NH/MA – Downton Abbey Star Appears


Press Release:

WandAid is excited to announce that Jim Carter, the actor who plays Carson the butler on Downton Abbey, will be in Portsmouth, NH and the greater Boston area February 17 – 21, hosting entertaining fundraising events for victims of the devastating earthquakes of 2015. With so much work to be done to help these beautiful people rebuild their lives, and with very little media coverage, we are working diligently to ensure that the world does not forget the tragedy.

Jim is passionate about making a difference so linked up with Linda Cruse and together they started WandAid, whose proceeds go to The Linda Cruse Foundation. WandAid uses magic, music and entrepreneurs to bring joy and recovery to the ‘forgotten people’ at home and abroad. It aims to empower challenged communities impacted by natural disaster, political crisis and disadvantage so that children and families can rebuild their lives and livelihoods.

The events will feature live music, magic, and stories from his role in Downton Abbey by Jim Carter. Inspirational humanitarian aid worker Linda Cruse will give an update on her foundation’s work in Nepal. Lesley Smith, renowned ventriloquist, entertainer and singer/songwriter will perform and MC the events. Join us at one of the venues listed below.

Thursday February 18th – 7:30 PM

The Music Hall
28 Chestnut Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801

VIP Reception: Meet & Greet available at 6:00 PM

Friday February 19th – 8:00 PM

Somerville Theatre
55 Davis Square, Somerville, MA 02144

Sunday February 21st – 7:00 PM

Regent Theatre
7 Medford Street Arlington, MA 02474

VIP Reception: Meet and greet 5:30PM – 6:30PM; Exclusive Downton Abbey Episode Screening, 9pm

For tickets and further information please visit the WandAid website at the link…

About Jim Carter
Jim Carter is best known for playing the role of Carson the butler, in all 6 series of Downton Abbey. He has been nominated for 4 Emmy awards and has received 2 SAG awards for this role. Jim has appeared in over 40 films, including A Private Function, Brassed Off, Shakespeare in Love and The Golden Compass. He has had more than 100 TV appearances, including The Singing Detective, Red Riding, The Cranford Chronicles and of course, Downton Abbey.

About Linda Cruse and WandAid
Through WandAid, the Linda Cruse Foundation empowers challenged communities impacted by natural disaster, political crisis and disadvantage by providing immediate humanitarian aid. Working together with entrepreneurs to find long-term solutions, she uses magic and music to promote psychological recovery so that children and families can rebuild their lives and livelihoods. It’s founder, Linda Cruse, is a hands-on humanitarian aid worker whose ethos of acting swiftly to respond to need, often using unconventional, creative means, is embodied by the Foundation. Linda’s inspirational idea of using performers to bring joy and psychological recovery to families on the front line, led to the birth of WandAid, a series of fundraising and awareness-raising events to aid The Linda Cruse Foundation. Linda has worked side by side with some of the world’s most influential figures including HH The Dalai Lama, HRH Prince Charles, and Sir Richard Branson. Branson once said “She makes the impossible, possible.” Her 15 years of frontline humanitarian aid work have taken her to every continent in the world, where she has assisted in the aftermath of some of the world’s most catastrophic natural disasters, including as the Asian tsunami, the Pakistani earthquake, two Philippine super-typhoons, and currently the aftermath of the Nepal earthquakes, conflict zones, high mountain nomadic areas and refugee camps, as well as aiding challenged communities worldwide. See www.lindacruse.com WandAid will debut a televised show under the executive lead of Liz Trubridge (Downton Abbey). During a live event, a never-seen-before grand scale illusion will be performed. The event will showcase footage of the performers on their programs of engagement, with the forgotten families at home and abroad in remote areas of post earthquake Nepal.

About Lesley Smith
Lesley Smith is a New England Foundation for the Arts touring artist, world class ventriloquist, vocalist and entertainer. She has been informing and entertaining over a million children and adult audiences in live events and television commercials throughout the U.S. starring Sammy Snail and her cast of characters. “Her smile and presence is as warm and welcoming as her voice.” (Boston Globe).

