamic team of Witnesses from the FOX hit show, Sleepy Hollow. In the show Beharie plays Lt. Abbie Mills, a gifted sheriff’s deputy whose dreams of training for the FBI are curtailed when her mentor is killed by a Headless Horseman. Her world is turned topsy-turvy when she realizes that the supernatural elements she’s dreamed of since childhood actually exist and are alive and well in her hometown. She teams up with Ichabod Crane, a Revolutionary Was soldier who has awakened from a 250-year magical sleep, to fight the evil supernatural beings they encounter in an attempt to stop the Apocalypse.

One of the things that I absolutely love about Beharie and her portrayal of Abbie is that she is one of the few female characters of color that we see on TV today who can portray strength, depth, vulnerability, intelligence and sexiness…without taking her clothes off. Her character’s personality – her loyalty, her sarcasm, patience and understanding with the out-of-time Crane, her ability to think things through without letting emotions get involved – the character of Abbie is very good, without being unrealistic. She is (in my opinion) the epitome of “one of the good guys”, and it makes Abbie Mills one of the best characters on TV, period.

And let’s not forget that unmentioned but unmistakable attraction to Ichabod Crane. 🙂

Ms. Beharie will join her previously announced co-stars Tom Mison (Ichabod Crane) and John Noble (Jeremy Crane/Henry Parrish) for panels, autograph and photo op sessions.

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. This year’s event will take place September 4-7. Ticket information can be found on the official website.

You can read more about my experiences at Dragon Cons past at this link.

Official Press Release: RECORD CROWDS EXPECTED IN DOWNTOWN ATLANTA FOR DRAGON CON 2015

New Dragon Con logoRECORD CROWDS EXPECTED IN DOWNTOWN ATLANTA FOR DRAGON CON 2015

Cosplayers, Gamers and Pop Culture Fans Return for Annual Fantasy, Sci Fi & Gaming Convention

More than 400 Actors, Artists, Authors and Creators Will Give Talks and Meet Fans.

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ATLANTA – August 18, 2015 – More than 65,000 people are expected to pack downtown Atlanta over the Labor Day weekend as Dragon Con, the internationally known pop culture, sci fi, fantasy and gaming convention, returns for its 29th consecutive year.

Dragon Con fans will travel from every state in the nation and a few foreign countries to participate in the four-day convention, where they can meet their favorite actors, artists, authors and creators, and talk about the stuff they love.

Guests More than 400 guests, from the worlds of movies, television, comics, literature and other universes, will lead panel discussions and meet with fans.  Battlestar Galactica’s Edward James Olmos, Star Wars’ Peter Mayhew, internet personality Felicia Day, as well as John Barrowman, David Ramsey, and Stephen Amell, all from CW’s Arrow, head an all-star guest list.

Nichelle Nichols, Star Trek’s Lt. Uhura, will serve as grand marshal of the Dragon Con Parade.

And, at this year’s Dragon Con, Sesame Street meets Peachtree.  Famed puppeteer Caroll Spinney, who recently retired after 45 years performing Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, as well as Muppet performer Steve Whitmire, who has performed Kermit the Frog since 1990, will appear at the convention.

“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 S.H.I.E.L.D, 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.”

Cosplay Dragon Con is well known for the quality of its cosplay – or costume play – and that tradition will certainly continue.  The nation’s top cosplayers will show off their best work during the show, participating in costume contests every night of the convention and promenading throughout the five host hotels and the streets of downtown Atlanta.

Cosplay competitions remain a mainstay of Dragon Con, including the queen of competitions, Dragon Con Masquerade, which is both the oldest continuously run competition in fandom as well as one of the largest in the world.  Dragon Con is also thrilled to introduce the newest competition, The Chôsen, which will premiere at Dragon Con Night at the Aquarium.

Parade Atlanta’s largest parade, the annual Dragon Con Parade, will step off Saturday, September 5 at 10 a.m.   To better accommodate parade spectators, the parade will have a new route.  Beginning at the intersection of Peachtree Street and Linden Avenue, the parade will head south on Peachtree, east (left) on Andrew Young International Boulevard and north (left) on Peachtree Center Avenue. It will end on Peachtree Center Avenue between John Portman Boulevard and Baker Street, in front of the Atlanta Marriott Marquis.

