Celebrity Roster and Reunions Grow: ‘The Goonies’ and ‘A Christmas Story’ Join Second Wave Additions of NostalgiaCon ‘80s Pop Culture Convention Sessions
The celebrity roster, reunions and entertainment programming of NostalgiaCon’s ‘80s Pop Culture Convention, September 28 and 29 at the Anaheim Convention Center, just rose several notches with today’s second wave announcement of panels and celebrity Q&As (http://www.nostalgiacon80s.com/).
With the latest update, NostalgiaCon now features reunions for: “The Goonies”; The MTV VJs; “The Dukes of Hazzard”; “A Christmas Story”; “Dallas”; “CHIPS”; “Laverne & Shirley”; “WKPR in Cincinnati”; “Land of the Lost”; and The Original Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (GLOW).
Among the latest celebrities joining NostalgiaCon panels, photographs and/or autographs opportunities are: Corey Feldman (“The Goonies”, “Gremlins” and “Stand by Me”); ‘80s actress and pin-up model Heather Thomas (“The Fall Guy” and “Zapped”) in her first ever fan convention; Claudia Wells (“Back to the Future”); Zack Ward (“A Christmas Story”); Scott Schwartz (“A Christmas Story” and “The Toy”); Eric Estrada and Larry Wilcox (“CHIPS”); Sam Jones (“Flash Gordon”); hip hop legends Rodney O (“This Is For The Homies”), Sir Jinx ( Rapper and Producer, including Ice Cube’s AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted album), E-Love (LL Cool J’s right hand man) and the Godfather Of Spanglish Hip Hop himself, Mellow Man Ace (“Mentirosa”); Ron Masak (“Murder, She Wrote”); George Wyner (“Spaceballs”); Wesley Eure, Philip Paley, and Kathy Coleman (“Land of the Lost”); Dallas, Angel, Daisy, and Ashley Cartier of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (GLOW). (Talent appearances are subject to changes).
NostalgiaCon will mark several milestones for some guests. It is the first ever convention appearances for the original MTV VJs and for Heather Thomas. It is also the first California convention for “The Goonies”.
In addition to the celebrity appearances and panels, NostalgiaCon Home Game Entertainment are staging the classic ‘80s game show “Remote Control”.
The broad and still growing list of speakers, panels, Q&As and programming reads like a Who’s Who of major motion picture, TV show, music artists, and pop culture pundits that make the ‘80s so awesome is available at http://nostalgiacon80s.com/experiences/schedule/. (See the most updated list of celebrities here: http://nostalgiacon80s.com/featured-talent/. The latest list of music performers is here: http://nostalgiacon80s.com/concerts/
Among the new round of sessions added to the schedule are:
Saturday, September 28
Who You Gonna Call? Ghostbusters Costume and Prop-Making
Are you troubled by strange noises in the night? Do you experience feelings of dread in
your basement or attic? Have you or your family ever seen a spook, spectra or ghost? If
so, then it’s time to call the professionals…the Southland Ghostbusters!
If you’ve ever wanted to build a Proton pack or a life-size Ectomobile, this in-depth workshop has got you covered with the tools and talent that will help you become a part of a ghostbusting crew accurately, cheaply and easy – and just in time for next summer’s reboot of “Ghostbusters”!
What The Goonies, Doc, and Ferris Bueller Teach Us About Life – and Business!
When it comes to ‘80s movies, Chris Clews has seen it all – and distilled lots of practical wisdom and fun business insights. Join the author of the “What 80s Pop Culture Teaches Us About Today’s Workplace” book series as he takes an irreverent look at the life and work wisdom that can be learned from “The Goonies, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”, “Back to the Future” and more iconic 80s movies. Chris’ talk will inspire you with insights about inclusion, leadership, vision, embracing life and more from the movies and icons that defined the ‘80s.
The ABCs of the ‘80s And Some Cool Ways to Get Your Kids to Embrace Your Passion for the ‘80s
Ok, parents, let’s all come clean here. You are stuck in love with the ‘80s and you NEED your kids to love, bond and fully embrace that side of your favorite pop culture decade. If you thought you were alone, you just haven’t met “ABCs of the ‘80s” author Erin Campbell Dunkerley and illustrator Desi Moore. Come close for this quirky talk about how to parent to raise up truly ‘80s kids and other stories.
Sunday, September 29
‘You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out, Kid’ and Other Musings from the Cast of ‘A Christmas Story’
As the holidays fast approach, we take an in-depth look at ‘A Christmas Story’ with the beloved movie’s cast mates Scott Schwartz and Zack Ward.
