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UNSTOPPABLE: James Chen On His Career, Breakout Role On ‘Iron Fist’ And More!

UNSTOPPABLE: James Chen On His Career, Breakout Role On ‘Iron Fist’ And More!

James Chen – Photo by David Zheng

James Chen is, without question, one of the most exciting actors on the scene today. While he is already becoming a familiar face to audiences, it’s important to remember that his success didn’t come overnight. His journey as an actor began at the prestigious Yale School of Drama where, upon graduation, he led the School of Acting in commencement ceremonies and was awarded the Dexter Wood Luke Memorial Prize. He began acting professionally in Philadelphia theater after attending the University of Pennsylvania. After completing Yale, he resumed his professional career in New York City, where he quickly began working in Off Broadway theater, TV, film, commercials, and audiobooks. Armed with an undeniable charisma and incredible work ethic, he has quickly established himself as one of the most captivating and versatile actors in the business. Thankfully, Hollywood was quick to take notice and made him part of several of the most exciting projects in town!

James is currently bringing an exciting array of possibilities to the second season of the Netflix/Marvel series “Iron Fist.” For the uninitiated, the series follows Danny Rand (Finn Jones), who returns to New York City, after being presumed dead for 15 years, to reclaim his family company from Harold Meachum and his children. When a threat emerges, Rand must choose between his family’s legacy and his duties as the Iron Fist. James plays Sam Chung, a volunteer for the Bayard Community Center where Colleen Wing (Jessica Henwick) also works. Chung is known in the comics as the vigilante superhero Blindspot. Up next, he can be found lending his considerable talents to the highly-anticipated CBS drama series, “FBI.” Created by Dick Wolf, the procedural drama follows the inner workings of the New York office of the FBI, bringing to bear all the bureau’s skills, intellect, and mind-blowing technology to keep New York and the country safe. The series is set to premiere on September 25th, 2018. Last, but certainly not least, James returns to his recurring role as Kal in the hit AMC series, “The Walking Dead,” which returns for its eighth season this October.

Even with his career gaining tremendous momentum, James has never lost sight of his roots. He continues to keep himself grounded, and is grateful for those who have helped to expand his world. Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently had the opportunity to catch up with this star on the rise to discuss his unique career path, the challenges he has faced along the way, diversity in Hollywood, and what the future may hold for him!

How did you first gravitate toward the creative arts?

I didn’t grow up in the arts. Actually, I was a pretty nerdy kid growing up in the suburbs of New York. My parents are both professionals, a doctor and an engineer. If anything, art was almost discouraged. It was like, “We didn’t come to the other side of the planet just for you to become an artist!” [laughs] I was successfully nerdy, a good student and I loved film! I just loved watching movies and my dad would buy my friend and I tickets, and we would see three shows in a weekend. I didn’t really get a chance to pursue it until college. I always had this interest, fascination and curiosity, not even joking, just from watching Jay Leno or Conan O’Brien. It was a chance to see these actors that I loved watching on screen as characters talk about their process. Finally, when I got to college, I began to pursue it extracurricularly. I was only allowed to take a couple classes in non-majors, but I started auditioning for shows. That went super well and then I took classes at The Downtown theater and got an agent. Instead of studying for a midterm, I would be trying to map out a three-step, subway-to-bus-to taxi travel plan to get myself to an industrial or commercial that I had booked, or I would be skipping organic chemistry lab to write and direct a play. It got so much momentum that I got an Econ degree and then immediately got a job as a bus boy! [laughs] I told my dad that I was pursuing this acting thing and he was not happy. He said, “Your mother and I have been married for 30 years and this is the hardest time of our marriage.” I knew that I wanted to do this for the rest of my life, so I wanted to get the best training I could. With that said, Meryl Streep was and is one of my idols and heroes. I knew she went to Yale, so I did a lot of research on Yale drama, as well as some other schools, but Yale had always been my first choice. I prepped for that experience for a year. I got in and moved to New York after my three years up in New Haven and now here we are! [laughs] Honestly, the amazing thing is that graduating from Yale was just the beginning! So much has happened since then!

It’s inspiring to see someone with a dream pour their all into it and have it pay off. With that said, it’s a scary step to take. Did you have reservations about taking the plunge and pursuing acting as a career?

Sure, I think so. To be completely honest, I think I was honestly consumed by joy, excitement, passion and curiosity when it came to taking another class, working with another teacher, seeing or reading another play or meeting another actor whose work I liked. It was really strange, it had a mind of its own and took over. I kept listening to that voice! Don’t get me wrong, I’ve also done my share at restaurants but over time the work has been able to provide me some security. I guess it really proves how much I wanted to do it and was in love with it. To me, it didn’t feel like taking a plunge. It was more like taking a breath of fresh air or freedom. Prior to this, I was in a four-year chemistry master’s program and it was just not what I wanted to do with my life, so it felt like a blessing more than anything else!

James Chen – Photo by David Zheng

Which artists inspired you early on?

There are so many great actors! Growing up watching movies I was a big fan of Johnny Depp. As I became more familiar with his work, Daniel Day Lewis, had a tremendous impact on me. I feel like almost every actor has to cite Daniel Day Lewis, it’s almost a given, right? [laughs] Strangely enough, Gregory Peck was also an influence. My mom loves black and white movies and would always be watching Turner Classic Movies, so I got to watch some of that with her. I feel like both Gregory Peck and Olivia de Havilland’s work was incredible and really ahead of its time as far as screen work. In an age where actors were just getting accustomed to acting on film, she had incredibly dropped in and nuanced experiences that were captured on film. That was riveting to me!

What about mentors? I imagine you encountered incredible people along the way.

Yeah! I feel like I’ve been really blessed to have worked with some great actors and teachers over the years. The head of my acting program at Yale was a man named Ron Van Lieu. He is legendary as an actor and acting teacher. He ran the program at NYU for 30 years and I was in his second class at Yale. A lot of my professors at Yale have had profound influences on me. My voice, speech and occasional acting teacher, Beth McGuire, was a big deal. You might recognize her and Faye Simpson, if you check out Lupita Nyong’o’s Oscar acceptance speech where she mentions them. They taught Lupita as well and did a fantastic job. Like I said, I was very lucky to come out of college with very little acting experience but knowing I wanted to study with someone to train for grad school auditions. I was referred to a man named Andrew Borthwick-Leslie, who is a superb actor, acting teacher and human being. I really credit my getting into Yale to him and I tell him that every time I see him! [laughs]

What were the biggest challenges you faced as a young actor?