The new route is now a little longer – .9 miles, from .8 miles last year, and brings the route closer to the North Avenue MARTA station, in addition to the Civic Center and Peachtree Center stations.  Parking downtown is expected to be tight, and Dragon Con encourages parade spectators to consider taking MARTA.

Gaming Perhaps better known for the celebrity guests and cosplayers, Dragon Con is also one of the largest gaming conventions in the nation.  Taking up most of the Hilton Atlanta Downtown and parts of the Sheraton Atlanta, gaming at Dragon Con features voice actors, game designers and other guests from the worlds of table top and video gaming, as well as the opportunity to play tabletop and LAN gaming in casual and tournament formats.

Official Charity Earlier this year, Dragon Con selected the Lymphoma Research Foundation – Georgia Market as its official charity for 2015.  Through auctions and other charity events, plus a dollar-for-dollar match up to $50,000 from Dragon Con, the convention will raise money to support this important community organization.

In 2014, the convention raised over $115,000 for its official charity, the Atlanta Community Food Bank, and collected 535 pounds of food.  Through the Superheroes community service program, Dragon Con fans contributed more than 900 hours of community service.

Dragon Con also conducts the largest convention-based blood drive in the nation.  Last year’s annual Robert A. Heinlein “Pay It Forward” blood drive attracted a record turnout, with 2,972 attendees donating more than 6,000 units of blood and blood products, benefiting LifeSouth, which serves more than 40 hospital in the Atlanta area and 110 hospitals in the Southeast.

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.

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.

Sci-Fi Party Line #222: Game of Thrones – SHAME!!

cersei-must-atone-for-her-sins-by-takingIn this extreme talkfest, Cat, Carl, Eric and I have a very lengthy recap and discussion on the emotionally heavy and shocking season 5 finale of Game of Thrones. Anything you probably ever wanted to know about how we feel about GoT, you’ll find it in the (almost) three hour show. NOTE: There were some audio issues during this podcast due to crappy weather/internet connectivity issues.

Sci-Fi Party Line #222 Game of Thrones – SHAME!

You can also read my recap/review of the season finale here.

SN: HE IS NOT DEAD!!!!!

Sleepy Hollow star Tom Mison added to guest list for Dragon Con

Sleepy Hollow's Tom Mison will appear at Dragon Con. Credit: Brownine Harris/FOX

Sleepy Hollow’s Tom Mison will appear at Dragon Con. Credit: Brownine Harris/FOX

Ichabod Crane is venturing out of Sleepy Hollow.

Tom Mison, who plays the loveable and out-of-time Ichabod Crane on FOX’s Sleepy Hollow, has been announced to appear at Dragon Con Labor Day weekend. Mison joins cast mate John Noble, who plays his son Jeremy Crane/Henry Parrish on the hit show loosely based on Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” tales. In the show, Mison’s Ichabod Crane is awakened after a 250-year bewitched sleep to join forces with Lt. Abbie Mills, as the biblical witnesses of Revelation with the purpose of averting the apocalypse. Crane and Mills fight various demonic forces – sometimes from within their close circle of allies – while Crane slowly learns to navigate life in the 21st century, all while connecting the present day with events from the past.

Sleepy Hollow‘s season 3 premiere is scheduled for October 1.

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. This year’s event will take place September 4-7. Ticket information can be found on the official website.

You can read more about my experiences at Dragon Cons past at this link.

Dates announced for EyeCon’s final con for “The Vampire Diaries” and “The Originals”

Eyecon announces its final "Vampire Diaries" and "Originals" convention, scheduled for October 9-11, 2015. Photo source: EyeCon

Eyecon announces its final “Vampire Diaries” and “Originals” convention, scheduled for October 9-11, 2015. Photo source: EyeCon

As everyone knows, all good things must come to an end.

And with that, EyeCon announces the dates for their 8th and final convention focusing on two of the CW’s biggest hit shows, “The Vampire Diaries” and its highly successful spin-off, “The Originals”. The convention will be held October 9-11, 2015 at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel in Downtown Atlanta.

EyeCon conventions are known for their smaller attendance size, which creates a more intimate atmosphere for guests and fans alike. Events include Q&A panels, autograph and photo op sessions, exclusive parties and dining events, as well as a dealers room.

