WY – Moana/Big Hero 6 Screening + Q&A

Steven T. Seagle and Jared Bush appear as part of the 33rd Annual Casper College Humanities Festival and Demorest Lecture, all ages are invited to Family Movie Night at the Natrona County Library on Friday, February 23, 2018 from 4:00 to 8:30 PM. This month the Library will feature back-to-back movies and a Q&A panel led by Steven T. Seagle and Jared Bush.

The first film, Moana, starts at 4:00 PM. Set in Ancient Polynesia, when a terrible curse incurred by the demigod Maui reaches Moana’s island, she answers the Ocean’s call to seek out the Demigod to set things right.

At 5:45PM Steven T. Seagle and Jared Bush will discuss their work with pizza provided by the Friends of the Library at no cost. Following the panel discussion, the second film, Big Hero 6, will be shown at 6:30 PM. Plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax and prodigy Hiro Hamada team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes. Call 577.READ x2 or email reference@natronacountylibrary.org for more information.

Steven T. Seagle is a co-founder of the bi-coastal collective Man of Action Entertainment, creators of the global franchise Ben 10 on Cartoon Network, with Seagle as an executive producer and story editor, and Big Hero 6, for which he co-created the original team and characters featured in Disney/Marvel’s Academy Award®-winning feature.

Jared Bush is a director and screenwriter at Walt Disney Animation Studios. He served as co-director and co-screenwriter of the Oscar®-winning feature Zootopia as well as screenwriter of the Oscar®-nominated feature Moana. Bush is also a member of the Walt Disney Animation Studios Story Trust team, a group of directors and writers who help develop every studio feature, including Oscar winners Big Hero 6 and Frozen.

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Natrona County Library
307 E 2nd St, Casper, WY 82601
(307) 237-4935

Sonequa Martin-Green, Pom Klementieff & More Added to Planet Comicon 2018

Press Release:

Just when you thought Planet Comicon Kansas City – one of the nation’s largest and oldest comic and pop culture conventions – was winding down on the big announcements, we drop a couple more names into the mix. Sure, you might think we’d “say anything” to get a few of you “rogues” to join us at this point (and we have more about those gents below), but right now we’re talking about Pom Klementieff and Sonequa Martin-Green!

Pom Klementieff is best known for her role as Mantis in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 and is set to reprise her role in Avengers: Infinity War. She made her Hollywood debut in Spike Lee’s Oldboy (2013), a remake of the South Korean film of the same name.

Meanwhile, Sonequa Martin-Green is the breakout star of the brand new CBS series “Star Trek: Discovery” in her portrayal of science specialist Michael Burnham. Prior to this, she was best known for her television role as Sasha Williams in The Walking Dead and Tamara in Once Upon a Time.

John Cusack, one of the most respected and accomplished actors of his generation, joins the guest roster of Planet Comicon Kansas City 2018. His films include such classics as Say AnythingEight Men Out16 CandlesHigh FidelityBetter Off DeadOne Crazy SummerCon Air, Grosse Pointe Blank… and the list goes on!

Perennial fan favorite Alan Tudyk once again joins the guest roster of Planet Comicon Kansas City 2018. His credits include “Firefly,” Serenity, “Con Man,” MoanaWreck-It RalphFrozen and so much more! In 2016, Tudyk appeared in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, as the scene-stealing and super snarky security droid, K-2SO.

Want to stay close to the action? We have secured special pricing at select hotels surrounding the Kansas City Convention Center.

Other guests include Jason Momoa (Justice League), Danny Trejo (Machete), Alice Cooper, Amy Jo Johnson (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), Jerome Flynn (Game of Thrones), Zach Callison (Steven Universe), Matthew Lewis (Harry Potter series) Ryan Hurst (Sons of Anarchy), and more.

For more information about the 2018 show, event photos, interviews and more, “Like” Planet Comicon on Facebook and follow @PlanetComicon on Twitter. Planet Comicon Kansas City is always available online at www.planetcomicon.com.

CA – Disney Animation Studios Artist Showcase Signing

Join award-winning Walt Disney Studios Animation talent Paul Briggs and Benson Shum at Skylight Books on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 5:00 PM as they read from their picture books Catch My Breath and Holly’s Day at the Pool. Readers will also get treated to drawing activities by the two talents.