Sean Astin & New Artists Journey to ECCC 2016


Sean Astin is coming to Emerald City Comicon on Friday, Saturday and Sunday! You probably recognize him from Lord of the Rings, The Goonies, Rudy, The Strain and as the voice of Raphael on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Additionally several new comic creator guests have been added including: Nick Dragotta (EAST OF WEST), Tim Sale (CAPTAIN AMERICA: WHITE), Kei Acedera (ALICE IN WONDERLAND), Ed Luce (WUVABLE OAF), Cary Nord (X-O MANOWAR), Marcus To (RED ROBIN), Jody Houser (FAITH), Hope Larson (A WRINKLE IN TIME), and Lee Weeks (DAREDEVIL).


Previously announced celebrity guests include:
Christy Carlson Romano (KIM POSSIBLE, EVEN STEVENS), Chyler Leigh (SUPERGIRL), Dameon Clarke (DRAGON BALL Z, BORDERLANDS 2), Danielle Panabaker (THE FLASH, JUSTIFIED), Dante Basco (HOOK, AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER), David Anders (IZOMBIE, ONCE UPON A TIME), Jenna Coleman (DOCTOR WHO, LEGO DIMENSIONS), Keiynan Lonsdale (THE FLASH), Ksenia Solo (LOST GIRL), Lana Parrilla (ONCE UPON A TIME, 24), Melissa Benoist (SUPERGIRL), Nathan Fillion (FIREFLY, CASTLE), Robbie Amell (THE FLASH, X-FILES), Rose McIver (IZOMBIE, ONCE UPON A TIME), Sean Maguire (ONCE UPON A TIME, SCOTT & BAILEY), Will Friedle (BATMAN BEYOND, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, BOY MEETS WORLD)

Comic guests include:
Aaron Conley (SABERTOOTH SWORDSMAN), Aaron Kuder (ACTION COMICS), Adam Gorham (DEAD DROP), Alé Garza (GET JIRO: BLOOD & SUSHI), Alex de Campi (NO MERCY), Amy Chu (POISON IVY), Babs Tarr (BATGIRL), Brittney Williams (PATSY WALKER aka HELLCAT), Chad Hardin (HARLEY QUINN), Chris Burnham (BATMAN INC.), Chris Mooneyham (FIVE GHOSTS), Chris Moreno (ZOMBIE DICKHEADS ), Chris Roberson (iZOMBIE), Clay Mann (POISON IVY), Dan Parent (KEVIN KELLER), Daniel Warren Johnson (THE GHOST FLEET), Dice Tsutsumi (ICE AGE), Dustin Nguyen (DESCENDER), Ed Brisson (SHELTERED), Emi Lenox (PLUTONA), Emanuela Lupacchino (SUPERGIRL), Evan ‘Doc’ Shaner (GREEN LANTERN), Faith Erin Hicks (THE NAMELESS CITY), Fiona Staples (SAGA), Jake Wyatt (MS. MARVEL), James Harren (RUMBLE), Jason Howard (TREES), Jim Mahfood (EVERYBODY LOVES TANK GIRL), Joe Keatinge (SHUTTER), Kevin Wada (CATWOMAN), Kris Anka (CAPTAIN MARVEL), Leila del Duca (SHUTTER), Liz Prince (WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME IF I WET THE BED?), Marguerite Bennett (A-FORCE), Matthew Southworth (STUMPTOWN), Mitch Gerads (THE SHERIFF OF BABYLON), Nick Pitarra (THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS), Noelle Stevenson (NIMONA), Philip Tan (GREEN LANTERN), Raina Telgemeier (SISTERS), Sean Gordon Murphy (TOKYO GHOST), Shawn Crystal (ARKHAM MANOR), Terry Moore (RACHEL RISING) and many more!

