PA – An Inconceivable Evening w/ Cary Elwes

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Cary Elwes appears at the Pullo Center on Saturday June 27, 2015 at 7:30 PM!

In this highly-anticipated event, fans of The Princess Bride will join the heroic Westley (actor Cary Elwes) in a behind-the-scenes look at life on and off the set of the classic film. After a screening of the iconic film, Elwes will engage in a moderated discussion on classic scenes, revealing never before shared secrets and tales of inconceivable antics! Journey back to the lands of Florin and Guilder; filled with adventure, romance and intrigue (and let’s not forget Rodents of Unusual Size!).

Cary Elwes has been seen in a multitude of films, including Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Dracula, Lady Jane, The Crush, Twister, Saw, Liar, Liar and many more. Cary is hitting the road to give fans the once-in-a-lifetime chance to capture this piece of cinematic history.

Don’t be a Humperdinck, make haste to see The Princess Bride: An Inconceivable Evening with Cary Elwes for a night you will always tweasure.

A limited number of VIP packages are available and include the best seats in the house, a Meet and Greet with Cary Elwes, and a signed copy of Cary Elwes best-selling book, As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride.

Tickets available at the link…

RSVP on Facebook!

Pullo Center
1031 Edgecomb Avenue, York, PA 17403
717-505-8900

CA – The Princess Bride Screening

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Actor Cary Elwes appears for a Q&A moderated by SCA Alumnus Timothy Dowling following a screening of The Princess Bride at 7:00 P.M. on Wednesday, February 25th, 2015! FREE ADMISSION. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. RSVPs REQUIRED. More details at the link…

Following the Q&A, Cary Elwes will sign copies of his New York Times bestselling memoir, As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales From the Making of The Princess Bride.

Copies of As You Wish will be available for purchase at the theater before the screening.

The Ray Stark Family Theatre: SCA 108
George Lucas Building
USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

CA – The Princess Bride Screening & Signing

pbrideCary Elwes appears at a special midnight screening of The Princess Bride on Friday February 20, 2015! Elwes will also sign his new memoir AS YOU WISH.

RSVP on Facebook!

Purchase tickets at the link…

Press Release:

Want to keep Valentine’s day going? We’ve got the thing for you! THE PRINCESS BRIDE starring Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Billy Crystal, and Andre The Giant will screen at midnight with a Q&A by The Dread Pirate Roberts himself- CARY ELWES! Cary will be signing his new book (he will only be signing the book at this time) with detailed memoirs of the filming of Princess Bride (books available for purchase on site) from 10:15-11:30. We will also be immortalizing Cary w/ a handprint ceremony, placing those expert fencing hands into the cement outside the lovely Vista Theatre to commemorate the occasion! This ceremony will be around 11pm and we’d love all the awesome Cary/Princess Bride fans to be there for this moment! Please spread the word and bring friends so we can continue to bring your favorite movies back to life the way they should be seen!

Tickets will be $11.50, sold online and at the box-office on-site. Due to an appearance from the film’s star we would highly suggest early purchase to guarantee you get a ticket.

**We love an excuse for super enthusiastic fans to dress up, so if you wanna wear a costume we love it! We always have prizes on deck and may award them to costumed guests! Any themed/era costume is fine, you don’t specifically need to be a character from this month’s film!

Once a month the NERDS LIKE US series takes over the lovely Vista Theatre, one of the last remaining single-screen art-house theatres in the city. We bring back 80s and 90s classics for a night of fun with other people who appreciate this era. If you grew up watching these classics on VHS or Laserdisc (say-what?), but never got to watch them on the big screen this is the series for you!

**Parking is street only. Make sure to read all signs and do not park in valet or paid parking lots, they WILL close at 2am. You may park at the VONS across the street but most park in the row furthest east and go in to be put on the manager’s list for Midnight Movie goers**

*Important request- we understand the nature of midnight films draws a more fun and fanatical crowd! We absolutely embrace this and we love when people sing-along with musical numbers or quote along with famous lines. Please, however, respect other theatre goers who are enjoying these films for the first time in decades on the screen and don’t have loud “living-room” style conversation in the theatre. Thanks, and enjoy the show!

