Jeremy Shada to headline Memphis Comic and Fantasy Convention

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MEMPHIS: The Con is on. Memphis Comic and Fantasy Convention is coming to the Guest House at Graceland in Memphis November 17-19.

Jeremy Shada, the voice of Finn the Human from Adventure Time,  Lance from Voltron, Tyler Pendergast from Mr. Student Body President, is the guest of honor. Shada also provides bass and vocals for the band Make Out Monday.

Shada initially appeared in commercials. Later on, he began auditioning for voice acting and theatrical performances, taking the advice from a voice over agent. His first live action theatrical role was as Young Kurt Diamond in No Rules. He has since appeared in additional live action and voice acting roles, such as playing Charlie Pace in childhood flashbacks on Lost.

 

The Simpsons animator Chance Raspberry is one  of the headliners; he’ll have plenty of time for “meet and greets” as he discusses the inside story of animating this popular TV series over the weekend.  Marc Tyler Nobleman (Billy the Boy Wonder and  the HULU documentary Batman and Bill)  will be featured on November 18. Kazha, the rock trio from Japan,  will perform in concert for listening and dancing delight.

If you’ve only ever played with LEGO  as a kid, or if you’re a diehard  fan, there is something for everyone at BRICKS & HEROES.

LEGO DERBY Schedule:

  • Friday, Fun Races 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, Qualifying Heats 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, Championship Finals, 6:00 p,m.
  • Saturday, Award Ceremony, 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, Fun Races, 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

If you are a film buff, you can take advantage of the following films screenigns throughout the weekend.

FRIDAY/SATURDAY

Midnight – Star Trek: The Motion Picture (Director’s Edition): Robert Wise (Director) had always considered the theatrical presentation of the film a “rough cut”. In 2001, Wise was given the opportunity to re-work the film to be more consistent with his original vision. The original script, surviving sequence storyboards, memos, and the director’s recollections were all used and 90 new and redesigned computer generated images were created.

2:30 AM – Bubba Ho-Tep:  Bubba Ho-Tep stars Bruce Campbell as Elvis Presley who is a resident in a nursing home. The film also stars Ossie Davis as Jack, a black man who claims to be John F. Kennedy. Based on novella by Joe R. Lansdale, which originally appeared in the anthology The King Is Dead: Tales of Elvis Post-Mortem. Originally, the film was “roadshowed” by the director across the country and only 32 prints were made. By the time it was released on DVD, it had already achieved cult status due to positive reviews, lack of access, and inclusion of (and similar Campbell.

4:15 AM – Clue: Clue is an ensemble mystery comedy film based on the board game of the same name. The film was directed by Jonathan Lynn, who collaborated on the script with John Landis, and stars Eileen Brennan, Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd, Michael McKean, Martin Mull, and Lesley Ann Warren. In keeping with the nature of the board game, the theatrical release included three possible endings, with different theaters receiving one of the three endings. In the film’s home video release, all three endings were included.

SATURDAY/SUNDAY

Midnight – Batman: The Movie: Kaaapowie! Holy feature film, Batman! Based on the campy 1960’s television series, watch Batman (Adam West) and Robin (Burt Ward) battle Catwoman (Lee Meriwether), The Joker (Cesar Romero), Penguin (Burgess Meredith) and The Riddler (Frank Gorshin) on the big screen! Can they prevent the bad guys from taking over the world?!?!?

1:45 AM – Twin Peaks (International Theatrical Release): The international release of the pilot episode is 20 minutes longer than the TV pilot, and has a different ending added to bring closure to the story. Lynch was so happy with the added material that he incorporated part of it into the second episode of the regular series (that is, the third episode shown in the U.S., including the pilot).

3:45 AM – Battlestar Galactica (1978 Theatrical Release): Although produced for television, Universal Studios decided to release a re-edited version of the pilot episode theatrically in order to recoup some of the high production costs. Producers believed the movie “could be a fine shot at a corner of the Star Wars market.” There are many minor differences (and one major one) between the broadcast pilot and the cinema release. The cinema release also made use of Universal’s Sensurround process, and was the last produced film to use it.

6:00 AM – The Star Wars Holiday Special: “Well, I know that George Lucas doesn’t like it at all…when I was working on The Illustrated Star Wars Universe, he told me that he would be happy if every copy could be tracked down and burned.” ― Kevin J. Anderson.

Star Wars creator George Lucas’s involvement with the special was limited, and he was unhappy with the final product. As a result, it has never been re-aired in the US or officially released on home video. Despite its infamy, the special is notable for being the first film-length Star Wars story to appear following the release of the original film, for featuring cameos by all of that film’s major cast, and for introducing the character Boba Fett.

Friday, November 17th, at 11:00 p.m. – The CineMasoCast LIVE! Join the bunker captives of The CineMasoCast as they welcome special guest, director Chris Copeskey of ECCENTRIC FILMS, LLC! Wayne will grill him about a special contest he has for MCFC Attendees! Expect madness, mayhem and all the critical craziness that the CineMasoCast is famous for!

The Convention opens to the public at 3:00 p.m. on Nov. 17, and closes at 4:00 p.m. on Nov. 19.

Visit the MCFC website for details on tickets and accommodations for one, two or all three days.

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Christine Anne Piesyk has been a journalist for more than 45 years. Her credits include positions as Editor in Chief, Managing Editor, Staff Writer specializing in education, leisure living, food and arts and entertainment. She was co-producer, writer and on air persona for the Entertainment Review for 25 years. In "retirement," she finds herself working on online websites and as a book editor. In her other life, she is a costumer in her daughter's company, Gemini Dream Designs.

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