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Emerald City Comicon (ECCC) is the premier comic book & pop culture convention in the Pacific Northwest. Join us April 7-10, 2016. For tickets and more information please go to the website: www.emeraldcitycomicon.com


CA – Alice in Wonderland Artists Panel

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Gallery Nucleus is very pleased to welcome the creative talents of Disney and Gentle Giant Studio as they present and discuss their work behind Tim Burton’s box-office hit Alice in Wonderland. A Q & A and book signing will follow. This insightful, one-time only event is a huge treat for fans of all ages.

March 13, 2010 – March 29, 2010
Opening Reception / Mar 13, 7:00PM – 10:00PM

Nucleus will also be the first and only location for you to own a copy of the Art of’ book,  Alice in Wonderland: A Visual Companion before its’ release date (March 30).

Speakers in attendance include:

Dylan Cole ( Concept Artist)
Michael Kutsche ( Character Designer)
Scott Lukowski ( Concept Artist)
Steven Messing ( Concept Artist)
Daphne Yap ( Concept Artist)
Christian Gossett ( Concept Artist)
Jim McPherson ( Concept Artist)

CA – Curiouser and Curiouser Show

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Opening Reception / February 27, 7:00PM – 11:00PM

With the highly anticipated film adaptation by Tim Burton looming in the horizon, we invited concept artists of the feature film and beyond to create their vision of the iconic story and celebrate it’s lasting legacy. Featuring works by Amy Sol, Chris Appelhans, Kukula, Naoto Hattori and more, this superbly talented and diverse roster of artists gets curiouser & cruiouser with works that range from the gothic to the whimsical. This exhibit is sure to delight art-lovers of all ages.

Exhibition Features:
Never-before seen concept art, production and film stills for Tim Burton’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ courtesy of Disney Studios.

‘Alice in Wonderland’ film maquettes from Gentle Giant Studios on display.

Dress in your best ‘Alice’ inspired attire or as your favorite ‘Alice in Wonderland” character and be entered in a raffle to win a print by award-wining artist/ character designer Michael Kutsche.

Cha for Tea serving tasty teas.
Music by DJ Ronicus.

Gallery Nucleus, 210 East Main St, Alhambra, CA 91801

Disney Brings Zemeckis, Burton, Miyazaki, and Lasseter to SDCC

Press Release:

Animation greats Hayao Miyazaki and John Lasseter and directors Robert Zemeckis and Tim Burton will take part in their first ever Comic-Con at the San Diego Convention Center July 23-24. The filmmakers will be on hand to help Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures showcase a wide-ranging roster of upcoming films, including 3D juggernauts ALICE IN WONDERLAND, TRON and DISNEY’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL, and animated gems THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, PONYO and the TOY STORY trilogy.

Zemeckis, Burton, Miyazaki and Lasseter will take part in industry panels.

  • COMIC-CON’S FIRST EVER 3D PANEL — Veteran directors Robert Zemeckis and Tim Burton join TRON producers Sean Bailey and Steve Lisberger on Thurs., July 23 at 11 a.m. for an unprecedented presentation featuring behind-the-scenes filmmaker insights about the highly anticipated 3D adventures DISNEY’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL, ALICE IN WONDERLAND and TRON. In addition to Q&A opportunities with each of the filmmakers, the 90-minute panel will feature never-before-seen concept art, trailers, actual 3D film footage and other Comic-Con-only footage debuts. In a groundbreaking technical feat, this is the first time ever that 3D footage will be shown at Comic-Con. Patton Oswalt will moderate.
  • ANIMATION PANEL — Animation legends Hayao Miyazaki and John Lasseter join veteran animation directors Lee Unkrich, Kirk Wise, Ron Clements and John Musker on Fri., July 24 at 12:45 p.m. for an animation panel which will highlight upcoming animated films, including Disney•Pixar’s TOY STORY/TOY STORY 2 double feature, Disney•Pixar’s TOY STORY 3, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ half-hour holiday TV special PREP & LANDING, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG and Miyazaki’s PONYO. John Lasseter will host the panel and Patton Oswalt will moderate a group Q&A following the presentation, which will include filmmaker insights, trailers and select film sequences.