The Vista Theatre
4473 S. Sunset Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027

MN – The Princess Bride Screening & Signing

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Cary Elwes appears at the Mall of America on Sunday February 15, 2015 at noon for a special screening of The Princess Bride including a Q&A. After the screening, get your copy of New York Times Bestselling As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride signed by Elwes.

Barnes and Noble will be selling copies of As You Wish beginning at 11:00 am outside Theaters at Mall of America. For more information, please click the link…

Mall of America
118 E. Broadway Suite 238, Bloomington, MN 55425
952-854-1455

Planet Comicon 2015 Adds Guardians Cast Members

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Planet Comicon has announced their latest additions to the guest roster for 2015:

Karen Gillan – from Doctor Who and Guardians of the Galaxy
Michael Rooker – from The Walking Dead and Guardians of the Galaxy
Scott Wilson – Herschel from The Walking Dead
J. August Richards – Deathlok from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Sean Gunn – from Guardians of the Galaxy and Gilmore Girls
Raphael Sbarge – Archie Hopper from Once Upon a Time
Steve Cardenas – from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
Laura Vandervoort – from Smallville and Bitten
Grant Bowler – Joshua Nolan from Defiance
Kent McCord – from Adam-12, seaQuest DSV, Galactica 1980
And from the cast of Lost Girl: Kris Holden-Ried, Rachel Skarsten, and Emmanuelle Vaugier

Planet Comicon will be better and bigger than ever this year. We have expanded the exhibit hall for even more dealers, artists, celebrities, cosplay, and special attractions.

We’ve announced great guests with many more announcements to come. You’ll meet Hollywood stars including Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride), Stephen Amell (Arrow), John Barrowman (Arrow, Torchwood, Doctor Who), Laura Vandervoort (Smallville), Sam Witwer (Being Human), Robbie Amell (The Tomorrow People, The Flash), and many others.

We also have a great array of top comics creators on the slate. We’ve recently announced Howard Chaykin and have nearly a dozen additional comics guests to announce in the next week. So far, we’ve confirmed Tim Bradstreet (Punisher), Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo), Katie Cook (My Little Pony), Don Rosa (Uncle Scrooge), and local favorites including Jason Aaron (Thor, Star Wars).

Check out our new website for more information our guests and attractions.

Spooky Empire Con Report!

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“Why do you think horror movies are so popular?” asked my friend John. It was Friday evening, October 24, and we were standing in Tobin Bell’s autograph line at Spooky Empire, the semiannual fright fest held in sunny Orlando. I have known John since 1990, when he, a transfer student from Massachusetts, walked into my high school Spanish class and took the only available seat–the one next to me. After high school, we worked together at McDonald’s, and when he moved to Tennessee for college, and then Florida to work in the nursing home industry, we remained friends. He was with me at the Minneapolis Wizard World, as a matter of fact.

And this is what our friendship is like: deep thoughts. Why are horror movies popular? “Fear is primal,” I answered. “We like being scared because it is a release, especially when the object scaring us is revealed to be harmless, like a man in a mask.” (The Atlantic magazine ran a great article on exactly this topic; I’ll recommend it here.) We talked about it more, stepping forward every so often as the incredibly slow-moving line moved forward (with incredible slowness). This is not because the line was mismanaged; there were simply a lot of people in it.

I have seen all the Saw movies, and Tobin Bell was the one person I wanted to see at my inaugural Spooky Empire, which calls itself “one of the largest horror cons in the US.” Horror cons tend to be peopled by B- and C-list celebs, but this one had some moneymakers: Tara Reid, David Guintoli and Bitsie Tulloch (from TV’s Grimm), Derek Mears, Chris Sarandon, some of The Walking Dead cast, most of Rob Zombie’s Halloween cast, and, of course, Tobin Bell. He was very gracious with his time, talking and laughing with attendees. The person in front of me had a Tobin Bell mask for him to sign, and I wanted to ask Tobin how it felt to hold his own face in his hands, but I was afraid it’d be weird. Instead, I handed him my still-in-the-box figure of Billy, Jigsaw’s creepy puppet (which I had already had Cary Elwes sign at DragonCon). Below is the result.

