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Hollywood walked the green carpet at second annual Earth Focus Environmental Film Festival

Earth Day was yesterday, so what better way to celebrate the environment than with the second annual EARTH FOCUS ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL!  With the need for awareness of issues surrounding our environment, KCET public television in Los Angeles and independent satellite network Link TV nationwide brought back the second annual  Earth Focus Environmental Film Festival last Friday,  April 20 with a private “Green Carpet” event to celebrate LA’s only environmental film festival. I had the chance to chat with various attendees of the green carpet event and see how Hollywood celebrates the environment…

 

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Hollywood actors launch “This Bar Saves Lives” to battle child hunger

This Bar Saves Lives co-founders & friends of the brand (L – R) Ryan Devlin, Ravi Patel, Kristen Bell, Todd Grinnell, Troian Belessario and Patrick Adams

Being a huge sweet tooth, I can’t say no to a delicious sweet snack.  Having  being heavily involved with medical mission work in Latin America and Asia, I’m also a big advocate of community service.  So what better way to give back to the community, or the world, than buying a great tasting candy bar that goes toward giving life-saving nutrition to a child in need! That is exactly what co-founders/ brand advocates Kristen Bell (The Good Place, Frozen 2), Ryan Devlin (Jane the Virgin),  and Ravi Patel (Master of None, Wrecked), Todd Grinnell (One Day at a Time) did when they launched This Bear Saves Lives in 2013.  Brand advocates Patrick Adams (Suits), and Troian Bellesario (Pretty Little Liars) and CEO Paul Yoo during the brand’s launch event yesterday at Ysabel in West Hollywood.  I had the opportunity to chat with some of the founders and friends of the brand during the This Bar Saves Lives launch event at Ysabel in West Hollywood yesterday.

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The 32nd annual WonderCon is back!

 

I can never miss a WonderCon! From Los Angeles to Anaheim, I have made my journey to this convention of comic books, animation, costumes, TV, and movies. This year’s WonderCon lasted from March 23 – 25.  In addition,  the Anaheim Convention Center greeted its attendees with a new change – expansion of a new building near the Area!  This wonderful addition allowed for more space to attend activities and programs.  After all, there is so much to see and do for both new and returning fans, this addition for the thousands of visitors was a welcome change.

Just like previous WonderCons, the blood drive and Masquerade completion for cosplayers returned.  There were panels for people’s fave shows, autograph signings in the convention hall, and educational lectures on those who want to follow their own aspirations in writing or animation.  Endless comic books, anime products, and costumes abounded in the never-ending booths.

Watching the amazing costumes are one of the best parts of WonderCon.  Here’s but a handful of the wonder costumes that abounded at the convention center!

Of course, you know I love TV and movies!  Where else can fans of their fave shows go celebrate and perhaps catch a glimpse of their hero in real life? Previews and panels of TV shows and movies this year included Reverie, Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger, The 100, The Expanse, Constantine, Lucifer, Black LightningSiren, SuperMansion, NBC’s Timeless, Syfy Krypton, Bad Samaritan, A Series of Unfortunate Events, LEGO DC Super Hero Girls:  Super Villain High, Into the Badlands, Final Space, Teen Titans Go! and Unikitty.  Classics such as Star Trek, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Power Rangers, Back to the Future and X-Men were revisited in discussions.

 

Official page:  http://www.comic-con.org/wca

Twitter:  @WonderCon

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/WonderCon/

NBC’s Chicago Med season 3 premieres on November 21!

CHICAGO MED — Pictured: “Chicago Med” Key Art — (Photo by: NBC)

Every day is a fight for life as the doctors, nurses, and staff of Gaffney Chicago Medical Center return for a season 3 premiere on its new night, Tuesday, Nov. 21 at 10-11 pm ET/PT on NBC this fall as part of the Chicago franchise.  The season 2 finale saw victories with new love as Dr. Choi reveals his love for ER nurse April, the discovery of and removal of a brain tumor, which was the cause of Robin’s erratic behavior. There was the introduction of new colleague Dr. Bekkar who causes friction with Dr. Rhodes. There was also heartache with Dr. Halstead breaking up with Nina, and most importantly, the shooting of psychiatrist Dr. Charles by one of his former patients.