Good question! I’ve definitely spent my fair share of hours in a restaurant but that’s par for the course — a survival job thing. I feel that I have been fortunate because I was able to segue into doing audiobooks relatively quickly. It required very long hours, a lot of prep work and a lot of stamina but it’s rewarding because you are acting. You definitely have to clock in and out in that kind of way. To be completely honest, I feel the thing that has been the largest obstacle for me has been being an Asian male actor coming out of Yale drama in almost 2010. I say that because the industry hadn’t shifted to where it is right now. There wasn’t as much opportunity back then as there is right now. It was a combination of keeping your dreams alive, despite the reality of what you were seeing every day, not only on TV but in the auditions that were coming through your email because maybe those were the best things being written for someone. Going to Yale, learning how to transform and do all of these different kinds of roles, only ever asked to perhaps do one line as a convenience store owner or something like that, was challenging. I think that is different than working your way up. Working your way up the ladder of the business can definitely be grueling but I tried, as much as possible, to look at it as an exciting adventure and a game. It comes down to the mental aspect of keeping your spirits up through 10 years of ups and downs.

A quick glance at your resume shows your career is quickly gaining steam with amazing projects. What was your breakout moment as an actor?

That’s another interesting question. I had the opportunity to work with Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet. That was awesome and shocking just to be able to meet them. Right around the same time, I booked a recurring role on my favorite show growing up, which was “Law & Order SVU.” On a personal level, that was exciting because it was a recurring guest role which had more presence than the stuff I had previously played. For that to happen was kind of an awakening for me. It was like, “Wow! I did that! That was exciting. I actually feel like I’m living the dream now.” That was definitely a big moment. At the same time, I feel like every job I book is that moment from an energetic gratitude point of view. I did a film a few years ago that was incredibly rewarding called “Front Cover.” I played a character from China who comes to America to promote a film that he’s in. I felt like I finally had an opportunity to use all of those skills I had learned at school. It was extremely rewarding. I feel that it’s experiences like that are why I became an actor! I feel like every job has some element of that in it. As a kid, I loved watching action movies. Now, to be a part of “Iron Fist” and the Marvel Universe is amazing. It’s fresh, new and groundbreaking for me and my career.

James Chen – Photo by David Zheng

How did you get involved with “Iron Fist” and get the role of Samuel Chung?

It came to be as an audition. I had auditioned for a role on that show a few weeks or a month before and on this particular day, I didn’t get a chance to go into the room for the audition. It was really late at night and I was helping my friend work on her material. Last minute, I said, “Oh wait. Could you help me put this thing on tape?” We just put it up and I felt I really clicked with the role. I think I just got booked off of tape which was awesome.

This role has amazing potential for you as an actor and for the buildout of the “Iron Fist” universe. What has the role meant to you?

The role has meant a lot. It’s an honor really to be able to work with all of these wonderful actors like Finn [Jones], Jessica, our showrunner Raven [Metzner] and my other Asian New York theater actor friends like Christine Toy Johnson, James Liao, Marcus Ho or David Shih, who are all in this season as well. That has been deeply uplifting to see us all working on it together and representing Chinese people in this world. On another level it’s really exciting, and I have to give it up to Raven, because Sam Chung, who is obviously Blindspot in the comics, is a relatively new character. However, I think there is a reason for that. I don’t think you could have written the role earlier than that. He is so timely! He’s an illegal Chinese immigrant who taught himself how to design a super suit from reading books on his own. I feel like the ideas of illegal immigration, Asian-American leading men and superheroes are such current things right now and something we need to see. Believe me, I’m completely ready for this! I have been doing MMA for almost a year now and I’m keeping it up! I’m out there and I’m ready for anything should the Marvel forces at play decide there will be a Season 3 and go that way! I’m really excited that we are having this conversation. I’ve been reading a lot of articles online and getting some messages — people are just dying to know if Blindspot is coming out! I think one of the healthiest ways for us to go about that is to have and magnify the conversation, in addition to letting them know what you’re thinking.

While Blindspot is a newer character in the Marvel Universe, I imagine it’s still fun to dig into. Did you find parallels between your two worlds?

It is! As you can see from this season, we don’t go terribly deep into Samuel Chung’s backstory. What I knew at the time was that he was working a Chinatown community center. I’m fortunate enough that I live in New York City where I can literally walk to Chinatown. While I didn’t quite find a community center, there was certainly a lot of community parks. While this wasn’t particularly for the show, I’ve volunteered to teach for after-school SAT enrichment classes where I teach high school kids in Chinatown. In the spirit of that, I’ve had this connection to the New York Chinese community in a volunteer capacity. This is coming from the standpoint of wanting our youth to have a fair shot and taking care of our people and making sure they have what they need to succeed. In that sense, I feel there has been a lot of overlap with Sam, in a great way!

Tell us a little about your process for bringing a new character to life.

I believe it all comes from the text. I guess you could say, “Well, that is a classical theater training background … ” I just think it’s true and the best place to start because that’s what you’re given. It all starts with the text and the clues that you can infer from that. Another big shift for me, in terms of breathing life into a character like Sam, is the wardrobe fitting and the haircut. It powerfully sets the look and feel from the inside. There is a saying in acting — “Acting from the inside out or acting from the outside in.” This is a huge blanket statement, but they used to say that back in the day, that British actors act from the outside in and Americans act from the inside out. I think that any good actor does both. The awesome thing about putting on a costume is that these are the clothes that are in your character’s closet. When you look at yourself in the mirror you are seeing the birth of the character in your reflection. These clothes have been selected through a conversation between yourself and wardrobe and that incites a feeling inside of you of what it feels like to be that person. You start to build a mental and visual image of this person. I guess that is a long way of saying that it’s a truly collaborative effort. You have conversations with hair and wardrobe to help you impose the look. When those come together, it solidifies another milestone for where you are in realizing the character. Anything that isn’t on the page, I feel like actors have creative license to daydream and invent backstory. It’s not like we are changing lines but adding depth. That is where the process begins for me.

James Chen – Photo by David Zheng

You also have a recurring role on “The Walking Dead,” From what I heard, they create an immersive world on set. How does this series compare to others you’ve been a part of?

You hit the nail right on the head! When you walk on to the set of “The Walking Dead,” it’s like you are on a major motion picture film set. I can’t even begin to tell you the level of detail involved. The first time I got to The Hilltop, it was astounding! They made that from scratch and I think it cost them like $2 million or something like that over the course of eight months. It started a weedy hill, but they found this telephone company and they drove these 30-foot-tall telephone poles 10 feet into the ground. There had to be hundreds and hundreds of them to create that fort around The Hilltop. They made everything inside of there and it’s real too! Like the blacksmith forge — it’s real and it works! There are real tomatoes growing out of the gardens. Sometimes, depending on the day, they will have live horses or cattle in the barns eating hay! It’s incredibly immersive and real. There is so much attention to detail, coupled with hundreds of people on the crew. That’s astounding! In a way, it’s super easy because you are drawing so much inspiration just from what you’re looking at and what the set design has done for you and the carpentry has made. I think the other thing that sets “The Walking Dead” apart is that they hire these incredible actors like Lauren Cohen and Zander Berkeley, who’ve I’ve been able to do some great scenes with. I’ve also been very fortunate to work with some great directors like Michael Slovis, who has also done great stints on “Game of Thrones.” It’s been great to work with the top talent and it makes things feel effortless because people are so on top of their game. It’s the same situation with the Marvel Universe because everyone knows their stuff and are also at the top of their craft! On “Iron Fist,” I got to work on a lot of my scenes with Jessica Henwick. She is awesome to work with and loves to improv and find stuff in the moment that may not be in the script. She was pushing me to go off and do what I want to do. It was great to have that sort of permission, so to speak. With projects like these, you would think there would be more pressure or expectation, and I’m sure that’s there somewhere, but I think it comes done to the excitement making it more fun. When things are so well-realized, it almost becomes easier to do. There is so much to take in as an actor and behind-the-scenes as well. It’s incredible to see how much of a collaboration it is. What’s the expression? “It takes a village … ” [laughs] It certainly does!