Get Your Trivia Powers Ready! Home Game Entertainment is Hosting Throwback Live Edition of ‘Remote Control’
“Remote Control” was a popular TV show that aired on MTV in the late ‘80s. At the convention Home Game Entertainment will focus the entire game around ‘80s trivia with prizes for first, second and third place that will be held on Sunday, September 29.
How the West Coast Represented – and flipped the 80s Rap Game!
Representing West Coast 80s rap, we have pioneering hip hop legends Rodney O (“This Is For The Homies”), Sir Jinx (Rapper and Producer, including Ice Cube’s AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted album), E-Love (LL Cool J’s right hand man) and the Godfather Of Spanglish Hip Hop himself, Mellow Man Ace (“Mentirosa”). Pop-Culture expert and actor, Lizza Monet Morales will be moderating a deep dive conversation about how each of these trailblazers changed the game and as a result, paved the way for many musical acts and genres of today.
EEK, It’s the Sleestaks – and a totally Awesome ‘Land of the Lost’ Cast Reunion
Philip Paley (Chaka), Wesley Eure (Will), and Kathy Coleman (Holly) join us for a behind-the-scenes look at one of the campiest TV shows that most ‘80s kids loved from rerun heaven and that they could never get enough of.
Joy Ride Is An Extremely Raunchy And Hilarious Comedy
Joy Ride is an extremely raunchy and hilarious comedy that takes the mantle of ensemble risky
comedies that at times, leave your mouth on the floor. Joy Ride focuses on two best friends
Audrey and Lolo (Ashley Sullivan and Sherry Cola) end up getting roped up into a trip to Asia,
they end up on gals pal cross-continent trek to find Audrey’s long lost birth mother so she
doesn’t lose a huge business deal.
The chemistry in this movie is superb. Every character has their moment to shine and there’s
rarely a scene where you don’t get a belly laugh. I was shocked at how crazy and bold this
movie got, continually pushing the line to get a laugh. The movie does a good job of getting to
the point and getting to the scenes that really make you chuckle. There are some editing choices where the story flies by some stuff, and it feels a little incomplete, but never at the expense of really enjoying being around for the journey.
I thought that this was a sleeper for this year and certainly a movie worth watching with your
friends some weekend. It’s great to throw on if you want a laugh and really just enjoy some
great actors riffing off each other. The focus on culture was a nice touch and really elevated the movie to another level. While I would say if you’re easily offended, this movie is not for you – if you’re looking for a no holds barred comedy, Joy Ride is a trip worth taking.
Who Doesn’t Want To Wear The Ninja Suit Of Snake-Eyes Or Dress Like The Mandalorian?
Hasbro has had their pulse app out for a while now. It allows for access to items to buy, preorder, and a look into future projects and releases. It also allows for a very cool thing most nerds (a group of which I am a proud card-carrying member) have always wanted, the ability to make yourself into an action figure. I’ve contemplated making one for a time but, I finally got my chance to get my hands on one at Comic-Con this year. Now, of course, I had to wait in line as it was a pretty sought-after item. Who doesn’t want to have themselves wear the ninja suit of Snake-Eyes or dressed like a Mandalorian? I was approached by one of the booth staff as I was showing my nephew all the cool ways we could get him his own MIles Morales action figure with his face (as he’s a massive fan) and invited to take a seat and scan our faces into the Hasbro Pulse app with the help of their awesome team and make this dream a reality. My wife was with us, so of course she got in on the fun too. We scanned our faces in and it was very simple and quick. Then we all selected our figures to add our heads to. We all chose Power Rangers(Me as the Black Ranger, my wife chose the pink ranger and the nephew got the red ranger). Then we were told that we needed to wait about 4-6 weeks and we’d have our custom action figure team in our hands. This was a major part of our Comic-Con adventure and definitely, a memory my wife and nephew won’t forget (as it was both of their first Con ever). Thank you to Hasbro for being so generous(also getting me brownie points that home) and I highly suggest checking out Hasbro Pulse and all the cool stuff it has to offer.
The Last Voyage of the Demeter: Double-knock on wood!
Adapted and written largely from the Captain’s Log chapter of Bram Stoker’s magnum opus Dracula, The Last Voyage of the Demeter tells the story of Dracula’s journey by ship from Carpathia to London, and what happened to her crew in the interim.
So here we are in Bulgaria, middle of 1897, and Captain Eliot (Liam Cunningham) of the Russian schooner Demeter is here to take on some strange cargo from some unknown client and transport it to Carfax Abbey in London. In need of some extra hands, the Captain sends out his capable Second Wojchek (David Dastmalchian) to scout for some, and initially the roving black doctor and aspiring philosopher Clemens (Corey Hawkins) is passed over in favor of more work-roughened men. The adorable cabin boy of the Demeter, Toby (Woody Norman), narrowly misses being crushed by the mysterious dragon-marked crates being loaded onto the ship, saved by Clemens himself and switched out with the superstitious sailors running from the Demeter like they had been poisoned by the sign of Dracul. And now, armed with some nine or so crewmen, Doc Clemens, and Captain Eliot himself, the twenty-four strange what looks like coffins adorned with dragon signs brought mostly safely aboard, the Demeter can make for open water and the Hell that awaits them there.
