Bruce Boxleitner will be appearing in another made-for-television film for The Hallmark Channel, premiering November 2, 2013. The film also stars Emily Rose, Justin Bruening, and Lindsey Wagner.
I'm looking forward to seeing Bruce Boxleitner is this movie. Amazon has it available for pre-order to be released on DVD and Blu-Ray October 29, 2013.
Well, another exciting weekend has come and gone as a minion for the Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle, Washington – the largest comic book and pop culture convention in the Pacific Northwest! They promoted this year’s con, as the biggest and best and I believe it lived up to the hype. I heard a rumor the final attendance numbers were close to 73,000 attendees. Wow!
I was super excited about being a "Minion" again this year. I really like to help people! My crazy, busy, hectic weekend started on Friday. The Seattle Convention Center was so packed with fans; the fire marshal closed down the escalators. I finally was able to get into the center and made my way to the minion lair, where I signed in, received my badge, and my official minion t-shirt. My assignment on Friday night was line control in the comic book section, specially observing the crowd waiting in line to see comic book writer Chris Clairemont (X-Men). I had a good time chatting with fans, some who had been standing in line 3-hours to talk to him and get his autograph.
On Saturday, I arrived early, so I could "play" for a couple hours before I had to volunteer. The lines were long, but I heard little complaint and most were just excited to be there and meet and talk to their heroes. I still can’t believe the line-up of media stars; Patrick Stewart, Adam West, Burt Ward, Michael Shanks, Christopher Lloyd, Will Wheaton, Gillian Anderson, Dirk Benedict, Misha Collins, Billy Dee Williams and more. I wish I had had more time and money, but I did get the opportunity to get both Michael Shanks (Stargate SG-1) and Christopher Lloyd’s (Back to the Future) autographs and shake their hands. Also had my little fangirl moment when Michael Shanks called me “sweetie.” Squeal!!! In addition, I saw Julie Caitlin Brown (Babylon 5), who was standing at Michael Shanks table (I think she must be his agent). Although, I did not have the time or money, while waiting in line for autographs, I did see Dirk Benedict, Michael Rooker, Chris Sarandon, and Natalia Tena.
My afternoon was spent doing food runs for hungry minions in the panel areas and then line control in the main lobby and show booth. Mostly, I answered questions and gave directions. I saw some fantastic cosplay and sci-fi costumes and was easily entertained by antics of many of the attendees. It was a great opportunity to people watch!
That evening, I spent the night in downtown Seattle at the Green Tortoise – a hostel located across from the world famous Pike Place Market. The rooms were clean and the rates could not be beat, and free breakfast, wi-fi, and private bathrooms. I did not mind sharing a room, although I was not thrilled that one of my roomies had to have the light on all night long. Next time, I think I had better bring a sleep mask.
Sunday was my all day minioning. My day started at 8:30 am at the convention center and I spent the morning between the escalators directing traffic, giving directions and helping those who were lost or looking for a place to eat or the restrooms. While volunteering, I ran into a high school friend, Anneliese and we chatted for several minutes and even when I took a 15-minute break, she walked with me to the café and we visited some more. I had a great time catching up with her. On my lunch break, I went back up to the celebrity floor and waited in line to visit with Jim Cummings (voice of Tigger and Winnie the Pooh). I almost didn’t get a chance to see him, because of time constraints, but was able to slip a picture with him under the wire. I also saw an amazing Lego exhibit and costumes from the movie The Hunger Games were on display. The final event of the evening was a panel discussion with Patrick Stewart. I would have loved to have attended his panel, but by the time my shift was over it was standing room only – and not even in the room he was in and I was too TIRED to stand any more that day, so I walked down to Coleman Dock and took the ferry back home.
Overall, I had a great time. Crowds were crazy and lines were long, but people were friendly and obviously having a good time. The Convention food is expensive (but not more then what one might find at a sporting event) and it was hard to get from area to another because of the size of the crowds. I was also disappointed as I really wanted to get Wil Wheaton’s (Star Trek: The Next Generation) autograph, but his lines were always too long or were capped off, so I struck out this weekend. Oh well, there will be other times. Finally, I do have to thank the minion leaders who made sure we stayed hydrated over the weekend and thanks for letting me have the opportunity again this year to be a minion. Stay calm and minion on!
My legs, neck, back, and shoulders hurt and I have blisters on feet – but looking forward to doing it all over again next year!
The end of October, I had the opportunity to attend a special screening of Tron at Grauman's Chinese Theatre. The move Tron originally opened on July 9, 1982, the summer between my middle and high school years. I have to admit, I was not exactly enamored with the film. I enjoyed it, but also was very confused. Home computers and video games were still very much in their infancy and programming was a whole new language. However, I had grown to love the movie and was super excited when a sequel was finally announced 20-some odd years after the original release. I enjoyed Tron Legacy and was glad we make the trip to Seattle to see the movie in 3D at the IMAX Theatre. However, I felt Bruce Boxleitner should have had a much larger role in the film, after all, he is TRON! And I now wait impatiently for Tron 3. Hint-Hint, Disney. In addition, I also highly recommend Tron fans tune into Tron:Uprising. This animated series is state of the art, has spectacular and a bit edgy animation (a mix of Anime/Manga style), interesting story progression, great writing, and talented voice actors. It currently airs on Disney's XD channel. Check your local listings.