James Chen – Photo by David Zheng

You will soon be headed to CBS’s new series, “FBI,” from the mind of the legendary Dick Wolf.

Yeah! I was brought in for an audition by Jonathan Strauss, who’s the casting director for “FBI” and some other Dick Wolf titles like the “Chicago” series and “Law & Order” series. I did the audition, eventually was pinned and got an offer. I play a character named Ian Lentz, who works for the FBI in the C.A.R.T. (Computer Analysis Response Team). In this series, a lot of the emergencies are extremely time-sensitive and have to be solved in extremely urgent conditions. The stakes and pressure are both very high, so I have to glean as much information as I can from what’s available and pass it along to our point people, Courtney Gonzalez and Missy Peregrym. They are both fantastic actors, along with Ebony Noelle. What I love about it is that we are working as a team to piece it all together. I feel like getting this part was an extension of my relationship with those creatives. I’ve worked with Jonathan Strauss and Dick Wolf before on “SUV.” It’s like what I was telling you before, booking the job of “Adrian Sung” on “SUV” was a big milestone for me at that stage in my career. It was the biggest thing I had booked up until that date and it was also my favorite show. Dick is an amazing guy, and everyone involved is like a family. I’ve used this expression before but it’s like you’re working with the same family but you’re in a different house. There is a level of comfort that comes in through knowing what to expect as far as the feel and quality of people you are working with. Of course, you’re always bringing your A-game, as well.

As you move forward in your career, your resume continues to grow more eclectic. What are you looking for in the roles you take on?

That’s a great question. Well, I am really into character development having cited Meryl Streep, Daniel Day Lewis and Cate Blanchett, who I’m also a massive fan of. I love being able to explore through character and playing people who have unusual or interesting professions. I also love when they have an interesting conflict within them or that they face and wrestle with internally. I guess you could say that is general for most actors, but I truly like to explore stuff that is different. I think that is why a lot of actors became actors; to be able to touch upon the entire breadth of the human experience. That is what I love about theater and acting class. You get the convenience of being able to play all of those different kinds of characters and explore them, even with action. Something like Blindspot is a great example. Yeah, it’s action. Yeah, it’s Marvel but he’s not just another action vigilante. He has an amazing backstory with so much depth. Personally, it’s a role I feel I could bring so much life and personal experience to. Honestly, it’s also an exciting prospect to have the potential to show something helpful and useful to society. With “Front Cover,” I felt what we were doing was shedding light on Asian men not only as sexy leading men but also telling the stories of people who audiences don’t normally get to see. The story centers around a very successful, famous, masculine man but he is also struggling with being in the closet. His counterpart in the show is also a very confident Asian man, who is having trouble and struggling with his Chinese identity as an American. Things like that are obviously pretty close to home for me and things that I find myself exploring when I write. It just mirrors my experience of being an American guy who happens to be Chinese. Those are some of the things I find interesting these days.

Is writing an aspect of your career you may explore more as you move forward?

Yeah, definitely! I’ve taken some writing classes here and there. I’m trying to get more into a rhythm of writing because it is such a discipline. I have nothing but respect for veteran professional writers. I think actors might take for granted that we get the pages, and everything is already fully formed. We don’t see the countless hours that goes into it, where the writers are by themselves hashing out how to lineup all the moving parts between characters in a script. I would absolutely love to create my own stuff. I’m a huge fan of Donald Glover and Issa Rae. I love that they are multi-hyphenated actor/writer/producers who are creating content that is not only for themselves but what, I think, America needs to see. Their work is telling stories that are not being told and that people haven’t seen yet. Just by virtue of that, it makes it incredibly original. Obviously, both of them are super unique, creative and outstanding in their own right. I would like to make something very personal and meaningful to the Asian-American community.

James Chen – Photo by David Zheng

It goes without saying diversity has been a hot topic in Hollywood for the past several years. You are on the front lines. I feel like we are starting to see true change. Would you agree?

Yeah, absolutely! My buddies and I were just talking about it. I don’t know if it’s an actual thing, but we just saw Asian August. We had “Crazy Rich Asians,” “Searching” and Lana Condor got “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before,” Awkwafina is getting her show greenlit, Ken Jeong is working with Jon M. Chu on his next project and the sequel to “Crazy Rich Asians” is already greenlit. It is time! It’s coming! There is also an amazing show by a Hapa Hawaiian writer who is going to write the Hapa Hawaiian female character story. There are so many exciting and fresh stories in the development pipeline and people are hungry for it! As an actor, I’m seeing the most quality and quantity of auditions for an Asian guy that I’ve ever seen during my time auditioning in the biz.

Looking back on your career so far, I’m sure you see a lot of growth. How have you most evolved as an actor?

That’s a big question! One thing that stands out to me is taking things in stride a little more. It remains the hardest thing to do, I think. Once you know that you’ve settled in for the long game, every individual match, so to speak, doesn’t have to make it or break it for you. It’s knowing how to be wise with your energy and thoughts. It’s also important to know how to recover and self-care. Honestly, maintaining a positive and hopeful attitude through all the ups and downs is very important. I could go into detail about learning new things about acting but I think those have been the most important things, especially for the long run. I guess you could say I have a hyper-focused obsessive personality! [laughs] It’s a double-edged sword. It’s so important and essential to drive down on what you are working on or if you are on-set in the moment. Conversely, it’s so healthy to live a well-rounded life and to have new experiences, do things you haven’t done before, travel and explore. I think that is a gift I’m slowly giving myself more often. It’s a lesson that I happened to learn in my own time. Acting is awesome! I love it and I feel so lucky to have a chance to do this, but I feel like I have also learned that as much as I love it and as much as I’ve always dreamed of having this life, it’s also just a part of life. It is a job that I love but it can’t be everything!

That is a great way of looking at things! I’m excited to see where your journey takes you both in front of and behind the camera! Thanks for your time today, James! I wish you continued success!

Thank you, Jason! I really loved it, truly! I look forward to our next one!

