Canadian Actress and Author EvangelineL returns home for a special fan event at Indigo Manulife Centre for her latest children’s book, The Squickerwonkers Act 1: The Demise of Selma the Spoiled. She has spent the past seven years planning the series of twenty children’s books.
The mother of two kids, eight and three, describes her Series as “Cautionary tales for modern day brats. Things end badly for all my characters because in life no matter how good you are, things are go sideway. Those lessons are really important.”.
On her plans to develop these books into a Movie, Lilly says “My dream is to see #Squickerwonkers in a stop-motion live action animation movie with Marionette puppets. I’m developing a package about that.”.
Now in its 24th year, FAN EXPO CANADA has stamped itself as the premier celebration of fandom in Toronto year after year uniting connoisseurs of Comics, Sci-Fi, Horror, Anime and Gaming together for a four-day extravaganza. Once again taking over Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the event was highlighted by a reunion of BACK TO THE FUTURE stars Canadian Michael J. Fox, Lea Thompson, Christopher Lloyd and Tom Wilson. For the first time ever also, FAN EXPO CANADA hosted WWE® Night with stars of the sport:Triple H®, A.J. Styles™, The Miz® and Charlotte Flair®. Others appearing at the affair were favourites William Shatner, Steven Ogg, Evangline Lilly, Lucy Lawless, Robin Lord Taylor, Jason Momoa, Rob Schneider, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, Karen Gillan, Cary Elwes, Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp, Billy Zane, Emma Dumont and many more!
Purveyor of Pop Culture vinyl collectibles, FUNKO caused quite a stir this year with a pop-up at the Festival giving some lucky fans timed session tickets and a chance to purchase some exclusive goods. Harry Potter and Doctor Who-themed Escape Rooms, the Dragonball North America Tour 2018, a Degrassi Reunion, plus a Photo Op with the Jurassic Park Jeep were big draws also this weekend.
Dragonball North American Tour 2018
FAN EXPO CANADA attendees continue to up their Cosplay game and this year was no exception!
Our Team had the pleasure of attending FAN EXPO CANADA and sitting-in on some of the hottest ticket panels! More on that below:
AN EVENING WITH THE CAST OF “BACK TO THE FUTURE”
The weekend is just starting, but Fan Expo staged one of the biggest highlights of this year’s convention tonight — An Evening with the Cast of Back to the Future. On hand were Tom Wilson, Lea Thompson, Christopher Lloyd and Canada’s own Michael J. Fox. The ticketed event had fans lining up for over two hours to attend the packed panel. While there was no audience Q&A portion of the 40-minute event, the audience was not left disappointed.
We learned that no one amongst the Cast is a fan of the legendary DeLorean car featured in all three Back to the Future films. All four cast members referenced how bad it was to drive, with Thompson noting she never had the opportunity to drive it until she was featured on Dancing with the Stars (“I mainly just took photos draped across the hood”). Noting his large height, Wilson says, “The DeLorean is not made for ‘normal-sized’ people.”
In discussing how they become part of the Film, Lloyd says that he “didn’t really get it” when he first read the script. Thompson was the polar opposite: “I thought it was the greatest script with the greatest part.” Wilson was even less subtle, saying “I was really interested in my role because it meant I had a job.” Fox didn’t even have the time to really take in the production of the legendary Film, saying, “I was either working on the show [Family Ties] or working on the movie. I didn’t have enough time to do anything else.”
While the group reminisced about making the Film, they really emphasized its cultural significance and importance. “Generation after generation can watch the movie and get something out of it,” says Thompson. Late in the panel, the actress got very emotional when she told the audience and the fans of the series that “We’re all just so grateful.” “So many people say Back to the Future was my Childhood Film,” says Lloyd, noting how special the individual stories from fans makes him feel. Wilson chocks-up the Film’s lasting popularity to the rise of VHS and video rental stores soon after the Film’s release: “It was the perfect storm movie.”
Fox was a little more intimate about how he feels about the Film’s legacy, noting that fans always show him their Marty McFly tattoos when he meets them at conventions — and many of them have his face tattooed on a rather specific spot on their body. Fox jokes enthusiastically, “I’m so special that I get to watch everything they eat go down the toilet.”
RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET (EXCLUSIVE FOOTAGE) Disney fans at Fan Expo Toronto were treated to some behind the scenes and early clips of the upcoming Ralph Breaks the Internet. Hosted by Richard Crouse and the Film’s producer, Clark Spencer, the crowd was shown behind the scenes animated LOLCats and also told about new character Yesss, voiced by Taraji P. Henson. We were then walked through clips that introduced the basic plot including the important role Gal Gadot will be playing as race car driver, Shank.
Perhaps the most anticipated and well received scene was an extended look of the all the Disney Princesses meeting our favourite glitch, Vanelope (Sarah Silverman).
