Starting October 15 through the 17 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, the annual Wizard World New England Comic Con will be taking place. The thousands of fans expected to pack the conference hall will be greeted by many familiar faces from TV and movie pop-culture, as part of North America’s largest touring expo celebrating the best in pop culture: movies, comics, toys, video gaming, television, gaming, original art, collectibles, and more.
Fans of the former WB hit “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” will be treated to a mini-reunion of some of the show’s top stars, including; James Marsters, Charisma Carpenter, Nicholas Brendon, Amber Benson, Clare Kramer, and Mercedes McNab.
Speaking of reunions, the original Batman and Robin from the 1960s TV show, Adam West and Burt Ward, will be appearing.
Ghostbusters fans can meet “Winston” aka, Ernie Hudson from the famous movie franchise. Fans of reality based programming can meet appraiser Gary Sohmers from “Antiques Roadshow” and Jessie “Young Gunz” Godderz from “Big Brother 10 and 11”.
The Hynes Convention Center is located at 900 Boylston Street in downtown Boston. More information and tickets for the convention can be purchased at www.WizardWorld.com. Prices start at $25 and visitors are advised to order their tickets in advance in order to save up to 15 percent off the price. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door at the door for full price.
Despite being laid to rest more than 6 years ago, the “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” TV series that spanned 6 seasons, 2 networks, 2 resurrections of the main character, 1 highly acclaimed musical episode and garnered 14 Emmy nominations, is still slaying fans. On June 19th, actress Amber Benson, also known as “Tara”, the lesbian witch who played girlfriend to actress Alyson Hannigan’s “Willow” during the show’s run, appeared at the Pandemonium Books and Games in Cambridge. The 32 year old has gained a cult following in her own right by penning comic tales and fantasy books.
This past Friday, she appeared at the popular book shop to sign copies of her latest paperback release, Death’s Daughter. The multi-talented starlet, who has 2 movies coming up in 2009, also performed on former fellow co-star Anthony Head’s (“Giles ‘the Watcher’”) solo CD in 2002. Benson has kept in touch with another former fellow “Buffy” alum, Eliza Dushku, or “Faith ‘the second slayer’”, as she was known on the show. Benson first met the Boston born babe and current “Dollhouse” star in 1995 as co-stars on the set of Bye, Bye Love, starring Paul Reiser, and directed by Sam Weisman, another Boston area native.
Fox announced this week what “Dollhouse” fans have been waiting to hear: its been renewed for another season. The Joss Whedon creation starring Boston’s own Eliza Dushku was picked up for at least another 13 episodes starting this fall. The show will remain on its Friday night spot. While the show has seen somewhat dismal ratings, Fox execs were reportedly impressed by Whedon’s 2nd season pitch, and adjusted ratings that accounted for DVR and online viewings, which were made up of mostly younger viewers. The show itself has developed somewhat of a cult following online, thanks in no small part to Whedon’s reputation for delivering unique shows with a slightly sci-fi slant. His “Dollhouse” star, Eliza Dushku, first worked with the writer/director on his long-running TV show, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”.
The 28-year-old starlet is probably most well-known for her run as the rebellious slayer, Faith, but made one of her first appearances as an actress in the movie True Lies with Arnold Schwarzenegger, which utilized the famous historical mansions in Newport, Rhode Island for filming. Dushku’s star is definitely on the rise, the brunette beauty was ranked #38 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2008 list. Only time and ratings will tell us this fall if we can still call her a doll.
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