So far, there are two guests confirmed to appear: Joseph Morgan, who plays original vampire/hybrid Klaus on “The Originals” (and in crossover episodes of “The Vampire Diaries”), and Joshua Butler, one of the directors of the show. EyeCon is known for having a full roster of guests (usually about 7 or 8), so additional guest announcements are expected.

Tickets for the event went on sale earlier today and range from $30.00 (Friday general admission) all the way up to $795.00 (Diamond Weekend Admission, which includes pretty much everything for the weekend). Ticket prices and packages can be found here.

Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015 – The Grown Up Fangirl’s Year in Review

Goodbye 2014 Hello 2015 HD Wallpaper Images PicturesGoodbye, good riddance 2014!!! 2014 was the year I really could have used a clone, because I did not get to do nearly as much as I wanted to do, fandomwise. Not enough cons, not enough podcasting, not enough TV/movie watching, and not enough blogging. Even so, there were a few highlights to my fangirlish year, and it’s enough to motivate me to make more effort in the coming year. So…let’s cover a few things, shall we?

BOOKS – Trying to work full-time and go to school has gotten harder for me to juggle in the past two years, so I haven’t gotten to read quite as much as I wanted to this year (my reading goal on Goodreads was 25 books – I fell waaaaayyyy short of that goal). In anticipation of the reboot (which I still have yet to see), I re-read V.C. Andrews’ Flowers in the Attic for the millionth time (and am still adequately fascinated/disturbed at the story). I finally sat down and read/listened to the first novel in the A Song of Ice and Fire series (or, for those of you who aren’t familiar with the books, the series that HBO’s Game of Thrones is based on). I found some sense of closure with The Mortal Instruments: A City of Heavenly Fire, but was reluctant to give up on the Shadowhunter world, so I picked up The Bane Chronicles in an effort to get into the head of one of the more mysterious and interesting characters in the series, warlock Magnus Bane. As of right now, the jury is still out on this one; whereas most of the books I’ve read lately have been of the can’t-put-it-down variety, sadly this book doesn’t fall into that category, and I am finding it harder and harder to remember why I liked Magnus Bane in the first place. But the book series that has really had a grab-me-and-don’t-let-me-go effect is the Divergent Series by Veronica Roth.

divergent1Until June 2014, I had worked the past two years in the public library system, and the Divergent books were always in the hard-to-find category, especially with to the March release of the first film in the series, Divergent. For awhile I had given up on trying to read the books, deciding that I would just wait until I bought them to read them. However, once I sat down to finally watch the film, I was drawn in by the chemistry of the lead characters Tris and Four (portrayed onscreen by Shailene Woodley and Theo James, respectively). So, Halloween weekend consisted of me reading Divergent (Friday), Insurgent (Saturday), and Allegiant (Sunday). I followed up with Four a couple of weeks later. Even though I’m late to the faction party, I’ll probably end up doing a re-read and then blogging about the books at some point, because those books were a doozy to read. But I haven’t fangirled about books/movies as much in the past few years as I have in the past few months with these characters, so that’s a good thing. (BTW, I will totally spaz out if I ever get to meet Theo James in person. Just warning y’all in advance). Oh, and if someone could find a way to convince Veronica Roth to write more books about Four, I’d appreciate it.

TV – Television was kind of huge for me in 2014. I enjoyed some of my newer favorites (Game of Thrones, Sleepy Hollow, Walking Dead, The Originals, Orphan Black), fell back in love with an older one (now that’s the Supernatural I know and love), said goodbye to an old friend (rest in peace, True Blood) and got sucked in to a couple of others (How to Get Away with Murder, Teen Wolf).  Scandal consistently kept my jaw on the floor, and The Vampire Diaries is getting interesting again now that Delena isn’t so much the focus of the show. I am currently catching up on Season 4 of Lost Girl, but am apprehensive because I already know one of my favorite characters dies. Oh yeah, speaking of beloved characters dying…

WTF, Walking Dead and Sleepy Hollow? (Spoilers be ahead, for those of you not caught up).