Catch James Chen in Season 2 of Marvel’s ‘Iron Fist’ streaming now on Netflix and on CBS’s ‘FBI’ when it premieres on Tuesday, Sept. 25th at 9/8c. Visit James’ official site at www.jameschen.com and connect with him on social media via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Corey Feldman Wraps Filming of Documentary, Launches New Interactive “Troll-Free” Platform For Fans

Corey Feldman Wraps Filming of Documentary, Launches New Interactive “Troll-Free” Platform For Fans

After months of silence, pop culture icon Corey Feldman has returned to the spotlight with a series of tweets and a new video message for his fans. In the video, Feldman reveals that he has completed the filming of his highly-anticipated documentary. The documentary’s mission is to shine a light on the abuse suffered by him and his peers, including his best friend Corey Haim, as child actors in Hollywood.

In addition, the ‘Lost Boys’ star announced the launch of a new “troll-free” platform, , to communicate and provide updates directly to his fans.

Powered by FanCrater, the website will provide fans with unfiltered updates, exclusive videos and livestreams, special invitations to private events and insider access to Feldman’s world for only $5 a month. Most importantly, the site will allow Feldman and his fans to interact without outside harassment. The platform has received a soft-launch and will be in a state of constant development over the course of the next several months.

Swing by  to view the video and get the full details on what Feldman has been up to over the past few months and how he was able to fund and complete the documentary. 

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Legendary Director Ivan Reitman To Appear at Wizard World Comic Con Chicago!

Legendary Director Ivan Reitman To Appear at Wizard World Comic Con Chicago!

Ivan Reitman

Ivan Reitman, who directed and produced some of the most iconic films of the past four decades, including the mega-hits Ghostbusters, Animal House, Stripes, and Dave, will make his first Wizard World appearance in special sessions on Saturday, August 25 at Wizard World Comic Con Chicago at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. Reitman, whose dozens of blockbuster credits also include National Lampoon’s Animal House, Stripes, Kindergarten Cop, Space Jam, Heavy Metal, Old School, Road Trip, Disturbia, Up in the Air and many others, will sign free autographs for fans during his Wizard World Comic Con Chicago visit, pose for photo ops and conduct an interactive Q&A with Ghostbusters star Ernie Hudson.

After success in stage productions in Toronto and on Broadway in the 1970s, Reitman rose to prominence with the release of classic comedies Animal House (1978), Meatballs (1979) and Stripes (1981). In addition to Ghostbusters (1984) and the sequel Ghostbusters 2 (1989), a string of huge hits which he directed and produced followed over the next two decades, including Legal Eagles (1986), Twins (1988), Kindergarten Cop (1990), Dave (1993), Space Jam (1996), Private Parts (1997) and more. Then after a series of other hits, he produced Up in the Air in 2009, which earned multiple Academy Award® nominations and the comedy I Love You, Man. He more recently directed the sports drama Draft Day (2014).

Reitman’s appearance at Wizard World Comic Con Chicago is part of the lead-up to the 35th anniversary Ghostbusters Fan Fest presented by Wizard World, June 8-9, 2019, at Ghost Corps headquarters on the famed Sony Pictures Studio Lot in Culver City, Calif. Wizard World Comic Con Chicago will also feature a variety of Ghostbusters-themed programming and exhibitors; details to be announced.

John D. Maatta, CEO of Wizard World stated: “It is a thrill and an honor to have Ivan Reitman with us at Wizard World, Chicago. Mr. Reitman has been at the epicenter of the American pop-culture zeitgeist (and poltergeist) for a generation and has entertained a multitude of fans with his iconic works. We are proud to have Ivan Reitman with us in Chicago and to be working with him to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Ghostbusters next Summer”.

Reitman joins a standout roster of celebrities scheduled to attend Wizard World Comic Con Chicago, including Hudson, Tom Welling (“Smallville,” “Lucifer”), Ian Somerhalder (“The Vampire Diaries”), “The X-Files” headliners Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny, six stars of the cast of “Outlander” (Caitriona Balfe, Graham McTavish, Lotte Verbeek, Richard Rankin, Sophie Skelton), Guardians of the Galaxy standouts Michael Rooker and Pom Klementieff, the “Boy Meets World” foursome of Ben Savage, Danielle Fishel, Will Friedle and Rider Strong, David Krumholz (“Firefly,” Serenity), Christy Carlson Romano (“Kim Possible”) and many others.

Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop culture: movies, television, gaming, live entertainment, comics, sci-fi, graphic novels, toys, original art, collectibles, contests and more. The 10th event scheduled on the 2018 Wizard World calendar, Chicago show hours are Thursday, August 23, 4-9 p.m.; Friday, August 24, noon-7 p.m.; Saturday, August 25, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, August 26, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Kids 10 and under are admitted free with paid adult.
The 20th Anniversary Wizard World Comic Con Chicago (first held in 1998) is also the place for cosplay, with fans young and old showing off their best costumes throughout the event. Fans dressed as every imaginable character – and some never before dreamed – will roam the convention floor and participate in the famed Wizard World Costume Contest on Saturday evening.

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POWER MORPHICON To Stream Live Via Shout! Factory Twitch Channel On August 19th!

POWER MORPHICON To Stream Live Via Shout! Factory Twitch Channel On August 19th!

It’s Morphin’ Time! Shout! Factory TV will partner with social video platform Twitch to host Power Morphicon LIVE, a livestream from the 6thbi-annual Power Rangers fan-run convention. Fans can experience the action and excitement beginning Sunday, August 19 at 10 a.m. PT on Shout! Factory’s official Twitch channel.

Hosted by Brian Ward of Shout! Factory, Power Morphicon LIVE will offer fans of the iconic series an insider’s view of the event, featuring live interviews with cast and crew from the convention floor, streamed panels, special features and other highlights from Power Morphicon 2018. The morphenomenal livestream will broadcast live from the convention floor at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA.

Launched with the original hit series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers in 1993, the Power Rangers franchise quickly catapulted itself as a pop culture mainstay. Following its introduction, Power Rangers became the most-watched children’s television program in the United States and remains one of the top-rated and longest running boys live-action series in television history. The series follows the adventures of a group of ordinary teens who “morph” into superheroes and save the world from evil. It is seen in more than 150 markets, translated into numerous languages and a favorite on many key international children’s programming blocks around the world.

Following the live event, the stream of Power Morphicon 2018 will be available for VOD viewing on Shout! Factory TV.

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John Waters To Host All-Inclusive Sleep-Away-Camp Experience This Summer!

John Waters To Host All-Inclusive Sleep-Away-Camp Experience This Summer!

