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Fan Expo Vancouver Will Sizzle and Be Cool this November!

10 Aug

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By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

Two cool cats will grace Fan Expo Vancouver come November 10 to 12th, 2017. Famke Janssen and Henry Winkler (announced this week) are best known as The Phoenix (Bryan Singer’s X-men Trilogy) and The Fonz (Happy Days).

Before being cast in X-men which made her a household name, she appeared in Star Trek TNG (as Kamala), and for me, I took notice when she appeared in movies such as GoldenEye (Xenia Onatopp) and Lord of Illusions (Dorothea Swann). The latter was definitely of interest because of my love for the supernatural in cinema, and this film is written/directed by Clive Barker. This former model took on a variety a roles post X-men and is always a favourite for playing supercharged characters. Other roles include seeing her as the villain Muriel in Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters and appearing as Olivia Godfrey in the horror series Hemlock Grove on Netflix.

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Winkler had very few roles before becoming an American institution on Happy Days. The Fonz cemented him as the coolest character to be on air when this series premiered in 1974. The later half of the series focused on this character’s growth when Ron Howard (Richie Cunningham) left the show, and saw him transition to become a family man. After the show, this actor became a producer and director; his filmography is vast. My top picks include MacGuyver and Sightings; both of which I watched regularly, and he even did voice over work for cartoons like South Park and All Hail King Julian.

Both performers will no doubt help bring several decades of pop culture fandom under one roof because of their diverse appeal. Hopefully I will have a chance to ask Winkler about what led him to produce Sightings and ask if we will ever see a full DVD release of the series.

Happy Days have been made for this fan who watches this show broadcasting on MeTV and tuning into Netflix to binge on paranormal and animated series. Although it’s very doubtful to see The Fonz go toe-to-toe with The Phoenix, a Cosmic Force with different abilities like Mork, perhaps these two will meet and have some fun that some may recognize as a jovial nod to the episode, “My Favourite Orkan”

Ed’s Picks of the 2017 Victoria Fringe Festival

2 Aug

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

The 2017 Victoria Fringe Festival has one show where any paranormal enthusiast must not miss. Fake Ghost Tours will no doubt tickle the funny bone in its satire of an industry that I feel has gone too far. I will say more on this later. After picking up a program guide and thumbing through, I have found my picks for this year.

With no surprise, Mystical Wishes Puppet Company, has been invited back with two productions later this year, in November, with special performances of Shadow Performances and Space Hippo. Although listed as part of the Fringe show, they bear honourable mention to mark the calendar for.

But for the week of August 23 to Sept 3rd, there’s plenty of variety to enjoy. But I have to begin with a fuller reveal of my top choice:

Fake Ghost Tours
Whells Phargo Productions

This walking tour of old Victoria is set to expand your mind and open your wallet (like, who has not experienced this problem before with pay-for ghost hunts?) as amateur ghost hunters Abdul Aziz and Shawn O’Hara take you on a “100% accurate” and legitimate look at the old quarters of this city? Plenty of criticism has been made about what you see on television as potentially faked, but what you have to experience it for real?

Will this show go extreme, like with a particular fun-filled version of the Ghost Walks which take place come Halloween? Or, will we get to laugh at the absurdity of seeing how some scares are manufactured. I will be showing up with a few of the tools most modern day ghost hunters use, so audiences should be aware – a wrench may be thrown in to tell all.

Note: the meeting point for this show is in Bastion Square near the Old Maritime Museum.

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[Victoria Fringe Festival 2017] A Peek into a World Premiere of “Leer”

1 Aug

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Metro Studio Theatre
1411 Quadra Street
Victoria, BC

Showtimes:

Aug 25th 10:30pm
Aug 26th 1:15pm
Aug 27th 6:30pm
Aug 28th 8.45pm
Sept 2nd 3:45pm
Sept 3rd 1:00pm

The 2017 Victoria Fringe Festival will soon take over this Garden City located on Vancouver Island, and Outpost 31 (Casino Royale, Winnie the Pooh) is back with the world premiere of Leer. David Elendune wrote and directed this tale which looks into the deepest layer of Hell, where Satan is female (played by Wendy Magahay, known for Jocasta Regina and The Old Lady’s Guide to Survival) and has three daughters — Lilith (Ellen Law), Beelzebub (Amber Landry) and Asmodeus (Wendy Cornock) — to tend to. The cast also includes Pan (Caroline Mackenzie) and Belphegor (Leanne Allen).

Magahay explained why she took on the role: “I’m a mother, so I’m used to making scary choices. Because it’s a terrific story and actors can’t resist good stories. Because it’s gender-bent and provides a new and important lens. And sadly, because mad dictators seem never to go out of style!”

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LANtasy 2017 is Taking Place This Weekend in Victoria, BC, But Will I Go?

17 Mar

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

Pearkes Recreation Center
3100 Tillicum Rd
Victoria, BC

March 18-19, 2017

To attend LANtasy 2017 or not to get my game geek on is debatable. At home, I have my three game consoles and a huge collection of Chaosium and GURPs role playing books. I like the idea of playing games with folks with similar tastes as mine. But in what I’m discovering post- Emerald City Comicon (ECCC) is whether or not smaller events can live up to what I enjoy from the bigger shows. Here, I can seek out those rare bits of merchandise, chat with players about those lost games, namely Nephilim, or try tabletop card demos.

I like to browse and wander through a huge hall of exhibitors (I kept on wandering back to Steve Jackson Games at ECCC to view their merchandise) and talk to companies to learn about what’s coming for the “industry” the convention is representing. This Seattle-based show has a floor dedicated to all things gaming, feels more welcoming (the staff here are really helpful and nicer if I had to start making comparisons) and is spaced out. That is, rooms exist to locate games in (controlling noise levels is always important) than to stuff it all into one huge basketball court.

A few local video game developers, namely Codename Entertainment and Piranha Games, are attending and supposedly, they are giving a panel somewhere in the Pearkes Recreation Center. But I can not find further information in where panels are located. It’s not clearly defined when there’s no online map to consult.

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