Paul Briggs has worked in the animation industry for twenty years and was fortunate to be the head of story on Disney’s Frozen and Big Hero 6, both of which received an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film. However, he’s most proud of his family: his wife, Christin, and their two sons, Luke and Leo. When he’s not working, Paul and his family can be found wandering the woods of California, looking for forest zombies to defeat, or engaging in epic dance battles– where they have to stop and catch their breaths. In the latest edition of the Walt Disney Animation Studios Artist Showcase series Catch My Breath, acclaimed animation talent Paul Briggs (Big Hero 6, Frozen, Zootopia) delivers a heartwarming and clever story about a boy who’s lost his breath: Losing it, trying to find it, even trying to buy it. But how he comes to get it back is sure to bring a smile to readers of all ages faces.

Benson Shum is an animator at the Walt Disney Animation Studios and has worked on films such as Frozen, Big Hero 6, Zootopia, and Moana. He was born and raised in Vancouver, BC, where he studied the art of animation at Capilano University and Sheridan College. He now lives in Burbank, CA. Based on his niece’s experience, Benson created a story about how Holly the Hippo overcame her fear of swimming. Holly is full of questions when it comes to swimming! “What if..” she always wonders, every time she almost dips her toe in the water. Read on how she overcomes her fear of stepping into the pool.

Skylight Books
1818 N. Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
323.660.1175

CA – Disney Animation Studios Artist Showcase

Animators Paul Briggs, Benson Shum, and Andy Harkness appear at Vroman’s Bookstore on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 10:00 AM to present and sign their latest picture books, Catch My Breath, Bug Zoo, and Holly’s Day at the Pool!

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Vroman’s Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Blvd Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 449-5320

SF – Futurama: Live from Omicron Persei 8

Press Release:

Prepare yourself for 1000 light years of laughs with the Cast and Producers of Futurama. Executive Producer / Head Writer David X. Cohen will be live on stage with cast members Billy West (Fry, Professor Farnsworth, Dr. Zoidberg), John DiMaggio (Bender), Maurice LaMarche (Kif, Lrrr, Morbo), Phil LaMarr (Hermes Conrad), and David Herman (Scruffy). The panel will feature a live reading by the cast followed by an audience Q&A, where no questions are off-limits… even the dumb ones! Don’t miss out on this very special reunion of the folks who made your favorite animated science fiction TV series on Saturday, January 13, 2017 at 10:00 PM at the Marines Memorial Theatre. Moderated by Futurama Producer Lee Supercinski.  (**SOLD OUT**)

Presented by the Cartoon Art Museum and SF Sketchfest! It’s the city’s greatest comedy festival, with a variety of sketch and improv, film and television tributes and reunions, solo performers, podcasts and stand-up comedy performers. See the greatest names live and in person!

Marines Memorial Theatre (MMT)
609 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

SF – Animaniacs 25th Anniversary Celebration

It’s time for Animaniacs! The beloved show turns 25, and SF Sketchfest is proud to celebrate it with an evening of stories, songs and general tomfoolery with three of the massive talents behind the show: Rob Paulsen (Yakko, Pinky, Dr. Scratchansniff), Maurice LaMarche (The Brain), and Randy Rogel, the man responsible for the amazing wordplay and music in the show, appear at the Brava Theater Center on Friday January 12, 2018 at 7:30 PM.

Tickets available now…

Maurice LaMarche:
Maurice LaMarche is an Emmy Award winning Canadian voice actor and former stand up comedian. He is best known for his voicework in Futurama as Kif Kroker, as Egon Spengler in The Real Ghostbusters, Verminous Skumm and Duke Nukem in Captain Planet and the Planeteers, Big Bob Pataki in Hey Arnold!, Dizzy Devil in Tiny Toons, The Brain in Animaniacs and Pinky and The Brain, and his portrayal of Mr. Freeze in Batman: Arkham City. His extensive resumes also includes voice work on The Critic, GI Joe, Freakazoid!, The Tick, Taz-Mania, Talespin, The Littler Mermaid, King of the Hill, Sonic Underground, Disney’s House of Mouse, Mickey Mouse Works, and Inspector Gadget. He also dubbed the voice of Orson Welles over Vincent D’Onofrio’s on-camera performance in Ed Wood. Follow him on twitter: @mauricelamarche.