Legendary director John Waters will host a once in a lifetime All-Inclusive Sleep-away-Camp experience for fans in Kent, Connecticut September 22-24. Adult Summer Camp, Club Getaway, will be transformed into Camp John Waters for this exclusive weekend. Relive your filthy childhood while participating alongside other trashy campers in these fun activities:

  • A John Waters Costume Contest – Judged by John Waters
  • A John Waters Dance Party
  • John Waters Reading a John Waters’ Book
  • A John Waters Film Marathon
  • John Waters Performing a One Man Show
  • John Waters Q&A
  • Hairspray Karaoke
  • Pontoon Boat Rides
  • Bloody Mary Bingo
  • Campfire & S’mores
  • Scotch & Cigars

And this stuff too:
Arts & Crafts, Swimming, Yoga, Trapeze, Zip Line, Hiking, Biking, Rock Climbing, Aerial Park, Archery, Waterskiing, Arts & Crafts, Meditation, Golf Lessons, Burlesque Lessons, Tennis, Giant Swings, Basketball, Paddle Boards, Sailing, Bungee Trampoline, Slip n Slide, , Hip Hop Dance, Geronimo, Basketball, Canoeing , Kayaking, Ping Pong, Aeroball plus many many other traditional campy options…

Camp John Waters can accommodate only 300 campers so reservations will go fast. Two, Three and Four person cabins are available on a first come first reserved basis. Cabin reservations include all activities and meals (Alcohol is available for additional fees.) Additionally, each camper will be given an autographed copy of John’s latest book ‘Make Trouble.’

Reservations & Camp Information: http://www.CampJohnWaters.com
Dates: September 22-24
Location: Club Getaway, 59 S. Kent Rd, Kent, CT

90 minute drive from NYC and 3 hour drive from Boston
Bus Service Available from Manhattan for $65 round-trip
Phone: 1-800-6Getaway

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GAME CHANGER: Adi Shankar On The American Dream And His Creative Evolution!

GAME CHANGER: Adi Shankar On The American Dream And His Creative Evolution!

Over the past few years, Adi Shankar established himself as a force to be reckoned with in Hollywood. As one of the most multi-faceted creators in the game, he is dedicated to keeping his finger on the pulse of his eclectic fanbase, while continuing to push his creative limits with every project. With a slew of high-profile projects on the way in coming months, such as Netflix’s recently announced ‘Castlevania’ and his highly anticipated ‘God and Secrets’ series for HBO, 2017 is shaping up to be his most ambitious and creatively satisfying year to date. While his creations are known for their unbelievable buzz, high-intensity action and mind-blowing visuals, at the heart of it all, Adi Shankar is a storyteller and his story is shaping up to be one of the best ever told. Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Adi to discuss the process of finding his creative voice, his evolution as an artist, challenging the status quo in Hollywood and the lessons he learned along the way.

You are a great example of a guy who works to make his dream a reality, which is very inspiring. Let’s go back to your early years. What went into finding your voice creatively as an artist?

Oh, man! That’s a great question. I wish people asked more questions like that one because now I actually have to think and it’s not some robotic answer! Obviously, it didn’t happen overnight and it was a slow, gradual progression. For me, it was a big generational thing because a lot of the guys that I worked with early on were a lot older than me. They were way, way older than me and they were inspired by the crime movies of the 1970s and stuff like that. I learned so much from these guys, the Phil Joanou’s of the world, Andrew Dominic, Tarsem Singh and even a guy like Thomas Jane. Through people like this, I learned what it meant to have a point of view. Coming from a conservative place, growing up in China and India, that behavior was frowned upon. It was also a combination of people like yourself responding to some of the stuff I was saying. I mean, my whole life I had been told I was insane, completely bat-shit crazy and that everything I was doing was irrational. Then, one day, I started believing in myself!

You connect with your fans and are in touch with what they are thinking.

Yeah, they have really helped me find my voice. Ultimately, Hollywood is run by suits. Half the people who present themselves as artists are just suits parading as artists. All they’re trying to do is peddle a corporate agenda. It was amazing that the internet allowed me to circumvent that. That is the kind of thing you used to get blackballed for back in the day — having a voice and an opinion.

Building on that, you remain driven. What fuels your creative fire?

That’s another great question. It’s evolving. When I first got into this, the diversity issues really bothered me. There’s a feeling of loneliness that you get when you turn on TV or the movies and you don’t see anyone who looks like you who is a good guy. You also don’t see anyone who looks like you that is particularly competent, so you feel like you are destined to be the sidekick. Then, all of a sudden, Aziz Ansari popped. Then Mindy Kaling popped and all of a sudden diversity became a thing and Dev Patel popped. It’s crazy, Dev and I talked about this six or seven years ago. I was like, “Man, it’s got to be our generation. We’re going to shatter this glass ceiling. This is bullshit! We weren’t meant to play Apu or Hadji, the sidekick from ‘Jonny Quest,’ or the best friend in the romantic comedy who tells Ryan Reynolds what to say at the end. Fuck that!” That’s what used to drive me. I guess it’s still part of what drives me; feeling like I have this point of view and I’m allowed to share it with the world.

As you said, you didn’t grow up in the United States but you made it your home. In spite of the adversity you faced, you started to leave your mark on the entertainment industry. What’s your take on the American Dream in this day and age?

What it means to me and what it means to most Americans today is very different. What it means to me is that I was able to come here and express myself in a way that I was told was never possible. For that I will always be grateful. I will always say America is one of (if not THE greatest) countries in the world for that. Anywhere else in the world, I’m in jail with what I do! [laughs] I think America is going through a paradigm shift right now and there’re a lot of social, economic and structural issues that are creating these massive disruptions on every level, both in the private and public sectors. I think there is a tough journey ahead for the American Dream.

You have plenty of irons in the fire. What has you most excited?

My show, “Adi Shankar’s Gods and Secrets,” comes out later this year. It’s been a long time coming and it’s definitely a passion project of mine. It’s a project that is very near and dear to me and something I have put my entire heart and soul into. I hope people dig it when it comes out!

Obviously, you aren’t going to tip your hand too much when it comes to the project but I have a question regarding “Gods and Secrets.” What are the biggest challenges you faced and the biggest lessons learned from this experience?

Oh man, I could talk for an hour about all the lessons I have learned. I think I was kind of a control freak before this series. I was a control freak in denial of being a control freak, right? I had these great collaborators on the show which helped me through the process of it, technically, emotionally and personally, to be quite frank. I mean, there has been a lot going on in my life, both personally and professionally. As you know, I don’t announce projects. I’m always working on stuff and when it’s ready, it comes out. That has been my M.O. and with that said, I have four pretty big things coming out this year and I was doing “Gods and Secrets” at the same time. A big lesson was learning to trust the people around me in a way that I hadn’t trusted anyone before. I had to let them in any way that I hadn’t let anyone in before. As a human, I think that is the biggest lesson learned in a lot of ways.

You made a big splash a few years back with the release of your Bootleg Universe trailer for “Power/Rangers.” One could easily argue that led to the “Power Rangers” film that just hit theaters. Have you seen the film and, if so, what are your thoughts?