The duty of showing Clemens around the ship falls to a cheerful Toby, who proudly shows him the living areas, the Captain’s quarters, the very-large cargo hold, the galley and kitchen where the overly-devout Joseph (Jon Jon Briones) cooks the crews meals, the various above decks, even the sails, and the rigging are all at least touched on, and the livestock pens that Toby himself is in charge of, including the handsome good-boy doggy Huckleberry, or just Huck. We the audience get a very clear feeling of what it’s like to actually be aboard the Demeter, just how large she really is, and what living on a ship for months at sea is really like, the reality and practicality and the dangers of it.
Everyone more or less settles in for a hopefully uneventful voyage, taking mess around the common table and exchanging ideas or aspirations for when they arrive in London early thanks to the fair winds, and receive a handsome bonus for their troubles. But that involves being alive and making it to London to spend said bonus and pay, and the coffin crates spilling dark soil from the motherland and disgorging all sorts of other nasty secrets, have some serious plans to the contrary.
First, it’s the livestock, innocent and shrieking in their locked pens as a monster takes great furious bites out of their necks, and of course, the creature just straight up ruins poor doggy Huck. Then there’s the fully grown girl that gets dislodged from an open coffin-crate, covered in bite scars and as pale as death, she eventually starts interacting and talking after several blood transfusions from Doc Clemens, Toby learns her name is Anna (Aisling Franciosi). And then, as the weather turns foul and the winds begin to be a serious problem, the attacks turn toward the remaining humans onboard the Demeter.
Most people these days are familiar with Dracula, that gorgeous cunning vampire Elder who can supposedly transform into a bat or a wolf, seducing women to voluntarily offer up their veins like an unholy sacrament, a being at once beautiful and powerful, but also horrific and murderous if given half a heartbeat to smell your blood. This is not Dracula.
Instead, the creature that hunts the humans occupying the Demeter is an absolute monster, not a single human feature left to it, barely even recognizable as humanoid-shaped, instead boasting not just full-length bat wings but an entire exo-skin of bat membranes that can be used for feeding, a mouth full of needle-like teeth akin to a predator of the deepest darkest parts of the ocean, those yellowed Nosferatu eyes that will not tolerate light in any way, and of course giant pointy bat-ears. This is a thing, a grotesque straight from the depths of Hell, and no amount of glamor magic can make this Dracula (Javier Botet) seem like anything other than what he, is – a parasitic demon who only wants your blood. There is no reasoning with it, no trapping it, not even really any talking to it (kinda hard to talk when your throat has been ripped out), and, like the much more frightening Dracula stories of old, no amount of pure faith behind a symbol does anything other than give false hope.
Coming face to face with an actual abomination does different things to different people. The formerly delightfully foul-mouthed Abrams (Chris Walley) dissolves into a blubbering mess; poor Larsen (Martin Furulund) didn’t even get to see his own death coming; and it turns out Olgaren (Stefan Kapicic) wants to live so badly, he’ll suffer becoming a blank-eyed Renfield if that’s what it takes. All of Cook Joseph’s purported pure faith didn’t stop him from trying to take the coward’s way out and didn’t save him anyway when the sound of unnatural bat wings descended on him. I find that kind of irony delicious. Dear Anna, resigned to her fate to be eternal food for the horror that terrorized her village, nevertheless wants to try and save whoever is left of the Demeter with her own sacrifice, and there aren’t many. Wojchek of course wants to kill Dracula, but for all his logic and solid practical nature, has no experience whatsoever with this sort of thing, and sure doesn’t want to sacrifice the Demeter, the beloved ship he called home that was promised to him by Captain Eliot himself, in order to destroy that demon. Even poor sweet Toby isn’t safe from the creature’s clutches, and what happens to the cabin boy of the Demeter is what finally sends Captain Eliot over the blooming edge. And who could blame him? For this sort of thing to happen during the last voyage of such a proud, solid ship as the Demeter, is some serious bullsh*t.
To leave such a film open for a potential sequel, especially when called the last voyage of something, was a pretty hefty ask, and somehow the filmmakers managed it. I personally think a different version of Van Helsing, the infamous vampire hunter, teaming up with a certain black doctor who nurses a serious grudge against Dracula, could be a kickass sequel. Until then, experience the doomed final journey of the Demeter and her poor crew in all it’s bloodstained glory, in theaters now!