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Want a close-up of Billy? Here it is.

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Sadly, the household-name-ness did not extend to the authors. I am a writer, an English professor, and a sometime bookseller. In other words, I know literature. As a 25-year fan of horror fiction, I know horror literature. But I did not know a single writer in attendance. (Full disclosure: Carrie Harris was there. She seems pretty big in YA circles, and she got the big-author-convention treatment, meaning she got a panel of her own and her picture was the biggest in the program.) I seem to remember Clive Barker attending a couple of years ago, so I know Spooky Empire can attract true literary stars. I was disappointed that they hadn’t done so this year.

The good thing is that the writers who were there stayed paneled-up. They led not just author talks but actual seminars on writing and publishing, some of which were tailored to specific interests, such as Friday night’s “Writing for Screen and Other Mediums.” Though the name should have been “media” (sorry, writerly tic), it was a good seminar.

Halloween is a cold weather holiday, so it seemed strange to attend a horror convention in a T-shirt and no jacket. Yet I enjoyed the experience. The dealer room seemed small for “one of the largest horror cons in the US,” but some cool merchandise was available. I talked to one dealer who had a collection of vintage costumes, most still in the boxes. Had he had those costumes for 40 years, or did he buy them like that? “I assemble them,” he said, buying a mask here, pants there, the box from some other source. How long does it take him to put together a costume? Over 10 years, for some. He also had an assortment of stuff like we used to order from the ad pages in 70s-era comics and magazines–stuff like X-ray glasses, monster teeth, fake blood, all still in packages, most in mint condition.

These are the dealers I like. Others had mostly new stuff, some of which I see over and over at conventions. This, however, I had never seen.

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One suggestion I have for Spooky Empire: better signage. John and I went through the hotel main entrance (Doubletree at Universal), followed the crowd of ghouls and zombies and normal-looking people (who could be homicidal maniacs because, as Wednesday Addams reminds us, “they look like everyone else”), and got all the way to what turned out to be a side entrance to the convention, where a guard pointed back the way we had come and said, “The convention entrance is that way.” A sign to that effect would have kept us from going in the wrong way. Also, a hotel employee was standing out front, directing drivers to the convention parking lot, up the street from the hotel parking lot. I think a sign could have done that job as well.

These complaints are trifles, though. Spooky Empire is as well-run as it is well-known, and I look forward to going again. I won’t get another weekend pass–there isn’t enough for multiple days–but the one-day pass is worth the money. John, who isn’t a horror guy, concurs, saying he enjoyed seeing the celebs and cosplayers. Where will we go next? Dunno. But when we figure it out, you–or, since I’m from North Carolina, y’all–will be the first to know.

See below for a few more Spooky Empire pics.

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Look at that disgusting blob! And Slimer, too.

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With guests like this, who needs security?

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“There will be time, there will be time / To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet.”

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Word to the wise: don’t photo bomb guys who have actual bombs.

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Abraham Lincoln, convention goer

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Chris Sarandon (Jack Skellington) signs a Nightmare Before Christmas picture for my daughter.

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Ken Page (Oogie Boogie) signs the same picture.

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Fans chat up Tara Reid.

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I’m guessing this is a teacher from the Black Lagoon.

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I wonder what Tobin Bell thought of HER.

 

OR – As You Wish Signing

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Cary Elwes appears at Powell’s Books on Thursday December 4th Wednesday, December 17th at 7:00 PM to sign his new memoir AS YOU WISH!

Press Release:

Actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in the beloved movie The Princess Bride, will discuss and sign his memoir As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of the Princess Bride. This long-awaited first-person account offers a behind-the- scenes look at the making of the cult classic film, and is filled with never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews with costars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin, as well as author and screenwriter William Goldman, producer Norman Lear, and director Rob Reiner.