The Movie centers around the friendship between Vanelope and Ralph (John C. Reilly). As the Movie opens, Vanelope‘s future is in jeopardy after her video game is damaged and the owner of Litwak’s Arcade isn’t sure he can afford to fix it. The best friends decide to take maters into their own hands and head into the Internet in search of eBay.
The much anticipated sequel looks fantastic. Ralph Breaks the Internet hits theatre on Friday, November 21, 2018 via Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Canada.
EVANGELINE LILLY & RODRIGO BASTOS DIDIER ON “THE SQUICKERWONKERS“ Evangeline Lilly (Ant-Man and the Wasp, Lost) took the stage at Fan Expo Canada today to discuss her Book Series, The Squickerwonkers. She started writing the planned eight-part Series as a way to create new content to read to her son, as she felt reading the same books over and over again “sucks”. The self-proclaimed “intense perfectionist” has written two of the Books so far, telling the audience that she “did a panic edit before bringing the new book to the cons.” She was also proud to note about the series that “If we start with a female protagonist, that’s a great place to start today.”
We also learned about TheSquickerwonkers‘ Illustrator, Rodrigo Bastos Didier. Lilly first noticed the artist after he posted artwork on her Facebook page, and the two got into contact after meeting at a Brazilian comic convention. Didier‘s connections helped Lilly get her first publishing deal, after she struggled with self-publishing. “He had such a soft and loving energy. I just wanted to work with him,” she says.
STAR TREK: DISCOVERY PANEL
And if that was not exciting enough, Space Channel brought the crew of the USS Discovery to discuss the much anticipated Second Season of Star Trek: Discovery. On hand for the panel were Sonequa Martin-Green (Michael Burnham), Doug Jones (Saru), Mary Wiseman (Sylvia Tilly), Anthony Rapp (Paul Stamets), Shazad Latif (Voq/Ash Tyler) and Anson Mount (Christopher Pike). The group spoke at length about their excitement with the thrilling first season and the fan reactions they have experienced since.
Martin-Green says that she was delighted and in awe of the fans of the show, saying they had “so much love and respect in welcoming us” into the Star Trek family. “There’s nothing to prepare you in life for someone who dresses up as you,” Wiseman says with a laugh. “I don’t know why she resonates with people. Tilly is me, and her enthusiasm is unrivaled,” she says. Jones tells the audience that he initially had difficulty deciding how to play his alien character Saru, noting that after 32 years of playing costumed creatures, “How do you make this one different? The makeup you wear helps you to inform the character.” But what Jones is really thrilled about is how the fans he has spoken to have told him how important that character is to them, saying Saru is “Inspiring people to get over their own fears” as his characters works through his.
LUCY LAWLESS x RENÉE O’CONNOR PANEL
Amid jokes of a new comedic show which would unite all the key members of the Cast of XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS (including Bruce Campbell and Ted Raimi) and trips down memory lane regarding late cast member Kevin Smith (Ares), the famously-friendly pair discussed craft services, the #MeToo movement, and the dangers of being Renée O’Connor‘s stunt double.
The two Actress were asked, whether a remake would turn the Xena/Gabrielle relationship from subtext into text? Lucy: “Absolutely”. Renée: “People say they loved the relationship – the friendship – that it was so deep.”.
Lucy also was asked about her first impression of Renée: Lucy: “She was exactly like Gabrielle that first episode.” Renée: “I was fascinated by her.”
The duo were asked about Gabrielle‘s evolution on the Series. Lucy: “They saw what Renée could do and said, ‘Let’s write to that!'”.
See some Snaps from the weekend. Hover cursor or click left and right to navigate slideshow on each album:
Now here’s something “buzz”-worthy! Walt Disney Motion Pictures Canada & Marvel Entertainment Canada were so kind to gift us with this, but we want one lucky Reader to be able to enjoy this! In celebration of ANT-MAN AND THE WASP, out this weekend, we’d like to give you a chance to win a super-cool collector’s item! This is your chance to win an ANT-MAN AND THE WASP 3-in-1 ant vision mask!
Activated by a knob, you can enjoy three different views with this cool mask, including: Red Vision view: they can see the world in red. Ant Vision view: you can imagine seeing like an ant with a multiplier lens that lets them see duplicates of the whatever they are looking at. Quantum Vision view: you can see the world through a purple lens.
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Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Canada release ANT-MAN AND THE WASPFriday, July 6, 2018.
Canada’s largest Sci-Fi and Gaming Convention is back! FAN EXPO CANADA returns in Toronto to Metro Toronto Convention Centre right before fall and the names are bigger than ever! It is set to run August 30 – September 2, 2018.