Rob Paulsen
One of the most acclaimed and in-demand voice actors out there, with over 2,000 animated half-hours to his credit and 1000 commercial spots, Rob Paulsen is familiar to many as the voice of Pinky from Pinky and the Brain (for which he won a Daytime Emmy in 1999 for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program, and back to back Annie awards in 1997 and 1998); Yakko and Dr. Scratch ‘n’ Sniff from Animaniacs; Arthur from The Tick; Raphael from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Jack Fenton in Danny Phantom; Carl Wheezer in Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius; the title role in Mighty Max; Bobble in the Tinkerbell series; and the title role in The Mask. On camera, he’s appeared in the films Body Double, Stewardess School, Eyes of Fire, The Perfect Match and Warlocked. TV work includes MacGyver and St. Elsewhere. Rob’s new weekly podcast, Talkin’ Toons with Rob Paulsen, is available on iTunes. Check out his website at www.robpaulsenlive.com

Randy Rogel
Randy has won three Emmy Awards (nominated for ten), a Peabody Award, two Annie Awards, three Leo Awards, and the Ovation Award. He recently co-wrote the hit song “Poisonous Love” for Kristen Chenoweth with John Powell for the major motion picture “Rio 2.” He was show-runner for the animated series “1001 Nights” and won Leo awards for Writing and Best Animated Series. At Disney, Randy wrote songs and scripts for the animated movies “Peter Pan — Return to Neverland,” “Cinderella II,” “Cinderella III,” “Winnie The Pooh,” “Around the World in Eighty Days,” “The Three Musketeers,” and “101 Dalmations II.” Randy spent nine years on staff at Warner Bros. Animation where he began as an original writer on the “Batman” series and then joined the staff of Steven Spielberg’s “Animaniacs,” for which wrote most of the songs and many of the scripts. Randy is a West Point graduate with ten years service as an officer in the combat arms. He has a B.S. in Engineering from the academy and a Masters Degree in International Relations from Boston University.

Presented by the Cartoon Art Museum and SF Sketchfest! It’s the city’s greatest comedy festival, with a variety of sketch and improv, film and television tributes and reunions, solo performers, podcasts and stand-up comedy performers. See the greatest names live and in person!

Brava Theater Center
2781 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

NYC – The Shape of Water Screenings

Director Guillermo del Toro and cast members appear for Q&As for screening of THE SHAPE OF WATER at the Angelika New York.

  • Friday 12/1 following the 4:15pm show with Guillermo del Toro, Doug Jones, and Michael Stuhlbarg
  • Friday 12/1 following the 7:00pm show with Octavia Spencer and Richard Jenkins (*Guillermo del Toro, Doug Jones and Michael Stuhlbarg will also provide a special introduction to the 7:00pm show on Friday, 12/1)
  • Saturday 12/2 following the 7:00pm show with Guillermo del Toro, Doug Jones, and Michael Stuhlbarg 

ABOUT
From acclaimed director Guillermo del Toro comes THE SHAPE OF WATER, an otherworldly fairytale set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1963 topping the shortlist for Academy Awards Best Picture contenders. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of silence and isolation, but her life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment. Also starring Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stuhlbarg and Doug Jones.

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Angelika Film Center
18 W. Houston Street, New York, New York 10012
(212) 995-2570

CA – Holly’s Day at the Pool Signing & Art Show

Artist Benson Shum appears at Gallery Nucleus on Saturday, July 15th at 2:00 PM to sign his latest book “Holly’s Day at the Pool” published by Disney-Hyperion as part of their Walt Disney Animation Studios Artist Showcase.

New original paintings from the book will be on display and available for purchase. Don’t miss out on these traditional illustrations full of summer fun that even families can enjoy.

About the book:
Based on his niece’s experience, Benson created a story about how Holly the Hippo overcame her fear of swimming. Holly is full of questions when it comes to swimming! “What if..” she always wonders, every time she almost dips her toe in the water. Read on how she overcomes her fear of stepping into the pool.

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Gallery Nucleus
210 East Main Street, Alhambra, CA 91801
626.458.7477

CA – Holly’s Day at the Pool Signing

Animator/illustrator Benson Shum appears at Hicklebee’s Books on Saturday, April 29th at 11:00 AM! Holly’s Day at the Pool is Benson’s first picture book and was selected to be part of the Walt Disney Animation Studios Artist Showcase.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Benson Shum enjoys creating and telling stories through animation and illustration. He has worked in the animation industry for seventeen years and is currently at Walt Disney Animation Studios, where he was a part of such films as Frozen, Big Hero 6, Zootopia, and Moana. His inspiration comes from his love of children’s book illustrations, and observation of the little things in life.

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Hicklebee’s Bookstore
1378 Lincoln Ave, San Jose, CA 95125
(408) 292-8880

Star Wars Celebration Adds Lando, Hera, K-2SO & General Grievous

Star Wars Celebration welcomes Billy Dee Williams, Vanessa Marshall, Alan Tudyk, and Matthew Wood!