Yes, I have seen it. I loved it! I thought it was great! Obviously, there was inspiration that was drawn from the thing that Joe [Kahn] and I did but that’s great! It’s amazing! I need that because I am a rabid “Power Rangers” fan. That was the way I saw the show as a 9-year-old! It’s crazy! I made this thing, put it out there and then, all of a sudden, the official franchise is now responding to it. The movie, in a lot of ways, is a reflection of that and it’s great! Literally the thing that influenced me was then influenced by something I had a hand in doing, so you can’t get any better than that! It’s a dream come true. The only thing that I will say to the Lionsgate folks is that obviously the film deserves a sequel. Obviously. They need to make the Green Ranger female. I think it’s time for a badass female Green Ranger. I think they should cast Lorde. She is mainly known as a singer but she is a fantastic actress as well!

As a fan of your creations, it’s exciting how you keep us on our toes. What are your biggest creative milestones?

There have been a few and I would say all of them have been the bootlegs. Those were the things I was passionate about and each of them kind of represent a different era in my life and my evolution as a dude who creates things. I think “Dirty Laundry” was a big one. I wanted to make it but I never knew there was an audience for it. I just thought it was cool. I didn’t even realize people knew who The Punisher was! I got an email address or a phone number for some dude at Machinima back in 2012. I called him and I said, “Hey, I did this thing for The Punisher. I don’t know what to do with it. Do you want it? You have a YouTube channel. Would you like to put it on there?” The guy I was talking to had no idea who Tom [Jane] was or who The Punisher was, so I literally thought, “OK, people really aren’t into this stuff. Cool.” I just kind of figured out how to make a YouTube page, which I didn’t know how to do back then. I realized it was so easy, so I posted it. The next thing I knew, it went viral! I thought, “Wait. What’s the disconnect here?”

The business changed a lot, even in the time you released “Dirty Laundry.” When we last spoke, I asked where you felt the entertainment industry was headed. I want to change it up this time as I think there is a more important question. Where are you headed in the next few years?

I hope I don’t sell out, man. I hope I don’t sell out. It was kind of tough. I remember when we were growing up, artists were artists and corporate suit types were corporate suit types. When an artist sold-out there was a huge outcry, “Oh man, he sold out!” Then, all of a sudden, everyone sold out and then selling out became the norm. I feel like what is happening is that the internet was a giant organism designed to fight back against that. Honestly, I hope the internet doesn’t become corporatized like everything else.

I can see where you’re coming from. Have you come close to selling out?

Absolutely! Absolutely! After the “Power/Rangers” short, I was getting literally everything that you dream about as a teenager trying to break in being thrown at me. Everything you can think of! So yeah, I came close to selling out and then I made “Gods and Secrets!” [laughs]

You are always looking for new outlets or new ways to tell the stories that intrigue you. Earlier this year it was announced you were bringing “Castlevania” to Netflix later this year. In that case you are bringing a game to the screen. What are your thoughts on doing the reverse and bringing one of your stories to the video game medium?

Absolutely! I’m even more into video games than I am into movies. I feel like movies exist differently for me than they do for other people. For me, they are just a method of communication and a way to communicate ideas. You are cutting together moments of a character’s life to convey a message or idea to people. It’s storytelling, right? Games do the same thing in a more immersive way. I’m not as into movies as I once was because they have become so formulaic and that is why I have shifted over to the TV side of things. By exploring the medium of TV, we are able to elongate the story and by doing so, the story starts feeling different and the beats evolve by lengthening or shortening. I’m actually talking to video game developers constantly. Some of the major ones have talked to me about possibly coming in and writing the new edition of a franchise. At the same time, some of the indie ones are asking, “Hey, would you want to work with us on a game,” where I would design the aesthetic color palette. I’m definitely going to take someone up on that in the next couple of years. One hundred percent! Next time we chat; you’re going to ask me about specific videogames!

I look forward to that conversation! Building on what we talked about today, I have one more question. What’s the best lesson we can take from your journey as an artist?

Never give up. Never quit. I think if I could go back in time and talk to myself from five years ago, I wouldn’t say too much because I wouldn’t want to affect the space time continuum, but if I had to say something, it would be, “Believe in yourself.” Even if other people don’t or what you’re doing seems a little off-beat, eccentric or weird, you just have to believe and the rest will fall into place!

Thanks for your time today, Adi! I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us in the years to come!

Thank you, my friend. I appreciate it and you guys are amazing! It’s cool because if I didn’t have you guys, it’s like I wouldn’t exist, so thank you! Thank you and I’ll talk to you again soon!

Follow the continuing adventures of Adi Shankar on social media via FacebookTwitter and YouTube. Check out his kick-ass trailer for POWER/RANGERS below!

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‘Saving Banksy’ To Hit Theaters On January 13th — Extended Trailer Released!

‘Saving Banksy’ To Hit Theaters On January 13th — Extended Trailer Released!

In theaters on January 13th, 2017!

Saving Banksy is the true story of one misguided art collector’s attempt to save a painting by infamous British street artist Banksy from destruction and the auction block. It asks the question, ‘What would you do if you woke up one morning and found a million dollar Banksy spray-painted on the side of your building?’

Banksy has created some of the world’s most iconic street art. His work is deemed illegal by authorities, but at auction, Banksy street-paintings sell for hundreds-of-thousands of dollars. While his work is created for the public, Banksy paintings are being removed by art dealers and resold at auction for huge profits, and the artist receives nothing. The movie is a rare and revealing look at the secretive world of street art and graffiti and its new found value and worth in the traditional art world.

“The importance of ‘Saving Banksy’ is the dialogue of preserving versus stealing one’s art. I hope people take away the overarching theme of the film.  Artists as a whole including musicians and filmmakers all have their art stolen on a daily basis,” said graffiti artist Kelly ‘Risk’ Graval. “This is the bigger discussion that needs to be recognized by all. If people do the crime whether it be stealing intellectually or physically it’s all the same and the consequences should be treated accordingly.”The tagline for the film reads “It’s not art unless you can sell it for lots of Money” and the movie is meant to be thought-provoking and controversial.

Producer Kevin Zinger stated: “As Andy Warhol said, ‘Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.’ This film explores deeper conversations that need to be had about street art and how it’s preserved and who profits from it. The artists in the film are the next generation of Warhols and the medium they use is often not only public, but also illegal. The film sparks a conversation about legality, artists’ rights, artistic boundaries, public works and who profits from them and if they should or should not be preserved for future generations to enjoy.”

MoviePilot.com describes Saving Banksy as “The Anti-Capitalist Battle Cry The Art World Needs.”

Saving Banksy was directed by Colin M. Day with narration by Paul Polycarpou, and features interviews with top street and graffiti artists from across the globe, including Ben Eine, Risk, Revok, Niels ‘Shoe’ Meulman, Blek Le Rat, Anthony Lister, Doze Green, Hera and Glen E Friedman. Director Colin M. Day’s documentary feature film Saving Banksy produced by 2:32 AM Projects and Regime is set for theatrical release on January 13th, 2017 in select theatres across the United States in conjunction with Parade Deck Films and Candy Factory Films.