From the Academy Award®-winning director and world-renowned Japanese animation legend Hayao Miyazaki comes PONYO, a story inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale “The Little Mermaid.” Already a box-office success in Japan, the story of a young and overeager goldfish named Ponyo (voiced by NOAH CYRUS) and her quest to become human features an outstanding roster of voice talent, including CATE BLANCHETT, MATT DAMON, TINA FEY, FRANKIE JONAS, CLORIS LEACHMAN, LIAM NEESON, LILY TOMLIN and BETTY WHITE. PONYO opens in U.S. theaters on Aug. 14, 2009.

TOY STORY & TOY STORY 2 – DOUBLE FEATURE (In Disney Digital 3Dâ„¢)

Disney●Pixar’s TOY STORY and TOY STORY 2 return to the big screen in an exciting double feature Oct. 2, 2009—this time in Disney Digital 3Dâ„¢.


They’re toys, they talk—at least when people aren’t around—and they’re back… celebrating the return of the “Toy Story” franchise—this time in Disney Digital 3Dâ„¢! TOY STORY, the film that started it all, takes moviegoers back to that fantastic fun-filled journey, viewed mostly through the eyes of two rival toys— Woody (voice of TOM HANKS), the lanky, likable cowboy, and Buzz Lightyear (voice of TIM ALLEN), the fearless space ranger. The comically-mismatched duo eventually learn to put aside their differences when circumstances separate them from their owner Andy and they find themselves on a hilarious adventure-filled mission where the only way they can survive is to form an uneasy alliance.


Disney•Pixar’s TOY STORY 2 picks up as Andy heads off to Cowboy Camp, leaving his toys to their own devices. Things shift into high gear when an obsessive toy collector named Al McWhiggin (voice of WAYNE KNIGHT), owner of Al’s Toy Barn, kidnaps Woody (voice of TOM HANKS). At Al’s apartment, Woody discovers that he is a highly valued collectible from a 1950s TV show called “Woody’s Roundup,” and he meets the other prized toys from that show – Jessie the cowgirl (voice of JOAN CUSACK), Bullseye the horse and Stinky Pete the Prospector (voice of KELSEY GRAMMER). Back at the scene of the crime, Buzz Lightyear (voice of TIM ALLEN) and the gang from Andy’s room – Mr. Potato Head (voice of DON RICKLES), Slinky Dog (voice of JIM VARNEY), Rex (voice of WALLACE SHAWN) and Hamm (voice of JOHN RATZENBERGER) – spring into action to rescue their pal from winding up as a museum piece. The toys get into one predicament after another in their daring race to get Woody home before Andy returns.

DISNEY’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL (In Disney Digital 3Dâ„¢ and IMAX® 3D)

DISNEY’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL, a multi-sensory thrill ride re-envisioned by Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Robert Zemeckis, captures the fantastical essence of the classic Dickens tale in a groundbreaking 3D motion picture event. Ebenezer Scrooge (JIM CARREY) begins the Christmas holiday with his usual miserly contempt, barking at his faithful clerk (GARY OLDMAN) and his cheery nephew (COLIN FIRTH). But when the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come take him on an eye-opening journey revealing truths Old Scrooge is reluctant to face, he must open his heart to undo years of ill will before it’s too late. Opens in theaters nationwide on Nov. 6, 2009.


Walt Disney Animation Studios presents the musical THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG, an animated comedy set in the great city of New Orleans. From the creators of “The Little Mermaid” and “Aladdin” comes a modern twist on a classic tale, featuring a beautiful girl named Tiana (ANIKA NONI ROSE), a frog prince who desperately wants to be human again, and a fateful kiss that leads them both on a hilarious adventure through the mystical bayous of Louisiana. THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG marks the return to hand-drawn animation from the revered team of John Musker and Ron Clements, with music by Oscar®-winning composer Randy Newman. Opens on November 25, 2009 in NY and LA, and on December 11, 2009 nationwide.