I know that in the reality of the zombie apocalypse, it’s unrealistic to think that all of our favorite characters will escape unscathed. Episode 1 of Season 5 nearly gave us a heart attack thinking that Glenn was going to be head-bashed with a bat not once, but twice, Carl was almost raped by a rather ogre-ish looking biker dude, and even little baby Judith was threatened with a knife to the throat (RIP Martin…not). But we knew someone from the group was gonna have to die, and unfortunately the first casualty was Bob Stuckey. After what happened to him (being bitten by a walker, and then taken hostage and partially turned into Bob-B-Q by some survivors of Terminus), I expected him to not make it. No, the death that got me was Beth. Beth’s death for me equaled the WTF? incredulity I had when Hedwig was killed by Death Eaters in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. It was just one of those deaths I really feel was unnecessary to the whole of the story; it really serves no purpose except to solidify the fact that the group needs to pay attention to Rick when he tells them that being nice isn’t getting them anywhere. And poor Maggie’s face…

Moving along to Sleepy Hollow – I will admit that I am still pissed about the killing off of Captain Frank Irving. That was another WTF? for me. Orlando Jones is a talented actor and his character brought a sense of balance to the group of Ichabod, Abbie, Katrina and Jenny. It was bad enough that the character was grossly underused in the first part of season 2 (bring him back and send that damn Sheriff Reyes away, okay? She irks the hell out of me and serves no purpose), but then to kill him? (Although the manner of death was heroically glorious). However, I do realize that dead does not always mean dead in Sleepy Hollow and hope that there’s some great way the writers will bring back Irving’s character.

In the meantime, check out this HILARIOUS video from the Captain himself, giving us a recap of his character’s journey through Sleepy Hollow:

MOVIES – I totally suck in the movie department for 2014 – aside from Divergent, I saw Guardians of the Galaxy (last week), X-Men: Days of Future Past (two weeks ago), and Maleficent (opening weekend). Pathetic, I know, and I will hopefully get a chance to change that in 2015.

PODCASTS – Due to scheduling conflicts and other real-life BS, I only recorded a few episodes on Sci-Fi Party Line this year. They are as follows:

20140830_215700CONVENTIONS – I only got to attend one convention this year: Dragon Con. The experience wasn’t as great as previous years, mainly because I spent most of the week prior sick as a dog and literally had no energy, but it wasn’t a total flop. After podcasting together for 5 years, I got to meet Cat (@fancyfembot) in person!

I also got to meet Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood, Harry Potter) and Osric Chau (Kevin Tran, Supernatural – he was there as an attendee but was nice enough to pose for a photo when I recognized him outside of Starbucks). I got to ask Karl Urban (The Chronicles of Riddick, Almost Human) a question during his panel, and I was a panelist on the “Growing Up to Save the World” panel on the Whedonverse track.

All in all, not such a bad year, but I plan to do so much more in 2015. To those of you who follow and have stuck with me, thanks again for another great year! Happy New Year 2015!!

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.

Sci-Fi Party Line #187 True Blood

bill-sookie-love-hep-v-nakedOn this week’s episode of the Sci-Fi Party Line Podcast, there’s just sooo much to talk about!! Cat and I discuss Violet’s “50 Shades of Grey” room and her attempted corruption of Adelyn and Wade, the pros and cons of wooden dildos when used by vampires (yes, I’m serious), our unexpected soft spots for former comic relief’s Andy and Arlene (and that sex dream, wow!), our opinions on the dynamics of the Jason/Hoyt/Jessica drama, our absolute delight at a Japanese cowboy, a sexual reunion that everyone saw coming a mile away, and give a few predictions for the end of the series. There might be a Twilight/Renesmee prediction/reference in there, much to Cat’s chagrin LOL.

You can check out the full episode here: http://scifipartyline.com/2014/08/sci-fi-party-line-187-true-blood/

And here’s a clip of next week’s episode, and let’s just say, Hoyt is not the same man who left Bon Tomps!

Side Note: Several members of SFPL will be at Dragon Con, August 29 – Sept 1. You can follow our Dragon Con adventures exclusively at http://dragoncon.scifipartyline.com/

Happy New Year, and let’s try this thing again…

So, about that whole “I’m going to be better about updating my blog in 2012” thing that never happened…well, let’s just say that I overestimated my ability to not let real-life issues get in the way of my blogging, podcasting, etc…in other words, all of the fun stuff in my life got put on hold! 😦  To those of you who have continued to encourage me while patiently waiting for me to come back to my blog, thank you so much for your support, it means so much!!! I am determined to make 2013 a better year for me by doing ALL of the things that I love, and that includes the re-birth of the Grown-Up Fangirl.