These new Autographing Guests will be in the Autograph Hall at Star Wars Celebration.  Celebration is very happy to be working with Topps on the Celebration Autograph Hall. For more information on purchasing Autographs and Photo Ops, please check out Star Wars Authentics.

Billy Dee Williams: Lando Calrissian, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back,  Return of the Jedi and Star Wars Rebels

Hollywood icon Billy Dee Williams was an exceptional addition to the cast of heroes in the Star Wars universe, backed by his powerful performance opposite Diana Ross in the films Mahogany and Lady Sings the Blues. Appearing in both Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, Williams brought the iconic character Lando Calrissian to life on the big screen.

Williams’ career includes roles in the films Undercover Brother, Nighthawks, Bingo Long, Batman, and Bryan’s Song. He’s been nominated for the Emmy and Independent Spirit Awards, and been presented the TV Land and Image Awards for his performances. In the world of television, Williams has appeared on Dynasty, Lost, NCIS, Night Shift, and Glee to name a few. He has voiced Lando Calrissian in video games, television specials, and in Star Wars Rebels.

Vanessa Marshall: Voice of Hera Syndulla, Star Wars Rebels and Rogue One.

An accomplished artist and author, Williams has been nominated for a Guggenheim Award and won an Hallgarten Award, an honor in the art world.

A graduate of Princeton University with a Masters in acting from NYU, Vanessa Marshall plays Hera in “Star Wars: Rebels,” Gamora in “Guardians of the Galaxy,” Mary Jane in “The Spectacular Spider-man,” Wonder Woman in “Justice League: Flashpoint Paradox,” Poison Ivy in “Batman: Brave and the Bold,” Black Canary in “Young Justice,” and Black Widow in “Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.” In the world of games, she voiced Olga in “Metal Gear Solid 2,” H.Q. in “Socom II” and Jan Ors in “Star Wars: Jedi Knights II.” She is currently the voice of Freeform, and she has also done promos for CBS, HGTV, and MTV.  As a stand up comic and former “plus-size” model, she also created a one-woman show “Got Phat?” – which ran successfully in both LA & NYC.  See www.VanessaMarshall.com for more details.  Follow her @vanmarshall on Twitter and @vanessamarshall1138 on Instagram.

Alan Tudyk: K-2SO, Rogue One

Alan Tudyk is a multi-dimensional actor whose credits span throughout stage, film, television and voiceover entertainment platforms. Over the span of his career, his films have garnered over $2 Billion at the Box Office.

In 2016, Tudyk appeared in Lucasfilm’s “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” as the scene-stealing and snarky, security droid, ‘K-2SO.’ Directed by Gareth Edwards, the film grossed over $1 billion at the global box office and is the first live action Star Wars spin-off. He also voiced characters in two Academy-Award nominated animated films, playing the ‘Duke of Weaselton’ in Disney’s “Zootopia” and the rooster ‘Hei Hei’ in Disney’s “Moana.”

Tudyk also stars as ‘Van’ in NBC’s new upcoming workplace comedy “Powerless,” opposite Vanessa Hudgens. Danny Pudi, Ron Funches, and Christina Kirk also star. “Powerless” is the first comedy series set in the universe of DC Comics, where the story follows the reality of working life for a normal, powerless person in a world of superheroes and villains. “Powerless” premiered February 2, 2017.

Tudyk is also the creator and star of the record breaking web series, “Con Man.”Executive produced by Tudyk, Nathan Fillion and author PJ Haarsma, the series was funded via Indiegogo, resulting in a record-breaking $3.2 million donation which had the support of over 46,000 fans from around the world. The second season of the series debuted on Lionsgate’s Comic-Con HQ on December 8th. Loosely based on Tudyk’s and Fillion’s experiences starring in “Firefly,” “Con Man” centers on the post-show life of ‘Wray Nerely’ (Tudyk), the co-star of “Spectrum,” a sci-fi TV series canceled before its time that later became a cult classic beloved by fans. ‘Wray’s’ best friend, ‘Jack Moore’ (Fillion) starred as the series’ Captain and has gone on to become a major celebrity, while ‘Wray’ continues to struggle to find his big break. While ‘Jack’ enjoys the life of an A-lister, ‘Wray’ is the begrudging guest of sci-fi conventions, comic book store appearances and different pop culture events. The series explores these events and all the crazy and real things that happen behind the scenes in the world of fandom. In 2016, Tudyk, along with Fillion, also launched “Con Man: The Game” based on the series. The game allows players to build and host their own comic book conventions and can be downloaded for free on iTunes and Google Play.