An extended trailer for the film has been released online at https://youtu.be/ztHKstXFlj8 ahead of the film’s theatrical release.
 
Theatre Showings:
01/13 – Phoenix, AZ @ Filmbar  
01/13 – New York City, NY @ TBA
01/13 – Peoria, IL @ Landmark Cinemas
01/13 – Kansas City, MO @ Tivoli Cinemas
01/15 – Portland, OR @ Hollywood Theatre
01/20 – Hollywood, CA @ Arena Cinelounge
01/20 – San Francisco, CA @ The Roxie
01/27 – Phoenix, AZ @ Harkins Tempe Valley Art    
01/27 – Boston, MA @ Coolidge Corner         
01/27 – Columbus, OH @ Gateway FC 
01/27 – Ithaca, NY @ Cinemapolis
01/27 – Albuquerque, NM @ The Guild Cinema       
01/29 – Portland, OR @ Cinema 21
02/03 – Yonkers, NY @ Alamo Drafthouse     
02/03 – Chicago, IL @ Siskel Film Center
02/03 – Buffalo, NY @ The Screening Room
02/03 – Seattle, WA @ TBA 
02/03 – San Diego, CA @ TBA
02/06 – Honolulu, HI @ Pow Wow Hawaii
03/04 – Beloit FIlm Festival @ Domenico’s     
03/05 – Beloit FIlm Festival @ Bushel and Peck’s

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Comet TV Announces Action-Packed Lineup For January 2017

Comet TV Announces Action-Packed Lineup For January 2017

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Comet TV has an action-packed lineup slated for January. The best part is you don’t need a subscription service to watch! Focusing on sci-fi and horror, they have a delightfully mixed bag of awesome content on tap! Check out the schedule below:

 

Futureworld (1976)
Friday January 13 at 8/7C
Saturday January 14 at 8/7C
Monday January 16 at Midnight/11C
Wednesday January 25 at 6/5C
Monday January 30 at 6/5C

The Haunted House of Horror (1970)
Thursday January 12 at 4/3C
Sunday January 15 at 10/9C

The Ghost In the Invisible Bikini (1966)
Thursday January 12 at 6/5C
Sunday January 15 at Noon/11C

K-9000 (1991)
Sunday January 8 at 2am/1C 

Deranged (1974)
Saturday January 14 at 10/9C

Flash Gordon (1980)
Friday January 6 at 4/3C
Monday January 16 at 6/5C
Wednesday January 18 at 2am/1C
Friday January 20 at Noon/11C

I.F.O. (1986)
Saturday January 14 at Midnight/11C
Friday January 20 at 10am/9C

Thunderbird 6 (1968)
Monday January 9 at Noon/11C
Tuesday January 10 at 2am/1C
Sunday January 22 at Noon/11

R.O.T.O.R. (1988)
Saturday January 7 at 2am/1C
Thursday January 19 at 10am/9C
Monday January 23 at 4/3C

Final Encounter (2000)
Sunday January 15 at 4/3C 

Tank Girl (1995)
Saturday January 7 at 10am/9C
Monday January 9 at 6/5C
Wednesday January 11 at 2am/1C
Friday January 13 at Noon/11C

In the Year 2889 (1966)
Saturday January 7 at Midnight/11C
Saturday January 14 at 10am/9C
Monday January 16 at 2am/1C
Thursday January 26 at 10am/9C

Frogs (1972)
Sunday January 8 at 10am/9C

Arena (1991)
Thursday January 12 at 10am/9C
Saturday January 14 at 6/5C
Sunday January 22 at 4/3C
Friday January 27 at Midnight/11C

Jaws of Satan (1982)
Friday January 13 at Midnight/11C
Saturday January 21 at 10am/9C

Message from Space (1979)
Friday January 6 at 6/5C
Tuesday January 10 at 10am/9C
Monday January 16 at 4/3C
Saturday January 21 at 2am/1C

Mimic 2 (2001)
Friday January 6 at 8/7C
Saturday January 7 at 8/7C
Sunday January 15 at 6/5C

Mimic 3: Sentinel (2003)
Saturday January 7 at 10/9C
Wednesday January 11 at 6/5C
Friday January 20 at 6/5C

Daughters of Satan (1972)
Sunday January 8 at 2/1C
Wednesday January 11 at 10am/9C

Tentacles (1977)
Monday January 9 at Midnight/11C

Code 46 (2004)
Monday January 9 at 2am/1C
Friday January 13 at 4/3C
Saturday January 21 at Midnight/11C

Gate II (1992)
Tuesday January 10 at Noon/11C
Saturday January 21 at Noon/11C
Monday January 23 at 6/5C
Tuesday January 31 at Noon/11C

Octaman (1971)
Wednesday January 11 at Noon/11C
Monday January 23 at Midnight/11C

Dangerous Game (1987)
Friday January 13 at 6/5C

Alakazam the Great (1961)
Saturday January 14 at 2/1C
Tuesday January 17 at 4/3C
Thursday January 19 at Midnight/11C
Monday January 23 at 10am/9C
Tuesday January 24 at Midnight/11C

Voyage into Space (1968)
Saturday January 14 at 4/3C
Monday January 23 at Noon/11C
Tuesday January 24 at 2am/1C

Superbeast (1972)
Saturday January 21 at 6/5C
Sunday January 29 at 4/3C

Real Men (1987)
Friday January 20 at 8/7C
Saturday January 21 at 8/7C
Monday January 23 at 2am/1C
Wednesday January 25 at Noon/11C
Friday January 27 at 4/3C

The Land that Time Forgot (1975)
Tuesday January 10am/9C
Tuesday January 24 at 10am/9C

The People that Time Forgot (1977)
Wednesday January 25 at 10am/9C

Meteor Man (1993)
Friday January 27 10am/9C
Monday January 30 at 4/3C

Alienator (1988)
Saturday January 28 at 2/1C

 Retaliator (1986)
Saturday January 28 at 4/3C

WANT TO BE COOLER THAN YOUR FRIENDS?
COMET HAS SHOWS YOU SHOULD WATCH!

Stargate Atlantis
Every weeknight Monday-Friday at 10/9C

Mystery Science Theater 3000
Sundays at 8/7C

Dead Like Me
Tuesdays at 8/7C

Original Outer Limits (1963)
Wednesdays at 8/7C

Jeremiah
Thursdays at 8/7C

Poltergeist: The Legacy
Mondays at 8/7C

Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robot
Sundays at 12:30am/11:30C

Men into Space
Sundays at 1:30am/12:30C

Stargate SG-1 (Returns Early 2017)

Stargate Universe (Returns Early 2017)

Comet is available via over-the-air, however, you can also stream it online at CometTV.com.

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Comet TV’s December Lineup In The Cure For Your Holiday Blues!

Comet TV’s December Lineup In The Cure For Your Holiday Blues!

