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I love my multiply blog, I do. But I'm afraid that it doesn't hit the alerts the way I want it too. So what I do...

I have a blog on here, and a blog on wordpress. Not sure which one I want to really put out there.

Every Friday on my multiply blog, I write up a personal report about Michael's work. Gives a different insight on Michael's work from someone who has been watching his career for sometime.

If there was an easier way to cross post this, I might use this more oft.

Friday, July 9, 2010-Weekly Fass Report

Super Con 2008, San Jose, CA

Wonder which blog will hit the alerts first?  I hate being repetitive, but when one doesn't work, you gotta keep trying until you get something that hits the alerts. 

reposted from http://greyeyegoddess.multiply.com/
 
Ok, I've done enough gushing to last a while, although I woke up to some crazy pictures online--party pictures, and I'm still laughing after hours of viewing them.  My comment?  Who says white boys can't dance?  LOL! (you have to go back to the original blog to understand what that meant)

There's definitely something about people from out of the states.  They are less inhibited about a lot of things.  I was just hanging out with some over the weekend.  One from London, and one from New Zealand-both men, both out of my age range, but still charming.  When I met the guy from London, I exclaimed, "I LOVE London!"  And he quickly replied, in his London accent, "And London loves you back!"  I was stunned for a moment, because I didn't quite get it, or my hearing was off...or what I heard didn't quite register with my brain.  Old age...LOL!

Ok, so back to the weekend-Super-con.  Monday last week, Steve, the owner of the convention, called me to make sure that I was going to be there, because he had a special job for me.  Ok, I was coming down.  The job was to sit with Jorge Garcia from Lost.  Cool!  I love doing that--sitting, helping out and getting to know entertainers.  I learn a lot from entertainers, and during the two days I watch, listen, observe and take notes. 

So Saturday came.  Got to San Jose Convention Center really early.  As the starting time descended upon us, in walked Jorge and his troupe--His manager and his girlfriend.  I've never sat with a manager before, and from earlier experience of having dealt with such people, I wasn't too fond of managers.  Managers and agents are the bad guys to the entertainers' sweet natures...well, those who are sweet and accommodating to their fans.  I was ready to be set aside and not handle anything with Jorge...but happily, to my surprise, Jorge's manager was a hoot and a half!  He had me in stitches with little tricks he was playing with people around him.  He was business all the way, but he had a great sense of fun.  He brought along  his son, Daniel Logan, who played a young Boba Fett in the early Star Wars Episodes. 


Daniel and Supercon family

I kept watching Daniel going back and forth between his tables and Jorge's tables, thinking that he's got to be pacific islander.  He reminded me of a few of my cousins--excited, happy, and full of energy...lol!  When we had a chance to talk, I straight out asked him, What is your nationality?  He proceeded to tell me he was adopted, but that his real dad was part Samoan...and something else.  I stopped at Samoan, and told him that my mother is Tongan.  So we hit it off quite well from there.  Later on, we talked about what he wants to do with his career.  Ideas were swarming in my head.  I haven't seen anything but Star Wars, and he was really good as a little kid.  He's 20 now.  I'd really like to see him work, to see what he can do.  Then from there, see where he can go. 

Ok, for what you really want, right? 

Jorge Garcia.  I have to solely admit that I've never seen a full episode of Lost.  And I only have one excuse...it used to be on opposite to Smallville.  But I should be watching it, if only for the scenes in Hawaii.  I love shows made in the islands and San Francisco.  I decided a long time ago, that I'd just wait until all the dvds are available or when the show goes to syndication, to watch it.  I know it's a huge phenomenon, but since I didn't get to watch it in the beginning, I'll be making it up later on.

Even though I hadn't watched the show, I knew who Jorge was.  During the weekend, he was very nice, very funny, and very accommodating with fans.  His girlfriend was very sweet, and very caring.  There was a moment during a panel that she asked me to give him water.  I hadn't noticed that he needed it, but she was quick to recognize that he needed care. 


It's always fun to watch entertainers react to fans, just as fans react to entertainers.  I had a slight moment with Wil Wheaton, who came to the con, too.  We were in line for food and water, and I chatted with him for a moment.  He introduced himself, which I think is awesome, but at this kind of a convention, he probably doesn't need an introduction.  I knew who he was, and I kind of gushed.  lol! 