Tudyk has shown audiences wide versatility in numerous television shows and a plethora of feature films. Most recently he co-starred in the Jay Roach 2015 SAG Award nominated feature “Trumbo,” opposite Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane, Helen Mirren, John Goodman, Louie CK, Michael Stuhlbarg and Stephen Root as well as 2014’s “Welcome to Me” with Kristin Wiig. In 2013, Tudyk co-starred in the well-received Jackie Robinson biopic, “42,” as former Phillies manager ‘Ben Chapman.’ He made his feature film debut in 1998, when he first appeared opposite Robin Williams in “Patch Adams.”

Tudyk’s role in the Disney’s animated feature, “Wreck it Ralph,” garnered him an Annie Award for his role as ‘King Candy.’ He returned to the recording booth to voice ‘The Duke of Weaselton’ in Disney’s Academy Award-winning “Frozen.” He continued his work with Disney Animation Studios voicing ‘Alister Krei’ in “Big Hero 6” and will reprise his role in the upcoming “Big Hero 6” television series on Disney XD. He can also be heard as ‘Ludo’ and ‘King Butterfly’ on the Disney Channel series, “Star vs. the Forces of Evil,” which had its second season premiere on July 11th. Tudyk has also done voice work for many other features, television shows and video games.

His film credits also include: “Wonder Boys,” “28 Days,” “A Knight’s Tale,” “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story,” “Death at a Funeral” (the original UK version), “Knocked Up,” “Tucker and Dale vs Evil,” “3:10 to Yuma,” “Serenity,” “Premature,” “Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter,” and “Transformers 3.” Additionally, Tudyk motion performed the lead robot, ‘Sonny,’ in “I, Robot” opposite Will Smith.

In television, Tudyk was a series regular on the critically acclaimed ABC comedy, “Suburgatory” and he reprised his role in the Netflix revival of “Arrested Development” as ‘Pastor Veal.’ His work on Joss Whedon’s “Firefly,” has been highly lauded by fans and has gained him a strong cult following. Tudyk also appeared in “Strangers with Candy,” “Dollhouse,” “Frasier,” and “Justified.” He also was the host of “Newsreaders,” written and produced by Rob Corddry and David Wain, on Adult Swim.

Tudyk attended the prestigious Juilliard School in New York and has starred on Broadway opposite Kristin Chenoweth in “Epic Proportions,” played ‘Lancelot’ with the original cast in Monty Python’s “Spamalot,” as well as the lead role of ‘Peter’ in “Prelude to a Kiss” opposite John Mahoney.

Tudyk grew up in Plano, Texas and lives in Los Angeles.

Matthew Wood: Voice of General Grievous, Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith and The Clone Wars

Matthew Wood has been bringing digital technology to the forefront of filmmaking for over 25 years. As a film and journalism major in college, Matthew realized the potential for blending his creative studies with his lifelong passion for computers, and this innovative edge singled him out. He was invited to join Lucasfilm as a part of the Sound Droid development team at age 17 in 1990.

Through the ‘90s, Wood worked on The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, Mission Impossible (1994), Con Air, Eraser, and finally Star Wars: The Phantom Menace in 1997 as Supervising Sound Editor, a role he reprised on both Star Wars: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.

In addition to his work in sound, Wood lent his acting talents to the roles of Bib Fortuna and Ody Mandrell in The Phantom Menace and the voices of Magaloof and Seboca in Attack of the Clones. Revenge of the Sith would allow Matthew to expand his acting in the prequels one giant step further, landing the role of the voice of General Grievous for Revenge of the Sith.

Starting in 2006, Matthew started working on the Emmy award winning Star Wars: The Clone Wars, reprising his role as the voice of General Grievous and behind the scenes as Supervising Sound Editor.  He picked up new voices roles as all the battle droids, Wat Tambor and Poggle the Lessor.

In between Star Wars projects, Matthew supervised the soundtracks at Skywalker Sound on Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood as well as Disney/Pixar’s Wall*E which earned him a BAFTA and Academy Award nominations on both films.

After working with J.J. Abrams on Super 8 and Star Trek Into Darkness, Matthew was the natural choice to supervise Star Wars: The Force Awakens, garnering BAFTA and Academy nominations once again.

Currently, Wood has been very busy as the Supervising Sound Editor on the Star Wars Rebels animated series, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi.  He is also voicing a main character “Roger” the battle droid on Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures.

For tickets and further information please go to the website: www.starwarscelebration.com

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