Powell’s City of Books
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd, Beaverton, OR 97005
(800) 878-7323

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AZ – As You Wish Signing

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This signing has been cancelled details at the link…

Cary Elwes appears at the Dobson High School Auditorium in discussion with Arizona Republic journalist Randy Cordovaon Tuesday December 2nd at 7:00 PM to talk about his new memoir AS YOU WISH! Books will be available courtesy of Changing Hands Bookstore.

Press Release:

The iconic actor, best known for his role as Westley in The Princess Bride, discusses his behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic.

Ranked by the American Film Institute as one of the top “100 Greatest Love Stories” and by the Writers Guild of America as one of the top “100 Screenplays of All Time,” The Princess Bride will continue to resonate with audiences for years to come. In As You Wish, Elwes shares never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews with costars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin, as well as author and screenwriter William Goldman, producer Norman Lear, and director Rob Reiner. In addition to never-before seen photos and interviews with his fellow cast mates, there are plenty of set secrets and backstage stories. With a foreword by Rob Reiner and a limited edition original poster by acclaimed artist Shepard Fairey, As You Wish is a must-have for fans of The Princess Bride.

EVENT DETAILS
TICKET (admits two) is free when you purchase As You Wish from Changing Hands Bookstore.
General admission seating opens at 6:30pm.
Space cannot be guaranteed for late arrivals.
Booksigning line forms by assigned letter group after the presentation.
Event details may be subject to unannounced changes.
CAN’T MAKE IT? If you’d like a signed book from any of our author events, click “add to cart” below or call us at 480.730.0205 or 602.274.0067 to pre-pay and we’ll have one or more copies signed and reserved for you. We also ship anywhere in the US and to most international locations (extra charges apply).

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
CARY ELWES is a celebrated English actor who starred as Westley in The Princess Bride before moving on to roles in Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Glory, Days of Thunder, Twister, and Saw, among many other acclaimed performances. He will always be indebted to The Princess Bride, he says, for changing his life and giving him a career that has spanned decades. He lives in Hollywood, California, with his family. Find out more about Cary Elwes on Twitter @Cary_Elwes.

Dobson High School Auditorium
1501 West Guadalupe Road, Mesa, AZ 85202

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CO – As You Wish Signing

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Cary Elwes appears at Tattered Cover on Monday December 1st Thursday, December 18th at 7:00 PM to sign his new memoir AS YOU WISH!

Press Release:

Actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in the beloved movie The Princess Bride, will discuss and sign his memoir As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of the Princess Bride. This long-awaited first-person account offers a behind-the- scenes look at the making of the cult classic film, and is filled with never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews with costars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin, as well as author and screenwriter William Goldman, producer Norman Lear, and director Rob Reiner.

Free signing line tickets are available now with the purchase of As You Wish, at any Tattered Cover location (excluding the airport stores). Seating at the events is “open seating” and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. No posed photographs. Other signing restriction may apply. Please check our website closer to each event for complete information.

Tattered Cover
2526 East Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO 80206

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UK – As You Wish Signing

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Cary Elwes appears at Forbidden Planet’s London Megastore to sign AS YOU WISH on Tuesday 25th November from 1:00 to 2:00 pm.

The Princess Bride has been a family favourite for close to three decades. Ranked by the American Film Institute as one of the top 100 Greatest Love Stories and by the Writers Guild of America as one of the top 100 screenplays of all time, The Princess Bride will continue to resonate with audiences for years to come.

Cary Elwes was inspired to share his memories and give fans an unprecedented look into the creation of the film while participating in the twenty-fifth anniversary cast reunion. In As You Wish he has created an enchanting experience; in addition to never-before seen photos and interviews with his fellow cast mates, there are plenty of set secrets, and backstage stories.

Cary Elwes is a celebrated English actor who starred as “Westley” in The Princess Bride before moving on to roles in Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Glory, Days of Thunder, Twister, and Saw, among many other acclaimed performances. He will always be indebted to The Princess Bride, for changing his life and giving him a career that has spanned decades. He lives in Hollywood, California, with his family. Find out more about Cary Elwes at twitter.com/cary_elwes.

Please note that, due to time restraints, Cary Elwes will only be signing copies of ‘As You Wish’.

Forbidden Planet London Megastore
179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR

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