Back to Jorge.  He had flown in from Hawaii just for this convention.  It was great to hear about Hawaii and some of the things going on there.  Because I was busy handling the funds for autographs and answering questions for fans, I didn't get to spend as much time as I usually do with other people.  But as the days slowed down near closing time, I had my time to just sit, talk, watch, and listen.  It was funny to hear him and his manager talk about lava-lavas.  I'm not used to hearing non-Polys talk about lava-lavas, and again, it caught me off guard.  I asked both men that if they happen to come to Wondercon, if they would wear their lava-lavas, and they agreed IF they would make it to San Francisco.  So, I'll be waiting.  lol! 

For those who don't know what lava-lavas are, they are the wrap arounds that islanders wear, acceptable for men to wear...actually, very nice!  And very comfortable.

Not one time did I hear Jorge say, Dude!  He may have sneaked one in, talking to some of the artists who came to visit him, but I don't remember him saying it at all.  I know the days were long for him during the convention, but I really appreciated him and his manager and girlfriend for coming.  And many of the Lost fans had such a great time meeting up with Jorge.  I really like watching people who sincerely admire someone's work.  Fans smiled and gushed, and Jorge handled everyone professionally.  There were times to goof off...see below...


When Jorge would leave for a break, he looked like any other fan at the convention.  I watched people pass by him, taking a second look to see if he was who he was.  It was fun to watch and I giggled to myself.  I've second looked before--see one of the Jet Setting blogs. 

I ran into Jorge in a cafe with his girlfriend during our first lunch break, and he turned around and really thanked me for taking care of him with the fans.  I just though, Aww...what a really sweet guy!  He was very sincere and gave me a wonderful hug when it came time to leave the show. 

I'd love to tell you more about the panel, but I didn't get to see all of it.  Jorge was very entertaining, though.  Sorry Lost fans.  Jorge was scheduled to do a second panel, but the schedule didn't work out.  I was going to video record it.  Didn't happen. 

Jorge was just awesome to hang out with.  I'd work for his manager in a minute.  I'm still feeling very good from the weekend. 

I had a blast, meeting up with people I hadn't seen in a while.  Hey Val!  Hey Jeff and friend!  And a few other people I recognize.  Kind of made me feel like a celeb for a moment with the attention I was getting...lol!
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Ok, as you read this, let me reiterate what it's like to work at these cons and what to expect when you come...

Even in this economy, you will be expected to pay for an autograph.  If it's a big celeb name, and they were flown out here just to appear, the autographs pay for the con owners to pay the celeb fee for appearing.  It costs the con owners hotel and flight, plus appearance fees.  Appearance fees aren't cheap.  With smaller cons like Super-con, you get an intimate setting with your favorite entertainers and artists.  So, no groaning, ok?  Most of the time, it's not the celeb charging the fees, it is the owners.  There are instances where the celeb will only sign if he or she charges.  Please get that through your head. 

Charging fees also allows entertainers and artists to get what they deserve from those who sell their autographs on Ebay.  Why should someone else make money off of their autographs?  Especially when they gave it away for free?  In a way, it's a small deterrent.  If you really want an autograph, you'll pay for it at a convention. 

For those entertainers who are inbetween jobs, charging for autographs is a way to make some kind of salary until the next paying job shows up.  They usually pay their own way to get to the convention.  Wil Wheaton drove up from L.A, as he mentioned to fans.  I'm sure he wasn't the only one.

You will also be expected to pay for a photograph most of the time.  Even if it's your own camera.  Sometimes at big conventions, they will have a professional photographer come and take great pictures with great backgrounds.  Hey Froggy!

Most conventions don't cost an arm and a leg to get into, so it's feasible just to come in cheaply and walk around for free.  But expect to spend a lot for autographs.  Twenty five dollars is a good price for the moment. 

If you still don't want to pay, I suggest that you volunteer.  Most of the time, you don't have a choice of where you work, but you can always suggest where you want to work. 