So, just a few updates on what I’ve been catching up on, and then we’ll see where things go from here.

BOOKS: I ended 2012 with a resolve to do a lot more reading this year, and I literally began immediately after making that decision. Since New Year’s weekend, I’ve immersed myself in the young adult genre – completing all five books (so far) in The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, and I’ve finished Book 1 in The Caster Chronicles, “Beautiful Creatures”; I’ll begin reading Book 2, “Beautiful Darkness”, sometime tonight and will probably finish Book 3, “Beautiful Chaos” by the weekend. Both sets of reads were prompted by movies trailers for The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, and Beautiful Creatures, which I saw during the previews for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2. I’m not going to post any reviews yet, but I will eventually get around to adding them both here and on my Goodreads page. However, I will say that aside from a few minor irritations, I am enjoying both series immensely.

TV: Aside from episodes that have aired this month, I am completely caught up on Once Upon a Time, Supernatural, and The Vampire Diaries. I still think someone should start a petition to HBO and let them know that these months-long hiatuses for “Game of Thrones” and “True Blood” are agonizing!! Season 3 of SyFy’s “Being Human” has started, and I plan to watch that this weekend. Other than that, there aren’t any other shows I’m actively watching, although I have quite a few (Scandal, Deception) that have been recommended and are on my “To Watch” list.

MOVIES: Sad to say, the aforementioned mentioned “real life” issues kept me from the theaters and without cable TV for 2012. I only saw a few movies: The Woman in Black (loved it), The Avengers (my birthday weekend, and LOVED IT!!!!), and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 (I DID see that one three times, and loved it as well). BUT, there are so many highly anticipated movies coming out this year (Iron Man 3, A Good Day to Die Hard, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, etc.), that I am going to make it a priority to get to the theaters!! Entertainment Weekly has a pretty good starter list for upcoming films, and I’m excited about quite a few of the films listed, but I’ll make a more detailed post next week.

CONVENTIONS: 2012 marked a first for me in terms of conventions: for the first time since I began attending in 2007, I missed Dragon*Con. Anyone who has been following my blogs for years knows that Dragon*Con is a MUST for me every year, and it really hurt to miss it. However, I am determined NOT to let that happen again, so I will bring you updates as usual. (SIDE NOTE: Writing this entry prompted me to go and check the guest list, and I’m glad I did! Kelly Hu – one of my MAJOR girl crushes – is listed as a guest! Woot woot!!!)

One of my other favorite local conventions is returning this spring as well. EyeCon will invade Atlanta once again with their fan convention for the CW-hit show, “The Vampire Diaries”, March 2-4. The convention will take place at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel in Downtown Atlanta, and will feature games, panels, Celebrity Q&As and Photo Op Sessions, Celebrity Autograph Sessions, a “Casino Royale” Party, a Banquet with the Stars, and a Haunted Masquerade Celebrity Party! As of this writing, featured guests will include Ian Somerhalder (Damon Salvatore), Steven R. McQueen (Jeremy Gilbert), Nathaniel Buzolic (original vampire Kol), and Trent Ford (Trevor the vampire). For more information, visit the EyeCon website.

I guess that’s enough catching up…for now. Feel free to add this blog to your subscriptions, and if you like this blog, be sure to check out some of my friends at the Sci-Fi Party Line website and podcast.

Eyecon: Vampire Diaries 2 Adds an Original to the Guest List

Eyecon: Vampire Diaries 2 is beginning to shape up pretty nicely in terms of celeberity guests, as actor Daniel Gillies has now been confirmed to join castmates Nina Dobrev and Katerina Graham when the convention descends upon Atlanta Halloween weekend.

Gillies plays the-Original-who-just-won’t-die vampire Elijah, who was last seen being killed by his powerful, hybrid brother Klaus in the season 2 finale. He will participate in a Q&A, photo op and autograph sessions, Banquet and Sixties Dance, according to the Eyecon website.

Eyecon: Vampire Diaries 2 will be held in Downtown Atlanta the weekend of Oct 28-30 at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel. Events will include a Celebrity Q&A, photo-op and autograph sessions, a Celebrity Banquet, a 60s themed dance (similar to the one in the season 2 episode “The Last Dance”), and a Mystic Falls Halloween party. There will also be fan panels, a dealer/vendor room, and a concert by musical guests The Nova Echo.

