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Fan Expo

Jason Mewes and Alex House on 'Todd and the Book of Pure Evil' Season 2

by Annette Bourdeau, posted Oct 28th 2011 12:30PM
At the moment, Alex House is about as close to nerd heaven as you can get. The rising star of the Space hit 'Todd and the Book of Pure Evil' is chillin' on the lawn outside of Fan Expo 2011, taking in the elaborate costumes alongside his childhood hero and current co-star/real-life buddy, Jason Mewes ('Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back').

The unlikely duo may have 13 years separating them (Mewes is 37, House is 24), but you wouldn't know it by looking at them. Mewes is as fresh-faced and youthful as he was in 'Clerks,' shot 17 years ago when House was just a wee first-grader. The two buds are about to head into the Expo to peruse the finest wares the geek world has to offer. House is particularly intent on finding some elusive 'Game of Thrones' cards, and maybe even an action figure or two.

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Katee Sackhoff on 'Longmire,' Saying Goodbye to Starbuck and Her 'Plan'

by Chris Jancelewicz, posted Sep 16th 2011 4:00PM
katee sackhoff'Battlestar Galactica' alum Katee Sackhoff may be best-known amongst the sci-fi nerd sect, but the charismatic blonde actress has appeared in several prime-time shows and is gearing up to begin a new, big venture on A&E's 'Longmire,' in which she gets top billing.

AOL TV caught up with Sackhoff as she worked the Comic-Con/Fan Expo circuit to promote her voicework in the feature-length animated film, 'Batman: Year One.' We spoke to her about saying goodbye to 'Battlestar' and Starbuck for good, 'Longmire' and why it's so tough in Hollywood these days.

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Fan Expo 2011 Day 4: Malcolm McDowell the Teacher, Robert Englund Casts Luke Skywalker and William Shatner Takes Charge

by Aaron Broverman, posted Aug 29th 2011 2:59PM
Time flies when you're having fun, especially at Fan Expo Canada. Sunday was the final day, and boy was it a humdinger. Fan Expo organizers made sure they went out with a bang with character actor Malcolm McDowell, ('A Clockwork Orange') Freddy Krueger himself (Robert Englund), and a special one-day-only appearance by William Shatner.

Couldn't squeeze it in to your weekend schedule? Thankfully, we were there in your stead, so why not find out what you missed? After all, just because you couldn't attend, doesn't mean you can't pretend...

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Fan Expo 2011 Day 3: Don't Rub Jeannie, Six Million Dollar Pranks and Landau's Lessons

by Aaron Broverman, posted Aug 28th 2011 9:32AM
We've already passed the midpoint of this year's Fan Expo, but don't despair, because Day 3 was chock-full of memorable moments from Lee Majors, Larry Hagman and Barbara Eden of 'I Dream of Jeannie' fame. There was also a once-in-a-lifetime acting class from the indomitable Martin Landau -- who has worked with and trained film legends of all kinds -- as well as being a legendary actor in his own right.

So, what are you waiting for? I can hear you salivating with anticipation from here. Read on, my friend -- Read on!

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Fan Expo 2011 Day 1 & 2: Kevin Sorbo as Superman, Elvira Tampons, and Vincent Price Turns 100 (Sorta)

by Aaron Broverman, posted Aug 27th 2011 10:30AM


Your favorite cult TV and film stars of the sci-fi, horror, fantasy and superhero genres come up to Toronto every year, and 2011 is a doozy already. Guests in past years have included Alice Cooper, William Shatner, Patrick Stewart and Elijah Wood, so if you're a fanboy or fangirl, you just have to be here.

Couldn't score a ticket? Don't worry, AOL TV has you covered with a play-by-play of the very best happenings each day throughout the weekend.

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Barbara Eden, Larry Hagman and Elvira: Fan Expo 2011 Preview

by Aaron Broverman, posted Aug 22nd 2011 2:10PM


More comics, more anime and more sci-fi -- what more could a genre geek ask for? Last year's wraparound lineups and record-setting crowds finally persuaded the people behind Toronto's annual genre convention -- Fan Expo --to add an extra day. It now starts on Thursday instead of Friday, and runs from August 25 to 28.

Good thing too, since there are more high-profile guests and "one time only" events than there have ever been. Whether you're a fan of comics, sci-fi, horror, anime, gaming or all of the above, there is bound to be something for everyone.

Comic fans are in for some big announcements from Marvel and DC, and horror fans will get an exclusive screening of 'Near Dark,' the cult horror film from Best Director Oscar winner Kathryn Bigelow. Plus, William Shatner returns to the big screen with documentary 'The Captains,' which features interviews with everyone who has ever piloted the Starship Enterprise.

This is just a taste of what's to come at this year's Fan Expo. For the true highlights of this year's convention, hit the jump.

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Fan Expo 2010 Day 3: 'Brokeback' Borgnine, Life After 'Heroes' and Shatner is the Sh%$

by Aaron Broverman, posted Aug 30th 2010 10:15PM
It's the last day of Fan Expo for another year and the crowds are still lining up around the block, but at least there's a little more space on the convention floor, since some people opted to take it easy and stay home. In fact, it was so much easier to move around I was able to pack in two extra panels today.

The little kid in me always wanted to know what happened to Adam, Black Ranger from ' Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers.' It just so happens the actor who played him, Johnny Yong Bosch, was leading a workshop called 'Voice Acting 101,' as he is now an accomplished voice actor for various anime series and video games. He explained his vocal techniques for switching from adult to younger characters, how to make a demo for potential auditions and how to pitch the mic to reduce the boom.