Highlighted by a reunion of the BACK TO THE FUTURE Cast, Fan Expo Canada boasts a star-studded lineup of talent you won’t want to miss including:
MICHAEL J. FOX, CHRISTOPHER LLOYD, LEA THOMPSON, TOM WILSON (Back to the Future films)
CARY ELWES, CHRIS SARANDON, WALLACE SHAWN (The Princess Bride)
JEFF GOLDBLUM (Jurassic Park)
WILLIAM SHATNER (Star Trek)
JASON MOMOA (Game of Thrones, Justice League)
ROB SCHNEIDER (Saturday Night Live)
BILLY DEE WILLIAMS (Star Wars films)
PETER MAYHEW (Star Wars films)
KAREN GILLAN (Doctor Who, Guardians of the Galaxy)
EVANGELINE LILLY (Lost, Ant-Man and the Wasp)
LUCY LAWLESS, RENEE O’CONNOR (Xena: Warrior Princess)
RICHARD DEAN ANDERSON (MacGyver, Stargate SG-1)
JOE KEERY (Stranger Things)
PAUL REUBENS (Pee-wee’s Playhouse)
ROBIN LORD TAYLOR (Gotham)
AUSTIN AMELIO (The Walking Dead)
TOM PAYNE (The Walking Dead)
MARK SHEPPARD (Supernatural)
JENNIFER MORRISON (Once Upon A Time)
EMMA DUMONT (The Gifted)
GREGG SULKIN (Runaways)
Guest availability is subject to change. Get your tickets and learn more about it at www.fanexpocanada.com.
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Canada x Mr. Will want to give Readers in Toronto a chance to see ANT-MAN AND THE WASP. The Screening takes place Wednesday, July 4, 2018 at 7:00pm at Scotiabank Theatre Toronto.
From the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes “Ant Man and The Wasp,” a new chapter featuring heroes with the astonishing ability to shrink. In the aftermath of “Captain America: Civil War,” Scott Lang grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a Super Hero and a father. As he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he’s confronted by Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside The Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from the past.
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Walt Disney Studios Moiton Pictures Canada release ANT-MAN AND THE WASPFriday, July 6, 2018.
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Warner Bros. Home Entertainment + Mr. Will are thrilled to give Readers across North America a chance to win THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF FIVE ARMIES on Blu-Ray!
From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, the third in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world.
Fans of The Hobbit Franchise might be sad that the end of the road is near for the epic Trilogy, but Toronto Fans certainly would not be let-down! Director Peter Jackson, Screenwriter Philippa Boyens and Actor Lee Pace (who plays Thranduil), made a surprise visit to the City today to promote the final Film in the Series, The Battle of the Five Armies. This Installment sees Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), the Wizard Gandalf(Sir Ian McKellan) and the 13 Dwarves try to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the Dragon Smaug (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch).
Among their hectic Press Tour stops today included several interviews, including a visit to eTalk Studios for a Live Audience taping of eTALK & THE HOBBIT: ONE LAST TIME, which airs Monday, December 22, 2014 at 7:30 PM EST on CTV. The Trio then head over to Scotiabank Theatre to watch their Film with Fans, before partying at the Windsor Arms Hotel. Some lucky Fans infestive“middle-earth” Cosplay at Eaton Centre this afternoon also were awarded a chance not only to win Tickets to the Premiere, but also the Afterparty!
Be sure to check-out the limited-time-only The Hobbit Lego Display at Eaton Centre before Wednesday, December 10, 2014!
We lined the chilly Red Carpet tonight where Jackson, Boyens and Pace arrived shortly after 9:30 PM, stopping to chat with several Media Outlets. Some Fans even were lucky enough to score a rare Autograph from Academy Award-winning Jackson, although he made clear a no Selfie Policy though his Handler. Pace however was amazingly-giving, taking his time to accommodate Fans, some who had been waiting for at least ten hours for a chance to see him.
See the Trailer below:
Warner Bros. Pictures Canada release THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES on Wednesday, December 17, 2014.
(Photo/video credit: Mr. Will Wong/Bell Media/Warner Bros.)
The beautiful Evangeline Lilly received a Heroine’s welcome home today as the Actress is in-town promoting The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug as Tauriel, the Woodland Elf. Her Character was specifically written into the Film by TheLord of the Rings Trilogy Helmer Peter Jackson. Best known for her work in long-running Series LOST as Kate Austen, she has starred also in Academy Award-winning Best Picture,The Hurt Locker, and more recently Box Office Hit, Real Steel opposite Hugh Jackman.
The Actress did various Television Stop-offs earlier this morning including CITY‘s Breakfast Television were Fans were delighted by her illuminating smile and such was the case where more Fans and Photographers were in awe of her beauty outside Global Television‘s The Morning Show (National Edition) Studios! Lilly claims her biggest struggle filming the Movie was dealing her “Mommy Brain”, getting back into the flow of work after delivering her Baby Kahekili mid-2011.
Watch her Interview with Kris Reyes and Rosey Edeh below:
Billy and I were lucky enough to get a Snap with the Alberta-born, British Columbia-raised Star who was gracious to take a few moments of her hectic day to greet Fans. “You want me to take a Pic with your Dog?” she asked me, “Of course!”.
See our Snap:
Warner Bros. Pictures Canada releases The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug on Friday, December 13, 2013.
(Photo credit: Mr. Will Wong | Video credit: Shaw Media)