Ticket sales for Eyecon: Vampire Diaries 2 will begin on June 13 at noon; ticket prices and information can be found at this link. “The Vampire Diaries” will return for season 3 in the fall on The CW network; it will now air on Friday nights at 8pm, right before “Supernatural”.

‘Breaking Up Sucks’ New Promo for True Blood Season 4

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Breaking up does indeed suck, and die-hard Truebies will find out just how much when the HBO hit series “True Blood” makes its’ Season 4 debut on June 26.

In the season 3 finale, Sookie (Anna Paquin) had just learned that Bill (Stephen Moyer) originally set out to find her under the command of Queen Sophie-Anne (Evan Rachel Wood), who was interested in using Sookie’s telepathic abilities to further her own causes. Judging by the new promo for season 4, looks like Sookie will not want for suitors intent on mending her broken heart.

“True Blood” Season 4 begins on Sunday, June 26 at 9pm EST.

Katerina Graham Added to Eyecon: Vampire Diaries 2 Convention

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The ladies are taking the lead for Eyecon: Vampire Diaries 2, as Katerina Graham (Bonnie Bennett) joins the guest list for the popular fan convention, which returns to Atlanta in October.

Bonnie Bennett, a witch in Mystic Falls and best friend to Elena (Nina Dobrev) has found herself an unwilling ally to the vampires, in an effort to save Elena from whatever peril she happens to find herself in. Whether it’s original vampires/hybrids, werewolves, other witches or humans with bad intentions, Bonnie has evolved from a simple witch who can do minor tricks into a force to be reckoned with.

Eyecon: Vampire Diaries 2 will be held in Downtown Atlanta the weekend of Oct 28-30 at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel. Events will include a Celebrity Q&A, photo-op and autograph sessions, a Celebrity Banquet, a 60s themed dance (similar to the one in the season 2 episode “The Last Dance”), and a Mystic Falls Halloween party. There will also be fan panels, a dealer/vendor room, and a concert by musical guests The Nova Echo. In addition to Katerina Graham, Nina Dobrev has been confirmed for this event. Other guest additions can be expected soon.

Ticket sales for Eyecon: Vampire Diaries 2 will begin on June 13 at noon; ticket prices and information can be found at this link. “The Vampire Diaries” will return for season 3 in the fall on The CW network; it will now air on Friday nights at 8pm, right before “Supernatural”.

Eyecon: Vampire Diaries to Return to Atlanta

In response to the overwhelming popularity of its debut Vampire Diaries convention, Florida-based Eyecon Celebrity Conventions has announced plans for a second convention, Eyecon: Vampire Diaries 2, to return to Atlanta Halloween weekend.

Seeing the need for a larger facility, Eyecon has chosen the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel as the venue for events which will include Celebrity Q&A, photo-op and autograph sessions, a Celebrity Banquet, a 60s themed dance (similar to the one in the season 2 episode “The Last Dance”), and a Mystic Falls Halloween party. There will also be fan panels, a dealer/vendor room, and a concert by musical guests The Nova Echo.

As the convention has just been recently announced, the only confirmed guest so far is Nina Dobrev, who brilliantly does double duty on the show as Elena Gilbert, the object of affection for both of the Salvatore Brothers, and as Katherine Pierce, the controlling vampire who is responsible for turning the brothers into vampires in the first place. The first Eyecon: Vampire Diaries convention included stars Ian Somerhalder (Damon Salvatore), Paul Wesley (Stefan Salvatore), Michael Trevino (Tyler Lockwood), Stephen R. McQueen (Jeremy Gilbert) and Robert Pralgo (Mayor Lockwood).

Eyecon is not all about just fun and games, though. The event in March included a successful Blood Drive, and several auctions that benefitted the Ian Somerhalder Foundation, which focuses on restoring and protecting the environment.

Ticket sales for Eyecon: Vampire Diaries 2 will begin on June 13 at noon; ticket prices and information can be found at this link. “The Vampire Diaries” will return for season 3 in the fall on The CW network; it will now air on Friday nights at 8pm, right before “Supernatural”.