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Fan Expo 2010 Day 2: Batcondoms, David Cronenberg Honored, and Mighty Stan Lee

by Aaron Broverman, posted Aug 29th 2010 2:01PM
Before I get to the Fan Expo Day 2 festivities, let me just say the crowd on Friday was only a sign of things to come. Today, police had to shut down half the street for the line-up because 3,000 people showed up before the doors were scheduled to open. Later, the convention center doors were barred because the place reached capacity, and would violate the fire code if any more people were let in.

The only thing that slightly softened the blow was an extension of the convention by an hour, but an informal poll I conducted found that most people had never seen the convention this packed in all the years they've ever attended. As I made my way through the horde, the chaos seemed to be attributed to the popularity of one person, and some variation on the following could be overheard in the line: "I want to punch Stan Lee in the face for this!"

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Fan Expo 2010 Day 1: The Original Chewbacca, Vampires and Marvel's Unsung Heroes

by Aaron Broverman, posted Aug 28th 2010 3:30PM
Of all the years I've been to the Fan Expo convention in Toronto, 2010 was the first time I laid down $95 for the VIP treatment. The privilege included a variant Thor totebag, a special edition of Spider-Man #638 with guest of honor Stan Lee on the cover, a collection of Green Lantern and Flash power rings and two lithographs - -one, Batman by artist Gary Frank and the other, a reprint of the cover for Spider-Man #1 by Steve Ditko, but the most important thing the VIP pass gave me was time. Today, I was able to enter the premises at 2PM instead of the usual 4PM. So long, suckers!

It was a good thing too, because for the first time even showing up early wasn't enough. The Fan Expo will certainly set an attendance record this year, because the line began outside and almost snaked its way to the CN Tower, which is three full city blocks away.

Just last year, Fan Expo was relegated to the rear of the convention complex, but this year us geeks have taken over all three floors of the main building, and then some. What would be my first order of business in this virtual frenzy of fandom? There wasn't anything explicitly film or TV buff-worthy going on when the panel discussions began at 5PM, so on a day when Stan Lee was making the autograph hounds drool upstairs, I wanted to pay tribute to his lesser-known partners downstairs.

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Julie Newmar Talks Catwoman, the Dynamic Duo and Whether Angelina Jolie Could Wear the Catsuit

by Aaron Broverman, posted Aug 26th 2010 10:15PM
Some ladies still have it -- that classic pin-up beauty that's tough to find anymore -- and Julie Newmar is certainly one of those women. She has the look and the attitude to match, even though she hasn't donned the Catwoman costume that goes with her signature role in over 40 years. According to Newmar, her body still slinks, but on the phone her voice does too. Every syllable still drips with the purr of a cat, and she's bringing the whole package to Toronto this weekend for Fan Expo -- a cross-genre fan convention.

But she's not coming alone. The 60s-era caped crusader and boy wonder (Adam West and Burt Ward) are also coming along to foil any evil plot she may be hatching at the autograph booth. Don't get me wrong -- Ms. Newmar isn't solely defined by her 'Batman' TV series character. This cat has nine lives, including one as a writer and yet another as a road trip totem to a posse of drag queens in 'Too Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar.'

Still, it's Catwoman that makes the boys and girls take notice, but no matter which camp you're in -- Lee Meriwether or the late Eartha Kitt -- Julie Newmar is truly an original, both in the role and in person. TV Squad caught up with the television temptress as she prepares to come to Toronto for the very first time.

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Adam West Talks Batman, 'Family Guy' and Using the Batmobile to Pick Up Women

by Chris Jancelewicz, posted Aug 25th 2010 4:00PM
Adam West might just be the most mischievous man in Hollywood. Talking with the 82-year-old icon as he's about to make his way to Toronto's Fan Expo, he is sneaky and sly -- it's tough to tell when he's being serious or when he's pulling your leg. He is constantly chuckling.

West's career has been all about Batman (he played the superhero on the original TV series from 1966-68), but unlike other typecast stars, West took the caricature of his campy character and ran with it.

Now he has a recurring role as the lunatic Mayor West on 'Family Guy,' where he pokes fun at himself, and his image, on a regular basis. As a result, he has garnered a whole new generation of fans – one that might not even be aware of his Bat past. TV Squad sat down to talk with the legend about the 'Batman' legacy, 'Family Guy,' and why he turned down the role of James Bond.

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Fan Expo 2010: The Good, the Bad, and the Nerdy

by Aaron Broverman, posted Aug 23rd 2010 5:30PM

For many years, comic book/sci-fi/horror convention Fan Expo has been playing the part of small potato to the massive beast that is Comic-Con. While the fest is still smaller than its American cousin, Fan Expo has grown leaps and bounds over the last few years. No longer do Canadian nerds have to make do with no-name D-listers.

This year's Fan Expo promises to be the biggest one yet. Not only does the convention boast the largest masquerade costume contest in Canada, where men and women bring their best fashionable interpretations of characters from each of the represented genres to the stage for prizes and bragging rights, but this year, they're bringing some serious celebrity heavyweights, including the father of the Marvel Universe, Stan Lee, and 'A History of Violence' director David Cronenberg. Oh, and did we mention Summer Glau, James Marsters, Ernest Borgnine and a cast reunion from the '60s-era 'Batman' TV series?

With so many stars in the same room, the floor may start to look like a living wax museum. But hob-nobbing with celebrities isn't the only thing Fan Expo has to offer. Read on for our picks for the best things to see and do.

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