The Louisville-based FandomFest Comic and Toy Expo has made a mockery out of comic conventions. Over 25 celebrity guests have canceled since it was announced that the convention would move from the Kentucky Exposition Center to the former Macy’s at Jefferson Mall. It was a last-minute change as the contract for the Kentucky Expo Center was not signed–which was confirmed in a tweet on July 17th. We do not have a contract for FandomFest at…"Louisville’s FandomFest makes mockery of Comic Cons"
Transgender actress Laverne Cox has spoken out in response to President Donald Trumps’ transgender military ban: “I have met many transgender Americans over the years who have served or are currently serving our country in the military. I have heard from them humiliating stories of being misgendered and experiencing various kinds of mistreatment when they are willing to put their lives on the line in ways many of us would never do including our current…"Actress Laverne Cox speaks out on Transgender Military Ban"
The Walt Disney Company inducted eleven new members into the Disney Legends club. Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger hosted the Disney Legends Award ceremony in Hall D23 on Friday. Carrie Fisher (Film), Clyde “Gerry” Geronimi (Animation), Whoopi Goldberg (Film & Television), Manuel Gonzales (Publishing), Mark Hamill (Film), Wayne Jackson (Imagineering), Jack Kirby (Publishing), Stan Lee (Film & Publishing), Garry Marshall (Film & Television), Julie Taymor (Theatrical) and Oprah Winfrey (Film & Television) were officially presented…"D23: Stan Lee, Mark Hamill, Oprah among 11 new Disney Legend honorees"
During Friday’s session of the D23 Expo, John Lasseter hosted Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios: The Upcoming Films. It gives fans the opportunity to be among the first people to see never-seen-before footage from their upcoming slate. Lasseter is the chief creative officer of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios. On Friday, he presented never-before-seen footage from Pixar’s upcoming feature film, Coco, and Disney Animation’s Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2. The presentation…"D23: Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios talk future slate of films"
On Thursday at the D23 Expo 2017, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek gave us the first look at the model of the Star Wars-themed lands that are curently being developed at the Disneyland park in Anaheim, Calif. and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Fla. The exhibition will be on display at the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts’ “A Galaxy of Stories” pavilion throughout the expo. “To say we are excited for the…"D23 Expo 2017: Artwork for Star Wars lands at Disneyland and Walt Disney World unveiled"
The poster for the 2017 Telluride Film Festival was released today and it is designed by Chicago’s Lance Rutter. Rutter has spent over thirty years in graphic design in Chicago and teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. “I don’t think it’s possible to overstate how thrilled I was to be asked to create a poster for the 44th edition of the Telluride Film Festival,” said Rutter. “So many really wonderful artists…"2017 Telluride Film Festival poster designed by Chicago’s Lance Rutter"
The Goldbergs series creator Adam F. Goldberg lost many Twitter followers after people thought he was tweeting his views on Donald Trump instead of Spaceballs president Skroob of Planet Spaceball. It all started with this tweet: My God, the President is completely and utterly broken! I can’t tell you how disappointed I am. This isn’t fixable, is it? #Skroob pic.twitter.com/93e9iHYJBb — Adam F. Goldberg (@adamfgoldberg) June 10, 2017 For people that watch a show about…"Adam F. Goldberg jokes about Spaceballs’ Skroob, loses Twitter followers"
During a panel with Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos at the Produced By Conference, presented by the Producers Guild of America, Sarandos opened up on the Cannes debate. The firestorm that happened recently during the Cannes Film Festival won’t go away but it’s led to publicity for the Netflix films that were screened: Okja and The Meyerowitz Stories. “I am not anti-theater,” Sarandos said during the panel, according to THR. “I’m very much against…"Produced By Conference: Netflix’s Ted Sarandos on the Cannes Film Debate"
Adam West, best known for starring as Bruce Wayne/Batman in the campy television series, has died of leukemia at the age of 88. The West family posted a statement on Facebook. It’s with great sadness that we are sharing this news…Adam West passed away peacefully last night after a short but brave battle with leukemia. He was a beloved father, husband, grandfather, and great-grandfather. There are no words to describe how much we’ll miss him.…"Adam West: TV’s Batman dead at 88"
Two United States senators have called on SXSW co-founder Roland Swenson to move the festival out of Texas in response to the passage of SB4. Senators Robert Menendez and Catherine Cortez Mastro sent their letter to Swenson yesterday. They bring up a valid point with Texas being the home to a large festival that combines film, music, technology, etc. The Senators write: Throughout its 31 years, SXSW has been a beacon of consistency, standing with…"SXSW not pulling out of Austin despite pressure from U.S. Senators"