More “Supernatural” Guests Added to Dragon*Con Guest List

Wow! Looks like Atlanta will be a city of angels, demons, and hunters this September, as four more stars from the television show “Supernatural” has been added to the guest list for Dragon*Con 2011.

In addition to earlier announcements of guests Misha Collins (Castiel the Angel) and Mark A. Sheppard (Crowley the Demon), the updated Dragon*Con lineup now includes Jim Beaver, Samantha Ferris, Julie McNiven and Christopher Heyerdahl.

Beaver has become one of the favorites in a fandom well known for an almost obsessive fixation with the two main stars/characters, Jared Padalecki (Sam Winchester) and Jensen Ackles (Dean Winchester). As fellow hunter Bobby Singer, he has become the father figure, reluctant hero, and pain-in-the-ass needed to keep the Winchesters on their toes and constantly thinking in a profession where a stray thought can easily get you killed.

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Bobby and Ellen in “My Heart Will Go On”

As the tough-as-nails-with-a-heart-of-gold hunter Ellen Harvelle, Samantha Ferris has become one of the very few females on the show that the fans actually like. The Supernatural fandom is known for their extreme dislike of female characters that “take away” from the storyline involving the brothers; Ellen and her daughter Jo are exceptions. Both Harvelle’s were killed in action during the latter part of season 5, although we have seen Ellen return (in the season 6 episode “My Heart Will Go On”).

Julie McNiven’s Anna was the fallen angel; one of the first that Dean and Sam would encounter who’d convince the brothers that angels do indeed exist. Once an ally (and lover to Dean), she quickly changed sides once she regained her wings, going back in time to try to kill the brothers’ parents in a misguided attempt to prevent the Apocolypse. Needless to say, her character did not last much longer after that; no one survives for very long once the Winchesters have you on their hit-list.

Christopher Heyerdahl only appeared in three episodes in season 5, but made his mark known as the demon Alistair, who was responsible for Dean’s punishment/torture during his time trapped in Hell. Heyerdahl is also well-known for appearing on “Stargate Atlantis”, and he is one of the feared Volturi members in The Twilight Saga films, playing Volturi leader Marcus.

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. Ticket information can be found on the official website.

You can read more about my experiences at Dragon*Cons past at this link.

Cast of SyFy’s “Being Human” Added to Dragon*Con Guest List

Bloodthirsty vampires, violent werewolves, and vengeful ghosts. The SyFy Channel’s version of the popular BBC hit television show, “Being Human” has them all, and come Labor Day weekend, so will the city of Atlanta. The primary cast of “Being Human” have all been confirmed on the Dragon*Con website to appear at the huge geekfest, which has taken over the streets of downtown Atlanta for almost 30 years.

On the show, best friends Aiden (Sam Witwer) and Josh (Sam Huntington)  are co-workers-turned-roommates trying to pass as human; Aiden is an old vampire, Josh is a young werewolf. They unwittingly gain a third roommate in Sally (Meaghan Rath), a ghost who is the previous resident in their new residence. Sally doesn’t understand why she’s still bound to the earth, and her story takes an interesting turn a few episodes into the premiere season. Through various trials and tribulations, the trio manage to form the unlikeliest of friendships that make for interesting television. The show was renewed for a second season back in March and is currently on hiatus, but generally airs on Monday nights in the U.S.

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. Ticket information can be found on the official website.

You can read more about my experiences at Dragon*Cons past at this link.

“Supernatural” Returns April 15…Along With a Familiar Face

The hellatus is almost over!!! “Supernatural” fans can begin to rejoice, as our beloved series returns next Friday after a month-long hiatus. Also returning? An actress whose presence is sorely missed on the show (at least by me), but of course as a “Supernatural” spoilerphobe, you won’t see me posting that information here. However, if you look closely at the promo video below, I think you’ll be pleased (and somewhat confused, given the one line that’s heard):

Here is the official description of S6x17 “My Heart Will Go On”: SAM AND DEAN TEMPT FATE — After Balthazar (guest star Sebastian Roche) changes history and keeps the Titanic from sinking, Fate (guest star Katie Walder) intervenes and begins killing those that would have died on the ship. Castiel (Misha Collins) tells Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) that Fate is very upset with the two of them and the only way they can stay alive is to kill her.