WonderCon San Francisco

From original blog: http://greyeyegoddess.multiply.com/journal

So, I'm chatting with the CUT organizers, and looked up at the calender in my office...thinking, hey!  It's two weeks before our major local comic convention is happening.  They should have some kind of schedule. 

Lo and behold, who do I see on their front page????  http://www.comic-con.org/

6:30-7:00 New Line Cinema: Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D— Based on the classic Jules Verne novel Journey to the Center of the Earth, Journey 3D, the first live action digital 3D movie, is an exhilarating adventure staring Brendan Fraser as a science professor whose untraditional hypotheses have made him the laughing stock of the academic community. On an expedition in Iceland, he and his nephew stumble upon a major discovery that launches them on a thrilling journey deep beneath the Earth’s surface where they travel through never-before-seen worlds and encounter a variety of unusual creatures. Journey 3D is directed by Academy Award-winning visual effect veteran Eric Brevig. The film, which is a co-venture between New Line Cinema and Walden Media, is scheduled to be released on July 11, 2008. Star Brendan Fraser will be present to discuss the film. In addition, a special screening of never before seen footage in 3D will be shown at the Metreon later Friday evening! Attend this panel for a chance at a ticket for that limited-seating screening. Hall A

I have been telling friends that Brendan will probably be here, because his movies being released this year would interest fans who attend these kinds of conventions.

Of course I'm ecstatic!  I'm a great Bren admirer and have been for years:   http://www.greyeyegoddess.com/brendan
I'll finally be able to update my site with new personal pictures.  Those pictures I have are from, what, last century?  LOL!  Actually 2001, but close enough.  Gosh, those pictures were taken with film!

Looks like I'm going to have to get a new camera quicker than I thought.  Or should I bring the Polaroid?  lol!  Bren's an avid photographer and Polaroid cameras always seem to interest the entertainers I meet. 

There are other celebs who are attending the convention-Steve Carell, Anne Hathaway from Get Smart, David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson from X-files movie, Summer Glau and Thomas Dekker from the Terminator series.  Forgot to post that James McAvoy is scheduled to be there, too.  It will be loads of fun!

San Francisco's Wondercon is the sister con to the international Comic Con in San Diego.  And these kinds of conventions are not for the comic geeks anymore.  Oh noooooo!  I dubbed it: Hollywood comes to San Francisco.  Last year, I mentioned Gerry would probably come to the area to promote 300 because it was right before the movie was released...surprise...he did.  I'm on a roll!  Seriously, I probably don't have anyone else I'd be interested in, who is making a movie that would be interesting to the comic fan.  I'm still planning on going though.  You never know.  It's fun and as I've mentioned before, I have family involved in the comic business.  Here's their convention, where I help host their guests:  http://www.super-con.com/main.html

Super con is probably the next biggest comic convention under Wondercon.  So, it's not a bad deal.  And Super con is primarily for comic fans.  But I meet other people of interest to me while I'm there.

So far, so good this year.

Town Creek Prescreening

Cut and pasted from my original blog:  http://www.myspace.com/greyeyegoddess


Some spoilers shared, and really, unless you are into the following actors or into light horror and suspense, skip the page.

While friends on the east coast were getting a sneak peak at "PS I Love You" last week, I was on the west coast catching the first screening of a horror/suspense movie called, "Town Creek"; directed by Joel Schumacher, starring Dominic Purcell (Prison Break), Henry Cavill (The Tudors) and Michael Fassbender (300, Hex).  Thanks to Raynbow and #99 for hooking me up.  I had been waiting to see this movie for quite sometime.

First of all, I'm not a horror fan, but I love vampire movies.  I know…doesn't make sense because you can't have one without the other, for the most part.  I don't like the pain, suffering and gore, but I enjoy the intellectual banter, the supernatural powers, and manipulative grasp that most vampires possess.  There have been some great actors who've played vampires in the past.

So on to the movie.  As someone who appreciates Michael's work, I was very interested in seeing what Joel had in store for Michael in this.  As a fan, I'll probably write more about him in this review. 

The story is this:  a family has been suspended in time by a Nazi occultist, Wirth (played by Michael), who is close to the end of his immortal transformation, and two brothers, Evan and Victor (played by Henry and Dominic), have to stop him before it's too late.