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Recap of the 2017 Comic-Con in San Diego

Comic-Con International returned to San Diego from July 20-23, 2017 with preview night on July 19 at the San Diego Convention Center.  As our writer Sheldon Wiebe gave updates on shows that were coming to the San Diego Comic Con (SDCC), our very own Michelle Alexandria, Tiffany D’ Emideo, and myself made our way to San Diego.  From its early beginnings as the Golden State Comic Book Convention in 1970, the convention has grown to an international sensation drawing fans from all over the world.

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Midnight Texas finally makes its big premiere!

MIDNIGHT, TEXAS — “Bad Moon Rising” Episode 102 — Pictured: (l-r) Peter Mensah as Lemuel, Arielle Kebbel as Olivia, Sarah Ramos as Creek, Francois Arnaud as Manfred — (Photo by: Ursula Coyote/NBC)
 This past Monday, July 24, “Midnight Texas” finally premiered on NBC.  The story centers around the remote Texas town of Midnight, Texas where being normal is really quite strange and only outsiders fit in.  It is a safe haven for those who are different.  When a powerful psychic arrives along with the murder of one of their own, that safety is threatened from suspicious cops, deadly biker gangs, and their own dangerous pasts.  Based on the New York Times best-selling book series Midnight, Texas by Charlaine Harris, author of the novels that inspired, “True Blood”, Eclipse Magazine had the delight of getting a sneak preview days before the premiere.  Now that the show has finally revealed the pilot episode, let’s take a look at what the cast and crew have shared and what we can expect to see this upcoming season.

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Sony Pictures’ “Rogue Warrior: Robot Fighter” cast & crew chat sci fi & more!

 

Rogue Warrior : Robot Fighter is a science fiction film set in the distant future depicting the overthrow of humanity by A.I. (artificial intelligence) on Earth and other worlds. A hyper-weaponized robot army known as A.I. Scourge is bringing down cities, but rebellious robot fighting arms dealer Sienna (Tracey Birdsall) leaves Earth on a mission to find the mythical weapon that can neutralize any form of A.I. and take down the evil empire of robots.  Out in select theaters now, I had the opportunity to chat with the film’s director Neil Johnson along with cast and crew at Comic Con, the Action On Film International Film Festival, and the Los Angeles red carpet premiere.

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Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival celebrates diversity

The 33rd annual Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF) wrapped the screening of 180 films from 33 countries this week.  It commenced on April 27-May 4 in Los Angeles with an extended version of the festival in Orange County from May 5-May 11. With May being Asian Pacific American Heritage month, what better time to celebrate incredible movies of Asian Pacific filmmakers both locally and abroad than at the LAAPFF!

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The 31st annual WonderCon returns to Anaheim!

For the 4th year in a row, I made my annual trek to one of the largest comic conventions on the West coast –  WonderCon!  After a brief foray in Los Angeles last year, WonderCon returned to its usual location at the Anaheim Convention Center from March 31-April 2. With over 900 exhibitors, over 200 hours of programming featuring comics, movies, and TV shows, and numerous panels on your fave TV shows, the sold out convention was sure to delight fans again.  And this time Eclipse Magazine’s fearless leader Michelle Alexandria joined me all the from the east coast!

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The 38th annual Young Artist Award recognizes talent in film and TV

On March 17, 2017, the 38th annual Young Artist Awards (YAA) took place at the Alex Theatre.  Hosted by Mark Christopher Lawrence (Chuck) along with the appearance of Danny Glover, the YAA recognized and honored young talent. Having interviewed and chatted some of these talented young nominees and winners in real life along with seeing the work of the other talent, it was truly a delight to see them being recognized for the talent I already knew existed.

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Actor Michael Pare & director John Fallon chat about “The Shelter”

 

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In The Shelter, directed by John Fallon, homeless vagrant Thomas Jacob (Michael Paré) seeks shelter for the night when he discovers an abandoned two-story home.  With an open door and lights on, it seemed like the perfect place to stay for the night, and sneak out undetected.   Once inside, his past comes to haunt him and he soon realizes that he is not alone. There’s a supernatural force in the house and it won’t let him leave. Destiny has brought Thomas to this place but will he survive the ordeal?  During the screening of The Shelter in Beverly Hills earlier this week, I had the opportunity of chatting with actor Michael Pare and director John Fallon about the film, which is currently out on video on demand and screening in select theaters.

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