PREP & LANDING is ABC’s first television special produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios. The half-hour holiday special reveals the never-before-told tale of an elite unit of Elves known as Prep & Landing. Every Christmas Eve, this high-tech organization ensures that homes around the world are properly prepared for a visit from the Big Guy (aka Santa Claus). After working tirelessly on Prep & Landing for 227 years, an elf named Wayne (voice of Dave Foley) is upset when he doesn’t receive an expected promotion to be the Director of Naughty List Intelligence. Instead, Magee (voice of Sarah Chalke), the North Pole Christmas Eve Command Center Coordinator (NPCECCC for short), partners Wayne with Lanny (voice of Derek Richardson), an idealistic rookie who has an undying enthusiasm for Christmas. During their Christmas Eve mission, Wayne and Lanny encounter unexpected challenges that push them to their limits.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (In Disney Digital 3Dâ„¢)

Walt Disney Pictures’ magical animated classic BEAUTY AND THE BEAST returns to the big screen in Disney Digital 3Dâ„¢, introducing a whole new generation to the Disney classic with stunning new 3D imagery. Opening Feb. 12, 2010, the film captures the fantastic journey of Belle (voice of PAIGE O’HARA), a bright and beautiful young woman who’s taken prisoner by a hideous beast (voice of ROBBY BENSON) in his castle. Despite her precarious situation, Belle befriends the castle’s enchanted staff—a teapot, a candelabra and a mantel clock, among others—and ultimately learns to see beneath the Beast’s exterior to discover the heart and soul of a prince. Featuring unforgettable music by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, and an enormously talented vocal ensemble, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST was the first—and only—animated feature to receive a Best Picture nomination from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

ALICE IN WONDERLAND (In Disney Digital 3Dâ„¢)

From Walt Disney Pictures and visionary director Tim Burton comes an epic 3D fantasy adventure ALICE IN WONDERLAND, a magical and imaginative twist on some of the most beloved stories of all time. JOHNNY DEPP stars as the Mad Hatter and MIA WASIKOWSKA as 19-year-old Alice, who returns to the whimsical world she first encountered as a young girl, reuniting with her childhood friends: the White Rabbit, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, the Dormouse, the Caterpillar, the Cheshire Cat, and of course, the Mad Hatter. Alice embarks on a fantastical journey to find her true destiny and end the Red Queen’s reign of terror. The all-star cast also includes ANNE HATHAWAY, HELENA BONHAM CARTER and CRISPIN GLOVER; Linda Woolverton wrote the screenplay. Capturing the wonder of Lewis Carroll’s beloved “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” (1865) and “Through the Looking-Glass” (1871) with stunning, avant-garde visuals and the most charismatic characters in literary history, ALICE IN WONDERLAND comes to the big screen in Disney Digital 3Dâ„¢ on March 5, 2010.

TOY STORY 3 (In Disney Digital 3Dâ„¢)

The creators of the beloved “Toy Story” films re-open the toy box and bring moviegoers back to the delightful world of Woody, Buzz and our favorite gang of toy characters in TOY STORY 3. Lee Unkrich (co-director of “Toy Story 2” and “Finding Nemo”) directs this highly anticipated film, and Michael Arndt, the Academy Award®-winning screenwriter of “Little Miss Sunshine,” brings his unique talents and comedic sensibilities to the proceedings. TOY STORY 3 comes to theaters nationwide in Disney Digital 3Dâ„¢ on June 18, 2010.

TRON (title not final) (In Disney Digital 3Dâ„¢)

TRON is a 3D high-tech adventure set in a digital world that’s unlike anything ever captured on the big screen. Sam Flynn (GARRETT HEDLUND), the tech-savvy 27-year-old son of Kevin Flynn (JEFF BRIDGES), looks into his father’s disappearance and finds himself pulled into the same world of fierce programs and gladiatorial games where his father has been living for 25 years. Along with Kevin’s loyal confidant (OLIVIA WILDE), father and son embark on a life-and-death journey across a visually-stunning cyber universe that has become far more advanced and exceedingly dangerous.