The movie was slated to be a vampire movie, but my idea of vampires wasn't quite the same idea as the story in the movie.  Granted, Wirth did have to feed on blood, but there wasn't any fangs popping out.  No biting necks.  No turning into other creatures, or flying.  I kind of missed those. 

There were a few "ewwww" moments.  The movie wasn't gory enough to be gore…and I liked that.  There was just enough to get the feeling of how bad the bad guy was, but not enough to have to turn my head away…until the end.  You do get blood (expected); there are deaths (ok…).  I think that most of the special effects will be done around Wirth and a lot of those scenes still had to be worked on, so maybe more gore effects will be added.  I don't know.

What I thought was different was that when Wirth brought creatures and people back to life, they were zombie-like; not vampires…although they were mean as anything.  Wirth also had control of those he brought to life.

I really enjoyed the first 10 minutes of the story, because you got to see where everything started, plus as a fan of Michael's, you actually get to SEE him.  His character is mysteriously manipulative.  He befriends the child daughter of the family that he had been sent to, and from there, she becomes like a servant to him.  In fact, the four-member family winds up serving him out of fear for their lives. 

After those scenes from the beginning, the next time you see Wirth, he looks like something between Hellraiser-without the pins and Freddy Krueger.  It wasn't easy to see Michael like that, but he did a great job at it.  His character had to show his eccentric desire in becoming immortal, and I think Michael succeeding in doing that, even with his face completely covered and made up.

(And as an added blurb, I was not very happy at having to see his face covered up! )

One of the transformations was a bit interesting…without spoiling it; the last part of the change was "growing" a third eye.  But he had to…um…find a spot where it would grow…on his face…and how it comes about…was one of the "ewwww" factors for me-not enough to turn my head though.

I have to admit that I really liked Henry's work in the movie.  I was impressed with his intensity.  I've seen some of his work and have enjoyed what he's done.  Fans of Henry's will like this because he's all over the place in this movie.  His character eventually befriends the young girl, now a teen, played by Emma Booth and they work together to try to defeat Wirth, with Dominic.

Henry's character is a little more sensitive to the situations around the area.  He's a paramedic and sees a lot of pain and his job is to alleviate pain.  At one point, he attempts to save someone else from the same fate that fell on Dominic's character.  There's a sensitivity that Henry displays, especially towards the end of the movie. 

Dominic's character is just out to get the guy who kept him prisoner for 2 years.  Once he escapes from Wirth, he comes back with guns, ammo, attitude and his brother.  He's a man on a serious mission with little time to explain.  Dominic's character had just come from Iraq before he disappeared, to be fed to the creature formerly known as Wirth.

I really don't know Dominic's work, but if you like what he does on Prison Break, you'll enjoy this too.  Dominic and Henry work really well together.  They are definitely the heroes in a bittersweet victory. 

One particular scene that stuck with me at the end, has Dominic looking out into the lake during a welcome home party.  One has to imagine what he was thinking and how his two year disappearance and his war experience measure up against each other.  It's probably one of the quietest scenes in the movie as it comes to an end. 

There's not a lot of dialog for most of the movie, because it's mainly action and suspense.  Most of the dialog is spent in the first 30 minutes to help give the audience the background of the movie.  After that, the action and suspense (and some horror) get you going through the movie, with some heated dialog between characters; a little argument between brothers about signing up for the service, a couple of verbal and physical standoff between Wirth and Victor, arguments with the family and Evan, threats from Victor to the family, commands from Victor to Evan, and the like.  It's the kind of dialog you could expect when under a lot of pressure. 

The lake that Henry and Dominic have to cross to get to Town Creek had breathtaking scenery. 

The last I heard was that this movie was going to be released in the summer.  I'm finding it hard to believe that this movie could be up there with the summer blockbusters, but if you aren't interested in tons of special effects and CGI, you can give this movie a go.  It's a bit rustic and gritty.  It may be released within 3-6 months. 

The movie wasn't what I thought it was going to be, but then that was probably a good thing because it opened my mind to other possibilities.  Plus, screened movies usually aren't completed.  The movie I saw could be a little different by the time it's released.  All in all, it was entertaining and I enjoyed it.  And for a little extra tidbit, Mr Schumacher was in attendance at the showing.