This past weekend, while Bruce was attending Armageddon Expo in Melbourne, Australia, he gave an interview where he talked about Tron, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Babylon 5, and Lantern City. Jumping to mark 05:30 in the video, he discusses the possibly of a Scarecrow and Mrs. King movie. Color me pleasantly surprised, because back in July, when I saw him at Pop Con LA, he told us fans, there would never be a Scarecrow and Mrs. King reunion movie. At the time, I disagreed with him. He's an actor and actors well. . . act! And I thought if the right person presented him with the story concept - he would do it. And the right person did present it to him. Kate Jackson has been back in contact with him after all these years. (And I am super, super excited that Kate contacted Bruce again). Now, all him and Kate need to do is pitch the idea to CBS.
This is a dream-come-true. I have been wanting a reunion movie for 30 years and feel fans will finally get some closure. I also feel with Kate being the one pitching the idea, it will be done right. I know a lot of fans have concerns about it, but I have none. I have no doubt that the chemistry would still be there, I love their concept of a possible continuation of SMK, and I think this is exciting news. I hope and pray the idea gets picked up, after all, like Bruce said, "What was once old, is new again."
Make it so, CBS, please!
The other night, my eldest was reading aloud to me a list of MTV’s top 50 Disney animated movies. I didn’t agree with the order of their list at all, nor did I understand why Pixar films were not included, so I thought I would write my *own* list, but narrowed it down to my top 25 favorites. Again, just my own personal preference. What is your favorite Disney animated movie?
For Angela, who wanted to know what it was like growing up 80’s-style.
(I wrote this entry via the school years, as it seemed to be easier to remember things that way).
I know. . . I know. . . wishful thinking. However, SMK Italian Fan Club started a petition for a reunion movie and I am sharing the link.
I would LOVE to see Kate Jackson and Bruce Boxleitner together again. Heck, I would even settle for a Burger King commercial with both of them.
A recent challenge posted on my Facebook page was to list fifteen movies I had seen that would always stick with me. The rules were to not take too long to think about it, and to list the first fifteen I could recall in no more than fifteen minutes. I don't know if it's the most influential films I had ever seen, and obliviously I was influenced by 80's films, nevertheless here is my list (with a couple of changes after giving it much more thought):
1. Raiders of the Lost Ark. A masterful creation by Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, combining great storytelling, wonderful effects, humor, and of course the ever-handsome Harrison Ford. "It's not the years, it's the mileage."
2. E.T. Another Steven Spielberg film, this timeless friendship movie captured my heart, and still to this day, I cry at the ending.
3. Star Wars. The first film I saw more then once, and it forever changed the way I looked at movies.
4. The Breakfast Club. Really the only John Hughes/'Brat Pack' type movie I feel I can relate with, although I enjoyed the others. This film defined my generation as I was a high school student when this film was released.
5. Sleepless in Seattle. I'm not really into 'chick flicks,' but this one is an exception to the rule. Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan are wonderful in this film, and I loved all the references to An Affair to Remember, and of course living in Seattle gave me a personal connection to this film. "Destiny is something we've invented because we can't stand the fact that everything that happens is accidental."
6. Dances with Wolves. My all-time favorite film. I love the story, the imagery, touches of humor, and being culturally and historically told. I prefer the extended four-hour version of this film.
7. The Sound of Music. My second all-time favorite film. My first experience with musicals that I have come to know and love. I remember watching this with my parents and sisters on NBC, year after year, and love it as much now as I did back then. When in Salzburg a few years ago, I loved "The Sound of Music" tour, and visiting many of the sites associated with both the film and the real von Trapp family.
8. Dirty Dancing. I was working at a movie theater in Portland, Oregon, when this film was released, and remember sitting in the auditorium on my breaks watching Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze dance. I loved the music and the dancing, and of course, Patrick Swayze!
9. Fiddler on the Roof. One of the first films I remember seeing with my parents and sisters at a movie theater. I thoroughly enjoyed the story, the acting, and the music.
10. The Wizard of Oz. Can't forget this timeless classic and another annual tradition film, I watched every year with my parents and sisters, after all; "There's no place like home." My favorite character, of course, is the Scarecrow.
11. Field of Dreams. I just love this beautifully told baseball story, and then the ending when he sees his father, and discovers it was all for him, still brings tears to my eyes. My all time favorite sports movie. "No, Ray, it was you."
12. Back to the Future. What's better then building a time machine out of a Delorean? The loved the comedy, the actors, the music, the comic timing of Christopher Lloyd, and then the whole premise of traveling back in time and missing up your future. My personal favorite line is when Doc Brown asks who the president is in the future and Marty says, "Ronald Reagan." Truth is stranger than fiction.
13. Bambi. The first Disney movie I ever saw, and the first movie I saw in the theaters. I remember being upset when Bambi's mom was shot by those hunters and being frightened for Bambi in the forest fire.
14. The Pink Panther (Peter Sellers). My parents took us to theater one afternoon for a Pink Panther marathon. I loved the slap-stick and comic timing of Peter Sellers, who played the bungling French police detective Jacques Clouseau.
15. Live and Let Die. The first James Bond movie I ever watched, and becoming intrigued by spies and espionage. Although I enjoy Roger Moore, Sean Connery is still the BEST Bond.
"Hey. . . it's me."
I live in the shadows of the Olympic Mountains, in the State of Washington and I love camping, boating, hiking, and hanging out with my husband, our three boys, and two Bernese Mountain dogs.