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Comet TV has an action-packed lineup slated for December. The best part is you don’t need a subscription service to watch! Focusing on sci-fi and horror, they have a delightfully mixed bag of awesome content on tap! It’s truly the cure for the holiday blues! Check out the schedule below:

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai (1984)
Friday December 9 at 8/7C
Saturday December 10 at 8/7C
Monday December 12 at MIDNIGHT/11C
Friday December 16 at 4/3C
Saturday December 24 at Noon/11C

Beyond the Door III (1990)
Wednesday December 21 at 10am/9C
Saturday December 17 at 10/9C
Saturday December 31 at 6/5C 

The Black Cat (1984)
Wednesday December 7 at 4/3C
Tuesday December  13 2am/1C
Tuesday December 20 Noon/11C 

Blacula (1972)
Thursday December 15 MIDNIGHT/11C
Tuesday December 20 MIDNIGHT/11C 

Critters (1986)
Tuesday December 13 at Noon/11C
Sunday December 18 at 4/3C
Wednesday December 21 at 6/5C

Critters 4 (1992)
Thursday December 15 at Noon/11C
Sunday December 18 at 6/5C
Monday December 19 at 4/3C

Dark Tower (1987)
Saturday December 10 at 2am/1C
Saturday December 24 at 2am/1C

Daughters of Satan (1972)
Saturday December 24 at 6/5C
Thursday December 29 at Noon/11C

Delirious (1991)
Wednesday December 7 at 10am/9C
Saturday December 10 at Midnight/11C
Friday December 16 at 6/5C
Saturday December 24 at 10am/9C

Deranged (1974)
Monday December 19 at MIDNIGHT/11C

Donovan’s Brain (1953)
Tuesday December 6 at 10am/9C
Saturday December 17 at 2am/1C
Tuesday December 27 at 2am/1C

Encounter at Raven’s Gate (1990)
Tuesday December 13 at 10am/9C

Flash Gordon (1980)
Friday December 30 at 8/7C
Saturday December 31 at 8/7C

Frogs (1972)
Saturday December 17 at 2/1C
Tuesday December 20 at 4/3C
Thursday December 22 at MIDNIGHT/11C
Friday December 30 at MIDNIGHT/11C

Gog (1954)
Monday November 21 at 4/3C

The Haunted House of Horror (1970)
Saturday December 24 at 2/1C

I.F.O. (1986)
Saturday December 31 at 2am/1C

K-9000 (1991)
Monday December 12 at 2am/1C
Tuesday December 27 at MIDNIGHT/11C

Mac and Me (1988)
Friday December 23 at 6/5C

Motel Hell (1980)
Saturday December 17 at 6/5C

New Year’s Evil (1980)
Saturday December 31 at MIDNIGHT/11C

Portrait of an Escort (1980)
Saturday December 31 at 10am/9C

Retroactive (1997)
Sunday December 18 at 2/1C

Scream, Blacula, Scream (1973)
Saturday December 10 at 4/3C

Species (1995)
Saturday December 10 at Noon/11C
Wednesday December 14 at 2am/1C

Squirm (1976)
Saturday December 17 at 4/3C
Thursday December 22 at 2am/1C
Friday December 30 at 2am/1C

Tank Girl (1995)
Friday December 23 at 8/7C
Saturday December 24 at 8/7C

Timebomb (1991)
Saturday December 10 at 10/9C

Timestalkers (1987)
Friday December 16 at 10am/9C

To All a Good Night (1983)
Saturday December 24 at 10/11C

The Twonky (1953)
Sunday December 11 at Noon/11C

Wolfen (1981)

Friday December 16 at 8/7C
Saturday December 17 at 8/7C


WANT TO BE COOLER THAN YOUR FRIENDS?  COMET HAS SHOWS YOU SHOULD WATCH!

 Mystery Science Theater 3000
Sundays in November at 8/7C

Dead Like Me
Tuesdays in November at 8/7C

Original Outer Limits (1963)
Wednesdays in November at 8/7C

Jeremiah
Thursdays in November at 8/7C

Poltergeist: The Legacy
Mondays in November at 8/7C

Stargate SG-1 (Returns Early 2017)

Stargate Universe (Returns Early 2017)

Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robot
Sundays in November at 12:30am/11:30C

Men into Space
Sundays in November at 1:30am/12:30C

Comet is available via over-the-air, however, you can also stream it online at CometTV.com.

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‘Thelma & Louise’ Ride Back Into Theaters This August for 25th Anniversary!

‘Thelma & Louise’ Ride Back Into Theaters This August for 25th Anniversary!

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Twenty-five years ago, in one of the greatest road movies of all time, Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon rode to everlasting fame as two women who embark on a crime spree across the American southwest in “Thelma & Louise” – and on August 21 and 24, they’re journeying back to more than 500 movie theaters across the country.

For two days only at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. local time, audiences can take the wild ride with Thelma (Geena Davis) and Louise (Susan Sarandon) all over again in a special Thelma & Louise 25th Anniversary celebration, presented by Fathom Events, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) and Park Circus. This special two-day-only event also includes an exclusive all-new introduction from movie critic Ben Lyons.

Tickets for the “Thelma & Louise 25th Anniversary” can be purchased online beginning Friday, July 22nd, by visiting www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy this event in more than 500 select movie theaters through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network. For a complete list of theater locations, visit the Fathom Events website. (Note that theaters and participants are subject to change.)

Directed by action master Ridley Scott (The MartianBlack Hawk DownGladiator) from an Oscar-winning screenplay by Callie Khouri, “Thelma & Louise” is an exhilarating, full-throttle adventure hailed as one of the best road movies of all time! Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis star as accidental outlaws on a desperate flight across the Southwest after a tragic incident at a roadside bar. With a determined detective (Harvey Keitel) on their trail, a sweet-talking hitchhiker (Brad Pitt) in their path and a string of crimes in their wake, their journey alternates between hilarious, high-speed thrill ride and empowering personal odyssey… even as the law closes in.

“There’s never been an on-screen pair quite like Thelma and Louise, and there’s never been a movie as fearless, exciting and provocative. ‘Thelma & Louise’ is as stunning, powerful and downright entertaining as it was when it was released 25 years ago,” Fathom Events Vice President of Studio Relations Tom Lucas said.

Originally released on May 24, 1991, “Thelma & Louise” received six Academy Award nominations, including Best Director (Ridley Scott); Best Actress in a Leading Role for both Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis; Best Cinematography (Adrian Biddle); and Best Editing (Thom Noble), with Callie Khouri winning an Oscar for her memorable screenplay.

Movie fans also have the chance to win the Ultimate Road Trip adventure by posting a selfie with “Thelma & Louise” using the hashtag #ThelmaAndLouise25. Visit the “selfie-standee” in select movie theaters, and read the full contest details at FathomEvents.com/event/thelma-and-louise/more-info/sweepstakes.

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